Working as a police officer/investigator I once counted my best friends on a single hand. Now, I am down to three fingers and I am very thankful for them. I also have my Vietnam buddies, other service friends and the men I worked with on the different departments. In my old profession, you develop a tight friendship or you simply hope to never have another word with them. But you still must protect them, as they are in the Brotherhood of the Badge.
Currently I am editing "Legend of Silene", and I am enjoying going through this tale once again. In modern day Tripoli, Libya, an elderly Master Storyteller sits upon the walls of great fountain and entertains the local children, who wait faithfully for him every day, and the American tourists off the cruise-ships who might provide him with a coin or two if they enjoyed his story. Today it was to be a new story, a fable of sorts, where three American combat soldiers fighting in a war of the late 1960's, will suddenly find themselves in the 12th Century, prisoners of Muslim knights, in the province of Silene. (I will not say anymore, for it might give too much of the story away.)
Now a bit of news, but not too much:
Gatestone Institute: Germany today houses Europe's largest Muslim community. Christians in Germany expected to be a minority within 20-years.
China Globe: Chinese Military Authorities today pledged to continue to address the difficulties military veterans are facing, after more than 1,000 veterans gathered outside a military building in protest. ( Sounds like our VA problems)
China Globe: China opposes foreign intervention in Taiwan's participation in activities of international organizations. (Basically, Taiwan may make attempts on their own to seek recognition but China does not want anyone helping them or they risk becoming blacklisted by China.)
Washington Free Beacon: Leading members of Congress suspect a portion of the recent $1.7 Billion cash payment to Iran may have been used t help arm and support Yemeni Terrorists, who recently fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy Ship in the Red Sea.
Manila Times: Philippine's President Duterte will this month ban smoking in public, the country's Health Department announced. This will further support some of the toughest tobacco laws in Asia. The new law will also ban tobacco advertising, further regulate smoking in indoor public places as well as demand graphic imagery of smoking hazards on all cigarette packaging. Penalties will include prison time, community service and/or fines.
Jerusalem News: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Committee in Paris passed an Anti-Zionist Proposal submitted by Jordan and Palestinian Authority (PA). The proposal claimed that the Jewish people have no connection to Jerusalem's Western Wall. (Today's vote on the proposal were very interesting as all the European Countries actually abstained. This proposal was earlier tried in May of this year and it was shot down as the European countries supported Israel. But now most of these European countries are full with Muslims, possibly causing some amount of fear and these European countries thought it wiser to abstain. But by doing so, they have set themselves up for destruction. Muslims demand total obedience to Allah or death.) Israeli Internal Affairs stated, "Today, UNESCO has turned itself into an organization that is a disgrace to the U.N."
( Now, I've never been to Israel and probably should someday since I am 1/8 German Jew. But my faith is Christian, though I fully support Israel. Having said that, I believe the West Wall is the last remaining wall left standing from the Lord's Temple, built by the Israelites. Sacked and burned by the Romans. Saying it has no connection to Israel is like saying the Whitehouse belongs to England, for when they sacked and burned it in 1812.)
That's all for today, Folks. God Bless, BILL