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Happy Independence Day to everyone in BB&S! Independence Day is about freedom, and we all know (or at least assume) that our freedoms are protected by the U.S. Constitution. But most people probably don't really know what the Constitution says. So here's a modest proposal from me: If you've never read the Constitution, do so. You can find it on the internet easily, and it's not nearly as long as if it would be written by today's congress. If that's still too much, at least read the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. The First Amendment is still one of the most significant sentences ever composed:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Anyway, celebrate your freedom (responsibly), but don't take it for granted.
<More hot pics - babes in flags, babes in uniforms, God Bless the USA and the internet>
Happy 4th Bros! Glad to be a part of this great group of people. Just a couple of quick thoughts about one of my favorite holidays.
First, Thank You to all who have sacrificed, fought, were injured or died creating and protecting this great country. You are owed a debt that can never be repaid. My heartfelt thanks, thoughts and prayers go out to all Veterans, current service men and women as well as their families! Our country should do more for you!
Next, I'll be the first to list all the things that need to be improved in our great country. But this is the time to reflect and give thanks for all the good that we enjoy. The fact that we can waste our time on guilty pleasures like BB&S and Vegas are illegal in some countries. Enjoying a cold beer can get you in trouble in some parts of the world. Making out with your significant other in public can get you serious jail time in more than one country. Even grousing or protesting issues can get you arrested, beaten or killed in some counties we call allies. So this weekend especially, I want to take the time to be thankful for what we have.
And I still get a lump in my throat and moist eyes when I hear the National Anthem! I hope that never changes!!
<Yet still more pics of hot babes in Patriotic Attire. You've got to see this!>
Imagine if the U.S. national basketball team played a tournament in Paris. American fans filled the arena for the championship game against France. They booed the French national anthem and the home team whenever it had the ball. They chanted obscenities at France's point guard. It would cause an international incident. Something similar happened over last weekend, only nobody seems to care. Mexico beat the U.S. 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Pasadena, Calif. That's soccer, in case you didn't know. There were 93,420 pumped-up fans at the Rose Bowl, and the best guess is at least 80 percent were there to cheer for Mexico. There's nothing wrong with that. If I lived in Paris and the U.S. hoops team came to town, I'd go cheer for Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant. But I'd be embarrassed if a lot of my expatriate colleagues showed up in American flags and treated the home team like dirt. I'd also expect the New York Times, CBS News, etc., etc., etc. to note the behavior, if not editorialize about the shame of Ugly Americans.
Other than a column in the Los Angeles Times, the atmosphere at Saturday's game was hardly noted. When it was, the crowd was called enthusiastic or impassioned. How about boorish? Certainly not all 93,420 fans, but enough to leave you wondering just what the U.S. did to get Mexico so enthusiastic and impassioned. The antics weren't anything new. In a 2005 World Cup qualifier, the Mexican crowd booed the U.S. national anthem and some fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" during the game. Two years ago fans threw containers holding urine and vomit at Landon Donovan. If American fans had done that to Javier Hernandez on Saturday, there would be a national manhunt. But almost any criticism of Mexican fans is viewed as intolerant, if a bit downright racist. The question is: How much must we tolerate? It's not that you have to cheer for the good-old USA simply based on the fact you live here. I was glad Mexico won the Gold Cup, just because of how soccer fans and ESPN overhype any big international win as the arrival of the sport in America. (Remember last year's World Cup win over Algeria? I don't either.) So root, root, root for the visiting team. But is it too much to ask if you don't chant obscenities at the U.S. goalie, or that you simply stand quietly during the Star-Spangled Banner? The behavior has gotten traction on the Internet. The typical overreaction is "(They) come here, leech off America and have the cojones to boo?" Now that's intolerance. A more legitimate complaint would be questioning why only Americans can be ugly. If booing a national anthem doesn't qualify, I don't know what does. But we've been conditioned not to be judgmental about such things if Americans aren't involved. Instead of calling people out, we cater to their sensibilities.
<Just when you think we couldn't possibly find more babes in the stars and stripes - we give you more!>
Don't let them fool you. These charlatans that populate our talk radio airwaves and cable news networks do NOT have America's best interests at hand. They are looking out for #1 - themselves - and the fate of our country is meaningless to them as long as they get paid. I took a road trip with a colleague the other day, one who likes to listen to that stuff on the radio. I've heard it before, but that was many years ago when all politics meant to me was whether or not we were going to war in Iraq (the first time). I've taken a few writing classes since then, and I've studied a bit about what keywords can do to people's minds, how advertisers get us to buy products and how those who would want to control us will use words to do so. I was struck by the sheer vitriol and hate spewed forth. These are not words that inspire mutual understanding, or words that stimulate open-mindedness, even to those whose opinions you disagree with. These are words designed and coupled together in such a way as to divide and separate us. Their act is as Un-American as it can be. The next step, of course, after that is to conquer us. In short, these people who play to your sense of patriotism and pride are the exact opposite of what they pretend to be. And don't think I don't know the machine doesn't operate just as effectively on the other side of the fence, whipping the masses into thinking that our nation is in some kind of peril, on some kind of verge of a huge turning point in history. You know what? We're not. It's all a bunch of crap designed to get you to listen, get you to watch. Get you to buy the advertiser's products so the soulless figures behind the shadowy corporations driving these programs continue to get paid. I've been alive almost 42 years and the song has remained the same since the day I was conscious of a thing called the USA and my place in it. We have the greatest country on earth. Don't be fooled by these agitators. They are but wolves in sheep's clothing. And right now they are winning the war for your minds. The time for separating into different sides is over, and it's time for us to unite again as one.
<Yet still more pics of babes expressing their love for our nation and everything we hold dear.>
Sox Rule Chitown
First off, I would like to wish everybody a safe and Happy Fourth of July. I hope everybody is enjoying their extended weekend with some great BBQ and some good drink, and remember to be responsible when you do drink. Other than New Years, this weekend is one of the biggest for DUI arrests. I know that were I live, the local authorities always step up their patrols during this weekend. So, just be safe so we can all be here again next year to celebrate our nation's independence.
Secondly, I would like to wish all of our Armed forces, current and vets, a Happy 4th and to thank them for doing what they do in order for us to be able to do what we do. So while you are celebrating this weekend, take a few minutes to think about all those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in the greatest country in the world.
Some of my greatest memories as a kid in the summer time was the fourth of July. It was the biggest day of the year in Little League Baseball. The field was decorated with red, white and blue bunting, American flags lining the foul territory and every team in the league was playing that day. Then, when the games were over, it seemed like everybody and their mother would come over to our house for the big BBQ. I don't know if it was because my parents had a lot of friends, or because we were the ones with a pool. Now that I think about it, I think it was the pool. It didn't matter why they came, we still had a great time. There was always that one dad that would come with a huge box of fireworks, M-80's, firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, those things that would spin around and fly up in the air. Well, thats what they were suppose to do anyway, but they were pretty much unpredictable as far as were they would actually go. But that is what made them fun to set off. Watching everybody scatter when they didn't go straight up.
Then, when everybody had their fill of food and drink, we would head over to the local lake/park were they would have the firework display. Maybe it is my delusional childhood memories, but it sure seemed like the firework display lasted a lot longer than they do now. It seemed like they were bigger, louder and a lot more spectacular. Nowadays, I can sit in my back yard and watch the local display. They shoot them off at the carnival which is only a couple blocks away and we have a perfect view of them. And, just like my parents, except without the pool, everybody I know comes to our house on the fourth for the BBQ and fireworks. My father-in-law makes a trip to either Wisconsin or Indiana to buy some fireworks because Illinois prohibits the sale of them, and we go crazy in the back yard. And of coarse, we have the spinning things that still make people scatter. It's like my childhood all over again.
And even more pics, courtesy of chitwn
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