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  1. I was reading Flawed Patriot and in it is a statement (below) about a trip Roselli made to the Dominican Republic with Howard Hunt. I'd never heard this before and wasn't aware that Hunt worked directly with Roselli. The book doesn't cite the source of this information. Can anyone confirm this or know the original source? “In March 1961, well before [Bill] Harvey was involved in Caribbean matters, [Johnny] Roselli went to the Dominican Republic, accompanied by Howard Hunt of the CIA. Rafael Trujillo, the Republic’s dictator, was ambushed and killed on May 30, 1961, but the CIA was cleared of involvement in the assassination.”
  2. Great job, Jim. Such a nice resource to direct people to with a fresh new look.
  3. The Umbrella Man movie will be released throughout the U.S. and Canada on multiple video-on-demand and cable systems Tuesday, November 22nd. It was written and directed by Michael Grasso, who filmed David Lifton’s 1990 interview with Marina Oswald. I have seen a few clips from the film and it looks the conspiracy theory involving the Umbrella Man that the main character develops is pretty detailed. In one scene, he mentions how Louie Steven Witt worked for the Rio Grande Insurance Company and that Carlos Marcello had connections to the company. The film may also be available for direct download. If that is the case, I’ll post a link in this thread in the coming days. Below is a synopsis and links to the trailer, IMDB page, and Facebook pages. Looks pretty entertaining. “Set in 1983 Pittsburgh, PA, Peter and Annie Brennan face the tragic death of their young son. The boy's death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, kindles a conspiratorial paranoia in Peter that threatens his sanity, and marriage. While trying to discover more about the killer of his son, Brennan becomes fixated on the story of The Umbrella Man, a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His decent into the underworld of conspiracy theorist sub-culture provides a place of emotional refuge for Peter, yet also contributes to his psychological undoing. From a Moose Lodge in Swissvale PA, to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, The Umbrella Man is one couples story of love, loss, and the 'against all odds' survival of their relationship.” Trailer IMDB Page Facebook Page Mindfox Productions Facebook Page
  4. I was in a Half Price Books near my house last year and saw a copy of Wim Dankbaar's James Files book. If you look into Files' "full story," there's so much that is disqualifying. It reads like a greatest hits of conspiracy theories. He has top level Mafia people in public locations in Dallas (and even firing some of the shots) that day. He also has conspirators interacting that likely would never have spoken face to face, and there's no evidence that many of them had even met. Oh yeah, and he places Edward Lansdale and E. Howard Hunt in Dealey Plaza during the shooting (and he knew their real identity). Then there's that ridiculous line that Lansdale supposedly said to Files... "I heard you was a cowboy" LOL
  5. Completely agreed that Judyth is a total fraud, with the exception that she likely did really work for Reily coffee company and probably did see Oswald in person occasionally. I doubt she has any motives in terms of muddying the waters for honest researchers, but wants the attention because she doesn't have anything else going on and/or is past her prime and can't come to terms with that.
  6. I was in Dealey Plaza this past May and met Groden. He no longer puts up the sign that says "Grassy Knoll" (which I agree with the City of Dallas that it is a nuisance and should be taken down), but he's there three days a week selling his magazine and DVD. He is only on a small portion of a pergola and doesn't go up to anyone who doesn't come to him first. There are actually two other guys who are on the knoll more than him--one with large Zapruder film print outs and another guy who claims he witnessed the shooting from Houston & Elm at age 11 and that he can be seen in the background of the Zapruder film. I think he actually may have been in DP during the shooting, but he pushes some ridiculous story where James Files was the shooter.
  7. Interesting read:
  8. You mean Philip Graham? Cord Meyer died in 2001. How would Bush (if that is him) attending Graham's funeral prove he was CIA?
  10. Looks like it could be from the Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald re-enactment.
  11. Sandy, I think you're mistaking me for some kind of right-winger--I'm not. And I agree, more of less, with your opening economic philosophy. I'm not pinning all the blame of the financial crisis and economic malaise on Clinton. Bush and the Republican agenda, in my view, was a much larger contributor to it than Clinton, and he does, as you note, deserve credit for the economic gains resulting from the internet. I'm also with you that Obama averted a major economic catastrophe, but the stimulus actually wasn't large enough (not Obama's fault). Here's where I would disagree with you: The housing bubble's seeds were indeed planted in the 90's and Glass-Steagall's repeal was a major reason for the financial crisis. The reason Glass-Steagall hasn't been reinstated is due to Republican obstructionism and the banking industry lining the pockets of enough Democrats, so it's funny to hear Hillary praise Dodd-Frank, which doesn't even work, while she's taking money from Wall Street and talking about how we don't need Glass-Steagall. As far as GDP growth, I work as an economist, so I do get it. And I would never say lower GDP growth is a good thing. Can we duplicate the huge growth rates in the early post-war period? Probably not. That growth was on the back of a huge baby boomer population, a new middle class, new infrastructure, etc. etc. Economists are still trying to understand the "new normal" low economic growth and perhaps that's an attribute of a matured economy. I have a few guesses and they involve growing inequality and supply-side economics but that's another subject. I also wouldn't characterize inflation as detrimental as you make it sound. Any liberal like yourself would take high inflation over high unemployment. The stagflation of the 80's was used by Reaganites to justify abandoning Keynesian economics and create neo-classic models that have done serious damage to the economy ever since. As far as trade, I just disagree with you. Newer data is making many economists rethink their understanding of the implications of free trade and its effect on domestic workers. I'm not against any kind of trade, but I believe it's in a country's workers' best interest to produce most of the goods that economy consumers. Hell, even read Adam Smith and he would agree. Free trade has decimated rural communities and led to lower workers' wages across many industries--not just manufacturing. The reason trade deficits with Mexico have eased is because there is less incentive to move there because American manufacturing wages are so much lower. A manufacturing job used to support a middle class family of four. Those days are gone and a large reason is free trade.
  12. LOL at that re-enactment. What the hell....
  13. Yup, he was in a press van on the outer edge of the plaza, if not a block away. It's interesting how big-name journalists like Brian Williams get caught lying so often. Maybe it's cause they get caught up in big stories and feel attached to them and feel the need to embellish their place in history.
  14. Jim, My dad was a union leader at Geneva Steel Plant in Orem, Utah. When I went to buy my first car, he cautioned me to buy American. For if I didn't, I would be putting an American laborer out of work. My response to him was that if I didn't buy a Japanese car, I'd be putting a Japanese laborer out of work. What's the difference?? When jobs are shipped overseas, it lowers the standard of living of Americans. But is raises the standard of living in countries where the poverty is much worse. I'd say that overall, that's a pretty good exchange. Of course, its the corporations and wealthy investors who really make out. Redistribution of wealth through taxation is the answer for that. (BTW, this is an example of why people say I'm far to the left.) P.S. I don't buy that incarcerating more people (usually men) lowers the poverty rate. When a person is incarcerated, he is unable to work and provide for his family. And that raises the poverty rate. For some reason you choose to believe just the negative opinions written about the Clintons. (Please don't say that I choose to believe just the positive opinions. All I have done here is present hard, indisputable facts.) Sandy, I agree with much of what you have said and no doubt Clinton was a pragmatic deal maker and accomplished some good things. But I think you're missing the broader argument that Clinton was very much a corporatist and embodied the DLC, or "Third Way" that very actively promoted the deregulation of the financial sector and free trade. His reputation as an economic whiz kid remains largely untainted because he lucked out, timing wise. He was riding the wave of the internet era and housing bubble, which contributed to the economic successes of the 90's. But his repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and signing of NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China resulted in the financial crisis and the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs and lower American workers' wages. The economy did grow at a healthy pace during Clinton's tenure, but in terms of historical perspective, it wasn't all that outstanding. And look at the growing trade imbalances since these "free" trade agreements. Sure, they do raise the standard of living of foreign workers to an extent, but as Ross Perot warned of NAFTA, the Mexican workers will still be producing goods in slave-like conditions.