Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 159

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 159

 …Americans love the movies. Cold War Americans are fearful of communists. Movie Stars associate with communists. Connect the dots

Feeling frustration and fresh off another in a string of failed mischievous deeds, Pentateuch is pushing L. Dick Cannon into going public with his new Hollywood recruit, John Garfield. If Cannon get Garfield to join him on a publicity tour, Pentateuch is convinced they can offset anything that that damned Graham can put together.

Garfield has been blacklisted by the motion picture industry because of his alleged communist ties. His wife was a member of the Communist Party in the near past, but there is no real evidence that John himself had pledged allegiance to the group. But that does not matter to men like Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy, who choose to accuse huge numbers of American citizens with communist sympathy.

In the previous year the newsletter COUNTERATTACK published a report on the communist influence in radio and television. In the pamphlet Red Channels, the groundwork is laid for the blacklist, a toxic list of some 200 actors, writers and directors, following the original outing of the notorious Hollywood Ten of 1947.

This is an overt fearmongering campaign by anti-communist China and textile importer, Alfred Kohlberg. He has made it a simple equation: Americans love the movies. Cold War Americans are fearful of communists. Movie Stars associate with communists. Connect the dots

As a result of this ostracism, Garfield is ripe for the picking, with Spiritual Engineering giving him a liberal platform from which to operate. Never mind that he doesn’t really buy into as a religion. He can use it, just like it intends to use him.

But this blacklisting is a California thing and the only work he can get now is in New York on the stages of Broadway.

“I think I can get some of the other blacklisted people to join us. Most of them, probably like me, don’t have a clue about what diabetics is!”

“It is called Dianetics and its foundational principle is that all living creatures are trying to survive. Using the methods of Dianetics, I can get the human brain to cast off the negative thoughts that hold them back.”

“Well irregardless, we only want to tell our side of the story.”

“That would be ‘regardless’ and all we want to do is have you show us your public support.”

“Whatever… what’s with this we stuff, who is we?” Garfield is from Manhattan’s rough & tumble Lower East Side.

“Mr. Winters and I,” the mysterious Winters appearing out of nowhere to Cannon’s surprise. He has been writing Science Fiction for years, but seeing someone appear out of nowhere is quite another thing.


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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #293

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #293

…I kept the whole incident a secret for the year it took to write the book. I never publicly proclaimed it as nonfiction, and that makes me a freaking Communist?…

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“I am being accused of what?” Carolyn Hanes has heard something that literally floors her.

“Like I was saying, Joe McCarthy claims that you are a Communist.”

“… Me and ten thousand of my closest friends. This is a bunch of crap, Stanley. What did I do to deserve this?”

Conspiracy in the Cactus was not exactly flattering to the United States military. You made them come off like a bunch of lying skunks.”

“If anything I wrote was inappropriate, you were my editor, you edited most of my books. What did I write that wasn’t true?”

“Nothing really, Lyn. But 490,000 people read that book as a piece of fiction. The other 10,000 took it at face value, knowing that what Constance Caraway and Ace Bannion dug up in New Mexico really happened. If the complete truth were ever to come out, I think the feds fear public panic and egg on their faces.”

I kept the whole incident a secret for the year it took to write the book. I never publicly proclaimed it as nonfiction, and that makes me a freaking Communist?

“You should be proud; you’re in some good company. He was going to go after George Orwell also.”

“He died in January, for crying out loud!”

“That Big Brother thing of his may have been construed as subversive.” Stan Rogers is trying to be protective of Harpers Publishing’s most profitable commodity. “Remember what happened to the Hollywood Ten.”

“Dalton Trumbo was a Party member. The only party I belong to is a book signing at Julie’s Gifts on Tennessee Street!”

“I’m here to tell you, Lyn, they are trying to get to old man Harper. I am the main reason Conspiracy in the Cactus went to print. Harper was leaning against publishing it, for some the same reason Joe McCarthy thinks that it is anti-government yellow journalism.”

Rogers fears a society that ignores the truth, in favor of lies. “How is your friend Bob Ford doing?”

          “He’s been out flying, I don’t know.”

          “He called here looking for you, before you got here. He was arrested for flying drugs into the country.”

          “What? That does it, Bob Ford running contraband? Bull bleep! Where is he?Image result for framed

          “He called from Miami.”

          “Well I’m glad you got around to telling me.”

          “I didn’t know how much you cared or what I had to tell you was that important.”

          “So now you know I care. Is that against the law too? You know, I’m really getting tired of being jerked around.” She gets up to leave.

          “Where are you going?”

          “I’m going to see if North Korea needs some help.”

          “Be careful who you say things like that to.” Stan Rogers is dead serious.

          “I’m on the next flight to Miami. Give my regards to the Old Man.”


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