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LovingA2andMI

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Progressive Podcast Talk Show host of MICHIGAN\'S TOP POLITICO PROGRAM - Independent Underground Radio LIVE. Owner of IU News & Talk. Reader of DU mostly. Will be an infrequent poster of issues that impact our state of Michigan and Nation.

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Ionia Prison Escape: The Case Against Improper Inmate Classifications, Massive Perimeter Budget Cuts

Deja vu, repeat or recycle. Words to describe similarly in a series of events. Preventable actions which led 20 years later to the escape of convicted serial murderer Michael David Elliot from Ionia Correctional Facility on February 2, 2014."

Prisoner Elliot was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by a Gladwin County, Michigan Courthouse twenty years ago, of the murders of four former state residents: Michael E. Tufnell, 33 and Vicki Sue Currie, 39, and visitors Bruce S. Tufnell, 32, and Kathy Lou Lane, 38.

Ensuring no evidence was left at the scene, Elliot along with convicted murdering accomplice Charles L. Treece torched house the four victims lay dead.

According to the court transcripts, Inmate Elliot “shot everyone in the back of the head" recounted witness Tammy LaCross, age 16, at the time the crimes.

Elliot failed to spare a bullet for his then girlfriend Kathy Lane or the other three victims: Tufnel, Currie or Squires Tuffnell, Jr.

“They found that there were victims in the house,” said Gladwin County Sheriff Mike Shea, a Deputy at the time of Elliot's murder rampage rocking the tranquil community of Bently Township. “We thought a structure fire with people inside that hadn’t woken up, and then it went on from that into a homicide.”


The Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS) classifies Prisoner Michael Elliot, #236879 as a Security Classification- Level-2 (II) offender. The Level-2 security level that is normally reserved for convicted felons with little if any, risk of escape or past history crimes of violence.

Offenders are classified by a combination of factors consistent with: crime(s) inmates are convicted of, rules violations or crimes committed while in MDOC Custody and psychological behavior profile detailing tendencies or mental illnesses that could lead to acts of violence in Michigan Prisons.

Elliot was convicted of by a selected jury of his peers in 1994 of four counts of Murder in the First Degree (MCL-750.316), one count of Robbery Armed (MCL-750.529), Burning Dwellings of a House (MCL-750.72) Possession Of Firearm During Committing Of Felony (MCL-750.227B) and an inactive conviction of Breaking and an inactive conviction of Entering - Entry Without Breaking With Intent (MCL-750.111).

The nature of violence associated with Elliot's crimes, likely would result in Security classification level after assessment at Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson as Level 4 or 5 (IIII or V) "Closed" penal facility inmate.

According to OTIS, Inmate Elliot has spent a majority of his sentence at Ionia's Correctional Facility (ICF).

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/02/ionia-prison-escape-case-against.html#ixzz2toEzrYqD
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Wed Feb 19, 2014, 05:26 PM (0 replies)

Inspired by Moral Monday's - North Carolina -- We Would Like To....

Interview a Spokesperson or Participant(s) from the Peaceful and Civil Protests on our podcast. A bit about us.

Independent Underground Radio LIVE is a Progressive Talk Podcast aired out of S.E. Michigan covering State and National Politics. We have aired the program since October 2010 and have interviewed over 300 Community Leaders, Activists, Politicians, a former Candidate for President, Economic and Financial Experts, plus more. Our show Mission is the following:

Independent Underground provides the BEST NEWS & TALK covering Politics & Breaking News from a "SANITY" BASED INDEPENDENT LEFT PERSPECTIVE. Leaving "battles of extremes" of the politically FAR Right & Left, elsewhere!


So, we watched information about the Moral Monday Peaceful Protest on 2/10/2014 and was impressed and disappointed. Allow me to briefly explain:

Impressed by North Carolina Residents of different backgrounds, income levels, ethic makeups, Men/Women, straight, gay and more -- coming together to stand against the oppressive policy stances of the top 5%.

Disappointed by the lack of coverage in National Media -- which is not a surprise in itself since our National Media is owned lock, stock and barrel by the Corporations affiliated with the Top 5%.

Either way, what was done on Monday in North Carolina needs to spread like wildfire across this nation, ASAP. This is a battle of Class and Top 5%ers (not all of them -- but enough of the crew to be WORRIED as heck) are engaging in a divide and conquer strategy with the 95%. In our humble opinion, Moral Monday's - North Carolina is NEEDED and NECESSARY GAME CHANGER.

Feel free to shoot a PM if interested. Thanks!



Posted by LovingA2andMI | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 02:08 AM (2 replies)

The State of Michigan is Ridicious/Snyder gives State of the State speech 1/16

"Progress Michigan's editorial opinion article published on the Detroit News about Michigan's current economy before Governor Rick Snyder's 4th State of the State Speech, is right on point -- the State of Michigan is Poor. We would support the groups' statement by expressing, "The State of Michigan is Ridicious".


Michigan over the last three years plus of Governor Rick Snyder's tenure has been an economic test case of the HAVE'S and the HAVE'S NOT'S. The recent news of Michigan's economy having a $970 billion dollar surplus in the states financial coffers, resulted directly from cutting lifelines of upper mobility for middle and lower class residents.

These factors can change if the Candidate running against Governor Snyder, former Congressman Mark Schauer of Battle Creek, takes a populist stance on important issues impacting Michigan's ability to provide good paying job opportunities for its' citizenry, which has lead to an exodus of needed population and income from our state.

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/01/fft-116-state-of-michigan-is-ridicious.html#ixzz2qbCWTxgF
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:25 PM (10 replies)

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency understaffed by layoffs, leave claimants upset by delays...

As the U.S. Congress is set to debate extending long-term unemployment benefits for up to 1.3 million Americans, cuts to Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) test the patience of jobless workers attempts to receive 20 weeks of state funded benefits."

Michigan's UIA laid off up to 400 employees, comprising of 225 permanent staff members and 177 limited-term employees on August 31, 2012.

Numbers of UIA temporarily placed problem resolution offices as a result of the layoffs, closed statewide. A reduced number employees are available to answer phone calls questions in Michigan via a singular toll free phone number for up to 413,000 jobless workers, according to the State Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) November 2013 report.

Reaching Unemployment Claims Representatives at UIA present challenges for state residents as Michigan's jobless rate remains stubbornly high at 8.8%, the fourth highest in the nation. Calls to reach UIA via phone can take either days or weeks in lieu of a reasonable expected response of an hour.

Westland, Michigan resident Annabelle Stevens, a single Mother of two, described her frustrations reach Michigan UIA toll-free number for questions on her claim.

"It's ridiculous to call UIA, they never answer the phone," said Stevens. "The worse part of all is I worked for years before my laid off to receive unemployment if necessary and I'm insulted by being treated as a welfare case".


Read More at: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2014/01/michigan-unemployment-insurance-agency.html#axzz2pBE2bkaR

Michiganders must CLEAN HOUSE in Lansing during Elections 2014!
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 05:44 PM (2 replies)

Always Low Prices, Always -- The Ironic Nature of Cross-promoting Walmart on MSNBC's Network Shows

Help me understand. Okay, so Beyoncé dropping $37,500 at a Walmart in $50 gift cards is a "Good Thing", while the employees at the Walmart are in many cases receiving government assistance for making substandard wages?

Well, according to Joy-Ann Reid who sub-hosted msnbc Melissa Harris-Perry show today, this is like the "FREAKING BEST THING EVER!" So, I assume the network and Ms. Reid are A-Okay now with the Walmart Employees making substandard wages because Beyonce graced her presence at one of the retailers' Massachusetts stores.

And some folks think MSNBC is everything but a Corporately Owned Publicly Traded Network owned by Comcast.

Food for Thought Quote of the Day-
"The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower." - Florence Nightingale




Independent Underground News & Talk

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Sun Dec 22, 2013, 02:03 PM (6 replies)

Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson Remarks on LGBT, African-Americans Proves Free Speech Has Consequences

"Words matter. In America we have a presumed right to free speech. Presumed is the correct word as free speech has consequences, albeit temporarily."


Yelling fire in a crowded theatre will likely result in criminal charges for using such a word. Committing insubordination against a supervisor usually ends with the employee without a job.

Reality television instant celebrity Phil Robertson decided to practice his version of Free Speech in a upcoming January 2014 interview in G.Q. or Gentlemen Quarterly Magazine.

While speaking freely to G.Q's reporter Robertson disparaged the LGBT and African-American communities with his words.

Speaking on his opposition to the LGBT lifestyle or sexual preferences, Robertson said the following:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson expressed to G.Q. reporter Drew Magary. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson carried on to explain the inherent differences between a male and female biological make up: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”


Duck Dynasty Robertson carried on, throwing African-Americans under the big Louisiana bus:

In a quote that may raise even more eyebrows than his feelings about gays, Robertson claims he "never" saw black people mistreated during the pre-civil rights era in his home state, and strongly suggests that African Americans were more content under Jim Crow.

"Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash," he said. "They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”


Robertson words were insulting and frankly distasteful. Still, Robertson had a right to say each and every one of the syllables expressed in long and extended paragraphs. Equality, Robertson's publicly traded cable broadcast network employer, A&E, had every right to terminate the Duck Dynasty patriarch contract as a result of his words.

Read More Here
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 03:44 PM (2 replies)

America -- The Land of the Beautiful, Duck Dynasty and other "Beliefs"

So Phil Roberson in the statements heard across the World or better yet....all over American Media -- and ironically in magazine named "Gentleman's Quarterly" said this (warning the language is -- thought provoking to say the least):

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he tells reporter Drew Magary. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

He also muses rather colorfully about his own sexual orientation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

And to throw the LGBT along with the African-American community under Phil's BIG DUCK BUS, he fixes his mouth to say this next:

In a quote that may raise even more eyebrows than his feelings about gays, Robertson claims he "never" saw black people mistreated during the pre-civil rights era in his home state, and strongly suggests that African Americans were more content under Jim Crow.

"Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash," he said. "They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Source - http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-gays-sin-black-people-civil-rights-20131218,0,4998406.story#ixzz2nzlwLCCW

OKAY, enough with the BS. Here's the truth on Phil and the Duck Crew. The joke is on all of us:

America -- The Land of the Easily Fooled.

Were Celebrities are Worshiped by SOME for "Acting Poor".

Were Race Relations matters are Swept far and deep under the rug.

Were people dream of being RICH but never will get there because the game is fixed.

Were SOME think we are better than any other country anywhere.

Were God's name, image or words are used in Vain on a regular purpose.

Were political gamesmanship is a Power Grab with the winner TBD, temporarily until other Americans jump on the "bandwagon" of the other guy or gal.

America -- The Beautiful!

Phil, Sister Sarah Palin and the Ducks got schooled in the Media P.R. Game by the best of the best.

Fake Hollywood C.E.O.'s.

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

Questions of Gov. Snyder's Public Office Ethics, in light of revealing emails plotting Bankruptcy

Abstract from the article:

Many citizens across the World continue to be in complete awe regarding Detroit's present fate.

Yet, Governor Rick Snyder continues to move full speed ahead with destroying whatever is left --minus the downtown area-- of the "Motorcity". So much so that Governor Snyder embarked on plans for months and shared by email with others, how drive a stake though the heartbeat of Detroit.

A groundbreaking article by Southeastern Michigan's Independent News Resource, the Michigan Citizen, revealed today Snyder --who took the Oath of Office to fully service all residents of the Great Lakes state irregardless of annual income earned--- conspired by email communications non-profit NERD Fund employee - Rich Baird, Emergency Manager to be Kevyn Orr, and Mayor Dave Bing on a course of inaction seeking to end at a Federal Bankruptcy Courthouse.

Read more here.
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:19 PM (0 replies)

The Strange Fruit of Juror B37 --- George Zimmerman Trial

Normally, I don't dip my toes in the water of conspiracy theories but in my strong opinion, the fix was in on George Zimmerman's "Not-Guilty" verdict. The line connecting all the dots is Juror B37. I'll post a part the article "The Strange Fruit of Juror B37" here on Democratic Underground but, before I do, let's connect all the tealeaves -- so to speak.

Juror B37 - A Resident of Seminole County, Florida husband is an attorney.

Juror B37 - Possibly has a book deal to detail her actions during the Zimmerman trial

Juror B37 - Attorney Husband is co-authoring the book, with her.

Zimmerman Attorney - Mark O' Mara is President of the Seminole County, Florida Bar

Juror B37 - During the jury selection process claimed she did not watch TV, follow the media but said "riots" occurred in Seminole County, Florida in the city of Sanford after George Zimmerman was not immediately charged with the killing of Trayvon Martin. No such riots occurred.

Juror B37 - Referred to victim Trayvon Martin -- during the jury selection process -- as a "Color Boy" and called his death by the gun of Twin Lakes Condo Watchman George Zimmerman a "unfortunate incident that happened".

Frank Taffee a "friend" of George Zimmerman stated on Fox News last Friday that the Zimmerman jury were 5-1 for acquittal with one hold out for the charge of Manslaugher.

Juror B37 - During a interview on CNN's Anderson Cooper states that one juror held out until the Judge's "non-answer" to the Manslaughter definition question was received back by the jury.

One hour after the Judge requested clarity in the juries question about the manslaughter charge, George Zimmerman is Acquitted of all charges.

Juror B37 - Throughout the interview with Anderson Cooper repeatedly referenced George Zimmerman in the "first person" as George, instead of Mr. Zimmerman or Zimmerman.

Juror B37 - Stated to Cooper she believe the incident between Zimmerman and victim Trayvon Martin was "unfortunate for both individuals" yet she felt sympathy for "George".

Juror B37 - Told Cooper the testimony of a Doctor who was in war describing "the screams of injured soldiers", was the witness who impacted her final verdict to acquit Zimmerman. None of the Doctors testifying during the Zimmerman trial veterans of war. Only the testimony of John Donnelly, describing how George Zimmerman was like a "Son" to him and donated up to $50K to Zimmerman's legal defense fund, testified on hearing the "screams of injured soldiers during Vietnam". Anderson Cooper asked Juror B37 for clarification -- i.e. was she speaking on Donnelly's testimony -- and the Juror continued to insist she was referencing "a doctor" expert testimony.

Remember the song "Strange Fruit" sung by Billie Holiday? The fix of "Strange Fruit" was in I believe, granting George Zimmerman a "not-guilty" verdict -- regardless of the evidence presented.

Here's a link to the article: http://bit.ly/18icCWL
Posted by LovingA2andMI | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 02:58 AM (22 replies)

BREAKING: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has agreed that #SB5 is dead.

Source: Cecile Richards - President of Planned Parenthood

"BREAKING: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has agreed that #SB5 is dead."

https://twitter.com/CecileRichards/status/349788778614890497

Ironically, the VOTING RIGHTS ACT saved filibustering Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) seat in 2012:

"Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who captivated the country with her attempted 13-hour filibuster of a sweeping anti-abortion bill, likely would have lost her seat in 2012 to redistricting if not for the Voting Rights Act that was gutted Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

MSNBC's Zachary Roth reported earlier this month that Republican leaders in Texas tried to slice up Davis' Fort Worth district in 2011 and move thousands of black and Hispanic voters into neighboring districts. But Davis challenged the move in federal court under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act -- a part of the law rendered inoperable by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the law.

Section 5 allows the federal government to prevent states with a history of racial discrimination from making election changes that could affect the voting rights of minorities. Davis told MSNBC that under Texas' new districting plan, minority voters “were being separated very purposely from each other -- and therefore from the power to ever express their preference at the ballot box again.”

Davis and the U.S. Justice Department won the case in August 2012, a few months before elections, and Texas was forced to drop its redistricting plan. Davis was narrowly reelected to her state Senate seat in November."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/wendy-davis-voting-rights-act_n_3500171.html?utm_hp_ref=tw



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May I add that Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte deserves a HUGE HUG and THANK YOU on defending Texas Senator Bill 5 too. Senator Van de Putte, who attended a memorial service for her FATHER today, rushed back to the Texas Senate Chamber to fight this bill. Upon not being recognized to speak by chair after Senator Davis con't filibuster was stopped, Senator Van de Putte took up the cause stating:

"As Republican lawmakers suspended Texas state senator Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster of a contentious abortion bill late Tuesday night, a Democratic lawmaker called out her male colleagues for silencing the legislature's female representatives.

"Did the President hear me or did the President hear me and refuse to recognize me?" state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte asked.

"At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” she asked as the chamber erupted in cheers.

Earlier in the evening, De Putte, whose father died in a car accident last week, helped run out the clock after Republicans suspended the filibuster on the grounds that Davis' discussion of mandatory ultrasound testing was not related to the abortion bill.

“Since I was not able to be here on the floor because of my father’s funeral, I ask that you tell me the three points of order so that I may understand even in the most basic way the debate about to begin,” she said.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/leticia-van-de-putte_n_3500497.html

Texas Citizens won tonight! Yet, what's ironic and truly sad that without the Voting Rights Act Sections 4 & 5, filibustering Senator Wendy Davis, might not have been in the Texas Senate at all!!

Congress NEEDS TO ACT, period!

"I was proud to Stand With Wendy tonight. If Senate Bill 5 becomes law, it will roll back women's rights," from Senator Van de Putte's Facebook page - http://on.fb.me/10kgmo4

Posted by LovingA2andMI | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 04:19 AM (1 replies)
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