Archive for September 6th, 2013

I Miss Ross Perot

Friday, September 6th, 2013

His critics called Perot crazy - so he chose Patsy Cline's hit "Crazy" for his campaign song - fuck them.

In 1992, billionaire Ross Perot ran for President; I was his Upstate New York campaign spokesperson. He eventually ran on the Independent line and received almost 20% of the vote. No one questioned his patriotism because of the rescue missions he financed for MIA’s in Vietnam.  He was often asked: would he have gotten us into the War in Vietnam?

This is his paraphrased answer:

“I would have gone on television and explained the Vietnam situation as I saw it.  If Americans wanted a war, I would have led it – and led it to win.  But, just as in WWII, if we wanted a war, we’d all have to pay for it. I would impose a (such and such – I don’t remember) tax so that ALL of us would contribute to the cause.  If the country was united for a victory and willing to sacrifice for it – no one could defeat us.”

I think of this rational approach to war – compared to the slimy horseshit we hear these days.  Bush said Iraq and Afghanistan wouldn’t cost America “one dime.” They’ve cost us almost 7,000 US troops, tens of thousands of civilian deaths, over  $1-TRILLION dollars, and hatred from the Mideast for NOTHING.

Obama and Kerry said their “LIMITED” new war in Syria would be paid for “by the sheiks.”  PLUS no US deaths – only Arab casualties – killed by antiseptic missiles launched by crew-cut kids in Nebraska – and it wouldn’t affect the outcome of it’s civil war. Right. We could just become half-pregnant.

Like the SEVEN other Mideast wars, admission to Syria is free – we’ll just have to pay to get out.

The “Black Pearl”

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who became an international musical and political icon. Her outrageous acts and scandals rocked the world – but her talent was always beyond dispute.

Baker was the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for being a spy for France and working with the French resistance against Germany during WWII.  At the end of the war, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, a high military honor, by Charles DeGaulle himself.

For years Baker also made many contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  After Martin Luther King was assassinated, she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King but turned it down for the safety of her children.  Ms. Baker died in 1975.

You can read much more about Josephine Baker’s fascinating life here.