Some Words About
Bobbie Kennedy Junior...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Understand, right here, and right now,
that I am a Conservative Republican from
Orange County, California. Keep
that in mind, right here, and right now,
while I comment on Bobbie Kennedy Jr's
political activities - especially those
surrounding the vaccine issues.
I am, of course, researching and writing
a series on what I call the "vaccine
construction." Of course I
came across Kennedy's writings on the
subject, and his TV appearances. I
read it all.
And, I liked every damned bit of
it. Good for you Bobbie...
Let me tell you
what I don't like...
I was nineteen years old in the
US Navy when my Commander-In-Chief, John Fitzgerald
Kennedy (JFK), then President of the United States,
activated certain components of the mothballed Navy
Fleet in anticipation of a conflict with Nikita
Khrushchev, then Premier of the Soviet Union.
The dispute was over Khrushchev arming Castro's Cuba
with Intercontinental Missiles aimed at the US.
I picked up one of those
mothballed ships in New Orleans in late 1961, a WWII
era oiler - the
USS Kankakee AO-39, and along with 225 more
guys, scraped off tons of preservative tourmaline,
repainted it, armed it, filled its tanks with black
oil and AvGas, and headed out for the training
grounds in the Caribbean. After a few months
of steaming around playing Navy, one day in 1962 JFK
drew the line in the sand, so to speak, and told
Castro and Khrushchev to get those missiles out of
Cuba yesterday or face invasion. He ordered
the blockade of Cuba by the US Navy. My ship
was at the oil piers in Norfolk, Virginia at the
Oilers don't engage in fighting
ship activities. Those three inch fifty gun
mounts, four of them mounted on our ship, are, and
were at the time, pop guns compared to the armament
on Cruisers, Destroyers, Escorts, Frigates,
Submarines, not to mention the devastation that a
Carrier Group can deliver. Oilers are part of
the auxiliary fleet, and, as such, it was our job to
keep the fighting ships logistically at maximum
In Norfolk, while at the oil
piers, we topped off our tanks, on-loaded deck cargo
of five inch thirty-eight ammo, crates of torpedoes,
bombs, food-stuffs, and whatever fighting ships need
to maintain an attack. Then we headed south.
Our job was to keep the fighting ships
at above 85% fuel capacity, so we fueled
ships while cruising at eight knots all
during daylight hours. Then we met
up with another oiler, and refilled our
own tanks all night. We circled
Cuba several times maintaining the
Then I met John F. Kennedy.
I never actually had the pleasure of
personally meeting John F. Kennedy, and I
would have loved to have, but when the
President of the United States is
holding a sharp stick, and stabbing it
at the enemy, and I was at the sharp
end, believe me there was a bond that
I was right there when the shot was
fired over the Russian tanker's bow.
Right there at what could have been the
beginning of World War Three.
Right at the sharp end.
We knew there were Russian subs
everywhere. We knew, too, that we,
our ship, would be a primary target, for
fighting ships don't run without fuel.
We had a constant cordon of ships and
planes surrounding us - all set up for
anti-submarine warfare. Protecting
one day on the blockade, while fueling two Destroyers,
one on each side, we got the order to
perform an "Emergency Break-Away" to the
ship fueling on the starboard side.
The Destroyer was the
USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr (DD-850),
named for John's brother who died in
World War II. I questioned the
order because of the danger of that
activity (throwing our fueling rig into
the ocean). It was very dangerous
for our fueling rig people. The
Captain changed the order to "Quick
Break-away," and we safely, with no one
hurt, pulled our rigs back on deck.
The JP Kennedy hit full throttle, and
pulled away. Then we got the order
to break away from the port side
Destroyer quickly - and we did.
While we were securing everything we
suddenly went into a shuddering turn to
port, turning hard into a 180 degree
course change. Airplanes were
everywhere, warplanes roaring across
just over our masts at combat speed, ASW
planes circling with their rigs in the
water looking for subs.
Before we had our rigs secure, we were
called to General Quarters - This Is Not
a Drill. Our Destroyer Defenders
had drawn in close to, if necessary,
take a torpedo instead of us.
Before we finished our turn, the
distinctive sound of a five inch
thirty-eight firing came from just to
the left of our aft superstructure.
The Joseph P. Kennedy had fired the
round across the bow of the Russian
We were, at that moment, at war with
Russia. None of us expected to
live out the day, perhaps not the hour.
That's the sharp end of the stick.
I remember exactly where I was when John
Kennedy was killed. I watched what
happened to Bobbie Kennedy. I knew
then that America was in for a hard
So, what is it I
don't like? I don't like
the crappy criticisms I'm reading about
a member of a family I hold in high
regard. A family that, in reality,
has devoted its very life to America.
I definitely do not like the contrived
Wikipedia article about Robert F.
I am really getting tired of Wikipedia
encouraging and allowing the socially
unwashed to write crap about Planet
Earth's good people, hiding behind
anonymity - and then a few days later
Wikipedia intentionally erases the
evidence that would trace these people.
Also, I don't much like the feeling I
get that a careful examination of
Wikipedia's so-called "anonymous
contributors," would show those
so-called "contributors" are, in fact
payers of a fee-for-service who's
interests coincide with those same
Wikipedia operates under a US government
IRS 501(C) non-profit tax status, and as
such, pays no taxes. However, if a
connection could be shown, and I have no
doubt it could be, between so-called
"anonymous contributors," and so-called
"editors," and their bigoted articles,
Wikipedia's tax free status could be
removed, and Wikipedia would then have
to pay back taxes all the way back to
its start-up date - the virtual end of
I can read between the Wikipedia lines,
and I am adept at ferreting out how it
works, and who is doing it. In
short, if Bobbie Kennedy Jr., an
experienced attorney campaigner, wants
to take a monstrous bite out of
Wikipedia's ass, so to speak, and
perhaps even shut Wikipedia down
completely, I'll be glad to help.
I recognize some of the internet names
of the slime writing the Kennedy
article. The one that stood out
immediately (Brangifer) was Stephen
Barrett (Quackwatch.com)'s Personal
Assistant, and Assistant Webmaster Paul
Lee. Lee, who little is known
about, and seems to be in hiding, is
part of the self-styled "skeptic"
(pseudo-skeptic) community which
Wikipedia management has set up as a
power within Wikipedia, conspiring over,
and controlling articles about health
care using anonymity.
Tim Bolen - Consumer