[insert Bear Grylls joke here]
Reason for the holiday, lest we forget.
Not so much the reason.
A Ft McHenry kind of thing
A U.S. Army veteran [Mark Brummitt] attended Wednesday’s flag burning event in New York City to protest the desecration of the stars and stripes — and he vowed to stay until the very end to ensure “that at the end of the night there is a flag left standing.”
“I will stay here until this is all over,” he said. “All throughout history flags have represented the battlefield. And it was around the flag that everybody came together. At the end of the battle, there was one flag left standing. And tonight, they’re planning on burning a lot of flags. They said, ‘We’re burning one big one and bring your own.’ But, this is a battle that is already won. And at the end of the night, the American flag is still going to be standing,” Brummitt added, vowing to fly the flag he brought proudly over the area. [story]
Ungrateful traitors can burn Old Glory’s cloth, but only the cloth, not it’s fabric.
It’s okay, we have more.
All that aside, I am not 100% opposed to certain violations of flag etiquette, when done in a patriotic way, of course.
(Trigger warning: contains cheesecake)
(What? Yeah, I know, I’m a pig. Shouldn’t surprise anyone here. Sue me.)
The Laaaand of the Free….
Burning Man. A festival in the desert dedicated to ‘art’, music and self-reliance in a harsh environment. And crazy hipster shennanigans. The only thing the festival provides are porta-potties. In the desert. The rest is BYO. Not my cup o’ tea, but a worthy undertaking for many.
Since they hold it on the playa in Black Rock country in NV, they need BLM permission — and permits, which are considerably more expensive. This year, they are moar expensive.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking Burning Man organizers to build a separate compound with amenities such as flushing toilets, washers and dryers, and 24-hour access to ice cream for government officials staying in Black Rock City. [the kind of temporary trailer set-up that is often used for deployments in Afghanistan]
…A Burning Man spokesman estimated the compound would cost the event more than $1 million, bringing its 2015 permit fees to about $5 million.
…[ the former BLM director who is now a consultant for Burning Man organizers, Bob] Abbey went on to say that BLM won’t “change their strategy of threatening your permit until you agree to everything they are demanding including the latest BS proposal for providing VIP facilities for law enforcement and (Department of Interior) officials.”
Menu demands here. Top drawer all the way, including “Ice Cream: This needs to be in a standalone freezer for ice cream available all day long; Drumstick, Choco Taco, Individual served ice cream assorted flavors, Popsicles, Ice cream sandwiches.” In the desert. Nice.
$4 million in ‘permit’ fees and a nearby [10 miles] BLM housing unit already in place. But these Fedz need moar. or, No Permit For YOU !!
By and For The People.
On an even scarier front;
New York City is reviewing its contracts with Donald Trump following comments by the developer and U.S. presidential candidate insulting Mexicans, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.
“Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers,” the mayor said in a statement.
That is what Diversity means in 2015: one can only do business with a .gov entity if one’s beliefs are Correct.
When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
[Trump Also Said:]
…Last quarter, it was just announced our gross domestic product — a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Whoever heard of this? It’s never below zero.
Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate.
And our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.
That’s right. A lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs, because there are no jobs, because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have jobs.
But the real number, the real number is anywhere from 18 to 19 and maybe even 21 percent, and nobody talks about it, because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense.
[USATodaytoday] The thousands of Fourth of July fireworks celebrations across the nation bring a toxic brew of air pollution to our atmosphere, according to a recent study from federal scientists.
The fine particulate matter in this study — which was led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] — were 2.5 micrometers in size.
Both long- and short-term exposures to fine particles are linked to a range of health effects — from coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, to asthma attacks, heart attack and stroke, to even premature death in people with heart or lung disease, according to the study.
*You’re gonna stand there, ownin’ a fireworks stand, and tell me you don’t have no whistlin’ bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin’ kitty chaser?
And don’t y’all be flyin’ that C-flag, neither!
(What? Uh, no, dunno how he can with ear protection on.)
which will completely not shock practicallyeveryone
State Department officials admitted Clinton had withheld all of nine emails and parts of six others after [her former aide, Sidney] Blumenthal provided 60 emails to the House Select Committee on Benghazi that the agency had failed to submit earlier this year.
For those who have forgotten, Blumenthal started as a “jouuuurnalist” working for The New Republic and later for Tina Brown’s New Yorker. Some of the “fair and balanced” stuff he wrote about the Clintons:
On Clinton’s adultery: “While George Bush – all whiteness – talks about ‘family values,’ the Clintons demonstrate them by confessing to adultery.” [”all whiteness” ??!?]
On Clinton’s smoking but not inhaling: “many of his old friends believe that Clinton, wracked by allergies and unable to puff on a cigarette, told the truth.”
For some reason *cough* Blumenthal got hired as “special advisor” to SlickWillie, policy advisor, speechwriter and general Bimbo Eruption Flak. Oddly enough, Blumenthal was not so warmly embraced by the Obobo Outfit once he started spewing the story about Obobo’s connection with Committed Commie Frank Marshall Davis. funny, that…
Clearly, being expert at covering like a cat on a linoleum floor for Teh Power Couple is, eventually, a lucrative gig. After his $10,000/ month stint at the Clinton Foundation, he pissed off so many people there he was moved to a “consulting” deal for the Clinton outfits, PAC American Bridge and Media Matters for America.
For example, one email Clinton kept from the State Department indicates Libyan leaders were “well aware” of which “major oil companies and international banks” supported them during the rebellion, information they would “factor into decisions” about about who would be given access to the country’s rich oil reserves.
… Blumenthal told Clinton his sources were concerned about the focus of international interest on Libya’s oil sector, playing up the importance of other “private firms” that could provide “medical assistance.”
By his own admission, Blumenthal had a personal financial interest in Libya involving medical assistance.
Also: moar emails on the whole messaging goals included the need “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” thang.
The interesting bit is where dog bites …candidate. How did it come to pass that Blumenthal released emails that H> refused to — and scrubbed? Confused Incompetence? Random Happenstance? Betrayal/Revenge?
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