Happy Independence Day!

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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.

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121 Responses to Happy Independence Day!

  1. driguana says:

    Happy 4th of July!

  2. yttik says:

    “–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…”

    Nope sorry, just yesterday President Obama decided the Egyptian military should now force the “consent of the governed” and over ride the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

    • myiq2xu says:

      we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

      Freedom isn’t free.

    • angienc says:

      Nope sorry, just yesterday President Obama decided the Egyptian military should now force the “consent of the governed” and over ride the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

      And the MSM calmly reports “what’s in; what’s out” in Obamacare (re: business “delay” of implementation until 2015 despite clear start date of 2014 in act itself) as if it is without question that the POTUS decides on his own what the law is.

      • leslie says:

        Yesterday, as she was readying to return hom to the elite NE, my sister said, “Obama is getting to be more like Putin everyday”.
        She and her husband are getting to be more like us every day, finally.
        😉

  3. DeniseVB says:

    This sort of became the unofficial anthem of the Tea Party, Krista sung it at the Herman Cain rally when he announced he was running for President.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    This song was inspired by the 9-12-09 Tea Party DC march on the Capitol …..

  5. votermom says:

    It’s like deja vu

    • Constance says:

      I think this is partly because of the myths that have been built up about American slavery. There is the myth that slavery was rare in the world up until the America started the institution, this is wrong there have always been slaves in the world and there still are, America did not invent the institution. The myth that American slaves were treated far more brutally than any other people treated their slaves, not true. The myth that all whites owned slaves, not true I’ve seen all sorts of estimates but the highest I’ve seen is that 33% of white families in the south owned slaves, that left two thirds of whites who were not slave owners and who were not part of the class of people who owned slaves. The myth that only blacks were slaves, not true the class of whites who owned slaves also had Native American slaves and white indentured servants many of who were hapless prisoners of war dumped on ships and sold into service for many years to pay for their passage on the ship.

      So not to say slavery wasn’t a horrible institution but most whites were in a class of people who didn’t participate in it and many white men were also sucked into the cheap labor scams of the wealth whites.

      • 1539days says:

        Slavery is only mentioned 3 times in the Constitution. One is the “Three-Fifths” compromise where slaves are counted as 60% of a person (and Indians are counted as 0%), Another gives states the right to demand slaves be returned from other states. The last makes slavery the law of the land for 20 years and gives the federal government the power to tax the importation of slaves.

        Michele Bachmann actually had a point when she wrote about the Founding Fathers ending slavery. After the 13 colonies ratified the Constitution, the Congress had the power to end slavery as early as early as 1808.

        • Constance says:

          It’s true that the ruling class whites acted poorly regarding slavery of blacks and native americans and the indenturing of whites. But they were a small minority of white people and I can assure they wouldn’t have considered associating with the sort of “white trash” I’m descendent from. Also there are large portions of the country that never had the institution of slavery so attempts to spread east coast white elitist slavery guilt evenly over all whites falls pretty flat. I’m sick of hearing about it as it had nothing to do with my family (other than I’m descendent from Indentured people) or my region of the country.

        • 1539days says:

          I had a Jr High teacher correct an answer I wrote about how Blacks and poor Whites were kept from voting with poll taxes. According to her, poor Whites had it easy all the time in America.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Slavery in the United States is a complex and sensitive part of our history. For political reasons it always has to be depicted in the harshest possible light. If you try to point out that not all slaves were mistreated and abused you find yourself accused of being a reactionary racist.

        I am not defending slavery. But slaves were a financial investment, not a sadistic hobby. The slave owners wanted strong, healthy slaves. There were laws against cruelty to slaves. The treatment of slaves was akin to the way farmers treated horses. Most horse owners don’t abuse their horses. They may feel affection towards them. But the horses are not free.

        Many if not most of the freed slaves remained in the South after the Civil War. They often went to work for their former owners or “sharecropped’ with them.

        The average standard of living for freed slaves declined after the war, but much of that was due to the poor post-war Southern economy.

        • HELENK says:

          when they were digging the canals in New Orleans they used Irish indentured labor because it was cheaper for one of them to die from malaria then a slave.

  6. votermom says:

    This tweet just broke 100 RTs

  7. piper says:

    Happy Independence Day to everyone at TCH

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Happy Birthday to my son-in-law!

    My daughter likes him so I have to like him too, but he makes it easy because he’s a really great guy.

  9. myiq2xu says:
  10. angienc says:

    Happy Fourth of July everyone! And honorable mention to my ancestor Col. William Prescott who said “Don’t fire til you see the whites of their eyes” at Breed’s Hill (aka Battle of Bunker Hill): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZMmPWTwTHc

    • angienc says:

      Don’t know why that video didn’t embed — it’s the Schoolhouse Rock “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” (it has a verse about Prescott/Battle of Bunker Hill).

      • angienc says:

        Thanks Denise!

        • DeniseVB says:

          Oh, you’re welcome ! Your link looked a little long to me, clicking on it did take me to the vid page. I just clicked on the *share*, which prompted a hyperlinked url, much shorter, then copy and pasted, voila, it worked 😀

    • elliesmom says:

      There are a lot of streets named after him around my neck of the woods.

      • angienc says:

        My great-grandfather & grandfather were both named Prescott (it was my great-great-grandmother’s maiden name & that’s a southern thing — naming the son the mother’s maiden name). So my relationship goes back on her side.

      • angienc says:

        Oh — her family (my great-great grandmother) was from MA — she married my great-great grandfather & moved South where he was from.

  11. angienc says:

    And a special one for the POTUS:

  12. votermom says:

    that pic is from her 2011 road trip stop at Philly

  13. leslie says:

    Happy Independence Day everyone !!!

    . . . and Happy 60th Birthday to my best friend who has finally joined my age decade.

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy 237th Birthday, America! 🙂

  15. wmcb says:

    Happy “We are a free people and ain’t taking this shit no more” day!

    • yttik says:

      LOL! We’re busy preparing for that rebellious American spirit. The city has banned fireworks and canceled our public display. It’s so wet here, fireworks have never been a problem, but they’re going to be one this year! People are mad and stocking up.

      Liberals are so good at unintended consequences! If you want to see the whole town explode, just tell people they aren’t allowed to have fireworks and should be out serving the Earth on the 4th of July, instead. I have neighbors that have dropped thousands of dollars this year just for the opportunity to disobey the new law.

      What can I say, this is America 🙂

    • HELENK says:

      awesome

  16. wmcb says:

    WH and Kerry are spinning to try to spin why he was in Nantucket on his yacht yesterday while Egypt blew up.

    Bad move. Reporters aren’t backing down. Because he was obviously there, and out sailing. Oh, and evidently his plane touched down in DC at 4am yesterday (when events were already in motion and the army’s deadline fast approaching), and he still went on to Nantucket instead of staying in DC for the meetings, etc.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/04/cbs-producer-refuses-to-retract-john-kerry-yacht-story-and-theres-a-video-that-could-help-his-case/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw this breaking on twitter yesterday, twitchy also rolled with it. Glad CBS is involved 😉 Now that Beckistan is covering it, betcha’ the CBS reporter will soon redact it. Yes, we have a bottle of Ketchup in charge of our State Dept. /snork

    • myiq2xu says:

      He didn’t want to miss the Nantucket Independence Day Regatta

  17. HELENK says:

    Happy Independence Day to all.
    Happy Birthday America

    • driguana says:

      Love this!!! This morning my partner and I were shopping in a popular market and as we got outside a charming lady was singing a song quite audibly and as we passed her she sang to us. When we got a few yards away I told me girlfriend that we blew it…..we should have started singing, too…and dancing…just like in the musicals when whole villages sang and danced together. Talk about a great American institution…great for the 4th….Guys and Dolls…Oklahoma…South Pacific!!!!

  18. DeniseVB says:

    Nothing says Tribute to the Troops like KISS 😀

  19. votermom says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    😯

    • 1539days says:

      Some cops hate it when people know their rights.

    • HELENK says:

      I hope that they get a really big win in court and the story goes national.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Henderson PD is obviously a superfluous agency. City needs to close it down, terminate all officers, and turn community policing over to the county. Then pay these defendants $20 million dollars and give them all the city’s cop cars to sell or scrap out, their choice. They should use ’em, and park them in and around their house for at least a year, That way everyone driving by would be reminded of the civics lesson. Including the new sheriff’s deputies who start to patrol the area.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Makes me miss Reno 911, loved that show.

    • Internal Exile says:

      Oink, oink. 👿

    • Jadzia says:

      This is the only “significant” 3rd Amendment case I’ve ever heard of, and I think it supports the family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engblom_v._Carey. I just think it’s funny that there is a lawyer out there (or was — the case was from the early ’80s) who could say that he was probably the ONLY Third Amendment expert in America.

  20. foxyladi14 says:

    Well that sux 😦

  21. wmcb says:

    Seen on a blog comment. I thought about it for a minute, and it almost made me cry.

    Thank you for giving my parents (and me) refuge from Communism, America. Happy birthday and get well soon.

    • Jadzia says:

      How beautiful! My kids got VERY confused recently when they saw a smaller version of Lady Liberty in a museum over here. : )

  22. HELENK says:

    stolen from gateway pundit

    Thirteen

    The Sun endures its Celestial Path
    So we in chorus tarry on
    And in the wake of traveled space
    Another year has come and gone

    What marks this place upon the line
    Of times more ancient than we know?
    The will to shed the tyrant’s chains
    Those who cast their fear below

    Who in the seasons chill and burn
    Were set to mind and charity
    And of one will the die was cast
    Our Nation of Fraternity

    That with the pen and linen’s might
    The blood and treasure guarantee
    Upon the Alter of God’s Grace
    Became The Nation Of The Free

    So yes, we set this day aside
    Count Thirteen past Midsummer’s Eve
    Remembering the Patriots Brave
    Who gave to us, our Liberty

  23. DeniseVB says:

    F**king Obama and his F**king Sequester bullying. Bet he’s partying tonight? Despite all the volunteer offers, still Hell No? Support the troops my ass.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/07/03/military-fireworks-show-cut-even-though-local-company-volunteered-to-do-it-for-free/

    I lived in Camp Lejeune for 3 years, it’s a very remote, but beautiful area, home to thousands of military families so special events are the highlights for us living at The Swamp (h/t Crawdad Hole, we had one in our backyard full of *real* crawdads!).

    I don’t think this is the only base affected, just one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the worrrrld. Obama has f**ked up priorities, doesn’t he?

  24. wmcb says:

  25. lyn says:

    ♥:¦:-•:*”’*:•.-:¦:-•* We are America! *•-:¦:-•:*”’*:•-:¦:♥

  26. leslie says:

    Probably old news here, but I’ve been swamped and haven’t had time to read everything of late…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23189180#TWEET811510

    Egypt’s army arresting key figures in MB.

  27. HELENK says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/the_meaning_of_independence_day.html

    something we should remember
    the meaning of Independence day

  28. HELENK says:

    stolen from a commenter at Rev Amy’s place

  29. wmcb says:

    Okay, so this is way OT and long as hell, but it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in my life.

    It’s inside baseball for the SciFi writing world, and if you are not into SciFi you might not get some of the references, but this is author John Ringo’s report on a RavenCon he attended. Ringo is a veteran who writes a lot of military-themed SciFi among other things.

    If you are going to read it, read the whole thing. It gets better. It’s fucking hilarious how the “SHUTUP SHUT UP SHUT UP!!” PC police completely fall apart when someone has the balls to not be cowed by them. Another thing I like? He respects people (including women) who disagree with him. What he doesn’t respect is the usual tactic of “Waaaah! You can’t say that because shut up is why!” If you have a case, fucking argue it. With logic. I could give a shit how you feel in the context of a debate*.

    http://orthogonaltonormal.com/midden/RavenCon%202006.pdf

    * I very much care how people feel in the context of relationships. Not the same thing.

    • wmcb says:

      I loved this part (toward the end when Ringo’s genius (yes, really, genius IQ) girlfriend had strolled into the panel that had tried to ambush the awful white male patriarch Ringo:

      All the cards were put away in pockets as the panel wound down. Haley Elizabeth Garwood, one time first female principal in Texas, PhD Ed, author of five books on warrior queens of the Middle Ages, (which are probably really damned good) had withdrawn her support. She was not switching sides, but she was actively considering it and was, at best, neutral. The Feminazis in the audience were silent, stunned and, in many ways, very sad to watch.

      I wish that I could implant this panel (Tits?!) in every woman’s head in the United States. I wish that I could show the faces of those women to every woman who has ever said: “I’m a bitch, get over it.”

      They were seeing two possible futures for “feminism” in the United States unfold, there in microcosm. The embittered “I am Woman roaring ‘you are SCUM’” feminism of Bela Abzug and something new and different. Call it “femininism.” “I’m a woman, he’s a man. He has his strengths and weaknesses, I have my strengths and weaknesses. Together, we are stronger, but only if I let him have his strengths and he lets me have mine. If I emasculate him, what good is he to me? If he abuses me and takes away my feminine powers, what good am I too him?”

      They were seeing an unrepentant heterosexual male who could face them on every front and not back down. And, yet, one who clearly cared for and cherished a beautiful, intelligent and strong woman. For Miriam was no chinchilla in that panel. She had manifested what I now call “The Goddess” and it shook my faith in agnosticism. She had Changed far more than clothes. She had entered to do battle in the most feminine possible way. She had simply been. And the aura that she emanated was damned near a divine light.

      • yttik says:

        LOL, that was entertaining. This struggle we’re having as a society is creeping in everywhere apparently, even the sci/fi community. It’s about politics, relationships between men and women, power balances, what’s valuable in life. Every now and then I get worried, stressed out that we’re trying to change our society too fast, but than I remember biology, genetics, evolution, whatever you want to call it. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but the bottom line is that we’ve been doing this for thousands of years and survived many crazy utopian fantasies. This too shall pass.

        My fear of course, is that all women will become raving bi%ches, all men will become meterosexual- vegan-eating-prius-drivers, and the species will cease to exist because we can’t stand each other anymore. That’s not a rational fear. All will be well.

        • wmcb says:

          Yeah, I know. 🙂 Human beings will self correct a lot, if you leave them alone enough to do so. One of the ways in which this is happening right now is the whole “friend zone” thing. See, young women are finding that despite being *told* that what they want in a man is someone with the same emotional/mental makeup as themselves, what they are attracted to is not that. The guys are noticing this.

          Of course, the complaint is that the women are attracted to jerks who treat them like crap. But that’s not really true – not exactly. The problem is that it’s mostly the jerks who have retained some degree of traditional masculinity in our culture. It’s the masculinity the women are attracted to, not the jerkiness per se. Once enough NICE young men figure this out, and learn how to reclaim masculinity for themselves, the problem will go away.

          Unfortunately, things are still in flux, and the nice young men are being told to go be assholes to get a girl. There are all kinds of really stupid “alpha male” bullshit theories out there, because they have kinda sorta identified the problem, but are making lots of errors on the details.

          They are making the mistake of thinking it’s the jerkiness doing the trick. It’s not. It’s the other subconscious “manly” thing that’s doing it – but the jerks (perhaps because they are jerks) are the largest subgroup that haven’t had it cowed out of them yet.

        • yttik says:

          I totally agree. I think women get confused about the difference between an alpha male and a moron. LOL, how else do you explain Chris Brown and Kanye West? It’s just biology, without the brain engaged. Unfortunately many of those who still retain some masculinity are often the jerks were too stoned or too arrogant to notice that society was expecting them to conform and dump their “masculine tendencies,” whatever that means.

          It strikes me as kind of funny when so called “feminists” go after somebody who isn’t toeing the line. Your response to something unpleasant is apathy, disinterest, avoidance, not hot pursuit hoping for a confrontation. Just saying 🙂

    • votermom says:

      That was interesting. I’ve only recently started reading mil sf; I have to try Ringo.
      I loled when he mentioned “Genghis” Kratman – I can just imagine, having read Tom Kratman’s books.

  30. HELENK says:

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Calif-lawmakers-pass-K-12-transgender-rights-bill-4646077.php

    I am not sure what is in the water around Sacramento California.
    I can see more home schooling in the future

  31. Jadzia says:

    What big city in the USA has the best televised fireworks? I want to try to find something (I guess nothing will be up on YouTube until tomorrow our time, which coincidentally is the boys’ last day of school) to show the kids, and I am looking for big beautiful fireworks, preferably with more loud John Philip Sousa than you can shake a stick at. Because let’s face it, they’re not going to sit still for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. We’ll save that for junior high.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I like both DC and New York. DC doesn’t have the best fireworks, but a great show. New York has fantastic fireworks.

      • Jadzia says:

        I was kind of thinking it would be Boston or NY for some reason. Maybe those were the ones on TV back in the 70s? IDK.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I don’t think SD will be repeating the show this year but last year 15 minutes worth of fireworks detonated in 15 seconds.

      • Jadzia says:

        OMG that happened in a town where I lived in high school. Being a high schooler, I naturally was right at the front of the crowd. It was absolutely terrifying — like being inside a video game. The ensuing backwards stampede also was pretty scary. It was a wonder that none of the guys working on the display were seriously hurt or killed.

        I think I’ll mark this one for “parental” viewing.

    • HELENK says:

      Boston always has a great one

      • Jadzia says:

        For some reason, that was the one that kept coming to mind. Do they have the Boston Pops play or am I just making that up in my head?

    • DeniseVB says:

      My favorites are Boston, DC and NYC on television. Usually covered by PBS, Cspan and whatever network channel Macy’s owns, in that order.

      Funny story, a few years ago I took “Special Greg” to see the NYC fireworks in person. He’s such a fan of that on t.v. What a letdown. Seems that unless you’re a 1%er with a rooftop patio or “sponsor” or “sponsored” that gets you into the Macy’s bleachers, you can’t get anywhere near all the patriotism we see on t.v. Panic ensued. So I asked a New York cabbie, take us to a good spot to see the fireworks. He took us to the projects on the Lower East Side, half park/half garbage dump. We found a comfortable mattress to sit on, lucky us! Soon we were surrounded by families from the projects with their coolers and snacks and immigration love for America. They shared with us (yeah, I brought nothing, d’oh, I left a perfectly good hotel with room service but failed to check out delivery service to the dump).

      We had obstructed views of the actually fireworks, but those friends I made that night, priceless 😀 Yes, we appreciate the tv version much better now.

  32. HELENK says:

    one of my favorite July 4th memories. watching the tall ships come in to Philadelphia

  33. myiq2xu says:
    • DandyTiger says:

      George III must have been a little shit just like Piers.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wut? Was Piers being snarky? Bette Midler had a tweet that said something similiar, like, too bad we won that war or we would have all had health insurance now. Sometimes I think I’m snark challenged or “celebrities” are trying to Shock Jock us? You know, for attention?

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  36. DeniseVB says:

    This is from 2009, nice, but, where have we seen these “celebrities” since?

  37. Internal Exile says:

    Philip Giraldi from antiwar-dot-com:

    http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/07/03/independence-day-blues/

    One of the commenters said King George III must be laughing in his grave. That rather sums it up.

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