Friday, December 2, 2016

Story On Guardian Abuse

Story On Guardian Abuse

 

kenneth ditkowsky

10:46 AM (19 hours ago)
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The saga of guardianship abuse has been a 'dirty little secret' for at least a generation.   This is the fifth GAO report that touches on the subject.    The Alice Gore case is one of the most obnoxious cases of guardianship abuse that anyone can find.   At first glance it looks like a typical garden variety elder cleansing exploitation case.   A widow with a 1.5 million dollar estate, a pension, physical vulnerability, ****.   Indeed, the Court appointed guardian ad litem immediately took over the estate, got the competent daughter sidelined and replaced by a new guardian who could be controlled.  (The new guardian was disabled - this made the task of elder cleansing much easier)  

Swiftly the pension and the assets were dissipated.  It is particularly easy when the GAL has a strong relationship with a 'sheltered care' facility operation.   When the money was dissipated, there was no further need for the body of the victim; however, this GAL enjoyed an unusual amount of avarice.  29 teeth were removed from Mrs. Gore's head so that the gold (Au) contained therein could be salvaged.   (It was not inventoried).   With a stroke a pen a corrupt judge gave validity and State of Illinois approval to the acts.    Attempts by the family to obtain an honest investigation by law enforcement or anyone else were thwarted.   The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois made it clear that in Illinois the GAL's action and the Judge's action were in the highest traditions of the Bar.   The IARDC not only would not investigation, but equated the actions of Attorney JoAnne Denisons publication on her blog of the corruption as being akin to "yelling fire in a crowded theater."

Of course, there is no data.   If you do not look there is never any date.   The Mary Sykes case 09 P 4585 makes it very clear that the stroke of a pen is sufficient to destroy the life of a targeted senior citizen even when she has not been properly served with summons (the sheriff denying in a letter service of summons of any kind), her next of kin are not notified, and no hearing is held to determine eligibility for a guardian.   (The Judge at page 91 of her evidence deposition admitted to being 'wired'    Wire is the same thing as being fixed or otherwise being corrupted).    Of course this action was also in the highest traditions of the bar and the reporting of the corruption ethically challenged.

Thank for sending me the article on the GAO report - am forwarding it on to others who are concerned. 
 


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Families say local realtor, attorney cashing in on estates of their recently passed loved ones

Families say local realtor, attorney cashing in on estates of their recently passed loved ones


(WXYZ) - When you lose a loved one, often the last thing on your mind is what to do with the home they once lived in.  But several local families say before they could do anything with their relatives’ estates, some realtors and attorneys are swooping in to cash in.
“It’s really shady,” said Kristin Bobier Rekowski.   Rekowski tells the 7 Investigators that her late father would be furious if he knew what had happened with his home.
When Richard Bobier died last year, Kristin says she had been told his Warren house was worth far less than what he owed on it.
“I was just working on getting his belongings out of the house and just trying to salvage what could be salvaged,” said Rekowski.
After the foreclosure process started, Rekowski and her siblings talked about trying to redeem the house and put it up for sale.  But before they could do that, somebody else stepped in.
“We were summoned to the court.  Someone opened a probate case in his name,” said Rekowski.
That someone is attorney Cecil St. Pierre.  St. Pierre is also the Warren City Council President, and he’s a state-appointed Public Administrator who’s authorized to open estates, like Richard Bobier’s, in Probate Court.
An estate is everything you own, such as your house, and your bank account, which are known as your assets.
An estate is also everything you owe, including things like your mortgage, or credit card debts.
And when someone dies, even if you have a will, in Michigan the probate courts are in charge of making sure your heirs get what they’re due from your estate.
But if the heirs don’t take certain steps when a loved one dies – after 42 days a Public Administrator attorney can put themselves in charge of the estate.
And that’s what several lawyers and heirs say Cecil St. Pierre has been doing in Macomb County at a rate they’ve never seen before.  And he’s not doing it alone.  A company called Probate Asset Recovery, or PAR, is often paying the $150 filing fee so St. Pierre can open the estates – a practice other Public Administrators and lawyers call unusual.
When Rekowski received notice from the court announcing that St. Pierre was becoming the Personal Representative of her dad’s estate, she says she had no idea what to do – so she did not fight St. Pierre taking over the estate.  She says that meant St. Pierre could dictate which realtor would sell the home.  Rekowski says she told him Ralph Roberts Realty would be handling the sale.
Roberts is a Macomb County realtor who literally wrote the book on flipping houses in foreclosure, “Flipping Houses for Dummies.”  Roberts sold the Bobier house for a $31,729.52 profit.
Now court records show, one of Roberts’ companies is set to get $3,390 from the estate.  But here’s what Kristin wasn’t told about until recently: another company, Probate Asset Recovery, is getting the biggest cut of $10,576.53.
So who owns PAR?  That’s exactly what the judge wanted to know at Kristin’s last hearing.
“Is there an owner,” asked Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn George.
“Yes.  Ralph Roberts is the owner,” answered PAR Manger Steve Mogdis during that hearing.
That means, between Robert’s other company and PAR, nearly $14,000 will ultimately end up in Ralph Robert’s pocket.  Kristin Rekowski and her brothers (after she’s reimbursed for funeral expenses she already paid) will only net $3158.71 each.
“It’s really not fair,” said Rekowski.
Moments after Rekowski’s court hearing last week, I asked Cecil St. Pierre why he’s using a private company’s money to open so many estates.
“I deal with Probate Asset Recovery because they work with Ralph Roberts Realty in order to sell the house on the multi-list and get the top dollar for the asset.  We don’t deal with any investors, or do anything other than what’s on the multi-list,” said St. Pierre.
“Well of course they work with Ralph Roberts Realty – they’re owned by the same person,” said 7 Investigator Heather Catallo.
“I don’t know – I don’t know who owns PAR,” said St. Pierre.
But the PAR manager had just admitted that Roberts is the owner in court, with St. Pierre present.
In fact, St. Pierre and Ralph Roberts go way back – all the way to middle school – and they even once owned property together.
“I’m very fortunate to have Cecil as one of my best friends,” said Ralph Roberts.
“Is he your attorney,” asked Catallo.
“He’s represented us in the past,” said Roberts.
Roberts says he’s helping people in southeast Michigan, by finding assets they didn’t know about.  He says he’s brought $4.5 million dollars into probate estates since 2013.
“You get 1/3 correct,” asked Catallo.
“25[%] to a third, depending on what the case is,” said Roberts.  “I used to buy these houses and I would get 100% of the profit.  And I don’t need to make money anymore, I want to do good for the community.”
“It needs to be stopped,” said attorney Gary Allen.  Allen says Robert’s company paid for Cecil St. Pierre to petition to open an estate without contacting his clients (the heirs) first, even though his clients don’t want to sell their late mother’s condo.
Allen says one of the heirs had already been named personal representative in the will.
“I called the public admin almost every day from July 27th through August the 3rd, sometimes twice a day.  And he never returned my calls,” said Allen “Not once.  Never spoke with him.   And so then I was forced to go to court, and my client who lives in Brooklyn, she came in from Brooklyn so that she could appear at the hearing.  When we got to the hearing, the Public Admin did not show up for an hour.”
Allen says all that extra time and expense was unnecessary for his client.  He said St. Pierre did let his client take over the estate,  but then he sent them a bill for $892 to come from the estate,  including $187 in filing fees – even though Ralph Roberts company had already paid those costs.
“I think it’s a huge problem,” said Allen.
St. Pierre is also asking the court to grant him $4196.25 in fiduciary and attorney fees on the Bobier estate.
“We follow the law to the T.  Dot the I’s and cross the T’s.  There’s nothing being done wrong,” said Roberts.
“I haven’t said it was illegal – I asked you if it was the right thing to do,” asked Catallo.
“It’s absolutely the right thing.  I’m doing great things for thousands of people.  I’m getting them money. I’m going to take this across the country.  And I’m going to make probate great again,” said Roberts.
Since the 7 Action News started investigating this back in August, the State Attorney General has stepped in to issue new guidelines for Public Administrators.
“The allegations and associated case will be reviewed in a thorough and exacting fashion,” said spokeswoman Andrea Bitely.
Both Roberts and St. Pierre insist they’re helping these estates, by turning around the properties to make money for the estate.  Roberts also says by selling empty homes, he’s getting the properties back on the tax rolls and fighting blight.
St. Pierre says if an heir wants to take over the estate they can.  But estate lawyers tell 7 Action News if the estate is opened formally like this without an heir realizing it, heirs could end up with a bunch of legal fees.
The Attorney General regulates Public Administrators in Michigan:
https://secure.ag.state.mi.us/complaints/consumer.aspx
If you have a story for Heather, please email her at hcatallo@wxyz.com.

As I got to thinking about the Charlie Smith saga

 
As I got to thinking about the Charlie Smith saga, I began to realize that I had some very unique things occur in the general vicinity of the world I live in.   I was always in the right place at the right time.   Obviously I did not plan such an event - it just happened and bingo - my eyes were open and I got the opportunity to enjoy the event.    I do not know if such happens to other people, but it sure happened to me.

I got the opportunity to observe and in many cases to experience events that apparently few others were subject.   Charlie Smith appeared in my life when I was idealistic to still believe that given the right formula you could turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.  The world existed - in my mind - to provide me with interesting scenarios.  And indeed I could not ask (or even imagine) for opportunities such as appeared.    Contemporaneously, I worked with the Mayor of Elk Grove village to deal with a 'farm labor' crisis,  I had a client who was a refugee and attempting to beat the bureaucracy, I was engaged to deal with an internal Democratic Party dispute, ****.      

Even today, such opportunities abound.   The Elder Cleansing scandal has made me realize just how vulnerable we all are.   Yesterday, Judy and I visited cousin Mary at the Lincolnwood house where he now resides = waiting for death.  (He is in hospice).   The scenario is depressing; however, it adds fuel to the fire in my belly to get something practical going that will assure all of the elderly and the infirm that when they are the most vulnerable they will be treated not only with respect, but they will be safe from the predatory bastards who prey on elderly and turn them into subhumans.

When my brother elected to go into hospice it was extremely difficult to accept his decision.   In fact it still is!    Giving up, is not a trait that I like to admit exists in my world.   I believe in retreat and coming back to fight another day ****. However, when I was rational I recognized that no one ever gets out of this life alive.  When the time comes, why not just attorn and allow Nature to take its course?

The problem that I have is very simple - it was drilled into me from almost birth - "where there is life, there is hope!"    Exactly what this phrase means in the rational world is a another mystery.   In my world "the limits" are always open to challenge and no matter what happens I have the ability to find fault and be dissatisfied = if I so desire.   Fortunately, I rarely get the opportunity to dwell upon real and imagined discontent.

Indeed, I am trying to justify my quest for Justice for the elderly and disadvantaged and my quest for an HONEST INVESTIGATION of the infamy and the cover-up.    The corruption that I viewed "first hand" not only in the Circuit Court of Cook County, but in the lawyer disciplinary process was monumental and institutionalized.   I realize that reform and reclamation of the 2nd oldest profession probably will not occur in my lifetime, but, as I have been given a front row seat why should I retreat? Why should I sojourn into the maze of 'book clubs' and 'lifetime learning' when I have been given the opportunity to sit behind my computer and stir the pot!    

When I discussed with my brother, my friend Harry, my friend Ray and others the prospect of being vulnerable as we grew old, the consensus was as long as you have life in you, you do not have to be vulnerable.   *******    


The Smith saga was the subject of another e-mail.   If you have read it, in words and phrases I characterized the story as follows:

When a person is young, he/she looks forward toward the future and laughs at the past – it’s gone – live with it.     When that same person gets a bit older – say 80 years old – the future, if any, is a more uncertain and no matter how that person tries the past looms.     When a minor amount of fog appears on the highway, the vision of the time you ignored the warning and at the bottom of hill there was no visibility and ****** - you escaped, but, not without more respect for mother nature.
 
As I’ve pointed out many times, I was born with a gold spoon in both ends and for the first 80 years of my life sheltered by my parents and just about everyone else who came down the pike.    Hardly a day went by that I did not have ‘fun!’     Last night I recalled the saga of Charlie Smith.    Charlie, the cop, was beat cop who serviced my first office.    He was a bright individual who had the stuffing dragged out of him by the Chicago Police Establishment – he had no clout!     His wife nagged him about his lack of ambition and refused to understand that to obtain promotion in the Chicago Police Department in 1961 you had to be on good terms with the Alderman.    The 50th Ward had a “Republican” Alderman so paying him the usual $10,000 gratuity would not get you the “efficiency rating” necessary for promotion.   Charlie tried in vain to explain the ‘facts of life’ to the Mrs., but she would not listen.
 
My office for reasons I cannot explain became a focal point of clandestine business meets or just hanging out for reasons that escape me.    I explain it as:  It was an escape – the local businessmen felt safe therein and except for the disruptions created by a flow of clients the lean hours were filled with frank conversations as to things that could not said in public and my listening to the serious concerns of the locals.     Charlie had taken the Police Sergeant’s examination and his ranking on the list was always above average.     Phil Epstein, a Sergeant, and a family friend counselled him to see Mr. **** and he could enhance his chances.    Naïve me, was actually shocked that such perfidy was conducted so openly; however, Jack Pahl, the local State Farm Agent filled me head with reality – much of which I rejected openly as being things that was “local legends!”, until I was let out into the real world.     The reality shock was almost traumatic.    (but that is another story)
 
During a day, the locals and I solved all the problems of the world.    We had solutions for everything including crime, corruption, *****.      Somehow, we all managed to eke out a living and support for our families and spend enough time at it to actually claim to be moderately successful.     I worked from dawn to dusk, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday to 9:00 P.M.     Saturdays and Sundays were less formal work days.     I also had a full Court schedule.      However, the generation of business was part of my work and I realized that the local businessmen were part of my life blood.     Ergo, Kiwanis and the local business people were very important to me.
 
Every young lawyer suffers from droughts in business.     I was no exception; however, I always had to have project.     Thus, I set out to get Charlie the promotion = without paying a dime for it.    Quietly, I drilled him on the examination questions and pointed out the keys that I learned so as to pass the law school courses on Criminal Law.      In addition, my father’s classmate – who happened to be policeman-  drilled him as if he were a Marine recruit, as to the self-contradictory Department Rules, and the theory of the examination.  
 
The key to obtaining remuneration from the police candidates was the efficiency rating.     It counted an undetermined amount, but was published as counting 50%.      Service in the military etc. gave points; however, it appeared that only the policeman who paid the $10,000 unofficial charge to the Chicago Democratic Organization obtained sufficient points to get high enough on the list to qualify for promotion.     (Having sufficient clout – such as being the nephew of x – also allowed you to get the promotion – Charlie’s relatives were also without clout).    
 
Being naïve, I thought that if there were enough letters of praise sent to police authorities in addition to Charlie’s military service record and a top school on the examination, Charlie would be a candidate without the $10,000.     Thus, it was a requirement to an admission to my office, every businessman was required to write a letter of praise for Charlie’s job as a policeman.     I reasoned that as the Mayor of Elk Grove Village was one of the “gang” and our local Alderman was looking forward to re-election the screws could be tightened, and *****.    (It also appeared that the Chicago Police Department was also engaged in another of its scandals)
 
My then secretary sent all the material to the Captain of the Police District, as well as copies to the Superintendent.     We received not one single reply.     At last, the examination was given.   Charlie was dubious that he could score high on the examination, but to his surprise he scored well and was number 3 on the list.    All that remained was his efficiency report.    If he could make a number 25 or higher he was in and would be made.      The list was published and as Charlie had no clout he made the list but was not made Sergeant.      He made the portion of the list that would not be promoted.      Quite understandably Charlie was discouraged; however, he was like a schoolboy when he overheard the candid talk that was being uttered ******.        
 
Phil, my father’s friend – and a Police Sergeant himself and I also had a candid talk.   My illusions were shattered and I was angry.     For reasons that I could not explain then and certainly cannot explain now I took Charlie’s rejection as personal.       It was a personal rejection!     I now knew that the system was indeed rigged and an honest cop had the chance of a snowball in hell of promotion.      The Mayor of Elk Grove Village, the Alderman, and I discussed openly and notoriously the Summerdale Police scandal and suggested that it was not limited to just a few ‘tainted’ officers, but ******.     We picked a crowded Kiwanis meeting to carry on our discussion.     When we finished, there was not a member of the local Kiwanis clubs who did not know intimately of the Charlie Smith saga and who was not outraged.
 
 As usual the media contacts were uninterested and even the local press (Lerner Newspapers) would not touch or averments with a 40-foot pole.    The Editor was a member of the local Kiwanis Club and we had lunch with him at least once a week.      (NB.   At this point in time, I was getting my education as to Politics as this was not my only sojourn into its ‘never, never land.’   -  I already knew about steam room trials, etc.    My education was going full steam ahead.    I was even learning about the DuPage County Republican organization)
 
Just when the issue looked as if it was going to washed down the drain, Charlie showed up in my office grinning from ear to hear.    He had been made Sergeant!      He was delighted!     He then sat down at my desk, looked me straight in the eye and asked me if I had paid off anyone – and if I had he was not going to accept the position.     Of course, I paid off NO ONE!      That was not the way I operated and   I told him quite candidly and quite truthfully, I had not and would not.
 
Fortuitously and embarrassingly, right at that point, in walked Phil (my father’s Policeman friend) who was also walking on air – it seemed that both Charlie and my cousin Marvin had both been appointed.    (Both had been appointed out of sequence – as the Department was looking for special needs).      Charlie looked at both of us, and we all went out to celebrate.    In all honesty, I had more fun than either of them.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some editorials are worth reading and others not - This one is from the FORWARD!

Some editorials are worth reading and others not - This one is from the FORWARD!

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kenneth ditkowsky

Nov 28 (2 days ago)
 
Editor's note: Your ProbateShark will testify that the crooks working in the Probate Court of Cook County are a nondiscrimination entity.  They will steal from anyone regardless of religion, race, sex or race...or anything!  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster, ProbateSharks.com
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Are Liberals Being Too Mean to Trump Voters?

J.J. GoldbergNovember 28, 2016Getty Images
When my friend Jonathan Tobin and I began planning last spring for a cross-country synagogue speaking tour in the fall, we fully expected to meet with fireworks over Israeli policy. In fact, that was the point of our tour. At each stop, Jonathan the conservative Commentary blogger and I the liberal Forward columnist would argue the issues, as we’ve done for years. We wanted to show our audiences how Jews could debate Israel and its dilemmas with respect, even friendship. Given how divided communities have become, our host rabbis couldn’t wait for us to arrive.
What we hadn’t counted on was President-elect Donald Trump.
Of course, we knew that with our tour beginning November 10, two days after Election Day — and taking us to 12 cities in 13 days — the presidential race would be on people’s minds. Nobody anticipated a Trump victory, though. Nor did we expect the intense wave of emotion that would sweep the country in its wake, nor the way it would divide the Jewish community.
It’s true that Jewish communities have found it increasingly difficult in recent years to maintain a civil tone when conducting public dialogue on divisive topics, especially where Israel is concerned. Public programs on Israel tend to end in shouting and name-calling, to the point where some congregations have simply stopped mounting discussions of Israel. But the election of Trump as our next president has introduced a whole new level of acrimony. The outcome doesn’t provoke discussion but ends it, bringing stony silences and ruptured friendships. One rabbi told us that Hebrew school parents who had backed Trump were telling their children not to discuss how they’d voted with classmates, for fear that the family would be ostracized.
Jonathan and I weren’t fully prepared to navigate this emotional thicket in the same manner that we presented the Israel debate. The fact is that we didn’t disagree. Tobin and his magazine were opposed to Trump throughout the campaign, as were other journals of conservative thought like Weekly Standard and National Review. Trump voters in the audience didn’t find themselves validated in our back and forth in the same way that pro-Israel liberals were. Looking out from the pulpit, you could see them in the crowd, identified by the smirks they wore when I spoke and the looks of disappointment they gave Jonathan. After each event they crowded around him, apparently seeing him as the closest thing they had to an ally.
They’re not few in number. Exit polls suggest that Trump received about 25% of Jewish votes to Hillary Clinton’s 70%, with the rest going to Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. In other words, Clinton did worse among Jewish voters than most other recent Democrats, and Trump’s score among Jews was right in the middle of the recent Republican range. Jewish Trump voters have a case to make that the acrimony they’re encountering is unfair.
The acrimony isn’t just among Jews. The New York Times, in a lengthy November 15 account, described post-election rifts dividing friends and even family members across the country. By and large it appears to be Democrats and liberals who are drawing the line, cutting off ties with people who voted for “a man they say stands for things they abhor.” One interviewee said she felt she’d been living among people “who have been hiding their true selves, and now with this vote, their true selves are more apparent.” Trump voters, in turn, express resentment at being accused of racism and spurned by their own relatives.
The Times report describes the overall trend as the latest example of a growing culture war among Americans segregated by class and education. It doesn’t explain what makes this election different and how it became, as it seems, a turning point.
Another attempt at explaining the phenomenon comes from Dennis Prager, the conservative radio host and sometime Jewish philosopher. In his November 22 columnin the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, he describes the Times account and adds some cases of his own, including callers to his radio show who say “their daughters” won’t let them see their grandchildren because the elders voted for Trump.
Prager cuts right to the question that the Times dances around, namely why the “phenomenon of cutting off contact with friends and relatives” is “so one-sided.” After all, he writes, “conservatives were not one whit less fearful of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats than Democrats were of Donald Trump and Republicans.”
His answer (admittedly a regular theme of Prager’s) is that “there are more mean people on the left than on the right.” That conservatives read and hear more liberal views than vice versa. Also: “Most left-wing positions are deeply emotionally based,” so it’s natural for liberals to “react so emotionally when their candidate lost.” And this: “Most people on the right think that most people on the left are wrong. Most people on the left think that most people on the right are evil.” And most alarming of all: “Most individuals on the left are irreligious, so the commandment ‘Honor your father and mother’ means nothing.”
It’s an interesting thesis, particularly if you believe that the way to explain one group’s vilifying of another group is to vilify right back at them. But it still doesn’t answer the critical question: Why is this presidential election different from all other presidential elections? We’ve had close elections, disputed elections, even elections that produced a result which the losers rejected. But this is the first election, I think, in which the losing side repudiated not just the winning candidate, but his voters.
There are at least two factors at work here. One is the profound grief felt by many Democrats, especially women activists, at the unexpected failure of what they were convinced was going to be a historic achievement, the election of the first woman president. Many believed that the tides of history had turned in their favor, that the American people were fully ready to finalize the equality of women, as they had accepted so many recent social and cultural changes, by placing a woman in the nation’s highest office. It was deeply shocking to find that the public’s readiness had been overestimated, that the longed-for change that seemed so imminent had in fact not yet arrived.
The second factor is, quite simply, Trump himself. He was not a presidential candidate like other candidates before him, and he does not appear likely to be a president like those before. His declared positions on religious and ethnic minorities, his frivolous attitudes toward treaties and international law, toward nuclear weapons use, press freedom and the broader First Amendment, indeed his very approach to campaigning as an exercise in insult and vilification — all these things go beyond normal political debate.
Liberals’ objections are not over policies or ideology, but fundamental values of democracy, even decency. To understand liberals’ unusual outrage this year, one must recognize Trump’s deviance from the accepted norms of American democratic politics. He has changed the rules without the consent of the other side.
Conservatives, at least the Trump voters, may like the changes they’ve seen. But they need to understand that, just as many liberals may have overestimated the readiness of fully half the public for rapid social change, conservatives have underestimated the assault that Trump represents on the values and sensibilities of the other half.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

tolerance, integrity, and us

tolerance, integrity, and us -   
Editor's note: This Shark believes that our new A.G. should approach the Elder Cleansing cases precipitated by the Probate Court of Cook County with vigor!  There is no paucity of witnesses who would volunteer testimony against these probate criminals.  Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster, ProbateSharks.com
America may have problems and may have its share of hypocrites and miscreants, but, indeed it is a melting pot stuffed with some of the most wonderful people any one can imagine.   It is amazing that in a small arena such as the US so many fantastic people can be found.   All of us do stupid things and most of us do them when it is most inconvenient and embarrassing.  

However - the exceptions prove the rule.    I can see no redeeming virtues in the public officials who are corrupt and prey in concert with real criminals on the elderly and the disabled.   Nor can I see anything good in the public officials who use their public offices to 'cover up' the terrible conduct of the miscreant criminals above.

I wish that we could lump all the bad people into the persona of one individual and we could all hate him/her.   Unfortunately, no one individual qualifies for such hatred.   Yes, there are a few people I would like to nominate for the role of universal bad guy, but, it is intellectually dishonest to label any single individual as totally evil and beyond any type of redemption.   This Pollyanna view is taxed when I think of the Guardian ad Litem who orchestrated the quest for gold in the mouth of Alice Gore or the public officials who have gone to the mat to protect her and make certain that she could continue her infamy on other disabled elders.   

a public office is a public trust - this includes minor offices such as Guardian ad Litem, *******Mr. Cannon - real clear politics is not "real clear" when it is polluted by the parochial quest for riches that has turned the overbroad guardianship scandal into a WAR ON THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED for profit.    The victim elderly and their families receive zero tolerance and compassion from the public officials who are engaged in either elder cleansing or covering up the scandal.   I call your attention to the Probate Sharks, MaryGSykes, NASGA, AAAPG blogs and the four Government Accounting Offices reports to Congress!     I call your attention to our call for an HONEST INVESTIGATION!   The Establishment raised a hue and cry against the HONEST INVESTIGATION but none against the Elder Cleansing. 
 


From: Carl M. Cannon <ccannon@realclearpolitics.com>
To: kenditkowsky@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 7:51 AM
Subject: RCP Morning Note, 11/28/2016: Pardon Rosie; Constitutional Questions; Bad Science; Restoring Tolerance


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Carl Cannon's Morning Note

Pardon Rosie; Constitutional Questions; Bad Science; Restoring Tolerance

By Carl M. Cannon on Nov 28, 2016 08:46 am
Good morning. It's Monday, November 28, 2016. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving weekend. Now it's back to politics. Today is the birthday of the man who gave the most inspiring political speech of the 2010 election cycle. The pride of New Jersey's Lawrence High School and the College of William and Mary wasn't even a candidate for elective office, yet he spoke for millions of Americans who would like more maturity from their politicians (and cable commentators) that they typically get.
All Jon Stewart did was call for a little civility and common sense in our political discourse. But he did so in a simple, yet brilliant, way. The lessons he tried to impart are even more relevant now than they were six years ago, as I'll explain further in a moment.
First, I'd point you to our front page, which aggregates columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. We also offer a nice complement of original material from our own reporters and contributors this morning, including the following:
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Pardon Rosie O'Donnell! In a column, I offer the president-elect some advice about burying the hatchet and providing second chances.
A Poor Guide for Trump's High Court Choices. Peter Berkowitz weighs in on the views of a purported nonpartisan legal scholar.
JASTA Misses the True State Sponsor of Terrorism. In RealClearDefense, Peter Huessy considers reasons to amend or repeal the law that eliminated sovereign immunity to lawsuits by American citizens.
An Outsider's Peek Inside the Pentagon War Machine. RCD editor David Craig reviews Rosa Brooks' "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything."
The Worst Websites for Science in 2016. Ross Pomeroy compiled this list.
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Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz entered the world on this day in 1962. No word on whether he cracked up New York delivery room nurses and doctors with spoofs of the news, but by January 1999, when he replaced Craig Kilborn as host of "The Daily Show," he was going by Jon Stewart.
That program helped launch the comedy-laced careers of Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, and has won multiple Emmy Awards, but Stewart turned his gift for satire into something, well, more serious. In 2004, he and his staff released a best-selling mock-history textbook titled "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction."
In 2010, in a "restore sanity" rally on the National Mall, Stewart ended the zany entertainment with a serious and surprisingly eloquent call for both tolerance and unity.
"Look on the screen ... [which was showing traffic merging into the Holland Tunnel]. This is who we are," he said.
"These cars -- that's a schoolteacher who probably thinks his taxes are too high. He's going to work," Stewart added. "There's another car -- a woman with two small kids who can't really think about anything else right now. The lady's in the NRA and she loves Oprah. There's another car -- an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah. Another car's a Latino carpenter. Another car -- a fundamentalist vacuum salesman. Atheist obstetrician. Mormon Jay-Z fan. But this is us.
"Every one of the cars that you see is filled with individuals of strong belief and principles they hold dear -- often principles and beliefs in direct opposition to their fellow travelers. And yet these millions of cars must somehow find a way to squeeze one by one into a mile-long 30-foot-wide tunnel carved underneath a mighty river. ... And they do it. Concession by concession. You go. Then I'll go. You go. Then I'll go. You go, then I'll go.
"Oh, my God -- is that an NRA sticker on your car? Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that's OK -- you go and then I'll go."
Words to live by.
Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
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