Vol 1. No. 25.Baltimore, MD  Fri August 29th 2014GIVING YOU THE NEWS THE MSM IGNORES 
Our Contributors:
Comments:
Categories


O's pad lead in AL East, capture series from Rays
J.J. Hardy drove in the go-ahead run in the Orioles' 5-4 win against the Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

Jones swipes home in O's double steal vs. Rays
To tie the game with the Rays at 2 in the bottom of the first inning on Thursday the O's turned to some small ball and Adam Jones was credited with a steal of home.

Chen, Gausman optioned, but won't miss a start
Both Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman, who have Minor League options remaining, were sent down after their last start -- on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively -- to give the O's another position player.

O's add bench depth by promoting Paredes
Baltimore recalled infielder Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday as the corresponding move for Kevin Gausman having been optioned to the Gulf Coast League Orioles after Wednesday's game.

Gausman optioned, but will return for next start
After an outing that tied the shortest start of his career in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Rays, Kevin Gausman is heading for another brief stint in the Minors -- but it's not because of his performance. Like the Orioles' decision to option Wei-Yin Chen earlier in the day, this move is made with the intention of maximizing every roster spot until September callups.

State pulls $30 million from rail facility project in major victory for community activists
Cargo transfer operation considered critical for growth of port, has been in works but stalled for years

State officials have abandoned plans for a rail cargo facility in an economically depressed corner of West Baltimore, amid vocal opposition from residents and diminishing political will.








Sylvia 'Cookie' Harris, advocate, wife of congressman, dies unexpectedly
She was a frequent presence in Annapolis for her causes, lawmakers say

Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, the wife of Rep. Andy Harris and a prominent anti-abortion advocate in Annapolis, died suddenly on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the congressman said.








Officials in Md., Va. investigate report that 164 voted in both states
Following report by conservative groups, Fairfax County elections board says it found evidence in 17 cases

The State Board of Elections has alerted the Office of the State Prosecutor to a report that 164 people voted in both Maryland and Virginia in the November 2012 presidential election, in violation of the law.








Feds say drug-sniffing dog with faked credentials may have been trained
Prosecutors are seeking $122,000 seized at BWI Airport

Federal prosecutors pursuing a drug money case based in part on a police dog whose certification has been questioned said in court filings this week that the dog might actually have been properly trained.


Auditors urge better tracking of public defender clients
Review finds office continues to face cost overruns and heavy workloads

A new state audit says Maryland's public defender's office is failing to properly document whether its clients are poor enough to need its help.







Comments about Baltimore Reporter:

Perhaps the best part of blogging or the internet in general is the occasional discovery of something unexpected.Over on Baltimore Reporter and Conservative Thoughts is a great and thought provoking article by Robert Farrow.I hope you will follow this link and read this great post.

from conservativecontracts.com


I love your blog

Once again - as happens so often - I have been positioned here on the living room couch, immersed in your blog. You are better than Fox News.

Kevin Dayhoff



Awards and Rankings:

Voted one of the best local blogs:
Baltimore Examiner: 2006



Voted Top 10 most influential blog in Maryland in 2007.
Blog Net News



ElseWhere
Other sites I write for:
Flopping Aces
and Red Maryland

Want to help?
Baltimore Reporter is looking for writers to help counter the biased media. Email us if interested.

My Count Since 10/11/07
~ 15062 ~
Site Meter

.

   

11/30/2012

Prison Fellowship Ministries Up To Old Direct Mail Antics
Filed under: — Frederick @ 6:35 pm

One can tell the holidays that herald the conclusion of the year (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) are upon us.

Most can tell this by the crispness in the air or from the days growing noticeably shorter.

However, if your name and address has made it into the databases of Christian Evangelical direct marketing, you may also know Christmas time is coming because of an annual appeal received from Prison Fellowship Ministries on behalf of the organization’s Angel Tree Project.

In most instances, those that send Christmas cards tooting their own horns at least have the decency to change up the content each year.

The same cannot be said of the part of the Angel Tree Project appeal designed to guilt recipients into compliance.

Contained with the mailing is what the unsuspecting will perceive as a handwritten message from a convict begging for a gift for his daughter.

According to the letter, there was still nine years left on the inmate’s sentence and he would not be able to play a role in his daughter’s life for nearly an entire decade.

However, since at least 2005 and perhaps even as far back as 2003, Prison Fellowship has been sending the exact same note.

As such, shouldn’t “Richard” (if that is even his name) nearly be ready for release if he has not already departed the Big House? It is 2012, after all.

It’s bad enough for Prison Fellowship to solicit for the organization’s campaign in such a manner as to make those receiving the appeal seem guilty because those perpetrating any variety of criminal deeds have been incarcerated for violating the law.

You’d think that Prison Fellowship could at least exhibit the decency to feature a different jailbird each year still in need of the ministry’s services.

by Frederick Meekins

Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.







Search

 
Baltimore Weather

Current Conditions:
Fair, 64 F
TheCaffeinatedMind.com
Are we a finished product?
Yes - we are what we are.
No - we are progressively changing based on society.
No - we are progressively changing based on evolution.
No - but evolution does not factor in the progression of the conscious mind


View results
Version 2.03
FACING UP TO THE
Nation's Finances
National Debt Clock

Ravens run over Saints 22-13 (The Associated Press)
To Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, finishing the preseason perfect mattered. Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Kicker Justin Tucker was among the few Ravens regulars who did not get the night off for the final exhibition game, and his performance was also one of the reasons the Ravens closed out their four-game exhibition slate without a loss. ''The thing that I love about these four preseason games is that guys work so hard,'' Harbaugh said.

Game roundup: Manziel solid in Browns' victory (The SportsXchange)
Brian Hoyer looked sharp and rookie Johnnie Manziel connected for a touchdown as the Cleveland Browns rolled past the Chicago Bears 33-13 on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium. Hoyer went 6-for-8 and looked confident as he drove the Browns to a first-quarter score. In the second quarter, he led the Browns on a five-play 80-yard drive, which was capped by a one-yard TD pass to Jim Dray. Manziel finished 6 of 17 for 83 yards and no interceptions.

Public shaming of NFL commish Roger Goodell shows power, pitfalls of social media (Yahoo Sports)
All sports bosses are now held accountable by the public (including athletes on social media) in an unprecedented way. Commissioners are expected to be transparent in a refreshing way. But that transparency has its risks.

NFL roundup: Goodell toughens stance on domestic violence (The SportsXchange)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a dramatic new domestic violence policy for the league Thursday, admitting "I didn't get it right" with Ray Rice. The measures were announced in a letter to all team owners and come after widespread criticism and a social media firestorm that Goodell absorbed following his handling of discipline for the Baltimore Ravens running back. A first offense under the new domestic violence policy calls for a six-game suspension, while a second offense would result in a lifetime ban. The two-game suspension for Rice left many with the impression that the NFL did not take domestic violence seriously as a crime.

NFL, under public pressure, toughens domestic violence bans (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Football League, stung by a public uproar from critics who said it was too lenient on a player accused of assaulting his fiancée, on Thursday announced stricter domestic violence penalties. Players will now receive a six-game ban for a first-time violation of the league's policy and an indefinite ban for a second violation, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to team owners obtained by Reuters. Goodell did not mention Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice by name, but apologized for how the league handled his suspension. Women's and family groups blasted the NFL after it suspended Rice for only two games in July for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee and now wife.

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans (The Associated Press)
Acknowledging he ''didn't get it right'' with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator. ''My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. The NFL suspended six players for one game each, and Rice was the second player to be suspended for two games.

Goodell apologizes, toughens domestic abuse policy (AFP)
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for domestic violence Thursday, including potential life bans for repeat offenders, and apologized for issuing a weak abuse penalty last month. In a letter to team owners outlining revisions to the NFL's personal conduct policy, Goodell said that violations regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault involving physical force will bring a six-game ban without pay and a second offense will bring a minimum one-year ban from the NFL. The moves come after criticism of Goodell's handling of the domestic violence case involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Goodell admits Rice mistake in laying out new policy (The SportsXchange)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a dramatic new domestic violence policy for the league Thursday, admitting "I didn't get it right" with Ray Rice. The measures were announced in a letter to all team owners and come after widespread criticism and a social media firestorm that Goodell absorbed following his handling of discipline for the Baltimore Ravens running back. A first offense under the new domestic violence policy calls for a six-game suspension, while a second offense would result in a lifetime ban. The two-game suspension for Rice left many with the impression that the NFL did not take domestic violence seriously as a crime.

AP source: Gordon wants to play in CFL but can't (The Associated Press)
Josh Gordon can't run a deep pass route into Canada and play. The Cleveland Browns' suspended star wide receiver wanted to play in the Canadian Football League during his indefinite suspension, but CFL rules prohibit him from doing so. Gordon, whose season-long suspension by the NFL was upheld on Wednesday, asked the Browns for permission to play for the Calgary Stampeders, a person familiar with the Pro Bowler's situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. CFL spokesman Jamie Dykstra said the only way Gordon could play in the league is if he was released by the Browns and became a free agent.

Champ Bailey's role unclear as Saints host Ravens (The Associated Press)
After playing at an elite level for more than a decade, cornerback Champ Bailey enters the final game of the 2014 preseason with little certainty about what kind of role he might fill in the Saints' secondary. He is healthy enough to play against Baltimore on Thursday night, but coaches may still decide the Saints' long-term interests would be better served by sitting Bailey out to ensure he's healthy when the games start counting in the standings. Bailey probably needs more time in the field in the preseason if he wants a legitimate chance to start against the Falcons to open the regular season on Sept. 7, but even he acknowledged, ''I've just got to make sure my body feels good before I step out there in Atlanta.'' Either way, Bailey said his designation as a starter or backup won't affect his approach. Regardless of how much I'm playing, I'm always out there competing like I'm the starter or going to be.'' After Bailey was let go by Denver last offseason, the Saints brought him in, hoping his experience would help a young secondary, and they he'd be healthy enough to continue being effective for another season.

Team Report - BALTIMORE RAVENS (The SportsXchange)
Smith set to prove he can still play at high level

Team Report - DALLAS COWBOYS (The SportsXchange)
Cowboys ragged, Romo roughed up in dress rehearsal
Maryland News
Links To Others
Maryland Blogger Alliance

National News
Support the Baltimore Reporter. Buy a C.D.



Thank You












Advertise with Us!
Baltimore Reporter is looking for advertisers to help keep this site going. Email us here.
]
Please ignore the screen cleaner!