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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

Writings of J. Todd Ring: On Civil Obedience

“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.” – Mark Twain Never be obedient. Obedience is for dogs. No offence to dogs – I love dogs, and dogs are very admirable, as well as lovable, and there is much that we can learn from dogs. But we are not dogs, and we . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: On Civil Obedience

LeDaro: Rep. John Lewis’s dance

Clapping and swinging his hips, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a recent YouTube post.“This is my song!” the 74-year-old Georgia Democrat exclaimed…

Mr. Lewis hopes that good days are ahead as the civil rights movement has made a lot of progress and the U.S has . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Rep. John Lewis’s dance

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

Alberta Diary: Labour Day, 2013, in North America: Facing up to improving society for everyone

Striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968. Martin Luther King played an active role in their struggle. Below: Striking Fast food workers in New York in 2013; Dr. King addressing the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963; marchers on the National Mall in Washington.

With Labour Day 2013 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Labour Day, 2013, in North America: Facing up to improving society for everyone

The Canadian Progressive: Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible

Dr. Cornel West, America’s most provocative public intellectual, progressive and champion for racial justice, explains why he’s upset that President Barack Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King’s bible. He questions the first black president’s commitment to the values the slain anti-war civil rights leader stood for, including: peace, truth and justice. “You don’t . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible

LeDaro: How Martin Luther King would have felt about, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice?

In a sketch that Art Spiegelman proposed during George W. Bush’s first term, King’s dream becomes a nightmrare as black leaders like Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice provide cover for George W. Bush.

A proposed cover which The New Yorker did not publish.

See more here. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: How Martin Luther King would have felt about, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice?

LeDaro: Barack Obama: A moving picture

Barack Obama sits on the seat in the bus where Rosa Parks sat, and refused to move, during the height of Civil Rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr.. The bus is currently located at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“I must confess, my friends, the road ahead will not always be smooth. There will be still rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment. There will be inevitable setbacks here and there. There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. Our dreams will . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit