those of you not "in the know,"
is the entertainment publication in Arkansas. Loaded with news
about concerts, clubs, music festivals and musicians, publisher Peter Read
(caricatured at right)
and his team put together a fantabulous array of feature stories,
interviews, venue reviews and stacks of photos to create a celebration of,
In fact since 1980,
with Peter at the controls, keeps soaring along as Arkansas’ ONLY
statewide publication devoted entirely to the music-lover scene.
Another thing you may not
know, in May of 2003 Peter suffered an aneurysm and, several days later,
an ensuing stroke. Big time heavy duty stuff. Thankfully, he recovered
from this life-quaking experience. However, like many of us self-employed
entrepreneurial folks he ended up with a mountain of medical bills
totaling up to a whopping quarter of a million
In October that year,
professionals representing every aspect of the state’s music business
joined forces to offset Peter's health care expenses with a benefit
concert at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock. The event was a
huge success, featuring 13 bands on 2 stages, a silent auction,
commemorative T-shirts and a fundraiser CD titled "Peterpalooza."
So now here we are a couple
of years later and, though the owing $250,000 has been diminished, Peter
still has one hell of a debt to pay. Thus I'm encouraging all of you
Great Gozarkians to
purchase a T-shirt or CD to help make Peter's medical bills go
completely away. Maybe think "Christmas in July" and buy a few. They make
wonderfully unique gifts for both enemies <wink> and friends <grin>....
Hansen, 16 year old daughter of Bruce and Shannon Deckard of Clinton and
Robby and Cindy Hansen of El Dorado, was recently crowned 2005 Miss
Clinton. Kristen is the grand-daughter of Ford Ward and the great
grand-daughter of Travis Ward and the late Mabel Ward, all of Hope. She
is also the granddaughter of Beth Barnhardt and great granddaughter of
Louise Sanders and the late Radie Sanders, all of Norphlet. Kristen will be a junior at Clinton High School, where she is a member of
the Jackettes Dance Team, Fastpitch Softball Team and Tennis Team. She is
involved in FFA and is a gold card holder.... Congrats Kristen!!!!
Makes me wonder…
Researched and written
collaboratively by Michael C. Kelley and Christine L. Weiss
REPORT: Back in February, the editor/publisher of
Michael C. Kelley (pictured at right), came to us at Gozarks with a laptop
computer tendered to him by a client in resolution of a debt. He asked if
we could check it for encrypted files or other evidence of its allegedly
prior military ownership.
In the hands of our highly trained technical staff it soon became evident
that, yes, there were some
files that certainly seemed to be encrypted and also there was a
rather remarkable animated graphic presentation depicting two sci-fi
prototype vehicles that looked like they belonged on Mars.
a tank-like contraption called the V-Works Magnasuper, had 20” bulletproof
wheels, a reinforced Kevlar body, infrared stalker surveillance and an
“attack mines” launch system. The other, a “rapid launch” helicopter type
aircraft identified as Dragonwing, boasted of 30mm front-mounted armaments
and a “Double
Bay” (whatever that is).
Interestingly, the engines
driving these beasts, apparently the dream-child of NISSAN, were Turbine
Matrix Fission Hybrid (aka: “nuclear”). Also interestingly, the
government, according to its own reports, after starting development of a
nuclear-powered rocket engine in the 1960’s, supposedly terminated all
work on developing nuclear technology for space in 1973, an edict that was
reaffirmed by Congress when the infamous "Star Wars" technology was voted
down some time ago.
Being apprised of the possibly classified nature of the data on the
laptop, Mr. Kelley did the “right thing” and shipped the computer to the
Pentagon, and I know he did this because I witnessed it. He included a
note explaining the circumstances under which he had come into possession
of the laptop. After all, this stuff seemed somewhat significant and
although the security of the data had previously been compromised, it
seemed most proper and appropriate to turn the unit over to the
To date (June 29, 2005), Mr. Kelley has had NO response from anyone at the
Pentagon (or any other branch of the government) regarding the surrender
of this laptop. Not even a simple “thank you.” Nor has he been reimbursed
his expense for recovering and turning-in apparently pilfered U.S.
Government property (counting postage and the value of the debt, this
amount approaches $200), but I digress.
On March 13, 2005, after a lengthy absence of governmental commentary on
the "nuke-tech in space" subject (and within two weeks after the Pentagon
would have been in receipt of the noted laptop), the NASA Center for
AeroSpace Information (CASI) issued a news release elaborating on how
nuclear technology is “an important enabler of the new national Vision for
Space Exploration” and the “ability to rapidly and efficiently develop
optimized concepts for the manifold future space missions…”
Now if you care to spend a
few hours researching this subject online, you will discover that this
promulgated avoid-speak (akin to “preemptive retaliatory response” in lieu
of “unprovoked first strike” and “collateral damage” as a substitute for
“dead women and children”) translates to “we’ve gotta be ready to nuke
those bastard aliens in outer space if/when they pull a sneak attack.”
Hold that thought.
Just a two days ago (June 27, 2005) an odd report titled “Nuke-lab rockets
to reach for stars,” made the front page of the Business section of the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It seemed out of context somehow, authored by
Anne Miller of the Albany Times Union, of Albany, NY, and not being
credited to a wire service source like AP.
Ever more interestingly, the article details how NASA has now joined with
the National Nuclear Security Administration in contracting with Knolls
Atomic Power Laboratory – a secretive facility in Niskayuna, NY, that
designs and tests nuclear-powered engine systems for Naval submarines --
to study nuclear-powered applications for energy production for a moon
base and space exploration, using nuclear reactors to produce thrust and
electricity for a human-crewed mission to the Moon and Mars possibly as
soon as 2011.
Miller's report also notes
that the release of this information by NASA et al "dribbled a few rare
details" about "changed priorities" that have been ongoing "over the past
few weeks" under the program's "new chief" who, again oddly, is not
In light of all this, doesn’t it kinda make you wonder… If the
aforementioned laptop had not been recovered and the compromised data
posted for public perusal by ACH back in February, would NASA ever
have fessed up to its (secretive) plans to set up (military) bases in
outer space using (forbidden) nuclear technology?
And before you scoff, let me reiterate: To date, Mr. Kelley has not heard
word one from any agency governmental regarding his surrender of the
laptop… yet if our illustrious officials deemed the unit and data therein
to be useless, you would think that at the very least they would send it
Doesn’t it make you wonder…???
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have earned and deserve, and hoping this proves to be something
we richly enjoy.
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