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November 17 is the anniversary of a Greek uprising in 1973 and also the name of a terrorist organization composed of Greek anarchists, communists and terrorists who were anti-American, anti-Turkish, and anti-Greek. It is no coincidence that the Occupy St. Louis protest coincided on November 17, 2011 with protests across the world.
I was working that day and assigned crowd control concerning the occupy protest along with 60 other St. Louis Police Officers. The act of protest was perfectly choreographed between the labor unions, city administration, and the police department. The police department was made aware of the protest route, location of arrests, and advised of the feigned outrage at the arrest site.
The supposed confrontation at the Martin Luther King Bridge between the police and protesters was as realistic as a WWE wrestling match. The protesters who were designated for arrests wore signs on their backs and sat down on the road to the bridge. The police department obliged the protesters with arrests so that they could receive the appropriate media coverage. The crowd then yelled “shame” at the police with feigned indignation as plastic handcuffs were applied to those who wished to be arrested.
A memo directed to mayoral assistant Jeff Rainford from Mary Ellen Ponder was obtained by a freedom of information request. Ponder, a former campaign manager of Mayor Francis Slay and now a paid staffer, requested the Mayor not evict the overnight squatters. Her memo explains the protest should be against Wall Street and not the mayor’s office. The memo proves that the November 17 date was planned between the mayor’s office and the protesters and it also shows why city control is a bad idea. Deciding when to arrest law breakers based on political circumstances is why local control is a faulty plan.
In contrast to the 14 people arrested at Occupy St. Louis, the Tea Party event at Kiener Plaza, had no arrests, the Tea Party acquired the proper permits, paid a fee, and secured insurance for their event. The Occupy protesters paraded in the middle of the streets without permits, blatantly violated park curfew laws, and had protestors arrested on 2 separate occasions. This group disregard of the law was accompanied by individual arrests for assorted violations inside Kiener Plaza.
The “shame” that was exhibited was by the occupy crowd with no regards to laws or costs incurred by the city taxpayer to pay the for the police man hours. Finally the “shame” was really displayed by the combined unions and occupy crowd for protesting on a Greek communist/anarchist anniversary which commemorates the death of 29 individuals and 4 Americans by the NOVEMBER 17 Organization.
I love Thanksgiving. It is uniquely American and uniquely right. We celebrate God and Country and enjoy family time absent the stress and distraction of the more commercialized holidays. There is no need to deconstruct "Jesus Clause" or explain to our children that our Lord and Savior rising from the grave has nothing to do with eggs and bunnies. Who came up with that bunny laying egg thing anyway?
Recently, I visited with a man from Mexico who is in the U.S. legally, on a work assignment for a large corporation. He was telling me how much he was looking forward to his first American Thanksgiving. He will celebrate with friends either at their home or the others'. I asked about the menu. "Roast turkey with all of the trimmings" he quickly replied with a contagious enthusiasm. This, from a man whose favorite staple is tamales. He has never tasted a real roasted turkey, the American way. I was going to ask about deep frying it...next year, I thought.
His simple menu selection and his use of the word "trimmings" flooded my mind instantly with thoughts about that unique dish, roasted Turkey. We have celebrated Thanksgiving and that fine tryptophane laden meat at different times, with friends from Germany and friends from Russia. It is always great to talk about the other traditions that are uniquely American, and more than just food.
I remember water skiing with friends from Europe on the amazing Lake of the Ozarks. We rented a boat, filled a cooler with all kinds of libations, and enjoyed the heck out of a sunny July day. As we sat quietly taking a break from the action and taking note of all the beautiful lakefront homes, they began lamenting how this would never be allowed in Europe.
In Europe, if you tried to put a motorized boat on a lake, the environmentalists would decry the degredation to the environment and pass laws to stop you. If you tried to build a house on a lake, the communists would insist that the land belonged to all of the people and no one privately. They went on, but the point should be clear. In America, we are defined by putting individual rights first, starting with the Pilgrim's quest for a place in which religious worship was every man's exclusive domain. These rights extend far beyond that to include the individual's right to own land and be secure in that land and enjoy it for his or her own use. Our uniquely American Government is designed on "negative rights", or the right to be free FROM government, as opposed to the positive rights the socialists pursuit as to be given BY government. If government can give you access to a Lake, then it can surely bar access from that same Lake. This is true with welfare, education, health care, and any other positive "right" the communists demand. Not in America! Something as mundane as water skiing takes on an entire new meaning when you consider that people want to take that right from you, especially when you consider their widespread success World-wide.
So as you enjoy a uniquely American roasted turkey, and reflect upon the freedom you have to partake in your favorite hobbies, do one thing. Please take a look at your kids and promise them that you will damn well do your best to make sure they and the successive generations of Americans can enjoy roasted turkey and the same freedoms you do today before some soulless commmie takes away these liberties in the name of positive rights.
While you are at it, the next time you see a commie, or some OWS goof, tell him to go eat sprouts or tofu or whatever politically correct sorry excuse for a staple food he eats. Then make haste to the biggest juiciest, hormone inspired 100% pure American beef burger you can find and be sure to slap on some American cheese and plenty of bacon. As you savor that first bite, thank God for blessing your America and promise Him too, that you will fight!
"Workers of the World Unite"
Karl Marx, the infamous German political philosopher had a vision. Marx, together with Joseph Engles predicted and even called for the dismantling of capitalist economic systems worldwide into a socialist and ultimately classles communist World. 24thState will be asking the question of the late Mr. Marx, "How is that working out for you?"
In a series of columns, we will expose the 5th column in the United States. We will name names and expose the ties from David Axelrod, who just visited St. Louis referring to some GOP presidential contenders as "nutty folks", to active marxists and communist party loyalists in Congress and even the Missouri General Assembly. We will expose their plans and how even their favorite Republican member of Congress (yes, they have one) works to fulfill them.
If we contemplate for a second, whether it is realistic to assume that the marxists quit being marxists, in Russia, China and even the U.S., can we assume that the workers of the world decided to not unite? Did they pack up their tents and go home? Are Russian and Chinese leaders relinquishing power and creating new constitutional republics? Did the Communist Party USA shut their doors or just change their tactics? The answers to these questions are unquestionably obvious but uncomfortable to contemplate.
First published in 1848, the Manifesto had ten very specific goals (briefly examine their progress in the U.S. here). The most alarming tenet however, may be the assertion that communism will never really work until the entire World is communist. In other words, the true believers have a duty to spread it. What then is the duty of those opposed to it? What is IT?
Another alarming tenet of marxism is the Machiavelian notion that the idea is so important and people so naturally resistant, that deception, progaganda and assorted treachery are not just hallmarks, but mandates. The history of their "class struggle" shows us their conviction that some must die. We wonder if Marx and Engles would have desired that upwards of 100 million should die. When you add up the slaughter of the "less usefull" of the "usefull idiots" in the lexicon of the Leninists, we have over 35 million human beings "sacrificed" for the cause in Russia alone. Add in Pol Pot, Castro, Chairman Mao and the estimated 3.5 million dead and still dying daily in North Korea, utopia has what most of us would view as one unacceptably high price. Some evidently are so untroubled by that legacy that they seek to spread the ideology of death despite the clear and modern existence of communist regimes like North Korea which kills people daily. Where are the calls of the marxists of the world for North Korea to stop killing people? Where are the calls of the leftists in Congress to China to stop paying bounties on escaped North Koreans who are sent back to die? The deafening silence is the natural sign of an allied relationship. The hard leftists view China as the partner.
If you ask a naval admiral who he or she fears the most, you will here it is China. The backwards marxist state turned economic super power also has the most treacherous anti-ship missile known to man. Their spies have surpassed the Russians in both U.S. Government and corporate espionage. Worse, China and Russia have formed a miliary alliance even bringing Pakistan into their military alliance; the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
So if Russia and China are the first two columns allied against us, East and West, and Cuba and Venezuella make up the third column, certainly radical Islam is the fourth. We know that they work together allying against our interests around the World, against any civil, peaceful nation that is not communist or radicalized Islamist. So could the U.S. suffer a fifth column? Of course we could. Is it radical Islamic terror cells, marxists, or both? If they are here, what goals would they have? Disarming us, maybe?
So while we bask in the blissful ignorance that the Cold War is over and China is our friendly neighborhood banker ever since Nixon went there, the Islamists, and communists among us are working for "change". What are they changing? We know that the Democrats had two non-negotiable demands out of the failed budget deal: tax increases and military decreases. Do we have your attention yet?
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the Carnahan family wind farm is fighting property taxes:
Touted as an innovation when it began, Lost Creek wind farm and its owners, Wind Capital Group, have entered into a legal battle with DeKalb County, wanting to pay about half of its assessed property taxes.
There's nothing new about this fight. Three years ago, this blog reported that Lost Creek and Wind Capital were engaged in the same effort to avoid property taxes.
Again we see the cronies of entrenched political families trying to secure for themselves tax payer capital. It's this sort of rampant, self-serving in the upper echelons of government and business that has fueled both the Tea Party and Occupy movements.
The only editorial I want to add to these graphs relates to the notion that Ed Martin was backed by Enterprise in the 2010 3rd Congressional District race versus Russ Carnahan - the numbers speak for themselves.
The first graph shows 2010 contributions, up to $90,000.
The second graph compares the 2010 contributions with the 2012 contributions to Ann Wagner.
Mayor Slay is trying to have his occupier cake and eat it too. On one hand he supports the Occupy St. Louis squatters and on the other hand asks the protesters to vacate the parks after curfew hours. He encourages the protesters and even aids them by allowing the protesters use of the park without permits, violating curfew laws and providing them with electrical power to combat the cold at the expense of city taxpayers.
The St. Louis Police Department initially arrested 11 violators for curfew ordinance violations. Approximately 20 protesters were allowed to leave the park and those 11 who refused were arrested. The next night the park was vacated and no arrests were necessary as the Occupy St. Louis crowd received the message that law violations would not be tolerated.
The Mayor then sent mixed messages by addressing the Occupy crowd on his blog:
The Metropolitan Police Department has begun enforcing the municipal ordinance. That will mean citations or arrests at the discretion of the Police Chief (If city controlled the department it would be at our discretion).
After that encouraging blog post the occupiers came back to Kiener Plaza with the wink and nod approval of Mayor Slay. When Mayor Slay called a special meeting with the Police Department command staff on why the ordinances were no longer being enforced, the Police Chief quoted the mayor’s own blog as the reason as both sides attempted to blame the other on the lack of enforcement. The ultimate winner because of the mayoral interference was the protestors, who have been allowed to reoccupy the plaza overnight.
The mayor then made the Occupiers relevant by negotiating with their leaders as he tries to come to a mutual understanding. The city then gave the protesters 24 hours notice, that the police department will once again enforce the law. That is crazy talk as the protesters were forewarned and can now mobilize the forces by use of the internet. You never advise a criminal when you are coming and you never ask permission to arrest a perpetrator.
Politics should not determine which laws are enforced and the rule of law should be the order of the day. Once we turn a blind eye to violators for political reasons or to curry favor with the mayor’s liberal political base, the end result will be to encourage protesters to violate the law. This situation is a textbook example of why city control is wrong for the St. Louis Police Department.
Politics need to be eradicated from the criminal justice process. The answer is simple. Enforce the law, make no exceptions and the let the police department do their JOB.
Like a child throwing a temper tantrum when Momma takes away the toy, the children at Penn State are taking to the streets and behaving incredibly uncivilly in expressing their right to civil disobedience. Where did they learn that this is how we act in America? At Penn State?
Now, were the school doing something really terrible like banning students' rights to defend themselves with concealed weapons, violent protests still would not be in order. Violent protests are for Marxists, not over privileged, self-entitled college students. Losing a coach is no cause for violence.
Closer to home, there were stunning and horrific expressions of outrage at far less. Two students, err. basketball players; Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed were suspended for a mere two months, meaning they would not miss a single regular season game. They were accused of a gang style sexual assault on a young co-ed and originally tried by the official conduct board of the school and suspended for one year. The Biondi administration threw out the sentence and saved the season sending a stunning message to all female students and their parents that basketball was just that important.
The SLU fans (or fanatics) took to the blogs, sports talk shows and comment sections of news accounts and viciously assailed the victim. Someone had taken away their exciting pre-season and they wanted blood.
Sadly, the secular University handled the test better than the Jesuit University. Both were confronted with horrible allegations involving sexual assault victims. While Penn State's situation may be seen by some as worse, Penn State did not have the benefit of a full board hearing that SLU had. The religious institution actually reduced the punishment and allowed the perpetrators to get off virtually scott free. That is sad.
What ought to give us pause however, is not the administrative decisions of the schools, as much as the reaction of the students. What on earth have we taught them? It appears that those things for which we fight begin with the right to winning sports franchises. Justice for young boys and college girls will not cloud our thinking about our version of right and wrong. This is what the fans are "expressing", whether that is their intent or not.
We were all celebrating when the Cardinals won their 11th Championship in 2011. Sports are great, but they are not life. If that is contrary to what SLU is teaching their students, they should take a lesson from what Penn State just taught theirs.
I received this report about last night's council meeting in Arnold from Councilwoman Doris Borgelt:
Last night, Mayor Ron Counts was not in attendance to the regular council meeting of the City of Arnold. Bill Moritz sat in as pro tem and presided over the meeting, which is his duty under Chapter 77. In his capacity as a councilman, he voted in favor of enacting an ordinance to make Sudafed and like products which are common over the counter medications, available only by prescription. There was a four/four split on the voting and in order to break the tie, he voted in favor of enacting this law. I protested more than once, that according to Robert's Rules of Order, the chair is not allowed to vote twice. Robert Sweeney, the city attorney said there was case law allowing the action and he cited an Attorney General's opinion.
After reading that opinion and reviewing the statute cited, I still contend that what was done was improper and that this law was enacted illegally. The AG's opinion is based on Chapter 79 and pertains to fourth class cities. The pro tem in fourth class cities assume the responsibilites of the Mayor in his absence. The City of Arnold is a third class city and the pro tem is only granted the duty of presiding over the meeting. Links to the specific chapters and the Atty General's opinion follow:
As usual, please forward to those you think would be interested. I will continue to follow up on this and other actions taken by the City.
Tea Party activists in Jefferson County were overwhelmingly successful in the 2010 election, but clearly more victories are needed on the council.