Not a lot going on here lately, everyone has had their encounter with this Bronchitis/flu bug. Mona has had it the worst, holding on after 4 weeks with the nasty cough. I had the cough for 3 weeks and am really tired of it. I've avoided church because I don't wish anyone to catch this bug. Our great-grandkids had a tough going of it, but they are doing well now. Been a long time since I was sick. The combination of pills I take has always seemed to keep me from coming down with this stuff, first time in years since I was sick last. Oh, well, it will pass, but we appreciate all your prayers. Leo D Wakefield Senior could still use a dose of prayer as he took a fall the other day and required staples to his head. For those of you who don't know, Leo Senior is Mona's brother-in-law via her older sister Sally. Sally and Leo were the Real Estate sales people who found us this house. We were living up in Fairbanks at the time and we've now been here 18-years and love it here.
NEWS STORIES: "US Sides With Vietnam in Maritime Dispute With China".... "Actor Rutger Hauer- Bad Guy in Original Blade Runner Movie, Dies at 75".... "Federal Judge Allows Trump Restrictions On Asylum at US/Mexico Border to go Ahead".... "New Study Says Earth Warmed in Last Few Decades Than Previous 1,900 Years".... "China 'Hints' Its Troops Could be Used to Quell Hong Kong Protests".... "Boris John Becomes British Prime Minister".... "Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer are Being Recalled Worldwide".... "Tornado Hits Cape Cod, 33,000 Residents Without Power".... "NASA Tracks 3 Asteroids Zipping by Earth, One Closer Than the Moon".... "Unprecedented Wildfires Ravaging the Arctic".... "Europe Facing Record Breaking Heatwave".... "In Remake of 'Top Gun'. Serial Producers Remove Flags for Japan and Taiwan from Tom Cruise's Iconic Jacket to Appease China Company who are One of the Producers".... "Jewish Cemetery in Poland Vandalized With Spray Paint, 'Jews Eat Children' "..... "House Overwhelmingly Passes Pro-Israel Bills".... "Iranian Model Who Was Sentenced to 148-Lashes, Escapes to Paris".... "House Passes Anti-BDS Resolution".... "Ukraine Seizes Russian Tanker".... "Issue of Child Radicalization Has Become A Global 'Horror-Show'".... "Puerto Rico's Governor Resigns to Pacify Protesters".... "Nissan to Cut 12,500 Jobs".... "US To Resume Executions of Federal Death Row Prisoners, First-Time Since 2003".... "Temperatures in Paris and London Hit Record Highs".... "UK Navy to Escort British Flagged Ships Through Strait of Hormuz".... "4.7 Quake Hits Ridgecrest, Calif".... "150 Migrants Feared Dead After Their Boat Capsizes Off Libya Coast, 30 Bodies Found So Far".... "Temperatures Break Records Across Europe, Nearing 110-degrees"..... "U.S. Building Coalition to Protect Ships Crossing Persian Gulf".... "Israel Soccer Fans Prohibited From Flying Their National Flag during Soccer Match in France".... "Survey Shows 22-School Shooting in US Schools So Far This Year".... "UN Says Syria Airstrikes Have Killed at Least 100-Civilians in Past 10-Days".... "Tom Cruise States 'Top Gun' Censorship for China Proves Hollywood is Afraid to Stand for Free Speech".... "UN Worried as Scorching Heatwave Heads for Greenland".... "Protests in Moscow Leads to the Arrest of 1,000 People".... "Hong Kong Police Clash With Protesters in Banned March Against Gang Violence".... U.S. Coast Guard Hauls in $350 Million in Cocaine From Busts in International Waters".... "House Democrats Introduce Bill to Stop Dark Money, Then Receive Money Afterward".... "US Supreme Court Lets Trump Use Disputed Funds for Border Wall".... "Former SS Soldier Charged in Germany for Denying Holocaust".... "China Warns US Warship as it Sailed Through Taiwan Strait, Accusing it as an 'Act of Provocation' ".... "Pro- Hong Kong and Pro- Beijing Groups Clash in Australian University".... "Historic GM Plant in Michigan Closes".... "Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall in Amazon Jungles".... "Mexico Creates 20,000 Jobs to Cure Migration".... "Massive Swarm of Grasshoppers Descends on Las Vegas, Swarm Big Enough to be Seen on Weather Radar".... "Drought Condition Prevail Overmuch of Europe".... "6.5 Quake Strikes Off of Japan Coastline" .... "Vietnam Officials Nab 125 Kilos of Rhino Horn".... " 5 Dead as Twin Earthquakes Rattle Philippines".... "Orthodox Jewish Man Shot and Wounded Right In Front of Synagogue in Miami in Drive-by Shooting".... "Major Tropical Storm Now Heading For Hawaii".... "Beijing Declares Support for Hong Kong Police, Condemning Protesters" .... "3 Dead, Including 6-Year Old Boy, And 12 People Injured, As Gunman Shoots Up Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California- Gunman Killed by Police Who Now Look For Second Man"....
"Terrorists Attack Funeral in Village in Nigeria, Killing 65-People"..." 'Surprise City-Killer" Asteroid Almost Hits Earth, Passing With-in 43,500 Miles of Earth- Not Noticed Until After it Went By"..... Housing Developers Sue New York Officials For Trying to Keep Out Hasidic Jews".... "China Conducts Military Exercises Near Taiwan's Coastline".... "Mount Etna, Europe's Highest Active Volcano Erupts Near Sicily, Italy"
That's it on the news front. I liked the part about the grasshoppers 'descending on Las Vegas' . I mean if the Lord was going to send out another curse involving grasshoppers, Las Vegas makes a prime target. But maybe Washington D.C. could use a few million grasshoppers to wake some of those people up as to governing our country and remembering they work for the voters and not the big money corporations. In the research I've done for my current Arizona Ranger book, "Attack at Fort Bowie" I've seen how President Grant waged a major war against the corruption brought into his term by big money corporations and what they did do to the South with the War Reclamation Act Tax the politicians passed that not only hit the southern states that fought the war, but also New Mexico and Arizona. Whole farms and ranches were seized and all their animals, then sold off in auctions were very little of the tax money that was supposed to get all that the auctions raised from these sales, made it back to Washington D.C., but made it into the bank accounts of these large corporations. This Tax passed by President Johnson, the VP who took over when Lincoln was killed, really plagued Grant's administration. But he did take action and reduced a lot of the pain this tax caused. This War Reclamation Act Tax, floated in on the backside of another major bill and somehow a lot of politicians back then said they never even read it. Now does that make you worry?
What's amazing is to read how a lot of the bills that made it into law were denied as being read by our World War II politicians and some even said this during Vietnam. So what are they doing passing something they never bothered to read, what do they do in their offices all day? I think we should go back to paying our politicians pay being equal to military ranks. In President Roosevelt's Time, his Cabinet staff were paid $ 1 a year. Sure, a lot of them were millionaires, but at least the taxpayer wasn't being billed for high salaries. Some of these elected officials are making huge salaries, plus what they receive on the side for their so-called election funds. While working for the state and in my investigations I found how easy it was for politicians to hide the dark money they were taking in.
Enough on that. It is a beautiful day and I have some writing to do. I try to put in 5-8 hours a day on my stories. I've found that in my hurry to get a story into print form I make all kinds of mistakes and even after I edit and re-edit, Ava or Susan will find errors. I believe I've always been blessed with the ability to tell a good yarn, its just getting it type out that causes the problem for me. But, I believe I'm getting better at it. I mean just how many times can you mess-up with such words as "There", "They're" and "Their".... you get the idea.
I do hope the Lord is listening to your prayers, but as I've often been told that there are times the Lord's reply is "No". But I do pray you all continue to ask and to pray for others. God Bless you day. BILL