Thursday, February 23, 2017

Update concerning immigration arrests in Ypsilanti

Wednesday I reported that WICIR stated that reports had been made regarding immigration arrests in Ypsilanti. Reports were that ICE arrested immigrants in Ypsilanti early Wednesday morning.

As of Thursday afternoon The Ann Arbor News/mlive has confirmed that four people were taken into custody by ICE "who were here illegally" according to a quote in the mlive article.

Wednesday the organization WICIR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights) sent out an alert on their facebook page regarding arrests made by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in Ypsilanti.

Many residents in Ypsilanti are understandably upset, concerned and anxious about these arrests and seemingly much more aggressive Trump immigration policies. Many individuals have taken to social media to express their anxiety in relation to what appears to be greatly stepped up immigration arrests locally and nationally.

WICIR has posted a very valuable video on its facebook page produced by Michigan Immigrant Rights Center titled Family Preparedness "Train the Trainers. According the post, "The video is designed to give background and an orientation to members of the community who would like to share "Know your rights" and other information to prepare for encounters with immigration enforcement."  According to Michigan Immigrant Rights Center the goal of the video to prepare immigrants to know their rights and provide information in communities effected by immigration enforcement. In these times this information is much needed.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WICIR states that reports have been made regarding immigration arrests in Ypsilanti.

The organization WICIR (Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition For Immigrant Rights) sent out an alert on their facebook page Wednesday regarding arrests made by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in Ypsilanti.  According to a post on the WICIR facebook page, "This morning immigration agents arrested some folks in Ypsilanti. There have been a number of reports of immigration enforcement activity on the major Ypsi roads."  To be clear, these are quotes from the WICIR facebook page. I need to stress that these reports are unconfirmed.

Wednesday afternoon Purple Walrus Press contacted ICE media relations department seeking information regarding information posted by WICIR. ICE media relations replied to PWP Wednesday evening stating that they are checking into the matter. As of 9:00 pm Wednesday evening I am waiting for information from ICE regarding immigration arrests in Ypsilanti.

Stay tuned for more information.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NEXUS Pipeline / Concern over gas odorization permit waiver application.

Last week U.S.  Representative Debbie Dingell submitted a letter to Howard Mac McMillian who is Executive Director of the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration U.S Department of Transportation in reference to the NEXUS Pipeline. In the letter Debbie Dingell stated her concern and disapproval over the fact that Spectra Energy, who is leading the project, applied fo a special permit to waive gas odorization requirements for the NEXUS Pipeline.

According to the letter sent by Dingell, "While Spectra argues that odorizing gas in the pipeline will be cost prohibitive and technologically difficult, it is critical to ensure that the public has proper input into these decisions and public safety is always protected."

According to the NEXUS website their proposal is to,"Construct a 255 mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline to deliver 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of clean-burning natural gas from Eastern Ohio to an already existing pipeline in Southeastern Michigan." The pipeline would eventually end at an Ontario storage facility.

According to the letter written by Dingell to the Department of Transportation,"Not only would removing the odorization requirements endanger the health, safety and welfare of local residents, it would also be in conflict with the U.S. Department of Transportation's commitment to addressing environmental justice in low-income and minority populations."

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Not My President's Day / No Pipeline protest held at Ypsilanti Water Tower.

A demonstration was held in front of the Water Tower in Ypsilanti Monday night protesting in response to President Trumps recent Presidential order to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline. Demonstration organizers were intent on bringing awareness to Not My President's Day, Dakota Access Pipeline (NO DAPL), NO Nexus, and Shut Down Line #5. The organizers also collected donations for Standing Rock.

Roughly 50 people participated in Monday evenings protest at the Water Tower across from the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Many protesters carried signs such as Water is Life, and NO NEXUS PL.

The NEXUS Pipeline is a proposed gas transmission line that begins in Kensington, Ohio and ends at a storage facility center in Ontario. The proposed pipeline would run through Toledo and Michigan.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
NO DAPL organizer speaks during Protest Monday. Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Art of the Handshake.

By Bob Resch. Purple Walrus Press.

Have you noticed when President Trump shakes hands, he puts a little
extra into it?  When he greets friends and foreign dignitaries, he'll
shake for about 5 seconds, which is standard, BUT THEN,  he'll PULL
the other person IN toward him.  This is unusual.  This is elevating
glad-handing to a new level!

Webster's Dictionary defines a handshake as: "a gripping of each
others hand in a greeting or agreement."

There's much to be said about a simple handshake, BUT,  Mr. Trump,
known for his book, 'The Art of the Deal',  has lead me to a topic I'm
sure he would call:


It happens in most cultures around the world. There are many styles.
Many methods. More importantly, there's a subliminal message expressed
in every person's handshake.  I can't speak for Mr. Trump, but to me,
the optics show his handshake signifies strength and dominance with
the caveat of  'I am in control here AND you will obey me' kind of a
feeling.  A little weird, but hey, he is the President, and it is
President's Day.

Now, in honor of Mr. Trump and because he is a New Yorker, I am
unofficially calling this: "THE YANKee Handshake'.  The YANK for
short!   It must me noted that he was mocked by the press and the YANK
handshake called "awkward"  when he pressed the flesh with Japan's
prime minister Shinzo Abe. I mean it went on, and on......for like 30
seconds.  Weird!!   I was pleasantly surprised to see Canadian Prime
Minister Trudeau was aware and prepared and giving no ground to Mr.
Trump when they shook hands a day later.

Let's look at some other forms of:


The Standard Handshake is commonly called The Firm Handshake. Palms
meet. Up and down movement for 3 to 6 seconds and release.  The
standard issue. No frills.  Friendly.  Strictly business.

The Dead Fish.  A limp hand that signifies passive indifference and
weakness.  These folks are quite introverted.

Sweaty Palms.   A cold, nervous tension in the hand denoting shyness.

The Crusher.   So strong the it can make the average person wince in
pain.  This denotes a controlling personality.

The Hand Hug.  Left hand covering the other persons right hand.  Used
by Politicians to signify warmth, honesty and trustworthiness.

The Dominator.  When a person points the right hand down it connotes
power and dominance.

The Soul Brotha' Shake.  Palms meet with a slight slap, then, each
person grips the others thumb for a couple of seconds, then a release
to palm to palm, then, slide into a finger clutch for a second and
release with an occasional snap of the fingers, all while touching
shoulders in a half hug.  All this denotes being in the Inner Circle.
This is about as close as you can get to a secret handshake.

The High or Low Five.  These two qualify because the palms do come
together.  Both have a loud slap sound signifying joy, happiness and

The Gunslinger.   I learned this one from  LLoyd Carr, the Michigan
Football coach in the mid 90's.  The right hand starts at the hip and
swings toward the other person's hand.  The palms meet with a solid
slap and then a normal shake ensues.  If this is done right when the
palms meet they might make a "pop" sound.  The ULITMATE SHOW OF

The Sports Team Shuck and Jive.  Game time dramatics.  Some of the
players have such incredibly complex hand shakes and dances, they defy

So there you have it.  These are just some examples of the manner,
method, and social significance of a common everyday occurrence.  The
basic handshake.  It's communication.  It's symbolic.  It's revealing.
It's a way for people to express their inner self.  After all, thanks
to Mr. Trump, we must understand, it's all about.....


Bob Resch. Purple Walrus Press.