Saturday, July 31, 2010

How many extra Secret Service

Personnel will be assigned to Chelsea's wedding?

I mean, It's Bill Clinton gonna be there.....How many SS agents will it take to keep him from doing something stupid with one of her bridesmaids?

I have unconfirmed reports that the wedding invitations requested "No blue dresses". Also, reports are that people are discouraged from standing between Bill and Hillary, for fear that they will freeze to death....

My best wishes to Chelsea and Marc.....

Friday, July 30, 2010


Told ya they'd keep trying.

However: I see this as good news....It means that at least someone in the government must think that the AZ law sill be upheld, despite the activist judge who put a hold on it until it is adjudicated by a court......and, of course, the myriad appeals which will follow....(seriously, while her arguments were stupid and poorly thought out, I think that she had good reason to put a stay on the law until it IS reviewed by a court) ....if they didn't feel that it would be upheld, then they wouldn't be making contingency plans to get around the resultant issues.

So I see this as good news. My thought is that the Administration and the DNC (but I repeat myself) are just hoping that this is held off until after the elections before there is any decision.

943 jobs

created yesterday....

I may not be as good as Barry, but I don't have his staff to help me make up numbers either.......

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Peace be Upon Him.

Hell, I think it's funny.

But then again, I own several 1911's....most more or less standard.

Us VS "Them"

Who is the "Us"?? That would be those who believe against statism, and for states rights. Those who believe in the rule of law, and that the law should be followed, not ignored. We believe that if the law needs changing to meet new conditions, then we have procedures in place to do so, and we should follow those procedures, not allow the laws to be ignored by some part of the government, nor should that same government be allowed to force the non enforcement of a law, either through a presidential decree, nor through the courts. Those of us who believe that the government should worry about national security, and police, and fire protection, and not about paying unproductive and shortsighted people to do less. Those of us who believe in less government, not more..Those of us who believe in getting ahead by working, and taking charge of our life, not taking what the government gives us and asking for more but never doing anything to personally improve our lives....Those of us who believe that to be a citizen is a right, but one which comes with an obligation to give to the country, not just take....

"Them" would be those who disagree....Those who would flaunt their failure to follow the law. Those who care less for the country and the welfare of its citizens than the welfare of those outside the country, and who illegally enter its borders and who do not contribute to the system. Those who think that human rights trump the rights of the citizens of this country, and who would hurt those who make this country great in order to help those who failed to do so in their own country. "Them" would be those who feel that the greatness of the US is not the citizens, but rather the leaders and the "State", and who would do anything to make themselves be the leaders (and those folks who support such misguided fools). Those who would use anything to stay in power, even to the point of weakening their country in order to make "the end justify the means" ....Those who would not raise the "downtrodden" by giving them the means and opportunity  to succeed or fail on their own, but rather by tearing down the very people who have made this country great though their own hard work and efforts. Who would rather level the playing field by shaving off the high spots instead of filling in the low spots.

Over at Tams, there is a discussion as to whether the issue of illegal immigration is the point of conflict which will be divisive enough. I say yes, it has the potential to be. I also suggest that this could lead to civil war, as the Statists reach too far, and the rest of us (the productive bill paying 52%  of the citizens that are really paying the bills for the country) soon stand up and cry "ENOUGH!".

This may well be the thing that sparks the fire.

I sincerely hope not....I hope that fire never ignites. But the fuel is stacked, and the conflagration will happen if we are not careful.

They think that we "Tea Party" and "country folk" her in flyover country are mean spirited, and they accuse us of being violent. They have no idea of the kind of violence we law abiding citizens are capable of, but which we seldom ever let escape the leash of decency by which we hold it in check.  They haven't seen the kind of violence which awaits them if and when the spark ignites the differences in the country. I hope that no one ever sees that.  But I think it is coming....if not this issue, then the next.

God help us (and "Them"!) and the rest of the country when it does.

death of the glowbull warmening movement

Forbes has a good article.

Another example from where Great Britain used to be....

Some people don't understand what war, and fighting in general, is all about.

Kill people, break things, in larger numbers than your opponent, until such time as he is orced to give up the fight.

If this offends the other side, too bad. If they really really don't like it, even better. If it makes them uncomfortable enough to give up the fight earlier, then more power to the fighters who are making them unhappy. You can't kill people in wholesale lots and yet be "culturally sensetive" at the same time.

But then again, true warriors make the weenies feel , well, kinda scared and weak kneed, and causes them to have to change their undewear more often. And it is thesse weenies who weaken the nation, and hobble the warriors in their mission. Niceness has no place in war. Horably killing the enemy does, but in the end, you ARE killing them. IF the condition of the body is not to the liking of his survivors, well, as the saying goes....."Don't want none? Don't bring none." The folks fighting against the coalition in Afghanistan seem to have less respect for our warriors than ours do for theirs.....So if occasionally someone on our side does something that they don't like with one of their dead, then that should be a lesson to them as well. I don't see where they have taken the time to worry about our cultural sensetivities when the blow themselves up in a crowd, or behead or mutilate folks on our side. And, to be honest, they seem to feel any worries we might have about offending them on our part as weakness.

Via Scotty: Seems that Lawdog agrees:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Garage sale gold

Some folks have all the luck.

I salute him.

ETA: Ya knew that this would happen, didncha?

Some people spoil, everything.

Wise words

Perhaps Barry should apply this to nearly any of his endeavors:

"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"

Douglas MacArthur, 1952


If we let them, that is....

Thing is, there has to be a balance between freedom, and tolerance, and realizing the lessons of history. While there is a part of me which wishes to allow the mosque to be built (the tolerant, easygoing part, which recognizes religious freedom, and believes that if they have the money to buy the land, and pay off the politicians and building inspectors follow the proper procedures, they should be allowed to build) and the part of me that realizes that Islam is a patient religious and political movement which will see this as another step towards their conquest of the US....Next step Dhimmitude.

If the pattern of history is followed, there will next be some sort of complaint against the neighbors, with restrictions requested in the name of "religion"....Think of the demands for foot washing basins in the airport in Kansas City for the taxi drivers. Expect the mosque to demand that no pork products or alcohol are served within 500 ft of the mosque....and many other slow but steady reductions in control by the city and the state...Read the 2nd  article to see how the Muslim taxi drivers  in Minnesota refused to carry passengers with alcohol, or to carry dogs...even guide dogs. It's an example of how they try to bring their culture to the US, and normalize it.

History shows that most temples are built on or near sites of conquest, or on and with the rubble of the previous owners religious buildings....Is this the case here? Or is it just an attempt to take control of an area near a major Muslim victory against infidels and their culture? Perhaps I am wrong in all of this,,,,Perhaps this is just a matter of a bunch of people wanting a place to worship in their own way.....But I think that this is more than that. I think it is a symbol of control and domination of the infidel in his own garden.

Send the link to all your friends. You haven't seen diddly on your local or national news media, have you? Wonder why? Are they afraid? Or are they complicit in the quest for conquest? Why haven't we heard about this via the Mainstream Media? We hear all about Lindsay Lohan...on and nauseum, Isn't this more important? Shouldn't the MSM do the job we expect and cover this story at least a bit....Isn't something like this more important to the nation?

I am all for religious freedom. But this is, at best, insensitive....If the Muslims wish for free reign, then they should begin by setting an example in their own countries...Is there a single synagogue or Christian church in Saudi Arabia?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Clean your own house first

Seems Mexico thinks that it has the right to, and the ability to judge the US on human rights...

(pause to let the snickers die down)


Today I created 981 jobs (I had other things to do, so that part of the day was cut short).

I could do better, but I need more "stimulus" money and more time.

No seriously....It's true! True, I tell ya. Just wait and see. This thing will work. I'm tellin' ya .....

Hey! Barry O!

Sounds just as stupid coming from you as from me....Now you know how the rest of us see your bullshit pronouncements.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


The chore of cleaning is the only thing I regret after a day at the range.....

But spending an afternoon at the range with Midwest Chick, Og, and Partner is still worth the effort of scrubbing the lead and powder ash from the barrel.

We caused a great deal of tissue and organ damage to the paper targets, then burned the rest of the pistol ammo with wholesale slaughter of bowling pins.

Og is a mean shot with his .380 Colt (officers?) and Partner is greased lightning on ball bearings with his new 92....Midwest Chick is also a mean shot with my 1911. We all ran out of centerfire and finished the genocide with our .22 pistols.

If there is a better way to waste an afternoon for me, than turning loaded rounds into smoke and noise, in the company of good people.... then I cannot tell you what it is.

interesting thoughts

worth watching this VIDEO..

Perhaps I am guilty of

HT: Alysha

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hard to argue with


Of course, there is this to consider.....It's not the speaker, or even the message, but the reaction of the audience (in this case, the NAACP members). Were these white cops, then, of course, the outcry, the wailing and gnashing of teeth would still be resonating.

Racism is bad. Period.

This should piss off the Greek Government

Seems that New York is gonna kill off a LOT of them.....

Wait, I think they meant Geese!!!

Either way, SOMEONE is gonna be upset....

(read the comments!)

Friday, July 23, 2010


What he said.

Beertender!!. A glass for The Big Guy.

Thought for the day....

Prior planning (I.E. Preparedness) is usually what separates adventure from disaster.


Thursday, July 22, 2010


There has been a great deal of discussion about the maniless (or lack therof) in modern men recently. (mostly by women.....)

Women bemoan the lack of what they perceive as manliness in the men they meet and date, and yet they often wish that the man they might meet will be "sensitive", "caring", able to share his emotions, nurturing, and in other words, act like one of their girlfriends.

YOU CAN"T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, LADIES! You want a man, then get a man. Want a metrosexual weenie? Then go get one of those. While the traits are not necessarially mutually exclusive, if you want a soft, girly man then expect to get one that is soft, and most likely a beta male. Or, deal with the fact that the traits of a manly man (by whatever definition you may use) often come with....well, lets call it baggage.

First, you have to decide what you want in a man. Do you want Dirk Dastardly, the guy that makes your blood boil when you read your "bodice ripper"? Do you seek a man who will stand up for, provide for, and protect his family? Or do you want a male version of your girlfriends? A manly man may have some of, but only some of those qualities. He may not be as exciting as that fellow Dirk, nor as caring (or have as good a fashion sense) as the two gay guys across the street.  He will not share "feelings" with you as your girlfriend does....He will have faults.

He will no doubt be less in touch with his emotions than those 2 gay guys, or as your girlfriends, but trust me, the manly man has emotions....He just won't let then show as much. He might take charge... He may be less of a housekeeper that you are, may not be able to detect the difference between pink and peach. He most likely will not share as much with you as to what his fears or frustrations are. He likely won't have a "feminine" side. Deal with it. You get what you choose to have.

Likely, your "manly man" will be able to do many things. Likely, he will expect you to do some things better than he can. Likely, he will have roles for men and women in his mind. He will likely be polite to women, open doors and pull out chairs and such. There will be conversational barriers which he will not comfortably cross until he gets to know you. He may like sports to a degree which you cannot understand. Accept the fact that he is not one of your girlfriends. Enjoy the differences. You want a female roomie born with testicles as original equipment? You (generally) aren't gonna find one who is a manly man.

And ladies:
When you reproduce, if you have a male child, develop him into a man. Don't try to hide his aggressiveness by not letting him play with "boy" toys....Don't drug him into docility, so he acts like a girl at school. . Let him have toy guns, let him have balls and bats, and when he plays team sports, let them keep score. Let him learn how to lose with honor, and win with grace. Teach him how to be courteous. Teach him manners to other people, and especially women. Teach him to treat women with respect. Be a mother which he can use a a yardstick against which to measure other women.  Let him be a boy, so he can grow up to be a man, with guidance from you and his father.

Read this essay. Learn from it. Think of all those commercials which show wimpy, emasculated men who need their women to show them the way. Is it any wonder that your boy child is growing up to be a girlie-man? Teach him otherwise. Do so in order that the next generation of women can find men manly enough for them.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How to stay cool in the summertime

1. Get watermelons by any means

2. Eat them

I am a "Free Marketeer"

What are you???


My Conservative Identity:

You are a Free Marketeer, also known as a fiscal conservative. You believe in free-market capitalism, tax cuts, and protecting your hard-earned cash from pick-pocketing liberal socialists.
Take the quiz at Political Humor

H.T Scotty

An excuse?

Seems the blogging host that was shut down was host to (alleged) Al Queda sites. I understand the (alleged) reasons for shutting the individual blogs down, but to take the whole server down for this? And confiscate the server with no recourse?

One wonders.

All those blogs, gone forever. For no real reason. It would (should) be technically feasible to dump all the data, or make a backup of the other blogs. Alternatively, to simply shut down access to the (alleged) blogs in question.

Methinks that there is something else involved in this.

And dollars to doughnuts the people using the (alleged) blogs for nefarious purposes will simply set up another account and be back in business in no time.

Is the DHS that technically inept? Or is there more to this? Or do they simply not care?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Also today

Was the culmination of the team effort, the national goal, that put 2 men on the moon.

and since then, the US hasn't done much, really, in space.

But that day, millions upon millions of people watched as 2 men took the first steps ever on another world.

Then we began the slide into socialism. Spending our money on those who refuse to work, and less and less on the things which make this country greater than it was.

Armstrong and Aldrin got the credit, and they were indeed brave men. But many others who worked to put them there should share in their glory. NASA had many workers who did their jobs to place those men on the moon.

Sadly, NASA has declined ever since.

But today we should remember those who made history......the entire team who placed Mr Armstrong in a position to be the first on the moon.

I was 5 that day.


I saved or created 187.5 jobs.


Hey, If the big O can claim such stuff with absolutely zero proof, so can I.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Health care mandate is now a tax....?

See HERE for their arguments as to why the mandate is legal.....It is now a tax, and comes under the commerce clause.  Interesting change of story in the part of the left to keep the mandate legal.....

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go practice my knot tying skills. I believe that they will be in demand in the not to distant future. I may buy futures in companies which make and distribute rope as well.

Don't read this if you get angry easily.....

If you haven't heard about  Donald Berwick, the newly appointed "Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)" then you need to read THIS article.

Scary, for many reasons. He was a recess appointment, and therefore not subject to legislative review. He admires the (oh so successful!) socialized medicine model of the once great nation of Great Britain (now not so great...) and applauds health care rationing in such a system....

Of course, he has exempted himself and his immediate family from the same system he promotes.....

Read the article....both pages Then, when the anger fades from your eyes, realize that this man's boss is truly a socialist elitist.

But first, make sure that you cannot access any firearms for at least 15 minutes after reading. No ready access to axes, rope etc.

Seriously. This is the issue with Socialism. If you are not part of the ruling class, then you hope you can be a prostitute......At least they get paid when they get fucked.

Via Insty

Saturday, July 17, 2010

People in glass houses...

Or "remove the mote from thine own eye..."

Let me see if I got this straight:

A racist organization (NAACP), which practices racism and excludes those not of the "right" race, and promotes and preaches (and condones) racism regularly at meetings and dinners has the audacity to condemn a movement which is inclusive (or actually just doesn't care about race) like the Tea Party and thinks that everyone will just believe what they say? 


Friday, July 16, 2010

Censorship of Blogs?

Could be....Then again, we shall have to wait and see.

Drudge links to THIS post. Not enough details to tell what is happening.

Seems heavy handed if there is just a copyright issue.

Scary though.

Can ya say it any plainer than this???

"cause I get the idea from the sign that someone is not too happy with Barry.

(actual sign seen alongside US 30....about 14 miles from "Where the big ones (used to) RUN!"

(sorry about the quality....taken with an old cell phone)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sure, as promised,

Under Obamacare, we can all keep the HEALTH CARE PLANS WE CURRENTLY HAVE....

Sure we can.

Lying sack of socialist shits. If the American people really knew how much you have, and are, screwing them, they'd burn DC to the ground, and no Senator or Representative would ever be safe from harm again.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Read THIS post by Nataog regarding stuff to put in yer long term preps...

Me: I gots them already.....

I might be shy a bit on ketchup and perhaps a bit on booze ("do we have enough chips to go along with all this beer?")  but other than that I am ok.

And his advice is, I think, sound.

Playing nasty

"Dear Laser Enthusiasts,
   This announcement is to let the laser community know that our laser
   hobby is currently under attack. Last month, we received a cease
   and desist letter from Lucasfilm demanding that we discontinue,
   recall and modify our laser products they referred to as
   "lightsabers" or face imminent legal action.
   CNN - 'Star Wars' creator says laser too much like lightsaber
   Lasers are have a wide variety of applications in the scientific,
   medical, and industrial fields. We cannot allow George Lucas to
   threaten the livelihood and freedom of laser and flashlight
   technology.  Science developed from decades of research should not
   be owned by science fiction.
   Check out the eBay auction for your chance to win the original
   cease and desist letter, a piece of Star Wars history!

    Please help the cause by participating in the Lasers for Liberty
    community and by signing the petition to Lucasfilm.
    Help keep laser technology free and thanks for reading this email"

O jesus, you'd think they'd have a clue...

Bad publicity is generally not worth the effort. But apparently Lucasfilms  will do anything to "protect" their image...More likely, they are pissed that they didn't think of the idea first.

I hope my laser ships soon.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


So I get this box today, via USPS.....It is addressed to me. The outside of the box says "Magpul UBR Utility/Battle rifle stock"...Whuttt?

I says to myself......Did I order a rifle stock???? Might be that I did and I just forgot......Nah....?

It's from some guy in  Knoxville.....? Did I order something from someone in Knoxville? Who do I know in Knoxville? Hmmmm....

I am sure that I didn't order another collapsible stock for my AR.....I think? Long time backorder maybe?

Could be.....? Nah, I am sure I didn't order anything Magpul.....I already own half their catalog.....

Wait....Magpul is in, like, Boulder, CO or someplace like that, right?.....So WTF?  Over?

I dunno?

Then, carefully, I opened my pocketknife and slit the tape....

Gently peeking under the flap.....Nope,  no wires or anything like that.....I think it's not a bomb or anything (I hope)...I opened it further....

To find the copy of "Oren's War" that is being passed on to me from Linoge at

Not only recycling books, but boxes too. Lowering the carbon footprint and all that.

Betcha AlGore doesn't do that.

Now I gotta send Linoge a check for postage....And handling.....Wonder what the handling fee is gonna be????

Monday, July 12, 2010

Averages and graphs. Highs vs averages vs mean.

Borepatch has an interesting article about averages and extremes when it comes to weather and aging and such.

Read it. Worth your time

Russian subs

Are some of the very few that can work at 5000 ft. Yet the US government and BO aren't interested in trying to use them rather than ROV's.... where they MIGHT be more capable.

wonder why?

Perhaps they aren't clean enough for the EPA or maybe it's the Jones act thing again....


I'll begin thinking that this a real catastrophe when they start acting like it is a real catastrophe.

Friday, July 9, 2010

'cause pork isn't made from pigs....?

And apparently, the stuff you buy in the store, wrapped in plastic and on a little tray, isn't really dead flesh....

"I have watched this show from the beginning and after last night's episode I was so disgusted, I had to turn it off. A lot of my friends have said the same thing and will stop watching the show like me. It is a shame because all of us really liked the show. The Beekman boys have enough money to buy meat and they still went through with slaughtering these pigs after they had raised them from babies. It would be different if they were poor and needed to kill the animals on the farm for food. You probably lost a lot of viewers from that episode. I have no respect for these men anymore or your network. I will be spreading the word. I am forwarding my comment to people who protect animals and not slaughter them when it is not necessary. It is one thing to watch an animal killed in a movie where you know this is not real, but to happen on a reality show and to show the pigs on the ground bleeding was traumatic to watch."

The truth is a real bitch to those who are city liberals, isn't it? Apparently, some folks are so isolated that they cannot imagine that that meat which they buy in a store was once a sentient, living, breathing animal.

I was raised in a rural household. We raised chickens and lambs for slaughter every year. Some of them we slaughtered ourselves. My parents made sure that I know where my meat came from...

I like steak, chops, roasts, yard-bird, turkey, venison, etc. I have the teeth of a carnivore, and use them. Joyously.  I like meat, but I understand where from it came.

Apparently, not so with some folks. Do they think that that steak that they eat is grown in a vat somewhere?
So if Obama is against the AZ immigration law "because we can't have 50 states with 50 different laws" then why is he not going after all 50 states which have differing laws on welfare, eminent domain, drinking ages, or concealed carry?

I mean, for consistency and all that.....

Bug out?

Interesting discussion on bugging-out in a bad situation, or staying in place.

It depends on the situation, IMO.

You should always, if possible, bug-in, and yet, should the situation require it, be prepared to bug-out. 

Best to have options. Preparing for both takes little effort, and most of the bug out requirements can be used in a stay-put scenario as well.

HT: Scotty


Story stolen from TB2K:

Woman shot in the head

Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of San Diego, was visiting her in-laws and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries.

Later, her husband noticed her sitting in her car in the driveway with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head.

He became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda's eyes were now open and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she had been shot in the back of the head and had been holding her brains in for over an hour.

The husband called the paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head.

When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head. A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and the wad of dough hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains. She initially passed out, but quickly recovered.

Linda is female, blonde, a Democrat and an Obama supporter, but that could all be a coincidence.

Yeah, I know it is an old, recycled joke....You still smiled. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010


What he said. 

Someone should send this to Joanna.

Betcha she doesn't ever get into a White House Presser ever again....

Good question though. Seems Gibbs was stumped....And it does appear to be selective prosecution....

PC gone over the edge

All because somebody feels sorry for those cute turtles, birds puppies or kitties or whatever.

No more pet sales in 'Frisco...

Perhaps we should build a border fence along the Kalifornia border as well, and release them from the US. We could still trade with them through specific border crossings.

Your Nanny State in action.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


So the big O has decided to put politics and ideology over the security of the citizens of the United States.

Seems that they are going ahead with the lawsuit against Arizona regarding the new law allowing the police and other LEO to check citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops or other interactions.

So the security of the nation and the citizens (and taxpayers) of the state of Arizona takes a backseat to the liberal ideology.


Much like the parks that are now off limits to the US citizens who own them in order that the drug gangs from Mexico can operate freely, will the administration abandon the state of AZ? Since the feds won't do anything, and now they are trying to prevent any local LEO from protecting the state, will they just relinquish the territory of Arizona?

Perhaps this is an attempt to get all those immigrants into the US so that he can grant them citizenship in his "comprehensive immigration reform" in order to get all those new voters lined up to support the DNC candidates. ???

Or perhaps he has decided that it is up to the federal government to ignore the issue, not the states.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Yup. What he said.

Michal Steele is an example of everything that is wrong with the RNC.

Monday, July 5, 2010

politics over helping people

and yes, I am talking about the Democratis in the legislature, playing party politicvs over helping.

Even when offered a way to help extend unemployment without greatly expanding the national debt, they refused....

2 images


I am torn between which is more significant

Dammned right

Storrmbringer has the scoop.

From 1934.

What is different between then and now?

Nothing I can see.

"cept this time we have a multicultural Barry in the oval.

If this is true,

(and I am trying to verify all of it) then we need to go to the home improvement store TODAY, and buy some lumber (if there are no sturdy lampposts handy) and a bit of rope.

THIS is what I am talking about.

Might could be the thing that makes each and every none of us get off the dime and actually begin to have a revolution.

If you don't know how to tie the knot, the look at THIS or THIS link.

I am sure you can figure out who's neck the thing needs to be around.
Lies, lies, lies. The Obama Administration seems to think that each of us will accept this....They have gotten away with adding much to our burden.

Will we stand idly by and allow him and his cohorts to continue to destroy this country and our way of life?

What would those 56 men who signed the Declaration think of us today? Would they think that their sacrifice was in vain? Would they think that we are worth their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor"?

I think not. Were they alive today, they'd be organizing for another revolution. And looking at us with disgust.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Please, remember what the 4th of July stands for:

Today is not about hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, not about taking the day off work, or a three-day weekend....It's not about having the day off to spend the weekend at the lake with your boat or the jet-skis....It is not about drinking beer with others.... or fireworks...Or any combination of the above.

Today is the day when we celebrate the beginning of the country known as the United States. Today was the date that the Declaration of Independence was ratified by congress. This was not the only significant day in the birth of our nation, but today is the day on which we celebrate the declaration that the thirteen colonies would no longer answer to King George.

Today was the day in which 56 signers of the Declaration chose to defy the King, and to declare their independence. They chose to sign, pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Many did indeed lose their fortunes, some their lives, but all held onto their honor.

We have a country today,  arguably the best on earth, only because these men took the step they did, and then later, created the Constitution which sets forth the principles of governance of we, the citizens of this United States. But this post is not about the Constitution, but rather the day which memorializes the declaration that this country and the colonies and its citizens would no longer be subjects of, nor under the rule of, a far away king. This day, 234 years ago, those 56 signers threw their defiance at a country and a king, and declared a new country. They became criminals in the eyes of their then king and his government. It took courage to do what they did. They essentially started a war.

So today, and Monday if you have it off, enjoy your beer, your hot dogs/hamburgers, etc. Live life happy if you are at the lake enjoying your boating. If you are at a gathering, be happy with your friends or family.

But remember why you have this day off from work. Take a moment to reflect on the momentous thing which we memorialize and celebrate on this Independence day, this July 4th 2010. Remember what happened in 1776 and be glad that it did. Take a moment, raise a glass, THINK about what this day really means. If you have children, take the time to explain why this is such a momentous day. Explain to them that it is not just about a day off of work, nor fireworks, but why this day is important. Take the time to follow the link and read the text of the declaration. Think what a momentous document it is.

And say thank you to 56 men who had courage.