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Tea Party Express at Civil Rights District in Birmingham Alabama–We Should Be Outraged

Posted by Guest Contributor alpolitics from Progressive Electorate

Today the Tea Party Express rolled into Birmingham, Alabama – my hometown. Probably not a big surprise to anyone. But I’m absolutely shocked at the display that occurred in Kelly Ingram Park – right in the middle of the historic Civil Rights museum. Within feet of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and the 16th Street Baptist Church – where four little girls were killed on September 15, 1963. In the middle of Kelly Ingram Park where Dr. Martin Luther King and Fred Shuttlesworth organized demonstrations for real freedom. Where Bull Connor turned the firehouses and dogs on children.

Here’s Kelly Ingram Park on May 3, 1963

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Here was Kelly Ingram Park on November 9, 2009

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One man had the audacity to say:

“I’m here for freedom,” said Pinson resident Tim Emala. “We need to get back to the Constitution. We seemed to have strayed away from it. The politicians need to read it.”

You are talking about freedom in the same place that people marched because they were forced to sit on the back of the bus, and use separate restrooms and attend separate schools. This could have been held anywhere in Birmingham but it was held in the cradle of the Civil Rights District. Where people marched and protested for real rights. And now they are protesting against health care which should be a right not a privilege.

You had this stupid rally using kids as props within a stones throw of where four little girls died simply because of the color of their skin.

Here are some images of statutes that are actually in the park to memorialize the significance of what occurred in the park during the 1960’s and the civil rights movement.

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The three ministers statue in Kelly Ingram Park representing N.H. Smith, John T. Porter and A.D. King, who led a sympathy march on Palm Sunday in 1963 in support of jailed civil rights leaders: Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Shuttlesworth and Ralph Abernathy


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This sculpture is dedicated to the foot soldiers of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement who braved the dogs.


A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking towards the 16th Street Baptist Church.

A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking towards the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Charlene Cannon of Birmingham does a good job summing up her feelings, mine and I hope yours…

“They say they’re against taxation, it looks like it’s a No-Obama rally. My thing is they could have had this anywhere else other than Kelly Ingram Park”

Please check out the poignant video of Ms. Cannon here. More pictures from today can be viewed here. Another slide show here.

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Tea Party Express makes stop in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park

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tea partyAlabama Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tim James attended the 32nd stop on the Tea Party Express national bus tour in Birmingham, Alabama. From the picture he looks as if he thoroughly enjoyed today’s Tea Party Rally in the Civil Rights district. It would be interesting to know what comment he has about the rally being held in such a hallowed place.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Named Honorary National President of Girl Scouts

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GIRL-SCOUTS-largeNew York, N.Y. – Girl Scouts of the USA is pleased to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as its Honorary National President.

It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts,” said Mrs. Obama. “With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities, and across the globe.”

In accepting the position, Mrs. Obama takes her place in a tradition stretching back to 1917, when First Lady Edith B. Wilson became the first Honorary National President of the Girl Scout movement. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.

Girl Scouts plan to work with the First Lady on areas of mutual concern, such as healthy living, public service and leadership.

Connie L. Lindsey, Michelle Obama, Kathy Cloninger

Connie L. Lindsey, Michelle Obama, Kathy Cloninger

From bullying to obesity to concern over the economy, our nation’s girls are facing significant challenges,” said Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “Girl Scouts is excited to work with the First Lady’s office to ensure that all girls can overcome the challenges they face, and that they have the skills, resources and opportunities they need to become strong, independent young leaders.”

Girl Scouts can help girls from every background develop their self-confidence and leadership ability, and encourage them to make a difference in the world,” said Connie L. Lindsey, Girl Scouts of the USA National Board Chair. “The First Lady is a passionate, brilliant and inspirational woman – a fantastic role model for girls across the country. We look forward to an active and mutually rewarding partnership on issues important to girls’ lives.”

About Girl Scouts

180px-GirlScoutsLogoFounded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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Little Boy Asks Obama Why Do People Hate You ?

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obama-new-orleans-sg-cropped-proto-custom_3ABC News/Matthew Jaffe—President Obama, like any other President, has his fair share of critics. Even fourth-graders have noticed.

Why do people hate you?”, a fourth-grade boy asked Obama at a town hall event in New Orleans today. “They’re supposed to love you. And God is love.”

That’s what I’m talking about,” replied the President.

First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me,” Obama noted, before adding, “What is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time. And I — you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics where, you know, once one party wins, then the other party kind of gets — feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”

And so you shouldn’t take it too seriously,” Obama told the boy. “And then, sometimes, as I said before, people just — I think they’re worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, and they’re feeling frustrated. And when you’re president of the United States, you know, you’ve got to deal with all of that.”

You get some of the credit when things go good. And when things are going tough, then, you know, you’re going to get some of the blame, and that’s part of the job,” he continued. “But, you know, I’m a pretty tough guy.”

You’ve just got to keep on going, even when folks are criticizing you, because — as long as you know that you’re doing it for other people, all right?” Obama concluded.

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RNC’s Michael Steele Has Man Ejected Over Healthcare Question

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele was speaking to students at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. The students got a chance to ask questions of Steele. That’s when it got interesting.

One questioner, identified as Matt White, a local tavern owner, asked Steele why Republican’s are blocking health care reform, and how did he think Martin Luther King would view that.

QUESTION: In all seriousness, I’m curious what you think that Dr. King would think about your party’s current attempts to block universal health care?…

STEELE: It’s a great myth that we’re doing all this blocking. I wish we had that kind of control with the numbers, but we don’t. … As I’ve said to the president many times, “If that’s the bill you want, vote it up or down.”

Steele goes in to his normal song and dance about how President Obama should pass it, if he has the votes, ad nauseam…

But when White tries to ask a follow-up question to Steele’s response, White’s mic is shut off, and he is escorted from the room by security. I’ve watched this video several times, and at no time did Mr. White show anything but courtesy to Steele.

We really shouldn’t be surprised, given what Steele said to a young lady when she questioned him about healthcare reform at Howard University.

“So people go to town halls, they go out to the community, and they’re like this. [shakes fists] It makes for great TV. You’ll probably make it tonight. Enjoy it.”—RNC Chair Michael Steele, responding to 23-year-old college grad/activist Amanda Duzak, who interrupted Steele speaking about healthcare at Howard University yesterday, to tell him about “her own mother who died of cancer six months ago because she couldn’t afford her prescription chemotherapy medications. The audience applauded her.” Steele accused her of trying to get on TV.

When Steele is asked about the terrible behavior and antics of this summer’s TownHall protesters, he had this to say:

“I’ll speak slowly. There’s legitimacy to the protest. But how people protest…. I have no control over.”

and this:

“Why is it so out of the ordinary that the American people should stand up and say, ‘I have a concern about something the government is going to do?’

So according to Steele, if you are a Republican, its okay to protest, but if you are not, then you get escorted out of the room by security? Nice…Hey Mike, WWMLKD?

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