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A Home-Grown UFO From Satan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

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Last Friday, a Laurinburg, North Carolina, clergyman reported a UFO sighting in the area. The un-named man said he had an experience that he might have ascribed to an active imagination – if it had happened to someone else – and said that he hesitates to talk about the incident lest someone call him a "nut."

On Sunday, November 8th, at about 6:15 p.m., the pastor and his wife were driving when they saw a startlingly bright light on the horizon. His wife suggested that it was the Moon behind the clouds, but then she saw the Moon in another corner of the sky. What they both described as a rectangular-shaped UFO continued to float slowly, giving off a bright yellowish color, then it began to change.

Within thirty seconds, they said, it split and divided into individual round bright lights, and one in the group of lights was moving back and forth, “casually." Said the man:

It was definitely nothing like anything that is possible from our military. I have seen lights just like these in UFO television programs before, and there is no way they are airplanes, or anything else like that.

Now, what authority this anonymous clergyman invoked to decide that the US military is thus constrained, I cannot tell. Also, assuming that TV programs speak undiluted sooth, is not the way to go, sir.

The couple continued driving in their car and noticed the objects move rapidly toward the direction of East Laurinburg. "Then,” he said, “they just disappeared." Now, the Laurinburg and Scotland County authorities received no calls over the weekend reporting any unusual sightings, but the pastor did have one possible explanation. He said:

Being a minister, and having read the Bible, I feel like it's something demonic. (According to the Bible) Satan is the prince of, and has power over the air, and in my estimation it is related to that in a spiritual way. It is likely Satan trying to show his power.

gkWell, the Laurinburg Exchange newspaper, where this provocative story appeared, received a few letters-to-the-editor. Someone named “derr” offered a comment – and this is exactly as it was written:

if you go online and google the words "new jersey ufo" or "derr ufo" you will see increased signs of alien activity bringing forth to this world changes we must prepare for and understand...is it invasion ? who knows ? -

But there were somewhat more sober citizens commenting, as well. “BAB” wrote:

I figured it wouldn't take long for someone to report a ufo. What they saw was the Golden Knight's pyrotechnic display at the airport. It was at around 6:15 Sunday evening. They had pyrotechnic "cables" attached to the skydivers and even to the aircraft. Funny the event was reported by the paper, but they didn't pick up on what it was.

Yes, the announcement of the observed event appeared in the Laurinburg Exchange newspaper, but no one on the staff connected it with this poor chap’s Satanic Invasion…! Newspaper reader “Bruce B” wrote:

The UFO was the Golden Knights pyrotechnics exhibition at the Laurinburg/Maxton airbase. Not Satan. This story made my day! I'm still laughing!

Hold on, please. We have to understand that the pastor believes in devils and demons, he’s absolutely convinced that they’re real, and he grew up really believing in Satan. That explanation he gave makes sense – to him. But when I looked into the details of this event myself, I discovered that the U. S. Army Parachute team, The Golden Knights, use the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport as their main training facility! They’re there all the time!

Pastor, rather than jumping into a woo-woo cauldron, ask for some advice. Your local paper won’t be much help, it seems, but there have to be wiser folks available to you…

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written by mjh937, November 22, 2008
Perhaps he does not believe that skydivers exist. Obviously he does not think the military is capable of such advanced feats as skydiving.

But just in case, I would like to say that I welcome the arrival of our new alien overlords.
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written by Caller X, November 22, 2008
This is similar to the explanation I first thought of and have heard from no one else about the Phoenix Lights. Back in the 1980's SEAL Team Six used Arizona as a training ground for HAHO and HALO jump exercises. The HAHO exercises involved "flying" tens of miles in formation on flat chutes, with boot flares or lights for training purposes. There's no reason to think that sort of training ever stopped. You read it here first.
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written by GusGus, November 22, 2008
Back in the early '50s, when I was a teenager, I looked up in the sky and saw my first UFO. It was a yellow dot (today I'm guessing it was about the size of a pencil point held at arm's length) against the blue sky and appeared not to be moving. I pointed it out to friends and family. We didn't make a big deal of it, but I wondered for a long time what it was.

Years later I joined the Air Force and became a Meteorological Technician. I was assigned to a Rawinsonde unit. The task is to launch a balloon with a radio instrument attached to get upper-air temperature, pressure, and humidity readings. The radio instrument is tracked with a radio direction finder, which provides elevation and azimuth readings, which can be used to calculate winds. One day the elevation reading was near 90 degrees, which is unusual because the balloon usually blows away, resulting in low elevation angles. In this case, the winds at high altitudes were in the opposite direction from the winds at lower altitudes and the balloon blew back where it started from, albeit at 100,000 feet, or so. I went outside to see if I could see the balloon at high altitude.

I am sure I don't need to go any further, but I will anyway. Imagine my surprise to see my UFO from many years earlier.
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written by BillyJoe, November 22, 2008
It was definitely nothing like anything that is possible from our military ... and there is no way they are airplanes, or anything else like that.



A true sceptic! smilies/grin.gif
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written by Fontwell, November 22, 2008
Is there a psychology lesson here? As skeptics, if we saw what he saw, we would no doubt wonder what it was, do a bit of speculating and perhaps even come up up with a favorite hypothesis. However, we would still be quite happy to admit that we didn't know what it was. This guy just can't bear the idea of not having an answer. It didn't look like god's work, so he went for the next 'logical' explanation.
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written by BillyJoe, November 22, 2008
This guy just can't bear the idea of not having an answer.
And much too eager to exclude natural explanations and to jump to a supernatural explanation.
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written by TDjazz, November 23, 2008
There is no mention of skydivers in the Bible, so I don't believe they exist.

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written by cwniles, November 23, 2008
well no, not in the bible but in another popular mythos you could say Daedalus and Icarus were the first sky divers. Well, hang gliders technically.

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written by Cuddy Joe, November 24, 2008
As a North Carolina resident, I assure you this is absolutely nothing unusual. In my little town in eastern NC, a church banned the organization that ran its kids' basketball leagues when it found out the director's wife is not Christian, citing the need to insulate its kids from demonic influence. No, really. Several years ago a local company was successfully pressured by local churches to change the logo painted on its factory water tower because it vaguely resembled a pentagram. No, really. After the horrific events of 1999, where three hurricanes within two weeks caused widespread flooding which killed dozens of people in eastern NC, several local preachers castigated the local population for sinful behaviors that had obviously brought down the wrath of God on eastern NC. No, really.
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written by sfdyoung, November 24, 2008
If this was Satan trying to show his power, he was a pretty big failure. If he had real power, he wouldn't "try" to show it, he'd show it; and if he had power and showed it, you'd think that it would be noticed by a few more people than the preacher and his wife.

"well no, not in the bible but in another popular mythos you could say Daedalus and Icarus were the first sky divers. Well, hang gliders technically."

Icarus was a hang glider up to the point that the wax melted and the feathers fell off. THEN he became a skydiver.

Actually, Icarus and his son flew by flapping their feather-covered arms, so they were powered for at least a portion of their flight.

And I love the way UFO sighters just KNOW that "airplanes couldn't do something like that" and "the military has nothing like that" and "it couldn't have been anything from this earth." That is presuming a lot of detailed knowledge about a lot of stuff.

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written by Cuddy Joe, November 24, 2008
Timeline:

10:45:10 am - UFO believer sees UFO.
10:45:20 am - After long, hard consideration, UFO believer rules out all mundane causes.
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written by BillyJoe, November 24, 2008
Well, I guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. :cool:
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