Holy Family Values! Look what's going on at the Trinity Broadcasting Network!
The Trinity Broadcasting Network, which bills itself as the world's largest Christian network, is embroiled in a legal battle involving allegations of massive financial fraud and lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs.
What?! A hundred grand for a motor home for their family dogs? Had they only thought to ask Willard Romney, he would have advised them to simply strap the pets to the roof of their pricey vehicle, say a prayer, and avoid some of this scandally press. Clearly these people are deficient in the creativity department.
Speaking of deficiencies, check out the rest of this sordid tale. An ex-TBN big shot, Brittany Koper, who happens to be the granddaughter of its co-founder, Paul Crouch Sr., was fired for whistleblowing about their "illegal financial schemes." Those schemes ran into the tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit.
Joseph McVeigh, the uncle of Koper's husband, who was also a high-ranking TBN officer, claims that Brittany was promoted to the position of TBN's finance director so that someone "within the family" would keep its financial "skeletons" hidden.
The family that infights together, backbites together. Or something.
Secrets like theirs aren't very Christian, are they? Oh but wait! It gets even Christianer!
The lawsuit alleges that Paul Crouch Sr. obtained a $50-million Global Express luxury jet for his personal use through a "sham loan," and that TBN funds paid for a $100,000 motor home for dogs owned by his wife, Janice Crouch, a network director.
The suit also alleges that TBN bought residences [read: mansions] across the country for its directors under the pretext that they were "guest homes" or "church parsonages." [...]
TBN directors received about $300,000 to $500,000 in meal expenses and the use of chauffeurs, and oversaw "fraudulent donation and kickback schemes involving third party 'ministries'" the network controlled, the suit claims.
The directors also misused funds to cover up sexual scandals, the suit claims.
There is even more where that came from. Just follow the bouncing link.
Very nice way to wake up. The Teabaggers are doing our work for us.
(03-19) 04:00 PDT Sacramento - -- Crippled by declining registration and frozen by intraparty battles, California Republicans are in such disarray - and so apparently nervous about their prospects - that they attempted to ban the media from a luncheon keynote speech of a nationally known pollster laying out the party's future challenges.
The move to eject the media from the speech delivered by Fox News contributor Frank Luntz didn't please many Republicans - and embarrassed a state party that, for the second time in its three-day convention, had attempted to bar media from reporting on the ordinarily mundane gathering of 1,000 party faithful.
"I am really appalled. Here we stand as Republicans, we stand for the First Amendment, freedom of the press," said Celeste Greig, chairwoman of the conservative California Republican Assembly. "This happens in Iraq, Iran, or the old KGB when they were in control."
Eric Hogue, a conservative Sacramento talk show host, also was disgusted.
"I'm tired of secret meetings," he said, adding that he believes the party has been hijacked by a small group of activists. "Some people believe control is more important than success.
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash, via my pal Mark Karlin:
We hope that the Blanche Lincoln and Jane Harmon primary victories against two progressive challengers don't open another round of finger pointing and bitter recriminations among progressives. There is too much at stake. [...]
[W]ith the emergence of an Obama Administration that is filled with Centrists and has leaned heavily toward corporatist governance, progressives and Democrats have split into two camps: those who are critical of Obama's frequent siding with the status quo and those who argue that he can't do anymore because of the booby traps he inherited from Reagan, Bush I and Bush II administrations. But remember this: there is nothing that the entrenched elite and the Republicans want more than progressives to be engaged in a shooting war at each other.
BuzzFlash has not been immune from this fray, that we admit. But we do believe that progressives need to look beyond the politics to our goal of seeing government and Americans working on behalf of the common good -- and to our long-held objective of healing the planet. Achieving these goals involve more than electing individuals; they involve building movements. [...]
Movements require shoe leather, organization and loud voices, not e-mail petitions that are quickly deleted if they ever even arrive in a Congressional or Senate Offices. Movements require sweat equity, courage, perseverance, self-sacrifice and determination. Movements can change the world; E-mails to Congress won't. [...]
We must become the change by making Washington and local elected officials respond to the force of movements that cannot be denied. Lyndon Johnson would have never championed Civil Rights if there had not been years of movement activity and charismatic non-politician leadership behind the cause of equal rights. [...]
[W]e must rise above the notion that politicians will implement what is necessary to advance our democracy on an equitable and environmental basis without being forced to do so.
We must become the force that powered movements and social advances in the past. Legislation will follow only if we put our convictions into action and force elected officials to do the right thing.
Otherwise, big money will pull the strings, and we will be left bickering among ourselves on the Internet and shouting curses at FOX television in the comfort of our homes.
Please read the whole thing here.
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