A reminder that John Leroy Casselman will be turning the ripe old age of 39 on this coming Friday, 4/25/15. This would also be the birthday of his grandfather, Frank Leroy Casselman, if he was still alive. So drop him a text,a call, a card, a present or a pizza or maybe a sloppy kiss on his forehead.
Just a brief note to say hello on this snowy day. Yes, we are still receiving snow, rain and the occasional nice sunny day. I'd like to begin digging into the ground, but its still frozen up.
A reminder that John Leroy Casselman will be turning the ripe old age of 39 on this coming Friday, 4/25/15. This would also be the birthday of his grandfather, Frank Leroy Casselman, if he was still alive. So drop him a text,a call, a card, a present or a pizza or maybe a sloppy kiss on his forehead.
Against weather forecasts, Moose Pass is having a beautiful Fall day, without a cloud in the sky and the hillsides filled with gold,red and brown, ( remember I am color blind or is it color ignorant? But I see a far different world than you do. For example- purple is blue, most greens are brown...or orange, when it comes to the light pea-green color they put on hot rods and muscle cars- ugly!).
Church today was great, our Pastor is a gifted teacher and really knows his Biblical history. He spoke on forgiveness, how it helps us to forgive and let that pain be washed away from us. It is then up to the other party to release his unforgiveness or hold on to it like a hot iron. But you make the first move. Sure, I know how this worked: I carried unforgiven feelings around for my 1st wife for sometime, after receiving my Dear John in Vietnam. That one took awhile, as I didn't become a Christian for another few years and learn of letting the anger go. The a second time I harbored those feeling for someone, was a man who tried to ruin my career and this effected my whole family. But learning to forgive, this took the abscess away from inside my stomach. I admit, sometimes its hard to let loose, but we have to learn this is one of the Almighty's orders- Forgive! As you Would Be Forgiven. (paraphrase).
In my career as a cop I've observed a lot of pain and physical injury in what people do to one another, especially in families. Domestic disputes we call it. True, there are times I'd like to pick them up by the scrub of their necks and shake them violently, pointing them toward their children and reminding them of what they are doing to these kids. In fact I may actually have done that once at a seriously bad scene, where a kid got in the way and was hurt. I've had cases that turned in to murders before I arrived and that should never have happened if one party could just have said, "All right, I forgive you..." for whatever it was that made you angry and maybe the situation would've stopped right there and then. Forgiveness is a mighty power in its own right and that's probably supported by the Lord.
CHANGE OF PACE- History or How I Earned My Oscar Nomination
Earlier, ( let the mist clear), I had mentioned being hired over the phone for Skagway Police Department, South East Alaska. This, as I said, is practically an unheard of practice and especially since I had never applied for Skagway's Department. But when I look back, I could see the Lord working on my career. I was down at Tempe, Arizona, University of Arizona, getting ready to apply for their city's Police Department- they had two openings and over 300 plus guys and a few ladies there to sign-up for the first phase of the process. I had already begun the hiring process for an Organized Crime Task Force with Phoenix Police Department and the Holbrook Police Department in Eastern Arizona. This town was situated right between the Navajo and Apache Reservations, who have hated each other since 1400's. My old man lived in Phoenix and he was hoping we, Mona and I, would stay here in Arizona. I'd been away for 10-years of military service and we were just getting to like each other again. We had just left Dillingham Police Department and needed a break from our adventure there, but I needed to find work. Then I felt one of my nudges, which I have experienced all through my life- we can talk about that later-maybe. This time I could almost hear a voice, but not exactly, yet I knew it was time to go home. I was not going to be working for Tempe and Mona was glad, she was uncomfortable with large departments.
During this time I had found a job working private security, guarding schools and warehouses at night. Then the call came from the Police Chief, hiring me and the only question was would I have any problem catching dogs while on duty. I didn't, I had caught a lot of dogs in the military and in Dillingham. I had a plane ticket to Skagway and $40 in my wallet. But a major snow storm was stopping all flights north, so I experienced my first two-day ride on the Alaska Marine Highway- ferries. Cool trip, but really cold in February. I arrived in Skagway right in the middle of that major storm blowing down through White Pass, which the town sits at the bottom of and then there's in the Lynn Canal/Southeast Passage. Over three-feet of fresh snow had fallen since noon and the entire front end of the big ferry was covered in white ice, inches in thickness and stretching out in all sorts of unique directions. I had wished I had a camera. But then a police car pulled up at the huge open ramp to let people and vehicles off. But tonight I was the only one departing and no one was headed south. This meant the ferry could leave right on time. Oh, they could not leave early, there could be someone at home, waiting for ten-minutes before departure before coming down to the ferry terminal to load up. The Alaskan Governor did not enjoy receiving complaints reference his Marine Highway system. I would end-up using that ferry or one of the others numerous times through the next 3 years and a few months.
Now leaving the classic-Western style Dillingham I had set up an interview for an open police officer position in Seward, Alaska. But when we tried to fly into Seward, a storm blocked the city off and I never made the interview. We flew on to Phoenix and later went to Skagway, where we learned about the true enemy. But after 3 years and a few months in Skagway, we felt it was time to leave there- details too long and very complex- I received a call from Seward offering me the job over the phone. That's twice. Now all my life I never ran across anyone who was hired twice over the phone for a police position. I gave the city the minimum time my contract asked for and I was on my way to Seward via air travel. Mona, 2 kids, her oldest brother-Chuck, to help and a very large Newfoundland named Radar, soon left in our old Blazer that suffered numerous rust holes and led a rented U-Haul truck for a 1,000 mile drive or so to another port city of Seward. Oddly enough, all four of my departments I worked in Alaska were port cities. Now in Dillingham, we felt more like 1800's style Town Tamers. We handled bar fights on every shift during the long summer of April to October. We took knives off nearly everyone and with my guard down one evening I felt the point of one of those dang knives cut into my upper chest. Thankfully, my bullet-proof vest took on most of the knife and I barely bled. Smarted some later in the shower. I look back and the Good Lord was always saving my hide. From high school gang banger days to Vietnam and Thailand, plus working forest fires at Eielson Air Force Base.
I was lugging around a 5-gallon pumper and putting out small fires when someone gave me a full body tackle and rolled me for a good 15 feet. Then a tall spruce, on fire, fell right smack where I was. I stood up and looked around for my "hero", and the closest human was over 50-yards away. I even looked under the tree and then I felt that nudge on the back of my neck, looked to the heavens, shook my head and continued doing my job. See, I always believed in the Almighty, Creator of the Universe, but I didn't believe in this Jesus fellow. No, that happened after Eielson and after Dillingham. My experience with salvation occurred in Oregon and then I was baptized in my father's boss's hot tub with my dad present. Oh, he was happy, but so was I.
Oh, I later learned I was selected for both the police officer position in Holbrook and the mysterious position with the anti-organized crime task force. I later learned, the opening came up once or twice a year because they lost the officers to the jobs dangers or temptations. So they were either dead with cement shoes or in jail, marked for death by the other cellmates.
Now Seward gave me the training and experience I needed to later become Public Safety Director/Police Chief for the City of Whittier right about the time the Exxon Valdez went on the rocks and poured oil everywhere. My City Manager went in for open heart surgery the night before the boat and the rock merged. So, the city made me, on top of my other hats, the town's Emergency Operations Manager. I was now so far over my head, but it led into an adventure of a lifetime. BUT, it all provided the training and background I needed to obtain my Investigator position with the State of Alaska. I didn't know it at the time, but I was the only one in the state handling gaming/gambling/illegal gambling issues. My poor boss didn't realize it the time, but I was truly a former cop and sitting around the office was not my thing. Oh, I was spoiled with a brand new duty car I could take home, I worked my own shift as long as I put in my 8 hours and I had a private secretary, who I shared with a State Geologist from England- nice chap. Before too long our office was filled with illegal slot machines and other such devices I had seized in raids.
All this led me to believe the Lord was directing my path to take on a statewide evil element and political corruption. But along the way, I got hurt physically and eventually had to be retired- put out to pasture. Prior to this, with a dear friend and fellow investigator, ( best man I ever worked with and a good friend),proved to the state of the presence of organized crime in our beloved state. I was also able to show a heightened level of corruption in senior politicians.
Now, there are 5-7 organized crime forces here currently, running drugs, white slavery and black market trade goods- up to body organs. They are here to also corrupt our senators and representatives. We showed the existence of dark forces through my travels, witches covens and such operating in the state. People always laughed it off and me, until two men were found tied to ceremonial poles in a clearing, naked and burned to death - I'll leave the location off. Still, I was able to close down some multimillion dollar operations involved in legal gaming, for defrauding the charities they worked for. There are a lot of thieves involved in gaming or gambling, and soon the unit became a Division and extra investigators and accountants were hired. This reduced my area of responsibility to the size of Texas. But I enjoyed the travel and the State sent me to great schools, plus I was able to see 2 Iditarod finishes.
But our unit got too good and the politicians cut most of our funding, stripping us of personnel and reducing us from a Division to a unit under Department of Commerce. I believe after I left it went under Department of Treasury for awhile and then back to Commerce. Now they also handle the busy chore of cigarette taxes and might someday be assisting in the new marijuana taxing when it is legalized.
I am glad I am out of it. I may not be old enough to truly be a dinosaur, but I feel like the last dying breed.
This is why I've chosen to write about the Arizona Rangers, they have a lot in common with the Alaska Police Officers and Alaska State Troopers. More to come later.
God Bless. Hope you had a wonderful Sunday. BILL Oh, please add your comments.
Except for a quick run to Seward with John Alex, dodging the rain drops and enjoying the changing of fall colors, I have spent most of the day on my duff reviewing strange and disheartening bits of new stories off the online services, follow-up on old and new House and Senate Bills, along with ways the President is once again attempting to get things passed us and it appears, now his own congress. But that is normal for life in the D.C. area. My hounds are barking their fool-heads off again, it after 10 p.m. and dark outside so I am letting my 18-year old grandson-Liam, sacrifice himself and see what has them alerted. Now I have these 5 outside floodlights, very bright, but rarely does anyone turn them on. Now having encountered bears out there in the dark, I use the flood lights, it's why I bought them. Now I realize it's probably a bat and that will frighten Liam more than a 1600 pound Brown Bear. He hates flying things. Good kid though. Oh, I should change that to young male adult. He wants to be treated as an adult, so I sent him outside. He has trouble remembering shoes, but that will change with the first 4 inches of snow on the ground. Things are quiet now, so it must be a happy and full bear...just kidding. I would've heard screams. I have a bear gun. The critters usually wave good bye when they see me come outside with my bear gun, which has been around a lot longer than Liam and these bears.
As I was saying, I spent most of the day on my duff. This is because my wife tied me to the bed and used a cast-iron frying pan to remind who was the boss of this house. Only kidding...about the tie-down part. The old cast iron frying pain comes from an old family story, told over and over again with each generation. But still, people always wonder why the new bride in the family received a cast iron frying pain as a wedding gift...we all smile. Another time.
Going through my 15 Newspapers and US Government Search of House and Senate Bills- you should read these as the can prove interesting reading. The other one, just give you headaches, especially when you total up the sums of money our government hands out to ourselves and then around the globe. My last story concerns a bit on this, so try to stay awake if you wonder where you tax funds go.
Another disease had popped up, for those of you who might think Ebola, Dengue Fever, Infected Fleas, EU-D68 and the common cold. This one is called...wait for it...Chikungunya Fever, a very-very painful disease, but seldom fatal, that has spread all across Latin America, now being seen as far south as Brazil and new cases now showing up in Florida. So far, this incurable disease is spread by the Aides-Aegypti Mosquito. These flying insects, varying breeds, can also spread dengue fever and malaria. This sickness had first shown up in Latin America in late 2013 and is now an African disease ravaging Central America, Northern South America, Island of the Caribbean and now Southern United States. Experts say the mosquitoes has the potential to spread even further and the epidemic has overwhelmed hospitals in hard hit countries. El Salvador is reporting 30,000 cases, up from 2,300 in the beginning of August. Pain to the joints can be so severe it can hard to walk. "Pain is unbelievable," said a 39 year old patient in San Salvador, who had suffered for 10-days without break. Columbia reports 4,800 cases and they predict 700,000...yes, 700,000 by 2015. Two dozen countries and territories showing infection cases. According to the Pan American Health Organization, chief factors into the spread is the range of the infectious mosquito and lack of immunity in a population. On a positive side, doctors say once infected a built in immunity prevents you from catching it again. ( Another item to be mentioned and you'll noticed why in later stories, such a disease and quick widespread of the disease is a sure fire way for taking out an enemy army, quickly and possibly without firing a shot.)
China is reported to be encouraging Spain to participate in China-Europe Cargo Railway Construction.
China's Tiangong-2 Space Lab scheduled to be launched in 2016. ( Makes me wonder when the apartment complex get airlifted- tourists come with a lot of money.)
China's Communist Party's Reunification Position with Taiwan's "One Country/Two Systems" encouraged in meeting with Taiwan Officials to demonstrate Mainland China's unwavering stance on national reunification.
China in meetings with Pakistan, French and Saudi Officials to encourage bilateral cooperation over international issues or major concerns on the sideline of United Nations Assembly. In Spain's case to also boost paramilitary ties. China also hoping to further deepen bilateral cooperation with Bulgaria and Romania.
Chinese President has meeting with Russian Communist Party Leader in Beijing.
East China Navy Fleet conducting drills in South China Sea, in a bid to temper the combat ability of the troops in complex environment.
(A lot of these Chinese stories in a row because I review both China news papers together. One of propaganda and one tries to hide it. Since I am no Intel Officer, 2nd one does lousy job.)
Palestine overnment accused Israel of "genocidal crime" in Gaza, saying UN negotiations had failed and it was time for Palestinian Independence. (So much for India's future truce talks if something isn't worked out soon.)
Iran warns Islamic State, that Iran will attack deep within Iraq's borders if Iran's borders are attacked. ( Okay, if you read one of my stories of last week concerning my concern for Iran, using their highly training fighters to staff the Islamic State, bearing to mind the IS is showing very effective military strategy and war operations for a mixed band of Muslim militants. Then Iran could be using this time period, before the US led-Coalition blows the Islamic State apart with it overwhelming air power, to now force the issue forward by gaining a good reason to attack with air power, missiles and ground troops against Iraq. Iranians could strip their militant attire and fight from within as uniformed Iranian soldiers. Iran may even have the upper hand to seize Iraq and the Muslim Coalition would instantly band with Iran and advise the non-Muslim countries they are no longer welcome here. Just a thought.)
Ukraine backed away from European Union- support of Russia Gas Deal. But sources say they still might return to the table.
Britain joins US led Anti Islamic State Force and air began same day against terrorist targets in Syria.
US ADVISERS WILL COME TO UKRAINE: (Force is to train and assist army with modernization. Now this will fit perfectly under President Obama latest Executive Order-Civil Authority. He will call them ADVISERS. Just as it happened in 1963-64 Vietnam. Advisers mean ground troops, who will go out on patrol with a fellow Ukraine Officer and platoon of infantry. When our "advisers" start being killed, we will assuredly want revenge and once more its Liberty loving Americans against the Communist forces of evil. Oh yes, we will fall for it again...history keeps on repeating itself when Congress allows an Executive Order like this new one to come out without Article of Impeachment being tossed on the man's desk. Maybe when he signs DC over to China, or Alaska to Russia, someone will finally notice this President is not our friend and maybe never was...my thought.)
At United Nation General Assembly Vietnam urged the U.N. to strengthen for Global Peace and Security. ( Vietnam is now afraid and you'll notice that in my book. I believed it to be the first country to fall under China's foot of conquest. )
Russia's Security Council has sounded the alarm about Islamic State fighters from former Soviet Union communities, returning home " politically and religiously" loaded. These people can "pose a serious threat to national security of their own countries," says Secretary Patrushev of the Security Council. Security Council estimated 400 Russians and former Soviets now fighting in various militant faction in Syria..
Latest WHO statistics show 6,553 Ebola patients and of these, 3,083 have died. WHO is still saying a possible 20,000 cases by November, while CDC is predicting 1.4 million cases by Jan 2015. These are worst case scenarios. In Liberia, who pleaed for 1,990 beds, still has only 440. Sierra Leone needs 1,300 beds and has received 323 beds. An estimated 18% of Ebola patients are being cared for, the rest die at home or in the street violently and increase the contamination to nearby relative or friend through fluid transfer of escaping blood.
China has become the # 1 exporter, manufacturer and trade of abusive/torture equipment devices. China has more than 130 such companies, many state owned- as in owned by China. ( Now how many of you knew this sickening thing? How can you support Human Rights issues and do this kind of business?)
The National Science Foundation was paid $300,000 taxpayer dollars for the study of "How a human Interacts with Bicycles". They had a man ride a bicycle on a treadmill for $300,000. ( Wow, I had better grant ideas then that. Must have split half with a politician.)
A certain radical Tunisian Sheik, who has called for the murder of US troops abroad, and was banned from the U.S. for supporting the terror group HAMAS, is now scheduled to headline an event at YALE University, ( I believe that is still in the U.S.), Tuesday, focusing on Islamic Law and civilization. ( I'd like to invite the 5th and 7th Special Forces Group of the "Green Beret" to attend the event to give a rounded out comparison of thoughts. Possibly the Seward Chapter of the American Legion, they are a scary bunch though and might not be admitted.)
70% of illegal immigration families caught at the US/Mexican Border and released, with orders to report at US Immigrations within 15 days fail to show up.
Is it Possible: An essay by a US Professor of Plant Pathology, Dr. Cybil Brodrick, a former Liberian and still still recognized as an influential Liberian, presented his essay to Daily Observer Newspaper, which suggests to West Africans of how the Ebola Virus is a bio-terrorism weapon developed by the United States and being used on Africans as a way to control Africans. The essay has generated concern he is feeding into a dangerous public fears over Ebola. He further suggests Ebola could be part of the "American-Military-Medical" industry and manufactured as a form to bring control of West Africans. Broderick writes, "Because of the widespread loss of life, fear, physiological trauma, and despair among Liberians and other West African citizens, it is incumbent that I make a contribution to the resolution of this devastating situation, which may continue to recur, if it is not properly and adequately confronted." He also alleges various sites in West Africa have been set up over the years to test emerging diseases, including Ebola, with part of the purpose to test vaccinations. Due to such reports as this one, mobs of people have forced their way into treatment centers, yelling, "You're not sick", and removing patients. One other item that added weight to Broderick's essay was President Obama's latest promise to send 3,000 troops on the ground to West Africa. (Why would we be sending 3,000 troops to West Africa, where so many of them risk contamination. This is not medical staff, who would be clothed in the proper attire. This would be grunts with M4s and just who is the enemy down there?)
Department of Defense will soon allow illegal immigrants to enlist in the US military services. Many in congress are asking questions into this move by the President, since it is following the recent massive firing of over 100,000 service members. The army alone is being reduced by 80,000 troops. This new move will apply to former youngsters who came into the U.S. illegally while under the age of 16 years old and have a skill the Department of Defense can use. ( But our fired troops had all these skills and were here legally, plus they were given a promise by their government that the President had broken. Can this be another attempt for the democrat party to lay claim to the Hispanic vote? Doubtful as a lot of Hispanic are being fired right now from Uncle Sam's military. Should note, Democrats did similar this in the latter half of 1930's, drastic down sizing and look who got caught with their pants down around the ankles on December 7th, 1941. It took our military commander 2 years to get our troops back i to combat readiness and a lot of good men and women died, holding the fort down, to give them time.)
Earthquakes: 14 today over 4.0 to the largest at 5.2, Alaska hit with 9 quakes in 2.0 to 4.9 range. Mammoth Lake below Mammoth Mountain, a long dormant volcano received a swarm to 600 earthquakes in lower ranges in last 24 hours. Scientists blamed it on water pressures inside the lake.
I ran across a strange story in my research today and I am still working on it for verification through the White House. If I finish it tomorrow I send it out by itself. It is somewhat bizarre- if true, but it does involve certain house and senate bills, plus Executive Actions taken by our President. I have noticed that particular house bills, that should be openly listed, are no longer there. Those things drive me crazy!
God Bless you All. It's 12:37 and time for bed. Church tom
Another 25th of the month and this means PAYDAY! Yes, once a month the State of Alaska releases our retirement pay and we are thankful. Though, we have noticed the old dollar is shrinking as prices climb and it is extremely hard to ask for a raise while on retirement. Still, next May I can go on Social Security at 62 yrs and I hope to do so, which will enable me to have my needed surgeries and have them completely covered. My State retirement is a blessing of course, paying 80%, but all said and done my 20% is staggering. Following my last surgery I noticed the names of doctors of doctors I had never seen before and they were not part of the surgical team, but they wanted to be paid anyway for representing the doctor's fan section handling the mid-surgery martini-shaken not stirred antics. Now I know I've got some oddly placed staples inside me, but there is a tennis-shoe shaped object no one's been able to explain.
Now I am jumping right to News Brief's and maybe you'll see why: But I am often told my mind walks to a different drum corps...
Iraqi Prime Minister says his counterintelligence operation has uncovered plots for imminent terrorists attacks on the Paris, France and various U.S. subway systems by Islamic State.
Navajo Nation awarded a $554 million dollar settlement from the U.S. over past mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for a single American Indian tribe. ( Now I am surely not saying the Navajo do not deserve this, but where is all this money coming from? Or is this the case of one giant of an I.O.U.? As for me, I'd prefer the payment in cattle, sheep, vehicle fleets and expanded land for their reservations.)
Ebola statistics as of 9/20 showed 5,843 patient cases with 2,803 proving fatal. These numbers expected to make a sharp rise by October 1st and are now being predicted by some to reach 1 million cases by Jan 1, 2015- 3 months from now. ( Is that possible? See an additional story to follow in this edition of the journal...)
On 9/23, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum, entitled ...."Civil Society". Please look up White House.Government and go to Presidential actions under Executive Orders, Presidential Memorandums, Legislature pending, Proclamations and Statements, Press Hearings....such forth. Read this one under this date, it is too lengthy for me to write down, but if you look into it hard enough, you can see it can be giving our President a loaded gun to play with. (The lengthy part, which is not all that unusual for his memorandums. Under Section 6- it lists the "agencies engaged abroad", and we see Departments of State, Treasure, Defense, Justice....Homeland Security. Not the agencies you would normally see in assisting other governments form "civil Societies", unless you desire a pro-military one. Now Section 3 has been used before to cover other such government assistance- such as Pre-war Korea in 1950 when we had sent our ground troops in as peace keepers/advisers and later, into 1963-64 Vietnam, when we sent army troops in under the job title of "adviser". In both cases we had troops on the ground, but they were not called this as it might have anger the public back home. In the Korean venture people were extremely worn out from World War II and did not want another war. In the case with Vietnam, the Americans had gone through the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and numerous communist problems in Greece and Spain. No one wanted to go to war in South East Asia for a country very few had ever heard of. President Kennedy created a program to send advisers in to teach the South Vietnamese how to fight. But overnight, those adviser which rapidly grew in number were leading those Vietnamese on combat patrols and the first Americans were being killed and wounded. Now the President has come up with a way to send in his own "advisers" under disguise and hidden by this memorandum. But believe me, they will be troops on the ground and the graves well need to be dug once again and another monument to be prepared for the very near future and sadly, once again it will be the monsters, the ones who profit from war who are to blame, but do we do anything to stop them?)
Austrian newspaper has accused the United States and Vienna, Austria of allowing the U.S. to spy on the United Nation complex in Vienna from a top a 41-story skyscraper via a special NSA-run operation. The United States has denied the operation, but the strange hut-like building identified in the article does exist, surrounded by steel fencing and 10- surveillance cameras. (This is one of the taller buildings in Vienna and a nice location if the NSA had wanted to run such an operation.)
Russia condemns U.S. Airstrikes on Islamic State targets without Syria's approval. Russia's foreign minister says U.S. must have UN approval or the approval of Damascus (Syria) for these attacks to have legitimacy.
Russia Defense Ministry "Slams" NATO for allowing a "mere clerk" to make statements on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukraine. Adding that the Alliance's cleaner could start commenting next... The so-called clerk was a Lt. Colonel Jay Janzen, who had em-mailed comments to Reuters News Services, "A significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine"...But that "Many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border." However, the Russian Defense Ministry has consistently denied the presence of troops in Eastern Ukraine. ( Though the Russian military convoy, with armored vehicle had entered Eastern Ukraine and was mostly destroyed by Ukrainian Army artillery and forced them into a full retreat.)
At 9:53 a.m. this morning, our home in Moose Pass was struck by a quake I estimated at 4.6, surprised to learn the quake had actually been a 6.2 quake, which struck outside of Willow, Alaska. This is roughly about 180-miles from here and another 95 km northwest of the two. Measured at 102 feet deep. This ended up being the largest quake of the day for around the world.
The United States has black-listed Chechen fighters in Syria tied to Islamic State. ( This is yet another example that shows this area of the Middle East is a quicksand for Muslim, Kurdish, Jewish and Christian religions. We needed to avoid being here, except in the case Israel actually needs us. So many fighters have no idea who they are fighting as friends becomes foes and foes sign alliances to ally with a former enemy.
Russia speeds up law to Ban most foreign web services. Russian watchdog has blocked 600 websites since February, 2014.
Russian scientists are now traveling to Kuril Islands to study the effect of Japan's Fukushima's meltdown and what 22-tons of radioactive waste over per-day could be doing to the Pacific Ocean's Northwest waters after 3 years of this punishment. ( Now our scientists and politicians pushing them to tell their lies to say, " Oh, fish away, everything is fine." I would sure love to catch some halibut, cod or salmon from these deep waters and see if they'd eat what the cooks prepared from today's catch.)
China and U.S. hold secret cyber talks, while Chinese officials were in D.C. last week, with U.S. Cyber Counterparts. US did confirm, "We do not read out the contents of our private diplomatic exchanges."
Obama Administration bans the U.S. military from using anti-personnel land mines in a unilateral decision that went against top US military leaders and senior politicians. ( I am not surprised the Middle Eastern forces wanted those mines to be withdrawn. It's because those mines are primarily used for the perimeter defense of military bases and posts around the world and especially in the Middle East. It is those mines that keep insurgents from coming over the walls in mass attacks or a single suicide bomber. Our bases could not stand up to a wave of a thousand insurgents in a major land attack. It is those mines that kept them back. Now at night, in the dark, the soldiers will be back relying on 20th century technology of putting rocks in a can and hanging from the barbed wire. This is a major-major victory for the Muslim militants or possibly a future Muslim move against all American forces in the Middle East and we will not have the aircraft to get our soldiers out in time to save the majority of them. This happened to us in Vietnam in 1972. Agreeing with the UN Security Council, the removed all .50 caliber machine guns from our perimeter and replaced them with lighter weight M60 machine gun with one-half the distance and power. Oddly enough, our planes could keep the .50 caliber guns and much worse, but the enemy could also keep their .51 caliber Russian Machine guns, which continued to knock down our planes and helicopters. We always gave and gave, and it was our soldiers who paid for it in blood.)
An estimated 41.3 million people- illegal and illegal immigrants moved into the United States in 2013. (Feeling crowded down there, come see Alaska- but don't just stay in the cities. See the land, the people and the critters.)
Americans and US politicians felt "truly unsettling" and "utterly appalling", that President Obama went before the United Nations on 9/24 and praised controversial Muslim Cleric, who endorses Fatwa-encouraging the murder of American troops in Iraq. (Maybe he was only doing a practice warm-up for a talk-show later in the night and forgot where he was...all those bright lights, turbans and bows to kiss one's ring.)
Obama Healthcare Act and Electronic Records System has cost the U.S. taxpayer more than $73 billion in nearly 5-years. WebMD has received nearly $14 million to promote Obamacare, as a government initiative designed to get Americans to turn to "Official Information" on Healthcare Law.
Kurdish Community in Syria, an off-shoort of Christianity, has been overlooked once again as a potential U.S. Ally in fight against Islamic State and other Islamic militants. Many of the Kurdish troops have scored victories against the Islamic State, while their families are forced to flee the war zone. All too many of them are captured, forcing their families to watch on as wife and children are beheaded for their faith in God.
Ninth Circut Court of Appeals has opened the door to suppress Free Speech. Court ruled in favor of public schools prohibiting students from wearing American flag stenciled and painted t-shirts. They were fearful the display of the American flag with have an ill effect with Hispanics on the celebration of Mexican Independence from Spain Day on May 5 of each year. But rather for one day they made it for the school year and they had never bothered to take a poll in California schools of how the Hispanic students would feel, they only acted. In 1969, a Federal Law was passed contrary to this decision, which had allowed students to wear black arm bands as a way to show their lack of support for the Vietnam War. The court found this covered by the free speech amendment. Here, its the opposite in that the students were wearing the American flag t-shirts to honor their country and especially the military fighting in defense of their freedoms. The kids now see this as the liberial school siding against patriotism. ( I can imagine their history teachers reminded them of how the great governments in the world had fallen from within- Greece, Rome, France and Britain. Now it appears to be our turn and we're so busy looking to the skies to see where the sky will be falling in from. And the Bell tolls for us... could be.)
Dengue Fever vases in South China's Guangdong Province has increased by 791 cases in one day. Total fever cases in this province said to be 8,273.
China to deploy 700 troops in a UN peace keeping mission in South Sudan. Meanwhile, rumor has it the Chinese believe their new navy can beat ours...?
China and Laos to sign railway agreement as soon as possible to connect the two countries. (All said and done this would allow a Chinese corporal the ability to catch a train in Siberia and eventually ride it in one direction to the Indian coastline or very possibly into the Thailand Peninsula. This peninsula will allow the Chinese Navy complete access to any number of deep water ports and former US Naval installation. Thailand is also the home to a dozen or more abandoned, but major, US military Army, Navy, Marine and especially Air Force bases. A Strategic SAC b-52 bomber base was once located in Utapou, and Udorn had once held over 350 F-4 fighters. Nice place to own if you had the money or the troop strength to take. )
China, Sri Lanka pledge military cooperation.
Sierra Leone begins massive quarantine of more than 1.2 million people in world's largest lockdown to fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak. A new approximate case numbers for West African Ebola Patients in the 5 infected countries in 6,200 and the dead account for nearly 3,000. Once again the stats are back to showing death totals at 49% and above the recent 47% of a few days ago. This is due to toe lock down for 3-days in Sierra Leone which provided new numbers as patients and bodies were located by volunteer health care workers. ( Yeah, this is me talking- The problem with even a larger sealing off, where there now talking about 1.2 million in an extra 3-5 communities adjoining the previous ones, you automatically heighten the fear level. Fear of the Ebola, fear of starving to death or dying of thirst, fear of looters who might be contaminated, and massive fear of uncontrolled rioting because no one is coming in to stop it. All of this could lead to rapid contaminated and provide the numbers WHO is now worried about. They predict a possible 20,000 people contaminated in one scenario and ONE MILLION in another and all within 3 months- the 1st of January, 2015. They have had to seal off communities on coastlines, which could mean young sailors having to fire on small boat filled with small children- could the do it, or do they let them go and there's 5 or 8 kids infected and they're headed for Britain. Will blockades manned by troops numbering in the hundreds, be able to stop charges of tens of thousands? And these people are headed for North or even South Africa. The sick and the starving with riot, or worse. History has shown several instances of cannibalism, including in the Bible. May'be we could just take care of it with a dozen or so air-fueled 2,000 bombs to take out these communities and everyone in them, it's non-nuke, backed by incendiaries like seen over England and Tokyo. But no, we are not butchers, or Nazis or even Islamic militants who behead 6 year old boys and girls. And I thank the Lord we are not. I can only hope those 1.2 million people will drop to their knees and ask the Lord for help in constant prayers. Maybe this is all God is waiting for. But it is not me or you to judge these people. As for me, I don't spend enough time on my knees as it is, either.)
Israel military has received its 4th German built submarine to add to its naval fleet.
Country of Slovenia, who says its against terrorism, will not join the U.S. anti-Islamic State-led- coalition.
Country of Netherlands will join the coalition to fight the Islamic State.
5.2 quake followed 45 minutes after 5.0 quake struck Fukushima, Japan. Japan has been showing an increase in quake activity but nothing approaching the 7.0 area. Some experts are watching Fuji and fault lines running in and a round Japan to see what might be happening if in the event things are possibly adding up to another 2011 natural disaster that killed so many people in Japan and outlying islands.
New Gallup Poll shows that 58% of US adults feel a third party is now needed, because neither the republicans or democrats are doing their job in representing the American people.
Congressman seeks a BAN to STOP federal workers from WATCHING PORN AT WORK! ( I was the one who capitalized those words. I couldn't believe this. Every bill costs thousands and thousands of dollars in paperwork and employee hours, plus other worthwhile laws that should have this time to be heard. Now I'm not saying there isn't a problem here, there is a major one. But why a legal ban? This is a job handled by proper supervision and control over GOVERNMENT computers or what is allowed into government workplaces. Supervisors, doing their paid for jobs, should be handling this. Warning first and then suspending the employee- get him some needed mental aid help because this is an addiction- a growing addiction in America. People like to laugh it off-DON'T. It CAN lead to rape, kidnapping, torture and then killing. If need be, fire the useless supervisor, or see if he or she- yes, women have it, too, is suffering from it and is crying for help. With so many companies going under, there are a lot of really needful supervisors and employees who would be grateful for a federal job. AND THIS TAKES BIG THINKERS??????)
16 quakes rattle the planet today over 4.0, including Alaska's 6.2. Willow is a nice roadside community north of Anchorage on the Parks Highway en route to Fairbanks. Bigger than Moose Pass, with 3 times the population. They've tried to move the State Capital there 2 times I know off because of the open flat ground, but it has never happened. Our politicians have never liked having open access to them by their voter. Being in Juneau means the voters have to fly in or take the Marine Highway to visit them. They get away with more this way. I think they even have a tie-less Thursday and Friday night Poker competitions. You'd be amazed by the lack of work that gets done in our state capital or maybe you wouldn't.
Officials in Northern Arizona have discovered a nasty and infected flea, that may and may not have wiped out the Arizona prairie dog population in this area. But the flea is surviving in the old and empty burrows. The Coconino County Health Officials found diseased fleas and notified area wide residents. A warning stated for everyone to avoid the handling of small game animals; rodents, rabbits and birds as they might be carrying the infected flea. Not to handle sick or dead animals, avoid feral cats as they often use the prairie dog tunnels to avoid predators. Use insect repellant often while in the field, wear rubber gloves and De-flea your own pets often. Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches and appear in 2-6 days. They also include weakness, muscle pain and swollen nymph glands to the groin, arm pits and or limbs. The infected flea feeds of blood of small animals and an infected animal can then spread the infection through an entire flea colony and then into another. This can cause a whole region of land to be filled with infected fleas. Once called the Bubonic Plague or Black Death in the dark ages, the infected flea plague, if this is even the same type, was responsible for killing one-third of the population of Europe and was finally destroyed through new medicines and and practice of sanitation. The plague found in Arizona is coming in on the heels of a another plague that struck Colorado in July. This one ended up being a pneumonic plague, and far less dangerous than a Bubonic Plague, but still one causing a grave sickness and a lesser of two evils. As of this report it is unknown what these infectious fleas are reported to be carrying, but information is being kept close to the chest until CDC runs suitable testing. NOW, I should remind you this story was only being carried in one stateside communication and not overseas at all.. So I am watching for follow-up and will report on same. This could be all a hoax. So check this out yourself, follow the CDC and United Nations.
Most of the attention is on Ebola, but they are following the Eurovirus EU-D68 that is hitting the 18 states. But no reported death as of yet and the rapid increase of Dengue Fever. It makes me wonder; if the Biblical disease mentioned in the Word of God is truly one disease that kills off 1/3 of the world's population or is it a blanket term for the release of Pestilence and could incorporate many diseases in the same approximate time? So many bio-agents, we made that could now come back to kill us. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head?
That's it for tonight, its after midnight and I'm ready to hit the pillow with my noggin.
God Bless and may your prayers be answered
It has been one very nice day here in Moose Pass, only our tallest peak showing a dash of new snow along its highest ridge. But, the freeze has killed most of the plants and our lawn is quickly piling up with fallen leaves from our surrounding cottonwoods. It is sad to see the great cottonwood trees become naked and even sadder to think of all the raking I must do when its all done. My wife says she wants one more lawn mowing and of course, She will be obeyed. but I am thinking of waiting a week and then cutting all leaves up with the grass to leave a layer over the my dreadful lawn. This lawn gives me a constant problem. I want a golf course lawn and I get more of a Death Valley one. I usually let the grass grow, in its mangy patches, at this point and rake the leaves up, put them into 1 of 3 wire rings and attempt to make soil. Takes about two years. We also have a couple compost bins and I can make pretty good soil in the lower half, but again, because we're up here in the mountains it takes longer- about 2 decades and a lot of hope. This year I had enough soil to cover two good sized plant beds for veggies. But so many plants that can grow in Fairbanks or Wasilla, will not grow very well here without a green house; cucumber, tomatoes, squashes (various kinds), and my apple trees are not doing all that well. If you recall our 16'x24' green house was hit with a typhoon/hurricane and the center beam broke- an 6"x12" center beam. But I just build the rock beds, fill them with dirt/soil and its my wife who has the green thumb. She's sort of a plant whisperer. She's also an animal whisper and I have often accused her of having the ability to strike up a conversation with a wall hanging. I get thumped for that one. Right in the chest with her knuckle. But I get a hug later, after my tears get to her.
Mona is my prayer warrior- a chief intercessor who has seen both sides of the coin and knows the enemy exists in complete reality. None of the Sunday morning half-way gestures where people think evil is just an after thought and not really alive. "Oh evil was for back then, it's not really around now."
She and I, through our travels and jobs, plus people we have met, all directed by the Lord, has proven to us the demonic properties are real and they want this world. Their biggest victory is the confusion they have caused; one being for how the Christians believe in angels, but not in demons. The second thing is getting mankind to believe in ghosts-in the returning of their dead family members and friends. Not so, these are only demons, for when you rebuke them in the Lord's name they flee. When our souls got to be with God, they remain with God. The Lord Jesus never said our dead family members were going to be retuning to haunt our homes, to offer advice or walk the by-ways. They cannot stand up against the Lord's power through us. But we have to have faith, otherwise its like the demon in the Bible who spoke of knowing who Christ is, but not recognizing anything about that so-called believer's heart who called out the name of the Lord for protection. It ended badly for that one- no true faith behind the statement. Faith is a mighty weapon. For me, I wasn't a believer until I was 27-years old and only a few short months later I and my wife went into spiritual and physical battle with a witches coven and the demonic forces that had ruled over the City of Skagway and its greed, which the town had been built on since the Gold Rush of 1898.
Was I frightened...as a new believer I sure and my wife, who was like a varsity player, supported me through with advice and prayer. We also had a lot of prayer support from family members and friends from all over. Even today after walking with the Lord over 30 years, I never take my faith for granted- I must renew it through prayer. Getting rusty can prove really painful when you slip and fall on the rocks.
My first couple weeks in Skagway there was no place to live and Mona stayed back in the Lower 48 until I could find somewhere to hang out hats. So, I slept in the jail. Now understand, I was a city police officer which undergoes a lengthy interview process, background, usually a polygraph and drug testing and then an oral interview before 3-5 people. I was hired over the phone at a town I had not even applied for.
Now the town had one ancient cell, escape proof unless you had a front-end loader-the walls were solid granite and the steel door's lock could not be reached by the prisoner. Of course, I kept the door unlocked so I could get to the phone and make it to breakfast in the morning. But in this particular cell, with a ceiling 12 feet above the floor, at least 12 ( we had records for this many) men had somehow committed suicide. Pleasant room by anyone standards and this was not Mayberry's guest jail cell.
When asleep I experienced the most heinous dreams I've ever had experienced, far worse than my PTSD nightmares I still suffered. Well, I still get those, but rarely. After the third night I called Mona up at nearly 2 a.m. and asked for help. She was staying with my Dad and 2nd Mother-Bea, who was a mighty prayer warrior. She was very responsible for my finding my way to the Lord, along with my self-proclaimed atheist father. He was out to prove the Bible was a farce and half-way through got saved. Between Mona and Bea, they completely understood what I was fighting- a spiritual battle. Here I was a brand new Christian and I was here to stay, and the enemy was made mighty uncomfortable and Mona hadn't even arrived. We would have a lot of wrestling matches in the years ahead.
Well. they told me to pray over the office, lay my hands on the walls and rebuke Satan's presence. So, that's what I did. Since I was sleeping there, I had domain rights and this gave me the edge. I read about this issue later in numerous spiritual warfare books and heard it through a lot of sermons. This is why we have full authority to kick the enemy from our homes and you might have to do it every night if you have people living there bring crap into the house. Finally, the enemy is going to stop cross your line and he'll wait down the street for ever he owns to come walking by. Now this part may make you feel I'm a little nuts and I've grown used to it, I was nuts for God. Turn of last century, 1900-10, people understood spiritual warfare because the churches were teaching on it. Seldom now, unless in the nondenominational churches or a fired up denomination. But I could hear screams as I painted the walls of the cell and the office with my prayers. The dreams stopped. When the Chief came in for work that very next morning he commented on how clean the office looked and thanked me. I hadn't touched a thing.
Now I've written about the spiritual wars and our battle with the coven, that had existed since Skagway was founded- mostly ignored because of the prominent people involved in it, in one of my manuscripts entitled "Stronghold". I am hoping my publisher will come to like it this winter and maybe we'll get it out on the shelves next summer. The town's characters are fictional names, but I used 90% of my actual cases in this story with my role and my wife's under fictional names.
But I wanted to add one other thing and its about our town's grizzly bear mount. We had it up in the town's museum, up above the police station. This critter was an attractive mount taken long ago and donated to the city. The bear was standing up and on its base it stood well over 7 feet high. Thing had claws 3-4 inches long. But when I was given a glimpse of the museum by the police chief after being hired, ( it was closed for the winter and I was hired in January), I noticed this massive chain wrapped around the base of the bear's mount and bolted into the wall. The links were 3 inches in length and I guess that chain weighed well over 100 lbs. I had asked him what gives with the chain and he explained that later at night or very early morning, the bear liked to take a walk and the people at work in the office below could hear it moving around. Apparently one such emergency jailer guard, who was looking over a felon, got so rattled he abandoned the felon and made a dash for the ferry terminal. arriving in time to catch the southbound ferry. When the chief arrived in the morning he found the Felon in tears and screaming he wanted out of there.
Sure enough, I heard the bear my 3rd or 4th night, but I didn't have a key for the Museum door. Only an bothersome alarm that would go off until we could turn it off at the station. I even checked the emergency back door that first time, which was buried under 5-6 feet of snow on the upstairs landing and there was 5 feet at least on the ground below- with no foot prints. You see it wasn't the mount moving around, it sounded like a large bear up above me walking on two legs. I got used to the foot stomping and learned to ignore it. But for a week or so I had un-holstered my revolver and put it on the desk beside me as I worked and then when I went to bed, I kept it handy. Police work always involved a lot of paperwork. But, during summer months when I checked on the open museum, I noticed the mount had stretched to the length of it's chain to the right or left. Sometimes I'd look at it in the eye and was happy it stayed upstairs. My imagination could go a bit wild at times.
Now our church, the one we found closest to our beliefs, didn't go in to spiritual warfare. In fact none of the churches in town did back then. There had once been a mental asylum in town that had been torn down to the very last brick and nothing built in its place. But our old arrest records showed that for every normal misdemeanor arrest, the town had like 10 mental cases. Now part of this could be due to the economy, the gold rush was long over and the town was too small to off jobs outside the railroad and tourism. But still, that is a lot of mental breakdowns. If put into print, I believe you'll find Stronghold an exciting read. I will tell you, for me it was like a spiritual special forces boot camp. But yes, sometimes I was frightened, but I always fell back on prayer and my faith. It of course helped having a courageous and knowing wife. In one of my biggest cases there, she helped me take down and identify half of the coven because of her knowledge of the dark side. Truie, she had walked it and was then saved by the Blood of the Lamb. Now she was helping an amazing number of perople over the years, with the Lord's direction. Shortly afterward, we were offered a better job in Seward, again hired over the phone and we left Skagway. Now I have done some research on this and I've found it seldom for a police officer to be hired over the phone, but in my case it occurred twice and those numbers are not heard of. So, I know the Lord was involved. As to why, and what I and my wife was able to accomplish, I must leave to the Father and his overall plans.
In Closing, one day I came upon 3 "professional women" who had set up their business north of town and right at the edge of where the mental asylum was. They'd been spooked from the night before by all the voices they had heard during the night. They had no problem relocated into Canada when I told them they had no city work permit to practice their trade here. I even got a smile from the head lady and they were gone within 10-minutes. Of course some of the local boys were vere unhappy with me, including some of the married ones I had wrote down their licenses numbers for in the event any arrests were needed of the ladies. I threw the license numbers away, but admittedly I was surprised at some of the men I saw visiting this place of business.
I walked through the asylum ground once more and for the first time, I had found old evidence of a fire. We had nothing in the police files concerning the destruction and what or if anything had been done to the staff or patients. It was a void for us.
Another very early morning, but in time I was rewarded with a most glorious dawn. Yup, no stinkin' rain clouds, those black and gray sponge monsters of the sky went and done vanished during the late night. Probably over China by now, handling their serious pollution problem. When it rains over there, it transforms the vile pollution into a mud-like substance and they have these "volunteers" out there in anti-radioactive suits, scooping the grime up and hauling it out of the cities in Biological Waste barrels. Same later to be used at a later date for some nefarious purpose, like anti-Japanese deep water fishing detergent.
I'm not really...really here to judge other people, but have any of you ever walked the docks of an international fishing industry, or international cruise line. If so, you'd recall how ugly the waters were and the kind of debris floating about that would soon enough sink to the bottom for our halibut and cod to feast upon. Our Alaska Marine Highway did its fare share with those massive engines and the pollution it pumped out. In Dillingham we'd have international fishing trade come in and in Seward we had the Polish fishing fleet docking, this made for a lot of asylum seekers- more on that some other day. But the docks were filthy with oil, guts, blood and unidentified liquids pouring down into the waters. All kinds of waste products, even those from the sickly sailors, went overboard. This never made me happy.
In Skagway I was presented with the rare opportunity to visit the true underworld of the famous cruise liners. This first happened when I was involved in a foot pursuit of a bicycle thief. They'd steel them from some yard, ride them back to their ship and toss them off the dock. This left some kid without a $120 bike and a parent demanding action. We once sent a diver down and he spotted a dozen or so bikes, but rust damage made them nearly useless. Some of them were nearly sunk in the silt and the suction was too much for our little winch. But I went way down below the tourist decks chasing this Oriental young man, who was probably afraid I was going to shoot him. But I'd also picked up a couple ship's officers along the way who apparently did not want me down there. Then I could see why. I'd stumbled into the cruise-line's poverty row. Oh, the stench of cook fires-unprotected ones with woks a-going and rice a-cooking, of laundry being done by hand because they apparently couldn't use the ship's washer and dryer for personal clothing ( ship washed their uniforms). Here lived the maids, porters, cooks, helpers and whatever from a dozen different third world country and because the ships were under international flags they did not have to comply to American laws...(except the gambling regulations that had the slot machines locked up until outside the 3-mile or was it 12-mile limit? they were not under American minimum wage laws. I found out most of them were paid less or just above $1 an hour. While the white, black and people from other primary countries -like India or Japan, lived up above on an upper employee deck, had much more privileges and would eat in the employees dining area. The had much better employee contracts and these were the people most of the passengers noticed. The invisible crew members who got the ship to work, went there way and no one noticed them unless they tripped over them and most often it was the crew member's fault.
It was a foul place to live and yes, I caught my thief. But instead of arresting him and taking the chance he would miss his ship, knowing the cruise ship would disown him once I removed him, I simply gave him a good tongue lashing and sent him back to his family. I followed the ship's mate up above to the deck, I do not recall what ship-speak is, but the deck tied to the dock for walking on and off via a heavy ramp. He tried to give me a dressing down about going below deck without notifying the deck officer, but I was angry. I recalled seeing such poverty and stink in Vietnam. My wife had lived in such ugliness when we first met. She was French Vietnamese. Another story, but I was widowed on the last day of the war, for the curious.
I demanded to see the ship's captain and after a 10-minute wait, which was understandable on a busy ship and I had a chance to chat with passengers about how they enjoyed their visit to Skagway. Most of them did, others found the prices a bit high and one or two others asked to why there wasn't a mall to visit like they had in Seattle. I couldn't answer them and just smiled for all 900 summer residents who would probably be wondering why these few people would think our small town, maintaining its historical look to 1890 gold rush, would want a mall.
When these ships come in I try to meet them and I come to realize a lot of some of these people have forgotten their history. I am often asked why the American flag is being waved over a Canadian town, or why did I have an American flag on my police uniform. Still, some expected me to be wearing a Mounted Police Uniform and I explained. But my best questions were the ones who came from a few right off the ships and stood on the dock to admire our sheer faced mountains that dropped straight down into the Lynn Canal. "Officer, what's the elevation here?" I'd walk to the dock edge, look down and say, "About 18-feet right now, be a little less with high tide finishing up." Then they'd look at me for a moment and then bust out with a smile. Those were the ones who caught on, while a few walked off shaking their heads.
Back to the ship- When the Captain did arrive I was no longer mad and I asked the deck officer to join me at the Captain's side. I asked him to advise his deck officer that while tied up to the city dock, this boat was under city, state and federal law. Based on this and me being in hot pursuit, words used to cover my butt in such a chase, I need not have a warrant to enter the boat and I was not about to lose the man while I waited around for a deck officer. The Captain
glared at his deck officer and then apologized to me. The next day, hours before leaving our Police Chief was invited aboard for dinner. Years later, I would experience such an experience of having dinner with the captain, when Mona and I were invited aboard. I was Public Safety Director for City of Whittier. We also took a brief tour of the boat, but I so much wanted to show my wife the bottom decks, but didn't. This ship had Iranian registration and was part of a Denmark line. The captain, he was middle eastern, but as to where I would be lost. Now I became pretty good at Southeast Asian countries and some of the Cambodians could confuse you by their red hair. Made me believe they had a tie in with the Irish or Scots. Beautiful boat above Stench-ville, still the meal was a good $200 one on the menu. They never gave us an ounce of trouble, except we often dealt with their dead bodies. Too many elderly people taking the tour and not finishing it. The line would be responsible for the spouse and they did do a good job in this area. Now, today, the Princess line is going into Whittier, which has increased the amount of funds coming in.
Seems like I always worked in a port town as a civilian cop; Dillingham, Skagway, Seward and Whittier. As a Senior State Investigator, I was back into the Interior-Fairbanks with an area of responsibility the size of Texas. This felt strange. I came on board as an Investigator III and after finishing a very difficult investigation, I was honored with the title of Senior Investigator and it was placed on my business cards, my badge and whatever else I signed. I felt extremely honored by it. I mostly worked alone, unless a certain Alcohol-Beverage- Control officer worked with me or I worked with him. The Fairbanks P.D. appreciated us as they were undermanned and we often backed them up. At one call we were called Batman and Robin- so we spent the rest of the evening deciding who was who. I won't mention him by name, but I miss his friendship and that of his wife. He was one of the bravest men I had ever worked with, the most honest and every once in awhile could pull a serious practical joke. I still owe him for a couple of those.
NEW BRIEFS FOR TODAY: 15 newspapers from around the world I read every morning and write out items I find of interest. Please, read your own papers to find supporting news, do not take my stories to heart, as I could be false, mislead and leaning a certain direction. I am a Christian non-partisan conservative. Enough said.
During a massive climate change demonstration in New York City, protestors carried signs advocating Socialism, while militants were on hand wearing t-shirts displaying foul language against the police officers and fire fighters. Just over 13 years ago, the crowds lined the streets and were applauding and saluting the police and fire fighters of New York and visiting departments who helped fight the 9-11 tragedy. 3 years ago, on the 10-year anniversary, people were still honoring the police and fire fighters of New York City. But then came Ferguson and everybody- black or white, all knew what happened. During the climate change demonstration, where booths were set up, a Socialist newspaper called "The Militant" was on hand to sell newspapers. Occupy Wall Street was also selling T-shirts. People by the hundreds were shouting for justice for the Ferguson shooting. One t-shirt read"Capitalism is Destroying the Planet...We Need Revolution-Nothing-less." ( Now I agree a lot of changes have to be made to keep our government working and our country to remain standing as a true democracy for the freeworld to see. At one point in my life I thought revolution might be the right move to make. I am still hoping Alaska to secede from the U.S.A. if our country fails to right itself and clean up its act. The two parties in office are forcing too many taxes and laws on the people. States need to have control more often, not the feds and this was one of the reasons the Civil War was fought. But seriously, we, America, have lost our integrity as a country. The world no longer wishes to follow us, except if we can promise them more arms and food. But right now, a revolution is wrong, because during such an act, where massive mistrust would destroy our Department of Defense and our military isn't sure who is supporting them or selling them out, our enemy or enemies will be moving in on us. We would be in a weakened state. The British saw this after our Revolution and they came back for the War of 1812. Washington was burned by the British troops, but then they were surprised and we still speak American.)
India has it own Mars Orbiter and today it has entered an orbit around the Planet of Mars. (Going to start getting crowded up there and property values will begin going up. First McDonald's probably already planned and a Mars Big Mac.)
A Billion Private Eyes: ( Read this carefully and check it out in your own papers- see if they even reported on it- hopefully they did.) "Human Flesh Search Engine", an Internet Phenomenon in China. Armed with mobile phones and their computers, net users across China can track down personal information of any person- simply out of pure curiosity, or in the name of Justice- "Cyber Vigilantes". At 632 million users, China has the largest internet population. ( Okay, yes, this makes me somewhat nervous, especially for the systems military usage and how it might work over our country from a Chinese satellite, overhead. How many of the games being offered over the internet could be coming through Chinese or Russian satellites and how much info are they gathering from our personal computers? With such a device, transformed to a handheld size, a platoon commander near the front line could be shown his next week's worth of battle plans and possibly even up to regimental movements over the same time period. We will have to develop anti-devices to block theirs and so on.)
Sierra Leone lock-down has ended, which results will soon be posted. But docotrs and healthcare workers reported finding scores of dead bodies- first guess to be 70 dead, and 150 new infected cases of Ebola. But experts are still concerned with people living out the the towns and villages. Now they have to deal with Ebola infected animals, including zoo animals that were abandoned and now infected. Most of them will have to be destroyed but they're unaware how many have escape and monkeys are the worst carriers of the Ebola virus.
Meeting between China and India foreign ministers was canceled. One of the RUMORED reasons going around was due to the People Liberation Army Troops seen coming across the Indian Border with China and into Indian Territory.
Egypt has decided to send 105 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, to include their leader, to criminal court for the charges of inciting violence and killings last year.
Islamic State Has now issued a call worldwide to all Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in U.S.- led anti-Jihadist Coalition by any available means. (Possible, what terrorist in Canada, U.S. and Mexico in the way of an order to begin. Americans need to be vigilant, but not crazy. Not all Middle East people are terrorists and our current Islamic State is made up of all colors. We don't want these terrorists to make us afraid- only watchful for the dangerous militants.)
I just had to go outside, our hounds were scraping with something we couldn't see. One of them came back wounded, with a pretty good sized bite. But whatever it was it's gone now and I've treated our Nessy- Miniature Poodle with loud bark and guards me while in the house. Now back to the news.
Iraqi Government rejects the presence of foreign U.S. Led- Coalition "ground forces" in their country to fight the Islamic State. ( We do not want to put our grand troops in there and they now don't want us, why don't we pack up all our toys and go home. This adventure is doing serious harm to the U.S. taxpayer.)
Republican Party fears Secretary of State Kerry is going to give Iran "Nuke Concessions" in their Islamic State bargaining, while at the same time Iran is reportedly using the Islamic State issue to gain nuke concessions. ( In the end it will probably come out the Islamic State troops were Iranian Army, because they've been pretty quiet in all this. )
Islamic State has captured 60-villages in Syria over recent days, 39- of the villages last Friday. This has sent 200,000 Syrian refugees into Turkey mostly, but some have gone to Jordan, also into Israel. Now news has come in that Turkey has closed its borders to Syria and was forced to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse refugees on the Syrian side.
WHO announces death toll to rise in West Africa, hitting 2,803. Bodies are being found lying about outside closed clinics, their beds all full and no more rooms for patients. People now becoming infected from the dead and spreading the Ebola due to lack of medical help and treatment centers. Outside one church, a pastor has installed a large contained filled with bleach water- teaching his flock to be responsible and to clean thoroughly. He demonstrated a medical style washing and they now do this for coming in and for leaving. A lot of hugging and laying on of hands has increased with the people knowing of the bleach wash outside.
Center for Disease Control's Dr. Mark Pallansch, a Virologist , Director of CDC's Prevention-Division of Viral Diseases, reports Enterovirus EV-D68, which has now hit 16-states with confirmed cases and sent hundreds of Asthma patients, infected now with the edition of D68, to the hospital, could be "Just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases."
Kremlin once again denies Putin ever discussed cutting Russia off from Internet. ( I suspect Putin's drinking buddies are now undergoing a thorough and intense interrogation- the type with the bare feet are a top a very hot wood stove. For the former Commander of the KGB, this man is possible of anything and everything. So much for the Thursday night poker game.)
Oddly enough, France is going ahead with training of Russian sailors on the French Mistral Warships, despite threats to nix the sale to Russia and promises France made, in how they would stop the sale of the warships to Russia. (After Indochina, France has been of a double-mind. They allow us to have our thousands of American Graves remain on their shores from the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. But our military forces left France long ago, when our bases were kicked out.)
German-operated cruise liner has traveled to the Crimean Port of Yalta in apparent defiance of the Ukraine Government, which has prohibited ships from calling at the Black Sea Peninsula.
45% of Russians believe a shadowy group control the world's governments, an overarching entity who pulls all the strings. Based on a state poll in Russia and reported in the Moscow Times.
Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into gaining a federal law passed to prohibit or ban passengers on all-terrain vehicles (ATV). They may also seek a requirement for ATVs to be redesigned so no additional passengers can ride on them.
Recent Pew Research Poll shows that 72% of the public thinks religion is losing influence in American life. ( I wonder where they took the Poll?)
Ukraine and Pro-Russian Rebels/militants is a cease fire in name only, according to USAF General Breedlove, NATO top general. Violence levels in Ukraine are as high as before the ceasefire. ( But where are the other reporters and their stories of this
Earthquakes for today above 4.0
9 earthquakes today above 4.0 and nothing above a 5.7 at Viso Koi Island. Chile had another 5.1, New Zealand a 5.4, Japan came up with a 4.7, Tonga a 5,0 and Russia claimed a 4.4.
A new study prepared for Home Builders concludes that 414,000 home sales will not happen this year because of the high level of student loan debts. These home sales amount to 8% of all home sales and enough to dent the housing home sales will not happen this year because of high level of student-loan debt. These house sales amount to 8% of all home sales by $83 million billion a year. An estimated 5,9 million households play this tune for an estimated $1.1 trillion dollars. ( With such a high student loan debt, it will have an effect on all of the U.S. budget areas. Control over this loan debt needs to be done in a similar way as bankers handle their loans. Transfer locally situated student loans to the a bank in the area of the student, taking the loan for a closer control between banker and loan owner. Bank can work to help the person, or if need be, foreclose and resell home faster than what the feds are doing now. )
Pentagon announces a delay in US- Led Coalition attacks until more Arab governments contribute to the operation. ( We stopped the war for lack of cooperation. This is definitely not World War II. Maybe we can make a comedy movie about President Obama's War and the battle he couldn't start. Please make your own movie titles. Maybe the Arabs just united to embarrass President Obama and now they're back counting their oil profits. Think about it, Syria is getting rid of their riff-raft - meaning Christians and Kurds. There's been little attention on Iran, Jordan, Qatar or Saudi Arabia, while these masked demons of the IS carry out mayhem. I still believe its possible these masked fighters, who behave as if they have had military training, are a Secret Division of of Iran or mixed Iran and Russian troops. But it's only my guess and right now Obama should be wiping the pie of his face. Both him and Putin are suffering real problems with their civil attraction points. Godzilla did better in his new movie, when he killed the bugs for Japan and left.
With all the radioactive waste pouring into the pacific, I'm halfway expecting a menacing 200 foot shrimp or the halibut from Hell.
Clouds moving in again, but it has been a great day. We have two extra families here right now as they joined together to make canned food for the supply pantry. Nice smells, but I am staying up here. Too many noisy kids.
Blessing to all of you. May the Lord watch over you all. BILL
The clouds overhead are an ominous darkening color of gray and heavily laden with water, but for the moment the ground is drying. Puddles abound, in between what the hounds leave behind for us. We had light rain this morning, and sprinkles while I worked outside, but then the clouds began to break up and I had high hopes of a clear and rosy day for tomorrow. But, a new front has moved in and almost no winds to blow it out.
When winter hits, the snow builds up, you dig trails for the dog and for us to use to get about the property. Once it gets deep enough, the hounds can no longer jump out and they leave their reminders behind smack in the middle of the foot path. Yet, when spring comes and the snow melts you will find hundreds of little reminders. You'll even discover the moose piles. They leave behind piules of nearly perfect nuggets. Some of our more bored Alaskans go out and pick these up, bake them and turn them into ash trays, cup pr pencil holders, even jewelry for a joke. They get painted gold and I hope are told what these nuggets truly are. You''ll find them at fairs and garage sales, even martini sticks in bars. One thing Alaskan are is inventive. We have houses built with tires, bails of hay and even glass bottles. We even had one gentleman build a home in Fairbanks that copies the Seattle Space Needle, but about one-third the size. I'm not sure how high it sticks up there all by itself, but it sure won't have any bear problem.
Now when it comes to log splitters, Alaskan have figured out how to use just about any engine they can beg, borrow or ....borrow for a bit longer than the owner might have loaned it for. Motorcycle engines, boat engines, D6 Diesel engines...now those can overpower the guy on the splitter if he isn't watching. A couple people have used human power on bicycles, but it might've been easier to have simply used a maul.
I was a city boy in the Los Angeles area, born and bred and my heat came from this little pipe than ran along the bottom of the wall. I could adjust the heat with the wall mounted thermostat and in the summer we had air conditioning- eventually. Until then we had open windows. Our first TV was a 15 inch black and white and WOW, it was first rate to own one. Color arrived in our house 4 years later and it was this 19 inch job. No games back then. But I loved TV and all the western serials. later, as I grew up, the military service sent me over to Southeast Asia and I gained an important education on what poverty was all about. I'm thankful for that part of the education.... Americans have no idea what true life and death poverty is like...it is ugly.
Now back to wood cutting. I married this Oregonian lady who grew up in a family of Mom & Pop, plus 9 kids. Pop was gone and I sure wish I had gotten to meet him as he must have been quite the man. The family often lived in logging camps and they knew all about logging wood and of course burning it for heat and cooking their meals over. They were also jokers, especially if they liked you. This is why I let them live, I grew mighty fond of them, too. Actually, I grew closer to them than my own siblings.
One morning we went on this one going-after-firewood-journies, an epic adventure to test one's stoutness and ability to handle severe pain, a clever jest and sheer exhaustion that made football practice seem like a game of dodge ball. You'd also come home literally covered in wood chips, spiders and maybe a threatening squirrel you'd just taken his home from. Now at this time of year with all the leaves now on the ground I didn't know the difference between a standing dead tree and a live naked one. OR which tree we wanted. I learned we wanted dead ones and a year old or older was best, but before rot had set in. My job was to split the rounds into stove size chunks, which were coming in at around 3-4 feet across and 1-2 feet high. There were some big evergreens on the hillside my family was up there dropping and I'd estimated 4 trees would easily fill up our 4 trucks. I forgot all about them taking the branches off and us needing only the center part of the tree. Seemed like a waste to me at first, now I understand. I used the limbs to help build campfires, burn trash and let the kids roast marshmallows.
I wanted to impress the new family, show off a bit and I took this 8 lb maul, which I had never used such an animal before, prepared myself the way I was shown. Strange thing I never noticed the saws had all stopped nor that I had like 7 or more sets of eyes staring at me from the upper treeline. There went my old Combat Antennae I gained overseas, it was not working at all. So I sucked in a breath of air, glared at that round of wood below me that was...I think back it was probably 2...maybe 3 feet tall, and released all my air, as I swung the mighty maul with all my strength- Casey at the Bat- right down into the center of that round. Splattering sap went everywhere.
For any of you woodcutters, you already know what happened to me, especially when I tell you my new family of brothers had sent me down a perfectly live green piece, full of sap. They had dropped a big one to let it die and then come back for it next year. Too many trees were growing too close together and it created problems for the trees.
Back to my showing off. The maul bounced off the green wood, sent a small quake-like vibration up through the handle and tossed me backward a foot or so to lose balance and my feet. I lost the maul and I landed on my behind, arms and legs up in the air. Then I heard received the applause of my relatives and several he-haw shouts. Sure, I was really angry, embarrassed, but then I broke out laughing. It was a great joke when I realized what they had done to me.
Maybe along the way I shall share with you some of the pranks police tend to pull...but only now and then and when we can get away with it.
Today's News Brief's: Quiet Sunday.
Archaeologists in Eastern Poland claim to have discovered new evidence related to the Nazi Regime evil: the Holocaust. This September, they say they have found, hidden underneath an asphalt roadway at a former Nazi concentration camp on the outskirts of the Village of Sobibor, gas chambers- intentionally hidden by the Nazis, following the Jewish Camp Uprising on October 14, 1943. The gas chambers were quite large and Jewish artifacts, such as gold rings hidden away from the German's, was found inside the gas chambers. A reported 250,000 Jewish prisoners were killed at the Sobibor Extermination Camp in heinous ways. Germans went so far as to raise large groups of geese to cover up the screams made by the prisoners being tortured or killed. Then in October 14, 1943, an uprising occurred and a massive escape transpired. This ended up closing the camp and hundreds of Nazi troops were needed to locate the escaped Jews. Sadly, all but 50 prisoners were founded and murdered. But 50 people survived to tel the story of the horrors of Sobibor.
Sierra Leone- the country is struggling through the final day of the 3-day lock down. Some people were seen running away from their homes, clashing with Healthcare Workers, who are trying to bury the dead. One burial team came under attack, while trying to bury 5 Ebola victims and police had to be brought it. The bodies we just dropped in the road, which made them a ticking time bomb as this is when the Ebola is in its most virulent stage. Later, with police on scene, the Ebola infected bodies were buried. It is still unknown what the numbers are for how many case of infected and how many dead were discovered by the 30,000 healthcare Workers. For a lot of the citizens, they were frightened the volunteers were there to kill them and the soap being handed out was poison.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously condemns the swell of antisemitism in Europe. ( Nazism is returning and an all too frightening speed).
China reports their health care research department has produced a portable Ebola testing kit.
China's Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission has met with visiting Indonesian Defense Minister.
One of China's naval fleets has sailed into the Persian Gulf, a first for China, and has docked at the Iranian Port of Bandar Abbas. Both Iran and China prepare to conduct joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf. ( This will sure put our fleet on high alert, with so many aircraft flying around.)
China's Coast Guard continues patrol of the highly disputed Islands of Diaoyu in the South China Sea. China considers these islands inside their territorial waters, but Japan has made the same assumption and the two countries have nearly come to the brike of war over these small unoccupied specks in the oceans. The matter actually concerning drilling rights for oil, natural gas and precious gems off the island's coastline.
New Chinese Anti-Terror guidelines have come out, which say authorities will punish people who are verbally abusive to the government, or the leadership, or such offenders will be assaulted , considered to be "heretics" or "Religious Traitors". (This will become a sure fire way to arrest, detain and assault Christians all over China. A new law to hopefully force the Christians to leave or take the consequences. The time of the open Christian church may be over and China may be going back to the secret underground church.
Nigeria authorities report some of the Boko Haram Terrorists have surrendered their firearms voluntarily following the relentless onslaught by federal troops.
Jordan arrested 11 Islamic State terrorists who had entered the country from Syria.
U.S. make a request of Algiers to provide a list of all the Algerians who have and are joining the Islamic State.
In a Guinean Village in West Africa, questions linger as to how 8 Ebola aid workers and journalists were brutally murdered and their bodies thrown into a sewer ditch- known there as a latrine. Healthcare workers are sometimes attacked when home occupants feel the workers are there to killed them, but nothing so bad as what happened in this Guinean Village.
A couple weeks back I wrote about a story from Fox News concerning a judge deciding a Ten Commandments monument on the front of the Oklahoma Capitol Building was in violation of church and state and must be removed. But now that decided has been reversed and the monument may stay. The monument is 6 feet tall, ornate in style and was erected in 2012. State Republican Republican Mike Ritze and his family had used personal funds amounting to $10,000 to for the statue. But the main reason behind the reversal came from a judge deciding how the monument serves a secular- not a religious- purpose. It shows how our laws come from history and that makes the monument historical- IT STAYS!
In Moscow, thousands of peace activists marched through the capital streets to protest their government's role in fueling the Ukraine Conflict.
Today's listing of earthquakes over 4.0 shaking our world number 15. A lot more under the 4.0 mark. Indonesia area had 3 quakes at 4.3-4.7 range. Iceland is busy, but so are the volcanoes. Chile had 2, Fiji had 2 and Japan had a 5.2. New Zealand also had two in 5.2 and 5.3. There were no quakes today above 5.3. Indonesia remains active also for last few days.
Ebola outbreak is reportedly now seeing black market dealings for "Blood Serum".
Gays, Muslim or not, will face canings with 100 lashes in Indonesia, if proposed Sharia by-law passes. ( Not too many people survive a caning of that extent.)
Non-profit group in Denver CO is out on the streets handing out free marijuana to hundreds of military veterans. ( I know things have changed a lot, but in my day, I would not accept anything handed to me by the peace activists who smoked pot and want to give it to vets. Most of the time they were spitting at us, throwing cups of urine at us or fake blood. Real friendly people. But as I say, times have changed. But now with Ferguson, Los Angeles and New York, we are back at the time when cops have become "Pig" and even worse. Post 9-11 is forgotten, I hope it doesn't change for our troops. I'm still affected by my homecoming, I do not wish that on any soldiers, marines, airmen or sailors.
It is later now, quiet and I believe I am the only one awake. Even the hounds are asleep, unless they hear me open the frig. They never get fed from it, but th
I am sitting here looking out my bedroom window, hoping and maybe a little praying, the rain clouds are actually breaking up and we may have some clear days ahead. From over my desk, a trophy from the nearby dump station, I look to the north and behold, one of the larger mountains in the valley awaits the coming of first snow. But yes, we are a family of scroungers and Alaska is filled with us. Resource Reutlization Specialists, I think we should have some t-shirts made. An old friend of mine in the Fairbanks region was a champion in this art and he had built his entire 3-room cabin out of scrounged materials. It became so popular up in Fairbanks, the borough ( like a county) poured cement slabs at each dump station and erected a metal roof over it. Here, people were to drop off items they though people might be interested in- TVs, appliances, music pieces and speakers, boxes of dishes and boxes of books. You would never know what you might find. People would come in with their truck bed full of trash and leave with another load of scrounged items. They'd be working on a their explanation to the wife as to why all these things were needed.
Recently we hit our local dump station a couple miles south of Moose Pass and our friends could not believe how well we scored. We found collector firearms and knives, we came across a coin collection valued from its company at $320.00 brand new and these looked in mint condition. Boxes and boxes of old hard back books ( I should mention Mona and I are book collectors and I believe our library is over 1,000. But we are trying to thing it down now). I do not remember everything we pulled out, but it was one of the better hauls we had ever made.
What also amazed me was how much food and clothes were thrown away. There were so many thrift stores who could take the clothes and sell them to raise funds, or taking the clothes directly to the rescue homes and letting the workers hand the clothing articles out. Now the food, if it was open it had to be trashed, but if it was still sealed, then why not hand it out the same way as the clothes. There is simply too many hungry people out there. Sadly, for too many people, you do not notice them and just think of them as drunks, passed out from booze and you don't bother to check on them. But this person, female or male, is passed out from hunger or from the cold and he are freezing to death and because you didn't bother, they died.
Our world is losing so much of its compassion for our fellow man. Even the Pope is now preaching for an understanding between all of us, to take care of one another, no matter what God we serve. I believe in the one true God, the Holy Trinity, but I also feel its important to come together in unity, as mankind, loving one another and only then is the hate gone and we can then open our hearts to feel rightful Creator and Holy One. But so much hate, so much war in our hearts, how can we offer up love to anyone.
My blog, so I wanted to once again advertise my published book, "A Coming Storm". I a few days I'll type out the synopsis for the book again. I believe the hard copy is still $17.99 and the Kindle copy is in the $5 area. You'll find it on Amazon under my name. Before writing the book and naming it, I never knew how many people wrote books that had "storm" in the title. So, its under William Casselman. Please if you like the story or hated it, seen in your remarks to the publisher, he e-mail address is in the book.
Now I am awaiting work from the publisher on Apache Snow on when we might get this on on the shelves. He's busy and the final edited copy came in late. Now if you are the type that likes my writing and wants to see the Vietnam War book, send an e-mail to my publisher letting him know you'll purchase a copy.
Oh, I wanted to tell you all, and this will be mentioned twenty-five or more times in the next 100 or so blogs, all of the author's profits I make from this book- Apache Snow, will go to the Moose Pass Community Church. This is a promise I made 15-years ago...maybe it was 16 years, that if Apache Snow was published than God would receive all my profits. I simply wanted all of you to know that the money will be used for the Lord's ministry.
On 9/17/14 U.S. and Canadian Military aircraft, including (2) USAF F-22's and (2) Canadian F-18s were involved in "scrambling" for two separate sorties to intercept Russian military aircraft off Alaska's and Canada's coastline. Russian aircraft intercepted by the USAF consisted of (2) IL-78 Refueling Tankers, (2) MiG-31s Fighters and (2) Bear Long Range bombers. They came within 55-nautical miles of Alaska. Canadian fighters intercepted (2) other Bear Long Range bombers 40 nautical miles from Canadian Coastline. In past 5 years, NORAD has intercepted the Russians more than 50-times, approaching North America airspace. Fighters scramble to remind them they've come too far and to clear out.
Oneida High School, Oneida City, Tenn. : Public prayer was banned, which prevented anyone from using the school public address system for the traditional time of prayer before kick-off. But following complaints from atheists and civil rights leaders about school property was being used for these prayer, it was banned. But then the school allowed a moment of silence. But it seems the school cheer leading squad got tired of this and one Asia Canada (interesting name), felt the traditional prayer, which was possibly 80-years old, was not going to stop. Asia faced the stands of her school and began reciting the Lord's Prayer very loudly. Within a short time, others were joining in until up to thousands of people from both stands were involved in this. Without being urged on by school personnel and having the right of free speech, the cheer leaders were not in violation of any law. This was a private person's stance against the enemy and it may be catching fire throughout the Bible belt. ( I've written you about making your stand for your faith, this was one example. Time to be counted.)
Beijing holds air defense drills in the event the capitol city comes under air attack.
In August, over 6,500 Communist Party Officials were punished in China for breaches of their anti-Extravagance Rules for the one-month period. Violations included using public funds for buy gifts for themselves/family or other parties, holding banquets and using taxpayers funds, pay for holidays(which I'm not sure what this involves as it did not give details), living too well at taxpayer expense. Investigators use a "8-point " set of rules to judge public workers/officials under suspicion.
China plans to open a new route via the Himalayan Nath La Pass to allow Indian pilgrims an easier passage for traveling or making their pilgrimage to Tibet. (??)
U.N. has new Mission Medical Teams being set up in Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to fight Ebola. United Nations Security Council has also declared the deadly outbreak of Ebola as a threat of world peace.
Sierra Leone begins its 3-day country-wide shutdown in hopes to contain Ebola. The health officials desire to find those people who or ill or the bodies that have not been earlier found and constitute a possible time bomb. Those who are fund infected will be transported to treatment centers. 30,000 volunteers will go door to door to check on occupant, hand out pamphlets about Ebola, along with bars of soap. Police, Soldiers, volunteers and healthcare workers the only one to be out of their homes.
Last United Nation statistics on the Ebola Outbreak as of 9/19th shows 5,335 reported confirmed cases of Ebola with 2,622 of them who have died.
President Putin seeking ways to cut Russia from the Internet. (This would eliminate all private cameras from being used to send photos and on going actions of the Russian military and human rights violations. Also give him control over outside phone line bringing back Cold War USSR).
Kremlin dismisses President Putin's threat of invading neighboring countries, saying it was all a hoax.
Russia to start draft Chechen men into the Russian Army. ( will not go over very well and could leader right back into a return of heaving fighting between Chechnya and Russia. Only a couple years ago they were killing each other.
According to a recent NBC /News Poll, despite the outrage surrounding the NFL's response to Domestic Violence and the number of star athletes involved in such high profile cases, 90% of viewers are still locked in one the games for game day. It appears now how its the public who has shrugged it off.
Illegal alien school-aged Hispanic minors will soon be costing the American taxpayer a whole lot of money Washington has failed to mention. 533 kids from Mexico, illegally here and now in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana will soon add $4.6 million in property taxes for property owners for this year. (Now this may be a grand gesture by the Obama Administration in an attempt to gained the Hispanic vote for the democratic party, but its going to be all the parties who have to pay the school taxes to educate all these kids. President Obama and the wealthy politicians needn't worry, but us homeowners living payday to payday, any extra tax is going to begin taking food off the table for our own children. This needed more thought and a vote by the House of Congress or a U.S. vote, note an Executive order by one man who is showing a lousy record so far.)
Israel Intelligence says Syria still maintaining combat ready chemical weapons. ( Are we surprised.)
The world withstood 13 earthquakes today in the 4.0 range or higher than 5.5. Mayon Mountain Volcano has erupted in the Philippines causing thousands to be evacuated and turn toward prayer.
North Korea says U.S. Prisoner Mathew Miller of California, who attempted to swim into North Korea and was seized by their soldiers, tried in court and sentenced to 6 years, has stated he wanted to be the "Second Snowden". He wanted to provide U.S. Intelligence to North Korea, but he didn't have any to show. They believe, as with others, Miller was entering North Korea to go to prison and file a report on their Human Rights violations. Unfortunately, now North Korea suspects this and it is unknown what they plan to do with Miller now. Send him to prison for those 6 years, have him disappear or shove across the border to make points with the United Nations.
Well, I'm getting tired. I put a double ?? on the Himalayan Pass story. It makes little sense why China would volunteer to help a Hindu State to make their pilgrimage easier. Not unless that pass is a route through that range that ends in the Indian Ocean or close to it. True, China has a lot of money, but they are either communist or Buddhist. Still with my End of Days military mind I smell something..
Traffic today on the Seward Highway is...nearly non-existent in this weather(imagine I am trying to imitate a traffic helicopter flying overhead), and it appears we may have another dead battery up in the Holloway Homestead. Well, Permanent Dividend Funds this year will be $1,882 a person, so maybe we can afford a battery...I mean they can afford. Now back to traffic, there's a major road block up ahead for a cow moose who isn't quite sure which way she wants to go. They get confused when the foul weather hits and morning fog, mixed with rain, messes with their built in GPS. Now tourists, they either lean on their horns, like they would do with old people back home, but here can technically be considered a violation of harassment of the wildlife. A good sized bear is liable to tear the front end of your car off to find that noisy thing under the hood, while a moose will give you that "look". You'll know it when you get it, and that gives you about 30-seconds to skedaddle before your car gets sat on. Or is that "set" on. Always confused by my sits, sets and sat. Once of the reasons I use an editor for my books.
In the summer we also have those camera bugs who just have to get that one or two special photographs from only a few feet away or up the moose snout. I even had to shoot a critter once- on duty of course, I'm a lousy hunter off duty, who had lost its patience with a group of Lower 48 Minolta camera bugs and some of these people just left their brains back in their RVs to get that close to a wild critter that weighs over 1200 lbs. Now our friendly looking moose have been known to stomp wolves to save themselves and their calves, but they have also killed all too many men and womenfolk for no other reason than they blocked its pathway. Now if it happens to be a full grown bull, you can take a large 18-hand horse and increase his strength by 1/2. If its during the rut, double that. Oh, for you Lower 48 people- sorry you have to live down there, but the rut is when the bull moose is looking for a sweetie...more than one and he's somewhat insane until satisfied. But usually you will only find them in the back country. But here on the peninsula, you will still find them crossing the roads and riverbeds, with a dozen or so hunters giving chase on foot, horseback and riding one of those mini-4x4s.
Unfortunately I've had to put down 3 moose and 2 bears on duty and I have never enjoyed it. But I had no choice at the time. That one time I had nearly 10,000 king salmon at my feet- a crashed air transport, but an over energetic volunteer firefighter foamed the whole mess and none of them were eatable. Heart braking to see so many fish wasted. Oh, in my career, between Security Police/Military Dog Handler and civilian police work, I have seen my share of waste in roadkill. Alaska has a great roadkill policy and I've used it myself as part of a crew for our church. But the best crew I ever witnessed was a crew out of a Seward charity. See, if a large animal road kill occurs- by auto or train- especially moose or bear- the next charity listed at the top of the list is called. If they can come out, they do or the next one on the list comes. If you claim a roadkill, you then go to the bottom of the list. This crew was called out for a moose. 3 men showed up with a flatbed trailer, on it a working hoist system and the trailer tilted. Not only that, they had a small chain saw, which used vegetable oil so the meat would not be contaminated. They cut that moose up in less than 30-minutes. I was really impressed.
My group got the call on a cow moose that died in a collision with a locomotive. Our adventure with the moose is a lengthy story and for another time.
Now for you people of the lower 48, the people of Alaska-citizens only from 1 years old to your last day, receive the Alaska Permanent Fund. This is a once a year hand out in early October and the amount differs every year. This year the amount is $1,882 and change per person. It really comes in handy to pay bills, get ready for winter or visit our 50th State- Hawaii for a week or so. We also use it to buy Christmas presents, school clothes, used cars and did I mention-pay bills. Many a collection company loves me at this time.
A few years ago the Governor topped the fund with an extra $1,200 per person and this meant we all received $3,200 and yes, we were overjoyed, ecstatic and more of the collection companies came searching for Alaskans throughout the state. We are a poor people, in a poor land, yes you should avoid Alaska and stay down there.
Part 5 Legend of Blue Eyes see I told you I'd finish.
Ken Justice stayed in the hospital for a week under psychological observation and sent on leave. Of course everything that had to do with that night was seized, including his firearm and his truck. But the truck came back a couple days later. I was guess here now, yet I had to figure they might have scanned the truck, the firearm and Ken's uniform for radiation. A new firearm was issued to him, along with a new police shield. Like before we were brought in and brief about secrecy and how this event was NOT to be talked about among us, at the NCO or Airman's Club, or at home with our wives. We were also warned of how the OSI would be keeping tabs on us and unless we wanted to be stationed at Adak, Alaska, we had better keep our noses clean.
Well, that was the last incident official incident for over a month. But, our South Base Patrol # 6 reported some strange sightings of a pine-cone shaped thing moving across the horizon on a clear night and at a rapid speed. A few of the South Base buildings were broken into, but these reports were filed under normal burglary reports and the entry damage was minimal. I'd been confined to the desk for over a month and one night after I has assigned all the patrols, the Flight Chief came in and tossed me a set of truck keys. I had to promise not to get stuck and especially, not to find anything that would generate an incident report. "Just go get lost and enjoy yourself, but be back by relief time."
TSgt Harrel knew I'd head for the desert, leaving the other patrols to handle the base problems. But I'd be available for back-up as a second All-Base Patrol # 11. So, off I went with a full tank of gas and a canteen of water. This was still the 4p.m. to midnight shift or im military jargon- 1600-2400 hours. I was actually down on South Base hoping to catch the poacher I'd heard about who was coming on-base to kill coyotes illegally. The moon was at its highest and the desert floor was lit up to presents thousands of dark shadows. But a moving truck like the poacher was bound to have would be real easy to pick-up on the horizon. After an hour had passed and no no luck, I pulled into the South Base Oasis, where the small lake was and climbed out of my truck to stretch my legs. I had my belt radio on if any calls came through. Soon, I ended up under one of those wall-less pavilions with a roof to block out the rain. But desert rain comes in sideways and everyone still gets soaked until they reached their vehicle.
I had my recently bought 5D cell metal flashlight, which often or not substituted for a heavy nightstick. I'd later change over to a newer flashlight with increased brightness and range, but I was back to needing my regular nightstick. In time I'd switchover and train with the PR-24 nightstick, which was a very effective defensive tool for a police officer to carry. It save my life in Dillingham and I still have it.
Thinking I'd heard a sound of something moving fast through the desert brush to the south, I perked up, expecting to see a pack of coyotes and found I was observing that pine-cone shaped thing my other patrolman had reported seeing on numerous time. I was in conflict, to run and follow it or head for my truck. I decided to chase it on foot. Probably not the smartest decision, I know. I wondered if my presence had kept it away from the lake, since there was almost no other watering holes on the flat lands.
As I watched the shape, it was quickly pulling away from me, and yes, I was really excited, and a wee bit stupid having forgotten what happened to Ken Justice. Based on my own size of 6'7" at the time ( shrunk since then), I believe the thing or whatever was about maybe 10-12 feet, wide bottomed and later, I thought he reminded me of a much larger version of Cousin "It" in the original Addams Family. But I couldn't see the large silver-dollar shaped blue eyes, which seemed to have captivating properties. Then I noticed it was making a wide turn back to the Oasis, apparently thirsty and I was pooped. This critter or whatever was capable of running a two-minute mile and three times I had lost my footing to fall face first into the sand. Thankfully there were no snakes, spiders or scorpions. Maybe they noticed my drawn .38 revolver and had cleared out.
Right then I received a radio call, but I was nearly out of wind. Seems the Flight Chief hadn't heard from me for so long he was worried and now I was needed for a fight up at the NCO Club. That's all it took. The radio calls sent my moving Christmas tree straight off into the deep desert and I never saw it again. As far as I know that was the last sighting of Blue Eyes. The burglaries on South Base stopped, except for one incident I'll tell you some other time, which had nothing to do with Blue Eyes.
Still, years later I came across an internet story about the Blue-Eyed Monster of Edwards Air Force Base. Police vehicles were wrecks, officers hurt...totally bogus and as far a s I know this clown wasn't even stationed there when I was.
We blamed North Base on a lot of experiments, including operating on the three aliens who had died in the crash at Roswell, Texas. When you're stationed there long enough, you begin to see some really strange things and some of them could be classified under Acts of God. We even had a tornado over the desert, but it never touched down. I had experienced 3 tornadoes in Missouri, one REAL close-up and I know what one looks like as it forms. We have 10-12 inches of snow one morning on Edwards and we blamed North Base for that, too.
As far as the OSI and the Office of Naval Intelligence, they do keep an eye on you. I had one meeting and two phone calls to let me know I was being observed. But all that ended when I became an Alaskan city police officer. As far as Navy Intelligence- that is again another story.
Air Force enlisted and Officer personnel will no longer use the four words, "So Help Me God", in their oath of enlistment. All to respect the rights of a few atheists who could've simply omitted it. ( God Help Us All- four other words that maybe should be added for removing God from any oath. Slowly, we as a country, thanks to the moves of the Obama Administration and his grand choice of judges, are turning our back on our creator and we as a nation will pay for it.)
Arkansas State University reverses itself on the order for the football players to remove the crosses on the back of their helmets. Two law firms have advised the University of how the students/players were using their individual rights of free speech in the first place. Crosses back in play.
China backs India's bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ( But, where is the SCO going?) China will also begin importing more India goods to balance trade. India further announced it would not allow Tibetans to hold any anti-China activities in India.
59-member Chinese Laboratory Team go to Sierra Leone for the Ebola Outbreak. 30-doctors, 29-lab techs with the mobile lab will begin right away.
China's top naval pilot "slams" U.S. claims that Chinese military pilots were being unprofessional, while intercepting U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea.
First China-ASEAN Cyberspace Forum opened in Nanning, China.
China has announced it will develop (2) industrial parks in India. They also agree on new railway sector. ( This possibly could- speculation here- eventually run into the Russian/China Roadway system now being built along side the Natural Gas Pipeline. This roadway is to allow access for inspectors in the event of loss of pressure along the line. Once the hard packed dirt work is done, while one side of the pipeline could remain a roadway, the other side could easily become a hard packed surface to handle tracks and rail. The Chinese have shown to be a resourceful and extremely patient people. Sheer speculation at this point, but we should keep a close eye on it as the like is built.)
100 Chinese fighters involved in military air combat drills in Northwest China.
Russia and the African Union now vow to strengthen their partnership.
Washington announces that with Senate approval it will now arm and train Syrian Rebels in the fight against the Islamic State. (Oh, Yes- we are doing it again- allowing history to repeat itself for the 4th and maybe the 5th time for America. We arm and train the people we will eventually fight. )
President Putin says the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West violate the World Trade Organization (WTO) basic principles.
Islamic State's demonstration killings' plot foiled in Australia. In its largest-ever counterterrorism raids, authorities detained 15 people and foiled an allged plot by Islamic State Jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", including beheading a random member of the public.
North Korea has written a 53,558 word report on its Human Rights Record. ( This must be a humor piece)
Rare Respiratory Disease known as D68, has jumped from 12 to 18 states. Normally non-dangerous to 10-15 million people, it is extremely dangerous for people already suffering from asthma.
A United Nations report shows how 22-million people have been displaced by natural disasters in 2013.
Cuba is sending a well-trained medical team to Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola outbreak. 165-people, which consists of 100-nurses, 50 doctors, 3 epidemiologists, 3 intensive care specialists, 3 infection control specialists nurses and 5 social mobilization officers. All overseen by the well known Dr. Jorge Bustillo.
Uganda is also sending a medical tean, but numbers and training is unknown at this time.
Russia is now demanding more changes to European Union-Ukraine Trade Deal. Russia to also begin giving away free bikes as Moscow celebrates Days Without Cars, as sanctions tighten the fuel imports.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint-session of U.S. congress and sought advanced weaponry to fend off what he called an ongoing invasion of Russian forces.
President Obama signed a new Executive order today to create a Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. This is to be chaired by Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Homeland Security. President Obama also appointed 11 other agencies and councils to assist them. I did take notice that the Center for Disease Control was not one of them, but in Section 5 he does mention the CDC under stewardship. ( Does anyone remember the Dustin Hoffman movie- "Outbreak". You should watch this, again. )
(Oddly enough I did not see the mention of Ebola under biological weapons, but a fear of some type of biological weapon being used by another country and this Executive Order makes it appear our country is nervous about it.) This Executive Order was supported by a FACT SHEET issued today from the White House: You should review this as it is a lengthy paper, both of them are. But why as an Executive Order? This could have gone right through congress.
China has arrested it own Ambassador to Iceland, Ambassador Ma Jiseng-57 years old and a career politician. He and his wife were recalled to Beijing some 8 months ago and nothing had been heard concerning him. China then released only that Ma was arrested as a spy for Japan. He had been recruited by Japan during 2004-2008. No other information available.
Earthquakes for 9/18 over 4.0: 4.5 quake hit on 9/18 Southeast of Ishinomaki, Japan; 5.0 102 km Northwest of Iceland; 5.1 65 km West -North -West Costa Rica; 4.5 138 km East of Miyako, Japan; 4.6 55km West of Indonesia; 4.8 33 km West of Shikotan, Russia and 5.4 204 km north-north-east of Volstok, Russia.
A U.S. study shows that 12% of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marine service men and the women assigned, are "obese" - which is an increase of 61% over the last 12-years.
German Newspaper- "Suddeutsche Zeitung" reports Ukrainian President Poroshenko told the European Commission that President Putin of Russia had made the threat, in a "private conversation", he planned to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic States. (kind of a silly thing to say before a prospective enemy, but Putin seems to be of the type who like to brag. Still, he might be getting weary of having so much of the lost USSR surrounding him.)
I am working alone up in my bedroom now, where it is quiet. Only the dogs to stare ar me and a persistent cat hoping for food. Seems my wife is now home from a trip to Seward. Time for me to get back to work on my book.
God Bless, -BILL
Back online again, with the the old motors running and juices a cranking through the arteries. Yes, there are times I feel I am actually plugged into this Frankenstein thing, but at least it corrects my spelling and compiles my manuscripts. Now I'm searching for one that can bake.
Once I begin my manuscript, I do not stop to follow an outline or rarely my notes. I let it flow and allow for the big logs to break through the brain dams until I finish the last page of the Epilogue. As I waited last night for John Alex to get me set up online, I began "Jake's War", with my Dedication page, Author's Notes; providing a setting and some brief history I believe a reader shall need. Who knows it might also hand out an ounce of historical knowledge to those who haven't read a thing about the State of Arizona and its beginnings.
When I was 9 years old, my Dad left my Mom and I in California, and he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to begin a new future. Now my Mom and Dad had a great relationship, they loved each other, but couldn't stand living together. They were both too much alike, with similar temperaments and the old man was a self-proclaimed atheist and the rest of the family were Mormons at that time. I was born and raised up in it for 27-years. Now my siblings and I never saw our parents fight, much less argue, but apparently they needed a state border between themselves. I was sent down every summer for two weeks and that length of time grew as I got older and could take care of myself. This was how I learned about Arizona. My Dad and I would load up into one of his vehicles and head out into the Arizona desert and explore the land. We visited old forts turned into museums, abandoned gold mines and walked many of the trails used by the Apache and Navajo. You'll find some of my personal wanderings in Blake's War- actual spots I saw in one of a hundred or more excursions I made with my father. Later, my father married a most wonderful and loving woman- Bea, who became my second mother. I never much liked the word "step-mother". I gained a new brother- my best friend and three new sisters. My trips to Arizona became more exciting than ever, with a lot more practical jokes, too. I used to love to chase my little sisters around with live crawdads in my hands. Later, we'd boil these mini-lobsters and chomp on 'em.
Back to writing- I then began with Chapter One and it was like playing on my first drum set. Now I might have said it was similar to building one's first car or motorcycle, but I've already explained to you my lack of mechanical skill. But, I could play drums in my early years. Though after I was injured in 1986, DRAT that accursed day (only for that reason, as my beautiful baby daughter Micah Sue was also born that same day), I gradually switched from a drum set to playing stand-up congas. These are not bongos, as I often point out to non-musicians. Congas are the tall drums and my set is a three piece set. I also have hand percussion pieces, standing chimes and a hand crash cymbal. Properly set up with 4-5 microphones, I can really make a racket. I've been playing on church worship teams for quite awhile now, except until recently when I've had to take some time off. I am 61 years old now and the rest of the worship team is currently all under 20. Play that funky music...
This is only the first draft, which I will write the entire manuscript before I go back to edit and re-edit. The first couple editions will probably be too long and too many words, which bothers the publisher as the book costs more. A Coming Storm was 560-pages and well-over 260,000 words. I never knew I was capable of such a lengthy story, especially after cutting off over 900 pages from the first couple of editions. But that is the life of a writer. What he sees in his head is not always what the publisher sees. The problem lies in converting the picture in his head to paper in the fewest of words without losing the reader. I keep three books at my side while writing: Webster's New Thesaurus, Webster's 2-book Dictionary and my Bible. For this book, I brought out the Sander's Family 70-year old Holy Bible for accurate scriptures used even as far back as 1860's. There is a lot of American history in the Sanders Family and one day I'd like to write about it. As to my side, well...from what I have learned we came over from Germany- my mom's side and my dad's, but my old man's side was with the Hessian force, mercenaries hired to fight with the British against the colonies. When the British lost the war, that side of the family fled to Eastern Canada and stayed there for some time. But when my Great-Grandfather was murdered on a train for some unknown reason, a part of the family left Canada and moved to Wisconsin.
Now my Dad, he led an exciting life. He and his three sisters were put into an orphanage so they could be fed, and his father had left Wisconsin to move to California to find work. He was a real old fashioned blacksmith. Some things happened I see no need to go into and my father ran away at 8 yrs old and hitchhiked to Texas, where he though his dad was. He got picked up by Texas State Police and returned to the Orphanage. A year later a very determined 9 year old ran away from the state house and rode the trains to California and here he found his Dad. They stayed together until my Dad entered the U.S. Army at 17, with his Dad's permission. He went to Japan and was in one of the first armor units called up to go to Korea when that war kicked off. Now can you imagine s ending a 9 year old to travel alone cross country on freight cars in 1943-44.
Let's go to the news briefs:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advised a U.S. Senate Hearing yesterday of how the Ebola Virus could be weaponized. But it would have to be done by a state-run program, to have the funding needed to be safe enough to protect the workers and the host country from an outbreak.
Iraqi diplomat has warned the Pope of how he is at risk of assassination by the Islamic State, while visiting Albania.
Islamist Terrorists in Pakistan seized control of a Pakistani Navy vessel, a frigate and planned to attack US navy vessels nearby. But a raid by Pakistan Army troops seized control of the ship before that could happen. Still, it did demonstrate how strong Islamist Terrorists are becoming in the area. It also raised questions about nuclear-armed Pakistan's ability to guard and protect its installations.
President Obama announced the Ebola epidemic is "spiraling out of control". He further stated in an address to the Senate of how he will be sending 3,000 military personnel to West Africa as medical and logistical support for the overwhelmed local health care system fighting the Ebola outbreak. The force will plan to train 500-health care workers a week; erect 17 new health care facilities; set up joint command headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia; provide home health care kits to hundreds of thousands to West African households, including 50,000 to soon be delivered to Liberia this week; train local populations how to handle exposed patients.
The Marine imprisoned in Mexico has been released and is back in the U.S. after all the political pressure brought to bare. But nothing is being done and all is but forgotten for the American church pastor was lies sick and possibly dying in Iran's worst prison. Here he is tortured daily to deny his Lord and accept Islam, most likely to be then beheaded before he can change his mind, as this is the case over Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim countries outside the Free World. The US Government offered a few kind words for him months ago and then ignored him. Does this not demonstrate once more what President Obama feel for Christians. The pastor's family remain in the U.S. praying and pleading, but it appears no one in the Administration is listening. We traded 5 high ranking Muslim insurgents for one Marine who may or may not be a traitor...what's a church pastor worth, Mr. President? Now if the Pastor has been silently released and I have not read anything about it, I do apologize for this. If Not, Mr. Obama I do look forward to your last days in the White House and I hope you enjoy writing your book. Each page has blood on it.
Egypt Cabinet forms up two committees to enhance ties with China and Russia.
General Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on 9/16/14, that U.S. ground troops could be called upon to do battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, if circumstances require the need. But later, an unhappy President Obama came out on the 17th to say "No!". He has no plans to use grounds troops. But ground troops are already there and what happens when they become endangered and risk being overrun. Then what?
U.S. plans to target Jihadist "safe havens" in Syria. ( But won't this violate United Nations Rules of Engagement. The Security Council of the U.N. has not authorized said attacks and with China and Russia on the council it is doubtful they ever will, since it only take one vote to shoot down a desired sanction or law. (If we were to violate the U.N., this means technically we'd be in conflict with NATO and Russia, as well as China. This does not sound very smart, but I am only a book writer in Moose Pass, Alaska.)
U.S. has growing concerns about hundreds of westerners fighting with the Islamic State, including a dozen or so Americans. They see this as a growing security concern as more and more college students are signing petitions of alliance with the Islamic State. ( But who is spreading these petitions- the Islamic State propaganda machine through local Muslim militants, OR the Central Intelligence Agency gathering names for possible TRAITORS. Similar operations were done post World War Two in a search for Communists/Socialists and during Vietnam. Some of the Canada runners headed north for that reason. Before that, they ran to Cuba or even Russia.
Canada announces further sanctions and travel bans against Russia over the Ukraine Crisis; additional asset freeze and travel bans of 4 very high ranking Russian generals; economic sanction against 5 Russian manufacturers and 1 financial institution.
A 5.6 earthquake hit near Ibaraki, Japan on 9/16. No tsunami alert and only minor damage/minor injuries occurred.
Russia and Egypt plan $3.5 Billion arms deal as Egypt buys arms and planes from Russia.
A 7.1 earthquake, later reduced to a 6.7 in magnitude struck the waters north of the Island of Guam today. Little damage was done and no tsunami activity reported.
Jewish and Civil Rights groups are reporting that federal taxpayer funds are continuing to flow into numerous U.S. colleges and universities that use these funds on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and anti-American viewpoints. ( This is similar to what our universities did in the 1960's through 1990's, when they favorably taught numerous classes on pro-communism and pro-socialism.)
President Obama has reportedly announced he will decline to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new Memorial Honoring American Veterans who have been Disabled Fighting for their Country in Wars. ( That takes a lot of gall.)
Canada confirms 3 cases of Enterovirus D68, with fourth under examination. In the U.S., Center for Disease Control has confirmed 100 known cases in 12 states. While nearly all enterovirus are minor respiratory attacks, which hit 10 to 15 million people in the U.S. every year, this D68 seems to aim for those who suffer from Asthma and this makes D68 extremely dangerous. It is also hard to track, as hospital staff do not often test for a specific type of enterovirus. But, health officials have asked have asked doctors to send samples to CDC if they suspect D68 might be causing severe respitory illness in their patient.
United Nations announed it would need $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. World Health Organization, (WHO) has last reported 4,963 Ebola cases, of which 2,453 patient have died. But these are only known cases, being brought into treatment centers and health clinic or reported by military and civil authorities. WHO knows there could be twice to three times that number out in the secluded areas of West Africa, and the virus spreading further into remote villages, neighboring townships and possible cities.
I'm going to stop here now and do a new blog tonight with the last part of the Legend of Blue Eyes. But do not fret, I have many strange tales from my career at Edwards. Not to mention the very eerie tales of what occurred in Mona's and my 3-years with the Skagway Police Department. You wouldn't believe how many Americans thought Skagway was a part of Canada.
A very good morning to all on this very damp and breezy Monday. The household is awakening, computers being turned on with e-mails, games and TV-shows. I try to keep the big screen off, unless it is one of the senior adults of the family in need of a movie-fix, because it disturbs my own search of news sites I follow. But I hope to finish moving my computer upstairs today, along with my desk chair. This of course will now block all access to my side of the bed, but it will give me some quiet time to write America's next greatest novel. Nowadays, they do not even bother to list the last greatest novel. There is just too many writers out there with talent and sales figures doesn't show the true talent of the writer, simply his loyal fan base for what he or she writes about: zombies, vampires or the Old West, love interest, sex and magical boys, martial arts and wars, futuristic science fiction and little furry creatures who seem nice and then bite your heads off. Our reading ventures have changed much of the last few decades and much was effected by our wars and by our writers. So, now its the top ten best books- based only on sales. No one is around anymore to judge quality accept in the individual category. I would like to be mentioned some day in the Christian writer's categories...have I mentioned I was a writer?
My new book idea is for a western- my first attempt in this area, but as I've said the Old West is my favorite reading material and I have hundreds of such books in leather bound, hard back and paperback. My favorite author, besides Louie L'Amour, is a recently deceased author by the name of Elmore Kelton. Not only a gift western writer, Kelton also writes modern day stuff. Though I of course prefer his westerns and his stories about the Texas Rangers can really come alive. He has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Silver Spur Award- 7 times.
My story- "Blake's War" is based on a group of Arizona Rangers who have gone off to join the Army of Texas, under Confederate General Hood, during the Civil War. As confederate cavalry and their company led by their former Ranger Captain and now Lt. Blake, they enter into some of the bloodiest battles of the war. Eventually, the primary characters are captured in the ill-fated Battle for Nashville, where Blake and his surviving 14 troopers are transported to Elmira Yankee Prison Camp in New York. Here, confederate prisoners deal with severe cold, lack of food and medical attention, poor sanitary conditions and eventual escape through old tunnels dug over the last 3-years by former prisoners. While on their way south, they learn of the South's surrender and now they head Southwest for Arizona. But, by the time they make it home most of them find the carpetbaggers had bought up their lands from corrupt courts, their cattle sold off with the government keeping the money, and families living out of shabby wagons on open desert. Blake learns his wife had died of disease, his son was killed by a drunk Yankee corporal trying to rape his younger sister and the 8-year old daughter sold to Mexicans for $5 before she was transported across the border. Thinking his daughter was dead and with his 1400 acres sold-off, his family gone and the herd he had watched grow to over 400 head sold off or butchered to feed Yankee troops, Blake gets all fired up and kills the leader of the local carpetbaggers group, who represents a couple of wealthy families in Boston. A lot of East Coast families are now hoping to buy up Southeast Arizona to build massive ranches and raise thousands of cattle to feed the starving east coast- at a profit of course. He's on the run now from the U.S. Cavalry and U.S. Marshals, a Wanted Dead or Alive warrant out on his head, but before long he's joined up by his former Rangers and they once more they begin wage war. But not on the people of Arizona, for them they become the Robin Hood and his Merry Men- saving them from Apache Raids and Mexican Bandits, seizing overburdening taxes and returning them to those that need them, while the U.S. Cavalry stays close to the richer ranches and newly installed Indian Reservations, and the U.S. Marshals remain glued to their communities.
This is Blake's War...I'm not sure yet how I want it to end, yet. but as soon as I get my computer move today, I will begin working on the first chapter. I'm excited!
Did I mention more rain here today- soon it will turn into that white stuff. But I am hoping it will wait awhile as my wood supply is still in short supply. I need a good week of sunlight to get what's in my yard all cut up and into the shed, but that's only about 1/10 of what I need for the winter. Oh, I've got lots of trees, but I do not cut down green growth and all the dead growth I've already burned up over the last 14-years. Fun times ahead. Have to go up to the sawmill an scrounge up a lot of slab wood. These are 12-16 foot lengths of thin-cut outer bark with good wood on them that is cut away from the new lumber as it goes through the milling process. We cut it up into burnable size pieces and pile it into the shed. Need a couple of dry-days though for that chore. Some of the boys are upset young Darci gets out out of these chores because she's still in high school- senior year. but they easily forget they too once got out of these chores for the same reason and when it comes to dish washing, I feel like were fighting another war in the house. Only good thing about it- I don't have to wash the dishes. I'm looked upon as the old man, but the real reason is how the house's sink area was built too low. Back when they thought all women were 5'3" and men never did the dishes. Oh, we so hoped it would've stayed that way but somewhere along the line they began to wear pants and looked might good in them, too. Every time I get on my high horse and joke about anti-women's lib stuff, my wife gets out the saw and cuts the legs out from under my high-horse. She was raised by loggers. Enough said.
The Obama Administration's recent decision to enlist the Department of Defense in responding to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa is raising concerns- this task would pull the already stretched thin military away from its missions; Afghanistan and Iraq, and vital counterterrorism operations. Besides world-wide deployments of service members. A Department of Defense "source" said military leaders were being "cornered" by the White House. $100 million had already been sent to West Africa for the Ebola Crisis and President Obama is asking for an immediate addition of $88 million, with additional funds to be requested soon to staunch the Ebola Virus.
Iran suspicious of US-led Coalition. Accused US os seeking to violate the sovereignty of countries under pretext of fighting terrorism.
Russia says NATO expansion to Russian borders by pulling neighboring countries into NATO is not acceptable. Russia also says it will strike back at US sanctions, while still leaving the door open for dialogue.
India has now formally applied for full membership into the Shanghi Cooperation Organization, (SCO)-to which China and Russia are also members of.
As the Ebola Crisis in Liberia continues to grow, sick people, even those showing the symptoms of Ebola are being turned away from treatment centers due to overcrowding and left to fare for themselves. WHO advises how the health workers in Liberia cannot keep up with the the Ebola Outbreak. Some health-care workers are advising patients displaying early symptoms of Ebola to return in 3-days, which could be causing the virus to spread. People are dying out in the street and in allies, or homes and being handled by unprotected health care workers, which is the most dangerous dangerous transfer of the Ebola. The blood seeping from the dead or viral fluids, is the most deadly. Doctors Without Borders have a new clinic outside Monrovia, Liberia which can hold 160-beds and have 25 more beds being brought in on 9-15. But doctors on scene say they need 1,200 beds and a corresponding staff increase in staff to cope with the virus. Unlike prior Ebola outbreaks, this is the largest by far, but is seeing recoveries and this offers some hope. But the patients must reach treatment to survive and so many do not. The fear of a mutated airborne Ebola continues to cause fear, but it has not occurred-yet.
U.S. Department of Defense says North Korea is attempting to develop the ability to fire its missiles from their submarines. ( Not good).
Democratic State Representative Roderick, was recently convicted of 8 felony offenses including perjury and voter fraud. His sentence was.....(drum roll here) all of 90-days. (He was a Black Man, but that shouldn't have mattered in any direction, but he was a politician and I guess this allowed him to practically walk free. 90-days means he'll be out in 60-days from a minimum to medium custody prison. I've seen so many harsher sentences for a single misdemeanor. But 8-felonies from a college graduate, who really should have known better and he hurt the public who voted him into office. He broke his TRUST. This is worse than a thief stealing a car, or a shoplifter grabbing a stereo to sell for his next fix. But he gets a couple of months away to write his first book. What does this say to our kids? This is simply another example of corruption in the court system- it's not what color you are, what sex you are, or how rich you are...it's all three and toss a politician on top. ( When my older brother- next older, was killed by a drunk driver in the down south I was asked if I was flying down for the trial and sentencing. I declined. This was the man 10th's DWI, his license was revoked 4 separate times and suspended twice in the same area of the state. He was driving his friend's uninsured car that he allegedly had stolen after leaving a bar. The bar was not held responsible for the death of my brother, the subject was barely hurt and of course had no liability since he was now driving a stolen car- this was his 3rd stolen car while drunk. As to why his license kept being returned after so many suspensions and then revocations- he was the member of a local influential Old South family. No, I did not want to know what would happen to him, because if he walk out with a trophy in hand for taking out a former California biker-turned Christian...I might have received 20-terms of life. Now, I have type this out about my brother's death before, but some of you have not read it and this above article had some comparison, I thought. I really dislike it when a law is good for one and not the rest, this is not the way we should look at it now. Not since the Civil Rights battle and new laws put into play. We are one nation-under GOD!
Liberia's leader fired 10-senior government officials for refusing to return to West Africa and lead their countrymen in this battle against the Ebola Crisis.
Ukraine hosts U.S. -led military exercise as truce continues between Russia and the Ukraine. Still, the truce is shaky as fighting continues on in the Eastern part of the Ukraine between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian military. ( I sure hope our ground troops have live ammo in their weapons.)
In Russia's planned counter-sanction to ban car imports into Russia from Europe, 7,000 to 10,000 Russians could lose their jobs in Slovakia.
Malaysia reports 1 suspected case of Ebola. 24 year old Zimbabwean student displaying signs of the disease and now under observation. Everyone in hopes this is something else as they attempt to find out who else he may have come in contact with upon entering the country.
North Korea denounces South Korea and the United States for commemorating the Inchon Landing during the Korean War-1950 through 1953. This massive military operation was a turning point in the war.
New Russian Sanctions "squeeze" Western oil service companies out of Russia. But Russia's first oil rig will keep pumping despite the sanctions.
Russian ruble continues to fall, now worth only 38 rubles to an American dollar. ( This could very well lead into a depression and I doubt President Putin will allow for that to occur without taking military action- even conventional.)
Ukraine his begun building a massive wall along its border with Russia to protect itself from an influx of Russian soldiers and weaponry. They say that their former "neighbor" has become an "aggressor". ( Those sorts of walls take time and as we learned in the Cold War, was not the wisest thing to seen built. Next came the wire, then the mine fields. But who will be escaping to which side? The Wall helped turn the East Germans and Russian into the tyrant, what will it do for the Ukrainians? Armor, such as Russian tanks have, will blow through most walls and then there are bombs and missiles. The cost to build such walls on a people who have weathered this crisis could be too much and the people may flee to other European lands and leave a mostly deserted land. Only time shall tell.)
Last Part of "Legend of Blue Eyes" in next edition. I do so hope
We experienced a pretty good storm last night-wind, rain and a couple houses blowing around. I kept running around outside with my salmon net trying to catch that 1957 Corvette circling Moose Pass, but it finally disappeared over the mountains to go into some Storm Giant's muscle car collection. You can't tell me those clown have some real fine collections of...whatever tickles their fancy. Maybe flying broomsticks, a zoo of wild critters or all those hangers and socks that go missing and we blame on Cousin Bob for theft. Who knows, there might be a collect of Cousin Bob's. Someones has to clean up after all those critters.
It is still blowing a bit today-possibly in the 20-30 mph, but the storm is over. We often lose a few birch, cottonwood or spruce trees in a good blow, but in the past I've looked out my bedroom window to see the top 10-20 feet of a 70-80 foot spruce trees snap right off and going flying into the dark gray mass above us. The tree has nearly bent over sideways before the top went and it always amazed me how these spruce trees could do that and not just be pulled out by the roots. We have this massive spruce near our house and I often pray this beautiful tree, which sticks out all by itself, will survive another season of storms and not collapse on my home. If it happened at night and proceeded in a westward direction, I would probably never know what hit me as our bedroom would be the first thing to go. Or, maybe I'd end of in Oz, where my color vision wouldn't be considered a problem anymore. Though, with my size the munchkins might be a problem; Dorothy was only 5'4" and I am over 6'5". I used to stand 6'7", but my spinal damage has shortened several of the gaps. Much like a spruce trees and I've shrunk some. For those of you who never heard this- I was 6'4" when I finished high school and my tour in Vietnam frightened me so much I sprouted up another three inches in one year to 6'7". Unfortunately, whatever I picked up in my tours in Nam and Thailand, also put over 100 pound of life ring around my middle. No, I had not changed my diet and I was exercises, plus I put all that weight on in less than 6 months, which had troubled the doctors. It took me a very-very long time to get rid of that extra flab. Photographs helped me earn the gracious title of the "white whale". But only a few people got away with it. Okay, enough wandering down memory lane.
Let's jump to the News Brief's:
A second news report was sent out on individually owned or small scale gun-maker/sales operations having severe problems with their banks. Credit and debit cards were no longer being processed which prevented all on-line transactions and a good share of the in-store sales. They were having to find new banking firms who would work with them and in the process, these Americans were feeling they were being discriminated against by the banks, who were now openly refusing to loan funds to anyone connected to the firearm industry. While some of the gun-makers feels this has to do with the tragic deaths resulting from shooting incidents across the nation, or feel this is being brought on by the Obama Administration working with political-left bank owners to stop Americans from possessing firearms. "Operation Choke Hold" brought about by the federal agencies under the orders of the Obama Administration, has caused a lot of problems, but numerous gun-owners are still prospering with the creation of their own banks via pro-gun bank owners. (NOTE: A thing to remember here - the FEDERAL RESERVE is NOT a bank owned by the United States Government. No, the Reserve began and continues to be operated by the 5 richest families in the United States. They came together right after the creation of the USA and began issuing loans to the government in multiple Billions of dollars. These families also own a large part of the U.S. and many of the largest companies. They are bigger than the Koch Brothers, but remain quietly in the background under the title of the Federal Reserve. They can sway where the country is moving and if they ever call their loans in, the country's economy would be crush. Still, oddly enough the majority of US citizens still think the Federal Reserve is the US Bank. If you do not believe me, read up on its history and the five families involved. One is Rockefeller.
German Government announced it will not take part in the airstrikes proposed by the U.S. against the Islamic State.
Amnesty International appeals to the U.S. Government to immediately cease the transfer of US fuel shipments to Israel, for Israel's military. The organization is calling for a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the on-going Gaza Conflict, amidst mounting evidence of war crimes being committed by both sides in this on-again and off-again war.
France suspends sale of warships to Russia as President Putin fails to convince the French President of a change of heart, while he was in Paris concerning peace plan proposals for the Ukraine Crisis. France's own "change of heart" on the Mistral Warship deal shows new European attitudes towards Russia in the course of the Ukraine Crisis.
On the even of the NATO Summit, General Dynamics lands a $5.8 Billion dollar deal with Britain for the order of nearly 600 armored fighting machines for the U.K. Army. These will be "Scout Specialist Vehicles", and will be constructed in Wales. The new vehicle will resemble the U.S. Army own M3A2 Bradley, which is armed with a 25mm cannon and M60 machine guns.
U.S. has concerns over Russia's violations of current Nuclear treaty, "not assuaged". Putting meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss new nuclear plants to be built in Iran.
"Don't Tread on Me" with the coiled rattlesnake license plates are taking over in Virginia. More than 38,000 cars have them on in the Commonwealth and they continue to grow in popularity.
Australia raises their terrorism threat level to a newer high level of "severe".
Central Intelligence Agency has issued a new report on the numbers of Islamic State fighters. CIA says there are 2 to 3 more fighters than first thought, "Islamic State can must between 20,000 to 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. ( Stay with me for a moment and please, remember I was only an enlisted man. But even 31,500 combatant makes for a well-enforced DIVISION-strength force. Why cannot the Armies of Iraq and Syria, with the coalition's help even, deal with a force this size without involving the United States, Canada, Australia and England, and any EU forces assisting? Why are WE still needed if these are the TRUE numbers? Unless, as I hve mentioned in the past, we are being drawn in...into a web of deceit. Think, just how many of our troops have been shot in the back by our "allies" walking patrol- from Iraq to Afghanistan. Similar things even happened in Korean Conflict and Vietnam due to bad guys and goods guys being of the same race and impossible to tell apart. Now what would happen if this sort of thing happened on a large scale. A pre-arranged signal could be given and a world of hurt suddenly brought down on our thousands of troops by multiple-millions of Muslims out to destroy the long hated "Devil". For you younger ones, remember the Star Wars movie where the Emperor sent out the signal to the clones to turn on the Jedi and all but for a few, wiped the Jedi Knights out. Our bases could be easily overrun because we share them with local troops-more than 90% Muslim. Lives would be lost and billions in war materials seized. Now I know nothing about the Muslim faith for those of those who have come to the United States. I do know there are many fenced in Muslim militant compounds under federal agency observation right here in the US, where gun fir is routinely heard from and its all private property. But for the Muslims in their own country, raised on hate for the American "Devil", I have read many detailed account of the Muslim blood oath taken to destroy us. They know our history and how we often become lax in our security. One reason, the United States hasn't been attacked since 1941 and then it was Hawaii and Alaska. We've never endured what the people of the Middle East have had to go through. Not since the Civil War have Americans in America probably slept with one eye open, unless it was in Old West Indian Country. So, where and when? Only a matter of time and with this new all-Muslim coalition aiding us, what better time to hit?)
New U.S. and E.U. sanction hit Russia's largest bank, a major Russian arms maker, and an arctic deep water and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies, to punish Moscow for the Ukraine Crisis. ( BUT, is President Obama not listening to his military and Intel advisers, who warn him of Putin's history as he of the old KGB. President Putin is a modern day Stalin, responsible for the death of over 20 million deaths and this doesn't count military deaths. He killed Jews and Gypsies and loved to execute political prisoners out of hand. Putin is loved by the average Russian citizen. What I am saying here is how this man will only be pushed so far before believe war is the better option, just as Japanese Warlords thought in 1938-40. You tighten the throat of a rattlesnake and it will spit its venom at you, so will Putin. Telling him he cannot do this or that and he sees his people being hurt, the same people who could rise up and forcibly remove him from his office as was done in 1917, he must react- even in a conventional way. Currently his military strength is capable of taking NATO, unless we result to a nuclear weapon. But once that first button is pushed, a seocnd and third...that's it! As to why Putin is holding off, you got me unless its has something to do with the deals made with China and now possibly the Muslim world. But keep watching or reading, world events are ever changing. )
Mount Slamet, a volcano, made its presence known with an eruption of some size on 9-12 in Indonesia. Ash was spewed up to 1 km into the skies; forcing the evacuation of more than 20,000 people who lived on the mountain's slope. ( Why do people live on the side of a dormant to active volcano?)
India has successfully test-fired its nuclear capable AGNI-1 Missile. This is a surface-to-surface weapon.
China is now proposing a China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor linking the three. (It is unknown what this will mean to the current sanctions in place on Russia.)
The Shanghi Cooperation Organization (SCO), established in 2001 and made up of Krygyzstan, Kazakh, China and Tajik, Russia and Uzbek, met today and voiced strong opinions on major hot spots around the world. This included Stria and the Ukraine. This smaller meeting of the SCO follow a larger meeting of nations held in Dushanbe. In a joint statement the SCO countries were adamant in any country's attempt to enhance its missile shield in an unbalanced manner would undermine global security and stability. "National security of one state should not be achieved to the detriment of the security of others." Though not mentioned by name , the declaration was seen as targeting the United States. India, Pakistan, Mongolia and Iran are seen as observer states to the SCO.
China and Cyprus vow to be stronger military allies. ( This would open additional harbors to China's growing navy in the Mediterranean Sea and much closer to Israel's shores.)
UN Envoy to Libya urges dialogue to end Libyan violence, requesting warring factions to cease fire.
France has agreed to support Iraqi Government and to begin air strikes against Islamic State militant positions in Iraq.
Syria's President al-Assad agrees to prioritize its campaign against terrorism, as urged by the United Nations, but still disagrees with the way the US is attempting to terrorist groups in Syria. (Assad wasn't so disagreeable when he was begging for our help when he was very nearly overthrown.)
Russian President Putin has ordered up a 9-day full combat readiness check in the Far East.
Documents unsealed on 9-11-14 show that the U.S. Government threatened YAHOO in 2008 to provide customer data to intelligence agencies. U.S. threatened fines of $250,000
a day YAHOO failed to comply. YAHOO also lost its argument in court and was forced to provide all the information requested and to keep same quiet. This incident paved the way for the U.S. Government Intelligence gathering PRISM system. YAHOO says it will soon be releasing the 1,500 pages of once classified document showing its lengthy tussle with the government. ( Is this where we get to say, " I have met the enemy and he is us.) (Interestingly enough, this article was first found in the Beijing China English speaking newspaper.)
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops along the the US/Mexican Border is "unpleasant" and "reprehensible". Texas Governor Perry has criticized border security and suggested last month that Islamic Terrorists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico. A charge Mexico dismissed as "Absurd". (Yet, thousands and thousands of illegal aliens continue to come across. Maybe they Mexican police man the border to ask them if they're terrorists and those they turn away...right!"
EBOLA scientists and disease experts are now fearing the chance, however still small, Ebola could mutate into an airborne virus spread through coughing and sneezing. Ebola is an RNA virus, meaning every time it copes itself- it mutates. But most mutates mean nothing, YET some could change into what the World Health Organization fears most- an airborne virus. Currently, with numbers increasing steadily every day and scientist realizing not all of the cases or deaths are being reported, the cases being reported show 4,786 infected with Ebola and 2,400 plus resulting in death. As the virus spreads, the likelihood of an airborne virus increases and WHO now reports Ebola is spreading at a faster rate. Scientists now predict more than 100,000 Ebola cases for the end of 2014. ( The number of estimated cases for the end of year carried in very few papers. United States planning on a "surge" of Federal Health Care Workers to be sent to West Africa. I sure hope they will provide adequate survivor gear or we could lose a good share of that "surge". Now, could this be the disease foretold of in the Book of Revelations? Only time will tell, as other disease pandemics have come and gone before this. Its when the news stops reporting on it that can make one nervous.)
Russia now threatens retaliation against "strange" western sanctions, as the Russian Ruble is battered about and is likely to sink further in value.- Moscow Times reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry wants Russia to help support the US led Coalition in the fight against the Islamic State. (Sure, we hit them with these economy crushing sanctions and then ask for their help...Kerry must be having flash back from his old Vietnam days.)
New Arab coalition providing "shaky support" , having been disillusioned with America's withdrawal of troops from Iraq, under President Obama.
President Obama in trouble with U.S. Senate Democrats with his plan to arm Syrian rebels. ( President Obama continues to feed into the growing rumor he is actually a Muslim plant. The whole wedding ring thing really hurt him and he no longer seems to care. but arming the rebels is like handing over firearms and advanced weaponry to the Islamic State. Early on, while fighting al-Assad, these Syrian rebels were the militants that now make up to Islamic State. Did President Obama forget this, apparently his trusted senators haven't. Hard to believe I am say something nice about some US Democrat Senators.)
U.S. Army to address the issue over lack of Black officers in main combat units. (Maybe then the Republican and Democratic parties can address why 93% of governors are White. Why the low figure of racial minorities in US and even Statewide political leadership. Our we whites still trying to keep them minorities back on the city streets, down on the farms and wandering the back allies, when there could be many great civic leaders out there. We preach equality, but where do we provide the evidence for the rest of the world to see. Nobel Prize winners could be sleeping in a cardboard box under some bridge; the man or women who could find the cure for cancer might be sweeping out an office building to provide for his family, because even with his college degree in chemistry this is the best job he could find. This isn't the 1950's or the 60's. This is 2014, when color should mean a history of a race and not how we live our future lives. We all began as one color and we still all bleed red. But we allow hate and fear to control us and as a result, we live in hate and fear. We live in a world of warfare, of disease and as parent and grandparents we wonder if it will survive for our children. We promised to make it better, to strive and improve on what our parents had accomplished...what happened. How many people have been hurt or even killed because a frightened or stressed out police officer may or may not have shot down an unarmed man, who may or may not have been surrendering. I wasn't there, thousands more were not there and from my experience as a police officer I know witnesses will always see different things. This is why we have courts and juries. In a hot bed case like this, with some many conflicting accounts and the news trying to blow up a statewide riots to sell news time and papers, our current day propaganda machine. This case should go to trial. But more importantly, the people...Americans, should wait and allow the jury to hear all the evidence and make their decision. Not destroy the fabric in which this company is made of because of hate and fear. Far too-too many soldiers and civilians of all races have died or shed blood to bring this land its continual freedom. It would be such a waste to lose it now.)
Part # 4 Legend of Blue Eyes:
Over my next couple of weekends off, I borrowed a friend's dirt-bike to explore the south-side of Edwards. During the first weekend, which for me was actually a weekday, I'd been out during a really hot day, checking out parts of the parts of the dry lake-bed I had not seen yet. The Bike was a 50cc Yamaha Enduro, so it was good for highway travel also. I had once owned a 125cc Yamaha Enduro and was fond of the power it could produce. This larger one was a terror on wheels and I knew I'd be shopping for a new bike really soon.
I'd been down on the lake bed, which always gave me the impression I was back in prehistoric times as everything just looked...dead, not counting the sky, the land had at best two colors- sand and hard packed sand, when a braked hard and threw the bike into a skid and nearly bending my left knees into an impossible position. There, on my left, sitting all by itself, was a NASA aircraft, hooked up to a portable generator. The canopy was open and the the generator was operating, but there just wasn't anyone around. This aircraft was orange in color, with NASA markings and it resembled a futuristic version of the X-15 rocket ship. Well, I continued to look around and rub my knee, but I knew better than to approach the plane. With NASA there could be snipers stationed all around waiting for some idiot to come by and decide to explore. Believe me, I so often thought I was on a showing of Twilight Zone at Edwards or the older One Step-Beyond. ( How many of you remember that one?)
I wanted to cover my backside and yelled out, "I'm Sgt. Casselman, 6510th Security Police Squadron and I am now leaving!" I then took off and built my speed up to 90 mph as a raced across the lake bed and called it a day. Later, I briefed my Flight Chief on the incident and he told me to forget it and he really meant it. Still, I always wondered if the noise of my motorcycle approaching sent the ground crew into hiding, or were they all back on main base having coffee. Over the years I've looked for photos of advanced NASA aircraft to see if I could find this one and never did. Closest I came was from the X-series General Chuck Yaeger had flown at Edwards for NASA. But mine was such prettier and much more advanced. Knowing what I know now about aircraft and the B-2 bomber, I would say it was a Stealth aircraft. But maybe it was simply a movie prop and I ended up on some NASA training film on how not to leave your aircraft sitting around for any dummy to find.
After that second weekend and a trip up to the mountains on a friend's 900cc Kawaski, I felt as if I was handling the Cadillac of motorcycles, I came back to work and of course, I was assigned to the desk. I voiced my concern to TSgt Harrel of how this confinement to the desk could cause serious damage to my observation skills, needed by a proficient patrolman, to which he laughed and thought I had reached a new level in reasoning why he should release me to patrol and then pointed back to the desk. I tried and then went to work on finding a better excuse.
That very next night, he thought he would help with my observational skill problem and released me to patrol. Flight line Patrol. Oh, he had a great laugh going and so did most of C Flight- at my expense of course. But I had a plan. I knew how our flight line was set up as far as allowable and acceptable violations of safety and security regulations. After all, we were smack in the middle of the desert and the SPs and the Tower had most everything under observation. I was going to have fun.
In the first two hours I had "seized" 12-large tool boxes filled with hundreds of dollars worth of tools that were left on the flight line, 8- radio phones left in unlocked vehicles and one very large aircraft tail stand, left on the tarmac and just ripe for theft. The thing was like 16-feet long. Now an incident report DD Form 1569, had to be typed up for each article and a blotter entry for each article and this was seen by the Base Commander. The Avionics Squadron Commander would have to respond to the Base Commander and explain why all of this equipment was left loose, especially the tail stand, on the runway tarmac ( aircraft parking area). What I had forgot about was how the Avionics's Squadron Commander would be having a little chat with my Colonel and it would run down hill from there. I was not too well appreciated for the next 72-hours and TSgt Harrel wouldn't talk to me. He simply pointed at the desk each night and things were kept official between us. I was a sergeant and he set at the side of God Almighty. So much for my little joke. A few months later though, the Colonel came up to me, smiled, shook my hand and said, "Good job, about time someone put Avionics back in the Air Force." Over the next couple of years we got to know one another pretty well. He was a confirmed bachelor that slept on a cot in his office most of the time. Once we became friends, as much as a sergeant and a colonel could be, he spent a lot of mid-shifts sitting on the desk with me and we talked about Vietnam. He was a full colonel and was a former F-4 fighter pilot with 7-flight tours over Vietnam. He was awarded more medals than any man I had known, except for the Medal of Honor. He had also won wing from several nations and wow, he could tell some stories. But he was also interested in my war stories, especially of how it was at the end in 1973. It was terrible. Another time.
A year later, I would be recognized as the Squadron's Primary Desk Sergeant for alerts and major exercises. Not the chore I wanted, but I did enjoy being recognized for how I handled a job I never thought I could ever conquer. I now typing up to 60 words per minute, but in my style and there were mistakes- lots of them. But that didn't seem to matter, I just had this knack to know where all my people were, without having to do a flight-wide security check. We were getting a new squadron commander and I was real sad to see the Colonel go and this new "by-the-book" Lt.Colonel come in from overseas. We ended up getting along when I was able to lead SPs and County Sheriffs into some big drug drops on the lake-beds. My knowledge on the lake beds would pay-off. This would also eventually lead to my new job as Patrol/Narcotic Dog Handler- the first for Edwards.
But, back to earlier times, we had gone through a week of shifts without any additional encounters or sightings of this mysterious Blue Eyes and I hoped the whole thing was over. We had no proof of the events, everything was seized and only our classified memories existed.
I was of course on the Desk and I had a newly promoted sergeant working with me as Assistant Desk Sergeant. His stripes still shined, having not gone through a washer yet. Now when I made sergeant I was one of those who rank of Airman 1st Class was frozen by then President Nixon. The freeze lasted 6 months and none of us were happy about it. But the freeze lifted and like 90 of us in the squadron made sergeant the same day. I can still recall the party and how drunk everyone was. There was over 300 troops at that party, drinking mostly homemade moonshine- the Southeast Asia version. Thinking back I was always surprised a lot of us didn't die from alcohol poisoning.
But that night at the desk I was cold sober. I came home with a pretty good drinking problem and would later got to AA, but didn't stay with it. It was the God who took care of it for me and it was a frightening experience. But since coming home I made myself a promise never to drink on the day I worked. Now there were a few surprise alerts I didn't smell so great, but we were never held responsible for the surprise one. Not until I was made a member of the Security Police Element Contingencies Team, ( Air Force SP Swat Team). I had to back off some on the booze. I was the sniper for awhile, but then my eyes failed and I became the M-60 machine-gunner. I had gained a lot of experience with the M-60 in Asia.
I was back on good terms with TSgt Harrel and leaving my assistant in the Desk, I was talking to him about holding a robbery exercise tomorrow night. We hadn't had one for several months. The troops enjoyed this as it was one of the rare times an SP could pull his Smith & Wesson .38 pistol, held up in the air with shooter arm bent in an L position. I found it pretty stupid but it was the orders of the day. 90% of our guys and girls had attended the SP School in Texas, but I hadn't. Mine was on the job. Seemed like my who service career was like that. My orders for Vietnam gave me 24-hours to clear Whiteman AFB, Missouri. Things like this continued.
I had a cup of hot coffee approaching my lips when over the radio came the "never-wanted-to-hear" call of "10-13...10-13!10-13" This is a call for help, an SP needs emergency back-up. The caller then went silent and the radio cleared. I thought I recognized the caller's voice. Yet, I had to make sure. This call was only to be used for dire emergencies, not when you needed help in changing a tire. But it had been used for just such a reason and I had 5-patrols responding a new young airman in need of assistance with a tire. He was nearly left buried in the desert by his fellow SPs and still had to face TSgt Harrel's one-time only fatherly lecture idiocy.
Still, as I rushed to the desk to take over the radio, I knew I recognized the voice. It was 1-Adam Justice. 1-Adam 12 was a popular cop TV show and Ken Justice, a fellow sergeant who had returned home from a tour in Korea, with a Korean wife, had picked up the nickname 1-Adam by issuing a ticket to some civilian for 1-mile over the speed limit. Tonight, Ken Justice was assigned to the Rocket Site and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what trouble he could have found requiring a call of "10-13". I immediately advised all patrols to stay off the radio and stand-by. I knew they had heard the 10-13 and were waiting to see who was going to be dispatched to the rocket site. I then gave him a radio call to which he didn't answer after four attempts. Then I received a telephone call from the rocket site gate, where an Airman 1st Class was working and he was rattled.
"Sergeant, I've just heard 6 shots of in the distance, over by the rocket stands I think. Do you want me to lock the shack and respond on foot. I told him no. I then advised the flight chief of what was just reported from the rocket site gate guard and resumed my radio duties. "Attention, report of shots fired at Rocket Site. Patrol# 7-All-Base Patrol respond Code 3 via the lake-bed access. I'll call the tower and get you cleared. Standby on the tarmac until you get clearance from me or tower flashes you green light." I then dispatched the south-base patrol via the highway and allowed Code 3 until reaching Lake bed access junction and then going to code two to back-up Patrol # 7. TSgt Harrel, grabbed my Assistant Desk Sergeant and walked over to the Armory Door, waiting for me to call in there to advise him it was TSgt Harrel and to open up for a 10-13 call. "He needs a shotgun, load and 12-extra rounds."
I had three patrols moving and the control tower had granted permission, even flashing the green flood light down at my patrol. Crossing the lake bed was a direct shot to the Rocket Site and it reduced travel time by nearly 12-15 minutes. The Flight Chief also wanted Lake Bed access and I took care of that, too. Thankfully we didn't have any test aircraft flying tonight, nor was North Base or NASA messing around with their toys.
"Unless it's an emergency, all units not responding to the rocket site will stay off the radio until further advised. I only want to hear emergency calls. No traffic stops unless serious ( that would cover drunk drivers and such). I then stayed off the radio to clear it and pulled down my emergency checklist for serious incidents. I wanted it on my desk, in the event something really went down and Ken, our 1-Adam Justice, wasn't shooting at shadows. Right then, I froze, hands in place over my keyboard and my mind shot back to the previous incident of Blue Eyes. I wonder, could this be....
Nearly thirty minutes later, the Flight Chief called in to report that had found the patrol vehicle, a 1968 Chevrolet P/U, painted Air Force blue with United State Air Force painted on the hood, with a series of numbers used for vehicle inventory. Exactly 8 minutes and 22-seconds later they called to report they had found Ken, unconscious, below one of the stands and requested an ambulance Code-2. TSgt Harrel then stated over the radio he would make contact with me in a few minutes from the site's gate shack.
Two of the area patrols had come in for coffee and we standing-by the Desk, waiting to hear what had happened.
A moment or two later the phone rang from the direct line to the gate shack. I answered it and the first things out of his mouth were, "Our friend is back." I felt an increase in my heart rate and waited for more.
"Ken's conscious, but he is really out of it. Frightened would be the best world for it. All I've got so far from him, among his gibberish, is seeing a large shadow in the moonlight moving around the rocket stands. He described it as 'gigantic'. He drove toward it, thinking it was simply shadows...I'm not sure I got that right. But his truck died for no reason and his headlights went off. He climbed out of the truck, with flashlight, that we haven't found yet and popped his hood to see what had happened. Then he heard strange noises. He harped on the strange part several time. He may have a concussion, but he only fell on the sand and I couldn't find any bumps or abrasions. Still his gun laid a few feet away from him and it was empty. We searched and so far we couldn't find find any holes in anything to cover shooting practice and no extra ammo on him besides his basic issue. We also searched his briefcase and there as no extra ammo."
Occasionally, the guys on Rocket Site duty get stupid and they bring along extra ammo to shoot-off at night, which is a violation that could get them busted. Two idiots took Polaroid photos of themselves practices fast draw and even pointing their guns at each other. But the old Polaroid prints produced that shadowy negative you threw away. They did throw it away, right into the gate shack trash can. It did not go well for the former Air Force SPs.
"Ken said this thing was going away from him and then suddenly, it reversed its course and was heading right at him. He rambled-on about it being taller than Goliath, and now he saw the Blue Eyes everyone else had talked about. He thought the whole thing was a bunch of rubbish, not now. He ordered it to stop and when it didn't, he called in the '10-13'. Only then did he pull his revolver. He thought he had only fired it once and doesn't remember anything after that."
I asked about foot prints and I was told there were lots of the familiar prints, but TSgt Harrel was a realist and he wasn't going to put a lot of work into this only to have everything seized. "You give the on-duty SP investigator a call ad then follow your Serious Incident Check-list. A weapons was emptied, a SP was rendered...knocked out. We'll let the big guys play their games."
So, I followed the checklist and the SP Investigator was my first call, followed by the Base Command Post. Before I was finished I had told of the events nearly a dozen times. Our squadron commander was in the flight chief's office and two of the OSI Agents had already gone to the scene and returned. I had been ordered to have Ken's truck brought down, which I did and sent another two people up there, because the gate guard was needed also.
We hadn't bothered with photos, having turned everything over Investigations and OSI, and once again I typed out a second blotter to show zero activity during that time period.
Justice was transported to the Base Hospital by ambulance and held over night for observation. We did finally learn from our young Airman at the gate of how he had heard
one shot and second later heard 5-shots in quick succession. Since Ken recalled firing once, I began to wonder if this thing had taken the revolver away from Ken and fire the other 5 rounds off to protect itself or familiarize himself with the weapon. Once again the old neck hair shot up.
Now Ken was an average shot with an M-16, but he shot expert with his revolver. Yet there was no sign of blood at the scene.
Even after being released from the hospital, 1-Adam Justice behaved oddly and decided he needed a 15-day leave and left the base with his wife. He felt he needed to get far-far away and hopefully the strange nightmares of the radiating blue eyes would go away.
Stay tuned for the final part of the Legend of Blue Eyes
Everyone have a very nice weekend and if you're not a member of a denomination or a particular church, search one out. Christian fellowship is extremely important in helping us walk the walk and talk the talk. Others sharing can often help us and our word can be used by the Father to help others. Believe it or not, we do not honor God by staying home in Bed. I've tried it and it really dsn't work. God Bless. BILL
The house is being filled with worship music of the Hillsong variety, as we do battle against depression and sickness. Currently our major concern is a sick 4 month old child running a high fever the doctors have been unable to find a cause for. We also have a very worried mother for her first child, an attentive grandmother and so on. Yesterday, waiting for the father to come home with our only vehicle to transport the baby to the Seward Emergency Room 28 miles away, we were unaware the father was racing home at 85 mph. We know this speed, because he was pulled over by an Alaskan State Trooper for 30 miles over the speed limit. But our young driver was covered in debris from his harbor job and advised the Trooper he had a sick baby. This understanding trooper could recognize the true stress of my grandson and released him immediately. An example to show that even modern day law enforcement officers have understanding hearts. We are still fighting with the high fever, but the worrisome part is not knowing why. Tests were run, but all negative and no, this isn't a simple teething, which I first wondered about as he began chewing on my knuckles. Plus, we still have bronchial infections about the house and our 4 hounds sense there is a problem as they stay close to Mona and I. They do that when I'm having a rough day, 3 of the 4 will be all over me to cheer me up and petting their fur actually helps. I understand why taking critters into senior centers and hospitals helps make the people feel better as they have the smaller ones on their lap and pet them or play games with the larger ones from their wheel chair. It has eased my pain on many a day, when I thought I'd never own a miniature troublemaker and mouthpiece. Yes, they do bark a lot, but so what.
I want to get to Part # 3 of The Legend of Blue Eyes as I promised, so I will now jump to some news briefs. I hope you may keep a record of a few of them as you see a build up of events, which reminds us of other historical wars. The events building in the Middle East are similar to pre-World War One, while Pacific events identifies with pre-World War II. Syria was our enemy, then suddenly our friend, but now with promises from Russia, Syria has threatened us- see the news below:
Firefighters in Maywood, Illinois, west of Chicago, were issued orders to remove American flag stickers and other patriotic stickers from their lockers inside the station. One such sticker in a Marine Corps/Vietnam sticker placed on a father's locker 30-years ago and now used by his son. Four firefighters of mixed races refused the order and were suspended by their Chief. A hearing is pending. The Fire Chief is concerned with someone walking into the locker room and being offended by these stickers.
3.2 earthquake hits 40 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska.
Ukraine ceasefire has "good prospect" of peace, says President Poroshenko. He added that 70% of Russian troops have left the Ukraine.
(Inflation or Stupidity?) Underground parking places in New York on sale for $1 million dollars, costing more than the dwellings above them.
Human Rights march turns violent in Santiago, Chile, with fire bombs being thrown at authorities, who respond with water cannons and gunfire. No further information provided.
China has mocked Britain by saying, losing Scotland will make Britain a third-rate nation.
The Federal Air Marshal who was stabbed with the syringe in Nigeria is now back to work. Nothing dangerous was found in the syringe, which remaied stuck in the Air Marshal's arm, as the attacker fled. Authorities now fear this attack was a dry run, a test of the law enforcement's reaction. Continual testing will be made on the Air Marshal's blood. But now, Nigeria has issued a claim that the incident never happened.
World Health Organization announces new Ebola death toll as being at least 2,296 people.
United States Senior Homeland Security Official confirmed to congress that militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant ( ISIL or ISIS) are planning to enter the United States through the southern border with Mexico.
International Watchdog Agency reports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on Syrian villages this last April.
"Armed Patriots", private citizens now guarding our southern borders by patrolling stretches of private property with the owners permission to avoid problems with US Border Patrol. Ranch owners have reported problems to the government of illegal immigrants causing problems on their property, shooting at their homes and killing the rancher's cattle. Up to 22 of these Patriot groups have arrived from all over the U.S. and they do not see themselves as Militias, nor do they like that word. But they do come heavily armed and this is to intimidate the illegals and hopefully stop them from crossing. However, they do carry stretch-cuffs to detain the illegals and turn them over to Border Patrol Officers.
Russia test fired a new ICBM and President Putin says Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter security threats.
The U.S. top counter-terrorism official warned that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is stealing $1 million dollars a day to fund its operation and could have the ability to convince its American sympathizers to conduct terror strikes "here at home with no warning".
Presidential Memorandum- White House- Delegation of authority under Section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 196- President Obama used this act to provide up to $25 million in defense articles and services to provide military assistance to Iraq, including the Kurdistan Regional Government. ( This action has upset a lot of people in Washington).
U.S. Strives to permanently sink France's sale of Mistral Warships to Russia.
Ferguson, Missouri- 100 plus demonstrators were barred from entering Interstate 70 by local authorities, while protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. 20- people were arrested. Threats being made of massive rioting to take place around the country if police officer involved in the shooting is not brought to trial and convicted.
A social media campaign has called for a boycott of Carl Jr's for its risque advertisements of scantily clad models, which objectify women and harm men.
Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, plus three others join the United States in a 10-member coalition to fight radical Sunni Militants. This allows for more airfields for US warplanes to be parked, rearmed and refueled. (BUT, this will also mean transporting U.S. warplanes, weapons, fuel and ammo into those countries. A Coalition of Muslims who have taken blood oaths to destroy the United States. Are we asking our pilots and servicemen, needed for support, to put their heads into a hungry lion's mouth???)
Russia says U.S. airstrikes against Islamist Militants in Syria without a United Nations Security Council Mandate would be an "Act of Aggression". This would and could be seen as a gross violation of international law. (Russia is one of the members of the UN Security Council and it takes only one vote to council out a needed mandate. China is also a member.)
Tension with Russia has caused the cancellation of Alaska Military Air Exercises. This would have involved U.S., Canada and Russia in this Fall exercise, but the Ukraine Crisis has ended this Fall's war games.
Arkansas State University football players were ordered to either remove the white Christian crosses off the back of their helmets or modify them into a mathematical sign ( plus sign). A complaint was made how the cross violated the U.S. Constitution. Players said the cross was to memorialize a player killed in a vehicle accident and a former team equipment manager who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. ( How far are we going to go, to let them shove us right over our beliefs? Take a flag down, remove a Bible, be told we no longer can pray here or there...what more can we allow before we say this is enough. We do not do this to any other religion. Yes, they're some evil fanatics saying they are Christian who will burn a pile of Korans, but this is not Christian love and these idiots are the extreme minority. But the who Christian and often the Jewish faith is ordered to lick a boot or watch as a burning cross disgraces our front yard. When do we say- "enough!" How soon before they will come into our homes to search out our room for Bibles, Biblical paintings and statues to seize- why you may ask, because your house is financed with a Veterans Administration Loan and the atheists and Nazis have gone to court to make that attack. No, when and where do we make our stand and show our Lord we are His!!!!)
Missouri lawmakers override their governor's veto and pass a new law that will now require a 72 hour waiting period after a woman receives her initial counseling with doctor before ending her pregnancy. (Missouri had a 24-hour waiting period, as several other states do, but they are now the first state with a 72-hour waiting period.)
53.4 % of Chinese citizens used in a new survey expect war with Japan in the future.
Turkey's President denies the U.S. Led Coalition permission to land or flyover Turkey for their attacks on the Islamic State.
A recent survey of Top Accounting Professionals reveals how companies will replace low-skilled workers with machines, if President Obama's 40% minimum wage hike passes.
Yosemite Park forest fire has grown to more than 4,900 acres, but firefighters are beginning to make progress.
China says it will not join the U.S. led Coalition against Islamic State, but says it will provide moral support.
China "urges" Japan to stop all action that undermines China's sovereignty.
China unveils its new Hongqi-10 surface-to-air missile system for the first time.
Syria Government reiterates need for its consent in foreign action on Islamic State inside Syria. Any uncoordinated foreign air attacks on Syria Territories without consent of Syrian Government will be deemed an Act of Aggression. ( This has a real stench about it. First we armed the rebels fighting this Syrian President, then we were agreeing to arm him to fight the Islamic State and now this. I would suggest he has had a few visits with President Putin and now Russia is making promises. Believe me I am no strategist, but this may have a big picture behind it and I am thinking out loud. This could involve Russia and its few allies kicking something off here in the Middle East, involving the US, Europe and Britain in a major ground war. This would involve the United States in a major way, but it could leave the Pacific wide open for China to launch its attack on ASEAN, plus the Philippines, India and of course Japan. Thanks to President Obama, the US Military is now to thin to fight two major fronts. We also have all these meetings taking place between China and Russia to discuss a natural gas line- just how many meetings does it take? The biggest thing to remember is....President Obama's Coalition is all Muslim, not our friends. but hey, I am probably full of hot air and peace will abound- cookies anyone?)
United Nations reports 4,000 Ebola cases, with 2,200 dead. Liberia reports 2,300 cases with over 1,200 plus cases dead. Over 152 health workers in Liberia are infected and 79 of them have died.
That's it for the news and my excellent commentary. Now for Part 3 of Legend of Blue Eyes-
My Flight Chief, TSgt Harrel, was a perfectionist, which meant he disliked the use of "White Out" to cover typos on the police blotter. He know copies would go to the Squadron Commander and the Base Commander. He'd also heard of particular police blotters going up to Group Command and he wanted his flight's blotter to be perfect. I often hated this man.
Now we both knew why the blotters for our rather unusual events disappeared, but we often spoke about our ideas on where they ended up. I'm pretty sure they went into a classified "burn bag". This is where chemicals in the bag completely dissolve the contents, but a match would've worked just as well. The whole Burn Bag just adds dramatic effect for some junior officer in a classified section to help deal with another boring shift. Cold war was over, Vietnam was history and Iraq hadn't come about yet.
Now sometime had passed since the MARS Site incident and we were back to normal procedures; one man per vehicle. I was of course on Desk, but working without assistance that night since a few troops were on leave, and when the phone rang I was surprised to see it was one of our roadside emergency phones. We have those scattered about the base on the two major highways to help drivers in the event they broke down or became stuck in the sand. The desert was no place to breakdown when you were still 12-20 miles from civilization. This particular emergency phone was rarely used, at least on my shift, as it was only 8 or so miles from main base.
I used my pencil to mark down the time, exactly 9:30 p.m. or 2130 hours, as I reached with my other hand for the phone. My phone board resembled a master telephone exchange board. There were two emergency phones we usually got our joke or obscene calls, but we got used to them and never dispatched a patrol to the phone as the caller would be long gone. I only wished the people had come up with some new material.
The voice on the phone was elderly, male and a bit shaken up. He was calling to report he'd been involved in a motor vehicle accident less than a mile south of the phone and he believed he had hit a large bear. Upon hearing this some of the hairs on the back of my neck shot straight up. While I had this gentleman on the phone I dispatched the South Base Patrol to the Emergency Phone to take an accident report. I then returned to the man and asked if there were any injuries in his vehicles and he replied, "No, its only my wife and I and we were only shaken up. But I am concerned for the animal, it may not be dead." At this point I dispatched my All-Base Patrol to the location, to get directions and to go to that location to search for a wounded bear and any evidence from the accident. I dispatched a third patrol to the emergency phone to escort the old couple up to our headquarters as I wanted to interview them and see if there was any damage to their car. I of course advised them of what was going on and to have them provide any information possible for finding the location of the accident scene. He then advised me they would have no problem because his car was knocked to the side and into a sandbank. Now I was worried. I called the armorer and advised him to ready a shotgun for the Flight Chief. But after I informed him of what was going on, he said he'd wait. "If what hit that gate got smacked with a car, it's probably on the move and I'd rather not find it tonight." Smart man.
A half-our or so later the patrolman and the older couple driving their vehicle arrived at SP Headquarters. I took them into the Flight Chief's Office and interviewed them, while leaving my All-Base patrolman manning the desk.
They had left San Bernardino and were on their way to Mojave City and were cutting through the base to save time. Though the speed limit in this area of desert was 65 mph, they were driving at 45-55 mph and were shock to see this massive shape appear right in front of them and then a hard contact was made. Strange, they both felt as if they was actually thrown to the side of the road instead of bouncing off the large animal. They were driving a 1968 Caprice and the battle damage was done on the driver's front side. They then struck the sand bank, twirled once in a complete circle and came to a complete stop with their front end pushed into the same sandbank. He had waited several minutes, not wanting to go outside if there was a wounded bear wandering about waiting for dinner. When he did finally step out, not having any vehicle traffic drive by, he discovered they were along and his front end was a mess. Head light and front driver's side grill demolished, bumper broken off and hanging on the driver's side and left front quarter-panel bent-up. He also then noticed his windshield had several cracks in it.
I sent the patrolman who escorted them to go outside and with evidence gloves on, gather any and all evidence he could find from the vehicle. The Staff Sergeant manning the desk for me advised the other patrolman had discovered evidence and was bringing what he could in.
I was suddenly not happy the Staff Sergeant had left the young patrolman alone without asking permission from me, but he did outrank me when he was off patrol. So, I couldn't say anything, but I knew from the look on his face my Flight Chief would have a word with him. I thanked the people and asked the Staff Sergeant to serve them some coffee, while I took over the desk. I quickly did a security check with my patrolman on scene and he was fine. I made security checks every 3 minutes, until he left to head back here with the evidence.
With a floodlight, he had made a check of the area and didn't spot any critter and the desert was pretty flat through this area. Only some low bushes, the occasional scorpion and wandering tarantula. I had asked him to check for foot prints and he had, but couldn't find any. He was actually trying to locate a bear claw I found out. I'm really glad he didn't.
I was shown the Polaroid prints of the vehicle and the scene, showing the damage and what appeared to be blood spots and trails. Evidence was taken of the blood on the vehicle and placed into evidence bags, as well as blood evidence taken off the road at the scene. The patrolman also discovered groupings of lengthy brown hair that was extremely coarse. I looked at it and felt it through the evidence bag and it felt so strange, unlike any fur I had felt before. But I knew my imagination could be playing games.
After looking at the photos and the evidence I wanted to ask the old couple one more question before I let them go and I had this on a cassette tape recorder. I asked them if they had seen anything else about the animals, such as claws, teeth..." the older woman stopped me. "Yes, Sergeant, now I remember...it had the strangest eyes and I can't believe I had forgotten them. They were the strangest blue color and so very large, shiny. It was as if they could swallow you." She then asked her husband if he had seen them, but he didn't remember.
That night I typed one reports and ran two police blotters. One would show the events of the night and one never listed the South Base incident. But I did make sure the elderly couple had an accident report filled out to turn into their insurance company to cover their repairs and listed the critter as a bear. They were rare now, but did still exist.
My boss apparently got a kick out of the two blotters and with everything simply seized by whoever, I wasn't woke up. But I didn't get much sleep that night anyway, I kept looking outside my barracks room window and wondering who or what this blue eyed thing was and what had it come from.
Stay Tuned for Part # 4 of "Legend of Blue Eyes".
Thanks for reading. And for you writers, please remember to take a look at Alaska Dreams Publishing to see if they have what you need. Be wary of selecting agents, check up on them before you sign with them. Please, never go with some page reader who wants so much per page to read your story. No publisher of any quality will ask you this, only the crooks from my experience.
You all have a great night. God Bless, BILL
It's another quiet morning here at the homestead. I've made my morning cup of tea, a habit my lovely wife has gotten me used to and released the hounds for their morning hunt of the elusive giant vole, the taunting magpie or raven and possibly one of our arctic hares. But have no worry, all of which can can out fly, out run or out burrow my extremely noisy pack of hounds, led by "Bear Killer". Now for you new people who may have recently come on to this blog and are not familiar with Bear Killer's story, I will once again make you familiar with in in a couple weeks or or so.
I am in hopes of a beautiful day today, though it rained most of the night and we experienced some high winds in the 30-40 mph range. Now this is only an estimated based on my 14 years of living here and watching how far my property's trees are being bent over during the storm. I will say, it is exciting to see some of the larger spruce trees have their tops ripped off or the whole tree uprooted during the major storms. During these harsh blows that can last for hours you begin to look for Kansas houses to fly by or wicked witches on brooms in pursuit. Because of our cooler air we do do not experience tornadoes and because Alaska is hit so often by these amazing storms, we don't even bother to call them hurricanes or typhoons. And speaking oh hurricanes and typhoons, when I first arrived up here so ever long ago, I learned how the Pacific Northwest had no such thing as a hurricane, as this was a word reserved for the Atlantic Ocean. The big storm in the Pacific was termed a "typhoon". But in the year to follow, I have noticed how the weather people have taken to calling the storms both typhoon and now hurricanes. Must be that east-coast schooling.
On a different front, I have been noticing the building "inflation" in the US- you know the one the US Government has said is no longer happening. But before I go on I wish to make a comment concerning our US Government... I love the true history of my country and the people who have fought to bring it into being. I respect the men,women and in some cases- the children, who have helped produce what we term as a democracy. Having said this, I wish to add, I have nothing but distaste for those in our current administration, in our senate and congress, who continue to LIE to use, who work the numbers in labor, finance and defense to present a rosy picture to hide the true fact for fear we the fumble-minded could never understand the truth. We see it all around us, when the jobless rate continues to rise in our own towns-contrary to what the TV news tells us, and how the hardware stores are selling more "House for Sale" signs then hammers and nails to help put shutters up in preparing for winter, or buying lumber for building new homes. We're smart enough to see how the big three TV networks avoid slamming the Obama Administration and you're old enough to remember the fun they had with President Nixon and President Ford. No, we are being lied to and its being done on a daily basis and nearly hourly. The Benghazi incident is a fine example, plus the IRS scandal, Alcohol Tobacco Firearm Scandal which left an agent dead...not to mention the Southern Border problems and now the Middle East. Think of all the American homeless, the people living under bridges, in alleys and cardboard boxes-with shelters overfilled and we're sending billions of dollars overseas to help other people survive wars. OR we are buying arms for others that now end up in our enemy's hands to now be used against us. Remind you of anything? Early Vietnam, we armed them with .45 cal Thompson Sub-machine guns to fight the Japanese and later they were used against us in their war against us. It happened again in a place called Afghanistan.
The other day I was at the local market doing a bit of shopping and I noticed a recent price rise in various items. But the one that really caught my attention was candy bars. No, I wasn't buy them because I won't pay that price, but it was a fine example of the growing inflation. In May of this year the regular size candy bar for Snickers, Milky Way, Baby Ruth...so on, had grown to 89 cents from 69 cents. Now this is Alaskan prices. I am not familiar with Lower 48 prices prices. Since May I have watch the candy bar price rise steadily. Occasionally, there is a sale of buy 2 and get 2 free, but not always. Well this week the price jumped to $1.59 for the basic candy bar- not the giant one. From May to September of 2014 the price jumped from 89 cents to $1.59...an increase of 70 cents in 5-months on a single bar. Now meat is something else where some red meat is going for $10.99 a pound here and I wave to it as I pass by. We pay $3.59 for a gallon of milk or $5.69 for organic milk. Butter is $4.99 to $5.49 a pound and organic starts at $5.69. Good healthy bread now costs over $5 a loaf, when in May it was $4. It strange to see a lot of the prices jump by a dollar, rather than 10 cents or even 50 cents. But the US Government says everything is stable. Our basic fuel was over $4.59 a gallon, but has come back down to $4.29 now that the tourists have mostly left. We do not have a state sales tax here in Alaska, but we have a 4% city tax and on top of that a 3% borough ( county) tax. So, we're paying a 7% tax to buy non-food items in town. Adds up. Mona and I filled 5 white plastic bags that day- 1 milk, one meat item, misc things, some soda and it totaled over $190.00. I choked. I wasn't keeping an eye on it as I usually do. Because we have 9-adults living in our home we spend well over a $1,000 a month on good food- not a bunch of junk. Plus we have a 4 month old baby great-grandchild who now requests more than just his mother's provisions.
No, our government is lying to us, but they probably feel its to protect us. They fear massive rioting, emptying the markets and National Guard being called in. I wrote about this happening in my book- "A Coming Storm". Some people will behave this way. But this will mainly occur because the government lied to their people for so long and then suddenly said, "We are broke, the road are closed to the United States and all the ports are shut down. We are to begin emergency good rationing tomorrow. No, if the government simply advised the people we are dealing with a rising inflation, of how the PEOPLE need to begin food storage with their neighborhoods in the event of a RECESSION. I'm not speaking of war, I'm talking about financial crisis here. But yes, war is certainly possible in our future.
BUT, the biggest thing I wish to say, is that if you are concerned about your future and the future of your country and please, GET OFF YOUR DUFF on election day in November. VOTE!!!! Remember, President Obama was put into office because nearly 65% of American voters stayed home. Will you people have NO RIGHT to complain. Only the voters have that right. But for this mid-term election we are putting senators and congressmen into office and your vote is extremely important. This will show which side; democrats or republicans will have the power for the next two years. Think about that. Or sit on your but in front of your TV complaining, never bothering to take that moment to exercise your RIGHT to pass your vote.
Now up here in Alaska we have a lot of politicians running for office. My wife and I do not belong to any political power base- we vote for who we feel is a good person and not the party line and we vote for the cause as we see it as something Alaska needs. Now we have a particular congressman running for re-election, who is 82 years old and suspected of corruption. Now as much as I respect my elders and what they have done for this fine state, I am a firm believer 82 years old is much to old to be making major decisions for Alaska. Enough said and enough politics.
Mr. Keith Greenberg, owner of a knife shop in Ocala, Florida, has been flying an historic flag outside his shop and is now being threatened with heavy fines by the city if he fails to remove it- for it violated City Ordinance 110-131. This historic flag shows a coiled rattle snake and has lettering underneath that says, "DON'T TREAD ON ME". Greenberg says, "This is a shock", and adds, " I feel like this is Russia. I've been around the world...this is what you expect in really closed countries." He faces fines of $250-$500 a day if he fails to remove the flag. Photographs were taken in town to show a Ocala car dealership flying a Mexican flag and an Irish pub flaying the Irish flag. It was unknown if they had received the same threat from the city.
Newly released study by the Center for Disease Control reveals that never married adults amounts to 50.02% or 248 million Americans. This titled the balance to unmarried adults as the majority for the first times since the government began the study in 1976. 22.1% of never-married adults in 1976 has risen to 30.4% in August this year. Divorced, separated or widowed Americans jumped from 15.3% in 1976 to nearly 20%. In 2013, US Fertility rate was around 1.87 children per-woman...well below the 2.1 % children needed to repopulate.
China has officially reiterated that its activities on the Nansha Islands in the South China Seas fell completely within China's sovereignty. ( A couple countries have officially disagreed)
Russia-China new plane deal- Russia says its domestic aircraft production must increase following sanctions over Ukraine Crisis. Moscow now plans new long-haul wide-bodied aircraft with Beijing. ( Beijing has not had enough transports to carry their airborne troops for long-haul deployments and would require additional aircraft for wars in faraway countries. Take a domestic cargo aircraft, add some paint and some extra armor plating and you have a military aircraft- easy transformation. When I did my homework for "A Coming Storm", China only had enough long-haul transports to move slightly less than one regiment of airborne troops. Though I must admit this was 15 years ago. But also, back then they had a fighter force of 500 jets- far superior to Russia or America in numbers.)
A U.S. Air Marshall, while in a Nigerian airport, was stabbed with a syringe and injected with an unknown substance. He was flown to Houston, Texas and placed in quarantine in the event he was injected with Ebola or HIV.
New Ebola map reveals more Africans at risk. U.N. Scientists show new regions to be home to animals harboring Ebola. Map also shows this virus is more widespread than previously feared.
Iran VOWS not to stand for further US sanctions. (While at the same time wanting to work with the US in fighting IS Terrorists- double minded?.)
Saudi-Arabia sets up new 50-bed Ebola isolation ward at Arafat Hospital in Mecca.
Russia now denies official Canadian complaint of having one of its military aircraft behaving in a "provocative" manner by flying too close to a Canadian Navy warship sailing in the Black Sea. ( Sooner or later, someone is liable to shoot at a plane or a ship, and all ....is going to fly. Nerves are just too tight.)
Danish Prime Minister to visit China with a goal of strengthening political and commercial relationships between the two countries.
Turkey reports they are now playing host to 1.37 million Syrian refugees.
Dutch investigators involved in the investigation of the crash of MH17, a Boeing 777-200, operated by Malaysia Airlines, now states,"the passenger jet was broke-up in the air probably as the result of structural damage, caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside." Report said there is still no evidence to show who shot the plane down and never used the word "missile" or "missiles" in their report. 298 people died in the crash of the passenger jet. ( In our world's history there have been instance of other passenger jets shot down by military weapons of countries who suspected the aircraft to be bombers or spy planes.)
Vietnam launches its third oil refinery project in Southern Phu-Yen Province- 950 km south of Hanoi. ( This continues to increase the value of Vietnam and China, in need of large supplies of crude oil, is watching.)
Philippine and U.S. troops will hold Naval exercises this month in western and northern Philippines. This upsets communist insurgents located in Southern Philippines.
Cambodia delegation invited to attend 11th ASEAN-China EXPO in Nanning City, China in September 16-19.
5.1 earthquake jolted the waters off Southern Philippines Province of Tawi-Tawi on 9-9-14.
4th American arrives home from West Africa with confirmed Ebola, to be treated at Atlanta Hospital.
Iran has sent signals to Russia that it is seeking to subvert the Western Sanctions on its contentious nuclear energy programs. Iran is talking with Russia about economic cooperation in energy, which would undercut the ongoing and newly appointed sanctions. South Africa, who has honored the sanctions, now plans to resume imports of oil to Russia in 3 months. Last month Iran and Russia signed a memorandum; Russia would buy Iranian oil and Iran would purchase Russian energy equipment, machinery and food- which would of course violate present sanctions.
Russia has denied the burn-up of one of its spy satellites over the US, which happen to strike and destroy a US orbiting surveillance satellite. It is believed that US surveillance photographs are now scattered all over the mid-west. Experts feel parts of the American satellite may have also survived, but the Russian bird was a fireball according to witnesses.
Obama Administration announces it will continue it legal battle against the "Little Sisters of the Poor", (Catholic nuns), over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is unconscionable. ( I could be wrong here, but it appears to me we have mine and your taxpayer money being used by the US Government to support atheist groups to fight a group of nuns in support of pro-life, which the Catholic Church supports. Is there something wrong here? Usually, the pro-liberty atheist groups use the courts to wage their wars and have so far lost in this battle, but now the Obama Administration has gotten into the fight. This smells.)
An Oxford (that college in England) study of West African fruit bats, shows that these bats could carry the Ebola virus into another 15 countries.
New United Nations Report says levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at record-shattering pace in 2013, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the earth in the decades to come.
New Intelligence Report filed of an Estonian Intelligence Officer being abducted on Estonian soil by Russian spies. Investigators discovered "signs of a scuffle". Also present were vehicle tracks leaving the scene and heading for the Russian border. Witnesses nearby reported smoke grenades were used in the abduction. At first refuted, Russian authorities later claimed the man had entered Russia with a loaded firearm in his possession and $6,500 in cash. He was being detained. ( For those of you not in the know, this includes myself, Estonia borders with Russia and both sides have border check points aimed at each other.)
That is it for now. I hope to add Part 3 of Legend of Blue Eyes later
Another very early morning for Mona and I, so it is hard to tell yet what kind of weather we will be having today. Of course I'm hoping for a sunny day as I have wood to cut to get it stacked in the woodshed. We're also getting some of the summers messes cleaned up before first snow and preparing for our end of the season rummage sale. This is really our signal to show winter is just around the corner. Rumor is we'll have deep snow this year, but I've also heard this will be a winter of mostly rain. But the rumor I like the best is how our annual Permanent Fund payments coming out in early October could be close to $2,000 this year and we can use the funds. Our list of needs is long, so the higher the payment the better.
Since this Blog is now going out to others beside my Moose Pass Journal Family and there are those unfamiliar with our ministry here at Beth Shamar, (Hebrew for "Home of the Watchman"), we provide love, prayer cover, non-professional counseling- we use our many experiences and the Bible to assist in our counseling, housing and meals, for those people who are dealing with different forms of non-violent mental illnesses and chronic pain issues. When it comes to the subject of counseling we often get as much out of it as our guests and many become lifelong friends. Our church is right next door and we are located in one of the most beautiful valleys on the Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska. Moose Pass has a community of 200 and we are 28.5 miles from the nearest town-Seward, and 90-miles south of Anchorage- up in the Chugach Mountain range. Currently we have 9-people in our home, but this can quickly grow to 14-15 or even more. We do not charge for our ministry, we only ask that you put something back into the ministry by helping out.
Most of the people here now suffer from chronic pain and varying degrees of mental illnesses. Mona and I both deal with chronic pain and our own mental problems. Mine is PTSD from a long ago experience in Vietnam. But my Chronic pain has become a growing issue that often keeps me awake and led to my retirement from the State of Alaska. I was a former police officer and State Investigator, and the job caused my injuries.
I'm probably not the smartest character you've ever known and I will often strap on my back brace and force myself to go outside and get some jobs done. I hate to let my body win out in its disability and will push myself well-beyond its current capabilities to show I was still in charge. I can no longer feel much below my waist, so why not. I've lost over 105 lbs- a lot of it muscle and can no longer lift the big things, but I have teenagers to help out and they are a good bunch. Some of our guests get involved, too. But, later, I'm the last to come in, proven to myself I had won another day and sat down to carefully take my back brace off. This is when I realize where the words "chronic pain" come to light and I whine a lot or release a lady-like scream...only meaning I hit the high notes. It provided a bad evening and most of the night. Yes, mentally I had won out, but I always pay for it over the next 2-3 days. Sad...whine. But I still recall the doctors telling me I'd be paralyzed within 4 years of my injury date and that was 28-years ago. So, I guess I am saying do not be stupid as I all too often get, but never give up. I feel it my Lord's blessing and my mental drive that has kept me walking. Plus the 33 pills I take every day. Now I'm not saying all this provide myself with another chance to whine. No, I am writing this to show we here at Beth Shamar do understand chronic pain and dealing with mental illnesses like Bipolar, varying degrees of depression. BUT we are not doctors. We use Prayer, a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear.
If you are in need of such a place, send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will chat.
Now I am a published writer, with much appreciation to Alaska Dreams Publishing for taking me on and my first book is entitled- "A Coming Storm". Since this is my blog, I've decided today to put in a plug for it today. This book can be ordered through Alaska Dreams Publishing in hardback or in a kindle-style format (which I know little about or how it works), or it can be ordered through Amazon. If this books sells, I have completed a prequel to this story and a sequel, which will make this a trilogy I've thought to entitle - "The End of Days" Trilogy. The main characters will be shown throughout the series.
"A Coming Storm", was first entitled, "The 7th Trumpet", but was changed at the completion of the first manuscript- 15 years ago. Since then it has been edited well-over 20 times. Numerous events happened in the process of writing this book; series of dreams, which provided some of the main story ideas. One single event that has still left us baffled: I was in the process of writing the story, when my computer died a serious death and we had no funds to buy a new one. So, we prayed and I continued writing down notes from the dreams I still received. Then one-day, during the summer, Mona and I were watching TV and the front door, only 12-feet away from us was open, a brand new computer and monitor suddenly appeared on our porch. Now we never heard anyone drive down our driveway, which is an impossibility because its 50-yards of hard packed dirt, or approach the cement porch. But I was once again writing again and all my inquiries as to who might have brought the computer came up blank- so I quit asking.
A second strange event occurred a few months later- I was nearly finished with the first draft and I was left with a 1500 page book. Of course I knew it was doubtful any publisher would take on that large of a manuscript from aa new author. Even Stephen King's "The Stand" had to be shortened by nearly a 1,000 pages before it was published. But his book did so well the much larger edition was finally released. Now I had nearly completed the draft, but I could not come up with the beginning I needed- something I heard authors refer to as the "catcher". A word for when a reader first open a book and reads the first few pages and the author's writing style, story idea and character development needs to "catch" the reader and persuade him into purchasing it.
I wrestled with it for over a week and prayed about it, but I was coming up blank. Then one morning I came to my desk to begin writing ( remember I am retired and have a lot of time on my hands to write), and when I opened up my computer I found myself on the CNN Science Page. Now, back then I was not following the news services like I do now and why it was on the CNN Science Page sort of surprised me. But I was shocked when I saw what was being shown on that page. A new comet had suddenly appeared in the heavens, shooting out from behind Jupiter and headed straight for Earth. The comet, no name on it yet, would strike the earth in 2017. I stared at the computer screen for several minutes, for 2017 was when my main story was to begin. I made a series of notes, but when I tried to print the page out my old-ancient printer wasn't working. But this happened often. In my mind I knew I now knew I had the beginnings to my story, though I doubted anyone would be reading my story. Remember- this was 15 years ago (early 1999 and 2017 was a ways off).
Odd thing though, when I tried to find that CNN Science Page about the Comet, I could not find it. I also could not find any other sites that should have at least published some sort of story about the coming catastrophe- but no. But at least at I had my story's lead-in. Years later, I believe it was 2012, I was re-editing this story and that same CNN Science Page showed up. Again, I could not make a copy of it and we did have a functional printer then. But the story had changed somewhat by providing the impact point as Northern Thailand and I added this to my story. Of course that page disappeared again and I figured it was one of those God moments, similar to the dreams I received in writing this apocalyptic tale. Now I keep reminding people I am not a prophet, just someone who was given a series of dreams to write about. Mona was also receiving similar dreams and had visions, which the content were added into the manuscript. Then a few days later, I do not recall the exact number, Comet ISON suddenly appeared, shooting out from behind Jupiter and behaving strangely. This was just as the one in my CNN story behaved. I began to wonder if Comet ISON was the comet I was writing about, but some of the years didn't line up as with the appearance of the Two Witnesses. They should have already been on seen if ISON was the right comet. But I had to remember God was in charge and He could do what ever he wanted. I also mention how 4 of the events to occur setting up the tale and leading into World War III have occurred and I am now watching a 5th.
I had gone through 3 agents by this time and I couldn't afford to self-publish such large manuscripts- it would have cost me thousands. So, I finished my story and put it away and began writing another one. I had a file box with several stories in it, not doing much of anything. Except to say- "Hey, I wrote those and I am the guy who flunked high school English twice." I was a jock, enough said. Then last year I received a call from a good friend- Gary Wells, who was in the process of having his novel published and he told me about Alaska Dreams Publishing. This was a company interested in help new authors. Alaska Dreams Publishing has its Internet site under that name and I highly recommend it to all you writers for self-publishing and being published by the company if they feel your manuscript will sell. They took a chance on me and my second book, "Apache Snow", will also be out soon. Please check out Alaska Dreams Publishing if you are a writer. Now below is a brief synopsis for "A Coming Snow", for those of you who have not seen it yet:
"A Coming Storm"(22) chapters, (556) pages- An apocalyptic tale detailing the experiences of three separate character groups in the closing moments of Biblical End Times: (1) An Alaskan National Guard, primarily made up of Native Alaskans (Eskimo, Aleut and Athabascan Indians), are positioned at the City of Wales, Northwest Alaskan Coast and preparing to engage the Chinese lead Oriental Alliance Pact (OAP). The Asians are readying themselves to come across the Bering Strait Ice Bridge to Invade Alaska and Canada. (2) Members of the Fairbanks Police Department, who are dealing with the evacuation of the city, spies for the OAP, food riots, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic gangs who resemble Nazis, dwindling supplies and chaos, and strict food rationing down to one small meal a day. The Fairbanks Police Department must move over 100,000 people 90-miles east to Fort Greeley, where the final stand against the OAP will be made. (3) From Phoenix, Arizona a non-denominational church pastor leads his church congregation on a long journey, following the visions he has been given over the last year. With one of the strangest convoys to hit the roads, these characters head north through a country destroyed by a Chinese nuclear /biological/chemical missile attack that came as a big surprise on Christmas morning. They have radiation zones to bypass, deal with hostile motorcycle gangs, mutiny in the ranks and a deadly disease being spread across a smoldering U.S., in order to reach Alaska. There's a reason this pastor and his people are called north, but it doesn't become clear until the final moments of this story.
All three character groups are gradually brought together until the last battle is fought between Alaskan/Canadian forces and OAP armies.
Strong in character dialogue and rich in relationships, this story begins with the discovery of a 1.2 mile long comet that's headed for earth, which sets off world panic. A new disease is discovered, which has a high fatality rate and the United Nations crumbles as China walks out leading more than 50 of the world countries with it. Events in the U.S. have caused them to withdraw from NATO, allowing Western Russian Forces to invade Europe. The Antichrist rises in France and becomes the First Emperor of the new European Empire. Meanwhile, Chinese warlords form the new Oriental Alliance Pact of 10-nations China feels are strong allies. They tear up their treaty with Russia and invade Eastern Siberia, using the roadway Russia has built to monitor the new Russia/China Natural Gas Line. The new road, which I saw 15 years ago in my dreams and only recently was planned out and a treaty signed between China and Russia, now holds the new juggernaut/super-tanks China has built to crush Russia and then North America/Canadian forces. China is in need of the natural resources, knowing the comet with destroy much of the orient and there is hope the world will survive post-impact.
The story shows numerous events leading up to World War III. The intention of the story was to show End of Days events taking place outside the Middle East and showing the heroes and cowards who would be involved in those final hours. The last battle is fought on the massive snowy plains of Fort Greeley, where massive earthquakes bring about a high fatality count and 600 heroic Royal Canadian Mount Police, mounted on black war horses, lead the attack against thousands of Asian infantry. With all hope all but lost, the Biblical final Trumpet sounds across the world and the Lord, leading his Heavenly Host descends upon the earth to enter the fray. At the end, the Lord's 1,000 year reign of the Lord begins and this leads into the sequel.
I really do hope you enjoy the story, whether by Kindle device or hardback. I would also request your comments after reading it. Pro-or-con, this remarks will help me become a better writer and might appear, with your permission, in one of my next books.
Now I Wont' go into Part #3 of Legend of Blue Eyes until tomorrow. So hold on and its coming. And no, I am not doing this from memory, I wrote this all down long ago and presented a copy of this story to my children who I bored them to death over the years with my repeated telling of it. I figured they could then read the story to their kids some day.
But, here we go with some news briefs:
Germany: To "crackdown" on volunteer "Shariah Police" - Muslims who have recently begun patrolling outside night clubs and train stations, asking people not to gamble, not to drink alcohol and to seek Islam. Germany does not tolerate "Shariah Law". (Ironically, based on what the article spoke on, this same thing happened back in 1933-34 Germany, when the Nazi movement first began patrolling the streets of Berlin. Strange how history continues to repeat itself.)
WHO confirms more than 3,600 Ebola cases in the 5 West African countries. One health specialist says, " This thing is a lot more contagious then we were given ...or we were told." Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, a Medical Board certified Internal Medicine Specialist says, " It's (Ebola Virus) is much worse than what's being reported."
4.3 earthquake jolts North China's Hebel Province. No information on injuries or damage.
China: Nearly 20,000 Beijing couples have received permission to have a 2nd child. ( I wonder how long before America will impose family limits because of population worries and strains on the economy and if Americans would stand for such a thing).
Ebola outbreak in the Congo now responsible for 32 deaths.
Islamic State releases a video threatening President Putin and vowing to wage war in Russia's restive North Caucasus.
Report in New York Times says Foreign powers are buying influence in Washington D.C. Think Tanks. Though formally known for their impartiality, these non-profit "Think Tanks" have received millions of dollars from foreign governments , while pushing U.S. officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donor's priorities.
Sierra Leone to impose a 3-day Ebola quarantine beginning September 19th. Citizens will not be able to leave their homes, to help prevent the spread of the virus and allow health works a chance to identify the Ebola cases in its early stages.
Jerusalem: Rioting throughout East Jerusalem involving Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and rock throwing. Numerous neighborhoods engulfed in violence Saturday night when hundreds of masked Palestinians attacked police in mostly Arab areas of Jerusalem, where small groups of Jewish people live. Riot police armed with stun grenades, tear gas and sponge bullets, moved in and quelled the outbreak. In past weeks the police have arrested 550 Arabs for rioting. Apparently the murder of a Muslim teenager is the reason behind the rioting. This last Saturday's riot followed a Hamas "Victory Parade". In July, more than 360 assaults against Jews occurred in East Jerusalem, double the number of last year's July in East Jerusalem.
Another Asteroid missed us. (Strangely enough it was first sighted only 2 weeks ago. Maybe we should put more funding into our surveillance of the heavens. Soon or later....)
Time to sign off, my friends and family. I do hope you enjoy this blog
Good afternoon. Rainy, cloudy, but the Fall colors are coming out strong and soon our landscape on the Kenai Peninsula with be breathtaking to behold. We still have thousands of Tourists on the Peninsula, a majority coming down from Interior Alaska as the temperatures are now going below the freezing mark in the Fairbanks area. Hundreds of RVers will often to the last moment, challenging the arrival of our first snowfall, before they head down the Al-Can Highway for that long drive home.
This is the time of the hunters, with the season now open and thousands of people in search of their moose or bear. In the evening comes a time to sit around the evening campfire, share Smores and enjoy the evening's crisp clean air. This is also a time bold tales, maybe a ghost story for the younger ones and tell their sons or daughters about their rights of manhood on their first big-game hunt. For old veterans it's also a time of war stories from long ago and now almost ancient wars and for the younger ones a time of sharing their experiences in the dreadful Middle East sand box. Alcohol consumption ( mostly beers) was usually kept to the minimum, too many firearms around and because morning came early for the hunters. Most were on their way out as soon as they could see dawn approaching. Most would return home without their trophy or the meat they had hoped for, but the experience was a trophy in itself and always remembered.
The household family is slowly returning to the living category, but I am grateful it isn't Ebola or the Dengue Fever. It seems we have several bugs and viruses striking at the human race. But we must ask ourselves, is it the news services who lead their news reports with the latest statistics of the sick and dead from disease to frighten the listener or reader, just a bit to sell air time and newspapers? Or do we follow the media because through worldwide communications we are now able to learn of the rising numbers of sick and dead from these varying diseases and viruses around the world and it makes us wonder what is God doing here? Are we taking the time to pray against this growing epidemic, or ignore it because its in a different country. Is our faith being tested and are we beginning to doubt God cares or does He really exist as such events strikes right at our faith- how much and how deep is our relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. For you who are wonder or doubting because of world events, maybe the loss of a family member or even your planned future has fallen through and you're left with your hands in the air and a look of desperation or rage on your face. Here I might remind you of how the Lord new this would happen, even with the gift of free will, future and past are simply a thought for him. This is where the rubber hits the road and the testing might be beginning for all of us.
Revelations speaks on many things, some very confusing and other chapters quite clear. A sickness will come and a third of the world's population will be consumed by it. A war or series of wars will cause another third to die. But, if we have the faith to Stand Tall, during this time of world changing events, it will not matter if we are chosen to doe by sickness or having the enemy kill us. We will still be with our Lord in Heaven. This is promised. Still, right now and for the last 100-years or more, people were being murdered for their faith. Here, children, teenagers and adults Stood Tall and have found their reward. How will we do, when the threat is made and the question asked. Recently, many a Christian on the other side of the world have been asked this, threatened to accept the Muslim faith and while under terrific strain they lost their faith and accepted Islam, only to be beheaded in the following moments. No, I am not hear to judge them, for I have never been in this position, I'll leave judgment to the Lord. I only hope I am a strong one if this event comes to my family and I.
Before we get to Part Two of The Legend of Blue Eyes, I wanted to share some of todays news briefs.
If you're following the China versus Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, you'll know that China had forbidden Hong Kong the freedom of electing their own candidates for the up coming elections. Though originally promised to allow this, China has now decided they would choose the candidates from the Communist Party and Hong Kong voters will have to elect their political leadership from those people. The pro-democracy movement is extremely unhappy with this and has staged several large protests. Now China is wondering whether or not the Army may be needed to enforce this decision at election time. Hong Kong is seeing its first real taste of freedom, though most of them have a love for the home country- but not the Communist Party and its restrictions. Now does this remind you of another country who chose democracy over their home country's monarchy. Look back into American History to 1770 and the beginnings of rebellion that would lead into the American Revolution. Oddly enough more and more school s are no longer teaching our own history, only going back as far as 1900 for American History classes. Now we can watch it unfold right now in Hong Kong. Follow it in the news and let it remind you of what our own rebels accomplished, while facing a much larger and better equipped army. But Freedom won out.
IRS Scandal: IRS Officials advise that 5 more IRS workers involved in the Congressional Investigation have lost their e-mails. But the IRS has found no evidence that anyone purposely destroyed them.
China: 1,145 cases of Dengue Fever has been in South China's Guangdong Province. 31 of these cases are in serious condition. Japan has confirm 55 cases from this same fever.
Ukraine: Cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk between Ukraine, Russia and Pro-Russian rebels. But it has already been shown to be a fragile agreement as opposing forces have already violated it with some minor skirmishes.
European Union intends to formally adopt new sanctions against Russia on September 8th. World waits to see President Putin's reaction and response.
But Russia response does come with a vow to react if the sanction come about. One sanction will bar 24 Russians from entering NATO countries, also freezing these people's assets held in the 28-nation bloc.
Australia to export uranium to India after both countries signed an agreement of cooperation.
German Government to pay out $250 million to chilren of Holocaust survivors.
Struggling with current sanction, Russia now faces an oil price crash. Price of Urals crude oil, Russia key export, fell $15 this month on cost per barrel and is now priced below $100 a barrel. Oil is the "lynchpin" of Russia's government finances. With the Ukraine Crisis leaving Russia on the brink of Recession, a sudden collapse in oil revenue would be "bad news" for Russia's economy. This last week their price per barrel was $97 and economic slowdown will begin at $95 a barrel. $80 a barrel would bring about an economic crisis, weakening the the value of the ruble and pushing investment levels down in the oil industry. ( with such events occurring involving the oil industry, being pushed into crisis by the NATO sanctions, one must be again knowledgeable of world history; Japan's decision of going to war in 1941 was pushed into being by US and Britain denying Japan any further access to oil and other natural resources until they withdrew their forces from China. NATO should be extremely careful in pushing sanctions on a strong government like Russia, because some people will only be pushed so far before they may announce enough is enough. Buttons could be pushed and our world changed forever.)
An analysis report accomplished in Moscow: Japan's Fukushima Plant has three molten cores, each weighing 100-tons and so radioactive that no one can approach them. Robots have proved useless and they melt. It is now believed by experts that this meltdown could go on for hundreds of years. Apparently, TEPCO, who owns the facility is no longer consulting with Russia or the USA, and reports have come in how the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, is "hiring" people to work around the plant. Now 300-400 tons of radioactive water pours daily in the Pacific Ocean and has been doing this for over 3-years. The ocean is being contaminated and the ecology is being effected. Experts on radiation say this contamination cannot be diluted and will become concentrated into the ocean's food chain- algae. Little fish and bottom dwellers will consume the contamination, which will then be eaten by larger fish, and so on. Scientists believe larger fish are already contaminated and being caught for human consumption. Yet, TEPCO hired experts assure the world there is no threat. Still, as contamination is now reaching the North American coasts, TEPCO propaganda machine and the politicians they support through campaign donations, reminds everyone the food is safe to eat. ( I wonder how many of our politicians are eating salmon and halibut this year, or crab?) Even the Fukushima area rice export, resumed after the 2011 disaster, though the contaminated water was going into the area's ground water. Fukushima disaster victims reached 21,586 and area-wide suicide numbers have picked up.
St. Louis, Missouri: 6- people killed in separate incidents within 24-hour period. Victims were all gunned down in drive-by shootings. Police investigating. ( unknown if these are racial hate-crimes and if they have anything to do with the Ferguson racial protests and riots.)
U.S. Center for Disease Control accomplished a study involving thousands of volunteer interviews in 2011, which took a couple years to compile, involving sexual crimes in the US.
19.6% of women have been raped at one point in their lives. Nearly 2% of men have been raped. 44% and 23% of men have experienced some other form of sexual violence; while 15% of women and 6% of men have been stalked. 78% of female rape victims were first raped before the age of 25, as were 71% of male rape victims. Study also showed female victims were 32.3% multiracial women; 27.5% Native American; 21.2% Black women; 20.5 % white women; and 13.6% Hispanic women. Survey for the study involved 12,000 completed interviews.
Russia's Naval Force re-opens Arctic base on New Siberian Islands, which was closed in 1993.
Part # 2 of the "Legend of Blue Eyes"
On an extremely warm night in the late summer of 1974, I was stuck back on the desk as usual. C Flight was working the 4p.m. to 12 a.m. shift and looking forward to going back on midnight shift again. So far, except for a disturbance at the Airman's Club and a couple domestic beefs in base housing, it had been a quiet night. At 9:36 P.M. or 2136 hours, the emergency line began to ring, ( this was before the 911 system came on board for military installations), and I caught it before the second ring. Much to my surprise and the beginnings of a very sore ear, all I heard on the other end was a loud piercing female scream, immediately followed by a thunk-like sound and I knew the caller's phone had hit a wooden floor, leaving me with an open line and no background sounds.
We had a set procedure in place for such calls over the emergency line and I used another regular line to make contact with the base phone service and exchange. They kept a tap on our emergency line, which would give me a location if it was on Edwards property. It took our helped nearly 12-minutes to come back with the calling party- identified as the MARS Station located on South Base. I quickly advised the Flight Chief TSgt Harrel and he was on his way out the door to respond himself. I also dispatched to patrol unit to back my supervisor up. One was the South Base Patrol, who was 12-13 minutes away from from the MARS Site and I dispatched the Senior Patrolman, who was on all-base patrol. He was 15-minutes away and was coming in from West Base. I authorized the senior patrol Code-3 response and South Base patrol Code-2 response. Code-2 was with police lights and Code-3 meant lights and siren. The Flight Chief made up his own mind how he wanted to travel all on his own.
Now the MARS site was a classified installation, a single building about the size of a 3-bedroom ranch house. It was set up a top a 3-foot high cement platform, which made the top security windows a good 9-feet above the ground. The facility is surrounded by 10 foot-high chain-link fence, with triple strand barbed wire on top. There was one access point and this was a double-wide vehicle gate, secured by electronic locking system. MARS handled radio traffic from all over the world- using a series of MARS sites. It also handled classified coded messages that were then routed to another location. It was will illuminated, the fence had nearly a dozen warning signs prohibiting non-authorized entry and the site was manned 24-hours a day by a minimum of 2 personnel. The site was located about a mile off the main southbound highway and nearly 12-miles south of Main Base. I glanced up at our 24-hour clock and estimated a SP unit would be on the scene in approximately 8 or 9 minutes, depending on their speeds. Some of our vehicles were not safe to take over 60 mph, except for the Flight Chief's vehicle and our all-base patrol unit. Both of these cars were the best in our fleet and brand new 1973 Ambassadors.
I had my assistant desk sergeant monitor the open emergency line to see if he could detect any background sounds, or possibly one of the personnel came back on line. We knew this time of night it would be only two people down there. 8 minutes later my South Base patrolman came over the radio and advised me the vehicle access gate into the site was completely smashed and shoved or dragged into the compound by several feet. I told him to wait on a second patrolman before moving toward the building and asked if there were any vehicles around. He advised that two vehicles, privately owned, were in the parking slots, but no other vehicle in sight. He also reported a lack of acceleration or breaking marks in the hard packed compound. Now this struck me as odd. There should have been tire marks in the dirt from doing the kind of damage my patrolman had reported. The Flight Chief was the next on scene and they were approaching the building. Within 2 minutes my Highway unit arrived and I figured 3 patrols could handle what ever had happened. My imagination went a little wild, wondering if the two people working tonight had gotten into a fight, but that wouldn't have involved busting the gate down and two vehicles were still parked there.
A few minutes later, my Flight Chief came over the phone and told me to hold on, while he cut the emergency call off to clear that line and would call me right back on the regular number for the desk. He also said to get an ambulance on the way for two possible patients, both still unconscious at this time but breathing normally and no outward injuries. He then hung up and 30-seconds later I was on the regular line talking with him. He had decided he wanted me down there to observe the scene, because he knew I'd be the one writing this all up. "Make sure you have a well-stocked evidence kit with you." I was also advised to call in one of the housing patrols to take over my spot on the desk, an NCO was required if at all possible and my Assistant had only two stripes- an Airman 1st Class. I even beat the ambulance down there and I had to wait for the housing patrol to arrive so I could take his vehicle.
As I drove up to the site, the damage done to the access gate left me dumbfounded. It looked as if a D-9 Cat had driven through it. smashing it down and crushing all the metal parts. I didn't stay around to study the gate, but parked my unit and dashed inside. (Back then I could still dash.)
As I approached the stairs going up to the facility's door, which we found to be also broken down and the debris scattered about the insides of the station. It looked like someone had placed a small bomb on the door to blow it open, but there was no fire and no evidence of any explosion. By now the female 2-striper was coming out of her fog and beginning to give my highway unit Non-commissioned officer or NCO, some of the details of what had happened. I listened, but she was still too rattled to be coherent. It would be another 15-20 minutes before we were able to understand her and the ambulance crew was loading the male sergeant on to a gurney- he was still unconscious. Vital signs were a bit off, but nothing to explain his condition. He had an expression of fright on him. at least that's what my Flight Chief and I decided and we'd both seen a lot of those expressions in Vietnam.
I had the Desk give the site commander a telephone call and request his presence. I wanted to know if anything was stolen. When he arrived he was speechless from what he saw as he walked over the gate and observed the front door. We briefed him on the man taken to the Hospital ER by ambulance and he walked over to comfort the rattled female Airman 1st Class. I was then asked to come outside by one of my patrolman, who pointed out some really strange footprints in the dirt. We had somehow missed them while coming in, but in the soft dirt patches we discovered just how large these prints were and no one said a thing. One set of prints was right below a window at the south side of the building. One of these two, what I believed to be a foot print, showed a completely smashed Coke bottle in the middle of it. Now I can stand on a Coke bottle-from back then, and not break it and I weighed 300lbs at that time. Measurements were taken of the print and we read over 15-inches in length and a shade over 9-inches in width. It appeared to have 3 rounded toes more than two-inches wide, but no evidence of claws. The critter, from the span of distance of the prints appeared to be walking on two legs, with just under a 4-foot span. I later took plaster imprints of several of the prints including the one with the Coke bottle. During this time I advised the Desk to have a 12 gauge shotgun brought down to us, with 10-rounds of .00 buckshot. My little Smith & Wesson .38 Combat Masterpiece was going to have little effect on any creature this size and the Flight Chief was glad I requested it. He also had this ominous feeling as we stood outside and looked around the darkened desert floor.
I was at the site for a good two hours, taking photos and measurements. Whatever it was, it had smashed the gate down, walked around the building, tried to enter by breaking the front door down but didn't fit through the doorway, and for some unexplained reason it had departed. By what I saw of the heavy metal gate, the critter- maybe a big California Grizzly, or whatever, had not smashed the rest of the doorway apart to make entry and it had departed through the way it came in. Now no one was going to be following this thing out into a dark desert. We were also wondering if we had a hoax going on here- a gag to get the SPs all flustered up.
I interviewed the female Airman up at the hospital, her supervisor wanted her checked over. By the time we arrived at the Hospital the male NCO was now fully awake and we were able to interview them both. Except I wanted to conduct the interviews and have them separated to see if I got the same story or if they might trip each other up. My Flight Chief was back at the office with the evidence we had obtained and all the photographs. By now everyone on C Flight wanted to stop by to see the photos.
I interviewed the Sgt first and then released him back to his ward for a night of observation. He was out by 8 a.m., released by the doctor, but he took a two-week leave straight off. The site supervisor had also requested blood tests to see if his two personnel were under the influence of drugs or intoxicating beverages. My Flight Chief was also going to request it, but the supervisor beat him to it. They were later found to be completely clear of both.
The interviews matched as far as each one went. They had both been working on radio traffic when they had heard a large bang out front- this being the smashed gate. But they saw no vehicle and the female airman was going for the phone to call on our emergency line, when the Sgt let out a yell and was pointing at the window nearest him. He then passed out, leaving the female Airman all alone and they did not carry firearms at the site. Except the supervisor allowed them to keep a privately owned .22 caliber rifle to deal with rambunctious Mojave Green Rattlers. You just never knew where one of those might show up. But the rifle was never touched, no one had time to even recall they had a rifle there in the station. The male Sgt recalled hear a strange noise outside and approached the nearest window to look out and what he saw had apparently terrified him into a light form of shock. He feinted. But before he lost consciousness, he saw the entire window blocked by something, he couldn't see the night's stars or the South Base lights from a highway intersection 2 miles south of the site. Then he sensed movement of this dark thing, "whatever it was, and next thing I know I'm looking straight at a...well, they looked like two big silver dollars, but they weren't eyes. No, they radiated a blue light and I couldn't keep looking at it. Next thing I remember is waking up in the ER."
The difference in the female airman's story was how she held the phone in her hand, watched her shift supervisor point at the window and then pass out. "He really hit the floor hard. But then the door blew inward, like an explosion without...the explosion part. I screamed and that was that. You guys found me then."
This wasn't a lot to go on and there was too much costly damage done for a squadron hoax against the SPs. But I returned to SP Headquarters and began working on my reports and putting my blotter information in. The Flight Chief had notified the Base Command Post of the incident and he called the on-duty SP Investigator to appraise him of the incident. We knew all of our evidence and my report would be funneled over to Investigations, and then possibly up to the OSI. They looked at things and were always brought in weird events, thefts of over $2,000 and major crimes such as suicides, murder and whatever OSI wanted to be involved in. OSI was a secretive group; Air Force personnel who wore civilian attire so no one knew what their rank was and in this way they could deal with senior officers without being wary of their suspect's rank. I would later do a lot of work with them when I began working "Cher", my narcotic/patrol trained canine. I would become the first dope dog to hit Edwards and boy did we take them by surprise.
I moved my typing into the Flight Chief Office so the new shift's desk sergeant could go to work. By late in the morning I half-way expected to hear about further sightings of a massive Grizzly or possible an escaped Gorilla from the Los Angeles Zoo. Nope. I went back to the barracks to catch some sleep and was woke up a little more than an hour later by the squadron's First Sergeant. I was needed back down at SP headquarters. Just me. My Flight Chief was home dreaming whatever he dreamed about. I found out I was needed to type a new blotter for the hours of my shift, which ended the 24 hour day. Being that I would have to sign it, as I always did, they felt I should be the one to type it. I also learned my prior blotter was on hand to use for the information I needed, but all reference to the MARS site incident was blacked over. My whole police report I had spent three hours on was now missing and apparently seized by the OSI or the Base Command Post. All my evidence was now missing and I was ordered to forget all about the incident of the prior night. Everyone involved received the same order. I adhered to that order until I left the service. But it all upset me, I did not like cover-up. Especially when no one would tell me why.
But really, all I had at this point were two people who feinted, who couldn't understand what they saw and several thousand dollars in damage. But within 24-hours, that MARS Site was abandoned and moved into another facility closer to Main Base. But the story was beginning to spread by noon and I never opened my mouth. I expected it was that officer who worked in the Command Post, who went home and told his wife, which went among the officer's wives. If you want a story or rumor spread, one of the wives clubs or hospital personnel were the quickest to get it spread.
Now I thought it had ended with this incident, though we did assigned two SPs to a patrol for South Base and the senior All-Base Patrol for the next few days and this would come in handy.
Part # 3 of the Legend of Blue Eyes in the next Moose Pass Journal. Retelling this story is liable to cause me nightmares- again. But I was asked for it and like any writer, I couldn't disappoint a fan/friend/relative or bill collector.
I am seriously thinking about creating a company for the sole purpose of bottling Alaskan rain and shipping it down to California, to help in aiding all those Californians suffering from their drought. I am mean we have companies sending us ultra-clean river water, so we could at least return the favor. Our company would build giant outside vats to capture our "ultra-clean" rain, plus possibly a few mosquitoes in the process and the occasional wasp...maybe a bat or two to add some flavor. But we can guarantee it never touched the ground, before going into our bottling factory. In this way we can keep out the animal refuse, such as bear skat ( the little to huge pile a bear leaves behind and not to spoil the commercial of the bear using ultra-soft toilet paper- they really don't indulge in paper products), moose nuggets and soiled earth from ...yellow water stains from both man or beast. Now those river water companies can't promise you that. Best of all, we have a lot of rain water. Now if I can just get one of those federal grants to build the plant and set up a shipping plan.
I am still trying to get one of those big federal grants to provide funds for our educational study on what causes and effects a month-long visit would have for a family of Alaskans to stay in Hawaii. My family has already volunteered to be the test subjects. Believe me when I say I have seen similar grants issued for downright silly projects and its only an example of how taxpayer funds can and will be used. Now I simply have to come up with a name for the company. Sadly, with my luck I'll get everything built and Alaska will suffer its first major drought and a snow-less winter. Even if I danced my head-off. Thinking about that I am reminded of a long ago prophecy by a Native Alaskan elder who spoke about how a snow-less winter will precede the Biblical End of Days. When we went through "the winter that wasn't" a few years back, where we finally got 6 inches of snow, experienced above zero temperatures throughout and that was it for that winter. It had a lot of us wondering.
Now, part one of "The Legend of Blue Eyes".
Thinking back, I suspect some people thought these incidents had something to with all the strange and highly classified experiments NASA or our Top Secret North Base facility, Edwards Air Force Base, California. After all, they both were said to be involved in such activities. It was even "rumored" the Roswell "aliens" was stored away in the North Base underground buildings and the rumored "Hanger 18" was an underground facility beneath the base's largest lake-bed. All one could see were air-shafts and a few upper windows to what was believed to be the North Base administrations building. This place was guarded by men in civilian attire and armed with automatic weapons. Two fences surrounded North Base and the interior one was "electrically" armed. Others believed NASA and North Base were tied in to all the UFO sightings made over the Mojave Desert during this same time period: Summer of 1974. Of course, we had those who believed it all a hoax, due to the showing of a base theater movie entitled, "Legend of Bogie Creek", three days before the first incident. It was a Big Foot movie or swamp monster flick and somewhat terrifying for the movie goers with a weak-heart. Me, I was fine, except for squeezing my date's hand to the breaking bone stage. I blamed it on the music, like from the movie John Wayne made where he was Genghis Khan- terrifying.
I had recently returned from my taxpayer's paid two long tours in Southeast Asia- Vietnam and Thailand. Not the kind of free vacation I had thought about in high school. Now I was assigned to the 6510th Security Police Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, in the upper Mojave desert and 85-miles from North Los Angeles and 75 miles South East of Bakersfield. For those unfamiliar with Air Force job titles, the Security Police was exactly like the Army Military Police, but better trained. Here, the summer heat went as high as 133 degrees and the cool of the winter night could drop to zero or a bit below. Later, I would realize what serious cold was when I was sent north to Alaska, when I experienced minus 82 degrees for a 7-day stretch and still had to walk to work.
For myself, I found the upper desert to be a place of mystery, where the land could bring one's imagination into reality. Until I married my 3rd wife and was behaving much like any single guy would, I experienced the desert of Edward's 300-square miles with every chance. On duty as a patrolman, when I was able to escape the Security Police Desk Sergeant job, I drove over every dirt road and hard-packed trail I could find. I learned to know all the access points to the two massive dry lake-beds. I felt like an explorer, but chained to the limits of the base while on patrol. But there were times, acting in "hot pursuit", I was able to drive off-base chasing some clown behind the wheel. When this happened, I was promptly assigned to the Desk again. My flight chief always said I was always finding one form of trouble or another just to cause him heartburn.
I doubt there was many people on Edwards Air Force Base who knew the desert of Edwards AFB as well as I. Through my searches I discovered old facilities used by the military as far back as 1942, some of them underground and now used to house families of coyotes. I learned of the old gold-miners still out and about with their mules, drug runners using the Southeast corner of Edwards smaller dry lake bed to make drug drops for the gangs in Los Angeles to sell, a few people I discovered living in shacks on Air Force property and wild longhorn cattle. I later learned about the wild longhorns, an estimated herd of about twenty, that came from an abandoned herd brought into the Mojave Desert in the early 1900's. They were not all that friendly and extremely skinny.
The center of the base was a large complex of family housing, stores and various maintenance buildings and runways, that made up Edwards AFB. The base's runway was the longest in the Air Force-stateside and eventually used as an alternate runway for the Space Shuttle. The lake beds were often used by the various companies testing their aircraft to show the military what they had to sell. Edwards was also used as an emergency landing strip for B-52s carrying nuclear weapons. If something happened only Edwards would be lost, not that we enjoyed that idea or our sacrifice. I watched several B-52s land, but since I am still here we apparently never had an accident. One B-52 actually made a belly landing and you could hear thousands of people stop breathing until the aircraft settled and rescue vehicles raced in to prevent any spot fires from spreading. These were all the military and their dependents who had come to the lake bed to watch the emergency landing. The aircraft would circle the base until it was almost out of fuel, giving everyone notice of what was about to occur. A lot of prayers and crossed fingers happened with those B-52 landings.
Edward AFB was the test flight center for the military. Assorted aircraft manufacturers brought their latest aircraft prototypes here for a series of test and see if the Air Force or Navy and Marines might buy their aircraft. NASA also ran tests with their own aircraft and often these were strange in appearance. The lifting bodies were pod shaped or in the shape of a tear, this engine-less craft were dropped from a B-52 # 0008, which had come to Edwards right out of the factory. These lifting bodies would be dropped from major heights above the desert and would glide down to land on one of the lake-beds. This was part of the Space Shuttle program and delighted many a serious UFO fan, who thought little green men were piloting these crafts. In the 1975 Edwards AFB Open House, the lifting bodies were put on display for the first time, along with the Space Shuttle "Enterprise".
Great thinkers had their magic labs in these two locations; NASA and North Base. Across Main Base was the Rocket Site, about 5 miles from the flight line. This was another large complex and here the engines for the Space Shuttle and many a multiple stage rocket for the likes of Gemini and Apollo missions were tested. One Security Policeman manned the gate entering the facility and a second Security Policeman patrolled the large area. We'll be talking about the Rocket Site further along in this story.
Security Police flights; A, B and C, were each manned by some thirty plus personnel. Working C Flight, we handled the 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. shift or 0001 hundred to 24 hundred hours. We would often rotate to a different shift's hours as needed or scheduled, but most of us preferred the late night shift- less traffic and far less officers looking over our shoulder. I was somehow assigned to the position of Desk Sergeant, a job I had only handled once before for a couple months in Thailand. I much preferred town patrol over there. But I am drifting here and need to pull back to my assignment on the desk. I supervised one Assistant Desk Sergeant, who was often not even a sergeant-yet. I handled the radio for dispatching and receiving call from up to 30 patrolman. The entire base was under our authority, patrol work, gate guards for the flight line and Rocket Site, and one to two SPs in the armory. My job handled counter traffic and phone traffic, dispatching patrols as needed. I typed a running 24 hour blotter and the incident reports turned in by my patrolman and represented the Base Commander during those late hours, with a hotline to the Base Command Post ( unreachable by anyone without the clearance to be there). I mention all this because you will find all this information appropriate for the forthcoming events.
I dealt with many drivers who passed through our base on the open state highways. We had no gates, but they do have them now. These people were often lost, trying to find Los Angeles or San Bernardino and the desert did have a way at night to leave some people confused. Also we helped a lot of the visiting relatives trying to find a service member stationed here. Our patrols all too often fond the lost souls, or they called in on our emergency phones the base had installed on the highways. The summer desert was no place to have a car breakdown or become stuck in the soft sands. We even had some desert rats who passed through, not even caring the military had arrived. It was just another town.
No, Edward Air Force Base was an interesting place to be assigned as long as one could handle the summer heat, sand storms and one blizzard that caught everyone unaware as 10 inches of snow covered the upper Mojave and winds reached 60-70 mph. This place also came with rattlesnakes-named Mojave Greens, spiders in all sizes, scorpions up to 5-6 inches in length and more rattlesnakes. I was once guarding an aircraft crash way out in the Upper Mojave, along with another SP. My wonderful flight chief thought I needed a break and thought this would be a fun assignment for me. He expected a quiet night from me out there. With nothing to do, we each slept off and on, making sure no one came by to steal parts off the aircraft. The Accident Investigation Team was due out in the morning, along with the retrieval trucks and crane. So, the night went by without incident, but in the morning, I was stepping out of our truck to commune with Mother Nature and suddenly heard the hair-razing rattling of dozens of Mojave Green Rattlesnakes. I pulled my foot back in and looked out my door. We counted more than 100 rattlesnakes, which were apparently all drawn in by the heat of the crash. What a sight. We called it in and I could almost imagine the perturbed expression on my flight chief. A fire truck had to come out and start foaming the area to get the snakes to leave, which took several hours. But I was gone by then, needing my bed and some breakfast.
One of our more unusual tasks involved an elderly Hispanic sheep herder, who had protected (grandfathered)rights, older than most of the base, to bring his sheep herd through the Western side of the base. He showed up every summer. But this one summer of 1975, our housing area was visited by more than 200 sheep. They went just about everywhere, causing traffic jams and whatever and our flight was called out to assist the day time shift with corralling them. Seems our herder had fallen seriously ill and needed emergency care. Locating his truck and trailer, we got him to the hospital and he was treated and spent the next couple of days in the hospital's patient wing. This was unusual, as he was a civilian, but the Base Commander wanted him near his sheep for when he got well. The dogs, now willing to leave the herder, did a fantastic job keeping the sheep together, while the base personnel provided food and water for both dog and sheep.
Now my flight chief and I would argue, by ourselves of course, about my job assignments for the next week. I wanted to spend some time on patrol and he wanted my backside glued to the Desk Sergeant chair. True, I often was looking for trouble on patrol, which I continued into my police career. He got mad at me one night and assigned me to Rocket Site Patrol for punishment. Well there was a big strike going on at the Borax plant in Boron. This was located outside the Northeast corner of the base and sometimes we could see the fires burning from the violent incidents between strikers and security personnel. The night I was assigned up there I became involved in a car chase through the open desert, but I was in a four-wheel drive vehicle and my suspect was driving a two-wheel drive truck. I had requested back-up and my buddy Chuck, (we had gone through Vietnam, Thailand and were sent here- its mighty unusual to get assigned to three bases like we were), was dispatched from South Base Patrol.
The suspect vehicle finally got himself stuck and Chuck and I discovered two men in the vehicle. Both of them well-armed but not offering any resistance. We also discovered 22-revolvers and pistols in the back of the truck. This led to a major incident involving notification to the Command Post and the OSI ( Office of Special Investigations- military version of the FBI). It was first believed the two men were running guns to the strikers in Boron, but later it became clear the two men had brought their firearm collection out into the open desert to make sure all the guns were operational with some shooting practice in the morning and had no idea they were on the base property. We allowed them to keep their firearms, but Chuck and I still sited them for Trespassing. At Edwards we had a civilian court with a state magistrate appear once a month to handle minor violations and traffic citations. They both plead guilty to the charge and shook our hands on the way out, glad to have their firearms back. For all this I was once more glued to the desk chair and advised I'd have another birthday or two before I saw patrol again. My flight chief was a mean old dude at times.
Another time, while on patrol I found a suitcase packed with dynamite sitting on the side of the roadway on South Base and a couple of months came upon a suitcase full of marijuana. I gathered I had come across someone's drop point and ruined their day. My best time was a 26-mile chase at 100-120 miles per hour, from the East North Base area, going off base in hot pursuit for some distance and then watching the driver slam his vehicle right into a California Highway Patrol roadblock. Both his vehicle and the CHP unit was totaled and the suspect needed hospitalization. The CHP sergeant came up to me and said, "I don't care what you have on this guy, but he now belongs to us." All I had on him was stealing copper wire from various old sites, speeding and eluding me. Never did find out what happened to the driver, once he got out of the hospital. But I sure was yelled at by the squadron vehicle manager for nearly blowing up the engine of my patrol car. Back on the desk.
I'll stop here and bring you Part Two tomorrow. But now just a few news briefs to keep you updated.
Jerusalem: Nigerian tourist is being examined for possible Ebola. Special quarantine in place.
US Senate - new Bill to be introduced by US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex), which will move to strip American citizenship from those individuals fighting alongside the Islamic State- which will stop them from re-entering the United States.
US Ambassador, Samantha Power, to the United Nations says Syria may be hiding chemical weapons despite signing on to an agreement renouncing its chemical weapons.
FBI reports Cuban Intelligence is aggressively recruiting leftist American academy and college students and professors as spies and influence agents- using sexual entrapment operations- a common tactic. Cuba is working under the assumption how a percentage of students will go on to become US Government employees and will provide valuable intelligence information.
US Authorities have ramped up efforts to prevent Terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radioactive materials as concerns mount the Islamic State and other terror groups seek to develop a weapon of mass destruction for a terrorist attack. (Islamic State already in possession of 90 lbs of radioactive material- plutonium it seized from Mosul University in Iraq. Strange how no one is inquiring into why and how the university had so much plutonium).
World Health Organization reports an estimate of one suicide occurs in the world every 40-seconds, amounting to more than 800,000 suicides a year. Date comes from a study of 172 countries and took over 10-0years to compile. (But is anyone listening?)
United Nations say $600 million needed to attack Ebola Crisis. Volunteer health workers drastically need to help fight this deadly virus and other health concerns.
Another IRS Scandal: IRS improperly obtained donor lists from non-profit groups as part of a "Secret Research" project being run by Former IRS leader Lois Lerner and other IRS officials.
State of California to be the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. ( I wonder what happens with plastic trash bags).
City of Long Beach, California reports first West Nile Disease death for this year. 9 cases of the disease have shown up in Long Beach. State of California has confirmed 181 West Nile cases this year. This is an increase from 101 cases at this point in 2013. 9 patients have died in California this year.
Russia has issued a ban on Candy Import to the Ukraine. (That's really hitting the old sweet tooth).
Russia announced their plan to hold a major exercise this month involving 4,000 troops and personnel involved in Russia's Nuclear Arsenal. This will bring increased tensions between Russia and NATO. The proposed air power to be used is unprecedented for exercises of this kind. Enemy forces to be made up of Russia's Spetsnaz (special forces) units. Expected to be held in Eastern Siberia. ( This makes it very close to Alaska, if anyone noticed).
Russia violates Finland's airspace for 3rd time this week. Finland says it will step up its air surveillance.
6 months of fighting in the Ukraine, involving Russian and pro-Russian troops, has led to an estimated 2,600 deaths.
Ebola deaths now over 1,900. Doctors meet in Geneva to discuss 10-possible vaccines or cures for Ebola. Some experts say "we are losing the battle" to halt its spread. Some are beginning to wonder ( though its a little early) if this Ebola virus is the Biblical one promised to wipe out one-third of the world's population in the End of Days. (As I said it's too early for this. People have suspected the last 3-4 major outbreaks of terrifying virus or diseases to be the one in Revelation's prophecy.)
UNICEF releases report how one-in-ten girls are subjected to sexual abuse worldwide. Report also shows 6-in-10 Children- ages between 2 and 14 subjected to regular physical punishment. This mean nearly 1 billion kids are facing this abuse.
Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano erupts- second time since August 29th.
Kazakhstan- High alert called after radioactive container fell off a truck and "disappears". Shipment of Caesium-137 radioactive isotope burns and causes death after high exposure. (Could be used for the manufacture of a "dirty bomb".)
It's been a long wet day and nearing dinner time. God Bless, BILL
It does appear my bathtub dance act has produced rain, which began late last night and is still drowning my dogs and our family smokers at 6 p.m. today. Our dedicated smokers must use the porch, during snow and rain, or anywhere outside during clear days. I dislike what cigarette smoke can do to the insides of a home and the smokers understand this. I've only had to taser a couple of them, seize their smokes and put them on probation. I happen to keep an old set of handcuffs nearby, if needed, along with two police nightsticks and a fragmentation grenade for those serious moments. Like when Mona's family comes to visit- just kidding, as I love my extended family.
I am going right into the news briefs, as I have a few of them tonight.
Libya is missing 11 passenger jets and it is feared they might be in the hands of the militant Muslim factions operating in their country. Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-Minn) says, "There's really two concerns: one, the planes could be used in a similar way that they were used on 9/11 in the United States, They could be used as flying bombs into oil-fields, buildings and strategic targets. Number Two (A) plane could be loaded with terrorists, could land as a commercial aircraft in an American city somewhere, or an European city, (they could) deplane, go about a maybe a Mumbai-type disaster . So, there's multiple ways these planes could be used."
U.S. Border Patrol reports 66,000 Immigrant Children apprehended at the US Southern Border, since January of this year. Apprehensions of children are up 88% during this same time in 2013.
Ukraine announces cease-fire agreement with Russia, but later retracts the statement. Ukraine , Moscow in talks over a cease-fire, but deny permanent agreement at this time.
Ukraine expects to obtain "special ally" status from NATO at its upcomming summit in Wales.
President Obama says U.S. objective is to "destroy" Islamic State. But then he backs off and says it can be made a "manageable problem."
Obama approves 350 additional troops for duty in Iraq, then says, "These forces will not be serving in a combat role."
European Union's European Commission has fined "Infineon, Philips and Samsung more than $181 million for their coordinated market behavior to create a cartel through Smart Card chips.
China and Poland dignitaries meet, concerning the potential for expanding bilateral defense cooperation.
19-year old boy from Zaria in North Nigeria's Kaduna State was put under isolation for suspected Ebola.
Ukraine and NATO to hold joint military exercises this month, which has upset Moscow.
Russia announces mass drills of its strategic missile forces in Southern Siberia, prior to the NATO summit. ( This may not have happened because I've not picked up any additional information relating to the drills.)
British Ebola patient discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.
Germany unveils memorial to the mentally ill and physically disabled people who were murdered by the Nazi Regime. 300,000 people were systematically executed under Hitler's orders to remove those "inferior" men and women from his future plans for his master race.
Russian nuclear power plant suffers pump failure and was forced into an automatic shutdown. Kola Nuclear Plant is located 200 km south of Russia's port city of Murmansk.
Australia is to open an embassy in Ukraine's Capitol City of Kiev, in a show of solidarity.
Jerusalem- Israeli Army forms a new elite unit, consisting of all lawyers. (This one is simply too easy to have fun with, just so many great lawyer jokes come to mind.)
Israel makes 15-year, $15 billion natural gas deal with Jordan, beginning in 2016.
Our Department of Homeland Security has managed to lose 6,000 foreigners, who entered the United States on student visas. These are men and women from such locations as the Middle East finished out the length of time allowed by the student visa and then vanished. (Makes one wonder how many of these people became members of terrorists cells and how many simply enjoyed the American ways of doing things and did not want to return home.)
New study shows 1 in 10 workers in California are here illegally. Based on information provided by Homeland Security and Department of Labor, an estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrants now reside in California without permission. These illegal immigrants makeup 38% of California's agriculture work force. ( For those of you who may not recall Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had developed an intelligence network on Oahu- a fighting force that appeared suddenly at that morning's prearranged time and place. They were responsible for the destruction of numerous aircraft, military vehicle and bombing of several federal buildings. This caught the authorities on Oahu flat-footed, until the Army was able to respond to these Japan/American citizens. The ones who were captured were despised by the true Japanese Americans and looked upon as traitors to the US.)
An estimated 5,000 Atlantic City casino employees were being laid-off as another two casinos closed their doors. Unemployment numbers for the state will be taking a sharp increase this month.
Native language speakers win voting rights lawsuit against the State of Alaska. Federal Judge in Anchorage ruled the Alaska State Election Division violated the US Voting Rights Act by failing to provide ballots and candidate information in native language to Yup'ik and Gwich'in speakers in three rural regions of Alaska. ( This was an important battle, one that "might" bring about a second vote for Alaskan Statehood. These people were given little or in some cases no opportunity to have a chance to vote for statehood or decline statehood in this important choice. No ballots were sent to numerous villages and towns. I became involved in this matter while researching information for my "Militia" manuscript. I found the ballot, which should have had four options, only presented two options. Then the military committed an unethical move by flying thousands of troops up from Washington and elsewhere and told how to vote. At the time we had no registry laws, except maybe age requirements or they were not being used. Currently, I have talked to a lot of people who seek succession, possibly to rent the military the four major installations at a low fee- $1 a year. The people assigned to the bases have a positive effect on local economy, and several people decide to stay here- like my wife and I. Another item that had a souring effect on Alaska is now being called the 90-10 lawsuit. There might be more to the title than just that, but this is the important part. Native Corporations are taking US Congress to court over this 90-10 and all the entails. Basically it comes down to US Congress meeting with our 1959 Statehood Commission and advising them that since Alaska was so large and with so few people, Congress felt our new State Senate and Congress would not have the funds to run the government. Under the current law at that point, states paid to the US 33% of the funds gained on natural resources. The states would keep 67% to help run their government. But US Congress offered the Statehood Party a deal of letting them keep 90% of the funds from natural resources and provide the US with 10%. This really pushed the statehood people into calling for a vote. But at the time Alaska suffered a racial issue, where the privileged whites treated rural Alaskan Natives poorly. This changed in time. But after statehood came about, US Congress reversed its decision. So, keep your eyes on this and I am sure the judges decision will be challenged in the US Supreme Court eventually. )
Gun shop owner Chris Holmgren of Calico Light Weapons Systems in Oregon is possibly the latest victim of President Obama's "Operation Choke Point". This operation, set up by the Departments of Justice and Treasury prevents access to banks and others parts of the U.S. financial system. Holmgren was advised under this operation he was warned his credit card processor would have to close his account due to "illegal activities". The credit card company "thought I sold firearms over the Internet, which I do not do." He believes his company is the latest victim of the administration's over reach. Holmgren says his company only sells gun parts, which is legal over the Internet- currently.
Joseph F. Palumbo of a New York State gun shop says he was given 24-hours to comply with a "request" from the New York State Police to turn over all of his records of sales to customers who purchased "bullet button" AR-15 Rifles since the hastily passed "Safe Act" in 2013. Palumbo had no choice but to provide 165 records and now he and his customers fear "door-to-door confiscations" or "warrant-less searches" could come next. Detachable magazines were made illegal by the Safe Act, but these newer model came with a secured magazine that could only be released with a tool. Now it seemed the authorities wanted to challenge this new button device, but might be going after the weapons first.
China launches a Long March Rocket carrying two separate satellites. This is the 192nd mission for the Long March rocket family. The satellites reached their preset orbit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges anti-Japanese aggression spirit in future development. He called for the Chinese people carry on the national spirit of the anti-Japanese War as the country is expecting many "great battles" in its future development.
China accuses Vietnam of playing a risky game between the U.S. and China. Hanoi dignitaries welcome the US Military envoy , then promptly sent their senior envoy to Beijing. With rising tensions over the South China Sea incidents, a lot of analysts, who are watching this all play out, feel Vietnam is taking upon itself a major risk and with all said and done, Vietnam may not choose a side. Some feel Vietnam is shooting for a triangular relationship with Washington and Beijing. ( This ongoing event bears serious watching. For those of you who read my book, A Coming Storm, China invades Vietnam to kick off pre- World War III events, which lead to massive nuclear exchange. In my strange dreams I saw this happening from 15-years ago. But I must admit since then I have read of battles being fought between China and Vietnam, but no invasion. China had need of the massive rice belts to feed its army and it will require the deep water ports along its eastern coast. Cam Ranh Bay is the largest harbor on the continents eastern coast- but I've mentioned that before.)
Presidents of China, Russia and Mongolia to hold a three party meeting in the near future.
Moscow blames NATO for allegedly taking advantage of Ukraine Crisis to divert public attention from Europe's worsening economic situation in Europe.
Russian's Navy's new multipurpose nuclear submarine, the Severodvinsk, has successfully completed it missile testing phase on the White Sea.
Vietnam detects influenza A/H5N6 Virus in 5 Provinces (states).
U.S. and South Korea will create an army unit tasked with destroying North Korea's weapons of mass destruction in the event of all-out conflict. ( Nice to advertise???)
6.0 earthquake hits 175 km east of Ohonua, Tonga.
aL-Qaeda claims to have opened a new branch in India. Reportedly, the militant faction is losing terrorist applicants to Islamic State and is now searching out other areas for soldiers.
NASA reports Asteroid 2014 RC will pass by the earth on Sunday. The 60-foot rock will fly within a one tenth distance between the earth and the moon and is due to pass over New Zealand. NASA says it posses no threat to the planet.
Will that's it for the news briefs. I hope you might have found one or two of them interesting. But its good night for me. I'll try to start the Blue Eye's story tomorrow, but a lot of you have already heard it. But please do not read the story I found on the Internet about Blue Eyes, it is a total lie. It speaks of wrecked police cars, hurt officers and totally wrong concerning the incident. The man who wrote it wasn't even there. Now I love fiction, but I become upset with malarkey, being passed off as real.
God Bless, BI
Sunlight for three days in a row, I feel like dancing. But with all the tourists driving by I'm liable to cause a traffic jam. Last time I commenced to dance outside, some time ago, I brought rain. Oh, the over-clouding was already overhead, but I wasn't dancing for rain, simply joy. Cannot recall why, now. But it must of been something to exhibit my gorgeous physique before the masses and masterful skill in break-dancing. If you're buying all this I've got a great deal on a oil platform to sell. Maybe shares?
It would appear I tried to practice my break-dancing in the shower early this morning. Unfortunately, at 4 a.m., I did not farewell. Enough said on that. Mona had to run a couple of our family into the ER in Seward, which took nearly 7 hours. One of the people is now in Anchorage being seen and the other issued medications. Such things happen all to often around here, its the battle we fight and would appreciate all your prayers.
I have a couple short tales I wish to share with you over the next few days. True events that occurred in my life, while I was stationed at Edward Air Force Base, California. They might sound unbelievable, but they actually did take place. This first one, which I wrote down way back then, as to not forget it, happened back in the summer of 1975. Edward AFB is located in the Upper Mojave Desert, some 85-miles from Los Angeles. In this first story, I was working as Desk Sergeant for C Flight, working the midnight to 8 a.m. shift. This was the best shift to work during the Mojave's summer heat-spells, with the darkness cooling the desert down.
With my 4.5 years at Edwards and all my searching of this strange place, a vast desert to fuel the imagination and offer one a series of mirages on the hot dreary days. Still, I discovered a lot of sites no longer used for testing-underground hangers and offices. Locations going back to WWII, when the land was leased from Pancho Barnes, famous female pilot and owner of the executive House of Ill-repute, known by many an officer and politicians who visited the spot as the "Ranch", It had another name, but we will go with Ranch for now. Many of these men visited this location when they came out to see some test take place or they became employed in the testing of new aircraft. If you ever watched "The Right Stuff", the ranch is shown as a major meeting place for test pilots. Most of them simply came for the liquor and beer, probably to settle their nerves after near death experiences in an experimental aircraft. There is only rubble now and so many artifacts of an ancient tribe and military mementos were destroyed in a fire.
I was working Desk Sergeant one very early morning when my flight-line patrol radioed in about how they came upon an odd-duck of a man snooping around the Test Pilot's School and Administration building. I was curious what the odd-duck part of the man was and advised the patrol to kindly escort the man and his vehicle up to our headquarters so I could get a look at him and find out what he was doing "snooping".
When they arrived, I was in the flight sergeant's office having a cup of coffee and sharing some future plans with Tech Sergeant Harrel. A great supervisor, he had become a good friend in our couple of years together. I was often told our yelling matches over procedures and report writing could be heard throughout the building. But thankfully, headquarters was deserted during our late shift. Otherwise such poor protocol would have never occurred. He wore two more stripes than I did and one does not yell at a supervisor, not without going to jail. He would often win the arguments by just pointing at his stripes- no fair!
My desk area back then was an elevated room, just big enough for all the electrical gizmos we needed and provide spots for the Desk Sergeant and Assistant Desk Sergeant. The assistant's job was primarily to monitor all the alarms for 35 or more facilities, learn my job and what it entailed and look over the radio when I needed to run down the hall for anything. My assistants came and went and I could never find someone on my shift who could handle the stress. We both answered phones to take calls that needed police at the scene; mostly burglaries or domestic problems for our late shift. But running the radio and handling the dispatch of 30 patrols and being there when an officer needs help, this can be hard on a person. You needed to have the map of Edwards practically engraved in your mind. So, when they brought our gentleman into the visitors area I came out to meet him and left my assistant to manage the radios. Thankfully, this kid could type and I was still learning my own three finger method.
Coming into the room I felt as if I had suddenly gone back in time and I was looking at a 1950's style B-movie scientist. Black slacks, slightly dusted from the desert, black loafers with white socks, a white short-sleeve button down shirt and a pocket protector in his left shirt pocket that had to contain at least 20 pens and pencils. The gentleman also wore a thin long black tie, which hung loose. He was clean shaven, square-jawed and had graying hair cut into an old-fashioned buzz-cut style. This could also be termed a "flat-top". I judged him to be in the late 50's and he wore heavy black-framed glasses with coke bottle lenses. I was handed a California driver's license that showed he was 61-years old and lived in Los Angeles. His eyes were a gray in color and his license verified his description, but they were seriously bloodshot. I approached him to shake his hand and also to get a whiff, to see if he had been drinking and maybe simply got lost from confusion. Back then two highways ran through our base and we had no gates. (This has all changed now, the base has a series of gates.)
I gave the driver's license over to the assistant Desk Sergeant and asked him to run the gentleman through the system, to see if he had any warrants out on him or possibly a want, like maybe he escaped from a mental health facility. I conferred with my flight-line patrolman to ask how the man was driving- possible signs of intoxication? The man was driving a 1957 Cadillac, black in color. Radio check with Mojave County Sheriff had shown the license was valid, but he had no wants or warrants outstanding. The flight-line patrolman had given us the vehicle's plate number earlier and it was clean. Primaries now done I asked what I could do for our visitor and why was he on our flight-line at nearly 3 a.m. in the morning.
He spoke in a clear voice, with some tone of authority to his voice and calmly said he had found one of our missing aircraft. He had been out on the Mojave studying insects, plants and various rock formations. While doing so he had come upon a rather unique Air Force aircraft, but no one was around it and the craft was all locked up. He had tried to enter in the event the crew was all injured or possible dead, but he didn't see any damage to the craft. He banged on the outside with a rock when he couldn't make entry, but no one responded and he saw no way to enter the aircraft. He advised me of how he was convinced the aircraft belonged to us by the military look of the thing and he new Edwards was always testing new aircraft and this one appeared extremely advanced, especially since it didn't have any wings or vertical stabilizer. The rock he used to make noise had not even left a scratch and he was envious, his Cadillac was always getting scratches on it.
I began to suspect we had a desert crazy on our hands- they showed up now and then over the years. Several were old-fashion gold miners, complete with mule. But this one figured he should finish his work from today, have a meal he cooked for himself over a small fire, and then catch some sleep. He planned to come in during work day hours and find out if the crew were okay and show where he located the craft. But he couldn't sleep and decided he would come in now. He then explained it was cigar shaped, some 10-12 feet high and 20-25 feet wide. No windows and a silvery metal in color. I then asked a few questions and I took him over to a base map hanging in the visitors area and he showed me where the craft was positioned. Yes, he had spotted what ever he spotted in the southwest corner of Edwards. This was close to where the west dry lake-bed began and traveled for 20-miles or so. A lot of testing went on in the lake-bed, but the military and NASA did not abandon its aircraft for eerie middle-aged sci-fi nuts to locate.
Our gentleman couldn't sleep, so he thought he would come in tonight to report it. Not having been on Edwards before he stopped at the first building he came upon, one that was all lit up and this ended up being the Test Pilot building. I thought from the way he described it, maybe it was possibly a privately owned craft and he should speak with the one of our two county sheriffs. Though if an aircraft was missing we would have been notified. This is Because Edwards is 300 square miles plus, takes both Los Angeles County and Mojave County Sheriff's for jurisdiction, which they shared with us and the California Highway Patrol.
Then he asked if we would like to see some of the photos he had taken of the craft and produced half-a-dozen black and white Polaroid shots. This was when my eye grew wide and my jaw nearly dropped with the first one photo. Here was an all metal craft laying in the desert, with Joshua trees surrounding it. This gave me some degree of size reference. But right here in my hands I was looking at an unidentified craft, no markings of any kind and strangely without any sign of a cockpit or running lights. Not quite saucer shaped, he took one photo from about 15-feet away and the photo showed his left hand up to give some form of size parameters. It had killed some of the Joshua trees with its landing, but I wondered why it didn't use the lake bed. I then asked him if there were any skid marks of the plane sliding into its final stop and he told me no.
I asked him to have a seat with my patrolman to entertain him, while I took the photos in to show TSgt Harrel. He looked them over and then told me to phone the Base Command Post and ask to be transferred to the Base Commander's phone. I reminded him of the hour, but he pointed me at the phone. I had a hotline to the Command Post and within two rings I was speaking with a Major, who was in charge of the night shift. I first request to be passed through to the Base Commander's phone, but he was reluctant to do this even with the strange information I had. He decided to call the Man and if the Colonel wanted to speak with me, he would call within the next 10-minutes or so.
Within 5 minutes I was talking to the Base Commander and I detailed the craft in the photos and approximately where the aircraft was located. I also described the man who reported this information and the vehicle he was operating. In those few minutes, I had also asked the patrolman to give the Cadillac a once over-front and back seat, glove box and trunk, too. He came back reporting the vehicle was a mess with rocks, official looking papers, binoculars and various cameras. But no liquor bottles, no evidence of drugs and only a .410 shotgun we felt the man probably carried for rattlesnakes, while stomping through the desert. I later learned he was employed by LA County School District as a Biology and Natural Sciences Teacher. He used his summers off to hike the hills and desert areas of California, but he had never come across an aircraft like this one. When I asked him about wearing a tie, he explained he was headed to Bakersfield today for a wedding. Everything sounded simple enough, except for what I saw in those prints and his attire out of the 50's. But I had a biology teacher who often wore clothes that made him resemble a logger. Never did see him wear a tie and he always wore socks and sandals, while teaching class.
Following a few moments of silence, which told me he was calling someone else, the Base Commander later came back on line and issued me a set of orders. He then hung-up. In the years to follow I would end up talking with the Base Commander numerous times, I liked him.
I was to have a patrolman escort the man to any departure point on Edwards he wished, but with the warning that if he ever returned he would be arrested and turned over to civil authorities for trespassing on a military installation. I was to confiscate all of the photos and film found during a search of his vehicle to ensure there were no other photos of this unusual craft. We have these huge warning signs one can't help but see upon entry to the base, in how all vehicles and persons were subject to search and seizure upon entry to a military installation. I was to have all photos transported to the Command Post by an NCO and signed for. Receipt to be turned over to my flight chief, who would turned them over to the NCO of Law Enforcement, a Senior Master Sergeant.
I felt like I was being a heel to the gentleman, but I carried out my orders and briefed TSgt Harrel on same. All was taken care of, leaving half a dozen of us wondering what it was all about. That early morning I got off duty an hour late, because my running shift blotter had to be redone. This also slowed things down for the oncoming Desk Sergeant who was forced to write down his early blotter items to transfer onto the 24-hour blotter. I needed to leave out anything and everything that had to do with that strange man and the police report...which was already begun, was turned over to our squadron commander, along with the original blotter. Police report numbers are listed in order, so the numbered log needed to be whited-out and the 24-hour blotters replaced and retyped without our friend's visit. Fortunately we began new ones with my shift- running 0001 hundred hours to 2400 hours- 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m.
Still, all in all, I felt something really screwy was happening here. During my next days off I drove down into that area the man reported finding the aircraft. After some doing, about 3 hours worth, I located the spot the craft had left. Physical evidence was all over; crushed plants and smashed rocks. I also found some strange burn marks on several hundred rocks, which I could not explain. I took a few of them and kept them for a while. But eventually they got lost before I left Edwards. Probably in my move from the barracks to base housing. I walked back on to the lake bed and found no evidence of any vehicles having been driven out there. A craft this size, based on those photos and what I found, had to have been loaded onto a massive tractor-trailer rig with a monstrous mobile crane. There was no jet exhaust evidence or any fuel spills, which often happens with our aircraft, even with those experimental ones being tested... No, it was simply gone. Now this really made me antsy; who,what and where did this thingy go? Now this craft was much larger than the lifting-bodies NASA was using to drop from our B-52 #0008, while testing for glide paths our Space Shuttle would soon be using. Besides, the lifting bodies had no engines and would have required a mobile crane, plus they would've left a mess shooting across the desert. If you're old enough, you will recall the 6 Million Dollar Man with Lee Majors. The crash at the beginning was factual and it sure made a mess breaking up upon hitting the ground. Plus, they were much to heavy for the Army's cargo helicopter, as this one was too large in shape. So, I shook my head and drove back to the main base area. I'd inform TSgt Harrel of what I found and give him a couple of the burn marked rocks.
TSgt Harrel later died following retirement and a short while on US Customs and Immigration. He worked the Mexico checkpoint at the border with Southern California, last time we talked. He had served in Italy, his favorite assignment and in Vietnam.
Yes, Edwards has a lot of strange and downright eerie things going on. Reports of strange creatures lurking about and even stranger servicemen. We often received reports on UFOs from outside the base and during some of these times the military had nothing in the air, nor did NASA. Now when those lifting bodies flew, one was even tear shaped, we expected calls from off-base because they looked like television UFOs. Still, with all the nights I spent out on that desert, there were a lot of lights up in that night's sky I couldn't explain, shooting about in various directions and much faster than humanly possible. Comets, meteors or someone's sky boat for interplanetary travel. Only time will tell, but doubtful in my lifetime. But like the man said, if there's no life up there it would be such a waste.
God Bless, BILL
Tomorrow or the next day, I'll have another very strange story from my time at Edwards. We call this, "Old Blue Eyes".
A bright sunny morning here in the big City of Moose Pass- population...about 200 and we hope to keep it that way and every home extremely well-armed as staunch believers in the 2nd Amendment. Guests are always welcome though and you find all the evidence you need by simply stopping by our place. We're the place with the long-ago retired blue wooden kayak at the end of the driveway-leaks badly. The boat helps me to remember which driveway is ours. The church driveway is the next one on the left, if and when you're traveling south towards Seward. The drive to Seward is 28.5 miles and the whole drive down from Anchorage- 120 miles to the City of Seward, is a very pleasant one with fantastic scenery, the occasional moose, possibly a wayward human hitchhiker with a thumb out and a bear or two. Bruins tend to lick their lips as they observe the hitchhiker and really hope the RV traffic will stop for a bit so they can lumber across the road and have a nice conversation with said hitchhiker. Pairs of tennis shoes and the occasional backpack are sometimes found through various stretches of roadway. Now in the winter, when the bears are all tucked away in their shelters, the roadway becomes your antagonist. With sudden blizzards striking up from our heavy winds, that can reach 100 mph in Moose Pass- taking down some sturdy spruce trees or tearing off the tops of them and plowing through 1-3 feet of fresh snow, it can really become interesting.
Our family left Whittier one time to visit family in Seward and though it wasn't even snowing in our town, when we came out through the two tunnels; one was 3.2 miles long and the other 1.6 miles long, the train carrying our vehicles on flatbed cars, took us into a major blizzard. We always thought it odd how one side of the splinter of Chugach Mountains could have a different weather system. We unloaded off the cars and had to four-wheel drive out through 3-feet of snow to reach the Seward Highway. Like most Alaskan Highways, the Seward was a 2-lane road. Only in Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks did you find a larger roadway. (Now most of you know all this, but some of our friends and guests live down in the Lower 48 and I feel sorry for them. Having grown up a Southern California city boy, I can understand one's love for their hometown, but after living in Alaska for over 30-yrs, I never want to go back. There is no place like Alaska.
So, we got on the highway, which still had 1-2 feet of snow on it and blowing snow creating white-out blizzard conditions. We were soon traveling along when I saw this very large mound of snow in our land right up ahead. When I stopped and I checked out the mound it was sure enough an abandoned car- left right smack in the middle of its lane. This was a 2-wheel drive sedan that made no sense to be out in these conditions.
Another time I was bringing my wife home from a Anchorage hospital following a surgery. It was snowing hard and we were in the process of getting 1-foot or more on the highway. In the process, with 75 miles to go- we were living in Seward then, she developed a post-surgical mishap and I was now racing for town with only my emergency blinkers on. I needed all my experience of driving patrol to keep us alive. We of course did arrive safely, though I probably drove half-a-dozen vehicles into the ditch to get by them. I don't recommend such driving in snow or in blizzard conditions. One of the reasons why we preferred driving 4x4s. While living in Whittier, where it was routine to get over 25 feet of snow every winter and this one winter some 30 feet, I had the high winds bring my patrol 4x4 to a dead stop. The US Coast Guard was in town to record Whittier's high winds, their boat's wind machine was blown right off and out into the bay. Their last recording was 122 mph. That was some winter and it ended with the Exxon Valdez creating a natural disaster heard around the world. That's when I really had to go to work.
Yes, my police career has been extremely wild at times and I was forced to deal with elements in their nastiness. I cannot tell you how much paperwork I did over those 20-years, but I think I can say I must have used up a Redwood tree or two. When I became the Seward Investigator I learned to deal with other officer's reports, that were often too short. I was taught you wrote out a police report you could come back to ten years later and find all the information you need right there in front of you. I was brought in for old and cold cases, when the suspect was finally picked up on a warrant and brought in. I attempted to pass this word of reason on to the other officers but only the younger officers took heart.
I was once given an investigation that was bringing a lot of heat down on my Police Chief, which involved a double burglary. The suspect had entered while the families were in bed and ripped off a lot of jewelry, clothing and funds. A gutsy thing to do in Alaska as most people sleep with a pistol or revolver nearby. I had one friend in Skagway who slept with a 9mm fully automatic machine gun. He was a gun collector and had a walk-in weapons vault in his basement and was licensed through the Feds to buy,possess and sell fully automatic weapons. I always dread responding to that home for family disturbance calls.
Anyhow, the two homes entered belonged to city councilmen and they wanted their things back - NOW. Trouble is, the police officers report consisted of a single paragraph and half-a-dozen photos of the scene. To say the least, I was not happy. The lieutenant had already counseled the officer, but he could not remember much else and had thrown away all his notes. So as I always did, I prayed over the report and the response came while Mona and I were driving down 3rd Avenue in Seward. A hard nudge. I arrested the 19-year old, was able to obtain a full confession and located 70% of the lost property. The rest he had pawned in Anchorage and I had the Anchorage police now running down the pawned property. But the council members were happy and so was the chief. When I left Seward PD I had a 82% closure rate in current and closed cases. When the Lieutenant as me how I solved so many case I explained how I prayed over them. Then he asked about the 18% I hadn't closed and I replied, " I either wasn't listening or the Lord has his reasons." He just shook his head and waved me so long. Later, I was brought by the city to work a labor dispute investigation. Though retired I was still working for the City's Harbormaster and I returned. Oh, I was able to close the case, but not the way the city wanted it. The city had overstepped their bounds and moved too fast to produce accurate results. So, I went back to the harbor.
If any of you out there are thinking about a police officer's career, do not think the cops on TV or in the movies are anything like real officers. Most of our job is 90% paperwork, patrol and thinking about that next job. The other 10% is your pure adrenaline rush. All too many officer never make it past their first year. They either find it too complex and boring from the paperwork and time in court or that 10% scares them too much. This is one of the reasons military veterans look into police work, they understand that 10% and have often weathered it.
As to why I became a writer; I guess I am simply long-winded and love a great story.
China and Russia began construction of a joint natural gas pipeline, with dignitaries in Siberia to observe the first welding of pipes. ( I'll be following the pipeline news reports as I was given the dreams of the roadway and the massive tanks that require it as China invades Russia, which is being built from East Siberia into China in a joint Russia/Chinese endeavor, that will be the access road for the heavy pieces of digging equipment. Those dreams came 15 years ago. Once Eastern Russia is defeated, those same war machines will be turned toward Alaska for the invasion of North America (Alaska and Canada). I had thought the Comet ISON was the comet given to me in a strange series of events. But ISON was reported to have burned up in the sun. But a later check with NASA news reported some pieces of ISON had survived and NASA lost contact...or they have been told not to report on same. The pieces were large enough to be seen by the Hubble's special telescopes. So, who knows. I don't. Then we have the creation of ASEAN and this Asian grouping of countries matches up with the organization I was given to write about- "Oriental Alliance Pact" -10 countries led by Chinese warlords. I was also given the knowledge of how China would attack and conquer Vietnam, in need of their rice field to feed their armies and Vietnam's deep water ports for their navies. I'm watching this and there are increasing friction between those two countries. We will simply have to watch world events unfold. Now in my book, A Coming Storm, I show the Antichrist coming out of France. He surfaces in the closing days of World War III. With all the events unfolding in our own country, from all the lies the government has told us, I personally feel Obama is the man who comes before to set things in motion. He's lied to us about inflation, concerning the jobless numbers. At the point will he will pursue the abandonment of Israel, while selling or providing arms to those nations who have shown nothing but distaste for our country. The scandals unfold and he pushes lame excuses. We can easily see the inflation by going to store for groceries. Containers are smaller, thinner, less full and prices rocket. Enough said-for now.)
In Columbus, Indiana three Christian churches were vandalized. The word "Infidel" was sprayed on from a black spray bottle. There was also a Koran reference -"Qur'an 3.151" which says, "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which he had not sent down authority, and their refuge will be the fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers." ( Not quite like our John 3.16 posters.)
A new health report out of Guinea shows at least 690 cases of confirmed Ebola, with 460 patients who had died in that number.
China meets with Romania -vows deepened energy, infrastructure cooperation and agriculture needs.
China holds first official meeting with Belorussia, with talks of intergovernmental committee cooperation.
Japan has confirmed 19 new cases of Dengue Fever. This brings the total to 22 confirmed cases.
A 22-year old Arizona male resident who calls himself "Dark Lord", was arrested in Northern Arizona for "allegedly" setting a Bible on fire and then urinating on it. This event occurred outside a Christian-based homeless shelter. (The man was lucky the police got to him first, before a youthful group of militant Christians drove by. )
The Fairbanks/Minto area felt its 4th quake on Sunday afternoon, with this one in the 4.08 magnitude. Note: there is a site called My Quake. Com. , which can show you all the ongoing quakes around the world. Warning: it can be a bit scary to see how many quakes are happening. You almost expect the world to burst outward or tear apart, but small tremors in the 2. plus range are listed. I only list the ones that may have significance on growing world events and the prophetic word I trust from certain well-known prophets. The site was simply shown to me and the amount of quakes hitting California was amazing and all the shaking going on in Iceland was interesting because many scientist feel a lava dome is about to break surface in the country's largest volcano. This is why the Red Alert was sounded. There has been a lot of prophecy concerning California super quake. But now they are predicting the fault line to give out lies in the Pacific Ocean off of British Columbia, which will join the fault lines in Washington State, Oregon, possibly Idaho and of course California all the way down to Baja. If such event was to transpire Hawaii and Alaska will be in danger of tsunami action and these giant waves could do serious damage and produce high numbers of loss of life across the coastal communities of Asia and Southeast Asia. Now I doubt claims California will break-off and form Pacific Ocean Islands. But, a salt water river could form separating the lands. We will just have to wait and see, as it may not come in my lifetime or my great-grandson's lifetime.
Ebola death count in the Republic of Congo rises to 31. American troops now in this area under a special operation for the US Government.
Saudi Arabia has stopped the issuance of work permits for laborers from Ebola hit countries.
United States Department of State has ordered non-employed dependents to leave Lesotho, due to security concerns.
Iraq families of missing soldiers storm Iraqi Parliament Building and demand information concerning their son's fate.
President Putin of Russia warns Europe Union, that if he wants to, he can "Take Kiev in two weeks.") Russian State Department later came out to say President Putin's remarks were taken out of context. (Were they?) Russian military now having a strong foothold in the Ukraine communities now held "Officially" by Pro-Russian rebels. But large armed convoys seen coming into Ukraine.
Islamic State releases a horrific video showing a second beheading of an American journalist- Steven Sotloff.
Computer hackers have now hit Home Depot for buyers information. Independent Cyber-security journalist says a massive new batch of stolen credit and debt cards went on sale on 9/1/14 through the Black Market. He says that hackers were in the Home Depot system since May 2014. This attack could even out due Target's 40 million credit cards and debt cards thefts.
American missions doctor in Liberia confirmed as their latest Ebola Virus patient. CDC Director says Ebola outbreak is "out of control".
Liberia health care workers go on strike, complicating the Ebola crisis.
The United States and European Union officially advises Israel to reverse its plan to seize the 988 acres land appropriation near Bethlehem and the West Bank. The European "slamming" Israel for choosing "this delicate moment" to make announcement, saying the European Union won't recognize "any changes to the pre-1967 borders."
United Nations troops under fire in Syria, said to be disengaging and fleeing into Israel.
Thousands of people rally in Britain against the growing rise of antisemitism. This upsurge in antisemitism is also spreading widely throughout Europe and the United States is also seeing a grown problem with the return of the Klan. ( The question to ask our elected officials is what they are doing about it. If they were gay or lesbian, would Washington stand for it? Or if the Klan only went after Blacks, what would Washington be doing right now? No, in this case the hate groups in the US, Britain and Europe seem to be focusing on the Jewish population. This sort of thing happened in the late 1930's to the gypsies and the Jews, World War II came next, but so many died beforehand. In Germany, the Jews had a lot of non-Jewish friends, next door-neighbors, but when the SS or Gestapo came it was as if they were now total strangers. They simply stood there and allowed for their friends to be hauled off, many of them to torture and death. The lucky ones went to labor camps.
I've read a lot of books on the Holocaust and for the German people it will long haunt them. This also occurred for the Russian people, as Stalin murdered 20-million people, while Hitler killed about $13 million, with 6 million or so being Jewish. In both Stalin and Hitler's acts of murder, these people were not soldiers. The exception being the few who could not go on with either man's plan of conquest and the murders it involved. Italy would have tried to conduct similar war activity, but the Italian people would not have stood for it and they became the only one to execute their leader.
What is truly amazing is how much of US History is wrong. The old adage of how the winners print the history works even with us in so many areas. Our beloved President Lincoln made his share of mistake and most Blacks do not realize how Lincoln wanted to send all the slaves back to Africa. He feared the now jobless Blacks with emancipation would become problems. Stealing food to survive, possibly murdering whites for past crimes against the Black man. One of things that saved him was getting congress to let him put the Black man of the North into the Army. The Confederate side actually had all Black regiments fighting the North, but you rarely hear of it now. Lincoln was also responsible for the order given to sail a US Naval Task Force into New York Harbor and fire upon the streets. The reason: because New York refused to send their militia down to fight in the Civil War. Many civilians died in that incident. How often do you see that in a history book now? So much has been dropped and all too many schools only teach US history from 1901 forward. President Obama seemed to have gotten away with his remark of how the US was first settled by Muslims, not the Mayflower crowd or the few groups earlier. We now know agent civilization sailed around the world and at least three of them sailed up the Mississippi long before Columbus left Spain in search of India.
When you see a fact, historical note, check it out for accuracy. Like were you aware that there were 5 Black men who signed the Declaration of Independence? I do not recall if they were involved with the US Constitution or the first Bill of Rights.
Well, I'm moving my writing area upstairs, mainly to have some quiet time while I write my new manuscript. This house can often get loud, reminding me of my ancient locker-room days after a winning football game or a real rough practice. In each case the stench was something un-describable. If could ever recall the smells I'd bottle them up and send them over to the Islamic State. But I'd probably get arrested for possession and delivery of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Might be worth it though.
All for now. Hope you all had a great Labor Day. God Bless, Bill
Another rainy Sunday morning here in Moose Pass, but church was great. and we held a special meeting afterward to discuss our vision for the church's future. Our Pastor really cares about what his congregation members desire in their church and in creating a new vision statement we can all agree too.
For those of you who have discovered this blog or my other friends & family, who have jumped over from my almost daily journals, this is where you will now find me. My publisher, Alaska Dream Publishers, has requested I create a blog and use my Journal in the blog. First of all, this dinosaur had to learn how to create a blog, as I grew up with manual typewriters and was really excited when the first electric one showed up.
I had spent ten years in the US Air Force, most of the time with the Security Police/Law Enforcement-base police & Military working dog handler/narcotics. For one year I worked as the Desk Sergeant for C Flight and this involved dealing with the public, dispatching and monitoring 30 patrolman and 3 gate guards on the flight line. But it also involved typing all the police reports the patrolman brought in and wrote out, so many of these guy could not spell, and kept the "running" blotter going of all activities. A copy was sent to the base commander and no mistakes were allowed. There was always a lot of that white stuff around to clean a typing mistake up. Each blotter was 5-pages thick with old carbons between them. Now when I took that job on I did not know how to type and this had me getting home 3-4 hours late most nights to ensure everything was complete and ready to be delivered to the right departments. So, I taught myself how to type, with three fingers on each hand. Eventually, I was going pretty fast and had few errors. Made my boss really happy. He actually blew a cork when he lost me to Working Dog School/Narcotics.
I spent 3 months in patrol dog training. I was given a bio-sensor full-blooded German shepherd, 11 months old and brand new to the program. We fell in love, especially after she saved my life. Now I had some on-the-job training in Vietnam working a white 120 pound German shepherd Sentry Dog. Brutus had 5-kills when I got him and we got 2 more kills together. I had to say goodbye to Brutus at the end of the war, so getting myself into the program was a dream full-filled. Cher was a tough dog and loved to bite, good at scouting and was thrilled to hit the obstacle course. Now she was the 10th generation bio-sensor dog, which we called a test tube hound. Scientists had experimented for sometime to find the perfect military dog and Cher was the result. 70lbs, she was aggressive upon command and docile around kids unless a command was given. She had a very long snout, which increased her smelling ability, which really helped in the narcotic training, yellow eyes which gave her increased night vision and long coyote-like ears- this gave her extraordinary hearing. She graduated a top dog in the 9 week narcotic class that followed the patrol training. Now handler and canine become very close, almost a sibling like relationship. Cher saved my hide when I was conducting the search of a large barracks room, which was supposed to be cleared out of the occupants. One of the soldiers stayed behind, squeezed into a locker. I was on the other side of the room with Cher, when she whipped around and without a command, attacked the man was was trying to sneak up behind me with a steel bedpost in his right hand. That bedpost would have crushed my skull. Cher, for some reason, didn't go for the weapon but went for the man's forward knee cap. This caused the man to collapse and screaming at the top of his lungs. Cher actually got stuck on the man's knee cap and I had to separate them. This put Cher into a blood lust and it took me a few moments to get her calmed down while Army MPs came into see what was going on and took the clown into custody and call for an ambulance. I took Cher around she she alerted on this man's locked very quickly, going right to the locker and providing me with her signal. ( Sorry that part is classified). I found enough Mexican brown heroin to classify him as a dealer. Not only that, I found out later he would be limping the rest of his life. He received a Dishonorable Discharge, 2 yrs in lock-up, loss of all rank and I believe he lost a lot of weight after 2 yrs of Fort Leavenworth Prison chow. Man was an idiot to have that kind of drugs in his barracks locker, knowing there was so many narcotic dogs in different weeks of training. Mostly we find small 1 ounce or less of marijuana, 2-3 grams of cocaine and some LSD. Cher was trained on all the current drugs, but her favorite thing was training when she could bite people. Another handler would wear a protective shoulder-arm padded sleeve to "catch" the dog. Most of the guys and one female handler disliked Cher. She was a shredder. She would try to hang on to the sleeve and shred it, so she could reach the flesh. So when the catcher started to feel it, he'd scream and I would call her off. Great dog.
Now as most of you know, I am a newly published author. My first book is entitled "A Coming Storm- The Return", a 560-page apocalyptic novel set in 2017. This book is now published by Alaska Dream Publishing and please check their website. Now this was not my first manuscript, but I did write A Coming Storm 15 years ago. I had gone through a series of dreams, which repeated for several nights. I felt led to write this story, which is strong in character development and written in a dialogue style. A Christian novel it has no sex and no profanity, but plenty of action and display of the Lord's miracles/signs & wonders. To put it in a short synopsis, the story begins with a list of actions that take place around the world to set up the story. World War III kicks off with a surprise nuclear attack on the US by hidden Chinese submarines in the Gulf of Mexico. With a flight time of less than 8 minute and on Christmas morning, little warning was given before the US is destroyed. Only small communities are left to survive in a growing nuclear/biological/ chemical wasteland. Alaska and Hawaii stands alone, but massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami waves strike all over the planet and Hawaii is now only a couple mountain peaks sticking out of a turbulent sea. Three character groups are involved who are brought together in the final chapters to fight off a massive Oriental Alliance Pact army that moves across the Bering Sea Ice Bridge that joins Alaska with Russia. The OAP seeks the Canadian/Alaskan natural resources, but a killer comet is en route, which has millions fleeing the impact point of Northern Thailand. This book is carried on Amazon for $17.95 and their Kindle for $4.95. Now these prices may have changed.
A Coming Storm-The Return is the first book of a trilogy. But the next book to be published by Alaska Dreams Publishing will be my story, "Apache Snow- A Story of Vietnam". In this fictional/ non-fictional tale I have taken three fictional characters and placed them in an actual squad of 101st Airborne troops serving in Vietnam in 1969 and show B Company's movements during the epic 11-day battle for Hill # 937. History recorded this strategic battle as the Battle of Hamburger Hill. Apache Snow was the operational name for what was supposed to be a 2-3 day operation. Except the 101st, with only 1 regiment of troops suddenly found themselves facing the 29th North Vietnamese Division, who had home field advantage and tunnels galore running through the mountain. It was my desire to write about the young Christian men who suddenly found themselves serving in such a barbaric war and failing to understand the reason why they were there in the first place. During this 11-day battle 70 Americans were killed and 432 men were wounded. These sort of casualty numbers frightened the commanders. But for most of the young city boys, who had never shot a rifle, even hunting a deer, they suddenly found their sights on the enemy and all to soon they had lost their innocence. Before long, they're drinking, smoking dope and now questioning their faith in God. In this tale, one of the lead characters is a pastor's son, whose brother was killed in Vietnam and he wanted vengeance. The second man was a Catholic Hispanic from Los Angeles, a gang member, who swore to his dying mother he'd leave the gangs and straighten up his life. He knew to leave his gang, he needed to join a bigger one and he enlisted in the US Army. Number 3 is a hardened Black racist and non-believer who was brought up in the slums of Washington DC. Airborne training bring the three of them together and in time they form a close providence. They find themselves in Vietnam together and the adventure begins.
I've already written a sequel to Apache Snow, which deals with current day events in a Los Angeles VA Admin Center, Clinic and Hospital. This one fits in with the problems the VA is facing now, where a church pastor and an MD work together to bring some level of healing to PTSD patients.
Well, folks- I normally put in my pertinent news briefs in the Journal, but this blog is quite long already. I do hope you stay with me and continue to provide your feelings. For those of you who are new, I take my news briefs from Global Times (China), Moscow Times, Washington Free Beacon, CNN, FOX, Telegraph, White House. Gov, Blaze, NY Times, Los Angeles Times and Jerusalem Post. Gives me a well-rounded report.
Thanks for reading. BILL
Warm and sunny here, once the fog lifted. Being so close to the lake, we seem to get a morning fog but this year it appears to be coming somewhat earlier. As you can see, you're receiving the journal more often than usual, this is because of the news and I use the journal typing to prepare myself for some devoted hours to preparing a first draft on my new book. Its been a few years since I wrote a new story, mostly I have been editing the manuscripts I've already written. Apache Snow will soon be hitting the shelves and if I recall, I edited this one some 26-times. In A Coming Storm, I had to shrink the original story from nearly 1500 pages down to what you see now. I have found that editing can actually be painful to one's heart, as you kill off a dozen side-stories and the many characters you have taken time to create. Still, A Coming Storm came out a good sized book- 2nd Edition I'm talking about here. I am fortunate to have a caring Publisher, for like so many new authors who have waited a decade or or to get into print and cannot afford self-publishing, having such a good man is fortunate. I have recommended his publishing company to many new authors. Oddly enough, at this moment the more famous authors are stuck in a heated battle with carriers like Amazon over monies owed to them or new charges Amazon and like online companies want now- lowering the profit for the author. European authors are now joining in the battle as an ally to American writers. Being new, I do not believe I have a problem yet.
Tomorrow is my first book signing in Kenai, postponed earlier for health reasons. So, if you read this tonight, I would appreciate your prayers.
Last night the household was invaded by our three sons and some 8 kids. Quick barbecue and 3 1/2 hours later back on the road to return to Anchorage. In that time one child broke a tooth, ice cream got spread all over one of the younger ones and the house was joyfully noisy. The boys and kids just wanted to see the family here, as John Leroy's oldest kids are returning to Montana for school.
Sierra, thanks. You are doing a great job raising these sprouts. It was so good to see them. I think we can get Kira married off to an Alaskan in a few years.
Okay, lets hit the news stories-
Without gaining authorization from Ukraine, Russia went ahead and sent in a convoy of trucks, presumably filled with "aid" for the Ukrainians and pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine saw this as an invasion by Russian forces. US military was concerned that any attack by the Ukrainians on non-military trucks in the unauthorized convoy could be looked upon by the Russians as an Act of War and would greatly escalate matters. Ukrainian official called the convoy a "direct invasion" , a move aimed a provoking an international incident. US, EU and NATO condemned Russia's "Aid" convoy and its unauthorized move into the Ukraine. The unauthorized military convoy of Russian vehicles was stopped by Ukrainian artillery and 23 military vehicle were destroyed. But Russia denied the convoy existed.
Ebola virus has spread in Nigeria with confirmation of two new cases, bringing the confirmed cases to 5 patients.
At a Florida Starbucks a very unusual thing happened last Wednesday. At opening time a customer offered to "pay it forward" by buying the coffee of the customer behind them, as well as their own. This started a chain of events that lasted through 379 customers in a role- one unstoppable chain, until one person didn't want to be involved and broke the chain. A Starbucks spokesman said they were "definitely pleased with it and taken back". ( Kindness still exists and a lot of people can still enjoy being involved in such acts.)
The US Government Accountability Office released a 7-page report on Thursday saying that the Obama Administration's Defense Department violated US Law by swapping 5 Guantanamo Bay detainees for American US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, without giving the US Congress advance notice of the transfer. Only a few hours notice was given, while the Law requires a 30-day notification of such transfers, involving moving anyone out of Guantanamo Bay. Section 8111 of the Department of Defense spending bill for 2014 prohibits use of funds for such use without congress being given that 30-day notification. The report also listed a second violation of the Law, by the administration using funds to carry out the transfer when there was no monies appropriated for that purpose. The Administration has said they had to move fast to secure Bergdahl's safety. But Republicans do not accept this this reasoning and say this is only Obama's excuse to bypass congress. ( Still, with everything said in done, it is unlikely anything will come of it as long as the Senate is in the hands of the democrats. The exchange itself, trading 5 senior insurgent leaders for one Army Sergeant appears to be the US now dealing with terrorists. This goes back on established policy where the US would never deal with terrorists, which MAY have led to the beheading of an American journalist very recently.
In Oregon: 19-year old Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, an illegal immigrant, who came to the US illegally with her parents when she was 4 years old, was convicted of felony hit and run . She drove her car through a pile of leaves, running over and killing a 11 year old girl and a 6 year old girl, who were playing. She then fled the scene and with the help of her boyfriend washed evidence off her vehicle. She was later arrested and the boy friend confessed and made a plea deal. He was sentenced to 2 yrs in jail. Cinthya was not deported, nor was she sentenced to serve any jail time. She was provided with a sentence of 3-years probation and 250 hours of community service. ( Why???? We have women in prison serving 2-5 year sentences for theft and fraud, and serving up to a year for Driving While Intoxicated and property damage resulted and even non-sale/possession of narcotics. This woman, an illegal, killed two little girls and then ran for it- going so far as to wash the evidence off her car. This makes no sense. This is taking the Illegal Immigrant problem to the far-far- left and should not be allowed. Such events can bring out vigilante justice as we have seen in our country's past.)
Since Russia recently closed down 4 of Moscow's McDonald's Hamburger joints, one reportedly to be the busiest McDonald's in the world, the campaign against the iconic US fast food chain appears to have gone viral in Russia. Health and Safety inspections are showing problem areas in McDonald's across Russia and some are already leading to closures. Move has been blamed on politics emanating from widespread anti-American sentiment kindled by crisis in the Ukraine. There are also the US backed sanctions, which has banned numerous items from entering Russia, also meaning food items.
Pentagon says a Chinese Jet/Russian made SU-27, fully armed, flew within 20-feet of a US anti-submarine warfare P-8 over international waters of the South China Sea. The Chinese pilot also displayed his skills by doing a barrel roll over the US aircraft, endangering both aircraft. The US military has called the encounter both "aggressive" and "dangerous", and had filed a protest with Beijing.
New US spy drone can now see what you are wearing from 17,500 feet. ( I doubt its interested in my t-shirt collection. Yet, I wonder what happened to the US satellites that could see the pack of cigarettes in your hand from 100 miles out in space? I saw that one work once, pretty cool.)
A Federal Judge has issued an order for the Justice Department to give Congress a list of documents related to "Operation Fast and Furious". The Obama Administration is withholding the information and using its Executive Privilege to do so. ( Now this is going to be a one-sided tug of war, until the matter possibly goes before the US Supreme Court. A majority vote there can supersede Executive Privilege. I have also noticed the Obama Administration is failing to report on its activities on a day-to-day basis as it used to do, which could be worrisome as people watch the President.)
NATO officials report Russian artillery units manned by Russian personnel, were now moving into the Ukraine in recent days and used to fire upon Ukrainian forces.
Missouri Governor has ordered the release of the states National Guard to return home and pull out of the City of Ferguson. People are still concerned protests and rioting could return if the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown is not brought to trial and if he is not convicted. Grand Jury is made up of 3 Black and 9 Whites.
A major cyber attack hits Target stores nationwide, but investigation shows the attack also hit 1,000 other companies. Customer information taken and employees info.
A Cholera outbreak has hit Ghana and has killed 67 people since June 2014.
United Nations raises the estimated dead from the Syrian Conflict since June 2011 to 191,000 killed. The departing UN High Commissioner on Human Rights had harsh words to say concerning the UN Security Council and how its "paralysis" contributed to the heavy toll.
A teenage Monrovia, Liberia boy was shot and killed when he and dozens of youth attempted to break through the barricade that surrounds his slum neighborhood. Police and army troops, working with health officials, have enclosed a slum neighborhood known as West Point. It is believed the 20 confirmed Ebola patients who were removed/ escaped/ taken captive are hiding in West Point. Authorities do not want to take any chances on an Ebola case escaping from the neighborhood and have had to fire upon those crowds trying to break through. Water and food is being supplied.
A New Zealand Research team has filed a paper showing they believe the spread of the "invasive varrua mite" brings new light into the spread of diseases that are ravaging the honeybee population around the world.
China and Mongolia Governments court each other through a series of meetings, giving China a new and strong northern ally to the north. China presented strong development opportunities for Mongolia and its future.
China and Indonesia pledge anti-terrorism cooperation. ( Indonesia, being a very strong Muslim country, has a lot of problems with Christians and their underground churches and Buddhists. Recently the religious wars in Burma grew to involve Indonesia, where Buddhists were attacking the minority religion of Buddhists. It will prove interesting to see just how many troops, aircraft and ships into this area to extend their field of influence.)
China welcomes Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda for official meetings to discuss future between the two countries. ( China is really busy, I wonder what the Obama Administration is doing...beside playing golf.)
World Health Organization (WHO) has devised a strategic Ebola Plan to combat the virus in West Africa for the next 6 to 9 months. This implies WHO does not expect to halt the spread of the epidemic this year.
Moscow has banned the entry of a group of Japanese citizens from entering Russia in retaliation for Tokyo's sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine Crisis.
28 Danish people are now infected with listeriosis from Danish sausage company. 13 of these case resulted in death.
North Korea will be able to test longer-range rockets at its new launching site before the end of the year.
Pakistan Senate supports the sitting Prime Minister and will not give in to the thousands of protestors staging a massive sit-in around the capital to have that Prime Minister ousted. (Unknown at this time if the Army will be called in to remove the protesters and how much violence will erupt. Could turn real nasty and India may or may not take advantage of the moment to stage an attack. Both sides of nuclear weapons.)
Venezuela to start fingerprinting shoppers to control just how much food they buy. (Now is a good time to think about all those store cards you have in your wallet, which offer a small discount when you use them. This provides the stores with information with how much you're spending, what time of day and day of the week you do your major buying, what items you have bought- such as guns, survival supplies and storage food. It can also tell what areas of state are doing the most buying of certain items. Your buying habits can tell a lot and stores routinely use it to help them stock their shelves with wanted items and base their hours of operation. Some of us grew a bit wary when people began putting chips in their handicapped and mentally disabled to show where they are and some also give blood pressure and other health particulars. But scientists now say they will have another chip ready by 2020 that will provide a GPS, medical date, medical records, financial data, possibly faith and used for buying things- money will no longer be needed soon enough. But how long before a new chip comes with a pain switch or a off switch, giving all power to the leaders. It's only a matter of time.
The USDA has banned schools from selling the long beloved "pink cookie" to students from the school cafeteria. All because it fails to meet the new federal standards for "Smart Snacks in School". School snacks now must contain less than 200 calories. Unfortunately, the Pink Cookie recipe calls for one pound of butter and 6 cups of powdered sugar. (Now if I remember right, it was Mrs. Obama was was behind this project. Makes me wonder if she's tasted those new bland snacks the kids are stuck with at school?)
Sacramento, CA patient who was hospitalized and tested for Ebola after returning home from Africa, tested negative for the virus and was released.
US Armed Service Committee member, US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) has warned that Islamic State is attempting to develop a weapon capable of blowing up a major US City. ( You will recall a brief done on the Islamic State having taken over the Mosul University in Iraq and removed 90lbs of plutonium. Now I ask, why did a university have 90 lbs of the stuff- that's a lot of plutonium.)
That's it for tonight. Again I wish to thank the kids for visiting last night, I know its a long way to come for a quick dinner. And I appreciate my favorite doughnut. Nice thing about it is how I can consume junk food and still lose weight. My prayers have been answered. Gone from 4 XLT to 2XLT and reduced a 54 to a 42 in waist size. The only sad part is losing my strength too. But I have lots of people around now and I rarely lift anything over 10lbs...or I get shot.
I'll let you know on Sunday how the book signing event went. Bless you all. BILL
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