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US Embassy celebrates 4th of July earlier out of respect for Ramadhan

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This is from The Jakarta Post.

YGTBSM the ambassador decided to celebrate American Independence on June 4th so he would not offend Muslims.

 

The United States Embassy enjoyed its annual 4th of July celebration on Thursday, June 4, one month early, in order to respect the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will begin on June 17 and last for one month.

US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake and US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian presided over the festivities, which involved brass band renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya.

Blake explained that the theme of the event leaned toward “green” development, which supported the US’ focus on building and promoting a green economy and more environmentally sustainable development.

He also praised Indonesia’s performance as a fully functioning democracy, aiming for further collaboration between the two countries in the years to come.

“The US will continue to support Indonesia in the future through its democratic achievements. Democracy is an American value which we have championed since [the country’s birth in] 1776,” Blake told the crowd during the festivities at his residence near Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

He added that moving the 4th of July celebrations to June 4 was one done out of respect for the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will last from June 17 to July 17.

The event also showcased a number of American products and businesses, including the Zero FX Electric Motorcycles, which Blake explained were an environmentally friendly vehicle used by the California Highway Patrol.

Several high-level Indonesian officials attended the festivities, including Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan, Coordinating Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil, Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir and Industry Minister Saleh Husin. Other figures such as Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie were also in attendance.

The United States declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/05/us-embassy-celebrates-4th-july-earlier-out-respect-ramadhan.html#sthash.k3v3OdGN.dpuf

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EXCLUSIVE: SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO LAUGHS AT HUFFINGTON POST THANKSGIVING HIT PIECE

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This is from Breitbarts Big Journalism.

If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.

You want a turkey with all of the fixings for your

Thanksgiving dinner do not commit crimes.

America needs more Sheriff’s like Joe Arpaio.

 

The Huffington Post was none too pleased with Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio over his cost-cutting efforts with his county jail’s Thanksgiving Day menu.

“Joe Arpaio Offers Inmates, Fed Only Twice A Day, 56-Cent Thanksgiving Meal,” author Shadee Ashtari cried. She then went on to quote an anonymous jail employee from another state entirely who allegedly spends 48 cents more per prisoner meal: “We don’t want to release angry inmates.”

Sheriff Joe spoke with me Friday and laughed: “I’m concerned because the meals had gone up a little,” he said. “These people are in jail for committing crimes.” The Sheriff went further and stated: “These people are lucky they get to eat their turkey-flavored soy substance. It’s Thanksgiving, so I gave them them a turkey-flavored meal.”

“Look,” he said. “We have one of the largest county jails in the country. We serve about 20,000 meals per day. Whatever we do costs our taxpayers a lot of money.”

The Sheriff said he intended to take the matter even further: “I’m going to go vegetarian with these guys.” He added: “That’s where the real savings will be.”

“I put American flags in each cell and we listen to the Star-Spangled Banner each day. We also play God Bless America.” He also said his inmates suffer strict consequences if they deface or destroy the American flag in their cells. He stated: “If they damage the flag, they go on a bread and water diet. We have about ten inmates who had to eat bread and water today.”

Another effort Sheriff Joe has in mind will likely upset his detractors even more; namely, Arpaio intends to begin separating U.S. military veterans from other inmates. “These guys served our country,” he explained. “I want them to have special training, job programs, I want to have a program that helps them get jobs after they serve their time,” he said.

Sheriff Joe added: “I’m sure any effort to house veterans separately from the others will get the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] after me again, but these guys fought for our country and I want to do something for them.

 

25 Examples Of What America Would Be Like If Everyone Was A Liberal

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This is from Town Hall.

We are headed this way now.

 

1) America’s credit rating would get so low that it would force President Dennis Kucinich to petition the UN for donations to pay for Social Security, Medicare, and his newly implemented 350 weeks of unemployment plan.

2) There wouldn’t be a Pledge of Allegiance said in schools, no one would sing the Star Spangled Banner before any sporting event, and no one would celebrate the 4th of July.

3) Gas would cost $9 a gallon. Liberals would consider this a plus because it would cause more people to get tax credits to buy government subsidized $40,000 electric cars.

4) Seven year olds would be able to vote. Free candy and endorsements from cartoon characters would become a staple of campaigning.

5) The corporate tax rate would be 15 percent higher, most American workers would be unionized and tax rates would soar. As a result, our economy would be stagnant and our unemployment rate would permanently be in the 10-20% range.

6) Prison sentences would be short, crime would be rampant, and the police would be so undermanned and tied down with regulations that they wouldn’t even bother to lock people up for committing crimes like burglary..

7) There would be price controls on electricity, gasoline, and most household goods. Of course, there would also be regular shortages of electricity, gasoline, and most household goods.

8) Children would be taught to be androgynous, gender-confused weirdos in school rather than risk exposing them to “gender stereotypes.”

9) Conservatism would be considered hate speech that could draw a massive fine or even jail time for repeat offenders.

10) The good news is that housing would be free. The bad news is that it would mostly be in ugly cement buildings with drug addicts, former homeless people, the severely mentally ill, and career criminals peppered all through the complex for the sake of “diversity.”

11) Wearing a cross, mentioning the Bible, or advocating Christian beliefs anywhere outside of a church would be illegal because it might “offend people.”

12) Meat, 32 ounce sodas, and trans fats would be illegal. Crack, meth, and heroin would be legal.

13) America’s military would be so weak we’d have to rely on Mexico and Canada to defend us from potential threats.

14) The Israelis would be driven into the sea, Taiwan would be swallowed by China, and Russia would begin to gobble up the countries that broke free after the Soviet Union fell.

15) Not only would partial birth abortions be legal, but a mother would be allowed to kill her child forthree months after he’s born without penalty.

16) Stopping sex offenders from teaching school or adopting children would be considered discriminatory.

17) Activists would be able to sue on behalf of individual plants and animals in court.

18) The government would control health care top-to-bottom. It would take six months to get an operation, which would be considered a feature, not a bug because a lot of old people would die in the interim and save the government money.

19) Only government employees would be able to legally own guns.

20) Income inequality would be nearly eradicated after all the rich Americans and big corporations fled the country rather than pay confiscatory tax rates.

21) Wal-Mart would only be allowed to hire union employees and completely coincidentally, their prices would double.

22) We’d have open borders and so many illegal aliens in the southern United States that California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas would end up being ceded back to Mexico.

23) There would be a free, in-house abortion clinic in every junior high in America.

24) President Kucinich’s new idea to help deal with the soaring jobless rate? Paying workers the new minimum wage, $80,000 a year, to dig holes and fill them back up.

25) The federal government would spend 134 billion dollars replacing the current Presidents on Mount Rushmore with Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez, and Margaret Sanger.

 

 

If You Like Peanut Butter and Jelly You Might be a Racist

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This is from Political Outcast.

This is from the you can not make this stuff up department.

Political correctness is destroying this nation.

The inmates are running the asylum.

Jeff Foxworthy made a career and a fortune telling redneck jokes.

  • “If you believe you got a set of matched luggage when you have two shopping bags from the same store, you might be a redneck.”
  • “If you think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are ‘Gentlemen, start your engines,’ you might be a redneck.”

I thought about coming up with a “you might be a racist if” routine. After thinking about it for awhile, I’m sure someone would say, “If you tell ‘you might be a racist’ jokes, you might be a racist.” So switching careers is just not in the cards or stars until stupid people stop breeding and infecting the gene pool.

The latest “you might be a racist” accusation comes from a K-8 public school principal. Naturally.

“Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day. Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.

“‘What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?’ says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

“‘Another way would be to say: “Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?” Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.’”

To ensure that there are no tinges of overt or subconscious racist thoughts, words, or actions, “Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of ‘Courageous Conversations.’”

Their time would be better spent teaching their students to read, write, add subtract, divide, and multiply, and speak well in order to help them get good jobs so they can buy peanut butter, jelly, torta, and pita.

Who frequents ethnic restaurants more than any other group in the United States? White people! Go to your favorite Chinese, Mexican, Thai, or Cuban restaurant, and what will you find? The seats loaded with people from all types of national backgrounds. Americans love ethnic food and don’t care one whit who’s cooking and serving it.

I grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and never thought someone else was being “insensitive to my Italian heritage” because some of my German friends ate knockwurst or “pigs in a blanket.”

The inmates are running the asylum.

The Moment I Lift My Hand from the Bible …A Tea Party’s Dream Inaugural

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This is from Clash Daily.

Can you imagine the sh** storm of liberal screaming and crying that would happen.

I would love to see and hear these things take place.

Sheriff Joe as Attorney General would be a liberal nightmare.

 

While running for the Republican nomination to oppose President Bill Clinton, Pat Buchanan would promise that as the next president of the United States, “the moment I lift my hand from the Bible, I will turn to Bill and Hillary Clinton and say, ‘You have the right to remain silent, whatever you say, can and will be held against you in a court of law.’” The remark, always well received by the Buchanan brigades, became a moot point with the nomination of the Dino-RINO, Bob Dole. As a former foot soldier in those brigades and a voice in the tea-party choir, I offer you the Inaugural event for which we have all been dreaming. If Mitt Romney really wants to restore Liberty, then the event will go something like this:

The moment, I Mitt Romney, lift my hand from the Bible:

I will slap Chief Justice Roberts and say, “Don’t worry … that was just a tax.”

I will turn to Barack Obama and say, “Don’t leave town; my Attorney General, Joe Arpaio would like to schedule an appointment; he has a few questions that he needs you to answer.”

I will make sure that Matthews, Olbermann, and Maddow all have a good seat to document the event; and to be merciful, an EMS rapid response team will be on standby with an AED.

Franklin Graham will pray … in Jesus’ name and I will say “Amen”, blowing a kiss to the ACLU, the American Atheists and Bill Maher.

I would invite the Dixie Chicks, Tony Bennett, and Barbara Streisand because even at an inaugural, you need someone to park cars.

I will light up an Opus X and waft the smoke in the general direction of the defunct first lady while Ted Nugent plays the Star Spangled Banner on his Gibson guitar.

And speaking of First Ladies; Ann Romney will raise her own children, not dictate to yours.

I will personally peel Michelle Obama’s feculent, fascist fingers from your child’s lunch box and a group of visiting Boy Scouts will take a fist full of Twinkies from a Chick-fil-A bag, thrust them heavenward and cry out in unison, “From my cold, dead hands”. I will tell McDonalds that no one in the White House will force, pressure or threaten them to turn their happy meals into compost. I will tell restaurants that it is their decision to serve salt, faux gras, allow cigarettes or have endless fries and the market will decide if they are wise in doing so.

I will announce an end to the golf trips, the shopping splurges in France and Spain, the Broadway plays and the frivolous waste of a Secret Service escort for a spoiled pre-pubescent teen on her first spring break. If Alexander the Great and Robert E. Lee wouldn’t eat or drink until their troops were fed then we can stay off the golf-course and David Letterman’s stage until the wars are over and America is fully employed!

I will tell Google, Buffet and GE that the White House is no longer a garage sale or a bed and breakfast; and while you are here Mr. Buffet, write out a check to the IRS for one billion dollars or get sized up by General Arpaio for shackles and pink underwear; your secretary can run the company while you’re “away” and we’ll lower her taxes, too.

I will introduce the Czars to a metaphorical guillotine; if you can’t pass an F.B.I. security screening then you can’t pass through the White House gate … even for a tour. I will write the last executive order that does away with all future executive orders.

I will lift the ban on 3.2 gallon toilets, incandescent light bulbs, salt, cigarettes, MSG, pleasure, fun and freedom.

I will unleash Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve … with Subpoena power; I will let him sniff Barney Frank’s and Christopher Dodd’s prison uniforms and say, “Sick-em, boy!”

I will put Paul Ryan in charge of auditing every agency in the Federal Government. I will cut, actually cut, 10% across the board and will offer a 2% stipend as an incentive for anyone within a Department that blows the whistle on waste and fraud.

I will openly challenge the tree humpers on energy policy and we will drill, baby drill. My energy secretary, Todd Palin will make sure that we are an “all of the above” energy producer and he will begin by dismantling the Department of Energy.

I will end the Department of Education and announce that there will be Federal vouchers until a local solution is implemented.

I will empower my Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sarah Palin, to walk Obamacare into the Death Panel and make sure that it receives a proper burial.

No federal money will be dispersed without congressional approval and oversight … like the constitution says, not the IMF; Greece and Europe … bail out your own socialist gluteus; we have work to do over here. If Greece wants a bailout, I’d top the donation at one million; that’d be one million copies of the Federalist papers to be followed 3 months later by the muskets and gun powder to implement them.

I will announce that the Justice Department will now enforce the nation’s laws again including DOMA and Eric Holder will be able to defend himself against charges of treason, fraud and dereliction of duty. I will institute a law stating that public employees, judges or politicians found guilty of a breach of the public trust will have mandatory sentences and serve double the time of a regular citizen. Congress will be bound by its own laws and every Friday will be “strike 3 laws from the books” day.

Did I say that I will kill the czars? Metaphorically speaking, of course!

I will tell Israel, England, Taiwan and Tibet that they have a friend again in the White House … and I will tell the madmen of the Middle East, North Korea and South America, that they don’t.

I will tell Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Taliban that we don’t negotiate with terrorists and we will no longer send them aid unless, of course, it’s tied to the tail end of a Patriot missile.

I will end nation building. Armies destroy things and kill people and that’s the ROE our troops would receive until we could withdraw them. I would support allies in sensitive places with supplies but not with our sons and daughters. Freedom is won at the cost of your blood and your sweat and if you aren’t “all in” for your own liberty, neither is my son or daughter.

I will tell Putin that the transmission he received about the Alpha-Fail pusillanimous president who promised to do his best Cirque-duh-Soleil after his next election; well, he’s not going to be able to keep his promise; America prefers its Commander-in-Chief to have an iron back-bone and brass cojones. And one more thing, Vladimir; if you ever float one of your glow-in-the-dark subs into the Gulf of Mexico on my watch; be prepared to come and beg for its keys; you can meet me on the deck of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. I’ll be the guy wearing the PUSSY RIOT concert tee and the bomber jacket, standing underneath the banner that says, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” (in Russian). Go ahead, tavarish; Make My Day!

And finally, I will return the bust of Winston Churchill to the oval office and hand what’s left of the crushed Mao and Hedda Lettuce Christmas ornaments to Mrs. Obama with a thank you card attached from America:
“You can tell your story walking. Get Hence!” signed with the affectionate gratitude of all freedom-loving Americans.

 

The Star Spangled Banner is Hard, Yo

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This is from the Political Outcast.

Our schools are just indoctrination centers.

Where political correctness is the order of the day.

I used to hate history the way it was being taught.

Then I met Mr.Ramage and he brought history to life.

He would dress up as historical figures.

With his help I understood historical figures were real people.

Sadly teachers like Mr.Ramage are very few in any.

This question was asked (and answered) recently by ABC News: “Why is the Star Spangled Banner so hard to sing?” I found the article to be interesting on its own, but also thought it identified common problems many moderns have with “old things” in general. With the current love affair modern man has with secularism (meaning, the present only, not noticeably concerned with either the past or the future), it is not too surprising to learn that many pop and rock singers find the National Anthem a difficult song to sing.

Most Americans don’t realize just how technical of a song the Star Spangled Banner really is. At most, they sing it once or twice a year and usually mumble the words. In fact, many don’t even know the words. Of those who do know the words, very few have even given them a moment’s thought.

Michael Dean, director of vocal studies at UCLA, has coached a number of singers of the Anthem, from all genres of music. He says, “Once they start looking at the words, the thing that strikes every person I’ve worked with on this, is how moving the text is. Even the most jaded singers, they usually just start weeping.”

History is indeed a powerful teacher, but when actual history is coupled with elegant art (music in this case), the message becomes unavoidable. Dean trains his singers by first helping them to understand the Anthem as a poem, and then as a song. The vocal demands are extremely technical, but once they become part of the presentation of the Anthem, it takes on a whole new life.

Sadly, few of us have been taught this way. Education in this country used to follow this pattern. One hundred years ago, nearly every American would have been able to tell you what the Star Spangled Banner is actually about, what the words are, who wrote it, why, where, what key it is to be sung in, and how many verses it had (four, in case you’re wondering); today, no American would have this information at the ready (including me). Why is this? Is it simply because “they don’t teach nothing in school these days,” or is it something else? If you really believe “they don’t teach nothing” in the public schools, you would be wrong. They do teach something—a lot of something. The main problem is that what they are teaching is not what young minds need in order to succeed in this world.

In much the same way as pop singers think they are qualified to sing the National Anthem, most of our high school and college graduates think they are prepared for the rigors of “real life.” And it’s usually not until they get out on their own that they realize they aren’t prepared. Just as their elementary math teacher moved them into multiplication before they fully understood addition and then into division before they could grasp the concepts of multiplying, so are we short-changing our children when we don’t teach them from general to specific, from foundation to application. The reason that the National Anthem is so moving as a poem is because it is recounting real events in a real time and place that had a real effect on our national story being told through the eyes of a real eyewitness.

As I said before, history is a powerful teacher, but only when it is allowed to tell its story and is not constrained by the dehumanizing methods of disinterested teachers demanding that students know the dates, locations, and names, rather than the times, places, and reasons of history. The facts of history are important—the story can’t be told without them—but when the facts begin to obscure the story, that is, when the present takes the precedence, the real emotional lesson and impact of the story is lost; it becomes nothing more than words to remember until immediately after the test.

History used to teach us, but now pop culture teaches us. We are not educating, we are indoctrinating. And as long as no one rocks the boat, the indoctrination seems to be working just fine. But even something as seemingly naïve and harmless as the Star Spangled Banner has the potential to rock the boat. We are the heirs of a fantastic historical story, but the question is: Is there anyone left who can sing it?

 

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