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Governor Rendell lied to taxpayers about the cost of his religiously based child scavenging raid

Been meaning to mention this here for a few days now. By way of a brief refresher overview on the Rendells’ Raid, readers may want to refer back to this piece from my earlier post Haiti series- “It is madness. It is insane…” Bribes, Bullies, and Traffickers extract kids, Part 4: Kids not in an […]

the raw unvarnished audacity of of the (missionary) adoption mindset

Has this whole spectacle of the New Lifer’s arrests in Haiti and the ensuing international incident taught the people involved any kind of lesson, led to any form of remorse (other than their remorse at being caught red-handed), or dissuaded them from their current intended course of actions? Apparently not. By way of keeping this […]

Laura Silsby’s pipedreams of a future in the child containment industry

I wanted to highlight a comment I just received to this post as it brings out some of broader themes I’ve been trying to find time to write to. The Wall Street Journal article Teresa references below concerning Laura’s Silsby’s apparent previous attempt at building a complex in Kuna, Idaho for runaway youth via Idaho […]

Central Valley Baptist Church used its tax status for donations for Laura Silsby’s New Life mission

It has been apparent for some time now that  the “New Life Children Refuge” Laura Silsby and the teams in Haiti and the Dominican Republic were working on didn’t just magically spring into being. It was a project built upon church networks, and supported financially by churches and the members thereof. In this post, I’m […]

Was the Silsby team’s current lawyer in Haiti, Aviol Fleurant, arranged by Jorge Puello?

First, go read this introduction and this, Special Report: Puello Says Other Dominicans Helped Silsby written by Anne-christine d’Adesky on her Haiti Vox blogs. *** Back on Feb 13th, on twitter I posted this intriguing observation from the linked article- via @TriniWarao “He helped us find the lawyer we have now” Detained Americans seek distance […]

Bastardette’s series of posts on Jorge Torres Puello/Jorge Torres Orellana & the Dominican Republic end of the team

In all the insanity surrounding the Haitian mess, I haven’t had time to really scratch the surface of the Jorge Puello story beyond the initial post I wrote as the trafficking allegations against Puello first came to light: NYT- El Salvador Investigates Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti (Jorge Puello) While I’ve been following it […]

Haiti fails its children, releases 8 Child Scavengers on nothing more than their (worthless) word

See 8 Americans detained in Haiti freed on bail, 2 others to remain as but one of no doubt what will become an avalanche of coverage. Laura Silsby and  Charisa Coulter remain in custody, they: will remain in Haiti because the judge wants to determine why they traveled to Haiti on an earlier trip before […]

The 73 Haitian kids deserve genuine justice, not a premature release of the scavengers

Let’s pull all the way out to the wide focus for a moment by way of a starting place. All of the writing and detail work I have been writing over the past month about the situation in Haiti is due to the fact that this is a Bastard blog, written in Bastard voice about […]

NYT- El Salvador Investigates Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti (Jorge Puello)

And just when you thought this mess couldn’t get much more convoluted? Along comes  Jorge Puello. El Salvador Investigates Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti The police in El Salvador have begun an investigation into whether a man suspected of leading a trafficking ring involving Central American and Caribbean women and girls is also a […]

The 3 additional American members (on the Dominican Republic side of the border) of the 10 arrested American missionary scavengers’ team

I wanted to put up at least a brief post tonight about the other baptist missionaries who were also part of the child extraction effort, but not arrested as they were in the Dominican Republic working out the details of where to put the kids once they arrived on that side of the border. There […]