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Dorthy1Judy Garland’s “Dorthy” dress (1 of 10), from The Wizard of Oz, sold for $1.5 million today at Bonhams in NYC.

A Munchkin Soldier Jacket, also from The Wizard of Oz, went for $12,500.

JimGarrisonThe New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show features a trove of documents from famed New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison, at M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, LA.

In 1967 Mr. Garrison had Clay Shaw, a New Orleans businessman, arrested for being part of a CIA conspiracy to kill President Kennedy. Shaw was later acquitted by a jury that believed there to have been a conspiracy. But Garrison failed to prove Shaw was working for the CIA. Later documents, released in 1992, showed that Mr. Shaw was indeed on the CIA payroll.

The Garrison documents for sale at the show (through Nov. 23) include two copies of the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination.

A bi-partisan cabal, including Goldwater conservatives and Fair Play for Cuba liberals—that planned and covered-up the Kennedy assassination—laid the groundwork for what we have today in the U.S., a disordered and uncorrectable State, that multiplies death (“Assad must go”)—not even trying to cover it up anymore, but making every effort to “reassure” the people.



UnarmedBlackManAn ‘unarmed’ black man winds up to deliver a knockout blow to an unarmed white woman in Atlantic City, NJ, 10/17.

ClintonsAt this year’s Clinton Global Initiative LE asked Robert Rubin, former Clinton Secretary of Treasury, if he had any regrets about his efforts to repeal Glass-Steagull. Shaking his head, as if disgusted by the question, he said “no”.

In the recent Democratic debate Bernie Sanders channeled the establishment’s disorder when he suggested: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.” To which “Mrs. Clinton flashed a wide smile and shook her rival’s hand, ‘Thank you, Bernie,'”NYT 10/14/15

The non-being associated with dishonesty and imperial self-seeking is increasingly becoming the norm in America.

CGI2015CGI2015bAn ambulance crew passing through this year’s Clinton Global Initiative is an apt metaphor for CGI’s state of affairs—from its aims of “creating and implementing solutions to the world’s pressing challenges,” to the controversy over CGI donors helping to formulate criminal U.S. foreign policy, in particular the actions taken to remove Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

Regarding CGI, one doesn’t have to look far to see ‘do-gooders’ doing real harm in the world — with their notions, lotions, and potions.

Some have speculated that this would be the last CGI meeting, which would be a good thing.

TrumpTrump5Trump2BentonDisoriented Americans, sunk into themselves, are increasingly defeated, and incapable of generating healthy leaders—and holding those in power accountable.

One has to go back to Appomattox, and Grant’s magnanimous accepting of Lee’s surrender in 1865, to see the last time America was truly great.

If the American people were more conscious of, and responsible for, their government’s actions, their last four presidents, 41-44, would be in prison for crimes against humanity.

In his memoirs on World War I, the British Prime Minister Lloyd George described Germany (in 1914) as having “a vast military establishment controlled by an irresponsible Government which having secretly planned to dominate the world, proceeded to carry the plan out.” Today the same could be said of the U.S. with none in the political class committed to changing the murderous/suicidal course.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Artwork: Thomas Hart Benton, 1930


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Stephen B. Wise


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