Monday, January 30, 2012

More Random Shots - Kenya or Hawaii, What's True?!

First Shot!

Oakland California's Liberal attitude is costing that city a great deal of city revenue.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, along with other Oakland City Officials have begun inspecting damage inside City Hall caused by more than 50 Occupy protesters.

The Liberal "peaceful" protesters who want to turn America into a dump site for Socialism broke in and wrecked havoc on the city building by smashing glass display cases, spray-painting graffiti, and burning the American and California flags among other things.

Saturday’s break-in was the end to a day of warfare between protesters and police. Oakland's interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said that nearly 400 people were arrested on charges ranging from failure to disperse and vandalism.

Mayor Quan said on Sunday that the Occupy protesters have caused an estimated $2 million in vandalism since October. She said the cost to the city related to the Occupy Oakland protests is pegged at about $5 million.

So much for their concern for the so-called "99%"!

After all, that's who will have to pay the bills when the city of Oakland, like other cities around the country, finally gets the tab for all their trashing of these cities. 

I say charge the protesters for the damage they cost. If they can't pay it, then send them to prison for two years. And print their names in the local papers, as well as make them posted in public somehow, so that their destructive behavior will have an affect on their future. 

Folks, we have a lot more folks going to prison these days for doing a lot less than what these dipsticks have been doing. There has to be a consequence to their actions, and it shouldn't be paid for by their rich parents. It is well known in the Police Community that most, if not all, of these protester come from very wealthy families.

Their parents, who can afford to send those young people to some of the best Universities in the nation, have been bailing their no good rearends out of trouble for years. Maybe that should stop! Maybe one day their parents will say to their kids, "OK, you want a taste of Socialism first hand - go to prison!" 

After all, Prisons are about as Socialist a society as a society can get!

Next Shot! 

A new survey out asks the question, What Are the Best Places to Live in California - With No Gangs? After seeing their results, I believe that their question should have been, What Are the Best Big Cities to Live in California - With Fewer Gangs?

Acording to data from 2008, it is believed that Gang Membership in the United States is at around One Million Members. That, my friends, is a lot of Gang Members!

While gang violence is now reaching into places around the country that has never seen such a thing. California is still number one when it comes to gangs.

Why? Well, simply put, they like the big cities and absolutely thrive in the urban areas - especially in the Pacific and Southwestern states. As the economy gets worse and the availability of drugs become better as they flow unrestrained across the Mexican Border, gang membership grows.

The joke in this report is that someone believes that three California cities exempt from this problem, as they put it, "California offers numerous cities that offer safe living."

One city they have listed is the city of Mission Viejo, in Southern California located between Los Angeles and San Diego.  Their report talks about "Mission Viejo's rich history" and so on.

But folks, this is what they believe, they believe that Mission Viejo is the fourth-safest city in the United States. They go on to say, "the city outranks all others in California. As of 2009, the Orange County Sheriff's Department protected Mission Viejo's 100,242 residents, with crime rates typically two-thirds below state crime rates and about half countrywide crime rates."

These folks think that two-thirds below the state crime rate, and half nation wide, is supposedly good! Wow!

There next choice is Lake Forest which sits roughly six miles north of Mission Viejo. Lake Forest falls in the position of sixth-safest city in the United States and second-safest in California. According to the town's official website, Lake Forest hosts crime prevention programs specific to both neighborhoods and businesses, and an anonymous hot line to report gang activity (800-NO-GANGS).

Similar hot lines exist for graffiti and drugs. The Orange County Sheriff's Department answers these calls and serves Lake Forest's 78,344 residents.

But wait, according to the State of California, as of 2009, Orange County has a violent crime rate of 7,429 for the entire county which breaks it down to 235.4 for every 100,000 residents. And, again according to 2009 statistics, Orange County has property crime rate of 32,233 for that year - that's an 1,021.5 for every 100,000 residents average. To me, that doesn't sound too great at all.

According to the report, Sunnyvale, located in the South end of the San Francisco Bay, with its 135,721 residents enjoys a low crime rate. Amongst Silicon Valley industries, Sunnyvale is an hour or so from San Francisco.

Of course, none of the three cities listed are isolated from the connecting cities all around it which do have gang violence. So really, I don't understand how they can recommend the places they do, when the adjoining metropolitan area is ripe in crime and gang violence.

I guess it's one way of trying to make manure smell better. Tell them that the best city to line in, in California that doesn't have Gangs, only smells one-third as bad as the other manure in the area!

Third Shot!

According to a story out of Washington D.C., the Justice Department is tightening procedures for responding to information requests from Congress in the aftermath of a troubled arms trafficking investigation.

In its gun running program called Operation Fast and Furious, The Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of weapons to flow across the border and into the hands of Mexico's murderous Drug Cartels.

According to reports out of Washington, the Justice Department told three congressional committees in a letter Friday night that it's improved coordination between agents and their managers in carrying out arms trafficking investigations.

OK, but that still doesn't answer as to who is responsible for allowing the free flow of weapons into the hands of those killing hundreds, if not thousands, on the border?

No one is taking responsibility. Attorney General Eric Holder is claiming he knew nothing about it. Obama says Holder is innocent. No one seems to know anything in the Obama White House!

Many of us remember how George W Bush was ridiculed in the Left wing News Media for allegedly being stupid. Well friends, Obama makes Bush look like Einstein!  Barack has no clue as to what's going on in his own administration!

Attorney General Eric Holder will probably be faced with more questions about his involvement and the recent changes when he again testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That committee has been investigating the department's mistakes in the probe since early last year.

I don't know how much involvement the Attorney General had in this gun running Operation, or if the Operation was approved by President Obama. I do know that whenever questions have been asked, the White House circles its wagon in the same way that the Nixon Administration did.

Some say the Nixon rule for his White House was "deny everything, or take the fifth!" Maybe it's the same for this White House?

Last Shot For The Night!

Yes, a Georgia Judge heard evidence on Thursday from local citizens referred to in the Liberal Media as "Birthers." But no, he did not rule on whether President Barack Obama can be on the state ballot in November.

The challenge was brought by Georgia residents who believe Obama was born in his father’s homeland of Kenya, and not in the United States.  The U.S. Constitution requires that a person running for president must be a "natural-born U.S. citizen."

Many find it strange that President Obama produced a Birth Certificate from the State of Hawaii - and yet there is no record anywhere of his mother ever being admitted to, or treated at, any hospital in the state of Hawaii on any of the islands.

President Obama, and his attorneys, did not attend the hearing. But the lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that President Obama should be held in Contempt of Court for his failure to appear, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"It shows not just a contempt for this court, but contempt for the judicial branch," lawyer Van Irion said, the Journal Constitution reported.

"I'm not interested in commentary on that, counselor," Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi replied.

A lot of the Obama birth certificate controversy sort of died down last year when the White House produced a birth certificate supposedly showing that he was indeed born in Hawaii.

Then the problems started up again when questions started circulating about that Obama birth certificate. Some are saying that the White House produced an actual fake - which was photo-shopped.

It's sort of like Obama's Social Security card, the number is in question because it's supposedly from a state that he never lived in. So people ask, how did he get it? That's the sort of thing that leads to other questions.
Obama’s lawyer, Michael Jablonski, wrote to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp asking him to call off the hearing, since, as Jablonski says, "it is well established that there is no legitimate issue here," the Journal Constitution reported.

Jablonski indicated he did not plan to attend the hearing. But state secretary Kemp said, the state of Georgia was obliged to consider all challenges and warned that Jablonski and his client would be taking a risk if they didn’t show.

There is no indication when Judge Malihi will issue a ruling.

Even if this is dropped, I hope no one thinks this issue is over - because it surely isn't. Not by a long shot!

Story by Tom Correa

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Toughest Town In The Old West

Here is a small story about my favorite ghost town. It's my favorite simply because of what took place there.

Today its called Palisade, but some say that originally the little town sitting in the rugged high desert Nevada landscape was called Palisades.

Today, what's left is actually just the few remnants of a ghost town. There are a few shacks. And of course, there is a foundation or two here and there of buildings which only time knows what they were. 

And as with most ghost towns, like most places that were settled so long ago and then forgotten, there is a graveyard there.

The gravestones there dot the earth to signify that once upon a time people lived and died there. The sun and wind and moon are their only mourners. Yes indeed, there isn't a lot left of the old Palisade these days.

Fact is, you probably have never heard of the town of Palisade that sits about 10 miles south of Carlin, and about 27 miles Southwest of Elko. It is just a speck in the landscape today. It's surely not as big and well preserved as Bodie or other famous ghost towns. 

But that's not the way things have always been. Fact is that back in its heyday, it had a very interesting history to say the least.  It's history had everything to do with mining and the Transcontinental Railroad, and of course violence and excitement as no other town in the West. 

Yes, believe it or not, Palisades was the most violent town in the West. It had killings, gunfights in the streets, bank robberies, Indian attacks, the Army coming to the rescue, trains robberies, newspapers calling for action to help a town besieged by all of the above. These things were such a daily occurrence that the murder rate was a hundred times more than what places like Dodge City, Tombstone, and other supposed violent boom towns.

When most think of an Old West town, they think of Saloons, horses tied out front, soiled doves ready and willing to apply the world's oldest profession to any and all, and of course shootouts. Yes, that was Palisade. It had all of the shoot'em-ups that one read in popular Dime Novels.

I kid you not, Palisade had it all. There were gunfights in the streets, bank robberies, Indian attacks, and yes, even the U.S. Cavalry got a chance to save the day there at least twice a month. It was the real Wild West that people all over the world have heard of and read about. And did I say that Palisade, Nevada, had gunfights, it had a lot of gunfights.

In fact, I'm willing to say that Palisade, Nevada, had more gunfights than Wichita, Abilene, Dodge City, Deadwood, and Tombstone combined. Yes, all combined. The town was a ruckus, hell-raising, shoot'em-up, no mercy town, bent on destruction through booze, bullets and the devil!

Wow! Does that sound exciting or what!

There is one small problem though, none of it was real! It was all a fake! Yes, fake! And friends, if Palisade had the murder rate that was reported, then it would certainly have had a boot hill the size of two football fields. But it didn't because it was all faked.

That's right! In the late 1870s, believe it or not, to some in the Old West, the Wild and Woolly West was seen as winding down. All of the things that I've just mentioned going on in Palisades was more a part of fiction than reality in the West. But no, that didn't stop fiction writers, Dime Novelist, and Newspapers, from making sure that that's what people thought was taking place out West.

For many folks, they felt that it was a shame that it was ending. Some folks, even back then, saw the West as being settled too quickly. And yes, there were some folks that didn't want to see it go away. Some wanted to do their best to keep the ruckus, hell-raising, shoot'em up, no mercy town, bent on destruction through booze, bullets and the devil, alive and well.

Well, at least for the tourists!
Palisade, Nevada, c. 1870s
Many of us, if not all of us, have either known or heard stories about people holding on to the past. Well my friends, these folks in Palisade took it to a whole new level. For them, one option of keeping the West Wild and Woolly was to have gunfights and such -- scheduled for folks coming through town.

But, then again, that would mean that someone might get hurt! And being honest, that whole thing about shootouts and such was never like the books said anyways. Most folks carried guns to prevent from being shot, not to shoot someone. 

And also, we have to remember that those were the days before antibiotics, so that "flesh wound" that so many books and movies talked about was really not a good thing at all. In reality, that supposed "flesh wound" would probably kill you just as good as being shot under the arm pit.

I know someone out there right now is saying, "Arm pit?!" Well, that's just an obscure reference to the shot fired by Wild Bill Hickok that supposedly hit Dave Tutt directly in the heart. It actually hit Dave Tutt just beneath his right arm pit! I threw it in because I know that facts like that annoy the heck out of Hickok fans who say Tutt was shot in the heart!

But back to our story about Palisade Nevada ...

Then it happened, a few very enterprising individuals in town decided that Palisade Nevada would keep the Wild and Woolly West alive and kicking. That is, at least far as long as they could get away with it.

How? Well, a few people decided to stage fake gunfights for unsuspecting train passengers passing through Palisade on the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads from the East. The railroads pulled in regularly, on time mostly, and that's when the fun started.

The idea got started when a train conductor suggested that the citizens of Palisade might want to do something special for the "Dudes," also known as "City Folks" or "City Slickers" from back East. A "Dude" back in the days of the Old West was not a very polite term to call someone out West. But back then, Easterners were not known for being very savvy about common sense things. And besides, many Dudes dressed like "Dandies" by Western standards. Yes, that includes the famous Bat Masterson who dressed in sack-suits and such.  He was considered a "dandy dresser."

As for who started the idea of putting on fake shootouts? We can blame it on the suggestion of the train conductor. Supposedly the train conductor put it this way, "as long as so many Easterner Dandies were traveling West hoping to see the Wild West, well, why not give it to them?"

The townsfolk of Palisade took the idea to heart, and boy did they run with it! Just a week later a few men in town staged the first gunfight in the entire history of Palisade.

The good guy was played by Frank West, who was a tall dark and handsome cowhand from a nearby ranch. He was a well read man who jumped at the chance to join in on the fun. And for fun, the bad guy was played by Alvin Kittleby, who in reality was a very popular deeply religious Christian man who happened to look like the villains depicted in the Dime Novels.
The majority of the town was in on it. People waited, and then they heard the train whistle announcing its approach into town. Then just before noon when the train pulled into town for a 10 minute water stop, and the passenger car was in full view, it started.

Alvin Kittleby slowly started walking down the middle of Main Street toward the town saloon.  Both hands hovering over a set of Colts in a holster slung low on his hip. That was when Frank West, who was awaiting his que standing in a corral about 80 feet away, then stepped out into the street and the drama started.

Frank West shouted at the top of his lungs in the most exaggerated Western slang imaginable, "There ya're, ya low down polecat! Ah bin a wait'n fer ya! And yup, ah'ma go'n ta keel ya cause a wat ya deed ta mah sister. Mah poo, poo lil sister!"

Yes, they took their lines straight out of Dime Novels which depicted folks in the West as illiterate buffoons and idiots who couldn't speak clear or concise. To help translate what they really said in regular Western speech, they said:

"There you are, you low down polecat! I've been waiting for you! And yes, I'm going to kill you because of what you did to my sister. My poor, poor little sister!"

Then Frank West drew his revolver and fired it. The round was well over Alvin Kittleby's head. But that was when Kittleby grabbed his chest and fell to the ground kicking and screaming in pain as if he were really shot. It was Drama 101!
The train passengers witnessing the gunfight dove for cover, and yes, it's said that several of the woman passengers fainted. In fact, it's said that some of the men passengers did as well. Dudes being Dudes, it's not too hard to understand why!

Then a few minutes later, when the engine had all of its wood and water, the train slowly pulled out of the Palisade station. Nearly every passenger, still worried about getting shot, crouched on the floor of the passenger car until it was "a safe distance" away.

My friends, as much as I can find out, that was probably the First Faked Gunfight in the Old West. But the story doesn't end there, because it wasn't the last faked gunfight in the Old West. Those dudes would do as most all do today after visiting Disneyland, they'd tell their friends about it.

So over the next 3 years, the people of Palisade all got in on it! In fact, it's estimated that more than 1,000 gunfights took place. And yes, there were even some twice or more in a single day. It might have had something to do with the railroad schedule - who knows!

To keep things interesting for the townsfolk, and to keep the train passengers fooled, the town organized and would change the theme of the gunfights. At times they added in a duel or two, and even had Indian raids with the cooperation of local Indians -- who I'm sure enjoyed the joke just as well as the next person.

Fact is that local Shoshone Indians did for fact ride in on horseback to act out "massacres" of innocent women and children before being shot at and then driven off by avenging townsfolk -- or the appearance of the U.S. Cavalry. And yes, if you're wondering, the Indians and the Cavalry weren't the only ones in on it!

Bank robberies were staged involving sometimes over a dozen robbers on horseback, and a posse would chase the bank robbers out of town - of course, shooting up the town in the process. And please, don't think for a minute that this was just a few folks involved in this. This was the whole town. Yes, the entire town did their part.

Those townsfolk who weren't directly involved with actually being a participant in the gun battles, bank robberies, Indian attacks, and what have you, they helped out manufacturing blanks for the pistols and rifles by the thousands. But their job didn't stop there, they were to ones tasked with collecting the beef blood from the local slaughter house for the fake wounds and such. It's said that nearly everyone in a 100 mile radius was in on the joke -- but that's just speculation.

So who was in on it? Well, by all accounts, the railroad conductors and engineers made sure they hit the train whistle ahead of time so that everyone could get into position. So it's for certain they were in on it. And yes, just about everyone was in on it, including the local townsfolk, the Indians, the U.S. Cavalry, and probably others.

But just imagine that for a moment!

All of those people knowing what is really happening, and yet somehow or another they all kept the secret of what was going on in Palisade completely quiet. And yes, during those 3 years that Palisade was doing what they did, Eastern passengers all believed that they nearly caught a bullet, or barely made it out of town alive. And yes, all who witnessed it thought it was the real thing -- just like what they read in all the books and newspapers!

The passengers all survived to tell their children about being in what the newspapers of the time supposedly dubbed as "The Toughest Town In The West."

Of course there are a few ironies to what took place. First, there was the National outrage! No kidding, there really was a national concern over what was going on out there in Nevada.

Why? Well, one group of passengers, who supposedly witnessed the gun play, were supposedly from a newspaper group who ran articles in their affiliate papers in San Francisco, Chicago, and even New York. Yes, they wrote about the horrors that they saw first hand. The articles caught on like wildfire. Soon, before you could say the word indignation, the claims took hold and the government was being pressured to settle the violence in Palisade. 

Fact is, that during that time period, a lot of newspapers regularly reported what they believed were horrible gun battles, murders, robberies, and Indian massacres, taking place all over the West -- especial way out in what was referred to back them as the Far West. Palisades became known as the worse or the worse.

For Palisade, well the town was Front Page News!

The Location of Ghost Town of Palisade, Nevada
Editorials started popping up denouncing "the senseless waste of human life." Many called for the U.S. Army to take action in Palisade, send in the Cavalry to rescue those helpless people and restore order there. There were even calls to have federal troops "occupy" the town, but of course those writing the editorials had no idea that the U.S. Army was actually in on the joke.

So all in all, even though the outcry was loud, nothing was done because there was nothing to do! Over time, Palisade Nevada gained one heck of a reputation for being one rough, tough, take no prisoners sort of town. Some say that the newspapers were correct in calling Palisade "The Toughest Town in the West."

Of course the reputation was built on the townspeople having fun with what other imagined they were like. They played on the ignorances of others and made a few dollars doing it. Yes, they played it to the hilt. But all in all, the people of Palisade did deserve their reputation. Heck, they worked harder than any other town to get it!

The difference between Palisade Nevada and the shoot'em-up cow towns of Wichita, Abilene, and Dodge City, was that Palisade was acting out what Easterners thought those other towns were like -- but in reality weren't.
And that's the other bit of irony, which I find fun to think about. In 1870, while the good folks of Palisade were having fun shooting up their town and playing a great joke on unsuspecting Easterners coming West, all who believed everything they read in fiction magazines and newspapers, the town of Palisade was so safe and quiet that it didn't even need a Sheriff or a jail.

Yep, that's the truth!

Tom Correa

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Late 1800s - U.S. Military Action Abroad

A few readers have asked an interesting question, "After the Civil War, and up until 1900, what else did the U.S. military do besides fight Indians?"

The idea here is well taken. If you go with what Hollywood has to offer, then I can see how someone can really believe that all the U.S. military did after the Civil War was to build forts, fight Indians, and rescue settlers throughout the West.

I can see how some folks out there would have the impression that the only military action during the time was against Indian tribes here. After all, when most people think of the period in American History, they think of Custer getting wiped out at the Little Big Horn, or maybe have the impression that the only thing our military did in those days was fight Indians like say in John Wayne's "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" down in the South-West.

In reality, the United States Navy and the Marine Corps had America seeing action all over the world. No kidding! All over the world. Fact is American citizens were well known to live in many parts of the world even in the early 1800's. For one reason or another, American interest spread like wild fire long before the Civil War.  Along with our interest, came influence and in many cases problems.

Contrary to what some would say, it was the American Spirit that moved people to venture from our shores. The same American Pioneer Spirit that moved thousands upon thousands of Americans to go West and settle - also moved Americans around the globe to explorer new lands.

It was on April 9th, 1865, that Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  General Grant allows Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permits soldiers to keep horses and mules.

On March 9th and 10th, 1865, a full month before Lee's surrender and the official end of the Civil War, the U.S. Navy landed U.S. Marines in Panama to protect the lives and property of American residents because of a revolution that was getting out of hand.

From June 20th to July 7th, 1866, in China, U.S. Navy and Marines retaliated against a group of Chinese for their assault on the American consul at Newchwang.

While it is true that the Navy and Marine Corps was key to conflicts around the world, in November of 1866, the U.S. Army was deployed to Mexico to protect American residents along our Southern Border. Or rather, a unit under General Sedgwick deployed itself to defend the U.S. - Mexico border.

It's true, U.S. Army General Thomas D. Sedgwick and 100 Soldiers left Brownsville Texas and crossed the Rio Grande to obtain the surrender of the city of Matamoras where outlaws had ruled the town. They did this without orders from Washington. After 3 days, and a quick campaign to rid the border of problems, General Sedgwick was ordered by the Chiefs in Washington to withdraw. Later, his act was repudiated by the President as an act of an over-zealous Officer. But yes, it took care of the problem for a while!
In early 1867, U.S. Marines landed and occupied the towns of Managua and Leon in Nicaragua.

That same year on June 13th, across the Pacific Ocean in Formosa, what is today called Taiwan, U.S. Naval forces landed Marines to burn a number of huts in retaliation against those who murdered the ship's crew of a wrecked American merchant vessel.

In 1868, from February 4th to 8th, April 4th to May 12th, June 12th and 13th. U.S. Naval forces landed Marines in Osaka, Hiolo, Nagasaki, Yokohama, and Negata, Japan to protect American interests during a Civil War in Japan. Their Civil War broke out over the abolition of the Shogunate, and the restoration of the Mikado - the Emperor of Japan.

On February 7th and 8th, 19th to 26th of 1868, U.S. Naval forces landed U.S. Marines in Uruguay to protect foreign residents and the custom-house during an insurrection at Montevideo.

In April of that same year, 1868, this time in Colombia, U.S. Naval forces landed Marines there to protect passengers and treasure in transit at Aspinwall during the absence of local police or Colombian military on the occasion of the death of the President of Colombia.

Two years later on June 17 and 18th of 1870, the U.S. Navy was 40 miles up the Rio Tecapan in Mexico where they destroyed the pirate ship Forward that had been run aground.

In 1870, on September 21, the United States Navy had it's first mission in the Hawaiian Islands.

The U.S. Navy landed Marines to place the American flag was at half mast at the American consul. It was upon the death of Queen Kalama, who was the wife of King Kamehameha III, and the American consul there in Honolulu would not assume responsibility for lowering the American flag to half mast. Imagine that! I guess that that shows that there has always been people out there who don't want to take the responsibility for things.

On June 10th to the 12th in 1871, that was when the U.S. Navy and Marines attacked and captured five forts in Korea

Their mission was in retaliation for the depredations on Americans. Particularly for murdering the crew of the General Sherman and burning the schooner, and for later firing on other American small boats taking soundings up the Salee River.

 In 1873, on May 7th to 22nd, September 23rd to October 9th,  U.S. Naval forces again landed Marines in Colombia at the Bay of Panama to protect American citizens during hostilities over possession of the government of the State of Panama.

In 1873, Americans were again in Mexico. This time the United States Army Soldiers crossed the U.S.-Mexican border in pursuit of cattle rustlers, thieves, bandits, and murderers that raided the American towns along the border.

In fact, American troops actually entered Mexico repeatedly while chasing the bandits. Yes, there were some reciprocal pursuits by Mexican troops into the border territory as well. Mexico protested frequently. Notable cases were at Remolina in May 1873 and at Las Cuevas in 1875. Against the wishes of Mexico and working on behalf of the American people, Washington's orders often supported these excursions. From this, agreements between Mexico and the United States, the first in 1882, finally legitimized such raids. They continued intermittently, with minor disputes, until 1896.

From February 12th to 20th of 1874, U.S. Naval forces again landed U.S.Marines in the Hawaii. This time it was at the request of the Hawaiian government. Yes, it's true!

As a result of the Hawaiian government's request, two Marine Detachments were landed to restore order to the rioting in Honolulu, fight a rebellion instituted by the opposition candidate, and assist with the orderly coronation of King David Kalakaua.

During the fighting, the Marines actually seized most government buildings. That was 1874 and U.S. Marines occupied the city armory, the Hawaiian treasury, the station house, the Honolulu jail, and the Honolulu Courthouse which was there main objective. All in all, U.S. Marines had control of the entire Hawaiian government. Then, in just under two weeks of sporadic fighting, order was restored. The Marines returned power to King Kalakaua and returned to their ships.

It is interesting to note that Hawaiians hated Kalakaua a great deal back then, yet today he is probably Hawaii's most beloved King. He is commonly referred to as "The Merry Monarch."

In 1876 on May 18th, again U.S. Army forces from Texas entered Mexico to police the town of Matamoras temporarily while it was without other government authorities.

From July 14th to the 18th of 1882, this time in Egypt, U.S. Navy forces landed Marines there to protect American citizens and interests during warfare between the British and Egyptians. The Arabs there had all but completely destroyed the city of Alexandria through mass looting and violence. Marines restored order there before leaving.

On January 18th and 19th, 1885, again in Panama. This time U.S. Marines were landed to guard valuables in transit over the Panama Railroad.

Then in March, April, and May, in the cities of Colon and Panama, the Marines helped reestablish freedom of transit during the revolutionary activity there .

In June of 1888, the U.S. Navy sent Marines ashore to protect American residents in Seoul Korea during unsettled political conditions when an outbreak of the populace was expected.

By December 20th, of that same year in 1888, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps persuaded the Haitian Government to give up an American steamer which had been seized on the charge of breach of a blockade in Haiti.

From November 14th, 1888, to March 20th, 1889. the U.S. Navy again landed Marines. This time it was in Samoa to protect American citizens and the Consulate during their Civil War.

In 1889, on July 30th and 31st, U.S. Marines were again in the Hawaiian Islands. This time is was to protect American citizens and interests in Honolulu during a small quiet revolution.

It was called the Dominis Conspiracy, and was named after Liliuokalani who also went by the name Lydia K. Dominis. She had plotted to overthrow her brother for the throne. The plot was an effort to overthrow King David Kalakaua, who was King of Hawaii, and replace him with herself his sister in a Coup d'etat. But no, it didn't work!

It was also known as the Wilcox Rebellion, because Robert Wilcox, who was her cousin and raised in Italy in Military Schools there, he was the organizer of the Coup. In fact he tried leading quite a few coup d'etats. It didn't matter against who. He had no idea of what loyalty meant.

First he was on the side of Liliuokalani who was the sister of David Kalakaua. She would later become Queen Liliuokalani after the death of King Kalakaua. Then later, Wilcox will decide that he was against her. Yes, in a strange twist of fate, a few years later after Liliuokalani became Queen, Wilcox organizes another plot in 1892 by forming a group called the Hawaiian Patriotic League to enact a Coup against her Queen Liliuokalani. But then in 1893, Queen Liliuokalani, who originally conspired a Coup against her brother, ended up losing her throne to even another Coup d'etat by members of her own cabinet.

In 1890, U.S. Marines landed to protect the U.S. consulate and legation in Buenos Aires, Argentina from unrest in that country.

In 1891, in Haiti, U.S. Naval forces sought to protect American lives and property on Navassa Island.

From July 2nd to October 5th of 1891, way up North in the Bering Strait, the U.S. Navy was tasked with trying to stop seal poaching.

From August 28th to the 30th of 1891, U.S. Naval forces along with Marines landed in Chile to protect the American consulate and the women and children who had taken refuge in it during a revolution in Valparaiso.

From January 16th to April 1st of 1893, the U.S. Marines were back in Hawaii.  Again the Marines landed to protect American lives and property there, and again at the request of the Hawaiian government. Unlike in 1874, this time the Marines did not fire a shot. They did not take control of any government building, seize any property, jail anyone, or conduct any Combat Action.

The fact is that they were there because of the potential unrest as the internal crisis within the Hawaiian government continued. About 160 Marines landed, and were given specific orders by Captain G. C. Wiltse to "land in Honolulu for the purpose of protecting our legation, consulate, and the lives and property of American citizens, and to assist in preserving public order." 

Just as they did in 1874? Well, yes. The Marines had seen the riots and rebellion of 1874 in Hawaii, and it was less then 20 year past that they had to  "preserve public order" in Honolulu. They understood very well just how bad it could get. 

U.S. Marines and Sailors from U.S.S. Boston
As U.S. peace-keepers, Marines were at the time stationed at Arion Hall, the U.S. Consulate, and the U.S. Legation, under orders of strict neutrality and out of any potential line of fire between the Provisional Government and Royalist forces.

Since Hawaiian History says that the Queen surrendered to "the superior force of the United States of America," what did the Marines do?

Well, unlike 1874, American Marine did nothing at all in 1893. They were ordered to assume a position of neutrality and simply stoodby for orders. Yes, they waited. They basically positioned themselves and camped out at the legislation building across from Iolani Palace and waited for orders, then they returned to their ship.

In January of 1894, the U.S. military was in Brazil.  The U.S. Navy was there to protect American commerce and shipping at Rio de Janeiro during a Brazilian Civil War.  Again, like in Hawaii, U.S. Marines were in the ready.

From July 6th to August 7th of 1894, U.S. forces sought to protect American interests at Bluefields following a revolution in Nicaragua.

In 1894 and 1895, U.S. Marines were stationed at Tientsin in China, and moved to Peking for protection purposes during the Sino-Japanese War. While the Marines were moving support the legation in Peking, a U.S. Navy ship, the U.S.S. Petrel, was beached and used as a fort at Newchwang for the protection of American nationals aboard. It became known as "Fort Petrel" as all hands made ready for attacks and prayed for a fair outcome.

During that same time, July 24th, 1894 to April 3rd, 1896, in Korea,  U.S. Marines were sent to protect the American legation and American lives and interests at Seoul during and following the Sino-Japanese War.

On March 8th and 9th of 1895, the U.S. Navy and Marines protected American interests during an attack on the town of Bocas del Toro by a bandit chieftain in Colombia.

On May 2nd and 4th of 1896, again in Nicaragua, U.S. forces were there to protect American lives and interests in Corinto during political unrest there.

Then again two years later in 1898 in Nicaragua, on February 7th and 8th, U.S. Marines were landed to protect American lives and property at San Juan del Sur.

Of course on April 25th of 1898The Spanish-American War started when the United States declared War with Spain. The declaration of War followed the sinking of an American Battleship, the U.S.S. Maine, in the Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, and a Cuban insurrection against Spanish rule.

The U.S. supported the struggle of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines for independence against Spanish rule. This would be the first declared war fought overseas by the United States, and it involved campaigns in both Cuba and the Philippine Islands. The majority of Spanish-American War soldiers were volunteers who originated from all over the United States to do their part.

War began in Cuba after it was believed that the Spanish sank the USS Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15th, 1898. By June, U.S. Marines captured Guantanamo Bay and the U.S. Army landed at Siboney and Daiquiri, east of Santiago, Cuba. U.S. troops attacked the San Juan heights on July 1, 1898. Dismounted cavalry troopers, including the African-American Ninth and Tenth cavalries and the Rough Riders, commanded by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, went up against Kettle Hill. This while the other U.S. forces led by Brigadier General Jacob Kent charged up San Juan Hill and pushed Spanish troops further inland while inflicting 1,700 casualties.

The Spanish fleet guarding the Philippines was defeated by the U.S. Navy under the command of Commodore George Dewey on May 1, 1898.  President McKinley authorized the assembling of troops in order to mount a campaign against the capital of Manila not realizing Dewey's win.

On August 13th, American soldiers captured the city of Manila, unaware that the Spanish-American War had actually ended a day earlier. Guam was captured without a shot being fired. Well actually, the facts are that Captain Henry Class on the U.S.S. Charleston fired two warning shots on June 20th. A Spanish officer in charge of the island's garrison, boarded the ship and requested to borrow some powder to return the ships salute! The Spaniards was told that the United States and Spain were at war, and after getting the island Governor to the ship. Guam officially surrendered. True story!

After just 109 days, the Spanish-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898. The war established the independence of Cuba, ceded Puerto Rico and Guam to the United States, and allowed the U.S. to purchase the Philippines Islands from Spain for $20 million. The war cost the United States $250 million and 3,000 lives, 90% of whom perished from yellow fever, typhoid fever and other infectious diseases.

The war served to repair relations between the American North and South. The war gave both sides a common enemy for the first time since the end of the Civil War in 1865, and many friendships were formed between soldiers of northern and southern states during their tours of duty. This was an important development, since many soldiers in this war were the children of Civil War veterans on both sides.

From November 5, 1898 to March 15, 1899, the U.S. Navy and Marines provided a guard for the legation at Peking and the consulate at Tientsin during contest between the Dowager Empress and her son in China.

In 1899, again in Nicaragua, American and British naval forces landed Marines to protect national interests at San Juan del Norte, February 22 to March 5, then again at Bluefields a few weeks later in connection with the insurrection of Gen. Juan P. Reyes.

February to May of 1899, American and British naval forces were landed to protect national interests, and to take part in a bloody contention over the succession to the throne in Samoa.

Officially in 1899 the Philippine-American War started. The Philippine-American War was a direct result of what happened when the U.S. forces took control of the Philippine Islands after defeating the Spanish in the Spanish-American War. It was sort of what happened in Iraq. A short war to rid the place of despots and dictators, then insurgents and guerrilla warfare for the next ten years or more. While it is said that the U.S. defeated the Filipinos in their war for independence in 1902, the fact is that it lingered on, in one shape or another until, well after the last battle in 1913. American Soldiers were still being killed in the Philippines even into the 1920s and '30s!

From May 24th to September 28th in the year 1900, it was China, and it was called the Boxer Rebellion.
Britain, U.S., British India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan
A small detachment of U.S. Marines along with the token military units and diplomats of eight other nations, Britain, British India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan, defended the legation in Peking China. The defenders withstood horrendous attack after attack while protecting the foreigners in the legation, as well as the Chinese-Christians living there.

The Boxers formed beginning in 1898. They were groups of peasants in northern China that band together into a Secret Society known as "Iho Ch'uan," also known as the "Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists". 

Americans called them "Boxers," mostly because the Western press started called them "Boxers. The reason was that members of the "Iho Ch'uan" practiced boxing and calisthenic rituals, thus they became Boxers. They believed boxing and fitness would make them impervious to bullets. So OK, Boxers weren't very bright! But friends, there were lots of them! Actually, there were more Boxers than we had ammo to defend the legation.

History says, that at first the Boxers wanted to destroy the Ching dynasty which had ruled China for over 250 years. They also wanted to rid China of all foreign influence which they considered a threat to the Chinese culture. The Chinese Empress knew that the Boxers needed a distraction, so the Empress Dowager backed the Boxers -  and the Boxers turned solely to ridding China of foreigners.

By late 1899, bands of Boxers were massacring European and American-Christian missionaries - and Chinese-Christians every chance they had. By May of 1900, the Boxer Rebellion had come out of the countryside and was being waged in the capital of Peking - what is today Beijing. On June 18, 1900, the Empress Dowager ordered all foreigners to be killed.  Several foreign ministers and their families were murdered by ambush and mobs of Boxers.

The legation not only survived, they prevailed by holding out for 55 days. That was when an combined international military force of over 20,000 took Peking and subdued the Boxer Rebellion. For many years after this experience, a permanent legation guard of U.S. Marines was maintained in Peking, and was strengthened at times as trouble threatened.

For the Chineses, the result of the Boxer Rebellion is that it weakened the Ching dynasty's power and hastened the Republican Revolution of 1911 that overthrew the boy emperor and made China a republic.

And by the way, after reading this, ask yourself this, why didn't we plant our flag and claim all sorts of territory, like say the British and French did all over the world? If it is true that we Americans were this huge "imperialist power" as many say we were, then why didn't we make colonies out of all of the placed I've listed above? Yes, especially those places where we lost troops? The answer is that we were not an "imperialist power" and that's term in used for American influence and interest, not territorial claims.  

While some may have a picture of America as being only involved with the settling of the West, that was only a part of what was going on at the time. Those who fought in the Indian Wars, who may have supported Custer, who may have chased Apaches, and who were responsible for taking on bandits along the Mexican border, they were not the only American troops who had their hands full - and followed the Stars and Stripes in harm's way. There were many on distant shores in far off places, who never came home.

Many were cowboys and farmers, butchers, blacksmiths, and wheel-makers. The same men who enlisted to fight the Sioux during American Indian Wars also fought others overseas as well. They should also be remembered. That's just how I see it.

Tom Correa

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Barack Obama's 32 Month Report Card - by Rich Carroll

Mr. Hope and Change wants to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where we the people are government controlled. This would be a system that genuflects mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed.

A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the U.S.
Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6% increase.

The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1% jump.

Long term unemployment soared 146.2% during the same 32 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering hope and change isn't it?

American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5% from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000, and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25% from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of August 31, 2011.

The number of unemployed blacks has risen from 12.6% at the end of George Bush's term to 15.8% today, a 25.4% increase, and finally, our national debt is up 34.4% from 10.627 trillion to 14,278 trillion *

Keep these figures in mind as we recount the number of firsts for this presidency: 
  • First President to refuse to show a valid birth certificate.
  • First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
  • First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
  • First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States .
  • First President to violate the War Powers Act.
  • First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .
  • First President to defy a Federal Judges court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
  • First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
  • First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs and later admit there was no such thing as shovel-ready jobs.
  • First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
  • First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
  • First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
  • First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
  • First President to terminate Americas ability to put a man in space.
  • First President to encourage racial discrimination and intimidation at polling places.
  • First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
  • First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
  • First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly speak-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
  • First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state they are allowed to locate a factory.
  • First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN)
  • First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
  • First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
  • First President to appoint 45 Czars to replace elected officials in his office.
  • First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.
  • First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
  • First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
  • First President to coddle American enemies while alienating Americas allies.
  • First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the U.S. Flag.
  • First President to go on multiple global apology tours.
  • First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends, paid for by the taxpayer.
  • First President to refuse to wear the U.S. Flag lapel pin.
  • First President to hold his crotch during our national anthem.
  • First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
  • First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense.
  • First President to repeat the Holy Qur'an tells us, and openly admits the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
Remember that in 32 months of Obama White House we the people have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our nation's entire history, as the Obama's plan their next extravagant vacation to the Indonesian Island nation of Bali .

Hope and change anyone ?????????

* sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept of Labor, Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, Heritage Foundation.

This was written by Rich Carroll, and printed here as a reminder of what we have in the White House right now!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Regarding Wild Bill Hickok - And Others!

Friends, I get a lot of e-mail regarding all of my articles. And honestly, that's great!

I've gotten praises and thanks for writing about some things, while at the same time I've gotten threats and ridicule from people who don't like reading other things.

Thankfully, I do have that say so on what gets printed in the comment sections of the articles. Some comments are pretty raw.

Some Muslim readers are angry that I take their faith to task. I've questioned why those who are not so-called "Radical Islamists" are so quiet when it comes to condemning Muslim Terrorist?

And yes, the Muslim community in America, and around the world, is still silent on the actions of those blood thirsty bastards who killed thousands of Americans on 9-11.

They hate the fact that I've called the Muslim religion a faith built on a lust for blood and killing of the innocent. 

I find it interesting that a few Muslims have wrote saying that they hate parts of their own religion - but that's for another post at another time.

Liberals write wishing me all sorts of harm.

They are mad that I can't see the supposed greatness of Barack Hussein Obama. They hate that I've written about how I, and many other Americans, see his policies taking America down the road of Socialism and government control - tyranny.

Many write saying that they hate the fact that I point out that Christian Americans are being persecuted for our religious beliefs.

They are angry that I've written about what I see as a White House administration made up of an out of control Liberal Atheists who are using the power of the government to attack Christians -- and those who disagree with them. 

I do see government as being bend on controlling our lives through the use of Political Correctness and over regulation.

Some of the e-mail I get is from people not happy with what I've written about this or that Old West figure.

Some say they are distant family members, and no, I really didn't know that so many Earp and Hickok relatives were still alive.

Many say that they don't like the way I portray their great-great-great-uncle twice removed the way I do.

Or worse, some have to say that Hickok was a family member married to a 6th cousin or an Aunt that was married to and so on.

Others just hate the fact that I've taken a look at the real records of these people, like Hickok, with the eye of a fact finder instead of that of a "Fan".

I've received one letter lately that has really gotten me thinking. It came to me as a comment on my blog pertaining to Wild Bill Hickok.

Old West: Wild Bill Hickok - Frontier Hero or Bushwhacking Coward?

Here is the e-mail I received:

"In my opinion Sir, the only liar here is you! You offer no evidence whatsoever for your allegations against Hickok. You sound like someone who might be a bit jealous of another man's exploits and courage because you lack both. Hard to believe a man who was admired by some of the most famous men of the Old West, including Bill Cody and George Custer was just a liar and braggart. Are you sure you're not related to the victims of this particular event or are you just an uninformed idiot?"

At first, no, I really wasn't going to address this young man. You see, to me, his letter was mild and did not contain anything that I haven't heard before.

He had his shorts in a twist over the fact that I wasn't simply publishing the same fictitious story that others had for years. No surprise there.

He didn't care that it included a link to go to Court Documents. No, instead he decided that arrest records and such from the legitimate source was not good enough for him.

Then he decided to call me and "uninformed idiot"!

Friends, that's when it becomes personal.

First, I laughed about it. Then I made a joke about it by saying, "I guess being an uniformed idiot is better than being an informed idiot?" 

The later being a real idiot because he knows better - yet he's still an idiot.

I can't help but wonder what more he wants for evidence, since I did give him the Court Documentation when James Butler Hickok was known as "Duck Bill" was charged with murder.

I was going to write him back and tell him that my sources come from our extensive Library up here in the hills. The nearest being a small Library in West Point with a few hundred books.

I figured that would twist his panties even more than they already are!

A friend suggested that I write the young man and tell him that since I could only get part of my information from our little library, and of course a comic book shop 27 miles away, that I had to simply make up the rest to fill in the blanks!

Maybe I should have written him to inform him that I simply made the whole thing up using my creative license?

Maybe I should have written him that it came to me one night while watching an episode of CSI, Cold Case, or Criminal Minds?

No, I don't think so!

What jerks my chain a little is that the person writing me has really no idea of the long hours of reading that I do.

He has no idea of the county records, courthouse transcripts, newspaper articles, books, websites, and other sources that I've gone to - just to get the facts right!

I read just to make sure that I get my articles right. And yes, while gathering information, I sometimes shake my head in disbelief when stumbling on real true, historically accurate facts that go against the legend.

When it comes to writing, no matter what the subject is, I come from the Marine Corps school of report writing. Yes, it's a lot like Dragnet, "Just the facts!" 

When I worked in Security, and later in the Inspection Industry, that's what was called for on reports - "Just the facts!" 

Before retiring, I had the opportunity to travel all over our great nation. From one coast to the other, many places in between, big and small, city and town, township and village, berg and metropolis, and the whole time - yes, I've drank up American History like a drunk who can't get enough booze!

And yes, I've loved it! 

I've been to a TVA power plant at Widow's Creek, Alabama, and while there I had the opportunity to explore an incredible family graveyard just outside the nearby small town of Bridgeport, Alabama. 

Its first graves were set there before our Declaration of Independence was written. It is a capsule of all of America's History - one death at a time. The headstones tell us that.

I've had the chance to visit where the Tea Party took place in Boston, to see Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, and I've visited Manitowoc Wisconsin where many World War II Submarines were built.

Yes, Submarines in Wisconsin!  During World War II, the U.S.Navy actually built many of their Subs in Wisconsin. To prove it, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc has a World War II Sub in the back of their building. Imagine that!

I've stood in awe in the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, and listened as I was told how it was built. And yes, I've been to the Empire State Building in New York City and was shocked to find out that it only took a few years to build. 

In Puget Sound, many times I've ridden the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton where the U.S. Navy does ship repairs. I'm always taken by the sight of bald eagles among the gray skies.

When I spent some time visiting friends in Monterey Bay here in California, I found it amazing to learn some of the history about ship wrecks along the California coast.  It was the same feeling that I had standing in Fort Pulaski just outside beautiful Savannah, Georgia, and finding out about the first use of rifled-cannons and the taking and re-taking of that fort.

Just over a year ago, I was in Iolani Palace on Oahu and talked history with a docent there. And yes, I've written about some of the fascinating things that I have learned. One fact is that U.S. Marines helped put one of Hawaii's most beloved Kings on his throne - and to say that he was disliked when he first became King would be an understatement. 

These days, even in Hawaii, most all are knowledgeable that U.S. Marines were there at the Palace when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown by a coup made up of many members of her own cabinet. The Marines are remembered for being there, even if they didn't do a thing other than be present.

And yes, a few friends who are pretty steeped in Hawaiian history were absolutely shocked to learn about that forgotten bit of historical fact - that is was American Marines who restored order in a riotous Honolulu and ensured King Kalakaua, "The Merrie Monarch," was to take the throne.

What's worse is that there is one fact that is almost completely forgotten about the Marines landing in Hawaii in 1874.

It is the fact that, while in the process restoring order and ensuring King Kalakaua's ascension to the throne, American Marines were wounded in the process of doing so - and as far as I know, there has never been a thanks from the Hawaiian people for the help from the United States!

Friends, I've loved learning about what is the truth about American History. And though some things seem quirky and unbelievable, and yes, some things go against what has been written about, the truth is what I've found. The truth is what I've printed here.

I can tell you this.  I don't like reading what some so-call "Historians" write.  And yes, as far as I'm concerned some Old West Historians can be the worse.

After just a few lines, or say a paragraph or two, I can usually tell if the writer is going to give me an accurate account - or if he's just another "Fan" regurgitating the same old familiar line that was handed down from Dime Novelist who didn't care about the truth.

Fact is that most of the Dime Novelists of the 19th Century were wonderful at their craft. They told tall tales to sell books! That was their craft, and yes friends, they were good at it!

To me, many so-called Historians today act as if they are "Fans" instead of objective writers.

And when it comes to some writers out there, to me, it seems that their sense of reporting the truth is skewed and inaccurate.

To me, their work is usually filled with a noticeable "love" and admiration for the individual that they are writing about.  

I see their writing in the same way that News Reporters write for say the New York Times these days, their writing is in fact biased and skewed to support the Liberal Left agenda in America.

Take for example the picture they paint of Obama. They see and report a president that can do no wrong even when he's screwing the nation.

Unless it goes against their agenda, Liberal Reporters write "positive" about their own. They write like "Fans" of Democrats and other Liberals because they are "Fans." 

It's nothing new. It has been going on for years. I remember sitting in on a Journalism Course in College many years ago after I had left the Marine Corps and decided to return to school. Where I was used to giving the facts, the teacher made is plain that he didn't want "just the facts" there.

He wanted opinions! And yes, he wanted opinions with a Liberal Bias. 

He wanted a slanted view of what, who, when, where, and how things took place.

I remember saying that it goes against the grain to tell others how to think about a certain incident, that they should get the news and decide what to think for themselves.

He said that that is what makes an article interesting - and that sells papers.  

In my writing about historical figures of the Old West, do I try to leave out the adjectives that describe a man's character? Sometimes. But other times I just can't.

What he doesn't understand is that unlike most "fans" of Hickok, I've been there to see where he hid behind the blanket and abushed an unarmed man.

I've been to the Rock Creek Station in Nebraska. I've seen first hand where the murders took place.

I know for a fact, that contrary to James Butler Hickok's own story about him being an Army Scout visiting the station - that he was indeed just a 24 year-old stock tender at the time - and he murdered men who were not armed.

Did I hear first hand from people there at the Rock Creek Station Historical Site that that 24-year-old Stock Tender by the name of James Butler Hickok was indeed called "Duck Bill" because of his large nose?

Yes, and just as I said earlier, in fact the County Court Records have Hickok listed as such.

After seeing the murder scene and being explained what took place, do I think that Hickok was a cold-blooded murderer and a back-shooter? You bet I do!

Why? Simply because evidence shows he was. 

What evidence?

Well, while in Nebraska, I visited Rock Creek Station where James Butler Hickok killed an unarmed David McCanles by shooting him from behind a blanket used as a curtain in 1861, and I read the eye-witness first hand testimony of David McCanles 12 year-old son Monroe who survived by out running the murderous bunch.

It was there at Rock Creek Station that I learned the truth about one of my boy-hood heroes.

If you don't believe me, than go to other sites like say the Legends of America website;

Read what they have to say about James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and the cold-blooded murders he and his bunch committed at Rock Creek Station in Nebraska.

For me, whether it's Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, or Charles Manson, I don't glorify horrible crimes and make heroes out of cold-blooded killers.

I let there "fans" do that!

If that young man who wrote me can look deeper into the life of his hero, "Wild Bill," and maybe try to be objective about what he finds - then maybe he'll ask himself, who's the real "uninformed idiot"?

And yes, that's the way I see it.

Tom Correa

Monday, January 16, 2012

Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Dilemma

So what is the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Well basically, the Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system setup to transport synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands in Northeastern Alberta, Canada to multiple destinations in the United States.

Destinations include American refineries in Illinois, Cushing oil distribution hub in Oklahoma, and proposed connections to refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

In July of 2011, the House passed H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, by 279-147.

The bill requires President Obama to issue a final order granting or denying a permit to construct Keystone XL by no later than November 1, 2011.  But that didn't happen!

Moderates and Conservatives have been attempting to put pressure on the Obama White House to take American energy independence seriously and to expand U.S. access to oil from our friendly, democratic, and politically stable neighbor to the north, as well as drill here now.

In November, 2011, President Obama bowed to pressure from Foreign Oil and Liberal Environmentalist Groups and decided to postpone making a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until 2013 - well after the 2012 Presidential Election.

Let's face it, President Obama is no fool.

He probably knows that he needs the Liberal Left Environmentalist and big dollar contributions from Foreign Oil to keep the White House this November. 
Well, to his surprise on November 30th, after Obama's attempt to postpone his highly political decision, Senate Republicans introduced legislation forcing President Obama to either shit or get off the pot.   

They passed legislation legally requiring Obama to either approve or disapprove the Keystone XL Pipeline within 60 days of last November - unless of course, President Obama declares the Keystone XL project not in the National interest of the United States.

Now it's time to make a decision because the 60 days are up, and that's Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline dilemma! Now what does he do, either way he loses.

If he gives in to the interest of the nation, he angers his base and may cost himself re-election and millions upon millions of dollars in campaign donations.  If he scraps it, then he angers the people and throws the dice to see what will happen - or if they will even remember - on election day.

A dilemma is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. This decission should not be considered a dilemma because there is one very practical acceptable option - do what is right for the nation and the American people - and allow it!

You see, the Keystone XL Pipeline is vital to the National interest of the United States - and there are many reasons.

First off, besides our energy security, the Keystone XL Pipeline is good for America and our National Security. Fact is, it is estimated that the Keystone XL Pipeline will deliver up to 850,000 barrels of crude from our wonderful Canadian neighbors to the North.

Imagine the concept her! Oil from a friendly, stable, democratic neighbor!

Depending on ourselves is what America did best for almost all of our history. It's only been since the 1970s that Americans have become almost totally dependant on Foreign Oil.  The Keystone XL Pipeline will help us to reach the point agian of no longer living with the threat of supplies being cut off. This is a big deal!

And friends, I agree with one writer who said, every barrel of oil that we import from Canada is a barrel that Americans don’t have to import from Saudi Royalty, Foreign Oil Dictatorships and Despots, and unstable regimes who do not have our best interest in mind.

Another factor to consider is that the Keystone XL Pipeline is totally market-driven. This means that $7 Billion in a real shovel-ready project will be funded entirely by private investments from private companies - and not the American Taxpayer.

The Keystone XL Pipeline will help us at the pump. Why? Well, friends, it's simply because we will no be held hostage by Foreign Oil reducing our oil supply or create a horseshit shortage just to raise prices.

Americans are sick and tired of paying high prices because of Foreign Oil jacking around the prices at their whim!

Of course, I really believe that most Americans are also sick and tired of our Federal Government, in the form of the EPA or one of their other regulatory agencies, slapping us with more fees and taxes at the pump.

So yes, the Keystone XL Pipeline will help stabilize gasoline prices. Can you imagine returning to the days when you knew what gas would cost without having to ask, "How much did it go up overnight?" 

Fact is that unlike an oil tanker that may be traded and bought several different times by different companies and countries, and yes each time being marked up by oil speculators, the price of oil from the Keystone XL Pipeline will be almost entirely fixed at the start of its journey in Canada to the refineries here in the U.S..

Lastly, studies show that the Keystone XL Pipeline will stimulate our economy because it is estimated that the Keystone XL Pipeline will be the catalyse to $20.9 Billion in new business expenditures. That adds another $9 Billion to the U.S. GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which means an increase personal incomes by $6.5 Billion by generating $2.3 Billion in equipment and retail sales, and create 500,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

With more than a half million American jobs at stake, and the energy independence of America attainable, all President Obama has to do is green light the 1,700-mile XL line "as soon as possible."

On January 11th, 2012, over 100 organizations representing Millions of job creators across America got together and sent a letter to President Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The letter notes that the Keystone XL pipeline would have a minimal impact on the environment, and it would create thousands of jobs while strengthening the energy security of the United States.

The letter also notes that by fully utilizing Canada's oil sands, which already benefit 2,400 U.S. businesses, America could generate more than 500,000 new U.S. jobs and $775 billion in GDP by 2035.

The letter:

January 11, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The undersigned organizations urge you to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible. With your approval, this shovel-ready project will provide 20,000 jobs in construction and manufacturing in the next two years, and add tens of thousands of additional jobs throughout the economy in other sectors including service, retail and distribution. With our nation’s stubbornly high unemployment, it would be irresponsible to let such good-paying jobs slip away.

The Keystone XL pipeline has been under review for more than three years. The August 26, 2011 final EIS found that the project will have “limited adverse environmental impacts” during construction and operation. Additionally, the document concluded that the pipeline “would have a degree of safety greater than any typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current regulations.”

The State Department should be commended for its thorough and comprehensive environmental assessment, and for conducting more than 100 public meetings on the project, including nine hearings along the proposed pipeline route and in Washington, DC last summer.

The State Department’s announcement that it was delaying a decision on Keystone XL cited a need to study an alternative route in Nebraska around the Sandhills region. The federal payroll tax legislation recently passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law allows the State Department and Nebraska as much time as necessary to identify and review a new route, while allowing construction to begin elsewhere along the pipeline route.

The Keystone XL pipeline will also greatly enhance America’s energy security. With the current situation in the Middle East, and tensions in the Strait of Hormuz continuing to rise, approving this pipeline is the right energy and national security policy for America.

Canada is already our largest supplier of imported oil – almost 2.4 million barrels per day, or one fourth of our imports. With this proposed pipeline, our crude imports from Canada could reach 4 million barrels a day by 2020, twice what we currently import from the Persian Gulf. Enhancing our energy partnership with Canada will strengthen America’s energy future.

In addition, studies show that fully utilizing Canada’s oil sands crude, including the necessary pipeline infrastructure, can generate more than 500,000 new U.S. jobs and $775 billion in GDP by 2035.

Today there are already at least 2,400 American companies in 49 states supporting the development of oil sands by either providing supplies and services in Canada or for pipeline and refinery projects here in the U.S. In addition, it’s important to note that for every dollar we spend on Canadian products, including oil, Canadians return up to 90 cents through purchases of U.S. goods and services.

Mr. President, the significant job creation, economic growth, energy security and national security
benefits of this project make clear it is in the national interest. We strongly urge you to act swiftly to
approve the Keystone XL pipeline.


Alaska Oil and Gas Association
American Chemistry Council
American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association
American Council of Engineering Companies of Iowa
American Exploration & Production Council
American Foundry Society
American Highway Users Alliance
American Petroleum Institute
American Rental Association
Americans for Tax Reform
Arkansas Environmental Federation
Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Arkansas Oil Marketers Association
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers of Michigan
Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
Associated General Contractors of Missouri
Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin
Associated Industries of Florida
Associated Industries of Missouri
Association of Oil Pipelines
Business Roundtable
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
Consumer Energy Alliance
Foundry Association of Michigan
Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers
Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Manufactures Association
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
Illinois Trucking Association
Independent Petroleum Association of America
Indiana Cast Metals Association
Industrial Supply Association
International Foodservice Distributors Association
International Warehouse Logistics Association
Iowa Engineering Society
Iowa Good Roads Association
Iowa Motor Truck Association
Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Mid-Continent Association
Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Michigan Association of Convenience Stores
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Petroleum Association
Michigan Railroads Association
Michigan Trucking Association
Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association of Oklahoma
Mid-West Truckers Association
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Montana Petroleum Association
NAHAD – The Association for Hose & Accessories Distribution
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Association of Manufacturers
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Federation of Independent Business
National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Taxpayers Union
Natural Gas Supply Association
New England Fuel Institute
New Mexico Oil & Gas Association
North American Equipment Dealers Association
North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Ohio Association of Convenience Stores
Ohio Cast Metals Association
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
Ohio Oil and Gas Association
Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Foundry Association
Petroleum Association of Wyoming
Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Portland Cement Association
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
SouthWestern Equipment Dealers Association
Southwestern Illinois Employers Association
Texas Cast Metals Association
Texas Oil & Gas Association
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The FPDA Motion & Control Network
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Oil & Gas Association
U.S. Oil & Gas Association AL/MS Division
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
West Virginia Manufacturers Association
West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association
Western States Petroleum Association
Will County (IL) Center for Economic Development
Wisconsin Association of General Contractors
Wisconsin Cast Metals Association
Wisconsin Engine Manufacturers & Distributors Alliance
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association

-- end of signers.

For me, I can only pray that President Obama puts politics aside and approves the Keystone XL Pipeline.

I can only hope that he understands that what he may lose in political points with Foreign Oil and the Liberal Left Environmentalist, he'll make up with a sense of pride and satisfaction knowing that he helped America achieve a stronger more secure future as an energy independent nation.

With energy independence, no American representative will again feel the need to bow to oil rich Saudi Kings!

That's just how I see it.

Story by Tom Correa