|Ishmael Sol Servaivor|
Melville's exotic character, Queequeg, read the mysteries onboard Ahab's ship well enough to have the ship's carpenter build him a coffin! This minority islander with the strange customs was the first to assess Ahab's lunacy even though, like Colin Powell wielding the yellow cake harpoon, he chose to continue the pursuit that he knew in his gut was ill-advised! His single mindedness made Queequeg a hero to many in the story of Moby Dick. Was Queequeg's chicken bleeding much different than Nancy Reagan's astrological anomalies and interests? The brutal Ahab went down with the ship chasing the great white myth…..which I actually believe Melville knew damn well was the drool of the opium poppy that Melville could see from his catbird seat in New England. The New England China trading Brahmins knew that there was one hell of a lot more intoxicating pursuits than that of whale oil, tooth ivory and dress hoops or than even the gold in the hills near San Francisco. Beyond that, Dr. Glaude, heck everyone, needs to read the 1999 book by archelogist Thomas Layton, Voyage of the Frolic: New England Merchants and the Opium Trade (Stanford University Press). In that book Layton documents that the Heard's opium cutter, Frolic, that wrecked near Cabrillo Point near Fort Bragg north of San Francisco was built in Baltimore’s Gardiner Shipyard where Fred Bailey, a slave, had been laying the cutter hulls before he became the famous abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass. I have meticulously laid out the case that the American Civil War was much more a drug run gone bad, a run to the Middle Eastern opium fields in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq and Turkey than it was a battle over slavery. You can't easily nor legitimately build broad consent for war over poppy-greed. The South owned the easiest rail route to the Pacific across the flat Great Southwest with proposed terminals laid out by Jefferson Davis in the 1850’s and coveted by New England merchant Brahmins Caleb and John Perkins Cushing and their close ally and friend President Franklin Pierce. Historians have spun the big one that the fierce indigenous people of the Southwest made the Rockies look easier. Poppy cock! They were no match for the Sharps rifles or Iron Horse! Ask the plains buffaloes and Geronimo whose name his tribe wishes Leon Panetta had not used for the killing of Osama Bin Laden! Unlike our alliance with Al Qaeda and the Mujahedeen in their rocky terrain, higher than our Rockies in Afghanistan, the Apaches didn't have as Osama Bin Laden's guys did against the Russians the equivalent of our Stinger missiles..... thank you Charlie Wilson and Joanne King Herring! Franklin Pierce had backed the unrepentant slaver and exporter of human misery to the Caribbean, William Walker, a man whose body I believe should be exhumed from its grave like Sally Hemming's to prove his relationship to George Herbert Walker Bush who lives not far from Robert Herring Hall on the Rice University campus next door to the library housing the silent....silent until now.... letters of Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce and whose family owns One America News....and who owned HL&P that became that bastion of stalwart business practice....Enron! With the DNA analysis we would know once and for all that the apples don’t fall too far from the tree and that the Bay of Pigs and Iran-Contra fiascos were a disguised resurrection of William Walker’s lame filibustering attempts from the 19th Century hiding as it did under the Monroe Doctrine just as the invasion of Iraq by GWB was hiding under the guise of yellow cake uranium,” said Wigglesworth.
"Pierce like William Walker whom he supported was pushing headlong in the race toward war for the poppy railroad used to anesthetize the bloodly limbs and other body parts of civilians and soldiers alike.....a godsend to Eli Lilly and his cannoneers! Here we see the Rhodes Scholar, Clinton, acting as Madison Avenue spoof meister to manage our moldy memories away from the truth of the matter. The proof of the pudding is in the reading…..in this case…..the 1861 letter from Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce that Clinton’s Rhodes Scholarship either did not impart a knowledge of, sadly, or which has been a deceptively omitted element of our common history and like the rest of our collective history covered in myth and not fact.”
"When Lincoln comes in he will have but to continue in the path of his predecessor to inaugurate a civil war and, leave a soi dissant democratic administration responsible for the fact. Genl. Cushing was here last week and when we parted it seemed like taking a last leave of a Brother."
"Do you hear in this letter a concern about Pierce's a tragic 'drift toward war' as Clinton asserts? Who would benefit from such an assertion and why?" asked Wigglesworth. "A close reading of Bill Clinton's Arkansas experiences with Dan Lasater, Fahmy Malak and there is no reason that you wouldn't ask...."Was Franklin Pierce an ancestor of Barbara Pierce Bush?"
And now we know, according to Wigglesworth just where we were in 1850 when Davis was laying out the South's rail route to San Diego, when William Walker was the Oliver North of Central America and when the Frolic wrecked on the Mendicino coast near Fort Bragg. We also know the reason why our soldiers die in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2016. “One Nation Under God….Kratos!”