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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
US Untold History
I just finished reading The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter
Kuznick which was originally published in 2012. After reading the book I updated my article Spin, Lies, Conspiracy
and Truth, http://www.thepurplemuse.com/id33.html. I highly recommend the book to anyone that wants to learn more about the history of the decision
making and actions of the US government and its leaders beginning from the time of the Spanish-American War
through late 2011/early 2012. The book addresses most, if not all, of the major actions and decisions that led to warfare
involving the United States during this period. It is hard to find a time when the US was not involved in some way in
a shooting war or armed conflict during the past 120 years. Just because a nation isn't fighting
doesn't mean it is not participating in another nations battles. The book also addresses decisions that led to
the end of wars, including the decision by President Truman to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. If the historical scenario
presented by the authors is correct, one has to question Truman's motives.
One may not agree with all the opinions
expressed by the authors. However, the facts presented are the facts and deserve a thoughtful review. The
authors also present their own opinions throughout the book. The authors are clearly antagonistic to the development
and maintenance of the US global military empire that has evolved through the actions of all US Presidents and administrations
since World War II. Is it really necessary?
After reading the book one has to ask oneself, "Where
is the US headed into the future?" There is no changing the past. It is history now. But hopefully
we can learn from our past and prepare ourselves to make honorable fact decisions about the future. We all need a better
understanding of the US untold history.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Camelot Never Existed
What began as an interest in learning more about Joseph P. Kennedy, father of President John
F. Kennedy (JFK), evolved into a revisit of JFK's assassination and his personal and political life in his adult years.
I have updated my article on the assassination of JFK, JFK Revisited, http://www.thepurplemuse.com/id36.html . Since my last blog on this topic I have read The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh and The Poison
Patriarch - How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK by Mark Shaw. Both books
provided additional insight into various facets of JFKs life, the assassination and Jack Ruby's trial.
this most important take away from all the books I read on this subject area in recent months is that most of what I learned
about JFK and Jackie Kennedy as a young person was a total lie. There was no Camelot in any form at any time.
It was all a public relations gimmick with no truth to back it up. JFK was having multiple adulterous affairs simultaneously.
He frequently had sexual liaisons with young female members of the White House staff and prostitutes. Jackie Kennedy
spent much of her time away from her husband and the White House purposely because the marriage was a sham. White
House officials, Secret Service and other government officials gave Kennedy cover for his behavior during his time in office
and in their published memoirs after his death.
In addition Kennedy lied about his health. He took a variety
of prescription drugs for his medical problems and other drugs so he could be "up" as needed for his personal and
JFK did some good things during his short time in office but caused as many problems as
he solved. This becomes clear when events like the Cuban Missile Crisis are examined in detail. When assassinating
Fidel Castro is one of your primary missions in life, it isn't too surprising that Castro might look for help from the USSR.
In the end JFK, Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy followed in their father's, Joseph P. Kennedy, footsteps.
They learned a lot from their father. And much of what they learned was not positive. One could easily make the
case they all of these guys were really bad guys in many respects. They all did some really despicable things.
After reading The Patriarch, Mary's Mosaic, The Dark Side of Camelot and The Poison Patriarch
one thing is very clear, Camelot never existed.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Earlier today the US government released the Obamacare
sign-up statistics for October, the first month of enrollment. Approximately 106,000 people signed up, 27,000 people
signed up on the Federal Exchange and 79,000 people signed up on the state exchanges. These are extremely low numbers,
well below any expectation for the first month. In addition, an estimated 5 million people with individual insurance have
received cancellation notices for their existing medical insurance and most face major cost increases under the Obamacare
plans. In addition it appears that millions more people that work for small businesses will lose their existing
insurance next year due to employer cost increases. This is in addition to the technical problems that are plaguing
the Obamacare Federal exchange web site.
Now that millions of people are
facing the loss of their health insurance at the beginning of 2014 some Democrats, mostly those facing election in 2014,
are beginning to panic. They fully realize that their opponents will be able to use the negative impact of Obamacare
as a political weapon during the election campaign. I suggest to the Democrats that their problems have just begun.
It appears that many people with major medical problems and non-Obamacare compliant medical insurance today will lose
their insurance at the end of the year and have no insurance beginning in January. With the massive changes in
the health care system that are coming, it is likely that some number of unhealthy, previously insured, now uninsured
people will die early in 2014. Having lost their insurance, doctors and hospitals some number of people will lose their
ability to keep themselves alive. Obamacare will turn into Obamadeath for these people. Can you imagine a family
member telling that story in a 2014 campaign commercial or appearance? It is almost guaranteed to happen the way
things stand today.
In typical US fashion some lawyers are now developing
legal theories that the US government committed fraud through President Obama's repeated statements over three years that
everyone could keep their health care plans, if they liked what they had. When to we think the first wrongful death
lawsuit caused by Obamacare will hit the court system?
Millions of people
are being hurt by Obamacare. Some number of people have been or will helped by Obamacare. Big brother government
has reached a new level in the US and is not going well. Will the people react strongly to the impact of Obamacare and
change the direction of the US government significantly in the 2014 elections? We shall see!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Patriarch - More from Mary's Mosaic
I recently posted my thoughts on David Nasaw's book, The Patriarch - The Remarkable Times
of Joseph P. Kennedy. My comments on the book were positive and I recommended it to those that are interested in
learning more about the Kennedy family. While I was reading the book I occasionally went on-line to find out more details regarding
some of the points made by the author. My feeling was that there might be some important history that Nasaw "left
out" of The Patriarch.
A short time after posting my blog I was looking
around my local bookstore and found a book that was new to me. Mary's Mosaic - The CIA Conspiracy to Murder
John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace by Peter Janney was first published in 2012. The
book was updated with new information and republished earlier this year. The story and the information provided
in the book are startling. I had never heard of Mary Pinchot Meyer before I read this book. I did not know about
her relationship with JFK. What was even more startling is that she is not mentioned in The Patriarch. At
some time in the near future I am going to update my article, JFK Revisited, http://www.thepurplemuse.com/id36.html, with information presented in Mary's Mosaic and some other sources. However, there are a few things
in this book that I believe should have been discussed in The Patriarch but were not.
addresses JFK's relationship with his wife, Jackie Kennedy, and acknowledges that JFK had a number of relationships with
other women during his marriage. Many of us remember that the time the Kennedy family occupied the White House was referred
to as the American Camelot. The handsome war hero President, Jack Kennedy, his beautiful highly educated wife, Jackie and
their two young children were presented to us as a wonderful family unit leading the country. What is now clear and Mary's
Mosaic clearly presents that this was far from the truth.
While JFK married Jackie it never stopped him from having
extensive extramarital relationships. When one reads Mary's Mosaic it appears that JFK only got married
because he needed to be married, and have children, if he wanted to be elected President. Jackie was simply part
of the staging for JFK's political career. JFK was never devoted to his wife in the way most of us believe is appropriate.
The Patriarch avoids discussing the extremely stressed marriage between JFK and Jackie after the Democratic
convention in 1956. Jackie was pregnant with their first child after having miscarried at least once before. The Patriarch
states that JFK left his pregnant wife with her mother and stepfather and went to Europe for a vacation. This is
true. However, The Patriarch doesn't tell the rest of the story. This pregnancy was Jackie's stillborn
daughter. It was bad enough that JFK left his pregnant wife at a critical time. But he didn't return immediately
after finding out the baby was stillborn. JPK had to convince his son to return to his wife. What is clear is that
the marriage was highly volatile. Jackie wanted a divorce and had reasonable justification. However, JPK knew that JFK would
never be elected President if he was a single, divorced, Catholic man with no children. JPK, JFK and company were
on a timetable and a divorce wasn't in their plans. In the end JPK negotiated a business deal with Jackie to keep her
in the marriage and to keep JFK's Presidential aspirations on track.
There are many, many people mentioned in The
Patriarch. However, Mary Pinchot Meyer is not one of them. Mary's relationship with JFK, in all of
its facets as explained in Mary's Mosaic, was history making. It appears she changed the course of history to
some degree because of her relationship with JFK. Mary was murdered by the CIA within a year of JFK's assassination
because she new too much and was preparing to tell the world what she knew. JPK was a living as a shell of the man he once
was when JFK was assassinated. His role in guiding JFK's career was over by then. He was no longer able to impact JFK's
Why were JFK's female relationships so important? Why not focus on the huge political
issues of his day like Civil Rights, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Viet Nam? Much of The Patriarch
concerns the relationship of Joe and Rose Kennedy with their children. How many times have we been told about Joe and
Rose's wonderful family? The bottom line is that the parenting style of Joe and Rose had a fundamental impact of the character
development of JFK. JFK was a brilliant, articulate, but very flawed man due to his relationship with his mother
and father. Much of what we saw on TV about JFK and his family was a charade. Do we want leaders that tell us only part
of the truth? Do we want leaders to purposely misrepresent facts to us? I think not.
Mary's Mosaic is an amazing
book. Peter Janney took years to research the massive amount of detail contained in the book. He had to overcome
the fact that his own father, a CIA employee, was involved in the cover-up of Mary Pinchot Meyer's murder.
that one day the citizens of the US and the world will know enough detail about the assassination of JFK to close the book
on the story. We are getting closer but we haven't gotten all the way there yet. For those that think that the
Warren Commission report is accurate I have one thought for today. Mary Pinchot Meyer would have never been murdered
if Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. She was killed by a professional or team of professionals. Her death and
all events that surrounded her death demonstrate that there is a lot more to the JFK assassination story than a
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The Patriarch - Joseph P. Kennedy
I was 10 years old when John F. Kennedy (JFK) was elected President of the United States in
1960. This is the first political event that I remember from my youth. I don't remember having any recollection
of the Kennedy family before the 1960 election. Sometime after the election I first heard the name Joseph P. Kennedy
(JPK), JFK's father. During my late teenage years I remember learning that Joseph P. Kennedy had died. In between
the inauguration and Joseph's death, JFK was assassinated, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated and the US was embroiled
in political turmoil on many fronts. During the 50 years between JFK's assassination and today I have picked up
bits and pieces of information about the Kennedy family from news articles, books and a variety of TV shows. I
considered myself reasonably knowledgeable about the Kennedy family.
A few weeks
ago I bought a book published earlier this year, The Patriarch The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of
Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw. I decided it was worth my time to learn more about what is probably the most
famous American family of the second half of the 20th century. I have spent many hours reading and digesting the
information of Nasaw's book. Periodically as I was reading I would stop and go online to research an event or individual
mentioned in the book. "Remarkable" is probably the best word to describe Joseph P. Kennedy's life.
I can't recap all of the highlights of the book because of the incredible amount of information that is included.
I have selected a few items that got my attention.
Joseph P. Kennedy (JPK) began
creating his wealth beginning in his early 20's, around 1910. His ability to make money and build wealth in
a wide range of industries was amazing. He made money in commercial banking, ship building, investment banking,
media and entertainment, stock trading, liquor distribution, commercial real estate, oil and gas and more. The book states
that all of JPK's business activities were legal under the laws of his era, but some of his actions were unethical
within the standards of his day, and were clearly unethical or illegal by today's standards. I read many years
ago that JPK made part of his fortune as a bootlegger during Prohibition. Nasaw states this was not the case.
JPK established trusts for his children and grandchildren when he was very young. The first set of trusts for
his children were established before all nine of his children were born. He established trusts for his grandchildren
before any of his children were married. There was no expectation that any of Joseph and Rose Kennedy's nine children
would ever have to work for a living as he did. JPK's goal was to make enough money for all of his children to
dedicate their lives to public service and not ever be concerned about their personal finances. The work of JPK's children was
to be public service and it was.
The book goes into great detail about the relationship
of JPK, Rose and their children. The only word I can use to describe JPK and Rose's parenting approach is
"strange". JPK and Rose did not spend a lot of timie with their children at home. JPK and Rose
traveled extensively, much of it separately and without their kids. The Kennedy children spent much of their school
years away from home. It is very hard for me to understand why JPK and Rose parented the way they did. But they
were extremely wealthy and could afford servants, nannies, nurses and other help. They lived in an different era with
different standards. However, despite their many extended absences it appears they had an excellent relationship
with all of their children.
The book addresses the fact that JPK had many extramarital
relationships during his life. The most famous of his mistresses was Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson. Some of
the other women that he was involved with are named in the book but most are not. Some women have claimed to have relationships
with JPK that haven't been confirmed. There is no doubt that JPK and Rose Kennedy lived a very different life than
most married couples. JPK also provided a marital relationship role model that JFK appears to have adopted as his
own during his marriage to Jackie Kennedy.
There is no doubt that JFK's
political success as a Congressman, Senator and President was orchestrated by his father. Without JPK's money and contacts
there is no way JFK could have entered politics and been so successful at such a young age. They worked together
as a team and won the prize they were trying to achieve. JFK became President of the United States.
JPK's executed his plans for his sons political career brilliantly. There is no doubt that JFK and Robert Kennedy
and Edward Kennedy were very intelligent and skilled young men committed to public service when they started their
careers. However, their success was fueled by their father's money, contacts and management skills.
Before reading the book, I knew that JFK had medical problems when he was President. However, the book includes
a detailed discussion of JFK's medical problems throughout his life beginning when he was a child. It was almost a
miracle that JFK survived long enough to run for President.
The book extensively
covers JPK's career in government and his conflicts with world leaders on how to deal with evil governments and
his views of the world after he left government service. He has been called an "appeaser" and "isolationist"
because of his views. As I read about the debates that JPK had with world leaders on these issues over about three
decades I wondered what might have been if some different decisions had been made. However, none of us can turn back
the clock. We can only attempt to learn from past actions and make the best decisions we can in the future.
These are some of the highlights of the book. There is a lot more. The work of the Kennedy family to
address the issue of mental retardation and JPK's evolving views of the Catholic Church are extremely interesting.
I recommend The Patriarch to anyone that has an interest in learning more about the impact of one of the
most important families in US history.