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HONORARY MAVERICKS ARE NOMINATED BELOW (but not necessarily in the order of their importance)
June 8, 2012: Mavedrick honors Caregiver Lynnie McCrobie seen in this morning's Ritchmond Times Dispatch atternding to a disabled patient on behalf of her and ALL the caregivers in this world who selflessly do this day after day (A moment of personal pride for this old maverick: I have two wonderful granddaughters who are professional nurses who I include with the honored caregivers of the world -- Thanks to you both: Icly and Etny!)
May 24, 2012: Maverick honors Dr. Shakil Afridi who was convicted of treason in Pakistan for helping us find the Bin Laden hiding place. He could have received the death sentence, but he received a lesser sentence of 33 years, probably because he was tried in the Khyber tribal region, an area less influenced by the Taliban. We probably should have wisked him out of there before the raid. Any comments?
May 22, 2012: Maverick thinks that the ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope (412BC to 323BC), in his search for an honest man would have been pleased to find Gary Johnson. Although we may not always agree with the former Governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, Maverick thinks that we may have come as close as humanly possible to finding an honest politician without any help from Diogenes! An avid mountain climber (Mount Everest, Mount Elbrus, Mount Mckinley and Mount Kilimanjaro) who has also competed the Ironman triathlon (5 times), Gary Johnson always speaks his mind. For this reason alone, Maverick nominates him as an Honorary Maverick. In the May 22, 2012 Richmond Times Dispatch editorial, Election 2012, Gary Johnson marches up another mountain, by Editor A. Barton Hinkle, it says on page A9, "With those positions, and that level of candor, he'll be lucky to get 0.5 percent of the vote."
Maverick says: "The good news is that now Diogenes can put out his lamp!" If you are interested, Gary Johnson's next Townhall meeting is on Tuesday, May 22 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Go to www.garyjohnson2012.com
May 18, 2012: Maverick applauds the Christian youth of the Philippines who protest Lady Gaga's concert tour, her music, songs and videos, in particular her song "Judas" which is said to mock our Lord, Jesus Christ. Their great grand parents, our allies of WWII, would applaud them too!
May 17, 2012: Maverick honors the finalists in today's TV Food Network's "Chopped" program. The winning Chef, Madison Cowanand Cuban and French cuisine. HHis skilled use of Caribbean spices, made him a winner. The losing chef, Lance Mitahara, was from a Christian resort the Adirondacks. Losing Chef Lance openly asked God for help with his delicate and imaginative dishes, so why did he lose?Maverick says: "The losing chef asked God and accepted His answer. His graceful acceptance of the judges' decision and his heartfelt hug of the winner revealed a Christian man of God who readily accepted God's decision. How do we know? We know by faith, because he asked."
May 17, 2012: Closer to home, Maverick honors his son, Lawrence Gordon, with a May 17 Birthday tribute in Miff's Corner.
May 16, 2012: Maverick nominates Paula Nelson, an 80-year old grandma, who goes by the name of "Granny G." She received three yes's from the judges on America's Got Talent, and is on her way to Vegas with her husband for her self-written rap song on family values for boys.
Maverick says: "Great job, grandma, I nominated you for what you stand for, and I look forward to your next rap song on family values that you are working on -- the one for girls -- that you promised us. I hope it is ready in time for Vegas, but don't drive your husband crazy practicing on the way there. I agree with the judges that you should pretty up your walker before the show."
May 15, 2012: The Associated Press article on Page A6 of the Richmond Times Dispatch is heart warming. Mr. Morel came here at 6 years old on a crowded little boat from Haiti, hungry and lost at sea until the U.S. Coast Guard rescued them. On Wednesday he will graduate from the U.S Coast Guard Academy. He will serve on a Coast Guard cutter out of Florida and patrol the very seas where he was rescued twenty years ago.
Maverick says: "Way to Go, Olando, we thank you for your service -- savings lives, just as yours was saved!"
May 13, 2012, Rogation Sunday: Today at church we (you and me as participants in this website) were blessed by God through the prayers of the priests, because the business card of this website was among the items taken up to the altar representing our various vocations. The Epistle for today (1 John 5: 1 - 6) provides us with a reminder of the strength of our faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ in oveercoming the problems of the world.
May 9, 2012: On the same-sex marriage issue, Maverick thinks that Obama will lose votes from some who recall the Old Testament lesson of Lot's wife who looked back, but Maverick also thinks that this issue is among those that Our Lord forgives 77 times 7. Since Mitt has not changed his mind, and could lose votes by holding his ground, I nominate him as an "honorary maverick." What do YOU think? Your opinion is welcome.
May 8, 2012: The Governor of Texas is nominated for his singular concern on Fox News about the children coming up alone on the top of freight trains through Mexico without their parents and crossing the border into Texas. The issue: What do we do with them? Give them medical care, a safe place to sleep, food, water, shelter and/or send them back to a worse future?
A suggested solution would be to reach an agreement with the Mexican officials to interdict the trains as they enter, or before they enter Mexico, or even to stop the children before they leave. We have many charitable organizations in Central America who need to add their comments and suggestions. What do YOU think?
GEORGE CLOONEY AND HIS DAD AND THE OTHERS MENTIONED BELOW:
Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country's president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.
Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation's dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration's policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.
Also among those arrested as a mob of reporters and cameramen looked on were Clooney's Father Nick Clooney; President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews; Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-MA, Al Green, D-TX, Jim Moran, D-VA., and John Olver D-MA; Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous; and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, according to a police statement.
Clooney was released from jail after 2 p.m. when he "posted and forfeited" $100 bond.
COMMENT: Thanks, George, and all participants, for having the leadership and guts to say what the world is afraid to say about the unbridled EVIL in the Sudan!. OTHER COMMENTS (To Be Inserted as received)
The MVP and Cy Young Award ace pitcher on the Detroit Tiger Baseball Team (formerly ace pitcher for his high school in Goochland, Virgina) has started a breakfast cereal selling as "Fastball Flakes" for the children in Michigan with -- get this -- 100 percent of the proceeds going to Veterans Administrration (VA) hospitals in Michigan.
COMMENT: Talk about focusing his athletic and business talents where they are most needed, this young man leads the way! OTHER COMMENTS (To Be Inserted as received)
THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN NONPROFIT GROUP THAT PRODUCED THE VIDEO "KONEY 2012."
President Obama has dispatched a special forces operations team to help catch the brutal Ugandan militia leader, Joseph Kony, the subject of the viral "Koney 2012" video produced by the Invisible Childfren nonprofit group.
COMMENT: Thanks guys, and all involved, we pray for your success in this dangerous mission on behalf of the children forced to slaughter their own mothers. OTHER COMMENTS (To Be Inserted as received)
WICHITA STATE BASKETBALLCOACH GREGG MARSHALL
Coach Marshall of the Wichita State Shockers in leading the way in good sportsmanship, after their disappointing loss to the VCU Rams, a game that could have gone either way, he said:in part: "They're a good basketball team."
COMMENT: Thanks, Coach, keep up the good work! OTHER COMMENTS (The less said, the better).
NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY (NSU) BASKETBALL PLAYER KYLE O'QUINN
After their amazing underdog victory over No. 2 Missouri 86-84, the NSU big man is shown in an AP photo taking time out from the celebration to console Missouri guard Phil Pressey with a heartfelt hug.
COMMENT: Maverick says of Kyle: He obviously has a heart as big as all outdoor! Thanks, Kyle, for sharing one more of your many God given blessings!
ON BEHALF OF THE FINANCIERS: JEFFERY LACKER, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Jeffrey said (boldly) that the central bank probably will need to raise interest rates next year to contain (anticipated) inrflation as the economy "accelerates."
COMMENT: Talk about an honest position on a politically sensitive subject, no wonder he is President of the Bank; maybe he should seek a corresponding political office. (smile)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS THE OLD COWBOY WHO MADE FLOUR & WATER "PANCAKES" FOR SUPPER ON THE RANGE
Thank you for your homemade panncake recipe of wheat flour and water. You say that you got the idea in the 1950's from a retired cowboy who you met on a Greyhound bus going out west after his last cattle run. You said that the cowboy used only flour and water, and that he was a reader of Romans, Chapter 8.
COMMENT: I tried the pancakes. They are good with syrup, and the price is right. I need to read read Romans 8. Thanks, Anonymous, for your contribution to Maverick.