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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 26

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      UFO ROUNDUP
      Volume 9, Number 26
      June 30, 2004
      Editor: Joseph Trainor

      E-mail: Masinaigan@...
      Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      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
      And gave her mother
      Forty whacks
      When she saw
      What she had done
      She gave her father
      Forty-one.
      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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