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Fireworks fizzled (from June 6 ReaderWire)

Original post made on Jul 6, 2007

The July 3 concert and fireworks presented by Stanford Lively Arts at Frost Amphitheatre was a waste of a lot of money. The recorded music played over the loudspeakers during the display was tacky and detracted from enjoying the fireworks.
Some of the selections -- "Over There" and "From the Halls of Montezuma" -- were also insensitive considering our country's current difficulties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When I bought my family's tickets this year, I was slightly disconcerted that the price of the concert had gone up about 25% from last year. Now I am dismayed. My family's July 3rd tradition of attending the concert and fireworks at Frost Amphitheatre ended tonight.

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Posted by mary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 6, 2007 at 1:38 pm

"From the Halls of Montezuma" is INSENTITIVE??? That's OUR Marines, God Bless them all.

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Mimi Sabo (ReaderWire) should be ashamed of herself for writing that during the fireworks display at Stanford, the band's playing of "Over There" and "The Halls of Montezuma" was "insensitive considering our country's current difficulties in Iraq and Afghanistan".

Apparently Ms Sabo has no appreciation whatsoever for our country's military and their sacrifices in the past and present that enable Ms Sabo to write to the Weekly without censorship and to enjoy the fireworks display which honors this free country.

The military has protected this precious freedom in past wars and they are doing the same in the present war. It's amazing and disgusting to how see how this freedom is taken for granted by so many and how little thanks and even condemnation is given to our military, who have always stood in harm's way to make this freedom possible for all of us.

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Posted by Deep breath
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Mimi - was the event a waste of your money or Stanford's money? I enjoyed the event with friends. We weren't in Frost, so we only caught bits and pieces of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and none of the music during the fireworks, but we did have a great view of the wonderful fireworks themselves.

Nancy - Your statement borders on sanctimony. Saying that the military is the (only) guardian of the Constitution lets the rest of America off too easy.

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Posted by Truly patriotic
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 6, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Deep breath - You say it perfectly. America is "of the people, by the people and for the people." Many of us do our fair share to assure freedom, even if it's as simple as being kind to your neighbor or condemning racism. American soldiers (or, any from anywhere for that matter) are to be admired for their courage, even if the mission is sometimes questionable. But it ultimately takes the people of the country to maintain its identity and honor.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2007 at 6:59 pm

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Last time I looked, the Fourth of July celebrated Independence Day and commemorated the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Even though there is some dispute on the correct date, it represents the birth of the United States of America. Patriotic songs are normally played but the Fourth of July is not obviously "a military celebration of a military success."

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Posted by joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2007 at 12:33 pm

My family members have served in all of the recent wars, except Iraq. I think my father and grandfather would be ashamed of the U.S./Iraq situation.
Turning a celebration of the country's independence and dedication to liberty and individual freedom into a celebration of the military, so often misused in recent decades, is inappropriate.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2007 at 6:37 pm

"Turning a celebration of the country's independence and dedication to liberty and individual freedom into a celebration of the military, so often misused in recent decades, is inappropriate."

Do you think independence, liberty and freedom just happened? That is like assuming that light comes from the switch and not the generators and distribution behind that switch.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2007 at 9:28 pm

An appalling lack of comprehension that our freedom was not negotiated, it was fought for and our people died..over and over again,..and still are.

It is being fought for now..imagine a united Middle East under a religious fascism, determined to hold Israel and oil hostage,..the one being millions under threat of annhilation by bombs, the other being a means to threaten world-wide depression with resultant starvation.

And our military isn't defending freedom? Listen to the latest tape from Al-Qaeda Al Zawahari. I believe him when he stresses how important Iraq is in this battle of fascism vs. democracy..our own left doesn't believe this is a war, but it is odd that this guy does..our own left can't see the importance of Iraq, but this guy does....

We win there ( leave Iraq able to defend its democracy against tyranny), we win freedom for a long time..we lose there, we win war for a long time. Do you want your little brothers and sons to fight this war in 10 years?

Listen to how much Al-Zawahari lies about prisoners, how much he hates the American desire for moderation and tolerance,.. imagine this guy in charge of the Middle East, trying to bring the his "Caliphate".

You guys simply do not believe him, and his followers, that they MEAN what they say, they REALLY BELIEVE that the only way is their version of Islam, which you accept, or die. It comes through in this tape that he is worried about Iraq, that he worries they are actually losing ( which they are, as evidenced by his obvious worry that Iraqis are agreeing with the concept of democracy and tolerance, which he can only accept as being words brought out by torture). Note how delighted he is that we are splitting up, and talking about a way out. He is almost salivating with happiness at us getting out so that his brutal ways can take over..

ask yourselves WHY he looks so worried, yet so hopeful?

And for the "tortured" at the end..I notice they still have their heads...and their tongues..I guess we were stupid to let them out to tell everyone about their horrible torture. I think it is odd we never get anyone back, alive, who can talk.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2007 at 9:58 pm

I apologize, this post above doesn't really belong here. It poured out of me after I read the other posts. I actually came here to comment on how incredibly wonderful the Shoreline Amphitheater SF Symphony (and the Opera Singers who sang) was, and how it was the first time I heard a symphony play with the fireworks, which were out of this world.

The only drawback was this ( to me) absurd attempt at mixed media, where they showed a MOVIE clip of Gene Kelly dancing for awhile, and another clip from Dreamgirls..felt like time filler to me. I would rather have begun later and skipped this part. Was hard for me to catch the magic back after this, ( but I did it)

Definitely a kid pleaser for over 8-10. If they do it again next year, I am in!

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Posted by 'nother resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2007 at 11:06 pm

resident, i went to shoreline too and thoroughly enjoyed the show. the singers were fabulous, the music so easy to listen to. i was fine with watching the movie clips. sorta felt like we were at a drive-in, but then, i was sitting in the lawn area in front of one of the screens. but i see your point as well. mixed media is not for everyone. it did change the pace of things. oh, but the fireworks set to music by the sf symphony? priceless!

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