Archive for January 21st, 2008

Thought For Martin Luther King Day

Upon reading this Bill Moyers piece about LBJ going out on a limb to pass the Civil Rights Act, with Martin Luther King providing both pressure and cover, I found myself first thinking what a good thing it was that Dubya wasn’t president back then, and then wondering how many other presidents or prospective presidents would have done the same thing. Certainly no Republican ones. I can see Jimmy Carter at least making the attempt, although I’m not sure he would have had the clout to actually pull it off. Other than that, I can’t really see anyone who would be willing to stick their neck out to do the right thing. And this is 44 years later.

It probably says as much about the political courage of today’s so-called “leaders” and the Republican co-option of our media as it does about the persistence of racism. Which I reckon would be even worse now if the Civil Rights Act had never happened.

So bravo to MLK and LBJ. Thank you both for being where and when we needed you, and having the guts to do the right thing. I only wish that LBJ had listened to MLK on Vietnam, too.

January 21st, 2008 at 11:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Politics,Racism,Republicans

Random Downtown Photoblogging

Some more random photos from my Downtown Photo Excursion:

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January 21st, 2008 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging – Pt. II

After the live-action re-enactment by the guy in the Garfield costume, it gets kinda weird. More Garfield re-enactment weirdness can be found at Lasagna Cat.

(h/t Comics Curmudgeon)

January 21st, 2008 at 05:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Word Of The Day

Today’s made-up word: Snacuum.

Definition: The total absence of junk food.

Usage: “Football abhors a snacuum.”

January 21st, 2008 at 04:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Monday Media Blogging – Pt. I

Bush is stoned!

They make a compelling case…

(from reader/Technorati pilgrim JJ)

January 21st, 2008 at 01:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Monday Media Blogging

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