Saturday, August 28, 2010

An American Trilogy

Mickey Newbury is a songwriter most famous for a song he arranged, but did not write. One night in Los Angeles, at a time of national distress, Newbury combined a southern anthem (written by a northerner), a northern anthem (written by a southerner), and a slave song. He sang his medley to a packed house. In the audience that night was "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" Odetta Holmes. Odetta was at the side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he made his epic “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago today.
Newbury's trio of songs brought tears to many, including Odetta.
'An American Trilogy' was born.

All Aboard!

Regarding today’s Restoring Honor Rally in Washington D.C.

This memorandum is for those who can‘t see past their ‘hate’
of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, or other freedom-loving Americans:
STOP putting all your eggs in the basket of Hate. It won't work!
You're doing EXACTLY what the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned of 47 years ago today. You're "drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." So throw the Big Gulp away and kneel down to pray. There’s still hope. God can save you. There's STILL time to see the Light.

PS- Then again, that Light you see may be the train I just boarded, and it's headed right for you ’haters’.
All aboard!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- "I Have a Dream"

The transcript of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28th, 1963:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

August 28th, 1963: "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Attention Katie Couric:

Attention Katie Couric:
The disparaging comments you made toward Sarah Palin were atrocious and despicable! They didn't just unmask your (lack of) ethics -- they PROVED beyond a reasonable doubt how COMPLICIT you were with other 'journalists' in getting Barack Obama elected president. Your American peers (and former CBS News viewers) now know and see how deep and SINISTER your COLLUSION was. With our beloved country seemingly on the brink, we're holding YOU and the others responsible. You wouldn't tell us "the way it is" -- and you LIED. Your conduct was TREASONOUS! We are in a time of war. Time to pray -- for our country’s sake at least.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Links: August 1-7

Barack Obama's Stimulus Plan Failing by Its Own Measure - TIME,8599,1910208,00.html

Jobless claims raise doubts about economy - Yahoo! News

Jobs Picture Worsens With 131,000 Job Losses; 9.5% Rate - CNBC

Jobless Claims Raise Doubts About Economy - ABC News

» Jobless Nation Heckuva Job, Barack - Big Government\

Romer To Leave White House - Hotline On Call

Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May - The Boston Globe

Worship GOD, not GOV -- Sharron Angle: Reid Agenda Is 'A Violation Of The First Commandment' TPMDC

USPS posts $3.5 billion loss as mail volume plunges - Aug. 5, 2010

Social Security in the red this year - Washington Times

L.I. Woman Convinces Government She’s Alive « CBS New York- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY

ObamaCare Organizational Pyramid

GM donates $41,000 to lawmakers' pet projects

Justice Department steers money to favored groups Washington Examiner

Power Line - I wish someone had asked General Patton this

Sarah Palin Pants on Fire, Still Facebook

Hot Air » Palin vs PolitiFact on tax-cut expirations » ‘I Want Your Money’; New Film Skewers Obamanomics

Michelle Obama goes walkabout in Marbella after 'racist' Spaniards gaff Mail Online

Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation

Obamas Hit Spanish Beach, With Help From Police -

White House calling: Please will you make a coat for Michelle Obama

Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's £250k Spanish holiday Mail Online

Michelle Obama Criticized as Modern-day Marie Antoinette Over Spain Vacation - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Tea with Breitbart - Robert Costa - National Review Online » Mark Levin On ‘The Other Side of Shirley Sherrod’

YouTube - Mark Levin On 'The Other Side of Shirley Sherrod'

» AP Black Members of Tea Party Dispute Racist Claims - Big Government » Reporters Take On Black Conservatives at Press Conference

YouTube - Reporters vs. Conservative Black Leaders at Press Conference 8 4 2010 - The Five Most Crime-Ridden U.S. Judicial Districts Are All on the Mexican Border - Tea Party Seeks to Spotlight the 'Horrors' of Illegal Immigration

Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Elton John Not a Fan of Arizona Boycott

American Thinker If Not Now, When

Kagan’s ‘Extraordinary Involvement’ in Shariah at Harvard Law

Pajamas Media » Terror Alerts Confirm PJM Reporting on Hamas Fundraiser’s Scheduled Memphis Event

Dhimmicrats or Democrats

YouTube - Kill the Ground Zero Mosque TV Ad

ACLJ NO Mosque at Ground Zero*Zip

Of Tall Tales, Fish Stories, Media Lies and Hillary Clinton - Big Journalism

YouTube - NewsBusters Reflections Fabrications

New documents point to Indonesian citizenship

Hillary is a congenital liar - William Safire

Obama owes Bush thanks for Iraq success--Editorial -

Michael Ramirez Political Cartoons 08-04-2010 - IBD -

Obama takes credit for success of Iraq Surge -- which he voted against.

The Observer-Dispatch - Utica, NY 13501 - The Observer-Dispatch

Atlantic Sentinel Sino-American naval conflict of 2015

Big Democratic Fund-Raiser Indicted -

Obama Attends Fund-Raisers in Chicago -

Dreadful results in Middle America for the Obama Democrats Washington Examiner » GOP Ad Slams IL Senate Candidate

Karl Rove Will the GOP Storm the Statehouses -

YouTube - Hewitt Govt's Not Listening--November Will Be A U-Turn Election

YouTube - Pat Caddell Sees a 'Tidal Wave' Election in November!

evaluation November Pay Cut

Peggy Noonan America Is at Risk of Boiling Over -

Tea party activists drawn to Williamsburg and its portrayal of Founding Fathers

The Tea Party rediscovers Colonial Williamsburg

YouTube - Chris Ross-Freedom(available on Itunes now)

Churchill and Eisenhower 'agreed to cover up UFO encounter during WWII' Mail Online

UFO files Winston Churchill 'feared panic' over Second World War RAF incident - Telegraph

Britain's Churchill demanded UFO briefing secret files

YouTube - Government releases new UFO files

Obama is here to 'serve' man…
…and we're ALL on the menu. Time to STOP the insanity.

YouTube - To Serve Man (Part 1)

YouTube - To Serve Man (Part 2)

YouTube - To Serve Man (Part 3) Final

YouTube - Ballplayer's Amazing Wall-Climbing Catch - Masato Akamatsu Makes One of the Greatest Catches Ever

A-Rod's home run feat 600 reasons not to care -

SPORTSbyBROOKS » NBC Takes Olbermann Off Sunday NFL Broadcasts

Op-Ed Columnist - Tragedy of Comedy -

Big Hollywood » Brad Schaeffer

YouTube - Exclusive Robert Duval on 'Huckabee'

YouTube - dwi.m4v (DRIVING WHILE ITALIAN) - Mother Nature's Stunning Light Show#slide=1

YouTube - The Final Countdown Movie Highlights

This Week’s Medal of Honor Moment…

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pin the fail on the donkey?

The "Show-Me" state gave Obama an early birthday present last night when voters REJECTED ObamaCare by a 3-to-1 margin. THAT'S almost as sweet as Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday!
But Obama can still take some solace in this upbeat news:
Whites House sources confirmed today that Obama has been officially named the 'Democrat In-House Face-Painting Clown' -- and that he'll make an appearance as such at his own party later today, where Party-goers will get to play 'pin the FAIL on the donkey'...
...or in this case, on the jackass.