Listening to the Radio in Houston, 1980
As much as I'd loved our house in Batesville, Arkansas--as much as I used to run to it, to see it as a virtual haven for me and my writing--I came to not even consciously miss it, even when my parents sold it in 1975, two years after my nervous breakdown. (See "A Nervous Breakdown" in Part I of the present book.) When my mother told me they were selling it, I'd wanted to feel more genuine remorse, more desire to hang onto it. It didn't feel normal not to miss it: it was home. Before my nervous breakdown, I had always hoped that my parents would keep that house forever. But no more: I felt relieved at the thought that I'd never again have to set foot in it--and I was quite bewildered with myself for feeling that way.
Even more bizarre--and something I've never even admitted to my parents for fear of hurting their feelings--I kept feeling a need to get even further away from the house in Batesville. Shamefully, a few months after finishing business and accounting school, in 1976 (which, in truth, I'd been interested in doing some months before my "dream" and the breakdown), I moved to Houston.
The "reason" I resolved to give myself for moving to Houston, was that I needed even more of a "change of scene" than Little Rock--one which would allow me to recover even more quickly, effectively and painlessly--hopefully--frm my breakdown. I chose to block out those thoughts and feelings I was having which were motivating me to get as far away from that house as possible.
I also resolved to believe that my "interest in politics" had been a factor in my breakdown. So, at the time, in 1976, I'd let myself be only mildly interested in the Presidential election, therefore not voting in 1976.
By the time of the 1980 election, though still a resident of Houston, I was toying with the idea of voting. My interest in politics was renewed as I followed the third party campaign of John Anderson. I'd heard of George Bush, of course. He was generally presented sympathetically in the media, which referred to him as a "moderate" Republican; this gave him a nice, tolerable sound, as if he were just some measure of anything, and not anything in extreme. I'd bought into it like a lot of other people had. Thinking some of the GOP's positions palatable, by the summer of 1980 I thought I would support John Anderson's third party bid. Even if I couldn't definitely say I was for Bush or Reagan, I was interested in a third party.
Having allowed myself to be only mildly interested in Presidential elections and having not voted in 1976, some years later I could only look back on that period of time as an uninvolved "outsider." However, when I did so, I was to find some interesting material about that 1976 election, including perhaps evidence of more of those undercurrents in all our lives. In an interesting example of the "interconnectedness of all things", one of the things I discovered was the possibility that Jimmy Carter had won the election of 1976 based on a "UFO vote."
When I examined that election in retrospect, the figures panned out thusly:
McCarthy 680,390 (Senator Eugene McCarthy)
Other 949,348 (Source for figures: "Presidential Election Returns," World Almanac for 1977.)
In other words, it was a fairly close election, in terms of popular votes. What was really intriguing to me about it, on later analysis, was that Carter's victory margin was about 1,678,069 votes. This figure paralleled a figure revealed by a Harris poll of 1978. In that poll, several million Americans were asked if they had ever seen a UFO and about 13 million stated that they had. (Dickinson, Terrance, "Extra-terrestrial Life: Wishing Upon A Star," UFO Report Annual for 1983. New York: Lexington, 1983, 60.) This is interesting for this reason: Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting in 1973. He stated he had seen it in 1969. ("The Jimmy Carter UFO Sighting," Mysteries Of The Unexplained. Reader's Digest Assoc., ed. Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Assoc., 1982. 219.) If UFOs are an important issue to at least ten percent of the people who were polled in that Harris survey, that would have been about 1,300,000 votes or slightly more--perhaps most of the figure of Carter's victory over Ford. UFOs may have been important enough as an issue to these voters to have decided who they voted for as President. With Carter a fellow viewer of UFOs, this group may have voted for him out of empathy. Such figures had become important to me because of earlier experiences I'd had in that area, perhaps even ones that had been a source of my nervous breakdown. (See "An 'Encounter'?", "Little Lights and Little Brothers," and "An Encounter?" in Part I of the present book), though at the time I hadn't connected them.
In any case, by the time of the 1980 Presidential election, I had had every intention of voting. However, an incident happened as I was in the Houston Medical Center. It has to have been one of the most dramatic things that has ever happened to me. At the time, I didn't react very strongly to it, but as I reflected back on it, I was forced to decide that, although I liked the idea of a moderate Republican president, I could no longer support George Bush with a clear or a certain conscience.
I've tried to reconstruct that day in my mind, as clearly as possible. Because Wednesday was my day off through the week at my job at Hermann Hospital, it was, therefore, usually "grocery day." It had to have been in l980 because previously I'd lived outside the Houston Medical Center area, having only recently moved to the Medical Center area to be closer to my job at Hermann Hospital at the time.
The incident was relatively simple. As I was driving to the Safeway store in the Texas Medical Center in Houston that day, I heard a radio commercial for a book, on my car radio. According to the ad, the "Vice-Presidential candidate" had landed his plane on a Japanese-held island and delivered a message or document to the Japanese during World War 2. Because it was in l980 and used the words "Vice-Presidential candidate," I am reasonably sure that the person the ad was referring to was George Herbert Walker Bush.
There is a radical FM radio station in Houston with the call letters KPFT. It wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility for KPFT to have presented something controversial about a major politician. However, that day I had on what I recall as a standard format AM radio station. My car radio at the time didn't pick up FM stations.
I'm reasonably certain that what I heard on the AM station that day made no direct reference to anything I'd have heard earlier on KPFT. According to the ad, the book was written by an "insider" of some sort.
The book's title, as I heard it being said on the ad, was heard amid traffic and not initially paid extremely close attention to by me. It simply didn't register with me, at first, what the ad was really saying. Nor did I realize I'd never hear it again, since it was such a "scoop" that I was sure it would have plenty of publicity. The title had the syllables "Acc," "oold" and "elld:" that's about all I can recall about it definitely. However, afterwards, when I finally realized I wasn't going to hear it again, I tried to put together titles that sounded right in my mind.
"Black Gold," because oil is referred to as "black gold." Or perhaps "Black Knight(s)," because of "conspiracy theories" about the Knights of Malta. Less likely was "Black Dawn," which didn't really make sense as a title on this subject. For several years, I engaged in a sporadic check on this material. I was repeatedly surprised to find nothing. What had happened to the book, theory, or claim? What was going on? Was this just someone making a wild claim they couldn't back up, and had been forced to relent for lack of evidence? Would George Bush do such a thing?
In those next few months of 1980, after I heard that ad, I followed the Presidential and Vice-Presidential campaign of 1980. I saw the defeat of Jimmy Carter in a three-way race. John Anderson, my favorite candidate, pulled less than 10 percent of the vote nationally, though in some individual midwestern states he did considerably better than that. While this might not have affected the outcome of the election in the total number of popular votes in the election, it definitely "cinched" it for Reagan/Bush in the Electoral College. ("Presidential Election Returns," World Almanac for 1981. New York: Scripps-Howard, 1869---.)
The Midwest, Anderson had felt, was Reagan's "Achilles heel." After all, Reagan was born in Illinois--a state often under-represented at the White House. And, even though he was of Irish background, and had much to thank the good people of Illinois for, he had "abandoned" his original home state, in order to "hail" from California and the Far West.
Reagan also was attempting to cut into Carter's white vote in the South, appealing to that segment of the population which held strong views on such issues as abortion, busing and desegregation. But in moving in that direction, he left other areas open for the picking. And, as it turns out, John Anderson picked a few. Even more than that, he made some money out of the deal: he drew enough votes to ensure that he received federal matching funds.
But it wasn't only Anderson's candidacy that impacted the election that year. There were other third and fourth party candidates for President that year that cut deeply into the traditional Democratic base.The Libertarian Party did its best ever that year--a showing it hasn't surpassed since, drawing well over a million and a half votes nationwide and upwards of over one percent of the vote. ("Presidential Elections Returns," World Almanac 1981.)
In addition, and even more painfully for the Democrats, Barry Commoner, an environmentalist, ran a third party which gleaned upwards of a million votes--almost all coming straight out of the Democratic Party. The Socialist Labor Party also had a strong showing that year. Its turnout in big states like California, New York and Pennsylvania was almost identical to the margins Reagan carried them by. ("Presidential Election Returns," World Almanac, 1981.) This raises the rather intriguing question of whether Reagan was thus somehow "beholden" to this Far Left political party for his victory in these big, pivotal Electoral College states.(1)
It is interesting that the Socialist Labor Party had this large a turnout--the largest one since the Depression years under FDR--indicating that there may have been some suppression of it during the Nixon/Ford years--perhaps as part of some of those "COINTELPRO" operations that were investigated in the post-Watergate (Carter) years.
I watched those political events unfold. Then, in the aftermath of Reagan's inauguration came a group of equally dramatic--and strange--events: Reagan being shot shortly after taking office, followed by Secretary of State Alexander Haig's weird announcement that "I'm in control here;" and then the 1982 Congressional elections, in which the Democrats increased their margin in the House, forcing Laffer Curve devotees into the position of--compromise?--that strange radio ad gradually came back to my mind.
Over the next few months, I began to stir in the direction of dropping down to the bookstore and asking the occasional clerk about it. No one knew of such a book. By about the middle of 1983, I began to glance around at the library for books about Bush. There weren't many. But I found the occasional piece about the "history of politics"--and I found a few choice bits about people like Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, and even Warren Harding (apparently this latter was poisoned to death by his wife).
I also began to encounter bits and pieces about a company in an industry that practically ran the
show in Houston, Texas, and I saw its name: Standard Oil. And, just once, I briefly glimpsed
another name: the family name of George Bush. After a few more years of searching, I got more
clues in my search for the elusive, mysterious book in the radio ad, or its author. I also learned
that it was a book that may have changed that author's life--and mine.
Bowen, Brig. Gen. Russell S. The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family
Exposed. Carson City, NV: America West, 1991
Dickinson, Terrance. "Extra-terrrestrial Life: Wishing Upon A Star," UFO Report Annual for 1983. New York: Lexington, 1983. 60
Haig, Alexander M. Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy. New York: MacMillan, 1984
Mysteries of the Unexplained. Reader's Digest Assoc., ed. Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Assoc., 1982. 219
"Presidential Election Returns," World Almanacs, 1969-1997. New York: Scripps- Howard, 1868---.
If you find this list of sources inadequate--and some have indicated they did--I invite you to visit my Bibliography, Annotated Bibliography, and Updated Annotated Bibliography for additional and backup sources. I would like to note here, for the record, given the critiques I've received on this point, that there is a massive amount of data, not easily accessible, to be processed here. It has required more than one round of edits to my sources. The actual information you will find regarding this, is voluminous. The Annotated Bibliography alone, for example, will stretch over several web pages, as you will see when you visit it.
The fact is, regardless of whether the original book ad's claim was legitimate, it is clear there has ended up being something unusual about GHW Bush's records in WW2. This strongly indicates that Bush was not "regular military" but was, rather, in the OSS, fore-runner of the CIA. A series of things suggests this, including:
How did he get into the Navy as a pilot at 18, when regulations set a minimum age of 21 for pilots? On top of that, why was he made a reconnaisance pilot at the age of 19?
Why are the page numbers so "funny looking" regarding his flight of June, 1944, off Guam? Why was he taken aboard the USS Lexington after a seemingly innocuous water landing in the midst of the US fleet? How did Bush know where to locate rear-admiral Kauffman, even if it was only to deliver the wedding invite described by Stinnett?
What was going on at Palau, regarding reconnaisance photos Bush took? There seems to have been a reprimand issued, then apparently more or less withdrawn, regarding Bush's captioning of the recon. photos he took. Was there a discrepancy between OSS rules and Navy rules regarding such?
Why are dates missing from squadron commander records regarding his flight at Chi Chi Jima? Why, in fact, do they appear to have been removed? Why do official Marine flight records say there were "no carrier-based raids against Chi Chi Jima between July 4, 1944 and February, 1945," if Bush's squadron attacked Chi Chi Jima September 2, 1944? Why does the log of the USS Finnback, not have a mention of Bush until October 1944?
In 1959, while Allen Dulles was still CIA head, Bush's ship the "Barbara" was described in an FBI memo as "a CIA asset". The wording does not suggest this was a brand-new affiliation for the ship.
As you read through this Site, and these sources, you have to wonder: what are, and what is the nature of, the undercurrents in all our lives? In history? In politics? In the possibly metaphysical? What is Synchronicity? What is the Unconscious or subconscious? What "powers" does it have?
Gerald K. Haines, in his work on the CIA's investigation of UFOs, (cited elsewhere on the Site and in my sources), has been able to confirm that CIA personnel sometimes impersonated Air Force personnel in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. They did so, in these instances, by interviewing alleged UFO witnesses to try to determine if UFO sightings were related to the U-2 or other reconnaisance craft. These conversations fed into the ongoing books and articles at NICAP and elsewhere regarding "Air Force" visitors to UFO witnesses.
Since the CIA impersonated Air Force personnel, why should Navy personnel have been exempt from being also impersonated by its predecessor, the OSS?
You may want to "qualify" some of my statements in succeeding chapters, from "committed" to "may have committed" or "possibly". But after you weed through all the "may haves", "seemingly's" and "seem to have's" that could or should be added to this massive amount of material, you have to come back to grappling with what all of this suggests.
1. 0 It's interesting that Lyndon LaRouche, whom I will refer to shortly, notes such data at times in his writings. However, I don't believe that justifies the conclusion that the GOP is predictably obligated to the Far Left in our elections. In any case, given the GOP's extreme conservative political positions at least in the 1980s, the only effect this would have had was to water down their political security in implementing some of those positions. The data can be found in the "Presidential Election Returns" section of the World Almanac for 1981 (New York: scripps-Howard, 1869---.) If the reader wants a sample of LaRouche's views, they may refer to the "other references" section of the Bibligraphy of the present book under his name.
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