I'm working on my last editing for "The Final Challenge", the sequel to "A Coming Storm and will then hand it off to Ava to edit. "Homeland Security" Part One is back in the hands of the publisher for him to get it out in print. Finished at 214-pages, instead of the original 274 pages. Once I'm done with "The Final Challenge", I'll start writing part two for Homeland Security, which will involve the actual attack on Eielson AFB, Alaska during the 4th of July festivities by the rogue militia. Story has an undercover agent , the main character, inside the militia.
Next weekend is the Moose Pass Annual Summer Solstice Festival, two-day event involving live music, games and vendors. Attracts quite a crowd and wraps up with an auctions that helps fund the volunteer fire department. If your in the area, stop on by. Even has a barbecue and a bear garden. I used to cook there, but can't handle the long hours of standing anymore. Did enjoy the barbecuing though. Music is really great too, local groups from Anchorage to other part on the Kenai Peninsula.
Captain James Casselman and his wife Becca, plus three daughters will soon be leaving their current assignment in California for their new base in Illinois. But they have a short stop in Alabama so he can attend some school that captain have to attend if they want to make major. They've really enjoyed their time in Monterey, Calif....especially the beaches from all the photos we've seen. That's about the only thing I do miss from being raised in California is the coast. The millions of people, the traffic and smog make it a tough place to live, not to mention the crime. Of course the smog has improved with all the new laws. I didn't know what a blue sky was until I went up into the mountains and drove up out of the smog layer. Driving back down into it and being young I thought for sure I was going to be poisoned. Air in the mountains smelled so sweet and pure. Smog got so bad on some summer days you thought it was a fog bank.
Some headlines: "North Korea Executes 5 For Failed Trump Summit"....Ukrainian Boat Captain Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash That Left 7 Dead and 21 Missing"...."U.S> Says China is Doubling its Nuclear Warhead Arsenal".... "New Hampshire Abolishes Death Penalty".... "U.S. to Sell (105) F-35 Fighter Jets to Japan" (not making China happy).... "Trump Puts New Restrictions on Cuba Travel, Banning Most Educational and Recreation Trips".... "China Issues Warning to its Citizens About Travel to the U.S., Claiming Harassment by U.S. Law Enforcement".... "Oregon Legislation Now Requires Holocaust Studies in Schools".... "San Francisco to Consider Forced Treatment for Mentally ill Drug Addicts"...."Sudan Protesters Remain Defiant After Deadly Army Crackdown" .... "5.4 Earthquake Rattles Philippines".... "Oakland, California Becomes Second U.S. City to Legalize 'Magic' Mushrooms".... "New York State Bans Cat Declawing, Becoming First State to Outlaw Procedure"...."Democrat Lawmakers Proposing Illegal Immigrants and Felons be Given Right to Vote" .... "Rival Gang Members Risk Their Lives to Get Baptized Together in Maximum-Security Prison".... "House Democrats Expected to Vote on Mass Amnesty Bill, 2.5 Million Illegals Could Get Green Cards".... "Moscow, Russia Gets First Major Holocaust Monument"...." 68% of Hate Crimes in New York City This Year Targeted Jews".... "Trump to End Research Using Fetal Tissue From Aborted Babies".... "Recent Poll: Most Americans Support Israel, Say BDS Movement is Anti Semitic".... "Stats Show Illegal Border Crossings With Mexico Reach 7-Year High, Officials Declare 'Full-Blown Emergency' ".... "Doctor Indicted on 25-Counts of Murder".... "Nearly 60,000 People Homeless in Los Angeles, Figures Stun Officials" .... "Israel Appoints First Openly Gay Minister of Justice".... "In Past 8-years, 606 Palestinians Have Died Under Torture in Syrian Prisons".... "D.C. Gay Pride Parade Bans Israeli Flag, Allows Palestinian Ones"...."Nearly 150,000 Illegals Apprehended at Border With Mexico This Last May"....
In my career as a police officer I've arrested a lot of people for the sale of or possession of these "magic" mushrooms. Take enough of them and you can die from overdose and it carries much the same high as LSD, another hallucinogenic. Pot doesn't deliver anywhere near the effect these "rooms" as they are often called. Some of you may recall the sci-fi books written in the 1960s where the American landscape was filled with drugged out citizens. It seems we're working our way there. There is also a concern that with these mushrooms coming from Canada and parts of the U.S., there will be no safety regarding the spray.