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The Ali Gedenkschrift/Festschrift (June 13, 2016)

Posted in Race, Religion, Slavery, Society, Sports on June 13, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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Muhammad Ali:  Never the White Man’s Negro”  Joyce Carol Oates

Muhammad Ali:  The Champion Who Never Sold Out”  William C. Rhoden

What Happened To The Muhammad Ali I Idolized, Blackistone Asks”  Kevin Blackistone

Muhammad Ali:  Worshiped.  Misunderstood.  Exploited.”  Ishmael Reed

In the Ring He Was Ali, but in the Newspapers He Was Still Clay”  Victor Mather

Muhammad Ali Was Her First, and Greatest, Love”  Karen Crouse

Muhammad Ali, the Political Poet”  Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Obama Remembers Ali as a ‘Personal Hero’

President Obama’s Statement on Muhammad Ali

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[See the e-commentary on “Ali (June 6, 2016)” and “The Big Decision (December 13, 2010).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

He would have had fun with gedenkschrift/festschrift. 

He would have played with the more familiar “roast and toast.” 

Was he an activist or a pacifist?

Orlando

Ali (June 6, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Courts, FBI, Judiciary, Justice, Military, Newspapers, NSA, On [Traits/Characteristics], Race, Religion, Society, Sports, Supreme Court, Vietnam, War on June 6, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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3          “Some individuals are known by their first names.  Attila, Twiggy, Cher, Oprah.  ‘Ali’ was his brand after he rejected the name he was branded with at birth.”

5          “Yet the name he repudiated – Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. – reeks of royalty and speaks respect.  Sounds like the name of someone who would sport a repp tie, but he had to elude those who wanted to place a noose around his neck.”

3          “And then he made them place a few medals around his neck.  Have you noted that one hundred percent of those who insist on calling him ‘Cassius Clay’ despise him and despise Blacks.”

5          “Life provides so many revealing tells.”

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5          “Rare is the young American who musters the poise, focus and conviction to change name and religion when the change will be universally and publicly excoriated.”

3          “And then when they tried to muster him into the military and threatened him with conviction, he confronted them with his convictions.”

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5          “The Associated Press photograph of him sporting a tasteful, conservative suit and tie while being escorted through a gauntlet of uniformed soldiers from an armed forces examining station in Houston, Texas after refusing to join the Army is a powerful tableau of conscience confronting power.”

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3          “When his legal case went to the Supreme Court, the Court went to unprecedented lengths and widths and heights and bent over backwards and forwards and sidewards to exonerate him without creating a precedent that would apply to anyone else.  Rare if not unique justice for a rare if not unique man.  If everyone else in America could receive just one one hundredth the judicial attention he received, we would live in a just Republic.”

5          “Courts usually bend over backwards and forwards and sidewards to uphold whatever the government inflicts on an individual.”

3          “In a just Republic, other young men, black and white, etc., would and should be able to cite Clay [(, also known as Muhammad Ali)] v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971), to object to participation in an unconscionable war.”

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5          “In a secret operation code-named “Minaret”, the National Security Agency monitored the communications of Ali and others and provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

3          “The time-honored way that America celebrates its heroes.”

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5          “At the time, I was told that we were born to be outwardly reserved and yet inwardly confident.  Ali, I was told, was born into circumstances that forced him to exude bravado because he spoke for millions of oppressed and suppressed people.”

3          “So he may have been too humble and reserved under the circumstances?”

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5          “Unlike most, he had swift hands; like all, he had clay feet.  We can properly eulogize him properly yet not canonize him unequivocally.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I am America.  I am the part you won’t recognize.  But get used to me.  Black, confident, cocky.  My name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”

“War is against the teachings of the Qur’an.  I’m not trying to dodge the draft.  We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger.  We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.”

“Keep asking me, no matter how long,
On the war in Vietnam, 
I sing this song:
I ain’t got no quarrel with no Viet Cong.”

“Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?      No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.      This is the day when such evils must come to an end.  I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.  But I have said it once and I will say it again.  The real enemy of my people is here.      I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.  If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.      I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs.  So I’ll go to jail, so what?  We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.  And shoot them for what?  They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father…  Shoot them for what?  How can I shoot them poor people?  Just take me to jail.”

“At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know.  Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

 

Boys v. Girls / Reds v. Blues / Republicans v. Democrats / Catholics v. Jews / Institutionalists v. Individualists / Don’t Let Others Immanentize The Eschatoners v. Let Others Immanentize The Eschatoners: The Great Divide At The Supreme Court Today (October 5, 2015)

Posted in Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, First Monday In October, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Hypocrisy, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Law, Religion, Supreme Court on October 5, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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L1          “Breyer is an all-pro guy, but, admit it, he is too smart to be male.  And Sotomayor was born with a plastic spoon in her mouth and is not a sustaining member of the Don’t-Let-Others-Immanentize-The-Eschaton wing of the Catholic church who dominate the Court today.”

L2          “So on one side of the great chasm are the Red Republican Catholic Institutionalist boys (Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Kennedy) and on the other side are the Blue Democratic Jewish Individualist girls (Breyer, Ginsberg, Kagan and Sotomayor).  The divide could not be more clean and elegant.”

L1          “Or more stark and cavernous.  The Justices are seated by seniority but now should be seated with an aisle to divide them into two camps.  The sports announcer could chortle:  ‘In this corner, we have the Reds; in this corner, we have the Blues.’”

L2          “That would be way too honest and candid.  The big problem remains the lack of lawyers, leaders and intellectuals on the Court.  The biggest problem is that they are drawn from the worst pool of candidates – judges from the federal appellate courts who are probably the most intellectually dishonest group of lawyers.”

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L1          “They are not listening to the Pope on topics ranging from global climate change to the death penalty, from the death of the planet to the death of the person.”

L2          “Or the Pope’s comments on income inequality.  Roberts and Alito are trying to outdo each other promoting business over the individual and protecting the government from the individual.”

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L1          “Those in the majority claim to be Roman Catholic but do not vote or behave like the majority of Roman Catholics.  They are roman Catholics.”

L2          “Sans serifs.  Depends on the day of the week.  A Catholic on Sunday and a quasi-Catholic on the first Monday in October and thereafter.”

L2          “The opinions of the Pope are what lawyers describe as purely advisory.”

L1          “That independence of thought is not entirely undesirable.”

L2          “Accord.”

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L1          “No more than three Justices from one law school.  No more than three Justices from one religion.  No more than three Justices from the WaNeBos region.”

L2          “If no more than three Justices can be confirmed who believe that we should let others immanentize the Eschaton and no more than three Justices can be confirmed who believe that we should not let others immanentize the Eschaton, how do we fill the other three slots?”

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[See the e-commentary include in the “First Monday In October Series” and see The Paradox Of The Republican Federal Judge: Republican Federal Judge Syndrome (September 23, 2013) and SCOTUS on TV: “They Might Not Be Such Bastards” (March 26, 2012).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

It all comes down to one Red Republican Catholic Institutionalist guy – The Fulcrum

Pray

“It’s Only A Rental.” The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat. De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)

Posted in Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Religion on September 28, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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A          “One’s relationship to and attitude toward the Earth is a function of one’s religion.  If you believe that life is not a dress rehearsal, then you want heaven on earth.  If you believe that life is a dress rehearsal, then you do not necessarily want heaven on earth.  The Earth is only a rental.  Sort of like a summer beach house that you rent for a week and you take more than pictures and leave more than foot prints.”

B          “Take a few pillow cases and leave a few holes in the wall.  I describe it as the Earth as a cosmic doormat.  And if you have already made it on Earth and are of a stingy nature, you may not want to allow others to immanentize the Eschaton.”

A          “The Pope gets it.  He believes in an Eschaton and also wants to allow others to immanentize the Eschaton.  Heaven on Earth and Earth on Heaven.”

B          “What if you find that you get in the next life what you left in this life.  Not only can you take it with you, you will take it with you.  Mother Nature’s O. Henry twist to the story.”

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[See the e-commentary at Immanentize The Eschaton: Move To Sunny Somalia (December 20, 2010).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Je ne suis pas Charlie; Je ne suis jamais Charlie:  Free Speech v. Hate Speech (February 2, 2015)

Posted in First Amendment, Religion on February 2, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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W1       “The Supreme Court’s test for free speech is the benchmark for the West.  ‘Free speech is fine as long as I agree with and approve of the message and the messenger.’  The restrictions on selected expression in France, Germany, Europe and America are just that – they are restrictions on free expression.  Looking at the matter from the perspective of a Muslim, nothing whatsoever is more sacred or cherished in this life than Mohammed, and yet there are no restrictions on puerile attacks.  Others may not understand the reaction because their divine being is not as central in their lives.”

W2       “Suggesting that someone’s enthusiasm for his or her divine being is deeper and more profound than someone else’s devotion may spark a cranky response.  A Religious Fervor Index?”

W1       “One must look at how the legal regime in Europe and America appears to someone who has not been acculturated to accept the hypocrisy and dishonesty that underpins Western law.”

W2       “So it’s ‘hate speech’?”

W1       “Either apply one standard and characterize it as hate speech or reject the current hypocrisy and dishonesty and embrace unthrottled free expression.  I vote for unthrottled free expression.  That, I concede, will result in some unhappy people in many camps.  In addition, self-restraint is not the worst idea.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Chuck who?

Humanity’s motto:  To Enslave and To Colonize and To Throttle (Free Speech).

Free Speech Is Free Speech

Quasi-Free Speech Is Not Free Speech