Saturday, March 31, 2012

He Who Spits on Jane Fonda

On March 27, 2012, it was announced that Jane Fonda will play the role of Nancy Reagan, wife of the late President Ronald Reagan, in an upcoming film titled THE BUTLER, a historical drama about the life of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler in the White House under eight presidents.

Jane Fonda, also known as Hanoi Jane, was a radically outspoken liberal opponent of the Vietnam War, whereas Ronald Reagan was a conservative proponent of defeating the expansion of global communism. Naturally, this has sparked an uproar in certain quarters.

Seven years ago, I wrote a newspaper column about an incident involving Jane Fonda which incited many conservative readers, particular military veterans, who responded to my piece with much anger and venom.

In April 2005, actress Jane Fonda, age 67, was in Kansas City signing copies of her new book titled MY LIFE SO FAR when a 54-year-old Vietnam veteran named Michael Smith approached her and spit tobacco juice in her face.

After being arrested for disorderly conduct, Smith said he considered his actions to be a "debt of honor."

Vietnam was once a colony of France called French Indochina. In 1945, a Communist activist named Ho Chi Minh proclaimed independence from French rule by quoting passages of the American Constitution and began a guerilla warfare movement against the French Provisional Government.

When Dwight Eisenhower became president in 1953, he sent military aid to the French in order to prevent a communist takeover of the region.

After an eight-year struggle in which a total of 400,000 men on both sides perished, France pulled out of Vietnam in 1954. An agreement, called the Geneva Accord, was reached whereby Vietnam would be divided at the 17th parallel with Communists to the north and non-Communists to the south.

True to their cause, the Communists in the north soon wanted to reunite the country into a single Communist entity. Concerned with the expansion of Communism, the USA began shipping military supplies and training a South Vietnamese Army.

Eventually, a bloody confrontation erupted.

The subsequent Kennedy and Johnson Administrations sent American troops into Vietnam, greatly escalating the conflict over the next decade.

The Vietnam "conflict" was never declared a "war" by congress. Apparently they didn't want to alarm the American public that there was carnage taking place on the other side of the world and we were smack dab in the middle of it.

It was an abrupt turning point in American history. Our country suddenly became divided by ideology -- war is required to maintain freedom versus war is wrong and unnecessary.

One point of view held that the world was slowly and methodically being taken over by Communism and Vietnam was the place where freedom lovers would make their stand. Communism is the enslavement of humanity. It is an insidious system whereby the people serve the government, rather than the government serving the people, and does not allow any political recourse for change, short of revolution. Those under the rule of a collective society become virtual prisoners of an omnipotent government that dictates roles and results. Those who cherish individual freedom vehemently oppose such oppression.

This is a valid viewpoint -- those who understood the dire consequences of Communism attempted to put a stop to it and Vietnam was the battleground of the day.

The other point of view was that war is wrong, especially this corrupt war. The military-industrial complex loves to build weapons of war and occasionally yearns for a place to utilize them. Vietnam was a nice little country half way around the world -- a good place to start a "limited" conflict. The spook industry (CIA, etc.), where the ends justify the means, spends a great deal of resources covertly manipulating events -- this was certainly true in Vietnam (including assassinating South Vietnamese political leaders who wouldn't follow the USA line).

This is also a valid viewpoint -- those who were appalled by the USA being the self-appointed global police force, deliberately initiating bloody conflicts around the world, wanted to put an end to what they perceived as an unnecessary war, based on unwarranted fear and corporate profits. Plus, American interventionism also generates much negative global reaction toward the USA.

In essence, both sides had a valid point of view and both sides underestimated the consequences.

The Vietnam Conflict affected everyone of that era. I was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966-68 during the Vietnam Conflict and it took another year after I was discharged just to get back to where I was before I was drafted. I had a friend who lost a foot in Vietnam and knew a couple of guys who died over there. We all paid a price.

Yes, there was a valid reason for the conflict.

Yes, there were multiple valid reasons for opposing it.

Jane Fonda was opposed to the Conflict and was extremely outspoken about it, including her infamous trip to North Vietnam in an attempt to bring attention to the adverse consequences of war.

"To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being -- you have to care about people who have no power." Jane Fonda

Opposition to war is obviously a positive attitude. But when the Hitler's and the Communists of this world attempt to overpower you and impose their will upon you, war is a preferable option than allowing yourself to be overrun by tyranny. The price of freedom is the endless struggle against those who wish to take it from you.

Jane Fonda has since apologized for some of her actions but remains steadfast in her opposition to our involvement. Whether you agree with her or not, she is courageous in her convictions. She took a gob of spittle in the face and took it in stride, understanding the motive behind the attack and choosing not to press charges.

Spitting on Jane Fonda only makes whoever spit on her look like a fool. It's an act of cowardice that dishonors everything our country stands for, including the freedom to think for yourself and the freedom to express your views. When you disagree with your government you have an obligation to speak up.

Jane Fonda will forever be haunted by her actions decades ago. She's either hated or admired, depending on your point of view. But even some of those who hate her also respect her for her courage.

As for reprisals, she was married to Ted Turner for 10 years -- that alone should to be punishment enough for her past deeds.

"Ted needs someone to be there 100% of the time. He thinks that's love. It's not love -- it's babysitting." Jane Fonda

There were a few incidences during the 1960s when soldiers returning from Vietnam were spit upon by protestors of our military presence in Vietnam. This is beyond absurd and highly offensive. Our gallant young men and women in the Armed Forces put their lives and limbs on the line under the assumption of preserving freedom. They do not choose who or where or when to fight, they simply do their duty to protect the primary objective of a free society -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Spitting on soldiers is an insult. Their function is to serve and protect the citizens. There is much madness and evil in this world, requiring armed units to defend the principles of freedom.

Spitting on Jane Fonda is an insult. The function of protest is to bring forth alternatives to government actions. Imagine a world without protestors -- a world of sheep, blindly following government dictates while quietly toiling like worker bees. In North Korea and elsewhere, those who protest are confined to labor camps or exterminated. I prefer to live in a world where protest is allowed, regardless of the message or the messenger.

To many, Jane Fonda went beyond proper protest protocol when she went to N. Vietnam and called our leaders "war criminals." You don't have to embrace the message or the messenger -- but you do need to protect the right to non-violent protest.

All war is evil -- but sometimes there is no choice.

However, sometimes war is simply a manufactured exercise to make rich men richer.

This world is not run by governments -- it is run by those who control governments. This includes international bankers who profit from both sides of war, many of which they also have a hand in creating. The ruling elites, who control monetary systems and media, empower political leaders who will do their bidding. They manipulate events behind the scene to satisfy their lust for wealth and power. The more conflict they can generate, the closer they will be to creating a One-World government (under the guise of ending conflicts), with them in control of the entire planet.

And at the very top of the Pyramid of Power is an "unknown, invisible" Force that controls the elites. But that's a topic for another time.

There is courage in war and there is courage in trying to stop it -- voices of protest must be heard.

Quote for the Day -- "It is forbidden to kill -- therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." Voltaire

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where spitting is a competitive sport.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

World's Happiest Nations

Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University of Leicester in England, has collected data from more than 100 studies around the globe and created a list that ranks 178 countries on the basis of happiness -- the subjective perceived well-being of the populace within each country.

Participants in the various studies, some 80,000 people worldwide, were asked questions relating to satisfaction with life and personal happiness. According to Professor White, "a nation's level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels, followed by wealth, and then provision of education."

Believe it or not, the top 20 happiest nations are:

1) Denmark
2) Switzerland
3) Austria
4) Iceland
5) The Bahamas
6) Finland
7) Sweden
8) Bhutan
9) Brunei
10) Canada
11) Ireland
12) Luxembourg
13) Costa Rica
14) Malta
15) The Netherlands
16) Antigua and Barbuda
17) Malaysia
18) New Zealand
19) Norway
20) The Seychelles

Some of the more prominent nations with large populations and/or significant global influence include:

23) USA
35) Germany
41) England
62) France
82) China
90) Japan
125) India
167) Russia.

And at the bottom of the list:

176) Democratic Republic of the Congo
177) Zimbabwe
178) Burundi.

As expected, the smaller nations tend to be the happier ones -- less people, less problems.

Large countries with a multi-cultural populace have more internal conflict -- it's difficult to accommodate a wide variety of views.

Obviously, freedom wasn't a significant factor in this study. The countries at the top of the list are highly socialistic where taxes are burdensomely high and the government operates a multitude of social services.

In a collectivist society, people become dependent upon government thereby lowering individual initiative, causing economic stagnation. It also diminishes the pride and joy of personal accomplishment.

It's not too surprising that a social psychologist would consider "well-being" factors as the primary elements of happiness. But to many people, individual freedom is far more important than a government handout.

Weather certainly wasn't a major consideration either. Six out of the top seven nations are Nordic countries near the Arctic Circle where the air is cold, the nights are long and everyone drinks vodka just to stay warm.

In 2004, a liberal friend of mine was so upset with the Bush administration he decided to move to Finland because they have all sorts of government benefits. He also indicated he wanted to teach his sons to be self-sufficient.

When I pointed out that Finland had a high incidence of depression and the highest suicide rate in the world, he argued it was genetic. When I mentioned that socialism was the opposite of self-sufficiency, he growled at me. When I told him the search for happiness was one of the main reasons for unhappiness, he told me to eat dirt and die.

I don't think he ever did move to Finland, but don't know for sure. Our friendship ceased when it became apparent he was a blithering idiot. Wherever he landed, I'm certain he feels entitled to the earnings of others -- after all, that's what self-sufficiency is all about.

The USA is far from perfect. But it's big enough, from sea to shining sea, to explore until you find your niche, be it the backwoods of Arkansas, the lakes of Minnesota, the mountains of Colorado, the desert of Arizona, the beaches of Florida, the hills of Tennessee, the expanse of Alaska, the islands of Hawaii, the shores of Carolina, the big sky of Montana, the bayous of Louisiana, the bustle of New York, or the fantasy of California.

You can live a happy life in the USA. There are plenty of lifestyles to choose from; or you could end your pursuit of happiness and just be happy. If you can't find happiness within yourself, you won't find it elsewhere.

Besides, if you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be human – you'd be a game show host.

Quote for the Day -- "Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats." Thomas Sowell

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where happiness is an inside job.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mysterious Death of Vince Foster

Vince Foster was born in Hope, Ark., and had been a childhood friend of Bill Clinton. Later, he worked at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock with Hillary Clinton.

When Bill Clinton became President of the United States, Foster became White House Deputy Council and overseer of various Clinton legal entanglements.

On July 23, 1993, six months after Bill Clinton became President, Vince Foster told his secretary he would be right back and walked out of his office. Foster's sister and her daughter were to arrive from Little Rock later that day, and the three of them were planning to tour the White House.

That was the last time Foster was seen alive.

Several hours later, Foster was found dead in Fort Mercy Park just outside of Washington D.C. in a Virginia suburb.

In spite of countless suspicious circumstances, the death was subsequently ruled a suicide.

Those who ruled it a suicide would have you believe that Vince Foster drove to a park he had never been known to visit, parked his car, hiked several hundred yards from the parking lot (without a trace of park dirt on his shoes), sat down on the damp ground (there was dew on the ground at the time of death), put a revolver in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Why not just kill himself in his car or sitting on a park bench or in his own home?

Even though Foster supposedly placed the barrel of the gun in his mouth, there was a lack of blood at the scene, no skull fragments and no fingerprints on the gun. Even if he had died instantly, his heart would have remained pumping blood out of the wounded area. There was only a trickle of blood from the mouth and nose but one of the trickles appeared to have flowed upward, suggesting the body had been moved prior to discovery. Gunshot residue was found on Foster's palm, not the back of the hand which would have been consistent with the body positioning. Perhaps it was on the palm because he was trying to repel an attacker. Neither of Foster's hands was on the handgrip when the weapon was fired.

The U.S. Park Police had legal jurisdiction of the case. Before they could arrive to seal Vince Foster's office for evidence, Margaret Williams (Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff) carried several boxes of papers out of Foster's office. Bernard Nussbaum was also seen searching Foster's office. When the Park Police arrived, Nussbaum showed them Foster's briefcase, opening and upending it to demonstrate it was empty.

This is the same briefcase where Foster's supposed suicide note turned up, three days later, torn into 28 pieces with one piece missing, completely void of fingerprints and containing no signature. It read as follows:

"I made mistakes from ignorance, inexperience and overwork. I did not knowingly violate any law or standard of conduct. No one in The White House, to my knowledge, violated any law or standard of conduct, including any action in the travel office. There was no intent to benefit any individual or specific group. The FBI lied in their report to the AG. The press is covering up the illegal benefits they received from the travel staff. The GOP has lied and misrepresented its knowledge and role and covered up a prior investigation. The Ushers Office plotted to have excessive costs incurred, taking advantage of Kaki and HRC. The public will never believe the innocence of the Clintons and their loyal staff. The WSJ editors lie without consequence. I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is considered sport."

It doesn't exactly read like a suicide note.

And how do you tear a note into 28 pieces without leaving a fingerprint?

Furthermore, it was declared to be a forgery by three of the world's leading handwriting experts: Professor Reginald Alton (manuscript authenticator), Ronald Rice (chief handwriting expert for the American Board of Forensic Examiners) and Vincent Scalice (certified handwriting examiner).

There are many other disturbing inconsistencies that seem to suggest foul play.

For example, Vince Foster was well over 6 feet tall, yet his car seat was in the forward position, suggesting being driven by a much shorter person. Even though Foster's pockets were thoroughly searched by investigators at the scene, the car keys could not be found, yet the keys later turned up at the morgue. The positioning of the body and lack of damage to teeth from the .38 recoil are inconsistent with suicide. And so on and so on.

With so much contradictory evidence, one would expect his longtime friend and boss, the President of the United States, to insist upon further investigation.

To the contrary, a rather puzzling event took place -- on July 21, the very next day after the "suicide," Bill Clinton retained David Kendall, a prominent criminal attorney.

The ghost of Vince Foster does not haunt Fort Mercy Park – it haunts a nation that believes in justice.

Quote for the Day -- "It depends on what the word is is." Bill Clinton

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and the ghost of Jerry Parks.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Zone of Silence

In 1970, a U.S. Athena missile was fired from a location in Utah, scheduled to land in the White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico. It went 900 miles off course, without apparent explanation, and crashed in the Sonora Desert in Mexico, over a hundred miles south of the Big Bend area in Texas.

A few years later. a Saturn booster rocket used in the Apollo program broke up over the same area.

The U.S. military sent a team of engineers to investigate the area, which starts some 25 miles north of the tiny community of Ceballos, Durango.

One of the first things the engineers discovered was that it was impossible to transmit radio waves in the impacted area -- walkie-talkies and portable radios would not work, television signals could not be received in the scattered neighboring ranches, microwave or satellite signals failed to penetrate. Even airplanes flying over the region experienced instrument malfunctions. Apparently, some sort of magnetic force stifles radio waves in the region.

Thus, it became known as the Zone of Silence -- some 1,500 square miles of uninhabited flat terrain, loaded with thorny desert plants, infested with poisonous snakes and containing bizarre animal mutants.

For example, insects and tortoises are known to grow to three times normal size. The tortoises have no tail. Centipedes are a foot long with purple heads. And it is the only region where cactus grows in specific shades of purple and red.

In the 1800s, scattered farmers attempted to eke out an existence in this region whereupon they became aware of the "hot" stones that fell nightly from the sky. Apparently, the Zone of Silence is a magnet for meteorites. There is a famed "field of meteorites" area containing millions of meteorites scattered everywhere.

In the 1950s, a significant meteorite crashed in the vicinity. According to researchers, it contained material as old as the universe.

On February 8, 1969, the largest meteorite ever found on Earth (the size of a Buick) crashed into the Zone of Silence. This meteor is known as the Allende Meteorite.

The 1970 U.S. military team of engineers discovered the area to be a hot bed for meteorites. The soil contains significant magnetic ore, possibly due to eons of meteorite bombardment from above. Plus, the mountains that surround the Zone of Silence also have various uranium deposits.

The Zone of Silence lies south of the 30th parallel, just north of the Tropic of Cancer -- the same latitude as the Bermuda Triangle and other bizarre planetary anomalies.

Ancient ruins have been located in the Zone of Silence but archeologists have been unable to determine the age and exact purpose of these structures, which were possibly utilized as an astronomical observatory. Furthermore, there have been discoveries of six-mile long man-made platforms, a man-made hill in the shape of a pyramid, and carved stone statues of animals.

Not surprisingly, the Zone of Silence is also a Mecca for UFO activity.

In 1976, a huge rectangular UFO passed over the town of Ceballos, witnessed by virtually everyone in town. The same year, a photograph was taken (by a tourist) of a UFO that had landed on a hill within the Zone of Silence.

Travelers through the Zone of Silence have reported seeing strange lights maneuvering at night, floating motionless, changing colors, then taking off at great speed. Other witnesses who have spotted these mysterious lights at night have discovered vegetation the next day that appeared to have been burned by fire.

Encounters of mysterious beings have also been reported within the Zone of Silence. The most typical personal encounter has been with Nordic types -- a common UFO entity that is 6 to 7 feet tall, with long blond hair and blue eyes. In UFO terminology, they are often referred to as Pleiadians.

Reportedly, two months before the U.S. Athena missile crashed into the Sonora Desert, Wernher von Braun (premier U.S. rocket scientist) made a visit to the Zone of Silence, creating speculation that the missile may have been purposely fired into the Zone of Silence to give U.S. personnel an excuse to enter the Zone for some undisclosed purposes (such as exploration or experimentation). The U.S. military even built a special railroad spur into the Zone to haul away the remains of the rocket, tons of magnetic dirt and perhaps other items.

Life is a mystery. You can accept it as is, leading to the bliss of ignorance -- or you can explore it, leading to the next mystery.

"Hello darkness my old friend...
I've come to talk with you again...
Because a vision softly creeping...
Left its seeds while I was sleeping...
And the vision that was planted in my brain...
Still remains...
Within the sound of silence."
(lyrics by Simon & Garfunkel)

If you want to explore a true mystery, spend your next vacation in the Zone of Silence. Leave your cell phone at home, keep an eye out for snakes and be very polite to seven-feet blond Nordics.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Quote for the Day -- "It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears." Rod Serling

Bret Burquest is the author of 8 books, including THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS and PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY (available on Amazon). He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee, within the Zone of Raccoons.