Friday, March 11, 2011

The People of Wisconsin Fight For Our Rights Too!

The People of Wisconsin Fight For Our Rights, Too!

by Les Aaron on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:58am

The people of Wisconsin have struggled hard to acquire their rights in a marketplace slanted
against the worker.

Up through the other day, Wisconsin people had one of the most liberating programs of benefits
that should be a model for most of America, the richest country in the world where no one should have
to worry about who is going to take care of them if they get ill so that they wouldn't be a burden to others,
and that they will be able to look forward to a level of security in their old age.

Now, a consortium of right wing interests has effectively unraveled these hard-earned rights virtually overnight by taking action without proper notification of all government officials and democrats on the Executive Boards, in violation of the Law, to limit worker rights to organize a planned decision by special interests to erode worker benefits into the future at a time of increasing uncertainty and job loss.

We are the people of Wisconsin.

If they lose their rights, as surely as night follows day, so will the rest of us.

For this is a concerted action to end Unions in America so that only the corporations and the powerful will set the rules that will eventually impact ever living American worker.

We must see that this doesn't happen because if the Unions are destroyed, there will be no counter-weight to the Republican Hard-liners who will be able to employ Citizen United monies to run rough-shod over any attempts at fair play and balance in future elections.

They will acquire the power to do as they like, maintain the status quo, pollute the airs and water, and neglect the infrastructure while building their own power bases. Eventually, it will prove impossible for any American to live under such rule and we will all revolt or surrender to slavery, which is not in the American character! But we can head off this eventuality by coming together now to support the American labor unions and the rights of every American.

We must not adapt Chamberlain's policies that assume everything will work itself out. It will not! We need to step up to the plate now and declare our support for everything that Wisconsin stands for to keep America democratic and serving the best interests of its people.

In Solidarity, we cannot forget the abuses of March 9th.

And we must go forward together and in solidarity to do what needs to be done to maintain our democracy and the rights of people intact to preserve our great system.

Together, brothers and sisters, to forge the next hundred years of peace and security and protection for all!

Please spread this message around.

And let's not forget Wisconsin!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

U.S. Asks to Destroy Guns Owned by Blogger in Prison for Threats to Judges

Some people just never learn anything from their experiences. I don't believe that you can't teach an old dog new tricks - but, in this case, there may be some credence to the adage. Hal Turner --- still blowin' and goin'.

Federal prosecutors told a judge they want to destroy four firearms, including a Mossberg 12- gauge shotgun, owned by Hal Turner, the Internet radio host and blogger sentenced to 33 months in prison for threatening the lives of three U.S. appeals-court judges.

U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter Brooklyn, New York, ordered the weapons returned to someone of Turner’s “designation who is licensed to have them” when he imposed the sentence Dec. 21. Turner asked that they go to his mother.

In a court filing today, prosecutors asked Walter to reconsider his order, in part because e-mails show it appears Turner plans to pursue judicial and law-enforcement officials after he’s released from prison.

“The government requests permission to destroy the firearms, rather than turn them over to Turner’s mother, and to compensate Turner for their fair market value,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

Turner, 48, was convicted in August of threatening the judges because of their ruling upholding a gun ban. A jury found him guilty of a single count of threatening in Internet postings to assault and murder the three Chicago-based appeals judges. That was the only count he faced. Two previous trials ended in hung juries. Turner has appealed his conviction.

Semiautomatic Handguns

In addition to the shotgun, the government seized three semiautomatic handguns: a Sig Sauer Model P-229.40, a Star Firestar 9mm and a Walther PPK .380, according to the court filing.

Ronald G. Russo, a lawyer for Turner at Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP in Manhattan, didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Turner told his mother in a Feb. 2 e-mail, written from prison, that “when I get out, I’m gonna go after some ‘problems’ and take care of them in a manner that will be horrific,” according to the filing. He made similar threats to his mother and an unidentified family member in other e-mails, prosecutors said.

In another Feb. 2 e-mail, Turner asked two unidentified family members to send him the personal information such as home addresses on “all the key members in my case,” including prosecutors and other judicial and law-enforcement officials, he had bought from an Internet site called Intelius, according to the court filing.

‘Law-Enforcement Individuals’

“Turner has expressed his plans for the future, some of which appear to be violent, in e-mails to his mother -- the very person whom Turner has designated to receive the firearms, and Turner has taken steps to receive personal information about the judicial and law-enforcement individuals involved in his case,” prosecutors wrote.

Lawyers from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office in Chicago prosecuted Turner, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diane MacArthur and William Ridgway handling the trial. MacArthur signed today’s court filing.

Turner’s case was moved from Illinois to Brooklyn to ensure a fair trial. Two earlier trials in Brooklyn ended with hung juries in March 2010 and December 2009. Walter is a senior judge in federal court in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Prosecutors said Turner, of North Bergen, New Jersey, threatened judges Frank Easterbrook, Richard Posner and William Bauer because of their June 2009 ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. A lower court previously dismissed a legal challenge to the ordinances by the National Rifle Association. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the handgun bans on June 28.

‘Tree of Liberty’

“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed,” Turner wrote in a Web posting. “Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.” Turner also posted the judges’ names, photographs and work addresses, and a map of their courthouse.

Turner has already served about 13 months of his sentence, before and after being convicted.

The case is U.S. v. Turner, 09-cr-00650, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn), and Turner’s appeal is U.S. v. Turner, 11-196, Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Thom Weidlich in Brooklyn, New York, federal court at