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I served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier from 2002-08. I engage in political activism in Democratic circles and occasional engagement with issues concerning Women and LGBT Rights. I have a cat and I am an Uncle. All opinions expressed in my blog are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BROWN/NELSON



Country musician Willie Nelson is 81 years old and continues touring to this day. Nelson sat down with PBS News Hour's Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new album and how he is able to stay fit on tour.

Willie Nelson released his memories in November 2012 titled Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.

Interview provided below.

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT THE WHITE HOUSE



Yesterday President Obama oversaw the naturalization of 16 members of the armed forces, two veterans, and seven military spouse.

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the oath of citizenship. He told the story of his own path to American citizenship. Mayorkas came to this country as a Cuban refugee in 1960 fleeing Fidel Castro's communist takeover of the island nation. 13 years later, Mayorkas was naturalized and made a citizen of this country.

Ceremony provided below and by C-SPAN.

Friday, July 4, 2014

50-GUN SALUTE TO THE UNION


AMERICA IS NOT THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD



The HBO television show "The Newsroom" started with this monologue to open its program.

The character, news anchor Will McAvoy portrayed by Jeff Daniels, is asked this question by a college student:

Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

After a couple of bland answers, Will McAvoy unleashes this tirade.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2014