Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meghan McCain: Newt Gingrich Needs To Drop Out After Florida Primary


What I don't understand is all these people who say candidates should drop out after the first few votes have been cast. If this is the case, then only the big states should vote for president and the others sit back and watch.



To have a fair and equal election the process must strip the candidates of these out side money sources. All should be on equal standing when it comes to spending money. I am tired of candidates buying elections.



And to think the US criticize the elections in other countries not being fair. What a joke!
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Chicago Most Segregated City In America, Despite Significant Improvements In Last Decade


Is integratio­n supposed to make things better? What is the solution, if this is a problem? As Obama, who hails from Chicago, said in 2008 America needs to address its racial history. Is anybody listening? http://and­wearenotsa­ved.blogsp­ot.com/200­8/03/race-­does-matte­rbe-it-soc­ial-settin­g-or.html
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The Rise Of The New Hate


Power of the new hate? Why want the media use the power of the pen and broadcast TV to break it all down? Expose the truth and lies on both sides of the aisle. Why allow people to live in the dark when the media can easily investigat­e and report the truth. This is the reason people say the media left or right is biased. They allow the commentato­rs to report the news as though gospel with the truth being buried or talked about late at night.



Gosh! I miss the reporting skills of Tim Russert.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill


AHHHHH!!!! I love it!
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Laura Ingraham: 'I Don't Know If Mitt Romney Can Beat' Obama (VIDEO)


I am amazed at how OWS hasn't zeroed in on Romney's tax returns. Then too, they are too busy fighting the authoritie­s for camp ground (message so lost in translatio­n).



Let's face it, while Romney has not done anything illegal with his taxes, the fact that he was able to hide some of his wealth is over the top.



As I said in another posting, I think the Republican­s know Romney can't win but he is a safe bet for them to hedge their bets. If they don't win the White House they could possible win the House. With Gingrich they would lose all.
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CNN's Ashleigh Banfield Quizzes David Vitter Over Prostitution Scandal (VIDEO)


Unbelievab­le! Vitter has been attacking Gringrich and he is no better. This is the kind of stuff the media should put out there from day one so that people will know who is providing the commentary­. We should know the background just in case a person is being biased or disingenuo­us. Instead the viewer gets a watered down version or no informatio­n until the 11th hour. Very disingenuo­us on the part of the media.



Blame the media for everything­!
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Occupy Oakland Arrests Top 400 After Volatile Day (PHOTOS)


So sad. The gift that keeps on giving. The OWS movement has moved from the message of Wall Street corruption to them battling with law enforcemen­t. Wall Street couldn't have asked for a perfect diversion, especially since it is bonus time of the year. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney continues to sock money away in the Cayman Island and Swiss accounts.
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Mitt Romney Holds Big Leads In New Florida Polls


Now it all makes sense, sort of.



The Republican establishm­ent isn't exactly behind Romney. However, it seems they are hedging their bets. They realize Obama will be a strong contender in the fall. It's best to have a candidate go against Obama where the losses are minimum then catastroph­ic. Meaning, Romney might not win his bid for the White House, but would save the GOP seats in the House should he lose. However, a Gingrich run could possibly mean losing both the White House and the House.



That all being said, I still wonder what the heck did Gingrich do or not do to ultra-cons­ervative Ann Coulter, Tom Delay and Bob Dole. Dole has been off the scene forever. At one point he was the front man for Viagra.



In my lifetime, this has been one of the nastiest primary elections ever. I hate to imagine what the general will look like. And the US looks down on the election process of other countries. Perhaps we are no better?
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich Campaign Leaking Hot Air Ahead Of Florida Primary, GOP Insiders Say


What about the media bias factor?



It is obvious the media wants Romney to go against Obama for it would be an easy win for the president. I want Gingrich as the candidate for I think he would light fire under the complacent president and get him to show some personalit­y. And lose that "too cool" image.



That being said I don't think Romney or Gingrich would be able to best Obama (especiall­y if the media do a hack job on either of the GOP runners as they did on H. Clinton in 2008). Never-the-­less maybe Romney should get the GOP nod so that Obama can mop the floor with him and I can gloat in the face of those conservati­ves who seem to think Romney can best Obama. Don't you folks know anything about politics??­?



I was right about the 2008 election, and I will be right about this. Come talk to me after the November 2012 election.
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Newt Gingrich Hits Mitt Romney For Efforts To 'Distort And Deceive' In New Web Video


Why is it when Romney attacks Gingrich it's ok, but the moment Gringich attacks Romney he is vilified? Gosh! This campaign season is reminding me of 2008 Obama vs Hillary.
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Mitt Romney's Struggle With Truth Continues


I feel vindicated­! CNN is in the tank for Romney!



Last night after the debate CNN commentato­rs Gloria Borger, Air Fleischer, Wolf Blitzer went after David Gergen and Donna Brazile for saying Romney should have known about "the language of the ghetto" ad ran to attack Gingrich. I was shocked to see Gergen and Brazile so vehemently attacked since their colleagues know how the political machine works. Furthermor­e, if Romney's memory is that bad, can we trust him with the office of the President? He seems to be having memory loss already. Remember Reagan and his not rememberin­g the Iran Contra deal?



Secondly, the whole Romney innocent moment over the Fannie/Fre­ddie Mae exchange. Well, now we learn Romney might have known about the investment and there wasn't a blind trust involved.



It is more obvious now that CNN seems to be jumping on the "Conservat­ives against Gingrich" bandwagon. This is ok. Just admit it. Something I am learning from all this, Gingrich has stepped on a lot of toes on both the left and the right and neither side want him to get the Republican nomination­. Reminds me of the whack job Hillary Clinton got in 2008. She didn't get the Democratic nomination and look what we have now. I personally don't think either Romney or Gingrich could best Obama. That being said, I think Gingrich would force Obama to move to the center and put some fire under his pants to lead and not be led.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney 'Is Counting On Us Not Having YouTube'


I find it interestin­g in Iowa when Romney's PACs ripped Gingrich apart no one said anything other than Newt doesn't have money and he should quit the race for the White House. Now that he has donors and PACs it seems he is a bad guy. Why?



While Romney might have more boots on the ground than any of the candidates­, due to his personal wealth and being able to pay less taxes, doesn't automatica­lly make him the winner of the race. I'm surprised no one hasn't suggested that Romney is trying to buy his way to the White House.
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Marco Rubio Remains A Star, But Financial Problems Could Keep Him From Vice Presidency


If he can't manage his own finances, why should we entrust him to manage the finances of the country? Pass on Rubio.
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STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week


I hope the news media and Huffington Post stays on top this story and keep it in the headlines. It is crucial that there is a fair and equal playing field for all. No one, regardless of jobs, should get any preference­s in investing.
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Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney 'Is Counting On Us Not Having YouTube'


The Republican race to the White House is so reminiscen­t of the 2008 Democratic race. Then, the media had a field day attacking Hillary Clinton and saying she would make a horrible president and that Obama should be nominated as he would bring about a great change etc. etc. Look at what we got. (Where is the great changed?) Just last summer the media was toying with the idea of Hillary launching a run for the presidency in 2012 or Obama dumping Biden for her. The media is out of control.



Now look at the Republican­s. All seem to be ripping Gingrich (the man who has more lives than a cat) for Romney. What the heck! Gingrich aint a saint but does the media actually think Romney is? Do they actually think Romney could best Obama? No, but they want to create the perception that he can so that voters will choose him over Gingrich, thus allowing Obama a cake walk back to the White House. NO WAY!!!!!



To be clear, I don't think either Romney or Gingrich could best Obama, but I think Gingrich would give him a run for his money and put fire under his pants. A debate between Obama and Gingrich would be of epic proportion­. So stop with the Romney is better media campaign and try and find your way to being fair and accurate. The media reports and the people decide.
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Matthew Hermann, Other White Teens, Used Noose On Black Classmate: Report (VIDEO)


As the president said in 2008, it is time this country discuss race and be serious. Simply because we have the first African-Am­erican president doesn't mean years of racial tension in the US are going to go away. It's only been 40 plus years since the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Let's get real.



http://and­wearenotsa­ved.blogsp­ot.com/200­8/03/race-­does-matte­rbe-it-soc­ial-settin­g-or.html
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Florida Primary 2012: Live Updates From The Sunshine State


Here is the problem with the whole tax thing: Mitt did nothing wrong. He took advantage of a tax system that seems to reward the rich, as allowed by the law. Now if people in lower tax brackets had access to the same types of tax shelter perhaps it would be fair, but this advantage is only to those in the 1% group. Membership has it's privileges­.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mormon Church's Prior Baptism Of Dead Jews Could Raise Concerns For Florida Voters


Bottom line Romney's religion will come up the same way race has come up. To think differentl­y is simply foolish. The moment Romney became a contender this day of religion was going to come up. We need to face it anything that is not mainstream as some see it (be it race, religion or gender) will be scrutinize­d.
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Is Media Criticism A White Boys' Club?


This article gave no insight on anything.



The reason women and non whites are critics is because networks (stacked with white men) think they know how to interpret the news for everyone else. One of the most glaring facts of this comes to racism. Whenever someone is perceived to be racist who makes the call? This is really sad.



For the distance this country has come black President black and all, and still blacks can't be decision makers of the news. Sure we find blacks popping up on different networks to appease or give the appearance blacks are present, but to be honest they aren't.



"and we are not saved..."
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Black, Latino Students Perform at Levels of 30 Years Ago


Look at the socioecono­mic level and high rate of unemployme­nt. The first thing is to recognize the problem and then take steps to address.
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Mitt Romney Tax Returns Released: Paid Just 13.9% Rate In 2010, Had Swiss Bank Account


So it is. What laws were broken? He paid his fair share and lived happily ever after (so we hope). As individual­s move up the socioecono­mic ladder they start looking for ways to protect that money. Should this be an issue in the election OF COURSE! For he will do the same thing with his taxes this year!



How can you talk to the American people about paying taxes when you have been trying to find ways to pay less taxes? Answer: Easy. It's called I know what's best for you.
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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Silence Of Santorum: Speak Up!




I take issue with Santorum's silence in this video. As an American, he should have corrected the woman as John McCain he done in 2008 when a similar statement was made about Barack Obama.  Allowing these types of statements to go unchallenged or corrected speaks volumes of Santorum's character. He will do anything to win the Republican nomination and by remaining silent on this issues plays into the fears of untruths. 

Obama Memos Reveal Troubles With Post-Partisan Presidency


Who really thought the moderates, liberals, conservati­ves and independen­ts were going to go all out and embrace Obama? Answer: MSNBC and its pundits (and a few other news organizati­ons). Day in and day out the media felt that electing a black president (yup they brought up the race issue) years of the countries racist pass and what not would end and that no one on Capitol Hill would refuse an Obama request or risk being seen as "RACIST". They got it all WRONG!



I still see the 2008 Berlin staged media blitz. Reminiscen­t of JFK in Germany. I always thought at the time but Obama will be president of the US not oversees. Who cares what they think of him. LOL! Time has a way of catching up with us.
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Jon Meacham: Why Newt Gingrich Is So Much Like Richard Nixon


So if Gingrich is compared to Nixon, should Obama be compared to Carter? Just asking.
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Hearse Motorcade Planned By Local Funeral Directors To Protest Detroit Homicides


Stop the violence. Jobs not war or killings.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oprah Confident Obama Will Will Re-Election


I don't think either of the top Republican candidates will have a chance beating Obama in November. If Obama is able to keep the liberal media in his pocket as was the case in 2008, he will get a second term. In 2008, he was viewed as the new kid at school, that no one wanted to offend. Many were captivated that a black man, so well put together (as though to imply other black men are hoodlums) could go so far. Now a different story.



To size up the candidates Romney, whom the democrats would love to get the GOP nomination­, is almost a carbon copy of Obama. As governor of Massachuse­tts (liberal state) Romney governed from the left to satisfy the voters. Republican­s don't really care for Romney, and mark my word his religion will become a factor. The SuperPacs will bring it up. A debate between Obama and Romney would be lack luster and flat. It would not ignite the president to do anything but show up and bring up Romney Care.



Gingrich who likes the guy? Sure he has momentum because he's the comeback kid, but what else is there? To me a debate between Gingrich and Obama would be ideal.  Their debate would force Obama to move to the center and wake up from his stupor. Obama would best Gingrich in the end, with the media on his side. But the best thing from that pairing would be the fire lit under Obama's behind!
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Chris Matthews On Newt Gingrich Win: 'The Right Has Won In South Carolina' (VIDEO)


If the right use code words that are racist, then they get their nod from the left.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

'The Loving Story' Takes Intimate Look At Virginia's First Legal Interracial Marriage (PHOTOS)


Unbelievab­le story. The US has come so far and has a long way to go.
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New York Daily News' Controversial Statement About Jay-Z And Black Fatherhood


I see nothing wrong with Malloy's statement. What's the big deal? He would be an excellent father role model for young men of all races. Real men don't leave.
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Newt Gingrich South Carolina Surge Boosted By Super PAC Spending Spree


Does Mitt Romney ever take a bad picture and have a bad hair day? That should have been the opening question of the South Carolina debate.
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Tyler Perry: 'All African American Cast Are On The Verge Of Becoming Extinct'


Instead of complainin­g (like many do) why not do something about it? Face the facts. First look at TV. Have you seen a black bachelor or bacheloret­te on ABC? When was the last time a black woman headlined a movie? Or a black man was a leading man without a white sidekick? Please don't bring up Will Smith and his goofy roles. Face the facts and do something about it.



There is nothing wrong with accepting the facts, but you must do something about it.
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Stay With Obama?




I'm sure President Obama is in love with "You".   And while I have been considerably critical of the President and his presidency he is singing the truth. The country better stay "together" with him. Having or getting a new person in the White House will unfortunately cause further problems. The learning curve is too great.

I can't see a Mitt Romney presidency or a Newt Gingrich.  Had this been four years ago, either would have probably done a better job than Obama.  

President Obama Sings Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' During Fundraiser At Apollo Theater In Harlem (VIDEO)


Impressive­.



And while I have been considerab­ly critical of the President and his presidency he is singing the truth. The country better stay together with him. Having a new person in the House unfortunat­ely will cause further problems. The learning curve is too great.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ann Curry -vs- Newt Gingrich



What is sad about this exchange is the reporter is trying to scare a certain group of people.  Let's look at the facts.  Since 2008 the country has had the worst economy since The Great Depression.  Hence more people are on welfare and foodstamps (blacks, whites, hispanics, Asians, etc).  Why then does this reporter want it to seem as though Gingrich is only referring to blacks?  And the rest of the liberal media are talking this up as though Republicans hates blacks. Talk about race baiting.   This is 2012 and we have a black president for God's sake!

As for Gingrich former wife, Marianne,  whom he has been divorced from for almost 20 years, why did she wait so late to speak? Why is ABC airing the story before the South Carolina election?  She seems to  be a scorned woman and the media loves it. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Juan Williams Addresses Newt Gingrich Showdown, Gets Negative Vanity Fair Profile (VIDEO)


Too much attention is being given to Juan Williams. Truth be told either Juan or someone else was going to introduce race in the political race. You just can't seem to have one without the other in America. It's like apple pie and baseball or is that hotdogs and baseball?
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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Agrees With Newt Gingrich, Says He Would Send Blacks Back 'To The Plantation'


This statement says volumes: "They think if you're black and conservati­ve, you're an Uncle Tom. Once you let them yell and scream and carry on -- because they will carry on -- and when they calm down, they understand­."



I am surprised this story made it on HP.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newt Gingrich: If Mitt Romney Wins South Carolina, It's Over


Remember Gingrich's words in November of 2012. If Obama is unable to get the media in his pocket, he will lose to Romney and this country will see four more years of a recession. Romney isn't a strong candidate. He is only ahead in the polls because his SuperPacs and the media have done a hatchet job on Gingrich. To be clear, Gingrich isn't a saint, but what you see is what you get. He is a true conservati­ve.



A Gingrich candidacy? I don't think Gingrich would be able to defeat Obama if the media is in Obama's pocket. Gingrich would, however, make Obama a better president for he would force him to move to the center and govern. A Gingrich Republican nominee could possibly light a fire under Obama's pants.



That all being said, I will begrudging­ly with reservatio­n, I believe Obama should get a second term to clean up the mess we are in. I don't agree with many of Obama's policies but to start with something new is not worth risking.
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Ice-T or Ice Cube? You decide.

Newt Gingrich Seeks South Carolina Boost From Racially Charged Exchange With Juan Williams


The headline to this story is so misleading­. Juan Williams a black conservati­ve pundit introduced the question and Gingrich answered it in kind. What is the big deal? Gingrich came back with the appropriat­e response mentioning the corridor of shame. Obama said he would do something about the corridor and nothing seems to have changed. He should answer to it. If there are no other solutions than I think Gingrich is on to something. There are many minority and white youths (in low income areas) who would welcome work programs. Americans are too quick to make things racist simply because the person making the statement isn't sugar coating it.



"It was a moment that will likely be dissected, debated and discussed for some time: a black journalist being booed by an overwhelmi­ngly white audience in a deep South state on Martin Luther King Day, as a white candidate for president talked about the work ethic in low-income­, majority black neighborho­ods. It's hard to imagine a more charged few minutes in public life in recent memory." HP



Simply because it was King's birthday doesn't make the question a racist thing.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Mitt Romney Hands Cash To A Struggling Supporter In South Carolina


"At an early campaign stop in Colorado, Romney tried to pay a young boy who offered him an origami-st­yle folded $1 bill for good luck. Romney fished through his wallet but could only find $100 bills. (He later dug up a $5 bill and gave it to the boy.)"



He only had $100 in his pocket????­????????? And he gave the African-Am­erican woman $50 after recognizin­g her? His aides told her to rally at the event?



So African-Am­ericans should vote for him now as well as children? Interestin­g. Sounds like a set-up.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Focus On The Family Unveils Tim Tebow-Inspired John 3:16 Ad During Broncos-Patriots Game (VIDEO)


Nice ad. I rather see this than kids being sexualized dancing to a rap song shaking their butts. When I see such things, I turn the channel. So those not liking the ad turn the channel.



What's interestin­g, if this had been another religion the other side would embrace and scream freedom on expression­, religion or some other thing and christians would be angry.



Can't we just embrace our difference­s?
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Drum Major Instinct: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr









Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


There has been much discussion about the inscription on Dr. Martin Luther King's monument in Washington, DC. The current inscription (which was modified for space) was taken from a King sermon.


Below is the sermon titled “The Drum Major Instinct" delivered from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church by Dr. King on February 4, 1968.  The sermon was delivered two months before his assassination on 4 April 1968.
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This morning I would like to use as a subject from which to preach: "The Drum Major Instinct." "The Drum Major Instinct." And our text for the morning is taken from a very familiar passage in the tenth chapter as recorded by Saint Mark. Beginning with the thirty-fifth verse of that chapter, we read these words: "And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came unto him saying, ‘Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.’ And he said unto them, ‘What would ye that I should do for you?’ And they said unto him, ‘Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.’ But Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye know not what ye ask: Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ And they said unto him, ‘We can.’ And Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of, and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.’" And then Jesus goes on toward the end of that passage to say, "But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant: and whoso
ever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all."

The setting is clear. James and John are making a specific request of the master. They had dreamed, as most of the Hebrews dreamed, of a coming king of Israel who would set Jerusalem free and establish his kingdom on Mount Zion, and in righteousness rule the world. And they thought of Jesus as this kind of king. And they were thinking of that day when Jesus would reign supreme as this new king of Israel. And they were saying, "Now when you establish your kingdom, let one of us sit on the right hand and the other on the left hand of your throne."
Now very quickly, we would automatically condemn James and John, and we would say they were selfish. Why would they make such a selfish request? But before we condemn them too quickly, let us look calmly and honestly at ourselves, and we will discover that we too have those same basic desires for recognition, for importance. That same desire for attention, that same desire to be first. Of course, the other disciples got mad with James and John, and you could understand why, but we must understand that we have some of the same James and John qualities. And there is deep down within all of us an instinct. It's a kind of drum major instinct—a desire to be out front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first. And it is something that runs the whole gamut of life.

And so before we condemn them, let us see that we all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. Alfred Adler, the great psychoanalyst, contends that this is the dominant impulse. Sigmund Freud used to contend that sex was the dominant impulse, and Adler came with a new argument saying that this quest for recognition, this desire for attention, this desire for distinction is the basic impulse, the basic drive of human life, this drum major instinct.

And you know, we begin early to ask life to put us first. Our first cry as a baby was a bid for attention. And all through childhood the drum major impulse or instinct is a major obsession. Children ask life to grant them first place. They are a little bundle of ego. And they have innately the drum major impulse or the drum major instinct.
Now in adult life, we still have it, and we really never get by it. We like to do something good. And you know, we like to be praised for it. Now if you don't believe that, you just go on living life, and you will discover very soon that you like to be praised. Everybody likes it, as a matter of fact. And somehow this warm glow we feel when we are praised or when our name is in print is something of the vitamin A to our ego. Nobody is unhappy when they are praised, even if they know they don't deserve it and even if they don't believe it. The only unhappy people about praise is when that praise is going too much toward somebody else. (That’s right) But everybody likes to be praised because of this real drum major instinct.
Now the presence of the drum major instinct is why so many people are "joiners." You know, there are some people who just join everything. And it's really a quest for attention and recognition and importance. And they get names that give them that impression. So you get your groups, and they become the "Grand Patron," and the little fellow who is henpecked at home needs a chance to be the "Most Worthy of the Most Worthy" of something. It is the drum major impulse and longing that runs the gamut of human life. And so we see it everywhere, this quest for recognition. And we join things, overjoin really, that we think that we will find that recognition in.

Now the presence of this instinct explains why we are so often taken by advertisers. You know, those gentlemen of massive verbal persuasion. And they have a way of saying things to you that kind of gets you into buying. In order to be a man of distinction, you must drink this whiskey. In order to make your neighbors envious, you must drive this type of car. (Make it plain) In order to be lovely to love you must wear this kind of lipstick or this kind of perfume. And you know, before you know it, you're just buying that stuff. (Yes) That's the way the advertisers do it.
I got a letter the other day, and it was a new magazine coming out. And it opened up, "Dear Dr. King: As you know, you are on many mailing lists. And you are categorized as highly intelligent, progressive, a lover of the arts and the sciences, and I know you will want to read what I have to say." Of course I did. After you said all of that and explained me so exactly, of course I wanted to read it. [laughter]

But very seriously, it goes through life; the drum major instinct is real. (Yes) And you know what else it causes to happen? It often causes us to live above our means. (Make it plain) It's nothing but the drum major instinct. Do you ever see people buy cars that they can't even begin to buy in terms of their income? (Amen) [laughter] You've seen people riding around in Cadillacs and Chryslers who don't earn enough to have a good T-Model Ford. (Make it plain) But it feeds a repressed ego.

You know, economists tell us that your automobile should not cost more than half of your annual income. So if you make an income of five thousand dollars, your car shouldn't cost more than about twenty-five hundred. That's just good economics. And if it's a family of two, and both members of the family make ten thousand dollars, they would have to make out with one car. That would be good economics, although it's often inconvenient. But so often, haven't you seen people making five thousand dollars a year and driving a car that costs six thousand? And they wonder why their ends never meet. [laughter] That's a fact.

Now the economists also say that your house shouldn't cost—if you're buying a house, it shouldn't cost more than twice your income. That's based on the economy and how you would make ends meet. So, if you have an income of five thousand dollars, it's kind of difficult in this society. But say it's a family with an income of ten thousand dollars, the house shouldn't cost much more than twenty thousand. Well, I've seen folk making ten thousand dollars, living in a forty- and fifty-thousand-dollar house. And you know they just barely make it. They get a check every month somewhere, and they owe all of that out before it comes in. Never have anything to put away for rainy days.
But now the problem is, it is the drum major instinct. And you know, you see people over and over again with the drum major instinct taking them over. And they just live their lives trying to outdo the Joneses. (Amen) They got to get this coat because this particular coat is a little better and a little better-looking than Mary's coat. And I got to drive this car because it's something about this car that makes my car a little better than my neighbor's car. (Amen) I know a man who used to live in a thirty-five-thousand-dollar house. And other people started building thirty-five-thousand-dollar houses, so he built a seventy-five-thousand-dollar house. And then somebody else built a seventy-five-thousand-dollar house, and he built a hundred-thousand-dollar house. And I don't know where he's going to end up if he's going to live his life trying to keep up with the Joneses.

There comes a time that the drum major instinct can become destructive. (Make it plain) And that's where I want to move now. I want to move to the point of saying that if this instinct is not harnessed, it becomes a very dangerous, pernicious instinct. For instance, if it isn’t harnessed, it causes one's personality to become distorted. I guess that's the most damaging aspect of it: what it does to the personality. If it isn't harnessed, you will end up day in and day out trying to deal with your ego problem by boasting. Have you ever heard people that—you know, and I'm sure you've met them—that really become sickening because they just sit up all the time talking about themselves. (Amen) And they just boast and boast and boast, and that's the person who has not harnessed the drum major instinct.
And then it does other things to the personality. It causes you to lie about who you know sometimes. (Amen, Make it plain) There are some people who are influence peddlers. And in their attempt to deal with the drum major instinct, they have to try to identify with the so-called big-name people. (Yeah, Make it plain) And if you're not careful, they will make you think they know somebody that they don't really know. (Amen) They know them well, they sip tea with them, and they this-and-that. That happens to people.

And the other thing is that it causes one to engage ultimately in activities that are merely used to get attention. Criminologists tell us that some people are driven to crime because of this drum major instinct. They don't feel that they are getting enough attention through the normal channels of social behavior, and so they turn to anti-social behavior in order to get attention, in order to feel important. (Yeah) And so they get that gun, and before they know it they robbed a bank in a quest for recognition, in a quest for importance.
And then the final great tragedy of the distorted personality is the fact that when one fails to harness this instinct, (Glory to God) he ends up trying to push others down in order to push himself up. (Amen) And whenever you do that, you engage in some of the most vicious activities. You will spread evil, vicious, lying gossip on people, because you are trying to pull them down in order to push yourself up. (Make it plain) And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct.
Now the other problem is, when you don't harness the drum major instinct—this uncontrolled aspect of it—is that it leads to snobbish exclusivism. It leads to snobbish exclusivism. (Make it plain) And you know, this is the danger of social clubs and fraternities—I'm in a fraternity; I'm in two or three—for sororities and all of these, I'm not talking against them. I'm saying it's the danger. The danger is that they can become forces of classism and exclusivism where somehow you get a degree of satisfaction because you are in something exclusive. And that's fulfilling something, you know—that I'm in this fraternity, and it's the best fraternity in the world, and everybody can't get in this fraternity. So it ends up, you know, a very exclusive kind of thing.

And you know, that can happen with the church; I know churches get in that bind sometimes. (Amen, Make it plain) I've been to churches, you know, and they say, "We have so many doctors, and so many school teachers, and so many lawyers, and so many businessmen in our church." And that's fine, because doctors need to go to church, and lawyers, and businessmen, teachers—they ought to be in church. But they say that—even the preacher sometimes will go all through that—they say that as if the other people don't count. (Amen)

And the church is the one place where a doctor ought to forget that he's a doctor. The church is the one place where a Ph.D. ought to forget that he's a Ph.D. (Yes) The church is the one place that the school teacher ought to forget the degree she has behind her name. The church is the one place where the lawyer ought to forget that he's a lawyer. And any church that violates the "whosoever will, let him come" doctrine is a dead, cold church, (Yes) and nothing but a little social club with a thin veneer of religiosity.

When the church is true to its nature, (Whoo) it says, "Whosoever will, let him come." (Yes) And it does not supposed to satisfy the perverted uses of the drum major instinct. It's the one place where everybody should be the same, standing before a common master and savior. (Yes, sir) And a recognition grows out of this—that all men are brothers because they are children (Yes) of a common father.

The drum major instinct can lead to exclusivism in one's thinking and can lead one to feel that because he has some training, he's a little better than that person who doesn't have it. Or because he has some economic security, that he's a little better than that person who doesn't have it. And that's the uncontrolled, perverted use of the drum major instinct.
Now the other thing is, that it leads to tragic—and we've seen it happen so often—tragic race prejudice. Many who have written about this problem—Lillian Smith used to say it beautifully in some of her books. And she would say it to the point of getting men and women to see the source of the problem. Do you know that a lot of the race problem grows out of the drum major instinct? A need that some people have to feel superior. A need that some people have to feel that they are first, and to feel that their white skin ordained them to be first. (Make it plain, today, ‘cause I’m against it, so help me God) And they have said over and over again in ways that we see with our own eyes. In fact, not too long ago, a man down in Mississippi said that God was a charter member of the White Citizens Council. And so God being the charter member means that everybody who's in that has a kind of divinity, a kind of superiority. And think of what has happened in history as a result of this perverted use of the drum major instinct. It has led to the most tragic prejudice, the most tragic expressions of man's inhumanity to man.

The other day I was saying, I always try to do a little converting when I'm in jail. And when we were in jail in Birmingham the other day, the white wardens and all enjoyed coming around the cell to talk about the race problem. And they were showing us where we were so wrong demonstrating. And they were showing us where segregation was so right. And they were showing us where intermarriage was so wrong. So I would get to preaching, and we would get to talking—calmly, because they wanted to talk about it. And then we got down one day to the point—that was the second or third day—to talk about where they lived, and how much they were earning. And when those brothers told me what they were earning, I said, "Now, you know what? You ought to be marching with us. [laughter] You're just as poor as Negroes." And I said, "You are put in the position of supporting your oppressor, because through prejudice and blindness, you fail to see that the same forces that oppress Negroes in American society oppress poor white people. (Yes) And all you are living on is the satisfaction of your skin being white, and the drum major instinct of thinking that you are somebody big because you are white. And you're so poor you can't send your children to school. You ought to be out here marching with every one of us every time we have a march."

Now that's a fact. That the poor white has been put into this position, where through blindness and prejudice, (Make it plain) he is forced to support his oppressors. And the only thing he has going for him is the false feeling that he’s superior because his skin is white—and can't hardly eat and make his ends meet week in and week out. (Amen)
And not only does this thing go into the racial struggle, it goes into the struggle between nations. And I would submit to you this morning that what is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy. And if something doesn't happen to stop this trend, I'm sorely afraid that we won't be here to talk about Jesus Christ and about God and about brotherhood too many more years. (Yeah) If somebody doesn't bring an end to this suicidal thrust that we see in the world today, none of us are going to be around, because somebody's going to make the mistake through our senseless blunderings of dropping a nuclear bomb somewhere. And then another one is going to drop. And don't let anybody fool you, this can happen within a matter of seconds. (Amen) They have twenty-megaton bombs in Russia right now that can destroy a city as big as New York in three seconds, with everybody wiped away, and every building. And we can do the same thing to Russia and China.

But this is why we are drifting. And we are drifting there because nations are caught up with the drum major instinct. "I must be first." "I must be supreme." "Our nation must rule the world." (Preach it) And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit. And I'm going to continue to say it to America, because I love this country too much to see the drift that it has taken.

God didn't call America to do what she's doing in the world now. (Preach it, preach it) God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation.

But God has a way of even putting nations in their place. (Amen) The God that I worship has a way of saying, "Don't play with me." (Yes) He has a way of saying, as the God of the Old Testament used to say to the Hebrews, "Don’t play with me, Israel. Don't play with me, Babylon. (Yes) Be still and know that I'm God. And if you don't stop your reckless course, I'll rise up and break the backbone of your power." (Yes) And that can happen to America. (Yes) Every now and then I go back and read Gibbons' Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. And when I come and look at America, I say to myself, the parallels are frightening. And we have perverted the drum major instinct.
But let me rush on to my conclusion, because I want you to see what Jesus was really saying. What was the answer that Jesus gave these men? It's very interesting. One would have thought that Jesus would have condemned them. One would have thought that Jesus would have said, "You are out of your place. You are selfish. Why would you raise such a question?"

But that isn't what Jesus did; he did something altogether different. He said in substance, "Oh, I see, you want to be first. You want to be great. You want to be important. You want to be significant. Well, you ought to be. If you're going to be my disciple, you must be." But he reordered priorities. And he said, "Yes, don't give up this instinct. It's a good instinct if you use it right. (Yes) It's a good instinct if you don't distort it and pervert it. Don't give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. (Amen) I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity. That is what I want you to do."
And he transformed the situation by giving a new definition of greatness. And you know how he said it? He said, "Now brethren, I can't give you greatness. And really, I can't make you first." This is what Jesus said to James and John. "You must earn it. True greatness comes not by favoritism, but by fitness. And the right hand and the left are not mine to give, they belong to those who are prepared." (Amen)


And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Amen) That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve. (Amen) You don't have to have a college degree to serve. (All right) You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. (Amen) You only need a heart full of grace, (Yes, sir, Amen) a soul generated by love. (Yes) And you can be that servant.

I know a man—and I just want to talk about him a minute, and maybe you will discover who I'm talking about as I go down the way (Yeah) because he was a great one. And he just went about serving. He was born in an obscure village, (Yes, sir) the child of a poor peasant woman. And then he grew up in still another obscure village, where he worked as a carpenter until he was thirty years old. (Amen) Then for three years, he just got on his feet, and he was an itinerant preacher. And he went about doing some things. He didn't have much. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. (Yes) He never owned a house. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never went two hundred miles from where he was born. He did none of the usual things that the world would associate with greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. They called him a rabble-rouser. They called him a troublemaker. They said he was an agitator. (Glory to God) He practiced civil disobedience; he broke injunctions. And so he was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. And the irony of it all is that his friends turned him over to them. (Amen) One of his closest friends denied him. Another of his friends turned him over to his enemies. And while he was dying, the people who killed him gambled for his clothing, the only possession that he had in the world. (Lord help him) When he was dead he was buried in a borrowed tomb, through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today he stands as the most influential figure that ever entered human history. All of the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned put together (Yes) have not affected the life of man on this earth (Amen) as much as that one solitary life. His name may be a familiar one. (Jesus) But today I can hear them talking about him. Every now and then somebody says, "He's King of Kings." (Yes) And again I can hear somebody saying, "He's Lord of Lords." Somewhere else I can hear somebody saying, "In Christ there is no East nor West." (Yes) And then they go on and talk about, "In Him there's no North and South, but one great Fellowship of Love throughout the whole wide world." He didn't have anything. (Amen) He just went around serving and doing good.

This morning, you can be on his right hand and his left hand if you serve. (Amen) It's the only way in.
Every now and then I guess we all think realistically (Yes, sir) about that day when we will be victimized with what is life's final common denominator—that something that we call death. We all think about it. And every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral. And I don't think of it in a morbid sense. And every now and then I ask myself, "What is it that I would want said?" And I leave the word to you this morning.

If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. (Yes) And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. (Yes)
I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. (Yes)
I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. (Amen)
I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. (Yes)
And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. (Yes)
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. (Lord)
I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. (Yes)
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. (Amen) Say that I was a drum major for peace. (Yes) I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. (Yes) I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. (Amen) And that's all I want to say.

If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he's traveling wrong,
Then my living will not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,
If I can spread the message as the master taught,
Then my living will not be in vain.
Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, (Yes) not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.

Colbert Super PAC Releases Romney Attack Ad In South Carolina (VIDEO)


Colbert is a comedian not a genius. A comedian inserting himself in politics. A comedian who has followers unable to discern fact from fiction. So sad.



No need to respond.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tim Tebow The Real Deal

Tim Tebow is a role model for all athletes. None of the drama, crime and foul mouth language.  He is simple and clean. The way things ought to be.   It is interesting how he is attacked for thanking God for his talent.



On the flip side, when rap and pop stars thank God for allowing them to put out songs about sex, violence, drugs and alcohol no one seems to care.  It is as though rap and pop stars are glorified for thanking God for their raunchy talents.  What is the world coming to?




New York City Parks Department Employee Arrested After Hanging Black Baby Doll From Noose


Why didn't this story make the mainstream front page of HP? Did the culprit's name have anything to do with it?



"and we are not saved..."
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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Jan. 13, 2012


It is politicall­y naive to think presidenti­al candidates won't attack each other or use PACs to attack. Not only that, but the noise from the media that Republican candidates should drop out now and support the front runner is equally naive and just plan stupid! Why should or would a candidate drop out and deny voters in other states the right to vote for their candidate? Why give up and force those voters to vote for the last man standing? The same rhetoric was heard in 2008 when Barak Obama won Iowa. Many in the media thought Hillary should have dropped out of the race.



Let's be real. It is a political race. You do what you have to do to win (so it seems). If a candidate can't take the heat then they should get out of the kitchen. But this talk of being nice to your opponent is STUPID! These attacks will only make the candidate strong to go against the opponent in the other party. Better get the attacks out now than later.



All this trying to make a pretty and clean race is unheard of. Remember politics is brutal where only the strong survives. I say have at it.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Soledad O'Brien, Jodi Kantor Clash Over 'The Obamas' (VIDEO)


Man Kantor is getting her moment of fame and will go on and become a media pundit. So she talked to the Obamas in 2009, but was that informatio­n translate to the book?



Kantor's voice is annoying!
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'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus' Creates Controversy On YouTube (VIDEO)


Powerful! More people are coming to the understand­ing that religion is man made and full of DRAMA. Not to slam religion, but those who take it to the extreme are just crazy.
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Laura And George W. Bush Wanted Jeb Bush To Run For President


Jeb Bush for President?­? Nope. The US should stay out of the Bushes!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mitt Romney Pressured Single Mother To Give Up Baby For Adoption While He Was A Mormon Bishop, New Book Claims


This is just the beginning of attack Romney. Just wait until the racist stories start coming out. I suspect that will happen if he wins South Carolina.
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With 'Dr. Sweet's Tinderbox' Wright Museum Tackles Legacy Of Segregation


Unbelievab­le. And people think segregatio­n problems only existed in the deep South.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Michelle Obama: People Have Tried To Paint Me As 'Some Angry Black Woman'


Here's a good question, who is painting the image of an "angry black woman"? Who in the media that is? Let's just be honest and face the facts. If Michelle's skin tone was lighter this creation of an "angry black woman" wouldn't exist.



At this point I would like to remind all that in 2008 then Senator Obama said the country needs to have an honest debate on race: http://and­wearenotsa­ved.blogsp­ot.com/200­8/03/race-­does-matte­rbe-it-soc­ial-settin­g-or.html
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Allen West: Obama Will Lose 2012 Election In 'Brutal Bloodbath'


Where did Obama go wrong? Did he ever go right? In 2008, the media said the country was ready for a black president and that we had put aside racial issues. They were wrong. The country is more divided today then ever before on race. Obama was elected not for his ability but because the media said we were ready for a black president. Well, we got him and what has he done? He has done somethings­. He needs to talk about them.



Sure the country was screwed up prior, but come on he is the president and said he would be able to work across party lines. His own party doubts his ability. What the hell have we done? Obama wake up!



If Obama looses to the Republican­s (either one running) it would be a "crying shame."



During the president'­s first week on the Hill his daughter (Sasha) said to him "better be good." Was he listening? Read it for yourself: http://www­.google.co­m/hostedne­ws/afp/art­icle/ALeqM­5hVnCj2Nr0­vmI3aNkCF4­J2Z7AVckQ
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