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The Federal Bureau of Investigagtion

Not necessarily healthy, mature love or balanced, equitable relationships negotiated between two or more adults.  No, instead it was more about obsession, control, immaturity, desperation,  loyalty, fidelity, commitment.

Let’s start with LIKE CRAZY.  Superbly acted by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, LIKE CRAZY is a love story about two young college students who think they are in love.  They probably are in love or at least as they define love.  It seemed to have a lot to do with sex, fantasy and a disregard for life as it is with rules and boundaries as only two young people wrapped up in their own world perceive it.

Really it’s about love, that  beautiful precious emotional gift,  mishandled by two immature kids.  Basically that’s the problem here – Jacob and Anna are just too immature to grasp what love and commitment really mean.  Patience! That one word engraved on the bracelet given to Anna by Jacob was the key to creating a deep and lasting relationship.  They talked the talk, but couldn’t walk the walk.  Maturity knows patience, maturity understands that it isn’t necessary to indulge your every desire in order to be happy.

Final thought: Anna’s parents came off as way too liberal psuedo-hippies from another era.

J. Edgar

Now here is tale or two of twisted love….a doting mother whose love was controlling, compulsive and suffocating and lavished on a son eager for Mommy’s approval in all things.  Dame Judi Dench embodied the role of this overbearing and obsessive mother.  Edgar was her favorite, Edgar was destined to be a great man and she was the stage mother in the background, directing and advising on everything from the clothes he wore to commanding him to find the Lindberg baby.  Edgar was devoted to his mother, turning to her for counsel, revering her and escorting her to political functions as his date.  The only other woman in his life was Miss Gandy, his personal secretary who was not only the gate-keeper, she was also his trusted secret-keeper.

And then Clyde Tolsen is introduced to the Director of the FBI and in a swift series of meaningful glances, we know that Clyde is destined to be in Hoover’s life.  Almost laughably transparent in his intent, Hoover arranges for Tolsen to be accepted into the Bureau even though as a candidate, Tolsen has none of the desired qualities.  But he is tall and good-looking.  In this day and age, homosexuality is understood, acknowledged and acceptable in most circles.  NOT in those days.  It was apparent that J. Edgar was somewhat conflicted, alternating between  assuming an almost asexual ascetic life and craving the companionship that Clyde so eagerly offered.  Although there were moments of tenderness between Tolsen and Hoover, their relationship was not consumated, at least not in this depiction.  Poor Clyde was ever the faithful puppy dog sidekick, thankful for any random ear-scratching that Edgar rarely bestowed.  

We don’t know how much of this movie is based on fact or historical fiction.  After all, Hoover appeared to be a very private man and the only two people who could know the intimate side of him (Miss Gandy and Clyde Tolsen) did not talk!

Overall I found the movie interesting because it was a biopic, but I didn’t think it was an exceptionally good movie.  I expected more from Clint Eastwood than a laundry list of Hoovers triumphs and failures.  Of course it was hard for me to spend 2 hours in the life of a man who I believe was misguided by his obsessiveness and evil in his vindictiveness.  Also not for a minute was I not aware that DiCaprio was the actor behind the make-up.  I don’t know if that’s because of mis-casting or bad acting – I believe it to be the former.

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Jimmy Hoffa

James Hoffa

Week 31-FOLLOW  the trail!!!!! This week the trail to the White House or rather those who aspired to be there becomes really clear.  Read it and read it again and you’ll be shaking your head in disbelief. BUT the names are there, look them up for yourself.

AMONG THE MISSING

Robert Kennedy had pursued Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa since the 1950’s, when he served as chief counsel for the Senate McClellan Committee, which exposed organized crime in labor unions.  On becoming Attorney General in 1961, Robert turned up the heat, and over th next few years his “Get Hoffa Squad” brought multiple indictments against Teamster officials.  By 1962, the pressure was intense, and a teamster informant quoted Hoffa as saying “Somebody needs to bump that son-of-a-bitch off.  Bobby Kennedy has got to go”.  After the assassination, Hoffa told a reporter, “Bobby Kennedy is just another lawyer now”, but despite his bravado, he was convicted of jury tampering in 1964 and sent to prison, where he remained till 1971, when President Nixon pardoned him.

Under Hoffa, the Teamster Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) was managed by Chicago gangster Allen Dorfman, who made low-interest loans , involving kickbacks, to Las Vegas casino developers.  Some CSPF loans were political : in 1963 25 million was lent to the firm Webb and Knapp, financiers behind the Great South West Corporation, a shady Texas land deal backed by the Murchison family and controlled by their lawyer Bedford Wynne.  With this loan, Webb and Knapp bought 625,000 shares of over-valued real estate stock from a company run by Texas Democratic Party Chairman Eugene Locke, in whose offices the fateful Dallas motorcade route was planned.  Looke became Lyndon Johnson’s ambassador to Vietnam in 1967-8.  Webb and Knapp went bankrupt in 1965.  Hoffa vanished in 1975, and rumors persist that the mob killed him and buried his body in Jersey’s Meadowland Stadium.

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GODDESS

With just a few weeks left till we conclude the conspiracy theory, COUP D’ETAT, we are getting closer and closer to the middle of this tangled web.  Over the weeks,  it has been unraveling; naming names, linking criminals to government departments, explaining connections and always inching closer and closer to the highest government level.

John Kennedy’s affair with CIA agent Cord Meyer‘s wife Mary led to experiments with marijuana and LSD, but the most famous of the 32 presidential paramours tallied by J. Edgar Hoover was actress Marilyn Monroe, who was also the lover of Robert Kennedy.  Her August 5, 1962 death, ruled suicide, was linked to these dangerous liasons, which had been observed by several interested parties.  John and Marilyn often met in the home of the president’s brother-in-law, Peter Lawford, whose house had been wired during the 1960 campaign by GOP “consultants”.  Later, Monroe’s home was bugged for wireman Bernard Spindell, whose usual employer was Jimmy Hoffa.  The Monroe tapes haven’t been made public, but according to many accounts they contain intimacies with the Kennedys, pro-Castro arguments, and support for ousting J. Edgar Hoover. Most significantly they record a visit from Robert on the day of Monroe’s death, during which the pair argued heatedly.  She felt she had been used and dumped by both Kennedys.  Knowledge of this last visit would have been a powerful blackmail tool against Robert even if he had nothing to do with her death.

One person who acquired leverage as a result of the tragedy was Hoover, who immediately confiscated Monroe’s phone records on Robert’s orders.  Hoover was hardy a disinterested party, he considered Monroe a security risk and had watched her for years because of her friendships with “communists”.  Her voluminous FBI files re mostly classified but it is said they record sex orgies with John, Robert,L A. Police Chief William Parker, and other women…and state she was pregnant by Robert and had an abortion before she died.


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