Off the Record

Kids’ view of the Kennedy assassination

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, was one of those events, like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, that everyone who was old enough at the time will always remember. Even children were affected by it.

In our neighborhood, kids discussed the assassination in backyards. I was eight years old and got most of my information from the 10-year-old girl across the street. It was her considered opinion that F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover was behind it, along with Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

Mark Twain’s connection in Norfolk

A new book of Mark Twain’s letters provides some details of the famous author and humorist’s visits to Norfolk in the early 1900s. “The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell” publishes all the known correspondence between Twain and his close friend and pastor, with much background about their lives, families and careers.

American media worse than the Russians

You don’t know how lucky you are, boy. Back in the U.S., back in the U.S., back in the U.S.S.R.

— The Beatles, 1968

The Russians weren’t the only ones meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. So was the American press.

The Russian interference ended on Election Day, at least for now, but the American press didn’t stop there. It has been actively trying to overturn the result of the election ever since.

As they say in Vladivostok, that ain’t kosher, comrade.

A tale of two victims, neither very innocent

Hillary Clinton and Kathy Griffin both claim to be victims of the usual feminist suspects, “older white guys,” Hillary most recently in the presidential election, Griffin in the aftermath of her latest ill-conceived publicity stunt.

 Griffin is being investigated by the Secret Service after posing for a photograph of herself holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head, which quickly went viral on the internet.

‘Happening now … Breaking news!!!’

CNN uses those exact words every day to open its super-hyped news and opinion show, “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Too bad the words have lost all meaning except to gullible consumers who are habitually beguiled by fake tabloid headlines such as “Bigfoot Found on Mt. Riga.” Well, that one might be true.

Free speech: Banned in Berkeley

There really isn’t much difference between burning books and banning speakers. Either way, it amounts to the same thing — censoring ideas that don’t comport with your world view.