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Pulp Poetry

Scraps of fascination are the building blocks of an interesting life.

"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Republican, Supreme Court Justice, Union officer in the Civil War. Upon his death (two days shy of 94) he left a portion of his estate to the United States government.

Wonders of the African World, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

"Let’s face it — think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are of war, poverty, famine and flies. How many of us really know anything at all about the truly great ancient African civilizations, which in their day, were just as splendid and glorious as any on the face of the earth?"

In Kansas, 100 Years Ago Today

Men of Kansas vote in favor of granting the right to vote to women.

In Arizona, 100 Years Ago Today

The men of Arizona, which became a state in the same year, grant the right to vote to women.

Although a hot topic while the state constitution was being formed, a conservative block in the senate, mostly consisting of Southerners, defeated all attempts to give women the vote in the state’s constitution.

Just a few months later, Arizona men voted and changed that short sighted lack of compassion and freedom.

In Oregon, 100 Years Ago Today

With the right to vote on the Oregonian ballot for the sixth, and final time, most women are granted the right to vote.

Statutes persisted preventing first-generation Asians (male and female) from becoming citizens and therefore voting, and Native American women are also barred from voting, except those married to white men.

Lincoln's Voice is a sign of great historical commitment

“Lincoln’s voice, as far as period descriptions go, was a little shriller, a little higher,” says Holzer. It would be a mistake to say that his voice was squeaky though. “People said that his voice carried into crowds beautifully. Just because the tone was high doesn’t mean it wasn’t far-reaching,” he says.


'To call them “drug cartels” involved in a “drug war” is doubly inaccurate. Popular terms are impossible to eradicate, but they hide reality. Mexican crime-orgs are less like rival businesses than rival warrior states of the pre-modern era.'

"If Americans want lower gas prices, cut back. Sell those SUVs, ride a bike when you can. If everyone bought 10% less gasoline prices would fall fast. That’s what the candidates should be saying. We need a strong leader who’s honest, smart, courageous, AND willing to explain dubious associations. That’s what we need."  - Bill O’Reilly, April 2008

"Martin Luther King himself became more and more concerned about problems untouched by civil rights laws-problems coming out of poverty. In the spring of 1968, he began speaking out, against the advice of some Negro leaders who feared losing friends in Washington, against the war in Vietnam…

King now became a chief target of the FBI, which tapped his private phone conversations, sent him fake letters, threatened him, blackmailed him, and even suggested once in an anonymous letter that he commit suicide. FBI internal memos discussed finding a black leader to replace King. As a Senate report on the FBI said in 1976, the FBI tried “to destroy Dr. Martin Luther King.”"
- Howard Zinn, “Or Does it Explode?” A People’s History of the United States. No assassin was ever conclusively caught. James Earl Ray, the man who went to prison for the assassination, fought the rest of his life for a retrial, at the end with the support of the King family. Whether or not the government was involved in his assassination, it is clear that as soon as King shifted his focus from civil rights to poverty, he was considered an enemy of the state.

(Source: historyisaweapon.com)

"… it’s inevitable that we’ve got to bring out the question of the tragic mix-up in priorities. We are spending all of this money for death and destruction, and not nearly enough money for life and constructive development… when the guns of war become a national obsession, social needs inevitably suffer."
- Martin Luther King, Jr, Spring 1968. King began to realize that civil rights laws could only do so much. The true threat to black oppression was the systemic poverty that the Civil Rights laws recently passed would have no effect on. Friends close to him advised against speaking out against it since he would lose allies in Washington. He was assassinated by an unknown marksman on April 6th.