25 - Do you know where your kids are?
by Edgar J. Steele
June 22, 2001
First, the fund report. It now
stands at $24,487.86. That does not include an additional $605.00 we are
holding in checks and money orders payable to JoAnn, personally, which
we have not deposited. My wife accidentally included $300 of checks
payable to JoAnn and to Benjamin in the first deposit we made, all without
endorsements, which is where we will leave them if they do not come back
We also have $30 in "American
Liberty Currency Silver Certificates" (not sure what these are, but
we are dutifully holding them for JoAnn, of course). We have gotten a
number of envelopes bearing cash, usually in smaller denominations, but
several $100 bills, as well. The other day, we opened one envelope with
five $100 bills in it, which had no name on or in it, and no return address,
postmarked New York. It is always risky to send cash in the mail like
this, folks, but bless you for opening your hearts and your pocketbooks for
these neighbors of ours.
My wife, who opens the mail from the
PO Box and prepares the deposits, remarked, "A lot seems to be
coming out of New York." This clearly belies the Empire
State's liberal, pro-big-government image and clearly shows that this
assault upon an American family cuts across all of society's dividing lines.
Notice that it is the local Bonner County government which perpetrated
this outrage in the first place and which has done its best to vilify
those of us who have protested.
The local government and its leftist,
running-dog local media lackeys continue their campaign to dismiss JoAnn and all
of us as "paranoid crackpots," "rabble-rousers,"
"right-wing loonies" and "conservative extremists."
One of this list's members said, concerning their description of those of us
who rallied for JoAnn on June 11: "The
rally participants have been characterized as everything negative under the
sun--militia, anti-semitic, aryan nations, anti-government...everything EXCEPT
what they were--American families who are fed up with the state's intrusions
into traditional family affairs." Okay, all you liberals and
democrats on this list, and there are a great many, how does it feel now to be
a part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy?" This case
highlights how there are some things that we all do agree upon, after all
(hint: rhymes with Pyrenee and, almost, "yerenemy").
The new address for the fund:
JoAnn McGuckin Benefit Trust Account, c/o Panhandle State Bank, PO Box 967,
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864. The bank opens the mail, holds the
enclosures for us to collect for eventual delivery to JoAnn, and directly
deposits checks and cash. Please publicize this address in place of the
PO Box we previously gave you, though rest assured that every penny that comes
into that box for the McGuckins will go to them, eventually.
We have now received copies of two
"certified mail, restricted delivery" receipts from people who sent
something directly to JoAnn at the Bonner County Jail, both of which were
clearly signed for by Bryce Powell, the county-paid lawyer appointed for her.
Keep in mind that all her mail is going to him, unopened, per his
directive to jail personnel.
Also keep in mind that Powell is
the same guy that wanted me to pay him some money out of the
fund, originally established to pay her bail, to supplement his stipend
for defending JoAnn, saying, “How
about getting paid some of the money in the fund?
As you know, they don’t pay us much to handle these cases and I could
sure use the money this month.”
Powell is the same guy that established his own "McGuckin Family Trust
Fund," at his own office address in Sandpoint on Second Avenue.
yes, Powell is the same guy that still hasn't moved to (1) get the
conditions of her release modified, or (2) set bail without conditions (that
he knew I was standing ready to post from the first day he met with her, or
(3) get her out on a habeas writ.
Day 25: "Peace is at
Remember that famous line, uttered by
Henry Kissinger as Richard Nixon's reelection campaign was sputtering due to
the fiasco then taking place in Viet Nam? Many believe that bit of
deception is what got him reelected. Of course, peace never was
"at hand," and Nixon went on to argue about the shape of the
negotiating table, invade Cambodia and suffer the deaths of thousands
more American boys, including many friends of mine, thereby setting the
stage for the acrimonious class division in this country existing
today and which erupted during the recent Presidential campaign.
For 25 days, JoAnn has been in jail.
For 25 days, Kathryn, Ben, Mary, Tom,
Fred and Ellen have been without their mother.
25 days. Because they were
poor. Because they had too many dogs. Because they were home
schooled. Because they didn't "fit in." Because they
didn't live on McNuggets and curly fries. Because they lived as my
great-grandparents did just 100 years ago. Because they wanted to
be left alone. Because their land was prime and located in a prime area.
I couldn't help but think of Kissinger's
now-infamous proclamation when reading local newspaper accounts of Powell
hoping for dismissal of all criminal charges and reunification of the family.
Of course, those same stories refer to Prosecuting Attorney Phil Robinson
demanding a psych eval of JoAnn and making his "it's for the
children" face-saving statements.
Yeah, Phil, it's "for the
children" that Bonner County took their family home for $8,000 in back
taxes and then quickly sold it for $50,000.
And tell us again, Phil, how it's
"for the children" that Bonner County put that $42,000 easy
profit in its own pockets.
And, Phil, remind us again about how
it's "for the children" than their dogs have all been taken away.
And, don't forget, Phil, how
it's "for the children" that, shortly after they saw their father
lowered into his grave, you swore out a warrant which took their mother away,
too, and keeps her in jail to this day, despite it coming out that so many
things you swore to were false.
And, of course, it's "for the
children," isn't it, Phil, that the authorities keep dieseling
them from one foster home to the next? ( The
kids have been shuffled several times now - poorly kept secret - foster homes
are objecting and insisting they be placed elsewhere, either because the kids
are unruly or because they are afraid Mom will come calling with a gun when
she gets out.)
Know what I think? I think it's
over for this family. I think the authorities are waiting for the
public furor to die down, so they can then do what they intended from the
beginning. I think these kids will end up split apart and adopted
out. I think JoAnn will get that psych eval and be shipped off to
Orofino (the local mental health "facility"). I think the land
will go on to its intended grand and glorious future. I think Bonner
County will continue to plunder its poorer residents, taking their
land for back taxes, then selling it and keeping the profit. That's what
I think. It's my opinion, and I'm entitled to it. So there.
Take your "it's for the children" blather and stuff it, Phil.
I, for one, am sick and tired of hearing it from you.
There has been a lot of
local speculation about the convening of a Bonner County grand jury two nights
ago at the call of a local prosecutor. Everybody seems to want to
link it up to the McGuckin case. I doubt it.
While I have no idea what the
grand jury is for, I suspect it is being convened to be forcefed and then
whitewash Boundary County's Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Benton for his
dismissing the Ruby Ridge murder/manslaughter charges against Horiuchi.
Bonner and Boundary counties have long had an arrangement whereby each
provides the other "independent" prosecutor
"investigations" into alleged misconduct involving prosecutors
or their staff. The investigations always seem to come up empty, of
There sure is a lot of stuff that
smells in North Idaho, isn't there? Do you ever wonder why?
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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