I find writing a relaxing affair and the time goes by so fast. I'll sit down at 4 p.m. to write and stay at it until after midnight. Mona will kiss me goodnight, at my desk, and I keep writing. Weird, how when a story is flowing, the rest of the world means little to me. Except my wife, for I do remember to kiss her back. Rule of thumb, for me at least, never settle for second best in your writing. I realize now the story I wrote for "A Coming Storm" was hurried and never edited. The story-line was great and this is why I'll use A Coming Storm in part of my 12-book series. "Fire an Ice". As to my 3rd installment , "The Sand Box Wars", I am gradually reaching the end and I've found working on the ending a difficult item for a 3-book series. I keep all my notes , in hopes some day I may use these characters in another story concerning either the plight of our veterans, or another major battle in Vietnam.
When I'm writing my stories, especially involving servicemen in the 18 to 21 year range, I remember the men I served with and think about the kids over there in the Sandbox. Four of our sons served there and all came home with no physical damage, but as to mental, they all suffered some degree of PTSD. Mona and I have been blessed with all these children, the crazy number of grandchildren and now our 2nd great-grandchild is soon to pop out. My father really enjoyed his grandchildren, but left us before he could really know his great-grandchildren. Same for my mom, but she survived long enough to know some her great-grandchildren. Life is so fascinating and the Lord has been very good to us.
Better get to some news stories:
Gatestone Institute News: Palestine- Palestinians- "We have a right to poison the minds of our children." Story by Bassam Tawil. "The goal is for students to believe that Israel is one big settlement, that has no place in the Middle East." ABBAS, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority Government, the plan is to continue inculcating Palestinian children with the idea that they should look to terrorists, who kill Jews, as their role models.
Telegraph-Germany: by Melanie Hall, "Turkey's spy agency" is targeting it's citizens who currently live in Germany as expatriates' and followers of Muslim Cleric Fethullah Guleni, who is in exile in Germany. Turkey sent a list of individuals to Germany Intelligence Branch, in hopes Germany would assist them in finding additional people they could add to the list. But Germany, who didn't want to assist Turkey in this chore, contacted the names on the list and warned each of them of how they could be being spied upon by Turkish Intelligence. The list provided to Germany was 100-names in a dossier, supporters of this exiled Muslim cleric.
New Zealand Star: Russia- U.S. Geological Survey announced that a "strong 6.6 magnitude earth quake" , which struck Russia far east region of Komandorskiye Ostrava Region, and just off the coast of the Bering Sea. No tsunami threat and no word on casualties or damage. Aftershock were rated at 2 to 6 point magnitude.
Washington Free Beacon: .C.- Conservative Heritage Foundation is proposing an $86 Billion increase in defense spending, also recommending the government take a sharp cut in the U.S. Air Force purchasing of more than 1,700 F-35 fighter jets. Story by Natalie Johnson.
Washington Free Beacon: D.C.- Story by Madeleine Weast. "A watchdog group releases 29 previously undisclosed Clinton emails". Judicial Watch: emails show Hillary Clinton , and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, under President Obama, were sending classified info through unsecured accounts. Judicial Watch released 1,184 pages today to the State Department, which include the 29-emails from Hillary Clinton's private server. The emails were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Emails obtained were to various people, including an attempt she made to contact a senior Russian Official. Hillary Clinton, while under oath, had previously stated, the emails she had earlier provided were all of her emails. (Apparently not).
Taipei Times- Taipei, story by Abraham Gerber. Taipei was at a standstill over a retirees' "protests". Thousands of retired police officers and firefighters paralyzed Taipei rush-hour traffic by occupying crucial intersection following their protesting over Pension Reform.
Jerusalem World News: Iraq, "ISIS sends a 7-year-old suicide bomber among the Iraqis fleeing Mosul. Video online shows an Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal expert cautiously removing the bomb from the young boy's body.
This is a new site and my WARNING, this is also a major propaganda site. So, take these stories I've picked with a cautious mind. But it's the only site I have fond so far I am able to get into. Other sites are blocked out by the US Government.
Iran Herald News: Russian President Putin has traveled to Iran to meet with Iranian Islamic Leader and counterpart to President Putin. They were discussing their various strength and bilateral economic ties. (We need more missiles?)
Iran Herald News: Dubai-"Pakistan Hunting with the Fox and Running with the Hare"..."Pakistan is pursuing a two-faced policy of trying to befriend Iran and a the same time maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia." (Not a wise thing to be doing, especially in a Muslim world.)
The Moscow Times: Russia- "European Court of Human Rights Begins Investigating Russia's 'Foreign Agent' Law." Whether Russia's infamous "Foreign Agent" Law violate human rights. They will begin with 48 Russian non-governmental organizations, now branded as "Foreign Agents", by the Kremlin. These cases involve Russia's Regional Press Institute, human rights group -Memorial, and Siberian Ecological Center, who claim this new law violates Russian's Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly. Anther 13 similar groups are now filing their complaints against this new law. 100 Russian non-governmental organizations are listed a "foreign agents".
Moscow Times: Russia- A Russian newspaper calls for robot riot cops to be "unleashed" on anti-corruption protesters. (Robocop?)
Moscow Times: "Russian Military Training in Kindergarten." The City Cherepovets has just opened "Reserve", a "Military-Patriotic-Club", that caters to youngsters just our of daycare. A photo showed a girl of maybe 9 or10, speaking to a rank of similar aged boys and girl. (All faces were mostly blocked, but you couldn't hide the fact they were all wearing military jungle designed camouflage fatigues. Gave me shot back in history to the Hitler Youth Training Camps)
Manila Times: Philippines- 3 Decades after the Philippines had shed its dictatorship, President Duterte has given a series of speeches, where he offered to the people his desire to return to Authoritarian Rule, as a solution for all the problems of Democracy, that have failed to fix. He continues to say "Martial La" may be needed to save his nation. ( This is much the way Hitler began his speeches in 1935-38, until h became dictator in 1939.)
Truly, history is repeating itself, with the same type of little antichrists coming into power, like Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. He was an ally of Hitler, until Hitler broke his word to never attack Russia, and invaded. I am not too sure, without Russia's part in nailing down half of the Nazi war machine, could we have taken Europe in 1944. Now look at the wars we are fighting, where some of our desert allies allow our terrorist enemies safe haven because they are all Muslim. President Duterte becoming a full blown king, it will have a strong effect on the South Pacific Waters.
If the Turkish people allow Erdogan to take all the power he is demanding- excuse me, requesting, he will remove all points of a young democracy. One man would make all decisions. There is now some belief the coup that was put on was actually a live fire stage play he staged to claim more power and remove his troublemakers, who would've stood in his way. Only next decade's new will possibly have the truth or next century.
All we can do is pray. Pray that we, as Americans, will never see a dictator over us...like the King, we fought against and won. But I am sort of a history nut and you can find it n my writings.
Time to o, John Alex has my dinner ready for me and he is one great cook. Love to all, Go Bless, BILL