California Wildfires!

As California, USA, has moved deeply into its fourth year of severe drought with a 90% assurance of an upcoming “El Nino” periodic, wet weather event for fall and winter approaching, it will not come soon enough for the statewide wildfires we are enduring this summer.

CA FIRE IMG 5Although, the recent hurricane Delores that hit Mexico this past month brought a good deal of direly needed rainfall northward to the area Sierra mountain chain and some valley floor parts of central and southern California, as well, it also brought unwelcome lightning strikes, too. Some of these static electrical events caused hill and range fires in widely remote areas, as well as, in very difficult terrains to manage. This has created a very dangerous fire containment situation encroaching on rural homes in hard to reach areas. Many homes, to date, have been lost.

The following photos are of the ongoing and recent wildfires courtesy of the Sacramento Bee:

I originally reported this multiple fire event on Facebook and other social media and the responses were so incredible I have been moved to create this article. National media has been covering events as they unfold; however, there are so many more areas of the world that are yet to know about what is happening here. Hence, I am reporting the following occurrences as they unfold.

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As of August 1, 2015, over 8,000 firefighters, statewide, are battling over 18 different blazes of different intensities. Many helicopters and other aircraft not normally involved, have been pressed into service to aid in the firefighting efforts. On August 2, 2015, it has been reported that one brave firefighter has lost his life in the battle, which has included protecting existing homes and families from the fires’ onslaughts, accelerated by ever-present, windy conditions.

Of the many videos and reports in the state in the last few days, there were recent events of a wildfire in southern California that in seconds, engulfed a number of vehicles traveling on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass while stranded in gridlock, east of Los Angeles county. In this case, no lives were lost, fortunately.

Please click on the following comprehensive video link provided courtesy of NBC News:


Areas most seriously affected have been the Lake County district, known as the Rocky fire, as well as, others throughout the state as far south as San Diego county and as far north as Humboldt and Modoc counties. The Rocky fire is just 5% contained and as this article is written there is an ongoing increase in fire containment, hourly.

Please keep these valiant firefighters, aircraft pilots, and related in-field supporters in your prayers. One personal loss, as in the death of David Ruhl while responding to a fire in Modoc National Forest, a father who leaves behind a family, friends and other loved ones, is too much to bear for another fatality.

For further information and updates, please view the recent Google Map rendering provided by CAL FIRE (California Fire Department) provided below:


California has experienced drought conditions much like the rest of the United States over the years, especially in the 1930’s. However, in recent times, this has been the worst I have personally experienced since I first moved to the state in 1985. Again, until the fall and winter of 2015 when rains again return, please do pray for the brave men and women who do all they can to protect and save not only the human living condition, they are always working to save our historic, valuable environment the state of California offers to its inhabitants.

The following photo is from the Lake Arrowhead, 2003, San Bernardino County, courtesy Troy Whitman. This demonstrates how ferocious wildfires can be:

Clearlake Fire 7.31.2015

Thank you for reading.

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Confederate Flag History

Ongoing attempt to remove Confederate flags, nationwide.

Confederate Flag History

One “Begs the Question” to all those who oppose the “Confederate Flag” . . . how many wars have you fought; how many battles have you waged; how many bullets have you dodged; how many dead have you buried? Recently updated Civil War Casualties: 720,000 dead.

Mexican-American War Veterans who went on to become Civil War generals include names like: Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, William Tecumseh Sherman, George McClellan, Ambrose Burnside, P.G.T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and George Meade.

Booker T. Washington supported the Spanish-American War and African-American service, numerous ex-slaves fought in this war, with dedicated service to their country. Many soldiers from the Confederacy and the Union fought each other, came together as one, “mending fences” and making lasting friendships despite Civil War memories.

Nathan E. Cook was the last survivor of the Spanish-American War who died September 10, 1992, at 106 years of age. Peter Conover Haines is believed to be the only active duty soldier to serve in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I.

Heritage, honor, admiration, values, and respect are fading fast in our present generation. “Individual Rights and Opinions” are only accepted and socially received if they are collective in nature. “We are losing ‘Freedom and Liberty” in America at an alarming rate.” Political Correctness has been applied to each-and-every issue and used as a wedge to further divide Our Country.

Three “American Flags” have flown during our 239+ years of history; The “GADSDEN FLAG,” “THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG,” and “OLD GLORY.” Each and everyone of these symbols share a unique history and patronage with our country, along with the respect of all those who perished in battle. Please remember that the “CONFEDERATE FLAG” represents a large number of the 720,000 who died in the Civil War. Nobody was purposefully terrorized, tortured, or abused in during the Civil War, outside of unfortunate emotional outcries found during conflicts. It was a war! Bad things happen, and lives are lost, but never-the-less these were all Americans, on American soil, all fighting for American values; whether-or-not you support, agree, or defend their sacrifices…this is “American History”; we must preserve it for all generations, and humble ourselves to the great loss of life during that era. 720,000 souls left this earth to allow for this conversation we are having now. We seem to be so dead set on editing history, why stop there?

Jefferson owned slaves, perhaps we should tear down the monument in DC, or rearrange Mount Rushmore? Why don’t we remove Black History Month and other things like the United Negro College Fund or Black Entertainment Television and any other newspaper, magazine or reference towards any one ethnic background? Fringe elements from all quarters started this nonsense and it is going to spread like an out of control virus. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda is a bigot and must be exterminated. Sound familiar? Ironic, how arrogant liberals often compare conservatives with Nazi Germany, at the same time promoting centralized government and no other opinions are allowed.

Yes, slavery happened. Nobody alive today was around to witness it. Yes, it was terrible, but as any other civilizations that exist today, there was a multitude of people that spans all races victimized by people in power on a superiority and control tirade. That does not change history. There are no versions or sugar coatings for any of this. Something people may not know, nor have considered, blacks were not the only slaves, nor did they experience the worst treatment. To my recollection, the Jews hold that title of mistreatment and the only reason not more is heard is because there are not enough of them left after the attempted genocide that almost wiped them out. The continued biased political correctness must come to an end.

Sooner or later, people have to learn to grow thicker skin and move past being offended by nothing intended.Yeah, you are offended at what someone believes, says, and wears, get over it! The world will never be rid of offense. Legislation of behavior and thoughts only created uprisings in historical precedence no matter if the cause was right or wrong. This day and age, it’s just petty bickering over being politically correct instead of having an actual cause. It’s disgusting.

Editor’s note: At the time of this article, news has noted votes to remove a renowned flag of age, when even Bill Clinton, as governor of Arkansas, approved the conferate flag flying over the state capital. A query comes to mind? Why can’t the United States Stars and Stripes be flown on the same flag pole over the state flag, as so many states in our great country continue to do?

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