Right after watching the out-of-this world World Cup match between Italy and Germany, we jumped on the Metro and made our way down to the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day along with hundreds of thousands (estimates of 400,000) of people that flocked to the nation’s capital.
As expected, this once-a-year mammoth event was extremely enjoyable. Festivities were in full swing all over the mall. There were musical concerts, shows and even a Hare Krishna performance. We also managed to get a glimpse of Vanessa Williams, Jason Alexander — who played George on Seinfeld — and Elmo (the infamous Sesame Street puppet) after walking down to the Capitol building where the country’s main 4th of July concert took place.
Watching fireworks from the base of the Washington Monument made for a memorable sight. The cornucopia of colors coupled with the impact of the forceful explosions was simply breathtaking. Happy 4th of July everyone!
Great fireworks, good photos, good right to the point description Natasha!
Interesting verbal bottle rockets there, too.
I wonder how the 4th was in Palestine, Texas?
Should I reply to Anon1 comments above ? Or you see his comments acceptable here in this blog? Whats wrong in the taxi driver anyways ? Isnt this the guy who gives Anon’s mom a ride when sho goes to the cabaret ?
Happy Fourth of July, hoping everyone gets an Independence Day!
Happy Fourth of July to all.
Good comments Anon1. I wonder, why was supporting the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s and 1980s so popular? It really has nothing to do with non violence, as Mandela comitted acts of violence. They even made a big deal recently about going back and looking for one of his firearmss.
This is about human rights. However, I am aware if you plan on trying to make it in the Western media world, you must remain silent on this issue or your chances are slim to none. I guess it just depends on what your priorities are.
Amazing when you look at the fact that electricity has been cut for 1 1/2 million people just miles from where many people live, or are from, yet they can remain silent. Switzerland has called the act collective punishment and a violation of internation law, yet the silence is astounding.
Silence is tacit approve of these actions, just as silence towards racist, apartheid South Africa was tacit approval of their regime. Silence is acceptance.
“Kinda like shopping, if you don’t like what a store is selling you wouldn’t shop there”
Sye, we have a problem, I’m a demanding customer, when I go to CVS if they don’t have what I want I keep requesting it until they get it for me, they are such sweet people or they get sick of me nagging LOL
“I’m always confused by this type of misdirection in the comments on this blog. Often it’s direction towards all things Palestine. Nothing wrong with discussing Palestine, but this blog’s specialty is Jordan and its author is content to blog about what she knows best. I’ve never understood why there are some, who most often prefer to work “anonymously,”
Informer Informer Informer, you are so misinofmed LOL. No first of all I was answering Abu Sinan that he won’t see anything positive about Palestine or Palestinians on this blog, at least nothing positive for obvious reasons. I’m sorry these reasons are maybe only obvious to Palestinians and Jordanians that have lived in Jordan. As far as working as Anon, how dare you, I’m not only Anon, I’m Anon1 and you are Informer, so choosing a name like Informer makes you less Anon? Anyway I’m Anon1 nice to meet you LOL
“I agree with your point of view, and always asked why discussions drift into Israeli-Arab, or Arab-American arguments..etc no matter what the topic is.”
Jiro Jiro Jiro, shame on you, you are the master of throwing comments that cause conflicts and bashing the Arab world because you were a nonity in the Arab world and now you are a taxi driver in the states. So don’t say people divert the discussion because otherwise you’ll make me go back on this blog and dig and bring up some of your commetns that cause diversion of discussions on this blog.
“To ignore Palestine is to not cover a major part of Jordan, its people, its history, or a major part of current Jordanian society.”
Abu Sinan WELL said, and this applies to all the Arab world and even further. When is the world going to realize that solving the Palestinian conflict is of vital importance.
Regards to all
From the famous Anon1
“i could become a card carrying member or the NRA if i heard a convincing enough argument.”
I am just wondering if there couldnt be an ineresting comparison made between the 4th of July and Palestinian Land Day?
I say this as a born and bred American. It is one thing to allow a blog to be controlled by this subject, it is another for a blog that claims to have something to do with a country neighboring Palestine to completely ignore the situation.
Here in America we ignore Palestine, unless of course, there is a good point to be made in Israel’s favour.
I do not think you can have a blog about Jordan and ignore the Palestinian issue. Such a stand would be completely unrepresentitive of Jordanian society and politics.
To me such a move actually takes sides and benefits Israel. One does not have to be a raging partisan to support human rights.
That is what this is all about, at the end of the day. It isnt a Christian/Muslim/Jewish issue, it is a human rights issue.
It is entirely possible to have an opinion squarely in the middle, but it is disingenous to claim to have no opinion at all or refuse to talk about it.
To ignore Palestine is to not cover a major part of Jordan, its people, its history, or a major part of current Jordanian society.
I agree with your point of view, and always asked why discussions drift into Israeli-Arab, or Arab-American arguments..etc no matter what the topic is.
It is obvious that the bitterness of politics and reality in the Arab world, cause lot of people to think only from this angle, and people tend to want to drag others to their issues. Yes, I am with the discussion to be focussed on the post topic all the times.
i dont know if i dig the “go shop elsewhere if you dont like the wares” argument.
blogs are made to trigger discussion and thought not just monolgues and preaching to the perverted.
ive got some comments on my blog from people that really made me think.
regardless of the topic, the trick is to convince.
since palestine is a topic important to you, can you convince natasha of the reason why she should blog about palestine instead of just getting emotional and laying down no proper case?
whats the rational argument?
i could become a card carrying member or the NRA if i heard a convincing enough argument.
i havent yet.