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Wednesday, May 29. 2019
"A British climber who died on the slopes of Mount Everest had warned of the dangers of huge queues for the summit just hours before his death."
University offers ‘Problematizing Whiteness’ course
A case for studying world history
Educators In NYC Told To Associate Objectivity And Individualism With ‘White Supremacy’
Not doing those kids any favors
Media Curiously Incurious About MLK Story - Is a Pulitzer winning biographer of Martin Luther King suddenly without standing?
CrossFit Quits Facebook and Instagram Over Privacy Concerns, Manipulation on ‘Marketplace of Public Thought’
He Finally Admits He’s Not a Reporter: In New Book, Jim Acosta Insists ‘Neutrality’ Doesn’t Work in the Age of Trump
His idea applies to almost anybody with an R after their name
Why obstruction and cover-up charges smack of desperation
Joe diGenova: John Huber Investigation of Clinton Foundation is a Farce – Never Even Started
Byron York: As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics
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If only the Everest climber had listened to himself. Do these people think someone else should make climbing safe for them?
I guess it's less heroic to pit your indomitable will against a dreary administrative crowding than against the massive snowy peak, but if that's where the real danger is . . . .
Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation
I hold out a glimmer of hope that the allegations of MLK’s barbaric behavior, be not true. It doesn’t look likely. How a man could write and speak such eloquent words against hate, for respect and kindness towards your fellow man, but behind closed doors participate in such savagery, is hard to comprehend. His words are filled with Christ’s admonition to love one another, yet he ignores it to fulfill a sexual lust. The Bible is littered with such men. May God have mercy.
How can these things be true? King had to realized that the FBI was stalking him. It was the worst kept secret. Why was this information not released when found? Surely it would have ruined King. Where people of that time more rational, less partisan? Could they have been more furious with the FBI for spying, then at MLK for rape? Maybe both would be destroyed? Was that the calculus? I am told that the entire country was filled with racist white people. Would they have not jumped up and down with glee, despite the fact that the government used nefarious deeds to see MLK destroyed? I wonder.
I think the power of the media in this modern age has revealed that virtually all public figures are professional performers of one kind or another. They are marketers of a product - themselves - and the product may or may not bear a resemblance to their actual personae. For some, being completely genuine is the strongest way to bring credibility to their product - the strength of their charisma. For others, they practice their act to perfection, and then they perform, a job wholly separate to their private lives.
Aggie, I would only add that these people largely appear to be sociopaths. They could care less about the people, they use, abuse and ruin on their climb to the top.
We have long known that MLK had close ties with foreign communist activist to disrupt and divide the U.S. We have always known his sex life and actions with women would embarrass Harvey Weinstein. We have always known he was a bad person who made great speeches. But the sad truth is he is so much better than other African American icons. Compare him with Jessie Jackson who mugs businesses and famous people with his race baiting. Or Al Sharpton who is an unindicted felon. Or Angela Davis a communist, felon and murderer. And from there the list gets even more sordid. So I think public opinion won't change and MLK's public image will remain the same.
I didn’t know any of that. I was born in 1965, I spent my youth devouring historical books on western expansion; mountain man, cowboys and Indians. Politics didn’t cross my radar until the malaise of the Carter administration. I read a few of MLK’s speech’s and watched the movie. Woefully ignorant of the rest of it.
Interesting juxtaposition. in 1965 I saw the picture of MLK in a class setting in a foreign communist/socialist country learning how to subvert the U.S. democracy. I assume two possibilities: 1. the picture was faked in some way. 2. The msm has successfully hidden the picture for political reasons. I am honestly open to either possibility but given what I know about our "free press" I suspect that they have hidden it from the public.
Does anyone else remember all of those “This car climbed Mount Washington!” bumper stickers on the back of station wagons in the 1970s? And then everyone got sick of those bumper stickers and people stop putting them on their car?
Because it seems like “climbing Mount Everest” is starting to head into the same hackneyed cultural territory.
The Onion nails it:
“World Populace Actually Fine With Rich People Dying On Mount Everest”
I should note that my suggestion was partly tongue-in-cheek. If history were to be taught evenhandedly, my suggestion might work.
Because the press hates Trump and because of the internet and other modern communication, If Trump committed any obstruction we would know it. It is impossible to think that he did commit obstruction in secret somehow and that remained a secret. 100% of what they are calling obstruction is Trump's tendency to go one TV and declare that the investigation was a witch hunt or similar statements. You remember during the election that Trump joked that he wished Russia would release Hillary's emails that the left declared that was "proof" of collusion with Russia. That is the sum total of the intelligence of the left. Essentially that mimics their so-called evidence of obstruction by the president, i.e. since he doth protest then he must be guilty and trying to prevent the investigation.
Real obstruction by prominent politicians goes unnoticed and unpunished. You remember Hillary selling off our country's uranium and getting under the table millions from Russia? Was that investigation obstructed? How about Hillary's private server that was bleached bit'ed and destroyed? Obstruction? Or Hillary's phones smashed with hammers and disposed of? Obstruction. Or the Weiner laptop with all those top secret emails on it? Where is that laptop today... Obstruction?
How could anyone obstruct a fake crime that didn't happen? The second half of Muellers report is just red meat for the Democrats.
"Educators In NYC Told To Associate Objectivity And Individualism With ‘White Supremacy’"
So not in the context as the way to defeat 'White Supremacy' might be to develop objectivity and individualism as those traits are not genetically determined the way skin color or sex is.
Good to see that "educators" are throwing out two of the factors of studying
The young student should come to regard acquaintance with the varying views as necessary to the formation of a reliable opinion on any topic and of sound judgement in general.
The dependence, further, is shown in any attempt to produce thought. When a student has formed the habit of collecting and valuing the ideas of others, rather than his own, the self becomes dwarfed from neglect and buried under the mass of borrowed thought. He may then pass examinations, but he cannot think. Distrust of self has become so deep-rooted that he instinctively looks away from himself to books and friends for ideas; and anything that he produces cannot be good, because it is not a true expression of self.