Most Read Articles: CleverJourneys 2021

The Top 10 most read articles from CleverJourneys in 2021 included new information on the Arizona and Georgia Election Fraud, former VP Mike Pence as a mole for the Deep State, The Devolution Theory, and Attorneys willing to go to bat for people being fired for not taking the experimental and dangerous COVID jabs.

In January 2021, we were censored by the social media giants (you know who they are) and lost tens of thousands of readers. We are proud of our persistence and picked up incredibly patriotic sponsors along the way. By mid-May, we were bouncing back.

We are most grateful to our readers, sources, sponsors, and advertisers.

Our sponsors in 2021 included http://www.GreenPasture.org, Cindy Leal Massey: Texas Author, Goettle Plumbing & HVAC, South Dakota Tourism, North Carolina Tourism, Discount Tire, Texas Tourism, and Graceland: Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Surprising, others in the Top 10 included an article about Ted Nugent’s letter to Joe Biden and a legendary San Antonio horror story.

In 2021, (in spite of having mid-January through mid-May with greatly reduced readership due to social media censoring us), we managed to end with more than 8 million viewers and over 14.9 million hits on over 955 posts. This led to:

🔹3995 comments
🔹4 comments average per post
🔹99,965 likes
🔹We’ve written over 537,500 words
🔹564 average words per post

Here are the Top 10 Most Read Articles of 2021

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1. Who Printed Ballots For Fulton County Georgia and Why is it Important?

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/06/10/who-printed-ballots-for-fulton-county-ga-and-why-is-it-important/?preview=true

2. White House Mole Mike Pence: Whistleblower Interview

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/03/08/lin-wood-whistleblower-interview-the-real-mike-pence-white-house-mole/?preview=true

3. Why Ballots Scanned Offsite Were Delivered to Arizona Elections Center After Voting Ended

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/why-did-ballots-scanned-offsite-continue-to-be-delivered-to-maricopa-elections-center-after-voting-ended/?preview=true

4. Georgia Governor Kemp & Raffensperger Connections With China & Dominion

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/06/20/georgia-plot-thickens-for-raffensperger-kemp-runbeck-dominion-and-china-connections/?preview=true

5. Mike Pence, John Roberts, Jeffrey Epstein: Whistleblower Shocking Statements

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/08/22/most-shocking-statements-from-lin-wood-whistleblower-about-pence-roberts-epstein/?preview=true

6. What is Devolution Theory and is it Trump’s Reality?

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/08/05/what-is-the-devolution-theory-and-is-it-trumps-reality/?preview=true

7. List of Lawyers by State Who Fight COVID-19 Mandates

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/09/19/list-of-lawyers-by-state-who-fight-covid-19-mandates/?preview=true

8. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Leroy Byrd is Alleged Killer of Ashli Babbitt

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/07/05/capitol-police-lt-michael-leroy-byrd-is-alleged-killer-of-ashli-babbitt/?preview=true

9. Ted Nugent Sends Biden a Letter Telling Him Where To Shove It

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/ted-nugent-sends-biden-a-letter-telling-him-where-to-shove-it/?preview=true

10. The Night Jimmy Left a Surprise For the Donkey Lady

https://cleverjourneys.wordpress.com/2021/10/15/the-night-jimmy-left-a-surprise-for-the-donkey-lady-2/?preview=true

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

Arizona Matters: Trump to Hold First Rally of 2022 in January

The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, will host a “Save America” rally in Arizona on January 15, 2022 to kick off the important mid-term elections year.

The rally will be at the Country Thunder Festival Grounds in Florence on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Gates are expected to open at 8 a.m. with live entertainment beginning at 2 p.m. and “pre-program speakers” will deliver remarks at 5 p.m. Trump is set to deliver a speech starting at 7 p.m.

You can request tickets by clicking HERE.

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

VA Strengthens Care for Veterans Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently initiated a pilot program to improve services for Veterans who have experienced or are experiencing intimate partner violence or sexual assault.

The two-year initiative focuses on strengthening community partnerships, training for VA staff and community partners, identifying effective clinical interventions and providing outreach to underserved populations.

“Approximately one in three women and one in four men in the general population report experiencing intimate partner violence,” said VA Management and Social Work Executive Director Jill Debord. “Research by VA’s National Center for post-traumatic stress disorder shows Veterans may be disproportionally impacted by IPV.”  

Veterans who have experienced or are experiencing IPV are encouraged to contact an Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinator at the nearest VA medical center or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TTY).

The following VAMCs are participating:

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Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty on Five Counts in Jeffrey Epstein Related Sex Assault Cases

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the predatory enabler for Jeffrey Epstein, was found guilty on five of six counts related to her participation in sexual assaults of minors in a New York court on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021.  

Four women testified that Maxwell was the facilitator of their sexual abuse who groomed them to be raped by Epstein.

Maxwell & Epstein on private plane.

Maxwell was found guilty of:

🔹conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts

🔹conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity

🔹transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity

🔹sex trafficking conspiracy

🔹sex trafficking of a minor

She was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and applied only to one “Jane Doe” victim.

Epstein, who made international news as an incarcerated registered sex offender, was found dead in a high security cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019.

Names of the prominent elite in his social circle included former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, Prince Andrew, Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, Alec Baldwin and more.

Epstein installed concealed cameras at strategic locations on his properties to allegedly record sexual activity with underage girls by prominent politicans, entertainers, business people, and others for blackmail and persuasion purposes.

Maxwell told friends that Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands was completely wired for video. One friend believed that Maxwell and Epstein were videotaping everyone on the island as an insurance policy.

When police raided his Palm Beach residence in 2006, two hidden pinhole cameras were discovered in his home. 

On March 29, prosecutors unsealed a new indictment against Maxwell charging her with two more counts of sex trafficking related to a new accuser.

Maxwell

The new charges claim Maxwell groomed and sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl for Epstein to abuse between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Beach estate in Florida.

The original trial was to begin on July 12, but moved to December as set by federal U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. The Manhattan judge originally deemed it a “short” postponement and appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.

Last spring, one of Maxwell’s attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote to Judge Nathan about his client’s sleep deprivation. She also included a photo of Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye as an exhibit.

“While Ms. Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to medical and psych staff, she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive chores,” Sternheim wrote. “However, there is concern that the bruise may be related to the need for Ms. Maxwell to shield her eyes from the lights projected into her cell throughout the night.”

Social Media Commentary

Social media has been blowing up with speculation, memes and photos regarding the trial throughout December. Here are samplings.

Piers Morgan with Maxwell

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

Shameful, Wasteful Government Spending at All Time High

The average taxpayer’s contribution to wasteful government spending in the year 2021 equaled about $15,332 each.

Because of Christmas related busyness, I have just now been able to read the Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) annual Festivus Report for 2021.  Here are the highlights:

The total was $52,598,515,585 of wasteful spending. 

“Uncle Sam WASTED the taxes of: 3,430,636 people,” Sen. Paul revealed. Here are his first quick examples of what this money could have been spent on instead of waste:

  • Giving every person in the world $6.78.
  • 13,149 miles of 4-lane highway construction – long enough to cross the United States 5.26 times.
  • 4.5 months of operating the Veterans Administration.
  • 1 year and 8 months of funding the Department of Energy.

Waste Highlights

  • 773,000,000 – Foreign countries use our aircraft for free for 4 years, by Department of Defense (DOD).
  • $549,000,000 – US bought Afghanistan planes that were later thrown away (DOD).
  • $2,400,000,000 – US-constructed buildings in Afghanistan left sitting unused (DOD).
  • $25,000,000 – COVID relief grant for NYC to display art projects across the city.
  • $4,290,000,000 – Ineligible and duplicate PPP loans Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • $36,000,000,000 – Improper CARES Act unemployment insurance payments.
  • $250,000,000 – Constructing border walls in the Middle East and North Africa (DOD).
  • $150,000 – Free trips for Korean children to visit D.C. (USAID).
  • $4,500,000 – Grinding up ferrets to develop COVID and flu vaccines.
  • $2,100,000 – Tax Credit incentivizing CA residents to uninstall fireplaces.
  • $182,741 – Translating books into the Georgian language (State Department).
  • $200,000 – Teaching French people about US culture (State).
  • $88,000,000 – Giving irrigation systems to Afghan farmers left unused (USAID).
  • $2,500,000 – Developing a film about dinosaurs to inspire middle schoolers (NSF).
  • $465,339 – Pigeons playing slot machines (NIH).
  • $11,300,000 – Telling people to not burn their trash (USAID).
  • $179,000,000 – Funding Green Energy programs in Africa (State).
  • $28,005 – DC Metro paid Lyft to subsidize riders.
  • $3,400,000,000 – Attempting to replace an assault vehicle over 2 decades (DOD).
  • $14,000,000 – Funding the Wilson Center to put on parties for Congressmen.
  • $1,300,000 – Study verified that hearing bad news decreases happiness levels (NIA).
  • $400,000,000 – Planting trees in New York City.
  • $2,100,000 – Government paid for students who didn’t actually attend those schools.
  • $352,000 – Kids crave junk food and gain weight if they’re exposed to it (NIDDK).
  • $5,000,000 – Getting high schoolers excited about being airplane pilots (FAA).
  • $337,500 – Fattening eels for human consumption (FDA).
  • $4,200,000,000 – Social Security overpayments to beneficiaries in Fiscal Year 2019 (SSA).

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

5 Time-Saving Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

With busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, it can seem like living a healthy lifestyle is out of reach. But, prioritizing nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are five quick tips to help you and your family eat well, even when it feels like time is not on your side.

1. Meal Prep in Advance
Prepping for the week ahead on Sundays can make a huge difference in what you eat throughout the week. Pre-chop veggies, cook grains or grill proteins for the week to have as an arsenal of ingredients that can be quickly combined to create easy lunches and dinners with fresh flavors.

2. Choose Portable Snacks
Keep portable snacks on hand that are easy to throw in a purse, lunch bag or bring to the gym. Nuts and granola are nutritious and easy to pack. Whole fruits like apples and bananas, or portable yogurts and cheese snacks are also great options.

3. Reach For the Freezer
Think eating frozen means you can’t eat well? Think again. Frozen foods are not only convenient; they can provide portion control while also tasting great. At mealtime, grab an entrée like the new Lean Cuisine Chicken Tikka Masala, which has 18 grams of protein, vegetables and no artificial preservatives. Or, if you’re in a pinch for a side dish, grab some frozen vegetables for a quick and delicious dose of vitamins and fiber.

4. Breakfast in Large Batches
Oatmeal is a great make-ahead breakfast because it can be prepared in a big batch in a hurry and then portioned to grab and go throughout the week. If you’re willing to spend a bit more time prepping, large batches of breakfast sandwiches can be made ahead and frozen.

5. Use Online Tools to Organize
Does the stress of figuring out what to make for dinner lead you to order pizza? Use an online platform to organize recipes that interest you so they’re always at your disposal. That way, you’re just a few clicks away from inspiration.

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

A New Year Green Pasture

A Special Message From Dodie Dennis (Retired RN)

With 40 years experience as a licensed Registered Nurse on a cruise line, a Colorado ski resort, and in Phoenix, AZ, I did everything from Operating Room to Immunology to all levels of Newborn care.

Among my favorite jobs was teaching childbirth and nutrition classes. For the most part, I believe whole foods trump supplements. And eating a nutritious diet loaded with veggies, grass-fed meat, and plenty of good fats is the starting point.

To this day, I do not take prescription medications and know other nurses and health practitioners who live medicine free lives as well. This doesn’t mean I haven’t taken prescribed drugs for pain after an old volleyball related surgery, but that was years ago.

You certainly cannot supplement your way out of poor dietary choices. However, even with the best diet, there may be a few gaps that we might want to fill to “supplement” a solid diet.

For example, Omega-3 fatty acids are vitally important to our health. Our Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio should be 1:1 or 1:2. Sadly, the average person’s is more like 1:20. Not only are we not getting enough Omega-3 from sources like grass-fed meats and fish/seafood, we’re also over consuming Omega 6 (e.g. vegetable oils, excessive nut consumption) – a double whammy.

Personally, Jack and I don’t eat enough fish to get adequate Omega-3 due to concerns about toxins, mercury, etc. That’s why we “supplement” with Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO).

I use the word “supplement” loosely here, since FCLO is really a whole food. Not only that, but it’s also a traditional food with a long history of use. Quite the opposite of highly processed fish oils.

Green Pasture’s website

🔹Fermented Cod Liver Oil is simply cod livers fermented naturally to extract the oils.

🔹The cold-processing method maintains all the fat soluble vitamins.

🔹Most fish oils on the market are heat processed. What’s worse is that they’re then bleached and deodorized, and since most of the vitamins have been removed or destroyed, synthetic vitamins are added back in.

FCLO contains more than Omega 3s. It’s also a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, and contains small amounts of Vitamin K2, Vitamin E, and various other quinones.

If you want to try out the amazing benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil, or maybe your current supply is running low, we highly recommend Green Pasture.

Start the New Year with healthy habits. Now is the perfect time. Walk more, eat better, turn off the TV, read often, and achieve an improved lifestyle change.

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

Poster Child For Socialist Liberal Democrats?

The artist Shepard Fairey, who created the original “Hope” poster for 2009 Obama campaign, was fined $25,000 for using the image of an Associated Press (AP) photograph.

Originally the AP began negotiations for compensation, but Fairey sued for a declaratory judgment that his poster was a fair use of the photograph. They all settled out of court in January 2011, but in February 2012, Fairey pleaded guilty to destroying and fabricating evidence showing that he had used the photograph.

In September 2011, he was not only fined the $25,000, Fairey  was sentenced to two years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

To this day the poster continues to be imitated, satirized and memed. In 2021, Joe Biden has been the most ridiculed person on mocked images.

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

‘Laws Are For What?’ The University Professor Asked


Laws are for what?

First day of class, the law professor walked in. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row:

What’s your name?”


“My name is Nelson.”

“Get out of my class and never come back!,” the professor ordered him.


Nelson was confused. The teacher was heading towards him, he got up quickly, packed his stuff and left the classroom.


Everyone was scared and outraged but no one was talking.


Very Good! Let’s get it started. What are laws for? asked the professor.


The students were still scared, but slowly they started answering the question.


🔹To have order in our society.
No! No!

🔹So that the wrong people pay for their actions.
No ! No ! Does anyone know the answer to this question?


🔹”For justice to be done,” spoke shyly a young girl.
Finally ! Justice! But what is justice?


Everyone was starting to get mad at the professor’s attitude. However, they kept answering.


🔹 To protect the rights of the people…
Okay. But still?


🔹 To differentiate good from evil, to reward those who do good.
Okay… so answer this question, did I act right when I kicked Nelson out of class?


Everyone was silent, no one responded.


I want an unanimous answer!


🔹”NO!” They answered with one voice.
Could we say I did an injustice?


🔹Yes!
And why has nobody done anything about it ? Why do we want laws and rules if we don’t have the will to practice them? Each of you is obliged to speak up when you witness an injustice. All of them! All of them! Don’t ever keep quiet again!
Go get Nelson. After all, he is the professor. I’m from another period.
You know, when we don’t stand up for our rights, dignity is lost, and dignity can’t be negotiated. Laws are for what?

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From award-winning Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey.

Locked Inside a Freezer, But What Happened Was Priceless

I Love Lucy

In the early 1960s, I recall watching Lucille Ball getting locked in a freezer on her legendary comedy program “I Love Lucy.” Somehow that episode stuck with me into adulthood. As Director of Facilities Management at HEB Food/Drugs in Texas for over 25 years, I had heard of people being locked in freezers, but was thankful it never occurred in our stores, warehouses or manufacturing plants.

We made sure all walk in freezers had interior opening mechanisms and checked/maintained them frequently to prevent a catastrophe. When I served as President of the Professional Retail Maintenance Association, we emphasized the importance of prevention in design, procurement, training and maintenance.

Although they are rare, instances of workers sustaining an injury or losing their lives as a result of being locked in a freezer do occur. These types of accidents are extremely dangerous, especially if the trapped employee is unable to call for help or must wait until the next day for aid.

Obviously, victims are primarily at-risk of suffering from exposure to cold. Hypothermia occurs when a person’s body temperature drops significantly below the normal level of 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. There are three basic levels of hypothermia:

  • Mild hypothermia, which occurs when the core body temperature lowers to between 93.2 degrees and 96.8 degrees fahrenheit;
  • Moderate hypothermia, which begins to take place when the core body temperature drops to between 73.4 degrees and 89.6 degrees fahrenheit; and
  • Severe or profound hypothermia, which takes place when the core body temperature drops to between 53.6 degrees and 68 degrees fahrenheit.

A person suffering from hypothermia will usually begin to feel lethargic and fatigued well before reaching the severe hypothermia stage. Victims may become confused and disoriented and may also exhibit slowed breathing or speech as well as a loss of feeling in the hands and feet. Once a person’s core temperature has reached severe hypothermia levels, he or she is at a high risk of cardiac arrest and death.

Workers could also suffer from breathing in carbon dioxide, which is emitted by dry ice and can be fatal. Exposure to refrigerants, which function as cooling agents and include chemicals, such as chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloride can also be dangerous. These types of chemicals are toxic in large quantities and can also lead to oxygen deficiency, especially when in a small place.

Even workers who are not trapped for a significant amount of time can sustain injuries. For instance, brief exposure can cause frostbite, which occurs when a person’s skin and underlying tissues are frozen. Generally, the lower the temperature in the freezer, the more quickly frostbite is likely to occur.

Locks on exterior are a definite no-no.

Frostbite is also more likely to affect the extremities, such as the feet and hands, which can be especially dangerous for victims who are also suffering from hypothermia and so have lost feeling in those areas. Frostbite usually takes the form of reddened skin with gray or white patches, numbness, and blisters.

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Charlie Bassett, Dodge City’s First Sheriff

Gunsmoke was a popular radio program and later, a legendary television series that featured 635 episodes from 1955-1975. The series featured actor James Arness as the first marshal of Dodge City, Kansas.

In reality the first sheriff and city marshal of Dodge City was my great-great grandfather, Charlie Bassett. He was the uncle to my great grandmother, Missouri Bassett, the mother to my maternal grandfather, Bassett Arthur.

Charles Bassett (October 30, 1847 – January 5, 1896) was one of the founders of the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, served as the first sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, as well as city marshal of Dodge City. His deputies included Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.

Charles E. Bassett was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Benjamin Bassett and Julia (née Norton) Bassett.

On February 14, 1865, Bassett enlisted in the Union Army at Frankford, Pennsylvania (now a part of Philadelphia). He received a $100 bounty for signing on for one year as a private in Company I of the 213th Pennsylvania Infantry, a volunteer regiment. Bassett was mustered out of his volunteer regiment in Washington, D.C., on November 18, 1865. He served a little more than nine months, not for the year he had signed. This was most likely the result of an Army cutback after Lee’s surrender in April.

Charles E. Bassett spent the period between late 1865 and early 1873 drifting around the West, serving various stints as a miner, bartender, and buffalo hunter. He was most likely in the neighborhood of what would become Dodge City, Kansas, when his father, Benjamin Bassett died in Philadelphia on January 2, 1872.

Bassett opened the original Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City in late 1872 in partnership with Alfred J. Peacock. Eventually, Bassett and Peacock sold the Long Branch. The saloon changed hands several times until Luke Short became one of the owners. Short’s partnership in the Long Branch would cause one of the high points of Bassett’s life in 1883.

Dodge had turned into an unruly city with little law enforcement, a town that the Hays City Sentinel had christened “the Deadwood of Kansas … Her corporate limits are the rendezvous of all the unemployed scally-wagism in seven states. Her principal is polygamy, her code of honor is the morals of thieves, and decency she knows not … ” The Kinsley Graphic newspaper was somewhat less kind, naming Dodge the “ … the Beautiful, Bibulous Babylon of the frontier.” And it was in Dodge City where Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Warp, and the Masterson brothers would earn their early reputations as lawmen settling this unsettled berg.

On June 5, 1873, the citizens of Ford County, Kansas, chose Bassett as their first sheriff. His headquarters were in Dodge City. Bassett was re-elected twice, serving until 1878.

Charlie Bassett

On September 18, 1877, Sam Bass and his gang robbed a Union Pacific train of $60,000 at Big Springs, Nebraska. The bandits were reported in Kansas and Sheriff Bassett went out after them. Bassett’s posse included Bat Masterson and John Joshua Webb. The group was unsuccessful in their pursuit of the train robbers. 

By Kansas law, Bassett could not seek a third successive term as sheriff of Ford County. On November 6, 1877, Bat Masterson was elected sheriff of Ford County, replacing Bassett. One of his first acts was to appoint Bassett as his under-sheriff.

In addition to serving as Bat Masterson’s under-sheriff, Bassett was also serving as assistant city marshal under Bat’s brother, City Marshal Edward J. Masterson. He was still serving as sheriff when he got the appointment during December, 1877. The Dodge City Times reported, “Sheriff Bassett has been appointed by Mayor [James H.] Kelley to assist Marshal [Edward J.] Masterson in preserving order and decorum in the city. Mr. Bassett has had thorough training and is a good man for the place.”

On January 27, 1878, Dave Rudabaugh and four others attempted to hold up a train at Kinsley, Kansas. On February 1, a posse led by Sheriff Bat Masterson captured two of the robbers – Dave Rudabaugh and Edgar West. Charlie Basset assisted his two bosses, Sheriff Bat Masterson and Marshal Ed Masterson, in the capture of two more of the train robbers right in Dodge City.

Ford County encompassed some 9,500 square miles, a large portion of southwestern Kansas. It was a lot of territory into which outlaws could quickly vanish. In their pursuit, Bat called upon Wyatt Earp as well as appointing his younger brother James Masterson and friend Bill Tilghman deputy sheriffs. Dodge City also had its own city marshal, Ed Masterson, and a local police force. Dodge was a tough town, and it needed every lawman it had.

Bat and Ed Masterson

As county sheriff, Bat’s rule of thumb was to buffalo an armed man first and then ask questions later, a technique he had learned from Wyatt in which the barrel of a six-shooter is firmly applied to the head of miscreants. It was a controversial practice but Wyatt and Bat always defended its use. And it was clearly posted on the way into Dodge that no guns were to be worn within the city limits. Often ignored by cattlemen, a great part of every law officer’s duty was to enforce the rule. And at times, with a bunch of liquored up cowboys running rampant, it could be a deadly job.

In April 1878, Ed Masterson was shot at point-blank range doing just that, disarming a drunken cowboy who had openly ignored the rules. Ed returned fire and downed two men before he stumbled across the street and collapsed. He died 40 minutes later.

Marshal of Dodge City

The murder of Marshal Ed Masterson by two Texans named Jack Wagner and Alfred Walker on that April 9th prompted (after Ed Masterson’s funeral) the Dodge City Council to appoint Bassett as city marshal at a salary of $100 a month. On May 12, Wyatt Earp was appointed as Bassett’s assistant marshal at a salary of $75 a month. Bat had not been in Dodge City, the night his brother was murdered.

 On July 29, 1878 James “Spike” Kenedy (1855-1884), the son of the wealthy cattle baron Mifflin Kenedy (1818-1895) attempted to shoot Mayor James H. Kelley. He was stopped from doing so by Marshal Bassett. Kenedy paid his fine and court costs and left town. Within three weeks, the young Texan was back in Dodge and in trouble again. According to the court docket for August 17, 1878, Kenedy was again brought into court by Marshal Bassett. This time it was on a charge of being disorderly. After paying his fine, Kenedy was told by Marshal Bassett to get out of Dodge and stay out.

The Killing of Dora Hand

At 4:00 in the morning of October 4, 1878, Kenedy was back in Dodge and fired two shots through the front door of a small frame house usually occupied by Mayor Kelley. One of Kenedy’s bullets killed a 34-year-old woman named Dora Hand. The Dodge City Times noted that “the pistol shot was intended for the male occupant of the bed … who had been absent for several days. The bed however was occupied by the female lodger at the time of the shooting.” 

A posse left Dodge City at 2:00 on the afternoon of October 4. Its members were Marshal Charles E. Bassett, Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman, Sheriff Bat Masterson, and Deputy Sheriff William Duffey. At 4:00 on the afternoon of October 5, the posse caught up with Kenedy at a location some 35 miles from Dodge. The possemen turned loose a volley on Kenedy. Three shots slammed into Kenedy’s horse, while another shot, supposedly from a .50 caliber Sharp’s, shattered Kenedy’s left arm. Three weeks after the killing of Dora Hand, Kenedy was released for a supposed lack of incriminating evidence. Spike Kenedy returned to Texas to manage his father’s 390,000-acre LaParra Ranch. He died from typhoid fever during December 1884.

Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas

On November 4, 1879, the Dodge City Council appointed James Masterson as city marshal, to replace Charlie Bassett, who had resigned. According to the local paper: “Ex-Sheriff Chas. E. Bassett, accompanied by Mysterious Dave [Mather] and two other prospectors, started out last week in search of ‘greener fields and pastures new.’ They went in a two-horse wagon, after the style in the days of 49.” 

After unsuccessfully panning for gold in Colorado, Bassett and Mather drifted successively to New Mexico and Texas. Both men were in San Antonio during the early part of 1881.

Mather remained in Texas for the next two years, but Bassett had grown homesick for Dodge City. His return to Dodge was noted by a local paper, which reported, “Charles E. Bassett, ex-sheriff of Ford County, and formerly city marshal of Dodge City – one of the old timers – arrived in the city last Tuesday after an absence of a year and a half. Charley looks as natural as life, wears good clothes, and says Texas is suffering from the dry weather.” 

Kansas City

Bassett did not remain in Dodge City for long. He moved on to Kansas City, Missouri, where he became manager of Webster and Hughes Marble Hall Saloon.

The Kansas City Journal reported his arrival by noting, “Hon. C.E. Bassett, a well known cattle man of Kansas and Texas, returned to this city yesterday, after a brief stay in Dodge City. He will remain here for some time.” 

On April 28, 1883, the celebrated “Dodge City War” broke out. Luke Short had been run out of Dodge and headed straight for Kansas City, where he looked up Charlie Bassett at the Marble Hall Saloon. Bassett quickly proceeded to re-establish Short in Dodge City. Quick to respond were Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, along with several others.

The Dodge City Peace Commission

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The “Dodge City Peace Commission”, June 10, 1883. (L to R) standing: William H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, William F. Petillon. Seated: Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Michael Francis “Frank” McLean, and Cornelius “Neil” Brown.

The bloodless Dodge City War ended with both sides reaching an agreement in early June 1883. To maintain the shaky truce, the Dodge City Peace Commission was formed, including Bassett. Bassett returned to Kansas City, where he opened the Senate Saloon and obtained the nickname “Senator”. The venture was a failure and Bassett went to work as a bartender in an establishment he did not own.

Final years

Bassett suffered from inflammatory rheumatism during his final years. He went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, with the hope that the water would benefit his health, but he died there at age 48 on January 5, 1896.

Movies & TV

Charlie Bassett has been portrayed in many Western movies. Some of the most notable include:

Kirk Douglas and Earl Holliman

Actor Earl Holliman, who owned the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse in San Antonio back in the 1970s, was cast as lawman Charlie Bassett in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, his first time working with stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

Scott Whyte as Charlie Bassett in Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)

Scott Whyte as Charlie Bassett in Wyatt Earp’s Revenge (2012)

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Cold Weather Car Hacks: Herd It Through the Grapevine

Foggy Windshield Fixes

During the winter months, fogged-up and frosty windshields can be a constant issue. To quickly eliminate the fog without creating a mess of smudges, use a chalkboard eraser! It works really well, and it’s easy to store in your glove box or center console.

Another tip for dealing with a foggy windshield is to make sure your car’s air recirculation is turned off. The air in your car is already humid, and humid air contributes to windshield fogging. Use the fresh air intake option instead, which will pull in dry air from outside. The dry air will help take care of the fog in no time!

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Fog-Proof Your Windshield

While the tips I mentioned above will help you get rid of fog on your windshield, there are also ways to prevent fog from forming in the first place! Here are a few you can try:

  • Smear shaving cream on the inside of your windshield, then wipe it off. You’ll leave behind a thin layer of shaving cream, which contains some of the same ingredients as commercial defoggers.
  • Fill a stocking or sock with kitty litter and leave it in your car overnight. The litter will help absorb moisture that would otherwise collect on your windshield.
  • Before you turn your car off in the evening, open the windows for a few seconds to let the cold, dry air in. This dry air will help dehumidify your car overnight.
  • Don’t leave water bottles or other drinks in your car overnight. The moisture from them can contribute to a foggy windshield.
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Keep Socks In Your Glovebox

Having a pair of socks all ready in your car can be especially useful during the winter! You can pull them on over your shoes if you ever need to push your car out of ice or snow. (The socks provide a little extra traction that makes it easier to find your footing.)

Another way to use socks is to cover your wiper blade overnight! Just raise your wiper blades and slip the socks over the ends. The socks will help prevent ice from forming on the blades, which will make your de-icing process much easier in the morning.

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Fix For Frozen Wiper Blades

During the winter, make sure to fill your car with washer fluid that is rated for cold weather. It can help melt the ice that’s clinging to your wiper blades in the morning. It can also be a quick way to defrost your whole windshield if the ice is thin enough!

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Impromptu Ice Scraper

Can’t find your ice scraper and need to get going? Grab a plastic spatula from your kitchen, or use a plastic card from your wallet! (It’s best to use a card that you don’t mind losing, in case it accidentally snaps while you’re scraping the ice.)

Windshield Parking Hack

Let Mother Nature defrost your windshield for you! If you can, park your car facing east. This ensures that your windshield will get a bit of extra warmth from the sun as it rises in the morning. Your wiper blades may be able to take care of the remaining frost—no scraping required!

Thaw Frozen Car Doors & Locks

For frozen locks, try heating your key with a match or lighter. Gently push it into the lock to melt the ice. (Just be careful not to burn yourself!)

Another option for thawing frozen locks is to use a drinking straw. Just aim the straw at the lock, and blow air into it. The heat from your breath will start melting the ice, and you’ll have that door open in no time!

And finally, you can use hand sanitizer to fix frozen doors and locks. Just rub a layer of hand sanitizer over the frozen area and let the alcohol melt the ice.

Prevent Frozen Doors

Sick of having to unstick frozen doors? Prevent them from freezing in the first place with a bit of cooking spray. Just spritz a bit of it where the door seals. This acts as a “waterproofer” to prevent water from seeping in and freezing your door shut.

Keep Side Mirrors From Freezing

Prevent side mirrors from freezing overnight just by covering them up! Use a plastic shopping bag, a ziplock bag, or whatever you can find to slide over the mirrors. Tie the end or keep it in place with a rubber band, and your mirrors will remain ice-free overnight!

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Fast Headlight Fix

Having bright, working headlights is especially important during the dark and snowy winter months. If your headlight covers could use a cleaning, just cover them with a layer of toothpaste. Let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse the toothpaste off with warm water.

This toothpaste treatment will help remove the film on your headlights so they shine more brightly. It’s a quick and easy fix that’s much cheaper than buying a special headlight cleaner product!

Get Un-Stuck Fast

Keep a bag or two of heavy cat litter in your trunk on snowy days. It will help add weight to your car, which can help give your tires a bit more traction in the snow and ice. And you can sprinkle the litter under the tires if you get stuck! This will give your tires something to grip onto and improve your chances of getting out of that snowbank.

Another useful tip for getting your car out of a snowbank is to use your floor mats. Just lay them down in the snow in front of your tires. They’ll provide more traction for your tires and help you get your car moving. (Just don’t forget to pick them back up before you drive away!

Make A Winter Emergency Kit

Weather can be unpredictable during the winter, so it’s a good idea to keep emergency supplies in your car just in case. Start with a spare outfit that can keep you warm if you happen to get stranded. Follow these steps:

  1. Unzip a winter coat
  2. Put a thick pair of socks, long underwear, hat, gloves, scarf, and snow pants inside the coat
  3. Zip the coat up and stash the outfit in your trunk

You should also keep additional supplies in your car that could save your life in a winter weather emergency. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Flashlights
  • Warm blanket
  • Charged battery pack for your phone
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Bottles of water
  • Energy bars

Now that you have these helpful tips, you’ll be able to face many winter driving challenges with confidence!

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