I’m so tired of this politically correct dogma we try to live under.Let’s all celebrate diversity, but God forbid that anyone should point out that we’re all different.Doesn’t that drive you crazy?
-- James Grippando
Monday, July 15, 2013
Book Review -- Hit List by Richard Belzer & David Wayne
READ THIS BOOK
for some truths
Great Summation of Research -- Improved Easy-to-Follow
This book is a follow-up and intensification of the topics
from the authors’ 2012 Dead Wrong.Whereas that book’s usefulness and readability
was hampered by tables, sidelights, and charts that interfered with the
nonfiction narrative and actually made the book harder to figure out, this
volume is a model of conjectural word-flow.
The book is a brief examination of the deaths of fifty
people who were witness either to the JFK assassination or to parts of its
surrounding events and cover-up.Some
deaths are open homicides, some are accidents whose timing seems odd, and some
are supposed suicides that are a little hard to believe (a guy wrapped himself
with fishing weights and jumped from a boat, shooting himself in the head in
midair before hitting the water?).
The point is, the idea of so many people with knowledge
about the JFK hit and its aftermath all dying (most by questionable causes) is
mathematically and actuarially unlikely.Of course, everybody dies!But
these folks meeting the Grim Reaper in such a high percentage when compared to
any other Joe Schmoe is highly suspicious.Many died just before being compelled to give testimony to congress or
in other legal proceedings.
The deaths whose timings kick up as suspicious but who still
seem coincidental to the JFK assassination are listed that way.Not all of these fifty deaths appear related
to the crime or cover-up, but their timing kicked them onto the list of
Possible WHATs, you ask.Say it:Many people appear to
have been killed because they knew that JFK’s death was not a lone-nut
crime.There were US intelligence
elements, and organized crime elements, and individuals related to the sub rosa struggle against Cuba’s
government.While I don’t go so far as
to agree that LBJ was a willing foreplanner, he certainly knew some folks with
their fingers in this horrific pie.
Let me cite the few mistakes and quibbles I have with the
Page xiii, the first page of text, opens the book with a
heading quotation from Jim Marrs’ 1989 book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed
Kennedy.Then the authors write,
“Thus began the promotion of the 1973 film Executive Action ….”No, the producers of a 1973 film DID NOT
quote a book from 1989 that was still at least 15 years into the future.
On pages 155 and 157, the authors misspell the name of one
of the FBI agents present at the JFK autopsy.The agent’s last name is given as O’Neal, when the correct spelling is
Twice in the bottom paragraph on page 224, the word “rogue”
(as in a rogue or runaway agent) is misspelled “rouge” -- quite a different
On page 247, we are told about the way to short-circuit the
JFK administration’s pressure on organized crime would be to not attack
Attorney General Robert Kennedy, but his boss and brother, JFK.The authors meant to say that removing
President Kennedy from power would “defuse” Bobby’s efforts.However, they use the word “diffuse,”which means to thin out or dissipate.Both words could be technically accurate, but
I bet they wanted to de-fuse the powder keg that was Bobby Kennedy, not “spread
him over a large area.”
On page 317, after a handy chart-type listing of all the
deaths covered in-depth in the earlier chapter, there are several mentions of
how you could add this or that person to “the list” or “the original
list.”But the names given are already
on the list just given over the previous pages.It’s unclear which list -- this book’s list or a list from somebody else
-- is referred to.
Pages 319-320 ends the book with another table of people who
were covered in previous pages.Why give
their names again when they were just talked about in earlier pages?
As you can see, these are minor quibbles and easily remedied
in a later printing.This book is a
solid entry to stack up against the silly people who set aside or try to
explain away the many recorded occurrences that make the simple Oswald-did-it storyline
If that “lone nut” killed the President and was bumped off
by an over-reacting Kennedy family sympathizer (Jack Ruby), why would this cause the
switching out of the rifle originally found for the one history now accepts as
“the murder weapon”?Why is there
evidence of somebody pretending to be Oswald running around Dallas at gun
ranges and taking test-drives (Oswald couldn’t drive)?Why was evidence messed up and switched?
If it was only a crazy guy with a rifle, how could that
“truth” have caused the government’s own photographs of the autopsy to NOT
MATCH UP with the government’s own x-rays supposedly taken at the same time, of
the same head with the same wounds?
And on and on we could go.But we are faced with the apparent fact that fifty years ago our
government was changed by taking the choice away from the American people (they
voted, you know) and letting that choice be made by various people who didn’t
like the guy who was in charge.It may
not have been a simple process of (like in STAR TREK’s Mirror Universe) “kill
the captain and we all move up in rank,” but it was wrong and it was a denial
of every democratic and republican (lowercase letters) principle that our
country has tried to live by.
You can trace nearly the entire soured-mistrust-of-government
of the past five decades to this open wound of history, whose first cut was the
murder of the president.
This is a valuable book, and it’s put together well.It synthesizes years and generations of
findings to make the point that things shouldn’t have happened the way they
did.Not without help from some bad
men.The fact that some of these bad men
tried to justify their murders by justifying them with spy babble or
face-saving rhetoric only makes their personal foulness and depravity stink all
People who had not been given the right -- they decided to
change the government of our country.How dare they!
Amos 5:24:“But let
judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”Read this book and find your righteous anger
I was born at a very early age, in a hospital to be near my mother. After appearing in productions of both GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in the 1970s, I found a wonderful wife and wrote many love songs to her, but not as many love songs as I write to God my Savior and Redeemer. We have three kids (one of each) -- wait for it -- blonde, brunette, and redhead.