Serial killer Ted Bundy is led into the Pitkin County courthouse by Deputy Peter Murphy, left, and Rick Kralicek for a hearing in Aspen, Colo, by Mark Levy/AP, June 1977. He escaped a day after this photo was taken.
The United States was founded in opposition to monarchs, whose coronations are quasi-religious ceremonies heavy on jewels, crowns, robes and scepters. A president, chosen by the people, from among the people, requires no props other than a plain English Bible, and swears his allegiance to the Constitution. It’s been that way for 224 years, a tradition that even this least traditional of president-elects wouldn’t dare break. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News)
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
On August 28, 1963, one man and his army of Freedom Fighters, marched the streets of Washington DC. He marched with his head held high. Higher than the United States flag. He was proud! Proud to be black and proud to be an American. He did the impossible. He united a divided nation and for one moment he mended the communications and language barriers of race, ethnicity, age, and sex. He didn’t let the world idly pass him by. He saw corruption everywhere he went and stood up to make a change. More than anybody in the past century, Martin Luther King, Jr. knew how hard it was to change someone’s perception of what’s right and wrong, black and white, ignorant and awakened. He knew society’s environmental backward prejudice was hard to change but he fought anyway. He fought for our civil rights to our unalienable rights to be free to live in the skin we live in.
I am so sadly disgusted and disappointed that this Friday we say goodbye to one President, who at the very least, acknowledged another group their rights to express themselves freely without the constraints of those judging them. From him, we watch in disbelief that fearmonger of the kind of person Martin fought against. But this post is here to celebrate the man who will always be remembered for fighting hate with love and reverence.
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Trump: Britain should veto anti-Israel UN resolutions - 16 January 2017
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is urging Britain to veto any new UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel. Trump made the comments in an interview published Sunday with The Times of London and was quoted by the Reuters news agency. In the interview, Trump also confirmed he would appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to broker a Middle East peace deal. Last week Trump announced he would appoint Kushner as senior White House adviser who would, among other things, deal with Middle East related issues. The interview with the Times of London was published on the day of the Paris peace conference, to which Britain chose to only send a delegation of junior diplomats. Britain explained the move in the fact that hit had “particular reservations” with the nature and timing of the conference. The reservations given were the lack of representatives from Israel or the Palestinian Authority (PA) at the conference and it taking place “just days before the transition to a new American president.” British Prime Minister Theresa May last month slammed Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech in which he blamed Israel for the stalled peace process. May criticized the disrespectful way in which Kerry referred to the elected government of its democratic ally, Israel, and his singling out Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria over and above all other issues. At the same time, Britain voted in favor of UN Resolution 2334 at the Security Council last month. The resolution, which condemned Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, passed after President Barack Obama chose to abstain instead of use the U.S. veto power.
Rene Gagnon Poses for the Sculptor, Felix de Weldon during the making of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. Gagnon was one of three surviving members from the Iwo Jima flag raising on Mount Suribachi. ca. 1953-1954