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SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) [First Publ. July 26, 2016. See also my ~>March 3, 2010<~ post].

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I’m referencing this topic again Nov. 2017.  Accordingly, here’s the post title (updated to show when published and referencing an earlier, March 2010, post also on the topic):

SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) [First Publ. July 26, 2016. See also my ~>March 3, 2010<~ post]. (blog-generated, case-sensitive short-link ends “-43Z”)

On doing this, I find it odd timing that CFFP apparently stopped filing tax returns the year or year after I first blogged them.

One type of 2017 Update: Notice that I exported a segment of this post making it now about 8,500 words (with “connective tissue”).  It was getting unwieldy and the information at the bottom of the post was among the most complex (bank bailout, and HUD-identified reinsurance kickback scheme, not to mention the $6B profits the US Government made when the bailed out banks paid back “TARP”). Look for this wording (and highlighting) below to see where it was extracted; there is 2016 material below that point:

Substantial Section removed here Nov. 25, 2017, to separate post or page. Either will show up on sidebar when posted again….Shortening the original post length which was (before removal) 12,400 words..by about a third….

The new home to the section repost, is: The Dark Sides (Bottom Line) in Web-based, Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US], JustGiving [UK]) and Related Operations (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost].

Another type of 2017 Update is the next comments (some images and even a tax return table are involved) which extend until you see this “Two Days of Updates” title and new background-color with a black-bordered box :

Two Days of Updates, Introduced, within this box.

This post is now 11,500 12,300 words. Not including these words explaining why..

July 27 and 28 [2016] I added a significant portion to the front part, including some images and more links on CFFPP, a short section on the irony of the California Attorney General having pursued “JustGive” — pretty quickly — on its failure to register as a charity, within about a year, but having let the Alameda County Family Justice Center (staffed in part by District Attorney’s Office, which is naturally under the Attorney General’s Office — which handles the “Registry of Charitable Trusts”) not register for several years after it started up….

…(And two more paragraphs of 2016 commentary in same color background)

Reviewing anything after a time-lapse (here, about 1-¼ years), you’re going to notice more about the original information and of course have an opportunity chance to check back on changes in it since then.

While I didn’t check much of what’s below (except for CFFPP), I did notice, on the exported section and in general, that I’d viewed the dramatically affluent and smart business model (if not the most ethical execution of it) of JustGive.org and said it had possibly become “JustGiving.org” after being caught soliciting unregistered in the State of Utah, Spring 2016.  So I’d viewed the one organization as having moved overseas, particularly after reading a California AG (Attorney-General) approved permission to dispose of most of its assets, probably in settlement of the Utah litigation.  There may be some evidence (for example in founding documents) I’d seen back then that do not remember just now, but I should add that…

However,…checking back now in 2017, I see no evidence that “JustGive” ever did that, although no question there has been a “JustGiving” based in the UK doing business in the USA since then. Regarding JUSTGIVE (on one hand) and “JG US INC dba in California as “JustGivING CA”…

Recent printout from California’s OAG for the JustGIVE entity:

JustGive.org, Calif OAG, viewed Nov. 2017, still current. EIN# is now displayed on these search results, and is: #943331010

And another (FY2016 which is FY205) tax return for JustGIVE has shown up.  Added to what’s in this post below, that’s now, all four years:
Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
JustGive CA 2016 990 448 $4,428,472.00 94-3331010
JustGive CA 2015 990 1291 $3,673,878.00 94-3331010
JustGive  **Actually this link now only has two pages uploaded to it, despite showing “56” in col. “PP” CA 2014 990 56 $3,512,788.00 94-3331010
JustGive CA 2013 990 56 $3,906,182.00 94-3331010

ABOVE, Page counts: It shouldn’t take long to figure out that a tax return with first 56, then 56 (exactly) again the next year, then 1,291, then 448 pages is doing something differently meanwhile.  That difference is mostly on the way its grants are reported — first, illegibly fine print (56pp, sample is in the post below), then ONE per page sorted not alphabetically, or by category, or by location, but by lowest-to-highest amount of pass-through donations, starting with about $5,000.  Alternating from too small to too dispersed across the pages, it then goes to one per page (FYE2015, 1,291pp tax return), then (if you think about 12 / 4 = 3) to “only” 448″pp when there are 3 grantees shown/page.


Meanwhile California Entity C3911707 “JustGIVING CA” (the London, England-based operation) dba as JG US Inc (see colorful next image taken from this post below) isn’t showing a tax return — because it’s not a tax-exempt entity (!)  How I connected one to the other is and to “Iron Planet” as referenced in this post title, is explained in more detail far below (look for section on “I do” website operated by JustGive which says the assets are held by JG US Inc.) [some links are broken but others exist saying the I Do Foundation merged with JustGive in 2009]. Links in other articles where provided went to a (i.e., cheap) “GoDaddy.com” website whose certificate expired (last week, 2017).

The other connection was through registered agents which have, I see, changed since then…

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (Sec of State info as of July 26 2016 post)

Again, I couldn’t find any tax return on this one for a very basic reason — it’s a foreign stock corporation (not “nonprofit” — nonprofits by definition don’t issue stock; they are nonstock corporations).  Something you may notice the old version of the Secretary of State Business Search did not give up on its “detail” Page.  This one only registered 5/31/2016, as a Delaware Corporation with a London address.  See next two images, after which the July 2016 text starts as signaled above (light-green background color):

 

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (SOState info as of Nov 2017 (cf to as of my July 26 2016 post) | Search Results (2nd page, after click on entity name) Updated SOS website now shows business category and includes pdf images

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (SOState info as of Nov 2017 (cf to as of my July 26 2016 post) | Search Results (1st page)


Two Days of Updates, Introduced, within this box.

[This post is now 11,500 12,300 words.  Not including these words explaining why..

July 27 and 28 [2016] I added a significant portion to the front part, including some images and more links on CFFPP, a short section on the irony of the California Attorney General having pursued “JustGive” — pretty quickly — on its failure to register as a charity, within about a year, but having let the Alameda County Family Justice Center (staffed in part by District Attorney’s Office, which is naturally under the Attorney General’s Office — which handles the “Registry of Charitable Trusts”) not register for several years after it started up.  And whether or not this delay had anything to do with the CEO of that Family Justice Center (complete with soap opera life events) having been married to then-attorney General Bill Lockyer).  In an “Exclusive Interview” of 2012 of Nadia Davis Lockyer, some telling quotes on the attraction between public service women lawyers and convicted felons (let alone the life and habits of our local “enforcement” branch of government leadership) are included. …. Not to mention, she admitted to lying on a jail visitation card, and to having put faked emails to falsely accuse her spouse of supplying her with drugs.


I’m not a social scientist (obviously) but it seems to me that this type of behavior is just not typical of most people.  I don’t THINK most of the public is drug-addicted, lies when visiting people in jail, cheats on their spouses, and in general, live out-of-control lives and expect to be well-paid, with pensions, for it.  Many of us are more directly concerned with the short-term survival, and for homeowners (I’ve not been one, but I can see), not losing their homes.  Speaking for people who are even halfway as normal as myself, I would like to state that this woman does not represent my gender — or mothers, in general.


Lastly I also — because it came up in a search result on CFFPP — linked to a year 2010 post I wrote on the same, noticing the collaboration of fatherhood groups & DV professionals on the CFFPP board, however I notice still NEITHER field of practiced breathed a whiff of the existence of HMRF funding, or the word “HHS” although they did briefly reference “TANF.”  This withholding is tacit collusion to “NOT TELL” about these significant grants streams, which stack the decks for specific out-comes in the state-jurisdiction family courts.  Disgraceful, and we need to pull back the cover on this habit and understand what kind of personality and system is being dealt with when the DV organizations are covering up economic abuse of the public, big-time!

Original Start of this Post:

I thought about calling this post “Don’t Ask – Just Give!” which is obviously the general idea of such on-line funding platforms, but thought it would be more fun to give the preview of the string of associations causing me to seriously question “speed-of-light” online donation platforms, and notice the lack of quality control involved — because at least in this case, JustGive, Inc. was not set up to have any. 

(CFFPP.org. See also very bottom of this post for more info, and related posts in this sequence).

And among the many nonprofits JustGive has been passing on funds to through its “DAF” (Donor Advised Fund), one of them, CFFPP, has also demonstrated lack of basic compliance with business entity registration (in Illinois)  AND IRS filings (in Wisconsin), where the IRS “Pub. 78” searchable database (showing legit, revoked, and “filed a Form 990-N” postcard organizations)   reveals that CFFPP got its IRS# revoked in 2014.  Also, the FoundationCenter.org database shows that its filing in 2004 indicating a name change after some sort of reinstatement and moving to a new state, “Just so happened” to reverse the digit “6” for digit “9” and file under the wrong EIN#.

  • Were there “accidentally wrong” #s (digital transpositions) for any $$ figures reported, too?

The involved CFFPP Board of Directors individual attached to the wrong? EIN# filing showing address change and name change from Chicago, is their current Treasurer Daniel Ash.  This wrong EIN# is on the various Parts of the Return and on the Attachment pages. (Four years’ of CFFPP tax returns under two different EIN#s also shown towards the bottom of this post.)

This Year 2003 filing, Amended because they “inadvertently forgot to include Schedule B” (lists major contributors!) states Primary Exempt Purpose not on the blanks attached, for example, on Part III, Line 1, but as “See Statement 2”, which reads simply:

CFFPP CHALLENGES THE NEGATIVE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF LOW-INCOME FATHERS, WHO POTENTIALLY HAVE MORE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR CHILDREN IN THE WAY OF SUPPORT

That was a 2003 Amended CFFPP tax return (delivered REAL late and under an accidentally odd EIN#) after the organization, on having been Dissolved or Revoked DEC. 2004, sought to get Re-instated (Feb. 2005) with a Wisconsin Street address and a name less overtly pro-Fathers.  Signatures of David Pate, Jr. (for Wisconsin) and Registered Agent Daniel Ash (showing what looks like a University of Chicago street address, no Suite# though).

p17 ONLY, IL (Form NFP112.45:113.60) Appl for Reinstatemt (not stamped %22Rec'd%22)@CFFPP's Amended FY2003 Return as EIN#394038873 (2nd digit should be %226%22) showing Req for Namchange Signed 2-24-2005 in WI (Certific of Diss:Revoc Dec1,20014 (19pp)p17 ONLY, IL (Form NFP112.45:113.60) Appl for Reinstatemt (not stamped %22Rec’d%22)@CFFPP’s Amended FY2003 Return as EIN#394038873 (2nd digit should be %226%22) showing Req for Namchange Signed 2-24-2005 in WI (Certific of Diss:Revoc Dec1,20014 (19pp) (<=click for image).

This was done with an “illustrious” (in several fields) Board of Directors from Chicago, Madison Wisconsin, San Francisco, Boston, and St. Pau Minnesota (Univ. MN), at least two representing the symbolic participation of the domestic violence fields (i.e., Esta Soler, Oliver Williams).

I’d already caught onto that hypocrisy back in a March 3, 2010 post, “CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers but it took longer to navigate the tortuous tangle of economic/corporate chameleonship, a sense & gut instinct developed with a lot of practice over the years.  But even then, six years ago, I felt it appropriate to comment:

“I am tired and ornery today, and instead of blogging current news, I’m going to blog “vocabulary news.” Because I believe the gap between theory and practice in the courts is a vocabulary problem. Yes, you heard me right.”

And, even as far back as 2010, and regarding the systemic, organized and coordinated co-opting that language with a view to changing its meaning,

PIONEERS for sure, also ELITISM:

This is unbelievably elitist, and is co-opting the vocabulary in these fields, and transforming them, in part through grants giving them access to “technical aid” and spiffy websites, logos, conferences, and so forth — things single mothers, meanwhile stuck in the family law system fishnet, are often hard put to find.

Meanwhile, the family law system professionals ALSO collaborate, among each other, and again, not seeking litigant input. That’s AFCC and friends.

[[Post incomplete, portions were lost: to be finished later. FVPF is also, FYI, collaborating with AFCC: search the site for “family law” and a link will come up. Makes you think!]]

Again, Simple Solutions are often the best: I still think Jack Straton’s idea that abusive fathers just shouldn’t be around kid, is a great one. The whole concept of trying to reconcile “fatherhood” with “protection from violence against women and children” is just trying to straddle things that don’t belong together.

No room in this post for much elaboration on Jack C. Straton. Maybe another time….but FYI, Jack C. Straton of “NOMAS” and Portland Oregon wrote the well-known 1992 “What’s Fair for Children of Abusive Men?” (presented at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs or [header info reads] “Duluth Domestic Abuse Project” conference).  Looking for that, I found an article (NO year given, and in a somewhat isolated context at “EuroFem” website) Don’t Create Custody Laws That Facilitate Abuse.  

NOMAS posted this “What’s Fair…?” article again on a 11/21/2015 “Latest Posts” section from the info of its webpages, currently looking like this:

…but (which is also unprofessional) undated, and out of context.  I eventually discovered from the footnotes they were quoting the well-known “The Liz Library(™)” posting of the article which itself  (see its header info here) cites a 1993 newsletter (fourth edition, 2001) originally from NOMAS.  While The Liz Library(™) posted the complete footnotes, the NOMAS (2015) version only had text up through footnote 30 (out of maybe 60) and didn’t show most of those anyhow.

See next image for what I’ll bet looks familiar to may protective mothers, and has been repeatedly reblogged by them (myself included, until I started learning more about the tax returns and federal grants in combo with AFCC — which, I noticed, Elizabeth Kates, Esq. doesn’t exactly bring up — nor does NOMAS. Professional courtesy?)

In the Table of Contents, it shows up right next to a “BMCC” promotion, on a link which ends “nomas.html.”  (Click to read header information more carefully).

JackStraton's 1992 %22WhatIsFairforChildrOfAbusiveMen?%22 @THE LIZ LIBRARY(™)- LIZNOTES research on family law politics and child custody

SO, in 2010, (back to my March 3 post CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers”) …And after questioning the common usage of “fatherhood practitioner” and “domestic violence advocate” Even back then, I said:

Want to learn something more? (I finally did). Sign up for Guidestar.org (it’s free). ** Check out who’s who, and then check out the financials. In ANY nonprofit, we have a right to see the books. That’s right, folks. You have a right to look at the IRS 990s and demand an explanation of what ANY nonprofit (tax-exempt) organization is doing with its tax-exempt status.

For example, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, per USASPENDING.gov, has received over $32 MILLION in funding. You’d think that would have really reduced violence by now, right?

**Guidestar, since then, I found unwieldy.  I prefer (despite its penchant for mislabeling organization names, making EIN# searches also), 990finder.foundationcenter.org.  I also sometimes use Citizenaudit.org because, while it doesn’t generate handy-dandy tables of the last three tax returns, it does show returns going back more than 3 years, viewable through pdf, and also the ability for search results including organizations who gave TO an organization as well.


This 2010 post is not on the Table of Contents (it doesn’t go back that far yet).  On July 27, 2016, I added a substantial update, with some images and publications by CFFPP to this post.  It’s worth a bookmark: March 3, 2010 Let’s Get Honest post, “CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers”  FYI, that was a particularly devastating time in my life, and housed-but-destitute.

Now…


Back to “Don’t Ask — JustGive!,” and, speaking of language transformations on the concept of charity, and giving….

Eventually it becomes clear that the “fast, on-line giving” part means you are contributing to a “Donor Advised Fund” (DAF) indicating a preference, but guess who controls that fund — the organization, not the advisors.

There is a major lack of concern for accountability of the fast-moving funds by such groups — and certainly with JustGive.org (now blended with a UK|London-based on-line platform anyhow, which runs the website).  The groups involved, I take it, just do not care that within the US (that is, NOT globally) we might just want to know how our public resources are being used because we contribute towards them through taxation, fees, fines, licenses, and in all manner of public support.

People who sprinkle (or I should say, “spray”) their resources electronically over a vast quantity of nonprofits each year, with lightening-speed electronic agility, and organization founders or website designers with venture-startup funding accelerators internet expertise ought to apply some of those electronic engineering skills to providing something “We the Public” might be able to handle with as much agility and flexibility as the donors are suggested to exercise.

They have forgotten that their own tax-exempt status is a privilege and a private public benefit courtesy the overall population and as such ought to be used with respect for the overall population, USA citizens, including respect for our right to know and our concern for representative government.  Not everyone has venture startup DNA in his or her makeup, and those who don’t, working regular jobs, have a need for government with boundaries.  As our government is consistently doing “public/private partnerships” not just for major infrastructures — but also for human social services — we deserve a responsible nonprofit sector. The capacity to monitor its ethics should not be further undermined.

Right now, we have nothing of the sort.  Part of my purposes in posting so much is to prove this conclusively so we will better understand that “philanthropy” and “charity” may provoke warm fuzzy feelings, but there are certain ways they operate which show, it’s not just love of mankind in operation here.

See Prior Post on SocialPolicySpeak, Middle Section “JUSTGIVE.org” (Some overlap with here). The first logo you see below and its website grabbed my attention amid a bevvy of funders of another Fatherhood-specific group (calling it “Families”).  Shown again at the bottom of this page. (or see their “About Us” dropdown menu under “Funders”).
Funding Resources - Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 2 of 2 only!] ~ Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-::cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]##### Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-::cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]

Funding Resources - Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 2 of 2 only!]


See “https://www.justgive.org/about-us/index.jsp” and that in “…On July 18, 2016 JustGive joined with JustGiving, the world’s largest social giving platform. Headquartered in London, UK, JustGiving has helped 27m people in 165 countries raise $4bn for NPOs and grassroots projects since its launch in 2001. Both JustGive and JustGiving share an identical goal: to grow charitable giving by connecting people with the charities and causes they care most about. Kendall Webb conceived the idea for JustGive in 2000. She had worked in the Internet world for many years, and was a founding member of the successful start-up more.com, but became disillusioned by the focus on profits.”

 

 

 

 

 

The List of Foundations contributing to CFFPP includes JustGive. In approximate order by columns, it is (omitting the word Foundation for most):  Annie E. Casey (Baltimore), Ford (NYC), The Hill-Snowden (sic — it’s “Hill-Snowdon, at least the separate, $35M Private Foundation.”…wealth from Johnson & Johnson stock, currently into “Making Black Lives Matter” movement…(“The Band-Aid® Company & multi-billionarie global pharmaceutical whose fourth-and fifth-generations have been making scandal and tragedy pages for years) Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation (SF), W.K. Kellogg, Madison Community Founda’n. Community Shares of Wisconsin, William and Flora Hewlett (Menlo Park, CA — as in “Hewlett-Packard” company), IBM Corporation (not foundation), JustGive, Charles Stewart Mott, Microsoft Corp. courtesy TechSoup Stock, Ms. Foundation for Women (Brooklyn), Open Society Foundation (NYC), Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, D.C.) Sociological Initiatives Foundation (Boston), US Dept. of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women (USDOJ/OVW) in Flint Michigan [??], State of Michigan DHS (Lansing), University of Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation (Madison, WI).



<== After reading the yell0w-highlit caption under “JustGive” logo, above left thereby understanding that it’s just merging with an even larger UK group, kindly browse the RAPIDLY accelerating REVENUES (and slower, but still accumulating ASSETS) of this lean, mean, on-line giving machine JustGive, Inc. — shown in the “Details” page of California Charitable Registry, next link:

JUSTGIVE.org EIN#943331010, CHARITABLE DETAILS pages (5pp) See the “Schedule” section… There is a chart, by year — and in each year, the top $$ figure is ‘Assets’ and the second, each year, is “Revenues.”  The rows are labeled well enough.  Watch the pace of change over time….

  • JustGive didn’t register as a charity until prompted to by the OAG Oct. 2000 (this material subsection added to post 7/27/2016).  Signature page of its Charity App or date-stamped “Rec’d” as I recall isn’t uploaded to the Calif. OAG website, either..

JUSTGIVE.org section, see this background-color and font

One of the Miscellaneous” labeled documents uploaded to the California OAG site shows JustGive.org, which incorporated 7/15/1999 (shown below on this post), had to be prompted to register as a charity, i.e., over one year later, and apparently as of 10/26/2000 — had not bothered. That’s odd, however, because the corporation’s website claims it only changed its name from “Justgive.COM” in, I believe it was 2009.  This letter is addressed to “JustGive, Inc.”  The letter below does not provide the official “Inc.” designation.

CA OAG 10-26-2000 to JustGive “Pls Send (Missing) Docts”  “You Must Comply With Nonprofit & IRS Laws – Check a Library…” 1pg <==click this link to read image full-size.

CA OAG 10-26-2000 to JustGive %22Pls Send (Missing) Docts%22 %22You Must Comply With Nonprofit & IRS Laws - Check a Library...%22 1pg
After being asked to confirm that their Fiscal Year-end date was December 31 (I guess the default), the company then chose February 28 as their Fiscal Year end….strange….

The first year uploaded Assets/ Revenues showing is YE 2002 (i.e., Fiscal Year 2001).  I can see why the state OAG might want to keep an eye on them**:

**[JustGive] Fiscal End: 28-FEB-02
Total Assets: $2,467,863
Gross Annual Revenue: $1,363,845
RRF Received: 17-JUL-02

Ironic that at the time (in 2000) career politician Bill Lockyer was State Attorney General.  About six years later, his (third) wife, Nadia Lockyer-Davis, Esq., was appointed (anointed?) first Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (salary, paid from DA’s office, $90,000), which 501©3 then had to also be prompted to register in 2010 and explain themselves, although as such she was a direct employee of the District Attorney’s Office, which I’d presume is under the State Attorney General’s Office….(searchable under “Details” page on the Calif. Charitable Registry, like the one from JustGive.org I’ve just linked to above; on this blog; or if you want to see my write-ups, submit a comment and I’ll reply with a link from a different blog). (FamilyJusticeCenters are public/private partnerships, and a little tricky to track $$ on).

So together, both Lockyers were some of the criminal prosecution / domestic violence leadership over the county (for Bil Lockyer, the whole state) where my family court and DV case were, and from which my kids were stolen on an overnight visitation based on unproven allegations (several).   Exclusive Interview: Nadia Lockyer tells how affair, drugs, and deceit led to downfall; (<==hover-cursor for excerpt) (Omitted from that title:  how HER affair, drugs and deceit)….” 4/21/2012 by By Julia Prodis Sulek, copyright Bay Area News Group, posted in Mercury News.  READ, this also tells how they met, includes an admission she faked emails accusing her spouse of sending her drugs, and also reveals (this seems to happen in the field) how as a public interest attorney she bonded with a convicted felon, which became the start of that affair in the first place.

Meanwhile, the California OAG didn’t go after the Alameda County Family Justice Center until 2010 for ITS charitable registration– until her (his wife’s) last year working there, per her LinkedIn.

(Image from her LinkedIn) Consultant Previous Alameda County Bd of Supervisors (2011-2012) Ala’mda. Cnty Family Justice Center (1/2007-12/2010) Education: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles [Not on LinkedIn:]Mother of 3 with Mr. Locker incl. twins 12/2015]

Bill Lockyer (Image from his “Wiki”), Civil Service 1973-2014 incl. CA State Treasurer, CA Attorney General, President Pro Tem of California State Senate, and as of Dec. 2015, father of twins in addition to adult daughter from prev. marriage.

Exclusive Interview: Nadia Lockyer tells how affair, drugs, and deceit led to downfall;

She met Chikhani in 2010, while she was still working for the Alameda County Family Justice Center and was running for county supervisor, a campaign paid for by a $1.5 million donation from her husband’s political war chest.

She says the relationship didn’t become physical for months, but like being her brother’s caretaker, she was drawn to help Chikhani, an addict with a criminal record for fraud. And he provided something she had been missing in her marriage — “a peer.”{{See 30-year age difference with husband}}. ~ “People I’m sure wonder, why the hell was Nadia involved with this guy?” she wrote in her pre-interview memo. “It was more than just our mutual loves in nature, music, movies and food. It was spiritual.” ~ He promised to give her the second child she always wanted.

Affair unravels

But by last summer and fall, the relationship became explosive and traumatic, jealous and paranoid. Romantic pillow talk turned to screaming accusations, then tearful apologies. “Drugs and alcohol contributed to the drama and chaos of the relationship,” she said, refusing to disclose her drug of choice.
She visited him in jail over the summer, signing in as a defense lawyer, even though she wasn’t his attorney of record, saying Friday she didn’t know the jailhouse policies.”

FYI, for people NOT from here, the soap opera surrounding this marriage and couple never seems to end — but while it was ongoing, SOME more normal, less drug-addled and cheating on their husbands people, including MOTHERS and FATHERS, needed honest services from them, and specifically, Ms. Lockyer, in her official capacity, whether as CEO of the Family Justice Center, or Alameda County Supervisor.  We also need people in office who exhibit good sense and discernment, i.e., make better judgments; if they can’t handle their own lives, then why should they continue to be enabled to make judgments on others?

Charitable Registry Details (3pp) of AlamedaCountyFJC (EIN#261141080)thru FYR 2014 (YE is Apr30), Notice RRF Rec’d Dates. Its Doc’t links may be still active|see’FirstNoticetoRegister’

(Seeing the year 2000 Calif. OAG letter to “JustGive”under Lockyer’s Office from 2000 reminded me of the above.  “Search the Files of the Calif. Registry of Charitable Trusts EIN# 261141080, and/or see link to its Char. Details above.  Interesting as of FYr2014 Assets = double revenues. )

AlaCoFJC, May27,2010=FIRSTNoticetoRegister (under AttyGenl EdmundGBrown...) <==Image Link to Full-Size==> AlaCoFJC, May27,2010=FIRSTNoticetoRegister (under AttyGenl EdmundGBrown…)

[end section added 7/27/2016]

Exploring “JUSTGIVE” and related organizations = most of this post.

  • The contrast of the level of projects and financing (including federal $4.85 billion bailout of big-bank “SunTrust” in 2008, repaid 2011, consequences still being felt for years, but another syndicate for major ($55M) debt financing provided “IronPlanet” by 2015 — with a $1.04 billion Texas “Grand Parkway” infrastructure (develop, build, maintain) agreement 2012-2013 completed by 2015 — and in 2016 IronPlanet now has a “Holdings” corporation…  no question, we have some interesting intersections of groups and movement of money….

Meanwhile CFFPP concerned for the well-being of low-income noncustodial fathers (although it nominally mentions “mothers and fathers” the emphasis is clear) claims proudly to be sponsored by JustGive, and the other foundations, while itself not exactly staying business-registration compliant, or IRS-compliant.

Longer Post Title with parentheticals:

SFFI (Ford Foundation)+CFFPP (@1995 SFFI “Policymaking Arm”|EIN# Revoked|SMALL) JUSTGIVE.org (@1999 one of CFFPP’s MANY sponsors|BIG REVS) + IronPlanet, Inc. (@2000 Online Auctions for Heavy Equipmt|Global=BIG) + ZOPB (Tx/Brazil Joint Venture) + TexasDoT $1B Grand Parkway Project (@2012-15?)+ BAILED-OUT BANKS (Obviously@2008ff – see SunTrust)…

The “IronPlanet, Inc.” factor here as well as the ZOBP are interesting, and good types of information to juxtapose with why we seem to have so many fragile families when we have such major financing poured into hard construction projects that the public, besides funding, will then be asked to pay tolls to access.
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What These Words Really Mean: “National” “Responsible” “Fatherhood” “Clearinghouse” [Published Oct. 10, 2012, with some updates]

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Post title (with date published added to the title only in 2019, a standard I now use in the blog):
What These Words Really Mean: “National” “Responsible” “Fatherhood” “Clearinghouse” [Published Oct. 10, 2012, with some updates], short-link ends “-1aN” and OmiGod, why was it 17.7K words long!

LGH|FCM Archives Oct 2012 (image of a very active posting month) ~~Screen Shot 2019June22

In hindsight (see nearby image, taken just now but with Archives set to October, 2012) of how many posts published that month) it was a busy season; I remember also as a personally intense season in my life, and got moreso in the ensuing few months.  I also see that the post contains both long quotes (some about the father of American Psychology William James — and his interest in things “psychic,” including psychics) and has some tables of fatherhood grantees, as well as exploring what, in fact, does that four-word phrase represent.  AFTER ALL, when the USA sees fit to post a website of resource materials labeled “Fatherhood.gov” (which that clearing house is), it bears looking at — closely! Still up and still funded today, last I looked, and more like it….//LGH June 22, 2019.


PS. I see below I also took on issues and specific entities like new age cults in prison ministries (sic), Santa Monica University + MSIA (Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness) + Huffington Post (Arianna Huffington got involve in it), John-Roger (The Hulnicks seem to be channeling him…) and so forth. Cult Awareness Network reporting — there’s a lot in this post!

It’s a live issue, has come up in my current posting again, this time in connection with funders of an Early Childhood Development Center at Harvard.


[Posted October 10, 2012; Intro with hindsight added Summer, 2013; Expect two (or more) posts to review and re-state this post and these vital issues as of late October, 2014. See recent comments. ]:


Those words may sound good, but should be interpreted according to usage, and who’s sponsoring the phrase. Questions should be asked: Who and what is the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse [website: fatherhood.gov]? What has it and corporations using such terms (this language) been doing? how about these corporations’ founders, followers and associates?

Is the marriage/fatherhood movement as seen in its media and programming, financing and expansion itself an expression of a religious cult, or taken as a whole and considering how it’s supported from public funds, a new blend of several old religions packaged as for the public good, when in fact the good (profits) end up in private hands?

How cult-connected are some of the key founders. If leadership does have outside connections with known cults, what about the programs created under such leadership?

And, what’s more, if the answers are yes, what does that say about the federal grants involved? Where is the line between cult influence in grant-making agencies, and those agencies themselves?
[Light-blue background text above added October, 2014.]


There is a close connection with the behavior of cults, i.e., such things as Charlatanism, Intimidation, Coercion, Retaliation for Reporting, and other things which will come up. There are also direct connections with some providers to organizations which are skin-deep cult-connected, outrageously so.

The “Saybrook” background mentioned in this post is also shared, to my understanding, with the institution from which a prime AFCC leader (Board Member, publisher, etc.) Robin Deutsch, Ph.D. of the “Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.”

The hyper-professionalization of the field of psychology in the United States through through establishing independent professional schools of psychology to escalate pay grades and earn more respect by turning out more Psy.D’s and Ph.D’s, has a history entwined with the emergence of the fatherhood movement in the 1980s, at first as an antidote to the feminism of the 1980s. Bio at that site, at least several lines of it.

For early origins in the United States, see biography of William James, 1842-1910 and acknowledged as the father of American psychology and influential on Freud’s “psychodynamic theories.”    (Psyography by Bekah Dillon).

James father’s restlessness and mysticism plus intense attempt to manage and control his sons’ (plural) education, with considerable wealth and mobility seems to be reflected in the field (my opinion) in the field still.  He married a wife chosen by his father.  William James was “often haunted by an assortment of ailments, accompanied by depression and suicidal thoughts.”

William James was born the eldest of five children to Henry James Sr. and Mary James in New York City on January 11, 1842.  Henry James Sr. was an Irish immigrant who was studying theology, philosophy, and mysticism and was well connected with many literary and philosophical celebrities of the time (Pajares, 2002).  He devoted himself to his children, especially their education and in 1843, Henry Jr. (Harry) was born in NYC.

The affluent and deeply religious family was headed by a man who often became troubled and sought refuge in different environments.  Henry frequently found himself displeased with numerous aspects of life and in the summer of 1843, he moved the family to England (Pajares, 2002).  Shortly thereafter, he decided to return to New York City (Pajares, 2002).

The wealth and affluence of the Jameses not only afforded Henry the pleasure of exposing the children to many parts of Western Europe, but also enrolling them in the best schools.  In 1852, he enrolled the boys in the Institution Vergnes.  Henry, dissatisfied with the school, moved the boys to the Pulling Jenks School.  Inspired by the drawing teacher, Mr. Coe, young William developed a deep love for drawing at age eleven (Pajares, 2002).  Eventually, Henry removed the boys from Pulling Jenks; it has been speculated that he withdrew the students for fear that Coe would reinforce young William’s talents and destroy Henry’s impact on his son.

Soon enough, Henry became antsy and shifted the family back to Europe.   Despite young James’s dismay the family left in the summer of 1855.  Until 1858, the children received lessons through private tutors in England and France (Pajares, 2002).

In June of 1858, the family relocated to Newport, Rhode Island and by September, Henry had changed his mind.  The family then settled in Geneva.  As well as studying with the tutors, the children attended schools in Switzerland and Germany.  William James attended the Academy, the precursor to the University of Geneva (Pajares, 2002).

By age 18, James attended schools in five different countries, became familiar with numerous museums and galleries, frequently entertained the guests of his father, including Thoreau, Emerson, Greeley, and Hawthorne, and developed fluency in five different languages (Pajares, 2002). …..[wrote Principles of Psychology, teaching at Harvard] He encouraged various psychological methods, including comparative psychology and the use of various populations as research participants, such as animals, infants, or mentally disabled persons (Schultz and Schultz, 2004)

[I added bold and underline. quote added 10/2014].


Psychology branching out from physiology and philosophy, labs established in 1875 by Wilhelm Wundt (in Germany) and William James (at Harvard).   Brief comparison of the two men.

In 1875, a room was set aside for Wundt for demonstrations in what we now call sensation and perception.  This is the same year that William James would set up a similar lab at Harvard.  We can celebrate that year as the founding of experimental psychology!

In 1879, Wundt assisted his first graduate student at true psychological research — another milestone.  In 1881, he started the journal Philosophische Studien.  In 1883, he began the first course to be titled experimental psychology.  And in 1894, his efforts were rewarded with the official establishment of an “Institute for Experimental Psychology” at Leipzig — the first such in the world. . . .

Among his better known students were Oswald Külpe and Hugo Munsterberg (whom James invited to teach at Harvard), the Russian behaviorists Bekhterev and Pavlov, as well as American students such as Hall (“father” of developmental psychology in America), James McKeen Cattell, Lightner Witmer (founder of the first psychological clinic in the US, at U of Penn), and Wundt’s main interpreter to the English speaking world, E. B. Titchener.  Titchener is particularly responsible for interpreting Wundt badly!

Later in his career, Wundt became interested in social or cultural psychology.  Contrary to what many believe, Wundt did not think that the experimental study of sensations was the be all and end all of psychology!  In fact, he felt that that was only the surface, and additionally that most of psychology was not as amenable to experimental methods.

Instead, he felt that we had to approach cultural psychology through the products it produced — mythology, for example, cultural practices and rituals, literature and art…. He wrote a ten volume Völkerpsychologie, published between 1900 and 1920, which included the idea of stages of cultural development, from the primitive, to the totemic, through the age of heroes and gods, to the age of modern man.


[From the same article, but more on William James, which sheds some light on where we are today]:

James had always shared his father’s interest in mysticism, even in psychic phenomena. This has dampened his reputation among hard-core scientists in the psychological community, but it only endeared him more to the public. In 1897, he published The Will to Believe, and in 1902, Varieties of Religious Experience.

But James was never completely comfortable with being a psychologist, and preferred to think of himself as a philosopher. He is, in fact, considered America’s greatest philosopher, in addition to being the “father” of American psychology!

He was profoundly influenced by an earlier American philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce, who founded the philosophy of Pragmatism. Pragmatism says that ideas can never be completely proven true or false. Rather, we should be looking to how useful an idea is — how practical, how productive. James called it the “cash value” of an idea! James popularized Pragmatism in books like Pragmatism in 1907 and The Meaning of Truth in 1909. In 1909, he also wrote A Pluralistic Universe, which was part Pragmatism and part an expression of his own beliefs in something not unlike Spinoza’s pantheism.

He had retired from teaching in 1907 because his heart was not was it used to be, not since a mild attack in 1898 when climbing in upstate New York. He did meet Freud when he came to visit Boston in 1909, and was very much impressed. The next year, he went to Europe for his health and to visit his brother Henry, but soon returned to his home in New Hampshire. Two days later, on August 26, 1910, he died in his wife Alice’s arms.

Several of his works were published posthumously, including Some Problems in Philosophy in 1911 and the magnificent Essays in Radical Empiricism in 1912. James’ most famous students included John Dewey, the philosopher often considered the father of modern American education, and Edward Thorndike, whose work with cats opened the door to the Behaviorists.

[I added bold and underline. quote added 10/2014]


Radical Pragmatist by Linda Simon (biography of William James) emphasizes his unstable childhood with a controlling, affluent but discontent country-hopping father, and his fascination with spiritualism. He envied the literary success of his brother, the author Henry James. He used mescal, hashish and opium on himself to better understand altered mental states. He hoped to communicate with the dead from beyond the grave:

March 15, 1998
Radical Pragmatist
A new biography portrays William James as a man who subjected his own experiences to his philosophy.

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By DAVID S. REYNOLDS


William James, America’s most famous philosopher, brother of the novelist Henry James, has never seemed so vulnerably human as in Linda Simon’s biography ”Genuine Reality.” Drawing innovatively from the vast correspondence of the James family, Simon portrays a troubled, gritty man whose philosophical vision grew directly from private travail.

Many of James’s psychological problems, as Simon shows, stemmed from his vexed relationship with his aloof yet controlling father, Henry James Sr., a writer and lecturer who failed to gain the prominence enjoyed by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson among American thinkers. When he was 33 years old, he suffered the first of several mental breakdowns that sent him searching for relief to such optimistic theories as Fourierism, Transcendentalism and, ultimately, Swedenborgianism. Financially secure through family money, he and his wife divided their time between Manhattan and Newport, R.I., exposing their five children to American high culture. But dissatisfaction with the United States impelled them repeatedly to take the family for long stays in Europe. For two of their children, William and Henry, this peripatetic life style bred cosmopolitanism and expansive creativity. For the others — Alice, Robertson and Wilkinson — it fostered rootlessness and confusion. For all of them, it set the stage for periods of emotional instability in adulthood.

. . .

His father’s nervous shuttling between the United States and Europe was duplicated in his own equally frenetic country-hopping. His father’s embrace of supposed cure-alls was repeated in his anxious groping for spiritual and physical rescue among the offbeat fads of the day.

One of the delights of ”Genuine Reality” {{the book}} is its dogged pursuit of James while he rummaged among would-be panaceas. Surprisingly, in light of his reputation as an empirically scientific philosopher, James was deeply fascinated by spiritualism. Although he disdained the transparent theatrics of run-of-the-mill mediums, he harbored a faith that the dead could contact the living. When his friend Frederic Myers was about to die, James asked him to send messages from beyond the grave. To his disappointment, no messages ever came.

If Myers failed him, the psychic Leonora Piper did not. James and his wife first sought out Piper for spiritual consolation shortly after the death of their second child, Herman. Stunned by her apparently otherworldly powers, James made her a special object of study, consulting her regularly and reporting on her to the Society for Psychic Research, an organization for paranormal studies. Even when Piper, tired of being analyzed, publicly denied having spiritual gifts, James did not lose faith in her, as did many of his colleagues.

Spiritualism was merely one of many current phenomena that fascinated him. When bothered by heart trouble, he took doses of a new compound extracted from the lymph glands and testicles of goats. When struck by back pain, he applied a galvanic battery to his spine. To combat depression and insomnia, he consulted mind-cure therapists and faith healers. To gain insight into abnormal mental states, he tried mind-expanding drugs like hashish, mescal and opium.

Simon recounts such wide-ranging experimentation on James’s part without ever giving the impression that he was loony or irresponsible.


David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. His books include ”Walt Whitman’s America” and ”Beneath the American Renaissance.”

This William James was the grandson of a “captain of industry” who’d come from Ireland to the US in 1789, as described (from first chapter of the Linda Simon book, link from the book review above).

IN THE LATE 1800s, the trip from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Syracuse, New York, was long, convoluted, and uncomfortable. But it was a trip that William James {{the father of American Psychology discussed above}} undertook regularly in his role as overseer of the James family property. He traveled to Syracuse at least once a year, often more; and whenever he went, he had money on his mind. For himself and his siblings, a few stores on Salina Street, owned by the family since the eighteenth century, meant mortgages and repairs, bankers and agents, and most of all, rent. The Syracuse property supplemented James’s income, subsidized his travels, had helped pay for the publication of his first book, and always served as a reminder of his origins.

He was descended from one of America’s richest men, a captain of industry so wealthy that, rumor had it, only John Jacob Astor exceeded his fortune. Then as now, wealth meant power, and the first William James, grandfather of our philosopher, was a powerful man: restless, decisive, fiercely willful. He believed, with unwavering certainty, that money and power reflected a man’s ultimate achievement. . . .

Yet James’s private and public writings are peppered with metaphors drawn from the world of business, and he strived, with no apology, to shape his publications for the marketplace. His philosophical works, focused as they are on questions of free will and human potential; his personal struggles with power and authority; and his anxiety about his self-worth suggest his affinity, by more than blood, with his grand and looming patriarch. The first William James, of course, did not consider philosophy a suitable occupation for any of his descendants. Family legend has it that he was known as “the Patroon.”

WILLIAM WAS EIGHTEEN when he emigrated from Ireland to America in 1789, twenty-two when he arrived in Albany, where he would make his fortune, take three wives, and sire thirteen children. His career as a businessman began when, with a partner, he opened a small store that sold tobacco and cigars. The shop soon expanded to include dry goods and groceries, but James was not satisfied with being a modest merchant. Shrewd, sharp, ambitious, he built a tobacco factory, leased and operated the saltworks of Syracuse, and, among many civic roles, served as first vice president of the Albany Savings Bank, director of the New York State Bank of Albany, and trustee of Union College. He was a significant force in the decision to build the Erie Canal, which established Albany as a major center of trade.


© 1998 Linda Simon All rights reserved. ISBN: 0-15-193098-8

 

The establishment of  independent (freestanding, as opposed to departments within universities) Schools of Professional Psychology leading to advanced degrees may have begun in 1969 with Nicholas J. Cummings‘ establishment of the California School of Professional Psychology (now absorbed into Alliant International University),   He certainly takes claim for it here, and in a 2008 interview with psychotherapy.net, and with this claim to have educated half the psychologists in California.

Catch the lingo:

Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D.is a psychologist and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She is the former director of Forensic Services of the Children and the Law Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where she remains a consultant. She is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Deutsch is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from which she also received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology.** As a therapist, consultant, custody evaluator, mediator, and parenting coordinator, her work has focused on the application of child development research to children’s adjustment to divorce and parenting issues, the evaluation of families involved in family change and management of high conflict divorce. Dr. Deutsch frequently speaks to interdisciplinary groups on complex issues in child custody disputes. She has provided training for Parenting Coordination throughout the country, Canada and Sweden, including the first Massachusetts training. Dr. Deutsch has published articles on the effects of high conflict divorce, the evaluation of domestic violence, Parenting Coordination,

**(Madison is also where AFCC claims its headquarters, currently, although it is not registered to do business as itself in the state, last I looked (2013) “high-conflict” and pushing parent coordination are AFCC “tells.” the former is to minimize the latter (notice “evaluation of DV” — usually to minimize or dismiss it) and as to parenting coordination, parents have begun to sue over it, and the Supreme Court of PA (as I’m recalling it) recently, and suddenly, eliminated the field by simply changing the administrative rules. See right side-bar)).

it is just a few clicks from the President of MSPP (Nicholas Corvino, Psy.D.) through his bio, hearing that he was “past-President” of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, clicking on that, and looking at its Leadership, to seeing that the FOCUS (newsletter?) editor is hailing from Saybrook (Eric Willmarth, Ph.D.). This is a certain set of cultural values (including Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis itself, which has religious overtones and in some religions is contraindicated, i.e., don’t do it..Practitioners often go into counseling or behavioral health and have a sense of “calling” about how to heal others..)….

So, this article is going to look at both incorporation and (as it’s also where I discovered some of the connections) the tendency for people susceptible to joining cults themselves to go into fields where they can access more vulnerable, traumatized, in-pain, or troubled individuals to help them, as they were themselves indoctrinated to do. This goes both ways (short-hand, “new age” and “Evangelical and/or Conservative Christian Fundie” and to me says — when zealous people looking to recruit others into a changed worldview are flooding into a field, we should reconsider whether that’s a good idea, or a bad idea.


However, I have to question why the timing of “corporation status revoked” with the timing of receiving more HHS funds to promote fatherhood, which comes up repeatedly, below.


(UPDATE from 2013) I found this individual cited as a lead presenter in “Disconnected Dads, Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” courtesy “Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars” (FIS) and a few other funders and panelists on the (long) publication… This 70pg document is highlights from a Washington D.C. conference hosted by then-Vice President Al Gore, and on page 1 cites the Charles Ballard organization.

Buckle your seatbelts, this is one of those rollercoaster posts, somewhere between thrilling, comical, and “we are not amused.” [End, 2013 intro…]


Remember the nonprofit from my last post, the one in Washington D.C. which got a bunch of grants (over $2 million) only has one public displayed tax return (that I can see), never got a DUNS# for its HHS grants, and eventually got its nonprofit revoked or failure to file? — this one?

TAGGS.hhs.gov on this group (I searched by its EIN# — which is below).

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
INST FOR RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD & FAM. REVITALIZATION  WASHINGTON DC 20019 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $ 2,549,350

 

One of whose Principal Investigators ended up on THIS one, which I’ve profiled before (herein):

 “Women in Fatherhood Inc”  which is ….

an organized voice of women with diverse perspectives and experiences. We are a national 501c3 comprised of women with direct or indirect professional involvement in the responsible fatherhood field. The mission of Women In Fatherhood is to contribute to and advocate for family and community well-being through the support of positive father involvement and healthy family relationships.

and on THAT board of directors, is:

>Frances Ballard:

Petrice Sams-Abiodun

“Frances Ballard is the Executive Director for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC). In her role she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership for activities regarding the NRFC, including the coordination of the media campaign, clearinghouse and Web site, Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) to responsible fatherhood demonstration sites, and building relationships and partnerships for NRFC. {{*1}} She has over 20 years experience working with fathers, families and healthcare. Her previous positions include 12 years serving as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization (see below); Consultant to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Program; Director of Corporate Development and Clinical Manager-Ambulatory Care, Grace Hospital; and Nurse Consultant/Program Developer, The Institute For Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development.** She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing Administration, a B.A. in Social Work, an A.S. in Nursing, and numerous executive management certifications. She is married to Dr. Charles A. Ballard, “pioneer” of the Fatherhood Movement and the mother of their three children, Jonathan, Lydia and Christopher.”

 

**”The Institute For Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development” is an organization  which got over $2 million of grants over several years, but then intentionally? let its corporate registration go unfiled and eventually was revoked by the IRS; Dr. & Mrs. Ballard were both “Principal Investigators” on HHS (grants) to this group, while the single tax return I found shows them on the board of Directors.  This irresponsible behavior, as to filing, was then further rewarded by promotion — to the WIFI group, and from there to the HHS outfit mentioned above.  This is apparently what HHS is doing in the marriage/fatherhood field.  

My problem, you see, is that I actually read this stuff, look at it, say “HUH? What’s THAT?” and go find out.

I might have a much more peaceful life — and a lot less to think about — without going down that Rabbit Hole, but today I did.  I do this because ignorance of what the US Government & certain large family foundations (i.e., private money – such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation) is supporting, and what it’s attacking, in short, what it’s DOING, is not bliss — not in the long term.

And I hate to say this, but it led to the something we have to discuss sooner or later, which is:

 

CULTS, and their CHARACTERISTICS

 

specifically, how did the USA, Inc. (and specifically here, HHS) — become one?  Because — honest! — all I did is look things up.  I look at organizations, and the people running them, and I read what they say.  And before the end of this post, sorry to bring this up, but it leads right to:

 

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And I’m not talking, in general, vague principles of comparison.  I’m talking personnel and graduate degrees.  I already talked ultra-conservative Christian  Pepperdine University CDRC centralized push through Mediation as the Norm in California (at public expense) and connect with Marriage/Fatherhood funding (right on the website).

I’m talking “Spiritual Psychology” Marriage and Family Therapists and the (then, very young) man who decided to expose one of these ex-Eckankar, ex-Scientology (or maybe not, depending on who you believe) and ended up dealing with not just a smear campaigns, but death threads, having his house ransacked, and now the guy doesn’t even keep a phone.  But inbetween he was in Geraldo, you name it, and the question I have is — why are we paying, and tax-exempting — this stuff?  Because, when you get right down to it — whether it’s Neopagan New Age (hypnosis, belly-dancing and Mind-Body Ph.D.s (distance learning, on-line) followed by Ph.D.’s in psychology, etc.– or Right-wing Reich (do away with no-fault divorce, exterminate the gays and especially hang the feminists)

It’s going to (I say) end up just about the same place:  It’s going to end up in bed with you — or your kids (regardless of your age, gender, or marital status), demanding absolute loyalty, embezzling, and trying to sound very wise and spiritual.

And if it sounds much more dignified and organized (as the National Clearinghouse for Responsible Fatherhood does – most of the websites I’ve seen, for that matter, look Grrrr–eat) — it may be organized, but it’s going to boil down to about the same thing as any run of the mill cult.  Only some are larger.

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