UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 37
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 37
September 14, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFO FLAP CONTINUES
IN ESSEX, UK
On Sunday, September 4, 2005, at 8:15 p.m., Russell
Careford reported, "I was driving on Upper Rainham Road"
in Roneo Corner, Romford, Essex, UK "when almost directly
above me I could see an object that made me say to the
others, 'What the heck is that?'"
"It looked like something that was flashing
constantly and travelling quite quickly but nowhere fast
enough to be a meteor. But (also) seemingly too fast for
a hot-air balloon. That's if anyone would be daft enough
to fly a balloon in pitch-black night. As I chased it
down to Rush Green, the thing gained altitude at an
alarming rate until after we stopped for a clearer view.
We saw it until it got too high for us to see. The object
departed to the west."
Russell described the UFO as "orange fire with a
particular shape, constant burning, unlike the puffing of
extra flame you will get from a hot-air balloon. Slowly
getting smaller as it got higher. Appeared star-like when
we lost sight of it."
A week later, on Sunday, September 11, 2005, Robert
Sloan was in Loughton, Essex at 10 p.m. when he spotted
something unusual in the sky.
"After a call from a friend talking about strange
lights at 9:30," Robert reported, "I went into my garden
(block of flats, ground floor garden facing east--R.S.) to
look and saw a triangular formation of reddish-orange
lights that were quite fast. I thought they were strange,
but the weather was cloudy with clear patches, and there
was a low reddish cloud as you often get in the evening."
"I assumed these were bright stars and the cloud was
somehow colouring them red. It was a bit weird, however,
and I noticed that none of the stars that I could see
through the gaps in the clouds were similarly coloured."
I grabbed a small digital camera, and I was ready to
film the sky when they disappeared. But for 15 seconds or
so, it didn't seem it was likely I'd see that part of the
sky closed again. Pretty much the clouds to my front and
right (from northeast to east-southeast--R.S.) were low
orange cloud, and to my left and overhead was patchy blue
"There wasn't anything I could do once the clouds
covered the lights, and I was about to give up and was
heading inside when suddenly, from behind where I had been
looking, they reappeared. Very much lower and very
bright. They were also in front of the low orange cloud
and moving rapidly across the sky."
"I switched on my camera and started filming, and I
was suddenly aware that I was going to witness this and no
one else might see it. I then shouted out loud, 'Everyone
in the Flats! Look out your window into the sky! Look at
"As you can imagine, I was delighted when five or six
heads popped out of the windows, and they too were
startled by the lights."
"As we all watched, the orange orb-like lights
proceeded to fly into a position exactly where their star-
like lights had first appeared. (to the southeast at about
60 degrees above the horizon--R.S.) I had to film by hope
alone, aiming and pointing, as I could see only a black
screen on my camera's LCD screen, but they were so bright
and so orange-yellow I knew something would show up."
"There was absolutely no sound so far as I could
hear, and everyone was agreeing, and we were trying to
think of an explanation for these mysterious lights. And
no one could come up with anything they could relate these
"I have the film I shot on digital JPG. format at
about 4.3 megacycles in size lasting some three to four
minutes, with around two of the minutes showing the three
lights together. It is not very clear, however, as
digital has a low resolution. It is still a cool film,
though, and better in fact than the one I saw of the
Phoenix, Arizona sightings" of 1997. (Email Form Reports)
SMALL ALIEN SIGHTED IN
On Thursday, September 8, 2005, "a crowd of people in
the village of Ban Sop Huai Hai in Chiang Mai province" in
northern Thailand "saw a small-statured alien in the rice
paddies at the edge of the village. The alien was there
for an hour, and most of the people saw him. The entity
was first seen on this rice farm by four or five of the
workers." The word then spread, and more villagers came
to see him.
The crowd then saw a jahn binh (Thai for flying
saucer--J.T.) high in the sky above the rice farm. "Then
the alien floated up and disappeared in the air. The
phantasm appeared to levitate into the sky."
Ban Sop Huai Hai is in northwestern Thailand, about
150 kilometers (90 miles) from Chiang Mai, the provincial
capital, and about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of
Bangkok, the national capital. (Many thanks to Ruxo Zheng
and Terry W. Colvin for this news report.)
FLASHING UFO APPEARS
OVER SOUTHERN TURKEY
On Sunday, September 4, 2005, at 9 p.m., Mehmet
Akikvilyet reported, "A UFO flew over the city of Mersin
in southern Turkey. We were on the west side of the city,
near the coastal area. We were looking at the port
facilities when suddenly the UFO appeared. We watched it
closely for five minutes."
"The mysterious object had flashing blue and green
lights. It stopped and hovered over the ships at anchor
in the port. At first we thought it might have been a
ship itself, but it wasn't. The other ships were below
the flashing lights."
"Everyone who saw the UFO was shocked. Some of them
took photographs. Then a plane appeared at the scene, and
the UFO switched off its lights. When it reappeared, only
one red light was flashing on it, and then it disappeared
in the sky. The whole time was about ten minutes. It was
a real experience, not a daydream."
"The UFO departed to the northwest," over the Toros
Mersin is a port city on the Mediterranean Sea,
located about 225 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of
Ankara, the capital of Turkey. (Email Form Report)
ANOTHER UFO SIGHTED IN
SANTA ROSA, ARGENTINA
On Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at 7:30 p.m., the
witness reported, "A large jetliner had just landed at the
airport in Santa Rosa, the capital of La Pampa province in
Argentina. I am a security worker at the airport. The
jet was taxiing towards the terminal when a fellow worker
said, 'Look at the lights up there in the sky. How
"At first I thought it was a joke. But upon looking,
I saw a light four to five times larger than a star or
planet towards the northwest. What most attracted my
attention was that it was beautiful and it had the
characteristic glow of a star and a wake (trail--J.T.)
that was white but tended more towards orange at the rear.
It took off (southeast) as though headed for Bahia
An Argentinian airline pilot also reported, "This one
caught my attention because it was my understanding that
it was flying very high. The object was flying three
times faster than my plane, at least."
Santa Rosa is "a point of reference" in Argentina's
air grid, and pilots check in with the tower when they
register the beacon at Santa Rosa airport.
According to ufologist Scott Corrales, "The UFO was
also seen south of Santa Rosa" in Coronel Eugenio del
Busto, Jacinto Aruz and Guatrache, "communities in the
southeastern corner of La Pampa province." (Muchas
gracias a Scott Corrales y Salvatore Valentin Carta para
COUPLE SPOTS A UFO
IN KATY, TEXAS
On Saturday, September 3, 2005, at 8 p.m.,
eyewitnesses Steve and Mary were at their home in Katy,
Texas (population 11,775) when they spotted a strange
light in the sky.
"We first saw it approaching from the north," they
reported, "At first we thought we were sighting the North
Star (Polaris--J.T.). It was a cloudy night, and the sky
was affected by the fires in the Gulf area (resulting from
Hurricane Katrina--J.T.) The object was a dull orange.
An orange point of light--much as if Mars was flying close
by. Looked about planetary size from our point of view.
The orange object moved quite quickly to the west and
Katy is on Interstate Highway 10 about 25 miles (40
kilometers) west of Houston. (Email Form Report)
TRIANGULAR UFO SIGHTED
IN MINNIE, KENTUCKY
On Wednesday, September 7, 2005, at 12:15 a.m.,
Charles Castle reported, "Dad was outside smoking," at
their home in Minnie, Kentucky "and he hollered at me to
come look. The object was triangular-shaped and seemed to
have red, white and maybe yellowish lights along its V-
shape. It was moving slowly and lower than any airplane."
"And the sound it made was nothing like any airplane.
It was a very low humming noise. We watched as it went
around Slone Mountain" and disappeared. (Email Form
HOVERING UFO SEEN OVER
EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, and Friday, September
9, 2005, a UFO with flashing red, white and blue lights
was sighted over Exeter, one of New Hampshire's most
notorious UFO hotspots.
Eyewitness Dan Cook reported, "On both nights I saw
stationary red, white and blue lights oscillating between
the cloud layers in Exeter (population 9,759). The object
remained fairly stationary, making small minute circles in
the same spot on both nights."
"I called a friend who lives 75 miles (120
kilometers) to the north," near Berlin, N.H., "and they
were able to describe what we were seeing, as we did not
tell them. They saw it in their southern sky. It was a
circular object, as high as a commercial plane would fly
(30,000 feet or 9,000 meters--J.T.)."
Exeter was the site of a famous UFO flap forty years
ago, in September 1965. More recently, UFOs were seen
there in August 2005. (Email Form Report)
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN OVER
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
On Friday, September 2, 2005, at 9 p.m., Katherine D.
Bragg reported, "My husband and I were fishing in the
Kanawha River near the state Capitol in Charleston, West
Virginia (population 53,421). I noticed a bright star
near the Big Dipper (Ursa Major--J.T.). I watched it
because it was brighter than all the other stars. It then
started moving and crossed the sky going southeast."
"My husband thought it was the International Space
Station because it was so high. We could see airplanes up
there, but this was much different. It disappeared over
"About ten minutes later, it came back much lower,
and now there were two of them flying side by side. Pale
white lights with no navigation lights. Star-like. No
blinking lights and no sound, but these two were much
lower--below the height (altitude) of planes. They looked
like stars but pale."
"We watched them go northwest toward the Big Dipper
for about 30 seconds until my husband hooked a large
catfish. After we landed the fish, the UFOs were gone.
The night was clear and there were many stars visible
despite the city lights. They were up very high, well
above 35,000 feet (9,150 meters)." (Email Form Report)
NEW CROP CIRCLE TURNS
UP IN SASKATCHEWAN
On Thursday, September 8, 2005, a new crop circle
"was discovered in a field of barley in St. Gregor,
Saskatchewan," Canada. This was the fifth crop circle
found in Canada during 2005.
The formation "was slightly elliptical with an offset
spiral centre, ranging from approximately 14.4 metres
(47.4 feet) to 15.4 metres (50.5 feet). Counterclockwise
lay. Some crossed layering in the eastern portion of the
circle. Estimated to be two to three weeks old when first
found, and the field has already been harvested."
(Many thanks to Paul Anderson of Canadian Crop
Circles Research Network for this news item.)
WAR ZONE: NEW ORLEANS
Still reeling from Hurricane Katrina and the flooding
caused by the destruction of three levees, New Orleans
became a combat zone last week as President George W. Bush
used regular Army and National Guard troops as a private
police force to restore order in the city.
A hint of what was to come began Thursday, September
1, 2005, when Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco announced
that "300 National Guard troops landed in anarchic New
Orleans with authorization to shoot to kill 'hoodlums.'"
"'Three hundred of the Arkansas National Guard have
landed in the city of New Orleans,' said Blanco."
"'These troops are fresh from Iraq, well-trained,
experienced, battle-tested and are under my orders to
restore order in the streets,' Blanco said, 'They have M-
16s and are locked and loaded. The troops are ready to
shoot to kill, and they are more than willing to do so if
necessary, and I expect they will."
On Friday, September 2, 2005, "Colonel Henry
Whitehorn of the Louisiana National Guard said that the
law-and-order situation in the city was 'bad.'"
"Combat operations are underway in the streets to
'take this city back.'"
"'This place is going to look like Little Somalia,'
Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National
Guard's Joint Task Force told the Army Times as hundreds
of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a
massive citywide security mission from a staging area
outside the Lousiana Superdome. 'We're going to go out
and take the city back. This will be a combat operation
to get the city under control.'"
"Jones said the military's first order is to
establish security throughout the city. Military and
police officials have said there are several large areas
of the city that are in a full state of anarchy."
"Dozens of military trucks and up-armored Humvees
left the staging area just past 11 a.m. Friday," September
2, 2005, "while hundreds of troops arrived at the staging
area in the city aboard Blackhawk and Chinook
"'We're here to do whatever they need us to do,' Sgt.
First Class Ron Nixon of the Oklahoma National Guard's
1345th Transport Company said, 'We plan to stay as long as
"Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and
police helicopters filled the city's sky Friday morning.
Most held armed soldiers manning their doors. (door
"According to Petty Officer Third Class Jeremy
Graham, a spokesman for the amphibious assault ship USS
Bataan," the Navy's helicopter rescue operations were
temporarily suspended Thursday "after several military
helicopters reported being shot at from the ground."
"Numerous soldiers told Army Times they had been shot
at by armed civilians around New Orleans. Spokesmen for
the Joint Task Force Headquarters at the Superdome said
they were unsure of any servicemen being wounded in the
streets, although one soldier is recovering from a gunshot
wound sustained during a struggle with a criminal at the
Dome on Wednesday night, August 31, 2005."
"'I never thought that as a National Guardsman I
would be shot at by other Americans,' said Spec. Philip
Baccus of the 527th Engineer Battalion. 'And I'd never
thought I'd have to carry a rifle on a humanitarian relief
mission. This is dangerous."
On Saturday, September 3, 2005, President George W.
Bush unilaterally suspended the Posse Comitatus Act of
1878 and ordered 4,000 troops of the U.S. Army's 82nd
Airborne Division to "secure" New Orleans.
(Editor's Note: Congress passed the Posse Comitatus
Act to prevent the USA's federal government from using
regular Army troops in police operations.)
By sending the 82nd Airborne to "the Big Easy," Bush
became the second American president, after Abraham
Lincoln, to attack the city with troops of the regular
Bush also extended his "state of emergency" to ten
more states. On Sunday and Monday, August 27 and 28,
2005, "Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama declared states
of emergency due to storm damage." On Friday, September
2, 2005, "Arkansas and Texas were added to the list."
On Monday, September 5, 2005, "Bush added eight more
states to the list--Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida,
West Virginia, North Carolina, Utah and Colorado."
"The Pentagon dispatched 4,000 paratroopers from the
82nd Airborne Division to finish evacuating the city. The
military was returning from Iraq about 2,800 members of a
Louisiana combat brigade a month ahead of schedule, and
some Mississippi National Guard members were also being
sent home early."
"'We're working to reunite the men and women in
uniform that are deployed overseas with their families
here at home,' Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, 'A
number of families that are stationed in that area
obviously lost all their possessions."
Meanwhile, pitched battles raged in New Orleans'
downtown and French Quarter between the troops and armed
civilians, described as "looters, criminals, gang members
"The shooting started the night of (Monday) August 29
(2005) before Hurricane Katrina had finished roaring
through the city. With the electricity out, it was so
dark in the police department's First District
headquarters that the only thing visible at one point was
the muzzle flash of sniper fire from the public housing
project nearby. In a part of town where tension between
residents and police is common, some residents were taking
advantage of the chaos to attack the police precinct on
the edge of the city's French Quarter."
"'You have to understand,' said Officer Juan Lopez,
who took refuge in the precinct house. 'New Orleans was a
violent place before the hurricane. After the hurricane,
the city just let loose."
"Through it all, the police department was hamstrung
by the absence of roughly one-third of its 1,600 officers,
who failed to return to duty after the storm."
The precinct house received a new nickname last week-
"There's no doubt that the American news media is not
reporting the combat operations in New Orleans," UFO
Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "On Monday, September
5, 2005, I saw video from UK, French and Spanish
television networks showing hordes of helicopters over New
Orleans. Interesting division of labor. The gray Navy
and white Coast Guard helicopters were doing rescue
missions, hauling up people trapped in flooded homes. But
the Army's UH-60 Blackhawks were flying combat patrols
over Bourbon Street, Dauphine Street and Burgundy Street."
"I also saw video of the wreckage of a shot-down
Blackhawk on Rampart Street."
"On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, BBC World News aired
video of the 82nd Airborne's arrival in New Orleans. The
second brief segment showed a firefight between the
paratroopers and three men on an Interstate Highway I-10
overpass. The BBC didn't identify the locale, but, from
the looks of it, the firefight took place on the highway
south of Claiborne Street, between Dumaine Street and St.
Philip Street. Despite the camera's crazy jiggling, you
could see the trio making a break for it across the
highway. Of the three, only one was carrying a weapon,
and it looked like an FN-FAL military rifle. All three
men were black and between the ages of 20 and 30."
"What was particularly surprising is that none of the
G.I.s in the platoon were black. None of the video I've
seen thus far has shown black G.I.s doing street patrols.
Every black soldier I've seen, male or female, has been in
a motorboat helping to rescue homeowners and tenants
stranded by the flooding."
"On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, a news photo showed
an assault boat filled with 16 Special Forces soldiers
crossing Canal Street. Again, all of the soldiers were
"Also on Tuesday, there was a major assault on the
Fisher Estate, across the Mississippi River from New
Orleans, by a force comprised of the New Orleans Tactical
Police Unit, the Oregon National Guard and the 82nd
Airborne Division. Shooting went on for hours in what
some G.I.s are calling 'the Battle of Bayou Fallujah."
"Police and National Guard troops have gone door-to-
door, strongly urging residents to leave. Throughout the
city on Wednesday," September 7, 2005, "there were signs
of an increasingly aggressive crackdown on security.
Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division were at the
city limits, turning away everyone but emergency workers,
law enforcement agents and a few journalists."
"Meanwhile, National Guard units from across the
country formed checkpoints that limited access to several
New Orleans neighborhoods."
Hurricane victims, the majority of them black,
complained of being abused by the troops when they asked
for food and water. "They treat us like we're Al Qaeda,"
one resident of the Vieux Carre complained, "They said,
'Move it, niggers!' and told us to get off the interstate
"They act like we're suicide bombers," another
"As flood waters receded inch by inch Tuesday, New
Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin authorized law enforcement
officers and the U.S. military to heed orders to leave the
dark, dangerous city."
"Nagin's emergency declaration released late Tuesday
targets those still in the city unless they have been
designated by government officials as helping with the
"The move comes after some residents bluntly told
authorities who had come to deliver them from the flooded
metropolis that they would not leave their homes. An
estimated 10,000 residents are believed to still be in New
Orleans, and some have been holed up in their homes for
more than a week."
One resident, "Patrick McCarthy, 57, said soldiers
arrived in the Lower Garden District Monday. 'Before
that, I was defending my block (against looters--J.T.)
with a shovel,' said McCarthy, who said he stayed in the
city because 'this is my home.'"
"Although many parts of the city were quiet, its
long-term security was uncertain because armed people
still could be holed up."
Added to these are city residents trying to evade
capture by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Horror stories circulating about the FEMA concentration
camp at the Superdome have fueled their determination to
avoid the security patrols.
"'Once you put yourself in the hands of the
government, you could end up in Utah,' Michael O'Donoghue,
64, a holdout in New Orleans' Lower Garden District said."
(See USA Today for September 6, 2005, "'Destroyed' city
clears out," page 1A; for September 7, 2005, "Officers at
'Fort Apache' finally get breather," page 3A; for
September 8, 2005, "Mayor sees 1st 'rays of light,'" page
1A and "New Orleans holdouts still hold out hope," page
3A; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 8, 2005,
"New Orleans mayor orders forced evacuation," page 1 A;
and for September 9, 2005, "New Orleans residents resist
relocation," page 1A; the Army Times for September 2,
2005, "Combat operations are ready to 'take back the
streets' after Hurricane Katrina," and the BBC World News
broadcasts for September 6 and September 7, 2005.)
FEMA TURNS ASTRODOME
INTO "THUNDERDOME 2"
As a quarter-million Hurricane Katrina evacuees
poured into Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) turned the 40-year-old Astrodome in Houston into an
emergency shelter. But the center soon degenerated into
another "Thunderdome" like the Superdome in New Orleans
the previous week.
Shelters were "set up at the Astrodome and adjacent
Reliant Arena and Reliant Center exhibition hall, as well
as the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center."
The Astrodome's evacuee population peaked at 24,590
on Saturday, September 3, 2005, according to the Red
Cross. As of Wednesday, September 7, "the population in
the four facilities had fallen to 8,096."
"'I don't know if they'd close this weekend. I have
a personal goal of the weekend after that,' said Coast
Guard Lt. Joe Leonard, who supervises the shelters at the
Astrodome" and elsewhere in Houston. "In the shelters,
'they almost create their own communities, their own
circle of friends,' Leonard said, 'And they're staying
there right now because that's the greatest comfort level
"Shelter residents have access to 660 bathrooms and
175 showers in the four major (FEMA) facilities. Nightly
dinners range from fried chicken, red beans and cornbread
on Wednesday, to lasagna for (Thursday) to beef sirloin
and mushrooms planned for Friday."
"For other shelter inhabitants, however, the days
since their escape from New Orleans have turned into a
"'There are a lot of impatient people here. People
are starting to get angry. You can hear it in the
conversations,' said Donald Nunnery, who has been at the
Astrodome" since Thursday, September 1, 2005. "'Some of
the older people, at 10 or 11 o'clock, they're ready to go
to bed. And there are still kids throwing balls and
running around, jumping over beds.'"
"The overhead lights are turned off from 11 p.m. to 6
a.m.--low-level lighting remains on--but there is no
"Nathan Smith, 42, a residential and commercial
repairman, also senses a growing strain of life in close
quarters. 'People are thankful for the opportunity to be
here under the circumstances,' he said, 'But no, I don't
think anybody's satisfied staying on cots in a dome.'"
Linda Bowie, 51, and her family "rode out the storm
in her mother's second-story apartment in the Lafitte
Housing Project" in New Orleans, "then watched the waters
rise. Escape wasn't easy for anyone in the city, but it
was a special challenge for Bowie's family. Her mother,
Ethel Hebert, was confined to a hospital bed because of
diabetes and her age."
Eventually the Bowies "were left to deal with the
squalid Superdome. They spent a tortured Wednesday
night," August 31, 2005, "in the bleachers."
"'Everything was going on in there,' Bowie says,
'Fighting. Murders. Rape. There was all kinds of
violence. They were selling drugs. The food they were
dropping off, other people were selling it. If you didn't
have money, you didn't eat.'"
"She arranged to buy seven hot dogs, five smoked
sausages and two Cokes for $20. 'Where they were getting
it, I don't know. I guess they were stealing it from the
dome,' Bowie says, 'When the girl brings me back the food,
she says, 'You do drugs? I've got marijuana, cocaine,
heroin, Viagra, Vicodin. I can't tell you all the
"Bowie kept the children, Kailen, Kyle, 8, and Kaila,
7, by her side. At 7 a.m. Thursday," September 1, 2005,
"they boarded a bus for Houston. She caught one of the
first wave of 500 or so buses that delivered hurricane
evacuees to Houston's Astrodome, and from there settled
into a motel arranged by a cousin who lives" in Houston.
One woman complained that life in the Astrodome was
just as bad as the infamous Superdome.
"A six-year-old girl was raped in here. A nine-year-
old boy was killed. A man in the shower was nearly beaten
to death," Clara Barthelemy, formerly of New Orleans'
Ninth Ward said, "There's no hot food. Help!"
"We are treated like prisoners here. Placed under
mandatory curfew," another evacuee said, "We are
Clara added, "The 17th Street Levee (in New Orleans--
J.T.) was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save
the more valuable real estate in the city. To keep the
French Quarter protected, the Ninth Ward was sacrificed.
People are afraid to speak out. Everyone who was there
heard the bombings. They bombed seven times. They let
the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was
saved over human life."
Bush administration officials added to the clamor
with a series of incredible gaffes, as when Michael
Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland
Security, said, "Louisiana is a city under water."
This was followed a few days later by a fresh
scandal, when it was revealed that Judge Chertoff's wife,
Meryl, was a New Jersey consultant who specialized in
obtaining lucrative FEMA contracts for firms located in
the State of Israel.
(Editor's Comment: In other words...the usual
But that was nothing compared to the furor when
former First Lady Barbara Bush, the president's mother,
visited the Astrodome and said, "And so many of the people
in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway,
so this is working very well for them."
Mrs. Bush received her reply from "A. Field Hand" on
the Web, who wrote, "Yassuh, Miz Barbara, us darkies enjoy
bein' po', we sho does. So doan you be worryin' 'bout us.
We's happy heah in de Astrodome, all crammed together
wif'out no privacy, our house all washed away, our friends
and family dead. We's used to it. Yassuh."
(Editor's Comment: Finally! Somebody told off the
vicious old harridan.)
As for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, she drew
criticism when it was revealed that the Secretary was in
New York City shopping for shoes instead of helping with
relief efforts. (See USA Today for September 7, 2005,
"Woman searches for ailing mother who was airlifted from
Superdome--and vanished," page 4A, and for September 8,
2005, "Numbers dwindle at Astrodome as evacuees move out,"
page 4A. Many thanks to Clara Barthelemy, Wayne Madsden
and Bob Liggett for these news stories.)
MEXICAN TROOPS CROSS
"A convoy of 45 vehicles and and 196 soldiers arrived
at the border city of Nuevo Laredo Wednesday night,"
September 7, 2005. "It was to cross into U.S. territory
early" Thursday, September 8, 2005, "Gen. Francisco Ortiz
Valadez told reporters as his men refueled at a local gas
"He said the troops would help evacuee operations in
(Editor's Note: San Antonio, Tex. is 756 miles (1,203
kilometers) west of New Orleans, well outside the
hurricane damage area.)
"'Our mission is to give aid to the civilian
population affected by this disaster," Gen. Ortiz said."
"The convoy represents the first Mexican military
unit to operate on U.S. soil since 1846, when Mexican
troops briefly marched into Texas, which had seceded from
Mexico and joined the United States."
"'This is just an act of solidarity between two
peoples who are brothers,' said Ruben Aguilar, a spokesman
for Mexico's President Vicente A. Fox."
The movement of Mexican Army troops and armor into
Texas apparently came about as a result of a private deal
between President George W. Bush and his Mexican
"With a 24-hour delay, President Vicente Fox
requested from the (Mexican) Senate authoriztion to allow
elements of the Army and Navy to leave Mexico for the
United States to lend assistance to victims of Hurricane
"The full Senate approved the Federal Executive's
request but only barely, since it received only 68 votes."
For the measure to be approved, it had to receive 65
"Only a day earlier, PRI and PRD (Mexican political
parties--J.T.) legislators had complained that the
Consitutional provision to authorize the deployment of
military forces had been abused" by President Fox.
Gen. Ortiz's convoy "passed by San Luis Potosi"
before going on to Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo.
The Minutemen and Texas rightwing militia groups
immediately went on alert when the Mexican troops crossed
According to commentator Alex Jones of Infowars, at
least three Mexican military convoys crossed the border on
"The first sighting occurred at 12:30 p.m. on Highway
183 travelling towards Austin," the state capital of
Texas. "The eyewitness described about 10 military
vehicles, four jeeps, which others described as Humvees,
and six combat trucks brimming with armed Mexican troops
wearing body armor, helmets and rifles. The troops riding
in the jeeps had holstered hand guns. The vehicles were
not being escorted by the U.S. Army or any other
government vehicles. The vehicles were festooned with
insignia reading Mexico - Policia Militar and the Mexican
"The second sighting occurred north of Austin on
Highway 135 near Georgetown, Texas (population 28,339)."
"Why are we surprised? This has been predicted for
months," UFO Roundup correspondent Jim Danvers said, "The
invasion of Texas has begun. Now that the Mexicans are
here, next comes the gun confiscation--just like in New
On Friday, September 9, 2005, the New York Times
reported, "Local police officers began confiscating
weapons from civilians in preparation for a forced
evacuation of the last holdouts still living" in New
"Edwin Compass III, the police superintendent, said
after a week of near-anarchy in the city, no civilian in
New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns and
other firearms of any kind."
"'Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons,'
"New Orleans has turned into an armed camp, patrolled
by thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement
officers, as well as National Guard troops and active-duty
"Whether he knows it or not, Mr. Compass is repeating
standard United Nations policy on the ownership of
firearms," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "The UN
has repeatedly stated that ownership of firearms should be
confined to police and military units only. This UN
policy is being carried out in New Orleans under the
auspices of martial law, in violation of the USA's
"Nor has it been explained why the Mexican Army is
heading for Austin and San Antonio when the majority of
the evacuees are in the Houston area."
"Will this UN policy be extended to Texas? Time will
Although some militia members expressed fears of a
reconquista of Texas by its one-time former owner, Mexico,
Trainor said he doesn't agree with that.
"Texas has a convoluted history," he remarked,
"Originally, it was part of Spain's colony of Nueva
Espana. Then it became a state of Mexico when Mexico won
its war of independence in 1824. Then, in 1836, Texas won
its independence from Mexico. After nine years as an
independent nation, the Lone Star State joined the USA in
1845. However, only 16 years later, Texas seceded from
the USA and joined the short-lived Confederate States of
America. Texas was the last Confederate state to
surrender in June 1865. It spent five years as a
Reconstruction 'occupied territory' and then was re-
admitted to the USA in 1870. I guess in the real estate
business you'd call this a 'flawed title.'"
"My guess is that there's a plan at the United
Nations to seperate Texas from the USA. Texas would lose
its statehood and become a Trust Territory under the UN,
to be ruled jointly by the USA and Mexico. How would that
affect Texas? Well, for one thing, there would be no more
'six-guns-in-every-household.' The UN Blue Helmets would
see to that. Also, having to pay taxes to both the USA
and Mexico would bring the booming Texas economy to a
Meanwhile, twenty million Texans are wondering: what
will the Mexican Army do next? (See the Mexican newspaper
Hoy for September 7, 2005, "Mexican troops sent to U.S.;"
the Wichita, Kan. Eagle for September 8, 2005, "Mexican
troops on U.S. soil;" and the New York Times for September
9, 2005, "Police begin siezing guns of civilians." Many
thanks to Scott Corrales, Marco Reynoso, Jim Danvers,
Dolores Echevarria and Ray Eldon for these newspaper
CRAZY CROCS STAGE A
The crazy crocs staged another flap last week, making
headlines in California and Tennessee.
The crazy crocs--also known as the crazy croc
syndrome, i.e. the sudden appearance of crocodilians in
regions far outside their native habitat--are one of the
longest running phenomena in Forteana. And the year 2005
has been a bumper one for sightings.
"A crocodilian--perhaps and alligator or a caiman
(South American alligator--J.T.)--was discovered Tuesday,"
September 6, 2005, "in a flood control channel that feeds
into nearby Machado Lake" in Harbor City, California, a
suburb of Los Angeles, "creating a new challenge for
facilities authorities who have been trying unsuccessfully
to capture Reggie (formerly known as Carlito and Harbor
Park Harry--J.T.), as the 6 to 7-foot (2-meter) long
alligator that has been swimming in the lake and drawing
crowds for weeks" is known.
"'They've got another one to catch,' said Craig
Townsend, 50, manager of Harbor City Estates."
"Because of the smaller size, the reptile discovered
Tuesday is not believed to be Reggie, the elusive
alligator dumped by his former owners into the 53-acre
lake at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park."
"The latest reptile, which also appears to be an
alligator, was seen in a concrete-lined channel just
blocks away from the lake."
"Craig Reagan, a 45-year-old electrician, discovered
the animal at about 4 p.m. when he walked behind his
Harbor City Estates mobile home on Lomita Boulevard in
Harbor City to feed the turtles and ducks that live in and
near the channel."
"'I looked over the bank, and there's this
alligator,' Reagan said, 'I thought, 'Holy cow!'"
"Reagan called the city's Animal Control Department
to file a report but was still awaiting a visit from a
field agent as the sun went down. Native to the
southeastern United States, alligators are not naturally
found in California."
"As they waited around, residents and area children
came out to watch."
"'The kids are all just fascinated, I think,'
Townsend said, 'I don't thin it's going to hurt any one.
I just hope the kids don't scare it off, because then it's
just going to hide.'"
Two days later, on Thursday, September 8, 2005,
"Little Reggie," the smaller of the two alligators, was
"One urban alligator down, one to go. A 3-foot (0.9-
meter) long gator dubbed 'Little Reggie' was caught
Thursday night in a Harbor City flood control channel, but
its nearby, much bigger partner remains on the loose."
"Word of a gator sighting drew firefighters to the
channel, where one leaned out on a truck-mounted ladder to
snare Little Reggie in a hand-held net, Los Angeles fire
spokesman Jim Wells said."
"'We've gone out on (calls regarding) boa
constrictors, snakes, but I cannot recall a rescue of an
alligator,'" he added.
"The gator was discovered Tuesday by a resident of
Harbor City Estates mobile home park when he returned home
to feed turtles and ducks that live in the channel."
Also last week, in Oak Grove, Kentucky (population
7,064), authorities called off the search for a crazy croc
that had escaped from the back of a pickup truck.
"Authorities in Kentucky called off the search
Wednesday," September 7, 2005, "for an escaped alligator."
"James Mason of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources
called the search 'like a needle in a haystack.'"
"The 4.5-foot (1.3-meter) long alligator escaped from
a moving pickup truck in Oak Grove, Ky. and scampered off
into a cornfield."
"The alligator was found in the basement of a
(mobile) home in Oak Grove and was taken to a pet store in
nearby Clarksville, Tennessee (population 103,455). It
was being brought back to Kentucky when it escaped again."
"Authorities had been alerting the residents of the
area about the loose alligator." (See the Torrance, Cal.
Daily Breeze for September 7, 2005, "Is there room enough
in Harbor city for two reptiles?", the Los Angeles Times
for September 10, 2005, "Gator found in flood channel in
L.A.," and the Clarksville, Tenn. Leaf-Chronicle for
September 8, 2005, "Hunt for escaped alligator called
off." Many thanks to Fortean researcher Loren Coleman and
UFO Roundup's crazy crocs expert Mary Lou Jones-Drown for
these newspaper articles.)
PHANTOM PANTHER SEEN
AT ONGAR, UK
"A large black animal has been seen in fields off
Moreton Road, Ongar. There have been reports of deer and
other animals being killed, and a horse attacked in the
area, in recent weeks."
"Belinda Taylor's son, Adam, and his friend, Scott
Prior, reported seeing the animal at Shelley Common."
"Mrs. Taylor told the Guardian: 'It was a big black
cat, bigger than a Labrador (dog), and it was seen going
into the hedge. At first Adam thought it was a fox, but
Scott said it wasn't because it was black."
"Mrs. Taylor now believes 'a big cat' could have been
responsible for scratches on her horse."
"'I just thought the other horses were bullying him
and had pushed him into barbed wire, but, thinking about
it, it's too high up. He's had deep superficial scratches
on one of his legs and round the quarter area near his
"Mrs. Taylor, whose son's rabbits have been killed,
had also been told of a deer that was found ripped apart
in a field with 'lumps of flesh all over the place.'"
The last Alien Big Cat (Phantom panther in the USA--
J.T.) took place "in October 2003 when Stanford Rivers
Parish Council clerk Kay Hayden saw 'a big cat' in a field
off Berwick Lane."
"The first sighting was seven years ago at Wood End,
Beauchamp Roding, near Ongar."
"There were also attacks on Weald Bridge Road, North
Weald, where four geese were killed. One of the carcasses
was sent away for analysis, resulting in pathologist
Ranald Munro concluding that the geese had been killed by
a lynx." (See The Guardian for September 1, 2005. Many
thanks to UFO Roundup's phantom panther expert Robert
Fischer for this newspaper article.)
NEW MYSTERY FOUND ON
SATURN'S MOON ENCELADUS
"Planetary scientists are intrigued by the latest
findings from the flyby in July (2005) of Saturn's moon
The robot spacecraft Cassini managed "the detection
of hot spots at the moon's south pole."
"Usually, the hottest part of any planet or moon is
around the equator, as is the case with Earth, mission
scientists said at a news conference Tuesday," August 30,
"On Enceladus, however, the heat is greatest in the
south pole region near a series of ground fissures
referred to as 'tiger stripes.' John Spencer of the
Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, says:
'It's like flying past Antarctica and finding that it's
warmer than Earth's equatorial regions. It's that
"Further analysis suggests that water vapor and fine
water-ice particles may be venting from the fissures."
(See USA Today for August 31, 2005, "'Strange' hot spots
at Saturn moon's pole," page 5D.)
SPIRIT GOES MOUNTAIN-
CLIMBING ON MARS
Even while New Orleans was being destroyed by the
kind of apocalyptic disaster that used to be found only in
the pages of Marvel Comics, "the Mars rovers Spirit and
Opportunity are continuing to function and have long
outlasted their missions, NASA said."
"'Today is Day 591 of our 90-day mission to Mars,'
mission principal investigator Steve Squyres said."
"Scientists released a picture of the Martian
landscape shot by Spirit from a hill it took a year to
ascend. The rover reached the 270-foot (81-meter) Husband
Hill on (Sunday) August 21 (2005)."
"'That's no Mount Everest, but for a little rover
this was a heck of a climb,' Squyres said."
"The six-wheeled, solar-powered Spirit and its twin,
Opportunity, landed on opposite sides of Mars in January
2004 to look for evidence of the history of water." (See
USA Today for September 2, 2005, "Rover scales Husband
Hill on Mars," page 7A.)
>From the UFO Files...1936: UFOs OVER KANSAS
At about 10:30 p.m., on Monday, September 14, 1936,
farmer William Beverly Hamilton, 20, climbed the back
porch steps of his parents' house south of Wichita,
Kansas. The screen door creaked as he strode into the
darkened kitchen. The sun had been down for a couple of
hours, but it was still hot--well over 90 degrees
Fahrenheit. For this was the height of "the Dust Bowl,"
and 1936 had been a year of unprecedented drought in
Bill peeled off his shirt, hung it on the back of a
kitchen chair, and then rummaged in the icebox. Sure
enough, Momma had left him a pitcher of fresh lemonade.
There was a tall glass on the tablecloth, too. Bill
poured himself a tall one and quaffed it down. It tasted
like the nectar of the gods running down his parched,
Bill turned on the kitchen light and then tried the
Atwater Kent radio. Hearing a burst of static, he turned
it down low, not wanting to disturb his parents, who were
trying to get to sleep upstairs. Maybe he could pick up
the all-night station in Topeka.
Patiently he turned the dial. The needle went from
one end of the waveband to the other. There was nothing
but static. Suddenly, a sound came through, the blare of
a jazz band. Startled, Bill turned the volume a bit
"...concludes the first half of our program. Next
up--Mr. Cab Calloway, making a special appearance right
here at the House of Blues. Stay tuned to WLS, the Voice
of Chicagoland, for the best in jazz..."
Chicago!? Bill frowned in bewilderment. That's
hundreds of miles away. Yet it's coming through as clear
as a bell. No static at all. What is this?
Finishing his lemonade, Bill listened as the black
singer began his number. "Hi-de-hi-de-hi...ho-de-ho-de-
"Hi-de-hi-de-hi," Bill murmured, absentmindedly
singing along. Then, as he passed the kitchen window, he
did an instant doubletake. "Ho-de-ho-de...Holey Moley!
What the hell is that!?"
Peering through the slightly dusty glass, Bill saw a
circular bright blue light zigzagging through the night
sky above his father's wheat field, about a half-mile
north of the Arkansas River. He watched in amazement as
the blue light was joined by another, and then another,
and then another.
I must be dreaming, he thought. I fell asleep in a
kitchen chair, and I'm dreaming. That's the only
Bill squeezed his eyes shut and then opened. The
four luminous blue objects were still there, tracing a
leisurely circle in the sky above the wheat field.
The blue objects reminded Bill of his mother's pie
plates. They seemed to tilt at odd angles, self-luminous
with that eerie blue light but not illuminating the
parched wheat on the ground.
The boyhood nickname brought Bill out of his stunned
reverie. Turning, he saw his mother standing in the
doorway in her flannel nightgown. Concern flashed across
her features. "What is it? What's the matter?"
"Momma, come over here and take a look." Bill guided
her by her thin shoulders to the window. "Tell me what
Mrs. Hamilton looked. Then her hand touched the base
of her throat, and she cast her son a puzzled glance. "I-
-I don't know. What is it?"
"That's what I'd like to know," Bill replied.
"Go fetch your daddy."
Bill took the stairs two at a time and then pushed
open his parents' bedroom door. His father, William
Turner Hamilton, sat upright on the edge of the bed,
pulling his suspenders on. "What in Sam Hill is going on
"Look out the window, Dad."
The elder Hamilton did so. His jaw dropped a full
inch. "Sweet Mother of Pearl!"
Within minutes, the three Hamiltons were on the back
porch, staring upward at the strange aerial display in the
sky. The "plates," as Bill's mother called them, hovered
motionless for several minutes. Then, glowing a slightly
brighter blue, they zipped to the east in single file,
then made an "impossible" 90-degree turn to the south.
The strange maneuvers went on for nearly fifteen minutes.
And then, without a sound, the UFOs darted south toward
the Arkansas River and disappeared over the horizon.
It was a night Bill Hamilton never forgot.
Times change. When Bill and his wife returned to
Wichita's North High School in 1985 for his class's 50th
reunion, he couldn't believe the changes in what, to him,
would always be "farm country." The family farm, which
his father had bought in 1921 when Bill was five, was no
longer there, replaced by Hydraulic Avenue and its strip
malls. The cottonwood grove and "ol' swimming hole" on
the Arkansas where he and his friends had "gone skinny-
dipping" as boys were now part of the sprawling Boeing
But still he remembered the night of the UFOs.
His widow, Norma, recalls: "Bill was born on August
13, 1916. He was in his early twenties at the time. My
husband was a very intelligent man, not apt to imagine
such things. He told me of this sighting several times
before his death in 1986. In the late 1930s, my husband
often saw these lights zipping around over his father's
farm. They changed direction suddenly, hovering and then
"I do not know how many events there were. But there
were more than one."
UFOs before Roswell? They're rare...but they're
there. (Many thanks to Norma Hamilton for the email
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