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Independence Day 2020… the first Fourth of July in my lifetime without parades and fireworks and the usual community mingling. So imagine my delight when I learned of Lakeview of Kirkland’s drive-thru parade for their residents and seven veterans!

Lakeview is a senior living facility south of downtown Kirkland, Washington. Among their seven veterans are two World War II veterans– and I love those guys and gals. They have a twinkle to them and loads of character. So I put the word out and raced to Kirkland.

Upon arrival, I found employees directing traffic, flags everywhere, and a carefully socially distanced parking lot where Lakeview residents could sit far enough from the vehicles coming through but close enough to see them. I was thrilled to learn that one of their seven veterans is a female veteran.

After driving through and thoroughly enjoying the patriotic cheer from a generation that loves our country, I went up the road to rally the troops via cell phone so more people would atttend. As one car passed me, they dropped a flag in the middle of the roadway and didn’t stop. “Ironic!” I thought, because I couldn’t find my medium-sized flag earlier. So I pulled over and picked up that flag.

I’d seen Tim Hickey, a well-known Kirkland do-gooder, driving around earlier, and was standing near the entrance when he pulled in waving his flags. It was great to see a few other vehicles out on the road waving large flags today too. Seeing his campaign signs truly made it feel like the Fourth of July because it’s so very American to see candidates out and about on this day.

Unfortunately, some residents had already gone inside when I took these photos, but you can still get a general sense of the festive atmosphere.

I am not entirely sure what I captured in the above photo but it’s funny. Maybe the dog was singing the National Anthem.

These flag waving ladies were eager to see who (or what) else pulled into the parking lot. Right about this time a ridiculously cool vintage Porsche pulled in.

I had to zoom in because I was nowhere near the building, so was glad to get this shot of these America-loving, festive locals.

The decorations, distancing, and everything was spot on. One item that came up in conversation was the lack of participation from the larger community in traditional American holidays. That is exactly why we need community celebrations and parades– so our neighbors who aren’t American or are new to America can experience the joy of people of all political beliefs and faiths coming together to celebrate what we have in common.

The staff was friendly and attentive to residents.

Again, I didn’t want to get too close so was zooming in and snapping random photos.

They even decorated the sidewalk!

Yes, heroes do work at Lakeview. They worked hard to ensure that residents, especially veterans, still had a fun Fourth of July. Good job all!

After this I decided to hang the flag out the window as I traveled through several cities. A few people honked, just a small fraction of those I passed. If you watch people’s faces when they drive, a majority don’t seem to have good situational awareness. They’re either looking ahead, not turning their head right or left, and seem fairly oblivious to anything going on outside their vehicle. If they’re stopped, they’re often looking down. So I doubt many of them even noticed.

On that note, I decided that if we can’t have fairs and parades and fireworks, I was going to stir up some good old fashioned patriotic sentiment anyway. For over half an hour I stood at one of the area’s busiest intersections and waved the flag at cars going by. Here’s what I found:

  1. Some never looked anywhere but straight ahead or down, either oblivious or not wanting to make eye contact
  2. Some seemed embarrassed or sheepish, like young girls
  3. Many waved and honked, mostly couples, families, or those over 30
  4. Only one truck full of gross younger men yelled something obscene
  5. Pedestrians and bicyclists almost always said, “Happy 4th!” and waved
  6. Young employees in a nearby business came out in a group and cheered and waved
  7. A majority of passers by did not respond, but I was pleased by how many did

Earlier I’d seen an older man waving a small flag near a business I needed to stop at. I was going to tell him how much I appreciated that. As I got closer, I realized he was yelling, “Spare change? Spare change?” It brought me back to the original premise of today, that there are many seniors struggling right now. Even those who have a nice place to live may be severely lacking in opportunities to be joyful and connect with other human beings. So I’m greatly pleased that Lakeview hosted this well-orchestrated event that protected their residents while allowing them to party with their neighbors.

Happy 4th all! Feel free to go stand on a street corner and wave a flag yourself!


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This morning in Seattle Evergreen Washelli hosted its fabulous annual tribute to veterans. It is quite a sight to see flags all over the cemetery, color guards, and veterans of all wars.

When they asked any World War II veterans to stand or wave to be recognized, two stood up. Perhaps there were more, but each year there are fewer.

Canada geese were on patrol.

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The color guard begins the walk up the hill. As is tradition, local Cub Scouts were on hand to pass out programs, and they’re usually who hand out flags as well.

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Proud of our veterans! Note the female veteran to the left. The keynote speaker was also a woman.

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It’s great to see parents bring their children to such events. Kids need to know our history and learn that freedom isn’t free.

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Thanks in part to one of our longest stretches of sunny weather ever, there were still flowers in the grass.

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At 7:00 this morning volunteers, including children, placed flags on all the veterans’ graves. A sea of red, white, and blue flows from the bell tower.

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Veterans of all ages participate.

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The rifle salute. Some people bring their dogs to this event, and this is one good reason not to.

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Taps, always a sobering moment.

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The colors are retired.

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Another great event by Evergreen Washelli concludes. In a city of over 700,000, it’s crazy that only a few hundred people attend this service if that. It’s well worth coming out for, and a great way to honor our men and women in uniform.

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The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. -Douglas MacArthur

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What better way to celebrate Presidents’ Day than at a statue of our Founding Father George Washington on George Washington Lane at the University of Washington in the State of Washington?

Today members of the public and patriotic organizations from across the area gathered for a commemoration of Presidents’ Day in Seattle. After a program and speech, participants surrounded the Washington Statue– just down the stairs from the By George Cafe– for a wreath laying ceremony.

Among the organizations represented were the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), and CAR (Children of the American Revolution). These people are direct descendants of American patriots, some of whom served with General, later President, George Washington. (more…)

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The City of Auburn, Washington holds an annual Veterans Day parade that is one of the largest in the United States.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending this annual gala. It was fantastic to be with other people who, in spite of our strong opinions on whether or not American military personnel should fight in foreign conflicts, were there to thank our veterans for putting their lives on the line so we can be free. (more…)

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(wildninja) Whether or not you agree with Joel Rosenberg’s politics or religion, the man is a wealth of information on the Middle East. His books like The Twelfth Imam and Damascus Countdown are bestsellers for good reason.

While some have compared his insight to Nostradamus because details in books he wrote just a few years ago are playing out in real life right now, I don’t see it that way. The Manufacturer’s Handbook (aka the Bible) tells us what’s going to happen and Rosenberg is adept at weaving the Scriptures into his stories like the Left Behind series did.

I’m largely with Rosenberg on this one. I am, frankly, horrified to see OUR tax dollars being sent to the Middle East and used to support organizations that would rip our hearts out with their teeth if they had the chance. While I could see the value in coordinated airstrikes in Syria IF– and I want to emphasize if– chemical weapons were actually used, I oppose sending in ground troops and getting involved further.

If America takes out the Assad regime, then we’re just enabling some other twisted, evil, Jew-hating, American-hating, bigoted group come to power. Is that really what American blood should be spilled for? How does that protects America’s interests? How does that promote human rights or freedom?

I never thought I’d see the day when we had a president willing to put our soldiers and our resources to work helping people who stand for just about everything we Americans stand against. I’ve expected that from others in time like the UN, but not from our own leadership.

Syria is not a partisan issue and it’s not an issue where atheists should be taking one side and Lutherans take another. The issue is whether America should be used to support regimes that bring genocide, rape, torture, destruction, intolerance, and all the dangers we’ve fought AGAINST in past wars.

While I am extremely concerned about the people of Syria, especially what’s being done to their Christians, I’m distancing myself from Obama’s plans. I’ll even take it a step further than Rosenberg and say that I strongly question his motives. Also– we’re supposed to trust the administration that still won’t come clean about Benghazi?!

This point of view says Syria will be an excuse to get us into World War III. While that might sound kooky to the average American, realistically, wars are always about money to a large degree and there are powerful people who can benefit from the American military being dragged into this conflict.

The author, who I was unfamiliar with before I read this, expresses concern over possible Obama ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Evidently the MB gets to attend meetings at the White House and Obamas’ own half-brother is alleged to be a bigwig in the organization.

Yes, I have some interesting relatives too, and that doesn’t make me guilty by association. But the more I read, the more I think to myself, “God, please let all Americans, regardless of our differences, unite as a country and not allow ourselves to be used as pawns in this deadly international chess game.”

We haven’t spent 237 years building this nation with our own blood, sweat, and tears to– especially at a time when many of us are struggling financially– let our tax dollars become a casual allowance awarded to genocidal extremists.

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If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand. -Milton Friedman

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(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Last night, Lynn and our sons celebrated Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. We ate apples dipped in honey. We watched a YouTube video of someone in Israel blowing the shofar. And we prayed.

As we did, I found myself wondering, What kind of year is ahead for Israel? For the people of Syria? For the people of Iran and Egypt and Lebanon and Jordan and all those in the Middle East? There is so much pain and uncertainty in the epicenter right now. More than 110,000 people have been killed in Syria during their civil war, some, reportedly, because of chemical weapons. More than two million Syrians have fled their country as refugees from the violence. An estimated five million Syrians have been “internally displaced” — they have fled away from their towns and villages to be safe from the violence, but they haven’t fled outside the borders…

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Vigil for Saeed Abedini

American Saeed Abedini’s eight year prison sentence in Iran will not be shortened. News outlets are reporting that the Tehran Court of Appeals has refused to back down.

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Bizarro World

Our country is being carried off to a dark place by shadowy forces. Today it bears an alarming resemblance to the Bizarro World of Superman comics in the 1960s, where up is down and ugly is beautiful and it is a crime to make anything perfect. (more…)

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Want control?

Create a crisis.

In a crisis people are desperate for solutions and will often consent to the quickest fix to avoid further adverse effects from the emergency. Steeped in crisis-fueled emotions, reason can take an abrupt back seat (or fly out the window) because we want to be rescued. (more…)

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Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal nailed the general feeling of “huh?” I had about the State of the Union speech tonight: a speech about everything is generally a speech about nothing. It was like a huge, fluffy pastry that, once bitten into, was found to be hollow on the inside. I’m still hungry. No, I’m not kidding. I’d just eaten dinner and literally went back into the kitchen for something more. What do you call that, psychosomatic hunger?

Our last two presidents have been terrible public speakers. They both insert pauses into the strangest places and for that reason I’ve found both Bush and Obama hard to listen to. On top of the interesting speaking style, I find that Obama’s eyes don’t seem to believe in what he’s saying. I noticed this at times with Bush too, but there’s a disconnect between the content of Obama’s address and his eyes, expressions, and gestures. If he were a preacher I’d think that he didn’t believe the gospel he was preaching. (more…)

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