David Andrews

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  1. Not to drag us off topic, but - leaving Gerry Ford's and Bill Decker's motives aside - I'm not sure Earl Warren understood Ruby's struggle to drop false (or real) hints in the least. Reading the WR testimony, my feeling is that Warren was observing a presidential mandate to not make a federal case of the criminal case, and so Ruby was foredoomed to stay in the Dallas pokey. Ruby made his confusing play and failed to sway Warren from his inexorable mission. It would have taken a giant revelation to budge Warren, and Ruby couldn't make it.
  2. From Thomas Mallon, author of Mrs. Paine's Garage, a disquisition on the JBS, plus a small review of the JBS-unaffiliated biography John Birch: A Life, a level-headed book that I happen to be reading now and can recommend to those curious about the life behind the legend. The JFK assassination is discussed, interestingly, in Mallon's article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/11/a-view-from-the-fringe
  3. Remember that we are speaking of a film that was not seen in motion by the mass public until 1975. What guarantees do we have that the designated master copy was not altered sometime in the intervening dozen years, and all the copies replaced? It's not as if any of the owners or repositories were beyond suspicion of collusion. Alternately, we have anecdotes of a different version of the film having been available for viewing, attested to by viewers such as Greg Burnham and the late Rich Dellarosa. Yet no different Z-film has emerged for public viewing, though this would certainly be the most sought-after footage in history.
  4. ...And if any rogue factions or outside organizations co-opted the Oswald Project for purposes of assassinating the president, why were these people not punished or destroyed, even if only covertly? Even for merely the provocation of subverting the powers of CIA and FBI to kill a hated, but sitting, president? Instead, people associated with the plotting or cover-up prospered, and only a few got it in the neck when committees were formed and their silence was uncertain. And nobody hit Walker, Gabaldon, Rousselot. I'm beginning to think that Jack Ruby's nattering to Earl Warren about the JBS was just a dodge to show Warren that he'd never spill the intel community-mafia beans, and that he ought to be rewarded by being put in federal custody. Ruby's chasing of Bernard Weissman-sponsored billboards was probably another gambit to deflect blame onto the right wingers and away from intel and the mob.
  5. I was thinking about what she was doing in Dallas, summer-fall 1963. In 1980s Central America she was the Recording Angel of the doings of lefty humanitarians, for a readership suspected but never identified.
  6. Ruth Paine came from a wealthy family. Money was never a problem for her. She regularly took 3-4 month summer vacations with her close-knit family. Why was Ruth hanging out in Dallas in a half-crappy lower middle class house? To reconcile with Michael? To take in needy foreigners? To hang out with Buell Wesley Frazier's relatives? Wasn't there something better for Ruth Paine to be doing, like with her high-class, close-knit family? Did Ruth Paine have a career, or was she just a housewife in limbo?
  7. John Simkin took an interest in Cain some years ago and started or contributed to Forum threads on him: http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKcainR.htm
  8. Article on the forthcoming Pentagon Papers film travesty, The Post: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/06/steven-spielberg-pentagon-papers-film-tom-hanks-meryl-streep Doesn't this man have a space invaders movie to make somewhere? Better yet - don't we have any in-house talent on the Forum that could submit an article to The Guardian refuting the "great leak" of the Pentagon Papers? Jim?
  9. "Yet, sir," he sniffed, "every man has access to good taste. Every man and woman, sir." Risking being a true cad, my favorite podcast begins with music I can't stand to listen to and always skip over - and that chap has his own recording studio and composes and plays his own music.
  10. Not to go off-topic, but we'd be a less stereotyped community if every podcast and homemade video didn't begin with crushing synthesizer music. It's now at the level of an SNL skit.
  11. If Fensterwald had the ID photocopied above, where did he get it? I'm strapped for time, but one can see the positive or negative provenances possible. Dick Russell has, I think, been a guest on this Forum. It would be great if he would take questions on Nagell and Oswald.
  12. I can't upload Frank Cancellare's photo #4, but Google it up and compare the black man with hat crossing the median and heading toward the pergola in Cancellare with the black man questioned in Z-223. It's possible that man made his way west along the median and fell in with the crowd crossing Elm. (Look just behind the two white men sometimes identified as Robertson and O'Hare.)
  13. Hemming claimed in a long-ago thread that there was a car bomb rigged to explode near the triple underpass or between it and the Stemmons on-ramp. Has anyone ever done the photo research to see if there was any vehicle parked on Elm that might qualify as the bomb car?
  14. Paul, the flipside is Oswald's interests and volition in the serial affairs that led him through years of tradecraft and previous assignments in undercover work, and finally to Dealey Plaza. If we lose sight of Oz's motivations and desires, we lose the overview, and make him more of a victim than he is - though "I'm just a patsy" is compelling, it's not definitive.
  15. Look for the thread on DPD Westbrook's involvement in the Tippit shooting and theater arrest for the most recent on that.