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Everybody's got an agenda, folks. It's your job to seek the truth rather than allow yourself to be led around by media types.

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#10 Ohio State will go on to beat #4 Michigan, 62-39

It'll be fascinating to see where the teams end up in the rankings this week.

There are rumors that this could be Meyer's last game in "The Shoe." His wife is in tears in the stands, which would lend credence to the rumors. He's struggled with health problems -- a brain cyst that causes excruciating headaches -- and the OSU program has been rocked by scandals over the last year, so OSU may be in the market for a new coach. If so, a big win today is a heck of a way to go out.

While we're on the subject, I'd be remiss if I didn't highlight the Best Damn Band in the Land, fresh off their appearance in the Macy's parade:

 

SHOT: 

CHASER:

HANGOVER:

Thursday's anniversary of the JFK assassination got pretty much lost in the early arrival of Thanksgiving and, here in New England, arctic winter, but this piece in Quillette is a good primer for those of you who don't have first-hand memories of an event that rocked the country in 1963 and effectively gave birth to the modern conspiracy-theory movement. It also, by the way, drove the Left insane trying to ignore the fact that a Communist recently repatriated from the Soviet Union had shot the president of the United States.

In writing my first novel, Exchange Alley, which uses the assassination as part of its background, I spent weeks at the National Archives poring over the assassination archives. From that experience, and several visits to Dealey Plaza, it became clear to me that Oswald acted alone; the shot was something that any Marine sharpshooter could have made; and that while Oswald was directly connected to the Russians, the KGB, the FBI, the CIA, the USMC and probably the pope and Queen Elizabeth and their twelve best friends as well, none of that proved he didn't act alone -- only that he was a lot of trouble.

My tumble down the JFK assassination rabbit-hole began in the Tunbridge Wells Odeon on 25 January 1992. I was 16. A few years previously, I had watched a television documentary that purported to identify a second assassin in police uniform (known to conspiracy researchers as ‘badgeman’) firing at the president from the grassy knoll. But I’d never heard of Jim Garrison and knew precisely nothing about the case he had prosecuted against Clay Shaw. Oliver Stone’s new film had a 189-minute running time (later expanded to 206 minutes in the Director’s Cut) which struck me as excessive, and there was something vaguely irritating about the piety of the sentences emblazoned across the promotional material (“He is a District Attorney. He will risk his life, the lives of his family, everything he holds dear, for the one thing he holds sacred… the truth”). Nevertheless, on JFK’s opening weekend, I took my seat in a packed auditorium along with a couple of school friends and for over three hours I was mesmerised. By the time it was all over, my misgivings had been forgotten and I was convinced.

I would see Stone’s epic a further four times on the big screen. My school’s film club showed it, I persuaded my American politics teacher to take our class to see it, and I dragged my younger brother to watch it twice, the second time with our sceptical father in tow. My father was unimpressed. Jim Garrison, he tried to explain, was an unscrupulous charlatan. And the long and sinister monologue authoritatively delivered by Donald Sutherland’s mysterious X on a Washington bench should probably be disregarded until we can ascertain who this person is. (X has since been identified and the news, from a credibility standpoint, was not good.) To my annoyance, my brother wasn’t sold on Stone’s hypothesis either. He found the film manipulative. “I just don’t trust Oliver Stone,” he shrugged, and moved on with his life...

Given what we know about the world, what would we expect to find in the wake of the assassination had Oswald acted alone? We would expect to find a convergence of evidence pointing to his guilt and a paucity of evidence pointing elsewhere. And since that is exactly what we do find, what is the more parsimonious explanation? That all the evidence implicating Lee Harvey Oswald was doctored or planted? And that all witnesses were bought off and intimidated or killed? And that a plot and cover-up requiring hundreds of conspirators never yielded a single confession? And that every other shooter in Dealey Plaza simply vanished into thin air? Or would it be more reasonable to conclude that the conspiracy theorists are simply wrong?

Read the whole thing, which charts the author's progress from conspiracy to sanity. Be sure as well to watch the embedded video, which explains the provenance, and the validity, of the "magic bullet."

That said, Oliver Stone's movie, JFK, is the greatest propaganda movie since Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, and just as wrong.

If you're going to be on the road on Sunday in the Midwest, better leave a little early -- like, right now.

Motorists may want to consider a more southern route through the Central states, such as I-40 and I-44, if they must travel cross-country while the storm is in progress.

Farther to the east, heavy snow is not expected to fall from central Missouri to Ohio. However, part of this area near the Great Lakes region to the eastern end of the Ohio Valley may experience enough of a drop in temperature at the tail end of the storm to lead to icy spots and a small accumulation of snow from late Sunday night to Monday.

Detroit will be on the southeastern edge of moderate snow. People should expect just enough snow to create slippery conditions for the Monday morning commute downtown with progressively more snow north and west in the metro area to the distant suburbs.

They're predicting more than 6 inches in Streator, with a potential for 10-12.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity is in free fall thanks to protests against increased taxes on fuel and a general dissatisfaction with his government.

Express:

Emmanuel Macron has suffered a new low ahead of this weekend’s unprecedented street protests against his presidency. The embattled French leader saw his poll approval plummet to a new low this week as the protests grow in numbers. Protesters have already started to flood Parisian streets today in a bid to “shut down” the city in revolt against government policies.

According to a poll published yesterday, Mr Macron’s popularity has slipped to a new low.

Pollster BVA found only 26 percent of French people have a favorable opinion of the president - a drop of three points from last month.

This follows the sudden protests last week which left two people killed and more than 530 injured.

The initial revolt was centred around fuel price hikes but have since morphed into a wider demonstration against inequality and the political class.

This morning, French police have already responded to the protest march with tear gas and water cannons.

That protest resulted in 35 arrests. Macron's government is blaming the "far right," but it's clear that both right and left are united in their hatred against the president and his inept government.