As they've been doing on each third Saturday for months, advocates for the open carrying of firearms gathered -- semiautomatic weapons in tow -- at Dealey Plaza over the weekend. As usual the demonstrators, who call themselves Come and Take It Dallas, handed out literature and preened with their arm ... More >>
You want a real conspiracy? Open your eyes to today, not 1963.
By now all of the responsible parties are congratulating themselves for the seamless passage of the 50th Kennedy Assassination Anniversary event at Dealey Plaza last Friday and especially for the way the massive security apparatus worked. After all, the whole thing went by and we didn't have a ... t ... More >>
The 50th is the last big moment of mourning for Dallas' aging true grievers.
Years ago, Dealey Plaza conspiracy man Robert Groden reportedly strolled into the center lane of Elm Street and taped down a white "X" to mark the spot where President John F. Kennedy was struck with the fatal bullet on November 22, 1963. It's actually about about six inches too far west, but it's c ... More >>
For the first time in three decades, Dallas is home to a downtown shuttle. And for the first time ever, the shuttle will not be marked by three-foot high bunny ears and painted-on whiskers, a la the ill-fated "Hop-a-Bus" program. The trademark pink will remain, however, as DART rolls out D-Link, it ... More >>
Louie Steven Witt, are you still out there somewhere, alive? Would you tell me if you were? You know you're back in The Dallas Morning News this morning, but only as a ghost. I wonder if you really are a ghost yet. I can't find you with Google, which may mean ... well, we know what it may mean. It's ... More >>
Kennedy museum falsely denied its role in harassing conspiracy theorist Robert Groden.
Dallas' handling of JFK anniversary: an enigma wrapped in a big wad of dumb.
JFK assassination 50th anniversary news: City of Dallas releases video showing Dealey Plaza was occupied by Indians long before JFK assassination. Suburban library presents speech by guy who gave Lee Harvey Oswald ride to work. Boston auction announces it will hawk Oswald's wedding ring. Mind if ... More >>
There are signs -- hints, indications, wisps of smoke in the wind -- suggesting we might get out of the JFK 50th observations in one piece after all. I've been quick to suggest Dallas would blow itself to smithereens with a bizarre compulsion to shut down free speech at Dealey Plaza come November 22 ... More >>
Is the Trilateral Commission behind an anti-conspiracy conspiracy?
What's better than shack barbecue? Nothing. Or so I thought, until I was tipped off about the next level up of ridiculousness: Gas station barbecue. That's right. Smokie's is a full-on barbecue restaurant, with a menu that if anything is a little too big, inside a gas station (or a petrol station, r ... More >>
In the lead-up to November 22, the city's focus has been on Dealey Plaza and how to get it ready -- and keep it clear of conspiracy types -- for the official commemoration of JFK's death there 50 years ago. But its neighbor one block to the east, Founders Plaza, is primed for a facelift as well. Th ... More >>
We've known for a while now that the city will keep the the 2013 commemoration of John F. Kennedy's assassination "classy," we just haven't known exactly how. We still don't, but we now know that it will involve a fairly significant touch-up to Dealey Plaza. The architecture firm Good Fulton & Farr ... More >>
Let's be clear about this. Old, rich keep-a-lid-on-it Dallas is not going to rule next year's 50th anniversary observations of the Kennedy killing in Dealey Plaza. No matter what it takes. The official City of Dallas JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, named in a story this mo ... More >>
Alex Jones, host of Infowars and national guru of conspiracy theorists, recently took up the cudgel for free speech at Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Vowing to bring "tens of thousands" to Dealey Plaza next year, Jones said on today's broadcast he hopes Dallas enjoys ... More >>
Sunday the Dallas Peace Center chose Dealey Plaza, where JFK was killed almost a half century ago, as the site for a protest demanding justice in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. It's hard to feel good about anything associated with the Martin story, but Dealey Plaza was a good place ... More >>
On June 13, 2010, Dallas police arrested and jailed Robert Groden, author of best-selling books on the Kennedy assassination and a consultant to the Oliver Stone movie, JFK. The police accused Groden of violating a city law against selling books in Dealey Plaza, where the assassination happened almo ... More >>
Dallas is playing to its City of Hate stereotype for assassination's anniversary.
Excuse me. Pardon me. Sorry to bother you. Got a second? Hey, I'm not asking for money. I just need a favor. Do you know this guy, Frank Librio? Would you be able to get in touch with him for me? He's the spokesman for the city of Dallas. Very intelligent man, professional, used to be in tel ... More >>
Speaking of a Dealey Plaza's redo ... I've had a copy of National Geographic Channel's JFK: The Lost Bullet sitting on the desk for a week; haven't watched it yet, but there's time -- it doesn't air till Sunday at 8 p.m. And while it's said to show Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone on November 22, 1963 ... More >>
From the Dealey Plaza renovations briefing the council's Quality of Life Committee never got to hear earlier this yearWe first told you back in May that Dealey Plaza is due for a makeover, which involves redoing the north and south plaza pergolas, planting new way-finding and history-of signs, a ... More >>
Dear John F. Kennedy Library Foundation: Good move on blowing off the Sixth Floor Museum and executive director Nicola Longford regarding her plans for a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Kennedy assassination in Dealey Plaza. Believe me: You don't want to touch this gang with a 10-foot ... More >>
Yesterday's city council committee briefing on restoring Dealey Plaza was all very well. The well-intended and the well-heeled have joined together to raise money for a well-designed refurbishing of the place where President John F. Kennedy was ... well, you know ... shot. I'm sure it will b ... More >>
Just two of the many amazing photos found in the Dealey Plaza redo PowerPointSchutze went to that Dealey Plaza chitchat at City Hall this afternoon. Only, the Quality of Life Committee didn't have quorum, so, per council rules, all the council got was a read-through of architect Jonathan Rollins' ... More >>
Click to embiggen the original 1939 rendering for Dealey Plaza, one of many historical gems contained in the council briefing packageRemember how offended everyone got when Los Angeles-based photographer Donald Barnat penned his dispatch from Dealey Plaza back in March? Sure you do. Wrote Barnat, ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that the great Bobby Jack Pack, a Best of Dallas winner and local film-making institution, is this close to wrapping a documentary on Dealey Plaza and, more specifically, those populate the site where President John Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. He des ... More >>
Photo by Harry WilonskyVanity Fair's Jim Wolcott directs our attention today to a dispatch from Los Angeles-based photographer Donald Barnat: "Disappointment at Dealey Plaza," posted yesterday. Long story short: Barnat was in town during the Super Bowl and, like most visitors to our city, found h ... More >>
Two things. First, I would like for people to quit bitching about my photo. One guy wrote in that he found it "disturbing." Well, WTF, Einstein. It's not meant to be a sympathy card. Second: Another guy wrote in with a really good idea yesterday. I had written about how the city is persecuti ... More >>
Let's not even get into the underlying issue of whether Robert Groden should be able to sell his books and magazines about the Kennedy assassination on Dealey Plaza downtown. Just for grins, let's put that to one side. What gets me is the extreme Vladimir Putin-style in-your-face we're-not-e ... More >>
Tonight Hal Sparks is at the Arlington Improv. But based upon this just-posted Twitpic (headline: "They sell weird books at the Kennedy Assassination museum in Dallas") and the accompanying video, he's at Dealey Plaza ... right now, people, right now. I hope he runs into Robert Groden. Or gets a ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsSoft. Comforting. Tacky?"Life's too short to be serious." Printed on a tiny, squishy yellow pillow. For sale at the Sixth Floor Museum Store Cafe. You know, the one that caters to patrons of the Sixth Floor Museum, the museum that features exhibits about the untimely de ... More >>
Evan ClintonThe scene down at Dealey Plaza today, where vendors selling their wares were noticeably absentMaybe you heard: A couple of weeks ago, Dallas police began cracking down on vendors at Dealey Plaza selling maps, magazines, books and other conspiracy-theory whatnots. Deputy Police Chief V ... More >>
Vibe's touting the cover of its June/July issue as "controversial" and "iconic." Not hardly. There have been plenty more naked magazine covers than the one seen here. Like this. And, this. And, all of these. Still, the Lady of the Lake continues to reap the benefits of a nude springtime stroll th ... More >>
Pete's headed out to Dallas Police HQ for a 4:30 press conference, during which the department will announce that, sure enough, it's charging Erykah Badu with something for that "Window Seat" striptease filmed in Dealey Plaza in mid-March."Yes, we are going to charge her," DPD spokesman Senior Co ... More >>
On March 17, Erykah Badu and a small crew went down to Dealey Plaza to shoot a very naked video for "Window Seat."Earlier this morning, Pete posted the evidence to DC9: Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" video, the latest informercial for New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh, in stores tomorrow ... More >>
Patrick MichelsErnest Brandt, who says he was an eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination, shows 11-year-old Mack Reed the window where Oswald fired from. More photos are up in this slide show.Out at Dealey Plaza Sunday afternoon, there was something for everyone: fashion, literature, song and, fi ... More >>
Anonymous, the robovoice behind the Church of Scientology protests around the DFW, is back today with another message "to the general public in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area." (Must be a local -- no, ahem, "Metroplex.") The video's after the jump, but apparently, s/he wants to answer some ... More >>
A couple months back, Elaine Liner found herself with some free time and decided to document for Unfair Park the protest staged outside the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on Buckner Boulevard -- looks like fun, no? Turns out there's another protest scheduled for April 12, again staged by the ... More >>
During his nightly Countdown, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann yesterday had as his chart-topper Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' "discovery" of docs and doodads related to the assassination of John Kennedy. Said the sports anchor-turned-Mini-Murrow, Watkins presented the materials yesterday "w ... More >>
Tonight at 9, KERA-Channel 13 will air, as part of the American Experience series, director Robert Stone's documentary Oswald's Ghost, yet another look at the assassination of John Kennedy. The film, which had a limited theatrical run last year, is more or less yet another distillation of the myriad ... More >>
This is more Andrea Grimes' bit. But as November 22 is nigh upon us, a company called Avatar Promotions is celebrating by setting up in Second Life a virtual Dealey Plaza as it appeared in August 2007 and as it looked on the Friday John Kennedy was gunned down in downtown Dallas -- it's virtual tou ... More >>
JFK assassination buffs who peddle their wares on the grassy knoll think there's a plot to put them out of business. They may be right.