Monday, January 18, 2016

Angry King

Just because he was nonviolent didn't mean his patience was limitless.

"As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men.... They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and 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."

One year later he was shot dead and shut up for good.

And what do the current crop of leaders say we should do to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.? 

"Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican governor in a deep blue state, said that people must listen to each other with open minds in order to build a stronger community. Everybody is affected by issues such as unemployment, housing disparity, and addiction, regardless of race or political ideology, he said. “I have never bought the idea that any one group has all the answers,” he said as the crowd gave a resounding “Amen.” “If we strive to live by Dr. King’s ideals, we can keep his cause with us and carry on his work,” Baker said. “And we should, because he represented the very best within us all — the ties that bind us together, the shared sense of purpose, the divine notion that we can do better, and the relentless spirit that says we must.” 

I'm tired of the myths regarding this $tate, and I've excluded the elite from the equation.

After spasm of violence, residents of South End march for peace

Not a march against war it is, nor the violence of police against black people; that doesn't happen up here in Boston.

Major crime falls to 10-year low in Boston

All except for shootings, they say. Gotta get those guns out of your hands as they upscale with surplus military gear (stories fade and narratives change over the course of years).

"Hancock gives more than $1m to MLK Summer Scholar grants" by J.D. Capelouto Globe Correspondent  January 15, 2016

John Hancock Financial is contributing more than $1 million to the MLK Summer Scholar program, which will provide hundreds of jobs this summer to city teens, the company announced on Friday.

I'm sure King is applauding from the grave. Banks are the lifeblood of the economy, so grab a bucket and bail for the Lord he once preached. 

That's one two things he always said, the other being I have no problem with Big Oil, they have problems of their own. 

Don'cha remember?

This is the ninth year of the program, according to a statement from John Hancock. The new grants were announced on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday.

In a way I'm glad he's gone. 

Like Gandhi, his heart would be broken at what has become of the world.

“The goal of this program is to help Boston teens gain meaningful work experience, and develop the skills they need to be college and career ready,” Thomas Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel of John Hancock Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility, said in the statement. “We also hope the Scholars gain a deeper appreciation of Dr. King’s inspiring legacy and feel empowered to become active, engaged citizens in our communities.”

Assisting in the summer program is The Boston Globe, the City of Boston, the Ad Club of Boston, Boston University, and Partners HealthCare. Linda Henry, Boston Globe managing director, praised the program for aiding Boston’s youth....

Maybe there are some jobs for them delivering Globes?


Tired of the $elf-$erving, $elf-centered slop passing itself off as news yet?

"Eighth-graders honor MLK with day of service" by Nicole Fleming Globe Correspondent  January 16, 2016

Project 351, which organized Saturday’s event, selects eighth-grade students from each of Massachusetts’ 351 towns and cities to inspire and facilitate community service. Students gather in the spring and fall for a day of group community service, leading service projects within their own communities in the interim. It once sounded good, but you must realize from where that agenda-pushing message is coming from these days.

Community service in this context means less government responsibility and more tax loot for Hollywood (in the vast majority of cases, the credits are sold to insurers, banks, and other firms that use them to reduce their own taxes) and GE!

Baker spoke of how he jumped at the idea to create a pathway for young people “who in some not-quite-yet formed way want to be part of something big and be a part of service.”

Why did the Hitler Youth just come to mind?

“Service is one of those ideas that everyone can agree on,” said Carolyn Casey, executive director and founder of Project 351.

You know, like a DRAFT!

The students were divided into teams named after people many referred to as heroes, including Mother Teresa, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank — and closer to home, Michelle Wu, Dawnn Jaffier, and Martin Richard. Each team stood up one by one to a round of applause, the beaming eighth-graders wearing long-sleeve shirts with “I HAVE A DREAM” printed in white on the back.

Anne Frank was a phony, and Gandhi gets nothing but disrespect from the lying, war-promoting pre$$.

Following the ceremony, the eighth-graders split into groups to do community service at one of six sites: the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter in the South End; Greater Boston Food Bank; Meals of Hope, an anti-hunger effort teaming up with various food banks across the state; Y2Y, a student-run youth homeless shelter in Harvard Square; Cradles to Crayons, a charity for children who are homeless and in low-income situations; and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a movement for youth education, culture, and community-building.

All that poverty amongst such splendor and wealth.

At the Pine Street Inn, 60 students crowded into a second-floor room to paint murals on canvases, organize bags of hygiene products, make fleece scarves, decorate handmade birthday cards, and bake apple pies for the residents.

Sitting at the table of busy young people making scarves was 17-year-old Daniel Heines from Marshfield, who has returned each year since participating in Project 351 as an eighth-grader four years ago.

When he first heard of Project 351, he said, he didn’t know what it was.

“But it kinda turned into my life, almost,” said Heines as he snipped at a piece of dark green fleece, a blue Project 351 wrist band visible on his left wrist. “My closest friends are all in Project 351.”

On Saturday, he was the alumni leader helping coordinate the service effort by Team Marisol O’Brien, named after an 8-year-old Lexington girl who died seven years ago from the degenerative brain disease leukodystrophy. Her parents, Thomas and Patricia O’Brien, brother, Tomas, and sister, Dureti, assisted the volunteers. Service efforts like these keep Marisol’s cheerful spirit going, said Thomas and Tomas.

“There are all kinds of decisions that have been made for you up until this point in time in your life, by your parents, by your teachers, by your coaches,” said Baker in a relaxed interview with WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes onstage during the Faneuil Hall kickoff.

But increasingly, you will make the decisions in your own life, he told the students.

Project 351 is already succeeding at its goal of encouraging long-term volunteer work, said Scottie Wait, director of volunteer programs for Pine Street Inn. She has had alumni from the project return as high school students to volunteer at the busy shelter.

“The best part of this day is that it’s only the beginning,” said Casey, Project 351’s founder....

Or that it is ending.


I'm doing my service right now. 

I've spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today for the last ten years if not before, and I'm doing it again right now.

I'm sure there has to be a better way to honor Martin Luther King:

"Amid graves of the great at Mount Auburn, MLK’s legacy lives on" by Astead W. Herndon Globe Staff  January 18, 2016

CAMBRIDGE — On Sunday, about 25 people toured the graves.

“I make it a point to call him Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and not ‘MLK,’ because I want to remember him as an individual,” said Mary Fitz-Randolph, a 50-year-old woman from Belmont.

How can she remember him? She couldn't have been more than 3.

Stephen Pinkerton, a volunteer docent at the cemetery, led the tour and gave a 90-minute presentation on the legacy of social justice. “Martin Luther King Day has become a day of celebration, but it also should be a day of reflection,” Pinkerton told the assembled, all-white crowd. “We are not in a post-racial society, and we need to own that.”

Why do I need to own that? I will be reflecting on Dr. King shortly.

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 87 years old on Jan. 15, was shot and killed at a Memphis hotel in 1968.

Toni Tugenberg, a 54-year-old woman from Cambridge, said the tour was a poignant reminder that the same racism that burdened King and sparked the spread of human slavery is still alive.

The American slave trade began in the early 1600s and formally lasted until 1865, when the 13th amendment to the US Constitution outlawed the practice. Still, the amount of time that slavery was legal in America is much greater than the time it has been forbidden — by about a century.

“It’s so easy to forget that it was not that long ago that people owned other people,” Tugenberg said....

Some things she may have forgotten:

The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Jewish Involvement in Black Slave Trade to the Americas

I suppose they would ignore such thing. 

The question now is are you brave enough to discover true history (as they claim freedom of  religion under our Constitution!)? I say back to England with them.


The activists made [him] come alive for the day (that's an insult).

"In most of the country, it would be unthinkable to honor with a holiday the general who led the war to rupture the United States and perpetuate African slavery. Yet “Southern heritage” is no excuse for piggy-backing Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s celebration onto the third Monday in January. Lee is universally regarded as a man of integrity and valor, and there is much to celebrate in his fine character. Yet at the crucial crossroads of his life, he made the choice for rebellion and slavery. Even after the Civil War was over, he publicly opposed granting freed slaves the right to vote. In the context of his time, his actions may have been defensible. By the standards of the 21st century, they are beyond the pale. That any state would still insist on adulterating the holiday on which America honors King by paying tribute to Lee is grotesque." 

You know what else is/was grotesque? 

H.W. Bush making the deadline for Iraq to comply with demands "the holiday on which America honors King."

MSM Misses MLK's Message Again 

He was being used even back then (and how right I was about Obama's eight years, 'eh?)

Catholics For King 

I no longer consider myself Catholic but I'm still for King.

Crowning Today With This Post 

He's been overshadowed ever since.

Occupy Protesters Spoiled MLK's Birthday

It's the boulevard of broken dreams for that movement.

As for the current generation's idea of an African-American role model.... never mind. 

Killing him softly.

A moment of silence before lunch, please. 

We started with a quote, we will end with a quote:

"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!" 

Is it blasphemy to end today's posts that way? 

Too arrogant? 

Too insulting?

Too true?


"Kevin Ksen, a member of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, said he saw police throw Chris Horton, 71, of Worcester, to the ground, where he hit his head. “Seriously you’re going to arrest a 71-year-old man? There was nothing they could do instead of pulling him to the ground?” Ksen said. “No communication, no negotiation. Really, did it have to go to this level?” There were about 500 people at the event. The campus police did not respond to a request for more information, including whether Horton allegedly assaulted a campus police officer or a local law enforcement official." 

Worst thing of all? 

He's white! 

I suppose that is why he is still alive. 

No one is safe in Ma$$achu$etts.

6 arrested at Logan Airport in wage protest

"The 30th anniversary of the holiday to honor the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968, was remembered at events across the country."

"Public officials saluted King’s legacy of nonviolent protest and called for renewed civic activism as they encouraged volunteerism."

Activists, elected officials honor King’s legacy

I'm so tired of $cum usurping his name and legacy.

“In short, if this problem is to be solved, there must be a sort of divine discontent and a determination on the part of people of good will to work passionately and unrelentingly to see that the dignity and worth of the human personality will be respected. I have often mentioned the fact that if this problem is to be solved, somebody will have to get upset enough to work with determination to see that it is solved.”

Yes, the main point (or lead narrative, if you will) is the danger the police are in (even though they have killed more than ever as they are safest ever??)

“Dr. King said, ‘There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right.’” 

That's why I'm here.