Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be
OAG Crime Victim Services Attempting
to Defraud Texans
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans about reported scam callers falsely claiming to be members of the OAG’s Crime Victim ServicesDivision and attempting to obtain personal and financial information from members of the public.
The fraudulent callers are attempting to obtain personal identifying information from the call recipient and ask for money transfers or bank details after baselessly claiming the call recipient’s social security number has been compromised.
The callers are using local numbers and sometimes provide a false “case number” during the call.
The true OAG Crime Victim Services phone number is toll-free 1-800-983-9933 and local number 512-936-1200.
The OAG warns Texans against providing any personal information, such as social security or banking numbers, over the phone with anyone claiming to be from the Crime Victim Services Division, and encourages anyone who receives a fraudulent or scam call to report it to the OAG’s Consumer Protection Division by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-621-0508 or filing a complaint online .
For the last number of years, our nation has been awash in “hate crimes” against minorities, homosexuals, and transgendered folk.
Or have we?
The national media went into an instant froth in early February when actor Jussie Smollett, of the TV show “Empire,” claimed to have been beaten by two white guys wearing “MAGA” hats and yelling that Chicago is “MAGA country,” an assertion that is about as far from the truth as it is possible to get. Smollett was able to tick two boxes on his victim card as both a black and a homosexual.
Now, however, Smollett has turned from a victim into a perp. Chicago police are now saying the attack was staged by the actor with the help of two acquaintances of his from Nigeria who took five grand from Smollett for their part in the hoax. Celebrities from coast-to-coast are back-pedaling as fast as they can to get away from the mess altogether. Even Nancy Pelosi deleted her nasty Tweet.
Last November, In Mississippi, an apparently horrid hate crime involving nooses turned out to be nothing of the sort. In fact, the “perpetrators” were not racists but anti-racists. The nooses were not an expression of racism, but a protest against racism.
The nooses in question were hung in the Mississippi state capitol building the day before the election last November. Cindy-Hyde Smith, the Republican candidate and eventual winner, had made a lame joke about hanging that was clearly made in reference to the fate of horse thieves in the Old West.
The nooses had been found along with what the media called “hate signs,” which was a narrative that worked until the Mississippi Department of Public Safety released photos of the “hate signs.” Here’s what they said:
On Tuesday, November 27th thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims.
We’re hanging nooses to remind people that times haven’t changed.
Oops. The message of the nooses was not targeted at blacks but at supposedly racist whites. The media slowly and reluctantly corrected their inflammatory headlines.
Also in Mississippi, just a week before the 2018 election that sent Donald Trump to the White House, a historic black church was burned and spray-painted with the message “Vote Trump.” It was immediately labeled a “hate crime,” and remained so until authorities discovered that the culprit was actually a member of the congregation. After the fire, while their church was being renovated, the congregation worshiped at a predominantly white church, a sign of the progress in race relations in the Deep South.
I am the co-author of Idaho’s marriage amendment, passed 63-37 in 2006 to enshrine man-woman marriage in our state constitution. The homosexual lobby spent a good part of the campaign insisting that the amendment would unleash a wave of hate and violence targeted at gays in Idaho.
Sure enough, the day after the election, a twenty-something man filed a police report that he had been jumped while walking on our city’s greenbelt by attackers yelling anti-gay slurs and swinging their fists. Ah, said the activists, there is your proof – we told you this would happen!
However, it didn’t take long for his story to unravel when he was questioned by police, and it turned out that he beat himself up because apparently there were no gay-haters in Boise willing to do it for him.
Andy Ngo is a journalist, editor (at Quillette), and photographer who started a thread on Twitter two days ago rehearsing the litany of fake hate crimes over the last several years. (I’d show you but I have been suspended – again- by Twitter for telling the truth about sexual deviancy.)
Here is his giant list of fake hate crimes, just during the Trump administration. In my judgment, we should simply abolish the “hate crime” designation altogether. Every crime is a hate crime, and we should not give more legal protections to victims of some crimes than we give to victims of other crimes. Justice indeed should be blind to color.
Peter Kirsanow, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, points out that the facts contradict the media narrative that hate crimes are on rapid and disturbing rise:
FBI statistics for 2015 (the most recent available at the time of the 2018 U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hate Crimes Hearing ) show that there were 1,997,700 violent crimes in the U.S. A total of 5,850 crimes were designated hate crimes — whether violent or non-violent. There were 15,696 cases of murder or manslaughter in the U.S., of which 8, or .0005, were designated hate crimes. There were 764,449 aggravated assaults, of which 681, or .00089, were designated hate crimes. There were 124,047 rapes, of which 12, or .000096, were designated hate crimes. There were 327,374 robberies, of which 120, or .00036, were designated hate crimes.
In 2017, nearly 90 percent of reporting police departments registered zero hate crimes in their respective jurisdictions. And the most recent data show that blacks are much more likely to commit hate crimes than whites. In fact, blacks are approximately 200 percent more likely to commit hate crimes than whites.
At a Commission hearing on hate crimes, Kirsanow asked this question of the panel of criminologists, law-enforcement officials, and hate-crime experts:
“Are you aware of any data, studies, or other evidence that shows that designating a crime a hate crime deters, prevents, or reduces that crime, and second, whether designating a crime a federal hate crime reduces, deters, or prevents incidents of that crime?”
No one answered. Kirsanow poses this question to us: “If designating a crime a hate crime doesn’t deter, prevent, or resolve such crime, what’s the purpose of the designation? By now, most Americans are getting a pretty good idea.”
In other words, “hate crimes” are not about justice at all. They’re about giving regressives a cudgel to beat conservatives about the head and shoulders until everybody figures out the crimes are fabrications.
Here’s a point worth pondering. If hate crimes are so rare they have to be invented, perhaps America is not nearly as racist and homophobic as the Talking Snake Media wants us to believe. And maybe, just maybe, the hate and racism are coming from the left rather than the right.
New data: Child Abuse deaths rise,
notably in Texas, Indiana
There is not 686,000 calls taken for Child maltreatment, there are at least 3,300,000 calls annually for Child Abuse, and this is estimated to be less than a quarter of the actual instances of Child Maltreatment, which translates to at least 13,200,000 actual instances of Child maltreatment.
However, somehow CPS hacks through all the Abused Children, and comes up with just 686,000 instances of abuse, this is why all Child Abuse calls should be made to 911. Also, “under staffed”, “case-load too high”, and “under-funded”, is stock, go-to excuses every time, yet these people’s transgressions are well documented: Making fake abuse calls on innocent people, Throwing thousands of unchecked reports in dumpsters, Deleting answering machines, Taking weeks to investigate priority cases which are supposed to be checked out within 24 hours, and a real favorite of theirs is Manufacturing Instruments(Documents) of the court…. SO THEY CAN HURT INNOCENT CHILDREN, PARENTS, AND GOOD FAMILIES!!!!
All of this is a matter of record, just as their “5 Children die a day from abuse”, the real number is at least 10 – 13, and possibly as high as 15 Children die every day from Child Maltreatment. And finally, “UNDERFUNDED????”, at this point in time, there are several cases of CPS employees ripping off the system(the Tax payers) for 5 and 6 figures by traveling first class, among other things.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Newly released federal figures show a sharp rise in child abuse fatalities in the U.S., with the bulk of the increase occurring in two states — Indiana and Texas — where child-welfare agencies have been in disarray.
Not one state has met all of the minimum child welfare standards even one (1) time since this system was put in place.
“Shame On U.S.” Report
According to a report released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,700 fatalities resulting from child maltreatment reported in fiscal year 2016, compared to 1,589 the previous year — a 7 percent increase. The figures encompass data from every state but Maine, as well as from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Accounting for most of the increase were Texas, where fatalities jumped from 162 to 217, and Indiana, where the death toll more than doubled from 34 to 70.
“It breaks my heart for the kids in this state right now,” said Juvenile Judge Marilyn A. Moores, whose Indianapolis courtroom has seen a surge in child welfare cases due to the opioid epidemic.
“Traditional systems of early warning are overwhelmed. And parents, because of addiction, aren’t seeking intervention because their kids are going to be removed,” she added. “It allows kids to die. It’s a fact.”
Long festering problems in Indiana’s child welfare system exploded into public view in December, when the director of the Department of Child Services resigned with a scathing letter that accused Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb of making management changes and service cuts that “all but ensure children will die.”
“I choose to resign, rather than be complicit in decreasing the safety, permanency and well-being of children who have nowhere else to turn,” wrote Mary Beth Bonaventura, a former juvenile judge appointed to lead the agency by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2013.
In recent years, the number of child welfare cases in Indiana has skyrocketed, rising from about 13,000 in 2012 to nearly 24,000 last year. Funding, meanwhile, has not kept pace, said Cathy Graham, executive director of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy.
Advocates paint a picture of an agency in perpetual triage, with caseworkers spread so thin that they have little choice but to cut corners. The agency does not have enough caseworkers to meet a minimum requirement set in state law and turnover has been a major problem, according to the agency’s most recent annual report.
Holcomb launched a review in December. A preliminary report released Thursday found the state has an inadequate case management system.
In Texas, abuse-related fatalities have continued to rise despite high-level personnel changes at the child welfare agency, new legislative appropriations, and a federal judge, Janis Graham Jack, declaring in 2015 that the foster care system violated the constitutional rights of youngsters’ placed in long-term foster care.
In January, the judge issued her final order in the case, saying the state’s foster care system remained “broken.” She also ordered improvements in regards to record keeping and the handling of foster care placements. Texas appealed the ruling.
Two years ago, a commission created by Congress concluded that the United States lacks coherent, effective strategies for reducing the number of children who die each year from abuse and neglect. Although the number of such deaths reported by HHS has hovered at around 1,500 to 1,600 annually in recent years, the commission — citing gaps in how the data is compiled — suggested the actual number may be as high as 3,000 a year.
The commission issued an update this week noting that states across the country were moving to implement some of its recommendations for preventing maltreatment deaths.
The new report released by HHS’s Children’s Bureau, formally known as the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, does not offer theories explaining the sharp rise in child fatalities, but it provides demographic data on the victims.
According to the report, 70 percent of the victims were younger than 3. Fatality rates were higher for boys than for girls, and higher for African-American children than for whites and Hispanics.
Parents — acting alone, together or with other individuals — were the perpetrators in 78 percent of the deaths.
Looking more broadly at national trends, the report estimated that 676,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2016, a 1 percent drop from 2015. Most of the cases involved neglect; about 18 percent involved physical abuse — up slightly from 2015.
“When your data is flawed, every other part of your system is going to be flawed.”
Elisa Weichel, a staff attorney with the Children’s Advocacy Institute
The FCC Just Faked Out America With
Last-Minute Vote On Consumer
Ajit Pai is BIG MONEY’s plant in the FCC. We have one chance left to save Net Neutrality, contact your Law Maker in Washington and tell them to support Net Neutrality by overturning the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality with the CRA.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to have pulled some fast and fancy moves this week, as a controversial change to its complaint review process was seemingly pulled, and then suddenly passed.
Today, the FCC’s four remaining commissioners voted along party lines to approve a package of rule changes around how it handles consumer feedback, including complaints against internet service providers (ISPs), following several long-term scandals about its actions and/or inaction in this area.
Earlier this week, one aspect of that package drew public ire when a series of media reports pointed out that more Americans might have to pay $225 to have the FCC review their complaints.
The matter at hand, as Motherboard deftly explained, is this:
As it stands, the FCC currently accepts two kinds of complaints from cable or broadband subscribers: formal and informal. Informal complaints are free but often ignored. In contrast, formal complaints cost a $225 processing fee and kick off a cumbersome legal process involving hearings and paperwork most users won’t have the time for.
A fact sheet circulated by the FCC… claims the agency’s proposed rule change simply “streamlines and consolidates procedural rules” involving said complaints. But a letter sent to the FCC by Democratic Senators Frank Pallone Jr. and Mike Doyle claims that under the changes the FCC would have forwarded all informal complaints to ISPs without reading them, forcing consumers to pay a $225 fee if they want to be taken seriously by the agency.
Some confusion ensued, but ultimately the FCC reportedly said it would postpone voting on that matter in today’s hearing, but then Chairman Ajit Pai proposed and successfully passed it, anyway.
In his comprehensive summary of the whole situation, Gizmodo’s Rhett Jones described this week’s fast-moving mess the best: “By sneaking the changes through a vote via complicated legalese and the use of footnotes, the FCC has at least done us a favor in bringing it to everyone’s attention that the rules are bullshit and require taxpayers to cough up more money if they want to guarantee their complaint will be taken seriously.”
As media quoted widely, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the only remaining Democrat after Mignon Clyburn’s emphatic resignation earlier this year, called the decision “bonkers.”
Investigation: Obama’s People Drugged,
Force-Fed Meds to Border Kids
The journalism hall of shame keeps getting more crowded.
A blockbuster report last week by the Center for Investigative Reporting cast a glaring light on a practice of U.S. authorities forcing immigrant children who have been separated from their parents to take psychiatric medicines – and forcibly injecting them if they resisted.
But in its eagerness to damn President Donald Trump and his administration for yet another aspect of handling illegal alien minors, according to a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner, the report left out one crucial detail.
The practice began during the Obama administration, and three of the four minors who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit naming Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a defendant were actually drugged long before Trump even took the oath of office.
As reported by the Washington Examiner’s Philip Wegmann, a lengthy article published Wednesday by Reveal, a publication of the Center for Investigative Reporting, failed to note anywhere in the text that the practice of drugging illegal alien children at a Houston-area social services contractor was begun while Obama was in the White House.
“The reporting is detailed and horrific, but the story creates a fake villain,” Wegmann wrote. “The first words of the piece are ‘President Donald Trump.’ The article blames Trump and his current zero tolerance policy on immigration for creating “a zombie army of children.” That is misleading at best.
“Three of the four children cited in the report were drugged during the Obama administration. According to federal court filings, only one occurred while Trump was actually president. The other three happened in 2016. That timing is left out of the story, which, after opening with Trump’s policies, never mentions the years of the specific incidents of mistreatment.”
“Misleading at best”? Wegmann is being kind.
As he noted, the first three words of the piece are “President Donald Trump.” The piece was published in the middle of a nationwide hysteria over the status of children of illegal aliens who have been separated from their parents. The wrong conclusion is obviously easy to draw — intentionally easy, apparently.
Only a reader willing to dig into the lawsuit filings that are linked to the article would have a clue that the practice is not some monstrosity cooked up by the administration of the man who’s now holds the presidency.
There is one hint in the article that the contractor – the Shiloh Treatment Center – had a history of problems that predate the Trump administration. Namely, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee had been calling for the center to be closed as early as 2014. (This might be the first and only time the regrettable Rep. Lee might not have been utterly wrong about something.)
But the editors of the ironically named Reveal had to know that the percentage of readers willing to read into the actual court filings linked with the article would be vanishingly small. Likewise, the offhand reference to Lee doesn’t so much establish a time frame for problems at the center as emphasize the false impression that Democrats are the party that actually cares about children.
It looks like there’s more than “misleading” that’s happening here. It looks a lot like a deliberate deception, a slight of journalistic hand that pretends to “reveal” some fact when conveying an idea that’s completely different from reality.
But what is absolutely clear is depth to which anti-Trump journalists are willing to go to smear the administration with loosely presented facts.
Given the hoaxes that have already been perpetrated surrounding the story of the “separated families” there’s no denying what’s happening.
Liberals have lied to the American people about caged children (using pictures taken during the Obama administration or outright staged for propaganda purposes). They’ve deliberately misrepresented the picture of the little girl who made the cover of Time magazine.
Major media (including USA Today) picked up a story about 1,450 children allegedly “lost” by the Trump administration when it wasn’t true.
And these are just a few of the examples.
The “Russian collusion” coverage has been skewed and tainted, but for sheer, outrageous misstatements and half-truths, it’s doubtful the country has seen distortion like this from the media since the “hands up, don’t shoot” lies of the Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrations turned into a national movement by Black Lives Matter thugs.
But the truth will come out eventually. And it’s going to hurt the liberal media more than it hurts the rest of the country.
Until then, the journalism hall of shame is just going to keep getting bigger.