The Right Thing

This editorial in the Daily Journal is right on, but it is only going half way. These acts forty years ago could not have happened without extreme racist and religious bigotry. Now while we set out to cloud the image of murder and personal destruction of forty years ago, we insist the religious principles set in that era are put into effect again. Prayer in schools, Ten commandants everywhere. Remember the reason this man has not served time in prison for this crime is one woman believed a preacher could not be found guilty of such a crime. If he did it, it was right. The issue is we better wash both hands or we will be back in the same light with the same image.
Author: harold

Today in The News

As I edit this, I note that 1045 newswires have written about this story. I say this story begins for me on the late night of May 28, 1959, when I boarded a passenger train in Munfordville, KY with 25 other 17-19 year old students and 3 adult sponsors from the Class of 1959. This train took us to New Orleans, arriving at the train station about 5:00 PM on May 29, 1959. The train was about 2 hours late and we were met at the station by about 5 or 6 cabs where we were taken to the St. Charles Hotel. Of the 26 still living can tell glorious stories about the 3 days spent in that grand city. We left on the train about 5:00 PM on June 1, 1959, heading back up the bayou to Biloxi, MS. The time we spent in Biloxi we travel on a bus. We teenagers would pile into the back seat and act obnoxious and the like. On one trip I noticed that black were standing although there were seat in the front for them to occupy. Finally a bus driver told Mr. Puckett the seats in the back are for the blacks. The language was a little more hash then.

As I remember my youth. Our school was segregated until 1958, extend one year by local politicians to get a badly needed tax passed. I realized I was brought up in this racist part of the world. The above mentioned incident lead me to believe this was a little different in Mississippi.

All my classmates on that trip were born a few days, weeks, or months before World War II. We were the late depression babies. The next year came the War Babies, then, five years later on came the Baby Bombers. Most thinkers on this subject we were the end of an era. Thinking changed forever. Access to money and Vietnam War were the factors.

Back to the story, we boarded the train about 8:00 PM June 4, 1959 to arrive In Munfordville about 11:30 AM on the June 5, 1959. I have had only cursory relationships with this group that I had so much fun with in the fifties.
As I went to college I had a professor from Alabama that was trying to explain all the marching and other racist crap going on down there. She was avoiding going home. Then came James Meredith, Medgar Everars, & Bull Conners.

On June 20, 1964 I was living in Magnolia, KY This story hit the Louisville Times shortly thereafter, I followed with a passion hard to describe. As I read each of the following stories in the next three year I always go back to the bus incident. In the seventies I met and worked with a man the knew the deputy that first arrested the three young men. This man was killed in a cherry picker about three years ago.

I moved to mississippi April 12,1993. A gentleman I met told me the racist issue now is like burning coals. It may go out or it may heat up burst into flames. I think this is still true.

I have written other stories about how things goarray when we believe God told told us to take action.

This is some things my mother told me. My experiences tell we should keep our religion out of our politics and our politics out of our religion it just works better. We sure have less of this type of history.

I must report that I had only been outside of KY three times before this trip
One to the Grand Ole Oprea
One to Cincinnati Zoo
University of Tennessee@ Martin

Not a lot of experience
Author: harold

National Anti-War Boycott

Finally a boycott to hit ’em where it hurts! please pass this on, far
and wide!

It doesn’t really matter that everyone will be out spending what they didn’t the next day — a point or two will have been made: Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don’t have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is “Not One Damn Dime Day” in America.

On “Not One Damn Dime Day” those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During “Not One Damn Dime Day” please don’t spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

On “Not One Damn Dime Day,” please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don’t go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don’t buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

“Not One Damn Dime Day” is to remind them, too, that they work for thepeople of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.

Not One Damn Dime Day” is about supporting the troops. The politicians
put the troops in harm’s way. Now 1,200+ brave young Americans and
(some estimated) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our
troops a plan — a way to come home.

There’s no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On “Not One Damn Dime Day” you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.  For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

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Author: harold