Fun-Filled Friday: DC, Star Spangled Banner, Declaration Of Independence, America Again, Byrd, Kagan, Felix, Fireworks
Posted Jul 02 2010 4:41pm
It’s time to have some fun again because it’s “Fun-Filled Friday” ya know? This is the time of the week where I like to relax a bit, pull out some stuff that interests me that may or may not be related to health and nutrition, and just be silly. I think one of the elements of having a healthy lifestyle is knowing how to laugh, enjoy life, and inject some fun and excitement into your life every chance you can. It’s long been a standing motto for me to never take myself too seriously and to just live passionately and freely in all that I do. While the subjects I discuss here at my blog are indeed very serious, that doesn’t mean I have to be somber and discouraged about it. You know I do all that I can to educate, encourage and inspire others to begin making better choices for themselves so they can be well-rounded in their health pursuits. This is why “Fun-Filled Friday” is such a vital part of my blog each week and I’ll keep doing it as long as there’s something fun to write about. That’ll be like FOREVER!
As you know, I’ll be away next week in Washington, DC testifying before the USDA Advisory Committee for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines representing all of you and the amazing life changes that have happened to us thanks to livin’ la vida low-carb. While I have no grand illusions that they’re going to change their minds about anything regarding their desire to make us eat more carbohydrates, cut the fat and especially saturated fat, and move towards a more vegetarian-styled diet, I think people like us need to be represented in front of a panel like this so they know the negative ramifications of putting out such dangerous and disastrous nutritional dictums that far too many people are being impacted by. We have a voice and we must use it–AND I WILL! If you’d like to provide support for the traveling expenses of this trip, then Christine and I would be grateful for your donations. CLICK HERE to share through PayPal and THANK YOU to those of you who have already contributed.
We’ll be flying in to DC on Tuesday afternoon and look forward to meeting up with some of our blog friends in the metropolitan Washington area. I hope to have a meetup group with a bunch of us, so e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a part of this. We’ll be in town through Saturday morning, so it will likely be on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday night. It’s always exciting to meet the people who read my blog and I look forward to seeing you in person to thank you for being a fan of my stuff! I’ll have a few copies of my latest book 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb on hand to autograph too. Should be a great time!
And since Sunday is Independence Day, the 4th of July, BBQ time or whatever else you want to call it, I’ve got to start off with something quite patriotic–a spine-tingling version of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” I’ve heard of lot of people sing this Francis Scott Key-penned tune over the years, but none have been as moving as the one you are about to see from The Gaither Vocal Band featuring Bill Gaither, Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod, and David Phelps. ENJOY!
WOW! That version never gets old to me and you’d have to be dead to not be moved by it. And why to do we celebrate the Fourth of July every year? Of course, it’s The Declaration of Independence on that date in the year 1776. It was a momentous occasion that warrants celebration and commemoration each year. In fact, just today we found out that Thomas Jefferson was still in a transition period in his mind regarding what to call the new American people. Digital technology shows that he originally wrote “subjects” when referring to the “citizens” of the United States and he later went back and changed it. Breaking free from the English rule was a difficult, but very brave path that our forefathers took to create the greatest country in the world. Here’s a very moving dramatization of representatives from the original 13 colonies coming together to vote on declaring their independence. It’s from the mini-series John Adams.
I can only imagine what it was like during this time of uncertainty for those brave men who put their lives on the line to create a country based on freedom. It’s sad that a lot of Americans haven’t got a clue what is included in The Declaration of Independence, but it’s a good idea to know what’s in it if you haven’t. Listen to a reading of it from a citizen who wanted you to know what is in it.
That document has stood the test of time for 234 years and it is the foundation of what being an American is all about and why it’s so important to be free. When I was a disc jockey at a Christian radio station back in the 1990s, one of the most popular songs was by an in-your-face artist named Carmen who never minced words when he shared a message through song. That was especially true in his song entitled “America Again” which hearkens us to get back to the things that people like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and the other great men who were the leaders of our young nation thought were important.
We’d certainly be a lot better off today if more people in America took God seriously and let Him guide their lives. But that’s a decision each individual has to make for themselves someday–either here on Earth or face-to-face with the Creator. Okay, off my soapbox now. A major figure on Capitol Hill passed away this week that is worthy of noting. Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia has been a mainstay stalwart for the Democratic Party for many years serving his country in the esteemed 100-member chamber. Criticized by some for his dubious past associations with groups like the KKK, one thing you could NEVER say about him is that he was wishy-washy about how he felt. Here’s a video of a speech Sen. Byrd made on the floor of the U.S. Senate about sending troops to war.
RIP Sen. Byrd! There was some pretty important goings on in the Senate chamber this week with the nomination of Elena Kagan by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings were more of a formality than anything as she is expected to be easily confirmed to replace outgoing bow-tie-wearing Justice John Paul Stevens. Was there anything about health and nutrition that came up during the questioning that may be a foreshadowing of things to come as we seek to change the way people view diet in America? Actually, yes there was. Check out this exchange between Kagan and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) about a law mandating people to eat a certain way. The heart of the matter happens when Sen. Coburn bluntly asks, “Do we have the power to tell people what to eat everyday?” Kagan’s response was quite interesting.
God help us if a law is passed requiring any nutritional dictates to Americas. Good luck enforcing that law! And finally today, I’ve got a video from a great guy named Felix Olschewski in Germany who is a HUGE fan of the Paleo way of life. His goal is to help tens of millions of German-speaking people to learn more about what the primal lifestyle is all about to vastly improve health. He’s a weight loss success story and hopes to spread the message of hope to the people of his country. Here’s a nice introductory video from Felix about his web site and upcoming videos.
GOOD LUCK FELIX! We’re proud of you buddy and wish you well as you begin this new journey to share about the healthy benefits of Paleo/primal/low-carb living. Go get ‘em buddy!
Well, that’s all we have for you this week on “Fun-Filled Friday” and because of the trip to Washington, DC next week we won’t have one for you one week from today. But never fear, we’ll have more fun, funny, and stuff to make you think coming back in two weeks. THANK YOU so much for reading and sharing a part of your day here at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb.” I love and appreciate you guys for all of your amazing support and encourage you to have a fantastic July 4th weekend! Here are some awesome fireworks for you to enjoy from last an Independence Day extravaganza last year as we celebrate this glorious weekend. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!