Do you remember Victor Belenko?

If you are 30 or younger you may not have heard of him at all. He is a Russian defector. He flew a MIG 25 from southern Siberia to Japan in 1976.It was a great find for the US and NATO to get all that secret information from that plane. He was given asylum in the US. Most news stories stopped there. I read Belenko’s whole story back in the 80s. It was written by John Barron. The name if you might be interested is” MIG Pilot Final Escape of Victor Belenko”. It is still listed on Amazon. While the escape from Russia was a great part of the book, his life after he came to terms with what he did was final is very good reading.The parts I remember are that they let him fly smaller jets and gave him permission a few times to fly military Jets. But before that occurred they had to let him know that he was a free man. While being questioned by the CIA and the FBI they would take him grocery shopping or out to a movie. He thought they were giving his special treatment and that only the rich could go to a Safeway or the Malco. Finally after he got the interrogation out of the way they gave him a car and something like 10 thousand dollars and told him he could go any where he wanted. At first he was worried that he would be picked up for not having the right papers. But soon he started crossing state lines and visiting cities and places he had heard about but never thought he would ever see. It has been a long time since I have read the book but I think the place that made a difference in his life was Montana. Big, wide open and free. The book did say that before he made his tour of the US he did feel guilt. He left a wife and he thought about suicide, but the right people helped him over come those thoughts. He is retired after working as a space engineer for NASA.
Now then why did I want to bring this up. As you can tell the book made an impact on my life. It made me realize the freedoms I take for granted every day. I can get in my car and go where ever I want. No papers, no border crossings, no itinerary to give to any one but the ones I want. Wikepedia says he is still living. I would like to hear him speak or sit down with him and get his take of the US. Until next time. Happy St. Pat’s day. Ben. Comments are welcome.



It has been too long since I have written anything down. No I didn’t forget about my blog but I forgot about whom I was writing it for. I have worried that some one will take offense to what I have written. That shows my big head is getting in the way. All are welcome to read and comment but this is for me. It is the 4th day of March. What does that mean. It means another year with no deer. I can’t blame any one or anything but it is beginning to get frustrating. Oh well there is always next year. March 4th also means in 2 weeks March Madness begins. I enjoy this time of year more than any other [ that is watching sports] more than the World Series, and NFL play offs. Next on my TV time is the NHL play offs. Go Red Wings. While I am on sports in early April the Naturals start up again. I always enjoy them.
I am working part time for Land Mark Temp service. They do all the ball games for the U of A. Also any special events there on campus. I won’t get rich but I will have gas money. My back does get very tired but they have let me sit down when I get tired. So it is working out. I wanted to go to the job fair for the Naturals last Saturday but I didn’t want to travel to Springdale with it icing outside. I don’t know if I will get a shot at a temp job there or not. It would be nice.
I have said this before but the political system we have is very flawed. I don’t trust our President with any issue. Do I think he is the Anti Christ, no. He just is a lousy president. That could sound very racist and I understand that but if you know me then you will know that isn’t so. He honestly thinks he is doing the right things for the country but he is doing it in a bad way. I have expressed myself on all the big issues on other blogs. To cut to the quick, the ACA will collapse because people won’t be able to afford it it in just a few years. Medical cost is the problem not insurance. Abortion is perfectly okay to him while I think it is our biggest abomination. Gays rights to marriage for me it is wrong. Gays should have the right to a job, schooling, housing as much as any one. But marriage would be another abomination for the US. There are several other issues but the next on my list is First Amendment and Second. If any of those are taken away then the others will follow soon after. All in the name of liberty which these give us in the first place.
If you have seen the second Captain America movie you know in it that SHIELD AND HYDRA got all mixed up. Both wanted the same thing but had very different ways of going about them. Or were they so different. Both thought those big killer machines were okay. Shield was going to use them as a deterrent, Hydra was going to kill a few hundred thousand to say we are the boss now, your freedom is what we say it is. I would like to see a debate on Yahoo or even on TV who people thought were the Republicans or Democrats. Too make it even more clarity which is conservative and which is liberal. I don’t think I even know that answer but we need more Steve Rogers’ and less Natasha’s and Nick Fury’s.
Time to end. I will be back in a couple of weeks. Are you going to fill out a bracket?