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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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“Moonshiners”……

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-01-2015

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Did you ever watch that TV show? Actually shows guys making “shine” and tells what states they are in, showing law enforcement officials getting close to the shiners area of operations, trying to catch them in the act….In the show,  many of the shiners tell of all the fun times they have had and how making shine is all they know and in general trying to make it seem ok. They do what they do, I understand that, but to show it on TV as a reality show?….. I have not seen an episode where any of the shiners get caught but perhaps it has happened on that show and I have not seen it. At the opening of the show they give the customary, “kids, don’t do this at home as it is illegal” which is kind of like saying “sic’um” to a dog, but can you believe they really make and sell the shine on a made for TV movie and it is ok with all the law enforcement people,, the television people, all the government agencies and who ever else has a sense of responsible rationale? I don’t think so….I mean,  where do the TV people, the cameraman, the producer, the light man and the gofers all hide when the lawmen come around or while they are filming at the “secret locations”? You reckon the lawmen and the shiners are actors and maybe the shine ain’t real shine? They wouldn’t make that stuff up, would they? If they are actors, George Jones would be terribly disappointed if he was around, is what I’m thinking….I mean, I think he liked the real thing…..Matter of fact, I think I have a few real life shiners in my family tree…That’s all I got to say about that….

Violence…Like Never Before..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-01-2015

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I read in the paper the other day that violence was far worse in the police force than ever before. Lots of folks in the media are beginning to get concerned over that fact.  And you know what, I suspect that is correct. Violence in our general population is at an all time high and a policeman is more concerned for his own life than ever before, as he should be. Teenagers are killing at a rate never seen before. Robbing, stealing, rapes, assaults…..It is happening in all walks of life…Why do you suppose that is the case? For me, I think it is TV, our children’s baby sitter for the last fifty years. Have you watched what our children watch? Have you watch the shows on TV for adults that can be viewed by children and unless the parents are there to supervise, they will watch them….The next time you sit down for a night of TV, channel surf just a bit and count the number of murders or attempted murders, assaults and rapes in fifteen minutes of channel surfing. Our children take that crap to heart. And speeding, violence on the highways, murder and attempted murder in cars, and out teens get out and try to emulate that junk on our streets and highways. Violent drug deals go down on most TV shows and teen think that is the norm. If we can clean up TV, we can clean up our streets….Until we do clean up TV, we are fighting a losing battle….That’s just me…But if I were you, Mom and Dad’s to the youngsters in front of TV’s today, I would control the remote and not leave them unattended for long. And keep them off the streets for as long as you can….Pete

Illinois vs Oklahoma….interesting…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-01-2015

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I received this e-mail today and thought you might like to read it. Makes one think a little..

TWO STATES IN THE MIDDLE OF AMERICA!       Illinois & Oklahoma :     I thought these two states, made for an interesting contrast.  The first part about Illinois and the second part is about Oklahoma!     PART 1 – Illinois     “A State with No Republicans”!     Some interesting data on the ‘state’ of, the State of Illinois… There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S. Their average pay is $110,000/year. Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what? Be sure to read till the end. I’ve never heard it explained better. Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ?     Body count: In the last six months, 292 killed ( murdered ) in Chicago . 221   killed in Iraq ; AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.     Here’s the Chicago chain of command :     President: Barack Hussein Obama. Senator: Dick Durbin . House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. . Governor: Pat Quinn . House leader: Mike Madigan . Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) . Mayor: Rahm  Emanuel . The  leadership in Illinois – all Democrats. .     Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago . . Of course, they’re all blaming each other. . Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any! .     Let us get ALL of the facts out while we are at it:          Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.

    State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country.

     Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country.

     This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois.   And he is going to ‘fix’ Washington politics for us?          George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in prison.   H e was replaced by Rob Blagojevich who is, by the way, also in

     prison .       Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned and, that’s right, he and his wife are both in prison.          The Land of Lincoln , where our Governors and Representatives make our license plates.  What?          As long as they keep providing entitlements to the population of Chicago, nothing is going to change, except the state

     will go bankrupt before the country does.          “Anybody who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer

     look at the American Indian.”          Don’t forget Detroit , another great example of a Democratic empire.

 

With all the bad news, there is hope, so let’s go to:             PART  2- Oklahoma     OKLAHOMA- may soon have plenty of new residents!     THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING, AND TRUE… PLEASE READ IT!     Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election…  While everyone is focusing on Arizona ‘s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!         An update from Oklahoma:     Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values… HB 1330     Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.     Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.     Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.     Recently they passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal’s to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes.  Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB1102.         Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.         Several weeks ago, Oklahoma passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining, Texas , Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.     More states  are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida.     Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003       The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was a setback for the criminals  The Liberals didn’t like it- –     But…     Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.         Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’ license exams will be printed in English and only English and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma , you must read and write English. Really simple.         By the way, the Liberals don’t like any of this either.         Guess what… who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway.     If you like it, pass it on, if you don’t then delete it…     Thanks! Guess what:       the people I’m sending this to, will send it on.   Well, at least the ones who love and believe in freedom   will.           IN GOD WE TRUST!      GOD BLESS THE  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Eagle Table Syrup, Fayette, AL

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-01-2015

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I’m all out….For the first time in forever I’m out of Golden Eagle Table Syrup. Before, I was taking regular trips to see family and friends in Alabama and was able to have a jar or two in my luggage for the trip home. Now that I have not been in Alabama since 2009, I’m all out, well, real close…At one time I wrote the Golden Eagle people in Fayette, asking if I could represent them out here in New Mexico…They answered that they could not keep up with all the orders they were getting now, so they did not want to take on a new territory. I’m glad they are so busy but I kind of wish they were not so busy. For you folks that don’t know this brand, it is a great syrup, one that was on Mom and Dad’s table  ever since I can remember. At one time I thought everyone had this syrup on their table cause it’s so good…..This syrup is almost like honey. I don’t know how they make it, but it must be a mixture of several syrups as well as a little honey mixed it. Some of you Alabama guys may know all about this syrup and if you do, please enter a comment at the bottom of this entry. I hope to get back to Alabama soon…one to see family and friends and two…to pick up a couple or three jars of Golden Eagle…Maybe a case this time as it is getting harder and harder for this old soul to find someone to travel with me and I am too dang old to make that journey all by myself. They might ship a few jars out to me, you reckon? I can probably scrape out one more biscuit’s worth….It will be close…

Winter Has Begun, So OK, That’s Enough…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-12-2014

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I hate to shorten any of our seasons….apparently they are all important or we would not have them, spring, summer, fall and winter, I suppose…..all important to us and I love them all, but winter….a couple of weeks are enough…Don’t you think…So it would be ok with me if we had, spring, summer, fall and Christmas and then, restart with spring…ok, some of you may not like the idea of no winter and I will concede somewhat…how about spring, summer, fall, Christmas, Bowl Games and Super Bowl, then restart with spring…Ok, I can hear you winter fans howling now, so how about, spring, summer, fall, December and January and then restart spring….That should just about do it…Wow, that still leaves a lot of winter….Or maybe one of you guys will explain “global warming” to me again and I will be ok…You reckon?

Alan Bonner. Contributor to hesterbooks.com has Passed Away

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-12-2014

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Alan Bonner passed away a few days ago. In my downloads you  will find “Alabama the Beautiful” and “A Life of Peace”, both of which was written by Alan. He was in prison down in Clayton, Alabama serving a, well, I really don’t know how long, but I think about 12 years or so. He told me he was on drugs and alcohol when the crime occurred and he has since committed his life to Jesus Christ, also stating that he was ready to go anytime God chose to call him home. So, last week, Alan broke the bonds of this earth, flew out of those prison cells and flew to his heavenly home. We exchanged many letters while he was incarcerated and I am firmly convinced that his conversion was real and his faith genuine. So, today, I say goodbye to Alan and glad we got to exchange all those letters…..I’ll see you up there, my cousin….Later….Pete

University of New Mexico Basketball….Men and Women’s

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-12-2014

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Now get this…Our Lady Lobo’s were 1 – 7 coming into yesterdays game with University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) and the Lady Miners were 3 – 4…Our Lady Lobos have been having a tough year, not injury related, just a bad year…Even so, now get this, 5,328 fans turned up to watch them play…Now, is that a devoted fan base or what?…And it paid off with the Lady Lobos blowing out the UTEP Miners 72 – 59…..I am amazed, 5,328 fans….In winning seasons they will have from 7000 to 9000 fans pulling for them….Wow..

University of New Mexico Lobo’s mem are 6 – 3 in a rebuilding year after losing 3 outstanding seniors…..all 3 going to the next level…Alex Kirk, 7’1″ center, Cameron Barstow, 6’10” forward, and Kendall Williams, 6’5″ guard….we have outstanding talent to replace them, but being lots of freshmen and sophomores and suffering injuries to our best shooter and a couple of other injuries to talented players, out Lobos don’t really know who they are yet…neither do the fans. Still they turn out, usually in excess of 15,000 plus and I think the low number would be like 14,000 plus. So like the Lady Lobos, the fans are fans, but like most fans we prefer a winning program and we will get there this year. Coach Neal will get the best of the team on the court most of the time. We have lost this year to Boston College (close) and Texas A&M and Southern California, all three good programs and we have beaten 6 including Valparaiso,  George Mason and our biggest rival, New Mexico State. But at times, we have problems with our offense. Saturday night we played and beat ULM in the Pit, both teams playing well on defense and woefully on offense. Roots Sports was televising the game. The color analyst for the game made a statement that if these two teams played a game of horse it would take them a couple of weeks to complete it…..That was funny to me, but probably not to the teams. In the second half the Lobos pulled in front of the Warhawks by a pretty good margin, beating them by double digit points. Anyway, Albuquerque is a basketball town….(Well, they back the Isotopes pretty good also, now the AAA farm club of the Colorado Rockies after spending forever as the AAA farm club of the Dodgers. I will talk about baseball again in the spring)

We hope both teams will play well enough to go to a tourney….I think we can…er,, I hope….well, maybe so…

Bama vs Ohio State..oops…UPDATE…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-12-2014

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Alabama should not have a lot of trouble beating Ohio State….Should it?….Well, let me think. You know it is Urban Meyers and Coach Saban did not return his phone calls back when he was looking for a job while Saban was coach at Toledo and Nick did have a line backer coaching position available, just what Meyers was looking for….Well, I wouldn’t think to much about that but it might have been a burr under Urban’s saddle because in 2009 at the Sugar Bowl Meyers brought his Utah Utes in to beat Alabama 31 – 17. Now, I still think it will be ok, even with a more renown Ohio State team, but please remember Coach that Meyer’s may still be pissed off at you, so be prepared….I just thought I would bring it up again so you would not be surprised by him this time….Coach Nick probably will not read this entry, so if you guys see him, remind him, ok….Well, he may remember….. you reckon?……. UPDATE…….So none of you guys told Nick about the burr under Coach Meyers saddle, huh? They played with the 3rd string QB….What the heck would the score have been if the number one quarterback had played? Bama got beat, pure and simple…. Nice game, Buckeyes….

Illegal Activities…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-12-2014

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Now let me see….I think most of you know this, but let me recount some of the illegal activities around these parts….Robbing banks will get you in a heap of trouble….Breaking and entering homes or businesses are also illegal, most folks frown on that and may possibility shoot you….Driving your car drunk or under the influence of alcohol or drugs could also land you in the pokey. Even taking something out of someone’s yard that belongs to them is illegal. There are lots of other crimes that could get you in trouble as well, so folks need to keep up on the laws of the land cause we are not going to feel sorry for you when you land in jail doing hard time for you actions. You know what  is wrong, so don’t do it….Now, our southern border is not a prison cell to keep us American’s out or in, but it is there to advise the non citizen of the United States that he will need a passport or visa to get into our country. If you sneak across, you gonna be in trouble…If you get by with it for several years, you are still in trouble and all those you brought with you are in trouble. You can beg, bawl, holler at all the liberals, but it ain’t gonna help…You broke the law….Please, do it right the first time and get your visa or green card or whatever else is available for you, but don’t, I say don’t, sneak across our border…..THEN YOU IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE AND THOSE GREEN AND WHITE CARS AND PICKUP TRUCKS AROUND OUR BORDER ARE GOING TO BE COMING TO GET YOU. And they will…..That’s just the way it is…That is our law….

Above 9500 Feet….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-12-2014

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This morning the weatherman talked about snow above 9500 feet…That put me to thinking about those higher elevations and just who would be affected by this weather system now passing through New Mexico. It also reminded me of a event that happened a few years ago when my niece and her two boys visited us here in Albuquerque. They are were from Reform, Al and my niece still lives there. While they were visiting, I decided to show the two boys around a bit. Since Reform is about 750 feet above sea level, and my home here in Albuquerque is 5650 feet….. I figured the boys would like to go up to Sandia Peak in the Sandia Mountains just east of Albuquerque, and see the view of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley from the observation platform, 10,683 feet  above sea level. The parking area is several feet and many stair steps below the viewing platform. After parking, the youngest boy, John charged ahead of David and myself. John was literally running up the steps and I knew that he could not possibly keep up that pace at 10000 plus feet. About the time I called to him to slow down, he practically collapsed, breathing very hard. It kind of scared my briefly, until I saw that he was ok, except for not having nearly enough oxygen. I reminded him that the oxygen supply at that elevation was a lot less than that available in Reform. After sitting for a few minutes, he continued on up to the top of Sandia Peak without me having to say anything more about slowing down. Yeah, at 9500 feet there is a lot more snow than at sea level, but there is a lot less oxygen….We had a good time on that visit….I hope both boys remember it as well as I do…