Thursday, March 22, 2018

I-35: Highway to Hell

People have emotional relationships with the highways on which they have to drive often. Interstate 35 is one such road. Writer Sherry Claypool Kuehl once called I-35 "Satan's Parking Lot."

Let's look at it as a "highway to hell" in the wake of the Austin bombings and a quick reflection on its troublesome history.

This map by "Jenny Almond" was originally published on February 5, 2018, on Merovee's blog.  It showed predictive insights regarding the Austin bombings. For example, bomber Mark Anthony Conditt's suicide occurred in Round Rock, which is visible on her map.

Other items that Jenny Almond and Tom Mellett have noted should be added to the map include:

~ The Alamo, The Battle of the Alamo, San Antonio, February 23 – March 6, 1836;

~ The Ebola outbreak at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, October 12, 2014;

~ The Smiley Face Balloon Crash, near Lockhart, 30 miles south of Austin, July 30, 2016.

Considering how finite the limits of Almond map are, it is intriguing to note how many of the Boyms' "Buildings of Disaster" are represented on her graph.

Texas School Book Depository, November 22, 1963.

University of Texas Tower, Austin, August 1, 1966.

Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993.

Oklahoma City Federal Building, April 19, 1995.

Texas A&M Bonfire Tower, November 8, 1999

Interstate 35 is closely tied to the controversy surrounding the so-called NAFTA superhighway. 

"The proposed Trans-Texas Corridor toll-road project included one proposal (TTC-35) to primarily parallel I-35 from the Mexican border up to the Oklahoma border." Source.

Interstate 29 and Interstate 35, described by the Ministry of Transportation for the province of Alberta as the "NAFTA superhighway."

Perhaps we need to watch I-35 a bit more closely.

For example, notice Ardmore, Oklahoma is on I-35. That's the childhood home of James Shelby Downard, which blogger Matt Forney wrote was "a town straight out of a David Lynch movie: wholesome on the outside but hiding deep dark secrets."

Between 1967 and 1972, "The Enema Bandit" (see Michael H. Kenyon) terrorized Norman, Oklahoma (which sits right on I-35).

The I-35 corridor in this part of the country may be "Satan's Parking Lot," after all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mark Anthony Conditt ~ Why?

Why did the Austin bomber set off his bombs? It appears to be a question that will linger for days.

One clue may exist in the map, and various maps of the bombing in context have been created.

Source: Secret Sun

A man who police believe carried out a string of package bombings in Austin is dead, putting an end to a weekslong hunt to track down and stop the bomber who had the Texas capital and its residents on edge. 

Conditt at the FedEx counter.

Law enforcement officials, who identified the suspect as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, said they traced the white male to a hotel in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, about 20 miles north of the city. In a confrontation with the police, the suspect detonated a device and died, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. Shots were fired during the encounter with police.

Conditt, via Facebook.

Conditt detonated one final bomb in his car.

The Round Rock motel where Conditt was staying.

Mark Anthony Conditt

Mark Anthony Conditt Reportedly ID'd as Austin Bomber

Blew himself up after police chase early Wednesday morning.


“I have this idea I haven't been putting out publicly...but screw it. The guy doesn't have time to watch FB with all he's doing. If you didn't catch, the 3rd one was meant for Erica Mason, across the street from the lady who's doorstep it was on (she was carrying it to her). 1st was House family, son of Rev. Dixon. 2nd and 3rd--Mason. "Mason-Dixon" as in line :-( and 4th was on a street that was hidden well enough from traffic to set it up...traffic from the feeder street, Republic of Texas Blvd. So...yeah.” ~ Debbie Russell (with comments)


Mark is a common male given name and is derived from old Latin "Mart-kos", which means "consecrated to the god Mars", and also may mean "God of war" or "to be warlike". Marcus was one of the three most common given names in Ancient Rome. See Roman given names.

Aries dates in astrology are March 21 to April 19. If your birthday falls in this date range, you have an Aries Sun sign. Although Aries horoscope birth dates can change depending on the year, these are typically the Ariescalendar dates. For about 30 days each year, the Sun travels through the part of the zodiac occupied by ...

Marcus Antonius (Latin: M·ANTONIVS·M·F·M·N; January 14, 83 BC – August 1, 30 BC), commonly known in English as Mark Antony or Marc Antony, was a Roman politician and general who played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic from an oligarchy into the autocratic Roman Empire.

Antony was a supporter of Julius Caesar, and served as one of his generals during the conquest of Gaul and the Civil War. Antony was appointed administrator of Italy while Caesar eliminated political opponents in Greece, North Africa, and Spain. After Caesar's death in 44 BC, Antony joined forces with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, another of Caesar's generals, and Octavian, Caesar's great-nephew and adopted son, forming a three-man dictatorship known to historians as the Second Triumvirate. The Triumvirs defeated Caesar's murderers, the Liberatores, at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, and divided the government of the Republic between themselves. Antony was assigned Rome's eastern provinces, including the client kingdom of Egypt, then ruled by Cleopatra VII Philopator, and was given the command in Rome's war against Parthia.


Condit(t) may be a topographical name for a dweller by a water channel, from the Old French word "conduit," Middle English "condit, cundit," which was originally an artificial channel or pipe for conveying water, and later was the term applied to a structure from which water was distributed, a fountain or pump. Source


Mars (mythology)

Not to be confused with the planet Mars.
Mars: Pater of the Roman people, Guardian of soldiers and farmers, God of War, Destruction and Masculinity
The Statue of Mars from the Forum of Nerva, 2nd century AD, based on an Augustan-era original that in turn used a Hellenistic Greek model of the 4th century BC, Capitoline Museums
Symbol The spear of Mars ♂ (Spear and shield iconography)
Personal information
Consort Nerio and others like Rhea Silvia, Venus, Bellona
Parents Jupiter and Juno
Siblings Vulcan, Minerva, Hercules, Bellona, Apollo, Diana, Bacchus, etc.
Greek equivalent Ares

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Mars (Latin: Mārs) was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome. He was second in importance only to Jupiter and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began the season for military campaigning and ended the season for farming.

h/t SL, SM, CLK, SH

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Name Is Austin: Beware Texas and Maryland

On March 20, 2018, news concentrated on two fronts tied to the name Austin in Texas and Maryland.

The name Austin is an English name. Austin was developed in the Middle Ages from the Latin Augustine, meaning magic dignity, or venerable

Austin Bombings Continue: FedEx Certainly, Goodwill Maybe

From March 2 through March 18, 2018, four package explosions have occurred in Austin, Texas, resulting in two deaths. (See details here.)

The earlier deaths of two men named House (March 2) and Mason (March 12) were from families who knew each other, and involved in community organizing.

The location of the Dawn Song Drive explosion was near the home of a Latina activist.

From the New York Times: "Eliza May said she was watching a TV show in her home when she heard what sounded like a transformer blowing up in her backyard. 'It sounded like when the transformers go out, but it was five times magnified that,' said Ms. May, who lives about 200 feet from where the explosion was said to have occurred."

Bomb #5

On March 20, during the hour after midnight, a package exploded on a conveyor belt at a FedEx shipping center at Schertz, near San Antonio, Texas. One employee was injured. 

Bomb #6

Hours after the San Antonio blast, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside Austin's main airport to check on a suspicious package that was reported shortly before sunrise. Authorities roped off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley.

The ATF Houston tweeted that the "two packages located at two separate FedEx facilities in Austin/San Antonio are on 3/20/2018 are connected to the four previous package explosions that occurred between 3/2 and 3/18 in Austin, TX."

Device #7

Around 7:00 pm, an incendiary device exploded, injuring one male, at a Goodwill Store in south Austin, on Brodie Lane, near Slaughter. 

The police appear to be downplaying this incident, and some authorities are saying it was unrelated to the previous bombings.

School Shooting

A gunman who opened fire on students at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, after engaging an armed school resource officer.

The shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was the only fatality. Police said Rollins used a handgun to shoot a 16-year-old female student, who was identified by family members as Jaelynn Willey. She remains in the ICU with life-threatening, critical injuries. A 14-year-old male was also shot by Rollins or the school resource officer, and is in stable condition.

The school's resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, was alerted of the shooting, immediately responded, and killed Austin Wyatt Rollins.

Great Mills High School is a comprehensive public high school of 1600+ students in grades 9-12. Great Mills High School was founded in 1929, as one of the original high schools in St. Mary's County, Maryland. It serves students at the confluence of the Potomac River, Patuxent River, and Chesapeake Bay. The ethnic population of the school reflects the community: 51% Caucasian, 40% African American, 5% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 1% other. At Great Mills High School, student athletes are known as the Hornets.

h/t SHunter, SMiles, NVoid

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dawn Song Drive: Austin Bomb Blast #4

Emergency crews in Austin, Texas, responded to a explosion Sunday night, March 18, 2018, which happened in the southwest part of the city. Austin Police said two men were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but they are not expected to be life-threatening.

The explosion occurred in the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive. (Dawn = Aurora.) First reported to be at 4721 Eagle Feather Drive (but that was incorrect).

Device may have been by the side of a road, set off by a trip wire. Victims appear to be on or pushing bikes.

One man is reported to have nails in his leg.

The latest blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018, in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin — far from the previous three that were all in residential areas in the eastern part of the city — and investigators didn't immediately confirm what caused it. But Austin Police Chief Brian Manley repeated previously issued warnings for residents not to touch any unexpected packages left at their homes.

Two men in their 20s were hurt in the latest blast. Police said they were hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening. They are said to be white, Caucasian, and thus, temporarily undermining the theory the previous three bombings were racially motivated.

Sunday, March 18, 2018, is the final day of the South By Southwest music festival, which draws hundreds of thousands to Austin every March. It is also the end of spring break for many area school districts, meaning families who were out of town in recent days are returning to a city increasingly on edge.

The explosions occurred far from the main South By Southwest activities, though a downtown concert by hip-hop band The Roots was canceled Saturday night after a bomb threat. Authorities later arrested a 26-year-old man, and the incident did not appear to be related to any previous explosions.

Bombings #1, #2, and #3

It was the fourth explosion to rock Austin in less than three weeks.

The first was a package bomb that exploded at a northeast Austin home on Haverford Drive, on March 2, 2018, killing a 39-year-old man. Two more package bombs then exploded farther south on March 12, killing a 17-year-old, wounding his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman.

Police said all three of those were likely related and involved packages that had not been mailed or delivered by private carrier but left overnight on doorsteps. Austin police originally suggested they could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic, but now investigators aren't ruling out any possible motive.

Austin's earlier explosions were in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive and in the 6700 block of Galindo Street.

The Galindo incident happened hours after police responded to a previous package explosion at the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, killing a teenager and injuring a woman, police have said. LaVonne Mason, co-founder of the Austin Area Urban League, told the Post her grandson was the 17-year-old victim killed Monday morning.

A 17-year-old victim in a series of deadly package bombs delivered to homes in Austin, Texas, has been identified as Draylen Mason, while a law enforcement source revealed the same maker may have constructed the three devices.

Draylen Mason.

Described by Austin's police chief as an "outstanding young man who was going places with his life," Mason was killed Monday morning, March 12, 2018, when a package exploded in the kitchen of his Austin home as it was being opened. His mother is in stable condition.

Three package bombs exploded at homes in the Texas capital over 10 days -- one on March 2 and two on March 12 -- killing two people and injuring two others. Investigators have said they believe the attacks are related.

In all three bombings, residents found the cardboard packages outside their houses. Two exploded as they were being handled outside, police said.

But the package that exploded indoors yielded parts that could be reconstructed, a law enforcement source told CNN on condition of anonymity. The devices were essentially pipe bombs rigged to explode upon opening, the source said.

Anthony Stephan House, the Austin bomber's first victim

The stepfather of man who died in a package explosion in Austin earlier this month knew the grandfather of one of the victims in Monday’s first bombing, according to the Washington Post.

Fredie Dixon’s stepson, Anthony Stephan House, 39, died after a package exploded at his house on March 2, 2018. Dixon told the Post he is good friends with Norman Mason, the grandfather of the teenager who was killed in a package explosion around 6:45 a.m. March 12, 2018, in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.

“This is a real mystery, and how all of this mystery comes together, I have no idea,” Dixon told the Post. Source.

A Name Game?

The names of Mason and House - and even Oldfort Hill, now Dawn Song are all highly symbolic.

One meaning of Galindo, which is in essence a personal name, is "foreigner or stranger."

Sibyl Hunter adds:
“The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (Psalm 118:22).
The image comes from the ancient quarries where highly-trained stoneMASONs carefully chose the stones used in construction. No stone was more important than the cornerstone because the integrity of the whole structure depended on the cornerstone containing exactly the right lines. If the cornerstone was not exactly right, the entire building would be out of line. For that reason, builders inspected many stones, rejecting each one until they found the one they wanted. Rejected stones might be used in other parts of the building, but they would never become the cornerstone or the capstone (the first and last stones put in place).
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his HOUSE on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." (Matt 7:24-27)
The Date?

On March 18, 1314, Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and final Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.

Killing at Temple Mount

Attack from Dawn Star, March 18, 2018: Lawrence passed along this news.
An Israeli security guard was killed by an assailant armed with a knife on Sunday 18th March 2018, near the entrance to Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. He was initially seriously wounded, but later died. (Source.) 
The guard (Adiel Kolman, a married father of four) was from the West Bank settlement of 'Kochav Shachar'. The meaning in English is 'Dawn Star'. 'Shachar' means 'dawn' ('kochav' means 'star'). I sometimes see this place name sloppily misspelt/mispronounced in English as 'shahar' (including in that specific Jerusalem Post article, of all places. Usually the JPost gets it right), but it's 'shachar'. Sometimes 'kochav shachar' is translated as 'morning star', but it is literally 'dawn star'.

Lion's Gate in Jerusalem has its own mythic and political resonances of course. The entrance leads to the Via Dolorosa. The Wikipedia entry for Lion's Gate informs us: "Near the gate’s crest are four figures of leopards, often mistaken for lions, two on the left and two on the right. They were placed there by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to celebrate the Ottoman defeat of the Mamluks in 1517."
Israeli paratroopers famously stormed through this gate during the Six-Day War of 1967 to conquer the Temple Mount (from Jordan), after which they unfurled the Israeli flag above the Old City.

Historian Moshe Sharon notes the similarity of the sculpted lions to similar pairs at Jisr Jindas and Qasr al-Basha in Gaza. All represent the same Sultan: Baybars. Sharon estimates that they all date to approximately 1273 C.E.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

White House Suicide

A man shot himself and died in front of the White House, near the north fence, on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This would be between the White House and Lafayette Park. (See "Fayette Factor.")

Andrew Jackson statue and canons at Lafayette Park, Washington D.C.

Suicide 2018

"Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse," the Secret Service tweeted.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday night for the annual Gridiron Club Dinner.

"We are aware of the incident," deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. "The President has been briefed. I refer you to the Secret Service for any more information."

The Secret Service tweeted an update on the situation later: "No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse."

The suicide victim's car, a maroon four-door Honda, with an Alabama plate, 1285AL9, was found on K Street, examined, and then towed away by Secret Service.

The Individual

Is this Cameron Ross Burgess?

Late on Sunday, March 4, 2018, the man who died by suicide was identified. His name is Cameron Ross Burgess, 26. He was a 2013 graduate of Auburn University, in finance. Above is his apparent Facebook photo.

He was from Maylene, Alabama. Maylene is an unincorporated community in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. While the community was once unincorporated, it is now part of southern Alabaster. Maylene has a post office with ZIP code 35114.

Shelby is one of those hidden name games, not often discussed, but always in the background. The name "Shelby" means "willow grove," "a place where willows grow," and "willow farm." I wrote the essay, "Shelby Name Game," in 2015. See also, "Synchromysticism's Godfather," from 2008, about James Shelby Downard.

Cameron Ross Burgess' name means:

Cameron is a given name in the English language. In the Scottish Highlands the surname is thought to be derived from the Gaelic cam sròn, meaning "crooked nose" or "crooked river"; in the Scottish Lowlands the name is thought to be derived from a form of Norman baronial name—from Cambernon, in Normandy.
Ross is from a Scottish and English surname which originally indicated a person from a place called Ross (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), derived from Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland."

Burgess is English and Scottish, being a status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis "inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town," especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage.

Was Suicide Predicted?

Did the mysterious Twitter poster QAnon (@qanon76) predict the suicide?

In late October, just days before a different InfoWars-inflated conspiracy—about anti-fascist protesters plotting a civil war—was about to fizzle, a user identified as Q on the imageboard website 4chan started posting vague, portentous messages related to an approaching “storm.” The user claimed to be a high-level government operative, and the folks on /pol/, a subsection of 4chan with a history of spreading fake news, took notice—with some even believing it was President Donald Trump himself who was posting the messages on 4chan and on a similar website, 8chan.
Today, #Qanon (meaning Q, anonymous), also known as #TheStorm, is the web's fastest-spreading and most pervasive right-wing conspiracy theory....Here’s what you need to know about the biggest fake news story of 2018. See the rest, by Michael Edison Hayden, "How 'The Storm' Became The Biggest Fake News Story of 2018," Newsweek, February 1, 2018.

On February 9, 2018, a Friday, the QAnon posted a cryptic note about a [Suicide Weekend]. The predicted time period appears to align with the Saturday, March 3, 2018, suicide.

Suicide 2015

The Washington D.C.'s U.S. Capitol reported on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at about 1:07, that Leo P. Thornton, 22, of Lincolnwood, Illinois, shot himself on the Capitol grounds and died. The suicide was a protest, and the Capitol Police would only say that the sign Thornton held pertained to "social justice." 

The site The Right Scoop noted Thornton was displaying a "Tax the One Percent" sign.