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Monday, February 13, 2017

Now Let's Talk...For Real

 Alllllllright, rosebuds, It's Monday, and you know what that means.....

The weekend was a tornado of chaos and entertainment, but now the work week is back again and we are getting back to work.  Let's quickly recap:  Crying, moaning, sideways mung, kicked off HamFest, Trump comparisons (which by the way, so lazy and 2016), and lots of fake meetings and pats on the back.
Not gonna lie, I had a blast in between my bouts of depression, but now its time to get to the real work at hand.  And anybody who thinks we have gotten lazy, even meaner, and not "funny"  (that one's for you Chris), and you want to piss us off (actually its only me these days so) me off.  Then actually do some homework and lets slide down the surface of things.........
 I spent the day getting annoyed by all this festival tomfoolery. The thing that was ticking away at me the most was this whole connection to Ben's Encore and the "registered 501(c)3" blather. Now that I do some work with boards I know there's all sorts of rules and regulations that go with that and particularly fundraising. The most interesting thing to me is that Ben's Encore doesn't show up in the State AG database.  Is this true.  I used the public links provided and couldn't find anything. Then, on the charity website, there's a link that's supposed to connect to their exempt organization status with the IRS...but the link is now dead and when I searched for their name nothing comes up.  Is this true, or did I mess up the search? It actually looks their exemption got revoked in May 2016 because they didn't file a 990. It might not be the same Ben's Encore but just saying... and how many Ben's Encore's are there anyway?  Is this true?  I used the links provided by the gov websites and found nothing.  The revocation only happens when you failed to file for three straight years. Something's fucky going on herrrrrrre.  Is this true?

There could also be some funny stuff with the HMF statement that ALL proceeds go to the charity. Essentially, that just means all net proceeds go to the charity--there is a ton of stuff HMF (which just refers to itself as a community organization) should be doing in collecting money, donating to the charity and then a bunch of stuff the charity should be doing after receiving the funds.  None of this has ever been publically provided.  Am I wrong?
Anyway, I was mostly just curious when they refer to this committee and themselves as an organization but do they realize everything that goes with that? Do they actually have operating expenses (are they paying the sound guys?) Are the bars donating things like beer sales? Is this committee receiving something for their time even though they claim to be volunteers?. Depending on how official of a community organization they are, there could also be rules tied into how they have to hold committee meetings, giving proper notice prior to meetings or special meetings (like the phantom/fake one they kicked us out at), and keeping minutes of committee meetings.  EVERY  PERSON comparing us to Trump the past week are the same people who are crying for him to release his tax returns....So.....lets be consistent kids.  Where is the outcry and ownership for the HamFest board??  Why have they not held an "emergency fake meeting" to kick off Golden Torso for their sexist remarks which were made on a public Facebook page, rather than a blog you have to click on to read?

Here are a cup a links to verify this that I'm sure you will not click because its so much easier to just look away like you do with L.M (sorry, had to; too easy AND RIGHT IN EVERYBODYS FACES), but anyway, this is the JCM and we just released the elephant in the room.  Oh and can we get somebody to translate everything I said to Queen Kwong, not because of a language barrier (that would be racist) but because she's not very intelligent .  She needs the help....

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/exempt-organizations-select-check

https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/displayRevocation.do?dispatchMethod=displayRevokeInfo&revocationId=660925&ein=454049956&exemptTypeCode=al&isDescending=false&totalResults=3&postDateTo=&ein1=&state=MI&dispatchMethod=searchRevocation&postDateFrom=&country=US&city=&searchChoice=revoked&indexOfFirstRow=0&sortColumn=ein&resultsPerPage=25&names=Ben%27s+Encore&zipCode=&deductibility=

http://multistatefiling.org/n_appendix.htm#michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-17337_18095---,00.html

http://www.idealist.org/info/Nonprofits/Dev3

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sarbanesoxleyact.asp


So, to anybody who says we're just looking for attention, the attention is now on you.  Commence disappearing and continue looking away.  But when you're done....follow....the buzzards.

*Update....stay tuned for the dirty work of Third Man Records sending money to a fake charity to be filtered out to who knows because Ben's Encore has not filed with the IRS in 3 (third man?) years.  Now.....if I'm wrong, let me know. 

* Also the JCM street team has discovered that Queen Kwong herself has a charity "Motor Kitty Rescue", and as an owner of multiple cats, I think it is a great idea.  However, they are not registered with the IRS either, thus nobody knows where the money is going.  All of this was found out using the links above.  Public record doofuses.  If you think I'm just slandering the entitled, look them up yourself, and then ask....where is my money really going?????



From the Iceman Commeth,
Bryan Metro (and Pete)

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bravo again Metro.
Good post – glad you’re investigating the misrepresentation of a charity or whatever else they are doing that’s underhanded. I applaud it.

Nice try tho you crazy bastard. If that was your real problem, you would have started there. But you didn’t.

You started where you always start; by insulting people for the way they look and degraded them by saying racists and misogynistic things you sick bastards. Why do you do this – mommy didn't give enough attention?

Why don’t you just admit that’s what you are? Say it. We all know it’s true. Be a man you crazy bastard and own who you are. Insecure, lonely, sad, racist, misogynistic, carpetbagger, used car salesman and an unattractive sad little boy.

Admit you band is terrible – say it you sick bastard

Admit you have no idea how to make the “music scene” better – here or any place else – say it!

And saying “Hey Golden Torso are as bad or worse than us” is so juvenile and so Trumpy. Ha ha – you guys are the best you crazy bastards

-jr sucks

Bryan Metro said...

You're right Chrissy....we are the best.
I absolutely love how you ignore all of the red flags....the Lee Majors/little dudes deal (were you one.....back a while ago of course) but I love how you didn't even comment on the facts that Ben's Encore has officially been proven as a fraud and that Third Man Record has been filtering in money into it and for the past 3 years, nobody knows where it's going. I may not be in "funny" mode pal, but I am in real mode. Pffft....coming from the guy who tried to fuck my gf in 2010. Piss off kiddo.

Anonymous said...

First of all, everybody fucked your girlfriend back in 2010.

Secondly, I’m not ignoring anything. I’m not an investigative journalist trying to break the great MTBO scam. Who fucking cares.

Thirdly, I’m am trying to get you to stop playing a shell game with truth about who you are. The kind of person who would fit in well on the Trump team. The kind of person that disgusts most people with normal human decency. Simple shit – love thy neighbor, do unto others, lend a helping hand. You must have been picked on as a kid. Now you get your chance to kick back in the form of juvenile insults.

Ignore the truth and keep changing the subject you crazy bastard.

I’ll make it easy for you. Check one:
________ I am a good person, who loves mankind
________ I am an insecure, lonely, sad, racist, misogynistic, carpetbagger, used car salesman and an unattractive sad little boy.

Rock on you crazy bastard.

-jr sucks

Bryan Metro said...

I'm actually disappointed at this. I always was amused by you (never told -jr) but this is really bad. How can you not be outraged by Ben's Encore being a Third Man Records front that has not released tax info in 3 years. What kind of social justice warrior are you? I thought we could be friends......

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but JCM won this round....

Anonymous said...

And it really is glaring that nobody wants to talk about where the money is actually going after the ACTUAL IRS verified they have not filed for 3 years. No comments about that.....

Anonymous said...

I can be outraged but I don’t know what the truth is. So I’ll wait till you finish your investigation you crazy bastard. Then I’ll jump on the band wagon with you. I never liked the way the Blow Out went down – ever.

But you still aren’t answering my question you crazy bastard.

Come on – give it to me.

-jr sucks

Bryan Metro said...

Sorry I was distracted by all of the proven information that the Ben's charity was a fraud and not verified by the IRS. Can you repeat the question in mind and I will gladly answer it. I don't have the time to scroll back.

Bryan Metro said...

Also, your comment about not knowing the truth is is so off based. We have already proven that Ben's Whatever charity is a fraud and siphoning money to Third Man Records. "You don't know what the truth is"....oh fucking spare me. The amount of personal messages advising me to "be careful" just proves the point. Like I care.


Bryan Metro

Anonymous said...

Sorry Brian - I haven't been engrossed in the story or your blog for years. Knowing what you know, why would you even want to play at the Blow Out? Why would you help them promote fraud? Have you only cared since you got kick off the bill? Pretty 2 faced yourself dude.

You're in this for yourself just like everyone else. And none of this takes away from the fact that the only one who doesn't get that you've crossed the line in the basic treatment of people is YOU. You're everything I said you were you little fucking bastard.

-jr sucks OUT!

Anonymous said...

"everyone fucked your girlfriend back in 2010."

Everyone except you, apparently.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the person deriding someone for levying insults at others, doesn't seem to be above it themselves. In fact, most of the insults in this thread are coming from you. They go low, you go lower, eh?

Freud would have a field day with your projections.

Anonymous said...

Holy. Mother. Of. Fuck. This is great!

just_a_grrl said...

It's especially great considering "-jr sucks" has been following the band and blog since at least 2010. But following in a kinda creepy, funny, kooky, stalky way. And for all of his nonsensical threats and demands that they just "admit who they are," he himself always hides behind quasi-anonymous comments. He can just never fully commit. But anyway...

The money. Where's it really going?

Anonymous said...

People still read blogs? Much less comment? Hahaha, OK I'm a bit late to this pissing contest but I'll bite, Trump rules! Trump is making America great again!! JCM got fucked over and anonymous is a snowflake fudge packer

Pete Frosh said...

Let the barbs fly, as usual they fall inaccurate. Let the IRS fraud investigation start...let the AG get to his digging (and consider this is crazy Schuette with a hard-on for the Gov. seat and, then, consider how much he'd like to roll a bunch of hipsters in a town he wants to see razed to the ground). Oh, the fantastic hypocrisy of an inclusive festival that apparently couldn't solicit hip-hop acts or give a passing a glance to the wealth of Islamic culture in the community and was arranged by a "committee" that has less diversity than my bris. I hope they're meeting up at Kelly's now to pen the long-winded explanation.

Anonymous said...

Lol....Ben's Encore removed the link to the 501(c)3 on their site yet were too stupid to remove the verbiage. Doesn't delete....delete.....delete.... the 3 years of fraud. JCM.....wins by unanimous decision and to every band that supports these frauds (JCM included) shame on you.....

Anonymous said...

you gotta admit that this is a pretty hilarious discovery. Your reasons mught be ego related, but this information is kinda serious

Anonymous said...

Bens encore fb page says they are 501c3

Bryan Metro said...

I know....they took down their (3 year old) link to 501c3 which has never been filed, but left the verbiage. Can't even do that right. At this point I am torn....are they consciously ripping off everyone who pays or are they typical Detroit logistic incompetence (yet profiting after 3 years of not filing).

You're Not Good But I'm a Fan said...

Your band sucks but this is fucking great (and I'm playing at the Fest), the single most punk rock thing done in this town in years......

Anonymous said...

there are laws tho. taxes need to be filed when 13 thousand dollars worth of money goes somewhere, you can't just do that. theyve been riding a high horse and they just got schooled. its funny as fuck. i hope somebody is making sure that those kids actually got the money. this is serious

Bryan Metro said...

To "You're Not Good"....we may suck but we have just posted links to prove this charity is bogus, and if you support us yet still are booked, then, I don't know what to say. This Festival is crooked, and the most they have done to correct it is removing (a dead) link from their website, yet leaving their tax status in the verbiage, which doesn't matter because they have been defrauding the kids and the US of A for the past three years HamFest aimed to "take back Blowout from Blowout" yet within a year....saw the greed and 3 years deep now they are on high alert damage control.

Uncle Ed said...

Was / has this charity been a point of content for you guys in the past? If so, it would seem not playing the festival would agree to what your actions represent currently. If not, but knowing this information already, why agree to play a show?

- Uncle Ed

Peter Frosh said...

@Uncle Ed Just agreed to play because they asked. Didn't even occur to look into anything until all the talk about "the committee" and how we jeopardized the integrity of "Ben's Encore, a local non-profit charity". Apparently the integrity was, unfortunately, in jeopardy long before anything said here.

BM said...

Full disclosure....we were kicked off because of social justice warriors (and probably because of a few things we said). That gave us a little free time in which we researched where the money is and isn't going to. That's our bad. If we knew beforehand we would not have agreed to play. We took down all of the posts hyping the Festival except for the one that matters the most, this one. We sincerely apologize for not catching this earlier. Even when booked for the Fest we still called out members of the committee just like we did for Blowout and previous fests (I won't get into specifics here but if you change your name to Uncle Ernie from the classic Who rock opera "Tommy" you'll catch my drift). At least we are consistent that we still stir shit even when booked for a Fest.

Once again, apologizes galore for not catching this earlier, and I really do recommend using the links provided to prove it. I just wish we would have known sooner. In our defense, the first and only HamFest we played at was the only one registered. The past 3 years....not so much. Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

Wait.....so Third Man Records has been giving money to Ben's Encore with the caveat of a tax write off but the actual charity hasn't been registered for 3 fucking years????? If I'm not mistaken that sounds a lot like fraud and borderline money laundering. Yet all people want to talk about is Queen Kwong's feelings....
I see that Ben's Encore removed the link to the 501(c)3 on their site. So at least there's that. Let's see Milo and everybody else blindly "like" this post like they did supporting Cash Grab Kwong.

PF said...

Technically, they lost exemption in May 2016 because they didn't file appropriate disclosures for 3 years (unless the IRS is lying). Anyone donating since May and that claimed it as a write-off...definite fraud. Last 3 years? That'll take some splaining. Claiming 501(3)c and not having it--that's trouble too. Most of this hangs on the charity and maybe HMF, depending on what the organizers knew. Where did the "tens of thousands" raised by HMF go? Who's bank account was the "tens of thousands" kept in before it went to the "charity" and during those 3 years of improper disclosure? How much of ALL went to to the charity? How many kids actually got a scholarship for music lessons? Can't say. No disclosure. HMF sure isn't stepping up to clarify. They can't admit they were wrong.

Also, the donate button is still on Ben's Encore. They only took it off the main page...that donate page is still rocking.

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