“Fort Worthian Leslie Lanzotti describes her painting style as ‘fractured reality.’ Fitting then that one of her favorite subjects is shrouded in mystery.
“And not just any big question but one of the biggest in the history of the United States.
“Painter Dennis Blagg, her friend and the curator of her current show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, was 12 years old and living with his family in Dallas at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
““This was something that always stuck with me,’ the Fort Worth naturalist master said, ‘and there are a lot of questions that just begged to be answered … As a child, I was deeply horrified.’”
The now poignant Kennedy Kards deck was published in early 1963 when the public infatuation with JFK had been revitalized by his statesmanship in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.
JFK was the Jack of Hearts, First Lady Jackie the Queen of Hearts, and Bobby Kennedy, the King of Diamonds.
“Long live the King, Queen and Jack,” proclaimed an informational card that came with the deck.
Within the year, the Jack of Clubs, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, would be president. Read more
Malcolm Gladwell is not alone in endorsing a dumb JFK conspiracy theory.
The just-announced Reelz Channel JFK documentary, which peddles the long-since debunked conspiracy that a Secret Service man shot President Kennedy, is getting credulous attention from factually challenged news sites around the world.
Even the usually reliable Associated Press managed to report the bogus speculation without consulting with a single historian, journalist or former investigator of JFK’s assassination, any number of whom could have pointed out that there is NO photographic, eyewitness, or forensic evidence to support the fiction that a Secret Service agent named George Hickey Jr., now deceased, shot JFK.
Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.
Nine out of ten experts agree its “Lee Harvey” by the Asylum Street Spankers. Read more
The runaway winner of the best-read JFK Facts story for the second week in a row is Bill Simpich’s investigation of Oswald’s wallet.
The Top 5: Read more
If you’re so open-minded, one correspondent asks, why don’t you run my comment about 9/11 conspiracy theories?
Answer: Read more
Jackson Pollock’s Cold War
Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more
Jackson Pollak’s Cold War
First, came convincing proof that the the University of Iowa creative writing program benefited from funding by the CIA.
Now, says the U.K. Independent, modern art was a “weapon” deployed by the agency, and interviews with a couple of retired CIA men confirm the claim.
“Would Abstract Expressionism have been the dominant art movement of the post-war years without this patronage? The answer is probably yes. Equally, it would be wrong to suggest that when you look at an Abstract Expressionist painting you are being duped by the CIA.”
U.S Attorney Ron Machen changes the government’s story.
The story of how the U.S. Attorney in Washington DC made a small but significant change to the government’s accounting of the whereabouts of undercover CIA officer George Joannides in 1963 was the most viewed JFK Facts story for the week of March 6-13.
That story, like popular stories about Douglas Horne’s take on the medical evidence and sound engineer Ed Primeau’s work on the Air Force One tapes, is based on granular examination of facts and their pattern.
It seems that readers want evidence, not theories.
Rick Bauer shared his memories of David Ferrie, a man who has been the object of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.
Join the more than 2,800 people who have signed a petition calling on the Obama administration to do its joband enforce the JFK Records Act.
Gail Raven’s timeless story about her admiring friend Jack Ruby stays in it perennial spot at #1, followed by a discussion of former White House information czar Cass Sunstein and the state of the case.
1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)
From Eric Schlosser, The Truths Behind ‘Dr. Strangelove’ in The New Yorker.
“Although ‘Strangelove’ was clearly a farce, with the comedian Peter Sellers playing three roles, it was criticized for being implausible. An expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies called the events in the film ‘impossible on a dozen counts.’ ….The first casualty of every war is the truth — and the Cold War was no exception to that dictum. Half a century after [Director Stanley] Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of ‘our precious bodily fluids’ from Communist subversion, we now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own.”
Secrecy spared us all that terrifying knowledge. Are you grateful?