The Historical Context
Historians know that New York City's Atlantic port funded westward expansion for Horace Greeley's "Go West Young Man". Greeley is buried in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery not far from Murder Inc. founder, Albert Anastasia. Nearby is the grave of Western Union's Samuel Finley Breese "F.B." Morse, inventor of the Morse Code whose telegraph poles ran alongside the Union Pacific's tracks originally envisioned running across the Great Southwest along the Santa Fe Trail and the Jefferson Davis surveyed Savannah to San Diego flatland route to California before the Civil War and invention of dynamite that made the Omaha to "Baghdad by the Bay"....San Francisco....a place reminiscent of the Gulf Coast's city of Bagdad (spelled without the h) at the mouth of the Rio Grande River near Matamoros.... more desirable to the New England power elites whose fortunes were made in opium. Opium shipped from the Ottoman Empire's Golden Crescent in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India was dumped as a trading chip in China. Jeff Davis' camel corps...to be made obsolete the completion of a Great Southwest rail route.... could provide a Pacific-to-Atlantic trade route for the Ottoman poppy products long purveyed by Sephardic Jew, David Sassoon (from Baghdad and Basra, Iraq, then Bombay, India), on a Smyrna-acquired camel caravan from Texas to San Diego.... were it not for William Tecumseh Sherman's pre and post Civil War work in San Francisco. The New England opium merchants preferred Omaha to San Francisco instead of Jeff Davis' preferred route, but for the pesky Rocky Mountains, the instability of nitro-glycerin and no Dynamite until 1867, two years after the Civil War as the Union through the Buffalo Soldiers in Texas overseen by Giles Alexander and Morgan Lewis Smith kept the promise of a camel caravan to the Pacific alive. A possible route across Northern Mexico was already nominally explored by Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza, the Society of Saint Augustine priest who spent two years in Mexico and who provided the fullest account of Chinese society and commerce based on the prior work of Jesuits previously in China and reviewed by Mendoza in Spain.
It was in San Francisco named for Francis of Assisi, another Catholic saint and given by the Spanish colonists in California, that William Tecumseh Sherman worked with George F. Bragg and J. Mora Moss at the SF Bay area Sacramento Valley Railroad south of Fort Bragg, named for Sherman's pre and post Civil War business partner Confederate General Braxton Bragg whose brother, Thomas Bragg, was the Attorney General for the Confederacy (Bancroft's Hand-Book of the Pacific States, published in 1864, p. 91). Few historians relate that William Tecumseh Sherman and Braxton Bragg, the most hated Southern General among his troops, were business partners before and after the Civil War.
Between his two periods of railway consolidation in California Sherman went to Vicksburg, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia to destroy the South's transcontinental rail dreams while abandoning endangered slaves at Ebenezer Creek to help underscore his real motive for twisting the South's "Great Rail Snout" into pretzels before the victorious Union plopped forts at San Diego to say to the South...."forget about it!".
Domiciled amid the Jefferson Davis Letters at Rice University's Jefferson Davis Project in Houston, Texas near the James A. Baker Center for Public Policy, named for Secretary of State James A. Baker whose ancestors were lawyers for the Union Pacific, is a Jeff Davis letter to Franklin Pierce, ancestor of Barbara Pierce Bush. Davis' letter to Pierce notes their close mutual friendship with Caleb Cushing who Davis said was "like a brother". Cushing's business interests surely included Davis' vision of a quick rail route across the continent joining the Atlantic and Pacific. Caleb was a close relative of Boston's opium king-pin John Perkins Cushing. Caleb had negotiated the first U.S./Chinese trade agreement, the Wanghia Treaty, but there were problems with Cushing whose ancestor would accompany the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to the Texas ranches of right-wing oil wildcatter and owner of American Liberty Oil Co., Clint Murchison, showing the longstanding ties between the German/British royal Saxe-Coburg-Gotha whose fortunes were made in a killer of a business dialectic.... anesthetics and weaponry. The family's links to German Fascism has been widely explored and verified. Those fortunes, as with the New England power elites, had been tied to opium as evidenced by the history of the British East India Company and the New Englander's whose patriotism and loyalty was sometimes divided between love of country and love of global merchantilism (Voyage of the Frolic: New England Merchants and the Opium Trade by Thomas Layton, Stanford University Press, 1999)....mostly the later. Ulysses S. Grant said of Caleb Cushing that he strongly believed Cushing was loyal to something other than the Union.
Grant's intuition about Cushing's ultimate loyalty was further born out about other Union officers as the largest assembly of dead Union Army Generals....forty of them....were buried alongside the founder of Yale University's Skull & Bones fraternity in Ohio. Along with opium king-pin, William Huntington Russell, Alphonso Taft created S&B at Yale in 1833. He is buried the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.
Father of President William Howard Taft, William joined his father's Cincinnati Scottish Rite Temple in 1908, a Masonry based not on the York Rite Masonry of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, the Founders and last President of the Texas Republic, Anson Jones, whose highly Christianized York rite temple at Galveston burned with all of its records just after the Civil War to be replaced by the Scottish Rite Order in Texas. Scottish Rite Masonry in the U.S. was the legacy of Jefferson Davis' Chief Indian Agent, General Albert Pike, chief legal counsel to the Ku Klux Klan and a Roman Catholic owing that retrograde branch of the secret society and its evolution from the Prussian royal court and Giuseppe Mazzini in Italy to its further support of Jacobite Scots in the Roman Catholic Church's war against Britain's Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I. Seen by the British as a miraculous evolution Elizabeth's amazing rise to power was validated in the mind's of the British people and world by her victory over the Spanish Armada. She had already signaled her openness to more inclusion of people in England's political processes selecting Sir Francis Bacon, the "Father of the Scientific Method" as her top aide. Then, by tipping her powdered wig to Kent, the strongly Puritan Protestant region from which would come Winston Churchill she said "Had it not been for Kent all of England would have gone over to the Spaniards,".....and with the Spaniards to the Italians and Pope at Rome and to a Jesuit Inquisition?
The current dominance over energy sources by fossil fuels controlled by oligarchs who disallow alternatives is the moral equivalency of silencing Copernicus and Galileo who said that the earth is not the center of the universe. We live in a business-cartel inflicted Dark Ages that will require a new Reformation and Age of Enlightenment.
Kent, unlike the rest of England, practiced gavelkind law and not the top down, pyramidal, monarchial, oligarchical paradigm....primogeniture law....that left the lion's share to the first-born....a scenario played out with great relish even in modern times in Mario Puzo's popular book The Godfather. As if out of a scene of the Egyptian Pharaoh's slaughter of first-borns in the time of Moses or Herod's killing the first-borns in the days of Jesus, Puzo is well aware of the black hand's ancient order that the Judeo-Christian principle of David's selection as ruler, Jesus' "the last shall be first, and first, last," and "God is no respecter of persons," provided in positing a new paradigm that energized liberty, freedom and real fraternity.
By the time Oliver Cromwell had chopped off King Charles' head and replaced the British king with a Lord Protector and Parliament, Jews exiled under Edward I, Longshanks, who had battled William Wallace, an ancestor of Vice President to FDR, Henry Wallace, had been repatriated to England. The Puritans saw in the Israelite traditions of Moses and David a well-defined ethic that challenges tyrannical rule....a perfect ally against institutionalized despotism, but let's come forward to more recent history. Today's leading Jewish financial leaders, Hank Paulson and Alan Greenspan among them had sided with primogeniture oligarchical values and sold out their own best tradition upon which the American experiment was founded.
Rice University took a central role in illegitimatizing Julius Robert Oppenheimer's plea for peaceful use of nuclear energy from within the dark citadel of the world's fossil fuel empire. Rice is also the alma mater of Ben Rhodes, Obama's 911 and Benghazi embassy attack spokesperson, David Rhodes his brother, the President of CBS, and Philip Zelikow whose oversight of the 911 Commission has been the subject of a wide range of speculation about the Official 911 Report and a widely-believed cover-up. CBS' 60 Minutes reporters Lowell Bergman, Dan Rather and Mary Mapes would botch two important stories....Salem Bin Laden's 1988 death in a ultra-light aircraft in Cibolo, Texas and the 1999/2000 emergence of GWB's Texas Air National Guard memo story that could have impacted the 2000 Presidential election, but for CBS' failure to report it.
As Rice University President Kenneth Pitzer prepared his testimony against Oppenheimer he was working on high-octane jet fuel for the fossil fuel cartel....the key component of America's growing extraction industry which would include mining. Also buried in New York's Green-Wood Cemetery is the body of mineral extractor Anson Phelps Dodge whose future employees included the father of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor whose autobiography speaks of her fond memories of her day trips to her father's business interests. Phelps Dodge's extracted resources shipped out of the Southwest by rail especially after the stalled Southern Pacific was merging with the Union Pacific in the 20th Century. The discovery of the world's largest sulfur dome stretching from Louisiana to Mexico along the Gulf Coast helped with the discovery of the Frasch extraction process, monetized by Bernard Baruch's Wall Street funding, the making of a wide variety of products, not least of which was gunpowder....needed to propel the bullets....formerly musket balls.... which brought Moses Austin from the Potosi lead mines of Missouri to Texas.
F.B. Morse's cousin, Texas soldier Col. James Walker Fannin, died at the hands of Mexican General Santa Ana's men while following Greeley's advice and traveling like other Texians on the funding coming primarily from New York's port and Wall Street money mill through the "Wall Street of the South".... Galveston. All roads lead.... as the 911 hijackers fifteen of whom were Saudis would have us believe... to New York. Few know that after the Civil War Confederates planned to firebomb the city of New York for funding that war while riding out the devastation unscathed. One outspoken historian said "Damn Rebs had their heads in their colons. They should have let the North fire the first shot, liberated all their slaves and promised them 80 acres, two mules and few dozen textile factories in Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois and changed the face of the country in a couple of years on a raw military meritocracy, which some say we have become anyway, but to serve the oligarchs".....which brings us back to the Big Apples' Goldman Sachs and a Delaware Chancery Court case heard by Judge Andre Bouchard.
The New York Federal Reserve is the big kahuna in the U.S. banking system. Its revolving door spins on the coming and going of big bank fund mangers.....Steve Mnuchin, Jack Lew, Robert Rubin, Hank Paulson, NeoCons Lawrence Summers and Paul Wolfowitz, each of whose sensitivities have followed not Judaism's Moses/David tradition, but the Joseph tradition of the Pharaoh's little bootlicker. Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump have preferred the Joseph tradition, too, for all of the rhetoric to the contrary. Trump advisor, Steve Bannon, himself a Goldman Sachs alum said to work for Goldman Sachs was like working for the Jesuits. The Jesuits, it is wise to remember, were in charge of the Catholic Church's Spanish Inquisition. Many of these named have had their seats on the NY Fed that is the most powerful money manipulation mill in America if not the world. They all shared a place at Goldman Sachs and from his position as U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson led the 2008 bailout that found 90% of Main Street banks solvent because they knew their clients and didn't create sub-prime mortgages based on faulty metrics conjured up by the Fed's friends like Nobel Prize winner, Robert Merton, Harvard understudy of MIT's Paul Samuelson....all close to Alan Greenspan whose "Greenspan put" filled their mutual fellowship (not to mention the world's economy) with a rather odiferous poot.
Hank Paulson went on from Goldman and the U.S. Treasury Secretary to the University of Chicago in a city where the murder rate has skyrocketed in recent years to pump Chinese investments in the U.S.. A consortium of his fellow Goldman workers descended on the oil capital of the world, Houston, to presumably assist in the foreign purchasing of U.S. oil reserves. In fact, wife of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Heidi Cruz, returned to Goldman Sachs in Houston in 2016 following her husband's lost Presidential bid against Trump ("Heidi Cruz Returns To Goldman Sachs in New Role in Houston," Dakin Campbell, Bloomberg, September 23, 2016).
While the State of Texas has a multi-billion dollar economic development fund at its disposal which could be used for the state to build local and USA-owned businesses in the same way that GM and Chrysler before them was funded by the Fed, the recent Chinese investment in Texas' oil infrastructure was a new departure. Such a gesture would appear to be creeping socialism. Better to import foreign money, according Goldman Sachs, whose Wall Street wizards know the promotional power of such a move for baiting IPO desirability and the promise of high returns even if it means partnering with the authors of China's Tiananmen Square massacre and undermining U.S. investment in its own infrastructure.
The Chinese, seeing a coming fracking boom in the Texas Eagle-Ford Shale deposits of South Central Texas made their largest foreign industrial investment to date....an oil pipe plant that promised to employ several hundred local workers, but more importantly, providing Wall Street, Hank Paulson and Goldman Sachs with a big red push pin on a region that promised to churn up new big dollar investors on new drilling methods.
Enter C&J Energy, a Texas fracking company headed by Joshua Comstock and his close associate Joseph Winstead, neither of whom are now living. Like the close associates within the chemistry department of the University of Texas, William Gardiner and Mike White, both working on breakthroughs in hydrogen fuel cell technology when they died mysterious deaths, Comstock died at age 46 on March 11, 2016, the month after the strange death of Judge Antonin Scalia in Marfa, Texas near El Paso ("Scalia Got His Gun: Antonin Scalia In No Country For Old Men," by John Coffee "Jack" Walker, Feb. 20, 2016, Winsip Custer) and on the eve of Comstock's scheduled testimony (Law360, "CEO's Death Shakes $2.9B C&J-Nabors Class Challenge", Jeff MontgomeryApril 26, 2016) in a law suit that would include the Miami General Employees and Sanitation Workers Retirement Fund, Comstock would suffer an inexplicable late night heart attack at his rambling Houston home.
Winstead, Comstocks' VP and close associate would die in a tragic car accident in Sonora, Texas on November 17, 2016, but Comstock's deposition had already shown that he felt that his investment bankers at Citi-Bank, another of the "too big to fail" banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America and on whose board had been CIA Director John Deutsch, had been manipulated by Nabors' investment bankers at Goldman Sachs as the new company's headquarters headed to Bermuda to avoid U.S. taxes. For all of their good fortune at fracking Texas oil when it came to striking a deal with Nabors they seemed, along with Miami city employees, astonishingly unlucky.
Comstock's hard work had led to a lucrative company and what appears now to be a hostile, very hostile, takeover. Enter Nabors Inc., the company once headed by Eugene Isenberg, the New York management mogul whose "gifts" to Congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem lost him his Congressional seat. Isenberg would retire from Nabors, suffer a heart attack at 84 while his work at Nabors in the newly merging Nabors and Comstock's C&J was being picked up by Anthony Petrello. It was shown that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, son of former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under FDR and grandson of Henry Morgenthau, Sr. Woodrow Wilson's U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, owned Nabors' stock when he introduced Rangel to Isenberg ("Morgenthau Held Stock In Company Rangel Aided," by David Koskieniewski, NY Times, Aug. 24, 2010).
To put Henry Morgenthau's Ambassadorship to the Ottoman Empire into context, Civil War Union General Lew Wallace who had written about his experiences in Bagdad, Mexico during the Mexican-American War would also become Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire developing a close friendship with Sultan Abdul Hamid II under whose rule opium exports skyrocketed. Wallace also wrote the best selling novel, Ben Hur, that managed to compliment the Christian, Jewish, Arab/Turkish cultures and even the Roman Empire which the United States was, thanks to its command of the world's sea lanes, quickly becoming.
Isenberg's replacement at Nabors, Inc., Petrello, has been the focus of bitter Texas and New York real estate battles that have employed the work of Petrello's Houston lawyer, David Berg. Berg's older brother was reportedly killed by Charles Harrelson, father of Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson. Berg has chronicled his own personal encounters with Woody Harrelson since Berg's brother's death including his interest in Woody's part in the Coen brother's film No Country For Old Men. In 2013 Simon & Schuster published Berg's book about his brother, Run, Brother, Run.
"Interestingly, Woody Harrelson plays an investigator on the heels of sociopath Anton Chigurh, a name strangely similar to J. Chagra, the El Paso Middle-Eastern drug and weapons dealer who hired Charles Harrelson from Lovelady, Texas to kill U.S. District Judge John Howland Wood in May 1979. The subject of Gary Cartwright's book Dirty Dealing, I find the Coen brother's choice of Harrelson a fascinating one," said L.P Wigglesworth who noted that Charles Harrelson's best friend was Hampton Robinson whose family's Texas ranch was not far from the acquired ranch of the widow of brutal Nicaraguan dictator, Anastasio Samoza, whose granddaughter spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and who fled Nicaragua after the murder of ABC newsman Bill Stewart as he covered both Samoza's death squads in Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra connections.
Historian Lowell P. Wigglesworth said "Cormac McCarthy wrote No Country For Old Men which really focused on the treachery of oil capital of the world, Houston, when you consider the essence of that story that blends the drugs with crude's capital that was funding the storied operation from a building with hidden floors. McCarthy shows the evolution and deviation of American mythology from the central theme of Herman Melville's view of the American life. For Melville there was Moby Dick and the mindless pursuit of self-destruction....a great synonym for chasing whale oil, or was it the white drool of the opium poppy? Melville was struggling with the answer to our dilemma and there's Melville's next novel Billy Budd that calls for a conscious mutiny from the tyranny of Ahab-types so that we are left with Melville's viewpoint that holds to a righteous core where God is God and we are wholly other. McCarthy's book Blood Meridian which has been likened by Yale scholar Harold Bloom to Moby Dick makes it clear that 'War is God', music to the ears of the American military/security industrialist establishment. That message is obviously more to the liking of the American myth-spinners in as much as Melville died penniless and unappreciated and McCarthy is quite wealthy. That's a fundamental shift in the American ethos, but given the evolution of American history and the growth of the military industrialist/security complex fueled by Houston's oil where the city's leading cleric spins positive thinking and lives in $10 million River Oaks mansions never preaching as did Luther, Knox, Zwingli, Hus and others a prophetic message....it's an accurate one."
"I'm not sure what to make of it," said Wigglesworth, "but Cormac McCarthy's first novel, Blood Meridian, traces the historically true and real-life story of an early Texas sociopath, John Joel Glanton, who had tried to murder a San Antonio pastor for challenging him. McCarthy has the character Judge Holden, reminiscent of Ahab....the symbol of a corrupt utilitarian legal system that is anathema to the values of the cleric, side with Glanton's agenda. John Joel Glanton's downward spiral led to his scalping Mexican peasants, shaving the hairpieces like Commanche and Apache scalps and selling them to the Mexican authorities until the town mayors wondered what had happened to his citizens. Grizzly stuff and less efficient than modern methods of land clearing currently employed in our name," said Wigglesworth.
Perhaps not ironically, the orphaned Woody Harrelson went to college on a scholarship attached to that pastor's denomination....the same as that of CIA Director Alan Dulles and Donald Trump, even Dwight D. Eisenhower who famously paid tribute along with Winston Churchill to the sulfur funder, Bernard Baruch, in his Manhattan apartment after WWII. What does that say about art imitating life by chance or by someone's design? About other Texas actors like Tommy Lee Jones who stared with Harrelson in both No Country for Old Men and Natural Born Killers (by Director Oliver Stone who credited his father Louis Silverstein, a stockbroker, for motivating his interest in directing Wall Street, but whose Untold History series has yet to really delve into the secrets of the American media establishment)? It begs the question when aligned with Peter Brewton's analysis of Bill Whitliff's fraternity at the University of Texas, Kappa Sigma fraternity, to which Brewton gives a full chapter in his 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush: Corruption, Greed and Abuse of Power in the Nation's Highest Office, linking that club to more than innocent hazing" said Wigglesworth. "It also sheds a spotlight on The Whitliff Collection at Texas State University, LBJ's alma mater, thirty miles south of Austin where there's housed the letters of Cormac McCarthy.
Goldman Sachs' and Alan Greenspan's illogical enthusiasm for the stock market and the housing market bubble that blew apart the essentially anti-American-castle-ownership mythology and housing industry-employment-while-manufacturing-jobs-are-shipped-overseas reality in 2008 was based on Washington and the big bank's criminal repeal of the post-Depression business ethics tool of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. That happened in 1999 under the soon-to-be-Bush-brother and mysterious apologist for the Presidential legacy of Franklin Pierce, William Jefferson Clinton. Glass-Steagall prohibited the smegma-lathered orgy between the big banks' safe traditional commercial and unsecured investment functions....a separation in U.S. banking that Andrew Jackson found inherent in a non-central banking system.
These two functions were never in Jackson's eyes equal. Hence, banking speculators back then were hung...as Jackson would have done today to the developers of the "Black-Scholes Credit Default Formulas" and even the idea of "short-selling"....betting against U.S. commerce for profit. This bamboozle came under the misguided rubric of a free-market deregulation devoid of a commanding ethic like Ayn Rand's "achievement without plunder," the Ten Commandments' eighth...."Thou Shalt Not Steal," or Jesus' "Golden Rule." Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts, sees the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall as key to the failure of laisse-faire capitalism and the beginning of the current lawlessness. It is also what separates Roberts from Libertarians who claim no government is the best government. Some government is absolutely necessary to provide decorum and rule of law, but laws that serve freedom, liberty and justice.
To jettison that tool is equivalent to taking away an animal's evolutionary adaptations and to invite extinction...to reverse engineer civilization into pond scum. In Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Glanton was the worst kind of Anglophile social Darwinian genocidalist operating on the frontier of a rolling mercantilism seeking to link the poppy fields of the Ottomans to China and the rest of the world....East and West.... for profit. The San Antonio preacher who became for McCarthy the focus of Judge Holden's wrath offered the seemingly anemic myth of Christian love for 10% of the take that kept the crushing gears of progress lubricated and rolling on while inviting new investors to the promises of a better life. With the preacher's retreat to the "Wall Street of the South," Galveston, as Glanton moved across the Southwest toward certain death at the Yuma River in what is now Arizona and ahead of the "progress" one wonders whether, this side of the Second Coming, religion offered a counter to absolute evil or the mere illusion of civility.
Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana provided a similar storyline in fiction, minus the brutality. Cormac McCarthy believes that religion is lace curtains on a slaughterhouse, but in Williams' misadventure the cleric does not retreat. He simply stops at the Pacific and at the water's edge where in the dark night of his soul he confronts the human creature's, his own, unalterable reptilian nature and finds in the poem of a fellow pilgrim some comfort. While even earth's best gifts are corruptible, there is a wholly other one that is not. It hides not its ambition behind a mutating, camouflaging outer skin, but contains a natural, consistent and reliable piety:
How calmly does the olive branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair
Some time while light obscures the tree
The zenith of its life will be
Gone past forever
And from thence
A second history will commence
A chronicle no longer gold
A bargaining with mist and mold
And finally the broken stem
The plummeting to earth, and then
An intercourse not well designed
For beings of a golden kind
Whose native green must arch above
The earth's obscene corrupting love
And still the ripe fruit and the branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair
Oh courage! Could you not as well
Select a second place to dwell
Not only in that golden tree
But in the frightened heart of me?
Houston in Harris County, Texas, perhaps all of Texas, is a difficult place to get a true and reliable reading on a questionable death. It was, after all, Texas....the University....that received Admiral William McRaven as Chancellor, after the SEAL Team 6 killing of Bin Laden whose body was deposited into the ocean 34 years after Salem Bin Laden, Osama's elder brother, bought the NASA-connected Houston Gulf Manor Airport near CIA-connected Ellington Field with the help of the Saudi royal banker Khalid Bin Mafouz aided by GWB's Texas Air National Guard roommate James R. Bath, both Bath and Mahfouz on the board of BCCI....the Iran-Contra money laundering bank; 23 years after Salem Bin Laden died in a mysterious ultra-lite crash in Cibolo, Texas; 10 years after 911; nine years after Salem Bin Laden's airport in Houston was razed following 911 essentially erasing memories of the focus of Saudi power and influence peddling in the USA's "oil city".....the same city that helped spawn ARAMCO, the Arab American Oil Company that replaced BP, British Petroleum and challenged by OPEC.
After former Washington D.C. Medical Examiner, Dr. Joyce Carter, moved to Houston to head up the forensics lab as the Harris County Medical Examiner, her lab was cited for a variety of errors and improprieties. This led to the importation of former Iran-Contra prosecutor Michael Bromwich who many believe provided the firewall between the convicted NeoCons.... John Poindexter, Elliot Abrams, Caspar Weinberg, Bud McFarland and Oliver North.... and Vice-President George H.W. Bush and President Reagan, with Reagan believed by Paul Craig Roberts... Reagan's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.... to be the target of constant NeoCon management and handling seemingly lodged with GHWB and his friends. Reagan's push for deregulation led to the S&L scandal of the 80's, the publication of Peter Brewton's investigation into the Iran-Contra connections to the same S&L debacle in Houston and even to Katherine Austin Fitt's investigation in the Hamilton Securities fraud that would point to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ripoffs all of which were prolegomena for or later proof of the further debacle of Clinton's 1999 failure to veto the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999 and the 2000-2008 washout of essential business ethics during the Bush bamboozle and the Hank Paulson 2008 ripoff of the people's sovereign tax dollars.
Michael Bromwich was paid for his investigative work for Harris County from confiscated drug money...millions of dollars of it.... and went on to be appointed by Obama to head up the agency overseeing the massive Deep Water Horizon clean-up and future such oil spills. Located along I-10 and the North/South I-45 corridor that links Galveston and Houston to Dallas and considered "the most dangerous highway in America" murders and questionable forensic investigation finds follow-up incomplete, inconclusive or unattempted.
DARK ANGEL ALLIANCES IN AMERICA
Nabors' lawyers were the same as Houston-based Enron's and Houston-based First City Bank... Vinson & Elkins. First City Bank's connection to Houston's bamboozling was covered in Houston Post reporter Peter Brewton's 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush, but also by the admittedly problematic, tempestuous, but probling mind of Eustace Mullins who had worked with Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose New York attorney and mentor to Donald Trump was Roy Cohn also the attorney for Texas millionaire from the "Wall Street of the South", Shearn Moody, and a variety of New York underworld figures and power elites.
Mullin's analysis of James Elkin's First City Bank provides the obvious connection to Citibank, the other half of the Goldman Sachs tag-team in the Nabors/C&J merger....the other that worked even more closely with Comstock, but which he equally distrusted according the court records in the Delaware court case.
While we think of New York as being the U.S.'s "First City"....as with Chicago's "Second City" ....in point of fact things have significantly changed save for the financial evolution of the game where Wall Street is still the major casino, defended by the NY Federal Reserve Office and by Madison Avenue's madmen, the "presstitute" media....all of which were more than ready, willing and able to pump up the housing bubble's billowy bomb blast while blaming it on the irresponsible middle and lower class who were told by George W. Bush that they could afford any house they wanted.
In Herman Melville's day the oil capital of the world was the whaling ports of New England where the Brahmin, who mainlined their kiddos into Yale and the other Ivy League schools, were using their fleets for double duty in the China Trade around the horns of Africa and South America. That changed with the Transcontinental Railroad and Panama Canal, but not much. The game remained the same, led to the phony War on Drugs where those who pass the laws to prohibit control the sea lanes and approved portals. As one observer right said "....the War on Drugs is the war of the big importers against the smaller one....as Panama's Manuel Noriega can attest....and did so by claiming the 'I've got Bush by the balls'."
Sulfur, Gun Powder, Anesthetics
When Wall Steet's Bernard Baruch monetized Freeport McMoran's (Henry Kissinger being its long-time board member whose company employed L. Paul Bremer, the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Governor who was working for Marsh McClennan at the WTC on 911) to expand its grip on Gulf Coast sulfur via Wall Street, Houston had because of its technological grip on sulfur, oil and gas extraction, become the world's "First City". James Elkins, founder of First City Bank had gotten it quite right. Why else would Khalid Bin Mahfouz and Salem Bin Laden, the Saudi banker and builder be buying an airport in Houston...a small premiere airport widely used by NASA astronauts? If there was no Houston, the Vatican, Mecca and Medina of a growingly anachronistic fossil fuel extraction and engineering industry that has provided well-head, refining and distribution services to the world's oil oligarchs and....as the folks at the Petroleum Clubs have long stated given their anemic support of alternative energy...."the world is SOL. The lights would go out on Wall Street, Michigan Avenue and all the Mainstreets."
"Is it?" asked Bill Nye "The Science Guy" who joins the growing ranks of those who believe the world simply lacks the will to reform....like when the Jesuits held Copernicus and Galileo under house arrest and continued to teach that Rome's key to the kingdom on earth demanded the denial of the science and reality upon which life itself is based.
The Halliburton connections to both CitiBank and First City Bank are clearly shown by Eustace Mullins' research. Mullins noted that Robert Lovett of the Union Pacific Railroad, father of Robert Abercrombie Lovett, father of the Dresden policy of bombing of civilian centers and using the expansion of what was formerly collateral damage as key to real psychological warfare during WWII were from the hometown of Trump's new Secretary of State... former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.... Huntsville, Texas... an hour north of former Secretary of State James A. Baker's Baker & Botts Attorney's offices in Houston. In their lifetime Tillerson and Baker could have easily driven to Rice University and talked with Rice President Kenneth Pitzer, a chemist for the fossil fuel industry... whose testimony with William Liscum Borden had helped to strip Robert Oppenheimer of his national security clearance for wanting the peaceful use of nuclear energy to create ubiquitous power and whose defrocking was led by Gordon Gray, father of Bush legal counsel C. Boyden Gray.
Tillerson like James A. Baker, who was joined at the 2017 Super Bowl by GHWB and Vice-President Mike Pense, could have driven to Texas A&M and talked with the historian and former Rice President like Pitzer, Frank Vandiver, who not only shielded the letter of Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce about their colleague Caleb Cushing for decades as head of the Jefferson Davis Project, but Vandiver would also, as head of the Mosher Institute for Defense Studies in College Station after he left Rice, write in 2005 the book Why America Goes To War.....a great question for the Director of an institute created by Ed Mosher of Mosher Steel whose company supplied 13,000 tons of steel for the first nine floors of New York's World Trade Center back in the 1970's after it was built by the NY Port Authority and its architect Minoru Yamasaki who had also built the infamous Pruit-Igoe Project in St. Louis, Missouri....which brings us back to New York, Goldman Sachs, CitiBank and the Nabors/C&J deal.
When the Miami Employees decided to sue for loss of investment in the new company Vinson & Elkins defended Nabors Inc. in Delaware's court where the incorporation papers were domiciled. The leading V&E attorney, Michael C. Holmes, argued the case for Nabors before the Delaware Court in a state noted for it shadowy corporate connections to subterranean business tunnels and back alley alliances ("Delaware Thrives As A Corporate Tax Haven" by Leslie Wayne, June 30, 2012). The Delaware court cited the Revlon case which made it clear that corporate boards are under obligation to act in the best interest of stockholders, but that Miami's investment in the Nabors/C&J deal was NOT a violation of Revlon. Miami's employees, by their fund leader's ineptitude or larceny, had no guarantee of a secure investment in the deal and the pumped up promise of quick profits from oil in frack-land, hyped as it was by the quick inflow of Chinese money, the mission of Hank Paulson's University of Chicago Paulson Institute, was not the same as a federally insured FDIC deposit.
One court observer asked "Is Michael C. Holmes from Vinson & Elkins related to long-time Harris County District Attorney Johnny B. Holmes and are they related to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. who took special interest on the U.S. Supreme Court in fashioning U.S. drug policy....the son of the Cushing-class-Boston surgeon, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. who coined the word 'anesthetics' as the 'river of forgetfulness' in the evolving science of poppy products and surgery?"
Vinson & Elkins was not the only Houston law firm that seemed to target the middle-class' nest eggs for a snake-like raid. Following 911 Rudy Giuliani, whose Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik had been indicted and jailed since 911 on corruption charges, had served on New York's Knapp Commission (the Serpico Commission) that found FBI agent Brian Bruh as its liason before he moved on to become liason for the Bureau with FINCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) investigation. Giuliani in Houston's offices of Bracewell & Patterson became Bracewell & Giuliani even as NYFD fire fighters challenged his claimed heroics during 911. In 2015 Giuliani moved to the Washington D.C. firm that employed Jack Abramoff while Abramoff had taken special interest in Texas 'bugman' and later darling of Dancing With the Stars, convicted U.S. Speaker of the House, Tom DeLay.
FINCEN had Saudi influence peddling in the US in its sights, a program that stood down in 1992 as it moved too close to Saudi royal banker Khalid Bin Mahfouz, James R. Bath and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), the Iran-Contra money laundering bank of note.
Mafouz and his Houston partner had bought for Salem Bin Laden, elder brother of Osama, the nearby Houston Gulf Manor Airport. These historic connections to the House of Saud were in no way revealed in the 26 redacted pages of the Official 911 Report that sent readers looking into Saudi influence peddling not in Texas, but in California on the opposite side of the continent.
Mahfouz' partner in Houston was James R. Bath whose Bracewell & Patterson attorney, William Edward King, a mayor of Kemah and Houston Mayoral candidate in 2015, was Bath's business partner at CIA-linked Ellington Field's Southwest Airport Services, Inc.. Bath was George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard roommate and King and fellow B&G attorney Patrick C. Oxford had focused their attention on privatizing the Houston Fire Fighters' pension fund...an admittedly different strategy than that used in the Nabors/C&J/Miami case, but with the same effect.
The effect of the growing privatization of formerly publicly held resources like GWB's privatization of the University of Texas' multi-billion-dollar endowment into UTIMCO at the same time that student grants were dwindling, replaced by interest bearing bank loans was unpacked by Ronald Reagan's outspoken Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Craig Roberts. Roberts sees this trend as indicative of an oligarchy bent on enslaving others and he used the story of Greece's relationship to the European Union as a case study for the U.S. and the evidence of what he calls "gangster capitalism".
New York fire fighters were already leery of Giuliani because of his mishandling of the NYFD's resources in advance of 911....a viewpoint they believed was confirmed by Giuliani's post-911 grandstanding, equivocations and relationship to the NY Port Authority which owned the WTC and whose power and influence in funding and marketing with the help of nearby Wall Street various wars dating back to the early port tax collectors like Samuel Swartwout.
By January 2017 Nabors/C&J found on its board Stuart J. Brightman, the President of Dresser Industries' Valves Division whose long-standing CEO had been Niel Mallon for whom Niel Mallon Bush, brother of GWB, was named. Brightman had also been, according to Bloomberg Inc., the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of TETRA Technologies (TTI: NY), an oil field services company started by known CIA insider James Hardesty Critchfield that had become a multi-billion dollar enterprise after the post-911 U.S. invasion of Iraq when it began retrieving spent carcinogenic depleted uranium shells.
Suddenly it was clear. GWB's Yale fraternity brother, Linden Blue, the former business partner in Nicaragua of brutal dictator Anastasio Samoza whom FDR called "a son-of-a-bitch, but he's our son-of-a-bitch", founder of California-based General Atomic Inc. that mined uranium, fashioned it into nuclear fuel rods and then used the spent-rods in GAI's Predator and Reaper drones as depleted uranium shells as well as in the armor in M1-Abrams tanks, lined up alongside the Clinton's big funder Uranium One, Inc.. Meanwhile, the British royals....one of whose wives....Wallis Simpson Windsor....had been the Godmother of Elizabeth Kauffman Bush....GHWB's sister in-law.....as the British royal family found their $500 million estate growing to $14 billion primarily on investments in uranium and uranium weapons that, had she lived, Princess Diana who have opposed like she did land mines, but in even harsher terms.
It now appears that there were two scams going on in the Delaware court. One to relieve Comstock and Winstead of their company and secondly, to tap the Miami employees pension fund like a thirsty elephant siphoning a bucket of water and later peeing the proceeds into another outside the U.S. in a tax haven.
Meanwhile, Comstock and Winstead's company was in someone else's hands and their measly millions in salaries and stock options had morphed into the newcomers many-multi-millions deposited in some bank in Bermuda, the Caymans or Channel Islands as Miami employees and other investors came up short...like Enron's employees had done in 2001.