|LA City Buzz Is Back: Poverty, Child Sex Crimes, and Gangs in Upcoming Stories
By Kay Ebeling
March 16, 2009
Revived now, we have stories in the works on immigration, hunger, continuing coverage of pedophilia in the Catholic Church and other places, poverty, government neglect, human trafficking, national gangs headquartered in Los Angeles, housing and homelessness, and fraudulent nonprofits, all here at L.A. City Buzz Examiner in the coming months. I'm back, from a short sick leave feeling good enough to hit the keyboard keys with fervor, so expect the usual stream of non-mainstream and we hope provocative stories here at L.A. City Buzz Examiner.
Meanwhile, as a national priority: No organization the size of the Catholic Church should be allowed to operate without oversight in the United States. Their employees have personal contact with children and infuse themselves in families on a spiritual and secret level, the institution takes in millions of dollars a year, often in the form of cash, and has had thousands of its management level employees accused of pedophilia so credibly that the institution has paid out billions of dollars in civil settlements, in those states where lawsuits about child sex abuse are legally possible.
Recently in Connecticut concerned citizens tried to get a bill passed that would have made oversight of finances at Catholic churches a duty of lay people, not the bishops. Days before the first debate on the bill emails and press releases flew out, all powered by Catholic Conference, a lobbying arm of Catholic hierarchy, saying, This bill in Connecticut would is break the church and state clause in the Bill of Rights. (Huh? How does financial oversight of your church interfere with an individual's right to believe in that church?)
Of course the power behind this rash of public statements from the Catholic Conference in Connecticut outweighed the human level parishioners and concerned Americans in Connecticut who had gotten the bill introduced. The first Monday after a weekend of ridiculous claims by Catholic lobbyists distributing their talking points, and undoubtedly a lot of financial pressure on the lawmakers, the bill to provide financial oversight of the Catholic Church in Connecticut was removed from consideration. Just quietly removed. Another victory for the briefcases full of cash that represent the Catholic Church in legal disputes.
The felonious pattern of hiding child sex abuse charges and transferring priests to new parishes is by now old news to the American psyche, or it should be. But the true extent of the conspiracy and felonious activity at the hierarchy level has yet to register, otherwise there would be Senate hearings and federal oversight. I believe once we get this story out in total, the result will be federal oversight of the Church, which is really the only way to prevent this epidemic of pedophilia from happening again.
As for Gangland Crime: LA is headquarters for crack and speed dealing across the nation. We are analyzing the Indictment that was handed down in June and resulted in several gang members going to federal prisons. . . all the activity is headquartered in a small neighborhood in East L.A. watch here for more on the gangs of L.A. and their national influence in upcoming stories.
As for me, it just feels so great when the pain goes away again. I got up dancing this morning.
So pedophiles in the Catholic Church issue will continue to be first priority here at L.A. City Buzz, now that we're revived. I am once again relying on avenging angels as the one pictured here, even as we also cover other topics such as: the upcoming murder trial of Ben Matthew Martin for the murder of John McGraham, a homeless man who lived on an L.A. sidewalk. Martin apparently got out of his friend's car, poured gas all over McGraham just because he was there, lit him on fire and then watched him burn as he ran across Third Street near Vermont in agony, died in a parking lot, leaving little behind but a burned spot and a few personal items.
More to come. . .
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