The Watering Hole; Thursday January 23 2014; “I have a drem”

The Martin Luther King holiday has once more come and gone, along with reflections on the event itself as well as on the profound actions by its namesake during his all too short lifespan. I am, of course, old enough to have watched the vast bulk of Dr. King’s actions and accomplishments; I also remember well the day he was assassinated by ?? . . . James Earl Ray, some have said. There are huge numbers of people — generations, in fact — who were not yet around to witness Dr. King’s work, much less his untimely death. To them, it’s the stuff of history texts, etc. My older daughter is one of them; she’ll turn 30 this year. But 24 years ago right about now, she was in kindergarten and learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. She had a great teacher, one who had the will, the means, and cared enough to genuinely educate the little ones. And the results? The teacher used Dr. King’s forever compelling “I have a Dream” speech; she showed a tape of him speaking, then had the little ones use pencil and paper to show what it meant to them. Below is a photo of that which little Sarah Elizabeth wrote that day, in her own hand.

Sarah's Dream“I have a dream that we all could love one another. I have a dream that we can be sisters and brothers, that when the sun shines down on the world that there be peace on earth in every place for every one of every race.”

I suppose one could wonder a little bit just how it can be that a five year old named Sarah once made infinitely more sense on racial matters than another and much older Sarah (Palin) makes today, but OTOH, no, there’s probably no need to wonder. Not really. Perhaps quality of soul has nothing to do with age, or with race, gender, religion, guns, or national origin; maybe there really is something to the thesis (oft criticized) that a vibrant public education by inspired and inspirational teachers is a far more worthwhile goal for society to undertake than the ‘other’ one in which public education is too often described as a propaganda tool in the hands of unionized and overpaid hoodlums.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., represented one of humankind’s most thought-provoking pinnacles . . . one whose words and ideas could and can inspire even a five year-old child. Times appear to have changed rather severely, and we can only wonder what can be done to bring us back to the times when quality of soul meant far far more than the size of some billionaire’s offshore investment accounts.



96 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday January 23 2014; “I have a drem”

  1. The ‘like the post’ feature is misbehaving this morning. Every refresh of the page, it is different.

    Justin Bieber Arrested for Drag Racing, DUI in Miami Beach

    Singer Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday for drag racing and DUI in Miami Beach, police said.

    Bieber was in a rented Lamborghini, police sources told NBC 6 South Florida.

    No other details of the arrest were immediately known.

    How much detail is needed? Spoiled brat rich kid lacks self control.

  2. Anyone need an extra large, walking-talking Douche Bag?…

    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce is in a spat with the Washington Post over an article about his autobiography and a quote he has about a wife’s place in the marriage.

    The Post quotes a passage from Pearce’s recently released book that reads, “The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”

    Pearce also writes that the submission is, “self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband.”

  3. Right-Wing Media: Low-Income Americans Are Inheriting Too Much, Working Too Little
    Right-Wing Media Take BLS Study Out Of Context

    The January 22 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends hosted Williamson to discuss his theory, and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced his segment by saying, “It’s easy to assume that the rich inherit their money without earning it. But in reality, under 15 percent of top income earners inherit their wealth, while more than 40 percent of lower income earners inherit theirs.” Fellow co-host Brian Kilmeade added, “So how does the rich really make their money? … By hard work! That’s the conclusion. Wealthy households tend to have four times the amount of full-time workers than poorer households.”

    • Conversely, any household with four full-time workers in it is far more likely to be at least a little bit wealthy.

      Are two part-time jobs that add up to 40 hours a week equivalent to one full-time job?

    • Wealthy households tend to have four times the amount of full-time workers than poorer households.”??? WTF? Is rich grandpa who lives in the basement also working at age 88?

  4. That little Sarah Eleizabeth sounds like such a nice kid, I wonder whatever happened to her – she’s probably a teacher herself now right? /snigger off

      • She emailed the links I just added below mid morning which means she was home and then proceeded to update facebook with a bunch of messages late into the night: links to cell-phone videos on youtube, people missing in the protests, forwarded a picture of one 18 year old girl shot dead yesterday 😦

      • Oh wow, there are links to a set of photographs from 1941 compared to the man being made to stand naked in the snow today.

  5. I weep for this country.

    I’m listening to MSNBC, and they’re having a discussion about the NSA data collection, which is obviously very important, then Mrs Conflict of Interest announces “Breaking News,” and interrupted everything.

    OMG, Justin Beiber has been arrested and we just saw him in an orange jumpsuit, while the judge discussed bail!!

    WTF? 👿

    • Relax. The election isn’t being held today, so stories like this are speculative bullshit. (If they had any predictive reliability, we could just do away with the actual election entirely.) A lot can happen between now and November, so the fortunes of anyone could change drastically.

      If nothing else, at least it tells us there’s work to do to try to change the minds of the voters thinking of ruining their lives by voting Republican.

      • They’ll toss out a couple more like Todd Akin, like Richard Mourdock, maybe some conservative wimmin reminiscent of recent candidates in Delaware and Nevada.

        Here’s the thing: Republicans seem to only have candidates that strongly appeal to the Tea Party Fascist movement, not to real people. I’m not worried, although I am saving enough cash to buy one-way tickets outta here just in case!

  6. QOTD:

    “I have strengths and I have weaknesses, like every President, like every person … I think I’m pretty good at keeping my moral compass while recognizing that I am a product of original sin. And every morning and every night I’m taking measure of my actions against the options and possibilities available to me, understanding that there are going to be mistakes that I make and my team makes and that America makes; understanding that there are going to be limits to the good we can do and the bad that we can prevent, and that there’s going to be tragedy out there and, by occupying this office, I am part of that tragedy occasionally, but that if I am doing my very best and basing my decisions on the core values and ideals that I was brought up with and that I think are pretty consistent with those of most Americans, that at the end of the day things will be better rather than worse …

    I think we are born into this world and inherit all the grudges and rivalries and hatreds and sins of the past. But we also inherit the beauty and the joy and goodness of our forebears. And we’re on this planet a pretty short time, so that we cannot remake the world entirely during this little stretch that we have,” – President Barack Obama.

  7. Las Vegas is thinking of hosting the 2016 convention GOP convention.

    The GOP must think “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is literally true.

  8. I am alive, though in a lot of pain. Watching our exGuv Bob and his trashy wife being indicted is helping me to feel better though.

    • Jiminy cricket, people should stay off the road when the weather is that nasty.
      It is better to be safe than rush to deliver and end up in that mess.

  9. Dinesh D’Souza Charged With Campaign Finance Fraud

    Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the the U.S attorney in Manhattan announced on Thursday.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office sent out a statement announcing the indictment that accused D’Souza of “making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions.”

    According to the U.S. attorney, D’Souza “is expected to be presented and arraigned tomorrow in Manhattan federal court.”

    Another one they won’t miss at the all-white country club. It makes the DoJ look good though.

  10. Some happenings in Kiev – a network of facebookers, twitterers and email eye witnesses:

    “Please spread the maximum ! A few hours ago the court released on bail national deputy Irina Seh 17 -year-old Michael Niskoguza , who was detained on Hrushevskoho . Fact that he told me I was thrown into a cold sweat. Says grabbed him Kharkov ” Berkut ” , by Major report Vasilenko . Stripped naked, drove through the system and beaten , forced to sing a hymn in the snow . and stuffed the knife into the anus and cut … Tomorrow should be his press conference . Lord, help us ! ” – he wrote .

    Video of a man being tormented by police naked in sub-zero temps

    A gallery of photogrpahs from the protestors side

    The protests are now in the hands of extrmists on both sides, far-right elements in the protestors bombing the police and the police fighting back by kidnapping protestors and beating them up – 3 dead so far.

    • Appears the video has been taken down – at least I get a 404.

      The photos are distressing – seems to be a BYOT (bring your own tire) to burn.
      Kidnapping protestors is frightening.

        • Sadists – that’s what the damn police are.
          Made the gentleman hold a weapon and then they took his photo (possibly a ‘mug shot’?).
          The world is mad.

  11. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Deliver GOP’s State of the Union Response

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Thursday that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will deliver the Republicans response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday.

    A five-term representative who currently chairs the House Republican Conference, McMorris Rodgers is the top-ranking Republican woman in Congress. Prior to running for Congress, she served in the Washington State House.

    First shot across the bow of Hillary 2016?

    Recent GOP SOTU deliverers haven’t fared very well afterward. Maybe they want to get rid of her.

  12. Oh, I get it now. Wendy Davis’ second husband helped her pay for going to Harvard Law School, so that means she didn’t actually do the work or earn her JD.

    Just like all those men in Congress whose wives worked to put THEM through law school, right? Oh yeah, that’s completely different. 🙄

  13. The insects think it is Spring – and the Phoebes are having a feast.
    Sycamore trees can’t decided if they need to drop the remainder of leaves or start sprouting new!
    Magnolias have bloomed and blossoms are already dropping.

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