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-Land of the Free
Grade School Tribute to Veterans - and America
An original post by Bobby.
I have three grandchildren in the same school ‐ forth, third, and first grades. The school is only five years old, in a rapidly-growing Texas suburb. White kids are a minority, with a lot of Indians, Asians, and a few black kids. Something like 80% of the 500+ kids have a corresponding adult in the PTA or otherwise assisting at school ‐ very active adult participation. My wife and I went to a 2:05 p.m. school assembly Friday, to see my third-grade grandson sing.

The program was introduced as a thank you for our veterans. The kids were asked to be especially quiet and respectful, to honor those who have served. The colors were presented by the Cub Scouts (and a girls group, unknown to me). All rose to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge. (Having finished our education outside the state, my wife and I did not know the Texas Pledge. It’s shorter, but similar to the one (U.S.) pledge I recited in the third grade.) Then everyone sang the Star-Spangled Banner. I thought we were off to a good start!

The kids sang a number of songs celebrating America. The only song I recognized was halfway through the program, when they twice repeated the chorus of George M. Cohen’s You’re a Grand Old Flag ‐ similar to A Kids Version. If you don’t remember the original, see Wikipedia

In between each song, several kids would line up to say 5-10 words about how much they appreciated America ‐ liberty, freedom, and equality were regular themes.

After a couple of other tunes, they finished the program with something called Fifty Nifty United States. There is also a YouTube version of that, of course - Fifty Nifty. All five grades sung it together, and were rocking out, using their arms to make the shapes of each letter of the states. Texas, of course, was shouted out, as the states were recited.

The group was reminded of the purpose of the assembly and veterans in the room were asked to stand. I saw three or four, including my grandson’s other Grandpa. All 550 kids turned around and saluted the vets, and shouted thank you!

It gives me hope.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes. Hope.
Somewhere there must be prog teachers and admin having a hissy. But, they're not in charge.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 11/16/2019 6:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes. Hope.
Somewhere there must be prog teachers and admin having a hissy. But, they're not in charge.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 11/16/2019 6:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Bobby, I could hug ya... but I won't. So could my mom... and she would... but she can't. So you're safe. Seriously, thanks for this. Don't get much peer reinforcement for liking this stuff these days.

Wikipedia page on "Grand Old Flag".

Cagney medley clip from "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). Not the lousy old one but a nice sharp print posted by some subversivo on the 4th of July.
Posted by: Zorba Unaviling3556 || 11/16/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Thanks! Didn't know Jimmy Cagney could hoof it. He's pretty light on his feet (the tap dancing sequence comes at the end of the video).
Posted by: Lex || 11/16/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Cagney was an old timer that started in Vaudeville
they all could sing and dance up a storm, reaal performers.

I'm old, but not old enough to have seen him for real. Just old B&W movies on TV.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/16/2019 7:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks like he tossed in an Irish jig maneuver there too.
Posted by: Lex || 11/16/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Some of that in this, too (w. Hope, from Seven Little Foys, 1955)

but not here: Taxi! (1932) – Cagney's First On Screen Dance. Nice reversion to type at the end.
Posted by: Zorba Unaviling3556 || 11/16/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#8  My grandchildren are 9th generation Texans. I hope and pray their grandchildren will still have a Texas.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 11/16/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Great post, Bobby.
Posted by: Matt || 11/16/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Nice!
Posted by: warthogswife || 11/16/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Hillary Clinton: 'The Only Crime I Ever Committed Was Stealing The Hearts Of The American People'
[Babylon Bee] In an interview over the weekend, Hillary Clinton continued to deny any wrongdoing in the various controversies she was involved with during her time as Secretary of State and the 2016 Democratic candidate, claiming her only crime was "stealing the hearts of the American people."

The interviewer asked Clinton if she was guilty of any of the myriad accusations against her when she admitted to being "100% guilty" of being America's sweetheart.

"If being an extremely likable person beloved by every true American is a crime, then lock me up!" she said, laughing. "I'm guilty on all counts! Put me away for years! Throw me in the dungeon and toss the key in the garbage!"

She also confessed to lesser crimes of being "a woman of the people" and "extremely relatable."

"I can't help it if I'm just really good at connecting with the common man, who may only own two or three modest homes and wear suits worth less than $1,000," she said. "I'm just that really down-to-earth kind of person, and you can't blame me for that. It's just who I am, fam!"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/16/2019 09:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'm gonna... get me a beer!"
Posted by: Raj || 11/16/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#2  It's amazing. The only reason this joke works is everyone knows she's a criminal. And yet she still wants to run.
Posted by: ruprecht || 11/16/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  'The Only Crime I Ever Committed Was Stealing The Hearts Of The American People'

Well, if you ever supported Planned Parenthood, parts be parts.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/16/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Yea, she steal hearts Mayan style...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 11/16/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Channeling Robert Bloch: "I keep them in a drawer at home".
Posted by: Mercutio || 11/16/2019 12:38 Comments || Top||

#6  SCFI, you clever b**ta*d, you stole my joke!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 11/16/2019 23:18 Comments || Top||

#7  The woman is unwell. Urgently in need of medical, definitely physiological and maybe psychotropic intervention.
Posted by: Lex || 11/16/2019 23:20 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Ukraine: Dem orthodoxy evolves.
h/t Instapundit
Inside the impeachment inquiry is a classic satire of democratic politics struggling to get out. (I would like to take up Quigley on Evidence. For the moment I will only observe that Quigley should find his place in a sequel to My Cousin Vinny.)

On the substance of yesterday’s hearing in the impeachment inquiry hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, I wondered: wasn’t it only yesterday that the Obama administration refused to provide lethal military aid to the Ukraine? Obama, as I recall, didn’t want to ruffle Putin’s feathers. That sounds like an impeachable offense by itself.

Now support of lethal military aide appears to have become a holy sacrament in the evolving Democratic orthodoxy, one with its own martyrs and rites and hymns. You know, like abortion and LGBTQ "rights" and detachment from biological reality (or from reality, period).

I am somewhat surprised by how little the evolution of Democratic Party orthodoxy on the Ukraine has been noted. This aspect of Obama foreign policy has been deposited down the memory hole. Miranda Devine, however, draws on her knowledge of ancient history to note the evolution in her New York Post column addressing the so-called whistleblower.

Digression: The identity of the "whistleblower" is apparently known by everyone in DC except House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, although the "whistleblower" consulted with Schiff’s staff before filing his "complaint." Something tells me that Chairman Schiff is not entirely on the level. End of digression.

Reviewing the testimony before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, Devine writes:

    [T]here was something missing in [the two House Intelligence Committee witnesses’] description of "alarm" at the withholding of US military aid to Ukraine.

    For all their concern about Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russia, they were remarkably sanguine about the Obama administration’s inaction after Russia annexed Crimea and began aggressing into eastern Ukraine.

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko went to Washington and begged for military assistance but the Obama-Biden administration refused, out of deference to Moscow.

    Poroshenko complained at the time: "one cannot win a war with blankets."

    This was surely the low point of Ukrainian-US relations, not Trump’s phone call in July.

    Despite the witnesses’ dissatisfaction with President Trump’s Ukraine policy, it was President Trump who approved the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

    So if concern for Ukraine is not the real motivation behind the diplomatic community’s alarm about Trump, all that’s left is protecting the Bidens.

    Without a real whistleblower we can only think the worst.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/16/2019 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [404 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My guess:
I've been thinking about folks like Soros leveraging nihilistic groups and situations for currency and corporate stock or currency shorting type chaos.
He doesn't need to see positive end results in places like the Ukraine or Hong Kong to make money off of the chaos. Same with anti-fa or neo-nazis or any other nihilistic actors.
Soros himself was the king of currency arbitrage .

Now American politicians of any party are ideal partners as enablers of nihilistic actors that get some loot in the process.

This would explain the whole shit show.
Posted by: 3dc || 11/16/2019 4:24 Comments || Top||

#2  These people give new meaning to the term, rank hypocrisy. Not to mention incoherence, bad faith and general stupidity.

It was Zero who secretly assured Medvedev and Putin in March 2012 that he would renege in our promise to provide Patriot missiles to Poland. Trump reversed that decision.

It was Zero who refused lethal aid to Ukraine. Trump reversed that decision.

To say Trump is "a Russian asset" is beyond mendacious. It's a despicable lie that redirects the public away from Obama-Biden's incoherence, incompetence and corruption.

They think we're stupid. What a complete and utter Shitshow. F--- these morons.

Posted by: Lex || 11/16/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||

#3  They think we're stupid. What a complete and utter Shitshow. F--- these morons.

Lex, they think that enough of the general public is that stupid, and they may be correct.

Look how close Hillary came?
Posted by: AlanC || 11/16/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#4  If Trump came up with an immortality serum, the dems would demand a Logan's Run type of future. Not that they aren't doing that anyway...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/16/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Look how close Hillary came?

When it comes down to putting an "I'm with Her" bumper sticker on their cars and voting for her once (or more) times, yes, they are that stupid. The pitiful viewership for the impeachment hearings shitshow shows that as soon as an attention span and ability to follow even a deeply flawed excuse for an argument is involved, they are a bit too stupid.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/16/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||

#6  How do we know that a "whistleblower" even exists. Perhaps the WB is just a Schiff imaginary friend.
Posted by: warthogswife || 11/16/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Hear, hear.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/16/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Whistle blower:
Posted by: 3dc || 11/16/2019 12:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Donkeyblower
Posted by: Lex || 11/16/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#10  Mark Twain — 'If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.'
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/16/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||

#11  So who is that dork with those dopes?

I know, I know...
Posted by: Bobby || 11/16/2019 16:40 Comments || Top||

#12  Of course it's about protecting the Bidens. Because of the Bidens get the law enforcement attention they deserve, questions might be asked about the activities of all the other DC families, and the whole racket might be brought to an end.

The Democrat party (with their GOPe enablers) is organized crime, and the sooner we recognize that and act appropriately, the sooner we can get back to teaching people how to be free.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 11/16/2019 18:29 Comments || Top||

#13  Funny how much like pajama boy he looks.
Posted by: SR-71 || 11/16/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

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  Protests erupt across Iran, burning banks, angry over gas prices
Fri 2019-11-15
  Roger Stone found guilty by D.C. jury.
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  121 ISIS militants and relatives surrender to Afghan forces in Nangarhar, 300+ in past week
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