Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jade Helm, the Latest News

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), last Friday went public to elaborate on his decision to have the Texas State Guard monitor a planned Special Forces U.S. military training exercise in Texas and several other states called Jade Helm 15 or maybe just plain Jade Helm, in the Lone Star state.

It seems that the Abbott knew all along that there would not be a military invasion of Texas with troops, from the United Nations, U.S. Military Special Forces and maybe even ISIS or ISIL troops standing by to take custody of Texas – after swarming like termites at a chosen time from tunnels built beneath selected Wal-Marts.

Abbott says he was misunderstood by dozens of journalists, bloggers, and members of the electronic media – not to mention thousands of Texans — because he was quoted correctly when he said he would have the Texas State Guard, an unarmed sort of militia charged with defending Texas in case the United States military, the Texas National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard fail to fend off aggressors.

It was an honest mistake, correctly quoting Abbott’s statement – one which this writer will not soon repeat.

So why did Abbott mislead us by clearly stating what he would do? It seems that he was trying to “calm” residents whose distrust of President Barack Obama had fueled conspiracy theories about Jade Helm.

Now it’s crystal clear, right? If Texans are worried about an invasion and possibly even a military coup, the best way to calm their fears is to order the Texas Guard to monitor a military operation believed to be the instrument of an alleged Muslim President, possibly preparing to declare a military dictatorship.

Even better, get a U.S. Senator from Texas named Ted Cruz and a member of the U.S. House from Texas named Louie Gohmert – also known as “Goofy Gohmert” in some circles — to lend even more credence to a simmering conspiracy by launching investigations into Jade Helm and just watch all those conspiracy buffs calm down completely.

It just goes to show that quoting a politician can lead to confusion – especially a Texas politician. Follow this link for further misinformation

Who will watch the watchers?

Who is watching, other than Alex Jones who has a radio talk show and web site called, Jade Helm 15” or just plain Jade Helm, a military war game featuring Special Forces that is set to cover parts of several states and scheduled to run from July 15 to September 15?

For one, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott is listening as things unfold and has ordered the Texas State Guard — one of three branches of the Texas Military Forces, along with the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard — to monitor Jade Helm to make certain that Texas patriots are not arrested and locked in concentration camps as a precursor to martial law, starting in the great state of Texas.

The Texas State Guard consists of six Civil Affairs Regiments, two Air Wings, a Medical Brigade and a Maritime Regiment a backup of sorts for the National Guard and Air National Guard, but not part of the armed forces. Rank is given on the basis of prior military service. Those without prior military service must attend a Basic Orientation Training (BOT) course. This is the group that will be protecting the Lone Star State from the Special Forces units taking part in Jade Helm.

While most of the country was busy with every day affairs, Jones and his followers were preparing to fight the coming invasion of Texas by special forces, United Nations troops — and some have even suggested that Texas may be given to ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), whichever term you prefer – as a reward for their part in the expected martial law. For those who follow Jones, with a Muslim president already in the White House, there was no other possible explanation.

News that several Texas Wal-Marts were closing down, at least temporarily, caused the conspiracy theorists, by now alerted in places far from Texas, mostly by way of social media, jumped to the only logical conclusion – that there were huge man-made caverns under selected Wal-Marts where the troops would be staging and preparing for the take over of Texas.

Along with the other watchers, I’ll be monitoring the situation. Further information can be found at

Whatever Do You Mean?

Whatever do you mean, David Hunter, by “the vanities review?” Is it about your own vanity?”

It’s a fair question. On more than one occasion, over more than 23 years as a columnist, angry readers have accused me of being aloof and arrogant, which can also be rendered “vain,” but my title comes from the English Standard Version of the bible, Ecclesiastes 1: “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

The International Version of the bible translates it this way: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Traditionally, King Solomon, who was said to be the wisest man who ever lived, has been given credit as the author of Ecclesiastes. Solomon as the author however has been hotly debated by scholars who say the book was first written in Aramaic then translated into Hebrew, which would date the book around 600 years after Solomon.

Do you see how quickly something most of us were taught from childhood, suddenly becomes all muddled by varying points of view? Very often the “all is vanity” line is used as an example of utter despair, written by someone ready to give up on understanding what the world is really about, but I don’t see it that way.

A modern proverb says, “We all have a right to an opinion. But none of us have a right to our own facts.” Even facts, however, are slippery things. Once it was thought that an eyewitness was the strongest evidence that could be presented in court, but it is not true.

When I was at the state police academy being trained and certified as a police officer, we were shown a short film of an armed robbery in progress almost daily, including the hour before a final exam. Most of us would have bet our paychecks as to how well we knew the details of that film.

As it turned out, not a single officer got every detail right and some of us couldn’t remember if the robber used a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol which is a very important detail for people who are often first on the scene.

I’ve called this blog “The Vanities Review” because I know how quickly stories can become almost totally different events when viewed through various points of view – especially when edited through a political lens.

“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Is the message we get after a few days of debate on an event. So welcome to my review of the ordinary stories I read about or maybe even experience. I’ll try to keep it interesting.