Last night was supposed to be a busy evening with various relatives and friends coming by, but the weather and road-shape conditions interfered.
We've been forced to hit a moose that surprised us coming out of the dark on the highway, but Mona is a great driver and kept our vehicle on the road. She's also driven between several different parties of them who decided to cross a road. We've had bear and stupid old people standing right in the middle of the highway- on a curve- so they could get a better photo of a mountain goat. I was driving back then and I missed them, but I sincerely wanted to stop and have a few words with them. But my loving wife reminded me they were tourists. Well, now Alaska Highway Department has built new sections of highway to allow for such people to stand in certain places to get their special photos and not be at risk for causing a 10-car pile-up.
Thinking back at Skagway, I had a particular older gentleman who loved to take drives in the late afternoon with his wife. They had this old relic of a boat from the mid-60's and it was nearly as wide as a lane of traffic and about 19' in length. Reminded me of my Dad's ancient red Pontiac Bonneville. We'd put the top down and drive across the desert when I came to spend the summers with him. But back to this other gentleman, I soon learned he was nearly blind and his wife was giving him "suggestions" on how to drive. After running into several cars, taking out half-a-dozen stop and yield signs, I attempted to get his license revoked. But the State was giving me problems because he was a vet and elderly. Finally, one afternoon he plowed the front 12-13 feet of his car through the wall of a liquor store. Thankfully they didn't hit anyone. I got his license pulled then and suddenly I was the most hated figure in town for a short period by the senior crown. Other events then happened and I became liked again, except for the couple of course. They thought I had killed one of their relatives. Later, I learned just how many guns this guy had in his home, preparing for the coming Russian invasion, when I had to respond for medical reasons and keep him restrained for transport to Juneau. Never saw him again and the wife moved. For a town of 800 or so people, we sure dealt with some real strange ones. I wrote a book about it, its entitled "Stronghold" and it concerns spiritual warfare in a small Alaskan community. I use my actual police cases with fictional characters. Hope to have it published some day.
I hadn't thought I was going to go to the news stories today, but I felt a nudge and I already had them written down, so here we go for 3/4-5/16:
Moscow News- Siberia: Russian Orthodox Arch Priest Artemy Kozin has harshly denounced a car window sticker that casts Soviet dictator Stalin and current Russian President Putin as Russia's patriotic rulers. The sticker carries a Biblical quote from Book of Psalms, "No to us, Lord, Not to us, But to Your Name be the Glory." Sticker background is black and orange, sriped to look like St. George Ribbon, Russia's symbol of Military Valor. Priest Kozin was quoted as saying, " Only an ignorant person ignorant person, who has poor knowledge of history and is looking for Holiness where there has never been any, can justify [Stalin]". But Kozin declined to comment on Putin, saying only that the Russian President's priest would be in a better position to judge his spiritual state. ( It's unknown who the third figure is on the sticker, nothing was said in this news story and all I could see was his chin and down to his uniformed chest.)
China Daily- Australia: Australia's former Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has slammed suggestions ( "Slammed" seems to be the adjective for this week in the news media), that Australia should send its warships to the South China Sea, labeling the Federal Opposition's "Call" as unnecessary and belligerent. ( If activities continue in the South China Sea it's going to a mite crowded. Nervous young junior officers will be ever-ready with their hands only inches away from their red buttons to launch a series of nuclear missiles at selected targets, maybe even the enemy ships playing tag with them. Then once launched every other boat out there with nuclear missiles will fire off their payload and all because a nervous young kid with gold bars of ensign or silver bars of 2nd Lieutenant thought he was given the command to fire. They made a movie about just such an action involving an American warship playing tax with a Russian sub. The junior officer was stressed to the max, frightened of his commander, yet always ready to demonstrate his willingness to do his Captain's bidding. During a tense moment the Captain says one things and the young officer registered it as the order to fire off a single nuclear missile to sink the sub. But now the sub fire back, now we have two nuclear exploding and the possibility of World War III breaking out lingering as the movie end. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the movie. Too many ships, puts everyone on edge and soon will come the bumping, testing how far one can push another. Fun time!)
Japan Times- Conservation Group Greenpeace: Warns the environmental impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis 5-years ago is just beginning to be seen and will remain a source of contamination for years to come. "Mutations, DNA damage seen in Fukushima forests," Says Greenpeace. ( As I've labored on, if it happening to the ground as radioactive soil continues to spread the problem, imagine what might be happening on the seabed. All that radioactive "Junk" pumped into the ocean continuously for 5 years. Has anyone gone down to check on how far its spread? Its possibly made it into the forests and in the ocean it will have all the water it needs. Japan and the US need to come clean about what's going on instead of being concerned with the fishing, crab and shrimp industry. Not only does the Alaskan shoreline needed to be checked continuously, but the sea beds between the United States and Japan should be inspected on a scheduled basic-once the first inspection can show exactly where the hot spots are and how far they've moved from Fukushima.)
Washington Free Beacon- US/Mexico: Vice-President's one-night visit to Mexico City has cost American taxpayers $538, 528, just for hotels. This involved the need for 260 rooms and meeting places, according to the State Department. The Government said the trip costs were justified due to security concerns and last minute planning. New reports "scarce"
was the word for what was achieved in this meeting. except VP Biden felt the need to "almost" apologize to Mexico's President for some of the remarks made by Donald Trump concerning immigration. ( Strange, when that migrant wrote a threat out to Trump the US Government behave as if Donald was already the President, instead of John Doe Citizen. The man was deported, while a citizen wouldn't have been jailed. Now , you cannot do such a thing with the President, whoever this will be, but this will not happen for the new Pres until January 2017. Oh Donald should never have been treated with such a power trip. I believe we can thank the media for this.)
Washing Free Beacon- South China Sea: (paraphrased) Yup, getting a mite crowded as the U.S. Navy moves in an aircraft carrier fleet to add to the mix in the South China Sea. Tensions continue to escalate over China's territorial claims...
Catholic News- Yemen: 16 people are dead after two gunmen attack "Missionaries of Charity" convent and nursing home for the elderly and disabled, in the community of Aden, Yemen. Among the 16 dead were 4 nuns.
China Global Times- Beijing: China shuts down 28,000 "illegal" websites and seizes 15 million "illegal" publications deemed to be of a pornographic nature or featuring other illegal content.
China Global Times- Israel: Estimated 400 Bedouins, Arab and Jewish Lawmakers march in Southern Israel, protesting the Israeli Government's intention to demolish two Bedouin villages in order to build a new Jewish Town.
China Global Times- Finland: Government announced it would not close it's northern border they share with Russia. ( This will allow some migrant access to Europe, but a lengthy and hard walk.
BBC- France/Britain: England has pledged an extra $21.75 million to bolster security in the French port city of Calais, where thousands of migrants are camped out, as they seek out a way to cross the Channel to Britain. By water or hopefully through the Chanel Tunnel. ( If the migrant ever get their nerve up to storm the gates, they can hold up traffic as thousands simply walk the tunnel into England. England will then have a big mess on their hands as the ants come pouring out of the anthill. )
New Zealand Star- Paris/France: Some protesting migrants on hunger strike have stitched their mouths shut to continue their protest against the demolition of the "Jungle" a Calais Migrant Camp.
BBC- Turkey: "Turkish police raid the offices of Zaman Newspaper, firing tear gas on protesters , hours after the paper was put under state control by he court." ( Their went the whole Freedom of Speech the President had once promised and using the tear gas outside and inside will turn additional non-insurgents into hard nosed fighters. True freedom fighters, like we once had in America, are really hard to stop. The man is an idiot, not only is he dealing with ISIS, Syrians and Russians, but he's building the army his own people will use to drive him out.)
Telegraph/UK ( This story is lengthy and now paraphrased) "We're leaving Britain- Jews aren't safe here anymore." With the rise of anti-Semitism in Britain, Jewish families are up-rooting. Once 300,000 strong, Jewish community members could feel safe, but they've now reached a crisis point. One gun attack at the Jewish Museum that killed 3 people, then came the murder of four Jews at a Kosher supermarket in Paris. Incidents committed by radical Islamist. Anti-Semitic incidents in 2014 Britain recorded at 1,168, which were twice over the 2013's 535 incidents. London and Greater Manchester bore the brunt of the increase in anti-Semitic crimes. One Jewish woman complained- "Our local Jewish schools look like prison camps, They're surrounded by wire fences. There are guards on patrol, some with dogs. Guards will also patrol the streets at night." She also stated, " I don't want to sit at home panicking when my husband goes to the Synagogue. I just want to live in peace." Eggs are hurled at passing cars owned by Jewish drivers, swastikas are painted on Jewish headstones in their cemeteries or Stars of David broken into chunks. Anti-Semitic riots have broken out all over Europe, including Greece, where a major anti- Semitic movement, led by neo-Nazis is attempting to force all the Jews out, but now they must deal with all the Muslims. But these riots, first small in nature and now growing, have hit Britain. - Please read the whole story in Telegraph/UK concerning one Jewish Family leaving their 20-year home, their family, friends, jobs and their synagogue to now headed for Arizona and a new start. They regret how their England is showing this ugly side of anti-Semitism. Currently an estimated 100,000 members of the Jewish faith now reside in Arizona and this man's task to gain permanent entry here was not an easy one.
New York Times- U.S.: "In a twist, our US to shelter Cuban Migrants in Costa Rica." ( Story is paraphrased, or we'd be here all day) , Thousands of Cubans paid for, yet U.S. Government's treatment of Latin American migrants have been refused entry and we've pressured Mexico to crack down on these migrants passing through its territory. But apparently American Law provides "special status" to those migrants who can reach our borders or shorelines. Taxpayers have pledged $1 million to provide temporary shelters , potable water, food, sanitation, and Hygiene kits to Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Estimated 2,000 Cubans are receiving this aid. It was also reported how the US Government is paying Mexico to increase in law enforcement and deportations.
New York Times- China/South China Sea: At a feverish pace, China continues to build on the islets in the South China Sea. Multitudes of tons of sand, being piled onto the rocks of these 7 islets to produce islands large enough to handle active runways, hangers, necessary buildings, radar and surface to air missile defenses. This is straining geopolitical tensions that were quite tight already.
Gatestone- Israel/Palestine: Despite "Official" surveys taken among Palestinians , which show support for Hamas, residents of the West Bank are terrified Hamas will gain control and "Destroy our lives and property, the way they did in the Gaza Strip."
Gatestone- Germany: (Paraphrased) Migrant rape is on the rise. "Any young woman wearing a skirt or any type of loose clothing, they [migrant] believe they have a free pass." Police are warning about potential breakdown of public order this coming summer. "Germans who criticize such assaults [sexual] are "racists".........- reported a columnist in Der Spiegel News, one of Germany primary news sources. New Years Eve in Cologne produced 454 sexual assault complaints, while Hamburg 218 sexual assault complaints from same date. But German authorities are playing down thew incidents, attempting to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.
Japan Times- "Revised satellite date show no pause in global warming." Doubters of climate change may have lost one of their key talking points- A set of satellite temperature data that had seemed to show no warming for past (18) years
Jerusalem Post-Britain: Pro-Palestinian group in school (no name given) was suspended from on-campus activities after having brought in known terrorist Ahamed Alfafeet to speak at one of their events. Alfafeet served 20-years in prison for the murder of an Israeli in 1992.
Jerusalem Post- New York City: "City University of New York (CUNY) will take steps to review recent allegations of anti-Semitism on campus at four of their colleges over the past month and will establish a task force composed of members of the administration, faculty and students to monitor these incidents. ( This happened after the city's Zionist Organization sent a written complaint to CUNY Chancellor Milliken, urging him to act against the harassment of Jewish students, attacked by members of "Students for Justice in Palestine". Their rallies have demanded free tuition and cancellation of student debt, which rallies quickly descended into anti-Israel, Zionist and Jew event. 10- members of the SJP broke into a faculty meeting and again demanded, no "Zionists on Campus". They had not been invited.
Manila Times- Beijing: China has stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese Independence warning against "separatist activities " on the Island of Taiwan.
As I say all the time, that's all folks. God Bless, BILL going to watch "Ant Man" tonight, have not seen it.