“I read the news today oh boy
More unemployment, unexpectedly
And though the news was rather sad
They tried to make it gla-a-ad
They said it wasn’t all that bad
Woke up, got out of bed
More bad news came from the Fed
The dollar’s down and the prime is up
The stimulus was nothing but a bust
Turned off the tube and cracked a beer
Had two more to calm my fear
Found my bong upstairs and had a toke
The country’s broke, like a psychedelic dream”
July 4, 1776 is remembered as the day American patriots signed the Declaration Of Independence. Today we will celebrate them with fireworks, great food, and family. Perhaps because it was so long ago most of us have lost sight of just how much those signers had to lose because of their actions. Even more remote is the memory of what became of the signers. Rush H. Limbaugh jr. wrote a testament to those men eight or ten years ago. Mr Limbaugh, the father of the popular talk-radio host, said it so well. I recommend it to all of you. Here, below, are a few short excerpts.
What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock, and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?
William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers’ faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, “but in no face was he able to discern real fear.” Stephan Hopkins, Ellery’s colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”
Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.
– Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered and his estates in what is now Harlem, completely destroyed by British soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.
– William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.”
There is much more. Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence:
* “Nine died of wounds or hardships during the war.
* “Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment.
* “Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children.
* “Two wives were brutally treated.
* “All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes.
* Twelve signers had their homes completely burned.
* “Seventeen lost everything they owned.”
These men truly risked everything. The last line of the Declaration is powerful: “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.” Those who signed did so for an Idea. They did not expect personal gain from it. Indeed, they expected to be hounded, imprisoned, and killed.
Ben Franklin wryly noted: “Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately.”
Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: “With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone.”
These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.”
We owe them a great debt. Today we have an opportunity to repay that charge. We must, all, do whatever we can to counter the threat that is trying, and succeeding, to destroy what those patriotic men designed.
This is the first and last chance for mankind to know freedom. This is the United States of America.
They started a fire. It provided light for those living in darkness. The enemies of God given Liberty have tried to snuff it out since day one. We must not be among those seek comfort rather than Freedom. We are the fire watch now. Whatever price must be paid to keep this fire burning, we must pay it. This fire has given too much to the Human Race to be allowed to burn out or be extinguished.
I know that for most of us this Independence Day will be a little different. Some time earlier in the week I think I heard Rush Limbaugh say that he believes that many of our fellow citizens will be much more contemplative this year. I know that I, along with others will be wondering if we are going to make it to November 2012 peacefully. Only now are most people starting to understand the Evil that we are up against and I’m afraid that though their abuses are many they have only shown a fraction of their will to inflict even greater harm in their attempt to control a Nation that is rapidly growing weary of them.
Whether you agree or disagree with the speaker in this video, he does paint a vivid picture. He represents a large number of our fellow citizens. He is one of many voices of this Nation on Independence Day 2011
Nice touch there with the musical score from Starship Troopers.
We have made our voices heard. We were ignored. We were the butt of all the sick and twisted imaginations and so-called humor all the lamestream entertainment late night comedians could generate. They have ridiculed us and marginalized us. They have done all they can do to silence us. They have locked us out of public meetings with our elected representatives. They have instigated violence against us. They intend to do much worse.
In the face of these circumstances, what have we done?
We have grown STRONGER! We grow stronger by the day. They are becoming weaker. They become weaker by the minute. They got more than they bargained for and now they are in a panic. Panic typically manifests itself in very ugly ways among Communist Revolutionaries. That has historically been their undoing. Until they come undone, every American should understand that these people don’t go quietly into the night. We should all understand the gravity of the situation we face this Independence Day but we should also know that in the end it is WE who will have the Victory!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Think about that word… Independence. It’s more than a word when you live it.
May today be filled with many blessings for you and your family. Celebrate this day in a manner befitting of free and independent people. Breathe deeply into your lungs the breath of Life and know that it was given to you by a Creator who calls you to do great things with that blessing. Spend this day in contemplation and celebration of a people who chose to be independent. Exercise the Rights given to you by your Creator without restriction on this and every day.
This morning we heard God Bless America on handbells and prayed for freedom and liberty. I was struck by how well the American dream fits hand-in-glove with Christianity.
A commentator, oldandbroke, responded with this comment.
I don’t really understand how you may think the American dream fits hand-in-glove with Christianity when the majority of our founders were Deists and/or Free Masons.
Something for you to think about, I hope!
I appreciate the comment but the facts of the matter are that oldandbroke’s comment simply isn’t true. In fact, fifty-two of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christians. Some were very devout Christians including some heavy-weights like John Adam and Samuel Adams. Of the non-signing Founders George Washington and Patrick Henry were devout Christians. Virtually all of the Founders where Christians with only a very few notable exceptions.
Now, having said that, if there were no Christians among them it wouldn’t invalidate my observation that American values and Christianity are well suited for one and other. Whether by accident or design, they are wonderfully compatible.
America is home to many religions and the Founders wisely prohibited the establishment of a national faith. Still, America and Christianity are woven together in the fabric of the nation.
The wisdom of the Founders….
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
–The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
Today we had what is shaping up to be our annual family Independence Day range fire at my brother-in-law’s farm. It was definitely Iowa style in that the targets were in a bean field, the range table was in a machine shop and the range vehicle was set up for spraying. A better way to spend the day the Declaration of Independence was actually signed I cannot imagine.
Ynet has reported that the captain of the Audacity Of Hope, an American flagged vessel has been arrested for leaving port for Gaza in violation of a Greek order that they must stay.
The 60-year-old captain, whose name was not released by authorities, was being held at Piraeus police headquarters and will remain there until a court hearing Tuesday. Greece’s coast guard said the captain of the “Audacity of Hope” faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat’s passengers. The latter charge is a felony.
The “Audacity of Hope” was carrying 36 passengers, four crew and about 10 members of the media. Its attempt to sail Friday night from the port of Perama, near Athens, was thwarted by coast guard speedboats”
Below is the included video of the confrontation at sea.
It sounds like they thought Greek laws didn’t apply to them. From one of the passengers:
The Audacity of Hope was stopped at sea by the Greek Coast Guard 20 minutes after leaving the port. Our captain refused to turn back irregardless of the pleas of the Coast guard captain. After about 2 hours, Greek commandos joined the Coast guard vessel and the decision was made to turn back. We are currently at a military dock in Athens, unable to proceed. Johnny Barber, a passenger, on the Audacity of Hope, i was able to record this as it happened.”
Why would any group of sane Americans support the terrorist group Hamas?
The Lord God Almighty promises that where there are two or more gathered in His Name, so there will he be also. This Sunday of the Independence Day Holiday Weekend we gather to give praise and honor to his name for truly, in spite of persecution, war and rumors of war, a mighty fortress is our God. Happy are they who find refuge therein.
Oh y’all don’t hear what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Can I get an A-Men? Can I get an A-Men? Let every heart say A-Men!
The garments I wore to worship services this morning were of the color of camel hair. I do that when it’s time to kick some ass.
Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.
Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.
That ain’t going to help his cause.
Still, he made his choice and he died doing what he wanted to do. In a world where the left considers the killing of an unborn child a sacred “choice,” government has no credibility telling anyone that they don’t have the choice to leave the helmet home. How does that go again? Oh yeah. “Keep your laws off of my body.”
The state of Massachusetts operates twenty-four swimming pools for the use of the public. In an effort to make sure those pools remain safe for citizens to swim in they inspect them once a year or so – whenever. Last Monday two city inspectors stopped by and noticed that the pool’s certificate had expired but they didn’t investigate or close the pool even though the water was so murky that swimmers couldn’t even see their feet in it.
The inspectors came back the following day and passed the pool and renewed it’s certificate even though the water was so bad. But, somehow during the inspection they didn’t see the dead body of a woman, Marie Joseph, which had been lying on the bottom for two days. Her body was not discovered until another couple jumped the fence for some late night pool fun.
Police said Joseph of Fall River was last seen Sunday when she went down the pool’s water slide and collided with a 9-year-old neighborhood boy she was chaperoning.
The boy told detectives he did not see her again. Her body was found submerged in the pool’s 12-foot deep end.
“It’s disgusting. My kids are horrified,” said Sandra Vieira, 36, who swam in the pool Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with her teenage daughters. “I’ve already taken three showers today. And my kids are constantly in the shower, too.”
One of the world’s three biggest lies: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
1) Banks don’t, on their own, give loans to those they believe cannot pay them back. They just don’t.
2) Because of this, people who were certain to default on loans were pretty much shut out of the opportunity for home ownership.
3) This didn’t sit well with the do-gooders in Washington so they started programs to encourage or even force banks to provide loans to those “whose incomes, assets, or abilities to pay fell far below the traditional homeowner spectrum.” This began with the Community Reinvestment Act.
4) In order to encourage these types of loans, the government took the risk out of them for lenders. The loans were backed – basically co-signed – by the government with the backing of the United States Treasury. This was accomplished through quasi-government organizations called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
5) Banks could essentially sell the loans they wrote to the government through Fannie and Freddie regardless if the “incomes, assets, or abilities to pay fell far below the traditional homeowner spectrum.”
6) This government program was designed to increase lending to non-traditional borrowers and make borrowing much easier.
7) Over time, literally trillions of dollars began chasing a finite housing supply.
8 ) Low interest rates, easy borrowing and a finite supply of product results in an easily predictable outcome: An asset bubble.
9) When the bubble burst in 2008, hundreds of billions of dollars of loans predictably went into default. These were loans that would never have existed without the encouragement of the state and its willingness to cosign the loans; thus socializing the risk.
10) This cast America into the economic crisis that continues to this day.
That isn’t that difficult to understand and its truth should be obvious to all who care to understand it.
Every time the conservatives wreck the country, the liberals step in to clean up the mess, and every time, the conservatives blame the liberals for the problems they themselves created. I guess historical revisionism is the closest thing conservatives have to a conscience.
Obama, who flies around in a tax-payer funded 747, has a real problem with people who buy and pay for their own aircraft.
As the approving authority for more than one thousand Obamacare waivers – Obama would like to have a word with you about special deals from the government for aircraft owners. He doesn’t approve of them. Here is Obama in his weekly radio address yesterday.
“It would be nice if we could keep every tax break, but we can’t afford them,” Obama said. “Because if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or for hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners, or for oil and gas companies pulling in huge profits without our help – then we’ll have to make even deeper cuts somewhere else.”
If you know the right people in Washington, your labor union or preferred company can get an Obamacare waiver and the best part is that Obama will never, ever criticize you for it in a weekly radio address.
Last week during his press conference, Obama had this to say to Republicans.
“You go talk to your constituents — the Republican constituents — and ask them, are they willing to compromise their kids’ safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break?
That’s the choice we have? That is the state of America today? We can either have private aviation or safe kids but not both? It is either/or? If jet owners are able to continue to depreciate their aviation assets like other business capital items my little boy will be in danger? This is serious.
I suggest that Democrats ask their constituents if they willing to compromise their kids’ safety so that some Administration connected labor union can get an Obamacare waiver. By Obama’s own logic, Obamacare waivers will also put your children in danger.
What is TSA doing when it is isn’t groping pre-schoolers and demanding that cancer patients in their 90s remove their adult diapers? They are allowing Nigerians with fake IDs and day-old, stolen boarding passes fly. Meet Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi.
Noibi flew from New York to LAX last Friday using a day-old Virgin America boarding pass allegedly stolen from the back pocket of a subway rider in New York.
Flight crew found him in a seat that was supposed to be empty and called authorities when they learned his true identity from a University of Michigan identification card.
By the way, they checked his boarding pass on the flight because the man stunk and his seatmates complained. That’s right, had he taken a shower before his flight he’d have gotten away with it. TSA never noticed a thing.
Coulter has nothing but disdain for those on the left:
Liberals are not like most Americans. They are the biggest pussies on Earth, city-bred weaklings who didn’t play a sport and have never been in a fight in their entire lives. Their mothers made excuses for them when they threw tantrums and spent way too much time praising them during toilet training.
These brave-hearts know exactly what they can get away with. They assault a conservative only when it’s a sucker-punch, they outnumber him, or he can’t fight back for reasons of law or decorum.
Liberals don’t get that when you’re outnumbering the enemy 100-1, you’re not brave.
There were a lot fewer public confrontations when bullies got their faces smashed.”
She’s right, you know. Bullies can not be legislated away. They can’t be rehabilitated or turned into productive, acceptable members of society. They should have had their sadistic tendencies corrected before they began grade school but didn’t. They can not be made different but they can be made to stay away from me and mine. I thoroughly enjoyed her article I hope you do as well.
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing the idea that thirteen counties in southern California secede from the state. The counties? Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono. Perhaps surprisingly Los Angeles county is not on the list. His proposal is to form a new state called ‘South California’.
The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said.
“Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public,” Stone said in his statement.
The new state would have no term limits, only a part-time legislature and limits on property taxes.”
For those of you I met in Memphis who said they were a bit disappointed that I wasn’t wearing at least one article of camouflage apparel, I dedicate this to you.
Misuse of Camouflage as part of a Psyops Mission can help secure your home from would-be invaders.
Since I was about 15 years old I have been making my own camouflage outfits suited to a variety of adventures. My very first Ghillie Suit was quite the project ( I read an article on how to make them in Soldier of Fortune Magazine) but it allowed me to accomplish my mission that evening, a July 4th as I recall but that’s about the only detail I care to recall here as it involves successful single-shot target engagement with a pellet rifle, against a criminal element known to have automatic weapons, also known to use them and no, paintball guns didn’t exist back then. It was a stunning performance on my part but it was very stupid. Most here may find it very hard to believe that I have ever done anything stupid.
I am lucky. Fireworks are pretty much illegal in Iowa. Other than small sparklers and “snakes” they are all banned. For any pyro fan, that is as good as a total ban.
Because of this, we always make an annual trip to Missouri before the 4th to purchase a load of exploding swag. This year the missus and I picked up a car-load on the way home from the Revoista Fiesta in Memphis.
How does this make me lucky? I get to celebrate every Independence Day by breaking the law. Independence Day is all about breaking the law. The Founders were big time breaking the law when they signed the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776. They could have been hanged for that act of rebellion.
Of course bringing illegal fireworks into Iowa isn’t an act of rebellion anything like that but it is still a symbolic at of rebellion in celebration of that big act of rebellion that gave us all we have.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the nanny staters in the Iowa legislature for giving me the opportunity to symbolically and spectacularly break the law and pay homage to the the law-breaking Spirit of ’76! God Bless America!