Daily Archives: June 10, 2012

Creators of Occupy Movement Call it "Burned Out" Suffering from a "Poverty of Ideas."

In Search of Meaning at Occupy

Thanks to an alert 5th Listener who directed me to this Newsbusters story, I learn that Adbusters, the Canadian magazine that launched the “Occupy” movement, declares their movement is now “burned out” and “out of ideas.”

For people who consider themselves at the cutting edge of “culture jamm[ing].” they’re certainly slow learners. Anyone with a pulse could have told you Occupy was “out of ideas” when they first appeared on the scene.

Occupiers pitched tents and commenced presenting a sushi-go-round-like buffet of warmed over liberal ideas. Free housing, free university education, steal from the rich and give to the poor, and,

oh by the way, if you don’t do what we say we’ll sic our pet anarchists on you and pee on your sidewalks. They were po’d at Wall Street, main street, cops, citizens, conservatives, suits and park toilets. The only ones they didn’t hold a grudge against were their union paymasters.

The left wing magazine, Adbusters, says Occupiers have sold out:

They Birthed Occupy, Now They’re Bored With It

Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments.

And after selling out they simply became corporate like:

Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now. Putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy.

But amazingly after declaring their paradigm dead, Adbusters is calling for more of the same with a new name: Flash Encampments.

The next big bang to capture the world’s imagination could come not from a thousand encampments but from a hundred thousand ephemeral jams… a global cascade of flash encampments may well be what this hot Summer will look like.

Flash Encampments. Is that a plan or a prediction of how this will last?

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Rees Lloyd: Revealed Monday Supreme Court Decision on Whether They’ll Take Up Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross Case

SD Union Tribune Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 7, 2012 conference  meeting included an undisclosed vote on whether the Court will grant review in the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Cross Case (Mt. Soledad Memorial Association v. Trunk), which is the most important Establishment of Religion Clause case pending, in my opinion. The ACLU, which I believe has become the Taliban of American Liberal Secularism due to its secular cleansing fanaticism, is now in its twenty-third (23rd) year of legal attack attempting to destroy the cross honoring veterans at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial. 

The U.S. District Court in San Diego ruled against the ACLU in the latest round of litigation after the memorial was transferred to the U.S. Defense Department by Act of Congress in 2006 to save it from court-ordered destruction. The District Court held that the cross is not a violation of the Establishment of Religion Clause because reasonable persons observing it would understand it is intended to honor the selfless service and sacrifice of the war dead and other veterans, and is not intended to endorse any particular religion, or religion generally. 

However, the ACLU appealed to the the 9th Circuit, the most liberal, most reversed circuit in the nation, which reversed that  District Court decision and ordered the cross destroyed. 

The Supreme Court vote decides whether to allow the 9th Circuit decision to stand, and thus tear down the cross, or grant Supreme Court review and decide the issue itself.

Liberty Institute in Texas represents the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association in its petition for review. There is much valuable information on the issues presented in this and related cases at its website.

Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross, San Diego, Ca

As co-founder, with Attorney Joseph Infranco of the Alliance Defense Fund, of the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of The American Legion District 21 and of the Dept. of California,  I am proud that  The American Legion is fighting the ACLU to save Mt. Soledad, as one of the organizations which has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the petition for Supreme Court review as has the Thomas More Law Center  and many other veterans’ and patriotic public interest law firms. 

I am particularly proud that when oral argument was heard at the 9th Circuit’s Courthouse in Pasadena, CA, every single seat in the courtroom was filled by a wartime veteran member of The American Legion Department of California.
The importance of the Supreme Court’s vote June 7,and its ultimate decision if it grants review, cannot be overestimated. 
What is at stake in the Mt. Soledad National Veteran’s Memorial Cross Case is whether 300-million Americans will continue to have the right to honor their war dead and other Americans as they decide; or whether the secular-extremists of the ACLU shall have a veto power over such decisions because one or more persons represented by the ACLU claim they are “offended” by the sight of a cross on veterans memorials.
The precedent set in the Mt. Soledad Cross case will affect the entire nation, and future generations of Americans who wish to honor their war dead and other veterans.
There is no American who has done more personally to save the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial “where it is, as it is,” with the cross honoring veterans intact, than San Diego Attorney Charles LiMandri, Western Regional Director of the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC),  and founder of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). He has worked pro bono  defending the Mt Soledad Cross for eight years, commencing in 2004, in the California Superior Court and Court of Appeal, the U.S. District Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

When the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly and the Senate voted unanimously to enact the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Protection Act in 2006, which transferred the memorial from the City of San Diego to the U.S. Defense Department –thereby saving it from from a destruction order issued at that time — LiMandri was invited to attend the signing ceremony in the White House by then-President George Bush in recognition of LiMandri’s extraordinary pro bono efforts to save the Mt. Soledad Cross. Mr. LiMandri said of the Supreme Court’s vote today:

“This is the longest running religious freedom case of its kind in the history of our nation. After 23 years of litigation, the end of this case is finally in sight. If the U.S. Supreme Court accepts the case, as we hope and expect that it will, then it will have an excellent opportunity to not only preserve intact the historic Mt. Soledad War Memorial, but it will also be in a position to lend some much needed clarity to this area of the law involving the proper use of religious symbols on public property.”

The Supreme Court’s decision is expected to be publicly released on Monday.

It is to be hoped that the Supreme Court will grant review, and ultimately reverse the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. 

But whatever that decision is, we must continue to fight to preserve Mt. Soledad, and all veterans memorials, “where they are, as they are, with the cross honoring veterans intact, in order to preserve the right of Americans to honor their war dead and other veterans in the manner they decide appropriate, even if the ACLU is “offended” at the sight of a cross honoring veterans at veterans’ memorials.
(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney now living in Portland, is an American Legion activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce)

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Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally Disrupted by Hater

JSG Shows Up to Trash Religious Rally

There is nothing more basic in the United States of America than religious freedom. Religious freedom is the first enumerated right of all Americans and is God given. Our rights are, as the founders said, “self evident.” As it says in the First Amendment of the US Constitution,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

ObamaCare’s requirement that all health insurance cover abortifacents, sterilization and birth control is a slap in the face to–especially– the Catholic Church. Forcing the

church to provide this coverage is an abridgement of their practice and free exercise of religion. You might be able to make a case that the President replaces this religious belief with his own secular beliefs, thus establishing a religion.

Kroger at Health Care Rally, WWeek Photo

But can you hold a pro religious freedom rally and have official Portland show up? Will the (now former) Attorney General of Oregon, who shows up for every AIDS walk and health care rally, show up to support rights in the United States Constitution?

No. He actually is cheer leading this kind of intrusion. See his letter nearby.

You can get hundreds of Occupy Portland people to trash parks and agitate for phony “rights” to free stuff from the rest of us, that is when they weren’t making Molotov cocktails, but can you get those same people to show up to defend a real right in the US Constitution? A right being assaulted by their President? No.

Will the ACLU join the chorus of boos about this imperial-like assault on our fundamental freedoms enshrined in the US Constitution? No.

Did the Portland are Catholic Archdiocese send representatives to attend even though Catholics are taking legal point on this case? Not that I know of.

However this guy showed up:

So it was that as many as 300 people attended the Stand Up for Religious Freedom event at noon on Friday in downtown Portland. 300 people. It should have been 3,000. Yes, it was a successful event in the middle of the work day but this is a serious issue. It’s everything.

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