October 17th, 2010. One of the weirdest times ever.

Jerod and I decided, very spontaneously, to go to Marfa, Texas in the middle of the night. Marfa is a place known for a mysterious light phenomenon that nobody can really understand, and we really wanted to see it. It should be mentioned that Marfa is not exactly close to here, over three hours, to be exact. Grabbed the blackberry GPS and just left. Going down I-20 isn’t so bad, not traumatic so to speak, but damn…once you get to 67 and 385? WOW. Freaky. Not a well populated route, very little traffic, and a ton of negative feelings in that area. I was not fond of the drive or the route. When we got to Marfa, discovered a little viewing center that they have set up for the purpose of seeing these lights. There were a couple of people already there, and they were totally baffled. They were trying to figure out what the hell they were observing. I must say they really need more maintenance at this viewing center. A couple of the lights were burned out and were making very creepy sounds that, at first, scared me. As I was looking out at the clearing, I saw these lights…and it almost seemed as if they were sentient lights. There would be one light, and then another would show up, and they would interact with one another. At another point, a third light joined in and almost…danced. That is the best way I can describe this. It was strange, yet beautiful, and I got no negative feelings from the experience. In fact, I believe I walked away from it more spiritually in tune. I loved it, and I do recommend that if you have a chance, go and see this. As I understand it, not everyone sees this, so I feel especially blessed.

There is an old air field right next to the viewing center; this thing is a little unusual, in that there is a figure of a rocket that can be seen from space. Just add it to the other bizarre stuff around here…

Now, the trip back?? This is a different story. The cell phones lost signal, so we were rather…lost. We ended up kinda south, I guess we were not far from the Mexican border. Just driving along, on a very deserted road. A car was following us. We were starting to get a little freaked out, because the car would slow down and then come very close to us. All of a sudden, lights came on the top of the car, and it turned out to be *cue ominous music* the US Border Patrol. They asked us what the hell we were doing there, explained to them we were watching the Marfa lights, thinking they would let us go on our way. WRONG. They searched the car. They asked us all kinds of questions; took Jerod’s license and insurance papers, took my passport. They asked us the same questions more than once. Then, they told us to wait in the car…why? So they could bring in dogs to smell the car. Ugh. The whole thing took more than a half hour. At that point, it was around 3am. I asked them questions, as I do not like border patrol harassing without having a reason. They never bothered to answer my questions.

Driving around, all of a sudden this weird…creature? I don’t know how the hell to describe it. It was large and black, and it swooped down from the sky. Both of us saw it, but hell if we could make out features or anything, because once it was there, it was gone. It was big, though, so if it was a bird it would have had to be gigantic.

Saw plenty of deer, that is for sure…

I saw several things I originally suspected were meteors, but now I am not so sure. They were orbs of light, not like a normal meteor streaking. Can’t necessarily call them UFOs, because I just don’t know, but I doubt they were meteors. I have seen plenty of meteors in my life, none behaved like that.

We ended up in Crane, Texas, somehow. We had taken the wrong way. Jerod was so busy looking at the damn churches he didn’t realize how fast he was going. He was speeding, and here comes the cop. ;) We were stopped and given only a warning, thank God.

Finally ended up back in Odessa around 6:00am. It should not have taken that long. That was some crazy stuff…life is usually pretty crazy around me, though. It was interesting!!

What I have learned on the morning of September 23rd

Get yer popcorn ready.

President Obama, speaking at the UN, calls for an agreement that leads to a new member, a sovereign Palestine.

Obama wants to “blur” borders.

US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal http://tinyurl.com/22k75n3

NJ 5th-grader suspended from school after he found lighter; administators consider it a weapon. http://ow.ly/1982mq

U.S. Coast Guard responding to reports of unknown substance off North Carolina coast http://tinyurl.com/25n5x2p

Well-known fisherman threatened with arrest — “Communism? You’re in it as far as I know.” http://bit.ly/c6NEqX

Giant swarms of locusts http://tinyurl.com/2azaa2a

Former Air Force captain to expose UFO threat http://tinyurl.com/24ocdrc

Giant fireball seen in Texas, NM http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Fireball-seen-over-Santa-Fe-likely-a-meteor-

Nope, nothing at all to see here. Carry on.

Are they preparing us for failure?

A couple of notable stories I have read…I am wondering if they think the relief wells are going to fail?

BP is poised to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling engineers have only one chance to get it right.

One wrong move as engineers break through the cement and steel pipe of the Macondo well could increase the torrent of oil into the Gulf. In the worst case scenario, it could even trigger a blow-out in the relief well.

They pretty much have one shot,” said Wayne Pennington, the chair of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech University. “Once they hit it and they try to kill it they really just have that one chance.” …

The intercept could be complicated if it turns out that the oil is flowing around the pipe, between the pipe and the cement of the well bore

http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/geophysical-engineer-once-bp-tries-relief-well-they-really-just-have-that-one-chance-could-trigger-a-blow-out-in-the-relief-well

HOUSTON — As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.

But what if it doesn’t work?

At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else.

That proposition would surely bring more misery for the people who live, work and play along the shores from Louisiana to Florida.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iV4SwHJNesVoVCV9ko4WK3wBjsmgD9GP10CG0

Relief well backup plans are part of Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

Although drilling a relief well is still considered the ultimate solution for stopping the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and government officials are working on backup plans if the well fails, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday.

Allen, who is the federal government’s point man for spill response, shared one such plan that officials are in the early stages of studying. That involves the possibility of sucking oil from the well through a pipeline that would feed to an inactive platform nearby. From that platform, the oil could either be produced or pumped back down into the ground.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/relief_well_backup_plans_are_p.html

What the bloody hell is going on here? For two months, we have been sold that this is going to work…now, there are doubts? It is time for them to start telling the truth, whether it be the Coast Guard, BP, or Obama. I guess that is too much to ask for, though.

Independence of Texas? Ha!

*Agreed, George.*

Among the many ‘tea parties’ that were held on Tax Day, April 15th this year, the one here in Texas that had republicorp governor Rick Perry seems to be the one garnering the most attention.  Sporting headlines like “Perry fires up anti-tax crowd” the coverage seems to me to be a major distraction from the country’s immediate problems at hand which are largely economic and environmental in nature; not to mention the need to figure out how to build a sustainable economic not just from the balance sheet perspective, but also to live within limits of resources.

Fanned by headlines coming from outfits like Fox News ( “Governor Says Texans May Want to Secede From Union But Probably Won’t“) the reports would seem to suggest that Texas is really planning to demand accountability from the Obama administration, especially when it comes to federal spending.

But wait!  Something doesn’t quite feel right about such stories.  I think I might know why:  This has all the appearances of good ‘street theatre’.  Wonder why I think that?

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Johnny-coming-lately ‘patriotic fervor’ which has supposedly driven Texas government to threaten to send troops to the Mexican Border, and now this latest independence talk, seems to have arrived concurrently with president Obama’s election to the White House.  But where were Rick Perry and his cohorts during the Bush reign?  I didn’t hear about Rick Perry mobilizing state resources to build a border fence then….

I also seem to remember the Perry folks were supporting the Trans-Texas Corridor, which has WorldNetDaily headlined back in 2006 at “Trans-Texas Corridor paved with campaign contributions?”  This is a mirage project: When too much reporting and opposition pops up, it’s shelved, only to be reincarnated under different names within a month or two…quite amusing, actually.

For another, Texas has been busily selling off lucrative Texas tollway operations to private contractors under the guise of small government.  Yeah, I know, “How does that work?  Taxpayers foot the bill for highways to get built and then the state sells off operating rights to private outfits?” And when talk surfaces in Washington about legislation that would bar private operation of any highway built with federal dollars, state boyz seem to get all worked up…well of course!

Fine questions all…but here’s the simple point of this morning’s first item:  When I see folks out whipping up the ‘tea party’ sentiment, I ask myself “Is this part of a sincere, ongoing effort that was spawned before the Bushco republicorps lost first sitting at the teat of lobbyists?  Or, has it arisen more recently?

Pardon my pointing this out, but seems to me that it’s more bluster and braggadocio…Why weren’t Perry et all defending our border and not selling off roads when you-know-who was in DC?  Couldn’t be that this is just more hype and BS designed to keep folks from thinking about the real issues?  I mean like “Follow the money” or government by high bidders now, could it?

Meantime, all this frenzy whipping has folks wondering if Rick Perry maybe doesn’t have higher aspirations politically.  Stories like “Rick Perry: Tea party darling” hint in that direction.

In the bigger scheme of things, this is all such a charade; the right versus left retooled with new issues all the while behind the scenes, the folks with the money are pulling the strings to make sure their have versus have-not’s games continue unobstructed.  Change?  My butt.

The hell of it is – it seems to be working.  I’ll just let ya’ll get sucked into the partisan game…have fun.

http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm

WAKE UP CALL: TEXAS GOV. BACK RESOLUTION AFFIRMING SOVEREIGNTY

AUSTIN  Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states' rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state," Gov. Perry said. "That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states' rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union."

Perry continued: "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas."

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A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government's constitutionally designated powers and impede the states' right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.

It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.

http://drudgereport.com/flashtx.htm

Ummm…SURE! Debris falling in Texas, possibly from satellites

*Weird how there is nothing about Kentucky, but oh well…*

DALLAS – The Federal Aviation Administration has received numerous reports of falling debris across Texas, which could be related to a recent satellite collision.

Some of the callers around midmorning Sunday reported what looked like a fireball in the sky.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig said officials suspect the debris could be related to the collision, but he said that had not been confirmed.

The FAA notified pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible debris after a collision Tuesday between U.S. and Russian communication satellites. The chief of Russia’s Mission Control says clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth and threaten numerous satellites.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29212634/

MONSANTO ACCIDENTALLY RELEASED GE COTTONSEED

An unauthorized strain of genetically modified cotton was accidentally mixed in with other harvested cotton in Texas last month, but government officials on Wednesday played down any safety concerns.

About a quarter ton of the experimental cotton seed engineered to contain a protein that produces a pesticide was combined with about 60 tons of commercial cotton growing nearby, said Eric Flamm, a senior adviser at the Food and Drug Administration.

The mixture, grown near Lamesa in West Texas, about 300 miles west of Fort Worth, was then stored along with 20,000 tons of commercial cotton seed in a warehouse. Nearly half the crop was processed into cottonseed oil and cotton meal to use as animal feed before officials at Monsanto Co., which grows the experimental cotton on a test plot, realized the mistake.

Monsanto officials notified the government of the error on Nov. 10.

“We’re talking about a very small amount, but nevertheless, a material that contains a pesticidal substance and has not been authorized for food or feed use,” Flamm said on a conference call with reporters.

Flamm said most of the contaminated crop that was processed into animal feed had already been consumed at cattle feed lots. Two truckloads of the crop were delivered to Mexico, and U.S. officials have notified that country.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_15912.cfm

Woman approaching school bus worked for CDC

*This is just…weird.*

FRIENDSWOOD, TX (KTRK) — Friendswood parents can breathe easier after police sorted out the details surrounding a woman asking to speak with children on a school bus.

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Worried citizens called police when they learned that a woman had asked to speak with specific children who did not know her.

The investigation led police to speak with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Police say the woman was conducting a national health survey for the CDC.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6536876

Franklin Bank Fails

On November 7, 2008, Franklin Bank, SSB, Houston, TX was closed by the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a car loan, a business checking account, a commercial loan, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution. The FDIC has compiled the following information which should answer many of your questions.

http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/franklinbank.html

Several earthquakes rattle Texas, Oklahoma

DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Several minor earthquakes gave some Texas and Oklahoma residents an early Halloween scare, but no damage or injuries were reported.

A 2.5-magnitude quake at 11:25 p.m. Thursday near Grand Prairie was followed by a series of other small earthquakes in the Dallas suburb, then a 3.0-magnitude quake at 12:01 a.m. Friday in nearby Irving, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Irving police received 911 calls from about 25 people saying they had felt the quakes, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, Officer David Tull said Friday morning.

USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin says aftershocks could last several days.

On Thursday, a 3.1 magnitude quake was reported about 11:30 a.m. near McCloud, Okla., some 180 miles north of the Dallas area, according to the USGS. There were no reports of damage or injury there, either.
The Oklahoma quake is considered a separate event from those in Texas, said USGS geophysicist Jessica Sigala.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/31/texas.earthquakes.ap/index.html