Can You Say "Assassination?"

Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.

Wrong. I said the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas would be no big deal. It will be. And it looks as if Dallas, to the delight of many, will step right into the middle of that big deal looking guilty as sin of something or other. The question will be what.

Guilty of complicity in the assassination itself? Or guilty of being stupid? It's my town and by God I love it, so I'm going with the second door.

First of all, Hollywood alone will guarantee major renewed interest in the assassination and in all of the legends, myths, folklore and theory that surround it. Tom Hanks has a movie in production starring Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton, to be called Parkland. The plot is not known, but I'm guessing it's JFK with a serious head injury waiting to be seen by a doctor at Parkland Hospital for 18 hours. We all know how that scenario ends.

Leonardo DiCaprio has another JFKer in the works called Legacy of Secrecy, which is supposed to "blow the lid off what really happened in Dallas," according to some publicity I saw. That poor lid by now, eh?

There's another movie in the works, supposedly, about a documentary filmmaker who gets tied up in a conspiracy to make a dishonest documentary about the assassination. Also, Errol Morris, the internationally acclaimed real documentary maker, is supposed to have something JFK-based in the works. I heard about another documentary being produced locally by some serious talent I can't name yet.

Then last week I had coffee with yet another documentary maker, a European with good credits who was here scouting a film based on Dealey Plaza. I suggested we meet in the Zapruder Cappucino Shop, as I call it, across the street from the Sixth Floor Museum. It's the museum annex gift shop (they have two), where you can sip coffee beneath an endless loop of assassination-related home movies projected on the wall.

I love/hate that place. It's a special intersection of the universe where banality and horror collide head-on. (Banality wins.)

Now, you do realize, I trust, that if all these documentary makers ever get together and make a documentary about a documentary filmmaker making a documentary about a documentary filmmaker making a documentary about the Kennedy assassination, then we will enter the realm of Kennedy assassination documentary quantum physics.

Last March I reported here hopefully that our mayor, Mike Rawlings, had met quietly in Washington with John Judge of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), seeking a resolution of the standoff between conspiracy scholars and a small private committee of mossbacks who have been put in charge of all events during assassination week in Dallas. The mossbacks, with support from City Hall and the police, intend to ban the public from Dealey Plaza for two entire weeks bracketing the November 22 anniversary of the assassination. In fact, they intend to ban the word assassination — I am not kidding — decreeing instead that the event is to be called only "The 50th."

Are we weird enough yet?

They do not like that word. Documents produced recently in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city show that officials of the Sixth Floor Museum began meeting with Dallas police officials in 2010 seeking ways to ban people who go to Dealey Plaza to promote or discuss assassination conspiracy theories. In an email June 28, 2010, Sixth Floor Museum Executive Director Nicola Longford updates her board of directors on the ongoing police crackdown against conspiracy theorists in general and especially Robert Groden, an author about whom I have written in the past.

This is a special form of suppression of free speech, called "content-based." All suppression of free speech is bad, but some of it may be inspired by mistaken or simply stupid notions about speech — that it might disturb the peace, offend somebody, clash with a special party theme like Grease!, or something like that. But using the cops to suppress speech because you disagree with the argument being made in the speech is the worst, the most Soviet, the least defensible. That's what Dallas has been doing to Groden since 2010.

Groden has been ticketed or arrested by the city more than 80 times for lecturing and selling books and videos in Dealey Plaza. Every single ticket and every single arrest has been thrown out by judges who found he had broken no law. He is in federal court now suing the city for abridgment of his civil rights.

But Dallas has its own little home-fried way of working these things out. U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson Jr. recently dismissed the city from Groden's lawsuit on some very Alice-in-Wonderland grounds. Groden's lawyers had demanded the city answer 38 "discovery questions" aimed at finding out who in particular had ordered the crackdown on Groden. You and I know from the emails I mentioned above that specific police and park department officials met with Longford and then began cracking down.

But the city refused to answer any of Groden's questions. The judge then said Groden didn't know who had ordered the crackdown, so he didn't have anybody in particular to sue. He also said Groden, who is white, isn't entitled to the same civil rights protections as minorities. And he said there was no proof the city deliberately broke the law by cracking down on Groden, because there was no proof the city knew it was against the law to do so. In his ruling Furgeson did not mention the 80-plus times the city's own municipal judges had told city officials, in so many words, "What you're doing to do this guy is illegal."

Judge Furgeson is an interesting jurist. He took a hard smackdown at the beginning of 2012 after disciplining a bankrupt person by imposing unusually severe penalties and conditions that the person in question claimed amounted to slavery. A federal appeals court agreed and ruled that Furgeson's action was "an abuse of discretion." Slavery, you know, not every judge has that on his record.

Furgeson has not been at ease in his work, anyway. He recently wrote an article for the Texas Bar Journal saying the paltry pay for federal judges, about $174,000 a year, may just force some of them to retire. "Salary erosion may compel senior judges who are losing ground financially to eventually choose retirement," he warned, "so that they can return to the private sector to make up for lost economic opportunity."

That's just what he is doing, by the way, after doing Dallas a big solid on the Groden case. Furgeson, now finishing up some work in the courts, will retire this year, but his fate will not be left to the vicissitudes of the private sector. As soon as he clears his desk at the courthouse — and maybe the Groden case does it for him — Furgeson will report for work as dean of the new college of law that the University of North Texas is starting in downtown Dallas because the world needs another law school. His selection was announced by University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson, who before retiring from politics to enter the academic world at the top was head of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, where he was best known for his ardent championing of the Trinity River toll road.

So at least within the comfortable confines of Dallas, things just have a way of working out, don't they? The problem — and this is what Dallas will walk straight into next November — is that the Kennedy assassination does not belong to Dallas. It is not the right or privilege of Dallas to throttle the event. Behaving as if it has that right is just wrong on so many levels. If the world, for some bizarre reason, did decide to choose somebody to throttle "The 50th," Dallas would not be selected, because Dallas is where the man got shot.

Last week I checked back with the mayor. His staff told me there had been no progress on a compromise between the assassination scholars, who want to carry out a moment of silence in Dealey Plaza that day, and the mossback committee, which wants them fenced and penned inside a small "dissent" area behind City Hall. The mossback committee has declined over three months even to respond to a request from COPA for a meeting.

When I met with the European documentary maker in the Zapruder Cappuccino Shop, I explained all of this. He asked if I thought the mayor would overrule the mossbacks, especially since the mayor had said such nice things about COPA and John Judge after meeting with them in Washington. I explained that the mayor lacks the ability or authority to overrule them. In Dallas, the mayor doesn't tell the mossbacks what to do. They tell him.

I could see the wheels spinning inside that European documentary filmmaker mind. A shadowy committee of elders who can defy the mayor and even make him dance to their tune, with a fear of the word "assassination." Just think if you had a hero figure who freezes the mossbacks to the ground by stalking them with forefingers held before him in a cross, muttering the word, "Assassination ... assassination."

Groden's civil rights suit, by the way, is by no means dead. He has other grounds and avenues on which to proceed, but the suit probably is stalled until after November 22. I hope nobody is stupid enough to think that will help. By the time "The 50th" gets here, the entire focus will be on the mossbacks. The T-shirts are already being printed (again, not kidding).

So I see us getting down to two choices. We act like this in front of the world because we're idiots. Or we act like this because we did it. Me, I'm not going anywhere near that event without a propeller beanie, short shorts and a huge lollipop.

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missfrankiefortune
missfrankiefortune

I think Dallas can try and reign this is as much as they want but it's going to blow up in their faces. As we have already seen this year. Activities for the 50th that Dallas has planned has bitten them in the bum. RFK Jr's interview where he said the Warren Commission was a shoddy piece of craftsmanship, recently, the mock trial of Lee Oswald where there was a hung jury, and not organised by Dallas but relevant, jeff Morely's win against the CIA. 

Dallas can ban the word 'assassination' or 'conspiracy' and try and stamp out free speech all they want, it's not going to happen. They will only end up with egg on their face - yet again. 

The above examples go to show that people with power, people with a voice are no longer willing to or care to cover up this crime any longer. 

Dallas, accept your history, it will do you wonders!

James080
James080

So...a modern day conspiracy has been perpetuated by a coalition of Dallas mossbacks, a retiring federal judge, the mayor, the police and Trinity River toll road backers, to illegally suppress the 1st amendment rights of supporters of those trying to promoting assassination conspiracy theories, discussion and literature produced by, among others, COPA members and best selling conspiracy author (and Dallas whipping boy) Robert Groden. Damn Schutze....there's a real book in there somewhere.

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

Another thing: wasn't Nizon supposedly at Love Field the same day? It's no surprise that "improvements" to the lobby have obliterated his footsteps. I rest my case. Long live Groden.

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

Personally (and I was around here fifty years ago) I believe he was assassinated so the whole block of downtown including the historic Wagner's Grocery could be torn down for that goddamned ugly Lego memorial. I have seen a lot of vintage fedoras riding around in 1966 Plymouths lately. Some historian should... oh, never mind.

FreepFan
FreepFan

Your intermingling of wit and insight remind me of Mitch Albom.

JFKday
JFKday

At least there are some positive things going on in Dallas around the 50th!  www.jfkday.com

nammer
nammer

Dallas is going to fuck this up just like they do everything...

PerryMoore
PerryMoore

It does sound like a big, old conspiracy when Mr. Schutze explains it, but it's really just the way they run things in Dallas.The connection that Mr. Schutze seldom acknowledges is that the political structure--what we generally call "government"--is the public facilitator in this social system. He also thinks it's a local problem, but the social system is a lot bigger and older than that.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Jim Schutze is a reptilian shape-shifter.


(Just thought I'd try to fit in with the commenters here)

brookethecrook2011
brookethecrook2011

For what it's worth, I've contacted the Mayor's office about this too-they can F*** their city, I'm not spending my dollars in Dallas this November.  I was going to make a once in a lifetime trip to Dealey Plaza this November to remember JFK.  I saw him alive in my city on 14 November 1963.  I'll remember him as alive instead of murdered.  BTW, I can never put these JFK/Dealey Plaza stories from the Dallas Observer News on my Facebook page, wonder why that is. 

dfwenigma
dfwenigma

This is typical of the people in the CIty of Dallas. It's truly like the North Dallas and Highland Park people have decided there's no place like home. Mike Rawlings ought to be ashamed of himself. "The 50th" - really? So we should call a memorial to Lincoln's Assassination the "150th" - really people? And the public isn't supposed to attend? What a RIPOFF.

sugarlanskee8
sugarlanskee8

Dallas is now more of a Mexican city than American, so we can't be disturbing our new friends with con troversial debates about the death of someone they've never heard of.

jfetzer2
jfetzer2

JFK 50th: The keys to understanding his assassination

On 22 November 2013, the Oswald Innocence Campaign will be hosting the premiere event to commemorate the 50th observance of the JFK assassination. Presenting cutting-edge research on the death of our 35th President that holds the keys to understanding what took place, it will feature some of the best authors on some the most important evidence that clarifies and illuminates that tragic event in Dallas, 50 years ago. 

The research presented will advance extensive, detailed evidence establishing that the assassination of JFK was a “national security event”, which involved crucial elements of the most powerful institutions in the American government, including the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, the FBI and the Secret Service, who conspired with the Mafia, anti-Castro Cubans and Texas oil men to remove JFK from office and replace his policies with those of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

As Ralph Cinque has observed, this November 22nd, the government and the media are going to be going all out with the official lie about JFK–and with extreme prejudice. They are going to pull all the stops to promote the indefensible and long-disproven lie–one more stomach-churning time. What can we do to stand up to this evil pomposity? We can literally stand together–in Santa Barbara. We can come together and evoke the call for JFK truth.  A coup d-etat took place in 1963, and we have been living with the results of it for half a century–with millions of dead across the globe. With the death of John Kennedy, the US became a perpetual warfare state, and we live every day of our lives with the consequenes of that monstrous fact. So, join us on this very special day to find strength in numbers, to make a blip on the national radar and take personal responsibility for disseminating the truth about JFK.

What you weren’t supposed to ever know 

The evidence that substantiates the scenario of the assassination as a national security event is extensive and compelling.  It has generate enormous resistance even within the JFK community, where several of those who will present their findings have been banned in a massive effort to suppress the truth and preserve the illusion that it was an event of a different kind, where the view that “the Mafia did it” or “the Cubans did it” or “the KGB did it” are frequently advanced, but where none of them could have effected the cover-up that was indispensable to convey the false impressions this conference will correct:

*  Lee Harvey Oswald was working for the government when he was framed for the death of JFK

* Photos and films allegedly taken during the assassination were altered to conceal the truth 

* Autopsy photos and X-rays were altered and faked to support a false account of the murder

* LBJ was a pivotal player–perhaps the pivotal player–who brought about the assassination

* George H.W. Bush was not only in Dealey Plaza but took an active role in carrying out the plot

* There were multiple shooters who tied the conspirators together to insure their mutual silence

* They included a Deputy Sheriff, an Air Force expert, an anti-Casto Cuban, a Police Officer and a Mafia shooter 

* LBJ’s personal hit-man, who killed a dozen people for Lyndon, also appears to have been directly involved

* The Mafia could not have extended its reach into Bethesda Naval Hospital to alter X-rays and photographs

* Anti-Castro Cubans would have been unable to substitute someone else’s brain for that of JFK

* While the KBG had the capability to alter films, it could not have gained access to the Zapruder film

The experts assembled for this unique conference–which will explain how it was done, who was responsible and why, and how it was covered up–have invested decades upon decades of their lives to research on crucial aspects of the case, including the medical, the ballistic, and the film and photographic evidence.  They include the leading authorities on the role of Lyndon Baines Johnson, on the involvement of George H.W. Bush, on the management of the cover-up, on the death of key witnesses intimately related to JFK and by others who personally knew the man accused of killing him.  If you are there in Santa Barbara, you will understand what went down.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/13/jfk-50th-the-keys-to-understanding-his-assassination/

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

When I first arrived in Dallas, the very first day in fact, I could feel the white-hot hatred then on the loose in Dallas in 1963, and I was only nine years old.  Although Dallas indeed has become more cosmopolitan in the 50 years since then, I do find it awfully weird that the tyranny of manners and the tyranny of "positive thinking" are still part of Dallas' ever-famous "soft machine".  Outrageous or disturbing speech is definitely tamped-down around here, and what's so discomfiting about that is the First Amendment exists mainly because of the thousands of years "elites" or "the elect" deliberately confined that sort of speech as a weapon to protect those without a leg to stand on otherwise from "the mob" or "the groundlings" or anyone who dares to attest that the emperor has no clothes.  Theocratic proscription, the Victorian-era tactic of keeping our "bestial natures" on the down-low, etc, flies directly in the face of the necessity of "telling it like it is" no matter what it is. 

I was sitting at a table in a Starbucks in the Inwood Shopping Center a few years ago, reading the newspaper and minding my own business.  I heard a woman, obviously from Highland Park, expressing her disdain for what she called "the Communist New York Times" because The Times had mentioned that John McCain was born in Panama and that it wasn't right to call Obama's birth certificate into question while ignoring McCain's strange birth circumstances. 

You know what I did?  I stood-up, brandished my copy of The New York Times and shouted "power to the people!" at the woman. 

Oh well.  I suppose Homeland Security needs to get involved because of my "inflammatory" gesture.   

joeinbost
joeinbost

Maybe water board the man who might have been on e Grassy Knoll. Heck he only celebrated his 89th Birthday yesterday (June  12th). His Son is OK with waterboarding.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Happily stealing from others - "trying to care - trying to care - nope ain't happenin"

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Quite a conundrum for the fat-wallets and politician crowd. "We must commemorate the incident that must not be labeled!"

One might think this is one of those can't divide by zero / head asplode situations, a formidable identity crisis if there ever was one. Fortunately, Dallas seems to be very adept at self deception. In another 50 years or so, there'll be Ferris Wheel rides, cotton candy & corny-dogs.

Joseph
Joseph

The Kennedy assassination has been picked over probably more than any similar event. It is unlikely there are many conspiracy theories left out there to be debunked. I doubt the 50th anniversary will live up to the hype the media are trying to gin up.

I hope I'm wrong.  The strange fascination with the assassination has created a trickle of tourists to Dallas for 50 years and enriched local folklore.

protectyourself
protectyourself

...yep, JS; this may not be the best story that you ever did but it is damn sure damn good...I'm thinking of forwarding it to my small number of friends out there in cyberspace so they can have a good look at how things are done here in Dallas...I was asleep but now I am wide awake!!!

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

Brilliant story, Jim. This is going to blow up big in their faces. Fascism doesn't work; never has; never will. The DCC just does not get .  . . but, they soon will! :0

James080
James080

@jfetzer2  

Actually, it was Professor Plum, with the candle stick, in the library.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@jfetzer2 Instead of links, maybe you could spot them a roll of tinfoil?

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

You dumbass, American policy toward Latin America was at its height thanks to his administration. Dallas was the third world then.

bpete1969
bpete1969

@jfetzer2Jim Fetzer is known for trying to blow smoke up usually watertight orifices.

His entire Oswald Innocence campaign is based on a fantastical viewing of the famous Altgens 6 photograph.

It's all been debunked rather handily...http://bpete1969.blogspot.com/

kduble
kduble

@jfetzer2So, both the vice president and a future president were involved in assassinating the president, along with a deputy sheriff, an Air Force expert, an anti-Casto Cuban, a police officer, Mafia shooter and a hit-man for the vice president were all involved in a plot to kill the president that they've succeeded in keeping secret all these years?

Doesn't Fetzer realiize that a scenario becomes less plausible as it becomes more complex?

Threeboys
Threeboys

@jfetzer2 

I think we are taking the "its Bushes fault" a little too far.

kduble
kduble

@gordonhilgers  Next time you post, could you lose the cliches and the quotation marks? It's very "distracting."

kduble
kduble

@Joseph  I see no end to conspiracy theories. I still encounter new ones.

jfetzer2
jfetzer2

@James080 @jfetzer2 Arguably the turning point in American history, which has brought us to the national security state, and infantile minds can't acknowledged its importance?  This is sad but not unexpected.

For those who care about our nation--its past and its future--see both

"Dealey Plaza Revisited: What happened to JFK?", http://www.und.nodak.edu/instruct/jfkconference/UNDchapter30.pdf

"What happened to JFK--and why it matters today", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLL8diz-7bw


sugarlanskee8
sugarlanskee8

You shan't be disturbed any further, Jesus Jorge Julio.

jfetzer2
jfetzer2

@kduble@jfetzer2Well, when you study the evidence, it leads to findings that may be surprising but are not therefore untrue.  I have given links to several places where I discuss the shooting sequence and the most probable shooters.  

As a simple example, merely by knowing where JFK was hit in the back, it is possible to prove the existence of multiple shooters firing from different directions.See "Reasoning about Assassinations", http://assassinationscience.com/ReasoningAboutAssassinations.pdf

which I presented at Cambridge and then published in a peer-reviewed, international journal.  Remember Sherlock's maxim: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth".

bpete1969
bpete1969

@jfetzer2 @roo_ster This is the same James H. Fetzer who blames Da Joooooooos for Sandy Hook and 9/11. This is the same James H. Fetzer who claims no planes were used on 9/11 and we didn't land on the Moon...

Crazy and an anti-Semite...where have we seen that combination before?

 
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