JFK 50th Anniversary Will Be Hell in a Handbasket. Goody.

July 19, 2013
JFK 50th Anniversary Will Be Hell in a Handbasket. Goody.

By Jim Schutze Thu. July 18   JFK assassination 50th anniversary news: City of Dallas releases video showing Dealey Plaza was occupied by Indians long before JFK assassination. Suburban library presents speech by guy who gave Lee Harvey Oswald ride to work. Boston auction announces it will hawk Oswald’s wedding ring. Mind if I slip something else into the narrative? The whole 50th thing is headed for hell-in-a-hand-basket. Just thought I’d mention it. I’ve been working on a column about it for next week’s paper. No meetings, no compromise, no accommodation whatsoever: That’s the news on negotiations between the committee of private citizens running the 50th observations at Dealey Plaza and an array of assassination conspiracy study groups who say they will be banned by police cordon under current arrangements.   John Judge, head of the Coalition on Political Assassinations in Washington, confirmed to me this week that none of his group’s requests for a meeting have even been responded to by the private outfit ruling the event with an iron hand. Meanwhile, COPA has its hands on an email stream — evidence in an unrelated lawsuit — showing that city officials started out a year ago seeking to banish…

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Mayor Mike’s Plan to Keep “Extremists” from the JFK 50th: Does It Include Him?

July 1, 2013
Mayor Mike’s Plan to Keep “Extremists” from the JFK 50th: Does It Include Him?

By Jim Schutze Fri., Jun. 21 2013 Plans for the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas just got weirder by one whole magnitude. Yesterday Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings unveiled a process that will make security much tighter for the ceremony next November than security would be for a speech by a living president. This is about a dead president. He won’t be there. He’s dead. He has been dead for half a century. That’s what the ceremony is about. The plan announced by Rawlings requires people who want to attend the event to apply for tickets months in advance so an entity which the city so far has refused to name can vet them for “extremist ties.” I’m pretty sure the unnamed entity doing the vetting is a public relations company, which should pretty much tell you what’s really going on here. But wait. We still need to deal with the weird factor first before diving into details. Mr. Mayor, this is for you. Who are you protecting? Who is it who requires all of this crazy background checking and cop presence? What are we trying to make up for here?…

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JFK: Controlling the Message

July 1, 2013

by Joseph Green, July 1, 2013 For the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Mayor Rawlings of the city of Dallas has come to a momentous decision. Facing what was likely to be a large-scale protest at the grassy knoll, he and his associates have determined that they will allow 5,000 ticket-holders into their “event.” 2,500 will be Dallas residents, and another 2,500 will be for the many thousands of tourists from all over the world. Their website is at www.50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com. This decision is ludicrous, but not so much as the title of the website where applicants can try to screen their way into the lottery. Is it really possible for the city of Dallas to honor John F. Kennedy fifty years after he was murdered on their streets? Did Earle Cabell, then-mayor of Dallas, seize the moment to aggressively pursue Kennedy’s agenda at the local level? Did Texas become a place where civil rights are guaranteed and obscene oil profits are renounced? In the last fifty years, has there been any aspect of Kennedy’s programs or ideas that have found a home in Dallas? Just within the last week, the Texas Supreme Court determined, in Salinas…

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A Moment of Silencing

July 1, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 22, 2013 A Moment of Silencing Dallas Mayor Bars Public and Free Speech in Dealey Plaza on 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination (Dallas, TX) Mike Rawlings, the Mayor of Dallas, Texas has announced an event to be held on November 22 at Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy at that location. His event will not focus on the assassination, but on the “life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy”. The event will not be open to the public, or the “tens of thousands” the Mayor expects to visit Dallas that day in commemoration of the assassination, but to a limited crowd of 5,000 people chosen at random in a ticket lottery. Half of the tickets will be issued only to Dallas residents according to press statements and the website set up for “The 50th” event. The inception for the planning of this event goes back at least to November, 2011, when the Sixth Floor Museum applied for an exclusive permit for the whole of Dealey Plaza for over a week around the anniversary date. This was done, according to the museum director, Nicola Longford, to be “proactive”…

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Not Everyone Is Happy with the Ticketing Process for Dealey Plaza in November

June 23, 2013
Not Everyone Is Happy with the Ticketing Process for Dealey Plaza in November

  DALLAS (WBAP 24/7 NEWS) – If you’ve been to Dealey Plaza on any November 22 in the last several years, you would have seen a moment of silence and first amendment events put on by Washington-based Coalition on Political Assassinations. COPA took over marking the 12:30pm moment of silence long done by the late assassination researcher Penn Jones Jr. With the city’s 50th anniversary ceremony to take place November 22, 2013, it could mean the first time in several decades someone else will be leading the moment of silence. John Judge, President of COPA says he has tried to reach out to the Mayor’s 50th Committee and has been stonewalled. The Mayor and Judge did meet in Washington a few months ago. “The Mayor knows that the national and international press is coming to Dallas on that day because of the assassination and he wants to hold a public relations event for the City saying that Dallas loved Kennedy,” said Judge. Mayor Mike Rawlings says he encourages everyone including members of COPA to apply for tickets to get into the City’s event. “We’d love for them to apply for tickets, and if they are chosen they’ll be in. I’m…

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Why do you need a ticket to get to your history?

June 23, 2013

By John Judge Despite nearly a year of effort to address the 50th Planning Committee regarding our 49-year tradition of holding a Moment of Silence on the Grassy Knoll to commemorate the life, legacy and assassination of President John F. Kennedy and to speak the truth about who killed him and why, we have been greeted with denial and total silence to date. After reading our comments below and the Mayor’s announcement of his planned event, we suggest you apply for an individual ticket at: www.50thHonoringJohnFKennedy.com (details below). We also suggest that you write to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN, Dallas, TX 75201) to let him know you want to attend the COPA Moment of Silence on November 22 at 12:30 pm, that has been held there for 49 years at the Grassy Knoll and that you want him to let the public and the world in without tickets that day, and that you support free speech. And please sign on to our online petition to the Mayor to open Dealey Plaza to the public that day and send it out or post it on social media and to your own lists to…

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Can You Say “Assassination?”

June 13, 2013

Dallas mossbacks still think they can silence debate at the JFK anniversary. By Jim Schutze Thursday, Jun 13 2013, Dallas Observer News Wrong. I said the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas would be no big deal. It will be. And it looks as if Dallas, to the delight of many, will step right into the middle of that big deal looking guilty as sin of something or other. The question will be what. Guilty of complicity in the assassination itself? Or guilty of being stupid? It’s my town and by God I love it, so I’m going with the second door. First of all, Hollywood alone will guarantee major renewed interest in the assassination and in all of the legends, myths, folklore and theory that surround it. Tom Hanks has a movie in production starring Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton, to be called Parkland. The plot is not known, but I’m guessing it’s JFK with a serious head injury waiting to be seen by a doctor at Parkland Hospital for 18 hours. We all know how that scenario ends. Leonardo DiCaprio has another JFKer in the works called Legacy of Secrecy, which is supposed to “blow…

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