celebrate MLK day?
what are you going to do to celebrate MLK day?
i think i'll order a few more 30 rounders you know the obamma ban type-- --never mind they may not get here till summer---
i'll probably fly the skull and bones --and the stars and bars-- weather permitting.
i'll check the interwebs to see if all those spam tins got shipped.
i may open a bottle of the good stuff --cause i think it may be R.E.Lee"s birthday --IIRC.
there may be a small private fireworks display --that depends on the firewater---LOL!
i'll probably cook up some pork BBQ --just to piss on tango one more time. :rofl:
what are you gonna do to celebrate MLK? and the big "O" being appointed pharo ???
I'll probably hobble out to the mail box two or three times wondering where the heck my mail is.
Don't get me wrong - I really do believe MLK was a great man. He believed in the same rights for every one and believed people should be judged by the content of their character, just like most of us. He would also be spinning in his grave if he saw the attitudes of some of the young blacks today. I believe MLK was more like Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams deep inside. With that said - yesterday I heard a guy ask, Why does anyone need an AR 15. The other guy answered. Why did Rosa Parks need to sit in the front of the bus??? Because it is a constitutional right! One of the best answers I've ever heard!
Very well said.
Originally Posted by Rich
Its sad to see his legacy tarnished and highjacked by the fools claiming to represent his ideals.
Yes I agree that he would not like what he would see today. I think he made a big difference in the way we look at each other, and how we could have gotten along better.
But all his work seems to have been in vain because of the new "Racial Equalizers" you know , Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and on and on... And of course the "Great Divider", Barack Obama. I wish he could come back and kick ass on these jackasses.
Read this article, you might find that you really didn't know how Martin Luther King Jr really felt about guns and gun ownership.
Professor of Law, UCLA
Posted: January 18, 2011 08:25 AM
MLK and His Guns
One issue on everyone's mind this Martin Luther King Jr. day was gun control. King's calls for resolving our differences through peaceful nonviolence are especially poignant after Jared Loughner gunned down six people and wounded several others in Tucson. Amid the clamor for new gun laws, its appropriate to remember King's complicated history with guns.
Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination.
William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that once, during a visit to King's parsonage, he went to sit down on an armchair in the living room and, to his surprise, almost sat on a loaded gun. Glenn Smiley, an adviser to King, described King's home as "an arsenal."
As I found researching my new book, Gunfight, in 1956, after King's house was bombed, King applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The local police had discretion to determine who was a suitable person to carry firearms. King, a clergyman whose life was threatened daily, surely met the requirements of the law, but he was rejected nevertheless. At the time, the police used any wiggle room in the law to discriminate against African Americans.
Ironically, the concealed carry permit law in Alabama was promoted by the National Rifle Association thirty years earlier. Today, the gun rights hardliners fight to eliminate permits for concealed carry, as Arizona has done.
Eventually, King gave up any hope of armed self-defense and embraced nonviolence more completely. Others in the civil rights movement, however, embraced the gun.
One of the most indelible images of the 1960s is a photograph from Life magazine of Malcolm X looking out a window with a long M-1 carbine in his hands, the rifle pointed up to the sky. For blacks unhappy with the progress achieved by King's marches, the gun became a symbol of the "by any means necessary" philosophy.
The Black Panthers took Malcolm X's approach to the extreme, openly carrying guns as they patrolled for police abuses on the streets of Oakland. They even made guns part of their official uniform, along with the black beret and leather jacket. Every member learned about Marxism and firearms safety.
California passed a law to disarm the Panthers and then Congress, after King was assassinated by James Early Ray, passed the Gun Control Act of 1968 -- the first major federal gun control since the 1930s. These laws fueled the rise of the modern gun rights movement, which self-consciously borrowed tactics from the civil rights movement.
One lesson the gun advocates took was from the early King and his more aggressive followers: If the police can't (or won't) to protect you, a gun may be your last line of defense. Inspired by that idea, the gun lobby has grown so strong that even after the Tucson mass murder there is almost no likelihood of new gun laws being passed.
Whether a broader acceptance of the King's later pacifism would have made us safer than choosing guns, we will never know.
Thanks for the info, Fyred up
My pleasure, believe me it was not what I would have believed because of his pacifism.
Originally Posted by wrench1957
Celebrating Robert E Lee's birthday, flying the Stars and Bars with the Battle Flag under it.