Monthly Archives: November 2013

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK

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November 22nd, 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America. I just watched “48 Hours Presents: As it Happened: J.F.K.: 50 Years” on C.B.S. with Bob Schieffer (CFR)  ( who in a strange twist of fate recieved a call from Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother and drove her to Dallas that day ) and Dan Rather (CFR), who was also reporting from Dallas on the day Kennedy was assassinated and on the show they proved beyond a doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gun man and the validity of the “magic bullet” theory using high tech computer graphics that traced the path of the shots fired up to the window of the Dallas Book Depository. Now go back to watching reruns of the Wheel of Fortune.

 The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

“No President should fear public scrutinity of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers– I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed– and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First (emphasized) Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution– not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

This means greater coverage and analysis of international news– for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security…

“And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of mans deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news– that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.”
 

John F. Kennedy Jr. Funeral. Single.

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Smoking Crack with the Mayor of Toronto

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Crack is whack! Nobody knows that better than Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto. After getting caught red handed on videotape with a crack pipe in his mouth, he now admits that he has smoked crack but it was”probably” during one of his “drunken stupors.” I heard that…but Mayor Ford could it be that you were just emulating your heroes like Marion Barry, former crack smoking Mayor of Washington D.C. or your all time main man, Rick James? And let’s not forget departed funny man Chris Farley who you bear an uncanny resmblance too.

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So now they’re all calling for you to step down but you won’t budge. Who do you think you are they say, King of Toronto?

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