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We just saw this in Dallas. I’m personally persuaded that the death of President Kennedy can’t simply be reduced to Lee Harvey Oswald.


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Scott M

posted March 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm

We all know it was really the Comedian. 😉

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posted March 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I agree Scot. This is one “conspiracy theory” I can buy into.

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posted March 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Or Lee Harvey Oswald…

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Ted E

posted March 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Scot, Welcome to the Metroplex…again. You are a blessing. And, I agree. I just cannot buy into the ‘lone gunman’ report of the Warren Commission. I typically hate conspiracy theories, but I just cannot believe the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK were all planned and executed by isolated nut cases.

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posted March 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Scot: I concur. I don’t know how anyone can conclude otherwise if they look into the matter seriously and with an open mind.

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Richard Jones

posted March 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Wasn’t it LEE Harvey Oswald?

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A Deerfield Client

posted March 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hey! Be sure to take Kris out for some gelato! There are some great places for that in Dallas!

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posted March 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Those who are swayed by JFK conspiracy theories should at least read a well-done rebuttal, the book “Case Closed” by journalist Gerald(?) Posner, which came out in the early/mid 90s.
Not to put those who think such things about JFK in this category, but I sometimes wonder why (or at least it seems to me) Christians seem to be more “taken in” by conspiracy theories than average. Like World Trade Center conspiracies, conspiracy theories in global warming denial and anti-evolution propaganda (“Expelled” is a conspiracy theory to some degree), not to mention stuff like Dave Hunt, Trilateral Commission fears, etc. “Free energy” scams are marketed to Christians with a “the powers don’t want this technology to get out” approach. Is it the “us vs. them” that creeps into the evangelical church? Is there sort of a gnostic temptation to have this knowledge that others have missed?

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Scot McKnight

posted March 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Hey folks, sorry on that name. I kept thinking folks were thinking I had “Oswald” spelled “Oswalt” and didn’t observe that I had John.

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posted March 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

It was nice to meet you today and thanks for signing my books.

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Mike M

posted March 22, 2009 at 3:22 am

As of today, Dallas businessman John Harvey Oswald is very, very mad and scared.

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Rick in Texas

posted March 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

I agree with #8 AHH re Posner’s book. You owe it to yourself to read Posner, whose book decisively settles the issue in my mind. Those who prefer their content on DVD should check out the ABC News DVD “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy” (available on Amazon), a 2 hour news special from 2003 hosted by the late Peter Jennings. He begins by saying to those who disbelieve that LHO acted alone, “What we’re going to do tonight is demonstrate that you are wrong”. Posner is one of those interviewed in the process, as is Robert Oswald, Lee’s older brother.
Having said that, I’ll certainly agree with you Scot on this: for those of us who remember November 1963, setting eyes/feet on Dealey Plaza for the first time is strange and bizarre – to be somewhere you’ve never been before and yet know so well feels quite unusual.

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Kent B

posted March 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Having lived in Dallas 9 years, I availed myself numerous times of the 6th Floor Museum, as well as the nearby Conspiracy Museum. Though I long thought there had to be more to the story, I eventually became convinced that like Occam’s razor, the simplest explanation is in this case simply the best. Besides Posner, the other compelling book that argues for the lone Oswald is Jim Bishop’s “The Day Kennedy Was Shot.” The Warren Report’s inconsistencies are pretty well accounted for by these. There is no real evidence for a conspiracy, only conjecture and the relative unbelievability of the sheer magnitude of such a crime being committed by a uniquely dysfunctional person.

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Scot McKnight

posted March 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

Kent B,
I read some stuff today on this. What used to convince me was the three shots within the time needed to shoot those shots; then there was the head movement … but I have to admit the traditional explanation has very good arguments.

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Travis Greene

posted March 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

Scott M @ 1,

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posted March 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Funny. I live in Dallas now too (to my own chagrin – I am loyal to Chicago), and my trip to Dealey Plaza included a random guy off the street that took gave my family a detailed explanation of everything that he thinks took place, and then demanded payment for his impromptu informational session.
Where were you speaking in Dallas? It was a good weekend to be in town – great weather!

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