Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dennis Kucinich Without the UFO

I don't pour myself a big cup of conspiracy juice each morning. No, I don't believe our government brought down the World Trade Center. No, I do not believe we faked the moon walk that I watched with great anticipation, joined by fellow airmen at an Air Force base. Are there political conspiracies? Of course, remember Watergate?

If we look for a conspiracy behind every rock, they aren't hard to find, but the problem with many of them is that you'll never know the circumstances for sure. And what might seem conspiratorial can actually be silence about or nervous avoidance of a subject simply because the people charged with knowing about it find themselves clueless. What do you tell inquiring minds when anything you say will emphasize your lack of knowledge or inability to obtain it? Sometimes, it's more appropriate just to shut up and move on. Conversely, if one does know something, it can likewise be appropriate just to shut up and move on to another topic.

You who read this blog (and I thank you profoundly for returning, as I attempt to create something of historical significance here) have seen my references on a couple of occasions to The Temple of Nevermind. It's not a physical place we can visit. The Temple is a sacred though somewhat vague aspect of government, a term I threw out there a few months ago to signify instances where we might just feel that the answers we get aren't exactly the answers we want, even though we might be thrown a crumb of information. Sort of like a child approaching an adult for a response to some seemingly legitimate question, yet the adult reacts with, "Oh, you don't need to worry about that, why don't you just go outside and play a game?" Or, "Someday I'll explain it, when you're able to understand," Or, "That's really none of your business." Or, the best of all -- "Never mind."

"Never mind" isn't a term that needs to be stated, just implied. "Never mind" need not be laid out in front of us rudely, when one can simply ignore the issue at hand or respond to only part of an inquiry. The Temple is a 24-hour operation in a free/not so free government. Fortunately, it serves a necessary purpose in preventing enemies access to national security data.

Unfortunately, The Temple isn't really anybody's best friend. Not when you want to know what there is to know and you believe it's your right to know it. The Freedom of Information Act. National security. Homeland Security. Need to know. Need to not know. Your right to know. You're wrong to know. We're in hell. About that "our children are the future" thing? Maybe not, maybe something else is the future, just as something else was the past, and the rest of us merely wander through the time of day in blissful ignorance. The Temple of Nevermind never, ever closes, dutifully serving up its oddly flavored concoctions, twenty-four/seven. In The Temple, there are no conspiracies, just gaping holes where answers to questions used to be, might have been or should have been. The right questions are rarely asked, anyway. Who could possibly be faulted for an absence of knowledge in The Temple? Nobody. Never mind.

We'll leave that strangeness for the moment to concentrate, at last, on the rest of today's entry. Once more, the presidential elections are upon us in the U.S. That's why I'm making a topical and temporary jump in my blog entries from the early 1980s to 2002, the year I received a letter from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, presidential candidate.

Today I have posted (see) my two-pager to Rep. Kucinich and his eventual reply and, as you will see, it isn't at all about UFOs. At that time, I was very intrigued with Kucinich's "peaceful use of space" legislation. However, now that major nations have announced in a cut-throat manner a virtual race to space on each's own terms, and in consideration of the fact that the Chinese, for some bone-headed reason, recently jeopardized near-earth space by carelessly blowing up one of their space satellites, it's obvious that space may indeed be destined particularly to host a very large cache of debris and weaponry, at least for the "short" term. Peaceful use? Good luck with that, Mr. Kucinich.

In his letter (see), Kucinich addressed the peace issue. However, his office totally disregarded the rest of my letter. In July of 2001, Hartsville, TN radio station WJKM, a nearby newspaper office and an abundance of electrical equipment reportedly took a tremendous hit of destruction in association with a bright flash of light. Even dead and dying birds fell from the sky, appearing burned, some with what appeared to be melted wings. Whatever happened, an incredible burst of energy was involved.

As you can see in my letter, military involvement was not out of the question, nor was it necessarily responsible. For months after this incident, the folks from WJKM and nearby facilities were still searching for answers. Radio station personnel put the whole thing up (including pictures) on the Internet for the world to see. I hasten to add that explanations have since emerged and the whole thing may indeed have a conventional cause. Or not. Or possibly.

Despite a mention in some depth of this incident at that time, however, the response from Kucinich's office omits any reference to my inquiry. Obviously, I had hoped for some little tidbit of enlightenment, but all I received was a legislative puff piece. Too crazy for a word or two? A bother? Surely, the Hartsville, TN event required something in the way of explanation or degradation or dismissal or referral because of. . .? Well, so much for that. As if a question about that other mystery, Chicago's O'Hare Airport unidentified aerial object, asked of his office would elicit a better reply? Of course, neither Tennessee nor Illinois happen to be part of Rep. Kucinich's Ohio, nor was I, so maybe that's the reason why my concern remained unaddressed. In every way.

Now, changing the subject and returning to that other line of thought for a moment: By intention, accident or design, The Temple of Nevermind is always there for us, an innocent and generally indescribable public service beyond controversy and eminently non-conspiratorial. So hush up, let's just run along and play a game now, any game we like, as long as it keeps us out of the way.