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When one California couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, the milestone was so impressive that Hollywood stars, every living U.S. president and even the Pope wanted to pass on their congratulations.
More than 150 celebrities, including George Clooney, Judi Dench, Dolly Parton and Heidi Klum, congratulated Richard and Mary Arambula of Bakersfield after their granddaughter asked hundreds of actors, musicians, politicians and strangers to write them notes.
The couple, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last December, were stunned when their granddaughter, who lives in Germany, presented them with the letters during a visit last week.
‘This girl here is something else,’ Mary, 86, told the Bakersfield Californian, indicating her granddaughter, Belinda Bannister. ‘She said she was going to throw us a party. It turned out to be a big party.’
Bannister said she was inspired to get as many notes from as many people as possible after her grandmother received a birthday greeting from the White House in 2012.
‘Then we thought, “Who else?” It just went from there,’ she said.
In March 2014, she set up a Facebook page asking people to send notes and starting writing to celebrities and officials.
First came notes from Sophia Loren and Judi Dench, then others started pouring in.
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Susan Sarandon, William H. Macy and Dakota Fanning all sent signed photographs wishing the couple a ‘happy 70th’.
‘I’m impressed with what you’ve done with your marriage all these years,’ Regis Philbin wrote, while actor Tommy Chong added: ‘Congratulations on being together seventy years and not killing each other.’
He signed off: ‘Love each other. Your friend, George Clooney.’
Then came the letters from all of the living presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
‘Your extraordinary dedication to each other over decades is an example for us all,’ Obama and his wife Michelle wrote.
Their favorite sports teams – the Dallas Cowboys, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers – also sent letters of congratulations, as well as sports legends including Shaquille O’Neil.
Local law enforcement and charities also sent their congratulations to the couple, who have lived in Bakersfield since the 1940s.
‘We thought we would maybe get 10 responses,’ Bannister told 23ABC. ‘We thought we would have a lot of agents tell us they don’t do that. We had some of those, but we never dreamed of getting 150 responses, it’s insanity.’
Among the most meaningful letters came from comedy great Joan Rivers, who passed away on September 4. She had told her staff she wanted to reach out to the couple but was unable to send a note before her death, so her staff sent one on her behalf. They also sent a scarf and a pin to Mary.
‘I am touched that she would pay so much to send it to me because I’m just a nobody from Bakersfield,’ Mary told ABC.
Pope Francis also sent an Apostolic blessing which the couple proudly showed off in a frame.
‘That was real meaningful to me,’ Richard, 87, told the Bakersfield Californian.
The couple, both originally from Texas, came to Bakersfield in the early 1940s and married when they were just 16 and 17 in 1944.
They said that it hasn’t always been ‘sweet rolling’.
‘There was times that I wanted to get the gun, get out of my house,’ Mary joked to KGET.
They now have four children, 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
‘These people are amazing,’ Bannister said of her grandparents. ‘They are just fabulous and I love them and I want everyone to know about it so they can know how amazing they are.’
Within a couple of generations they’ll be all gone.
Like this asshole who prefers sharia to our First Amendment.
Maybe what needs to happen is family members of these morons should attend a rally advocating something only to find themselves beheaded or bombed by some raghead.
How educated people can be so stupid as to not see the consequences of their actions is beyond me.
David Goodfriend, a top staff secretary for President Clinton, wants more controls on anti-Islamic expression in America. Goodfriend believes Shariah is not a threat but freedom of speech is a serious threat.
Goodfriend joined America’s Newsroom this morning:
“I don’t think you’re doing your side any favors by talking about Shariah creep. That’s just ridiculous. What I do think what’s going on is a healthy debate about the limits of First Amendment and free speech and that’s where we ought to keep it. That’s the American way.”
No jail. No parole. If they commit a crime, shoot them on the spot.
The Montgomery County Kansas Sheriff’s Office has released mug shots of the three people arrested in the shooting of an Oologah police officer Thursday night.
Officer Charles Neill was shot in the head during a pursuit after another officer tried to arrest three people in a Talala traffic stop. Alejandro Garcia, 22; Cesar Rios; 23, and Roxanne Mendoza, 20, were arrested by Kansas Law Enforcement after fleeing from the Oklahoma law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Robert Dierks said the three fled to Montgomery County and abandoned their vehicle after an encounter with deputies. Rios and Mendoza were found quickly and taken into custody.
A manhunt began for Garcia, who carjacked a red pickup from an elderly driver, authorities say. Deputies got a tip that an Hispanic male armed with a handgun was headed toward Highway 169 in the red pickup.
“Deputy Michael Grimes got behind the vehicle, and the truck crossed the highway and pulled into a driveway,” the Sheriff said in a news release.
“Garcia exited the vehicle and was given commands to show his hands. Garcia walked toward the rear of the truck and began firing at Deputy Grimes who returned fire.”
Garcia hid in a nearby residence and was captured in a closet, the release states.
The owner of the pickup, David Henderson, was shot in the neck. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, authorities say.
Another mosque gets bombed.
Hopefully the people there will soon tire of this and do something. But given their cowardice, I doubt it.
Four people have been killed in Saudi Arabia after an ISIS suicide bomber, reportedly dressed in a burka, blew up a car outside a mosque during Friday prayers.
The man is said to have tried to drive into the Shia Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam, but was stopped by security.
As security tried to get to him, the jihadist detonated his bomb in the in the car park in front of the women’s entrance, blowing up his car and killing four in the blast.
ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, with a message posted on one of the group’s Facebook pages saying a ‘soldier of the caliphate,’ blew himself up among ‘an evil gathering of those filth in front of one of their shrines in Dammam.’
The fighter was identified as Abu Jandal al-Jazrawi, with his surname indicating that he likely came from Saudi Arabia.
The latest bombing comes just a week after another device was detonated by ISIS fighters in the nearby village of al-Qudeeh, killing 21 mostly Shia Muslims.
IS fighters hail from the Sunni sect of Islam, and view Shias as devil-worshipers and blasphemers deserving of death.
The pair of suicide bombings threaten to spark sectarian conflict in Saudi Arabia, which is a predominantly Sunni nation, but has a large Shia population in the oil-rich east.
Video of the attack shows a thick pall of black smoke rising from cars burning in the parking lot outside, while pictures of the attack show men treating a badly wounded person on the ground.
Another video apparently taken from inside the mosque captures the horror of the crowd from inside the Imam Hussein mosque, the only Shia mosque in the region, as the bomb goes off.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency said security guards halted a car in the parking lot of the mosque and that the bomber detonated his payload as they approached.
‘Thank God, security authorities managed to foil a terrorist crime targeting worshippers,’ the agency said in a statement. It was unclear if the bomber was among the four dead.
A Christian Syrian turned the tables on ISIS by beheading one of their fighters.
I like the way he thinks.
A Christian fighter in Syria has beheaded an Islamic State (Isis) militant to avenge people killed by jihadis in north-east Syria, a monitor said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where Isis occupies large areas of the countryside.
According to the monitor, the Christian fighter – a member of the minority Assyrian community – found the Isis fighter in the local village of Tal Shamiram.
“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of Isis, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory spokesman Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.
The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove Isis out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadis had captured in Hasakeh.
Isis has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.