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… Haven’t You Folks Gotten the Message [#DC Statehood??]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 1st,2016

.. evidently not …

.. a bill passed by Congress , and signed by the President , controls the admission of a new state , but …

.. the Constitution sets the rules …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. the Nation ‘ s capital is not eligible for admission . Maryland and Virginia ceded land (in the 1790s) for the creation of the District . It is the seat of the Nation ‘ s national government . Congress controls it , via DC home rule (??) …

.. the territory is not allowed to become a state . If it were disestablished , then the land reverts to Maryland and Virginia , not to the status of a territory …

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… Unfortunately , I think He ‘ s Right [#Dick Cheney]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 16th,2014

.. and that is really scary ..

.. I believe that it will happen .

.. Washington , D.C. is the obvious target , and for the obvious reasons . New York City is another target , given the concentration of the population . Anywhere else ? …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the Hugh Hewitt show interview …

.. it literally could be almost anywhere in the country . A major port city [Miami , Norfolk , LA , Seattle , SF , etc..] is another real possibility ..

.. the other real possibility is a major city with a military base . That means San Diego , Honolulu , Tampa / St Pete , Norfolk …

.. Tampa / St. Pete ?? .. Yes . Given the size , the location (central Florida) and the dual nature of the military base [MacDill Air Force Base is also the HQ for CentCom (MiddleEast)] …

.. also , a major commercial target , such as the L.O.O.P. [the Louisiana Offshore Oil Platform] and others …

.. even my home area [greater Cleveland] is possible . It is a chokepoint on the Great Lakes . Also , several major East / West rail lines come thru this area from Chicago and the West , also due to geography …

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… Bob , POTUS does not know How to be an Administrator …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 16th,2013

.. to be rather blunt and honest , his Lordship , POTUS , could not give a damn about being an administrator .

.. [link] to Bob Woodward ‘ s comments on Fox News Sunday

.. He does not know , generally , how to manage his staff . He leaves those tasks to others , such as his wife , his senior staff , and other flunkies , ones such as Valerie Jarrett . He has not had to deal with political opponets , ones who stand in direct opposition to what he wants . What usually happens is an environment where Dems dictate , and Republicans behave like docile sheep . That is what he has usually dealt with . The situtation in Washington has him in a constant state of political culture shock . What do I do ?

.. He has never had to be a payroll manager or had to make a payroll in his life . He is used to the political parlor , the debating club , the salon . He has never had to deal with the impact of government regulations on private individuals and on businesses …

.. His idea of management is giving a speech , and passing a diktat . He could care less , otherwise , about management or about government . He never has , and he never will …

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… God Bless You , John F. Kennedy ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 22nd,2013

.. God Bless You , Mr. President !

.. I was born just under a year later . Believe it or not , I never asked my parents or my older family members about what their feelings were and their reactions were to the assasination . When I was old enough to understand the history of the times , it was 1973 or 1974 , I was around 9 or 10 years old , and it was around the time of Watergate (and President Nixon ‘ s resignation) .

.. I realized how raw the feelings were with people ,  just 10 years after the event .They were raw , even then . Even with the history that I studied [AP US History , for example] , I did not think that it was in good taste to ask about the subject . Unless I knew the person well , and I did so in private .

.. I began to realize how I might have felt , because I was in my sophomore year of high school [March 1981] when my personal and political hero , President Ronald Reagan was shot in an attempted assasination in Washington , D.C. . I was upset as hell , and very worried about the President ‘ s condition , until I knew that he was out of surgery and was in satisfactory (or better condition) . Thank God he was o.k. , but I received a reminder of how precious life is , and how precious  it is for those we have in our lives …

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… Amazing [ObamaCrapCare Stunt in D.C.]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 17th,2013

.. the states have plenty of questions over ObamaCrapCare .

.. Not surprising , considering the financial risk how many of them are taking on dealing with the possible Medicaid

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

expansion . And , on how many of them rejected participating in said expansion , once the U.S. Supreme Court gave them the option to do so in NFIB v Sebelius . They well know what a financial monster the Medicaid program has now become . The federal government made similar promises in the 1960s and the 1970s to the states , and look where that got them . The ” Medicaid Monster ” is the largest growing line item in many states ‘ budgets . Many of them have to go with a bare – bones approach to Medicaid , just to bring some sense to their budgets and their bottom lines . The federal government does not , unfortunately , have a balanced budget amendment . Virtually all of the states do , however .

.. The People ‘ s Republic of Columbia (a.k.a. , our Nation ‘ s capital) is not one of them . Their insurance commissioner had good questions about the morality and legality of POTUS ‘ so – called ” administrative fix . ” Not a surprise . Unfortunately , what happened next was not , either .

.. The Mayor of the People ‘ s Republic (Vincent Gray) fired the insurance commissioner . Coincidential ? I think not . Considering that he questioned and disagreed with POTUS ‘ actions ‘ , how bad would that look for the DemoCraps in the People ‘ s Republic if they refused His Lordship ‘ s request (er , dicktat) . They would look very , very bad .

.. get a look at this article [link] from Sunday ‘ s Washington ComPost . it gives a little more detail …

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… How Petty is This [NPS goon squad tactics]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. this I picked up from CNSnews . com …

CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National ...

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.”

“It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”

Cumberland Times-News reporter Matthew Bieniek, who first reported that the handles on the park’s old-fashioned water pumps had been removed as part of the federal government shutdown, told CNSNews.com that Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt told him that the pumps had been disabled “to discourage people from attempting to use the park.”

But Michael Nardolilli, president of the non-profit C&O Canal Historical National Park Trust, which runs interpretive programs at the park’s historic lockhouses, later said that the pump handles were removed for “public health reasons.”

“The State of Maryland requires the park to monitor 40 public wells for contaminants every two weeks,” he told CNSNews.com. “When the park was shut down on October 1st, they furloughed the park employees who do the testing,” and the park was “not in compliance with Maryland water quality standards.”

Nardolilli added that C&O is home to “1,300 historical structures, more than any other unit in the National Park Service,” and “60 rare or endangered species.” He said there are currently “no eyes and ears to protect these resources” because the “handful of Park Police still on duty” are too busy patrolling the entrances to the park’s 15,000 acres in a futile attempt to keep people out.

As of Monday, there were no barriers on the footpaths in Cumberland leading to the towpath, which stretches along the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., Bieniek confirmed. “A lot of people are riding their bikes on the towpath. I have not heard about a single person being asked to leave” since the park officially closed, he added.

Nardolilli said he also has not heard any reports that people who enter the park are being arrested or given citations by park police. Neither has Hall. “No one has reported any problems,” she said.

The 150-mile Great Alleghany Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh, Penn. and joins the C&O Canal towpath in Cumberland, is run by a private non-profit and is still open as usual, Hall said. And all but a few NPS-funded campgrounds along the route are also open for business.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was chartered by President James Monroe, opened in 1828 to allow horse-and mule-pulled barges to transport coal, lumber and agricultural products to Washington. It was used as a shipping lane until 1924.
.. LEC here — It is nice to see that the non – profits and the locals along the trail have picked up the ball . The trail was going to get activity , in any case  . They moved and acted to see that the visitors along the way would be taken care of , and would  not be forgotten about …

.. Northeast Ohio (where I am from) has done something fairly similar . We in Ohio have only one national park in the entire state . It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area , which was created in 1974 ,  and designated as a national park in 2001 .

.. It is , as you might expect , is officially “closed . ” However , the length of the recreation area is a transportation and recreation thoroughfare for folks throughout the region (Greater Cleveland and Greater Akron) … Even if they wanted to zip it up tight , they could not . Hopefully , they have not gotten this petty ,  as the National Park Service has been in the D.C./Maryland/WV/Pa region .. Boy , have they ever , from millions  of tweets …

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… Janet Yellen ‘ s Fed Nomination is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 10th,2013

.. an absolute disaster . Clear and Simple …

.. Now that Janet Yellen has been named to lead the Federal Reserve , the global financial markets should factor out any possibility that the Fed will diminish their Quantitative Easing program anytime during her tenure . In fact , financial forecasts should assume that not only is a taper off the table, but that the QE program is now more likely to be perpetuated and expanded . That fact is in and of itself a disaster .

.. Unlike her predecessors,  Janet Yellen has never had a youthful dalliance with hawkish monetary ideas. Before taking charge of

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board o...

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Fed both Alan Greenspan , and to a lesser extent Ben Bernanke , had advocated for the benefits of a strong currency and low inflation . Both had warned of the dangers of overly accommodative policy and unnecessary stimulus. (Both largely abandoned these ideals once they took the reins of power , but their urge to stimulate may have been restrained by a vestigial bias against the excesses of Keynesianism). Janet Yellen , who has been on the liberal/dovish end of the monetary spectrum for her entire professional career, has no such baggage. As a result, we can expect her to never waver in her belief that stimulus is the answer to every economic question . When it is not .

.. Private Sector “stimulus” is the answer to our problems ; government “stimulus is not . Government stimulus means more taxation , more spending , more debt , and a fiscal disaster . Private sector “stimulus,” ie , a favourable investment climate , more favourable tax rates , and lower taxes , is what is needed most of all . The geniuses like Yellen think jobs can be invented out of whole cloth . It does not work that way . You will get demand , but you must have a strong currency ,  and supply – side investment incentives . The Keynesians have had their day . Their arguments have been a failure ,  every time they have they have been tried .

.. You look at things now , and we are somewhat lucky . Things overseas are much worse …

.. The Federal Reserve was originally charged with the single mandate of maintaining price stability . Along with it comes the stability of the financial system , and of the currency . Unfortunately , then came Humphrey – Hawkins Full Employment Act in 1977 . In recent decades that mission evolved into a dual mandate of seeking price stability and full employment . Eventually , H – H will have to go . Once it does , then the Fed can dip its toe (sometimes) into the arena of economic management . It does has some levers , but that stuff is best left to the remainder of the Government …

.. I believe that a Yellen – led Fed will return once again to a single mandate , but it will now focus only on employment . That could not be more wrong . Worse yet , it can and will be dangerous . Based on her clear beliefs in the ability of dovish monetary policy to relive human suffering she will be inclined to dig in her heels into the ongoing QE program more than anyone else President Obama may have appointed . This is terrible news for the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy.

.. For now at least the crisis in Washington has squelched any immediate discussion of a taper in the remaining months of 2013. Any predictions that a Yellen-led Fed will somehow show more resolve towards responsibility in 2014 or 2015 should be looked at as delusional . Unfortunately , it will take a Burns – type collapse to get rid of her (with her resignation) ,  and then a Republican President can appoint a hard money hardcase to clean up the mess  …

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… Nice Going , Dumb – Dumb (POTUS on the Deadskins) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 7th,2013

.. you really stuck your foot in your mouth on this one .

.. The “Redskins” are a legitimate use of the team name . They have been since the inception of the franchise in Washington ,

Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present

Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

D.C. . Even the zealots who want the team name changed have to understand it is easily a legitimate 1st amendment issue , regarding the team ‘ s nickname . The Deadskins are not the only team , nor the only sport with this issue .

.. Being in the nation ‘ s capital makes it a far larger political football . People from all walks of life are ticket holders of the team , so POTUS , just leave things be , and shut up …

President Obama says he’d think about changing the name of the Washington Redskins if he were team owner and knew the name offended people.

“People get pretty attached to team names, mascots,” Obama told the Associated Press, adding, “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”

He added, “But I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team, and rightly so — even though they’ve been having a pretty tough time this year.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/05/204381/obama-says-hed-think-about-changing.html##storylink=cpy

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… Bravo , Vets [ Operation ShutDown ] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. these men and women are World War II veterans that are in Washington , D.C. , with the Honour Flight program . Courtesy of some Congressional help (Steve King , Iowa , Republican) , these folks got to visit the World War II memorials in D.C. today …

[h/t — Washington Free Beacon]
WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial

Leo Shane III

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
October 1, 2013 11:55 am

A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.

As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane:

... ditto !! ...

… ditto !! …

... well done !! ...

… well done !! …

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… Hmm , Get the Proffer [Lois Lerner & Immunity] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. this tasty nugget comes from the Daily Caller …

IRS scandal figure Lois Lerner is negotiating through her lawyers with Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly gaining immunity to testify again in the committee’s investigative hearings.

“The Chairman did not adjourn the hearing, he recessed it. Ms. Lerner remains under subpoena. The Committee has not made

Darrell E. Issa, American politician

… Congressman Darrell E. Issa [R-Ca] …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

any offer of immunity to Ms. Lerner. The Committee has, however, indicated a willingness to listen to any offers from her attorney about what she would testify to if it was offered,” Oversight Committee adviser Ali Ahmad told The Daily Caller.

“I don’t have any update for you on timing,” Ahmad said in regard to when Lerner will be called back before the committee.

Though Lerner, who apologized for her IRS division’s improper scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, can be called back before Issa’s committee without immunity, and even arrested if she doesn’t show up, Oversight seems to be taking a more diplomatic approach to get information out of her.

Washington-based Lerner tried to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination in congressional testimony in May, but the Oversight Committee ruled that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she said “I have not broken any laws” before attempting her plea.

Emails released this month show Lerner appearing to collude with Democratic operatives and the Federal Election Commission in targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The IRS did not return a request for comment on the nature of Lerner’s negotiations with investigators.

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… What a Dictatorial , Ecosocialist Witch …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. I am referring to that ecosocialist Gina McCarthy , the so – called administrator of the EcoSocialist Propaganda Agency . What an arrogant witch !

.. this is a [link] to a buzzfeed article , one in which McCarthy claims that it is the economics of the industry , not the regulations that she is proposing , that is the problem with the coal industry .

.. for lack of daintyness , B – U – L – L – S – H – I – T !!!!

.. it is the dramatic and drastic ecosocialistic environmental regulations that you and your minions are attempting or have imposed on the industry right now . Coal is an effective and efficient means of generating electricity . What would help is a patriotic and non – socialistic Presidential administration in Washington . Also , it would help if the coal companies and the utilities would have a fair shake in the regulatory process , not the “sue and settle” stacked deck that attempts to impose grossly unfair regulations , without the required amount of due process in the government one would normally expect and deserves .

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… Sick [POTUS hyper – partisan cheap shot] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 16th,2013

.. you think that Barack Obama would land some sense of decency , dignity , or reason for dealing with a crisis situation . He has had 5 years (almost) in office to figure it out . Well , guess what ??

.. You would guess wrong .

.. POTUS pulled a real boner out of his hat , today . One would think that he would pull his partisan punches , especially with the Navy Yard shooting just a short distance away . Well , He did not …

[link] [h/t-Real Clear Politics]

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Although ultimately our success will depend on all the innovation and hard work of our private sector, all the grit and resilience of the American people, government is going to have a critical role in making sure we have an education system that prepares our children and our workers for a global economy. The budget Congress passes will determine whether we can hire more workers to upgrade our transportation and communications networks or fund the kinds of research and development that have always kept America on the cutting edge. So what happens here in Washington makes a difference. What happens up on Capitol Hill will help determine not only the pace of our growth, but also the quality of jobs, the quality of opportunity, for this generation and future generations.

The problem is, at the moment, Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on how to grow the economy and build the middle class. I say ‘at the moment’ because I am still hoping that a light bulb goes off here. So far, their budget ideas revolve primarily around even deeper cuts to education. Even deeper cuts that would gut the scientific research and development. Even deeper cuts to America’s infrastructure investment. Our roads, bridges, schools, and energy grid. These are not the policies that would grow the economy faster. They are not the policies that would help grow the middle class. In fact, they do the opposite.

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… What Do You Think of Him Now [Snowden] ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

What do You All Think of Him Now ?

.. People have praised the actions of Edward Snowden . They have called him a hero . A whistleblower . They have called him many things . But , they have not called him what they should have called him , truthfully …

.. A Traitor .

.. Yes . A Traitor . It is that plain and simple . With my current case of internet interruptus , I cannot see the latest h – bombshell from the Washington ComPost . It seems that they have published a story , evaluating the actual “black budget” from Congress on the Intelligence Community .

.. Yea , it is a honey . It literally shows the “crown jewels” of the U.S. intelligence assets . What is done and spent where , and how . Evidently , why , as well . What our strength are , and what our weaknesses are . The ComPost has it all . They just have not published it all . Yet .

.. People still think that Snowden is a hero . I do not . I never did . The damage that he has done to our country , and to those people who are fighting the good fight defending us from threats unseen is enourmous and incalculable .

[-] Snowden

.. An operation must be mounted to find Snowden . The Russians have to know this . They know what he knew . And Snowden knew waaaaaaay too much as it is . If the op has to be mounted into Russia , so be it . The threat must be eliminated . As long as Edward Snowden lives , he and his actions present a clear and present danger to this nation and to the world .

[-] Our nation

.. How the hell could this much info have gotten into the hands of an intelligence company contractor . How did someone with this kind of background get any kind of security clearance in the first place ? Why was not better care taken with critical information , and why was it not placed in better places to better protect it ?

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… in Honour of the Reverend Dr. King ‘ s ” I have a Dream” Speech [50th Anniversary]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 23rd,2013

.. First , I wanted to repost a favourite Newsmax columnist of mine , his niece , the Rev. Dr Alveda C. King , and her column , commermorating her uncle ‘ s achivement …

Remembering My Uncle’s ‘Dream’

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 03:24 PM

By Alveda King

Fifty years ago, a valiant group of people from across America and around the globe embarked on a “March on Washington.”

While there have been many marches on Washington, possibly before and certainly afterward, the 1963 March on Washington

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

remains the premier example of how unity of heart and spirit can transform a community, a nation and a world.

My parents, A.D. and Naomi King, attended the March, and were there when their famous brother and brother-in-law, respectively, delivered the now famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Back then, they were marching for jobs, decent housing and decent education. Of course, then as well as now, jobs, housing, and education remain in the category of issues that impact all human beings from a common perspective.

After all, everyone needs some form of income to provide food and shelter, and we all need some form of intellectual enlightenment.

Fifty years later, the March has taken on a different flavor, and is more cause-oriented than the counterpart of days gone by. The 2013 March includes themes that go beyond those basic demands of 1963.

History teaches us that causes can divide people while Agape love can unite. During his lifetime, my Uncle M. L. spoke of a dream. He spoke of a “beloved Community.”

For the last several days, people have tempted me to delve into the political melee about who is right with respect to one cause or another.

Yet, I still cling to the hope that agape love will take the place of political and moral turpitude, and that people will rise above debates about tolerance and reach, instead, for compassion and transformation.

I will join the hundreds of thousands in D.C. over the next few days. I’m asking you to join us, and if you can’t come, please pray with us. Some of the upcoming events promise to be exciting and soul-stirring. As my cousin, King Center CEO Bernice A. King, a convener of the nationwide and global mobilization, says:

“The response to our call to commemorate the March on Washington and my father’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech has been overwhelming.”

She said, “Our coalition has organized a wonderful, diverse program, which begins in Atlanta, continues for eight days in Washington, D.C., and culminates with a global bell-ringing. We expect hundreds of thousands of people to join us in the nation’s capital for this historic event, and many more to take part worldwide in their communities.”

On Sunday, Aug. 25, The King Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by participating in a gospel brunch sponsored by the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts at 11:30 a.m. in the grand ballroom of the Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Dr. King put the finishing touches on his famous speech in his suite at the Willard Hotel the night before the transformational Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington and civil rights rally.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the King Center will co-host the K-12th Grade Educational Initiative at the “School Without Walls,” a Washington, D.C., public school. The event is for students, but the public is invited to stream the program by clicking here or by going to: http://officialmlkdream50.com/ . My mother, Naomi King, and my cousin, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, are slated to speak at the forum that day.

The King Center, along with the National Park Service and others, is co-sponsoring a full day of activities on Aug. 28, the actual anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. There will be an interfaith service from 8:30 a.m. (prelude) to 10:30 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

That afternoon there will be a “Let Freedom Ring Call to Action and Commemoration Ceremony” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial featuring remarks from President Obama, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the King family, elected officials, international dignitaries, celebrities, youth and leaders from national and international organizations.

The program is global in nature and will include performances by a Haka team from New Zealand and Junkanoo performers from the Bahamas.

Confirmed program participants include Kid President, Jaime Fox, Peter and Paul, Hill Harper, Soledad O’Brien, Lynda Johnson Robb, Bebe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Heather Headley, and others to be announced. A song I wrote, “Let Freedom Ring,” will also be performed that day. For more details, click here or go to http://officialmlkdream50.com/.

Bernice says her father’s call to “Let Freedom Ring” in his speech will be answered with programs and bell-ringing ceremonies across the nation on at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Aug. 28.

In addition to the activities scheduled for Washington, D.C., programs celebrating the ’63 March and Dr. King’s dream and bell-ringing ceremonies have also been scheduled in places as diverse as:

Montgomery, Ala.; Little Rock, Ark.; Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.; Stone Mountain, Roswell, Rome, and Atlanta, Ga.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Topeka, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Boston, Mass.; Chaska, Minn.; Tougaloo College, Jackson, Greenwood, and Columbus, Miss.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Amherst, Concord, Isles of Shoals, Nashua, North Conway, Pelham, and Mt. Washington, N.H.; New York City and Nyack, N.Y.; Delaware and Granville, Ohio; Allentown, Lafayette College, and Allegheny College, Pa.; Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Austin, Houston, and Dallas, Texas; Marion Cross School in Norwich, Vt.; and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., with more being added every day.

Bell-ringing programs will take place outside the United States at 3 p.m. in their respective time zones. Activities are also planned in Kathmandu, Nepal; Lutry and Montreaux, Switzerland; Monrovia, Liberia; London; and Tokyo.

In my heart of hearts I truly believe that we all long to be “free at last.”

I’m not sure how many of us remember the rest of the phrase from that speech delivered so long ago:

“Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last.”

As we approach the March and the Bell Ringing Ceremony, let us pray for each other and love one another so that we can ascend above the looming abyss that threatens to reach that higher ground.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open-housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

.. LEC again — he is a hero of mine , too . Thank You , and God Bless You , Reverend Dr. King ! ..

… and here is a printable text version of his “I Have a Dream Speech” …

The Full Text of the Famous Speech by America’s Greatest Civil Rights Icon

By The Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.

Aug. 28, 1963—

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

 

 

 

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… Welcome to the New Media Frontier , Washington ComPost …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 8th,2013

.. It is time to be slimmed down in order to compete . Otherwise , put your head between your knees and get ready to “die…”

[h/t — TAS // matt purple]

.. Americans have been facing the consequences of a shifting economy for years now . These effects often come in the form of lost jobs, foreclosed homes, and relocation. The national debt is unfathomably high, cities are going bankrupt, and small-business growth has ground to a halt thanks to burdensome regulations and health care costs. Meanwhile the Post gets sold to a different owner and suddenly it is the equivalent of sending loved ones to a crematorium. It is similar to what happened with the sequester: The Beltway experiences a gentle lick of the recession it helped create, and all hell breaks loose.

.. One should head west , outward from Washington , D.C. , Fantasyland on the Potomac .  Out beyond what Washington radio stations call the “DMV”—D.C., Maryland, and Virginia  . One should do so , fittingly abbreviated as a comically incompetent government agency—and try to find one person, just one, who cares deeply about the fact that the Post has changed hands. Surely there is someone out there who will express concerns about his job security and the intrusion of environmental regulations . They will think that is  far more important  than the fate of the Post , even though it will now be owned by someone else  .

.. Just one. He  or  she has  got to be out there.

.. The busines model  of news media , in  general , and newspapers  , in particular , must evolve . The market has given it no choice . Also , new media outlets are crushing the competition , and kicking their fannies . Either they evolve ,  or they may meet the fate of the Rocky Mountain News .  note the crossout . the RMN has been gone for a few years …

… Get the Hint ! …

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… the Plot Deepens …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 8th,2013

IRS Employees — We Targeted Conservative Groups on Orders from Washington …

.. I figure , see it for yourself , from the release from the House Oversight Committee , that these idiots are really getting themselves in

English: Aerial view of the White House in Was...

English: Aerial view of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

thick in the duck soup . The employees directly contradict IRS honcho Lois Lerner’s claim that the targeting was merely the work of “rogue” employees in the IRS Cincinnati office.

… … … …

Q: So is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the IG are not in the Cincinnati office?

A: I don’t know how to answer that question.  I mean, from an agent standpoint, we didn’t do anything wrong.  We followed directions based on other people telling us what to do.

Q: And you ultimately followed directions from Washington; is that correct?

A: If direction had come down from Washington, yes.

Q: But with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to Tea Party applications, those directions emanated from Washington; is that right ?

A: I believe so.

… … … …

Q: Did anyone else ever make a request that you send any cases to Washington ?

A:  [Different IRS employee] wanted to have two cases that she couldn’t ‑‑ Washington, D.C. wanted them, but she couldn’t find the paper.  So she requested me, through an email, to find these cases for her and to send them to Washington, D.C. Q: When was this, what time frame? A: I don’t recall the time frame, maybe May of 2010.

… … … …

Q: But just to be clear, she told you the specific names of these applicants.

A: Yes.

Q: And she told you that Washington, D.C. had requested these two specific applications be sent to D.C.

A: Yes, or parts of them.

… … … …

Q: Okay.  So she asked you to send particular parts of these applications.

A: Mm‑hmm.

Q: And that was unusual.  Did you say that ?

A: Yes.

Q: And she indicated that Washington had requested these specific parts of these specific applications; is that right ?

A: Correct.

.. The Congresscritters on the hill have ways to prove this . However , they need to keep their eyes on the ball . Especially before they decide to make any public comments . Someone was digging for deep ideological and and membership information on these groups that opposed the ObamaCraps ‘ agenda . “Rogue agents” who are career government workers are not going to come up with questions like that on their own , but someone who bounced back and forth between the Obama campaign and his White House might.

.. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the Be On the Lookout (BOLO) list never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the many detailed questions that conservative groups were subjected to never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” would come up with so much extra work for themselves, outside their normal responsibilities and outside their union contract, never made any sense. Getting unionized workers to do extra work requires the union’s buy-in. Getting bureaucrats to do extra work requires orders from their superiors. That’s how government works.

.. The Infernal Service itself has blown Lerner ’ s story to smithereens , saying that as many 88 employees are being looked at . Nice going .

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… the Perils of Brinksmanship [Korea] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 10th,2013

… The perils of Brinksmanship [Korea] …

.. Junior , as I have come to call him , at time (Kim Jong Un) is an untried and untested leader . Unfortuntately , we also have an untried and untested leader in Barack Obama . May God in Heaven help up all . ..

.. It appears that Junior is doing a decent job at brinksmanship . Or , better yet , blinksmanship .The point of this high – stakes game is to see who blinks first . ..   .. But if, as everybody agrees (for once), all the bluster coming from Pyongyang is just noise, meant only to play the game , it is still important to make sure the noisemakers in North Korea don’t win that game, either . ..

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. The North Koreans calibrate these things carefully , and measure the response cosely . All the sobriety, dignity and reluctance to raise the president’s voice has not so far impressed anyone in Pyongyang. Now , unfortunately , the United States is tolerating a nuclear North Korea , where lip-reading clearly frightens no one. Who can blame Kim, or whoever is pulling his strings, for thinking that

Washington is prepared to tolerate a lot ? ..   .. Anyone who understands anything about the Koreans knows they’re a tough-minded

people, who respect an adversary who stands up tall and have little regard for someone who is easily pushed around — or even allows one ‘ s self to appear to be pushed around . ..

.. A clown with an A-bomb is nothing to laugh at . and now we have to live with the Clown . ..

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