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Gerald Posner on Murder Most Foul

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"My disappointment isn’t that Dylan is writing and singing, it is that he has decided to commercialize the death of an American president with a hodgepodge of lyrics alluding to long-disproven theories about the murder. That’s a shame for the Kennedy family, who for decades have endured how the death of JFK has turned into a veritable board game of ‘Who Killed Kennedy?’ In an ideal world, noted artists would pay respect to history by sticking to the truth.”

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Is this the same Kennedy family that delighted in honoring George H.W. Bush with the "Courage" award? As much as I respect JFK and RFK - and to some extent RFK Jr (though his and other family members' presence in Epstein's black book bothers me A LOT) - the family (the further you get from JFK and RFK) hasn't made a lot of great decisions that honor the memories, legacy, or murders of their ancestors (JFK Jr excepted). Bob Dylan honored JFK more in one song than his family members have done throughout the entirety of the 2000s. For that matter, Oliver Stone honored him more in one film. And further, the authors and posters here honor him more every day than his own family does currently. So, that "What about the family?" stuff (57 years later) falls flat to me.

 

 

Edited by S.T. Patrick

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Posner thinks Dylan should have written "The Ballad of Lee Harvey Oswald" instead. Something like this:

I'm a pro-Castro Commie and I acted alone
Just three shots were fired and I fired on my own
How could I shoot JFK from in front
When I was behind him, it would be quite a stunt.

You get the idea.

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Ron Ecker said:

Posner thinks Dylan should have written "The Ballad of Lee Harvey Oswald" instead. Something like this:

I'm a pro-Castro Commie and I acted alone
Just three shots were fired and I fired on my own
How could I shoot JFK from in front
When I was behind him, it would be quite a stunt.

You get the idea.

 

 

 

Very well done.  You are a true poet!  DSL

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Posner's claim that Dylan chose to "commercialize the death of an American president..." ignores the fact that the song was posted  for free.

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"My disappointment isn’t that Dylan is writing and singing, it is that he has decided to commercialize the death of an American president."

-- Hypocrite, plagiarist, stooge and tool.

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27 minutes ago, David Lifton said:

Very well done.  You are a true poet!  DSL

Thanks. I just might become a lone nutter.

 

 

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Do you think Posner thought the TV film "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" was commercializing the death? He also certainly plugged his own book all over the American media. Did the proceeds go to charity or something or is that "commercializing"? Again, GP makes an odd argument.

 

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1 minute ago, S.T. Patrick said:

Do you think Posner thought the TV film "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" was commercializing the death? He also certainly plugged his own book all over the American media. Did the proceeds go to charity or something or is that "commercializing"? Again, GP makes an odd argument.

 

Decades ago, I met Gerald Posner and had a long talk with him.  I think he genuinely believed what he wrote. 

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3 minutes ago, David Lifton said:

Decades ago, I met Gerald Posner and had a long talk with him.  I think he genuinely believed what he wrote. 

Who wrote that book for him?  Same guy who wrote Bugliosi's?

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15 hours ago, David Andrews said:

Who wrote that book for him?  Same guy who wrote Bugliosi's?

Yeah, the Devil.

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4 minutes ago, David Andrews said:

Who wrote that book for him?  Same guy who wrote Bugliosi's?

AFAIK: He wrote it himself, but at the behest of (and invitation from) a top Random House executive. DSL

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I thought I might as well finish “The Ballad of Lee Harvey Oswald.” With special thanks to Gerald Posner.

 

I’m a pro-Castro Commie and I acted alone
Just three shots were fired and I fired on my own
How could I shoot JFK from the front
When I was behind him? It would be quite a stunt
If you’ve got a minute I’ll tell you the story
It happened in Dallas and it got pretty gory
I was set with my rifle, they were rolling down Elm
But thankfully slow, William Greer at the helm
An umbrella was pumping like the heart in my chest
I had to start firing and hope for the best
The first shot I fired is the bullet that missed
The second shot hit him and Lord what a twist
It went straight through and hit Connally too
I took one more shot, and too good to be true
It blew out his brains. I was sure in my prime
To get those three shots off in so short a time
I just had time then to rush down the stairs
And get me a Coke as if all of my cares
Had been blown away. At my second-floor stop
My boss Mister Truly showed up with a cop
He told the policeman there was nothing to fear
“He’s one of the losers I’ve got working here.”
I left the confusion, I went home and later
I went to a movie, but in the theater
Is where I got busted, put on exhibit
For killing the prez and a policeman named Tippit
In jail till that Sunday, I’m sure that by now
You’ve heard that they planned to transfer me, and how
I was marched through the basement and got shot to hell
By that fellow Jack Ruby who I didn’t know well
And that’s how it happened, may it ever be known
I’m Lee Harvey Oswald and I acted alone.

 

 

Edited by Ron Ecker

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Posted (edited)

'The Lee Oswald Talking Blues," only available on bootleg.

"Exhibit/Tippet" actually sounds like Bob wrote it.

Edited by David Andrews

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