The Mendocino Beacon

It came out of the sky

- By Jim Shields

U.S. top guns have been busy the past week in their fighter jets.

The US military shot down a high altitude “object” over Lake Huron last Sunday afternoon.

Another “unidentifi­ed object” was blasted to bits over northern Canada the day before that.

And the day before that, another “unidentifi­ed object” was shot down over Alaska by a US sky pilot.

And don’t forget last weekend, when a Chinese surveillan­ce balloon was taken down by F-22s off the coast of South Carolina.

Who says Joe Biden’s sleepy? The dude is totally locked in, laser-focused on getting to the bottom of what’s behind all these “unidentifi­ed objects” that are infiltrati­ng US and Canuck skies.

Joe’s motto is “shoot first and ask questions later … maybe.

The past week’s aerial fireworks prompted James Marmon, a frequent poster on the AVA’s website, to inquire: “Weird how all of a sudden unidentifi­ed aircrafts are falling out of the sky. Why is this suddenly an issue?”

Well, actually I have the answer to what the hell is going on.

Well, actually I don’t have the answer, but John Fogerty, front man for one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival, knew what was happening years ago, and he explained to us in this song: It Came Out of the Sky Whoa, it came out of the sky Landed just a little south of Moline Jody fell out of his tractor Couldn’t b’lieve what he seen, oh

Laid on the ground shook Fearin’ for his life

Then he ran all the way to town

Screamin’, “It came out of the sky”

Well, a crowd gathered ’round

And a scientist said it was marsh gas

Spiro came to make a speech About raisin’ the Mars tax Vatican said, “Woe, the Lord has come”

Hollywood rushed out an epic film

Ronnie the Populist said It was a communist plot Whoa-oh

Oh, the newspapers came And made Jody a national hero

Walter and Eric said they’d put him

On a network TV show White House said, “Put the thing in the Blue Room

“The Vatican said, “No, it belongs in Rome”

Jody said, “It’s mine

But you can have it for 17 million”

Great, great song, one of my favorites, especially meaningful since I lived in Moline (Illinois) when I was a toddler.

Speaking of the Canucks, Canadian retired Maj. Gen. Scott Clancy, former director of operations at NORAD and former deputy commander of the Alaskan NORAD Region, told CNN he does not believe China is behind the unidentifi­ed objects that have been shot down in recent days. He explained that it could be a “confluence of a distinctiv­e activity by our adversarie­s to test the systems.”

“It smells to me, as the guy who was directed to conduct operations to defend North America, I’d be very suspicious,” Clancy said on “CNN This Morning.” “And I’d be on high alert to make sure that all of our adversarie­s are being countered.”

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheri­c Affairs, Melissa Dalton explained they were taken down out of an “abundance of caution.”

Dalton said that high-altitude objects can be used by a range of companies, countries, and research organizati­ons for “purposes that are not nefarious, including legitimate research.”

Hah, Ms Dalton of Homeland Defense thinks these “objects” could be used “by a range of companies … for purposes that are not nefarious …”

Is she talking about companies owned by those megalomani­ac, narcissist­ic one-percenters who also happen to own the world right now. They’d be at the top of my list of suspects. Imagine that, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, true masters of the universe. No wonder they got all those rocket ships and satellites whizzing around inner and outer space.

I’ll be damned.

(Jim Shields is the Mendocino County Observer’s editor and publisher,, the long-time district manager of the Laytonvill­e County Water District, and is also chairman of the Laytonvill­e Area Municipal Advisory Council. Listen to his radio program “This and That” every Saturday at 12 noon on KPFN 105.1 FM, also streamed live:

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