U.S. vice president JOE BIDEN, when asked by a reporter to react to news of Pope Benedict resigning.
(Reporter Tara Murtha via The New York Times)
My fingertips, and my lips, they burn
From the cigarettes
Forrest Gump, you run my mind boy
Running on my mind boy
Mumford & Sons pose for their portraits after picking up the Album of the Year GRAMMY for Babel.
Click here for more Mumford & Sons coverage from the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Mumford and Sons, Goodbye India
February 8, 1931: James Dean is born.
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY ROSA PARKS!
Image description / Photo #1:
This picture was set up to commemorate the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ first arrest in Dec. 1955. It shows her seated in a bus that is empty except for a lone white passenger, who was UPI reporter Nicholas C. Chriss, based in Atlanta, Georgia. (+, +, +, +)
Image description / Photo #2:
Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after being arrested for the second time. This photo was not staged; photographers were alerted beforehand. (+)
ROSA PARKS - A SYMBOL OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE
Here is Barack Obama’s statement on the 55th anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott (Dec. 2010):
“Fifty-five years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus – an act that challenged the moral conscience of an entire nation. The Montgomery Bus Boycott marked a turning point in American history – the moment where we began the march toward the Civil Rights Movement and the eventual outlawing of racial segregation and discrimination.
Rosa Parks and the many other leaders and foot soldiers in that struggle for justice championed our founding principles of freedom and equality for all, and today, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, I encourage all Americans to honor their legacy – the legacy of Americans who marched bravely, worked tirelessly, and devoted their lives to the never-ending task of making our country a more perfect union.” (+)
This post tells a whole different story about Rosa Parks - here’s a small excerpt:
“All the jabber about a humble seamstress is just an exercise in political cosmetology. Imbuing Rosa Parks with an aura of sainthood served the NAACP’s political ends perfectly; they tailored her story to suggest that the Montgomery bus boycott was a spontaneous expression of the Negro spirit. Rosa Parks played along. This is how Rosa Parks allowed herself to become immortalized and imprisoned by The Myth of Rosa Parks.” (Thomas Clough, “Weird Republic”, Dec. 11, 2005; read the whole post)
Ok, I’ve read posts of similar “quality” by Holocaust deniers misquoting sources to support their own questionable theories.
All I want to say is: No matter if above photo is staged or not, or what the whole back story is - if people like Mr. Clough would use their time & energy to learn about history in the United States of America or elsewhere (from reliable sources) they would stop denigrating people who have been treated like animals for decades and decades and start respecting all people, regardless of their ethnicity or skin color.
In German we have a word for such people: “Ewiggestrige”.
Here’s a part of the message Adrienna (aka auntada) sent me:
“…understanding the backstory is critical to gaining a true insight into how sophisticated and intricately planned the civil rights movement was, in general. Strategic planning was absolutely essential in dismantling the South’s institutionalized systems of segregation and oppression.”
Let me end this post with an excerpt of the NYT article that Thomas Clough also has quoted - a part that didn’t really support “his side of the story” I guess”:
“…rather than a simple seamstress who dared to ‘think different,’ Mrs. Parks was a longtime N.A.A.C.P. activist who went to the famous Highlander Folk School to learn about social change and lunched regularly with Mr. Gray, the civil rights lawyer.
None of that diminishes the achievement or her life, just as, perhaps, the true story of the picture need not detract from its power. It’s just a reminder that history is almost always more complicated and surprising than the images that most effectively tell its story.” (Peter Applebome, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2005)
May your soul rest in peace Ms. Parks.
A penny-less Canada: Mint begins years-long process of collecting and melting down 82-million kg in coins
Canada’s iconic penny gets one step closer to extinction Monday as the Royal Canadian Mint officially stops distributing the coins to financial institutions.
Businesses are now beginning to round cash transactions to the nearest five-cent increment in a “fair and transparent manner” — but there are 35 billion of them still in circulation. There’s still a long way to go before they disappear from every day life. (Darren Calabrese/National Post)
February 4, 1945: The Yalta Conference opens.
The “Big Three” Allied leaders of World War II met at the Livadia Palace in Crimea for the second time (after the 1943 Tehran Conference) this time to discuss the reorganization of post-war Europe. By this time, victory in Europe was but three months away, and the Red Army’s offensive thrust into Germany was complete. It had already been decided that Germany would be divided into four zones to be administered by the United States, Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France. Other key issues were negotiated, though not necessarily decided, during that week at Yalta.
Germany would, once again, undergo demilitarization, as well as denazification, a process through which any elements of German National Socialism were removed from society, and certain Nazi leaders would be put on trial for war crimes. Certain boundary lines were set, including the Polish-Soviet border; Poland itself, along with all other liberated European countries, would be open to Democratic elections. This promise was not kept, and, as a result, many in Poland and the Allied nations regarded the outcome of the Yalta Conference as a betrayal of Eastern Europe to the Soviet Union; Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died two months after the conference, was criticized for “selling out” to Stalin. Stalin also agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan three months after the fall of Germany, and also that it would join the United Nations. Whatever hitches met at or caused by the uncertainty of Yalta and the events surrounding it, the United Nations would, supposedly, be able to deal with any disagreements between the Soviet Union and its allies, or so it was hoped.