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    As I understand it, folks get contacted by former members and are asked to post information. My question for anyone contacted would be why would someone ask you to post here for them. Why can't they do it themselves? One might suspect that the person may be banned.
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    I agree with Trump

    And I've been reading a lot today about his and Tucker's conversation about Montenegro, and their aggressiveness. All 600,000 of them (rolls eyes) Also read that Putin wants Montenegro, which is why Trump is currently dissing it. We'll see. I sure hope it's not true. But I won't hold my breath. Look, I don't care if he went over to talk to Putin. That's fine. And I think the Mueller indictments coming before that might have been a red flag to Trump to be careful with what he says to Russia, because there are indictments. While some of you say they may not be true, well, they may be true, so not a time to throw caution to the wind. Good to let the Head of State know what's going on at home ,init. Mt problem with Trump is that God only knows what he said behind closed doors. The guy gave classified information to the Russians when they visited the White House. I shudder to think what he told Putin. Pretty bad when you can't trust the Commander in Chief to keep secrets.
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    J Featherston information

    Oct 19, 2000 "Featherston won Pulitzer, covered JFK James "Jim" Shoaf Featherston, 77, a retired Louisiana State University journalism professor who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954 and later covered the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, died Thursday. Cause of death was not known, said a spokeswoman at LSU, where Featherston taught for 24 years until he retired in 1994 as a teacher of advanced reporting, editorial writing, and journalism ethics. He graduated in 1950 from Southern Methodist University and began his career in 1951 at the Vicksburg (Miss.) Post-Herald, where he was one of five reporters on a staff that won a Pulitzer for coverage of a devastating tornado. Featherston also helped cover the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the trial of Jack Ruby for the Dallas Times Herald, where he worked from 1962 to 1970. He was city editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle from 1960 to 1962. From 1954 to 1960, Featherston was a reporter and feature writer for the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News, covering the trial stemming from the lynching of black teen-ager Emmitt Till and the Little Rock, Ark., school crisis during the late 1950s. The Post-Herald's coverage of a Dec. 5, 1953, tornado that struck downtown Vicksburg, collapsing the roof of a movie theater, won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for local deadline journalism. The newspaper, now the Vicksburg Post, was cited for outstanding coverage under extraordinary difficulties. "I've read that he was the night reporter ... and actually was helping dig some victims out of the rubble, as well as contributing to the paper," publisher Pat Cashman said. "It was very much a team effort by everyone," he said. Natural gas had been cut off, so the staff burned charcoal to melt lead for type. "They went around and got every sack of charcoal they could find. They developed pictures with water out of the gutter. "It really surprised people, I think, to have that paper delivered on time that morning," Cashman said. "It was the only way to get the information out. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Featherston attended public schools in Tennessee and Mississippi. He had a master's degree from East Texas State University. During World War II, Featherston flew 27 combat missions, most of them as a waist gunner on B-26 bombers over Germany." https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8457127/james-shoaf-featherston
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    J Featherston information

    I never thought to doubt him. His movements were very understandable to me. I recently gave away a couple hundred books on the assassination, including several on the reporter and news men that were there, or that worked that day. For the most part, they were good men. (From Dave Reitzes website) http://www.jfk-online.com/featherston.html "Dallas Times Herald reporter Jim Featherston had watched the motorcade from the east side of Houston Street. When the shots rang out, he thought they were firecrackers, and was unable to see any of the events occurring on Elm Street. He saw an acquaintance of his, Frank Wright, and asked him what had happened. Wright said, "I don't know, but a young woman down there has taken a picture of whatever happened." Featherston picks up the story here. "I ran to Dealey Plaza, a few yards away, and this is where I first learned the president had been shot. I found two young women, Mary Moorman and Jean Lollis Hill, near the curb on Dealey Plaza. Both had been within a few feet of the spot where Kennedy was shot, and Mary Moorman had taken a Polaroid picture of Jackie Kennedy cradling the president's head in her arms. It was a poorly focused and snowy picture, but, as far as I knew then, it was the only such picture in existence. I wanted the picture and I also wanted the two women's eyewitness accounts of the shooting. I told Mrs. Moorman I wanted the picture for the Times Herald and she agreed. I then told both of them I would like for them to come with me to the courthouse pressroom so I could get their stories and both agreed. . . . I called the city desk and told Tom LePere, an assistant city editor, that the president had been shot. "Really? Let me switch you to rewrite," LePere said, unruffled as if it were a routine story. I briefly told the rewrite man what had happened and then put Mary Moorman and Jean Lollis Hill on the phone so they could tell what they had seen in their own words. Mrs. Moorman, in effect, said she was so busy taking the picture that she really didn't see anything. Mrs. Hill, however, gave a graphic account of seeing Kennedy shot a few feet in front of her eyes. Before long, the pressroom became filled with other newsmen. Mrs. Hill told her story over and over again for television and radio. Each time, she would embellish it a bit until her version began to sound like Dodge City at high noon. She told of a man running up toward the now-famed grassy knoll pursued by other men she believed to be policemen. In the meantime, I had talked to other witnesses and at one point I told Mrs. Hill she shouldn't be saying some of the things she was telling television and radio reporters. I was merely trying to save her later embarrassment but she apparently attached intrigue to my warning. As the afternoon wore on, a deputy sheriff found out that I had two eyewitnesses in the pressroom, and he told me to ask them not to leave the courthouse until they could be questioned by law enforcement people. I relayed the information to Mrs. Moorman and Mrs. Hill. All this time, I was wearing a lapel card identifying myself as a member of the press. It was also evident we were in the pressroom and the room was so designated by a sign on the door. I am mentioning all this because a few months later Mrs. Hill told the Warren Commission bad things about me. She told the commission that I had grabbed Mrs. Moorman and her camera down on Dealey Plaza and that I wouldn't let her go even though she was crying. She added that I "stole" the picture from Mrs. Moorman. Mrs. Hill then said I had forced them to come with me to a strange room and then wouldn't let them leave. She also said I had told her what she could and couldn't say. Her testimony defaming me is all in Vol. VI of the Hearings Before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, the Warren Report. Why Mrs. Hill said all this has never been clear to me -- I later theorized she got swept up in the excitement of having the cameras and lights on her and microphones shoved into her face. She was suffering from a sort of star-is-born syndrome, I later figured.(4)""" " 4. Jim Featherston, "I Was There," from Connie Kritzberg, Secrets from the Sixth Floor Window (Tulsa, Ok.: Under Cover Press, 1994), pp. 31-33. From this of course, he grew into the SS monster type that "put a hold on me but good" ( from the movie JFK)
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    J Featherston information

    Jean seemed to have changed her story several times. http://www.jfk-info.com/whitmeyt.htm
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    Faulty "if/then" Logic

    We never saw it. And if it bothered you, you should have reported it. You have been told that before.
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    Faulty "if/then" Logic

    Tom, It's water under the bridge at this time. You should have said something before. Please don't drag old stuff back up.
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    Faulty "if/then" Logic

    I certainly don't read every post. I have other things taking up my time. However, if someone is hurling insults, please report them to the Admins. I know when I have said that in the past that you said you do not like ratting on others. We may not see the offending posts if you do not tell us. Those folks that you mention, as is everyone, are under the same set of rules. If you are following the rules, you have just as much right to post here as anyone else.
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    Faulty "if/then" Logic

    It was explained to you about the excessive bumping. Whether or not James Di asked for an intervention , it didn't result in moderation ( I don't even remember this.. If David "Jacobs" " insinuated that you " obviously take psych drugs", why didn't you report the post instead on bringing it up later? James Di does not call the shots here, ROFL. Why would he? What is that supposed to mean? It appears that you are looking outside of what we told to find a reason for being moderated. I thought you understood why.
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    Faulty "if/then" Logic

    I want to know where you get this idea from. If you are talking about a recent moderation, you might ask the person why. It was not due to any theory. And who are those who have left the forum in droves? I hadn't noticed. We have had some loopy theories presented here, and we don't moderate for that. Case in point. A few years ago, someone questioned if Zapruder was made of rubber. The person who wrote that was not moderated for it. so it has nothing to do with the beliefs one has.
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    Mrs. Stanton, Mrs. Sanders, where are you?

    Say whatever you want , Michael. This whole thing stinks, any way you look at it. Brian would be here, if he weren't such a mean person. He calls everyone who doesn't agree with him names. I read all of the stuff he writes. I certainly wouldn't talk about James the way he does and expect to be welcomed here. If Prayer person is a man or woman, I don't care. I do care about how folks treat each other though. While we are at it, i think it's ridiculous to ask Andrej to do this or that, and then when he does, it's either not good enough or he is asked to do something else. I wouldn't do it. I can't believe folk would actually get upset that the analysis is not done yet. Tom, I've got a great idea! Why don't you draw some stuff, and quit badgering someone else. That you are up there in years is not a valid excuse to dog on someone else.
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    One Question re: Two Oswalds

    I remember a bit of discussion on Donald ( P. and O.)Norton years ago. This from Bill Kelly:
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    Oswald's Wallet

    Ron, Some of Jack's work is in this video series: https://newsblaze.com/usnews/national/the-backyard-photos-of-lee-harvey-oswald-are-fakes_9208/
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    If Oswald Was "Prayer Man" ...

    Thomas, It looks like Andrej was coming back into this, offering his research for you to digest and then for you to consider and respond to. It appears as if you didn't even look. I don't know any other way to put this, but to me, it looks like you sort of flipped both he and his research off. This is probably why he is frustrated. It would have stopped me too.. (My bad for responding to this. Every time someone responds, it goes back to the top of the page.)
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    If Oswald Was "Prayer Man" ...

    Me, too.
  16. Michael, It appears that Mr. Larsen and Mr. Graves are in disagreement as to what Baker did. Thomas was trying to be a smart aleck in his question to Mr. Larsen.
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    A Question For James Gordon

    IIRC, Bart received the award, according to Debra, for his researching ability. Whether she agrees with his results or not is not the purpose of the award. Also, he was going to give it back, and she told him not to. I remember reading those posts. This thread could have easily been done privately with James Gordon, instead of doing it publicly. I think it was done this way to stir up the pot a bit. Regardless, I would like everyone to stop fighting with each other on it.
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    A Question For James Gordon

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    Dealey Plaza Walkabout?

    One of the best ways to meet "JFK people" is to attend one of the November conferences. You could always go on the day the memorial in the Plaza is done.
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    The Future of the Education Forum

    Yes, i understand that, but can you answer the question he is asking? That is what he really wants. That's why he's throwing in the towel.
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    The Future of the Education Forum

    Thomas, i think it more had to do with this, which he asked yesterday, "I want to make one more comment today. Mark Knight is right we do all have other commitments - though not the demands that Mark has from the needs of his family member. And I usually rely on members reporting rather than actively monitoring this site Mark is a much more restrained admin member than I. Many is the time he has counselled me from positions I wanted to take. Aside from Mark and Paul, I want to hear if there actually are members who also feel that the use of language is important in the quality of discussion. I honestly am not sure the general membership feel it is important and one member has already insulted me and this thread. So I would like to know, am I the only one who is concerned?" (Bolds mine.)
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    An Open Message to Michael Clark

    This is a really silly topic. Why didn't you leave it on the thread the post was born in? Why pull it out and make a whole new thread about it? It might be a good idea to devote another area of the forum to threads where disgruntled members can post these types of things.
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    The Future of the Education Forum

    I think this has nothing to do with backbones. I could care less what folks think of me--something I've learned as I've gotten older. The original problem was with the language, i guess. I wasn't here to see it. After that folks started throwing stones. As far as an attack on the forum, i don't know. I think alot of it is ego driven, but that just my two cents. All the Ed Forum has ever required (since I've been a member here anyway)is try to make sure that folks are not too far out of line. if you go back and read the old threads from years past, you'll see that. I think it is OK to question someone's position (that is what debate is about), and it is hoped that questioning it is not considered a personal affront. But if someone is being baited, that is entirely different. OTOH, some folk also become irate when their work is questioned. There has to be a happy medium. Lance, a while back we created subforums. They are rarely used because the front page is where your work is seen. Everybody looks here.
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    The Future of the Education Forum

    I had no problem with the belief that if an Admin cannot contact a member that moderation may be the only way to get their attention. Mr. Josephs is not the only one who has done that in the past. It would seem reasonable that if one were to suddenly be moderated, one would ask why. As I understand it, the only thing James was going to tell him was to please watch what he was writing, and not being able to relay that to him caused James to come up with a way to get a response, which evidently backfired. What is he supposed to do? I see that David Josephs is off of moderation, which is fine. But, OTOH, he needs to leave a line open so Admins can contact him. Everybody does. And while we are at it, moderation is not banning. Banned means you cannot log in--you are no longer a member.. Moderated means that ones posts are reviewed before being made public. Then we have to go through the threads which ask "why" and say we need to be more transparent.Folks starts saying things about how this or that is wrong, only to find out that it was just that they couldn't be contacted. But of course, shoot first and ask questions later. I guess we could reopen the thread that tells the posters what the Admin/mods do. I also understand about problem posters here, and there are some who repeat the same negative pattern over and over. I'm up for what the majority thinks there. We have rules we may have to change. It's a loose set of them. Folks can pretty much say what they want, provided they don't abuse other members. If that needs to be changed, we can do that. We, as admins, have to work with the rules we have. Once again, James is trying to do the best he can, and I don't think his actions with respect to trying to contact Mr. Josephs were unreasonable.
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    Why I am leaving the forum

    I think this is hilarious. The reason that registration is closed is because i usu am the one who registers and I have been on holiday to the UK for the last10 days. I also am the one who more or less oversees the emails to our forum, so if you folk wrote in the last 10 days, none of the admins saw it.