Wednesday, August 15, 2018

American CEO Failure Management 101 - or - Pennsylvania Grand Jury Kiddie Abuse Dump - 2018


 RC Pennsylvania Bishop's CEO Mission Statement (dedacted)


Last week a news dump from Harrisburg Diocese and the rest now to cover all eight dioceses more or less in the past few years of gross mismanagement from bishops and ruling archbishops who not only lack compassion not only for children but for people in general I would imagine. What kind of two faced local church CEO gets away with ignoring the cries and hurt of the least of us, the defenseless among us. etc. Well American Business CEOs can get away with taking away benefits, stripping jobs and trashing treasuries (pension funds) without legal or social consequences and still get bigger and bigger bonuses for protecting the shareholders at home and or Rome?

The revised John Jay Report on Systemic Abuse of Children of 2011 suggested that priests ordained in the 1940s and 1950s lacked social skills and could not on a micro level deal with the social revolutions of the 1960s with it social explosions of sex (birth control), drugs and rock and roll.

That the explosion of demand of the upcoming Boomer Generation being banged out by returning GIs and their mates was a demand on in two cases, a visionary building plan for more schools and seminarians / convents to fill the traditional cheap Medieval slave labor based on the wonderfully corrupt concept of celibacy, one of sacrifice at the vocations crowd at street level and more gold cups, champagne, limousines and caviar at the management level of all this. And who but dinosaurs like Spellman and Dougherty and Cushing of the old school of kiss the pope's toe and then go home and do whatever the fuck you want to or what sticks to the wall that you throw on it and it sticks like in cooking pasta? A new sacred tradition?

With massive building programs to teach the next expanded generation of Catholic boys and girls, like the confusion on any building sites, personnel always coming and going and any collateral damage to the building sites and or children is to be expected?

And if you were too focused early in your career in getting elected pope like John Krol of Philadelphia, you might in order to secure your domestic legacy be trying to patch up the mess in personnel that happened during your salad days as archbishop.

Bishop Joseph McFadden

On May 16, 1981, McFadden was ordained a priest by Cardinal John Krol at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.[7] His first assignment was as a parochial vicar at St. Laurence Church[8] in Highland Park, where he remained for one year.[3] From 1982 to 1993, he served as administrative secretary to Cardinal Krol.[3] He was named an Honorary Prelate of His Holiness on May 29, 1991.[2]

So using a timeline thingy, Monsignor McFadden was personal secretary to Cardinal Krol both as an active archbishop and into the first five years of his retirement.

And we all know that Krol did not move out of the Cardinal's suite of rooms in the main, 1880s portion of the Cardinal's residence. The new archbishop Bevilacqua (between the lines - a name not mentioned once in McFadden's Wikipedia bio btw) had to do with carving out a new archbishop's suite with the remaining 30-40 rooms of the Great Gatsby1920s addition to that mansion. (Bought at a bankruptcy fire sale btw in 1935 for 350k by Cardinal Dougherty, that's less than 5k a room and ten acres too. This all in the Depression and after Dennis's trip to Rome and the Pope's blessing on his Fatwa against the Hollywood controlling Jews with a Catholic boycott in the AD of Philly against all cinemas. Gave the Vatican prestige and further leverage in delicate political negotiations between holy mother church and the new German regime. Wink. Nod.)

I can only imagine that half the priest personnel files of the archdiocese in Philly were scattered around the Krol end of the mansion and not available to Bevilacqua and his crowd even if he was willing to reform the priesthood and weed out the buggerers. etc.

Bevilacqua:  "I want you to tell your boss that he has to move out. It is not traditional to stay in the Bishop's palace once one has retired."

McFadden: "His Eminence wishes to remind your Excellency that if you do not like the present living arrangements, please refer it to his Holiness in Rome. A pope who owes so much to his Eminence's good will in the second papal conclave of 1978..."

That the dysfunction at the Archbishop's mansion in Philly was no doubt a microcosm on the Vatican fantasy land of the waning days of the long reigning and ailing John Paul II and his gatekeeper, the future Benedict XVI. And reflective of a lot too no doubt little niche turfs in all the little duchy dioceses in PA.

So Cardinal Wuerl's hemming and hawing in charge in Trumpland DC can say he cared about all the little people in Pittsburgh on his way to the top to the CEO perks of Archbishop of Washington DC, a bit of a yawn here.

Yawn (again)

Shrug.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Philly High School Possibly Named in Tribute to Father Coughlin and His Approval of German Actions at Kristallnacht




I had to wonder when I randomly ran into this looking at some other matter, what happened to the local girl's high school in Philly, when its name got changed from its original designation of "Northeast Catholic High School for Girls" to "Little Flower High School". Something and things along the timeline from October 1938 when building permits were issued in the original designated name to dedication on August 27th 1939, five days before the invasion of Poland and the beginning of war in Europe.

There was already in place a tradition of West Catholic High for Boys first followed by West Catholic High for Girls. Only four blocks apart near University City in west Philly.

Little Flower as the compliment female school to Northeast Catholic High School for Boys was three miles apart. (The Northeast still the edge of the burbs and farms in pre-War Philadelphia County).

The working name on Little Flower may have been N.E.C.H. for girls but looking at the timeline I have to wonder about Dennis Dougherty and his still standing fatwa on the Ethnic Group the "ran Hollywood" still in place forbidding all Catholics in the AD of Philly from attending the cinema which he never rescinded. (Thank the Catholic Gawd that the good cardinal had a movie projection setup to view Hollywood movies in private in his 45-61 room (depending on estimates) mansion of his quaint home base surrounded by 10 acres on City Line Ave. in Philly. )

October the building permits:



And then Kristallnacht in November 9-10 and America's most powerful media voice of Father Charles Coughlin getting more racist to up his ratings the closer Europe crept toward War.


For years, Coughlin had publicly derided “international bankers,” a phrase that most of his listeners understood to mean Jewish bankers. In the days and weeks after Kristallnacht, Coughlin defended the state-sponsored violence of the Nazi regime, arguing that Kristallnacht was justified as retaliation for Jewish persecution of Christians. He explained to his listeners on November 20, 1938 that the “communistic government of Russia,” “the Lenins and Trotskys…atheistic Jews and Gentiles” had murdered more than 20 million Christians and had stolen “40 billion [dollars]…of Christian property.”
In a series of articles published in Social Justice during 1938, Coughlin lambasted “Jewish” financiers and their control over world politics, culminating with a story recounting his own version of the infamous 20th Century forgery, the so-called Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to be minutes of meetings of Jewish leaders as they plotted to take over the world.
As Europe crept toward War. 

Philadelphia Inquirer 28 Aug 1939
On same page as LF dedication photo below.

Following two major radio stations in NYC, dropping Coughlin's broadcasts after his praise of Kristallnacht, followed by protests making the national papers of pro-Coughlin supporters outside NY radio staions, somewhere in that timeline between beginning of Construction of Northeast Catholic High School for Girls in October 1938 and the Dedication of Little Flower High School for Girls in August 1939, Cardinal Dougherty did a name change on the high school, perhaps out of sympathetic views shared with the American Papal Nuncio Cicognani and Father Charles Coughlin the head of the Radio League of the Little Flower, and his shrine in Michigan to Saint Therese of Lisiveux, a recently canonized 24 year old ? "Doctor of the Church". 

Coincidence or devotion.
Wikipedia Commons





Philadelphia Inquirer 28 Aug 1939


It is possible that Cardinal Dougherty was indeed devoted to the worship of the Little Flower saint but more likely he had to hedge a bet or a loan to Coughlin to build his cash cow shrine in Michigan, with the radio transmissions drying up with contributions. Better to have a local Wink. Nod. Michigan shrine reminder in Philly to back up offshore tax free loans to Royal Oak?




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Who Truly Won in the Papal Elections of 1978 - the CIA or the KGB?

Downtown Philadelphia Street Corner Billboards 1971 *


Putting aside some truly false and or misleading family oral history about a very distant cousin and the Archbishopric chair in Philadelphia, I have to reconsider making some real and or (my?) imaginary cross referencing of facts "sacred" and or profane "secular".

Two glaring facts stick out in my mind in the last two years, with consideration of the long term plannings of the RC church and the Czar's Private Secret Police, the KGB. Isn't it a marvel how institutional or ganizations like the RC church and or the Czar's gatekeeping Bodyguards go on and on like a law of physics, once set in motion.

And since all politics and religion are LOCAL, let me mention two things.

The official PR line of a snake like Donald Trump that he took a million dollar loan from daddy and starting flipping trash properties in Philly while a student at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania is total bullshit.

The extra truth that many liars throw into the story, any story, is that Donald's name is not on any Philly deeds or records is because he did not want to make the prices go up. A real flipper would want the name thing to go around, to start a trend, and then have other real estate investors get on a gentrification Ponzi scheme of sorts and the first in to cash out as the later investors come along pay much more.

Like I say, I lay claim to it, that Trump paid back daddy with profits from money laundering probably first with the Philly mob, the Angelo Bruno crowd, and very familiar with the then Police Chief and later Mayor Frank Rizzo back then in 1967. And then when Donald got in over his head, like he does on every thing he does, he found a friendly front for the KGB and or they found him is more accurate and the M.O. of Trump INC was established with the brilliant Wharton Student Trump and the gentlemenly "Cs" (never really earned in any way shape or form) of an I-V school @Penn, and an "ivy league school" being in folk or origin myth being one of seven or eight American college institutions in existence before the American Revolution and or break with British Rule.

So getting back to Vatican murder and backstabbing and the usual shit thereabouts in Rome, I always wondered why one of my distant cousins, as a popular Irish American auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia did not succeed Cardinal O'Hara upon his death. ???

And then all of a sudden, the Polish Catholic minority in Philly, and not the Irish majority of RCs takes front stage with an auxiliary bishop from Cleveland (Cleveland !?) taking over the archbishop's chair in Philly.

Joe McShea did not have to bear any or much  embarrassment as a very popular auxiliary bishop in Philly, who delivered the eulogy at (Saint) Mother Katherine Drexel's funeral, and serve the new Pollack archbishop by getting an almost instant consolation prize of five northern counties (mostly coal country) of the Philly archdiocese in "upstate" Pennsylvania, by being named First bishop of the newly created Diocese of Allentown Pennsylvania. Or the grand duchy of Allentown as a reward to Joe from his once time boss, Papal Nuncio to the United States for 25 years, 1933-1959.



Amleto Giovanni Cicognani (24 February 1883 – 17 December 1973)


And also a good friend of Amleto's older brother Gaetano to whom Joe McShea as a seminarian in Rome would nightly read in private to the poorly sighted Gaetano in his papal apartments, or so the might be faulty family oral history goes. (in that family history, the older brother was much older, not two years older, and almost legally blind and could no longer read lengthy dogmatic documents without assistance etc.)


Gaetano Cicognani (26 November 1881 – 5 February 1962)


No problem for Secretary of State Amleto Cicognani of the Vatican to carve out a new diocese in Pennsylvania and move a few chess pieces around the American political landscape like auxiliary bishop John Krol into Archbishop John Krol of Philadelphia.

All well and good, and I have written about John Krol being one of the foremost starters of the American Culture War about Birth Control and Abortion after Humanae Vitae, RC encyclical regarding Command State Economy control over the reproductive product of the female part of the male / female unit of the species aka Man.

I say all this to condense with what I have stated many times and in many ways over the years here on my blogs, about how Archbishop John Krol wanted to be the first American pope and how he relentlessly campaigned years after year and took trips to third world countries where First Pennsylvania Bank and the infamous John Bunting was loaning money to the third world for fees and bonuses and no longer making little mortgages and little to moderate to large size business loans in Philadelphia. The money was in the fees and bonuses and the State Department implied no doubt in private off the book meetings with Bunting that the U.S. Government would never let John or First Pennsylvania go under giving loans that would never, could never be repaid from countries the U.S. Government had once looked kindly upon in the hopes of thwarting the spread of godless and capitalist-less belief systems.

Problem with Bunting was that he was not I-V league. A graduate of local Temple. He actually had commuted to college. No network of I-V buddies at State or Treasury to help a guy out when the real bills came due at his Philly bank, one of the oldest in the country btw.

And I have written how Archbishop Krol was bankrolled on his trips to Asia, and Africa, and making substantial in those days contributions of like 50k to start RC hospitals and RC colleges and RC seminaries in these very poor, poor nations. And in the hopes of swaying some local Asian and or African Cardinal to vote for him as pope once Paul VI died. etc.

That Krol was bankrolled by a Polish American Multimillionaire and businessman John Piszek, originally from Chicago and later Philadelphia who was a founder of Mrs. Paul's Frozen Seafood, a business started btw while on strike to make some off the books cash selling crab cakes at local bars in Philly on weekends. And the business took off but they named the business after his partner Mr. Paul because it was an Anglo sounding name and not Polish which was thought not to be a good PR name to sell frozen seafood with. Piszek with the millions rolling in starting in the 1950s after he bought out Mr. Paul, his partner, was forever bitter that his name, an immigrant name, was not good enough to make it big in American business. He compensated and began to give money away to all causes Polish, locally and abroad. Archbishop Krol and getting him as the first Polish American Pope to be elected and which is why I speculate that the Papal Nuncio saw some merit in giving Krol the first Archbishop's seat that became available and that usually got a red hat with it eventually, was a logical thing, and after much cash no doubt got funneled into Polish RC church projects and charities in Poland behind the Iron Curtain. etc.

And then with all the cash rolling into the Vatican for projects in Poland, they gave Amleto Cicognani a dispensation to become Cardinal, it not being allowed under the rules that sent the RC into a tailspin in the Reformation, because his brother was already a Cardinal. Brother, Nephew, what was the difference in giving power to your crony relatives. And Amleto becomes Secretary of State of the Vatican in 1961.

I have often wondered considering the almost miraculous, with no mortal help, in the rise of auxiliary Bishop John Krol to become a contender in the 1978 papal elections, if he had the dream on his own or if somebody had whispered in his ear the dream that he could one day become the first Polish American Pope with a little help from his friends like John Piszek and Amleto Cicognani. Wink. Nod.

Which makesme wonder, with cash coming into Poland from the west via the Vatican etc. how Karol Wojtyla also may have gotten the idea that he too could become the first Polish Polish Pope with a little help from his friends. While the Vatican made its members pray every Sunday after mass for the conversion of Russia to Christianity, the real big chuck of RC R/E the Vatican would like to start with in that conversion to the Russians from Communism back into Orthodox back into Roman Christians, that the Catholic prize of Poland was possible but maybe the money of Mrs. Paul's fish sticks was not enough and maybe other sources of funds would have to be found to create networks to revive and or sustain unions that would likely first be the force to make any real changes in a Worker's State like Poland.

And I have to wonder if the former Papal Nuncio to the United States 1933-1959 had made any worthwhile secular contacts in Washington DC over the years like at the State Department and or the dare I say it - the CIA.

That between the puppet master Amleto Cicognani in the west and the east whispering temptation into the ears of gullible Polish clerics, that maybe the long term planning of the CIA was becoming a match for the old long term planning of the Czar's secret police aka the KGB.

Wojtyla was already a player with the KGB, he could play ball and not threaten the state and the state let him play dressed up cleric for some of the masses and proclaim a free state for all the workers and their perhaps private beliefs. Whatever.

I have often wondered about Wojtyla's resume about being associated with the resistance during WWII and in occupied slave state Poland and his survival as a worker in a stone quarry etc. Anybody can put anything on a resume. Like flipping houses in Philly on the QT and anonymously is just as good as "Freedom Fighter" on the PR releases after the Polish American Cardinal relinquished his block of Pope Votes to the Polish Polish Cardinal in 1978 after the mysterious death of the last Italian Italian pope. And anybody can flip themselves while being played as a pawn in Global Political Chess - flip as in double agents and or triple agents of the KGB etc. - comrades and brothers in Christ?

And the collateral damage, messes to be cleaned up by the masses caused from players, past their prime and also dead, still hanging around from those 1960s - 1970s games of chess here forty and fifty years later.

Whatever.

Shrug.  




Culture War Billboard Philadelphia





Sunday, July 29, 2018

Putin Making Progress into Grinding Old Russians into Woof Woof Dog Food to Feed Trump's Pet Dogs




No doubt fresh from secret Helsinki circle jerk talks of Trump and Putin, and Trump telling Putin to raise the retirement age for old people in Russia in order to steal more of the Russian national treasury.  Putin reportedly worth 100 billion dollars now can achieve his goal toward a trillion dollar individual wealth. *

*(Trump about to brand his Russian made dog food?)

Just take it out of the hides of your people and raise the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 and men from 60 to 65 for a state sponsored retirement check. The Wharton Global Spreadsheet at work and the American Model of retirement in weak economies where there are no fit jobs for human beings past the age of 45 in America and or Russia and or the so called civilized world.

Once your hormones fade with age, so does the attractiveness of your ability to perform like circus dogs for your CEO employers making their tens of millions in bonuses screwing little people out of pensions and decent hourly wages etc.

Soylent Green is perhaps too old a movie to illustrate what to do with useless old people. 


My all time favorite below as a microcosm now to illustrate Trump's and now Putin's tiny little ruling entourage bubble worlds where what you know as a crony does not matter as much as who you blow in order to survive etc. Betsy D etc. Whatever.

Trump has no pets. Something that no one ever dares write about it. Your won't hear anything here form me. - and - Considering the photos of his two oldest boys in their thirties with guns and African road kill testosterone proving delayed stunted adolescent bullshit etc, not even a pet cat. Meow!p

Welcome to Woop Woop, a Hollywood gem of a hidden classic

is about what to do when you are a con man stranded in the middle of nowhere, Woop Woop Australia for example, except playing old Oscar and Hammerstein movies and making communally produced Woof Woof dog food out of road kill kangaroos. Great movie stuff on many symbolic and metaphoric levels of the modern reality of people left behind from the global anti-human spreadsheet etc.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44992376

Thousands of people have taken part in protests in cities across Russia to express their anger at government proposals to raise the pension age.
Demonstrators in the capital, Moscow, carried banners reading: "We want to live on our pensions, not die at work."
The government says it wants to raise the pension age from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women, to help cope with a shrinking workforce.
But unions warn many people will not live long enough to claim a pension.
Some 12,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest at the controversial plans.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sean Spicer Accused of Using the "N" Word at Plush Private Rhode Island School



Oh how sharper than a serpent's tooth is the data life and memory of the Social Media or a kid scorned in High School. 



https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/black-man-accuses-sean-spicer-of-hurling-racial-slur-at-him/ar-BBLaBsk?OCID=ansmsnnews11
Alex Lombard, who was standing behind a small group of people waiting in line to meet Spicer and get him to sign the book, called out Spicer's name and said they went to Portsmouth Abbey School together. Spicer waved to him and said, "Hey. Yeah. How are you?"
Lombard, a Newport native who now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then accused Spicer of calling him the N-word and trying to fight him when they were at school.
"You don't remember that you tried to fight me?" Lombard asked. "But you called me a (N-word) first."
A security guard approached Lombard and led him away as he kept talking: "I was 14 then. I was a scared kid then, Sean. I'm not scared to fight you now."
A Newport Daily News video of the encounter doesn't show how Spicer, who was seated at a table signing books, reacted to being accused of using the racial slur. But his publicist said he was shocked by the allegation.



FOX NEWS - Modern Minstrel Show Reinforcing A Jim Crow Image Comfortable to White A-Merica.

I accidentally got caught off guard and caught watching about 90 seconds of a FOX NEWS morning hour long "Hate" this morning - up from the mandatory ten minute "Hate" of George Orwell's 1984 fame. And wearing "Hannity White Face" grease paint.

That witch, Representative Walters, a Black Woman, two strikes against her already, and her rabble rousing slave upsetting voice up from her demand for real people to connect with the people, more like corporate paid Zombies, in Congress.

And White Folks in the Admin and Congress being upset for their daily bread in the local DC restaurant with $350 BOTTLES of Lobbyist paid French wine i.e. Paul Ryan's favorite, got a sound bite combination with Senator Corey Booker, BLACK man, from New Jersey also inciting the poor dark end of the population against the massas in the Plantation House crowd who now occupy in modern time and sense, the front CEO office and gated community private members only rural Country Clubs of America.

The BLACK man was saying such an alarming inciteful thing like ordinary people should go down to Washington DC and "get right in the faces of the people in Congress" to gets things done that the common people want and need and apparently not what the corporate masters of America want and really don't need.

Well there is this whole coded thing over at FOX NEWS on all kinds of levels but the real bottom line is that FOX NEWS operates on the hundreds year old play book of slaves, fear of Nat Turners and Plantation owners and Jim Crow jokes and financing minstrel black face to deface reality and reinforce all the fears of bookie men and goblins that children are fed to in order to go to bed early or eat their vegetables.

Fear of a slave rebellion is always out there WHITE AMERICA !!!

So beware. 


FOX NEWS - Jim Crow and Hate 24/7


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Impeach TEA PARTY TRAITORS Mark Meadows 11th North Carolina and Jim Jordan 4th Ohio




Tea Party Rep Mark Meadows 11th North Carolina, fresh from slimy jerk off hands on the 2013 Government Shutdown and a Shout Out at a Trump Rally in 2016 Winston - Salem Rally of "Burn that Witch Hillary" coded down to "Lock Her Up" like all closeted bigots and women haters  - AND -

Tea Party Jim Jordan 4th Ohio fresh from a humble refusal of the House Republican Dennis Hastert Lifetime Achievement Award for Disservice to Kiddies regarding his onetime Assistant Wrestling Coach JOB at Ohio State before dipping his toes in Tea Party anti-humanist politics - AND -

Both willing to take a bullet, metaphorically and Michael Cohen like speaking, both for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have sponsored an Impeach the DOJ Bill in the House for doing its patriotic job against traitors and child abusers on the border domestic and foreign comrade in the baby selling adoption Russian end of that same related mob racket - SHOULD -

Should be impeached and removed from office from their seats in the U.S. 
House of Representatives.





Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trump's Aging Dying White Male Revolution is Just That - White and Males (Penises) ONLY












Time To Tax Franklin Graham's Russian Mob Connected "Church"/Scam

Franklin Graham's Tax Free Vacation to Moscow to Meet / Lick  Putin's ass in the Kremlin in 2015.


Franklin Graham's Tax Free Advertisement of the Russian Mob 


1 February 1879




AN UNJUST SYSTEM

Can that be a just or equitable system which imposes the burden of taxation upon the poor
man's house and exempts from tax the church of the rich man ?



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

An Understanding of All Things Beautiful - Part Two


Like I do a lot of is cross references current things going on in my mind and what I am doing in amateur history searching, I sometimes let my searches take me someplace.

And running into old newspaper script and fame shot photos put my visual interpreting brain on overtime.

First of all on the news today something about the perfect PC Vegan? Far left Taliban high holies protecting womanhood or whatever finding a off color, or colour for the Brits, Twitter of Trevor Noah on the Daily Show, and or joke about Aborigine women while in Australia that was distasteful. But I agree cunty Jim Jefferies, an Ozie, if it don't hurt somebody else in the telling of the joke, it's not a good joke.

The thing about Noah is that he is young and half black and South African and has a global appeal personality even if he might be a shit in private. Whatever.

He obviously is not telling the right jokes about the Right in a correct and perfect dogmatic matter, so it time to attack him etc.

That and some people miss Jon Stewart.

This is blends into my researching a variety of 19th century blending into early 20th century circus, stage and vaudeville people who all lived in their own bubble world and some of them were very successful and some died broke.

The most beautiful woman in America in 1880 - the "Ten Thousand Dollar Beauty" Louise Montague was an invention of Philadelphia Showman Adam Forepaugh, who I had never heard of before a few days ago. I was looking for an obit page and ran into a big circus ad in the online newspaper and the ad was so filled with activity and energy I was amazed how I had never heard of someone like Adam Forepaugh, (how do you pronounce that?) who in his day was as big or bigger and better than Barnum as a showman when it came to animal display, humane care and exhibition of horses and exotic animals in probably the original Greatest Show of Earth and originating right there in old Philly.

So Louise Montague leads me out of curiosity as to what she did and where she ended up as in a graveyard to see if all of what had been written about her and her career was true, they had their own version of fake news back when, and typos etc.

Could not find her burial place. NYC obits mostly end in "Internment private" whereby Philly obits most times include the place of burial, that is if they have been handing around the hat at the local church hall and or saloon and the obit in the paper would know where a poor person's final resting place might actually be.

No middlemen back then btw. "Undertaker" was usually a carpenter that made a fresh pine box for the deceased or he was rich enough to have a few spec caskets on hand for various size bodies. Wake and funeral were in the residence of the deceased or one of their relatives, no church service on average, and a ride on the back of the carpenter's wagon for the casket to the graveyard. Very efficient. And up to the turn of the 20th century, poor people's funeral cost an average of about 20 dollars in big east coast cities. 7-10 dollars for a plot, 8-10 dollars for the box. And 3-4 dollars for the grave diggers. Amen optional.

Louise Montague after a little research in what some say was the first American Beauty Contest was already married into show business and married to the Allen half of the famed vaudeville minstrel team of Lester and Allen.

Her personal beauty was accented by her perfect white teeth that showed when she spoke. Forepaugh the judge and awarder of the ten thousand dollar "talent/beauty" search made his first fortune in horse trading before falling into the circus business, a default on a horse debt, left him part owner of a circus etc... knew good teeth when he saw them on horse flesh and what difference is there in the filly of a woman?

Some misleading urban legends in some of her obits about once being married to one time theater matinee idol Henry James Montague from England, aka Harry Montague, who if straight was quite a heartthrob.



And even if not straight, still a dish? LOL


Died alone in San Francisco at age 37, never married and buried in his manager's family plot in Greenwood cemetery in Brooklyn - his manager, one of the famous Wallacks of Wallack's theater fame at 13th and Broadway, NYC. 

Trying to find Louise Montague's grave site led me into the obits of the both Lester and Allen, though at first I did not know they were black face players. One clue was in the obit of Billy Lester whose legacy it would seem in his obit named the wonderful songs he would be remembered by:



NY Herald 12 July 1893

Allen died in Bellevue Hospital of cirrhosis of the liver and was cremated care of the Actor's Fund.  I suspect Louise's one son at her death, also named Montague, was Allen's child.

And the idea of black face as a means to deface a whole race of people was not brought home to me until January 1, 1965 when the televised all day TV event in Philly of the Mummers Parade when some local judge banned all black face of performers in that Parade of local neighborhood, local ethnic banjo and accordion players and music clubs all of which were white. That parade segregated until that point as well until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which precipitated the judge's ban on black face.

I can remember seeing a group on TV back then playing their banjos and accordions as they marched with black cottony wigs and fake leopard skin costumes and the word across the family TV viewing was that that group had probably planned on winning a prize using black face. No comment beyond that. My parents were party line kind of people. In retrospect in general their point of views were dictated by the editorial pages of the Evening Bulletin, the protestant Republican newspaper, as opposed to the morning Inquirer, Jewish and Democratic point of view. But somehow briefly, my parents went visual media and sided with the fairness of civil rights as seen every night on TV with firehoses and dogs let loose on Negros in the South etc. They did verbally continue to tell us their liberl POV on civil rights. But Vietnam etc. soured them somehow and I know they secretly voted for George Wallace in 1968. Shrug.

With me in my research of circus and show biz people here make me wonder why this third party minstrel thing endured so long except to reinforce a false notion of stupid, lazy and dishonest black people in America.

And to be quite honest I am ashamed to know of this black face thing in American history and have to wonder why immigrant Jews like Harry and Al Jolson made so much money and fame continuing the white Protestant line to keep the ex-slave Jim Crows down. And then after some further research I see that Billy Lester of Lester and Allen is buried in an old Jewish Cemetery in Brooklyn.

I guess success in America for Russian Jewish immigrants like the Jolsons was hinged on the pain and suffering of others even if their money making entertainment helped to perpetuate the stereotype of others, sharing the guilt of the original white slave masters, their outsourced guilt a condition of immigrants to assimilate and accept the origin myths of white men as the bona fide (Fake) origin myths of America.




Which leads me to wonder why so many people in show business hide behind masks then and now. And even then, 'da Gays, were probably hiding in plain site. etc.

That the most famous minstrel team of McIntyre and Heath set my gaydar off a bit because of doing so much research in the past and seeing how coded language on all levels of American society exists, has existed to hide the truth about one's true self in so many instances.

That the first minstrel group to get the title "headliners" in vaudeville was McIntyre and Heath. They headlined for close to six decades together. That they both seemed to lead parallel private lives to match their public lives. That anemic beard marriages or not, gaydar?, I am many times wrong on that btw, these two highly paid black faced minstrel performers invested in Long Island real estate over the years, made millions, lived near each other over the decades, in Long Island and wintered in Florida living near each other and dying near in time to each other, one at least dying surrounded by nieces and nephews and a male companion with theatrical background, a groupie? in some sad like ending to it all before being put to rest in a Greek temple like mausoleum somewhere in some rich cemetery. And all this built on one famous racist stage skit of one darkie talking to another darkie and lamented the loss of trees that were now extinct and use to grow hams on dem. 



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That the idiocy of the racist or bigot who sees substance in raw and vicious humor is a bully humor like Minstrel Black Face that sends evil vicious and many times anonymous Tweets into the modern age to reinforce disinformation. 

But southern blacks who supposedly liked the humor of McIntyre and Heath had their own way of displaying truth out in the open about "dem boys" in an oppressed truth world for American blacks made fun of by "minstrels".




(Holy Brokeback Mountain? Batman.)








Be careful. Be safe. Don't believe everything you read.  Shrug.