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Gen. Walker in Mississippi trawling for pro-segregationist cock

While wasting time yesterday I looked up that bizarro rightwing “patriot” General Edwin A. Walker, who was fired by Kennedy for insubordination, and who was later allegedly nearly shot by Oswald in Texas, and who was tied to the notorious “JFK Wanted For Treason” flyer distributed in Dallas on the day of Kennedy’s assassination. (I posted that flyer in my last entry on the JFK-Obama Repeat scenario.)

Gen. Walker was yet another in a long illustrious line of closet homosexual tea-bagger Republicans who, after the assassinations wound down and the South gave up fighting desegregation, ended his days in public toilets trying to suck off undercover cops a-la Larry Craig. But Gen. Walker’s spirit lives on, as these chilling New York Times articles below show.

One thing that’s particularly interesting is what a true patriot Ike was, going against the insane wing of his party to support the President, despite their ideological differences. Compare that to W’s sulking-groundhog act, or Cheney’s role in firing up the crazies.

Also note that the far-rightwing John Birch Society which led the radical anti-JFK movement branding him a traitor was co-founded by none other than Fred Koch of Koch Industries. Like father, like sons: today, sons Charles and David Koch are co-founders and major funders of FreedomWorks, the Tea Party movement, Americans for Prosperity, and the crazy-rightwing movement branding Obama as a traitor.

New York Times, November 19, 1961, page 1


Attacks Birch Society and ‘Minutemen’ at a Party Dinner in Los Angeles

Spread of Fear Scored

President Says Real Threat Comes From Without, Not Within

by Tom Wicker

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18– President Kennedy spoke out tonight against the right-wing John Birch Society and the so-called Minutemen in a speech at a Democratic Party dinner here.

The President mentioned neither group by name but left no doubt whom he meant.

[In Atlanta, Senator Barry Goldwater, Arizona Republican, attacked the “radicals in the White House.” At a news conference, he called President Kennedy the “wagon master” who is “riding on the left wheel all the time.”]

The President, in his talk at the Hollywood Palladium, also made his first public response to Edward M. Dealey, publisher of the Dallas Morning News. Mr. Dealey attacked the President at a White House luncheon for “riding Caroline’s tricycle” instead of being “a man on horseback.”

Some ‘Escape Responsibility’

“There have always been those fringes of our society who have sought to escape their own responsibility by finding a simple solution, an appealing slogan or a convenient scapegoat,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Now, he continued, “men who are unwilling to face up to the danger from without are convinced that the real danger comes from within.”

“They look suspiciously at their neighbors and their leaders,” he declared. “They call for a ‘man on horseback’ because they do not trust the people. They find treason in our finest churches, in our highest court, and even in the treatment of our water.”

“They equate the Democratic Party with the welfare state, the welfare state with socialism, and socialism with communism. They object quite rightly to politics’ intruding on the military — but they are anxious for the military to engage in politics.” …

Mr. Kennedy chose a region in which the John Birch Society has some of its strongest support to make his third and sharpest attack on what he called tonight “the discordant voices of extremism.”

In the first two speeches, at Chapel Hill, N. C., and Seattle, he also warned against left-wing and pacifist extremists. His remarks tonight were directed to far-right groups and individuals.

The reference to “armed bands of civilian guerillas” appeared to be directed at the Minutemen, individual groups of which are being organized and armed in some parts of the country. The organization is reputed to be particularly strong in California.

Los Angeles is regarded as almost the heartland of the Birch Society. Two Republican Representatives from its urban districts, John H. Rousselot and Edgar W. Hiestland, are avowed members. …


New York Times, November 19, 1961, page 54


3,000 Parade in Los Angeles in Orderly Demonstration

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18– Raucous picketing took place outside the Hollywood Palladium where President Kennedy spoke.

For nearly an hour, 3,000 persons paraded, carrying signs and chanting and singing their protests over a variety of issues.

The demonstration, which started rather mildly five hours before the President spoke, was suddenly stepped up by an apparent influx of rightists.

Some of the signs carried by men and women wearing red, white, and blue paper hats, read: “Unmuzzle the Military,” “Clean Up the State Department,” “Veto Tito,” “Disarmament is Suicide,” and “CommUNism is Our Enemy.”

The marchers sporadically chanted “Test the Bomb,” and, “No Aid to Tito.” They sang, among other things, “God Bless America” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

A much smaller contingent of pacifist marchers was elbowed out. Most of these carried signs urging the end of all atomic testing…


New York Times, November 19, 1961, page 54

Eisenhower Travels Aloft With Kennedy

SHERMAN, Tex. Nov. 18 (AP) — President Kennedy and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower rode together to Perrin Air Force Base near here by helicopter today after attending the funeral of Sam Rayburn at near-by Bonham.

Senator Carl Hayden, Democrat of Arizona, was also on the helicopter. Mr. Kennedy and General Eisenhower stood together talking by the side of the aircraft for about two minutes. Mr. Kennedy gestured repeatedly with his left hand and appearing to be explaining something to General Eisenhower. General Eisenhower listened intently and shook his head affirmatively several times.

They shook hands. Mr. Kennedy then walked briskly to his plane and General Eisenhower got into an Air Force automobile.


New York Times, November 24, 1961, page 1

Eisenhower Says Officers Should Stay Out of Politics

Assails Extremists In TV Interview

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower last night urged officers of the armed services to shun partisan politics.

Speaking as a General of the Army, he declared it was “bad practice –very bad” for an officer, even when testifying under oath before a committee of Congress, to express opinions “on political matters or economic matters that are contrary to the President’s.” …

The former President was blunt in discussing the recent “rise of extremists” in the country.

“I don’t think the United States needs super-patriots,” he declared. “We need patriotism, honestly practiced by all of us, and we don’t need these people that are more patriotic than you or anybody else.”

His definition of extremists embraced those who would “go back to eliminating the income tax from our laws and the rights of people to unionize… [and those] advocating some form of dictatorship.” It also included those who “make radical statements [and] attack people of good repute who are proved patriots.”

At that point, Walter Cronkite of the C.B.S. news staff, who conducted the interview, asked about the “military man’s role in our modern political life.” He did not cite, but obviously referred to, the case of Maj. Gen. Edwin A. Walker, who stirred up a controversy that led to his “admonishment” for the political nature of the indoctrination of his troops. General Walker lated resigned from the Army.

“I believe the Army officer, Navy officer, Air officer,” General Eisenhower said, “should not be talking about political matters, particularly domestically, and never in the international field, unless he is asked to do so because of some particular position he might hold.” …

The general declared there was hope for disarmament and better East-West relations. As the Russian standard of living improves, the Russian people will begin to understand that there is another way of life, he said…

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  • 1. buzz kimball  |  October 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    JFK ? da mafia done it…. Joe Sr. wasn’t showing the other boys no respect…

    what’s that gotta do with Babaloo “da outfit” Obammy ?

  • 2. Protein Style  |  October 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    great work – these nuts are dangerous.

    However, Kennedy was killed by a 23 year old punk who liked to play secret agent, not a teabagger. If some right wing nut assassinates anyone in this country, he’ll no doubt claim to be one of the ‘super patriots’ that Ike warned against.

    If the GOP can be swayed by nuts on the right, should the left go off the deep-end in order to sway the Democrats? My feeling is that liberals always sell out to power and the Democrats would disown the left if that happened.

  • 3. az  |  October 17th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Have you been watching the History Channel’s JFK assassination weekend marathon or something, Mark?

  • 4. Dammerung  |  October 17th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Sorry libs Obama is in office now and the Democrats control Congress. The fact of the matter is the failures belong to the liberals now. The wars, the empires, the absurd taxes, the chronic health care crisis – it’s your fault this time!

    Maybe you should focus more on taking the piss out of the Goldman Sachs employees running the show and not the justifiably angry taxpayers being held up to pay them.

  • 5. Sam Ervin  |  October 17th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Uhhhh . . . excuse me, Vern, but where is the Koch family (>$100 bln gross in 2008) mentioned in the article?

    Oh, it’s not.


  • 6. Sam Ervin  |  October 17th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Oh … there’s a mention.


  • 7. Erik  |  October 18th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I think James Ellroy nailed it pretty well in American Tabloid. But then, what do I know?

  • 8. ernie1241  |  October 18th, 2009 at 3:51 am

    David Koch’s father, Fred Koch, was a founding member of the John Birch Society and he served on its National Council.

    The FBI file on the John Birch Society includes a memo which refers to incoming correspondence from alarmed citizens who attended a speech by Fred Koch in which he claimed that our government was complicit in a conspiracy involving U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers who was shot down in 1960.

    Koch claimed that Powers was NOT shot down over the Soviet Union and, in fact, he was in collusion with the Soviet government. Koch claimed that Powers landed safely and was paid by the Soviet government and our government knew about this because it was part of the conspiracy.

    It was this type of lunatic fringe commentary by Bircher Koch which caused senior FBI officials to produce memos containing comments like this:

    “The Bureau has, of course, been cognizant over a period of time of the many fanatical right-wing anti-Communist organizations which are presently spreading widely throughout the country and of their utterly absurd viewpoints. For your information, I am attaching copies of letters dated March 6 and 8, 1961 from (names deleted for privacy) which typify the absolute confusion and lack of confidence in American institutions and one’s fellow man being caused by representatives of such organizations.” [HQ 62-104401-789, March 15, 1961, D.C. Morrell to C.D. DeLoach].

    For a recently revised comprehensive 91-page report on the Birch Society and its assertions based, primarily, upon first-time-released FBI files and documents, see:

  • 9. Jerome  |  October 18th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    If Ike came back today, he’d be disowned by the GOP as being a RINO, probably even labeled a traitor.

  • 10. Erik  |  October 18th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Wot! I got modded! All I said was that Ellroy had a good take on the Kennedy-assasination.

    What are you? Government ass juice-slupers?

  • 11. Erik  |  October 18th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Uh, no, I didn’t get modded after all, sorry. I blame Firefox, freeware crap!

  • 12. Dwayne Chandler  |  October 18th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Hmmm, wait a minute!!!
    Edward Dealey(1892-1969),
    former publisher of The Dallas
    Morning News.
    Son of George Bannerman Dealey(1859-1946),
    former office boy at The Galvenston News;
    a job which he inherited from his older
    brother in October 1874.
    In 1884, The Galvenston News sent him to North Texas in search of a suitable location
    for empire expansion; he decided Dallas
    was the best choice.
    On October 1, 1875, The Dallas Morning News was born; GB Dealey eventually bought control of the paper.
    Dealey Plaza, Dallas’ city park completed in 1940 and named for GEORGE BANNERMAN DEALEY
    because he was the “civic leader” who campaigned for the area’s revitalization.
    Kennedy was murdered in the heart of GB’s realized revitalization dream.
    Hmmmm, anything else?
    Ahh, yes!!!
    Olivia Allen(1863-1960), married GB Dealey on
    April 9, 1884. After many years of hard work in the newspaper business, she would succeed her husband as chairman of the board of the A. H. Belo Corporation.

    A. H. Belo Corporation: originally known as The Belo Corporation and was founded by Alfred Horatio Belo in 1842.
    The A. H. Belo name was first used from 1926 to 2002. On October 1, 2007 the Belo Corporation split it’s broadcasting and publishing into two corporations; in honor of Alfred H. Belo this entity is now named A. H. Belo Corporation.
    Belo Corporation holdings: The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas.
    The Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island.
    The Press-Enterprise; area of coverage is Inland Southern California.
    Denton Record-Chronicle, Denton, Texas.
    What a bunch of incestious, royal family privilege and entitlement, whoring and propagandizing, criminal bullshit!
    No, I don’t hang with Bigfoot doing whiskey shots at a UFO hotspot.
    I believe that Kennedy’s assassination was the result of a massive plot by the long ruling capitalist dictatorship of the US.
    And having it occur at the heart of Dealey Plaza was their way of saying to any enemies with a spine, “fuck you, your move, I dare you!”

  • 13. Tony  |  October 18th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    @ 8 (ernie1241) That’s an awesome obsession you have there and I think the rest of the world is somehow greatly enriched by it. It simply seems that Hoover was a hare running with the hounds. As a born and bred Hoosier, I was always deeply ashamed that the JBS organized themselves in Indianapolis.

  • 14. LIExpressway  |  October 18th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Am I the first person to mention Walker on this Blog? I think I am.

    Pro Blue Yo!

    I feel through my research that Walker was a really good guy, and a great soldier, the type of guy we need nowadays in our armed forces. The ultimate problem was that he was big homo, in the early 1960’s army and not our current 2009 fag army. He probably helped desegregate our armed forces(WTF!)

    He was most likely forced out due to some sort of internal politics that we are really not privy to, and should not comment on.

    I would say he joined the ultra right to cover the real reason he was forced out of the army(hot stinky butt sex).

    To learn more about Walker go to the home page of his unit during the cold war to read first hand accounts concerning his “propaganda”. Most soldiers will candidly say they hated his boring ass Sunday lectures but that considering the circumstances(they were to be a speed bump for the Soviet army and die so we would be riled up enough to launch nukes, great for morale huh), it wasn’t all that extreme and badly needed at the time.

    The rest of this article is very sound! These times are very similar. The same folks are at work except they are stronger. They have a very iconic visible enemy who is not quite as talented as Kennedy, with general Eisenhower to hold shit down.

    Remember Revilo Oliver(the true spiritual foundation of the American right, forget that bitch Goldwater and Reagan) was one of the original writers of the National Review(along with William F Buckley), and helped found the JBS along with Welch.
    Oliver also helped start William Pierces National Alliance, and is most famous for testifying before congress with the first of all time JFK conspiracy theory’s. The Turner Diary’s in my opinion is a combination of Ceasers Collumn/the iron heel/and the John Franklin Letters by RP Oliver.

    When Oliver testified at congress he was laughed out of the room…

    Don’t forget the Jewess Ayn Rand also wrote for Buckly’s rag. They are all related along with the oligarchy and will bleed you dry if given the chance.

    We could see a dead Nigger president soon! We are dumb as hell and will always fall for either fascism or the oligarchy.

    Gas Cash or Ass folks, that’s how we do in Brooklyn!

  • 15. SweetLeftFoot  |  October 19th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I liked the bit about how Freepers from decades ago were holding up signs warming about the dangers of “commUNism”

    Just goes to show that those pathetic inter-capped words and neologisms – DUMBocrats, Democraps etc – weren’t invented in the late 90s.

  • 16. ernie1241  |  October 19th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    According to the message posted by LIExpressway:

    “I feel through my research that Walker was a really good guy, and a great soldier, the type of guy we need nowadays in our armed forces.”

    Walker joined the Birch Society in 1959. After his discharge from the Army in 1961, Walker made numerous speeches around the country to white supremacist groups — including KKK and other white hate groups. Walker seriously entertained an offer to become Grand Dragon of the KKK in Texas.

    When Walker ran for Governor of Texas in 1962, his campaign manager was Medford Evans. Evans was another Birch Society member who also was an official of the White Citizens Councils movement.

    In October 1962, Birch Society founder Robert Welch sent a memo to all members of his National Council which warned that Walker was associating himself with, and taking advice from, some very unsavory characters.

    Welch told his Council that Walker’s behavior had the potential for “very serious embarrassment to conservatives and the conservative cause in general if Walker continues to listen to that advice.”

    Walker’s chief aide (Robert Alan Surrey) was co-owner with Walker in American Eagle Publishing Company. The company’s literature was stored at Walker’s home. Surrey’s wife, Mary, was also employed by Walker as his secretary.

    Robert Surrey was a John Birch Society member who became the leader of the American Nazi Party (ANP) in Dallas and in May 1968 he became ANP Southwest Regional Coordinator and, later, National Business Manager for the ANP.

    The Surreys and Walker parted when Walker refused Surrey’s entreaties to make common cause with George Lincoln Rockwell and the ANP.

    Walker was arrested in June 1976 for exposing himself in a Dallas park restroom; he also was accused of fondling an undercover policeman.

    Walker was arrested again in Dallas for public lewdness in March 1977. He received a suspended 30-day jail sentence and was fined $1000 after he pled no contest to one of two misdemeanor charges.

    One FBI memo on Walker contains a handwritten comment by J. Edgar Hoover where Hoover characterizes Walker as “a nut”.

  • 17. Jason  |  October 19th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Guys, maybe I’m interested only since I’m here in Wichita, but I can’t find a connection between Koch Industries and Freedomworks. Using the Google finds Koch’s denial, too: and also here

  • 18. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 6:57 am

    The banker s and insurance alligator Aliguards -n-Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves need taken down’ at any cost there destroying our sovereignty and one day the will remove your sight for even letting me say it
    If it is not dune swiftly as they have slowly and secretly taken every once wright we had threw there Anti Christ police, Who they want us to bow gown to and kiss our freedoms goodbye the balloon boy is proof was Orson wells fined or jailed for his prank stunt that stunned america no there wasn’t a law for it but look at us now if you cannot see it you are ether on there side or just not brilliant enough to

  • 19. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    (Open to all. Comments can and will be censored at whim and without warning.)
    this is and should always be for the public to decide not you if its to awful for them to see than they should never look when you start rationing information your no better than a dealer who banks on winning at his game because it is rigged it must be opened and allow the people to hide it on there own. If it is displeasing to there eyes for one might see it totally different than the other and create a huge economic program that enlists employment and not chains.

  • 20. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    The banker s and insurance alligator oligarchy
    -n-Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves need taken down’ at any cost there destroying our sovereignty and one day the will remove your sight for even letting me say it
    If it is not dune swiftly as they have slowly and secretly taken every once wright we had threw there Anti Christ police, Who they want us to bow gown to and kiss our freedoms goodbye the balloon boy is proof was Orson wells fined or jailed for his prank stunt that stunned America no there wasn’t a law for it but look at us now if you cannot see it you are ether on there side or just not brilliant enough to

  • 21. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    1. Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.
    2. Those making up such a government.
    2. A state governed by a few persons.

  • 22. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I condemn them with there own law.
    and wheres the emotions on this sight and why not have chat with video conference if i thought for one second there was a sight that spoke the truth and that true freedom was esteemed i would plug in my camera and start teaching but sadly there is none

  • 23. Richard Sievert  |  October 20th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    you fight for freedom witch i gather your trying to do you must produce it witch your trying i see it here and i am wiser than the most brilliance minds on this earth so lets show up the Italians and the french and let woman speak on your sight topless start a chat board and allow them to speak openly about whatever they want to in regards to freedom test humanity and give her a try If we keep making laws where will wee all stand but in a court room void of anything that grows.

  • 24. gatorade  |  October 20th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    won’t you be my friend ames?

  • 25. Frank McG  |  October 20th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I highly recommend everyone read It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. I’m not saying it’s a great book (a lot of it is poorly written and tries to be too cutesy), but it’s a fascinating look on how the tactics of the right wing never change. Written in the 1930s, it features “Minutemen” storm troopers (naming yourself after Revolutionary War imagery is the surest sign that your political group is made up of fascist kooks) paving the way for constitution shredding politicians who get away with it by offering low taxes (for their industrialist friends) and bible thumping. It’s a pretty good look of what Italian style Fascism would look like in America.

  • 26. gatorade  |  October 20th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    nah, dat is not what-a i want

  • 27. Reggie Stropshire  |  October 20th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Mr. Ames,

    Enough of your crap. I’m still waiting for you to apologize to Noam Chomsky.

  • 28. The Public  |  October 20th, 2009 at 2:28 pm


    I have decided that Richard Sievert is a long-winded shitsmith and should stop writing about things he doesn’t understand.

  • 29. LIExpressway  |  October 20th, 2009 at 10:18 pm


    Someone joining the John Birch Society during the most tense part of the cold war doesn’t make him a bad guy and not necessarily a Racist. I do honestly feel he was forced out of the Army due to his homosexuality and not the badly needed(at the time) Pro Blue program.

    His Racist rantings came after him being forced out, and most people in the Radical Right knew he was a faker and a homo.
    I think he did what he did to cover up.

  • 30. robert chambers  |  October 21st, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I just pledged my allegiance to the amazing OathKeepers yesterday. All govt is evil, read Mencken for chrissake

  • 31. hmm  |  October 26th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    And yet Kennedy was assassinated by a left-winger. Funny that.

    I have zero interest in articles telling me what kind of people I ought to be afraid of. Who, exactly, is such shit geared towards? Are people with ideas different than yours actually that scary?

  • 32. Asher  |  October 30th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Better brown than red

  • 33. ernie1241  |  November 6th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    LIEexpressway: The Army had no knowledge about Walker’s sexuality which, in any event, had not revealed itself during his military service.

    With respect to Walker’s “racist rantings”, as an Army officer he could not reveal such sentiments and stay in uniform.

    “Most people in the radical right” publicly supported Walker up until the bitter end — although, in private, he was regarded as eccentric and, at times, incoherent, in his beliefs.

  • 34. Charlie  |  July 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Any JFK blogger knows that the “treason” poster was done by Robert Surrey and member of the American Nazi party. Walker was also a target of Surrey, not an associate. get your facts straight if you want to at least seem creditable.

  • 35. bleuskies77  |  October 4th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    IT’S 2013…


    change Goldwater to Cruz and The KOCH’S are still at work

  • 36. FountaineBleua  |  November 30th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Edwin Walker ran as a Democrat for the Governorship of Texas. Might want to brush up on your history.

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