Crazy: This American Town Is Trying To Destroy The Spirit Of The 4th Of July With These Signs

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As one of America’s most treasured holidays, many traditions come along with the annual celebration of the country’s independence. Barbecues, beers, and fireworks are on the July 4 checklist – for most people, that is.

At the very least, one would expect their privacy to be respected as they relax and enjoy time with their friends and family, right?

Well, apparently, Lakewood, Ohio, did not get the memo.

Signs have been posted across the town parks, forbidding anyone from barbecuing, bringing their dogs, drinking alcohol, or even launching fireworks (among other things). Coolers and bags, the sign warns, will also be searched by local police to ensure these rules are kept. To top it off, the whole park is under video surveillance.

Sounds like fun, right?

I’m not sure if this is the way our Founding Fathers intended the day to be celebrated.

If you’re anywhere near Lakewood, you might want to consider going to the next town over to spend your day. That is, unless you feel like having absolutely no fun (or even freedom) on the day that celebrates that very thing.

Well, either way, no matter where you celebrate this year, Happy Independence day, everyone!

Photo Credit: YoungCons

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

This Is Why You Might Have To Give Up Grilling This 4th Of July

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Few holidays are more associated with a specific tradition than July Fourth and the backyard barbecue. Almost inseparable from the idea of independence is the smell of grilling burgers and the cool refreshment of ice cream on a hot summer day.

Judging from a recent Bloomberg report, however, the cost to provide this annual celebration has skyrocketed during Barack Obama’s second term.

In a study of the seven most common items found on a typical cookout menu, the report determined that costs spiked by more than five percent last month in a year-to-year comparison.

Some items, such as the aforementioned ice cream, saw a relatively meager rate of inflation; however, others have jumped precipitously since the nation’s last birthday.

Ground beef prices, for example, are 16 percent higher on average than the previous year. Tomatoes are 12 percent more expensive.

American shoppers have seen food prices swell in recent months despite the Obama administration’s insistence that inflation is basically a non-issue. In addition to federal economic policies, the recent surge has also been blamed on a protracted drought on the east coast.

Industry expert Don Close said shoppers are “becoming adjusted to these price levels,” suggesting most families that traditionally barbecue on Independence Day will continue to do so.

“I would expect the overall grilling demand to be very good,” he asserted.

The quality of those barbecues, however, could easily suffer as a result of increased prices.

“Do we expect there to be some tradeoffs and some adjustments made on behalf of some consumers? No doubt that’s going to happen,” he said.

Money.com offers a few suggestions for those hoping to enjoy the flavors of the grill without breaking the bank. Among the tips included are buying in bulk and opting for fattier meats instead of the costlier lean cuts.

Photo Credit: Murcotipton (Creative Commons)

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

If Obama Sees This Video Will He Lift A Finger To Free Sgt. Tahmooressi?

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How can the Obama administration work so hard to free a person who wanted to flee the military [Berghdal], but do nothing when a dedicated marine is stuck in a Mexican prison?

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is still sitting in a Mexican prison on bogus gun charges and has been down there for months now. It appears it is going to take more drastic measures to free one of our own.

Watch the video below and pray for our boy who was fighting for the freedom that we will celebrate tomorrow, while he is trapped and without his own freedom.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom