Book Review: The Garner Files (2011)

The Story of James Garner, by James Garner with Jon Winokur
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

As I was growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, my dad would share a number of little aphorisms and gems of deep thoughts that he was fond of… such as Charles Lindbergh’s line, “One man with courage makes a majority.” or “That’s what makes horse races, son,” or “Eat the vegetables, Brian, it all gets mixed up inside anyway.” One of his more memorable sayings occurred often when we’d watch a movie or TV program that might have artistic pretensions: he’d say, “Sells soap.”

Well, several years later, James Garner was an occasional guest on the renowned Johnny Carson Show, and I remember he used the exact same phrase in regard to some TV series or movie, perhaps it was one of his own, that is: “Sells soap.”

I always rather resisted this expression coming from an actor, because it carried a tinge of bitterness—and from my dad, it could be a general putdown of any show that had truly fine qualities. So I wondered whether Mr. Garner had been victimized somehow in the making of one production or another. [I learned from the book that when he was under contract with Warner Bros. for Maverick and some feature films they had him do, he was only making $500 a week! Care to take a stab at what Warner Bros. made from the show?!! That’s what I call justification for bitterness. And he had to do pretty much whatever they wanted him to do, e.g. promotions, interviews, what have you.]

But let’s start at the beginning. I really didn’t know that Garner, whose birth name was Bumgarner was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and had a pretty screwed up and abusive parental situation, which led him to leave home at the age of 14. He pretty much drifted around until the service—he was the first Army enlistee from Oklahoma to go to Korea, where he earned two Purple Hearts [that substory is quite harrowing]—taking jobs:

“I worked in food markets and clothing stores. I cut trees for the telephone company. I hauled Sheetrock. I was a dishwasher, a janitor, a dockworker, an oil field roughneck, and a carpet layer. I worked on a line cleaning chickens. (God help you if you accidentally nicked a gizzard.) I was a hod carrier on a construction site—that’s the guy who brings bricks to the bricklayer in a box at the end of a pole. I was also an insurance salesman, but not a very good one….”

One thing you realize starting from his teens and even quite late in life when he was famous, Garner had a temper and especially did NOT like bullies picking on people who couldn’t really defend themselves, or picking on him. Several times when a man would act the aggressor, Garner would make short work of him with a punch or two, sending more than one, sometimes big men, offender to the hospital. Indeed the physical aspects of his work were very demanding. Here he shares regarding Rockford Files (1974-1979):

People have no idea how physically punishing it is to do an action series. You’re producing 22 one-hour movies every year. You’re on the set 15 hours a day with no time to do anything else but get a few hours of sleep before you have to start all over again. Wore me down to a nub. You show me a leading man who’s done a drama series for more than two or three years and I’ll show you somebody who’s beat to a pulp. Our legs are gone, our backs are gone, and generally our brains are gone, too. (I just barely managed to hold on to mine.) Continue reading

Movie Review: The Tillman Story (2011)

He gave his life for this… and THEM?! __ 9/10
Review by Brian Wright

A rerelease of the original review seven years ago, on the threshold of the 2019-20 NFL draft. Let’s keep in mind every time you see the flyovers of military jets at your next football game. — Ed.

Pat Tillman: (per Russell Baer) “I’m Pat Fucking Tillman! I’m Pat Fucking Tillman! Stop shooting! Stop shooting!” (April 2, 2004, Afghanistan)

Pat Tillman, in case you were away, was the former NFL safety who enlisted in the Army to fight terrorism overseas. He was killed in action 4/2/2004, which later was discovered to have been ‘friendly fire.’ The government and military did their best to cover up and contain the truth of what happened to Pat Tillman; this movie lays open the harsh reality.

Screenplay by Mark Monroe
Narrated by Josh Brolin
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Pat Tillman … Himself (archive)
Dannie Tillman … Herself (mother)
Russell Baer … Himself (soldier)
Patrick Tillman Sr. … Himself (father)
Philip Kensinger … Himself (General)
Stan Goff … Himself (career soldier)
Jason Parsons … Himself (soldier)
Marie Tillman … Herself (wife)
Richard Tillman … Himself (brother)
Kevin Tillman … Himself (brother)

MX Fast Money Success System :: Banner 04Stan Goff: [retired soldier, who helped with Dannie’s investigation] I run a blog, so I wrote something about the Tillman case, a commentary piece about perception management aspect of the war. She realized I’d been around: Vietnam, Guatemala, Grenada, El Salvador, Peru, Columbia, Somalia, three assignments with Ranger units, two assignments with the special forces unit, one assignment with the counter-terrorist unit. It wasn’t just that I had experience in Pat’s unit, also that I could sort of help them read the hieroglyphics in that special operations world. Because it is a culture.

Don Rumsfeld: [In memo to subordinate generals after he’s sent a special letter to Tillman thanking him for enlisting.] This Tillman kid is special. We might want to keep an eye on him.

Stan Goff: “‘Pat Tillman’s been killed.’ 45 minutes later, ‘he’s been killed by fratricide. Oh shit, what do we do now?’ Okay, let’s spin this as an heroic action, turn his dead body into a recruiting poster.”

Pat Tillman Sr.: They [the Army] destroyed his helmet, his body armor, his diary, every piece of evidence that could ever be used to determine what happened was eliminated. Continue reading

Guest Column: Book Review: From Yahweh to Zion: 1

From Laurent Guyenot’s From Yahweh to Zion
Chaper 1: The Birth of Israel

Since I am going to be occupied for the next couple of months with writing a couple of urgent books—one on the Hendrickson Discovery:American Gumption-Catharsis and one on First Principles’ grand juries: The Accountability Project—I have decided to use most of my Guest Columns and my Brian’s Columns during that time to basically plug and write an extended review for a watershed book… on perhaps the most important subject we can all learn more about: Jewishness and Israel. I say this mainly because of the demonstrable and ongoing primeval horrors that country has unleashed upon the people of Palestine, and the large-scale insidious crimes the sovereignist-Jew collective-psychosis has inflicted on all the countries and peoples of the world though-out history, in particular, with the advent of modern Zionism and ‘the Jewish State’ in the 20th century… leading to the death knell for America and her First Principles.

As with any deep collective-mind pathology, we cannot effect a healing (psychological independence, self-responsibilty, individual virtue, humanity) without an understanding. Mr. Guyenot has performed a dispassionate, scholarly service for which we—Jews AND non-Jews—will all be eternally grateful.

Starting off as a delusional general in a military coup, roughly 8 1/2 centuries BCE.

The Birth of Israel

“If you faithfully obey the voice of Yahweh your God, by keeping and observing all his commandments, which I am laying down for you today, Yahweh your God will raise you higher than every other nation in the world.” Deuteronomy 28:1

It is believed that a general by the name of Jehu first promoted the cult of his god Yahweh in the kingdom of Israel, after seizing the throne in 842 BCE. Yahweh Sabaoth (Yahweh of armies) seems to be the archaic name of this military god, which was carried in battle in a mobile ark (1 Samuel 4:4). He resembled Assur, the national and military god of the Assyrians, presented in Assyrian chronicles as the true king of the eponymous city-state, with the human ruler being only the vicegerent. Assur is a warrior god, who grants victory to his people and destroys the gods (i.e., temples and shrines) of conquered peoples. This is also, as we shall see, the dominant feature of Yahweh.

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Guest Column: Treason En Masse?

To Senator Stabenow: “End US Support for the Apartheid-Terror State of Israel”
By Chris Mark

Editor’s Note: This email conversation and Chris’s culminating letter to our Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow stem from our separate contact to the Senator expressing grave concerns over the recently (February 2019) passed S1 “Bill of Rights Evisceration for a Foreign State” Act. We received the same reply from her office via email, which I’ll list first. Then I’ll display Chris’s response to her, which I regard as a model of economy and passion in defense of our First Principles against the WORLD’S most monstrous, long-standing singular ENEMY: Israel.

Senator Stabenow’s Letter
[You tell me: Is her support of Israel over our Constitution, by definition, treason?]

Dear Chris,

Thank you for contacting me about the Combating Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Act, which was included in the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1). I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your views.

I supported S.1 because it includes legislation to maintain our security partnerships with Jordan and Israel and keeps critical sanctions on officials in Syria that are involved in the slaughter of innocent civilians.

The Combating BDS Act authorizes states to enact laws related to anti-boycott activity. In Michigan, former Governor Snyder signed two anti-BDS bills into law last year, just before the end of his term. I do not oppose an individual’s right to boycott, and I understand your concerns about these types of legislation.

The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act passed the Senate on February 5, 2019; it now awaits action by the House of Representatives. I will keep your views in mind as this bill moves through the legislative process.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.

Sincerely,
Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator

Chris Mark’s Extraordinary Letter in Reply
[Everyone lunch off this and send to the 77 Senate traitors bequeathing to us S1]

Dear Ms. Stabenow,

I contacted you (via email, vm & phone to your clerk) and told you to vote against S.1 because it is unconstitutional and the ensuing court battle would waste millions of taxpayer dollars. You ignored me. Further, I told you to follow Bernie Sanders’ lead on this issue. You ignored me. Continue reading

Guest Column: LiFi: Tech Leapfrog over Killer 5G?

For home and office use, it looks like LiFi dusts WiFi running away
By Brian R. Wright

Too good to be true, or a White Horse technology to take us away from all the biohazards and surveillance nightmares of RF proliferation? I’m basically doing a core dump, which started from a reference to the following column sent to me by the mythic demigod of local liberty activism known as David Lonier, of Auburn Hills, Michigan:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GkXyEgHRAcY

To which I launched the following tentative, “Wow, we all need to see where this goes!” discussion… including several more videos from TED (technology, entertainment, design) and others:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd8G9d-Begs
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkXyEgHRAcY
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-ncPjD1IeY
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UulEFh8yhCg
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_48GX0VYk

As I recall, the #3 TED talk provides the strongest and most optimistic advocacy.

The following was my initial response to David Lonier:

I’m looking at the electromagnetic spectrum and see that the frequency of visible light is 300 THz, which is why the data carrying capacity so much higher than radio waves (100s of MHz), but my question is this: why does light from a light bulb cause no harm when radiated radio waves from a cellular tower or from a WiFi router–which have much less frequency–present a real biohazard?

Answering my own question, it must be that the radio waves are AMPLIFIED significantly to go through the air medium, and as I remember my physics, the power/square meter is as the square of the amplitude. Which makes sense. Also there are differences in penetration, e.g. skin, depending on what frequency you’re running.

… we don’t need to worry about exposure to the light waves in LiFi, because it’s normal visible light as generated by a light bulb and equipped for dataflow. It looks like the LiFi “network” backbone is or could be nothing more nor less than specially designed street lights I’m guessing hooked up or backed up/augmented with fiberoptic cable.

None of these speakers seems to be worried about surveillance or health. But I think the major health problems go away, because 5G cellular wireless won’t be able to handle the bandwidth, called spectrum crunch. So who needs cell towers (or death towers masquerading as cell towers) or millimeter wave beaming satellites? Gone. Leapfrogged. What a bunch of bozos are the corporate behemoths who didn’t see this coming (looks like Prof. Harald Haas coined the term in 2011/2012 via TED). Continue reading

Brian’s Column: Announcing a Precocious New Voice for Truth and Justice

What really appears to be going on in the world right now…
courtesy Helen Buyniski via Dr. Kevin Barrett
By Brian R. Wright

All I have say is Wow! Here it is in all its stream of independent-consciousness splendor, a column by one Helen Buyniski. SHE is The One. The range of her mind and ability to connect all the key journalistic facts with clear and humor-tinged colloquialisms and take-no-prisoners logic into a beautifully written mosaic for all the good guys is off the charts. I’ll find out more and share as I do.

WARNING: Helen’s prose is highly addicting.
Here’s a column reproduced by Kevin Barrett in Veterans Today, from Thursday:
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/03/07/the-sorcerers-apprentice-effect/

… and a corresponding email message I sent out to some of my one-time Ron Paul liberty-Republican friends who since the Trump Bubble Machine came to town in 2016 have shown very disturbing signs contracting Trumptardia—actually believing DJT has the slightest interest in the individual liberty of anyone on the planet. I first gave them the above link, then commented as follows…

Seeing signs of the ruling class pressing hard for absolute tyranny, but also the roots of their imminent demise.

For example, the movie VAXXED was pulled from Amazon DVD offering after some loony Congressman wrote a letter http://vaxxedthemovie.com/?s=amazon. But if you check out the VAXXED site, Amazon and the Congressman are going to be the ones taking it in the shorts. Same thing with Ilhan Omar playing the Emperor’s New Clothes on the Bright Shining Dogf*****s of apartheid, genocidal Israel. “One woman with courage makes a majority…” to paraphrase Lindbergh… and my dad.

The VT column is a long read, but you won’t be disappointed. Please no ad hominem responses that the facts cannot be right because the author once voted for a Democrat or drinks lattes or didn’t square her story with Q-Anon, etc., etc. And also note how our old friend and Bright Shining Lover of Liberty, Donald J(ust basically a sadistic, self-righteously illiterate, serial-child-abusing, state-worshiping moron). Trump comes off with letting his Ziocon-lackey officials run bananas all over the world.
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Book Review: Unprotected (2018)

Failures of General Motors and the United Auto Workers…
By Camille F. McMillan
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

… and the civil and criminal justice in Michigan, and the general community of plant workers who failed to step in and prevent this horrific harassment of an exceptional and accomp-lished journeyman electrician—who happens to be black and a woman.

The title should be Unrelenting, to describe the abuse she suffered, mainly at the Pontiac East Assembly Plant during the 1990s and into the early 2000s. What happily married-for-41-years Camille McMillan had to endure is something out the worst Hollywood version of the Old South in the 1950s. In the Heat of the Night of Sparta, Mississippi, of 1967, ain’t got nothing on the blue collar bad apples (scum)—and their white-collar management and union enablers (often worse scum, participating in the abuse)—of Pontiac, Michigan, of the turn of the 21st century.

Then, after a journey down the big-money-bought (GM branch of corporate government)  citadel of corruption that passes for a judicial system these days, seeking a suitable redress of grievances, Mrs. McMillan’s case(s) are botched by attorneys and summarily, criminally squelched by judges. On top of it all, Camille has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), exacerbated by the trauma she suffered at work and now at a devastating stage:

“I lost my job. My MS is now progressive and I can’t walk. I have weird sensations throughout my body because of it. I have numbness throughout my body. I can only sleep four or five hours a night because of these sensations. The medicine I take does little to help. I’m glad I left [GM] because our work relationship was getting darker. Derek, Amos, and LeRoy were three of four of the worst black males [plenty of black-man-on-black-woman  ‘piling on’ to the underlying pervasive low-life, white racism and sexism at the plant, you get the picture: the harassment was systemic — ed.] I have ever encountered….” — page 222

All I have to say is, “Where is Oprah when we need her?” The world we’re all up against is one giant Jerry Springer Show with a pack of elite corporate-state vipers opportunistically instigating and sustaining all the injustices for their own sleazy financial scams, while smiling down sadistically at their little puppet show with dead eyes. Camille’s story is OUR story, any honest person who has gone up against the man, naïvely, and been thrashed about like a rag doll by a spoiled child. The spoiled children are IN CHARGE of our society… and that has to change. How? Well, I do have a plan.[1] Continue reading