04 July 2015

Independence Day

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

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.

John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton

Wm. Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thos. Heyward, Junr.
Thomas Lynch, Junr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
Wm. Paca
Thos. Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Th. Jefferson
Benja. Harrison
Thos. Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robt. Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benja. Franklin
John Morton
Geo. Clymer
Jas. Smith
Geo. Taylor
James Wilson
Geo. Ross
Caesar Rodney
Geo. Read
Tho. Mckean

Wm. Floyd
Phil. Livingston
Frans. Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richd. Stockton
Jno. Witherspoon
Fras. Hopkinson
John Hart
Abra. Clark

Josiah Bartlett
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Adams
John Adams
Robt. Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Step. Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
Wm. Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Matthew Thornton


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27 June 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "Things I am Curious About" Edition

so anyway, this:


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13 June 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "Hearing It From a Different Angle" Edition

so anyway, I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago, and remain intrigued at how bizarre it is:
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06 June 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "Here's what I think of that" Edition

so anyway, Bruce Jenner has dominated the news cycle for the week, as the butt of his own joke.
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30 May 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "Hoping my family and friends are safe" edition...

so anyway, Texas has been deluged with rain for weeks now.
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18 April 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "You Knew It Was Coming" Edition

so anyway, Percy Sledge passed away this week.  He was 74.
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15 March 2015

Beware the Ides of March (Updated)

shamelessly stolen from Twitter

so anyway, this cracked me up



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UPDATE!  I showed this pic to three cow-orkers today.  I had to explain it to each of them..."it's funny because it's a knife in the back of "Caesar"; get it?  No?  The fifteenth of March ring any bells? No?..."  And you wonder why I drink...

28 February 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "I Has a Sad" Edition

so anyway, Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday.  He was 83.  Although Nimoy was an accomplished actor in a wide variety of roles, he was most known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series.
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24 January 2015

Saturday Night Video

The "...been away, haven't seen you in a while..." Edition

so anyway, just when I thought my real life couldn't get any weirder or screwed up, things happen.  Mostly good, some bad, all weird.  Maybe I'll tell the stories sometime soon,..
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11 November 2014

Veteran's day

I am so grateful...

so anyway, this:
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27 October 2014

Monday Night Video

The "You Should Watch This Daily" Edition

so anyway, I was going to post this on Saturday evening, but today seemed a better time.  Fifty years ago this evening, this was broadcast to the Nation:
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18 October 2014

Saturday Night Video

The "I'll take favorite movies for $1,000, Alex" Edition

so anyway, I heard something similar-sounding to tonight's feature this aftrnoon and the jukebox in my heard went straight to this:
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13 October 2014

Things you need to know

Yeah, I spent 39 hours in the Emergency Room this weekend...

so anyway, this:


several of such signs were posted about the entrance of the ER...

...just outside The Peoples' Republik of AnnArbor.

We are so boned.

04 October 2014

Saturday Night Video

The "I'll be seeing this in the Theater" Edition

so anyway, Clint Eastwood is directing a bio-pic about Chris Kyle, they released the first trailer this week:
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30 September 2014

This, you have to see

A "Tuesday Night Video" presentation

so anyway, I first saw this over at Ace's place this morning.  Good stuff:
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27 September 2014

Saturday Night Video

The "It's been a while" Edition

so anyway, I've always liked this song:
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06 September 2014

Saturday Night Video

The "Firewall" Edition...

so anyway, long-time readers (and I can say "long-time readers" 'cause I've been doing this blog-thingie for over ten years; but I digress) know of my affection for Bill Whittle's work.  His latest does not disappoint:
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30 August 2014

Saturday Night Video(s)

The No Strategy Edition...

so anyway, I'm sure everyone had heard this by now.  I'm not asking you to watch the whole thing, jump forward to the 36 second mark and listen for four (4) seconds.
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12 August 2014

Lauren Bacall, R.I.P.

a beautiful woman has slipped this mortal coil...

so anyway, the breaking news this evening is that Lauren Bacall has passed.  She was 89.
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02 August 2014

Saturday Night Video

The "I can't believe I haven't posted this before" edition...

so anyway, in inter-web net-tubes terms, this is old.  It's age does not diminish the power of the message.  If you haven't seen this before, watch it and take notes.  If you have seen it, watch it again and then go find a progtard and whip their ass with a car antennae from a 1962 Chrysler Imperial.

Anyway, on with the show...
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29 July 2014

Theodore Van Kirk, RIP

we've lost another of The Greatest Generation...

so anyway, Theodore Van Kirk, the navigator on the Enola Gay has passed at 93.

Thank you for your service, Captain Van Kirk.  You did the right thing.  Rest in Peace.

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("Captain Van Kirk"...it has a certain ring to it, right?)

26 July 2014

Saturday Night Videos

I gots both of these on vinyl and the hardware to disturb the entire neighborhood...

so anyway, my weekend guilty pleasure is the music programming on my base right wing conspiracy radio station, WAAM.  They run both Bill Bennett and Laura Ingraham (AKA: NPR for RINOS).  I'm just outside the wire of The Peoples' Republic of AnnArbor, NPR for RINOS is the best that I can expect.

The aforementioned noise notwithstanding, Radio Jon D did the following twin-spin this evening.  This is not the version I was looking for, but it appears that every version on the inter-web net-tubes has been bastardized.
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24 July 2014

WWIII update

we live in interesting times...

so anyway,...make the rubble bounce, Bibi.


I encourage you to support Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.

You know where I stand.

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22 July 2014

Pure, semi-informed speculation

just some thoughts on the news of the day...

so anyway, I'm sure you've seen the news that the FAA has prohibited US flights into Tel Aviv, and that several European airlines have suspended flights to Tel Aviv as well.

Serious You Guys, the terrorist have won.

Having proven that they can shoot down any air-liner, anywhere, they have made El Al the safest airline on the planet.

Imagine Hamas (or the Ukrainian separatist) targeting an El Al air-liner.   Can you imagine the Israeli response?  I can.  The "Wrath of God" comes to mind.  Given the choice between El Al and Quantas, I'm flying El Al.  Air France, Delta, US Air, et al can all be targeted because western civilization no longer has balls.

The Israelis do.

We live in interesting times.  Which sucks.  I have twin 14-YO daughters and a 10-YO son.  This was not the world I meant to leave them.  All I can offer is a ridiculous stock-pile of ammo and a certain cold deposition.

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19 July 2014

Saturday Night Video

The double feature traffic safety edition...

so anyway, I encourage you to watch both of these short videos, especially if you have teenage drivers in your life.  The first one came to me via an e-mail thread, the second if from a link* on Ace's sidebar.
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