36 thoughts on “Sermon for Today from MLK”

  1. more about “doing right”

    janet quotes harry

    HST: “doing what’s right is easy. trying to figure it out is much more difficult


    From patD’s link above, of an article from The Hill.
    “You can’t sit home. If you’re sick as a dog, you say, ‘Darling, I gotta make it,’” Trump said at an Indianola rally on Sunday. “Even if you vote and then pass away, it’s worth it, remember.” -Orange Adolf
    They will put their lives at risk for their cult leader.  It doesn’t matter if they are dead and can’t vote for him in the general, because he’s taking it by force, anyway. 
    Speaking of snow jobs, we hit a dusting here.  It’s lake effect snow from lakes to the north of DFW.

  3. bId – sfb, or the whoevers behind the idiot, are doing the god thing very well.  A little bit every week.  With yesterday’s make me top god even if you die something clicked in my brain.  It was something after Jonestowne mass suicide analysis was out about cults. The orange idiot is telling people to go out and do stuff even if they are going to die.  They will.  He is the top of a cult, what Stone wanted, what Bannon wanted, and, probably what Miller is doing.  They have been talking about civil war, some of which has been lone wolfed already.  I would expect the idiot to have a sentence, or in his case a few scrambled words to be interpreted to mean “go kill” as he dies or is heading to jail.  The cult might. 
    There is the possibility the slop of old spaghetti that is supposed to be a brain might also say something entirely stupid that is taken as “kill yourselves”.  When a diseased and dying brain goes out there could be stupid spewed.

  4. https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/13/politics/trump-ramaswamy-2024/index.html

    “Vivek started his campaign as a great supporter, ‘the best President in generations,’ etc. Unfortunately, now all he does is disguise his support in the form of deceitful campaign tricks,” Trump wrote on Truth Social Saturday.

    “Very sly, but a vote for Vivek is a vote for the ‘other side’ — don’t get duped by this. Vote for ‘TRUMP, don’t waste your vote! Vivek is not MAGA. The Biden Indictments against his Political Opponent will never be allowed in this Country, they are already beginning to fall! MAGA!!!” he added.
    It looks like the bromance is over.

  5. JFK, rfk, mlk…….The murderers all escaped detection and  history was driven into a ditch.      Hard to imagine what could have been, but we DO know what WAS, right ?    

    Hey, LBJ……We still gonna do the war thing, right good buddy?

    And get one of the guys to tell that Dylan fellow that he maybe needs to cut out all that “Masters of War” crap and start concentrating on his Love Songs. Much safer for a troubadour that way.

  6. https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/asia/nauru-cuts-diplomatic-ties-taiwan-china-intl-hnk/index.html

    Taiwan has lost another diplomatic ally to China just days after its presidential election in what Taipei said was both sudden and designed by Beijing to suppress the island’s “democratic achievements.”

    “…just two days after Taiwan’s voters defied China’s threats to elect a new president loathed by Beijing.”

    “The Pacific Island nation of Nauru on Monday announced it had severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan and established ties with China…”

  7. https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/14/rfk-jr-defends-wiretap-mlk-00135543

    Sturg – All we’re left with is RFK Jr.

    “RFK Jr. defends Kennedy administration wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr.”

    “There was good reason for them doing that at the time,” Kennedy said, “because J. Edgar Hoover was out to destroy Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement and Hoover said to them that Martin Luther King’s chief was a communist.”

    “My father gave permission to Hoover to wiretap them so he could prove that his suspicions about King were either right or wrong,” he continued. “I think, politically, they had to do it.”

    “By defending his family’s participation in what is widely considered a shameful episode in presidential history, Kennedy may complicate his efforts to present himself to the electorate as a political truth teller who stands up for marginalized constituencies.”

    “Declassified government records revealed that the FBI engaged in a sustained campaign of surveillance and harassment targeting the Civil Rights movement, to a far greater extent even than was publicly known at the time. Most notoriously, the FBI sent King a letter suggesting that the Civil Rights leader should kill himself.”

    “The attorney and anti-vaccine activist has attempted in his campaign to reach out to Black voters and other racial minorities that typically lean toward the Democratic Party. His renowned lineage has so far seemed to be an asset in that effort.”

  8. “In 1930, Birmingham, Alabama, made it illegal for black people and white people to play checkers or dominoes together.”

    If they’d done that in Montgomery for guitar playing there would have been no Hank Williams.

  9. in wapo today

    Martin Luther King spoke openly on Arab-Israeli conflict in this sermon – The Washington Post

    “It was on a beautiful afternoon a few weeks ago that we journeyed from our hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, to the airport to take a plane for Jerusalem,” King recalled during an Easter Sunday sermon at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., where King was a young pastor. The sermon, delivered on March 29, 1959, was titled “A Walk Through the Holy Land.”
    The sermon provides a rare firsthand glimpse into King’s early thoughts on conflicts in the Middle East. King offered unfiltered insight into his perspective on the region. In later years, he took care to speak with great caution on the subject of Arab-Israeli relations.

    Over the next few years, King seemed to grow more careful when he spoke about the Middle East, measuring his words. Many scholars say King’s stance on the Israel-Palestinian conflict was complicated by a fine line he walked, aware of the public criticism he’d face if he appeared to take sides.
    On May 15, 1967, King announced an upcoming trip to the Middle East. Less than a month later, Israel launched the 1967 war against Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
    On June 18, in an interview with ABC, King was asked whether Israel should “give back the land she has taken in conflict without certain guarantees, such as security.”
    King replied carefully: “Well, I think these guarantees should all be worked out by the United Nations. I would hope that all of the nations, and particularly the Soviet Union and the United States, and I would say France and Great Britain, these four powers can really determine how that situation is going. I think the Israelis will have to have access to the Gulf of Aqaba. I mean the very survival of Israel may well depend on access to not only the Suez Canal, but the Gulf and the Strait of Tiran. These things are very important. But I think for the ultimate peace and security of the situation it will probably be necessary for Israel to give up this conquered territory because to hold on to it will only exacerbate the tensions and deepen the bitterness of the Arabs.”
    The following month, on a call with advisers that was recorded on an FBI wiretap, King expressed concern about his planned trip to Israel. “I’d run into the situation where I’m damned if I say this and I’m damned if I say that no matter what I’d say, and I’ve already faced enough criticism,” he said, adding, “I just think that if I go, the Arab world, and of course Africa and Asia for that matter, would interpret this as endorsing everything that Israel has done, and I do have questions of doubt.”
    On Sept. 22, King wrote to an official at El Al, the Israeli airline, canceling his trip. “It is with the deepest regret that I cancel my proposed pilgrimage to the Holy Land for this year, but the constant turmoil in the Middle East makes it extremely difficult to conduct a religious pilgrimage free of both political overtones and the fear of danger to the participants,” King wrote. “Actually, I am aware that the danger is almost nonexistent, but to the ordinary citizen who seldom goes abroad, the daily headlines of border clashes and propaganda statements produces a fear of danger which is insurmountable on the American scene.”
    The following year, on April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

  10. https://encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/segregation-jim-crow/

    “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against segregated schools in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott challenging segregated public transportation started in 1955. These two important events signaled the beginning of the end for segregation in Alabama. While years of struggle would follow, the major elements of segregation were toppled by Congress as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned segregation in public accommodations and employment and gave the federal government enforcement powers. Later, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination in housing. Federal courts also contributed by ordering individual school districts and other institutions like public parks to desegregate and by supporting civil rights protesters in legal conflicts over sit-ins and marches. By the end of the 1960s, the state was no longer legally permitted to separate whites and Blacks in all elements of daily life, and the regime of segregation had ended.“

  11. “I fought for their rights and now they want to take away mine,” Cade said Friday, sitting in Iowa’s oldest gay bar, the Blazing Saddle. In the bar, which has offered a safe space for Iowa’s LGBTQ+ community, Cade and others shared how Republicans’ attacks felt personal, like a schoolyard bully’s abuses, but with far greater stakes.“

    “Targeting transgender rights has become increasingly central to the pitch many Republican politicians are making across the country, a trend that has come sharply into focus here in Iowa. As the leading Republican candidates for president have barnstormed the state ahead of Monday’s Republican caucuses, they have put the issue at the forefront of their pitches, saying in some cases, without evidence, that transgender people are a threat to children or have a mental health disorder.“


  12. Ah, yes, the old days of the civil rights war in Bama.  I remember it all too well.  I remember Richard Arrington, Jr. being elected mayor of B’ham in1979.  You would have thought that the city was on the verge of erupting.  He was a man of humble beginnings – having come from Livingston, AL, a town that my best friend’s wife used to refer to as a town 60 miles down the road (from Tuscaloosa) and 100 years back in time, where his dad was a sharecropper, and moved to Fairfield (where I lived out the first 3 years of my life) to work in the steel mills when Richard Jr. was 5. He’d been Dean of the College at Miles College (his UG alma mater) and held a PhD from Oklahoma U. in Zoology. He went on to serve 5 terms (20 years) in the post. His predecessor was the last white mayor elected in Birmingham.  My mom thought he was stupid – I think it may have had something to do with him being black.  

  13. https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/europe/farmer-protests-germany-far-right-afd-intl/index.html

    “Berlin has nearly been brought to a standstill as thousands of farmers rally against tax rises and subsidy cuts…”
    “Multiple other protests are planned across the country, which come as Scholz’s coalition struggles to fix a budget crisis and official data showed Germany’s economy shrank last year for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
    “Now, many are warning that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is capitalizing on the chaos for its own political gain.”
    “They don’t hear us, they make regulations that harm every one of us, not only the farmers but everyone in this country. And we think enough is enough.”
    “Germany’s AfD party has increasingly made its presence felt at this week’s demonstrations.”
    “Some of the tractors have been adorned with AfD posters, reading “Our farmers first” and “Germany needs new elections.” Far-right supporters wearing AfD vests could also be seen standing next to the vehicles.”
    “However, farmers are known to vote disproportionally more for the conservative CDU/CSU [Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union].”
    “Other images shared on social media showed members of right-wing extremist groups including The Homeland and Third Way, as well as the AfD, attending a rally in Berlin. In Dresden, a video showed people with flags from the right-wing Free Saxony party clashing with police.”
    “..,the AfD’s own manifesto does not support the interests of Germany’s farmers, the far-right party has a history of exploiting division.
    “The AfD is trying to fuel the debate further in order to damage the image of democratic institutions and processes, and most importantly the current government,” Kiess told CNN.
    “To this end, it tries to increase the polarization using existing cleavages like rural versus urban.”
    “Migration is known as the bread-and-butter-issue for the far-right. Since then, the AfD has indeed used every crisis to fuel polarization, for example the pandemic, the war against Ukraine.”
    “The AfD, which has recently enjoyed record-high polling, is hoping for major gains in three eastern state elections this year – Thuringia, Saxony and Brandenburg. Polling data released on Thursday put the party comfortably ahead of its rivals in all three states.”
    “While the regional elections do not directly affect federal politics, they could send a worrying signal to Scholz’s SPD-led government ahead of next year’s general election.”
    “Calls with coup fantasies are circulating. Extremist groups are forming and nationalist symbols are being openly displayed,” Habeck told reporters on Monday.”

  14. ooh nice technique screenshotting it and not linking it
    …went on twitter for an hour last week and i’m still damaged from it

  15. https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/tech/imf-global-employment-risk-ai-intl-hnk/index.html
    “Almost 40% of jobs around the world could be affected by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), a trend that is likely to deepen inequality, according to the International Monetary Fund.”

    “In most scenarios, AI will likely worsen overall inequality, a troubling trend that policymakers must proactively address to prevent the technology from further stoking social tensions,” she wrote ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, where the topic is set to be high on the agenda.”

    “She warned that the use of AI could increase chances of social unrest, particularly if younger, less experienced workers seized on the technology as a way to help boost their output while more senior workers struggle to keep up.”

    “Some tech firms have already directly pointed to AI as a reason they are rethinking staffing levels.”

    Basic living income time for all.

  16. I just now read it’s only 120,000 total people who voted there, less than 4% of population of Iowa. Really?

    (Correct me if that’s wrong.)

  17. https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/15/politics/vivek-ramaswamy-ends-presidential-campaign/index.html

    Vivek is out.  He’s endorsed tRUMPsky, despite the recent nastiness between them.

    Ivy – I’m seeing about 208,000 so maybe the numbers weren’t finalized when you looked. They still may not be final for that matter, but it was low. Hayley and DuhSantis didn’t have supporters who were excited enough about them to go out on a bitterly cold night. The MAGAts do as they’re told.

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