Sunday, August 30, 2015

UPDATE2: Adrian tweeted out a bunch of things that say the same things:

 

 

 

In text:

Journalism 101:

1. My uncle and I never owned a Foundation Credit Card

2. ESPN contacted the CORRECT Foundation to clarify issues

3. ESPN found:STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART based in California confirms receiving donations, NOT S.F.T.H based in Maryland. A Fired CPA incorrectly listed MD but ESPN followed up by contacting the CORRECT Foundation.

4. California Straight From the Heart confirmed receiving donations!!!

5. East Texas Food Bank confirmed donation received. North Texas was incorrectly listed on 990 by a firm later fired by the Foundation (ESPN reporter confirmed.)

6. Make headlines by calling something an orgy (even though it was not) and incorrectly saying a Foundation card was used even though my uncle and I never owned one. ( All Day INC is TOTALLY different entity than the A.P. All Day Foundation)

7. Do not retract the false allegation because everyone believes the false allegation because it was printed first.

8. Do not repost the ESPN story from August when I admist I was promiscuous made mistakes and had to change my ways.

9. Instead Repost the story about fathering children out of wedlock..creates more  buzz and retweets.

10. I guess never let the truth get in the way of a good story

11. Take time to GREAT and get it right  .

As a commenter below notes, you can find the 990 forms online. Here’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 2012-2013 are not online anywhere after incorporating under Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

The Employee Identification Numbers for the “Straight from the Heart Ministries” in the 2008 and 2010 forms returns Victory Christian Center of the Desert from Rancho Mirage, CA (not the Maryland group whose address is listed) but the 2011 form includes the EIN for an organization recognized as “Straight from the Heart Ministries”.

For what it’s worth, the PO Box address for Straight from the Heart Ministries is listed as P.O. Box 905. Randallstown, MD—not the one listed in any of the donation forms.

Bill Horn, also listed as William Horn in the documents, is known outside of that ESPN report to be involved in a ministry called “Straight from the Heart”, written about here. On the 990s, he is the treasurer.

I don’t really have a reason to not take the word of Bruce Richman, but for what it’s worth, I could not find the All Day Foundation in the list of charities supported by the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but that’s less intriguing than it sounds, because it mostly lists either direct partners or organizations it’s donated to, not organizations that are their clients, which is what this sounds like.

Bruce Richman is not an employee of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but his own Inspired Philanthropy group, at this website.

I imagine this incorporation is the reason we cannot not find post-2011 tax filings for the foundation. I looked at the 2012-2013 tax filings for the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but did not see mention of the All Day Foundation (again, not definitive proof of anything one way or the other).

Before the All Day Foundation’s website was taken down, you can find evidence of them giving to groups and those groups receiving the donations, through press releases released by those groups. That includes Cornerstone Minnesota (a domestic violence resource center), Team Rubicon (a group that organizes military veterans to volunteer for disaster relief), and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which lists a donation from the All Day Foundation in their 990 forms (the other two do not, because they blacked out all their contributors, but acknowledge the foundation in press releases).

So that’s where we are. Original story and PFT story below

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The Minnesota Vikings have passed the quarter-pole and then some, but with a short week, it would be difficult to get a comprehensive statistical review of how the Vikings quarterbacks have performed. Regardless, it’s not as if there is a large enough sample size for any of the involved statistics for rigorous analysis, but enough to get an idea of where the Vikings are and what places might need to be fixed.

More than most other positions, the quarterbacks are difficult to really grab a hold of. Most good quarterback statistics become stable around 200 passing attempts, and no one on the roster is even close to that. What can increase the ability to find the “true” ability of the quarterbacks is to modify for opponent strength.

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Teddy Bridgewater has thrown against the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, while Matt Cassel (theoretically not on the team because of his injury) has thrown against the Saints, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. Christian Ponder has thrown against the Green Bay Packers. Given their performances against those teams, their performances look as follows (ALL non-proprietary scores are modified for opponent, so they are not the same as the box scores found after the games):

Opponent-Adjusted Quarterback Statistics
QB CMP% TD% INT% NYA ANYA Rate Efficiency PFF WPA/G EPA/P SR DVOA
Teddy Bridgewater 61.6 1.2 1.2 7.5 7.1 85.2 95.6 1.5 0.31 0.32 50.0 14.2
Matt Cassel 56.6 3.6 5.1 5.1 3.5 68.1 88.0 -7.5 -0.01 -0.04 39.8 -40.6
Christian Ponder 59.6 -0.4 1.8 5.4 4.5 71.5 87.2 -4.4 -0.06 -0.29 34.1 N/A

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Defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested last night for trespassing and disorderly conduct, according to James Monical. The Vikings have released a statement saying they are looking into the matter.

Brian Hall meant that he was released from custody at 10:00, not from the Vikings.

The arrest is not a significant one—he didn’t hurt anyone—but it comes at a time when the Vikings are dealing with a bevy of issues on their own without Johnson’s help (though releasing Jerome Simpson certainly eased the pain of dealing with that headache).

It’s not a big enough issue to warrant his release, and at any rate, Johnson has been playing better than any other defensive tackle on the team. It’s not just clear from watching on game day, the statistics and third-party grades back it up. He officially has two sacks, a forced fumble and six tackles, and Pro Football Focus agrees with those stats.

Though Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph have more tackles (seven and ten, respectively), they did it on twice as many snaps. Further, they have fewer sacks, hits and hurries. Johnson’s tackles were also all defensive successes, stopping the offense from getting what they wanted. He leads the DTs in PFF grade (+2.9), and ranks 20th overall of all DTs who qualify, according to PFF.

Again, not a big deal. Just annoying.

 

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In order to make room last night for quarterback Chandler Harnish, the Vikings waived Rodney Smith, who was subject to the waiver process and could be claimed by any team. The Browns submitted a waiver claim and were awarded Rodney Smith, meaning that the Vikings will have to look elsewhere to fill their final two practice squad spots (or one, assuming Harnish is signed to the practice squad).

The Browns waived receiver Laron Byrd to make room for Smith.

This means that the Vikings functionally swapped tall receivers with the Browns, because the Vikings recently signed Charles Johnson off of Cleveland’s practice squad.

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The Vikings have announced that they have waived Chandler Harnish and signed Zach Line to the active roster from the practice squad. Their statement:

On Friday the Vikings announced that the club has waived QB Chandler Harnish, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad yesterday, and signed FB Zach Line to the active roster from the practice squad.

There are now two practice squad spots, presumably to sign Harnish and maybe Rodney Smith, depending on whether or not he cleared waivers. No word on that yet.

This likely means that Teddy Bridgewater is fine (which we expected). Now the Vikings are back to two fullbacks.

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