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.

Bang