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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/15/2008 11:52:53

I yield the floor today to the Honorable Dr. Martin Luther King. Although he gave the following speech almost 41 years ago, he could just as easily give it today. Only the locations have changed.




Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence


...The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.

And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation's history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.

Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: "Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King?" "Why are you joining the voices of dissent?" "Peace and civil rights don't mix," they say. "Aren't you hurting the cause of your people," they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live....

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196 comments (Latest Comment: 01/16/2008 05:44:58 by livingonli)

When the War comes home.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/14/2008 13:27:45

We have been told that we must fight them there so we won't have to fight them here. We have been told that Al Quaeda must be prevented from entering America. We have been told to fear the enemy. Support the Troops™, love America(LLC).

But what happens when our troops can't stop fighting the war when they come home? What happens then?
The war echos, and still goes on, it seems.
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167 comments (Latest Comment: 01/15/2008 04:19:12 by livingonli)

Tough guys have dogs
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/13/2008 14:22:59

Remember that kid in High School who had to be the best at everything? The biggest, the loudest, the best at sports, the best hair, the hottest girlfriend. That annoying big shot that everyone hated, but all the other guys wanted to hang around with, and all the girls wanted to date. Well, most of the girls. Maybe you were that guy. I was NOT that girl.

These guys always had some little peon that would hang around them, continuing to boost their reputation, doing the big shots homework and taking the fall when he messed up. All the while hoping and praying that the big shot would throw something, anything, their way.

The peons were like the little dog in those Warner Bros cartoons, Chester, an enthusiastic little terrier that would follow the big bulldog, Spike, around - bouncing at his feet and stroking his ego: “That’s my pal, Spike, and he’s big and brave”.

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q151/velveeta_jones/cartoons/Spikechester1.jpg



Well, those little Chester’s have grown up and are now running for President of the United States as a Republican.
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59 comments (Latest Comment: 01/14/2008 04:21:24 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/12/2008 13:59:28

Good Morning!

I had a brief conversation with an old friend yesterday, and she presented today's moment...

Ron Paul, who most agree is Republican in Name Only, was once a standard-bearer for the Libertarian party. Who's to say that he is running as a "republican" in the early going for the media coverage, name recognition, and fundraising opportunities? Supposing his campaign goes nowhere, and he finishes a distant 6th overall.

Well, he's still got all that money and all the publicity....and could very easily mount a third-party campaign after the convention for the general election. Add a possible run by Mayor Bloomberg (Independent, but formerly republican) and what sort of effect would that have on splitting the vote? It may not make the democrats a shoo-in, but it's certainly food for thought...

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19 comments (Latest Comment: 01/14/2008 03:52:03 by Mondobubba)

It's the Economy, Stupid!
Author: BobR    Date: 01/11/2008 13:17:45

I know it's Friday, and I know we all want happy fun time, and for a lot of people it's payday, but for a lot of people... it's not anymore. Most of you have already heard that the jobless rate rose to the 5% mark last month. According to Merrill-Lynch (not exactly a bastion of liberal thought), that was the final straw. They have finally declared that Yes, we are in a recession:
The feared recession in the US economy has already arrived, according to a report from Merrill Lynch.
It said that Friday's employment report, which sent shares tumbling worldwide, confirmed that the US is in the first month of a recession.
....
Merrill Lynch said that the figures showing the jobless rate hitting 5% in December were the final piece in that puzzle.

"According to our analysis, this isn't even a forecast any more but is a present day reality," the report said.

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204 comments (Latest Comment: 01/12/2008 06:47:01 by shelaghc)

A pol-fect Storm?
Author: Raine    Date: 01/10/2008 13:26:46

So what really happened in NH?

There seems to be a lot of questions out there, and not just from myself. the Polls were wrong, the polls were wrong! My kingdom! the polls were wrong!

Now, I am not trying to be all on everyone. I really am not. I think what we saw in NH was a perfect storm of everything that is wrong with media coverage, the voting system, and America's need for instant gratification. NH voters DO take voting seriously, and I do believe that the polls WERE wrong to a large extent. I saw one poll yesterday that differentiated between undecided and undeclared voters... ask yourself, is there a difference? I also believe that a large portion of republicans ended up voting for Hillary. I do not know if the pollster's took this phenomenon into account. That certainly affected the numbers. It is why I don't like anyone but my party voting in my party primary. Call me a segregationist, but I believe in this strongly. If I were an independent, then I believe I should be able to only vote for members of that party. These are Primaries, not the general election... But, I digress, another topic for another time.

There is another disturbing question here. Were the optical scanners used to count the votes legit? I actually saw this very issue get questioned on MSM yesterday. I was floored. I don't think they went far enough. From BlackBoxVoting.org:
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175 comments (Latest Comment: 01/11/2008 04:40:19 by Mondobubba)

Two Down, 48 to Go
Author: BobR    Date: 01/09/2008 13:32:34

The nation has another primary under its belt. As we all know by now, Hillary took the state with Obama in 2nd and Edwards in 3rd. On the Republican side, McCain took the state (not a big surprise there), followed by Romney and Huckabee a distant 3rd. 9ui11iani barely beat out Ron Paul for 4th, which shows just how much a tailspin his campaign is in, and how energized the Ron Paul supporters are.

McCain was called very early, not long after the polls closed. Hillary, however, wasn't called until much later. It was very close all night long, which really helped maintain the level of excitement. It gave us all a chance to watch the pundits blather and eat crow and gaze at their navels (they predicted an Obama blow out).
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217 comments (Latest Comment: 01/10/2008 04:52:00 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/08/2008 11:40:16

Good Morning. Today is our 1,756th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3911
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3772
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3450
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3052
Since Election (1/31/05): 2474

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 474


We find this morning's cost of war rolling through:

$ 483, 920, 300, 000 .00


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246 comments (Latest Comment: 01/09/2008 05:27:20 by livingonli)

Brit? Paris? Nope... this time it's Nashua!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/07/2008 13:47:26

The latest tabloid journalistic scuffle was not Brit or Lindsey or Paris, but rather involving Barack Obama. As reported yesterday:
But it was after Obama's speech that O'Reilly threw some elbows. And not so figuratively either.

Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson, a personal aide always at Obama's side during rope line handshakes, said O'Reilly yelled at him to get out of the way of his cameraman's shot. Nicholson said O'Reilly came around the waist-high barricade separating Obama from well-wishers.

"Then he grabbed me with both of his arms and tried to push me out of the way," Nicholson said after the campaign agreed to make him available to reporters.

O'Reilly, interviewed afterward by phone on Fox News, said he tried "to gently remove" Nicholson because he was standing in front of Fox's camera.

"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation, but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on "The O'Reilly Factor." It is not going to happen," O'Reilly said.

Now I may be snarkily calling Billo a tabloid journalist, but this man is on a news network, he considers himself to be a journalist. He has an audience, albeit a shrinking one, but an audience nonetheless. I am used to seeing this behavior from the paparazzi, and places like OK! magazine, but this just goes too far.
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251 comments (Latest Comment: 01/08/2008 03:20:14 by livingonli)

Buddy, can you spare some change?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/06/2008 14:36:29

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles (495-429 BC)

Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it. (Unknown)

It was a double-header debate held in New Hampshire last night. And the secret word, in case you missed it was: CHANGE. Seems to be the buzz word of the day thanks to the decisive Barack Obama win in Iowa. First at bat, the republicans, I missed the first half-hour of them due to birthday celebrations with my wife, but I rather doubt I missed much.

Here is Velveeta’s report:
Boy, is Mitt Romney disliked! Even though he is not the leader (currently) the girls had their claws out on him. Mike Huckabee even got in a 2-circle-snap comeback to Mitt regarding his constant flip-flopping.
“I also supported the troop surge," Romney said, "Don't try to mischaracterize my position."
"Which one?" Huckabee shot back

Even John McCain jumped into the fray with a not-so veiled barb at Mitt, “I just want to say to Gov. Romney, we disagree on a lot of issues, but I agree you are the candidate of change," (Good one John).
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12 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2008 02:22:28 by TriSec)

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