Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It seems an oil company wants to run a new oil pipeline from Cushing, Illinois, through our state and down to Oklahoma: Nixon said Tuesday that his administration would work to approve whatever permits are necessary for Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. to build a 600-mile pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla. The company is in the early stages of the project but hopes to begin construction in the middle of next year. With this, a couple things seem clear. First, it's surprising we even hear of this kind of development. I think it used to be, something like this would have just sailed through and been done with little or no real awareness or input from or by the public. With computers and the internet, combined with our awareness of the environment and what can rather tragically happen with oil spills, I think people are more aware and involved. That said, my second point is that I would imagine this will sail through the Statehouss in Jefferson City. I don't think Missourians will fight it, by and large, in spite of the fact that it goes so close to our Mark Twain National Forest and over a great deal of important water sources including the Missouri River and the various rivers in Southern Missouri. Apparently it goes along the line of another pipeline. That will surely be used as proof there will be no problems with this new pipeline, whether it's true or not. Link to original article: http://www.kmbc.com/politics/30340845/detail.html; To see route of proposed pipeline: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
Astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at what appeared to be absolutely nothing and left it there for 10 days. Then they did it again for 11 days. With that, they took those images and made them into this 3-dimensional presentation. The results are incredible and may change people's perception of our importance in the universe. I think you'll agree--contrary to more common thought, there is no "final frontier", "Star Trek" or no.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Holy cow. Tonight, for the first time, I saw an episode of this new TV show, "Luck" on and from HBO. I have to say, I have never, ever been so dazzled by a program. For that matter, I have never been so immediately dazzled by a television series ever. Between the cinematography, the setting, the actors, the characters, the setting, the buildup, the soundtrack and music---everything--it is without doubt the most beautiful, engaging TV I've ever seen. And this was just after watching one one-hour episode. It was like life on a beautiful, hallucinogenic drug, but without the drugs, for one hour. Since it's built around a horse racetrack and the requisite races, it has a wonderful tension and buildup, too. It has Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and a whole cast of characters who seem totally in their element. It is some stunning TV. This from a guy who--swear to goodness--is virtually never taken in by TV or even movies, unless there really is something there. You should see this. If you can, see it in full HD with a sound system, from opening to the credits. It is as rich as a video, visual experience can be, I think. It is downright sexy and extremely sophisticated and alluring. There will be people who don't enjoy it, I suppose, but I feel sure they will be in a tiny minority.
This radio program, "This American Life", is played, weekly, on NPR. They tell different stories each week on different topics. This time, they told of how and where Apple products are made. (It's in China and it's with really horrible, slave-like conditions of the workers. 12, 13 and 14 year olds, in many cases with 12 hour days for as little as $17 per day, according to The New York Times (see link below). The incident of suicides are infamous. This podcast doesn't deal as much with those--the suicides--or things that gory, so you know. Everyone needs to know. Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all. Also, at this link, there is Apple's response: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/01/a-response-to-the-news-from-apple
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I'm not mocking what this guy--or any like him--is doing, don't get me wrong because a) it's beautiful and b) it likely takes a great deal of practice and learning to do but I didn't know that a great deal of glasses spread out in front of you, with various levels of water in them, to create different tones and notes was called a "glass harp." I hope you had a great weekend, y'all.
What is it with repeating Michael Jackson's moves that keeps getting done over and over? HE was unique. HE was creative. He came up with all these things. Then people started doing the same things and I guess the thought was "See? I can do it, too." Now, people are STILL repeating his same moves. Has it morphed into nostalgia now? I don't get it. That must be it. I think we will be seeing this until the end of time. Granted, it's good music and always will be but THE SAME DANCE MOVES AS HIM--AND THE SAME CLOTHES? Forever? Yikes.
A blogger points out that, this past week, there were 3 separate incidents of "violent intimidation" of Democrats "by Republican Extremists in One Single Week." He assumed Republicans and I cannot and do not but I do assume they are "Right wing" and I think that is a very fair assumption, agree or no. Those 3 incidents were: 1) A campaign manager for a Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas came home to find his family's cat killed, with the word "LIBERAL" painted on it. His 5-year old son made the gruesome discovery. This is clearly the sickest one of the three, I think; 2) Five Democratic Missouri state Senators --- four of them African-American women --- discovered rifle crosshair stickers placed on the door of their capitol offices. (Maybe they're just "surveyor's marks" though. Right Sarah Palin?); and finally, 3) A veteran 14-year police sergeant from Peoria, Arizona (near Phoenix), proudly posted a photo he took of a bunch of guys with automatic rifles holding a bullet riddled t-shirt featuring an image of Barack Obama on it. My reason for pointing this out is twofold. First, it's to create awareness of some of the sick things that are taking place nationwide so we are aware of it and maybe so we tone it down, ourselves, if we're getting overly emotional about what's going on in our country. The 2nd reason for pointing it out is to ask if maybe this will increase--heavens forbid--in the months to come, as we get closer to the November election. Hopefully these don't get more prevalent--or worse--as we get closer to the election. Here's hoping cooler, calmer and more thinking and intelligent minds prevail. Link to original post: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9095
Saturday, January 28, 2012
“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me.” –-Janis Joplin
Heard it all before. We'll hear it again. (And again. And again.)
From the notes: "KC Move to Amend and comedy troupe LSR present a satire of Corporate Personhood: the wedding of a corporation and a human being." How appropriate. Please support efforts to undo the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision so we can help get the big, ugly, corrupting money of corporations and their lobbyists out of our government. Learn more--and participate?--here: KCMovetoAmend.org
“When a group of investors pool their excess resources, efforts and talents for the sole purpose of their own benefit, regardless of the impact it has on others, it is called a 'corporation' and is touted as a honourable institution without which our society would collapse. When a group of workers pool their resources, efforts and talents for the sole purpose of their own benefit, regardless of the impact it has on others, it is called a 'Labor Union' and it is cursed as a selfish, greedy collection of disloyal leftists who should be ashamed of themselves for putting their needs before that of society.” --Jeff Moncalieri (person on Facebook)
This cracked me up. I love how the kid took the challenge from his father (that he'd pay him $100 if he--the son--did one backflip a day for a year) and then had fun with it, right down to making this video. As it happens, I like the music he set it to, also. (I wouldn't buy it--I don't need or want the music--but I've always enjoyed it). Now he and his father can always have this video as a reminder, too. I assume his father wanted to make sure he got exercise, who knows? Enjoy your weekend, y'all.
The notes with this at YouTube say to wait for the Super Bowl ad. Sounds intriguing. They're such teases, clearly. According to a Jalopnik note on that website, it's actually a Honda ad. We'll see, huh?
Friday, January 27, 2012
"When you make mistakes, there are no time machines to rectify them. Mistakes are lodged like harpoons and fish hooks in an intelligent person's soul." --Ed Sanders, activist, musician, on his friend and fellow musician Phil Ochs
Thursday, January 26, 2012
"Star Wars", redone, in 3-D. Oh, yeah. That's the good news. The bad news, if there is any? It's "The Phantom Menace." Yeah, Jar Jar Binks will still be in it.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
An old, old favorite. (I'm so old...I know who John Cougar Mellenkamp is). Quite possibly the worst choreography ever but a great song, well sung, nonetheless.
Sure, this will be covered by all the media and blog sites in the entire state but the question needs to be asked: what are our state, city and country leaders are going to do about this? Every civic, church and community leader in the state who can effect any changes on this situation should be addressing this issue. I'd think the mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City, at least, should be getting together with all the people they can and again, church, civic community leaders, everyone. And let's face it, folks, this problem of blacks in the state killing one another is overwhelmingly in Kansas City and St. Louis. Virtually the rest of the state is rural. With the exception of some cases in Springfield and St. Joseph, most of the problems stem directly from these two metropolitan areas. If little is done about this situation in these two cities and maybe Jefferson City at the statehouse, if anything can come out of there, Missouri can just expect this negative advertising to continue, of course. Links: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/25/3392027/missouris-black-homicide-rate.html; http://www.vpc.org/press/1201homicide.htm; http://www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide12.pdf
If you don't already know about it, you need to go to and register at this site: http://kcmetropolis.org/. Music, theater, movies, dance--it's all here. AS they describe themselves: Kansas City's Online Journal of the Performing Arts. Enjoy.
I saw this trailer last evening. The movie looks funny as heck--and I usually hate these "blow 'em up" films. Here's the premise: Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. Absurdity of the first order. Bring it on.
There is a somewhat commonly now-known article that came out at the end of last year that pointed out "Between 2008 And 2010, 30 Big Corporations Spent More Lobbying Washington Than They Paid In Income Taxes." (see link below) And that's bad enough. That's pretty disgusting. Rather than do "the right thing", the moral thing and pay their proper amount of taxes, these 30 companies paid more paying off their legislators in various ways, than they did in taxes. Really repulsive. Reprehensible, for sure. But you know what? That's not the worst of it, either. If you think about it, they also WROTE OFF these "lobbying expenses" as "business expenses" on their taxes. So besides not paying as much in taxes and paying more for these bribes to our legislators, they also have us--you and me, the American taxpayer--pick up the tab for this ugly, obscene immorality. Really, they are disgusting. There is no decency in these people. It's "all money, all the time" and "money for money's sake." Pitiful. Link: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/07/383779/30-big-corporations-taxes-lobbying/?mobile=nc
This, ladies and gentlemen, is reported to be a picture of "chicken McNuggets" here in the US, before they're cooked:
Mittens vs. the Newtster. This couldn't be any better.
"Big Oil" is literally the most profitable industry in the world. Why don't we stop this as soon as possible? In the first place, they are "most profitable" of any companies in the nation and world. Second, we need the tax revenues and third, if we really do use the "free market" Capitalist system, we shouldn't be giving them these anyway and finally, it could and would help wean us off this ugly fossil fuel that has us both polluting and, possibly worst, tied to the most unstable nations in the world. It all makes too much sense.
One of the most obvious, simple, intelligent and helpful things our US Congress could and should do is this, from President Obama's State of the Union address last evening: Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it. The fact is, most Americans don't know that right now, with our current tax code, we actually reward companies for taking manufacturing offshore, nearly unbelievably. Not only that, but the Democrats proposed, last year, doing away with all these. No brainer, right? Well, not so for the Republicans---they killed it, insanely and irresponsibly enough. This should go and go immediately. Please write your Senators and Representatives in Congress today--or as soon as possible. This needs to change and change quicly. Link to the SOTU address: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-of-the-union-2012-obama-speech-excerpts/2012/01/24/gIQA9D3QOQ_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboNP_p
"People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food." --Wendell Berry, American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_Berry
"An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers. According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president's address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved."
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
You might be surprised at how informative and so, important this interview is.
"Go big, Mr. President, tonight. Go big. This is the moment when the transformation away from the old politics happens; when the baby-boom battle recedes; when the extremism of the GOP finally eats itself; and when a saner future can be born. The real moment of transformation will be the re-election of a reasonable president in an unreasonable time. But tonight is the harbinger, the marker, the rally moment. Seize it." -— Andrew Sullivan, English-American author, editor, political commentator and blogger. For what it's worth--my take on it is that the President needs to push for jobs and jobs programs from this Congress and shove it down their throats. I feel sure the American people are solidly behind him on that.
Phil Ochs--60's singer, songwriter, performer, activist and war protester. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ochs; http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/phil-ochs-there-but-for-fortune/about-the-documentary/1954/
A Texas law firm has been sending letters to churches, trying to say that "..."criminal penalties apply to the collection of signatures for an initiative petition. It also warned that religious organizations trying to influence legislation 'may lose their tax-exempt status.'" Why would this law firm do this? Why, because churches, statewide, have been organizing and collecting signatures to propose a vote on the regulation of payday loans in Missouri. You know, the people who charge upwards of 400% in interest rates for their loans? A little data: "A Missouri Division of Finance study conducted in 2007 found the average age of consumers taking out payday loans was 43 with an income of a little more than $24,000. The average interest rate for a payday loan in Missouri is 445 percent annually. The national average is 391 percent." As Rev. Richard Creason, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in St. Louis said, "It's an effort to intimidate and pretend that we have no First Amendment rights as citizens of this country." Personally, I'm all about churches staying out of elections of individuals but this is utterly different. This is about helping people on an issue about the poor. They shouldn't tell anyone for whom to vote in an election but this is about organizing for an issue. From the article (link at bottom: The IRS prohibits political campaign activity on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office by houses of worship that are tax-exempt through their status as a 501(c)(3) organization. But the IRS defines political activities and legislative activities — or lobbying — as different things. Religious organizations can engage in "a limited amount" of lobbying, including ballot measures, and can advocate for (or against) political issues. Hopefully this will blow up in the faces of the attorneys in Texas. Regardless, this initiative should go forward. Link to original post: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/letters-warn-against-petitions-on-payday-loan-fee-issue/article_d7b08603-b0f4-5dda-a085-d66c4efb29ff.html
Watch this video, listen to the artist's words and see if this doesn't still apply to America today and our war in Afghanistan. Rest in peace Phil Ochs.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Coincidentally, they hit it right about these lunatics from Topeka. (I refuse to mention their name). I guess if you're on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you're bound to, one day, anyway, finally, finally get and say something correct. I wonder if and when it will happen again and how long it will take. We may never know.
I'm no movie critic or reviewer--not professionally, by a long shot (HUGE understatement)--but this new TV show coming out February 6 on NBC, "Smash", looks terrific. With Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston, it's set in New York City and about people fleshing out a musical for Broadway based on Marilyn Monroe. The first episode (see link at bottom), looks extremely promising. It's one of the most forward-looking things on TV right now, I think (though it's not on yet, not technically). It also incorporates laptops, cell phones, a YouTube-type website, a portable video cam--and all very well. It's very modern and it works. You get into the characters rather quickly, I think. The filming--both of New York and the performances--really draw you in. Last note (at least here, today, on this)--it's been compared to "Glee" and it certainly comes from that success but here's the thing--this has a far, far better and, I'll bet, more consistent story. "Glee" seems to survive and exist if the episode that evening has good musical performances. The characters and their respective stories aren't that important or integral. This has what seems to be a far more engaging story and so, characters you care far more about, far sooner. It really seems to work and on a few different levels. Here's hoping. Link to first episdode: http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1845076249/
Brilliant, once again.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This beautiful song is done by two local artists. They are called "Eyelit" and are trying to get their album printed and mastered. You can go here for lots more information on how you can help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eyelit/eyelit-the-woe-dies-first-full-length-album. Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/eyelitband
And this is the guy who judges other people's singing on a reality TV show? More opinions here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/steven-tyler-scarf-better-star-spangled-banner-rendition-214458567.html
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. And they've been legal, thank goodness--and for good reason--ever since. The Republicans and Right Wing should have long since been "over it."
The wealthy in this country already pay--as we've come to find out ala' Mitt "Mittens" Romney and Warren Buffet--less in taxes than the middle- and lower-classes. They pay in the range of a 15% rate--if that--while the rest of us pay more like 35% As if that's not bad enough, people have been calling for the end of the Capital Gains Tax? What? So they can pay even less? In the first place, shouldn't they pay MORE, comparatively, especially if you go by the Bible and our supposed Judeo-Christian values but even if you don't? Second, kill the Capital Gains Tax? As though we aren't already deeply in debt enough as it is, since George W. "Knuclehead" Bush got us into two wars, didn't pay for either AND handed out a huge tax cut for the wealthy already? Could we now kill even the possibility of ending this Capital Gains Tax idea? Please?
"The corporate barbarians are through the gate of American democracy. Not satisfied with their all-pervasive influence on our culture, economy and legislative processes, they want more. They want it all." - Sen. Bernie Sanders (Indep-Vt.) Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jan/20/us-constitution-and-civil-liberties-us-supreme-court
Saturday, January 21, 2012
1) Gingrich victory in SC a huge gift for Romney -- making him seem reasonable & responsible. And it rallies the adults in the GOP around him; 2) Now is the time for Republican leaders -- if there are any left -- to do the responsible thing and tell the truth about Newt Gingrich; 3) Newt Gingrich has perfected the art of demonizing others in order to promote himself. His message is anger, fear, and resentment; 4) When voters are stressed and angry, they'll vote for the person who most embodies their nasty mood. Hence, the Gingrich surge; 5) Gingrich almost destroyed the GOP in 1996. Now he's been given a second chance; 6) White House loves idea of Grinch heading R ticket. Increases O's odds by 20%. But also increases odds that next US prez will be insane.
“We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become President of the United States.” --Former President Jimmy Carter
Friday, January 20, 2012
Vega Choir’s cover of “Creep” set to visuals of Charlie Brown’s oh, so very tragic life-- With thanks to "Dangerous Minds": http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/youre_a_creep_charlie_brown
At least, now, with this Republican presidential campaign, we are asking good, piercing, penetrating, evaluative questions about our nation and its policies: "As Mitt Romney dances around calls for him to release his tax returns, a question about U.S. tax policy comes up: Why do the rich bear a startlingly light tax burden? ...At a time when all the self-proclaimed serious people are telling us that the poor and the middle class must suffer in the name of fiscal probity, such low taxes on the very rich are indefensible." --Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, writer and columnist for The New York Times Link to original column: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/opinion/krugman-taxes-at-the-top.html?_r=1&src=tp&smid=fb-share
Finally, finally, finally, a representative in Washington proposed a bill the nation REALLY needs: Kucinich Announces ‘Game Changing’ Constitutional Amendment to Publicly Finance Federal Elections On the eve of the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, which opened the floodgate of unlimited, shadowy corporate spending in public elections, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced H. J. Res. 100, a constitutional amendment to rescue American democracy from corporate money’s corrupting influence. Here's the crucial part: H.J. Res.100 would require that all federal campaigns –all campaigns for President, Vice-President, Senator and Representative – be financed exclusively with public funds and prohibit any expenditures from any other source, including the candidate. H. J. Res. 100 would also prohibit any expenditures in support of, or in opposition to, any federal candidate, so that interest groups will not be able to influence elections. It will maintain the First Amendment “freedom of the press” and preserve the traditional role that the media have played in our electoral process. I've said it before, folks, and trust me, I'm going to say it again--if we don't get the big, ugly, corrupting, pervasive, all-encompassing money of the corporations and wealthy out of our election system, nothing will ever change. The wealthy and corporations would continue to buy our representatives and so, their legislation and our laws. Because of all that, they would continue to own our government. It will continue to be all for the wealthy, the fat-cats and corporations and not for the good of you, me, the rich, the poor or the good of the nation. Get on board, folks. This is the solution we need. Email your Senators and Congressional representatives on this now, please. Do it for yourself and your children and for the future of the country. And don't let anyone tell you this limits anyone else's Free Speech because it patently doesn't. Link: http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=275443
Thursday, January 19, 2012
From our uber-friends at Warner Brothers--the ones who brought us Bugs and Daffy and all the rest: What a hoot.
You don't even have to be from there to get a laugh.
...I know who Dashiell Hammtt was. And "The Thin Man" And that it was a series. Link (for those who might want to learn): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashiell_Hammett
The good news? Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican pursuit for the presidency.
A good, brief and important video on America's corporations love of war--and the war dollars: We need to cut defense spending. And badly.
Here's hoping anyone and everyone who would contemplate such a thing would think first--long and hard. We really are all in this together.
The question they ask is: Should Elections Be Held On Weekends? and the answer is--forgive me-- HECK YES! I've written about this before: http://moravings.blogspot.com/2011/04/kansas-gop-keeping-people-away-from.html. Link: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/145397003/why-vote-on-tuesday-why-not-the-weekend?sc=fb#commentBlock
True. Here it is: Iranian Fishermen Rescued By U.S. Navy, Again And these are the people that hate us. These are the people that want to go to war with us. And yes, I understand the flip side, too, just as I understand why the North Koreans are lined up against us the way they are. But if you're either starving--as so many North Koreans are and have been for years--or so desperately poor, as so many Iranians are, wouldn't it be nice if we could all see each other half way and just get along? And just cooperate? Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/us-navy-rescues-iranian-fishermen_n_1215097.html?1326949106&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I got an email note from a friend today that sums up the whole push by the GOP and Right Wing to do away with the Captial Gains tax: "I just came from the grocery store and the headline in the Wall Street Journal was that Mitt Romney's tax rate was 15% which means he is getting tens of millions of dollars a year in income and paying the 15% capital gains tax rate on it. Is it any wonder that all the tax plans the Republican candidates are proposing all say do away with the tax on capital gains. Then they and their rich friends won't pay any tax at all on their incomes. What a wonderful world. Then the 3/4 of the population who don't benefit at all from capital gains can just pick up the slack." Then he said something profane, frankly, that made clear the strength of his feelings on this issue but that I won't recopy. Links: http://media.talkingpointsmemo.com/slideshow/mitt-romney-taxes; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/us/politics/facing-pointed-attacks-romney-urges-focus-on-obama.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The new single and video from Jay Brannan. Personally, I'm not that fond of the video this time but his voice is fantastic, as usual. My two cents, for what it's worth.
A movie made by American military soldiers and veterans for the American public. It's an important, vital film, I think. Please watch for it and when you can, see it. We owe to them. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to the country. We owe it to humanity. Link: www.thisiswherewetakeourstand.com
Monday, January 16, 2012
I always loved this song, of course. It's beautiful to the ear and the message is fantastic. What I had forgotten was the introduction. The child's voice is so plaintive and, again, beautiful. Here's the song by the original writer, singer and performer, Dion.
According to a note with the video post: "Walter Cronkite had almost finished broadcasting the "CBS Evening News" when he received word of Martin Luther King's assassination. His report detailed the shooting and the nation's reaction to the tragedy."
"We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor" ~ The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1964
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent." --Martin Luther King Jr. Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence. We must end America's "perpetual war." We are the warmonger of the world. It will only end if we demand it.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction...The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength To Love", 1963
This is, ladies and gentlemen, where we came from. This, below, on this video, is our history. Sure, we pat ourselves on the backs now, telling ourselves that we are wonderful, just people and that we now support the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his goals of justice, equality and fairness. The fact is, he was reviled all across the nation, not just in Southern states but particularly there. It's important we know our history. It's important we not forget.
"Almost always, the creative, dedicated minority has made the world better." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
"National Delusion Day of Note: On this date in 1919 the eighteenth amendment to the constitution authorizing prohibition of 'intoxicating liquors' took effect. Wishing to build on Prohibition's success Will Rogers made a corollary policy recommendation for higher education: 'Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.'" --From Sarah Vowell, writer, humorist
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." --Martin Luther King, Jr. Link: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/martin_luther_king_jr.html
Sunday, January 15, 2012
ON THIS DAY:
That was the sound of the door slamming shut on all the other Republican presidential nominees:
Does this make sense? A television show on and about--and named--"Revenge"? Does this make any sense? Did we not hear of and possibly either read the book or see one of the several versions of "The Count of Monte Cristo"? Another question--how long can a tv series last when it's based on, again and again, stories of only revenge? I guess we'll find out, huh?