Deutsch, Sharpton claim Arizona “has seceded” for not recognizing MLK Day

posted at 11:55 am on January 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ah, those layers of fact-checkers and editors in the mainstream media come in handy, don’t they? Thank goodness NBC imposes news standards for its cable channel; otherwise, MSNBC would just spew misinformation and smears to advance a political agenda. Watch MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch connect the Tucson shootings with the “fact” that Arizona doesn’t recognize Martin Luther King Day, celebrated today — and frequent MSNBC contributor Al Sharpton declaring that Arizona has already seceded by not joining the rest of the country in honoring the civil rights activist for his non-violent pursuit of equality (via Eyeblast and The Blaze):

There’s only one problem with this analysis … it’s flat-out wrong. Arizona began recognizing MLK Day in 1992, after a long battle over adding another paid holiday for government workers in the state. They weren’t even the last state to recognize it; New Hampshire changed Civil Rights Day to MLK Day in 1999. Utah changed Human Rights Day in 2000 to MLK Day, the same year South Carolina made it a paid holiday rather than just a day of remembrance.

So now that the “heated rhetoric” meme has been dismantled, apparently now we have the “Arizona is racist” meme instead on MSNBC, based on total and willful ignorance and a complete failure to bother to do any simple research on the issue. That must be the New Tone of MSNBC as they Lean Forward! Perhaps their motto should be Better Civility Through Ignorance.


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Anyway, back to the issue, I don’t think that anyone should pay too much attention to Sharpten or any other of the black caucus.

It’s MLK day. They are that caucus. It’s no longer terribly relevant to most voters.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Hey Knucklehead! Badge of honor for ya!

But I do think you’re still a jerk.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Damn,I’m jealous

katy the mean old lady on January 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Oh, I just don’t like you or your comments.

I’m way open to other discussions.

You’re just a jerk, though.

A
AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

You are a dunce.

darwin-t on January 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Didn’t you guys also recall your governor over this? Or was that totally unrelated?

factoid on January 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Unrelated. That was Symington, I believe, and he managed to alienate everyone and f-up the government and get indicted on fraud. He resigned. And to be considered worse than Ev Mecham was quite a feat, who was impeached.

Needless to say that hurt the Republican brand in the state.

Nethicus on January 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

“The stupidity is absolutely mind-numbing”

lahlon on January 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

But predicable!

GFW on January 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Damn,I’m jealous

katy the mean old lady on January 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Eat your heart out LOL

Knucklehead on January 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM

If you want total agreement, that’s media control.

Don’t want that.

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AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

This isn’t about total agreement. This is about omitting facts on purpose to promote a political agenda. That is media control.

ladyingray on January 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Ann changes the subject of discussion from “Reagan had Alzhiemers while in office” to “well, its a fact he had it afterwards, therefore just because no expert in the field of the disease would have diagnosed him while he was in office doesn’t mean he didn’t have the disease to some degree, which proves he did have the disease, and makes me right and you racist Sharpton-hating raice baiters wrong. God bless Barack!”

BobMbx on January 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Dr. King was a great man and the history books will list him as one of the greatest leaders in the 20th Century. I think if he were to come back today and see what Sharpton and Jackson have done to the minority community he would be ashamed of “His People”. Sharpton has insured that there will be generations of BIack children raised in poverty and with a feeling of no hope for the future. A large portion community has the attitude that they are victims of oppression and entitled to be “taken care of” by the Government. Sharpton is nothing but an enforcer for the Democrat Party who need the BIack vote they get by making promises that the White repression will be ended by them. They (Democrats) use welfare, Sharpton, and Jackson to keep that vote and ensure the attitude that the are not getting a proper education because of race. I hope some day for another Dr. King to teach the people about using their brain in school, having dreams not nightmares, and the value of personal responsibility.

old war horse on January 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I’m honoring MLKday by going to work and improving the content of my wallet. Have fun, y’all, at the picnics and parades.

Limerick on January 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

BobMbx on January 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Who can argue with logic like that? It boggles the mind.

kingsjester on January 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Super.

how long until we see a retraction from these two ass clowns?

stevezilla on January 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Arizona doesn’t celebrate Daylight Saving Time.

Racists.

/

Left Coast Right Mind on January 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I wish Sharpton would just go away.He just keeps embarrassing himself. To be fair, he does a lot of good for our community, I don’t know how people can live life in such a state of perpetual hysteria or waiting to find something to get hysterical about.

Magnus on January 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Super.

how long until we see a retraction from these two ass clowns

Uhhh…I believe that would the proverbial hell freezing over.

norm1111 on January 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

In the immortal words of the Governor of Maine:

Martin Luther King can kiss my butt.

I’m so sick and tired of the race card. Sick. and. tired.

KSgop on January 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

waiting to find something to get hysterical about

I don’t think he’s hysterical at all. It’s calculated exploitation using a bombastic approach because it gets him attention. He has not only not heard Obama suggesting that he back off–he has not heeded a Greater Power suggesting that outright lying is wrong.

jeanie on January 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Anyway, back to the issue, I don’t think that anyone should pay too much attention to Sharpten or any other of the black caucus.

It’s MLK day. They are that caucus. It’s no longer terribly relevant to most voters.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM

What caucus does Al Sharpton belong to?

forest on January 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Ed, you don’t understand. It matters not that AZ now recognizes MLK Day. The only thing that is important is that it was “too late” to the party. It had to be forced to insitute the holiday or lose out on the chance for the Cardinals to host Super Bowls.

AZ is racist because they didn’t want to recognize MLK Day.

Yes, the Left no only knows what we mean when we say/write things, they also know what we’re secretly thinking. Even if we don’t say or do anything that could be considered racist, they know that we think racist thoughts.

And we all know that CrimeThink is DoublePlusUnGood.

The Monster on January 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I wish Sharpton would just go away.He just keeps embarrassing himself. To be fair, he does a lot of good for our community, I don’t know how people can live life in such a state of perpetual hysteria or waiting to find something to get hysterical about.

Magnus on January 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Al Sharpton is just like his nemesis, Rev. Jesse Jackson, in that anywhere there is a TV camera and a microphone, and a MSM talking head willingly offering airtime, Al will be there quicker than you can say TA-WA-NA BRAAAAAAAAAAAAWLEY!!!!

pilamaye on January 17, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I never was a Reagan fan.
I didn’t think he was a great commuicator..
I was one amazed that he struck people that way.
I wasn’t surprised by his disease.
And I’m not surprsed that his ideas need to be abandonded.

AnninCA on July 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM

She hits the Reagan threads with stuff like this as far back as July 2009. I am not surprised by her disease.

Geochelone on January 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I didn’t read the first page of comments but here is the run down on the MLK Day controversey in AZ. I lived there at the time, and lived through this whole controversy. The state workers had something like 16 Holidays with pay because they recognized some obscure state dates of significance. I didn’t grow up in AZ, so I don’t remember the history of the state and the special events they recognized.

They also recognized George Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday separately in paid Holidays in February. They had not integrated their recognition into the one day on the national Holiday, so that was even weirder because the banks and post office were closed on that day, while the state offices were closed on the actual dates of the 2 birthdays of those 2 presidents.

The state began to get a LOT of pressure to recognize MLK day for the tiny % of black population in the state, it is under 5% or was at the time. There was not a large groundswell of support by ANYONE to change ANYTHING. I was personally in favor of a Civil Rights day and merging the 2 President’s day Holidays into 1 day, so it didn’t cost the taxpayers extra money.

Well the state Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, REMOVED Columbus day from the recognized paid state Holidays and created the MLK day. That infuriated a lot of Arizonians of Italian descent, which appeared to vastly outnumber the African Americans in the state. On top of that, the MEDIA began the push to have the MLK day in the first place, and hopped on the idea to hold the SuperBowl hostage to having that paid Holiday on the books.

Well that didn’t sit well with the Arizonians, who have a huge, DON’T TREAD ON ME mentality. There were competing proposals on the ballot to fix this clustermess. I forget what they both were going to do, but the one that passed over-rode what the legislature did, and overturned the Columbus day removal and put that Holiday back in place. If I remember correctly, the 2nd ballot measure was the one to merge the 2 President day Holidays into 1 and create MLK day.

That 2nd measure WOULD HAVE PASSED the first time if the media and national press had just minded its own business and not tied the superbowl to the ballot measure. That infuriated the fine residents of Arizona and they just gave the media the middle finger salute and voted the measure down, in a big way. They did not want to feel manipulated into creating this Holiday, and they just said screw you. So the fine folks of the NFL moved the superbowl out of the state, and Arizona went along its merry way for several years.

Meanwhile a lot of liberal groups boycotted the state for conventions, and a LOT of conventions are held in Arizona because of the great weather and terrific resorts that are all over the state, but mainly in the Phoenix area. However, the convention business held its own and the state was not harmed economically from this boycott either. It was just a pain in the ass for the tourist and convention bureau to deal with.

Finally after a few years when this issue was no longer in the national focus and the economic boycott had epically failed, the fine folks of Arizona finally merged the 2 President’s day into 1 and created the MLK day in January.

This was NEVER about dissing MLK or the Civil Rights movement, the whole controversy was all about spending EXTRA state taxpayer money on a 17th paid Holiday for the state workers. I never understood how they got that many in the first place, but that is a topic for another day.

I love the spirit of the west and southwest. The pansies in the rulite elite class just do not understand that mentality at all of people wanting the government to leave them the hell alone and spend as little money as necessary. This whole MLK fiasco was about that, NOT about MLK himself or his legacy. Meanwhile the race baiters continue their hate, lies and distortion and this is a perfect example of race pimping in 2011 by spreading an out and out lie and not being called on it by the morons in the press.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

In the immortal words of the Governor of Maine:

Martin Luther King can kiss my butt.

I’m so sick and tired of the race card. Sick. and. tired.

KSgop on January 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Unfortunately, he backed down, and attended the MLK breakfast today.

Wethal on January 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Super.

how long until we see a retraction from these two ass clowns?

stevezilla on January 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

LOL

visions on January 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I’m a state employee in AZ, relaxing at home. Guess I’m in trouble for not showing up at work today, huh, Mr Irreverund?

Malcom X a role model????

itsnotaboutme on January 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM

“… made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible “devil.”

You can be certain that this passage from MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” never gets read in a public school, most especially in an inner city school.

J_Crater on January 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

A “major” cable news outlet claiming that AZ doesn’t celebrate MLK Day… and uses that false accusation to besmirch the state… and you don’t think that’s important?

It shows at best that MSNBC (NBC) is a joke and at worst that it has an agenda and truth be damned.

mankai on January 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

If you want total agreement, that’s media control.

Don’t want that.

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AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

So it’s OK if they lie and make up stuff because if we all “agree” that AZ does in fact celebrate MLK Day… we have “media control” or something?

mankai on January 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Remember, this is a specific disease about losing short-term memory loss.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Three words later you forgot that you’d already typed ‘losing’…

DarkCurrent on January 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

honoring the civil rights activist for his non-violent pursuit of equality

Ask the whore he beat the day he was killed about the non-violence part. (See Ralph Abernathy, The Walls Come Tumbling Down.)

In fact, let’s

take a pop quiz for this special day!!

1) Name the judge who has sealed King’s FBI surveillance file until the year 2027.

Answer: The Honorable John Lewis Smith, Jr.

2) According to whose 1989 biography did King spend his last night on earth in an adulterous liaison?

Answer: Reverend Ralph Abernathy. “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down”

3) According to whose 1989 biography did King spend his last morning on earth physically beating a woman?

Answer: Reverend Ralph Abernathy. “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down”

4) Who was the U.S. Attorney General who ordered the FBI to wiretap King?

Answer: Robert F. Kennedy

5) Who was the Assistant Director of the FBI who wrote a letter to Sen. John P. East (R-NC) describing King’s conduct of “orgiastic and adulterous escapades, some of which indicated that King could be bestial in his sexual abuse of women.”

Answer: Charles D. Brennan

6) Who called King a “hypocrite preacher.”

Answer: President Lyndon B. Johnson

7) What U.S. newspaper reported that King had plagiarized his doctoral thesis at Boston University.

Answer: The Wall Street Journal

8) Whom did King plagiarize in more than 50 complete sentences in his doctoral thesis?

Answer: Dr. Jack Boozer

9) Who was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities who purposely suppressed knowledge of King’s plagiarism of his doctoral thesis?

Answer: Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Richard Cheney

10) What was Martin Luther King’s real name?

Answer: Michael King, Jr. In 1935 his father, Michael King, declared to his congregation that he wound henceforth be known as Martin Luther King and his son would be known as Martin Luther King, Jr.

11) In his first public sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1947 who did King plagiarize?

Answer: Harry Emerson Fosdick

12) Name the man who served as King’s personal secretary from 1955 to 1960, had joined the Young Communists League at New York City College in 1936, went to prison for draft evasion in 1944, and in 1953 was sentenced to 60 days in jail in California “lewd vagrancy and homosexual perversion.”

Answer: Bayard Rustin

13) According to whom had King “privately described himself as a Marxist.”

Answer: His biographer, David J. Garrow

14) Who edited King’s book Stride Toward Freedom?

Answer: Communist Stanley Levison

15) Who made the following speech?

That’s exactly what we mean– from every mountain side, let freedom ring.Not only from the Green Mountains and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire; not only from the Catskills of New York; but from the Ozarks in Arkansas, from Stone Mountain in Georgia, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia –let it ring not only for the minorities of the United States, but for the disinherited of all the earth–from every mountainside, LET FREEDOM RING!

Answer: Archibald Carey, 1952

Akzed on January 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

O.M.G.

I just realized that Donny Deutsch and Douche all start with the letter D.

Like Wow! I’m verklempt.

moochy on January 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Didn’t you guys also recall your governor over this? Or was that totally unrelated?
factoid on January 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

That governor was Ed Meacham, a rich car dealer in Phoenix. This controversy was going on when I moved into the state and I don’t know why the legislature hated him, but they hated him. I don’t remember if the legislature had a majority of Dem or R’s at the time. But the governor was more gaffetastic that Joe Biden. He actually used the term pickanninny and I don’t remember that context. So the legislature trumped up some impeachment charges and booted him from office. The state had to prosecute the man for those trumped up charges, but a jury did not convict because it was all a bogus excuse to remove the guy from office.

The fine folks of AZ got pissed off at this distraction from the gubmint doing its job and in the next election, promtly booted all of the legislative leaders from the gubmint. I think they even lost at the primary level. So inside of a year, the state got a new governor and a brand new group of legislative leaders. Good times.

The voters of arizona pay attention and they usually get things right. I wasn’t there when Meacham was first elected so I don’t know what idiot he beat in the election to get the office. I think he had even run for governor several times before. I just don’t remember. It was 25 years ago. I am too lazy to wiki this.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Al is rapidly becoming an anachronism. Poor thing hasn’t realized it yet. Now I ask you–what could be more civil than how I worded this?

jeanie on January 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Oh, I forgot the best part of this impeachment story. The former Speaker of the House was some rancher and when he lost his election (I think it was the primary), he was leaning against a split rail fence in his cowboy hat, jeans and boots and drawled that they impeached the dude because they flat out didn’t like him. FINALLY, after he lost the election, they admitted the truth, that the whole thing was trumped up to save the state the embarrassment of having a really old guy in office who was completely politically incorrect.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

16 paid holidays? Good lord.

angryed on January 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Remember, this is a specific disease about losing short-term memory loss.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

How many people showing signs of ALZ could EIGHT YEARS LATER give this speech?

Answer: Zero (in the real world that is)

mankai on January 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

We don’t get Columbus Day off here in NC… therefore I conclude that NC hates Italians.

mankai on January 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM

http://www.azfamily.com/video/?id=113877749&sec=528732

For those of you who would like to see the current MLK day parade, please view the link. An interview with one of the original organizers of the parade as well.

Orion Prime on January 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Three words later you forgot that you’d already typed ‘losing’…

DarkCurrent on January 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

LMAO!!

ladyingray on January 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Bruce MacMahon on January 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Damn if an ambulance didn’t drive by Sharpton’s place and he ended up chasing it.

Total shock.

David2.0 on January 17, 2011 at 2:15 PM

PS-Happy MLK Day everyone!

Dr. King wasn’t perfect, but he surely was a man of PEACE!

Those men seem harder to find these days.

David2.0 on January 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

So … criticizing race-baiting based on ignorance is now race-baiting? Uh … sure.

Ed Morrissey on January 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Ed, go check on your compadre, AP. I think he’s got his sock on. At least, I hope so.

a capella on January 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson

It seems that rule of thumb applies to other forms of journalistic malpractice.

Just substitute out newspaper for the next media source

Kini on January 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

You’re just a jerk, though.

A
AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

You are a dunce.

darwin-t on January 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Easy there you two. You’re going to get someone shot with your enflamed rhetoric. DAMN THAT PALIN!

rihar on January 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

We could only be so fortunate if these morons would secede from the public forum.

ButterflyDragon on January 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
Bruce MacMahon on January 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Huh. Who’d he plagiarize that from?

Akzed on January 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

To paraphrase Chris Matthews: Are Deutsch and Sharpton smart enough to know that they don’t know anything?

hepcat on January 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Wow, the ignorance and misinformation coming out of MSNBC seem to expand exponentially every day. These clowns are an embarrassment to themselves and to every other poor sap who has to work at that loony bin.

AZCoyote on January 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I just think that the idea that he wasn’t already experiencing symptoms is unrealistic.

But anyway, believe what you wish. If that so offends you guys, fine.

It doesn’t offend me that Ron admitted this. That’s really the nature of alzheiemer’s.

I do think that the idea that early onset means incompetence is very wrong.

Remember, this is a specific disease about losing short-term memory loss.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

You’re showing your ignorance on a subject you obviously know very little about.

Having taken care of a family member who succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s, I can tell you that being forgetful as one gets older is not indicative of Alzheimer’s. It goes much further than that.

You would much rather believe Ron (who had little contact with his father then) than the army of doctors and people who worked with him on a daily basis at that time.

ButterflyDragon on January 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Too bad that MLK day is observed on the Monday following his birthday in the middle of January when a holiday is useless instead on the anniversary of his I Have a Dream speech, August 28. If it was observed on the following Friday we could have had a four day weekend at the beginning of Septermber most years.

agmartin on January 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

So now that the “heated rhetoric” meme has been dismantled, apparently now we have the “Arizona is racist” meme instead on MSNBC, based on total and willful ignorance and a complete failure to bother to do any simple research on the issue.

We’re into witch hunt territory where emotion is reality. Like I said about the “Palin shot Giffords!” meme, the left has largely abandoned all standards of evidence. Liberals hate Christians and yet they live in a faith based world where their emotions about those who disagree with them are what is true. They don’t care about the facts.

I think it’s partly because they haven’t been held to account by the media for many years. In fact, the media now aid and abet the lies and the demonization of others.

Django on January 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I feel for anninca’s neighbors. It’s only a matter of time before she strangles one of her fellow mental patients in their sleep.

xblade on January 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

What a weird exchange. I think Sharpton thought the guy said “succeeded” instead of “seceded” but, this group of brainstems doesn’t have enough intellectual energy to power a turn signal on a VW…

ted c on January 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

So once again leftists tell egregious lies in their effort to destroy our nation from within.

leereyno on January 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

It doesn’t offend me that Ron admitted this. That’s really the nature of alzheiemer’s.

I do think that the idea that early onset means incompetence is very wrong.

Remember, this is a specific disease about losing short-term memory loss.

AnninCA on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

It’s extremely offensive he says this now…to sell his book. Both my grandmothers had Alzheimers…and died with it. Affects the whole family.

Even IF it were true, which I doubt, why bring it up? To sell books, and nothing more. No one else agrees with Ron jr. No one close to Reagan, and no other family members as I’ve seen, correct me if I’m wrong.

JetBoy on January 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

What caucus does Al Sharpton belong to?
The international society of perpetually victimized whiners.
AKA as TISOPVW which is kinda like dipstick spelled basackwards.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Here is one person who handled the problem with class.
“My Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fans:

My physicians have recently told me I may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. So…I wanted to prepare a few words for you now, because when the time comes, I may not be able to. I’ve lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I’ve found purpose and meaning in your response. For an actor there’s no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life.

Charlton Heston

For now, I’m not changing anything. I’ll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway. I’m neither giving up nor giving in. I believe I’m still the fighter that Dr. King and JFK and Ronald Reagan knew, but it’s a fight I must someday call a draw. I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure. Please feel no sympathy for me. I don’t. I just may be a little less accessible to you, despite my wishes.

I also want you to know that I’m grateful beyond measure. My life has been blessed with good fortune. I’m grateful that I was born in America, the cradle of freedom and opportunity, where a kid from the Michigan Northwood’s can work hard and make something of his life. I’m grateful for the gift of the greatest words ever written, that let me share with you the infinite scope of the human experience. As an actor, I’m thankful that I’ve lived not one life but many. Above all, I’m proud of my family…my wife Lydia, the queen of my heart, my children, Fraser and Holly, and my beloved grandchildren, Jack, Ridley and Charlie. They’re my biggest fans, my toughest critics and my proudest achievement. Through them, I can touch immortality.

Finally, I’m confident about the future of America. I believe in you. I know that the future of our country, our culture and our children is in good hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and come though with flying colors – the ones on Old Glory.

William Shakespeare, at the end of his career, wrote his farewell through the words of Prospero, in “The Tempest.” it ends like this:

Be Cheerful, sir.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and

Are melted into air, into thin air:

And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea all which it inherit, shall dissolve

And like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.

Thank you, and God bless you, everyone.”

Charlton Heston

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Utah changed Human Rights Day in 2000 to MLK Day, the same year South Carolina made it a paid holiday rather than just a day of remembrance.

Eh. AZ did recognize MLKjr Day all along to be a day of remembrance, but refused to provide paid vacation and a mandated school holiday because the AZ State Constitution’s limits on the subject of paid state holidays were previously reached. The only way to accommodate rabid black demands for special consideration would require dropping a holiday (Memorial Day was eventually dropped from paid AZ employee holiday) in order to assign MLK paid holiday status. Otherwise, an amendment to the state constitution was required to allow more holidays than stipulated by limitation.

But so far as AZ was concerned, that wasn’t enough for critics, though it was enough for critics to ignore the same circumstances in SC and UT. No thanks to Gov.Mecham’s big mouth with his own personal credibility problems.

So again, revisionist bigotry rules the propagandized mantra to smear AZ, coincidentally being prosecuted by Obama’s AG Holder through this erroneous and unconstitutional judicial justice agenda to CONVICT CONSERVATIVES as scapegoats for the Progressive guilt of self-righteous bigotry.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Memorial Veterans

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Charlton Heston

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

thanks for that

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

AnninCA on July 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM

She hits the Reagan threads with stuff like this as far back as July 2009. I am not surprised by her disease.

Geochelone on January 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

…and her trying to play the “hurtful” card. pff. She’s sick.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Dr. King was a Republican. Why have Jackson and Sharpton abandoned the ideas of MLK?

Geministorm on January 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Please remember, that the whole AZ/MLK day kerfuffle was over a SUPERBOWL being taken away because the strong-arms of the NAACP browbeat the NFL into doing so because AZ dared to *gasp* leave it up to the people to vote for yet another paid state holiday.

Funny aside to it was I distinctly remember John C Scott of AZ talk radio fame, CALLING the NFL offices on MLK day right after they took away the superbowl, and the NFL was open for business as usual.

Buncha hypocrites…

UncleOlaf on January 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Deutsch, Sharpton claim Arizona “has seceded” for not recognizing MLK Day…except, of course, they do

AZ “has seceded” NOT.

Deutsch/Sharpton publicly announced they wished that AZ would so that Obama could attack AZ with the US Military. Meanwhile, Obama will be sending National Guard to AZ not to protect the border, but to enforce illegitimate Obama mandates. That scenario is consistent with the Sharpton/Obama agenda.

Besides, AZ did recognize MLK Day all along, just like recognizing Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday, Armistice Day, D-Day, VJ-day, and a myriad of other significant days recognized on calendars without a paid vacation and obligatory holiday from school then and now. We’d be in school on Washington’s Birthday finding out that it was Washington’s Birthday, with a brief recounting per grade level who he was. There has never been a JFK day or RFK day, as if that means Americans are bigots and hate JFK. AZ doesn’t recognize it’s statehood date as a day for paid holiday, or recognize Gov. Hunt’s birthday or any other birthday of the great statesmen from AZ including Sen. Carl Hayden and Barry Goldwater. So all this fuss over this particular day of remembrance was based upon black supremacist rage that hurls the word “bigot” without legitimate provocation, “because they could” play the “race card”.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM

hm

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Besides, AZ did recognize MLK Day all along, just like recognizing Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday, Armistice Day, D-Day, VJ-day, and a myriad of other significant days recognized on calendars without a paid vacation and obligatory holiday from school then and now. We’d be in school on Washington’s Birthday finding out that it was Washington’s Birthday, with a brief recounting per grade level who he was. There has never been a JFK day or RFK day, as if that means Americans are bigots and hate JFK. AZ doesn’t recognize it’s statehood date as a day for paid holiday, or recognize Gov. Hunt’s birthday or any other birthday of the great statesmen from AZ including Sen. Carl Hayden and Barry Goldwater. So all this fuss over this particular day of remembrance was based upon black supremacist rage that hurls the word “bigot” without legitimate provocation, “because they could” play the “race card”.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

My comment was snagged.

Arizona has not seceded, and has no intention whatsoever to secede, and never did.

But that Deutsch and Sharpton would claim that it has is their Freudian Slip, exposing their own evil fantasy for Obama to use the US military to attack AZ.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Hey what’s 19 years between friends, right Al.

Keeping up with news is hard.

You know maybe this is why they think there are still issues for the NAACP and so forth they just aren’t really paying attention. They just listen to the rhetoric of Rev. Wright and think they still live in slavery.

19 years, that’s a long time without seeing a report on a main issue of interest to you. 19 years.

This is very revealing…

petunia on January 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Ed, you headlined a word “s-c-d-d” that censors comments.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Weird- Crr all over the thread about the right being blamed for the AZ shootings but nothing here? That says much.

CWforFreedom on January 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Maverick, I wrote the history of what happened with the whole MLK day thing in AZ back at 1:20 pm. It was COLUMBUS Day that the state legislature dropped for Civil Rights Day or maybe they did name it MLK day off the bat, but the voters got pissed about that and the rest unfolded as I notated back at 1:20 pm. I also mentioned Meachem, the gov at the time and his problems that got him impeached. Politics in AZ back then was very adventurous and what made it even better was a young 20 something guy named Benson who drew hilarious political cartoons. I think he eventually won a pulitzer prize from his work. He is a descendant of one of the big mormon founders and Meachem, the gov was a mormon. Benson had very edgy cartoons and really nailed the politicians back then in a really funny way.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Ed, you headlined a word “s-c-d-d” that censors comments.

maverick muse on January 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It happens quite often here, -a word in the article we are commenting on cannot be used in a comment. Bizarro.

slickwillie2001 on January 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM

The word “sec‍eded” is a moderation trap?

The Monster on January 17, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Not if you do it right, it isn’t.

The Monster on January 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I read here everyday, but do not post much…but I have to say..I commend you all…How in the name of all that is Holy ,you can put up with that numbskull Annin CA is just amazing..kudos to all..
and remember that old saying. Never attribute to malice that which can more easily be explained by stupidity …sometimes it’s both!!!

Xango Annie on January 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I’ve been wondering when it would be safe to hate Arizona again. I’m actually surprised they waited nine days.

SD on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

This is why Morning Joe claiming that Sarah’s over is pretty silly.

This guy is one of the bunch that loves to bash her.

This morning, he called her “Snookie.”

Really, I think that Joe S. must have been given a ratings warning. He’s now bringing in lower than Behar’s numbers, and she’s not got a great time slot. He loses to even Fox Business in his own time slot.

AnninCA on January 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

She hits the Reagan threads with stuff like this as far back as July 2009. I am not surprised by her disease.

Geochelone on January 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Oh please, I think you all are wee-wee*d up over this. I don’t think that he had succumbed to the worst of this condition while he was in office. In fact, from what I saw, it was the initial stages, which don’t affect intellectual cognitive abilities. It’s the little stuff that apparently goes first.

You and everyone who loved him are acting like his disease is a blight on his memory.

I disagree.

AnninCA on January 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Ya know, I’m starting to suspect that Sharpton is an illiterate moron.

esnap on January 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

ChickaBOOMer| Right On Cue: Rookie Snookers Morning Joe
http://chickaboomer.blogspot.com/2011/01/right-on-cue-rookie-snookers-morning.html

StewartIII on January 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Only racists call Arizona racist. Lot of racist here.

proconstitution on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM

There is one State that also did not honor MLK as a holiday until the Union Run State traded Columbus day (and replaced with founders day) and added MLK day so its members could have an unproductive day every month.

Now that’s true respect.

MSGTAS on January 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM

He loses to even Fox Business in his own time slot.

AnninCA on January 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

And that is how you know you are failing in epic manner.

Dark-Star on January 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

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