Saturday, July 04, 2015

(Photos) Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills: Birth of Liberty mosaic

Late last year Mrs. Marathon Pundit and Little Marathon Pundit visited the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles, where many well known actors are buried.

The mosaic is 162 feet long and 28 feet high and it is the largest mosaic of a historical nature in America. It is composed of ten million pieces of Venetian glass and depicts 25 scenes of early America--from 1619 through 1776.

"God gave us liberty. Those who forsake God, lose their liberty."

The mosaic from a distance with those Hollywood Hills.

This part of the mosaic commemorates the first legislative meeting in 1619 in Jamestown.

The left half of the mosaic--the caption is from Galatians: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free."

The signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Liberty Chapel--yes, it's outdoors but this is southern California. Carved on the granite is a passage from the Declaration of Independence.
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.
Related posts:

(Photos) Lincoln Terrace at Forest Lawn Cemetery--Hollywood Hills

Old North Church at Forest Lawn Cemetery--Hollywood Hills

Friday, July 03, 2015

Break time for Marathon Pundit

I haven't taken a vacation from this blog in four years. I'm headed to Michigan for about a week. Blogging will be light bordering on non-existent. But I do have an Independence Day post ready for July 4.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Bernie bump against Hillary

To the surprise of just about everyone--including possibly the candidate himself--Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the only openly-socialist member of Congress, is gaining major traction as a presidential choice among Democrats.

Last night in Madison, Wisconsin, 10,000 people attended a Sanders rally. And while he still trails Hillary Clinton by nearly twenty points in an Iowa poll--the Vermonter is the choice of over thirty percent of Hawkeye Democrats.

Hillary's support is soft. Even Democrats view her as a phony.

And so it begins: Trio applies for marriage license

Days after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages the inevitable happened.

From AP:
A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.

"It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy."

County clerk officials initially denied Collier's application, then said they would consult with the county attorney's office before giving him a final answer, Collier said.
Yep, you that last part right. Three people showed up at a county office to get married and the civil servants have to consult a lawyer about their request--instead of laughing and then throwing them out.

At midyear Baltimore murders up 48 percent from last year

Baltimore's inept mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gave rioters space destroy in late April. That impetus has unleashed a killing spree. The Baltimore Sun reports that their have been 144 homicides for the first half of 2015--a 48 percent increase over the same time period last year. More than half of those murders occurred in May and June. Arrests are down too.

Rawlings-Blake lives in a gated community.

Prelude to invasion? Russia to examine legality of Baltic States' 1991 independence

Old City, Riga, Latvia
It appears that Russia is fashioning a legal pretext for seizing the Baltic States--which are members of NATO.

Expect President Obama to do--nothing.

There will never be a weaker American president--and Vladimir Putin knows that. Will Vladimir Putin take advantage of this opportunity?

From the BBC:
The Russian chief prosecutor's office is to examine whether the Soviet Union acted legally when it recognised the Baltic states' independence in 1991.

The investigation was described as an "absurd provocation" by Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were occupied by Soviet communist forces in 1940. The USSR broke up in 1991.

Last week Russia's chief prosecutor declared illegal the transfer of Crimea from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.
A bit of clarification is in order. The USSR collapsed on Christmas Day in 1991. However, three months prior, not too long after the failed August coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic nations. And after the Soviet seizure of the Baltic States in 1940, most Western nations refused to endorse their incorporation into the Evil Empire.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Uh oh: Saudi prince pledges $32 billion fortune to charity

Saud prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced that he is donating his entire $32 billion fortune to charity. A problem? Well, charities in the Middle East often comingle their funds with terrorist causes.

10,000 toilet paper rolls stolen from Illinois food pantry

Someone must be planning one hell of a party in downstate Illinois. Or things are worse than they appear in the Prairie State.

From AP:
Police in Springfield are investigating after someone stole 10,000 rolls of toilet paper from a central Illinois food pantry.

The thefts come after a citywide effort to collect the toilet paper for St. Martin de Porres Center. Officials with the charity say someone took the toilet paper from a locked trailer either late Monday or early Tuesday. But there was good news later Tuesday: a local grocery store said it would replace the stolen rolls for free.

From Gateway Pundit, AXELROD LIED: EMAIL shows he knew of Hillary’s private email server in 2009

As you'll learn in Gateway Pundit, Obama's Svengali, David Axelrod, lied when he said he was unaware for Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Federal official are supposed to use government servers so they don't to what HRD did--wipe those servers clean so can keep hide her secrets from the public.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,400 so it can make pension payment

Dirksen School, Chicago's
Northwest Side
In order to make a massive pension payment today, Chicago Public Schools announced it will have to lay off 1,400 employees. Even before these firings there were already more retirees collecting pensions than current workers paying into the pension system. If that sounds unsustainable--it is.

The devil's bargain Democratic politicians made with the teachers unions is a disaster for Chicago taxpayers. And for Chicago school children.

From CBS 2 Chicago:
The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs.

The meet the $634 million obligation, the board used a combination of borrowed money, $200 million dollars in cuts and layoffs it promised before talks with the Chicago Teachers Union broke down last week.

The board is expected to lay off 1,400 employees, and Interim Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz said in a statement that classrooms will be impacted.

"As we have said, CPS could not make the payment and keep cuts away from the classroom," he said.
Bonds issued by CPS have junk status.

President Obama's secretary of education, Arne Duncan, is a former CEO of Chicago Public Schools.