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Honoring Dr. King.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/17/2011 13:45:56

"[These girls] have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say to a federal government that has compromised with the undemocratic practices of Southern Dixiecrats and the blatant hypocrisy of right-wing Northern Republicans. They have something to say to every Negro who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice." ....

They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr. September 18, 1963, Eulogy for Martyred Children


Today is a day to celebrate the life of man who gave his in order to makes us more equals and secure in our nation. It is not time to live within a prism of what we want to see, but to work towards making what is just and moral. We must make our lives and other filled with a better reality. If we want less violence, we must be less violent. If we want equality we must treat each other equally. If we want to make the system better, we must participate in it in a way that does not forget about those that might fall between the cracks and slip from the reach of help. These are also things that the civil rights movement sought for. As the movement grew, It wasn't just about racial equality, it was a movement to empower ALL Americans to achieve equality: socially, economically and mentally. It was to bring the forgotten in this nation back into the fold.
And this can happen to America, the richest nation in the world-and nothing’s wrong with that-this is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.

In a few weeks some of us are coming to Washington to see if the will is still alive or if it is alive in this nation. We are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of hurt and neglect. We are going to bring those who have come to feel that life is a long and desolate corridor with no exit signs. We are going to bring children and adults and old people, people who have never seen a doctor or a dentist in their lives.
This was Dr. King's last major speech before he himself was felled by gun violence.

Nothing will change until the people move to change it. This is what should be done in honoring Dr. King. Civil rights was not just about race, it was about the measure of people and what we can do to lift everyone up. It was about dignity and honor. It was about life, liberty and being able to pursue happiness without fear of being persecuted by others.

Let us all strive to do our part today and everyday.

Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh.


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Raine



26 comments (Latest Comment: 01/18/2011 02:57:06 by clintster)
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Comment by wickedpam on 01/17/2011 14:00:10
Morning

Comment by Scoopster on 01/17/2011 14:13:04
Morning all..

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/17/2011 14:47:33
Morning all.

Scoop, that is a great quote! MLKjr? It really fits for today just as it did during the Vietnam war.

Have a great day everyone!

Comment by AuntAzalea on 01/17/2011 14:58:01
Really good one Raine!

Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 15:22:48
Liberty, equality, justice. Is there anything else so important?

Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 15:42:20
Thanks everyone. It's time we look at all the things that Dr. King asked of us. We might have many more people alive and with us today.

Comment by livingonli on 01/17/2011 16:01:47
Everyone must be busy today. Quick hit and run since I have to go to work early today. Thanks to the holiday, we have an afternoon Knicks game and the Islanders playing the Devils.

Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 16:12:14


This version is SO beautiful.

Comment by Scoopster on 01/17/2011 16:14:32
Seems to be a pretty calm day on all fronts.. either that or I'm a lot more zonked from the sudafeds than I thought!

Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 16:39:12
This is just beautiful. Read the whole thing, I leave you with this:
Stoddard, 75, one of the victims in the shootings that killed her husband and five others and injured 13, was about to speak.

The pastor and musicians paused. A hush fell over the crowd of about 1,000 in Calvary Tucson East Baptist Church as Stoddard was wheeled to the front, wearing a bright pink jacket with black lace trim. She gripped the microphone and spoke slowly, thoughtfully at first.

She spoke the name of her husband, Dorwan Stoddard, 76, who was shot in the head outside a Safeway supermarket Jan. 8 as he attempted to shield his wife.

"He made me a better person. He made me kinder. He made me know there are good men," she said, resisting tears, her hand trembling as if she might drop the microphone.

And then, suddenly, she smiled. "He spoiled me rotten," she said. "And oh gosh, it was fun."

Now the words came faster. It seemed she had something to say, something important.

"He died for me," she said, her voice firm, "and I have to live for him."

Her hand stopped trembling. Stoddard is strong. Since leaving the hospital last week, she has refused pain medication and began using a walker, one of her four daughters said.

"I will survive," she continued as the crowd began to applaud. "We will not let that gunman take our hopes."


Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 16:40:18
Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 16:57:17
Wow.

Uhm, seriously? this is a bit over the top.


Comment by livingonli on 01/17/2011 18:15:20
Today I have the NHL battle of the cellar dwellers between the Islanders and Devils.

Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 18:28:06
Comment by Scoopster on 01/17/2011 18:47:40
Boehner declines another invitation to be seen in the same room with Obama.

Either he's just plain rude or he's playing as if he's the common man.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/17/2011 19:12:41
Quote by Scoopster:
Boehner declines another invitation to be seen in the same room with Obama.

Either he's just plain rude or he's playing as if he's the common man.


I'm going with rude dick.

Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 19:28:19
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Scoopster:
Boehner declines another invitation to be seen in the same room with Obama.

Either he's just plain rude or he's playing as if he's the common man.


I'm going with rude dick.

Or he's scared of him.

Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 19:39:05

Assange said that, as with other WikiLeaks releases, media organizations — he named the Financial Times and Bloomberg as possible candidates — could be given the information ahead of time.


I heard on WTOP that Wikileaks is going to assess the information before they release it. I feel a little uncomfortable knowing they have the ability to withhold information just as media outlets can. Check this out, regarding the person releasing the information to Wikileaks:
He has previously offered files to WikiLeaks on financial activities in the Cayman Islands and faces a court hearing in Zurich on Wednesday to answer charges of coercion and violating Switzerland's strict banking secrecy laws.







Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 19:45:28
Quote by Scoopster:
Boehner declines another invitation to be seen in the same room with Obama.

Either he's just plain rude or he's playing as if he's the common man.


He's trying to show what a nationalist he really is. It is disingenuous, populist malarky.

He's not a leader. He's the Wizard of Oz.


Comment by Scoopster on 01/17/2011 19:54:30
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Boehner declines another invitation to be seen in the same room with Obama.

Either he's just plain rude or he's playing as if he's the common man.


He's trying to show what a nationalist he really is. It is disingenuous, populist malarky.

He's not a leader. He's the Wizard of Oz.

...with the complexion of an oompa-loompa!
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Comment by clintster on 01/17/2011 20:19:23
Oh. Dear. God.



At first I was all
And then I
I then went straight to
It's just a big bag of

Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 20:42:44
Quote by clintster:
Oh. Dear. God.



At first I was all
And then I
I then went straight to
It's just a big bag of

Is this in a church? They should have their tax-exempt status revoked.

And these two rednecks should move in next door to the Palins and see how much she appreciates them. Whoops - that cult of personality flows in one direction only.

but oh dear gawd that was attrocious...

Comment by Raine on 01/17/2011 21:07:05
Quote by BobR:
Quote by clintster:
Oh. Dear. God.



At first I was all
And then I
I then went straight to
It's just a big bag of

Is this in a church? They should have their tax-exempt status revoked.

And these two rednecks should move in next door to the Palins and see how much she appreciates them. Whoops - that cult of personality flows in one direction only.

but oh dear gawd that was attrocious...

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Comment by clintster on 01/17/2011 21:44:31
OK, to make it up to ya, I also have this little nugget; Elvira does Palin:



Comment by BobR on 01/17/2011 21:51:30
Quote by clintster:
OK, to make it up to ya, I also have this little nugget; Elvira does Palin:


ah, thank-you. That was a delightful palette cleanser

Comment by clintster on 01/18/2011 02:57:06
Bobber/Raine/Kenny, any word when the other podcast hours of TUTN will be posted? I got the first and would like to be able to play the whole show for Kathy.