The 50th is the last big moment of mourning for Dallas' aging true grievers.
Getting pretty stoked, have to admit it, pretty revved up for the 50th Kennedy Assassination Celebration downtown tomorrow. Lots more calls coming in from the curious. Friend called from New Jersey asking if there will be a parade. Had to tell him no, sadly. They were afraid they wouldn't be able to ... More >>
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 >>
Had another conversation with a foreign journalist this week assigned to cover the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination ceremony here next week, who said the same thing others have been saying to me for a month, which, I must point out, is the same thing I said a year ago they would be sayi ... More >>
So, wait. We're not over Uber yet. The city's attempt to shut down the app-based ride service called Uber and an ensuing special outside investigation produced lots of fireworks this week but not necessarily the last word. We still need to see the big thing. The investigation produced no finding of ... More >>
Why weird old rich people are so nuts over the 50th assassination anniversary.
Kennedy museum falsely denied its role in harassing conspiracy theorist Robert Groden.
Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary.
Last night the history group called Preservation Dallas gave a special award to Lindalyn Adams, one of the people who created The Sixth Floor, the Kennedy assassination museum downtown. That's great. She deserves it. Now I want to know why The Sixth Floor got Robert Groden thrown in the slammer.
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?
Wanted to go ahead and let you know, since apparently nobody else is going to do the story, that Robert Groden, the Kennedy assassination author, has won yet another legal victory in his fight against the city's years-long efforts to muzzle him. And, sorry, certain commenters here, but that's what ... More >>
Every time City Hall sets about reforming its own court system through the judicial appointments process, I see that same old bad penny coming around again. They want municipal court judges who will do what a bunch of 23-year-old city prosecutors tell them to do. Been there myself. Let me come back ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer, we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here On November 22, 1963, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza, R ... 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 >>
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.
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 >>
Just for the sake of historical accuracy, I would like to point out that the city of Dallas has claimed in court filings that the Sixth Floor Museum was behind the June 10, 2010, arrest and incarceration of Kennedy assassination author Robert Groden, who is charged with illegally selling lite ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamRobert Groden at his usual spot in Dealey PlazaJim and I've spilled a lot of virtual ink in recent months writing about Robert Groden's legal battles with the city of Dallas over his selling JFK assassination-conspiracy wares in Dealey Plaza -- specifically, beneath one of the ... 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 >>
Photo by Nick RalloDealey Plaza, subject of my feature story in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, is a monument to horror, a locus of global grief, a vortex of paranoia and all that stuff. But on a spring weekend when the weather's good, it's also just kind of a cool place. Is that allow ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
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 >>
Robert GrodenI certainly hope this doesn't become a daily occurrence; no doubt you feel the same way. But there has been a development today in the city's case against Robert Groden, the JFK conspiracy theorist who's been selling his materials in Dealey Plaza for almost two decades and now finds ... More >>
It's been seven months since we first told you the story of Robert Groden, the Kennedy conspiracy theorist and author and Oliver Stone consultant arrested and detained by Dallas police for peddling his pamphlets in Dealey Plaza. Three weeks ago, it looked as the story might have come to a conclus ... More >>
Robert GrodenBack in June we broke the news that Robert Groden, perhaps the most familiar (and certainly the most respected) of all the Dealey Plaza vendors peddling JFK assassination materials, had been arrested and detained by Dallas Police officers on the clean-up crackdown. Groden filed a fed ... More >>
Robert GrodenYesterday, in the comments to the item about the city's new-and-improved panhandlingsolicitation ordinance, longtime Friend of Unfair Park Syd Nancy wondered: "Will this affect the JFK Conspiracy Guy who sells stuff down by the Depository?" Syd's referring to Robert Groden, who's cur ... More >>
Flickr user: Jan BrasnaBrad Kizzia, the attorney repping Robert Groden in his fight with the city to keep selling his JFK conspiracy materials in Dealey Plaza, missed a golden opportunity for some terrific PR by filing these docs with the court yesterday instead of Monday, November 22. Then again ... More >>
Robert GrodenAfter the jump is the city's 25-page motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Robert Groden on June 30, in which alleges, among myriad other things, that the city and the Dallas police are harassing him and violating his First Amendment rights because they won't let him sell his conspi ... More >>
Cupcakes and the Kennedy motorcade, not just a band name anymoreUpdate at 4:47 p.m.: The City Attorney's Office just sent a statement concerning Robert Groden's lawsuit and his efforts to sell his magazines and DVDs at Dealey Plaza. It's in full on the other side, but here's an excerpt:Robert Gro ... 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 >>
City of Dallas Municipal ArchivesOn a related note, while I was doing some Dealey Plaza research I came across this original 1939 sketch in the city's archives.Finally, the city of Dallas sends word. It has no Official Comment on the federal suit Robert Groden filed against the city on Wednesday, ... More >>
Robert GrodenStill waiting for Official Word from the city concerning Robert Groden's lawsuit filed yesterday concerning his ability -- or, in this case, inability -- to sell his conspiracy-theory publications in Dealey Plaza. But when we went down to the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courtho ... 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 >>
Shut Up, Already; Character Killer
Two JFK conspiracy buffs commit character assassination over a collection of purloined slides
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.