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The past week… out the apartment window

July 1, 2016

Being retired and having more free time than most during the course of a day I must read a hundred different news stories and listen to a few hours of talk show commentary daily. During that time when something sticks in my mind I make a note about it for a possible posting. Obviously there are many events that never make it to these pages every week but that is not to say you may not find them of some value. Here are a few that caught my attention but never made it into a posting.

Not only is the administration ignoring immigration laws on the books but now comes word of ‘political correctness’ taken to a new height of absurdity…. and possibly even treason.

Under the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority, legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from a key part of the Oath of Allegiance. Immigrants seeking to become citizens no longer have to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” They can opt out of that part of the Oath. Nor do they have to cite any specific religious belief that forbids them to perform military service.
When I first arrived there were many thunderstorms blanketing Texas and Oklahoma but I read a news report last weekend about my home near Fairbanks Alaska, that reminded me of just how dangerous thunderstorms can be.
More than 8,000 lightning strikes were reported in the state on Saturday, and at least 8,300 through Sunday evening. Around 20 new fires were reported over the weekend, according to the Alaska Inter-agency Coordination Center. (Two of which border my old home)

One would think after reading the book or watching the movie about the hiker dying when he got stranded in the wilderness near Denali people would learn to be more careful.

Two hikers who trekked their way to the abandoned bus made infamous by the book, ‘Into the Wild’ a story about Chris McCandless, and then failed to make it back from their planned trip on time, were located safe and unhurt following air and ground searches, according to the National Park Service.

Even if border control agents must ignore the laws about deporting illegal immigrants, one would think that we would still be forced to insure the health of American citizens.

Border agent Chris Cabrera, also vice president of the National Border Patrol Council 3307, said the respiratory disease tuberculosis is encountered “pretty regularly,” and that little has been done to improve the quarantine areas where illegals who harbor communicable diseases are detained. ‘We see tuberculosis pretty regularly… and more often than not we have large amounts of infectious diseases… scabies‘ the border patrol council spokesperson stated. “And the interesting part with that is it’s not actually seen on the body during the infectious period. And so these people clear through our system and then they go into the rest of the country with that disease.”
This may make you feel good after reading it because as you know some of us do get a second chance in life but nothing like this man.
FAIRBANKS — Bob Baker, who has skied the Yukon Quest trail and the Iditarod Trail, and run the Equinox Marathon 37 times, is a hard man to stop. Last Thursday, after a hard day of moving household goods by truck, he headed to the West Valley High School track for a one-mile race. Not many seconds had passed, after the race, before someone was yelling, “Call 911.”
Some runners who were medical doctors did two rounds of 30 chest compression’s and two breaths and checked again for a pulse but they could not get a good pulse and Bob was not responsive. As that was happening, others set up the automated external defibrillator that the Running Club North had purchased about four years ago for just such emergencies. With the pads placed on Baker’s chest, the computerized AED announced at first that a shock would not be effective. The doctors continued CPR, a life-or-death technique that probably cracked five of Baker’s ribs. After two or three minutes of CPR, the computer recommended a shock. So the doctors stepped back and the machine zapped him. His arms and legs jumped. “This time when we felt, he had a nice strong beautiful pulse,”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    July 2, 2016 2:31 am

    Lots of news in capsule form along with personal commentary. Pretty soon you’ll be setting up your own news bureau, Pete! I’m sure it’d be much more interesting than CNN, HLN, MSNBC (missing BC) & the major networks.
    Happy & safe 4th of July to you!


  2. July 2, 2016 9:01 am

    Hey Pete – quite an interesting ‘hodge-podge’ of stories. There has been regular thunderstorm activity in the Fairbanks area for the last four days. Although there have been a myriad of lightning strikes along with some resultant fires none appear too bad mainly because there has been quite a bit of rain. Just from Thursday late evening through Friday afternoon I recorded 0.68″ of rain here and I know the amounts were much higher north of The Alaska Range. Glad we’re into July now; just a couple more months and I will again be able to see my beloved dark night sky..! Have a fabulous Fourth!!


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