Sunday, July 04, 2021

Our 245th Anniversary

Good morning America, my love, and happy anniversary, darling. I know at times some folks accuse me of not loving you, but you know I do, darling, with all of my heart. As the great James Baldwin once said, "I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." Is that good enough for you, my dear? 

In a mere four years we shall be at the quarter-of-a-millennium mark, which seems quite unreal when you think about it. Merrie olde England has been around four nearly four times as long and it only proves, again, our youth as a nation. This year, more than any other of my lifetime - more than any year since the war between the states over a century-and-a-half ago - we need to celebrate the Fourth of July more than ever. Nearly six months ago we came as close to losing our democracy than any time in our history. I have an interest in this holiday more than most people. You see, one of my ancestors, Charles Carroll of Maryland, put his signature upon the Declaration of Independence. The last surviving signer (dying fifty-six years after 1776) he was the only Catholic among the bunch. Although he supported, in principle, the abolition of slavery, his "principles" never stopped him from freeing even one of the slaves that lived under the lash of his overseer. Schmuck.

Not to brag, but I'm also a direct descendant of Lord Baltimore, founder of the state of Maryland. He, too, was a slave holder. Why would any sane person boast of such a thing? Honestly.

As I type these words, an investigation is under way to find our who - if anyone - plotted the deadly insurrection at the Capital on January 6th last. The GOP, to surprise of no one who pays attention to these matters, are opposed to such an inquiry. An inquiry is being held nonetheless. Thank goodness that there are a small handful of renegade Republicans who believe that such things matter. I don't agree with nearly anything that Liz Cheney stands for but, at this moment in our history, she is truly a profile in courage. Hats off to the lady. Here's to you, Liz!

In spite of everything, we have much to be thankful for in the United States on July 4, 2021.

So sit back, prop your feet up and enjoy a good meal if you can afford one. Happy Fourth, everybody!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

SUGGESTED LISTENING AND VIEWING:

America the Beautiful 
by Ray Charles


If it were up up me, it would be at least a misdemeanor for anyone other than Ray to be caught singing this tune.

30 Comments:

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

The Painting depicted is not accurate, given that there was no time when all the signers were there together like that.

And John Adams felt that July 2, was "Independence Day".

Now it's a day for conservatives to compete for who can display the most flags in their yards, drink the most cheap beer, and annoy the most neighbors with fireworks...

but then support the destruction of the freedoms they claim to celebrate.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

And here is a question we asked back in High School that sparked GREAT debate in history class, though it might have been a better subject for English...

Can anything be "More perfect"? Is "perfect" not a binary state? Something ether is or isn't "perfect".

Right?

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

A GREAT watch is HBO's "John Adams" with Paul Giamatti.

Based upon the biography by David McCullough it's very well done, and pulls no punches visually, or historically.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Paul Giamatti is one of my favorite actors. You can watch "Parkland" on YouTube for free. He portrays Abraham Zapruder. I highly recommend it.

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Least 118 Shot in Chicago, NY Over July 4 Weekend, another example of violent right wing actions in Democrat ruled cites.

Happy Birthday America.

 
At 3:00 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Once again, Sybil posts no sources, establishes no points, just made up "stats" in an attempt to make Dem cities look as if they are the only places experiencing gun violence.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I agree with anonymous. The more guns in a population, the more people get shot. The same is true for radical Right white people. They are more likely to go for mass shootings and domestic terrorism.

Republican states have the highest gun death rates per capita

https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/gun-deaths-per-capita-by-state

Gun Deaths per Capita by State

The following ten states have the highest gun deaths per capita (per 100,000):

Alaska - 24.4
Mississippi - 24.2
Wyoming - 22.3
New Mexico 22.3
Alabama - 22.2
Louisiana - 22.1
Missouri - 20.6
South Carolina - 19.9
Arkansas - 19.3
Montana - 19.3

Conversely, the states with the lowest gun deaths per capita are Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Rhode Island, all of which have fewer than five gun deaths per 100,000 people. These states also have the lowest gun ownership in the United States. Massachusetts and New Jersey have the lowest gun ownership rate of 14.7%, followed by Rhode Island with 14.8%, Hawaii with 14.9%, and New York with 19.9%. These five states are the only state to have gun ownership rates below 20%.

The states with the highest gun deaths per capita have some of the country's highest gun ownership rates.

 
At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treasury Announces Minting Of New Biden Coin Worth Sixteen Cents.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To commemorate Biden securing a 16 cent savings on barbecue expenses for every American this year, the U.S. Treasury has announced the minting of a new 16 cent coin featuring Biden's likeness stamped on them.

"This will be an eternal symbol of America's gratitude for Biden securing such a life-changing amount of savings for us all," said Treasury Spokesperson Marc Monopoly. "For all time, the memory of our great leader will be immortalized on this really handy 16 cent piece, forever reminding the American people what Joe Biden did for them in the summer of 2021."

LOL

 
At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A survey conducted by the Convention of States Action in partnership with The Trafalgar Group has found that an overall majority of Americans do not believe that Joe Biden is executing the duties of his office or running policy, and that “others” are doing it in his place.

The poll found that 56.5% of American voters do not believe Biden is fully executing the duties of his office, with only 36.4% saying they believe he is directing all policy and agenda.

Even close to one third of Democrats (31.7%) said they don’t think Biden is in charge of anything.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger TB3 said...

And like his like-minded comrades "visiting" and "touring" the Capitol, JTF's back to spreading excrement on the walls.

Marc Monopoly. That is kind of funny.

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If New COVID-19 Variants Need to Be Taken Very Seriously, Why Isn't Biden Closing the Border?

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger TB3 said...

If Global Warming needs to be taken very seriously, why isn't Biden lifting the ban on child labor?

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

SO Sybil posts a "poll" by two ultra right wing groups, who clearly ONLY polled Republicans

So his "poll" has ZERO credibility.

"Marc Monopoly" Gracie? LOL!!!


Looks like Sybil is getting more and more deranged.

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"SO Sybil posts a "poll" by two ultra right wing groups, who clearly ONLY polled Republicans" Prove it or is this a "bad question"?

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Gun Deaths per Capita by State,,,another false equivalent. More people shot over the 4th of July week end in Blue controlled cities than in ALL of those shot in States Dave listed. the entire month of June.

Prove me wrong.

If New COVID-19 Variants Need to Be Taken Very Seriously, Why Isn't Biden Closing the Border?

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Gun deaths per capita mean just that. There's no false equivalence, just the ignorance and racism of someone needing to deflect to Black urban crime.

Covid 19 variants are not coming from the Mexican border. Sorry racists, the wall won't help.

The dangerous Delta variant came from India. Red states with their stupid anti-science, anti-vaxer Trump zombies are getting hit hardest.


Michigan June 30
New cases: 301
7 day avg. 178


Texas June 30
New cases: 2,896
7 day Avg. 1,516

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Vaccinated yet, Vern?

 
At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said many times that the crime in black urban areas was being caused by white supremacists, are you saying it's not? Well are you? If not by white supremacist then who is causing the crime in black urban areas, Asians? Why is it racist to point out the truth?

Just like you can't prove your claim that the number of blacks being killed while in police custody is growing, you now can't disprove that more people were shot over the 4th of July week end in Blue controlled cities than in ALL of those shot in States Dave listed for the entire month of June.

Dubious Dave, have you been vaccinated yet? If so, are you still wearing a mask when you go to the liquor store?

Share with us how you spent your 16 cent 4th of July savings, or as I suspect, you did not celebrate Independence Day. Why is that?

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Duke Lacrosse case – this incident is now fifteen years old..remember when three white young men were viciously demonized by a bloodthirsty media and black racists for the crime of being white and attending a good school?

Remember when our racist President said “Black entrepreneurs don’t have accountants and lawyers” Dave, how are you not utterly outraged by this man’s blatant bigotry? Unfortunately, this is how the left thinks. “These poor black folks, they don’t know how to use their phone, or a computer".

The left supports discrimination against Asian-American kids at Ivy League schools. Why? Because Asian-Americans were being accepted at a much higher percentage than other racial groups, including white students. Are those Asian-American students undeserving? Did they cheat to get in? No, but there are just too many of them and that’s not fair. It’s blatant racial discrimination and it directly contradicts their narratives of white privilege, systemic racism, and intersectionality.

"Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face."
Thomas Sowell (black man who liberals hate)

 
At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knew that blacks were Trump zombies?

White Michigan residents get COVID vaccine at twice rate of stupid anti-science, anti-vaxer African Americans.

As of June 28, 2021, CDC reported that race/ethnicity was known for 57% of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among this group, nearly two thirds were White (60%), 9% were Black, 15% were Hispanic, 6% were Asian, 1% were American Indian or Alaska Native, and <1% were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Blame of conservatives and white people to follow from delusional race monger Dave.

 
At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What sense did it make to have had Americans locked up, out of work, socially distanced, and masked for a year to then open our borders to unemployed, untested, unlimited illegals?

Why Isn't Biden Closing the Border?

 
At 3:19 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

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At 3:43 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

"Closing" the border is not only impossible, it would be an economic disaster for the USA.

Trump created a "crisis" at the border and now Biden is trying to fix it.

Why Sybil feels the Duke case is relevant is beyond anyone's ken.

Maybe it's because he's DESPERATE to vindicate white racists like himself?

And maybe Sybil would like to post the REST of the story about WHY Blacks are vaccinated at a lower rate than Whites?

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger TB3 said...

And, as we all remember, Covid didn't exist in the United States until Sleepy Joe opened the borders to let the brown horde into our pristine nation.

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Biden admin to move $860M in COVID funds to house illegal immigrant children.

"Trump created a "crisis" at the border and now Biden is trying to fix it." (LMAO) What is Biden doing to fix the crisis, how did Trump create a crisis?

What sense did it make to have had Americans locked up, out of work, socially distanced, and masked for a year to then open our borders to unemployed, untested, unlimited illegals?

Mofart admits he is for open borders.

CRT says all whites are racist, even you Mofart.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Only liars and white racists say, "CRT says all whites are racist".

Another easy way to spot a racist:

You're a racist it you're like Trump and JTF being more outraged at the killing of Q-anon crazed terrorist Ashley Babbitt than the murder of a non-violent Black man accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

Another way to spot a racist is his accusing someone he hates of being a "delusional race monger". What the hell is that anyway? Must be a new radical Right white nationalist insult. Funny how we don't see them using the term "snowflake" these days as the melt down over Biden's victory, CRT, the 1619 Project and Juneteenth.

"Delusional race monger" LOL. Talk about projection. Mighty white of him.

Notice he refuses to answer if he's vaccinated...


 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that only 33% of Likely U.S. Voters rate Harris’s handling of America’s immigration problems as excellent or good, while 48% say the vice president has done a poor job of dealing with the crisis since being assigned to the task by President Joe Biden.

Notice Dave refuses to answer if HE is vaccinated and if he wears a mask...typical.

 
At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice Dave STILL can't prove his claim that the number of blacks being killed while in police custody is growing,just like he can't disprove that more people were shot over the 4th of July week end in Blue controlled cities than in ALL of those shot in States he listed for the entire month of June.

White Michigan (Dave's state)residents get COVID vaccine at twice rate of stupid anti-science, anti-vaxer African Americans.

As of June 28, 2021, CDC reported that race/ethnicity was known for 57% of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among this group, nearly two thirds were White (60%), 9% were Black, 15% were Hispanic, 6% were Asian, 1% were American Indian or Alaska Native, and <1% were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Blame of conservatives and white people to follow from delusional race monger Dave.



 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger TB3 said...

I like how JTF tells people that respond to him to Google for the proof themselves, but when he's insincerely asking for proof, he doesn't follow his own advice.

Literally the first hit on google for 'number of black people killed by police' would enlighten him.

And his little tidbit from the CDC? Wow, how remarkable that the racial breakdown he's citing is so similar to overall racial breakdown of the entire country. Oh man. A country that's 60% White had nearly 60% of the reported doses given to white people? Holy Guacamole! I think JTF's onto something here.

 
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