As you arrive you encounter the usual rigmarole and organized chaos that is normal for a holiday at/on Impish & Lethal’s Party Mountain/Recreation Facility. There is however on notable exception, Lethal isn’t waiting inside for you, he’s outside greeting people and ushering lollygaggers inside towards the buses to the picnic area where Impish usually holds his Saturday address and issue.
Lethal explains: “Since his bloody name goes on the opening and closing banners for these holiday issue I figured ‘twas about high time he did a bit o’ work on them too. He’s waiting for you at the picnic area with a full on breakie and his opening remarks. Nae ta worry, ‘tis there I’ll be joining you shortly fear not. Hush a bhuachaill and hurry now ‘tis a full issue and a full schedule o’ fun and frolic we’ve this day!”
After a brief bus ride into the freshening breeze laden with the fantastic smells of a full hot breakfast buffet, you arrive at the picnic area and disembark queuing to load your trays will all manner of breakfast delights regardless of your usual breakfast habits. Once you’ve accomplished this and found seating at one of the tables Impish rouses himself from deep contemplation of his coffee and a very large American Flag waving proudly over the field.
“Good Day Campers,
Today marks the beginning of the annual DL&LL Independence Day Bash. This year, it will be an especially intense party since it will be over a four day period, culminating with our annual Fireworks display on Tuesday night.
But, that is not really what I wanted to discuss with you today. I have a few points I’d like you to consider before we begin our revelry.
This Tuesday, July 4th, celebrates the 241st Anniversary of our country’s independence. A somewhat successful experiment with a constitutional republic. I say “somewhat” successful and it sounds “somewhat” derogatory, but in reality, it is the best system available on the planet at this time.
That’s not to say that some other great and blessed people can’t come up with an even better system in the future, but in my humble draconian opinion (I know…humble draconian … oxymoronic!) I seriously doubt it. Not without a huge revolution the likes of which this world has never seen. The problem with that scenario is that modern weaponry is such that I believe we’d destroy the planet prior to successfully revolting from whatever current tyrant we would be revolting against. It would also require even more divine intervention and guidance than the first writers of the Constitution had and I’m not sure that God has enough avid listeners to inspire.
But the best on the planet is worth defending. And a wiser man than I once said that the tree of liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of the brave. I may be paraphrasing a bit.
I know we have Memorial Day to honor and remember the sacrifice that so many have made in defense of our country and we have Veteran’s Day to honor the men and women who have put on the uniform and raised their hands acknowledging their willingness to sacrifice all. But I can’t help but ask you to take a moment in your celebration of the anniversary of our Independence to think about everything that had to happen in order for us to be where we are today.
You know, there are so many, many people around the world who would give everything they had to be the lowest among us here in America. And contra-wise, there are many who want to come here because of our freedoms and then shit on those freedoms by wanting to change everything into the hell-hole they left behind. But, overall, most of the world wishes they, too could be Americans, they too could be free, they too could be proud enough of their homes that they would sacrifice everything to protect it.”
“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor…”
“That, is what it means to be a real true honest of God American.
I know that Lethal and myself see things a little bit differently than some of you who are reading this right now, but I also know that those of you who have worn the uniform, loved someone who has worn the uniform, or maybe even worked with people who wear or have worn the uniform are probably nodding and smiling right now, maybe with just the glistening of a tear, unshed, in the corner of their eye because you know the truth of the words that I speak.
The United States of America. The very BEST that mankind has to offer.
God Bless you and keep you safe this holiday, and I’ll be checking in with you on Wednesday, but please, try to keep it down, the hangover is liable to be EPIC.
I return you now to your host for the issue and weekend, the Crown Prince of Partydom- Lethal Leprechaun.”
Patrons, Readers, Veterans, And anyone else here, please join me in standing for our National Anthem.
Take a moment this holiday weekend to say a prayer for those who are POW/MIA. They paid/may well still be paying the price of the freedom you celebrate this weekend.
Please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Great Nation.
Okay, first things first, I need a cup of coffee and some of you guys are out of uniform for the weekend.
Much better! Now that all the proprieties have been observed we can proceed, where was I? Oh yea- Learning Time!
Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. The film focuses on disparate groups of people Oops! Wrong Independence Day reference, my bad!
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to 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.
Huh? What? History lessons are boring?! Falling asleep? Okay, let’s try dumbing this down and putting it in cartoon form then shall we?
Tea Party – Schoolhouse Rock – No more Kings
Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines
On September 10th, 1776, General George Washington asks for a volunteer for an extremely dangerous mission: to gather intelligence behind enemy lines before the coming Battle of Harlem Heights. Captain Nathan Hale of the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army stepped forward and subsequently become one of the first known American spies of the Revolutionary War.
Disguised as a Dutch schoolmaster, the Yale University-educated Hale slipped behind British lines on Long Island and then successfully gathered information about British troop movements for the next several weeks. While Hale was behind enemy lines, the British invaded the island of Manhattan; they took control of the city on September 15, 1776. When the city was set on fire on September 20, 1776, British soldiers were put on high alert for sympathizers to the Patriot cause. The following evening, on September 21, 1776, Hale was captured while sailing Long Island Sound, trying to cross back into American-controlled territory.
Hale was interrogated by British General William Howe and, when it was discovered that he was carrying incriminating documents, General Howe ordered his execution for spying, which was set for the following morning. After being led to the gallows, legend holds that Hale was asked if he had any last words and that he replied with these now-famous words, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” There is no historical record to prove that Hale actually made this statement, but, if he did, he may have been inspired by these lines in English author Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato: “What a pity it is/That we can die but once to serve our country.”
Patriot spy Nathan Hale was hanged by the British on the morning of September 22, 1776. He was just 21 years old. Although rumors later surfaced that Hale’s capture was the result of a betrayal by his first cousin and British Loyalist Samuel Hale, the exact circumstances leading to Hale’s arrest have never been discovered.
Schoolhouse Rock!: America – The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The flag of the United States of America, often referred to as the American flag, is the national flag of the United States. It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the U.S.
Nicknames for the flag include The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner.
The current design of the U.S. flag is its 27th; the design of the flag has been modified officially 26 times since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by the then president Eisenhower on August 21, 1959, and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 56 years.
Time for a musical interlude..then we’ll get back to our history lessons
The Stars and Stripes Forever – Bells on Temple Square
School House Rock -The Preamble
Okay! Okay I hear you! Enough history lessons lets move on.
A Star-Spangled Birthday Party — Live From the U.S. Capitol!
On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.
In the three decades since the humble beginning of A Capitol Fourth, a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.
Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos is set to host the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The all-star musical and fireworks extravaganza will kick off the country’s 241st birthday with performances by: iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys, featuring John Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath(vocals); soul men Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; acclaimed country music singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler; legendary Motown stars The Four Tops; Grammy-nominated gospel legend Yolanda Adams; The Voice Season 12 winner Chris Blue; and Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Gifted actress and singer Sofia Carson will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem. The concert will also feature a tribute to our men and women in uniform by country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins who will perform his new single “Still a Soldier.” The inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops and veterans, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.
Also participating in the event will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition.
A Capitol Fourth premieres live on PBS July 4. Most stations air the Concert at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and repeat the program at 9:30 p.m. ET immediately after the live broadcast.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic performed by the U.S. Army Chorus
Let’s face it your menu for the weekend is pretty much etched in stone. Burgers, Hot Dogs, maybe Steaks, Beer can Chicken or BBQ for those of you who are more accomplished grillers. The sides will be all the usual picnic ones, Tossed Salad, Potato and Pasta salads, possibly baked in the coals potatoes and/or grilled/boiled corn on the cob. The usual salty snacks will be present in abundances as well as the usual assorted beverages.
It’s July 4th, America’s Independence Day, these tings are American and they are what we eat for picnic, especially this picnic. Any attempt I might make to change this menu would be pointless so I’m not going to. What I am going to do is try and help you add some pizazz with a couple quick and easy dips.
Later on, we’ll discuss piazzing up your drinks, not only for this weekend but for all summer.
Beefy Taco Dip
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 min
Serves: 18 people
Spicy ground beef, picante sauce, cream cheese and Cheddar are heated together for a hearty dip with maximum flavor…it’s a quick and tasty appetizer to serve with tortilla chips
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce – Medium
- 4 ounces (1/2 of an 8-ounce package) cream cheese, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
- 2 tablespoons sliced pitted black olives
- 2 tablespoons seeded sliced jalapeño pepper
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 18 ounces (1 bag) tortilla chips
How to Make It
Cook the beef and chili powder in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
Stir the picante sauce, cream cheese and Cheddar cheese in the skillet. Cook and stir until the cheese is melted.
Spoon the beef mixture into a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the tomatoes, green onion, olives and pepper and top with the sour cream, if desired. Serve with the tortilla chips.
Use pickled jalapenos or remove core seeds and pith for less heat. Or add a Cayenne pepper sauce (such as Franks) during Step 2 to taste and substitute diced green bell pepper in its place.
You can place this in a small crockpot or alternately use an oven/grill proof bowl or small cast iron skillet to help keep the dip warm longer (use a spoon and think all inclusive nacho topping for the chips), but honestly don’t expect this to hang around long. When I make this I see people putting it as topping on burgers and hot dogs never mind just on the chips.
Salsa Onion Dip
Prep time: 5 min
Total time: 2 hr. 5 mins
Serves: 24 people
Cost per recipe: $3.78
This refreshing dip combines dry onion soup and recipe mix with sour cream, Pace® Chunky Salsa and sliced green onion, and can be served with colorful sliced vegetables or tortilla chips.
- 1 envelope (about 1 ounce) dry onion recipe soup & dip mix
- 16 ounces (16 ounces) sour cream
- 1 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa – Mild
- 2 tablespoons Sliced green onion
How to Make It
Stir the soup mix, sour cream and salsa in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle with the onion. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables for dipping.
You can fit about half of a recipe right back into the sour cream container for storage, transport as serving.
While it says let it sit for 2 hours, honestly its much better if it’s sat overnight.
Finally if you use your favorite salsa know that the liquid component of salsa varies significantly from brand to brand. Ideally you want as chunky/low liquid salsa as you can find, otherwise you might have to consider draining some of the liquid so the dip doesn’t get to runny and thin.
My Country ‘Tis of Thee — Washington National Cathedral Choir
Moved deeply by the desire to create a national hymn that would allow the American people to offer praise to God for their wonderful land, a twenty-four-year-old theological student, Samuel Francis Smith, penned these lines on a scrap of paper in less than thirty minutes in 1832. Yet even today many consider My Country, ‘Tis of Thee their favorite patriotic hymn and call it their “unofficial national anthem.”
The easily singable words of the song are matched with a popular international melody used by many nations, including the United Kingdom, where it accompanies “God Save the King/Queen.” The emotionally powerful ideas that Smith expressed had an immediate response. The hymn soon became a national favorite. The stirring tributes to our fatherland in the first three stanzas lead to a worshipful climax of gratefulness to God and a prayer for His continued guidance.
Following his graduation from Harvard and the Andover Theological Seminary, Samuel Smith became an outstanding minister in several Baptist churches in the East. He composed 150 hymns during his 87 years and helped compile the leading Baptist hymnal of his day. He was also editor of a missionary magazine through which he exerted a strong influence in promoting the cause of missions. Later he became the secretary of the Baptist Missionary Union and spent considerable time visiting various foreign fields. Samuel Smith was truly a distinctive representative of both his country and his God.
My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountain side let freedom ring!
My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love:
I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills like that above.
Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song:
Let mortal tongues awake, let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God, to Thee, author of liberty, to Thee we sing:
Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might, great God, our King!
I THINK that is Pearl Harbor and POSSIBLY the USS Arizona
So last year the Peachcomber recipe went over so well that I decided to make this an annual tradition. Here then is this years DL/LL Digital Media Enterprises Summer Libation 2017!
Puree 1 cup cubed watermelon, 2 cups cranberry juice and 1/4 cup each grenadine and lemon juice in a blender. Strain, then pour 3/4 cup of the strained puree into ice-filled glasses; top with seltzer and garnish with watermelon.
Add to blender prior to Pureeing 6 oz. Watermelon Vodka, Watermelon Pucker or 3 oz. of each (Recommended!)
I recommend using a Watermelon flavored seltzer/sparking water. LaCroix Curate makes an excellent Kiwi Watermelon one which comes in 8 packs of 12 fl. oz. cans. Ozarka Sparkling Natural Spring Water, Watermelon Lime is also an great choice and it comes in 32 fl. oz. bottles. If you are going straight Watermelon Pucker you might want to balance the sweetness by using a Cranberry flavored seltzer/sparking water depending on how sweet or tart your choice of cranberry juices was.
Speaking of Cranberry juice choices, I suggest Northland Cranberry 100% Juice, which comes in a 64 fl. oz. bottle for roughly $3.00 at Wal-Mart though I can usually get it at my local grocer as well. Before you get all aghast at the thought of having that much Cranberry Juice on hand, I would point out that is only enough for 4 batches.
As of press time, due to multiple reasons my official Summer Libation tester, Impish had not yet had the chance to imbibe this refreshing beverage. Perhaps he’ll favor us with a review on Wednesday. If not trust me- Try it you’ll like it!
As thousands of drivers plan to travel during the extended holiday weekend, Local Police and State Troopers are also preparing to patrol in increased numbers to keep roads and highways safe for all drivers.
July 4 is Tuesday, allowing extra time for beach outings, cookouts and fireworks. This translates to increased traffic from Friday through the evening of July 4.
Many will be driving around for Independence Day events and LEOs/state troopers will be conducting DUI roving patrols and spot checks over the holiday weekend.
Be smart, Wear Your Seat Belts, Don’t Drink & Drive, Don’t Text and Drive
Don’t wind up a sad statistic or make some innocent one with your careless unsafe actions. Remember when you do these things it’s not just you that get’s hurt or the people in the other car. Lives are ruined and families shattered by these events. Don’t be that person, the one that turns an annual holiday of fun and frolic into an annual day of mourning for a family.
Think And Act Responsibly This Independence Day Holiday Weekend!
Jackie Evancho – God Bless America – A Capitol Fourth 2016
Do you know why we’ve been able to celebrate Independence Day continually since 1777? Because of 240 years of guys like this defending us from all enemies foreign and domestic.
AKA as a graphic demonstration of why fireworks are illegal in so many locals
Let the idiocy commence!
And last but not least the Chief of the Village Idiots Tribe insure he won’t reproduce- ever
PLEASE DO NOT TRY ANY OF THIS AT HOME!
THESE ARE CERTIFID MEMBERS OF THE SHALLOW END OF THE GENE POOL AND DARWIN APPROVED FOR COMEDIC/IRONIC REMOVAL FROM IT SINCE THEY SURVIVED THE CLORANATING OF THE GENE POOL.
All week as I have been working on this issue I have been thinking about our country. Where and how we started, where we are now and how we got here and into the predicament(s)/situtations we currently find ourselves. Of our successes and failures that mark the mile stone between those two points.
I found myself smiling in pride many times, shaking my head in disbelief/disappointment at other times and occasionally, usually related to the last thirty to forty years of our history scowling in downright disgust and anger.
Impish’s wonderful thought/remarks, which were originally slated fill this spot were too good not to use as the opening remarks for this issue and I am glad I asked him to make some despite how busy, tired and feeling poorly he’s been over the last week. My hats off to you pal, hellova job buddy, even with the “hundred interruptions while writing it”!
His remarks also served as a sort of a flux to boil off the dross from my thoughts and help me distill down to the essence my thoughts of what I was feeling and thinking about America and it’s 241st Birthday on Tuesday so that I might express them without fumbling around too much.
Are we (America & Americans) perfect? Hell no! But we’re pretty much the best shot around. We have one of the best standards of living, the greatest number of freedoms, and arguably the basis for the fairest judicial system in the world.
Have we made mistakes in the past? Yes. There is no debating that fact. The more our government becomes less about “For the People, of the People and BY the People” the more we allow professional politicians run by Corporations and the rich with their own political agendas (i.e. George Soros) I fear the more often and bigger these will become too.
Will we make more in the future? I’m not a seer, but I’d have to say resoundingly yes we will unfortunately. Such is the nature of being human, such is the nature of things when you allow those whose heart are filled with greed and a lust for power to govern and not repesent/ignore the will of the populace.
Is our Republic ailing? Definitely. It’s suffering from multiple forms of internal Cancer for want of a better term. The cancers are numerous, political (with both parties having plenty of blame for their stead fast refusal to work together as well as listen to what WE THE PEOPLE are telling them we want to see happen), Racial (I’m sorry but there are by far more nonwhite racists than there are white racists. The honest fact of the matter is those who scream RACIST! and point their finger the loudest/most often, are in fact the biggest ones of all, from what I have observed.)
I could name other internal cancers we are suffering but the last big one doing serious damage are Immigrants- both legal and illegal. Even if they are legal law abiding naturalized citizen many of these folks are doing serious damage to our country (primarily it’s identity).
I’m sorry but when Emma Lazarus wrote:
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
She did not mean come the America and become a parasitic cultural infestation for your homeland. America was meant to be a melting pot, our country’s motto “e pluribus unum” even means out of many, one. ONE nation, ONE identity, ONE people. When these people refuse to assimilate into our culture, refuse to learn our language, refuse to accept our values (especially after becoming naturalized citizens, which if you ask me voids their oath of citizenship) this injuries us as a people and a country. Honor your heritage sure- Lord knows I do. Worship the deity of your choice by all means, that is your right, but if you come here BY GOD you’d better be prepared to embrace fully what it means to be American and live the life and dream that is America.
In short love it believe in it, live it or get the hell out and go back to what ever third world hell hole spawned you and crow about your ethnicity there, you don’t deserve to be here because you don’t want to be an American you just long for our lifestyle.
Finally we also suffer from an external cancer as well, namely Terrorism by Radical Fundamentalist Groups, primarily Islamic but their are several other strains as well. Personally I blame this ailment on those who have in the past volunteered us as the World’s Police Force and currently as the UN who will oppose us at every turn but immediately turn to us as the solution for every problem. To these terrorists I simply say this-
We are not the problem. The world driven by rapidly advancing technology is changing. You cannot prevent it, nor will the worldwide society allow you to remain ignorant and quagmired 600 years in the past, oppressing an entire sex, demanding that the other 90% of the world join you or die by your sword(s), IEDs, etcetera. Your mantra of if you will not concede to our beliefs then you must suffer our pain WILL result in your extermination and the deeply regrettable deaths (these deaths are not our fault nor “on our heads as you like to play the pass the blame game but on yours owing to your reprehensible and cowardly actions) of those whom you would cowardly shield yourself behind counting on our superior moral values and belief in the sanctity of life to protect you.
Your best course of action is to leave us be. When attacked yes we bleed, yes you hurt us, yes you demoralize some of us and cause us difficulty, discomfort, inconvenience and the occasional restriction of one of our Constitutionally assured freedoms. However what you do most is ire a sleeping giant and fill us with resolve to respond and remove the threat to our way of life. So far we have shown a great deal of tolerance and restraint with you people. You may not see it that way or believe me but we have. If you don’t me ask the Japanese about attacking us, ask the North Vietnamese about carpet bombing.
The American economy is never so great as it is on a war footing when we are producing war materials to destroy a hated enemy. You would do well to fear us and pray that sleeping giant who you have been continually poking does not wake up because if/when he does we are going to go….
What? HELLS NO I DIDN’T FORGET!
New York City’s Fireworks Spectacular 4th of July 2016
The next one is very long so take a potty break, get a drink maybe a munchie then sit back and enjoy!
Macy’s NBC Firework full show 4th of July in HD
Impish will be with you on Wednesday, I’ll be back the following week on the 12th.
Have a safe, healthy and happy Independence Day weekend and remember if you’re still here Wednesday at noon you’re going to be press ganged into the clean up crew for the duration hang overs or no hang overs!