Freedom fries is a political euphemism for French fries in the United States. The term came to prominence in 2003 when the then Republican Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, Bob Ney, renamed the menu item in three Congressional cafeterias in response to France’s opposition to the proposed invasion of Iraq.
Although originally supported with several restaurants changing their menus as well, the term fell out of use due to declining support for the Iraq War.
Following Ney’s resignation as Chairman, it was quietly reverted.
Emerson student Jody Steel draws on thigh, gains fame
By Christopher Muther GLOBE STAFF
Students, ignore everything your parents, teachers, and professors have told you and listen carefully: Doodling in class can make you a star.
At least, that is what it has done for Emerson student Jody Steel, whose remarkable drawings, usually on her right thigh, have won her buzz, hundreds of thousands of views online, and job offers.
Since starting at Emerson College in 2011, the Florida native has been using her leg as a canvas on which to produce portraits of Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, and “Don Jon” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Celebrity crushes, favorite television shows, and an occasional cat have found their way onto her leg as she carefully draws with a Pilot Precise V5 pen during class lectures.
The delicate shadings of her work bring to mind a series of pop-culture chiaroscuro sketches. They are documented on her iPhone and then lost to the ages with the help of soap and water.
“Completely unexpected,” Steel said of the attention. “Obviously you always hope your art will be seen, but I wasn’t expecting it to go so big and international.”
As her doodled masterpieces went viral, they became international curiosities. The story was picked up by websites in France and Britain and in newspapers across Europe. Now a website in Brazil is touting her talents. She has posted many of these stories to her Facebook fan page.
The singer was NOT happy with Donald Trump’s insulting comments about immigration, and she made it known with a new song, ‘We Are Mexico.’
What a powerful message!
“Hard work, double time, overtime, two jobs, working till our heads hurt,
But we ain’t never late to pay the bills.”
“Mother said, ‘Always follow your heart, make sure you keep your head
Above the water,’ and I promised her I always will.”
I see 50 Latinos, 50 Latinas,
That’s my crib on the weekend, that’s mi familia
Talking in spanglish, en español,
I’m just here to let you know,
If you don’t know
Now you know
We are Mexico
It don’t matter where we go
Becky G, 18, had a lot to say, and she did it the way she knew best — by singing it loud, and singing it proud! Her new song, “We Are Mexico,” is a profound message to Donald Trump, 69, who made extremely racist comments about Mexican immigrants during his speech announcing his presidential candidacy on June 16.
What a brave and wonderful thing to do!
If it wasn’t clear that the song was aimed at Donald, Becky spelled it out clearly in the video’s description on YouTube when it was published on June 26: “This is for you Donald Trump.” All bets are off, Donald! The song is a beautiful ode to life as a Mexican-American. She describes working hard and working late, and a strong connection to family and friends — a stark contrast to Donald’s highly derogatory comments.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … They’re sending people who have lots of problems,” Donald said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
“I’m just here to let you know: If you don’ know, now you know. We are Mexico. It don’t matter where we go. Viva Mexico,” Becky sings triumphantly in response.
It’s a powerful song that puts Donald in his place and truly makes him look small for his horrible insults. Becky isn’t letting his words bring her down, and she’s letting others know that they shouldn’t either!
Donald should be a little worried, too.
He better not make Becky mad anymore, because this version of the song is only 1:20 long and she’s packed a serious punch. Just think of what she could pack in a full-length song!
A flag is a piece of fabric (most often rectangular or quadrilateral) with a distinctive design that is used as a symbol, as a signaling device, or as decoration.
The first flags were used to assist military co-ordination on battlefields, and flags have since evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signalling and identification, especially in environments where communication is similarly challenging (such as the maritime environment where semaphore is used).
National flags are potent patriotic symbols with varied wide-ranging interpretations, often including strong military associations due to their original and ongoing military uses. Flags are also used in messaging, advertising, or for other decorative purposes.
The study of flags is known as vexillology, from the Latin word vexillum, meaning flag or banner.
Born and raised by underpaid public school teachers in Sanford, Fla., Andy Marlette graduated from the University of Florida and became staff editorial cartoonist at the Pensacola News Journal in 2007.
Marlette received a priceless editorial cartoon education while living with his uncle andPulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette in Hillsborough, N.C.
Doug’s tragic death in July of 2007 made evermore poignant the elder Marlette’s fierce and faithful devotion to the art form of editorial cartooning as a cornerstone of American free speech. With this in mind, Andy works daily to learn and uphold the disciplines and values passed on to him by his late uncle.
I found a video on my Facebook feed this morning. It’s a video made by this company: Brave New Films.
Brave New Films is a new media company based in Culver City, California. The brainchild of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, BNF produces progressive feature-length documentaries and investigative videos “to educate, influence and empower viewers to take action around issues that matter.”
I think it’s very interesting and points out a very important issue: the state of perpetual war that the country has been in for innumerable years. I only wished that the main person addressed had been some other than President Obama but it so happens that he’s the current Commander in Chief so the “ball is in his court” now.
The message could be directed to any leader of a major power.
“Since 1980, we have militarily intervened at least 35 times in more than 27 countries. We keep bombing, we continue spending trillions of dollars, but we’re no safer as a result.”
~How Perpetual War Fuels Terrorism~
~Published on Sep 18, 2014~
Because perpetual war fuels terrorism.
And yet, President Obama now has the same plan for Iraq and Syria.
We’ve tried arming “friendly” rebels before. We armed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. They later became Al Qaeda and the Taliban, who not only attacked us, but terrorized their own people. We ramped up strikes in Yemen in 2009. Since then, the country has seen MORE terrorist attacks, not fewer.
When we only respond with military force today, we create tomorrow’s enemy. The kid whose house was bombed by an American drone will grow up to hate America. Maybe one day he’ll fight against us.
Perpetual war does not make us safer.
Share this because President Obama needs to stop and think.
How does this end?
This are the responses on the Facebook post (caps and all):
BEING IN DENIAL IS TRULY BLIND …. So if America did not respond to the Japanese attack of WWll … that would have been the better recourse. So if America didn’t drop the atomic bomb on JAPAN to end the war would have been the better recourse. If Franklin Roosevelt were still alive to comment on current world standing what do you think he would say? How about the likes of Winston Churchill, what would his comments be. Europe almost got bombed back to the stone age by the Germans. The Japanese killed EVERYONE in the Pacific they came across. Do you think for ONE SECOND that using EXCESSIVE FORCE was not needed to WIN THE WAR on both fronts. ‘IF YOU DONT LEARN FROM HISTORY … HISTORY IS BOUND TO REPEAT ITSELF”.
IF THERE WASNT AN OVERLY FORCEFUL RESPONSE DELIVERED BY THE ALLIES DURING WWll WE WOULD ALL BE SPEAKING GERMAN OR JAPANESE RIGHT NOW ….
Unlike many candy-asses don’t think war is REAL nor can it come to your door step. I DO. All I have to do is sit back and hear my MOM talk about the horrors of the Vietnam War. THATS WERE I’M FROM. I HAVE REMEBERED ALL MY MOM’S STORIES SINCE I WAS LITTLE. I don’t have read about it in a book or live in some sorta bubble SUCH AS YOU. Our family seen the atrocities first hand. Suicide bombings of GIs in Siagon … complete villages murdered by the Viet Cong. Dead bodies liter the streets during the TET OFFENSIVE of 1968.