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President Obama’s July 4 Speech

Great speech, President Obama! Short and to the point, which automatically makes it far better than most political speeches.

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Published on Jul 4, 2015

In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Fourth of July. He honored the individuals who, throughout the history of America, have struggled and sacrificed to make this country a better place, from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in uniform serving at home and overseas.

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On this 239th annual celebration of our Declaration of Independence, President Obama spoke for 2 minutes and 39 seconds, according to one Youtube commenter. (It says 2:40 above, but why quibble over a second or two?) I’ve seen no word on whether that timing was planned or accidental.

So what’s wrong with President Obama’s speech? You won’t believe what these “conservative,” Republican, knumbskulls are holding against our President now!

By 10:02 pm that same evening, The Blaze, a small news aggregator apparently run by Glen Beck, had posted the article, Obama’s Fourth of July Address to America Omits One Very Big Word, by Dave Urbanski. What word was it? God, of course. He never mentioned the word “God” in his 159 second speech.

Urbanski describes the speech briefly and comments it “had its good points.” Then he continues:

But at the very end, when presidents — including Obama — usually sign off with some form of “May God bless the United States of America,” he offered a different finishing touch.

One that left God out.

Obama ended it like so: “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

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So? What’s the problem?

Any time the President speaks for 159 seconds, is he supposed to mention our favorite national invisible friend by name and ask for His blessings upon our nation? I don’t think the Constitution mentions that requirement.

It’s apparently not enough to mention “the Creator.”

Urbanski then reminds us the President had referred to “the Creator” earlier in his speech (at 1:03), but that evidently wasn’t enough for him. He tells us, “You be the judge.”

No doubt by next week they’ll be lampooning our President for “trivializing” his speech by timing it exactly that way. Some will claim–as if they knew–that he left off the name of God in order to make the trivialized timing match our national history a second for a year, thereby making the name of God Himself a trivial matter. (Maybe he did, for that matter. I don’t know, either. Nor do I care.)

This President never had a chance to serve our nation effectively. Before he even took office seven years ago, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress and elsewhere were announcing their primary goal was to make sure he was a single-term President. They should have been impeached immediately, of course; but there were too many of them. They would have had to impeach themselves.

Since they couldn’t find any excuse to impeach our elected President, he served that first four-year term and we re-elected him for another one. For seven years now, Republicans have done their best to block him at every turn. It’s not as if they had better solutions to our problems; they just blocked practically everything that came before them. And the Republican candidates who hope to replace him in office in a little over 18 months threaten to undo even the few things he has been able to accomplish, often through Presidential decree.

An arrogant, ignorant, desert sheriff who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and seems to think he is God took it upon himself to send deputies to Hawaii to investigate the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. He concluded it “doesn’t look right,” but he didn’t seem sure enough to ask Congress for an impeachment.

When the President has asked Congress for badly needed legislation and they did nothing, people accused him of “grabbing power” by acting on immigration and other matters on his own initiative. Somebody had to do something!

President ObamaLast week he was mauled for using the word “nigger” in an appropriate manner in a discussion about race relations.

Now they criticize him for only referring to “the Creator” and not once mentioning the name of God in this particular very short, informal speech. And it’s not just this one article by one man in this one online publication, either. Many other writers in other online publications have already made the same complaint. Twitter was buzzing about it for a while.

People who have nothing better to do than complain about whether or not the very real American President whom we elected spoke the name of their favorite imaginary friend in a particular 159-second, very informal speech need to get a life.

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Naked tourists Cause Earthquake in Malaysia

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Tourists getting naked

KUNDASANG, June 6 — The earthquake that has so far claimed 11 lives here was caused by the sacrilegious act of a group of Europeans who stripped naked on the peak of Mount Kinabalu, according to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

The Huguon Siou (paramount leader of the Kadazandusun) condemned the “uncivilised” and disrespectful actions of the 10 Europeans, and called for the culprits to be brought to a native court and charged according to local customs.

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Despite how it looks, they’re not on the beach; they’re on a plateau near the top of Mount Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, where a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the area five days later on June 5. They are the naked tourists who defiled Mount Kinabalu and brought on the earthquake.

The Kadazandusun is a combined group of two tribes totalling over half-a-million people. Their “paramount leader” says, “Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe. When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs. It is a sacred mountain and you cannot take it lightly.” Locals there believe the spirits of their ancestors live in the sacred mountain.

Naked tourists cause earthquake

It turns out that on May 30, a group of 10 European tourists broke away from their group of 27 at the mountain’s summit and decided to get naked and take pictures. A mountain guide reprimanded them, and they allegedly told him to “go to hell.” Now the Kadazandusun people believe the mountain has been defiled and they have to perform rituals to appease the mountain spirits.

Paramount Leader Pairin said he saw a flight of swallows during breakfast one day and knew something was wrong. Well, of course. Everybody knows swallows flying around during breakfast means trouble. Don’t they? “At first I didn’t think anything of it,” he said, “but after it went on for more than half an hour I knew something was not well. I brought it up with my wife and we both agreed that something bad was going to happen.” And sure enough, there was an earthquake the next day that killed at least 11 people.

“There is almost certainly a connection,” he said. “We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected.” He added that the tourists should face action under native laws and be banned from returning. This man sounds like Pat Robertson.

It’s difficult to believe that government officials in a large nation like Malaysia can be so superstitious, until we think of our own leaders. There’s no substantial difference between believing this nonsense about the mountain, earthquakes, and naked tourists and believing the nonsense our officials and (especially) our candidates say they believe about virgin births, resurrections, and creationism. Nonsense is nonsense.

Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu

CNN News reports that “The suspects could face up to three months in jail or a fine if convicted.” The ten naked tourists, if reports are correct, are probably guilty of disorderly conduct. And maybe even some version of disobeying a public official. At last report, five of them had been arrested and the other five were thought to still be in the country.

They should all probably get fines or maybe a few days in jail for desecrating a sacred shrine, but they should not suffer worse because of the silly superstitions of the local people.

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