Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Martin Luther King Day

For this year's MLK Day I am re-posting the Blog I did in 2011 when we visited Memphis and the Lorraine Motel.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Lorraine Motel

Memphis’ Lorraine Motel was the site of the 6:01 p.m., April 4th, 1968 execution of Dr. Martin Luther King, civil Rights leader and anti Vietnam War Crusader. He was shot in front of room 306 where he stood on the balcony talking to members of his team in the parking lot. The site has been preserved and is now the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel. The site consists of the motel, the surrounding land and the buildings across the street where the fatal shot came from.
The Lorrain Motel and room 306, in front of which King was shot:
The Motel and parking lot:
The buildings across the street. The police insist the fatal shot was fired by James Earl Ray from the window on the second floor, top right.
Here is James Earl Ray’s bathroom window, partially open as it was that day. This shot was taken from as close as I could get to the balcony outside room 306.
The actual bathroom window is inaccessible due to a Plexiglas surrounding erected to replace the bathroom walls and to protect the room. This shot was taken from the taller window in the next room and gives an almost identical view. The wreath on the motel balcony was where King was standing. I resorted to my old photography tricks learned in Dallas at the Kennedy assignation site where cameras were also banned inside the buildings. This photo was shot from the hip while I looked in a different direction. Pretty sneaky, eh?
So, what is wrong with this picture? Well, if we believe the official story, everything fits. The problem is, many people including the King family did not believe the cover story and started their own investigation. It was then that the “evidence” started to fall apart. There was a conspiracy trial in 1999 in Memphis that found that there had been a far reaching conspiracy in the murder. The participants in the killing were found to be the Mafia, FBI, CIA, Military and the Memphis Police Department. This trial was hushed up and the findings suppressed.
What was so dangerous about the 1999 Memphis trial that it had to be suppressed? The evidence presented — under oath and on the record — made it abundantly clear that the reports of the 1997 House Select Committee on Assassinations, of the Civil Rights Commission appointed by Clinton’s AG Janet Reno, and the New York Times were all wrong. James Earl Ray did not murder King.
The all Black police detachment that normally protected King when he was in the city was replaced that day with no reason given. The only two Black firemen from the station across the street were told to take the day off while the army told the fire chief they needed his rooftop that day to photograph and observe King. They carried a package to the rooftop which they said contained “cameras”.
The owner of the building next door swore under oath that the bag that contained the weapon police insisted was used by James Earl Ray to kill King was dropped off at his door ten minutes BEFORE he heard the shot.
Federal Judge Joe Brown found in another trial that this gun was not the murder weapon, that the bullets did not match, the scope had never been sighted in and that the gun was incapable of making this accurate a shot.
Loyd Jowers, the defendant in the conspiracy trial was connected to the Mafia and admitted that he was involved in the assignation of King, that he had participated in the killing. He also stated that he had received a “smoking rifle” from a Memphis Police Department marksman which he later disposed of.
Immediately after the shot, two men ran from the bush area in front of the building across the street. One jumped into a green Chev and burned rubber leaving the scene right in front of a Memphis Police car which gave no apparent notice. The other fleeing man jumped into a different police car which drove away.
All this evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999. 70 witnesses testified under oath, 4,000 pages of transcripts described the evidence, much of it new. It took the jury 59 minutes to come back with their decision that Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill, had participated in a conspiracy to kill King, a conspiracy that included J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the Memphis Police Department (MPD), and organized crime. That verdict exonerated James Earl Ray who had already died in prison.

Good question. Martin Luther King was adamantly opposed to the Vietnam War. He was organizing a mass protest in Washington to force the Government to abandon this war. He had the charisma, the organizing ability and the public support to accomplish this. There was also speculation that he was planning a run for President of the United States.
This was unacceptable to the American controlled multinational corporations that stood to lose billions if the USA abandoned the Vietnam War. These corporations had (and still have) the power to direct policy. King stood between them and their profits and he had to go. There was more than one rifle aimed at the Reverend King that day. If the marksman had missed or was interrupted, there were backups. His fate was sealed. He was a dead man walking!
All of this information has been suppressed. William Pepper’s (the King family lawyer) 2003 book, An Act of State, The Execution of Martin Luther King, published by Verso, gave a detailed report of the trial. The book was systematically ignored. Pepper said in February 2003 that he had been personally turned down by reviewers for major media. They did not want to put their jobs and reputation on the line. I have my copy on order from eBay.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Honda is Home!

My mechanic called this morning to say the Honda is running perfectly. He plugged the new ECM in, turned the key and it started! He changed the oil because it was due and discovered the oil pan had a lot of gas in it! He thought this might have something to do with the fuel injection getting the wrong signals from the ECM and the excess gas going into the oil. I will have to watch this.
Anyway, the damage. $580 Canadian ($437 US), most of it was the "new" ECM and shipping. Substantial but hopefully it will keep the old beast running for another year.

I looked at what was available locally for $5 - $7K, what I am willing to pay. It is pretty hard to find a Honda with decent mileage and a decent price but there are several mid 2000's Mazdas around my price. Most of these have 175,000 to 250,000 KM (108,000 - 155,000 Miles) on them. The '89 Honda has 300.000 KM (186,000 Miles) on it and is worth nothing.
I have to laugh though. If this was the motorhome that burned out some major electronic parts it would have cost many times that to get back on the road. Then I would have had something to cry about!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Honda Is At The Doctor's.

On Friday morning the '89 Honda performed perfectly, as it has for months. I went downtown, shopped, came home and parked. Friday afternoon I tried to go to the store and it made a horrible noise starting, ran really rough for a few seconds and stalled, refusing to restart.
I called my mechanic on Monday and Wednesday morning he came over and checked a few things. It had fuel, fuel pressure and spark, all the necessities of life but would not start. I told him that I know nothing but the first thing I thought of was that the 200,000 KM old timing belt broke. He admitted he was thinking the same thing but he had to have it in his shop to check.

So I called BCAA and got it towed to his shop. He should have a report later today. We discussed retiring the Honda and buying a "new" $4000 car but like he says, unless it was a car he knew and had worked on I could just be buying another car with a timing belt ready to go and he knew of no available cars at the moment. At least the Mazda is running well.
'89 Honda Part II
My mechanic just called. The timing belt is fine so he started checking more and determined it is an electrical problem with the fuel injection which is controlled by the ECM (Engine Control Module) which is screwed to the floor under the driver's seat. He reached under the seat only to find the ECM half submerged under water from the damn leaking sun roof! He is going to try drying the ECM out in front of the heater overnight and if that does not fix it there is one available from a wrecker in Victoria for $250.
The sunroof no longer works and has leaked for years. He has some magic gasket sealer that he is going to put around it to try to stem the tide. He will also drill a couple of drain holes through the floor under the ECM and remount it raised a little above the floor. Redneck solutions! Probably more to report tomorrow. I suspect and hope the ECM will start functioning when it is dry. It is an electronic device with no moving parts so we might get lucky!
The ECM is fried, replacement on order. He has sealed the leaky sun roof and will mount the ECM above the floor with some drip drain holes drilled underneath it. In all probability it will run. He says he vacuumed about three litres of water out of the carpets. They were soaked!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone! Ours will be a quiet evening at home watching the Ball drop at New York midnight (our 9:00 PM) on TV. After that it will just be wait and see how long we stay up!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas Letter 2018

Man, is it Christmas already? This year has gone by so fast but they say that is what happens in your mid seventies!

We had no big home projects this year other than Norma's ever present struggles with her gardens and lawns which always seem to take up as much time as she wants to spend on them. The drainage on the rear bank is still corralled by all the drain pipes and sumps we had installed a few years ago to send it on it's way down the driveway, under the road and into the ocean. I just have to climb up the bank every three or four months to ensure all three sumps are empty of sand. We really enjoy having that year round stream behind the house but it does require maintenance.

Brooks' fencing and deck business is doing very well, in fact he is almost getting too much work which is OK because it lets him refer the jobs he really does not want or does not have time for to other people.  He and LindaLee have been on several mini vacations, this year's destinations have been Seattle, Nashville and Vegas.

We, on the other hand, only got away once and that was to our great niece Karen's wedding in Lacombe, Alberta. The groom is Irish and their home is in Ireland so as you can imagine the wedding had it's share of Irishmen (and ladies). The venue was on Karen's brother's farm and it was a blast that lasted several days! We made a slow trip out in the motorhome and an equally slow trip back. The return trip would have been longer but the forest fire smoke forced us to cancel our planned time in the Okanagan. As it was, we were gone almost a month!

The grandkids made it up in the summer. They are both incredibly busy but Jayde took time off to come up from Vancouver with Brooks and Sierrah caught a ride from Victoria with Caroline, her other grandma. It was a fun couple of days and so great to see these young adults (and fun to see Carolyn again)!

Norma had one eye worked on to remove a pesky cataract and add a new lens and I had a minor heart thing, A-Fib, which they tried to get back into rhythm with an electric shock. It didn't work but my specialist assures me that no one has ever died from A-Fib so I have added a blood thinner a day to my diet and am living with it. Not a big deal as I didn't know I had it (or even how long I have had it) in the first place.

I don't know where the rest of the year went. I know we spent more time relaxing, or "chillin" as they call it now than we used to but that is probably a good thing.

We are staying home again this winter for a couple of reasons, the primary one being my reluctance to spend any of my hard earned Union pension in a country governed by Trump.

So, Merry Christmas to all and as always, "Life Is Good"!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Norma's Two Week Eye Checkup

We drove down to the eye doctor at noon today and the verdict was, "Your left eye is 100%! Do you want the other one done?" The right eye is in better shape than the left one was so they decided to wait until January to make the decision. She has an appointment on January 3. She is feeling much better about the whole thing and is not using her glasses as the prescription for the left eye is now way off.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Cataract Surgery Day Three

It has been three days since Norma had the surgery on her left eye. The vision recovery has not been as quick as we (I) hoped for as some articles I read indicated results should be noticeable within hours or by the next day. Such was not the case as she still had an opaque "film" over the eye and it looked like she was looking through a shower curtain. She was still experiencing a "gritty" feeling on the eyeball. Her friend Kelly and I convinced her to call the doctor this morning if it did not improve overnight.

Well, it seems to have improved a bit. She says the film is almost gone and she can read the guide on the TV screen this morning and can read the print in a magazine so it is a definite improvement over yesterday. She wants to wait until after the weekend before she calls.

So far it has been a positive experience even with recovery being a little slower than I had hoped for. Everyone's eyes are different so everyone's experience will be a little different I suppose. Stay tuned!

Cutting edge of cataract surgery

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Norma's Cataract Surgery

Norma had her nervously anticipated cataract surgery today! We are back home and she is issuing orders! It went without a hitch. It was cone at the new hospital in Comox as that is where our eye doctor is. The actual surgery took about twenty minutes and she is now sporting a nice new Bausch & Lomb lens in her left eye. She has to take a month of eye drops but in a week or two she should start seeing the positive effects of the new lens! 

They will then discuss doing the right eye which is not as bad as the left one was.