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Freeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 5 July 2013
July 4, 2013 | Canteen Crew

Posted on 07/04/2013 7:17:16 PM PDT by beachn4fun

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of our military and our allied military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

Fabulous FRiday
FAVORITES

Tell us about your favorite
4TH OF JULY tradition.

Grilling out?


Hanging with Family/Friends?

Enjoying a nice cold one?


Eating Watermelon?


Watching Fireworks?

Come on in and join the conversation.
Share your favorite July 4th tradition.

Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place.
We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.
Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission.
Prayers for your safe return home.



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1 posted on 07/04/2013 7:17:16 PM PDT by beachn4fun
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To: Kathy in Alaska; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; E.G.C.; HiJinx; txradioguy; AZamericonnie; ...

PING~A~LING

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday.

My apologies for being late.

See you in the morning.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 7:18:25 PM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: beachn4fun








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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
(Click for Bosun’s Whistle)




USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 07/04/2013 7:24:39 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Battling Ego

July 5, 2013

When a general returned from a victorious battle, ancient Rome would stage a parade to welcome the conqueror home. The parade would include the general’s troops, as well as trophy captives who had been brought along as evidence of the victory. As the parade made its way through the city, the crowds would cheer their hero’s success.

To prevent the general’s ego from becoming unduly swollen, a slave rode along with him in his chariot. Why? So that as the Roman throngs heaped praise on the general, the slave could continually whisper in his ear, “You too are mortal.”

When successful, we too may lose sight of our own frailty and allow our hearts to fill with destructive pride. James pointed us away from the danger of pride by pointing us to humility and to God. He wrote, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). The key to that statement is grace. Nothing is more wonderful! The Lord alone deserves thanks and praise—especially for the grace He has lavished on us.

Our achievements, success, or greatness are not rooted in ourselves. They are the product of God’s matchless grace, upon which we are eternally dependent.

New mercies every morning,
Grace for every day,
New hope for every trial,
And courage all the way. —Mc Veigh
God’s grace is infinite love expressing itself through infinite goodness.

Read: James 4:6-17

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. —James 4:6
Bible in a Year:
Job 30-31; Acts 13:26-52


4 posted on 07/04/2013 7:29:46 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: beachn4fun
Thanks, beachy, for today's Fabulous FRiday Favorites: 4th of July Traditions!!


5 posted on 07/04/2013 7:30:24 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...








Welcome To All Who Enter This Canteen, To Our Serving Military, To Our Veterans, To All Military Families, To Our FRiends and To Our Allies!



Missing Man Setting

Robert Schumann - Traumerei
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Never Forget The Brave Men And Women Who Gave Their Lives To Secure Our Freedom!!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 07/04/2013 7:33:52 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: beachn4fun; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...

~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites: 4th of July Traditions ~

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7 posted on 07/04/2013 7:36:12 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission Granted!


8 posted on 07/04/2013 7:40:20 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: beachn4fun; All

9 posted on 07/04/2013 7:42:47 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: beachn4fun

Not to worry! Hope you and yours had a GREAT holiday!

We don’t really have any special 4th traditions. Just being
home from work was a treat! :)


10 posted on 07/04/2013 7:44:29 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: The Mayor; ConorMacNessa; SandRat; mountainlion; BIGLOOK; laplata; HiJinx; Publius; All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


11 posted on 07/04/2013 7:44:32 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))...that is the cutest cartoon. LOL!

And a happy Friday to you, too.

Did you have a good Independence Day?

It rained here, almost up to parade time at 11am....we badly need the rain, but it could have picked a better time.


12 posted on 07/04/2013 7:52:28 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All

Happy and Blessed 4th of July to all!

Heartfelt gratitude to all who have served our country.


13 posted on 07/04/2013 8:03:30 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Kathy in Alaska




INDEPENDENCE DAY TRADITIONS



Old Glory Proudly Flying At Castle MacNessa
Since Memorial Day 1989



Another Tradition
Handed Down To Me By My Father
Handing It Down To My Son



Our Greatest Tradition
Service to our Beloved Nation!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

14 posted on 07/04/2013 8:06:22 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...
My apologies, FRiends - my previous was meant for all!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

15 posted on 07/04/2013 8:09:04 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska




Thanks very much, Kathy!

***HUGS***



Coming aboard as we speak. Rendering Hand Salutes to our National Colors and to the Officer of the Deck!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

16 posted on 07/04/2013 8:11:32 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good evening, Kathy...((HUGS))

Had you have a good Independence Day.

It was great celebration with Fire Works happening now.


17 posted on 07/04/2013 8:14:23 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thank you for today’s sustenance for body and soul.

Family home now?


18 posted on 07/04/2013 8:15:26 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska


19 posted on 07/04/2013 8:20:54 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: LUV W

Fireworks will be heard in a couple hours if the city is having them this year. There has been a complete burn ban for a couple weeks....BBQs only. There was a partial lifting of the ban Tuesday and I’m betting the closed fireworks stands, none in the city (illegal), opened to a rush. I’m already hearing scattered pops and booms.

It rained over night, not a lot, but maybe enough to allow the city display. Tradition is a baseball double header and fireworks after, close to midnight. No sun all day, so the usual second game could be kinda dark.


20 posted on 07/04/2013 8:43:25 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W; beachn4fun
Just being home from work was a treat! :)

I'll second that! Friday morning will be here soon enough.

21 posted on 07/04/2013 8:45:05 PM PDT by HiJinx (Just kill the bill, already...)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I could hear booms in the distance from our Fireworks Fandango. We stayed home. We’re party-poopers. LOL!

Altogether it was a good day, though! :)


22 posted on 07/04/2013 8:47:47 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: HiJinx

Yes, it will. Already having to get my stuff ready to rock and roll in the morning. *sigh* :)

Hope all of you had a GREAT day! (((hugs)))


23 posted on 07/04/2013 8:48:52 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

Thanks, we did.
Hey, sharing a pic here in a minute...our ‘little’ one is a sharpshooter, now.


24 posted on 07/04/2013 8:57:01 PM PDT by HiJinx (Just kill the bill, already...)
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To: HiJinx

Awesome! I’m wondering when my Piper will be introduced to the fine art of sharpshooting....hm....


25 posted on 07/04/2013 9:16:34 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Jet Jaguar; ConorMacNessa

JJ, we actually had rain over night and into the early morning. Still threatening...they say some rain each day into next week.
Hoping so. Hope you got some rain, too, to help with your fires.

Happy Independence Day, JJ! Thanks for helping keep it.


26 posted on 07/04/2013 9:38:39 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W

4 months ago, she wanted nothing to do with guns. Somehow, she had gotten the notion that they were bad.

Then she started watching Top Shot with Daddy, then she started playing the Top Shot game on Facebook. That’s all it took. She did it on her own terms, in her own time.


27 posted on 07/04/2013 9:45:03 PM PDT by HiJinx (Just kill the bill, already...)
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To: LUV W

LOL! I don’t venture out anymore either. It’s really overcast and threatening rain, so don’t know it I’ll be able to see anything from the deck later. We will see.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 9:52:13 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All
In the benighted City of Laurel, People's Republic of Maryland, where I have resided for the last quarter-century, they have deferred the Fireworks Display and Parade until Saturday.

Not acceptable! Not only do we have our National Holidyas turned into long weekends and the occasion for Door-busting sales, but we have the actual celebration foisted off onto another day!

As far as I'm concerned, Memorial Day is 30 May, Veterans' Day is 11 November, and Columbus Day is 12 October! Washington's Birthday is 22 February and Lincoln's Birthday is 12 February!

Interestingly, if you drive around Old Town Laurel on 12 February, the Flags are up for Lincoln's Birthday! Some of us don't forget, will not forget, and absolutely refuse to forget!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

29 posted on 07/04/2013 10:05:18 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

For sure....dates that must never be forgotten!

The 4th of July Parade and fireworks are just not the same on the 6th.

I’m right now watching “A Capitol Fourth”, after picking up my banana split ice cream cake that my Mom and I are celebrating with....I dropped it on my way back to my computer. *sigh*


30 posted on 07/04/2013 10:21:38 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Fellow Canteeners, I post this item with full knowledge of its great length. I fully understand if you decide to pass it by for now, but I invite you to come back when you're not busy, to read it, and to reflect on it. This speech has been around for some time, but I had never seen or heard it until it was sent to me the other day by ExTexasRedhead.

The Speaker has, in my opinion, hit the nail on the head. Contrast the actions of the 56 Signers to the poseurs now inhabiting the precincts of our "Congress."

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor!"

As the Speaker said, words not often heard now. I know that the Troops, Family, Friends, and Allies who come to this Canteen are well familiar with that phrase. They live it every day, either now, on the Field of Battle, or, as family, friends, Allies and Veterans, on that other Field of Battle, where only Prayer and Witness to their service and sacrifice will suffice.

My family and I wish all the best for you this Independence Day - with the help of our Dear Lord, may it be another in an unending cavalcade of Celebrations of Freedom!




From Rush Limbaugh, III

MY FATHER, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here:

"OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, OUR SACRED HONOR"

IT WAS A GLORIOUS morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

THOMAS JEFFERSON arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

THE MOMENT THE door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

ON THE WALL AT the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"

NOW CONGRESS got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York."

THEN CONGRESS transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A TOTAL OF 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

HERE IN THIS HALL Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

THERE WERE NO trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.

"MUCH TO LOSE"

WHAT KIND OF MEN were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I IMAGINE THAT many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

BEN FRANKLIN was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half - 24 - were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

WITH ONLY A FEW exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century.

EACH HAD MORE to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately."

FAT BENJAMIN HARRISON of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone."

THESE MEN KNEW what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.

THEY WERE SOBER men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

IT WAS PRINCIPLE, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson, not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)

RICHARD HENRY LEE, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: "Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law."

"THE EYES OF EUROPE are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost."

"IF WE ARE NOT THIS DAY wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens."

THOUGH THE RESOLUTION was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.

WILLIAM ELLERY, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers' faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."

"MOST GLORIOUS SERVICE"

EVEN BEFORE the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

FRANCIS LEWIS, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.

WILLIAM FLOYD, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.

PHILIPS LIVINGSTONE had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.

LOUIS MORRIS, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.

JOHN HART of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.

DR. JOHN WITHERSPOON, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.

JUDGE RICHARD STOCKTON, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.

ROBERT MORRIS, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.

GEORGE CLYMER, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.

DR. BENJAMIN RUSH, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.

JOHN MARTIN, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country."

WILLIAM ELLERY, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.

THOMAS LYNCH, JR., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea.

EDWARD RUTLEDGE, ARTHUR MIDDLETON, AND THOMAS HEYWARD, JR., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.

THOMAS NELSON, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.

"LIVES, FORTUNES, HONOR"

OF THOSE 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.

AND, FINALLY, there is the New Jersey signer, ABRAHAM CLARK. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."

THE 56 SIGNERS of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

MY FRIENDS, I know you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence somewhere around the house - in an old history book (newer ones may well omit it), an encyclopedia, or one of those artificially aged "parchments" we all got in school years ago. I suggest that each of you take the time this month to read through the text of the Declaration, one of the most noble and beautiful political documents in human history.

THERE IS NO MORE profound sentence than this: "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..."

THESE ARE FAR MORE than mere poetic words. The underlying ideas that infuse every sentence of this treatise have sustained this nation for more than two centuries. They were forged in the crucible of great sacrifice. They are living words that spring from and satisfy the deepest cries for liberty in the human spirit.

"SACRED HONOR" isn't a phrase we use much these days, but every American life is touched by the bounty of this, the Founders' legacy. It is freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears.

- Rush Limbaugh III


Many Thanks To ExTexasRedhead For Finding This Narrative!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

31 posted on 07/04/2013 10:29:55 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...
So sorry, FRiends, I did it again! My last was meant for all.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

32 posted on 07/04/2013 10:33:07 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: HiJinx
Happy Independence Day, HJ!!


33 posted on 07/04/2013 10:37:21 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Mary Frances and I watched it earlier this evening. It's always a good show, and it's hard not to get it confused with the Memorial Day Observance from the Mall.

Mary Frances was in Hog Heaven with the Motown - I have fond memories of many of those tunes as well. Not a bad show, all in all.

I still miss the "old days" - when you could take a blanket and a few beers, or whatever else you wanted, and sit on the West Lawn of The Capitol and listen to the National Symphony, or the U.S. Army Band, with a host like Charles Durning or Ossie Davis, both WWII Veterans, saying a few words about what this day means for us.

There was a lot of nice music, but I thought there should have been something more about the day. It's much more than a celebration, in my opinion.

It's a solemn observance.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

34 posted on 07/04/2013 10:53:31 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; ExTexasRedhead
THERE IS NO MORE profound sentence than this: "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..."

Would that those in congress should read and understand these words.

Rush had a caller on Wednesday who said that before ANY festivities were undertaken on Independence Day he and his family read this offering from Rush's father.

"OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, OUR SACRED HONOR"

Thanks, ExTexasRedhead, for sending it, and thanks, Mac, for posting it.

35 posted on 07/04/2013 10:57:28 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Retiring for the evening, finally. :)

I have no parting post tonight. I relinquish the Watch for now. There are many here willing and able to take it up.

Good night, Kathy, and good night, FRiends!

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

Those are the words on which this Nation was founded:

"in the firm reliance of the protection of divine Providence"

This Nation has strayed far from that notion -and from those immortal words - and look at the results! We're rolling at high speed down the Road to Perdition!

We need to find our way back Home.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

36 posted on 07/04/2013 11:17:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I agree....I’ve watched some with Durning and Davis. They had much more meaning.


37 posted on 07/04/2013 11:35:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
God Bless you good, Mac. Good night and rest well.
Thanks for helping honor our troops, past and present.
Thank you for your service to our country.


38 posted on 07/04/2013 11:36:50 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
((HUGS))Good morning, Kathy. How's it going?

A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

39 posted on 07/05/2013 1:41:35 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: beachn4fun

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach. How’s it going?


40 posted on 07/05/2013 1:41:58 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: ConorMacNessa
Mac!!


41 posted on 07/05/2013 1:59:38 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: The Mayor
The Mayor!!


42 posted on 07/05/2013 2:03:42 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat
Sand!!


43 posted on 07/05/2013 2:05:03 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning, E...((HUGS))...did you have family visiting for the 4th of July?

How does Bo feel about the loud booms of fireworks?

Have a great Friday!


44 posted on 07/05/2013 2:10:58 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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45 posted on 07/05/2013 2:16:46 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
Good afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a cupcake?

Cookies?

Pancakes?

Treats?


46 posted on 07/05/2013 2:23:01 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar; txradioguy; JemiansTerror; MEG33; Laurita; CMS; OneLoyalAmerican; Defender2; ...
God bless and keep safe our troops worldwide.

Good night.


Statler Brothers ~ How Great Thou Art


47 posted on 07/05/2013 2:25:11 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Friday Morning Coffee Bump.

Well, my brother and sister from Texas are up in the city visiting my other sister. The one from Georgia is heading back home today and my Texas relatives are coming back down later today.

If the dogs were spooked by fireworks, I probably didn't know about it. That's because I was sleeping like a log last night. I went ahead and did some grass cutting work yesterday.

Feeling a little more up and at' em this morning.

48 posted on 07/05/2013 2:50:19 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good morning CMN ((HUGS)),

How was your 4th?


49 posted on 07/05/2013 3:32:04 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: The Mayor
Good morningMayor ((HUGS))

Thanks for the GOOD WORD!
How was your 4th?


50 posted on 07/05/2013 3:34:24 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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