Tuesday, November 13, 2007


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich may have been ridiculed for saying he had seen a UFO, but for some former military pilots and other observers, unidentified flying objects are no laughing matter.

An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials called on the U.S. government on Monday to reopen its generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports about flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings.

"Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer satisfactory to ignore radar returns ... which cannot be associated with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters," they said in a statement released at a news conference.

The panelists from seven countries, including former senior military officers, said they had each seen a UFO or conducted an official investigation into UFO phenomena.

The subject of UFOs grabbed the spotlight in the U.S. presidential race last month when Kucinich, a member of Congress from Ohio, said during a televised debate with other Democratic candidates that he had seen one.

Former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter are both reported to have claimed UFO sightings.

Most turn out to be misidentified aircraft, satellites or meteors. A panelist who once worked for Britain's Ministry of Defense said 5 percent of incidents cannot be explained.
@ Reuters

I too have seen a UFO, a REAL BIG one in the woods of Northern Minnesota, raced around trying to locate where it landed but could not find it in the wooded area, dammmit! I'm thinking they did not want to be found.

Compared to extraterrestrial life we are quite retarded considering where they are vs. where we are. Reminds me of the old Sci-Fi flicks of the aliens wanting peace and we just want to throw the ammo at them, yup retarded.

Someday we might get some insight, but not until we pull our collective heads out of our collective butts and quit destroying every damn thing.



DEN said...

Slow news day in bloggerland, but no news is good news anymore.

Coffee in the corner and slightly aged donuts on the side.

Try not to wreck the place.

•c•arol said...

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush

When we look back someday at the catastrophe that was the Bush administration, we will think of many things: the tragedy of the Iraq war, the shame of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, the erosion of civil liberties. The damage done to the American economy does not make front-page headlines every day, but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page.

DEN said...

In the too stoopid to be alive category:

SOUTHWORTH, Wash. — A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, sheriff's deputies said.

The 66-year-old man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for two weeks at his home northwest of Southworth, about 10 miles southwest of Seattle, and had gotten all but one of the lug nuts off the right rear wheel by Saturday afternoon, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said.

"He's bound and determined to get that lug nut off," Wilson said.

From about arm's length, the man fired the shotgun at the wheel and was "peppered" in both legs with buckshot and debris, with some injuries as high as his chin, according to a sheriff's office report.

"Nobody else was there and he wasn't intoxicated," Wilson said.

The man was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with injuries Wilson described as severe but not life-threatening.

David B. Benson said...

The ought to be called UAPs for unidentified aerial phenomena. There is no evidence that what is observed are actual objects, much less flying.

I saw a UAP in about 1951 or so. It wasn't until about a year ago that I discovered what it was: a rocket flying north from White Sands.

Alan said...

Here's a shorter, less technical article that goes along good with Carol's.

Pay-go is good politics — and for the rest of us, too


Left-wing Democrats often grumble about their party's affection in recent years for fiscal discipline. Their argument goes as follows:

In pursuing fiscal restraint, President Clinton didn't push very hard for many Democratic programs. He left a budget surplus that George Bush and the Republican Congress blew through in about two minutes. Bush then proceeded to ram Republican priorities through a pliant Congress without ever worrying his pretty head over how to pay for them. Who benefited from our fiscal discipline?

The complaint has merit, but in answer to the question of who benefited: The country did.

We now see the fruits of fiscal irresponsibility in today's economic turmoil. The sinking dollar reflects investor angst over America's deficits — the result of Republican passion for spending big, taxing too little and borrowing the difference.

The U.S. government borrows $800 billion a year, largely from foreigners. We are now in hock to the Chinese, and America is no longer master of its fate.
That's almost half, so's ya might as well hit the link and read the rest.

David B. Benson said...

No day is complete without a reminder from me about just how bad it already is:

Marine Catastrophe: Soft Corals Melting Away Due To GLobal Warming

Carey said...


It will not be slow for long. Politically, things are quite hopping. The race is on.

Barreling right through Christmas--smack dab.

Everybody and their brother has seen an UAP. I haven't but it's not for lack of trying. The urgent nature of global warrming is about to convince those aliens among us to come out publically. That's how I see it. Aliens are already here. Just not willing to be on the marquee yet.

Thanks Alan. Good article.


What Bushco has done to us is irreparable. It ain't coming back neither. That only slightly unsullied reputation? It's a goner.


DEN said...

We must prepare to become extinct.

DEN said...

Please sign your name below to encourage more clubs and organizations to endorse the censure of Senator Feinstein and send a clear message that the condoning of torture, racism and homophobia is unacceptable:

Whereas Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to support the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey as United States Attorney General, thereby elevating to the highest position in law enforcement a man who refused to renounce the right of the President to resort to torture and who refused to recognize waterboarding as a form of torture, and by this action Senator Feinstein failed to oppose President Bush and failed to stand for the ideals of the Democratic Party, which abhors torture and stands firmly against its use by the United States at all times and places; and

Whereas Senator Feinstein voted to confirm Judge Leslie Southwick for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit despite his clear record of racism and gender discrimination, thus failing to stand firmly with the Democratic Party, which supports gender equality and opposes racism in any of its manifestations; and

Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has failed to support the policies and principles of our party;

Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party expresses its disappointment at, and censure of, Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials.

@ Courage Campaign

David B. Benson said...

Why is Newt an eft?


micki said...

Newt and the eft-word

Newt is an eft because he is a slimy, sneaky snake (not a salamander!), whose pants are in fire!

He's rewriting history -- I call his dirty work Contract ON America, not with. America...

Now, Newt claims to be GREEN and an environmentalist. Liar, liar pants on fire!

I don’t think that the environment was a central focus of the Contract With America. I don’t think that it was bad for the environment. I don’t know of a single thing in the Contract that was bad for the environment.

Gerald said...

I enjoy reading Froma Harrop's articles.

I have never seen a UFO but there are people who believe that they've seen something in the sky. Without any factual proof I believe that these objects in the sky are probably the U.S. Air Force testing some aircraft or plane.

micki said...

We missed the WIND storm here in B'ham.

97 mph gusts measured by the weather service about 1 mile from our home.

Lots of downed trees, limbs, and tree sections. The power was out in our neighborhood, but only momentarily, about 5 or 6 times according to neighbors.

Power still out in some sections -- mostly "in the county," not in Bellingham proper.

We were out using gasoline, seeing our daughters and other relatives, for a family event in Portland. (But, we did carpool.)

Gerald said...

In Love’s Kitchen

Twins Helen Ashe and Ellen Liddell Turner are almost 80 and they’ve never met a stranger they didn’t want to nourish.

For 20 years, the retired nurses have run Love Kitchen, a Knoxville, Tennessee center that serves hot meals to hundreds of needy people each week. In addition, weekly food packages go to 1,500 elderly and handicapped homebound people.

Besides much needed-nourishment, the women provide their own special “ingredient” – nobody walks through the front doors of Love Kitchen without a hug from each. Says one volunteer, “That hug, and the kindness and love that shines in the sisters’ eyes, is what keeps people coming back each week.”

The sisters credit their parents with instilling generosity in them. “No matter how hungry we were, Daddy taught us that we should always be prepared to help someone needier,” they say.

How can you help the poor and the needy with the generosity of your heart and your hands?

Those who are generous are blessed. (Proverbs 22:9)

Counselor, show me how to aid the poor, including the working poor who can barely make ends meet.


micki said...

UFO Sightings

I haven't seen any of those particular UFOs mentioned at the link above, but I did see one on Shelter Island in Shelter Island Sound.

I never reported it. Security reasons.

Gerald said...

Family Mourns Precious Gift

When three year old Gift Msunzi of Malawi developed acute malaria, he was already debilitated by severe anemia. Named Gift by his father because he believes every child is a gift from God, he died despite the best efforts of his family.

Too often, African children die because they lack access to basic medical care and drugs as well as clean drinking water. And they can’t afford simple things like mosquito netting for their beds that could avert disease.

But there are bright spots.

Millennium Prom-ise, a philanthropic agency, arranges for private and corporate donors to supply needed cash to local people. Then they can purchase seeds and fertilizer; build a basic medical clinic stocked with drugs; and buy mosquito netting.

The need is urgent. Every life is precious, but more than that, it’s a gift from God.

Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. (Luke 18:16)

Console parents whose children have died, Good Shepherd. And help us save those who still live.


micki said...

"Nobody else was there and he wasn't intoxicated," Wilson said.

...just hoping to win the Darwin Award, I guess.

Gerald said...

Blind Faith to the Finish Line

One beautiful morning, as part of her training for the New York City Marathon, Nooria Nodrat ran in Central Park.

But on a day filled with color and light, Nodrat saw none of it. She is one of two dozen blind and visually impaired runners participating in the historic race.

Like the others, Nodrat will be tethered via scarf, tie, towel, or bungee cord to a sighted runner who will help her avoid collisions, find toilets and water, and stay upright when well-meaning fellow competitors pat her on the back for encouragement.

Although blind runners develop sound and smell cues that help in the race – and they even learn to “feel” the road with each step – their sighted partner is their lifeline to the finish line.

We can all use a little help on life’s journey and can benefit from fresh insight into each day’s challenges.

You shall not…put a stumbling block before the blind…I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:14)

Open my eyes, Divine Creator, so that I more clearly see that all I see reflects Your love.

micki said...

BIBLE BELT BLOGGER says bush's Surgeon General homophobic nominee will be recess appointed

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Pleased you missed the big wind.

Security reasons? For Shelter Island?

micki said...

Security reasons? For Shelter Island?

The French toast flies upside down. I can't tell you anything further.

Alan said...

What's odd to me about UFO sightings is... since the advent of video cameras, and especially, the widespread use more lately of cell phones with video capability, we never hear about UFOs anymore... until just recently. There's millions and millions of people out there capable of documenting sightings, but what, they quit showing up??
I'm of the opinion that of the (my best Carl Sagan voice) billions and billions of stars out there, it seems HIGHLY unlikely that we are alone. But still, I doubt they'd come all this way to play hide and seek with us. lol

Alan said...

Cool 360° panoramas.

Citizen's Dock
Bellingham, Washington

Here's Don Bain's homepage with a ton of locations.
This site features over 5000 of my VR panoramas.