Diary

A few facts and opinions about The Mojave War Memorial

There was a case brought before the Supreme Court by a disgruntled anti-religious retired Park Service employee with the last name Buono.  Fighting back against this little twerp using the power of the central district court of California, to disgrace a cross placed on top of Sunshine Rock to honor “The Memory of the Dead of All Wars”, was a man named Henry Sandos.

Cima, California

Henry Sandos is a Rancher in the Mojave Desert.  The Mojave is 90% federally owned.  Mr. Sandos has property a couple of miles from the memorial.  When Buono started his attack on the cross, he initially attacked on establishment clause reasons.  He failed twice in this.  Congress in the meanwhile, voted to transfer the land to the VFW in exchange for land owned by Mr. Sandos.  The vote was overwhelming.

Mr. Buono then started a third case to challenge the transfer of land.  What was decided by the Supreme Court in the past week, was a decision on a land transfer, not on whether or not a cross could be displayed on federal land.  Stevens, Sotomayer, and Ginsburg dissented on reasons related to the establishment clause.  Breyer dissented on the land transfer itself, and said the motivation for the transfer was religion based.  The dissenters were interested in upholding a district court and it’s instructions.  The plurality was interested in upholding the US Legislature’s decision, being it had not violated the Constitution in transfering the land.

What this is really about though, is entirely culture, religion, and land rights.  And it’s a fight between a patriotic rancher, and a creepy Park Service employee, who has since retired.  The land will be received by VFW 2884.  Yaah!!!!!.   The Court was very reasonable in it’s decision (5 of them).  The victory was really 5-3 or 5-1 against Breyer.  The thinking in the case was quite clear by the five.  The largest dissent , lead by Stevens, was muddled in it’s opinion.  The first case law it claimed was of course relating to an abortion clinic.  Hickorystick was surprises that he could read and understand the writing in the ruling.  It was not a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, but quite clear, logical, and in plain terms  yaaah!  I would recommend Redstaters read the decision because there really is some good news in it.  The dissenters are scary in their illogic, but that is another reason to read it.  To understand the enemy.  And make no doubt a few on this court have no love for the traditions and culture of this country; but Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts do.  Sometimes Breyer and Kennedy.  Stevens, Ginsberg and Sotomayer not so much if at all.  Kagan would fall into the last group.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-472.pdf

I will write in future articles about the 40th Division, or Sunshine Division of WW1, of which I have no doubt gave their divisions name to this rock.  I’ll note this division was already experienced in war at the time of outbreak of WW1.  They had been fighting Pancho Villa, driving him out of the US, and chasing him into Mexico.  The Kaiser had secret correspondance with the Mexican Government, trying to get it to ally with Germany, and if succesful, he would give the Southwest to Mexico.  But of course this has nothing to do with the current make-up of the court, or any feelings of begrudgement against the power of the US.  I don’t even know why I brought it up.

Camp Kearny, California

here is some reading that is related to the Sunshine Division:

http://militarymuseum.org/division.html

Here they are training

http://www.militarymuseum.org/cpKearney2.html

and here is where the soldiers came from:

http://militarymuseum.org/40thORBAT17.html

Notice they drew extensively from Colorado.  Representing the government was Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  He is from Colorado State.