The Murder of John F. Kennedy & North Dakota

 

     The Murder of John F. Kennedy

The below link is for a Zoom talk I gave on Sat., May 23, 2020 to the Dealey Plaza UK research group in London. It deals with my Sept., 25th 1963 attendance at a speech given by JFK in Grand Forks, North Dakota. JFK was receiving a Doctor of Laws honorary degree. The talk outlines, using maps & pictures, a possible assassination attempt on JFK that day.

The Art of the Deal with the Devil

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The Faustian Bargain

The daily White House updates on the coronavirus pandemic bring to mind the Medieval folklore of Faust’s bargain with Mephistopheles (the devil). Faust surrenders his soul for the diabolical blessings of wealth, power, and fame.

Dr. Fauci, Dr. Trump, and Dr. Birx

We see and hear POTUS Donald Trump; then we see and hear Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx. Two of three have M.D. degrees required to diagnose and dispense medication. The other has no degree and no license to practice medicine but repeatedly ignores and contradicts Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci.

Yesterday’s White House update (April 23) offers the latest conflict between knowledge and what seems like insanity. The president referred to “emerging”…

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Cuba: The Embargo Wall

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“SOMETHING there is that doesn’t love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.”

Robert Frost,“Mending Wall”

Two human beings passed abreast through a wall yesterday: the invisible wall between the U.S. and Cuba.

The wall was built by human hands. It’s coming down by human hands. Like the Berlin Wall and “the Iron Curtain” that went up during the Cold War between the East and West.

Here in the States the story was that the wall and the curtain had gone up to keep people in. And that’s what I thought until the summer of 1966 while living “behind” the wall with the Schulz family in Bratislava as The Experiment in International Living’s Chicago Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

A visitor from the West was immediately struck by the absence of bill boards…

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On Bump Outs, Logistics, and Citizenship in a Small Town

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Over the last few months, I’ve been contributing some short essays on small town life from North Dakota Quarterly’s back yard in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Here’s one, In Praise of Trucks,and another, Alone Together in a Small Town. Maybe someday, I’ll write a little book or something. 

– Bill Caraher, Editor

Recently, there’s been a pretty interestingdebate in our home base of Grand Forks, North Dakota  on bumpouts. Bump outs are a form of curb extension generally designed to protect pedestrians crossing busy streets by narrowing the road and slowing traffic at intersections. The Grand Forks City Council has installed a few temporary bump outs in downtown Grand Forks on an experimental basis and, as one might expect, they have attracted both positive and negative comment before eventually being voted down by the local city council.

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What’s been particularly interesting to me…

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Alone Together in a Small Town

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In the summer months, I spend a part of my week on the lovely Grand Forks Greenway system in my hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The walking and cycling paths of the greenway run for some dozen miles along the Red River of the North adjacent to downtown and various neighborhoods in town. On a good day, I can see some deer, a prairie dog or two, a few little frogs, and maybe one of the bald eagles who lives in the area. They all go about their business without paying much attention to me and I try to let them do their hoping, prancing, sniffing, and gliding without much interruption.

Grand Forks is a small town but it’s not as small as some towns, though. It’s the local county seat and market center with a big hospital, lots of banks, two malls (although one has a church as an anchor…

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Does God determine the winner of the Superbowl?

Yes, from the perspective of Hinduism. Since everyone is God in Hinduism it follows that the team that is the most in touch with “themselves” as God, during the game will win. Even from the perspective of Western 17th century philosopher Benedict Spinoza the answer might also be yes. For Spinoza “nature” is God. Since man is also “nature” along with the rest of the material world it follows that “man is God”. God is present in and for both teams but the reason that Atlanta may win in 2017 is that the owner, coach & quarterback for New England are supporters of Donald Trump who is out of touch with God to an extent that the Patriots are at a disadvantage. How might we explain this theological dynamic? The Patriots as a team may not be enamored of President Trump but the influence of the 3 above mentioned key Patriot club  members can distort the presence of God in enough players that they’re not in a meditative zone that is amenable to acting out their role as God. The rejection to this way of understanding God’s role in sports is the result of a liberal mindset that buys into a sort of “fundamentalist progressivism”. When so-called progressives reject religious belief on the basis of an experience of demythologizing traditional religion the knee jerk reaction is to embrace Humanism. For example, when someone discovers the world isn’t only 6000 years old they then assume if the Bible is wrong about that then the Bible has lost all credibility and the rest of religion too.

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