Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So Long Arlen Specter

For those who do not know, Arlen Specter was an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission, the government body investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We can also thank Specter for the "magic bullet theory."

"According to the single-bullet theory, a three-centimeter-long copper-jacketed lead-core 6.5-millimeter rifle bullet fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository passed through President Kennedy’s neck and Governor Connally’s chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. If so, this bullet traversed 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, and approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of rib, and shattered a radius bone."

The reason I write at all about a Senator from Pennsylvania is because Specter lost his seat last night in the Democratic primary. Specter was always somewhat of a moderate so I never really had too many problems with him in spite of the ridiculous single bullet theory.

Why did Specter lose his seat? Was it because he switched parties last year from Republican to Democrat or is it just simply a bad year to be an incumbent? While we're mildly on topic of the JFK assassination, do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy?

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