How does a Conservative County Clerk in Texarkana, Bowie County/East Texas end up facing jail, fines, and loss of job for defending respectively and adding the “Pledge of Allegiance” as minutes to the County meeting?
“I shall never surrender nor retreat.
Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, & of everything
dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch.”
(Excerpt from the Alamo Letter, William B. Travis,
Commandancy of the Alamo/Bexar, Fby. 24th 1836)
What wonderful words to read. Every time I visit the Alamo and read those words I get Goosebumps.
For 235 years the principles of “patriotism”, “Liberty”, “Justice” and everything dear to the American Character have been the backbone and fundamental spirit of this nation.
Men and Women in the U.S. Armed forces have sacrificed everything from family life to their greatest sacrifice, their lives to defend those principles. 185 men died at the Alamo defending the same.
But those times are apparently over.
Texarkana, Bowie County, East Texas – For 12 years the world in East Texas was, according to Judge Sterling Lacy, who identifies himself on his facebook page, a good conservative.
The county clerk was always a Democrat, so Judge Lacy, a spineless RINO, who admits he never added the “Pledge of Allegiance” and invocation to the minutes out of fear he could be “sued by organizations such as the ACLU” had nothing to worry about.
What a wonderful thought to know that our Judges have to be scared to be patriots and honor our fallen Heros because a radical left wing organization financed by Tax Dollars could use OUR tax contribution and sue them.
Isn’t America a wonderful country? What do we need foreign enemies for? We have the social terrorist in our own country and we even finance them with tax Dollars.
But in 2010 times changed in Bowie County; Natalie Nichols, a wonderful mother, wife, and fiscal conservative fought a successful election exactly on those patriot, constitutional, fiscal conservative principles and conquered the County Clerk’s office.
With enthusiasm she started her new calling serving the people of Bowie County, never leaving her patriotic principles out of sight. And as records show she always added the Pledge as well as the invocation.
However, on June 13, 2011 Judge Lacy decided, together with Precinct 4 commissioner Pat McCoy (another spineless RINO Conservative) to remove the Pledge from the minutes. Interestingly, is that they waited for this exact day on purpose.
On June 13, 2011County Clerk Nichols was in Dallas, Texas for training and could not attend the meeting.
On June 23, 2011when returning from training Nichols faced the Judge in the next court meeting where she said: “Over the years, many brave men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their blood and their lives to protect this great nation that includes our most sacred flag. I will not dishonor their service or sacrifice. We shouldn’t be fighting to hide our allegiance to the flag; we should be fighting to proclaim it!”
On a County Commissioner Court meeting on July 11, 2011 things got out of hand when Lacy addressed the members of the court about the removal of the Pledge and Prayer from court documents claiming that the minutes were left out “the opening ceremony of devotional Prayer, and Pledge”.
Natalie Nichols immediately replied “that’s not true….the pledge and prayer are certainly there”. Judge Lacy immediately tried to silence here causing Nichols to exasperate “but you are lying.”
Nichols later on apologized for her outburst in court, but still stands to the principles. N.
Nichols also thanks the only lone member of the court who voted against the action saying “we all need to say a huge thank you to
Commissioner Addington for standing up for both God and Country and voting against it”.
Nevertheless, the county judge launched an investigation with Bowie County Sheriff James Prince against Nichols.
They never questioned her or gave her any chance to justify herself, 2 days after the investigation was launched sheriff Prince already turned the case over to the ADA.
Natalie Nichols became aware of the investigation against her through Texarkana Gazette. They did not even have the balls to tell her themselves.
Chet Nichols, Natalie’s husband told me on July 18, 2011that they are trying to wrap things up and address the Grand Jury onJuly 28, 2011.
Nichols, who by sec. 81.003 of Texas law, has the authority to record, amend, attest, and seal the minutes with the official county seal, says “they can sue me, remove me from office, but I will not remove the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer from the official recording of this court, when the action did in fact take place.”
And this is what you can do to help her and avoid injustice
Call the Bowie County DA’s office:
601 Main Street
Phone: (903) 735 – 4800
Call the Judge Lacy’s office and let him know what you think of him
710 James Bowie Drive, New Boston,
Phone: (903) 628 – 6718
Call your congressman and woman and let them know.
Governor Rick Perry’s office
Telephone Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
Citizen’s Opinion Hotline [for Texas callers] :
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard :
Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
call 711 to reach Relay
Office of the Governor Fax:
For email go to the Governors Website: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/
Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s office
Call by phone
Email contact form: http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php
Rep. Lavender, George
Room E2.716, Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
2600 N. Robison, Ste.190
Natalie Contact: http://bowiecountyclerk.com
Judge Sterling Lacy contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyJudge.html
Commissioners contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/commissionersCourt.html
Sherriff Contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/sheriff.html
District Attorney contact: http://www.co.bowie.tx.us/ips/cms/districtcourt/districtAttorney.html
When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance becomes Duty
Interview with Natalie is coming next
- Travvis letter on Scribd.com
- Bowie County Commissioner Court Minutes from April 2011
- Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy Facebook Page
- Red Flame Wire
- Natalie Nichols support and Action page
- sec. 81.003 Texas law:
~~ How Liberals Dismantle the Constitution Piece by Piece ~~
There is a war going on. And the war is between WE THE PEOPLE – WE THE CONSTITUTION LOVING AMERICANS versus the constitution dismantling liberals.
We’re already used to seeing hits against the constitution by President Obama and his radical thugs of the Democrat party.
Every single day we witness, among many others, hits against traditional marriage, the constant attacks on the second Amendment rights to bear arm, freedom of person liberty through TSA pet downs at Airports, and the unconstitutional force of Obama Care.
Those attacks are perpetrated by lawmakers who actually took an oath to “Defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic” and yet the very same democrat lawmakers, and their appointed czars and radical pundits work very hard every single day to dismantle the Constitution piece by piece.
The latest and most brutal attack on the constitution took place on May 11, 2011 by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David when he ruled against the 4th Amendment of the “Right of Privacy”.
4th Amendment (Search and Seizure)
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall be issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.
(Dated back to the English Magna Charta of 1215)
What wonderful words, now worthless.
What happened: The court’s decision is based on a case inVanderburgh County,Indiana. Cops were called to a domestic argument between a couple, husband and wife, outside their apartment.
The couple went back inside their apartment and the husband told police officers that their service was no longer needed. He blocked the doorway to refuse the Police officers entry to the apartment.
The police forcefully made their way into the apartment and the homeowner shoved the Police officer against the wall and then was hit by a second officer with a stun gun, and then arrested.
The entry of the Police officers into the apartment was never asked for by the wife or the husband so the cops, in my opinion, had no legal authorization to go inside.
Sure one can say that this was Mr. Barnes’ own fault by pushing the officer against the wall; however he has every right to defend his home and once he refused entry to the police any further attempt by the same is a violation of his privacy rights.
In a 3-2 decision Justice David writing for the court says if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, homeowners cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.
As a matter of fact Justice David says that a person arrested following an unlawful entry by police still can be released on bail which allows plenty of opportunities to protest the illegal entry through the court system.
Or in other words up until now the burden of proof rested clearly on the Prosecution (the state), but in this case it appears that it rests on the defendant. Once again if we, the citizens, feel our privacy rights have been violated due to unlawful search and seizure we have to hire a Lawyer and file charges.
Since not everybody can afford high priced Lawyers, this is nothing but a free pass for the police to act as they please.
Just imagine this: As of now any cop if he does not like your face, your car or if he is jealous because you dare to work hard and drive a fancy vehicle can now, according to this law, stop you and search and seize your car whenever he pleases; In front of your family, your kids, and all your friends embarrassing you just as he/she likes.
And there is nothing you can do about it.
I don’t remember when the United States became a Police State with Gestapo Methods.
Justice Steven David, born 1957 was a Chief Defense Counsel for the “Office of Military Commission” the body that was authorized to conduct the military commission to try Guantanamo captives.
He was highly critical of the way the commission had relied on hearsay evidence, secret testimony, and that evidence of abusive interrogation had been suppressed. In fact according to “The Times” he called for the entire military commission system to be scrapped.
In October of 2010 he was appointed by President Obama as Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Since the United States Justice System is based on a “Creative Precedence” system, meaning that, unless the United States High Supreme Court makes a final ruling, many court decisions are based on previous Supreme Court rulings.
We will soon see what this ruling actually means, when illegal or unconstitutional search and seizures become common practice throughout theUnited Statesciting the Indiana Supreme Court Ruling as the precedence case and prototype.
This is the first direct hit against the United States Constitution taking away our most fundamental indefeasible liberty rights.
May God have Mercy on America
Rest in Peace Constitution
- NWI Times
- Find Law for legal professionals
- Supremecourt Ruling Barnes vs. State
- Wikipedia on Justice Steven David
The United States is at War again.
On March 7, 2011 – The French and the United Kingdom first pressured for the establishment of a No-Fly Zone over Libya, but backed down. As of this moment the military interference in an internal Conflict, commonly known as Civil War, was on the table.
The Arab league supported this Idea, but never intended to get involved by themselves just in case something went terribly wrong, and in a military conflict there is always a possibility to blame others.
On March 17, 2011 – the Unites Nations Security Council approved, from pressure of the French President Sarkozy, a military intervention in Libya.
“SC/10200 United Nations security council approves a ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya’ (1), authorizing ‘All measures’ to protect civilians.
This fungous declaration leaves a lot of room for interpretation and even more questions.
On March 19, 2011 – the First Air Strikes began in cooperation with Missile attacks from U.S. Battle ships.
President Obama has, illegally and without consent, sent U.S. Armed Forces into a conflict. Though he had plenty of time to consult with the Congress and call for an urgent emergency meeting getting Congressional Approval, President Obama decided to play Golf, pick his favorite NCAA team and travel to South America.
This action is not only highly illegal but also endangers American soldiers. Illegal because we have a constitution and the constitution is clear on when, where and how the president is authorized to engage the Armed Forces in a conflict without Congressional Approval.
The War Power Act from 1973 (2), established by the 93rd Congress after the Vietnam conflict was put in place exactly to prevent any U.S. President to engage the U.S. in a War without approval again.
More important than the Power Act is the United States constitution. Article I – Section VIII (3) rests the power to declare War solely to the United States Congress, and requires both the Commander-in-Chief AND the Congress to commit U.S. Troops; otherwise any Action would be unconstitutional.
Article II – Section II (3) of the U.S. Constitution sure identifies the U.S. President as the civilian oversight of the U.S. Military and Commander in chief, but does not allow him to use the Armed Forces to enforce its political will on foreign Nations.
March 22, 2011 – the first American Airplane, an F-15 Strike Eagle, crashes over Libya (4). And despite the statements from the Pentagon that this Jet was ‘Not’ shot down, but crashed due to technical failure the situation remains the same. According to UK Guardian the Pilots could not have known if the people who found them were friendly or non-friendly since they all were heavily armed.
Praise the Lord the Fighter Pilots are safe and well, but it could have been the other way around.
There are many questions that now rise from this situation. Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a few questions to President Obama concerning the American involvement in this “Action” I think he asked the wrong questions. So let me as ask a few here:
My first question concerns the UN Resolution – Gaddafi, Libya and the rebels
The UN Resolution declares “All necessary Measures to protect Civilians”. But what does that mean, who is a civilian in this case and who is a participant in an armed internal conflict.
In my understanding of the Geneva Convention (5) a person that is armed and participates in a violent action is not to be considered an unarmed unprotected Civilian and falls under the rules of Engagement.
Muammar al-Gaddafi should have been taken out 30 years ago. But it was the European Countries, especially France, Germany, Austria, Russia and so on who protected him and made him diplomatically eligible (6).
No matter what one thinks about Gaddafi he is the legal Head of Libya, his citizens have supported him for the past 30 years. Now the very same Citizens rebel against him.
I definitely agree and support the revolution, but this is an internal conflict and when the UN claims falsely that the western alliance is to protect “Civilians” this is a fraudulent inflammatory statement because as I mentioned above armed Civilians participating in a violent conflict are not protected under the Geneva Convention.
So here is my first question – why is the United Nations so eager to get involved in that conflict?
In my opinion the United Nations together with the French and the UK in cooperation with the European Union uses the U.S. Armed Forces to interfere illegally to overthrow a uncomfortable Dictator for economical (in favor of the European Union and NOT the U.S.) and political reasons (to strengthen Muslim radical groupings).
My next Questions go straight to the Situation of the American Soldiers.
The fact that we have never officially declared war on Libya raises many questions concerning the legal status of our Armed Forces.
Many Military experts and the NATO command already warn that, should the rebels not prevail, a Ground Force operation would be the next logical step. Taking a closer look at the fuzzy UN declaration the application of Ground Forces is not being ruled out. And that brings me to the point.
Since when – does the United Nations run our Armed Forces for their advantage? Since when is the UN in charge of our Soldiers? Ok you might say – sure since the UN puppet Obama is president – but where is the Congress on this?
What is the benefit – does that mean we now get access to the oil and gas of Libya or does that mean we spend American Tax Dollars (over 70 Million Dollars in the past 3 days in Tomahawk Missiles) to make sure the Arab league and the European Union gets the financial benefit?
What if – the fighter Jet Pilots would have been shot down, not in friendly but enemy territory? Since Gaddafi already declared that he does not accept the UN resolution, he could have considered the Pilots terrorists, spies, or God knows what and punished them at will, even execution.
What if – we send ground forces into Libya? What is the status of the conflict? Is this a Police Action, a war, an expedition – what?
And the question is not so far off because this question involves the treatment of the soldiers and their families when they come home according to the U.S. Veterans Affairs regulations.
Only Combat Veterans participating in an official declared War are eligible for the “War-veteran-Benefits” (7). Every military person knows that the benefits, retirement, and other social assistance for homecoming soldiers have a specific distinction – Soldiers in times of peace and soldiers in combat.
What happens – to the families of the fallen? Do they receive surviving dependents benefits of a soldier at war or the smaller benefits for a soldier in peace?
Remember we have never declared war officially on Libya.
Remember how long it took to accept the Vietnam Veterans legally as War Veterans? It took until 2003, under the Bush Administration to recognize veterans’ benefits for Soldiers exposed to Agent Orange (7). Or the legal battles on legally accepting the fact that Operation Desert Storm participants had been exposed to Chemical Weapons and grant the benefits for this. And it is confirmed that Gaddafi holds Mustard gas weapons.
What if – those F-15 Pilots would have been killed – what regulation would apply to them and their families left behind, since we are not at War with Libya?
Despite the legal constitutional aspect of Obama’s narcissist lone-ranger actions, where he thinks he can do whatever he feels like, once again I think he has confused his job description with that of a dictator. Here in America we have a democracy, a system with “Checks and Balances” a House body and a Senate body it is not a 1 man show; Apparently Harvard Law School no longer teaches the rules of our three branches of government.
I am sure there are tons of questions that can be asked but those are the ones that burn on my heart right now.
As far as I am concerned – all we can do is pray for our men and women in the Armed Forces for their safe return as they follow their loyal calling as Service members. God bless you and thank you for your service.
Pray that they all return home safe because our President in my opinion has not given any serious thought to this unauthorized action and its consequences.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker of the House Boehner:
Would anybody please explain this to me or answer my questions? Since I am a citizen and a Taxpayer I am entitled to the answers.
1) United Nations.org Press Release
2) Almanac of Policy Issues
3) Cornell University Law School
4) L.A. Times
6) (The Hypocrisy of Europe…) tclehner.wordpress.com
7) United States Veterans Affairs Department