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  •  Ooh, and Mayor Casto threw in a few word (18+ / 0-)

    of actual Spanish, just to rub it in!   Good for him.  And what a kid, what a voice.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:03:57 PM PDT

  •  Home of the Brave indeed (19+ / 0-)

    He is a remarkable young American with an amazing voice, and 'brave' fits him very well.

    Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

    by Leftleaner on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:06:27 PM PDT

  •  What a memorable performance! (12+ / 0-)

    What a voice!

    Sebastian, you are the best!

    I hope you gets invited to the WH.  I know you will.

    A man is also known by his enemies, here are some of their tweets;

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:07:39 PM PDT

  •  Whitehouse Shoots down no fly zone..... (10+ / 0-)

    WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it would be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone over Syria than it was in Libya, stressing that the United States does not have a national interest in pursuing that option.

    "We feel like the best course of action is to try to strengthen a moderate opposition," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told a news briefing.

    He said the United States did not want to send U.S. troops - or "boots on the ground" - to Syria and said enforcing a no-fly zone over the country could require intense, open-ended U.S. military engagement. (Reporting By Laura MacInnis; editing by Christopher Wilson)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:11:05 PM PDT

  •  Have we made any progress since 1939? (13+ / 0-)

    When the Daughters of the American Revolution wouldn't let Marian Anderson sing at Constitution Hall, because she was black?   Seems like the color of the disfavored singers has changed though.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:13:03 PM PDT

    •  It was Mrs. Roosevelt who arranged for her (0+ / 0-)

      to sing at the Lincoln Memorial.

      A much better venue, IMHO.

      Then, as now, the American people told a bunch of bigots that a great voice is a great voice, and it doesn't matter one damn what color the singer's skin is.

      Listen and weep, racists!  

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:09:48 PM PDT

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    •  My mother refused to join the DAR (1+ / 0-)
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      because of the Marian Anderson incident. My mom was the quintessential egalitarian and I loved her stands on issues of equality. Thanks to my mom for imparting those sensibilities to her three children, all three of whom did the same with their children.

      “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.” - Gore Vidal

      by Hanging Up My Tusks on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:43:09 PM PDT

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  •  I've written elsewhere (9+ / 0-)

    that when I grow up I can only hope to have the grace and courage of Sebastien de la Cruz.
    I'll never sing as well, or as wholeheartedly, as he does, though.

    War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

    by DaNang65 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:13:17 PM PDT

  •  Incredible voice and a calm mature presence (10+ / 0-)

    that belies his age.  Bravo Sebastien De La Cruz.

    How incredibly typical of the GOPers tweeting such nasty comments against a young child.  Cowards as well as ignorant racists.  

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:15:28 PM PDT

  •  It rather amuses me (7+ / 0-)

    Looking at the racist and bigoted comments from the Nitwit Brigade about young de la Cruz' performance, it occurs to me that they got exactly what they've been yammering about for years: What better example of assimilation could they possibly want?

    The core, of course, is that they are racists and bigots, and the game they play is rigged against everyone who displeases them. So when de la Cruz sings the national anthem, it sets them off in ways Roseanne Arnold or Carl Lewis never did.

    Something also occurs to me: When was the last time Rush Limbaugh played the Star Spangled Banner on his program? Or Bill O'Reilly? Or Sean Hannity? When was the last time any of those luminaries of True Americanism sang a good old-time church hymn? I hear the national anthem and church hymns sung from time to time on A Prairie Home Companion, but never on Michael Savage's show or Lars Larson's hatefest. Very strange, that.

    Also, from what I can tell of the PHC broadcasts, the audience there seems quite familiar with four-part harmony and all the words, even to the second and third verses. I wonder how Laura Ingraham or Michelle Malkin would fare?

    •  Yes, it's ironic that most of the time they hide (3+ / 0-)
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      behind claims that "American values" are what's important, and if immigrants and their descendents would just assimilate, speak English, "follow the rules", and espouse patriotism, they would have nothing against them.  Well, incidents like this reveal that NONE of that will satisfy them.   Instead we see that even if the kid changed his name and skipped the charro costume, they'd STILL hate him, just for his skin tone.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:28:11 PM PDT

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    •  They're all wearing their flag lapel pins, (0+ / 0-)

      so they don't need to play the SSB on their programs.

      “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.” - Gore Vidal

      by Hanging Up My Tusks on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:46:16 PM PDT

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  •  So, geography fans (5+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, lgmcp, Chun Yang, Pithy Cherub, dewtx

    have you seen this time waster?  It is so much fun!

    It drops you down anywhere google earth goes and you have to guess where you are by moving around looking for clues in the photos, on signs, trucks, whatever.  You are scored on how close you get.  My best so far is .005 km.  

    We are having a household debate as to googling place names or business names is cheating.  I say no, you have to get as close to the gnat's ass as possible. Others say you have to go only on what you see.  

    If you have tried it, it's kinda addictive, yet informative.

    -6.25 -5.3 If I ever leave this world alive The madness that you feel will soon subside...

    by dansk47 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:19:26 PM PDT

    •  very addictive (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, dewtx, dansk47

      Some rounds I do well and others I completely bomb. I have traveled a lot but that is only a little help.

      As for the boy singer, Texas should be proud to have such a talented kid. I am not at all emotional about the National Anthem but his singing gave me chills.

      And the critics? Well, haters gonna hate.

      George W. Bush: the worst Republican president SO FAR.

      by Chun Yang on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:30:40 PM PDT

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  •  Very nice... (5+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, JeffW, dewtx, SaintC, lady blair

    and he's going to grow into that voice as well. He'll only get better.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:20:11 PM PDT

  •  the importance of JUNE 14 (1+ / 0-)
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    includes a Supreme Court decision that we all should know, and which I discuss HERE

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:22:20 PM PDT

  •  fuck the haters. besides, they are old and dying (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The Geo-Politics of a 21st Century Superman (1+ / 0-)
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    ‘Man of Steel’ And The Meaning Of The American Way

    “You’re scared of me because you don’t control me. You can’t, and you never will. But that doesn’t make me your enemy,” Superman (Henry Cavill), tells military officials and researchers halfway through Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It’s an argument that gets at the difference between the superheroes in the Marvel universe, who have been tidily corralled under the influence of S.H.I.E.L.D., and correspondingly, into a franchise system that alternates between letting them out to play and bringing them together in a single blockbuster when the market and the moment demand it, and the more fragmented cinematic superhero universe that DC hopes to render more artistically and commercially coherent starting with this picture. But it’s also an argument for what could be DC’s strength, and is often Man of Steel‘s. While Marvel’s movies are all about how superheroism and its consequences affect superheroes themselves, Man Of Steel at its heart is a story about what will happen to humans and aliens alike when we each find out we’re not alone, and that we’re going to have to live with each other.

    In Snyder’s telling, with a screenplay by David Goyer and story contributions by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the movie, the instability of the physical planet of Krypton after unwise mining of the core for energy has two consequences. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) decide to have a biological child, rather than one born through Krypton’s population-control inspired genetic engineering program, which produces workers suited to various Kryptonian professional slots. And General Zod (Michael Shannon) decides to stage a coup, convinced that Krypton’s deadlocked legislature will never make a decision in time to save his species. Aliens, they’re just like us—at least when it comes to fertility problems and partisan gridlock! The differences between Jor-El and Zod’s approaches to Kryptonian sustainability intensify after the latter kills the former and gets chucked in the Phantom Zone for it. Once Zod is free, and once Jor-El’s son, Kal, has grown to manhood in the care of a human couple named the Kents (an extremely strong Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) deep in the heart of Kansas, Zod wants to rebuild Krypton on the structure of Earth, a rare viable planet, while Kal, now Clark, finds that he’d prefer not to kill off the humans he’s grown up around in order to replace them with an essentially extinct civilization.

    After the movie’s opening sequence on Krypton, rather than proceeding chronologically on earth, Man Of Steel slides back and forth between the present, in which Clark Kent works on an Alaskan fishing boat and at a bar, moving on from jobs after each intervention to save someone against the odds, and his childhood in Kansas, when his superpowers manifested as autism-like symptoms, and he was periodically bullied for his strangeness. As Clark finds himself drawn to a more active role in the world, he’s also pulled between the vision of both of his fathers, Jor-El, who believed he would be not just welcomed on earth but worshipped, and Jonathan Kent, who adores his boy and is terrified for him, ultimately making a terrible sacrifice to preserve the secret of his son’s difference. The flawed, human scale of that conflict is genuinely touching, and not without allusion to–but not heavy-handed about–the prospect of growing up gay in a less-than-cosmopolitan area. Superman, the creation of two young American Jews, isn’t just an immigrant or an alien anymore: he represents a much wider array of fears and hopes about what America could give us, and what it could take away.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:34:43 PM PDT

  •  young man (4+ / 0-)
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    what a remarkable young man...I am so proud of Sebastien.  He will definitely go places and do great things in his life.  What a class act this young man is.  Never change and always always keep on singing!

  •  It interests me that some of the twitter accounts (1+ / 0-)
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    We're taken down after those racist comments were made.  These people were proud of their hatred when they made those comments and now they want to hide it from public view.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:42:57 PM PDT

  •  I want him to sing it in Spanish next (1+ / 0-)
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    Just to rub their noses in it...

  •  Comment on the NRA FB Page re: Bloomberg (1+ / 0-)
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    I noticed that a friend had commented on an NRA story about Bloomberg shredding the Constitution. I read his comment and scrolled down to skim some of the others. I came across this gem:

    "We must not allow billionaires to dictate our laws!"

    Really? Then why the F do these jackadoodles continue to vote the way they do?

    (shakes head and sighs)

    "An injury to one is an injury to all"

    by jhb90277 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:48:02 PM PDT

  •  That kid is amazing (3+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, SaintC, lady blair

    I have never -- never -- seen a more enthusiastic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

    Nothing can make you more patriotic than having yahoos try to kick you out of your own country.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:54:12 PM PDT

  •  what sebastien learned this week (1+ / 0-)
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    lady blair

  •  What a brave young man & such a good (0+ / 0-)

    role model for young people. He has a great attitude and a thick skin. His response really touched me. Way to go, Sebastien!!!

  •  Fantastic! (0+ / 0-)

    Bravo Sebastien!

    I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

    by Lilyvt on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:36:28 PM PDT

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