Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 … A Dream that All Can Embrace … “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”
MARTIN LUTHER LING JR. DAY – 2014.
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day let us all reflect on “The Dream” and the fact that we as a Nation have come a long way since the 1960′s. We are a much better country for it. However, that does not mean that we do not still have more to do and will most likely always will. MLK Jr’s message goes out to all people, not just one message to blacks or another to whites. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, do not let others interpret that dream for you. Do not let those with an agenda that is far from “The Dream” to make you feel less or call you something that you are not. Martin Luther King Jr. was correct, it is never about the color of one’s skin, it is always about the content of one’s character. Always! That means the character of those who would lie to you or highjack “The Dream” for their own purposes. Those who are divisive and keep races at each other do a disservice to Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28, 1963
Full text of MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech can be read here.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, 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 a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four 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.
From CNN comes the unheard tapes from MLK Jr. circa 1960. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses the peaceful Civil Rights movement and called the movement represents struggle on the highest level of dignity and discipline.
From FOX News: On MLK Day – let’s celebrate all that has changed in 50 years.
On Sunday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March, spoke to that startling reality:
“I feel more than lucky but very blessed to be able to stand here 50 years later and to see the progress we have made,” Lewis said. “And just to see the changes have occurred. If someone had told me 50 years ago that an African-American would be in the White House as the president, I probably would have said ‘You’re crazy. You are out of your mind. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ The country is a different country, and we’re better people.”
In fact, outstanding African-Americans have broken through doors previously closed to all people of color in the past 50 years.
In government, we have had two black Supreme Court Justices, several Cabinet secretaries, two governors, six senators and dozens of people in Congress. We have a black president twice elected by the Americans people – who, as many have noted, could have been owned by our first 16 presidents as property.
The following VIDEO has excepts from from many different MLK speeches and this interview and has some incredibly interesting comments that all should take a listen to. What many do not understand is that MLK’s words do not just speak to the black Civil Rights movement. They speak to everyone.
- “We are in a separate phase where we are seeking genuine equality. Where we are dealing with hard economic and social issues.”
- Its more easy to integrate a lunch counter than it is guarantee an annual income. [...] It’s easier to integrate a bus than it is to get a program that will force a government to put billions of dollars to ending slums.”
- “I weight the criticisms that I would get. I thought about even the fact that some Negros would not understand. And some respectable Negro Leaders who are more concerned about being invited to the White House than invited to the cause of justice would be against me.”
Unlike others, I do not begin to speak for Martin Luther King Jr. and how he would act or what he would say in today’s world. So many are quick to say that he would be for increasing the minimum wage because he spoke of the Poor People’s Campaign which was a multiracial effort to address poverty in the nation by demanding a $30 billion antipoverty package, including full employment and the annual construction of 500,000 affordable residences. I don’t think so. The US has had a ‘War on Poverty’ since 1964 and the LBJ years. However, 50 years later it has been a failure.
I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of his word and wanted true equality for his people. I do not believe that he wanted them back on the plantation and subject to a life of dependency on welfare programs. True equality does not come from a hand out, it comes from a hand up. Equality does not come from being forced to live in government housing. Equality comes from a strong family unit, an education, morality, a want and desire to get ahead and believing in something greater than yourself. The US has spent trillions in the War on Poverty and has gotten no where. The welfare state has been a disaster for “The Dream”. Sorry, I do not believe for one second that MLK’s “DREAM” had the notion that blacks would become part of a voting block and completely dependent upon the government. JMO.
18 year old Sean T. Murawske has been reported missing on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Alma, Michigan. Sean Murawske was last seen at approximately 1:30 am at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity on West Center Street in Alma. Police are looking into a tip that an individual fitting the missing Alma college freshman’s description was seen walking on West Superior near Luce Road around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Sean Thomas Murawske – pic from Alma Police Department
Sean T. Murawske was last seen at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity on West Center Street in Alma, investigators said.
Murawske was wearing a dark colored shirt and khaki pants. Murawske has blonde hair, is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 180 pounds.
UPDATE I: Alma College freshman reported missing.
Schooley said a thorough search was conducted in that area and nothing was found. Searches have also been conducted on campus and flyers have been distributed.
He said an investigation into Murawske’s cell phone revealed nothing that police didn’t already know.
Police will open Gratiot County’s Emergency Operation Center Monday night to use as a command center, and a search will also be conducted by air.
UPDATE II: Search for missing student ends in tragedy.
The search for the missing Alma College student ended in tragedy when volunteers found the body of 18 year-old Sean Murawske in a field off Charles Road in Alma.
Information is still sketchy but there appeared to be no obvious signs of foul play, said Alma Police Deputy Chief Matt Schooley. An autopsy will likely be scheduled.
Volunteers from the Murawske’s home town of Harbor Beach found the body.
Anyone with information should call the Alma Police Department at 989-463-8317.
Add another accomplishment to Barack Obama … Hardly ‘Hope and Change’ for the Youth.
The Youth Misery Index hits all-time high under Barack Obama. In 2009 when Obama took office, the YMI was at m 83.5; however, has skyrocketed to 98.6 in 2013. This represents an 18.1% increase since Obama took office. But Obama claims he is for the youth of America and the youth continue foolishly vote for him in large numbers. The index is calculated by adding youth unemployment and average college loan debt figures with each person’s share of the national debt. And before Obama and his minions blame Bush, when President George Bush left office in 2008, the index was 69.3.
A Youth Misery Index that measures young Americans’ woes has skyrocketed under President Barack Obama and hit an all-time high.
The index, released Wednesday, was calculated by adding youth unemployment and average college loan debt figures with each person’s share of the national debt. While it has steadily grown over the decades, under Obama the figure has shot up dramatically, from 83.5 in 2009 to 98.6 in 2013.
The index has increased by 18.1 percent since Obama took office, the highest increase under any president, making Obama the worst president for youth economic opportunity, according to the nonprofit that released the figure.
“Young people are suffering under this economy,” said Ashley Pratte, program officer for Young America’s Foundation, which developed the index and calculates it annually using federal statistics. “They’re still living in their parent’s basements, unable to find full-time jobs that pay them what they need in order to pay back their debt.”
Youth unemployment in 2013 was 16.3 percent, and student loan debt came in at a record-breaking average of $29,400 last year, the foundation points out; what’s more, each person’s share of the roughly $17 trillion dollar national debt stands at its highest level ever: $52,948.
FOX and Friends – Ashley Pratte, YAF’s Public Relations Officer
Pic – screen Grab from Fox & Friends Interview: Click on Pic for VIDEO
Sorry, but what Obama has done to the youth of America should be considered a crime … Can he be charged with child abuse? How about Generational theft?
UPDATE I: Thanks Teach for the link at the Pirate’s Cove.
They Said What … NewsBusters Dopiest Quotes of 2013 … The “Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year”
Newsbusters has the “Dopiest” quotes of 2013 and let me just say they are pretty damn dopey … Should it be considered the ‘Audacity of Dope” or “Dope and Change”? Incredibly, there were probably so many to pick from, the following are the winners, they said what?
1. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, for a Big Brother-esque “Lean Forward” promo that began airing on her network in early April.
I bet Americans did not know that kids belong to their parents and their families. Nope, not in the eyes of socialists in the media. This goes beyond Hillary Clinton’s notion that ‘it takes a village’. Americans should just say a collective, YIKES!!!
“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children …. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children ….We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”
2. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on April 21 thought he had the perfect argument for his longstanding quest for a prosperity-suffocating tax on fossil fuels. This liberal, anti-fossil fuel, global warming columnist actually had the audacity to link the Boston Marathon massacre terror bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers as an excuse to exploit it and call for carbon taxes. Some one really needs to explain the connection other than liberal dribble. Because we can see that they really cared about global warming.
“Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men….And the best place to start is with a carbon tax.”
Read and listen to the rest at Newsbusters that includes the incredible notion that the media slants to the right and the part that makes the Christmas season too stressful, is the religious stuff.
17 Year Old Arapahoe High School Student Claire Davis Dies Saturday, December 21, Eight Days After She was Shot by a Student with a Shotgun in Centennial, Colorado
Sad news to report in the Colorado teen Claire Davis who was battling to stay alive from gun shot injuries suffered eight days ago in another senseless school shooting …
17 year old Claire Davis has passed away today, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm local time with her family by her side. Claire Davis was critically shot eight days ago with a shotgun by a fellow student, Karl Pierson, at school in Centennial, Colorado. She has tragically passed away as doctors stated that her injuries were just too severe to save her life. God Bless Claire Davis, her family, friends and loved ones. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family that they may find peace in the loss of their blessed child.
Claire Davis – Rest in Peace
In a statement posted on the Littleton Adventist Hospital’s Facebook page:
It is with heavy hearts that we share that a 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side. Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire’s fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families.
The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community. They know that you all are mourning with them, and again request privacy during this time of grief.
Information regarding a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced at a future date. Please feel free to continue to leave cards for the Davis family in the Cards for Claire box, located within the main entrance of the hospital.
It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger.
Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf.
We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.
With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family
“The Denver Foundation is privileged to be able to help the Arapahoe High School community honor Claire Davis and help with needs that extend beyond the immediate,” says David Miller, President of The Denver Foundation. “We will be honored to work with Claire’s family to determine where contributed dollars will make the greatest difference.”
For more information about the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis, or to make contributions, please visit www.denverfoundation.org.
The War on CHRISTmas: Parents Livid as Long Island School Removes Words From Silent Night as Too Offensive
THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS CONTINUES WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS NONSENSE …
At Kings Point Intermediate School on Long Island, NY it was ok for the liberal school edumacators thought it was perfectly okay to offend Christians by sanitizing the Christmas song ‘Silent Night’ of all references to God so they did not offend others. Yup, because the birth of Jesus, the son of God is just of darn offensive. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! What kind of IDIOTS do we have running schools these days? Turns out they did offend many people, the parents that were wondering what song they were listening to their kids butcher.
There is anger at a Long Island school because they changed the words to the song “Silent Night.”
The district says it was to avoid offending people but it seems like it did the opposite.
Parents are so confused that 5th graders at RJO Intermediate School in Kings Park recently performed the song “Silent Night” with all religious words like Christ, God and Jesus taken out.
Dan Gallo, a parent of one of the students was completely offended by it.
“There is so many Christmas songs. Why would you change the lyrics to something that is very near and dear to so many people?” said Gallo.
Another parent, Tina Byrne, doesn’t have a problem with what the school did.
The school district says the school principal and the choral director decided to teach the students the altered version.
Watch the VIDEO below and try to figure out just what song these kids are singing.
Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin , mother and child
Holy infant so, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glory streams from heaven afar
Heavenly, hosts sings Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.
Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
I sense a pendulum swing back the other direction of people are getting real sick and tired of this PC nonsense.
20 Year Old Harvard Student Eldo Kim Arrested & Charged in Connection with Monday’s Bomb Threat … Tried to Dodge Final Exam with Bomb Hoax
So someone at Harvard … this was pretty stupid …
20 year old Harvard student, Eldo Kim, has been charged in connection with the bomb threats Monday that evacuated four buildings on the Harvard campus and caused the cancellation of final exams. It appears that Kim made the false bomb threats in order to get out of taking his final exam. As reported at NBC News, the affidavit said Kim emailed bomb threats to several Harvard offices, including the campus police and the student newspaper, about 8:30 a.m. ET Monday. Kim was scheduled to take a final exam in Emerson Hall 9:00 a.m. on December 16, 2013. The maximum penalties under the bomb hoax statute, are five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday’s bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper.
Kim will be in US District Court Wednesday.
Eldo Kim – Undergraduate, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Read the Complaint against Eldo Kim HERE.
There will be no winter break for Eldo Kim, except for a stay in the crowbar hotel.
Instead of going home for winter break, 20-year-old Eldo Kim was arrested Tuesday and held overnight on federal bomb hoax charges. He is scheduled to appear in US District Court on Wednesday, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office.
The FBI said Kim sent an anonymous e-mail to Harvard officials, campus police, and others at about 8:30 a.m. Monday warning of “shrapnel bombs” in four buildings.
“[Be] quick for they will go off soon,” the message warned, according to the FBI, which said Kim admitted to adding the word “shrapnel” because it sounded more dangerous.
He reportedly admitted to FBI investigators that he was the one who sent the emails. Kim tried to conceal his identity using one service that assigns people anonymous IP addresses and another that creates an anonymous and temporary email account, according to the federal complaint.
Kim was allegedly “motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held on December 16,” the complaint states.
Breaking, Bomb Scare at Harvard University … Evacuations Underway at Harvard University after “Unconfirmed” Reports of Possible Explosives on Campus, Evacuated 4 Buildings: Science Center, Thayer, Sever & Emerson … Twitter #HarvardBomb (Update: No Evidence of Explosives)
BREAKING … The NY Daily News is reporting that evacuation of some buildings at Harvard University is taking place after report of possible bombs/explosives on campus.
However, Harvard University is reporting the following:
Harvard University @Harvard
Alert: Reports of bombs placed on campus are unconfirmed. There have been NO reports of explosions. View for updates: hvrd.me/rNXaJ
Harvard University issued an alert on its website Monday morning citing “unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Please evacuate those buildings now.”
- 9:33am EST – The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) this morning received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus: the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. HUPD and Cambridge Police are on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated. Harvard’s focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information.
- 9:13am EST – Harvard Alert-HUPD and CPD are on the scene and investigating. Please stand by for more info.
- 9:02am EST – Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Please evacuate those buildings now.
Also follow at Boston TV:
UPDATE III: Harvard Students Allowed Back in All Evacuated Buildings - Officials Found No Evidence of Explosives Following Bomb Threat.
Harvard University students were allowed full access to the campus Monday afternoon after officials said they found no evidence of explosives in four buildings that had been evacuated because of an earlier bomb threat.
In a statement released about 3 p.m., the university said students were allowed back into Thayer Hall, a dorm, and classrooms in Emerson and Sever halls and the Science Center. An earlier restriction on access to Harvard Yard was also lifted.
UNREAL … Bellevue College in Washington State Offers 7 Gender Types for Applicants to Choose From and Not One is Male or Female
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN, Confused Gender Edition.
Bellevue College in Washington state now allows applicants can choose from seven different options to identify their gender, except for male and female. I kid you not. The college claims that the question will help it create better services and classes for gender-variant students. Of course it makes the rest of the 99.5% male and female applicants confused as hell. The college claims that the data is 100% private and not shared with anyone, and for now will only be used internally. Hmm, guess these folks are not aware of the NSA, nothing is 100% private.
Hmm, when you go to the college’s website you are presented with a rainbow colored banner for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer Student Success Initiative. Just wondering, where is the same one for the straight students?
I Think they need to Update the VIDEO on their site
According to News 96.5,your choices are as follows because we can’t make anyone feel … uncomfortable:
- Gender neutral
- Other, and
- Prefer not to say
Seriously, what happened to male, female and other? So if you are a masculine, tomboy girl or a slightly feminine male, exactly what are you supposed to pick? Better than that, if you are a male or female, what are you supposed to choose from this list, Other?
COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING: Shooting at Arapahoe High School, One Injured, Gunman Dead … Gunman ID’d as 18 Year Old Karl Halverson Pierson
Sadly, another shooting to report, this time from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The shooting took place on Friday afternoon as the gunman entered the high school with a shotgun at approximately 12:33 p.m., near the student parking lot, he asked for the teacher by name. During the gun fire, a 15 year old girl was shot and injured and was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Eventually the shooter turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The school is eight miles from Columbine.
A student identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson walked into a Colorado high school with a shotgun Friday, possibly seeking revenge against a teacher, and critically wounded another student before apparently killing himself, police said.
The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said a second student, initially thought to have suffered a gunshot wound, was actually not injured and only covered with blood from the first victim.
The second student was released from the hospital Friday night.
Robinson also said two Molotov cocktails were found at the scene. One was ignited either “immediately prior to or during the shots being fired,” he said, releasing a “significant amount” of smoke. The second was not deployed and rendered safe.
UPDATE I: The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. The incident appears to be an attempted at revenge against the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy, who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team.
Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking “revenge” on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night.
Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy — who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators.
“We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but then I heard two more,” said senior Max Minne. “I knew it was a gun for sure.”
Minne, who was studying in the library during his 5th period class, said he started to approach the front door of the library to see what was happening.
“The shooter just ripped through the door, started yelling, ‘Where’s Murphy?’ — That’s the main librarian of the school. I saw him bust through the door of the library with a gun, so I just took off and started yelling, ‘Everyone get out! Everyone get out!’”
UPDATE II: Arapahoe High gunman held strong political beliefs, but he does not look like a Tea Party member. Actually, he appears to be a socialist.
The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”
Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.
Out of the mainstream, really? Has anyone seen lately what the Democrat/Socialist party has been spewing lately? The PJ Tatler makes a very good observation in that Pierson’s political views hardly seem out of the mainstream for Democrats or so they seem very deep thinking. They are the same as Nancy Pelosi talking points (VIDEO) against the GOP.
But oh the all too common hypocrisy from the LEFT, he mocked Republicans, “Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die,” yet Karl Halverson Pierson takes a shotgun into the high school to cause violence and death.