“Ooops I Shot the President” and Other JFK Conspiracies

November is conspiracy month, at least on cable TV, and this November there is a richer crop than ever since this is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas Texas, at Dealey Plaza.

Piers Morgan has already blown CNN’s Kennedy wad by having Oliver Stone as a guest, but expect more from the cable and networks–both pro-conspiracy and pro-lone-nut–later in the month. Cable channel Reelz has taken over from The History Channel and Discovery as the super-conspiracy channel, running a series of documentaries starting out with JFK: The Smoking Gun, which is running through the next two weeks. JFK:TSG‘s theory bolsters the Warren Commission by saying Oswald acted alone to purposefully kill Kennedy, but adds that the shot that shattered the president’s skull was from a different gun using a hollow point fragmentation bullet. Only, that shot wasn’t on purpose.

According to this theory floated by Australian detective Australian detective Colin McLaren—based on the 1992 book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK by Bonar Menninger, itself in turn based on research by ballistics expert Howard Donohue—a Secret Service agent accidentally discharged his rifle when the car he was riding in lurched forward after Oswald fired the infamous “magic bullet.” Donohue’s forensics on the magic bullet, which went through Kennedy’s neck and struck Texas governor John Connally, are compelling.

But the hapless Secret Service agent theory raises more questions than McLaren answers: Why was a new hire from the motor pool put on such important detail? Why was he the only Secret Service agent who didn’t go out carousing the night of November 21? Where are the eyewitness accounts from the grassy knoll recounting seeing men (“the three tramps”) with guns? George Hickey, Secret Service agent named in Mortal Error, sued the book’s publisher St. Martin’s over the publication of the hardcover book; that suit was dismissed because he had waited too long to file; he sued again when the paperback came out and settled with the publisher for an undisclosed sum.

Another “I shot Kennedy” documentary is available on DVD. In I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth convicted felon James E Files, speaking from prison, admits he pulled the trigger from the grassy knoll, and that organized crime figures Sam Giancana, Johnny Roselli and Chuckie Nicoletti were behind the hit. I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth is one of trilogy of Shocking Truth docs from producer Wim Dankbaar that includes Confessions from the Grassy Knoll: The Shocking Truth and Spooks, Hoods and JFK: The Shocking Truth.

But wait there’s more: Some nutters claim John Connally shot JFK by turning around and using his left hand, which sort of overlooks the fact that Connally was wounded in the back, ribs, right wrist and thigh by the magic bullet.  And oh boy, get ready for the “the Mossad agent in the limo’s trunk” and “the chauffeur did it while driving” theories which are mind boggling in their implausibility.

There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around about the assassination of President Kennedy, and some are just as plausible as the Warren Commission’s report of a crazed gunman acting alone. We’ll be exploring  these theories on November 25, when  television pioneer John Barbour, who interviewed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison about the Kennedy assassination, will be my guest on Firedoglake.com’s Movie Night with special co-host JP Sottile.

In the meantime check out Barbour’s Garrison tapes, and this multi-part documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. And if you have enough tin foil, poke around in the fringes–a simple search on YouTube gives hours of “whoa whut?” The conspiracies get so huge and weird they act as cover-ups for the truth–whatever that may be. (more…)

Late Night FDL: GOP Candidates Go Phallic With Code Names

Mitten$ Rmoney and Rick “Frothy” Santorum’s Secret Service code names–which the candidates chose themselves–reflect a certain cockiness and focus on their manliness, and in Romney’s case, a slight Oedipal overreach around. Rmoney’s code name “Javelin,” hypothesizes GQ which first reported the top sekrit pseudonyms,

is a reference to the ’60s muscle car made by American Motors Corporation, the company once run by George Romney.

Mitten$’ dad George ran for President in 1968, despite being born on foreign soil. And of course, javelins are long sticks thrown in track competitions, so the phallic symbolism is rather clear.

Rick Santorum chose an even more multi-layered named, “Petrus,” Latin for Peter, and translating to rock. Along from its popular meaning throughout the English speaking world as a slang term for “penis,” “Peter” is, of course, Jesus’ sidekick, his second in command, the “rock” on which Jesus wanted to build his church.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Peter also famously denied Jesus three times, making him kind of a weasel, and proving that Jesus was psychic.

And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Choosing this nickname is pretty self-aggrandizing. Like, is Santorum saying he’s gonna be Peter as in Jesus’ best bud; and if elected, God help us all, build (his version) of Jesus’ church in America?

Ah, but there is a third even more secret meaning to Petrus: Château Pétrus is one of the world’s most expensive and lauded wines, hailing from a small estate in the Bordeaux region of France, with an average bottle price of $2,790, though prices for older bottles can easily rise to five figures.

So, elitist vintage? Jesus’ righthand dude deep in denial? Or just a dick?

Meanwhile, in response to “Game On,”–the execrably frothy Santorum singalong from teen sisters Camille and Haley Harris, who go by the name First Love Band — a 12-year old boy wrote this ditty and then directed the video himself:

Dan Choi, Others Arrested at White House DADT Protest

Lt Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo both of whom campaigned againt Dont Ask Don’t Tell were arrested–in uniform–as they were chained to the White House’s north fence. Also arrest was Robin McGehee, co-chair of GetEqual.org.

Towelroad reports:

According to Tweets from Robin McGehee at GetEqual reporting from the Kathy Griffin – Human Rights Campaign “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rally, McGehee, who is traveling with Lt. Dan Choi, asked Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese if Choi could speak at the rally and he rebuffed her, telling her it was Kathy Griffin’s rally. Choi took the stage anyway, told Griffin DADT is not a joke, and announced that he was marching to the White House. Choi then began leading hundreds on a march to the White House.

DC Agenda takes up the story from there

Choi encouraged Griffin and Joe Solmonese, HRC’s president, to join him as he and others walked to the White House to protest the law against open service. Neither Griffin nor Solmonese joined him, but part of the rally crowd followed Choi to the White House.

Shortly after Choi and Pietrangelo arrived at the White House, they chained themselves to the fence, an action that drew a fast response from Secret Service personnel. Some agents quickly pushed the crowd of about 50 protesters away from the White House fence and into the street, and others erected yellow police tape around the area. About seven agents stayed behind the tape with Choi and Pietrangelo.

At around this time, McGehee was arrested near the White House fence. The basis for her arrest was not immediately clear.

The agents cut Choi and Pietrangelo free after an hour and arrested them.

I wish Kathy Griffin had the guts to chain herself to the White House fence…

There’s more at Pam’s Houseblend.