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What was Dr. King trying to say? Martin Luther King Dream England
 
I am so disappointed in Jesse Jackson! Jesse Jackson USA
 
Results of Kennedy's speech Kennedy USA
 
How long to write a speech? Churchill USA
 
Mississippi Martin Luther King Dream USA
 
Man fired from his job Jesse Jackson USA
 
Inspired me Churchill USA
 
Poem Churchill U.K
 
Bush closed foreign visitors GW Bush Afghanistan
 
Why did he use those specific states? Martin Luther King Dream USA
 
Kerry and Clinton speeches General France
 
How often does the president change speechwriters? GW Bush USA
 
Criticism of Bush GW Bush USA
 
Comments on Bush GW Bush USA
 
Wants audio of JFK's speech Kennedy Estonia
 

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Martin Luther King Dream

What was Dr. King trying to say?

September 27, 2005

Question

what would you say Dr. king was saying/trying to teach in the i have a dream speech?
how could you relate that to informal education?
How can it be suitable to young people nowadays(teenagers)around the world not just in the usa?
P.s. Thank you for your time.

Lawrence - England (8315)

Answer

Note that the "I have a dream" was only one part of his speech that day. He was saying how he dreamt that people of all races, religions and nationalities would be able to get along together. This is an important goal to learn and believe in. Unfortunately, some children are taught hatred for those who are different. Dr. King was trying to stop such views.

But many of the young people around the world do not accept the hatred of some adults, so they also dream of peace and cooperation.

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Jesse Jackson

I am so disappointed in Jesse Jackson!

June 15, 2005

Question

I am so disappointed in Jesse Jackson! He states racism in the Michael Jackson trial. First of all Michael Jackson does not want to be white, even he chooses a blonde surrogate mother. Second Jackson was acquitted by an all white jury. I have lost all respect for Jesse Jackson; I hope he stops putting his nose in every event that happens. I am curious why he is not in Aruba. I hope his grandchildren (boys) spend the night at Michael Jackson's Never, Never, Neverland.

Marci - USA (7277)

Answer

Jesse Jackson is a very good speaker, but unfortunately he has picked up causes that seem more to give him personal publicity than are for doing good. He is a far cry from when he worked with Martin Luther King.

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Kennedy

Results of Kennedy's speech

May 30, 2005

Question

Hello. I am writeing a reserch paper on Kennedy's adress and i need to find what some of the results (direct and Indirect) are. any sugestions?

Tim - USA (7125)

Answer

Kennedy did get people to work together to help the country. He also started the Peace Corps, so they could help others.

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Churchill

How long to write a speech?

May 27, 2005

Question

I remember hearing an interview with Winston Churchill and they asked him how long it took to write a 2-3 hour speech and he said a day; a 30 minute speech, 2 days; a 15 minute speech, 2 weeks. Does that sound familiar? Where can I get the exact lengths of time?

Julie - USA (7101)

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I've heard that others have also said something similar. Unfortunately, I don't ahve a resource to get the exact lengths of time.

You might find the information from the Churchill Centre at http://www.winstonchurchill.org

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Martin Luther King Dream

Mississippi

May 3, 2005

Question

Why did King refer to Mississippi in his closing?

- USA (6857)

Answer

Much of the civil rights movement had to do with problems in Mississippi.

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Jesse Jackson

Man fired from his job

April 7, 2005

Question

A black male teacher friend needs help. He was fired from a teaching job at Victoria, TX for inappropriate friendship with high school children in an hard core alternative school. He fought with a lawsuit and was never convicted of the crime. But the school refuses back pay or to give him his job back. WORST OF ALL they have reported him to the Tx Certification Center in Austin and have him listed as a child offender. The man has had a stroke now and needs his income more than ever and a chance to get a job somewhere, but has exhausted all avenues to get someone to listen to him. His name is Jim Brown at
514 Bruce St. in Cuero,Tx. PLEASE, PLEASE if nothing else use your news image to get someone to listen and help this man. His phone 361-277-8920

- USA (6583)

Answer

The fact that Mr. Brown fought his firing with a lawsuit may have gotten some officials at the school angry with him. That is why they have acted poorly toward him.

The most important thing for him is to get his name cleared from being a child offender. Since he was not convicted, he should have grounds to clear his name. But that still may be very difficult.

I think it might be best for him to look into some other type of work than in teaching children. Perhaps he can teach in adult education. Of course, that depends on how bad his stroke has been.

He can try talking to some fellow teachers he knows from the school to see if they know how to get the school to clear his name. They still will not hire him back, but it would help out in getting another teaching job.

I will try to think of some other ways to help him. Best wishes in your efforts.

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Churchill

Inspired me

March 22, 2005

Question

it was churchills speech that inspired me to write it , hence the never give up part
Regards
Ray.

- USA (6420)

Answer

Thanks for the material. It was well done.

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Churchill

Poem

March 21, 2005

Question

When times are hard and and the road seems long,when you cant go on but you know you must when your body is weak but your mind is strong, when people doubt you
and no one cares belive in yourself, be true to yourself, and never never never give up
sail on for the horizon is near...
Ray Moran .

Ray - U.K (6406)

Answer

Thanks for the poem. It is yours or from Churchill?

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GW Bush

Bush closed foreign visitors

March 12, 2005

Question

Hello to the one who get this message .
My question is why George W Bush has been closing the ways of Immigration to USA Since 9/11? You know my family is in California but I can't visite them When I go the Embassy they say we Can't give you the visa and I still in Afghanistan and this is it

Mohammad Ghani - Afghanistan (6311)

Answer

Some of the rules concerning visiting the U.S. have been an over-reaction to the problem of potential terrorists. It is unfair to people like you with a family in California and you cannot visit them. You can continue to try to get a visa, but also perhaps your family can make requests from the Embassy so see if they can get some assistance for approval for your visit.

Hopefully the rules will be made more fair in the future for everyone.

Best wishes in being able to visit your family.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Why did he use those specific states?

February 21, 2005

Question

Why did Martin Luther King use those specific states at the end?

- USA (6056)

Answer

Those are distinctive mountains from states that people can recognize. Also, calling from a mountain is better than from a valley.

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General

Kerry and Clinton speeches

February 9, 2005

Question

Hello, I am french and I have a work to do about John Kerry. That's why I need the speech he has pronounced at the democrate congress and I'd like to have Clinton's one of the 20/01/97. Can you send that to me please? Thank you very much. Bye.

Ahras - France (5909)

Answer

For the John Kerry speech, see:
http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/speeches/spc_2004_0729.html

For the Clinton speech see:
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/presiden/inaug/clinton2.htm

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GW Bush

How often does the president change speechwriters?

February 7, 2005

Question

Ron Kurtus thanks for the insight on the first Inaugural. I wondered how often the president changes speechwriters and at what point HUMOR is inserted to make the point.
How many speechwriter's does he have?
How many speeches a year does he give, does any pres. give on average.
Thank you,
Steve Bruner

Steve - USA (5880)

Answer

Pres. Bush still has his main speechwriter. I think once an offical finds someone good, he or she usually stays with the person. Not much is said about helper writers, but I am sure there is a staff of about 5 or 6.

In a serious speech on policy, humor is seldom used. Also, the speaker must be able to deliver a funny line. Bush isn't too good at it. Kennedy had a great sense of humor and would often use it in his speeches.

The number of speeches given depends on what the president is trying to achieve. If there is an issue he is pushing, he can travel to areas and make several speeches a day. The smae is true when he is campaigning. On the other hand, Pres. Bush has gone long periods without giving a speech. He also very seldom has had press conferences.

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GW Bush

Criticism of Bush

February 1, 2005

Question

Earthlink:
For those who know, the real George W. Bush, This is the most chocolate coated marshmallow speech I've ever read. Keep in mind this speech was a committee
job! A team of skilled word-polishers honed it to fit exactly to what we wanted to hear. Those with the least Patrick Henry sense, will see through all the Emperor's-eloquence.

To get educated about the real Bush, type three words in the search box; three words and click every link: "Skull & Bones."

Next the book: "Trance Formation of America." The authors document his CIA involvment in promoting drug traffic and using torture for mind control experimentation.

Check out his status as a British Knight. Get a list of all, with that "honor." These honors are given to those who "render service to the Queen." Go ahead. Do some digging! Stop depending on the same mass media that has conned us so often before.

While you are clicking keys, type in the search box three more items:
"Zapata Oil Co."
"Slant Drilling from Kuwait into Iraq."
"Can We Back up Our Claims? by Jim Babka.
Joe Spenner

Joe - USA (5827)

Answer

This is an educational site. You should send your political opinions to the editorial pages of the newspaper or political websites. That is a more appropriate outlet for your views.

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GW Bush

Comments on Bush

February 1, 2005

Question

Earthlink:
How could Bush have such a large bulk of information about Afghanistan yet not mention US plans for the extensive oil and gas lines across their country? I've seen preliminary maps!
How could the very "wordy" Military Tribunals, Homeland Security and Patriot Acts be so immediately produced? Why has he stopped talking about the New World Order, while already sending advanced military scouting parties into Iran?
How many words in Patriot Act II?

Joe - USA (5828)

Answer

The speech was listed because it is a sample of a well-written speech, not because of political views.

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Kennedy

Wants audio of JFK's speech

January 9, 2005

Question


Hello!

I think it would be nice to be able to listen to the original inaugural speech of JFK. That would really teach you how to use your voice. So I suggest you put an audio file on the page as well. http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/kennedy_inaugural.htm

Best regards,

Imre Treufeld

Imre - Estonia (5554)

Answer

We will try to do that, if it is possible. The problem is that often such audio files have a copyright and permission is not always given.

You can listen to the speech from:
http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/archive/speech_158.html

Best wishes in your studies.

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