On this Memorial Day 2013 as we remember and thank those brave men and woman who we can no longer thank personally, Rolling Thunder roars into Washington, DC to honor those who have served and died for our freedom. On Sunday, thousands of motorcyclists rode from the Pentagon to the National Mall, ending their 10-mile trip near the Lincoln Memorial.
Memorial Day 2013 – Remembering & Thanking Our Heroes For Their Service & Sacrifice Because Freedom is not Free
On this Memorial day, Scared Monkeys provided a special thank you to all of the men and woman who have sacrificed their lives to that We, the United States of America, remain free. We thank those who we can no longer thank personally for their sacrifice to this great Country. Thank you, we shall never forget you your service and sacrifice.
As we know, freedom is never free and it is our heroes of the United States Armed Forces who we all owe a debt of gratitude. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, honor and dedication to this country. So please, as you have the day off today, spend it with family and friends and celebrate the day in your own special way, take the time to remember those who gave their lives to make this day possible. These are true American heroes who should never be forgotten.
On this Memorial Day please remember to give thanks and honor those who protected this great Nation against evil and those who have laid down their lives in the ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberty and freedom. A special thank you to the men and woman of our Armed Forces who have paved the way to freedom with their lives. We thank you and your families for your service, sacrifice, honor and dedication to this country.
God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.
The words of President Ronald Reagan, Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982: (read the entire inspirational and beautiful speech here).
“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.” [...]
“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.”
On a personal note I say thank you and you are missed to my uncle who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He served during WWII in George S. Patton’s Third Army. During his service he was a multiple Purple Heart recipient and was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star. What a special person this man was and a walking talking historian. He was so hesitant, like so many heroes from our “Greatest Generation” of talking about what he had experienced. My Uncle Joe enlisted as an 18 year old boy and came back from WWII a changed man, whose own mother did not even recognize. He would only talk about the war to me in his later years when he realized I was studying it in college as I was a History major. So many of his accounts of what happened just brought a tear to my eye that so many went through so much and sacrificed all. For me, other than the religious holidays of Easter and Christmas, the two most important American holidays are Memorial Day and Independence Day. Freedom truly is not free. I learned that from a man who until the day he passed away set off metal detectors in airports from the shrapnel that was in his body as a result of multiple German hand grenades. I can remember Taps being played at my uncles funeral at Arlington National Cemetery like it was just yesterday. To my uncle … Thank you from your namesake, Red.
We will never forget all of the brave acts of courage and sacrifice from all those who have served, God Bless All.
Scared Monkeys would like to wish all the mom’s out there as very Happy Mother’s Day.
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” - Abraham Lincoln
“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” – Jewish proverb
“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac
Boston Marathon Bombs Built in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Home … Initial Target was Independence Day, July 4th
Born Bombing on the 4th of July?
According to CNN, the bombs that were used in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured over two hundred were built in the home of the older brother and suspect in the bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev , the younger brother and captured suspect and Tamerlan initially planned to carry out a suicide-bomb attack on July 4. However, according to accounts they had finished building the bombs sooner than expected. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that the Boston Marathon was chosen as a target only a day or two before the event. Had the bombings took place during 4th of July in Boston, the resulting carane may have been much worse. As Weasel Zippers comments, “Anyone who has been to Boston on July 4th knows how crowded it gets with people coming to hear the Boston Pops and watch the fireworks.”
The bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack were built in the apartment that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev shared with his wife and child, a U.S. law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Thursday. The official was not authorized to release the information.
Katherine Russell, Tsarnaev’s widow, has remained largely out of view inside her parents’ North Kingstown home since her husband’s death.
It remains unclear what, if anything, Tamerlan’s widow might have known or suspected, the source added.
According to her attorney, Amato DeLuca, the 24-year-old widow knew nothing of plans to bomb the race, and reports of her husband’s involvement came as an “absolute shock” to Russell and her family.
Interesting point is that Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, initially planned to carry out a suicide-bomb attack on July 4. So, what difference would it have made to hold off until the 4th? Or was it that these two were just a bunch of cowards and were not willing to die as they killed others?
Really GOOGLE, this is truly shameful …
As over a billion Christians celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior … GOOGLE in their infinite wisdom took the opportunity to celebrate the day to honor Cesar Chavez’s birthday. So GOOGLE does not honor Easter with a pic of Jesus or heck, how about even an Easter bunny or basket. Nope, instead they insult Christians everywhere and honor with its ‘Doodle’ search logo art to mark the birth of left-wing labor leader, Cesar Chavez. This is a new low, even for the Left.
The timing is oddly appropriate; as Dennis Prager has written, “You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion,” and one with its own sources of mythology. Back in 2006 at Tech Central Station, Lee Harris described French Marxist Georges Sorel (1847-1922), and the concept of the Sorelian Myth:
Scared Monkeys Wishes Everyone a very Happy and Blessed Easter.
Never forget that Easter represents the greatest story of “Hope & Change” ever in history. True hope is divine and comes from above, not from man. As stated in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Without the Crucifixion, there would have never been a Resurrection. And a Resurrection that represents eternal rebirth, hope and change.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
JESUS CHRIST Is Risen Today – Alleluia! – EASTER HYMN
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
Above All – Michael W. Smith
Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die rejected and alone
Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Michael W. Smith sings in his song, ‘Here I am to Worship’ … “I will never know just how much it cost, to see my sin upon that cross”.
Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and to change hatred into love, delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter!
What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons.
Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! The mercy of God always triumphs!
We too, like the women who were Jesus’ disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. The love God can do this! (more)
2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not to seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom, by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” (MLK Jr.)
We all long for the “Dream”, but we must always remain vigilant of how we get there and who we chose to follow and listen to. Sadly, many have tried to highjack Martin Luther King Jr’s message to coop it for their own advantage. Don’t be sheep America, be true to yourself and think for yourself. No truer words have ever been stated than those by Martin Luther King Jr. during his ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on August 28, 1963, “I have a dream that my four little 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”. MLK’s message was meant for people of all colors, not one. It was also meant for individuals to interpret it for themselves, not to let those who would benefit from racial strife to tell you how to think and especially who to hate. Martin Luther King Jr’s indelible message in about equality and the measure of one’s character, not about one’s skin color.
MLK Jr’s ‘The I Have a Dream Speech’:
… I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, 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 the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little 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.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
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!”
King’s message makes me wonder what MLK would think about of “His Dream” today? In the United States we have come so far as to be able to elect a President of color not once, but twice. We have had individuals of color in all three branches of government, as high ranking US generals, in the media and every position in the free market system. However, we still have racism in this country and even worse we have race baiting and those that would claim they care about the plight of the discriminated by making false claims of racism and playing the race card at every opportunity.
Think back to MLK Jr’s enlightening words, “I have a dream that my four little 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.” The color of one’s skin. Would it matter to MLK the color of one’s skin who was president when blacks had a 14% unemployment rate, nearly twice the rate of white men and women. Would MLK Jr. have cared the color of one’s skin of a president when black teens had a shocking 39.4% unemployment? Would MLK care of the color of ones skin of the leader of the US if Black millennials, those aged 18-29, fare better, but still face an 18.5% unemployment rate? I would dare say that the answer is no.
I would like to think that Martin Luther King Jr., had he been alive today, would speak out against any leader, including President Barack Hussein Obama, for his irresponsible and pathetic approach to help the black community unchain themselves from the bondage of slavery of dependence from the federal government, entitlement programs and the Nanny state. I would like to believe that King would have spoke out against the record millions that have been forced onto food stamps.
To be free at last, free at last means to not be dependent on one party or the federal government. I have to believe that was part of Marin Luther King Jr’s dream as well. All Americans of all colors should reflect on that today.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2013 !!!
We would like to wish every one a Happy, Safe and Joyous 2013. As we look back over the past year and remember it with fondness and and sorrow in some cases. We look to the future and the new year. We say goodbye to special friends and look forward to meeting new ones. Thank you all for your support. On a personal note I say goodbye to sister who passed away earlier this year from cancer and my long time little guy Doobee who has graced Red with his presence, perspective and unconditional love for 18 amazing years. Both are so dearly missed, until we meet again.
I want to take a moment to thank all the readers, listeners and commenters of Scared Monkeys.com, Scared Monkeys forum, Blink on Crime and Scared Monkeys Radio. You have all made it a very truly memorable year. So many stories, events and personal circumstances that have caused heart ache and joy. A special thanks to all the moderators and admins who devote their time and the folks that send in the stories and those on the front page and forums who comment.
Wising you all the best in 2013. God Bless!
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.
- From all of us at Scared Monkeys Radio, Scared Monkeys and Blink on Crime!
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Download
An Obama Happy New Year … Fiscal Cliff or Not Americans Face $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on January 1, 2013
Taxation without any responsible representation … The Obama taxes!!!
America, get ready for the tax hikes on everyone that you voted in when Barack Obama won reelection. Thanks to that misguided and uninformed election Americans now face a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike beginning January 1, 2013 … Happy New Year. So you thought that by participating in Obama’s class warfare against the so called rich would not effect you, eh? Think again … it all trickles down. All these Obamacare taxes and Obamacare still does nothing what it originally claimed to do.
$ 1 Trillion !!!
On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike.
Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: (full pdf doc can be read HERE)
- The Obamacare Medical Device Tax - Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to artificial hips more expensive. The Patriot Perspective discusses exactly what this means. It is insane to make any industry pay a tax on their gross sales, versus net.
- The Obamacare Flex Account Tax
- The Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income
- The Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deductions
- The Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Hike