You choose: Idaho Thought
Police or the Oregon Child Nazis?
by Edgar J. Steele
This is going to be a status report on the two cases you know about
my involvement with and a third that I think you might be interested in, one
that I have only just signed onto.
Lonny Rae vs. the Thought Police
It amazes me how uninterested the media seems to be in Lonny Rae. This
case is exceptionally interesting and presents a truly compelling issue
that is more than a little relevant to what is going on in America today.
In my terms, it has sex appeal, so should develop "legs." It's
beginning to get a couple of nibbles, so maybe we'll see some coverage develop
that might neutralize the stigma already attached to Lonny Rae by the Boise
Then WorldNetDaily linked to it from its secondary (!) news page.
Since I had sent the press release to WND's editor, Joseph Farah, three weeks
ago, I asked them if in the future I should first just send things to ABC and
see if they get coverage there, since the Internet's conservative news sites
didn't seem to interested until ABC blessed the story. I'm still waiting
for an answer. The link is being passed around the Internet pretty
Roger Fredinburg continued to blaze trails when he had me on his
nighttime national radio show for a two-hour interview on the Rae case, nearly
a week before ABC put up its story. Roger created the Klamath Falls
story singlehandedly, you may not know, and is one of the very few radio
talking heads actually to examine real stuff that hasn't already hit the
wires. Much as I know everybody seems to love Rush and (for some
incredible reason) the insufferable Michael Savage, the fact is that both of
them pretty much just read news squibs and emails and provide commentary.
Since ABC put up its story, I have given several radio interviews,
with the most significant perhaps being on LA's KFI at drive time last Friday
night for about a 45-minute session. One lady called in to KFI to say
that Lonny must have deserved the charge. I responded that she must
believe that women who get raped are probably asking for it. She didn't
get the connection. Duh.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle is that hardly anybody believes the facts
as they happened. Nobody wants to believe that a white guy can
face five years in prison merely for hurling a racial epithet at a black
man. Then, when they find out that the black guy actually mauled the
white guy's wife first, people get a truly disbelieving look.
"Well, she must have deserved it." "He must be a
skinhead." As the saying goes, "there are none so blind as
those who will not see."
This is a hot topic, though. It cuts right through the bullshit
and examines where we're going with "hate speech" laws. It
also illustrates, in spades, the double standard employed by government and
media in dealing with white/black tension. Problem is, it is so
obvious that Lonny will win this case that it doesn't present the right morality
lesson for us in the Animal Farm formula (you know - "four legs
good, two legs bad"). This case quite literally pisses off
white people. You know what? It pisses off a lot of black
people, too. I was on Elaine Carrol's radio program Saturday morning and
a black guy called in from Long Island to decry the fact that charges were
even filed against Lonny Rae.
I'm still waiting for at least one of the more obscure cable TV shows
to pick up the story. That will then show me that it has developed the
legs that I think it deserves.
It's more of the old "my government knows best." It's
the burden that every criminal defendant must shoulder at trial. Guilty
until proven innocent. Time and again, we see it. The juror
starts off with the idea that the guy must be guilty or he wouldn't be sitting
there under charges. Civil plaintiffs get the same thing when jurors
start off with the belief that they must be frauds.
I'm handling this case pro bono. My wife asks me why
anybody should buy my cow when I give away the milk for free. I don't
get the connection. Duh.
Even so, the case is racking up some out-of-pocket costs that will run
to several thousand dollars. Those who wish to play a part in this case
can do so by sending a contribution to: Lonny Rae Defense Fund, PO Box
1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860.
Trust me, these are people who, unlike JoAnn McGuckin, will sincerely
appreciate your support. Lonny and Rae are two genuinely nice people and
it has been my sincere pleasure to make their acquaintance and lend them a
hand at a time when the whole world seemed to be against them.
McGuckin Case Still Dead in the Water
Hmmmmm.....McGuckin.....McGuckin.... that name sounds familiar.
Oh, yes - that's the family with the kids who "stood off" Bonner
County authorities for several days after their mother was lured out of the
house and arrested on a trumped-up felony charge of "injury to
children." All just days after they buried their father.
After their home had been stolen for a pittance in back taxes. On a
warrant issued on what turned out to be several false allegations. But
the kids were pronounced ok, after all. Crazy anti-government wackos.
Home schoolers. You know the type. Terrified that someday the
government might try to steal their land and children. How retro.
Don't believe what you may hear about some sort of plan having been
put in place three days ago which will reunite the McGuckin children with
their mother. Sure there is a "plan." There always is.
That's the law, after all. But, absent some sort of miracle, it just
ain't gonna happen. Two months ago, I said it was over for this family
and I still mean it. And, don't forget that the mysterious "Florida
benefactor" conditioned his offer of a house and money on the family
Here's the way things stand today: JoAnn is living in a local
motel - just sits in her room, day after day, still charged with criminal
child abuse. The kids are still in foster care, enroute to being adopted
out. The dogs are still mostly dead. The land is still in the
Korenguts' name (c/o Ted Diehl, local attorney).
Diehl wants to be told it's ok to start "developing the
land." You'd think he'd have the common decency to wait until the
snow melts next spring.
Junior G-Man Public Defender Powell sent an interesting request via
an intermediary a week ago. He wanted me to release $20,000 from
the money all of you sent in to help this family out so that he could hire
some lawyer from back east to pull his chestnuts out of the fire on this case.
Probably the closest we will ever get to getting his admission that he is
incompetent and royally screwed up this case (if for no other reason than that
he was instrumental in getting all of us thrown out of JoAnn's life).
Recall that I promised you not one penny would ever go into any lawyer's
pocket and you will know why I turned him down flat. Of particular irony
is the fact that we had many fine Northwest lawyers, paralegals and activist
organizations, many of whom specialize in fighting the tyranny of Child
Protective Services, who had contacted me and stood ready and
willing to get the job done pro bono, but who fell back when I got
frozen out of the case. That was back when we had good ol' Phil on the
run, you may recall.
Ah, JoAnn, how different things might have been today, if only.......
As I have said, if JoAnn doesn't claim the $32,000 fund soon, I will
carve it up and establish irrevocable college tuition trusts for each of the
McGuckin kids. If you feel you have been had and want a refund, please
advise when you made a contribution and in what amount. So long as we
can verify it, we will see to your refund. Of course, you might want to
redirect your contribution to another cause you might deem more
worthy....Lonny Rae's, for example or...
The Christines and the Oregon Child Nazis
Recall that I said Roger Fredinburg had me on his show week before
last to talk about Lonny Rae and the Thought Police. Well, while I was
on air, Roger dragooned me into signing on to Brian and Ruth Christine's child
custody struggle and now, multiple felony criminal case. I told him I
needed help, though, and I do. I am hoping that many of those who
offered to help the McGuckins will step forward again, despite the fact that (or
perhaps because) the Christine case is about as terminal as any I have ever
seen. It didn't have to be that way. I'm only just beginning to
clear space for this case in my life, so bear with me as I gather particulars
and get the lay of the land.
Brian and Ruth are late-twenties Vegetarian, Christian, home schooling
nomads. Prime targets for the establishment, in other words. They
sold their home and bought a motor home to live on the road for a while with
their three young daughters. Brian had something of an Internet business
that he ran from public-access computers, generally in public libraries.
While in Grants Pass, Oregon, a year ago, an anonymous caller told the Oregon
Child Nazis (SCF, short for Services to Children and Families, aka CPS in
other localities) that one of the Christine girls looked downright
abused. Why, she was thin, of all things, and she looked
downright dehydrated. It was a hot day, and the little girl was just
getting over an illness. Kids do get sick now and then, donchaknow.
And, as we learned in the McGuckin case, if your kids aren't at the norm, that
is, grossly fat, then watch out...
The OCN surrounded the Christine motor home, accused Brian and Ruth of
child abuse and seized all three of their beautiful little girls. Here
is a picture of these wanton, lawless criminals and their hapless victims,
taken in somewhat happier times:
Now, Brian and Ruth were somewhat put out at this intrusion into their
personal affairs and, distrustful of both the system and lawyers, represented
themselves and their children during the ensuing year, growing increasingly
demanding and resentful. The system does not like having its nose
tweaked, so it refused to give in and eventually moved to take the children
permanently from the Christines. Imagine the effrontery of these
hardened criminals not trusting lawyers enough to go into court and say
"Yassuh, master" and "Nossuh, master" on their behalf, nor
knuckle under to the counseling that is, after all, for their own good.
We'll show 'em, sayeth the system. Show 'em good, too.
At the time of the beginning of this saga, Ruth was 8 months pregnant.
The Oregon Child Nazis demanded that child, too, so she disappeared for a time
(see, now, there is a positive aspect to the law refusing to recognize that
you are a person until you are born....it can't seize you via court order
until then), had her child and left it in the custody of another, way out of
With nowhere to turn and about to lose everything in life that
mattered to them, the Christines recently took their children, allegedly at
gunpoint, during a state-supervised visitation session and fled the state.
The authorities put out a dragnet that rivalled anything Timothy McVeigh ever
saw and caught up with them in Montana. Ruth is in jail in Missoula and
Brian sits waiting in a cell in Billings.
Here are a couple of links to recent articles on the Christines'
Brian and Ruth are refusing to cooperate with extradition
proceedings, which only prolongs their inevitable return to Oregon, to be
arraigned on a truly nasty set of criminal charges, by a few weeks. Now,
it just so happens that Ruth is pregnant yet again and due to
give birth at any moment. Having her child while in custody in
Montana will give it a fighting chance to elude the grasp of the Oregon Child
Nazis, at least, so fighting the extradition does serve a purpose.
This case is going to be tough, to say the least. I scarcely
know where to begin, but I really need some on-the-ground legal help in
Josephine and Jackson Counties, Oregon, though I am admitted to the bar in
Oregon State. The issues in Montana are pretty well defined, so that we
can work with the appointed public defenders effectively (I'm not admitted in
Montana - you see, you have to pass a bar exam in each state in which you
want to practice and, after four of them in twenty years, I'm just not quite
ready for another one yet.)
As with most people the system decides to tyrranize these days, the
Christines have little. Again, unlike JoAnn McGuckin, I guarantee you
that they would appreciate your assistance, should you decide to pitch in and
help out. Donations can be sent to: Christine Defense Fund, PO Box
1255, Sagle, Idaho 83860.
Someone jokingly asked if I took credit cards for the Rae and
Christine Defense Funds. Funny you should ask. Turns out that there
is a way to do that. All you need to do is log on to PayPal at https://www.paypal.com
, join the service (it's free), then click the tab for "Send Money."
Send it to email@example.com and mark
in the description which fund the contribution is for. We'll keep a
strict accounting. Trust me....after all, I'm a lawyer.
Remember that it is only 99% of the lawyers that give the rest of us a bad
Someone else suggested a bumper sticker contest for this blizzard of
citizen tyranny which seems to be occurring in Idaho and Oregon. Here's
my contribution: "The Great NorthWest - Get Lost Here."
I've considered putting together a nonprofit, public-interest law firm
so that such donations could be tax deductible, but the thought of the
paperwork is truly overwhelming to me at this point in my life. Wish I
could dump everything and handle just cases like these, then it could be
justified. Meanwhile, I also have to try to find time to earn a living
for my own family. Otherwise, my kids might get too thin....you know
what that could mean.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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