I was able to catch up on work enough to leave town and work from a lap top for a few days. Today I return to the office and clients.

I have not seen a paper, listened to a radio or watched TV news since last week. My e-mail, full of rage on the part of friends is enough.

Later at the end of the day I am going to start reading a book; "A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination". The reviews have been good. I bought it from a discount rack a week or so ago.

My guess is that a similar title will applied to the electorate of 2016. We've been hit from behind and from the grassy hill in front of us. Nobody will agree on that exactly but the results will be the same.

How much more will we see change into something unrecognizable?

Which part of what plan has just happened?

Will our heads explode wondering?                                                      


The following is re-posted from Nov. 22, 2013. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years earlier to the day.


Oswald  crouches at the window. The Carcano rifle is resting on the window sill.

The actual assassin is right behind him and poised to shoot over Oswald's shoulder as planned.

"Lee. This is it. When you hear the first shot, you shoot. They'll never be able to prove who shot. We have to do this. You know why."


The first shot strikes Kennedy, travels through his neck, hits Connally, moves through and through, into his wrist and then his thigh. The full metal jacket bullet is virtually unscathed as they are designed to travel through multiple objects. It's a cheap rifle made in a foreign country for some undefined and yet undeclared war.

Oswald sees the shot that hit Kennedy and fires.


He misses. The bullet strikes and explodes a small piece of concrete curb in line with the sixth floor window. He knows he missed. The second shot missed. Oswald's shot. Not the first shot. (It takes him a few hours to realize until he is captured and questioned, what it was he just witnessed.)


Immediately the third shot hits the target and Oswald sees Kennedy's head explode.

Two 6.5 mm Carcano rifles have just accomplished what one could not.

"Leave the gun Lee. We've got to run"

They both take off. The assassin takes his rifle.

Mary Moorman on a Polaroid camera has captured a photo of the first strike. At age 81 now she has never wavered from her initial reporting of what she saw and heard. A particular cadence of gunfire that cannot and has not been reproduced by anyone since on the $20 rifle.

Pow..............pow, pow.

Oswald runs. A policeman gets a call on his radio and is told the whereabouts of a man suspected in the shooting. He him pulls over and stops Oswald for questioning. A man unnoticed until now, following the officer gets out of his car and shouts "That's him officer. I just saw him at Dealey Plaza." Officer Tippit, temporarily distracted turns to the citizen, who has a gun in hand. The citizen shoots Tippit.

The citizen says, "Lee !!!! ...for Christ sake!!! That was close. We've got to get you out of here. Duck into the movie theater up the street and we'll send some one to get you in a moment."

Lee runs to the place in history that will falsely remember him as the best rifleman that ever lived.

But Lee knows....

"I didn't shoot nobody. I'm a patsy."

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Comment by Rosigami on November 22, 2016 at 8:16am

I remember that day in 1963, and the days that followed.
Your account is riveting. I have no problem believing that all was not as it was purported to be.

What history says about the events leading up to this election and the events to follow, will be interesting, to say the least.  

Comment by alsoknownas on November 22, 2016 at 8:22am

Thank you for reading.

I was 12 Rosi, down the hall in a class conjugating French verbs, when the home room teacher walked in. He was crying.

In 17 years time there followed the deaths of MLK Jr., RFK, and Lennon. I have not had a living hero since.

Twain left peacefully on the tail of a comet. That one pleased me.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 22, 2016 at 8:32am

In the end does any of it matter?  Even Kennedy is all but gone and forgotten.

Comment by Rosigami on November 22, 2016 at 8:32am

I was only 8, in the third grade. The school principal, Mr. Kleinmeyer, came to the door of the classroom, and called our teacher into the hall. She burst into tears.
When she came back in, she dismissed the class without telling us what had happened, only that school was being cancelled for the day.
Busses were already waiting for the "riders".
I was a "walker" and didn't find out what happened until I got home.

You probably know that Twain had arrived the same way he left- with the comet. I always found that to be lovely.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 22, 2016 at 8:34am

The theories will go on forever. 

In an acoustically reflective environment, sounds will reach the ear from directions they didn't originate from. You'd need a lot of testing. I assume a lot has been done. All we really know is that the Warren Commission didn't do the best job. When in college, I had the opportunity to hear Dick Gregory talk about this. 

The most sensible explanation I've heard, and it isn't complete, is that there were FBI/CIA cover ups to cover their asses for not tracking Oswald when they knew better. But it isn't complete, and I hope some year we know. I wouldn't count on it, though. 

Some of the photographs of Oswald that originally appeared in Life Magazine were clearly doctored. 

You're right about this election. This election is certainly the most unusual election in my lifetime, probably in more than a century. I don't know how much was actual conspiracy and how much was just how the press and electorate worked, though I could watch some of the mechanisms while it was all happening, particularly the press holding Trump to the standard of a reality TV star instead of to the standard of a Presidential candidate, probably out of some bizarre version of fairness without understanding that fairness to the country was more important than fairness to the candidate. 

We're about to have a new kind of President, one who is less interested in occupying the office than in using it to become something closer to a king or dictator or at least a CEO. The biggest lie we'll hear will take place with Trump's hand on a Bible. 

Comment by alsoknownas on November 22, 2016 at 8:37am


It matters.

Comment by alsoknownas on November 22, 2016 at 8:38am


Yep. He came in 11/30/1835.

Comment by alsoknownas on November 22, 2016 at 8:40am


Thanks for reading and commenting. I have placed a personal moratorium on my use of the President-elect's name.

I do not speak or type it.

Comment by Zanelle on November 22, 2016 at 9:12am

Why?  Why did they shoot him?  

Comment by tr ig on November 22, 2016 at 9:32am

Zanelle .. he was Catholic, democrat, and wanted to shut down Viet Nam ... mostly the latter. Follow the money (war profit).

I totally believe Oswald was, indeed, the patsy


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