Arising from the deaths at the so-called sweat lodge at the Angel Valley Retreat Center in Sedona, I’ve come to the conclusion that my state is being invaded by hordes of loons and otherwise mentally unsound people. Anyone that willingly pays $9000 to sit and sweat under a sheet of plastic can’t be right in the head. This particular scam was called a “Spiritual Warrior” course.
One could easily put a plastic bag over their head and suffocate for free in their closet at home or in an alley behind a dumpster. Jack Kevorkian, who has been known as "Dr. Death" since at least 1956, would be proud.
When I first heard of this story, I thought, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” In this case, there were dozens of them and they all had lots of money to squander.
Sheriff Probes Sweat Lodge Deaths as Homicides
The deaths of two people during a sweat lodge ceremony led by self-help expert James Arthur Ray are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Thursday.
Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh said the deaths last week of Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown N.Y. and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee were not accidental.
"A combination of circumstances led to the deaths," Waugh said. "Whether or not we can prove a criminal case, that has yet to be determined."
In the days following these deaths, James Arthur Ray, a so-called self-help expert went as far as to say that those who died were having an out of body experience and that they were having so much fun that they decided not to return. I see Ray as a greedy son of a bitch that will be coughing up millions in wrongful death settlements in the future. I see him as nothing more than a fraud. He should be sleeping with one eye open. I think it would be funny if some person would “self motivate” and take this asshole out.
Maricopa, Arizona Ghost Tales
The spirit of an elderly guy with a long white beard is occasionally distinguished smoking a cigar up on the peak of Haley Hills. A local woman claims that this ghost is the undeceased soul of a long dead Maricopa resident.
The phantom of a silver-miner has purportedly been observed on frequent occasions dragging a body over the grass in Ak Chin Indian Reservation on a dark night. People declare that this ghost is possibly the undeceased ghost of a local who used to have a home here in Maricopa. A female with a fairly transparent body may repeatedly be perceived trying to locate a box in Hidden Valley on a dark night. Whichever way, it's undoubtedly a menacing ghost that is better not disrupted.
I’ve lived near Maricopa for almost 17 years. I’ve never seen a ghost and don’t believe they exist. I know for a fact that there are lots of people out here that use and abuse crystal meth and other mind altering drugs. There’s no telling what these people think they see and hear. Some years ago, I knew of one young man that was convinced of the existence of cameras in his head. He would wonder aimlessly around in the dark. Talk about being wacked out!
I’m almost positive that Maricopa has more ‘tweekers” than ghosts on any given night. I’m sure data exists at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office that will back that up.
Reported Bigfoot sightings in Northern Arizona
SELIGMAN, ARIZONA -- Seligman is the birthplace of historic Route 66, but could it also be the home of Bigfoot? "Java" Bob Smallsback of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. is in town researching two reported Bigfoot sightings by a Phoenix man who is building a cabin in the area. The sightings reportedly happened on two different occasions over the past two years. Smallsback says he was called in after the most recent sighting and claims he was able to track the creature, finding what he says is a fingernail where the Sasquatch had stubbed his toe on a rock.
Smallsback says a team from Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. will be in Seligman for the next few months in hopes of making contact with the elusive creature.
People have been chasing the legendary “Bigfoot” for decades. We’ve had more than enough time for somebody to shoot one or hit one with their car. Fingernails, deformed foot prints, grainy photographs, staged videos and strange looking hair are the only evidence that seems to exist.
Having a background in natural science, I do believe that there exist the possibility of the existence of large previously undiscovered primates. Unfortunately, there also exists many glory grabbers, unscientific “experts” and frauds. These characters taint any real science that might lead to the proof of Bigfoot’s existence. I will patiently wait for some real proof.
Photo: This cow has been dead for approximately 6 years. The desert has a way of preserving things for posterity. I’m sure some nut job would say that this cow was abducted by UFO’s and used for science experiments. His ears and ear tag were missing.
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
-- George Washington