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“The Dog and Pony Show..” by Walter Burien (pre-Election Day Observations)

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I’m posting a 7-page email sent round, actually, yesterday, by Mr. Burien, one person who’s probably done more to encourage people to read the  collective government entities’ CAFRs than people who know, help write, but don’t sufficiently publicize, these instruments for recording where, exactly, does the collective government clout of (for example), the USA, have its stuff invested — and how much IS that stuff?

The last part is actually a footnote explaining the basic concepts of CAFRs; I have it in different color background.

AND/OR read it at

THE DOG AND PONY SHOW FOR PEOPLE WITH SHORT-TERM MEMORIES

I think it’s well-written, sensible, and timely.

INTRO:

As you probably know, I am doing my part over at Cold,Hard.Fact$ for people who value having their senses exercised by reason of use to discern good from evil. By “senses” is implied observing, and then applying good judgment (which then implies a standard) to what one has observed.  FIND-A-CAFR by State (scroll down to right-hand sidebar for how far I’ve gotten to date).

Uncertain futures and confusion of messages are aimed at the affective while just tickling the intellectual, or engaging it in a partisan way.  However, there are few things more clarifying and integrating than to look at into which baskets (in which decades) our government (speaking collectively) has been putting its eggs, which have been hatching profits and more breeding chickens, and from which nests those eggs (or chickens) have been stolen (etc.).

The message of “first FIND, then actually READ your Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, Find (ALL) the Funds, and then write down the totals” (guidance help for readers — besides which the reports themselves have introductions, tables of contents, and notes, which definitely help) is that this is simply common sense .

Citizenship here, whether by birth, naturalized is entering into any bargaining, sale, or contract relationship.  See “birth certificate.”  If you’re a citizen, you’re in contract with USA and by definition of a State (or territory).  Look at your drivers’ license or social security card.  It shows residency or birthin a State.  That State being in the USA, you’re in a contract.

The assumptions (fine print) in some sales contracts (car, internet service, health insurance– LIFE insurance — MARRIAGE, rental, mortgage, etc.) can cause a whole lotta problems later.  If you’re already in that contract, it only makes sense to look at with whom.  You can’t really grasp “with whom” until you start to grasp the clout.

So that’s why when I ran across the CAFR concept, I knew it pre-empted (and was more comprehensive a tool) than my attempting to piece together strands of grants (individually or in small batches) and connect them with inadequate tools to nonprofits or for-profits, and the individuals running those to the policy makers, etc.

Just help me, help your neighbors locate them and look them up, OK?  Send me lists (I’ll blog them) of the names even of the entities within a county, any county in the USA, and I’ll find a way to post the list — and hopefully, links on-line to their CAFRs for people in distress in those counties.

I’m not anti-government or in favor of anarchy, but I am opposed to people acting like they can’t rule themselves or comprehend and come to a decision on basic information.   I’m also opposed to any movement to dumb people down by simply withholding information and substituting information of far less value to waste time with.  The thing with government, business, and war (and many other endeavors) is knowing how to prioritize the long-range with the short-time, and what to resign to the trash heap, as far as relevance.

I may or may not agree with everything he says in the email, but it includes a wake-up call, a summary of some Presidencies (since Bush) in a little less than typical light.  And the “footnote” (which I guess is an email signature) is a very straightforward explanation of the financial reporting of individuals — versus of Governments.

People concerned about the subject matter of this post should push themselves to  understand (get the mental image after understanding the diagrams, having checked facts) how government operates to increase its clout and wealth, and what roles the courts play in that.

I wish I’d known before mid-stream to raising two children to adulthood, I had to say good bye to them without warning, and without knowing for how long, without legal justification, and without help from any of the institutions that the public supports (the same who gets to pick up the emotional and fiscal pieces of financial crimes, if not actually do “crime scene cleanups”)

The biggest, nastiest, and worst human problems (starting with wars, abuse, kidnapping, slavery, etc.) pretty much boil down to economics — as it says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  It does not say the possession of money, or the use of money — but loving it above all puts everything else UNDER that umbrella.   Oh yes, and he mentions 2001 and the world trade towers, so someone is going to be offended no doubt.

I believe what Walter is telling us here is that while it does make a difference who wins (and he’s made a choice here as to candidates) — Republicans and Democrats politicians (at a minimum) have more in common with each other (as do, for example, attorneys) — than in general they do with the rest of us who are supporting and voting for them…

ENJOY.  And don’t forget to scrutinize the Footnotes, which is a Diagram for understanding why we need to look at the collective financial statements (there’s a system for doing this, not an insurmountable task) and change the conversation the next time ANYONE wants a tax raise.    (contact info at bottom of the letter).

The prologue is mine, the writing is Mr. Burien’s, and we are only responsible for what each has written, and not vice versa.  Below here (DIFFERENT COLOR BACKGROUND) is his.  Period.  OK, I may underline some things (the bolding is not mine).

The Dog and Pony Show

for People with short term memories.

by Walter Burien – CAFR1.com 11/05/12

Good morning folks. Again it is the first day of the rest of our lives. If you are in your twenties, you have many days left to go. If you are 55+ the days are getting numbered.

The crux of this article, presented the day before election day pertains to addressing issues of importance for those with short term memories. Your choice tomorrow today is for President of the United States of America.

In our decisions come election day, first and foremost the following facts needs to be in the front of our mind:

Democratic Party – Republication Party, what are they?

Sounds like a simple question but actually it is not. The reason not, is we all have been spoon fed rhetoric on what they both are contrary to the reality of what both are. The true and correct answer is:  They are both private associations designed from the get-go to get their people in to have access to the till of the greatest wealth of cash; resources; and tax base collected the world has ever known, derived from the collective local and federal operations of the United States of America.

Keep in mind that the contrived sound bites we are all spoon fed revolve around the organized gang from each group keeping their hands firmly gripped and implanted within the core of that wealth.

With the massive wealth (cash; investment income; and taxation collected) that is involved on every level of local government and federal operations, the objectives and tactics used to sway the population for a simple “vote” have been refined by the players into a standard of psychological masterfully presented tactics that are truly by design a clear insult to the intelligence of the mass population. There is no insult intended by this writer to the mass population, we are all, everyone of us, played for any easy mark due to the massive money involved. More money on every government operation form the city level to the federal government than a million Midas’s could ever have dreamed about.

More wealth generated each year where a thousand Towers of Babel are built for the glory of the empire every year that make the original Tower of Babel look like a shanty shack of a pauper in comparison.

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November 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

IS Baltimore Rising (Inc)? City CPA audits HHS “Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents” Grant, again.

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[This post now =ca. 13,000 words —
I followed up on two Baltimore  City audits of use of an HHS grant, and related organizations
and personnel.  If you want to skip all that. For a real eye-opener and symptom of the state of HHS Grants systems overall, ust read the audits themselves.


This trail is a bottomless morass of relationship & unincorporated corps getting grants.
It has no end (while this funding continues) and,  when caught in fraud, overbilling, or double-billing (which this group was), they simply move on down the road and are welcomed with open arm
into (generally speaking) another faith-based organization, for further administrative privileges
.  In this instance, it was immediately obvious.


So, we US citizens are voting today– but AFTERwards, we need to seriously consider how to vote AGAINST reauthorization of long-term slush funds
with the money for this generated from taxes, investments, and foreclosed assets of the public into central wealth diverted into proganda causes to keep that cycle going.  There are indeed many worthy causes in life – -however some of the most worthy on the label are great covers for some very bad behaviors.
When profits flow continuously towards the dishonest and those adept at evading accountability, there is a problem with the system flow of a government, AND a problem with the citizens for failing to understand we need this, and how to get it.   That this accidentally (allegedly) also helps some poor, that’s apparently just an accident — not the purpose.  The purpose appears to be simply to money-laundering and income-tax evasion.

This seems a KEY example.
We Americans had better figure this out and what to do about it within the next five years, minmum.]


“ONCE UPON A TIME…I WAS…. Posting all the states’ (and some major cities’) CAFRs at my other blog Cold,HardFact$.

[Scroll down, links on the sidebar under “FIND A State CAFR,” I attempted to locate the CAFR for the City of Baltimore (not just State of Maryland) CAFR for 2011. So far I haven’t, but while looking but did find a good selection of some of the various government enterprises under the City Government simply by running across a Department of Audits “Recently Issued Audits” Site.

Two of them caught my eye by simply having long titles and strange wording, like “Baltimore Rising.”  After enough years of this, instinct counts, and my instinct said look further.  First of all, it shouldn’t be hard to find a city’s current CAFRs, and on this Recent Audits, for some reason they’d been led to audit their own comprehensive annual financial reports. Then I found THIS audit (see post title) of an HHS three-year grant which began in the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families.  “MOCYF”

MOCYF (BALTIMORE RISING, INC) AUDIT FOLLOW-UP REVIEW (MAY 2010) Follow-up May 2010 6/9/10
MOCYF (BALTIMORE RISING, INC) AUDIT FOLLOW-UP REVIEW (MAY 2010) Follow-up May 2010 6/9/10

This link has to be read through to be believed, though I put some summaries below (it’s a very short report, actually).

 PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT – MENTORING CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS GRANT 90CV0215

AWARDED TO THE MAYOR’s OFFICE FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

(BALTIMORE RISING, INC.) FROM THE US DEPT. OF HHS:  FOLLOW-UP REVIEW MAY, 2010 

[Note — that’s not what HHS called it, but simply “Baltimore City Mayor’s Office.” not “Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Families”]

(click on the Grantee Name link in chart below, for what else it’s into.Of interest:  This first grant was 8/19/2004.  On 6/30/2004, it got $994,100 for “interim methadone treatment.”  On 8/19/2004, it got this grant. on 9/17/2004 (one month later) the $994,100 grant was removed from HHS records….). etc. From “TAGGS.hhs.gov”  Note they didn’t even bother to “name” the grant, it simply adopted the CFDA-assigned name, which is identical.

Page 1 of 1  “B Yr=”Budget Yr”
  

  THIS IS FOR THE AUDITED GRANT (but didn’t pass), 90CV0215

Grantee Name Award Title B Yr Action Issue Date CFDA    Award Action Type Principal Investi-gator DUN # Sum of Actions
BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 1 08/19/ 2004 93616 NEW BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000
BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 2 08/19/ 2005 93616 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000
BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 3 06/16/ 2006 93616 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000

[[2013 December archives around Christmastime post clean-up and re-ran the 90CV grants), since referenced this; my html smarts weren’t so hot at this time]]

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE  BALTIMORE MD 21202 **BALTIMORE CITY 614650075 $ 8,386,690
BALTIMORE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE  BALTIMORE MD 21202 **BALTIMORE CITY 625375779 $ 450,000

Right away — why switch DUNS#s mid-stream?  Also the “**” may be by “Baltimore City” I later learned, because Baltimore does not fall under any county – it is separate from “Baltimore County.”  The topic there was the UBaltimore School of law:

Fiscal Yr Award Number Award Title BYr Action Issue Date Award Action Type Principal Invest. DUNS Number Sum of Actions
2009 90CV0330 MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS 2 04/29/2009 EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS LORRIE R DAVIS 625375779 $ 0
2009 90CV0330 MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS 3 09/17/2009 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION LORRIE R DAVIS 625375779 $ 150,000
2008 90CV0330 MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS 2 08/27/2008 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TO BE NAMED 625375779 $ 150,000
2007 90CV0330 MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS 1 09/20/2007 NEW TO BE NAMED  625375779 $ 150,000
2006 90CV0215 MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 3 06/16/2006 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000
2005 90CV0215 MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 2 08/19/2005 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000
2004 90CV0215 MENTORING CHILDRENS OF PRISONERS 1 08/19/2004 NEW BONNIE ARIANO 614650075 $ 300,000
Results 1 to 7 of 7 matches.

It is clear this grantee switched DUNS# in a certain year (2007) and that the larger and bulk of grants center around drug treatment and incarceration issues, for example:

2002 SAMHSA TI13853 CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR UNINSURED ADDICTS 01 Consolidated Knowledge Development and Application (KD&A) Program NEW BONNIE L CYPULL $ 2,500,000
2001 SAMHSA SM53820 TAMAR’S CHILDREN (PREGNANT INMATE’S PROJECT) 01 Consolidated Knowledge Development and Application (KD&A) Program NEW PETER SAAR $ 412,900
2001 SAMHSA TI12883 COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT FOR UNINSURED CITY RESIDENTS 01 Consolidated Knowledge Development and Application (KD&A) Program NEW BONNIE CYPULL $ 2,210,000
2000 ACF 90CO0935 CHILD-CENTERED PERMANENCY MEDIATION PROJECT 1 Adoption Opportunities NEW TO BE NAMED $ 200,000

(I just did a run of this category of “mentoring children of prisoners/CFDA 93616” in Maryland — there are 57 grants altogether, many of them in Baltimore.  Interesting).. After reading the audits below and looking up this grant, I decided to look up Principal Investigator Ms. Ariano.  Apparently she administered this grant.  However the City of Baltimore CPA said, in essence, questions the entire viability of the $900,000 federal grant, based on lousy administration of it.  So naturally I was curious about the principal investigator. On the web, a pretty thorough Speakers Bio on-line shows that the negative audit didn’t exactly slow her down much — she’s now in charge of the Jericho Project under Episcopal Services, as of about May 2007.   (approaching the end of this grant, by which time it was probably under scrutiny for misappropriation). She’s hanging with “Faith-Based” organizations, and has a background in helping vulnerable populations (by overseeing the theft of federal grants??).  Hate to say this, but I’ve been telling us to watch out for that category in particular! (the image is the link)

Bonnie Ariano

Director of The Jericho Program Bonnie Ariano currently serves as the Director of The Jericho Program, which is a non-profit ex-offender re-entry program under the auspices of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland. In this capacity, Ms. Ariano supervises a staff of nine, which include three Case Managers, two Job Developers, a Recruitment Specialist and a Training and Mentoring Coordinator and is responsible for monitoring the Federal Prisoner Re-entry Initiative grant which supports the Jericho program model of job readiness training, skills assessment and job placement. It is a true second chance for most of the participants and they continue to receive assistance and support throughout their year of enrollment. Ms. Ariano began in this position in May 2007, bringing with her over 32 years of experience in the human service field, 25 of which were in the non-profit sector.

Added 2013:  I see I didn’t look up the corporation status of “Episcopal Community Services of Maryland,” so here is that lookup:

(Dept. ID) Entity Name Entity Detail Status
(D00117770) EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES OF MARYLAND, INC. General Info. Amendments Personal Property INCORPORATED

Interesting, it was incorporated in 1939, right before WWII (well, in 1939) and not long after religious groups were granted special exceptions under the IRS.  Street address 1014 West 36th Street is now labeled “REBUILDING TOGETHER BALTIMORE” A NATIONAL GROUP, FORMERLY CALLED “CHRISTMAS IN APRIL.”

Rebuilding Together Baltimore LogoVolunteers Working on Baltimore Row House

Rebuilding Together

The Baltimore affiliate was founded in 1989 as Christmas in April Baltimore. Since then, more than 20,000 volunteers have repaired 1,070 homes, 29 non-profit facilities, completed dozens of community projects, and..

…In 1988, with the help of Steve Winchell, John McMeel and Bobby Trimble, a national program, Christmas in April, USA, was formed to help spread the program throughout the United States. Patty Johnson, former Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. program, was hired as the first Executive Director for Christmas in April, USA. Thirteen cities were involved that first year.

Christmas in April Small Red Star Baltimore was founded in 1989 by Joanna von Briesen, Howard Hunt, Thomas Jaudon, and Geoffrey Krug. Since its first Rebuilding Day in 1990, the Baltimore affiliate has organized more than 19,400 volunteers to perform repairs valued at over $6.1 million on more than 966 homes in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland.

From those early days, the idea has spread to include more than 235 local affiliates in communities from all 50 states. The work of more than 2,700,000 volunteers, in over 1,880 cities and towns throughout America, has resulted in the repair and rehabilitation of more than 105,000 houses and non-profit facilities involving more than 27,000,000 volunteer hours.

Rebuilding Together is now the largest volunteer organization preserving and revitalizing low-income houses and communities in the nation.

WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA.  TOO BAD, HOWEVER, EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES (SAME ADDRESS) HIRED OR ACCEPTED A WOMAN WHO WAS KNOWN, FROM A 2009 AUDIT — TO HAVE PRESIDED OVER (OR BEEN P.I. FOR) THE DISGRACEFUL THEFT OF NEARLY $1,000,000 OF HHS FUNDING, and a duplicate vendor receipt of $25,000, etc.

Entity Name Entity Detail Status
(F15109531) REBUILDING TOGETHER, INC. General Info. Amendments Personal Property INCORPORATED

The umbrella organization was registered (in MD, at least) only in spring 2013) and is a stock corp. (not a nonprofit?).  Maryland shows many, named by county, within the state.

Principal Office (Current):
STE 1000
1899 L ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036
Resident Agent (Current):
CORPORATE CREATIONS NETWORK INC.
STE 700
2 WISCONSIN CIR
CHEVY CHASE, MD 20815
Status: INCORPORATED
Good Standing: Yes      What does it mean when a business is not in good standing or forfeited?
Business Code: Ordinary Business – Stock
Date of Formation or Registration: 02/28/2013
(D02820272) REBUILDING TOGETHER BALTIMORE, INC. General Info. Amendments Personal Property INCORPORATED

It was formed in 1989, NON-Stock, at the same address, with the name-change from “Christmas-in-April-Baltimore” happening in 2001, and (see pdf)  The former street address (600 Baltimore Avenue #205, TOWSON, MD) is now home to a Title Company.  I’m wondering if this Ron Deutsch is any relationship to THIS Robin Deutsch (also prominent AFCC leadership, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, etc.), Although I guess Maryland isn’t close enough to Massachusetts..

MSPP Home

Massachusetts links right TO “AFCC” on their state site:  http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/afccsharedparenting.pdf

Principal Office (Current):
1014 W. 36TH STREET
BALTIMORE, MD 21211
Resident Agent (Current):
BONNIE BESSOR
1014 W. 36TH ST.
BALTIMORE, MD 21211
Status: INCORPORATED
Good Standing: Yes      What does it mean when a business is not in good standing or forfeited?
Business Code: Ordinary Business – Non-stock
Date of Formation or Registration: 06/27/1989

[[These later lookups after I became more aware of how many HHS-grantee programs are run right out of church addresses, which can get complicated when it comes to tracking the finances).

Here are 501(c)3’s with the word “EPISCOPAL” in them, listed in Baltimore; those for which contributions are tax-deductibel anyhow, as you can see some are “Services” and some relate to Housing, and one is the convention.

1-6 of 6 results Results Per Page  25     50     100     250 « Prev | 1-6 | Next »
EIN Sorted Ascending Legal Name (Doing Business As) Sorted Ascending City Sorted Ascending State Sorted Ascending Country Sorted Ascending Deductibility Status Sorted Ascending
52-1686012 Christian Vocation Project of Memorial Episcopal Church Inc. Baltimore MD United States PC
52-0591545 Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Diocese of Md Baltimore MD United States GROUP
52-0591564 Episcopal Community Services of Maryland Inc. Baltimore MD United States PC
20-3499496 Episcopal Housing Community Development Corporation Baltimore MD United States PC
52-1939344 Episcopal Housing Corporation Baltimore MD United States PC
23-7439344 Waters Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the City of Ba Baltimore MD United States PC

 

ORGANIZATION NAME STATE YEAR FORM PAGES TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Episcopal Housing Corporation MD 2012 990 30 $1,880,572 52-1939344
Episcopal Housing Corporation MD 2011 990 24 $2,263,790 52-1939344
Episcopal Housing Corporation MD 2010 990 27 $2,255,880 52-1939344

This has the same man signing the tax return and the same street address as the one below, with program purpose:

“Episcopal Housing Corporation missioni s to respond to God’s call to establish justice for those most in need by building affordable housing and creating the foundations for healthy and sustainable communities.”

= = = = = =

**EHC is weird — (I just looked at three tax returns), they received program service income including government contracts of about $20K to $30K/year, have NO activity and NO contributions, the forms are scrabbledy.  yet their assets base is going up.  Finally one said:

•Episcopal Housing Community Development Corporation 20-3499496

990EZ Line 26; Episcopal_Housinq Community_Development Corporation has reciev_ed a loan to-acquire and renovate 3401 OakfleldAve._  Baltimore,_MD 21207 and operate the proPerty as affordable housing per our mission statement and organizational documents’

The street address looks like St. Mary’s Episcopal – Parrish House and I see a few more (probably 501(c)3s) in operation out of the same place.

  • http://hampdenfamilycenter.org/resources.shtml   (see A.I.M. — “Action in Maturity” 3900 Roland Avenue.
  • The third church building was built in 1873 and still stands today. The parish was decommissioned in 2002 and the building was turned into an outreach center for the Hampden community. In 1964 the congregation tore down its rectory, which stood just south of the 1873 church, and the Roland towers assisted living complex was erected. The chapel at the northern boundary of the parcel is still standing but is vacant. The building was previously occupied by a separate congregation.

    The Victorian graveyard is one of a few remaining in the city that is still physically connected to the church of its origin. Founded around the same time as the episcopal parish, Saint Mary’s Cemetery has graves dating back to the late 19th Century. The park is open from from dawn until dusk and is worth visiting for the view alone. A tour of Hampden is not complete without a trip to Saint Mary’s.

  • Here is some of the history:

ANYHOW, ENOUGH OF THAT.  THERE’S NO KNOWN CONNECTION BETWEEN THOSE HOUSING CORPORATIONS AND EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES; I was just browsing….

Where the money is, esp. if it can get hooked up with government…. More, on Ms. Ariano and the conference she was attending, at the bottom of this post…..

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