Crash Site Recognition
China Airlines Flight 611,
May 25, 2002
Sam Aurelius Milam III
This is another in the series of short articles in which I'm presenting photographs of airplane crash sites. There are several more photographs yet to be presented, in several more articles. By showing these pictures of crash sites, I intend to clarify the difference between what is and what isn't a crash site. It's important for people to be able to recognize the difference. It seems to me that the difference ought to be obvious but, apparently, some people have difficulty with that, and believe that a situation is a crash site even when all of the evidence is to the contrary. So, in the pictures, notice the amount, the visibility, and the size of the wreckage. Notice, in some of the pictures, the skid marks, gouge marks, or scorch marks on the ground. Learn to recognize what is, and what isn't, a crash site.
Letters to the Editor
This message is in response to my article Predators, on page 3 of the March issue.
"It follows that a (for example) 15-year-old female isn't a child." I STRONGLY DISAGREE. But I'll leave it like that. Because I could say a lot worse and perhaps I am misreading the whole thing.
If you believe that the hypothetical 15-year-old female in my article is still a child, then are you proposing that there isn't any change in legal status as a consequence of puberty? Do you believe that adolescence is legally indistinguishable from childhood? In that case, how do you determine who is and who isn't a pedophile? Remember, a sexual attraction to children is pedophilia but a sexual attraction to adolescents isn't pedophilia. Precise definitions must be used during litigation. Sentiment and whim are not a sufficient standard. So, if not puberty, then what do you propose as the boundary between childhood and adolescence?
Dear Mr. Aurelius;
Thank you for sharing my treatise on prison slavery [Slavery Without the Guilt, January 2015, page 3], and most of all, thank you for providing a means for persona non grata to have a voice.
In spite of a horrible recidivism rate, California refuses to recognize
a major contributor to recidivism: Prison On-Set PTSD. This
is an ugly condition, I bear witness to on a daily basis.
Ignoring facts and the truth, does not make it go away. I commend your publication for standing up against the status quo!In sincere gratitude,
—Robert H. Outman
Dear Comrade Sam,
Greetings to you in solidarity brother! I'm writing to say thank you very much for printing my letter to you in your Feb 2015 Frontiersman [page 1]. I just received it. Also thanks for sending me your last issue too. I hope people will enjoy reading it, and hopefully it will give your readers an eye opening education on the sordid racist industrial prison complex of California we are forced to survive within. The good news is they changed their minds about keeping me in the SHU indeterminately. They are letting me out end of 2015, so far that's the plan. But they can change their minds at the last minute.
Anyway, your Miss Cast article [February 2015, page 3] about a "black Annie" had me laughing. I do not agree with you on the issue. But it's refreshing to read a paper where people still exercise true free speech. This is my take on this subject. Annie and Cinderella from my understanding, are both fictional characters, and fictional characters such as fairy tale portrays and orphan portrayals should be racially interchangeable in this day and age. And I feel little black children in oppressed and impoverished areas of the United States need to see female black children and young African American women in leading roles such as in Annie and Cinderella to give them positive role models who look like themselves. Because the lack of positive black children and young black women role models for black American youth is very noticeable to me, in today's pop culture. From what I see, today's black performing artists are teaching our little precious black girls (and white & Hispanic girls, too) to be materialistic, and are also teaching them to grow up to be sexual objects through these music videos and sexual songs that are being repetitively pumped into their minds visually and auditorily almost from their time of birth. So to me a black Annie, a black Cinderella, or even a black Wonder Woman would be a good idea for our female youth to watch. And that's my exercise of free speech, and it's really how I see this issue.
Well thank you again for printing my letter. Also it's okay for you to use any thing in this letter for your newsletter. Again, if you do, I request that you print my name and address with the article. Thank you, and solidarity Sam.
Your brother in struggle,
I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that many productions of black folklore or traditional black literature, regardless of how well or how poorly they're done, are routinely denounced by the black critics as being racist and as portraying offensive black stereotypes. Disney's Song of the South comes to mind. It's possible that if the black critics weren't so easily offended, then there might be more performances of traditional black literature and folklore, giving black performers more opportunities to provide the role models that, according to your suggestion, are in short supply.
Your idea of racial interchangeability might be useful in some ways but I don't accept it as being valid in the portrayal of characters in folklore and traditional literature. The use of Brandy as Cinderella is offensive to me because it's an example of revisionist tampering with traditional white literature purely for the sake of political correctness. The fairy tale comes from a white European cultural tradition, not from sub-Saharan Africa. Fairy tales, as well as other forms of literature, can have cultural value. How do you suppose the black critics would react if we did a new production of Roots, using Tom Bergeron in the role of Kunta Kinte, and claimed that it was okay because they're "interchangeable"? I expect that the critics would go off like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Casting Brandy as Cinderella is equally nonsensical. Interchangeable? I don't think so. Offensive? In my opinion, yes.
This is about the EC Irvine students voting to take down the US flag. The mass reaction seems to be that they should be banished to hell for offenses against the flag. I hope to
|see some comments from your (our) side soon.
Seems that we had better be part of the herd, or else.
In my opinion, the flag issue is a substitute for the real issue. I believe that some people have sensed a problem with the nature of the U.S. government, but they don't understand the problem. The causes of the problem aren't readily visible or accessible. The flag is both visible and accessible. So, people direct their objections toward the flag. It makes them feel good, but it doesn't address the problem. Here's an applicable quotation from almost 30 years ago.
In 1987, the miniseries was a prediction or, at least, an allegory. I fear that, today, it's more of a description. In 1987, it frightened us. I fear that, today, most young people would shrug their shoulders. Cops and soldiers in the schools and airports are no longer an eerie alarmist notion.
I've been studying the situation for a long time. Anyone who's interested in reading some of what I've written about it is welcome to do so. A good place to start would be my Supreme Flaw of the Land essays. They're available on Pharos. Here's the address.
Dear Mr Milam;
Thank you for your 25 February 2015 letter.... I also apologize for my salutation error in my 11 February letter [this issue, page 1]....
The matter of Prison On-Set PTSD is especially significant to me, since I am a retired deputy sheriff who was shot twice and left for dead, only to develop a healthy case of PTSD. Therefore, knowing the condition and its totality, I am appalled how many young men develop and endure PTSD in prison, while prison mental health officials deliberately ignore it....
Again, I applaud your noble efforts in bringing the truth forward, and remain
In sincere gratitude,
—Robert H. OutmanPretexts
Saying to the mother's tears and sobs,
Suck it up lady, I'm just doing my job!
After all, I've got a wife and kids to be fed,
Take your complaint to the department head!
This chamber needs more gas!
Hey! I'm just a member of the working class.
Batons swinging dripping blood red,
We only did what the supervisor said!
Mean spirited state sponsored pain and losses,
We're only doing the will of our bosses!
Cry for mercy feel the pain and grief,
We must follow our sworn professional belief!
We don't hurt for pleasure and sport,
All is done by authority of the court!
Torment inflected by jailers, jurors, and judges,
We're only following the law; not grudges!
Don't call us bully, or inflict shame,
We treat almost everyone the same!
Say It Again, Sam
My thanks to the following: SantaClara Bob; Lady Jan the Voluptuous; my mother; and Dewey and Betty.
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