Open Thread | The Michael Oher from ‘ The Blind Side’ Isn’t the Only Victim of ‘ Guardianship’…There’s An Entire Industry of Human Ghouls Doing It

With those heinous people from ‘ The Blind Side’ now in the news – how they used and abused Michael Oher….. here is an article that is very much appropriate:

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights
Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it.
By Rachel Aviv

October 2, 2017

After a stranger became their guardian, Rudy and Rennie North were moved to a nursing home and their property was sold.Illustration by Anna Parini

For years, Rudy North woke up at 9 a.m. and read the Las Vegas Review-Journal while eating a piece of toast. Then he read a novel—he liked James Patterson and Clive Cussler—or, if he was feeling more ambitious, Freud. On scraps of paper and legal notepads, he jotted down thoughts sparked by his reading. “Deep below the rational part of our brain is an underground ocean where strange things swim,” he wrote on one notepad. On another, “Life: the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.”


On the Friday before Labor Day, 2013, the Norths had just finished their toast when a nurse, who visited five times a week to help Rennie bathe and dress, came to their house, in Sun City Aliante, an “active adult” community in Las Vegas. They had moved there in 2005, when Rudy, a retired consultant for broadcasters, was sixty-eight and Rennie was sixty-six. They took pride in their view of the golf course, though neither of them played golf.

Rudy chatted with the nurse in the kitchen for twenty minutes, joking about marriage and laundry, until there was a knock at the door. A stocky woman with shiny black hair introduced herself as April Parks, the owner of the company A Private Professional Guardian. She was accompanied by three colleagues, who didn’t give their names. Parks told the Norths that she had an order from the Clark County Family Court to “remove” them from their home. She would be taking them to an assisted-living facility. “Go and gather your things,” she said.

Rennie began crying. “This is my home,” she said.

One of Parks’s colleagues said that if the Norths didn’t comply he would call the police. Rudy remembers thinking, You’re going to put my wife and me in jail for this? But he felt too confused to argue.

Parks drove a Pontiac G-6 convertible with a license plate that read “crtgrdn,” for “court guardian.” In the past twelve years, she had been a guardian for some four hundred wards of the court. Owing to age or disability, they had been deemed incompetent, a legal term that describes those who are unable to make reasoned choices about their lives or their property. As their guardian, Parks had the authority to manage their assets, and to choose where they lived, whom they associated with, and what medical treatment they received. They lost nearly all their civil rights.

Without realizing it, the Norths had become temporary wards of the court. Parks had filed an emergency ex-parte petition, which provides an exception to the rule that both parties must be notified of any argument before a judge. She had alleged that the Norths posed a “substantial risk for mismanagement of medications, financial loss and physical harm.” She submitted a brief letter from a physician’s assistant, whom Rennie had seen once, stating that “the patient’s husband can no longer effectively take care of the patient at home as his dementia is progressing.” She also submitted a letter from one of Rudy’s doctors, who described him as “confused and agitated.”

Rudy and Rennie had not undergone any cognitive assessments. They had never received a diagnosis of dementia. In addition to Freud, Rudy was working his way through Nietzsche and Plato. Rennie read romance novels.


In the United States, a million and a half adults are under the care of guardians, either family members or professionals, who control some two hundred and seventy-three billion dollars in assets, according to an auditor for the guardianship fraud program in Palm Beach County. Little is known about the outcome of these arrangements, because states do not keep complete figures on guardianship cases—statutes vary widely—and, in most jurisdictions, the court records are sealed. A Government Accountability report from 2010 said, “We could not locate a single Web site, federal agency, state or local entity, or any other organization that compiles comprehensive information on this issue.” A study published this year by the American Bar Association found that “an unknown number of adults languish under guardianship” when they no longer need it, or never did. The authors wrote that “guardianship is generally “permanent, leaving no way out—‘until death do us part.’ ”

Read this article. This is absolutely phucking outrageous!

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27 Responses to Open Thread | The Michael Oher from ‘ The Blind Side’ Isn’t the Only Victim of ‘ Guardianship’…There’s An Entire Industry of Human Ghouls Doing It

  1. rikyrah says:

    Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) posted at 8:39 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    Ohio Republicans are already trying to confuse voters when it comes to abortion rights in the ballot.

    🚨 The Republican controlled Ohio Ballot Board rejected using the full text of the constitutional amendment on the ballot – instead, they used anti abortion…

  2. rikyrah says:

    L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) posted at 9:52 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
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  3. rikyrah says:

    Anna (@Anna__with_an_A) posted at 7:52 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
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  4. rikyrah says:

    Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) posted at 9:23 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    Kevin McCarthy is having a very bad few days…

    “Florida Judge struck down the state’s congressional map, holding that it violates the state constitution by denying Black Floridians the opportunity to elect their candidate of choice in North Florida.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) posted at 9:14 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    BREAKING: Republicans in the Alabama legislature ignored the Supreme Court and continued its practice of diluting the Black vote through gerrymandered districts.

    Now, a federal court has cut them out of the process and has appointed a special master to draw a fair map.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Noah Smith 🐇🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@Noahpinion) tweeted at 1:08 PM on Wed, Aug 30, 2023:
    The Biden administration is the most pro-working-class administration in my lifetime, and it’s not close.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Vanessa Nguyen Hernández 🐳 (@VanessaNguyen28) posted at 10:11 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    America: Meghan Markle was photographed at Beyoncé’s concert.

    The UK: The Duchess of Sussex, wife of King Charles III’s second son and prince of the realm Harry, the Duke of Sussex photographed at Beyoncé’s concert.

  8. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
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    Michelle_BYoung (@michelle_byoung) posted at 7:00 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    These dude bros DGAF about Biden’s age any more than they cared about Trump’s or Reagan’s age. What they HATE is a Black woman is in the position of VP & becomes ascendant should anything happen to Biden the age thing is a red herring to justify the misogynoir & it’s transparent

  9. rikyrah says:

    Meghan lives rent free in her head.

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) posted at 1:30 AM on Sun, Sep 04, 2022:
    Bethenny Frankel’s comments on Meghan Markle basically boil down to “She’s stuck up and thinks she’s better than other people”

    It sounds like every complaint I’ve heard from insecure white women about successful confident Black women they think should “know their place”

  10. rikyrah says:


    Sean Herrala (@seanherrala) posted at 11:54 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    There’s a new Tucci-like series coming soon with José Andrés and his family eating their way through Spain. Yay!

  11. rikyrah says: (@Imani_Barbarin) posted at 9:32 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    Does Elon know that suing the Anti-Defamation League will open Twitter up to discovery regarding its hate speech practices or hasn’t he gotten to that conclusion yet?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) posted at 6:12 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    Secretaries of the Army, Navy, & Air Force: @SenTuberville has blocked nearly “300 of our most experienced and battle-tested leaders” from “critical posts around the world.”

    “Generals and admirals are being forced to perform two roles simultaneously.”

  13. rikyrah says:


    Julieth ❀ (@troubleshade) posted at 7:55 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    I’ve nothing against the Beckhams but it has been funny to see how disappointed the British media is realizing that they’re not more popular than Harry & Meghan in the US and that Harry got all the headlines at the football match 😂

  14. rikyrah says:

    I’m not saying it’s not true, but, the Democrats still need to slam him and accuse him of being anti-military.

    DrJackBrown 🌊 (@DrGJackBrown) posted at 3:14 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    Tuberville’s true motives for blocking over 300 senior military promotions are to ‘hold’ those places in hopes that Trump is elected. In such a scenario, Trump would then promote military leaders he perceives as loyal to him, thus ensuring a complete Trump coup.

  15. rikyrah says:

    They have ALWAYS resented that the Democratic Party BASE doesn’t fall for the ‘ shiny object’.

    They DESPISE our base because of it.

    Hope Restored In DFW (@Kennymack1971) posted at 8:29 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    The storyline that the media wants (A weakened Biden being pushed out the door while a resurgent Trump/GOP waits in the wings) isn’t happening so now they’re focusing on BS like the President’s age hoping to stir things up.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Nicholas Grossman (@NGrossman81) posted at 1:24 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    “The media won’t talk about Biden’s advanced age” is instantly disproven by googling “Biden too old” or “Biden age,” so the complaint seems more like “no matter how much media talks
    about Biden’s age, he won’t stop running for reeelction and most Dem voters won’t tell him to.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) posted at 8:33 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    BREAKING: Federal judges strike down Alabama’s new congressional map, ruling that lawmakers defied a prior court order and the U.S. Supreme Court’s requirement to draw a map with two majority-Black districts. The court will take over map drawing.


  18. rikyrah says:

    Candidly Tiff (@tify330) posted at 8:41 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    New Biden ad that will run during the NFL season opener Thursday in Michigan, as well as in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada per sources.

  19. rikyrah says:

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    🚨BREAKING: Federal Court STRIKES DOWN Alabama remedial congressional redistricting map that had defied prior court order. Court will have its own special master drawn new map with second Black opportunity district.

  20. rikyrah says:

    William A Goldsborough (@WmAG_V) posted at 7:15 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    Black men just need to shut the hell up at this point. First of all, so many of us are dead wrong.

    Secondly, toxic patriarch identity is not a good look on us at all.

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  21. rikyrah says:

    Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) posted at 5:57 PM on Mon, Sep 04, 2023:
    Trump is leading Biden in just two out of the eighteen most recent polls on RealClearPolitics. Yet the entire media, on both sides, is focused solely on the outlier polls that have Trump supposedly ahead. The polls aren’t the problem. The media LIES about what the polls even say.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾 (@KwikWarren) posted at 7:50 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    Look up “dick head” in Urban Dictionary&you’ll see Tuberville’s pic. What he’s doing2readiness of our Armed Forces is despicable. #MoscowMitch & fellow supposedly “pro military” Republicans are on board with it. GOP being pro military is a myth. They’re pro defense contractors.

  23. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) posted at 8:11 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    NEW: A lawsuit filed by Bill Bar & Karl Rove’s legal group and others seeking stricter rules for mail-in ballot signature verification in Arizona will proceed. The judge denied requests from the state and voting rights groups to dismiss the case.

  24. rikyrah says:


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    It’s still so wild to me Ken Paxton’s wife will have to sit there through Cheaters: The Impeachment Trial

  25. rikyrah says:

    Hope Restored In DFW (@Kennymack1971) posted at 9:54 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    Biden may be good for America on policies and substance but he’s killing the DC political entertainment gossip circuit and that’s why they want him gone.

  26. rikyrah says:

    I will continue to believe the competence of 46 and his Administration.
    They miss the days of stenography.
    Most of all, they miss the days where they could HIDE SERIOUS POINTS OF THE STORY IN ORDER TO PUT THEM IN A BOOK.

    They couldn’t do their phucking jobs – IN REAL TIME- and inform the American public of the dangers of Dolt45 and his evil crew.
    Because, they kept that shyt – FOR THEIR PHUCKING BOOKS.

    Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) posted at 7:50 AM on Tue, Sep 05, 2023:
    One reason some reporters have it out for Biden? He has broken their perverse incentive loop of book deals, cable bookings, and social media fame.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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