Was Micah Johnson, the man who Dallas police executed with a bomb delivered by a robot, just the fall guy?
Tonight I read the first article
I've seen that questions the official version of the shootings of five police in Dallas on Thursday and was glad to see it because I've had my doubts about what happened. It's always suspicious when the only suspect is executed before any investigation is conducted, and aside from a general distrust of people in general and government
officials in particular, the first notification
I received on my iPhone from The Guardian Thursday night said there were two or three snipers, as I
recall it now.
That notification is still on my iPhone and doesn't mention any snipers, although what it says could have been altered -- I just don't know one
way or the other. But it now links now to a later article than it originally did -- one from the
next morning -- but that morning after story still quotes the Dallas
police chief as saying, during his first press conference, that there were two snipers. Some of the Twitter activity from that night talked about multiple shooters, too.
First reports are often confused, but there's already
a Wikipedia article about the shootings and it can be read as being a
bit confused also. It says there was one shooter, but that he fired from
several different floors of a building, and also that he was a ground
level. It also makes the strange, to me, assertion that he lured police to his position by firing many rounds randomly. Says who?
I've saved copies of the Wikipedia article and the Guardian
article in case they change. Wikipedia articles usually do. They are a
process. Media articles often don't change. There's no reason to change
them because too many people already have copies. They are sometimes corrected but
that's made clear, usually.
suspect conspiracy theories, not because I think government and the
media are honest or good but because I believe people generally are too inept to
pull off complex conspiracies. I'm lucky to make it out of the house without making at least one trip back to get something I forgot.
I like conspiracy
theories, though, for a couple of reasons. One is that they are fascinating stories. Another is that they show that people aren't
afraid to question things.
best, after all, to be skeptical about what you read in the papers, as they say. These latest
shootings took place in Dallas, where in 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald was
quite possibly made the fall guy for the assassination of John F Kennedy by one or another group of Kennedy enemies. Filmmaker Oliver Stone,
who made a movie about the JFK assassination that develops the theory
that the CIA did it, now thinks it was probably organized by Lyndon B
Johnson, because he had the most to gain by Kennedy's death and he
reportedly hated the Kennedy brothers and because it happened in LBJ's
I like this latest version of the workings of
Stone's active and complicated mind because I know Texas politics
is not gentile nor is Texas law enforcement. I saw that first
hand when I was young reporter in Texarkana, where, for example, I'm pretty
sure that at least once I sat across a desk from a police investigator who had murdered
All you can say for sure is that the
official Warren Commission investigation into the JFK assassination has
been harshly criticized since its release, just like the official
investigation into 9/11, and that much of the criticism comes
from both having limits placed on them, for various reasons, by various
San Ygnacio Road update
reason I finally got around to buying a house is that I was tired of
paying not just rent but rent on two storage units, one for a fairly
cherry 1990 Chevy pickup I wanted to keep and one for my Moto Guzzi, and I
got both of them home this weekend.
The pickup hadn't
been started since 2009 so I had it towed. A nice young man who works
out of one of the tire places on Bridge Boulevard and owns his own tow
truck brought it down from Moriarty yesterday and set it right down in the
carport. We had had burgers at the Moriarty Lotta Burger because he used to eat there when he was helping put a roof on Moriarty
Today I loaded the Guzzi in the back of my
little S-10 using a 2x10 as a ramp. It hasn't been running in
years, either, and I need to do some work on them both before I try
starting them. I tried several ways to get the bike, which weighs around 500 pounds, up that
ramp but in the end was able to just get it rolling and coast it up because the storage unit I had it in on Central is on the slope,
being just above Unser where the grade starts to get steeper. I got it
into the kitchen through the back door on the same plank and that was much easier because it was pretty much level from the pickup bed to the