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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Phil Donahue's Personal Redemption

Former talk show host Phil Donahue (a graduate of Notre Dame, class of 1957) produces a new film which tells it like it is regarding the war. He does this even while El Leader decides to hide the caskets and make funerals off-limits.

It's about time that he puts his creative talents to wonderful and productive use.

The Republicans in the State of Maine

This photo comes from the Bangor News:

Ron Paul Supporters Infiltrate Utah GOP Delegation

Ron Paul supporters have infiltrated the Utah GOP delegation.

And you know what's great about this? They're not kowtowing to the collectivistic statist Republicans.

Here's an excerpt of the Salt Lake Tribune piece that goes into detail about it:

The Ron Paul Revolution will not go quietly.

As they have done in Nevada, Minnesota and elsewhere, a number of Utah Ron Paul backers are trying to get elected Saturday as delegates to the Republican National Convention where, under a proposed rule change, they could be free to vote for whomever they want.

Under existing party rules, the 36 Utah delegates to the convention are obligated to vote for Mitt Romney, who won the state GOP primary with 90 percent of the vote.

But on Saturday, the state party will consider changing its rules to release the delegates and let them vote for whom they see fit.

The proposed bylaws change comes in response to a request from Romney, after he dropped out of the race, to release his bound delegates.

The Paulestinian Dissension

Apparently the Ron Paulistas continue their Revolution, and it's incensing the staunch Republicans.

The Paulites Aren't Done Yet

Ron Paul deserves representation at the Republican national convention in proportion to the support he received in the primaries. And his supporters are prepared to fight like hell to make sure he gets it.

Across the country, at state and county GOP conventions, diehard supporters of maverick Ron Paul are staging uprisings in an effort to secure a role for Paul at the national convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul....

In Minnesota, Paul loyalists captured seven delegate slots at congressional district meetings, and in Nevada, the convention abruptly recessed on April 26 after balloting showed Paul supporters winning at least half of the initial contests for delegate slots to the national convention....

The Russian Soldier Chorus

A number of Russian soldiers join with The Leningrad Cowboys, a Finnish band, just to sing Alabama's national anthlem.

[H/T to Lew who noticed this.]

More on the Vile and Diabolical Pledge of Allegiance

Those who advocate that vile and diabolical fealty known as the Pledge of Allegiance should take a gander at the website of Pledge expert Rex Curry who provides a thorough documentation and archiving of the Pledge. His site does certainly have a number of disturbing yet legitimate photos of pledge takers in the early years of this fealty.

Check out this sample as well.

Look at the abundance of material on the subject here.

The Supreme Court's 1942 Ruling on the Right to Not Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

The recent suspension of three eighth graders from the public "government" schools brings to mind an old Supreme Court ruling from 1942 -- specifically, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) -- that overturned the State of West Virginia's law that coerced the public "government" school children to stand up to salute the flag and recite the pledge.

The Court ruled the following:

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

We think the action of the local authorities in compelling the flag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations on their power and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which it is the purpose of the First Amendment to our Constitution to reserve from all official control.

(Here's the summary of the case here and the entire opinion here.)

[H/T to courageous LRC blogger Laurence Vance for his outstanding blogging on this.]

Three Teenage Heretics Versus That Vile Pledge of Allegiance

Three small-town public "government" schoolers who are in the eighth grade have been placed on suspension for refusing to put their hands on their chests and recite the evil and diabolical Pledge of Allegiance.

Here's more on the story from the Star Tribune:

Three small-town eighth-graders in Minnesota were suspended by their principal for not standing Thursday morning for the Pledge of Allegiance, violating a district policy that the principal now says may soon be reworded to protect free speech rights.

'"My son wasn't being defiant against America,' said Kim Dahl, mother of one of the students, Brandt, who attends Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School in northwestern Minnesota.

Brandt told the Forum newspaper in Fargo that Thursday's one-day in-school suspension, 'was kind of dumb because I didn't do anything wrong. It should be the people's choice.'

Kim Dahl said the 'punishment didn't fit the crime. If they wanted to know why he didn't stand, they should've made him write a paper.' She said her son has been declining to stand all school year, offered no reason for sitting and was not obligated to explain his actions.

The school's handbook says all students are required to stand but are not required to recite the pledge. The same is true for all four schools in the district, a school official said.

'These three [students] didn't, and they got caught,' said Mel Olson, the district's community education director. He said he backs the punishment, 'being a veteran and a United States of America citizen, absolutely.' Olson served in the Marines in Japan during the Vietnam War.

The head of the Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union said that the school's actions against the students are unconstitutional, and his office informed the district of that today in a strongly worded letter.

'The school can't do that; that's illegal,' said Chuck Samuelson, the civil liberties group's executive director. 'Wow.'

Samuelson said that numerous U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating to the 1940s say in 'well-settled constitutional law' that 'students who refuse to participate in the pledge cannot be punished for refusing to participate.'

The "Pledge of Allegiance" has always been, is, and always will be a government-approved, government-codified oath to the state. It is a government-mandated act of loyalty to the god known as the state, given that the state has been deified by its own collectivistic sycophants and supporters who believe that control is freedom, welfare is wealth, and the state is the savior of capitalism.

Furthermore, it is an act to centralize government and propagate its myths. It is a radical tool to brainwash and control our children who are forced to attend the government schools and individuals who attend major league sports games in order to become perpetual slaves of the state and its welfare-warfare state antics. It has become so pervasive that it has dominated every facet of our lives.

Let's remember that Francis Julius Bellamy, a Baptist minister and a Christian Socialist, is the author of this evil fealty. He wrote this in 1892 after Lincoln's War Between the States to ensure that everyone was indoctrinated with the following statist tenets:

  1. God

  2. Government

  3. You

Should we really be surprised with this vile, social engineering-worshipping, collectivistic claptrap? This is all the more reason to abolish the public "government schools, the vile and diabolical state itself, and return education to the province of the free market.

[H/T to Lew for his original blog report on this.]