Independence Day, 2013

posted at 8:57 am on July 4, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Happy birthday, America.

On this date in 1776, some wiseacres on the east coast got together and penned a letter to the King of England, declaring that we were no longer enamored of his management style and would be taking charge of the franchise ourselves, thank you very much. The records show that Congress actually voted for the resolution of independence on July 2nd, but it took a couple of days to get the announcement in order and signed. Actually, even that has been the subject of some debate, with various historians claiming that the declaration wasn’t actually signed until August. But in any event, this is the day we settled on eventually. As to its meaning, I think John Adams summed it up nicely in this letter to his wife.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Old John had a way with words. This was not intended to be just a solemn day, but a day of bold, brash strutting and an affirmation of the rejection of tyranny and dedication to God, nation and freedom. I will be spending the day up in the mountains with family. There are traditionally cookouts around the lake, live musical performances and boating events, capped off by a fireworks display launched from a barge floating on the lake. (There may be fishing involved also.) I hope that you have the opportunity to celebrate as you see fit as well.

From all of us here at Hot Air to all you readers out there, we wish you the best on this Independence Day. If you’re an American, you still have plenty of reasons to be proud, so get out there and make with the shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations. You deserve it.


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Happy 4th everyone

Electrongod on July 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Now there are some that are recently proud of America but are prisoners..

Electrongod on July 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Happy Independence Day everyone…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I’ll repeat what I said when departing last night’s QOTD:

Have a blast of a 4th, everybody.

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

…And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark…

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/pages/static/my_father_s_speech

Happy 4th of July, Hot Air peeps!!!

Fallon on July 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Happy Independence Day, one and all!!!!

Remember to thank the Lord for our nation and to pray that He will give our leaders insight, wisdom, and courage.

hillbillyjim on July 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other

Someone needs to tell John Adams that the founding fathers intended the second amendment to be only for the state militia and maybe hunting.

Kafir on July 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Happy Fourth!!!

Have a blast, guys.

And remember always why we are able to celebrate this Day.

Hug one of those who made this possible.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Kafir on July 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Good luck with that one Chief.

docflash on July 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

America! Fvck Yeah!

Happy Independence Day!

Try not to think of what the Founders would say and do if they saw the BS we put up with from our own government today. Nobody likes to imagine George Washington sobbing and cursing like Heston at the end of “Planet of the Apes”.

JimLennon on July 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

From Canada with Love,

***************Happy 4TH of July *********************

My American Southern Neighbours,Let Freedom Ring.

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Always remember that the Boston Tea Party indicated the desire not for free stuff but fair taxes.

viking01 on July 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Likewise, back at ya, eh?

Apologies for missing your 1st of July celebrations.

O Canada, true patriot love in all thy sons command.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

…Happy 4th of July… people of Hot Air!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

America! Fvck Yeah!

JimLennon on July 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

JimLennon:

Lol,i was just getting to that theme tune,when i seen your posty!:)
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America f*** yeah-team america
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhnUgAaea4M

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Happy 4th of July everybody.

John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles! – John Hancock

If this be treason, make the most of it! I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death. – Patrick Henry

workingclass artist on July 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

…we have to fight…for freedom again!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Happy Independence Day

A prayer for our Nation:

All powerful God,
today we rededicate ourselves
to your service, and to the works of
justice and freedom for all.

As you have called us from many peoples
to be one nation,
help us to give witness in our lives
and in our life as a nation
to the rich diversity of your gifts.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Zorro on July 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Jefferson was right…that Tree of Liberty is long past due for a waterin’.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Likewise, back at ya, eh?

Apologies for missing your 1st of July celebrations.

O Canada, true patriot love in all thy sons command.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

coldwarrior:

Hell,no problem,we both..(our countries),celeberate only a few days
apart!

And,since were a border twin cities,get to see both fireworks,
and its gonna be,both my grandson first,4th of July fireworks!
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canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Well, it was a neat experiment.

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Not quite FireWorks,but………………………….

Egypt’s President Morsi removed from power

@AJELive tweeted:

#Egypt live blog: Military plane forms heart-shaped cloud – via @justimage http://t.co/jeDANfq08A http://t.co/Bp1GuwscNG

1 hour ago from twitter.com by editor
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https://twitter.com/AJELive/status/352748674587185152

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

You over in Windsor?

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

“Sir, I have not yet begun to fight!”
(Hold that thought, Americans)

Finally, after another of Jones’s squadron joined in the fight, the British captain surrendered at about 10:30 p.m. Bonhomme Richard – shattered, on fire, leaking badly – defied all efforts to save her and sank about 36 hours later at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25 September 1779. Jones sailed the captured Serapis to the Dutch United Provinces for repairs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bonhomme_Richard_%281765%29

I am proud to say that as “Son of the American Revolution”, one of my paternal ancestors, an Irishman, helped to salvage (it was a wreck) the Bonhomme Richard, retro-fit it for war, and sailed with J.P. Jones.
As a country, we seem to have lost that spirit.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

“He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out thier substance”.

Along with 26 other grievances, most of which apply today tenfold.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Remember folks…Take a kid to a 4th of July Parade.

Makes them conservative…and that recent study (Yale I think) really pisses off the Moonbat Marxists.

This is a Great Country and we can restore the faith of the citizen in her future by remembering our amazing history & our founding father’s accomplishments.

We have a unique and wonderful legacy that all of us share as Americans…no matter when our families arrived on our shores to begin their contributions to the American Effort.

workingclass artist on July 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Mc Cains Mutiny of 08′ is in KaBul!
(sarc on dat)
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@ksieff tweeted:
4th of July in Kabul with Sen. John McCain. http://t.co/X1DgKEH64g

5 hours ago from twitter.com by editor
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https://twitter.com/ksieff/status/352695813505445888

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Philippine American Friendship Day!

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

All powerful God,
today we rededicate ourselves
to your service, and to the works of
justice and freedom for all.

As you have called us from many peoples
to be one nation,
help us to give witness in our lives
and in our life as a nation
to the rich diversity of your gifts.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Zorro on July 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

A m e n !

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Happy 4th!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.ÑThe rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, 1852

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

You over in Windsor?

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

coldwarrior:No,in Sault Ste. Marie:)
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Soo_Michigan_panorama.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Michigan

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

You over in Windsor?

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

coldwarrior:

In Sault Ste.Marie,crap,I sent some linkys,but didn’t get through
I guess:O

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Coldwarrior,oops,the links did go through:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Happy Independence Day to everyone at Hot Air. Also remember that there were many long and trying days ahead for the new nation. The Revolutionary War didn’t end until September 3, 1783 and many days leading to then looked as bleak as some of the days do today.

TooTall on July 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Sadly, the freedoms the 4th represent don’t translate to the gay community. Here’s a video of a preacher getting pummeled at the most recent ‘gay pride’ event in seattle to the cheers of onlookers. Calling Dan Savage. If this is bullying taken to its extreme, what is. Worth watching just to see the fat slob ‘tough guy’ taking his shirt off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=utyiN7g0TkE#at=124

AmeriCuda on July 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

To ALL US TROOPS ABROAD,and StateSide:

The Warrior Song
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTs6a0ORdQU

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Happy Independence Day to all! Celebrate your freedoms, they can be lost so easily.

john1schn on July 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Happy, Blessed, Safe Fourth of July, Independence Day! God Bless America.

ExpressoBold on July 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

That’s ok, I think May day should be outlawed.

OldEnglish on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Yay. What are we celebrating anymore?

crrr6 on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, 1852

lib********* on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

.
Living in the historical past, the liberals’ favorite era. Total Bullsh!t.

ExpressoBold on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

May we completely purge this great nation of the communists that have threatened liberty and destroyed freedom. May they be driven from our lands.

trs on July 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Yay. What are we celebrating anymore?

crrr6 on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Perhaps remembering?

OldEnglish on July 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

long_cat on July 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Been years since I’ve been to the Soo…have to plan a roadtrip. Will give you adequate warning so you can take the option…nail the door shut or head up past Churchill.

BTW…glad to see you posting again.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Yay. What are we celebrating anymore?

crrr6 on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

That what Brainfree loves most about America is gummint cheese?

viking01 on July 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

That was so 1852…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

That was so 1852…

OmahaConservative on July 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Making it more recent than most of the writings/speeches quoted today….

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Thomas Black Sr.

Ulster Scot Immigrant, 1739 Landowner in the Beverley Grant. Listed under Christians Quarter on the Tinkling Springs Marker with other founding families. Immigrated to this great country to escape the British Crackdown on Presbyterians…he came here with his uncles for Religious Liberty. He settled on the frontier and as a constable worked with others and built forts along the frontier,kept the peace and supplied younger Virginians who fought in skirmishes during Dunmore’s War. This is in documents we have found. My sister is a member of the DAR, took us months of research….Which makes my father very proud.

His son Thomas Black Jr. fought as a Patriot in The Virginia Company for the cause of freedom in the Revolutionary War.

He was our patriarchal ancestor.

God Bless and Keep this Great Country…And may we always remember and admire the sacrifices Patriots made for the rest of us.

“Public Virtue cannot exist without private, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics…There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society.” – John Adams. Letter to Mercy Otis Warren. 1776

workingclass artist on July 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Yay. What are we celebrating anymore?
crrr6 on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

What might have been?

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, 1852

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

libfreeordie:

And,President Lincoln,who spurned the Left,so ALL AMERICANS COULD
BE FREE!
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Lincoln – Unite
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_PfTl63qQQ

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Living in the historical past, the liberals’ favorite era. Total Bullsh!t.

ExpressoBold on July 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Constantly quoting the founders is appropriate, but quoting Frederick Douglass’ famous 4th of July speech is “Living in the historical past” and “total bullish!t”? How odd.

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Thank you, Dearest! I wished you a Happy Canada Day on the 1st, but I don’t know if you saw it.

Cindy Munford on July 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Quick! Someone quote something from one of Obama’s memorable speeches!

Certainly someone can recite sections from memory, right? He is, after all, history’s greatest orator.

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

****************Guy-Gals Don’t let LibFree Ruin Your Day **********

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The records show that Congress actually voted for the resolution of independence on July 2nd, but it took a couple of days to get the announcement in order and signed.

Was U.S. born on 2nd of July? Historians say we celebrate too late

Stars and stripes forever, all! Happy 4th of July & enjoy your holiday!

whatcat on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

libfree, you are ate up with the hate. Get help. Get help soon.

To all of the normal people, Happy 4th of July.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I’m running to the store so I can put my flag out. I’m afraid it will rain on it while I’m gone. Talk to y’all later.

Cindy Munford on July 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, 1852

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

…you are so…so OLD!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Thank you, Dearest! I wished you a Happy Canada Day on the 1st, but I don’t know if you saw it.

Cindy Munford on July 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Cindy Munford;Yes I did,and to answer again,

…..Thank-You CM:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

My Fourth of July started early this year.

Sunday night, running about 4 hours late, and when it was already dark, I walked to town to watch the One Run fundraiser for the Marathon Bombing Victims fund run thru my town, on the marathon route. I sat on the church steps waiting for them to come, there was no one else there. It bothered me that you all missed it, and no one in my town was there, but it was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon route in daylight, when people could come; even some of the runners could not do it knowing how late it might be. But no one else there? (Some were actually ahead waiting to run.)

I sat on the church steps, and a man with a flash light came along with a little dog named Reagan. He was following the runners from town to town and he pointed them out to me far down the route. I don’t have a great camera so i didn’t bring anything to take pictures in the dark, but sorely, I wish I had had one.

About 15 people came thru dressed in red white and blue, just like the fourth of July, one of them had stars on their running shorts, and they had headlamps creating a glow around them, but mostly, you could see they were running with the flag that ran from sea to shining sea, and thru Oklahoma, where they left the donations with the locals to rebuild after the tornadoes.

My daughter carried the baton; she carried the flag; and her little five foot self, paced those in it for the long haul of leg 317 at a nine minute mile. They were tired and did not want to fall any more behind. Boston by twelve thirty still loomed ahead. I returned home got my car and watched them thru a few more towns. There was cheering. Reagan was there. They stopped at a town hall and someone else set the pace into Boston, crowds joined in.

But seeing them come into my town I felt like they were Paul Revere.

God bless America.

Fleuries on July 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I’m running to the store so I can put my flag out. I’m afraid it will rain on it while I’m gone. Talk to y’all later.
Cindy Munford on July 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Is it yellow with a snake on it?

Why not just fly an NSA insignia?

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

How bout going out to the range and working on your fighting skills, god knows were gonna need it…..,.

angrymike on July 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns, 70
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark 75
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat. 80

He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge, 85
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock,
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog, 90
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock 95
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon. 100

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze 105
Blowing over the meadows brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed.
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket-ball. 110

You know the rest. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and fled,—
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farm-yard wall,
Chasing the red-coats down the lane, 115
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm 120
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past, 125
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

-From the Longfellow poem.

Fleuries on July 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

A lot has happened since 1852. What other country besides ours has shown the ability to rise above and move past its own human rights abuses and become a beacon of freedom and liberty for “all”?

The American people are the most tolerant on the face of the earth. Have a happy 4th.

TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

To all of the normal people, Happy 4th of July.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

hawkdriver:

Happy 4th Hawk,and to your Co-Pilot,the Miss’s,
and again,Thank-you for your Service,and your
Missions while in Afghanistan——————-:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Are we really taking this thing seriously? “All men are created equal.” (Amen) And that means that every man who lives in a slum today (Preach it) is just as significant as John D., Nelson, or any other Rockefeller. Every man who lives in the slum is just as significant as Henry Ford. All men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that can’t be separated from you. [clap] Go down and tell them, (No) “You may take my life, but you can’t take my right to life. You may take liberty from me, but you can’t take my right to liberty. You may take from me the desire, you may take from me the propensity to pursue happiness, but you can’t take from me my right to pursue happiness.” (Yes) “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights and among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Yes, sir)

Now there’s another thing that we must never forget. If we are going to make the American dream a reality, (Yes) we are challenged to work in an action program to get rid of the last vestiges of segregation and discrimination. This problem isn’t going to solve itself, however much [word inaudible] people tell us this. However much the Uncle Toms and Nervous Nellies in the Negro communities tell us this, this problem isn’t just going to work itself out. (No, sir) History is the long story of the fact (Yes) that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges without strong resistance, and they seldom do it voluntarily. And so if the American dream is to be a reality, we must work to make it a reality and realize the urgency of the moment. And we must say now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to get rid of segregation and discrimination. Now is the time to make Georgia a better state. Now is the time to make the United States a better nation. (Yes) We must live with that, and we must believe that.

Martin Luther King Jr. “The American Dream” July 4, 1965,

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_the_american_dream/

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

….that’s cute…every response I make to trolls the last couple of days…goes into moderation…and doesn’t come out!…all I did…was tell the race troll…He’s OLD!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Quick! Someone quote something from one of Obama’s memorable speeches!

Certainly someone can recite sections from memory, right? He is, after all, history’s greatest orator.

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

“You didn’t build that!”

TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

A lot has happened since 1852. What other country besides ours has shown the ability to rise above and move past its own human rights abuses and become a beacon of freedom and liberty for “all”?

TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

England, Holland, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Spain etc..

It’s actually a longer list than the opposite.

We were special at one time. Now? Not so much.

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

A lot has happened since 1852. What other country besides ours has shown the ability to rise above and move past its own human rights abuses and become a beacon of freedom and liberty for “all”?

The American people are the most tolerant on the face of the earth. Have a happy 4th.

TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

A lot of things have happened since 1776. Yet for some reason we’re only allowed to quote *some* 4th of July speeches today. Or otherwise its “hateful.” What is “hateful” about quoting Frederick Douglass’ speech?

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Thank you. To our great ally from the North, this is a day we can share.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Been years since I’ve been to the Soo…have to plan a roadtrip. Will give you adequate warning so you can take the option…nail the door shut or head up past Churchill.

BTW…glad to see you posting again.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

coldwarrior:LOl,nail the barn door shut,hehe,will do.I had computer
problems since middle of April,thank gawd,as my frustra
tions on that are over:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.ÑThe rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” by Frederick Douglass, 1852

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

.
Well … personally, I’m in complete denial about all of it.
I also believe Neil Armstrong never walked on the moon, the earth is flat, and the Holocaust was a fictitious account conjured up to justify the formation of Israel.
.
WHAT’S YOUR POINT ?

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Happy Independence Day to all my colleagues!

God bless America!

Liam on July 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Certainly someone can recite sections from memory, right? He is, after all, history’s greatest orator.

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

People in all 57 states agree!

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Hmmm, tried to link to an MLK Jr speech “The American Dream” from July 4, 1965. It apparently is in moderation….

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Happy Independence Day to HA readers and to all of our brave troops who preserve and protect the freedoms our founders intended for us to have. Blessings over our great nation.

Philly on July 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Thank you. To our great ally from the North, this is a day we can share.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

hawkdriver:

Amen,on that Hawk—:O

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I had a professor say something like this, which liberals just don’t understand: “Criticism of the Founding generation because of poor treatment of women and blacks is pretty short-sighted. They created a new form of government, a great form of government, and fought tyranny. The fact that they couldn’t also solve other age old problems shouldn’t take away from what they accomplished.”

Too bad our liberal friends can’t see that.

Donald Draper on July 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Hmmm, tried to link to an MLK Jr speech “The American Dream” from July 4, 1965. It apparently is in moderation….

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

…they know you don’t believe what he said!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Happy Independence Day to HA readers and to all of our brave troops who preserve and protect the freedoms our founders intended for us to have. Blessings over our great nation.

Philly on July 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Amen to that. To all of our brave men and women still deployed protecting our freedoms.

hawkdriver on July 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

A lot has happened since 1852.
TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Including defeating the Democrats in a terrible war so that Frederick Douglass’ children would be born free.

whatcat on July 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

T. Jefferson, RIP. We miss you and the other men of intellect who brought forth a nation governed by reason.

Happy Birthday, USA. May God bless us and bring us some sanity once again.

itsacookbook on July 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Frederick Douglass…this Frederick Douglass??

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Hey Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . why is so much commenting going into “moderation”?

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Hey Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . why is so much commenting going into “moderation”?

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

…transparency?

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

happytobehere on July 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

“As I always have said…um, err, uh…and, uh, umm, uh…and well…”

That’s all I can recall.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

….that’s cute…every response I make to trolls the last couple of days…goes into moderation…and doesn’t come out!…all I did…was tell the race troll…He’s OLD!

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

KOOLAID2:

Maybe’s you needs to code it up sumpins,to be-fuddle,
and perplex the Moderation Machine thingy,jus thrown
out ideas!:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Hey Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . why is so much commenting going into “moderation”?

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

.
…transparency?

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

.
Ooooooooooooooooooooh ……. I hadn’t considered that the NSA might be responsible for this.

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

To those who try making a holiday celebration into a political argument:

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
A. Lincoln

Liam on July 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Maybe’s you needs to code it up sumpins,to be-fuddle,
and perplex the Moderation Machine thingy,jus thrown
out ideas!:)

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

…seems like one of them…is they don’t like me changing his last name from ordie…to organ !

KOOLAID2 on July 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

and to all of our Lib visitors, Happy Dependence Day!

hillsoftx on July 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

.
It finally comes up near to 10:30, but I’m very puzzled as to why . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

.
Ooooooooooooooooooooh ……. I hadn’t considered that the NSA might be responsible for this.

listens2glenn on July 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

It’s probably all that RFI from that drone buzzing outside his window.

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canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

libfreeordie on July 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

A lot has happened since 1852. What other country besides ours has shown the ability to rise above and move past its own human rights abuses and become a beacon of freedom and liberty for “all”?

The American people are the most tolerant on the face of the earth. Have a happy 4th.

TarheelBen on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

True that.

workingclass artist on July 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I’m sure Clarence Thomas has read Frederick Douglass and has a different view of the interim.

just saying.

Thomas Sowell,,

Well,, the list is pretty long.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

“As I always have said…um, err, uh…and, uh, umm, uh…and well…”

That’s all I can recall.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

coldwarrior:

Finally found it,I Can’t Recall,….HilRod!:O

RUSH: Hillary Clinton Sings ‘Try To Remember’ – Song Parody #HILARIOUS
**********

http://dailyrushbo.com/rush-hillary-clinton-sings-try-to-remember-song-parody-hilarious/

canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

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