I recieved the following letter from my good buddy Matthew Finkelstein earlier today (read past the letter for my comments):

From: Matthew Finkelstein [mailto:raktherega@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:56 AM
To: Joshua Ballard; Maria Barcelo; Beverly Berlin; debra gail Berlin; Aaron cummings; Joel Finkelstein; julius Finkelstein; Lawrence Eliezer Finkelstein; Michael Adam Finkelstein; mark hopkins; Lucas Johnson; pete lederberg; krystin lewis; Alex Matczuk; Sarah Morris; Fred Pekar; M Van Pelt; Ryan Peveto; abigail Zoline
Subject: weird, very weird Look what happens when a President gets elected in a year with a “0” at the end.

1840: William Henry Harrison (died in office)
1860: Abraham Lincoln (assassinated)
1880: James A. Garfield (assassinated)
1900: William McKinley (assassinated)
1920: Warren G. Harding (died in office)
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt (died in office)
1960: John F. Kennedy (assassinated)
1980: Ronald Reagan (survived assassination attempt)
2000: George W. Bush ????????????

And to think that we had two guys fighting it out in the courts to be the one elected in 2000.

You might also be interested in this.
Have a history teacher explain this if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846
. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908

. John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Ford.”
Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln” made by “Ford.”
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

I had this to say in response:

Most of those facts come from a handout you can get in Dallas at the Grassy Knoll.

Interesting facts about the presidents who were assassinated that are little known

Roughly half of American presidents have been Freemasons according to official Masonic public record. Of the other half, anti-Masons and Mason enthusiasts have been able to either tie the rest of the US Presidents to strong Masonic ties or hidden Masonic membership. In fact, there are two US Presidents with no known Masonic ties whatsoever: JFK and Abraham Lincoln. Casual research will show that Lincoln spoke kindly of the Masons, but clearly stated that he was not a member of the order. John F. Kennedy clearly did not qualify to become a Mason, as he was Catholic, yet he did have a number of Masonic cabinet members.

Obviously there is a story behind that as to what theorists believe the connection between the two presidents and the Masonic influences are, but I won’t go into that at the present. For anyone to draw even more comparisons between Lincoln and Kennedy is just excessive given all the other odd coincidences between the two that have been quite thoroughly documented. The question is: what of our other two assassinations? What of James A. Garfield? What of William McKinley?

Accounts differ on the relative involvement of McKinley and Garfield as to their involvement in the Masons – some Masonic historians claim that McKinley was a pillar or New York freemasonry while others say he only achieved the third rank (a fairly low rank, relatively). Garfield, on the other hand is fairly straightforward to interpret historically regarding his Masonic connections: according to anti-Mason and Masonic historians alike, Garfield only ever achieved the third rank as a Mason. Furthermore, historical records indicate that due to his involvement in changing the bank laws, he significantly threatened the power structure and monetary of the Jesuits and Masons alike.

The problem in researching these matters comes down to the dogma of the historian – when researching conspiracy history, your sources are very clouded by, shall we say, unconventionial opinion and nuggets of information that don’t always translate to qualified facts.

Regardless of this, however, it is easy to come up with a list of suspects that would have motive and ability to kill these Presidents, and the Jesuits and the Masons are high on this list.

I by no means am an expert on Masonry or conspiracy theory, although I am in touch with it more than the average bear. The most common thing I hear when I start talking about Masonry and other secret societies and their involvement is that “my grandfather/uncle/father/brother is a Mason.” It’s important to note that most people at the lower levels of the society have no inkling about what the upper echelons are about, but even a lower level member can examine the verbage of their oaths and general Masonic literature and see that there are insidious looking loopholes.

The same can be said of the Jesuits. The following excerpt comes from the US Congressional Record, House Bill 1523, and it is a piece of the Jesuit oath that one would take upon initiation to the order:

“I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.”

As to my observations, throughout history it was the US Presidents that posed the greatest threat to the security of the organizations of the Masons and other large secret societies that seem to draw the ultimate punishment for their actions, if indeed one believes that these organizations are responsible for their demise. Many say that it is impossible for a real conspiracy to be pulled off on that grand a scale, but the US Government (and nearly every other government in the world, for that matter) employs a number of agencies for that express purpose – pulling off conspiracies, it’s just that when they’re owned by a government, we call them intelligence bureaus. In any case, it conclusively proves by the very inconclusive nature of the facts at hand that we live in an incredibly complex world.

Just some food for thought — as you were!

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