Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is more than 50 years old, yet it reads like it was written yesterday. In that letter, King identified “the great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom” not as the hoodwearing Klanners or the poltically powerful White Citizens Council folks, but the Moderate. Fortunately, King also identfied the cure to that block, if only we’d embrace it.
Author Archive for: Peterr
I'm a Lutheran pastor with a bachelors degree in math and economics to go with a masters and Ph.D. in religion. Like Marcy and others here at Emptywheel, I've got a lot of experience in the close reading of various texts, whether religious texts, legal opinions, political speeches, or governmental regulations. Years ago, before it was a dirty word, I was an intern at the State Department. While my career path took me into the ministry rather than the Foreign Service, I continue to follow the ins and outs of international affairs. For several years, I also regularly blogged at Firedoglake on religion and politics, foreign affairs, and just about anything else that caught my attention, and am delighted to return to blogging here at Emptywheel.
Entries by Peterr
BBQ: In KC, it’s how we recognize the Apocalypse, and it’s also a beacon of hope.
The language of mountains is all over the COVID-19 coverage, from the talk of “reaching the peak” of infections to the euphoria of “hitting the plateau.” But here’s the thing: we’re still on the mountain, and the descent is much more dangerous than the climb.
Kansas Gov Laura Kelly (D) issused a statewide “Stay at Home” order yesterday, and beyond the impact on corralling the COVID-19 epidemic, it also is forcing some in the Kansas GOP to straddle a very nasty fence, like US Representative Roger Marshall.
During the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic, some leaders understood the first rule of viruses, and others did not. The rule is simple: a virus does not care.
Here’s the story . . .
It’s rough being a career member of the US State Department workforce in the Donald Trump era. These days, there’s a new rule: don’t do anything to make the guy in the room with no corners look bad. This is becoming increasingly hard for anyone to follow.
John Lewis has been a fighter his whole life long. He is the last living member of the Big Six, the speakers at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, and now is a senior member of Congress fighting pancreatic cancer. But it’s important to remember that John Lewis was not always old.
If burning sources that lie to you is not a cardinal rule of journalism, it damn well ought to be. I suspect that Marcy’s honest sources will respect her more for this, and her dishonest ones will be very very nervous. Isn’t that something that all journalists ought to strive for? Sullivan lauded Marcy for being a journalist with a conscience — which she is, but that’s not the point here. The point is that Marcy is a journalist with a spine.
Well isn’t this interesting? From Diplopundit last Friday comes a post with this title: Tillerson Meets Erdoğan in Ankara With Turkish Foreign Minister as Interpreter. Notice anyone missing?