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Desktop Publishing Glitch Stops Publication !

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Desktop Publishing Glitch

Stops Publication !

“Truth, Justice, Newspaper Headlines, and Blog Deadline – “Great Caesar’s Ghost !” computers, Internet , electronic layouts, desktop publishing — it was all supposed to make putting out a newspaper easy. Now, there is a glitch in the system and the presses don’t roll. Kent ! Find my Underwood, some bond paper, a pica pole and a whiz wheel, we have a newspaper to get out !” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Watch any movie about newspapers and some white-haired, cigar chomping editor that looks like “Superman’s” legendary Editor-In-Chief Perry White is grumbling and barking orders.

While it seems that the Internet, computers, software, and the intricate nature of servers and cyberspace is about to put newspapers into the Smithsonian Institution somewhere between the dinosaurs and the original USS Enterprise starship model.

But, before that last press operator, turns off the light and walks out of the building – let us take note that the legions of aspiring bloggers have days when they have the grey hair, ulcers and swear words of the legendary stereotypical American editors-in-chief.

Some of the back issues of my U S Air Force newspapers — The first USAF paper that I was assigned to was the Barksdale Air Force Base “Observer.” I had been a volunteer “stringer”, essentially Jimmy Olsen in a blue suit, for the “Blythe Spirit” at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas,, but I didn’t get a paycheck for those articles – I did get a byline. In the Pacific, I beat feet on the street for the “Kadena Shogun” in Okinawa. But, the “Philippine Flyer” at Clark Air Base was the most action-packed, crucial, critical, “never a dull moment” newspaper or military assignment of my career. “Ah, The Glory Days Of Wings And Rapid Response.” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

For three weeks, I have tried diligently to “go to press” with my Memorial Day article. My “Sam I Am Blog” is my main blog publication. I am a one man electronic newpaper. Thus, when the Word Press system refused the article and photos, I had no copy boy to swear at.

I checked my Firefox browser for my Windows 7 software and the Mozilla feedback stated I had the version 12, which is the latest for my machine. I suspected my Java, I went to the website and updated my Java.

Regardless what I did, the Word Press system would not accept the article and photos. I know Word runs the blog platform for bloggers. I know Word Press. Org has the plugins that you can use to update your system.

I originally set up my system in the United States before moving to the Philippines.

I suspected the connection speed might be the problem. In the1990s, I was not extremely fond of my modem and phone line connection to America On Line, yet, it was faster than back in the late 1980s, when I was stationed at Kadena Air Base Okinawa and the modem connection began at 300 baud and finally increased to 1200 baud.

The early days of computers and the Internet, really made you wonder if it wouldn’t be wiser to invest in legions of trained carrier pigeons.

Living in a rural area of the Philippines is a lot like living in rural southwest Missouri when it comes to Internet connection speeds and overall system stability. No matter what I tried the Word Press system did not allow me to publish my Memorial Day article.

Like any good publisher or editor, I went to Plan B. Of course, real publishers and newspaper editors would probably have only delayed “rolling the presses” by a few hours. However, a one man newspaper has to sleep sometime.

My Plan B meant I take the copy and photos and publish them in the sister publication, my “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog. I did the copy and photo layout and pressed the “publish” button. The magickal electronic “presses rolled.”

I still have no idea what the glitch is on Word Press. I even tried to post the photos and copy by setting up a new page, but the system “locked up” on me each time.

I hope I can publish this article on Word Press to let my regular “Sam I Am Blog” readers know that my two Memorial Day articles are on my “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog.

The first article discusses family Memorial Day traditions in the United States,

The second article outlines the Death Anniversary celebration in the Philippines.

While it is time for this grumpy blog editor to get some shut eye, I leave my readers with the links to the articles on the “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog.

Barangay Baras Sign in Leyte, Republic of the Philippines — Baras, a rest stop along the Internet’s Information Super Highway and the World Headquarters of the “Sam I Am Blog” and “The Samuel Warren The Writer” blog, where the presses roll at One Warren Way. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Article 1

M-Day !

American Family Tradition Stands The Test Of Time Across The Pacific Ocean

Article 2

The merger of a Filipino family tradition and an American family tradition achieves immortality for the Saldana, DeLong and Warren ancestors

Death Anniversary Day

Saldana Family Death Anniversary Ritual June 4, 2012

Roll the presses !”



Samuel E. Warren Jr. Quote


“When I die, I don’t need to go to Heaven.  I live on the

island of Leyte, in the Republic of the Philippines. 

What could Heaven possibly offer me

that I don’t already have  ? 

Just let me open up my eyes back in the P.I.”

—- Samuel E. Warren Jr.


Terrorist Treatment: Kill The Snakes !

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Terrorism Treatment: Kill The Snakes

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

A southwest Missouri farmer, in the 1960s, knew you didn’t want to find a nest of snakes on your farm.

If a copperhead’s snakebite venom didn’t kill your milk cow, the poison could swell her udder and make the milk useless for the old cow to nurse her calf. You couldn’t use the milk to drink or make butter.

King snakes, black snakes, bull snakes, coach whips, blue racers and copperheads that got in your hen house would kill and consume the rooster, old hens, baby chicks and eat the eggs.

Cottonmouths and water moccasins in ponds quickly consume trout and bass that had been stocked in the farm ponds. Both snakes are poisonous, so no one would go into the water to swim.

Usually large old snakes will lie out under the wood pile and wait for a farmer to come and chop wood for the cook stove for supper. The wood pile protects the old snake from the heat of the day. When the farmer arrives a smart old snake slither away – like Osama bin Laden, the terrorist did for more than a decade) A stupid snake coils and strikes. The chopping ax falls true and the snake’s severed head flies off into the wood pile.

Al-Qaeda Anacondas

Global terrorists are, in essence, poisonous snakes, because like snakes, they kill people, destroy livelihoods and property. Snakes and terrorists leave only death and destruction in their trails.

Global terrorists in the 1960s and 1970s outwitted global governments, who tried to deal with the terrorists as though they were criminals, who wanted money. The governments didn’t realize the terrorists were simply dealing with vipers, whose poison brings only death.

Snakes are snakes. Terrorist are snakes. There is only one way to deal with a snake – you kill it.

Osama bin Laden, the terrorist, was a snake, who kept slithering from hole to hole to avoid the sunlight of law enforcement. He spread his venom to destroy thousands of lives for about 15 years. Now, that old terrorist snake is dead – his nest is still alive and slithering. Al-Qaeda is slithering in a World Of Farmers, who should remember how to deal with snakes.

Momma's Missouri Chopping Ax - Opal M. DeLong Warren used this ax in the 1960s to clear sprouts off of ten acres of land, near Galena, Missouri - until she bought "hair" goats to control the sprouts. At dusk, one day in 1962, Grandma Martha L. DeLong went out to the hen house to gather eggs. She screamed and Uncle Richard DeLong and I rushed to the chicken coup. He grabbed a pitchfork and ran inside to snatch up a six foot long black snake out of a hen's nest. Plopping the sneaky serpent down on the nearby wood pile and snatching up his ax - like the one in the photo- his aim rang true. The severed snake's head flew into the wood pile and we watched the wiggling tail die. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

A southwest Missouri farmer, in the 1960s, would carry a double barrel shotgun, a pistol, or a chopping ax to go out into one of his fields that he thought might have a snake’s nest. Shotguns and chopping axes are effective tools to kill snakes.

A five gallon can of gasoline and a box of kitchen matches were priceless in destroying all the snakes in their nest, in fields, on the property.

Missouri has more than 200 different types of snakes. Rattle snakes began arriving in southwest Missouri in the 1970s. Snakes like terrorists are hard to control. Some snakes can have up to 20 young hatch from eggs – like terrorists- snakes breed quickly and spread

Chadwick Church Copperheads

In Missouri, in the late 1960s or early 1970s, around Chadwick, Missouri, churchgoers one Sunday morning were in the midst of a service. The local story claimed that when the organist started playing the hymns, worshipers sitting in the pews, felt a swishing by their feet. They looked down and noticed “the floor moving.” A nest of copperheads had been under the old churches wooden floor boards. The music woke up the poisonous snakes, which slithered up through the wooden floor boards.

The Chadwick church copperhead snakes story quickly grabbed local, state, national and international headlines.

For years, Chadwick, Missouri sponsored the Annual Copperhead Roundup And Barbeque, where people would go out into the woods, carefully catch the snakes and put them in burlap tow sacks to be taken back and barbequed.

After years of rounding up the poisonous snakes the annual event stopped because there were no more copperheads to hunt, according to reports.

Survivalists Snakes

“Survivalism” was a popular movement in the Midwest in the 1960s and 1970s. People were paranoia about the Cold War and nuclear weapons. The persistent fear that either the Soviet Union or the Red Chinese would launch their nuclear weapons and start World War III caused some people to go out and live in the woods and stockpile food and weapons to try and be a “survivor.”

Some of the survivalists went “off the deep end” and formed their militias that taught “perverted fanatical religious views” of an impending, inevitable Armageddon and these people became “domestic terrorists.”

Like snakes, some of the domestic terrorists in the 1970s, slithered into southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas. At least one of the nest of the nut job domestic terrorists called themselves something like Arm of the Lord Sword of the Covenant. After the terrorists killed a Missouri state trooper, during a routine traffic stop, law enforcement swung into action. Soon, the domestic terrorism snakes’ nest was stamped out in southwest Missouri.

Slithering Past The U.S. Constitution

America operates on “The Rule Of Law” and The Constitution Of The United States Of America is considered “The Supreme Law Of The Land,” which explains why America presidents and federal employees down to a “slick sleeve” airman basic in the U.S. Air Force raises their hand and swears an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” – “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

Sometimes America presidents do a lousy job of protecting and defending the Constitution.

America’s King Cobra ?

“Tricky Dick” Nixon, a former American president, during the Watergate Affair, proved he was “Above The Law,” when the investigation got too close to the front doors of the White House, rather than face impeachment Nixon slipped away.

  1. Nixon fired the Attorney General of the United States of America, John N. Mitchell – who by virtue of his office was “The Ranking Lawyer In America” and “The Chief Law Enforcement Officer In America” – “America’s Top Cop.” Nixon may have had a “legal right” since he, technically, hired Mitchell – but what better way to stop an investigation than to fire the lawyer and cop in charge?
  2. Nixon claimed “Executive Privilege” – he took the “plea bargain” and left office. While Nixon claimed that he had done nothing wrong his vice president became president and offered “Tricky Dick” a pardon. If Richard Milhous Nixon had done nothing wrong; why would he take “A Presidential Pardon?”

The Watergate Affair really made a mockery of the U.S. Constitution, The concept of The Rule Of Law and the whole concept of Justice In America, where the theory is – No One Is Above The Law. The global terrorism issue really pushes the concept of justice and individual civil rights: How Can Anyone Feel Safe in their home or person if they surrender all their civil rights to the government? Thus, We The People all become “subjects, serfs, and slaves instead of citizens.”

Perhaps, global terrorists should be viewed in a different legal light. If their actions are global, then, a global terrorist’s suspect would have No Citizenship – A Man or Woman Without A Country. With No Citizenship, then, they would have no legal rights on the planet, thus, they could be treated like a creature and a creature would not even be given the civility accorded to pets or livestock.

Should someone like Osama bin Laden or the Mastermind of the Lockerbee Scotland Flight Bombing be considered human and given protection under the law ?

A post Civil War criminal – i.e., “Domestic Terrorism” issue in Missouri reminds us that sometimes Justice can have an extremely creative outcome.

Head On A Pole

Alf Bolin earned numerous labels: guerrilla, bushwhacker, carpetbagger, criminal, and outlaw – among others. Caught in the crossfire of the Civil War, he took advantage of being caught in the middle to inflict robbery and murder on everyone from “Union Blue Bellies” to “Johnny Reba” to poor dirt farmers and their families. Like bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, Alf Bolin seemed to enjoy killing just for the sheer fun of killing.

His numerous psychotic crimes terrorized people in the Ozarks, even to the tiny town of Ponce de Leon, Missouri. The most popular story credits The Governor of Missouri calling upon the Union Army for assistance. A young “butter bar”, “still wet behind the ears” Yankee lieutenant was sent undercover to try and bring Alf Bolin and his thugs to justice.

Fortunately. The young officer got the drop on Bolin and shot him dead. Even, then, the young officer faced the problem of “evidence” to prove the domestic terrorist had been dispatched to meet his maker. Before he “headed” to the authorities, the young man “took Bolin’s head” as “proof” of death (or justice). The severed head ended up placed on a pole before a rural Missouri courthouse. The slowly rotting “buzzard bait” head of Alf Bolin allowed local children and citizens to throw rotten tomatoes, vegetable at other garbage at Alf’s final remain. While the official authorities were trying to decide what to do with the decaying public head – Nature acted.

Farmers routinely allowed their livestock to graze or root – past the rural courthouse – one day the head fell off the pole in the midst of some hogs. The Alf Bolin story claims that some citizens watched as the hungry hogs fought over and devoured the head.

Missouri’s approach to “domestic terrorism” in the late 1800s is obviously different than the terrorism issues of 2011. Leave it to the legal scholars to debate if Osama bin Laden got “justice.” Global terrorism should remind us all that you can classify snakes as “good snakes” or “bad snakes” – but, a snake is still a snake.

History and Society can decide if a controversial person like Yasser Arafat is not a terrorist and decide that his reported “viper” actions of his life were like those of a . . . King Snake useful to get rid of mice and other rodents, but a snake is still a snake – no matter how colorful or how many times it sheds it’s skin.

A dead old cobra like Osama bin Laden, will have to rely on his supporters to try and prostitute history and society into viewing him as a happy, harmless garden snake. Still, a snake is still a snake. Some environmentalists might be wrong – perhaps – sometimes the global eco system is better off without a species. Humanity has done pretty well without dinosaurs.

Perhaps, it will take governments decades to decide on the type of justice for international terrorists, but to feel sorry for a dead terrorist and not celebrate his death is a greater “Injustice” to the victims and humanity as a whole.

Lethal Legacy

Global terrorists. Like bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are snakes – and, a snake is still a snake. Sometimes Fate intervenes and a snake gets crushed to death in a hay bailer, smashed to smithereens by a tractor tire lumbering through the field or squashed by speeding motorists on the highway – I don’t know any Missouri farmers, who grieve or even care about the sudden demise of the serpentine “buzzard bait.”

The old cobra, bin Laden is dead, but, global governments can’t afford to quit hunting the terrorists. Terrorists like snakes, breed, thrive and spread. Global governments need to keep their shotguns, chopping axes, gas cans and matches at the ready to deal with the terrorists, wherever they rear their poisonous heads.

Missouri has never had a shortage of snakes. Snakes always come back. The wise goal for snakes and terrorists remains – Extinction.

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May 11, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Salute To The Ancestors

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Memorial Day, without a doubt, proved to be Uncle Richard’s favorite holiday. He had been a gravedigger at Yocum Pond Cemetery, in Stone County, Missouri, in the days before backhoes were used.

The approach of Memorial Day always brings Uncle Richard to mind. He taught me the protocol of how to act in a cemetery.

Like one of the 12 Disciples, he always stressed the importance of remembering the family members, who had lived before you. The bottomline is – without them – you wouldn’t be here.

Like a U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant, Uncle Richard reminded me time and again about having “Respect For The Dead.”

Memorial Day evolved from Decoration Day. The original celebration honored the Union War Dead of the Civil War.

Memorial Day Wreath made by Christy Warren

The approach of each Memorial Day brings to life Uncle Richard’s memory and teachings. I find myself trying to remember family stories and get them into some form of print that will last after I am dust.

I find myself trying to see how far back I can go to find my ancestors. I can go back to my Great Grandmother C.J. Bellamy on my mother’s DeLong side. I can go back to my paternal Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Joseph S Warren and Georgia Warren on my father’s side. I can also go back to my maternal Great Grandfather John H Warren and Great Grandmother Mollie Warren on my father’s side.

My branch of Warren’s are big on J and S names like John and Joseph. There also seems to be a passion for the S as in Samuel that keep rockin’ and rollin’ through the ages.

While I should probably be able to sit down and trace my heritage back to the first man and woman, alas, on the DeLong side, I can go back to Grandma Bellamy, December 17, 1853 and on the Warren side to both Grandpa Warrens with birthdays of March 14, 1851 and October 17, 1859. Basically, I can trace my DeLong and Warren ancestors to lives within the era of the American Civil War.

The challenge of tracing my wife’s ancestors is a work in progress. Saldana is the family name in the Republic of the Philippines. The devastation of World War II in the Pacific had an impact on trying to keep family histories in one piece.

How far should you be able to trace your ancestors ?

I believe the correct answer is how far back do you want to trace your ancestors.

We all have interesting lives. Not all of us wind up being the President of the United States or a four-star general, but our presence on the world stage, allows the human race to survive.

There are things in our life that we may not be proud of, but, it makes us who we are. No doubt, the same can be said for our ancestors.

Not everyone is going to be related to George Washington, the King of England or a Chinese emperor. Probably, many of our ancestors were just normal people doing the best they could to live their lives.

Along the way, some of those ancestors might be Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshalls or they might be horse theives and cattle rustlers. Regardless of their successes or failures, they contributed to the groundwork that would one day be you.

Without them, you would not be.

Memorial Day is the day that should remind us whether we know the names, birthdays, death dates, or stories, about these ancestors; the important thing is to be grateful that they faced the challenges of their day to give us the opportunity to face the challenges of our lives.

Granted, Americans will fire up the barbeque or hit the road to being summer vacations this weekend. We are Americans, this is what we do with time off from the gerbil wheel insanity of earning a living.

In the hulabalu that is the activities associated with Memorial Day Weekend; will time be found to visit the family cemetery and place flowers on the headstones?

Is it too much to ask that we take a moment to honor and remember our ancestors ?


Ancestor links

United States US GEN WEB



Upshur County, Texas

Wood County, Texas

Missouri MO GEN WEB


Stone County, Missouri

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May 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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