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Over the years, our country has had its share of great orators; Men who could inspire us with encouraging words, enlighten us with words of wisdom, inform us with clarity, share their vision of a future or soothe a troubled nation with intelligent reason.

The history books, (or at least when I was growing up we had History books in school Geography too) and we learned about Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address, Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, and FDR’s first Fireside address.  Greatness continued though the decades with Ronald Reagan’s Brandenburg Gate speech, in  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear…” inaugural address, John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do…” speech, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights speech in 1965, Dwight Eisenhower’s  Military Industrial Complex speech in 1961 and Obama’s Race speech, “A more perfect union”.

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That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It

“…I went to an Ivy League school. I’m highly educated. I know words. I have the best words, I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid. Right?”

But now we find ourselves led by a man of few words  or How To Speak Solely In Superlatives.  Although brevity is often hailed and long-winded monologues not widely appreciated, consider the current state of presidential pronouncements.  Pronouncements may too generous a description for the 140 characters tweeted on an irregular basis by POTUS.  The following list features words MOST USED by Donald Trump.



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It could be shades of Colin McEnroe who used to espouse a conspiracy theory every Wednesday on his radio talk show in Hartford CT, many years ago.  Still the information did come to us through a radio show, this time WBAI, a listener supported Public Radio station.

Will we ever REALLY know the truth about the Kennedy Assassination?  There isn’t a Baby Boomer alive that can’t tell you to the minute what they were doing and where they were when the news that our president, John F. Kennedy had been shot.  One man on a mission? Not likely!  The alleged assassin assassinated by a outraged and patriotic strip club owner??? WE KNOW this is just not the whole truth BUT no one has ever been able to prove otherwise.

They HAD to stop the bleeding, the nation was reeling, shocked beyond belief which meant we were apt to believe anything – at least for awhile.  So we were told that a very special holy ordained group of wise men would look into this event and explain once and for all what really happened – Voila! The Warren Commission.

This from Wikipedia: The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976–1979, and other government investigations concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. This conclusion was initially met with support among the American public, however polls conducted from 1966 to 2004 concluded approximately 80% of the American public have held beliefs contrary to these findings.[1][2] The assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. In 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) found both the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to be seriously flawed. The HSCA also concluded that there were at least four shots fired, that there was a “high probability” that two gunmen fired at the President, and that it was probable that a conspiracy existed.[3] Later studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences,[4] have called into question the accuracy of the evidence used by the HSCA to support its finding of four shots.

Then a plethora of books followed:

  • Josiah Thompson — Six Seconds in Dallas
  • Priscilla McMillan — Marina and Lee
  • Jean Davison — Oswald’s Game
  • David Lifton — Best Evidence

Jim Marrs. The virtue of this volume is its comprehensiveness. Marrs seems never to have met a crackpot witness he didn’t believe nor run across a conspiracy factoid he didn’t accept. You’ll get the full case for “conspiracy” here, the good, the bad, and the downright wacky.

Case Closed
Gerald Posner. A comprehensive “lone assassin” synthesis, and massive debunking of conspiracy factoids. Its real strength is a compelling portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald the man.

The Killing of a President
Robert Groden. The text is a mish-mash of conspiracy factoids, but the pictures are a treasure in this large-format volume.

High Treason
Harrison Livingstone and Robert Groden. A good introduction to the conspiracy view of the medical evidence, and much more besides. Rife with inaccuracies and wacky assertions, but fascinating too.

False Witness
Patricia Lambert. The definitive debunking of the Garrison investigation, based on the full documentary record (much of it recently released) and extensive witness interviews. Shows the real Jim Garrison.

Pictures of the Pain
Richard Trask. Nominally only deals with the photographers who photographed the assassination and aftermath, and their photos. In reality a detailed, accurate, and compelling account of what happened “on the ground” in Dallas and especially in Dealey Plaza that day.

And then in 1991 when those of us who were teenagers when JFK was killed and were now in their mid-forties  and were presumably more intelligent, more endowed with logical reasoning – Oliver Stone releases  JFK. A movie part fact, part speculation and part opinion (Garrison’s and Stone’s) – AND we loved it!  Someone finally came along and confirmed our long buried but not forgotten suspicions.  NOT that the books or at least some of them didn’t  also put forward the conspiracy theory,  BUT this was in cinematographic panavision!

Fast Forward to 2008 and George Bush and the murder of John F. Kennedy The Dark Legacy,  directed by John Hankey. What new revelations await us?  I am sooooo intrigued by the title with its implication that George Bush was, may have, might have been involved. I understand there might be some Skull & Crossbones involvement too!!!

Check back in the future for an unbiased review!!!!

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The Dark Legacy

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