Happy 4th of July!
I hope you all have a fantastic red, white, and blue day!
For more 4th of July posts, go to Proud to Be an American
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So today marks the 15th anniversary of September 11th. Unlike most anniversaries mentioned on my blog, this is one I was actually alive for and had strongly impacted me and my family.
I would just like to dedicate this blog to all those who were first responders, tried to assist in any way, and to all our military. Thank you for all you do. Your sacrifices can never be repaid, all I can do is honor you and let you know how grateful I am.
Well today is a special day in our history. Today not only marks the birth of a new country but a choice that we were no longer to be owned and ruled by kings, instead giving us regular people the power to choose who we want.
While not ever country may view this day as special:
But I sure do.
So however you like to celebrate, whether you treat this day seriously or have fun:
Enjoy your day, but always remember what it stands for.
For more on the 4th of July, go to Every Heart Beats True for the Red, White & Blue
For more holiday posts, go to Summertime
For more on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, go to It’s A Fan World After All
That’s the truth!
Truer words have never been spoken! This is the sort of person you should try to be.
In fact I would like to dedicate this post to all those who have served and are currently serving in the military. Thank you for being true heroes and protecting all us back here in the U.S.
Happy Memorial Day!!!
For more on Memorial Day, go to True Success
For more holiday posts, go to Resurrection Sunday
For more Boy Meets World, go to Be Who You Are
For more Captain America, go to Avengers Assemble
For more quotes, go to Mere Stupidity
Okay I loved the original Conan films with Arnold Schwarzenegger, I thought they were absolutely great. (To read more of my thoughts on the first film, go here.)
So anyways, I found this pic on the internet and it is hilarious. 🙂 And it got me thinking…Wouldn’t Conan make an awesome librarian? I mean with him there would be no late fees, ever.
He would use all his strength and power to pass on the love of reading.
“Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: To teach people how to use the online catalog, help people find the books they want, and create children and adult reading programs!”
Think about it people. Sometimes the way of the future can be pulled out of the past.
For more on Conan go to Part XI: A Movie Line List’s Excellent Adventure
For more on Arnold Schwarzenegger, go to I’ll Be Back
For more on libraries, go to The America I Love
To read more book related posts, go to What Have We Done to Each Other?
For more on Veterans’ Day, go to Let’s Hear It for the Boys
For more on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, go to My Favorite Movie Lines
So I decided to do this post in honor of Bastille Day! Yay! You know I find the French Revolution so fascinating on how things got so ugly, so quickly. Also the complete irony on how they tried to change everything about France and erase all shreds they were ever ruled by a monarchy, but yet at the same time, find themselves being ruled by a king in about 10 years. By the way this is Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830) about the July Revolution of 1830 (the 26-29), which ousted King Charles X of France. For those of you wondering, this took place two years before the June Uprising depicted in Les Miserables. So in this image we have liberty, represented as a woman (as usual) leading the people onward. This painting helped end the Enlightenment period and made way for Romanticism, the style that revolved around political events and current issues to try and evoke emotion out of the viewer. The people in the image following liberty and the French flag, are a wide range of people from different classes. To the far left is a poor peasant, and next to him a member of the bourgeois in a top hat, and to the right of liberty a member of the military.
Anyways, this post is also a response to Girl on Fire, my post on The Hunger Games quiz result I got. I mentioned how I would start a revolution as I have tried before at an Oxfam banquet.
So at my school we do an Oxfam banquet every year that raised awareness of hunger and homelessness in the world, U.S. and city that we live in. Each person who visits picks a name/occupation out of a bowl and it determines where you will be placed, and what your economic status is. Those who are lower class are the majority, sit on the floor, are treated rudely, have to drink water with coffee grounds in it, share a thing of rice, and eat last. Those who are middle class are seated at tables and get clean water, beans, and rice. Those who are upper class get bread rolls, salad, clean water in glasses, eat off glass plates instead of paper, cookies, and some kind of meat dish. They get the most attention and there are only like five of them, but yet they have more tables set out with food that remain empty. Throughout the night they have speakers and do a discussion of how we felt about the activity.
Now the first year I worked the bowl, holding it and making sure no one cheated, and all went to their right place. At the end of the shift, I pulled out a name and ended up getting upper class. Unfortunately, the waitstaff forgot to serve us the main dish so we only had salad and bread.
The next year they didn’t need volunteers so I just went with my friends. This year I got middle class (pooh) and in order to eat we had to do “chores”. They gave us a bag with holes in it and we had to clean up the newspaper pieces they had ripped and thrown about. The poorer class had it worse as they didn’t have a bag and the people get throwing more and more paper at them.
So I came up with the idea to tie the holes up as otherwise, we were going nowhere. After we finished we got our nasty food (it was horribly done as our caf sucks). Then we sat there. Now we had plenty of food left over, and I tried to give it to the other group but they just wouldn’t take it. They felt that it was their role so they were going to accept that. Well I wasn’t. I saw all those tables with empty people and I was hungry. So I told my friends, let’s start a revolution! Look at all the uneaten food that is going to be thrown away afterwards. Let’s go get it. Come on, there is plenty for us. We won’t have to take anybody’s stuff, we won’t force them to do anything. We’ll just rise up and take the stuff we need. I was very much Maria from Metropolis.
Come on everyone! Let’s do this!
But sadly, none of my friends wanted to as they “thought they would get in trouble”.
And went and took the food.
A few people followed my lead, but mostly everyone was too complacent to stand up for their rights or scared they would get kicked out. So what if we do? Then we do. That’s the problem with revolutions or fighting for a cause. You need others to fight with you, but sometimes you just can’t convince them to take that chance. 😦
According to Buzzfeed I’m a real revolutionary and belong during this time period
Go here to see what time period you belong in
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For more on the French Revolution, go to Sucky Sequels
For more on The Hunger Games, go to The Hunger Games: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
For more on rebels, go to A True Princess
For more on Revolutions, go to Being Friends is Good Enough