Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LBJ leaving Parkland

While looking for something else I found this item from The Dallas Morning News and I wanted to share it.  The narrative of the story is not as interesting to me as the photos that went with it.

1.) Accompanied by Secret Service agent Rufus Youngblood (left), Vice President Lyndon Johnson and U.S. Rep. Homer Thornberry leave Parkland Hospital in Dallas after the death of Kennedy.

2.) For the second time in an hour, someone climbs over the seat and shields Lyndon Johnson from potential gunfire. Leaving Parkland Hospital an hour after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Rep. Homer Thornberry climbs into the back seat while Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry drives Lyndon Johnson to Love Field. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

3.) Rep. Homer Thornberry (in black hat) and Secret Service Agent Rufus Youngblood sit on both sides of Lyndon Johnson as he crouches down below window level. In the back seat of Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry's car, they depart Parkland Hospital for Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

4.) Pulling away with Rep. Thornberry in the front seat, the car is waved down by Houston Rep. Albert Thomas who does not realize the new president is inside. Agent Youngblood tells Curry to keep going but is overruled by LBJ who says, “Stop and let him in. It’s all right.” (Dallas Times Herald Collection, courtesy The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)

5.) The crown of new President Lyndon Johnson's head pops up above the rear deck as he and his party drive away from Parkland Hospital to Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. (Joe Laird/The Dallas Morning News)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

There is no truth to the story that anything is being withdrawn and reclassified at NARA or the MFF

Yesterday, a false story was going around on Facebook that material in the JFK Records Collection at Archives II as well as the Mary Ferrell Foundation were being withdrawn.

This comes from a poster on Facebook who was looking at this:

This poster did not comprehend what this really is.  This is information that was current in 1993, and not now.  This goes back to, again, 1993, with the very first release of JFK records.  This was prior to the ARRB which I don't think even had people nominated to it yet.  The first release of JFK record wasn't even at Archives II in 1993 because they were still building Archives II in 1993.

The JFK Act has certain language in it wherein when material was transferred over to NARA on or after a certain date the documents would get a Reader Identification Form (RIF) number and that number would go into an online JFK records database to help people find specific documents.  The CIA took advantage of that and in 1993 released material at a certain time ensuring that some records would not get a RIF #. Instead they got the rather long numbers highlighted in yellow.

In 1993 there was no ARRB. There was no definition of what an "assassination record" even was  So, the intelligence agencies themselves came up with their own definition and released some material.  Some material they didn't want to release and they put in the documents place a "Withdrawal" form.

Later, when there was an ARRB, they came up with a definition of what an "assassination record" is, after comments and input from the public, and told the intelligence agencies to go back and do it again.

This poster also conflated a "Withdrawal" form with a Bush/Cheney policy of trying to reclassify documents that had been released.

Nothing of this nature is happening now.

I think Obama overturned that Bush/Cheney idea quickly upon his arrival in the White House.

If one puts the numbers given as RIF numbers, which aren't really RIF numbers, into the JFK online database, you will get a proper RIF number and you'll see the document is still in the system, still at Archives II and is in fact Open in Full.  At least the first two were.  I'll check the rest later.  I can't stay up all night putting out these fires that are only false alarms.

Friday, August 22, 2014

So, Gary Mack wants to carry some water for Rush Limbaugh and defend Limbaugh against Lewis Black

In case anyone doubted what a son-of-a-bitch Gary Mack is let him dispel you of having any kind thoughts about him.

A little background, Robin Williams stunned the world by committing suicide.  Limbaugh told his audience that Williams committed suicide because he had a Leftist worldview.  And you can Google all about this, and Limbaugh's, and Sheppard Smith of Faux News and their, sort of, apologies.

So, I put up what Lewis Black said to Limbaugh and I got this from Gary Mack.


What’s really funny is that alleged comedian Lewis Black is so ignorant (and erudite?).  Let’s examine. 

First, he’s a dedicated Liberal who never listens to Limbaugh, so how would he know what was said?  From his lefty pals who also don’t listen?  No.  From one of the Hate Limbaugh blogs?  Probably.

But what did Limbaugh actually say?  I heard that broadcast and have checked the full transcript.  He was commenting mostly on what news outlets had been reporting and then observing how liberalism skews their coverage not to tell the facts but to shape a narrative that lefties like to promote.

This article includes links to the full transcripts so you can read for yourself (and I hope you do):

And how can writer Leslie Salzillo say that Limbaugh “disgusts the majority of people” when those who don’t like him or have never heard of him never listen to the guy? 

And Limbaugh does not appear “on our tax-paid public radio.”  He’s not on PBS or NPR.  He’s on commercial stations where listeners decide whether to listen or not and advertisers decide whether or not to purchase commercial time in his show.

I always chuckle when liberals, you know, those who claim to be for fairness, equality and tolerance try to silence people.  In other words, they are only tolerant of folks who think and act like them? 

Libs are so predictable......