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Warrior’s Welcome : Faithful 44

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Editor’s Prologue

January 25, 2015 — Philippines National Police Special Actions Force commanders enter the jungle to “Arrest” a suspected Islamic terrorist.  The PNP’s SAF commandos end up engaged in a firefight with “The Enemy.”

January 30, 2015 is declared “The National Day Of Mourning” to honor the memories of the brave men who engaged and fought the criminals and terrorists in the jungle.

I am a retired United States Air Force photojournalist and editor.  I am a pro-military writer.

Christy, my wife, is a Filipina.  My children, Samuel Ranilo Warren and Donna Junea Warren are Filipino-Americans.  My father, Samuel E. Warren served in The United States Army Signal Corps in the Philippines in World War II.  I was assigned to and served at Clark Air Base in the Republic Of The Philippines in the 1980s.

Needless to say, whenever anything happens in The United States or The Republic Of The Philippines, I and my family feel “Connected.”

I have been fortunate to meet and work with members of the Armed Forces Of The Philippines and The Philippines National Police.

I can understand and related to the grief of the families who lost loved ones in the combat in the jungle.

As a writer, I felt the best way I could express my condolences to the family members was to author a short story to celebrate the devotion, duty and dedication of the Philippines National Police Special Actions Force commandos.

Samuel E. Warren Jr.

One Warren Way

Barangay Baras, Republic Of The Philippines

Warriors Welcome: Faithful 44

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Trumpets Of The Universe sound.  Planets in space reverberate. 

Comets and asteroids brighten for an instant and shimmer as the celestial symphony of sound passes them.

The solar bodies of stars glow with renewed radiation, which causes them to shine light Gold, Ruby and Lapis against The Eternal Charcoal Of The Universe.

For an instant, The Celestial Trumpets Sound and The Universe is a Crystal Of Courage And Compassion, which spreads throughout the infinite canvas of Eternal Night. 

Not a single scientific instrument on Earth or adrift in the Infinite Celestial Sea will record the miraculous music.

The Archangels and Angels, in their dress uniforms, stand in their positions, on both sides of The Red Carpet Corridor.

The Souls arrive at the end of the carpet and begin their measured step down the great corridor.

At the end of the red carpet is The Mystical Presence Of The Stranger.

The 44 Souls stroll the carpet past the formation of archangels and angels, who stand in Admiration and Respect.

The 44 Souls stop at about six feet away from The Mystical Presence Of The Stranger, which has the energy form of a human, but not the definition of flesh and form.

Before their eyes, the 44 watch The Transition.  The Stranger’s energy takes on a human form in a military dress uniform.

“Welcome To Valhalla !”

The words are spoken and emerge as English, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Waray.

The stranger smiles and nods.  “Call me, what you will, ‘ God’, ‘Mars’, ‘Ares’, ‘Thor’, I am your host for this ‘Welcome Reception.”

“You, Gentlemen, are ‘The Fallen 44 of the Philippines National Police Special Action Force’ we are assembled here, this evening. to salute, honor, witness and testify to your courage in battle.”

“You all perished in combat.  None of you made the conscious choice ‘To Die.’  All of you fought diligently and courageously to protect yourselves, your comrades-in-arms and to achieve your Mission.  No one in The Universe can question your courage and dedication.  You died in service to your country, your families and your fellow citizens.  There is No Greater Selfless Sacrifice In The Universe.”

“Tonight, this feast is to ‘Welcome You To Our Immortal Ranks.’  Tomorrow, you will witness from your positions here in Valhalla, ‘The National Day Of Mourning’ in the Republic Of The Philippines.  It will be a challenge for you.” 

“As Souls, you have your celestial bodies.  You retain the memories of Love for your families on Earth.  Grief, is difficult for humans to understand and express.  It will be difficult for you to watch your families grieve and it will be hard for you to accept and acknowledge the intense emotions.”

“Here, I have designed a way that you can welcome and accept the true emotions without you experiencing overwhelming grief for the families you have left behind.  Yes, your loved ones remain on Earth.”

“They are angry.  They are upset.  They are broken.  They are confused.  In time, they will understand your devotion and dedication to duty demonstrated your undying Love for them.  You sought to protect their Lives and an infinite number of lives around the globe by the successful execution of your Mission.  There was a definite valid reason for your sacrifice.”

“You, Gentlemen, are representative of what humankind was intended to be.  Caring, humane, selfless individuals who lived your lives in appreciation of each sunrise and helped other people on your journey through Life.”

“I salute you.  We salute you.  The Archangels and Angels Of The Universe salute you.  Gentlemen,  I welcome you to our ranks.”

“You, now, stand enshrined in eternity as “Heroes.” 

You out rank every prophet, saint, pope, ecumenical patriarch, archbishop, grand mufti, rabbi, ayatollah, imam, cleric, priest, preacher, or evangelist who has every lived, who lives or who will ever Live.”

“This is Warrior Heaven.  This is Warrior Paradise.  You ended your lives on Earth trying to protect and save the lives of others, there is No Greater Love.  You perished in a thought for your comrades-in-arms, your families, your country and your world.  No God, No Goddess, No Entity In All Of Creation could ‘Ask’ more of any mortal in The Universe.” 

“I Welcome You To Valhalla !”

God salutes the assembled 44, who stand at attention proud, but, slightly uncomfortable at the celestial pomp and circumstance.

The Archangels and Angels salute.

God smiles and nods.  “Gentelmen, the Valkyries, Amazons and Archangels stand ready to help you settle into your quarters at the conclusion of our formal dinner this evening.  Saint Michael and Saint Samuel will show you gentlemen to your seats at the head table.”

God winks.  “Tomorrow, will be a challenge for you, gentlemen.  Tonight, you dine and rest to witness tomorrow’s activities on Earth.

God smiles and gestures to The Official Reception Line.  “Gentlemen, this concludes my official welcome speech.  Here in the reception line are The Ancestral Comrades-In-Arms who are anxious to congratulate on your acceptance into our ranks at Valhalla.”

“I believe, many of you, gentlemen are familiar with the combat records and historic valor of your hosts this evening.  Allow me to introduce General Emilio Aquinaldo and General Paulino Santos of the Republic Of The Philippines and General Douglas MacArthur and General Mark Clark of the United States Of America.”

God smiles and steps back to allow the 44 Souls in their dress uniforms proceed to the reception line.

God proceeds to His Throne at The Command Table and raises his glass to the assembled heroes, “Gentlemen, I salute, ‘The Fallen 44’ !”  God renders a salute.

God raises his glass at the table and looks at all of the honored souls in uniform and into their eyes : “I welcome you into my presence.”

“I welcome you into Valhalla.  I hereby confirm your immortal rank, honor and glory and welcome you, as the risen ‘Faithful 44 ! ’”

The End

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Fallen 44 Links

Acting PNP chief: Retrieving, treating casualties in Maguindanao clash a priority

January 25, 2015 11:48pm

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/416668/news/regions/acting-pnp-chief-retrieving-treating-casualties-in-maguindanao-clash-a-priority

At least 30 elite cops killed in clash with MILF

ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 01/25/2015 7:18 PM | Updated as of 01/25/2015 10:57 PM

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/25/15/govt-milf-report-casualties-rare-clash

Editor’s Epilogue

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

I am not a religious man.

I do believe it is logical that there is an intelligence in The Universe beyond the understanding and comprehension of humans.

Thus, I tend to believe in “A Spiritual Intelligence” in The Universe.

In my mind and heart, I believe, “Heroes”, especially “Military Heroes” are always honored for their selfless dedication to their country and their fellow citizens.

I choose to believe “The Fallen 44“ have an immortal place of honor in the ranks of all the military warriors who have always served their nations and fellow citizens.

I salute “The Fallen 44“ as “The Faithful 44“

Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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The Samuel E. Warren Jr. I Love Jeepneys Photo Album Publishes

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Photo Album

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"Ghito", a Tacloban City jeepney picks up passengers by the Divine Word hospital, during a brief monsoon rain shower. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

A jeepney is the most unique taxi cab on the planet.

 

There is only one place on earth to “Hail A Jeepney,” and that is the Republic of the Philippines,

 

These “Yellow Cabs Of Asia” are on the highways and byways of this island nation. Each jeepey is a unique “Checkered Cab” and “Artwork On Wheels” that reflects either the artistic taste of the driver or his family.

 

A jeepney is a jeep, a family sedan, a pickup and a school bus all rolled into one functional vehicle.

 

Tourists will look twice at the vehicles making their rounds in the nation’s capitol city of Manila and buzzing along the highways between the cities and in the cities of the islands of the Philippines.

Editors of newspapers, blogs, magazines, websites, books and any publications or electronic media, who needs a photo of a jeepney, then, visit my Picasa web album. Consider the use of any of the photos in the album as “Public Domain.”

 

Naturally, I would appreciate photo credit for the photos that I have taken, but, if you forget the credit line; no big deal. My hope is I have some photos here that you can use in your print or electronic publication.

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Gyueun”, a jeepney waits on the shores of Tacloban city to ferry passengers around town.

Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Filipinos and Filipinas living and working overseas, if you have a grandfather, a father, a brother, a cousin or an uncle, who is a “Jeepney driver”, check out my photo album on Picasa and see if his photo is in the album; if not – I would hope that I have a photo of his jeepney.

 

Check The Samuel E. Warren Jr. I Love Jeepneys Photo Album on Picasa, every now and then, to see if I have added more photos because when it comes to jeepneys . . .”I Love Jeepeys.”

 

Sam

 

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What Blog Editor Application Do You Use ?

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By Samuel E. Warren Jr.

In the good old days, you put pencil or pen to paper and wrote down your thoughts. Alas, it seems the days of Louisa Mae Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ernest “Papa” Hemingway are past.

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To write you still put pen to paper, but writing for books, magazines, newspapers or the local church newsletter has evolved to electronic writing.  Publication, in 2012, is often electronic.Writers and bloggers rely on their Blog Editor application to “get them in print.”  The big question is “Do you like using your Blog Editor application ?”  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Unlike Thomas Wolfe, it is doubtful any editor would puzzle over your handwritten pages in the apple crate and then try to organize them in sequence for book publication.

Blog Editor applications can be as frustrating as trying to take a hammer and chisel and pound the characters into rock.

I’m a writer.

I like to write.

I don’t want to have to try and guess if my computer and the application is going to place the words on the electronic page. The early days of Desktop Publishing should also be past.

I did my years of typing up headlines on photographic film to have them cut and pasted to large galley sheets for weekly newspaper publication. I survived the whiz wheel calculations era to determine if the picture would fit in the space on the page. My pica pole is no longer needed to determine the length and width of columns of type on the printed page.

But, I am still a writer, who loves to write.

I love to post articles to my blog.

Unfortunately, blog editor applications are not always as advertised. In the early days of desktop publishing, working with Ventura Publisher and Aldus PageMaker on the floppy disks, I had to endure the learning curve and divide my time between learning and actually writing newspaper stories. Even then, the magic letters were WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get..

Today, in 2012, Blog Editor applications are like politicians’ promises, “What You See Is What You Get ?”

When I play with a computer; I play with a computer. When I get all geeky about an application or piece of software – then I get all geeky.

 

BLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672But, when I go into my Mark Twain or Stephen King mode – I’m ready to write. When I’m write to do My Great American Novel and go for My Pulitzer – I don’t want to worry that my blog editor application is an Artificially Intelligent Entity that has decided it has determined the best layout for my words.

Therefore, is there any reader or blogger who has a blogging application that allows you to write without getting a doctorate in the latest fad computer language ?

I want an application that installed knows my computer setup and network setup.

Some programs tell you to talk to your Internet Service Provider, which is like commercials that tell you talk to your doctor. How many people really get to sit down and talk to their doctor about a pill they might want to buy ? How many people are really going to call up their ISP and ask them for information like server addresses and geeky technical stuff ?

I want a program that installed has default picture and layout options that are pleasing to the eye and if you make a change then the application understands it ?

I don’t care if the application’s language is Pearl, Ruby,Suzie Q or Mandarin Chinese.

I want a blog editor application that has a quick learning curve. You install it and it works.

Some programs have all these server questions, FTP questions, email client questions of POP or whatever. If I wanted to be a Systems Administrator for a business network, then, I would go back to school for it.

Your blog editor application should not have to be an electronic diplomat that has to present its’ credentials to every device on the Internet and get an Act Of Congress blessing just to be able to electronically publish.

Diplomacy is for the Real World. Cross platform compatibility of blog editors should be like sunshine as in global and unrestricted. Think about it. The sun doesn’t care about “No Fly Zones” and the ocean doesn’t give two raindrops about “Territorial Waters.” A few things in life are still universal.BLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672

I have used Post2Blog, which I loved as a blog editor. Then, I upgraded my Firefox and my Post2Blog quit working.

I installed Chrysanth Web Story. But, a box came up with a series of geek questions that took longer to fill out than a US Passport Application. Exit program.

My initial examination of Blog Desk and Bleezer also activated the instant geek boxes that wanted me to fill out all the data. Exit Program.

I have tried Deepest Sender, but the version I tried did not offer many blog services to post to and my super duper version of Firefox is apparently too sophisticated. Exit Program.

I have used the Word Press editor, but it doesn’t seem user friendly to me and it does not always post to my Word Press blog the way I expected.

For now, I use Windows Live Writer 2011, which I like. It seems to be fairly smart for a computer program. It has many geeky plug ins that allow you to do a lot of geeky stuff.

My biggest glitch is some times it seems the program adds more spaces between the lines than I had intended.

I’m an old newspaperman, so I like “the creative use of white space,” but when the white space seems like the program is adding a half page or a page between one paragraph and the next, then, I think, “wasted space.”

Blog Editors do not always seem to understand pictures. You have to grab the box and drag. Or you click Large and it seems like the program is counting picas andBLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672 pixels like a coupon shopper at the supermarket. I click Large I want a Texas response,”Head’em up ad move ’em out.” Some programs you click Large and you get the April 15 IRS response – two more pixels here and two more pixels there

Blog Editors seem to think cutlines or captions under pictures are the illegitimate children of text and photos. Some programs want to automatically default back to the body text and with the word wrap it seems that the program can’t decide if the caption text is a leper or a suicide bomber because the program can’t decide how close the text should be to the picture, especially, beneath photos.

Is there a blogger or writer anywhere on the planet that has a blog editor application that really does do What You See Is What You Get ? If you do have a useable blog editor that you like, please, send me an email at samuelwarren55@gmail.com with the name of the program.

Thank You Sam.

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