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The Man Who Killed JFK

Roger Stone builds the case that LBJ was the man behind the assassination of JFK.

I was in kindergarten when President John F. Kennedy was shot. To say that the Kennedy brothers were popular was an understatement. The two hottest Halloween costumes at the class party that year, less than a month before JFK was shot, had been John and Bobby plastic masks. My first inkling that something big had happened on November 22, 1963, was when I got in the car and the mom who was driving carpool that day said nothing but only sobbed the drive home.

I heard Roger Stone do a radio interview on his book and realized I had read little to nothing on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I didn’t go see the Oliver Stone film. I found it strange that I’ve read books on the Viet Nam War and Watergate – the other two defining political events in my growing up years – but I had never taken the time to accept or reject the Warren Commission. It’s interesting that in the back of my mind I’ve sort of known there are two self-contradictory popular beliefs that guide popular perception on the Kennedy Assassination:

  1. the Warren Report is seriously flawed
  2. anyone that presents an alternative view of the Warren Report is a kook

So who does Roger Stone – longtime political strategist for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush – say killed JFK? Since he has a picture of President Lyndon Baines Johnson on the cover and subtitles the book, The Case Against LBJ, I’m not giving a spoiler to tell you where this book is going. (Note: Stone is equally hard on Republicans as Democrats; he is an equal opportunity sledgehammer.)  [Read more…]

‘Sparking’ Controversy at the MTV Video Music Awards

Poor Russell Brand was humiliated after he had to publicly apologize to the Jonas Brothers after making fun of them for wearing chastity rings throughout his gig as host of the MTV Video Music Awards. At least he can take comfort that Courtney Love, perhaps best known for shooting heroin while pregnant, is defending him and declared on Facebook that the brothers are ‘asses’. Ouch. That’s got to hurt coming from Courtney.

Good for Brand that the international community is coming to his defense as well. Sharon Owens of the Belfast Telegraph frets:

I just hope he makes it out of the US in one piece after calling President Bush a “retarded cowboy” at the MTV awards. Apparently he had a go at professional virgins the Jonas Brothers too. But somebody made him publicly apologise for what he said about promise rings. Spoilsports!

Indeed.

Russell Brand sparks controversy at MTV Music Video Awards

Russell Brand

What sparked all the talk and controversy was 17-year-old Jordin Sparks, American Idol winner and pop diva, who interrupted her moment as a presenter to let Brand know, “Not every guy or girl wants to be a slut.”

Gasp. What cheek!

But seriously, it’s true. In some circles she will be criticized harshly while English comedian Brand calling a head of state “retarded” will barely raise a stir.

Speaking in the context of a world war filled with both heroes and cowards, another Englishman, C.S. Lewis said, “We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” I wish I could say things like that but all I can come up with is a little repetitive: “we scoff at virtue and wonder what happened to virtue?” T.S. Elliot once said, “In the twentieth century we are obsessed with turning roses into weeds.” So far the 21st century moral garden doesn’t look too different.

I don’t know the full significance of the placement, but it is interesting that King David, writer and collector of Psalms, began that work with a simple proverb (Psalms 1:1, NIV).

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

In our connected age that is virtually an impossible task.

I’m guessing this incident will be good for Brand’s career. But it is good to know that the ‘shock jock’ was out-sparked by a simple defense of honor.