"Bad laws are the worst
sort of tyranny" Edmund Burke ~ "Whatever crushes individuality is
despotism" John Stuart Mill
"When injustice becomes law,
resistance becomes DUTY." Thomas Jefferson ~ I am doing my
duty. Lynda Farley
FALL 2012 CRUISING WITH LIBERTY
VAN, AND MORE HARASSMENT
Yes, in NJ I am now a convicted
granny with FLOWERS on my van, (December 3, 2013, an appeals court in NJ threw out this conviction : )
and in WV and PA I'm a 'dangerous' convicted
granny with Christmas lights on my van. Oct. 1, 2013, appeals court in Carlisle, PA
threw out my Christmas lights convicion. One is being appealed to the WV Supreme Court. In VA,
on two back to back trips, I've been harassed
with a parking ticket, and whatever
they can come up with.
After about 7 years of only occasional harassment
by law enforcement, suddenly I have cases going in 4 different states.
For the record, my KY driving record is SQUEAKY
clean. Seems they don't bother to report 'lights beefs' in OTHER states.
For first 7 years (and over 300,000 miles) of this
project, I have averaged one or two trips to court a year. I ALWAYS go
to court when harassed. LOVE parking my vans in
front of court houses, and handing out lots of
flyers (and maybe also
free ANTIsmoking ban t-shirts, flags, flowers, or
whatever else), and maybe getting the van on TV or in a newspaper again.
Win or lose, that usually works for me. I am
retired, and my schedule is flexible, and until late 2012, I had only lost 3
these. No matter WHAT the excuse, EVERY time
I take either of my vans on the road, for ANY excuse at ALL,
they make another zillion people SMILE,
and also no way to know HOW many take pics, and
post them all over the internet.
Liberty Van is possibly the most photographed
vehicle in America (if not the world). I started this project with it in
when it had about 57,000 miles on it. Today
(March 30, 2013), 7 years and 4 months later, it has almost 362,000 miles on
That's pretty close to 305,000 miles, and during
all of them everyone and their grandmother has been taking pics of it.
3 years ago, in March 2010, I bought Freedom Van
(when Liberty Van was in the shop again). I started it right - pasted
over it before driving it off the new car lot (in
Somerset, KY), and took it directly to Glasgow, KY City Hall for a Council
a smoking ban meeting of course <G>.
Freedom Van is three years old this month (March, 2013), and about to turn
so over past 7 years
and 4 months, I've covered a grand total of nearly 395,000 miles - in ALL the
lower 48 states. I am EXTREMELY
However, I do at times excercise civil
disobedience, because I do NOT want my Constitutioal Rights infringed.
I have photos of Liberty Van in front of EVERY
Statehouse in the USA, except Hawaii & Alaska, and of Freedom Van in front
about 3/4 of them.
I found this awesome EAGLE (ON THE TRAILER) in
a native American sculpture garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when I was out to
Albequerque for a Doctors for
Disaster Preparedness Seminar. In my efforts to take my own advice (from a sign on Liberty
Van, "TRY BEING INFORMED INSTEAD OF JUST OPINIONATED"), and since I am
'retired', I attend a variety of such things as I am able. This eagle is 350 lbs of metal (I'm
pretty sure it's brass?). He was too big to go ON Liberty Van, so I fixed
him his own little
'war wagon'. He's making a bit of a statement himself. He is a symbol of the U.S. - of
us - and he's in pretty big TROUBLE right now. He is chained down
with DEBT, and balls
of SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, LOST MORALS, CORRUPTION, and ILLEGAL INVASION. On top of that,
he's all pad locked with BANS, UN, FED, TAXES, NWO, and other nasty
stuff : (. SOMEDAY I HOPE HE WILL BREAK FREE OF ALL OF
On my way back from NYC, on 9/12/12, I was harassed
in Allamuchy, NJ, on I80. That one is now under apeal, so I will limit
what I say about it here. It could affect ANY
one with an art car, though. Basically they don't like the flowers around my
windshield, nor my gorgeous red, white, and blue eagle hood ornament (a couple
of photos down
you can see that). This is the FIRST (and so far ONLY) time I've had a ticket for 'obstructed vision of front windshield' in
either of these vans. That red/white & blue eagle
has been there for several years now, and has about 80,000 miles on it. I will NOT trash
my beautiful art for The People's Republic of NJ. I have an attorney
with that one. For safety's sake,
let me assure you, if I could not see what was in
front of me on the road, I think I would have had some sort of problem by
In addition, besides side rear view mirrors on
BOTH sides of BOTH vans, BOTH of them are equiped
with rear view cameras.
I really do NOT have any kind of an attitude when I
get pulled over in these vans. More often
than not, they just want a closer look, or want to take a picture, or as one
me in Oklahoma about 6 years ago, 'I just wanted to
see what somebody looks like who's
driving something like this'. <VBG> This particular officer, out of all of the times
I've been harassed over
these years, is the first one I filed a complaint against. She scared me
half to death. She got so upset when I tried to
put my seat belt back on, I thought
she was about to pull a gun
on me, or taser me or something. She had at least two other cop cars
backing her up - I was the UNarmed granny all alone in the middle of
nearly midnight. Of course, The
People's Republic of NJ 'dissed' my complaint.
This was at Freepac (Freedom Works) in Cincinnati,
on my way home.
I got home from Freepac in time for my
youngest son's birthday. He was 18 on September 16. He's
going into the Marines, and starting boot camp in May.
I have 6 children, and (so far) 8
grandchildren, and they are all AWESOME. They are going to live in a
communist country only over my dead body.
September 21-23, I was in St. Louis, MO
with Liberty Van and the big Eagle for Eagle Council. Eagle Forum
is Phyllis Schlafly's group, which I've supported for about a quarter
of a century now, ever since I first subscribed to
her newletters when I began home schooling. She is in her eighties now,
and still an AWESOME lady. I've been blessed to be
able to attend these meetings for past five years
or so now.
September 27th, Liberty Van and big Eagle
attended the Media Research Center Annual DIShonor Awards Gala in
Washington DC. That was a HOOT - I highly recommend
I was home a total of 14 days in
In mid October, I attended a Freedom &
Liberty Conference for two days, in Louisville, KY. This is put on by
several T-party groups. At last year's conference, we had
Andrew Brietbart speak. What a huge
loss he is! This year, we had Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, plus
other great speakers. I brought the big eagle, but
at the moment don't remember if it was
towed by Liberty Van or Freedom Van?
I took Liberty Van and the big Eagle to the Afghan
Hound Club of America National Specialty show in Atlanta, GA the end of October,
and went from there directly to a George
Washington Symposium at Mt. Vernon, in Alexandria,
VA in early November. Fun stuff, plus a GREAT excuse to drive this rig
through several battleground states just a
few days before the election. OF COURSE, I
got harassed AGAIN, this time at Mt. VERNON! <G>.
My oldest daughter was born November 1, 1969. 80% of Americans (including us) had NO health insurance at the time. But, it was no big deal, because it cost us just $300 for the doctor, the hospital AND THE WHOLE 9 YARDS. Government is the WORST THING that EVER happened to health care!
Mt. Vernon, in Alexandria
The second day of the conference someone from Mt.
Vernon Ladie's Association (I also WAS a member of - I've supported that for
past several years
with from $200-$500/year, as I'm a HUGE GW fan)
came to me whining about how and where I was parked. I'l bet the big 'FIRE
OBAMA HIRE ROMNEY'
sign on my back window didn't have a THING to do
with it <VBG>. The RECREATIONAL VEHICLE spaces were ALL FULL (and none of those parked
there were RV's). Anyway, Liberty Van is a MINIvan,
NOT an RV. Haven't found anyone yet who thinks that great big eagle (in it's 3.5' wide trailer) is an
RV, either. But due to (I'm pretty sure)
this person's whining, one of the officers
gave me a $100 parking ticket. SInce I had two of my Champion show
dogs with me, and there was nowhere else
for me to park anyway, I stayed and enjoyed the
rest of the symposium. I had my first court appearance on
that one January 15, when I was in the area anyway on my 8th annual tour of DC and all the north
eastern People's Republics of America (on my way
to visit 5 of my grankids in Vermont).
BUT, on my way to THAT court date, I got ANOTHER
harassment ticket. Geesh, first one was three days before
the Presidential election, this 2nd one was three days before the inauguration. Don't worry, I
had NO intention of sticking around DC for that - went to
court, took a couple of pics (which won't be seen till I have time to go through all
those), then off for the NE, and my daughter's place in VT. I went to
court in Alexandria, VA, (with Freedom Van, and without big Eagle) March 21, and the parking
ticket was DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE, meaning
it has a stake through it's heart. Have to leave here again April 2nd to go to court in Fairfax, VA on the 2nd harassment ticket, so
look for us on the
road again... bringing Liberty Van and Big Eagle, this time.
I got home in time to vote next day. BTW, the big eagle has at least 30,000-40,000 miles on him, by now.
The day after the election, I went out and bought
several dozen bunches of black roses. Next day, I went and pulled
off most of the white flowers
on Liberty Van, and replaced them with the black
ones. Now, it is red, black, and blue, instead of red, white and
blue. Some folks had been asking
me what I would do with this van after the
election? My answer is that I started this in 2005. That was
a pretty long time before we knew WHO was
going to be in the White House in
2009. This is a LONG term project. No matter who we manage to
get into office, the problems we have are
EVERYWHERE, and really nothing much has changed,
EXCEPT for the
FACT ~ WE ARE STILL HEADED IN THE WRONG
The day after the election, when I
pulled off the FIRE OBAMA from the back window, I was so suprised at what was
ALREADY there. I'd forgotten, as it
had been covered up for months.
It's done on red velvet, with white glitter lettering. Though in a couple
of weeks I again (temporarily) covered it with a
Christmas message, it is today still on that back
I had back to back court dates Dec. 4 & 5th (in
Allamuchy, NJ & Kingwood, WV - I drove Freedom Van to those), so I
didn't get Freedom Van done up for
Christmas in time for our local Christmas Parades,
but got home barely in time to decorate the Eagle
trailer, and took Liberty Van and the Eagle in a
couple of our local parades on December 8th.
Here is the pic our local paper took of Liberty Van in our Edmonton, KY
parade. We also did the
Cave City parade that night.
This is the rear window of Liberty Van today, March
30, 2013. Many folks think I must keep
these two vans in a garage all the time. NO, we have a farm, and I only
have ONE little car port (this is it) for my TWO
award winning art vans. And, I just got it
a few years ago. For Liberty Van's first four years, it was outside ALL
On top of that, we have a bunch of barn cats who
think they LIVE on them. I do a pretty good job of weather proofing them,
though. I've driven Liberty Van through
blizzards and ice storms (including one that
shut down four states). I have studded snow tires on BOTH vans about 1/2
the year. I've dodged tornadoes with both of them, and
Liberty Van was hit (or very nearly) by lightning a
few years ago. It blew up the entire electric system, plus my ipod
& rear cam.
SOME day I will get time (I hope) to put up all the
pics from my 8th Annual January tour of Washington DC, and all the north eastern
People's Republics of America.
Meanwhile, I want to get SEVERAL pages done of
Freedom Van. Before I bought Freedom Van, I used to do seasons with
Liberty Van. I have Christmas stuff,
and Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day (a bit of a
pain as those are so close together). It was done up in butterflies for
spring, and summer was red, white, and blue, and eagles &
patriotic stuff. In fall, it had fall
colors. After I got Freedom Van, I have started using the seasonal stuff
on it, and Liberty Van is now permenantly in red, (well, since the
BLACK), and blue. Freedom Van is in
butterflies spring and summer.
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