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April 4, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

Dr. King Forty Years Later


The above image, Other Side Of Wonder is also available as a Desktop Background

Today's song is Abraham, Martin, and John by Dion, released in 1968.

Forty years ago tonight, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. He was one of America's best citizens and he was silenced for being so.

I first saw Dr. King on TV in the early 1960's during news broadcasts of the civil rights marches taking place in the South. Even as a young boy, I could tell something was wrong when people who were only peacefully demonstrating were being attacked by police, police dogs, and sprayed with fire hoses. It was the beginning of my civil rights education.

In my early years in high school, I used to go to the school library and listen to Dr. King's speeches on LP records. That was back in 1964-65. His words were clear and distinct and his message true.

The FBI was spying on Dr. King. J. Edgar Hoover had a thing about spying on people and he did a lot of it. I find it ironic that what the FBI provides in its records is how well Dr. King was staying true to his cause. Hoover was looking for Dr. King's weaknesses, not his strengths. Nowadays we can see Hoover's weaknesses so clearly as a result.

Last year, I gave a speech about Dr. King. Now tonight I recall all that was wrong with my country in the 1960's and how Dr. King tried to correct some of those wrongs. He did point the way for the rest of us and for that I am grateful.

His final speech on April 3, 1968 was prophetic in scope. Here's the last few sections of that speech in his own voice. He went to the eternal mountaintop the next evening. Much of the rest of America went to Hell in the ensuing riots over the next several days.

Some people ask, What if he had lived? There are many opinions and many possible answers to that question. Americans like to look for someone else to solve their own individual problems. We who lived then and are living now, what have we done to further the cause? That's a lot easier to answer.

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I updated the Kover Phlose to version 2.0 on my Time Out Of Mind Quartz Composer iTunes Music Visualizer Files page. Changes include the ability to display or not the cover artwork from the keyboard and the pace of covers is slowed a bit.

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I published a new song, Other Side Of Wonder on the GarageBand Riffs page.

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I love those Get a Mac ads. I love it better that people are increasingly buying more Macs instead of PC's.

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The hospital organization that my daughter was born in, is closing. So many hospitals are closing. Maybe soon, the real reasons those hospitals are closing will be faced and effective solutions implemented.

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I congratulate the Europeans for a wonderful new space technology that worked the very first time it is tried!

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My friend, Bob Springer sent me this link about, Rocking Ruskies.

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Karen sent me this link for obtaining a free credit report.

Karen being the kind-hearted person she is, asked me to mention The Caregiver's Handbook (pdf) resource she discovered after watching the PBS Presentation on Caregivers.

She also has a web page posted of her newest craft and sewing creation. If you're into such things, check out her page and give her a Blue Ribbon vote. I did!

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Found on the web links for April 3, 2008 [ Link since removed ].

Don


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