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Weekly History News Roundup

RFK conspiracy lingers on… two of his children call for new investigation

 

Remains of Pompeii man discovered man was crushed by flying volcanic rock

 

Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnsonfirst black heavyweight champion was convicted of violating Mann Act

 

Washington and Lee college will keep name… special panel recommends other changes to observe diversity

 

Memorial Day brings mixed results to the Presidenthis twitter habit belies the holiday

 

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November 22, 1963…Some Perspective

The Kennedy assassination debate… is being dominated by  lone gunman theorists who have gained momentum in recent years.  Vincent Bugliosi’s massive, yet flawed book was intended to bring legitimacy to an argument most people associated with the Warren Commission.   National Geographic is airing a new documentary attempting to explain “the lost  bullet” by including rare footage from a second home movie taken in Dallas on the fateful day.  For the record, Practically Historical does not believe in the lone gunman theory.  Biases aside,  there are troubling trends visible in the current discourse.  Let’s start by dispelling some common myths used as “evidence” in most arguments:

  • Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam war.   Conspiracy theorists on both sides point to National Security Memo #263 as the smoking gun in Kennedy’s secret plan to get our troops out of Vietnam; and, also Memo #273 as proof the warmonger Johnson wanted to escalate the war.  Both accounts are demonstrably false.  Memo #263 simply states that Kennedy wanted to follow the recommendations of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor following their visit to South Vietnam(withdrawal was not one of them.)   The second memo was drafted November 21, 1963 and is clearly a Kennedy document approved by Johnson.  In an interview given on the Huntley-Brinkley Report Kennedy reaffirmed our committment to South Vietnam and his belief in the “domino theory.”

Not another domino will fall…

  • Lee Harvey Oswald was an avowed communist.  Oswald was involved with pro and anti-Castro groups in New Orleans during the summer of 1963.  Several of these groups had ties to the CIA.  Oswald was  working with known anticommunists that summer while trying to maintain a public persona as a Pro-Castro radical.  The truth about Oswald and his activities prior to November 22, 1963 will never be learned until the CIA opens all its files.

  • The Magic Bullet Theory has been proven.  The physical evidence never supported the findings of the Warren Commission.  Commission member(and 38th President) Gerald Ford admitted to altering the final statement to better suit the findings.  Recreations by Discovery Channel, Dale Myers, and ABC News all relied heavily upon the original findings of the Warren Commission.  A simple look at the agreed upon facts are telling:

The Magic Bullet —

  • had no thread striations (fine lines etched onto a copper encased bullet tip and/or bullet side casing by clothing threads when the bullet first penetrates clothing threads),
  • was marked with no blood,
  • was marked with no human tissue,
  • had no pieces of clothing attached,
  • had lost only 1.5% of its original average weight

Only through physics…

Consistency is lacking among lone gunman… theorists.  Regarding the forensics, they expect the public to suspend disbelief and trust contested scientific studies as the only true evidence.  Skeptics are expected to provide definitive proof for every conspiracy assertion, preferably in writing(they are waiting for Oswald’s anticommunist membership card), for eyewitness testimony cannot be reliable. This sort of documentary purity prevents any true progress from being made.

Where are they all running?

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Myths of Pearl Harbor Debunked

While some conspiracy theories possess real merit…. the persistent thesis that high-ranking government officials had prior knowledge of the Japanese intention to attack Pearl Harbor warrant little consideration.  Here are some of the worst offenders:

  • The causes of the attack have never been fully investigated… To the contrary, there have been ten separate government inquiries into the events; the earliest in 1941 and the last coming in 1995.  All the findings indicate poor strategic planning, lack of proper intelligence channels, inconsistent code-breaking, and a failure of the Army and Navy to coordinate strategic troop disbursements.  Sadly, no conspiracies were discovered.

Japanese movements in 1941

  • Many people heard Japanese radio traffic discussing the attack…  As American as apple pie, this yarn never seems to get old.  Trouble is, only Americans will swear to it.  Japanese military records indicate strict radio silence was a general order during the journey to Hawaiian waters.  The speculation predictably returns to the discovery that Japanese forces were moving.  American intelligence located strategic Japanese movements throughout 1941.

An attack of rare precision

  • American code-breakers cracked the Japanese codes and knew the attack was coming… What a confusing mess of hearsay, half-truths, and misinformation this theory holds.  Some codes were broken, including the diplomatic code and some minor military codes.  No decoded messages were linked to an attack on Hawaii.  The true controversy can be found in American intelligence channels.

Mr. Roosevelt and his ardent Lieutenant

Winston Churchill knew about the attack, but wanted it to happen…. Pure poppycock.  Churchill wanted America to enter the war sooner rather than later.  He was frustrated with Roosevelt’s hedging, but the Lend-Lease Act  provided more than enough incentive for patience.  Roosevelt did not change his belief that Germany posed the greater threat after Pearl Harbor.  Revisionists drive most of this debate and sadly, Nazi-sympathizer and Holocaust denier David Irving  is the most prominent.  Irving and his cohorts are so desperate to redeem Hitler’s image, they have forged  documentary evidence.

December 7, 1941 lives in infamy… Historical study provides the necessary remembrance as well as an opportunity to learn the lessons of our past.  Conspiracy theories are part of the discourse, but must be held to the same scholarly standards as other research.

Never Forget

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November 22, 1963…Some Perspective

The Kennedy assassination debate… is being dominated by  lone gunman theorists who have gained momentum in recent years.  Vincent Bugliosi’s massive, yet flawed book was intended to bring legitimacy to an argument most people associated with the Warren Commission.   National Geographic is airing a new documentary attempting to explain “the lost  bullet” by including rare footage from a second home movie taken in Dallas on the fateful day.  For the record, Practically Historical does not believe in the lone gunman theory.  Biases aside,  there are troubling trends visible in the current discourse.  Let’s start by dispelling some common myths used as “evidence” in most arguments:

  • Kennedy wanted to end the Vietnam war.   Conspiracy theorists on both sides point to National Security Memo #263 as the smoking gun in Kennedy’s secret plan to get our troops out of Vietnam; and, also Memo #273 as proof the warmonger Johnson wanted to escalate the war.  Both accounts are demonstrably false.  Memo #263 simply states that Kennedy wanted to follow the recommendations of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor following their visit to South Vietnam(withdrawal was not one of them.)   The second memo was drafted November 21, 1963 and is clearly a Kennedy document approved by Johnson.  In an interview given on the Huntley-Brinkley Report Kennedy reaffirmed our committment to South Vietnam and his belief in the “domino theory.”

Not another domino will fall…

  • Lee Harvey Oswald was an avowed communist.  Oswald was involved with pro and anti-Castro groups in New Orleans during the summer of 1963.  Several of these groups had ties to the CIA.  Oswald was  working with known anticommunists that summer while trying to maintain a public persona as a Pro-Castro radical.  The truth about Oswald and his activities prior to November 22, 1963 will never be learned until the CIA opens all its files.

  • The Magic Bullet Theory has been proven.  The physical evidence never supported the findings of the Warren Commission.  Commission member(and 38th President) Gerald Ford admitted to altering the final statement to better suit the findings.  Recreations by Discovery Channel, Dale Myers, and ABC News all relied heavily upon the original findings of the Warren Commission.  A simple look at the agreed upon facts are telling:

The Magic Bullet —

  • had no thread striations (fine lines etched onto a copper encased bullet tip and/or bullet side casing by clothing threads when the bullet first penetrates clothing threads),
  • was marked with no blood,
  • was marked with no human tissue,
  • had no pieces of clothing attached,
  • had lost only 1.5% of its original average weight

Only through physics…

Consistency is lacking among lone gunman… theorists.  Regarding the forensics, they expect the public to suspend disbelief and trust contested scientific studies as the only true evidence.  Skeptics are expected to provide definitive proof for every conspiracy assertion, preferably in writing(they are waiting for Oswald’s anticommunist membership card), for eyewitness testimony cannot be reliable. This sort of documentary purity prevents any true progress from being made.

Where are they all running?

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