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Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July

Happy Independence Day

Light off something that explodes, burn a steak on the BBQ, and hang out where patriotic music is being played.

Enjoy a reflection of our national roots and what made us exceptional. Take a moment to consider where we started and our American journey that led us to where we are - and what we may be as a people fifty years from now.




All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. - T. E. Lawrence



The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods. - H. L. Mencken



19 comments:

  1. I like to think of Independence Day as the day we sit back and feel proud of the togetherness.

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    1. It's a day when we can think about all that binds us instead of things that divide us.

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  2. Mencken was right, and the worst part is they rarely get fired...

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    1. They become a dynastic right... which is not at all what Jefferson, Franklin and Madison envisioned.

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  3. Happy Independence Day, LL. Steak sounds good. I have a few of my favorite bacon wrapped fillets ready for the grill. Or, considering our heat wave, I may just skip the grill and throw them on the back deck. Ready in 5. I made the mistake a few days ago of going out there with no shoes to hang some laundry. BIG mistake. By the time I realized how hot the deck was I just about had third degree burns on my footsies.

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    1. I'm wearing sandals.

      Heat in SoCal, tempered by ocean breezes isn't all that bad.

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  4. If the Founders could have foreseen obama, would they have given it all back to England?

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    1. I think that they wouldn't have bothered with independence.

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  5. Independence Day on the 4th of July!
    A little toasty here, but cooler than the 110 it has been. No barefoot'n as you will get burned. Hats, sundresses and sandals, burgers, and iced tea, or a camelbac of wine.
    And a pause to consider all that has been gained and lost in the ongoing battle for Independence.

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    1. The pause for the cause it the important part of the day. ...and fireworks.

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    2. No fireworks here... way to hot & dry...
      light one up for me!

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    3. I go to the park where the government lights them and supervises them to insure that half the city doesn't go up in smoke.

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  6. I especially like the last quote, good stuff.

    Have a great 4th!

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    1. I had a great 4th, LSP. Friends and family were over in large numbers, members of the city police trickled by for Code 7 and wolfed down carne assada, chicken and shrimp, and then there was the concert in the park and fireworks.

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  7. At the moment I am sitting in my office listening to the fireworks go off. BOOM!, etc. I most well and truly hate fireworks.

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    1. If you'd been out WATCHING them, you might have had more fun -- certainly more fun than trying to fight with your computer and your e-mail server.

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  8. I really like the Lawrence quote!
    Glad you had a good 4th!

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    1. Good 4th and a good day-before.

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    2. Definitely! I loved my tour of OC! :)

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