Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Home! In de-stressing mode. This will be an ongoing process! I want a dog. Or a cat.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Make It Simple!

Get your affairs in order folks. Avoid probate if at all possible. In BC it is a 12 to 18 month process if not longer and the only winners are the lawyers!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Down To Victoria!

Heading down to Victoria for a duty we have not been looking forward to. Norma's brother Willea passed away yesterday after many decades of dealing with an increasingly malfunctioning body that finally left him bedridden. He was only 75 but was ready to go and is now free to wander wherever and whenever he pleases!

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