3/29/2013

FBI UFO Vault Memo






A long ago memo to late FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, is stirring a bit of controversy.  Dated March 22, 1950 (about a year and a half before this writer was born) the memo discussed three "flying saucers" had been recovered in New Mexico.  The memo states three saucers were circular in shape, and about 50 feet in diameter.  Even more remarkable, the memo states three bodies were recovered from the saucers.  All three bodies were said to be about three feet in height.  This file was released from the FBI's digital vault in April of 2011 due to a Freedom of Information Act request.  Now many will remember the famous Roswell, New Mexico incident.  This incident allegedly took place in 1947.  The FBI maintains this memo was never even investigated.  The FBI provided no explanation about why the 1950 UFO memo was never investigated given that the FBI had cooperated with the U.S. Air Force in the past on UFO investigations. 

I've never been into the UFO phenomenon that has seemingly taken a life of its own over the years.  I did have a UFO experience myself that I related in a blog post (Chasing UFO Series).  Even with that experience, I still have severe doubts about UFOs.  The odds of intelligent life having the ability to travel the stars and to visit Earth are mind boggling to me. It's Star Trek stuff that seems out of place in 21st Century Earth.  Still, something with the government, and particularly this FBI memo, doesn't pass the "smell test."  It seems like a coverup to me.  It would not be the first time the federal government has been involved in a coverup.  My question, why did it take a FOI request, over 60 years after the fact, for this memo to see the light of day?  Why is the FBI scoffing at this memo and admits they never investigated it?  It seems strange to me.  Regardless, I find it all  very interesting. 

3/25/2013

Police Abuse #1






Over the past two weeks, while I have taken a break from this blog, I have discovered videos on YouTube that have made me sick to my stomach.  Specifically, I am referring to police abuse, police brutality.  I have seen police attack an 84 year old man for making a citizens arrest.  I have seen police bully, threaten and actually break the law they are sworn to uphold.  They give lip service to our constitutional rights.  The one that is broke most often is the 4th Amendment.  This amendment clearly states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."  Police officers, on a daily basis, willfully and maliciously violate this law of the land.  When a police officer asks if he can search your car, most people say yes.  They have no right, none, to search your car without you waiving your 4th Amendment right.  In some videos, officers have been caught planting evidence in an effort to arrest someone who is quite possibly innocent.  Do yourself a favor and go to YouTube.  You will be shocked, I promise you.  I have learned a lot over the past two weeks of what is taking place in this country.

One of the things that really set police officers off is the video cam.  Most cops will tell you to turn off the video cam.  But, they have no right to do this.  In a U.S. Supreme Court decision, it was determined that public servants (such as law enforcement) have no reasonable expectation of privacy while performing their duties in a public setting.  Even if they are on private property, they still have no expectation of privacy.  Since the Rodney King incident, people have been video taping police officers constantly.  My respect for law enforcement has taken a nosedive.  I wish I could say this is a small percentage of police officers who violate the same laws they have taken an oath to uphold and enforce.  Yet, no one violates the Bill of Rights more than police officers.  I don't know if it is out of ignorance of the law (which is no excuse at all) or they willingly violate the law because they are cops.  I have seen one cop reply they can do what they want because they are cops.  I guess the U.S. Constitution does not exist in his world.  These out of control cops are a danger to the public and the Bill of Rights of which this country is founded.  I learned here in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, the Mobile Police Department is ranked 19th out of the top 20 police departments known for police abuse.  For a city of its size, that is a staggering bit of news.  It's also quite alarming.  Here is just ONE example.  Click HERE.  Thanks to the Aurora, Colorado cops violating the rights of everyone at the traffic light, this bank robber may now go free.  It is completely inept work on behalf of these officers.  But, this is far from the worst I have seen.

This will be a series on David's Musings.  I am that horrified by what I have seen.  There is no excuse for police to exceed their authority over our constitutional rights.  I would like to believe this is only 1% or 10% of cops nationwide.  But, I fear it is closer to 30% or even more.  Too many men and women fought and died for us to have these rights.  It is incumbent upon us to defend our rights.  Either use them or lose them.  Don't believe me?  Then turn up your speakers or turn on your headphones and click HERE.


3/08/2013

Raiding 401(k) Retirement Accounts Continue







It appears that the Obama Recovery has not yet hit Americans who are saving for retirement.  A report came out yesterday that Americans are continuing to raid their 401(k) retirement accounts at an alarming rate to just pay bills.  What these people don't seem to understand is that if you take out cash from your 401(k), you not only have to pay that money back, you will also pay a 10% penalty and also pay taxes on that borrowed money.  So, in reality, you are losing money since you must pay a 10% penalty for taking that money out.  Suppose you take out $10K to pay off bills.  You not only have to pay back that 10K, but you will pay an additional $1000 in penalties for doing so.  Then you also have to pay taxes on that $10K.  You are actually penalizing your retirement account by raiding that 401(k).  That is less money for you to live on at your retirement age.  Guess what?  The cost of living won't go down.  So, you will have less and less of a nest egg to live on when you retire.  I understand the temptation to take out that money to pay off lingering bills such as credit cards.  But, that is something you need to take care of minus the 401(k).  Financial experts are warning Americans to avoid the temptation to raid that account because it winds up costing them far more in the long run.

If you think, "Well, at least, I still have Social Security."  Don't bet on it, even if there is still a Social Security payment when you retire (which appears more and more doubtful for the Millennial Generation).   Most people depending on Social Security find out how short-sighted they were once they get retirement age.  I realize that bills such as that car payment is a heavy burden now.  But, imagine the burden of paying bills when you are retired and making far less money.  Raiding that 401(k) will seem even more dumb than ever.  I live comfortably since I resisted the temptation to raid my retirement plan.  It was something similar to the 401(k), but not actually a 401(k).  It was a government sponsored plan. There was an old car parts commercial that stated, "You can pay me now or pay me later."   If you are raiding your 401(k), you will definitely pay later and more than you ever expected.

***I'm going to take off a couple of weeks or so.  My next post should be on March 25th. 


3/04/2013

Florida Man Dies in Sinkhole

 





Jeff Bush, 37 years of age, is presumed dead after part of his house (his bedroom) disappeared into a sinkhole that was at least 20 feet wide.  Jeremy Bush, Jeff's brother, tried to save his brother as he disappeared into the sinkhole.  Rescue workers decided the house was too unstable, as well as the ground around the house, to continue the search for Jeff's body.  Attempts now are to try to bring the house further toward the street so that personal belongings can be retrieved.  The plan appears to be to knock down the house, pull the debris out and survey the stability of the ground around the sinkhole.  Amazingly, five other people in the house escaped unharmed.  The county medical examiner cannot declare Jeff Bush dead until his body is finally recovered. 

This is a very amazing story.  It's not unusual for sinkholes to pop up  in the state of Florida.  This is a common occurrence.  What makes the story so amazing is that the sinkhole popped up under a house and actually killed (not officially) someone.  In this case, the very unfortunate Jeff Bush.  I cannot begin to imagine the horror Jeff experienced.  You are sleeping soundly to suddenly find yourself and your entire bedroom falling into a giant hole in the ground.  A horrible story to be sure.  

3/01/2013

A Very Brief Survey






This is going to be an unusual post for David's Musings.  I have never asked the many visitors here to do a survey.  I'm a bit apprehensive about doing so.  I've never done this and I don't know what the ramifications will be.  The reason I am doing this survey is due to what I'm sure you have noticed;  I'm now taking advertisers for this blog.  I've never actively solicited advertisers before.  But, over the past couple of years, I have been told in email that if I ever decided to accept advertisers, guest posting, links, etc., to let them know.  I guess what I'm wanting to know is what stories do you like best?  I've divided the survey into four different choices.  Human Interest Stories (dealing with inspiring and not so inspiring stories concerning people in the news) Personal stories of the blog author (stories concerning my life, past, present and future) Legends (supernatural and paranormal experiences....this has become extremely popular based on the number of visits) Unusual stories of the day (These are usually news stories that are remarkable, funny or just downright strange).  

I'm doing this to answer advertiser questions about what type of articles that my blog visitors are most interested.  It will also help advertisers determine where they want to place their banner or text advertising on this blog.  I appreciate your help.  Please make only one selection when you take the survey.  You can take the survey by clicking.....ENDED.

***Many thanks to those of you who took 5 seconds of your time to respond to my survey.  Thank you!



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