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A Student Made a Giant Flag Made Out of Painted Toy Soldiers

An Indiana high school student’s art project is being shared all over the United States on social media.

Jacob Feazel, a senior at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, spray-painted 4,466 toy soldiers red, white and blue.

Then, he meticulously glued them to a four-by-six-foot piece of plywood over a span of 11 days.

He explained that to make them stick, he had to scrape the paint off the bottom of each one.

Jacob’s proud mom posted the photos on Facebook last week and they’ve been shared more than 250,000 times!

People offered to buy the piece, but Jacob turned them down, saying he just wants an A for his efforts.

He also plans to enter the work of art in a scholarship competition.

Jacob said he created the piece to honor the men and women of the U.S. military who”make the U.S. free.


SOURCE: A Student Made a Giant Flag Out of Painted Toy Soldiers and It’s Glorious


Patriotic gesture helps two Pittsburgh Penguins fans land Stanley Cup Finals tickets

Two lucky Pittsburgh area fans landed a free pair of the hottest tickets in the city thanks to a minor gesture of patriotism on Monday.

Penguins fans Nick Comito and Mitch Bell spent the morning of Memorial Day as part of a band playing “Taps” at a memorial service in a nearby town. The two college students then headed to the outdoor watch party outside of Consol Energy Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.


Comito and Bell brought an American flag to the watch party with them and secured it to a hockey stick. Getty Images photographer Bruce Bennett spotted the pair and their flag and took what was an iconic photo for Memorial Day and an important hockey game.

Naturally, the NHL posted the photo to their Instagram account. According to the Sporting News, Comito and Bell’s friends started bombarding the Instagram account with comments, NHL representatives were able to locate the pair and came outside to offer them two seats in Section 224 for the game. The friends made what was likely an easy decision to ditch Bell’s sister and girlfriend outside and take the NHL up on their offer.


As the popular saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. But in this case, a picture was worth two seats to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. That’s a pretty good deal.


What’s the Bottomline?


What is Patriotism?

Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one’s own nation, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects. It encompasses a set of concepts closely related to those of nationalism.An excess of patriotism in the defense of a nation is called chauvinism; another related term is jingoism.
The English term patriot is first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin (6th century) patriota, meaning “countryman”, ultimately from Greek πατριώτης (patriōtēs), meaning “from the same country”, from πατρίς (patris), meaning “fatherland”.The abstract noun patriotism appears in the early 18th century.




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Don’t Forget The Peacemakers On This Patriotic Holiday

On Memorial Day, as we pause in remembrance of those who have died in service in the U.S. military, I hope we also remember as well the diplomats and the mediators, those working in conflict resolution, the activists dedicated to preventing wars and to bringing existing wars to diplomatic resolution once they have begun, and the individuals of conscience who refuse to give over their minds, their souls, and their bodies to armed conflict.

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Let’s remember the practitioners of nonviolent resistance in the face of tyranny and oppression, the anti-war activists who strive to educate their peers, their citizenry, and, yes, their government to the perils of unjustified and unjust armed conflict and incursions into lands not their own in advance of appropriate attempts at diplomatic means of resolving conflict.

Individuals and groups who stand up and put their lives on the line to defend their country from very real threats to our national security, as do those in our nation’s military, are true patriots. But true patriots are also those who speak out, stand up, and challenge our governmental leaders, those who put their lives on the line by actively advocating for justice, freedom, and liberty through peaceful means.

Looking over the history of humanity, it is apparent that tyranny, at times, could only be countered through the raising of arms. On numerous occasions, however, diplomacy has been successful, and at other times, it should have been used more extensively before rushing to war.

I find it unacceptable when one’s patriotism and one’s love of country is called into question when one advocates for peaceful means of conflict resolution, for it is also an act of patriotism to work to keep our brave and courageous troops out of harm’s way, and to work to create conditions and understanding that ultimately make war less likely.

On Memorial Day, let us expand our definition of “patriot” while we remember and honor all of those serving our country.

You Might Be Wondering:

What Is Memorial Day?
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Memorial Day Celebrated on the last Monday of May, May 30 (traditional).  It is a sacred day to all war veterans. It commemorates men and women who have died serving the United States. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens be reminded of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime. By honoring the nation’s war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice. All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil criticised as ‘anti-patriotic’ by far-right German political party

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has not been without his critics during his time in the Premier League.

A club-record signing from Real Madrid, Ozil was slow to settle at the Emirates Stadium and has had his fair share of negative headlines for a lack of effort, physicality and influence in the big games.

Now, however, he’s been attacked for slightly more bizarre reasons by a far-right German political party.

Alternative fur Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) were not happy about the player’s trip to Mecca, believing Ozil has sent out an ‘anti-patriotic’ message, according to the London Evening Standard.

This also follows claims that the 27-year-old has at times chosen not to sing along to Germany’s national anthem before games.


The head of the party, Andrea Kersten said: ‘When Ozil regularly doesn’t sing along to the national anthem, we are supposed to treat it as his own private matter.
‘But when he goes on pilgrimage to Mecca Der Tagesspiegel [a German daily newspaper] tells people it is “a sign for more understanding and integration”.’

Ozil is a practising Muslim of Turkish origins, with Germany manager Joachim Low calling for respect to his and other players’ heritages.

‘Our boys identify totally with the national team and Germany, but one also has to consider their heritage,’ Low said.

Ozil enjoyed a superb season with Arsenal in 2015/16, and will now hope to build on Germany’s 2014 World Cup win with a strong showing at this summer’s European Championships.


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What’s the Bottomline?


Who is  Mesut Ozil?

Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzut ˈøːzil], Turkish: [meˈsut ˈøzil]; born 15 October 1988) is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament’s best player. Özil started his senior career at hometown club Schalke in the Bundesliga in 2006, transferred to Werder Bremen in 2008 and was signed by Real Madrid in August 2010 following his break-out performance at the FIFA World Cup with Germany. On transfer deadline day of summer 2013, he moved to Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million. The transfer makes him the most expensive German football player of all time.

Özil is acclaimed for his finesse and improvisation as an attacking midfielder. His style and ability for providing assists for his team-mates have been compared by former manager José Mourinho to that of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. In 2010–11, Özil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25. In 2011–12, he ranked first in assists in La Liga with 17. Özil was the joint-highest assist provider at both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012, registering three at each tournament.



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LeBron James vs. Steph Curry: The 21st Century NBA Rivalry

This NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors isn’t just a rematch, it’s a remake. It’s the new-millennium version of Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird.

We never got to see LeBron versus Kobe Bryant in the Finals — LeBron laments that as much as anyone — but one of the side effects of LeBron’s run of six consecutive Finals is that he can claim multiple meetings with Tim Duncan and now Curry. He knows enough about the way the NBA works to value the importance of familiar faces screened onto Finals T-shirts, to realize what it means for TV ratings when the promos can list the sport’s biggest names.

“I think it’s great, It’s great for our game. It’s great for you as an individual, just the competitive side of it. To be able to face the greats along your path is something that you’re going to wish you could get back when you’re done playing”,  James said.

“I’ve been fortunate to go against Duncan and KG (Kevin Garnett) and Ray Allen and the great Piston team. Now Steph, the great Steph, and the Warriors team. So I’ve been fortunate.”

He made sure to mention his Finals matchups with Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as well. If LeBron’s idle thoughts at a morning shootaround in February can become headlines, anything less than a full recital of previous foes while he was at the podium on the NBA Finals media day might be construed as a slight. But his meetings with the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder don’t belong in the same category. Those were one-offs.

Granted, LeBron versus Curry won’t carry the historical importance of Magic versus Bird, a rivalry that catapulted the NBA from its drug-plagued, tape-delayed-championship nadir to a platform for international stardom enjoyed by Michael Jordan and all who followed. There also isn’t the black/white dynamic of Magic versus Bird, an underplayed, yet undeniable aspect of their duel.

Then again, LeBron versus Curry does comprise the intraracial dark-skinned versus light-skinned debate discussed by Michael Eric Dyson on The Undefeated. And there’s the poverty versus privilege aspect as well, an angle LeBron might have inadvertently played up Wednesday when he mentioned his inner-city, single-mother upbringing.

More than anything there is the stark difference in playing styles, the representation of what the game was and where it’s going. LeBron harkens back to the Magic, who was revolutionary as a 6-foot-9 point guard in his day, but now is a template for a more traditional style. As LeBron’s 3-point accuracy has decreased he has become more reliant on the old standby of bullying his way to the hoop. Almost half of his shots this season came within 3 feet of the basket; only 20 percent of his attempts were 3s, according to Basketball Reference.

Curry, meanwhile, launched 55 percent of his shots from 3-point land. He is like an X-Men character, a mutant version of Bird, the feared marksman. Bird, whose rookie season in 1979-80 coincided with the introduction of the 3-point shot in the NBA, attempted 1,727 3-point shots in 13 seasons. Curry attempted 886 — more than half of Bird’s career 3-point attempts — this season alone.

While LeBron fits our standard view of athletic ability or rather, exceeds it, Curry is forcing a redefinition of the term. One NBA talent evaluator told me that after watching the nimble Curry flourish in the league, he now considers agility and dexterity as athletic traits equal in strength and speed.

Curry and the Warriors surpassing the 72 wins of Jordan’s Bulls might have been the beginning, not the culmination. Maybe Curry and LeBron can eclipse the rivalry between Bird and Magic, meaning these Finals wouldn’t be the remix, they would be the new standard.

But there’s a catch:

LeBron Raymone James

He was born on December 30, 1984. Lebron is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has started at the small forward and power forward positions. James has won two NBA championships (2012, 2013), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), two NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.

Stephen Curry

Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II was born on March 14, 1988. He is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. In 2014–15, Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season.

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