I wish he could have grown old as we who were left grew old (to borrow a WWI text). His widow and orphans suffered most directly from his death at 39. But he had a calling, and answered the call. We can be forever grateful, however, for the gifts he shared in his brief time here. [image from: https://nation.time.com/2013/01/21/rare-photos-of-martin-luther-king-at-home/]
My fantasy letter from #44 to #45, left on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office:
"Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations. The rubes bought what you were selling. Isn't it a gas that your supporters thought you were only killing "Obamacare" and they were safe with their ACA coverage? I only hope our republic survives your presidency. I have stocked the fridge upstairs with lots of high-cholesterol junk food so you can stuff yourself. I have also installed plastic mattress covers in the presidential bedroom. Just don't get too carried away; the walls have ears.
Another thing Trump just made up. He simply assumes cities where African Americans live are hellholes by definition, with no actual facts needed. Truly despicable.
Jamaican-born gay author Marlon James, whose novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won Britain's Man Booker prize in 2015, discusses the difference between not being a racist and doing something about racism.
(Hat tip: Ayo Magwood)
In this photo from Sunday, March 7, 1965, the young man in the trenchcoat on the right is leading a group of 600 people, marching two by two. He is unarmed, having nothing but his faith and the heart of a lion, plus an apple and a Bible in his knapsack. A few moments later he is nearly beaten to death by the gentlemen on the left. He experienced something similar four years earlier during the Freedom Rides. Contrary to the current president-elect, this is not a picture of someone who is "all talk," but a picture of immense courage.
Imagine facing that armed phalanx and standing your ground while feeling responsible for those behind you. After suffering severe head trauma, he refused to go to the hospital until he had checked on his brutalized comrades. This is young John Lewis, fighting for the right to vote. Anyone who refuses to respect such a hero is beneath contempt. Mr. Trump, you are not legitimate for the reason given by the gentleman from Georgia, and you will not be my president. Thank you, Congressman Lewis.
Contact: Benjamin Fritsch – o: 202-225-8050, c: 202-225-8143
January 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she plans to mount a vigorous defense of the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, from congressional attacks after Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) today introduced resolutions of disapproval to block the District’s local legislation from taking effect.
“Senator Lankford and Representative Wenstrup claim to carry the mantle for a small, limited federal government, yet they have introduced bills that abuse the federal government’s power over the District in order to interfere with our purely local affairs,” Norton said. “It is particularly disappointing that Senator Lankford has chosen to abuse congressional authority over D.C., as I have worked successfully with him on federal matters affecting the District, including reforms and improvement to the D.C. courts. The District held hearings and heard vigorous and thoughtful debate from both sides of this controversial issue. Ultimately, the local officials who represent the 680,000 American citizens living in the District of Columbia deliberated and passed the Death with Dignity Act. Unaccountable Members of Congress have no business legislating on the local affairs of our jurisdiction. Since they believe medical aid-in dying is bad policy, Senator Lankford and Representative Wenstrup should advocate their positions on the national stage, where Congress has clear jurisdiction, and introduce bills to prohibit physicians nationwide from prescribing lethal doses of medication, instead of singling the District out for different treatment. The House and Senate have more than enough on their plates trying to solve the many issues facing our country. While Congress tackles the country’s issues, we ask that Congress let the District handle its own local issues, a right enjoyed by every other jurisdiction. I am ready to fight these naked attacks on the District’s local democracy until the day D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act becomes law.”
Under the Home Rule Act of 1973, all D.C. legislation must be transmitted to Congress for a review period before they can take effect. A bill takes effect at the expiration of the review period unless a resolution of disapproval is enacted into law during that period. Norton has prevented a disapproval resolution from being enacted into law since 1991.
What a lovely thing for the president to do, and well deserved.
DC Mayor Bowser & Council Chairman Phil Mendelson release statement's opposing congressmen's efforts to void local right-to-die legislation: pic.twitter.com/2ZAOcfrVPY— Andrew Giambrone (@AndrewGiambrone) January 13, 2017
Thanks to Mayor Bowser and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for their strong statements against the undemocratic resolution introduced in Congress to block the District's Death with Dignity Act. The District does not need people we did not elect imposing their views on our local public policy over those of our elected reps. The struggle continues.
A national hero and longtime pro-LGBT ally who risked his life fighting for voting rights a half century ago steps up to oppose the nomination of a man with a record of opposing voting rights, LGBT rights, and women's rights. Thank you, Congressman.
Superb testimony by Sen. Cory Booker. Tom Cotton is unhappy that Cory Booker is testifying against a fellow senator. It's a violation of custom, he says. Well so is drafting a letter from 47 senators to leaders of Iran to undermine POTUS. Such a move might even be called treasonous. So take a seat, Tom. Go Cory!
A strong, wise, eloquent and moving speech. A friend today said she had never so wanted a speech to continue.
Brava, Meryl. Without rancor and without mentioning the president-elect's name, the most celebrated actor of either sex in Hollywood used her moment to raise her voice against bullying and xenophobia.
Trump responded by calling Streep overrated. Here is my response to him.
Donnie Connie, howling husk,
Belched his bile from dawn 'til dusk.
A movie goddess threw him shade,
So Donnie Connie bawled and brayed.
Copyright © 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall. All rights reserved.
Golden Globes: 'Moonlight' wins best drama, 'La La Land' rakes in awards https://t.co/n4hovjds0z— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) January 9, 2017
Moonlight, my pick for best film of the year, won Best Drama at the Golden Globes. La La Land, which won best film in the musical/comedy category and swept every category in which it was nominated. I did not like it, in part because the leads could not sing. But to each their own.
The making of a luminous scene in Moonlight. Alex Hibbert really didn't know how to swim, so Mahershala Ali actually was teaching him. James Laxton's cinematography, Nicholas Britell's score, the actors' work, all combine to make a beautiful scene in a remarkably powerful movie. This image of a baptism keeps coming back to me. I wouldn't be surprised if it opens the Oscars broadcast.
Police quickly arrested four suspects in a Chicago hate crime, but racists are gleefully blaming it on Black Lives Matter, which does not advocate hate or violence. Of course it would never occur to these malignant white clowns to take responsibility for the crimes of some random white person, even if their rhetoric helped incite it. This is the poison of racial privilege. But calling them deplorable is the truly unforgivable thing? They can Rot. In. Hell.
A year ago today, on the Feast of the Epiphany, I visited NYC to see a matinee performance of Hamilton. That was a theatrical epiphany. I feel no epiphany today. There are not three wise men in Trump's announced cabinet, though there is plenty of gold.