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Terrorist Won United States Zero by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Boston Bomber Plays

The Game Of Lawyers

 

Terrorist Won

United States Zero

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The reason Terrorist always “win” in violent actions against The Citizens Of The United States Of America is because the United States Government always goes “stupid.”

A bomb is an explosive device designed to mangle, maim, mutilate and murder. Terrorists use bombs because they know the Legal Systems Of The World are wimps. “

 

The Boston Bomber is the current example of a terrorist, who is “laughing” at the United States Government and the citizens.

 

He got arrested and is in jail getting “Three hots and a cot” until all the actors in the legal theater get their robes and memorize their lines.

 

The Administration made a major mistake in not classifying the scumbag an “Enemy Combatant.”

 

Instead of being treated as a ‘Terrorist”; he will be treated as a “Criminal.”

 

How many people have to die and how much property has to be destroyed before the United States Government and the other Nations Of The World realize terrorist are inhumane,sadistic scum, who deserve to be executed on the spot?

 

Global Legal Systems are designed to deal with criminals – not terrorists.

 

Terrorists are a special breed of cretin scum.

 

A bomb is an explosive device designed to mangle, maim, mutilate and murder. Terrorists use bombs because they know the Legal Systems Of The World are wimps.

 

The Democracies Of The World yank out their law books to “protect” the terrorists’ civil rights.

 

The Religious Nations Of The World yank out their holy books to “protect” the terrorists’ “martyrs”

 

Meanwhile, dead citizens are just dead citizens.

 

Governments don’t go after the terrorists for “violating citizens “civil rights to Life.”

 

Religions don’t rally their congregations to support Governments and try to track down terrorists’ for “violating citizens “civil rights to Life.”

 

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Nations Of The World, Leaders Of The World and Citizens Of The World keep treating terrorists like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”

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The Civilized Nations Of The World are “stupid” because a terrorist is a deadly organism like anthrax, small pox or e coli.

 

The Legal Systems Of The World do not deal with disease. Medical people deal with infectious diseases.

 

Terrorists are big bugs like cockroaches that need to be stepped on. Perhaps, complete extinction is an impossible task. However, if you don’t step on a cockroach now and then, eventually, they can overwhelm an area.

 

Terrorists’ Cockroaches are no different. When the world ignores the Terrorist Cockroaches they just continue to feed and breed in the shadows.

 

If the punishment ever becomes zero tolerance to the point that terrorists are caught and executed on the spot, then, the Message Of Swift, No Compromise Justice will set a precedent that the “Risk” is simply “too great” to be a terrorist.

 

Nations Of The World, Leaders Of The World and Citizens Of The World keep treating terrorists like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”

 

Killing Machines

 

A shark is a “killing machine” that moves through the oceans killing, feeding and reproducing. Vipers are “killing machines” that slither through the land killing, feeding and reproducing.

 

Humanity at large has policies, procedures and solutions for the extermination and eradication of sharks and vipers that jeopardize, threaten or attack humans.

 

Humanity at large keeps trying to ignore terrorists like they are some kind of myth that really does not exist

 

Terrorists are “killing machines” that kill, feed and unfortunately at times reproduce.

 

Marine biologists might shed a tear over a dead shark. Herpetologists might shed a tear over a dead snake. Only a fool sheds a tear for a dead terrorist.

 

Terminate Terrorists

 

You are strolling through the woods. You notice in the distance a snake slithers toward you.

 

The fool will take out his cell phone and try to call a game warden, the conservation department, animal control, the SPCA, Interpol, the Department Of Homeland Security, the FBI, or some other agency to deal with the obvious, imminent threat.

 

The smart farmer picks up a big rock, grips his chopping ax, grips his scythe or raises his double-barreled shotgun, squeezes both triggers and blows the snake to bits.

 

No questions.

 

No paperwork.

 

And, a great dead snake story to share with friends and family for generations to come.

 

Terrorists are not people.

 

Terrorists are not humans.

 

Terrorists, whether in groups, or the lone scumbag, are vipers that should be dealt with effectively and efficiently.

 

A few questions.

 

A little paperwork.

 

And, a great dead terrorist story to share with friends and family for generations to come.

 

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Sharks and snakes

kill to feed.

Terrorists kill because

they can.”

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Terrorists are deadly lifeforms, which should be executed on the spot with extreme prejudice like any threatening viper.

 

People Of The World need to “grow up” and see terrorists for the deadly, inhumane lifeforms that they are.

 

The Nations Of The World need to set aside their Modified Hammurabi Legal Systems For Criminals and develop a Zero Tolerance Terrorists’ Execution System.

 

A shark is always going to be a shark. A snake is always going to be a snake. A terrorist is always going to be a terrorist. Rehabilitation should not be even a consideration. Punishment should not even be a consideration.

 

The only consideration for a terrorist should be swift and immediate Execution.

 

A terrorist commits a violent act anywhere in the world, a global alert should go out. Citizens should be able to go to a local government agency and pay a small fee for a Terrorists’ Bounty Hunter License. Then, the citizens “go hunting.”

The citizen brings in the body, or what is left of it to the appropriate authority, and collect their bounty. The Old West Justice idea may sound extreme, but, when terrorists act as though they have “Nothing To Fear”; it is time to give them something “To Fear.”

 

Terrorists might be concerned about avoiding law enforcement; but, imagine if they have to believe a World Of Volunteer Bounty Hunters are gunning for them ?

 

Sharks and snakes kill to feed. Terrorists kill because “they can.”

 

Miranda Rights, in the United States, is to “protect” the accused suspect, “a possible criminal.”

 

Terrorists do not consider the civil rights of their intended victims because they have no regard for humanity.

 

Terrorists should never be considered a criminal because as brutal as a criminal maybe, usually, even the serial killers and mass murderers on “Death Row”, go on the record, to say they had a need to interact with the victims at some strange level of humanity.

 

Terrorists simply use explosive devices to vaporize their victims.

 

Blown Off

Bombing Lessons

 

The World Trade Center bombings in the 1990s should have been a “Wake Up Call” for America. Americans and the rest of the world hit the “Snooze Button.”

 

The Oklahoma City Bombings really should of woke up Americans and Citizens Of The World to the indifference of the terrorists and their insane brutality.

 

The World Trade Center Towers Massacre should have been the “Last Straw” for Global Humanity to actively and aggressively seek out international and domestic terrorists.

 

Global law enforcement agencies should of pulled out all the stops. At this point, the distinction should have been made that Terrorists are “killing machines” and not criminals.

 

Since terrorists are not criminals or suspected criminals; the World’s Justice Systems should not have to afford them protection or a trial for possible imprisonment.

 

The World Trace Center Twin Tower Terrorist were so insane they did not even “want something in return” they simply “wanted to die and take as many people with them as possible.”

 

Still, The Nations Of The World, The Citizens Of The World and The Leaders Of The World simply allow terrorists to slither around and swim around with no visible consequences other than the possibility of the world’s wimpy legal systems.

 

Terrorists have Nothing To Fear

 

If a terrorist gets caught; what does he or she have to Fear. Nothing. He or she might get put in jail with “three hots and a cot” to await trail.

 

He or she might get sent to prison for years of “three hots and a cot” to live out their lives to a ripe old age and receive “medical care” along the way.

 

A humane legal system might even free the “poor, suffering terrorist” to return to his native homeland to die among family, friends and fellow terrorists. Someone get me a handkerchief, I’m getting all misty-eyed.

 

France allowed the scumbag Terrorists’ Mastermind Of The Lockerbie Scotland Aircraft Bombing to return home to live out his “Last Days” among his fellow terrorists’ scumbags.

 

Terrorists really have “Nothing To Fear” from The Nations Of The World and their wimp legal systems.

 

Boston Bomber Boo Hoo Time

 

The Boston Bomber can kick back in his cell and relax because he is in “The System” to play “The Game Of Lawyers.”

 

It is “Wha-Wha Time”, which means everyone on the planet get to pull out their hankies and get ready to learn about the “poor, ittle, bittle, little terrorist who had a hard life.”

 

Everyone has a hard Life – that is why we call it Life.

 

The Boston Bomber Terrorist Scumbag is no different than any other terrorists’ scumbag. He built a bomb to destroy massive amounts of people and property.

 

The Boston Bomber’s gender, age, religion, hardships in Life – None of it matters.

 

He is inhuman scum who choose to become a deadly lifeform of mass destruction.

 

Global justice for the Boston Bomber and all terrorists is simple immediate execution by the most painful means possible.

 

Squeeze the trigger in the direction of the terrorist and take your time or forget to make the 9-1-1 call and walk away to let the terrorist die slowly and painfully.

 

Of course, with a bullet in each arm and each leg, it is highly unlikely that the terrorist would be able to crawl away to safety or find medical help, trying to move on his or her belly out of an alley.

 

Hours later if the terrorist’s dead carcass is still in the alley, drop it in a dumpster and call the garbage trucks to dump the terrorists’ cadaver with the rest of the filth of humanity in the city landfill.

 

Unfortunately, the Boston Bomber is now in The Game Of Lawyers. Taxpayers will “waste” thousands of dollars to prove a scumbag is a scumbag.

 

The money “wasted” could be used to help with the medical expenses of victims.

 

The money to be “wasted” on the Boston Bomber and all terrorists should be as cheap as “the price of one bullet”.

 

Blow Away Bombers

 

A creative end for the Boston Bomber and future terrorists would be to take them to a weapons detonation range and place unexploded ordnance in front of them and detonate the device – poetic justice – to allow the terrorist to experience “vaporization.”

 

The Boston Bomber is in the US Legal System, which means some people have already pulled out their Holy Bibles and Christian hymnals open to “Onward Christian Soldier” and the Boston Bomber will get to relax.

 

As time passes “The Ole Turn The Other Cheek”, “Redemption,” “Salvation” silliness will settle in the minds of jurors and they will look into his youthful “ittle, wittle puppy dog eyes” and will give him “the benefit of the doubt.”

 

Even if the jury gives him “The Death Penalty”, then, the “legal horse trading” will start with appeals and stays of execution and the terrorist scumbag may outlive most of his victims.

 

The World’s Global Legal Systems need to quit identifying terrorists as criminals.

 

The World’s Global Legal Systems need to identify terrorists as deadly lifeforms of mass destruction – a shark, viper or rabid dog gets “put down”; therefore, terrorists should get “put down.”

 

The World’s Global Law Enforcement Officers are trained in the apprehension of criminal suspects.

 

The World’s Global Law Enforcement Officers should be trained that a terrorist is simply a “rabid dog to be put down.”

 

If a law enforcement official in Boston had looked through the scope or over the site of his or her weapon and squeezed the trigger; there would be one less rabid dog in the world.

 

Taxpayers could “spend” money to help victims and “heal” the city’s infrastructure.

 

What is it going to take for Citizens Of The World to press their Governments for a Zero Policy Of Tolerance For Terrorists and a Policy Of On The Spot Execution For Terrorists ?

 

What are the Citizens Of The World waiting for to round up terrorists ?

 

Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate a bomb at China’s Imperial Palace ?

 

Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate “a dirty bomb” at Buckingham Palace ?

 

Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate a homemade “fertilizer bomb” at the US Capitol Building ?

 

Perhaps, Global Citizens are waiting for a terrorist to detonate a dirty , homemade nuclear device in the Dome Of The Rock ?

 

The Boston Bomber is the terrorist in the headlines.

 

International and domestic terrorists will continue to capture headlines as long as Nations Of The World shrug them off like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”

 

Terrorists will continue to see the World At Large as A Shooting Gallery Of Sheep To Slaughter For Fun because The Nations Of The World use wimp legal systems to deal with insane creatures of mass destruction.

 

Terrorist Win.

 

The World Loses.

 

 

No house, hut or outhouse on planet earth should ever be safe for a terrorist to hide out in.”

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Epilogue To The Nations Of The World

 

If the Nations Of The World continue to shrug off terrorists like spoiled brats with chemistry sets, then, the terrorist really have “Nothing To Fear” from the world’s wimp legal systems.

 

No house, hut or outhouse on planet earth should ever be safe for a terrorist to hide out in. Everyone on the planet, needs to realize a terrorist is a “killing machine” that destroys people and property for their own sadistic view of fun.

 

Continue to treat terrorists humanely and all The Nations Of The World will have to begin setting aside major portions of their domestic budgets for the quarterly purchase of Body Bags.

 

Sam

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Christmas Cash,Costs,Challenges of The Ozarks 1960s

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Christmas Cash,Costs, Challenges

of

The

Ozarks’

1960s

THE OZARKS OLD HOUSE_Photo by Samuel E Warren Jr_resized

The Old House

Of The Ozarks

This small house beside Missouri State Highway 176 in Stone County, Missouri in The Ozarks can go unnoticed by passing motorists. This Old House served as The DeLong Family Home in the 1960s. Birthday parties, Fourth of July, Halloween Trick or Treat events,Thanksgiving Supper and Christmas Day Dinner celebrations were held in the three – room house, which had a Laundry Room built on in the 1970s. There was no inside plumbing. Uncle Joe built an Outhouse down on the hillside. While the house did not have the social comforts of some 20th Century homes in The Ozarks; it always felt like “Home” to DeLong family members, who returned to Stone County and the Missouri Ozarks anytime of the year. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

christmas-tree-logo-photo-two-thumbnail_thumb[1]Home in my childhood was “The Ozarks.”

 

The Ozarks is one of the places in the world, where myth and reality live side by side.

 

You live your life in The Real World and sometimes it seems like you look up and see a wild,white-haired Mark Twain smiling down at you with his pen in hand.

 

The heavy snows of winter fall. The scene looks like a Currier and Ives lithograph on a china plate and then you feel the “bone chilling cold” enter your body. You see your breath. You trudge out of the knee-high snow into the warmth of your home.

 

You “warm” by the large, rectangular, dark brown “Warm Morning” gas stove and realize winter in The Ozarks means Christmas is usually just days away.

 

You get a hot cup of coffee and wonder why people think The Ozarks is “permanently stuck in an 1800s Time Warp.”

 

MV5BMTUzNzE1MjY0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDE3MjU1MQ@@._V1._SX359_SY500_If you ever watched an episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies” you may believe the fictional characters represent “Life In The Ozarks.”

 

You would be wrong.

 

I grew up in the Ozarks and I never ate possum.

 

I have ate squirrel.

 

Uncle Hobert DeLong was a “dead on shot” with a rifle. Every time he went into the woods, he came back with a “mess of squirrels” and sometimes “a mess of rabbits.”

 

Of course, no one remembers Jed, granny and the rest of the Clampett were supposed to have been from Bugtussel, Tennessee and the characters get associated with The Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks.

 

Cartoonist Al Capp made a large fortune drawing the comic strip of Lil’ Abner for 43th years that reached 60 million readers in more than 900 American newspapers.

 

Capp’s newspaper comic strip was one of my mother’s favorites. Capp put the characters in Dogpatch, Kentucky, but as a kid everyone though if you were from The Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks, then, you must be like Lil’ Abner.

 

I never went to a Sadie Hawkin’s Day dance.

 

Dancing wasn’t allowed at Galena High School in the 1960s. It was an issue that came up with every senior class wanting a “Prom.” The Baptist and Pentecostal churches of the 1960s in Stone County were vocal in their objections and they kept the prom dance out of school.

 

I graduated in 1973 in a “Graduation Exercises” ceremony, but there was “No Prom” because the churches still didn’t allow dancing in school.

 

 

 

The Ozarks Hillbilly Stereotype

 

No matter how incorrect the “hillbilly” stereotype is about The Ozarks. Americans and foreigners seem to cling to the dumb hayseed and lazy cartoon and television stereotypes of “The Ozarks Hillbilly.”

 

The irony is that the Ozarks is pretty close to the center of the United States and it has always seemed like an “undiscovered country” to foreigners and other Americans.

 

My geographical calculations of “The Ozarks” begins from the southern city limits sign of Jefferson City to the southern city limits sign of Little Rock, Arkansas, which is what I always considered to be, “The Ozarks.”

 

Stone County, Missouri is in the southwest section of the state and borders Arkansas, which means, “reckon I grew up one of them thar’ Ozarks’ country boys.”

 

Missourians in the Ozarks joke, “If you don’t like the weather just wait 15 minutes and it will change.” There is truth to that joke. The weather doesn’t always change every 15 minutes, but in a 24-hour day, the weather can change several times in a day.

 

Pen To Paper

 

To put pen to paper and write a story about Christmas in The Ozarks, I will have to set the stage.

 

There are many famous Missourians from United States Army Generals of the Armies John Joseph “Blackjack” Pershing to “The Most Trusted Man In America” Walter Cronkite, but, usually the celebrities are known as Missourians and not necessarily, “Ozarkers.”

 

Neosho, Missouri’s Thomas Hart Benton put his brush strokes on canvas to paint pictures; I will try to paint a word picture of life in The Ozarks in the 1960s.

 

Tom Sawyer Childhood

 

Life in “The Ozarks” in Stone County, Missouri in the 1960s was like “Tom Sawyer on a tractor and in a pickup truck.” Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Midwest buckboards and stagecoaches were replaced by 18-wheelers, Greyhound and Continental Trailways buses.

 

Rose O’Neill’s Kewpie dolls could be still found in toy stores in the Ozarks. Overall, Life in southern Missouri had not changed all that much since the days of Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose O’Neill.

 

The Tomato Factories” of Reeds Spring, Abesville, and Galena in the 1930s had been replaced with “The Garment Factory” in Reeds Spring and Crane and Crane had a “Casket Factory.”

 

Fasco in Springfield, Missouri employed several people from Stone County. In 1960, Silver Dollar City was just beginning operations. Branson, Missouri in 1960 was “no threat” to country music in Nashville, but, Nashville musicians would begin to head for Branson, during the 1960s. In the area of economics, “times were tough”, in Stone County and southwest Missouri in 1960.

 

Blood Out Of A Turnip

 

Every nation has an economy. Money flows around in the metropolitan and urban areas, but in rural areas the ocean of money flows into a narrow stream that sometimes becomes a dry creek bed. In Stone County, it seemed even the rocks in the creek bed were usually “bone dry.”

 

After The Great Depression and World War II, the United States economy was strengthening. In the rural areas of the Ozarks, being “poor” is still a way of life.

 

In the early 1960s, the local power companies were working hard to provide, stable and reliable electricity.

 

Stone County, Missouri had a reputation of being one of the poorest counties in The Show Me State.

 

Traditionally in Missouri, statistics reveal “Mining” is the major source of manual labor income for the state. Farming comes in second. There were caves in Stone County, but no working mines.

 

Farming is hard work. Even with good weather and the money to buy seeds, livestock and equipment, farming is a full-time job to make a living.

 

Gardening maybe a hobby; Farming is a job.

 

Grandma DeLong like to sum up an economic situation as, “I couldn’t afford to make a down payment on an old settin’ hen with all her eggs rotten.” The purpose of this country statement was to point out that someone was “financially broke.” It was a common financial phrase that you heard in The Ozarks in the 1960s.

 

By 1960s, some farmers in Stone County had had it with “life on the farm.” Some people sold their farms and moved to other states. Some people stayed on their farms, but tried to get a “public job” at Silver Dollar City.

 

When it came to money in Stone County, Missouri and The Ozarks in the 1960s “people minded their Ps and Qs” and sometimes the lack of money was described as “Trying to get blood out of a turnip.”

 

Ozarks Hills And Hollers

 

Corn and tomatoes were the big income producing crops in Stone County, Missouri in my childhood in the 1960s. There were always stories of some of the corn being used to produce “moonshine” and “white lightning.”

 

In the early 1980s, I was “home on leave” from the military and a family friend unscrewed the lid on a Mason jar and asked me if I wanted some of the clear liquid.

 

I thanked him, but decided not to drink the “white lightning.”

 

The geography of Stone County had some cliffs and bluffs in the landscape of the hills and hollers. When the soil was too rough, rocky or poor to raise any other crop, usually the farmer would sew cane and other pasture grasses.

 

Fertilize was not all that expensive, but, the amount needed to nourish the soil and get crops to grow was sometimes too big a chunk of money out of a farmer’s budget.

 

Uncle Richard had one field beside State Highway 176, that the family called, “The Cane Field” because it was too rocky and the soil too poor for any other crop. The cane was used to feed to the cattle in the winter time,

 

Spring and summer usually the crops grew well and there was plenty of pasture to feed the livestock. Farmers didn’t get rich, but they made “the ends meet.”

 

Deep Freeze

 

Winter in southwest Missouri in the 1960s was always Armageddon. Fields were buried under blankets of deep snow. The important contribution of the deep snow and cold temperatures is the weather would kill off chiggers, ticks and snakes as long as farmers burned the brush in their fields and hollers in the early falls.

 

Burning the tree leaves in the hollers that fell kept deep leave beds from filling up the hollers. In the winter time, chigger, ticks and snakes would burrow into the deep leaves to try and wait out the winter until spring.

 

Southwest Missouri’s picture postcard “snows” were efficient in freezing farm ponds, which stayed frozen unless you broke the ice with an ax for the cattle to get a drink.

 

The weight of a Black Angus, Polled Hereford, Jersey or Holstein cow would sometimes shatter the ice and a cow could drown trying to get a drink of water in the winter.

 

Later in the 1960s, someone invented a device to stick in farm ponds in the winter to keep the water from freezing.

 

The deep freeze of the Ozarks in winter would freeze trees. The weight of ice on the limbs would cause the limbs to fall and take down electric lines. If you were lucky, you would be without electricity for a day.

 

On average people usually went without electricity for two to three days usually two to three times,during winter from October through April. The worst case scenario meant you would go without electricity for one to two weeks during the winter.

 

A Country Mile

 

The strength of my childhood came from my family in the Ozarks. Momma, Grandma DeLong, Uncle Richard, Uncle Hobert, Aunt Mary, and Cousin Donna were my family in the Ozarks.

 

In Houston, Texas, I could step out in my front yard. Donna and Debbie Brinkley from the house next door only had to walk out their gate and a few feet to walk into my yard for us to play.

 

In the Ozarks, neighbors always seemed to live a country mile from your front door.

 

Thelma Thomas was my closet neighbor in 1960 and she lived about a tenth of a mile from my front door on top of a hill. Her kids were grown with families of their own.

 

The Galena School District usually included Jenkins and Wheelerville, Missouri, which was only a few miles from Crane, Missouri. And, Crane, Missouri was 10 miles from Galena.The district would extend south to almost Reeds Spring, which was about 15 miles from Galena.

 

Many of my classmates would have to do chores before catching the school bus in the morning. The bus ride for some of the kids meant they were on the school bus for two hours before they arrived at Galena Elementary or Galena High School. After school, they would spend two hours on the bus once it left the school.

 

You would see classmates in school, but the distances and the rural road conditions to their parents’ farms meant that “visits” and social interaction was almost impossible, except for possibly on the weekend.

 

Crane, Missouri was only 10 miles from Galena and we usually only went grocery shopping in Crane on Saturdays.

 

 

 

Life On Planet Earth Before Electronics”

 

Children of the 21st Century will think I grew up in The Dark Ages because there was no Internet, no facebook, no twitter, no computers, no X box, no play station and no cell phones.

 

Yes, there was “Life On Planet Earth Before Electronics.”

 

Fire had been discovered. My father always carried his Zippo cigarette lighter.

 

We didn’t have to use stone tablets and chisels because there was an archaic device called, a typewriter that used ribbons, bond paper and carbon paper that helped people put words on paper for future generations.

 

Telephones Come To Stone County

 

Telephones were being installed in homes, near Galena and Abesville, Missouri.

 

In order to have a telephone in your home if you lived near State Highway 176, you had to be willing to be on “a party line”, which meant when your phone rang, your neighbors telephone gave off a jangle sound,

 

There was one public telephone booth in Galena, Missouri. The phone booth was on the sidewalk by the US Post Office, next to Floyd’s Barber shop, which was next to Rose’s beauty shop, which was next to the Hillbilly Cafe and sat across the street from the courthouse. In 2011, that area is now a parking lot for The Stone County Judicial Center.

 

The reason why the telephone was so important in 1960 was it allowed Momma to call Daddy in Texas and he could call her from Texas. Grandma and Uncle Richard never had a telephone. DeLong and Warren family members, who lived in other states could call us and we could call them.

 

In the 21st Century, when it seems children own a cell phone as soon as they learn to speak; it may be hard to imagine the importance of a telephone in your home, but, imagine for a moment that you lived in the snow and ice of the South Pole and you were trying to make a phone call to your grandparents in the United States.

 

If your grandparents lived in a city like Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York City, it would be easy for them to place a call. But, if you lived in a remote location at the South Pole, there might not be phone lines or cell phone towers, so you might not get the phone call.

Old Missouri Spring Photo by Junior Warren1

Old Missouri Spring

This old spring is on Warren Land in Stone County, Missouri. The Ozarks area of the United States has always been difficult for “people to live off the land” because the soil is poor and rocky. If you need rain; you will get a drought. If you need sunshine;you will get a flood. Nature seems to enjoy working against farmers. Wildlife and insect pest can have a negative effect on crops. The Old Traditional Ozarks Hillbilly concept portrays citizens as dumb and lazy. The truth is an Ozarks Hillbilly is one of the smartest and hard working people, you will ever meet because they use their elbow grease and common sense to work a “Miracle” on stubborn pieces of land to earn a living and raise their families. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

 

The Miracle Of Life In The Ozarks

 

When you think of “The Ozarks” in the 1960s; you understand the word, “Miracle” is a reality.

 

The Ozarks’ lunar style geography of cliffs and bluffs, poor soil, an over abundance of rocks, moody weather, predator wildlife like wolves and coyotes as well as insect pests; it is a “Miracle” that people were able to live, earn a living, and sometimes prosper in this section of the United States.

 

When you are a child, you open your toys on Christmas Day. Underneath the Christmas Tree, you begin to play with the toys.

 

As a young man, you can find yourself trying to decide if you want to go “Home For The Holidays.”

 

As a senior citizen you can sit back with a cup of coffee or a glass of egg nog and remember the toys and the celebrations. When you look back long enough at your childhood, you really begin to understand and appreciate the sacrifices that your parents made for you.

 

At last, you can understand, the challenges, costs,hard work and the effort that your parents made to make Christmas seem like a “Magickal Holiday” that simply happens.

Sam

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“Opal” The Hog Farmer by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Parental Portrait for Christmas

 

Opal

The Hog Farmer

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Opal

Missouri Hillbilly

Opal M. DeLong Warren, would proudly proclaim to someone she had just met, “ I am a Missouri Hillbilly.” Opal may not be The Show Me State’s First Woman Hog Farmer, but, she should certainly be in the rankings as “One Of Missouri’s Most Prolific Women Hog Farmers.” From 1960 until 1982, Opal had 25 sows of the Yorkshire, Hampshire and Duroc breeds that raised litters of pigs that averaged 12 to 18 pigs per litter. Of the awards that she earned in her lifetime, one of her favorites was the year, the Galena Chapter of the Future Farmers of America presented her with a Chapter Farmer Award.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

In 1960, momma and I moved to a farm in Missouri. Through the years, her herd of hogs would expand to 25 sows of Yorkshire, Hampshire and Duroc breeds.

 

Our United Nations of Pork would welcome litters of 10 to 18 pigs, running, rooting and squealing over the landscape for 20 years.

 

In the process, the 10 acres of land would come to resemble the lunar landscape thanks to the dedicated snouts of hogs rooting into the soil. The air was always fresh and clean.

 

Of course, when the wind shifted and the aroma of hog manure assaulted your nostrils, people would always reconsider their “Tom Sawyer” and “Little House On The Prairie” philosophies of “Life In The Country.”

 

The Good Ole’ Days Of Pork Production”

 

Hogs always got the “bad publicity” for the smell of livestock manure in the country. Every time people “pushed” to implement “Planning and Zoning” one of the favorite fairy tales that the critics would shout is, “You don’t want your neighbor to put in a ‘hog farm’, next to your property.”

 

The Planning and Zoning argument is silly. If you have a “sensitive nose” – stay the hell away from a farm !

 

Hogs always got the bad publicity. Yet, all farms have barns, barnyards and feed lots. It does not matter if the farm is a dairy farm, a cattle farm, a mule farm, a horse farm, or a horse ranch, livestock takes care of their daily body functions. When the breeze shifts, your nose will notice. Manure is manure and it always smells bad.

 

Nonetheless, the 1960s through the early 1980s were “The Good Ole’ Days Of Pork Production,” when hog buyers through the country would stop by and pay you top dollar for a litter of well-fed feeder pigs ready for market.

 

Lost In Place

 

Green Acres” was one of my favorite television shows as a kid. Eddie Albert played the New York City lawyer, who moves to the “boonies” to live the simple life of a farmer. There was a major element of truth to the script; you really do need “a successful lawyer’s salary if you want to be a farmer in the United States.”

 

Hungarian bombshell actress, Eva Gabor played the role of the New York City socialite wife, who was miserable living out in the “boonies” on a farm. The actresses discontent is another major element of “truth”: rural life is not as convenient as city life.

 

In Galena, Missouri in 2011, the nearest hospital was at least 40 miles away in Springfield, Missouri and Aurora, Missouri. There is also a hospital about 25 miles away in Branson, Missouri. Medical emergencies rely on the ambulances and sometimes medical helicopter flights.

 

The nearest pizza in the rural area around Galena in 2011 was about five miles away at Speedee’s in Galena or 10 miles away in Crane, Missouri.

 

In the rural surroundings of Galena, Missouri, after 8 p.m., you will have to wait to the next day or get in the car and drive to Springfield, Branson West or Branson if you want a pizza, taco or movie.

 

The Biggest Gamblers In The World

 

A curious irony of life in the Midwest is the conservative, religious culture is against “gambling”; yet, farmers are some of the ‘Biggest Gamblers In The World” because nature and weather always seems to be “rigging the deck” against farmers.

 

Everyday is a “Gamble” for a farmer because nature, weather, falling crop and livestock prices can leave a farmer and his or her family homeless in a couple of years.

 

Cash Cows Of Farm Finances

 

ARMCHAIR FARMER Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr._resizedA cow will have one calf a year, while an old sow can have two to three litters a year with the number of pigs ranging from six to 18.

 

In farming, cattle are usually considered as the “Cash Cows of Farm Finances” in raising livestock, but, in southwest Missouri in the 1960s, it was easier to get into hog farming. Hogs provided a stable, consistent revenue stream which allowed a farmer to expand into other areas of livestock production like beef cattle. Momma’s hogs provided the money for her to get a herd of about 50 Black Angus cattle. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

It takes about a year to raise a beef heifer or steer to the size to send to market. It takes a few months to raise a pork litter of pigs to the size to send to market.

 

If you have the land and the money then buy your Stetson, boots, high priced tractors, babe magnet farm pickups, fancy stock trailers and invest in a herd of horses or cattle.

 

If you have a small budget and need to get into livestock farming quickly, buy you a couple of sows, rent you a couple of acres of land away from nosy neighbors and planning and zoning bureaucrats and get into hog farming.

 

Farming is a business like any business with it’s own up and downs. Cattle and horse farming is like trying to build a multinational, global corporation overnight. Hog farming is like realizing you need a small business to build into a global corporation.

 

Momma grew up on a farm, so she knew that hogs is your best overall money-making agricultural investment.

 

Chicken farming and turkey farming makes money, but, there is a sizable investment in building the big, long chicken and turkey houses for poultry. Raccoons, foxes, wolves and snakes love chicken and turkey, perhaps, more than people, so the “hen house” and turkey houses have to be designed to keep out these types of wildlife.

 

Crop farming takes a lot of land and you have to rely on the weather to give you the right amount of rainfall and sunshine at the right time. Weather never cooperates with farmers.

 

Plus crop farming takes several months to get the seeds in the ground up to a harvest height. If the weather doesn’t get you, then, falling prices and insect pests will. After the American Civil War, a small pest,called the “boll weevil” kept cotton crop production down in the south until during the 1980s.

 

Hog farmers usually stand a greater chance of success than other types of farmers based on the investment needed to get up and running and the ability to keep things up and running over time.

 

As you make money, then, you can invest in cattle or crops and consider setting aside your rubber boots for the hand tooled leather cowboy boots to wear to the stockman’s club.

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The Coal Oil Lantern

Farmers in the Missouri Ozarks usually called the lanterns, “coal oil lanterns”, instead of kerosene. In the 1960s, in southwest Missouri, electricity wasn’t always stable, especially when heavy snowfall had tree limbs freezing, breaking off and taking down power lines for two to three days at a time. The lanterns provided light in a hog shed at night, which came in handy when an old sow was giving birth to a litter of pigs. By the mid-1960s, Samuel E. Warren, my father, used his electrician skills to put lights in momma’s hog sheds. Still, we kept a lantern, in the corner of the sheds, just in case the lights went out. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Thank God For Hogs

 

Momma’s hogs put me through grade school, high school and let me chill out in college until I signed up for a military career.  

 

Around 1965, momma got some Black Angus cattle, which made money. But, the real dollars and sense of southwest Missouri farming for our family from the 1960s through 1980 came from the hogs.

 

Opal M. DeLong Warren, my mother, the business woman, knew the secret of financial success is saving and managing your money whether you work in public or are self employed. I should of learned these lessons earlier in life.

 

Perhaps, now, that I have written down these lessons, people will read and understand the common sense Ozarks logic, so that you never go hungry or thirsty and you don’t always have to worry about the roof over your head at night.

 

As long as people enjoy a good steak or a slice of ham, farmers will have jobs. In my country boy opinion, vegans and vegetarians are welcome to their plants and pasture grasses.

 

Keep in mind, though on any farm I live on, “The cattle have first choice at the pasture grasses. The vegans and vegetarians will just have to settle for the blades of grass in my front yard.”

 

And, come breakfast, I usually have a “hankerin’” for some pork chops, ham,sausage,and bacon.

Sam

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