Nostradamus, Byzantium, Turkey & Trump

Five hundred, thirteen years ago, this week, Nostradamus was born.

Michel de Nostredame, depending on the source, was born on December 14 or 21, 1503 and died on July 2, 1566. His name is usually Latinized as Nostradamus. He was a French physician and reputed seer who published collections of twilight language-filled prophecies that have since become widely famous, or infamous.

On the 18th of July 2016, BuzzFeed published one of many articles on Donald Trump. This one was a little different than most. It was entitled, “Don’t Freak Out, But People Are Saying Nostradamus Predicted Donald Trump.”
Did this seemingly semi-humorous and semi-serious BuzzFeed contribution foresee some bumps in the road for Trump – after he was elected?
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke a Newsweek story by Kurt Eichenwald on the evening of December 12, 2016, that Donald Trump may have been placed in a compromising position by Turkey.

Here are a few visuals of that insightful story.

And even Boeing, Trump, and Turkey has been brought into the mix.

It is merely wild speculation that Donald Trump is the Anti-Christ, but it is part of the background noise that points to a link to the Nostradamus thread. Fake news, real news, post-truth news, crazy news. It appears reflective of this strange political year.

BuzzFeed, remember, back in July, made the link between Trump, Nostradamus, and Byzantium. With Byzantium and Turkey.

What of all this business about Russia and Trump? Nostradamus may have spoken to that too, not in terms of Trump being the “red” one but perhaps as “red Russia” dawning again?

Does Nostradamus see more? Or is all of this foolishness?

Stay tuned. We are not going anywhere, and we all will be watching.

Phantom Clowns and Political Cartoons: The Final Ones, Hopefully

(excerpt: Twilight Language)

Some political cartoons and memes are still being created. Hopefully, this mixing of creepy clowns and politics is over soon after Halloween and the Election.
Clown memes and aligned visual jokes have about run their course in 2016.
Jokers to the left and clowns to the right.

Willy Wonka Syncs

Steve L. writes: “Is it me — or there some weird kind of Willy Wonka sync going on with this election cycle? A lot of people think Trump looks like an orange Oompa-Loompa, and I just noticed that Hillary Clinton dresses like the girl that is turned into a giant blue berry — violet beauregarde.”

In the remake the new Violet Beauregarde is a blonde like Hillary.

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Steve L. continues:

If you think about it Willy Wonka is very Similar to Pied Piper Myth —- a Mysterious character who lures children with Candy, instead of a pipe. Also, the ChildCatcher (screenplay by Roald Dahl) is kind of Pied Piper character as well — leading children into danger.

The Child Catcher did not appear in Ian Fleming’s novel, but was created by Roald Dahl, who wrote the screenplay for the film. The Child Catcher’s song, Kiddy Widdy Winkies, was created for the 2002 stage version which enjoyed a smash hit run at the London Palladium, before going on tour.
Originally played by ballet dancer Sir Robert Helpmann in the 1967 film, the character has been voted the scariest children’s villain and came in at No.37 in Channel 4’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
Christopher follows the likes of Richard O’Brien, Paul O’Grady and Boyzone star Stephen Gateley in the stage role.
“I’m still getting into my stride so I can’t say exactly how I’ll be playing him, but I can say that’s he’s thoroughly nasty with no redeeming features,” says Christopher. “The Child Catcher is everyone’s worst fear, I spoke to someone the other day who she said she’d never really recovered from watching him in the film as a child.
“I once played Abanaza in panto and I got letters from parents saying You should tone it down, you’ve terrorised my child.’ But children love being terrified, we all do.”
The Child Catcher works for villainous Baron Bomburst but Christopher reckons he has ulterior motives. “I’ve been wondering what the Child Catcher actually does to these children once he’s caught them. He makes them vanish, there’s no trace of them. I think he eats them.”
Well, I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s a horrible but fascinating creature, the kind that only Roald Dahl could create.
“He reminds me of Nosferatu, a sinister, pale, wiry figure hiding in the dark,” says Christopher. “In the film he was a Pied Piper figure. He lures children into his wagon by tempting them with sweets so I suppose they’re not too scared initially. Although realistically, I don’t think any child would go anywhere near him, especially in this day and age.”


By Wayne Bush

PETER PIPER who picked a peck of pickled peppers, a pepper is of the piper genus
THE PIED PIPER tricked the townspeople and led all the children into a giant rock or mountain and is where we get the phrase “pay the piper”
Stairway to Heaven which starts out with a flute says The piper’s calling you to join him, the tune will come to you at last where all are one and one is all and to be a rock and not to roll

Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Sgt Pepper taught the band to play, Youre such a lovely audience we like to take you home with us

DR PEPPER – I’m a pepper, youre a pepper wouldnt you like to be a pepper too?
Pepsi slogan– join the Pepsi Generation

“Piper At the Gates of the Dawn” and “Pay the Devil” lyrics by van morrison insinuate the piper is the devil

The trickster Willy Wonka the wizard or the magician had a flute, had a chocolate factory and all the kids/bad eggs would disappear/die thru pipes in his factory.
Finally, the Doctor Who TV show had an episode named Moonbase where a cyberman named The Piper, whose base was on the moon, would come to take a man when he was dying, fit him with a metal headpiece and alter or “convert” him. and “convert” him. The Piper had a wand he used as a weapon.

Trump’s Ides of March: Of Arenas, Actors & Assassination Fears

(excerpt:Twilight Language)

Remember John McGraw, the elder individual who sucker-punched the protester who was peacefully being escorted from the Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina? McGraw, intriguingly, like Thomas Dimassimo who rushed the Trump stage a few days later in Vandalia, Ohio, is an actor too.

Arenas and Actors

Inside Edition interviewed McGraw after he allegedly threw the punch. McGraw told reporters that he didn’t think the protester “acted like an American” and that “next time we might have to kill him.”Source.

It does seem to be a bizarre “coincidence” that two media identified figures in two separate potentially violent incidents inspired by a reality television personality named Donald Trump were actors. Three actors, thus, acted out a melodrama for ratings in the media’s wall-to-wall broadcast arenas.

The fact that actors are part of what is occurring in the theater of the campaign of 2016 has been confirmed by organizations created for this purpose.

UCLA graduate Adam Swart is the CEO of a company called “Crowds on Demand,” which will stage rallies and demonstrations for any almost candidate or cause.

As NBC4 Los Angles reported:

Swart says he has employed actors to sway city officials in meetings across the country.
“I have worked with dozens of campaigns for state officials, and 2016 presidential candidates,” Swart told NBC4, adding that he won’t name any names.
“I can’t go in to detail… if I did, nobody would hire us.”

NBC4 also discovered these two other incidents:

The New York Post reported in 2013 that Anthony Weiner has paid for phony supporters at campaign events, although Weiner denied that.
And last year [2015], the Hollywood Reporter reported that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump paid actors $50 to wear T-shirts and carry signs for
his campaign launch [of June 16, 2015]. Trump denied this.

The Simpsons appear to have lampooned this:

As I mentioned previously,

the stage jumper Thomas Dimassimo is a fourth-year acting major at Wright State. According to, Dimassimo was a child actor with roles on the TV shows Yes, Dear, Reno 911!, andHouse of Payne.

Ohio’s Dimassimo is a youthful counterpart to North Carolina’s McGraw.

So who does McGraw turn out to be?

Meet John Franklin “Quick-Draw” McGraw, modern-day cowboy. Over the years McGraw has roamed the country making a living as a horse-trainer, ranch manager, gun-slingin’ entertainer, hog hunter, artist, blacksmith, soldier and boxer. You may have met him at Pisgah View Ranch, the dude ranch in Candler where he worked the last seven summers entertaining vacationers as a gun slinger,

wrote Amy B. McCraw, a Times-News Correspondent, in 2009.

McGraw’s persona resulted in him being a member of The Single Action Shooting Society, an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting, a timed sport that features shooters competing on a course of different shooting stages, the reporter shared.

John Franklin McGraw is a quick draw re-enactor. An actor.

McCraw continues, in part:

McGraw traces his wild-ranging interests back to his formative days in Polk County in the 1930s and ’40s.
His father taught him to box at age 6. Then he discovered horses at 9.
“I always loved horses and wanted to work with horses,” he says.
Despite the interest in boxing he shared with his father, McGraw describes his home life as, “Not good.”
After dropping out of high school at 16, he moved in with a kind Tryon family he calls his foster parents….

And where would McGraw end after his youth? In the lands of make-believe and play acting…Las Vegas and Hollywood.

McGraw began his military service in 1955 at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. He worked with jet engines on the base and began a boxing program, spending as much of his free time as possible in the ring. McGraw became a Golden Gloves amateur boxer. He never weighed more than 138 pounds, but defended titles in several weight classes including light weight, welter weight and middle weight.

When he wasn’t on the base working or boxing, McGraw hung out at the former Showboat Hotel and Casino in Vegas. He met Sammy Davis Jr., Lee Marvin and boxers Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, among others. He credits Davis with getting him interested in what’s known as single-action shooting. The entertainer was good with a gun, McGraw recalls.

“I knew half the people in Vegas. I never thought anything about it. We were all just the same bunch,” he says. “Vegas was a little town in the ’50s.”

After finishing his time in the Air Force in 1959, McGraw stayed in the Las Vegas area and continued boxing.
Through his connections with celebrities and stunt men he met in Nevada, McGraw found his way to California and the movie studios. “I would go to the studios,” he said. “They tried to get me into the stunt work.”
When that career move didn’t pan out. Times-News.

The Times-News confirmed after the Trump rally assault video that the John McGraw arrested was the same one as in their 2009 profile.

The result of the rally fights and conflicts is an elevation of violence that self-enforces itself. Donald Trump, as he says often, loves the excitement, the conflicts, and this is all “fun” for his rally attendees.

But it has escalated to the point where events more dangerous may be in the works. Senator Rubio noted the potential for something awful happening this week.

The 2016 Campaign, now as we know, populated by actors and others, “feels” like a movie. Finally, the mainstream media is catching up with this sense of unreality.
The Washington Post looked at this with a new article that begins, thusly:

Trump’s rule-smashing romp may have no precedent in the annals of presidential campaigns, but the template for his remarkable rise — and the potential for a hard fall — was laid out in a little-known film masterwork half a century ago. A Face in the Crowd, a 1957 movie written by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan — the same team that had already made the classic On the Waterfront — stars Andy Griffith as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a folksy, charming Arkansas traveler who soars from a filthy jail cell to the pinnacle of American celebrity and political power.

Rhodes is neither the first nor last movie character to rise and fall by appealing to the base anxieties of the American people. He is a model for Howard Beale, the TV news anchorman who rallies the nation to shout “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” in Network (1976). His lineage flows through Chauncey Gardiner, the dim gardener whose unwitting folk wisdom turns him into a possible presidential contender in Being There (1979), and on to the brutal truth-teller Sen. Jay Bulworth in the eponymous 1998 movie.

Lonesome Rhodes is coarser and blunter than the others. He goes through women like they’re cheap snacks. He calls minorities names. He makes big promises and then denies ever having made them. He tells it like it is — or at least like the people thought it had once been, back in the gauzy time when things were good. Like Trump, he calls people in power dumb and phony.

But he quickly returns to selling his sponsor’s dubious vitamin pills. Like Trump, Rhodes is given to reciting his ratings in response to unrelated questions. “53.7 this morning,” he says at one point. “I got another million.”
His sudden fame and fortune convince Rhodes that he is more than a millionaire entertainer: “I’m an influencer, a wielder of opinion, a force — a force!”
Last month, when I asked Trump what effect his TV show, “The Apprentice,” had on his decision to run for president, he reeled off his TV ratings, talked about his best-selling books, and then said that his reality show “was a different level of adulation, or respect, or celebrity. That really went to a different level. I’m running to really make America great again, but the celebrity helped — that’s true.”

Andy Griffith as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd reminds many of Trump.

It is a wonderful article, and touches three movies – A Face in the Crowd, Network, and Being There.  I recommend you read the Washington Post article, and see the weird parallels with 2016.

The Ides of March: Assassination Fears

Today is March 15, 2016. The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15th. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

This Tuesday may be pivotal in terms of the entire future of the United States of America, and the World.

There appears to be no worry about an assassination, but the date’s links to assassination seem worthy of pondering.

It must be recalled that Donald Trump is fearful of an assassination, which appears strange since he likes to whip up his crowds into an irrational emotional frenzy.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly always wears a bullet proof vest while he’s out campaigning. Sources 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Trump’s inability to button up his coat is blamed on his wearing this bullet proof gear. Source.

So if we add assassination to the cinematic sync mix, what film is worth noting?
The movie few want to talk about that partially overlaps with what seems to be happening in this political year is All The King’s Men.

All the King’s Men is a 1949 Film Noir drama film set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The production features Broderick Crawford in the role of the ambitious and sometimes ruthless politician, Willie Stark.

It is a movie about a populist who gains a huge following, becomes corrupt, gets involved with many women, and eventually is assassinated before he reaches a higher office.
The main story is a thinly disguised version of the rise and assassination of real-life 1930s Louisiana Governor, Huey Long. But some see a mirror to the early part of the Trump campaign with the movie. and with Long’s story.
Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his assassination in 1935.

Long was shot a month after announcing that he would run for president. On the day of the shooting, Sunday, September 8, 1935, Long was at the State Capitol attempting to oust a long-time opponent, Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy. At 9:20 p.m., just moments after the House passed the bill, Dr. Carl Weiss approached Long for the third time and, according to the generally accepted version of events, fired a .32-caliber Browning Model 1910 handgun at him from four feet away, shooting him in the torso. Long’s bodyguards, two of whom were elected sheriffs in 1936, Elliot D. Coleman in Tensas Parish and Larry Sale in Claiborne Parish, returned fire, killing Weiss instantly. Long was rushed to the hospital, but died two days later, on Tuesday, September 10, 1935, at 4:10 a.m. Long was 42 years old.

Historians do not accept the speculation that Long actually died after accidentally being struck by a bullet fired by one of his own bodyguards as they fired at Carl Weiss. A 2014 documentary, 61 Bullets, throws some doubt on the lone assassin theory.

Political assassination is a rarity in the United States, but not as rare as once thought. The United States Secret Service has a tough job, as evidenced by what happened this weekend in Vandalia, Ohio, when an actor-protestor rushed the stage at a Trump Rally.
Assassinations change history. Let’s hope this year’s events slow down, and don’t repeat those of the “hot” years of 1933 and 1968.

Before Long’s assassination in 1935, it must be recalled that FDR was almost killed in 1933. While shaking hands with President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida, on February 15, 1933, the 44th Mayor of Chicago Anton Joseph “Tony” Cermak was shot in the lung and mortally wounded when Giuseppe Zangara, who at the time was believed to have been engaged in an attempt to assassinate Roosevelt, hit Cermak instead. At the critical moment, Lilian Cross, a doctor’s wife, hit Zangara’s arm with her purse and spoiled his aim. In addition to Cermak, Zangara hit four other people, one of whom, a woman, also died of her injuries. Zangara told the police that he hated rich and powerful people, but not Roosevelt personally.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was an American clergyman and civil rights leader who was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. The assassination of Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy, a United States Senator and brother of assassinated President John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, took place shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, during the campaign season for the United States Presidential election, 1968. After winning the California and South Dakota primary elections for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, Kennedy was fatally shot as he walked through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel and died in the Good Samaritan Hospital twenty-six hours later.

At this point in the year, no telling what movie is being written.

rucidation Trump Tales & X-Files’ Tipping-Point Trumpets

 ( excerpt: Twilight Language )

In The X-Files episode, “Babylon,” (Season 10: Episode 5, first broadcast 2.15.2016 on Fox), “Fox Mulder” told “Dana Scully” of the enigmatic reports of the sounds of trumpets coming from the heavens.  He informed Scully that the people who have heard the trumpets believe them to be a “Herald of End Times,” as described the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

Were the trumpets fictional precursors of another kind?

The leading Republican candidate, according to primary and caucus results is New Yorker DonaldTrump, famed for his Trump Towers.

Donald Trump’s German wine-growing ancestors were named Drumpf, according to journalist Gwenda Blair’s book The Trumps: Three Generations That Built An Empire. (Thanks Michael Skotnicki.)

Historically, the surname Drumpf’s meaning is unknown. However, the name appears loosely associated with a “deceased person” – a dead issue.

The name Trump has its origins from English (Devon), being a metonymic occupational name for atrumpeter, from Middle English trumps, “trumpet,” From German (Bavaria), Trump is a metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumps, “drum.” Source.

The early English medieval surname Trump is derived from the pre 8th century Olde FrenchTrompeor, and as such was introduced by the Norman invaders of England in 1066. It is a metonymic or job descriptive name either for a trumpeter or a maker of trumpets, and is recorded in the modern forms of Trump and Trumper. Amongst the many early recordings are those of PatrickTrumpe in the rolls known as the “Calendar of Inquisitions for the county of Cumberland” in the year 1275. Source.

This is the coat of arms that up till now has been used on clothing and promotional material by Trump in Scotland. His new coat of arms (granted in 2012) will show a double-sided eagle representing the dual nationality of Trump’s heritage. There will also be three chevronels – one more than depicted here – which will represent sky, sand dunes and sea. Source.

Numquam Concedere is Latin for “Never Give Up.”

The verb “trump” also once meant to fabricate or deceive (from French “tromper”). The phrase “to trump up” still means “forge” or “invent,” as in “trumped-up charges” or the many, many headlines punning on “Trumped-up rhetoric” or “Trumped-up politics.” If last week’s Washington Post report suggesting that Trump is a compulsive golf cheat is any measure — “the worst celebrity golf cheat,” according to Alice Cooper — this definition of “trump” may be as essential to Trump’s identity as the other. ~ The Boston Globe, “Why Donald Trump trumps Donald Drumpf,” 9.9.2015.

Double-headed eagles have been present in imagery for millennia. The two-headed eagle can be found in the archaeological remains of the Hittite civilization, dating from a period that ranges from the 20th century BC to the 7th century BC. The Gandaberunda is another example of a mythological two-headed bird, which is in common use in India (The Kingdom of Mysore).
This symbol has more recent links to Freemasonry.
I wrote the chapter “The Double-Headed Phoenix” in An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol, edited by Dan Weber (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2009). I discuss how Dan Brown in his book subtly uses the evolution of the “double-headed Phoenix” to the “two-headed eagle” of Freemasonry to alert his readers to the rebirth of the Masonic spirit in the founding of America.
The use of the two-headed eagle as Trump’s personal coat of arms appears intriguing, to say the least.
In the midst of all the Trump talk, one of the dark shadows that few in the mainstream media wish to explore is the hints that there are some very real rumors of assassination of Donald Trump. It may be only a weird conspiracy thought (as shown here in this “Killing Trump”), but it appears to be one that Trump takes seriously.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly always wears a bullet proof vest while he’s out campaigning. Sources 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Trump’s inability to button up his coat is blamed on his wearing this bullet proof gear. Source.

During 2015, Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the threats allegedly made by notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (who was eventually captured).
In such a strange political year, it is not out of the question that an assassination attempt might change the course of what’s “predicted” now by all of the media pundits. There is good reason for Trump to protect against an assassination try on his person.
Assassinations in the past have redrawn the political map. It could happen again. It should not, and hopefully the U.S. Secret Service have stepped up their awareness across the board for all the candidates. These are strange days where body armor may not be enough.

Tabloid Prez 2016

The tabloids seem to be competing with each other for most comedic but biting politically-related headlines during this presidential cycle. Whereas the traditional definition of tabloid journalism is of a style of journalism that tends to emphasize topics such as sensational crime stories, astrology, ufology, celebrity gossip, sports scandals, and junk food news, the current media have loved mostly the Trump, as their source. The following examples reflect what political news has become during the race for the White House for 2016.

The UK newspapers have gotten involved.
But the American press has been routinely editorial in their headlines.
Some critiques of Trump have been fact-based, but of little effect.
Ted Cruz has not been immune.
Of course, in the past, the tabloids have been the source of political commentary of the alien kind. I have not seen that this cycle, yet.