“EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD”
“EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD”
Real life experience from Maryland
This was probably the most terrifying time to live in the Washington, D.C. area. Approximately a year after 9/11, which was the worse attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor and the Oklahoma City bombing, we were once again in fear. Many people remember the words of the former leader, Osama Bin Laden, who claimed that one of his goals was to sabotage and bankrupt the United States. For many citizens living in this area, we all began to think that maybe this is the second part of his planned attack on America. However, for three weeks, we all lived in stress and with extreme uncertainty of what will happen and who will be the next victim of the DC Sniper. I remember I had just finished my year long tour at the Pentagon and Ft. Stewart, Georgia when all this started. During this time I remember getting a call or somehow being told that the National Guard was a possibility of being called out if these sniper attacks continued for a certain period of time.
Thinking of going back in full military gear to catch one or many snipers terrorizing the area was not appealing, but motivating because I wanted this to end just as badly as anyone else. How could you go through life not knowing that you will be the next sniper victim and be able to concentrate on your daily activities? I remember seeing most gas stations being less populated, and most within the Montgomery County area were either not being used or if they had people there, they were very quick. My fear was being at a gas station when or if the shots rang out and one of them strike the hose of a gas pump. At that point we would all either go up in huge flames or gasoline would just contaminate everyone, putting us in massive risk for a static charge to ignite us. Each time I went and got gas I had my head on a swivel to see if I could find anything or see anyone that would spark my attention. I never saw anything during this period.
One of my most memorial times during this stessful moment was when I entered the Capital Beltway, Interstate 495 and 95, and saw a massive back-up. There was nothing but brake lights all up and down both sides of the beltway with county and state police cruisers flying by us with their lights and sirens blarring. Nearly any suspicious vehicle that matched a previous description or any white box truck that looked suspicious were stopped anywhere they were. So if you had a white box truck in the area at the time, I felt sorry for you because ultimately you became a suspect because of one eye witness. It was later determined that the eye witness who saw a white box truck leave the area of one of the shootings, misidentified a suspect. The driver of that white box truck stated he left the scene immediately because he was deathly afraid. So as he left the area, he sped off which made him look like a possible suspect. Victims dying at the hands of a sniper, and none of them were tied together or had any connection together, was extremely mind-boggling. Random killings will and can stomp an investigation from moving forward at the pace that is needed.
For the first time in my life I started to worry more about my family members being caught up in this terrorist act, and wondered how would I emotionally respond to that. I can thankfully say that none of my friends and family were victims of this brutal plot, but unfortunately, some can’t say the same thing. Since this has passed in our history timeline, other copy-cats have tried to mach this behavior in other parts of the United States. Thankfully the massive cooperation of local, state and federal police agencies worked well-together to solve and catch the DC Snipers before more death and terror continued. At one point I was thinking how would the world look if you have your National Guardsmen patrolling the streets with local and state agencies? What would’ve been our Rules of Engagement if we were to get called out? Would Martial Law be declared for the area? State of Emergency? All these things ran through my mind constantly as I was preparing myself mentally to go back into that mode for which I just left. I thank God that we were not used for that purpose and that we were able to left on standby.
I tell you, the not knowing whether you or someone next to you was going to be the next victim. Everyone was watching everyone and I’m sure police caught themselves respond to massive amounts of suspicious vehicles and persons during this three week period. Since that time it would appear that many people forgot that it wasn’t only stressful for the citizens, but for police too, who were tasked to solve this investigation ASAP. Some people began to speculate that it was probably international terrorism that was responsible, to complete their second part of the 9/11 attacks. All in all it was homegrown terrorism with one of the snipers being a veteran, John Allan Muhammad, who served in the first Gulf War, and a seventeen year old companion, Lee Boyd Malvo. Needless to say Muhammad would get the death penalty and Malvo would receive life in prison, which is what they were sentenced with after their days in court. Situations like these is what can transform an area and the police departments, but whether that be good or bad is completely up in the air. I think the area was transformed, but in some ways bad and in some ways good. I suppose it depends on the individual people you ask.
Today’s movie classic is Platoon. Another classic that must be seen if you are into action/military/war movies. Every military buddy I know have seen this movie and can describe at least one scene. This one is also from 1986. Enjoy the clips below.
“BROKEN WINGS” – Mr. Mister
Top 100 of 1986
For those that don’t know, yes, Tupac sampled this song. Not the other way around.
(My wife and once a prominent blog writer. A comeback to the blog world is on the horizon!)
“THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR”
Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Gladys Knight
One of the top 100 in 1986
In celebration that the state of Texas won its independence from Mexico in the 19th century!
Real life stories from Maryland
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You read about celebrities committing suicide, Hollywood and professional sports, and you mostly hear one statement that comes out of the death investigation, ‘mental illness’. I often wonder is mental illness getting that much worse in our society or it is just being reported more, a better understanding of what to look for and how to deal with it. This story also falls in the category of if you see something, say something! We would often get numerous calls of suspicious vehicle and people nearly daily, and they sometimes turn into something bigger. However, for this incident if someone had actually said something and called us, we could’ve saved a life and saved a family from heartbreak. In speaking to the witnesses after responding to the scene, I clearly remember two witnesses, while in the computer lab, watched this individual for two hours straight; with clear signs that this person may need help. A simple anonymous call to the police would’ve possibly had us take him to the hospital for an emergency evaluation.
Yes, I was slightly bothered by what they told me, which stuck out to me to be clear signs of someone needing intervention. To give you a better sense of the situation without going into great detail of how everything panned out, we were dealing a person who unexplained committed suicide by jumping from a four-story garage. Normally during your death investigation you would find something, no matter how small or big, that could possibly explain why this person took the dramatic ending that they did. From what I know nothing was found, but that doesn’t mean something wasn’t found later. I remember receiving this call over the radio, as one shift was ending their night, for a male having seizures. Putting everything together, and connecting the timelines from all the people involved, he was just minutes from being discovered on top of the garage. Even with cameras posted in strategic spots with clear view of the garage roof, not one spotted him coming and eventually going over the side.
I remember we all thought it was a crime scene at first and thought he might’ve been a victim of foul play. As we worked vigorously to save his life doing CPR, he was too far gone, and too severely injured to bring him from the reaper. Oddly, just the thought of my time in Afghanistan is what calmed me down and slowed down my thoughts enough to be able to think through the situation. Several minutes later, the ambulance finally arrived to use the AED and take him to the hospital, but we knew it was too little too late. I can honestly say this was the absolute first time that someone passed away in front of me. The evidence that was left behind after the ambulance crew removed him, gave more reasons why he had no chance of survival. For all we know we may never know the deep root of the personal problems that haunted this person, but yet again another family was robbed of a young precious life suffering. I sadly understand that some people may not want help, but the ones that do we need to step up and help them out.
ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY – The United Nations celebrated this for the first time on March 1, 2014.
SELF-INJURY AWARNESS DAY – Self explanatory on what this means.
ST. DAVID’S DAY – In celebration of the Wales’ patron saint, Saint David.
TOWN MEETING DAY (VERMONT) – Today gives the public a chance to speak their minds in a public forum, and also the anniversary when the state was admitted to the union as the 14th state in 1791.
For the past one hundred years, during the twenty-first century, the world has gone through numerous geographical and atmospheric changes. Many experts in the field of science, including prominent meteorologists, have warned the world many times over about ‘Global Warming’ and how our seasons and weather will be affected in the coming future. Thousands, even millions of people, worldwide prepared themselves for what is the unknown, our future on this planet and how life will be in the next century. Well, very soon other world events that occur will consume time, money and energy, both humanistic and natural, to where many cries about the atmospheric changes would go unnoticed and forgotten. Many skirmishes and conflicts would erupt throughout the years, but one particular incident out of a global fight occurred that got everyone’s attention. During the mid-twenty-first century the North and South Koreans were on the verge of re-igniting the stalemate and ghosts of the Korean War. Tensions between the two nations were so thick and so high that everyone stayed glued to the news awaiting for the first shots to be heard. Soon, many would get their wish when the North Korean’s conducted a flight test of their newest ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), which was supposed to land out in the sea away from any population. However, against all stern warnings from the United Nation’s, United States, South Korea and even North Korea’s ally, China, the missile test was conducted and became the catalyst to the re-ignition of the Korean War.
The missile was halfway through its flight when it began to malfunction, switched flight path and entered the Japanese Air Space. Many witnesses saw this white-yellow streak overhead and frightened most of the Japanese population, who saw Hiroshima and Nagasaki happening all over again. Once the missile’s flight path was known to be heading out into the Pacific Ocean, a United States nuclear submarine was near the area of the flight path and was ordered to destroy the ICBM in mid-flight. As impossible as this task was to complete, the mission was completed when an enormous fireball was seen high in the atmosphere for many miles around. For so many years after that incident, no one ever knew for sure if the missile indeed malfunctioned or that story was made as a cover up for the true intentions of the North Korean government. Whichever side you decided or found yourself joining, many victims of the Korean War – Part II will not be able to voice their opinion on the subject matter or share their story. Another thing that eluded many international investigators was one of many unanswered questions as to what was the missile carrying in its warhead. Hearing the accounts from many survivors and witnesses to the explosion year’s earlier, all expressed the same thing from their vantage point of seeing a blue mist slowly spread through the sky in all directions. Many scientific flights were conducted in the area where the missile was destroyed and in a circumference of 100 miles. No results were found or they became inconclusive.
Korean War – Part II lasted for a gruesome three years before the North Korean government and their shaky stability collapsed due to the strains and stresses of war. During those years of fighting many lives were lost, but the secluded world of North Korea was no longer there and open for the entire world to see. Reconstruction would take years to complete, but that was a small price to pay compared to what this conflict costs in the long run. As the latter half of the century continued, many wanted this twenty-first century to come to an end and start fresh into the twenty-second century. Although many people will not be around to witness the changing of time, several time capsules were buried to only be shared with friends and family left behind. While the latter half of the century does not see any more worldwide conflicts, the weather system has been slowly changing, which once again became noticeable when a snowstorm landed in the Samoa’s. More strange phenomenon began to happen when the state of Arizona reported having temperatures dropping below zero on a consistent basis during the months of September to January. The East Coast began to see and experience more earthquakes, random tornados and enormous size hurricanes that scientist had issues trying to predict. Thunderstorms became more and more violent, which made fire safety a top priority for several people since firestorms would breakout due to extremely intense lightning strikes. The global weather pattern was changing before your eyes and everyone kept hoping that this is just Mother Nature taking its course to readjust. That was naive thinking at its best.
Within the last ten years of the twenty-first century things with the weather really became abrupt and deadly. The storms were so bad that buildings could not be built any taller than thirty stories, which became law in many states. The IWS (International Weather Service) was formed to collaborate all weather models into one system and to discover how to better predict the ever changing atmosphere. This would soon become a task much bigger than anyone anticipated as much more extreme conditions were on the horizon, but this time they wouldn’t see it coming until it was already happening.
“No matter how hard you try; man is not the Almighty God!” – unknown source.
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