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Investigative reporter, author and researcher into that which would rather remain hidden. U.S. Navy Electronics Tech vet, original shareholder of Ahtna, Inc, an Alaska Native corporation, Board of directors, Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (named best pro chapter in the nation two years in a row), member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and Mohican Veterans. Four time Society of Professional Journalists award winner. Peer nominated and presented with Newsvine.com's top honor, "Random Act of Vineness." Publisher/Editor/Reporter of the first exclusively online investigation to be featured in Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. "Extra, Extra" section.
Author of the soon to be published "Shriner's Shame: The Dark Side of 'The World's Greatest Philanthropy."
Tampa Tribune Fails to Investigate Congressman Tied to Human Trafficking (1 comments)
The Tampa Tribune dismisses Congressman Gus Bilirakis' membership in the Royal Order of Jesters, a group tied to human trafficking, prostitution and child sex tourism. Bilirakis' illegally used campaign contributions for Jester expenses. The FBI has described Jester meetings as regularly having prostitutes. A handful of Jesters were caught by the FBI including a judge, prosecutor, police captaion and deputy sheriff.
Shriners To Close Galveston Hospital, Sued by UTMB
A top Shriner leader has recently admitted that their endowment has been losing $1 million a day since 2001. Why are leaders just now announcing that the charity is in such serous financial trouble that they need to close five hospitals after apparently failing to solve this problem for the past eight years? Is it really the economy or could this be the result of decades of cororate mismanagement, deception and negligence?
Felony Conspiracy Plea Confirms Investigation into Masonic Sub-group, Royal Order of Jesters
A second member of a Masonic sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters, pleads guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Mann Act after he was caught with two others in a FBI human trafficking sting. The men transported an illegal alien prostitute across state lines to one of their weekend parties. These members are a former NY State judge, a former Erie County prosecutor and a retired police captain.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Hunter S. Thompson, 12 Steps & "Shriners Anonymous" (1 comments)
The Shriners are plagued with ethical and prostitution scandals related to their secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters. This is a way to approach these problems instead of oversight by law enforcement.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Shriners Spin Away "Breakdown of Spiritual Order"? (2 comments)
Why did the Shriners launch a PR campaign and settle a defamation lawsuit they filed against two whitleblowers right before the world's Masonic Grand Masters met in Washington DC? What is it that they are trying to hide?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Editorial: Let the Sun Shine
The IRS wants to hear from you about their suggested changes to the exempt organization tax return AKA the 990. This should even the playing field so that all non profit groups can operate according to the same standards of accountability, disclosure and transparency.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Shriner Treasurer Minutes Vanish, Poker Proceeds Unaccounted For
The Shriners Treasurers meetng minutes apear to have been yanked offlne in early April, and according to their site, "Minutes will be provided in hard copy to Shrine Treasurers."
To make matters worse, It was learned that the Gwinnett Shrine Club benefited from poker tournaments, yet this information was not reported to the proper agencies such as the IRS.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Here's a Solution for this Resolution (2 comments)
HResolution 33 recognizes and honors Freemasons for their contributions. But, a few things were left out.. How the Masonic founding fathers and military leaders felt about Native Americans (code word: Genocide)?
Why membership rules in 12 southern Grand Lodges still discriminate against blacks? The solution? Congress should urge the IRS to pull these groups' non profit status until they comply with the laws of the land.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Shriners Perfect Storm?
It's time for the Shriners to manage their $9 billion in assets by answering questions instead of suing those who ask them.