Saturday, March 19, 2005

Schiavo, Kennan, Parks, and the Washington Nationals

I'm beginning to sound a bit like Orson Scott Card...oh well, there are worse things. There is just so much to be following this weekend.

The death of George F. Kennan deserves its own post, but with Spring Break ending and my progress with Kenilworth slow-going, I just can't post on each individual thing I want to. So let me just say that I admire Kennan, who is known for his anonymous writing The Long Telegram that began the U.S. policy of containment, for his zeal, his influence in the Cold War days prior to Vietnam, and his dedication to education, especially Princeton.

George F. Kennan
1904 - 2005

News in the Terry Schiavo Case
Other important news-- the Terry Schiavo case has heated up again. Yesterday, despite the attempts of Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and other Republican leaders, the feeding tube that has been keeping Schiavo alive was removed. This mess has been going on for over a decade and has in the last several years been quite heated. I will hopefully post on this tomorrow as I have switched sides on the matter and unbelievably now side with none other than DeLay. There will most likely be a special meeting of Congress tomorrow to deal with this. Look for that meeting on CSPAN tomorrow as well as a more detailed post.

The Washington Nationals
And I just want to tell you all how excited I am about the newly completed baseball diamond at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Park in Washington D.C. The Washington Nationals will play an exhibition game there the first week of April. Finally some good news from the world of the MLB.

Now last but not least, I had written some comments about Rosa Parks several months ago that I had lost. One morning this week I woke up thinking about Ms. Parks and set out to find those comments. Well I partially found them and have added a few things that I just wanted to share. Forgive the history lesson--I just think it is important that we all know something about Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks: Pioneer of Freedom

Historically most would agree that the Civil Rights Movement began December 1, 1955 the day the world was introduced to an unknown seamstress from Montgomery, Alabama and the day a brave black woman, after a long day's work, refused to give up her seat at the front of a public bus to a white man.

In her bravery, Ms. Parks began the movement that ended legal segregation in America. Though a known and important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks once stated that her work was "more a matter of trying to challenge the powers that be and to let it be known that we did not wish to continue being second-class citizens." If that was her main objective she certainly accomplished what she set out to.

Rosa Parks was fined $14.00 for refusing to give up her bus seat, her resistance and that fine began a 482-day boycott of public transportation led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and resulted in a Supreme Court decision that struck down the Montgomery city ordinance that allowed racial segregation on public buses. All of this because one woman believed that we she should "take advantage of the opportunities, no matter how few there are."

Rosa Parks eventually served on the NAACP Board of Directors and aided Congressman John Conyers. The United States Congress created the Rosa Parks Freedom Award and annually presents it to deserving individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving human rights.

That's it for today--sorry it is so scattered, long, and random.

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