Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Military Ghost Town "Seneca Army Depot"

This once thriving Military Depot covered over 10,000 acres in Seneca County New York. It was started in 1941 and was used as a weapons and munitions storage area it was in use up through the 1990's.
The Army closed it up in September 2000 and tore down most of the buildings and storage areas, but today it sits abandoned to time and as you drive through the deserted and grown over roads it has an eerie feeling to it.The only living things around are the famed White deer which are beautiful to see up close.

Some of the old storage bunkers still remain today for visitors to see.

In its hay days during the cold war the Depot held the largest stockpile of Nuclear weapons in the country.
Today just a few buildings are left and it is home to Kids Peace a place for troubled children.
There is also a maximum security state prison on the site called "Five Points" and located on the old air strip is the New York State Police Training Center. In 2002  The Glen Sports Group started using the air strip for auto racing.

The old Seneca Depot and the old former Sampson Air Force Base is a 45 minute drive from my house.When these two bases closed down it put thousands of local people out of work. Yet most of the land is still not used today just fenced off growing up in weeds............

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gone in 60 Degrees

Here in New York if you don't like the weather just wait a few hours and it will change. Last weekend turned bitterly cold and over 16 inches of snow fell on our heads. 
Opening the outside door surely was a chore, but we finally got out to shovel, shovel, shovel. By the time we got dug out it looked like a winter wonder land.

 Driving around and enjoying the beauty of the snow, we thought for sure this year we would have a white Christmas. But like I said before, In New York you just never know.

A few days later the weather man said it was going to warm up. Well it hit 60 Degree's  for the past three days. The snow is gone and it sure looks feels like spring time. So I guess that white Christmas is just another dream.......

  Merry Christmas to one and all

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sledding memories of the past

Sledding used to be so much fun
Neighbors and friends would join in the fun
We never got cold playing in the snow
But we surely did catch a cold

Sledding started way back when
Even adults would join in the fun
They would try to find the biggest hill
To give the women a great big thrill

A little snow is all you need
To go down hill with lightning speed
Happy faces, full of glee
Loads of fun, as you can see
Big brothers always the leader
Taking little brothers for a spin
Sledding down the hill
What a big thrill
Big brother sledding down the hill
Sometimes takes a spill
Falling in the snow is fun
Come on, take one more run
No more sledding for me
Others things on my mind
A war is raging in another land
I think it's time to take my stand

Now the sleds stand all alone
Oh the stories they could tell
Of a childhood past and all the fun
Tossed away like a piece of gum

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas in the jungle 1968

It's Christmas in the Jungle
And we wont see no snow

Even in the Nam they believe in Santa Clause

The Christmas trees lined up for sale
In the center of Saigon

We decorate the tree at the local bar in town

Back at base camp
a little taste of home

Bob Hope even put on a show

But sitting in a bunker
No presents to be found

Happy Holidays to you

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Militarizing the Police

It is happening right under your noses and no one seems to care what is going on in this country.

Police Departments all across America are being given these MRAP vehicles free of charge. The transfer of this military weaponry will put these mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles complete with gun turrets and bulletproof glass on the rural and urban streets of America
This program started in 1997 and is known as the (1033 program). So far the military has donated over $4.2 Billion dollars worth of surplus to the police departments including (TANKS) and (GRENADE LAUNCHERS). The Militarization of American law enforcement is nothing more than an extension of the expanding police state. These are all nothing more than a means of social, political and economic control of the poor and working class of this country.

Think back in time if you will, the date was January 17th 1961, Dwight Eisenhower's farewell speech. He warned us about what would happen and it is happening NOW because we did nothing to stop it.

Take a look at what is going on with all the Walmart and fast food chains. People are out protesting for better wages and hundreds of people were arrested all across the country this weekend for civil disobedience. Is this the beginning of things to come. When the people have had enough and are willing to lay their life down for what is right we are in for one hell of a war in this country,
The "Posse Comitatus Act" of 1878 which was updated in 198l prohibits the military from enforcing state laws, so we Militarize the police to get around this law and to keep the people in line.  By arming the police forces with military weapons, the military can sit back and say: "See, we aren't interfering with civilian law."  Is this how far Americans are willing to let it go? 

Are you willing to lay down your life for what is right??