Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Owner of Ranch Where Scalia Died Was Honored With Same Award Given to David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan

Okay conspiracy theorists, work these emerging facts into your theories.

 John Poindexter, who owns the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was staying at the time of his death, is not some small time ranch owner or just an ordinary wealthy industrialist.

The Houston Business Journal reported in 2010 (My bold.), "he was once captain of the Vietnam War combat unit, Alpha Troop, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment.... He worked for many years and lobbied three presidents to direct attention to the heroism of his combat unit in a fight not recorded during the Vietnam War... President Barack Obama honored Poindexter and the troop with the Presidential Unit Citation, the nation’s highest award for unit valor, in a White House ceremony last October.

"Poindexter also received the C. Walter Nichols Award from the New York University Stern School of Business, an honor conferred annually on a leader who exemplifies the qualities of integrity, enterprise and service. Previous recipients have included David Rockefeller, Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Jack Welch."

The Texas Monthly reported in 2006, "He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in two years and eight months. He ran through New York University’s MBA program in a whirlwind nine months, then earned a Ph.D. in economics and finance from NYU while working as an investment banker on Wall Street."

Most interesting, as Texas Monthly noted, he is not sloppy:
He cannot enter a room without straightening nearly every picture on the wall, nor walk by a table without smoothing the linen, nor pass a rug without tugging a corner to flatten a wrinkle. He’ll open glass cabinets displaying thousands of arrowheads to reposition three. At one point, he got on his knees to redirect lights on the cabinets’ bottom shelves.

Yet when it came to the death of a Supreme Court Justice, he got mighty sloppy. As DC Whispers pointed out:
 It was Poindexter who reportedly was among those who initially discovered the justice’s body, and who then coordinated with local officials to have Justice Scalia declared dead via a phone conversation with the area medical examiner, but without an actual medical examination of the body.
Yup, you got it. Detail man who knows the higher echelons of power and he calls a justice of the peace who declares a Supreme Court justice dead of natural causes over the phone.



  1. Now THAT is odd. The pillow over the face, clothed and peaceful- he felt sick and laid down and died. No problem.

    A Company Man acting that sloppy? That's seriously suspicious.

    I still lean towards natural causes.

  2. Whether Scalia was murdered or not, it speaks volumes that so many have no problem believing that the government could do something like that. As an aside, my money is on Obama nominating the first Muslim Supreme Court Justice.

    1. Why would Obama nominate someone who he obviously hates? He murders Muslims on a daily basis. Why do people think he is a Muslim lover?

    2. "...so many have no problem believing that the government could do something like that."
      The government isn't a character. It is a veil. Statements like RW?'s that anthropomorphize it with evil intent tend to sound like the stuff of the tin foil hat crowd. While doing the same thing in the positive sounds hopeful, patriotic or even progressive.
      2 Examples:
      9/11 was a government plot.
      The government plots to end poverty.

  3. Too bad there's really no way to know if there was foul play. Which is why I don't take much interest in conspiracy theories. However, we would be naive to think stuff like that can't happen.

  4. Perhaps ambiguity was the goal. There's a great scene in Edge of Darkness where a fixer explains that his job is to convolute, not cover up. "People will suspect there's something there, they just won't be able to figure it out."

    If the truth seems too complicated people will settle for a simple falsehood.

  5. My father died on our trip to Texas in 2008. Within an hour, a judge personally appeared at the hospital to interview me for 15 minutes. I never looked up the rule to know the actual source of that requirement or if it can be satisfied by a phone call.

  6. I just looked up the location of this Cibolo Creek Ranch. It's in the middle of literally nowhere. I had taken my father earlier in 2008 to a resort called Lajitas near Terlingua, Texas and was shocked to discover that no one sold Depends adult diapers for 50 miles. Thank goodness for the Dollar General 50 miles west in Presidio.


  7. My free no-guaranty analysis is that in Texas the justice of the peace has a ton of discretion about how to handle a death. And we wouldn’t want to second guess the discretion of a government official, would we?

    Art. 49.05. TIME AND PLACE OF INQUEST; (a) A justice of the peace shall conduct an inquest immediately or as soon as practicable after the justice receives notification of the death.

    (b) A justice of the peace may conduct an inquest:
    (1) at the place where the death occurred;
    (2) where the body was found; or
    (3) at any other place determined to be reasonable by the justice.

    Art. 49.10. AUTOPSIES AND TESTS. (a) At his discretion, a justice of the peace MAY obtain the opinion of a county health officer or a physician concerning the necessity of obtaining an autopsy in order to determine or confirm the nature and cause of a death.