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12/24/17 - 1005hrs (Abbreviated) Daily report, California State Militia

* The World: Christmas Eve * NORAD: Santa has been spotted already delivering toys to good little boys and girls on the other side of the planet. If you would like to see his progress you can go here: * Southern, CA: - Update – Many of our fellow citizens are going into this holiday season with complete losses of their homes and possessions. Take a moment to do four things: 1) Offer a prayer for those that lost their homes and possessions, family pets or loved ones. 2) Offer a prayer for our first responders especially our firefighters. 3) Offer a prayer of thanks that you still have all the things that you have in your life. 4) Donate time, money or material if you can to help our fellow citizens rebuild, to feed our firefighters on the lines ect. - The Thomas Fire by Ventura is still the largest focus at the moment and is 273,400 acres/ 65% contained. The Thomas fire has caused 50,000 people to evacuate and destroyed at least 1,024 structures. It is now the 2nd largest fire in California history. The cause is currently unknown. . -Warnings/ Advisories (NOAA) * Beach Hazard Statement: Coastal Del Norte; Mendocino Coast; Northern Humboldt Coast; Southwestern Humboldt * Red Flag Warning: Kern County Mountains; Tulare County Mountains * Special Weather Statement: Very light wintry precipitation possible for far northeast California and northwest Nevada today... Very light rain and snow is possible across the Surprise valley and far northern Washoe county. Dry air near the surface should limit the amount of precipitation, but higher elevations may see a light dusting of snow. This could briefly impact travel over the higher passes over highways 70, 36, 44, 395, and 299 in far northeast California. - Greater Lake Tahoe Area; Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties; Surprise Valley California -Weather (South Bay/ San Jose) * Sunrise - 0720hrs. Sunset - 1656hrs. * Mostly cloudy * Highs hitting 60 - lows toward 41 (frost on the grass) * No Allergy Alert from Trees. No allergy alert from grass, none for weeds * We will have mostly cloudy to partly cloudy days leading to Christmas. Upper 50s to lower 60s. Hope you enjoyed the rain; the next chance is far out now….maybe the 1st of the year if nothing changes. - Ring of Fire * N/A - Civil Unrest/ Terrorism * Lot’s bubbling around the world…. But incidents are quiet at the moment. - CA Firearms Laws: * Same tyranny as yesterday …It’s going to get worse… Thought of the day: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (My version…) (Ed- SSG John Spencer’s, not DW’s) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the world, Stood the guardians of Freedom, some young and some old. Their rifles were spotless and zeroed with care, Looking for the danger they know will be there. They fear for their children at home in their beds, Yearning for the touch of a kiss on their heads. And there I was, prepared for the fight, Wondering when the evil of war would ignite. When out of the dust there arose such a clatter, I swiveled around to see what was the matter. Outside the window I saw a huge flash, The air tasted rancid, of fuel and of trash. The sound of my comrades cries in the air, Sent chills down my spine, to cold to bare. When, what to my angered eyes should appear, But a valiant young Soldier, showing no fear! With bullets whizzing over his head, I knew in a moment the bad guys were dead. Out of the smoke, more Soldiers they came, Young warriors who knew that this was no game. We deftly maneuvered, aiming to kill, Secretly saddened by the blood that we spill. After the battle, on edge and so tired, We relive the moments each bullet was fired. Back at the FOB, I lay down and stare, Thinking of all of the reasons I’m there. Wiping my face with my own bloodied glove, I think of my family and all of their love. I think of their faces with a tear in my eye, Glad that today was not my turn to die. I think of America, and all of her beauty, Honored to serve her, it’s not just my duty. As I lay in my bed thinking of Christmas, I smile from the thought of the joy that it brings us. I know you can’t hear me, but I’m just out of sight, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night." SSG John Spencer US Army Mannheim, Germany 26 November, 2010 Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe -DeltaWhiskey