Prisoner release plan about more than costs

By Dan Bodine


The announced prisoner release plan this week of

Unloosen these chains! (Image by

Unloosen these chains! (Image by

some 46,000 federal, mostly drug-use convicts back “onto the streets​” is stirring praise in some corners and criticism in others.

In all corners, it seems — after how drugs have torn this nation apart in the past 40 years or so — it should be stirring reflection though. And then hope, New sentencing guidelines are part of President Obama’s drug reform program. Is this a keeper? Continue reading

Rain, garden lamp lead to failed UFO arrest

UFO backyard

The Scene: This is our garden, looking from behind our bedroom window toward the rear of the yard. Note the position of the lamp (in orange rectangle); and the ribbed bottom of an old pond tub to the right. The shaded white area beside it is what sure appeared to be an oval object with glowing lights. A UFO? Not a drone! The little planes don’t glow! The hole referred to in the story is just beneath the center tree framed in a yellow rectangle. That’s where I’m hoping to build my turtle pond some day. (DB photo)

By Dan Bodine


EL PASO—Yeah, people do crazy things. I’ve done plenty. I’ll do plenty more. But I don’t think I’ll ever attempt a citizen’s arrest of an Unauthorized UFO landing in my backyard again. Too dangerous for an old coot! A little bit of rain in the desert does some strange things to people, yes. This is one of them.

Much of El Paso saw rain or thunderstorms Sunday night. I didn’t exactly sleep thru it, but… Sometime about 2:30 a. m. Monday, I awoke. Alert! How come? Continue reading

Pope’s new devil idol vs a rich water “thief”

An exuberant elderly woman greets the Pope Sunday, July 12, in the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay.   (Gregoria Borgia / Pool - AP photo)

An exuberant elderly woman greets the Pope Sunday, July 12, in the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay. The Pope was in the Americas criticizing radical capitalists and the newest worship-of-money idolatry that’s come down upon the backs of the poor, he claims.                (Gregoria Borgia / Pool – AP photo)


By Dan Bodine


The world’s getting crazy and crazier, no?! Could it be we’re going back to Square One? Finally? Or are we in for a revolution from the right first? An armed revolution?

Pope Francis, while touring South America now, is on a climate change and environmental roll — decrying adverse effects of unbridled capitalism and what this newest false-worship-of-money practice, another idolatry, has meant on the poor, and the world’s environment! Continue reading