Patrick, Canaan and Raymond have been putting a lot of work in with cutting the logs up and splitting them. I estimated were close to 3.5 cords of wood, but still need another 10 cords to make it to next summer. But, we're sure better off compared to this time last year. We reached a point we were down to three armloads, when some people from church stepped in to save us from freezing in the middle of last winter. Alaskans really support the good neighbor policy. I have seen examples of this repeatedly during my plus 40 yrs up here. Alaskans really know how to watch out for one another. Good people living up here. Oh, we have our problem children too, believe me, being a police officer as long as I was, I saw all sides. But overall, you'll find the finest people up here in the north country. Working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, (no, they were not riding their horses any more), and I met some great people in Canada, too. You'll find some fine examples of this in my Book # 2, "Badge and the Cross- The Stronghold", which tells of my time with the Skagway Police Department.
Our city limits bordered with Canada and I shared several cases with the RCMP. We were even invited to Whitehorse, British Columbia, to instruct the RCMP Mounties on the proper usage of the side-handled PR-24 nightstick. Mounties had never carried these and were all excited about adding them to their personal equipment issue. But, what they were actually issued were 3-foot long riot batons, which would be attached to their inside vehicle doors and swung like baseball bats. I hope they were issued the PR-24's eventually. I just happened to be the only member of the Skagway Police who had been trained by the Air Force Security Police to use the riot batons and I spent two-days teaching them riot usage of these bats. I went through two race riots at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Major racial problems back then- 1971 & 1972. First time we used M-16's with bayonets attached, but after so many people got hurt, they switched us over to the riot batons. A smart move. Back in the mid- 80's, we began having racial problems at Edwards Air Force Base , California and we were back training with the batons again. I have to tell you, it is hard not to get angry when a rioter urinates on you and you're supposed to maintain control. But, things settled down over time.
Book # 1 for the Badge and the Cross- "Rookie" will be coming out soon, as Susan is nearly finished in her editing. "Homeland Security" is now in the publisher's hands, but I am not certain of a date for its release. Susan is leaving here on Monday for a week in Fairbanks to see her daughter and grandchildren.
Okay, let's jump to the news. I finished my most recent research about an hour ago. Normal disclaimer here: no fake news or outright lies that I know about. But , keep an eye out for propaganda that might have got past me. I try hard to give you factual info, but as I've said before- I only provide the lead, a brief synopsis and if you want more details go to the site I list. Everything is on-line, but if the guys in the black suits and dark sunglasses show up, you can give them my name- as if they didn't have it already.
Oh, there were some birthdays earlier this week and I totally blew it. Our 3rd son, James Arthur-Lee Casselman turned (old) on the 8th. On the same date was Tariq's birthday and Aiden, both are young ones. I do apologize for not sending out a greeting on the 8th, but Happy Birthday to you all.
GATESTONE INSTITUTE NEWS: "EU unable to neutralize U.S. Sanctions against Iran." President Trump did announce "Anyone doing business with Iran will "NOT be doing business with the United States." ALSO- Yazidi slavery, child trafficking, death threats to journalist- Should Turkey remain in NATO." "Yazidi are still being enslaved and sold by ISIS, with Turkish involvement, while the journalists receive death threats, the men and women who exposed the crimes." "Question is: should Turkey, with the path it is on, even be allowed to remain a member of NATO?"
JERUSALEM ON-LINE: For the first time in Israel's military history, a women will now be commanding a flight squadron for Israel's Air Force.
THOUGHTFUL MIND QUOTE: We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free." President Ronald Reagan. (Personally, my favorite President and Governor of California. (As to his acting...so-so.)
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: "Chinese crackdown on Christians continues, as President Xi implements plan to 'Sinicize Religion'."
GATESTONE: United Nations reported that June 2018 was a record month for illegal immigration in Spain. 17,781 illegal immigrants arrived in Spain during first 6 months of 2018. Almost double, (9,587) for same period in 2017. ALSO- Germany's open door migration policy continues to fuel a surge in crime wave and swells the ranks of jihadists in Germany.
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Department of Homeland Security reopens asylum cases for 87 Iranian Christians and other religious minorities. ALSO- "Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. college campuses," Anti-Israel activists fostering hatred of Jewish students. 384 recorded incidents in first half of 2018. ALSO- Washington said it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia for Moscow using a nerve agent against former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.
THOUGHTFUL MIND QUOTE: "The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you, if you don't let it get the best of you. (Read this through twice) Will Rogers.
GATESTONE: "UK: Discrimination Against Christian Refugees." UN recommended 1,358 refugees for resettlement in Britain during first quarter of 2018, of whom only 4 were Christians. Britain agreed to settle 1,112 of these refugees, all of whom were Muslims, and refused to accept the Christians.
GLOBAL TIMES: Sudan and Egypt agree to enhance military cooperation, border control and combat terrorism. ALSO- 13 Ebola cases confirmed in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. ALSO- Canada and Saudi Arabia ties are worsening. ALSO- EU, France, Germany and UK to keep economic ties with Iran, despite US Sanctions. ALSO- Dozens of swan and geese die in London as heatwave sparks a botulism outbreak. ALSO- Crippling drought has dire effects, hammering Australian farmers, with little relief in sight. ALSO- 5.3 earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan, but no reported Tsunami warning issued. ALSO- Japan on alert for the approach of Typhoon Shanshan. ALSO- 80 civilians and security force members killed in clash in Logar Province.
MOSCOW TIMES: Report- Mass food safety violations found at (44) Moscow McDonald's- (Russia).
TELEGRAPH/UK- Hundreds of Rynair Flights cancelled as European pilots ready for wave of strikes.
TELEGRAPH/GERMANY: Debating a possible return of national service (imposing a military draft) amid serious military shortages.
RTE/IRELAND NEWS: Rynair Pilots of 5 countries to go on strike for 24 hours.
BBC NEWS: Europe's heatwave is reportedly killing off Finland's mosquitoes. (Here in Alaska, I'd choose the bugs over the heatwave- too much fire damage is possible in Alaska).
MANILA TIMES: Hurricane Hector now threatens Hawaii, while Hurricane John is targeting Mexico. ALSO- President Duterte says he will no longer allow gambling casinos to be built in the Philippines. ALSO- Japanese donate a floating school to the Badjao Region, where most of the people live in tarp covered boats, to be used for unschooled children. ALSO- 6.9 mag. earthquake strikes Lombok Island, Indonesia , which at last count listed 131 dead and 156,000 people now homeless. ALSO- 20 countries now have banned abortion, or restrict it and now Argentina is voting to legalize abortion or to cease it. Argentina is a strong Catholic country.
IRAN HERALD: Road collision in Southern Italy kills 12 African laborers, which leads to a Farm Worker's protest.
ITALY NEWS/THE LOCAL: An inquiry was launched after Italian train was stopped and the train crew ordered all the "Gypsies" to "get off". ALSO- Wildfires in Gandia cause 3,000 people to be evacuated from their homes. ALSO- Italian police bust pot farm with 26,000 pot plants worth 20 million Lira.
SPAIN NEWS /THE LOCAL: Saudi Arabia signing deal to buy 5 Spanish warships.
FRANCE NEWS/THE LOCAL: France brings in water restrictions to battle drought . ALSO- French Public Warning over 10 "Summer Food Scams". ALSO-Charities in Calais claim police are harassing British and other volunteers. ALSO- French cop reportedly caught forcing a bar owner to "kiss his feet". ALSO- US giant 'General Electric' faces millions in penalties over French job pledges.
GERMANY/THE LOCAL NEWS: Germany's public debt has dropped below 2 trillion marks for the first time in years.
CHINA NEWS/THE INDEPENDENT: China reported to have banned the new release of "Winnie the Pooh", due to President Xi's 'insecurity'.
AFRICA NEWS/INDEPENDENT: "Zimbabwe opposition leader Biti was arrested as he fled to Zambia. ALSO- U.S. to probe data of disputed Zimbabwe election.
CALIFORNIA NEWS: 14,000 people now fighting California wildfires, now estimated to be the size of Los Angeles.
HOLLYWOOD NEWS: Patrick Stewart reportedly set to reprise his Star Trek/Next Generation role for a new series.
QATAR NEWS: Day 423 of blockade imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt . ALSO- UK acting agency reported offered $25 a person to attend anti-Qatar Protest- set for London. ALSO- Qatar Chess Players banned from regional Chess Championship to be held in UAE. ALSO- Qatar blockade case to appear before UN's highest court concerning the blockade of Qatar. ( Now why does chess have to enter into politics?)
SWEDEN NEWS: 7 Swedish activists sent home after being arrested in Israel for breaching a blockade at Gaza. ALSO- Reported drug offences in Sweden have increased for 2018. ALSO- Swedish petro prices hit record high, and they're partly blaming it on U.S. Drivers. (?)
DENMARK NEWS/ THE LOCAL: Danish lose millions (their money) to drought. ALSO- Unemployment continues to fall. ALSO- Denmark expected to break heat records this week. ALSO- Number of Danes unsuitable for serving in the military service is becoming a concern.
NORWAY NEWS/THE LOCAL: Israel PM slams Norway for backing 'anti-Israel NGO'. ALSO- Norwegian captain of seized Gaza ship accuses Israel of breaking International Law. ALSO- Almost half of the Swedes and Danes would prefer a Nordic Union over the European Union- results of poll. ALSO- Norway political party to seek ban on Islamic 'call to prayer'. (5 times a day the Islamic prayer call goes out, mostly from prayer towers through PA system,
SWITZERLAND NEW/THE LOCAL: Switzerland experiencing the hottest summer since 1864.
CANADA NEWS/CBC: President "Trudeau rebuffs Saudi call for an apology as diplomatic spat escalates. Canada was demanded to withdraw its criticism of Saudi's Human Rights Record- Something President Trudeau refused to do. ALSO- Saudi Arabia to sell off Canadian assets and stop buying Canadian wheat and barley. ALSO- Canadian actress Margot Kidder's death was ruled a suicide. (She was best known for her role as Lois Lane in the early Superman movies (not TV). (I can't seem to recall the name for the actress in the black & white TV series, who played Lois Lane in Superman (1950's).
JERUSALEM ONLINE: Tens of thousands protest Israel's new Nation-State Law at Arab-led rally in Tel Aviv. ALSO- In a reversal of characters, European Union condemns HAMAS for its recent attacks against Israel.
GLOBAL TIMES: China says their country's Rainbow Trout can now officially labeled as "salmon" in China. (Makes one wonder if the canned Salmon your getting is going to be trout or salmon? Now trout is great, but are they growing it in fish farms? Make sure you read the can and hope the company is telling you the truth. Ask the store to have a radioactive meter nearby, if it starts ticking you don't want to try this fish.) ALSO- 43 killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on North Yemen, mostly children riding in buses were targeted. ALSO- Portuguese wildfire loss estimated to have cost 10 million (euro). ALSO- 3 South Korean firms caught violating UN sanctions by importing coal from North Korea. ALSO- 300 kg of methamphetamine was discovered hidden in rice noodles, shipped from California to Sydney, Australia - worth $22 million (US).
There has been a lot of speculation, reports in the news, that plastic rice has been mixed in with oriental rice products. Some, allegedly because of the lost rice crop due to the Fukishima Disaster. Something to think about.
RESTORING LIBERTY NEWS: Federal Judge dismisses transgender bathroom lawsuit. ( Don't know which state). Students "do not have a fundamental privacy right." Boys will continue to be allowed in girl's bathrooms and locker rooms.
LIVE ACTION NEWS-REPORT: "Victory- Argentina Senate defends lives of pre-born, rejects pro-abortion bill. (Argentina is strong Catholic country.)
GATESTONE: "Sweden's Government funds anti-Semitism " City of Malmo uses taxpayer money to support "Group 194", an organization that posts anti-Semitic images on Facebook. (Normally I would say what this add displayed, but in this case I think I should. It was reported a cartoon was carried, paid for by this Group 194, that shows a Jew drinking blood , while eating a child. This is disgusting and no, I won't make an attempt to post the cartoon. I've seen far too many drawings and cartoons in a anti-Semitic nature. Yes, as I've posted before, I am part Jewish- part of my family is also from Germany.) ALSO- Currently, there are no effective actions currently being taken against the spread of anti-Semitism in Sweden. (Right before and during World War Two, a lot of Jews gave their lives away in Europe, including Sweden, helping the allies defeat the German war machine. The Jews were a major player in the European underground and were key factors in keeping the Nazi war machine from developing its heavy water program needed to build an atomic bomb. The Jews in Norway, Denmark and Sweden participated in this and many of them died in horrific ways for their contribution.
THOUGHTFUL MIND QUOTE: "Let each man hear his own music and live by it. The drums roll one way for one man , and another way for another. You have to listen for your own." Audie Murphy, awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in WWII, then became a movie acter. (I liked his westerns).
Okay, that's it for today. Still sprinkling outside. As I look at all the names I have posted for receiving the Journal, I am reminded of what each of you have come to mean to Mona and I. A lot of very fond memories, and to all my dear friends and loved ones, I bid you a brief, but fond farewell. I ask the Good Lord to bless all of you. BILL