Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

To those who take part, whether your a witch, ghoul or ghost.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Reflections on Rosa

Rosa1956, originally uploaded by mightymerk.

So many issues I could be writing about. I could be writing about the absurd. I could be writing about the tragic.

Rather I want to focus on Rosa Parks who passed away this past Monday at age 92. Most of us know Rosa's story by now, but for some of my international friends I shall provide a small recap.

Just 50 years ago, in the United States there were a set of shameful rules and laws passed down from the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865 known as the Jim Crow Laws. These laws were made to enforce legal segregation that prevented Ameican Blacks from doing some of the same things as their fellow white citizens. Anything from participating in politics to use of public restrooms was regulated by these laws that did vary community to community and state to state mainly in the South.

In the case of Rosa Parks, the use of public transportation, in the case a public bus was also regulated. Simply and saddly put, there were white and 'colored' sections of the bus. The seats up front (at least the first two rows) were designated for white passengers, while the seats in the rear were for mainly blacks. If not insult enough, if there were more white passengers then seats, it would be compulsary for black passengers to give up their seats (even in the back of the bus) to the White passengers.
On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refused such a request. Hence her lasting legacy.

So why would an middle class 'white guy' care to write so much about Ms. Parks?

Though I would like to think that I might have had a different atttitude then most of my contemporaries had I been born at an earlier time, and living as an adult with Ms. Parks in 1955, I can't say for sure I would have given so many factors constitute one's moral and social codes. There is no telling if I would have been the gentlemen asking Ms. Parks for here seat, kindly or otherwise.

Rather, I am inspired by how such a GREAT AMERICAN, like Ms. Parks, could shape America's future for the better. Ms. Parks, in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, in the form of protest, wisdom and faith in her nation, opened people's eyes, fired their spirits and in the case for many Americans, allowed them to realize that they were holding onto beliefs and accepted practices that were far from worth defending or enforcing. Despite the subsequent outrage (on boths sides) and backlash which was in fact short lived (in the grand scheme of things) her brave action and sacrifice (having been arrested) served as another important rung, on America's ladder towards liberty and equality, that all Americans owe her thanks for.

It was people like Ms. Parks that allowed prevailing attitudes that perhaps my parents and grandparents gernation possesed, develop into the more tolerant and embracing mindset that so many of my generation share.

Rosa Parks sacrifice and example is in no way less then that of any of our traditional role models (war heroes, presidents, etc.). And that is why, rightly so, she is lying in honor today at the Capitol Rotunda.

Rosa Parks, I (we) thank you.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Mighty Merk's of the World

As a new side bar feature I want to include a few other 'Merk's' of note around the world besides yours truly...

Michele Merkin - is a very beautiful model and a serves as a host for TV Show Foody Call.

Angela Merkel
- is the first woman to serve chancellor in Germany.

Ron Merkerson aka 'Big Merk'
- I got to see him play in the now defunk XFL for the NY/NJ Hitmen...I still walk around like a bad ass in his shirt from time to time.

Markus Merk - is the only true plain and simple 'Merk' out of all of us. He is also one of the finest soccer refs in the world when not working is day job as a dentist. He was voted World's Best ref in 2004.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Is it the way of the world right now?

More and More: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Shark Attacks, Hurricanes

Mother Nature? God? Man's own making? Seems like the same headlines for the past year.

South Asia Earthquake

Hurricane Wilma

Shark Attack
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I'll Be Back

Short time out. Next post will be some time the week of the 17th.

My best to everyone.
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