Happy July Fourth!

We are so blessed to live in America — and birthdays are about celebrating the blessings that came into our lives as the result of someone’s, or something’s, birth.  We may be going through a hard patch now, but our legacy of individual freedoms is a tough nut, and we’re not going to let it be cracked.  Hanging in there, and fight for America’s freedoms for this generation and the ones to come.

This seems like a good place to announce that (the brilliant) Andrew Breitbart has launched a new website called Big Peace, devoted to national security and, by extension, the American military.  You must check it out.  The first posts are wonderful.

Happy Birthday America!

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    Happy July 4th to the 74%!
    At least according to a new Marist poll, which says 26% of people in this country don’t know that the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain.
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/07/03/2010-07-03_26_of_us_dont_know_who_we_declared_indepence_from_marist_poll.html#ixzz0sjWPdIzv

  • Danny Lemieux

    I certainly hope that I am celebrating a birthday, not attending a memorial.

  • Indigo Red

    I read the article, Sadie, and am not surprised. I wonder, though, if there’s be a difference of answer when the name of the country is presented as Great Britain, United Kingdom, or England. I’ve found that many folks don’t know the three names describe, essentially, the same place. I was taught decades ago we won our independence from England. My nieces and nephews more recently have been taught it was Great Britain.  And United Kingdom, well, that was unknown.


    If it were only that simple, Indigo Red…
    Jay Leno asks a few questions…be sure to watch til the end.


  • suek

    >>I was taught decades ago we won our independence from England. My nieces and nephews more recently have been taught it was Great Britain.  And United Kingdom,…>>
    I’d accept any of the three.  After all…it’s still the same island, even if the name has been changed.  And King George III who ruled the nation at the time of the Revolution was actually German (or was that Hannoverian?) so…any of the three would be close enough!  I heard one show (Medved??) who got “Russia” as the answer.  Oh my…!!

  • Spartacus

    Um, not to nitpick, but Great Britain is an island; the United Kingdom is a nation state; and England is one of four “countries” comprising that nation state, three of which are on that island, and one of which is not.  This arrangement was arrived at, I believe, because geography was gaining a reputation in English boarding schools as an “easy” subject.  =)

  • suek

    So…which one was it when we declared independence from it?  I thought it was England, but obviously, I’m not well informed…
    Elaborate…please!!  Today’s the perfect day for it!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Happy Independence Day minai
    A toast:
    To a Restored Republic!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    After all…it’s still the same island, even if the name has been changed.
    Not to the Irsh or Scots ; )

  • Spartacus

    Wikimiliation — n. The feeling of humiliation experienced after belatedly making a trip to Wikipedia.  (Yes, Wikipedia.)
    OK, so it turns out to be a wee tad more complex than I realized.  =)
    References in the Declaration are as follows:  The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations…  [snip]  For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province…  [snip]  Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren…  [snip]  … 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…
    The left-handed, metric monkey wrench in the works here is that as of 1776, the official name was the Kingdom of Great Britain (or arguably the United Kingdom of Great Britain, or even the United Kingdom, although these are debatable).  Wales was incorporated by England way back in the 16th Century, and Scotland came on board in 1707, and hence the “United” bit.  This changed in 1801 to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and then again in 1927 to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  So in 1776, before the formal Act of Union with Ireland, the shoreline of the larger island appears to have been the same as the official national boundary, and “Great Britain” appears to have easily and logically referred to both.  (link)
    But in casual conversation, it is hard to imagine anyone using any term other than “England,” and especially on July 4th, I believe the demonym “silly limey” works for anyone having come from any island over in that general area in any century.  =)

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    “OK, so it turns out to be a wee tad more complex than I realized.  =)”


    It so often is.  That’s why I love you guys:  we all keep each other honest.


    minai ?? Ymarsakar, I checked and checked and came up empty. French? Japanese? HELP!

  • Mike Devx

    I shouldn’t be an Eyore on a celebratory day such as this!  Well, perhaps *this* is celebratory for conservatives.
    But the scope of the problem [forr Democrats] is daunting: on a day when the Labor Department reported the economy created a modest 83,000 private-sector jobs last month, Obama touted new stimulus-funded broadband Internet projects, adding just 5,000 jobs.

    The article correctly identifies that the Dems have a serious problem.  But, what the heck: “a modest 83,000 private sector jobs”?  The word “modest” indicates mild success.  You have to have at least 150,000 new jobs just to keep up with population growth.  “Modest” should be replaced with “abysmal”.

    But the Democrat problems are acute.
    – Obama programs are designed to meet an agenda, not to create jobs
    – Massive tax increases hurt the economy and lose jobs
    – Massive deficit spending drags down the economy and debilitates the patient (the economy), making the patient weaker and less likely to recover to health.  “Do no harm” as a Physician’s Creed ought to apply to every Administration and Congress, but not this one.
    – Promoting “Green Jobs”, a la the Spain Model, has been thoroughly repudiated by all of Spain, including many of its leftists.  They see its failure.  Yet here in America our leftists still chase the Dream.  It is proven in the Spain Model that every stimulus-laden Green Job costs tens or even into the low-hundreds of real jobs.
    – Stimulus Spending has a palliative effect on the economy, but it is almost always – or always! – small.  Would you throw a teacup of water onto a house fire?  The minor effect is one problem.  The temporary short term effect is the other.  You must stimulate the private sector, create a stable environment where business can gauge risk and hire appropriately.   The Obama Administration and Congress appear to almost deliberately create a business climate that ensures businesses will NOT hire.

    So what are the Dems to do?  Everything they know to do – by their philosophy – is guaranteed to fail if the economy downturns between now and October.  They truly have no acceptable options, and they know it.  Their only hope is another stimulus package, generating massive long-term harn – but possibly providing a small very short-term uptick just in time for the 2010 elections.  The American People seem to have caught on to *that* game, however…


    I shared these random thoughts and rant with Bookworm earlier in the day, but after reading your post Mike Devx and link, I’ll share them openly.
    I don’t foresee a rosy future unless * [see last line]. Fish ladders in California, a useless airport built for John Murtha in Pa. ‘pet’ projects up the kaZOO [intended pun]. I feel like a portable ATM machine that keeps getting swiped by Congress.
    The Elephant in the Room and its roommate the Donkey
    So many blogs, so many words, so many observations and so many of us in agreement and yet for all the trumpeting we are deer caught in the cross hairs with only the power of a vote. In the world of Congressional reality, both parties have directed money [ours] to an endless list of fiscal irresponsibility. In fiscal year 2009, Congress stuffed 10,160 projects into the 12 appropriations bills worth $19.6 billion.
    http://councilfor.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=reports_pigbook2009 We need more than a Tea Party to wake up voters, we need a big sign that says: DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS Unlike zoos that have opening and closing hours, these political animals roam around all hours of the night foraging and raiding the ballot box. Too big for their britches and too big for their over sized cages. Time to put them on a diet. Can it be done in en mass [no pun intended] or does it begin state to state.* Are ‘We’ the United States or are we a lower case ‘we’, who live in California, Kansas, Florida, Maine,  totally disengaged from one another.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Sadie, my mistake. I added an extra i to the Japanese word. http://www.freedict.com/onldict/onldict.php
    I can only spell english words from phonetics ; )