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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
24th November 1963
Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald had been arrested for the murder of President John F. Kennedy two days earlier. Ruby, originally from a Jewish background in Chicago, was a Dallas-based nightclub owner. After driving into the city centre with his two pet dogs and sending an emergency money order to one of his employees, Ruby walked to the nearby police headquarters, where he made his way to the basement.
At 11:21 am local time, while authorities were escorting Oswald through the police basement to an armoured car that was to take him to the nearby county jail, Ruby stepped out from a crowd of reporters and fired his .38 revolver into Oswald's abdomen, fatally wounding him. Ruby was immediately subdued by agents and police as he reportedly yelled "You killed the president, you rat!" The shooting was broadcast live nationally, and millions of television viewers witnessed it.
A Dallas jury found Ruby guilty of murdering Oswald, and Ruby was sentenced to death. Later, Ruby appealed his conviction, had it overturned and was granted a new trial. As the date for his new trial was being set, Ruby became ill and died of a pulmonary embolism due to lung cancer, being constitutionally presumed innocent at the time.
The incident has been the subject of many conspiracy theories. Ruby was clearly sacrificing his freedom and career to carry out the assassination, an act that seemed out of character. Author Norman Mailer, and others, have questioned why Ruby would have left his two beloved dogs in his car if he had planned on killing Oswald at police headquarters.
When Ruby was arrested immediately after the shooting, he told several witnesses that he helped the city of Dallas "redeem" itself in the eyes of the public, and that Oswald's death would spare "…Mrs. Kennedy the discomfiture of coming back to trial." At the time of the shooting, Ruby said he was taking phenmetrazine, a central nervous system stimulant.
Ruby's explanation for killing Oswald would be "exposed … as a fabricated legal ploy", according to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. In a private note to one of his attorneys, Joseph Tonahill, Ruby wrote: "Joe, you should know this. My first lawyer Tom Howard told me to say that I shot Oswald so that Caroline and Mrs. Kennedy wouldn't have to come to Dallas to testify. OK?"
Another motive was suggested by Frank Sheeran, allegedly a hitman for the Mafia, in a conversation he had with the then-former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. During the conversation, Hoffa claimed that Ruby, who certainly had known members of the Mafia, was assigned the task of coordinating police officers who were loyal to Ruby to kill Oswald while he was in their custody. As Ruby evidently mismanaged the operation, he was given a choice to either finish the job himself or forfeit his life.
The Sheeran statement fits with a major theory regarding the assassination of Kennedy, that it was a Mafia "hit" for which Oswald was framed and then silenced. However there is strong evidence that Oswald acted entirely alone giving the Mafia no motive to assassinate Oswald.
Bill Alexander, who prosecuted Ruby for Oswald's murder, rejected any suggestions that Ruby was involved in organized crime, claiming that conspiracy theorists based it on the claim that "A knew B, and Ruby knew B back in 1950, so he must have known A, and that must be the link to the conspiracy."
Ruby's brother Earl denied allegations that Jack was involved in racketeering Chicago nightclubs, and author Gerald Posner suggests that Ruby may have been confused with Harry Rubenstein, a convicted Chicago felon. Entertainment reporter Tony Zoppi is also dismissive of mob ties. He knew Ruby and described him as a "born loser."
The true motive can only be known by Ruby himself, who took it to his grave.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
For me this is not just some extra New Age skill to give me the thrill of soaring higher, it's an essential to my wellbeing. My mind is fully capable of self-sabotage if not tightly managed, wandering into all manner of dark places. This most unhelpful default needs to be constantly overridden. I can do it for periods, but not yet period.
There isn't some great key to find, just slog and persistence, extending the periods until they become continuous. Techniques do of course assist, making it possible, but there is no substitute for putting in the mental effort. Today at least I woke undistracted and clear about my goal. Today I am using the mantra I AM THE SILENT OBSERVER to help me stay focused, and let the machine code of my subconscious run the show.
A progress report tomorrow...
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have a clear goal that you're pursuing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
A moderate westerly wind showers throughout, some heavy
Skies will clear overnight
Max Temp = 6 degC at noon
Min Temp = 5 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:49
Sunset at 15:57
Weathertrack: Britain is in a run of showery air between a depression to the north and the Azores anticyclone to the south
Air Pressure: 1009 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
There's nothing more difficult than trying to convince a narcissist that you don't like them.
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
A person receives five times as much radiation in a lifetime from sitting in front of the TV or computer as they would from living next to a nuclear power station.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It takes courage to become happy—courage to remain true to one’s convictions, courage not to be defeated by one’s weaknesses and negativity, courage to take swift action to help those who are suffering.