Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 … A Dream We Continue to Strive For … “Will One Day Live in a Nation Where They Will not be Judged by the Color of their Skin but by the Content of their Character”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – 2016.

On this January 18th, 2016 we once again join as a nation to look back on the message of Martin Luther King Jr. and are asked to reflect on “The Dream.”  We have come a long way as a nation since the 1960?s. For those who say we have not, know nothing of the past and are lying through their teeth. I personally make it a point every MLK day to listen to the words of the slain Civil Rights leader and his “I Have a Dream” speech and reflect on what it means and where we are today with that dream. Make no mistake about it America, we are a much better country for Martin Luther King Jr’s dream.  The United States of America has come a long way. Do not let anyone ever tell you we have not. But we still have a ways to go and may always have to. “The Dream” is much like being a Christian or life in general. You don’t just all of a sudden say, okay, I have reached my goal and nothing more is needed. People are not perfect, they never will be. We strive to be good and follow Christan values. That does not mean we do not fail or fall short. Have we come a long way, yes. However, does that mean we have much more to do and always will.

MLK Jr

The greatness of MLK Jr’s message is that it is for all people, not just one to blacks and another to whites. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and it was one of inclusion that we “will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character”. Do not let any one else try and interpret that dream for you. Never let those with an agenda that is so far from “The Dream” to make you feel less or call you something that you are not. It is sad to witness today that those that are considered Civil Rights activists are more about race hustling and division, than they are about “The Dream”.  Martin Luther King Jr. was correct, it is never about the color of one’s skin, it is always about the content of one’s character. Always! Do not ever forget, it is always about character.

I have a dream that “The Dream” of Martin Luther King Jr. will be championed by real Civil Rights activists and not high-jacked by those for their own self-serving purposes and agenda and try to divide us as a country. To do so, to race-bait and to divide America whether you be a common American citizen, a pastor, a politician or a president does a disservice to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “DREAM.” How I wish there was a true Martin Luther King Jr. alive today to champion the cause.

Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Full text of MLK Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech can be read here (pdf).

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

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And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Martin Luther King’s Last Speech: “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”

Daily Commentary – Monday, January 4, 2016 – So Have You Started On That New Years Resolution Yet?

  • I’m not sure they do any good. Why do you need to wait until January 1st to resolve to do something? Why wait until January 1st to eat better, etc?

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HAPPY NEW YEARS 2016 FROM SCARED MONKEYS!!! Wishing All a Happy, Safe and Joyous 2016

Scared Monkeys would like to wish all a HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2016!!!

Wishing you a healthy, joyous and successful New Year.  As we look back over this past year and remember it with fondness and sorrow. To the happiness we experienced and the sorrow for those we those lost. We look to the future and the new year in 2016. May you all have a safe and blessed New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here’s a hand, my trusty friend
And gie’s a hand o’ thine
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

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Pope Francis issues Christmas Day Prayer … Calls For Prayers for Syria, Libya Peace and Condemns Radical-Islamic “Brutal Acts of Terrorism”

ITS ABOUT TIME THE POPE MADE ISIS AND RADICAL ISLAM A GREATER THREAT THAN GLOBAL WARMING …

Today, Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome that called for peace for Syria and Libya, prayers for the suffering and denounced the radical Islamist “monstrous evil” and atrocities.” The Pope made reference to the heinous terror attacks in Paris earlier this year. He also made mention of the attacks in Egypt’s airspace and in Beirut, Mali and Tunisia. The Pope further went in to denounce the ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine and issued words of consolation to Christians being persecuted for their faith in many parts of the world. Isn’t it quite amazing that pretty much all that the Pope is referencing as “monstrous evil” and atrocities” is at the hands of radical Islam? The Pope stated, “Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst.”

Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praising countries that have taken in refugees.

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis issued a plenary indulgence for all Catholics in hopes of spreading the church’s message of mercy in a world torn by war, poverty and extremist attacks. The sun-soaked St. Peter’s Square was under heavy security, as it has been since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks by Islamic extremists that left 130 dead.

An indulgence is an ancient church tradition related to the forgiveness of sins. Francis announced it after delivering his annual “Urbi et Orbi” (To the city and the world) speech listing global hotspots and his prayers for an end to human suffering.

Francis referred to the “brutal acts of terrorism” that struck the French capital this year, as well as attacks in Egypt’s airspace and in Beirut, Mali and Tunisia. He denounced the ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine and issued words of consolation to Christians being persecuted for their faith in many parts of the world.

“They are our martyrs of today,” he said.

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus (Video)

I could not agree more with Klaas, from Nov.13 2010 comes the following video below of one of the greatest flash mob ever, singing the Hallelujah Chorus at a mall food court.  47,822,722 views later and counting.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra from Boston MA 12/20/2014

If you have never seen TSO, I suggest you make a point to see them. They are phenomenal, the music and light show is beyond words … you will not be disappointed.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015 FROM SCARED MONKEYS … JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME … “A Savior has Been Born to You”

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FROM SCARED MONKEYS …

Merry_Christmas_Banner 2015

On this most joyous of special days we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to ask all to always remember the true reason for the season. As you are unwrapping presents, partaking in some eggnog, spending time with family, friends and loved ones, having your holiday feast and experiencing the joy of this day, always keep in mind the true reason for the season because  on this joyous day …  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

May everyone have a joyous and blessed day!!!

Joy to the World, the Lord has Come … Wishing all a very Merry Christmas on this blessed day!!!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger (Luke 2:10-16)

Joy to the World – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I just wanted to share some of my most favorite Christmas songs. Remembering back when I was a child we would go the the Christmas service on Christmas Eve and the congregation would sing everyone’s favorite hymns. Believe it or not we also used to go Christmas caroling in the town as well. Those were the days!

Nat King Cole – Away In A Manger

 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Jewel

Oh Holy Night -Charlotte  Church 

Silent Night – Bing Crosby

 Angels We Have Heard On High- Andrea Bocelli & David Foster

David Foster – CAROL OF THE BELLS, 1993

“O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Luciano Pavarotti

The First Noel – University of Utah Singers

Daily Commentary – Friday, December 25, 2015 – Wishing Everyone at Scared Monkeys and Scared Monkeys Radio a Merry Christmas

  • Remember to drive safely and also, if you see something, say something

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Scared Monkeys Favorite Christmas Animated Specials … Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch & Santa Claus

The following are my favorite Christmas animated specials of all times. What are yours? There is nothing better than getting family and friends together and having a Christmas special party and playing all of your favorites as one time in a marathon Christmas special viewing.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

From 1965 comes my my favorite Christmas special of all times. Why, because there was no other that explained the true meaning of Christmas and never altered it to something stupid in today’s society with the PC nonsense that exists and the continued war on Christmas by those who need to just put a sock in it. You can have your opinion and not agree, but that does not mean a few get to ruin it for the rest of us.

Luke2: 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo , the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid . 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold , I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes , lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying , 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

From 1964 comes my second favorite Christmas special of all-times. Narrated Sam the Snowman, otherwise known as Burl Ives. I just love the animation, sorry but is better than any digital stuff of today. With Rudolph, Hermey, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and the Island of Misfit toys, just fantastic. Oh the Christmas drinking parties we used to have in college to this one. Thank God there was no such thing as Facebook or Smartphones back then :) .

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

This one was made in 1970 with Fred Astaire as S.D. Kluger and the Narrator along with Mickey as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus and the Burgermeister-Meisterburger, how can you go wrong.

A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

How could anyone not like Heat Miser and Snow Miser? Created in 1974, Rankin and Bass score another timeless classic. With the voices of Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus and Shirley Both as Mrs. Santa and snow in Southtown.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

It is hard to believe that ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ was made in 1966. Narrated by Boris Karloff, who is also the voice of the Grinch, need we say more. You certainly are a mean one, Mr. Grinch. However, this special provides us with the age old answer to the reason for the season … “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”

FROSTY THE SNOW MAN

What a shock, Rankin and Bass score another holiday classic from 1969 and narrated by Jimmy Durante, does it get any better than that? And I am guessing it’s lost on many who watch this timeless classic when Frosty comes to life and his first words are, “Happy Birthday”. Hmm … who else has a birthday?

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Daily Commentary – Thursday, December 24, 2015 – Happy Christmas Eve to All From Scared Monkeys Radio!

  • We all have our own way to spend Christmas Eve, most importantly to be with our families

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