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4 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 21, 2010 www. LovellCh ronicle.com El AI Airlines has the right idea The attempt by Nigerian aI-Qaida tool Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to explode an airliner as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day was like a splash of water to the face of Ameri- cans who had grown sleepy with con- tentment and denial in the years since the 9/11 attacks of 2001. Perhaps we were lulled into a false sense of security because there had been no successful attacks or hijackings David Peck since that horrible day 81/2 years ago. After all, Homeland Security was keep- ing us safe and the FBI and security agencies in other coun- tries were in the news constantly for reportedly thwarting various terrorist attempts, right? And security at airports is better, too, we thought. Boy, they won't sneak any bad things aboard an airliner, will they, because we have to take off = our shoes at security! And you can't have anything except tiny amounts of liquid in your possession, and you'd better leave your tweezers at home. Thatll keep us safe. Now we have the underwear bomber. Great. I won't go into the systematic failure of security agencies at home and abroad to stop the would-be bomber before alert passengers had to pounce on him to prevent a catastro- phe except to say that President Obama got it right when he said last week that the failure was unacceptable. Now they're going to ramp up security and crack down even harder on already suffering passengers. That will mean even more time at security in airports for such things as indi- vidual hand-carried luggage checks and the next technologi- cal wonder: full body scanners. Now, screeners will be able to see under our clothing, except that, well, the jury is out on whether they would have spotted an underwear bomb. So now they'll probably get to the point of strip-searching each passenger. Won't that be fun? El AI Airlines - the official carrier of Israel - has a better idea. As explained on news programs in recent days, secu- rity screeners for El AI don't just look at your luggage or your shoes, they look at you. First of all, El AI hires highly trained professional screen- ers who engage in the fine art of detecting suspicious people. Every passenger who flies on El AI is subject to an intense, albeit cordial and brief, interrogation before boarding a flight. Looking into your eyes to .detect any out-of-the-ordinary ner- vousness, El AI screeners ask you why you are flying to or from Israel, where your travels will take or have taken you, and other questions. Susan ancl went through this process about 11 years ago when we traveled to the Holy Land as part of a group tour of religious sites. In Chicago, we were each politely interviewed about our travel plans - where we were going, why we were going, who we'd be seeing and the like. On the way back, having traveled to Jordan on a tour ex- tension, we received even more scrutiny. Screeners asked us why we had been to Jordan and whether we knew anyone in the country. One of our fellow travelers was a radiologist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and he was the doctor who Queen Noor of Jordan saw in the U.S. when she needed a mammogram or other tests. So when asked whom he knew in Jordan, he replied truthfully, "Queen Noor." "Right, don't we all!" the young El AI security agent quipped. When our friend explained himself, the young lady blushed and apologized. El AI has it down. Not only do their screeners read people rather than just x-ray screens, they do pre-flight background checks on passengers and aren't afraid to single out people who warrant special attention. In short, they profile passengers, not based on race but based on patterns of behavior and travel plans. There's no way a single man with no luggage who paid for a flight in cash would make it on board an El AI flight without some ex- plaining to do. When we traveled to the Holy Land, there was one flight that day from Chicago to Tel Aviv. It would be impossible for U.S. security to interview and background check every one of the hundreds of thousands of passengers who fly every day in the U.S., but maybe just international flights could be checked and scrutinized - or, initially, flights to and from so- called "hot spots." The Israelis have a far better and, by the way, a far more efficient way of screening passengers. An interview takes a little time, but it sure beats a severe frisking. 4-H is great program for all youth I attended the State 4-H Leaders Con- ference in Buffalo last weekend. It was great to see many of the folks from around the state who have given so much of their time to help our Wyoming youth "learn by doing." I had the privilege of presenting a program on caring for our yards and gar- dens at the conference. Parents with children that are 9 years old or turning 9 this year are encouraged to consider enrolling them in 4-H. It's an easy process. In Big Horn County, you need to call the Extension Office at 765- 2868 and ask for Jenny Good, the 4-H Youth Educator. I'm quite proud that in Wyoming our 4-Her's still say the Pledge of the Allegiance to the Flag before each club meeting and county event. They also pledge their "Head to clearer thinking, their Hands to larger service, their Health to bet- ter living and their Heart to greater loyalty." Not all kids can be the top athlete, or make the cheerlead- ing squad for school, but all the kids enrolled in 4-H can help "make the best, better." They can get a handle on life with their project work and the success and failure that follows. The key to their growth and development is with the volunteer leaders who help them with their project work and social skills. We need those adult volun- teers to enroll, too! Jim Gill Ag Chat *** I got kicked in the posterior recent- ly by a local intuitive person to look into Biochar. Biochar is a fine-grained, car- bon-enriched product created when bio- mass (like the Russian olives being torn out as wood waste) is burned at relatively low temperatures and under anoxic (lack of oxygen) atmosphere. The process itself is called pyrolysis and is similar to the production of charcoal. I think this product could have some real merit in building soils. I have a pre- mier researcher with the USDA Agricul- ture Research Service Center from Kim- berly, Idaho, coming to WESTI Ag Days Feb. 2-3. Jim Ippolito, an ARS scientist who has done extensive research on this product, will share his conclusions. *** Stan Jones, an organic farmer from the Burling- ton area, stopped by the other day and left me some information on an Organic Farming Conference that will be held in La Crosse, Wisc., Feb. 25-27. If you are interested in going organic, this would be a great opportunity to gain some knowledge from others who have walked the walk. Stan encourages folks who might be interested in attending to contact him at 307-762-3271. I have registration information at the office, as well. A cowboy's boots never tell a lie Years ago, Jan, our three children and I lived in a rural area of San Diego Coun- ty. It's getting more difficult in that part of California to find rural spotls, but that's a different story. We had a half-acre on Twin Peaks Ex- tension, then a dirt road in the then-un- incorporated town of Poway. At the time there were four homes on the road and lots of open space that formerly housed farms. Last time we looked, there were three ma- jor subdivisions and commercial develop- ment. No farm property remaining. We wanted to incorporate a bit of farming and animal husbandry in our lives, which is why we lived where we did back then. So we had a small flock of New Hampshire Red chickens and a rooster (or two), a busily occupied rabbit hutch, a Nubian goat, a Shetland pony, and a Duroc piggy. At various times we also had (temporarily) a turkey, a donkey, a goose and two ducks. Not to mention a veritable horde of cats, and a couple/three dogs. Oh yes, we also had a fairly large garden and some fruit trees. Therefore, I decided that to fit the role of a part-time rancher and farmer, I needed a pair of cowboy boots. I hadn't had such boots since I was in second grade at Chesterton Elementary School in Linda Vista, a suburb of San Diego. My new boots, brown they were, gave me added stature (I thought) in more ways than one. Seems to me that when I pulled on that Western footwear, my gait re- sembled a swaggering John Wayne. --Before weang them to ," Jan and I took an anniversary trip with our '65 "Sub- urban" towing a 14-foot camp trailer. The kids were left with her parents during our trip, which involved Bob Rodriguez driving up the Golden State and into Or- egon, making it all the way to Roseburg. At one point we stopped for a meal in Buellton, Calif., a bucolic and pastoral place then. The cafe we chose (the only one there) had pickup trucks (the working kind), hay haulers and pickup trucks tow- ing horse trailers parked in front and on both sides. A couple of rigs had trailers with steers inside. Inside the eatery I stretched my legs, and my new boots protruded a bit into the aisle. Just like my pride, I believe, thinking that I had arrived in the world of ranchin' and farmin'. After a while, a group of rough-hewn rancher types arose to leave the cafe. One older, grizzled cow- poke with obviously used boots spotted my footwear, and as he walked past, he stared at them and me sardonically. Didn't mean a thing to me at the time. After returning to our chores at home, my boots and I discovered that it's not easy to keep them look- ing so good. Working with bales of alfalfa and big sacks of feed; barbed wire, hog fencing and chain- link enclosures; slogging through mud; stepping in various piles on the ground; and just generally being around critters took their toll on my footwear. It took maybe only a few months before I had a good look at those boots. They were scratched, dirty, well worn. It was then thatIecalled.that ranch hand in Buellton and his sardonic expression. And the thought hit home: A cowboy's boots nevdr tell" a lie. Bob Rodriguez is the publisher of the Illinois Val- ley News in Cave Junction, Ore., along with his wife, Jan. They live in Lovell. A sleepingpopulace awakens BY GENIELLE BROWN Last week in the mail, I received the follow- ing quote from a friend, which most conservatives, including myself, may have already known, but it bears repeating. It was attributed to a historian named Tytler, but when we googled to find out more about him, I received a treatise by Loren Collins in which he stated this could have come from Alexis de Tocgueville, or Henning W. Prentis, and perhaps several others. I like to know who says what, and this was very confusing, but here it is: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters dis- cover they can vote themselves largesse, from the public treasury. From that moment on, the major- ity always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dicta- torship. "The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These na- tions have progressed in this sequence: from bond- age to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from depen- dency back again to bondage." Some time ago, I received the following from a very dear conservative friend (so on this I have no doubt who said it) where he stated it this way: "When government functions properly, it protects the rights of the individual. By doing so it makes all society secure, for society is made up of individ- uals. If, however, government attempts to satisfy the clamoring of special interest groups, whether minority or majority, at the expense of individual rights, all society eventually suffers the losses of all freedoms. "In a constitutional republic it is understood that an individual cannot delegate to government any more authority than he himself has. The non- acceptance of this principle is the reason we now have a democracy, which means mob rule. A democ- racy assumes that if a group of people clamor for some special interest, the government can use that clamoring as their authority to write a law to de- prive other individuals of their rights. Today, we live in a society which teaches that such activities by government are acceptable...The power of col- lecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power entrusted to man." We are seeing at this time in our national gov- ernment the climax of allowing too much uncon- stitutional power to exist, but there is an upside to this: Mr. Obama and all his socialist czars have awakened a sleeping populace to their duties and responsibilities to check this outrage, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it will take more and more of us to wake up the rest of the sleepers, especially in our own state, which has taken on some socialistic agendas. Do you remember David Wilkerson, a preacher who, years ago, moved his family to New York and was the subject of the movie "The Cross and the Switchblade" starring Pat Boone? He still preaches in New York and recently said, "Here is an impor- tant truth for every believer: The hour of Christ's power is manifested at the very point of our help- lessness," and then he said to remember Gideon, Deborah and King Jehoshaphat. We are not yet to a point of helplessness, but if things don't change, we could be. Wouldn't it be better to follow the advice in second Chronicles: "if my people...shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Wouldn't the ACLU hate that? UPSP 321.060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307-548-2217. 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