A Brief Independence Day Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

Thinking this day...

No matter how bad it gets, I will take this country over any other, any day of the week.

You. Can't. Make. Me. Go.

What luxurious lives we lead that we have time to bitch and moan rather than fight and claw our way to meet even Maslow's lowest tiers of needs. So many around the world are lucky to survive the day and, here, in America, we have to plan for our long lives beyond our working years.

Each day, we awake and decide to get out of bed, or not.

We eat what we want, or nothing at all.

We travel to a job that we have chosen for ourselves.

And, despite the enormous infringement upon our earnings due to taxes, we are still allowed to do the aforementioned in more comfort than almost any peoples in history.

We are truly Blessed.

So, do you feel the same? Is there any other country for which, given the means, you would abandon the U.S.?

How do you plan to celebrate our independence? Is there a treasured tradition you follow or do you engage in the most American of activities, which is to say, exercising your God-given right to lay flat on your ass, drinking beers, and watching sports?

Me, I'll watch '1776', again, and then fight the urge for the rest of the day to shout "For God's sake John (Boehner), sit down!"

Whatever you may do, may you be Blessed with a bounty of family, friends, and free exercise of your God-given rights.



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1 Nice, NDH!

Posted by: Y-not at July 04, 2015 10:07 AM (RWGcK)

2 Happy Birthday America. Happy Independence Day, Horde.

Posted by: R40 Baby! at July 04, 2015 10:08 AM (8sUDe)

3 I will watch The Patriot today just to see the scene where Gibson and his young sons rescue his captured oldest son from the British. It's in my top ten best movie scenes.

Posted by: Cruzinator at July 04, 2015 10:09 AM (4SgJh)

4 May Divine Providence shine upon the Horde, the cobs, the Ewok, and The United States of America.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at July 04, 2015 10:09 AM (u82oZ)

5 Well, I just posted this on the dying thread, but since it's a slow holiday weekend I'm going to re-post it. Because I can.


After the liberation of Rome in 1944 my Dad's unit was pulled from the line for rest and refit. Written in his diary while in bivouac along the coast of Italy near Rome on this day in 1944:

The EZ Dog Diaries

July 4, 1944
"Independence Day"! No great celebrations like we have in the States - In fact outside a few inebriated souls there was very little indication of any thing out of the ordinary. The report has it that every American artillery piece now in use against the Krauts was fired at noon as sort of a demonstration for liberty.
Another trip to Salerno today. This time to look over a Shore Fire Control Party school being conducted by Seventh Army. I'll probably be spending quite a bit of time down there, because the General seems pretty concerned with it.
News from the Russian front really sounds good. All those "tsk" towns have fallen - Pinsk, Minsk, Polotsk, etc - and in the ten days since the drive started the Red troops are 1/4 of the way to Berlin.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at July 04, 2015 10:09 AM (mvenn)

6
Secret history of sex in the USSR

Wow

https://goo.gl/u2aGzK

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 04, 2015 10:12 AM (iQIUe)

7 Thank you for this. I am going to eat with family tonight and shoot fireworks but I have the whole morning to knock around the house and hopefully do something productive.

Happy fourth everyone!

Posted by: Lea at July 04, 2015 10:12 AM (vmMMi)

8 What an uplifting message.

America, it could suck worse.

Posted by: Malcolm Tent at July 04, 2015 10:13 AM (FQtnG)

9 No matter how bad it gets, I will take this country over any other, any day of the week.


I have been all over this country and all over the world. The only other country that I have been to that I liked was Australia. The USA is the best country in the world.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 04, 2015 10:13 AM (GpgJl)

10 Great post NDH! I liked the movie The Patriot. I liked it better the first time - Braveheart.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at July 04, 2015 10:14 AM (kTF2Z)

11 Thanks, Y-not.

My love for freedom, and this country, is only elevated the more they are threatened.

It nearly overwhelms me at times to imagine the good fate of having been born in the USA.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 04, 2015 10:15 AM (PMlgt)

12 So, do you feel the same? Is there any other country for which, given the means, you would abandon the U.S.?


America in 1980

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at July 04, 2015 10:16 AM (auetc)

13 I had a 50% chance of being born in Africa, India or China. I had a 5% chance of being born in America.

The day I was born, I won the lottery. I dodged nineteen bullets. I played Russian roulette with a twenty-chamber revolver with only one empty hole, and it went "click."

I shudder every time I think about it.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at July 04, 2015 10:18 AM (/pB9Z)

14 We are going to walk to the parade in town, then I will set steaks in to marinate for grilling later. Movie selection will include Gettysburg, because I want my eldest to hear Chamberlain's speech to the Maine soldiers to persuade them to take up arms. She is feeling fairly down after this week's SCOTUS rulings.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 feet CO at July 04, 2015 10:18 AM (JreH3)

15 Happy Independence Day, Horde! Take a break from all the insanity, exercise your freedoms, and enjoy some alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. Not necessarily in that order...

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at July 04, 2015 10:18 AM (QiBX8)

16 This video has one of my favorite songs in it. This cemetery has plenty of veterans buried in it. From civil war to present. It's in the rural Catskills mountains of NYS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IeWuol8iFwindex=8list=WL

Posted by: Colin at July 04, 2015 10:18 AM (WQLtV)

17 Think we're a besieged minority? Tell it to an Israeli. We've still got it good.

Posted by: t-bird at July 04, 2015 10:19 AM (FcR7P)

18 I'm going to have some people over to my place this evening as one of the best fireworks shows in the KC area go off almost right above me.

Posted by: HH at July 04, 2015 10:19 AM (Qia1Z)

19 I had a 50% chance of being born in Africa, India or China. I had a 5% chance of being born in America.

The day I was born, I won the lottery. I dodged nineteen bullets. I played Russian roulette with a twenty-chamber revolver with only one empty hole, and it went "click."

I shudder every time I think about it.

****

Today, women set up "pregnancy tours" in the hopes of giving birth on US soil.

Who, really, can blame them for wanting so much for their child?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 04, 2015 10:20 AM (PMlgt)

20 I'm tweeting the Declaration, a phrase at a time. I'm on my 40th tweet now:
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

Btw, I love that the declaration has the words "manly firmness" in it. That TJ!

Posted by: @votermom at July 04, 2015 10:21 AM (reMp6)

21 Who, really, can blame them for wanting so much for their child?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at July 04, 2015 10:20 AM (PMlgt)

Are we evil people for wanting a government that prevents this kind of opportunism?

[rhetorical....not a criticism]

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 04, 2015 10:22 AM (Zu3d9)

22 I'm not American but I have the privilege of living here. & I must agree that it is the best country in the world and right now I would not live anywhere else.

Although when they come to put us in the happy fun camps I'll escape back to Nigeria. :-D

Have to pick mom up from the airport as she's coming to visit from deepest darkest Africa. I hope her flight isn't delayed further so that we can watch the fireworks.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at July 04, 2015 10:24 AM (shFKH)

23 Look! K.I.T. the car can sing!

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at July 04, 2015 10:25 AM (yxw0r)

24 Are we evil people for wanting a government that prevents this kind of opportunism?

[rhetorical....not a criticism]




Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 04, 2015 10:22 AM (Zu3d9)


Is a country with no borders, and thus no common culture, customs, mores, or language, really a country?

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:26 AM (ftVQq)

25 Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at July 04, 2015 10:24 AM (shFKH)

Yet you have the mindset of an American......More than most.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 04, 2015 10:26 AM (Zu3d9)

26 Yet you have the mindset of an American......More than most.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 04, 2015 10:26 AM (Zu3d9)


Beat me to it!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:27 AM (ftVQq)

27 Prepping brass today and loading for a match next week. Not sure I have this load quite nailed down, but it's time to stop testing and start shooting.

Um, for the match I mean.

Posted by: Weasel at July 04, 2015 10:28 AM (e3bId)

28 I've lived abroad for work (UK and Belgium), and I loved it, especially the small town I lived in in the North of England, but I could never permanently leave the US.

Posted by: 7 train at July 04, 2015 10:29 AM (mAqGS)

29 For some of us, we still chafe at our bindings, whether or not they are made of silk. Freedom is more than an allowance of a little comfort.

Bill Whittle said it best:
http://tinyurl.com/nbks8x7

Personally, I would move to Poland if given the chance. Yes, it is less free or wealthy than the US, but I would at least be among my peeps. That's a major improvement in comparison to being estranged in one's own country and little more than a taxable unit to the leviathan.

Posted by: Question Authority at July 04, 2015 10:30 AM (cWRzJ)

30 There's no country for which I would willingly abandon the U.S.-

However,


did I have the means (I guess winning the lottery- Yay! A totally realistic plan!)

I would certainly set up a couple of contingency plans to move to another country as well as sufficient acreage to be self-sufficient in a safer location in this here country to protect my family.

I'm not sure when it will happen but if the course of things don't change....well...


Reality on his horse Math and Human Nature on his nag History are riding hell for leather straight for the United States of America and when they get here-

it will be awful.



Posted by: naturalfake at July 04, 2015 10:30 AM (KUa85)

31 "Is a country with no borders, and thus no common culture, customs, mores, or language, really a country?


Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:26 AM (ftVQq)"

It is when the people share a common idea.


It was nice while it lasted.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 10:34 AM (QHgTq)

32 I was thinking this week that for the first time in my life, I'm starting to dislike my country. It's not what Obama's doing to us, and it's not what the Supreme Court is doing to us. Those things wouldn't matter if we had an electorate that gave a damn about preserving our freedoms. But here we are with the lowest workforce participation rate since 77, and people are okay with that because our president is "cool." Our Supreme Court has told us the government has the constitutional power to force us to buy something we don't want or need under penalty of law -- and people are okay with that because subsidies. I don't know that I recognize this country anymore.

And yet. And yet.

Sometimes you love something not because it's perfect or because it lives up to your ideals, but because it's yours. Sometimes you love something because for all its faults, it beats the absolute hell out of the alternatives. And this country still does.

In the U.K., not only are guns banned, but you're not allowed to defend yourself with any sort of deadly force when attacked. In France, radical Muslim terrorists shoot up kosher delis. In Germany they speak German. In Canada you can be hauled in front of a "hate speech" tribunal and in Mexico you'd be lucky to survive the drug cartels.

This country is mine, goddamn it. Maybe she's not the country I grew up in, or my parents loved. But she's still a million times better than what could be. I won't give up on her yet.

Posted by: Caiwyn at July 04, 2015 10:34 AM (YJTgb)

33 The opening scene from the movie Patton when he speaks about being an American, shows just how far we've fallen as a nation.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 10:34 AM (DiZBp)

34 Brainwashed capitalists! LOL..LOL.. Cuba has a much higher standard of living and puts our healthcare system to shame. The people run the country, not a bunch of old dead white racists. LOL..LOL....wake up!

Posted by: Michael Moore at July 04, 2015 10:35 AM (aRUb8)

35 Chique d'afrique - please become a citizen. We need you.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at July 04, 2015 10:36 AM (/pB9Z)

36 "Is there any other country for which, given the means, you would abandon the U.S.?"
________

No, sir. Not a one.

Posted by: FireHorse at July 04, 2015 10:36 AM (sJNtD)

37
"We eat what we want, or nothing at all."

Sorry, but the goverment banned transfats other tasty things.

"We travel to a job that we have chosen for ourselves."

Well, you see. I had this cake bakery....

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at July 04, 2015 10:37 AM (kdS6q)

38 Cuba has a much higher standard of living

Best damned gub'mint issued rice cookers on the planet.

Posted by: The Castros at July 04, 2015 10:37 AM (Dwehj)

39 ersonally, I would move to Poland if given the chance.
Posted by: Question Authority at July 04, 2015 10:30 AM (cWRzJ)

What's stopping you?

Posted by: First-Rate Political Hack at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (cK/SS)

40 Posted by: Michael Moore at July 04, 2015 10:35 AM (aRUb


How about you post some pictures on FB showing your Cuban mansion(s), Mikey!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (ftVQq)

41 NDH, you seem to be conflating pragmatism with idealism. You list as a basis for belief in this country's greatness things that may or may not persist, and in fact are being actively eroded. We must distinguish between the ideals this country was founded on and the good people who believe in them on the one hand, and the country as a whole, such as it is now, on the other. My loyalty is to the former, not necessarily to the latter, when it degenerates past a certain point.

Posted by: asianmencephalosaurus at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (QNcbF)

42 Cuba has a much higher standard of living

Best damned gub'mint issued rice cookers on the planet.



Plus,

Everyone here can afford to drive a classic car from the 1950s!

Posted by: The Castros at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (KUa85)

43 Cuba has a much higher standard of living

Best damned gub'mint issued rice cookers on the planet.



Plus,

Everyone here can afford to drive a classic car from the 1950s!

Posted by: The Castros at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (KUa85)

44
And you know, USA! USA! and all that, but gotta realize that America is now just another great experiment in creating the Socialist New Man.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at July 04, 2015 10:40 AM (kdS6q)

45 Well found "Full Metal Jacket" to watch. That guy the other day who said he was a Marine Staff SGT. probably thinks it was filmed at Parris Island?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (/tNwW)

46 Cuba has a much higher standard of living



Best damned gub'mint issued rice cookers on the planet.





Plus,



Everyone here can afford to drive a classic car from the 1950s!





Posted by: The Castros at July 04, 2015 10:39 AM (KUa85)

Just wait till Comrade Chairman Barry starts sending them our money.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (DiZBp)

47 This song seems to be getting played on my youtube a lot for some reason. The author seems to be able to express in a subtle and nuanced way my dissatisfaction with our Ruling Class and the people who are in charge of both major political parties but particularly the party that I once called my own.


https://youtu.be/OfF8RxpxHhc



Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (QHgTq)

48 It is when the people share a common idea.


It was nice while it lasted.


Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 10:34 AM (QHgTq)

The current shared idea is "Free Sh!t For All!"

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (ftVQq)

49 The current shared idea is "Free Sh!t For All!"


Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (ftVQq)


Not all. Just the aggrieved persons who have had everything taken from them from the Man and now they're getting what's fair. And what's fair is what we work for and they can take from us.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 10:44 AM (DiZBp)

50 This planet has made 239 orbits around it's star since some real men who knew the meaning of freedom declared their independence.

I'm not celebrating that. The nation they formed is now mired in debt, has lost the rule of law, is overrun with illegals, and has no functioning constitution.

FELIZ CUATRO DE JULIO PENDEJOS

Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at July 04, 2015 10:44 AM (zauWW)

51 I live in commie Portland, Oregon. No celebrations here.People celebrate Karl Marx's birthday with more vigor.

Posted by: gene kelly at July 04, 2015 10:46 AM (RF62P)

52 "The current shared idea is "Free Sh!t For All!"


Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 10:41 AM (ftVQq)"

Well, as Herb Stein said, something that can't go on forever will stop.

And the really interesting times will begin.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 10:46 AM (QHgTq)

53 America: Better than a sharp stick in the eye.

Posted by: Malcolm Tent at July 04, 2015 10:47 AM (FQtnG)

54 The USA is still the best country in the world by far , if only for the fact that it has created or creates a structure that allows the rest of the world to be the fuck ups they are. Sort of how the Right in this country has to continually clean up the messes of the Left and that by our exertions allow them to survive.

Posted by: Cruzinator at July 04, 2015 10:48 AM (4SgJh)

55 I posted a bit about this yesterday. We still live in a country where righting things on a local level makes an impact.

It's how the progressives began their march and it's how we can begin ours.

The baker in Oregon or the photographer in AZ? Their problems began on the local level.
The Federal gov. cannot change every local court case, or stop every local thing that happens that they don't like. And yet, we keep allowing local infringement of our rights to occur, thinking in the back of our mind that the Fed. courts or our Fed. legislatures will stop it.

Stop allowing things to happen on a local level. Get involved.

Posted by: Jen the original at July 04, 2015 10:49 AM (WV80V)

56 Think I'll have some pie.

Posted by: Weasel at July 04, 2015 10:49 AM (e3bId)

57 We're #12 on the economic freedom index.

Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at July 04, 2015 10:50 AM (zauWW)

58

15The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; 16but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
2 Chronicles 36:15-16 (NASB)

Posted by: Valiant at July 04, 2015 10:50 AM (nsZzA)

59 Have a great 4th Horde and Hordettes.
It's a Holiday worth celebrating and worth fighting for.

Posted by: Diogenes at July 04, 2015 10:51 AM (08Znv)

60 I think about our Founding Fathers gathered around discussing a vision that one day this great nation they founded would rest on the principals of "Where the f*ck else you gonna go? Everywhere else sucks even worse".

Posted by: Malcolm Tent at July 04, 2015 10:51 AM (FQtnG)

61 We're #12 on the economic freedom index.
Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at July 04, 2015 10:50 AM (zauWW)

Yeah but mostly because we probably directly or indirectly subsidies the economies of those Countries above us and also we have "allowed" the progressives here to fuck things up

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 10:51 AM (/tNwW)

62 I'm thankful today that I have no children.

Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at July 04, 2015 10:53 AM (YFw5T)

63 I still love my country and what it stood for. 52% of its voters, not so much.

Posted by: butch at July 04, 2015 10:53 AM (HLx1C)

64 62 I think the same thing all the time.

Posted by: Weasel at July 04, 2015 10:53 AM (e3bId)

65 I'm thankful today that I have no children.
Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at July 04, 2015 10:53 AM (YFw5T)

Actually aside from the expense and all the aggravation, kids are what makes life worth living.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 10:55 AM (/tNwW)

66
The Federal gov. cannot change every local court case, or stop every local thing that happens that they don't like.
Posted by: Jen the original




Hahahahaha!

Posted by: California Prop 8

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at July 04, 2015 10:56 AM (kdS6q)

67
We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The
leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in
that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II,
when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood
between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said,
"The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish
actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an
afflicted mankind."


We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth.


-Ronald Reagan








Aim small, miss small.


-Someone Else

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at July 04, 2015 10:56 AM (yxw0r)

68 I'm already planning on retiring abroad. I'm done. Why stay here and just have my money and freedoms sucked away by a bunch of immoral fucking leeches?

Posted by: Mr Pink at July 04, 2015 10:57 AM (iJm2C)

69 "Is there any other country for which, given the means, you would abandon the U.S.?"


That is a question that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I suppose if you have the means, any place is nice. I have heard that journalists hate being sent to Chile. Their goal in serving overseas is to be where they can report on bloodshed, death, unrest and disaster. There does not seem to be much of that in Chile except for the occasional earthquake.


That tells me two things. First that journalists are amoral parasites but you knew that already. Second that Chile seems like a pretty good place to live. It will be necessary to learn Spanish but that is going to be necessary in any case.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 10:57 AM (QHgTq)

70 My idiot lib BIL and his wife are looking a bit uncomfy regarding the direction of things now that they have a kid.

Posted by: Weasel at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (e3bId)

71 Nice post, Nied.

Boiled down to simplest terms, I think American society is generally broken down between those who appreciate the opportunities our society afford, along with the sacrifices made to acquire those opportunities, and those who do not. This appreciation, or lack of it, defines the conservative/liberal schism in the U.S.

I do worry about the days to come. And I am utterly stunned at how fast our society has declined in the past few years that Obama has been in office. I worry about what this means for my kids. The one thought that I am comforted by is, if history is any guide, that our so-called "betters" will get theirs in the end.

Posted by: Shinjinrui at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (4SznG)

72 "Full Metal Jacket' was filmed near London.


heh. fake palm trees, and all. Parris Island was an old RAF base; if you look close while they're jogging along, you can see a red Limey mailbox

Posted by: John of Salisbury at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (8CdUx)

73 I don't know if America is better or worse than it was when I was young, but in my lifetime, Froot Loops went from 3 colors to 6, and Lucky Charms went from 3 to 6 and added rainbows.

Then again, Trix just went from 6 down to 4. Sign of the times?

Posted by: FireHorse at July 04, 2015 11:00 AM (sJNtD)

74 Despite all the bitching by me, It comes to this for me:


Gabby Johnson: Blazing Saddles
I wash born here, an I wash raished
here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin bushwackin,
hornswaglin, cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter

Posted by: Colin at July 04, 2015 11:00 AM (WQLtV)

75 Since we have no Outworld colonies, where we going to run?

So here I stand.

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 04, 2015 11:01 AM (tBwwp)

76 Actually aside from the expense and all the aggravation, kids are what makes life worth living.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 10:55 AM (/tNwW)

Most definitely, but I am saddened by what is being bequeathed to them by the leeches, commies, and destroyers!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 04, 2015 11:02 AM (ftVQq)

77 Well I've learned contempt for my countrymen, who threw their precious liberty away with both hands.

It's impossible to hear the declaration read and not wince and cringe at how we have become, or soon will become, brides of the state, or slave girls of the state.

Posted by: SarahW at July 04, 2015 11:04 AM (lv2k0)

78 OT: Scores of youths of undetermined ethnicity flash-looted a Walmart in Macon, GA a few days ago causing thousands of dollars in damage. I guess they didn't get the memo that Walmart banned the CBF within their stores so everything is totes cool, now.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/q5f9vbx

Today, I'm cooking a pork roast that's been sitting vacuum-packed in my freezer for a while. I don't know if I'll be indulging in Val-U-Rite consumption.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at July 04, 2015 11:04 AM (EHU9F)

79 I wash born here, an I wash raished

here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin bushwackin,

hornswaglin, cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter


Posted by: Colin at July 04, 2015 11:00 AM (WQLtV)


Now, who can argue with that?

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at July 04, 2015 11:05 AM (yxw0r)

80 Personally, I've taken a small measure of encouragement from some anecdotal observations in the past few days. I'm hearing some grumbling from sources that I normally would not expect it from : LIV-type family, friends and acquaintances. I'm hearing a "this crap is going a bit too far", particularly regarding that ridiculous and totally inappropriate rainbow lightshow at the White House last week. I've also heard some dissatisfaction with the over-the-top hysteria on display re. the CFB. Probably won't amount to much, but it was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, as we all know, the LIV crowd is shiny object-oriented, and I suspect this is a glitch on the PC radar. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there.

Posted by: Uncle Busyhands at July 04, 2015 11:05 AM (Dwehj)

81 I'm thankful today that I have no children.

Some people shouldn't reproduce.



Sure are a lot of mopers about America in comments here lately. I understand the complaints and frustrations. I don't understand the quitters - lacking "manly firmness."

Posted by: mindful webworker - I still pledge allegiance at July 04, 2015 11:07 AM (FrMyu)

82 "Actually aside from the expense and all the aggravation, kids are what makes life worth living.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 10:55 AM (/tNwW)"

They are what keep be from being comfortable in the sanguine acceptance of Let It Burn.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 11:07 AM (QHgTq)

83 57 We're #12 on the economic freedom index.
Posted by: SpongeBobSaget at July 04, 2015 10:50 AM (zauWW)


And sinking.

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 11:07 AM (sdi6R)

84 "manly firmness."

Newsletter?

Posted by: Sandra Flook at July 04, 2015 11:08 AM (Dwehj)

85 Cinemax is running the Dukes of Hazzard movie this morning. Didn't they get the memo? How racist of them. There will be a shooting at any minute with that movie being aired.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 11:09 AM (DiZBp)

86 "Sure are a lot of mopers about America in comments
here lately. I understand the complaints and frustrations. I don't
understand the quitters - lacking "manly firmness."

Posted by: mindful webworker - I still pledge allegiance at July 04, 2015 11:07 AM (FrMyu)"

Well, great, Mr. Manly Firmness.

What do you recommend? I am asking for specifics rather than just keep your chin up happy talk. What can I do to make things better?

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 11:11 AM (QHgTq)

87 Aim small, miss small.

I remember that line from the movie "The Patriot". What does it mean, exactly?

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 11:12 AM (sdi6R)

88
Personally, I would move to Poland if given the chance. Yes, it is less free or wealthy than the US, but I would at least be among my peeps. That's a major improvement in comparison to being estranged in one's own country and little more than a taxable unit to the leviathan.
Posted by: Question Authority at July 04, 2015 10:30 AM (cWRzJ)

I was fortunate to live there two years. If the shite comes down here, that is where I would go as well. Those people know struggle, and know how to deal with tyranny. I appreciate the heck out of them.

Plus, their president, when elected, resigns from his party, so that he can be president of ALL Poles. It's symbolic, I know, but at least they give lip service to it. Unlike the grudge holding jerk who thinks we are more of an enemy than Iran or terrorists.

Posted by: Moki at July 04, 2015 11:13 AM (x303I)

89 The one thought that I am comforted by is, if history is any guide, that our so-called "betters" will get theirs in the end.
Posted by: Shinjinrui at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (4SznG)
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We are ruled by totalitarian sociopaths, something I always thought would be impossible here. Since they behave like Mussolinis, they deserve the same treatment as Mussolini. It would be comforting to see justice finally done.

Posted by: asianmencephalosaurus at July 04, 2015 11:13 AM (QNcbF)

90 Think we're a besieged minority? Tell it to an Israeli. We've still got it good.

Posted by: t-bird at July 04, 2015 10:19 AM (FcR7P)


If only we could fight back the way Israel does when anyone tries to mess with them.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 11:15 AM (DiZBp)

91 You may have seen yesterday's report of the Bikers and former Soldiers, stepping in to defend the flag in N.Y.C.'s Central Park?

Slapped a couple of hippies around, and sent them fleeing. The NYPD, (at whom the "Disarm the Cops" hippies were aiming their flag-burning protest), had to step in to "protect" said hippies.

Hipster Irony, how beautifully defined!

Now, that's what I'd call a good 4th of July celebration.

Freedom, fireworks and slapping some smarmy hippy right back down to their rightful place as the beta bitches of the Free World.

Anyway, I've got to get to downtown Houston, rather early, now. There's a major fireworks show down there, as well as a Garth Brooks concert at the Toyota Center. Got tickets to the concert.

Yeah, Brooks is a simpering Obummer voter, but like any other true performance legend, one does want to take in the show at least once, before they're an over the hill Paul McCartney, still croaking out broken voiced discordant "tunes" well into his dotage.

I'll wear an American Flag shit, too. Hippy bait. Maybe not all that kosher in the hunting laws, but damn, it's sure fun!



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 04, 2015 11:15 AM (RzZOc)

92 "Full Metal Jacket' was filmed near London.


heh. fake palm trees, and all. Parris Island was an old RAF base; if you look close while they're jogging along, you can see a red Limey mailbox
Posted by: John of Salisbury at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (8CdUx)

Actually the "Parris Island" scenes were filmed on an South Korean Army base

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 11:17 AM (/tNwW)

93 I should also add that I love my country. I raised my hand to swear an oath to defend her and the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I just didn't think I would have to do the latter.

I also know that this is the best country in the world-bar none. Even Poland. But if you need to have a contingency plan, that would be mine. That or Bequia. It has a happy whale on its flag, which is awesome. Not necessarily a determinate of how life would be there, but it bodes well!

Posted by: Moki at July 04, 2015 11:17 AM (x303I)

94 I think when the church persecution begins, people will start getting fired up.

Posted by: jmel at July 04, 2015 11:17 AM (cfFqn)

95 "Full Metal Jacket' was filmed near London.


heh. fake palm trees, and all. Parris Island was an old RAF base; if you look close while they're jogging along, you can see a red Limey mailbox
Posted by: John of Salisbury at July 04, 2015 10:58 AM (8CdUx)

Actually the "Parris Island" scenes were filmed on an South Korean Army base
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 11:17 AM (/tNwW)

Actually I am wrong it was filmed in England- sorry-

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 11:19 AM (/tNwW)

96
I think when the church persecution begins, people will start getting fired up.

Posted by: jmel at July 04, 2015 11:17 AM (cfFqn)


The left hates Christianity with a raging passion. Most churches are rotting from the inside with leftist clergy. It won't be much of a fight.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 11:19 AM (DiZBp)

97 American Flag SHIRT, dammit!

What I wouldn't give for Pixy to give an editing function to these here comments!


#twoweeks!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 04, 2015 11:19 AM (RzZOc)

98 US Stockpiling Bunker-Buster Bombs In Preparation Of Iran Nuclear Talks Failing


Weasel Zippers

yeah right, what bullshit

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 04, 2015 11:21 AM (/tNwW)

99 Moki,

That "domestic" enemy part does throw one for a loop, doesn't it?

Posted by: SMFH at it all at July 04, 2015 11:21 AM (kmtse)

100 *Whimpers*

Posted by: Sunshine Patriot at July 04, 2015 11:21 AM (xpKhW)

101 >>>Some people shouldn't reproduce.

Problem is, those that shouldn't do, and many of those that should don't.

I'm thinking of that cretinous woman in CA who had five kids, who had been imprisoned for numerous felonies. The state had her sterilized.

Posted by: asianmencephalosaurus at July 04, 2015 11:21 AM (mG3Qj)

102 Have fun, Jim!

Happy Hunting!

Posted by: SMFH at it all at July 04, 2015 11:22 AM (kmtse)

103 I'm watching all these russian documentaries on youtube. The people in the coments are defending Beria.

I believe these docs are made in the Ukraine and the people foaming in the comments are russian.

These people are nuts. Purges slowed down not because Beria was a real cool guy but because WW1 interfered. Beria wa a Cheka. Cant get any more blood thirsty than that.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 04, 2015 11:22 AM (iQIUe)

104 What do you recommend? I am asking for specifics rather than just keep your chin up happy talk. What can I do to make things better?

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 11:11 AM

The course correction isn't going to happen anytime soon, nor will it until political correctness and liberalism/progressivism is crushed. To that extent, I think the best thing you can do is become involved in your local public school administration as an advocate for conservative principles and coursework. We didn't get here by accident, and it aint called the long march for nothing. And you can refuse to quit fighting; challenge your representatives publicly, candidly and relentlessly. Make them answer for their behavior. Take note of which companies and institutions promote and promulgate that crap and shop elsewhere.

At least that way, if it all goes to shit you did what you could within the constraints of the system and you'll have a clear conscience when push comes to shove.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at July 04, 2015 11:22 AM (WeuzC)

105 87
Aim small, miss small.



I remember that line from the movie "The Patriot". What does it mean, exactly?

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 11:12 AM (sdi6R)

It wasn't in the original script. It came from the technical advisor on muzzle-loaders.
With those weapons in particular, you need to focus on a detail, like a button or a buckle. If you miss that particular target, you might still hit the larger target.
So maybe a translation might be "Aim narrowly, and if you miss, you won't miss by much."

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at July 04, 2015 11:23 AM (yxw0r)

106 Well, not exactly frontier gibberish, but something to perhaps read and think about this 4th of July.

http://tinyurl.com/yhuqlp4


We are part of a longer struggle than imagined, and it will continue after we're gone.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at July 04, 2015 11:23 AM (+1T7c)

107 The left hates Christianity with a raging passion. Most churches are rotting from the inside with leftist clergy. It won't be much of a fight.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 11:19 AM (DiZBp)


I grew up in the 60s-70s and remember when one pastor wanted to bring a church youth group to the Chicago riots. My parents were yelling, "there are no bystanders in a riot" and left that church toot sweet.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 04, 2015 11:25 AM (MIKMs)

108 Nice thread, NDH. This is why I don't give up and why it bothers me when others say there is no hope.
As long as there is life, there is hope.

Posted by: ALH at July 04, 2015 11:25 AM (YDjKi)

109 I did it!
The Declaration of Independence in 82 tweets!

Posted by: @votermom at July 04, 2015 11:26 AM (cbfNE)

110 What do you recommend? I am asking for specifics rather than just keep your chin up happy talk. What can I do to make things better?

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at July 04, 2015 11:11 AM
________

Life your life. Hold ideals, and live them, too; teach others by your example. Associate with people who have ideals and strive to live them, even if their ideals differ from yours. Accept ahead of time that you won't get your way most of the time.

I've long thought this to be the way of the Right - while those on the Left are always going on about "making a difference." (Here's a little secret about the Left: While they're telling you what you should do, they live their lives which are pretty much the same as the life you seek to lead without their interference.) But such preaching is common because it's cheap. Tune them out - and, of course, refrain from telling others what they should do.

Beyond that, if you really want to effect change, it'll take a lot of money.

Posted by: FireHorse at July 04, 2015 11:27 AM (sJNtD)

111 Beyond that, if you really want to effect change, it'll take a lot of money.

Posted by: FireHorse


Or find some hippies to slap.

That works too.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at July 04, 2015 11:29 AM (+1T7c)

112 Nice post, NDH. I appreciate the positive comments, too. Last night I seconded a suggestion that irongrampa be given a guest post today. That was a great idea.

I'm not feeling it myself, though. I am completely depressed and demoralized. I just left the following comment at Neo-Neocon:

***

I've been saying for a long time that government is just a form of organized crime.

The Founders created the Constitution and the Rule of Law in an attempt to rein in the worst excesses of human arrogance and greed, and to try to keep it under some kind of control. Both schoolchildren and immigrants were taught that.

Today we are told that we should disregard all of their work because they were nothing but a bunch of rich white slaveowners. Both schoolchildren and immigrants are being taught that now.

So, it looks like it's going to be the Law of the Jungle from now on. The criminals are in complete control and lord it over us. They are increasingly brazen about their criminality because they know there will be no consequences.

There are absolutely no grounds for optimism. Happy Fourth.

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 11:32 AM (sdi6R)

113 105
So maybe a translation might be "Aim narrowly, and if you miss, you won't miss by much."
Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at July 04, 2015 11:23 AM (yxw0r)


Thanks. That's sort of what I thought it meant, but I wasn't sure.

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 11:35 AM (sdi6R)

114 Happy 4th of July, comrades!

Posted by: scrood at July 04, 2015 11:36 AM (3b9U4)

115 Or find some hippies to slap.

That works too.


Posted by: Bossy Conservative....outlaw in America at July 04, 2015 11:29 AM (+1T7c)


Chicago cop 1968 style.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 04, 2015 11:37 AM (DiZBp)

116 remember that line from the movie "The Patriot". What does it mean, exactly?

Don't aim at the animal/enemy, aim at a small, specific spot on the animal/enemy, like the point just behind where the front leg joins the torso or where the white straps cross.

Posted by: Grey Fox at July 04, 2015 11:37 AM (a42f0)

117 Freedom, fireworks and slapping some smarmy hippy right back down to their rightful place as the beta bitches of the Free World.


Needed to be said again.

Posted by: Infidel at July 04, 2015 11:43 AM (86JwB)

118 >>>I've been saying for a long time that government is just a form of organized crime.

It's worse. It's organized crime backed by the coercive force of law.

Posted by: asianmencephalosaurus at July 04, 2015 11:43 AM (QNcbF)

119 Safety First, Freedom Second.
Pick any aspect of American Life and our elected officials have used law motivated by Safety First to push Freedom to the back of the bus. Health care, retirement, transportation, food, firearms, work environment, etc.

Posted by: scrood at July 04, 2015 11:46 AM (3b9U4)

120 Just don't slap Jefferson Airplane. Those guys are geniuses, fine human beings. And they wrote Volunteers of America.

Posted by: asianmencephalosaurus at July 04, 2015 11:47 AM (mG3Qj)

121 Posted by: scrood at July 04, 2015 11:46 AM (3b9U4)
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Anyone who chooses safety over freedom deserves neither and will lose both.

Posted by: Benjamin Frankin, poppin' teh popcorn at July 04, 2015 11:50 AM (mG3Qj)

122 Hi Ben! Did you take your air bath this morning?

Posted by: scrood at July 04, 2015 11:54 AM (3b9U4)

123 I watched that video of those anarchists burning the flag. They sure didn't like a taste of real anarchy, did they?

Posted by: butch at July 04, 2015 12:17 PM (HLx1C)

124 Well said, NDH. I won't fly the 50 (I'm a Betsy Ross/Culpeper type) nor recite the Pledge under this regime, but I'll stay here and do what I can for the cause of ordered liberty. A word in time, as they say. Thank'ee kindly.

Expatting takes a nine-figure net worth, minimum, to be viable. You can _live_ comfortably on less, but you'll need the extra to buy yourself political insulation. Even then, if it gets bad enough wherever you've R-U-N-N-O-F-T to, you'll find you still have a bullseye painted on you.

Posted by: Sandstorm Williams at July 04, 2015 01:10 PM (ybzJi)

125 124
Even then, if it gets bad enough wherever you've R-U-N-N-O-F-T to, you'll find you still have a bullseye painted on you.

Posted by: Sandstorm Williams at July 04, 2015 01:10 PM (ybzJi)



I agree. When the SHTF, Americans will be targets everywhere in the world.

Posted by: rickl at July 04, 2015 01:18 PM (sdi6R)

126
NDH, I agree.
I am thankful to have been born here.
No, it isn't perfect--never has been, never will be. Nothing is.
But this is still the best, by many long shots.
Going to a nephew's family's house for a rib-off, bringing my mother's old potato salad recipe. Fireworks after, then home to drink beer and watch 1776.
The main post on my wall today is "Momma Look Sharp", from the movie. Here's to all the people who have been willing, since before it WAS a country, to serve and perhaps die in service to the idea of the United States of America, and what that represents.
Thank you to all who are far from home today, serving us all. Be safe, be well. Please know that you are honored and loved by many who will always be grateful.

Posted by: barbarausa at July 04, 2015 03:34 PM (DyGWm)

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