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Sundance co-founder sentenced to six years in child sex abuse case

Pervert Sterling Van Wagen

From Hollywood Reporter: A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child.

The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to life said that he hopes the parole board will keep 72-year-old Sterling Van Wagenen in prison longer than the minimum.

Judge Robert Griffin commended the young victim for reporting what happened. Prosecutors say Van Wagenen touched a young girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015.

“You did the right thing and you’re not responsible for anything that happened and anything that will happen,” said Griffin during the hearing south of Salt Lake City. “You’re a brave young lady.”

The sister of the victim, whose name the Associated Press is withholding because she is a victim of sexual abuse, read a letter on her sister’s behalf blasting Van Wagenen for lying and being a coward.
“I strongly believe the only thing you were actually torn up about is the fact that you got caught,” the sister said.

Van Wagenen declined to apologize when he spoke to the victim and her family. “It’s clear that any kind of apology I can make is meaningless at this point,” Van Wagenen said. “So I am not even going to attempt one. I want you all to know I feel the consequences of what I’ve done. I feel them deeply.”

He pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of sexual abuse of a child, both involving the same victim, as part of a plea deal.

Van Wagenen co-founded a Utah film festival that came to be known as Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford and was the Sundance Institute’s founding executive director, but hasn’t been with the organization for more than 20 years.

He was a producer on the 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful, a story of an elderly woman who longs to return to her home that earned the late actress Geraldine Page an Academy Award.

Van Wagenen has worked over the years as a film instructor at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and as a director and producer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a variety of projects, including temple videos.

He resigned from his part-time instructor position at the University of Utah’s Film and Media Arts Department on Feb. 15, university spokesman Chris Nelson said.

Van Wagenen’s resignation came after a man accused Van Wagenen of molesting him as a boy in 1993. No charges were filed in that case, which was made public by a website that serves as a watchdog for The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church.

Van Wagenen thanked that man, who was in court Tuesday, saying it was a “blessing” that he brought “this all to light.”

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Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty to child sex abuse

Pervert Sterling Van Wagenen

From Hollywood Reporter: A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child.

Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, entered the plea as part of an agreement that includes a sentence of six years to life. He plans to plead guilty to a second charge involving the same victim later this week, his attorney Steven Shapiro said.

Van Wagenen’s acceptance of the plea deal was a surprise, given that he had just been charged earlier this month and it came during his first court appearance. Shapiro said his client decided to waive his right to other hearings to resolve the case quickly and avoid further harm to his family.

Van Wagenen wanted to “acknowledge wrongful conduct,” Shapiro said.

Prosecutors charged Van Wagenen with inappropriately touching a girl between the ages of 7 and 9 on two occasions between 2013 and 2015 in two northern Utah cities. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on July 2.

Van Wagenen co-founded a Utah film festival that came to be known as Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford and was the Sundance Institute’s founding executive director, but hasn’t been with the organization for more than two decades.

He was a producer on the 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful, a story of an elderly woman who longs to return to her home that earned the late actress Geraldine Page an Academy Award for her starring performance.

Van Wagenen has worked over the years as a film instructor at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and as a director and producer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a variety of projects, including temple videos.

He resigned from his part-time instructor position at the University of Utah’s Film and Media Arts Department on Feb. 15 after being put on administrative leave on Feb. 5, university spokesman Chris Nelson said.

Van Wagenen’s resignation came after a man came forward to accuse Van Wagenen of molesting him as a boy in 1993. No charges have been filed in that case, which was made public by a website that serves as a watchdog for The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church.

Van Wagenen was the executive director of the 2018 historical tale Jane and Emma about a black woman’s friendship with the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 191st Caption Contest!

This was a very competitive contest. But the writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 191st FOTM Caption Contest, with one #1 vote and three #2 votes, totaling 10 points, is . . .

Paladin!

Here’s the winning caption:

Another new reporter from CNN or MSNBC

Collie D (with one #1 vote and two #2 votes) and Deplorable Taxpayer (with two #1 votes) are in second place, each with 8 points. Here are their captions:

Collie D: “Hey look everyone, all wheels and no cannon.”

Deplorable Taxpayer: “Mommy, that’s the man I saw in the women’s restroom!”

Lola is in 3rd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 6 points. Here’s her caption:

“Warning: This freak may contain trace amount of nuts.”

Carmen, another Lola caption, and MyBrainHurts are in 4th place, each with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here are their captions:

Carmen: “Moooooom ? I can’t believe you brought me here!”

Lola: “These little nuts need a big warning label.”

MyBrainHurts: “Cover your eyes, Sheila, or you’ll turn to a pillar of salt!”

Christy and Tih are in 5th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

Christy: “Mum packed me lunch. Got my sunscreen, got my ear plugs and me hat. Ready for a fun day of pride displaying. Oops forgot me chaps and nipple rings….maybe next year.”

Tih: “Abomination.”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, Paladin!

Here’s your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~Eowyn

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Report: Child-welfare investigator concluded that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused foster son

Ed Murray with husband Michael Shiosaki
In April, Dr. Eowyn reported that homosexual Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was accused of having sexually molested a 15-year-old boy in the 1980s. At the time, Murray would have been in his early 30s.
From her blog post:
“Lewis Kamb and Jim Brunner report for Seattle Times that on April 6, 2017, a 46-year-old man with the initials D.H., a resident of Kent, Washington, filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, claiming that Ed Murray had “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old crack-cocaine addicted high-school dropout. Murray gave the teen payments of $10 to $20.
Murray vehemently denied the allegations and abruptly canceled a scheduled news conference about police reform.
Two other men, Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, had accused Murray of abusing them in the 1980s when Simpson was 13 and Anderson was 16 years old. Both men had known Murray when they were growing up in a Portland center for troubled children.”
Now news comes out that the mayor, who is not seeking re-election this year, was investigated by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) in 1984. The CPS determined that Murray should never again be a foster parent.
From MyNorthwest.com (via the Seattle Times) reports that a child welfare investigator in Oregon concluded in 1984 that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son, The Seattle Times reports.
The Oregon Child Protective Services investigation validated Jeff Simpson’s allegations of abuse, according to public records the Times obtained.
Mayor Murray has publicly denied the allegations and made it a point that prosecutors in Oregon decided not to charge him years ago.
Simpson is one of four men who have accused the mayor of abuse when they were teenagers. Most recently, Delvonn Heckard, dropped a lawsuit against Murray, but promised to refile when the mayor has completed his term. Lloyd Anderson and Lavon Jones also allege the mayor sexually abused them.
Mayor Murray dropped out of the race for re-election, claiming Heckard’s lawsuit would be too distracting for the city. But he believes the withdrawal of Heckard’s case vindicates him.
As for Simpson, the Times reports that the Multnomah County prosecutor withdrew a criminal case against Murray not because they thought Simspon was lying, but because of his “troubled personality.”
Both Murray and Simpson appeared to be surprised that the CPS records still exist.  The Times reports that upon hearing the news, Simpson responded: “Wow, wow. Thank you, Jesus.”
In an interview with the Times, Murray and his attorney questioned why Oregon officials would have held on to the CPS records without notifying the mayor. Murray pointed out that a criminal case was withdrawn before a jury could vote to indict him.
“Other than the salacious nature of it, I don’t see what the story is,” Murray told the Times. “The system vindicated me. They withdrew the case.”
The CPS records also show that child-welfare officials decided that Ed Murray should never again be a foster parent.
Read the Seattle Times report here. But you won’t be allowed to comment. The Seattle Times has closed this article to comments, which they frequently do on articles they must deem “controversial.”
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Newborn baby may be registered as ‘gender unknown’ because its “mum” insists only the tot can decide what sex it wants to be

kori doty
Just because one parent is confused about its upbringing doesn’t give them the right to transfer that chaos to their child.
Insanity.
Via The Sun: Canadian Kori Doty, who has a moustache and claims to be neither male or female, has been fighting to keep Searyl Atli’s gender off government records since giving birth last November.
Doty, who prefers to be referred to as “they” rather than “he” or “she”, told CBC they are “raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are.”
They added: “I’m recognising them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.”
Doty is trying to get British Columbia to issue the child with a birth certificate which does not have a gender marker. But while the Canadian province has sent the baby health cards with an “undetermined” gender, authorities have refused to issue the certificate. Doty’s lawyer says BC only issues birth documents which have a male or female designation.
And while another Canadian province, Ontario, says it is reviewing its policies to include non-binary genders, critics claim such children could be become a target for bullies or discrimination.
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal is helping Doty fight to get all government documents to accommodate non-gendered people.
Doty said: “When I was born, doctors looked at my genitals and made assumptions about who I would be, and those assignments followed me and followed my identification throughout my life. Those assumptions were incorrect, and I ended up having to do a lot of adjustments since then.
h/t Drudge
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The Torch is On the Porch

In the turbulent 1960s, the days of the Viet Nam War,  Burn Baby Burn and the War on Poverty, there was turmoil on the education front, too.

From the  free pdf version of Charlotte Iserbyt’s Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, I came across an article, written by one of the Roosevelts,  proving the Carnegie Foundation was literally throwing kerosene on the fire of poverty and racial strife! They funded a reading curriculum that used neuro-linguistic programming to embed violent actions and rebellion in the minds of little black children in inner-city school districts!  Much like Charter Schools today, the behavioral laboratory in Palo Alto contracted to deliver primary curriculum to urban schools in  Gary, Indiana in the early 1970s.  Read this and weep. ~LTG   Continue reading

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Breaking News! Sandusky Jailed After New Sex Abuse Charge

This story just broke on CBS. 


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been taken to a Pennsylvania county jail after being unable to post $250,000 bail in cash.
 Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after a brief court hearing. A law enforcement source told CBS News that Sandusky was arrested by state police and agents of the Attorney General’s Office at his home.
 Sandusky faces new charges based on the testimony of two new accusers, including one who claims Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom at Sandusky’s home. He already faced 40 counts of child sex abuse involving eight young boys over a 15-year span.  Full Story
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