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July 4th fireworks equal ‘pretend war’

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Teacher: July 4th fireworks equal ‘pretend war’

By Kyle Olson
EAGnews.org

PORTLAND, Ore. – To some people, nothing is sacred. Not even Fourth of July fireworks.

Fireworks have been a staple of Independence Day celebrations since the earliest years of the republic. The tradition dates back to July 3, 1776, when John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, suggesting that that America’s birthday “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

But now the progressives are trying to revise that history, too.

Bill Bigelow of the radical teacher organization Rethinking Schools,wrote that we need to “rethink” the 4th of July. This “progressive” teacher has declared war on fireworks.

The Fourth of July “…provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Last year, the fire department here [Portland, OR] reported 172 fires sparked by toy missiles, defective firecrackers, and other items of explosive revelry.”

So Bigelow is concerned about public safety. Fair enough. But there’s more:

“Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children. And, of course, the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on and on. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to the real wars half a world away.”

Yes, to this ingenious teacher, fireworks promote war. In fact, he says fireworks are “pretend war!”

Is there any vestige of original Americana that Marxist educators won’t seek to erase from our culture?

The real problem is that too many Americans, particularly youngsters, have little idea what the Fourth of July commemorates. They light off fireworks because they think it’s fun, not because they have the first clue that they’re celebrating their nation’s independence.

That’s due to the influence of teachers like Bigelow. They would rather make students feel guilty about being Americans than encourage them to appreciate the great things about their nation.

If they manage to win their internal war on America by brainwashing too many young minds, we will all be sorry in the very near future.

by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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mehamil1
by on Jul. 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I forgot that you are part of the fireworks industry. I apologize.

However, the stuff my neighbors are blowing up are like small bombs. They set off car alarms, rattle the house and when I was outside last night, one actually give off a shockwave that knocked over my son. We went inside after that. Everyone refers to them as m-80s. They would blow up C4 if they could get their hands on it.

I don't know why people get away with setting them off but they do. Every single year they blow them up. Every year the hostpital near me is full of people who have blown up their hands. I don't know if regulation is loose or the cops just don't care enough to stop it. I think it might be that there are too many people doing it to enforce it. I also would be surprised if the politicians were bribed to look the other way and tell the cops to look the other way as well. This is chicago after all.

Quoting Carpy:

Which of us has been raised her entire life with the fireworks industry being family business? I do believe it is me. M-80's are a federal offense. Not even farmers have easy "legal" access to them. They are a quarter stick of dynamite. Ask your local ATF what happens if you get caught in illegal possession of them. Be sure to ask about if you cross state lines with them as well. And please refrain from trying to make out like i do not know what i am talking about when it is obviously you that do not. I understand that some of the less bright will believe you, and that makes you feel important and all, but it just serves no other purpose.

Quoting mehamil1:

Did you just post this nonsense to get me to talk to you? Ugh. 

M-80s can still be legally manufactured in the United States by those holding a federal explosives license. Federal and state officials sometimes distribute them to farmers to scare away wildlife encroaching on their crops.

source: M-80s: The Big, Illicit Bang," The Wall Street Journal, July 3–5, 2009, p. W12

You gotta kill someone or rape/molest a bunch of people to get life in any kind of prison. 


Quoting Carpy:

M-80's are a federal offense that can get you up to life in a federal prison.

Quoting mehamil1:

There are many veterans in my neighborhood and I can only imagine what they go through with the constant barrage of M80s going off for a full week. I hate it. 



Carpy
by Platinum Member on Jul. 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Try correcting that to "they aren't if you have a federal blasters license" and don't forget to list all the regulations on transport and storage as well

Quoting mehamil1:

They aren't. Carpy posts without doing research too often. But they should be banned from being sold to people who end up blowing up their hands with them because they are too drunk to drop them in time. 


Quoting timeforprogress:

I don't know what an M-80 is, but if it is worse than this warzone I already have going on outside my home right now. I am glad they are banned.

Quoting Carpy:

M-80's are a federal offense that can get you up to life in a federal prison.

Quoting mehamil1:

There are many veterans in my neighborhood and I can only imagine what they go through with the constant barrage of M80s going off for a full week. I hate it. 


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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM
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I wish all of the progressives/liberals or whatever is the hip thing to call them, would pack their bags and just go to Europe or South America and leave America alone.  There is so many other countries that fit their ways of living....why destroy a good country? Why make America like the rest? 

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