Saturday, May 19, 2018

Movie Stars in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy perpetrated a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, compelling the USA to enter into the horrific global conflict called World War II.

Many Hollywood movie stars were involved in military action during WWII.

JAMES STEWART (1908-1997)
Enlisted in 1940 -- commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant after Pearl Harbor attack -- as a licensed pilot he trained other pilots -- appointed squadron commander in 1943 -- flew combat missions over Germany, leading 20 missions and participating in hundreds of other air strikes -- retired as an active member of the Air Force Reserve in the late 1950s as a Brigadier General.

CLARK GABLE (1901-1960)
Joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 after the death of his wife, Carol Lombard -- assigned to aerial gunnery training -- commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant -- flew in operational missions over Europe in B-17s -- relieved of duty (over-age for combat) in 1944 at the rank of Major.

LEE MARVIN (1924-1987)
Joined the Marines after being expelled from several prep schools -- wounded during the Battle of Saipan, during which most of his company of Marines were killed -- he received a Purple Heart and was given a medical discharge at the rank of Private First Class.

AUDIE MURPHY (1924-1971)
Stood 5' 5" and enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor at age 16 by lying about his age -- the most decorated soldier in World War II, including the Congressional Medal of Honor -- his Medal of Honor citation reads as follows:

"Second Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire, which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad that was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued his single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way back to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack, which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective."

TYRONE POWER (1914-1958)
Enlisted in the Marines in 1942 -- having been a pilot prior to enlistment, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943 -- he flew cargo into war zones in the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa, then flew wounded Marines out of the war zones -- released from duty in 1946 at the rank of Captain.

Joined the Navy in 1935 and was discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor -- discharged again in 1945, after 10 years in the Navy, at the rank of Gunner's Mate.

Enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 -- served as an aerial gunner on B-29s -- saw action in Guam, Tinian and Saipan -- awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

EDDIE ALBERT (1906-2005)
Prior to WWII, he worked in a circus in Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist while secretly on assignment for Army Intelligence photographing German U-boats in Mexican Harbors -- enlisted in the Navy in 1942 -- awarded a Bronze Star for his actions during the Invasion of Tarawa in 1943 -- was the pilot of a landing craft that rescued 47 Marines while under heavy enemy fire.

Many other Hollywood actors were also active on military duty during in World War II, including George C. Scott, Brian Keith, John Russell, Robert Ryan, Charles Durning and others.

December 7, 2011, was the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

My father, Weston K. Burquest, passed on to the Great Beyond the following day, December 8, 2011, at age 92.

Rest in Peace.

My father was conscripted (drafted) during World War II. He eventually became a flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Force, training others to become pilots, and was discharged at the end of the war as a First Lieutenant. He was not an actor or a hero -- just another one of the more than 11 million men who were called upon by their country to defend freedom and were inducted (drafted) into military service in WWII.

"In peace, sons bury their fathers -- in war, fathers bury their sons." Herodotus

Only when the power of love overcomes the love of power, will there be Peace on Earth.

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day -- a day to honor all those who lost life and limb in defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Quote for the Day – "Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." Thomas Jefferson

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Plot to Assassinate John Wayne

Marion Robert Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa, on May 16, 1907.

At age four, his family moved to Los Angeles. He was a gifted athlete who lost his football scholarship at USC due to a body surfing accident. Soon, he found work in small bit parts at local film studios, where he eventually changed his name to John Wayne.

John Wayne appeared in 142 motion pictures, often in Westerns as a heroic character, and won an Academy Award for his role as a U.S. Marshall in the movie TRUE GRIT.

Throughout his life, John Wayne was a staunch political conservative, opposing communism and politically liberal viewpoints.

He passed on to the Great Beyond in 1979 due to stomach cancer.

According to a book titled JOHN WAYNE -- THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH by Michael Munn, there were three assassination attempts on Wayne's life.

In 1949, Joseph Stalin (communist dictator of the USSR) learned about John Wayne's anti-communist fervor from Russian filmmaker Sergei Gerasimov during a peace conference in New York. Stalin soon decided Wayne should be killed.

The plot to assassinate John Wayne was also reported by Russian filmmaker Alexei Kapler (who had been imprisoned by Stalin) and Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondahuck, later confirmed by Gerasimov.

According to Munn's book, John Wayne's good friend, legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, had "saved his life" in the early 1950s. The FBI had discovered that Russian agents were being sent to Hollywood to assassinate Wayne and notified him of the problem. Supposedly, Wayne told the FBI to let the agents show up and he would deal with it. Wayne then devised a plan, with help from a screenwriter named Jimmy Grant, to dissuade the assassins from carrying out their plans.

While the details of the incident were never revealed to Munn, the prevailing rumor was that a group of stuntmen abducted the agents and drove them to a beach where they staged a mock execution. Thereafter, the agents supposedly remained in the USA and worked for the FBI.

Subsequently, Wayne rejected any FBI protection and relocated with his family to a more secure house surrounded by a large wall. In addition, a group of Hollywood stuntmen pals infiltrated communist cells in America and learned of additional plots to kill Wayne

In 1953, another attempt on Wayne's life was initiated in Mexico by a communist cell when Wayne was filming the movie, HONDO. This plot also failed.

Joseph Stalin died in 1953 whereby Nikita Krushchev became the new communist leader of the USSR.

In a private meeting in 1958, Krushchev told Wayne that he had cancelled Stalin's orders to assassinate him. "That was a decision of Stalin during his last five mad years. When Stalin died, I rescinded that order."

The third attempt on Wayne's life occurred in 1966 when he was visiting U.S. troops in Vietnam. An enemy sniper who had been captured claimed, "There was a price on John Wayne's head, put there by Mao Tse Tung (communist leader of China).

To some John Wayne was a grand hero, emblematic of American values.

To others, he was a symbol of what was wrong with America, as a self-righteous bully who conquered others through force.

From FEAR AND LOATHING IN AMERICA by Hunter S. Thompson -- "John Wayne is a final, rotten symbol of everything that went wrong with the American dream -- he is our Frankenstein monster, a hero to millions… The brainwaves of 'The Duke' are like those of the Hammerhead Shark… He is a ruthless stupid beast with only one instinct -- to attack, to hurt & cripple & kill… John Wayne, a cowboy movie actor whose only real talent was an almost preternatural genius for brainless violence. The Duke wasn't satisfied with just killing people; he beat them into bloody, screaming hamburger."

Love him or hate him, John Wayne was bigger than life. He was a proud American who understood that communism was a form of human slavery, serving the bureaucratic masters who rule the Government Plantation.

More government control means less individual freedom.

Power does not corrupt people -- position of power attract corrupt people.

Those who yearn to control others, even if they regard it as benevolence, are simply demanding the right to create their own version of heaven on earth.

The struggle for freedom never ends.

Whether or not John Wayne was a hero is debatable.

Perhaps the true heroes are those who go gently through life treating others with tolerance, compassion and forgiveness.

Quote for the Day – "Life is tough -- it's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and an imaginary girlfriend named Tequila Mockingbird.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fluoride in Drinking Water

In 1964, during the height of the Cold War between the USA and Russia, Stanley Kubrick produced, co-wrote and directed the film classic, DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB.

In the opening scenes, General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) was concerned about an epiphany he had experienced during a sexual encounter regarding protecting his "purity of essence" and thereby became a bit paranoid about the fluoridation of drinking water.

“I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids,” he declared, then ordered a squadron of B-52s on an unauthorized nuclear strike of the Soviet Union.

Perhaps he sent the B-52s to the wrong target.

Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer production.

As a common ingredient in rat poison, insecticides and military nerve gas, it's considered a dangerous substance and an environmental pollutant, and is classified as a hazardous material during shipping.

Fluoride is listed in the handbook of CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS as more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic.

Independent studies have shown that fluoride causes various mental disturbances, makes people docile, damages bone structure and shortens life spans.

The first use of fluoridated drinking water occurred during World War II when the German pharmaceutical giant, I.G. Farben, utilized it in Nazi prison camps (such as Auschwitz) in order to force the inmates into a compliant submission.

In 1944, Oscar Ewing became the head of the U.S. Federal Security Agency where he began a campaign to add fluoride to public drinking water. Prior his appointment, Ewing had been an employee of Alcoa, which controls the global aluminum cartel.

Soon, aluminum waste material became a profitable business venture, at a 20,000 percent markup.

According to APPLIED CHEMISTRY, SECOND EDITION by William R. Stine, the fluoride ion in drinking water is responsible for a defective dental condition called mottled enamel. Also known as dental fluorosis, this defect results from disturbance by fluoride of the enamel forming cells during tooth formation and is one of the first signs of chronic fluoride poisoning.

Dr. Hardy Limeback is the head of the Department of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto and the President of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. Once a leading promoter of fluoride in public drinking water, Dr. Limeback has since become an opponent of fluoridation. He claims that Canada currently spends more effort on treating dental fluorosis than treating cavities. He also reports lower cavity rates in areas where there is no fluoridation.

According to the PHYSICIANS DESK REFERENCE -- “in hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, or urticaria. Gastric distress, headache, and weakness have also been reported. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear promptly after discontinuation of the fluoride.”

Research in the 1970s by the National Cancer Institute showed that more than 10,000 fluoride-linked cancer deaths occur in this country each year.

The Argonne National Laboratories demonstrated in 1989 the ability of fluoride to transform normal cells into cancerous cells.

A study by Proctor and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride in public water supplies resulted in a significant increase in genetic damage.

The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE reported in the March 22, 1990 issue that Mayo Clinic researchers found fluoride treatment of osteoporosis increased hip fracture rate and bone fragility.

The JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION reported in 1992 that increased hip fractures were linked to rates of fluoride in the water.

Dr. Michael B. Schachter, M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, contends, “fluoride even at dosages of one part per million, found in fluoridated water, can inhibit enzyme systems, damage the immune system, contribute to calcification of soft tissues, worsen arthritis and cause dental fluorosis in children; up to 80% of the children in certain fluoridated areas.”

If that isn’t scary enough, many recent studies show that water fluoridation is ineffective in reducing tooth decay.

The U.S. Public Health Service, in the largest study of its kind, examined the dental records of over 39,000 school children, ages 5-17, from 84 different areas around the country. The number of decayed, missing and filled teeth per child were virtually the same in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

Because of evidence of harmful effects, fluoridation has been abandoned in most of Europe -- including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Yugoslavia.

As a container of precious bodily fluids, I tend to be cautious about what I eat, drink and breathe. I prefer my drinking water to be void of toxic waste.

On the Orb of Wounded Souls, elite masters continually seek to control populace slaves.

Cultivating and protecting the Purity of Essence is essential to individual freedom.

Live free or die.

Quote for the Day – "When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man." Stanley Kubrick

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and is a container of precious bodily fluids.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Mexican Border

In 1980, when I was married and living in Los Angeles, my wife and I took a trip to Club Med in Playa Blanca, Mexico. We boarded a 707 passenger jet, chartered by a travel agency, on a Friday night bound for Manzanillo.

To my surprise, the plane landed in La Paz on the Baja Peninsula where each passenger was given a card by the stewardess and told to fill it out. Then we all disembarked from the plane, stood in line in the terminal, handed the cards to a customs agent, got back on the plane and eventually took off for our original destination.

Apparently, this exercise in inefficiency was standard procedure for entering Mexico. Even though no one got on or off at La Paz, it was a "port of entry" into the country so we all had to go through this bureaucratic absurdity.

While my ex-wife always seemed to enjoy our travels, this sort of nonsense generally caused my blood to exceed the boiling point of tungsten. But it's nothing compared to the rigors involved in moving to Mexico.

A director with SW Bell in St. Louis recently posted an Internet account of his ordeal in relocating to Mexico. In order to receive a permanent work visa, called an FM3, the man had to submit the following original items:

  • Birth certificate (plus his wife's birth certificate)
  • Marriage certificate
  • High school transcripts and proof of graduation
  • College transcripts and proof of graduation
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors he had worked for at least one year
  • A letter from the Chief of Police of St. Louis indicating he had no arrest record, no outstanding warrants and was "a citizen in good standing"
  • He also had to personally write a letter about himself clearly stating why there was no Mexican citizen with his skills and explain why his skills were important to Mexico

The above documents then had to be certified as legal transactions, notarized and translated into Spanish.

Next, he and his wife spent five hours, accompanied by a Mexican lawyer, visiting various government offices where they were photographed and fingerprinted three different times. At four separate locations, they were instructed on Mexican tax law, Mexican labor law, Mexican housing law and Mexican criminal law.

The couple paid out a total of $4,000 in fees (and bribes) to complete the process.

They were required to obtain a Mexican driver's license. Once again, photographed and fingerprinted. They were instructed that if ever stopped by a policeman to never give their driver's license to the policeman (instead, hold it against the inside of the window) otherwise they would have to pay a ransom to get it back.

At that point, the man was issued a "permanent" FM3 work visa, which was good for three years and renewal for two more years after paying additional fees.

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucracy scorned.

As U.S. citizens, the couple was not allowed to purchase a home and required to rent in compliance with Mexican law. In addition, to submit their annual Mexican income tax required about 20 legal-size pages.

The U.S. Congress has been currently working on new immigration legislation that may include some improved security across the southern border, temporary work permits for Mexican laborers, etc.

However, the Mexican government is opposed to any such legislation because they consider it to be an insult and inconvenience to their people.

Note to the Mexican government -- Life is a two-way street and convenience isn't exactly your specialty.

The USA needs seasonal Mexican laborers (jobs most Americans won't do) and the laborers need the work. There must be a simple solution to this problem, but adding more government bureaucracy probably isn't it.

In an imperfect world, where fruit grows on trees, there are growers and pickers and consumers -- and those whose sole purpose in life seems to be to make it more difficult for everyone to venture from Point A to Point B.

Quote for the Day – “The greatest power of bureaucracies is to make the smart act stupid and the good to act evil.” Raul Ramos

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and rarely ventures south of the county line.