Cabbages and Kings
by Edgar J. Steele
December 9, 2001
"The time has come," the
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
The Walrus and The Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll (from Through the
Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
I scarcely know where to begin.
Like a deer frozen in the headlight glare, I can't decide which is more
important or what to do, so I sometimes do nothing, which is in itself a
choice of (in)action. Things are happening so fast these days that
the full implications escape even us chicken littles.
The classic Lewis Carroll vignette,
"The Walrus and the Carpenter," relates how a group of oysters went
for a stroll on the beach with the Walrus and the Carpenter and, distracted by
conversation, failed to notice until far too late how they had become dinner.
Come with me, fellow oysters, and let
us talk of many things.
Ruby Ridge Redux - The
Boundary County Board of Commissioners announced this past week that they have
decided to continue with their interim appointee as their Prosecuting
Attorney, at least, until the election next year, that is.
As many know, my name had been placed
on a short list of recommended candidates by the county's Republican
Central Committee, which made a great many nervous since I made clear my
intention, if selected, to re-indict Lon Horiuchi and reach up the chain
of command ladder as high as I could with other indictments for the murders
committed at Ruby Ridge years ago.
Though this decision almost certainly ends
any official reinquiry into the tragedy enshrouding Ruby
Ridge, the lessons from those days remain emblazoned upon the
consciousness of all patriots, reinforced by the many instances of
governmental overreaching and outright tyranny since. We will never
Thought Police - Lonny Rae's
"hate crime" trial begins in seven days in Payette County, Idaho.
Lonny, you may recall, faces five years in prison for hurling the epithet
"nigger" through the open door and down the empty hall of the
building into which a hulking black man who had just mauled his wife
had disappeared. Five years.
This is an exceptionally important
First Amendment case since it shows how the ADL's "malicious
harassment" statutory language, already adopted by over 30 states
and now being pushed at the federal level by Kennedy and company, today is
being stretched to cover pure speech cases, with no physical injury component
This case has the further outrageous
component of a "victim" who actually was the initial aggressor, who did
inflict physical injury upon another and who has never been charged
by the Adams County (where the incident took place) Prosecutor with anything.
Talk about having gone through the Looking Glass!
I will be preoccupied next week with
finishing up preparation of the defense of Lonny Rae's case. As usual, I
am the only lawyer on that side of the courtroom. Rest assured that,
should a conviction result, I will take this case all the way up to the
Supremes. The issue is far too important for us all, to do otherwise.
Though I never issue guarantees to clients, this is certainly a case I have no
intention of losing, however.
Christine update - Brian and
Ruth Christine are still in jail in Douglas County, Oregon, held under the
outrageous (and, in my opinion, unconstitutionally high) bail of over a
half million dollars each. They are the couple charged with
kidnapping, at gunpoint, three small children, and fleeing the state.
Problem is, the kids were their own. The state took the kids initially
on a bogus charge of child endangerment (the "evidence" is
singularly lacking in this case) and then began to adopt them out under a
new Federal program whereby states get big bucks for this "snatch and
sell" routine. Pretrial maneuvering continues and I will have much
more to say about this case as time goes on (and we get past the Lonny Rae
trial next week).
McGuckin Trust Fund - Of the
$32,000 donated by almost 700 wonderful people throughout America, nearly
$22,000 has now been refunded at the specific request of the donors.
JoAnn McGuckin, you may recall,
refused to accept the money, claiming that it would somehow interfere with her
right to social security benefits. I suspect it was also a part of the
"advice" she was receiving from her Public Pretender, the same one
who wanted me to pay him some of the trust fund because he wasn't paid enough
to represent her (I worked for free). He lied to the State Bar when they
asked him about that (illegal) request after I reported it, and they said that there
was no basis for disciplining him. Remind me to have witnesses present
when I deal with public defenders, henceforth.
Of the remaining money, I spent $490
for postage and check charges to send out the initial request for
directions, then to actually refund the money. My wife and children
spent many, many hours typing data in the computer, printing out letters,
stuffing envelopes and carrying box after box of envelopes to the post office.
We have all done this at no charge, of course.
I have learned my lesson about this
sort of thing and will never do it like this again - more on this below.
The appalling debacle surrounding the Red Cross handling of WTC donations
was particularly galling to me. The president of the Red Cross, who
drew a $485,000 annual salary, lost her job because of the stated intent
to use a great deal of that money for other than that for which it was donated
- the relief of the victims' families. She should have been imprisoned
for criminal fraud, in my opinion.
So, we have almost $10,000 left for
the McGuckin children. I had hoped that most would ask their donations
be redirected to a college fund for those kids, but felt we had to
offer the money back in view of JoAnn's intransigence. Ironically, JoAnn
recently changed her mind (she does that a lot, you know) and asked for the
money after all. The money that remains is specifically for
the kids, however, so she is out of luck. Of course, she has refused to
do anything that might be calculated to get her kids back, anyway (they
continue in foster care), so maybe this is for the best. I have
unilaterally decided to spend $1,000 of the remaining fund on clothes and
presents for the McGuckin children so that they have a nice Christmas this
year, in any event. I hope that is okay with the donors. The
remaining $9,000, I suppose, we will set up in irrevocable trust funds at a
local bank, for the benefit of the children. I'll let you know how it
finally turns out, of course.
By the way, JoAnn's public pretender,
Bryce Powell, no longer represents her. I hear he is working on a book
and is expecting a large advance from a publisher. Lessee now, he got
her to edge me aside early on. Then, she lost her
kids and her home and spend an unconscionable amount of time in jail on
provably bogus charges. She didn't even get the benefit of the
trust fund I collected for her. But he gets a book deal. As you
may have noticed, I have a passing acquaintance with the word processor, yet
I have not attempted to cash in on my relationship with this whole affair.
Indeed, I have been punctilious in my handling of the money donated. You
just gotta love the American justice system, doncha? Sigh.
PCLU - I have founded
and am organizing what is known as a 501(c)3 organization, which derives from
that section of the Internal Revenue Code governing nonprofit
organizations. The Patriot Civil Liberties Union will do what I
have already been doing, pro bono, only it will enable people to make
tax deductible contributions to enable us to defend those being
tyrannized by governmental and institutional interests, with particular
emphasis upon the First Amendment. I will no longer solicit
contributions to the defense of specific cases or persons, but to the PCLU,
which will use donated funds to handle cases, pro bono, for
people like JoAnn McGuckin, Lonny Rae and Brian and Ruth Christine.
I will let you know when we have our
IRS approval letter, so that contributions thereafter are tax deductible.
Should that be of no consequence to you and you've a mind to, then we would be
delighted to receive your contributions immediately, of course. They can
be mailed to PCLU, PO Box 1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860. Or, you can still
contribute online via Paypal.com, just type "PCLU" in the
description and direct it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll get a PCLU web site up shortly.
There's so much more that I wanted to
discuss with you today:
- That American
kid who was caught fighting for the Taliban, and why he is not a traitor
- The astounding
revelation by Bush the Second that he watched video of the first WTC plane
crash, either as it was happening or minutes afterward and
before he went into that classroom to read to the kiddies.
- Herr Ashcroft's
statement that you are a traitor if you question his military tribunal setup
- More evidence of
Israeli involvement with the WTC disaster
National ID card, which is now a fait accompli, and why it is such a travesty
for us all
- The coming war
- Why the arabs
have nothing to do with the Anthrax letters
However, this is already
overlong and tomorrow is another day.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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