James Hickling: Dallas

From The New York Times:

“FOR 50 years, Dallas has done its best to avoid coming to terms with the one event that made it famous: the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. That’s because, for the self-styled “Big D,” grappling with the assassination means reckoning with its own legacy as the “city of hate,” the city that willed the death of the president…

“The far right of 1963 and the radicalism of my grandparents’ generation may have faded in recent years, they remain very much alive in Dallas. Look no further than the troop of gun-rights activists who appeared just days ago, armed and silent, outside a meeting of local mothers concerned about gun violence. If this is what counts as responsible civic dialogue, then Dallas has a long way still to go.”

Hmm. JFK was killed by a communist who spent his spare time distributing pro-Castro leaflets and had lived in the Soviet Union. Who attempted to assassinate Edwin Walker, a conservative General with political ambitions, just seven months before he shot Kennedy.

Sounds like a model Tea-Partier all right.

11 comments on “James Hickling: Dallas

  1. dr
    November 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Dallas was famous in Britain for having a TV series named after it. It was a fictitious series centering on a man named JR.
    Personally, I had heard of this series long before I knew of the assassination of JFK, but then US political history isn’t mandated in UK schools.

  2. Tim
    November 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Cool story bro.

  3. Officer Crabtree
    November 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    If you honestly believe that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK then maybe you should do some research into the subject.

    I am not saying Oswald was in no way involved but JFK was not assassinated by a lone nut as the official version via the Warren Commission would have you believe.

    Look into the history of Oswald and you will see the mucky finger prints of the intelligence community all over him.

    It is not so much who killed Kennedy, rather who had the power to cover it up. I do not claim to know the whole story but to lay the blame at the door of “communist” Oswald is naive in the extreme.

    • therealguyfaux
      November 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      Hopefully your moniker is referring to the Murdoch Mysteries Officer Crabtree and not the ‘Allo ‘Allo iteration of the character with that same name.

      That young fellow, for the benefit of those unfamiliar, is a uniformed patrolman studying for promotion to detective by being assigned as the partner to a current detective. His instincts are generally correct, but the evidence sometimes prompts him to speculate beyond the bounds of what is readily ascertainable by a rigorous inspection of what he’s got to work with– and his senior, Detective Murdoch, has to teach him about forensics and many other parts of detective work; it is set circa 1900 in Toronto, about the same time when that department started doing the sort of things Murdoch is trying to teach Crabtree. The show is a somewhat-wry steampunk take on the usual police procedurals.

      Too many JFK-killing buffs are prone to the flights of fancy the MM Officer Crabtree would persist in, were he not reined in by Detective Murdoch.

      • Officer Crabtree
        November 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

        No, my moniker is my homage to SOE’s very own Gendarmerie.

        I would be happy to discuss the JFK assassination via alternative means if you so wish. I am not probe to flights of fantasy but do believe that when the evidence points to an alternative answer to that provided by the powers that be, that it should be investigated. This assassination clearly falls into that category.

      • therealguyfaux
        November 20, 2013 at 12:07 am #

        My point was that a parsimonious explanation of the murder of JFK must, at a minimum, account for why a loose-cannon rogue agent of sorts is allowed to be anywhere near the motorcade route. Rule in/out either that he was placed there only weeks in advance by someone knowing what the route would be, or rule in/out that the route was set up knowing he’d be there. Of course, there could have been a mass falling-upon-swords by people in Washington for a dereliction of duty, if that is what it was, and nothing more sinister had been the case, and quite possibly the mass seppuku would have sparked even more controversy as to why there had been a blase attitude towards JFK’s safety. Once you are satisfied that LHO, even if not acting alone, fired shots from the sixth floor, you must answer the threshold question of why he was even allowed to be there, in position to do what he did, given who he was.

        In short, who knew and didn’t say anything, and who should have known and should have said something, is at a minimum what you need to find out. Odds are we never will, not now.

    • Simon Roberts
      November 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      I assumed that he was being ironic. I didn’t think there was anyone who still thought that Oswald was the killer.

    • Russell Taylor
      November 20, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      The point is that the NY Times believes the people of Dallas were somehow complicit in the murder of JFK – a point of shame that will presumably be put to rest the moment they all start voting Democrat.

  4. Andy Hedges
    November 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I was in Dallas last month and absolutely loved the place and people.

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