When I was at my daughter’s aunt’s house, I asked to see her photo albums because Heather told me she spent summers on ‘The Toy’. She handed me two photo albums – in a huff! I went through pages that were full of cocktail parties that Linda Comstock hosted on her rich husbands yacht. I failed to spot my fifteen and sixteen year old daughter out in the crowd of drunken sluts and swells – all holding a drink.
“Heather. I can’t find you!”
My daughter came over, grabbed one book, and in a huff showed me her image in that book, then grabbed another album and showed me her with a Shirly Temple in her hand – I hope! This was a counter-attack in their minds. With Bill Cornwell’s want of a child, going after my grandson was THE MISSION. I was suggesting Bill and Linda had a drinking problem which would disqualify Drunken Bill – in my mind! Then I met Flip who refused to shake my hand. Heather told me her ambition was to become rich and famous in order to pay her mother back. Children don’t do that. Paying Aunt Maleficent back – is more like it. She bought Heather and her whole family – before I knew I had a child. This ex-hairdresser sees herself as the founder of a dynasty – and wants my sister’s history in her back pocket. Heather called her a ‘Gold Digger’
Robert Buck and Sydney Morris did this to me and my offspring. They lay open my family, and The Family Recovery, to outsiders and then, rang the dinner bell. And down they swoop…The Drunken Bloodsuckers.
I wanted my grandson, Tyler Hunt, to be an artist. Linda the Drunken Witch wanted my grandson to be a Drinking Party Ally – because she is childless! How many beer ads can you count next to A CHILD?
Beryl Buck called for the establishment of a RELIGIOUS program with the seven million dollars she left. There is nothing that looks religious about the Buck Foundation – or Alcohol Justice – but for my thirty-three year of sobriety. Beryl would be shocked to see the images of my grandson – thanks to Robert Buck! Alcohol Justice needs to look at papers I filed in the Supreme Court of Monterey in order to STOP the destruction of my families creative history, that is connected to John Steinbeck’s book because my kin, Thomas Hart Benton, illustrated ‘The Grapes of Wrath’. The second step is the Path to a Religious program.
Just before Christine died, Rosemary told me they wanted her to go after the Lesbian market – which THEY did after Rosamond was dead. The first ghost writer THEY hired wrote a dirty book about how a Beauty Queen was ruthlessly used by a famously rich Lesbian tennis star. Judy Nelson is BELLE, as in Sleeping Belle, who was name Rosamond. It never occurred to THEM that Rosamond had many Christian fans – who loved her images of our children – that Linda Comstock is ABUSING. She needs her evil money taken from her. She is in our family tree. I am going to put the ghosts of my famous kin on this witch. How many celebrities’ must I put in Alcohol Justice’s face?
“The organization also claims that no event can be deemed “family-friendly” if alcohol is involved in any way. The organization started several initiatives advocating the removal of alcohol company sponsors and alcohol sales from family-oriented events.
Step 2 can be uncomfortable for some people because it seems to encourage alcoholics to believe in God. Alcoholics who don’t have religious belief or who aren’t comfortable with the concept of God sometimes balk at this step. However, Step 2 isn’t really about God – it’s about finding something outside of yourself to inspire you and help you remain sober. Many alcoholics, religious or not, have found this step useful. Here’s some ways you can use Step 2 to help you stop drinking:
When Beryl Buck, a Marin County, California widow, died on May 30, 1975 at the age of 75, she left $7.6 million “for exclusively nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in providing care for the needy in Marin County, California, and for other nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in that county.” For many years, Buck and her husband, a physician, had lived in Ross, a wealthy town in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.
When Buck died, the money was mostly invested in Belridge Oil stock. The oil company was privately held and owned land that was rich in heavy crude oil reserves in Southern California. By the time the lengthy probate proceedings had ended, Belridge Oil had been sold to Shell Oil Company and the total amount in the Buck Trust skyrocketed from $7.6 million to $260 million.
Under options contained in the will, Wells Fargo Bank and John Elliot Cook, Buck’s attorney, were appointed investment co-trustees, with the San Francisco Foundation (“the Foundation”) having the authority to direct distributions of income. The will also provided that “income shall always be distributed not later than the end of the year following the year of receipt.” This provision would have ramifications for the Foundation’s strategy and distribution of funds. This case study discusses what happened to the Buck Trust money and the constituents involved.
Alcohol Justice ORGANIZATION
Alcohol Justice, formerly known as the Marin Institute, was founded to “reduce consumption of alcohol and the many physical, mental, and societal harms that result.” The group styles itself as the “watchdog of the alcohol industry,” but actually focuses on policies that would limit all alcohol consumption, even responsible drinking. Alcohol Justice focuses on eliminating or severely limiting alcohol advertising, raising alcohol taxes, and banning specific types of alcoholic beverages.
Then known as the Marin Institute, named for Marin County, California, the organization focused its efforts on reducing alcohol-related harm until 2006. After that, the group became much more radical and declared itself the “watchdog of the alcohol industry.”
Alcohol Justice is funded by the Buck Trust. The Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation (Buck Trust) was created in 1975 after Beryl Buck left $9.1 million to Marin County, California with the provision that it be used to serve the needs of the County residents. The organization also receives some funding from the California Endowment and individual donors.
Alcohol Justice’s record clearly points to an anti-alcohol agenda. For example, the group criticized the United States Food and Drug Administration for including alcohol in its dietary recommendations. Though the USDA bases its recommendations on a thorough review of current nutrition science and only recommends a relatively small amount of alcohol per week for healthy adults, Alcohol Justice claims that the guidelines would encourage greater daily consumption of alcohol, discourage appropriate caution about using alcohol for health benefits, and open the door for the alcohol industry to misrepresent federal alcohol consumption guidelines to consumers.
The organization also claims that no event can be deemed “family-friendly” if alcohol is involved in any way. The organization started several initiatives advocating the removal of alcohol company sponsors and alcohol sales from family-oriented events. Its “Free Your Festivals” initiative focuses on encouraging local and state fairs to remove any alcohol from their events. Even if fairs have a separate “21 and over” area for alcohol consumption, the mere presence of alcohol is too much for Alcohol Justice. The organization also has a “free the bowl” campaign, in which it invites users ages 10-25 to submit videos on ways to free the Superbowl from beer ads. Alcohol Justice argues that the ads market alcohol to children- though Superbowl advertisers see the game’s key demographic as adult males.
Despite Alcohol Justice’s claims, studies have found that alcohol advertising does not increase consumption. A study over a 20 year period conducted by researchers at the University of Texas found little relationship between the amount of money spent on advertising and the consumption of alcohol. And in a report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that there is no conclusive relationship between the amount of money spent on alcohol advertisements and alcohol consumption.
Alcohol Justice advocates hefty increases to the tax on alcohol to reduce consumption. Its “Charge for Harm” campaign advocates for legislation to increase alcohol taxes to pay for alcohol treatment services. Such taxes force responsible social drinkers to pay for the poor decisions of a relatively small percentage of consumers. Research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that alcohol tax increases have a limited impact on the heaviest drinkers. Instead, moderate and light drinkers are likely to scale back consumption when faced with higher prices.
Alcohol Justice has also produced many studies on alcohol consumption that have proven to be nothing more than fear-mongering.
In “The Annual Catastrophe of Alcohol in California,” Alcohol Justice claims that moderate-to-high alcohol consumption costs the state of California $38.4 billion per year, or roughly $1,000 for each of the state’s residents. Alcohol Justice uses this figure to argue for increased alcohol taxes so that consumers will be forced to pay for the “burden” they place on society. However, the authors greatly overestimate the costs associated with drinking. While Alcohol Justice assumes that some consumers have lower wages because of drinking and factor that assumption into the total figure of “costs to society,” the organization fails to recognize that recent research found that drinking actually increases the benefits derived from education and experience, leading to higher wages.