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Since I was a kid – since this day in 1972, in fact, when I started writing a daily journal – I have always taken note of April 4, and said to myself:  “April 4.  Dr. King.”

Today, 44 years ago, Martin Luther King was murdered by a racist in Memphis.  Dr. King was a giant of man, the one who – as I write in my upcoming bookanticipated the message at the core of the Occupy movement, among other things.  While his message continues to resonate across the decades, the violence of racial hatred continues unabated, too.

It’s April 4, and so I give you some of his most remarkable speech.  Surveying the pygmies who now crowd the public stage, I don’t think we will see the likes of him again.

73 Responses to “MLK”

  1. Billy boy says:

    It is astounding to me that a post bemoaning racist hatred culminates in a racist slur that merely serves to perpetuate such bigotry. No wonder both Conservatives and Social Democrats repeatedly point out the hypocrisy and petty opportunism of Liberals.

    • Warren says:

      Fuck you, pal. MLK and Trayvon were the victims of racism. You know – your ideology.

      • Mike Foulds says:

        Fuck you twice Billy

      • Michael S says:

        He’s cherry picking the word pygmy to trash your whole message.

      • Gord Tulk says:

        That mr Williams was the victim of racism is yet to be proven. That mr Zimmerman is a victim of it – as was the lacrosse team at duke – there is no doubt:


        “That apology addresses the “Today” show’s failure to abridge accurately the conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher in this high-profile case. This is how the program portrayed a segment of that conversation:

        Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
        And here is how it actually went down:

        Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
        Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
        Zimmerman: He looks black.”

        That wasn’t a “screw-up” it was deliberate. Heads should roll.

        • Warren says:

          Gord, that is the most pathetic shit you have ever posted here.

        • smelter rat says:

          What a completely ignorant remark Gord. You should Google Tim Wise sometime, his research into insitutionalized racism in the US might be the wakeup call you need. Although i suspect his views are beyond your capacity to understand.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            Not disputing that there is institutionalized racism – affirmative action is a prime example. The point is that Zimmerman is a victim of racial politics. (he may also be a guilty of racsim himself – but that is a separate issue.

          • smelter rat says:

            Affirmative Action is insititutionalized racism? Only to the KKK.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            Affirmative action is legislation the deliberately prefers one race over another. That’s racial discrimination – racism-lte if you will.

          • smelter rat says:

            Bullshit. You don’t have a fucking clue.

          • scot says:

            No Point trying to reason with Gord. I’ve been saying it forever. He’s been totally assimilated into the Con borg.

        • Kevin T. says:

          Seriously, I get it, you live on Koolaid, that’s alright, everyone has their flavour, but at a certain point, don’t you have an internal compass or voice that tries to speak out and say “that’s messed up, even for me”?

        • Trevor says:

          Do you ever notice how one rarely, if ever, sees a supporter of the Reform Party of Canada…*cough*…Canadian Alliance Party…*cough*…Conservative Party of Canada posting on here who is a women, visible minority, aboriginal and/or recent immigrant?. Almost without exception they tend to be WHITE MALES like Gord and Billy Boy, and more specifically highly assimilated, unilingual, unhyphenated, Canadian born and bred, WHITE ANGLO SAXON PROTESTANT MALES or as my Italian-Canadian friends call them “Mangiacakes”!.

          With Statistics Canada officially projecting that White Canadians will fall to less than 50% of the total population
          residing in Canada by the early 2050′s and in both Ontario and British Columbia by the year 2031; owing to
          very low (well below replacement) levels of fertility among White Canadians coupled with very high (well above
          replacement) levels of fertility among visible minorities as well as mostly visible minority mass immigration;
          I take comfort in knowing that the days of White Male hegemony and euro-centrism are Thank G-D fast
          coming to an end in this country.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            who can tell the race of someone by their webname? Zimmerman sounds jewish to me for example. Obama is supported by over 85% of blacks. By your metric that makes the democratic party anti-white.

          • Jon Powers says:

            The Crazy Trevor Drinking game is back! He said “White Male hegemony” – everybody drink!

          • frmr disgruntled Con now Happy Lib says:

            You forgot to mention GLBT……but they do sit in the Conservative front benches….theyre just not very open about it……these pretenders to the “Dear Leader’s” throne know that being gay wont sit well with “the base” you mention above…..

          • Philip says:

            I have been enjoying the Sad Conservative Victim drinking game. Every time a Conservative plays the victim card, grab a drink!! Fun to play but lately it has been so hard on the liver.

          • Michael says:

            All of the women and visible minority members of the Conservative Party have been given desks in the House of Commons directly behind the PMs. That way every night on the news when they air footage from QP, we all get the message as to how inclusive the Conservatives are being.

          • Billy Boy says:

            Warren wouldn’t post my earlier rebuttal about points further up thread, but Trevor please do tell on what basis you ascribe such status to me. You know nothing about me about me. My gender, my nationality, my citizenship, whether I’m first or fourth generation Canadian, my level of education, how many languages I speak. Based on one comment where I point out festering and insidious racial slur in a post meant to decry racism? Dude you got me all wrong, but it seems you folks get all deranged when you’re called on your hypocritical bs

          • Philip says:

            No, Billy Boy, we understood you all right. It wasn’t difficult either.

            But keep playing the victim card Billy, I could use the drink.

          • Billy boy says:

            Phillip how can you infer that I’m a Conservative? How was I playing the victim card? Anyway, it is very telling that when self-styled Liberal “progressives” are criticized, they assume that the criticism can only be enunciated a Conservative standpoint. Is it not also possible that your opportunistic, half-hearted, “progressivism” be challenged from a more progressive position than yours?

            Among many other things (social, economic, environmental justice, real democratic and electoral reform) being progressive is also about cultivating new politics, new ways of thinking (e.g. not only nurturing the critical capacity of reflection but more crucially of “self-reflexity”). Self-reflexivity is a kind of ongoing internal dialogue in which you try to be aware of what you are experiencing, including your own biases, prejudices, and assumptions). All I did was point out that, in a post intended to decry racism, insulting today’s public figures with a racial slur might not be the best strategy. Certainly not very self-reflexive nor progressive.

        • GPAlta says:

          Heads should role over the fact that Zimmerman has not yet been arrested or charged. A correction should be issued about the editing of the tape (oh it has? ok then lets get on with the arresting) .

          Sure, journalistic , or wrongdoing is bad, I agree. Murder is worse. Chasing someone who the police have told you not to chase, getting out of your car to start a fight with that person, and then shooting the unarmed person as he begs for his life is murder (the recordings can scientifically prove it was Trayvon not Zimmerman who was yelling for help). Maybe he didn’t do it because he is a racist, but he still did it. Sanford Florida is a hotbed for racism, including the police department.
          So I think that there is racism involved in the fact that no one has been arrested or charged yet, at the very least.

          In Florida, the law makes it difficult to prosecute anyone for murdering another person without an eyewitness, because self defense can always be claimed. That’s a good law for murderers, and a bad law for victims. Maybe we’ll find out that Zimmerman is not a racist and neither is the system, but then all the conservatives siding with Zimmerman will be shown to be siding with cold blooded manhunters instead of with racists. Not much of an improvement in my mind. There is no way to make Zimmerman into a hero in this. Trayvon was not carrying any burglary gear of any kind, he had no get away vehicle, he was not up to no good, he was talking to his girlfriend, and he was murdered.

          Zimmerman was carrying a weapon even though neighbourhood watch groups recommend 1) not carrying weapons and 2) not intervening in crimes (also there was no crime going on to intervene in). Oh and Zimmerman is not a member of any formal neighbourhood watch group. He’s a guy who sits in a car with a gun looking for someone to shoot. And he’s been arrested before. Who says conservatives are tough on crime?

  2. Gord Tulk says:

    The war on Poverty was/is the greatest failed government policy in American history. Well over a trillion has benn spent and next to nothing to show for it. King was right on racism – and would be disgusted by the like of sharpton – but he and other far-left politicians are completely wrong on how to reduce poverty (it can never be eliminated).

    • William says:

      (it can never be eliminated).


      Great rationale, so why even try, right?

      Thank Christ people like you never went into disease research.

      • Gord Tulk says:

        Car accidents can never be eliminated as long as there are cars. We are humans. And as a result humans will make or suffer from bad decisions that leads to impoverishment.

        I’ve got another news flash for you:

        Half of all canadians are below average.

        • smelter rat says:

          The number you’re looking for is 28%, you know…the number of people who continually vote Conservative.

        • William says:

          Half of all canadians are below average.


          No need to reintroduce yourself.

        • William says:


          But they sure can decline can’t they?

          So if we can’t reduce poverty to 0%, we shouldn’t try to reduce it to 5% in your head.

          You are truly clueless.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            poverty rates have plummetted worldwide over the last 40 years. the cause of this is globalization and freer economies – not direct government intervention. Poverty reduction shouldn’t be an explicit goal/program it should be and has been and will be a result of freer economies and more trade.

          • Jason King says:

            Hey Gord,

            Until you provide some FACTS to back this up it is utter bullshit

        • Shaun says:

          I’ve got a news flash for you Gord: you don’t understand math or statistics. It is not always the case that an average (mean) equally divides that which it measures (a population or distribution). It would be true, however, to say that half of all Canadians are below the median. Wouldn’t your actuary buddies be proud of you?

          • Jason King says:

            “Wouldn’t your actuary buddies be proud of you?”

            Im sure the other insurance brokers in Central Alberta are thrilled at the business they get after customers google Gord and get a taste of the Tulkness.

      • Gord Tulk says:

        poverty is not a disease.

        • William says:

          As I posted, you’re clueless.

          Keep wearing it well.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            You incorrectly equated the issue of poverty with disease prevention/elimination, not me. That you cannot see that inoculation, gene therapy etc. have no equivalent policy option for poverty you are incurable.

          • Jason King says:

            Uh nice reading skills Gord.

            “Thank Christ people like you never went into disease research.”

            That’s a lot of reading between the lines you’ve done. Maybe a touch less projecting and a bit more reading and comprehension in the future.

    • Mike Foulds says:

      I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald that said:

      “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”

      Seriously, no offence intended Gord, I’m certain you are intelligent we just disagree. I see the second part of this statement as the difference between your world view and mine. You accept it being hopeless and try to shape things around that, I’m determined to make them otherwise.

      MLK has always been a hero of mine as well. His message resonated more so than any other in my formative years in the 80′s.
      “Free at last, they took your life, but they could not take your pride” U2

    • Michael S says:

      Wow. Only a trillion? You could have bought an Iraq war for that.

      • Gord Tulk says:

        War is not domestic policy. And Iraq is on track to becoming the second largest oil exporter in the world unless obamas bugging out reverses the huge progress that has been achieved there now that it is the first Arab democracy.

        • smelter rat says:

          Funny, I thought the war was all about weapons of mass destruction. Turns out it was about oil after all.

        • smelter rat says:

          War is certainly America’s domestic policy. Building and deploying their armed forces has stimulated job growth since 1945. It’s what Eisenhower warned against. As to your point, whatever it was, Gord, the fact is the war in Iraq was sold to the “Coaliton of the Willing” as a means of eliminating Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, which later turned out to never have existed. Many people, including Jean Chretien didn’t believe that rationale. Others suspected the war was always all about oil right from the start, which turns out to be true. But then again, you already knew that, right?

        • Philip says:

          Except for the War on Drugs. Or the War on Terror. Both of which are declared wars the United States is currently prosecuting. Both wars have a significant domestic focus, in money, manpower and military units tasked to operate on/from United States soil in support of the wars. To claim that: “War is not domestic policy” betrays an alarming naivete.

    • frmr disgruntled Con now Happy Lib says:

      Was it though?…..

      “I shall never forget the faces of the boys and the girls in that little Welhausen Mexican School, and I remember even yet the pain of realizing and knowing then that college was closed to practically every one of those children because they were too poor. And I think it was then that I made up my mind that this nation could never rest while the door to knowledge remained closed to any American.”-Lyndon B. Johnson

      I think having a Black President today shows that not all of Mr. Johnson’s policies were in vain……

      President Johnson was a good and decent man, and had he not been side tracked by the Vietnam war, and had not Robert Kennedy been assassinated, perhaps we would have seen greater results from the war on poverty…

      I dare say the increase in poverty today in the US is as a result of failed right wing policies of deregulation(banks, etc) and corporate greed….nothing more….

      • Gord Tulk says:

        You assume that had the war on poverty not been implemented that a similar result would not have happened. Other juristictions have had far better poverty reductions over similar timelines without such interventions.

        If you think Johnson was a good and decent man, i would highly recommend you read Robert Caro’s three book on him – that will cure of that misconception. It is possible that he was the most power hungry and self-centred man to have ever become president – until, of course, Barack Obama.

        Had RFK not been assassinated he likely would have been beaten by Humphrey and had he beaten humphrey he would have been beaten like a drum by nixon – at least humphrey was a moderate democrat.

        • GPAlta says:

          Who says Barack Obama is power hungry and self-centred? I haven’t seen any sign of that.

          • Gord Tulk says:

            And that site besides ignoring the massive damage to America that many of the things cited does, does nothing to counter the point above.

          • GPAlta says:

            What point? You said Barack Obama is self-centred and power hungry, you didn’t give a single example to show why you were saying that. I just asked why. I gave you a site that reminds you what he has spent his time on since becoming president, and all of his actions have been in the interest of others, not himself, and not the power of his office. So who says he’s self-centred and power hungry? Not his actions. So who? why?

    • Trevor says:

      US Welfare Cuts Increasingly Affect Emerging Non-White Majority, No Coincidence

      Low birth rates amongst Whites and migration from exploited countries will lead to the US becoming majority non-White in thirty years. Compared to Whites, this non-White population will also be younger. Thus, it makes sense the Tea Party movement and the Amerikan Right, which is overwhelming White and long accused of being racist, fervently works to eradicate the future quality and availability of social services and welfare.

      In a quote from a recent article by Color Lines, entitled “Can You Picture America’s Demographic Future,” research analyst Angela Glover Blackwell breaks it down like this:

      “Many in the still-majority white population and political establishment don’t see themselves reflected in the faces of America’s children. They are talking far more about slashing Medicaid and education funding than investing in the dreams and needs of our children.”

      It is worth noting Blackwell is selling snake oil with the big-happy-family, “our children” business, but one gets the gist regarding the crackers. The article also features a nifty sideshow depicting the US’s drift away from a Settler majority.

      Another factor in White Amerika’s targeted cuts in social spending is the US’s loosening chokehold over the entire world. Not just in changing demographics in the US, but also regarding their position globally, the world Whites have constructed is increasingly unstable.

      One ‘social service’ Amerika won’t be scaling back any time soon is the police. In fact, along with private and information security, policing and ‘corrections’ are becoming bigger sectors of the Amerikan economy.

      While Whites are championing cutting services expect prisons for the less wealthy in the US, they are also insuring those most affected are not White. For example, the wealth gap between Blacks and Whites quadrupled between 1984 and 2007, due in no small part to the cyclical effect of discrimination, police terror and higher incarceration rates for people of color.

      It is useful to clear up an easy misconception: none of this about race. Instead, it is about class. ‘Whites,’ ‘Blacks,’ ‘Mexicanos,’ ‘Natives’: all of these were words made up at certain parts of history to explain and justify slavery, land theft, genocide, colonization and imperialism. The social and psychological imprint carries on into history and shows up in real-time on the individual level as part of identity. Today we see a situation where Whites are trying to reassert Whiteness as their supremacy against changing world conditions.

      The solution to this isn’t to save the social services the US provides. To many on the ‘left,’ even non-Whites, this comes as a shocking remark. Yet this comes right back to the question of class and class struggle. Today, the central dynamic is between the exploiter First World and the exploited Third World. Throughout history, Whites actively served Amerikan imperialism because it served them. In the early 1970′s, as part of a strategy against national liberation movements inside the US, imperialism also extended this deal to nationally oppressed communities. Supporting the preservation of social services isn’t a strategy for revolutionary change. Instead, it serves to preserve the social peace in the US, resting on the weight of Third World exploitation.

      For much of White Amerika, social services benefiting non-Whites is “socialism.” “Freedom” for most Amerikans includes the ability to draw an income while producing nothing of value, such as the case with cops, security guards, “professionals,” and the middle-aged White retirees that characterize the Tea Party movement. Real socialism will in fact benefit the global majority, and real freedom will result from ending the violence that accompanies global and local disparities. For oppressed people in the US, change won’t come from getting the support of White folks. Instead, it will come from siding with the global majority against much of the White nation and Amerika. US imperialism may provide shiny new things for many in oppressed communities here. Yet, such objects are paid for and come dripping with the sweat and blood of Third World workers. More importantly, they are part of a package that sow complacency in oppressed nations on a domestic level. The liberation of the global proletariat, centered in the Third World, calls for the liberation for all of humanity from all oppression.

      -Nick Brown




      • que sera sera says:

        Interesting post. I enjoyed reading it.

      • Gord Tulk says:

        Utter nonsense.

        The Teaparty is not racist – and stating that they have “long (been) accused of being racist” does not make them so.

        And they are not anti-immigration – far from it – they support it. What they are opposed to is ILLEGAL immigration.

        and they oppose welfare statism because they correctly believe it to be counterproductive – making everyone poorer including the poor. It’s not about race. It about economics

        And on and on the essay goes with the AmeriKa smear…

        Typical of so many on the left – when they have no reasonable argument he plays the racist card.

        • Tim Sullivan says:

          The Tea Party is not opposed to welfare statism, only welfare to anyone other than themselves. Who can forget the sign at the Tea Party rally “Keep your hands off our Medicare” or words to that effect. It just might that the only cohesive factor within the Tea Party is their member’s utter hatred of “the Left”, “liberals” and “Democrats”, as if “the Left” and “liberals” have a cohesive and consistent meaning. It may be distilled to hatred for Obama. Maybe because he is a Democrat. He certainly is not “Left”. He is black.

          One person’s view:

          The Tea Party is a fan of government spending, just like Harper and Flaherty are. Just not on “Left” things.

          Now, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah. Gord is full of shit, again.

        • Jason King says:

          “The Teaparty is not racist – and stating that they have “long (been) accused of being racist” does not make them so.”

          Funny, stating “The Teaparty is not racist” does not make them not. Same argument different pieces Gord. You decry others for using conjecture and opinion and are provide just as flimsy a counterargument.

          “What they are opposed to is ILLEGAL immigration.” Okay name one party that is openly for ILLEGAL immigration. You cant because its your “do you hate the kitties” argument against. Weak and not based in reality.

          “and they oppose welfare statism because they correctly believe it to be counterproductive – making everyone poorer including the poor ”
          So who decided it was counterproductive. Do you have any proof to back up your point? No proof means no facts. No backing up your point means its bluster until you do.

          “And on and on the essay goes with the AmeriKa smear…”
          This seems a bit hypocritical considering some of the smears you have attempted to put forth as dialogue (any of your ridiculous Chretien attacks immediately come to mind).

          “Typical of so many on the left – when they have no reasonable argument he plays the racist card.”
          This is an interesting point you make. In previous comments you have acknowledged that the right is equally as racist. So you are alleging that the left act racist out of desperation. Are we to assume by your argument that the right utilize racism out of convenience? Since you like to base theories based on the comments of a single person or commenter can we use Anders Brevik as our individual using the Tulk method?

          What’s going on Gord? You’re confusing arrogance with a compelling argument.

    • Michael says:

      By that logic the Americans should immediate cease the war on drugs.

    • Only those completely ignorant of the poverty and injustice suffered by millions of Americans or someone with an ideological axe to grind could say that the attempt “was/is the greatest failed government policy in American history.’

      First, there’s a catalogue of blunders I would rank higher by far -

      While Nixon ended the Vietnam War he also ended many social programs and of course gave us his legacy, Watergate.

      Reagan capitalized on Carter’s bad judgement and even worse luck. He used the now-debunked notion of the ‘welfare queen’ to help bring modern conservatism into fashion while consorting with Milton Freidman and Arthur Laffer to elevate the double idiocies of Supply Side economics and the Laffer Curve. Under his watch we got Iran-Contra and hundreds of indictments where the US sold arms to Iran illegally while funding right-wing insurgents in South America.

      Clinton tried to bring about change, mainly in healthcare, although his chief success was broader economic recovery after the lean years of George H.W. Bush. Clinton’s presidency would have been different had his personal indiscretions not been exploited by hypocrites like Newt Gingrich.

      And then we have George W. Bush who was responsible for the Wall Street meltdown and more massive tax cuts for the wealthy combined with two foreign, unfunded wars, one of them predicated on infamous Weapons of Mass Destruction.

      Obama inherited W’s debacles and so far has succeeded in giving healthcare to millions of Americans, including many children that never had it before. The program has flaws but he’s done this in the face of a hated and hateful congress while propping up the financial market, auto industry and ending the war in Iraq.

      Today the Tea Party Republicans are waging a new all out war on social programs through the Ryan Budget proposal and via numerous state voter ID laws and assaults on healthcare programs for women. The Ryan plan would grant massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans while chopping trillions from social programs. This is hardly the crowning achievement of American business, in fact Obama called it ‘social Darwinism’.

      But to wipe out the ‘wasteful’ government and force the most vulnerable to pay for programs they could never afford, the right has to problematize many issues. Look at the US Postal Service as an example. It was a Republican controlled congress that passed a bill that forces the Post Office to fund their pension liabilities 75 years in advance – no business I know does that. And so they’ve conveniently created the notion that the Post Office loses money every year and should be eliminated. But it’s due to the billions of dollars siphoned off to meet their super restrictive pension requirements that the problem exists in the first place.

      Still Republicans point to this number as justification for chopping hundreds of thousands of jobs during a recession. I’m convinced the goal is for a private service to enter the void where the likely results are higher prices and lower wages and a continuation of the hollowing out of the middle class.

      You say that The War on Poverty was the greatest failure ever and yet ignore the errors made by other presidents along with the pain that would result if the likes of McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Romney and Santorum have their way. Yet nothing on this list of errors represents the greatest failure in my opinion.

      The greatest failure is simply the fact that so many Americans have been led to the belief that the War on Poverty was an assault on them.

  3. William says:

    Surveying the pygmies who now crowd the public stage, I don’t think we will see the likes of him again.


    You’re probably right but not because they aren’t there. More likely because the prism that shows us these people has been co-opted by a sound bite media looking for a hidden agenda rather than an honest message.

  4. Trevor says:

    Study: Republicans, whites more tired of Trayvon Martin coverage


  5. smelter rat says:

    e.g. Gord Tulk.

  6. GPAlta says:

    If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

    Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.


  7. Riaz Khan says:

    After 9/11, I noticed that the looks in peoples’ eyes were different. A day after, there were racist remarks printed on my garage door calling me Arabs- go home. After that, few of the guys on the street, stayed with me. My wife who is white and Canadian moved in with her parents. Me- I was just sad. I can debate the most complex issues in the world but when it comes to racism, I am speechless. I dont know what to say. That reaction has always troubled people around me who get more upset than I do. I just get sad. Just few weeks ago, we were in the car and saw these 20 something. They were five in total and did not see my full physical structure. They gave me the bird and said: You have a bomb and laughed loud. My wife wanted to get out of the car but I told her no. I am 6 feet 3 and 235 lbs and they were not more than mini Dr. Evil. I could have done some serious damage to their physical structure but again, I just got sad. Human mind which can produce the most fascinating things like the music, art, medicine, science can also have a racism some where in the mind. That I do not and will not understand.

    MLK, Gandhi and Mandela remain my heroes.

  8. Attack! says:

    For further reading:

    The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained:
    How did a kid armed with Skittles and iced tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And will George Zimmerman remain free? (FREQUENT UPDATES.)
    —By Adam Weinstein, Mother Jones magazine


    • smelter rat says:

      Gord and the rest of the Conborg aren’t allowed to read MJ. They might get “ideas”, if you know what I mean.

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