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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Restoring the Revenue: Rep. Cushingberry seeks to help Michigan Agriculture with House Bill 6040 The Farm to School Grant Act.

The Friends of Cushingberry
By Hard Core Detroiter
April 18, 2010

Our friend George supports this bill introduced by State Representative Jennifer Haase (D-Richmond) because it would be an absolute benefit to the Detroit Public School System. School districts in Michigan will be eligible for grants up to $15,000 from the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of purchasing locally produced food products for their districts. This would allow approved farm product producers to supply a local school district with a healthy lunch instead of fast food.

Public schools would have the choice of placing trays of Oranges, Apples, and Bananas in the halls for students to munch on while they are on the way to class. For instance Oranges are very good because the natural juices in the orange will kill germs on teeth and taste better than toothpaste.

A list of local farm producers will be created and maintained by the Department as a directory for local school districts to select from. This bill provides for the structure of this project to be administered within the department. Some of the hidden benefits are:

1.Gardens in the city will also serve as a social gathering spot for senior citizens to hang out in the neighborhood.
2.Colleges and Universities like Michigan State with an agriculture program and a county extension service will benefit by providing support and learning opportunities for students.
3.Encouraging local school districts to acquire empty lots in cites to serve as a training program for K-12 students. Currently some school districts in Michigan have some form of a science program that teaches children how to grow now.

Currently Michigan ranks #1 in unemployment in rural counties in the United States with Alabama a close second. This is according to this 2009 map of the United States excluding urban counties.

(Click here for Rural Unemployment in United States by County Map).

If you would like to see this bill become law please e-mail your State Representative and Senator. If you are not a State of Michigan Resident, contact Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (Click Here for the Gov.). If you are sending an e-mail please place the bill number in the subject line of the message. Include your voting address to allow your message to be forwarded to the proper representative.

Subject line example (HB 6040 – Farm to School Grant Act Support/Opposed/Neutral).

If you have additional comments or ideas on this bill, please use our blog to leave a message because your input is appreciated. Given the total number of sponsors on this bill, contacting your Representative will make it a law before the end of the year.

(Read the full Context House Bill 6040 by Clicking Here)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How privatizing Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program will benefit the Citizens of Michigan. Hearing in Lansing MI. April 15, 2010 @ 10AM

The Friends of Cushingberry
By Richard C. Clement
April 15, 2010

“A 420 Technology Slam in Lansing MI”

A slam is an event where people with similar traits go to ‘show their stuff’. For instance Poets have a poetry slam where a group of poets get together and let out their best verses to an audience. The Information technology profession has events like give camps and computer competitions.

The House of Representatives Intergovernmental and Oversight Committee will meet on April 15, 2010 @ 10AM at the State Capitol 3rd floor room 352, to settle a dispute between public and privatization. The hearing will be recorded by MGTV for the record if you happen to miss it. The State will be represented by David Neuman, legislative liaison for the Department of Information Technology. The challengers are two companies who have applications currently running in other states. At this hearing the defendants will state to the committee on having the best process to handle the deluge of applications coming into the program. The current process is unmanageable due to the increasing volume of applications and the tactical misuse of State Employees in a clerical function.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana program has been wildly successful for the State of Michigan in regards to public interest and participation. The sheer volume of applications received is a testament to the fact that the people of the state voted to allow the use of Marijuana as a medical solution instead of being a problem. There has been an explosion in the number of medical doctors who are writing recommendations for Medical Marijuana so much so that there is a 120 backlog of applications from the date of receipt by the Department of Community Health.

When an application is received, they are reviewed on the spot for completeness within the 15 day review period. Then they go to the backlog pile and wait to be processed. Processing includes calling the doctor who did the recommendation to verify the application. This is a problem for patients and law enforcement employees who have to make a snap decision on the street. Sometimes it is a poor and un-informed choice based on the documentation provided to the officer, prosecutors, and judges.

By privatizing the process the taxpayers will benefit because the software to do the job is already working in other Medical Marijuana states. Law enforcement agencies will have the information to make intelligent and sound decisions regarding Marijuana. Participants will be served faster and renewed much quicker if the system was privatized. State Government is going through too many layoffs, furloughs, payless paydays, and other cost cutting measures to implement a system of this magnitude. There is no need to re-invent the wheel and allowing State employees to use tax dollars to conduct study after study while they are behind is a waste of money and time.

The target time of April 20, 2010 @ 4:20AM has been changed to April 20, 2010 @ 4:20PM for a full presentation before a bi-partisan group of private citizens, technology experts, Senators and Representatives. The reason for the time change is to accommodate the non-technical employees and cooperation with computer geeks and nerds who do not have regular sleeping hours. Michigan’s new Medical Marijuana Law has already generated jobs and opportunities in dispensaries, agriculture, and the computer field. The addition of 5 staffers by the Medical Marijuana program is a band-aid and is not a permanent solution. Given the rate of applications coming in at 80 per day, it will take another 2-6 months to address the backlog if ever.

We believe that the solution to the backlog is in the tactical use of technology. The Department of Community Health MMJ program does not have resources to maintain and implement the program in a cost effective manner. The popularity of the program and the increased volume of applications will overwhelm the current staff at the current pace. Placing the process out for public bid will bring in the best and brightest minds from the private sector to vastly improve the management of information and will bring the Department of Community health into compliance with the law as voted on by the voters.

If you favor privatizing the processing of applications for the Medical Marijuana program please let your comments be known by entering it on our blog for public review and, e-mailing your personal State Representative in Lansing MI.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Out of the Hospital! – A Status Report on our friend George and High Blood Pressure.

The Friends of Cushingberry
By Richard C. Clement
April 13, 2010

As of this writing, our friend is out of the hospital and resting comfortably at home in Detroit. He will be back to work by Thursday at the latest to return to duty. High blood pressure is the leading cause of many debilitating diseases and death. It is often called the silent killer. Eating habits such as eating and laying down over a long period of time will increase the risk. Certain foods like salt are a primary cause of raising your pressure also.

My friend George and I urge all of you to constantly monitor your pressure. Blood pressure cuffs may be covered by your health insurance co-pay and is fairly inexpensive (under $20). Other activities like dancing, farming, and walking help in the battle against this silent killer. Additionally, there is more information from this link provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute ( that has very good information regarding the monitoring and managing of your blood pressure.

There is an old saying going around the neighborhood that “it is better to be seen, than viewed”. Please check with his staff for the latest information regarding meetings and other State of Michigan business. If you have any questions regarding the status of committee meetings please check with the clerk at 517 373 8080. Your thoughts and prayers were felt and welcome.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Clarification on Stephen G. Scofes of Scofes Associates & the Medical Marijuana Program hearing on 4/15/2010 Lansing MI

The Friends of Cushingberry
April 9, 2010
by Richard Clement T.F.O.C.

The hearing on April 15, 2010 at the State Capitol in Lansing Michigan will be held as scheduled. At the hearing in addition to State Police Officials, there will be members from the Departments of Community Health and Information Technology. Scofes Associates is a company that represents other companies. Mr. Scofes does not own the software but speaks for other companies that do own the software and performs the actual work. He travels all over the country to speak for other companies who need a professional representative to appear in person.

His clients have the solution to save the taxpayers a lot of money because the Department is in violation of State Law by not processing cards within the 20 day period. This system can be quickly implemented at a minimal cost. The date of April 20, 2010 at 4:20AM remains a target date for action and a day when the citizen Computer Geeks of the world step up to the plate of public service. The law was well written by a group of excellent lawyers and advisors.

When the mechanics of the law was finally implemented, the process began to bog-down with delays in processing. The tools of technology were completely overlooked and ignored. This explains the 120 day backlog in processing because of a paper only process. The citizen geeks of the world by stepping up to the plate will solve this problem for the benefit of the people by automating the entire process. By enabling the minds, passion, and talents of the geek world, this process will be brought into compliance with the law.

If you would like to send written comment to your Michigan House of Representative member in Lansing please click here to do so. In the subject line of your message please say something along the lines of: (Support/Oppose – Marijuana Info Systems Upgrade). If you are a former or Non-Michigan resident, please contact Governor Jennifer M. Granholm by clicking here.

Pure Michigan includes Medical Marijuana, Industrial Hemp and, will create new job opportunities in the Great Lake State, all the way from Davidson and Livernois in Detroit, to Montmorency County, to Escanaba, Marquette, and Sault Ste Marie. With the high unemployment numbers in our State, creating manufacturing jobs and hope is a top priority in our community.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rep. Cushingberry places a hold on House Bill 5976 – Distressed Municipal Pension System Act. An update from Our Friend George in Lansing Michigan.

The Friends of Cushingberry
April 8, 2010

The recent 9 to 0 vote by the City Council contradicts the communication coming from Mayor’s office regarding the status of the pension system. With all of the votes counted our friend George has no other choice but to keep the bill in committee until the City Council approves it. Given all of the transparency issues regarding the pension system, it will be up to the citizens and the leadership of the City of Detroit to straighten the books and stabilize the financial turmoil with this account. To get a full picture of the situation, T.F.O.C. Blogger Richard Clement met with Rep. Cushingberry to find out what is going on.

T.F.O.C.: What is going on with the vote at City Council regarding the pension system?

Rep. Cushingberry: This bill will remain in committee until the City Council approves it. I venture to guess if the city council does not approve it then it will never get out of the committee.”

T.F.O.C.: Do you know when this will happen?

Rep. Cushingberry: I don’t know at this time but I always have my lines of communication open to anyone and follow very closely the activities of City leadership. Detroit is in my blood and DNA and I am very proud of that fact.

T.F.O.C.: Looks to me that City Council is saying that the pension system will be “blessed instead of being distressed” by City leaders instead of the State of Michigan.

Rep. Cushingberry: I respect the decision of the City Council and as you know Richard, I will always support the best interests of the people. I am glad that City Council is speaking up regarding the pension system and hopefully the issue will be resolved. Hey Richard, I have to go back to work for the people, thanks for calling.

T.F.O.C.: Thank you for your time and concern for the citizens, we appreciate you looking out for our citizens best interests.

The T.F.O.C. blog poll has % 95 percent accuracy rate on topics such as Industrial Hemp Research at Michigan State University, Medical Marijuana, and picking Mayor Bing as the next Mayor with a margin of error of +/- 2 votes. As of this date Karl Rove is not wearing a tether like former Mayor Kilpatrick for lying as of yet. Polling is not an exact science but follows trends and the environment that the poll is taken in.

There is still time to vote because the vote will end on April 15, 2010. Your comments are logged on our blog because we encourage public comment. These comments are analyzed and reviewed by T.F.O.C. and staff members from Rep. Cushingberry’s office in Lansing and Detroit. Finally we want you to join the Push for our friend Cush to move to the Michigan State Senate, District #4 in 2010 to keep fighting for the good of the people.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A list of 92 accomplishments by the Obama Administration since taking office as of April 1, 2010.

The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.
April 1, 2010

For all of you Obama Haters and especially the African American “Tea-baggers”, this is a list of completed tasks by President Barack H. Obama since taking office in January 20, 2009 @ 12:01PM EST. An African American Tea-Bagger is usually one who has a self-hating image of an African American in any type of authoritative position.

The composition of the "Tea-bagger" membership is overwhelmingly Caucasian. Most of them, if not all of them, already have healthcare services from the Government. Government programs like Medicaid, VA benefits and Medicare is the norm. If they are owners of any business, they usually are the lowest payers regarding to wages when it comes to any job. African American Teabaggers are viewed as the “blacks to hold the others back” if they are in a management position or other position of authority. Some of them are using the sanctuary of the Church to perform this shameful job on people.

The person responsible for this list is Robert P. Watson , Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies Lynn University Boca Raton Florida. This list has been floating around the internet but would never appear in mainstream publications. Therefore, we at the friends decided to capture the list and make it available to the general public.

If you have any comments, feel free to contact President Obama at the White House today..

1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House
11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
16. New federal funding for science and research labs
17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
18.. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
20. New funds for school construction
21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
22. US Auto industry rescue plan
23. Housing rescue plan
24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
26. US financial and banking rescue plan
27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the
SEALS to do their job
36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service
42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba , allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
44. Expanding vaccination programs
45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
51. Lower drug costs for seniors
52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
54. Improved housing for military personnel
55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
57. Increasing student loans
58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
60. Established a new cyber security office
61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20
years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new
procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber
units and operations, etc.
62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the
federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
66. Improving benefits for veterans
67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
74. Making more loans available to small businesses
75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with
renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
86. Held first Seder in White House
87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform
91. Got Health Care for all Americans that do not have health insurance.

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office - Good Stuff on the Internet