Martin Luther King “Said it Plain,” Boston Globe Editorial…and a question about muslim extremists

Editorial Found at the Boston Globe today:

King said it plain

April 4, 2008
FORTY YEARS ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Forty-one years ago today, King made a speech called “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”

It is this second, far less tragic anniversary that sums up King’s legacy: His voice and his victories live on. The sheer fact that the presidential candidates include Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, an African-American and a woman, is a tribute to King. The fact of the war in Iraq shows a need to still hear King’s words. In the Vietnam speech, he broke the silence, condemning the war and quoting the Langston Hughes poem, “Let America Be America Again”:

“O, yes,

I say it plain,

America never was America to me,

And yet I swear this oath –

America will be!”

The speech was its own pledge of allegiance to national progress.

Today, poverty persists, as do racial disparities in healthcare and educational achievement. Yet, King speaks of promise.

“Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well, and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.”

Now, the country struggles to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by the flawed and glorious content of their character. And King speaks.

The day before he was killed, at age 39, King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. He made a blunt speech, saying: “The world is all messed up. The nation is sick.”

Still, he spoke of getting to a mountaintop.

“I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!”

America will be.

Also, I was doing some On-line reading last night, found this interesting quote attributed to Muhammad, although it appears in the Sahih al-Bukhari, and not in the Quar’an:

“By God, he is not a true believer,
from whose mischief his neighbors do not feel secure.
– Muhammad (Sahih al-Bukhari)

…Hard to understand the proliferation and encouragement of violent, murderous Islamic extremists in light of this supposed teaching of Muhammad.

Here’s how you can help the tornado disaster relief effort in West Tennessee, from the Jackson Sun newspaper:

Here’s how to give or get storm assistance
The following is information on how to help and how to get help following Tuesday’s storms. If your organization has resources to add to this list for people who need help, or if you are having a fundraiser or benefit, send your information to

  • Charter Media/Communications along with 101.5 FM radio plan to produce a disaster relief telethon called West Tennessee Storm Relief Telethon to raise money for the tornado victims, according to a press release.

    It will air from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday on channel 19.It

    will be produced and fed live from the Charter Media Studio at 919 North Parkway in Jackson across the state to all Charter cable systems.All money pledged will go to the American Red Cross.

  • The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation is collecting donations for the Disaster Relief Fund to help those who have suffered damage.”This is the same fund that we have used for the past three tornadoes,” said foundation president Frank McMeen.The fund collected more than $600,000 after the 2003 tornadoes and more than $100,000 after the 1999 tornado.For more information, call 660-8770. To donate, send checks to Disaster Relief Fund at West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, 708 West Forest Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301.
  • Donations also may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and sent to The American Red Cross Jackson Area Chapter, 1981 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.
  • Union University’s board of trustees has established a fund for designated gifts to be sent to Union University Disaster Relief Fund, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.
  • University officials also have established an emergency call center, according to call center will be staffed 24 hours a day for the near future at (731) 668-1818 or (731) 661-5000.People interested in helping on campus should check the Web site and regarding opportunities to help with cleanup.
  • Students who need temporary identification for air travel or to use as a driver’s license should call Linda Cone at 423-6622. The cost is $20 for out-of-state students or $8 for in-state students. Students will need to obtain an official letter from Union University with their name, date of birth and enrollment status. See Dottie Myatt in the Chi Omega house for that letter.
  • Students needing passports, driver’s licenses or any other identification should contact Jane Jolley in U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office at (731) 424-9655 or by e-mail at
  • Jackson Energy Authority said it expected all customers, except for those who live on Walker Road or in Huntersville, to have their electrical services restored by 10 p.m. Thursday. If you did not, call the JEA customer service line at 422-7500.
  • Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation expects everywhere except a few scattered outages to have power. If you still do not, call 1-888-440-1990.
  • The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will work together to ensure each affected site has food for residents and volunteers. Call the Red Cross at 427-5543 to find out where feeding stations will be set up.
  • The Red Cross will set up a service center at the Ararat Baptist Church.
  • Donations of food, hygiene items and money are needed by the Red Cross. To donate, call (731) 427-5543. No clothing is needed at this time.
  • Dement Construction Company has begun removing debris that has been brought to the street. If you have debris at the street and need it removed, call 425-2489.
  • A list of potential volunteers was being collected through the Emergency Management Agency Phone Bank at 425-8362.
  • Volunteers who are trained in the use of chain saws for disaster relief should contact Randy Brown, of Disaster Relief for Madison County-Baptist Men’s Group, at (901) 485-0767.
  • Central Distributors is bringing several hundred cases of water to donate.
  • Rusken Packaging has agreed to donate and deliver boxes to residents. If you need boxes, call 423-4464.
  • The approved burn site for the county is Old Huntersville Gin property, which will accept wooded waste and vegetation only.
  • The approved burn site for the city is the Old City Concrete property on Ameristeel Road.
  • The city is waiving permit fees for any work done on tornado-damaged homes. However, before beginning work to repair the home, you must obtain a permit from the city Building Department on the second floor of City Hall. Call 425-8262.
  • A news release from the city of Jackson reminds residents to make sure that anyone who contacts you about performing any type of repair to your home or business has an active local business license and is properly bonded. Any contractor who does work that exceeds $25,000 must have a local business license and a general contractor’s license.
  • If you have damage to your home or business, you are encouraged to first contact your insurance carrier. If you do not have insurance, city officials recommend calling the Area Homebuilders Association at 423-6226.
  • For contractors/equipment, contact Susan White, of the city of Jackson, by e-mailing her at or faxing her at 265-1869.
  • Links to video of tornado destruction here in West Tennessee last Tuesday, particularly the destruction of 2 Union University dorms.

    From Jackson Sun dot com:
    Click here to see humbling photos of the tornado’s destruction and more.

    Click here to see videos of the incredible destruction.

    Best Photos and article about the Storm Damage at Union University, with Presifent of Union University, David Dockery. 

    More than 1,400 people have come to help Union University with its cleanup effort since last Tuesday’s devastating tornado demolished many homes, businesses and University buildings here in West Tennessee.

    (see pictures of dorms here -It is an absolute miracle that no one living in the dorms died.)

    WestTenn Diamond Jaxx, Jackson’s Double A baseball team wins attendance award.

    Ballpark reports:

    “The Class AA Southern League announced that the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx have won the Award of Excellence based upon an attendance increase of nearly 19 percent over 2006. West Tenn welcomed 17,865 more fans to Pringles Park in 2007 than in the previous year, a testament to the efforts made by General Manager Jeff Parker and the rest of the Diamond Jaxx staff to revitalize the team’s presence in the community. Owned by Robert Lozinak since October 2002, the Diamond Jaxx spent their 10th season in the Southern League in 2007.” bad grammar, cats, internet phenomenon.
    Also new pictures of the boy posted on flickr.

    Pictures of the boy!

    Nate extreme closeup I finally got around to uploading a decent number of Nathan pictures to Flikr, to see them, click here.