Friday, November 16, 2012

The Hubbards of Michigan

Hi Friends,

I havent been here for a while, I have been very busy with my family business and my personal life, but I want to share something with you all.

Because what I have to SHARE is SHOCKING, SICKENING and SAD I am linking to ABC Wednesday where folks gather share a little bit of our world with friends all over the world, and learn about them as well, one letter at a time. You can participate too, in either the sharing, or the learning, or both, by visiting ABC Wednesday,Where this week, the letter is S.

This is a tale of SOMEONE who has a false SENSE of SUPERIORITY.

Her name is SUSAN.

This week, our 4 1/2 year old granddaughter, who we have loved and raised in our home since she was 7 weeks old, was taken from us by a judge who felt she was above the law. 

In a bizarre twisted story that defies explanation, she sent out a phony order and then, under cover of that order, snuck the child down a back stairway of her courthouse and sent her away to live with a complete stranger and a convicted child abuser.

You can read more about it here

But I want to really share some of the background information as well.  It's a long story, but stay with me if you will....

Lets talk about a family here in the my home state, and their political interests and agenda...

Staring with Orville L. Hubbard

Now, I know Wikipedia is not the worlds most reliable source of information, but it provides a good starting point for a conversation.

From Wikipedia,

Orville Liscum Hubbard (April 2, 1903 - December 16, 1982) was the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan for 36 years from 1942-1978. Sometimes referred to as the "Dictator of Dearborn", Hubbard was the most outspoken segregationist north of the Mason-Dixon line. During his administration, non-whites were aggressively discouraged from residing in Dearborn, and Hubbard's longstanding campaign to "Keep Dearborn Clean" was widely understood to mean "Keep Dearborn White." Hubbard is also remembered as a political boss who delivered a wide range of city services to his constituents, including the construction of a 626-acre (2.53 km2) rustic camp outside the city and the purchase of an eight-story senior citizen tower in Florida, all for use by Dearborn residents.

Hubbard was born April 2, 1903, and raised on a farm near Union City, Michigan. Before being elected mayor of Dearborn, Hubbard ran for office unsuccessfully nine times, including three unsuccessful campaigns for mayor of Dearborn, three campaigns for the Michigan State Senate and one each for Congress, Dearborn City Council and township justice of the peace.
Biographer David Good described Hubbard as a "one-time high school athlete, ex-Marine, nonpracticing attorney, self-acknowledged expert on matters from the milking of cows to the history of the American Revolution, and personal symbol of suburban America's resistance to racial integration."

Hubbard was elected Dearborn mayor 15 times, his last in 1973. Sometimes referred to as the "Dictator of Dearborn", he regularly won re-election with more than 70% of the vote and once recruited a candidate "to avoid the unseemly appearance of an unopposed election." Hubbard's "opponent" was reportedly seen on more than one occasion wearing a Hubbard button on his jacket.[5] He suffered a massive stroke on November 3, 1974, and the City Council president served as mayor pro tem, running the city on a day-to-day basis, for the rest of Hubbard's final term.

But wait, there's more...

In 2006, Orville Hubbard was the subject of a musical play, Orvie! The musical was written by David L. Good, a former Detroit News reporter and editor, who is the author of a biography of Mr. Hubbard, and the composer Bob Milne. Hubbard's daughter, Nancy Hubbard, then the president pro tem of the Dearborn City Council, described the play as "a put-down, like a joke", that distorted her father's contributions. She said her father was a popular mayor who shoveled snow, picked up trash and sent constituents birthday cards and post cards from his travels. "He did everything for this community -- the libraries, civic center, the pools. He put Dearborn on the map."

Yeah Nancy, your Daddy was a pillar of the community...

Where is Nancy now?

In 2009, Nancy A. Hubbard was elected to her sixth consecutive term as a member of the Dearborn City Council, having been first elected to Council in 1989.

Hubbard is well known throughout Dearborn for gaining first hand knowledge of issues by going out to locations to meet with the residents and investigating the facts of each situation.

A 1950 Fordson High School graduate, she is a lifetime resident of Dearborn. She attended Michigan State University for two years under the liberal arts program, and attended Dearborn Junior College (now Henry Ford Community College) for one year.

Hubbard is very active in the community and can be seen actively participating in most City sponsored events. She is a member of the East Dearborn Kiwanis Club, a member of the Dearborn Historical Society, the Women’s Association for the Dearborn Orchestral Society (WADOS), the Dearborn Historical Foundation, the Friends of the Dearborn Library and the Dearborn Community Arts Council. She also belongs to the Ladies Golf League, Dearborn Goodfellows, Fordson High Alumni Association, Chamber of Commerce, and previously volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Hubbard is the only daughter of the late Orville L. Hubbard, who served as Dearborn’s Mayor from 1942-1977. In 1954 Hubbard’s father had a “Think” program going on for his department heads, which attracted national media coverage from Time, Newsweek and Life Magazine. A spread on his “Think” program was displayed and Nancy’s picture appeared in Life Magazine on February 22, 1954 and she received more attention than her famous father. She received a telegram from Solly Baiano, Casting Director for Warner Bros. Studio, which her dad quickly dismissed as someone playing a joke on her. She was also picked to be Sweetheart of Sigma Chi at the University of Michigan.

In her professional life, Nancy worked for Campbell Ewall Advertising as a secretary for Mr. John Reed and then worked at Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln Continental Division as a secretary for Mr. Richard Haupt. She later worked in several city departments including Building & Safety and Public Works.

Hubbard is very well known in Dearborn. She returns all her telephone calls and takes good care of people by taking the time to listen to their concerns or problems. She is very active in the community and attends ribbon cutting ceremonies and is seen out and about Dearborn all the time.

Hubbard has been married to John since she was 21 years old and is the mother of two sons and one daughter.

Yep, still a Hubbard playing with the lives of people in Dearborn. She may not share her daddy's outspoken politics, but she defends his time as mayor...

With Orville Hubbard's daughter, Nancy, serving on the Dearborn City Council for the last 23 years the Hubbard Legacy lives on:

But wait there's more...

Nancy has a daughter, remember?

In 2005, Senator Carl Levin spoke at the funeral of Rosa Parks, making the following comments about Hubbard: "The South had Orval Faubus; Michigan had Orville Hubbard. Orville Hubbard vowed to keep Dearborn clean, meaning keep Dearborn white." Levin's comments drew an angry response from Hubbard's family. A letter published in the Detroit Free Press from Hubbard's granddaughter, Susan L. Hubbard, referred to Levin's comments as "mean-spirited ramblings of an arrogant, Washington politician", and attributed the following quotation to former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young: "Orville Hubbard was quite a man. Believe it or not, he was a person I admired. He and I disagreed on some things, but he was a hell of a mayor. I regarded him as one of the best mayors in the United States. ... He took care of business. He knew how to meet the needs of his people."
[/url]Yeah Susan, those mean washington politicians, picking on your poor grandpa that way....

Washington politicians like to be mean and pick on people, didn't you watch the debates?

So, where is Susan L. Hubbard now?

Susan L. Hubbard is a judge of the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, Michigan. She was elected to this position on November 2, 2010 and took office the following January. Her current 6-year term will expire on January 1, 2017.

Hubbard received her B.A. degree from Wayne State University in 1985 and her J.D. degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1991. Prior to graduating from law school, she served as a Dearborn Councilwoman from 1985 to 1989

For those who are following the timeline, Susan served on the Dearborn City Council for one term before her mother was elected.

Meaning there was but a 7 year gap, from 1978 to 1985, when there wasn't a Hubbard in Dearborn City Management since 1942. 70 years of Hubbardness...

Why do I care about this political family, you may ask?


... the "Right Honorable" Susan L. Hubbard, Judge of the 3rd Circuit Court, in and for Wayne County Michigan...

... just happens to be the judge who I watched on October 10, rolling her eyes, making faces at her law clerk, arguing with witnesses, including a licensed psychologist,  and behaving in a manner inconsistent with the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct, which states in part:

Canon 1
A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing, and should personally observe, high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved.

and also states:

A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All Activities
A. Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny.

And also states:

A Judge Should Perform the Duties of Office Impartially and Diligently
The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over all other activities. Judicial duties include all the duties of office prescribed by law. In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:

...(3) A judge should be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity, and should require similar conduct of lawyers, and of staff, court officials, and others subject to the judge's direction and control...

Yes, This is the same Susan Hubbard who took our little girl,, with only the clothes on her back, and handed her over to a convicted child abuser, through tricks and lies, without even having the courage to come out of her chanbers and go on record justifying her behavior.

So, Thank you everyone for allowing me my little rant.

I know that nobody is responsible for the actions and opinions of the parents and grandparents, and I know that we all have a tendency to defend our ancestry, even though in our hearts we don't agree with everything they did.,

But perhaps it is time for us to consider that maybe, just maybe this family has become a bit full of themselves, and maybe, just maybe they have convinced themselves that they are somehow special.

And maybe, just maybe, they are wrong.


  1. There is an S word I'd have for that judge, but it isn't appropriate for a family blog. If I weren't a pacifist, I'd...

    I remember her racist grandfather, notorious even in New York State in the day.

    My prayers for you, your wife and your girl.

  2. Oh Troy! To use the words shocked and startled would be an understatement. I am humbled that you used ABC Wednesday to convey this article. I am touched by the support and love people will show you - though in a small way it is something we can all do. My thoughts are with you all Troy.
    God Bless
    Denise ABC Team

  3. This is shocking! The big question here is WHY? I do hope you get your baby back!

    abcw team

  4. Troy, I am so sorry that this should happen to your little granddaughter! My thoughts are with you ad Diann. I hope that you can find justice and peace!
    Wil, ABC Team.

  5. Shocking and so sad. Where is justice?

  6. Hoping and praying that by some means that child will be returned to you in a very expeditious fashion ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  7. oh, my god...this is my worst nightmare. I am so so sorry this is going on for you, and I wish you the best and speediest possible outcome to this ugly situation. I have had my troubles with the 'family court' making decisions that have no regard for my opinions as the sole protector of my child, and while nothing this horrible has ever happened to me, the whole system seems broken, and not usually in accordance with what is best for the child. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - and most especially, your little girl. :(

  8. I am so sorry for all of you. You will all be in our hearts and prayers.

  9. I am so sorry to learn about what you are going through Troy. I hope and pray that your dear granddaughter will be home again with you guys.

    Hooray, I finally get my PC back so I am playing catch up with all of the S entries this week.

    SketcheS, please come and see.
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team