Archive for December 2012

COPA conference 2013: ‘Fifty years is enough’

John Judge’s Coalition on Political Assassinations has opened registration for its conference in Dallas on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Among the confirmed speakers,  Read more

Fifty more signatures for JFK records petition

Since I last checked three weeks ago, more than 50 more people have signed the petition calling on the Obama administration to do its job and enforce the JFK Records Act by ordering the review and release of 1,100 CIA documents related to JFK’s assassination.

“This has been important to me since the summer of 1964,” wrote Theresa Mauro of Culver City, California, “when the Warren Commission Lie tried to pass off those stick figure drawings of the bullet’s trajectory, and I got this chilling feeling that I was being lied to by the Government of the United States, which was supposed to be guiding and protecting me.”

Thanks to the National Archives, we know specific details about

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Fact check: Nitpicking JFK point

Another nit to pick with Wedneday’s JFK story in the WSJ, by Anna Campoy. Read more

Dilemma in Dallas: Free speech tensions occupy Dealey Plaza

JFK Postcard

The original story of gunfire that was abandoned.

The commemoration of a catastrophe is a tricky business, we learn from today’s Wall Street Journal.

With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination approaching in November 2013, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings has boldly come out in favor of observing the event without talking about its causes.

“For 40 minutes, we need to be focusing on the man, not the moment 50 years ago,” he said.

Welcome to JFK at 50. The moment has come not to talk about the moment. This is a dilemma in Dallas.

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Fact check: WSJ errs on the ‘grassy knoll’

In her story today on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, WSJ reporter Ana Campoy makes a common mistake that deprives readers of needed context and detail. Read more

JFK Lancer announces 50th anniversary conference

“It’s Time To Take Another Look,” will be the theme of JFK Lancer’s conference on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on Nov. 21-24, 2013. Read more

JFK Memory: “I cheered when Ruby shot Oswald.”

I remember how Mr. Hayek’s voice broke when he told my 5th grade class that President Kennedy had been killed.

Two days later I cheered when Ruby shot Oswald.

Efron to play doctor who saw JFK’s disputed throat wound

Zac Efron

Zac Efron MD

In reporting on Zac Efron’s upcoming role in Tom Hank’s upcoming JFK movie Politico says, “No word on whom Efron will play.”

Not true. According to multiple Hollywood sources, Efron is slated to play Dr. Charles Carrico, a 28-year old resident surgeon who was the first doctor to examine JFK when he was brought to the hospital.

The movie, called Parkland, promises a dramatic and controversial role for the rising young star because Carrico’s cameo in history landed him in  the heart of the debate about the nature of JFK’s wounds.

Since the Parkland screenplay is based on Vince Bugliosi’s book “Reclaiming History,” which makes mistakes about the evidence on some key points, it is worth asking, What are the facts?

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Latest JFK scholarship: Wrone on the ‘fairy tale’ of Dallas

Historian David Wrone

In this C-SPAN video, historian David Wrone, emeritus professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, describes the theory that Oswald acted alone as  ”the fairy tale of Dallas.” He argues that evidence from the crime scene points to a conspiracy by perpetrators who have yet to be identified.

The strength of his presentation is its focus on the rapidity with which Oswald emerged as a suspect and the modesty of his conclusions. Wrone does not theorize. He describes evidence, allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions.

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JFK Memory: Seeing Oswald shot on TV

I was 11 years old, and sitting in Mr. Lobdell’s 6th grade classroom when the teacher came walking into the room and said we were being sent home because the President had been shot and killed. He looked so grim and worried.
The thing I remember about JFK was he was the first President I was really aware of and looked up to. And he could be funny. Read more

Can Zac Efron save the Warren Commission?

Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron has joined the cast of Tom Hanks’ forthcoming JFK flick, Parkland, along with fellow A-listers Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton.

Student of the Warren Commission?

With its all-star cast and reassuring agenda, Parkland is shaping up as the feel-good event of 2013 for those who don’t want you to worry about the legacy of the American national security state. Pre-production publicity makes clear that Parkland (the hospital where JFK was declared dead) aims to breath new life into the government’s old theory that the violent removal of the liberal president from office in 1963 was a meaningless deed committed for no reason by a lunatic. Matinee message: eat your popcorn and swallow the “tragic absurdity of life.”

Is this a movie anyone really wants to see?

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Dec 18 1963: The Times and Post’s stories on the JFK autopsy that wasn’t

The first newspaper accounts of JFK’s autopsy, published on December 18, 1963, gave a consistent account of the gunfire that was widely believed at the time (and became the basis for the postcard from  Dallas reproduced here). But these accounts, published in the Washington Post and New York Times, vary dramatically from what pathologists later said. This version of the gunfire that struck JFK would be abandoned and forgotten by the two newspapers and defenders of the official story, all of whom later settled on a very different ballistic theory.

JFK Postcard

The original story of gunfire that was abandoned.

One possibility for this major discrepancy is that the Post and the Times stories were based on the original autopsy report that was later rewritten surreptitiously.

The Times story came from the Associated Press and was attributed to “a reliable source familiar with the autopsy findings.” The Post story was based on “the unofficial report of pathologists,” The stories were consistent with each other, both asserting that: Read more

JFK Memory: As the World Turns

On November 22, I stayed home from school, sick, and was watching “As the World Turns.” So I watched the CBS coverage live from the living room couch, eating macaroni and cheese.
The reports kept repeating that Mrs. Kennedy said “Oh no,” and I remember hearing the “grassy hill” early on in the report.

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The soundtrack of JFK at 50: “The World Is Very Different Now”

This story from Art and Seek, a culture site for North Texas, shows how the JFK story still resonates in the American imagination: Two Composers To Take on JFK Assassination Next Year.

One of the composers is an 18 year old musical prodigy named Conrad Tao.

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“Who is going to be hurt if you release these documents?”

I caught up by phone with best-selling author David Wallechinsky after he included 1,172 still-secret CIA documents related to JFK’s assassination in his Huffington Post article “11 Secrets Documents the American People Deserve to See.”

“Its been 49 year years, good grief,” Wallechinsky told me. “Who is going to be hurt if you release these documents?” Read more