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Sandy Larsen

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  1. (As my 11 y/o daughter would interject...) Fun Fact! John F. Kennedy was editor of The Crimson in 1940.
  2. I just want to point out that most H&L supporters probably don't believe the whole theory the way John Armstrong writes it. For example, Armstrong's theory --as I understand it -- has only two LHOs. And that this was the case from their middle school years till Harvey was shot by Ruby. In the end it is like a Spy vs. Spy episode (from Mad Magazine) where the black spy is on the side killing JFK and the white spy is on the patsy side, and is the patsy. To me the whole spy vs. spy thing is silly... it's like a bad movie. To me it makes a lot more sense that the original Lee Harvey Oswald was used only to provide a childhood background for the defector/spy Harvey. After the Marines switcheroo, Harvey (the one later shot by Ruby) became the "one and only" LHO as far as U.S. intelligence was concerned. Now, clearly there were Harvey impostors after the switheroo took place. And who knows, maybe some of these missions were fulfilled by the original LHO. But by this time, as an adult, the original LHO likely no longer looked so much like Harvey. There was no reason the CIA had to keep using the original LHO as an imposter. If they needed someone who looked like Harvey, they could choose one from their ranks. If they needed one willing to kill (think Tippit), they could find one to do that.
  3. Jim, The part that I have bolded seems to have a typo. Either it sould be "he [LHO] talked in a strong Eastern European language" or "he [LHO] talked with a strong Eastern European accent." (Or am I reading the sentence wrong?) Either way, this would be really convincing evidence for the H&L theory. Too bad John A. didn't know about this earlier and video taped an interview with the teacher.
  4. That was Jim D.'s response to Tracy's assertion that we can't know what JFK's intentions were regarding Vietnam. I just thought I'd add to that (and the other points Jim made) the content of two documents that pretty much prove that JFK's plan was to remove most troops from Vietnam by 1965. Most forum members posting to this thread already know this, but here it is for readers who don't: From NSAM 263, dated October 11,1963: At a meeting on October 5, 1963, the President considered the recommendations contained in the report of Secretary McNamara and General Taylor on their mission to South Vietnam. The President approved the military recommendations contained in Section I B (1-3) of the [McNamara/Taylor Report], but directed that no formal announcement be made of the implementation of plans to withdraw 1,000 U.S. military personnel by the end of 1963. From section I B (1-3) of the McNamara/Taylor Report: We recommend that: 1. General Harkins review with Diem the military changes necessary to complete the military campaign in the Northern and Central areas (I, II, and III Corps) by the end of 1964, and in the Delta (IV Corps) by the end of 1965. This review would consider the need for such changes as: o o o o 2. A program be established to train Vietnamese so that essential functions now performed by U.S. military personnel can be carried out by Vietnamese by the end of 1965. It should be possible to withdraw the bulk of U.S. personnel by that time. 3. In accordance with the program to train progressively Vietnamese to take over military functions, the Defense Department should announce in the very near future presently prepared plans to withdraw 1000 U.S. military personnel by the end of 1963. This action should be explained in low key as an initial step in a long-term program to replace U.S. personnel with trained Vietnamese without impairment of the war effort. I don't know how anybody, after reading that, could possibly believe that Kennedy's plans weren't to withdraw troops from Vietnam, and to do so in the 1965/66 time frame.
  5. I wrote the above to add to my Forum Tips & Tricks topic, pinned above.
  6. Forum members who post photos quickly discover that the forum allows them to post as many photos as they'd like, as long as the photos are stored (hosted) elsewhere on another website. In contrast, the forum allots very limited space for members storing their own photos on the forum website. The solution to this problem requires two components: A file storage website, such as Google Drive, or one designed specifcally for photos and drawings, such as Google Photos. These Google products give you 15 GB of free storage space. The means for acquiring links to the photos stored on the website. Once a forum member has copied a link, he can paste it into the forum post editor in order to display the photo. Here is a good solution to the problem: Use Google Photos to store the photos and Google Blogger to display them on blogs. Blog pages are dispayed in browser windows, from which it is easy to get links to the desired photos. Just right-click on the photo and choose "Copy Image Location" on the popup menu. Paste this link in the forum editor, and voila the photo apppears!
  7. Jim, Armstrong talks about Victoria Adams' late claim that she did NOT encounter Shelley and Lovelady in theTSBD between 38:00 to 45:00. He calls this reversal a hoax, which is a serious charge against Barry Ernest. Armstrong claims that Adams indeed did see Shelley and Lovelady upon exiting the flight of steps on the first floor. I don't buy it. We have a number of films and photographs showing Billy Lovelady standing on one of the upper TSBD steps, on the western half of the steps. We can see him move around a bit, but he stays in the same general area. We last see him before the shots in Altgens 6, and about 30 seconds after the shots in Darnell, where he is seen still on the TSBD steps, at this time talking to Gloria Calvery. In order for him to have his encounter with Victoria Adams would have required him to break into a sprint the moment he disappears from the final camera recording (Darnell) and run to the place where Adams said she saw him and Shelley near he rear of the building. John Armstrong agrees with a number of us who have studied the multiple testimonies of Shelley and Lovelady and concluded that they changed their stories. Where his thinking differs from most of ours is that he believes that Shelley and Lovelady were co-conspirators of the assassination plot. Most of us believe only that Shelley and Lovelady were used to support the fabricated 2nd floor encounter between Officer Baker and Oswald.
  8. I don't think so, Dennis. After all, you had to throw in James Garfield to complete your list of ten. He served only six months before being assassinated... perhaps he wasn't in office long enough for you to learn to hate.
  9. I suspect that Pelosi feared that everybody getting $600 checks signed by Donald Trump would help him win the election. And so Pelosi was in no mood to compromise. I suspect that McConnell felt the same way. He wasn't interested in a longer Trump term that would only serve to further split the party. Trump was already too powerful as it was. And so McConnell was in no mood to compromise.
  10. Kirk, Thanks for your comments... I found them to be enlightening and amusing. One of my reasons for asking Dennis and Jim D. for their top 10 presidents is because it seemed to me that they'd be unable to pick that many whose presidencies they could stomach. If not, I don't know if that would indicate that their expectations are unreasonably high, or if the Democratic platform doesn't align well with their ideologies.
  11. Thanks W. It's good to see that I'm not the only one to take note of Obama's greatest first-term accomplishments. Thanks also to Cliff for noting his greatest second-term accomplishments.
  12. Sandy, if you re-read that list I rather hastily concocted, Jefferson was on there and LBJ was not. Dennis, When I first posted that poll showing Obama at #8, you said that Truman didn't belong there and that several others on the list were overrated. I crossed all those off my list to make it agree with your sentiments. Jefferson was one of those you'd said was overrated. Later, when you posted your top 10, you apparently changed your mind and put Jefferson on your list. I didn't notice that you'd changed your mind, and that is why Jefferson remained crossed off. As for LBJ, who took the #10 position on the poll I cited, I didn't cross his name off because you didn't object to his name being there.
  13. Jim, You make many good points. But the following is where I am coming from: Scholarly polls -- like the presidential rankings -- are useful for people who aren't knowledgeable enough to form their own opinions on a topic, and don't have a pundit whose opinions on the topic they trust. Even if the scholars are influenced by "the establishment," their opinions will surely be more reliable than those of some opinionated stranger walking by. And so I use them at times. If you don't mind my asking, who would you list as your top ten presidents? In deciding, please do not give qualifications, like "except that he owned slaves." Instead, rank the whole person, warts and all, in each case.
  14. A year or two ago I heard that Willie Nelson sold his 100 acre ranch near Birdseye, Utah. We pass by it on Memorial Days to visit my parents' graves. (My mother was born in nearby Fairview, current population 1247.) I wonder if that sale was to help pay off his IRS debt. It a nice area for horse riding, if that's your thing.
  15. Dennis, Thanks for your reply. The reason I asked for your presidential rankings is because you so quickly dismissed the list I presented (with Obama at #8) because it has Truman in the top 10. And then said the list was too generous with the rankings of T. Roosevelt, Jefferson, Eisenhower, and Reagan. So in the list I presented, you rejected those that I've crossed out here: Lincoln Washington F.D. Roosevelt T. Roosevelt Jefferson Truman Eisenhower Obama Reagan L.B. Johnson I was surprised because T. Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Truman have ranked in the top 10 of virtually every major poll taken of scholars. (Anyone interested can see a list of presidential poll results in a side-by-side comparison here.) Furthermore, Eisenhower has ranked in the top 10 in all but four polls. While results are mixed for Reagan and LBJ, they are still quite high. (Obama hasn't been in many polls due to his presidency being so recent.) You rank Arthur and Garfield in your top 10, compared to their poor rankings in ALL the scholars' polls. I'm curious as to what they did that impresses you.
  16. Hey Dennis, if you don't mind my asking, how would you rank your top 10 presidents? I'm curious.
  17. We don't NEED this thread... we LIKE it. It's like the office water cooler where we can hang out and shoot the breeze. And so far the boss (admin) hasn't complained. It's only one thread which disinterested members can choose to ignore.
  18. That is what Dennis Berube thinks of Obama's presidency. Let's see how it compares to a poll taken of 170 scholar members of the American Political Science Association in 2018. Here is the ranking according to them (click on the link for the complete list of presidents): Lincoln Washington F.D. Roosevelt T. Roosevelt Jefferson Truman Eisenhower Obama Reagan L.B. Johnson o o o o o 44. Trump Surprise! It's nice to see that well informed experts appreciate the significance of Obama's accomplishments in 1) saving the economy and 2) adding 20+ million to those with medical insurance.
  19. Quoting from this Investor's Business Daily column by Robert Samuelson: There is no mystery about Barack Obama's greatest presidential achievement: He stopped the Great Recession from becoming the second Great Depression. True, he had plenty of help, including from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and from the top officials at the Treasury and Federal Reserve. But if Obama had made one wrong step, what was a crushing economic slump could have become something much worse. I was watching a lot of CNBC at the time and there were a lot of economists and other financial experts worried about another Great Depression, that's how bad it looked.
  20. Cliff, What didn't you like about Obama's first term? It seemed to me in 2008 that the most important domestic issues at the time were the Great Recession -- which many economists thought might deteriorate into a second Great Depression -- and the spiraling cost of medical care. (See my story below that gives my first hand experience with spiraling medical care costs.) We all know how Obama's handling of the financial crisis turned the Great Recession into the longest economic expansion in history. And how he saved the auto industry without costing taxpayers a dime. We all know how successful Obamacare has been in getting 20 million Americans on health insurance, affordable to most. Obamacare isn't perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than nothing. My Experience with Affordable Healthcare Turning into Unaffordable Healthcare Even as a low-income self-employed person most my life (due to my perpetual involvement in high-tech startup companies), I was still able to afford private health insurance from the time I graduated from college. However, insurance premiums began to rise precipitously around the year 2000 and by 2005 I had to cancel my plan due to the fact that I could no longer make payments. In 2018 I ended up in intensive care unit at the hospital. The bill ended up being $85,000. Thank god I had Obamacare, which left me with only a $2,000 out-of-pocket expense.
  21. An informed observer of the American political scene can also instantly realize that: Something is wrong when a newly elected president states that the MSM is Fake News and that the public should get their news from him or his sources. Something is wrong when a president fires his attorney general because he won't protect him, and replaces him with someone who will. Something is wrong when a president repeatedly downplays the seriousness of coronavirus, tells people not to wear masks even though doing so is an easy and effective alternative to shutting down the economy, and replaces the preeminent infectious diseases expert in the White House with a neuroradiologist who also downplays the virus. After which he hosts numerous super-spreader rallies where none of his followers are wearing masks or social distancing. Something is wrong when a president tells his followers not to use mail-in ballots -- which he knows will be counted last -- and then does everything possible to stop vote-counting early. These are just a few things I can think of at the moment. Trump has been a disaster as president... thank god he will soon be gone.
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