Category Archives: Culture War

New documentary exposes Hollywood man-boy pedophile ring

An Open Secret

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media reports that An Open Secret, a new explosive documentary on Hollywood pedophiles opened on Friday night, July 3, 2015, at the Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street in New York City. On July 17, the film will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Directed by Amy Berg, An Open Secret exposes how pedophiles operate in Hollywood and cover up their crimes. Berg’s 2006 documentary on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophilia/pederasty, Deliver Us from Evil, was nominated for an Oscar.

The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as “A sober look at…the sexual exploitation of teenage boys in the entertainment industry by the older men who can make or break their careers…. [W]ith any luck it will encourage other victims to speak up, and enlighten the parents of showbiz aspirants about the industry’s dangers.”

Several journalists are included in the film. One journalist said his story documenting the sexual crimes committed by top Hollywood figures was killed, that is, censored.

Even more shocking, director Berg said she could not find any company willing to distribute her film until Rocky Mountain Pictures, the distributor behind such ground-breaking conservative-oriented documentaries as Obama 2016, stepped up to make sure this important film gets released in various cities this summer. Vesuvio Entertainment is helping with distribution of the film.

The film is rated R, meaning those under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. It includes interviews with victims and identifies by name those who have been caught, prosecuted and convicted for sexual abuse.

The film identifies a pedophile ring led by a convicted sex offender named Marc Collins-Rector, who had ties to the rich and famous in Hollywood. Collins-Rector established an Internet-based TV company called Digital Entertainment Network (DEN).

Marc Collins-Rector

DEN’s first project, Chad’s World, was described by the Los Angeles Times as centering “on a 15-year-old from Michigan who questions his sexual orientation and ultimately flees his town’s intolerance to move in with a gay couple in a California mansion.” This and other questionable Digital Entertainment Network projects are discussed in the Berg film.

Digital Entainment Network’s investors reportedly included movie director Bryan Singer, David Geffen and Arianna Huffington’s homosexual ex-husband Michael Huffington.

Bryan Singer, David Geffen, Michael Huffington

David Geffen is the openly homosexual co-founder, with director Steven Spielberg, of DreamWorks Studios. In an interview with Vanity Fair, former Hollywood powerhouse Michael Ovitz identified Geffen as the demagogic leader of a shadowy cabal in Hollywood which Ovitz calls the Gay Mafia. (See “The Gay Mafia and America’s aggressive homosexual agenda“)

Bryan Singer is the openly bisexual director of the X-Men blockbusters who had been sued 3 times for sexual misconduct:

  1. In 1997, a 14-year-old extra accused Singer of asking him and other minors to film a shower scene in the nude for the film Apt Pupil. A lawsuit was filed but dismissed for insufficient evidence.
  2. In April 2014, Singer was accused in a civil lawsuit of having drugged and raped a minor — 17-year-old actor and model Michael Egan — in Hawaii and Los Angeles in the late 1990s. Four months later, Egan withdrew his lawsuit after Singer’s attorney presented evidence that neither Singer nor Egan were in Hawaii at the time.
  3. In May 2014, attorney Jeff Herman filed a lawsuit on behalf of an anonymous British man against Singer and producer Gary Goddard for sexually assaulting “John Doe No. 117″ when the latter was a minor while in London for the premiere of Superman Returns. 2 months later, the charge against Singer was dismissed, at the accuser’s request, but the case against Goddard remains active.

Bryan Singer with a Twink

According to The Daily Beast, Singer is infamous for his “Twink” pool parties, described by an attendee as wild nights of no clothes and lots of alcohol. Among homosexuals, the word “twink” describes a uniquely disposable kind of young gay man: Hairless, guileless, witless. The term’s namesake is Twinkie, a junk food containing shiny packaging, a sweet taste, and zero nutritional value. “Twinks” can be bussed into parties, thrown into pools, put into a tiny Speedo—or no Speedo at all—and ornamentally placed around the water’s edge like living, breathing, giggling statuary.

~Éowyn

Nothing says “badass” like a feminist coloring book!

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo

Huffington Post: Feminists of the world, you know how tiring it can get dealing with the oppression, discrimination and hate that’s all too rampant in our everyday lives. Sometimes you just want to scream, or cry, or rip out all the pages of your favorite feminist manifesto and cover your body in them like a paper fort. Well, here’s another idea. In times of stress, why not whip out your handy feminist coloring book?

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“You’re never too old for coloring books & you’re never too young for feminism,” is the motto behind Ijeoma Oluo‘s incredible project, aptly titled Badass Feminist Coloring Book. The radical book combines the meditative lull of coloring with the revolutionary spirit of feminism, a combination that will please just about any creative lady.

coloring book

“I’m a feminist writer and a woman of color, so I spend a lot of time neck-deep in misogyny and racism,” Oluo explained to The Huffington Post. “To be honest, it can really start to wear you down. I’ve always loved drawing, and picked up drawing again as an adult primarily as stress relief. Nothing is more calming and strengthening to me than focusing on the amazing feminists fighting to make the world a better place. I realized that I could make coloring pages for myself and was very excited. I started sharing them with friends and the response was overwhelmingly positive.”

coloring book2

The book features outlined images of feminists of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, races, body types, gender identities, etc. They range from well-known names like Jezebel’s Lindy West to Oluo’s own sister. There are mothers, daughters, sex workers, comedians and writers. There are empowering quotes, feminist mantras to live by and many opportunities for doodling.

coloring book3

I wanted to make something that was inspirational, interactive, and conversational. I wanted to make a book that you could pick up for a bit, interact with it, and then set it back own -– not something that is read through once and then never looked at again. Drawing these amazing feminists has really helped me feel connected to them and their ideals, and I want other people to have that. We can celebrate and enjoy feminism. It’s a very serious topic, but it’s also beautiful, fun, creative and inspiring.”

Needless to say, we love everything about this project. Oluo is currently raising funds for the book on Kickstarter and, although her campaign ends on July 14, she’s already well above her goal of $4,000. Still, check out the page to see how you can help this truly glorious cause and potentially score some gifts in return, from neat stickers to an hour of one-on-one media consulting with journalist and critic Jennifer L. Pozner, founding director of Women In Media.

“I really want to communicate how diverse feminism is and must be in order to create lasting and effective positive change,” Oluo concluded. “I wanted to shine a light on feminists that you may never have heard of –- who don’t always fit the middle-class liberal cis heterosexual white woman image we usually see. I want people to see the beauty in feminism, not a conventional beauty that often hurts women, but a beauty that comes from strength, resilience, kindness and empathy. Also, I really just want to give this to my feminist friends, as a celebration of community and solidarity.

Ms. Oluo does spend time neck-deep in racism. When George Takei went on a racist rant saying Clarence Thomas is a ‘Clown in Black Face’, Ms. Oluo whole-heartedly approved.  She tweeted: “There has never been a better description of Clarence Thomas than “A clown in blackface” I’m just mad I didn’t think of it. “. How inspirational!

coloring book4

DCG

P.S. Her Twitter timeline gives you an insight into who she really is (in addition to a racist.)

  • Who Are You Really? Let me know. I’ll tell you who I am.” (which lead to her following tweets.)
  • I’m highly intelligent. I try not to forget that this is a privilege, not an accomplishment.”
  • “I’m obsessed with honesty & authenticity – tho I likely lie as often as anybody else. But I try to be honest & consistent with my lies.
  • I have the same imagination I had as a child. My imagination has a soundtrack.”
  • I often surround myself with people I don’t like so I’m never surprised by how horrible it is. But then I forget I don’t like them.”
  • I’m a good mother. In a lazy and impatient mother, but I’m consistent and loving and I let my kids be who they are. They never fear me.”

And, lastly:

I’ve never had a long term relationship. I think I’d like one – but maybe just to prove I’m capable.”

Grad student threatens abortion unless she raises $1M

messed up

Campus Reform: An anonymous pregnant graduate student is threatening to abort her baby next month if she cannot raise 1 million dollars in the 72 hours before the scheduled abortion.

The threat comes from her website prolifeantiwoman.com. The student claims to be a graduate student who is currently seven weeks pregnant. Due to what she says are newly restrictive abortion laws in her school’s state, she is promising to return to her home state for the abortion.

She writes on her website:

On July 7th I will start accepting donations on this page. I will accept donations for 72 hours, the same amount of time this state currently requires a woman to wait after a consultation with a doctor until she can have an abortion. If one million dollars is raised in those 72 hours then I’ll have the baby, give it up for adoption and every cent of that one million dollars will be put in a trust fund for the child, which he or she will have access to when they turn 21.”

The student explains that she believes the pro-life movement is hiding the religious right. She suggests that the movement actually cares very little about saving lives and more about “controlling women by minimizing their choices. . . [including] readily available reproductive health care.”

The twenty-six-year-old female suggests that if all of the 157 million supporters of life in the country gave less than a few cents, then it would more than meet the deadline. Last year’s Gallup poll suggested that 47% of Americans identified as pro-life.

Many in the pro-life movement are speaking out about the student’s actions. “It’s like a political Kickstarter—or a ransom note, depending on where you stand on the issue of abortion” says Adriana Velez of The Stir.

The student states that since her actions are about making a point and not her, she will remain anonymous.

More from this woman’s web site:

The backward direction this country is headed in terms of its treatment of women I feel is due in large part to the influence of the religious right disguised as the pro-life movement. The pro-life movement cares very little about saving lives and far more about controlling women by minimizing their choices in a wide variety of ways not the least of which is readily available reproductive health care.”

Last time I check, extortion was a crime. This woman needs some mental health services…and so will the child if her demands are met.

DCG

Sunday Devotional: A rebellious people

With America increasingly beset by cultural rot and political corruption, faithful Christians can’t help but be distressed. 

In that context, I am struck by the common thread running through this Sunday’s readings — that humankind, being a fallen creation, have always been so, a rebellious people.

Hardly a consolation for us, but a reminder of sober reality.

Michelangelo's Temptation and Fall

Ezekiel 2:2-5

As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.
But you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord God!
And whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—
they shall know that a prophet has been among them.

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary…?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

supplication

Psalm 123:3-4

Have pity on us, O Lord, have pity on us,
for we are more than sated with contempt;
our souls are more than sated
with the mockery of the arrogant,
with the contempt of the proud.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you.

~Éowyn

July 4, 2015: All is not well with America

Today is the 239th anniversary of the first 4th of July in 1776.

On that day, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, thereby marking the formation of a new sovereign nation independent from Great Britain, called the United States of America. (See “Remembering that first 4th of July“)

239 years after so many of our Founders had sacrificed their lives and property in the American Revolution of Independence, all is not well with the United States of America as seen in the latest indicators.

1. More and more Americans, especially the young, are considering leaving the U.S.

Although only 0.001% of Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2014, a recent poll finds that Americans increasingly are considering leaving the U.S. for foreign shores.

A recent online poll of more than 2,000 adults by TransferWise, a peer-to-peer money transfer service based in the UK, found that 35% (1 out of 3!) of American-born residents and emigrants would consider leaving the United States to live in another country. The Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) are even more disposed to leave America: More than half or 55% of millennials said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43% of men and 38% of women said that a higher salary would be a factor in their relocation decision. (Source: CNBC)

2. Many Americans don’t know the meaning of July 4th

Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars points out that in 2011, a Maris poll found that:

  • Only 58% of Americans knew that the United States declared its independence in 1776.
  • About ¼ of Americans had no idea from whom America declared its independence.
  • 14% of U.S. teens thought that the U.S. declared independence from France, while another 5% thought it was Canada.

4 years later, Americans are no less frighteningly ignorant. In another of his devastating man-on-the-street interviews, Mark Dice found that many beachgoers in San Diego are clueless about the Fourth of July:

  • This man doesn’t know it was the American colonies that broke away from England. Know nothings1
  • This woman thinks Independence Day refers to the end of the Civil War when “we” won and “overtook the south. know nothings2
  • This woman thinks Abraham Lincoln had signed the Declaration of Independence in 1964 or 1984. know nothings3
  • This man doesn’t know which country we declared independence from; his female partner thinks Independence Day marks our independence “from California.” know nothings4
  • This woman has no idea what we’re celebrating our independence from, then guessed that it was from “those countries.” know nothings5
  • This middle-aged woman can’t name even one of our Founding Fathers. know nothings6
  • This man, with 2 kids, also has no idea which country “we broke away from” when we declared our independence in 1776.know nothings7

Thank you, public schools and teachers of America.

You must be so proud for miseducating generations of proud know-nothing Americans.

Statue of Liberty in tears

See also “U.S. News & World Report: Americans have lost confidence in everything.”

~Éowyn

Remembering that first 4th of July

Today, July 4, 2014, is the 238th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence.

Most of us have the day off from work, and we’ll be celebrating with a barbecue or picnic.

But the best way to celebrate the day is by remembering that first Fourth of July in 1776, when 56 men convened in a hot stuffy room in Philadelphia to deliberate on and sign the Declaration of Independence.

There are 3 parts to this post:

  1. An evocative narrative of that day in 1776
  2. The Declaration of Independence
  3. What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that “the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them.” All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president’s desk, was a panoply — consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. “Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York.”

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase “by a self-assumed power.” “Climb” was replaced by “must read,” then “must” was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called “their depredations.” “Inherent and inalienable rights” came out “certain unalienable rights,” and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: “I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American.” But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

[Source: “The Americans Who Risked Everything,” by Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr. – father of talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, III]

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The Declaration of Independence

The Want, Will and Hopes of the People

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When 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 Nature’s 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 tyrants 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 harass 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 benefit 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 compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & 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 connections 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 connection 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 Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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The Fate of the Signers

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. [from “The Americans Who Risked Everything“]

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Friends and patriots, on this Independence Day, never forget the sacrifices so willingly undertaken by these 56 bravehearts. Let us take up the challenge and make sure that the dream they began 238 years ago be never extinguished. 

God Bless America!

~Éowyn

Man with 7 felons and deported 5 times kills woman in San Francisco

Kate Steinle

Kate Steinle

SF Gate: The suspect arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 Wednesday had a rap sheet of seven felonies, was deported five times, and in March was released from San Francisco Jail despite immigration authorities asking that he be held, officials said Friday.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, though, has said it will no longer comply with requested immigration holds in many cases, including those based solely on allegations a person is in the country illegally.

Illegal and perpetual criminal Sanchez

Illegal and professional criminal Sanchez

On March 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant and requested that they be notified before his release, so federal officers could take him into custody.

Sheriff’s deputies, though, released Sanchez without notifying immigration authorities, and Sanchez was released, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday morning, Sanchez was arrested about a mile south of Pier 14 in the shooting death of Steinle, 32, a San Francisco woman who was walking with her father and a family friend.

The killing, police said, appeared to be random. Steinle’s father only said “there was a pop” before his daughter collapsed in front of him. He and others immediately began rendering aid to the woman before she was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where she later died.

From the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department web page:

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

“As Sheriff, Ross remains committed to enhancing public safety in the jails, and in the communities to which ex-offenders return by developing and delivering programs designed to tackle the high recidivism rates. Sheriff Mirkarimi believes in evidence-based reentry programming that addresses stubborn barriers like unemployment, lack of housing, chronic substance abuse, and acute mental illness. “

One would think that the sheriff’s priority would be protecting the public. I guess with five previous deportations and seven felonies, the good sheriff needed more evidence to hold this monster, which could have prevented this tragedy.

DCG