I at first thought to write some honest memories of the many derisive phrases about President John F. Kennedy that I heard on the day of his assassination fifty years ago and throughout that week.
My hometown was a Republican town in Indiana and Kennedy was not lauded by all as is currently supposed. He was a Catholic, which was at the time in that locale tantamount to being a cultish lover of the Pope and dedicated to raising the Pope to a position of World Dictator. I'm not making it up. That's how is was back then in that little farming town when I was in my early twenties.
But then I decided not to write about it after all. Who would believe me? Who would believe that a majority of the comments I heard during the week following the assassination were, for example: "It's 'bout time we finally got that Papist bastard out of the White House" and "Good for Oswald!" And much, much more of the same.
No. It's better that I write nothing more here in the blog about the real truth of the matter.
So I won't.
I looked out my bedroom window a moment ago and saw several large puddles of water that had accumulated during the night, and the sky was filled with black clouds from over the mountains. The TV weather forecasters had last night reported that a big storm system was headed this way and would bring both showers and heavy downpours to the Tucson area over the coming two or three day period.
So I guess that I will not go for my usual walk this morning.
Did You Know . . .?
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair than do less intelligent people.
Forty-five minutes after the assassination, Oswald was seen hurrying through the Dallas streets by police officer J.D. Tippit, who identified him as matching the description of Kennedy's killer. When Tippit attempted to apprehend him, Oswald shot him to death with a revolver and fled.
In the early afternoon, police converged on the Texas Theater, where Oswald had been spotted. Inside, Oswald punched an approaching officer and withdrew a pistol. The gun misfired and other police officers grabbed him. "I am not resisting arrest," Oswald cried as he was dragged out in front of an angry crowd of onlookers. "Don't hit me anymore! I want a lawyer!" In fact, Oswald would never require the services of an attorney because he was shot and killed by Dallas restaurant owner Jack Ruby as he was being transferred from the police station to the county jail two days later.
WORD FOR TODAY
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"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities."