Today is the day that the United States, and its citizenry, will celebrate the first (and only) national holiday honoring a Black man. At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was observed for the first time thirty years ago; on January 20, 1986. The holiday unofficially kicks off what is known as “Black History Month” which occurs in February; the shortest month of the year.

Depending on one’s perspective, it is a day that celebrates “progress”; to others, it is a day of mourning. It is a day which white Americans use to ease their dis-ease with pro forma, perfunctory and obligatory statements and queries such as: “what would Dr. King think today?” Or, my personal favorite, has “the dream been realized?” Those familiar with my opinions know that it matters not to me if “the dream” has been realized. For the prerequisite to dreaming is being asleep.

The United States is replete with sleepwalkers; both black and white.

I think that Dr. King would be astonished at the optics of the United States, today. I think he would be astonished to see that a brown man, a "Negro", is referred to as, and in fact is, the President of the United States. In a more generic sense, he would clearly be astonished at the technology that exists today just as my grandparents were when television showed up; or my parents when Sputnik was launched or the first person landed on the moon. Even I am astonished at the technological marvels of my time: from rotary-dial telephones in the 70’s to tiny, wireless devices that people carry around in their pockets that they can watch television on, send messages and do all manner of fantastic things. However, when we speak on Dr. King and, by extension, “Civil Rights” the universe is narrowed considerably.

I think Dr. King would be astonished to see that there have been Black Senators, Governors, Mayors, and astronauts. Those things, politically speaking, I think he would find astonishing. He would, probably, find it astonishing that there was a national holiday in his honor (though still poorly observed). Though I do not agree with either the tactics or strategy of the so-called “Civil Rights Movement” (particularly Dr. King’s), I do have a deep and abiding admiration for his intellect.

So, let’s dispense with the optics and discuss the more substantive issues that I believe Dr. King would find astonishing.

I think Dr. King would be astonished at the fact that the United States is involved, and has been involved, in perpetual wars; one of which is a decade and a half old and soon to enter its third decade. You see, one of Dr. King’s last speeches was entitled “Beyond Vietnam”. In my mind, it was his most significant but white folks didn’t like that one. Dr. King would be astonished, given the aforementioned speech, that the United States has not only learned nothing from Vietnam but has, in fact, doubled-down on its global oppression and war mongering to the point that its entire economy is based on same. He would be astonished to see the hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed, many of them children, by the United States resultant of these wars.

I think he would find it astonishing, even considering his first astonishments (those which are political and social) of a Black President and the corresponding optics, that there was a Black President presiding over the very type of global racism and oppression that he spoke of in Beyond Vietnam.

Dr. King would be astonished at the number of Black people in America, including children, that continue to be lynched, and summarily executed by extra-judicial processes by State assassins (or quasi-State assassins). Even white American civilians are, by a social and political structure, given the subliminal cue (be it overtly or covertly) that there are no consequences to the oppression and murder of Black people in America.

Black lives do not matter; never have and never will. Not in the United States of Arrogance.

He would be astonished at how Black people in America have sold their proverbial souls to the devil. Astonished at the lack of pride and respect among those people towards each other. Astonished at how our collective intellect is in decline; and our children have been left to their own devices because we, as parents, as a community, are failing them.

He would be astonished that from the time he walked this earth until now, the social metrics that he was so concerned about (particularly regarding Black people in America): employment, poverty, education, incarceration, etc. have not changed; and, in fact, are worse. He would be astonished at the blatant Blackism that has white supremacy groups realizing record numbers of membership.

He would be mortified.

Dr. King once said: “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless”.

Dr. King would, were he alive today, find that America’s heart is still…black.

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rs allen 2 years 13 weeks ago
#1

The imagined vision, the story book version, white america tells itself and touts about MLK is only to justify their further suppression of 'the other' today.

In remembering those days when Rev. King was alive, he was becoming much much closer toward brother Malcolm X's view of things.

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NatTurnersGhost 2 years 13 weeks ago
#2

Brother Allen, you took the words right out of my mouth. Brother Kenyatta and I often discuss the fact that Malcolm and Martin were starting to intersect in a real way. White boy don't want to talk about that shit though. Probably explains why they were exterminated.

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NatTurnersGhost 2 years 13 weeks ago
#3

By the way, why is Thom Hartmann who is so "progressive and liberal" workng on a holiday that he supposedly has such respect for? He does not work on most other holidays. I listened to his show today (heard my brother, Kenyatta) and I found it odd that there were few comments and NO blog posts or articles regarding King, other than the as Kenyatta puts it "pro forma, perfunctory and obligatory statements".

I'm just keeping it real and these people are full of it.

rs allen 2 years 13 weeks ago
#4

Bother Nat, those were indeed trying times to live while all our leaders were either outright murdered or bound and gagged to be sentenced in kangaroo courts. Much has been lost to the hazy gauze of history now. At the time though those two options seemed to be the only choices we had.

Given the outcry evoking MLK every time some brother or sister speaks out or some unrest about the injustices occuring one would think there'd be paean's galore covering these pages in honor to MLK. Two days passed now, zip nada not a word from nary a post one. Silence speaks louder than words people. Yeah whites, we know where we stand. So don't give us any of that MLK bs. You don't believe it, you don't follow it, and you sure as hell don't know what it means....so don't mouth any of it. Ya fuck'n bunch hypocrites.

Brothers, in the remembering back to those dark days I thought of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1km-F2DVgjs

First time I heard her do her version I was overseas in the rec room and the tv was replaying (I think) a Mike Douglas Show with her doing a live rendition.......wish I could find that one for you. A room full of already street hardened and lately combat tested men; there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the time she finished.

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NatTurnersGhost 2 years 13 weeks ago
#5

Brother Allen, man! I remember Moms as a comedian when I was a tot. My moms loved Moms. I had no clue she sang as well (though she seemed a much better comedianne). I imagine that at the time there "wasn't a dry eye" in the house. Thank you for that link.

As for the central issue, of course it is all bullshit and rhetoric with the non-melanic minority. All of that MLK "love" is a self applied salve they use to ease their "dis-ease" to quote Brother Kenyatta. The purpose of offing ANY black. OR WHITE man that stands up for black people is intended to terrorize and send a message. Just like the killings of blacks by cops, the relative silence is approval and they are arrogant enough to honestly think we are stupid enough to go for the okey-doke. Good news is we have some serious brothers doing some serious strategizing that they don't know about.

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Beelzebubfoe 2 years 12 weeks ago
#6

Mr. Ghost, your number three comment is interesting. I had similar thoughts about the Democrat debate that weekend. Can anyone tell me when there has been a presidential debate during a holiday weekend before?

Uh, save it...because it has never happened. Another White Slight. By the way Kenyatta your "shortest month of the year" observation did not get by me brother. I like your style and like I heard a number of people say on Thom's program you "have opened ny eyes" to many a thing.

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R. Kenyatta 2 years 12 weeks ago
#7

"SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION"!!!!

Inside joke (LMAO).

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Beelzebubfoe 2 years 12 weeks ago
#8

Hello Mr. Kenyatta, I'm curious about the joke. Can you share?

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R. Kenyatta 2 years 12 weeks ago
#9

Mr. Bee pertinent to your comment (#6) thank you; and by the way, it was an excellent comment. With regard to number 8, you'll figure it out in pretty short order if you maintain a presence here.

Good to see another Melanic person here. Spread the word and be well.

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R. Kenyatta 2 weeks 2 days ago
#10

In light of the significance of today as the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assasination, I wanted to revisit this op-ed and see if there was any change in my opinion.

There is not.

The same false platitudes, and overall equine feces, abounds. If I hear "is the dream alive" or "has the dream been realized" again, I'm likely to puke. This is particularly nauseating given the regime of Agent Orange and the naked racism that he has codified, legitimized and nationalized.

"Dreams" by definition, cannot be "alive; and you must be asleep in order to have one.

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R. Kenyatta 2 weeks 2 days ago
#11

"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I am changing the things I cannot accept"

Angela Davis

Yet, Blacks (and some whites) are "marching" today in commemoration of Dr. KIng's assasination. "Marching" has never "changed" a godamned thing, and it never will.That's why the white man tells you to do it. It is, in effect, a meaningless group-grope. The real question is this: if MLK were alive today, would he have given his life in the same way for the same reasons?

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 weeks 1 day ago
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Quote R. Kenyatta:"Marching" has never "changed" a godamned thing, and it never will.That's why the white man tells you to do it. It is, in effect, a meaningless group-grope.

Thanks for returning to the TH site, Kenyatta.

KKK in blue, badged, their leader in the White House.

Action, not dreams. Seize the reins.

Marching alone won't do, as you say, R.K. Needed change - real, significant change - will only result from a real, significant change in the system of government and that, for starters, requires a new (or drastically revised) constitution. Any hope? I don't see it. Not evident in the Social Network bemused public nor in the all but total absence of selfless, competent, charismatic leaders.

There's one person, one outspoken leader, who just might fill the bill: Gregg Popovich.

https://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Gregg-Popovich-uncensored-Discusses-the-10609311.php

Gregg Popovich uncensored: Full transcript of thoughts on Donald Trump

By Melissa Rohlin Updated 9:23 pm, Friday, November 11, 2016

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R. Kenyatta 2 weeks 1 day ago
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"KKK in blue, badged, their leader in the White House.

Action, not dreams. Seize the reins."

Well, Alberto, as eloquent as ever, are thee. Thank you for the Gregg Popovich piece/reference and the warm welcome back. I always learn something substantive from certain individuals here and you, Mr. Zap and my main man, RS Allen, are consistently at the top of the class. I was unaware of Mr. Popovich, but I am a fan now! Most poignantly he states: "We are Rome". So ironic in that I have always referred to certain entities in this sick society (especially the "Badged in Blue KKK") as...

You guessed it: ROMANS.

Ergo, 'tis true: Great minds think alike (at least most of the time).

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R. Kenyatta 2 weeks 1 day ago
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Quote R. Kenyatta:

"KKK in blue, badged, their leader in the White House.

Action, not dreams. Seize the reins."

I was unaware of Mr. Popovich, but I am a fan now! Most poignantly he states: "We are Rome". So ironic in that I have always referred to certain entities in this sick society (especially the "Badged in Blue KKK") as...

You guessed it: ROMANS.

Thanks, R. Kenyatta, for the comment. Gregg Popovich may be the most courageous person in the u.S. He might not accept the job but I'd love to see him compete for - and win - the presidency.

For more comment by Pop and other sports figures:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2759238-gregg-popovich-says-we-live-in-a-racist-country-talks-black-history-month

Gregg Popovich Says 'We Live in a Racist Country,' Talks Black History Month

ALEC NATHAN

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

https://www.tmz.com/2018/03/26/spurs-supreme-court-gregg-popovich-aldridge-ginobili/

FYI, Pop WRECKED Trump for leaving D.C. before March for Our Lives this past weekend -- calling it "cowardice" to avoid the protests and hang at his resort in Mar-a-Lago.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/16/gregg-popovich-donald-trump-soulless-coward/

GREGG POPOVICH

DONALD TRUMP'S A 'SOULLESS COWARD' & 'Pathological Liar'

10/16/2017 4:05 PM PDT

https://www.onenewspage.us/video/20161112/6023459/Sports-World-Reacts-to-Trump-Win.htm

rs allen 2 weeks 13 hours ago
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I intentionally let this golden(?) anniversary slip by without bringing it up on these pages just to see if any of the liberal groupies around here would mention one damn thing about the Rev MLK. Anything at all. Seems to me a rather low bar to set for a person supposedly so revered in the american myth story whites like to keep telling themselves.

In the popular broadcast booths for a week before and a couple days after you kept hearing the same pleat.........' Rev. King was such an iconic figure in his day, what would he say if he were alive today?' I heard that question so often I thought I'd puke. Then whatever news paper read, much the same iterations. Not once did I hear or read an honest answer about 'where we are today'. Here's one answer from C. West I'll bet no one read or wants to admit even to themselves.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/04/martin-luther-king...

And of course in those same mainstream outlets the inevitable white wet dreams had to be aired out at the same time in the same hushed revered tones; JFK, LBJ and RFK. I didn't hear any one ask Paul Street what he thought about Rev. King getting a golden shower from those three.

https://blackagendareport.com/against-false-conflation-jfk-mlk-and-tripl...

Nor did I hear anything but golly gee what else but 'I have dream'. But no where did I hear (and quite fitting for this thread) no where did I hear the words.....'when silent becomes betrayal'. Except for the names and places of war(s) having changed tell me what else has?

https://www.truthdig.com/videos/mlk-documentary-when-silence-becomes-bet...

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 6 days ago
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Quote rs allen:

Except for the names and places of war(s) having changed tell me what else has?

https://www.truthdig.com/videos/mlk-documentary-when-silence-becomes-bet...

Only ACTION by an informed, courageous, militant and angry public could bring about the change(s) urgently needed if the people - the ordinary citizens - are to enjoy a semblance of justice, of equality, of dignity, of respect. It is those same ordinary citizens who must act - who must ACT. Such treasures aren't handed out free of charge. They come with a price.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 6 days ago
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There are Palestinians who are paying that price (see my #17, above), largely unnoticed by the "free world':

[QUOTE]

https://www.blackagendareport.com/

Another MLK Anniversary, Another Gaza Massacre Ignored by the Black Political Class

- Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor

Our black political class observed the 50th anniversary of MLK's martyrdom this week, but ignored the Gaza Land Day massacre perpetrated by apartheid Israel with full bipartisan US support.

https://www.blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-israeli-meddling-and-palestinian-death

Freedom Rider: Israeli Meddling and Palestinian Death

Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist

04 Apr 2018

On March 30, 2018 the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) committed cold-blooded murder in Gaza. Thousands of unarmed Palestinians marched peacefully to protest the occupation and declare their right to return to their homeland. The Great Return March was met with gunfire and 18 people died.

The killings were caught on camera but the response from the United States, its allies and their friends in corporate media reveal as much as any photography ever will. The massacre was either disappeared as if it never took place, or was described as a “clash.” The BBC, CNN, the New York Times and the rest of their cohort used this word which implies some equality in defense capability when one side, the one with the dead people, was completely unarmed.

[UNQUOTE]

Of course the u.S. will support Israel. What are friends for? Surely to ignore - or condone - your murders and replace your spent bullets.

rs allen 1 week 3 days ago
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America only pays attention if the streets are burning.

Why would you think they care about some far away brown people that should just shut up about losing their homes?

http://mondoweiss.net

And america dares call Hamas a terror org.

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R. Kenyatta 1 week 2 days ago
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Yes, yes, indeed Brother Allen. The silence in this bastion of "progressive", white "liberal" thought is as deafening as a Metallica concert. You'll also notice the same phenomena pertinent to the recent shootings of several brothers and the Alton Sterling fiasco. However, you and I are both aware that this is nothing new: white folks always respond to us with loud silence for they, rather stupidly, believe that their silence hides their complicity when it, in actuality, verifies it.

And it is no less than shameful that Black People in America do not realize that the Palestinian condition is, in fact, their own,

A damned, idiotic shame.

Sometimes I wonder who is the most brain-dead: the Black sleepwalkers in "America" or their colorless counterparts.

Probably a tie...white boy just meaner.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 2 days ago
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Quote R. Kenyatta:

A damned, idiotic shame.

Yes. Israel. The world's mad malignancy. And the u.S. congress? AIPAC's errand boy.

Brain dead. A color-blind disease that infects most uSans.

rs allen 1 week 2 days ago
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Alberto,

To me israel is not even a legitiment country. And would disappear today if I had the power.

rs allen 1 week 2 days ago
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Brother Kenatta! Good hear from you again, as this is really the only place I dare share any back and forth. Please send a rised fist salute to Brother Nat for me. Yo, here's what I found on utube last night.....I hadn't hear this album since I retired my vinyl collection for digitial, it was one of my favorites in the mid80's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgPMQRyqAWQ

Yeh, very chill.

How your daughter donnin? I assume she's gettin ready to go kick the world in the ass. All good, this world needs a good ass kick'n.

Ahem back to the thread. I wouldn't be too hard on the brothers and sisters lost and trapped in the wilderness. They've been isolated and the black elites have mostly souled out to the only paradigm offered by the ruling (white) class to either conform and bow down or you and yours disappear. You and I know the brothers and sisters daily have to negotiate the slave patrols wondering if they're going to even live through the day much less how the rent is going to be paid or how the food is going to appear on the table or if the water is even safe to drink. For them beyond the block is an alien landscape that has no connections to their daily and hourly problems.

The splintering of our black communities from each other and from the large issues of all people of color is no accident. That's the hardest thing to communicate and to get through to the brothers and sisters all across the globe....we're all in the same battle against the same colonial foe.

From the 1970's africa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q2F2TaRghE

Keep the faith brother, the fight goes on.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 2 days ago
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Quote rs allen:

Alberto,

To me israel is not even a legitiment country. And would disappear today if I had the power.

If only you - and I - did have that power. Meanwhile Israel continues to bomb Syria while itching to bomb Iran. Shithole Trump and family (and the u.S. Congress) will help Israel with ever more money and munitions if Netanyahu asks for them.

An official on the ground in Lebanon had this to say: “The Iranians and Hezbollah are now at the borders of Israel in Lebanon and Syria; any upcoming war will be endless.”

Maybe not endless, but certainly brutal.

rs allen 1 week 2 days ago
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Aah yeh, things could uglier real fast with russia (and perhaps china) backing iran and syria in that confrontation if israel and the us keep pushing the buttons.

My own view is demand turkey leave the kurds alone and support them in their fight for some autonomous area somewhere someplace. Other than that stop supporting despots tyrants and satraps. Maybe than liberty and justice for all would mean something other bombs and bullets.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 week 1 day ago
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Quote rs allen:

My own view is demand turkey leave the kurds alone and support them in their fight for some autonomous area somewhere someplace. Other than that stop supporting despots tyrants and satraps. Maybe than liberty and justice for all would mean something other bombs and bullets.

Yes, rs allen, if the Kurds had their own nation peace might begin to get a toe-hold in some ME parts. But today's Turkey suffers under the brutish heel of a murderous despot. Read some of these articles:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Turkey+despotism&atb=v70-2_z&ia=web

And this essay on the bloody birth of Israel:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/12/deir-yassin-the-massacre-that-sparked-the-nakba/

APRIL 12, 2018

Deir Yassin: The Massacre that Sparked the Nakba

by BRETT WILKINS

So long as Israel exists true, lasting peace in the ME - or even a faint shadow of it - remains a chimera.

rs allen 1 week 1 day ago
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You're preaching to the choir here Alberto.

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R. Kenyatta 6 days 13 hours ago
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Brother Allen, I apologize that it has taken me a minute to get back to you. I saw SADE in Detroit in the mid-eighties. Fine as wine, is she. On stage she does something that I have only seen one other person do; she performs barefoot. The other person was Jaco Pastorius. Jaco, however, took it to another level by sliding around in some kind of white powder while he played. Jaco was a crazy cat. In any event, I listened to that first album by Sade many, many times. It was good to revisit it.

Thank you for asking about "mini-me". She is the eighth wonder of the world, man. She is my Frankenstein, of the intellectual kind. At 19 she knows who all nine Supreme Court justices are and their political ilk. She understands the kabuki theater that is U.S. hypocrisy. She understands that the one thing that no one in the United States (especially white folks) expect her, or any of us, to have is formidable intellect. I have taught her, from day one, how much of an advantage this is. She understands that the element of attack is surprise. She, thereby, understands how powerful she is and the incredible arsenal she possesses. And just think, she isn't even out of college or grown yet. I can not wait to see what she is like in ten years. Can you imagine? A woman with my intellectual proclivities that is drop dead gorgeous (nicer, too).

Yeeeehaw!

More than one way to get reparations, my brother.

By the way, I believe I informed you that Brother Nat is in the DR now. Lives there and vows to never set foot in the US again for any period beyond 48 hours. I don't know what's with the 48 hours thing; but, you know, that brother marches to a different drummer. Of course, we don't see each other and have lunch like we used to, but we talk a couple of times per month. Nat had a life altering experience that I don't think he has ever been able to reconcile. I refrain from discussing it here, but one day we'll have to discuss confidentially. It will give you a much greater insight on the man.

He just turned 55 and he claims he can still bench press 500 pounds. I believe him.

You and Alberto must be as fascinated as I am with the joke that is "U.S. Foreign Policy". That fascination notwithstanding, why is it that Israel (like some unruly, spoiled, yapping Chihuahua) always decides, when the U.S. is threatening some country in the region that can't fight back, to get in on the act? It's like they get some kind of hard on tag-teaming others when they know that their U.S bitch has their keister.

Oh well, no matter. Justice will come, like a theif in the night.

I just hope I'm alive to see it.

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Alberto Ceras 2 5 days 12 hours ago
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Quote R. Kenyatta:

Oh well, no matter. Justice will come, like a theif in the night.

I just hope I'm alive to see it.

Justice won't come so long as trump and pence hold office. But when they're gone? Maybe, if the public wakes up, gets a few smarts, we might even see it in our lifetimes. All toes and fingers crossed.

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