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Fire Engulfs Japan’s Shuri Castle, A World Heritage Site in Okinawa 

Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan, a popular and historic tourist attraction was almost completely destroyed in a recent fire.  The fire erupted at the castle in the middle of its mid-autumn festival.  Shuri Castle was built more than 500 years ago and was used as the royal castle for the Ryukyu Kingdom.  NHK reported that the main hall and the north and south halls were all destroyed.

The castle is located on a hillside that overlooks the Japanese city of Haha.  This is not the first time the historic castle has been destroyed by fire.  It has been rebuilt a few times. The most recent time was during the battle of Okinawa in 1945.  The castle was restored and made into a national park in 1992.   Firefighters were still battling the blaze on Thursday morning.  Emergency responders got the first call about the castle fire around 2: 47 am, Japan time.


Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats have turned California into a problem-plagued burning nightmare 

Many Californians are now blaming their Democratic Party leaders for turning the state into a ‘problem-plagued, burning nightmare’ says Victor Davis Hanson in his recent Fox News article.  With the state’s major utility enforcing rolling blackouts for much of the state, its old equipment and faulty infrastructure seem a potential fire risk. Many Californians, though blame the state for not clearing away dead trees and brushes. Things for Californians are becoming very hard, the cost of gas has risen to $4 and $5 a gallon, they pay some of the highest taxes, they have hyper-regulation and things like ‘green mandates’.  Hanson says,

“ Californians know that having tens of thousands of homeless in their major cities is untenable. In some places, municipal sidewalks have become open sewers of garbage, used needles, rodents, and infectious disease.”  Millions of Californians have become fed-up with the situation and left the state. Now the state has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Due to the lax immigration laws, there has been a steady influx of undocumented immigrants flowing into the cities.

Hanson’s article points out that California really is now a one-party state with the Democrats have the majority in both houses of legislation. It is interesting to note that three of the nation’s most powerful politicians are from California; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Gov. Gavin Newsom, who are all multi-millionaires.  Hanson says, “ Their lives, homes, and privileges bear no resemblance to those other Californians living with the consequences of their misguided policies and agendas.”


Twitter To Ban Political Ads Globally

On Oct 30, CEO Jack Dorsey, of the giant social media tech, Twitter announced that the platform is now banning all political advertisements.  In a series of tweets Dorsey explained, “ A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet.  Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money.”

Twitter’s announcement comes as Facebook is facing backlash because it made a decision not to fact-check ads by politicians or their campaigns.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the House Financial Services Committee on Oct 23, that political ads make too small of a percentage of their business to justify the burden of having to fact-check ads.  In response, Brad Parscale tweeted, “Twitter bans political ads in yet another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives.  Wouldn’t be surprised if twitter lifted the ban after 2020.” Dorsey said the ban comes into effect on November 22.


Colorado homeowner owed nothing after police SWAT shootout destroys his house, federal court rules  

Homeowner, Leo Lech, lived in the city of Greenwood Village near Denver, Colorado.  His $580,000 home was destroyed after a SWAT team used armored vehicles to breach the structure, deployed tear gas and explosives and shot 40 mm rounds in a 19-hour gun battle with a shoplifting suspect.  The armed shoplifter broke into the house and barricaded himself inside and decided to shoot at the police.

A federal court in Colorado ruled on Tuesday that the police Dept does not have to compensate a homeowner whose house is damaged during police activity.  Judges from the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that the city of Greenwood did not owe the homeowner any compensation even though the suspect was a stranger to the homeowner, said the Denver Post.  Though Lech did receive $ 345,000 for damages from his insurance company, he says it isn’t enough. Lech said, “ It’s miracle insurance covered any of it in the first place. Insurance is for fires and floods. There’s no ‘police blew up my house insurance.”  Lech says he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.


Today’s quote is from George Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior’

Rule 3: “ Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.”