YouTube week – Proud to be American

We’re taking a semi holiday this week at we heart this and at the same time sharing some of the best moments the internet has to offer. We’re turning our hours spent trolling YouTube for old band performances, television clips from our youth and fart level humor into something useful! Check in all week for the clips we couldn’t help but forward to everyone in our address book and other moments near and dear to our hearts.

Happy 4th of July! Don’t you just love this holiday? Family and friends getting together, eating, drinking, swimming and playing outside, smack dab in the middle of summer, all to celebrate the birthday of the good old US of A? The fireworks and flying flags always gets me a little misty. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite YouTube clips in honor of the big day.

Tyna’s pick: I’m also a total patriotic fool when it comes to sports. The Olympics are my nirvana every two years. One of my favorite moments? The 96 Woman’s Gymnastics Team earning the first ever gold medal for the US in the most dramatic of fashions! To set the scene: the US team has been on a tear all night – stick, stick, stick on the first three events – with nary a wobble. If they can keep it up on the vault, the gold is theirs. Then – disaster! Vaulter number five falls on both attempts! The USA’s final gymnast, Kerri Strug, has to land one vault for the team to take it all..

Stef’s pick: Thank you Schoolhouse Rock, for teaching me everything I know about US history (and most of what I know about English as well!)

Honorable mentions: Is there really anything more American than The Simpsons? We quote this Classic Homer moment quite a bit. Here’s a 4th of July clip as well; Homer buys illegal fireworks. Want more Olympic glory? How about the 1980 US Hockey Team. Or my favorite race of the Beijing games – the Men’s 100 Free Relay. And because one Schoolhouse Rock video is never enough, check out these Independence Day related gems; Fireworks and No More Kings.

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Written by Tyna Werner


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    Michele ME Bridgeman

    Schoolhouse Rock ROCKS!!! I have it on DVD, CD AND in book form with all of the lyrics. I learned everything there is to know about History, English and counting from that show. No wonder kids are so illiterate this days. They don’t have the mad crazy skilz that we have today thanks to these great snippets.

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    The 4th of July: America’s Independence Day is normally filled with the 3 F’s – food, friends (and/or family) and fireworks. It’s also a great day for parents to slip in a little education and help our children understand what it is we are celebrating. Here are some great quotes about freedom and liberty to get you started.

    “The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.” ~ Saul Alinsky

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves” ~ Abraham Lincoln

    “Liberty is the breath of life to nations” ~ Bernard Shaw

    “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

    “Where liberty dwells, there is my country” ~ Benjamin Franklin

    “We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others. ”
    ~ John F Kennedy

    “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul” ~ Moshe Dayan

    “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope”. ~Winston Churchill

    “Better to starve free than be a fat slave” ~ Aesop

    “Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?” ~ Gandhi

    “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” ~.Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women – students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.” ~ President Barrack Obama

    Have a safe and happy 4th!

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