floods have lifted up, O Lord,
floods have lifted up their voice;
floods have lifted up their waves.
Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters;
the mighty waves of the
(Psalm 93: 3, 4)
4. UNcanNY Parallel
my travels in the US, and later in
Europe, I had only on rare occasions heard as to what was happening in the
wider world. Occasionally, on radio or in a newspaper I would pick up
stories and peruse them in a hostel or riding a bus.
report about a much publicised court case grabbed my attention. It
was front page on USA Today on 31/5//12. It was on that rainy day in
Peoria, Illinois, where I stayed in a motel. The more I read of the
story, after having only heard bits and
pieces earlier, the more I recognized uncanny parallels
from the Sandusky child abuse case to that of my friend Peter
The first and most
obvious similarity is that both men were found guilty and received
very long jail sentences; Sandusky even more than Peter - 30+ years.
I cut out an extract from the article and pasted it into my diary.
Open your mind a take a look (typed text below). See if
you agree with my comments below. (Please note, the article was printed
weeks before the final sentence was handed down.)
Today May 31, 2012 - Front Page Story (Extract from page 2A)
in brackets refer to my comments below)
in an interview with USA TODAY before Cleland issued an
April 9 order barring the defense and prosecution from
talking about the case, said that the defense will
"aggressively" challenge each of Sandusky's
accusers. Many of them, the attorney said, are seeking to
"destroy" the former coach [A] as part of a
strategy to win potentially lucrative civil lawsuits against
university officials and the institution. [B]
gets lost here is that Jerry was involved as a mentor for
hundreds of other kids, who came to his house over the
years," Amendola said. "But none of those kids are
saying that Jerry molested them. [C] It doesn't make
Attorney General Linda Kelly, [D] who is overseeing
the prosecution, has repeatedly declined to comment on the
case. But following a court appearance last month, before
Cleland issued the sweeping gag order, Senior Deputy
Attorney General Joe Mc Gettigan tersely characterized
Amendola's *claims as part of a "pointless
about Victim 6 Text
: The alleged abuse occurred between 7 pm and 9 pm May 3, 1998
in the university locker room. The child was 11 at the
6: A further fact, a parallel to
Peter's case: The allegations are going back many years - to
1998. I noticed the numbers: 3
5 7 9 11.
Let's put aside the wacky
side, the names involved (Amen...do LA - done already anyway, or C L land, or Joe
[Josef's] Son, get it, Go N) and look at the parallels with a rational
[A] ...seeking to destroy the former
coach. As was Sandusky,
Peter Liddy worked as sports coach with children. Many criminals, many of whom he
had put behind bars, had reason to destroy Peter. (Both men
maintain their innocence right to this day).
... to win potentially lucrative law suits. Lawyers took
almost all of Peters money (almost 3/4 Million Dollars). Abuse
victims also love money. In Peter's case one alleged victim
visited a lawyer and asked this question: "How much money
will I receive, if Mr. Liddy is found guilty?"
...none of these kids are saying that Jerry molested them.
In Peter's case many young men testified as to having never
noticed any abnormal behaviour or had in any way been abused by the magistrate/coach.
neighbour, the mother of three boys, who spent much time next
door at Peter's house, went as far as going to his solicitor and
made a statement. She said that her boys had never been
molested. (After reading my chapter 2 of Book 10, one really has
to ask, if her death at only 58 had taken place, if she had kept
[D] ....Linda Kelly, how ironic,
then name of the person who oversees the prosecution! The main prosecutor in Peter Liddy's case was also
female, with the same surname Kelly! (She was later promoted to
judge). And was not the first inkling in my brain the link from
the name Liddy to Lindy?
Shortly after my return from overseas in
mid October 12 I met with a friend of Peters. Nothing had changed in
his sad situation. She showed me a large book, which Peter had written
and illustrated during those long, lonely hours in solitary
confinement. What I saw, mostly poems about love, animals, his
church and many other subjects, could hardly be the fruit of the mind of a monster.
As I read a headline in the USA Today article - The whole
society is watching a car wreck (or words similar) I reflected how all my whistle-blowing,
my letters, emails, phone calls resulted in very little. So
many must know about this injustice; few care. They are just
looking on, watching a life wrecked.
During my absence I had hoped the
promised ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) would have
started in July, as was initially announced. The latest is that
pollies are arguing about one important point: Who should appoint the
recent as Oct 14th 2012 (online AdelaideNow), Mr. Rau, South Australia's Attorney-General,
is quoted as saying that the ICAC may not happen, if the deadlock is
What bothers me about this ICAC is this: If the
state government, with or without the opposition's approval, appoints the ICAC chief,
the state government is paying this public servant
his or her (very high) wage. Given this fact, is this person really going to
investigate and expose corruption, if the trail of wrongdoing
goes right back to his or her employer? A political appointment
will always be influenced by politics.
As if there
were not sufficient grounds, which I have exposed here on my
website, for a thorough investigation into the Liddy case,
followed by a good look at the justice system as a whole?
it not be better, if an anti-corruption commissioner were paid
by a Federal body, but would have jurisdiction only over a
particular state? The most important letter in ICAC is I. No independence,
no life; except that of a puppet!
And could not do the AFP, Australia's Federal
Police, do the job? (The one and only time I blew the whistle to
an AFP officer in Sydney, he knew lots about the Liddy case. Of
course, nothing resulted and I felt I was not taken seriously, as everywhere
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(Back to the
As I write, most major TV news channels here in
Australia are covering the Super-storm, also dubbed Franken-storm,
which is raging in the north-east of the USA. Channel Nine
scrolled this headline at the bottom of the TV screen: 2.2 (sic) people are affected!
It was far worse than that. How fortunate, I thought, that my
recent travels led me through New York in early October, not at
In Chicago, where I travelled to on the
bus from Anderson / Indiana, the weather was quite the opposite. I spent two great days in bright
sunshine and summer temperatures in that great city on Lake
I may be forgiven for feeling that
numbers were following me. In this case No. 310. (Totally
unplanned to be writing this on 30.10). The motel clerk in Peoria,
Illinois had put me into room No. 310. Now, in the hostel in Chicago,
my room No. was also 310, my bed H.
Since I did not carry a mobile telephone
or a P/C, libraries became the place to contact my family via email.
One library I walked into in Chicago did not allow the public to
access the internet. It was a different kind of library (perhaps a
presidential library - and was was not the president? I was told to go to another
- at No. 310
W. Division Street.
That night I decided to
observe the sunset from a great height:
from the 103rd floor of the 412m high Wills Tower.
Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago,
home to more than 100 companies including prominent law,
insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic
building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere,
ecompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its
Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge,
which attract more than 1.3 million visitors every year.
/ pasted from www.theskydeck.com
editing: I just noticed the spelling error - a n missing!
Read on for a single N).
Navy Pier / Chicago. I was astounded as
to how clear, clean and still the water on Lake Michigan
was. I cycled down to the pier numerous times on my bicycle,
which I had carried on the Greyhound bus from Anderson.
slowly along the above pier one morning I found a baby sock on the
ground. Seven years earlier at Seal Beach, Ca. I had also
found a baby sock. This time, however, I spotted a lady
pushing a pram. I reunited her baby with the missing
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please listen! I woke at 3.10 AM on this day,
Halloween, 31.10.12. The thoughts, which came were
so powerful, I had to immediately rise and
insert them here, in the chapter I had written the
don't really understand the meaning of Halloween,
but the symbols, (ghost masks, skeletons, spider's
webs and witches) don't appeal to me.
however in the
and the power of the Holy Spirit.
thought came to me at that early hour: The name of
the boat, in the picture above, is 'Windy'. I
noticed this after scanning the picture on the day
of the super storm Sandy was lashing the north-east coast
of the USA.
could I have missed the uncanny similarity between
the name Sandy and Sandusky in above article,
which was printed in USA Today exactly 5 months
makes me ask this question: Is God showing by HIS
mighty power, in uncanny timing, that another
innocent man has been jailed? Or is it all
co-incident, or worse, has the whole world been
truth will set US
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For those contemplating travelling with their
bicycle through the US or Canada. you can take your bicycle, but
it must be in a box. Don't count on being able to obtain one at
every bus terminal (or from an airline - in LA a staff member
tried for hours to find one.) I purposely
obtained one from a bicycle shop at Anderson, juggled it on my bike
to the bus terminal. The clerk on duty agreed to keep it there,
until I needed it the next day.
What was annoying was the inconsistency, as
to the fee transporting my bike box.. Buying the ticket online
a few days before saved me lot of money. The cost for the bicycle
seemed to be a grey area (if you pardon the pun) at Greyhound.
On the five separate bus rides I paid five different
amounts, ranging from 0 to 30 Dollars.
My GIANT was my transport, not only to complete
the huge cross over America, but in the cities I stayed. Besides
Chicago they were, Madison, Springfield, St. Louis, Memphis,
Jackson, New Orleans and, of course, many lesser known places.
bike also proved
invaluable getting around Washington DC and New York, the places I
visited en route to Europe. Traffic in big cities
has never bothered me; the more of it, the more I seem to
enjoy it. The thought of trying to negotiate big cities in an
automobile, the problems associated with parking and congestion
etc. made me appreciate my GIANT even more.
weather in Madison,
the capitol of Wisconsin, was warmer than I had expected this far
north. The city is named after James Madison, the 4th President of
the United States. I stayed two nights in the YHA
(in Germany they call them Juhe) and made some friends, Yuval and
Sawyer from Israel. Sawyer had worn a provocative T-shirt regarding
religion. We had some deep spiritual discussions. In the end, he
started to appreciate my point of view. One afternoon he even hired
a bicycle and we cycled around the beautiful in the lakes district
at my bike I decided to have new tyres fitted at the largest bike shop in the
world, as it was advertised as. I was very happy that I had
had no breakdown up to this point and did not want to take a risk.
At bus station - Anderson, IN.
Bike shop - Madison WI.
the bus comes. It came, a Miller Bus reg. No.9163. Very friendly,
bike shop in the world (allegedly). I had new tyres fitted,
cost $ 63.19.
the bike in this big box was not always easy, especially at
those bus stations that didn't have trolleys; most didn't. But
there's always a bystander to help! Some Greyhound employees
were more helpful than others. There were a few
Another disappointment came at
Blackhawk Valley Campground, just outside Rockford / Illinois. I had
cycled 130 kilometers, battled a headwind and was glad to having
arrived at this camping ground. Expecting to pay around 12 Dollars,
the lady said that it would cost me $ 30 for 1 night to pitch my
The website boasts that this 130-site
park is the best kept secret in the mid-west. I will let you in on
the secret: If you arrive with two adults and four young children you
pay $ 30 per night for a site, which includes electricity and water. I could not
agree that I should have to pay the same money for my small
tent and bicycle, as does a family with up to 4 children, who need
space for perhaps in a
huge RV or Caravan and would be using electricity, which did not
need, and far more water .
Was this an example of the
American Spirit of Free Enterprise? Close the tent area so everybody
has to pay for a powered site. Despite being very tired I left to
find another campground. For two more hours I struggled back to Rockford
and camped at Rock Cut State Park.
What's this? I hear you ask?
It's not a
ring of fire and has
>>> nothing to do with
It is an emblem on the back of the
clothing, worn by the person sitting in front of me at
Rockford First Baptist Church.
after seeing this my mind considered ending my ride in
NO, and not in Alabama as originally planned?
(Please note: This N had been on this
page before I came across the missing n spelling
error earlier in
That day, June 10th, the
church car park was filled with a variety of Vintage and
Classic cars. A creative church committee had found a way
of bringing people to church.
Don't you LoVe the
registration plate? A BIRD 55.
I failed to ask the
owner of this 1955 open top cabriolet, if he called his
red beauty Lovebird?
Talking to a young,
pretty lady, Angie, she was amazed about where I had come from and
what I was doing. I would have loved to stay longer, but it was a
very windy day. I knew a hard day cycling was ahead of me.
June, the winds were moderating and swinging back north-westerly.
After battling headwinds for two days, cycling through the
cornfields of the mid-west became rather pleasant again. I passed
through small towns with funny (Da Ninci) names, like Manito, Mason, Utica, Tonica
All along my route there had been
references to President Lincoln, the 16th President. At Metamura I ate lunch in the park opposite the famous
courthouse, where young Abe Lincoln once had practiced law.
town I noted a church, New Hope Church ... Hey, how the
name fit here ... which as a symbol had a large t.
Stop Press: Am I
hearing correctly - At 3.21 Adelaide time 30.10.12 I am
listening to the lyrics of the song on Gospel Music Selections:
"He brought the cross to me - when I could not reach across, he
brought the cross to me !!!" What amazing timing for these
amazing lyrics. Thank you Lord for this magic touch of yours, to
let me know - you are so close to me!
I continue writing, tears flowing down my face, I was just about
to write that it was in the
next town, (in Peoria) where my north-south path crossed my west-east
was right at the spot, where my Lutheran friend Wally, had
dropped me. How glad I went all those miles across the ocean to
create this cross, which no one can take from us.
|In the flat country of
the mid west water tanks are landmarks. Not all are as
specularly painted as this one in TONICA.
The Metamora courthouse, where young be Lincoln once practiced
Below: Illinois is the
state, where my west/east and north
south axis met to form my cross. It was right here!
1/6 (Love it) Wally took this photo, before I headed
off east to Lake Clinton.
12/6 - same spot outside Peoria, Ill.
you c all you will see No.13960, and 500.00.
how about this, which I just noticed? Right there at
the centre of my cross, HE put me (Dieter) under the sign
of a ...weight loss program!
I l l i N O I
S / USA - The first three letters Ill
are bit like 111. The last 4 could become N0I5.
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Many places in the US are named after foreign
cities. You will find a Hamburg, a Berlin and Stuttgart among many
place names. On the day of reaching the capital of Illinois, Springfield,
I cycled through Athens and Teheran. At Springfield I was able to put my tent up for $ 10 per night. It was not far from
the centre of town, right at the showgrounds.
evening a horse-riding event was under way at the showground arena.
While enjoying those beautiful animals prancing around the arena, I
was equally enjoying the music that was played as these animals
performed in perfect rhythm. It was a pleasure to watch. I loved it
and went back the next evening.
was little time in my normal riding (bike riding) schedule for visiting museums or
to do a lot of sightseeing. However, at Springfield I was told, the new
multi-million Dollar Lincoln Museum is a must see. A tourist
brochure suggested to allow three hours for this museum. I should
have listened to that advise, but only arrived at 4 PM, an hour
What I saw and learned about this
great statesman and leader, made the tragedy of his violent death
even sadder to contemplate. It's impossible to not be impressed,
especially as a Christian, by the life of such a man. How America needs
a statesman of the faith and character of Lincoln.
scene stayed in my mind: In
the Hall of Sorrows is a small alcove with a figure of
Mary Lincoln, grieving the death their son. Willie had died typhoid fever.
The President is said to have cried tears of sorrow as never
the brief hour, walking around the different rooms, looking and
listening to various exhibits, I perceived that Abe Lincoln was a
humble man, one who did not make a secret of his faith and reliance
on Almighty God.
Exhibits in the entrance hall
of the Springfield Ill. Lincoln Museum
The 16th President of the
United States with his family in 1861.
Lincoln is sitting on a stump near the cabin and reading a
book, while he should be doing his chores.
The following is an extract of Lincoln's farewell
speech, before leaving Springfield for Washington in Feb. 1861:
the great God who assisted him [Washington], shall be
with and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind,
and Almighty arm that directed and protected him, shall guide
and support me, I shall not fail, I shall succeed. Let us all
pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now. To him
I commend you all--permit me to ask that with equal security and
faith, you all will invoke His wisdom and guidance for me
(as recorded by Abraham Lincoln's law partner, Billy Herndon -
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Big news in
Australia on 19/10/2012:
AUSTRALIA WINS UN Bid. A day after
arriving back in Australia this feel-good news item made big
Australia had spent 25
Million Dollars in a bid to become a member of the United
Nations 15-Member Security Council. From Jan 1, 2013 Australia
will take a seat in New York with the big boys (sorry - and
girls). As non-permanent member Australia's appointment will
last two years.
France, Russia, the UK and the US, the winners of World War
II, who make up the body of permanent members, who have the
right to veto any decisions made.
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the United States of America wants to once prosper again, and I don't
mean simply economically, rather be healed from the pain of poverty,
the scourge of substance abuse, crime, injustices etc etc. (I have witnessed much of
leaders must return to the principles of their forefathers, of which
Abraham Lincoln is a good example. Take a look at the brief
acknowledges the great (the only true) God.
HIS human effort will not suffice in the task ahead of him.
his faith in Almighty God, the same God America's
forefathers believed in. He believed he will not fail.
encourages his people to also pray and trust in that same
acknowledges his need for guidance and wisdom.
Friends, if the next
President of the United States has the courage and humility to lead this once great nation back to
its Christian roots, to the simple faith and reliance of Almighty God,
America would be healed. It would once again become the great nation
it once was. There
would be far less worry about the economy; same sex marriage would
not even be considered, the unborn would be protected; children
would again be taught right from wrong, they would learn those same
(Lincoln's) principles from
an early age.
This is my dream
for America and, no doubt, that of many Americans.
promised, if we place our priority on seeking His HIS kingdom, the
economy will take care of itself. (Matthew 6, 33).
God wants to heal
America and all nations. In Jesus you have this hope.
I would love to write: There is an uncanny parallel between
President Obama (or Mr. Romney) and President Abe Lincoln!
and HIS cross is the hope of all nations, even America. May
the people of America choose wisely in the coming days.