I just completed my first year living in Palmyra. Yes, I still love living here. No, the winter wasn’t anything like the locals said it would be (and according to NOAA it never has been – that’s the reason for my Season Watch page in my blog.)
In one year, I’ve got a lot done around the estate. I’ve completed the remodel of my office. It used to be the “dog house” where the previous owners kept their prize-winning dogs. Now it is an air-conditioned office for my studio. I began painting the studio. In the main house, I built a wall creating a hallway to the two dormer rooms in the west-wing. I refurnished the dining room table. And, I’ve managed to maintain a lot of little preventative-maintenance things.
Business-wise, things have gone well, especially this spring. I did a big job for the Friend Magazine. Wall art picture sales have been good, and I’m starting to get requests for senior and family portraits as well as weddings.
Life is good.
On another topic…
I never thought I would see the day when our rights are being so eroded. I never thought I would see the day when we (our government) stand on the brink of collapse. But, I’m seeing it and I want to share with you an example.
Roseville, California, a place where I used to ride my bicycle to, a place where I had friends, and the place where my mother passed away, is the home of such a constitutional abuse. The Galleria Mall in Roseville has decided to create a “Don’t Talk to Strangers” rule. Now, as kids, parents would tell us, “Now, go straight to Johnny’s house and don’t talk to strangers”, but who would have thought it would be carried to this extreme.
It appears that if you enter the Galleria Mall wearing a T-shirt that says, “Jesus Saves”, or “IMLDSRU?”, or “Vote for Joe”, or a shirt bearing a cross on it, you CAN be arrested !!! A Placer County judge ruled that the mall can have people arrested who violate the mall’s “Don’t talk to strangers” rule, and that rule applies to shirts with religious slogans or POLITICAL messages.
I’m sure I could walk in to the mall wearing an Aéropostale(tm) T-shirt and nothing would be said. Or, I could wear a W W E RAW T-shirt depicting someone being slammed into the ropes. But, if I wear something with the Nation’s Motto on it, “In God We Trust”, I can be arrested because some Nazi-oriented rent-a-cop takes offense and decides it violates the mall’s rule of “Don’t Talk to Strangers”.
To think someone can be arrested for violating a mall’s rule is beyond comprehension. Since when are laws made by mall owners? Since when are mall rules enforceable by anyone other than the mall management?
I could see being asked to leave. I could see police being brought in if someone refused to leave. After all, it is private property. But, to be arrested for wearing a t-shirt that says, “Glenn Beck”, or “Rock the Vote”, is beyond anything I could have imagined.
There is hope. Pacific Justice Institute has stepped up to the plate to fight Placer County and the Galleria Mall pro-bono. Oral arguments are to be heard in the 3rd Appellate Court in Sacramento, California, on Monday, June 28th.
You say, “Who cares?”
You will when they arrest you for driving a Ford because Ford didn’t accept bail-out money. Or, when you are arrested for bowing your head at McDonnald’s to say grace over your food. Or, when you’re arrested because you disagree with the president’s policy on oil drilling.
Do you care now?