Turkey-Day Conspiracy Theories

Dallas, November 22, 1963

Full of good food and good fellowship, I have little to say today other than “Urg.”

I will point out, however, that today (November 22, 2007) is not only Thanksgiving — but also the 44th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

According to Vincent Bugliosi, 75% of Americans currently believe that President Kennedy was not killed by an assassin acting alone, but as the result of a conspiracy.  And a quick Google of “Kennedy,” “assassination,” and “conspiracy” may lead one to the conclusion that Mr. Bugliosi’s 75% figure is a bit low.

So rather than link to any of the countless websites that explain who really killed President Kennedy, I’ll simply link to a brief “Yes, it was a Conspiracy”/”No, it wasn’t a Conspiracy” debate-in-print between Mr. Bugliosi and Mr. David Talbot from earlier this year.

I’ll also recommend viewing this clip featuring the late, great Bill Hicks (1961-1994). 

It was sometimes difficult to tell how much of Mr. Hicks’s act was just an act . . . and how much he really thought was true. 

But he always provoked his audience into examining what they thought was true.

And in that regard, his words were magic bullets.