Showing posts with label Investigative Reports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Investigative Reports. Show all posts

September 14, 2016

NY Attorney General Starts Inquiry into Trump and His “Foundation”

 Trump with Fl.Attorney General Bondi, a supporter. His foundation donated $25, 000 to a political group related to her and almost immediately she decided against investigating Trump University for bilking thousands of dollars for non existing courses. It’s against the law for non profits to donate to political groups.

The office of New York state's top prosecutor has made inquiries into Donald Trump's nonprofit foundation after questions about impropriety.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed the inquiry on Tuesday, telling CNN that "we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety," although he did not go into detail.

"We've inquired into it and we've had correspondence with them," Schneiderman said. "I didn't make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference. We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York."

A source familiar with the matter later told NBC News that correspondence with the foundation began on June 9.

In response to the news, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller released a statement calling Schneiderman "a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President."

He also called the inquiry a "left-wing hit job."

The New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau, which oversees regulating nonprofits in the state, has asked about a $25,000 donation the Trump Foundation made in September 2013 to "And Justice for All" — a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

All nonprofits are barred from making politically-related contributions.

The Trump Foundation had 20 days to answer the Charities Bureau's letter. While the Trump campaign has previously declined to comment about the case, Trump during a campaign stop Monday in Ohio dismissed questions about the contribution, according to The Washington Post.

Trump paid a $2,500 penalty for failing to disclose the gift to the Internal Revenue Service, and representatives for the Trump Organization said he also paid back $25,000 to the foundation after the media began asking questions, the newspaper reported.

Trump Foundation treasurer Allen Weisselberg wrote in a June 28 letter to the attorney general that the error was first realized in March and was a "case of mistaken identity involving organizations with the same name."

Other questions by the attorney general had to do with the Trump Foundation supposedly paying $20,000 for a six-foot-tall portrait of Trump and four separate charities claiming they never received donations that the foundation said it gifted them.

The amounts that the foundation said it donated included a $10,000 contribution in 2008, $5,000 in 2010 and $10,000 in 2012, according to The Post, which reported about the discrepancies last week.

The portrait was referenced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday while he stumped for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia.

"One candidate's family foundation has saved countless lives around the world," Obama said, referring to the Democratic presidential nominee's own charitable foundation run with former President Bill Clinton.

"The other candidate's foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then bought a 6-foot-tall painting of himself. I mean, he had the taste not to go for the 10-foot version," Obama quipped.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and raised money for her campaign, has previously gone after one of Trump's ventures.

In 2013, he filed a $40 million civil lawsuit against Trump University claiming the online school had fleeced would-be real estate investors.

That trial is going forward, and another fraud trial against Trump University in a San Diego court is scheduled to begin Nov. 28.


August 17, 2016

Amnesty International’s HRC Being Investigated by India for Sedition

Police confront Kashmiri rapper MC Kash at an Amnesty event in Bangalore on Saturday

Sedition=Condcut or speech inciting people to rebel against the state (not used in Democracies but 
Obviously India likes to swing both ways).
Amnesty International, the human rights campaign group, is being investigated by Indian police for alleged sedition after its local activists held a public meeting to discuss abuses by Indian security forces in the troubled Kashmir valley. 

The weekend meeting in Bangalore, the hub of India’s information technology industry, was intended to raise public awareness about the civilian toll of a brutal conflict between separatist militants and security forces that has claimed at least 44,000 lives since 1989.
But during the event, part of a campaign to hold Indian security forces to account for rapes, extrajudicial killings and other abuses in Kashmir, some participants shouted azadi, which means freedom and is the slogan of Kashmiri separatists seeking an end to Indian rule.

Bangalore police have launched a formal criminal investigation against Amnesty, acting on a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student arm of the rightwing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent organization of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party.
The authorities are investigating whether Amnesty activists can be formally charged with sedition, as well as crimes such as unlawful assembly, rioting and “promoting enmity”, and also trying to identify those responsible for the meeting. 

The investigation comes as residents of the troubled Kashmir valley endure their 39th consecutive day of a strict curfew — during which schools, businesses, public transport and all normal life has been shut down as Indian security forces try to quell violent mass protests triggered by the July killing of a prominent separatist militant. About 60 people have been killed — and scores blinded by police pellets — during the weeks of unrest. 

The furore echoes recent controversies over the limits of acceptable speech in India, especially as it pertains to controversial subjects such as Kashmir, with its long-running separatist insurgency, and New Delhi’s use of the death penalty.

Amnesty’s India arm, which had notified the police about the weekend event in Bangalore, said it had yet to receive a copy of the complaint. But activists described the police probe as an attempt to curb freedom of expression. 

“Merely organising an event to defend constitutional values is now being branded ‘anti-India’ and criminalised,” said Aakar Patel, executive director of Amnesty International India. 
In its statement, Amnesty said it did not take a stand on demands for self-determination but believed in citizens’ right to peacefully campaign for police change, so long as such advocacy did not incite violence.

In February New Delhi police arrested eight students of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University for alleged sedition, after they led a campus protest against the 2013 execution of a Kashmiri convicted of terror offenses.
Just a month earlier, India was rocked by the suicide of a Hyderabad University PhD student who had been banned from the campus — and had his scholarship money cut off for months — after a squabble with ABVP activists over another protest against capital punishment.

Amy Kazmin in New Delhi

I’ll keep you posted how this ridiculous investigation goes. My guess is that is being used in the same they are used in the same way some in the United States use investigations to intimidate people so they can maybe bend more of your way instead of the truth’s way. Knowing Amnesty International and how dedicated these people are I think the technocrat who made this decision might be disappointed.

February 16, 2014

Coming Out of The Closet (one Source Investigation)

Goal Investigates 
: Those leading the battle to eliminate the sport’s ‘final taboo' reveal what is being done to create an atmosphere in which players feel comfortable coming out

In the history of the game, only one English professional footballer has ever publicly declared his homosexuality.

That man was Justin Fashanu, and it was a little more than 23 years ago. Still, there is a growing feeling within the game that football's fight against homophobia is finally starting to gather real momentum.

This month, for the first time, Football v Homophobia is undertaking its ‘month of action’ with the support of the Premier League’s four biggest clubs. Chelsea and Manchester United joined long-term backers Arsenal and Manchester City last week, adding their names to a list of over 30 professional clubs which is growing by the day and has already surpassed last season’s total.

It is a groundswell rising directly from Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out in interviews with German newspaper Die Zeit and The Guardian last month.

Hitzlsperger’s admission made global headlines with the after-effects rippling through the English game, making a media star of Liam Davis, the Gainsborough Trinity player who came out four years ago and remains the only openly gay male footballer still plying his trade at any level in this country.


"We still have a long way to go because we fear a reaction and we don't know what will happen. I can't imagine playing football and doing this [coming out] at the same time."


"If I found out that one of my players was gay I would throw him off the team."


"I don’t think I have ever played with a homosexual player. But if Juve bought one, my only wish is that he’d win us games."


"I've been fortunate enough to return to the game, this time as an out and proud gay man, knowing full well that my actions could be of help to another young Robbie Rogers, whether his first love is soccer or science or fashion or all of the above."


"Queers in the [Italy] national team? That's their business. But I hope [there are none]."


"It's really important for me to speak out as a gay player because there are so many people struggling who are gay, and you hear about people taking their own lives because they are homosexual. That should never happen."


"I never believed there was anything wrong with being gay, but I felt that if it came to be accepted that I was, I would be unable to continue as a professional footballer. That is how deep-seated the prejudice is."


"I know that if anyone [came out] at a club which I was playing at, then they would have nothing but full support from myself and certainly from this dressing room as well."


"Who would honestly care if there was a guy in your team who scored every goal for you, and he happened to be gay? Why would what he does in private bother you? If you perform it shouldn’t matter."


"[A gay player] would play as if they had been liberated [if they came out]. Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic."


"I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer [still playing]. Nobody wants to be forced out, but I hope they can look and see there is someone out there who has done it."


"There is a problem if young homosexuals who love football have to quit the sport because they feel excluded. Homosexuals are in need of a hero. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality."


"God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Yves."


“I'd say [gay fans] should refrain from any sexual activities [in Qatar in 2022].”
England women’s captain Casey Stoney also revealed her sexuality publicly on Monday, and the level of media coverage granted to all three has been matched only by its overwhelming positivity.

As Funke Awoderu, the Football Association’s equalities manager, told Goal: "Football is coming out of the closet. 

“The issue is far more alive now, partly because society is far more accepting. You can’t divorce football and sport and society, and so because legislation has moved on, we’ve moved on.”

Megan Worthing-Davies, Football v Homophobia director, believes recent advances signify that football is finally waking up to the need to confront its final taboo.

“I think it’s indicative of clubs realising the need to do more around this issue,” she insists. “There has been a slowness within football to take the kind of action we’ve witnessed around racism in the game. But with the campaign against racism so well established and ingrained, there is a growing appreciation for the importance of tackling homophobia.”

Contrast the attitudes in 2014 to those in the 1990s - the decade in which Fashanu came out in a newspaper interview.

In 1997, the same year football's 'Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football' campaign became Kick It Out with core funding from the Football Association, Fashanu called time on a career which had seen him repeatedly subjected to racist and homophobic abuse. 

He committed suicide a year later in the knowledge that while the sport he loved was tackling one cause of his suffering, it remained in denial about another.

Graeme Le Saux, a husband and father wrongly identified as gay as a player, had been suffering abuse from fellow players and supporters for years before Robbie Fowler infamously goaded him during Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in February 1999.

Le Saux was booked for time-wasting by referee Paul Durkin as he delayed taking a free-kick to implore the match officials to take action, and both men were charged with misconduct by the Football Association for their part in the violent on-pitch clashes which followed. No great example was made of Fowler - who apologised for the incident only late last year - no great stand taken against the attitude his actions reinforced.

Indeed, despite Kick It Out boasting an expanded remit to cover all forms of discrimination and successfully establishing itself as football’s equality and inclusion campaign, it was not until 2010 that the sport could boast an initiative aimed squarely at tackling homophobia. 

Football v Homophobia attracted support from the FA in 2011 and has been making steady gains ever since, but recent months have seen the most significant progress.

The fight for equality has also been boosted by what appears to be a growing acceptance from those within football of homosexuality and gay players.

A year ago West Ham winger Matt Jarvis became only the third footballer to pose for the cover of Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay magazine. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon have both insisted they would welcome a gay team-mate, while Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez believes “being gay should no longer be a taboo topic”. 

Such comments are in stark contrast to when Luiz Felipe Scolari stated in the run-up to his World Cup-winning campaign with Brazil in 2002 that he would throw any player he found to be gay out of his team.

Gay rights charity Stonewall and Paddy Power’s rainbow laces initiative in September also brought the issue into sharper focus. England international Phil Jagielka wore the laces along with Everton team-mate Tm Howard, QPR’s Joey Barton and several others, and the campaign is widely expected to run again next season after wider consultation.

“You couldn’t be anything but impressed with the amount of support it received, especially given the short lead-in time and the fact they had high-profile backers such as Gary Lineker and Alan Pardew,” insists Kick It Out directorRoisin Wood. “It’s a good marker going forward to future campaigns.”

Yet the inevitable caveat to all this progress is the simple fact that so few gay footballers have ever felt comfortable enough to declare their homosexuality.

Robbie Rogers departed Leeds United and convinced himself he would have to leave the sport upon telling the world the truth in February 2012, before returning to join LA Galaxy three months later. Hitzlsperger admitted he wanted to come out before injury ended his career at Wolfsburg but was warned against it by family and friends fearful of a backlash.

Both men have offered their services and the knowledge borne of their experiences to the Professional Footballers' Association, who are trying to help those who feel trapped by their sexuality; last May former chairman Clarke Carlisle revealed eight professional players had approached him in confidence to disclose that they were gay.

“When you’re not being 100 per cent who you are it’s very isolating and lonely, and we want to reach out to any player who feels that way,” says Simone Pound, the PFA’s head of equalities. “Both Robbie and Thomas have said they’re really happy to work with us on providing a support network for any player who is gay and feeling isolated.”

Concerns range from alienating team-mates and falling out of favour with the manager to damaging long-term career prospects and being targeted by rival fans. “The abuse I had to suffer would be multiplied a hundredfold for a player who was openly gay,” Le Saux concluded grimly in his autobiography. “The burden would be too much.”

There is, of course, the argument that the financial rewards for the first top footballer to come out could well be lucrative. Exclusive interviews, magazine spreads and sponsorship deals would likely accompany the enduring status of an icon to a much-maligned sporting minority. Yet in the age of 24-hour media coverage, not all find such a scenario appealing.

“The attention, I fear, is a huge disincentive for people to come out while they’re playing, because that front page coverage could be a huge distraction,” admits Chris Basiurski, Chair of the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN). “Even if there were no homophobia in the game there would be huge interest in the first top player to come out, and that would be quite some burden to bear.”

Both Hitzlsperger and Davis were overwhelmed by the public reaction and media coverage, just as Anton Hysen was when, in March 2011, as an unassuming 20-year-old playing for Utsiktens BK in the Swedish third tier, he told Offside magazine he was gay and expected that to be that.

“I understand [the media attention] more now than I did then,” the son of former Liverpool star Glenn Hysen tells Goal. “When Justin [Fashanu] did it in the 90s it became a pretty tragic situation, so I understand now why it’s bigger than it really is. In one way the media is doing it wrong by making it such a big deal, but seeing it lately, it clearly needs to be discussed.”

But while reaction to Hitzlsperger and Rogers in the main suggests football fans at large would support an openly gay top level footballer, the shocking treatment of Brighton and Hove Albion supporters in recent years should act as a check on any optimism.

A report submitted by the Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters Club and the GFSN last year revealed their fans endured homophobic abuse from 72 per cent of opponents at 70% of away games and 57% of home matches. The chants range from the relatively benign to songs referencing dying of AIDS.

Football matches have long been used by some as opportunities for cathartic release; a chance for some to say things they know would be unacceptable anywhere else in society and by others as a place to follow rather than think. A 2009 Stonewall survey of 2,005 fans found that 70% had heard homophobic chanting at games in the previous five years, even as two-thirds insisted they would be comfortable with a player on their team coming out.

“I don’t think football has educated itself enough on what homophobia actually is,” Basiurski adds. “When we submitted our Brighton report last year, many of the clubs identified what we saw as homophobic abuse as banter. A lot of people haven’t got their heads around the fact that what they’re doing is abusive, offensive and actually against the law.”

In response, the FA now send letters to all of Brighton’s opponents before matches reminding them of their responsibilities and to ensure the stewards’ briefing covers homophobic abuse. Results will be best assessed in the long term, but Awoderu is upbeat.

“We know it’s working and other members of staff connected to Brighton are ejecting fans who cross the line,” she insists. “It’s instilled confidence in how to deal with those behaviours.”

All parties agree that in the long term, education is the key to overcoming homophobic abuse. The PFA has staged diversity awareness sessions, run by ex-professionals, for academy players aged 16 to 18 for over five years, and recently extended this practice to senior footballers, while the FA have added mandatory equality education to the minimum five-match ban for on-field discrimination offences.

Only time will tell whether these continued efforts, coupled with the courage shown by the likes of Hysen, Rogers, Hitzlsperger and Davis, will eventually lead to a top Premier League footballer feeling comfortable enough to come out while he is still playing. 

“The Premier League has a lot of media coverage and the world loves it,” Hysen adds. “But if no one ever tries [coming out] then we’ll never know. There are a lot of fans I think are ready for it.”

If or when it happens, however, those fighting homophobia need only look at football’s anti-racism movement to realise that landmark achievements are merely battles won in a bigger war.

“Our work won’t stop with the first active player who comes out, and it won’t mean that everything has been solved,” Pound insists. “We’ll have to keep working and working until we reach a point where diversity and equality are inherent in the game, and we’re long way off that.”

Momentum is gathering, then, but genuine progress remains tentative.

By Liam Twomey

December 23, 2012

Can You Enlarge Your Penis? The Answers Here

   Adamfoxie* has been doing research on this for over a year.
We have posted a few times articles from different well known Universities or Publications. Still this is a feel in which men keep asking and keep wanting to know more. They figure that medical science today is capable of doing it, after all they can reconstruct most sex organs on a women’s body.
Men have seen miracles done with vets coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Everything we have learn of any successes is based on the ability of the Doctor involved and the money that the patient is willing to pay. But I’m putting the penis before the cart.  Let’s review what this business is all about and why some men are just not satisfied with the tools they’ve got.

Because the desire for a bigger penis is both a preoccupation and a source of concern for many men, the penis enlargement 'market' has flourished. So what are the options? What works and what doesn't?
Pills and Potions for Penis Enlargement
There are literally hundreds of adverts and articles on penis enlargement -- your inbox probably suffers as a result. They talk of the amazing, 'unbelievable' results that can be achieved. The only honest word here is 'unbelievable'. Save your money. Nothing currently on the market has a permanent affect on increasing penis size.
Vacuum Devices for Penis Enlargement
Vacuum devices are often recommended for the treatment of impotence. They are also advertised for penis enlargement because the penis does increase in size for a time.
Vacuum pumps are placed over the penis. Air is then drawn from the tube and this creates pressure. As a result, blood is forced rapidly into the penis, as happens in an erection. A ring is then applied temporarily to the base of the penis to stop the blood draining away too quickly. Penis enlargement will only work for around 24 hours.
There can also be side effects. Blood vessels can rupture causing swelling and pain. If you do want to try a vacuum device for erectile problems, or you feel it might be a pleasant sensation, you do need to be aware of the potential dangers and the fact that some devices available are poorly designed.
Penis Exercises
As the penis does not contain any muscles there are no exercises or massage techniques that will enlarge it, (except in the short term).
Surgery for Penis Enlargement
Surgery offers the only permanent solution for enlargement of the penis. Through surgery, the penis can be visually enlarged, usually by just over an inch. The surgeon will cut the ligaments that hold the penis in its usual position and this allows the penis to descend. Weights, or stretching devices, are then used for a few months to effect a permanent increase in size. The procedure may result in scar tissue, the erection will point down, and the base of the penis will be hairy.

Penis enlargement surgery – a good idea?

As you might have guessed already, in this article, we are going to be looking into penis enlargement surgery and try and come up with a conclusion as to whether it is a suitable option for men who wish to add an inch or two to the size of their penis. At first glance, it sounds like a great idea. Just like women can enlarge their breasts with surgery, so can we our penises, right? Well, things are a bit different in reality and it is nowhere near as simple as that. But let’s start from the top.
The reason why penis enlargement surgery was invented and developed was for treating certain conditions that impair the functionality of the male organ. One of such conditions is micropenis, which involves a penis that is extremely small and that cannot function properly because of this. With penis enlargement surgery, this condition can be treated to an extent when the organ becomes perfectly functional. Of course, it didn’t take long before the commercial potential of this type of surgery was realized, which has resulted in many surgeons and clinics offering the ability to enlarge the penis for men who do not suffer from certain conditions and who simply want a bigger penis.
There are a number of different penis enlargement surgical procedures and it would take simply too long for us to go into details about all of them. There are those which are aimed at extending the penis, while there are also those aimed at enhancing the girth of the penis, which is something many men are looking for. In all of the cases, these are extremely complex procedures, which results in a number of drawbacks for this solution.
First of all, the fact that these are extremely complex procedures has resulted in high costs of these surgeries. They require a huge team of highly trained surgeons and other personnel, as well as some very expensive equipment necessary to do this type of surgery. All of this makes penis enlargement surgery extremely expensive, especially if you want the best service possible, and with your penis on the line, you want the best service possible. The costs of penis enlargement surgery are never below several thousands of dollars, while in most cases, these costs will be as high as several tens of thousands of dollars. Another drawback to the cost of penis enlargement surgery is that health insurance will not cover for these procedures as they are cosmetic.
Another drawback that is the result of the complexity of penis enlargement surgery is the safety of it all. Namely, there is just so much that can go wrong that the chances of something actually going wrong are not that small. First of all, there are the safety risks involved with any type of surgery, such as issues with anesthesia, issues with the possibility of human mistake, bleeding, bruising, etc. On top of all this, there are the risks that are more exclusive to this type of surgery, involving damage to the penis, scar tissue and the inability to perform.
When you take all this into consideration, you must start to think that the results must be so dramatic that it is worth the risk. Well, the reality is such that less than 40% of men who have gone under the knife to enlarge their penis are satisfied with the results. The majority is either completely dissatisfied with the results or think that the results should have been more dramatic. It turns out that this penis enlargement option is not even that great when it comes to efficacy.
In the end, it seems that penis enlargement surgery is not all that it’s cracked up to be and that there are some very serious drawbacks that should make you consider it twice before you actually do it.

Safety aspect of different penis enlargement solutions

When we are talking about the different aspects of penis enlargement, there is something we must not fail to mention and that is the safety aspect. It really makes no sense if a product or a technique is efficient if you are going to have to risk your health and the health of your penis in order to achieve it. In this article, therefore, we are going to be talking about the safety of different penis enlargement solutions.
Penis enlargement surgery is majorly unsafe for a few reasons. The first reason is that it is surgery and that like every other surgery; it involves risks that cannot be ignored. On top of the risks involved with any surgery, there are also certain risks that are more specific for the penis enlargement surgery. For instance, injuries to the penis, bruising and the loss of functionality are also possible, making pens enlargement surgery very unsafe or at least risky.
Penis enlargement exercises are also very unsafe because there are no clear guidelines and the medical professionals haven’t yet looked into these exercises. The low level of safety of these exercises can be observed from the history of use. Namely, more than a few men have been severely injured when doing these exercises. In most cases, the injury as to the penis, making this option a completely pointless one. You want to be able to use the new and improved penis.
Penis extenders and natural supplements are exceptionally safe and this is why these two are among the most popular choices among men who want to enlarge their penises. Penis extenders were designed in such a way so as not to pose any risk to the health of the penis and the individual. Natural supplements are used utilizing only natural ingredients which results in products that are perfectly safe for everyone’s health and which do not produce side effects. Of course, if you have certain medical issues, you will want to check with the doctor beforehand, but you should be able to use them.
In short, penis exercises and penis enlargement surgery are two options that cannot be considered too safe, while natural penis enlargement products and penis extenders could not get any safer, making them superior options.
adamfoxie* has received advised from many sources through out the last 18 months. All public informaton, besides private consultations with a couple of Doctors that treat men. But the idea for this article was the idea of this blog as one of the investigative reports that we are always working on and report it when we have the answers. If we can’t get the answers obviously you wont hear it about it from us.
 One of the assignments we have is with a US Senator that has opposed the lifting of DADT, DOMA and “family values” is been many times on his lips. He is not even married. We know some answers but we need the proof. We are too financially strap to send an investigator to bring us information. So we use the net. A source of everything if used right. May be one day you will give us an investigative unit by donation, patronizing the ads or living us on your will. One can dream! Until then, we will try to keep doing what we do.
adamfoxie*blog International

March 18, 2012

Kony 2012 and "Kill The Gays”

This an update on a posting from adamfoxie; Kony 2012 in Speedo’s Masturbating

 In a nut shell, with the mental break down of Jason Russell, which was apprehended with the help of by-standers to wait for the police, while he was in speedo style shorts and masturbating in public. 
The story that is coming out in the open is the intentions of the video kony 2012 about the invisible children in Uganda.  The video went viral and people started donating money to the cause.  Many of the contributors not knowing that the money was going to ultra conservative christian groups in the US helping the Government of Uganda continue the arrest, kill and persecute gays.
What adamfoxie* gives you below by using two sources is to give you most of the story as it is known today, of the events prior to the incident with Jason Russell on the streets of San Diego.
A word of caution to good people with noble hearts.  No matter what you see on TV and now on videos and blogs on the internet,  is to check the story and sources before you open your wallets. You might be giving to the guilty party dressed on martyr clothes. Just like people give to the men and women with red buckets and ringing bells at christmas time, not knowing that part of that money is going for litigation and efforts to deny the LGTB community equal civil rights that others enjoy. Same for Kony 2012.
Adam for adamfoxie*

The following piece was posted by a fellow blogger Lars Eighner

"Invisible Children with its tear-jerking propaganda piece, encouraging people to hate on Kony and donate money. The piece went, as the young people say, viral, and shook loose a reported $2 million from Oprah. It had everyone who believed him- or herself righteous on human rights hitting the Like button and ReTweeting, including gay and lesbian activists and spokespersons such as Ellen Degeneres and many lesser lights and fellow travelers.
As propaganda pieces go, this one was really pretty slick. Unlike the "dumping Kuwaiti babies out of incubators" piece which helped get the US to start the First Gulf War and was a complete and utter lie, the anti-Kony piece did not have to lie. It could get over by telling half-truths. Kony really is bad, bad, bad. But the whole truth is that getting Kony out of the way will solidify the power of Museveni who is at least as bad, bad, bad, and may be worse because he has a recognized, if deplorable, government.
So what is the hidden agenda? It is this: the seed money for Invisible Children came from the same US hate financiers who are behind Ugandan moves to make homosexuality a capital offense (the ‘ kill the gays’ bill).
The whole miserable lot are detailed in B.E Wilson’s Alternet piece.
Do not get me wrong. I do not think Kony would be any nicer to gay people than Museveni. But with Kony out of the way, Museveni would be more secure, and if he is more secure, he might deliver a victory to the hateful Christo-fascist right wing in the form of a ‘Kill the Gays’ law and perhaps outright, no-holds-barred genocide of gay people in Uganda—instead of the sporadic, hit and miss, killing sprees that occur now.
With so many countries on the road to Marriage Equality and other human rights measures to recognize equal rights for gay people, the Christo-fascist right badly needs some kind of victory, something with the imprimatur of a real government, no matter how vile that government is otherwise. And that is why the hate-on-Kony movement fits the bill".

Kony 2012 Invisible Children and "Kill the Gays" Pastor Martin Ssempa

A video posted five years ago by a student group at Grove City College – a small evangelical school in Pennsylvania – raises questions about whether Invisible Children, the organization behind the viral juggernaut Kony 2012, has worked with notorious Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa
Ssempa, a longtime anti-gay activist, is the chairman of the National Taskforce against Homosexuality in Uganda and a major proponent of legislation that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians who are found “guilty” of having homosexual sex. He regularly shows graphic gay porn during his presentationsand seems obsessed with outrageous fetishes, typically of the scatological variety, that he claims are common practice among gay men. In addition to bashing gays, Ssempa is a major proponent of restricting access to condoms and fighting the AIDS epidemic with abstinence education – which has had disastrous consequences.
According to the video posted by Grove City students, a “team of people” from Invisible Children came to their campus in February of 2005 and showed them a video about child soldiers in Uganda. The students were energized by the film and wanted to help, but they weren’t sure how.
Then “The Vision” for their project arrived, according to the students:
Student 1: A guy named Martin Ssempa came our way, who is a Ugandan-born world leader in the AIDS activism and abstinence education. He came to Grove City College and spoke to us and gave us the plan to send this shipment of “love” over to Uganda.
Student 2: Martin Ssempa is an amazing man. He just shared a lot about his vision for healing in Africa, particularly in his country.
The students created a group called Project Okello to work on behalf of Invisible Children at Grove City. They went on to collect an impressive amount of clothing, blankets, medical supplies, and more and sent it off to Uganda through Invisible Children.

The students’ fundraising efforts were heartfelt and generous and undoubtedly helped individuals in Uganda. I applaud them for that.
But it’s extremely troubling that Ssempa and Invisible Children appeared to be coordinating their efforts. The best case scenario is that Ssempa and Invisible Children happened to cross paths at a single college and unwittingly reinforced one anothers’ efforts. A much more disturbing scenario would be if Invisible Children actually works, or has worked, directly with Ssempa.
No matter how well-intentioned one’s efforts are, there’s no place for American charities to work with someone who seeks the death penalty for gays and lesbians and would block the use of condoms to prevent AIDS. Invisible Children should clarify what relationship, if any, they have or have had with Ssempa.

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October 15, 2011

U.S. Bishop Is Charged Failed to Report Abuse

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bishop in the Roman Catholic Church has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, the first time in the 25-year history of the church’s sex abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese has been held criminally liable for the behavior of a priest he supervised.
Archdiocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph, via Associated Press
The Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Robert Finn.
The indictment of the bishop, Robert W. Finn, and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph by a county grand jury was announced Friday. Each was charged with one misdemeanor count involving a priest accused of taking pornographic photographs of girls as recently as this year. They pleaded not guilty.
The case caused an uproar among Catholics in Kansas City this year when Bishop Finn acknowledged that he knew of the photographs last December but did not turn them over to the police until May. During that time, the priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, allegedly continued to attend church events with children, and took lewd photographs of another young girl.
A decade ago the American bishops pledged to report suspected abusers to law enforcement authorities — a policy also recommended last year by the Vatican. Bishop Finn himself had made such a promise three years ago as part of a $10 million legal settlement with abuse victims in Kansas City.
Though the charge is only a misdemeanor, victims’ advocates immediately hailed the indictment as a breakthrough, saying that until now American bishops have avoided prosecution despite documents showing that in some cases they were aware of abuse.
“This is huge for us,” said Michael Hunter, director of the Kansas City chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and a victim of sexual abuse by a priest. “It’s something that I personally have been waiting for years to see, some real accountability. We’re very pleased with the prosecuting attorney here to have the guts to do it.” The bishop signaled he would fight the charges with all his strength. He said in a statement: “We will meet these announcements with a steady resolve and a vigorous defense.”
The indictment announced on Friday by the Jackson County prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker, had been under seal since Oct. 6 because the bishop was out of the country. He returned Thursday night.
In a news conference, Ms. Baker said the case was not religiously motivated, but was about the obligation under state law to report child abuse.
“This is about protecting children,” she said.
If convicted Bishop Finn would face a possible fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to a year. The diocese faces a possible fine of up to $5,000.
Ms. Baker said that secrecy rules for grand jury proceedings prohibited her from discussing whether other charges were considered, such as child endangerment, a felony. But she said the fact that the bishop faces a single misdemeanor count should not diminish the seriousness.
“To my knowledge a charge like this has not been leveled before,” she said.
It also may not mark the end of the legal troubles facing the diocese in the case, which includes civil and criminal cases in federal court. Last month Bishop Finn and Msgr. Robert Murphy testified before another grand jury in neighboring Clay County. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office there declined to comment.
The priest accused of taking the lewd photos, Father Ratigan, was a frequent presence in a Catholic elementary school next to his parish. The principal there sent a letter to the diocese in May 2010 complaining about Father Ratigan’s behavior with children. Then, last December, a computer technician discovered the photos on the priest’s laptop and turned the computer in to the diocese. A day later Father Ratigan tried to kill himself. The diocese said that one of its officials described — but did not share — a single photo of a young girl, nude from the waist down, to a police officer who served on an independent sexual abuse review board for the diocese. The officer said that based on the description, it might meet the definition of child pornography but he did not think it would, the diocese said.
Bishop Finn sent Father Ratigan to live in a convent and told him to avoid contact with minors. But until May the priest attended children’s parties, spent weekends in the homes of parish families, hosted an Easter egg hunt and presided, with the bishop’s permission, at a girl’s First Communion, according to interviews with parishioners and a civil lawsuit filed by a victim’s family.
Parents in the school and parishioners — told only that Father Ratigan had fallen sick from carbon monoxide poisoning — were stunned when he was arrested in May after the diocese called the police. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of taking indecent photographs of young girls.
The new indictment released on Friday said that Bishop Finn and the diocese had reason to suspect that Father Ratigan might subject a child to abuse.
It cited: “previous knowledge of concerns regarding Father Ratigan and children; the discovery of hundreds of photographs of children on Father Ratigan’s laptop, including a child’s naked vagina, upskirt images and images focused on the crotch; and violations of restrictions placed on Father Ratigan.”
Bishop Finn said in his statement on Friday that he and the diocese had given “complete cooperation” to law enforcement. He also pointed to steps he had taken since the scandal first became public, including commissioning a report to look into the case, and reinforcing procedures for handling allegations of abuse.
That report found that the diocese did not follow its own procedures. It also found that Bishop Finn was “too willing to trust” Father Ratigan.
The case has generated fury at the bishop, a staunch theological conservative who was already a polarizing figure in his diocese. Since the Ratigan case came to light, there have been widespread calls for him to resign.
Contributing to the sense of betrayal is the fact that only three years ago, Bishop Finn settled lawsuits with 47 plaintiffs in sexual abuse cases for $10 million and agreed to a list of 19 preventive measures, among them to immediately report anyone suspected of being a pedophile to law enforcement authorities.
France may be the only country where a bishop has been convicted for his failure to supervise a priest accused of abuse, according to Terrence McKiernan, president, a victims’ advocacy group that tracks abuse cases.
A grand jury in Philadelphia indicted a top official in the archdiocese there, Msgr. William Lynn, for mishandling cases of abuse. The former archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, was not indicted, but he has been called to testify.

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