“The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the saying goes. There is great power in our words. Words can expose darkness, destroy reputations, or inspire a generation. Words can tear down and they can build up.
Welcome to Real News Spark. Our goal is to provide news, real news that has been investigated and vetted, which sparks the readers – you – to make a difference in the world around you. Continue reading Real News Spark – Real News that Sparks People to Make a Difference
Family Rights advocates from many groups all around the nation are heading to Washington, DC, for a rally at the Washington Monument on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
The Family Rights Rally–The Children’s Movement–is sponsored by the Family Forward Project, a national group dedicated to families. According to a press release, the mission of the rally is “to UNIFY all platforms across the nation to make one major statement and demand REFORM. Many people are speaking out and drawing attention to the INJUSTICE through Child Welfare. TIME FOR CHANGE.” Continue reading Parents and Advocates Unite to Rally for Children in DC
When a person commits heinous crimes, it should come as no surprise when a criminal court sentences them and they lose many of their rights. However, when a person is injured in an accident, develops an impairment, or simply grows older, they too can lose many, even most, of their basic human rights under a probate court. Continue reading Forbidden: Basic Human Rights Denied Under Guardianship
In America, a judge can determine a person to be incapacitated and take away their civil liberties with shockingly little evidence. A judge can also ignore a power of attorney or health care directive and appoint a person of their choosing instead. A guardian can liquidate property and belongings and take percentage of the proceeds as a commission. The guardian can also isolate their ward (victim) from friends and family.
My mom and I did not seek assistance from the Jefferson County Probate Court, but that didn’t stop them from taking charge of her life. Continue reading An Alabama Probate Judge Gave My Mother a Life Sentence
Imagine a situation in which someone you love is abducted. You may or may not know where they are, but you are powerless to free them. The captor takes their money by getting into their bank account and investments, changing insurance policies and trusts to the benefit of the captor. The captor drugs the loved one into oblivion and forbids them to have contact with friends or family members.
If all this was done by a masked thug, law enforcement would jump into action, and the person reporting such a crime might even be hailed a hero.
However, if the perpetrator of such actions does so through manipulation of the probate or civil court system, it is business as usual. No one bats an eye if the victim is declared by the court to be an “incapacitated person” in need of a guardian, whether the allegation is true or not.
Worse, there is often swift retaliation against anyone speaking up for these hidden victims of guardianship abuse. Such bullying tactics are so common that they are considered to be part of the standard “playbook” used by the perpetrators of guardianship abuse through local probate courts. Continue reading Guardianship Abuse Playbook – Retaliation Against Those Who Dare to Speak Up
A probate judge appointed a stranger as Marguerite Caddis’ guardian, and she was forced into a nursing home against her will. By the time the courts were finished with the Caddis estate, there was $3.76 left, to be divided equally between her three daughters. Continue reading Protected: Caddis Family — More Victims of Alabama Probate Court
Joann Bashinsky was well-known for her selfless generosity and philanthropy. She was heiress to the sizable Golden Flake potato chips fortune. She had fame, fortune, friends, and a good heart. Yet, none of that was enough to protect her from becoming still another victim of elder abuse via the manipulation of guardianship and conservatorship laws. Sadly, she spent her final year and a half on earth fighting a fierce battle for the simplest thing — control over her own life. Continue reading Joann Bashinsky Golden Flake Heiress – Her Legacy: Stop Guardianship Abuse
History books will record January 6, 2021, as a day unlike any other before or since. I was there, in Washington DC. I heard President Donald J. Trump’s speech, and I walked to the Capitol with throngs of people. At the time, many of us were unaware that this was any more than another march or patriotic rally. Like the rest of the world, I was horrified later at the news that there was violence at the Capitol resulting in injuries and death. That was not why I went to DC. Nor was it the reason that any other person that I personally know went. This is not who we are. Continue reading Violence At the Capitol – This Is Not Who We Are
In this summer of riots and lockdowns, President Donald Trump has yet again kept his inaugural promise of remembering “the forgotten man.” While the media has kept the world’s focus on dividing and isolating us, President Donald J. Trump has issued an executive order which will have a huge impact on people that have been forced into shadows and ignored by the mainstream media – families who are involved with the child welfare system.
Without fanfare, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children” on June 24, 2020. Family Rights Advocate and attorney Connie Reguli joined host Sallie Elkordy and I last week to discuss the far-reaching ramifications of the historic order for families and children. Continue reading Trump Signs Executive Order on Child Welfare – Huge News for Families
After reassuring Americans yesterday that he wanted to see churches opened up, President Donald Trump took the White House podium this afternoon to declare that it is time for all houses of worship to re-open. His comments were brief, but they embodied the bold leadership that patriotic Americans have seen in Trump.
President Trump pointed out the injustice of the policies enacted by many states in which “some governors have deemed the liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship.”
“It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship ‘essential.'” Continue reading President Trump Calls for Places of Worship to Open Immediately
There is a reason that we say “giving” thanks. The act of thanks-giving is a choice.
It is easy to be thankful when all is right with our world. When we are able to sit down to an abundant feast at a table surrounded by everyone who should be there, gratitude comes easily.
But there are times when life does not feel bountiful. Continue reading Giving Thanks, Even When It Is Hard