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Patriotic Celebrities!

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Wanna sign the petition to make Dirt Off Your Shoulders our National Anthem?

Or maybe one to make Jay-Z and Beyonce change their baby's name to Red White and Blue Ivy?!

Come on Obama, let's see this happen!!

While for some people Independence Day is all about either getting your grill on, your tan on, or watching Bill Pullman deliver his speech from Independence Day over and over again, these celebs make patriotism hot. Uh, not like we're in a heat wave or anything…

Here are our favorite stars (minus the stripes) showing their country a little love!

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Al Franken Warns Big Corporations Are 'Hoping To Destroy' The Internet

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Al Franken warns SXSW

This makes us a little nervous.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken gave a speech to hundreds of attendees at this year's South By Southwest festival on the subject of net neutrality, warning that we may be facing "the First Amendment issue of our time."

Referring to the threat of corporations taking over the internet, the senator said:

"I came here to warn you, the party may be over. They're coming after the Internet hoping to destroy the very thing that makes it such an important [medium] for independent artists and entrepreneurs: its openness and freedom.”

As an opponent of the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal, Franken singled out the corporate giant.

Alleging that the cable company wants "to put Netflix out of business entirely" due to their streaming video business that could pose as a threat to Comcast's cable franchise, he warned:

"In the end, the American people will end up paying a lot more for worse service."

He encouraged festival attendees to fight the political influence of the big telecom firms, saying:

"Unfortunately one thing these big corporations have that we don't is the ability to purchase favorable political outcomes. Big telecoms have lots of [lobbyists], and good ones, too. … The end of net neutrality would benefit no one but these corporate giants."

He ended his speech by encouraging people to fight to preserve net neutrality to avoid a future in which they're "stuck listening to the Black Eyed Peas and reminiscing about the days before you had to sell out to make it.”

Ha! Now THAT'S a scary thought!

The senator continued:

“Let's not let the government sell us out. Let's fight for net neutrality. Let's keep Austin weird. Let's keep the Internet weird. Let's keep the Internet free."

Well said, sir! We couldn't agree more! After all, this internet thing is kind of our life blood.

Are U afraid of corporations or the government taking over the internet?

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Al Franken Talks Anti-Gay Bullying

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken recently introduced a bill, which explicitly addresses anti-gay bullying in public schools.

He has been met with opposition while trying to get his bill enacted, but he's passionate about his endeavor.

Franken on the subject:

“It’s clear that we need to do more to protect our students from bullying and harassment, and it’s time that we extend equal rights to LGBT students. No student should be subjected to discrimination and harassment in school, and we must tackle this problem at every level — local, state, and federal.”

Franken has stated that recent teen suicides resulting from anti-gay bullying has made passage of the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act a priority. We wholeheartedly agree!

Franken's bill would prohibit discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Any schools found in violation of the bill would risk losing funding from federal departments and agencies.

Senator Franken wants his proposed legislation in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, which will most likely be voted on next year. He has 25 co-sponsors for the bill as of today, and he's expected to gain more following November mid-term elections.

We wish U the best of luck, Al! You have our complete support!

What do U think of Senator Al Franken's proposed bill?

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Al Franken Chokes Up Discussing DADT Repeal!

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So heartbreaking.

Click (above) to watch a clip of Minnesota Senator Al Franken getting choked up while discussing the Senate's blocking of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.

Such a lovely story, and all the more reason to get this STOOPID, POINTLESS POLICY ABOLISHED.

EQUAL RIGHT FOR ALL!

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