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Monday, January 15. 2007
I never was a big fan of Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am sorry to say that in Yankeeland, King's Birthday means a 3-day skiing weekend at Okemo, Stratton, Stowe, Sugarbush, Loon, or wherever (if Bush-Cheney-Halliburton has not cancelled all snow) - and little more.
I have always been a fan of treating every person with the human respect and consideration they deserve, depending on what they are made of and on how they lead their lives. Being a bit old-fashioned, I still believe that skin color is a matter of no interest or importance whatsoever.
If I were a black guy, which I would not mind at all, I would thank my lucky stars, and God, that I lived in America - Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
However, racial equality is important - freedom of opportunity to be the kind of person you chose to be. King's politics were terrible, and I totally disagree with all of them. Why should black folks want socialism any more than white folks? Other than to get the benefit of the exertion of others? Alas, the lure of easy money crosses all human distinctions and categories, doesn't it?
But segregation was truly wrong, and I give King credit for courageously taking the leadership of the movement to get rid of that dehumanizing tradition in the South. It was long overdue. Someone had to do it. I'm glad he did, and I am very sorry that he, a man of God, was killed by ignorant, low-life rednecks in doing it.
Were he alive today as a grey-haired old guy on Hannity and Colmes (which I wish he were), I think I would still disagree with everything he might say. Still, one heck of a preacher, like his Dad. God rest his soul.
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PC in it's undiluted form began in great part with LBJ's Great Society programs cynically aimed at keeping blacks on the liberal plantation, unable to break their dependency on big government.
One of the peaks of the Great Society was "getting" blacks their own icon day. MLK's assassination saved Fredrick Douglas from being pulled inot a slime he would not have approved of.
But the greatest indignity was the removal of Geo. Washington and Abraham Lincoln's Birthdays from the calendar to make a "space" for MLK. There is not a single catagory of human endeavor that one can name that would put MLK in the company of GW and AL. In leadership, rectitude, and value to this nation it remains a travesty that MLK replaced these two giants in our history.
The "Great Society" gave us PC and the dissolution of the black family..good work Democrat boss man, the uber-overseer.
Up until a year or two past, the PC Women's leadership of Seattle insisted on putting big signs out there on billboards, and alongside of busses. These signs clearly stated that MLK was the same as Jesus. He was to be worshipped as some kind of peace nik prince! It was so bad, I don't see them around anymore. But, they did try it for a couple of years. They of course being the same women, who have put forward the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Perhaps, now is the time to bring forward the fact that on at least one occasion 20 African/American students had their school loans processed in such a way as to assure that these students would never be held accountable for repayment. The loans would just get lost in the cracks! This is going on in several places, but the FBI refuses to investigate. Of course, it might be disquieting to realize that this is done in a private college, and this particular program is being managed by children of a wealthy family dynasty. You know--the family that used to own every tree between the Pacific Ocean in the northwest and the Missouri river. It is amazing how "doing good work" becomes so easily corrupted by both rich and poor.
Colossal, titanic, otherworldly amount of damage, my neighbor down the road a few miles, LBJ, did--and for all the right reasons. Utopia is always the right reason.
LBJ did the right thing in the end. He didn't run again, grew long hair and finally died. See good things do happen. We should be so lucky with Robert S. McNamara.
BTW...we are getting justice in Iraq .. heads are rolling ..wonder what a head popping off a body sounds like?
That guy was probably still thinking when his head bounced off that concrete floor from 8 feet up. Owee!
See in geopolitics there are still some cool things going off all the time.
LOL--yes, there's always something heading in the right direction.
Interesting about "deadheads"
In the answer about the guillotine in your online archive, you say that "the fatal blow induces immediate unconsciousness." In actuality, the human head does remain conscious fifteen to twenty seconds after decapitation. This was proven when a scientist condemned to the guillotine in the 1700s told his assistant to watch and that he would blink as many times as he could. The assistant counted fifteen to twenty blinks after the head was severed, the blinks coming at intervals of about one second. So the head does remain briefly alive.
Interesting about "deadheads"
In the answer about the guillotine in your online archive, you say that "the fatal blow induces immediate unconsciousness."
(What online archive?)
I've read that, too, in re Marie Antoinette--that the executioner slapper her face just after the chop, and she showed anger. Grisly. Er, do you have an address for that online archive? I didn't know I had one--
on losing ones head and being ALIIIVVEEE
Oh, I see--it's a quote. yes--that would be a looong 15 seconds. I'd probably want a cigaret. A butt would probably do.
Certainly even Reader's Digest is out.
I guess one could take heart that their bowels and bladder have made a mess for someone else to clean up.
The guillotine was even worse than you all have depicted. The 'man', after letting the blade fall, reached down, grabbed the head and turned it towards the body - which was spurting blood up to ten feet until the heart quit. That was fairly fast, but then the 'man' would turn the head toward the crowd. There was always a crowd and many children were there for the fun. The head was/is able to see and hear as the optic nerve and the auditory nerves do not go through the spine but go straight to the brain. The brain can live up to three/four minutes without oxygen. So, the 'head' could see and hear for a couple of minutes.
Anne Boleyn's head was held up to the crowd and for some reason, the muscles in her jaws caused her lower jaw to snap several times. It creeped out the gawkers and they ran away screaming.
There ya go - another new meaning for giving head. :0
We are inquisitive "sicl puppies" but doing ligit historical inquiry.....but what a way to go..ugh