Nov 30, 2013

The Naughty London Mayor Said What?

London Mayor Raises Eyebrows, and Ire

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Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, shown in May. Many believe that Mr. Johnson wants to succeed David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
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LONDON — Boris Johnson, the flamboyant, self-mocking and ambitious mayor of London, has put his gilded foot in his mouth once again, suggesting that the poor of Britain are victims of low I.Q. and that greed is good.
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Mr. Johnson, who many believe wants to succeed David Cameron as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, has created for himself an image that is both bumbling and endearing, based on bluster, wit and fundamental competence.
He has survived missteps, including various affairs and a love child, that would have sunk ordinary politicians, and he is a fiercely intelligent debater and funnier than most comedians.
But his comments on Wednesday night in the Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Center for Policy Studies here have created an uglier fuss, with the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democrats, accusing Mr. Johnson of a “careless elitism” and discussing humankind “as if we are a sort of breed of dogs.”
Mr. Johnson is no scientist, but he has stepped into the kind of debate over the relationship of I.Q. to race and poverty that has tripped up many others before him. He was defending the record of Mrs. Thatcher and her belief in hard work and meritocratic reward, and he urged both helping the poor and giving more support to the brightest. But as he did so, he appeared to mock the 16 percent “of our species” who have an I.Q. below 85 and urged that more help be given to the 2 percent who have an I.Q. of 130 or above.
He said that inequality was inevitable and essential to spur envy and ambition, and hailed greed as a critical spark for economic activity, even as he said he hoped that the financial boom of London would not produce the cruelty of the past.
“I also hope that there is no return to that spirit of Loadsamoney heartlessness — figuratively riffling bank notes under the noses of the homeless,” he said. At the same time, he spoke about growing inequality as a danger to civic peace and made an analogy comparing people to cornflakes in a cereal box that, when shaken hard produced some cornflakes that rose to the top.
“For one reason or another — boardroom greed or, as I am assured, the natural and God-given talent of boardroom inhabitants — the income gap between the top cornflakes and the bottom cornflakes is getting wider than ever,” he said, adding, “We cannot ignore this change in relative economic standing, and the resentment it sometimes brings.”
The left-leaning Guardian newspaper was not alone in pointing out, in an editorial, that Mr. Johnson had misunderstood the nature of the I.Q. test, on which a score of 100 is defined as average. So it is simply a matter of a normal bell curve that 16 percent of the population would be below 85 and 2 percent at 130 or above.
“Any idea that they say anything about ‘our species’ is, well, specious,” The Guardian wrote, adding that I.Q. figures were irrelevant to any discussion about wages. And the newspaper suggested that Mr. Johnson’s elite upbringing, including his time at Eton, might have had something to do with causing “his flake to float to the top of the box.”
Mark Steel, writing in The Independent, praised Mr. Johnson’s “courage,” noting sarcastically that the trouble with Britain was that its bankers had not been able to display any greed. Even in 2006, Mr. Steel noted, they were instead “renting out their offices for free to orphans and injured kittens.”
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Nov 29, 2013

Love Ron Reagan, Jesus, the United Sates and Cats

Ronald Reagan's Son Records Atheist Radio Ad: 'Not Afraid Of Burning In Hell'

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In the ad, which has been running all month, the former Air America host and atheist advocate warns listeners of the “intrusions of religion into our secular government” and asks them to join FFRF in the organization's efforts against religion in politics:
I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government. That’s why I’m asking you to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation -- the nation’s largest and most effective organization of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate. Phone 1-800-335-4021 or visit the Freedom From Religion Foundation at FFRF.ORG. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.
In 2004, three weeks after his father's death, Reagan told The New York Times that he would be an "unelectable" candidate for president because of his secular affiliations.
"I’m unelectable. I’m an atheist. As we all know, that is something people won't accept,” Reagan said.
Reagan, who stopped attending church at the age of 12, has also served as an outspoken advocate of stem-cell research, criticizing religious justifications for opposition to the scientific exploration.
“It does not follow that the theology of a few should be allowed to forestall the health and well-being of the many,” Reagan said of stem-cell research at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
In 2009, Reagan was awarded FFRF's Emperor Has No Clothes Award, and he spoke at the 32nd annual convention of the FFRF, where he touched upon the negative impact of religion on politics.
"Religion may indeed inspire acts of great kindness and courage. But it also trains people to believe things for which there is no evidence. This makes religion’s intrusion into the political sphere all the more troubling," Reagan said during the speech.
“We’re so grateful to Ron Reagan for recording this commercial for FFRF, and for being willing to speak out publicly as an atheist for so many years,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a news release Monday.

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Viva Editions Visionary Brenda Knight Shares Her Stories and Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

Brenda Knight, author of the newly released The Grateful Table, will be appearing on Coast to Coast AM Thanksgiving night.
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Brenda Knight, publisher and founder of Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press, will be appearing on the national radio show Coast to Coast AM with George Noory on Thanksgiving night at 10pm PST to discuss her new book The Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal. She will also discuss legends from the town she grew up in, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which was where the mythical Native America figure of the Mothman was first spotted. Shelf Awareness also featured the interview.
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Blessings, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal
By Brenda Knight
Saying grace is one of our loveliest traditions. The Grateful Table offers 365 beautiful blessings for every day of the year. From 18th-century prayers for Thanksgiving to devotionals from the world's wisdom traditions and sincere expressions of thankfulness by Alton Brown, David Foster Wallace, Jack Kerouac, Shirley MacLaine, Dave Eggers, Sheryl Crow, Neil Gaiman and Alice Walker, The Grateful Table shows us the way to begin every meal with an open heart.
"Good food is an amazing blessing. Whenever you can sit down at a table, eat food that is extremely delicious, and are surrounded by people you's: Wow, life is good." —Alicia Keys
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Nov 28, 2013

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Bring the chicken stock to a bare simmer in a saucepan

Meanwhile, heat the butter and olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden, 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, onions and 1 teaspoon sea salt and saute for 8 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with thewine and cook until the wine has reduced completely. Ladle in the simmering broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until the rice absorbs all the broth before adding more. Repeat until all the brothhas been added and the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes. Stir in the cheeses and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. 

Spoon the risotto into bowls and enjoy. 

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Nov 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Thanks to the Reverend Al Sharpton and The Jesus Christ Show

Always listening to the news--television and radio......

It is easy to get inspiration from Al Sharpton and the Jesus Christ Show.

They have that certain something...not just about certain facts or current politics--we agree on most of those points.

It's is easy to find inspiration and hope from these two just on a daily basis, just about the trial and tribulations in personal life.

Strength and hope--it's nice to turn on Reverend Al Sharpton and just get the general message--strength and hope given and taken.

Every Sunday morning the Jesus Christ show explains the Bible without yelling and condemnation--again the message of goodness.

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Thoughts from the 50th Annivesary

by Larry Hancock
I'm just back from several days in Dallas and as promised will offer some observations, however my first thoughts are rather personal and also rather unanticipated.  It being Thanksgiving week here in the United States, they do seem appropriate to me, although they will be a great contrast to what you normally see me post.
These thoughts are based in several recent observations from significant figures, including Robert Kennedy Jr., Kathleen McCarthy (a cousin of JFK) and Secretary of State Kerry.  Basically it appears that as of the anniversary (although both RFK Jr. and Kathleen McCarthy have commented on this earlier), it is now becoming more widely accepted that there were were some major issues with the Warren Commission inquiry and its report and that despite of Kennedy family comments of the time, even the family itself was of the view that there had likely been more to the assassination than was portrayed in the Warren Report.  Even the most conservative remarks of the last week or so, from John Kerry, have offered the view that the assassination remains an open subject and deserves further attention.  OK, that's all good, what is not all good is that a number of other quotable media sources have acknowledged the same thing but essentially concluded that "we can never know" so we might as well drop it and go forward - a view reflected in the official ceremonial speeches in Dallas last Friday.
I'll grant that may be an honest position, one that produces honest remarks. But it reminds me of a college class where a professor listened to me give an "acceptable" answer to his question and then remarked that it was indeed correct on one level but displayed very little thought on my part, was simply too simple for the question at hand and that he thought I could do much better if I really put some work into it rather than give him an answer that the question really demanded.  After getting into a snit and trying to drop the class - which he would not sign off on - he proved to be without doubt my most significant mentor during over five years of university study and I came to understand his response that a superficially satisfactory answer is not necessarily an acceptable one.
I find the "well we can't know now, lets accept that and look to the future rather than the past argument" unacceptable for a great many reasons, some objective and fact based and others much more subjective and personal.  The objective and factual response are very much in play and with the 50th anniversary of the WC Report coming up next year are going to continue to receive my attention.  The personal reason is much more immediate to me at the moment so I'm going to get it off my chest now...those of you who don't like subjective thoughts or emotional positions should probably bail out about this point.
In Dallas,  I was asked to give brief remarks at the conference banquet.  Amazingly to some I was brief.  The gist of the remarks was simply that as a matter of historical certainty, we now know that if President Kennedy had not exercised the leadership that he did during the Cuban missile confrontation, if he had chosen the tempting knee-jerk reaction of air strikes on missile sites, full scale engagement with Soviet submarines or troop landings in Cuba, it almost certainly would have triggered full scale combat, in Cuba including Soviet use of tactical atomic weapons and very probably launch of missiles from unidentified sites (the Generals thought they had all of them located, JFK was skeptical, JFK was correct - the Genrals were not even aware of the half dozen short range tactical nukes that had been covertly moved directly to attack the American base at Guantanamo).  In what would  have followed I most likely  would not be alive at this point nor would most of my generation.  And very likely civilization as we know it today would be largely defunct - the American targeting plan for any nuclear engagement involved a full scale reaction against Russia, its allies and China.
When I read a number of the snide remarks which appeared last week stating that it was not really necessary to worry too much about the Kennedy anniversary because of his personal foibles and the fact that his Administration really was not Camelot, I wonder...have those people forgotten that in a single terrible week, against virtually all the pressure on him, President Kennedy almost certainly saved their lives?  Have they never heard the concept of "debt of honor" - perhaps not, such things are terribly old fashioned today, very much out of style and certainly I heard little of that expressed even in the official anniversary remarks in Dallas.  Perhaps it was too personal, perhaps it would be uncomfortable to acknowledge much less put into words.  Well I admit I'm pretty old fashioned - not to mention pretty old - but I do remember it and I do feel it and in that regard alone I find the "we can't ever know so lets get on with it" view totally  unacceptable.
Now none of this is relevant or even of any concern to those who are fully satisfied with the official Warren Report view of the world, that's fine, its not their issue.  And it may simply make me look terribly emotional and rather ancient.  But for some reason, at this particular moment, that really does not trouble me.  On the other hand, unpaid debts always have.
-- Larry

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Larry--thank your for those lovely words--actually, they are quite inspirational to me.  

That is part of it isn't it--Kennedy was such a complex figure.  

Personally, I do not know why everyone does not put the greatest mystery of our century in the forefront 24/7.  But, right now I am worn out from the thing, as well.  The recent information in the Boston Globe concerning the statements and suspicions of RFK was refreshing--finally.  

I really appreciate your hard and tedious work--I could never do it.  I want to thank all of the hard working JFK researchers.  

I do want to know the answer--obviously it is there somewhere--it would be nice if the government would cooperate.  

I guess I was originally inspired by Harold Weisberg.  The thing is if we are to accept the lone gun Oswald theory then that would mean that all of those other facts out there, all of those other average citizens and esteemed researchers are wrong.  

That does not make sense.  Once something does not make sense I am hooked on figuring it out.  

Now we know there were those teams of Cuban exiles and CIA/mob groups that in fact worked together on assassinations--that cannot be denied now by even the O"Reilly and Bugliosi types--well, it is really not that big of leap to the next step.  I am just saying it is not an outrageous thought anymore is it?

Thank you again, Larry, for all of your hard work--It is my dream to make the conference next year and go on your  

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