October 18, 2018, would have been Lee Harvey Oswald’s 79th birthday. To mark the occasion, here are 25 facts you were never told about this mysterious man.
1). Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lee Harvey Oswald was the fifth cousin (five times removed) of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. In Fact, Lee Harvey Oswald’s father’s name was Robert E. Lee Oswald Senior.
THE EARLY YEARS
2). As a teenager, Lee Harvey Oswald was a fan of the TV show, I Led Three Lives. The show ran from 1953 to 1956 and is described as, “An advertising executive poses as a Communist agent but secretly reports to the FBI.”
3). Enlisting with the Marines in 1956, Oswald eventually obtained top secret security clearance and was stationed at the American U2 radar base in Atsugi, Japan where he monitored radar for American spy planes.
TO RUSSIA AND BACK
4). Oswald defected to Russia — America’s Cold War enemy at the time — in October of 1959 where he renounced his American citizenship.
(Those who believe Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy point to this defection as proof that Oswald was a communist, whereas those critical of the official story about Oswald’s involvement in the assassination point to this as one of Oswald’s covers as a U.S. intelligence agent in order to appear as a communist sympathizer. In the intelligence community this is commonly referred to as “sheep dipping.”)
5). Almost two years after defecting, Oswald typed a letter to the American Embassy on August 08, 1961, about returning to America. Strangely, he wrote in that letter, “I believe I could catch a military hop back to the States, from Berlin.”
Catching a ride on an American military plane would be an outlandish suggestion from someone that defected to America’s Cold War enemy and renounced his American citizenship, but not as outlandish as America’s response: the U.S. State Department actually loaned Oswald (a supposed enemy defector) $435.71 so he could fly back to America.
6). Oswald was (miraculously) not arrested upon his return and his new Russian wife, Marina, was also allowed into the country without reservation.
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
7). Oswald continued to present himself as a Marxist, while simultaneously becoming friends with avowed anti-communists such as Guy Banister (former FBI), David Ferrie (Civil Air Patrol and involved in CIA military training for anti-Castro exiles), and Clay Shaw (businessman and CIA informant).
8). Another one of Oswald’s anti-communist friends was European émigré, George de Mohrenschildt, a petroleum geologist who just happened to also be friends with CIA employee, George H.W. Bush. Yes, the same George H.W. Bush who would later become CIA director and the 41st president of the United States (and who claimed he couldn’t remember where he was the day JFK was assassinated).
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The other day while I was out at a restaurant, I “tipped like a libertarian” for the first time . . . and I can’t wait to do it again.
Don’t know how libertarians tip? See the below image.
Regardless of your politics, Mark Lane was a good, noble man. A man who sought truth and justice above all else.
Reflecting on his long life (this past week marked 2 years since his passing), I wish to honor his many accomplishments by sharing this fascinating and well done biography of the man who should be a household name, but sadly (thanks to government education) few people of recent generations have ever heard of him.
PASS THE CIGARS
My family has some very exciting news.
I wasn’t sure if we should share it yet, but we’re too excited to keep it a secret (and I figured a bunch of you would be excited to receive the unexpected news earlier rather than later).
So, recently we sought consent from our wise protector and nurturer, the State, to put our humble little fishing boat in a body of water.
I’m pleased to announce that today, May 15th, we found out our petition pleased the crown and we received stickers for 2018 to place over the top of last year’s “proof of permission” stickers so we can now legally put our boat in water.
And that’s not all. We also received permission to fish too. Another gracious blessing bestowed upon us by the State via our purchase of licenses.
As you can probably imagine, we’re gushing with pride right now. We are so thrilled that the State found us fit enough to grant us these rights.
So this year we’re gonna celebrate Independence Day like never before. We’re gonna party like it’s 1999.