Normally I avoid writing about politics, but I am very perplexed with Mr. Bernie Sanders and his promises to do this and that. Now he promises to remove all student debts owed to the government, plus offers up free colleges, universities and trade schools. Sounds real great, but as to the debts, all these people knew what they were doing when they accepted the loans and now they complain about it. Sort of like me complaining about my house loan. We knew what we were getting into when we signed the contract. This act of Bernie Sanders could seriously cripple the federal government and where does he think he's going to get the funds to pay the for the schooling he wants to offer free. Who pays for the teachers, professors and all their health benefits and retirements, plus the up keep of the campus buildings and other payrolls for custodians, etc. List is long and the expenditures is great. I'm betting we, the citizens, will pay greatly as our taxes are hiked to the heavens to cover these costs. OR, he'll simply say he is sorry after getting elected, that he now realizes its not possible to do what he had planned. This has happened before with other elected officials. People need to realize this when their politicians offer up the moon to get elected. Education costs, it's a fact. Junior colleges offer free tuition, but you must pay for books usually and other costs and the citizen's taxes pay for these junior colleges in hopes of getting young people educated who could not afford or were not able to get into 4-year colleges and universities. Trade school sometimes offer scholarships, but they are in it for the business. But enough politics, sometimes I think it's too bad we have to need politicians, but they seem to make the world work. But, in truth, I often believe we have no need of political parties. That our politicians should vote by what they believe, supported by their voters, and not some allegiance to a political party. That's why Mona and I our non-partisans, we vote for the person or the bill and not what a particular party insists. I just hate all the promises these people make to get elected and then realism hits them and they offer up an apology once in office. Enough said for this political statement.
Book report: Working on first chapter of "Homeland Security-Part Two" and it is flowing well in my opinion. This story concerns a rogue Alaska militia who attacks Eielson AFB on July 4th during a grand open house, where an estimated 50,000 people come to watch the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial Demonstration Team fly. Great show, I've seen it three times. Liked it better when they flew the old F-4 Phantoms, larger plane and so much noisier. I might have told you this before, memory causes tricks when you get older, but while working the back gate at Whiteman AFB during an open house, the Thunderbirds were performing and one of their Phantoms flew right over the cattle grazing land besides my gate. Nearly knocking me to the ground and then I noticed some 100 cows laid out. Thought they were dead, but they all started to get up. The sonic boom the jet had caused had hit us us real close-up. Not sure if the cows gave any milk for the next couple of days.
Alaska, because of people and natural causes like lightning, has a lot of fires and mostly the state lets them burn as we have so many rivers to prevent them from going too far. But, our firefighters and smoke jumpers do respond to protect people and their buildings. Sometimes we are hampered when the fires hit the roadways, as happening now at a place called Swan Lake. Yes, Alaska is the summer home for thousands of beautiful white swans who come north to have their babies. Just like the swallows of california do. Long flights to be sure. Hard to imagine something as small as a swallow flying a thousand miles or more north to have their babies. We have troubles driving 20-miles to reach a hospital sometimes to have our children. In Alaska we can have some awesome summer storms with towering thunderheads and massive lightning strikes. Mona and I, while in the military fought a few of these fires out behind Eielson and elsewhere. But, Alaska's wilderness comes back as all the dead brush and trees have been burned away. Seems to be nature's way of cleaning up their woods when they become too heavy in piled up dead wilderness. Sadly, sometimes the animals get caught, but so many of them have a built in survival drive that helps them flee. Humans often rescue some of these critters who have been hurt or burned in a wilderness fire. Thankfully, so far we have no tornadoes in Alaska, though a few people have said they've seen small ones off in the distance. It's possible I guess. I went through 3-tornadoes in Missouri, one was REALLY close-up and it flattened a mobile home in my trailer court. Owner forgot to open his windows. That was only a size 3 tornado. We had evacuated to the high school across the street and some of us stood outside when a lightning strike lit the sky up and here was this tornado hitting the trailer park. We never heard it until the flash of lightning and then we all to quickly ran for our lives back inside the school. No one was hurt, but the owner did lose a lot of his property. Weird sight to see, a flattened trailer. Like a giant sledge hammer had hit it several times.
Here's some headlines: "Hong Kong Protests: Protestors Embrace Unexpected Christian Anthem, Started by Christians and Then Spreads Through the Massive Crowds of Protestors"...."Illegal Aliens Sue Border Patrol; Congress Shirks Its Durty For Southern Border" .... "Media Admits No One Showed Up at Anti-Trump Rallies"...."New U.S. City CouncilMember States ' I Will Usher In Communism By Any Means Necessary' "...." 5.6 Quake Shakes Northern California".... Another Horse Death at Santa Anita Race Tracks-Number 30 Since Last December"...."LA Gangs Bloods and Crips Make Extraordinary Attempt At Peace After RAP Star's Killing"...."US Strikes Iranian Military Computers After Iran Downed U.S. Drone"...."New Hypersonic Missile Can Travel at 15-Times The Speed of Sound With Terrifying Accuracy- Threatens To Change the Nature of Warfare".... "Istanbul Voters Look Set To Deliver Stinging Rebuke to Turkey's President, Who Wouldn't Accept Result of First Election After His Man Lost".... "Chennai, India's Water Supply Running Dry For This City of 5-Million People".... "Georgians Turn Out in Huge Numbers to Protest Russian Meddling as Relations With Moscow Become Frayed".... "Giant Squid, Phantom of The Deep, Reappears and is Photographed".... "U.S. Postal Worker Shot Dead While Delivering Mail".... "Storm Leaves 1,000 Mile Long Path of Destruction, Impacting 4-Major Cities" .... "Colorado Gets 2-Feet of Snow On First Day of Summer".... "Gold Now Worth $1,400 An Ounce, First Time in Years".... "Vatican Cancels Football (soccer) Match With Vienna Over Anti-Abortion Protests".... "Death Toll in East India Town From Encephalitis Rises to 129-Children" ...."After Shocks From Major Quake Rocks Southwest China".... "Ethiopia's Chief of Staff Killed in Failed Coup Attempt by Army General".... "199 Migrants Rescued By Libyan Navy"...."Trump To Delay Immigration Sweep For Two-Weeks, To Allow Political Parties to Find Solution to Illegal Immigration Issue".... "Scientists Warn Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Could Be Transmitted to Humans Through Consumption of Plants, Posing Health Risk".... "Palestinians Reject $50 Billion Offer in Proposed Peace Plan For Middle East Conflict- Meanwhile the PA Asks Arabs to Give Them $100 Million Each Month , While the PA Attacks Arab Leaders For Meeting With Israel's Leaders in Bahrain".... "Six Arab States Attend Bahrain Peace Conference, But Palestinians Boycott the Event".... "Gunman Kills 4 and Himself in San Jose, California" ...."Novelist Judith Krantz Dies at 91- 80-million Copies of Her Books in Print"...."Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran" .... "Italy Chosen to Host 2026 Winter Olympics".... "Hundreds of Thousands of Czechs Rally Against Their Prime Minister".... "U.S. Carries Out Cyber Attacks on Iranian Intel, Radar Facilities".... "American in Vietnam Sentenced to 12-Years in Prison For Attempting to Overthrow the Government by Attempting to Incite Riots".... "U.S. Blacklists Chinese Supercomputer Maker Over Security Concerns".... "NYPD Arrests 66-People At Climate Change Protest"...."10th American Dies in Dominican Republic - Suspected Poisoning".... "Polish Driving Test Candidate Runs Over and Kills Examiner".... "UN Says Myanmar Blackout Maybe Cover For Gross Human Rights Violations"...."U.S. Building New Maritime Coalition in Gulf".... Congresswoman Cortez Declines Invitation to Visit Poland's Concentration Camps, After Stating U.S. Border Immigration Camps Likened to Concentration Camps Where Over Six Million Jews, Plus Polish, Gypsy and Political Prisoners Were Murdered".... "Report: Iran Attempted Attack in Paris, Half-Ton of Explosives Found".... "Actor James Caan Stars as Israeli Pig Farmer in 'Holy Lands'".... "Buenos Aires to Host 2023 Pan-American Games".... "Turkey's Opposition Strikes Blow to President Erdogan in Istanbul's Election-Erdogan's Man Loses Again".... ASEAN Welcomes China's Role in South China Seas Talks"...."Iran Says It Has Foiled U.S. Cyber Attacks".... "Netanyahu Says Israel Will Consider U.S. Middle East Peace Plan".... "Anti Trump Protesters Rally Outside U.S. Embassy in South Korea as President Trump Soon Arrives For Visit".... "7.4 Quake and a 6.1 Quake Hits Indonesia".... "5.5 Quake Rattles Japan".... "Lebanon's Palestinian Refugees Demonstrate Against U.S. Peace Plan".... "New England Prime Minister Vows to Leave the European Union by Oct 31".... "British Airborne Force Joins NATO Allies in Show of Force to Russia".... "Britain's Scrapped Submarines Costing 30-Million Pounds a Year for Storage".... "Iran, Russia, China Continuing Operations to Disrupt US 2020 Elections".... "Congress Seeks to Make Iran Pay for Downed Drone" .... Oregon GOP Senators Remain Defiant After Governor Threatens Arrests".... "U.S. Government Says Iran Orchestrated Attack on Saudi Airport Threatens Americans".... "Report: Corrupt State Workers in Massachusetts Accused of Selling Driver's Licenses and State I.D. Cards to Illegal Immigrants Who Had Bought Puerto Rican Documents on Black Market, Which Led to Voter Fraud as Illegal Voted in Election in Boston" .... "Federal Debt on Track to Reach Unsustainable Level in 30-Years".... "Emergency Aide For Migrants Slits Democrats as Congress Tries to Rush $4.5 Billion Humanitarian Aid Package to Border".... "Migrant Children Moved Out of Filthy ,, Crowded Border Stations".... "White House Now Threatens to Veto Border Aid Package to Rein in Liberal Wing".... "Report: Following the Strange Deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean Island Resorts See Tourism Spike".... "Iran Says Latest U.S. Sanctions Ends 'Channel of Diplomacy' Forever".... "Police and Citizens Buy Up Their Town's Beer Supply Before Neo-Nazis Their Planned Music Festival".... "Man Revived After 20-Minutes Clinically Dead".... " 800-Dogs to Receive Cancer Vaccine, Humans May Be Next".... U.S. Kicks Off 19-Nation War Games Drills in Ukraine".... "Iran Setting Up Terror Cells in Africa to Target U.S.".... "Israel and Egypt Celebrate 40-Years of Peace".... "Trump Warns of 'Obliteration' in Iran Attacks".... "Multiple Fires Break Out on Gaza Strip Because of Incendiary Balloon Bombs".... "Murderer of Visiting Chinese Scholar in US Found Guilty- Death Penalty Sought".... "6.6 Quake Hits Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula"... "Trump Reassures Japan He Will Stick to Security Pact, After a Media Report Said Trump Was Considering Withdrawing"...."Australia Plans New Port To Be Used by U.S. Marines".... "2-Killed, 165-Injured as Tens of Thousands Evacuated Following a Massive Explosion at a Kazakhstan's Military Depot- Cause Unknown For the Moment".
Yes, a lot of disheartening headlines. Makes one wonder if humanity will survive. But, I've been reading many of these types of headlines since the 1960s, when a lot of people thought World War III was minutes away. Back i my elementary school days they held drills that had us hide under our desk. We were not that dumb, even as young as we were we knew those desks wouldn't protect us from a nuclear blast. Odd thing s we do to down play the fears. But, as the world continues to rotate as faith in God and a lot of good people work hard to keep this world from glowing in the dark. As to the growth of earthquakes, will that's anyone's guess...coming asteroid?
Did you know that the downed drone and the hundreds like it cost us citizens $110 Million EACH. Why so much, since we seem to be buying so many of them. Makes me wonder what it would cost for Joe Citizen to build such a vehicle, and not using these massive defense contractors? What would it cost him. if he could do it legally to demonstrate the costs difference. I saw how a lot of wallets are padded to bring about defense contracts, lobbying costs and such. Maybe lobbyists should be banned...just thinking. We've had a lot of politicians found guilty for working with these lobbyists, accepting gifts and cash for their vote. Not what we sent our people to Washington and our state capitals for. Strange how rich some of our politicians become while being in office, leaving after 2- 20 years with millions in their pockets and that's not based solely on their government pay. I saw a lot of graft working for the state and visiting Juneau. I had to bribe offers from the number one pull-tab gambling operator during my investigation of him. I reported same and put it in my reports, which sent him packing when he lost his license and a profit of $10 million dollars a year. Yes, I'm proud of that one. Bribe attempt was simply an upgrade from coach to first class on flight from Fairbanks to Juneau and then a very expensive motorcycle. Nice bike, but I wasn't going to go to jail for it.
Time to stop. Got to get ready for drive to Seward. Check-out the thrift stores for old books and stuff. Watch the tourists. Hope all is well in your lives. May the Lord Bless you and keep you, and may your prayers be answered. Yup, the world keeps on turning. BILL