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JFK assassination film festival

The debut of Plaza Man reminds us that “the cinema of assassination inspired by JFK”  never ceases grow.

Send me links to the YouTube trailers of your favorite JFK film (feature, documentary, fictional, factual, or foreign).

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JFK author Mary La Fontaine passes

Oswald TalkedComes the sad news that Mary La Fontaine has died. I first met Mary and her husband Ray in 1993 after reading a maunscript version of their book Oswald Talked. I was impressed with their writing for many reasons: its witty tone, its use of original sources,and  its granular depiction of a subject oddly ignored by JFK researchers: Cuban exiles in Dallas.

It was the LaFontaines who highlighted me to the role of the Cuban Student Directorate (DRE) in the JFK story, a hunch that was amply confirmed by my subsequent reporting. Without the LaFontaines, I might never have discovered the curious case of George Joannides.

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Brian Latell indicts Fidel again

Former CIA analyst Brian Latell thinks Fidel Castro was behind JFK’s assassination, a self-serving theory for a former employee of an agency that conspired to assassinate Fidle Castro 634 times. His is one of many JFK conspiracy theories which I doubt. Latell  also thinks Fide Castro is a hypocritical dictator, which I can believe.

In his book review, An appalling indictment of Fidel, in the MIami Herald,  Latell writes: Read more

About those Kennedy Kards

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

The fractured reality of JFK art

“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.’”

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Ignorance goes viral: Discredited JFK hoax spreads around the world

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.

None.

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‘Fear and loathing’ began in Dallas

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.

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What’s the best JFK song ever?

Nine out of ten experts agree its “Lee Harvey” by the Asylum Street Spankers. Read more

JFK Facts Top 5: Oswald’s wallet fascinates

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.

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Editor@jfkfacts.org: ‘How come you won’t publish my 9/11 theory?’

If you’re so open-minded, one correspondent asks, why don’t you run my comment about 9/11 conspiracy theories?

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ICYM: Modern art as CIA soft power

Jackson Pollock’s Cold War

Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more

CIA viewed modern art as a ‘weapon’ in the Cold War

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.”

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JFK Facts Top 5: Stories about evidence find favor

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.
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ICYM: My friend, David Ferrie

Rick Bauer shared his memories of David Ferrie, a man who has been the object of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.

Petition to free JFK documents tops 2,800 signatures

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.

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