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Justice Kavanaugh declines more than $600,000 raised in GoFundMe campaign

From Yahoo: Citing judicial ethics concerns, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh declined more than $600,000 that was donated to aid his family during the firestorm over sexual misconduct allegations that plagued his confirmation. The judge’s decision was announced on Tuesday in a message posted on the online fundraising page that gathered the funds.

John Hawkins, a veteran conservative blogger who runs a Kavanaugh-inspired “men’s website” called Brass Pills, organized the fundraising campaign. On Tuesday, Hawkins posted what he referred to as an “official statement” from Kavanaugh’s representatives distancing the justice from the effort:

“Justice Kavanaugh did not authorize the use of his name to raise funds in connection with the GoFundMe campaign. He was not able to do so for judicial ethics reasons. Judicial ethics rules caution judges against permitting the use of the prestige of judicial office for fund-raising purposes. Justice Kavanaugh will not accept any proceeds from the campaign, nor will he direct that any proceeds from the campaign be provided to any third party. Although he appreciates the sentiment, Justice Kavanaugh requests that you discontinue the use of his name for any fund-raising purpose.”

Hawkins had raised $611,645 in small donations from approximately 13,250 donors, many of them anonymous, for “Brett Kavanaugh’s family to use for security or however they see fit.” The GoFundMe appeared online on Sept. 24, the day after the New Yorker published Deborah Ramirez’s allegations that Kavanaugh exposed himself and put his penis in her face at a college gathering. That story emerged a week after the Washington Post published Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh had tried to force himself on her at a high school party.

Read the whole story here.

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Sanctuary benefit: Oregon hospital denies illegal alien a liver transplant then terminates its "archaic" policy

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Photo from GoFundMe


Wonder how many US citizens she gets to bypass for her new liver.
From Fox News: An Oregon hospital who denied an illegal immigrant a liver transplant due to her lack of citizenship later terminated the policy.
Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, who’s said to be in “critical condition,” was denied a liver transplant on Monday from the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Fox 12 Oregon reported, citing a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon.
The hospital sent the stay-at-home mother of four a letter explaining that since she does not have a “lawful presence or immigration documentation” in the U.S., she could not receive the transplant as hospital policy “requires proof” for transplant operations.
Lesama-Santos, a resident of the Portland area for more than 30 years, has health insurance through her husband’s employer, according to a copy of the letter published by the ACLU.
The hospital stated that Lesama-Santos could restart the process for requesting a liver transplant “when your situation has changed and you meet the above requirements.”
On the same day the ACLU released its statement — and called for the hospital to change its rules — OHSU terminated its policy barring illegal immigrants from receiving transplants.
“It was brought to our attention this evening that an archaic transplant policy was preventing an undocumented individual illegal alien from being evaluated at OHSU,” a hospital statement read. “Upon learning of the policy, OHSU leaders acted immediately and terminated the policy. We deeply regret the pain this has caused the family.”
The hospital said that “all are welcome at OHSU, and this policy does not reflect our values.”
“The OHSU transplant team is informing the family of our change in policy… OHSU’s legal team has begun a system-wide audit to ensure no other such policies exist,” the statement read.
A GoFundMe account(seeking $10,000) created by Lesama-Santos’ oldest son said that his mother will start “the transplant process,” which an ACLU spokesperson confirmed to OregonLive.com on Wednesday.
Lesama-Santos was reportedly accepted to undergo the transplant at a Seattle hospital, but the ACLU said it’s unclear whether she’s healthy enough to travel to Washington, or to even get the transplant in Portland.
h/t Laura
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North Carolina fire department loses funds over Confederate flag

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Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department photo from Facebook


From Fox News: A fire department in North Carolina stands to lose at least $19,000 because of its refusal to remove a Confederate flag from its property. 
The Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department has been flying the Confederate flag in front of the fire station for years. Firefighters say it represents history and heritage, not racism. 
“The flag is not hurting a thing,” Lee Hudson, with the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department, told WFMY. “We are not a racist department. We are not in any way. Members or the department as a whole.”
Montgomery County Commissioners (click on link to contact them), however, disagree.
“The Board of Commissioners stated their position, that they did think the flag was inappropriate and requested for the fire department to take it down,” Montgomery County Manager Matthew Woodard (click on link to contact Mr. Woodard) told WFMY.
The Board of Commissioners sent firefighters a letter last week saying that they will withhold funding for the department until it takes down the flag.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department gets $19,000 a year from Montgomery County, plus $400,000 annually for fire trucks. The department was organized as a non-profit corporation in 1983.
Firefighters said they do not plan on removing the Confederate flag any time soon.
“We would love to work with the county and for them to support us,” said Hudson. “But, we’re not going to move on the issue of taking down the flag.”
I found a GoFundMe page for the volunteer fire department. From the page:
“Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department is a small rural fire department located in the middle of the Uwharrie National Forrest.  We have served our community and surrounding communities since 1983.  The departments volunteers have families, jobs, and are active in local churches.  We have 3 fundraisers per year to obtain the necessary funds to provide first response operations to our community and surrounding fire districts.  The restriction the county has placed on our funds makes the burden that the volunteers carry that much heavier.  All donations received will go towards continued operations, firefighting equipment and turn out gear for the volunteers.  The UVFD has always been heavily supported by its community and would like to say thank you for all of your support.  The support the Fire Dept. has received during the recent days has been overwhelming and encouraging not only from our local residents but those from other states as well.
We will continue to serve our community regardless of the restrictions placed upon us.”
If you’d like to donate, go here.
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YouCaring Crowdfunding Site Removes Page Raising Money for Louisiana Police to Sue BLM Protesters

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YouCaring founders: Brock Ketcher, Naomi Ketcher and Luke Miner

They are a private company and allowed to set their own guidelines. Yet in typical progressive form, their hypocrisy shows in what they say and actually do (see note at the bottom).
From Yahoo: Crowdfunding website YouCaring has withdrawn a campaign to raise money for police lawsuits against the Black Lives Matter protest movement, on the grounds the page did not promote harmony.
The online fundraiser, set up by personal injury lawyer Donna Grodner, was intended to raise money for lawsuits she has filed against Black Lives Matter on behalf of Baton Rouge police officers.
The Louisiana litigator has filed two federal cases on behalf of police against the movement and its leaders Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie. The page aimed at raising $20,000 before it was taken down, PBS reported.
YouCaring, a free crowdfunding service, has been used by families and individuals across the U.S. over the past year to raise money for everything from medical bills to replacing flood-damaged property. It has also supported different local and national Black Lives Matter campaigns.
However, YouCaring has said it is not the right platform for Grodner’s page, removing it Sunday.
“In alignment with our mission, we removed this fundraiser because it was not within our community guidelines around promoting harmony,” YouCaring chief marketing officer Maly Ly told the NewsHour Weekend in an email.
“We are not the right platform to air grievances, or engage in contentious disputes or controversial public opinion,” she added.
The first lawsuit pertains to an incident on July 5, 2016, in which an officer, who filed the complaint anonymously, was hit by debris in a protest during a “Weekend of Rage.” The protests followed the shooting of a black man, Alton Sterling, by local white police.
CNN reported that the second lawsuit relates to a July 17, 2016, attack by gunman Gavin Long where two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy died. The shooting also wounded two deputies and an officer.
The suit alleges Black Lives Matter and its leaders are responsible for the injuries because they “incited violence against police in retaliation for the death of black men shot by police,” and “did nothing to dissuade the ongoing violence and injury to police.”
“In fact, they justified the violence as necessary to the movement and war,” the complaint says.
The legal team for the two cases has also created a GoFundMe page to raise money for expenses on the two cases. GoFundMe did not return a request for comment on the page.


YouCaring is not the right platform to “engage in controversial public opinion?”
Then why are they allowing this: “BLM Cambridge Summer 2017 Action Plan & Fundraiser?”
And if you search “Black Lives Matter” on YouCaring, you will get 49 results for that search item. But “harmony” or something like that…
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This is socialized medicine: UK parents not allowed to take their son to the US for treatment

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The parents must let their child “die with dignity.”
From Daily Mail: Members of Charlie Gard’s army of supporters across the globe have expressed their grief as his parents prepare for his life support to be turned off today (Friday).
People all over the world have been using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlieGard’ to celebrate the ten-month-old’s life before it is ended by his doctors later.
Connie Yates and Chris Gard are at their son’s bedside in Great Ormond Street Hospital today as he enters his final hours.
But they continue to receive unwavering support from thousands who donated £1.4million towards the treatment denied to him. 
His parents are believed to be Catholic and their unwell son was photographed recently clutching a St. Jude pendant – the patron saint of lost causes.
As a result his plight has had mass press coverage in Italy and even reached the Vatican where Pope Francis was asked to pray for Charlie.  Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pope’s Pontifical Academy for Life was quoted as saying: ‘We should never act with the deliberate intention to end a human life, including the removal of nutrition and hydration, so that death might be achieved’.
Catholic groups across called the decision to end Charlie’s care ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘draconian’ with vigils held for the little British boy in various Italian cities last night.
And in Britain others have taken to Twitter to vent their anger at Great Ormond Street with some promising to end their charitable donations over their treatment of Charlie. 
Connie Yates and Chris Gard told MailOnline yesterday that his ‘heartless’ doctors who have refused to let him come home to die today.
The couple’s ‘final wish’ for Charlie has been blocked and his mother Connie said in a video for MailOnline: ‘We promised our little boy every single day that we would take him home’.
Mr. Gard added: ‘We want to give him a bath at home, put him in a cot which he has never slept in but we are now being denied that. We know what day our son is going to die but don’t get a say in how that will happen.’
They have also released a heartbreaking photograph of them lying with Charlie between them and said they were ‘spending our last precious hours with our baby boy’.
And they also the so-called ‘Charlie’s Army’ who donated £1.4million for the US treatment being denied to him and told them: ‘Charlie will die tomorrow knowing that he was loved by thousands – thank you to everyone for all your support’.
The couple have also accused Great Ormond Street of trying to ‘rush’ his death despite promises they would have the time they needed to say goodbye to their only son.  
Connie Yates and Chris Gard had battled to take their son, who has a rare genetic condition, to undergo experimental treatment in the US. But earlier this week they reached the very end of their legal battle after the European Court of Human Rights backed British doctors who said it would be kinder to let the ten month old die. 
In a heartbreaking video taken in the hospital room where they have lived since their son was admitted to hospital last year, the couple open their hearts speaking for the first time since they were told the European Court verdict.
Ms. Yates said:  ‘We’ve been talking about what palliative care meant. One option was to let Charlie go home to die. We chose to take Charlie home to die. That is our last wish. We promised our little boy every single day that we would take him home.’
His father Chris, 32, said: ‘Our parental rights have been stripped away. We can’t even take our own son home to die. We’ve been denied that. Our final wish if it all went against us can we take our little boy home to die and we are not allowed. They even said no to a hospice.
The couple, who have previously lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, claim they also asked doctors to allow them a final weekend with Charlie but say this request has been denied. ‘We begged them to give us the weekend,’ Ms Yates said, ‘Friends and family wanted to come and see Charlie for the last time. But now there isn’t even time for that. Doctors said they would not rush to turn off his ventilator but we are being rushed. Not only are we not allowed to take our son to an expert hospital to save his life, we also can’t choose how or when our son dies.
The couple say they also offered to pay privately for their son to be transported on a mobile ventilator to their flat in Bedfond, southwest London, in order to spend a few last precious hours with him.
Connie Yates, 31, has indicated that the £1.3m raised for Charlie will be used to save other children and a foundation could be set up in his name.  Miss Yates said in April: ‘A few people have asked us what we’ll do if we don’t win the court case.  We have thought long and hard about it and we would set up a charity for mitochondrial depletion syndromes (there are others that are more common than Charlie’s specific gene)’, she said in a statement which was posted on the website but has now been taken down.
‘We’d like to save other babies and children because these medications have been proven to work and we honestly have so much belief in them. If Charlie doesn’t get this chance, we will make sure that other innocent babies and children will be saved. We would like some of it to go to research at the specific hospital that is willing to treat Charlie, and the rest will be available to help other families to get the medication that their children desperately need. We hope that you can all support us in making treatments available so that nobody else ever has to go through what we have.
GoFundMe said officials would also have discussions with Charlie’s parents about what would happen to money raised for treatment.
But Connie said: ‘Even though we offered to pay for him to be transported back home, doctors have now told us he must die in hospital. We offered to pay for transport privately but that’s not an option.’
A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: ‘As with all of our patients, we are not able to and nor will we discuss these specific details of care. This is a very distressing situation for Charlie’s parents and all the staff involved and our focus remains with them.’
Read the rest of the story here.
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FOTM reader Steven Broiles needs your help

UPDATE:
As of 5:45 a.m. this morning, less than 24 hours after this post was published, Steve’s Emergency Rent Fund drive has reached the goal of $3,000! Thank you to all who donated your hard-earned dollars to help Steven Broiles in his time of crisis. May God bless you and your loved ones most abundantly!
“Be kind, be kind, and you will become a saint!” -St. Vincent de Paul

Steven Broiles, a NYC cab-driver and former school teacher, is a longtime reader and regular commentator on Fellowship of the Minds.
Steven is experiencing some financial troubles and is behind in paying the rent on his room in a boarding house. He had tried but failed at obtaining an emergency loan from the government’s welfare agency. Upon my suggestion, he just set up a Steve’s Emergency Rent Fund appeal on GoFundMe.
Here’s his statement:

Steven BroilesMy name is Steve Broiles and I rent two rooms in a boarding house in Long Island City, New York. I drive a cab for a living.
In December of last year, I experienced a crisis with my employment situation. Business crashed for a good two months and I panicked. The back rent for my two rooms added up. I went to a limousine company that promised me the moon and didn’t deliver.
I owe five and a half months on my storage room, which I am going to give up. I also owe two months on the room I live in.
I am not a lazy bum. I work hard, driving the streets of Manhattan for ten or more hours a day, six days a week. My landlady has been very patient, but she has her problems and bills to pay too. At the age of 60 I am very grateful to God for my good health, but I am slowing down.
If you could donate a few dollars, and ask your Go Fund Me-friendly friends and associates to do the same, I would really be grateful. I will post my gratitude and reports on my Facebook page, and I will donate any funds I receive over and above my goal to a non-religious and non-political charity. I am single, never married, and on my own: my brothers are not in a position to assist me, as they are both retired and one is on disability.
Thank You so much and God Bless You.

As Conservatives, we believe in private charity. As Christians, we believe and practice our Lord Jesus Christ’s injunction to “love your neighbor”. If everyone of FOTM‘s more than 6,000 subscribers donate $5, we’ll quickly reach a total needed for Steve to pay his rent due.
I would not ask you to donate if I hadn’t already donated. To donate to Steve’s Emergency Rent Fund, click here.
Thank you and God bless you for your kindness!
~Eowyn

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