Posts tagged ‘Independence Day (United States)’

July 1, 2011

Global Warming Hates The Fourth Of July

by Accidental Bear

As fossil fuel pollution heats the planet, one of the casualties is the traditional celebration of the founding of the United States. The record droughts, floods, and storms fueled by global warming are causing widespread bans on fireworks and the cancellation of numerous municipal firework displays, even a celebration for our soldiers in Oklahoma:

There will be no fireworks this year exploding over Fort Sill in Lawton. The U.S. Army base’s Independence Day celebration and concert will go on as planned Saturday, but its fireworks have been canceled. A fire that started on a base firing range last week burned across 5,500 acres before it was contained. Thirteen homes were destroyed and 1,500 people had to be evacuated. READ MORE

 

 via thinkprogress.com 

July 1, 2011

‘Kiss Our American Ass’ By Ted Alexandro & Hollis James Kicks Your 4th Of July Weekend Off Right

by Accidental Bear

This video has everything: mustaches, cowboy hats, beer, an inexplicable wheelchair, a Ford truck, a wife gone off to war, a hardcore rap about Bin Laden, and a happy ending. Oh, and it has the word “ass,” like, a lot.

Comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James have crafted a brilliantly obnoxious satire of American stereotypes, particularly our celebratory response to the death of Bin Laden. But there’s a grain of earnestness here that is unusual for a parody video. Alongside ridiculous lines like, “Kiss our American ass, an ass that doesn’t run,” the video makes a subtle acknowledgement of what life in America is like now: families separated while a parent goes off to war, economic strife, feelings of disassociation and aimlessness, and the desire for “America” to be simple and good, the way we think it used to be.

Plus, it’s catchy. And did we mention that they say “ass” a lot. Cause they do. So watch this, learn the words, and sing it loudly at your 4th of July barbecue. Remember, your ass is always free. (via huffingtonpost.com)