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Seven songs into the Rolling Stones'
set at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, last night, a
roadie handed Mick Jagger a printout. "We're going to do a request,"
Jagger said, adding that fans voted for a song of their choice on the
band's new mobile app. The winner? 1964's "Around and Around."
"That's an old one, isn't it?" Jagger said. "We haven't done that one
in a long time!" (According to fan site It's Only Rock and Roll, they
last played the song at Toronto's El Mocambo Club in March 1977). They
tore through the Chuck Berry classic, Jagger clapping upward and dancing
furiously as if channeling his old T.A.M.I. Show performance, Keith
Richards and Ronnie Wood weaving double-string licks as the song swung
in a way it never really has before. "Yes!" Jagger said with a grin
afterward. "That's right!" The Rolling Stones 1963-1969: Behind-the-Scenes Snapshots
The Stones got loose last night, their fourth of five
50th-anniversary shows this year. Without the high-profile guests of the
other recent shows (Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton), the band seemed to revel
in playing with each other. Charlie Watts grinned ear to ear as he
pounded the brooding intro to "Paint it Black," Wood nearly bounced out
of his chair while nailing the pedal steel lines to "Happy" while Keith
belted the song with such glee he appeared emotional. Jagger was chatty
and personable between possessed performances, at one point reflecting
on playing Newark in the summer of 1965. "Thank you for 50 years of
coming to our shows," he told the crowd. "Thank you very much."
Like the other recent shows, the set began with largely early- to
mid-Sixties cuts; they played "Get Off of My Cloud" with machine-gun
attack, and were triumphant on "The Last Time." It's a marvel to see
them play these songs, all sounding fresh again after years of
The night's first truly bone-chilling moment came during "Gimme
Shelter," when the band conjured a dark musical storm while backup
singer Lisa Fischer howled lead vocals alongside Mick for the first time
since the Bigger Bang tour, reminding us no one does the job better.
(Mary J. Blige sang with Jagger at one of two London shows and in Brooklyn, and Florence Welch handled the other London show.) "I love you!" Jagger told Fischer afterward.
Jagger soon welcomed John Mayer for "Respectable," a welcome surprise
song choice. Mayer delivered with a manic, wicked solo; Ronnie Wood
matched him with his own, grinning as he effortlessly pointed his guitar
neck toward the crowd. Richards went next, firing away rhythmic blasts
with intent focus. But Mayer took the last word with a frenzy of flashy
notes. It felt like bad form, but Keith didn't seem to care, flashing a
giant grin – this was a party. They soon flashed forward, nailing the
new time-shifting apocalyptic workout "Doom and Gloom," a new live
"New Jersey is the only place you don't have to be working out to
wear a track suit," Jagger joked. He also made reference to the "12-12-12" benefit
at Madison Square Garden the night before. "We had an amazing time,"
Jagger said. "We even had Bruce open up for us." (Springsteen joins the
band on Saturday in Newark). The night's only weak moment was "One More
Shot" where everybody seemed so lost it nearly fell apart, the band
looking at each other for cues. Afterward, Keith shrugged at the crowd
But there was nothing quite like seeing Mick Taylor play with the
Stones again. For his first time playing with the band on U.S. soil
since 1981 (he played with them in London late last month), he emerged
unassumingly and unannounced, but as soon as Richards launched into an
11-minute "Midnight Rambler," Taylor unleashed flourishes of virtuosic
greatness that were unmistakably him. As Jagger howled furious harp
lines, Taylor rocked back and forth, grooving harder than he did on the
entire 1972 tour while the band gave him plenty of room to stretch out.
"Mick Taylor!" Jagger said afterward. "He's great! Really good!"
It was a marathon from there, the band nailing the slinky air-tight
groove of "Tumbling Dice" – Keith played the riff eyes-closed, as if
meditating in it and a raucous "Brown Sugar." The guitars blared full
force in "Jumpin' Jack Flash," with Richards grinning with each riff
stab as Jagger punched the air as he sprinted the catwalk tirelessly;
after a heavy "Satisfaction," Taylor returned to take a bow with his old
Earlier in the night, during his solo set, Keith Richards referenced
Hurricane Sandy while talking to the crowd. "I know you guys had a rough
time. We admire the way you stuck with it. Keep on trucking, you know?"
We felt the same way about them. Set list
"Get Off of My Cloud"
"The Last Time"
"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
"Paint It Black"
"Respectable" with John Mayer
"Around and Around" (first since El Mocambo March 5, 1977)
"Doom and Gloom"
"One More Shot"
"Honky Tonky Women"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Midnight Rambler" with Mick Taylor
"Start Me Up"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
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lord, bring Mick T. back to the band. . . one last album, he would
bring all of the ballads up to a beautiful level, they need a
melodically gifted player like Mick Taylor to balance out the solid
rockers the band has put out with some tasteful playing. . .
the first time I've been able to make it through a live clip of the
Stones in 25 years. That was really, really good. Is there really not
room for 3 guitarists up there for the whole show? It's just a
natural-born fact - Mick Taylor makes the Stones better! Also Jagger is a
wicked harp player!
have seen The Rolling Stones six times in San Diego, CA. The best one
was in 1969 with Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman. Their first song was Jumpin
Jack Flash with the introduction that made Keith Richards songs so
original with Bill Wyman's bass runs. The second best was in 1981 when
Ian Stewart the sixth stone toured with them, he was their piano player
who died in 1985 of a heart attack. The Steal Wheels tour of 1989 which
finished off in Europe in 1991 was fantastic. It can be heard in it's
full set in the DVD titled The Rolling Stones at the Max. They played
2000 light years which was fantastic along with Mick Jagger's Rock and a
Hard Place which I think is one of their best songs.In 1969 they did
not switch guitars around all the time like they do now. They are tuned
different which makes it easier to play certain songs but like Jumpin
Jack Flash the way they did it in 1969 sounds just like the record. The
way they play it now does not! The four DVD set from Best Buy has four
DVD's. The first talking to the band members, the second at Madison
Square Garden, the third at a new stadium in London and the fourth at a
club type setting in Paris. Those two DVD's the Rolling Stones are at
there the other night, tightest they've been in decades. Buzz coming in
was "yeah...mick taylor", buzz was the same leaving only a bigger
"yeahhh". If this is about it for them, they should really bring MT
back, they are soooo much better w/ him
Fifty years. That's five times as long as the Beatles'
career, and quite a bit longer than most other bands (or marriages).
Rock 'n' roll was meant to explode and fall apart, so how humanoids like
Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
and company have survived the ringer this long remains a mystery.
Nevertheless, better the world's greatest rock band make it to 50 years
than someone else.
For the first New Jersey stop on this very-limited, very-pricey victory lap of a tour, the Rolling Stones not only didn't disappoint, they outclassed 50 years of successors, including rightful ones. Frills were few: John Mayer
hopped on early to roast his axe on "Respectable," and Mick's
mysteriously quick costume changes from sparkly to sparklier jackets
barely distracted from the well-aged thunderous canon (more like canyon)
of hits. Only the Stones could toss off Richter-scale levelers like
"Gimme Shelter" and "Paint It Black" in the first few numbers.
After Mayer's swift exit the band wasted no time bleeding every poignant note of "Wild Horses" raw and covering Chuck Berry's
"Around and Around" for the first time since 1977. The garage-y new
"Doom and Gloom" held its own with "One More Shot," and an extra-funky
"Miss You" provided some respite as an extended jam. Mick performed a
swiveling dance in the breakdown as both the snake and the charmer,
attempted to help the beer-guzzling crowd through those
"woo-hoo-hoo-oo-hoos" and yelled "where'd you get that New Jersey?"
before Bobby Keys' sax did its thing.
Jagger and Ron Wood circled the coincidentally-or-not mouth-shaped
stagepath. "Honky Tonk Women" was the only tune upstaged by the
backing-screen visual: An animated X-rated King Kong with the woman
replacing the ape as the role of skyscraper-climbing monster and
fighter-pilot monkeys trying to shoot her down. But as Keith took the
stage for the impressively-sung "Before They Make Me Run" and ageless
"Happy," the night never again turned its attention from the music.
The biggest story is of course Mick Taylor,
who appeared and ripped an elongated "Midnight Rambler" to shreds in a
giant onstage guitar huddle. The whole night tumbled into a vortex of
great rock history from there: "Start Me Up," "Tumbling Dice" and "Brown
Sugar" all in a row, impossibly hard-hitting even five decades on, with
Mick prancing around like he's 29 in a ridiculous blue waistjacket,
bantering a flag about and returning in a gigantic cape of fur spaghetti
to play Mr. D as the opening shakes of "Sympathy for the Devil" took
hold. Keef's solo suddenly sounded a few decibels louder than any of his
other playing Thursday night.
Not ones to waste time at this age, or as pleasing and demanding
showmen, the Trinity Wall Street Choir was quickly hustled up onto
either side of the stage for a tremendous encore of "You Can't Always
Get What You Want," for which Jagger strapped on an acoustic. Again, his
purple sparkling grandeur clashed with the natural musical forces
thundering throughout the Prudential Center, but the Stones invented
rock's absurdly sized contradictions if anyone did. But the sheer
overtaking pleasure of these classics at this point didn't require
answers, just dancers. Jagger won the crowd's participation after a
particularly torrential Wood solo and a rare bish-bash climax from the
normally fantastically controlled Charlie Watts.
Then without further ado, rock achieved middle age, came full circle,
lined up the planets, etc., -- whatever monster-truck metaphor have you.
The finest rock band in the world did "Satisfaction," the greatest rock
song. And to their credit, they still sound hungry. "All I hear is doom
and gloom," rightfully mocked Jagger's newest lyrics of the night.
These titans have been providing an alternative for half a century, and
there's no reason to think they'll stop now.
update 12-28-12: Well, everyone knows I have always loved waving and riding--especially when the focus is on me!!.......rush replied when questioned about the exciting news!!!
and what are ROWGS, asked one of the reporters at the press conference......Oh--that was the rich old white guys, but they're not in style any more. You know, at one time they ruled the world, but now they don't....and this is sort of a celebration.
Sean Hannity: I'm Just So Angry With Rush Right Now!
Highlights of the story:
Rush Limbaugh's secret phone call to Bill Clinton.
rush limbaugh gets his ya ya's out then washes Whoopi Goldberg's feet in hopes of redemption.
Yes, rush, you were very naughty and now it is time for your discipline!
My liberal limbawdian fantasy by Chloe Louise Langendorf Louis.......
rush, you portrayed your activities of "watching" as normal while you
debased the activities of young women as vulgar and street worthy.
In my dream your punishment will be allocated by Whoopi Goldberg--she
said in her television special she's willing to talk about it--she is
willing to have a conversation about race and I am including women--she
doesn't mind if there is a disagreement. She is willing to answer
The limbaughing of limbaugh...............
Now--we'll begin by sitting down and having a talk.
In retribution you will get down on your knees and wash Whoopi
Goldberg's feet and listen politely as she takes her valuable time to
explain to you where you have gone wrong with women, racial slurs, the
tea party, with President Obama--and with your life in general.
You'll act interested.
You will be a guest on THE VIEW and tell the women of America what you
learned and how lucky you were to have the opportunity to have a chat
with Whoopi. It turned into a really enlightening experience. Barbara
Walters will interview you with heartfelt questions and you will cry to
show you're sorry and your sincerity.
You'll do "Oprah's Next Chapter" and discuss your new hobby of flower
arranging and your new life, in general. A serious discussion will
continue on how getting in touch with your feminine side has had
positive effects on all of your relationships.
You will say that health care is a right of every human being in each
appearance--not something to be bought and sold and bantered about as an
election talking point.
CNN will pick you up for a new show about multi-cultural women in the
United States and around the world.
You will feature Cooking With Alia to showcase strong young women around
the world. You like it as a business model and you have always
wondered about the proper use of Moroccan spices.
You have Glen Beck and Bill O'Reilly on your new show and try to chat
with them about the possibility of changing their ways--have they ever
just thought about being a Democrat?
You will be heralded for developing a 12 step program for R.O.W.G.'s to
promote the betterment of all people and relationships in the United
States and around the world.
Your crowning glory will be to write a column for drudge to promote
equal rights for women.
You disclose to Oprah in a soft voice that the giant hole in your heart
has closed and you are finally able to give up food and pills as a
crutch. You also reveal you are actually enjoying your new
humility--you never thought you would be able to say that. Driven by
fear and insecurity about your own masculinity you were hiding behind
the arrogance and the pretense was becoming a burden. You will also
confide to Oprah on national television that you have secretly always
been jealous of Bill Clinton and you went home with a stomach-ache after
that time you made fun of Hillary's hair.
Sean Hannity finally challenges you to a face-off in disgust. You
reveal to Sean, you had been looking to Bill Clinton for diet and health
advice for a long time. As you and Bill eventually became friends, it
was hard at first, you realized that he was a great world leader and you
asked him if you could make a large financial contribution to is
Bill agrees to keep your new life private but urges you to publicly add
your name to his cause--you finally give in and your name is glorified
with other world leaders.
Sean remains angry and mystified and continues to suffer from the disease of chronic and incurable self-righteousness.
Rush finally concedes to Leslie Stahl in CBS Sunday Morning exclusive,
"I looked in the mirror one day and said, I'm large! and not just in
radioland; frankly, Leslie, I was feeling jowly." "I heard Bill C. say
he only eats things that are grown--no faces--my face was giant, and I
did not want someone to eat me!"
Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi will ride together as Grand Marshall's in
the Rose Parade in a final celebratory jubilee. You were honored
because of the success of your anti-bullying campaign in America.
And Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Walters and Whoopi
Goldberg all lived happily ever after and Rush ended up being a frequent
guest on The View.
......3 months later--bill, glen and drudge couldn't help but notice
Rush's new found popularity with women (and higher ratings) and finally
joined the 12 step program as followers and the world became a better
......rush asked Leslie Stahl after the interview lights went off---did
she know of any classes about making jewelry, earrings specifically, he
loves color and wants a couple of pairs of earrings like hers--one for
himself and one for his wife, too.
I think part of the problem is that there is a certain group of the
American public that wants to keep us, the United States, as if we are still the wild, wild
west. I f you follow Piers Morgan at all, the gun people will not even
listen when he tries to talk about gun facts in the UK.
co-workers from the UK stated they simply did not have gun shot wounds
there in their ER. At the time we had a 15 year old with a gun shot
wound. The trouble is when Piers says "UK" I feel like people think
that may be talking about a UFO or another planet.
If you listen to the right wingers
not only do they think America is a great country but they think it is
the only country and when anyone says anything about Europe they act
like its just silly info.
One talk show host here in San Diego said if
he ever went to England he is going to go there and spend American
dollars. I guess he had not heard of the pound or the Swiss Franc or the Euro. He
said American money is what everyone wants and that will trade
anywhere. Just this morning another conservative host was giggling
about facts from the Daily Mail about less violence in Europe.
like they simply refuse to believe the truth. I don't think they think
Europe is real. They act as if it is a Disney fairy tale.
Bloomberg pressures President Obama to 'lead from the front' on gun control
By Jonathan Easley
12/18/12 09:50 AM ET
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday urged
President Obama to "lead from the front" on gun control regardless of
whether any White House proposal for more restrictive laws gets passed
Speaking on MSNBC, Bloomberg said it's not enough for Obama just to say
something needs to be done. Instead he offered blunt advice on the
nature of being an executive. He said the president, even before gun
legislation is proposed or approved, could act immediately to crack down
on rogue gun dealers and people who lie on gun applications. “We
always have an agreement that something needs to be done, that’s a
cover for nothing,” Bloomberg said on "Morning Joe." “Number one, it’s
the president’s job to promote a plan that satisfies the needs of the
country. He is the Commander-in-Chief – he’s the Consoler-in-Chief – but
he’s the Commander-in-Chief. Whether the legislation that he proposes
gets passed or not, that shouldn’t be his first consideration.”
the co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has emerged as one of
the foremost advocates of stricter gun laws in the wake of last week's
rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that left 20
children and six adults dead.
Bloomberg argued that regardless of
whether a proposal from the president had a chance of becoming law, it
was Obama’s duty to get something out there.
unsympathetic to the realities of getting things through Congress, I’m
not unsympathetic to the fact that the press calls an elected official a
failure if their legislation doesn’t get passed,” he continued.
you have to stop and think — what’s the difference between a legislator
and an executive? A legislator’s job is to sort of split the baby …
make sure everybody gets something. That’s not an executive’s job. The
executive says, ‘this is what we’re going to do’ and then convinces
people to come along. Leads from the front and not from the back.”
Bloomberg pointed to the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,
which has been without a director for six years, and said Obama should
fill the slot in a recess appointment if Congress threatened to block a
potential nominee. He also said the federal government should go after
rogue gun dealers, and should prosecute those who lie on gun
On Sunday, President Obama gave a personal and
emotional speech in Newtown at an interfaith vigil for friends and
families of the victims. The president didn’t specifically call for new
gun-control legislation, but signaled he would support an effort pledged
by Democratic lawmakers to restrict the sale of assault weapons and
high-capacity clips of ammunition.
“In the coming weeks I’ll use
whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law
enforcement, mental health professionals to parents and educators in an
effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,” Obama said.
Monday, the White House looked to mobilize public support for the
president’s efforts by using the Obama campaign’s email list, sending
supporters a message directing them to a video of the president’s
In the email, senior Obama campaign adviser David
Axelrod called on supporters to “consider how each of us can play a part
in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.”
on Monday, the president directed Vice President Joe Biden to lead
members of the Cabinet in proposing measures to help reduce gun
I sent and e-mail to President Obama about Don Lemon.....
Dear President Obama: I think you may know Don Lemon from CNN. I admire him very much. I am sending you a link about his thoughts on gun control. I do not like guns and I do not want to ever carry a gun. I think you are doing a very, very good job, particularly on health care which is a difficult problem--health care should be a right of everyone but then the problem is paying for it--not putting the cost to a business or raising taxes. I have written about you in my blog, The Ronnie Republic, many times...Ronnie is my dog. Good luck to you and keep up the good work. chloe louise
e-mail to President Obama........this is the e-mail form on the White House website...it is very easy to use if you want to send a message to President Obama.
Commentator Bill O'Reilly checks himself out before an interview at the Republican National Convention. (Credit: Reuters/Lisa Miller)
upon a time, Bill O’Reilly had balls when it came to investigating the
Kennedy assassination. Back in 1991 — as a reporter for the tabloid TV
news show, “Inside Edition” – O’Reilly had the guts
to track the epic crime all the way into the dark labyrinth of the
CIA. Following up on the important work done by investigators for the
House Select Committee on Assassinations in the late ‘70s, O’Reilly
boldly told his “Inside Edition” audience that there were “crucial”
links between alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and the CIA. O’Reilly
also reported that the CIA had infiltrated the office of New Orleans
District Attorney Jim Garrison, who brought the only criminal case in
the JFK assassination to trial, in an effort to sabotage Garrison’s
That was then – when O’Reilly was a scrappy
reporter for low-budget syndicated TV. But now, of course, he’s BILL
O’REILLY – Fox News icon, a lavishly paid centerpiece of the Murdoch
empire. Everything he says – every windy pontification and dyspeptic
remark – is writ LARGE. He can no longer afford to have the courage of
his suspicions. In O’Reilly’s new ideological mold, the CIA is not the
incubator of an unspeakable crime against American democracy – it’s the
defender of the greatest nation in the world.
And so we have the Fox News star’s latest instant bestseller, “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” co-written by Martin Dugard, who collaborated with O’Reilly on his earlier runaway success, “Killing Lincoln.”
There is almost nothing in this Kennedy for Beginners book that
indicates O’Reilly once did some original research on this murky and
still deeply haunting subject. Most of this surprisingly dumbed-down
book is a biographical rehash of the Kennedy story that will contain
nothing new for even casual readers of People magazine and viewers of
Kennedy soap opera biopics over the years. Once again, we get the story
of JFK’s PT-109 heroics in the South Pacific; the lurid tales of Jack’s
womanizing and Jackie’s anguish; the requisite cameos of Sinatra,
Marilyn and the Mob; the familiar snapshots of a deeply disgruntled
Lyndon Johnson, continually humiliated by the Kennedy brothers and their
elite Harvard crowd. None of this is worth the book’s $28 price of
it comes to the assassination of President Kennedy, these days Bill
O’Reilly embraces the lone nut theory, pinning sole blame on Lee Harvey
Oswald. But his case against Oswald is feeble, and he’s obviously still
haunted by the suspicions of the younger, freer Bill O’Reilly. In
“Killing Kennedy,” he can’t help returning to those earlier suspicions,
in fleeting moments of the book, as if darting a tongue at a nagging
O’Reilly floats the name Allen Dulles, the CIA spymaster
who became deeply embittered toward Kennedy when the president fired him
in the wake of the spy agency’s disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of
Cuba. He also throws out the name Curtis LeMay, the Strangelovian Air
Force chief who was willing to risk doomsday by launching preemptive
nuclear attacks on Cuba and the Soviet Union – and who considered JFK
weak for putting the brakes on the military. And he considers the Mafia,
whose godfathers expected lenient treatment from the Kennedy
administration, after their cozy relationship with family patriarch Joe
Kennedy, but instead came under relentless pressure from the morally
fervent young attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy.
But, in the
end, O’Reilly returns to the safe path, following the hapless young
ex-Marine Lee Harvey Oswald on his trail toward infamy. O’Reilly cuts
back and forth between the JFK story line and Oswald’s. If his portrayal
of Kennedy is at least reassuringly conventional, his portrait of the
accused assassin is hopelessly muddled and confusing. O’Reilly tries to
make a case for Oswald as a “crack shot,” a man supposedly capable of
pulling off the magical act of marksmanship in Dealey Plaza. But then he
acknowledges that Oswald couldn’t even hit an easy sitting target, when
he allegedly took an errant shot at former Army general Edwin Walker,
while the reactionary military man was huddled over his taxes in his
O’Reilly seems intent on building a profile of Oswald
as a bitter loser who resented JFK for everything from his sex appeal
to his war on Castro’s Cuba. But, in the end, O’Reilly – who employs a
weird use of the present tense that is more corny than dramatic —
concedes that “Oswald does not hate the president … in fact, Oswald
would very much like to emulate JFK.” O’Reilly observes that Oswald was
so smitten by Kennedy that he checked out JFK biographies and the
president’s bestseller, “Profiles in Courage,” from the New Orleans
Predictably, O’Reilly then makes a stab at tying
Oswald into a vague communist plot. “Castro definitely wants [Kennedy]
dead,” he flatly asserts, without offering a shred of evidence. In fact,
in the months before the president’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963,
Kennedy was sending out peace feelers to the Cuban leader, to the great
alarm of Washington national security hard-liners when they found out.
As news of JFK’s violent death reached Havana, a deeply unnerved Castro
blurted out, “Everything is changed,” according to a French journalist
who was interviewing him at the time. Castro predicted that the
post-Kennedy U.S. government would make life much tougher for him.
the end, O’Reilly is at a loss to explain Lee Harvey Oswald. The Fox
News anchor is clearly unsettled by the fact that Oswald never proudly
took credit for the assassination, as do most slayers of kings and
presidents, including John Wilkes Booth (“Sic semper tyrannis!”), the
villain of his last book. In contrast, Oswald proclaimed his innocence
to the end, shouting out to reporters in the Dallas police station, “I’m
just a patsy!” O’Reilly finds the remark “tantalizing,” but does
nothing to follow it up.
O’Reilly continues to be intrigued by a
key player in the Oswald story, an elegant, White Russian, globetrotting
oilman named George de Mohrenschildt. In his new book, O’Reilly writes
that de Mohrenschildt “may have CIA connections.” But back in his
“Inside Edition” days, the TV newsman was more definitive, calling him
“a crucial link between the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald.” In fact, de
Mohrenschildt was a CIA contract agent with long family ties to Allen
Dulles – the man who perhaps looms largest in the Kennedy assassination
drama. Even after he was fired by JFK as CIA director in 1961, Dulles
continued to play a subterranean role in U.S. intelligence that was
unknown by Kennedy. And following the assassination, Dulles took the
dominating role in the Warren Commission investigation, carefully
guiding the panel away from CIA-related areas he found too sensitive.
Kennedy assassination researchers have concluded that de Mohrenschildt
acted as Oswald’s CIA “baby sitter,” when the young man returned to
Texas from the Soviet Union, after a “defection” that observers in the
U.S. embassy in Moscow found oddly “staged.” Later, de Mohrenschildt
introduced Oswald and his Russian wife, Marina, to another young Dallas
couple, Michael and Ruth Paine, whose family also had deep personal and
business connections to Dulles. It was Ruth Paine who would find Oswald
his job in the Texas Book Depository a month before the gunfire erupted
in Dealey Plaza.
O’Reilly waits until the end of the book to break
his only bit of news. In the afterword, he reveals that in March 1977,
as a young TV reporter, he tracked de Mohrenschildt to a home in swanky
Palm Beach, Fla., and was knocking on the door to interview him when a
shotgun blast exploded inside. Authorities later declared that the
mysterious de Mohrennschildt, who had been subpoenaed to testify by the
House Assassinations Committee and was a figure of growing interest in
the JFK case, had taken his own life. But some assassination researchers
who looked into de Mohrenschildt’s death, like attorney Mark Lane,
insisted that the former CIA asset had been silenced because he knew too
much. Again, Bill O’Reilly – the tough guy who prides himself on his
bulldog news instincts – leaves this story dangling. He has nothing new
to add to this perplexing Kennedy footnote.
In a reader’s note
that prefaces “Killing Kennedy,” O’Reilly comments that the tragedy of
John F. Kennedy is “somewhat personal for me … my Irish-Catholic family
had deep emotional ties to the young president and his family.” But
there is nothing to indicate the tribal toughness of the Irish in this
weak and limp effort. O’Reilly’s book simply exploits the public’s
powerful curiosity about the assassination without offering any fresh
insights into the monumental crime. With friends of the Kennedy family
like Bill O’Reilly, who needs enemies?