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THE ANTELOPE VALLEY

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Soaring Caseloads, Flat Funding


Crush Dependency System
ACLU Report:
California
Un-Constitutionally
Shortchanges Children
and Families in Crisis

Planes, Trains,
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or planning to take out of the country any foreign
money, gold, jewels, or other valuables? demanded the German customs inspector after boarding the
Innsbruck-bound train. Any violation of the law will
be punished with penal servitude special cases by
death.

Chronic Underfunding
Results in Too Few
Attorneys Representing
Children & Parents

Right to Due
Process Denied

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having the moral and legal
responsibility to represent
over 500 individual children
in complex legal proceedings and protect their best
interests.
These are the impossible
circumstances that currently
face dependency attorneys
in California, as documented in System on the Brink,
a white paper issued by the
ACLU of California.
Dependency courts adjudicate cases where parents are
alleged to have abused or neglected their children.
The stakes are enormous
the dependency courts have
the power to order children
removed from the home
and, in appropriate cases,
permanently sever parental
Rights.
By law, attorneys must be
appointed to represent children and parents in dependency proceedings if they
cannot afford to pay for
one.
The primary role for dependency attorneys is to look
out for their clients best in-

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JUSTICE CENTER?: Any parent with a case at this House of Horrors knows a prelude
to Justice is time with an attorney. Pictured is co-author of Culture of Fear, Melinda Murphy
(seated), speaking with a documentary filmmaker working on a project investigating CPS.
terests throughout the often
lengthy proceedings.
This requires attorneys to
develop relationships with
their clients and serve as a
steady and comforting guide
through the difficult and often painful legal proceedings.
These attorneys provide a
range of services for their
clients, including conducting
factual investigations and legal research, appearing for
multiple hearings and trials,
and securing needed social
services.
It should come as no surprise
that attorneys cannot provide
these critical services when
they are forced to carry unmanageable caseloads.
As one attorney who currently represents over three
hundred children remarked,
I feel like I am drowning
and am failing my clients.
Sadly, this is nothing new
in California. As far back as
2002, the California legislature and Judicial Council
recognized that dependency
counsel are overburdened
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of Happiness by Circulating $2 Bills
HEATHCLIFF BOOTS
Staff Writer
This Independence Day Americans will celebrate the 239th
anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the Declaration of
Independence by State delegates to the Second Continental
Congress.
The Political Observer newspaper - in seeking to do our
part in re-igniting The Spirit of 1776 among the People
each year use our June edition to propose all Freedom and
Liberty-loving men and women reading our words, as one
small, symbolic token measure, reintroduce into the American consciousness the concepts espoused by Jefferson - Life,
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - by making a habit of
using the $2 Bill in their everyday life.
Thomas Jefferson - Patriot, Rebel, fierce opponent of a Central Bank, founder of the University of Virginia, and author of
the Declaration of Independence - adorns the front of the $2
Federal Reserve Note.
This denomination is the least used paper currency in circulation. Conspiracy theorists are free to conjecture as they
please.
Obtaining the $2 Federal Reserve Note requires a visit to the
bank since the $2 Bill is not typically carried as change by
merchants in the private sector economy.
U.S. Currency 101
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury denominations of currency presently in production are the $1, $2, 5$,
$10, $20, $50 and $100 Federal Reserve Notes (FRN proContinued on Page 12

Freya Roth, a single woman in her 20s traveling with her


mother and younger brother, produced her passport and
handed it to the inspector. After the document was stamped,
the truculent bureaucrat noticed the young ladys luggage.
Whose suitcase is that? he snapped, his voice colored with
an implied threat. Take it down open it.
It isnt locked, Freya said quietly, her brows drawn together in worried puzzlement. Before she had finished the
sentence the inspector had torn open the luggage and started
to paw through it.
A comrade noticed a large bound volume on the shelf above
Freyas seat. He retrieved it and began to pore over its handwritten pages.
What is that code? the policeman inquired of Freya.
No its a physiological treatise, she replied, proudly explaining that it had been written by her late father, Professor
Victor Roth.
Radiating hostile disapproval, the inspector handed the
manuscript to a Gestapo officer who had been looming in the
background, a silent monolith of murderous menace.
Why are you taking this out of the country? the officer
barked at Freya. You intend on publishing it abroad?
Freya tried to explain that she kept the book with her because it was her fathers last work, which was enough to implicate her as an enemy of the State.
I cant take the responsibility of allowing you to cross the
border with this document, sniffed the officer as if he owned
Freya and everything in her possession. This is a matter that
can only be decided by my superior.
Freya was taken to a local police station where she was
detained for five days for possession of contraband a seditious production sustaining a theory destructive to the new
ideals.
You belong in part to the German race, but by your
action you show yourself unworthy to represent that race
abroad, the police commander explained to Freya, alluding
to her paternal Jewish ancestry. You will report to the police
daily. Let me warn you to be extremely careful in your conduct, and in your contacts. That is all.
The traumatized woman was released to life as an inmate
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Her Assemblyman Delivers
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I have been trying to evaluate the
difference between a politician and
a statesman.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey came
out against Proposition 47 after it
passed. It appears he wanted publicity when his actions could no
longer make a difference.
Lackey then authored AB 1356
authorizing an oral fluid screening
test - saliva to determine if a driver is high on marijuana.
Lackey did not properly vet the
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degree of certainty if the person
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Though his poorly-written Bill
was defeated in the public safety
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constituents he came out against
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Lackey authored AB 262 requiring
our existing sexually violent predators to live within ten miles of our
sheriffs stations.
This Bill failed in committee, but
Lackey can now claim hes taking a
stand against sexual predators.
Evidently, Assemblyman Tom
Lackey takes stands after-the-fact
and puts forward Bills that will
never get passed but gives him publicity and an issue to brag about.
Former Assemblyman Steve Fox,
on the other hand, fought on his
constituents behalf and delivered
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You cannot strengthen the weak
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Also these famous words by Abraham Lincoln: You cannot help
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AVTA Chairman Marvin Crist
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at Next AVTA Board Meeting
On Tuesday, May 26, the Antelope
Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)
Board of Directors voted 4-2 to approve proposed fare changes.
The six voting members of the
board include two representatives
from Palmdale; two from Lancaster,
and two representing the County.
Voting against the motion were
AVTA Chairman and City of Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist, as
well as Angela Underwood-Jacobs,
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The resulting increase in rates,
scheduled to go into effect June 29,
2015, will also eliminate free rides
for senior citizens throughout the
Antelope Valley.
The fee restructure will negatively
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local travel needs.
According to the AVTAs Proposed Fare Structure Recommendations staff report; regarding the
Local Transit Reduced Fare, the
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have given so much to this country
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are already stretched extremely
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representation.
After conducting a multi-year study, Judicial Council found
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Over the past six years, the State has maintained the same
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The result is that now dependency counsel in 15 counties
maintain caseload averages more than double Judicial Councils 188 maximum standard and several counties average
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Beyond putting children and families at undue risk, these
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Constitutional Due Process principles, as well as State and
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risk of losing these fundamental interests without adequate


protections.
The State must fulfill its legal obligations by increasing
funding for dependency counsel and ensuring that children
and parents receive the representation that they deserve.
The American Civil Liberties Union of California report
that concludes California is violating the Due Process Clause
of the federal and State Constitutions, as well as federal and
State law, because chronic underfunding results in too few
attorneys to represent indigent children and parents in dependency court proceedings.

Over the past six years, the State


has maintained the same funding
for dependency counsel while open
cases have continued to escalate.
In 15 counties across California, attorneys appointed by the
courts to represent children alleged to be the victims of abuse
and neglect, and their parents, are carrying twice the maximum caseload standard of 188 - making it impossible for
them to provide effective representation to children and families, according to the report, System on the Brink.
The problem is particularly dire in Los Angeles County,
which handles 40 percent of the States dependency cases and
where individual attorneys carry an average of 328 cases. In
Riverside County, an individual attorney caseloads average
461 clients; in Ventura County, attorneys carry an average of
500 cases.
The California dependency courts are in crisis, said Victor
Leung, staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California.
The woeful underfunding of dependency counsel has forced
attorneys to carry unmanageable caseloads that put children
and families at undue risk.
The State budget for dependency courts has remained flat
at an estimated $103.7 million a year since 2009. Meanwhile,
the number of cases has continued to soar, along with operations costs.
As a result, dependency attorneys have been required to represent even more clients with no additional resources - causing them to cut services, forgo necessary investigation, and
choose between competing clients needs.
In one case study, the report quotes Julie McCormick, a
staff attorney at Childrens Law Center who represents more
than 300 clients, as saying I dont believe I can provide my
clients with the representation they deserve.

There are hardly more consequential acts the government can take
than deciding whether to remove a
child from the home and terminate
familial Rights.
McCormick added that when her young clients come to
court, she often only has five to ten minutes to spend with
each of them.
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ACLU Report: California


Un-Constitutionally
Shortchanges Children
and Families in Crisis
Continued From Page 4
Because dependency courts are empowered to make decisions that have enormous implications for families - including ordering the removal of children from their homes and
terminating parents Rights - federal and State law requires
robust protections in dependency courts proceedings, including the Right to court-appointed counsel.
The new ACLU report finds that Californias failure to provide sufficient funding to ensure that dependency counsel can
provide competent and adequate representation to their
clients puts the State in violation of the Due Process Clause
of the federal and State constitution, as well as provisions of
federal and State laws.

Dependency counsel in 15 counties maintain caseload averages


more than double Judicial Councils
188 maximum standard and several counties average more than 400500 clients per attorney.
California must live up to its legal obligations and provide
sufficient funding to ensure that every child and parent receives adequate representation in dependency proceedings,
said Michael Kaufman, staff attorney with the ACLU of
Southern California.
The report calls on California to immediately increase
funding for dependency counsel in order to protect children
and parents and fulfill its legal obligations to ensure that
they receive adequate representation in dependency proceedings.
Californias caseload maximum of 188, the report adds, is
already well in excess of the limit of 100 recommended by
the American Bar Association, and the maximum set by other
States, such as Massachusetts, where an individual attorney
manages a maximum of 75 cases, and Washington, where the
limit is 80.
Download ACLU Report, System on the Brink, at www.
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Sandra Hernandez and Ed Boyer of ACLU of Southern California contributed to this report.

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This years theme is Read to the Rhythm and well be
having a lot of fun over the summer to encourage kids to keep
up their reading skills, said Library Director Thomas Vose.
Well kick things off with a party on Monday June 8 at 1 pm
with facepainting, balloon storytelling and more!
Sign up will begin at 10 am at the Reference Desk in the
Library, and the program starts at 1 pm. The Summer Reading
Program is free and open to all kids up to age 12.
In addition, the Palmdale City Library will hold a Teen
Summer Reading Program and a brand new Adult Summer
Reading program, in which teens and adults can earn tickets
for a chance to win awesome raffle prizes, including a tablet
computer, just by reading.
The programs will be held through Aug. 8. This program is
sponsored by the Friends of the Palmdale City Library. The
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The Techmobile will make stops on both the east and
west sides of town, as well as a stop at Foothill Park in
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bring library services, including books, library cards, Internet access and stories to the outlying areas of the community. We look forward to meeting a new audience!
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in an open-air prison. She had been


condemned and dispossessed without a trial as the result of a warrantless search of her effects during a
routine train trip.
Freyas Nazi-era experience, depicted in the 1940 film The Mortal
Storm, was a fictional parable intended to shock its American audience: Imagine what it would be like
to live in a country where police
could board a train, rifle through
your luggage, confiscate anything

of value they found, and detain you


indefinitely if they found suspected
contraband in your possession.
I dont know if Aaron Heuser, a
mathematician from Eugene, Oregon, is familiar with The Mortal
Storm. He doesnt need to see the
movie he has lived it.
As Heuser recounted to Conor
Friedersdorf of The Atlantic magazine, during an Amtrak trip from
Eugene to Washington, D.C. last
fall, he received an unwelcome visit in his sleeper compartment by a
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The DEA agent addressed Heuser
by name and claimed that his trip
had raised numerous red flags
specifically, that I had a sleeper
car, was traveling alone, and did
not check my luggage.
When the officious pest demanded
access to the sleeper compartment
and Heusers personal effects, the
traveler refused.
Undeterred, the agent informed
Heuser that he was going to bring
a dog, walk it by my room, and that
if it alerted, my room would be
searched.
He told me that I could not argue
this and that I was not allowed to be
present for the search.
Like nearly everything else that
emerges from the tax-devouring
skull cave of a DEA official, that
claim was a lie.
Heuser had every right to be present during the search, but the agent
insisted that he absent himself because the dog might bite me.
In retrospect, and perhaps at the
time, that statement could be seen
as a threat garbed in the unpersuasive disguise of solicitude.
As Heuser strode toward the dining car, he was stalked by a second
DEA operative who tried to get him
to leave the train, where he would
be surrounded by other law enforcement officers.
The officer followed me, telling
me that they know I am transporting drugs, and if I have any for personal use, they do not care, and it
would be easier if I just told them,
Heuser told The Atlantic. I said
that was nice to know, then kept
walking. Yet another DEA operative tried to gain access by pretending that someone was hiding in
my bathroom.
When Heuser was finally allowed
to return to his compartment, I
found my backpack moved and
open, and my wallet, which was set
down on the room table, had $60
missing. He was told by a dining car attendant that Amtrak is
forced to give passenger info to the

Feds, that the DEA comes on every


trip, usually arresting someone in
the sleeping car or taking all their
money.
That Amtrak employee did not engage in hyperbole, as Joseph Rivers
can testify. The 22-year-old native
of Romulus, Michigan, was robbed
by DEA agents when his Los Angeles-bound train was stopped and
searched in Albuquerque.
Rivers, who entertained ambitions
of becoming a music video producer, was carrying his life savings $16,000 in cash - in a bank envelope.
Behaving precisely like his fictional Nazi analogues from The Mortal
Storm, the DEA agent confiscated
every penny of Rivers life savings
without arresting him or charging
him with a crime.
Under the Justice Departments
Civil Asset Forfeiture program,
possession of large sums of cash or
other exceptional wealth gold,
jewels, or other valuables, as the
customs inspector put it in the film
is sufficiently suspicious to justify
confiscation.
We dont have to prove that the
person is guilty, gloated a DEA
agent when asked about the incident by the Albuquerque Journal.
Its that the money is presumed to
be guilty.
Sean Waite, the DEAs Ortsgruppenleiter for Albuquerque, bragged
to the Albuquerque Free Press that
he and his squalid associates have
harvested about $1 million from
travelers passing through that city
on Amtraks Southwest Chief.
Setting aside questions about the
wisdom of carrying his entire life
savings in cash, Joseph Rivers experience is especially poignant, given that he could just as easily have
been robbed by his local police.
Between 2003 and 2007 the years
of Rivers adolescence Romulus
witnessed a 118 percent increase in
forfeiture revenues despite the fact
that there was no corresponding increase in criminal activity.
A similar trend was seen on the
part of law enforcement agencies
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The Wayne County Sheriffs Office netted $8.69 million in 2007,


four times the haul its banditti
seized in 2001.
Sgt. Dave Schreiner, the head of
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departments right now are looking
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forfeiture is a way to offset the
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Bear in mind, once again, that this
defense of forfeiture was offered at
a time when the non-official crime
rate was holding steady, and by
some measurements in a modest
decline.

Behaving precisely
like his fictional Nazi
analogues from The
Mortal Storm, the DEA
agent confiscated every penny of Rivers
life savings without arresting him or charging
him with a crime.

Acting with the irrepressible predatory instinct that guides all State
institutions, the police responded to
this state of affairs by carrying out
a crime wave of their own.
For the privileged plunderers
of Romulus and the surrounding
towns, preying on the public was
encouraged and rewarded but
holding back any of the loot from
your cohorts was a grave offense.
This is why former Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre, his
wife, and several members of his
Special Investigations Unit will
spend time in prison.
Between 2006 and 2011, St. Andre
and his underlings skimmed money from the citys forfeiture fund
and submitted fraudulent expense
reports. Some of the pilfered proceeds were used by St. Andre and
his wife to open a tanning salon.
The Chief and his favored henchmen also used funds seized in
counter-narcotics raids to purchase
marijuana, alcohol, and the carnal
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101 will recognize as an example of projection, has been corrupted over the centuries to I think he protests too much.
Either way, the message is clear.
Often when someone is railing against some perceived evil,
it is because that evil exists within them, if not in deeds, at
least in thought.
Projection is a phenomenon where someone thinks everyone
is doing, or thinking, what they are.
It is a defense mechanism in that it allows a person to ascribe to the other person their own unacceptable qualities
or feelings.
Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), former Speaker of the House is
under fire for misconduct, which, while still vague, is assumed to have been a homosexual relationship with a student
when he was an economics teacher and wrestling coach in
Yorkville, Illinois.
Obviously Hastert knew the misconduct for what it was,
both illegal and immoral because he paid out over $3.5 million to keep his little secret.
Where a high school teacher turned congressman ($174,000
per year) came up with $3.5 million is another very interesting story of corruption in high places.
The reason people are convinced it was a homosexual relationship is because of Hasterts stand on homosexuality.
The man doth protest too much.
While in Congress Hastert did everything in his power to
limit the Rights of gays.
Perhaps because his closet homosexuality sought release in
violating a young man on his wrestling team, he assumes all
homosexuals are also pedophiles.
Projection again.
He voted against a bill which would forbid discrimination
in the workplace based on sexual preference. He voted for a
Constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one
man and one woman.
Homophobia so often hides the closet homosexual.
His voting record was so conservative that the National
Right to Life Committee, the Christian Coalition, the Chamber of Commerce, and the National Rifle Association all gave
him perfect scores of 100.
As early as 2005 there were rumors of Hasterts molestation
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share of Republican legislators.
Senator Larry Craig, Idaho, was another darling of the rightwing with conservative groups such as Concerned Women
for America, and the American Family Association, all gave
him top scores.
But toe-tapping in an airport restroom led to his resignation
when people got a peek into that closet.
Projection, attributing to others the evil we see in ourselves,
is enlightening.
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and Republican
presidential candidate, when discussing transgender restroom
use said, Now, I wish that someone told me that when I was
in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it
came time to take showers in PE, Huckabee said. Im pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said,
Coach, I think Id rather shower with the girls today.
The audience laughed. Huckabee continued, For those
who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize
the fact that we are now, in city after city, watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the
restroom, cannot be offended and you cant be offended if
shes greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like
a woman than he does a man.
Gee, Governor Huckabee, transgender men are not interested in your seven-year-old daughter.
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AMENDMENT IX
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deny or disparage others retained by The People

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The Antelope Valley Political Observer

This Month in American History


ARTS/CULTURE

17 JUNE 1923: Ten beach censors ban one-piece bathing suits in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
29 JUNE 1924: The new Follies opens tonight, living up to expectations. The American girl
is glorified again in characteristic Ziegfeld way. The evening marks the welcome return to the
New York City stage of Cowboy Philosopher Will Rogers after a self-willed year of exile in
Hollywood. At his glorious best twirling old ropes and unleashing new jokes, Rogers quips,
I dont make jokes I just watch the government and report the facts.
FINANCE
04 JUNE 1917: To help finance WWI, Congress adopts a whiskey tax as part of the War Revenue Bill. U.S. war costs for the coming fiscal year will balloon to $12 billion in a budget with
$13 billion in total federal spending.
09 JUNE 1943: In the midst of World War II, the Current Tax Payment Act, also known as
the Pay-As-You-Go-Act, goes into effect. It introduces the withholding of federal income
taxes on wages and salaries before being paid; this will become the model for government tax
policy and the financing of an ever-expanding federal gub-mnt. Still in effect today, payroll
withholding is a moral crime against the working poor.
IDEAS/BELIEFS
JUNE 1636: After purchasing land from Native Americans, Roger Williams founds Providence, Rhode Island. The new Colony becomes a haven of religious tolerance.
JUNE 1648: The Massachusetts General Court finds Margaret Jones guilty of witchcraft and
orders her hanged in Boston. The previous year a witch had been executed in Hartford; 14
witches will be executed in Connecticut and Massachusetts during the years 1647 to 1662.
07 JUNE 1652: In defiance of English law, the Massachusetts General Court establishes a
mint and coins the Pine Tree Schilling.
17 JUNE 1700: The Massachusetts Representative Assembly enacts legislation ordering
all Roman Catholic priests to vacate the Colony within three months. Any Roman Catholic
priests found in residence after that date is subject to trial as an incendiary and disturber of
the public peace and safety. The punishment for these offenses is set at life imprisonment or
execution.
JUNE 1853: In order to promote a popular image of the U.S. as a Democracy, Secretary of
State William Marcy instructs all American diplomats abroad to be modest in their dress while
in court. They are to appear in the simple dress of an American citizen.
06 JUNE 1876: The United States branch of a Masonic Order is organized by Walter Fleming
with the help of Charles T. McClenachan. It is called the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
01 JUNE 1877: The Society of American Artists is founded. Joining has become a sign of the
times the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, the Moose and Masonic Lodges all see an increase
in joiners. Popular author Henry James writes in 1879: The best things come, as a general
thing, from talents that are members of a groupbut great things have been done by solitary
workers.
26 JUNE 1929: Ever since 1776, Americans have been asserting their independence of the
British crown in various ways. This evening, U.S. Ambassador to the court of St. James
and former vice president to Calvin Coolidge, Charles G. Dawes, makes known his way. He
declines to wear silk knee breeches, prescribed for court dress, to a reception in Buckingham
Palace. Being the only man without them, he attracts some attention amid the splendor of the
court as he wears 100-percent American, He-man long pants with tailcoat.
14 JUNE 1953: President Eisenhower, in an address at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, warns against book burners and thought control.
11 JUNE 1959: U.S. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield bans from the mail D.H. Lawrences novel, Lady Chatterleys Lover.
INTERNATIONAL
18 JUNE 1954: CIA-supported military forces led by Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas invades
Guatemala from neighboring Honduras. On June 25, President Eisenhower meets with Great
Britains Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Washington D.C. to discuss World Peace. As
Churchill and Eisenhower wrap up their discussions on June 29, the Arbenz-Guzman government in Guatemala is overthrown by CIA-backed insurgents and a Junta is installed.
NATIONAL
25 JUNE 1910: Congress adopts the Publicity Act requiring reporting of campaign contributions.
13 JUNE 1920: U.S. Post Office Department rules children may not be sent by parcel post.
14 JUNE 1943: The Supreme Court, in West Virginia Board of Education v. Bernette, rules
it un-Constitutional for a State to have a law requiring children to salute the flag and to be
expelled if they dont.
19 JUNE 1961: The Supreme Court rules against the use of illegal evidence in prosecuting
State Court cases.
25 JUNE 1962: The Supreme Court rules in Engel v. Vitale that the reading of prayers in the
New York public schools is un-Constitutional.
17 JUNE 1963: The Supreme Court rules that Bible reading in public schools is un-Constitutional.
12 JUNE 1967: In a Supreme Court decision enhancing the protection of the Press against
libel suits, the Court rules in Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts that the Constitution not only safeguards the news media against such suits by public officials but also other people prominent
in public eye. To prove libel in such cases, it must be shown that misstatements were either
deliberate or made with reckless disregard for the truth. Also on this day, the Court in Loving
v. Virginia unanimously strikes down a Virginia law banning interracial marriages.
14 JUNE 1968: Doctor Benjamin Spock is convicted of conspiracy to abet draft evasion along
with three others. EDITORS NOTE: Does this charge and conviction of conspiracy make
the investigators, the prosecution and the Jury conspiracy theorists?
30 JUNE 1971: The Supreme Court rules that the New York Times and Washington Post may
resume publication of the top secret Pentagon Papers on Vietnam.
29 JUNE 1972: In Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court rules the death penalty can constitute cruel and unusual punishment and violates the 8th Amendment.
21 JUNE 1973: In five separate Supreme Court cases, all decided by a 5-4 vote, the Court set
rules for suppression of pornography. Reversing a 15-year trend narrowing the legal definition
of pornography, it decides local community standards are a yardstick of what is pornographic.
10 JUNE 1975: The Rockefeller Commission investigating charges of domestic spying by
the CIA documents a wide range of covert operations violating the agencys charter and it
recommends a Joint Congressional Committee to oversee intelligence.
01 JUNE 2010: In Berghuis v. Thompkins, the Supreme Court ruled that a criminal suspect
must specifically invoke the Right against self-incrimination in order for Constitutional protections to apply. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court held that criminal suspects who do not clearly
state their Right to remain silent are presumed to have waived their Fifth Amendment Rights.
Ironically, suspects must literally open their mouths and speak in order for their silence to be
legally protected. The new rule will defer to police in cases where the suspect fails to unambiguously assert their Right to remain silent. However, the Berghuis decision leaves intact
the best strategy for handling any police interrogation: keeping your mouth shut. The point of
the Fifth Amendment isnt to protect you after youve foolishly incriminated yourself; its to
remind you that youre not obligated to answer police questions in the first place. EDITORS
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27 JUNE 1542: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo voyages up the California coast and ipso facto
claims Native American land as now belonging to Spain.
07 JUNE 1663: Relations between the Hudson River Valley Americans and foreign Dutch
Colonists disintegrate to the point the Natives attack the village of Wiltwyck, near present-day
Kingston, New York. The Dutch conduct retaliatory raids and destroy American strongholds.

07 JUNE 1803: In the Indiana Territory, Governor William Henry Harrison signs a Treaty
with nine American tribes for the cession of their lands around Vincennes along the Wabash
River, beyond the boundary established by the August 1795 Treaty of Greenville.
17 JUNE 1824: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is established as a subsidiary of the War Department.
30 JUNE 1831: Black Hawk, the proud leader of the Sauk and Fox, reluctantly agrees to move
from tribal lands to an area west of the Mississippi River.
30 JUNE 1834: Congress establishes the Department of Indian Affairs to administer Indian
Territory west of the Mississippi River.
17 JUNE 1876: The Army launches an all-out attack on the Sioux and their new allies, the
Cheyennes. The cold weather has passed; a three-pronged maneuver is planned by General
Sheridan to trap a large Native army camping on Little Bighorn River. General George Crook
will lead the southern prong. The second column will be led by Colonel John Gibbon marching east from Fort Ellis, Montana, and the third prong will be under the command of Brigadier General Alfred H. Terry moving west from Fort Lincoln in Dakota Territory. Among
his men is Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer and the doomed Seventh Calvary. On June
17, Crook unexpectedly encounters the opposing force; 1,500 Native American allies under
Crazy Horses command engage Crook on Rosebud Creek. The Natives are forced from the
field, but Crook withdraws to re-supply and re-group. Terry and Gibbon are unaware of the
fateful engagement. The two columns meet on Yellowstone River near Rosebud Creek. Terry
then sends the Seventh Cavalry under the command of George Custer to ride down Rosebud
Creek, cross the headwaters of the Little Bighorn River, then return downstream. Meanwhile
Gibbon will march upstream and between them they plan to catch the Natives in a twopronged attack. Noting Custers individualistic approach to war, Terry gives Custer written
instructions not to attack before Gibbon is in an agreed position.
20 JUNE 1876: Custer finds the American encampment. Scouts warn him that it contains between 2,000 to 4,000 Warriors. They also warn him that the Natives are aware of his presence.
Chief Two Moons of the Cheyennes, Chief Gall and Crazy Horse are more than ready to fight.
25 JUNE 1876: Custer ignores both instructions and warnings. He divides his Troop of 600
men into three Battalions. Captain Frederick Benteen is ordered to take three companies on a
scouting mission in the south. Major Marcus Reno is ordered to attack the Native Americans
with 112 men. Custer retains five Companies to support Renos attack. Reno follows orders,
is instantly overwhelmed, but manages to extricate himself and his men. He is fortunately
joined by Benteen who has returned from his useless scouting mission. Meanwhile Custer
takes the brunt of the Native American attack and has no way to help Reno. Chief Gall, Crazy
Horse and Chief Two Moons direct their forces against the hated Custer. Whether they knew
it was their arch-foe or not, they make sure no white man escapes from this battle. Only the
half-breed scout Curley and one horse escape alive.
26 JUNE 1876: The country is infuriated at the news of the humiliating defeat at the hands of
Native Americans, to include the loss of a national hero. The Americans will pay heavily for
their victory.
JUNE 1877: The Nez Perce battle the Army in Idaho. Chief Joseph is defeated by Colonel
Nelson Miles as he tries to reach the safety of Canada with his whole tribe of men, women
and children, sick, wounded and elderly. Trapped 30 miles from Freedom, the tribe is forced
onto a malarial Oklahoma Reservation where many succumb to the harsh conditions and die.
02 JUNE 1924: The federal government grants full U.S. citizenship to Native Americans.
19 JUNE 1926: Over 20,000 Native Americans trek to Little Big Horn, Montana, to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the American victory over Custer and the United States.
SLAVERY
24 JUNE 1700: Boston Judge Samuel Sewall publishes an early Anti-Slavery tract The
Selling of Joseph. Sewalls Anti-Slavery arguments, often based on Biblical sources, remain
generally unacknowledged for over a century.
07 JUNE 1712: The Pennsylvania Representative Assembly enacts legislation banning the
import of slaves into the Pennsylvania Colony.
06 JUNE 1716: The first Black slaves arrive in the French Territory of Louisiana.
11 JUNE 1780: In a specially-called convention, the new Massachusetts Constitution is endorsed. Its Bill of Rights asserts that all men are born Free and Equal. This clause also
pertains to Black slaves.
02 JUNE 1848: An Abolitionist group called the Liberty League holds a meeting in Rochester,
N.Y., and nominates Gerrit Smith of N.Y. for president and Charles E. Foot of Michigan for VP.
05 JUNE 1851: Uncle Toms Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, begins to appear as a serial in
the National Era, an Anti-Slavery newspaper published in Washington D.C.
WAR ON DRUGS
02 JUNE 1851: Maine passes a law prohibiting the sale and manufacture of intoxicating
beverages.
17 JUNE 1880: The Third National Convention of the Prohibition Party nominates Neal Dow
of Maine for President and A.M. Thompson of Ohio for Vice-President.
29 JUNE 1892: The Prohibition Party convenes in Cincinnati, Ohio. General John Bidwell
of California is nominated for President and James B. Cranfill of Texas for Vice-President.
27 JUNE 1900: The Prohibition Party holds its National Convention in Chicago. Nominated
for President is John G. Wooley of Illinois, and Henry B. Metcalf of Rhode Island is nominated for Vice-President.
29 JUNE 1904: The Prohibition Party holds its National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The felicitously named Silas C. Swallow of Pennsylvania is nominated for President, and
George W. Carroll of Texas for Vice-President.
07 JUNE 1920: Supreme Court rules the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Law as Constitutional. Prohibition is becoming a big headache for law-enforcement. One problem is the
way doctors use it for medicinal purposes to treat everything from cramps to insomnia. On
June 13, Hubert Howard, Federal Prohibition Director for Illinois, estimates since the Dry
law went into effect five months ago mid-January 1920 more than 300,000 prescriptions
for liquor have been written by Chicago physicians. In New York, Charles R. OConner,
the Prohibition director for the State, said he does not have adequate manpower to check on
fraudulent prescriptions. At the rate whiskey at $15 a quart is being prescribed, gub-mnt
stocks will be exhausted in 18 months.
09 JUNE 1930: George Wickersham of the National Commission on Law Observance and
Enforcement, a group formed by President Hoover to study crime and other effects of Prohibition, condemns harshness of Dry law after yesterdays shooting of a 16-year-old boy by
N.Y.C. detectives in a Speakeasy.
12 JUNE 1931: Scarface Al Capone and 68 other entrepreneurs are indicted on 5,000 violations of Prohibition laws providing beer to thirsty customers. He is accused of conspiracy
dating back to 1922, the first year he reportedly bought his first truckload of suds. On June
23, Capone and Arthur Dutch Schultz Flegenheimer are taken into custody. Flegenheimer
a drug runner trafficking in beer is freed on $75,000 bail and soon to face charges of tax
evasion. Federal agents find a dummy bank account with $856,000 that Flegenheimer deposited just this year. Agents estimate the Bronx gang leaders daily undeclared income at
$5,500.
27 JUNE 02 JULY 1932: The Democratic Party meets in Chicago. Franklin Roosevelt wins
the partys presidential nomination on the fourth ballot. The partys platform endorses the
Repeal of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
06 JUNE 1932: John D. Rockefeller denounces Dry laws.
10 JUNE 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous is formally organized in New York City.
23 JUNE 1953: U.N. member countries sign a protocol limiting opium production to world
scientific and medical needs. This plan fails. Despite additional attempts to regulate by the
DEA - as authorized by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 heroin is easily purchased
by junkies from illegal drug dealers to this day.

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ago, St. Andre pleaded guilty to three felonies, including embezzlement and conducting a criminal enterprise.
Last October he was sentenced to a term of up to 20 years
in prison, a punishment forcefully underscoring the States
determination that its plunderers act with only the purest of
motives like the ascetic, disciplined Nazi inspectors portrayed in The Mortal Storm, for example.
The Nazis reputation for self-denial was largely unearned.
Their version of totalitarianism is as dead as their Fuehrer, but
their tactics are widely employed by the enforcement caste
in Americas Homeland Security State a fact that either is
or soon will be apparent to anybody seeking to exercise the
Right to travel unmolested.
Recall the question asked by the Nazi customs inspector in The
Mortal Storm: Is anyone present carrying more than ten marks,
orany foreign money, gold, jewels, or other valuables?
That same question was posed almost verbatim by Idaho
State Trooper Justin Klitch following a pretext stop of Colorado resident Darien Roseen a few miles from my home in
January 2013.
How much cash is in the vehicle? asked Klitch after bullying the elderly man into opening the trunk of his vehicle and
pretending to detect a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior. Do you have any gold, any high-value
items in this vehicle?
That question provided a good and sufficient demonstration
of Klitchs true motive in making the stop: He was looking
for loot, rather than contraband.
Like the fictional Freya Roth, Roseen endured a lengthy and
entirely unwarranted detention after Klitch hijacked his SUV.
A thorough search of the vehicle yielded neither gold, nor
jewels, nor marijuana.
A growing number of Americans who need to travel but
want to avoid molestation or irradiation at airports have taken
to the roads or the tracks, only to find that the TSA and its
comrades will not leave them alone.
In the film, Freya and her family were interrogated and subject to detention by Nazi customs officials at a border crossing. Americans can have that experience which can quickly
escalate to threats of arrest and a life-threatening assault with
a deadly weapon up to 100 miles inside the national border.
Travelers arent free from such potentially lethal harassment
if they use routes deep within the countrys interior. Multi-jurisdictional task forces called Visual Intermodal Prevention
and Response (VIPR) teams swarm bus and train stations,
and even conduct highway checkpoints.
As the redoubtable James Bovard points out, the attitude of
our rulers toward travelers is best summarized by the motto
posted at the headquarters of the TSA air marshal training
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It is a litigated question, whether the circulation of paper, rather than of specie, is a good or an evil. In the opinion of England and of English writers it is a good;
in that of other nations it is an evil; and excepting England and her copyist, the United States, there is not a nation existing, I believe, which tolerates a paper
circulation. The experiment is going on, however, desperately in England, pretty boldly with us, and at the end of the chapter, we shall see which opinion experience
approves: for I believe it to be one of those cases where mercantile clamor will bear down reason, until it is corrected by ruin. THOMAS JEFFERSON

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Promote Life, Liberty &


The Pursuit of Happiness
by Circulating $2 Bills

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nounced fern).
On July 14, 1969, the Federal Reserve Board
announced they would immediately stop distributing currency in denominations of $500,
$1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 - production of
these denominations stopped more than 25
years earlier during World War II.
These Notes are legal tender and may still
be found in circulation today, but, per Fed
policy, the Federal Reserve Banks have ordered commercial banks and savings institutions to remove them from circulation and
deliver them to The Fed where the Notes are
destroyed.
Also according to the U.S. Treasury Department, the largest denomination of currency
ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing (BEP) was the $100,000 Series
1934 Gold Certificate featuring the portrait
of President Woodrow Wilson.
These notes were printed over a three-week
period - December 18, 1934 through January
9, 1935 - and were issued by the Treasurer of
the United States exclusively to Federal Reserve Banks against an equal amount of gold
bullion held by the Treasury Department.
These Notes were used explicitly for official transactions between Federal Reserve
Banks and were not circulated among the
general public.
EDITORS NOTE: Both the 16th Amendment - Income Tax - and the Federal Reserve
Act establishment of a private banking
cartel to issue the nations currency were
approved in 1913 during Woodrow Wilsons
first term as President.
On Mr. Jefferson and the $2 Bill, the Treasury website states although the $2 Bill has
not been removed from circulation, the Federal Reserve System does not request the
printing of that denomination as often as the
others.
Patriots can change this by purchasing and
circulating the $2 Bill.
Treasury does offer advice on how to successfully circulate the $2 Bill, which is for
retailers to use them just like any other denomination in daily operations.
Treasury also advises Citizens interested
in obtaining $2 Bills that most commercial banks will readily supply their retail
customers with these Bills if their customers
request them in sufficient volume to justify
stocking them in their vaults.
Treasury does not define sufficient volume
and cautions that neither the Department of
the Treasury nor the Federal Reserve System
can force the distribution or use of any denomination of currency on banks, businesses
or individuals.
Currency Portraits and Design:
Not All Dead Presidents
United States currency notes now in production bear portraits of: George Washington on
the $1 Bill; Thomas Jefferson on the $2 note;
Abraham Lincoln on the $5 note; Alexander Hamilton on the $10 certificate of debt;
Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve
Note; Ulysses S. Grant on the $50, and Benjamin Franklin on the paper money designated as a $100 public debt.
Legislation has been introduced in the
House of Representatives to replace Andrew
Jackson on the $20 with Abolitionist Harriet
Tubman
There are also several denominations of
currency notes no longer produced. These
include the $500 Bill with the portrait of
William McKinley, the $1,000 Bill with a
portrait of Grover Cleveland, the $5,000 Bill
with a portrait of James Madison, the $10,000
Bill with a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, and
the $100,000 temporary, non-public Federal
Reserve Note bearing a portrait of Woodrow
Wilson printed over three-weeks in late 1934
into early 1935 in exchange for Gold bullion
held by Treasury.
Conspiracy theorists are free to conjecture
as they please concerning the use of Woodrow Wilsons portrait to adorn the $100,000
non-public Federal Reserve Notes used to
purchase public Gold being Wilson is the
president responsible for signing the Federal
Reserve Act into law.

It was impossible the Bank and


paper mania should not produce
great and extensive ruin. The President is fortunate to get off just as
the bubble is bursting, leaving others to hold the bag. Yet, as his departure will mark the moment when
the difficulties begin to work, you
will see that they will be ascribed to
the new administration
- Thomas Jefferson, 1797

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776.


THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

HEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the
Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers
of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures GOD
entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the
Causes which impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.-- That to secure these Rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying
its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety
and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate, that Governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient
Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than
to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations,
pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty,
to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these
Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the
present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of
an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
HE has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
HE has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till
his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
HE has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish
the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyranny only.
HE has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public
Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.
HE has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the
People.
HE has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining, in the mean Time, exposed to
all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
HE has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
HE has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
HE has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance.
HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the Consent of our Legislatures.
HE has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
HE has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws;
giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
FOR quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:
FOR protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of
these States:
FOR cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:
FOR imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:
FOR abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government,
and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule
into these Colonies:
FOR taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
FOR suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
HE has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection, and waging War against us.
HE has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.
HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny,
already begun with Circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy
the Head of a civilized Nation.
HE has constrained our Fellow-Citizens, taken Captive on the high Seas, to bear Arms against their Country, to become the
Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
HE has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes, and Conditions.
IN every Stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have
been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every Act which may define a Tyrant, is
unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them, from Time to Time, of Attempts by
their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties
of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our Connexions and Correspondence.
They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which
denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the Rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People
of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connexion between
them and the State of Great-Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES,
they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things
which INDEPENDENT STATES may of Right do. And for the Support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honour.

John Hancock

GEORGIA, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Geo. Walton.


NORTH-CAROLINA, Wm. Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH-CAROLINA, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward, junr. Thomas Lynch, junr. Arthur Middleton.
MARYLAND, Samuel Chase, Wm. Paca, Thos. Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
VIRGINIA, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Ths. Jefferson, Benja. Harrison, Thos. Nelson, jr. Francis Lightfoot Lee,
Carter Braxton.
PENNSYLVANIA, Robt. Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benja. Franklin, John Morton, Geo. Clymer, Jas. Smith, Geo. Taylor,
James Wilson, Geo. Ross.
DELAWARE, Caesar Rodney, Geo. Read.
NEW-YORK, Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW-JERSEY, Richd. Stockton, Jno. Witherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart, Abra. Clark.
NEW-HAMPSHIRE, Josiah Bartlett, Wm. Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, Saml. Adams, John Adams, Robt. Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE, &c. Step. Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT, Roger Sherman, Saml. Huntington, Wm. Williams, Oliver Wolcott.

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- JOHN F. KENNEDY

JUNE 2015

City of Palmdale, Palmdale School District


Announce New Summer Lunch Program
The City of Palmdale and the Palmdale School District (PSD) have announced a new free summer lunch
program.
At a press conference held Christs Church of the Valley in
Palmdale, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, PSD Superintendent Raul Maldonado and Pastor Darrell Downs announced
the details of the program, which will be held Monday
through Friday from June 8 to July 31 at eight different locations throughout the City.
The lunches will be available for ages 18 and under. The
PSD will provide the lunches which are designed to be
healthy, nutritious and tasty.
So much can be achieved when we as a community come
together, form working partnerships and work towards a
common goal, Ledford said. Weve seen success time and
time again in partnerships that we have in bringing the crime
rate down, with the Palmdale Sheriffs Department, City
staff, and our residents teaming up for community based enforcement. Today, we see the power of collaboration once
more in this new summer school lunch collaboration which
will take place at eight locations throughout our city, and
will address a need in our community in a very creative and
effective way.
The Palmdale School Districts partnership with our City
is only natural, as we are both working towards the common
goal providing the best for our community, said Maldonado. As we continue to build what we are calling the Palmdale Promise, our plan for achieving student success, we
look forward to many more opportunities to work together
with the City and other community organizations. There are
so many great things happening in Palmdale, this is just one
example. All of them are coming about thanks to dedicated
people working towards making our great community even
better. Were proud to be a part of it.
The lunches will be served, Monday through Friday, June
8 through July 31, at the following locations in Palmdale:
11:15 am 12:45 pm
Christs Church of the Valley, 2714 E. Ave. R
11:30 am 1 pm
Tumbleweed Community House, E. Ave. R
11:45 am 1:15 pm
Joshua Hills Park, 2020 Fairfield Drive
11:45 am 1:15 pm
Yucca Community House, 503 E. Ave. Q-3
12 noon 1:30 pm
Yellen School, 37015 Golden View Way
12 noon 1:30 pm
Summerwind School, 39360 Summerwind Drive
12:15 pm 1:45 pm
Domenic Massari Park, 37716 55th St. East
12:30 pm 2 pm
Manzanita Community House, 38677 32nd St. E.
Were honored to be a partner in this new program in our
community, said Pastor Darrell Downs. To have 300 kids
on our campus in a safe environment enjoying nutritious
lunches is exciting.
For more information on the summer lunch program,
please call the Palmdale School District at 661.266.7280 or
the City of Palmdales Neighborhood Services Department
at 661.267.5126.

City of Palmdales Announces


Summer Bus Excursion Schedule

The City of Palmdales has announced its schedule of summer bus excursions to various fun-filled locations and events
throughout Southern California.
Registration is available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/
playpalmdale, or at the recreation and culture office,
38260 10th St. East, open Monday through Thursday 7:30
am to 6 pm.
All excursion busses will meet at Palmdale Transportation
Center, 39000 Clock Tower Plaza. The name of each person
attending, address, phone number, emergency contact, and
each minor childs birth date are required. An adult must accompany anyone under age 18.
Let us do the driving while you enjoy some of the most
fun and entertaining spots and events in Southern California,
said Palmdales Recreation Supervisor Paula Leszkiewicz.
The summer excursions include:
The Getty Center June 6, 8:30 am 6:30 pm.
$25 / Discounted to $20 for Palmdale residents.
Well known for its iconic architecture, tranquil gardens, and
stunning views overlooking Los Angeles, The Getty Centers
collection includes paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, photographs and decorative arts.
A special exhibition, Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing
Photography, explores the essence of photography that revels
this mediums materials and process.
LA Waterfront June 27, 8 am 8 pm.
$25 / Discounted to $20 for Palmdale residents.
Set against the incredible backdrop of Americas Port, the
LA Waterfront in San Pedro is truly a feast for the senses.
From a marine aquarium, historical landmarks, an indoor
craft marketplace, museums and dining, this is the place to
explore.
Walk or hop on the Waterfront Red Car Line to discover and
experience this unique part of Los Angeles.
Orange County Fair Aug. 1, 8:30 am 9 pm.
$30 / Discounted to $25 for Palmdale residents.
Celebrating its 125th year, the Orange County Fair in Costa
Mesa features thousands of traditional exhibits and fabulous
food.
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of an old-fashioned fair.
Whether its the sweet smell of funnel cake or the memory
of your first kiss at the top of a Ferris wheel, relive your experiences and create some new ones.
Hollywood Bowl Aug. 15, 4 pm 12:15 am.
$38 - Discounted to $33 for Palmdale residents.
Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony25th
Anniversary! For 25 hilarity-filled years, Bugs Bunny and
his Looney Tunes pals have teamed up with live orchestras
playing phenomenal scores, bringing audiences to their feet
in laughter, cheers and applause.
Youll see and hear Warner Bros. greatest animated shorts, plus exciting surprises. Expect favorites like
Whats Opera Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville and Zoom and
Bored, as well as the live orchestra world premiere of
Long Haired Hare.
Take part in a long standing tradition by bringing a picnic to
enjoy before the performance.
For more information, please call 661.267.5611.

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Loft 20 Nine exists to share the power of beautiful, ontrend fashion pieces with women who have lofty plans everywhere, but know how to spend wisely!
Krishna Darlene, the founder of The BLVDs first fashion
boutique - Darlas Closet (open 2002 - 2010) - has launched
a second retail concept back home on The BLVD.
Loft 20 Nine is an on-trend boutique featuring the latest
fashion accessories and apparel for women, at reasonable
prices.
Loft 20 Nine provides a generous selection of handbags
and clutches, and stocks an array of pretty accessories for
$12 each, or two for $20, and the majority of the boutiques
dresses are priced under $34.

New items are added to the inventory every Tuesday so


shoppers will enjoy a unique boutique experience at each
weekly visit.
The boutiques stylists take great pleasure in helping their
customers pull together outfits for any occasion but Loft 20
Nine rarely restocks the same item twice, so buy the pieces
capturing your affection because after the last piece sells,
its au revoir.
On occasion Loft 20 Nine will bring an item back but wont
pinky-promise on that.
Shopping at massive on-line stores is an empty-feeling experience, void of the delight and joy felt during the exquisite
boutique shopping experience.
With hundreds of items, endless options and non-existent
customer service, on-line shopping feels overwhelming.
And it seems the best the big box department store can do
is provide fast, cheap fashion.
Loft 20 Nine is not the oversized, overwhelming, sell-everything retailer. It is a selective purveyor of on-trend boutique fashion accessories and apparel.
Quaint, selective and tasteful is the new gargantuan.
Its never too late to achieve your dream. Look good,
while doing it! -- Krishna Darlene
Loft 20 Nine - 661.483.6786 - is the petite white-trimmed,
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Located at 722 W. Lancaster Boulevard, Loft 20 Nines
hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 11a to 7p, Thursday
thru Saturday 11a to 8p, Sundays 11a to 6p, and closed Mondays. Visit the boutique on-line at Loft20Nine.com.

Heres What You Missed Last Month; BLVD Cinemas Movie Reviews
AMY JINGLE
Entertainment & Social Affairs Columnist
Taller people have it rough. Ask any person measuring at
least six feet about fitting in a movie theatre, for instance.
The little guy had the built-in comfort-factor advantage but
no more, because theres a movie theatre in town equipped
with loveseat-style reclining chairs about six feet long
providing head to toe comfort.
While enjoying the absolute best in luxury seating and
waiting for previews to begin, no need to get-up and visit
the lobby to check if your pizza is ready because BLVD
Cinemas staff brings your order to you. Be sure to tip the
smiling face delivering your food and drink.
Its all about you, explained Tim McBride, BLVD Cinemas proprietor. The Political Observer reviewed movies
showing at BLVD Cinemas in May, and the films were as
quality and entertaining as the experience and service.
Welcome To Me - We all have a little crazy in us. Some of
us more than others. Nonetheless, crazy people have Rights
too. Welcome To Me is a dark comedy addressing mental
health issues. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) has multi-personality disorder, lives alone, and loves watching TV on
non-stop eleven years and running (favorite show is Oprah)
and plays the lottery religiously.
One day, she hits an $86 million jackpot, and informs her
therapist Daryl Moffat (Tim Robbins) shes finished taking
medication and has decided to use her winnings to purchase
local access airtime 100 two-hour episodes and star in
her own TV show, Welcome To Me.
Welcome To Me is Alice sharing her thoughts often times
in skits re-living bad experiences from her past, dating
back to childhood, with different actors playing Alice and
friends at various stages in their lives on a set designed,
and reading from a script written by off-her-meds Alice.
Naturally, things get worse for Alice as the studio begins
getting sued for slander by those real-life persons from
Alices past incorporated into her show, a notice from the
government concerning Health Code violations from her
program demonstrating dog neutering on actual dogs and
shunning from her now former-therapist for ridiculing him
in one particular episode.
After a nervous breakdown, and down to $7 million dollars, Alice places her TV show on hold and takes a break,

but does return to produce one last show. Unfortunately for


you, Welcome To Me isnt playing any longer at BLVD Cinemas, so youll have to rent the DVD.
Just Before I Go - So you think your life is boring and
meaningless? Stuck in a rut with a dead-end job? Dumped by
the love of your life? Sadly, for some, suicide is an acceptable
solution to ending lifes woes. Ted (Seann William Scott) is
one of these people. Not only is he planning suicide, his plan
includes heading back to his home town to confront those
people he believes are responsible for sapping the life out
of him and shaping the person he has become, leading to his
lifes many misfortunes. Then drown himself in a local lake.
Teds list includes the class bully (Rob Riggle as Rawly
Stansfield) who, of course, mainly targeted Ted and a
teacher who was particularly mean to Ted, singling him out
in front of his classmates. The teacher and the bully are at the
top of Teds list since their abuse came at a time when young
Ted is suffering through the loss of his father.
With plan in mind, upon his return home Ted discovers
his experience on earth isnt, and hasnt been, as awful as
he thinks compared to others. After being away from home
for many years, and while staying with his brother Lucky
Morgan (Garret Dillahunt) - who serves as the police chief
for the town where the two brothers grew-up - Ted learns his
brother, Lucky doesnt have the American dream family
life either.
Instead, Ted unbeknownst to brother Lucky learns his
nephew Zeke (Kyle Gallner) is gay, and his brothers wife
doesnt love his brother. This last fact gleaned by observing his sister-in-law, Kathleen Morgan (Kate Walsh), adding
that special ingredient spit to his brothers coffee behind
his brothers back. Ted does get along well with his mother
though, (played by Connie Stevens), and is comfortable with
his moms situation - long-term, lesbian, live-in relationship
with a female Elvis Presley impersonator.
All works out well for Ted in the end, but its his journey gaining a new appreciation for life that makes this movie
worth the price of admission into BLVD Cinemas. But since
you didnt see it at BLVD Cinemas, you wouldnt know, so
rent the DVD. And, its summer time for crying out loud,
so make a point of watching a film at BLVD Cinemas this
month so youll know whether to agree or disagree with next
months movie reviews written by me, Amy Jingle.

Good Kill - Good kill is a story about conscience. Major


Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) is an U.S. Air Force pilot relegated to piloting armed drones over Afghanistan from the
comfort of a cushioned chair sitting in an air conditioned
steel shipping container placed on the tarmac at a military
base in Nevada.
Unhappy at work piloting a drone for a shift then hopping in the car and stopping at the grocery store on the way
home just doesnt provide the same thrill as flying fighter
jets from a base in Iraq and unhappy at home due to no
fault of his wife Molly (January Jones) Egan has become
a shell of a man.
His repeated requests to be re-assigned are routinely dismissed by his superior officer, Colonel Jack Johns (Bruce
Greenwood), who insists the future of warfare is here and
now and involves remotely-controlled armed drones, not an
F-16 flown by a hot-shot pilot strapped into the cockpit.
Although a mentor to Egan and having empathy for his
strife, Colonel Johns is a get-the-job-done-first-and-doneright commander, and this means keeping your head in the
game, following orders, and, always, mission first. While
Egans four-person crew three men and one female are
on duty remotely navigating the skies above enemy territory in Afghanistan, scanning for threats, they notice and
watch an Afghani woman being beaten and raped.
Though lethally omnipotent and all-seeing able to identify the color of a persons shoes flying tens of thousands
of feet above and accurately drop ordinance on their head
the crew finds itself powerless, forced to watch the same
scene (same man rape the same woman) daily. Egans crew
is not authorized to engage because the rapist does not possess a threat to U.S forces on the ground. When Col. Johns
informs the crew they will no longer be flying armed drones
for the Air Force, but have been tasked to conduct drone
strikes for CIA, the crew quickly learns a change in command under CIA means a change in rules of engagement,
rules that quickly begin to further erode Egans spirit.
After his wife leaves a voicemail message informing him
she is leaving and is one her way to her sisters house in
Reno and is taking their daughter, Egan has a decision to
make. Duty, or family, or country? Had you watched Good
Kill at BLVD Cinemas, youd know the answer.
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War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing
the many under the domination of the fewNo nation could preserve its Freedom in the midst of continual warfare. - JAMES MADISON

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EXCELLENCE IN AVIATION AWARD BANQUET SET FOR JUNE 13


The Flight Test Historical Foundation will hold the 5th annual Excellence in Aviation Awards
banquet on June 13, 2015. This years honorees are the California Air National Guards 163rd
Reconnaissance Wing from March Air Reserve Base, as the operators of the remotely piloted
MQ-1 Predator aircraft built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
For the first time in the Nations history, with the approval of the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a federal combat asset was transferred to the State Governors
control to be deployed to help CAL FIRE personnel battle wildfires raging around Yosemite
National Park in 2013.
This remarkable and well deserved recognition will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the
Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Aviation legends
Bob Hoover, General Doug Pearson, and General Bob Cardenas have confirmed attendance.
Congressman Steve Knight (House Armed Service Committee) will be presenting the William J. Pete Knight Excellence in Aerospace Scholarship, in honor of his father USAF
Colonel William J. Pete Knight and on behalf of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, to a
deserving college student majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
Others being honored from the Air National Guards 163rd Wing are Colonel Dana Hessheimer, Colonel Douglas Weskamp, and Colonel Keith Ward, along with representatives of
CAL FIRE.
This formal event will feature the Blue Eagles Air Force Honor Guard, and Rat Pack
Ricky will generously provide dinner and dance music with a Sinatra theme. Some of the
invitees include National and State officials, and Riverside and Los Angeles county city Mayors, Managers, and Councilmembers. The evening will also include representation from the
United States Air Force, California Air and Army National Guard, and CAL FIRE firefighters.
The Flight Test Historical Foundation hosts its annual Excellence in Aviation Awards Banquet to honor those who played a significant role in the countrys aviation and space exploration achievements and research, and offers those attending a rare opportunity of meeting
Americas finest aerospace heroes and pioneers.
The event starts at 6pm. The cost for the event and a four-course dinner, followed by award
presentations and dancing, is $100 and can be purchased at EdwardsMuseum.org, or by calling 661.258.1658.
Funds raised at this event will go toward restoration of the Flight Test Museums aircraft
and towards relocating the Air Force Flight Test Museum from its current location, inside the
base, to outside the West Gate to make it accessible to general public.
For those unable to attend but who would still like to sponsor dinner tickets for the members
of our military, National Guard, or the Firemens Association, please contact Gail Mitchell at
661.510.1192 or FTHFgoe@gmail.com.
It is the mission of Flight Test Historical Foundation to preserve the rich local history
of flight test through the support of the museum at Edwards Air Force Base and Blackbird
Airpark in Palmdale. Our STEM program encourages and inspires the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians to pursue the innovations and advances
that make our nation great. said Lisa Gray, chair of the Flight Test Historical Foundation
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RALPH S. BRAX
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Americans love anniversaries. Wedding anniversaries are


special occasions, especially the 25th, the 40th, and the 50th,
when guests bring gifts of silver, ruby, and gold.
High school reunions are still a big event. I graduated from
Morningside High School in Inglewood, and went to the 10th
and 25th reunions.
At the tenth, everyone was trying to impress their friends,
and at the 25th, most folks just had a few drinks and remembered the good old days.
On June 30, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of when
the U.S. finally got out of Vietnam, following 25 years of
involvement.
It began with sending several billion dollars of military
equipment to the French, then advisors and military hardware
to the South Vietnamese government, ending with close to
three million combat troops going off to fight the Viet Cong
and North Vietnamese.

The real heroes of the day were 75


Marine pilots who loaded up as many
people as they could into their helicopters, then took them to the carrier, and then went back again and
again for fifteen hours to get almost
everyone waiting to the carrier.
The communists overran the Saigon government on June
30, 1975, and the U.S. officially lost the war.
Very few people even noticed this 40th anniversary, except
for the men and women who served in the war, and the family
members who lost a loved one, or who had to deal with the
numerous problems the vets had when they came home.
Many Americans lost interest in Vietnam after January,
1973, when Richard Nixon brought home the remaining
troops, and even Nixon lost interest because of the investigations into the Watergate break in and the massive cover up.
Nixons main goal was to save himself.
Last year a documentary was made of the last days the U.S.
spent in South Vietnam, which received an Academy Award
nomination for best documentary.
It is a brilliant film, chronicling the chaotic, horrendous end
of our involvement.
Following the withdrawal of our troops, the South Vietnamese government was in deep trouble, since their army never
did fight very effectively.
However, the North Vietnamese didnt invade Saigon because they feared Nixon, who had dropped more bombs than
Lyndon Johnson did, would unleash another massive attack,
or, God forbid, send back the troops.
Once Nixon resigned in disgrace over the lies of Watergate,
and Gerald Ford became president, the NVA saw an opening
and prepared to take over Saigon.
The unbelievable part is that the U.S. never had any plan
to deal with the eminent collapse of the Souths government
or to evacuate thousands of South Vietnamese people, who
desperately wanted out of their country.
One major problem was that Americas ambassador in South
Vietnam, Graham Martin, was an old Cold War warrior who
refused to accept the reality that the Saigon government was
going to collapse, so he never planned a way to evacuate the
people who wanted to leave.
Chaos was the order of the day.
Back in the U.S., Ford, trying to prevent a catastrophe, urged

Congress to appropriate $700 million to facilitate an orderly


evacuation.
Democrats and Republicans joined together to oppose Fords
efforts. They knew the American people were sick and tired
of wasting money in Vietnam.
Finally on April 29, one day before the North Vietnamese
took Saigon, a plan was set up to use helicopters to get as
many people out as possible.
The original thinking was to use airplanes for the evacuation, but all the roads to the only airport were clogged with
cars filled with people who knew something was up and decided to get to the airport.
Thousands of South Vietnamese began going to the American Embassy, hoping to get on a helicopter, and to a U.S.
aircraft carrier to flee the country.
The real heroes of the day were 75 Marine pilots who loaded
up as many people as they could into their helicopters, then
took them to the carrier, and then went back again and again
for fifteen hours to get almost everyone waiting to the carrier.
In the end the refugees got to the Philippines, where they
lived in camps for months before getting to America.
In so many ways, this was the inevitable conclusion of a
tragic, failed war.
And the beat goes on...

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