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  1. James DiEugenio

    Where is the exit?

    Here is something that I think most of us have thought about before but have not debated openly I think in awhile. If the anterior neck wound is an entrance, where is the exit hole? IMO, this issue had driven some people to theorize its not an entrance.
  2. Well, you are up to 45 reviews and all are five star. I tried to post one but it has not gone through yet. How do you know Larry Fitzgerald? Do you live in Phoenix?
  3. Paul: Where are your priorities? We have people posting stuff about Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Hoffa, plus--drum build up please-- someone just got "the box from 1963", whatever the heck that means. And you want to talk about the only member of the Kennedy family to ever write a book concerning the murders of his father and his uncle? And the guy happens to be an accomplished attorney, who just helped defeat Monsanto for 290 million? That's the real world.
  4. Its a good book and also a courageous book. RFK Jr is the first member of the Kennedy family to take a step forward on this issue in print. He deserves a lot of credit for that. In that respect he really does remind me of his father. And let not forget, his work on the Skakel case turned that case around and his cousin is now out of prison. Finally, he also helped win the Monsanto/Round Up case last week.
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    Democracy In Chains

    W. N. In January of 2001, Bill Clinton left Bush and Cheney with very realistic prospects of paying off the $5 trillion dollar national debt-- as even Alan Greenspan said in his memoir, A Time of Turbulence I did not know that Greenspan said this. If you could have done that, I mean that would give such a great boost to the economy. Because just to name one thing, that means none of the budget is used for interest payments on the national debt. Today, about 300 billion is used on that. Also, no borrowing from Social Security. It has always ticked me off that the Dems do not make more of this issue, how W screwed up the budget process and federal outlays for about 15 years, and counting.
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    Democracy In Chains

    Bobby Kennedy had to start his Free Schools for black students in Virginia while suing the state. The other time it happened was when the Arkansas schools shut down completely after Ike sent in troops. That is how cry the south was back then.
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    Democracy In Chains

    Give us a break. When Clinton left office this country had a BUDGET SURPLUS, that was actually fairly large. The combination of Bush's war of choice in Iraq, his unnecessary tax cuts, and then the stock market real-estate meltdown, as a result of those three, for the first time in the history of the republic, the annual budget deficit reached over a trillion dollars in 2008. As a point of comparison, Kennedy did not like it when it was seven billion. But what made what Bush did even worse is that he blew such a hole in the budget that it became pretty much structural. Reagan's nutty budgeting was susceptible to being cured. Bush's nuttiness was a quantum leap beyond Laffer's crackpot supply side economics. Mainly because that crazy war he started ended up costing something like three trillion and we are still counting. What that means is that there is really no end in sight to the annual giant deficits. When that happens this accumulates the total national debt, since what you are doing is simply rolling over annual giant deficits into a colossal total national debt. That figure is about 21 trillion now. And again, there is no end in sight. Now its about 77 per cent of GDP. Many economists project it to go to about 100 per cent of GDP in about 7-10 years. The main thing holding up the American economy is the financing of this debt by foreign countries, especially China. What will happen if this continues is that discretionary spending will continue going down down down. And once the dollar evaluation is threatened, which Trump has already done, the cries will go up to cut things like Medicare and Social Security. After all, the country is pretty much broke. Unless there is a huge turnover in Washington, and I do not just mean the House, defense spending will be touched very lightly. If at all. I mean we have this war on terror right? Plus Cold War 2. George W Bush fulfilled the dream of Grover Norquist. A dream that Ronald Reagan could not come close to fulfilling. He strangled government spending in the bathtub. And no one screamed bloody murder. If you want to complement him on that, by my guest.
  8. James DiEugenio

    Backyard Photographs

    What about this from a K and K reader? As an artist, I have for many years have been struck by the 'oddness', in terms of proportion and pose, of the backyard Oswald photos. A little while ago, I had a 'eureka' moment: we know the Militant and Worker newspapers were tabloid size, ie 11 x 17 inches. That means the paper Oswald holds vertically against his chest in one shot is 11 inches wide. Using this as a 'ruler' and a photo-editing program such as Photoshop, it's possible to work out a fair approximation of Oswald's height in the photograph. It's roughly 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches, way below what it should be. This immediately screams 'fake' to me. I wonder what your view is on this, and whether anyone else has made the same calculation. Regards
  9. If you have not seen this film Plaza Man, you really should. Our writer, Frank Cassano, found it online and asked if I ever saw it. I said no, why don't you review it? Its an interesting and ultimately touching film. Its not so much about the nuts and bolts of the JFK case. Its really about the price some people pay for their refusal to knuckle under to the will of the Power Elite. Its a reprise in film form of what Frank refers to at the end of the review, the idea that Garrison talked about in his Playboy interview: "What happens to the individual who dissents?" And although its focus is on Groden vs Dallas (represented by the Sixth Floor and the late Gary Mack) ,as Frank notes, its easy to expand that metaphorically into the national power elite vs the critical community. Overall, an unusual and distinguished film. Everyone should watch it. https://kennedysandking.com/john-f-kennedy-reviews/plaza-man-robert-groden-vs-the-city-of-dallas
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    Surprised there is no discussion on this

    As the reader can see from the link below, its not just Alex Jones. And also as one can see, congress is urging and applying pressure to these so called "private entities". Thanks God for Consortium News. https://consortiumnews.com/2018/08/10/in-a-corporatist-system-of-government-corporate-censorship-is-state-censorship/
  11. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/08/alex-jones-banned-lowry-219343 I really do not like Rich Lowery or National Review. But i have to agree with him on this. Its a slippery slope of navigation. Is this part of the Cass Sustein movement? I mean we have run a negative article on Alex Jones. He is pretty bad on the JFK case, as he is on quite a few things. But so what? That is not the point. The point is the first amendment. Facebook, You Tube and Apple seem to me to be violating it. Am i missing something here? Is there something worse he has done? I am aware of his accusation about Charlottesville. But what else?
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    Surprised there is no discussion on this

    I have never thought that Kennedys and king.com was an open source type field of play. Its more like a magazine. That is not the case with You Tube, or FB. As Josh Marshall noted, the problem is that the people who regulate the web, government proxies, have allowed a very few companies to control a very large share of what has become the public square of debate. In fact, well over half the public gets their news from Google and FB. Marshall then said, what will be really disturbing is if and when the ISP provider for Jones decides not to carry him. To me, I look at this as an extension of this: https://consortiumnews.com/2016/11/20/nyt-advocates-internet-censorship/ Which I see beginning way back then with this: https://kennedysandking.com/reviews/the-illusion-of-michael-shermer We should all be like sentinels on this issue. The Internet is the last bastion we have of free speech in this country. With very rare exceptions, everything else is controlled. And its gotten worse with cable TV, not better. If the web goes dark, bye bye. MC: We are next... Remember the last scene of the film of Fahrenheit 451?
  13. James DiEugenio

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Mr. Parnell: That is five people who said it. Not just Kudlaty.
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    New Article by John Armstrong

    Oh baloney. You got blindsided because you did not know what DiMaio had done in Dealey Plaza to stop the laser test that CNN had arranged. That is trying to rearrange the models in the car into a position they were not in in the Z film. Any "authority" is fine with Parnell. (I won't even comment on Lifton's "objectivity".)
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    New Article by John Armstrong

    Wow. Parnell first accuses Armstrong of approaching a witness with a confirmation bias. No no says Parnell. But then Lifton comes in to see McBride with guns blazing, Gary Mack type "You are a damned xxxx" zealotry, and Presto! That's cool. My God Parnell. Give us all a break. From the guy who said a long time ago, "Well, Vincent DiMaio is an objective expert." LOL!
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    Surprised there is no discussion on this

    Twitter is holding out. I like that guy. https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/09/alex-jones-infowars-deleted-tweets/ I think the reason is the lawsuits that Jones is involved in e g Sandy Hook.
  17. James DiEugenio

    Democracy In Chains

    One of the points of her book and what she is talking about is that this country has gone so far to the right that liberals today have now become conservatives. And she actually says that. In the respect that progressives have now been reduced to just trying to preserve things like Social Security and Medicare. A really good example of this would be the Clintons. I mean before Monicagate, Clinton was going to meet with Gingrich to talk about privatizing Social Security. The only good thing about the Lewinsky scandal is that it defused that. And she also adds that the whole Radical Libertarian movement has gotten so pervasive that not only has it completely vitiated the idea of conservatism, but it has made passé what we once thought Democrats and Republicans should be. They do this by threatening Republicans with primary challenges. Great and apt title. Please do not talk about W being to the left of the Koch brothers. I mean that whole BS about compassionate conservatism was a Rovian ruse. W took a meat axe to the economy and the budget.
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    Democracy In Chains

    Here is an interesting interview with McLaren. Note, at the start, she talks about Brown v Board and Galbraith. Unlike Eisenhower and Nixon, the Kenendys announced they were going to support the Brown decision. Galbraith's whole economic philosophy was Keynesian, and also for the use of tax money to support public projects, in other words those that would help the populace in general. Galbraith of course worked for JFK. As she talks further, she explains how the super wealthy are repelled by that idea. This is why these people hated the Kennedys.
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    Classic Harold Weisberg Interview

    It was when I read Weisberg's analysis of Troy West's testimony in Whitewash that I first began to question the whole "Oswald's paper bag" concept in the Warren Commission. The obvious mystery then becomes, "Where did he get the paper?" I guess the conspirators realized that could be a problem also, since they sent the brown paper to Ruth Paine's house a day or so before the assassination.
  20. I am pretty sure Weisberg was the only first generation critic to begin to question Marrion Baker's story about the second floor lunch room encounter. He did so in his book Whitewash 2. In this interview he also talks about the dubious Howard Brennan. Those were the days when critics could easily get on Pacifica. No more. Harold was really outspoken and direct in these interviews. https://kennedysandking.com/videos-and-interviews/harold-weisberg-on-howard-brennan-and-marrion-baker
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    Classic Harold Weisberg Interview

    Could you tell how the bag was constructed? Weisberg: Well I can tell you how they say it was constructed. I do not vouch for it and I do not believe it. The bag is supposed to have been made from wrapping paper, taken from a roll of wrapping paper, that was then currently used in the Book Depository building, and to have been shaped by folding and to have been sealed by paper tape that is used to wrap packages to seal them. Now there was one man, and only one man who was in charge of the wrapping table. And he was unlike most of the other employees of the Texas School Book Depository. A man who was almost lashed to his work bench. O’Connell: This was Troy Eugene West? Weisberg: Troy Eugene West. The commission, which has so much trouble with the testimony on the bag, and which had to use testimony, which was diametrically opposed to its conclusion, decided that it had best forget all about the testimony of Troy Eugene West, and he is not mentioned in the report. But it was the testimony of West that he got to work early, filled a pot with water so he could make coffee, and thereafter never left his work bench, the wrapping table, for the rest of the day. O’Connell: What day was that? Weisberg: The day of his testimony, I don't recall, but he- O’Connell: No I mean, when did he ... he's referring to his arrival at the Depository. Weisberg: Every day. O’Connell: I see. Weisberg: This was his custom. He never left his work bench, he said. And he said that Oswald was never there, that Oswald never got any paper, that he never had access to any paper. He testified 100% against the interests of the commission's story that Oswald was the assassin.
  22. James DiEugenio

    Democracy In Chains

    OMG, going from this interesting book to Bush pressuring Canada not to release Bloomfield documents? McLaren's book sounds like a fascinating expose of a whole school of government that arose in direct opposition to what had come about because of the Kennedy brothers--that is the idea that government can be a positive force in the public square. Believe me, I know the depth of this antipathy in the upper classes toward the Kennedys. Since I have been exposed to it and read about it. They really considered him the anti Christ. Her book exposes the Libertarian ruse that was used to counter Kennedy's appeal by cloaking it in a pseudo populist manner. And working in the field of education for decades I thoroughly understand how that conspiracy works--and that is what it is, make no mistake about it. When did real estate developer Eli Broad become an expert in education? The whole idea of charter schools, "choice" schools, breaking down teachers unions and privatizing education is backed by bundles of Broad money. Sort of like the Right to Work bills, which really are right to be poor and have no benefits acts. That is what this is about. Two opposed philosophies of government. And this board has to reduce it to Bush? Please. Let us see the big picture once in awhile.
  23. James DiEugenio

    Where is the exit?

    Amazing how far afield this has gone. I guess no one can supply a credible answer to the original question.
  24. James DiEugenio

    Where is the exit?

    Thanks for this. Always nice to have new evidence. I had never heard of this woman before.
  25. James DiEugenio

    Classic Harold Weisberg Interview

    In those days Harold was really a one man wrecking crew. I mean the guy completely destroyed the Warren Report many times over. I think his best two books were his first two, Whitewash and Whitewash 2. Let us also never forget what he says about Troy West here. That is crucial.
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