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T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 Hope your healing is progressing!

orlbucfan

That should say x 3, but what do you expect outta an ole political warmare?? 🙂

Benny
Benny

I’m doing better. I squirreled away a bunch of medical leave days and that has made all of the difference. I can’t imagine having to go back after even 3 weeks; the healing would take even longer if I had gone back before the doctor ordered. I walk with a cane and just started PT to work on correcting my gait. A limp is still pretty evident at this juncture. However, I’ve driven myself to the store and dispensary a couple of times on my own in the past 2 weeks, whenever the weather has been kind.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Heal on!

orlbucfan

Very good news, fellow Progressive!!! I went back to work too soon after a drunk t-boned me in a car accident. Boy, did I pay a heavy price! Of course, down here in dumbsville, bennies don’t exist in jobs. That’s communism, you know.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Patrick Toomey over at DWT did a nice piece on MLK for his holiday.

Happy Birthday To A Socialist Antiwar Victim Of Gun Violence

This weekend, our nation is engaging in its annual ritual of amnesia. It will celebrate the birth of an activist minister who was, in the public mind, trapped in amber in August 1963. We will hear countless commemorations of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, with its famous soundbite about his children not being “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

We won’t hear other, more controversial provisions from that speech, such as this description of the promise of the Declaration of Independence: “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’.” More important, we won’t hear anything meaningful about the actual Dr. King, whose views were a lot closer to those of, say, Bernie Sanders, than they were to the wide variety of political figures who are purportedly proclaiming his message on this holiday.

King made no bones about his disdain for capitalism. In an era with vastly less inequality than we have come to accept in the past 4 decades, King said in 1961:

“Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.”

– Speech to the Negro American Labor Council, 1961.

Five years later, he said:
“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.”

– Speech to his staff, 1966.

MLK wasn’t exactly a fan of the military-industrial complex, either:
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

There’s more –
https://www.downwithtyranny.com/post/happy-birthday-to-a-socialist-antiwar-victim-of-gun-violence

orlbucfan

“This weekend, our nation is engaging in its annual ritual of amnesia.”
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Astute, Aint, sigh….. 🙁

Benny
Benny

Department of the Interior announces that it has given new names to 5 places that previously included a racist term for a Native American woman. Interior has previously changed place names which included derogatory terms for Black people and the Japanese. https://t.co/CugasmkM2h

— Alexandra Halaby🏳️‍⚧️ (@iskandrah) January 16, 2023

Benny
Benny

“We find no evidence of a meaningful relationship between exposure to the 2016 Russian foreign influence campaign and changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior.”https://t.co/h0mlOE1WFA

— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 16, 2023

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

From Pat Toomey at Down with Tyranny,
Happy Birthday To A Socialist Antiwar Victim Of Gun Violence

This weekend, our nation is engaging in its annual ritual of amnesia. It will celebrate the birth of an activist minister who was, in the public mind, trapped in amber in August 1963. We will hear countless commemorations of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, with its famous soundbite about his children not being “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

We won’t hear other, more controversial provisions from that speech, such as this description of the promise of the Declaration of Independence: “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’.” More important, we won’t hear anything meaningful about the actual Dr. King, whose views were a lot closer to those of, say, Bernie Sanders, than they were to the wide variety of political figures who are purportedly proclaiming his message on this holiday.

There’s more, including a video of MLK’s Beyond Vietnam speech. Check it out at –
https://www.downwithtyranny.com/post/happy-birthday-to-a-socialist-antiwar-victim-of-gun-violence

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