Friday, April 21, 2006

In the Meantime...

Britain's Labour party reported today that it spent a total of $13,700 in hairstyling costs for Tony Blaire's wife, Cherie, during last year's reelection campaign.

I could live on that money for a year and a half. Give it to me. I'll prove it. I'm cheap.

Apparently, this figure does not include costs Mrs. Blaire shouldered herself. She claims to have payed her hairstylist, Andre Suard, out of her own pocket when she took him on government trips. (Where did the money in her pocket come from? She is an unemployed spouse of an elected official that is paid with public dollars, euros, whatever they use over there, tea leaves.)

You have to love the Labour party's response to this "accusation." An unnamed official, in a public interview, is quoted as saying,

"So what?"

Cherie Blaire has good and bad (hair) days...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Why Did I Do This?

I know far too much about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Here is proof.

The Kennedy Assassination: A- Z

Alex Hidell - One of L. H. Oswald’s aliases. This name was used to order the Mannlicher rifle that was found on the sixth floor of the Book Depository. The alias was easily traceable to Lee, leading conspiracy buffs to conclude it was used purposefully in order to frame him. Lone Gunmen theorists suggest it was a part of Oswald’s plan to gain renown after the assassination.

Book Depository – Oswald was working at the Texas School Book Depository, stacking texts for roughly minimum wage on November 23, 1963. From the Sixth floor of this building, he allegedly fired three shots into John F. Kennedy, the first piercing his throat and the third ripping off his head.

Clay Shaw - The only man to be indicted as a conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Shaw was best known as the director of the New Orleans International Trade Mart. Years after his trial, it was revealed that he was, in fact, a covert agent working in New Orleans for the CIA. The case against Shaw as a conspirator was weak at best, based on suspect eyewitness accounts of his ties to the New Orleans homosexual underworld and specifically to his acquaintance with David Ferrie, an active member of the campaign to overthrow Fidel Castro with Lee Harvey Oswald. Clay Shaw is terrifying looking.

David Ferrie – Allegedly a big part of Jim Garrison’s case to convict Clay Shaw, Ferrie was a pilot and flying instructor in Louisiana. He died a few months before the trial took place. His connection to the assassination is confusing. Ferrie was undoubtedly involved in some very illicit dealings, and seems almost indisputably to be linked with the CIA. He was a part of Operation Mongoose, a campaign to train Cuban refugees to reinvade Cuba after the Bay of Pigs failure, which was shut down by Kennedy in ’62. A known homosexual who was defrocked by the Catholic church after his orientation was made plain, Ferry’s connection to Garrison’s case seems to come mostly from his homosexual dealings and his aforementioned connection to Lee Harvey Oswald, who served in a squadron that Ferrie taught at Moisant Airport. He also worked for the attorney of Carlos Marcello. A friend of Guy Bannister, the New Orleans P.I. that seems to be another link between the Office of Naval Intelligence, the CIA, and the N.O. underground, told reporters and the FBI that he believed David Ferrie hypnotized Lee Harvey Oswald and convinced him to murder JFK. David Ferrie is very weird looking.

Electrical failure – Some workers at the Book Depository where Oswald worked and some Dallas Policemen claim that at the time of the assassination the power in the building went dead and Channel One, the channel the DPD was using to coordinate motorcade protection was suddenly immobilized.

Fidel Castro – Many conspiracy theorists believe the undying Cuban dictator was behind the plot to assassinate Kennedy. In the early 1960’s, Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General under his brother, was waging a full-on campaign to unseat the bearded wonder in anyway possible. The most famous example of this was the “exploding cigar” incident. Some conspiracy buffs believe Oswald was working covertly for Cuba when he shot Kennedy. They sight a trip he took 6 months prior to the assassination to Mexico City where he allegedly met with officials from Cuba. The House Select Committee that investigated the assassination in the 70’s claimed to find no evidence that Oswald met with anyone from Cuba during this trip. They declined, however, to say just what he did do in Mexico. For his part, Castro has denied any involvement, saying that he would have essentially signed Cuba’s death warrant by killing the commander-in-chief of its greatest enemy.

Garrison, Jim – The only man to bring a case in the murder of JFK, Garrison was immortalized in Oliver Stone’s film. The portrait painted there is, of course, quite flattering, but there are other aspects of Garrison’s personality worth exploring. In numerous taped interviews, Garrison comes of as a bit of an egotist, convinced he knows exactly what happened in Dallas, and talking very big, obviously looking to make a name for himself. He began his investigation convinced that the assassination was a “homosexual thrill-killing” perpetrated by New Orleans gays. His theory grew and grew until the entire U.S. Government seemed to be implicated. Unfortunately, he was unable to muster very much proof and his case failed after a jury took less than 2 hours to acquit Clay Shaw. He is the author of the book On the Trial of the Assassins and served for a long time after the trial on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, elected to two ten year terms.

Howard Hunt – The “mastermind” behind the Watergate break-in during the Nixon Administration, some conspiracy buffs fancy Hunt is one of the “hobos” being led to a Dallas Police Jail on the morning of the assassination. Here are pictures of them. You decide. (Hunt is top left - apparently the other comparisons are of other CIA/Washington people and hobos that were arrested that day.)

Intelligence agencies – Many people surrounding Lee Harvey Oswald were connected to some kind of intelligence agency. His wife’s father was a part of the Russian Ministry of the Interior and possibly connected to the KGB. Oswald himself was a radar operator for the U.S. Military and some believe he used secrets about Gary Power’s U2 spy plane to gain entry to Russia during his brief defection. His main contact in New Orleans after his return to the U.S. was George de Mohrenschildt who has, on separate occasions in history, been linked to French Intelligence, Post-War German Intelligence, a pro-Nazi campaign to kill Joseph Stalin, and the oil interests of Prescott Bush. (This sentence is from Wikipedia: On March 29, 1977, while on a break from the interview, de Mohrenschildt received a card from Gaeton Fonzi an investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations. That afternoon he committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a shotgun..) Oswald shared an office in New Orleans with Guy Bannister, a former ONI officer, CIA contact, and aid to the anti-Castro Cubans. David Ferrie trained Oswald as a pilot. He is linked to Bannister and various government attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro or overthrow the Cuban dictator.

Joe Kennedy – The Kennedy family patriarch, Joe Kennedy was the son of Irish immigrants. He built the family from nothing, exploiting every crevice of the American capitalist system. He bootlegged liquor during Prohibition, dealt hand-in-hand with the Chicago mafia, and inflated the price of stocks on an unregulated Wall Street before the Great Depression. Some have speculated that Joe’s blind ambition put a curse on his family that survives to this day. The curse was an idea even Jackie Kennedy believed in. Joe’s final ambition for himself was to be U.S. President, but that dream ended with his profoundly isolationist views during the beginning of the Second World War and rumors tying him to the Nazi party and Communism. When his eldest son, Joe Jr., was killed in an air attack during the war, the task of becoming President fell to his second son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Knoll – As in “Grassy.” The subject of much debate, many people believe there was a second gunman that fired at Kennedy from this position. During the House Select Committee’s investigation into the assassination during the late 70’s, forensic scientists thought they had proved the existence of a second shooter by examining the tape evidence of a Dallas Police Officer, who had left his radio switched on during the attack. They convinced the Committee that there were, in fact, 4 shots fired that day, leading many to conclude at least one must have come from the Grassy Knoll. This evidence was later disputed, however, and to this day remains inconclusive. Testimony by a Railroad Supervisor named Lee Bowers Jr. and other witness indicate suspicious activity on the Knoll before the shooting, but much of it seems just as likely to have been Secret Service protection procedures as it was preparation by would-be assassins.

L. Fletcher Prouty – After a 23 year military career, where he rose to the rank of colonel and served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fletcher Prouty wrote two books. One called The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World and another called JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. He is a vocal opponent of the CIA and argues the postulation of a “global elite” that controls world affairs. He is purportedly the inspiration for the Mr. X character in Oliver Stone’s film JFK.

Marcello, Carlos – The target of a very active and public war against the mafia by JFK’s Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Carlos Marcello was the kingpin of the south, allegedly gaining power under Huey Long and exploiting it through racketeering, prostitution and the drug trade. An illegal alien, Marcello was deported by the U.S. government in the early 60’s after staying in the country illegally for two decades. He was dropped by helicopter into the middle of a jungle in Guatemala and left to his own devices. Marcello swore retribution against the Kennedy’s, whom he blamed for his deportation and the crackdown on his business. He also allegedly found the Kennedy family ungrateful, stating that Joe Kennedy, JFK’s father, had used his mafia connections in the North to get his son elected. In a conversation concerning RFK, he is quoted as saying, “You cut off the head, the tail dies,” obviously suggesting that by killing the President you could neutralize his brother.

(N-Z coming someday...)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pardon Me, While I Burst Into Flames

“When I got in through the window I found the body of a tramp named Bailey laying at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the second floor.[1] He was lying partly on his left side. There was a four-inch slit in his abdomen from which was issuing, at force, a blue flame. The flame was beginning to burn the wooden stairs. We extinguished the flames by playing a hose into the abdominal cavity. Bailey was alive when he started burning. He must have been in terrible pain. His teeth were sunk into the mahogany newel post of the staircase. I had to prise his jaws apart to release the body. The fire was coming from within the abdomen of his body.”
- 13 September 1967

This quotation is taken from the eyewitness account of Police Station Officer Jack Stacey, the man that found the remains of Robert Francis Bailey, one of the few known individuals whose death has been associated with Spontaneous Human Combustion.

For his part, Officer Stacey did not attribute the tramp’s death to the alleged phenomenon. He believed the man, whose body showed obvious signs of alcohol abuse, was a meth drinker, and had consumed enough meth that evening that his body literally caught on fire from the inside out.

Scientists, while for the most part extremely skeptical of Spontaneous Human Combustion, lend even less credence to Stacey’s theory, leaving the Bailey case unexplained.

The idea of Spontaneous Human Combustion, abbreviated SHC, has been around for centuries. When asked for his opinion of the unexplained phenomenon, British author and inventor Arthur C. Clarke had this to say,

“There's one mystery I'm asked about more than any other: spontaneous human combustion. Some cases seem to defy explanation, and leave me with a creepy and very unscientific feeling. If there's anything more to SHC, I simply don't want to know."

The Wikipedia credits Christina Paul as saying, “Spontaneous combustion is completely random. Imagine if your professor spontaneously combusted in the middle of a lecture." This is a dumb quote and should be removed from the Wikipedia by someone with more nerve than me.

Many of the alleged cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion are, at best, a gigantic reach. Often the accounts include some kind of device, i.e. a pipe or cigarette that could easily ignite the victim.

As far as eyewitness proof goes, Jeannie Saffin’s case takes the charred cake. A mental deficient, Saffin was terrified of fire since childhood. Her father, 82 year-old Jack Saffin, watched his daughter burst into flames in front of his own eyes. Police and fire respondents reported no damage to the room Jeannie was in and no left-over smoke. An investigation into a possible murder by Mr. Saffin or his wife was conducted and both were released from suspicion. The official cause of death was listed as “misadventure.”

Another of the more interesting cases is Mary Hardy Reeser, later dubbed “The Cinder Lady,” by “clever” local media in St. Petersburg, Florida. Wilton M. Krogman PhD. Physical anthropologist from the University of Pennsylvania was asked to review the case by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His analysis marks this incident quite ponderous indeed.

Mrs. Reeser burned to death while sitting in her rocking chair. Though her body was almost entirely incinerated, the chair and the rest of her surroundings remained basically intact. Also, her charred skull had somehow managed to shrink to the size of a “tea cup.”

In his report on the case, Dr. Krogman had this to say,

"I cannot conceive of such complete cremation without more burning of the apartment itself. In fact the apartment and everything in it should have been consumed. [...] I regard it as the most amazing thing I have ever seen. As I review it, the short hairs on my neck bristle with vague fear. Were I living in the Middle Ages, I'd mutter something about black magic."

In recent years, science has attributed SHC to something called "the wick effect" which essentially involves human bodies burning quickly and severely due to flames ignited by excess body fat. Read more here:

(P.S. I had a lot of cool pictures for this article, really the whole reason I researched and wrote the damn thing, but Blogspot isn't letting me upload them.)