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Hell And High Water


The Leyte Gulf

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Tropical Storm Ofel

Tropical Storm Ofel slams the waves against the sea wall below the MacArthur Landing Memorial in Palo, Tanauan, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines, Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  About the time this photograph was taken the weather bureau was reporting that the storm should be centered over the Leyte Gulf.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Leyte Landing

68th Anniversary

October 20, 1944, United States Army General Dougas MacArthur and the official party waded ashore in the Leyte Gulf to begin “The Liberation Of The Philippines.”  Two Ausralian warships and warships of the United States Navy’s 3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet sailed toward the Philippine Islands to engage the Imperial Japanese Navy in “The Largest Naval Battle Of World War II “ and “The Largest Naval Engagement Of Human History To The Present” in these waters from October 23 through October 26 in “The Battle Of Leyte Gulf.”  On the 68th Anniversary, the statues of the MacArthur Landing Memorial remain resolute as Tropical Storm Ofel unleashes nature’s bombardment on the Leyte Gulf.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.


Tropical Storm Ofel MacArthur Landing Palo Tanauan Leyte 007 Nikon D 100 Photo by Sanuel E Warren JrToday, October 24, 2012 – I had been researching and working on an article for my blog since October 20 about “The Liberation Of The Philippines” and “The Battle Of Leyte Gulf.”


I needed some photos to go with my story. I could of used file photos that I had shot, but I wanted “fresh” photos. I decided last night, come “Hell Or High Water” I was going to get the photos. I never realized at the time what an “prophetic”description that phrase would be.

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At the MacArthur Landing in Palo, Tanauan on the island of Leyte, the weather unleashed “Hell,: with a muddy brown sky and murky brown water that erased the horizon and created a backdrop of a muddy brown sky and murky brown water that delivered a hail of intense hard driving pellets of rain.

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The “High Water” became the vicious ocean waves that were crashing over the lower sea wall beneath the MacArthur Landing Memorial.

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Hell And High Water” arrived in the Leyte Gulf and her name, “Tropical Storm Ofel.”


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In the morning, I had heard in passing about a tropical storm headed for Leyte. Typhoons in the Philippines are like Tornadoes in Missouri, you keep your eyes and ears open and stay aware of the developing weather conditions. If the weather goes bad, then, you cancel your plans for the day and do something else.

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This morning, when we left Barangay Baras, on the island of Leyte, the skies were gray and everything was wet. The wind didn’t seem to be blowing all that bad around 10:30 a.m.


Tacloban City was the first stop on the itinerary. Naturally, I ran a few errands before I decided to go do my “photo shoot” at the statues in Palo.


By around noon, I came out of the Gaisano store and headed to the Santo Nino Church to pick up some flowers.


When a ship goes down at sea or an aircraft is lost at sea, people place a wreath upon the waves as a memorial tribute.

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World War II, the Pacific Ocean claimed many lives during the The Battle Of Leyte Gulf. It seemed placing a wreath of flowers on the water would be an appropriate way to salute the Allies soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who perished in that battle.


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Around 1 p.m., I stepped out of the vehicle into a hard rain. In a few minutes, every stitch of clothes I had on was saturated with water. The wind was strong. I walked toward the statues and wondered, “Maybe, I should come back tomorrow.”

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I raised my camera and began shooting photos. Ramon and Ranyiel sat in the van and watched my every step into the weather.


It felt like something other than rain pelleted me. It fell like hail. It made it hard to keep your head up and look into the sky.

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I had left the flowers in the vehicle to concentrate shooting the photos I had on mind. The cliché “Man Against The Elements” was a reality. I was drenched to my skin. The rain fell hard.


I used the wet shirt tail of my polo shirt to wipe off the water spots on the lens. Since I always keep a UV Filter on the lens of the camera any scratches end up on a $14 filter and not the more expensive lens.


The wind off the ocean kept pushing me farther inland. Still, I managed to move around enough to take the photos I had in mind. The wind, like an insistent mother, kept trying to move me. I finally clasped a hand to the chrome railing down a few steps to work my way down the side steps, since the wind was really trying to move things.


I looked up and watched it fall. Clang! One of the tall flagpoles beside the main flagpole fell straight down and the metallic clang echoed. I walked quicker, but more cautious to the vehicle.


I spent a few minutes, wiping off the camera lens. I was soaked through to the skin. I could not have gotten any wetter than if I had stepped into the ocean in my clothes. The height and violent nature of the waves made it obvious no one would be getting out into the Pacific Ocean today.


The Battle Of Leyte Gulf from Oct. 23 through October 26, 1944 had devastated “The Enemy”, 10,000 men, 27 ships, and the majority of their aircraft.

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I had not been able to get a wreath of flowers, so I looked at the small bouquet. The bouquet of flowers were all I could offer to recognize the sacrifices of the Allies, who lost six ships and 2,800 men.


With my camera and the flowers I made my way back to the statues. The crashing waves of water against the lower sea wall made it evident, no one would get anywhere near the beach or Leyte Gulf today.


I stepped back and turned to go. I noticed the platform in front of the statues. I placed the flowers on the platform.

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In honor of the men of the USS Gambler Bay and the other Allies ships and aircraft that disappeared beneath the waves, I left the flowers on the platform in front of the statues.

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Nikon D 100 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.


Once, I returned home,I logged on to the Internet to read the latest tropical storm update:



Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration



Hourly update on OFEL
At 1:00 p.m. today, 24 October 2012, Tropical Storm "OFEL" was estimated based on satellite and surface data over Leyte Gulf (10.5°N, 125.5°E).



The weather bulletin confirmed that Ramon, Ranyiel and I had been on the “front lines” of Tropical Storm Ofel unleashing her wrath on the Leyte Gulf



Weather Link



Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration



Samuel E. Warren Jr.’s

Editor’s Note


October 24, 2012 — We returned to Barangay Baras and learned the power had went out about 10 minutes before we got home due to the storm. No problem My Dell laptop had a three-hour charge on the computer battery. I put the Compact Flash card in the card reader and while the pictures downloaded to to the laptop’s hard drive, I began writing the story.


I wrote as fast as I could and double checked some of the facts on the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. Alas before I could finish the story, the laptop flashed the warning of low power and went out a few minutes later.


October 28 2012 – The power briefly come back on around 4:30 p.m., and only lasted about 20 minutes in Barangay Baras. A transformer blew in Barangay Cameri and wiped out the power in a total of six barangays


October 29. 2012 – The power in Barangay Baras came back about 7:45 p.m.


October 30. 2012 – The copy and photos finally finished for this article I finally get to publish it – on “My Birthday.”


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October 29, 2012–Taurus Full Moon

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The Full Moon


October 29, 2012

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The Full Moon for October 2012 is October 29. Hallelujah !

New Moons and Full Moons are energy moons. New Moons in astrology symbolize “New Beginnings.” Thus, if you want to start a “new project” find an almanac and look up the next “new” moon.

Full Moons obviously are energy moons because on the night of a full moon, if you are standing outside, there is usually more than enough light to see by and to be able to do things by. If you live in a city, then, city lights and buildings may complicate the Full Moon’s light.

Nature’s Night Light

In the country on the night of a Full Moon, you can stand out in the yard without a flashlight and see things easily.

Of course, humankind has had centuries and generations to come up with a wealth of folklore about the Moon. Luna is a name for the Moon. The word, “lunatic,” ssentially means “someone who has been out in the moon too long.”

Whether you believe in astrology or not, police departments around the world know that on the night of a “Full Moon” it seems all the “crazies” come out to play.

Hospitals know on the night of a “Full Moon” to batten down the hatches and have “the troops on standby” because the maternity ward is about to get busy as babies start to arrive.

Global military history shows time and again, The Night Of The Full Moon is not the night to carry out any type of military action. Quite simply, “it is too easy for the bad guys to see you moving in to take them out.” There is too much light in the night.

Pump Up The Power Of The Universe

Since October 2012’s Full Moon is roughly around 48 hours before Halloween, the Universe has the “battery cables connected to charge up this Halloween.”

Party time !

Halloween Party Organizers the Universe is ready to “fire up the energy of the Universe”, so, now, you have the Universe on your side.

Get ready to host one of those parties than can become “legendary.” The kind of legendary party that when you become a grandpa or grandma, you can smile and tell your grandkids,

The Halloween Party Of 2012. Now, that was a party!”

Happy Birthday, Sue Gideon !”

Incidentally, Sue Gideon, Happy Birthday !

In elementary school in Abesville, Missouri, Sue Gideon was one of my classmates. Sue always had her birthday, the day before I had mine. Whereever you are on the planet, Sue, when October 29 arrives, I wish you a “Happy Birthday !”

My Astrologers

My Grandmother, Martha Lou Marcum DeLong and Sydney Omarr ar my favorite astrologers.

Grandma had her “Ladies Birthday Almanac” and “read the signs” to know when to plant crops and deal with livestock.

I began reading Sydney Omarr books I checked out of the Stone County, Missouri Library as a boy. Throughout my life, I would always buy the Sydney Omarr “Scorpio” books for the year to see what was in store for Scorpio.

Both Grandma DeLong and Sydney Omarr have left The Real World. But, the information that I learned from them about astrology is still practical to me and my everyday affairs, regardless where I am in the world.

I Miss My “Dell Horoscope”

Postal delivery systems aren’t as reliable as email, so I know longer get my “Dell Horoscope” monthly magazine. I really miss that magazine. It had an almanac that you could use for business, farming or “on duty” in the military. Whether it was the “best day to set a fence post” or the “best day to sign the re-enlistment papers”, I could flip to the almanac pages and decide when to do important things.

Plus, “Dell Horoscope” always had some amazing articles about how some events in history were overloaded with astrological warning signs that people ignored.

Some articles even suggested that astrology could really be a help in detective work when the usual Real World leads go cold. I was one ot those people, who loved to go to the mailbox and find my latest issue of “Dell Horoscope” waiting for me.

Magazine Moments

In the Philippines, I can go online and visit the “Dell Horoscope” website and I do. I’m, kind of old school, Ilike to be able to curl up on the divan with a book and read it or study it. I like to be able to flip back and forth through the pages. I take a pencil or pen and underline sentences and make notations in the margins of the page.

Computers and printers are wonderful, but, sometimes you just want to be able to jot a note on a page or underline a word or phrase, without wondering if the power to your screen is going to go off or if some nit noy pop up ad is going to interfere with your reading.

In the Philippines, I have yet to load any of my fancy-smancy “astrology programs” on my computer because I simply have not taken the time. Usually, when I have an astrology issue in mind I visit the Starcats website.

Taurus Full Moon October 29

The Old Farmer’s Almanac website told me October’s Full Moon would be on the 29th. But, in order to find what “Sign The Full Moon” would be in I had to go to the Darkstar Astrology website.

The October 29 Full Moon will be in Taurus. To get technical, it will be six degrees into Taurus. I’m not a mathematician or a navigator, so I don’t really compute the overall significance of the degrees. Plus, the Universe is a big front yard, so movement of planetary bodies really are not fast.

Starlight Hobby

Astrology has always been an interesting hobby for me. In my understanding and research of astrology through 50 plus years, this means the Full Moon of October 29 is going to be a lot of “determined” energy.

Tenacious Taurus

Taurus is a “stubborn” sign. I’ve dealt with many Taurus people, in my life, and a Taurus person – “is stubborn.”

Everyone, regardless of their sign, likes to be “right.”

People born under the Sign of Taurus, seem to have an obsession, where “they have to be right all the time about everything.” In my experience, when a Taurus is “wrong,” they will never admit it.

The way I “win” an argument with a Taurus person – I walk away.

I realize I am not “immortal.” I don’t see the logic of spending minutes and hours debating over a minor issue.

I had a close Taurus colleague in the U.S. Air Force. He was a great guy, but, he is a Taurus. Thus, if you ever disagreed with him, then, he would debate and argue a point of view for minutes on end.

It never mattered, who was “right or wrong.” The issue always seemed to be “The Taurus Factor,” which is a “Taurus has to be right all the time, regardless, or the circumstances.”

All the Zodiac signs have their positive and negative attributes. In my experience, Taurus people are convinced, “Taurus Is Always Right.”

Fixed Signs

In Astrology, Taurus, an Earth sign, Leo, a Fire sign, Scorpio, a Water sign, and Aquarius, an Air sign is all the Fixed Signs. People born under a “Fixed Sign” tend to be stubborn. We are slow to change out point of view. It is in our nature.

People born under the other Zodiac signs, which identify them as Cardinal or Mutable, tend to be more able to “roll with the punches” and be ready “to try something to see if it works.” Fixed signs are a lot less “fluid” in their views and approach to Life. I believe Taurus, an Earth sign,probably deserves their own special pyramid because it seems only the sand of the ages can change a Taurus’ mind, once they have decided this is the way it is.

A Taurus Earth Day

Taurus is an Earth sign, which indicates that October 29 should be a good day for gardeners and people who make their living working with the earth.

Real estate agents might want to take a second look at the day’s agenda. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, which rules agriculture and real estate.

One aspect of the day puts the Moon in opposition to Saturn, which translates to closing a real estate deal on October 29 will probably not be an easy matter.

Farmers be careful in doing your chores because that stubborn “bull” energy of the Universe is not going to be in the mood to work with the “sure-footed goat energy” of Capricorn, since the Moon will be at odds with Saturn.

It might be a really good idea to make sure “hard work” and “manual labor” chores that have to get done should probably be done earlier in the week.

Farmers might just want to do “pittle”chores today that does not involve heavy lifting or heavy equipment around the farm.

Saturn The Taskmaster

The Full Moon in Taurus, you should find October 29 to be a day with the energy of the Universe is pushing you ahead to get things done. It should be a day of positive, determined energy moving you forward.

One of the aspects of the day states that the Moon will be opposite Saturn. Saturn in astrology is “The Ultimate Father” and the “Play By The Rules Administrator.

Saturn allows people to have and enjoy “success,” but only if they are willing to “really” work for it. Saturn is the Universal task master, Saturn cuts “no one any slack” and “grants no breaks.” Saturn makes sure you “keep your nose to the grind stone.”

Full Moon Halloween Party – October 29 ?

Thus, if you have a Halloween party planned for October 29, the Taurus energy will push you to get things down,

Saturn will warn you that you have to get things done in plenty of time. No short cuts. Don’t expect last minute changes to work out.

Saturn likes to remind people “Life is about planning and doing the job; and not ‘winging it” or trying to “do something off the cuff “or “on the fly.”

Since the Moon is opposite Saturn, make sure if you are planning a Halloween party for the Full Moon of October 29, to have everything planned in plenty of time to have the party because since Saturn is in opposition to the Moon, Saturn is going to be a real “by-the-book bureaucrat” that will make sure you do things the right way and in plenty of time.

Since Saturn is looking over your shoulder, remember, three words: “Plan. Plan, Plan.” Once you have your plan, then, follow it. Life, of course, deals unexpected changes. It always helps to keep in mind, a degree of flexibility, is almost always essential in making any event a success.

Moon Trine Pluto

On the plus side, the other big astrological aspect of the day is the Moon is trine Pluto. A trine is favorable, thus, the Moon and Pluto, will essentially be on the same page for the activities of the day.

Mars and Pluto rule the October November Sign Of Scorpio, thus, you will have one of “The Universal Power Brokers,” a planet, in your corner for the day’s activities. Since Pluto is one of Scorpio’s rulers, it would “behoove” Pluto to allow his planetary children to “party on down.”

The Moon in astrology always represents “The Woman.” Therefore, with Lady Moon and Power Broker Pluto ready to party – Serious Saturn should take a “chill pill” and relax. . . at least, a little.

Taurus, of course, being Taurus – and an astrological financial sign – will keep a firm grip on the budget and make sure that the family fortune is not wasted on the expenses of hosting a single Halloween Party.

Daily October Forecast

This October is only a few days old. You might ask, “What about the days up until the Full Moon of October 29 ?”

There are many websites where you can enter in the data and get your daily astrological forecast. Naturally, if you want a serious break down of your birthday and your place in the Universe, then, you need to contact a professional astrologer and have your Birth Chart or Natal Chart done.

Family, friends and colleagues maybe able to recommend a professional astrologer to you. Do your research and homework on line to seek out information on astrology and astrologers, before you contact anyone.

Sam’s Scenario

I am no professional astrologer. I make my analysis based on my knowledge and experience through the years. This is my opinion of how I believe The Full Moon Of October 29 will play out. Life always keeps some “unexpected” challenges ready for any event. Plans always look good on paper. When you try to apply plans on paper into real situations in the Real World – be ready to be flexible.

Power Day

All in all, October 29, the Day of the Full Moon is a Power Day. Whatever you do, you should be able to achieve your goals. Saturn, The Taskmaster, standing in the corner, may slow down your efforts to make sure you play by the book and don’t take short cuts. Then, again that is just Saturn being Saturn.

The Moon’s positive female energy and Pluto’s mysterious Scorpio energy should be the equivalent of a diesel engine leading the cars of a freight train to the destination. It shouldn’t be “runaway” energy, but, it should be “determined, driven” and headed for a goal energy.

A Glow To Go

And, beyond the obvious beauty of a Full Moon is the astrological belief that events in the heavens that give off energy do so in a manner that allows the energy to wear out over time.

An eclipse, for example, is believed to effect events for anywhere from a couple of weeks to at least six months. Think of the positive energy of the Universe as “A Glow To Go.” And, that Universal glow of energy can last for days, even months.

Since the celestial energy of the Universe last longer than Double A Batteries, the positive energy of the Full Moon of October 29, should still be up and running come Halloween, October 31.


Dell Horoscope


The Mountain Astrologer

Darkstar Astrology

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