contact
Main
Contact Me

about
About RightWing NutHouse

Site Stats

blog radio

Listen to internet radio with RINO Hour of Power on Blog Talk Radio
Click Here to Pay Learn More

testimonials

"Brilliant"
(Romeo St. Martin of Politics Watch-Canada)

"The epitome of a blogging orgasm"
(Cao of Cao's Blog)

"Rick Moran is one of the finest essayists in the blogosphere. ‘Nuff said. "
(Dave Schuler of The Glittering Eye)

archives
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004

search



blogroll

A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT
A Conservative Lesbian
ABBAGAV
ACE OF SPADES
ALPHA PATRIOT
AM I A PUNDIT NOW
AMERICAN FUTURE
AMERICAN THINKER
ANCHORESS
AND RIGHTLY SO
ANDREW OLMSTED
ANKLEBITING PUNDITS
AREOPAGITICA
ATLAS SHRUGS
BACKCOUNTRY CONSERVATIVE
BASIL’S BLOG
BEAUTIFUL ATROCITIES
BELGRAVIA DISPATCH
BELMONT CLUB
BETSY’S PAGE
Blacksmiths of Lebanon
Blogs of War
BLUEY BLOG
BRAINSTERS BLOG
BUZZ MACHINE
CANINE PUNDIT
CAO’S BLOG
CAPTAINS QUARTERS
CATHOUSE CHAT
CHRENKOFF
CINDY SHEEHAN WATCH
Classical Values
Cold Fury
COMPOSITE DRAWLINGS
CONSERVATHINK
CONSERVATIVE THINK
CONTENTIONS
DAVE’S NOT HERE
DEANS WORLD
DICK McMICHAEL
Diggers Realm
DR. SANITY
E-CLAIRE
EJECT! EJECT! EJECT!
ELECTRIC VENOM
ERIC’S GRUMBLES BEFORE THE GRAVE
ESOTERICALLY.NET
FAUSTA’S BLOG
FLIGHT PUNDIT
FOURTH RAIL
FRED FRY INTERNATIONAL
GALLEY SLAVES
GATES OF VIENNA
HEALING IRAQ
http://blogcritics.org/
HUGH HEWITT
IMAO
INDEPUNDIT
INSTAPUNDIT
IOWAHAWK
IRAQ THE MODEL
JACKSON’S JUNCTION
JO’S CAFE
JOUST THE FACTS
KING OF FOOLS
LASHAWN BARBER’S CORNER
LASSOO OF TRUTH
LIBERTARIAN LEANINGS
LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS
LITTLE MISS ATTILA
LIVE BREATHE AND DIE
LUCIANNE.COM
MAGGIE’S FARM
MEMENTO MORON
MESOPOTAMIAN
MICHELLE MALKIN
MIDWEST PROGNOSTICATOR
MODERATELY THINKING
MOTOWN BLOG
MY VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY
mypetjawa
NaderNow
Neocon News
NEW SISYPHUS
NEW WORLD MAN
North Star National
Northerncrown
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY
PATRIOTIC MOM
PATTERICO’S PONTIFICATIONS
POLIPUNDIT
Political Byline
POLITICAL MUSINGS
POLITICAL TEEN
POWERLINE
PRO CYNIC
PUBLIUS FORUM
QUESTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS
RACE42008
RADICAL CENTRIST
Ravenwood’s Universe
RELEASE THE HOUNDS
RIGHT FROM LEFT
RIGHT VOICES
RIGHT WING NEWS
RIGHTFAITH
RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
ROGER L. SIMON
SHRINKRAPPED
Six Meat Buffet
Slowplay.com
SOCAL PUNDIT
SOCRATIC RYTHM METHOD
STOUT REPUBLICAN
TERRORISM UNVEILED
TFS MAGNUM
THE ART OF THE BLOG
THE BELMONT CLUB
The Conservative Cat
THE DONEGAL EXPRESS
THE LIBERAL WRONG-WING
THE LLAMA BUTCHERS
THE MAD PIGEON
THE MODERATE VOICE
THE PATRIETTE
THE POLITBURO DIKTAT
THE PRYHILLS
THE RED AMERICA
THE RESPLENDENT MANGO
THE RICK MORAN SHOW
THE SMARTER COP
THE SOAPBOX
THE STRATA-SPHERE
THE STRONG CONSERVATIVE
THE SUNNYE SIDE
THE VIVID AIR
THOUGHTS ONLINE
TIM BLAIR
TRANSATLANTIC INTELLIGENCER
TRANSTERRESTRIAL MUSINGS
TYGRRRR EXPRESS
VARIFRANK
VIKING PUNDIT
VINCE AUT MORIRE
VODKAPUNDIT
WALLO WORLD
WIDE AWAKES
WIZBANG
WUZZADEM
ZERO POINT BLOG


recentposts


RINO Hour of Power: Baltimore Riots: Are we in for a long, hot summer?

RINO Hour of Power: Is the GOP doing a better job of running Congress than the Democrats?

RINO Hour of Power: Hillary Announces: Should we bother to count the votes?

RINO Hour of Power: A Preview of the 2015 Major League Baseball Season

RINO Hour of Power: Indiana religious freedom law: Bigotry or defending the 1st Amendment?

RINO Hour of Power: A Conversation with David P. Goldman, AKA ‘Spengler’

RINO Hour of Power: Eight Year Anniversary of Broadcasting on Blog Talk Radio

RINO Hour of Power: Political Potpourrie

RINO Hour of Power: Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

Boycott CPAC

RINO Hour of Power: GOP playing chicken with Homeland Security funding

RINO Hour of Power: What does the Brian Williams fiasco tell us about modern journalism?

RINO Hour of Power: The Vaccine Controversy and the Anti-Science Right

RINO Hour of Power: The State of the Union - The State of Obama’s Presidency

RINO Hour of Power: A Tour d’Horizon of Global Terrorism

RINO Hour of Power: How will Republican factionalism in the House affect Congress?

RINO Hour of Power: The Opening to Cuba

RINO Hour of Power: The Death of The New Republic

RINO Hour of Power: Political Potpourri

Ten Reasons Why Thanksgiving is My Favorite Holiday

RINO Hour of Power: The Fallout from Ferguson

RINO Hour of Power: Gruber Fallout and the Lame Duck Session of Congress

RINO Hour of Power: Election Night Extravaganza

RINO Hour of Power: GOP eyes Senate majority status one week from mid terms

RINO Hour of Power: War Drums Beating in Washington


categories

"24" (117)
ABLE DANGER (10)
American Issues Project (11)
Arizona Massacre (5)
Bailout (32)
Bird Flu (5)
Birthers (16)
Blackhawks (2)
Blagojevich (9)
Blogging (404)
Books (10)
CARNIVAL OF THE CLUELESS (68)
Caucasus (1)
CHICAGO BEARS (40)
Chicago Bulls (3)
Chicago East (3)
CIA VS. THE WHITE HOUSE (29)
Cindy Sheehan (13)
Climate Change (3)
Climate Chnage (11)
conservative reform (96)
cotton candy conservatives (20)
CPAC Conference (13)
Culture (11)
Debt ceiling (2)
Decision '08 (402)
Decision 2010 (13)
Decision 2012 (34)
Deficit reduction (5)
Election '06 (9)
Entitlement Crisis (4)
Environment (15)
Ethics (290)
Fairness Doctrine (1)
Financial Crisis (53)
FRED! (28)
FrontPage.Com (79)
Frum Forum (2)
Gaza incident (1)
General (431)
GOP Reform (61)
Government (295)
health care reform (66)
History (298)
Homeland Security (18)
IMMIGRATION REFORM (28)
IMPEACHMENT (3)
Iran (114)
IRAQI RECONCILIATION (13)
Israel vs. Hamas (6)
KATRINA (29)
Katrina Timeline (5)
Lebanon (18)
Liberal Congress (12)
Manzine (1)
Marvin Moonbat (14)
Media (262)
Middle East (183)
Moonbats (81)
National Health Insurance (4)
NET NEUTRALITY (2)
Newsreal Blog (1)
Obama inauguration (2)
Obama-Rezko (15)
OBAMANIA! (80)
Oil Spill (2)
Olympics (6)
Open House (1)
Palin (23)
Pirates (1)
PJ Media (119)
PJ Tatler (5)
Politics (1271)
Presidential Debates (7)
Presidential Transition (9)
RINO Hour of Power (140)
RNC (2)
S-CHIP (3)
Sarah Palin (5)
Science (70)
Space (33)
Sports (18)
Star Trek (1)
SUPER BOWL (7)
Supreme Court (28)
Swine Flu (4)
Tea Parties (15)
Technology (5)
Tenth Amendment (3)
The Caucasus (1)
The Law (19)
The Long War (11)
The Rick Moran Show (306)
Too Big To Fail (8)
Torture (2)
UNITED NATIONS (22)
Walpin Scandal (2)
War on Terror (402)
WATCHER'S COUNCIL (117)
WHITE SOX (7)
Who is Mr. Hsu? (7)
Wide Awakes Radio (9)
WORLD CUP (11)
WORLD POLITICS (127)
WORLD SERIES (16)


meta

Admin Login
Register
Valid XHTML
XFN







credits


Design by:


Hosted by:


Powered by:
11/21/2004
ASSASSINATION MYTHS AND FANTASIES
CATEGORY: General

Forty-one years ago tomorrow, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots in 8.2 seconds from the six floor of the Texas School Book Depository wounding the Governor of Texas and killing the then President of the United States John F. Kennedy.

These are the facts of history. No amount of wishful thinking, twisting of reality, or outright falsification will change this.

For thirty five years, I have devoured every major book postulating a conspiracy in the murder of President Kennedy. I’ve waded through the fever swamps of the hard left, the hard right, and everywhere in between. I’ve read the Warren Report, the House Select Committee on Assassinations Report, the Report by the National Academy of Sciences, which debunked the House Committee contention of a second gunman.

And I managed to sit through Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”

No…I will not link to this movie. If it were up to me, this piece of trash like its sister tissue of lies and distortions “Fahrenheit 9/11″ would be consigned to the ash heap of history and both of its makers sued for damaging the American psyche.

For Oliver Stone to make a hero of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, as he did in “JFK” is as big a disservice to history as Michael Moore trying to destroy the reputation of the President of the United States in F9/11. In Stone’s case, his motivations were unclear. I would guess that, like many Americans, Stone’s perspective has been poisoned by the conspiracy theorists…who turn out to be the oddest, the strangest bunch of gadflys, malcontents, and misanthropes to ever try to place an imprint on history. The fact that Stone gave free reign to these nuts says more about Stone and his beliefs than anything else.

Stone’s lionization of Garrison needs to be clarified. Jim Garrison was a homophobic, self promoting, politically ambitious DA who saw his prosecution of Clay Shaw as his ticket to the governorship of Louisiana. Don’t believe me? Here’s Jim Phelan of the Saturday Evening Post who interviewed Garrison for an article on the prosecution:

“In an effort to get Garrison’s story into focus, I asked him the motive of the Kennedy conspirators. He told me that the murder at Dallas had been a homosexual plot.

“They had the same motive as Loeb and Leopold, when they murdered Bobbie Franks in Chicago back in the twenties,” Garrison said. “It was a homosexual thrill-killing, plus the excitement of getting away with a perfect crime. John Kennedy was everything that Dave Ferrie was not — a successful, handsome, popular, wealthy, virile man. You can just picture the charge Ferrie got out of plotting his death.”

I asked how he had learned that the murder was a homosexual plot. “Look at the people involved,” Garrison said. “Dave Ferrie, homosexual. Clay Shaw, homosexual. Jack Ruby, homosexual.”

“Ruby was a homosexual?”

“Sure, we dug that out,” Garrison said. “His homosexual nickname was Pinkie. That’s three. Then there was Lee Harvey Oswald.”

But Oswald was married and had two children, I pointed out.

“A switch-hitter who couldn’t satisfy his wife,” Garrison said. “That’s all in the Warren Report.” He named two more “key figures” whom he labeled homosexual.

“That’s six homosexuals in the plot,” Garrison said. “One or maybe two, okay. But all six homosexual? How far can you stretch the arm of coincidence?”

Garrison had conducted several high profile sweeps of the French Quarter rounding up gay men and prosecuting them. The sweeps were conducted prior to his re-election campaigns and designed to bolster his image as being tough on “morality crimes.”

His prosecution of Clay Shaw is considered to be one of the most egregious examples of prosecutorial misconduct in the history of American jurisprudence. For months, Garrison had been telling the press he was “close” to cracking the JFK conspiracy. He tried to entrap various people by planting evidence, including anti-castro Cubans and two men loosely connected to the FBI-David Ferrie and Jack Martin. When it became clear that he would have to charge someone or look like a fool, he latched on to Mr. Shaw, a prominent citizen in New Orleans, who led a secret life as a homosexual.

Mr. Garrison’s one “witness” was a 25 year old insurance salesman with a history of mental illness. It took less than an hour for Shaw’s attorney’s to destroy his credibility and it took the jury 52 minutes to find Shaw not guilty. (One of the jurors said afterward that the reason it took so “long” to reach a verdict was that most of them had to go to the bathroom before they deliberated.)

Below, I’ve listed some books that I believe are fairly representative of the conspiracy mindset as well as books that support the Warren Commission’s findings.

One note on the Commission: There’s no doubt the Commission did some sloppy work and that they were programmed by Johnson to whitewash, to some extent, any conspiracy ideas. The reason was simple and, fairly innocent: Johnson believed that there WAS a conspiracy and it involved either Moscow or Havanna. If the Commission had found such evidence, Johnson would have been forced by an outraged country to act on that information, i.e. go to war.

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT by William Manchester

One of the preeminent historians of the 20th century, Manchester’s book is THE STARTING POINT for anyone who wishes to investigate the assassination. Manchester found himself shadowing the Warren Commission; interviewing witnesses sometimes before and sometimes after the Commission attorneys. His description of that weekend is, to my mind, the most moving of any I’ve read. Absolutely essential to understand the death of Kennedy and put it in historical context.

CASE CLOSED by Gerald Posner

Posner has done an enormous service to historians as his book debunks both Stone’s movie and the major conspiracy theories that Stone based his movie on. What’s remarkable, is that Posner started his 5 year investigation by believing in a conspiracy of some kind to kill Kennedy. What he found was, that while the Warren Commission made several glaring errors in accuracy and omission, to still holds up well to this day. I might mention that Posner has some admiration for some of the more serious conspiracy theorists and only faults their conclusions.

ENEMIES WITHIN by Robert Goldberg

A major work on the history and motivations of conspiracy theories in western society, Goldberg’s work deals with the JFK conspiracy theories from a scholarly point of view. I found this book fascinating because it reveals WHY people WANT to believe in conspiracies.

FATAL HOUR: THE ASSASSINATION OF KENNEDY BY ORGANIZED CRIME by Robert Blakely

Blakely, who as Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee has written a thoughtful book fingering both Ruby and Oswald as having ties to organized crime, specifically the Marcello family in New Orleans.

Like the other conspiracy books I’ll list below, it suffers from one major flaw; no evidence to support the facts. In this case, the links between Ruby/Oswald and Marcello are tenuous at best. And other investigators who specialize in organized crime have categorically denied the mob would have been so stupid as to use two losers like Oswald and Ruby for ANYTHING.

BEST EVIDENCE by David Lifton

Lifton’s 800 page tome is a perfect example of an author’s enthusiasm for his subject matter getting the better of his common sense. Extremely well researched, Lifton’s book falls short for a variety of reasons, too many to list here. The book postulates that Kennedy’s body was spirited away (At the hospital? Maybe. Before it boarded AF 1? Perhaps. On the way to Bethesda? Could be) and “surgically altered” to make the wounds appear to have come from behind.

The entire premise for the book rests on one assumption; that Kennedy’s body was left alone long enough for it to be stolen. Members of the Military who read this will know that wasn’t possible. General Godfrey McHugh, Kennedy’s air force aid, stayed with his fallen CIC from the time he was pronounced dead until the honor guard received the casket in front of the White House. How does Lifton get around this? He says that McHugh is “mistaken.”

CROSSFIRE: THE PLOT THAT KILLED KENNEDY by Jim Marrs

There’s something for everyone in this conspiracy book that Oliver Stone relied on so heavily to write the screenplay for JFK. The CIA, the FBI, Lyndon Johnson, big business, even the secret service. The only thing I’ll say about this book is refer the reader to two other books written by Marrs: Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us and Inside Job: Unmasking the Conspiracies of 9/11.

‘Nuff said?

RUSH TO JUDGEMENT by Mark Lane

Lane is the grandaddy of conspiracy theorists. Rush to Judgment was a runaway best seller and inspired an entire generation of buffs, not to mention Jim Garrison himself. He was the first serious researcher who pointed out problems with the Warren Commission. Lane does not offer any final conclusions. He only offers evidence for two claims; 1.) that if Oswald killed JFK, he couldn’t have done so alone, and 2.) the Warren Commission was a scam, dedicated to finding only Oswald’s guilt, more concerned with “healing an ailing nation” than with presenting the facts.

We know now that Lane’s contention that the Warren Commission was a “whitewash” is not entirely accurate (see above). And his “evidence” about a conspiracy involving Oswald has largely been discredited. But if you want to know where many of the ideas for conspiracies came from, look no further than this book.

I’m sure you assassination buffs out there have your own favorites. And, if you leave a note in the comments section, I’ll gladly read whatever book you think would convince me otherwise.

But facts are stubborn things. And unless you’ve got something besides strange coincidences or nebulous dots that are connected with something other than hard evidence, I’ll probably take the belief to my deathbed that Oswald acted alone.

UPDATE: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CRITICAL THINKING?

Dean at Dean’s World has a post on a new JFK assassination video game as well as some thoughts from “Bull Durham.” I must say it’s refreshing to find someone who is equally passionate about the truth involving the assasination.

What makes the conspiracy buffs so implacable in their beliefs has a lot to do with their counterfactual claims about a second Kennedy Administration and how Viet Nam, civil rights, and every crackpot moonbat idea of a socialist paradise would have come about if only JFK had lived. I’ll deal with this issue tomorrow.

ARE YOU BAD?

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell! (HT: Llama Butchers)
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful) Extreme
Level 3 (Gluttonous) High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Very High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High
Level 7 (Violent) High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous) Moderate

Take the Dante’s Inferno Hell Test

By: Rick Moran at 5:01 am
2 Responses to “ASSASSINATION MYTHS AND FANTASIES”
  1. 1
    propecia Trackbacked With:
    11:51 am 

    propecia

    billets brays waned patch?McAdam Bergen atenolol http://atenolol.d-daystore.com/ Whitlock lipitor http://lipitor.talented-doctor.com/

  2. 2
    canada pharmacy Trackbacked With:
    11:52 am 

    canada pharmacy

    declare synchronized Otis medicine bout ohmmeter viagra http://www.pills-sale.com/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.