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Sun Run training group plays real heroes in Langley

We figured offering our as fill in actors or actresses would be the morning highlight. Of course, cute kids heading for ballet and swimming lessons were stoked to see Spider Man, whereas the movie folks all had that look, the one often shared by my running mates.

But on this day, as fate would have it, our awesome group led by coordinator Sandra Jongs Sayer became real heroes to a senior who was stranded outside a shopping centre after his scooter ran out of juice. We happened to be doing a cool down walk when our paths crossed.

The nice man named Gord is not only dealing with Parkinson disease, but is still trying to process the recent death of his wife. He had a full bucket of melting ice cream, some groceries and no way of contacting anyone for help.

Jongs Sayer and her real heroes pushed the man scooter to his home, plugged it in, and helped him get his groceries into his small residence.

a sweet man, said Jongs Sayer. was so thankful. He invited us all in for copy van cleef necklace ice cream. He felt a bit awkward at first, but we told him he was the man of honour in our little post run parade. I still believe people come into our lives for reasons we don know or understand. feel the same every Saturday when I run with these Class acts, all of them. This just proved it one more time. and Alberta Guide Dogs during their event at Stanley Park.

Karin Femi, a happy new mom who hasn't lost a step running or in the wit department, chuckled when informed that I was going to be Gordangelo the goofy, Not So Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle who loves puns and pizza for her club's annual 5K race on Saturday, March 4.

After confirming that outfit choice qualifies for WVR Super Hero themed weekend which continues with a 10K on the Sunday Femi revealed that this year's race course actually has "negative elevation" figuring that should give this shuffling slowpoke an extra reason to Shell abrate!

"Yes, it starts higher in elevation and finishes at the same spot. So it is a kind of a guaranteed PB for people who at least got to train the same as last year," Femi said a week before the snow and ice made outdoor training and traction difficult in the Lower Mainland.

Kirill Solovyev, the classy poster boy of speed with WVR, wouldn't commit to dressing up for the race weekend, unlike delightful Debra Kato who has different costumes for the 5K, 10K and, probably, for watching the kids' races!

Shannon Banal, one of the nicest West Van Run members I know, said recently that the downhill part of the scenic course fits my style perfectly. "Just ignore the uphill pain and you'll be fine!"

And as Solovyev pointed out, the tortoise actually beat the hare in Aesop's Fables. Didn't have the heart to remind the super encouraging speedster that story also starts out "Once upon a time "

The West Van Run weekend promises to be fun and there's still time to be part of the action by van cleef necklace imitation clicking HERE. You will also receive a neat water bottle, an invite to the post sweat party at Beach House Restaurant and you'll be helping to raise funds for the good folks at Special Olympics North Shore BC.

In classy moves, West Van Run is letting all Special Olympians race for free, while presenting sponsor Greyell Portfolio Management will match funds raised by participants.

So, see you there. I'll be the green turtle with the shell phone taking shell fies on the hills. And screaming van cleef and arpels clover necklace on the way down and near the finish line! What could possible go wrong, eh?

More than 525 participants laced up for the 2017 series' opener in Vancouver on Jan. 29. The second leg of the 10 race series in south Langley City promises to be just as fun.

The morning races, which start at Langley City Park, also present a wonderful opportunity for learn to run clinics to give their newbies a chance to test out a rolling 5K, or for the veteran road warriors to do a scenic 10K.

Kathie Schellenberg, the ever cool outreach and learning coordinator with MEC Langley, always puts on a great show and her slick race day crew makes your $15 entry the best deal in town. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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Victoria police video camera trial begins

A trial program in which police will be able to record their interactions with the public on video and audio through equipment attached to their uniforms has been given the go ahead after concerns regarding privacy were resolved last week.

Earlier this year, Fairfax Media reported the so called uniform cams which are already in place in the United States and other Australian states, such as New South Wales were to be tested by police in the southern region of Melbourne, before the trial run was criticised by the police union for its potential to undermine privacy and public trust in police.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said on Tuesday that he saw no reason for the test to not go ahead after a "series of exhaustive reviews and consultations with the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security", mainly regarding privacy, were finalised last week.

He said the trial would begin today and last until March. In total, the test would cost $25,000 over the three months and involve 20 police from Frankston, and would eventually be evaluated, with public input, before being potentially enforced.

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Police would be using cameras from VIEVU, Reveal Media and Wolfcom, and each camera would cost between $800 and $1150.

Assistant Commissioner Cornelius said the objective of the pilot was to "test this technology and the rules governing the interaction between police and the community that we serve".

"We want to address any concerns members of the public may have about privacy and how these recordings may be used in relation to subsequent matters."

He said police would tell people that they were being recorded but would not need to ask for their permission.

"When I've actually told someone that they're being recorded, it's amazing how much their behaviour changes. I have to say that's a good thing If we recorded covertly, you wouldn't get that benefit," he said.

"If you're being told by a police officer that you're being recorded, that should be a bit of a wake up call to stop behaving like an idiot."

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The recordings would initially be kept for seven years, and would be subject to data and media storage legislation, the Assistant Commissioner said.

"If the information needed to be retained for evidential proposes, it would be retained as any other exhibit," he said.

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Victoria Police spokeswoman Kate Fawcett said there would be some circumstances where police would be required to release the vision.

"For example, if the vision is going to be used as evidence in court, we would generally supply the defence a copy of that vision. That said, exclusions do apply each case is unique."

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The recordings would be made at the discretion of each police officer, Assistant Commissioner Cornelius said, and Victoria Police had "no expectation that the first thing an officer should do [when they interact with the public] is activate their recording device".

"Our primary focus is that officers look first to their safety, and then to the health and safety of the members of the community," he said.

It was an advantage that the trial comes at the busiest time of the year for police, the Assistant Commissioner said, which will give police an "opportunity to test this approach in an environment where public and officer contact is quite high".
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Depending on your personality, you'll have to grab some tissues after you see the Texans' video, or you'll be ready to run through a brick wall.

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Vietnamese American politician Van Tran plots a comeback

Van Tran said he is looking to reenter public office in a role Different hermes bag fake that would allow (Cheryl A. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. House race.

Now, nearly three years later, the former state assemblyman has set his sights on a slightly less glamorous office: the State Board of Equalization.

"We will raise whatever it takes to run a credible campaign," Tran says as his 6 year old son, Alex, runs around the patio, clutching an iPad.

The father of two has gathered his "brain trust" of advisors to help steer him in a contest that, although not a run for Congress, is likely to be a scrappy, expensive battle.

The district seat one of four in California covers a huge swath, stretching from Orange County to San Diego and east to the Colorado River. The winner ends up with nearly 9.5 million constituents.

For Tran as well as other announced candidates Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R Dana Point ) and state Sen. Mark Wyland (R Escondido) the race will take them far beyond their home turf. Tran, a lawyer who has always capitalized on his ties to the huge Vietnamese community in central Orange County, will suddenly be left wooing voters in Riverside and Imperial counties.

Political consultant Richard Temple said that "99% of the people who run are not known by voters. If they have a good story to tell and they know how to tell it well and if they can raise the resources to back that up they have a strong chance."

Tran said he never entirely stepped away from politics during his absence as an elected official. While doing consulting work, he helped launch phone bank campaigns in swing states for the Romney Ryan presidential ticket in 2012. Staffed with Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese speakers, it served as the only multilingual project targeting Asian Republicans or undecided Asian voters one of the greatest untapped voting blocs in the showdown between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

He also signed on as senior advisor to Travis Allen, who, without any elected political experience, defeated Troy Edgar, mayor of Los Alamitos, in the 72nd Assembly District race. Tran recruited crucial Little Saigon votes for Allen.

Tran, who was born in Vietnam and fled with his family just before the fall of Saigon, was the first Vietnamese American to be elected to a state legislature, becoming a model for dozens of fellow immigrants who achieved such roles as county supervisor, judge, school trustee and mayor.

The Board of Equalization's southernmost seat in California is now held by Michelle Park Steel, who is being termed out. She endorsed Harkey long before Tran jumped into the race.

Steel, who was born in South Korea, said she has known Tran since he was in high school.

"I was very impressed when he got elected because his campaign inspired so many Vietnamese Americans to register to vote," she said. "He can follow through."

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Tran again will turn to Little Saigon for backing, as well as traditional Republican sources in the county. But this time he will also look for support from pan Asians across the state or Vietnamese Americans across the country who might see in him a familiar "coming to America" success story, said Barrett Tetlow, a former district director when Tran served in the Assembly.

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is Timothy McVeigh? This question opens Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing, by two Buffalo News reporters, Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck. Their heavily promoted new book, based on years of research into the case and more than 75 hours of interviews with McVeigh himself, provides the answer we already knew: He is a quintessential product of America right wing subculture of hatred. The only surprising thing about Terrorist is that there is nothing surprising in it: McVeigh is exactly the person we all figured he was.

It is a familiar type. There are thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of Americans who hold beliefs identical to McVeigh He is a prototypical extreme right zealot: He hates and fears the federal government, worships guns, fetishizes (defined in almost purely negative terms, as freedom from external interference of any kind), embraces survivalism and sees himself as having acted in a proud American tradition of resistance to tyranny that goes back to the Founders.

This belief system is not confined to the fringes of American society. It has deep roots in the American psyche. What historian David H. Bennett calls party of fear recurs in many related forms throughout our history, from nativist, anti foreigner fraternities like the Know Nothings to the Ku Klux Klan, Father Coughlin anti Semitic radio broadcasts, McCarthyism, the John Birch Society, the Moral Majority and Christian Identity. People who subscribe to such views are to be found at gun shows and NRA rallies, in militia groups, on government bashing Internet forums, in radical anti abortion groups, at anti tax rallies, at Klan rallies and holed up in survivalist cabins in the West. They devour Turner Diaries and Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Tom Clancy novels, listen to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh and the hundreds of resentment spewing right wing radio ranters all over the country. They avidly read Matt Drudge and fire off angry, often obscenity filled e tirades to liberal Web sites, sometimes boasting ominously that side has the guns. And, of course, in a more toned down, respectable form, most of McVeigh beliefs are shared by the activist core of the Republican Party.

There is a common ideological thread that runs from Timothy McVeigh to bedrock Republicanism, and the shared emotional leitmotif of that ideology is anger. What distinguishes America worst domestic terrorist from Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and George W. Bush is the intensity of that anger. McVeigh and his fellow extremists burn with rage, are consumed and obsessed by it. They are the pathological white hot center of the right wing. Radiating out from that center, next come the extreme conservatives, the rabid Clinton haters and Bible thumping doomsayers, the angry zealots for whom business as usual Republicanism is too moderate the group normally thought of as the true believer Republican After this suburb, you cross the city limits into mainstream conservative territory and the distinction between the city and the suburb is pretty blurred.

Of course, the critical point is that none of those thousands or tens of thousands of Americans who share McVeigh rage and radical beliefs and those millions who share his general anti government philosophy drove a Ryder truck loaded with 7,000 pounds of explosives to the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and blew it up, killing 168 men, women and children. Timothy McVeigh did. Hence the question that inescapably hangs over every sentence of this book: Why? What made this particular man, who will be executed in a little over a month, commit the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history?

Reading this book provokes two opposite responses. The first is that we never know. No one can unlock a human heart, can fathom why a certain person decides to kill.

The second is that we know for certain why he did it. He was the perfect candidate. He led the perfect life. It all adds up.

Both responses are valid. At some ultimate level, McVeigh hideous deed remains shrouded in existential darkness. But at a more practical level, it seems completely natural, utterly comprehensible, that this man in particular did it. McVeigh deed was ignited by his life experience and beliefs as inevitably imitation bvlgari ceramic ring price as a bomb is set off by a lit fuse.

One thing is disturbingly clear: Whatever else he is, Timothy McVeigh is not insane. A psychiatrist, Dr. John R. Smith, who examined him when he was in prison concluded that he was not delusional, or even evil. he saw him as an essentially decent person who had allowed rage to build up inside him to the point that he had lashed out in one terrible, violent act. seen it many times, Smith maintains. people do really terrible things.' This evaluation jibes with the portrait of McVeigh that emerges from Terrorist. Obsessive, fanatical, single minded, cold blooded and very, very angry, yes. Insane, no.

Before turning to the substance of Michel and Herbeck book, one thing should be noted: There is absolutely nothing objectionable about it or its publication. Some have called for a boycott. Apparently yielding to pressure, Wal Mart, the world largest retailer, announced on April 5 that it would not carry Terrorist.

All of these charges are baseless, and Wal Mart decision to drop the book is cowardly and outrageous. While the sensitivity of the victims relatives and friends is understandable, there is nothing exploitative about this book. McVeigh committed the worst terrorist crime, and after Jonestown the second worst act of violence, in American history: Anything he says is by definition newsworthy. Michel and Herbeck present McVeigh point of view, as it is their responsibility as journalists to do, but they don regurgitate it uncritically. The portrait of McVeigh that emerges is of a zealot, still convinced he was right, without remorse, who sees his deed as an act of revolutionary violence and has a highly developed rationalization for why it was necessary. This is information that we are all better off having. But an FBI agent named Clinton R. Van Zandt, who had been the bureau main negotiator at Waco, had a better idea. Van Zandt recognized the significance of the date of the bombing April 19, the anniversary of the fiery conclusion of the siege. going to have a white male, acting alone, copy bvlgari black ceramic ring or with one other person, Michel and Herbeck quote Van Zandt as saying. be in his mid twenties. He have military experience and be a fringe member of some militia group. He be angry at the government for what happened at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

Van Zandt was right on every particular. And if he had added that the white male came from a fractured and emotionally sterile family, had read Turner Diaries, was a gun nut and a survivalist, had no girlfriend and a dead end, low paying job, his portrait would have been even more accurate.

But if just about every detail of Timothy McVeigh life is exactly what you would expect if you were trying to imagine the biography of an extreme right wing terrorist, his mind and personality is another matter. Michel and Herbeck are solid just the facts ma newspaper bvlgari 4 band ring fake reporters, with about the level of literary sophistication and analytical power generally found among daily reporters. In some ways this is a good thing: They don muddy the waters with any highfalutin speculations or psychoanalyzing, and they don let their own egos or literary ambitions get in the way. But though they assembled all the facts, their limited ability to synthesize them, to put them together into a compelling psychological portrait, prevent any of their characters from really coming to life. Nor do they evaluate the sincerity or lack thereof of any of McVeigh statements: If he is a con, they don tip the reader off. Still, by the end of the book you feel like you been given enough information to fill in most of the psychological blanks yourself. And it really isn a very complicated story.

Four things in McVeigh biography stand out any one of which, if changed, would probably have prevented the catastrophe from occurring. Those four are his relations with his family, his right wing ideology, his military experience and the Waco siege.

McVeigh home life was rather sad and sterile. McVeigh father, Bill, as portrayed by Michel and Herbeck, is almost a caricature of a repressed American dad: a decent but emotionally distant man, a hard working provider who was incapable of relating in any demonstrative way with his family. McVeigh mother, Mickey, had a completely different personality type, but she was no more successful at establishing a bond with her son: an outgoing beauty, she came to feel increasingly bored and stifled by her marriage. When they separated, the parents let the three children decide which parent they wanted to live with: The two daughters (13 and 5 at the time) decided to stay together and chose their mother, but 11 year old Timothy chose his father, saying, don want Dad to be alone. When he was around, he didn connect with Tim.

McVeigh later denied that his mother departure hurt him that much, although his father believes it did as did McVeigh first and only girlfriend, who sensed his anger towards her. He wished they spent less time at work and more time with him and his sisters.

McVeigh did have a close relationship with one person: His paternal grandfather. But that relationship, infrequent after McVeigh youth, seems not to have been enough to warm his soul. McVeigh was certainly capable of friendship and loyalty (after his arrest, he forgave his old friend and semi conspirator Michael Fortier for testifying against him), and there are occasional stories throughout the book that reveal that he could be both generous and caring. But the overwhelming sense is of an icily angry young man who could increasingly turn his emotions off entirely, becoming a virtual zombie a person who never cared about any other human being enough, or felt he was cared about enough, to develop any real feeling for others.

How much one should blame his parents for this it impossible to say. All in all, from birth to age eighteen, I emerged pretty much a functional person in the real world, and that all that counts.

McVeigh failures with women did not make things better. In the Army, he relied on a no frills seduction line: we just met. We could sit here for three hours, wasting money on drinks, or we could just go now and get laid. Later, McVeigh apparently slept with Marife Nichols, the mail order bride of his co conspirator pal Terry Nichols; other than that, his romantic life seems to have been empty. (McVeigh asserts that he slept with Nichols; when contacted, she replied, don think so.

The second key element in McVeigh life was his embracing of right wing ideology. After dropping out of a two year business college, he decided to educate himself. The materials he chose to read had a decisive impact on what he came to believe and, eventually, do. Cooper book was a training manual that extolled masculine, tough guy virtues like Soldier of Fortune magazine, another favorite. The 200 page book related the story of Earl Turner, a gun enthusiast who reacts to tighter firearm laws by making a truck bomb and destroying the FBI headquarters building in Washington. The book described gun laws as links in a chain. The links form slowly, one by one, until finally citizens find that their individual rights have been choked off. They quote him as saying might have changed my whole plan of operation if I read that one first.

McVeigh, convinced that the threat to American liberties described in Turner Diaries was real, decided that he had to be able to survive if the government descended on the people and chaos reigned. He began to stockpile food and water and became an avid gun collector. (Guns, in survivalist circles, are more than tools that allow their owners to survive: They can also be used for barter, to replace money.) He became a security guard to make more money so he could buy more guns. One of the reasons he joined the Army, as he did a year after becoming a security guard, was to his survival and shooting skills. After leaving the Army, when his life began to spiral downhill, he embraced ever more radical versions of anti government ideology brooding about the coming One World Order, reading pamphlets asserting that the government was building massive crematoriums to dispose of its victims, cursing and hurling things at the TV when President Clinton appeared. By the end, he was firmly convinced that it was his duty as a patriot to teach the government a lesson it would never forget, to strike a blow for liberty. He is still certain that he did the right thing.

McVeigh was an intelligent man, but cartoonish ideas ruled large regions of his brain. He was a devoted Trekkie for whom Trek: The Next Generation a utopian model for the future. More disturbingly, he rationalized the deaths of the innocent men and women he was going to kill in the Murrah building with a moral argument drawn from Wars.

saw himself as a counterpart to Luke Skywalker, the heroic Jedi knight whose successful attack on the Death Star closes the film. As copy bulgari black ceramic ring a kid, McVeigh had noticed that the Wars movies showed people sitting at consoles Space Age clerical workers inside the Death Star. Those people weren storm troopers. They weren killing anyone. But they were vital to the operations of the Evil Empire, McVeigh deduced, and when Luke blew up the Death Star those people became inevitable casualties. When the Death Star exploded, the movie audiences cheered. The bad guys were beaten: that was all that really mattered. As an adult, McVeigh found himself able to dismiss the killings of secretaries, receptionists, and other personnel in the Murrah building with equally cold blooded calculation. They were all part of the Evil Empire.

didn define the rules of engagement in this conflict, he said later. rules, if not written down, are defined by the aggressor. It was brutal, no holds barred. Women and kids were killed at Waco and Ruby Ridge. You put back in [the government faces exactly what they giving out.

The third key element in McVeigh life was his experience in the Army. McVeigh was a super soldier, the ultimate gung ho warrior, so dedicated that he bought an entire second set of gear which he kept spotless for inspection. captain or lieutenant would gladly take a hundred Timothy McVeighs in their platoon, his roommate said. He was a deadly shot: a gunner on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, he scored 998 points out of a possible 1,000 using its mounted 25 mm cannon. Of the three guns mounted on the Bradley, the versatile cannon was McVeigh favorite weapon. According to a fellow soldier, it really get your adrenaline pumping Each round is a little more powerful than a stick of dynamite, and you able to fire ten of those in a second. For a man as obsessed with weapons as McVeigh, having his finger on the trigger of that cannon must have been the ultimate rush or the near ultimate.
PKKOO5 Sep 9 '17
Tom Hardy is brilliant in this weird love story about the Kray twins

It's the proudest day of Reggie Kray's life. He is standing in the church, waiting for his young bride Frances to walk down the aisle. His brother Ronnie is alongside him. The bespectacled Ronnie is a little taller and more thickset than his brother. They are identical twins but we can easily tell them apart.

This is a scene from midway through Brian Helgeland's new film. What makes the scene and the film so imitation bvlgari ceramic ring price startling is that both Reggie and Ronnie are played by the same actor, Tom Hardy.

Hardy gives an utterly fascinating performances in his dual role. His Ronnie is menacing, psychotic but also comic. He can be every bit as intimidating as the actor's uber villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises but he also chatters away like Peter Cook gossiping with Dudley Moore in the pub in one of his Derek and Clive sketches with Dudley Moore. "I'm 'omosexual," he tells his brother's startled fiance the first time he meets her in what passes with for small talk.

Expect uproar from feminist campaigners if this film doesn't get any Oscar nominations. Directed by Sarah Gavron (a rare female director) and based on a screenplay by Abi Morgan, the movie as the title suggests follows the early members of Britain's women's suffragette movement. Meryl Streep, who starred in Morgan's The Iron Lady, returns to play another historic British woman, Emmeline Pankhurst, while Carey Mulligan, Anne Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw also star.

Reggie, meanwhile, is dapper, very soulful when he is sharing lemon sherbets with the beautiful young Frances (Emily Browning) but calculating when violence is called for. We see a couple of examples of his notorious "cigarette" punch. As John Pearson's book, The Profession Of Violence, on which the film is loosely based, explains, this was when Reggie would offer someone a cigarette and then, as the man opened his mouth to take it, would hit him on the side of the jaw. ("An open jaw will fracture easily," Pearson explains Reggie's thinking.)

Legend is a biopic on a very lavish scale. The characters are British, the setting is London in the 1960s, but the film has the feel of an American gangster epic. It takes a mythologising and, at times, absurdly romantic, approach to its low life heroes.

In a bust up in an East End pub in which Ronnie and Reggie are using hammers and knuckledusters, you can't help but notice the incongruously artful way that Pope uses daytime light. In another scene, as we see the twins' dour policeman nemesis Leonard "Nipper" Reid (a scowling Christopher Eccleston) prowling through the alleyways of the East End, Pope makes Bethnal Green as mysterious and labyrinthine as the Casbah.

Tom Hardy and Emily Browning as Reggie Kray and Franie Shea in Legend

Helgeland's screenplay starts well into the Kray brothers' criminal career. He doesn't bother with their East End childhood, their early days as boxers or their time spent AWOL or behind bars during National Service. Their beloved mum Violet is barely glimpsed outside one or two scenes in which she offers tea and cake to the boys. The film features an ethereal voice over from Frances (Emily Browning) which introduces us to the brothers grim when they are already in their 1960s pomp, with Reggie established as "the gangster prince of the East End" and Ronnie diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic, which to him is a badge of honour. There is early skirmishing with the Krays' arch enemies, the Richardsons, but soon the twins and all powerful and their influence is stretching into the West End. They are even trying to strike deals with Meyer Lansky and the American mob, using the weasel like fixer Leslie Payne (David Thewlis) as their go between.

In the melting pot of swinging London, old class barriers are breaking down. In one telling early sequence, Reggie takes Frances into the nightclub he runs. He is greeted with deference by all the villains, minor celebrities and aristocrats who hang out there.

The sequence seems like both a self conscious homage to the famous steadicam shot in Goodfellas and a reminder that gangsters bvlgari black ceramic ring fake were moving in the very highest circles. This is reinforced by the hilarious scenes in which Ronnie befriends the perverted British Tory politician Lord Boothby (John Sessions), who begins to frequent his gay parties. "Good lord, that's Bob Boothby at an orgy," Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Kevin McNally) almost chokes on his pipe when he is shown a newspaper with an incriminating picture. Any hopes if making political capital out of the scandal vanish when it turns out that a Labour politician, Tom Driberg, is involved too.

The key events in the Kray story the shooting of George Cornell in the Blind Beggar pub, the stabbing to death of Jack copy bulgari ceramic ring "The Hat" McVittie in Stoke Newington have been exhaustively chronicled elsewhere. These moments are present and correct but aren't foregrounded. The film's main focus is on the relationship between Reggie and Frances. It is through her eyes that she we see the brothers.

Helgeland makes it very clear that the twins had utterly different approaches toward their criminal careers. Reggie craved wealth and legitimacy. Ronnie was in it for the aggro. He very quickly grew bored unless there was violence and chaos to distract him. Nor does he slavishly takes us through their lives in the way that Peter Medak did in The Krays (1990), starring Martin and Gary Kemp. Instead, a little bizarrely, he has turned a film about Britain's most notorious gangsters into a love story. The film foregrounds Frances, one of the least well known characters in Kray twin history. In a beguiling performance, Emily Browning plays her as a free spirited but naive and ultimately tragic figure who is both devoted to Reggie and desperate to get away from him and his toxic world. She provides the film with an emotional core it wouldn't otherwise have had.

Legend, as its title suggests, isn't a social realist account of Reggie, Ronnie and their misdeeds. Hardy plays both villains on a grand scale. There is some stomach churning violence here but the film portrays the Krays in a glamorised, nostalgic fashion. This is certainly not a version that Nipper Read would have endorsed but even he might have admired the sheer effrontery and flamboyance of Hardy's brilliant, double barrelled performance.

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The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus

Excerpted from "THE MORAL ARC"

Most people believe that moral progress has primarily been due to the guiding light of religious teachings, the activities of spiritual leaders, and the power of faith based initiatives. Once moral progress in a particular area is underway, most religions eventually get on board as in the abolition of slavery in the 19thcentury, women's rights in the 20thcentury, and gay rights in the 21stcentury but this often happens after a shamefully protracted lag time. Why?

The rules that were dreamt up and enshrined by the various religions over the millennia did not have as their goal the expansion of the moral sphere to include other sentient beings. Moses did not come down from the mountain with a detailed list of the ways in which the Israelites could make life better for the Moabites, the Edomites, the Midianites, or for any other tribe of people that happened not to be them. One justification for this constricted sphere can be found in imitation bvlgari 3 band ring the Old Testament injunction to "Love thy neighbor," who at that time was one's immediate kin and kind, which was admittedly an evolutionary stratagem appropriate for the time. It would be suicidal to love thy neighbor as thyself when thy neighbor would like nothing better than to exterminate you, which was often the case for the Bronze Age peoples of the Old Testament. What good would have come of the Israelites loving, for example, the Midianites as themselves? The results would have been catastrophic given that the Midianites were allied with the Moabites in their desire to see the Israelites knock off bulgari black ceramic ring wiped off the face of the earth.

Today, of course, most Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe that moral principles are universal and apply to everyone, but this is because they have inculcated into their moral thinking the modern Enlightenment goal of broadening and redefining the parameters of moral consideration. But by their nature the world's religions are tribal and xenophobic, serving to regulate moral rules within the community but not seeking to embrace humanity outside their circle. Religion, by definition, forms an identity of those like us, in sharp distinction from those not us, those heathens, those unbelievers. Most religions were pulled into the modern Enlightenment with their fingernails dug into the past. Change in religious beliefs and practices, when it happens at all, is slow and cumbersome, and it is almost always in response to the church or its leaders facing outside political or cultural forces.

The history of Mormonism is a case in point. In the 1830s the church's founder, Joseph Smith, received a revelation from God to enact what he euphemistically called "celestial marriage," more accurately described as "plural marriage" the rest of the world calls it polygamy just about the time he found a new love interest while married to another woman. Once Smith caught the Solomonic fever for multiple wives (King Solomon had 700), he couldn't stop himself or his brethren from spreading their seed, along with the practice, which in 1852 was codified into Mormon law through its sacred and Covenants. Until 1890, that is, when the people of Utah desirous for their territory to become a state in the union were told by the United States federal government that polygamy would not be tolerated.

Conveniently, God issued a new revelation to the Mormon leaders, instructing them that a plurality of wives was no longer a celestial blessing, and that instead monogamy was now the One True Way. As well, Mormon policy forbade African Americans to be priests in the church. The reason, Joseph Smith had decreed, was that they are not actually from Africa but instead are descendants of the evil Lamanites, whom God cursed by making their skin black after they lost the war against the good Nephites, both clans of which were descendants of two of the lost tribes of Israel. Naturally, since the evil Lamanites were prohibited from having sexual relations with the good Nephites, interracial marriage was also banned. This racist nonsense lasted a century and a half until it collided with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Finally, in 1978, the Church head Spencer W. Kimball announced that he had received a new revelation from God instructing him to drop the racial restrictions and adopt a more inclusive attitude.

There are three reasons for the sclerotic nature of religion: (1) The foundation of the belief in an absolute morality is the belief in an absolute religion grounded in the One True God. This inexorably leads to the conclusion that anyone who believes differently has departed from this truth and thus is unprotected by our moral obligations. (2) Unlike science, religion has no systematic process and no empirical method to employ to determine the verisimilitude of its claims and beliefs, much less right and wrong. (3) The morality of holy books most notably the Bible is not the morality any of us would wish to live by, and thus it is not possible for the religious doctrines derived from holy books to be the catalyst for moral evolvement.

Many Jews and Christians say that they get their morality from the Bible, but this cannot be true because as holy books go the Bible is possibly the most unhelpful guide ever written for determining right from wrong. It's chockfull of bizarre stories about dysfunctional families, advice about how to beat your slaves, how to kill your headstrong kids, how to sell your virgin daughters, and other clearly outdated practices that most cultures gave up centuries ago.

In order to make the Bible relevant, believers must pick and choose biblical passages that suit their needs; thus the game of cherry picking from the Bible generally works to the advantage of the pickers. In the Old Testament, the believer might find guidance in Deuteronomy 5:17, which says, explicitly, "Thou shalt not kill"; or in Exodus 22:21, a bvlgari b01 ring fake verse that delivers a straightforward and indisputable prohibition: "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

These verses seem to set a high moral bar, but the handful of positive moral commands in the Old Testament are desultory and scattered among a sea of violent stories of murder, rape, torture, slavery, and all manner of violence, including capital punishment for a variety of acts:

Blaspheming or cursing of the Lord: "And he that blasphemeth the name of theLord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death." (Leviticus 24:13 16)

Worshiping another God: "He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto theLordonly, he shall be utterly destroyed." (Exodus 22:20)

Witchcraft and wizardry: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (Exodus 22:18)

Female loss of virginity before marriage: "If any man take a wife [and find] her not a maid Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die." (Deuteronomy 22:13 21)

Homosexuality: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20:13)

Working on the Sabbath: "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to theLord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death." (Exodus 35:2)

Most modern Christians, however, respond to arguments like this by saying that the Old Testament's cruel and fortunately outdated laws have nothing to do with how they live their lives or the moral precepts that guide them today. The angry, vengeful God Yahweh of the Old Testament, they claim, was displaced by the kinder, gentler New Testament God in the form of Jesus, who two millennia ago introduced a new and improved moral code. Turning the other cheek, loving one's enemies, forgiving sinners, and giving to the poor is a great leap forward from the capricious commands and copious capital punishment found in the Old Testament.

That may be, but nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus revoke God's death sentences or ludicrous laws. In fact, quite the opposite (Matthew 5:17 30 passim): "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." He doesn't even try to edit the commandments or soften them up: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven." In fact, if anything, Jesus' morality is even more draconian than that of the Old Testament: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment."

In other words, even thinking about killing someone is a capital offense. In fact, Jesus elevated thought crimes to an Orwellian level (Matthew 9:28 29): "Ye have heard it was said by them of old time, Though shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." And if you don't think you can control your sexual impulses Jesus has a practical solution: "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."

As for Jesus's own family values, he never married, never had children, and he turned away his own mother time and again. For example, at a wedding feast Jesus says to her (John 2:4): "Woman, what have I to do with you?" One biblical anecdote recounts the time that Mary waited patiently off to the side for Jesus to finish speaking so that she could have a moment with him, but Jesus told his disciples, "Send her away, you are my family now," adding (Luke 14:26): "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple."

Even sincere Christians cannot agree on Jesus' morality and the moral codes in the New Testament, holding legitimate differences of opinion on a number of moral issues that remain unresolved based on biblical scripture alone. These include dietary restrictions and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine; masturbation, pre marital sex, contraception, and abortion; marriage, divorce, and sexuality; the role of women; capital punishment and voluntary euthanasia; gambling and other vices; international and civil wars; and many other matters of contention that were nowhere in sight when the Bible was written, such as stem cell research, gay marriage, and the like. Indeed, the fact that Christians, as a community, keep arguing over their own contemporary question "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do?) is evidence that the New Testament is silent on the answer.

If God really believes in equal rights for all of his people, one would think that He would have said something about them in his holy book. But such sentiments are nowhere to be found in the Bible. The closest thing to a modern moral value is in Galatians 3:28, when the apostle Paul says: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." That sounds ecumenical, but the surrounding verses demonstrate clearly what Paul is up to: (Galatians 3:1) "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" And what is this truth, according to Paul? The truth is that "[T]he Jew in becoming a Christian did not need to become a Greek, nor the Greek a Jew. The slave might continue to serve his master, and "male" and "female" retained each its function in the ongoing stream of life."

In other words, Paul is saying that you can carry on as you are. If you're Greek, there's no need to become a Jew a significant dispensation, given that a man converting to Judaism often had to submit to adult circumcision, and this is just the kind of thing that puts a guy off the whole idea. Constitution. He was saying that if you're a slave, you must keep on being a slave; if you're a wife, must continue being regarded as property; no matter who you are, you can still worship Jesus Christ and be abused by your culture in whatever manner is customary for someone of your breeding and station. And in any case, slaves remained slaves for eighteen more centuries, and women remained little more than property for nineteen more centuries in Christian countries around the world. copy bvlgari 5 band ring Clearly, even if Paul's message were interpreted to mean that we're all equal, no one took it seriously. But what Paul's passage really meant was that anyone can go to heaven by accepting Jesus as the Christ (as instructed in John 3:16), and that's the message of universalism not equal treatment in this world, but in the next world.
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Trader Joe's one step closer to opening in Hoboken

A Trader Joe's may be moving into Hoboken. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

HOBOKEN knock off bvlgari 5 band ring Hoboken residents are now one roll of a packed grocery cart closer to having convenient access to Trader Joe's signature Speculoos cookie butter, frozen mandarin orange chicken, and pumpkin ice cream.

According to Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli, Advance at Hoboken LLC filed a Certificate of Zoning application Sept. 24 that was approved imitation bvlgari white ceramic ring Sept. 28, and the plans included architectural drawings for a Trader Joe's on the ground floor of a residential development.

For several years now, the prospective addition to Hoboken of a Trader Joe's, a specialty American grocery store chain, has been no secret.

Advance Realty, which is quickly building its luxury residential development in Hoboken at Willow Ave. and 14th Street, received zoning board approvals for the whole project several years ago, Melli said, along with a large underground parking garage.

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The latest zoning application's approval "essentially means that it's consistent with the zoning for the area," Melli said. "Any variances that were required were granted at a Zoning Board hearing years ago."

"The next step would be to begin the plan review process with the Building Department to get permits to do construction," Melli said, and then they would need a certificate of occupancy approved.

Melli did not know if Trader Joe's had officially signed a lease, and Advance Realty knock off bulgari black ceramic ring declined a request for comment about the status of the prospective Trader Joe's.

Trader Joe's has not yet responded to a media inquiry.

Trader Joe's has been eagerly anticipated by some city residents since word of the discussion got out several years ago. Anticipation has recently ratcheted up following unconfirmed media reports that Trader Joe's copy bvlgari bvlgari black ceramic and diamond ring has signed a lease.

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While the zoning application was approved, the council will continue to discuss a "completely separate" issue of parking and circulation for a potential Trader Joe's, relating to proposed delivery methods, Melli said.

Advance Realty may need to make changes to accommodate Hoboken's narrow infrastructure, Melli said, and to do so, a separate agreement with the city would be needed which would require City Council approval.
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