Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- UPDATED: Biden Puts The Fox In Charge Of The Hen House
- Voters' Remorse
- Actress commits two cardinal sins
- Timely and infuriating
- With Power and Money at Stake, Legal Guardianship Industry Thrives on Elder Abuse
- Reader Writes...
- Inspirational American
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
UPDATED: Biden Puts The Fox In Charge Of The Hen House
By Mike Huckabee
If you think it would be a good idea to put a fox in charge of guarding your hen house, then you’re going to be thrilled to hear who the Biden White House has put in charge of advising the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA).
Yes, that is the same Mary McCord who reviewed and approved the FISA warrant applications to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, applications later found to contain 17 significant errors and omissions due to FBI agents relying on false claims that Page was working covertly with Russia.
And there was also this news. Over 20 Senate Republicans voted to confirm putting Samantha Power back into a position of government power. Read the article to be reminded of why that’s a terrible idea. I understand that they can’t stop it with a 50-50 tie, but they don’t have to give this travesty of justice the official Senate seal of bipartisan approval.
I did warn during the election campaign that if Biden got in, not only would people who helped weaponize the Deep State against Americans skate, they would also be put right back into power. So these are just two more stories that manage to be shocking without being the least bit surprising.
By Mike Huckabee
A new Rasmussen poll finds that, despite adulatory media coverage, Vice President Kamala Harris has an approval/disapproval rating of 46-51%. More worrying, considering who’s President, is that only 46% of likely voters believe she’s qualified to assume the office if necessary. Fifty percent say she’s not qualified to be President, and a stunning 41% of those say she’s “not at all qualified.” Even with savage media coverage, at this point in 2017, 63% of voters thought Mike Pence was qualified to take over as President.
At that link, Stacey Lennox of PJ Media examines those numbers and some reasons why so many Americans are feeling voters’ remorse over Harris being a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
Actress commits two cardinal sins
By Mike Huckabee
Actress Rose McGowen is taking heavy flak from open-minded Hollywood leftists for committing the two cardinal sins of appearing on Fox News and telling the truth about today’s Democrats.
They were so furious at her for saying that Democrats are acting like a cult that attempts to rigorously enforce what people are allowed to say and think that they’re acting like a cult and attempting to rigorously enforce what she’s allowed to say and think. Well, that oughta show her!
It's funny that in "The Matrix," Hollywood gave us the concept of "taking the red pill" and seeing the truth, but now they're trying to get the FDA to ban it.
Timely and infuriating
By Mike Huckabee
This is a very timely and infuriating article about how social media sites are using bogus “misinformation” charges to shut down conservative-leaning comedians and satirists – naturally, while letting the most biased, vicious (and unfunny) leftist “comedy” stand uncensored.
I hope it will encourage you to seek out some of these comedians and the new, upstart, free-speech-respecting platforms that they’re migrating to.
With Power and Money at Stake, Legal Guardianship Industry Thrives on Elder Abuse
By Mike Huckabee
Mudslinging and character assassination is an expected part of politics. It’s what you signed up for. Running for public office means opening yourself up to intrusive probings into your personal life, hit jobs from political reporters, and even attacks on your close friends and family members.
These types of dirty tricks, common in politics should be nowhere near our legal guardianship systems. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The legal system is supposed to provide a refuge of justice and protection for the innocent and the abused. It should never be used as a weapon to steal an unsuspecting person from their hard-earned possessions as well as their dignity.
Jan Garwood, 70, of Longwood, FL, was deemed to be incapacitated and placed under guardianship after being injured in an automobile accident while grieving the death of her son. She soon found herself an “inmate” at a locked-down memory care unit called the Palms of Longwood Assisted Living Facility in Seminole County.
Unsure where to turn for help, Garwood used a cell phone smuggled into the facility by a family member, to post a plea for help on social media. Garwood contacted WFTS ABC Action News I-Team, via Facebook, after watching their series on Florida’s broken guardianship system - The Price of Protection.
Hillary Hogue, a guardian reform advocate, also heard Garwood’s call for help. Hogue visited Garwood at the Longwood memory care facility and did not feel she medically belonged there. Hogue then put Garwood in touch with attorney Vitto Roppo.
Roppo worked with Garwood’s attorney of record to file a motion requesting Garwood’s capacity be re-examined. The judge agreed to the motion and following a doctor’s evaluation, Garwood was released from the control of the guardian.
For his efforts, Roppo was threatened by the attorney representing the Garwood’s guardian. In a letter, Roppo was put on notice he would face a Motion for Sanctions upon denial of his motion seeking a new medical evaluation for Garwood. Roppo was advised to “Govern yourself accordingly,” a phrase often included at the close of a legal correspondence intended to bully or intimidate the recipient.
Although vindicated and free, Garwood’s ordeal was not over. While under her control, the guardian sold Garwood’s home, below market value, directly to an employee of the Palms of Longwood. The guardian also placed all of Garwood’s belongings, valued at $300,000, in storage; however, the guardian is unable, or unwilling, to tell her the location of her property.
As the saying goes, “Once is happenstance.”
Consider the case of Joann Bashinsky, a beloved Alabama philanthropist with an estate estimated to be worth $200 million. Bashinsky was placed under Emergency Guardianship after two of her employees, John McKleroy and Patty Towsend, petitioned the probate court claiming she had dementia and was unable to manage her finances. At the same time the Emergency and Permanent Petitions for Guardianship were being filed, Mrs. Bashinsky was terminating their employment for ignoring and undermining her directives.
In a miscarriage of justice, a Jefferson County, AL Probate Court judge deemed Bashinsky had dementia and appointed a close associate of the ex-employees as guardian. Mrs. Bashinsky’s family and friends came to her aid and helped her fight back. In the summer of 2020, the Alabama Supreme Court (ALSC) vacated the guardianship, stating, “Ms. Bashinsky’s constitutional and statutory rights of due process” were violated by the probate judge when she was deprived of counsel and prevented from presenting evidence she was not incapacitated.
A strong rebuke by the Alabama Supreme Court has not persuaded the petitioners and Guardian Greg Hawley to remove their claws from Mrs. Bashinsky’s estate. The ALSC only ruled on the emergency petition, as the permanent petition had yet to be heard by the probate court. There was still a chance the ex-employees could see the permanent petition for guardianship enforced.
The legal battle took its toll on Mrs, Bashinsky, who passed away in January, after more than a year of fighting for her rights and freedom.
The petitioners and their lawyers, showing you a glimpse of what kind of people they are, filed new motions 8 minutes after Mrs. Bashinsky’s funeral service began. Family members and her legal team attending the funeral simultaneously received text messages alerting them they were being served new motions.
McKleroy and Townsend filed a motion to block a request by the Bashinsky estate to dismiss the permanent petition following Mrs. Bashinsky’s death, a motion to apply sanctions against Mrs. Bashinsky for comments she made in a reporter a week before her death, and (who is surprised by this?) a motion to seek compensation for attorney fees and other expenses.
To her family, friends, and the hundreds of people who were helped by Mrs. Bashinsky’s philanthropy, she lives on in their hearts and memory.
Probate Judge Lee Tucker now oversees the permanent petition for guardianship filed by McKleroy and Townsend, and despite having passed from this Earth, Mrs. Bashinsky’s case is still very much alive. We all know why…the “motion to seek compensation for attorney fees and other expenses” tells us why.
“This is a predatory and exploitive a case as I have ever seen,” stated legal counsel for the Bashinsky estate.
“Twice is coincidence.”
Mary Sykes noticed $4,000 missing from her bank account; she soon realized her oldest daughter was responsible. Sykes sought an order of protection from her daughter and reached out to the Illinois Department of Aging for assistance. Her daughter countered and filed a petition seeking to be appointed guardian. In a combined hearing a week later, Sykes found herself not receiving protection from her daughter, but being subjugated to her control.
When neighbors of Sykes heard what happened, they contacted Kenneth Ditkowsky, a Cook County, IL attorney (now retired). Ditkowsky had previously represented Sykes in a separate civil matter.
Ditkowsky began investigating and learned the contents of a safe deposit box belonging to Sykes, which contained over $1 million dollars in gold coins and other valuables, had vanished. He also learned Sykes’s primary care physician refused to certify her as incompetent, but the court system found a doctor who contradicted that diagnosis. Ditkowsky was no stranger to corruption in the Chicago legal community, having been encouraged years earlier a bribe to the judge would secure victory for his client. Many of these attorneys and judges were later indicted in Operation Greylord.
Shortly after seeking copies of filings in the Sykes case and reaching out to her physician, Ditkowsky received threatening calls from the guardian ad litem (GAL) and the attorney for the plenary guardian. Ditkowsky, who had been practicing in notoriously corrupt Chicago for years and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, laughed off the threats.
The GAL and others filed complaints with the Illinois Attorney Disciplinary Review Committee (IARDC), claiming Ditkowsky defamed the court by calling out the corruption. For speaking out and trying to help a former client, the IARDC upheld the allegations against and suspended Ditkowsky’s law license for four years.
“Three times is a pattern.”
It is said that politics brings out the worst in people, as it taps into the things about which people are most passionate. The same can be said for the love of money. When power and money are at stake, it’s no surprise unscrupulous people will resort to dirty tricks and intimidation.
Guardianship abuse is real; these cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Inspirational Americans (Repeat)
America's history is full of inspirational people. Our "Inspirational Americans" series will profile 32 of them. Today's inspirational American is Theodore Roosevelt.
"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care."
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
- Theodore Roosevelt
To learn more about Theodore Roosevelt, visit his Wikipedia page here.
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