Monthly Archives: February 2009

PDX Tea Party, Friday, 9am Pioneer Square …

near the Starbucks. This is to coincide with the national event. Thanks to 5th Listener Geoff who’s organizing this! Here’s his facebook info on the event.
Bring a sign and tea (I’m bringing tea leaves). Some ideas for your signs?

Pay for Your OWN Mortgage

Free Markets, Not Free Loaders

No Public Money for Private Failure

Reward Responsibility, Not Irresponsibility

Andrew Jackson was Right: No to Bank Nationalization

Cut Taxes, Not Deals

Next Time, Read the Bill Before You Sign It

You Can’t Borrow to Prosperity

Don’t Mortgage the Future

Solve Problems, Don’t Sweep Them Under the Table

220 Years to Build the Republic, 1 Month to Destroy It

Obama has a Crisis of Competence

Why Should I Pay for YOUR Bad Decisions

Restore the Republic, Revolt Against Socialism

Sleep? I’ll Sleep When Conservatives Run Congress

Netizen Warriors, Not Dependent Whiners

READ THE BILL NEXT TIME

No Taxation Without Deliberation

No Taxation Without Deliberative Representation

No Spending Without Deliberation

No Spending Without Deliberative Representation

Join Our Cause: Restore the Republic

We Don’t Want No Stinkin Socialism !

The Very Small List: Things Government Does Well

REPEAL THE PORK

REPEAL THE BAILOUT CONGRESS


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Case of Oregon Man "Offended" by Cali Cross Goes to SCOTUS. Yes, They’re Coming for Your God, Too…

Rees Lloyd, a civil rights attorney and Veterans activist, writes for World Net Daily and the Victoria Taft blog. He has helped litigate the case of an Oregon anti God kook who wants to cleanse all public property of all signs of God. The case of the cross at the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial is now headed to the US Supreme Court.



OFFENDED” BY CROSS AT VETERANS MEMORIAL IN CALIFORNIA DESERT

by REES LLOYD

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear and rule on the controversial Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross Case (Salazar vs. Buono). It promises to be a landmark precedent which will affect how Americans can choose to honor their war dead and other veterans, and will determine the limits of the Establishment of Religion Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Notwithstanding, the Oregonian did not find the Supreme Court’s action newsworthy as no story could be located, in contrast to most major American newspapers, which did inform the citizenry of this issue of nationwide impact.

Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who represents the District and passed legislation to preserve the memorial which the a U.S. District Judge nullified, which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed, said:

“I am gratified that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. I am confident that the justices will see the simple truth that this is a historic site honoring the sacrifices of those who died defending our nation. Frankly, I am disappointed that this case has had to go this far, and I am grateful to the American Legion and other veterans groups who have helped ensure that it has maintained support from the American public.”

The Supreme Court’s announcement comes after some seven years of litigation and legislative action to preserve the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. The U.S. District Court in Riverside in 2002 ordered the memorial destroyed at the behest of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which claims the presence of a cross there — two pipes strapped together on a rock outcrop 11 miles off the highway by veterans to honor WWI veterans –constitutes an endorsement of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause, rather than a memorial to veterans.

The memorial was originally established by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1934 on its own, private land. But the VFW donated the land to the government, and almost seven decades later, former President William Clinton ordered it incorporated in the Mojave Desert Preserve. Although there had never been a complaint about the cross for some 70 years, the ACLU sued for plaintiff Frank Buono, on his claim that he is “offended” by the presence of the cross on what is now federal property.

The ACLU, which, generally unknown to the public, is reaping millions of dollars in profits in Establishment Clause secular-cleansing lawsuits against veterans memorials, the Boy Scouts, public seals, asked for and received some $60,000 as a judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fee award for obtaining an order for the destruction of the veterans memorial for the offended Bueno.

Ironically, Buono was Assistant Superintendent of the Mojave Preserve at the time the memorial was incorporated into the Preserve, but did not object, take action, or make any complaint whatsoever about the cross.

However, after he retired and moved to Oregon, he had the ACLU sue to destroy the veterans memorial in California on the basis it “offends” him even though he lives in Oregon.

One of the issues the Supreme Court will decide is whether a person who lives hundreds or thousands of miles from a veterans memorial has legal “standing” to sue to destroy it because he or she is offended by a symbol or expression there which has religious significance.

Another issue to be decided is whether the Congress can be prohibited by a single federal judge from legislating the transfer of land from public to private hands to cure any suggestion of governmental endorsement of a religion, as Congress did when it passed Rep. Jerry Lewis’ bill for the “land swap” which put the memorial back on private land in private hands, as it originally was.

Another is whether mere taking “offense” at the sight of a religious symbol or expression should provide a veto power to a single person over the decisions of communities as to how to honor those who have defended American freedom, many at the cost of their lives.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, it will affect all of America.

(Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights attorney and former ACLU staff attorney of the ACLU, is the founder and Director of the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of The American Legion Department of California and the Alliance Defense Fund, which will participate in the Supreme Court litigation against the ACLU, which Lloyd claims has become the “Taliban of American liberal secularism.”)

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Thomas Jefferson: A Government Big Enough to Give You Everything You Want, Is Strong Enough to Take Everything You Have

The Obama bail out, mortgage bill and latest spending bill will had trillions to debt (you can’t blame that on the G-4-3). Low lights of the latest spending bill from US News Here.

  • A $65 billion-a-year health plan
  • $15 billion in green energy spending
  • $85 billion in tax cuts and credits
  • A $25 billion-a-year increase in foreign aid
  • $18 billion a year in education spending
  • $3.5 billion for a national service plan
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PDX Tea Party, Friday, 9am Pioneer Square …

near the Starbucks. This is to coincide with the national event. Thanks to 5th Listener Geoff who’s organizing this! Here’s his facebook info on the event.
Bring a sign and tea (I’m bringing tea leaves). Some ideas for your signs?

Pay for Your OWN Mortgage

Free Markets, Not Free Loaders

No Public Money for Private Failure

Reward Responsibility, Not Irresponsibility

Andrew Jackson was Right: No to Bank Nationalization

Cut Taxes, Not Deals

Next Time, Read the Bill Before You Sign It

You Can’t Borrow to Prosperity

Don’t Mortgage the Future

Solve Problems, Don’t Sweep Them Under the Table

220 Years to Build the Republic, 1 Month to Destroy It

Obama has a Crisis of Competence

Why Should I Pay for YOUR Bad Decisions

Restore the Republic, Revolt Against Socialism

Sleep? I’ll Sleep When Conservatives Run Congress

Netizen Warriors, Not Dependent Whiners

READ THE BILL NEXT TIME

No Taxation Without Deliberation

No Taxation Without Deliberative Representation

No Spending Without Deliberation

No Spending Without Deliberative Representation

Join Our Cause: Restore the Republic

We Don’t Want No Stinkin Socialism !

The Very Small List: Things Government Does Well

REPEAL THE PORK

REPEAL THE BAILOUT CONGRESS


Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Time to Get Tough

As we all know, 13 year-old Alycia Nipp was brutally murdered in Hazel Dell this past weekend. She did not have to die!

Letting serious sex offenders out of prison wearing GPS tracking devices is woefully inadequate, more must be done.

Washington residents, contact your Elected Officials, all of them and demand tougher laws dealing with these cretins. If you don’t know who your Representatives are, you can find them here.

Oregon residents, you can find your Representatives here.

It’s time to put politics aside and join forces to protect our children. Attitudes as expressed by a Washington County Dept of Corrections person is unacceptable. She said, “We can’t hold their hand seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And these things, as tragic as they are, do happen.”

Murder does not just happen!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Time to Get Tough

As we all know, 13 year-old Alycia Nipp was brutally murdered in Hazel Dell this past weekend. She did not have to die!

Letting serious sex offenders out of prison wearing GPS tracking devices is woefully inadequate, more must be done.

Washington residents, contact your Elected Officials, all of them and demand tougher laws dealing with these cretins. If you don’t know who your Representatives are, you can find them here.

Oregon residents, you can find your Representatives here.

It’s time to put politics aside and join forces to protect our children. Attitudes as expressed by a Washington County Dept of Corrections person is unacceptable. She said, “We can’t hold their hand seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And these things, as tragic as they are, do happen.”

Murder does not just happen!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com