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BAND OF GYPSYS (or is it Gypsies?)

Nazi in the Bushes

Originally Posted to TQ NEWS on 28 AUG 2008

  Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the U.S. government took over the Union Banking Corporation, in which Prescott Bush was a director. The U.S. Alien Property Custodian seized Union Banking Corporation stock shares, all of which were owned by E. Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush, three Nazi executives, and two other associates of Prescott Bush. Hitler and his financial backers           President Franklin Roosevelt's Alien Property Custodian, Leo T. Crowley, signed Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The order, published in obscure government record books and kept out of the news, explained nothing about the Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the Thyssen family of Germany and/or Hungary, nationals of a designated enemy country.       This act by the U.S. government made it clear that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking Corp. were in essence front men for the Nazis. By keeping news of this seizure quiet, the American government avoided the more important issue: in what way were Hitler and his Nazi cohorts set up, armed, and supported by the New York and London cartel of which Prescott Bush was an executive manager?       On Oct. 28, the government issued orders seizing two Nazi front organizations run by the Bush-Harriman bank: the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation.       Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law, George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on November 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the Nazis' U.S. partners to carry on the business.
      These were actions taken by the U.S. government during wartime, but Prescott Bush and his collaborators had already played a central role in financing and arming Adolf Hitler for his takeover of Germany. Harriman, Bush and the others in the cabal had financed the buildup of Nazi war industries for the conquest of Europe and war against the U.S.A. They had also helped in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda, with the slave labor and extermination camps as the result.

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Jun 22, 2010



Pix developed from an old Brownie Camera. They were taken by a sailor on the USS Quapaw.
Amazing that film left 68 years in a camera would still have enough integrity to produce these prints, comparable to glass-plate negative quality.

Jun 21, 2010


In the fall of 1963, before the sadness of November came to darken our youth, I was affiliated with YPSL, the Young People's Socialist League on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. A guy by the name of Joel Rose, who is still teaching at SUNY Buffalo, was President, and I was...well, everything else. We only had about a dozen rag-tag members, but we tried our best to make a bigger footprint than our own shoes. Somehow or other, and I just can't remember exactly why or how, I had the phone number of Manny Greenhill in Boston, who was Bob Dylan's manager. So one day Joel and I cooked up an idea to promote a concert in support of Cuba at the Lilly Auditorium on campus and I proceeded to call Manny to see if Bob's schedule would permit him to appear. We had no particular dates in mind, and the chances are we would have ended up outdoors, anyway. Well, when Mr. Greenhill finally came on the phone, he told me that there was no way we were going to get on the schedule, which, as you can imagine was filled way in advance. But before he hung up, he asked me to wait, and said someone else would be back on the line momentarily. Within a couple minutes, Bob Dylan himself, who just happened to be in Boston meeting with Mr. Greenhill, came on the phone. I can't remember exactly what was said on either end, but it was a pleasant exchange, and he thanked us for our interest. Three minutes with Bob Dylan and no tape to prove it...Oh Well. We never did have any concert for Cuba, because anti-Communist feelings on campus were so strong we were probably lucky to have escaped without serious injuries. Then Dallas came, and the world turned upside down. Over the years I saw Dylan about ten times and was in his presence three or four, but never got to thank him for the memory of a lifetime.




Oh, when I was out in the world of sin
I had no one to be my friend
Jesus came and he taken me in
Glory, hallelu
And he taken my feet out the miry clay
He placed them up on a rock to stay
I thank God that I can say
Glory, hallelu
O, Glory how happy I am
O, Glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
O, Glory how happy I am
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
I was out in darkness and I could not see
Jesus came and he rescued me
He claimed me and gave me a victory
Glory, hallelu
And one day while Jesus was passing by
He set my sinful soul on fire
He made me laugh and he made me cry
Glory, hallelu
Yeah, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I am
Oh, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
When I could not understand
Jesus, he give me a lending hand
Led me away to the promised land
Glory, hallelu
Oh, well he give me a horn and he told me to blow
Go in peace and sin no more
He led me away to the upright shore
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Well, glory
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
I know something that's mighty swell
A sweet little story I love to tell
Jesus saved my soul from Hell
Glory, hallelu
Oh, stand back Satan, get out of my way
I don't want to hear not a word you say
I'm on my way to the King's highway
Glory, hallelu
Well thank God I got over at last
Thank God I got over at last
My feet is planted in the narrow path
Glory, hallelu
Whoa, glory how happy I am
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
When I had no home to claim
I begin to call on Jesus' name
He saved me from old Satan's chains
Glory, hallelu
Now I'm fire-baptized and holy ghost-filled
I'm out here to do my master's will
I must keep going, I must keep
Glory, hallelu
Well, glory
Whoa, glory how happy I am
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu
Yeah, glory how
My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb
Glory, hallelu


Jun 19, 2010



Friday, June 18, 2010
My Latest Re Fundamentalism (on Huff Post)
The next great task for the human race is to wean ourselves off literal interpretations of religion. We need to eradicate fundamentalism in all its forms.

Atheism is no help. Human beings are spiritual and look for meaning. Science holds answers but not "THE" answer we look for and long for. Family life and love -- continuity of relationships -- come closest for fulfilling our longing for purpose.

As I argue in my book Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism) the answer to fundamentalism, literal-minded religion and all the horror and absurdity they create is to work on the evolution of religion: reject false certainties rooted in myth and embrace myth as a window into the unknowable.

Clearly the issue for any sane Christian believer (or any believer in not just religion but any human construct, including science) is how to decide what parts of the moral teaching of the Bible (or Koran, or scientific theory) to edit or discard and what to live by.

Those of us who have no problem with celebrating the fact that some people are created gay, or that other people live with a girlfriend or boyfriend because marriage isn't always the best way to relate to a lover, have drawn an admittedly arbitrary circle of what is acceptable to them a bit wider than other believers have.

But the truth is no one (not even the dourest Reconstructionist Christian or Orthodox Jew) takes everything any religion teaches completely seriously, let alone practices it faithfully.

The truth is that interpreting religion is just that: interpreting. All that means is that common sense and compassion are the filters through which we look at religion, as we do with all of life. There is such a thing as freedom of conscience and the right to think!

In that sense everyone is a "liberal" and those who pretend they are consistent to their stated creeds are liars.

The big "Moral Teachings" fundamentalists love so much because they provide a stick with which religious bullies may beat their fellow human beings into submission, are meaningless. If these same anti-gay or anti-abortion advocates actually took their Bibles literally they would be weighing people at their church door to check for gluttony and excommunicating half the parish for being overweight. As it says in Philippians (3:18-19); "For many... walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things."

Well, there goes the whole of American God-is-their-belly porkers-for-Jesus evangelicalism with its consumer-oriented free enterprise "ethic" and overeating!

Or what of Romans 13:13: "Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy." In this verse orgies and quarreling are denounced as equally evil.

So that's it folks: since the very existence of competing seminaries is in its essence a quarrel about theology, therefore all theologians that oppose the views of other theologians have been dismissed by Paul as working against God's will in the same way that participants in orgies are denounced. So let's pick on quarreling theologians and not on gays!

Or maybe the best thing is to not single out anyone. How many fundamentalist Southern Baptists strive to apply this verse literally to their daily lives? "If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."

Admit it: the Bible is nuts in many places. Who follows this stuff? No one! So why stick it to people for choosing to not follow homophobic nonsense?

So why do do fundamentalist take verses on gay love any more seriously than on cutting off that woman's hand? I never met an Orthodox Jew who did that either, for all their talk about strict adherence to the Scriptures.

And here's a verse you don't hear preached on much these days: "Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and threw it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.'" (Exodus 4:24-25)

Now THAT'S a wedding gift worthy of some real "family values!"

We're morally evolving as a species and each new stage is always in tension with the prior stage. For instance, how would even the strictest of churches apply this teaching to one of their parishioners who had just had a bad car accident? "No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 23:1)

My proposal is this: To be true to the heart of the gospel message -- redemption through selflessness, hope, justice and love -- necessitates a new and fearless repudiation of parts of the same book (and tradition) that also bring us a message of hate.

To find the spiritual truth that is hidden within the Bible it must be mentally "edited" by people of goodwill who are informed by the spiritual truth we carry within our evolving ethical selves.

The loyalty of those who wish to live as Christians (as opposed to those who wish to force others to be like them by using Christianity as a weapon), must shift from fidelity to the Bible (or any other text) to seeking the life-affirming message of transcendence buried within the madness, ignorance and fear that we discover not just in the darker portions of all "sacred" texts, but in every human heart.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His new book is Patience With God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism)
Posted by Frank Schaeffer at 3:51 PM
Labels: fundementalism, Gay rights, the Bible

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Jun 16, 2010

BECK AND PONY(palin) SHOW (1920's)

If you want to learn your craft, then you want to learn from the best.
They may not be consciously channeling these two idiots from the 20's, but if not, then some kind of brain cell reincarnation has taken place. There's plenty of video out there of all four parties, and I think if you study it, the mannerisms, the rhetoric, the blather...you might find yourself agreeing with me.



Jun 12, 2010





"And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." ~Hamlet.

MR. LAUER: Critics are now talking about your style, which is the first time I've heard that in a long time. And they're saying here's a guy who likes to be known as cool and calm and collected, and this isn't the time for cool, calm and collected --


MR. LAUER: -- that this is not the time to meet with experts and advisers. This is a time to spend more time in the Gulf and -- I never thought I'd say this to a president -- but kick some butt.


MR. LAUER: And I don't mean it to be funny.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: No. And I understand. And here's what -- I'm going to push back hard on this, because I think that this is just an idea that got in folks' heads and the media has run with it. I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be.

And I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick, right?

Jun 6, 2010


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Josie Faye Hall "Uccellina"

A dear friend of many is losing her battle with cancer. She has a soul & heart that shines like the Sun. We are rallying around her and we know that she knows we are all thinking about her & sending love her way.
She shut her Twitter account, @winkfromblueyes, down last night. This is why we are using the hashtag: #winkfromblueyes

Terry Travers (@TqNews) has a blog where there are some pics and loving thoughts for http://redjanebird.blogspot.com/

There is not much more I want to say on this right now. I am very upset.


Alonis said...
I found this via Google Search and wanted to save it here. RT @winkfromblueyes: #FF @Alonis @1txsage1957 oldest twitter friends nearest & dearest 2 my heart always!♥ #FFF No, Josie, You were the one nearest and dearest to my heart. I love you tremendously and miss you beyond words. I really wish you hadn't shut your Twitter account down.I understand why but almost all your sweet words written online are now gone. Only a few can be found. Thank you for being you and leaving the mark on my heart that you did. With love, Alonis
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TQ said...
Serendipitously found this. Reminds me that I'm still not satisfied with the lack of closure. I'm going to revisit, so that I can finally get that closure. In 13 months on twitter it bothers me more than any other issue. rsvp


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