Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rees Lloyd: Supreme Court denies expedited review of Mt Soledad case

The case goes back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. LiMandri: Cross stays put till then.

Rees Lloyd addressing dignitaries at the dedication of the plaque commemorating the Four Chaplains at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial
Author Rees Lloyd addressing dignitaries at the dedication of the plaque commemorating the Four Chaplains at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

The Supreme Court on Monday, June 30, 2014, issued an order denying a petition for expedited review of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Cross Case (Mt. Soledad Memorial Assn. v. Steve Trunk, et al, USSC NO. 13-061.)

The petition filed by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association requested the Court to grant review, by-passing the appeal pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. The Court declined without an opinion.
Justice Alito published a separate statement explaining that denial of the petition does not represent a final decision on whether the Supreme Court will ultimately grant review.

Rather, Justice Alito noted that because the Ninth Circuit has not ruled on the appeal from the U.S. District Court decision ordering the Cross destroyed, there is “no final judgment” on which the Supreme Court to Rule.
Further, he pointed out that because the U.S. District Court ordered a stay pending appeal, the Cross will not be destroyed as the appeal process continues in the Ninth Circuit.

Veteran overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop Mt. Soledad, home of the Veterans Memorial.
Veteran overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop Mt. Soledad, home of the Veterans Memorial.

Justice Alito, in issuing his statement clarifying that the denial of expedited review is not a final decision on whether to grant Supreme Court review, noted again that the “ ‘Court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence is undoubtedly in need of clarity.” Few constitutional law practitioners would disagree.

Justice Alito’s statement is published at 53 U.S. ____(2014), and is below in its entirety for convenience.

San Diego Attorney Charles S. LiMandri, founder and chief legal counsel of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), who is credited with doing more to save the Mt. Soledad Cross than any other single person, said in response to the Supreme Court’s denial of expedited review:

“It is an unfortunate delay. It means going through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal processes. This is what the Supreme Court wants, and what the government wanted. So, instead of a delay of perhaps one year, we may be waiting two or three years.
“But it is not ‘bad news.” They are not saying they won’t take the case ultimately; just not now,” LiMandri said.
“The good news is that the stay is in effect pending appeal. So the Cross isn’t going anywhere, and we believe we will ultimately prevail based on statements made by the Justices and rulings in other cases,” LiMandri concluded.

There is also a possibility of legislative action to preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial “where it is, as it is,” with the Cross intact.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a combat veteran and former Marine, has a bill pending to preserve all veterans memorials.

Further, the legislative solution reached which saved the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial may be a precedent for saving the Mt. Soledad National Memorial.

That is, the ACLU sued for ten years to destroy the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross, established in the remote desert in 1934 by WWI Veterans of Foreign Wars members to honor their fallen WWI comrades. When the ACLU obtained an order from the U.S. District Court in Riverside, CA, to destroy the Cross in 2002, then-Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) sponsored legislation in which Congress authorized a land swap in which the one-acre Mojave memorial site was exchanged for five acres of land donated by private citizens, Henry and Wanda Sanchez.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that that land exchange did not violate the Constitution. Although the ACLU continued to sue for two more years, claiming that the Act of Congress was itself unconstitutional, the ACLU ultimately surrendered in 2012.

The Mt. Soledad Cross was established in 1954 to honor Korean War Veterans. Later, it became a memorial honoring all veterans. There are now more than 3,000 plaques, many bearing crosses or Stars of David, on the walls of the memorial beneath the 29-foot Cross honoring all veterans.


The extremists of the ACLU, which has become the Taliban of American liberal secularism, have been suing to destroy the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross for 25 years now.

In 2006, a U.S. District Judge in San Diego ordered the City of San Diego to tear down the Cross in 90 days or he would impose a fine of $5,000 per day. Congress responded by passing the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial Act, which transferred the memorial from the City of San Diego to the federal Department of Defense. Because the ACLU had sued to destroy the Cross in federal Court but under the California Constitution, that transfer nullified the cross destruction order.

ACLU sued to destroy the Cross again, this time under the U.S. Constitution. A different U.S. District Judge in San Diego ruled that the Mt. Soledad Cross was constitutional as a reasonable person would understand that the Cross was part of a war memorial intended to honor veterans, not to advance religion or any particular religion.
The Ninth Circuit overruled the District Court and remanded the case for a remedy to be ordered. The District Court stated it continued to believe the Mt. Soledad Cross is constitutional, but had no choice but to order it destroyed due to the Ninth Circuit ruling. The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association appealed to the Ninth Circuit, and petitioned the Supreme Court to expedite resolution by granting immediate review. That was declined.
Many believe the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Cross Case is the most important pending Establishment of Religion Clause case. Final decision by the Supreme Court will set a precedent affecting this and future generations of Americans.

What is at stake is whether 300-million Americans will continue to be able to honor their war dead and other veterans as they choose, using symbols of our American history and heritage, including the cross and other symbols with a religious aspect; or whether atheists, agnostics, and intolerant secular extremists epitomized by the ACLU will have a veto power over those decisions because they are “offended” by the sight of the cross.
For now, the Mt. Soledad Cross will remain protected due to the stay order until the appeals process is complete. A legislative solution could be enacted in the meantime.

However, experience has shown that in order for effective action to be taken by Congress, or the White House, veterans and other American patriots have to rise up and fight for it, or little or nothing will be done.

(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights lawyer and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)
Cite as: 573 U. S. ____ (2014)
Statement of ALITO, J.

No. 13–1061. Decided June 30, 2014
The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment isdenied.
Statement of JUSTICE ALITO respecting the denial of the petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment.
This case came before us two years ago, see 567 U. S.___ (2012), and at that time I issued a statement respect­ing the denial of certiorari. I noted that although the“Court’s Establishment Clause jurisprudence is undoubt­edly in need of clarity,” certiorari was not yet warranted inthis case “[b]ecause no final judgment has been rendered and it remains unclear precisely what action the FederalGovernment will be required to take.” Id., at ___ (slip op., at 2, 3).
Since that time, the District Court has issued an order requiring the memorial to be removed, but it has stayed that order pending appeal. The Court of Appeals has not yet reviewed that order on appeal. Seeking to bypass that step, petitioner seeks certiorari before judgment. In my view, it has not met the very demanding standard werequire in order to grant certiorari at that stage. In lightof the stay, any review by this Court can await the deci­sion of the Court of Appeals. I therefore agree with the Court’s decision to deny the petition.

Supreme Court rules in home family health workers don’t have to pay dues. Blow to SEIU.

SCOTUS rules 5-4 state may not conscript family home health workers into dues paying public sector union members


One of the big power grabs on the labor left has been the conscription of home health care workers into a public sector unions. This includes the–I’ll say it–scam that pays family members to take care of their own needy family members. The state take over of the home health workers was also a gift to the unions–especially the SEIU– which leveraged the deal into more dues and power, sacrificing one’s castle for the union hall. 

Today, the US Supreme Court said hold up. 

In an Illinois case, the highest court said home health workers aren’t full fledged union workers and therefore should not be forced to give over union dues.

Backed by the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, the employees had asked the court to upend a decades-old practice that lets public-sector unions collect money from workers who do not want union representation, so long as the money is not spent on political activities.

the SEIU and public sector unions  union dues out of people taking care of their family members. It was a big price to pay. 

*UPDATED* Supreme Courts rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, religious freedom in ObamaCare based test

The Christian owners/operators of craft store chain retain right NOT to provide abortion drugs under ObamaCare

logo Hobby-Lobby-logoHobby-Lobby-logo Hobby Lobby has won in the US Supreme Court. In a closely hewed decision by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that an organization run by devoutly religious people can extend their beliefs into their organization or corporation.

Alito also said the decision is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” Alito said.

The owners of Hobby Lobby sued after the passage of ObamaCare because the government health care diktats required corporations to cover drugs that cause abortions. Hobby Lobby was already covering contraceptives in their health insurance and objected to the drugs which abort babies in contravention of their religious beliefs. The Obama Administration lawyers argued otherwise, of course. Alito tried to allay their fears that poor women would not get free contraceptives and abortion pills.

Alito also said the decision is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” Alito said.

He suggested two ways the administration could ensure women get the contraception they want. It could simply pay for pregnancy prevention, he said.

But this case is shaping up to be another leftist lightening rod in the manner of Citizens United which recognized business owners had the right to give to political campaigns–just as non business owners and, more importantly, labor unions–could.  Sadly, four of the five justices ruled religious beliefs end the moment religious individuals open a business and run it in, in this case, a Biblical way. 

In a dissent she read aloud from the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “potentially sweeping” because it minimizes the government’s interest in uniform compliance with laws affecting the workplace. “And it discounts the disadvantages religion-based opt outs impose on others, in particular, employees who do not share their employer’s religious beliefs,” Ginsburg said.

The case was joined by 50 other companies, including Conestoga Woods, a Mennonite cabinet maker. 

*Update* Read decision here. 

Update: Supreme Court to decide Monday whether to take Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial

*This post has been updated to reflect the court will decide to take case of Mt Soledad case.

Attorney: The US Supreme Court will announce decision on taking Mt. Soledad cross case Monday

Mt. Soledad cross the day of the dedication of a plaque to The Four Chaplains.

The attorney fighting to save the 54 foot tall Latin cross sitting atop San Diego’s Mt. Soledad, Chuck LiMandri, has been told the nation’s highest court will announce whether it will take the case to decide whether the cross stays or goes Monday morning. The cross has been the subject of a lawsuit since the 1980’s.   The trip to the Supreme Court has been filled with twists. The land has been transferred, made into a park, given over to a private organization–all in an effort to legally save the cross. It is now a veterans memorial, filled with plaques commemorating heroes–living and dead–who have fought for the United States. 

L-R: Attorneys Charles LiMandri and Rees Lloyd (civil rights attorney, Veterans activist and member of the Blogforce)
L-R: Attorneys Charles LiMandri and Rees Lloyd (civil rights attorney, Veterans activist and member of the Blogforce)

After refusing to hear the case the first time it was appealed to the Supreme Court, the high court agreed to hear it when a federal judge in 2013 reluctantly ordered the cross removed. The court has potentially tipped its hand on this case. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have discussed the glide path the court has taken in recent decisions. As civil rights attorney Ken Klukowski notes recently at, it all boils down to the decision called the Town of Greece. Scalia said,

We recently confronted and curtailed this errant line of precedent in Town of Greece v. Galloway… First, Town of Greece abandoned the antiquated “endorsement test,” which formed the basis of for the decision below… Second, Town of Greece made categorically clear that mere offense does not equate to coercion in any manner relevant to the proper Establishment Clause analysis… Last, but by no means least, Town of Greece left no doubt that the Establishment Clause must be interpreted by reference to historical practices and understandings.

Klukowski notes “if they’re right, then as Breitbart News reported on Town of Greece, there could be a historic change in the making.” Let’s hope he’s right. We’ll find out soon enough.

Bruce McCain: VA scandal has Oregon ties

Joan Mooney, top aide to Eric Shinseki and former chief of staff to US Rep. Darlene Hooley, resigns June 20 after grilling by House Committee on Veterans Affairs

The ongoing and expanding national scandal over veterans’ care has claimed yet another victim. This time it was

Joan Mooney (center) faces an irate House Committee on Veterans Affairs in May 2014.
Joan Mooney (center) faces an irate House Committee on Veterans Affairs in May 2014.

not a veteran himself or herself who died while lost on a secret wait list; but rather another high-ranking member of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s immediate staff. On June 20, Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs, quietly announced her “retirement” following a withering barrage last month in front of a Congressional committee seeking answers to the recently released VA Inspector’s General interim report that confirmed the worst fears of those looking into VA practices around the nation, including Oregon.

The interim report confirmed the existence of “multiple types of scheduling practices that are not in compliance with VHA policy.” The report indicated these preliminary findings may be the basis for allegations of creating ‘secret wait lists’ in Phoenix and elsewhere. President Obama called such behavior by the VA, if proven true, “dishonorable” and “disgraceful.” The report left Oregon’s two Democratic US Senators “flabbergasted.” Yet with Oregon ranking among the worst states in terms of veterans’ wait times for initial appointments, Senators Wyden’s and Merkley’s response was to ask Congress for more money.

Secretary Shinseki eventually heeded the call from both sides of the aisle to step down, culminating in his own resignation May 30. But the heads continue to roll at the VA, after senior staffers such as Mooney were called before an irate Congress that was in no mood for evasive answers or excuses lacking credibility. Mooney’s fate may have been sealed when she squared off with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, on 28 in a widely viewed exchange that left Miller furious and Mooney stammering for answers

The fireworks in May were not an aberration, as Mooney had been the focus of criticism from members of Congress for some time. In September 2013, a member of the same House Committee on Veterans Affairs accused Mooney’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) of using “a veneer of incompetency to mask a process of systematically covering up information that’s embarrassing to the Veterans Administration.” Rather than accept Mooney’s responses as the product of bureaucratic incompetency, the committee member gave Mooney the ultimate backhanded compliment when he bluntly told her, “You are not what you appear to be today – a bumbling idiot.”

The Oregon Connection

Joan Mooney (L) with former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam), June 29, 2012
Joan Mooney (L) with former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam), June 29, 2012

Most Americans, including most Oregonians, likely have never heard of Joan Mooney, since the veteran political staffer has worked behind the scenes for most of her 20-year political career. For 12 years Mooney served as chief of staff for Democrat Darlene Hooley, who represented Oregon’s 5th Congressional District from 1997 through 2008. When Hooley announced she would not seek reelection in 2008, Mooney needed a new job and she found one in Washington D.C.

At the time, Mooney was known as Joan Evans, as she had married Paul Evans in February 2005 after meeting him in late summer 2004 when Evans was in the process of ending his first marriage. In 2007 Paul Evans was tapped to serve as Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s senior policy advisor for military and veterans affairs. As the governor’s point man on veterans care in Oregon, Evans served as Chairman of the Governor’s Veterans Services Task Force.

While Paul Evans may have been Oregon’s top policy person on veterans’ affairs, his wife soon upstaged him at the national level. On June 23, 2009, Joan M. Evans was nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Mooney’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on August 7, 2009 and she was sworn in by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on August 10, 2009. At her swearing in, Evans declared and promised:

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this position and look forward to joining President Obama and Secretary Shinseki in their effort to transform VA into a 21st century organization that is Veteran-centric, results-driven, and forward looking […] My mission will be to ensure the Secretary and VA leadership as well as members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the authorizing and appropriating Committees have what they need to perform their respective roles efficiently and effectively.”

Five years later, members of Congress were publicly calling her a “bumbling idiot” who intentionally or incompetently failed to provide members of Congress with what they need to get to the bottom of the “dishonorable” and “disgraceful” practices of the Veterans Administration. Understandably, Mooney had enough and effective June 20, 2014, she quietly retired from service, three weeks after her boss Shinseki was effectively pushed out of the VA Secretary position.

The VA Power Couple

Few Oregonians realized that in 2009, the state boasted arguably America’s greatest power couple on veterans’

Paul Evans, ex-husband of Joan Mooney and Oregon’s former senior policy adviser on veterans affairs, 2007-2010
Paul Evans, ex-husband of Joan Mooney and Oregon’s former senior policy adviser on veterans affairs, 2007-2010

affairs, with Paul Evans serving as Oregon’s top policy advisor and Joan Evans rising to become the official link between Congress and the VA. However, 2010 would not be so enjoyable for the couple. By December 2010 Paul Evans was finalizing his second divorce in six years – this time from Joan Evans. Moreover, he would not continue in his role as the governor’s top veterans’ advisor when John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011. Today Paul Evans teaches speech communication at a local community college. After a failed bid for the Oregon senate in 2006, Evans is making another run at the legislature as the 2014 Democratic candidate in house district 20 (West Salem-Independence-Monmouth).

After their 2010 divorce, Joan Evans became Joan Mooney once again and remained in her Alexandria, Virginia home while serving as Shinseki’s top aide to Congress until the two were shown the door through resignation and retirement. It’s not clear who at this point will clean up the VA mess in Oregon and across the nation. There will likely be more investigations, hearings, reports, recriminations and hand-wringing from the executive and legislative branches. For Joan Mooney, former chief-of-staff to Darlene Hooley and ex-wife of Oregon’s chief of veterans’ policy, she can take comfort in knowing it will not be her featured on C-SPAN or network news roasting over a Congressional committee’s grill.

Bruce McCain is an attorney in private practice, legal adviser for local media, a member of the Reynolds School Board, retired Multnomah County Sheriffs Captain and is a member of Blogforce. This piece originally was posted here. 

Lucky 13! Obama-Holder “extreme” views rebuked by Supreme Court again

scotusThe US Supreme Court ruled unanimously today making recess appointments when the Congress is not in recess is, uh, unconstitutional. But that’s only the latest ruling slapping down the Obama Administration’s attempt to expand its powers.

As John Fund reports over at National Review,

Did you know the Obama administration’s position has been defeated in at least 13 – thirteen — cases before the Supreme Court since January 2012 that were unanimous decisions? It continued its abysmal record before the Supreme Court today with the announcement of two unanimous opinions against arguments the administration had supported. First, the Court rejected the administration’s power grab on recess appointments by making clear it could not decide when the Senate was in recess. Then it unanimously tossed out a law establishing abortion-clinic “buffer zones” against pro-life protests that the Obama administration argued on behalf of before the Court (though the case was led by Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley).

And Fund is especially galled at the attempt by the Obama Administration to steal away even more civil liberties–all of which have been slapped down by SCOTUS. These decisions include the ruling preventing police from looking at your cell phone without a warrant, stopping the Obama-Holder justice department from putting GPS units on cars at will without a warrant and telling protesters they can be put in a special free speech zones near abortion clinics. 

Obama releases photos of him watching…no, not Benghazi, the World Cup

The White House staff made sure media outlets got a gander of El Presidente watching the US lose to Germany (but still advance to the group of 16).

Note the changing personnel seated next to Mr. Obama. Valerie Jarrett is out and someone new comes in. Here:

And here:

Note the photos were aboard Air Force One and shared by the mainstreams who should be wondering where the photos are of the president during the Benghazi debacle.

Meantime, hawkers of tourist trinkets at the World Cup put Obama’s mug on the English national team cup.

No, the president, whose antipathy toward the British includes removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the oval office, does not play for Manchester United.

Portland Pot Petitioners Demand Pay… in Pot

Dopes. Pot petition circulators’ pay checks bounce; demand free pot.oregon-marijuana-medical-dispensaries

A small group of canvassers collecting signatures for two Oregon pot legalization measures are on strike after their paychecks were late or bounced. 

The disgruntled employees, calling themselves United Campaign Workers, have filed a grievance with National Labor Relations Board.

Among the demands made by the employees are, according to KGW TV, “longer training sessions, established “turf autonomy” and travel reimbursement. It also said canvassers who are medical marijuana patients should receive “medication gratis from clinics” operated by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, which is owned by chief legalization campaign petitioner Paul Stanford. He has worked to legalize marijuana in Oregon for more than 20 years. , “

Stanford is trying to write marijuana into the Oregon Constitution. Two pro pot petitions are being circulated to be considered for the November ballot. 




Tony Gwynn, the classiest man in sport, dies of cancer

Mr. Padre, Mr. San Diego, dies of cancer

images-2I began watching the Padres in 1982 and Tony Gwynn specifically when he came up to the bigs in 1983. I did the news on the Padres flagship station KFMB at the time and heard all the games waiting for my chance to do the post game newscast. It was through Jerry Coleman, Dave Campbell and Ted Leitner’s play-by-play that I learned about baseball and began a years long appreciation of the man who later became known as Mr. Padre. 

It was hard not to pick out the new guy as the “Player of the Game” (when it wasn’t Steve Garvey, Dave Dravecky or Eric Show) and I was impressed with his workmanlike behavior and humility in those post game interviews. I became a big fan. He could have sucked and I would have been a big fan.

He’d come to the station now and then to sit in with the hosts. I’d met him. He was genuinely nice.

Even though I knew it wasn’t very professional, I was so impressed by Tony’s maturity, artfulness and work ethic that I sent a fan letter to the man.

I don’t feel too bad for being such a fan girl after George Will selected Tony as one of his subjects in his homage to the greats called, “Men At Work.” Good choice.images-3

Years later, after my husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon, I got this copy of Sports Illustrated (nearby) in the mail. I’d already bought two Tony Gwynn jerseys –one I wore and the other I’d saved for the day when I could have an autograph. My friend, Rich Rudy, the top producer for two sports anchors in town, offered to take it in for Tony to sign. Tony was his usual gregarious and humble self. Then he did something that I thought was so cool. He asked how I was doing in Portland. He apparently remembered me

As I’ve listened to the tributes to Tony on the San Diego airwaves today, I’ve noticed a lot of people have that same story–Tony remembered them. 

All I know is, I’ll never forget him. 




Rees Lloyd on Flag Day 2014: Where are the flags?

Once upon a time in America, Flag Day, June 14, was a day of parades, marching bands, celebrations of respect and reverence for the Flag under which some 1,400,000 veterans have given their lives fighting in war to defend freedom. images

Flag Day is observed at American Legion Posts, VFW Posts, and at gatherings of other veterans’ and patriotic organizations all over the country. Many observances by veterans include disposing worn and tattered American Flags with dignity by ceremonial burning.

On Flag Day 2014, the question must be asked: Where were all the Flags at homes and neighborhoods as once there were? Where were the marching bands, the gatherings of Americans in community squares and parks to honor the Flag and all of those who have served under it to keep America the land of the free?

For but one example, compare the display of Flags on 6-14-2014, Flag Day, with 9-12-2001, the day after 3,000 Americans were massacred by Muslim fascist fanatics in the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

Then, Flags were everywhere, on almost every home on every street in some areas, on cars, everywhere the Flag, on 9-12-01. That did not include, of course, illegal aliens whose hearts and allegiance remain with the failed countries they fled although it is America by which they are fed, and excludes many foreign Muslim students in American colleges who actually openly celebrated 9-11 as a Muslim victory over the “Great Satan” America, Christian “Crusaders,” and, of course, Jews, whom Islam, , teaches are not human but the spawn of “apes and pigs.”

It was on 9-11-01 that Islamist terrorists, Muslim jihadist fanatics, attacked America in purported service to Allah and Islam, the religion of peace and love. Nineteen mostly-Saudi jihadist fanatics who never should have been allowed in America in the first place, slaughtered some 3,000 innocent Americans, “infidels” in the eyes of Muslims, in attacking the Twin Towers in New York.

True believers in Islam, the 19 Muslim assassins were inspired by the Koran and its promise of 72 virgins in Paradise to “Holy War” martyrs. Their leader, Mohammed Atta, who had been allowed into Germany as a “student” and then into America on the same basis, advised these Muslim murderers to make sure they bathed and dressed well on 9-11 so as to properly meet the 72 virgins awaiting their sexual plunder as the Koran promises.

A good Muslim, Atta did not mind having the blood of 3,000 innocents on his hands, but he didn’t want to give offense to the 72 virgins by body odor or dirty feet after the fact of the murders.

Although there is much liberal slobber about terrorists being just poor Muslims who would be nice if not “driven to terrorism by poverty,” like most Muslim terrorists in the West, Atta was not at all a poor person who turned into a terrorist because of poverty. On the contrary, he was from a relatively well-off Muslim family, a college student in Germany and America by day, and a jihad student by night. Night won.

Atta’s example prompts an inquiry: Why are we importing future dedicated Islamist Attas into America, and American colleges and universities , to spread their fascist Muslim ideology and actually or potentially assassinate Americans as an Islamic religious duty?

During WWII, would we have welcomed into the country and, most particularly, into our colleges and universities, avowed NAZI’s, true believers in Hitler’s totalitarian NAZIism, with the liberal hope that in doing so they would learn to love us rather to kill us for Hitler, their secular God?

If not, why do we welcome into the country, and most particularly into our colleges and universities, avowed true believers in totalitarian, jihadist Islam? Why would we continue to believe that people with a deeply held religious belief based on the teachings of the Koran that they have not only the right but a duty to kill non-believers – to kill us Americans –will, if allowed to immigrate in to our country and into our schools, colleges, and universities, learn to love us rather than kill us for Allah?

Muhammad Atta was a student studying engineering in Germany . He came here on a visa allegedly to attend college. But he did not learn to love the Germans who generously allowed him into their higher education, or to love Americans. Rather, while in Germany he learned how to become a fanatical assassin for Allah, a true believer Muslim mass murderer for Islam which proclaims its aim is conquer the world for Allah by the sword, and to rule the world under Sharia law.

Atta and his terrorist gang of Muslim jihadists sent two planes into the Twin Towers; they attacked the Pentagon with another; and they attempted a third attack until Americans aboard that Islamic death flight fought them, bringing down the plane in a Pennsylvania field, sacrificing their own American lives in doing so.

Today, Osama Bin Laden is dead, but Islamic Jihadism is alive and well. Jihadist Islamists are advancing to conquer in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, no matter the utterly specious rhetoric of Barack Hussein Obama in the White House that Islamic jihadism died along with Bin Laden. Today, as the very much alive totalitarian terrorists of Islam have set on flame and taken major cities in Iraq and are advancing on Bhagdad, Obama, like Nero fiddling as Rome burned, announces he is “studying the situation.”

With terrorists of 9-11 or their successors in Islamic jihadism on the march to take over Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria, where on Flag Day in America are the Flags of Americans? Not the government – that is just show. But Americans, at homes, neighborhood? Where are the Americans to march, parade, affirm their patriotism by celebrating the Flag of freedom, signaling that Americans are standing firm against the black flag of Islamist terrorism?

What did happen to all those Flags that were waved with such apparent love of country on 9/12, the day after the 9/11 Muslim massacre of non-combatant innocents in the name of Allah?

We are a nation still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and yet, on Flag Day, June 14, 2014, the Flags of 9/12 no longer appear in an America transformed by Barack Obama and progressive liberalism.

Indeed, where once America reverently observed Flag Day in June in peace as well as war, back in the day when patriotism was a virtue and not viewed as evidence that one has a mental or character defect, President Barack Hussein Obama, acting unilaterally and without any statutory authority or concurrence by Congress, has mandated by proclamartion that June must be observed by Americans as Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Month.

Obama’s decree in a transformed progressive liberal America is apparently the first time in the history of America or any country that a president or monarch has ordered sodomy to be endorsed and honored by citizens, subjects, or serfs.

Obama, a child of the 60’s generation, is perhaps ambulatory proof of Abraham Lincoln’s observation:

“Show me what the children of one generation are learning in their schools; and I will show you the kind of government the next generation will have.”

The generation which produced a 60’s Progressive Liberal in the White House, Obama, also produced those who today lead the American media, and those who lead the educational establishment. All three –Progressive Liberal White House, Media, Government School Establishment — shape public opinion, and public values. All three have combined to teach Americans that diversity, multi-culturalism, and cultural relativism are correct social and political values, while denigrating American exceptionalism and American patriotism, especially “Flag waving” patriotism, which has become derided as a symptom of ignorance, bigotry, unenlightened incompetency, or a kind of mental disease.

Perhaps that is why on Flag Day 2014 there were few parades or large communal observances nor anywhere near the number of Flags that were seen on American homes on 9/12/01, or on Flag Days in earlier generations, including in particular the generation which saved freedom from fascist socialism in World War II.

Indeed, I recently encountered in a national magazine a Progressive Liberal pundit’s denunciation of a conservative by describing him as a person so despicable that he has “the ethics of a Boy Scout, and American Legion patriotism.”

Forgive me if I plead guilty to both on Flag Day 2014, and every day.

For God and Country Forever; Surrender To Tyranny—Never!

(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.) Editor’s note: Portland area residents may buy their flags at Rose City Awning and Flag. Find them here.

Swapped GITMO 5 included Mike Spann’s killer & 9/11 conspirator

Mohammad Fazl is responsible for the American casualty in Afghanistan, Mike Spann and for helping Osama bin Laden with a pre-9/11 attack.LOG.v19-39.June23.Joscelyn

Mohammad Fazi was called “not a threat” to the US by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I guess we’ll find out, but if past is prologue, President Obama has just let out a hard core terrorist in exchange for apparent Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.  As Tom Joscelyn reports in the Weekly Standard (here)

Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader […]Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that September 10 offensive as an essential part of al Qaeda’s 9/11 plot.

But that’s not all. These aren’t one and done bad guys. For instance, look at this story from Fox News which reports Fazi is responsible for killing Mike Spann, the first casualty of the war in Afghanistan. 

Mike Spann died at the Qala-i-Jangi compound near Mazari Sharit in northern Afghanistan, where he was interrogating detainees captured during the early weeks of the war. Fazi, according to his Guantanamo case file, had been deputy defense minister and commander of all Taliban troops in the northern Afghanistan region at the time of the September 11 attacks. Before that, he was accused by Human Rights organizations of personally supervising the murders of thousands of Shiite and Tajik Sunni Muslims.

Spann’s service was chronicled in the must read book about the war in Afghanistan, “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton. Spann’s daughter learned Fazi’s release and was stunned.

“My initial reaction was shock. I was shocked that our president would release five of the most high-risk prisoners being held in Guantanamo in exchange for one American,” she told “As a whole, my family was extremely upset and saddened that our government would do something like this, especially in light of the fact that it seems that people in the intelligence community are fairly united in their belief that these terrorists are likely to seek to further harm Americans in the future. It does become harder and harder to have faith in an administration that is plagued with scandal after scandal,” she said. “I do not believe that it was the right move by the administration.”

It’s hard to chronicle all of outrages by this president. But with only this case he caught his limit. 

Apologize to this Iraqi woman, Mr. President.

Obama says in the “days head” he’ll think over his move in Iraq; leaves town as ISIS radical Islamists creep closer to Baghdad.

Photo by Christian Science Monitor

The fall of Iraq has been dramatic and painful. The blood and treasure spent to get rid of Saddam Hussein and bring some semblance of organized self rule to this country has been the victim of two things, 1) Mission creep by President Bush and, 2) a breach of faith by President Obama. 

The president left town on Friday to attend fund raisers and go to a golf outing. Before hopping on Marine One he gave a press conference on Iraq in which he said he’d be making a decision on what to do with this mess “in the days ahead”. This was after the Islamists had already sacked Fallujah, Tikrit and were a 100 miles away from Baghdad. 

Re-litigating the war in Iraq is unnecessary. We know of Saddam’s sponsorship of terror, his successful ruse to the world that he was this close to getting nuclear weapons and the hot and cold running terrorists using his country and money to commit acts of terror. We know of the Iraqi who helped in setting the table for bin Laden’s 9/11 plot. 

Highlights in Iraq include the Second Battle of Fallujah, Operation Phantom Fury, in which we flushed out the Al Qaeda types in close, close combat that hadn’t been seen since Vietnam (according to Our Man in Fallujah); the Anbar Awakening, when President Bush and General David Petraeus surged troops and enlisted Sunni tribal elders to drop dime on Al Qaeda, winning hearts and minds; and presiding over national elections, in which women were fully given the franchise (see the picture above of a woman who proved she’d voted by dipping her finger in ink). 

Now we are told Islamists who sacked the Nineveh province have dropped leaflets instructing secularists and others to toe the line…or else. Women should only go out if necessary. Shop owners will be given ‘a chance’ to convert. 

Here are some of the rules, as translated by reporter Jenna Moussa

“Repenting” involves throwing in with Islamists or be killed.

Gun confiscation will occur.

And women: do you REALLY need to be on the street?

Obama has brought this on. 

We always should have left our troops in Iraq. We won. To the victor go the spoils. No, not oil (although I’m not opposed). The spoils could have been a presence, such as the ones we have in Germany and Japan. President Obama couldn’t be bothered with reopening the Bush Status of Forces Agreement as President Maliki desired, however. He phoned it in. He voted present. There is no  further SOFA because he didn’t feel like it. 

The president has misused American power. He doesn’t know how to make deposits in the bank of badass, he only knows how to plunder them. He assumed America’s reputation was an automatic that, like a button, could turbo charge his dealings with world leaders. He thought giving speeches fueled leadership. He remains clueless on how to fill the tank. 

Obama allowed Iraq to fall under the spell of Islamists. Iran’s Quds forces have rushed the border to help Iraq’s president, Syrian friendly Islamist groups have flooded the zone to fight them.

Now, President Maliki is asking Obama for help. We shouldn’t send ground forces. I think when you’ve ground your heel into the spilled blood of our troops through sheer fecklessness unbefitting a serious person it’s unfair to ask our troops to do it again. We couldn’t trust Obama to keep our troops there much less trust him with sending them back. 

This is not only a failure of leadership. It’s a failure of an American public so rapturously involved with their own navel gazing they were beguiled into thinking they “were the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Well President “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for”, you own it. It gives me no pleasure to say you can’t blame this one on President Bush, though the friendlies in the media will try.

Poll: 55% Oregonians want Democrat Kitzhaber replaced; Richardson pulls to dead heat.

Without friendly media giving Kitzhaber the usual Democrat discount, Governor continues slide. kitzhabermediameltdownRichardson pulls within 2% in a poll with a +/- 3.95%

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is continuing his favorability slide with Oregon voters even within his own base, according to a new poll of registered, likely voters. The poll was commissioned by the Oregon Taxpayers Association and performed by public affairs firm Wentzel Strategies based in Ohio. The phone poll of 607 likely voters was taken between May 29-June 1. The poll showed the third term governor’s favorability has slid six points in the last month compared to an OPB poll taken last month.  While the sample group was smaller and skewed slightly older, perhaps from not including cell phone users, it contained some very encouraging news for Kitzhaber’s younger challenger Dennis Richardson. The poll indicated the Republican has pulled to within two points of Kitzhaber. When the margin for error is taken into consideration, Kitzhaber’s advantage is erased.  Among the eye opening revelations:

47.8% claim Oregon is going in the wrong direction

55% said Kitzhaber should be replaced.

56% said Kitzhaber was doing only a fair or poor job

Who are these people? 

52% voted to give Kitzhaber his current third term.

47% identified themselves as liberal or moderate.

Taxpayers Association PAC Director Jason Williams said Kitzhaber has no one to blame but his own horrible job performance, including the Covered Oregon and education department debacles.

The spike of Kitzhaber negativity can be directly attributed to a recent string of bad news national in scope over Oregon’s performance, for what we are calling the 100 Days Media Meltdown. In the past 100 days, there have been seven colossal Oregon failures stories, with many of these headlines carrying a national perspective– 55% Oregon voters want him replaced!

I’ll be mining more info from this poll soon, but this poll should be a real Kitzhaber wake up call. Problem is, he has such a string of media reported leadership disasters, I wonder if he can do anything to reverse the perception of his disasters.