As we wrote about recently, more and more Porn Stars are getting into Politics.
Porn starlets are very used to dealing with Packages!
As we wrote about recently, more and more Porn Stars are getting into Politics.
Porn starlets are very used to dealing with Packages!
We already wrote about this little NY Post banana skin incident!
AP – NEW YORK
After two days of protests, the New York Post apologized Thursday for a cartoon that some have interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police. But the newspaper also said its longtime antagonists exploited the image for revenge.
The qualified apology didn’t mollify at least some of the cartoon’s critics, who said they might continue protesting Friday.
The newspaper posted an editorial on its Web site Thursday evening saying the cartoon was meant to mock the federal, but “to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.”
The piece was posted hours after 200 picketers chanting “Boycott the Post! Shut it down!” marched in front of the paper’s office, saying the cartoon echoed racist stereotypes of blacks as monkeys.
The editorial said that “most certainly was not its intent,” adding that some media and public figures who have long-standing differences with the paper saw the cartoon “as an opportunity for payback.”
Calling them “opportunists,” the editorial said: “To them, no apology is due.”
The, who helped lead the outcry over the cartoon, criticized what he called the paper’s “conditional statement” of regret.
“Though we think it is the right thing for them to apologize to those they offended, they seem to want to blame the offense on those (who) raised the issue, rather than take responsibility for what they did,” he said in a statement.
The tabloid, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., is known for its feisty attitude, provocative headlines and conservative outlook — a mix that has garnered hundreds of thousands of readers, but also criticism over the years.
The newspaper had stood by the cartoon, which its editor called “a clear parody” about the death of Travis, the chimp that Connecticut police killed Monday after it mauled a friend of its owner. Editor-in-chief Col Allan had said the intent was to ridicule Washington’s efforts to revive the economy.
The drawing by longtime Post cartoonist Sean Delonas, published Wednesday, shows a dead chimp and two police officers, one with a smoking gun. The caption reads, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
The Post was picketed and deluged with angry calls, with some of Thursday’s marchers carrying signs that said “Jail Billionaire N.Y. Post Owner.”
“We make them and we break them with our money, and we should shut it down,” said protester Angela Brown, who carried a glossy photo of Obama.
Some protesters said the cartoon not only underscored racist tropes but even suggested that Obama should be shot.
“Since when can you call for the killing of the president of the United States?” demanded City Councilman Charles Barron.
OK, this tale is a tad weird! From a few perspectives!
An awful chimpanzee mauling followed by an awful cartoon!
First to the controversial Sean Delonas New York Post cartoon.
Post editor-in-chief Col Allen’s response was a defense of Delonas:
“The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”
Now, this is kind of a tricky one.
Our main view is that, however you look at it, the cartoon itself is dumb and not at all funny. Oh, and tasteless!
If the cartoon was meant to relate to the chimp mauling, it’s extremely offensive to the middle aged lady in agony lying in Hospital who’s face has been almost ripped off, and to her traumatised family!
Furthermore, the cartoon leaves itself open to a potential interpretation of racism. Especially by folk like Sharpton who are never slow to jump onto a molehill and scream that it’s a mountain!
The cartoon seemingly tries to lampoon the Stimulus Bill.
The Bill’s author, by virtue of his signing it into power, is Barack Obama. Thus the cartoon monkey is seemingly meant to represent Obama.
So let’s look at the ‘best case’ view on the cartoon. This means we need to assume that the Delonas depiction of Obama as a monkey is not intended to drag up any racist imagery whatsoever.
In this racism-free scenario, Delonas could say that his aim was to show that numerous folk consider the Stimulus Bill as being stupid. Thus the monkey character.
Delonas could refer of course to the fact that, with zero controversy, George W Bush became synonymous with simian representation in literally millions of cartoons and images, and in millions of jokes on TV shows.
However, even in this context, why does the monkey character in this cartoon need to be shot? It just makes no sense!
The only way this random mangling of the horrific chimp event and US politics might make a tad of sense would be to somehow have the monkey represent the GOP who are currently dead in the water and who acted simian-like over two terms to drag the World Economy into the depths of depression and recession! Even then, it would be somewhat tasteless but with more sense and potentially some more humour.
If we look at the ‘worst case’ view on the cartoon, it is open to accusations – albeit knee jerk ones – of the type levelled by Sharpton.
While looking at this storm in a tea cup, we also need to bear in mind the right to Freedom of Speech in what is claimed to be the greatest Democracy in the world. The media and public alike have a right to criticise figures of power – granted such power by the public – for certain actions, no matter what colour their skin may be.
As we said, it’s a tricky one!
The worst thing for this cartoon is the fact that it doesn’t have the defence of being funny!
However, we give Delonas the benefit of the doubt on the racist aspect (actually only he himself knows for certain what any intent might have or have not been!) but not on the humour aspect!
Quell the brouhaha. He’s just a crap cartoonist! This controversy will only line his pockets!
Let’s look at some of the craziness of the real chimp story (see a report thereon at the end of this post) apparently lampooned by Delonas.
Man, to say that this was a dumb accident waiting to happen is the understatement of the year!
We note that in a report on the chimp mauling, police said the owners told them the chimpanzee was toilet trained, could dress and bathe himself, eat at the table and drink wine from a stemmed glass.
WTF? A few questions on this madness!
That chimp must’ve been drunk as … erm, as a monkey … on cheap bargain basement wine when it mauled the face of that middle aged woman last Monday!!
Our advice to the simian owners of this thing would be along the lines of …..
Hey asshole monkey owner, don’t go treating a 175-pound wild chimpanzee like a child!! It’s not a child! It’s not human! It’s a f*cking wild animal from the wilds of Africa! Don’t make a wild African animal wear clothes!
And there’s one more. What is it? Oh yeah! Don’t go liquoring up a dangerous f*cking 175-pound wild animal from the wilds of Africa!!
A newspaper that published a cartoon appearing to portray Barack Obama as a crazy chimpanzee has been accused of racism.
The cartoon appeared in the New York Post on Wednesday
The New York Post cartoon shows two police officers, one with a smoking gun, standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp.
The caption reads: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
The image has outraged civil rights leaders and officials who say it echoes racist stereotypes.
Black civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton described it as “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys”.
But the Post’s editor-in-chief, Col Allan, defended the cartoon as “a clear parody of a current news event”.
He said the drawing refers to a chimpanzee named Travis who was killed by police in Connecticut after it mauled a friend of its owner.
In a statement, he hit back at the accusation made by Mr Sharpton, saying: “Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist”.
A 175-pound pet chimpanzee has been shot dead by police after it mauled a woman in the US.
The victim, said to be in her 50s, suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital in Stamford, Connecticut.
Stamford police Lieutenant Richard Conklin told reporters the woman, who was visiting a friend, was attacked for no apparent reason when she got out of her car.
Sandra Herold, the owner of the 15-year-old chimp called Travis, wrestled with the animal as he mauled her friend, then ran inside her house to raise the alarm.
“She retrieved a large butcher knife and stabbed her long-time pet numerous times in an effort to save her friend, who was really being brutally attacked,” Lt Conklin said.
The victim suffered “a tremendous loss of blood”, he added.
The ape had started roaming around the vicinity when emergency crews arrived.
The primate then reportedly opened the door of a police car, forcing the officer inside to fire several shots. The chimp eventually died from its wounds.
Travis was well known around Stamford because he rode around in trucks belonging to the towing company operated by his owner.
In 2003, he escaped from his owner’s vehicle in downtown Stamford for two hours.
Police then used cookies, macadamia treats and ice cream in an attempt to lure him back into the vehicle.
At the time of the 2003 escape, police said the owners told them the chimpanzee was toilet trained, could dress and bathe himself, eat at the table and drink wine from a stemmed glass.
A wonderful first significant action by Obama. Shutting down this barbaric illegal horrorshow really sends out the message to the world – especially the Moslem world – that the dumb days of Dubya and Dickhead, and the days of America riding roughshod over international laws, are truly past!
However, let’s not forget that there are countless undisclosed “Guantanamo”s around the world where the US conducts exactly the same activities. Most of these are in Asia but you get them in Africa too and even in Europe! The same shutdown plan needs to be applied there too.
It may be an difficult process to deal with all aspects of the shutdown properly and also to properly deal with the 245 detainees within one year, but it should be manageable.
What we really hope though is that in this one year window, Dubya and, especially, psychotic Dickhead Cheney get an opportunity to be put through the Waterboarding wringer a few times.
According to those cnuts, waterboarding and its ilk are more like fun & games than horrific, often murderous, medieval torture! Let’s see if a few tries themsleves might change their tiny minds! Man, we’d pay a lot to see that comedy show!!
Actually, we always thought that dumb Dubya mistook the term Waterboarding for Snowboarding! That’s why his stupid face lit up every time he spoke on the topic!!
US President Barack Obama will Thursday sign an executive order for the closure of the Guantanamo prison, a symbol of his predecessor’s “war on terror” tactics, a White House source said.
Obama had vowed during the 2008 presidential campaign to close the detention camp, and is set to act on the promise within two days of taking office, the source said on condition of anonymity.
“The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order,” said the draft executive order, posted on the website of the American Civil Liberties Union and confirmed by a White House source.
The draft said “lawful means” should be used to deal with detainees who cannot be transferred to other countries or tried in US courts.
The draft surfaced after Obama acted to suspend war crimes trials at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of detention policies and procedures at the offshore US prison.
The camp, and the special tribunals set up to try some inmates, has been condemned as a legal black hole by rights groups and foreign governments.
The ACLU called the draft order “the first ray of sunlight in what has been eight long years of darkness.”
And New York-based Human Rights Watch said: “With the stroke of a pen, President Obama will make great progress toward restoring America’s moral authority.”
“By shutting down a global symbol of abuse, he will deprive terrorists of a powerful recruitment tool,” Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
However, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has defended detainees at Guantanamo, expressed disappointment that the new president’s draft order “gave his administration an entire year to sort out its plans.”
News of Obama’s plans for the camp leaked out as a new CNN poll released Wednesday showed Americans were divided over closing Guantanamo, with 51 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed.
The draft order said it would not be in the US interest to close the prison without first determining “the appropriate dispositions” of the individuals detained there.
“The unusual circumstances associated with detentions at Guantanamo require a comprehensive interagency review,” it said.
The attorney general would be charged with leading the review, but the secretaries of state, defense and other departments and agencies would participate, according to the draft.
It said a substantial number of the estimated 245 detainees at Guantanamo might be transferred to other countries but others may have to be prosecuted, possibly in US courts those detainees who cannot be transferred or released.
To handle those who can neither be tried nor transferred or released, the government “shall select lawful means, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice,” the draft said.
It said no one should be held in any detention facility controlled by the United States in conditions that do not conform with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
Earlier, military judges in Guantanamo suspended war crimes trials of a Canadian detainee and five alleged September 11 co-conspirators in response to a request that was relayed Tuesday from Obama to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
“The practical effect is to pronounce this system dead,” said Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler, defense attorney for Omar Khadr, the Canadian defendant. “There will certainly be no more military commissions in Guantanamo Bay.”
Kuebler said he met with Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan for allegedly killing an American soldier with a hand grenade. “He is anxious and doesn’t know what will happen but we’re all hopeful,” he said.
But Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged September 11 mastermind, and three other co-conspirators — Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Walid bin Attash and Mustapha al-Hawsawi — objected during a hearing to their trial’s suspension, which thwarts their quest for martyrdom.
Only Ramzi Binalshibh, whose mental competence to stand trial was to be examined this week, did not oppose the ruling.
Charges have been brought against 21 detainees, and 14 of those have appeared before military judges.
Today despair was diminished and the most marginalized were vindicated.
Mr O sure has a hell of a lot of hopes wrapped up in him! Let’s all pray he can fulfil some of these hopes!
From the excellent http://www.bartcop.com/
My thoughts during the oath were not about me so much as my kids.
I’ve had my share of discrimination, as a lesbian, but my four year old twins are Black, (Brown, as they say). They see a president who looks like them. They came home from pre k yesterday squealing – “Mom, we saw a man on TV at school and his name is BARACKOBAMA! and he’s President! and we watched!”
That brought tears to my eyes. They are going to remember that event for the rest of their lives.
He’s also lived a life a little like theirs will be – raised mostly by people who aren’t Black as in their two white moms and their Hispanic, white and racially mixed siblings.
Subject: watching Obama take the oath
Bart–I didn’t stay home and watch President Obama take the Oath because I had something very important to do at work. At 9 AM Pacific Time, I donned a pair of rubber gloves and removed President Asshole and Vice President THE DICK’s pictures and replaced them with President Obama and Vice President Biden.
After removing President Asshole picture, I took off the gloves and then I almost broke down and cried when I touched President Obama’s picture frame. That was my contribution to this wonderful day!
Subject: watching Obama take the oath
A time long ago (1965), in a land far away (South Dakota) I was a member of this country’s armed forces doing my part to insure a stalemate in Mutual Assured Destruction. One night while visiting downtown Rapid City, I was sitting there, minding my own business, smoking a cigarette, and I happened to spit on the ground.
All of a sudden there was a knife in my face, and attached to the knife was a great, big, white guy and the big white guy was saying, “You spit at me! I’m gonna cut you, you fuckin’ nigger!
I’m not going to lie to you, I was scared shitless. I didn’t know what to do. No way to fight, no where to flee when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a tall dark man (Tom Almond, I’ll never forget him) appeared wearing a cast on his right arm, that went from his elbow to his fingertips. He proceeded to lay that cast upside my assailant’s head knocking him ass over teakettle. Needless to say, I was quite elated.
Yeah, kinda like that. That’s how today was for me.
Safe after facing eminent danger. I was quite elated. I still am.
Subject: watching Obama take the oath
Yes, we were “Mexicans” oh, I mean Hispanics.
Anyway we found ourselves with the Black people at the back doors, sharing the water fountain etc.
During the cotton picking our family usually teamed up with a Black family and I played with their kids. We had a grand old time. Their Grandmother was especially Special. Man she could cook. What is funny, is that I didn’t know they were Black.
It wasn’t until we moved to San Antonio when I was about 12 that I started seeing the “colors”. What we knew is that there were white people who ruled and got the best and then there was “us”.
I went to school here and found that the white kids were geared in their education for “college” and whenever the Blacks or the Mexicans asked about it we were usually told that we would better be suited for the vocational classes or the military.
I pray that Obama will do well.
I believe he will and I hope that we can all get this race thing behind us and work as a family for a common goal, the good for all………
Keep slugging Bart.
Subject: watching Obama take the oath
When I saw the oath of office taken I felt the knowledge that there will be no turning back. The American People had made a fundamental paradigm shift on race. Today despair was diminished and the most marginalized were vindicated.
I then began thinking of my son. No one ever explained to me the challenge of a single Latina mother raising a son into manhood in a world where a man of color has more challenges than opportunities.
Where a man of color was perceived as inferior and a threat to those in power. I honestly believed that if you worked hard enough you could be anything you wanted to be. Even President of the United States.
At least that’s what I told my son.
It’s what I told myself when people would marginalize me in my own work. I believed this until the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles.
On April 29, 1992 the Rodney King riots had closed schools in the Los Angeles area. When I picked up my 10 year old son from school he was devastated. He wept uncontrollably because, as he explained through gulps of breath, “that he would never see justice because of his skin color”. That he would never be allowed to do anything important because of his skin color. That there would be people that would go out of their way to disparage him. My son and I have had this reality painfully affirmed almost daily until today.
Today after the inauguration, he sent me a text message with absolute delight of what he was witnessing and the implications of an Obama presidency. We both are aware that racism will continue and we both are aware we all will continue to experience it. But when President Obama took the oath of office I felt hope that my children and their children were that much closer to be everything they want to be. This was a future I never expected and I am so very glad that it happened in my life time.
Thanks for all you do Bart.
After the mess up in getting the correct Oath sworn came this typically fine speech from Obama, aka “God”.
Straight out of the classic Winston Churchill template with Winny’s key “CREAM” elements – Contrast, Repetition, Emphasis, Alliteration and Metaphor – in play.
However excellent it was though, we’re not sure it met the very lofty expectations or provided the “perfect” soundbite. Guess it’s really too early to say for sure.
OBAMA: My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
We were wondering where Mc Cain got his 6 votes from!
Where’s Bob Dylan though? We thought Obama was a big fan!
Man, it sure looked cold there! We hope ‘Shakira the Screama’ wore her thermal g-string!
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14. Queen Latifah – Speech.mp3″
15. Josh Groban & Heather Headley – Freedom Ring.mp3″
16. Kal Penn & George Lopez – Speech.mp3″
17. Herbie Hancock, Will.I.Am & Sheryl Crow – One Love.mp3″
18. Tiger Woods – Speech.mp3″
19. Renee Fleming – Medley.mp3″
20. Jack Black & Rosario Dawson – Speech.mp3″
21. Garth Brooks – American Pie-Shout-We Shall Be Free.mp3″
22. Ashley Judd & Forest Whitaker – Speech.mp3″
23. Usher, Stevie Wonder, & Shakira – Higher Ground.mp3″
24. Samuel L. Jackson – Speech.mp3″
25. U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)-City Of Blinding Lights.mp3″
26. Various – Bald Eagles Presentation.mp3″
27. Barack Obama – Speech.mp3″
28. Pete Seeger With Bruce Springsteen – This Land.mp3″
29. Beyonce & Cast – America The Beautiful.mp3″
30. Various – Concert Credits.mp3″
Note: The poster adds;
My version of Winrar does not like the ” in the directory name. To extract it, I manually created a target folder, then in Winrar opened the archive & the il-named folder within. The I selected all and told it to extract to the destination folder. Before clicking OK, I clicked on the Advanced tab and told it “do not extract paths”.