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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





LOL:
http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/01/dartmouth-trained-well

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:
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/speeches/Where_do_we_go_from_here.html)

... 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
correctly.


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
overcome."

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..........

MLK
A cartoon from 2010:



http://thismodernworld.com/archives/8537

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.”

http://politicalwire.com/2015/01/19/obama-dares-republicans-not-cut-taxes/http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/state-of-the-union-2015-barack-obama-economy-taxes-wages-114353.html#ixzz3PHMVSrtb

"In order to meet the order-I had to use my only uniform to dry the toilet up & stay soaked in shit"

.................

I always showed more fear than I felt as a self-defense technique


To forbidding me any kind of comfort items, they added new rules. One: I should never be lying down; whenever a guard showed up at my bin hole, I always had to be awake, or wake up as soon as a guard walked into my area. There was no sleeping in the terms that we know. Two: My toilet should always be dry! And how, if I am always urinating and flushing? In order to meet the order, I had to use my only uniform to dry the toilet up and stay soaked in shit. Three: My cell should be in a predefined order, including having a folded blanket, so I could never use my blanket.

That was the guards’ recipe. I always showed more fear than I felt as a self-defense technique. Not that I would like to play the hero; I’m not, but I wasn’t scared of the guards because I just knew they had orders from above. (see http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026105225) If they reported back that “detainee wasn’t scared!” the doses would have been increased.

Meanwhile, I had my own recipe. First of all, I knew that I was really just a stone’s throw away from ____________

____. The Interrogators and the guards always hinted at the “God-forsaken nowhere” I was in, but I ignored them completely, and when the guards asked me “Where do you think you are?” I just responded, “I’m not sure, but I am not worried about it; since I am far from my family, it doesn’t really matter to me where I am.” And so I always closed the door whenever they referred to the place. I was afraid that I would be tortured if they knew I knew where I was, but it was kind of solacing, knowing that you are not far from your fellow detainees.



......


........slowly but surely, the guards were advised to give me the opportunity to brush my teeth, to give me more warm meals, and to give me more showers. The interrogators started to interrogate me ________________________________ ________________________ was the one who took the first steps, but I am sure there had been a meeting about it. Everybody in the team realized that I was about to lose my mind due to my psychological and physical situation. I had been so long in segregation.

“Please, get me out of this living hell!” I said.

.........


oh yes, there is more, thanks to BUSHCO:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/19/-sp-guantanamo-diary-team-realized-about-lose-mind-chakrabarti

Top Senator: Dems Better Not Give An Inch In New Social Security Fight

Top Senator: Dems Better Not Give An Inch In New Social Security Fight :

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/d...

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee's Social Security subcommittee, said that Democrats shouldn't be willing to negotiate after House Republicans have stated outright that they want to pursue changes to the program.

Brown also expressed confidence that President Barack Obama would hold strong on Social Security, despite concerns among Social Security advocates that the president has shown a willingness to negotiate over the program in the past.

................


"This is a bunch of people, congressman and senators, they're paid well, who have good government benefits, and they don't know many people who are on disability," Brown said. "They talk about them that way, and it's pretty shameful."

"The way to beat this stuff back is to shine a light on it and let people draw their conclusions," he continued. "Why would members of Congress go after disabled people? I think they lose the public debate decisively on this."



MORE:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/sherrod-brown-social-security-fight

MLK on Economic Justice

A bit of MLK last speeches you may not have heard! A snippet…not quite the “I Have A Dream” MLK most white people are comfortable with:

Michael Moore: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards."

Michael Moore calls snipers ‘cowards’ and Twitter conservatives go bonkers


My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/556914094406926336



More re: Conservative Twitters here:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/michael-moore-calls-snipers-cowards-and-twitter-conservatives-go-bonkers/

Teared up at end of American Sniper: "Great fucking movie & now I really want to kill some ragheads"

Eastwood film ‘American Sniper’ sets box office record while setting off flurry of racist tweets

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TheRaganBrock, whose timeline is loaded with paeans to Kyle and who saw the film earlier, tweeted, “Ngl teared up at the end of American Sniper. Great fucking movie and now I really want to kill some fucking ragheads.”

Reece Filon, who has since made his tweets unavailable, wrote, “America sniper made me appreciate soldiers 100x more and hate Muslims 1000000x more.”

Harshnewyorker wrote, “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us. #Deblasio #AmericanSniper”

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In another tweet, since deleted, Dex Harmon wrote, “American sniper makes me wanna go shoot some fuckin Arabs” which was followed by artwork of three handguns.


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/eastwood-film-american-sniper-sets-box-office-record-while-setting-off-flurry-of-racist-tweets/

“I can’t believe the president signed off on that program. I can’t believe it.” He kept saying it.

PRISON DISPATCHES FROM THE WAR ON TERROR: EX-CIA OFFICER JOHN KIRIAKOU SPEAKS

There have been some who have tried to exempt George W. Bush from any blame from the program. They claim that he knew about the specifics in 2006, as the report mentions. Do you agree with that assessment from those defending him?

That’s just simply not true. They knew about it all the way up to the top. I remember sitting at a meeting with one of the top three officials at the CIA when the program was approved. And throughout the conversation, he kept on saying, “I can’t believe the president signed off on that program. I can’t believe it.” He kept saying it. Because it was so radical and violent that even internally we didn’t think there would be permission forthcoming. And there was. And it got out of hand, and it was a slippery slope and the ball kept rolling down the hill. And the next thing you know, we’re killing people.




As a CIA agent for 18 years, what is your summary of this program from both an operating perspective and a moral one?

When I was in the counter terrorism center, an official came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be certified in the enhanced interrogation techniques. And I said, “Look, I have a moral problem with this. I think there’s a slippery slope, I think somebody is going to get killed. There’s going to be an investigation. And a bunch of people are going to go to prison, and I don’t want any part of it.” And ironically, I was the only one who went to prison.



lots more interesting stuff:
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/01/19/cia-agent-jailed-john-kiriakous-long-road-era-torture/

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