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Does ND District 37 Know Or Care How Inappropriate And Corrupt It Looks?

On Saturday January 7, I saw a Facebook post made by former North Dakota Representative Luke Simons, explaining that the ND District 37 Republican Committee was having a District reorganization meeting this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille in Dickinson. Luke Simons’ complaint was that he had not seen or heard any notice beforehand that this meeting was taking place, as if there was an attempt at secrecy going on.

I read the Dickinson Press newspaper every day. Most articles, notices, and announcements are repeated in the Dickinson Press newspaper for several days, but I never saw an announcement for the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting. Nor did I see any announcement on Facebook, or anywhere else. I have to agree with Luke Simons, this does look like there was no notification published where ordinary citizens would see it, as if they didn’t want ordinary citizens to know.

This lack of notification, may in itself not seem so bad, but if you become aware of a few more elements involved here, it gets worse. Back on September 20, 2022 former ND Representative Luke Simons obtained a copy of the ND District 37 Republican Party by-laws. In reading these by-laws, Luke Simons discovered several elements which appear to be inappropriately exclusionary:

    • In order to become a member of ND District 37 Republicans, and vote at District 37 Republican Committee Meetings, for such things as election of officers, you must first present yourself in-person at a meeting.  But how can you present yourself at a District 37 Republican meeting in-person, if there is no Public Notice beforehand when and where these meetings will be held?
    • When you present yourself at a ND District 37 Republican meeting, and pay your $60 dues, you can’t vote at that meeting, not until your application has been reviewed and approved at a later date after the meeting is over.
    • A person’s ND District 37 Republican Party membership application can be rejected, at the discretion of the ND District 37 Committee.
    • A person’s ND District 37 Republican Party membership can be revoked, for such reasons as “putting the Republican Party in a bad light”, at the discretion of the ND District 37 Republican Committee.

In my opinion, the absence of a clear Public Notice ahead of time when & where the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting will take place, combined with the necessity of going to this meeting to be able to join the ND District 37 Republicans, not being allowed to vote at the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting until the next meeting, if your application is approved at the discretion of the Committee, if your membership isn’t revoked at the discretion of the Committee, are barriers that attempt to block, control, and limit who participates in Dickinson politics.

Further, this ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, was held at a Bar & Grille owned by the District 37 Republican Committee Chairperson, Mike Lefor.  Chairperson Mike Lefor and the other Committee members might have felt comfortable at the Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille, it may have been convenient for them, but I question the appropriateness of this location for several reasons:

What if a group of Republicans in Dickinson, say for example Evangelical Christians, did find out where the ND District 37 Republicans were having a meeting, arrived on time, completed their application for membership, paid their membership dues, were approved for membership, weren’t revoked, and had the intention of challenging Mike Lefor in voting for a new chairperson, or bringing opposition to a position Mike Lefor supported.  Is opposition to Mike Lefor or his positions possible in Mike Lefor’s restaurant, with his customers, supporters, bar staff, wait staff, cooks?

It’s probably convenient and comfortable for the ND District 37 Republicans to have their Committee meeting at Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille, owned by their Chairperson, in part because it’s just one more additional barrier to the Committee members being opposed.  But in my opinion, this shouldn’t be, there can’t be such a strangle-hold on participation in politics in Dickinson.

Why am I reporting this, why am I pointing this out, why am I explaining this?  Maybe because the Dickinson Press newspaper office in Dickinson is owned by the ND District 37 Republican Committee Chairperson Mike Lefor, and you aren’t going to hear about this anywhere else.

There is much, much more to the story about politics in Dickinson.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  With the help of either the ineptitude or blind-eye of the Dickinson Press newspaper, there is so much going on in Dickinson that has crossed the line of small-town politics into what should be half a dozen different investigations by the North Dakota Attorney General or the U.S. Justice Department into legal impropriety.

A tangled web, but not so tangled that its strings can’t be seen for where they start, where they meet, where they end:  Federal funding, State funding, County funding; Federal legislation, State legislation, County legislation; Advance planning, scheming, support, politicking, alliances, collusion, strong-arming, manipulation, quid-pro-quo, payoffs; individuals, businesses, organizations, associations, non-profits, committees, commissions, directors, employers, employees; all part of and involved in transactions that cross the line of legality, into illegal, improper, unethical activity.

Reader Comment About The History Of Earth

Today when I was looking at comments that I received from readers of my blog, I read a very long comment that took a lot of thought and attention to write, so I decided to share this comment in a blog post article.

For the past year, I have been learning so much, that it has been difficult for me to write many blog post articles. It is the right time for me to receive this information, but I think that the majority of people could not care less if I tried to explain it to them. So I haven’t attempted it, but this reader who contacted me, has given it a try, so I will share what they wrote.

For me personally, thirty years ago I saw Pastor Arnold Murray of Gravette, Arkansas pull out a fossilized “modern” artifact from his desk drawer, something that shouldn’t have existed thousands of years ago, and proclaim, “There have been several ‘Earth Ages’….”

For forty years, Steven Quayle of Bozeman, Montana has been researching and writing books about “Giants”. Many of the Native American tribes have both a verbal passed-down history and petroglyphs depicting giants. Many of the early Spanish Conquistadors chronicled their encounters with giants. But more importantly, there have been hundreds, maybe even thousands of burial mounds uncovered in North America with skeletal remains of giants.

Lately there has been very frequent discussion of the 1909 G.E. Kincaid discovery of a very large, elaborate cave system built into the side of the Grand Canyon that contained exclusively Egyptian and Tibetan type artifacts. This discovery was reported in the Arizona Gazette newspaper at the time.

Within this past year, I have become almost completely convinced that the entire World has participated in the cover-up and erasure from history, the existence of the “Tartarian Empire” that included all of Russia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, and most of Asia. Antique maps from the 1500s and 1600s show “Tartaria” or “Tartary” occupying this area.

Due to World-wide sharing of information, “modern technology” in fossils; “modern technology” in ancient artifacts; antique maps depicting civilizations in Antarctica, Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Tartarian Empire; burial mounds with giants up to 30ft in height; Biblical accounts of giants; Egyptian, Native American, South American, Tibetan, Indian glyphs and writings depicting aliens and alien spacecraft, all point to the History, Religion, Science, and Medicine we are taught being inaccurate and incomplete.

Here is the comment from a reader StargateSG7:

What the heck! Since it’s December 30, 2022, I might as well pontificate some more findings since some of my earlier posts sound kind of insane, deranged and/or out-of-this world.

Steve’s HowToHunt channel is getting larger and larger because SOMETHING is going on with various Cryptids showing up sometimes literally on peoples’ doorsteps for whatever reason. Too many people are coming forth with their own stories and he is one of the FEW internet celebrities able to provide a non-judgemental platform for people of all creeds and cultures to showcase what was seen and/or happening TO THEM! Steve is a platform. Nothing More! You either ACCEPT the stories or you DON’T! Some are fake! Many are Real and some are even out-of-thsi world! Like he says: Take It Or Leave It As You Will!

I personally come from a Science-oriented background that DESIRES practical real-world EVIDENCE of any given claim. I also like REPEATABILITY where if someone says If you do X then Y happens, I would like to REPLICATE what someone previously has done or said, so that I might obtain FURTHER PROOF of a given single event or set of experiments/phenomena!

There is REAL WORLD EVIDENCE of modern Cryptids including Sasquatch/Bigfoot/SABE/Yowee/Yeti AND ALSO of ghosts, aliens, dogmen, skinwalkers, demons, ephemerals and other non-traditional entities.

We humans actually ARE getting smarter by the year mostly due to the rapid advancements of Computer Technology which lets us examine at a closer level whatever real-world evidence pops into play.

We can simulate, emulate, reformulate and even dis-assemble events, materials and structures to such an extent that we can either REFUTE or CONFIRM what was original told and/or postulated.

What is Sasquatch? We have EVIDENCE that they are multi-faceted beings where some have ancient origins, some have near-modern-human qualities IN ADDITION to there being entities that are non-corporeal and/or even micro-machine-based (MEMS) artificial lifeforms!

SOME such beings have non-traditional paranormal abilities that are EITHER natural in origin or are technologically enhanced. This means we humans LIKELY have the same abilities which were naturally devolved due to climate/environmental/social pressures OR were purposefully REMOVED from us by other beings of a high-technology ability.

There is ALSO concrete evidence that we humans are NOT the native intelligent lifeform on this Earth! Our Circadian Rythm (aka Body Clock) is oriented towards a 25 hour planetary spin while Earth in its ancient past had a 22 to 23 hour rotational period. Ergo, we are ORIGINALLY from a planet that had a 25 hour spin!

There is also CONCRETE evidence (literally concrete!) of ancient space-faring technological civilizations from multiple periods such as 280 to 220 million years ago, 180 to 160 million years ago and 100 to 70 million years ago that SEEM to indicate reptilian-like bipedal beings ARE the actual evolved natives of Earth but abandoned it once they became space-faring!

During specially-operated mining and survey acivities, multiple persons/groups have found fibre-reinforced concrete megastructures and large-scale technological system that WERE NOT CRUSHED under tectonic activity located within deep underground regions in today’s western South America and Southwest Africa that were once part of ancient continents and low-land areas that WOULD HAVE BEEN protected via large mountain ranges and/or oceans/lakes which would have kept away the major Dinosaurs and other Carnivores of those eras, allowing the Saurians/Reptoids enough time and space to evolve and become technological and then spacefaring!

Other deep underground found evidence indicates within the last one-million years, a very large humanoid species that is a close relative of modern humans had built multiple lakeside cities about TWICE the size of modern day Tokyo (tokyo is 60 million people today so ancient cities of 120 million people) to be present near todays India/Kashmir border region and what is now southwest of Calgary, Canada.

These beings created massive fibre-reinforced concrete dams to create artificial lakes that then had built massive lakeside cities with buildings ten times the size of todays largest buildings with massive transportation/rail networks that were basically the size of modern day cargo ships traverse the ancient pre-glacial-era lands that are now the Canadian Prairies and a major Asian mountainous region!

We SUSPECT that we modern humans are the product of a genetic engineering program to create self-replicating (i.e. disposable!) biological robots that were designed to mine precious or technologically-important metals and minerals that COULD NOT be otherwise obtained easily from local gas giants or other rocky planets.

Probably, it was the usual technologically-important Gold, Silver, Platinum-group, Aluminum, Titanium and other metals and probably radioactive materials were what was mined during the interstadial periods around 600,000+ years ago.

There is ALSO EVIDENCE of nuclear explosions due to the finding of common long-lived radionucleotides in uniform layers of sub-surface strata that only now have subsided to just above background levels which are by-products of nuclear warefare.

We suspect, based upon OTHER technology found, that the large-stature humanoids that created modern humanity had a long-term war with another alien species and eventually abandoned Earth and left our modern-era human ancestors to their own devices! It looks like they INTENTIONALLY blew up their own cities and left quickly after a long period of space and terrestrial warfare that was initially non-nuclear in nature.

We also have “Concrete Evidence” that these ancient cities were built and present upon Earth for at least 75,000 years BEFORE the final warfare with the other species. And that final warfare was long-term for at least 100 to 1000 years in duration before the final abandonment/self-destruction of those cities and the artificially created lakes!

This evidence was predicated upon the obtainment of out-of-place artifacts being discovered and retrieved during 1950’s to 1990’s-era Oil & Gas drilling operations, deep mining operations and seismic surveys within the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada which then eventually led to similar exploration/archeology activities in the Kashmir/India border regions which indicated large megastructures located underground in both places which led to further technological artifacts being found which finally led to well-funded explorations and scientific analysis by groups funded by mostly petro-and-mining-related wealthy patrons, which is ONLY JUST NOW getting to be publicly disclosed within the 2020’s-era.

We humans are NOT the native species on Earth! At least THREE other civilizations BEFORE US became technological and spacefaring! Today, we humans live with OTHER CRYPTIDS that are both native to Earth and are part of the genetically-engineered biology created by non-modern-human alien entities who did NOT evolve here but came from somewhere else in this Galaxy or elsewhere in the local universe!

It’s a pretty scary thought as to WHAT ELSE has been found or researched by those in Government agencies, various militaries and private groups which has NOT YET been disclosed publicly!

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A Few Videos Of December Storm In New England North Dakota

For readers who don’t know, North Dakota is very sparsely populated. The entire state has less than 800,000 people. In the southwest corner of North Dakota, the largest city is Dickinson, with 25,000 people. Surrounding Dickinson are more than a dozen towns with populations ranging from 30 to 1,000 people: South Heart, Belfield, New Hradec, Manning, Killdeer, Gladstone, Richardton, Taylor, Lefor, Regent, Mott, Hettinger, Reeder, Scranton, Amidon, New England.

Taking New England, North Dakota for example, with a population of 500 people, I think that the vast majority of people in the United States can’t imagine how quiet, uneventful, slow-paced life is. What makes it even more quiet, is when a winter storm causes people to stay home. Traffic goes from a normal daytime rate of one vehicle driving past a house every ten minutes, to one vehicle per hour.

At night during a winter snow storm, once it gets past about 8:00 p.m., everyone in New England is home for good. No traffic at all after that, maybe not even until 10:00 a.m. the following day.

On Monday evening December 12, there began a winter snow storm in southwest North Dakota, that was expected to be just short of a blizzard. The winds would be just below 35 mph, and visibility would be slightly above 1/2 mile. On Tuesday there was about 12″ of snow fall. After staying inside all day Tuesday, out of boredom I got up at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to make some videos showing how still it was outside. Here are some of these videos:

New England North Dakota 1st Avenue 12/14/22

New England North Dakota McKenzie Avenue 12/14/22

New England North Dakota Main Street 12/14/22

New England North Dakota driving to Main Avenue 12/14/22

Driving south from Dickinson on Hwy 22 toward New England 12/14/22

My Thoughts On The November 2022 North Dakota Election Results

I was disappointed in the November 2022 North Dakota election results for three main reasons. I wanted Dr. Rick Becker of Bismarck to replace U.S. Senator John Hoeven, and I wanted Thea Lee of Sentinel Butte to be elected as a District 39 State Representative. Both of these candidates were underdogs, highly Conservative grass-roots Republicans who were forced to run as Independents. And I didn’t want recent college graduate and former Miss America Cara Mund to run at all, especially not for U.S. Representative.

I deliberately did not write any blog articles about Dr. Rick Becker, Thea Lee, and Cara Mund because I didn’t want to unintentionally harm Becker and Lee, and help Cara Mund. In other words, my endorsement of Becker and Lee might have hurt them, and my criticism of Cara Mund might have helped her.

I felt grateful about my decision not to write anything prior to the election, when I soon saw that one of Cara Mund’s primary campaign talking points was that she was being picked on because she was a woman, after supposedly receiving many mean, sexist emails and tweets. In my opinion, this might have had more to do with people not liking Cara Mund, because people around here love female South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.

The reason why I did not want Cara Mund to run for any political office, especially not U.S. Representative, is because she just graduated from college, and in my opinion she doesn’t know anything yet. I think that she doesn’t even know, that she doesn’t know, and this is a very dangerous thing. Ask anybody who has worked anywhere, you have to watch the new-hire so that they don’t hurt themselves or somebody else, because they don’t know that they don’t know.

Cara Mund graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in business, served as Miss America in 2018, and graduated from Harvard Law School in May of 2022. Two months later she announced her candidacy for U.S. House Of Representatives. Though Cara served on boards, committees, associations, and internships, this experience appears to me to be mostly academic. ( In general, I am tired of seeing recent college graduates, especially in politics, trying to suggest that they have what appears to be 20 years of work experience on their resume, eight years in management, eight years in sales, four years in marketing. This doesn’t compute. Did they start working when they were 8 years old, or is this shit made-up? )

The original purpose of elected representatives in the United States, was to represent constituents regarding their concerns and endeavors, to speak and act on their behalf. North Dakota is primarily a blue-collar, low education level, agricultural, oil, natural gas, and coal producing state. In my opinion, Cara Mund is about the furthest thing from these North Dakota constituents. She has not personally experienced first-hand the concerns, problems, difficulties, and struggles of farmers, laborers, trades people, oil field workers, low-skilled, and under-educated working-class people.

Maybe after working at a job in the private sector for a while, starting a family, experiencing many of the same problems as everyone else with employment, pay, bosses, co-workers, housing, mortgage, property taxes, bills, spouse, children, public school, health care, court system, law enforcement, she will be a better candidate to represent North Dakotans. Cara Mund did not win the U.S. Representative election, she lost to incumbent Republican Kelly Armstrong.

On the other hand, in contrast to Cara Mund, first-time political candidate Thea Lee from Sentinel Butte, was very reasonable, appropriate, logical, sensible, solid in her approach and campaign for District 39 North Dakota Representative. Thea’s candidacy made sense, because of what she represents. She is a wife, a mother with five children, former foster parent, and judicial advocate who homeschools her kids. She lives on a ranch in a very rural, remote, sparsely populated area, where she and her husband currently tend 400 goats. Each of these things is very relatable to North Dakotans living in District 39.

Why I was also in favor of Thea Lee, was because like Dr. Rick Becker, she had to temporarily step outside of the Republican Party election system, when the endorsed Republican Party candidate was not who many Conservatives wanted. In my opinion, I did not like the situation where motorhomes and for-hire “party-buses” delivered voters to the District 39 Republican Party nomination meeting, this was very suspicious to me, and I hoped that Thea Lee being elected would undo what I perceived as being wrong. Thea Lee running as an Independent, lost the District 39 Representative election to the endorsed Republican candidate.

The most important election this November of 2022 in North Dakota, was the race for U.S. Senator. The incumbent, Senator John Hoeven, was Governor of North Dakota from 2000-2010, and U.S. Senator from 2011- present. At 65 years of age, ten years as Governor, eleven years as U.S. Senator, net worth $45 million, not always voting very Republican or Conservative, I think that Senator John Hoeven is out-of-touch with the majority of North Dakotans, ordinary North Dakotans, and it’s time for better representation. In my opinion, Senator John Hoeven is like North Dakota’s version of Nancy Pelosi or Mitch McConnell, been there too long and you can see it in the way they act, like they’re Royalty.

Dr. Rick Becker, a plastic surgeon in Bismarck and former State Legislator, is very intelligent, knowledgeable, competent, well-spoken, vocal, confident, and better than energetic, he has a consistent alert temperament. Dr. Rick Becker is very much like U.S. Senator Dr. Rand Paul. Just like U.S. Senator Dr. Rand Paul, Dr. Rick Becker could have had more wealth, a much easier life, and an early retirement if he would have chosen not to become involved in politics. In other words, Dr. Rick Becker is actually giving up much more than he is personally gaining from these campaigns, elections, and serving in public office.

Dr. Rick Becker is more Conservative and committed to Republican Party principles than Senator John Hoeven, as you can see for yourself in these two political rating comparisons http://ratings.conservative.org/people/02d00f0b-b88e-444f-ab65-adb352d5ae69 versus http://ratings.conservative.org/people/H001061 (Source: The Center for Legislative Accountability CLA, an initiative of the Conservative Political Action Coalition CPAC )

Some specific examples of things that Dr. Rick Becker has done to personally “stick his neck out” for Conservative & Republican principles, rather than just try to get along and not rock the boat in the North Dakota Legislature:

  • After first being elected to the ND Legislature in 2013, Dr. Rick Becker formed the Bastiat Caucus, named after the limited government political philosopher Frédéric Bastiat, which gathered several dozen members of the North Dakota House, to organize a unified, conservative front on key votes.
  • In 2015 Dr. Rick Becker supported a Bill to reduce State Income Tax to 0%.
  • In 2015 Dr. Rick Becker introduced a Bill to ban DUI checkpoints. (Unconstitutional)
  • In 2017 Dr. Rick Becker introduced a “Constitutional Carry” Bill for firearms, which later passed.
  • Dr. Rick Becker worked to achieve Confidential Informant reform, Civil Asset Forfeiture reform, Unmanned Drone Surveillance reform.
  • Dr. Rick Becker worked to prohibit teaching Critical Race Theory in ND public schools.
  • Dr. Rick Becker worked on legislation during the Covid-19 pandemic stating that North Dakota would only comply with Federal Laws and Executive Orders that North Dakota deemed Constitutional.

I was sorry to see that Dr. Rick Becker did not win the election for U.S. Senator.  I thought that he had a very good chance of doing so.  I don’t know why Forum Communications reporter and columnist Rob Port chose to mock Dr. Rick Becker both prior to and after the election, making statements that Dr. Rick Becker was not as popular or influential as he thought he was.  North Dakotans very much needed someone like Dr. Rick Becker to represent and advocate for average ordinary people.

Did The Early Night Vision Optics In The Vietnam War Allow Soldiers To See Demons

A couple of months ago I watched a video about the early night vision “goggles” in the Vietnam War unintentionally allowing soldiers to see demons. This was an interesting story, because I realized that this was actually scientifically possible. Normal human eyesight is only capable of perceiving a very small band of what physicists call the “electromagnetic spectrum”.

Just off the top of my head, I remembered the name, “ROY G BIV”, which is an easy way to remember the band of the electromagnetic spectrum that we call “visible light”: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. On the electromagnetic spectrum just below Red is called Infrared, and just above Violet is called Ultraviolet.

Did the U.S. Military night vision goggles used in Vietnam, register Infrared, Ultraviolet, or low-light, and amplify it or translate it from something that people can’t see, into the visible light spectrum that we can see?

When I began researching this subject, I found a very detailed and thorough history of the origin and development of night vision optics by the U.S. Military, written by history professor Richard Ruth at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017. Although I did find the specific scientific information that I was looking for, I was both surprised and very suspicious that this professor spent so much time explaining the “psychological effects” of night vision optics used by soldiers in Vietnam.

In my opinion, it was almost as if the main purpose of this professor’s lengthy, detailed, and thorough history of U.S. Military night vision optics was to eventually arrive at the point where he could debunk and discredit any stories about U.S. soldiers viewing demons during the Vietnam War. Some of his explanations were Vietnam soldiers’ reluctance, difficulty, and inability to use this “new technology”; “fatigue”, “hallucinations”, and the many ways that soldiers were unable to psychologically cope with what they saw when using these scopes.

(At the bottom of this article I will provide the links to my referenced sources, and the original video that I watched.)

At this point in my research, I needed to switch to finding out if there is any documentation anywhere that anything paranormal has been detected using other segments of the electromagnetic spectrum. The most clear explanation came from ghost researcher Joshua Warren, who stated that things such as “ghosts” or “spirits” have been detected and photographed in the Infrared and Ultraviolet range. Additionally , spirits are sometimes photographed by normal cameras when not visible to the naked eye, and recorded on normal audio tape when unheard by the human ear.

I believe that it was Joshua Warren who gave the explanation, when we turn on a fan that spins at 1,000 rpm, we don’t see the individual moving fan blades, but taking a photograph, the camera captures a picture of the fan blades as if they were standing still. This is analogous to capturing a photograph or audio recording of a spirit that was neither seen nor heard at the time by those people present.

Again, the information that I was trying to find through research, was what process was happening or what mechanism was being used, that was causing something that is normally not visible to humans, to be translated or amplified into something that we can see.

According to history professor Richard Ruth in his article, 1940s-1950s German, Russian, and U.S. Military night vision technology sometimes used an Infrared emitter or light-source, to light up the battle field where it could clearly be seen using an Infrared scope or Infrared goggles. But this was risky because the enemy could see everything just as well if they had Infrared goggles too, especially where the Infrared light was coming from. Hence, the Infrared emitter/receiver technology was not so desirable on the battle field.

The night vision optics that professor Richard Ruth went into great detail about in Vietnam, were ambient-light amplifiers, that would amplify night light coming from the moon and stars. Eventually, the technology got to where the ambient light was amplified 40,000 times. The images in these scopes showed a generally light-green luminous background, with objects appearing grey-to-black, with very bright eye-shine on people and animals.

Later on, more modern military night vision optics began using ambient light amplification, combined with Infrared light detection/amplification not from an Infrared emitter, but from heat naturally radiating off of objects, animals, and people.

According to not only the video that I watched, but from comments to this video and comments elsewhere on the internet regarding this subject, the only Vietnam War night vision optics that showed demons, were the “Red” or “Infrared” optics, which were quickly discontinued, taken out of service, and replaced with the “Green” ambient-light-amplification-optics which became commonly called “starlight scopes”.

The U.S. Naval Academy history professor Richard Ruth, in my recollection of what I read, seemed to not include any mention of the early Vietnam War night vision optics which either emitted and/or greatly amplified Infrared light. Veterans commented on the internet, that the “Red” or “Infrared” night vision optics were taken out of service in Vietnam. The ghost investigator Joshua Warren explained that ghosts or spirits are sometimes photographed in Infrared.

The Secret of Seeing Charlie in the Dark
The Starlight Scope, Techno-anxiety, and the Spectral Mediation of the
Enemy in the Vietnam War
Richard A. Ruth
Department of History, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis,
md 21402, usa
ruth@usna.edu

https://brill.com/downloadpdf/journals/vulc/5/1/article-p64_64.pdf?pdfJsInlineViewToken=1999625403&inlineView=true

Joshua Warren

Apparitions in the infrared

@nightgod333

Red Nightvision drivez Soldiers ib Vietnam Mad #fyp #nightgod333 #nightgod #foryou #storytime story,

♬ original sound – Kyle Frisbey

Americans Need To Be Aware Of What Is Happening In Europe Right Now

In the United States, most people are having problems right now. What I read and hear most often, are complaints about astronomical medical bills, unaffordable rent increases, home ownership being out of reach, inability to find employment, fake publicity about companies hiring, wages not keeping up with inflation, and crime spreading in cities due to lack of arrest and prosecution.

I read today, that there are 9,000 homes in Phoenix nearing foreclosure; 6,000 homes in Las Vegas nearing foreclosure; and 4,000 homes in Miami nearing foreclosure. These statistics are nearly identical to what happened in 2008 just prior to the “housing-bubble recession”.

Because of news announcements in July and August of this year, I have been expecting the Federal Government to try to transition away from physical currency to digital currency any day now. This has been a goal of the Federal Government for the past thirty years. This will make it more difficult for organized crime and street criminals to do business, but it will also hamper people who work as servers, beauticians, carpenters, painters, mechanics, lawn maintenance, tree service, roofers, welders, and anyone else who often deals with cash transactions.

In addition to the Federal Government being able to track, scrutinize, and tax people’s transactions completely, if the Federal Government doesn’t like a person’s behavior, they can shut off access to their own money!

The other thing that the Federal Government can do after transitioning to digital currency only, is implement a “bail-in” where every account has 5%-20% removed by the Federal Government because they claim they need it for emergency measures.

Even though we people in the United States have our own problems to deal with and worry about, we should pay some attention to what is happening in Europe, because this will affect us too. People in the U.S. are not hearing about the automobile fuel, home heating fuel, and electric bill crisis in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Greece, and other European countries, combined with very high inflation:

@dylan.page

Crazy how little I’ve seen of these !😳🤯

♬ original sound – Dylan Page

Myself and other people wonder, have all of these crisis happening in every country right now, been planned and created to cause such a collapse, that almost everyone will have no choice but to accept help from the Government, and in return, agree to relocation, separation of family members, and assigned work? The break up of families, forfeiture of all personal property & land, relocation to centralized city-zones, assignment of minimal living space, assignment of work, forced conformity to strict rules, no personal freedom or rights, arriving at a new One World Government.

Bitter Woman Reads Children’s Stories About Mice And Beavers

Here are two children’s stories, as told by bitter Liberal Democrat voting woman:

@ashlelnok

#Inverted a love story no one asked for, but perhaps one we needed #storytime

♬ original sound – Ashley
Story Part 1 of 2

Story Part 2 of 2

Brenda’s Beaver Needs A Barber, One Part

Ashley Southern Belle Is The Trophy Wife I Would Have Wanted

When I was in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college, I always expected and took it for granted that I would one day marry the “Trophy Wife” that I always wanted.

In my mind, I saw my parents as being pretty successful. They never, ever seemed to worry about money. They owned a couple of buildings, a couple of houses, three businesses, fishing boat and sailboat, cars, motorcycles, and an airplane. My family thought, and I thought, that I was smarter and harder working than they were, so obviously I would probably be more successful than they were.

When I was in high school, college, just graduating from college, and starting out in my career, it still looked as though I had the potential to become wealthy. One of the reasons why I didn’t become wealthy, is because the way I was going to have to do it, I just couldn’t take living like that anymore.

I couldn’t stand the one-hour drive across Tampa in the morning, and the one-hour drive home ten hours later, just to be trapped inside a gated community for the evening, unable to go anywhere. Saturday and Sunday in Tampa were even worse. Other people lived like that for twenty years and maybe they became a millionaire eventually, but I wasn’t going to, I couldn’t stand it.

In Florida, and after I moved to the western U.S., to places like Texas, Arizona, and Idaho, the women that I would meet, one of the first things they wanted to know, was, “What do you do for a living?” Of course this was primarily so that they could assess how much money I made, how much money I had, and what my future earning potential was. Since I had kind of bailed out on the plan of becoming wealthy, not only was I not making much money, was unlikely to be making much money in the future, I was not interested in being some woman’s financial support. I was not going to even pretend like I was in order to get in her pants.

But still, the picture of the woman I wanted to marry, remained in my mind:

This woman on TikTok, AshleySouthernBelle, is exactly who I would have wanted to marry. With a great deal of money, I suppose that it would have been possible to keep her entertained and content in marriage for a few years, maybe longer, if there was no indication that the money was going to run out. But a different problem, would be her having free time and being propositioned every day, wherever she went. Boredom and temptation would be there, and for someone like her, doing what she wants and getting what she wants are what she is used to, probably even feels entitled to.

Even with a great deal of money, there is an 80% probability that I would eventually lose her. She got what she wanted, but then she wanted more, something else, became bored, dissatisfied. And at the same time there were always better offers being presented to her. I can’t see it going any other way than this.

There is an expression for this type of thing, “Thank God for unanswered prayers.” It’s lucky that I didn’t get what I wanted. There is another expression, something about what a curse it is to have success early in life. Part of the reason why early success is bad, is because a person just assumes that they are always right because they haven’t suffer any failures, but one of the other reasons is that they are not prepared for future failures, because they never had to cope with adversity. “You haven’t had the advantage of my disadvantages.”

I wanted to see what AshleySouthernBelle was like, so I looked her up on the internet. I couldn’t find her real name, like I wanted, so that I could learn where she grew up, where she was from, where she had lived, and what kinds of things had she done. I soon did find that she had many OnlyFans photos and videos, as AshleySouthernBelle.

As I looked at what photos and videos of AshleySouthernBelle were available without joining OnlyFans, I was a little shocked and disappointed, just like when I looked up Piper Blush and saw her porn videos. The mystery was gone. It was also as if intimacy was never going to be possible, because everybody had already been there and done that.

In my opinion, this is what it looked like to me:

AshleySouthernBelle had started out being a fashion model. As indicated by one photograph that I saw, she was on the cover of Vogue magazine once. I believe that she began a relationship with a photographer/videographer that she had met and worked with, because she was comfortable with him and she needed support.

As AshleySouthernBelle became older, her fashion modelling career not being profitable enough, she began transitioning to more risque modelling, nude photographs, and pornography.  I believe that her boyfriend was a professional photographer/videographer that not only did not try to steer her away from this, but was a partner with her in this nude photography and pornography.  I say this because of the daily TikTok and OnlyFans content that is filmed inside her apartment, outside her apartment, around her neighborhood, on the beach, and on the water.

Update 10/8/22:  I went on with my life after creating this blog post article, and a few days later a new TikTok video of AshleySouthernBelle came up on my phone, She is 56 years old!  I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t know.

I feel kind of bad, as if I owe her an apology.  I was thinking that she was just some dumb 28-38 year old blonde who had aged-out of fashion modelling.  I didn’t know that she was 56 years old.  She looks very, very good for being 56 years old.  I thought that she was silly and air-headed, but she probably isn’t if she’s 56.  She’s probably been through and experienced more than I was giving her credit for.

Hurricane Ian Damaged Houses In Fort Myers Should Be Given To Black Families As Reparations

At the end of September 2022 I watched videos each day of Hurricane Ian approaching southwest Florida, and eventually coming ashore near Fort Myers, Florida. In the following days, most people and news organizations focused on the damage done to Sanibel Island, where the causeway connecting it to Fort Myers had been washed away, leaving it cut off.

Though storm damage was sustained throughout west coast, central, and east coast Florida, I believe that Fort Myers and Sanibel Island received the most attention because of the imagery of lavish homes and exclusive white neighborhoods having been destroyed, flooded McLarens and Ferraris, and yachts washed up onto what had been people’s lawns.

My belief is that much of Florida, especially places like Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, and the other barrier islands, have been greatly overdeveloped. Originally being marsh land, swamps, and sand dunes less than 8ft above sea level, it was inevitable that all of these areas would flood during yearly hurricanes.

I know what developers, real estate agents, builders, and building contractors in southwest Florida were thinking. They were thinking about getting rich off of selling this developed swamp land to rich people from out-of-state. Rich people and retirees who cashed-out of their homes in expensive areas of New York and New Jersey. Hurry up and get the water, sewer, electric, roads, houses, and lawns in before a hurricane hits, and these people won’t even know.

How could developers, real estate agents, and building contractors be held legally and financially responsible for homes and neighborhoods being destroyed by a “hurricane”? They couldn’t. Why would City and County Building Departments allow new housing developments to be built on marsh land and swamps? For economic growth, infrastructure funding, and increased tax revenue.

The Yankees from up north didn’t know, realize, or understand that their house fifty feet from the water and less than 8ft above sea level was going to flood almost every year during hurricanes. They also didn’t know that their land had been stolen from the Black Seminoles.

In the 1600s and 1700s when Florida was owned by Spain, Black slaves who escaped from the southeastern states fled to the swamps of Florida where they were accepted by the Seminole Native Americans. These escaped Black slaves taught farming to the Seminoles, and together they created many successful farming areas in Florida. Spain agreed to allow these escaped slaves their freedom.

Illegally, a U.S. Military Officer, Andrew Jackson, led a raiding party into Florida in the 1830s to attack the Black Seminoles. Later as President, Andrew Jackson and others initiated several different wars against the Black Seminoles in Florida.

For those with short attention spans, here is an easy to follow YouTube video explaining Black Seminoles:

I think that the following three-page article provides more in-depth detail on another important aspect of the Black Seminole origin, character, and history: https://glc.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Black%20Seminoles%20.pdf

The know-nothing, care-about-nothing Yankees from the north, who invaded Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, and the other barrier islands, are occupying land that was stolen from the Black Seminole Native Americans.

The Federal Government should return this land to the descendants of the Black Seminoles, and use the Federal Emergency Hurricane Relief money to rebuild the homes for Black Families to live in.

Why I Hope That Hurricane Ian Does As Much Damage As Possible To Florida

You people destroyed my home, so I hope that you people are destroyed.

I was very lucky to have grown up in a small town on the east coast of Florida in the 1970s. This was the last time that Florida would have any resemblance to the way that it had been since the beginning. Ocean, bays, rivers, creeks, marshes, swamps, and forests. Not condominiums, gated communities, Publix shopping centers, pavement, highways, and millions of transplanted people who know nothing, and care about nothing.

The forts, plantations, roads, and canals built by the explorers and colonists in the 1600s and 1700s did very little harm to the environment. Nor did the railroads and riverboats in the 1800s. Up until the 1950s, before the interstate highways, everyone who came and everything that was built, existed in agreement or acceptance of the surroundings, not destroy it.

In the 1970s in Florida, many small towns remained. Houses and buildings were constructed where the higher ground existed, and rivers, creeks, marshes, and swamps stayed as they were. Most structures were only one or two-stories in height, which caused there to be a canopy of oak trees covering most of the town and streets.

When I was very, very young, the people from elsewhere that had come to live in Florida were retirees. Mostly, these retirees required small simple affordable residences that fit on lots that had long been set aside for housing. And these people were for the most part content with the way things were: quiet, simple, plain, slow-paced, affordable, peaceful, quaint, picturesque.

Due to news spreading about how affordable, pleasant, and enjoyable living in Florida was, it became the number one retirement destination. However, as manufacturing began to decline in the northeastern U.S., especially in the automotive and steel industry, working-age people began moving to Florida as a way to start over.

Working-age people from the northeastern U.S., “Yankees” a.k.a. “assholes”, began moving to Florida with the intention of starting over, getting a good job, owning a nice home, having kids. But in Florida, there weren’t very many jobs, or good paying jobs, because Florida was slow-paced, not industrialized, not commercialized like the northeast U.S. Thus began some conflict with local people, and Yankees seemingly always complaining about how things were better back in New York, New Jersey, or Ohio.

Steadily, Yankees changed Florida to where it now resembles the areas that they fled from. High-rise concrete condominiums blocking out the sun on beaches. Noisy eight-lane highways everywhere like Great-Walls-Of-China. Shady oak hammocks replaced with concrete & asphalt shopping centers, strip malls, and tree-less subdivisions. Storm-water runoff polluting every river, creek, and bay.

The stupid fucking assholes that have moved to Florida in the past twenty years don’t even know or realize that they have destroyed it. It’s like a swarm of locusts, or infestation of rats, ruining everything, crawling on top of each other.

This is why I hope that Hurricane Ian destroys Florida. I am a fifth-generation Floridian who left Florida in 2001 because it had become so overcrowded and ruined. In 2008, my father and his wife who were in their 70s left the town where they had both grown up in Florida, because they could not stand how rude, nasty, and pushy the people had become with the tremendous population growth.

Yes, I want as many people, houses, buildings, and roads to be swept away, leaving behind nothing but sandy dunes.

The Nicest Vehicle For Sale In Dickinson North Dakota

On Tuesday evening I drove my 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser to the Upin Thai restaurant in Dickinson to pick up a Red Curry Chicken that I had ordered. I bought this vehicle in 2014 in Bismarck from the owner of Bearscat Bakery for $4,500. Since then, after driving and learning more about it, I have been in love with Land Cruisers.

From time-to-time I look on BisMan Classifieds for Toyota Land Cruisers for sale, and I bought two more 1992 models that were located in Bismarck, one in 2016 and the other in 2020. I even used to look for them on nationwide salvage vehicle auction websites, because they can withstand substantial front end or rear end damage and still run & drive fine.

For readers who are not familiar with Toyota Land Cruisers, the Toyota Motor Company intentionally and knowingly over-built Land Cruisers in comparison to its other vehicles which were already good quality, so that they would be trouble-free in very remote harsh environments such as Vietnam, Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Phillipines, Africa, Australia, South America, and the Middle East.

In almost every country on Earth, male children and adults know what Toyota Land Cruisers are, not necessarily as a status symbol, but as a way to get to or from some place that is very difficult to reach. The U.S. is likely the only country where most people do not know what a Land Cruiser is, because U.S. roads are modern and in good condition.

I was very surprised on Tuesday night, to see a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser for sale, across the street from the Upin Thai restaurant in Dickinson, North Dakota:

The empty lot where this Toyota Land Cruiser was parked, which actually turned out to be the Lexus/Luxury version, is owned by Ray’s Auto Electric. At the end of this video, the contact phone number shown on the passenger-side window is for Ray’s Auto Electric. In 2018 I bought a 2000 Toyota 4Runner on this lot from Ray’s Auto Electric, that has been a good vehicle for me. This 4Runner had come from an auto auction needing some repair that was done by Ray’s before I got it.

The reason why I am saying that this is the nicest vehicle for sale in Dickinson right now, is because it is. Though it currently has 207K miles on it, and an asking price of $13,500, over the next ten years and 200K miles, it should only need normal maintenance like oil changes, brakes, and maybe a fuel pump. Upon further research, this 4.7 liter V8 engine does have a timing belt, not a timing chain, and it is strongly recommended that the timing belt be replaced every 90K miles.

At the end of ten years and another 200K miles, it should be worth about $5K-$10K because its body & chassis will still be solid, and its engine & transmission serviceable. ( Some 1990s Land Cruisers with over 200K miles currently sell for 60% of their original price. )

Altogether you would get a very safe, reliable, comfortable, good looking vehicle with only $8K total depreciation over ten years and 200K miles.

In comparison, a new Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Ford Bronco, or a new Dodge truck would experience about $30K-$40K depreciation over ten years and 200K miles. And be more likely to require an expensive repair along the way.

Please read this much better article by someone else:. “Why I Chose A Used Lexus LX470 Versus A Brand New Ford Bronco” https://www.insidehook.com/article/vehicles/used-lexus-lx-470-review

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRqrr1cq/

Unwanted Sexualization!

When YouTube creator Isabel Paige uploads videos of herself bathing nude in a river, and if you are male and look at these videos, you are probably guilty of Unwanted Sexualization.

If a young woman wears tights and a sports bras at a public gym or fitness center, and if you are male and look at her, you are probably guilty of Unwanted Sexualization.

If a young woman wears a Bikini to a beach, a lake, a swimming pool, or park, and if you are male and look at her, you are probably guilty of Unwanted Sexualization.

Women will explain to you, that when women bathe nude and upload videos of them bathing nude, wear tights & sports bras to a gym, wear a Bikini to a beach, pool, or park, the last thing that women want is some man looking at them. This is Unwanted Sexualization!

Below I have included a few videos to further illustrate and clarify Unwanted Sexualization:

Here we have a young lady who has just finished swimming, she is now trying to dry herself off, and has someone videoing her drying off. Clearly, she doesn’t want any man looking at her, because if he did, he would likely be guilty of Unwanted Sexualization:

The young lady shown in the video below, who was just minding her own business at the pool while being videoed, and was asked to leave, shows us an example of Unwanted Sexualization by the property manager, the camera man, and her 1.9 million followers on TikTok!

@thealexiaskye

They kicked me out after this 🥲🤣 #fyp #fakebody

♬ toma tussi – key 💋

Even older women like Mary Burke, are the victims of Unwanted Sexualization. Why can’t you just leave Mary alone! She doesn’t want you looking at her in the videos that she made and posted on TikTok, you perverts!

If you think that women wear tights and yoga pants in order to get the attention of men, as if they want men looking at them, you’d be wrong. Women wear tights and yoga pants for utility and practicality, as shown in this video below:

@rachelfoster512

Re creating my first ever viral video😂 lets hope this one stays up 😅

♬ original sound – Rachel Foster

How Western North Dakotans Should Dress When Visiting The State Capitol In Bismarck

Western North Dakota is very sparsely populated, with very small towns separated from each other by long distances. Most of these towns have fewer than 2,000 people, with a single grocery store, if they are lucky.

Because the people are so isolated, it is hard for them to know what is going on in the rest of the World. Here are some examples of how Western North Dakotans should dress, if they should visit the State Capitol in Bismarck:

@dirkthecrook

I get my vinatge from Ebay, Etsy and a few vintage/antique dealers on Instagram. #fyp #reesesvintagepieces #overattired #boktar #crowley_vintage #richardsfabulousfinds

♬ Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

Videos Showing Women Staying Home, Cooking, Covering Themselves, And Behaving Correctly

Especially since the 1970s in the United States, women have sought to abandon their traditional roles that they have had for at least the past 5,000 years. Instead of being a homemaker, staying home, keeping house, cooking, taking care of children, and being a helpmate to their husbands, women have tried to do anything and everything besides these things.

Here are a few of my favorite videos of women cooking, covering themselves, and behaving correctly:

@abir.sag

شو اكثر حلو برمضان بتحبو؟ #ramadan #middleeastern #abirzkitchen #dessert

♬ Konvoy – Orheyn

An Appreciation For Hettinger North Dakota, Part IV, Final Part For Now

I believe that this four-part series of articles on Hettinger, North Dakota, is probably the most important thing that I have ever written, in terms of potentially helping other people, and changing their lives for the better.

I see that not very many people have been reading these past three articles, which in a way is disappointing, but not surprising, and probably for the best. Hettinger, with a population of about 1,100 people, can only remain essentially the same if fewer than twenty families relocate here per year.

Several hours per day, I read and watch news sources, such as the Dickinson Press; Google News; AOL News; shared news articles from Bloomberg, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal; news and news commentary on YouTube and TikTok. Every day, throughout the day, I see news about retail theft, burglary, robbery, flash-mobs, assaults, murder, rape, gangs, drug-crime, mentally-ill people in crisis, homelessness, and vagrancy. These things are considered normal and typical in California, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Texas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, and in most states along the east coast.

In addition to news reports every day about the crime that is occurring in the west coast states, east coast states, and in all of the large cities located in the interior of the U.S., I watch videos from individuals about their own struggle with being unable to afford to buy a house, unable to pay their rent, inability to find employment, facing homelessness, being evicted, or already living in their vehicle.

After listening to people describe being the victim of crime, living in a dangerous neighborhood, struggling with high housing prices, being unable to find employment, being broke, living in their vehicle, I sometimes comment back to them that they don’t have to live like this, there are places that they can move where there is decent paying employment, combined with affordable housing, and low crime. In the many times that I have written a comment such as this to people, I have never yet received a reply asking “where”, or even acknowledging my comment that I wrote trying to help them.

In Part I of this now four-part series of articles on Hettinger, North Dakota, I wrote a list of perhaps thirty different cities that I had visited in my lifetime. I then went on to describe some of their characteristics that I observed regarding how livable they were, eventually leading up to my conclusion that I would most like to live in Hettinger if I had a choice. This would be especially true if I had a family, or was nearing retirement.

Getting back to my opening statement in this Part IV article, that I believe this is probably the most important thing that I have ever written, in terms of potentially helping other people, and potentially changing their lives for the better, I am trying to get people to see that they don’t have to live in a dangerous neighborhood, be the victim of crime, struggle with the cost of housing, work for low pay, or be forced to live in their vehicle.

The cost of living in Hettinger is 25% below the national average. The average home price is about $120K, the average income is $50K. Unemployment is 4%. The public school is within walking distance of most in-town residences, and the student-to-teacher ratio is less than 12:1.

There is one nice, clean, medium-size grocery store in Hettinger. There is one Dollar Store, one pharmacy, two gas stations, and two auto-parts stores. One centrally located, medium-size Post Office. Several banks. Several restaurants. A Runnings Farm & Fleet ranch store that sells hardware, tools, equipment, toys, firearms, animal feed, clothing, housewares, auto-parts. And there is a new medium-size regional hospital in Hettinger.

The nearest airport to Hettinger with regular commercial airline service is in Dickinson, a one-hour drive to the northwest. The next nearest is the state capitol in Bismarck, a two-hour drive to the northeast. Dickinson and Bismarck are the closest large towns to Hettinger, with populations of 25K and 75K .

Part of the reason why I have such a favorable opinion of Hettinger being a desirable place to live, is because ALL of North Dakota is very sparsely populated, but especially southwest North Dakota where Hettinger is located. The entire state of North Dakota has less than 800,000 people.

In southwest North Dakota where Hettinger is located, every 10-30 miles, there is the next town with roughly 500-1,000 people. In these small, farming community towns, robberies, burglaries, car-jacking, assaults, rapes, kidnapping, murders, are not normal at all, these crimes seldom occur. But when crimes like this do occur, most often committed by someone from out-of-state, the perpetrators are quickly caught. Had a potential criminal been around long enough, they would have come to realize that there are no large cities within a two-hour drive for them to hide in and go unnoticed.

Readers from states like Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, and others, are probably tempted to say, we’ve got the same thing here, very small towns, one after the other, where outsiders don’t go unnoticed, and there is very little crime. I want to point out, that NO, it’s not the same as North Dakota.

Take Utah as an example, with a population of just over 3 million people, even fewer people than Tennessee and Kentucky. There are 1.25 million people living in the Salt Lake City Metropolitan area. The entire population of North Dakota is less than 800,000 people. The largest town anywhere near southwest North Dakota, is two hours away, the State Capitol Bismarck with 75,000 people.

The reason why the very low overall population of North Dakota, and the widespread distribution of this small population is important, is because in addition to being unfavorable conditions for crime to occur, natural disasters and man-made disasters least affect a small population that is spread out like this, in comparison to all of the other states, with the exception of Alaska.

Some examples are: In North Dakota, you will not see several million people clogging the interstate highways at the same time trying to evacuate for a hurricane or flood; You will not see hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a region due to forest fires; You will not see water reservoirs like Lake Powell and Lake Meade that provide water for millions of people drying up; You will not see cities overrun with rioters and looters, smashing windows, setting fire to businesses, destroying parked cars, blocking passage on interstate highways. You will not see the same kind of mandated COVID testing, COVID lockdowns, COVID outbreaks, and hospitals that required mobile FEMA morgues as occurred in other states.

In a large enough natural disaster, or national emergency, take Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans for example, first responders are faced with the choice, do they come to work, or do they save themselves and their own families? In all large cities, whether it’s Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, first responders such as law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, utility workers, have to choose between going to work to save others, or packing up their own families and getting themselves and their own families to safety.

The opposite occurs in towns with populations below about 2,000 people. In a natural disaster or national emergency, the small town police, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and utility workers, ARE protecting their own families when they come to work. Readers need to understand this completely different mindset in small towns.

The small town police are protecting their own families, plus their neighbors, their neighbors’ kids, their kids’ teachers, their minister and his family, the grocery store employees where they shop, the barber who cuts their hair, the veterinarian who treats their animals. It’s the same for the firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, utility workers, this is their home, there is no other place they would want to be, they’re not going anywhere.

I will add some videos and photographs to this Part IV article within a week, but I am going to go ahead and publish this now as it is.

An Appreciation For Hettinger North Dakota, Part III, School Neighborhood

Today I travelled to Hettinger in the middle of the work week in order to photograph the residential neighborhood that surrounds the Hettinger School. The population of Hettinger is only about 1,100 people currently, so there is only one school for K-12th grades.

The school is located approximately one block east of main street, two blocks north of Mirror Lake Park, and four blocks south of Kennedy’s Grocery Store. School enrollment is 150-300 students. The student-to-teacher ratio varies between 10:1 and 12:1.

The neighborhood surrounding the Hettinger School consists of, in my estimation, 60% of houses constructed prior to 1960, 30% of houses constructed 1960-1990, and 10% of houses constructed after 1990.

Like many towns in southwest North Dakota, the town was planned and created by the railroad. I am almost certain that Hettinger was platted and deeded by the Milwaukee Road Land Company, the same railroad company as Mott, Regent, and New England. Here is the plat map of Adams County from 1917, showing the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul railroad passing through the town of Hettinger http://usgwarchives.net/maps/northdakota/adams/outlineofcounty.pdf

If you use the following link, and scroll down to page 18, use the magnification icons to zoom-in on the town of Hettinger, you will see “Milwaukee Land Co.” http://usgwarchives.net/maps/northdakota/adams/28townships-1917-landowners.pdf

Even though there is quite a bit of variety in the houses in Mott, Regent, New England, and Hettinger, there is also a similarity, because the majority of the houses that were built prior to 1940 were Sears, Roebuck & Co. kit homes. There were 370 different Sears kit home designs available https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Modern_Homes

Before viewing the seven videos below, I would like for readers from elsewhere in the country, to understand that the population of Hettinger is 1,100 people, the average house price is about $120,000, and the cost of living is 25% less than the U.S. average. Here are some of these statistics https://www.bestplaces.net/city/north_dakota/hettinger

In the following videos, the faint clacking noise is the sound of my motorcycle running, so that I can flee:

Just one school for Hettinger K-12

An Appreciation For Hettinger North Dakota, Part II, Downtown

In my previous blog post, I spent some time listing other cities that I have visited in my lifetime, and in comparison to each of these cities, I wrote that I would rather live in Hettinger, North Dakota. For each of these other cities, it’s not just a matter of them having higher crime, worse traffic, or more expensive housing, that causes me to say that I would rather live in Hettinger. There are bits and pieces of these other cities that I miss, that I see in Hettinger.

The pictures and videos that I included in my previous blog post, that were taken on the south side of Hettinger, I hoped to show how much open space there still is, that there has been no hurry to develop everything. What I have been looking forward to the most, is showing the houses in downtown Hettinger. It is not so much that time has passed Hettinger by, it is that Hettinger has moved at its own, slow, peaceful pace.

I like that the railroad yard is still in use in downtown Hettinger, just the same as it was 120 years ago. Many of the same buildings are there from the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s. Unlike most other cities in the U.S., the downtown in Hettinger never became unpopular, abandoned, and allowed to decay. There never was a new “Mall”, shopping center, private community, gated community, or exclusive community that shone bright at one time, but later became outdated and undesirable.

Here are some pictures and a video of downtown, but these are all still on the south side of Hettinger:

North side of railroad yard looking south, downtown Hettinger ND

The oldest, largest trees I have ever seen in North Dakota. These trees were probably here when the railroad was built in 1900-1910

Hettinger Co-op Equity Exchange

East side of downtown Main Street looking north

East side of Main Street looking north

East side of Main Street looking south

West side of Main Street looking south

South side of Pastime Bar & Steakhouse, closed Sunday

I had driven to Hettinger this Sunday afternoon to take photographs of downtown Hettinger while most of the businesses were closed, to avoid photographing people and vehicles that might be passing by. Hettinger has a population of about 1,100 people currently, there are very few people downtown on Saturday and Sunday afternoon & evening.

However, the few people that did pass by, all had great trepidation and concern that I was photographing downtown, and had to immediately come to a stop in the street, block my photograph, then drive around the block and come back again. The women folk had to get on the phone and follow me, “I don’t know what he’s doing, he’s taking more photographs now.”

I was prepared to explain to people what I was doing, why I was taking photographs, asking them to please look on their phone for the article, “An Appreciation For Hettinger North Dakota, Part I”. But I began to get the feeling that voluntarily explaining what I was doing, would give each of these people the impression that I needed their permission. Instead, I began to think of other things to say, “Yeah, all of this right here is going to have to come down.”

In preparation for additional photography, I spoke to the Adams County Sheriff about what I am doing, and I said that I would call his office ahead of time prior to my next visit, because I am expecting him to receive complaint calls from residents.

An Appreciation For Hettinger North Dakota, Part I, South Side

This is a difficult article for me, because I want to get this right. I strongly believe that if I can’t convey exactly what I mean here, neither the local people or people from elsewhere will come away with any understanding or see what it is that I want them to see.

It’s so complicated and subtle, that I can’t explain everything in just one part. Today, I am going to begin with a little bit of an overview and preface, and share a few photographs and videos from the south side of Hettinger, which is only about six miles north of the border with South Dakota.

I am 53 years old now. I was born and grew up in Florida. I went to college for three years in Virginia, and another three in Florida. I have lived and worked in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and North Dakota. I have visited these cities which have some fame, notoriety, or significance: Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Cocoa, Daytona, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Savanah, Washington D.C., Madison, Philadelphia, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Colorado Springs, Denver, Aspen, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, Salt Lake, Uintah Mountains, Teton Mountains, Butte, Bozeman, Billings, Laramie, Bismarck.

At least 90% of the time when I visited these cities that I mentioned, I was looking at houses and neighborhoods to see and understand what these areas were like, trying to take in the character, attributes, features, impressions, observations, feelings, house by house, street by street.

To save time, I will just come out and say that even though I can understand the appeal of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Clearwater, Santa Fe, and Paradise Valley because of their geographical environment, there are just too many people, and it takes having more than a million dollars to afford a residence with privacy, safety, and security.

Key West, Cocoa, St. Augustine, Sarasota, Savanah, Sedona, Flagstaff, Bozeman, Uintah Mountains, and Teton Mountains are picturesque, with a beautiful environment, and many fun things to do, but they can only be enjoyed long term if you either earn more than $100K per year or already have a tremendous amount of money.

Every place that I have ever tried to live as an adult, eventually I felt compelled to move away because what I earned, was not enough money to afford a residence that was pleasant, safe, and peaceful. There was nothing in my price range in Tampa or Flagstaff, though my employment was steady. In areas that I liked where houses were affordable, I could not get good, steady employment.

I left my house in Idaho in 2011, to come work in western North Dakota during the 2007-2014 Oil Boom. Though I didn’t have much difficulty finding employment, housing was extremely expensive due to price gouging. It wasn’t until several years after the oil boom ended that I moved into my own apartment in Dickinson, instead of living in someone else’s house or sleeping in a camper on employer property.

The 2011-2020 years that I lived in western North Dakota, were some of the most painful, difficult, depressing, frightening years of my life. The people in the oil towns of Williston, Watford City, New Town, Dickinson, Belfield were for the most part, the worst people that I have ever been around or dealt with in my life. The majority of out-of-state workers who came to North Dakota during the oil boom, came because they weren’t doing well where they were, due to the consequences of their own actions, decisions, mistakes, failures, crimes, character, and lack of ability. The majority of the local people were mean and unfriendly, both because of the unwanted changes brought on by the oil boom, and because North Dakotans aren’t friendly to begin with.

When my father died in the spring of 2020, he left me enough money that I could have started over anywhere that I wished, or I could have gone back to my home in Idaho. From everything that I had learned and experienced first-hand in my life thus far, combined with everything that I had been reading and seeing in the news for the past several years, especially the Coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t know of anyplace better to go. I had had a really bad time in western North Dakota for the past nine years, but a lot of that had to do with being at the mercy of other people: property owners, roommates, employers, co-workers, Police, local people.

Suddenly, I was no longer so affected by property owners, roommates, employers, co-workers, Police, and local people in North Dakota. Additionally, I had not known that the value of my home back in Idaho had more than quadrupled. Looking back, I went from sleeping in my $500 truck-bed camper, or my 7’x14′ utility trailer on company property, or living with an unpleasant roommate, or low-rent apartment downtown, to being able to buy the most expensive house in Dickinson if I wanted to.

I bought an old, small, plain house outside of Dickinson, one of the lowest priced houses available, because I expected housing prices in western North Dakota to continue to drop following the end of the oil boom. Once I got moved and settled into my new house, and was no longer so fearful of losing my employment and my place to live, and no longer burdened with other constant financial worries, I began to explore western North Dakota a little bit more.

I finally found the secret hidden Pine Forest of western North Dakota, which only three local North Dakotans had ever accidently mentioned in front of me, but then shut up, and never would answer my questions about it. The first and second time that I went there, the adjacent landowners and Game & Fish Officer acted protective of it and wary of me being there.

Western North Dakota is very barren and treeless, it was astonishing to find a large hidden dense pine forest, with rocky tree-covered hills and valleys. It reminded me of Flagstaff or Billings. It would be an excellent place to have a house. The trees provide shade in summer, a wind-break in winter, a barrier to noise, and provide privacy. Only a dozen property owners in that vicinity, and they make sure the property stays within the family, keeping outsiders out.

After having travelled as far north as Williston, northeast to Jamestown, as far west as Sydney MT, east to Bismarck, and southwest through Bowman into Wyoming, besides the Killdeer Mountains, I had not known that the terrain of western North Dakota could be anything other than dry badlands or flat treeless prairie. The hidden Pine Forest was a surprise to me.

In 2018 I drove to Hettinger, North Dakota to buy a Dodge Van. I was so mentally focused on inspecting and buying the van, that I wasn’t paying much attention to my surroundings. In 2020 I went to Hettinger to buy a BMW motorcycle, and again I was so mentally focused on inspecting and buying the motorcycle, that I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings, but when I had to drive into a residential neighborhood on the south side, I was surprised at how nice, tidy, and quaint it was.

The third time that I drove into Hettinger, was to buy a Ford F250 truck. After concluding this purchase, I could not help but note that these people that I had bought the van, motorcycle, and truck from, were very honest, truthful, no-nonsense, to-the-point, and fair. With these good experiences that I had had, liking the looks of the town more and more, I began shopping more regularly in Hettinger at the Runnings Farm & Fleet store, and at Kennedy’s Grocery store, rather than Dickinson.

Soon, before shopping or after shopping in Hettinger, I began to turn down different streets to see what the rest of Hettinger was like. On the north side of town, there were a couple of hills, with pine trees, and custom homes that were built in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, that very much reminded me of Flagstaff and Billings. The small plane airport was just to the west of this very nice, pleasant neighborhood.

In downtown Hettinger, about half of the streets are uphill/downhill, through smaller or longer hills. The way that these downtown houses were built in the 1890s through present day, to account for the terrain by using basements, retaining walls, terraced yards, house-over-garage, house entry at street-side, reminded me of Lynchburg VA, Trinidad CO, Pueblo CO.

On the south side of Hettinger, along the railroad tracks, lake, and river, I found the largest, oldest trees that I have ever seen in North Dakota. This section along Mirror Lake, is so shady with large trees, and old buildings, that it reminded me of old small towns in Florida and Georgia.

I have been thinking for several months now, that if I could live anywhere in the World, (realizing that financially I actually can, and will have to decide one day), that I would pick Hettinger. In another, future article, I will have to explain that the people in Hettinger are not very friendly, but even so, I would still pick Hettinger to live.

In the very beginning of this article, I wrote a list of the noteworthy cities that I have visited. Adding together and considering the attractiveness, pleasant environment, peacefulness, safety, small amount of crime, low traffic, low cost of living, low housing cost, quality of life, close availability of healthcare, easy access to shopping, isolation from disasters, no chance of riots, conservative community, I would pick Hettinger to live, versus anywhere else in the World.

For this article, Part I, I am going to share some videos and photos from the south side of Hettinger. For these three videos below, please try watching them expanded to full screen.

South side of Hettinger, looking south, South Dakota border is about 4 miles south

South side of Hettinger, looking north towards Mirror Lake and downtown

Mirror Lake, downtown Hettinger

For these four photographs below, Please Click On Each Image and Use The Enlargement Icon

Mirror Lake viewed from railroad tracks looking south
Downtown Hettinger railroad warehouses
Downtown Hettinger looking east
Downtown Hettinger Looking east

The Lovely Queen Marlene On TikTok

Where I have been living for the past nine years in western North Dakota, it is very sparsely populated. The town where I bought a house two years ago, has a population of 600. The other nearby towns within 10-30 miles, Havelock, Daglum, De Sart, Pierce, Whetstone Butte, Schefield, have been abandoned. But then there’s Amidon and Lefor, each with a population of about 50 people.

Some of the main reasons why western North Dakota has very few people, is because it gets so cold here in the winter, as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit, with many days each year of 40-50 mph winds, and the landscape is mostly flat treeless prairie.

For the past nine years I have had time to consider why there is a shortage of women in western North Dakota, and a scarcity of attractive women. My belief, is that when the German and Ukrainian immigrant farmers arrived by ship in the east coast cities of the U.S. in the early 1900s, and then began the journey by wagon heading west, the attractive German and Ukrainian women escaped by sneaking off along the way, or pleading for rescue from passersby. The attractive women didn’t want to begin again living in 10’x12′ stacked grass sod huts, in freezing weather, with high winds for most of the year, all alone on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Western North Dakota is a good place for me to live, because I don’t like people, or being around people most of the time. However, because I grew up in a sunny, warm, picturesque town on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, the kind of place where beautiful women from all over the World wanted to visit or live, I just took it for granted that this is what life would be like. Attractive, healthy, happy, fun women who wanted to date, go places, do things, was what I was accustomed to being around.

Women who grew up taking ballet class, piano lessons, riding lessons, and knew that they were going to college whether they wanted to or not. A job, profession, or occupation was just something for them to do while young, dating, and waiting to become married. They had no worries. I never had a reason to believe or expect that there would be a shortage of women like this in my future.

Which brings me to Queen Marlene on TikTok. Marlene De Lima was born and raised in sunny South Africa. If you were White and born in South Africa, you were middle-class, upper-middle-class, or very wealthy. Girls took dance lessons, music lessons, riding lessons, played tennis, went to the beach, sun bathed by their swimming pool, frequently had barbeques, family vacations, whether they lived in a city or on a farm.

The middle-class, upper-middle-class childhood that Marlene De Lima had growing up in South Africa was probably slightly more privileged than mine was growing up in a small coastal town in Florida, but was still very similar. And Marlene has all of the qualities and characteristics of the women that I was around growing up, things that I miss: showering, getting ready, getting dressed in the morning in clothes, jewelry, and hair that looks nice; caring about their appearance, behavior, things that they say and do, to maintain and leave a good impression.

I recognize something different in Marlene that is particular to South Africa. In the mid 1600s, the Dutch East India Company began to establish a ship re-supply operation in Cape Town, South Africa. Many former employees of the Dutch East India Company remained in South Africa to become settlers. These Dutch settlers sometimes married indigenous people, and created a new South African ethnic group who spoke Dutch, called the Cape Coloureds. Because of the appearance of Marlene’s eyes, hair, complexion, callipygous ass, and impetuousness, I believe that at least one of her ancestors was a Cape Coloured.

I like Marlene, I think that she is attractive and very spirited. It does not surprise me that she works as a sales representative.