Monday, January 21, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Jan 21, 2008, Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King's last speech, he was assassinated the next day:

Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech:

Martin Luther King, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam":

Today on Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 375:

● Noting that a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective. He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for “radical changes in the structure of our society” to redistribute wealth and power. By 1967, King had also become the country’s most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967—a year to the day before he was urdered—King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Time magazine called the speech “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi,” and the Washington Post declared that King had “diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.” We turn now to that speech that King gave in April 1967.

Democracy NOW! Jan. 15, 2007
In March of 1968, King came to Memphis to support striking African-American sanitation workers who were demanding better working conditions and facing massive resistance from white city officials. Days before he died he was to lead a march in Memphis–he was assassinated.

DN! transcript or DN! video

· Reclaiming King: Beyond "I Have a Dream". People usually focus on the historic "I Have a Dream" speech, but it's the work King was doing at the end of his life that deserves more attention.

· The Freedom We Seek. Rights and Liberties: 40 years later, Dr. King's dream of a more just society is a long way from being realized.


· DANIEL ELLSBERG: Covering Up the Coverage - The American Media's Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case. In an Exclusive BRAD BLOG Op-Ed, the Legendary 'Pentagon Papers' Whistleblower Calls on the Media to Perform Their First Amendment Obligations, on Congressional Leaders to Perform Their Oversight Duty, and for Insider Sources to Come Forward to the American Public...

· The "seals" are not seals. The "chain of custody" is not a chain of custody. Ballots being transported by the "state police" are actually transported by Butch and Hoppy, who are not employed by the state police. Butch and Hoppy's real names are not really Butch and Hoppy. In New Hampshire, it's all hidden in plain sight.

· How the Mega-Rich Treat Our Treasury Like a Buffet (And Stick You with the Bill). Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Political connections are worth their weight in gold for America's wealthy.

· Right-Wingers Can't Cover Up Iraq's Death Toll Catastrophe. War on Iraq: The warmongers who got us into Iraq are blaming everyone but themselves for the humanitarian disaster they created.

· FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft. The FBI has been accused of covering up a file detailing government dealings with a network stealing nuclear secrets

· Anti-war group says war crimes are "encouraged"

· Around 300,000 Afghan Children Cannot Attend School Because of Violence in Afghanistan

· Ronald Reagan Is Still Dead

· Nasty weather in the north and dysfunctional voting machines in one coastal county marred South Carolina's Republican primary Saturday.

· Aides for Sen. Barack Obama, who lost the first-in-the-West contest, announced they would ask the state Democratic Party to review reports that Clinton caucus organizers had sought to block entry to certain sites a half hour before the official deadline, as outlined in a Clinton campaign caucus manual.

· Global Stocks Plunge Amid Jitters About U.S. Economy World stocks tumbled on Monday as fears gripped investors that a sliding U.S. economy would drag others down with it.

· Stocks Likely to Keep Falling

· …and in local NEPA news, "Seven bloody rabbit heads were dumped on the front porch of a Center Avenue apartment Friday night, disturbing Bernadette Williams, who feels each head represents one of her children"...isn't that nice???
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