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The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. --- by Kid President

Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won't always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don't always have to be the way they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.

Arkansas 2015


Unanimous Goldmine - All Coltrane solos at once.

Read An Essay And Hear A New Song From Saul Williams In Honor Of MLK Day


To the powers that be, we say "fuck u" and to those who, like police, follow orders, fight or work to maintain a system that does not keep their best interest, nor the overwhelming majority's at heart we say "understand me."
Understand, what made Egyptian soldiers lay down their arms and join protestors during the Arab Spring. Understand what made communities across America take to the streets, storm highways & shopping centers, peacefully. Understand that although the divide and conquer tactics of pitting black against white, christian against muslim against jew, can bring worthwhile debate and heightened understanding, it doesn't take much to realize that the true and only fight is against that which has kept women subjugated to men, and poor subjugated to rich. The sooner we understand this without brandishing overtly blind-siding terms like "terrorist" "lazy" the sooner we realize that we are all, in fact, on the same team and that the movement towards a more educated, better fed society should not be side-lined by such petty constructs as race, identity, and that which has kept many groups disenfranchised, silenced, and in debt.


Unanimous Goldmine
All Coltrane solos at once.

Twist them horns
'round the necks
of each equation
& expand
upon multiples
of death.

We were crowded
into the shitbins
of a floating toilet
dreaming of an Afterlife.

Memory stored in a cloud.

in sea-major.

The winners
of religious thinking
praise books
for bookends.

Here, is the invention
of the astronaut.

First Nation
Sweat ceremony
in a spaceship.

To imagine hell
is privilege.

Paint a dreamworld
solid enough
to hold us.

Held by
blocks of time,
margins & calendars,
divisions of labor
contracts: social & otherwise.

With each kiss
in direct co-relation
to stars & seasons,

the ability to
calculate distance,
harness power,
stem cells,
erect mobile mansions
capable of projecting destruction
at greater & greater will,

what could be keeping us here?

Here is what death is like:
Life without fear.

MORE understanding:

DAVOS: ‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’

‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’
As politicians and business leaders gather in Davos, climate expert Jørgen Randers argues that democracy will continue to hamper climate action


In a newly published paper in the Swedish magazine Extrakt he writes:

It is cost-effective to postpone global climate action. It is profitable to let the world go to hell.

I believe that the tyranny of the short term will prevail over the decades to come. As a result, a number of long-term problems will not be solved, even if they could have been, and even as they cause gradually increasing difficulties for all voters.

Randers says the reason for inaction is that there will be little observable benefit during the first 20 years of any fiscal sacrifice, even though tougher regulations and taxes will guarantee a better climate for our children and grandchildren.



"I still HAVE A DREAM"!


Derp on, admitted felon, derp on!

Dinesh D'Souza ✔ @DineshDSouza
AN INTERESTING PARALLEL: MLK was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover, an unsavory character; I was targeted by the equally unsavory B. Hussein Obama
7:29 AM - 19 Jan 2015


Martin Luther, Jr. 1967. "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Annual Report Delivered at
the 11th Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, August 16,
Atlanta, GA. (Excerpts)
(The full speech, including the vocal responses from those in attendance, is available at:

... Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength
required to bring about social, political, and economic change.

... Now a lot of us are preachers, and all of us have our moral convictions and concerns, and so
often we have problems with power. But there is nothing wrong with power if power is used

You see, what happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great
problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as
opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with
a denial of love. It was this misinterpretation that caused the philosopher Nietzsche, who was a
philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same
misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject Nietzsche's philosophy of the will
to power in the name of the Christian idea of love.

Now, we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is
reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. (Yes) Power at its
best , power at its best is love (Yes) implementing the demands of justice, and justice
at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. (Speak) And this is what we
must see as we move on.

Now what has happened is that we've had it wrong and mixed up in our country, and this has
led Negro Americans in the past to seek their goals through love and moral suasion devoid of
power, and white Americans to seek their goals through power devoid of love and conscience. It
is leading a few extremists today to advocate for Negroes the same destructive and
conscienceless power that they have justly abhorred in whites. It is precisely this collision of
immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our times. (Yes)
... I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about
brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. (That’s right) And when one is concerned about that, he
can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't
murder murder. (Yes) Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth.
(That's right) Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through
violence. (All right, That’s right) Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.

And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only
answer to mankind's problems.
(Yes) And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it
isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. (No) And I'm not talking about emotional bosh
when I talk about love; I'm talking about a strong, demanding love. (Yes) For I have seen too
much hate. (Yes) I've seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. (Yeah) I've seen
hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South
to want to hate, myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces
and their personalities, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. (Yes, That’s
right) I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find
it through love.

... And so I say to you today, my friends, that you may be able to speak with the tongues of men
and angels (All right); you may have the eloquence of articulate speech; but if you have not
love, it means nothing. (That's right) Yes, you may have the gift of prophecy; you may have the
gift of scientific prediction (Yes sir) and understand the behavior of molecules (All right); you
may break into the storehouse of nature (Yes sir) and bring forth many new insights; yes, you
may ascend to the heights of academic achievement (Yes sir) so that you have all knowledge
(Yes sir, Yes); and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent
of your degrees; but if you have not love, all of these mean absolutely nothing. (Yes) You may
even give your goods to feed the poor (Yes sir); you may bestow great gifts to charity (Speak);
and you may tower high in philanthropy; but if you have not love, your charity means nothing.
(Yes sir) You may even give your body to be burned and die the death of a martyr, and your
spilt blood may be a symbol of honor for generations yet unborn, and thousands may praise you
as one of history's greatest heroes; but if you have not love (Yes, All right), your blood was spilt
in vain. What I'm trying to get you to see this morning is that a man may be self-centered in his
self-denial and self-righteous in his self-sacrifice. His generosity may feed his ego, and his piety
may feed his pride. (Speak) So without love, benevolence becomes egotism, and martyrdom
becomes spiritual pride.

... And I must confess, my friends (Yes sir), that the road ahead will not always be smooth.
(Yes) There will still be rocky places of frustration (Yes) and meandering points of bewilderment.
There will be inevitable setbacks here and there. (Yes) And there will be those moments when
the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. (Well) Our dreams will
sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted. (Yes) We may again, with teardrenched
eyes, have to stand before the bier of some courageous civil rights worker whose life
will be snuffed out by the dastardly acts of bloodthirsty mobs. (Well) But difficult and painful as it
is (Well), we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. ...
Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Let us
realize that William Cullen Bryant is right: "Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again." Let us go out
realizing that the Bible is right: "Be not deceived. God is not mocked. (Oh yeah) Whatsoever a
man soweth (Yes), that (Yes) shall he also reap." This is our hope for the future, and with this
faith we will be able to sing in some not too distant tomorrow, with a cosmic past tense, "We
have overcome! (Yes) We have overcome! Deep in my heart, I did believe (Yes) we would

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~gmarkus/MLK_WhereDoWeGo.pdf© The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are copyrighted by the King Estate

If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today..........

A cartoon from 2010:


Obama Dares Republicans Not to Cut Taxes

Obama Dares Republicans Not to Cut Taxes

January 19, 2015

President Obama “will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically dare Republicans to say no,” Politico reports.

“It’s a way for Obama to position himself as a defender of the middle class and a fighter against stagnant wages, as an opening bid in any negotiations with Republicans on revamping the Tax Code — one of the few areas where GOP leaders say there could be the potential for a deal with Obama during his final two years in office.”

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