December 12, 2008

What is happening?

I know this blog is a "Bigfoot blog", and focuses primarily on the issues surrounding the research of this undocumented animal. But, I must tell you, there are larger problems in this world, that have gotten my attention, and may effect us more than you might think.

This country is in trouble.

I do mean serious trouble. For a very long time, our country has not only been a military giant, but a manufacturing power house as well. The manufacturing portion which helps keep our economy functioning is now falling apart. As of this morning we are looking at by far the worst crisis of manufacturing ever. Who didn't see this coming with the creation of "NAFTA"? (North American Free Trade Agreement. Signed by then President William Jefferson Clinton. September 14th, 1993)

Our elected officials in the Senate rejected the bailout for the "Big 3". For those of you who do not know who the "Big 3" are:

General Motors

I have never been a big fan of the UAW,

But, the bailout failed after (TX-Rep) Senator John Cornyn met with the UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and had come to an agreement. Mr. Cornyn then went back to the Senate, and watched the entire bill fall apart. In a Press Conference this afternoon 12-12-08 Mr. Gettelfinger discusses what the UAW feels is the cause of the bailout loss.

While I am not a fan of the UAW,

Due to the high wages that make new vehicles almost unbelievably high priced. I find the enormous salaries of their CEO's (while asking for federal bailouts) much more out of line. I also think at this point we need to understand the high wages paid to employees of the auto companies (which average roughly $28.00 an hour, according to Mr. Gettelfinger) are needed to help fuel this economy. The President of the UAW stated this morning on CNN, the auto industry is looking at a lay off of 3000 employees by February of 2009. Already GM announced massive layoffs in Canadian and U.S. plants today. How will that effect our already crumbling economy?

Do you know what that means to an already struggling economy?

Now workers will slow down buying for the holidays, fearful their next check will be their last. Stores will suffer. The manufacturers of clothing, televisions, video games and all those things your kids want so desperately will suffer. Which means more businesses may suffer, go out of business or at the minimum more layoffs (KB Toys announced today they are liquidating due to the failing economy). I personally think this is already a disaster, that's just waiting to get worse. This move by the Senate just lit the fuse.

The US Treasury released a statement today,

Saying they are prepared to step in, to help the "Big 3" with funds, until Congress comes back from their break...But, that means using the remaining 15 billion left over from the banking industry bailout. Steve Forbes says he thinks this money won't even make it to General Motors, it will most likely end up in the courts, tied up in more legal red tape.

Here is a crazy idea.

Why didn't the Federal Government (knowing there was an economic crisis in this country) not give that 700 billion in money ear marked for the banking industry, and split it by household? This works out to roughly $200 thousand (after taxes of course) per household. What kind of economic upsurge would that have created? People would have paid off their failing bank loans, deposited money into the banks, bought new cars and spending alone stimulates the economy. Instead, that 700 billion ($700,000,000,000) in tax dollars was given to corporate CEO's, and who knows where it went? There are already allegations of misappropriations by some of the corporations that received that cash influx (AIG). What could you have done with that 85 Billion given to AIG?

Here is a heads up for our government. Stimulating the economy starts with the people, not the corporations. The banks are having problems, because the Taxpayers do not have money, not the other way around. So, by giving this $700 billion to the banks, who did they actually help? No one. Because the taxpayers still do not have money, or the resources to make money to put back into a struggling banking system. Where does it end?

Why are our elected officials not on planes headed back to Washington? Where are our elected officials? Your elected officials are headed home for the holidays. They already have their paychecks, they are good to go. Are you allowed to simply walk away from your job when there is a crisis? No, you are encouraged to stay and "pitch in for the team", or they simply announce overtime, and you stay.

Our country is facing a financial melt down of epic proportions,

And our elected officials have decided to simply leave their offices. Even though General Motors clearly states they will not make it into January. If the auto industry fails (GM is but the first in that domino) it will be far worse than anything we have seen from the airline industry. The airline industry has installed a revolving door to the House and Senate of this country, and they make nothing, they only provide public transportation (and help in various mailing services) and they get money every time they show up.

Here is an admission I am embarrassed to admit.

I am a card carrying republican. This mess is getting worse because of the republican partys issue with organized labor. Yes, I may not agree with organized labor, but there are definite benefits to the people who opt to bring a union into their place of employment like the UAW. Fair wages is just one benefit. Why should a CEO get paid millions off the sweat of others, and employees not reap any benefits of their long and tiring hours?

When you really think about it,

Is $28.00 an hour an extreme amount of money to be paid, when the corporate fat cats are making so much they are able to charter private jets, for a plea to Washington? Can you afford to charter a private jet?

The UAW lobbies for Health Insurance benefits unmatched by most. Fair labor practices. Do you know how hard it is to get fired when you work for a union? Check out your states laws on your rights as a worker without benefit of a union. There is a major push in this country for states to go with what is called "Right to Work Laws". In what is called "Right to Work States" you are basically stripped of your rights as an employee, to the benefit of the employer. The employer can fire you - regardless of the reason, and you will not get unemployment compensation. Look into it folks.

So, apparently our elected officials feel it is the responsibility of the american auto worker to handle the brunt of the financial crunch of the "Big 3" auto companies. When it has also been reported that our government gave money to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars to Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and BMW, to build here in this country (in our southern states) with no requirement to pay it back (not even a request for repayment by our government) Your tax dollars brought competition to this country, and the government didn't even have to ask you. But, now that american taxpayers need help, they are refused? Our auto workers are basically told to "deal with it"? What crisis were these foreign companies experiencing that they needed the financial help of the american taxpayers? Our tax money was used without our consent (or even our knowledge) to I'm sure help create jobs. That's nice. Build up others, so we can destroy ourselves?

While the "buck" may stop with the President of this country,

Our elected officials in the House and Senate have just as much power over these situations (as well as other issues that went ignored until it was too late ie, troop funding) They are choosing to ignore this problem and solve it. To the detriment of this country. If I were a member of either of these branches of government, I might start considering what might happen come the next election. I think americans are about to realize the problem is not always the President, but those who are in the other branches of our government, and time and time again pass their failures off on one person, when they had the power to solve the problem.

How does this effect the "Bigfoot Community" at large? Good question. How many of you are already feeling the strain? I know of many who are. How many organized groups depend on donations? The work we do in the field is helped with the aid of equipment, and some of that equipment is pricey. How long will it take before this crisis is felt within this community? We have already felt the pinch of higher gas prices. What will the loss of jobs do? How much field equipment could you have bought with roughly 200 thousand dollars after taxes?

Our newly elected President Barack Obama, (as if on cue) has released a statement saying "he was disappointed by the failure of a Senate deal to bail out the U.S. auto industry and hoped that the Bush Administration and Congress "will still find a way" to help the struggling car makers."

Politics as usual rages on, and in the end, we (the American Taxpayer) will pay the price.

December 4, 2008

20 Inch Track Found In B.C. By Missionaries?


Published: December 04, 2008 10:00 AM
Updated: December 04, 2008 10:23 AM

Two missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints got quite a scare on the night of Dec. 2 when they saw what they think was a set of sasquatch footprints right outside of their Burns Lake home.

Tyler Beck and Brad Blazzard are in B.C. for two years, rotating in different communities throughout the Smithers and Burns Lake area for the past seven months.

"The first thing we thought was that someone was playing a trick on us," Beck said."But we don't no anyone our age who would do that and our house in on the south side, so pretty much in the middle of nowhere."

The footprint, which Beck said was about 20 inches long is right in front of Beck's porch, leading to the path where the pair keep their wood shed.

Beck said prior to finding the footprint at 9:30 p.m. on the night of Dec. 2, he didn't really believe in the possibility of bigfoot.

"I still don't know what to think," he said. "I have heard some pretty ridiculous things about bigfoot but now I am leaning toward the edge of thinking it may be possible."

The house sits in front of a lake and Beck said in the four and a half months he has been there, he has seen all manner of coyotes and wolves. This is the first time he has seen any sign of the fabled creature.

In addition to a rash of sightings in the Bulkley Valley in the summer and fall, Larry Sommerfield, a self-proclaimed sasquatch hunter from Terrace had a cast that he claimed was a sasquatch print.

Sommerfield was reluctant to tell The Terrace Standard how he came into possession of the 16-inch long cast, except to say that it was made in mid-August from a footprint found in a gravel pit just east of the Kitselas First Nation's subdivision easy of Terrace on Highway 16.

Brian Vike, Director of HBCC UFO research is still trying to verify three sasquatch sightings in Moricetown.

“Since I got the initial call, I’ve had no other information,” Vike told the Houston Today. “ As near as I can tell, the sightings all happened after the end of September but I have called and called but no one is calling me back.”

The lady who called on the morning of Halloween, told Vike that there had been a rash of sightings on the native reserve. Unfortunately without talking to someone who could give a first-person account, Vike said the information is hearsay at best.

Vike got the details from the first account from the woman’s mother.

“Allegedly, she was walking out to the mailbox and this thing walked in front of her,” Vike said. “But I called and called and got nowhere so I am thinking this is a little fishy.”

Another women apparently told friends that she had seen a sasquatch peeking in someone’s window.

The last report allegedly involved a school bus driver who saw the creature standing in a field.

A sighting in Houston in late July by Delores Harrie garnered the attention of national media outlets.

Harrie saw the creature out at her home on Buck Flats Road on July 28.

At 5:45 a.m. that morning, Harrie heard her dogs barking at the door. When she went down to investigate she saw that someone or something was rattling the door handle.

She eventually opened the door and the dogs were out like a shot, sniffing out something on he east side of her property.

When she looked out at the side of her house, she saw a creature that was walking on two legs.

“It was huge and it had long hair, not fur — kind of like the kind you see on an ox and a reddish brown, the colour of the trees that are killed by the pine beetle,” said the woman. “And it moved so fast, by the time I opened my door it had run from the porch to the other side of the house.”

Once outside, the dogs pursued the creature it continued along a dried-up ravine and disappeared into a forested area. Her oldest dog didn’t return for three hours.

“I was worried but what do you do, tell people your dog is chasing bigfoot?” she asked. “I drove up and down the road, looking for him and eventually he came back.”

After Harrie’s report, there was a report on Telkwa High Road and some sightings in Campbell River.

"I have been here for almost five months trying to do good work and I end up with bigfoot prints in front of my house," Beck said.