July Fourth Smack Talk, An Attack On Blue, “Lift You Higher And Higher…” *Open Thread*


The Fourth of July has come and gone, the celebration of which was marred by a few troubling events. Two of the events involve comments or statements made that put America down, and one involved intentional violence that took a Blue Life that Mattered in New York City, tragically.

Unfortunately, the speaker of one of the negative comments was none other than President Obama while vacationing in Indonesia. Apparently,, Obama just cannot help himself from making derogatory comments about the USA while out of the country, and from taking digs at the new President. Apparently Obama never got the memo that it is impolitic and a breach of decorum to criticize the new President. From the Daily Wire (h/t to a friend):


Obama took a break from hobnobbing with celebrities and kite-surfing with billionaires over the Fourth of July weekend to lecture Americans about their lowly place in the world. And he ripped Trump — without saying his name, of course — for pushing an America First agenda.

“We start seeing a rise in sectarian politics, we start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism, we start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us,” Obama said in Indonesia.


Obama, who refused to utter the words “Islamic terrorism,” said America must embrace Muslims — no matter the cost.

“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said. “What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence,” he continued.

Well, Muslims seem to be doing just fine without Americans embracing Islam. During Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month of fasting and prayer, there were 161 terror attacks and 1,483 killed, reports The Religion of Peace website, which keeps a running tally. Another 1,557 were wounded. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Uh huh. We get it: Patriotism is bad, Islam is good. Got it. Go back to the kite-surfing, please, sir, and stop badmouthing the USA from afar already. Thanks.


And speaking of the Obamas, a bunch of his followers celebrated July Fourth not as our Independence Day, but as Malia Obama’s birthday. I kid you not. From Twitter via the Daily Wire:


Until this country treats people of color the same, it’s national bbq & Malia Obama day

Independence Day doesn’t count for us anyway…so for her birthday, I say HAPPY MALIA OBAMA DAY! God bless America! 

Wow we can finally replace this terrible hypocritical holiday with the birth of our first daughter, Malia Obama. Today is a good day! 🎉

Wow, are you kidding me with this? With all the many freedoms and opportunities we have in this country, these people think that the only reason to celebrate the Fourth of July is because of Malia Obama? The article continues:

[…] As noted by Daily Wire’s Elliott Hamilton on Tuesday, it’s rather simple to throw a tantrum and unleash snarky tweets without actually doing anything to fight whatever cause du jour you’ve fashioned into a victimhood badge for the day. But the men who signed the Declaration of Independence actually put their lives on the line for freedom — the very freedom enabling your consequence-free complaining on the Fourth of July.  […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding. Of course, they apparently left their analytical skills elsewhere hence their inability to make the connection about the very right they are employing – Freedom of Speech – while complaining that “Independence Day isn’t for them,” or some such nonsense. What is truly sad is how many times a lot of those Tweets above were passed on. Dang…

Officer FamiliaMeanwhile, also on the Fourth (or very early on the Fifth of July), another event occurred that had to do with the ultimate infringement on Freedom. That would be the assassination in cold blood of a NYC veteran Police Officer, Miosotis Familia, gunned down while sitting in her car. The assassin, Alexander Bonds, was killed by Police after he drew his gun on them. Bonds had a bunch of anti-cop rhetoric on his social media and apparently had a rap sheet a mile long. From PIX 11 via  The Right Scoop:


Bonds served about seven years in prison for a robbery in Syracuse, in which he was paroled in May 2013, records indicate. Police sources initially said he had been arrested in 2013.

Wednesday was not Bonds’ first attack on a police officer. Sources tell the NY Daily News he previously assaulted an officer with brass knuckles.

Bonds also recently spoke critically of law enforcement on social media, the Daily News reports, noting he had up to six different aliases. […]  (Click here to read the rest.)

Good heavens. That is just terrible. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Familia, and to the Band of Blue Officers who worked with Familia for the past 12 years. What a terrible loss, and what a terrible statement such an assassination makes about where we are in this country. They are all in my thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of this brave police, a life cut short by the act of a criminal.

If they can find some comfort in the following song, and if we all can take heart that, despite the rhetoric of an angry few, this country is viewed by many as a “Promised Land,” (rightly so). what a gift that will be. From Faithwire, this rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I am Looking For” from Jimmy Kimmel recently:

“He will lift you higher and higher/ He will lift you up when you call/ He will bring you shelter from the storm/ I believe in the Kingdom Come/ Then all the colors will bleed into one/ Bleed into one/ But yes, I’m still running/ You broke the bonds/ And you loosed the chains/ Carried the cross of my shame/ Oh my shame, you know I believe it,” the audience sang. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Amen to that. May that knowledge bring some comfort to those who need comfort, and hope to those who need hope.

May those who continue to put this great country down realize the folly of their ways and realize they really do live in the “Promised Land…”

This is an Open Thread.


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19 Responses to “July Fourth Smack Talk, An Attack On Blue, “Lift You Higher And Higher…” *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great piece and topic Rev!

    I don’t understand and never will the sheer idiocy of complaining about the lack of freedom in this country while being free to complain all they want. Do they have no idea of what would happen to them in an actual dictatorship if they dared post the kind of swill they post constantly?

    Here they are free to show the world what complete fools tweet like.

    If I didn’t know there were so many great young people around I would fear for the future of this country more than I do. These young whiners will become middle-aged whiners and then old whiners. And their contribution to society, and the country and humanity will be nil. What sad wasted lives so many lead.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Marge – I appreciate it. And your comments were cracking me up, especially the one abt Obama. Too funny!

      You are right abt the wasted lives – again I think we can blame our educational system for much of that, though parents who don’t make sure their kids know how to think for themselves and are taught civics bear responsibility, too…

      More later, but thanks for the comments!

    • weepingtreeblog Says:

      Ugh. He was a freaking piece of crap then & he remains so. I pray that his horrible words & deeds come back to haunt tbat insolent, indolent, ignorant pos with the evil karma he continues to wreak. How in the H€££ DOES HE THINK HE EVEN GOT TO BE POTUS??? By the insanity of racism & affirmative action of course.


  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Obama will never shut his pie-hole because he thinks he’s the smartest man in every room. He knows because the media told him so. Actually he’s only the smartest man in the room when he’s in a room alone IMO.

    Now the sad mediocrity is going to fix the Democrat Party that he broke. With him the narcissism and lack of self-awareness never ends.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That cartoon is spot on!

      And you are so right abt Obama thinking he is the smartest person in the room. Um, yeah, no..

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    And just because I get so confused by the nonsense from the Twittidiots, just what has Malia ever done, except get born, to make her worth celebrating?

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Remember this old gal from the Burger King ads?

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    NARRATIVE FAIL: Trump Slams Russian Aggression in Poland, Media Focus on Crowd Size

    By Ben Shapiro

    On Thursday, President Trump spoke in Poland, where he laid forth his plans for NATO Article 5 common defense. He stated that the United States “has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5…Our defense is not just a commitment of money, it is a commitment of will.” Trump went on to explain, “Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield – it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls.”

    He even warned the Russian government directly: “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.” Trump also stated his support for missile defense in Poland against Russia.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I caught a good bit of that speech. The Poles received him quite warmly, and there were tens of thousands of them there.

      Trump’s statement abt our fight is particularly intriguing to me in light of the excellent Mark Levin book you were kind enough to get me. That is, the difference between Americanism and Progressivism, in a nut shell.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    FAKE NEWS: Media falsely claims Trump was SNUBBED by Polish First Lady, calls it a “PUBLIC REBUKE”


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      They just do not seem able to help themselves from making crap up, do they? WOW. Seriously – this TDS is pathological. These people are not well…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise who has been readmitted to the ICU: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/rep_steve_scalise_readmitted_t.html

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Considering the path the bullet took it isn’t a surprise that infection is a problem. Serious condition is not good news but ICU is where he belongs to get constant care.

      I worry about staph infection since a hospital is the most common place to pick one up. Our neighbor did a few weeks ago. And he didn’t take it seriously and came close to losing his leg. He now is back home but has an IV in his arm and a nurse came and showed him how to change it. His knee is still horribly swollen but he tells us it’s 1/2 the size it was when they made a mad run to the hospital a week ago. (We’re lucky, we only live 5 blocks from the hospital. Well lucky if you need medical help – not so much with sirens all hours of the day and night.)

      I’ve been praying for Representative Scalise and his family. I pray that this time evil will not win and he goes home to his family.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Great point abt Staph infections. They are serious business, no doubt abt it.

        And good HEAVENS abt your neighbor! Thank goodness h is back home, but wow, that is troubling. Hope he recovers fully from it.

        I hope the same for Rep. Scalise. Yes, ICU is the best place for him, but it is an unfortunate setback. I imagine his family is just beside themselves with worry. How hard this must be on them all. Definitely sending prayers their way, and for Scalise’s recovery…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          The neighbor is a jerk politically but otherwise a nice guy. Lou and he help each other out with keeping the driveway clear in the winter. And when Lou was at work John would completely clear out around the back door and front sidewalk and right up to the front steps. He’s a nice guy – she on the other hand gives the word for female dogs a bad name.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Well, at least John was thoughtful abt clearing the walks and everything. That was nice.

            LOL abt his wife, though – you have such a way with words!

            • kenoshamarge Says:

              Swearing got my mouth washed out with soap by my Mom. I learned to be creative. If I could make her laugh – no ivory soap for lunch!

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This makes me ill. There is something seriously wrong with us as a culture when this kind of bill can be passed. Never mind forcing taxpayers to cover the expenses:


  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    From Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women’s March, we get a call for jihad against Trump, a call to not assimilate, and praise for one of the co-conspirators for the 1993 World Trade Towers terror attack. What a great role model for women in this country, huh? WOW:


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