PORTUGAL FIRED A MISSILE AT THE CIGAR-SHAPED UFO
The Portuguese military fired a ground-to-air missile at the luminous UFO that passed over their country during the early morning hours of Monday, June 7, 2004. (For the original report, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 23 for June 9, 2004, "Luminous UFO seen by hundreds in Portugal," page 5.)
Portuguese ufologist Gregorio Sao Xavier reported that "the cigar-shaped UFO was tracked on radar. It moved in a south-to-north direction. It was reported in the Portuguese newspapers that 'a target on radar' was found at three separate military bases."
These included "Beja, south of Evora and north of the Algarve region; Montijo, near Lisboa (the capital of Portugal--J.T.); and Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal. The news was released by a colonel in the Portuguese Army."
"That same day, only one report came from a civilian identifying the trajectory of the unknown object as coming from north to south, and a cigar form was described."
"Some days later, it was reported on Spanish and German TV that an official of the Portuguese Army confirmed that a missile had been launched. What most people saw trailing smoke" was the missile launched at the UFO.
"Visual contact with the object was made at the base in Beja," Gregorio added, "A week later, the photo of a cigar-shaped object appeared in a popular (Portuguese) magazine. And a few days later, the military officials charged with the investigation of the incident closed the case, calling it an 'unknown object.'"
One of the most curious aspects of this case was the multiple sightings of a radar-domed AWACS plane, provided by NATO, which was seen flying offshore, just west of Cabo de Sines, 120 kilometers (72 miles) south of Lisboa. (Muito obrigado a Gregorio Sao Xavier por esas informacoes.)
DELTA-SHAPED UFO SEEN IN DAYLIGHT OVER IRELAND
"Two men working high up a radio mast in County Monaghan" in Ireland "believe they have spied a top-secret inter-planetary craft flying (north) toward Belfast."
"Miles Johnston, of the Irish UFO Research Centre, and Dublin-based rigger Terry Malone claimed the delta- winged craft traversed the sky at ultrasonic speed, taking just a few seconds to reach the horizon."
"'I am convinced it was a man-made advanced space craft--we had a good long look at it in the clear blue sky,' Mr. Johnston said."
"Mr. Malone confirmed that the object was 'absolutely enormous.'"
"'It was large, high and travelling at some speed,' he said."
"'I've seen B-52s going over, and you can hear them buzzing, but there was not a sound from this thing. And it was gone in an instant.'" (See the Belfast Telegraph for June 26, 2004, "'UFO' is spotted in skies." Many thanks to Jim Hickman for this newspaper article. And don't forget to visit Jim's Web site--- www.thehickmanreport.com.)
WAVE OF CROP CIRCLES SWEEPS POLAND
Polish cerealogist "Bogdan Zabielski researched a strange agroformation ( crop circle in the USA--J.T.), which appeared two weeks ago in a field near Stawiska, a village 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Korsze. The agroformation was composed of lines 60 centimeters (2 feet) wide, arranged in a strange shape. Zabielski exlcuded the possibility of the creation being a fraud."
"The Stawiska agrosymbol is reminiscent of two Czech agroformations, which appeared in Novy Malin in 2002 and in Dobruska-Domasin in 2003. It is the first agroformation of its kind in Poland."
On Monday, June 22, 2004, "a local newspaper announced that a classic crop circle had appeared in a wheat field on Ulica Zachodnia Street on the western outskirts of Szezcin. The case was investigated by Mr. Makek Rudnicki, a reporter for the Glos Szezcinski daily newspaper."
The following day--Tuesday, June 23, 2004--Poland's "Center for UFOs and Anomalous Phenomena Research (Polish acronym: CBUFOIZA--J.T.) team investigated a strange- looking agroformation which had appeared in a rye field in the village of Domatkow, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Kolbuszowa. The agroformation was composed of several pathways 30 to 45 centimeters (1 to 1.5 feet) wide and several little circles 50 centimeters in diameter. It is a possible hoax. This case was investigated by the CBUFOIZA team, plus the local police and an insurance investigator."
In addition, an officer from the nearby Polish Army base at Kolbuszowa "was also at the scene." (See the Polish newspaper Glos Szezcinski for June 23, 2004. Many thanks to Robert K. Lesniakiewicz, Leszek Owsiany and Bogdan Zabielski for these crop circle reports.)
COPYCAT "HEADHUNTER" KILLED THREE IN TEXAS
Hard on the heels of last week's "Hollywood Headhunter" case came a disturbing report of a copycat slayer operating in Texas and Maryland.
"Eerie similarities in the brutal killing of six children have raised the spectre of a copycat crime in Brownsville, Texas (population 139,722)."
"The details linking the decapitation death of three Brownsville children in March last year (2003) and last month's (May 2004) slaying of three Baltimore (Maryland) children, two nearly decaptitated and one that 'appeared strangely coincidental.'"
"Both cities (names) begin with the same letter (B). The months the crimes occurred begin with the same letter (M). The crime scenes were both small apartments in which members of two families lived."
"The killings were discovered in the early afternoon."
"Family members are suspected in both cases."
"Knives were used in both cases."
"Two children who died in separate crimes shared the same last name."
"Both these children were products of failed relationships."
"Together, the similarities may add up to more."
"Baltimore police have not found a motive for the May 27 (2004) killing of Lucero Morales Quezada, 9, her brother, Ricardo Anubis Espinosa Quezada, 9, and their cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10."
"The March 11 (2003) deaths of Julissa Quezada, 3, John Stephan Rubio, 1, and Mary Jane Rubio, age two months, might provide the motive, they said."
"'(The girls') last names being so similar, and the tie (to Mexico--L.C.), it could be related,' said Baltimore police Detective Sabrina Torres, 'It's just crazy.'"
"Baltimore police heard of the Brownsville murders after a call from the Brownsville Herald."
"A judicial gag order limits the ability of the Baltimore police to comment, but investigators listed that the killing methods might have been similar."
"On hearing that a Brownsville case existed in which children were decapitated with knives, an investigator asked if the Brownsville victims had been suffocated."
"They were. The Brownsville children were stabbed numerous times and suffocated before their heads were severed."
"The known similarities in the cases are not enough to suggest that the Baltimore murders were styled after the ones in Brownsville, said behavioral criminologist Gregg O. McCrary, a former FBI Special Agent and current adjunct professor of forensic psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida."
"But the details are similar enough to investigate the possibility of a copycat crime, he said, and details from the Brownsville case should be looked at in their entirety and compared to the details in Baltimore."
"'If there is some other commonality to be found...(like) an occult mindset or activity...there could be something to take a look at,' he said in a phone interview with the Herald on Thursday," June 24, 2004."The Brownsville killings were shrouded in occult theories and beliefs."
"John Allen Rubio, sentenced to death for his part in the children's deaths, told police that he killed the children because they were possessed with the spirit of their grandmother."
(Editor's Comment: Another one with three names--just like the presidential assassins John Wilkes Booth, Charles Julius Guiteau and Lee Harvey Oswald.)
Rubio's reputed accomplice, Angela "Camacho said in a confession to police that the day before the murders, she and Rubio had seen a woman with the mark of the devil. John said the children were acting strange, 'not how little children should act.'"
"Rubio's descriptions were markedly more descriptive, including that Julissa was possessed by the soul of his grandmother 'who was a witch' and that the children growled at him with beast-like noises before he killed them."
"Rubio, 23, was father to one of the children, and he said that he also loved the others."
"He admitted to an addiction to sniffing spray paint, and a witness pegged Rubio holding a can of spray paint on the day the dead children were found."
"The children's mother, Angela Camacho, 24, is also charged with their deaths, stating in a confession to police that she handed at least one knife to Rubio and that she helped him hold down the children while Rubio was sawing their heads off."
"The undocumented Mexican immigrant is awaiting trial. A date has not been set."
"Rubio said he decapitated the children because he heard from a movie that beheading is a dependable method of exorcism."
"An anthropologist who testified in Rubio's trial said no details at the crime scene suggested organized occult activity, but he said Rubio's description of the children's behavior and struggle when he killed them fits what is known about demon possession."
"The parents of the dead Baltimore children buried them Sunday," June 14, 2004, "in Tenenexpan, Mexico."
"Maria Andrea Espejo, single mother to Alexis Quezada, and Ricardo Espinoza and Mimi Quezada, parents of Lucero and Ricardo, are undocumented immigrants. They will be allowed to reenter the United States to serve as witnesses in the case."
"The children's uncle, Policarpo Espinoza, 22, and cousin, Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, were arrested on murder charges but had not been indicted as of Thursday," June 17, 2004, said Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for the Maryland state attorney's office in Baltimore.""'The possibility that the Baltimore slayings were the work of a 'copycat' criminal is disturbing,' said Tony White, director of Baltimore's Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods. But he said the thought is one that must be confronted to give a stunned community answers."
"'The coincidence is alarming. And to think that two crimes of this magnitude happened (so close in) time in two different locations and included the same number of children. It is just overwhelming.'" (See the Brownsville, Tex. Herald for June 18, 2004, "Decapitation raises questions of possible copycat crime." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Although the Al-Qaeda beheadings in Iraq are getting all the press, there seems to be a sinister undercurrent of occult decapitations right here in the good old USA. First Brownsville, then Baltimore, then Hollywood. If there is a pattern to these crimes, then the next one will probably be in March or May 2005 in an American city that begins with the letter B. But which one? Boston, Bismarck and Boise are the first three that come to mind. But the thing that bothers your editor is the middle name of Ricardo Junior--Anubis. Why was little Ricky named after an Egyptian god?)
BLACK GOOP FALLS FROM THE SKY IN BOURNE, MASS.
"A strange black spatter is baffling Bourne (Massachusetts) residents."
"The specks rained down on homes, cars and plants near the Bourne Bridge (which spans the Cape Cod Canal-- J.T.), and a week later they're still there."
"Town officials say it appears to be an oil-based material that was sprayed from the bridge" on Thursday, June 10, 2004.
"Officials said it doesn't appear to be related to any work done on the bridge."
"In the meantime, the Cape Cod Times reported that neighbors are using everything from paint thinner to glass cleaner to try to get rid of the smudges. One man said he'll have to replace the vinyl siding on his home. He's happy to find the source of the problem so he can recover his costs."
Bourne, Mass. (population 1,200) is on Route 28, on the Cape Cod side of the canal, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Boston. (See the WJAR-TV Channel 10 News broadcast of June 18, 2004. Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this news story.)
MISSOURI LAKE VANISHES INTO MYSTERIOUS SINKHOLE
"To folks around Wildwood (Missouri, population 32,884), it is nothing but freaky: an entire 23-acre lake vanished in a matter of days, as if someone pulled the plug on a bathtub."
"Lake Chesterfield went down a sinkhole this week, leaving homeowners in the "affluent St. Louis suburb wondering if their property values disappeared along with their lakeside view."
"'It's real creepy,' said Donna Ripp, who lives near what had been Lake Chesterfield. 'That lake was 23 acres...no small lake. And to wake up one morning, drive by, and it's gone!?'"
"What was once an oasis for waterfowl and sailboats was nothing but a muddy, cracked pit outlined by rotting fish."
"The sight had 74-year-old George English scratching his head."
"'It's disheartening, getting out on your deck and seeing this,' he said, as he stood next to his wife, Betty, and the 'lakeside' condominium they built in 1996 for its view. 'One day it's a beautiful lake, and now, bingo, it's gone.'"
"Some residents said they noticed that the lake, after being swelled by torrential rains weeks earlier, began falling last weekend. The Englishes said they noticed the drop-off Monday," June 21, 2004.
"By Wednesday," June 23, 2004, "the manmade lake-- normally seven to 10 feet (2.2 to 3 meters) deep in spots- -had been reduced to a mucky, stinky mess."
"David Taylor, a geologist who inspected the lakebed Wednesday, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the sinkhole was formed when water eroded the limestone deep underground and created pockets in the rock. The sinkhole was like 'a ticking time bomb.'"
"The lake and its surrounding housing development date to the late 1980s. The development now includes more than 670 condominiums and houses, about one-tenth of them bordering the lake."
"Because the lake is private property, the subdivision's residents will have to cover the cost of fixing it, probably through special property assessments. George English expects it to cost $1,000 per household."
"It is a price English said he is willing to pay. He just wants the unsightly pit gone, either by refilling it with water or dumping enormous amounts of dirt into it to create open space or usable land."
"'I think it'll come back again,' he said, 'You have to hope they can fix it.'" (See the St. Louis Post- Dispatch for June 21, 2004, "St. Louis-area lake vanishes over days." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this newspaper report.)
(Editor's Comment: If you think property values are depressed now, just wait till the Deros come popping out of that sinkhole. There goes the neighborhood!)
WEIRD PANTHER SOUGHT IN SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA
"Alan Phillips believes he has found the lair of a big cat he has been hunting for some years."
Phillips, a resident of Corio, Victoria state, Australia "is now convinced that one day soon he will trap the beast alive.""Mr. Phillips, 55, a freight rail repairman, first sighted the creature six years ago (1998), when he fired at it, causing it to 'stagger sideways' before disappearing into nearby rocks."
"Since then he has seen it three more times, most recently three weeks ago in Lara--shortly after he discovered the creature's lair."
"'It was in a rocky area and strewn with bones, mainly sheep, rabbits and foxes,' he said this week, 'There was also the remains of a kelpie-sized dog with a rope and a clip off a dog chain still around its neck. You're not telling me a feral cat could have done that,' he said."
"'I reckon the dog went into the lair after the bones, and the big cat caught it there and killed it.'"
"Mr. Phillips said his best sighting of the cat was from only a few metres away, when it came out of a gully and stood looking at him for 30 to 40 seconds."
"On another occasion, he saw it leap through the air for a distance of 5 metres (16.5 feet) before landing on rocks and scuttling away."
"From his four sightings, Mr. Phillips estimates the cat is 1.5 metres (5 feet) long, black with about eight white spots ringed by brown."
"The beast has a distinctive 'stringy' tail that stands straight up and appears to have been severed halfway along its length."
"Late last month (May 2004) Mr. Phillips took two wildlife experts, Michael Helman from Parks Victoria and David Burrell from Leopold Wildlife Rescue to see the lair."
"The three men found droppings and paw prints about 10 centimetres (4 inches) across. Mr. Helman said he felt the prints were too big for a feral cat."
"Mr. Phillips no longer wants to shoot the cat and is building a large trap to capture it alive."
"'It knows me now, so it won't be easy. It's come up behind me once, and it could have jumped me if it had wanted, but it chose not to,' Mr. Phillips said." (See the Sunday Herald-Sun of Melbourne for June 20, 2004, "Ready to trap 'big cat' alive." Many thanks to John Hayes and Diane Harrison of the Australian UFO Research Network for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: I'm not so sure this "panther" is even a feline. It might be a gilroy, also known as "the Outback Terror," a seldom-seen predatory Australian marsupial that resembles a black panther. Its leaping ability is certainly extraordinary.)
FAYETTE FACTOR FIRE TAKES OUT A WAL-MART
"A minor fire yesterday (Monday, June 21, 2004) at a Wal-Mart in Fayetteville, North Carolina (population 121,015) still has people talking today--not because of how much damage was done, but because of how bizarre the whole incident really was."
"It's business as usual today," Tuesday, June 22, 2004, "for Skibo Road Wal-Mart customers and employees, but this wasn't the case yesterday afternoon when 38-year- old Donivan Martin allegedly set fire to some clothes
inside the store.""Marcia Clark was one of the first employees to notice the smoke. 'So I ran around here to see, and I saw clothes on the floor burning, and it was just going up this rack and just burning all the clothes. And it started to spread.'"
(Editor's Comment: Here's a lexilink for Loren Coleman's collection. "Marcia Clark" was the name of one of the prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial 10 years ago.)
"After the suspect set the fire, he tried to make his way out of the Wal-Mart, through the front door. But he didn't get very far, according to Sharon Walden, who works at the store. 'I was scared. I was afraid I was going to die. But, everything is fine. Everybody kept their cool. The guy ran out, and we had a customer that tackled him. So everything's fine.'"
"After being caught, Martin denied setting the blaze. 'The way they treated me. And I was a customer inside that store.'"
"Meanwhile, authorities arrested a couple of other customers for shoplifting during the fire. 'They got caught at the door, trying to get out with a few things. They weren't together. I just thought they thought they could get away with some merchandise while everything was going on.'"
"The fire damaged several thousand dollars' worth of clothes, but no one was hurt. Martin is being held in the Cumberland County jail on a $10,000 bond."
Another weird lexilink surfaced in Fayette County, Tennessee.
"Steven Keith Poe (a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe?-- J.T.) was shot and killed in Collierville, Tenn. (population 31,825) around 2 a.m. on (Sunday) June 6 (2004) after breaking into the home of the parents of a woman who had recently filed domestic assault charges against him."
"A report from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office shows the 28-year-old Poe was arrested on March 25 (2004) at 1415 Burrowtown Road, listed as his address, after physically assaulting Karla Borchardt and doing damage to her automobile during an argument. He was charged with domestic assault, resisting arrest, and vandalism, and was apparently released on bond and ordered to refrain from any contact with the woman."
"A warrant was issued for Poe on April 19 (2004) for violating the court order, and records provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department shows Poe was arrested April 21 and released from the Fayette County jail on May 4.""General Sessions Court records lists him as having been found guilty of charges of domestic assault, contempt of a court order, and vandalism on that same day. Two of the sentences carry penalties of 11 months, 29 days, but were reduced to 75 percent of that and sentence was suspended for time already served. Poe was ordered again to have no further contact with Borchardt."
"Collierville police reported Poe was shot to death by the woman's father after breaking into his house, where she was living, armed with a rifle. No charges were filed in the incident."
Within days of Poe's death, another frightening report came from Fayette County, Tennessee.
"Citizens of Manchester (Tennessee, population 8,294) should begin taking steps to avoid mosquitoes. The first fatal case of West Nile virus in Tennessee this year has been reported in a horse infected in Fayette County."
"State health officials say it is difficult to predict how severely West Nile virus will hit the state this year but would expect to see around the same number of human cases as the past two years, which was about 36 to 60 people."
"Last year (2003) Tennessee had 26 human cases, 103 positive horses and 275 positive birds. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus which can occasionally cause an infection of the brain in humans."
Rounding out the Fayette Factor news this week...
In Louisiana, "the city of Lafayette's first black police chief, Eddie Ware, died at his Roanoke home Sunday night," June 20, 2004. "He was 46. Ware died of a blood clot."
In California, "a centuries-old American Indian burial ground has been discovered at a construction site east of San Francisco, in Lafayette (population 23,908)." (See the WTVD News broadcast from Durham-Raleigh, N.C. for June 22, 2004, "Back to business after fire at Fayetteville Wal-Mart;" the Fayette County Review of Somerville, Tenn. for June 23, 2004, "Fayette County man shot dead in Collierville following domestic dispute;" the Manchester, Tenn. Times for June 23, 2004, "West Nile virus found in Fayette County;" the Florence, Ala. Daily Times for June 22, 2004, "Lafayette police chief dies of blood clot at age 46" and the San Jose, Cal. Mercury-News for June 22, 2004, "Indian burial ground discovered at Bay Area construction site." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these news stories.)
HAARP UTILIZED IN RECENT U.S. NAVAL EXERCISE
"A rather unusual announcement was released this morning (Wednesday, June 16, 2004) describing to the public for the first time a previous Top Secret testing program in the Atlantic. It is known as Operation Northern Edge."
"This exercise appears to be utilizing HAARP."
"Cmdr. Joe Murphy, USN, of the Alaska Command, reported, 'A new combat system is being tested. The new testing device is used for what is commonly known as 'jamming.' The Improved Capabilities System III (ICAP-3) overloads specific listed communication bandwidths, causing users to temporarily lose service."
"'Training and testing of ICAP-3 is a stepping-stone for the Navy,' said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Ron Szpynda of Air Test Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9). 'This is the first time we have ever used this system.'"
"VX-9's EA-6B Prowlers are being used to test the system. The aircraft provide protection for strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications."
"'The system floods an opposing bandwidth with more frequency than those operating systems release,' said Cmdr. Jim Winship," reportedly the executive officer (XO) of the squadron. 'This causes users to temporarily lose service. Everything from telephones to sophisticated electronics equipment goes static because the jammer can overwhelm the frequencies they use.'" (See Earth Changes TV for June 16, 2004, article by Mitch Battros. Many thanks to "Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl" for this news story.)
CELESTIAL PRINCESS IN ANOTHER FILM WALK-ON?
Longtime UFO Roundup contributors Binh and Trinh, martial arts instructors and experts on Vietnamese folklore, claim that "the celestial princess," Cong Chua Yeu Thuat, made another public appearance, this one in Jackie Chan's newly released movie Around the World in 80 Days.
Cong Chua Yeu Thuat, said to be "an emissary from the Hidden Masters of Tong Yao," reportedly worked as a "stunt double" for Singaporean actress Fann Wong in the film Shanghai Knights, which starred Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. (See UFO Roundup, volume 8, number 8 for February 19, 2003, "Celestial princess appears in Jackie Chan's new movie," page 8.)
According to Nguyen Ai Binh, "My sister Trinh and I went to see The Medallion last year, just to see if she would be in it. But she wasn't. So we really weren't expecting to see her again. Boy, were we surprised."
In the second half of the movie, Chan, who plays Passepartout, the ever-resourceful valet of Phileas Fogg, squares off against the "Black Scorpion" triad in his native village of Anju. On the verge of defeat, he is rescued by his old sensei, a Chinese version of Japan's yamabushi (mountain warrior-monks--J.T.). The elderly monk summons the legendary "Night Tigers of Anju" to fight at Chan's side.
"When the big fight began, Trinh nudged me and whispered, 'It's her! It's her!' I said, 'Who?' And she pointed out Cong Chua Yeu Thuat, who was dressed like a ninja. The mask covered her face except for her eyes, which were very dark brown and ferocious. Now, the focus jumped from Jackie Chan's battle with the lead Black Scorpion to Master Chin Wu to the other Night Tigers. Then the camera spent more than a minute on her battle with a Black Scorpion three times her size. Of all the Night Tigers, she got the most film time other than Jackie Chan."
"Joe, more than anyone else, I know these mock battles are choreographed, but my sister and I are certain that this is the same woman who was in Shanghai Knights. She displayed the same mastery of the martial arts as the last time, flowing seamlessly from kung fu...wing chun and pa kia wushu styles...to Japanese ninjutsu to Korean taekwondo to muay thai. Trinh and I were hard put to identify each of her moves. When this new film comes out on DVD, we're going to run it in slow motion and compare it with the opening scene of Shanghai Knights."
"After the village battle, there is a scene with Jackie Chan in the foreground, and a woman ninja in the background. However, this Chinese actress is at least three to four inches taller than the 'Tigress of Anju.' We feel certain that it was indeed Cong Chua Yeu Thuat in the fight scene."
Upon receiving Binh's email, UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor went to Cinema 8 to view the film for himself.
"First, Binh, I want you and your sister to know that I missed the Sunday night showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 to check this out," Trainor said, "But I have to agree with you. Like an idiot, I didn't bring a stopwatch with me, so I had to use my own wristwatch. I calculated that the woman-ninja scene you mentioned ran for 69 seconds. That's a lot more screen time than the other Night Tigers got. And you're right about the tall Chinese actress in the background. That's not the brown-eyed woman in the ninja mask in the earlier close-up. Also, I stuck around for the credits at the end. I read all of the stuntmen's names, but there were no female names in the list. Just like with the credits at the end of Shanghai Knights. So, again, the stunt woman's identity is a mystery."
"What really bothers me about this woman is the long period between her appearances," Trainor added, "The flyers about her first appeared in Hanoi almost four years ago. Yet you can count the times she's turned up in public on one hand. What's going on here? If Cong Chua Yeu Thuat really is the 'emissary of the Hidden Masters of Tong Yao,' and she has some kind of message for the public, then why doesn't she go on The View or something? What's with these 'peekaboo' public appearances in Jackie Chan movies? And, if this is some kind of weird joke, what's the point? At this rate, we'll all be dead of old age before the lady gets around to revealing her message. I mean, so far, all the 'celestial princess' is doing is building up a filmography to rival Meryl Streep."
"One other thing about Around the World in 80 Days-- Jackie Chan's fight with the Black Scorpions in the New York City warehouse. I really, really didn't need to see the disassembled Statue of Liberty in there, especially since I'd just finished writing this week's feature story. Talk about synchronicity!"
(Editor's Note: I finally got to see Fahrenheit 9/11 at the Monday matinee at the Lakes 10 Cinema here in Duluth. The theatre was packed! There were some pretty funny scenes in this movie, but the one that put me on the floor laughing was Attorney General John Ashcroft singing Let the Eagle Soar. Believe me, Mel Torme has nothing to worry about.)
LIZZIE BORDEN HOUSE MAY GET A STARBUCKS
"Are you ready for a Lizzie Borden Latte?"
"It could happen. A Fall River, Mass. couple thinks the Lizzie Borden house" on Fourth Street in Fall River "is just the spot for a new Starbucks."
"The infamous spot has been a bed-and-breakfast, plus museum, since 1996."
"As the legend goes, Lizzie Borden hacked her parents to death in 1892--'Forty whacks for Mom, another 41 for Dad,' the old limerick says."
(Editor's Note: Actually, the rhyme goes like this:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
Incidentally, the first victim was Lizzie's stepmother, her elderly father's second wife. Remind me to tell you sometime about my Fall River-born grandmother's two encounters with the Borden family.)
"Donald Woods and Lee-Ann Wilber are the new owners of the house and hope to add a Starbucks at the rear of the building. They're also renovating the house. Woods told the Boston Globe that he's not interested in the blood-and-guts angle of the story. He wants to treat the Borden family with respect."
"One of these fans said, 'Starbucks and Lizzie Borden? It doesn't go.'" (See the Fall River, Mass. Herald for June 21, 2004, "Lizzie Borden house may get Starbucks." Many thanks to Mary-Lou Jones-Drown for this news story.)
(Editor's Comment: Famous Last Words of Andrew Jackson Borden: "Lizzie! Get down here! Chop-chop!")
From the UFO Files...
1886: RAISING LIBERTY
At the time of her completion, she was the largest statue ever built. "A century later, the vital statistics still seem fabulous. From its toe to the tip of its upheld torch, the statue is 151 feet tall. Counting the pedestal, it rises 305 feet above the tide" of New York City's harbor. "Its head measures 10 feet from ear to ear, its nose a good four feet in length. It weighs 450,000 pounds, or 225 tons, its sheathing of hammered copper accounting for nearly half of that."
Americans know her as Miss Liberty. But her formal name, bestowed by her sculptor, is Liberty Enlightening the World.
The sculptor's name was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and he was born in Colmar, the largest city in France's Alsace region, on August 2, 1834, the son of a petit bourgeois named Jean-Charles Bartholdi and his wife, the former Auguste-Charlotte Beysser.
Bartholdi Pere died suddenly in 1836. Madame de Bartholdi, a 35-year-old widow with few prospects in Colmar, moved to Paris with her toddler son. He proved to be an indifferent student but showed "an early aptitude for drawing." So young Bartholdi left the lycee (French high school) and became apprenticed to the artist Ary Scheffer, who, incidentally, painted a portrait of Bartholdi's mother.
It was the boy's first contact with the Illuminati. Scheffer, like Antoine Etex (who did the bas-reliefs for the Arc de Triomphe--J.T.) and Jean-Francois Soitoux, was a Freemason and associated with the Loge des Neufs Soeurs (French for Lodge of the Nine Sisters--J.T.) which had played such a key role during the French Revolution.
Bartholdi switched from drawing to sculpture and, from 1847 to 1852, he studied under Soitoux. The following year, at age 19, Bartholdi received his first commission from his old hometown, Colmar, to sculpt a heroic statue of General Georges Rapp, an Alsatian who had served as Napoleon's aide-de-camp.
Most likely Bartholdi was already a Mason when he embarked on his voyage to Egypt in 1854. Traveling up the Nile to Abu Simbel, he was enchanted by the colossal statues of Ramses II. And it was here that he resolved to create his own gargantuan statue. He sketched every single ancient Egyptian statue he came across, and these sketches influenced his later work.
(Editor's Note: Bartholdi's Lion of Belfort, completed in 1880, was heavily influenced by the Sphinx.)
Back home in France, he worked on public monuments for the cities of Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Clermont- Ferrand. But from 1867 to 1869, he worked in the privacy of his studio on his own Masonic colossus--a lighthouse in the form of a giant woman standing over the entrance to the Suez Canal, then under construction. This he called Progress Bringing Light to Asia.
He also lied about his overriding interest in the Egyptian project. In the 1880s, he told American newspapers that he had fashioned only "one" terra-cotta model. In actuality, he had made five--all of them prototypes of the future Statue of Liberty, some with a torch or lantern in the left hand, some with it in the right.
In all of them she is wearing Egyptian garb, which is not surprising since the woman represents the Egyptian goddess Isis.
Isis "was of great importance in (Egyptian) mythology, religion and magic, appearing constantly in the very ancient Pyramid texts as the devoted sister-wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. In the divine geneaolgies she is the daughter of Keb and Nut (Earth and Sky--J.T.). She was supreme in magical cunning, power and knowledge."
According to myth, after Osiris was killed and chopped into little pieces by Set, Isis wandered the banks of the Nile by night, torch in hand, searching for the remains of her husband. The "woman with the torch" was a potent image in the religion of ancient Egypt.
Yet it was also a persistent image in Nineteenth Century Freemasonry. In his book, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, author David Ovason reproduces the frontispiece of an 1852 book on French esoteric Masonry entitled Le Soleil Mystique (Translated: The Mystic Sun--J.T.) The scene shows a woman with a torch in her right hand, about to descend three steps, and with the twin Masonic pillars--Jachin and Boaz--in the background, and two pyramids behind them.
The 1848 painting by A.L. Janet-Lange, The Republic Enlightening the World, has its goddess sitting on a throne, holding the torch aloft in her right hand. Not only is the Illuminati "eye in a pyramid" motif found in the brooch on her neckline, it's the central of the three Masonic symbols at the base of the throne.
(Editor's Comment: When an Illuminatus talks about "the Republic, one and indivisible," he is referring to a future one-world government, the "Universal Republic" of Anacharsis Clootz or the "New World Order" of Adam Weishaupt.)
In 1869, Bartholdi painted a watercolor of his proposed Egyptian colossus (this time with the torch in the left hand) and sent sketches and blueprints to Ismail Pasha, the Khedive (Turkish for Viceroy--J.T.) of Egypt. But Ismail passed on the project. No doubt he was afraid that devout Muslims would burn down Cairo if he let the infidels build a giant statue of Isis on the banks of the Nile.
On July 19, 1870, France declared war on the north German nation of Prussia. The German states quickly came together, defeated the French Army at Sedan, and captured Napoleon III. This ended the Second Empire, and revolutionaries in Paris declared "a new republic."Joining the National Guard, Bartholdi was "put in charge of organizing the defense of Colmar, and, after the fall of the city, was named aide-de-camp to Guiseppe Garibaldi, the Italian fighter who volunteered to help the French Republic."
(Editor's Note: Garibaldi, a one-time Carbonaro, was the grandmaster of the Illuminati in Europe and a pen pal of the American Illuminatus Albert Pike.)
A few years earlier, in 1865, Bartholdi had met Edouard de Laboulaye, a Masonic author who had written three volumes on the life of Benjamin Franklin, and took "part in liberal republican meetings at his house in Glatigny." The following year, Bartholdi made a terra- cotta bust of Laboulaye.
On May 10, 1871, the Treaty of Paris was signed. France ceded Alsace and Lorraine to the newly-founded German Empire or Second Reich. Bartholdi vowed never to set foot in Colmar again, except to visit his 70-year-old mother. He also openly embraced Masonry for the first time, joining the Lodge Alsace-Lorraine of Paris, which was itself an offshoot of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters.
Laboulaye urged Bartholdi to visit the USA, writing, "Go to see that country. You will study it, you will bring back to us your impressions. Propose to our friends over there to make with us a monument, a common work, in remembrance of the ancient friendship of France and the United States. We will take up a subscription in France."
Bartholdi spent nearly four months touring the USA, writing endless letters back to his mother in Colmar. "Facetiously, he characterized the nation as 'an adorable woman chewing tobacco.' New York, his port of entry, was a confusion of 'hurrying crowds, neglected cobbled streets, the pavement scarred with railroad tracks, roadways out of repair, telegraph poles on each side of the street, lampposts not uniform, signs, wires, halliards of flags, open fronts of stores such as one sees at the fairs.'"
"Boston of a Sunday was so quiet that 'one might imagine himself in Pompeii,' while Chicago, throbbing with motion, seemed to Bartholdi 'the most American of all cities.'" Everything is big here, he told his mother, "even the peas."
"Near Boston he smoked cigars and watched the sunset with white-bearded (poet) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In Salt Lake City he met (Mormon prophet) Brigham Young, 'very intelligent, and also very shrewd.' President Ulysses S. Grant displayed 'an affability that is reserved and simple.' At Grant's summer home in Long Branch, New Jersey, 'one is received as by the simplest bourgeois. I met his children, and his gouty father-in-law seated by a spittoon.'"
However, Bartholdi found Americans on the whole somewhat indifferent to the proposed "Colossus" project. He lamented that he was unable to "find a few people who have an enthusiasm for something other than themselves and the Almighty Dollar."
In New York City's harbor, Bartholdi found the perfect site for his statue--Bedloe's Island, originally called Kilsk by the Canarsie indigenous people (Their word for Gull Island--J.T.)."
Returning to France, Bartholdi drew up the blueprints for his giant statue. But some changes were in order. The goddess Isis was just a little too obvious. He kept the idea of the upraised torch and added a new touch-- spiked rays emanating from the woman's head, as if she was blocking the sun. And the goddess underwent an ethnicity change, from Egyptian to Etruscan.
Now it was the goddess Minerva, worshipped by first the Etruscans and then the Romans, who took up the torch. The goddess's temple was the oldest in ancient Rome, built by Tarquinius on the Capitoline Hill, where she was worshipped alongside Jupiter and Juno. According to Roman myth, "a carved image of the goddess, called the Palladium, was said to have been brought from Troy to Lavinium (in Italy) and thence to Rome by the family of the Nautii."
(Editor's Note: The Trojan refugees were brought to Italy by Aeneas. In the movie Troy, he's the kid who accepts the royal sword from Orlando Bloom just before Brad Pitt buys it out in the courtyard.)
The Statue of Liberty's robes and hairstyle look like something out of the ancient Etruscan wall frescoes at Bolsena in Italy. Also, she is wearing Saturnalian sandals. During the Roman feast of the Saturnalia each December, slaves would wear these special sandals for one day, symbolizing their reincarnation as "free people" in a future life.
Curiously, Minerva was also the Etruscan goddess of war.
In more recent times, Minerva made a comeback in the French Revolution. In December 1792, during a period of Illuminati-inspired dechristianization, "a fete de Raison was held in the Cathedral of St. Jean, at which republican officials bowed before a statue of Liberty and sang an antihymn to words by (French Illuminatus Joseph) Fouche celebrating 'Reason as the Supreme Being.'"
Freemasonry on both sides of the Atlantic took a keen interest in Bartholdi's statue. "In the middle of the nineteenth century, the Masonic lodges of France were closely involved with liberal political movements. Sometimes taking even more radical positions than Laboulaye was willing to defend, the lodges served as rallying centers for many spirited liberals who were struggling, during the early 1870s, to consolidate the republican regime."
"The historian Henri Martin, Master of a Masonic lodge, and an important future backer of the statue, was one of the regular visitors to Glatigny. Bartholdi had met him there and joined the Lodge of Alsace-Lorraine located in Paris on his return from the United States. It was no accident that this particular lodge carried the name of Bartholdi's native province and of Lorraine, also in the Prussian grip after 1871. The lodge welcomed 'writers, politicians and men of ideas whose patriotism was ardent and who wished to keep alive in their souls the cult of the 'lost provinces' and the stubborn desire for revenge."
"Because of Bartholdi's membership, Masonic officials were frequently involved with the creation of the statue, and in the various ceremonies that were dedicated to it, most notably the laying of the cornerstone of the pedestal in New York in 1884."
While Bartholdi was hard at work on the statue itself, the USA's fundraising project for the pedestal had lagged badly. Americans living outside of New York City were a bit leery of paying for "New York's new lighthouse." Their attitude was, "Let the New York millionaires pay for it." But the millionaires were even more tight-fisted than they were.
Finally, William A. Brodie, Grand Master of Masons of the State of New York, took matters into his own hands. On August 5, 1884, the Masons laid the pedestal's cornerstone "with Masonic honors in an incredible downpour of rain." Harper's Weekly said the participants "could not have gotten wetter if they had swum back to the Battery."
Among the items the Masons put into the cornerstone box was this curious memento--a medal commemorating the erection of the Egyptian obelisk in Central Park. This was the obelisk reared by Pharoah Thotmes III in 1660 B.C., that had originally stood in front of the Temple of the Sun at Heliopolis in Egypt. Lt. Cmdr. Henry Gorringe of the U.S. Navy had brought it from Egypt to the USA in 1881, and it still stands in Central Park at 81st Street.
(Editor's Comment: What Thotmes' obelisk has to do with "Liberty" is anybody's guess.)
In 1876, Bartholdi made his second trip to the USA with the French Commission to the Universal Exposition in Philadelphia. Here he unveiled the completed hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty. It was then moved to Madison Square in New York City, where it remained on display until 1881.
On this second trip, Bartholdi fell in love. On December 29, 1876, the 32-year-old sculptor married a French-Canadian girl, Jeanne-Emilie Baheux de Physieux, in Newport, Rhode Island. Then came the hardest task of his life. Writing to Mom back in Colmar, explaining that he had married for love. He'd wed a pretty girl with no dowry instead of some rich widow who could advance his career.
"There is evidence that Bartholdi was divided between a basic attraction to the symbols of antiquity and a fascination with his newfound intellectual discoveries in the esoteric realms of Freemasonry. Until 1875, he thought of putting the links of a 'classical' broken chain in Liberty's left hand. But the diplomacy of Laboulaye and the urgings of the Freemasons made him agree instead to change the position of the (left) arm and to put into its crook the book representing the Law, an idea both conservative and Masonic.""Inscribing the date of July 4, 1776 on it was a later notion, to reemphasize the special American meaning of the statue and in probable hopes of reawakening American generosity in raising funds for the project."
In the end, it was Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the New York World, who masterminded the fundraising scheme that put Bartholdi's project in the black.
In 1878, the head of the Statue of Liberty was unveiled at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
On May 22, 1885, the dismantled colossus was loaded aboard the S.S. Isere and sent to the USA. Construction took well over a year, and then, on October 28, 1886, Miss Liberty made her formal debut in New York City.
As for Bartholdi, the sculptor continued his Masonic- themed work, including a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, a statue of the Eighteenth Century "encyclopedist" Denis Diderot for the French city of Langres, a statue of Leon Gambetta, founder of the Third French Republic, in Ville-D'Avray, and, at Joseph Pulitzer's request, the 1892 monument to Lafayette and George Washington for the city of Paris.
Bartholdi died of tuberculosis in Paris on October 5, 1904. "President (Theodore) Roosevelt sent Mme. Bartholdi a message of condolence 'in the name of the American people.'"
So, just what is the copper colossus on Bedloe's Island? The goddess Isis in Etruscan drag? The goddess Minerva in a mellow mood? Freemasonry on the march? A younger, idealized version of Bartholdi's own mother? Your guess is as good as mine.
The statue's formal title is Liberty Enlightening the World. But, as we have seen in Freemasonry, titles can be misleading. (See the books Statue of Liberty: The First Hundred Years by Christian Blanchet and Bertrand Dard, American Heritage Press, New York, N.Y., 1985, pages 19, 21, 24, 25, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 47, 182, 183 and 186; Liberty: The Statue and the American Dream by Leslie Allen, National Geographic Society, Summit Books, New York, N.Y., 1985, pages 18, 19, 22, 34 and 35; The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital by David Ovason, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, N.Y., 2000, pages 12, 38, 403, 404 and 474; and Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama, Vintage Books, New York, N.Y., 1990, pages 778 and 779.)
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