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Travis Walton circa 1975. Photo courtesy Michael H. Rogers

If You Go Down to the Woods Tonight…

UFO Incident: Hoax or Not

“My God!” Allen yelled. “It’s a flying saucer!

One of the best-known UFO abduction stories is that of Travis Walton. He claims that on Nov. 5, 1975, as he and six others were returning from a day’s work cutting logs in Arizona’s Sitgreaves National Forest, he was zapped by a beam of light from the UFO, and taken aboard the craft for five days. His story won $5,000 as the Best UFO Case for 1975 from the National Enquirer, has been the subject of several books, as well as the Hollywood movie Fire in the Sky (1993).

Close encounters of the FOURTH kind. That’s when a person claims to have been kidnapped by a UFO and its reportedly otherworldly occupants. Of course, there’s no tangible evidence that anyone has ever been taken aboard an extraterrestrial spacecraft. But there are those who claim they’ve been abducted, and their stories are chilling.
Travis Walton’s terrifying account is the stuff movies are made from, when the then 22-year-old logger says he was knocked unconscious, and woke up to find he was surrounded by ETs aboard their ship.
“It was a metallic, glowing disc, making some very strange sounds,” Walton said, “The closer I got to it, the more scared we all got and they were swearing at me to get away from there, and when I got up close, it suddenly got louder and started to move.

Some UFO stories have been exposed as hoaxes, and others can easily be explained as hoaxes. It is often difficult, though, to persuade most ufologists that a particular story is a hoax, because, as they want to believe the story, they fail to notice or deliberately ignore false assertions or logical contradictions in the story as it is presented to them. Sceptics, on the other hand, too often seem to take the view that the details don’t really matter, and that if the alleged witnesses had obvious motives for hoaxing then that must be the explanation. An excellent example of a UFO event where investigators failed to get to the heart of the matter because they were too busy pursuing their own agendas was the alleged abduction of Travis Walton. This incident posed a problem for the sceptics because, at the time of his disappearance there were six other men with him.

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I don’t want to be indelicate, but a bullet is cheaper and works better

Rope is even better; a good sturdy length of sisal or hemp rope can be used multiple times.

Arizona has run out of execution drugs, including a sedative implicated in botched lethal injections, according to a filing in a court case challenging the US state’s execution methods.

The Arizona Department of Corrections’ supply of midazolam, a sedative, expired on May 31 and it has not been able to replace it, state lawyers said in the filing in Phoenix’s US District Court.

“What is more, the department’s source of midazolam has vanished under pressure from death-penalty opponents,” the court document said.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven death-row inmates who allege that Arizona’s use of midazolam and two other drugs violate the US Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.   Read more »

What a great idea, perhaps we could try this here to solve the deadbeat parent problem

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In 2013 New Zealand deadbeat parents owed more than $2.8 billion in unpaid child support payments.

Despite law changes it doesn’t appear there is much being done to recover this from deadbeat parents.

Perhaps Arizona has a solution for us to emulate: they have acted to publicly shame dead beat parents.

Deadbeat dads in Arizona, beware. Your mug could be plastered all over social media for the world to see.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this week launched a campaign to crack down on “the worst of the worst” parents who are ignoring child support payments, posting their names and photos to Twitter and Facebook. The hope is that the public shaming will make some of them pay up and give other dads (and moms) second thoughts about evading child support.   Read more »

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Leap of Faith

Dumb luck – ALMOST a Darwin Award winner.

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Photo: Google/GeoEye

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The Boneyard

 World’s ‘Biggest’ Plane Cemetery Up Close Read more »

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Photo: Rolf Maeder. Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Photo: Rolf Maeder.
Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Lightning Storm in The Grand Canyon

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That awful moment when you work out you sucker punched the wrong guy

You never know who you are confronting, even if they look like a weed with a body like a half sucked throatie…sometimes you get a surprise.

Maen Mdanat has become something of a neighborhood hero since taking ownership of the Axis Food Mart in Tuscon, Arizona, about five years ago.

“He really cares about his community and giving back,” Peter Norback, creator of the nearby One Can A Week food donation program, told KVOA-TV in Tuscon. “People come up, don’t always have the change (to pay for an item), he just lets them slide. No convenience store does that.”

But more than that, Norbeck writes on his blog, Mdanat quickly jumped in to help Norbeck “clean up our neighborhood” and even do some crime prevention to the point where “peace and civility is the norm.”

And when a would-be thief entered the Axis Food Mart about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, demanding cash from the store clerk on duty, Mdanat went into action, emerging from his office, telling the thug to get lost, and leading him out the door.

But instead of accepting the easy way out, the trouble-seeker sucker-punched Mdanat:    Read more »

How do they know they are poofters?

A bizarre anti-gay law has been passed in Arizona.

A controversial bill in Arizona, which would allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers based on religious beliefs, passed the state house on a near party-line vote Thursday.

The Arizona legislature passed a bill Thursday that would allow business owners to discriminate against gays and lesbians, provided that it was the result of a sincerely held religious belief. House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062 would protect businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to serve customers based on religious beliefs. The bill passed the state house by a vote of 33-27, with all but three Republicans voting for and all Democrats voting against. It had previously passed the Arizona State Senate on a party line vote. The bill’s fate is now up to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who can either sign or veto it.

What I want to know is how they are going to know that their customers are gay?

Will the state now require rainbow armbands? Or are the store owners going to go on looks alone refusing service to people who look a bit queer?  Read more »

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Steven Seagal comes down with Gareth Morgan syndrome

You know the one,  ‘I’m rich, famous/well known, and people need to hear what I think’ syndrome. The need that they feel once they’ve achieved a comfortable bank account and it is time to poke their snotty noses in everyone elses business and tell them how to run their lives. Don’t do this, don’t eat that…..really this shit gets tiring. The self appointed world authorities on everything. 

PHOENIX – Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor.

The “Marked for Death” actor told KNXV-TV that he is considering a shot at the state’s highest office and has had a talk about the bid with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America.

The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series “Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County.”

Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV’s Reelz Channel.

The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio’s posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff’s offices in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana and says he wants to increase border security. – AP

Now, lets see what kind of a political candidate he is, because he was a third rate actor that never won anything except for nominations for worst picture, worst actor and worst director. Read more »

Let’s chuck another bit of fuel on the Marriage Equality fire: Transgender marriage

Channel 2 screencap

Channel 2 screencap

Michal Shmulovich at The Times of Israel reports

For the first time, a man and a transgender woman were married under a huppa in Israel this week. The couple, a blonde-bombshell and her husband, whose identity was not revealed, walked down the aisle to the cheers and tears of their friends and family, and with a Channel 2 television crew in tow.

Bride Arizona wore a white dress, or, rather, a light pink one. “It’s the same one Jennifer Lopez wore to the Oscars… This is a special wedding, there are no rules here!” she said, showing off in front of the camera crew, hours before the big moment.

It has taken Arizona a decent bit of commitment to get to the altar as a woman   Read more »