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American Citizens who are tired of the illegal alien invasion

The Lone Protester’s victory resonates across the nation

February 28th, 2008

Terry Funderburk wins one for America

By Linda Bentley - Sonoran News

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A jury found Terry Funderburk not guilty on Feb. 21, 2008 and Funderburk said, “It was like a thousand pounds had been lifted off my chest.”

The 52-year old roofer, who became known nationally as “The Lone Protester,” was arrested on July 16, 2007 on a disorderly conduct charge for protesting in front of a home in the ritzy Woodcreek Farms subdivision in Columbia, as illegal alien workers were installing copper roofing.

Funderburk was carrying a sign that read, “Illegals Quit Stealing Our Jobs!!!” as he protested up and down the street in front of Larry McDaniel’s home.

McDaniel called Columbia Police, who arrested Funderburk, and in his court testimony McDaniel claimed Funderburk was loud, impeding traffic and swearing.”

Funderburk admits calling McDaniel a “cheap bastard” to his face when he was outside his home, but aside from that, Funderburk said he was simply protesting with his sign, waving at motorists, many of which he said gave him a thumbs up.

After spending a night in jail, Funderburk began posting his story on conservative and antiillegal immigration blogs using the name “The Lone Protester” to post messages.
After Funderburk’s story was featured on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” last August, he gained attention nationwide.

Funderburk specializes in copper roofing, a business he operates with his son and another employee.

When Funderburk bid on McDaniel’s copper roof work, he said McDaniel told him he had “international roofers” working for him that were getting paid $5 to $6 per hour, so Funderburk better sharpen his pencil if he wanted the job.

Funderburk said those were the wages top roofers earned back in the 60s and 70s.
So, when Funderburk saw illegal aliens doing the copper work on McDaniel’s roof, he’d finally had it.

Funderburk went home and told his wife he was probably going to jail, made a sign, and told his son to grab his camera, park across the street and take pictures because he was probably going to be arrested.

And arrested he was. Police officers handcuffed Funderburk in the middle of the street. They eventually placed him in a squad car and hauled him off to jail.

His son documented the entire ordeal.

Funderburk’s trial was delayed time and time again. Prosecutors even attempted to double up on the charges against Funderburk in an effort to coerce a plea agreement out of him.

It was all to no avail, though, as Funderburk steadfastly denied violating any laws during his protest and refused to plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.

Funderburk says the entire state of South Carolina is a sanctuary zone for illegal aliens and the employers that hire them.

In November, Kentuckians For Immigration Reform & Enforcement posted an article on its website by Funderburk, where he wrote, “Our home and commercial construction industry is flooded with illegals and their criminal employers and nothing is ever done to correct the problem. In fact, our politicians and law enforcement professionals here practice the art of killing the messenger instead of alleviating the problem by simply enforcing our laws.”

Funderburk went on to say the June 27 edition of the state newspaper quoted Jo Dell Pickens, a Columbia roofing contractor, as saying, “I employ 22 illegal aliens; they are a fact of life in the roofing industry here in Columbia,” and asked, “Has she been arrested for her crime? That was six months ago and she has yet to be arrested and tried. No, she gets a free pass from her enablers.”

While Funderburk insists his protest and subsequent arrest were directly related to illegal immigration, Columbia Municipal Court Judge Steven Dennis tried to keep the court focused on the issue at hand and said, “I’m not trying illegal immigration. I’m not trying the First Amendment. I’m trying a disorderly-conduct case.”

When the jury came back with their verdict of “not guilty,” Funderburk’s expression of jubilation, “I’ve been vindicated,” resonated across the country.

Epilogue to the Terry Funderburk - Lone Protester Story

February 22nd, 2008

This editorial was written by a lady named Kendra who went to court to support Terry Funderburk in his ridiculous Columbia, South Carolina CURSING trial every time he appeared and it sums up everything so very well!

O Happy day! Terry vs the sanctuary city of Columbia, SC is but a bad memory.

When I first heard of Terry’s dilemma in July of 2007, I admit I was skeptical…only a nut would go out there and act like that. He was arrested for cursing and when i heard that the ghastly words were “Cheap bastard” I said, this is wrong! I realized that he was doing had to be done for the good of the people, for his livelihood and for his family. He was protesting illegal aliens and HE was the one hauled off in handcuffs to spend the night in jail. As people began to show support for him he gained strength and courage in the knowledge that he was not alone in his struggle. I am honored to have been standing with him in his fight here in South Carolina.

I’m sure Terry knew that protesting a jobsite full of illegal aliens could cause him problems. He was dragged through the Columbia City Court system for 8 months as they tried to wear him down and will him away. How dare him expect them to do the right thing and call ICE.

Comically, the Prosecuter’s office dug the hole deeper every time they tried to steal his Constitutional rights. Tactics like forgetting to change the message on the juror’s answering machine did not go unnoticed. Consequently, the jury didn’t show up-imagine that!?

In final desperation, the Prosecutor, Mr. Walker, tried his law school tricks of attacking Terry’s skill and character. It is nearly impossible to take down an honorable man, so Walker had his work cut out for him. In the end, the jury saw through his weak performance and voted on the side of the Constitution. I think that Walker was simply unprepared because the case was insignificant to him. He did not know that he was up against a patient and calculating force known as the Patriot movement, evident in the heart and soul of Terry Funderburk.

I praise Judge Steven Dennis for sticking to the law and giving Terry his fair and just day in court. Certainly he could have followed the lead of the prior judges and fiddle-faddled the time away while they used smoke and mirrors to try to get Terry to plead guilty and go away.

But he did not stop until he got his Constitutionally guaranteed jury trial. He could feel the pulse of the country behind him and he was not backing down.

Even the reporter for the State newspaper was biased and showed contempt for Terry and his supporters. She did not wait for the verdict on the 20th and intentionally missed her opportunity to interview Terry after the ‘not guilty’ verdict was read. This SC patriot would not get to smile for the camera in Columbia, because the city gov’ment has the media wrapped around their proverbial finger…or is it the other way around? The very Constitutional amendment that allows her to write her biased opinions was not significant enough for her to bother with.

The first two judges, the prosecutor, the reporter, the Mayor, the city gov’ment, the city police chief…NONE of them know how blind they are.

Forrest Gump said it right;”Stupid is as stupid does”.


Read background on the Lone Protester story here in my Terry Funderburk category

Victory today for Terry Funderburk - The Lone Protester - in Court!

February 20th, 2008

This just in from Robin Hvidston who has been staying on top of the entire story even though she lives in California!


Robin, This is Terry Funderburk, (aka the Lone Protester) I just got out of court and wanted to let you and Raymond know how it turned out. They found me not guilty, believe it or not. I got on that stand and admitted to the jury that I called that homeowner a cheap bastard and then proceeded to tell them exactly why. And they (the jury of his peers) believed me. Tonight, for the first time in 8 months I will go to bed with a smile on my face.

Thank you and Raymond, from the bottom of my heart because it is patriots like yourselves that made me want to take a stand. And I have been vindicated. I love all of you and if you ever need my assistance please do not hesitate to let me know, Thanks again, Terry

THANK GOD our Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury of our peers! It was hard fought by the LP but he now reaps the rewards of his hard work - sweet and righteous vindication!

I searched IN VAIN to find any MSM news coverage of this vindication although the media was quick to pounce on the story when it was turned against Terry. Listen closely for the DEAFENING SILENCE now that he has been vindicated and know that it means this decision goes very much against their liberal agenda.

The Lone Protester - Terry Funderburk - next trial date set for February 20th

February 14th, 2008

Terry Funderburk - The Lone Protester I received this email from Terry today regarding his upcoming *jury* trial for CURSING in South Carolina. Yes, you read that correctly. In 2008, when you can turn on just about any cable channel and hear the same thing, this man is being tried for cursing. The South Carolina courts apparently have nothing better to do with their time and the money of the taxpayers of that state.

You can find his personal blog at this link if you want to know more about the background of this story. You can also find info here in my Terry Funderburk category. Below is some contact information. If you care about the rule of law and common sense, I URGE you to take 5 minutes and call some of these numbers before his jury trial on Feb 20th, just to let these idiots know that AMERICA is watching them and we aren’t going to let them get away with this nonsense!

Columbia, SC Mayor Bob Coble 803-545-3075

Chief of Police 803-545-3510

Prosecutor’s Office 803-737-4242 Fax 803-737-4250

Lone Protester- Guaranteed A Fast and Speedy Trial? 02/13/08

A few years ago I remember reading about this judge sentencing a defendant to 30 days in jail for something or other. The stupid guy jumps up, starts laughing and says “ 30 days? Heck, I can do 30 days standing on my head.” The judge slams his gavel down again, says, “and another 30 days to get yourself back up again.” I feel like that guy sometimes, how can I do something so stupid as to say a curse word and get arrested for it? How can I be so stupid as to request a trial by jury? How can I be so stupid as to refuse to plead guilty to something that I have already admitted to?

Well, I will tell you why I am so stupid. It is because that according to the United States Constitution, I have the right of free speech. Seems like the last time I checked, it said that the right to free speech will not be abridged. Unless somebody edited it out. I am so stupid that I believe in the rule of law. Even though I was never read my rights, even though I spent 22 hours in jail, even though I have been to court 5 different times, even though I am facing 30 days in jail for saying a bad word, I believe in the rule of law.

I read about a roofer in Massachusetts that was busted for being an illegal alien, he lived in a half million dollar house. Same line of work that I am in. But instead of living in a half million dollar house I am struggling to pay my bills. I hear George Bush say that we are a nation of laws, and at the same time I look out my window and see 15 illegal aliens breaking those laws. I see 3 contractors and 3 subcontractors knowingly breaking those laws at the same time. And I think about my situation at the present time. There are 21 people breaking the law within 200 feet of me and here I am currently facing the entire weight of our vaunted criminal justice system. For saying a bad word.

Here I am facing jail and 21 people get a free pass. Here I am facing jail and the guy I called a bad word gets a free pass. Here I am facing jail and the contractor and subcontractor gets a free pass. And that is not the worst. I look out the window of my truck and see my future. And that future is not in the construction industry, because sure as hell, those guys I am looking at are going to continue breaking our laws because they know almost for sure that they will never be brought to account for their crimes, like I was. And sure as hell, a year from now, maybe two, and I will no longer have a construction business. All because I have faith in the system and believe in the rule of law.

And that is why I am stupid. I am not playing the system, I am trying to abide by the rules. That is why I am going out of business. If I hired illegal aliens to work for me, like those fine upstanding Americans outside my truck are doing, then I could be making money just like they are. If I just forget about the rule of law and conduct business like those fellows do day in and day out I could be getting ahead just like they are. I could just flagrantly break our laws like they are doing without ever having to pay for it. But I can’t do that. I love this country. And I don’t like what I see out my truck window. And it makes me angry, because simply, this is supposed to be a nation of laws. We are supposed to be ruled by justice and fair play. Aren’t we?

And that is why I took the stand I did. I might be the defendant in a criminal case but I have also succeeded in putting the justice system on trial also. The prosecutor might want to keep my case to about whether I said a bad word or not but I will tell you one thing. From the amount of telephone calls his office has received since October he knows damn well that this case is about one hell of a lot more. So does the mayor, and the chief of police. They have received hundreds of calls from people all over the country giving them hell in my benefit. So, next Wednesday, Feb. 20th, they, themselves will be on trial also. They might put me in jail for saying that word, they can do their damnedest to me. But their system of justice will be tried also. The same system of justice that gives so many people free passes will be trying me because I did not get a free pass. The same corrupt, system of justice, that has enabled millions of people to break our laws is going to slam the hell out of little old me.

But I believe in the rule of law, and that in the end I am going to win. And if you stand behind me please call or fax the following people. Explain to them that they are like most politicians everywhere. That they have forgotten that they are supposed to represent the American people and the rule of law. Let them know that they and their justice system is on trial also.

Here is Terry’s first post on his blog for a little backgrounder:

My name is Terry Funderburk. I live in Columbia, SC and have a small business in the new home construction industry here. I install copper on new homes. I have been in business for almost 20 years now and always had plenty of work lined up. Usually, I had 20 to 30 jobs lined up for the next few weeks. Last year my company grossed 176 grand. I have 2 employees and a partner. (my son). This year though, things have gone to hell in a hand basket. Here we are almost into August and my business has grossed so far this year 18 grand. (by this time last year we had grossed 110 grand). So what’s different between this year and last year? Right, the illegal competition.

Let me tell you a little story that actually happened to me this week (it still seems surreal). But it begins about a month ago. Then I stopped by a home that was being rebuilt due to a lightning strike last year I knew the homeowner, I have done 2 different copper jobs on his house before it burned down. I asked him if he was planning on installing copper on the front and rear porches and he said yes, to please give him a bid on it. He said that he had an international team of roofers to install the shingles on the roof and that if I wanted the copper job to be sure to give him a low bid. He said that the international roofers got paid 4 to 5 dollars an hour for the shingles. (thats what American roofers were making in 1970). Well, I turned in a bid to him for 5 grand on the copperwork. A fair price.

So this past Monday morning was when my adventure began. (and it ain’t over by a long shot). I drove by that house early Monday, the international roofing team was hard at work installing the copper. I saw red. I got enraged. I went home, made up 2 picket signs, one said illegals, stop stealing our jobs and the other simply said Enforce our laws. I told my wife that I probably wasn’t coming home that night because I was going to protest until I got arrested and taken to jail. In route to the job I called my son and told him what I was planning to do. I asked for his support, gave him my digital camera and had him park his truck across the intersection from the job with the camera and take pictures of me protesting that job. I got my picket sign and started marching up and down the street yelling. I brought out all of the homeowners neighbors told them exactly how cheap their friend was. Every vehicle that came by I made sure they slowed down, read my sign and saw how mad I was.

After about 30 minutes of doing this a single cop showed up. He pulled over, came up to me, grabbed my sign, threw it down on the road and told me to come to his patrol car with him. I asked him if I was under arrest, he said no that he just wanted to talk to me. I told him no, I wanted his hands off me, my sign back and that I wanted to keep expressing my first amendment rights. He grabbed me forcefully then, trying to steer me to his vehicle but I immediately sat down in the middle of the road. I was still yelling because I was madder than hell at that homeowner. He cuffed my hands behind me then he real forcefully tried to pick me up so I yelled to my son, Police brutality, take a picture, lol, That cop took his hands off me then and called for a backup. The other cop arrived after 30 minutes or so and the entire time I am so pissed I yelled at everybody that came by. A lot of them gave a thumbs up. Once the cop was talking to the homeowner so I reached over and picked up my sign with my hands cuffed and yelled for my son to take a picture, (nice one too).

Well, both cops came over to me, I asked them if I was under arrest they said no. They picked me up (no help from me) and shoved me in the back of the patrol car. I looked at the homeowner while they were doing this and he had a smirk on his face so I called him a cheap bastard. I asked both cops again if I was under arrest, they both said no so I demanded to be released. Then the first cop sat in the front seat and began to write a ticket. I asked him what was the charge he said cursing. lol. I started laughing then, it was just so damn funny (and tragic). I asked him, tell me, which crime is worse, cursing, that homeowner knowingly and admitting to employing illegals or the illegals breaking the law by being here illegally? Well, I certainly found out which crime is the most serious because I spent the next 22 hours in jail for cursing. When I got out of jail Tuesday afternoon I called and emailed 8 different law firms. I went to criminal court yesterday morning (for cursing mind you). The judge asked me how did I plead. I told him I wanted a jury trial. That’s what the lawyers had advised me. Every word in this story is true. I got the pictures to prove it. And the ticket for cursing too of course. My trial should be within the next 3 to six weeks, I’m just about bankrupt because of all the illegal competition, but I swear to God if I am found guilty of cursing I will take it all the way to the supreme court. I listened to Michael Savage the other evening and he said that there were 30 illegal Hispanics outside his studio protesting something he said over the air. He said that they sounded like they were offended and then he said that there are 180 million Americans offended by the millions of illegals flooding across our southern border but of the 2 groups who is our politicians and government listening to. The 30 illegals of course.

But I tell you what, it is way past time for the American people to put their feet down, to get rid of most of the bums in Washington and locally and get this country back to the way it was before it became politically correct. The way things are going these days I fear for the future of my kids and grandkids. Is there anybody out there with me or can offer me any advice? Thanks for reading a tragic story from a very outraged patriot. Terry Funderburk

PS Almost forgot, but I am not one of Senator Lindsey Grahams bigots(this fellow is gone come Nov 08). I am married to a beautiful lady from the Philippines. It cost 15 grand in visa and lawyer fees to get her here LEGALLY. The process took 2 years. She didn’t have a border to just stroll across like our southern neighbors love to do all the time. Terry Funderburk, lone protester.

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