Garden gnomes on the grassy knoll

No, I don’t know why that amuses me so much.  I think it was the Full Monty where the guy was taking care of his garden gnomes and somebody stole them and had them dance around while some other guy was at an interview.  I remember laughing hysterically and not being able to stop.  Because they’re garden gnomes.

I don’t believe there were two shooters.  I don’t believe there was a conspiracy.  I think a nut with a gun killed Kennedy.  He got lucky and did maximum damage with two shots.  I’ve read most of the conspiracy stuff.  I don’t believe it.  Oswald did it and the world changed that day.

I’ve got to give credit to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.   They captured the times.  The presentation was very good.  There was lots of video from the time including speeches made by Kennedy in the first election, the Bay of Pigs incident and the election of 1964.  The Bay of Pigs is such an interesting piece of our history.  Khurschev backing down was really unprecedented.  Yet, if he hadn’t the world would be a much different place.  Florida in particular.  And of course Castro would have been a grease stain.

It is particularly freaky to stand in the same area that Oswald would have stood when he shot the 35th President of the United States and the last President to have been assassinated.

Kennedy’s assassination is the first national event I remember as a child.  I was in kindergarten.  I don’t know if we were sent home early or if because we were the morning class we went home on time.  I just remember the television being on during the day.  As I child I didn’t know that was possible.  I don’t know how much my mother had the television on, or if was even possible for my father to conduct business back then.  I would think it would have been like 9/11 where no business went on for several days.  I remember the caisson and I remember Black Jack.

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The Marine who stood guard at the head of Kennedy’s casket lent his sword to the museum which was kind of cool.  Naturally the rifle wasn’t there, or any of the real evidence but it was a very interesting display.  I’m just sad that this little man didn’t live long enough to run for office.  I really think he could have changed the world.

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