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Another Historically Ignorant Author Spews Lies

Beware truth seekers, there is yet another deluded JFK author out there.  This one is someone named James L. Swanson, and his book is called “End of Days.” (It would be more aptly titled “Endless Daze,” because it stumbles and bumbles its way from untruth to untruth like an unrepentant drunk trying to convince his wife that the lipstick on his collar is tomato juice.) Even worse, Swanson, like Bill O’Reilly, has begun his own “assassination franchise.”  His previous work was about the manhunt for Lincoln’s killer.  Let’s hope his next book is “Killing Swanson.”

The lone nutters, like children who believe in the tooth fairy, take the original myths spun by the Warren Commission and embellish them as if they are somehow uncovering some new Oswald-damning information.  It is the equivalent of a 5-year-old telling mommy that “…not only did the tooth fairy leave me a quarter, but he also talked to me and patted me on the head good-night.” (These morons generally aren’t even old enough to remember the assassination and, having been raised in the age of Reagan conservatism, mostly hate Kennedy anyway.)  Swanson is no exception.  In an interview with The Oregonian, Swanson snivels, “One of the most common misconceptions is that Dallas was a conservative or ‘right wing’ city of hate that killed President Kennedy. That’s absurd. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist, not a conservative. And he spent more time living in the Soviet Union than he ever did in Dallas. Jackie Kennedy described him as a “silly little communist.” Another misconception is that people fail to remember how strong the evidence against Oswald really is.”
Yes, Dallas was a liberal bastion in 1963; no matter that city leaders printed “Wanted for Treason” posters with JFK’s picture on them and freely handed them out the day he was killed.  Oilmen like H.L. Hunt and Clint Murchison, who ran Dallas, hated Kennedy and vowed to “shoot him out of office.”  Dallas was more right-wing insane and hateful than any city in America.  Daily radio broadcasts, sponsored by Hunt and listened to by most Dallasites, spewed right-wing hate at JFK constantly.  And Newspaper publisher Ted Dealey ran an endless stream of negative stories about the President.
As for Oswald, there is no hard evidence against him.  A paraffin test proved he did not fire a rifle that day.  He was spotted in the second-floor lunch room of the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the shooting.  And someone else’s fingerprints were found near the murder weapon: Mac Wallace’s, LBJ’s personal hit man.  Oswald was sent by the CIA to the Soviet Union to pose as a fake defector.  This clandestine twist apparently is too spy-crafty for Swanson’s little brain.  Imagine if he did any real investigation and found that Oswald’s best friends in Dallas–George DeMohrenschildt and Ruth Paine–were CIA.  Swanson’s tiny cerebral cavity would explode…just like JFK’s head did when he was shot from the grassy knoll.
Just like anti-abolitionists a century ago, Oswald-did-it historians will be ridiculed and dismissed as charlatans 100 years from now.  Future man will ask, “How did pseudo-experts like Swanson get away with their inane fairy tales.  Why weren’t they challenged by investigative journalists?”  Alas, investigative journalism died in the 20th century.  As ex-CIA Director William Colby put it, “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” 

JFK Conspiracy Fact #14: False Documentaries Have Begun Airing

As we get nearer the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, we enter the season of media lies.  One of the most humorous just aired.  I just got finished watching the Military Channel’s documentary “Unsolved History: The JFK Conspiracy.”  And I recommend you skip it.  It’s the first a series of disinformation documentaries that will be broadcast this November, and it’s filled with so much illogic, distortion, and one-sidedness that its evidentiary value is minimal. It left me wondering what is the purpose of such a program, who really funds it, and why is it being broadcast?  If its purpose is to sway the uninformed and uncritical to the “lone-assassin” side, it may have succeeded, but why is this of value? Whose purpose does this serve? Certainly not history’s, because the program left out a ton of known facts and happenstances that, if included, would have contradicted the show’s obviously preconstrued premise. In other words, in 2013, who is still so avidly invested in covering up the truth?

I perused the credits for funding information, but found nothing. Apparently, it’s rehashed garbage originally produced by The Discovery Channel in 1998.  I leave it for others to divine why TDC wants so desperately to finger Oswald as the lone assassin, when 80% of America believes he was not.

Anyway, the funny stuff began right away when an expert marksman shoots at a watermelon which is supposed to represent JFK’s head.  The disembodied watermelon is propped up in the back seat of an old Ford which rolls, driverless, down a dirt path in the middle of nowhere.  Very scientific recreation of Dealey Plaza.  At least the marksman fired the same kind of weapon Oswald supposedly did—a defective Mannlicher-Carcano rifle.  And you know what, it misfired so much that the marksman had to admit it was too unreliable for any serious assassin to get the job done.  The marksman finally got off a shot which exploded the watermelon, as the voiceover tastelessly informs us that this would have been JFK’s head.

The voiceover was beyond laughable, bordering on creepy.  She had a soft, sing-songy delivery, reassuring in an eerie Tokyo Rose sort of way.  It was meant to sway critical thinkers into accepting the government’s propaganda.  But it was scary to me; I felt I was being brainwashed like one of those guys in The Manchurian Candidate.  At one point Tokyo Rose gently intones, “Firing at live human beings would be impractical.”  Impractical?  Really?  Criminal, inhuman, or monstrous would be more like it.  “Impractical” sounds like “we would really like to kill a human being during this recreation to prove to you subversives that Oswald acted alone…but we would get into trouble with the PC police.”

Gary Mack is one of the brainwashers…er, hosts…and he has a suspicious background.  He used to be pro-conspiracy until he cashed in by taking a job as the curator of The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.  At one point he timed an Oswald actor walking from Oswald’s old rooming house to the Tippit killing scene, just to make sure it was possible to walk it in the prescribed time.  When the Oswald actor took too long on the first try, Mack simply had him take a shortcut on the second try.  During the shooting recreation, Mack says, “Current thinking now holds that Oswald fired his first shot much sooner.”  Problem is, only lone nutters have changed their thinking on this.  And there is not one scrap of evidence to support it.  If there were, lone nutters would have presented it 40 years ago. So they simply alter the facts.  Can’t fit Oswald’s three shots into the ascribed timeframe?  No problem; just extend the timeframe. 

The funniest part is when the marksman finally got tired of trying to fire the Mannlicher-Carcano and just discarded it.  Instead he started firing green laser beams, at night no less.  The JFK and Jackie actors wore hideous glasses as they rode through Dealey Plaza.  They looked like Paintball players in a shooting gallery.  Of course, Mack placed the laser beams on the exact wound locations that the Warren Commission lied so hard…uh, fought so hard to sell the American public.  So much for unbiased investigating.

Nellie Connally, John’s widow, makes a bizarre appearance.  She oddly smiles as she says, “Oh, it was terrible.”  Perhaps because she knew that her husband, at LBJ’s insistence, had suckered JFK into coming to Dallas for the kill.

The biggest howl came when, to assimilate the 15-20-mile-an-hour winds in Dallas that day, TDC wheeled out a huge fan to blow on the limousine. That one made me guffaw. An electrical fan duplicating the winds of a city…how scientific!

Mack, who was once sure that he saw a rifleman wearing a badge shoot from the shadows on the grassy knoll, is now certain that the kill shot could only have come from behind. I suppose he’ll sway with any wind, even one from a giant electrical fan in the middle of nowhere, to drum up ticket sales for his museum.

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