Mutual Friends

It seems that Samuel Shaffer and Joe Naugler share more than just a Facebook friendship with Pace Ellsworth.

A lot more.

I just looked through my friend list on Facebook to see how many people I have lots of mutual friends with.  I was looking for how many.

I share 91 friends with Dave.

That is not surprising.  Dave and I are married and we have a lot of the same friends.

I have 80 mutual friends with my son Nathan.  That is not surprising, either. Those are mostly people who knew Nathan and also know me.

I have a few friends that I share some friends with and they are not people I’ve met in real life.  What we do share is some mutual interest.  There is a connection between us.  The usual thing is that we have 4 mutual friends, or maybe even 10 mutual friends.

These are not just random people who sent me a friend request on Facebook and I accepted it and we don’t really know each other.  These are all people I know pretty well in real life, or I know pretty well from an online connection of some sort.

This, I would guess, is pretty typical.

With that in mind, look at this.

Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 2.

Exhibit 3.

Exhibit 4.

Exhibit 5.

Exhibit 6.

Exhibit 7.

Exhibit 8.

Exhibit 9.

Exhibit 10.  NOTE:  These two profiles, for Mark Lichtenwalter, aren’t the same.  I checked and they are quite obviously the same person. They are very like the Nicole Naugler profile and the Nicole C Naugler profile. Same person.  That makes it even more interesting, because it means that Joe didn’t “find” Mark on Shaffer’s profile (or vice versa).

Exhibit 11. NOTE: This is another instance of two different profiles, but the same person. He even shared the same stuff on both pages.

Exhibit 12.

Exhibit 13.

Exhibit 14.

Exhibit 15.

Now, add to this Pace Ellsworth (from the other page), and that makes 16 mutual friends that Joe has with Samuel Shaffer.

This would be only slightly significant if you only looked at Joe, who has 4500+ friends.

But it becomes much more meaningful when you look at Samuel Shaffer, who only has 168 friends. And of those 168 friends, several of them are duplicates (same person, two different profiles). So there are not 168 individual people who are friends with Samuel Shaffer. There are about 160.

Out of 160 people, Joe Naugler is friends with 16 of them (or 10%).

This is only possible if Samuel Shaffer and Joe Naugler share some common interest. There simply has to be a connection between them.

I looked over some of those mutual friends’ profiles just to see what jumped out as a possible connection, and they tend to be mostly goof-ball religious offshoots from Mormonism.  This is the exact thing that got Samuel Shaffer in trouble in the first place.  He has these whack-job beliefs and it caused him to run afoul of the law.

Gee, could this be what Joe shares with Samuel Shaffer?  Does this mean that Joe and Nicole were doing exactly what I have always thought they were doing, and were in the process of fleeing when Sheriff Pate intercepted Nicole at the shitstead that day?  Is Joe going to hide his kids in 50-gallon barrels?

Now then, are Joe and Nicole going to stop with the “we have proof of collusion between Sheriff Pate and Sally Davis because of Facebook friends” bullshit or am I going to continue to bring up Samuel Shaffer every time they do it?



My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, an’ I’ll see you all in hell.
An’ I’ll see you all in hell,
Damn your eyes.
Tex Ritter

Salt Lake Tribune

A guy named Samuel Shaffer is in big trouble.

Here’s the short version.  It starts, it appears with Sam’s friend and follower, John Coltharp.  Shaffer is an offshoot Mormon, and founder of a new religion which seems to consist of him and Coltharp.  Coltharp and his wife divorced and she was awarded custody of their minor children.  He didn’t like that, so he left, with Shaffer, and with the children.

Ultimately, Coltharp was found, but it took longer to find Shaffer and the children had been divided up.  Two little girls (one a daughter of Shaffer and the other a daughter of Coltharp) were found in fifty-gallon barrels in sub-freezing temperatures without appropriate clothing and with no food or water. Supposedly, they were put there to hide them from the police.

Shaffer is in a shit load of trouble.  He is also a bit weird, and it’s easy to see he is just by visiting his Facebook page and reading some of the comments.

Ordinarily, I would look at this story and think “Well, another dumbass religious goofball, this time Mormon. I wonder if he knows Warren Jeffs.”

But there is a twist to this story.

To make it meaningful, we have to return to yesteryear and revisit something.

This is just one screen shot. I have several like it, but one will suffice.

A long time ago, Todd Pate’s mother-in-law, who reads this blog, sent me a friend request on Facebook.  I accepted it.  I get lots of friend requests, and generally if you aren’t obviously in Bangladesh, or obviously fake, I’m fine with accepting them. I had absolutely no idea at the time that the woman was Todd Pate’s mother-in-law.

My friend list is not publicly visible, but hers was.  Nicole was creeping around on her profile and found that I was her FB friend.

This morphed into “collusion” between me and Sheriff Pate’s office.  There was lots of speculation, as you can see from what the Great Prophet wrote above.  They have never let it go.

Todd Pate’s mother-in-law never did a single thing to anyone.  In fact, during Pate’s little misadventure, supposedly his mother-in-law was one of the people he threatened to kill.  Don’t you think it’s odd that the same woman would be in collusion with me to somehow discredit the Nauglers?  Isn’t it weird that in the entire time we’ve been Facebook friends, she has never once mentioned Todd to me?

No matter.

I am Facebook friends with Todd Pate’s mother-in-law and therefore I am in direct contact with Todd Pate and we are conspiring to do something or other.

Well, here you go.

Now then, did Joe know about this kidnapping?  Did Joe help Samuel?  Is Joe part of Samuel’s new religion?  Is Joe planning to flee with his own children and learning how from Samuel?  After all, Joe is, in fact, Facebook friends with this guy.

And not just Joe.

So, how does Pace figure into all this?  Did Pace make a loan to Samuel to help him hide from the police, or set up his new religion?  Are Joe and Pace conspiring together to go into hiding with Samuel and his buddy Coltharp? Are they conspiring to form a polygamist cult with Samuel as the head prophet and Joe as his understudy?

Are these questions ridiculous?

I don’t think so.  If Joe and Nicole can turn a simple Facebook friend request into proof of conspiracy to commit crimes, I can do the same thing.

Own up to it, Joe.



Ice on the Town

There’s ice on the town that the wind blew down
From Chicago late last night. . .

Nathan Davis, unpublished lyrics

We lived for ten years in cold country.  I mean, really cold country.

Here is one of the large windows in our living room on a winter day.

See the ice? The reason we took a photo of it is because it so rarely happened.  We were there ten years, and that happened maybe twice. To do that, the temperature outside looked like this.

The reason you get ice forming on a window is because no matter what you do, glass is colder than a wall.  Humid warm air inside the house comes in contact with the cold glass and condensation occurs.  (Exactly the same thing happens in summer with a glass of iced tea.)  If the glass is cold enough, as ours was down toward the bottom of the window, ice forms.

That was double-pane glass, by the way, in a well-insulated house.  But when it’s more than 20 degrees below zero, well, that glass gets cold.

Here’s Dave, with Liza Jane (Minnie’s predecessor), standing on our deck at the back of our house. Bitter cold that day.  Icicles.

Icicles are bad. They are not a good sign.  To form, there has to be some heat escaping from someplace that liquifies the snow/ice, and makes the icicle.

Dave is not unhappy in that photo because he knows exactly why the icicles formed there. That’s the vent for our furnace. There’s no way to not have a vent, and there’s no way not to have icicles if it gets cold and snowy enough.  But we had none anywhere else.

Here’s a well-built little cabin.  It wasn’t ours.  It belonged to a friend. Dead of winter (see? no sun) in mid-day.  No icicles.  Not a one.  No ice on the windows.  Well-built, well-insulated, not just the log wall, but an insulated floor and roof.

We did have this happen, often in the early spring.

That is actually our garage, not our house, but the ice berm was so cool looking, Dave photographed it.  We often got these forming outside our upstairs bedroom window.  The heat inside would rise, warming the roof just enough that the snow would slide slowly off the roof.

The Xmas lights are not Xmas lights.  They aren’t there for decoration. In Cooper Landing, the sun doesn’t rise above the mountains for several months. We lost the sun on our property in late November and got it back in February.  Days are very short. Nights are very long and very dark. I know this photo was taken after mid-February because there is sunlight visible across the street.

Big windows become large black squares on the wall and it can be depressing.  The lights provide something to see outside.

But here’s a photo of the windows in our dining room on a winter day.

No sunlight.  Looks sort of like dusk. That was mid-day.  Colder than shit.

Do you see ice on the windows?

You do not.

That’s because it wasn’t 20 below zero, and even if it had been, it wasn’t a room that gets a lot of moisture in it.  Those are double-paned windows, again.

So, ice on windows is not a good thing.  Ice on windows means there is warm humid air coming in contact with very cold glass.  If it happens when temperatures are cold like we’ve had here in the last week or so, it means that they are probably single-paned glass, and allowing lots of condensation to occur and, well, it’s a good way to have your garden shed rot from the inside out.

They don’t put good windows in a garden shed because they don’t expect people to live in them, or put wood stoves in them, and they certainly don’t expect anyone to cram 13 bodies into that small area, all of them respiring and putting moisture in the air.  Single-pane, cheapy windows are fine.  If the building is unheated and providing housing for a lawn mower and some fertilizer, there is no warm humid air to condense and form ice.

This is a bad thing, not a good thing.

This is something you try to fix, not something you celebrate.

We have a solid week of low temperatures in the single digits coming up.  I live in a well-insulated house that doesn’t get ice on the windows, and is well-heated. I have a nice warm bed, and don’t have to sleep on plywood in a loft.  I have a nice kitchen and can prepare a hot meal, or a hot cup of tea, whenever I want it.

Weather forecast for my area, significantly south of Breckinridge County

I am dreading this coming weather.  I despise it, because keeping the animals comfortable and warm occupies a lot of our time during exceedingly cold weather.  Frances has to come into the barn every night and that means we have to do room service.

I can’t imagine living in that shed in this kind of cold.  Those poor kids. Frances is a cow and she lives in better conditions.