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Independence Day Mashup — Willl Ferrell as Harry Caray and The Lumineers

So obvious it’s genius.

A Dependence Day 3D Classic from Uncle Sam: Enough With the Huddled Masses!

That green broad in New York asked for huddled masses. That’s all well and good, but I want you to remember the last part of that sentence too… “yearning to be FREE.” Not as in FREE school lunches, FREE housing bailouts, etc. There are no free rights or free things — only free people and even that is conditional on human nature and a few unchanging principles. Within those boundaries… you have FREEdom, liberty… the opportunity and the ability to think and do for yourselves — to use your God-given talents to make your way in this world. You have the liberty to take from the fruits of your labor and help those less fortunate or less abled, but still willing to work hard nonetheless. You have the freedom to succeed — to allow your children to surpass you in opportunity and wealth. You have the freedom to worship or not worship, to explore ideas for your entire life or to lock yourself in an ideological box from the get-go. Those things are not free — you are free to do or not do them.

Freedom also brings with it the freedom to fail. You are or should be, free to be a fool and lose your house. You are free to quit smoking, to quit eating out so much, to quit running up your credit cards, to quit going on 2-week vacations you can’t afford, to quit voting Democrat or Republican because you’ve always done so, to quit equating all violence with hatred or all religion with science-phobia. You are free to stop dressing your daughters as whores and to stop emasculating your sons. You’re free to tart up your daughter or pussify your son too, but the rest of us are free to not pay for your grandchild or your son’s AIDS cocktail on government health plans. You’re free to pay for your own damn embryo destroying “research”. You should be free to not have to pay for “research” that holds out little hope and results in the devaluing of human life. Devalue your own life — you are free to do so. You are free to stay wretched refuse if you choose. You are free to not recognize the boundaries on human freedom written on the heart, but that failure usually leads to forfeiture of the freedoms you do have so tread lightly

You are also free to choose life, liberty, and to pursue Happiness. As that most important of our foundational documents says, “I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity… I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants….”

Quit huddling in masses. Get up! You are free to live — NOT LIVE FOR FREE. It’s not enough to BE free you have to STAY free — yearn for it. “Free” has very little, if anything to do with monetary value. It has everything to do with inherent value.

You have rights — inalienable rights. I can’t take them away from you, but you are free to give them away — the ultimate freedom. Use your freedom wisely — once it’s given away getting it back is nigh impossible and is damn sure costly. Choose life — choose liberty.

Floyd Here: originally posted March 10, 2009 (slightly edited for grammar and style)

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Obama is an Idiot

Imagine if one Goerge W Bush had said this:

‘Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy.”

President Obama delivered this warning in Johannesburg at the start of his just-ended visit to Africa. It was a discordant side note in a trip designed to highlight the president’s faith in a “new Africa” that is “more confident, more prosperous and taking its place on the world stage.” We say discordant because instead of looking at the progress Africa’s poor have made as something to celebrate, the warning sees their newfound prosperity as a problem to be solved.

Put aside for a moment the scientific dispute over global warming, which the president declared an “existential challenge.” The idea that we ought to be worried because an African can now afford air conditioning seems to us to get priorities backward.

We suspect most Africans who can now earn enough to buy an air conditioner think of this as a big step up in their lives. And there was a day when we would have regarded a world in which the people of Africa finally can enjoy the same things we in the West take for granted — a car, a comfortable house, air conditioning — as what we were hoping for.

But that has changed. These days, when the world’s poor get rich, the world’s rich too often see in it the auguries of doom. Maybe it’s because you have to be rich already to have the luxury to worry about someone else getting a car or a big house.

I couldn’t think of a better post title. He’s so breathtakingly stupid he almost defies description.

Wednesday Open Thread


From Elite Rock Bands to the True Elite

Meet Jason Everman… he kicks Pete Best’s ass when it comes to getting kicked out of up and coming soon to be huge rock bands. He’s formerly of Nirvana AND Soundgarden. Don’t cry for him though — he landed on his feet after jumping out of an airplane at jump school.

I asked if he ever talked about it. Jason shook his head no. Did they find out anyway? “Always.”

The first time was at Fort Benning in 1994, in the middle of the hell of basic training. The ex-cop recruits in boot camp with him said that prisoners had more freedom than they did. There were guys who faked suicide attempts to get out of basic. But Everman never had any doubts. “I was 100 percent,” he told me. “If I wasn’t, there was no way I’d get through it.”

He had three drill sergeants, two of whom were sadists. Thank God it was the easygoing one who saw it. He was reading a magazine, when he slowly looked up and stared at Everman. Then the sergeant walked over, pointing to a page in the magazine. “Is this you?” It was a photo of the biggest band in the world, Nirvana. Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”

Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”

And that was only half of it. Jason Everman has the unique distinction of being the guy who was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two rock bands that would sell roughly 100 million records combined. At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.

Then again, he wasn’t remotely. What Everman did afterward put him far outside the category of rock’n’roll footnote. He became an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, one of those bearded guys riding around on horseback in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

Great story from the New York Times Magazine… go read the whole thing.

h/t: Joshua Trevino’s FB

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