July 4th

by ward on July 4, 2014

Today, July 4th, is Independence Day.

We celebrate the Independence Day with fireworks, parades, and other kinds of fun.

We even celebrate by reading that remarkably short document, the Declaration of Independence.

We even know, most of us, that John Hancock signed the Declaration in large, bold script, so that King George III of England wouldn’t need his spectacles to read Hancock’s signature.

But what of the men that signed the Declaration, and “…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

These fifty-six men knew that by their signing of the Declaration, their lives, should they be captured by the Brits, would be immediately forfeit – they would be hanged by the neck until dead.

What do we know of these men?

We know that they were doctors and lawyers, publishers and businessmen, landed gentry and colonial military men.  They were the Establishment, the movers and shakers of their time.

So why did these men of power and privilege sign a document that they knew, that they HAD to know, would condemn themselves to death, and their families to poverty and ruin if they were captured by the Brits?

The last sentence of the Declaration reads:

“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.”

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Need a good insult?

by ward on June 18, 2014

Or perhaps a disparaging remark? How about a gratuitous slime-ridden hag’s curse?

Try http://www.guymacon.com/flame.html and prepare to be … ummm.. amazed?

There is something for every occasion…

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The IRS IT Geeks lost What???

June 15, 2014

“13 June 2014 – Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011.  Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner [...]

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October 26, 2013

In reference to the current State of the Union, I found the little quote below quite appropriate. “This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take [...]

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Acronym Of The Day

October 13, 2013

Since I’ve lived in the South for a few years, I’ve picked up a few good ones. Here is today’s acronym: BEM – Booger Eatin’ Moron

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On Age and Death

September 28, 2013

I know, it’s been a while. I’m a lazy sort, and when the muse hasn’t knocked me upside my thick skull, nothing happens. This one’s been stewing and bubbling, and is not my normal thing. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There are [...]

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America Doesn’t Trust the IRS

June 12, 2013

Big surprise! According to Fox News, 66% of Americans do NOT trust their tax collection agency, the Internal Revenue Service (aka IRS). Story HERE. This is not news. This has been going on at least since the administration of that Liberal Icon Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is time, and past time, to junk the tax [...]

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Keeping the Faith

June 11, 2013

I was a Radioman in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973. My first assignment after “A” school was USS Nereus (AS17), a submarine tender at Ballast Point in San Diego. I was immediately sent TDY (Temporary Duty) to the staff of SubFlot1 (Submarine Flotilla One). Since Nereus was the Flotilla’s Flagship, it was, effectively, [...]

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How the eWorld Began…

June 11, 2013

Stolen, without any shame whatsoever, from Denny, who got it from a “Karl U”, whoever he might be. Note: If you get the right person to listen to you whilst you read it out loud, their head might ‘splode… Old Testament computing…. In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name [...]

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The IRS and the Prez

May 30, 2013

Douglas Shulman, Director of the IRS, visited the White House 157 times in 5 years. His predecessor visited the White House just once. So, the extra scrutiny of conservative groups was “inappopriate, but not politically motivated.” Sure. Especially the 118 visits during the time that the time that the extra scrutiny was being carried out, [...]

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