Poverty Porn & Bogus Charities

By John Farnam

HSUS Fund Raising Scam
HSUS Fund Raising Scam

Defense Training International, Inc
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Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Pious Profanity!

Particularly with CNN and Fox News, I grow weary of endlessly watching “poverty pornography,” pumped over the wire by dubious organizations, sanctimoniously representing themselves as “charities.”

We are treated to interminable disturbing/offensive photos of starving people (including weeping children) shivering animals, all with ever-anguished faces, amid pleading solicitations for money. We never get to know whom these children are, nor where/when photos were taken.

I remember when philanthropist, and one-time presidential candidate, Ross Perot, bitterly lamented that his biggest problem when deciding which professing “charities” he should endow, was finding any of them, even one, who spend money intelligently!

Extracting money from guilt-ridden Americans is big business, and the extraction process has become a goal in itself!

Perot discovered that executives administering many of these ostensible “charities” paid themselves obscene salaries, spent most of their time traveling to “conventions” (always first-class), staying in five-star hotels, and occasional making slobbering speeches about “the poor.”

He concluded, correctly, that most, particularly the biggest, were rackets, doing little more than providing cushy life-styles for their promoters and executives, and cynical solicitation speeches delivered by those same executives are correctly described as “pious profanity!”

One trait shared by all such dubious “charities” is “poverty pornography.” Their TV ads, as described above, are all the same. They imply that your contribution will somehow keep these starving children from starving, will keep these shivering animals from shivering. Curious that every year, especially during the Holiday Season, their TV ads show photos of the same starving children they depicted last year, and the year before! Apparently, these children haven’t aged, and they’re obviously still starving, despite all the money collected!

In this country, it is easy for anyone, any organization, to represent itself as a “charity,” put their poverty porn on TV, and then watch the money roll in!

Such ads upset/disturb many, and insult the intelligence of the rest of us! Legitimate charities are out there, but they seldom advertise on TV!

“No punishment is so terrible as prosperous guilt” ~ WE Channing

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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Texas2Step

My husband and I now research any charity that we consider donating to. You can use the GuideStar site online free for limited information; an inexpensive subscription gets you detailed info. I look at how much is spent on fundraising, executive salaries, funds that are held in reserve and more. Some very good large charities that do very good work have over a billion dollars in reserve, for example, so we would not give to them because they don’t have a real need. With a little research, you can find charitable causes that speak to your heart and will use… Read more »

Dr Dave

My partners and I YEARS ago agreed to treat a set number of Muscular Dystrophy patients and their families for free a whole year. We would handle all of their needs pro bono. Since we were a Medical Dental mixed group that even included braces for the teens and basically everything free of charge The response from the MDA was they appreciated the donation but preferred cash and couldn’t accept the donation as it was too difficult to administer and supervise The donation was estimated to be worth in excess of $250K We stopped donating to ALL charities that year… Read more »

Bob in Florida

My Dad told me about the Red Cross charging the troops during WWII for the cookies and coffee, or the toothbrushes and paste, they handed out – while the Salvation Army just handed them out free!

I’ve seen nothing in more modern times to indicate that pattern has changed.

There are a number of websites that rate the charities on the percentage of their gross receipts that are actually used to support the ones they profess to be helping. Everyone should periodically check those websites to guide their charitable giving.

Colonialgirl

I learned about the crooks of the Red Cross years ago as a high school student. The town had a flood and immediately the Salvation Army was there with a tent and kitchen handing out meals and clothes to those who needed the help; Two days LATER the Red Cross showed up and tried to take over the Salvation Army tent and operation; they got run out of town because the people of Oklahoma were NOT stupid. In the Army stationed in Korea, I and most of my unit refused to donate to the Red Cross because we KNEW they… Read more »

Bandit

I can never donate to the hsus as they are anti gun anti hunting and have proven that they do not even think people should have pets of any kind. Well right now I have three dogs and they are great, there are no starving critters around my place fact, but the fact is we have all seen the pics on TV that show all the cold and starving dogs that are out there, well several years ago it was proven that some of those pics were staged and the hsus had to region all of the TV ads. It… Read more »

Wild Bill

@Bandid, Not all animal relief organizations are crooked that way, but one does have to check them out prior to a donation

Webfoot Logger

My home town had the Red Cross (RC) show up to “help” after a disaster . . . four days after the disaster, after the locals had all of their measures in place and running smoothly.

RC’s main contribution was to try to disrupt the operations bleating that “we’re the experts and you have to do what we say!”

The RC got run out of town, but still tried to pirate donations claiming (falsely) that they were helping.

mhm

This!

This is why I am vehemently opposed to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Scam Artists extraordinaire.

They do not do anything to help Wounded Warriors unless you think a t-shirt is “help”.

Do not support those fing scammers!

robert wilson

The above is why I don’t donate to the American Red Cross. The chief guy makes well over 100K. Contrast that to the Salvation Army, chief guy makes around 15K and a new pair of shoes. Top guy at Disabled American Vets, American Legion, make 0 a year.