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Independence Day

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

That’s the first known recording of John Philip Sousas “The Stars And Stripes Forever March.” It was recorded by Kendle’s First Regiment Band on 29 December 1901 and published by Victor Records [source]. Sousa wrote in his autobiography that he composed the march on Christmas Day, 1896, while crossing the Atlantic, after he learned of the death of his band’s manager.

In 1987, an Act of Congress declared the song to be the Official National March of the United States of America.


Every person who supported cessation and fought for Independence from England was a British subject. Every person who fought against them were also subjects of The Crown. The American Revolution was fought by the British against the British.

The abuse of power by the King had become intolerable, and 13 individual colonies eventually banded together as one to fight the tyranny. The odds were not in their favor, and those colonists in the fray knew that they would be hung (or tortured to death) if they failed.

The Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1775, shortly after the war with the British had begun. It was preceded by the First Continental Congress in the fall of 1774.

The Congress appointed George Washington as commander of the Continental Army, and authorized the raising of the army through conscription.

On July 4, 1776, the Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, which for the first time asserted the colonies’ intention to be fully independent of the mother country.

The Congress established itself as the central governing authority under the Articles of Confederation, which remained in force until 1788.


While sitting in pre-holiday traffic, I listened to The Mark Levin Show, and he played the audio of those two videos with commentary. I re-learned some history.

Have a Great Independence Day
and Remember What It Means.

[More Independence Day posts in our archives.]

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This kinda crap should piss you off.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The California Primaries are coming up on June 5th, the campaign flyers are filling up mail boxes in every neighborhood, and everyone is eyeballing the race for Governor except for those who aren’t.

California has “Open Primaries” which allows one to vote for any candidate regardless of one’s party affiliation, i.e., Democrats may vote for Republican candidates and vice-versa. Although it may sound reasonable to some, it has the potential to allow one political party to determine the nominee of the opposing party, which dilutes and undermines the credibility of election results. Getting the weaker candidate of the opposing party nominated is the game.

The race for California Governor is interesting this year, because there’s a chance, albeit remote, that the voters might wrest control from the incumbent socialists. The top four contenders as of 28 May are:

Gavin Newsom (D)
John Cox (R)
Antonio (aka Tony Villar) Villaraigosa (D)
Travis Allen (R).

Now back to the campaign flyers. Check this out.

That’s a typical flyer of half-truths and misinformation, but who paid for it?

Major funding from
Reed Hastings (Netflix CEO)
Eli Broad (NYC multi-billionaire, philanthropist, anti-2nd Amendment, pro-taxes)
Michael Bloomberg (ex-Mayor of New York City)

Note that the not-so-cleverly-embedded “Hillary Logo” attempts to equate John Cox to HRC. Pheeew.

California State Assemblyman Travis Allen is certainly qualified for the position of Governor, but he’s a long shot compared to John Cox, so why would people opposing Cox support Allen? Seems obvious.

[Sources: RealClear Politics 28 May 2018 and scan of an original mailer. Crossposted here.]

1930s Socialist Propaganda for a 4 Hour Work Day

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Work less, get paid the same wages. Sounds like part time to me. That’s a way for a government administration to doctor the numbers to show unemployment decreasing while reducing the gross income of the work force. I’ll pass.

[Found here.]

Mid Term Election Day?

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

“Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Whatisface has got to go!”
Vote for the potty of your choice. It’s your civic doody.
Do it for your country. Do it for your family. Do it for the children.
God forbid there’s a run-off.

So many puns, so little time. Who wants to go first?

And then there’s this.

[Top image: Frank Kunert‘s work is amazing. I’ve seen some before, and I was fooled.  Found here. ]

 

March Comes In Like a Hot Links

Sunday, 4 March 2018

March doesn’t always come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.
Chief meteorologist John Belushi explains.

Los Angeles gets rain.

Mama Strutts once told me that during the Great Depression they couldn’t afford chewing gum, so they chewed tar. Decades later I realized she was referring to pine sap. Paraffin chewing gum was still around when I was a kid.

Chewing gum is an ancient invention.

THIS is how to design and construct a tin can car.
[Related post here.]

According to this, a human brain may remain functional for up to five minutes after death (at least that’s what I think it says).

Hello Darwin.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in 2 minutes 49 secondsvia here. [Language – NSFK, NSFW ].

Scamming the scammer is cruel and classic.

Zookeeper was not injured during this panda attack. Not for the squeamish.

On tariff wars:

Although the big stock market crash occurred in October 1929, unemployment never reached double digits in any of the next 12 months after that crash. Unemployment peaked at 9 percent, two months after the stock market crashed– and then began drifting generally downward over the next six months, falling to 6.3 percent by June 1930.

This was what happened in the market, before the federal government decided to “do something.”

What the government decided to do in June 1930– against the advice of literally a thousand economists, who took out newspaper ads warning against it– was impose higher tariffs, in order to save American jobs by reducing imported goods.

This was the first massive federal intervention to rescue the economy, under President Herbert Hoover, who took pride in being the first President of the United States to intervene to try to get the economy out of an economic downturn.

Within six months after this government intervention, unemployment shot up into double digits– and stayed in double digits in every month throughout the entire remainder of the decade of the 1930s, as the Roosevelt administration expanded federal intervention far beyond what Hoover had started.

Dr. Thomas Sowell 18 June 2010

[Top image found here. It’s not a blizzard buffalo – it’s an icin’ bison.]

Vote for Bobby!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

[Found here.]

IL Giorno di Cristoforo Columbo

Monday, 9 October 2017

The first commemorative stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service honored Christopher Columbus on the 400th anniversary of his first voyage. $5 bucks in 1892 equates to about $130 in 2017 U.S. dollars, and not many could afford that steep price to ship something trivial.


The signature of Cristoforo Colombo [Italian], aka Cristóbal Colón [Spanish], aka Christophorus Columbus [Latin], aka Christopher Columbus [Anglic]. For the life of me I can’t decipher it, except that the “X” is likely the sign of Christ.

Apparently this mystery has stumped many, and it remains unsolved.


This one dollar Bahamian bill issued in 1974 features an image of Christopher Columbus and equals about $5 U.S. in 2017.


Columbus was a tyrannical leader by most accounts, but the fact that he made four round-trip voyages to The Americas tells us that he had men who were willing and able to take those dangerous risks on both sides of the Atlantic. (Note that Spanish law limited merchants to one slave per ship [source].)

As governor of Hispaniola and the Indies (1492-1499) he was a cruel despot and was removed and jailed by Queen Isabella I of Castile.

[Side note: Queen Isabella I presided over the final years of La Reconquista that began about 711AD. She didn’t put up with no jihad jibbajabba.]


Should we remove Christopher Columbus from history and kowtow to a relative handful of racist SJWs?

NO. His historical accomplishments far outweigh his failures, and he should be honored for his astounding bravery and seamanship in the face of the unknown, not his subsequent decline into dementia and moral turpitude. Any person, group or organization that attempts to rewrite history has nefarious motives in mind.

STOP THE REEF

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

“But that’s like the height of white performativeness.”

This leftist racist idiocy needs to stop, and while we’re at it, we might as well STOP THE REEF.

Quarter Past Noon and the hour hand is stuck.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

And the hour hand is stuck…

[Found here.]

Seven too many clowns at this party.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

On 26 July 2017 the US Senate voted to keep ObamaCare in effect forever.

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, all 48 Democrats plus 7 Republicans in the Senate voted to destroy the most efficient and successful private healthcare system in the world.

Nice move, idiots.

Every totalitarian government in modern history that nationalized medical care for their constituents did it for reasons having nothing to do with medical care or economics, and everything to do with purging the population that remembers oppression and the obvious causes.

ObamaCare is no different.

Welcome to fascism, folks. They’re gonna shove it down our throats despite majority public opinion to the contrary.

[Commentary is my own, top image found here.]

[Update: Corrected the numbers above. h/t Macker. Here’s the tally.]


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