Saturday, February 19, 2011

Final thoughts on the Mojave Cross theft. Let’s hope no bad deed gets rewarded.

Someone was kind enough to make this comment over at Smirking
Chimp about my post which I will show here below:

“Based on what you described

Pulling off the theft does not sound that hard.

You need reasonably intelligent people who are good with tools and can keep a secret. So long as one of the people is detail-oriented enough to remove the forensic clues, I can see as how this may never be solved.

As for memorials to war dead, I prefer ones that do not rely on a religious symbol for their shape. In my mother's hometown there is a memorial to the dead of one of the world wars and it always left me feeling sad and curious. It was a brick base with a small fountain in front of it and a brass plaque listing the names of the dead in alphabetical order. Simple, elegant, with no need for a shout-out to god.”

I guess that’s why the jails are full in this country, there must not be enough
”reasonably intelligent people” amongst the ranks of the criminal class.

Thank God for that fact.

And yes, if the morongobill is smart enough to figure out the “how,” it is obvious
that a “pile it high and deep” degree is not required to commit it.

Of course, I never intended this post to illustrate that point, just to flesh out
some details that were missing from the thousands of news posts online about
this affair.

I also noted the mention of the memorial in the hometown and that sounds pretty much like what the anonymous letter from the alleged cross thief mentioned, a nonsectarian memorial.

Let’s move on to the final thoughts on the cross theft, now that we have peeled
most of the final layers of the onion away and have exposed the essence, so to

A whole bunch of people spent a whole lot of money on lawyers and research,
on court filings and briefs, on airplane tickets and hotel rooms, on getting their
hair done, suits pressed, etc, all to help their side prevail in this major battle
in the legal courts and in the court of public opinion.

They spent many years and millions of dollars to try to get a win for their side.
We reached a point in the struggle where it finally looked like one side might
prevail in the court system. To them, victory was so close that they could taste

Then a bolt of desert lightning struck, in the form of a totally unexpected
event less than 2 weeks after the Supreme Court ruling, the object of the years
long battle was removed from its’ perch atop Sunrise Rock, in the dead of night,
and hasn’t been seen since!

This rugged old cross meant something to a lot of people, it had good connotations for some, negative ones for others. Nonetheless, it meant something to all involved in the struggle to decide its’ fate.

Sometimes people get so involved in something, that they can’t see beyond
their own immediate interests or problems of the moment. I think that happened
this time. I,for one, never even considered that the cross might be stolen, I
thought like most, it would stay there boxed up inside the plywood up there on
the rocks, until its’ fate was decided, and then whichever side lost, would take
up the cause in the next court, of public opinion, to use the issue for fund raising and other purposes for the next few years.

I was as shocked as anyone, when taking matters into their own hands, the
unknown thieves struck in the still of night. I am still shocked, almost a year

What the thieves did by circumventing the process was in fact, to prolong the
eventual resolution of the cross’s status, if not in the legal courts, for sure in
the minds of the antagonists in the struggle. How can you come to grips with
a problem, when it has been spirited away, but may be replaced by a new one
later? It delays the day of reckoning, and deprives those involved of a sense
of closure, one side victorious, the other left with nothing to show for it.

I have to give it to the thieves, they definitely planned this well. Not only to
ensure that they would not face any consequences for their own actions, but
also to wreck havoc to the plans and feelings, of the participants in the struggle
as well as to the hopes and aspirations of those sitting on the sidelines, those of faith and our veterans, as well as others.

They well understood what I have said from day one of this, actions have meanings, and an action against such a powerful symbol, has meaning that
resonates to this day for some. It is often said that no good deed goes unpunished. Let’s hope in this case, a bad deed does not get rewarded.
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Sunrise Rock, minus the cross, the day after the theft.

Well, there you have it. It isn’t much but it’s my take on the issue.

Just to let you know, I am mulling over a post about my visit to the rock
house at Camp Rock Springs in the Mojave National Preserve, here is
a little preview in a pictorial form.
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Bert Smith built the Rock House by hand when he settled here after World War One, in an effort to improve his health.

Folks, I appreciate your visit here to my virtual backporch. Don’t be a
stranger. Feel free to come back anytime, I might even pour you a cup
of joe from the old cowboy percolator coffee pot.

See you soon.