Eric Church Rocked the Verizon Center

Last night, my sister and I saw country music artist Eric Church perform at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., as part of a stop on his “The Outsiders World Tour.” It was his first time performing at the Verizon Center. And unsurprisingly, the show was sold out.

My sister got us these concert tickets as an early birthday present. (My birthday is next Monday; I’ll be turning 24.) Hands down, it was the best birthday present I’ve received in recent memory. (Thank you and love you, sisute!)

Below are some pictures I took at the concert:

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Drive-By Truckers opened for Eric Church. It was my first time hearing their music and I LOVED it!

 

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Eric Church. Swoon.

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Eric Church is a badass. He really connects with his fans and loves what he does.

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Church and his signature ball cap look.

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The concert was sold out, as evidenced by this massive crowd.

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A few months ago, The Bobby Bones Show talked about a devil making an appearance at the Eric Church concert while “Devil, Devil” was playing. Here it is. Terrifying, isn’t it?

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For $35 seats, we had this optimal view. Not too shabby!

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Another awesome shot of Eric Church.

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Close up of Eric Church.

 

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Isn’t he dreamy?

I’ve been to my share of concert music concerts featuring Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Florida-Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, among many people. While I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the aforementioned artists perform, I was absolutely blown away by how talented and dedicated Eric Church is to his craft. He has more of a rock ‘n roll vibe to his music, which I greatly appreciate and enjoy. (Who doesn’t like rock ‘n roll? It’s as American as they come.) He performed hits like “Talladega”, “Smoke a Little Smoke”, “Homeboy”, “Devil, Devil”, “Guys Like Me”, “That’s Damn Rock ‘N Roll”, “Springsteen”, and many other tracks from his various albums. His music is refreshing in the day and age of bro-country-though I do enjoy some FLAGA Line and Thomas Rhett.

If you also attended the concert, I hope you enjoyed it too! It was refreshing to see people decked out in camo here in D.C. (It’s a wonderful break from the usual stiffs and suits you see here in the nation’s capital.)

Want to learn more about Eric Church? Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

 

Happy 25th Anniversary of Reunification, Lithuania!

 

Credit: LTUWorld

Credit: LTUWorld

On this day 25 years ago, the Baltic Republic of Lithuania broke away from the Soviet Union. (It was the first Baltic to do so.)

Here’s more about this important historical event from LTUWorld:


Lithuania marks the 25-year anniversary of the restoration of its independence.

We Believe in Freedom. We always did. For centuries from the beginning of Lithuanian statehood to the present day.

Having restored Lithuania’s independence 25 years ago two out of three Lithuanians personally remember that thirst for freedom and how comforting the first gulps were. We remember how good it felt to return to Europe, to be back home where freedom is an underlying value.

11th March 1990 was the day when Lithuanians became free to choose, to grow, to be themselves. And we try to do our best.

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If you are interested in how the world press reacted to the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence in 1990, check out this source: http://parodos.lnb.lt/en/exhibits/show/paroda-kovo-11

Grateful to have immediate roots in a country that prizes faith, freedom, and free markets.

Happy Reunification Day, Lietuva!

Want To Feed Your Soul? Go to Church or the Outdoors, Not Government

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently said,”People come to government to feed their souls.”

CNSNews has more about it:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls.”Cummings was speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union on February 4th when he made the comments.

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“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls,” Cummings told the audience.

Really? Last I checked, people go to church or go to the outdoors to feed their soul. Going to church or synagogue is an uplifting experience. Seeking a power higher than yourself feeds the soul to insurmountable heights. Additionally, going to the outdoors puts one’s mind at ease. Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

This constant push for paternalistic government with nanny state inklings is incredibly bothersome. Cradle-to-grave dependency on government deprives one of their autonomy, for one’s soul belongs to the state.

Want to feed your soul? Be independent of the government.

Mama’s Turkey Barley Soup

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

January is National Soup Month. What better way to celebrate this chilly month with some delicious homemade soup?

Below is a family favorite from my house that you’ll love. It’s perfect for this time of year and is packed with great ingredients and nutrients. It’ll take some time to make, like any soup, but it’ll be worth it!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. barley
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 5 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 big garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced into chunks
  • 3 tbspns complete seasoning
  • 10 cups water

Sautee the chopped onions and grated garlic in a large cast iron pot for 5-8 minutes, until they are slightly browned. While you are sautéing those ingredients, rinse the barley well in a strainer and set it aside. Next, add the ground turkey to the pot and brown it over a medium heat, which will take 10-15 minutes. Once…

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Turning the Tides in Annapolis

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my second Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD as a speaker. I previously spoke at the event in January 2013 on their “Cheated Generation” panel. This year, my sister Anna Maria joined me at the conference as a blogger.

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This year, I spoke alongside 14-year-old activist Leonard Robinson III and Maryland College Republican chair/John Hopkins student Christine McEvoy on the “Liberty Issues of the Youth” panel.

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Twitchy reported on the event:

Saturday’s Turning the Tides Conference in Annapolis, Md., featured an impressive array of speakers, including Dr. Alveda King, Niger Innes, Dan Bongino, Gabby Hoffman, Larry O’Connor and more, addressing topics such as “Campaign Dos and Don’ts,” “Refute the Tests,” and “Liberty Issues of the Youth.”

My sister blogged about the conference behalf of Counter Cultured. Here are her three blog posts: “Liberty Issues of the Youth“; “Change the Game“; and “Bullet or the Bribe.”

I want to thank Tonya Tiffany and Jim Jamitis for inviting me to speak. I encourage everyone to support and get involved with Maryland Citizen Action Network!

Refreshing Orzo

Gabriella Hoffman:

Orzo is AMAZING! Great side dish for any meal. Read Anna Maria’s write-up about it on A Taste of Patriarchy today! #SpreadTheTaste

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Do you like orzo? Are you looking for an orzo recipe that’s got some color and nutrients in it? Check out this recipe I whipped up recently. It’s really easy to make and makes you feel less guilty for eating pasta with the greens its got in it: spinach, green olives, and green onions . Who says conservatives can’t be for healthy eating, creative cooking, and getting their products from places like Whole Foods? ;) In fact, the orzo featured in this recipe comes from Whole Foods, but you can find orzo anywhere you go really.

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Hope you try this recipe in your kitchen! Feel free to modify the ingredients to your taste, since we conservatives are about choice after all, but of course not in the way how liberals talk about choice. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package of orzo
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of manzanilla olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of spinach, chopped

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Old Country Gefilte Fish

Gabriella Hoffman:

My dad submitted this awesome stuffed fish / fish patties recipe! Check it out.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

This recipe submission comes from my dad Boris. He’s an avid fisherman and a great family man. He started cooking at a very young age, learning the flavorful, traditional recipes of his family and heritage. In fact, he taught me how to make many of those recipes.

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Here’s why my dad submitted this recipe to our site:

This recipe honors my mom and grandma, who often made this recipe while I was growing up. It is a true family tradition.

Check out the recipe below, along with the fish patties you can make from the remaining stuffing mixture!

Ingredients:

  • Whole fish [You can choose any type of fish you like. I used red drum (5 lb.)]
  • 5-6 slices of white bread
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 large carrots, sliced 3/8 in. thick
  • 2-3 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 medium-sized parsnip roots, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1…

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