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“What he was asking the establishment to do was, simply, get rid of the barriers. You get rid of the barriers and we will get it for ourselves,” Mr. Hollis observes. “It was a dire contrast to what it is today, where everyone seems to be wanting to be a victim and can’t achieve anything, because there’s someone else pulling them down. And it seems to be so easy for someone to claim to be a victim, rather than get out there and try hard.”

Mr. Hollis credits the inspiring speech for helping him sustain a 25-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

“It was just an amazing crowd,” he recalls about that day in 1963. “But the attitude was different. I saw a lot of people with hope in their eyes of being empowered, and a lot of tears from people that were getting the message of hope, getting the message that ‘we can do this.’ And I’m not seeing that today.”

AL-JAZEERA AMERICA’S DEBUT

Recent ratings are bodacious indeed for A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which drew 11 million prime-time viewers last week, making it the most viewed program on cable TV, according to Nielsen.

Fox News, meanwhile, pulled in an average 1.5 million primetime viewers in the month of August, and has remained the most watched cable news networks for the past 140 months. Yes, that is months.

But ah, Al-Jazeera America. The Qatar-owned network opened with much promise and style, but without much following.

The highest-rated show of the new network’s debut week was “Real Money with Ali Velshi,” which drew 54,000 total viewers, reports Alex Weprin of TV Newser, who got an early look at some incomplete Nielsen numbers.

“News Live” averaged 48,000 viewers, while “Inside Story” Thursday at 12:30 p.m. averaged 41,000 viewers. “The Stream” averaged 38,000 viewers and “America Tonight” averaged 34,000 viewers.

“Not surprisingly, given the low-rated channel it replaced (Current TV), and the fact that it lost a few million homes from AT&T before launch,” observed Mr. Weprin, noting that Al-Jazeera America will be rated on a standard 24-hour basis starting this week.

POLL DU JOUR

55 percent of U.S. voters would want more time on vacation, rather than more money to spend; 57 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats agree.

46 percent of voters overall do not check in with the office “at all” when they go on vacation; 46 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats agree.

24 percent overall check in once a day, or several times a day; 26 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

46 percent overall “dig out” from under email when they return to work; 44 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Republicans agree.

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