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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restrictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. At eleven AM, on the eleventh day of the elev- tage through continuous activity in the domain, enemies, both domestic and foreign." enth month of 2018, the world will commemorate We must act purposefully to frustrate their inten- Weber's speculation is not so far-fetched. Face- the end of World War I, which back in the day was tions, increase their costs, and decrease their like- book revealed to Congress recently that there have called "the war to end all wars." But, it didn't, lihood of success." been dozens of incidents ,of "inauthentic" activity "In fact, the 20th Century was a particularly He said that USCYBERCOM is engaged in the on its site and that of Facebook's Instagram App. bellicose period in the history of the world. And, task of "aggressively defending our network, con- The social media giant stated, "we're still in the a hundred years later - in the 21st Century - a ducting daily operations against adversaries, and very early stages of our investigation and don't new way to wage war has emerged. It's called cy- strengthening the combat power and lethality of have all the facts -- including who may be behind ber warfare and it does not rely on bullets and U.S. forces around the world." this. But we are sharing what we know today given battleships. Rather, instead of brave foot soldiers, Weber points out that there are 195 countries in the connection between these bad actors and pro- artillery brigades, fighter pilots and sea captains, the world and that perhaps more than 120 of them tests that are planned in Washington." this new kind of conflict relies on sedentary com- have developed the capacity to weaponize the In- The AMAC chief concludes that Internet war- puter technicians and the World Wide Web. This ternet. "Chief among them are Russia and China. fare is "a clear and present danger for the U.S one new battleground has no defined theaters of op- But, America's cyber forces, along with those of with consequences that are just as deadly as tradi- eration; it exists in time and space. But, it is very strategic allies such as Israel, are well prepared to tional armed military conflict. It has long been the real and very deadly, perhaps even more so than overcome the threat they pose." preferred method of targeting us for mayhem and the way wars were fought in the past," according An article by analyst Bob Mason on the NAS- murder among radical Islamic terrorists. Remem- to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Ma- DAQ Web site identifies America and Israel asber, ISIS effectively used the World Wide Web to ture American Citizens. having the world's most formidable cyber forces, declare war on the civilized world." A few months ago, Army Lt. Gen. Paul Naka- The most obvious threats posed by the cyber sone, was appointed as the new Director of the Na- enemies of the U.S. are designed to target the na- - The Association of Mature American Citizens tional Security Agency [NSA]. He is also the new tion's infrastructure and financial institutions, [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior ad- chief of the U.S. Cyber Command [USCYBER- according to Weber. "But, there is an even more vocacy organization that takes its marching orders COM], which does in cyberspace what traditional dangerous peril - the ability of bad actors to use from its members. They act and speak on their be- military forces do on land, air and sea. the Internet to create chaos and revolutionary dis- half, protecting their interests and offering a prac- During his confirmation hearings, General Na- sension via social media. One can only wonder if tical insight on how to best solve the problems they kasone stated, "the current level and tempo of cy- the intense anti-government protests, in the guise face today. Live long and make a difference by join- ber attacks [against the U.S.] is not tolerable. Our of a movement to bring down President Trump, are ing at http://amac.us/join-amac. adversaries see opportunity for strategic advan- not the carefully orchestrated activities of eyber Kenny Stabler is the only national celebrity I have known, and I wasn't a bosom buddy. But I knew him enough to know that Scott Fitzgerald was right when he said the very rich are different. And not just moneywise. The extremely skilled are different, too, and Stabler was gifted. For the poor non-football fan, I rush to explain that Ken "Snake" Stabler was one of the great athletes who have graced this planet. He was athletic, sole to crown, 6'3" and 215 with a whip for a left arm. He had an easy smile and blondish hair that went red in beard. He could talk to anyone, great or small. What makes one an artist, in my opinion, is do- ing a thing as well or better than just about any- one else. Stabler was an artist at his trade, which was throwing a ball. Doing that very thing, he Won a Statie in high school, a Natty at Alabama, and the Superbowl for the Oakland Raiders. I say he b'ecause he was MVP in all three champy games. Hall of Fame, all three incarnations. He won a hundred games faster than any pro QB up to his time. The other thing is that a gifted athlete almost certainly is going to become rich. Stabler never doubted he was going to be a superstar pro quar- terback. Doubts rarely had the temerity to even consider the mere possibility of crossing Stabler's mind. Well, except that time when he was a high school sophomore and decided he would just play baseball and ditch football, though he had made considerable impact as a freshman QB at Foley High School. The Yankees were interested in his pitching. I know firsthand his prowess as a baseball pitcher. The first time I met him was on a fogent spring day in Tuscaloosa when he and [first] wife Isabelle lived in my apartment complex. Four of us took out ball and glove and were pitch- ing it crosshatch to warm up. Stabler walked out and politely asked to join. He had completed his stardom at Alabama, had signed with the Raiders and a contract dispute let him spend a summer in Tuscaloosa chasing women and raising hell (Hall of Fame at that, as well). So he joined, and happened to step right across from me. So he'd throw to me, I'd throw to the guy on his left, who would throw to the guy on my right, who well, you see. He threw easily, without visible effort. I caught three from him and my hand began to sting and then swell. Mind, he was not trying to do that. He was pitching, for him, soft. I just swapped with the guy to my right, who thought he was going to be happy playing catch with Kenny Stabler. Ho, ho. And so, the narrative. Summer camp had start- ed at Foley and no Stabler. His coach called his father, Slim, to tell him Stabler wasn't at practice and might he do something. Slim said, "I'll whip his ass every day until he shows up." And the rest is history. Stabler was at once extremely simple and ex, tremely difficult. It's easy to say he did mostly what he wanted. The difficult part is to determine what it was he wanted most, and why. Stabler, much as anyone I've known, was true to himself. The fact that his "self," so far as I knew him, was a complex blend of self-absorption, serf-inter- est and kindness. And near limitless ability. He was unflappable and tough as a kevlar doughnut. The FIorala News by Skip Tucker He could be foolish. We'd be playing touch foot- ball out in the complex square and Stabler would amble out to play quarterback for both sides. An awkward step by him or anyone and his already challenged knees could've gone forever. Some of us mentioned it. "This is good practice," he said. The defense, such as it was, didn't try to touch him down. All wanted to watch him throw. He did not disappoint. He'd loose a long, long pass and shout, "That oughta be six!" The pass usually had velocity almost to knock someone down 60 yards away. One day it was me. In the little huddle he looked at me and said, "Tucker, go deep." I wasn't fast but that day (for me) I flew. I got downfield quick and when I looked around, the ball was right there. (That was anoth- er thing; his hand/eye coordination. Whether he was throwing deep to a lout like me or an All-Pro receiver, the ball was anticipatorily almost always "right there.") It about knocked me down, and the big ole boy guarding did knock me down, but I held on. Touchdown, Stabler to Tucker. Nice. "Go deep," became '$tabler's motto. It fit. Ev- erything he did, he did full out. Some sportswriter once read him a fairly intricate passage from Tho- reau or somebody, and asked Stabler its meaning. It was deep thought and so Stabler said it meant "Throw deep." Deep is as deep does. But "bad boy" ran t?,-ough him, first to last. He didn't like practice and broke rules when it he felt it was an emergency. Sometimes, I reckon, he felt like everything was an emergency. One day we'd played football and were walk- ing back to Stabler's place for a cold one. There was a big flapdoodle going on about college players getting payoffs. Someone asked Stabler if it were true. We just were passing his shiny red corvette. He pointed at it, said, "Where you think that came from." He and Isabelle were great hosts. He loved to serve fondue, mostly I think because after we'd eaten he'd ask, "Are we fondid or fondone?" He was always moving around the room, making sure ev- eryone had a drink or food. Kind as could be. The last time I saw him in Tuscaloosa, he was sitting in his car one afternoon, full of beer, and I as I walked by he yelled, "Hey, Skip. You my horse if you never win a damn race." In his later years, when the skillset weakened, he was traded to Houston for the playoffs, in Oak- land, against his old team, the Oakland Raiders. The Oilers had Earl Campbell, a legendary run- ning back. (When asked if Earl was in a class by himself, his coach said he wasn't sure about that, but that it wouldn't take long to call the roll.) Sta- bler knew he wouldn't be throwing very often. So the week of the game, Stabler didn't show up for two days. Which failed to escape the attention of the media. When asked about it, Coach Bum Phillips said, in his best aw shucks voice, "I ain't worried. Kenny'll be along." And he was. When he was asked why he hadn't been to prac- tice, Stabler (in his best aw shucks voice) said, "How much practice does it take to hand somebody a ball." The Oilers lost ( as oddsmakers predicted), 30-20. Stabler and his career, and his life, can be found somewhere in this: A farmer advertised a horse for sale, and a fel- see SNAKE page 5 srA Technol gY,-- "::: Smart HD DVR BE% Add High Speed Internet ~/mo, 1-88 416-7103 " StatePoint Media THEME: FASHION 4. Financial woes 5. Demosthenes, e.g. ACROSS 6. Port in Yemen 1. Words to live by 7. Greater than the 6. Flicked in a tray whole? 9. Text messenger 8. Alluring maiden 13. Cowboy movie 9. *Little Black Dress cre- 14. *Badgley and Mis- ator chka, e.g. 10. Arabian chieftain 15. Young Montague 11. Fast time 16. Diver's lung 12. Lincoln lumber 17. 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