Wednesday, November 8, 2017

JFK Assassination Revisited -- November 2017

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Over the years, I've researched the JFK assassination and have formulated my own conspiracy theory about this nefarious tragedy, far beyond a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, based upon a bizarre sequence of collateral events.

The two biggest conspiracies in our lifetimes, if true, are the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the cover-up of the presence of extraterrestrial beings on earth.

Kenn Thomas, author of a book titled MAURY ISLAND UFO: THE CRISMAN CONSPIRACY, points out a remarkable string of coincidences that may actually tie the two conspiracies together. According to Thomas, a man named Fred Crisman played a central role in these seemingly unrelated events.

On June 21, 1947, an airplane pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted what he described as “flying saucers” over Mt. Rainier in the State of Washington, launching the modern UFO era. The term “flying saucer” soon became part of the UFO lexicon. There were many UFO sightings later in 1947, including the famous Roswell crash incident.

Four people, including Harold Dahl and his son, also witnessed the UFOs from a salvage boat in a nearby bay. They reported seeing six doughnut-shaped craft, about 20 feet in diameter, hovering high above. Five of the craft formed a circle surrounding a craft in the middle that was wobbling badly. The seemingly damaged craft suddenly dropped down about 700 feet, spewing two substances – one was a paper-like metal that floated in the bay and the other was a hot, steaming, black sludge that rained down, striking Dahl’s son and killing his dog.

Dahl reported these events to Fred Crisman, a man he believed to have some connections in the intelligence community. Crisman subsequently went to Maury Island to investigate the incident whereby he found a great deal of both materials on the shore and recovered some for himself.

Crisman shared his experience with Ray Palmer, a magazine publisher, who then hired Kenneth Arnold (the original pilot) to investigate further.

Three days later, Arnold had more sightings, culminating with a woman who had recovered some unusual material in the same vicinity and subsequently turned the material over to FBI agent Guy Banister.

Capt. Lee Davidson and Lt. Frank Brown, U.S. Air Force investigators under the command of Gen. Nathan Twining, soon joined Arnold in retrieving debris on Maury Island. Ultimately, Crisman was compelled to turn over his own samples to the two Air Force investigators.

Classified documents, eventually discovered under the freedom of information act, also indicate that Crisman turned additional samples he had held back over to CIA agent Clay Shaw.

In his 1968 investigation of the JFK assassination, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison claimed that Guy Banister and Claw Shaw were involved in the plot to kill JFK, and that Fred Crisman may have been one of the gunmen.

In 1969, Fred Crisman was subpoenaed by Jim Garrison to testify in the case against Clay Shaw in the JFK assassination. According to many JFK assassination researchers, Fred Crisman was one of the three so-called "hobos" or "tramps" who were picked up in the nearby railroad yard near the grassy knoll immediately following the JFK shooting, then released shortly thereafter.

Some interesting coincidences occurred between the JFK assassination and the 1947 UFO cover-up. Both included Guy Banister and Clay Shaw.

In 1943-1952, Guy Banister was FBI “Special Agent in Charge” in the Pacific Northwest, later transferred to Chicago. Upon retirement, he opened a private investigative office in New Orleans where he occasionally hired Lee Harvey Oswald in a variety of capacities.

In 1963, former CIA agent Clay Shaw was the director of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans, a CIA front organization. He later went to trial as one of the co-conspirators in JFK’s death but was found not guilty by a jury. Key evidence linking Shaw to the assassination was not permitted by the trial judge.

The world is full of strange coincidences and possible conspiracies in high places.

In September of 1964, the Warren Commission Report declared that Kennedy was killed by a lone-gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald.

Fifteen years later, the House Selection Committee on Assassinations concluded that Kennedy “was probably killed as the result of a conspiracy” but “was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy.”

Based on the information detailed in CROSSFIRE by Jim Marrs and FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE by Robert D. Morrow, it seems likely that the conspiracy involved organized crime.

Carlos Marcello was the mob boss of New Orleans. In the spring of 1961, the new U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, had Marcello handcuffed and put onto a plane to Guatemala City with no luggage and very little cash, based on an immigration violation claiming that Marcello had obtained a false Guatemalan birth certificate.

Marcello was eventually flown back to the USA by his personal pilot David Ferrie, vowing to get even with the Kennedys.

Allegedly, Marcello and David Ferrie (a,k,a, "The Professor") devised a plan that included placing blame on a “nut” for the assassination of the U.S. President, Robert Kennedy's brother.

David Ferrie, Marcello's private pilot, had been Lee Harvey Oswald’s Civil Air Patrol leader.

The thrust of the plan was to make it look as though Fidel Castro was behind the killing of the American President, thereby inciting the U.S. government to attack Cuba, eliminating Castro who had forced the mob casinos in Havana to close.

Santos Trafficante, the south Florida mob boss, a close associate of Marcello, had been in the casino business in Cuba and even jailed by Castro for a period of time. Mobsters Johnny Roselli of Miami and Sam Giancana of Chicago were also involved in the plot.

Trafficante set up two men who thought they were working for the CIA to assassinate Castro and had them sent to Cuba. Through Johnny Roselli, Castro was tipped off that the CIA was sending these two men to kill him. The two men were then captured in Cuba and forced to reveal they were CIA operatives.

On September 7, 1963, Castro told Associated Press reporters that he was being targeted for assassination by U.S. government leaders who “could find their own lives in jeopardy.”

During this entire period, Lee Harvey Oswald was being manipulated by associates of Ferrie in New Orleans to appear to be a pro-Castro wacko.

The trap had been set.

Manipulated into the role of a patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald had been covertly utilized to shift the blame of the Kennedy assassination to Castro. Plus, Castro had recently made statements to the press that he was being targeted by the Kennedy Administration, further fanning the flames.

Thus, according to mob plans, when JFK was killed, Castro (through Oswald) would be targeted for invasion by the USA whereupon the mob would get their Cuban casinos back and get the Justice Department (headed by Robert Kennedy) off their backs.

However, when JFK was assassinated in Dallas several things went awry. Oswald was to have been killed in the confusion but managed to escape.

Oswald was later killed by Jack Ruby to silence him and close the case.

The FBI and the CIA both wanted the case closed as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassing entanglements.

The new President, Lyndon Johnson, wanted it closed quickly to avoid a possible catastrophic confrontation with Cuba and their cold war ally, the USSR.

Thus, the lone gunman nutcase became the quick official remedy.

Jack Ruby, the Dallas mob connection, was the key lynchpin to the conspiracy.

In its investigation of the assassination of JFK, the House Select Committee on Assassinations declared that Jack Ruby's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald as a primary reason to suspect organized crime as possibly having involvement in the assassination and that Jack Ruby was connected to Sam Giancana, head of the Chicago Mob. In its investigation, the House Select Committee on Assassinations also noted the presence of "credible associations relating both Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby to figures having a relationship with Marcello's crime family or organization."

Just prior to the JFK assassination on November 22, 1963, Jack Ruby made contact with Marcello, and another Mafia leader, Santos Trafficante, about a problem he was having with the American Guild of Variety Artists concerning the female performers in Ruby's nightclub. Jack Ruby also visited New Orleans that summer-- Lee Harvey Oswald also was in New Orleans during that same time frame.

Jack Ruby made more long distance phone calls to known mobsters (Trafficante, Marcello, etc.) during the two months prior to the assassination than he had made the entire previous year. In addition, Johnny Roselli met with Jack Ruby twice just prior to the assassination.

When the Dallas police chief was answering questions at a press conference shortly after Oswald was arrested, Jack Ruby (from the back of the room) loudly corrected him (captured on audio and video) as to which Cuba freedom organization Oswald had belonged. According to the mob plan, it was imperative that Oswald be portrayed as Pro-Castro, thereby placing ultimate blame on Castro as being behind the assassination.

Jack Ruby then killed Oswald to end any further investigation.

Scheduled to testify before Congress, Johnny Roselli was found dead in an oil drum floating in Biscayne Bay near Miami.

Sam Giancana had helped JFK get elected President, later to be subjected to Robert Kennedy’s organized crime taskforce. Five days before Giancana was to testify before a senate committee on CIA-mob assassination plots, he was shot in the back of the head.

A few days before David Ferrie was scheduled to meet with the New Orleans district attorney to discuss the JFK assassination, he was found dead (unsolved murder) in his apartment. Just a couple of hours later, Eladio del Valle, a known Ferrie collaborator, was brutally murdered in Miami.

Dead men tell no tales.

On October 26, 2017, many of the John F. Kennedy assassination files that had been kept secret for many decades were released to the public, with more files to be released later pending review by various federal agencies. This will undoubtedly lead to a renewed interest in various conspiracy theories about what really happened on November 22, 1963, in Dallas.

There have been many conspiracy theories, involving numerous diverse plots and various participants, including the CIA, Cuban exiles, rich oil barons, Lyndon Johnson, the Illuminati, Russia, Vietnam War mongers, UFO researchers, Knights of Malta, Club of Rome, radical Muslims, John Birch Society, Freemasons, the Federal Reserve, Bilderbergers, right wing zealots, inter-dimensional demons, Pindar, the ghost of John Wilkes Booth, etc., etc.

It all started in New Orleans. Carlos Marcello was livid after being humiliated by Robert Kennedy abruptly shipping him off to Guatemala on an immigration violation. Other mob bosses were upset about losing their Cuban casinos and being targeted by U.S. Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy, who had declared war against organized crime. Plus, members of organized crime had backed JFK as president through their influence with labor unions. Key members of organized crime decided to fight back, by eliminating President Kennedy, which would also rid them of Bobby Kennedy.

According to FBI wiretaps, Carlos Marcello confessed to the assassination. Marcello in New Orleans and Jack Ruby in Dallas had a tight connection. Some of the dancers in Ruby's strip club were brought up to Dallas through Marcello's organization. Ruby was a hot-tempered, emotional, egomaniac who had an allegiance to organized crime, from his early days in Chicago and later to Dallas.

Jack Ruby had a gun running operation in the Florida Keys to Cuba. George Faraldo, the manager of the Key West International Airport, told investigators of the Senate Select Subcommittee on Intelligence that he had witnessed Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald together at the Key West airport, waiting in a plane boarding area for a flight to Cuba, in the summer of 1963. The arriving plane had been delayed for several hours -- Oswald and Ruby had been seen briefly chatting with each other on occasion. Faraldo saw Lee Harvey Oswald board the plane but did not see Ruby get on the plane and did not know if he had boarded.

Also, Lee Harvey Oswald and police officer J.D. Tippit (supposedly shot by Oswald shortly after the assassination) had been seen together with Jack Ruby, just one week prior to the assassination, at Ruby's strip club.

If you closely examine the sequence of when Oswald was being escorted out of the basement of the Dallas Police building on November 24, he appears to recognize Jack Ruby (obvious eye contact and body language) for a brief moment, then quickly turns away -- a couple of seconds later, Ruby steps forward and shoots Oswald.

Some of witnesses to the killing of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit claimed that two men were involved in the shooting and neither one of them was Oswald.

The Parkland Hospital staff in Dallas believed the white flecks visible on the X-rays of JFK's head suggested that the shooter of the fatal head shot (which forced JFK's head to the left and backward) used a mercury-tipped, frangible round, which disintegrates into tiny pieces upon impact -- perhaps a professional assassin's bullet fired from the grassy knoll.

Craig Roberts, former U.S. Marine sniper and author of KILL ZONE; A SNIPER LOOKS AT DEALY PLAZA, declared the following at a conference in Dallas in 1997 -- "I'll tell you what I saw, as a sniper. I saw a guy hit from the right front, with a frangible mercury bullet."

Carlos Marcello had an office on the Airline Road in New Orleans. On the wall of the office was a sign that read "Three can keep a secret if two are dead." If you're going to organize an operation to assassinate the President of the United States, you need to also eliminate any middle men who could be linked to the organizer(s).

Much, much more to go into here, but sometimes less is more.

Plus, additional items will come out now that the documents have been released.

But it's a conundrum that may never be resolved.

In November of 1963, I was a sophomore at the University of Minnesota at the time. I heard about it on my car radio, on the way home from college classes. It was a very sad day in American history and the nation still yearns for answers.

Dead skunk in the middle of the road and it stinks to high heaven.

Quote for the Day – “A man may die, but an idea lives on." John F. Kennedy

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and the ghost of Jim Marrs.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saving Daylight

On Sunday, November 5, Daylight Savings Time officially ends for the year 2017, whereby we must change all of our clocks to remain is sync with our surrounding world.

Time is a great invention -- it keeps everything from happening all at once.

Every spring we adjust our time pieces by adding an hour in the spring and deleting an hour in the fall.

It's called Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Spring forward, fall back, and do a cartwheel on your front lawn. As per our obligation as followers of leaders, it is our responsibility to adjust our clocks, watches and sundials by an hour to remain in sync with the rest of the world.

It all started in 1784, when Benjamin Franklin wrote a whimsical essay titled "Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle" in which he advocated what is today referred to as Daylight Savings Time.

Over the ensuing years, the notion of saving daylight slowly began to catch on with those who would apparently score low on a whimsy-o-meter.

Germany and England first adopted Daylight Saving Time in the spring of 1916, during World War I.

In March of 1918, the U.S. Congress established times zones, which had been used by the railroads and most cities since 1883, and included a conversion to Daylight Saving Time for the remainder of World War I. 

DST proved to be very unpopular in the USA and was repealed in 1919. President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the legislation but Congress overrode the veto. Thus, America returned to normal after the war to end all wars.

In February of 1942, DST was once again reinstated in the USA for World War II. Apparently, it's easier to fight world wars if you adjust the time pieces to save daylight. That way, you have an extra hour each day to fight and the enemy can't sneak away in the dark quite as easily.

In September of 1945, the "war time" requirement of DST was removed.

From 1945 to 1966, the U.S. Congress had better things to do than mess with time. States and localities were free to observe or not to observe DST.

In April of 1966, the Federal Uniform Time Act mandated DST nationwide. However, individual states could become exempt from DST by passing a state law.

Then in 1972, the Act was amended to permit states that straddle time zones (such as Indiana) to exempt areas within zones.

The primary benefit of advancing clocks by an hour in the spring and reversing them in the fall is to give people more afternoon sun during the summer. However, an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon costs an hour of daylight in the morning. While a time change may benefit some, it can be inconvenient or a burden to others.

  • Sleep patterns are interrupted which generally take up to five days after each time shift to overcome

  • Personal health and work-related productivity suffer with changing sleep patterns

  • Those who must rise with the sun (agriculture) are out of sync with the societal time schedules

  • Studies show that traffic accidents increase significantly during periods following the time shifts

  • Computers must all change their internal clocks in accordance with human time

  • Additional afternoon sunlight actually increases energy consumption

  • Time shifts cause much confusion with international business

  • All Amtrak trains must stop for an hour in the fall to remain in sync with published timetables

  • In the spring, Amtrak trains become an hour behind schedule and must do their best to catch up

The state of Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. I lived there in 1987-92 and life was much simpler sticking to a consistent time. I never understood why the rest of the country was so unenlightened. Saving daylight is a lot like saving a jar of air. Basically, it's an exercise in stupidity resulting in an empty jar.

The U.S. Congress, in its infinite wisdom, has given us even more daylight to be saved. Starting in 2007, Daylight Saving Time was extended another four or five weeks in the USA (except Arizona, Hawaii and parts of Indiana), from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

Note to Congress: Daylight Saving Time really doesn't save any daylight -- it only causes irritation, much like most everything else you do. If DST is such a great idea, why not do it all year around and avoid the grief?

When confronted with rules made by nitwits, one course of action is to become a nitwit. When the times change in the spring, show up at work an hour late, complaining you didn't realize the change had occurred. In the fall, show up two hours late during the time change, explaining you were confused. It works either way.

Time is precious -- don't give it away so freely. The only freedom you have in this dimension is the time that belongs to you.

Quote for the Day – "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." John Lennon

Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and very few clocks.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Extreme Longevity of a Human Being

Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 and died in 1933. His life is the most thoroughly documented case of extreme longevity, spanning 256 years.

Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 report that Li Ching-Yuen was congratulated on his 150th birthday and documents from 1877 report that he was congratulated on his 200th birthday.

According to local folklore, he produced some 180 descendents, comprising 11 generations, and survived 14 wives.

"Beautiful is old age -- beautiful as the slow-dropping mellow autumn of a rich glorious summer. In the old man, Nature has fulfilled her work; she loads him with blessings; she fills him with the fruits of a well-spent life; and, surrounded by his children and his children's children, she rocks him softly away to a grave, to which he is followed with blessings. God forbid we should not call it beautiful." J.A. Froude

Li Ching Yuen was a herbalist, gathering and selling wild ginseng, lingzhi, goitu kola and Goji berry. He maintained a diet of herbs and rice wine. During his early years, Li Ching-Yuen learned methods of longevity and gathered herbs from mountain ranges. At age 71, he joined the Chinese Army as a martial arts instructor.

Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are possibly the most nutritional fruit on Earth. They contain 18 amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, and more than 20 trace minerals (such as zinc, calcium, selenium, germanium, iron, phosphorus and many others). By weight, they have 500 times the amount of vitamin C as oranges and also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Of all known plants on Earth, Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids (including beta-carotene). They also contain polysaccharides, which stimulates secretion of human growth hormones by the pituitary gland and fortify the immune system.

Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened -- as you get older, work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work -- the best course of life is to die young as late as possible.

The first wealth is health -- we are what we eat.

Quote for the Day – "Be content with what you have. Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." Lao Tzu

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.