Daily Archives: December 14, 2018

Healing Wounded Warrior Project

By Jim O’Neill
In a period of little more than two days in January 2016, the outlook and public impression of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), one of the nation’s most venerable charities, was transformed from substantially positive to substantially negative. During those two days – January 26 and 27, 2016 – CBS News and The New York Times aired and published reports that heavily criticized the way WWP conducted itself.  …CBS News and The New York Times did the public no favors with [their] inadequate and unnecessarily damaging journalism.
Doug White “The First Casualty: A Report Addressing the Allegations Made Against the Wounded Warrior Project
“Great Job, Poor Optics” would be a good descriptive title for an article on the fall from grace of the veteran’s charity “Wounded Warrior Project” (WWP).  By which I mean that WWP as run by its former Chief Executive Officer Steve Nardizzi and Chief Operations Officer Al Giordano, was wonderfully successful at helping many vets, but Nardizzi’s management style, while undeniably successful, left WWP open to charges of playing fast and loose with donor’s money.
As charity specialist Doug White puts it: “While Nardizzi led WWP as a modern, national charity, he overlooked a crucial, if cosmetic, aspect of any modern-day organization: how things look have a bearing on how things are.”
Which is to say that it behooves a charity organization to look like a charity organization, and not a glamorous and financially flush NGO.  The thing is, under Nardizzi and Giordano’s leadership WWP was flush with funds, and if it was not a glamorous NGO, it was certainly one of the country’s most recognizable and successful charity brands.  And then came tag-team exposes by the “The New York Times” and “CBS News” in early 2016.
As a result of the two exposes WWP’s board at the time put out a report denying any wrongdoing on the part of WWP – and then cut their own throat by firing Nardizzi and Giordano (if WWP was innocent of any wrongdoing why fire their CEO and COO?).  If was after the firing of Nardizzi and Giordano that the real damage to WWP occurred, and contributions plummeted.
Firing Nardizzi and Giordano was a huge mistake IMO.  By all accounts they did an excellent job of running WWP, and the charity is still suffering from their loss.  As White puts it: “The tenor of the post-allegation and post-firing news reports smack of how things under Nardizzi and Giordano went terribly wrong, how it’s time to clean things up and become more efficient, and how to make WWP the charity it is supposed to be.”  White continues:
A nice narrative if you can get away with it. The problem is that it’s untrue and, worse, cowardly. …The problem wasn’t the senior management…but the stature of two venerable news organizations that developed reports that were essentially incorrect and based on biased and incomplete perspectives of former WWP employees, many of whom had been fired, who took it upon themselves to blow a whistle that, in the end, was far more the screech of uninformed whining than a signal of any merit.
I will be the first to say that I am no expert on running charities, but Doug White is.  In White’s opinion “it’s difficult to deconstruct things to put order to the reason, to explain why one of America’s most venerated and well-run charities, along with the authors of its success, have been so vilified without reason.”  If you really want to get into the meat of the injustice done to Nardizzi, Giordano, and WWP as a whole then you can do no better than reading White’s report “Addressing the Allegations Made Against the Wounded Warrior Project
[White] is the former director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, where, in addition to his extensive management responsibilities, he taught board governance, ethics and fundraising. He is also the former academic director of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to “building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.”
Doug White website
My purpose in writing this article is twofold: Most importantly I wish to help dissolve the injurious fog of doubt and skepticism that has surrounded WWP since it came under fire in 2016.  It is, and always has been, an admirable organization dedicated to helping America’s wounded heroes.  Also, I would like to help undo some of the unjustified damage done to the reputations of Steve Nardizzi and Al Giordano.
Let me close with a helpful hint to “The New York Times” and “CBS News.”  If they wish to investigate some real, honest-to-goodness bona fide criminal charity activity then let me suggest looking into the “Clinton Foundation.”  No need to thank me, it’s what I do. 🙂
Overall, I consider the Clinton Foundation to be a charity fraud network. I base this conclusion on my review of extensive data about its operations including the activities of the Clinton family and their friends in Haiti, a nation that has suffered many disasters, both natural and man-made.
What possesses powerful, wealthy, and educated persons to prey on the most desperately poor humans on earth as they posture as “philanthropists”?  And why has there been no government oversight?
Charles Ortel “A Deep Dive into How the Clinton Foundation Operates Illegally and in Haiti
Most people are aware of the Clinton Foundation (CF), Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), but most are not aware of the other 47 foundations, funds, LLCs, and shell companies with non-existing addresses this crime family keeps hush about.
Corey Digs “Clinton Crime Family’s 50 Organizations: TICK TOCK
 
 
 
 

I Am Yellow Vest!

By Jim O’Neill
A grassroots movement made up of citizens who have become fed up with the political establishment in France has been growing since early November and it has come to a head this month. The movement, known as “gilets jaunes” or “yellow vests” began as an anti-tax protest but has since merged folks from the left and the right into a much broader anti-government movement. The movement has become so large that political experts are now calling it a “new revolution.”  [Italics added]
Matt Agorist “‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Spreading Globally as Citizens Rise Up Against Corrupt Governments”
The yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement in France has grown from a protest against increased gas taxes to a broad coalition of anti-government demonstrators drawing from both sides of the political spectrum.  It is truly a grassroots populist movement, with no individual leader or organization directing it – think Tea Party fused with Bernie supporters.
Les Gilets Jaunes, the yellow vests, is a movement of the people, but it is worth noting that elements within the French military are none too happy as well.  Recently French General Antoine Martinez penned a letter to French President Macron warning him that he was treading dangerously close to treason.  The letter was signed by an additional 11 French generals, a former Minister of Defense, and an admiral.  Hmm…coup d’etat, that’s French right?
In any event, as Erik Rush points out, the movement has grown increasingly ugly.  Violent affrontements (clashes) between the police and protesters have increased both in number and severity.
While the demonstrations in France started out reasonably peacefully, they have become increasingly violent over time, with current damage estimates at around $1 billion. French police have employed tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators, and well over 1,000 of them have been taken into custody. Several deaths have been reported….

Erik RushRiots in France: Coming to America next?

 Rush ponders in his article’s title if the yellow vest riots will be coming to America next.  To which I say “Absolument mon frere!”  It is only a question of time.  And that brings me to the main point(s) of this article.
America is currently in Civil War II – it is still largely a cold civil war at this point, but it could morph into a hot and bloody civil war on any given day.  I hear and read patriots who opine that it took a long time to get to where we are today, and it will take an equally long time to work our way out of it.  I strongly disagree.
We the People do not have the time; we are out of time; time has run out.  Trust me, if you think things are ugly now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Things are only going to get worse, count on it.  When Mark Levin asked journalist Heather MacDonald where she saw America in a few years she told him either in a civil war or backing away from one.  Levin then asked her “You mean a physical civil war?”  She replied “I absolutely do.”
We’ve seen civil violence grow — people, with impunity, with the celebration and encouragement of politicians, beating each other up…Antifa harassing Tucker Carlson, harassing politicians or shooting them. Again, the universities are teaching students to hate on the basis of race and gender. Unless we counter that narrative, which originates in the view that America is oppressive. Unless we fight that narrative of endemic racism, we are in civil war.” 
Fox News “Heather MacDonald warns US colleges are breeding hate
I agree with MacDonald, except for the timeline.  As I say, we are in a civil war right now.  The only question is if/when it will go explosively physical.  Time is not on our side folks.  As older generations who were raised on patriotism, personal responsibility, and Judeo/Christian values die off, they are being replaced by indoctrinated sheeple who have been largely spoon-fed globalism, climate change, identity politics, multiculturalism, socialism, relativism, anti-capitalism, and anti-American pap since kindergarten.
A recent poll showed that 53 percent of American teens and twenty-something’s do not respect America.  At sporting events, millions of students fail to stand for the national anthem.  In southern California, you see more Mexican flags being displayed and flown rather than the Stars and Stripes.  In Detroit, Michigan, you see the Islamic black flag with Arabic writing that Americans cannot decipher.

Frosty Woolridge “Hating Your Own Country: Teaching U.S. Kids to Loathe America

Look at the support that socialist/communist Bernie Sanders got and gets.  Look at the support socialist Andrew Gillum had running for governor in Florida, or “Beto” O’Rourke had running for senator in Texas.  Many of their supporters are fanatical, and they are only going to grow in numbers as our “educational” indoctrination centers churn out more and more dumbed down zealots who are sure that capitalism sucks and socialism is the best thing since sliced humus.
The left, at least the thoroughly brainwashed ones, have gone rabid and are off the chain.  There is no reasoning with them, no debating them, no relating to them.  And their numbers grow exponentially, fed on a constant stream of anti-Trump (read that as anti-America, anti-you) media propaganda.  I’ll say it again, it’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.  Either We the People put the brakes on things NOW, or we’re toast.  Just what do I mean by “putting on the brakes?”  Glad you asked.
First let me outline what’s at stake here.  If we continue down the road we are on we will soon be living in a world of brutal tyranny.  Call it globalism, call it communism, call it fascism, call it any d—n thing you want, it will be a tyrannical form of global governance run by an elite class of potentate wannabes and their toadies.  And it will be brutal.  It may not start out that way, but eventually as people resist the evermore burdensome weight of uncontrolled government demands, the rulers will use force and more force to ensure compliance to their Draconian edicts (“Anyone need a gilets jaune, anyone?”).  And you thought it would be utopia?  Grow up.  The only ones living in any semblance of utopia will be the ruling elites.
Well, they perhaps might live in some semblance of utopia were not for the fact that tyrannies traditionally do not end well, what with all the revolutions, bloodshed and such.  All of which I would very much like to spare America from experiencing.  Which brings me once again to putting on the brakes, NOW.
We the People are quickly drifting toward the point of no return…some would say we are already past that point.  I think that there is still hope for America to rise again as a free and democratic republic, but action needs to be taken, and soon.
Seeing we have our own self-proclaimed “messenger” in the White House, how about we ask him to deliver a message for us?  Not a message in words, but in actions.
I’m your messenger. The message is simple. We’re gonna take our country back.
President Donald J. Trump
We want to see some arrests, lots of arrests.  And we don’t mean small fry, we mean big time movers and shakers – arrest them!  Too big to fail or fall my butt.  Enough of this two-tiered “justice” system bulls—t.  Find the them guilty and jail them for crying out loud.  H—l, some of them deserve to be taken out and shot.  Seriously.
Take away FCC operating licenses and shut down the globalist/government propaganda machine.  Have the military run the TV stations if necessary.  Build the f—king wall and clamp down hard on sanctuary cities/states – all of which are illegal in any case.  Sweep out all the leftist c—p from our schools and start teaching American civics and true American history again – warts and all is fine, but the heavily slanted myopic anti-American propaganda has got to go.  The “Pledge of Allegiance” and “one nation under God” need to be taught and practiced in our schools again.
I’m just getting started, but you get the idea.  Yes, there will be hell to pay, but it will be over in a relatively short time and the damage to America will be minimized.  But, unless radical preemptive proactive actions are taken soon, there will be hell to pay in any event, and it won’t be over any time soon — and the damage to America will be catastrophic.  You hear me?  Radical.  Preemptive.  Proactive.  Actions.
Words, words, words, and putting up with more Uni-party crapola from Congress won’t cut it any more.  And God spare me from the Democrat’s insane anti-Trump hysteria once they get the House.  Unless radical, preemptive, proactive actions are taken soon by President Trump…then I guess it will be left up to We the People to take action.
I’ve been practicing my French – “Jes suis gilets jaunes!” (“I am yellow vest!”).  Pronounce it (approximately) “Jah swee jillay june” with a raised clenched fist and your message should get across to other Gilets Jaunes.  No joke.