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We're MOVING To A New Site Location On June 30, 2017 - Independent Underground Radio Network


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It's been a while since we have updated this blog or wrote content on it. There is a reason for our madness - so to speak.

We are MOVING to a New Site, New Blogging Platform, New Location (Wordpress based) and a New Name. Let's briefly talk about each one as more detail is available here, at the almost new site.

Why almost new?

Well, our web designer Don from My1Solutions.com is finishing the final touches over the next week with what our new home will look like. The Independent Underground Radio Network (new name by the way) will be Podcast focused first, blogging focused second -- and the site will reflect such.

Our long time readers, subscribers, and fans have asked (demanded) to have a site that is easier to navigate and find our podcast plus other content. Unfortunately, we have outgrown the Blogger Platform to allow us the proper way to meet and exceed those reasonable requests.

So, Wordpress Here We Come and the new site will make its debut on JUNE 30, 2017. Here's are some things you need to know as this will be our second to last blog post on this site.

The New Site Name Is Again? Independent Underground Radio Network.

Where Can I Find It? Via Wordpress Here.

What About Twitter? That has changed too. Find Us On Twitter @IURadioNetwork.

Are You'll All Still On Facebook? Yes, and we are growing over 14K Followers and Subscribers Strong. Check Us Out on FB Here.

What About An App? We Are Updating It As We Speak. Bookmark this post and the new app will debut at the same time as the new website on June 30, 2017.

Are There More Shows Since You Are Calling It A Network Now? 
Shows On The @IURadioNetwork
Shows On The @IURadioNetwork
Yes, indeed. Find out about the shows and their hosts here.


The New Site Name Again? IURadioNetwork.com

Are You Still On Blog Talk Radio? Yes, we are. Also, feel free to SUBSCRIBE to our shows on iTunes, Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, PlayerFM, Libsyn, Google Play Music and more. Make sure to leave us a RATING on iTunes.

That's all for now. We will miss the Blogger Platform but we are sincerely looking forward to Wordpress and kicking the new Independent Underground Radio Network to the 11th Level.

Michigan's TOP POLITICO Podcast Network with over 4.5 MILLION LISTENERS cannot wait to show what our next level will look like.

Until next time!



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cognitive Dissonance for Choice of Faith or None At All in the Democratic Party

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Dealing with the Cognitive Dissonance for Choice of Faith or None
At All in the Democratic Party


Over the last 24 hours, Faith and who practices which one or none at all has come front and center as a topic as an aftermath of the Democratic National Committee Chair race.

The aftermath end result was a person of the Muslim Faith, Congressman Keith Ellison was denied in whole or in part a role of DNC Chair because he is a practicing Muslim.


An email by sent to members of the 437 voting bodies of the Democratic National Committee, according to TYT Investigative Reporter Nomiki Konst hours prior to the vote, alleged Ellison had "questionable" ties to other Muslim faith practicing members.


A part of the Op-Ed on the site NORPAC - Promoting US-Israel Relations Authored by Ben “Dr. Ben” Chouake MD states:
"Ellison has served in Congress since 2007, but his controversial actions preceded his term in office. During the 1990s, he served as a local spokesman in Minnesota for Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam movement. Ellison had publicly claimed in 1995 that Farrakhan “is not an anti-Semite.”

Although Ellison acknowledged to the local Jewish community during his run for Congress in 2006 that he had been “involved” with Minister Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, he minimized his past role as a leader in the religious organization that was rife with overt anti-Semitism and hateful bigotry."
For the purposes of this article, we desire to keenly focus on this sentence in part, "Ellison has served in Congress since 2007....".

Circling back to the year 2007, it is now 2017 or upwards of ten years of service to the State of Minnesota, Ellison has given to the Democratic Party holding a position of Congressman within the U.S. Congress.

Noting such, it is more than a bit ironic during a time where the current Presidential Office holder known as "The Republican 45th" has issued Executive Order leveled Muslim Bans, a cognitive dissonance type of smear was launched at Democratic Party Congressman Keith Ellison.

Did the NORPAC - Promoting US-Israel Relations author or its Political Action Committee (PAC) not know of Ellison's Muslim faith of choice before the Congressman's decision to run for DNC Chair? Or did just not matter in the nine years prior to 2017?

The question is where a level of cognitive dissonance exist for faith-based churchgoers in the Democratic Party, and it likely to maintain just there, in light of Konst's reporting.

To be frank, there are many faith-practicing Democrats in the Democratic Party, especially in the African-American community.

In fact, come election time it is normal for Candidates to visit churches or other houses or worship in the Baptist, Methodist (including African Methodist Episodical), Pentecostal and yes, Muslim faiths in order to introduce themselves to parishioners.

The writer of this Op-Ed was Born, Baptised, Raised and is Proud to be affiliated with the Pentecostal faith religion practice, Equally, she is accepting of others who may practice her personal faith of choice or practice no faith at all.

If the NORPAC - Promoting US-Israel Relations "October Surprise" type of letter was launched as a last minute smear attack against Congressman Ellison, the action itself would be deeply concerning. Such as action should never be conducted again - against anyone who is a part of the Democratic Party or by others claiming to be part of the party in the future again.

The action presents a bewildering level of cognitive dissonance for what is accepted as a religion of choice for Democrats. Is a person's religion of choice dictated by a political party, or is it a personal decision - which is what it should always be.

Individuals, including DNC Members, have the right to vote for or against a person for any number of reasons. However, the vote should not be based solely or in part due to a religious faith of personal choice they choose to practice.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Systematic Dismantling Of America's Institutions Of Government Has Started

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The Systematic Dismantling America's Institutions of Government is
taking place under Trump and Company.

Beginning to wrap one's head around the breakneck pace of information which has happened in America the last four weeks under Trump. It appears a Systematic Dismantling of America's Institutions of Government is taking place.

First, can anyone effectively keep up with the flurry of changes occurring in Washington, D.C. Everyday, there is a new story, article, point of panic, a concerning nominee for a cabinet office, resignation, new announcements, Tweets, "Breaking News", and more resulting in a state of outright chaos in America.

Eventually, this amount of an unstable ship sinking on the high seas will seep down in the Capitols of States in the Union, County or Parrish Units of Government and municipal operations -- if some forms of what's occurring at the top of America's Governmental pyramid have not already.

Trump and company are doing their best to create an unbalanced matrix where the chains of authority and governmental functions - all of them - are squarely centered in the hands of individuals in the White House, seeking to destroy what is left of modern day Democracy, held on by a string.

However, these actions have been transpiring for awhile, bit by bit as greed capitalism has become the mainstay since the 1980's based "Reagan Years".

Reductions in Defined Pension Benefits at Corporations into highly questionable 401K programs, "Two-Tier" wage systems, the shifting of healthcare co-pays and premiums into the paychecks of workers from the financial balance sheets of those same Corporations, "Right to Work" laws, to the destruction of Public Education -- the last 25 years or so, have led to what is in the White House today.

Former President Obama tried to provide a "stop-gap" to some of the dismantlings of America institutional systems. However, even he could not stop the proliferation of Charter Schools directly threatening the "Public Schools For All" model with former Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan hire.

Although, President Obama did his best to restore systems after the economic disaster President George W. Bush placed on America, the bankruptcy of two or the "Big Three" manufacturers extended the "Two-Tier" payment system model for workers, added health care costs and mandated more employees join the 401K so-called retirement plan model.

Now Trump has no care for anyone who is not apart from his quasi "1% on steroids" group.

With such, Trump is more than willing to collude with dangerous "bad actors" such as Russia, soulless Republicans and Libertarians who claim to be "Bible-Believing Christians"-- while really seeking to enrich their own portfolios no matter whom such actions may harm - including those foolish enough to fall hook, line, and sinker for their outright lies, and anyone showing a minor level of resistance to their actions.

All of the above does not equal that all Resistors become silent.

Instead, the Resistors should be fully aware historical institutions of Democracy designed to protect their Free Speech, Press and Right to Assemble are at severe peril. Governmental institutions that were/are intended to keep checks and balances between the Judicial, Executive and Legislature branches are now hanging together by a string.

State, county, parishes and municipal governments can only effectively operate long-term with revenue received from budgets planned and approved by the unchecked and unbalanced one-party governmental unit in Washington, D.C.

America's institutions are co-depended on EACH other. If the main branch is in chaos, all if it is in chaos, even if the effects are felt later on.

The unsettling and downright disturbing results of America's November 8, 2016, election results are just beginning to strain its ugly weave on America's System of Democracy -- and sadly, the end result will not be comforting in any way, at all.

The Systematic Dismantling of America's Institutions of Government has now begun.

Point of Reference: Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Gessen


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Two Flint Emergency Managers Charged In Toxic Water Crisis Under Snyder's Authority

Photo Credit - Independent Underground News & Talk Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his Flint Appointed Emergency Managers (L to R) Michael Brown, Ed Kurtz, Darrel Earley and Jerry Amborse.
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his Flint Appointed Emergency
Managers from (L to R) Michael Brown, Ed Kurtz, Darnell Earley and
Jerry Ambrose.

Two of Flint, Michigan five Emergency Managers during the City's Toxic Water Crisis from December 2011 to April 2015 have been criminally charged by State Attorney General Bill Schuette for roles in the on-going environmental disaster.

Former Flint Emergency Managers Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose faces charges ranging from operating under false pretenses, conspiracy to commit false pretenses, willful neglect of duty and misconduct in office.

Earley served as Emergency Manager of Flint from October 2013 to January 2015 and Ambrose from January 2015 to April 30, 2015.

Two other officials related to Flint's Water Crisis, Howard Croft, former Department of Public Works director and Daughtery Johnson, former utility administrator for the city were charged operating under false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses.

Earley and Ambrose charges put into question two Michigan Public Acts, P.A. 436 of 2012 and P.A. 4 of 2011 known as the state's Emergency Management Laws.

Public Act 4 of 2011
was signed into law by Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder on March 3, 2011, under massive protest from state-based activists groups and civil rights organizations.

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The law allowed for an Emergency Manager appointed by Governor Snyder total control to overrule the local elected governmental unit on all matters; Financial, Operations, Structure or Complete Removal of the elected or appointed bodies of local government.

Michigan voters repealed Public Act 4 of 2011 on November 7, 2012, by a 52 to 48% vote.

Less than three weeks later, Michigan Republican-controlled State House and Senate passed an updated version of the Emergency Manager Act, Public Act 436 of 2012 and added an appropriation to the bill protecting it from a citizens referendum. The updated bill was signed into law by Governor Snyder on December 27, 2012.

The State's Emergency Management Law authority was used to force Michigan's largest city of Detroit, Michigan into the largest fiscal Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to date on July 18, 2013, under former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Emergency Managers from 2011-2016 were assigned by Governor Snyder's administration to over 80% of Michigan's high minority populated cities including Flint, Benton Harbor, Muskegon, Ecorse Pontiac, Hamtramck, Detroit and a large number public schools districts in the cities and across the state.

Flint Water Authority switched from Detroit Water and Sewer Department authority onto the Flint River following a one-year undetected water leak under former Emergency Manager Michael Brown, who was appointed by Governor Snyder from Dec 2011 to Aug 2012; and again from July 2013 to October 2013.

During the time Brown ordered a 25 percent hike in the water and sewer rates in an Emergency Manager budget-balancing plan that also included a 20 percent reduction in Flint city employees and their compensation, as the massive water leak remained undetected.
"We can't solve this just by cutting expenses," Flint's Former Emergency Manager Michael Brown said on April 29, 2012, to MLive, the day after he presented the budget to the council. "What we're creating here is a way to assess people for the actual cost."  
"We did not have time for a vote of the people," he said.  
At that time, the average customer's total water and sewer bill was expected to go up to about $111. Using that figure, the average customer will now be paying about $139 a month in water and sewer fees under the latest increase.  
Brown attributes the rising costs to aging infrastructure and the costs passed on from the city's primary water source: the city of Detroit. 
Flint's second Emergency Manager assigned to the City by Governor Rick Snyder, Ed Kurtz, made the unilateral decision to switch the city's water supply onto the Flint River on April 13, 2013.

Kurtz was Flint's second Emergency Manager serving under the authority of Governor Rick Snyder from Aug 2012 to July 2013.

The decision was questioned due to Flint River having no known corrosion control measures to prevent deterioration of the City's aging water infrastructure.
"The city of Flint is dumping its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Flint emergency manager Ed Kurtz signed a contract today to get the city’s water from a new pipeline that’s being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County," said Michigan Radio April 16, 2013 
Officials with Detroit's system made a final offer to try and keep Flint’s business. But Kurtz says the numbers were “unreliable.” 
Less than two months after mandating Flint switch immediately from Detroit's Water and Sewer Department onto the Flint River, Emergency Manager Kurtz announced he was "resigning" from his job on May 30, 2016.

In September 2014, on the heels of another boiled water alert, the city tested positive for total coliform bacteria, The Environmental Protection Agency warned Flint and the city's fourth Emergency Manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, Darnell Earley, the coliform could present be a pathway for pathogens and fecal contamination to enter a drinking water system.
"The city has issued a boil advisory for a portion of Flint, saying water in the area has tested positive for total coliform bacteria.," said MLive on September 5, 2014. 
The area of the advisory is bordered by Dayton Street on the north, DuPont Street on the east, the Flint River on the south, and by Lavelle Road to the Flint River on the west, the city said in a news released issued today, Sept. 5.  
The latest advisory marks the second time in less than 30 days that residents and businesses in a part of the city have been told to boil or use bottled water for drinking, bathing, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food.  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says positive total coliform tests suggest there may be a pathway for pathogens and fecal contamination to enter a drinking water system.  
"The absence of total coliforms in the distribution system minimizes the likelihood that fecal pathogens are present," the agency Web site says. "Thus, total coliforms are used to determine the vulnerability of a system to fecal contamination."
Despite this dire warning from the Environmental Protection Agency and General Motors declaring one month later in October 2014, it was switching back to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department supply due to Flint River water destroying the manufacturers car engine parts - Emergency Manager Darnell Earley refused to move Flint's residents from what was well known to be a toxic water source.

Earley served as Flint's fourth Emergency Manager assigned by Governor Snyder from October 2013 to January 2015 and was charged criminally for his role in Flint's Toxic Water Crisis on December 20 by Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette.

Flint's fifth and last Emergency Manager Jerry Ambrose served the shortest tenure from January 2015 to April 30, 2015. Ambrose similar to Earley refused to switch Flint's residents back to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department system, citing a "business case" existed to keep citizens on a known toxic water resource.
"Ambrose overruled a city council vote in March 2015 to return to Detroit water," said the Washington Post on January 25, 2016. 
Ambrose called the council’s request “incomprehensible” and a waste of $12 million — even though there had already been chemical and bacterial problems with the river water, water quality had violated the Safe Drinking Water Act and the General Motors plant in Flint had stopped using the water because it was rusting car parts."
Ambrose was able to "overrule" Flint City Council's authority solely due to Michigan's Emergency Management laws P.A. 436 of 2012 and P.A. 4 of 2011. Both laws were signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

The reason why Flint, Michigan dealt with a Toxic, Poisoned Water Crisis for nearly three years and counting, is directly due to the state's Emergency Management Laws.

Proving not only "Emergency Management" is a failure of leadership but, equally should point questions demanding answers to the Leader signing the Public Acts into law, Governor Rick Snyder.

The allegations against Earley, Ambrose, Croft and Johnston makes thirteen the number of officials charged in their actions associated with Flint Water Crisis. Other officials include Stephen Busch, supervisor in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality,  Liane Shekter-Smith, former chief of the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance; Michael Prysby, district engineer; Adam Rosenthal, a water quality analyst who worked for Shekter-Smith; and Patrick Cook, specialist for the department's Community Drinking Water Unit.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services employees charged by Schuette's office are Nancy Peeler, director of the Program for maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting; and Robert Scott, data manager for the department's Healthy Homes and Lead Prevention Program.

Mike Glasgow, Flint's utilities director and former DHHS state epidemiologist Corinne Miller both charged, have agreed to plea deals in exchange for her cooperation in the investigation.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Upcoming Christmas Holiday and What 2017 Might Bring for IU News & Talk

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The Holiday Season is coming upon us and end of the year. These times should lead to a reflection of what has occurred: Good, Bad, and Indifferent - along with what the future, if any, should look like.

Since 2010, IU News & Talk has operated as one of the few African-American independently owned and operated political commentary, news, podcasting, and analysis -  in Michigan, resources.

IU News & Talk has always been best described as a labor of love focused on presenting the story from an activist point of view.

Our previous stories range from covering Michigan's Emergency Manager Law, Michigan's Tax Revenue Restructuring, the now defunct Educational Achievement Authority, Detroit's Bankruptcy, the flight of Michigan's and the Nation long-term Unemployed, Governor Rick Snyder's Administration, the Flint Water Crisis and much more including National News & Politics.

However, decisions must be made whether to carry on this entity into another year or to be frank and honest: ending it at the conclusion of 2017.

For Independent Underground News & Talk to become a full-fledged alternative or independent news Organization, it will take financing. As noted with America's most recent National Election, news and commentary organizations - and especially independent ones - will be under attack for fair and honest reporting.

A strong possibly exist - such smaller news and commentary operations similar to IU News & Talk could be subject to harassing legal actions for truth-telling designed end their business model.

The recent case of Gawker​ against Billionaire Peter Thiel (a Donald Trump Financer and Supporter) is just one case of example -- as Gawker has now been shuttered financially.

Over the next two weeks, Independent Underground News & Talk will evaluate our future, however, it should be known that IU News & Talk is strongly leaning towards shutting down operations on January 3, 2017.

We will Broadcast our final Podcast of the year on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 9 pm ET. Feel free to tune in, call in and share your thoughts about IU at 734-347-0185.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Podcast: Do Recounts Protect The Integrity of The Vote? -12/7 @ 9pm ET


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Welcome to Independent Underground Radio LIVE (IURL) - MICHIGAN'S TOP POLITICO PODCAST. The #1 Progressive Independent Left Politico Talk Show on the Blog Talk Radio Network!

Listen Into The Program Below:

On Today's Show:

*Green Party Candidate Jill Stein has started Recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin. Do Recounts generally protect the integrity of votes cast? Our Guest - Citizens For Detroit's Future President Tom Barrow will join us to discuss.

*Teachers, Firefighters, and Police rights to enact Defined Pension Benefits are protected for now as Lansing decided to table the issue. Should these groups be prepared to tackle this in '17?

*Trump's Musical Cabinet Chairs Merry-Go-Round continues, along w/ a Tweet to cancel Air Force 1 Contractor Boeing. What does this mean?

Let's Discuss All of This and More!

Independent Underground Radio LIVE Host, Monica RW is an owner/writer for the popular Independent Underground News website, media consultant for ROJS Media LLC, an experienced grassroots and elected local political leader. She brings her researched Independent opinions to the political issues of the day.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Michigan's GOP Efforts To Stop Stein's Recount Exposes State Voter Suppression

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Keeping focus can be difficult to do in the current political recount teapot in Michigan. 
 Currently, there is a recount of all votes in the of Michigan taken on November 8, on behalf of Green Party Candidate Jill Stein's Campaign. 
Yet, thousands of votes might remain unrecounted in the State's Largest City of Detroit, and Michigan Republicans are actively trying to stop the recount by lame-duck enacting a retroactive bill.
Cause and Effect. The words that can have many meanings.

In the case of Michigan's Presidential Recount of the 2016 Election, the Cause was a question of how Democratic Party Hillary Clinton lost Michigan by the smallest margin in the State's Presidential Election history, 10,704 votes.

The Effect is a recount request by Green Party Candidate Jill Stein which is actively taken place by a U.S. District Court Judge Order on December 5.
"A federal judge has ordered Michigan election officials to begin a massive hand recount of 4.8 million ballots cast in the presidential election at noon Monday," according to The Detroit News. 
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued a ruling just after midnight Monday in favor of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who sought to let election officials bypass a two-business-day waiting period that would have delayed start of the recount until Wednesday morning."
Another Effect would be finding out by the recount request upwards of thousands of ballots might not be available for recounting in the State's Largest Democratic-leaning City of Detroit. This effect should be worrying for all desiring fair and just elections in Michigan.

According to the Detroit News, 392 of the City of Detroit's 662 precincts are unavailable for recounted due to ballot numbers not matching poll book data.
"..In heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662," according to the Detroit News 
According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand".
A subsequent Effect should be called out by its name: Voter Suppression.

Voter Suppression occurs when a group of voters justly believe their votes will not matter, believe their votes will not be fairly counted or audited, and live an experience in which despite their votes - their daily lives on an average, are not improving. As in the case of Detroiters with over an 80% minority population, votes.
"Voting rights are under attack nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws. These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right," said the ACLU. 
Since 2008, states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot."
Voter Suppression also includes the highly questionable House Bill 6097, sponsored by West Michigan Lame Duck Republican, Lisa Posthumus Lyons.

House Bill 6097 seeks to enact a "Grandfathered" and "Retroactive" measure requiring Green Party Candidate Jill Stein to pay the estimated costs associated with the Presidential Election Recount in Michigan, after the recount began on December 5, 2016.
"HB 6097 would require candidates more than 5 percent of the vote behind the winner to pay the entire actual cost of a statewide recount, and it would be retroactive to the beginning of 2016. It would only apply to statewide and federal offices," said MLive. 
A recount of Michigan's vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election began Monday. Stein, the Green Party's presidential candidate, is paying a required fee of $973,250, but Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said the actual cost could be $2 million or more. 
Michigan Republican Party officials believe the full cost could be much higher. Eric Doster, an attorney for the state party, said the cost could reach up to $12 million."
However, at this point, it is an unknown entity what the actual or estimated costs of Stein's recount would be.

Furthermore, it is known that thousands of ballots in the State's Largest City of Detroit might be unavailable to be recounted at all.

That without Green Party Candidate Jill Stein request for a Recount of Michigan's Presidential Election, it is highly doubtful the general public would have known about the on-going issues in 2009, 2013 and now 2016, with recounting votes in Detroit.

State Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat from Ann Arbor, Michigan questioned Republican Representative Posthumus Lyons inherent need to make House Bill 6097 "Retroactive".
"Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, questioned making the proposed law retroactive, saying it was unfair "to change the rules in the middle of the game," according to MLive. 
He argued the current recount is serving as an important "audit" of the process that could uncover fraud as well as "simple incompetence" by election officials. 
"Sometimes when we do these recounts, we find irregularities that are worth looking into," Irwin said.
Discovering irregularities is likely scratching the surface on what pose to be an issue with any chance of Democrats actively competing with Michigan Governor's race in 2018, with any candidate -- as well as ensuring all votes are fairly counted in Democratic-Leaning Detroit.

Which turns back to the issue of Voter Suppression. An issue that all Michiganders believing in the Right to Vote should be Unfettered, should stand strongly for.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Thousands of Detroit's Ballots Might Remain Uncounted In Stein's Recount


Thousands of Detroit Area Ballots Might Remain Uncounted in Stein's Recount
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If only the voting issues would have been fixed in 2009 & 2013 there is a chance Hillary Clinton could have won Michigan. Clinton as a candidate lost Michigan by 10,704 votes. Or likely the amount of precincts not able to be counted by State Law, in Detroit.
Detroit residents voting is not the problem, in the least. Residents of Michigan largest city stand in line each Election Day, as other voters in the State, with an expectation their votes will be counted.

Unfortunately, the latest information from the Detroit News proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, Detroiters have a 59% chance their votes might not be counted at all.

According to the Detroit News, 392 of the City of Detroit's 662 precincts are unavailable for recounted due to ballot numbers not matching poll book data:
"..In heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662," according to the Detroit News. 
According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand".
Out of Detroit's 508,823 citizens registered to vote with 495,911 of Detroit's residents voting on November 8, 2016, leading to an overall voter turnout of 48.78% - 59% or 292,587 votes remain uncounted due to grave election clerical and training errors within Michigan's largest populated city.

A point of note: Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton lost Michigan in total by 10,704 votes and the City of Detroit leans heavily Democratic in nature.

The issues with accurately counting votes in vastly populated Detroit, Michigan is not new. However, these issues are only revealed under a Recount scenario.

During the City of Detroit General Election in 2009, Candidate Tom Barrow requested a recount in Mayoral race. What was found during the Recount consists of the following according to Barrow:
"In the 2009 recount, a 100% of the city's 44,215 absentee ballots could not be recounted along with an additional 21,549 from neighborhood precinct polling site where only 9,000 ballots would have altered the result between the two contenders, Dave Bing and Tom Barrow," said Citizens for Detroit Future (CFDF) President and former 2009 Detroit Mayoral Candidate Tom Barrow. 
"...We encountered numerous empty poll boxes that were counted only on the city's computer; uncovered 100s  and 100s of cases where security seals numbers did not match that placed there by election night workers and watched as the City Clerk's representative falsified a list in a desperate attempt to cover up the irregularities, a list which the Wayne County Board of Canvassers rejected as fake." 
With the latest election held on November 8, 2016, Daniel Baxter, elections director for the City of Detroit claimed to the Detroit News, precinct poll books failed to match numbers printed on voters ballots.
"It’s not good,” conceded Daniel Baxter, elections director for the city of Detroit to the Detroit News.
During the 2013 Detroit Primary Mayoral Election, another questionable occurrence happened with City Residents votes, as then Candidate Tom Barrow found during a second requested recount.
"In 2013, a handwriting expert reported that 42% of the write-on ballots were in the same or similar handwriting while recount teams revealed numerous incidents of more ballots being counted than people recorded on the poll books. Also revealed from a surprise subpoenaed printer's manifest, was that the City Clerk had authorized printing some 35,000 extra absentee ballots which were never located," said Barrow. 
In fact, sworn eyewitness testimony of a late night team carrying laptops into a polling location was short-circuited when the County Board of Canvassers abruptly ended their term and the required investigation leading to an unprecedented rebuke by the Michigan Attorney General's office" said the CFDF president."
Difficulties reconciling votes cast in the City of Detroit appear on the surface are not found unless a recount is requested and paid for by a candidate in the race in question. Michigan's Board of Canvassers certified the Statewide vote on November 28, 2016, an hour after beginning the Board's 2:02 pm ET public meeting.

It remains unknown if the State Board of Canvassers knew or were notified upwards of 392 precincts in Michigan's largest city of Detroit were unable to be counted due to inaccuracies with polls books and ballots cast.

Read Part 2 of This Story: 

Michigan's GOP Efforts To Stop Stein's Recount Exposes State Voter Suppression

Unless some way exists to count Detroit's 392 precincts, along with another outstanding 218 precincts in Wayne County, questions will continue to exist on who really won Michigan's General Election on November 8, 2016 - to was it Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

According to Detroit resident Tom Barrow, if Michigan's Election cannot be accurately counted, the next step to file what is known as a legal Quo Warranto action in Federal Court.
"Jill Stein or Hillary Clinton now need only file a Quo Warranto action because the number of unrecountable ballots is so incredibly greater than the difference she lost the whole state of Michigan by and get are only in Wayne County," said Barrow to Independent Underground News & Talk.
According to Cornell University Law School (CULS), a Quo Warranto action is sought to determine if an individual has a legal right to hold office.
"Latin for "by what warrant (or authority)?" A writ quo warranto is used to challenge a person's right to hold a public or corporate office. A state may also use a quo warranto action to revoke a corporation's charter," CULS noted.
For the Electoral College to be challenged, Green Party Candidate Jill Stein would need to be successful in invoking a Writ of Quo Warranto not only Michigan but equally, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where Stein has filed paperwork for recounts if ballot integrity questions can be verified.

On Wednesday, December 7, at 9pm ET Detroit Resident Tom Barrow will appear exclusively in a live interview on "Detroit's Voice of Progress" Independent Underground Radio LIVE Podcast, to discussing what could be the next steps in ensuring the integrity of Michigan's Presidential General Election votes. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Op/Ed: Lessons Learned Post Election 2016 - Many Truths Have Been Revealed

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Lessons Learned Post Election 2016 - Many Truths Have Been Revealed

Four weeks post election, or nearly four weeks many lessons in the aftermath of Election 2016. The best way to properly break down the lessons are by the use of bullet points.


1. Facebook is not the best medium for social discourse:


As the recent Saturday Night Live Skit on "The Bubble" confirmed, the social media network of Facebook tends to create a special type of hubris.





The hubris' include a minority population can be blamed, shamed for justification for the majority population end result, call outs on privilege does not result in a real reflection on such privilege, and the overall economy for the past four years has been horrible despite low unemployment rates and gasoline under $2.50 on a nationwide average.

Yes, Facebook is "The Bubble" of self-reflection on viewpoints of self-influence despite any other factual realities that clearly exist.


2. Fake News exist due to a deep-seated problem with basic reading comprehension:


Spotting fake news is easy. As easy as reading the Headline, then taking less than five sections to determine if the headline is logical. If such a Headline fails to fill the "Logic" test in five sections, it likely fake and phony.


However, fake news is going nowhere fast as a majority of America's reading population care little to none if the news read is fake, as long as the news justifies their world or personal view.


Examples include a recent article about five random African-American men at a random barber shop and four of whom randomly decided to either not vote in the most recent Presidential Election -- as if visiting any random African-American barber shop on a weekend day after the election would not have produced a similar result.


Using simple logic would conclude this is normal instead of shocking behavior as the overall rate of African-Americans voting in Election 2016 decreased, as a half African-American/half Caucasian Presidential Candidate was NOT present at the top of the ticket -- as was the case in 2008 and 2012.


Voter participation regardless of race or ethnic background was decreased in comparison with the prior two elections overall. However, why should the media promote logic and basic reading comprehension skills when it's so easy to divide the populace based on -- Race.


3. People are generally in agreement until they are not:


Eight short years ago, most individuals would be in agreement "catch phrases" such as "Drain The Swamp", "Grab Them By The *****", and "Make America Great Again" was a combination of silly talk, deeply offensive talk, and first-grade reading level babble.


A majority of individuals eight years prior would also agree America's problems were economic more so than racial in nature.


Fast forward seven years later after many lost homes, salary, personal property, income, assets and whatever wealth had - the Race Wars instead of the Economic War won.


As many decry the Affordable Care Act, they reap the legislation benefits including no lifetime maximums on medical care, adult children up to the age of 26 being eligible to remain on their parent's health care plans and an accessibility to health care at all.


As much more decry about taxes of all sorts - they might equality scratch heads in the years ahead as Social Security and Medicare Benefits for Seniors and the Disabled as cut to the bone or outright eliminated.


As the complaints on which job classifications still has a thin thread a "defined pension plan" many more fail to gain a simple financial reasoning that the 401K so-called "Retirement Plan" is really just a Ponzi Scheme bubble to burst open wide on the last half of Post-Baby Boomer, All of Generation Xers and will be worth nothing at all to the Millennials - as it is designed just that way.


It's always easier to develop a cognitive dissonance based on the lowest common denominator - race, over the true fight, Moral Economics.


4. People generally like pain or there would be nothing to complain about:


People generally vote against their best interests, fail to align with causes if they are lower or middle class are likely to impact them at some point, believe in fairy-tales and rainbows, cannot find time for active participation in political discourse outside of social media and generally just love to complain.

Because if complaining did not exist and life was a general utopia satisfying all common ills, overwhelming happiest and contentment would not fulfill the need to have anything at all to complain about.

So pain and suffering are good. Not really, however jostling on whatever medium that allows pain and suffering is making too many individuals day, week, month or life - instead of taking responsibly to protect the tools comprising of one's well-being and ability to maintain food, clothing, and shelter - or the basic needs of life.

As explained by "The Teachings of Buddism" Life is Suffering:

"If one does not strive towards the good, they will degenerate and fall very quickly. The teaching of "Life is suffering" reminds us not to look forward to enjoyment only and go the wrong way. This is the important implication in the teaching of "Life is suffering", taught by the Buddha."

5. The change will not come without struggle and sacrifice:

On February 5, 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama gave a speech after the nomination contests eight years ago. This is not about soon-to-be former President Barack Obama, as it is regarding the words in the speech.

Unless the American public-at-large truly want, will work tirelessly for and desire true change: nothing will change - and in fact, things will continue to become worst.


"It's different not because of me. It's different because of you  -- because you are tired of being disappointed and you're tired of being let down. You're tired of hearing promises made and plans proposed in the heat of a campaign, only to have nothing change when everyone goes back to Washington. 


Nothing changes because lobbyists just write another check or politicians start worrying about how to win the next election instead of why they should -- or because they focus on who's up and who's down instead of who matters.


And while Washington is consumed with the same drama and divisions and distractions, another family puts up a "For sale" sign in their front yard, another factory shuts its doors, another soldier waves goodbye as he leaves for another tour of duty in a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged -- that goes on and on and on....


The stakes are too high and the challenges too great to play the same Washington game with the same Washington players and somehow expect a different result. This time must be different. This time we have to turn the page. This time we have to write a new chapter in American history. This time we have to seize the moment.


They know it in their gut. They know we can do better than we're doing. They know that we can take our politics to a higher level. But they're afraid. They've been taught to be cynical. They're doubtful that it can be done."

Yes, the People are doubtful because the sins of division can be so easily set as proven by the most recent election, as many truths have been awful, revealed.




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