Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sinead O'Connor ends fourth marriage after 16 days.

Back in August, 2010, when I wrote of Sinead O'Conner's third marriage, I said,
"I guess I'm out of it. I'm not up on all the latest news of marriages of all the celebrities that inhabit this planet. I'm only just now learning of Sinead O'Connor's third marriage."

Further evidence of my being out of the loop is that it was only today, when I learned of her fourth divorce that I learned that she got her third divorce after an eight month "marriage" to Steve Cooney.

I don't think it's even necessary for me to comment on this.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An Atheist Reacts to Nurses' Lawsuit Victory.

Like other pro-life advocates, I took the news that New Jersey Nurses Don’t Have to Assist in Abortions in a positive way. Nurses who object to abortion on religious grounds should not be forced or coerced into assisting in any part of the abortion procedure.

Some in the, so-called, "pro-choice" community weren't so pleased with the results of the court decision. Many commenting on the story as reported in the Washington Post spewed forth so much hatred toward the nurses that it's obvious that the issue is not simply about "choice".

One such commenter, calling herself galerouth19521 was especially vitriolic. She referred to the fetus as "a parasite because the classification of the biological relationship that is based on the behavior of one organism (the fetus) and how it relates to the woman's body". Her rationale for calling the pre-born child a parasite is because the fetus obtains it's nourishment from the "host" without providing any benefit. She goes on to say,"so i will kill any unwanted, parasitic life-form that needs my body to live---including your precious fetus...period, get over it."

According to galerouth19521, she should be allowed to kill a fetus because "pregnancy causes women harm". She linked to a website which gave a list of these "harmful effects". One such effect is the "curtailment of ability to participate in some sports and activities".

OK, let me get this straight; a woman can kill her unborn child if being pregnant interferes with the woman's ability to play in certain sports.

Not surprisingly, a later comment by galerouth19521 revealed her to be an atheist. So much for the idea that Atheists Aren't Assholes. She tells us that "the judeo-christian god is a myth and historical evidence proves it". Her proof ? A Youtube video, 3.3.3 Atheism: A History of God (Part 1) .

I suspect that galerouth19521 was an atheist before she ever came across this video "evidence". I watched the video and saw nothing in it that disproves the existence of God. (I even took a look at part 2 of the video and I find it hard to take seriously the arguments of an atheist who doesn't know how to pronounce the word "pantheism").

A Google search lead to more comments by the same person at Huffington Post.

A further search lead to a post by Gale Routh - "Is the human fetus a parasite?" . As I write this, the votes for the fetus NOT being a parasite hold a slim lead. I'd ask anyone reading this post to follow the link cast a vote.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tornado Hits Near our Home.

Yesterday at around 5 PM, a tornado went through our area......actually less than 3/4 mile from our home. Two photos from from the Rome-News Tribune website show damage to buildings a couple of streets over from our house.
The screen shot from Mapquest shows how close it was to our home.

Thank God, as far as I know, no one living nearby was seriously injured. We were not at home when the storm hit. We learned of the tornado over the radio. We were uncertain what we'd find when we arrived home. Thankfully, there was absolutely no damage to our house and property. No trees were blown looked like it had only been a heavy rain.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

Being a parent of a six year old, I've been put in a position by "the culture" where I have to deal with three fantasy characters; the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus.

Even as a child, I could never quite understand the point of the Easter Bunny. The whole idea seemed too bizarre for me. I learned very early on that Easter was the celebration of Christ's resurrection and I couldn't figure out what bunnies and baskets and colored eggs had to do with the Holy Day. The "Easter Bunny" was certainly something I was not going to participate in.

Santa was a different matter. I didn't like the idea of tricking my son into believing something that was pure fantasy, but when he was in pre-K last year, all the children in his class were taught about Santa and he knew for a fact that Santa was real. He believes in Santa without my having told him so and there is no convincing him otherwise, so Santa leaves him gifts under the Christmas tree.

Now, in kindergarten, he has learned of the Tooth Fairy. How much of this he learned from classmates and how much from T.V. is anybody's guess.

His first baby tooth came out yesterday and naturally, he was very excited about leaving his tooth under his pillow. He carefully placed the tooth in a plastic sandwich bag so that the Tooth Fairy would have no problem finding it.

The problem was, however, that I had no coins. When I was his age, my parents the Tooth Fairy would leave a quarter in place of the tooth; thinking about it, with the decreased value of coins since the time when I was six, it seemed like leaving a coin wouldn't be the same today anyway.

So, I replaced the tooth with a dollar bill. I know, that seems a bit extravagant, but when I was seven or eight. my dad would send me to the corner store to buy his cigarettes (this was a long time ago) and in those days cigarettes were 25 cents a pack. Looking at it that way, a dollar didn't seem so much.

When J.P. woke up this morning, he said, "The Tooth Fairy left a dollar instead of a penny".

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kim Jong Il looking at a Wreath.

Ever the humourist, the guy at Kim Jong Il Looking at Things has the now, late dictator, looking at a wreath.

I don't if it's his wreath, but it is a nice photo.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cargo Vessel runs Aground in Dumaguete, Philippines.

My wife comes from Sibulan, Negros Oriental in Philiipines, not for from the city of Dumaguete. I have been to the city many times and consider it my "home away from home". My wife's family still lives there, as do many of our friends.

Yesterday, December, 17th a ".....cargo vessel anchored of off Dumaguete ran aground and capsized after it was battered by big waves spawned by Tropical Storm Sendong about 4 a.m., the Philippine Coast Guard said." Thankfully, all on board were rescued.

Hundreds of people died in Philippines.

Thank God, all of my wife's family is safe, though there was some property damage.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Let Them Eat Horse Meat.

On Nov. 10, 2005 President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill. Bush being an evil Republican who hates animals, the environment and anything having to do with "nature", this bill contained an amendment which prohibited the use of Federal funds for horse meat inspection. Because of this lack of funding, the availability of horse meat for human consumption in the United States vanished.

Now, thanks to President Obama - lover of the environment and friend to animals and animal lovers everywhere - anyone in the U.S. wishing to do so can soon eat horse meat to their heart's content.

A spending bill signed into law on Nov. 18 by President Obama will allow for USDA inspections of slaughterhouses which choose to slaughter horses for human food. Those supporting the change believe slaughterhouses could open before long and eventually slaughter as many as 200,000 horses a year. Most of the meat would be shipped to Asia and Europe where horse flesh is considered a delicacy.

Never having eaten horse meat, I don't have a dog in this fight. If someone wants to eat horse (or dog, for that matter) who am I to say they shouldn't? There are plenty of folks out there who say I shouldn't be eating beef, pork or poultry. One man's meat is another man's poison, as they say.

No, I don't have a problem with the USDA inspecting horse slaughterhouses. I just find it ironic that the U.S. President the animal rights folks detested most effectively banned the slaughter of horses for human consumption, while the Left's favorite President signed a bill that will bring it back.

I'm not sure how this fits with Mrs. Obama's effort to fight obesity. Horse meat is, reportedly low in fat and cholesterol. A recipe for Horse Roast can be found here.

Bon Appétit

2015 Update:Horsemeat Post Update.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Bit of Good News for a Change.

As chronicled in a post from this past October, 28 [Thanks, Mr. President.] the company I work for will be closing down the location where I've worked for nearly 17 years. The plant's last day of operation will be Dec.27.

At the time of that post, I was unsure as to what was going to happen. We were told that transfers were available, but at that time I didn't know where I stood. Now, today, I know for a fact where I'll be working after the current location shuts down. I've been transferred to the distribution center 30 minutes from my house. OK, the drive is a bit longer than the 6 minute drive I've been going, but I'm really happy about it. (I might even get an increase in pay).

We're winding things down at my present location. I don't know if I'll be making the transfer next Monday or if I'll have to wait until the final day here. I'm hoping it's Monday.

The only downside is that I'll have to go to night shift. I'll be on a probationary period for 90 days; after that, my seniority is reinstated and who knows how long before there's a first shift opening. We'll just have to wait and see.

All in all, good news.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Growing up - a child of the 1950's - I loved to watch The Twilight Zone. However, for reasons I never quite understood, we were never able to watch the program at home, but could watch it whenever we visited my cousins.

One of the scarier episodes, from my perspective, was the one entitled Time Enough at Last, starring Burgess Meredith as a bookworm who finally has the time to read all the books he wants after an "H-Bomb Capable of Total Destruction" leaves him the sole survivor of a nuclear war.

His character,Henry Bemis winds up at a public library with enough books to last a life time. While sorting the books, his glasses fall from his face, completely shattering, and leaving him virtually blind and unable to read.

I suppose, if I were to find myself the sole survivor after an Apocalypse, I'd make make my home in a public I understand the frustration of Henry Bemis.

For me, the closest think to living in a public library is my being able to access more than 36,000 free ebooks from Project Gutenberg. The ebooks are available as mobi, so I can download them to my PC and transfer the books to my Kindle at my convenience.

I've just finished reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe; I'm currently reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass.

Next on the list is The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave by William Wells Brown .

I can see why Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century. It's an extremely powerful work - a bit "sentimental" in sections, but it's theme extolling the power of Christian love brought tears to my eyes.

The book is one that I've known about nearly my entire life but was never encouraged to read.
Perhaps the answer to that question has something to do with my having grown up in the southern United States - an area of the country that didn't take kindly to the novel when it was published in 1852. The novel gives an accurate portrait of slave owners in the antebellum South, and we all know that the truth very often hurts.

Today, being called an "Uncle Tom" is considered an insult to most in the black community. It wasn't always that way. Frederick Douglas was a friend of Stowe's and spoke highly of the book.

From Slave narratives and Uncle Tom's Cabin :

"It is ironic that the book which contributed most to the anti-slavery cause should have gained the reputation it has today as a racist work. Uncle Tom, though he defies white authority to save his fellow slaves, is the model of Christian humility. He is forgiving in the face of absolute brutality and suffers countless indignities with patience. Though this endeared him to whites and helped them see the evils of slavery, it also encouraged the image of the submissive, childlike black man -- an idea exaggerated in theatrical productions of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Many of these showed Uncle Tom as a groveling, subservient character, and included blackface mistrel shows between scenes.

Like most white writers of her day, Harriet Beecher Stowe could not escape the racism of the time. Because of this, her work has some serious flaws, which in turn have helped perpetuate damaging images of African Americans. However, the book, within its genre of romance, was enormously complex in character and in its plots. The book outraged the South, and in the long run, that is its significance."

Many credit Uncle Tom's Cabin with fueling the abolitionist cause and help bring about the Civil War. Perhaps the pro-life movement today could use our own Harriet Beecher Stowe and our own Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Smoking Santas

In a recent post [3½ Time-Outs Tuesday (Vol. 2)] LarryD posted an old ad showing Santa Claus selling Pall Mall cigarettes.

I did a little web search and found a few more......not only Pall Mall but, Lucky Strike, Chesterfield and Camel as well.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vive la Différence.

An article on [In 1960 Cardinal Siri urged women not to wear trousers. I think he may have had a point] does not seem to have sit well with "Puff the Magic Dragon" from over at Puff's Blog About Stuff ....... One might even go so far as to say she has her knickers in a twist over the article.

I can't say I blame her.

In the CatholicHerald piece, writer Francis Phillips makes reference to a document written in 1960 by the late Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa entitled “Notification Concerning Men’s Dress Worn by Women” wherein the Cardinal condemned the "wearing of men's dress by women". Cardinal Siri put forward a number of arguments, but he considered the gravest of all to be that "male dress changes the psychology of women". When women wear trousers, he argued, it "flattens out the natural distinction between the sexes".

My comment on Puff's blog was, "The Cardinal may have had a point in the 1960's but the idea that 'women wearing trousers flattens the difference between men and women' in this day and age is ridiculous."

After leaving that comment, it struck me that I may have given the Cardinal too much benefit of the doubt. His document was dated June 12, 1960; looking at a photo of 1960's movie star, Bridgett Bardot, it's difficult to put forth the argument that Bardot was flattening the natural distinction between the sexes by wearing slacks.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Wreath.

I had never noticed, until yesterday, when my six year old son pointed it out to me, just how much a Christmas wreath resembles a crown of thorns.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

System Fix Malware.

My wife's laptop has become infected with a particularly nasty bit of malware/virus called "System Fix".

As one website explains it:

"System Fix is another fake computer optimizer that tries to scare computer users into purchasing it's fake licence [sic]. As it's previous versions (System Restore, Data Restore, Data Repair...) this fake computer optimizer uses various ways to scare computer users into thinking that their computer hardware components has serious issues and that they could loose their stored information. System Fix is spread through misleading websites that are able to install this rogue program on users computer using security vulnerabilities. When System Fix installs itself on your computer it will flood your desktop with various warning messages stating that there are critical errors in your computers Ram memory, System drive, System registry. Furthermore System Fix will hide your desktop icons stating that there are bad blocks on your HDD surface. If you click "Fix Errors" button after the scan you will be asked to purchase a full version of System Fix in order to eliminate the found hardware issues. You shouldn't buy System Fix - it's a fake computer optimizer a totally useless program created by Internet criminals to trick unsuspecting computer users. All the computer scans and security messages stating about hardware malfunctions are fake".

Her anti-virus software did not stop it. We tried removing it with Spyware Doctor with no luck. We'll have to try professional help.

From what I've read, it's likely she picked up the bug on Facebook. I'll be clearing off Facebook today. I don't use all the apps and games like she does, but better safe than sorry.

Friday, November 18, 2011


The headline on Drudge was certainly provocative; "SHOCK POLL IOWA: GINGRICH 32% ROMNEY 19% CAIN 13% ."

The headline linked to a Rasmussen report which stated that today, November 17, 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is leading among caucus-goers in Iowa.

The 2012 Iowa Caucuses are scheduled to take place on January 3; it's still much too early to predict who will eventually come out on top. Gingrich may be ahead now, but Cain was the top dog in October while Perry was the leader in September. It was just August when Michele Bachmann was tied with Romney for first place in Iowa. Has anybody even mentioned Michele Bachmann lately?

I still haven't decided who'll get my vote in the March 6 Georgia primary. Matt Archbold of Creative Minority Report isn't a Gingrich fan, though I don't share Matt's opinion of Newt. Mark Shea wrote a convincing article praising Ron Paul. Unfortunately, Shea is so anti-Romney that he might as well vote for Obama - that will be the end result of his decision to vote for a third party candidate over Romney should Mitt become the Republican presidential candidate. (Mr. Shea isn't a fan of Newt, either, by the way.)

I had pretty much given up on Herman Cain until I read something Ann Coulter had to say about the "sexual harassment scandal". As this piece shows, Ann doesn't care much for Newt either.....she's more a Romney girl.

In an email I received today, HumanEvents asked "Which Candidate Can Beat Obama?" but their survey/poll gave only 3 choices: Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. No mention of Gingrich. Is HumanEvents behind the times? (That particular survey/poll has Cain as the top pick......go figure.)

I can't see the Republicans picking anyone as horrible as their 2008 candidate, John McCain. I really can't believe they forced me to vote for that loser. While I can't say who will get my vote in the primary, we know my vote in November will be for anybody but Obama. Let's hope this time, the Republicans don't make me hold my nose when I cast my vote.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bloggers Bake-off.

In a recent post [Creative Minority Report: Daddy Cooks] Patrick Archbold sought to impress his readers with his French Toast made from homemade pumpkin yeast bread.

La dee da.

Well, Pat isn't the only baking blogger, thank you very much !

To show what real baking is, I'm posting a photo of my Pumpkin Muffins along with the recipe :

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

preheat oven to 350°F.
Put liners in muffin cups.

Mix both flours with baking powder

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugars, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.(tsp cinnamon added to 1 tbsp sugar)

Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Robert Redford - Another Hollywood Airhead.

Not being a regular reader of the Huffington Post, I was unaware of Robert Redford's opinion piece from September, Is the Obama Administration Putting Corporate Profits Above Public Health? until I came across a link to the article on a friend's Facebook page.

Redford had originally supported Obama because, as a candidate, Obama had said "we must protect clean air, water and lands". Now, much to Redford's dismay, "three administration decisions -- on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog -- have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment".

Redford appears to be shocked that a man who passionately supports abortion would care so little about birds and fish and cute little butterflies.

Anyone - like our President - who sees nothing immoral about the taking of innocent life, cannot be trusted. Obama's lack of moral character was on display for all to see when he was running for office. Now, Redford writes, "Like so many others, I'm beginning to wonder just where the man stands".


Monday, November 7, 2011

Mike's Dating Review.

Ever curious as to how and why folks come to this blog, I frequently check my stats on Google Analytics.

Earlier this morning, the blog was visited by someone from Sydney, Australia, who had found the blog by putting the phrase  lucy ricardo's dating scammer   into the Google search engine. It doesn't surprise me two of my posts came up as #2 and #3, though I'm a bit perplexed as to why anyone would enter that particular phrase into a search engine.

The #1 site listed when one googles lucy ricardo's dating scammer   is called ..... an interesting site, but I'm hard pressed to find anything about Lucy Ricardo there.

Mike has a wide and varied collection of names and photos of who he calls "Scammers in Adult Dating Communities".

Of course, anyone who reads my blog would be too intelligent to fall for one of these dating scams.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thy Shall Not Covet ........

Writer Jeff Jacoby does a great job describing the difference between the "Occupiers" and the "Tea Partiers" in this piece from - Occupiers, Tea Partiers, and the Tenth Commandment:

"Economic envy may cloak itself in rhetoric about 'inequality' or 'egalitarianism' or 'redistribution of wealth,' but its oldest name is covetousness. That is the sin enjoined by the last of the Ten Commandments: 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor's.' ""

The Catholic version of the ten commandment may read slightly different, but the point is still valid.

As Jacoby points out, the Tea Partiers are motivated by self respect while the Occupiers are motivated by envy and covetousness.

No matter how much the Left may want to convince you otherwise, the groups are not similar.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jon2012girls Smokin' Ad.

In a recent post, [Creative Minority Report: Cain's Kinda' Freaking Me Out] Matthew Archbold posted a Youtube video of an ad for Herman Cain.

That video is below :

Now, according to a piece in the NY Daily News, the three daughters of former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, have come up with their own video spoofing the Herman Cain ad.

The same article points out;

"While the Huntsman daughters have more than 6,300 followers on Twitter, it remains to be seen if their humor can boost their father's ratings. A CNN/ORC poll released this month shows Huntsman coming in dead last among the other seven candidates, garnering just 1% support."

Frankly, I don't know a heck of a lot about Huntsman. I went to his website and took a lot at his section on the issues. There, he gives his thoughts on "Jobs & the Economy" and "Foreign Policy". Important issues, of course but the issue of abortion is conspicuous by it's absence on Huntsman's website.

Searching Jon Huntsman abortion on Google, I came across an interesting article The Salt Lake Tribune that says Huntsman (on record as an abortion foe) "sheds moderate label on abortion" by favoring amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade and outlaw abortion.

That's a plus for me. The fact that Karrie Galloway, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Utah is disappointed in Huntsman doesn't hurt him either, in my view.

I still haven't decided who'll get my vote in the 2012 primary; there's no doubt, however, who won't be getting my vote in the general election.......(need I say?)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thanks, Mr. President.

It was announced today that the company I work for will be closing down the location where I've worked for nearly 17 years. The plant's last day of operation will be Dec.27.......60 days from today.

There's always the possibility that I could be transferred to another location.....should an opening arise; but, even with 16 years seniority, there's still a few ahead of me and jobs won't be created out of thin air. It would be a matter of someone at another location quitting or getting fired. Not likely.

In this economy, I'm expecting to be collecting unemployment compensation for some time to come.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Secret of the Rosary.

The month of October is nearly over and I haven't written anything regarding the Rosary. To make up for the slight, I've decide to make available links to St. Louis De Montfort's "THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY FOR RENEWAL AND SALVATION" in both pdf and mobi for Kindle formats.

Nothing I could write could equal his writing.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blog Post Update.

Too bad I don't understand Finnish........if I did, I'd know how I managed to get one of my posts onto a Finnish website.

A couple of days ago, someone in Finland, who had taken a liking to my story about Al Gore suing the owner of the Sun for damages caused by global warming, put a link to it on Soon, the page was being visited by folks from Helsinki to Oulu to Espoo and back again.

The post in question is nearly a year old; the Finns are just now discussing it.
Oddly,none bothered to click on the "news source" link - Al Gore Sues Sun's Owner Over Global Warming.

As we can see on the right, this post is the most popular one on the blog........what you can't see is that, as of this writing, it's been viewed over 7,000 times, yet, not one of this 7000 visitors took one second to click on a Google ad.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pink Ribbon? No, Thanks.

I had been forewarned, so I knew what to expect. Actually, I'm one of the few who pays attention during our little ten minute meeting before 7 o'clock at work.

Last week, our supervisor told us that the corporate office was a big supporter of the Susan G. Komen organization and she'd be providing pink ribbons for everyone to wear today. When she attempted to give one to me, I said, "No thank you". Of course, she wanted to know why I'd refuse to support such a "worthy cause".

Anyone who is seriously involved with the Pro-life movement already knows the answer; for those who are unaware of the connection between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood, I've post two links.

According to this article at , "Komen’s ties to Planned Parenthood are well documented and figures from STOPP International show Komen chapters giving $711,485 from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 to Planned Parenthood affiliates."

I explained to my supervisor that I could not support the Susan G. Komen organization because of it's ties with Planned Parenthood......she said that she didn't agree with the "political agenda" of Susan G. Komen either, but this was about breast cancer awareness. I stood my ground and refused to wear the pink ribbon.

The more I thought about "breast cancer awareness" the more I realized the absurdity of the idea of wearing a pink ribbon while being opposed to Komen. Let's suppose the company supported a program like, say, "AIDS awareness" or even "influenza awareness" we could discuss how AIDS could be prevented by not doing A,B,C, or D. Some folks need to learn about how influenza is not just a severe cold, but a dangerous disease that caused serious epidemics before flu vaccines where developed. With "breast cancer awareness", there is little the average Joe or Josephine can do....other than donate money. So, who's going to get the money? These pink ribbon folks want you to give it to Susan G. Komen which will, in turn, give a portion of your money to the largest abortion provider on the planet.

No, thanks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Conspicuous By Their Absence.

I recently joined the pro-life committee at our parish; I attended my first "Life Chain" this past Oct 2nd and attended my first committee meeting last night.

I'm not going to attempt to relate everything we discussed at this meeting. However, I want to write about one particular discussion which took me completely by surprise. The idea came to me, shortly after the "Life Chain" demonstration, that as eventful as our demonstration was, it would have been truly remarkable had pro-life groups from other churches in our fair city participated as well.

I learned that my idea was not new; the pro-life committee had tried to bring other churches on board only to discover that, sadly none of the Protestant church in this area have pro-life committees/ministries nor were any interested in furthering the pro-life agenda.

It would appear that the abortion issue is too hot for these Protestants to handle.

Thinking about this, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the more liberal denominations would shy away from the subject of abortion, but it does surprise me that the more conservative denominations (Baptist - Church of God for example) aren't as actively pro-life as the Catholic church.

Of course, there's always the possibility that they're simply being anti-Catholic, but I don't think that's it. For one thing, all these churches (ours included) come together and actively support the Community Soup Kitchen. No,the truth is, the Protestant churches in our area don't "do" pro-life.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sapientiae Christianae.

In a recent Vortex, host Michael Voris made mention of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on Christians as Citizens, Sapientiae Christianae.

Though written in 1890, the encyclical is relevant today. From the first paragraph:

"From day to day it becomes more and more evident how needful it is that the principles of Christian wisdom should ever be borne in mind, and that the life, the morals, and the institutions of nations should be wholly conformed to them. For, when these principles have been disregarded, evils so vast have accrued that no right-minded man can face the trials of the time being without grave anxiety or consider the future without alarm. Progress, not inconsiderable indeed, has been made towards securing the well-being of the body and of material things, but the material world, with the possession of wealth, power, and resources, although it may well procure comforts and increase the enjoyment of life, is incapable of satisfying our soul created for higher and more glorious things. To contemplate God, and to tend to Him, is the supreme law of the life of man. For we were created in the divine image and likeness, and are impelled, by our very nature, to the enjoyment of our Creator. But not by bodily motion or effort do we make advance toward God, but through acts of the soul, that is, through knowledge and love. For, indeed, God is the first and supreme truth, and the mind alone feeds on truth. God is perfect holiness and the sovereign good, to which only the will can desire and attain, when virtue is its guide."

The encyclical can be read online at a number of sites, including the Vatican website and here.

I don't particularly like reading documents online, so I've put the encyclical into pdf format and mobi for Kindle and made both available for downloading.

Friday, October 7, 2011

99% B.S.

From Christian Science Monitor:
99% Wall Street protesters boo CEOs, but mourn Steve Jobs.

"He’s this weird, omnipresent, benevolent figure. It’s like losing the pope or something.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

RespectLife Sunday - 2011.

Yesterday, Oct.2 was Respect Life Sunday. Members from our parish participated in the "Life Chain" demonstration. You can't tell from this photo (taken from the Rome News-Tribune website) but I'd estimate that there were about 75 people there.

The newspaper has this:

"Dylan Bryant (from left), Mary Kate Bagwell and Ellen Tomlin hold signs on Broad Street as part of the National Life Chain. The annual event takes place across the country on the first Sunday in October in more than 1,500 cities. Participants stood on the sidewalk silently in prayer holding anti-abortion signs. 'We are celebrating life,' said participant Charles Betz. 'We’re celebrating all aspects of life and praying for those whose lives were lost. We’re hoping the culture of life will overcome the culture of death.'
Several people took part in the event with participants lining the intersection of Turner McCall Boulevard and Broad Street."

We met at the parish hall at 2:30 Sunday, before walking down to the intersection. Those of us participating were advised ahead of time that there might be some harassment and we should not confront anyone who might not appreciate our being so visible.

During the "silent prayer" one woman passerby who was stopped for a traffic light began yelling at me......nothing horrible....she simply rolled down the car window and began yelling "Hey Man" at me several times. I ignored her, yet she continued to yell at me until the light changed.

About 3:30, a young man began walking among the group, trying to draw someone out, but none of us would speak to him. At one point, he stood very close to one of the teen aged girls, trying to intimidate her, I suppose. He didn't succeed, He finally gave up and walked away.

About 15 minutes before our scheduled hour was up, a middle aged woman started doing the same as the young man had done earlier. However, she would really get in peoples' faces. She had information on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, if any of us were interested. I'm sure it was information on condoms and /or birth control pills. No one had much to say to her either. She followed us back to the church, but stopped to talked to the policeman parked outside.

So, all in all, the harassment was minimal. No one was arrested or beat up. I'm pretty certain that the anti-abortion folks went away happier than the "pro-choice" folks did.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Epilogue.

Part 15 of the Capt. Eddie Shields story chronicles the last email exchanges between the Nigerian scammer(s) and Wanda & Lucy.

It was obvious from Eddie's final email, that he had discovered my blog. In his email, he made references to Fred and Lamont Sanford........I hadn't used those two against Eddie, though I mentioned the pair in Part 1.

Stats from Google Analytics show that the Nigerians first came upon my blog on Sept.25. They had been reading and rereading the story of Misty's accident since Sept. 20.

Once they had discovered the blog, there was no point in continuing the masquerade.

It was inevitable that, sooner of later, the scammer would have realized he was being made a fool of. It's unclear how far along the story would have gone if I had waited until it played out before posting the story online. The blog can be accessed via the phony news site containing the story of the Misty being run over by a police car chasing a Krispy Kreme donut truck.

Did the guy sending the emails discover it on his own? Probably not. The fact that he believed the news report to be true shows that this particular scammer isn't too intelligent. I suspect that someone he knows came upon the blog and let him in on the reverse scam.

Google Analytics show that visitors from Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt continue to visit both this blog and the website hosting Misty's accident story. Why?
It could be that the Nigerian Scammer's School is using the experience with me as a lesson in what to avoid. There is also the possibility that scammers are going to the sites to get a good laugh on their doofussonian compatriot.

What have I learned from this?

I'll probably have to retire Wanda Tuinphro, Lucy Ricardo, Misty Meaner, Fred and Lamont Sanford. That doesn't mean that I'll never respond to another obviously phony email. I created Wanda et al, and I can create more. I'm a virtual Victor Frankenstein in that regard.

I've also learned that, no matter how tempting it may be to do otherwise, I should wait until the final email before posting the story. Who knows where the events between Lucy and the "Reverend Eddie Shields" would have lead had they continued on their natural course.

Other than the Nigerians and a fan in Toronto, the Eddie Shields saga hasn't been popular with my regular visitors. It's possible that this story may be like the Kelvin Williams adventure and continue to attract visitors well into the future.

From the look of things, I'll be a hit with the Nigerians for quite some time.

Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Part 15.

Re: the writing
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:56 PM

Hello Wanda,
I got your mail, and that is a very nice write up, I have sent her the mail, but the problem now is that she might want to send the payment in Nigeria, and that would be a problem, though I have a friend there that works in Nigeria, he may be able to help pick up the funds and send them down, Or what if she decides to speak with me on phone? How do you think we could go about this ? I also sent my passport Id as a prove of who I am. Get back to me, and update me, I would also let you nkow as soon as I hear back from her.

God Bless

Re: the writing
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Saturday, September 24, 2011 6:13 PM

we will have to wait and she how she replies.

From Rev.Eddie Shields
Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:23 PM
From: "Rev. Eddie Shields" (
To: Lucy Ricardo

My Dear Mrs. Ricardo,

First, I realize it is necessary that I should introduce myself. My name is Reverend Eddie Shields.

I am writing to give my deepest sympathy because of the recent passing of your dearest niece - and my good friend - Misty. I know that she is resting in God's arms, yet still I cried when I first learned that she had died due to the terrible accident.

I first met Misty in 2009 when she was in Denver Colorado ( the home base of my church ). We have communicated very often by email and phone since our first meeting. She spoke very highly of you and I know your were a great influence on her.

I am currently doing missionary work in Nigeria. I am struggling to build a new church in the city of Abuja. When Misty learned of my work here, she promised to donate $4000 to help me in my work here.

I know this is a difficult time for you, but I am hoping you can see to help fulfill Misty's wish. I am prepared to set aside a portion of the church building as a memorial for the dear girl.
I wish that I was in Nashville now so that I could attend her funeral, but God has willed that I be here ....... doing His work.
Again, please accept my condolences. I hope to hear from you soon, I have attach my Id in this mail.

Yours in Christ's name,
Reverend Eddie Shields

Re: From Rev.Eddie Shields
Sunday, September 25, 2011 6:19 AM
From: Lucy Ricardo
To: "Rev. Eddie Shields" (

My dear brother in Christ,
Thank you so much for your recent email. Your words mean more to me than you can ever know. For many years, my niece Misty lead a sinful life. I am happy to know that she had a friendship with a man of God.

I wish that you could be here Monday for the poor girl's funeral service, but I know your missionary work in Nigeria is extremely important. I have been to that country on missionary work many times. The people there are in desperate need for God's word. I know for a fact that almost all children born of Nigerian women have fathers from Chad, Benin or Cameroon. As I am sure you know, the Nigerian men are overwhelmingly homosexual. The Nigerian male would rather have sexual relations with a goat than a woman. While it's true that the Nigeria women are the ugliest women in Africa, it is a sin for the men there to prefer other men or animals over their wives.

I will be happy to send the money you need to complete your church. Let me know how much you need and where I can send it.

Again, thank you for your kind words concerning Misty. I'd like to believe that she is resting in God's arms.

Lucy Ricardo.

Have you heard?
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:55 AM

Capt. Eddie,
Have you received a reply from Lucy?
Will she give you the money?


Re: Have you heard?
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:42 AM

Hello, How do you do today ?

Yes she said she was going to help me, But my problem now is where she would be sending this to because we need to close this deal by Tuesday lattest. Please do you know any Fred and Lamont Sanford ?? I would keep you posted


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Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Part 14.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Saturday, September 24, 2011 1:55 AM

Dear Eddie,
I have had very little sleep. I do not know what to do. I have no income. It was Misty's money that we lived on.

Because Tennessee does not recognize our marriage, I cannot get access to the money in Misty's account. I am totally without funds. I desperately need the $40million. I cannot raise any money to pay the and I will lose this money.

I know the money can be gotten from Misty's aunt Lucy, but she will not give it to me. You can get the $4000 from her if you follow my plan. I could help you with any vital information you might have to give Lucy.

If we do not get this money, I will be forced to join Misty.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:08 AM

Ok Wanda, I agree to your plans, But now talking about Misty's aunt, is she single? and if you think she would help us out, I need you to give me an exact write up that I would send to her. I would also need to open a new e-mail address as a Rev, so please, Just send me an exact write up that i would send to Misty's aunt, also give me her house address, and maybe a phone number too.
Will be waiting for your response

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:44 AM

Dear Eddie,
Here are a few facts about Misty's aunt Lucy.

Name: Lucy Ricardo
age: about 65 or so.
was once married.......husband dead.
very religious. goes to Africa often to do missionary work.
very, very rich.

I do not know her phone number.
I will send a write up for you later.

the writing
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:39 PM

My Dear Mrs. Ricardo,
First, I realize it is necessary that I should introduce myself. My name is Reverend Eddie Shields.

I am writing to give my deepest sympathy because of the recent passing of your dearest niece - and my good friend - Misty. I know that she is resting in God's arms, yet still I cried when I first learned that she had died due to the terrible accident.

I first met Misty in 2009 when she was in Denver Colorado ( the home base of my church ). We have communicated very often by email and phone since our first meeting. She spoke very highly of you and I know your were a great influence on her.

I am currently doing missionary work in Nigeria. I am struggling to build a new church in the city of Abuja. When Misty learned of my work here, she promised to donate $4000 to help me in my work here.

I know this is a difficult time for you, but I am hoping you can see to help fulfill Misty's wish. I am prepared to set aside a portion of the church building as a memorial for the dear girl.
I wish that I was in Nashville now so that I could attend her funeral, but God has willed that I be here ....... doing His work.

Again, please accept my condolences. I hope to hear from you soon.
Yours in Christ's name,
Reverend Eddie Shields

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Part 13.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:37 PM

Dear Capt Eddie,
As I told you, the bank here does not recognize my marriage to Misty and I do not have access to her money that's in the bank....I have no money of my own.
We will have to figure out another way of getting the money. I will contact you soon.

the money
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: eddie shields (
Friday, September 23, 2011 2:38 AM

Dear Eddie,
I believe we can get the money from Misty's Aunt Lucy.
I have a plan. I will sent you an email later when I have more time.
Write back soon.

Failure Notice
TO: wanda_tuinphro
Friday, September 23, 2011 2:38 AM

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.
Remote host said: 550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is disabled. h6si11441380pbf.48 [RCPT_TO]

From: Capt.eddie Shields (
To: Wanda Tuinphro
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 4:30 AM
Subject: Re: concerning Misty Meaner

Please contact me and let me know the update concerning Misty's Health,

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Friday, September 23, 2011 3:31 PM

Dear Capt Eddie,
I tried to send an email to you earlier, but it was returned. It said the account was discontinued. I am so glad you wrote to me.

I have horrible news. Our dear Misty died this morning. I am heart broken.

Of course, now that my dearest Misty is gone, I will need the $40Million more than ever. I do not have the $4000 but I have a plan. I am certain you can get the money from Misty's aunt Lucy.

If you contact Aunt Lucy, under no circumstances are you to tell her about the $40million. Also, you must not tell her that you are in the army. She was once raped by a soldier and she hates all military men now as a result.

She is very religious; she is always going to Africa to do missionary work. If you email her and tell her you are Reverend Eddie (not Capt. Eddie) and tell her her niece promised to give your the $4000 to rebuild your church, I am sure she will give you the $4000 and maybe more.

I know this is not honest, but we need to go through with this deal for dear Misty.
Her email is xxxxxxxxxx
You friend,

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Friday, September 23, 2011 5:40 PM

Hello Dear Wanda,

With great sorrows and pain in my heart I write you at this moment, It is so unfortunate that she couldnt make it, AND i PRAY THAT HER SOULD REST IN PERFECT PEACE WITH THE LORD.

Now concerning what you told me, I am not sure I could do that because it would lead to a lot of questionings, some pictures and other vital information may be needed from me, which would not work out well. I know that money is a big sum, but it is better this is just between us two. How much do you think you can come up withj, we can both make up the fee needed, even if it means you borrowing from someone, or selling something, this money means a lot, and if more time is waisted, we may end up loosing it to the wicked Government people which I do not want to happen, I have gone through a lot for this deal, and we just have to try, see how much you think you can come up with and let me know asap. May the soul of our Dear Misty rest in perfect peace. Amen

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Part 12.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 7:36 PM

No I would not back out because you have told me the truth, It is always good to say the truth no matter what it would cost us, this has made me even have more trust on you. Do let me know if you find anything as I am not sure if she was able to make the payment again. Write me an e-mail as soon as you find anything.
God Bless

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
Hide Details
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:58 AM

Dear Capt Eddie,
It's good to know that you are an understanding person.
I was looking thru some of Misty's things and I found a note where she sent $4000 to the following account:

Bank Name: Comerica Bank
Customers Name: Sam Tran
Account Number: 682200124-8
Customers Address: 15 Ridgewood SE Kentwood, Michigan 49548
Receiving Bank Routing: 072000096
Bank Address: 5135 Kalamazoo SE Grand Rapids MI 49508
Bank Phone 616-455-6301
swift code: MNBDUS33

Is this what you were looking for?

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:32 AM

Good Day Wanda,

Got your mail, yes that is what I am looking for, but the problem now is that the news am getting from the delivery man is that the money has not gotten to the account yet, please is there a way you can scan a copy of the transfer slip or anything we can use as a proof of misty making the payment ? According to Harry, he said she wrote him very early that morning at about 5am that the payment has been made, and I was wondering how possible that could be as the bank in the usa dont open till is is 9 in the morning. Sorry for the stress, just let me know if there is any way you could send me a copy of the pay slip, I have already told Harry about what is going on that you would be the new person recieving the boxes. Keep me informed. How is my dear Misty doing today ? any positive response yet ? I have been praying for her all through, and I hope she gets well soon. Have a splendid day


Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:56 PM

Dear Eddie,
Sorry to say there is no improvement with Misty. I do not think she will survive.
I haven't found any transfer slip or receipt yet. I will keep looking.
I don't know why the delivery man would get a 5 AM email.....Misty never got out of bed before 10 AM. Perhaps there was an error on the Yahoo email site.
I will contact you if I find the document. Because Tennessee does not recognize same sex marriage, I cannot get direct information from the bank. The bank does not consider us married.

Take care for now.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:19 PM

Dear Mr Eddie,
After I sent you the previous email, the postal mail arrived. There was a business letter from Misty's bank. Under the circumstances, I felt I should open it.

It was the bank letting her know that the account number from her recent transaction (682200124-8) was not a valid account. Accordingly, the bank could not transfer the $4000. The bank notified her that she would have to double check her information and provide the correct account number.

I guess this answers our questions.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Thursday, September 22, 2011 1:03 AM

Dear Wanda,

I have informed the authorities about this, and I would provide you with a better information later today for the payment to be made. Please what is this sad news your telling me about Misty ? I just dont want to believe she will not make it, I strongly believe she will. I would keep you updated on this.
God Bless

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:59 AM

Morning Wanda,

Hope you are doing good ? Did you receive my response to your mail yesterday ? I still feel sad for our friend Misty, and I pray for a miracle here. I finally contacted the authorities concerning the problem we have at the moment with making the balance payment of $4000, well the good news is that we were given a fresh account that would be easier for us to make the payment with, and you can also use the western union and Money Gram in this order. Find Instructions below

Bank Information:

Bank Name: Bank Of America
Customers Name: Carrie Robinson
Account Number: 488034251382
Receiving Bank Routing: 111000025
Bank Address: 2509 s. hampton dallas tx 75224
Customers Address: 116 south hampton dallas tx 75224

Or you can as well use the Western Union and Money Gram in this order, Note if you are to use this method, you would have to pay $2000 via Money Gram, and $2000 via Western Union, and we must work with instructions here

Western Union Info :

Receivers Name: Tina Taylor
Amount: $2000
Receivers Address: Dallas Texas
Test Question: For
Answer: Tina

Money Gram Info same as above:

Receivers Name: Tina Taylor
Amount: $2000
Receivers Address: Dallas Texas
Test Question: For
Answer: Tina

Note the test question and answer is compulsory if you are to make the payment via the western Union or Money gram. Lets get this done for our friend Misty, and If i may ask, what address are the boxes going to ? since you say you stay with Misty, I believe the boxes are heading to the same place. Just let me know and keep me updated lets see if this can be rounded up soon enough. Any news on Misty yet ? My prayers are with her.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Capt. Eddie Shields.......Nigerian Scammer. Part 11.

Misty is involved in an accident after leaving the bank. Her good friend, Wanda Tuinphro contacts Capt. Eddie.

concerning Misty Meaner

FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:39 AM

Dear Capt. Eddie Shields,
My name is Wanda Tuinphro. I am a very close friend to Misty Meaner.

I have very sad news to relate to you. Our dear friend was involved in a horrible accident. She is in the hospital....she is in a coma and we do not know if she will survive.

She was on her way to the groinocologist when she was struck down by a police car. The details can be found on this news story.

Before she went into the coma, she asked me to contact you. She told me that you are in need of help. I do not know the details of your problem but I will do as my dear friend asks of me. Please let me know how I can help you and pray for our dear friend.

Wanda Tuinphro.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:35 PM

Hello Wanda,
I am Capt.Shields, sorry for the very late response to your mail, If
your friend Misty told you, I am not in the USA at the moment, I am
presently in Afghanistan, And I have been so busy i just got to check
my mail now.

This news is a very big shock to me, I am very scared and surprised at
the moment, what foolish police officer is this ? She told me she was
going to see her Gynecologist yesterday, only to come back and here
this. Please is she ok ? How is she responding to treatments ? Kindly
get me the names of the police officers involved in this, And i would
pay them back with the rewards they deserve. I am Capt Eddie shields,
what is important now to me is the life of our dear friend, I just
hope she makes it. Can you kindly give me your e-mail address ? If you
have a yahoo account I would love to chat with you or a direct phone
number I could reach you with. Please mail me back as soon as you get
this, I am in tears at the moment, I just want to know she is alive
please. I expect your kind response Wanda

God Bless


Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: USA Army
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:24 PM

Dear Capt Shields,
Thank you for your kind words.

We are all praying for Misty. She is in a coma and is unconscious. We are praying that she will survive.
The dear girl has told me nothing about you....only that she was helping you and I should contact you. This is my private email and you can reach me here when I am not at the hospital. When Misty last spoke to me, she was concerned about a problem you have. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you for her sake.
I will keep you up to date on her condition.

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Capt.eddie Shields
TO: Wanda Tuinphro
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:16 PM

Dear Wanda,
Thanks for the quick response, I am very shocked and lost or words, this life we are living in is nothing at all, great things happen with a twinkle of an eye, I am at the war front, and I know what am talking about, but I have this believe deep down inside of me that She would survive the accident. How about the police men that hit here ? what is their fate at the moment ? If they don't do justice to them, then they would have to wait till I return back to the states and handle this in my own way.

Now talking about your friends request, I really do not know where to start from, your friend Misty, is a very trustworthy person and a nice lady, she was helping me receive some packages i sent to the USA from here for safe keeping till I return back by the month of December, It is a very long story but I would have to cut it short and let you know about this. The two boxes contained 40 million USD, they are part of the spoils from the war down here in Iraq, The funds in question was discovered by my unit During our war campaign in Iraq my team was responsible for a lot of raids on Saddam Hussein (Iraqi former president) palaces and while one of such raids was going on we discovered the sum of $140 Million dollars packed into military trunk boxes and hidden in Saddam's underground secret chambers. As a soldier my first instinct was to report this, but on a second thought I have sacrificed years of my life to serving and protecting my great country, most of us have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty for me i have been married twice of which none ever lasted for up to 3 yrs due to the nature of my job. My 18 yrs old son turned to drugs as he lacked parental guidance and eventually died from overdose as a matter of fact i can't begin to mention all my sacrifices and losses but know that the glory of America is built on our pain & blood, this is why I decided to use this opportunity to make some fortune for myself since the funds belonged to an ex tyrant whom we captured and has been executed by the International court of justice. As the leader of my unit i reported $100 million dollars out of the funds we discovered and used my position to ship the remaining $40 million dollars out of here to the USA for safekeeping until after my assignment as we have been deployed to Afghanistan to help out with the on going war on terror.

Now these boxes safely arrived the USA without a problem, and was supposed to be delivered to Misty some days back before we had a little problem with the Homeland security. The diplomat in charge of making the delivery was getting ready to deliver to misty as he was already in Tennessee before the problem came up with the authorities. Note this was not known by anyone apart from me and Misty, we kept this as a very big secret and you should be a witness to that because she never told you a thing about this despite how close you both are, we had to leave it this way because of the sensitivity of involving a third party, but for the fact that your friend asked you to contact me, then she must have trust in you, therefore I would do the same. Also bear in mind that trust here has to be like a 2 edge sword, it must be both side. To cut the long story short, since Harry(the delivery man) was not aware of the content of the boxes, he willingly allowed the authorities inspect them because these boxes has a secret unlock code, but it was scanned and forcefully opened when the Homeland Security discovered its content. I and Misty were both shocked when this happened because we never expected this as the same boxes had to go all the way from here to the states and was never stopped for any reason due to the immunity it has a military consignment, it just turned out to be different there in Tennessee. Finally we were charged a fee of $15,500 to obtain 2 anti money laundering forms which was the only we could get the funds released and delivered to Misty, and to also avoid trouble from Happening. Due to my location, I was able to take a risk and raise $8000, the diplomat Mr.Harry helped us with $3500, and Misty was supposed to come up with the remaining $4000 yesterday. I do not know how this is going to work out now with her present condition because I am presently stranded on what to do from here, we were actually given a short period of time to get this done, and I had to let the authorities know of what is going on at the moment, I know I am risking this deal, if we waste more time as I could loose all this, but my fingers are just crossed at the moment.

Are you sure you can help me and our dear friend in the completion of this deal, I do not mind a change of address if the boxes would have to go to your for the mean time at least so it would be somewhere safe, we are still short of $4000, and I do not know how to go about this from here. Please I have told you the much I can, and I beg you that you keep this as a secret please. Write me an e-mail as soon as you get this and let me know where i stand at the moment. I have also added you to my yahoo messenger in-case you need to chat with me. Just write me an e-mail here, and I would make out time to respond to you. I just cant find sleep with this kind of news, I feel so bad and in pain, I just want Misty to be fine, I will keep praying for her.

God Bless

Capt. Eddie

Re: concerning Misty Meaner
FROM: Wanda Tuinphro
TO: Capt.eddie Shields
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:36 PM

Dear Eddie,
This is all a shock to me.
As for the police......they will probably go free. That is the way things are here.

I have to tell you the truth about me and Misty. As I know you are aware, same sex couples can marry in parts of this country. Misty and I were secretly married; he father would disown her if he found out. I will go to the apartment where she and I live to see if I can find information about the $4000. I know she was going to the bank before her appointment with the groinacologist.

I will contact you if I can discover anything.

I hope you understand my relationship with Misty. I hope you will not back out of this deal now that you know the truth about us.


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