Thursday, December 30, 2010
A tragedy. A shock. Extremely sad news for all who knew this special man. Minister Ron Smith was one of the best friends I have ever known. Minister Ronald Smith passed away on Friday September 5, 2008 from a heart attack. I am still very shook up from this news and will let our readers know more as soon as I get it. He was such an incredible man and just recently brought the 2008 Million Man March to Michigan. Minister Ronald Smith was also the founder of the National Fatherhood Summit and was one of the co-founders of the Family Preservation Festival. Minister Ronald Smith was co-author of the book Cheated. Minister Ronald Smith was the CEO of Children Need Both Parents, Inc. Most of all Minister Ronald Smith was an amazing father and husband!
Minister Ronald Smith was actively involved with Michigan House Bill 4564 (shared parenting) and Michigan House Joint Resolution NN (2008) (Parental Rights)
My thoughts are with Ron and his family right now.
Below is a very well known video of Minister Ronald Smith. Incredible speech which I had the pleasure of filming and watching live in Iowa.
God Bless Ron - We ALL love you! "My brother from another mother"
Family rights advocates across the country are mourning the death of former Senator Nancy Schaefer. The bodies of Schaefer and her husband Bruce were found by their daughter Friday. They were both in the bedroom of their home in Georgia, and each had been shot once.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that The Georgia Bureau of Investigation found a suicide note written by Bruce, who was alledgedly suffering from cancer. Nancy had been shot in the back and Bruce was shot in the chest. People who knew Nancy balked at the idea that she committed a murder-suicide, as had been reported earlier, claiming a devout Christian wouldn't do such a thing.
Several people have posted on facebook that they had just spoken with Nancy, some saying they'd recently been with the couple. Each one saying that everything seemed fine. Mary Cadei Johnson wrote that she and Nancy had discussed, "the excitement of being able to meet each other in DC this July," adding, "she wanted to help me with a speech for my oldest daughter to give at the [Family Preservation] festival regarding Sibling Alienation."
Conservative Nancy Schaefer gained respect from both conservative and liberal family rights advocates for her bold and brave work exposing the corruption in Child Protection Services (CPS) and the US family courts. She gave a speech at the World Congress on Families in the Netherlands last year where she described how the US govt. was involved in human trafficking. View the speech HERE. Another speech on the subject can be seen in the video below.Rumors abound that the couple were murdered for her work exposing this corruption, and that it was made to look like a murder-suicide.
One of the brightest, articulate and assertive advocates of Child Protective Services reform, Bill Bowen, has died of a heart attack.
Before his death, Bowen was trying to raise money to produce a full length version of his 30 minute documentary film, Innocence Destroyed. Innocence Destroyed exposes the deaths of thousands of children while in the care of Child Protective Services.
I had several long late night conversations with Bill Bowen via telephone this summer and while we talked about everything, and while he had many irons in the fire, his top priority was finishing Innocence Destroyed as well as helping people initiate class action lawsuits against Child Protective Services agencies in all fifty states.
Bowen, a former fire fighter and federal investigator, is also known for exposing the New York City Fire Department in a book, Radio Silence F.D.N.Y. The Betrayal of New York's Bravest, which he coauthored with Battalion Chief John Joyce. The book describes how 125 New York City firefighters and numerous civilians lost their lives on 9/11 due to problems with their two-way radios.
Many of us only became friends with Bill in the past year. Some of us hooked up with him on Facebook, where he had many friends.
We will all miss him.
My hope is that a filmmaker will take up where Bill left off and finish his documentary because I believe it is what he wanted to leave as his legacy.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Gov.-elect Rick Snyder has told Michigan Department of Corrections Director Patricia Caruso, recently named the country’s top corrections director, that her services won’t be needed after Jan. 1. That’s not surprising, even though Caruso wanted to stay — governors normally bring in their own cabinets — but it does raise questions about the drift of the department, especially its nationally recognized re-entry programs. Snyder has not announced a replacement. I hope he asks former Gov. William Milliken for some advice (though Milliken told me today he's not interested in the job himself).
Milliken, who supported and is reportedly close to Snyder, has shown more guts and intelligence on criminal justice issues than any highly visible public official in Michigan. In an interview on commutations two years ago, he told me: “When an injustice occurs, a wrong needs to be corrected, and a governor is the only person who can do it.”
As a Republican governor, Milliken made mistakes he lived to regret, including signing Michigan’s notorious 650 lifer law in 1979. The law was aimed at kingpin drug dealers but instead handed out life sentences to many addicts and small-time dealers. Milliken later said that signing the law, eventually overtured by the Legislature, was the biggest mistake of his administration, calling it harsh and vindictive. He spent years lobbying and speaking about smarter and more humane criminal justice policies.
Whoever follows Caruso would do well not to throw out efforts to rightsize Corrections, or prisoner re-entry programs that aim to give parolees a better chance to succeed in the community. The administration closed 13 of the state’s 47 prisons while crime rates went down, and Michigan’s re-entry programs got national and even international attention. This month, the Association of State Correctional Administrators named Caruso outstanding director.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Why should you vote for Rick Snyder or Virg Bernero? Neither party has addressed issues dealing with our civil liberties and what they are going to do correct the corruption within the Department of Human Services.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Michigan law only allows couples married to each other to adopt. See M.C.L. §710.24; Matter fo
Adams, 473 N.W.2d 712 (Mich. App. 1991)(holding that two persons not married to each other
cannot jointly adopt a child). In 2004, Michigan’s Attorney General issued an opinion that same sex couples who are legally married in another state may not adopt in Michigan as a couple
because Michigan does not recognize same-sex marriages from other states, nor does it allow
same-sex couples to marry in Michigan. See Op. Mich. Att’y Gen 7160 (2004).
Michigan Chief County Judge Archie Brown issued a memo on June 4, 2002, banning judges throughout Washtenaw County from awarding second-parent adoptions to the unmarried partners of biological parents. This appears to prohibit second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples throughout the state, since Ann Arbor’s Washtenaw County was the only one of the state’s 83 counties where such adoptions were granted. See Memo: Judge Archie C. Brown to JuvenileDivision Staff, June 4, 2002; Detroit Free Press, July 25, 2002.
****This is from a news article and not from me****
Chief Judge Archie Brown in June of 2002 made national news when he ordered his clerks not to accept adoption applications from unmarried couples and re-assigned all such pending cases before other judges in his circuit to himself. The significance of this ruling was to prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. Washtenaw County had been the only one of the 83 counties in Michigan to allow such couples to engage in the adoption process. Judge Nancy Francis had been the first judge to permit such adoptions and Judge Donald Shelton continued the practice. The impetus for Brown’s action was a request from conservative Chief Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan directed to Brown to prevent such adoptions; Brown responded by issuing a directive to judges in his circuit not to allow such adoptions. Judge Shelton resisted this directive by responding that Brown had no authority to direct him on how to interpret the law as his authority as the circuit’s chief judge only encompassed administrative matters. Brown replied by re-assigning such pending cases to himself and dismissing those adoption applications. This conduct of Brown imposed a profound and devastating hardship on those unmarried couples who were already well along in the adoption process in Washtenaw County. The American Civil Liberties Union and gay and lesbian advocacy groups did all they could to oppose Brown but it was to no avail; Brown caved in to Corrigan and would not budge. In the 2004 22nd Circuit Court judicial elections, gay and lesbian advocates supported a write-in opposition to Brown and over 1,600 write-in votes were recorded against Brown, including over eighty in one City of Ann Arbor precinct alone. Larry Kestenbaum was one of the local elected officials who spoke out against Brown’s actions. I salute Messrs. Shelton and Kestenbaum as well as the ACLU in 2002 for their actions in opposing Brown’s conduct, which many saw as a thinly-veiled attempt to discriminate against the gay and lesbian community. I wish to express my earnest desire that an acceptable candidate file to run against Chief Judge Archie C. Brown in 2010 so that what occured in 2002 cannot happen again; this opportunity was squandered in the 2004 22nd circuit judicial election.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
CPS of Washtenaw County is corrupted and it filters all the way to DHS in Lansing along with Mike Cox's office.
How many state agencies does it take to keep the TRUTH suppressed? My history speaks for itself, I'm not new to doing an investigation or understanding if someone has not a thorough investigation. DHS to the Attorney General's Office is corrupted. These agencies who are suppose to be protecting children as Mandated Reporters have been protecting a criminal by covering up lack of one by not doing their job. What happen to protecting the children that is what they are getting paid to do?
Let's take a look in Joyce A. Mansfield record and how many times she has lied on the stand... How can she not be prosecuted for lying on the stand and destroying lives? How many times does someone have to ask CPS to provided them with the records of an investigation before CPS will finally turn over the records? Please do not insult my intelligence any further Mr. Yager and turn over the records. You are corrupted.