WHY I AM VOTING FOR Ike Relief

By: StormJunkie , 8:35 PM GMT on August 03, 2008

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Because at some point the little guys and gals are going to have to take over and start making smart, real time, fiscally responsible decisions. Not only in relief efforts, but in all other aspects of our economy and government as well.

WUBA Hurricane Ike Relief Effort

Ike Relief Update 10-6-08

Afternoon all, the push to continue to keep supplies rolling to the Gulf Coast continues. This morning we shipped out three sets of packages with medical supplies and some cleaning supplies. The first set of two boxes went to the Bridge City Fire Department. It contained burn kits, bandages, first aid kits, Neosoprin, an air splint and more. The second set of boxes went to Eagle Heights Fellowship in Baytown. This is a shelter being run by a local pastor and seems to be one of the few shelters in this area that will remain open for the next four to six weeks. The supplies in these three boxes included CPR kits, first aid kits, disinfectant wipes, gloves, and more. The third set of three boxes were shipped to EmmyRose which she will personally deliver to the San Leon/Baycliff area. They included many of the same items listed above. We have estimated the value of these seven boxes to be between $4000 and $5000 which we shipped for just under $350.

We are also continuing to work with several corporations in order to procure donated goods which have been specifically requested by Chambers, Harris, and Orange Counties. Will continue to update on those efforts after we have solid commitments from each. Over 5,000 square feet of warehouse space has also been donated to us in Atlanta; which will serve as a centrally located distribution point. This will allow us to have corporate donated goods sent to a central location from which they can then be kitted and transported to various distribution points and shelters. A trucker and truck which will pick up and deliver goods for the cost of fuel. With all of this going on we are also entering the next phase of or our push to make Portlight a sustainable entity that will be able to facilitate the needs of the under served, unserved, and forgotten people for years to come. In order to help support this mindset we are beginning a monthly donor program. There will be more on this in the next few days as well as progress on getting supplies in hands; please consider what you may be able to give on a monthly basis. Thanks!

More supplies on the way...


9-27-08 Update
We have now sent four trucks to several areas in Texas including Bridge City, Winnie, and Anahauc. The supplies that have already been delivered include food, drinks, and many other necessities. We have also delivered supplies to the disabilities community in Houston and League City. Thanks to presslord, Rainman32, Nlimbo, Pat, and Icepilot for following through on the deliveries of supplies. Also a big thanks to FLDART1 and Will for providing myself and presslord's wife with an essential escort that allowed us to gain access to normally un-accessible areas as well as putting us in contact with the correct people in the correct communities. Thanks to Emmy and code for the accommodations and food which also helped us conserve travel expenses.

Now a little about my personal experience from being in the area. Many of you may have seen the picture I posted of the Bridge City FD crew looking at my laptop and using my air card. If you have not seen it I suggest you view it and read the caption. Needless to say, this was one of the more emotional experiences of the journey for me. Some of the other things that really spoke to me were the folks in Bridge City talk about how they felt "forgotten" compared to the Houston/Galveston area. Chambers County now has a central distribution center that is delivering supplies to the local distribution centers in Anahuac, Winnie, Oak Island, and soon High Island. Along with working with the Bridge City distribution center we will also be working to get supplies to the centralized distribution center in Chambers County.

Portlight is currently working on meeting some of the needs that were gained through all of our efforts; but we are also working to make sure we get these supplies to the area in the most efficient area. That said, driving truck halfway across the country is not the most effective means to do this. By working with freight lines and utilizing delivery options from the likes of Lowes, Walmart, and other companies we intend to find the most efficient way to meet the needs of the impacted areas. Ensuring that we operate efficiently is critical to making a dollar go as far as it can. At this point we have raised just over $25,000 and we have spent just over $13,000 getting the first four trucks in to the area. These four trucks have delivered between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of supplies. The intent is to continue to pursue and implement this kind of cost effectiveness in all of our efforts.

We are currently working to get more supplies tot he area and will continue to do this as long as the funding is there. We also hope to pursue a toy drive for the kids at Christmas time, but we will update more on this later as we are concentrating on the immediate needs right now.

Thank you all for the support, and more importantly then any one of us, the folks of Texas send their heart felt thanks. Please continue to contribute as you can and also know that we are working on a monthly donor plan in order to continue to provide relief and support to the "forgotten people".



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As most of you know, several WU members are currently working to assist the folks that have been impacted by Hurricane Ike. The goal of this project are to provide assistance and supplies to the folks that are off the beaten path that often do not get the same relief as the mainstream areas. There are many ways to donate and help the folks in Tx and La, and however you feel is appropriate; please help out. If not through this effort, then through many of the others.

Presslord has been kind enough to use a charity that he has run for over 10 years as the face of this effort. The name of the organization is Portlight Strategies, Inc. You can currently donate by check and PayPal. If you send checks, the faster they can get to Portlight the better as we plan to be on the road by the end of the week. All checks should be made payable to:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
MEMO: Hurricane Ike Relief

Or donate through PayPal.



Portlight has sole access and responsibility for all funds.


Portlight Stratagies will be in charge of all funds, and make sure that the supplies and monies get in the hands of those that need it most. They are also working with several entities in South Carolina to raise additional funds.

Here is more on this organization

Portlight Strategies, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit tax exempt organization founded in 1997 for the purpose of providing medical equipment and other services primarily to people with disabilities. This was also the host organization for the Spirit of ADA Torch relay which visited 24 cities in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All funds will be transparently accounted for in a separate dedicated account and posted on Pat's blog and are a matter of public record through the organizations IRS Form 990 which can be reviewed at Charity Navigator or the IRS. For the last 6 years over 90% of all donated funds to this group have gone to direct program services. This can be verified at the South Carolina Secretary of State website: www.scsos.com...click Public Charities and then charity search....enter Portlight

This arrangement serves several purposes:

-all contributions will be tax deductible as allowed by federal law
-all accounting is public record
-No one will have a personal tax liability on the funds
-checks and balances on accountability for all monies received...
-affiliation with a national nonprofit with a proven track record of credibility

Thanks, and please remember it does not matter how you choose to help as long as you help in some fashion.

Truck 1 with medical equipment for the disabilities community and specifically Emmy!



Truck 2 has been delivered to Bridge City and Winnie; truck three plans under way now! Can't really figure out why anyone would want to see PRESS IN A DRESS; but if it gets the third truck to these areas on time, then I don't care why!!!

Pics from truck 2

The ladies of the Charleston Disabilities Resource Center and the best of the best of the Live 5 News Crew! Thanks to both for their assistance!

presslord! What an outstanding gen....ummm...man!


These picture don't even really do justice to what all is on the truck, as well as the things you can; see we have...

Over a hundred bottles of Bug spray
Hand Sanitizer
Baby powder
Palmer's Butter Bottom
LED Flash Lights
Dog & Cat Food
PowerAide
and I am sure there is some other stuff I have forgotten

www.portlight.org

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Winnie-Stowell Distribution Center (StormJunkie)
This distribution center was just set up in the past two days in Winnie. This is where the majority of the supplies went and the community will be able to access them from there.
Winnie-Stowell Distribution Center
Winnie-Stowell Volunteer Fire Station (StormJunkie)
A Florida fireman sits behind supplies that Portlight Strategies delivered to the Winnie-Stowell fire station
Winnie-Stowell Volunteer Fire Station
Winne/Road to Bolivar (StormJunkie)
They look a little hungry. We did see a few rolls of hay up the road, so hopefully food is on the way. Notice all the leaning trees in the background on the left.
Winne/Road to Bolivar
Could not do it... (StormJunkie)
After dropping some supplies at the Bridge City Fire Department, we chatted with the fireman for a little while. One brought up Bolivar. I asked if they really wanted to see the pictures. I sat, and brought up "The short but eventful life of Ike" pictures. As I started to show them the pictures I realized that I could not do it. Showing the pictures, for the first time, to the men and women who have years of family vacation memories was just too much and it was not my place. They are going to have to deal with this as a community for a long time to come. It takes a lot to make me cry.
Could not do it...
Where Bolivar Went (StormJunkie)
The pictures that follow are what can only be debris from Bolivar. There is nothing else in this area that warrants the amount of debris in the next pictures.
Where Bolivar Went
Where Bolivar Went... (StormJunkie)
The pictures speak for themselves...This is where the homes and other items that were on Bolivar Peninsula ended up after Hurricane Ike's massive surge.
Where Bolivar Went...
Where Bolivar Went... (StormJunkie)
The pictures speak for themselves...This is where the homes and other items that were on Bolivar Peninsula ended up after Hurricane Ike's massive surge.
Where Bolivar Went...
Where Bolivar Went... (StormJunkie)
The pictures speak for themselves...This is where the homes and other items that were on Bolivar Peninsula ended up after Hurricane Ike's massive surge.
Where Bolivar Went...
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge (StormJunkie)
The town of Bridge City was inundated with a massive storm surge even though it was far displaced from Ike's landfall point. This speaks to just how massive Ike was. The people of Bridge City, Winnie, and other small towns in Ike's path will need help for a long time to come. www.portlight.org
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge (StormJunkie)
The town of Bridge City was inundated with a massive storm surge even though it was far displaced from Ike's landfall point. This speaks to just how massive Ike was. The people of Bridge City, Winnie, and other small towns in Ike's path will need help for a long time to come. www.portlight.org
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge (StormJunkie)
The town of Bridge City was inundated with a massive storm surge even though it was far displaced from Ike's landfall point. This speaks to just how massive Ike was. The people of Bridge City, Winnie, and other small towns in Ike's path will need help for a long time to come. www.portlight.org
Bridge City in shambles from the Surge
www.campmor.com Donated Goods (StormJunkie)
More free donated goods acquired by Portlight.org in cooperation with www.campmor.com and their vendors for the victims of Hurricane Ike. Boxes seen are filled with these and similar supplies.
www.campmor.com Donated Goods

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467. Beachfoxx
12:27 PM CDT on September 28, 2008
I always am concerned when the Yuc Pen is stirring! LOL

465. WhereIsTheStorm 12:26 PM CDT on September 28, 2008
Back to the weather – Anyone concerned with the system in the Yucatan?
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466. Beachfoxx
12:25 PM CDT on September 28, 2008
NaplesPatty,

What a generous offer! I KNOW the work involved in doing the bookkeeping for non-profits and your offer is truly generous!

Thank you as a supporter for the Relief Efforts!
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465. WhereIsTheStorm
5:24 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
I guess we will all have to sit back and wait until an independent investigation is conducted on PORTLIGHT.ORG. Great!
As far as I can tell we are only talking about around $800 in question. Forget the video game thing, which has already been explained and will be taken care of by PayPal. PayPal does not take kindly to this type of thing and will take care of it from their end.
As all donations have gone to portlight, they will provide an accounting of all transactions to the IkeRelief fund. Presslord will ensure that all transactions will be accounted for as well, since he has been involved with this organization for some time and knows the drill.
All non-profit organizations know how to account for all money spent and if there is ever an investigation they will make sure that all paperwork is filed properly and since there has been a dispute there will be an investigation by some government entity. If anything has been done inappropriately everyone will know about it in time. Honestly I don't think anyone has done anything inappropriately with the money, it comes down to arguing over who has control of the funds.
We will all just have to wait for the outcome, in the meantime, the effort to help those affected by Ike should continue, as they are the ones suffering.
Forget for one moment the bickering that is going on at this time. What Presslord, SJ, Rainman, Iceman, Nimbo, Emmy, and Patrap (I know I may have left some people out and I don't mean to) have done has helped the communities directly affected by Ike and in most cases the people helped had not seen any other assistance before they arrived. I am sure that these people would say thanks for all the assistance provided via the Wubloggers and from the other web communites. These people have all donated their time to this cause, supported by the donations of others, so please don’t disregard these efforts. Loading and driving trucks many miles to devastated area is not an easy thing to do. These people made sure that they were in direct contact with the local authorities to ensure that these donations went to the people that needed it most.
It is shameful that some people want all the credit for this great accomplishment; there really is enough to go around.
Please note: Not everyone who has assisted is asking for any credit at all. They are just happy to have done their part.
So until we know all the facts and I’m sure the facts will come out, speculating on with what little is known is pointless.
Back to the weather – Anyone concerned with the system in the Yucatan?

Portlight
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464. NaplesPatty
1:17 PM EDT on September 28, 2008
What a great relief effort on whoever's part!! StormJunkie, I sent you an e-mail regarding the IRS documentation Portlight Strategies should be keeping track of. I waited to contribute until there was an organization to contribute to. Donations are not deductible unless they are given to Qualified organizations no matter how well documented or well-meaning. I checked Portlight Strategies out on the IRS website and they are a qualified organization.

If Presslord or you need any assistance, I am a CPA and treasurer of a local charity and would more than willing to offer my services.
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462. Barefootontherocks
3:53 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Don't bring the lord who my religon killed into it.
:)
No religion involved for me. Just quoting a great man who believed in loving his fellow man.

Your voice here seems the voice of reason.
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461. bayouflower
10:42 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
Your a wunderful sole BF. and your in with the right crowd, SO enjoy um.

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459. Beachfoxx
10:39 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
Pat, no slander in my statement. My gut told me not to mail a check to an individual. Period. Donate to a registered Non-profit. And if funds have been misappropriated, I say prosecute to the fullest extent. There is no slander in my statement.

Modified. Feel better?
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458. IpswichWeatherCenter
3:32 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
OK, OK, OK.

No one wants to hear dirty laundry. Another giant wound in this community that will never completely heal. Seems some will never learn.

Let he among us who is without sin cast the first stone...
Jesus Christ

I know Patrap and Ti better than anyone on these blogs knows them. He)), I lived with them for a month in New Orleans. While they may have problems in life they struggle with (Who doesn't?), the intimation that they'd appropriate for themselves monies intended for folks affected by a hurricane is ludicrous.

SJ, thanks for your side of the coin.

i suggest we find someone to do an external investigation
I'm with you Ipswich.


and thanks
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457. IpswichWeatherCenter
3:32 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
OK, OK, OK.

No one wants to hear dirty laundry. Another giant wound in this community that will never completely heal. Seems some will never learn.

Let he among us who is without sin cast the first stone...
Jesus Christ

I know Patrap and Ti better than anyone on these blogs knows them. He)), I lived with them for a month in New Orleans. While they may have problems in life they struggle with (Who doesn't?), the intimation that they'd appropriate for themselves monies intended for folks affected by a hurricane is ludicrous.

SJ, thanks for your side of the coin.

i suggest we find someone to do an external investigation
I'm with you Ipswich.


Don't bring the lord who my religon killed into it.
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456. Barefootontherocks
3:27 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
OK, OK, OK.

No one wants to hear dirty laundry. Another giant wound in this community that will never completely heal. Seems some will never learn.

Let he among us who is without sin cast the first stone...
Jesus Christ

I know Patrap and Ti better than anyone on these blogs knows them. He)), I lived with them for a month in New Orleans. While they may have problems in life they struggle with (Who doesn't?), the intimation that they'd appropriate for themselves monies intended for folks affected by a hurricane is ludicrous.

SJ, thanks for your side of the coin.

i suggest we find someone to do an external investigation
I'm with you Ipswich.
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454. Beachfoxx
10:20 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
John,



So sorry this has happened. You guys have done a great job. I say prosecute violators to the fullest extent.
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453. IpswichWeatherCenter
3:16 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Quoting StormJunkie:
IP, rest assured that all PayPal donations are controlled by Portlight. For those that sent personal checks; pat did sign checks over to Portlight and we do have record of this so we can verify anything that needs to be verified.


Ok....

Would you like me to help.... i have a fair knowledge of the rules so if you would like me to go over anything... (You'd have to send them... by email over to me though) to see if there was something really bad going on then tell me.
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452. StormJunkie
3:13 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
IP, rest assured that all PayPal donations are controlled by Portlight. For those that sent personal checks; pat did sign checks over to Portlight and we do have record of this so we can verify anything that needs to be verified.
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451. IpswichWeatherCenter
3:11 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Quoting Proserpina:
SJ, I hate to ask this question but.. How will those of us who sent checks directly to Pat and made out to his name find out if indeed the checks were deposited in the Portlight fund? Thanks.


Pat, I am so disappointed in your behavior. I have given you the benefit of the doubt for quite sometime. I believed in your good intentions and I still would like to think that you meant well. You must have a serious emotional or drug induced problem, please go get some help and come back to us in a healthy frame of mind. I am sure that if you do this the WU family will welcome you back. I am speaking as a human being, a friend, a teacher, and as an old lady who has earned the right to be straight with her words. Good luck.

Thank you SJ, Press, and all who have done something to help our friends in Texas.


I'm not so sure that anyone would welcome him back.....
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450. Proserpina
2:54 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
SJ, I hate to ask this question but.. How will those of us who sent checks directly to Pat and made out to his name find out if indeed the checks were deposited in the Portlight fund? Thanks.


Pat, I am so disappointed in your behavior. I have given you the benefit of the doubt for quite sometime. I believed in your good intentions and I still would like to think that you meant well. You must have a serious emotional or drug induced problem, please go get some help and come back to us in a healthy frame of mind. I am sure that if you do this the WU family will welcome you back. I am speaking as a human being, a friend, a teacher, and as an old lady who has earned the right to be straight with her words. Good luck.

Thank you SJ, Press, and all who have done something to help our friends in Texas.
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449. IpswichWeatherCenter
3:01 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Quoting StormJunkie:
Well morning all, what a lovely way to be awoken from my first good nights sleep in two and a half weeks.

For those that do not know, bayouflower is patrap.

Let me first address some of the inaccuracies in that post. First of all monies were ALWAYS supposed to be under the control of Portlight Strategies which is a non profit that has been in existence for over 10 years. Portlight Strategies has a board of directors as well as a requirement to report all fiscal information to the government with complete transparency. As with every other year; they will do the same this year. Paul has also continued to provide financial updates to the bloggers as well as Dr Masters.

Yes, pat did set the original PayPal account up in HIS name and Paul (presslord) followed up by submitting all 501c3 documentation to PayPal and attaching the Portlight bank account to it. The only way to pay for supplies and bills is to have this money in the checking account, and it is also the only way to verify it as valid tax deductible money.

As for pat not having or wanting access to the money, the first part is true, the second not so much. Pat did not nor has ever had the ability to withdraw money from the PayPal account. In fact he did WU mail me stating he needed access to the PayPal funds. Pat never was a non-profit and this all started with him asking people to send him personal checks; not only questionable in character, but quite frankly illegal.

The mistakes that were made with the PayPal account were numerous, and the biggest being that the name Patrick Pearson should have never been the primary name on the account. That was Paul and myself's fault which was made in the heat of the moment trying to get things rolling quickly. We spent the past three days trying to get Pat on a three way call with PayPal in order to rectify the name on the account. Not only was he unwilling to do this, but he flat out refused to respond to emails or phone calls. Not only that but he cursed and threatened legal action against both Paul and myself. Neither of which concerned us in the least as we ARE doing the right thing here and those in Texas will continue to need help for sometime to come. It did speak to Pat's unwillingness to communicate with us and his constant choice to make rash decisions.

Now to address the WorldofWarcraft issue, and the rest of his rant. Paul saw this very shortly after it happened and notified PayPal to start an investigation of how this money got withdrawn from the account. If I understand correctly, the transaction was stopped while PayPal investigates. This did not in anyway freeze the account. It simply froze that transaction while PayPal investigates. Pat never bothered to pick up the phone or email Paul or myself questioning this transaction, if he had he would have understood that very shortly after it happened we had the PayPal security department on it.

The account was actually frozen yesterday when Pat called PayPal and had them change the password and log in information. This was not his place to do this and honestly he should have been more then willing to have the three way conversation with Paul, PayPal, and himself in order to get the name on the account changed. Paul is the Chief Officer for Portlight Strategies and therefore it should have been his name on the account all along. Again, Pat refused phone calls and would not respond to emails all day yesterday as we did everything we could to get him to continue to work with us and not against us. Again, he either refused to respond or threatened us with legal action; which quite frankly would ultimately lead to more trouble for him then it ever would for Portlight, Paul, or myself.

As for the $25,000; just read my blog which was posted yesterday, and was really the first time in a couple of weeks I have had to update it. Rest assured that Portlight is working as hard as possible to make every dime go as far as possible. This is one reason that we are not immediately sending another truck to drive halfway across the country. We can rent a truck in Texas and deliver supplies, or we can have supplies delivered where they need to go. This is a much more efficient method then driving 500 to 1500 miles across country.

One of the thing that I find most bizarre about all of this is that numerous times over the past week Paul has told Pat to get an itemized list of supplies and travel expenses together and that he would overnight a check to him. Pat never did this; I have a really hard time understanding this. It was a very simple thing to do and if his concern was really getting relief in to the area, then why did he not follow through on it. Really makes me scratch my head.

As for the new PayPal account which you can find buttons for in my blog, my website, and the Portlight website; yesterday we realized that Pat was never going to cooperate and the only option left was to create a new account. It has absolutely nothing to do with what the money is earmarked for or how it will be spent. It was simply the only option we had to have Paul Timmons name on the account and as Chief Officer, it IS his name that should be on the account.

For those of you that know pat on a more personal level, you saw this coming a mile away. For those that do not, please understand that it is very hard to truly know a person from a blog. I am not going to go in to all of the details; just saying sometimes things are not what they seem.

There is a reason that Dr Masters and the Wunderground has been supportive of this relief effort, and that should speak loudly enough to all of you that these accusations and rants by Pat are unfounded.

I truly apologize to Dr Masters, The Wunderground, and all of the bloggers that we have had to waste anytime at all on this issues. Every second we spend on this is a second away from Portlight continuing the relief effort. Which we intend to continue for as long as possible. Many of the larger organizations will leave the area and there will still be many that need help. Hopefully Portlight can still be their meeting specific need of the folks in Texas.

Portlight will continue to provide relief and documentation of that relief work in Texas. Paul and myself will be in touch with Bridge City, Winnie, and Anahauc (pronounced Anawack; and don't mess that up if you are in Tx!) to get specific needs and arrange more supply deliveries. Again, we are going to make every dollar go as far as possible, both for the sake of our donors and the folks of Texas who need it. We also continue to work the local community in Charleston as well as several national entities in order to raise funds; the WU has been a huge part of this effort, and many thanks to all of you from the folks of Texas. Rest assured that your money is getting used effectively and efficiently to provide relief to the outlying areas that are not getting as much mainstream support as the Houston/Galveston area.

Now, for those of you that know me or have spoken with me before; if you have my phone number you are welcome to call me. If you do not have it you can WU mail me and if I recognize your handle I will send it to you. You may also call Paul as he has posted several responses in Dr M's blog. Again, for those that have been around the WU for sometime; I think you all know I have been working my arse (as nash would say) off to get the help where it is needed. I can not remember a two week period of the tropical season where I have spent so little time on the blogs. As I said, I will be glad to take phone calls on any questions y'all may have, but beyond that this is a waste of time and there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of people in Texas who have absolutely nothing so I will not be addressing this again. There are plenty out there that know the truth and will stand up and tell it.

Thank you all for your support and I count that as we continue to show the results of our efforts we will be able to continue to count on your support.

John


I give up....

Don't get me banned.....

But both turns of events sound very fishy... i suggest we find someone to do an external investigation while still getting john and.... *has brainfreeze* the other one (soz) to continue there "Brilliant" work.
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448. seflagamma
10:55 AM AST on September 28, 2008
I apprecite all you have done.
thank you!

This will all blow over soon and we will learn by our mistakes....I know I gave to Portlight Org not the link on Pat's blog.

Get some rest!
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445. StormJunkie
1:46 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Well morning all, what a lovely way to be awoken from my first good nights sleep in two and a half weeks.

For those that do not know, bayouflower is patrap.

Let me first address some of the inaccuracies in that post. First of all monies were ALWAYS supposed to be under the control of Portlight Strategies which is a non profit that has been in existence for over 10 years. Portlight Strategies has a board of directors as well as a requirement to report all fiscal information to the government with complete transparency. As with every other year; they will do the same this year. Paul has also continued to provide financial updates to the bloggers as well as Dr Masters.

Yes, pat did set the original PayPal account up in HIS name and Paul (presslord) followed up by submitting all 501c3 documentation to PayPal and attaching the Portlight bank account to it. The only way to pay for supplies and bills is to have this money in the checking account, and it is also the only way to verify it as valid tax deductible money.

As for pat not having or wanting access to the money, the first part is true, the second not so much. Pat did not nor has ever had the ability to withdraw money from the PayPal account. In fact he did WU mail me stating he needed access to the PayPal funds. Pat never was a non-profit and this all started with him asking people to send him personal checks; not only questionable in character, but quite frankly illegal.

The mistakes that were made with the PayPal account were numerous, and the biggest being that the name Patrick Pearson should have never been the primary name on the account. That was Paul and myself's fault which was made in the heat of the moment trying to get things rolling quickly. We spent the past three days trying to get Pat on a three way call with PayPal in order to rectify the name on the account. Not only was he unwilling to do this, but he flat out refused to respond to emails or phone calls. Not only that but he cursed and threatened legal action against both Paul and myself. Neither of which concerned us in the least as we ARE doing the right thing here and those in Texas will continue to need help for sometime to come. It did speak to Pat's unwillingness to communicate with us and his constant choice to make rash decisions.

Now to address the WorldofWarcraft issue, and the rest of his rant. Paul saw this very shortly after it happened and notified PayPal to start an investigation of how this money got withdrawn from the account. If I understand correctly, the transaction was stopped while PayPal investigates. This did not in anyway freeze the account. It simply froze that transaction while PayPal investigates. Pat never bothered to pick up the phone or email Paul or myself questioning this transaction, if he had he would have understood that very shortly after it happened we had the PayPal security department on it.

The account was actually frozen yesterday when Pat called PayPal and had them change the password and log in information. This was not his place to do this and honestly he should have been more then willing to have the three way conversation with Paul, PayPal, and himself in order to get the name on the account changed. Paul is the Chief Officer for Portlight Strategies and therefore it should have been his name on the account all along. Again, Pat refused phone calls and would not respond to emails all day yesterday as we did everything we could to get him to continue to work with us and not against us. Again, he either refused to respond or threatened us with legal action; which quite frankly would ultimately lead to more trouble for him then it ever would for Portlight, Paul, or myself.

As for the $25,000; just read my blog which was posted yesterday, and was really the first time in a couple of weeks I have had to update it. Rest assured that Portlight is working as hard as possible to make every dime go as far as possible. This is one reason that we are not immediately sending another truck to drive halfway across the country. We can rent a truck in Texas and deliver supplies, or we can have supplies delivered where they need to go. This is a much more efficient method then driving 500 to 1500 miles across country.

One of the thing that I find most bizarre about all of this is that numerous times over the past week Paul has told Pat to get an itemized list of supplies and travel expenses together and that he would overnight a check to him. Pat never did this; I have a really hard time understanding this. It was a very simple thing to do and if his concern was really getting relief in to the area, then why did he not follow through on it. Really makes me scratch my head.

As for the new PayPal account which you can find buttons for in my blog, my website, and the Portlight website; yesterday we realized that Pat was never going to cooperate and the only option left was to create a new account. It has absolutely nothing to do with what the money is earmarked for or how it will be spent. It was simply the only option we had to have Paul Timmons name on the account and as Chief Officer, it IS his name that should be on the account.

For those of you that know pat on a more personal level, you saw this coming a mile away. For those that do not, please understand that it is very hard to truly know a person from a blog. I am not going to go in to all of the details; just saying sometimes things are not what they seem.

There is a reason that Dr Masters and the Wunderground has been supportive of this relief effort, and that should speak loudly enough to all of you that these accusations and rants by Pat are unfounded.

I truly apologize to Dr Masters, The Wunderground, and all of the bloggers that we have had to waste anytime at all on this issues. Every second we spend on this is a second away from Portlight continuing the relief effort. Which we intend to continue for as long as possible. Many of the larger organizations will leave the area and there will still be many that need help. Hopefully Portlight can still be their meeting specific need of the folks in Texas.

Portlight will continue to provide relief and documentation of that relief work in Texas. Paul and myself will be in touch with Bridge City, Winnie, and Anahauc (pronounced Anawack; and don't mess that up if you are in Tx!) to get specific needs and arrange more supply deliveries. Again, we are going to make every dollar go as far as possible, both for the sake of our donors and the folks of Texas who need it. We also continue to work the local community in Charleston as well as several national entities in order to raise funds; the WU has been a huge part of this effort, and many thanks to all of you from the folks of Texas. Rest assured that your money is getting used effectively and efficiently to provide relief to the outlying areas that are not getting as much mainstream support as the Houston/Galveston area.

Now, for those of you that know me or have spoken with me before; if you have my phone number you are welcome to call me. If you do not have it you can WU mail me and if I recognize your handle I will send it to you. You may also call Paul as he has posted several responses in Dr M's blog. Again, for those that have been around the WU for sometime; I think you all know I have been working my arse (as nash would say) off to get the help where it is needed. I can not remember a two week period of the tropical season where I have spent so little time on the blogs. As I said, I will be glad to take phone calls on any questions y'all may have, but beyond that this is a waste of time and there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of people in Texas who have absolutely nothing so I will not be addressing this again. There are plenty out there that know the truth and will stand up and tell it.

Thank you all for your support and I count that as we continue to show the results of our efforts we will be able to continue to count on your support.

John
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444. EmmyRose
9:32 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
Okay I'm weighin in -
WE in SETX are sitting in debris caused by
MOTHER NATURE and I'm shocked and disappointed by the HUMAN NATURE that is comin at portlight.

IF you have been reading my blog you see what the good people of PORTLIGHT and the WU have been doing for us here. We cant thank you enough. Last night in my speech, I openly thanked the WU and PORTLIGHT - it actually got a better applause than anything else I said and
RIGHTLY SO. (insert a nice laugh here of you go people!)

Props to you all.

Now..I run a non profit - a damn good one.
Many of us here on the wu either work directly for non profits OR run one ourselves. We know the deal. We know the format, we know how to turn that buck into 100 to serve the people.

Giving to an OFFICIAL NON PROFIT gives you, the donor, confidence that what you gave the money for will eventually get to the cause you gave
(and a tax break)- you can see where the goods are going by our pictures and stories right?

RECEIVING the donation helps us EARMARK our efforts.
Case in point (dont fall asleep yet)
Last night we raised money for two causes
Brailling our scripts
Youth Theatre
this will be EARMARKED for THESE EFFORTS ONLY.
Monies raised by Portlight is earmarked
IKE RELIEF EFFORT. IF there is any money left over and I doubt there will be, it can go back into the pot and can help the next people who will desperately need it.

There are many workers in a non profit
The executive branch
The Volunteers
The CONTRACT LABORERS

The volunteers give of their time and energy
without props - but baby they are needed
as portlight did - (insert Rob and Roger here)

SOme volunteers give back their receipts
and say "inkind donation"

Some are CONTRACT LABORS that take an amount
say $1,000 and thats their job. Period. End of discussion.

As far as "spread sheets" go the mission isn't over - spread sheets are used to track and Tally at the end of the project. When everything is said and done.

In the non profit there are usually only 2 people who control the money - The Executive Director and Treasurer - in my case its the artistic director/executive director
I can not sign checks by myself after a certain amount - it needs 2 signatures
and god help anyone who dips into the account
without approval.

Portlight was and is a godsend to us all here
Salvation Army also and Red Cross - notice they are all non profits kiddos.


Again I want to thank ALL who have donated
to the IKE RELIEF.

Pat - feel blessed you gave back.
there were plenty of us (and we are still
housing and caring for) New Orleanians here in Houston while we desperately care for OUR OWN.

peace out.




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443. code1
9:35 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
SJ and Press. I am done! Walking a tight rope here on WU anyway. I refuse to play Pat's game. Just saw where he said he saw no donation from me? LMAO He needs to go back and look again. If they have a full accounting of the funds that went to his email address, he saw my first donation. LMAO Wonder if he absconded with it? Check it out please!! Am headed south today. It's a good thing. I don't suffer fools lightly, or have the temperament for this. It started long prior to you stopping by here. You and others know that well. I drink to excess? LOL again. I have a job in healthcare, I am drug and alcohol tested frequently at any time. Yeah right. I love a good beer, and a better wine no doubt! At least mine is legal substances and not in excess or I wouldn't have a job!

Bottom line folks: A non-profit has to account for every penny! Not easy to fool all of the people, all of the time Pat!
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442. Proserpina
2:39 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Press and SJ, here is a message for you:

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441. splash3392
2:29 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
I agree press and SJ have done an excellent job and will continue to do so. I find it interesting that Bayouflower says he gets no response from press or SJ. They don't know me from adam and have been very kind to respond to me in the last week or two even though they are extremely busy.

I will continue to support them in these efforts.

Splash
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440. Proserpina
2:22 PM GMT on September 28, 2008
Rain and SJ, bayouflower is NOT speaking in Veritas

A message for bayouflower - Thy speaketh in SUBJECTIO
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439. Raysfan70
10:08 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
Thank You everyone who have supported this effort.
Please do not let this stop you from trusting the IKE relief.
Press and SJ can be trusted with your money.
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438. sngalla
10:04 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
We are behind you SJ and Press! 100%!
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437. Raysfan70
9:50 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
Pat-
The nonsense you are throwing around .
Why as you can not take the money and spend it at your leisure. If you only knew how many people stand behind what Press and John have done. Many didn't want your hand in the pot. We wanted to be sure the money was spent for those that were effected by Ike. Not you, your wife.

Many of us know the real Pat here. For many years we have not said a word. We let you play your game of being the one effected by Katrina.

When for 3 years we have seen our hard paying tax dollars support you and your family.
You have refused to work. You know how to play the system. And the system is getting ready to close down on you.
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436. Rainman32
9:46 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
Good Morning Pat (bayouflower) gee wonder why you are the banned one, you speak not with Veritas.
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435. code1
8:38 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
Pat, get your facts straight!! YOU went into paypal and locked THEM out! YOU wanted an exorbitant amount of our donations to take another truck into TX. Admirable for the help yes, but sheesh. YOU got angry because it IS a non-profit organization, and they wouldn't give you the hand outs you wanted as you have been getting from FEMA and the government since Katrina! Come on buddy, you are good at throwing the threat of legal action around. Legal action is based upon fact, and you have NONE here!

Think about it. WU would not have banned both of your other handles if Portlight had not been fully checked out by them. Dr. M and company are not to be taken lightly with their support. Their support says volumes over your rantings! Sad you like to talk about others, while knowing you yourself has the most dirty hands of all here!! GET A LIFE, a real one. I for one, am tired of keeping your lazy butt up through taxes because you all are always looking for an easy way out. GET A JOB!
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433. tkeith
8:21 AM CDT on September 28, 2008
Mornin SJ, I hope your rested. I'll Be gettin in touch with Press again this week. I hope you give him some crap about the Dawgs...lol... I might send him a Alabama T-shirt...
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432. Raysfan70
9:19 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
Good Morning {{SJ}}!
Take it easy today, prop your feet up.
Yes I know to much to do.

Thank You for everything you all have done.
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431. Rainman32
8:46 AM EDT on September 28, 2008
furaplenty that is curious, so I did some research. They did actually have POD sites in Anahuac (2 of them, at the High School and VFD). They were apparently closed on Thursday, this according to the Chambers County website Storm Page

Due to power restoration in many areas, POD sites will start winding down soon. Thursday may
be the last day. There are still plans to distribute supplies to the hard hit communities.


They do have a list of Donation Items Needed there still, not sure what that current status is.

Quoting catfuraplenty:
Dumbfounded that they don't have a POD there set up and going.
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430. catfuraplenty
5:29 AM GMT on September 28, 2008
Dumbfounded that they don't have a POD there set up and going. In Rosenberg, which didn't suffer 1/10th as much as the people on the other side of the Boliver, we had a freaking POD in 2 days. And there was very little suffering outside of power outages, roof damages and a few gas lines.

How is it that individuals can get in but FEMA can't? I'm not pointing fingers... alright, maybe I am, but I was hoping they would have had a POD by now.

Kudos to the rescuers. Blessing to be showered upon the shoulders of those who have helped and those who continue to work on behalf of those who cannot do for themselves at this time.

NOLA, Fla, Ala. Miss. and the Carolinas, no one will forget here will forget the generosity. I never want to say we will rush to repay you because we pray it never comes to that. But it will come if you need it.

P.S. thanks all of you for the b-day wishes. I am now 112 and I think I look grand for that age. :P
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429. Patrap
10:23 PM CDT on September 27, 2008
Anahuac unload alley.

With Generator installed running the building.



And Constable Don lending a Helping Hand.
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428. IMA
10:10 PM CDT on September 27, 2008
What an amazing accomplishment! Woohoo!!! Not only did y'all pull it all together, you did it so well and so quickly. Just one of those examples you wish more groups could follow, one of those things about which you want to tell everyone!

On-call & already loaded up to head to Anahuac to deliver requested animal supplies and pick up 8 (yep, eight) dogs to deliver to rescue here in the TX Hill Country.

Need me to pick up anything in San Antonio and deliver that way?? Would offer the r.v. again but hubby & co-workers have claimed that.

Happy to pick up anything else we can get in my big a** truck or any trailer you could round up quickly -- all set up for towin'! This TX girl can haul ;)

Can't thank y'all enough for all your hard work and heart.
Ann
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427. Patrap
10:23 PM CDT on September 27, 2008
Anahuac

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425. seflagamma
5:41 PM EDT on September 27, 2008
HI SJ,

YOu all are the best!
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424. StormJunkie
8:38 PM GMT on September 27, 2008
Afternoon all

Working on a Relief Effort update and should have it done this evening. All of you have helped accomplish some great things! I will update on what we have done, and what we have in the works.
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423. code1
6:52 PM CDT on September 26, 2008
Hiccups? LOL Sure hope all you guys are getting some rest, and that you are feeling much better SJ. See yas soon!
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422. StormJunkie
10:54 PM GMT on September 26, 2008
Yep Steve, a few hiccups...lol

good learning experience though and we are still getting the job accomplished so that is what really matters. Your assistance and escort was invaluable. Thanks!

{{{{Baja}}}}

Thanks Bug, rain, and everyone else!

I will update my blog either tonight or tomorrow with details of the journey and the situation in Bridge City and Winnie-Stowell.
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421. FLDART1
7:26 PM GMT on September 26, 2008
Hey everybody... What an adventure huh SJ? Hiya Emmy and EJ I already miss you guys...see ya soon
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420. surfmom
1:11 PM EST on September 26, 2008
Rainman - thanks for post 405

And the beat goes on.................
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419. NRAamy
10:42 AM PDT on September 26, 2008
thank you for all you are doing!!!!!!!!

:)
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418. IMA
12:39 PM CDT on September 26, 2008

I sure hope you guys actually take some time to relax. You've done so much, you deserve some down-time.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you some more!

Ann
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417. EmmyRose
9:24 AM CDT on September 26, 2008
Morning SJ and crew: - hope you are getting much needed sleep - -
I know you are happy to be home!
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