Deanna Kloostra: The Politician Wet her Pants

Deanna Lynn (Tarrow) Kloostra, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Deanna is a mother of three children who has been through a contentious divorce and custody battle. For this article, ATW is not discussing the details of Deanna’s custody case, but rather focusing on her involvement with American Mothers Political Party (AMPP) and the allegations surrounding their battle with Bill Windsor of Lawless America. What this article focuses on is that Deanna claims to be a victim of domestic violence who lost custody of her children due to family court abuse, she sought support from AMPP and with their support, engaged in online bullying and ran for political office under the guise of family court reform.

Deanna and AMPP: AMPP was originally created to be an actual political party NOT an advocacy group–Deanna joined their ranks around 2009. Deanna began her political aspirations when she ran for Kent County Commissioner in 2012 (lost by a landslide) and is now running for the 2018 State Senate.

Tactics used by Deanna that are also common to the members of AMPP’s “internet posse” include the following
-Deanna has created attack facebook/websites (targeting not only her ex and his attorney but also stating that the judge, guardian ad litem, the supervised visitation center, the court appointed supervisor are participating in a conspiracy against her).

In April 2009, the original circuit court judge assigned to Deanna’s case, Judge Patricia Gardner, requested to be relieved of responsibility, stating that she “has been the target of abuse and criticism by the parties or others,” and that the parties’ “focus … has been the harassment of the judge rather than on the best interest of the children.” Judge Gardner specifically mentioned the websites created by Deanna as part of the “abuse and criticism”. Deanna counters by stating that the Court withheld contact from her children to force her (Deanna) to shut down her websites.

Other AMPP members (Claudine Dombrowski is infamous for this) have created attack websites and social media pages to target named “enemies” and use intimidation and harassment as a means to get what they want.

-Deanna has used her daughter’s picture and name, posting information about her daughter on the internet without little regard to her daughter’s privacy or safety. Deanna used her daughter’s picture on the “Elect Deanna Kloostra” facebook page to gain sympathy votes. Other AMPP members, including Maria Melinn, have similarly exploited their own children to further their personal agenda.

-Deanna has joined AMPP in attacking Bill Windsor. In fact, the conspiracy that AMPP invents about Bill Windsor is similar to the conspiracy its members accuse family court of participating in. These grandiose fantasies of being the persecuted victim break down when you look at the actions and words of AMPP and it’s members who reveal themselves to be bullies and abusers. Victim of abuse and professional advocates do not engage in harassment, libel, threats, attack websites and criminal behavior–abusers do. The documentation ATW has posted and will continue to post will clearly demonstrate this.


(Claudine Dombrowski posts links to hateful websites about Bill Windsor across the internet. )

Through AMPP, Deanna met her bestie Maria (Bauer) Melinn–former President of AMPP. Deanna founded an “abuse advocacy” groups named for her daughter, Abused Swan. Maria also works with Deanna on Abused Swan, they court watch and socialize together.

(Deanna, left, with her bestie Maria)

Deanna & Lawless:
In summer 2012, Deanna began to work closely with Bill Windsor on the Kent County Lawless Facebook page (updated). DLater, Deanna filmed her own testimony with Bill. At the time Maria Melinn was also closely associated with Lawless. Both have since have been removed from Lawless amid controversy that resulted in attempts to destroy the Lawless documentary, and the credibility of Bill Windsor. Why would two supposed protective moms want to destroy a documentary film project that could give voice to the plight of domestic violence victims fleeing abuse only to encounter further abuse in family court? Why aren’t these moms willing to work with Bill and resolve differences in a professional way? Clearly these abuser moms are using Lawless to gain attention, and win sympathy posing by as victims and then furthering their own selfish interests (in the case of Deanna, that would be her political career)..but is there something bigger at stake?

SO WHAT WENT WRONG???

Deanna and her supporters (which once included AMPP and the Joeys) want you to believe that she is the victim of Bill Windsor, who attacks protective mothers and puts their lives in danger. Deanna would have you believe that Bill Windsor just kicked her out of Lawless, after she slaved on the project, for no reason other than he hates women. But is this true?? AMPP has not provided any credible evidence to back up their claims; they manipulate sympathy and elicit an emotional response so supporters will set aside reason and logic. If no one is questioning AMPP’s outrageous claims (or has been intimidated into silence) or demanding proof, the Attack Moms are unopposed, they can do whatever they want. This is why it is so important that the Mother’s Movement and its professionals pay attention to what is happening within their own ranks, AMPP and other abusers like them need to be held accountable, there should be no place for abusers (even female abusers) working alongside victims in the Movement.

Taking the victim role, Deanna claims that Bill falsely accused her of stealing a password that he (Bill) must have lost and then kicked her out of Lawless for no reason. HOWEVER this story fails to mention that Deanna was attacking Bill Windsor, and Lawless BEFORE the incident with the password. In fact, it seems Bill was unaware that the wolves were circling around Lawless because Deanna was attacking Bill online at a time that she was working with Lawless. So this story about Bill attacking protective moms is just another lie from the abuser moms.

Jan 20, 2013: Lorraine Tipton aka Rainy68 creates a video called “The Pie Man Floateth” mocking The Lawless America documentary and depicting Bill as Hitler. Joining in the nasty comments are Claudine Dombrowski, Diane G (Gochin) and Kimberly W (Wigglesworth)—all who have claimed to be victims then went on to attack and harass Bill and Lawless supporters.

Deanna Kloostra comments: “Deanna Kloostra 4 months ago

I was laughing so hard I almost wet my pant! I do not think most people will get the whole thing. The sausage was the best part for me. ” I should have just ate sausage!” Thanks for making such a funny video with leaving out names etc..I am sure the video will make it into the courts some how

Look at this similar comment posted on another hate site created by Claudine and AMPP:

While this is happening, Deanna is continuing to manage the Lawless Kent County page and post there including articles promoting herself and her political aspirations.

Feb 1, 2013- Deanna is accused by Bill Windsor of misconduct (direct quote),”Deanna, you have misappropriated our Michigan email address by changing the password.”

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Posted By Anonymous February 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

——–Original Message——-
From: Bill Windsor
To: Deanna xxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2013 1:49 AM
Subject: Deanna, you have misappropriated our email address by changing the password

Deanna, you have misappropriated our Michigan email address by changing the password. Please advise the password so we may change it for our continued use.

Failure to do so shall be construed as conversion, trademark infringement, and tortious interference with business relations.

I will not hesitate to sue you and file for a restraining order in Judge Patricia Gardner’s court.

William M. Windsor

From: Deanna xxxxxxxx
Date: To: Nobodies@att.net
Subject: Re: Deanna, you have misappropriated our email address by changing the password

I am really tired of you threatening me, bulling me, and telling me what to do.Please file your suit with judge Patricia Gardner, she will get a laugh out of it.

You sure must have a lot of time on your hands running around threatening people and filing all these suits.
Deanna xxxxxxx

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Deanna’s response?

AFTER Feb 1st, five additional posts appear on the Lawless Kent County page. Clearly Deanna has misappropriated the password because she continues to post AFTER Bill told her to stop, and that she was no longer a part of Lawless Michigan.

The last post says..

Feb 24, 2013 Lawless Kent County reposts an article written by Deanna on Feb 18 titled “The Most Corrupt Americans” The article concludes by promoting Deanna’s website and asking for donations for this website. Deanna also mentions she is running for US State Senate in 2018 and asks for both votes and donations for the Senate campaign.

“Please donate today to Abused Swan and help them save mothers lives. What you do not know is Deanna Kloostra, the writer of this article and the creator of Abused Swan, will be running for US Senate in 2018. Vote for Deanna or donate to her campaign when the time comes. “

Does Deanna even know where the money is going? Hint: you can’t mix campaign funds with personal business expenditures.

Also appearing on the page is a petition to remove Judge Patricia Gardner.. hmm.. wonder who is behind that?

Clearly Deanna Kloostra attacked Bill Windsor and Lawless America FIRST. Her later claims of being victimized by Bill/Lawless are not valid when you look at the actual evidence, and note the dates/times. AMPP has not provided any real evidence to prove their outrageous claims against Bill, instead they hope you are so offended that you will not question what is going on or why.

Stay posted for more on Deanna Kloostra, the Politician that Wet her Pants, and her crazy misadventures in the Mother’s Movement, Politics and her misadventures with Maria Melinn…

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Joel Osteen a Victim to Cyber Bullying & Identity Theft


ATW is posting this article because the tactics used against Joel Osteen are similar to the bullying, identity theft and libel used by some of the abusive advocates revealed on this blog; and to show that this kind of attack could happen to anyone.
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April 2013 – Pastor Joel Osteen was targeted in a sophisticated scam in which false online accounts were created using his name and personal information, a fake website was created and false messages were sent claiming Osteen “lost his faith” and “rejected Christ” and was going to resign. Millions of people saw or heard about these messages and were shocked..but NONE of these came from Osteen, they were all fake–a form of online identity theft and cyber bullying.

The attack began on April 1st when the imposter, Justin Tribble (of Minnesota) created Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other social media accounts using Joel Osteen’s name/image. The YouTube video generated 170,000 hits alone.

Tribble created a fake website as well, copying Osteen’s legitimate website exactly but missing one “e” in the web address to misspell Osteen’s name as “Osten”. The web site featured a fake letter from Osteen titled “I am leaving the Christian faith” that included this statement:
“[…] For a number of years now, I have been questioning the faith, Christianity and whether Jesus Christ is really my, or anyone’s, ‘savior’.
I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times. There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God. In fact, there is zero evidence “God” even exists.”

Tribble also created a fake WordPress site. The fake pages sought friends requests and asked for money. Over a million viewers visited the websites, many believed this hoax.

All of this–Tribble admits–cost him about $12 and about 5 hours to get the sites up and running. What it cost Osteen is beyond any monetary value–Osteen has been libeled, his faith questioned, and his congregation manipulated and his reputation attacked. Osteen’s Lakewood Church (Texas) was flooded with phone calls from all over the world, with people desperate to know if any of this was true. The sites have since been taken down. To his credit, Osteen has said very little–instead focusing on his faith and asserting that he is not leaving the ministy.

Tribble says he is a “fan” of Osteen though he is also an atheist. Tribble says he created the sites to get people to question Osteen, and specifically to expose “hypocrisy” in his teachings. It seems to us, that this is another way of blaming the victim–Osteen–for the actions of a bully–Tribble. Tribble also hoped to use Osteen’s name and reputation to push his own social and political views–implying that Tribble needed Osteen’s fame to accomplish what he (Tribble) could not do on his own.

Other hoax sites have since been created but none have gained as much traction and notereity as Tribble’s site. No word yet on if Osteen is going to file criminal charges.

— ATW

The Joel Osteen Hoax Original Blog and Website Where it All Began, Christianity News Texas,
http://christianitynewstexas.blogspot.com/2013_05_01_archive.html

The Houston Chronicle, Lakewood Church warns of Osteen Facebook hoax, Craig Hlavatary
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Joel-Osteen-warning-of-another-Internet-hoax-4506408.php

The Huffington Post, Joel Osteen Hoax: Man Allegedly Behind Ploy to Discredit Leader Wants Televangelist to Change His Message, Meredith Bennet-Smith,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/joel-osteen-hoax-discredit-televangelist-lost-religion_n_3044562.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D295687

NPR: Osteen is the Target of a Complex Online Hoax, Bill Chappell
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/08/176606502/pastor-joel-osteen-is-the-target-of-a-complex-online-hoa

Barry Opens a Dialogue with ATW Readers: Sexism & Domestic Violence

(Note: These are the words of Barry Goldstein and do not necessarily reflect the views, position, or beliefs of Among the Wolves. ATW strives to remain neutral, and present the information so You, the Reader, can come to your own conclusions.)
 
Barry Goldstein has read the reader comments on ATW and graciously offered a dialogue so he (his own words),”concentrate on how the material impacts you and the questions you have“. Barry is offering his thoughts, and looking forward to receiving your thoughts and/or feedback in return. This is not a “formal” article but rather a response generated by ATW reader comments, and general observation Barry has made in his years of experience working in the legal profession, and as a domestic violence advocate.
 
As always, please keep comments related to this post and maintain a respectful tone. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with you. Also feel free to leave any additional questions, comments or concerns that may not have been covered here.
 
Thank you Barry, and thank you ATW Readers!
 
Barry, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM:
 
1) We focus on sexism because sexism is the cause of domestic violence.
 
Part of the problem is that sexism like other oppressions is often invisible particularly to those who receive unearned advantages which in the case of sexism are men. I think it is important to understand that what we mean by sexism is different than is usually understood in the rest of the world. Most people think of sexism as something extreme like a crude joke, sexual assault or the kind of things Rush Limbaugh would say. In reality a lot of sexism is subtle and unconscious. That means that good people engage in sexism.
 
I was just talking last night in class about my experience as a new instructor and watching other new instructors since then. Inevitably a new male instructor will say or do something that is sexist and someone will tell them that it is offensive. Every new instruct has reacted by trying to say that we misunderstood or let me rephrase, but we ask them to be silent and listen and try to figure out why they were told it was sexist because it almost certainly was. The same process occurs when we speak of racism, heterosexism and other oppressions.
 
It is of course hard to hear that I said something sexist, racist, offensive, etc but in reality someone being willing to tell us this is giving us a valuable gift. It is difficult and often unsafe for someone from a marginalized group, like women when we speak about sexism to tell someone they did something offensive. Accordingly we need to make them feel safe to do so. Otherwise no one will tell us when we offended. When I say safe it means more than just not assaulting or threatening them, but being open to what they are saying, promising to change and not being defensive. I think too many people are quick to take offense when someone shares how their behavior has impacted them.
 
2) One of the places I want to take this discussion is to understand that in our society there is a huge difference between men and women, the privileges we have and how we are perceived. That is the context for everything that happens.
 
Too often courts and others seek to create a false sense of equivalency between men and women and this favors men because they have so many advantages in this society. Very often situations that seem the same on the surface are really very different.
 
Lynn Hecht Schafran wrote a wonderful article called Evaluating the Evaluators that illustrates how gender bias works in the courts. She tells the story of a new psychologist who is assigned to evaluate a young family. She goes to the father’s home and it is a complete mess with no food in the refrigerator. The evaluator writes that the father lives in a typical bachelor apartment. When she visits the mother’s home it is somewhat messy but not as bad as the father’s. She has food in the refrigerator but not as much as preferred. The evaluator writes the mother lives in a messy apartment with inadequate food. The evaluator has a supervisor because she was new and the supervisor asked if she saw what she had done. She was shocked at the gender biased approach she used and quickly corrected her report. I love this story because it shows how easy it is for someone acting in total good faith, and even a woman (by a process called internalized sexism) would engage in gender bias. So many of our assumptions are automatically colored by stereotypes so that the many gender bias committees appointed by courts have found that women are given a higher standard than men.
 
Periodically we will see news articles based on deeply flawed studies that suggest women abuse men almost as often as men abuse women. This is based on bad practices such as just counting the hits and a failure to understand dv dynamics. We often see cases where a man hits a woman, woman hits a man and it is treated the same, but there are three important differences. In general men are bigger and stronger, hit harder and cause more serious injuries. The second is that men hit women to maintain control and coerce compliance while women hit men in self-defense and to make him stop his abuse. Most important it is very common for women to be afraid of their male partner, afraid he will kill or seriously hurt her so that she will given in, do whatever she thinks he wants, let him make the decision. It virtually never happens that the man is so afraid of his female partner, that she will kill or seriously hurt him that he does whatever he thinks she wants. Nevertheless, court professionals with no understanding of dv dynamics often treat these situations as if they were mutual.
 
I will stop here and gauge your reaction and then we can continue. Hope you will find this useful.
 
Barry