Friday, August 19, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Filling in the story 

I knew this chestnut I picked up a couple years ago was worth saving.

Here's another, from Russ Baker's Family of Secrets (2009), p 132-133 :

Pat Holloway, former attorney to both Poppy Bush and Jack Crichton, recounted to [Baker] an incident involving LBJ that had greatly disturbed him. This was around one P.M. on November 22, 1963, just as Kennedy was being pronounced dead. Holloway was heading home from the office and was passing through the reception area. The switchboard operator excitedly noted that she was patching the vice president through from Parkland Hospital to Holloway's boss, firm senior partner Waddy Bullion, who was LBJ's personal tax lawyer. The operator invited Holloway to listen in. LBJ was talking "not about a conspiracy or about the tragedy," Holloway recalled. "I heard him say: 'Oh, I gotta get rid of my goddamn Halliburton stock.' Lyndon Johnson was talking about the consequences of his political problems with his Halliburton stock at a time when the president had been officially declared dead. And that pissed me off... It really made me furious."
In any case, while in Washington, Poppy had a warm relationship with Johnson notwithstanding Bush's persistent attacks on the Democratic Party, especially back in Texas.

One of the more peculiar relationships in an already bizarre enterprise resulted from Bush's choice of a surrogate to run Zapata Offshore's office in Medellin, Colombia. To begin with, there was the question of why a small, unprofitable company needed such far-flung outposts. Why, in particular, did it need one in Medellin, 150 miles from any offshore drilling locale-- a city whose very name would later become synonymous with the cocaine trade? Bush's choice to represent Zapata in Colombia was Judge Manuel B. Bravo, of Zapata County, Texas.

Judge Bravo's singular claim to fame was his role in Lyndon Johnson's fraud-ridden election to the U.S. Senate in 1948. As reports of an extraordinarily close race came in on election night, Bravo continually revised upward the Johnson count from Zapata County's Ballot Box 3, until LBJ was assured victory. A federal investigation led to a trial, but by that time the ballots from Box 13 in Jim Wells County had conveniently disappeared from the judge's office. The lack of evidence effectively ended Johnson's peril. Johnson won by eighty-seven votes.

In 1967, President Johnson sent Poppy a note wishing him a happy birthday. the following year, LBJ's decision not to seek reelection paved the way for Richard Nixon's ascent to the presidency-- and Nixon's steady sponsorship of Poppy Bush's own ascent to power. When Nixon was inaugurated in 1969, Bush took the unusual step of leaving the GOP festivities to see LBJ off at the airport. Soon thereafter, he was a guest at the LBJ ranch. There is no public record of what the two men talked about.

Family of Secrets, p184

Three future presidents of the United States [LBJ, Nixon, GHWB] were all present in [Dallas] on the day when their predecessor [JFK] was assassinated there. Within days, a fourth-- Gerald Ford-- would be asked by LBJ to join the Warren Commission investigating the event.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Early morning UK punk rock 

We'll present these tunes without comment on current events. YRHT readers are smart enough not to need disclaimers.

I used to blast these songs while driving my poor sister and our foreign exchange student, "Pepe," to high school. It was very punk rock of me to inculcate my tastes upon them via forceful repetition and totalitarian stereo control. And they didn't complain once, god bless them.

Anyway, I still think the last minute of The Guilt & the Glory is special.

The Day After is my favorite Conflict song, hands down. Concern over cruise nukes seems dated today, and perhaps also the slags on Gip, Thatcher, Labour and even Frankie Goes to Hollywood. ("Seems" I said.) But the culmination-- a tremendous bass line riff-- still tickles my nads.

I'll always appreciate my Worlds Apart cassette for impressing an older punk rock girl I idolized. And it is a great album. Back then I thought "Straightline Thinking" was the Subhumans' strongest track. Not so sure these days, but for the record...

So maybe it's not your cup of tea, but at least they don't affect phony American accents when they sing.
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