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Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Thanks for writing this Steve. I'm sharing it on Facebook and will plan to reread Douglass's book. A couple of recent books I've acquired are also eye opening. "Me and Lee" by Judiyth Vary Baker gives a comprehensive picture of the real Lee Harvey Oswald. "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney, the son of a CIA operative who was deeply involved, throws a lot of light on the CIA involvement as well as the elimination of people who knew too much.

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Posted by Jerry Riley on 11/21/2013 at 11:45 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

The Coalition on Political Assasination COPA ( is have a conference starting on 11/22 through 11/24 to discuss this issue. The conference will have a live stream. Very important information will be brought to light.

Posted by Steve Stodola on 11/21/2013 at 5:23 AM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted

Thanks for encouraging us to read this book. I will get it soon. Your analysis of the
big picture seems spot on, on every level. I have been to Daley plaza. I have a friend who
was at the parade in Dallas as a young woman. I don't believe the Warren Report and
don't know anyone else who does either.
I think the reason so many folks want to keep their guns is the basic distrust so many
have about our govt. I am not a gun person, but I can understand the general uneasiness.
I have also toured the Holocaust Museum and some patterns during the build up of the Nazi era seem to be occurring here. Curtailing freedoms bit by bit, was one thing they did.
What I have to go through to fly nowadays feels incredibly invasive. I often joke with the people undergoing the security system, "well, it was nice undressing with you!" and we all wryly laugh. But we know its not funny.
Thanks for publishing this excellent article. I have seen this man's performances and he is gifted and brilliant. Let's read and heed.

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Posted by Cayce Friend on 11/20/2013 at 8:44 PM

Re: “A Dream Interrupted
"In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy's transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why -- after fifty years -- it still matters."
-- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

This statement is itself historic: the first time any member of the Kennedy family has publicly endorsed a book that attributes President Kennedy's assassination to a conspiracy involving the military-intelligence establishment of the U.S. government. But what sets Douglass's book apart from the many treatments of Kennedy's assassination is his methodical case for the reasons behind it: to thwart the President's extraordinary turn toward peace, especially his back-channel negotiations with Nikita Khrushchev to dismantle the Cold War. So, elements of his own government viewed the President as a dangerous traitor, one to be eliminated.
Only by remembering this story can we take up the challenge that Kennedy left unfinished—the challenge to make peace our legacy for generations yet unborn.


President John Kennedy

Address to the United Nations General Assembly
September 20th 1963

excerpt: full speech at

''Finally, in a field where the United States and the Soviet Union have a special capacity--in the field of space--there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon. Space offers no problems of sovereignty; by resolution of this Assembly, the members of the United Nations have foresworn any claim to territorial rights in outer space or on celestial bodies, and declared that international law and the United Nations Charter will apply. Why, therefore, should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries--indeed of all the world--cannot work together in the conquest of space, sending someday in this decade to the moon not the representatives of a single nation, but the representatives of all of our countries. ....''

"Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world--or to make it the last."

-- President John F. Kennedy, September 20, 1963 speech to the UN calling for an end to the Cold War and converting the Moon Race into an international cooperative effort, two months and two days before he was removed from office.

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Posted by Mark Robinowitz - on 11/20/2013 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Thank you for this detailed, unbiased article, about the sickening, unnecessary death of thirteen year old Andy Lopez.

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Posted by Glory Kennemer O'Rooney on 11/15/2013 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

@ Jethro; a good shoot, and to say or imply that because the orange tip of a FAKE gun was missing that that is what makes it so...are you serious. help me out here guy, do u think this because orange is a universal color that automatically signals something to be a replica instead of the actual thing? And lets say hypothetically speaking you encountered a person carrying a gun that was pink? Would you then also think that it was fake... i hope not because you would be absolutely wrong!!!. A female customer in Season 1 Episode 3 of American Guns requested a custom hand gun to be made in the color pink and she got her gun. Is she any less dangerous because its pink... NO!
I urge you to think a bit more outside the box and less with mainstream thinking when considering a missing orange tip to be a deciding factor in your decision to render this tragedy a "good shot".

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Posted by Angela Dean on 11/15/2013 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Holiday Arts

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Posted by Eva D'Luscious on 11/13/2013 at 8:16 AM

Re: “The Straight Dope

I need some real facts please. If one is to research to the extent of "The Harmless Farmer" one should quote sources of knowledge to back your smack. Your not believable unless verifiable.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 yo and refused "The Western Medicines Cure". This is my best choice, to heal/cure the problem.
Names of strains or names of dispensaries with only organic high content cbd is greatly appreciated! Thank-You

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Posted by cannabinol student on 11/09/2013 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

I Am Andy Lopez:

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Posted by Karen Perry on 11/04/2013 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Police are turning on average American citizens, even children. Police do put their lives on the line when on duty, but their paranoia has caused them to see enemies around every corner. Citizens could look to cops as friends, aiders, and rescuers. But citizens now have a fear of cops and for a very good reason. Can't the cops understand that the tables are turned and they are no longer our friends, our rescuers, but are now a very real source of danger to us? I fear cops now! I do not and can not trust them. They have become thieves, abusers, attackers, and killers. Their own lives are all that matter to them. And it has been so very easy for them to treat all of us citizens as hardened criminals because they get by with it. They are not punished for harming us, instead of protecting us; they are barely given a reprimand. The boy with the toy gun - a very tragic event and handled all wrong by the cop. He was shot before he ever knew the cop was present, before he had a chance to respond. He was shot in the back, a cowardly cop's shot, and then shot again and again and again - overkill!
We citizens have to get cops in line, now, and back to doing their jobs, as our protectors, aiders, rescuers, and friends. Otherwise, the NAZI PARTY will be alive and well in America. We are not bad people. Don't lump us all in with the really bad. Don't hire military people as cops.They were trained for warfare, to kill. We aren't the enemy! One cop was quoted as saying they just wanted to go home alive. What?! They actually believe the citizens are trying to kill them, to keep them from returning to their families at day's end? That's what we all want, to stay alive and return safely to our families. God help us all.

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Posted by Coke Ray on 11/03/2013 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Why was he hired?...Military men that S.C.S.D. employed, have committed Gitmo, Cuba acts in Santa Rosa, Ca....Never hire military shooters that enjoy taking lives and displaying a personal physical "sexual' response from injury to others..Never!..But you have done so for years....We need a new justice system ruled by citizen's police and administrative review of our Sonoma County cities ..Sebastopol police officer upon Palm Drive Hospital administrative services and Seb.P.D. falsehood 5150's, felony mayhem upon suspects by officers brought to the Palm Drive such...This one of several examples of access to police controlling written reports of observations by medical personnel in the E.R....They create their diversions, use the hospital for kidnapping and make "hits."...Prisons for the criminal police are required...The Police Captains order the action...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 11/02/2013 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Why is the company that manufactured this replica "toy gun" not also being scrutinized and held accountable also? That doesn't absolve a paramilitaristic pig for murdering Alex, but the "toy gun" sure seems like the main catalyst for this dreadful event.

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Posted by ForestvilleBill on 11/01/2013 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

I was once a Police Officer. I went to a precinct in a bad section of town in my personal car which was a convertible. I was in full uniform including badge and gunbelt. But...I was a white chick in a black neighborhood. Next time I know I am being pulled over and treated like a criminal. With his gun drawn the black officer order me to reach outside the car to open the door and get out with my hands up. Once he realized I was a fellow officer he said awe shit..go on. Funny? Hell nah...I didn't appreciate having a gun pulled on me, I wasn't speeding or breaking any laws..I was just a white chick in a black neighborhood. Normal traffic stops don't start with an officer drawing a gun on you...there are some real mentally disturbed officers on the streets and we need to get them off.

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Posted by Terry1984 on 11/01/2013 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Step by Step

For those that are considering sobriety/abstinence...


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For those that are considering sobriety/abstinence...


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We believe our personal recoveries require communication and connection with others in addition to our individual practice of abstinence. In LifeRing, as we talk about recovery and share tools that have worked for us, we find our sober intellectual, analytical, and emotional selves engaged, nurtured, strengthened . . . and empowered. If you are interested just stop by and check it out!

Recovery requires hard work and perseverance. If you are self-directed and want to create a personal recovery program that is yours and yours alone, you owe it to yourself to check out LifeRing Secular Recovery.

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm LifeRing at Sonoma Valley Hospital. 347 Andrieux St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (map) First floor Solarium conference room, across the hall from the cafeteria. Follow hospital signs to the cafeteria. Format: How Was Your Week?

Convened by: Shira G. 707-596-8860

347 Andrieux St Sonoma Valley Hospital, if you park in from, come all the way to the back... Hope you find us!

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Posted by Shira Goldberg on 11/01/2013 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

From the newswire:

The same police officer who shot and killed a young teen after mistaking a toy gun for a real one pulled his weapon on a motorist during a routine traffic stop on the highway two months ago, the California driver in question now says.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus is currently on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was walking to a friend’s house with a replica AK-47. The tragedy has made international headlines and frustrated the local community, with vigils and protests against the police taking place over the past ten days.

Jeff Westbrook, a program manager at an information technology company, now says that Gelhaus was the deputy who pulled him over on his August 21 commute for failing to signal a lane change. Westbrook told the San Francisco Chronicle that there was not much room to pull over on the side of the highway so he rolled down his window and asked Gelhaus if he should move his car to a safer spot.

It was at that point, Westbook said, that Gelhaus pulled a gun on him and began screaming an order for him to turn the car off. Westbrook responded that the car was already off.

“I felt like I was watching somebody I needed to help,” Westbrook said this week. “This was not right. He did not manage this correctly.”

Gelhaus then ordered Westbrook out of his vehicle and pulled a gun on him a second time when asking the commuter whether he had any weapons in the car. Westbrook asked why he had been pulled over and then felt compelled to ask, “Sir, is there something wrong with you?” The police officer did not answer.

Gelhaus’ attorney declined to comment on Westbrook’s accusations. The deputy is an Iraq War veteran who serves as a police field training officer and weapons instructor. A 24-year veteran of the force, he was training a new officer at the time of the shooting.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said Gelahus had not fired his weapon at a suspect in over 20 years. He received the Medal of Valor in 2004 for rescuing passengers from a burning car and pulling them to safety.

Westbrook contacted a superior officer within the Sonoma police force and said he was considering filing an official complaint with the department. He said he informed Gelhaus’ sergeant that he felt the deputy had “emotional stability” problems and hoped to meet with Gelhaus to discuss the traffic stop.

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Posted by okie_flats on 11/01/2013 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Why would officers wait 11 hours when dealing with a man shooting a real gun and only wait 10 seconds when dealing with a teenager carrying a replica gun? Could it be that the man was a middle-aged business developer living in Fountaingrove, instead of a teenager in a hoodie walking in a largely Latino neighborhood?

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Posted by Nellie Bly on 10/31/2013 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Now Erick Gelhaus will experiance the "Mean Gene"

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Posted by Chris Robert on 10/31/2013 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Gun Crazy

Nice article, very informative, Gabe Meline.

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Posted by Martin Kyle on 10/31/2013 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Gun Crazy

To my knowledge it is not illegal to carry a gun (real or not) down the street. The individual was not acting in a threatening manner. The individual did not appear to be aware of the officer. It appears that the individual was shot multiple times before acknowledging the officer's presence.

It would appear that the officer acted too quickly and without correct judgement. The officer could have allowed sufficient time to assess the situation before acting (or awaited backup if he was unable to do so) as no immediate threat was reported.

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Posted by rs on 10/30/2013 at 11:14 PM

Re: “It Showed Up on My Doorstep.

Wow. Diane Swans story was terrific. And funny.
Hot Rod

Posted by Hot Rod on 10/30/2013 at 7:20 PM

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