Archive for April 4th, 2008

by Rebecca Schmitz

As you know, today is the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. It’s amazing to open the newspaper—or, more and more these days, a browser—and find serious discussion of two presidential candidates who embody Dr. King’s dream. Well, almost all of it is serious. Over the last month, we’ve watched some in the media attempt to steer the discussion from one of policy to one of personality. It hasn’t worked, largely because most people realize nothing in this world happens in a vacuum; historical context is everything. We’ve been asked to believe, through the use of shallow sound bites, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright woke up one morning and decided to “God damn America!” We’ve been asked to forget that this is someone who lived before the civil rights movement gained momentum, a man who watched as his fellow citizens were beaten, his leaders assassinated, and the authorities tolerate—if not encourage—injustice at the movement’s height. We’ve been asked to demand of Rev. Wright that he not carry into the 21st century the rage and pain that comes with being a witness to those events. While the pundits exchange their inflammatory Fox News clips like so many children trading baseball cards, the rest of us should just give them a pat on the head and move the national political discussion back to policy.

This is where Dr. King’s dream becomes reality. America has two presidential candidates that allow us, if I may broadly paraphrase Dr. King, to judge them not by the color of their skin or the shape of their bodies, but on their politics. However, should we, as some have insisted, ignore any misgivings about her record and vote for Hillary Clinton because right now is the time to break the glass ceiling and elect a female president? To do so goes against everything Dr. King wanted for his children. Particularly when you consider that Senator Clinton voted for the Iraq War resolution. As I said above, historical context is everything; nothing happens in a vacuum. The men behind the currant occupant of the Oval Office wanted to invade Iraq at least four years before and not quite four days after September 11, 2001. Their agenda was not a secret. The evidence was clear: this was a war of choice. Plenty of people, courageous people, voted no on the resolution. They knew the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with this Administration’s politics and ideology. Anyone voting otherwise was either willing to go along with the deception or were themselves easily deceived. They ignored American history or were unable to learn the lessons of another war of choice, one based on a web of lies spun at the highest levels of government, one that divided the nation during the final years of Dr. King’s life.

The best way to honor Dr. King’s vision is to not merely vote for the woman or the black man. Instead, we should vote for what’s right–not just the right now.

by Pete Talbot

Here’s the link to the event, which we just received.

A cryptic email in my inbox said that the fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been moved up to 9 a.m. on Sunday, “to accommodate a Town Hall in Missoula that has just been added to her schedule at the Missoula International Airport.”

Details are sketchy. The “Town Hall” is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. There are no tickets and it will be “first come, first served” according to an email from Forward Montana, and limited to 2000 people. I’m not sure where you can fit 2000 people at the Missoula airport. Maybe the Northstar Air hangar at the east end of the airport property? It is at the Northstar-Neptune hangar. This from the official press release:

Sunday, April 6

Missoula, MT

Doors Open: 9:00 a.m. MDT

Event Begins: 11:00 a.m. MDT

Hillary Clinton Hosts a “Solutions for America” Town Hall

Northstar-Neptune Aviation at Missoula International Airport

1 Corporate Way

Missoula, MT

Anyway, 4&20 will make details available as we get them.

by Jay Stevens

Ah, the beginning of baseball, the crack of wood on horsehide, the infielders’ cries, the sweet susurration of the crowd…

Hawks dive bombing schoolgirls?

A certain New York Yankee slugger should beware: A student taking a tour of Fenway Park today was attacked by a red-tailed hawk that swooped off its nest, drawing blood from the girl’s scalp.

Her name: Alexa Rodriguez. Her age: 13, the same jersey number the Yankee third baseman wears.

The Globe has a great pic…

I had thought maybe this year the Yanks had a chance to grab the division, but after this I’ve just got to believe the Sox will bump ‘em out of the playoffs.

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