Saturday, December 28, 2013

One Reason Why Benton Harbor Residents Live in Fear

His name is Wes Smigielski.  He's a cop who has been allowed to terrorize Benton Harbor for years.

Smigielski has been gunning for the Carter family for about five years. Why? His wife's sister has two children by a member of the Carter family, who happens to be black, and Wes isn't having it.

Here's the latest twisted and terrifying drama he created in this month of December 2013 for a Benton Harbor woman:

Upon answering a false alarm (attempted assault) call in the community, Smigielsi found that the alleged victim was the girlfriend of a Carter family member (brother of the man mentioned above.)  He grilled her about the "assault" and kept hearing the opposite of what he wanted -- she insisted the call was a false alarm and nobody assaulted her.  

Smigielski left the scene and called Child Protective Services resulting in the agency removing this woman's children from her home.  NOT because she was a bad parent, NOT because her home was dirty, NOT because the children weren't fed - only because she didn't give him the answers he wanted which would enable him to send her Carter boyfriend to prison.  

Smigielski forced this woman to testify in court about being assaulted by the Carter man and the court charged her with PERJURY. There was no perjury. She was so intimidated and afraid that she plead guilty to something that was not true.  Smiglielski told her she would never see her children again unless she testified the way he wanted her to.


A code of ethics, if it is to be used for occupational purpose must set a standard above ordinary morality. Otherwise there's no need for a code of ethics at all.

This is especially relevant to police work where it takes more than just a commitment to being an ordinary decent human being.  The ideal police system would be one with 100% integrity.

The Benton Harbor Police Dept. is without integrity.  I, Rev Edward Pinkney, am a daily court-observer in the Berrien County, Mich. courthouse, and I witnessed the human tragedy Smigeilski created this month for an innocent woman. 

Two months ago I went to Wes Smigielski and the BH chief of police to alert them about a minister who is molesting children. They refused to investigate.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Here is another story about this racist cop. 

Rev Edward Pinkney

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Why does Berrien County, Michigan need a 20-ton armored vehicle?

Taliban tested, Berrien approved

County gains 20-ton armored vehicle

Taliban tested, Berrien approved

Friday, November 29, 2013 

By SCOTT AIKEN - HP Staff Writer |

BENTON TOWNSHIP - The Berrien County Sheriff's Department has acquired an armored vehicle built for the armed forces to protect troops from hostile fire and improvised explosive devices.

The MRAP vehicle, for mine-resistant ambush protected, will be used by the department's Tactical Response Unit, which is called to confront shooters or handle other dangerous situations.

The vehicle cost several hundred thousand dollars new. It 
was obtained free through a federal program that distributes excess equipment to assist law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Paul Bailey said the MRAP will be used in training the 26-member TRU team and will be available for quick response.
"It's nice that the military has this program for law enforcement so we can keep our county safe," Bailey said.
The TRU team trains to respond to various emergencies, among them a possible terrorist attack on the D.C. Nuclear Plant and other vital infrastructure. The sheriff's department also has a role in training exercises held by the Palisades Nuclear Plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township.
The MRAP will replace a 1970s armored vehicle, dubbed the Peacekeeper, which was acquired from the federal government years ago. That vehicle will go to the Niles Police Department, Bailey said.
The property program, operated by the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense, does not allow vehicles acquired by law enforcement agencies to be sold. They can be transferred to other departments.
The county Board of Commissioners is to approve a resolution accepting the vehicle at a meeting on Dec. 5.
Bailey said the MRAP modernizes the department's complement of armored vehicles. A Lenco Bearcat was purchased in 2011 with a $270,000 federal Homeland Security grant and local matching funds.
"Instead of the government scrapping it and taking it to the junkyard we'll get some use out of it," Bailey said.
Sheriff's Lt. Dan Jewell, commander of the TRU team, said the MRAP will mean mobility improvements. The 11-foot-tall vehicle, equipped with a rotating turret on top, will provide direct access to second floors of buildings in sniper situations, he said.
The vehicle can travel on or off road, and move at highway speeds.
After radios and other equipment are added and some interior changes made, the MRAP is expected to have a capacity of six or more TRU team members and their gear.
The vehicle is a 2008 MaxxPro, produced by Navister International, a heavy truck maker. It is diesel powered, has an automatic transmission and weighs nearly 20 tons.
Jewell said it saw use by the Army in the Middle East and arrived several weeks ago.
The sheriff's department and Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department both submitted requests for the vehicles.
Bailey said the Berrien Springs department was given the MRAP, but the smaller agency did not need it and transferred it to the sheriff's department.
MRAPs were developed for the Army and Marine Corps to protect troops from improvised explosive devices, homemade bombs often placed along roads in Afghanistan and detonated as vehicles passed. The hull is designed in a V-shape to deflect IED blasts.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Did Whirlpool's "Vote Yes" committee act illegally?

Press Release
Contact Rev. Edward Pinkney, BANCO

Press Conference
Wednesday December 11, 4pm
Benton Harbor City Hall
200 Wall Street

A special election was held on May 7, 2013 for residents to vote on a millage enabling the city to pay bills.

The "Vote Yes" campaign succeeded and was funded by a $4000.00 check written by Whirlpool CEO Jeff Noel.  A committee was selected by mayor James Hightower and emergency manager Tony Saunders to work on this and convince residents to vote "yes."

The members were Mayor Hightower, emergency manager Saunders, Minnie Sims, Cora Robinson, and Sharon Henderson.

--Did this committee register with the county or the state?

--Did the committee accept and spend over $500.00 on the campaign?
--What was the name of the committee? 

--Who paid for the Water Street campaign headquarters?

--Exactly how much money was collected and how much was donated?

--Were any monies left over? 

--What bank was used and in what account were donations deposited? 

--Who was the treasurer? 

--Where is the financial campaign statement? 

--How did the committee fund yard signs, radio air time, etc?

--Since Whirlpool supported the "yes" vote, will the corporation use their power to prevent investigating these crucial questions?

We want a complete investigation by the Michigan Secretary of State and the Berrien County Sheriff's Department.

We will not rest until the pendulum of justice swing both ways.

The formal complaint will be filed on Monday, December 9, 2013, 9am.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Black baby castrated

This case has been handed to me by the Rhodes family to get support for their struggle. Something is seriously wrong when people nonchalantly castrate Black babies. I am hoping to hear from you. I want a letter of some sort written to Congressman Cohen from Memphis. The mother was fired from her job. She had to choose between saving her baby's life or holding a job. This is insane. Please watch the link:


Min. Dr. Randy Short

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Whirlpool wants young, intelligent, problem-solver out of elected office

A recall petition has been filed against Benton Harbor Commissioner Trenton Bowen by William Spinks, a member of Mayor James Hightower's church. This recall, spearheaded by Hightower, is the doing of Whirlpool Corporation. 

Trenton Bowen, age 25, is the only commissioner in at least 25 years to present an idea which would bring revenue to the city.

Whirlpool is on a mission of gentrification: rid the city of Black residents, steal the land, build a new city for the wealthy, for golfers, for a resort.  By any means necessary.  Whirlpool uses residents who can be bought to carry out their mission.  Hightower is Whirlpool's stooge, and they want Bowen out of office.

The recall petition uses the very same wording that James Cornelius used to recall Mayor Hightower. The clarity hearing for Hightower's recall has already been held.

A clarity hearing for the Trenton Bowen recall has been scheduled for Dec. 6, 9am in the boardroom of the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph, Mi.  Please attend if you can.  

We continue to be extremely disappointed in Hightower's collusion with Whirlpool, and his inablity to be honest and truly moral.  Think what we could accomplish in Benton Harbor if ALL residents stood up against the oppressor.  

If a tree falls in a forest and lands on Mayor James Hightower and you cannot hear the tree or the scream, I bet you will hear the applause.  

Rev Edward Pinkney

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Should Whirlpool pay taxes? Benton Harbor must borrow 2.3 million dollars...

The question is: should Whirlpool pay taxes and water bills?  Benton Harbor residents must pay taxes and water bills.  

Whirlpool does NOT pay any taxes or water bills to Benton Harbor.

Mayor James Hightower, and City Commissioners Duane Seats and Sharon Henderson, all strong Whirlpool supporters, were the only ones at the recent commission meeting to support a 2.3 million loan the city must borrow from the
state to pay their bills.  These three did NOT support the city income tax which
would have produced 3.5 million dollars and forced the corporations to pay a
fair share.
The Benton Harbor City Commissioners voted 5-3 Monday to reject the emergency manager's deficity elimination plan which includes the 2.3 million
dollar loan from the state.  BH residents must pay this debt.
The city income tax would have eliminated the debt.  Commissioner Marcus 
Muhammad said he could not support the city taking on more debt.  "You can't cut your way out and you can't borrow your way out of debt," he said.  Those
are two basic principles of finance.
Whirlpool supporters want the city of Benton Harbor to now take out a 2.3 million dollar loan so Whirlpool will not have to pay their fair share of taxes an water bills.

Somebody needs ask Mayor Hightower how he can sleep at night when he continues to support and enable the greed of Whirlpool at the expense of
Benton Harbor.  Because of his corporate collusion, he is directly responsible for the most severe poverty in any municipality in Michigan.

Rev Edward Pinkney

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Every Sunday 5pm ET
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Whirlpool Corp. Downgraded

Whirlpool Corp. Downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James (WHR)

Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) was downgraded by equities researchers at Raymond James from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday, reports. They currently have a $150.00price target on the stock. Raymond James’ target price would indicate a potential downside of 0.36% from the company’s current price.
The analysts wrote, “Despite a generally in-line October AHAM report, we downgrade WHR from Outperform to Market Perform ahead of what we believe will be increased investor attention/concern around a more promotional Black Friday at retail. We deem the downgrade ‘tactical’ in nature, as we still see a generally favorable 2014 operating environment with flattish price/mix and positive productivity against generally benign raw material inflation. The shares have reached our price target, and are trading in line with the historical median multiple relative to the S&P. The short interest (3%) remains as low as it’s been in a decade, further limiting downside protection.”
Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) traded up 0.57% on Tuesday, hitting $151.40. 332,641 shares of thecompany’s stock traded hands. Whirlpool Corp. has a 1-year low of $96.55 and a 1-year high of $152.93. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $142. and its 200-day moving average is $132.5. The company has a market cap of $11.884 billion and a P/E ratio of 15.84.
Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) last released its earnings data on Tuesday, October 22nd. The company reported $2.72 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $2.61 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $4.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.74 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.80 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Whirlpool Corp. will post $10.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Sunday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. This represents a $2.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.66%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 13th.
WHR has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Longbow Research reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Whirlpool Corp. in a research note to investors on Thursday, November 14th. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Whirlpool Corp. in a research note to investors on Wednesday, October 30th. They now have a $156.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at McLean Capital Management upgraded shares of Whirlpool Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note to investors on Friday, October 25th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $154.60.
In other Whirlpool Corp. news, Insider Michael Todman sold 23,943 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.82, for a total value of $3,539,254.26. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.