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The Love of Money Spells “Trouble”

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Follow the trail!  Not your reptilian mammal brain!   Guess what reptiles are:  Cold-blooded.  They adapt to the environment.  Human beings are mammals.  They should be a little more independent.

Money is fine as a means to an end.  As an end itself, it tends to blind, and it gets pretty cold-hearted when that’s the end, forget the means…..and civil rights…

Despite all the hot-button, gut-wrenching, paper-selling issues in the news headlines, and on this blog, I consider my Phoebe Factoids post one of the most relevant.  It talks about what happened to two men who looked at the books, found them cooked, and some of the strategies to shut them up and shut them, their professions, and most especially, their story, down. 

The Profit in Nonprofits and 2 Men in Albany, Georgia

I just caught wind of the story on TV. 

Since then, in Georgia, we have a former Georgia State Senator, Nancy Schaefer, reporting on rampant abuse and a system that is probably beyond reform — and her husband — who turned up with bullet holes in them, and the “murder/suicide” label doesn’t quite appear to fit.  I wonder who is going to finish reporting on this (investigative), or whether the public’s head is going to get turned again, ADHD-style (distract with worse trauma), and forget the bravery (if perhaps not caution) of this woman:

The Courage to Confront Corruption is Costly… « Let’sGetHonestBlog

Mar 29, 2010 The Courage to Confront Corruption is Costly… leave a comment ». There are some things in life that one can‘t just ignore.
Understand, I haven’t reviewed all the sites below, and most likely do not share ALL their views.  But we know that whistleblowing could cost careers (see Lizgates.com articles on a recent post, professional retaliation and conflict of interest in family court venues), but sometimes also lives:
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http://disgustedwiththesystem.blogspot.com/2010/04/nancy-schaefer-one-week-ad.html
Another Mother Writes from THIS perspective:
“CPS CORRUPTION & HUMAN TRAFFICKING EXPOSED IN SAN LUIS OBISPO (California)”

About the Author:

Kathleen Dearinger is a Mother to her 16 year old daughter who was “kidjacked” from school by CPS of San Luis Obispo. Her daughter who was not abused or neglected was taken without a protective custody warrant by a biased social worker who never investigated or even visited her house. Her daughter was isolated from her and traumatized by workers at CPS for 5 long months before being sent out of state in the middle of the night against her wishes. She remains a hostage as of this writing and is unable to contact her mother at the direction of a social workers with CPS, who falsely claims she is on a “voluntary placement”. Ms. Dearinger has requested the assistance from Senator Maldonado, Assemblyman Blakeslee, the police, the FBI, and many other agencies only to find that no one investigates or oversees CPS workers. This is why we have over 500,000 children in foster care today.

SHE MENTIONS NANCY SCHAEFER NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THIS EXCERPT:

The standard practices of CPS offices throughout California and other states have been under scrutiny for the last several years. Since President Clinton placed into effect The Adoption Safe Families Act block grants have increased the number of children who are in the system. The state pays extra incentives for adopting out children over the age of 9 years old and additional funds if they require mental services or have other special needs. As a result of these block grants almost 50% of all children in CPS’s care are between the ages of 13-19 years old. Every day 36 children an hour are taken by CPS throughout the United States. In California alone more than 20% of all children are in foster care.

This is an industry, which has grown by huge proportions and must be reined in. The Gestapo type tactics currently being used by County and State agencies to increase revenue from federal sources may provide jobs today for the local economy but is having a negative impact on many levels. Good families are being torn apart and children are dying under the State’s care. When CPS takes children in error they rarely return them right away. The families are subjected to endless classes and programs whether or not they are guilty. The parents suffer great financial hardships because they are forced to retain expensive independent legal counsel. Many families lose their jobs and their homes trying to get their children out of the system. Some attorney’s are working in collision with CPS and help keep children in the system because it’s profitable, but most will agree that CPS is in fact corrupt.

Common practices of CPS agencies include: Not investigating before removing a child, taking children into state custody based upon here say, taking children from school without a “Protective Custody Warrant”, manipulating the Court system in criminal cases against the parents who are improperly prosecuted, obstruction of justice, fabricating documents, omitting facts, coercing minors, deception, isolating children from their parents, breaking bonds, traumatizing children, negative therapy, and placing children in unsafe foster homes. Children are not being evaluated right away by a doctor or seeing child advocates such as CASA. Social workers have been known to go on “witch hunts” against parents, influencing doctors, and ruining parents medical files. Many CPS agencies work in collusion with therapists who give parents false “mental conditions” which is used against them in court. Family court is “secret” so there is no jury or fair trial. Children are being heard in Judges chambers so many testimonies cannot be documented on Court record.

Many judges who rule on family court cases also sit on the boards of phony nonprofit organizations created to generate state adoption/foster care grants via federal funding. San Luis Obispo CPS has politicians heading non-profit organizations and Judges hosting “Adoption Saturdays”. California’s 2003 Little Hoover Commission Report said up to 70 percent of children in foster care should never have been removed from their homes in the first place. Children who complain about foster care or beg to go home are either placed on psychotropic medication and are sometimes sent out of State. California’s website for children up for adoption can be found at: www.adoptuskids.org

Dr. Moore who is the National Director of legislative affairs for the American Family Rights Association is heading up chapters under the NAACP. Children’s rights organizations, parents, and independent non-profit agencies are also joining in the fight against CPS corruption and human trafficking. Senator Nancy Schaffer recently passed a new law that went into effect in Oklahoma and we in California are hopeful that our state will soon follow.

 

ODDITIES IN THE NANCY SCHAEFER CASE

Oddities in the Nancy Schaefer “Suicide” Case(published 3/10/2010)

By Garland Favorito – Infowars.com

On Friday, former Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were found dead in their home in Habersham County. Even before a GBI investigation could be initiated, media outlets began pronouncing that their death was a “murder-suicide” and shut off most public comment posting on their web sites. The “murder suicide” theory implies that Sen. Schaefer’s husband shot her and then killed himself (or vice versa). Both Habersham County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began investigating the case as a “murder suicide” rather than the more obvious “murder made to look like suicide”. Like so many people, I have known former Sen. Nancy Schaefer for 15 years and spoken to several people who know her better than I do. They believe that the “murder suicide” theory is highly unlikely for any one of the following reasons:

1. It is totally against Nancy Schaefer’s consistently strong commitment to the sanctity of life principles that she has fought so valiantly to uphold;

2. Nancy and her husband, Bruce, have five children and more than a dozen grandchildren who they would not choose to leave behind so abruptly;

3. Bruce’s problem with cancer was corrected and under control so there was no reason to end his life as one senator tried to imply;

4. Nancy or Bruce would not likely agree to commit such an act that violates the fundamental principles of their Christian faith;

5. Bruce was retired and the couple did not appear to be in any type of dire financial crisis that would lead them to commit such acts;

6. Bruce and Nancy knew that her sister who had Alzheimer’s disease needed her to help take care of her;

7. Friends who knew the couple best state that Bruce would simply not have the capability to kill his wife;

8. Nancy was dedicated, as a national leader, to help needy people overcome abuse within Child Protective Services organizations;

9. Nancy was actively exposing corruption within the Department of Family & Child Services (DFCS) including actions by the DFCS director in the county where she lived.

10. Nancy knew that she was needed in the fight against child sex slave trafficking in Atlanta which has one of the highest activity rates in the country;

11. Bruce was highly supportive of Nancy’s work for decades and would have little or no reason to suddenly try to kill her at such a critical juncture in her career.

Specifically in Georgia, former Senator Nancy Schaefer had found during the last few years that:

– in Georgia housed children in a foster home with a known pedophile who molested the children.

– in Habersham County failed to remove six children from a home where they are being abused and tortured.

– in Georgia turned two girls over to a California father who had a pornographic video business.

A report that Nancy Schaefer produced on these remarkable cases can be found here:

http://fightcps.com/2008/02/29/report-of-georgia-senator-nancy-schaefer-on-cps-corruption/

Nancy Schaefer was also interviewed extensively by talk show host Alex Jones about corruption in Child Protection Services nationally. A multi-part series of her interview and an Eagle Forum presentation can be found on You Tube here:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nancy+schaefer&search_type=&aq=f

In addition, Senator Schaefer led opposition to HB582 and SB304, two bills introduced by fellow Republicans that would have likely resulted in increasing child sex slave trafficking. These bills would have made it legal for teenagers to participate in certain illicit acts. The bills effectively removed the legal authority that police now have to pick teenagers up and get them into protective custody so that they can no longer be pimped for those acts.

As President of Georgia Eagle Forum, Nancy Schaefer planned to be in Alabama this weekend for an Eagle Forum convention. Instead she chose to stay in Georgia to develop new information that would have further exposed corruption in DFCS and beyond. Many Eagle forum members who were close to Sen. Schaefer were aware of her courageous efforts. None of them believe that either she or her husband was involved in any type of suicide.

It is particularly ironic that the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) chose to quote State Sen. Don Thomas in their March 26 article about Sen. Schaefer’s death. The AJC portrayed him as a friend of the couple even though he lives on the other side of the state from the Schaefer family and was diametrically opposed to many of their core beliefs. Sen. Thomas, the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, immediately propagated and expanded the “murder-suicide” theory without any first-hand knowledge or evidence. That is very disturbing considering it is his committee that should have been helping to clean up the corruption at DFCS. Activists supporting Sen. Schaefer explained that he constantly advocated increased power and authority for DFCS in spite of the evidence showing the organization was misusing that authority.

With Nancy Schaefer no longer on the scene the question may be raised as to how best to continue her legacy. I believe that she would want conservatives, progressives, libertarians, constitutionalists as well as grass roots Democrats and Republicans throughout Georgia to unite and work to rectify the corruption in DFCS and eliminate child sex slave trafficking in Georgia.

 

 

FROM HER DESK, NOV. 2007, as quoted on FIGHTCPS.COM

From the legislative desk of Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District of Georgia

November 16, 2007

THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

BY: Nancy Schaefer
Senator, 50th District

. . .

In this report, I am focusing on the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). However, I believe Child Protective Services nationwide has become corrupt and that the entire system is broken almost beyond repair. I am convinced parents and families should be warned of the dangers.

The Department of Child Protective Services, known as the Department of Family and Children Service (DFCS) in Georgia and other titles in other states, has become a “protected empire” built on taking children and separating families. This is not to say that there are not those children who do need to be removed from wretched situations and need protection. This report is concerned with the children and parents caught up in “legal kidnapping,” ineffective policies, and DFCS who do does not remove a child or children when a child is enduring torment and abuse. (See Exhibit A and Exhibit B)

 

Here’s another one from “infowars.com”:

CPS Warrior Nancy Schaefer Gunned Down

Infowars.com
March 29, 2010

From the Associated Press:

State investigators say the husband of former state Senator Nancy Schaefer shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. The couple’s bodies were found in their north Georgia home Friday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted autopsies on the Schaefer’s Saturday—investigators say all evidence points to the deaths as a murder-suicide. The bodies of Nancy and Bruce Schaefer, 73 and 74 years old respectively, were found by their daughter at the couple’s home in Clarkesville. Nancy Schaefer was a two-term state Senator representing Georgia’s 50th district. She lost her seat in 2008. Schaefer was also a candidate for mayor of Atlanta, Georgia lieutenant governor and governor of the state.

The corporate media does not bother to mention that Schaefer exposed the abuses of CPS and the international child sex slavery ring.

“Investigators told the Associated Press they believe Bruce Schaefer, 74, shot his wife once in the back while she slept in the bedroom early Friday morning and then shot himself in the head. Police found a handgun near his body and several letters written to family members, including a suicide note,” reports the Associated Baptist Press.

Other reports indicate Bruce Schaefer shot himself in the chest. People who commit suicide usually shoot themselves in the head.

“Contrary to early reports that Bruce Schaefer had cancer, the Gainesville Times reported March 27 that the couple’s daughter, who discovered the bodies, told the local sheriff her father was not suffering from any serious illness at the time of the shootings. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said some of the letters mentioned serious financial problems and speculated that might have been a motive,” Associated Baptist Press also reported.

Appearing on the Alex Jones Show last May, Schaefer detailed how CPS is involved in child trafficking rings (see video below). After watching Schaefer’s interview with Jones, if you think Schaefer was involved in a suicide pact with her husband, you may also be interested in a famous bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

ETC.

The “Supervised Visitation” (and “mediation”) models, heavily promoted by “Duluth Abuse Intervention Project” and so forth, a finger of the palm I would describe as (apparently) MPDI (Minnesota Program Development Inc.) are basically the CPS model applied to women, in particular, leaving domestic violence.  You can look at the funding on-line (usaspending.gov, taggs.hhs.gov grants recipients) on your own time (and I have some, herein).   

CHILD SUPPORT AGENCIES are involved in administering and tipping the scales.  Broke people don’t fight court battles too well. …  FATHERHOOD GRANTS ARE involved, as our DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GRANTS THAT GO AWRY.

A few good audits are likely to more than a lot of emotional verbiage.  But what this DOES deal with are matters of life and death, as well as life-changing trauma, needless.  Unchecked, it’s going to produce a wide-scale traumatized populace, and a very dependent one, too.

This site can be a friend.

http://GUIDESTAR.org

 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PATTENS OF THE PHOEBE FACTOIDS (ALBANY, GEORGIA CASE), AND THE PLAYERS INVOLVED, AND WHAT THEY UNCOVERED, ALSO THE THREATS THEY RECEIVED (HIRED SECURITY), and ATTRIBUTIONS…

NOW, UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE FAMILY COURTS, CPS, AND CHILD-TRAFFICKING ISSUES, WE ARE DEALING NOT JUST WITH MILLIONS OF $$ (TAX-EXEMPT) ON THE THEORY THAT THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE HELPING THE HELPLESS, and not scamming the public, AND ADD TO THE MIX, THE MULTI-MILLION (BILLION?) AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC IN YOUNG CHILDREN. 

Here’s a recent case where (acc. to the press, anyhow) a well-meaning therapist tried to fulfil her responsibility to report sexual abuse and emotional retaliation on female JUNIOR HIGH students, she says, resulted in retaliation for her.  She filed a lawsuit:

Therapist suing Martinez school district

 

This one should be interesting.

Meanwhile, a reminder that — as we all know — the real children at risk for sexual abuse absolutely come mostly from single-parent homes.  Here’s an “example” of that, same area:

Teen’s Account Unravels Decades of Sexual Abuse by Bay Area Swim Coach 

 

And, she had a father in the home.  A youth pastor, mandated, reported. I wonder, had it been happening within the church ranks, would the report have gone down the same way?  But thank God, he did…

THIS WEEKEND —

 WHISTLEBLOWER CHILDREN’S CONFERENCES IN SACRAMENTO, AND DAVIS, CA!

Just for a reminder:

Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

Reptilian Brain thinks:

It’s the fatherhood guys versus the feminazis.  It’s the libertarians versus everyone else.  It’s the progressives versus the conservative fundamentalists (name your religion…).  Did I mention any racial categories yet? 

Money-smart brain:  Follow the trail.  What’s the financial incentive?

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April 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

A Child Survivor of Child Abduction, incl. re: Parental Alienation

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Someone commented on my post: 

Arresting Moms, at Least for Felony Child-Stealing

Which asks why California Penal Code 278.5 isn’t (it seems) gender-neutral, and common “reasons” for abducting a child, two of which fall under (at least according to the data base referenced) either “Family Violence” or “Child Trafficking,” both of them very uncomfortable topics, obviously, and both of them pulling immense funding and many agencies to handle. YET, they continue, and continue, wrecking lives, for sure.

Regarding the “Parental Alienation” argument, many oppose it because of it being junk science, and I oppose that argument because I oppose psychologizing what is probably a normal reaction from a child — again, it could be Stockholm Syndrome, or self-preservation, too.    It is a simple derailing of the conversation from CAUSE to EFFECT.

SO, here is a page from an adult survivor of one of the earliest (1980-1983) prosecuted interstate abduction cases.  I don’t yet know HOW he and siblings were retrieved, but the site speaks about the impact — and not just during childhood — this had on him.

I do not know that “abuse” (other than the child-abduction, which IS abuse per se, let alone any others) enters into his case.  I have not read his entire site or the book yet.

This talks about the impact of the experience, far into adulthood.

Reader feedback solicited — not namecalling, but feedback.  I believe this is within copyright limits, and have linked to the site…

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ken Connelly is the author of “Throwing Stones; Parental Child Abduction through the Eyes of a Child”, and the first book in the “Finding Home” series.   Mr. Connelly was kidnapped on October 10, 1980 in Orange, California, and recovered on December 5, 1983 in the small town of Bastrop, Texas.

 Ken began writing in 1985, while attending middle school.  He continued writing poetry, music and short stories through his adult life.  Ken wrote his first unpublished book, “The Seven Keys of Aráganoth” in high school.  Ken continued to write short stories and poems through his life as a way to relate his emotions and creativity to the outside world.  Writing has been one of two grounding forces through the years for him.  Ken has written as a freelance photojournalist and for his university paper.

Ken tried for years to bury his childhood past. Finally in 2006, on the eve of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his childhood abduction he began asking questions and openly challenging his family’s view to just leave it alone.  Shocked with the fact that nothing significant had changed since his recovery, he decided to act. 

Understanding the importance of his case, Ken started speaking, and soon found his love of writing to be his greatest tool for making change. Ken opened up to the world his long cherished spiral notebook, “Lyrics from the Edge”.  This collection of poems, songs and intimate thoughts span the past twenty eight years of his life.  His goal was to write about his years stolen, and have it published by the symbolic twenty-fifth anniversary of his recovery. 
       Ken’ decision to put into print the first Child Stealing/Parental Child Abduction case to result in a felony conviction across interstate jurisdictions has come with a cost.  Ken has had anonymous threats and nearly a complete loss of family relationships due to his efforts to take this dirty and often quiet crime to the public forum.  Speaking and writing was not easy, but after two decades of having thousands of innocent voices silenced, Ken knew he needed to be that voice. 

Long hours awake trying to relive the dark memories he spent a lifetime burying came back to him like the tides of an ocean. During the research phase of his book, Ken discovered that if he could accurately tell his story, not as the adult, but as the child, he could draw the reader in. Using the first person point of view, Ken has found a unique voice seldom discovered in nonfiction.  Ken carries the reader through a dark journey all the while letting the reader feel as though they are reading a twisted fictional childhood story.

Often as parents and professionals we overlook the child’s feelings while making our case as an adult and parent over pre and post abduction. Unlike stranger abduction, parental kidnapping destroys a child’s basic trust foundation, the family.  Ken successfully shows how Parental Child Abduction/Kidnapping leads to Parental Alienation. Many parents who have abducted their children rely on misleading arguments against Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), or that the child is unaware, and settled in their new environment.  This argument is absolutely false and is only a red herring to make their action legal and legitimate.  For the first time a victim of this crime has come forward to speak.

Mr. Connelly was kidnapped at the age of seven and recovered three years later at the age of eleven.   Throwing Stones is the first book written from the unique child’s point of view. Regardless of domestic, or international parental child abduction cases, this video will help the viewer understand the confusion and mistrust a child experiences during this type of crime.
Ken Connelly was born in Orange County, California.  He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

ANY EMPHASES ABOVE ARE MINE…

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April 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Michael Anthony Nelson ~ Strategic Opportunist (con artist), just in the wrong business

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Brilliant?, strategist/serial entrepreneur, visionary gets caught

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/02/BAJP1COTC7.DTL

It’s the overall effect of this — good Lord, he knows that forming banks, consulting, promising services that aren’t delivered, getting cash to come to him, computer savvy, and in general a leadership mentality — in criminal activity, unfortunately — jail didn’t seem to phase him too much, and while promising altruism, was apparently unhampered with a conscience (that can lead to some successful business ventures) —

Well, look at this:

In 1999, Michael Anthony Nelson created a fake bank in Florida and stole more than $700,000 in loans. Let out five years later on federal probation, he headed north to Chicago, where he created a consulting firm, convinced people that he had friends in high places and allegedly conned hundreds of thousands of dollars out of small businesses and churches.

He went back behind bars, but only for a few months – and when he got out, federal authorities say, he stole the identity of a New York lawyer, hired employees for a bogus law firm and ripped off victims in the Bay Area for about $35,000 for legal services he didn’t actually provide.

This is starting to sound like some organizations I’ve dealt with. 

Did this guy miss a fine career in government, particularly the Executive Branch?  He didn’t seem too interested in climbing the corporate ladder, or that the auto plants wouldn’t close before retirement, or any hopeful employee relationship with a business.  That indicates some savvy.  Wonder why…

The attorney whose identity he allegedly stole, Michael Scot Nelson, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1995 and works as an attorney for the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

Michael Anthony Nelson, 38, of Orlando, on the other hand, has never been an attorney anywhere in the United States. What he’s been, prosecutors say, is a con man from coast to coast.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Nelson on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hijacking the New York attorney’s good name.

. . .
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/02/BAJP1COTC7.DTL#ixzz0k4STgZBD

What they arrested them on should speak loudly to people hoping to reform the courts:  Mail Fraud, Wire fraud, and in effect fraud.  I think this line about “they just don’t underSTAND!!!….,” whether “they” is a judge, a social worker, a custody evaluator, an attorney, a therapist, a guardian ad litem, a parenting coordinator, . . . . . .      Let’s work HARD at making them underSTAND!!! . . . that line just doesn’t cut it. 

Let’s look at the books!  Then this may raise some governmental outrage, and action.    I mean, think about it.

Compare that with the writing in this fine exhibit I blogged on earlier.  I actually waded through the verbiage, full of passives and situations that “just happen” or “arise” or “have become” and there is practically not a single, direct descriptor noun actually DOING something in the entire piece.  Programs happen.  It’s kind of like the weather.  No one is seeding the clouds, we are just the reporters. . . .

Ten Key Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives

February 2008

Prepared for:
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

(Intro paragraphs:)

The role of noncustodial fathers in the lives of low-income families has received increased attention in the past decade. As welfare reform has placed time limits on cash benefits, policymakers and program administrators have become interested in increasing financial support from noncustodial parents as a way to reduce poverty among low-income children. Although child support enforcement efforts have increased dramatically in recent years, there is evidence that many low-income fathers cannot afford to meet their child support obligations without impoverishing themselves or their families. Instead, many fathers accumulate child support debts that may lead them to evade the child support system and see less of their children.

To address these complex issues, {{that rained down from the sky, and that we don’t want to directly attribute responsibility for….}} states and localities have put programs in place that focus on developing services and options to help low-income fathers find more stable and better-paying jobs, pay child support consistently, and become more involved parents. In part because of the availability of new funding sources and a growing interest in family-focused programs,

Could it BE any more evasive???  Interest in family-focused programs is, just, well, like crops, just so happening to coming up through the fertile ground of mega-farms (no one bought seed, plowed, planted seed, watered, or even conceived of the idea of farming.  This interest does NOT, we repeat, does NOT have anything to do with any of the founders of the National Fatherhood Initiative, or any other visionaries who foresaw a real crop of grants with a constant stream of clients, and is not, we repeat, NOT, a backlash to feminism.  It just kinda sorta, you knew, “GREW.”  We here, are just dispassionately reporting on what happened.  (Give me a break…. )

this area is experiencing dramatic growth, with hundreds of “fatherhood” programs developing across the country.

Coincidentally, and surely not causally, related to the fine funds that are available here, and the replicatable business model that is being taught, or their close associations with — child support agencies, attorney general’s offices, welfare offices, and so forth.  Those fatherhood programs just plain out developed, like a young girl entering puberty.  Entirely unpredictable.  It just happened.

Under the expanded purposes of Title IVA, authorized in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193, also known as PRWORA), states have been able to use some of their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to provide services to nonresident fathers, including employment-related services. PRWORA also authorized grants to states to assist noncustodial parents with access and visitation issues, and it required states, as part of their Child Support Enforcement Program, to have procedures requiring fathers who are not paying child support to participate in work activities, which may include employment and training programs. The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 (P.L. 109-171), which contains a reauthorization of the TANF program, also authorized funding to states and public and nonprofit entities for responsible fatherhood programs.

Funny how the anti-violence nonprofit group I went into didn’t tell me this ahead of time.  You might get your restraining order, but you also might (later) lose all contact with your children, through no fault of your own.

These recent policies encourage the development of more programs for low-income fathers. This brief focuses on several important early fatherhood initiatives that were developed and implemented during the 1990s and early 2000s that provide valuable lessons to policymakers and program staff now in this field.

(Note — not necessary to tell the actual litigants, or both sides of any litigating parties, of these programs, even though funds for them come, at least in California, I believe, come straight to /through the Judicial Council of California)

Formal evaluations of these earlier fatherhood efforts have been completed, some quite recently, making this an opportune time to step back and assess what has been learned and how to build on the early programs’ successes and challenges.

Diagram some of these “social policy” sentences — subject, object, verb, and see if there is a real human being or a specific action in place that relates to real-time, real people’s lives..  Good luck.

Contrast this oblique speech (and by the way, those interested in family court matters would do well to read it, and to notice that the writers are quoting — by and large — themselves.  Or related organizations under contract to report on who is studying what.  Study, study, study.

Michael Anthony Nelson, by contrast, moved at the speed of light, and before you know it, a lot of people were out of a lot of money.  The article describes specific, aggressive action in simple declarative prose: 

He (allegedly):

  • In FL, created a fake bank and stole $700,000 in loans.
  • In Chicago, he created a consulting firm (that’s the BUSINESS these court folks are in, practically!)
  • In NY, he stole the identity of a lawyer, hired employees for a bogus law firm and ripped off victims in the Bay Area for about $35,000 for legal services he didn’t actually provide,….
  • rented office space in Los Angeles and Atlanta, applying for credit cards in the name of a real law firm in Seattle….

Again, this appears to be what a Los Angeles County judges slush fund did, in the county courthouse, according to (Marv Bryer) “Johnnypumphandle”, and California NOW 2002 report, tracking the EIN# of the founding organization behind AFCC (Association of Family & Conciliation Courts).  Their employees are often (not exclusively) civil servants, but the origin of the thing began, I at least believe, with tax fraud.  And its going to HELP us?

The guy’s  a real go-getter.  No, I do NOT respect him.  But I do notice that he’s not like some standing in line for welfare (LONG lines), or at the courts to file some paperwork, or trying to get through (if one is female) to the local county child support agency and get a straight answer about what happened?      

(If this was ever in the background, it’s clear) he quickly assessed that this was a lose/lose proposition.

These systems doesn’t reward good behavior and moral mindsets.  It wasn’t designed to do this.  These systems reward those who profit from them.  Consulting firms, nonprofits, government contracted policymakers, and so forth.  They employ LOTS of people to study unemployment, and the voices of the unemployed are, generally speaking, not reported directly, any more than the structures of the organizations are.

Then there are people who start reporting on corruption, and end up like Nancy Schaefer and her husband, which is an unfinished story with significant “SPIN” on it, and a lesson in the high stakes of exposing corruption regarding agencies that deal with children. 

And these are flourishing, in fact replicating faster probably than our population, around the court system.  Sooner or later there may not be babies enough to report on.

The report above, by the way, actually holds the term “multiple-partner fertility,” as if we were rabbits.  Which we aren’t.  Yet.

Finally, it seems, he made a mistake (or was reported, and caught).  But the business he’s in doesn’t seem TOO different than many operating in the government spheres.

MY POINT:

To think that some people with educationese and social reform on their minds can behaviorally re-condition men (or women) that think like this, and move this fast, particularly when it comes to systems analysis — is simply ridiculous.

OR, itself a con game.

Just putting out a few ideas, and connecting them that may be related.  At least it beats waiting in line somewhere else, with an idiotic hope in my brain.

Want to understand our courts? It’s “Foundation-al”…

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Behind the government, and many nonprofits, are their FOUNDATIONS.  Behind the FOUNDATIONS, are real global-thinkers, which can be good, or not so good, when it comes to foundational principles of the Constitution of individual countries, specifically, the United States.

In understanding some of this, I’ve also applied some of the basic understanding of “capitalism” when it comes into conflict with “justice” as to controlling “cash flow” that, I think, only people who have been in severely controlling relationships, and watched the individual(s), and bystanders, and associated cultural/religious (or nonreligious) groups endorse, and linguistically sanitize, can understand firsthand.

To overcome long-term, systematic, and intense attempts to, in essence, brainwash a woman against her will as to her position and roles in life requires, besides ongoing resistance and risk assessment, a sensitivity to language tricks used to disguise the intent.  Years of listening to talk about “we” and “us” and “our” while knowing (in the marriage) there was no such beast — in practice — got me a little smarter in understanding how the wider circles work to keep us in these places. 

And, I don’t mean to compare myself to the most severe forms of abuse,  I am fed.  I am clothed,   For now, I’m housed.   BUT, treating a person like an “it” or a “dog” or “using” them (against free will, and destructively so) has a uniform quality — it diminishes both the user and the used. 

In the courts, and through the courts, we have these grants. People walking through the doors are not told about the grants.  They are told, Go here, Do that, and this is the revolving door to your life.  They are told, give us your children, and straighten up & fly right, or we’ll make sure you never see them again. 

I meet women almost daily in this situation.  You just don’t get OVER that, really…..Having left abuse, they are not done yet, with the abuse.  They are still minimized, and patronized, and studied, and behaviorally adjusted, labeled, and categorized, and their rights further eroded, in the courts.

Sometimes other women (the next woman in his life, often), participate.  That’s still sexism, or gangsterism, as far as I can tell.  I’m still experiencing forms of it.

I’ve talked about using us for Fatherhood Practitioner Practices, and funding Domestic Violence Advocates Conferencing (which I have long since concluded are cancelling each other out. 

These are the “glass ceilings” UP through which voices from the street level are, generally, NOT heard, and the plexiglass (but obviously not bullet-proof) ceilings through which the “rain” of federal funds to directly help victims is  — at best — severely diluted into conferencing about “what to do” with all these under educated judges, courtroom personnel, administrators, and — most especially — parents.   

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So, I find, there is an informational/”Digital” Divide also, between the policy-makers and the people affected by the policies.  And I do not think this is accidental.  Years go by before the average litigant figures out what happened — and those years absolutely DO represent the minority of their children, for the most part.

How can people who have difficulty keeping their own infrastructure together (i.e., transportation, phone, jobs, internet access, childcare and children’s schooling, typically — which is itself a job for any parent, that cannot be entirely delegated to the schools) — keep up with what is being said and done about them at the governmental level?

The only way I can think of is to somehow streamline one’s personal business, including doing LESS of it, and help each other at the LOCAL level, if possible.

The trouble with this is that the majority of the US are taxpayers, meaning, their own earned income doesn’t go as far as those of the policymakers OR of the nonprofits receiving either private or federal (or both) funding, to supply their own needs.  Many of the “employees” have already paid taxes to handle the basic businesses of life:  For example: schooling, law enforcement, judiciary, and things that Big Brother is supposed to do so that business as usual can continue. 

And, we must understand the “chain of command” and “chain of policy” — the OPERATING SYSTEM — because, like good, decent, family-loving folk (sic), as it actually operates, the consequence is, those chains go unmonitored, and we become more and more centralized.  Centralization = worse, not better, when combined with the human nature.  TRUST ME, it does.  There IS a point of no return (cost/benefit) and we are so far beyond that already.

And the other thing, very hard to emotionally accept and understand, is that the “nice guys” aren’t anything of the sort half the time. When we realize that the same criminal mentality exists at the top levels, often, as well as on the street levels, that’s a great awakening. 

One of the first things to go in this situation is simply “language.”  Every platform becomes a “we” but few of the speeches liberally sprinkled with “we” “us” “our children” “our education system” “our schools” “our jails” “our” etc.  — come anywhere close to the quality of  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech.  (See this blog for comparisons). 

SO, NEW YORK COURT INNOVATIONS?  OR CALIFORNIA?  WHAT”S THE DIFF?

Halls of JUSTICE? 

Or Populace Demonstration Intake Centers?

What do courtrooms in NEW YORK have in Common with those in CALIFORNIA?   Well, this center has worked with the Judicial Council of California (and I will have to find the page, again, on this site, which talks about it).  It may be a continent away, but the Internet flattens it.   Flying professionals around the country flattens it.  Technology-sharing flattens it.

INNOVATIONS and CENTRALIZATIONs of PROBLEM-SOLVING.

 

THE CENTER FOR COURT INNOVATION:

Wikipedia talks about “The Center for COURT Innovation” as a think tank:

The Center for Court Innovation creates new programs that test innovative approaches to public safety problems. Underlying this work is the concept of “problem-solving justice”—the idea that, rather than simply processing cases, the justice system should seek to change the behavior of offenders and improve public safety.[18]

Behavioral modification…Sounds like that AFCC of long ago, and using “new language” instead of the concept of crime as crime.

In another study, Center researchers explored whether problem-solving justice always requires a specialized court or if core principles and practices from these specialized courts are transferable to conventional courts.[54] After interviewing judges, attorneys and representatives from probation departments and service providers, researchers concluded that a number of principles—such as judicial monitoring and linking offenders to services—could be transferable. The study, conducted in cooperation with the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California,[55] was the first of its kind in the country.

Other Center research projects include a national survey seeking to determine how and why courts use batterer programs to hold domestic violence offenders accountable;[56] a comprehensive evaluation describing the Brooklyn Mental Health Court model;[57] an in-depth study of the implementation and early results produced by the Brooklyn Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Court;[58] a study of the Suffolk County Juvenile Drug Court’s effects on recidivism; a study examining the degree to which criminal defendants processed at the Red Hook Community Justice Center believe they were treated fairly;[59] and a five-year national study with the Urban Institute and the Research Triangle Institute that is expected to shed light on which aspects of the drug court model are most important.

THE URBAN INSTITUTE through another viewpoint:

The Urban Institute (see recent posts) that are promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grants, themselves reactionary to laws allowing women to leave violent relationships and STAY out of them…  It is entirely a social science approach to justice, as opposed to the INALIENABLE RIGHTS, BILL OF RIGHTS, and in total opposition to the concept that certain truths are self-evident…..  It is the transformation of PEOPLE into SUBJECT MATTER, and of those who study them, the highly-educated scholars in certain fields of which people, en masse,  are the experimental substance as the priests, prophets, and prognosticators…

RE:

The Research Triangle Institute (first I heard of them):

Hmm:  This link is interesting,  “Submitted by WW4 Report on Tue, 03/09/2010 – 02:12. ”

Research Triangle Institute can be sued

for deaths of Iraqi civilians

A US federal judge has ruled that the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a USAID-funded organization providing local governance services in Iraq, can be sued in the United States for the deaths of two Iraqi women killed by their security guards in Baghdad in October of 2007. The judge will also allow the victims’ attorneys discovery on whether the security company, Unity Resources Group, has sufficient business contacts in the United States to be sued in a US court. Whether Unity Resources Group can be sued should be decided within the next few months.

The RTI incident occurred only weeks after the infamous Blackwater massacre in Nisur Square, in which 17 innocent bystanders were killed. The first of two civil lawsuits on behalf of Nisur Square victims ended in a disputed settlement, which, along with a botched criminal prosecution, outraged many in the US and Iraq, and recently led to the ouster from Iraq of all former Blackwater employees. A second civil case, brought by a different group of Nisur Square victims, is still pending in federal court in North Carolina.

BUT, more to the topic of what is RTI doing in the US Court System (“This neutrality of this Wikipedia Article is in dispute….”)

The Research Triangle Institute (RTI) is a non-profit research organization based in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) of North Carolina. RTI is the oldest tenant of this major research park, and the sister organization to the Research Triangle Foundation.

BEHIND THE NONPROFITS ARE THE FOUNDATIONS.  BEHIND THE FOUNDATIONS, INCLUDING MANY OF THOSE WORKING THROUGH THE US GOVERNMENT TO DO DEMONSTRATIONS, ARE TYPICALLY WEALTHY — VERY WEALTHY — FAMILIES.

RTI has over 2,600 employees engaged in many distinct research areas. RTI describes its offerings as innovative research and development and … services in health and pharmaceuticals, advanced technology, survey and statistics, education and training, economic and social development, and the environment.

RTI has regularly received many USA government contracts in reconstructing countries in governmental transition, generally helping to implement the privatising of public institutions, especially in Eastern Europe during the 1990s. In 2003 it was contracted by USAID to help in reconstructing Iraq, after the 2003 invasion. Specifically, USAID contracted RTI to privatise water systems and provide education system reform in Iraq. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has two contracts with RTI for, among other purposes, the manufacture and distribution of standardized cannabis cigarettes. [1]

USAID has partnered with RTI to conduct indoor residual spraying of DDT in African countries to control malaria.

SO, WHO ARE THEY?  For one thing, international.  For another, closely associated with governments  (that’s plural) and pharmaceutical corporations.  For another, like any good religion, improving the lot of humanity.  Globally… 

RTI International RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 2,800 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.The Center for Technology Applications at RTI provides services to help clients extract the maximum value from intellectual property. Our technology assessments and market intelligence form the basis for successful strategies in licensing, corporate partnering, and new business ventures.
RTI International
Copyright© ©2009 Research Triangle Institute. All Rights Reserved. RTI International is a trade name of Research Triangle Institute.

 

FOUNDATIONS IN OUR BUSINESSES, CHARITIES, AND GOVERNMENTS:

What do heads of foundations do in their spare time?  Well, sometimes fantastic things.  Sometimes not:

  • Philanthropist charged with molesting Russian dance student, 12

    Mar 31, 2010 An arts philanthropist traveled to Russia to have sex with a 12-year-old Apogee Foundation, was arrested March 27 in Larnaca, Cyprus.
  • Want to see how APOGEE FOUNDATION describes itself? As a top nonprofit, and the gentleman above was:

    Kenneth Schneider, Apogee’s founder, was working as an international financial attorney in Moscow during the 1990’s, when he responded to the radical deterioration of the nation’s performing arts training resources by galvanizing public and private support for their revitalization.

    Recognizing the potential global value of this work, Schneider and his colleagues incorporated The Apogee Foundation in New York in 2004. Since then, Apogee has vastly broadened the reach and impact of its vision through innovative programs designed to discover, develop and celebrate artistic excellence worldwide.

    They even have a cool Logo…  And excellent Ideas.  Not including the one with the 12 year old male dancer, obviously…  Well, Mr. Schneider apparently through it was a great idea, til he got arrested for it…

    Here’s another RTI project, sounds real good.  Same idea — studying human populace:

    GIRLS STUDY GROUP

    (Obviously my “TANF” assistance grant is expired — can’t even copy the logo right).  Again, it’s the ..

    . . . . Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded the Girls Study Group project to RTI International to further the field’s understanding of female juvenile offending and also to identify effective strategies for preventing and reducing female juvenile involvement in delinquency and violence.

    Meanwhile, the hurting continues to go on.  Recent article, NEW JERSEY:

    Police: NJ Teen Sold Stepsister, 7, For Party Sex

    It started with a party invitation to a 15-year-old girl from some men she knew.

    Excuuuuuuse me??  To “some men she knew”???

    She took her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment down the street from their home near the Statehouse, where the girls had been hanging around outside on a Sunday afternoon.

    For the younger girl, police say it quickly descended into a horrifying ordeal in which she was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched but got paid by those who did it.

    Their parents, none the wiser, thought maybe they had run away.

    “We’re talking about a kid who told her sister to go into an apartment and let people rape her,” said Trenton police Capt. Joseph Juniak. “It’s unfathomable.”

    The teen has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Her name was not released because of her age, but the county prosecutor plans to ask the court to try her as an adult. In the meantime, she is being held at the Mercer County Youth Detention Center.

    The 7-year-old had wanted to tag along because she was worried about the 15-year-old’s safety, Mayor Doug Palmer said.

    MASSACHUSETTS:

    And hazing and bullying, just perhaps even girl-on-girl, resulted in a visitor’s suicide, per NYT, as of Yesterday…..

    9 Teenagers Are Charged After Classmate’s Suicide

    Don Treeger/Springfield Republican, via Associated Press

    South Hadley students at a vigil after their classmate’s death in January.

    . . . . .READ THE ARTICLE.

    The prosecutor brought charges Monday against nine teenagers, saying their taunting and physical threats were beyond the pale and led the freshman, Phoebe Prince, to hang herself from a stairwell in January.

    The charges were an unusually sharp legal response to the problem of adolescent bullying, which is increasingly conducted in cyberspace as well as in the schoolyard and has drawn growing concern from parents, educators and lawmakers.

    In the uproar around the suicides of Ms. Prince, 15, and an 11-year-old boy subjected to harassment in nearby Springfield last year, the Massachusetts legislature stepped up work on an anti-bullying law that is now near passage. The law would require school staff members to report suspected incidents and principals to investigate them. It would also demand that schools teach about the dangers of bullying. Forty-one other states have anti-bullying laws of varying strength.

    In the Prince case, two boys and four girls, ages 16 to 18, face a different mix of felony charges that include statutory rape, violation of civil rights with bodily injury, harassment, stalking and disturbing a school assembly. Three younger girls have been charged in juvenile court, Elizabeth D. Scheibel, the Northwestern district attorney, said at a news conference in Northampton, Mass.

     

    Maybe some more “studies” will fix the school culture, but I doubt it.  I suspect that meaningful engagement in meaningful activities with adults (not just peers) who know that the children MEAN something, might. 

    But how is there to be a new utopia if the values-setters, and foundation-owners and policy-makers are going to actually allow the parents to have relationships with their own kids?  Who would run the factories, clean our shoes, and shovel the garbage?  

    (ah well, another sarcastic post here). 

    Bible:  “Study to be quiet and do your own business….”

    Is that still possible while the infrastructure of life is more and more centralized, federalized, and monopolized, and a middle class going, going gone?  We need to pay more attention what is happening at the tops and bottoms of society.  These are the canaries in the coal mines, and the indicators..

    Apparently (like I used to be), in the middle, it’s the scramble to preserve the quality of life . . . . welll??????  ????

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