IN OBSERVANCE OF THE OCCASION OF AMERICA’S 235TH BIRTHDAY PLEASE JOIN IMPISH DRAGON & LETHAL LEPRECHAUN IN SAYING
DAMN! What’s going on here? They filming a remake of Attack of the Lobstermen From Mars? Look at you lot! Makes me feel like I should have 5 gallons of drawn butter with garlic, 4 cases of Champaign on ice, a hydraulic nut cracker and a giant seafood fork! Any of you EVER hear of sunscreen, moderation or covering up in the sun? No? I believe it! Well at least you’re apparently making (a painful) the most of your three day weekend.
Yup its holiday time again. The second in the holy summer time trinity and arguably the most favorite of children of all ages. I’m speaking of the 4th of July as most of you know it, but more correctly called Independence Day. Today we celebrate the occasion marking the 235th anniversary of the founding of our country, but is it REALLY?
After my St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day Issues, you should know how this works by now. It’s time for a little holiday history and meaning education!
SILENCE IN THE RANKS! AS YOU BLOODY WELL WERE! STUFF A HOT DOG IN YOUR PIE HOLE ALREADY! Sargent At Arms Impish you may jamb the next mumbling malcontent in a roll slap mustard to him and pretend he’s a bratwurst or Georgia Red Hot!
THAT’S BETTER! I didn’t say there would not be humor, laffs, giggles groans and guffaws, all I said was we were going to learn what and why we celebrate the holiday. The government did just decide it was a good day for everyone to party and pass a mandatory party law after all, there is a reason behind the holiday declaration and celebration!
Now the sooner we get to this, the faster we can gorge ourselves silly on grilled meats and potato salad while filling the space in between those with cold beverages of your choice, so lets get going shall we?
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN AT THIS TIME PLEASE STAND FOR OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM AS SUNG BY THE COMBINED MILITARY ACADMEY CHOIRS!
(No. I’m NOT fecking kidding! Get your butts out of those chairs while this plays and I better see hands over hearts and nary a hat on a male head either!)
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President, was born on July 4, 1872, and thus was the only President to be born on Independence Day.
Original Stars and Stripes: In 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States.
On September 8, 1892 a Boston-based youth magazine – The Youth’s Companion’ published a 22-word recitation for school children to use during planned activities the following month to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America. Under the title “The Pledge to the Flag”, the composition was the earliest version of what we now know as the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on this, the National Day of the United States of America, I would ask those of you who are citizens join me in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Now let’s here from John Wayne on the meaning behind those words:
Mrs. Whyte, his teacher advises the class that each school day starts with the “Pledge of Allegiance”*** and instructs them to put their right hand over their heart and repeat after her.
As Mrs. Whyte starts the recitation she looks around the room, ‘I pledge allegiance to the flag……..’, when her eyes are drawn to Andy who has his hand over the right cheek of his bottom.
‘Andy, I cannot continue till you put your hand over your heart,’ she demands.
Andy looks up and replies, ‘It is over my heart.’
After several more attempts to get Andy to put his hand over his heart, Mrs Whyte enquires, ‘Why do you think that is your heart, Andy?’
‘Well Miss,’ answers Andy, ‘because every time my Grandma comes to visit she pats me there and says, “Bless your little heart,” and my Grandma never lies.’
By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press FORT BELVOIR, Va. July 3, 2011 (AP)
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — A homemade wind chime with the word “Whining” under a red slash is made from metal parts put in his leg after a parachute accident. Every Sunday he trims his crew cut. He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he’s grateful he found his calling.
Mellinger was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he’s the last draftee to retire, after 39 years. Most did their two years and left. But Mellinger had found home.
“I think I’m pretty good at it, but I like it. That’s the bottom line. I love being a soldier and I love being around soldiers,” he said.
Mellinger’s motto is simple: No whining — as the wind chime attests.
When the draft notice arrived in the mail in 1972 at his home in Eugene, Ore., tens of thousands of troops had been killed. Anti-war protests were rampant. Draft cards were being burned and returning soldiers were treated as part of the problem. The military wasn’t a popular job.
The return address on the letter was the White House. Just 19, he was impressed that President Richard Nixon would write to him.
“I opened it up and it said, ‘Greetings from the president of the United States.’ I said, ‘Wow, how’s he know me?'” Mellinger said, laughing. “It was a form letter that said my friends and neighbors had selected me to represent them in the Armed Forces and I was hereby ordered to report for induction.”
Mellinger told the draft board there was a mistake.
To see the remainder of the story follow the link above.
Once, in the 1820’s, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse. Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn’t come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?”
“No, pappy,” Sam lied.
“Well, let me tell you a story,” said the father. “Once, not that long ago, Mr. Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother’s favorite cherry tree,” his pappy paused.” just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, ‘Abraham, did you cut down the cherry tree?’ Abraham answered with, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.’ Then his father said, ‘Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.’ So,” the Sam’s father asked again,” did you knock down the outhouse?”
“Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more.” said the little boy. “I did indeed knock down the outhouse.”
Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, “Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?”
Pappy answered, “That’s because Abraham Lincoln’s father wasn’t in the tree when he chopped it down!”
In the great tradition of American humor, the title of “First American Humorist” rightfully belongs to Benjamin Franklin. He was the beginning of a long line of writers who created a uniquely American form of humor filled with clever wit, folksy wisdom, and a generous portion of irreverence.
In his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Franklin wrote many clever sayings which are still part of our cultural heritage today. At 26, Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac under the pseudonym Richard Saunders.
- Remember that time is money.
- A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
- A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
- Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Fish and visitors smell in three days.
- Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
- God helps them that help themselves.
- Haste makes waste.
- Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
- It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
- Little strokes fell great oaks.
- Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.
- Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Well done is better than well said.
- In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
- There never was a good war nor a bad peace.
- Never contradict anybody.
Dr Benjamin Franklin was not really a doctor; his title Doctor was one of those first honorariums given a man of great achievement and reflects the impact he had on his age.
Here are seven ways Benjamin Franklin would suggest you consider to be seen as one with a brain and a social wit.
- Elevate, not desecrate. Never use cutting humour, dissect theirs.
- Keep your humour light, fun, open to participation.
- Reflect your humour to show you row your own boat.
- You row merrily, and you attract others to you.
- As you deflect bitterness, fear, answers appear.
- Your summary encapsulates the situation and hints that the best way out may be to back up to where we went wrong, once we all clearly agree what that was.
- Elevate, even exaggerate, achievement. Mock an obvious folly but with a twist. If attacked, return their volley as a mirror.
Five of the Best Ben Franklin Quotations
- Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
- Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
- They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
- Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges, Pennsylvania’s original Constitution. It speaks of the rights and freedoms valued by people the world over. Particularly forward thinking were Penn’s ideas on religious freedom, his liberal stance on Native American rights, and his inclusion of citizens in enacting laws.
As the Bell was created to commemorate the golden anniversary of Penn’s Charter, the quotation “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” from Leviticus 25:10, was particularly apt. For the line in the Bible immediately preceding “proclaim liberty” is, “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year.” What better way to pay homage to Penn and hallow the 50th year than with a bell proclaiming liberty?
In 1847, George Lippard wrote a fictional story for The Saturday Currier which told of an elderly bellman waiting in the State House steeple for the word that Congress had declared Independence. The story continues that privately he began to doubt Congress’s resolve. Suddenly the bellman’s grandson, who was eavesdropping on the doors of Congress, yelled to him, “Ring, Grandfather! Ring!”
This story so captured the imagination of people throughout the land that the Liberty Bell was forever associated with the Declaration of Independence.
The truth is that the steeple was in bad condition and historians today highly doubt that the Bell actually rang in 1776. However, its association with the Declaration of Independence was fixed in the collective mythology.
Father William, the old priest, made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week. He walked into the 4th grade class, where the children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names. Father William jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states.
One lad raised his hand and said, ‘Yes sir, but in those days there were only 13 states.
And God Bless Those Patriotic Triplets! DAMN!
During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress established different oaths for the enlisted men of the Continental Army. Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.
In the Armed Forces EXCEPT the National Guard (Army or Air)
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
In the National Guard (Army or Air)
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of (STATE NAME) against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of (STATE NAME) and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.
All officers of the seven Uniformed services of the United States take swear or affirm an oath of office upon commissioning. It differs slightly from that of the oath of enlistment that enlisted members recite when they enter the service.
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God
Officers of the National Guard of the various States, however, take an additional oath:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State (Commonwealth, District, Territory) of ___ against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of the State (Commonwealth, District, Territory) of ___, that I make this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the Office of [grade] in the Army/Air National Guard of the State (Commonwealth, District, Territory) of ___ upon which I am about to enter, so help me God
To prove I am THE UNDEPUTED MASTER of the Groaner, here is a bunch of 4th of July Groaners to suffer through!
What quacks, has webbed feet, and betrays his country?
What did Paul Revere say at the end of his ride?
“I gotta get a softer saddle!”
What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1773?
The Boston Flea Party!
What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?
The Americans licked the British!
Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington?
Because the horse was too heavy to carry!
Why did the British cross the Atlantic?
To get to the other tide!
What do you call a parade of German mercenaries?
A Hessian procession!
What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!
What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?
The Fodder of Our Country!
What’s red, white, blue, and almost as ugly as a dog?
A revolutionary warthog!
What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!
What’s red, white, black and blue?
Uncle Sam falling down the steps!
Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?
At the chopping mall!
What kind of tea did the American colonists thirst for?
What was General Washington’s favourite tree?
Which colonists told the most jokes?
What would you get if you crossed Washington’s home with nasty insects?
What did a patriot put on his dry skin?
What would you get if you crossed a dog with the Father of Our Country?
Who is a dogs favourite Founding Father?
What would you get if you crossed Jon with the English king in 1776?
King George the Nerd!
What dance was very popular in 1776?
Which one of Washington’s officers had the best sense of humour?
What is a hungry boys favourite picnic event?
The snack race!
“How was the food at the Fourth of July picnic?
“The hot dogs were bad and the brats were wurst!”
What did Washington say as he crossed the Delaware?
“Next time I’m going to reserve a seat!”
Teacher: “Why did Washington chop down the cherry tree with his hatchet?”
Student: “Because his mom wouldn’t let him play with the chain saw!”
Teacher: “The Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia. True or false?”
Student: “False! It was written in ink!”
Why did Washington win the battle of Trenton?
Because the enemy soldiers were Hessian around!
What would you get if you crossed a monster with one of Washington’s officers?
Baron von Steupid!
What has four legs, a shiny nose, and fought for England?
Rudolph the Redcoat Reindeer!
What march would you play at a jungle parade?
“Tarzan Stripes Forever”!
What would you get if you crossed a monster with a redcoat?
A bigger target.
Why did the British soldiers wear red coats?
So they could hide in the tomatoes.
Why is the Liberty Bell like a dropped Easter egg?
Because they’re both cracked!
Teacher: “Who wrote `Oh say, can you see?”‘
Student: “An eye doctor?”
How is a healthy person like the United States?
They both have good constitutions!
What would you get if you crossed Patrick Henry with a hungry boy?
A patriot who says, “Give me lasagna or give me death!”
What has feathers, webbed feet, and certain inalienable rights?
The Ducklaration of Independence!
Why did the duck say “Bang!”?
Because he was a firequacker!
What cat said, “The British are coming! The British are coming!”?
What was the craziest battle of the Revolutionary War?
The Battle of Bonkers Hill.
What was Thomas Jefferson’s favourite dessert?
Teacher: “Which son of old Virginia wrote the Declaration of Independence?”
Student: “I think it was Thomas Jeffer’s son.”
What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
Why were the early American settlers like ants?
Because they lived in colonies.
What famous pig signed the Declaration of Independence?
What did George Washington say to his army at Valley Forge?
“Sorry, men. The flights to Florida are all booked up!”
What would you get if you crossed the American national bird with Snoopy?
A bald beagle!
What would you get if you crossed a colonial hairpiece with a teepee?
A powdered wigwam!
What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle!
What did the visitor say as he left the Statue of Liberty?
“Keep in torch!”
What’s big, cracked, and carries your luggage?
The Liberty Bellhop!
What ghost haunted King George III?
The spirit of ’76!
Did you hear about the cartoonist in the Continental Army?
He was a Yankee doodler!
What would you get if you crossed a monster with Yankee Doodle?
What’s red, white, blue and green?
A seasick Uncle Sam!
TIME on the Constitution: ‘Does It Still Matter?’
By Mark Alexander · Thursday, June 30, 2011
Only if Liberty still matters
“The Constitution, which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all.” –George Washington, September 19, 1796
In celebration of the 235th anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, Time Magazine, the “journal of record” for the Leftist Illiterati (or as they prefer to be known, “the intelligentsia”), published a cover story featuring their errant interpretation of our Constitution. On an image of the shredding of that venerable old document Time posited this question: “Does it still matter?”
The short answer is, only if Liberty still matters. But Time’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, begs to differ, having discarded Rule of Law for the rule of men.
In his boorish 5,000-word treatise on the issue, Stengel unwittingly exposes the Left’s patently uninformed and self-serving interpretation of our Constitution, and he aptly defines their adherence to a “living constitution.” That adulterated version of its original intent is the result of revision by decades of radical judicial diktats, rather than in the manner prescribed by our Constitution’s Article V.
Stengel opined, “To me the Constitution is a guardrail. It’s for when we are going off the road and it gets us back on. It’s not a traffic cop that keeps us going down the center.” According to Stengel, then, our Constitution just exists to keep us between the ditches and entitles us to swerve all over the road without consequence. Of course, that is hardly what our Founders intended, but Stengel insists that to ask “what did the framers want is kind of a crazy question.”
Exhibiting a keen sense of the obvious, Stengel observes that times have changed and that our Founders “did not know about” all the advancements of the present era. Thus he concludes our Constitution must be pliable, or, as Thomas Jefferson forewarned in 1819, “a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
Stengel insists, “The Constitution works so well precisely because it is so opaque, so general, so open to various interpretations,” rather than, as “originalists contend … a clear, fixed meaning.”
To assert that our Founders intended the Constitution to be “so opaque, so general, so open to various interpretations” is beyond any accurate reading of history. As noted previously, our Founders provided a method to amend our Constitution in Article V. The problem, of course, is that Stengel and his Leftist cadres know their agenda would never pass a Constitutional Convention and, thus, they circumvent Article V by discarding Rule of Law in deference to their own tyrannical rule.
Consequently, we now have a Constitution in exile, one that is little more than a straw man amid increasingly politicized courts that serve the special interests of political constituencies rather than interpreting the document’s plain language, as judges are bound by solemn oath to do (Article VI, Section 3).
While it is highly tempting, any effort to rebut Stengel’s erroneous claims point by point would violate my own rule against swapping spit with a jackass. However, as it is the eve of Independence Day, let us, for the record, revisit Essential Liberty as “endowed by our Creator” according to our Declaration.
The natural rights of man outlined in our Declaration are enshrined in our Constitution as evident in its most comprehensive explication, The Federalist Papers, a defense of that august document by its author, James Madison, and Founders Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.
Here is what our Founders actually did write about our Constitution and Rule of Law.
George Washington: “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution, which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all. … If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Our peculiar security is in possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. … If it is, then we have no Constitution. … [T]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. … In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
Alexander Hamilton: “If it were to be asked, ‘What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic?’ The answer would be, ‘An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last. … A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government. … [T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.”
James Madison: “I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful exercise of its powers.”
There is no ambiguity about the intent that our Constitution, as written and ratified, specifies only one means for amendment, and all other methods are not only illegal, but more ominously as Washington noted, “change by usurpation…is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Stengel’s biggest whopper, however, is one I simply can’t let pass without rebuttal. He writes, “If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn’t say so. Article I, Section 8, the longest section of the longest article of the Constitution, is a drumroll of congressional power.”
My chief witness against this ridiculous claim would be James Madison, “the Father of our Constitution.” As Madison wrote in Federalist No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”
That piece of trenchant prose would, of course, became the basis for the Tenth Amendment, which clearly and tightly limits the authority and scope of the federal government.
Before Stengel next ventures to opine on our Constitution, which for him is clearly uncharted territory, perhaps he should read a copy of “Essential Liberty.”
Time magazine is but one of a surfeit of liberal propaganda tools which play supporting roles in the primary assault on our Constitution.
As we prepare to observe this Independence Day anniversary, our nation is once again confronting a perilous threat to Liberty.
Thomas Paine once wrote, “[A]n unwritten constitution is not a constitution at all.” I beg you take note: Our Constitution is being “unwritten” at an unprecedented pace. Obama has mounted a well-organized and well-funded effort to “fundamentally transform” our nation into a socialist state by thus deconstructing our Constitution. He has deserted his oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” in accordance with Article II, Section 1, and clearly never intended to “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” as specified in Section 3.
As was the case at the Dawn of American Liberty, we are but a small band of American Patriots facing an empire of statists, but we remain steadfast in our sacred oath to support and defend our Constitution. Please help us fight the ideology and propaganda of the Left in order to restore the integrity of our Constitution.
From where I sit Barack Obama and the entire left are edging us closer daily to two things, national bankruptcy and a second Civil War/ American Revolution. Don’t get me wrong, the Republican’s are not without their blame in this either. Their inflexible obstructionist approach to compromise is doing nothing to alleviate or mitigate the situation which is coming to a rapid and I fear explosive head.
All that is required for the first is four more years of Obama’s spending practices coupled with the Republican’s inflexibility over taxing the rich fairly. The second only requires the abolishment of the rule of law for an armed rebellion to occur.
I find the prospect of a second Civil War/ American Revolution both frightening and from a military officer’s view point interesting. Check the oaths above, we all swear to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. What happens when the government BECOMES that enemy? A coup d’état? A second civil war where states secede from the Union? A revolution to a different form of government? What foreign powers will attempt to meddle in our internal affair the same way we are so benevolently meddling in Libya?
You find those questions frightening? So do I. So why are not more people worried enough to do something about those who are causing us to be afraid of our own government?
It’s the Fourth Of July!
No more work! Let’s play!
I’ve got an idea!
Let’s have a picnic!
Just dive in and enjoy
The sun and the water!
Find a cool lake
And jump in!
Croquet and golf!
Then pull out the Bar-B-Q
And fix a grand feast!
With all that smoky goodness!
We’ll have foot long hot dogs
And juicy burgers,
And grilled chicken!
Then there’s potato salad
Cole slaw and cake
And sweet watermelon!
We’ll have a feast
If the cook doesn’t
Burn it all up!
So light up some sparklers!
And lots of bottle rockets!
It’s the Fourth Of July!
Have some fun!
Guacamole Appetizer Squares Recipe
prep 20 min cook 10 min serves 20
Number of servings: 2 squares
2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1-1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, diced
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups guacamole
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 can (3.8 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
How to make it 30 minutes, plus cooling
1 Unroll both tubes of crescent dough and pat into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; seal seams and perforations. Build up edges. Prick dough with a fork; sprinkle with taco seasoning. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
2 In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and guacamole until smooth.
3 Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Sprinkle with bacon, tomatoes and olives. Refrigerate until serving. Cut into squares. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Information(per serving)
Saturated Fat: 5g
Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe
prep 12 min cook 8 min serves 24
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 envelope taco seasoning
How to make it 20 minutes
1 In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the first eight ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4-5 minutes; stir. Microwave, uncovered, 3-4 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 3 cups.
Leprechaun’s Note: This recipe is based on using a 1,100-watt microwave. You may have to adjust times accordingly based on the wattage of your microwave.
Almond Streusel-Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Sugar cookie mix makes the base of a creamy cheesecake bar with a baked-in cherry filling.
Prep Time: 45 min
Total Time: 4 hours 0 min
Makes: 24 bars
Cookie Base and Topping
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 1/2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (20 oz), softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Place cookie mix in large bowl. Cut in butter and 4 oz cream cheese, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 12 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat 20 oz cream cheese, the sugar, flour, almond extract and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
3. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base. Spoon pie filling evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved topping and almonds.
4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): In step 1, bake cookie base 15 minutes. In step 4, bake 45 to 50 minutes.
1 Bar: Calories 270 (Calories from Fat 140); Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 55mg; Sodium 160mg; Total Carbohydrate 28g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 20g); Protein 4g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 4%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 3 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
We’ll look at a couple of summer time appropriate adult beverages today. Remember, if you’re drinking the only thing your driving is your sandals! IF you do over do trying out these recipes don’t worry about remembering the rest of the holiday, the details will all be in the court report anyway!
Sangria: Ultimate Summer Party Drink, or Anarchy in a Pitcher?
Sangria is fruity, delicious, alcoholic anarchy. There are no rules outside of it having a wine base along with fruit and some sort of spirits. Over the years, I’ve experimented with combinations of flavors that sometimes have wound up in the sink drain, but that’s the fun of it. Lesson number one: taste as you go.
Paying homage to its Mediterranean roots, I like to start with a more fruit-forward Spanish red wine like Rioja or a Spanish Grenache
For each bottle of wine, I tend to use around a quarter cup of brandy. Sometimes I’ll go for a standard unflavored one, but I like to experiment and have tried everything from peach brandy to orange liqueur. So far, my personal favorite is Applejack American apple brandy. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, try adding spiced rum, or an Bourbon, Irish whiskey, Yukon Jack or Southern Comfort.
It wouldn’t be sangria without fruit, and I like to tell myself that the more that goes in the healthier it is. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons work beautifully with the wine – make sure to squeeze some of the juice in too before slicing them up. I’d also suggest using frozen fruit like cherries, peaches, pineapples and grapes. It will keep your punch cooler longer and the fruit won’t get mushy.
If you enjoy a sweeter style of Sangria, I highly recommend using simple syrup instead of straight sugar, as the latter will just sink to the bottom of the pitcher. Simple syrup is easy to make: just mix equal parts sugar and hot water. Add in small quantities and taste as you go. (You’ll want to go light on the simple syrup if using a sweet “octane additive” like Yukon Jack or Southern Comfort Honey is also another sweeting alternative)
Throw the mixture into the refrigerator a few hours so the flavors have time to mingle together. When it’s time to serve, add lots of ice and a little sparkling water to give it some fizz. Sangria is best enjoyed cold on a warm day with great friends. (Use a flavored sparkling water that complements your selection of fruits)
Here is my basic guideline for building your ultimate pitcher of Sangria:
—1 bottle of fruit-forward red wine
—1 lemon, cut into wedges
—1 orange, cut into wedges
—2 oz. brandy
—2 cups club soda or ginger ale
Mix together with ice in a pitcher and serve.
See there, we haven’t even started on the drinks yet and things are getting out of hand! It’s all fun and games until someone starts Tweeting their wiener, then its just a political scandal!
An easy mojito recipe to liven up your party:
For each drink:
1.5 oz Rum
12 fresh spearmint leaves
7 oz club soda
2 tbsp. simple syrup
(or 4 tsp. extra fine sugar)
Gently crush mint leaves and lightly squeeze lime in a cool tall glass. Pour sweet syrup to cover and fill glass with ice. Add Rum, club soda, and stir your emerging mojito well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint. The best bar recipes then add these essential steps: toast, (I suggest to our country’s longevity & prosperity) sip, and enjoy.
3/4 oz. Amaretto
3/4 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
2 oz. Sour Mix
1 splash Sprite
Glass to Use: Beer Pint
Pour all ingredients into a pint glass filled with ice.
Finally one for you designated “Adults” at the party
An extra tart cherry limeade. To reduce the tartness, stir in an additional bottle of lemon-lime soda.
2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved
Pour both cans of concentrated limeade into a large pitcher. Mix in
lemon-lime soda. Stir in reserved cherry juice. Squeeze juice from lime
into mixture, then slice and set aside. Stir well and serve over ice.
Garnish with cherries and lime slices.
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Take a close look at the detail.
This is your Lethal Leprechaun speaking, fasten you’re seatbelts return your tray tables to their stowed and locked positions, secure all your beverages and loose objects because I an livid and in a foaming at the (somewhat foul so be warned) mouth rant and you are being forced to come along for the ride. Hopefully when I am done you’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with me howling for blood over this injustice to our service personnel too!
VA cemetery accused of censoring religious speech
By LINDSAY WISE Copyright 2011 HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 28, 2011, 8:06PM
Local veterans and volunteer groups accuse Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including the word “God” — at Houston National Cemetery.
In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling families, “God bless you,” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards.
“It’s just unfair that somebody would ask us to take God out of our vocabulary,” said Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies.
“I could’ve kept my mouth shut and let things happen, but when it comes to standing up for your belief in God and giving comfort to the families, I don’t want to regret not saying anything,” Whitfield said. “We all had to stand up for what we believe in.”
The new allegations of “religious hostility” by VA and cemetery officials follow on the heels of a controversy over Pastor Scott Rainey’s prayer in Jesus’ name at a Memorial Day service in the cemetery.
U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes ruled May 26 that the government couldn’t stop Rainey from using the words “Jesus Christ” in his invocation. Hughes issued a temporary restraining order to prevent VA from censoring Rainey’s prayer.
Attorneys with the nonprofit Liberty Institute, which represented Rainey, filed an amended complaint this week after allegedly finding other instances of religious discrimination by cemetery officials against members of The American Legion Post 586, Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, and the National Memorial Ladies, a volunteer group that attends funerals of fallen service members.
The complaint accuses VA of “a widespread and consistent practice of discriminating against private religious speech” at the cemetery.
According to court documents, Ocasio banned veterans organizations and volunteer groups from using certain religious words such as “God” or “Jesus,” censored the content of prayer, and forbade the use of religious messages in burial rituals unless the deceased’s family submitted the text for prior approval.
What’s more, the veterans allege the VA turned the chapel into a meeting room shortly after the director came on board two years ago.
The documents allege that VA prohibited volunteer honor guards from providing optional recitations to families for consideration, and that when burial teams conduct military honors for a veteran’s funeral, a government official monitors what is said.
So far the complaints appear to be isolated to the Houston National Cemetery. The government has until the middle of next month to respond to the allegations.
After the hearing, Vietnam veteran Nobleton Jones spoke up at a Liberty Institute press conference.
Jones said he has presented shell casings from the gun salute to veterans’ grieving family members at funerals in Houston National Cemetery for the past three years.
But after a burial ceremony May 16, Jones said a government official told him he could no longer recite the words he always says when he hands over the shells: “We ask that God grant you and your family grace, mercy and peace.”
The 66-year-old Houstonian said he felt belittled.
“That makes me feel smaller, even after I spent my time in the military, fighting so that people should be able to say that,” he said.
“I did all this for my country and you are going to tell me what I can and can’t say?”
OMFG! You have GOT to be kidding me! How does this bitch manage not to get herself buried alive with someone!
Oh, wait, that would disgrace the memory of the serviceman being buried wouldn’t it? My money is on her being an ACLU loving Atheist Commie Rat Faced Bitch of a Anti War Activist Hippie Leftist Looney
This is nothing more than the opening of another front by the Left and lead by Obama the closet towel headed Koran kissing clown pretending to be America’s leader on our Judeo-Christian heritage and civil rights! This time the target is our Military and our Veteran’s. It wasn’t insult enough that Janet Napolitano called those opposing illegal immigration, supporting gun rights, and our military –all potential terrorists. Now the Left has their sites set on rendering a final slap in the face instead of final honors to our fallen by pissing on the religious freedoms they fought and possibly died for!
(see and read about the bitch here: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000025672)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is SUPPOSED to be there to support our veterans and see that they are taken care of for their sacrifice and service to our country. See here its true:
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is the United States government’s second largest department, after the United States Department of Defense. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors.
The benefits provided include disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits. It is administered by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
In the last 20 years however its become more and more of a tool for the government to insult, dishonor and abuse them.
It’s not bad enough that the VA Medical facilities are dirty, substandard behind the times, over crowded and understaffed with the rudest people they can find, NOW the VA has discovered and is apparently condoning slapping our Veterans in their face in a new way. ‘You might have fought for God and Country, but that Country is now telling you as a Veteran you no longer have the freedoms of Speech and Right To Worship you fought to defend to speak in a sacred place about the God another Veteran that fought for God and Country is being buried in?” Seriously? God has been part of our country and its military since its inception! It is ALL OVER our beginnings, appearing in our founding document TWICE in the 1st two paragraphs:
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.
The protection of our freedom of religious expression is in the Bill of Rights:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It is on our money both folding and coinage, every denomination:
It’s in our National Anthem’s little known fourth verse:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Now, JUST WHO THE FUCK IS THIS AUTOCRATIC SNOT NOSE ATHEST BITCH to deny our military veterans, living or dead their federally assured and mandated civil right or permission to speak of a founding principle of our land that they all fought for, many died for and many are STILL fighting and dying for?
V.A. Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio should not be disciplined and transferred but public chastised for her actions by the V.A. Secretary, made to publicly apologize to the Veteran’s Groups who are taking their own time and money to assist with final burial honors, the families of deceased Veteran’s who’s burial her autocratic attitude has interfered with, and finally all Veterans and Service Personnel in general for demeaning their personal sacrifice of service to this nation and then summarily fired and barred from governmental service.
Personally were I the one deciding, I’d strip her of her citizenship and throw her ass out of the country too!
In My (ok not really so) Humble Opinion the VA ought to be removed from the Cabinet level and placed under the DoD, answerable to the SecDef but performance reviewed by the JCOS. Eric Ken Shinsek a retired United States Army four-star general who holds the dubious distinction of currently serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs may have had a long and distinguished career in the military but it would seem he’s a walking cluster fuck as the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs to allow something like this to go on, as have been several of his predecessors.
In fact I am reminded of a scene from one of my favorite movies I happened to watch only last weekend, Heartbreak Ridge.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: I am, sir. Major Malcolm Powers.
Colonel Meyers: Did you lead this assault?
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Sir, Lieutenant Ring and Gunnery Sergeant Highway disobeyed a direct order. I told them to wait for support but they went up this hill anyway.
Colonel Meyers: [to Highway] Why?
Highway: We’re Marines, sir. We’re paid to adapt, to improvise.
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: Sir, I gave the order to take this hill.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Ring, this is going to ruin your career.
Colonel Meyers: Are you new to the infantry, Major?
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Yes, sir. Just came over from supply.
Colonel Meyers: Were you good at that?
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Yes, sir!
Colonel Meyers: Well then, stick to it because you’re a walking cluster fuck as an infantry officer. My men are hard chargers, Major! Lieutenant Ring and Gunny Highway took a handful of young fire pissers, exercised some personal initiative and kicked ass!
The problem in a nutshell is the VA is full of too many bureaucrats who are professional government hanger ons with delusions of autocracy over the Veterans that are supposed to SERVE. Most of these I doubt have ever served in a front line unit much less seen a shot fired in anger much less at them. This makes it too easy to undervalue the vets and what they have given our country in my opinion. I cannot see this happening were it under the DoD and cannot help but think they would get better care and attention to their needs as well.
Also all those soldier coming back who have no expectation due to wounds suffered of returning to full duty status could be trained for a position in the Veteran’s Affairs division should they desire it. I’m willing to bet that the non military experience and expertise of many of these National Guard men and women who find themselves in this predicament would translate over quite well.
Additionally we have many used military bases with facilities that are in far better shape than many VA facilities which could be turned into regional VA centers and paid for in the savings of shutting down the antiquated VA facilities and the saving of the upkeep and updating.
OK obviously this issue is one I identify with, has gotten me pissed off, worked up and caused me to digress from my point, which is that we CANNOT and SHOULD not allow and permit this disrespect and wanton denial of the principles this country was FOUNDED on to continue for a single nanosecond longer!
These people honored us with their service. They protected and defended us, our country, our way of life, and the beliefs our country espouses and embodies. At the VERY LEAST we can repay this by honoring them, their memories & sacrifices and seeing that they receive all the rights and privileges they are even more entitled to by virtue of having been willing to fight to defend them against their domestic enemies, the Left, the current Presidential Administration, Veteran’s Administration and Arleen Ocasio
Some will take,
And, some will give,
But to those that do,
I feel your pain,
For I know your place,
And if you don’t make it home when this war is done,
I promise you,
I will make everyone,
Remember the things you’ve done. – Unknown