My Mother Left The Building On The Fourth Of July

My mother, Rose Weinberg, passed from this Earth on the Fourth of July, and it is appropriate to point out that she was a card-carrying member of the greatest generation whose own parents gave her the greatest gift they could give—they came to America before she was born.

You can talk about whatever you think is wrong with America, but the fact is that America IS exceptional–and she was an exceptional American.

Although her parents spoke Yiddish for the most part, she, her sisters, and her brother spoke back to them in English, which they learned in the pre World War Two New York City public school system because her parents may not have known much about this new country. But they knew that they would not likely be killed because of their religion, and they fully understood that knowledge was the path to success–and they made sure their family got all the knowledge they could.

As these things happen, she met a young man.  He was, the story goes, the air raid warden on their block; and he noticed my mother among her sisters. He went off to war after Pearl Harbor, and she waited for him.

They resumed their relationship when he mustered out of the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class. And, in 1947, Rose and Phil Weinberg married and set out to make a life for themselves and raise a family.

The family came along after my father got his degree and began teaching Electrical Engineering.  I was born in New Mexico, my sister Sue in Utah, and my sister Andee in what would be their final career stop, Peoria, Illinois, at Bradley University.

For the first part of my baby boom life, she was kind of a prototypical post-world war two housewife. Sort of June Cleaver in Peoria.

But somewhere along the way, she wanted to do something more. So she went to college. Taking a nine-hour semester for seven years, she got her degree in Elementary Education while we were earning our high school diplomas. And she graduated with honors.

Then, she became a first grade teacher at a local grade school.

And, no recounting of her life will ever be complete without this story:

Somewhere during her tenure, a little girl came running into her classroom. “Mrs. Weinberg, Mrs. Weinberg…the boys are having a pee fight in their bathroom.”

Years before this ever became a politically charged issue, and with the question of how the little girl knew never answered, she went charging into the boys bathroom and, sure enough, they were trying to hit the ceiling. After the pants were zipped up and the young miscreants were appropriately admonished, school was back in session.

And at the end of the year, one of those young miscreants stopped in to thank her for being his teacher that year. He told her he learned a lot from her.

What, she asked, did he learn?

I learned, he said, that boys should pee down, not up……

You should have been at the Thanksgiving dinner when that story was told for the first time.

The first time I came back to Peoria, after my dad’s funeral, I took her to a popular local restaurant built in what used to be the West Bluff Branch library. We sat in the dining room and recalled three kids learning to read. She used to take us to the library every week. I once took out a book titled The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant.

The librarian called my mom with a little concern since I was probably seven years old at the time.

“Oh, that’s OK,” she told the librarian. “Fred reads all the sports books.”

Then, a few days later, thinking it odd that the librarian should call like that, she went into my room and took a look at the book. When she got to the part about “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets…” she took the book away. She gently told me that it was an adult book. I said that I know…because I had already read the book on which the play and the movie Damn Yankees was based. Cover to Cover. She paid a little more attention to what I took out of the library after that. But she never told me NOT to read anything

My mother’s impact is a bit more than subtle than my father’s. She was, in many respects, a liberated woman before Gloria Steinham or Betty Friedan ever thought of it. She just never made a big deal out of it. Her actions were much louder than her words.

Maybe that was necessary in a family where loud is the norm.

While my father taught us by example that you can do quite extraordinary things by just putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward, my mother always very quietly let us know that we were up to the challenge. That the occasional failure wasn’t so bad—as long we didn’t make a habit of it.

After my father retired, there was some thought of giving up the faculty tickets to Bradley Basketball games. Until she got involved and made sure that Rose and Phil were in the house for nearly every game for quite some time, including that wonderful run by “her boys” to the Sweet 16.

When I was a sports writer at the Peoria Journal Star in high school, I don’t think she ever read the sports section. But some years later, she read just about every thing my former colleagues wrote about her boys. Go figure.

In the words of an author I’m sure she read—she read everything and refused to use an iPad—her life was a life well-lived.

We should all be so fortunate.

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Watch: Cops Just Backed Off ‘Anti-White’ Hate Crime Claim In Case Of HORRIFIC July 4th Mob Beating

Seven people were arrested in an incident in Cincinnati on Saturday – Independence Day – that left a man bloodied and unconscious. One of two videos shows multiple people shouting a familiar line from a 1990s ‘stoner’ movie in the victim’s face.

The first video (seen below) shows Christopher McKnight, 27, being beaten as a crowd surrounds him near a hip-hop concert in Queen City’s renowned Fountain Square, CBS News reported.

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A second video (the featured video at the very top) shows McKnight unconscious and on the ground surrounded by several people, many of them shouting “You got knocked the f–k out!” That line is taken from the 1995 film Friday (FILM SPOILER ALERT); a character named Smokey (Chris Tucker) says, “You got knocked the f–k out, man!” to Deebo (Tom Lister, Jr.) after he is defeated in a fight by Craig (Ice Cube).

Smokey KTFO

“It was not good what happened this weekend,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. “Certainly not good from an optics standpoint, as well as the realism of an innocent individual being beaten up like that.”

An initial police report labeled the incident an “anti-white” hate crime because McKnight was white, and the alleged assailants are black. But Cincinnati Police Captain Mike Neville clarified the report and said it will not go forward as a hate crime. “Right now, I don’t have reason to label that as a hate crime. It is an ongoing investigation. I would tell you preliminary speaking, that report was incorrect,” he said.

Among the arrested was Jy Quynn Britten, who allegedly assaulted a police officer in the face. McKnight was hospitalized Saturday with a broken nose and a concussion, and released on Monday.

h/t: Cincinnati.com

Should the movie ‘Friday’ as well as its sequels be banned from America forever? Should America never show a Chris Tucker movie again in light of this incident? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Guess Who Obama Left Out Of His Fourth Of July Speech?

Barack Obama’s most recent weekly address was especially important as the nation was poised to celebrate its 239th anniversary of independence. As per usual, Obama shared the importance of the holiday – both historically and culturally.

He said his family would be spending the day “outdoors, grilling burgers, hot dogs, watching the fireworks with our family and friends.”

Obama also took the opportunity to announce Independence Day is also his daughter Malia’s birthday.

Taking a look back at the nation’s roots, Obama’s address included an appreciative nod to those who secured our freedom throughout the arduous battle culminating in the 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

He explained that, on that day, “our founding patriots proclaimed our independence, declaring all of us are equal, endowed by our Creator, with certain unalienable rights – including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

His remarks also included an expression of support for the U.S. Women’s National Team, then still on its way to a World Cup victory.

For some conservative media outlets, however, this story’s hook involved what his address did not contain: a direct mention of God.

As Jim Hoft wrote for The Gateway Pundit, Obama has included the phrase “God bless you” in each of his last two Independence Day addresses. This year, however, he signed off with: “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

In Hoft’s opinion, this omission is evidence that, as Obama nears the end of his second term, “more and more of who the man is, and what he truly stands for, is beginning to seep out.”

The Blaze’s Dave Urbanski also presented Obama’s comments in light of their more secular tone, encouraging readers to “be the judge.”

Many took him up on the offer, expressing outrage over Obama’s failure to invoke God.

“There is no room for God in a progressive, marxist [sic] regime,” one critic wrote, “so no surprise there was no mention of the Deity.”

Did Obama’s decision to omit a closing reference to God offend you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Enemy Within Is Now Setting The Narrative

“What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.” – Adolf Hitler

America has now been warned by the Department of Homeland Security that there might be Islamic terror attacks on the 4th of July. Additionally, a “chilling new map” reveals where the FBI is preparing for the Islamic State to strike.

The DHS and FBI even recently posted a map where they would set up command posts within the United States so you can report things you may find suspicious. Or are they trying to find those who are willing to come forward to be informants? Apparently, there are those among us who are more than willing to be useful to their own demise.  What, will the enemies not see this post?  How ridiculously obvious can this get before America awakens to who her real enemies are?

Keep in mind that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that it was his job to “give voice to the plight of the Muslims.” It’s the same department to which Barack Hussein Obama has appointed Muslims with terrorist ties to oversee the American people (Deuteronomy 28:36; Jeremiah 5:6).

This administration has been involved in funding, training, supplying, and even entertaining America’s sworn enemies at the people’s White House.

Don’t forget that Barack Hussein Obama has sued governors in the United States for upholding border control laws and has acted outside of his constitutional authority by opening up the floodgates to illegals coming in through the southern border. His administration has released tens of thousands of illegal immigrant felons from American prisons onto the streets to prey upon the innocent.

Furthermore, he’s granted asylum to Muslims from Syria to colonize by the thousands in American cities while attacking America’s military, America’s Christians, and Constitutional Patriots (Deuteronomy 28:52).

He’s even gone so far as to force the US military to submit to sharia during Ramadan.

We now have over 1,063 documented transgressions concerning this president’s treason, corruption, lies, and lawlessness. Article 2, Section 4 of The United States Constitution says that he should have been impeached for one simple misdemeanor.

The Obama administration has been exposed for its engagement in scandal after scandal, including:

Let’s not forget the IRS targeting of Conservative groups.

And do not forget about the race card that has been played over and over again in an attempt to divide and conquer by stirring up domestic insurrection.

Since September 11, 2001, the federal government has asked the American people to give up the rights that God has given, which her sons and daughters–in the hundreds of thousands–have fought, bled, and died to secure. (John 15:13)

This current administration, along with the Bush administration, has done more to destroy this country than any foreign country could have ever dreamed of doing by attacking us.

The unconstitutional Patriot Act, the Transportation Security Administration, and other unconstitutional departments and bureaus have been contrived to strip the American people of their God-given rights (Article 4 of the Bill of Rights). And that is the fruit!

Why, in a state of terror threats, is this administration attempting to disarm you? A foreign government could only have dreamed of getting this far in America (Jeremiah 21:4; Article 2 Bill of Rights).

And all of this has been done in the light of day (Jeremiah 5:21-22).

Who is profiting from the use of terror? Who is asking you to give up your rights? You would think with all of these new bureaucracies that are now in place that we would not have a thing to worry about. Yet, more fear is the narrative pushed at every given turn.

“You can get people to do anything with the use of fear.” -Congressman Jim McDermott after September 11, 2001

What is it that Americans need before they lawfully respond to the crimes of this administration? (Article 2, Section 4 United States Constitution; Isaiah 51:4)

As it stands now, you are being conditioned for another attack from a foreign enemy.

“Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.” –Adolph Hitler

Remember what Condoleeza Rice said of Joseph Stalin? “Terror was the creation to mold politically the control that they wanted.”

Who has attacked America more in the wake of September 11, 2001 than the corrupt in your government? (Leviticus 26:16)

“Yet, America, we were warned from the 4th President of the United States, “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln

Also, former French military intelligence agent Pierre-Henry Bunel wrote in the April/June 2004 edition of World Affairs:

The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the ‘TV watcher’ to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money.

So, I ask America, who is the enemy? (Leviticus 26:14-46; Deuteronomy 28:63) The Obama Administration says it’s you, but the truth is the exact opposite.

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What Is The Fourth Of July Really About?

The Fourth of July is a very special day for America. But why is it such a special day? Many of us have forgotten why the Fourth of July is so special. In fact, many Americans do not even know what the Fourth of July really is. Our definition of the event is a time for us to party, watch a parade, light fireworks, and drink beer. This has nothing to do with what the Fourth of July is really about, however.

When the War for Independence had reached the second year, Congress decided to send the colonies’ Declaration of Independence to King George III. They chose a delegate from Virginia named Thomas Jefferson to write the document. It took Jefferson days to complete the rough draft. When he was done, the members of Congress almost completely changed it. On the Second of July, Congress declared independence from Great Britain. The final draft of the Declaration of Independence was completed and passed on July Fourth. On July 9th, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by General George Washington to all of his troops. The reading of the document spurred the hope of the soldiers of the Continental Army because they now knew, more than ever, that they were fighting for a cause that was good, and that hundreds of other people were backing them. Six years later, on September 3, 1783, the Americans won the American Revolutionary War.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams declared: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It 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.”

That is some amazing history that we did not even know about! Why do we not know about this? The answer to this question is simple: we have neglected our duties to learn about our history. We have also allowed our school systems to stop teaching this information to us–not just about this issue but also many other things. Things such as the God-given rights that, slowly but surely, our own government is taking away from us. We as Americans need to start learning about America’s past and the rights that are being stripped from us. One very good way to learn more about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and our rights is to sign up for and take the Institute on the Constitution course and learn about our history.

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