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  • FL: Open Carry March Draws Hundreds of Second Amendment Supporters

    07/11/2016 5:22:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Hundreds of men women and children participated in an open carry march in Florida on the 4th of July.  On video posted on facebook, you can see the march stretching into the distance in front of and in back of the camera. You can also see the wfla video posted on  It is taken at a corner. That perspective makes the march look much smaller. From INVERNESS, FL (WFLA) – More than 300 people marched through the streets of Inverness in Citrus County to show their support for the Second Amendment on the morning of Fourth of...

    07/04/2016 9:01:24 AM PDT · by patriot08 · 20 replies
    7/4/16 | Patriot08
    Happy birthday, America!Photo- skyline of my home town, Corpus Christi,Tx God bless the USA! If tomorrow all the things were goneI’d worked for all my life,And I had to start againwith just my children and my wife,I’d thank my lucky starsto be living here today, ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away. I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free, And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me, And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,‘Cause there ain’t...
  • A Happy & Safe 4th of July to ALL !

    07/04/2016 3:30:07 AM PDT · by Tainan · 14 replies
    self ^ | 04 Jul 2016 | Self
    Just like the title says - A Happy & Safe 4th of July to mt Fellow Freepes!
  • The 4th of July in Neverland

    07/02/2016 4:36:40 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-2-2016 | MOTUS
    In case you were wondering if there was any impact of top ranked universities dropping the requirement that history majors study U.S. history:Apparently, yes. Sadly, non-history majors know even less.God bless America - we’re going to need it with this, the most expensively non-educated generation ever to emerge from the hallowed halls of America’s propagandist system.As long as you get them while they’re still young:The Peter Pan generation can’t be duct taped soon enoughWelcome to the 4th of July in Neverland, where the word “independence” no longer exists.The Millennial Anthem: “run, run, lost boy,they say to me; away from all...
  • Shattuck: Freer than ever but fight remains

    07/05/2015 12:53:44 PM PDT · by calvincaspian · 12 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07-04-15 | Tom Shattuck
    Happy Birthday, America! It’s 2015, and we are freer than we have ever been to pursue happiness as the Declaration of Independence promises we have an inalienable right to do. As of last week, the Supreme Court guaranteed gay Americans, who once lived in the shadows, the full range of privileges and legal protections. People of all races have never been so free to live and work as they choose, in full security, with full rights and respect as citizens, and with the opportunity for advancement. The Internet has given us full individual freedom of expression, and created new avenues...
  • The Vortex—Star-Spangled Heresy

    07/04/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 154 replies ^ | July 3, 2015 | by Michael Voris
    This is a tough Vortex to speak. I’m as patriotic as the next guy. I remember being a young lad of 15 as my country celebrated its bicentennial back in 1976. I watched TV that day from six in the morning until well past midnight as the non-stop, commercial-free, wall-to-wall coverage on the giant national birthday party was broadcast from sea to shining sea. I watched the tall ships sail into New York harbor, saw the explosive fireworks show over D.C. I listened and sang my lungs out with a lump in my throat as Arthur Fielder conducted the Boston...
  • 4th of July Means Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness for All, Except Unborn Babies

    07/04/2015 11:15:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Carol Tobias
    Our nation, formed in such idealism in 1776, today is under assault. Some people might think that word “assault” is just a metaphor. Our values under “assault.” Our religious rights of conscience being “attacked.” All that is true, of course. But I’m talking about real, literal assault. Unborn babies in today’s America are literally – not figuratively – assaulted. They are physically attacked in the womb, dismembered, often in the most painful ways imaginable. They, even more than our nation itself, are truly “under assault.” Through the work of National Right to Life, our state affiliates, local chapters and others,...
  • 4th of July flag sightings (vanity)

    07/04/2015 10:36:38 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 69 replies
    July 4, 2015 | me
    I live in a rust-belt town. Most of my neighbors are the grandchildren of eastern European immigrants. Many are, like me, the children of World War 2 veterans. The majority I'd classify as JFK democrats, old-school conservative democrats. From my front yard I can see one other American flag out today besides mine. One other flag, out of perhaps 25 houses.
  • The 4th of July, It's MY Day!

    07/04/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/4/15
    This 4th of July (which may be our nation's last 4th of July in peace), the majority of Americans throughout this land will be enjoying a day off with family and friends, eating, drinking (getting drunk), and making merry totally excluding the REALITY of our nation's founding and totally oblivious to where our godless nation is rapidly heading at present (Rev. 6-19). As long as we have our cell phones (which is our life), ignorance, pleasure, food in our stomachs and some partial remaining freedoms... all is good and tolerable in the "land of the free". Throughout the years I...
  • HEY! Got food? (Ridiculous 4th of July Vanity)

    07/04/2015 3:52:50 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 61 replies
    The kitchen, usually ^ | July 4, 2015 | me
    OK, posting a couple recipes in another thread and thought, maybe there are not enough food vanities. Hey, can't please everybody but if it helps ya out, that's good enough for me.
  • Why I’ll Celebrate The Fourth Of July Differently This Year

    07/03/2015 2:26:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies ^ | July 3, 2015 | Luma Simms
    “In America, the streets are paved with gold. You can buy any fruit you want any time of the year without standing in line. You can be anything you want to be.” These were things my parents told me to lull me back into submission whenever I had reservations about coming to America. Even after we came, if I complained about living here, the response was: “Would you rather be back in Iraq where your dad would be forced to go to war, possibly get killed? Would you rather not have school options?” The land of justice. The land where...
  • Fourth of July 2025

    07/03/2015 6:19:51 AM PDT · by shoff · 16 replies
    07/03/2015 | Steven Hoffman
    I awoke with a start at the loud noise. I thought it might be early revilers when I realized it was just my tenants stomping their displeasure at the lack of hot water. I had hoped to be able to sleep later on my day off from my rotating shift at the Rite-Aid medical clinic. As my mind began to clear I realized today was the Fourth of July. In my youth it was known as Independence Day. Since it was removed from the list of federal holidays for its racist past not many people find reasons to celebrate. Even...
  • Thief Steals an American Flag, Then Finds Out How Important It Was

    07/06/2014 1:23:36 PM PDT · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Top Right News ^ | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsA thief who stole a very special flag, gave in to pangs of conscience, when he returned it to its rightful owner -- with an apology. That's because he stole it from the family of a firefighter killed on 9/11 As the NYPost reported, The flag he stole flew over the World Trade Center during recovery efforts. The September 11th Families Association gave it to Melissa Brengel in honor of her 29-year-old brother, Jonathan Ielpi, an FDNY member who died when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center.Brengel reported the flag missing from her home in Huntington...
  • Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

    07/05/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | 7-4-14 | Rick Phillips
    While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers. Christians should realize, however, that the ideas enshrined in the founding of our nation and in the Declaration are biblical ideas that are just as important today. Reformed Christians, especially, should see in the language of our Founders the ideas of covenant theology that are essential for us to recover and defend today. With this in mind, let me offer three reasons why the...
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • The Revolutionary War: By The Numbers

    07/04/2014 5:16:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | July 4th, 1776
    As we celebrate the 4th of July let's take a moment to reflect on the enormous cost, in lives and treasure, that it took us to earn our independence. •8.37 years was how long the war lasted •80,000 militia and Continental Army soldiers served at the height of the war •56,000 British soldiers fought at the height of the war •30,000 German mercenaries known as Hessians fought for Britain during the war •55,000 Americans served as privateers during the war •25,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died during the war •8,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died from wounds inflicted during battle •17,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died...
  • The Forgotten Flag of the American Revolution and What It Means

    07/04/2014 7:53:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 7/4/2014 | Daniel Hannan
    We all know the story of American independence, don’t we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British Redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying “The British are coming!” The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse in Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under...
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding

    07/04/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bradley J. Birzer
    On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence from the British Empire through the Declaration of Independence, it’s well worth reminding ourselves of a number of things about the Founding era. In 1776, numerous individuals, families, committees, congregations, localities, and states had already proclaimed their independence, and almost no remaining imperial structure could continue to operate with any legitimacy in what would very soon become 13 states.  By the very beginning of July of 1776, it became clear that members of Congress would have to catch up quickly to the more activist localities if they hoped to...
  • "Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back" [Jean Shepherd's July 4th story, a free download]

    07/04/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 19 replies
    recording of Shep's WOR New York radio show ^ | July 4, 1967? | Jean Sheperd
    My 4th of July FR Tradition...Audio at link.
  • Have Some Fun With Progressives This Independence Day

    07/03/2014 6:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | July 3, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    As you prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I thought I’d take this opportunity, while it still exists, to mock our progressive friends. You can spot them at your barbecue. They’re the ones who brought the tofu hockey pucks they call veggie-burgers, the 6-pack of micro-brew beer they keep in a small cooler that never leaves their side so no one can grab one – as if anyone would – and smoking American Spirit cigarettes. They also haven’t showered in a while, so the flies are a dead giveaway. When you come across these tolerant people gleefully judging everyone to...

    07/03/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 103 replies
    Happy Independence Day FReeper FRiends!!!I am posting this on Thursday so we can have some silliness before the Holiday weekend.  Today is the anniversary of the day America broke up with England  To celebrate, I found a little song someone wrote on Tumblr:Cuz if you liked it then you shouldn’t have put your rules on itIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have put that tax on itDon’t be mad once you see our freedom hitIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have badly governed itWo oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, wo oh...
  • This 4th of July, Forget the Fireworks, Safely fire Your Weapons Instead: 1776 Protest

    07/03/2014 4:31:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3 July 14 | Xzins
    Obviously, the safety issue is very important. But, I don't know a single gun owner who doesn't know when and where he/she can safely fire their weapons. Why do it? 1. America’s revolution was an armed revolution -- and not a fireworks display -- that led to the freedom of this nation. People died. People gave 'their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.' 2. Fireworks are nice, pretty, a crowd pleaser. And, for a country that understands their past, present, and future freedom, fireworks are a good reminder. When our own Veterans Administration can't remember that "Independence Day" is...
  • Oh, Founding Fathers

    06/30/2014 5:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    In Oh, God, that engaging and thought-provoking comedy, John Denver played the part of a grocery store manager who was visited by God in the form of George Burns, as a senior citizen with an attitude. His mission was to change the world. Approaching July 4th, permit me to imagine a similar encounter with some Founding Fathers. After reading one of my columns, they come to help me do a better job of saving our country from debt, dependence and eventual tyranny. Paulson: "Why are you coming to me? I just write a column. Why don't you show up...
  • The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedom

    07/05/2012 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The 4th Of July and Why we need to boldy fight for religious freedomBy: Msgr. Charles Pope It is the Fourth of July and a day to reflect on Liberty, on Freedom. And yet many today have concerns that their freedom is being eroded by increasing and over-reaching governmental intrusion.And, while as Catholics steeped in the moral vision of the Scriptures and Tradition we seek to balance individual rights and the common good, we do rightly have concerns that one of our most fundamental rights recognized in the very First Amendment is being threatened by an unprecedented mandate that...
  • Old Timey Photos - Early 20th Century ... 4th of July Pageant in Jerusalem

    07/04/2013 4:43:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 20th Century | Retronaut
    Early 20th Century: 4th July pageant, Jerusalem
  • Prager University: 4th of July Seder With the PolitiChicks!

    07/04/2013 3:01:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Politichicks and Prager University ^ | 6-30-13 | Dennis Prager
    Classic episode of PolitiChicks, based on Dennis Prager University’s “Renew Your Vows” on the 4th of July. Featuring your PolitiChicks cast with Morgan Brittany, Dr. Gina Loudon, Ann-Marie Murrell, Sonnie Johnson and some young friends. Produced by Beverly Zaslow, directed by Luke Livingston and casting/set design/everything else, Jo Anne Livingston. ”For many, the Fourth of July is a day for barbecues, baseball and fireworks. The ritual ceremony performed in this episode of PolitiChicks is designed to help us remember every year what the Fourth of July is really about, and to remind ourselves how fortunate we all are to be...
  • Kaboom! Now black mobs kill 4th of July

    07/04/2013 8:44:29 AM PDT · by Anila · 100 replies
    WND ^ | 07/01/13 | Colin Flaherty
    The threat of a repeat of black mob violence on the Fourth of July is causing at least three cities to cancel their annual Independence Day fireworks parties. Black mob violence has marred for several years the annual holiday celebrations in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford. Almost none of which made its way to the local media. But the city council heard an earful from local residents following last year’s holiday violence. They reported that 50 to 80 black people were hitting people in the face and disrupting the festival and surrounding areas. “Police officers used pepper ball pellets and...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Independence Day ~ July 4, 1776 ~ 04 July 2013

    07/03/2013 5:59:57 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 156 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Presents... ~ Independence Day, July 4, 1776 ~ Preamble to the Declaration of Independence 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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new...
  • Priorities - 4th Of July Cancelled, Obamas Tour Africa On Taxpayer Dime

    07/02/2013 4:42:17 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 07/02/13 | LD Jackson
    I have not been one to criticize President Obama a great deal for his incessant travels and vacations. There have been many times when I felt he and his family should be more in touch with the rest of America, but I have written little about the subject. The latest in the Obama vacation saga is hard to ignore. I can not help but wonder where he and his wife have placed their priorities. This comes from BadBlue. TPNN - Fourth of July celebrations have been cancelled at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army’s Fort Bragg. The...
  • 3 dead, 24 rescued after yacht capsizes off New York's Long Island

    07/05/2012 5:53:19 AM PDT · by Doogle · 35 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 07/05/12 | FOXNEWS
    A yacht full of fireworks watchers capsized off New York's Long Island on the Fourth of July, killing three people and sending 24 others into the Long Island Sound, where many were rescued by fellow boaters, police said Thursday. The three dead were recovered from the water near Oyster Bay after a long overnight search, said Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack. "Tragically three people were killed in this boating accident," he told reporters. He would not release the ages of the victims. Several media outlets reported that children were onboard. Preliminary causes for the accident "could be a combination...
  • Caption WH 4th of July

    07/05/2012 8:54:57 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (3rd L) greet guests during Independence Day celebrations on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington July 4, 2012.
  • Rabble in Arms - The Battlefields for Independence: Happy Birthday America

    07/04/2012 8:27:58 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 5 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-4-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The battles for American independence began more than a year before the historic vote of the Colonies to declare independence from Britain. The British Army, along with their Navy and Marines had occupied Boston since 1768. The following are the battles fought before and after America actually had an official Army, rather than the magnificent "rabble" who accomplished so much, with so little. Below is the flavor of some of the most important battlefields. Happy Birthday America!Battles of Lexington and Concord, April 1775:Britain had a force of 1500, with 73 killed, 174 wounded, and 53 captured. U.S. Colonists had a...
  • Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner (very cool rendition)

    07/03/2012 10:26:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The band is hoping to get one million people to view its rock version of the “Star Spangled Banner” by November 6th (election day). Also, group members are encouraging fans to download the music file and to add it to their music collections and mp3 players.
  • July 2, 1776 - Birth of the American Republic Begins: New York Abstains, John Dickenson is Absent

    07/02/2012 6:26:18 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 15 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | July 2, 1776 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    On the night of July 1, 1776, after a steamy heat-and-storm-laden day, the Continental Congress took a break from debating declaring independence from Britain. Nine colonies, a majority, voted for independence, but there was a desperate need for a unanimous vote. That night, came the dreadful news of 100 British warships off the shores of New York City. The final vote came the next day, on July 2nd. New York abstained (and we thank them). John Dickinson of the divided Philadelphia delegation was absent. We thank him too. This has been my traditional Independence Day post for several years now. Taken...
  • Patriotic Flash Mob in Cape Cod - Inspirational Videos

    07/10/2011 5:17:22 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 34 replies
    Godtube ^ | 7-5-11 | Patriots
    Patriotic Flash Mob in Cape Cod - Inspirational Videos
  • Happy Independence Day! New York and Washington lead the nation (incredible photos)

    07/04/2011 9:55:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 5, 2011 | Fiona Roberts
    The nation's most extravagant display of July 4 fireworks was a triumphant celebration that turned solemn briefly to commemorate the 10-year mark since the September 11 attacks. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world streamed to Manhattan's West Side to see the pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, featuring more than 40,000 shells exploding in choreographed, multicolored progression. The show, sponsored by Macy's, paid tribute to the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's début in New York Harbour. Fireworks blasted off from six barges along the river to heights of...
  • (Vanity) A Politically Correct Fourth of July, Part II : Patriotic Songs

    07/04/2011 7:53:03 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    The Patriotic Paws of the Typing Tabby ^ | July 4, 2011 | grey_whiskers
    In an earlier piece, (Vanity) A Politically Correct Fourth of July, Part I: The Declaration of Independence, I gave a *very* brief treatment of the events which led up to the Declaration of Independence, and posted the full text of the Declaration, emphasizing those parts most vexing to liberals, namely, those which dealt with our rights as given by God, not merely bestowed upon the whim of the government. It is part of reclaiming into the national dialogue, the truth that our country was, has been, and should continue to be a Christian nation, despite the best efforts of the...
  • Happy 4th of July, 2011! Let’s Celebrate the Second Amendment (also written 2nd Amendment)

    07/04/2011 12:18:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 4 July, 2011 | David Crane
    DefenseReview (DR) would like to wish all of our readers and members a very Happy and Safe 4th of July (2011). We hope it’s a great one for you. We’d like to thank our troops for standing on that wall and looking out for the rest of us. Thank you so much. Defense Review also thinks that July 4th is the perfect time to celebrate the Second Amendment (also written 2nd Amendment) to the Constitution of the United States, since an armed and well-trained citizenry (this is what “well regulated militia” meant at the time it was written) is the...
  • National Anthem Has Four Great Stanzas

    07/04/2011 6:38:57 AM PDT · by quintr · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Francis Scott Key
    NATIONAL ANTHEM -- STAR SPANGLED BANNER by Francis Scott Key Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the...
  • (Vanity) A Politically Correct Fourth of July, Part I: The Declaration of Independence

    07/04/2011 5:46:26 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    The Patriotic Paws of the Typing Tabby ^ | July 4, 2011 | grey_whiskers
    It's July 4th. Independence Day. In honor of which, I thought it appropriate to take a moment to walk through history and recall first, why and how we got here, and to post the actual lyrics AND a bit of background on some common patriotic songs. Part I will be a VERY brief background to the Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence. Part II, to follow later to day, will look at the actual lyrics of a number of patriotic songs. Most of them, going beyond the first verse, are enough to make any self-respecting liberal or ACLU member soil...
  • Troops Show Love for the Anthem

    07/04/2011 5:10:18 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 10 replies
    Montage of over 150 U.S. military service members singing the United States National Anthem. Each note is represented by at least one service member. Produced by Staff Sgt. Joash Buenavista. Provided by American Forces Network Iraq.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Southern Ocean Sky [video]

    07/03/2011 9:56:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | July 04, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Clouds and sky both show illuminating changes during this time lapse video from the south of Australia. In the foreground are scenes visible over a rocky coastline toward the Southern Ocean. Dark clouds flow across the sky, sometimes from different directions, sometimes blocking background starlight, but other times causing stars to appear to flare as they move in front. In the first sequence, looking toward the southwest, a nearly vertical band of zodiacal light is seen at sunset just before the band of the Milky Way Galaxy appears to settle into the sea. Soon the unusual dark patch of...
  • Firefighters union throws cold water on 9-11 float

    07/03/2011 5:23:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6/30/11 | Daniel Bice
    These days, almost anything can get caught in the blender of Wisconsin's union politics. It can even happen to a Fourth of July parade float honoring firefighters and cops killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "Back then, the public wasn't saying, 'How sad for the union' - they were saying, 'Those were firefighters who died,'" said Matt Gorniak, a Milwaukee-area fire lieutenant who is the driving force behind the float. "That's what this is about. It's above union, nonunion." Or at least it should be. The same float - a re-enactment of the famous photo of three firefighters raising the American...
  • We Have No Reason To Celebrate

    07/02/2011 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 96 replies
    vanity | 7/02/11 | Alan Levy
    I think the United States of America should no longer celebrate the Fourth of July. Yes, I said it. I'm not taking it back. The United States of America should no longer celebrate the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July is a celebration of Freedom. The Fourth of July is a celebration of Limited Government. The Fourth of July is a celebration of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It's a time to celebrate Independence from foreign powers. It's the time to reflect on what makes America American. Well, since none of these values are apparent in today's...
  • Do This for 10 Minutes on the Fourth of July

    07/02/2011 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 2, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    Four years ago, I wrote a column titled "America Needs a July Fourth Seder." In it, I explained that "national memory dies without national ritual. And without a national memory, a nation dies." Many readers and listeners to my radio show responded by creating their own rituals to make the day far more meaningful than watching fireworks and eating hot dogs. I now present a simple 10-minute ceremony that every American can easily use on July Fourth. It is a product of the Internet-based Prager University that I founded nearly two years ago. We call it the Fourth of July...
  • Wisconsin Firefighters’ Union Tries to Block Parade Float Honoring 9/11 Victims

    07/01/2011 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 1, 2011 | Christian Schneider, The Corner
    In the upcoming Racine Fourth of July parade, Wisconsin firefighter Matt Gorniak wants to enter his parade float honoring firefighters and cops killed on Sept. 11, 2001. One problem — Gorniak has availed himself of a little-used contract provision that allows him to opt out of membership in the firefighters’ union. Thus, the union has set out to punish him for his transgression, voting to boycott his float. According to Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The same float — a re-enactment of the famous photo of three firefighters raising the American flag amid the rubble of the World...

    07/01/2011 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 78 replies
  • Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing (Liberals Tremble)

    06/30/2011 11:46:38 PM PDT · by Syncro · 85 replies ^ | June 30, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing By Paul BedardPosted: June 30, 2011 Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend's July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day."Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation's political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party," said the report from Harvard See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]"The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and...
  • What July Fourth Means to Me

    06/30/2011 8:56:21 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 15 replies ^ | June 30, 2011 | Ronald Reagan
    Editor's note: When he was president, Ronald Reagan wrote the following piece for Independence Day in 1981. Aide Michael Deaver later wrote: "This 4th of July message is the President's own words and written initially in his own hand." For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures....
  • Rush Limbaugh's "Twoifbytea" 4th of July contest

    06/30/2011 7:27:27 PM PDT · by supremedoctrine · 31 replies
    June 30 2011 | Self (supremedoctrine)
    Did anyone else on FR enter his town to try to win the truckload of Rush's new product "Twoifbytea"?? He's been talking about it for over a week on the radio. The contest ended Wednesday the 29th at 6 PM, and had to be done on the online form at the twoifbytea website. Entrant had to make a case in about 3 paragraphs why their town would be a deserving recipient of the tea, which would be delivered by truck to their 4th of July celebration. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED tomorrow on his show, my guess is toward or...