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Joseph McBride

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  1. Jacqueline Kennedy has an understandalbe excuse for skipping the movie, but Carly Simon should be ashamed of herself.
  2. At the Nov. 22, 2013, Dallas commemorations, when the city kept dissidents out of Dealey Plaza so Bonesman David McCullough could give a speech, and thousands of us were protesting on surrounding streets, Alex Jones was ranting on a streetcorner to draw TV cameras and distract attention from the legitimate critics of the official version of the JFK/Tippit murder case. That is how the system is played.
  3. This is excellent news. Congratulations to Jim and Oliver Stone. It should be terrific. Could you give us more information? One source says it's a documentary, but another says it's a documentary series. Is it finished shooting and editing? Reportedly it will be released in November 2020, but in/on what venues, theatrical and/or cable?
  4. Senator Ralph Yarborough told me LBJ leaned over the space between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat as Rufus Youngblood also leaned over to listen to the agent's walkie-talkie while they were going through the Triple Overpass. Yarborough said LBJ and the agent were about six inches apart. Yarborough was sitting in the back seat with LBJ and Lady Bird. I noted that since the Altgens photo shows LBJ ducking earlier on Elm Street, Yarborough evidently was off a bit on the timing of the leaning over. And Yarborough said the LBJ/Youngblood story about the agent jumping over into the back seat was false. More details are in my book INTO THE NIGHTMARE.
  5. The part of Vaughan's breakdown that states Secret Service Agent Rufus Youngblood jumped over the seat to protect LBJ with his body is inaccurate. See my interview with Sen. Ralph Yarborough in INTO THE NIGHTMARE for the accurate account.
  6. Todd Wayne Vaughan in 1993 did a valuable 50-page schematic breakdown of the motorcade identifying vehicles and people and providing other information, etc. It's posted on the site with Harold Weisberg's papers. http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg Subject Index Files/M Disk/Motorcade Route/Item 15.pdf
  7. Todd Wayne Vaughan in 1993 did a valuable 50-page schematic breakdown of the motorcade identifying vehicles and people and providing other information, etc. It's posted on the site with Harold Weisberg's papers. http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg Subject Index Files/M Disk/Motorcade Route/Item 15.pdf
  8. https://www.wivb.com/news/breaking-neighbor-who-testified-against-amber-guyger-shot-and-killed-in-dallas/?fbclid=IwAR0vC082fve7i8u3pF_f7aGCDvJpASPrG0QuOimfsAtq9qxSBRZOsxE2YW4 https://atlantadailyworld.com/2019/09/30/woman-who-filmed-dallas-police-officer-amber-guyger-shoot-botham-jean-fired-video/
  9. Scorsese addresses THE IRISHMAN and the JFK assassination question from 21 minutes into this discussion until the end at 29 minutes. This is a panel discussion of THE IRISHMAN at the NY Film Festival.
  10. https://www.baylorlinefoundation.com/mccalls-personal-journals-reveal-president-kennedy-almost-came-to-waco-on-november-22-1963/?fbclid=IwAR3_Z8HILEW4-PGJdV8VP6BkrjPXpxWkcImUPfpNidmHHxT_BjjWRL0f-1o
  11. I haven't seen the film yet, but I have read the Variety review by Owen Gleiberman in which that publication (which Sam Fuller described to me in the 1970s as "that f-u-c-k-ing rag you love so much") takes its usual bold critical and historical stand: Scorsese wants to dramatize how America used to work (and maybe still does), with the personal and political hopelessly entangled. Frank’s assignments go well beyond whacking mobsters who don’t know their place. In 1961, he’s asked to help in a weapons shipment that turns out to be for the Bay of Pigs invasion. For a while, the film turns into a luridly arresting Mob’s-eye-view history lesson about the Mafia and JFK: the resentment the Italian crime leaders felt at having “bought” the 1960 election for Kennedy (by stuffing the ballot boxes of Chicago), only to see him appoint his brother, Robert F. Kennedy (Jack Huston), to the position of attorney general, at which point RFK goes after the Mob with unprecedented vengeance. The film presents the JFK assassination as an underworld conspiracy, and whether or not you buy that, the triangle of the Mob, the Teamsters, and the JFK administration, with the former bootlegger Joe Kennedy called upon to repay favors, makes for a thrillingly entangled political spider web.
  12. Frank Capra told me that during World War II he was walking through a government warehouse with a general. Capra asked what happens when such a warehouse becomes too full. The general smiled and said, "We have a fire."
  13. Cokie Roberts, the TV news pundit who died today, was the daughter of Warren Commission member and House majority leader Hale Boggs, whose airplane disappeared in Alaska in 1972 not long after he publicly dissented from the findings of the Warren Report and strongly criticized J. Edgar Hoover (as forum members know, documents later surfaced showing that the wreckage actually was located and that there were survivors of the plane crash; the whole story is not known). I suspect the disappearance of Boggs sent a sobering message to Roberts and her mother, future congresswoman and ambassador Lindy Boggs, who probably knew more about the assassination than they would admit. Roberts would defend the Warren Commission. I had an opportunity to question Roberts about the crash. This is what I wrote in INTO THE NIGHTMARE:
  14. Note: Nouns are not pluralized by adding apostrophes.
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