Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Controversy Swirls around George H.W. Bush and Nov. 22 1963

George H.W. Bush, who once compared the American people's continuing interest in the murder of JFK to those who are obsessed with Elvis' sightings is the target of a new book which discusses his possible role in the event of November 22, 1963. Russ Baker, a longtime investigative reporter is the author of this book called "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America". One subject he tackles is the whereabouts of George Bush Sr. on Nov. 22, 1963. In all, four chapters of the book are devoted to the murder of JFK. Here's an excerpt of an interview with Mr. Baker on the subject:
Buzz Flash:
"Over the years, one of the most discussed allegations about George Herbert Walker Bush was that he was a CIA operative back in the later '50s and early '60s and was lurking around the periphery of the Kennedy assassination. You discuss this in your book, of course. What, in summary, do you suggest was “Poppy” Bush's role with the Kennedy assassination and the CIA at the time?
Russ Baker: I am very careful not to speculate. What I do is begin with the curious fact that G.H.W. Bush has said he could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963. That makes him just about the only adult alive at the time who has that memory defect. Seeking to understand why he would not want to answer that question, I discovered that, in fact, he had been in Dallas that day. After that, he traveled to a nearby city, and then placed an odd phone call that established in FBI files a record of his being outside Dallas at the time of the call. As intriguingly, it turns out that G.H.W. Bush was a friend of the intelligence operative who befriended and guided Lee Harvey Oswald after his return to Dallas from the Soviet Union. I also provide much evidence that Bush Sr. had a connection to the CIA long before his short period as CIA director. There is much more, covering chapter after chapter of Family Secrets. Let's just say for now that there is enough to raise the eyebrows to the ceiling."
(You can read the full interview here: )
Russ Baker is receiving some interesting positive reviews for this book from people such as Bill Moyers of the PBS and Roger Morris, a former senior member of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon (He resigned over the invasion of Cambodia). Morris is also the author of several award winning history books himself. Of Baker's new book Morris has this to say:"“Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments, Family of Secrets is nothing less than a first historic portrait in full of the Bush dynasty and the era it shaped. From revelation to revelation, insight to insight—from the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to the oil and financial intrigues that lie behind today's headlines—this is a sweeping drama of money and power, unseen forces, and the emblematic triumph of a lineage that sowed national tragedy. Russ Baker's Family of Secrets is sure to take its place as one of the most startling and influential works of American history and journalism.”


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"The Last Campaign" Ranked #11 Amazon Top for 2008

The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America
11. The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

As a Candidate, Kennedy Is Forceful but Remains Elusive

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Caroline Kennedy, interviewed in Manhattan on Saturday, said her life’s experiences had prepared her well for the Senate.

Published: December 27, 2008

Caroline Kennedy, the woman who would be New York’s next senator, is sure of one thing. Among all the hopefuls seeking to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, she said on Saturday, there is no better choice.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Video: What Kennedy Can Bring

100-year-old woman recalls bringing up the Kennedy children

— The walls in her home hint at her remarkable journey: There are pictures with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ronald Reagan, a commemorative plaque from Robert Kennedy's kids, and a congratulatory note from Barack Obama.

For 44 years Ena "Mimi" Bernard was part of the closest thing America has to a royal family. She started at the bottom, or, in her case, the bottoms - wiping them, patting them, and threatening to swat them when their owners didn't follow the rules.

Now 100 years old, with her memory growing spotty, Bernard lives in a modest home, surrounded by mementos of those heady years as nanny for Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, when she faithfully watched over their 11 children as if they were her own.

A black and white picture hanging on her living room wall shows Bernard watching with a guardian's eye as Bobby Kennedy Sr. pushed his daughter on a tricycle. There's the close up of Bernard at a dedication ceremony with two of the Kennedy children sitting in her lap, where they always were. There's the ceramic Dalmatian, at her door, a gift from Ethel Kennedy.

And there are four decades worth of tales as part of the Kennedy clan - at their homes in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and the well-known family compound in Palm Beach.

Kennedy says 9/11, Obama led her to public service

Kennedy says 9/11, Obama led her to public service
The Associated Press - 3 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) - Caroline Kennedy emerged from weeks of near-silence Friday about her bid for a Senate seat by saying that after a lifetime of closely guarded privacy, she felt compelled to answer the call to service issued by her father a generation ...

Video: AP Exclusive: Kennedy Talks Senate Seat AssociatedPress

Kennedy: I'll Have to Work 'Twice As Hard' If Picked for Senate ABC News


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Richter Paintings of Kennedy’s Killing to Be Reunited in London

Richter Paintings of Kennedy’s Killing to Be Reunited in London
Bloomberg - Dec 11, 2008
12 (Bloomberg) -- Gerhard Richter’s paintings of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are to be reunited for the first time at London’s National ...
Richter portraits to go on show BBC News
Gallery hosts first Richter portrait show
Richter portraits to go on exhibit in LondonBest Western News

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition of Avedon’s Photographs of ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY - Dec 20, 2008
Avedon created a single edition of the Harper’s Bazaar images and in 1966, a mere three years after Kennedy’s assassination, donated the prints and ...

The Young Know Caroline’s a Kennedy, but Which One?

Published: December 20, 2008

Say the name Caroline Kennedy to Jensie Farrar, and she turns almost maternally protective. Ms. Farrar was married in Albany on Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the passage of 45 years has done little to dull her shock or to alter her image of the president’s only girl.

Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images

Older voters recall Caroline Kennedy as a girl.

Kevin Rivoli/Associated Press

Some younger voters know little about the woman aspiring to a Senate seat.

Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images

“I don’t think she’s qualified,” Elmer A. DeLeon, in Times Square, said of Ms. Kennedy. “She’s using her name to get into office.” Many younger voters know little about the aspiring senator.

Say “Caroline Kennedy” to Bess Goden, 23, and she pauses, working quietly to exactly place it.

“I’m like, ‘Is she a Kennedy Kennedy, or is this one of the cousins?’ ” Ms. Goden, an aspiring actress, asked while taking a cigarette break from her job at the Borders bookstore cafe on West 34th Street. “She’s the one with the brother who died in the plane?”

Ms. Kennedy, who declared last week that she would like to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the junior senator from New York, is in many ways embarking on a test of the enduring power of her politically royal name.

Interviews with about 50 New Yorkers — people from upstate and across town, people of all ages and races and political persuasions — suggest that the Kennedy brand is rich with resonance. But it also provokes resentment and puzzlement, especially among younger voters, who are suspicious of dynastic politics as the Bush era ends, and are uncertain of where in the famous family tree she falls.

“I don’t know who her father is, but if you told me, I bet I would know,” said Michelle Kuhns, 21, a senior at St. John’s University in Queens who was working during her holiday break at a bagel shop on Long Island. “I’ve heard the name, yes. But that’s it.”

Jack Ruby Death Noted

The Almanac -- weekly
MarketWatch (press release) - Dec 23, 2008
In 1967, Jack Ruby, who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer in Dallas.

P&P Chair Co., makers of the 'Kennedy Rocker', to close

P&P Chair Co., makers of the 'Kennedy Rocker', to close
Greensboro News Record, NC - 10 hours ago
President John F. Kennedy made the company famous when he took its Carolina Rockers to the White House. Kennedy said the sturdy oak chair with its woven ...

Chairs cure inside the P&P Chair Company factory in Asheboro.

Chairs cure inside the P&P Chair Company factory in Asheboro.

File photo / News & Record

Words are their swords and TV their arena

Words are their swords and TV their arena

Posted to: Movies Spotlight

Video: Watch the trailer for "Frost/Nixon."
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Michael Sheen, left, is David Frost and Frank Langella is Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon," a dramatization of Frost's 1977 television interviews with the former president. (Universal Pictures)

Movie producers are gambling heavily, both at the box office and for the upcoming Academy Awards, that old news can be dramatic news.

Opening in theaters this holiday season are, among others, recreations of the assassination of a gay political activist ("Milk"), an attempted assassination of Hitler ("Valkyrie") and, most intriguing of all, a debate involving former President Richard Nixon.

It seems that Hollywood is asking if we really want serious films, or do we just say that while buying tickets for mindless comic book computer shows.

"Frost/Nixon" - an adaptation of a London and Broadway play - is mostly talk and hinges perilously on the precept that seeing Nixon apologize will be enough of a payoff to fill movie theaters.

40th anniversary of seeing the dark side of the moon

40th anniversary of seeing the dark side of the moon

By Matt Ford | Published: December 24, 2008 - 11:48AM CT

Humans have been going into space ever since the Russian Aviation and Space Agency launched Yuri Gagarin into a single orbit about Earth on April 21, 1961 aboard Vostok 1. In the intervening 47 years, there have been 292 manned space flights; 182 by NASA, 105 by Russia, two by China, and three by private company Scaled Composites. Out of all of those missions, the majority—in fact a full 283—never really did anything more than go around the block, so to speak. Only nine manned missions have ever truly left Earth and entered the gravitational influence of any other celestial body.

The first time this happened was the Apollo 8 mission, during which Jim Lovell, Frank Borman, and William Anders put their Apollo command module into lunar orbit 40 years ago today, December 24th, 1968. 1968 is considered one of America's most tumultuous years in the 20th century. Beginning with the Tet offensive in Vietnam, which saw heavy American casualties, it was followed up by Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis and ensuing riots across the nation, then saw Robert Kennedy get assassinated two months later. Finally, the battle between police and protesters in the streets of Chicago at the Democratic National Convention left a black mark on 1968. However, on December 21st, Apollo 8 launched three humans on the first-ever voyage to the moon.

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