It’s the Independence Day Weekend! Plenty to talk about; Plenty to go over; So many things to enjoy in this edition of Dragon Laffs, not the least of which is the celebration of our country’s independence. Those of you who are reading this from another country might find this episode a little boring and for that … well … I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m really not. Because this is a really special weekend for us Americans.
And those snowflake-assholes out there who are ashamed of our flag … yes, that’s you Gwen Berry, among others, you know the ones, those that kneel during the playing of the National Anthem, can find something else to do this weekend. But, if they are looking for something to do, I’ll tell them what they can all do, they can …
And with that, let’s get this show on the road with another proud American Veteran. The young Security Forces Lady who was hurt on Memorial Day. I haven’t gotten any more updates. I do believe that she is making good progress, she still doesn’t have feeling below the knee, but she is still fighting and we are fighting to help her out. For those of you who don’t know, she was involved in a freak accident on a 4 wheeler, landed wrong, injured her spine and now may be partially paralyzed for the rest of her life. She is married with young children and there will be medical care and child care expenses that a young military family is not set up to pay. You may not believe it or not, but a young GI doesn’t make much money. If you ever want to shock yourself … well no … let’s go ahead and shed some light on this subject. Your normal E-3, with about 4 years of service who is given a gun and sent over seas to fight for his/her country is paid, before taxes about $14 an hour for a 40 hour week. Except they don’t work a 40 hour week and they don’t get paid overtime. They get paid about $28,500 a year before taxes … and yes, we pay taxes … to put their lives between YOUR lives and the evilness out there, to go where the politicians who start out at what, $125,000 a year and sit on their asses and get a retirement after 4 years, tell them to go. These guys work for 20 years (if they live that long) for HALF retirement. But, if you are in it for the money, you are in it for the wrong reasons.
Anyway, got a little bit off topic there. We are here to talk about our own hurt hero. She needs our help and now our time is up. Today is the last I’ll bug you about it, the last time I’m going to ask … beg … you to help. So many of you already have, but even a buck or two thrown in a bigger bucket with other people’s bucks goes a long way. Just go up to the top of the page, hit the donation button and give a little bit. After the long weekend, I’ll move the money, convert it to a visa gift card or something that my bank can convert and give it over to the family.
Carlos W. (again)
On Monday I will give you the total and the final list. Won’t you add your name?
Now, I’d like to share a letter we received in an email …
Independence Day is a time of celebration and a chance to reflect on the founding ideals that make America great – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As members of our Nation’s military, we are dedicated to protecting these principles and furthering the fundamental premise of the Declaration of Independence – that all are created equal.
This weekend is also an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the Constitution. With this landmark document, the Founders created “a more perfect Union.” They understood that America is as much a concept as a physical nation, and that freedom and democracy would expand over time.
That’s not the entire email, but the part that impressed this dragon was the fact that he brought up the commitment to the Constitution. When so many are trying to change it, make it into something that it isn’t or something else, it nice to see that some of our leaders are impressing upon us our oaths of office. Very nice indeed.
And yes, I purposefully didn’t tell you who it’s from and I didn’t include the whole letter. At some point someone is going to jump my ass for my opinions and my job crossing lines here at Dragon Laffs … why should I make it easy on them.
From another email from an0ther branch of my organization …
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence, casting off the yoke of British colonial rule. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, enshrining these ideals as the organizing principles for our nation.
These ideals hung in the balance as the Revolutionary War raged on until the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. Since that time, Americans have continually answered the call to defend our Nation and its principles for 245 years, securing the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for successive generations of Americans.
This one stopped a little short of reminding us all of insuring us of our inclusion in all things and our equality in all things … lol. But, I do like the little history lesson in this one.
This one is from Pete…
Okay, now a couple of the regular memes cause I’m all out of 4th of July stuff … just to round out the issue … edition … episode. …
The board’s at the wrong height.
Really not meeting my expectations …
Why doesn’t that surprise me?
And he shouldn’t!!! Good for him!!!
This one made me laugh till I cried, so that’s a really good place to end this one. May you all have a happy and safe holiday. Do not drink and drive. Have a designated driver or party close to home. It is a great weekend to enjoy yourself, but I want to see everyone of you back here on Monday.
My love to each and everyone of you. Go donate and go have a great Independence Day.
Impish Dragon and the whole Dragon Family