If Dr. Martin Luther King Was Alive Today….

The great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said we should not judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

If he were alive today, he would be very disappointed with the Obama administration’s policies. Dr. King was one of the greatest critics of the US government’s war mongering ways. He was called a traitor by the media by for speaking against the Vietnam War. The Washington Post denounced Dr. King saying “King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.” He was sharply criticized by the so called “black leaders” of his time and the NAACP. But Dr. King was not deterred nor did he compromise his integrity. He was a true leader.

If you have been following the new US administration and its policies – you will by now know that President Obama’s policies are really no different than those of his predecessor – President George W. Bush when it comes to torture, war, bailouts for bankers, civil liberties, Israel, an increase in military spending, to name a few. Same policies – just bigger bigger amounts.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death,” Dr. King said. During that time President Lyndon Johnson was spending billions of dollars to destroy Vietnamese villages, towns and homes. Listen to or read the entire “Beyond Vietnam” speech of Dr. King.

Nearly 5,000 Americans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and over a million Iraqis, and tens of thousands of Afghans slaughtered. War will cost us trillions of dollars that should have been invested in our schools, health care, etc. Trillions of dollars are being stolen from us as taxes and cannot be used by Americans to build better factories and bring about new businesses and new jobs. Trillions more of our taxes will be handed to bailout Maserati driving bankers who made bad investments. Nationalization of American banks is also illogical. How can we taxpayers pay for the losses of these banks but not get any of their profits? Nationalization of banks will be an utter failure – Even Tanzania realized that was wrong and gave it up in 1991. President Obama’s public works programs will only help people get jobs to fill pot holes on streets not create engineers, inventors or scientists.

When U.S. bombs drop on Afghan and Iraqi villages and towns, they also explode in American cities as well – East LA, South Central LA, Chicago’s South Side, and Harlem – because these trillions of dollars are taken away from America’s biggest future investment – its people.

This is definitely not the great dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had in his famous “I have a dream” speech.

If he were alive today – Dr. King would demand that Congress use its constitutional authority and halt all spending on military presence of U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan and Iraq now.

If Dr. King were alive today – he would most likely ask President Obama “Where is the change and hope that Americans were promised?”

This is what he said in April 1967 – these words ring true even more today.

“I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted … I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”

In the spirit of Dr. King, Americans must strand up and speak out against our government’s unjust policies and immoral wars carried out in our name.

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Our Children Will Be Paying High Taxes

Even some children in America have more sense of property rights than people in Washington DC.

Here’s a video of a father telling his kids that about the “stimulus” that they will have to pay for. They think he’s joking.

This is exactly what our government is doing – Our children and their children will be paying very high taxes in the future all because today the government has gone on a spending spree with bailouts for Maserati driving bankers.

Jai Ho to Slumdog Millionaire!

Who the hell would have thought that the best film on Oscar night in Hollywood was an intense, romantic melodrama that delivered satisfaction in a brilliant way, was made in the slums of Mumbai with a mostly unknown star cast, directed by a British director, who made films like “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later”?

“All my life, I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I’m here,” – Bollywood music director, A.R. Rahman as he accepted two of the Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song – “Jai Ho”.

“Jai Ho” means “May Victory Be Yours” in Hindi….and indeed victory was with “Slumdog Millionaire” last night.

With a whopping, truly deserved, 8 Oscars (from the 10 it was nominated for) “Slumdog Millionaire” the independent film that cost $14 million (compared to Dark Night made for $180 million) topped the list of most Oscar wins (including Best Picture) for any film last night at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA.

Here’s the oscars.com link where you can watch some of the highlights from last night’s big wins.

The movie was indeed one of the best films my wife and I have ever watched. It was like watching “Salaam Bombay” meets “City of God” – two of my favorite films of all time in one. A truly brilliant masterpiece of art!

“Jai Ho” song being performed live on the Oscars stage was fantastic!

Here’s the clip from the Oscars:

You can watch the song performed live by A.R. Rahman on the Jay Leno show:

The Oscar Winners are as follows :

BEST PICTURE:
Slumdog Millionaire

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sean Penn
Milk

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Kate Winslet
The Reader

DIRECTING:
Slumdog Millionaire

FORIEGN LANGAUGE FILM:
Departures

MUSIC(SONG):
Slumdog Millionaire

MUSIC (SCORE):
Slumdog Millionaire

FILM EDITING:
Slumdog Millionaire

SOUND MIXING:
Slumdog Millionaire

SOUND EDITING:
The Dark Knight

VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Smile Pinki

DOCUMENTORY FEATURE:
Man on Wire

ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE:
Health Ledger
The Dark knight

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
Spielzeugland (Toyland)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Slumdog Millionaire

MAKEUP:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

COSTUME DESIGN:
The Duchess

ART Direction:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
La Maison En Peptits Cubes

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Wall-E

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Slumdog Millionaire

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY):
Milk

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Penelope Cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

[Source : Official OSCAR Website www.oscar.com]

Rick Santelli’s Tea Party

This is a must watch video!

CNBC’s Rick Santelli denounces the Obama administration’s stimulus and its latest policy of subsidizing deadbeats and parasites at the expense of the productive. The other CNBC talking heads are confused, befuddled, and clueless, as usual.

But when he turns around and asks the traders on the floor how many of them would like to pay for their neighbor’s mortgage particularly if they bought far more house than they could actually afford, the whole floor goes wild! I couldn’t believe this is on mainstream media!

Obama on Illegal Wiretapping and Torture

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”

I discussed Barack Obama’s views on torture and civil liberties last year during the presidential campaign on my blog, I was hoping he would change his positions. Unfortunately not… This is like spitting on the graves of those slaves who built his new home – the White House. They too were tortured.

President Obama’s public rhetoric against torture is increasingly at odds with his decisons to defend John Yoo (the former Justice Department official who authored the “torture memo” justifying Bush administration policy), keep in place policies that have protected torture, and even keep in office Bush-era appointees who helped establish torture policies.

For the complete article click here:

Bush III: Obama on Torture & Wiretapping

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Wake Up America! The Hidden Truth

It is time to call your elected officials again, to write to them and to protest your taxes being given to Israel for mass murder and ethnic cleansing.

Write to your Congressperson and Senators as well as President Obama.

Tell them that military aid to Israel is illegal and immoral. It’s illegal because Israel uses this military aid in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act to commit human rights violations of Palestinians through its brutal military occupation and siege of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

It’s immoral because it is American weapons that are helping commit Israeli war crimes, massacres of women and children, carpet bombing of civilian areas and the occupation of Palestinians. All those war crimes are causing great humanitarian crises.

As a American taxpayer you refuse to be an accessory to Israel’s mass murder and war crimes. As an American you want your taxes to be spent on America and not go to fund Israeli genocide.

Call/write your reps today by clicking here.

Find your Senators contact by clicking here.

Contact President Obama at 202-456-1111 or send him an email by clicking here.