Happy Fourth

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It is an odd fourth of July.  Colorado has banned fireworks, not an unusual event, except for the fact this Spring, while not the wettest we’ve had, has been wet enough that I mowed some mushrooms in my lawn yesterday.

More disturbing is the fact that this is the first year I haven’t heard “practice illegal” fireworks going off.  Then again son says he heard them a week ago, so it could be my hearing which is increasingly bad.

But here and across the nation, a lot of gatherings, parades and other events have been cancelled.  And of course the crazy idiots have tried to convince everyone celebrating the fourth is “White Supremacy” because, you know, a nation that has actively discriminated AGAINST European immigrants since the 70s at least, a nation who took people that at the time were considered not white like Italians and Irish is the very definition of white supremacy.  One wonders what Oxacan ditch weed they’re smoking, and did they sprinkle it with mescaline first.

But the truth is, actually, that none of the poor critters knows anything about history. All they know is the pablum they were fed in schools, mostly a bunch of victimhood just-so stories designed to make them hate their own country.

However the thing to remember is that there are very few of them.  I know it doesn’t seem like that, but truly, we have maybe a hundred thousand people rioting and destroying property, which in a country of 350 million is very few.

Yes, the media tries to bloat them up and make them seem very important.  Remember the big fuss over OWS and how a lot of the leaders ended up with million dollar book contracts for their very important stories?  In most cities, there were maybe a dozen mentally-ill looking people on the street corner. But the media made it sound like the uprising they hoped it would be.

Having seen the pictures of the idiots who tried to block the highway in Colorado Springs, this is Occupy Wall Street 2.0, only with younger and more female, and more addled-looking participants.  (All of them white, btw.)

This is causing cancellations of celebrations, and causes media and corporate personalities to kiss up because, you know, they believe the media — also known as drinking their own ink — and they’re terrified they’ll get killed by the revolutionaries if they don’t kiss up.  They bought into the Marxist mythos that the revolution WILL come, and that the oppressed will kill the rich and powerful, and blah blah blah. It’s never been true. All the Marxist revolutions soft or violent were/are always acts of theft writ large. That’s all it is. They are actually worse for women, children and the young, not to mention minorities.

But anyway, that’s why the celebrations are being cancelled.

Thing is, do you need celebrations?  I love the fireworks, they’re the high point of my year. But is it needed?

Of course not. We live in the greatest country on Earth, the one founded on freedom of the individual and control of the government by citizens.

An ideal so lofty will have its hickups and we’re living through the end of one.

The end, you say?

Oh, sure.  The taking over of the schools and attempting to turn each generation against America was already in place when I was an exchange student in the 70s and we were told in our books how uniquely oppressive America was, and how freedom was a lie and the American dream was dead and how we were despoiling the environment.

Despite that, despite full control of the media and a unified narrative, their ‘active’ corps is maybe a few hundred thousand (not just the rioters, but their support personnel and those who are in vocal support not out of fear, but because they believe.)  That’s not even one percent.

Sure, the very young believe what they were taught in school. But few are so wealthy and protected they don’t realize it’s a load of bokum somewhere along the line, which is why “the crazy things Academia does” has been a running gag in the culture for a long time.

And things are changing. The narrative has less and less power every year.  2016 was when they got notice that they no longer could really control most of the people.  I’d bet it’s got worse since then.

In their fury to get Orange Man Bad, the NPCs are taking axes to the institutions that gave them ANY power at all:  Sure the lockdown temporarily increased the power of the media and the “expert” bureaucrats.  But only at the risk of destroying a big swath of what credibility they had remaining.  They had ONE bite and chose to expend it in that stupid manner. Now they’re talking about locking us down again, and my guess is they have no clue how gleefully such orders will be disobeyed.

And apparently it’s spelling the death knell to a lot of colleges.  As for lower education, well…. looking at their new rules for ‘how to turn your kid into a neurotic mess while pretending to teach them’ including the ones who want to put the kids in plexiglass bubbles, I doubt existing schools can service more than 1/3 of the enrolled kids. Which is good, because that’s about all the ones that will remain after the first semester.

They are also creating a great anger amid the normal people who just want to be left alone, earn their keep and live their life.

Look, I’m not saying it’s not getting worse. It is. They’re like cornered rats. They know if they lose in November, their criminal syndicate will be exposed and taken apart.

All I can say, though, is that all of their strategies have so far backfired to an astonishing degree. It’s like they’re hitting themselves on the head in an attempt to hurt us.

There is a reason for that.  None of the crazy things they’re doing are the actions of a confident ideology, or even one that thinks it has a future.  They are the equivalent of drinking the koolaid when your ideology goes off the tracks. (And yes, a lot of it has to do with being controlled by foreign interests who JUST completely fail to get America.)

They are now openly declaring their hatred for all of us since we won’t let them have their little VERY red wagon.  This is not the way one wins. Period.

Yes, we have work to do. Yes, they might manage to fraud their way into power (though my guess is that will blow up in their faces.)

Are things great? I wouldn’t say so, but they’re getting better.  Sometimes — she says looking up at a house more full of boxes than when we first moved in, with bits of construction stuff all through them too — you make the biggest mess when you start fixing long-term problems.

The Marxist idiocy has been galloping through our culture since before WWII.  Beating it will not be instant.  Fortunately we’re aided by the fact that they are suffering from fourth generation lack of competence.

But we are fighting back. And it’s much harder to undermine a culture once you expose yourself as an enemy.

This is not the end. This is not even the end of the beginning.

Read the declaration of independence.  Have your own celebration.

And be NOT afraid.

215 thoughts on “Happy Fourth

  1. Our city moved the fireworks display to an “undisclosed location” (probably a central high school), but the smart thing they did was to change the types of fireworks. They’re doing “high-burst” fireworks instead of the low ones they usually use so that it should be visible over most of the city, and they partnered with a radio station to have a soundtrack.

    Illegal fireworks, though, ooh boy. We’ve had them going for at least three weeks, and that includes M-80s. We live in a firetrap, dearies, there’s a REASON aerial fireworks are restricted to the pros. The city has rolled out Yet Another reporting app, but since they never seem to do anything about it, I wonder why they bother. My ideal enforcement against illegal fireworks, which is never going to happen, would be for firefighting helicopters to dump a bucket of water on any party sending them up. “Sorry, saw a fire starting, had to fix it…”

      1. Get me annoyed enough and I’d advocate giving the perps free helicopter rides. [VBEG]

            1. The Clue Police!
              So much work to be had
              The Clue Police!
              Say ideas are bad
              The Clue Police
              They arrest ideas for me
              Oh nooooo

              You know that talk is cheap
              And ideas come fast.
              Sometimes the cost is steep
              or just a pain in the ***

                  1. I wore out an 8-track of that album…

                    [just realized I haven’t seen a rat’s-nest tape tangle alongside the road since… I can’t even remember. And even I moved away from tape in the early ‘oughts…]

                  2. Er, I must admit–I have no idea what song you are referring to. Enlightenment, please? 🙂

                    1. Thanks!

                      Never listened to them that much. Hmm, 1979 was when I started paying more attention to Country than Rock.

                    2. Eh, not that long after they started solidifying the distinctions between the two. My mom still grumbles about “new country” (meaning the 80s country like the Judds and Alan Jackson, not the 90s like Dixie Chicks) but I rather like what they now call “outlaw country.”

                      Of course, last time I got that song on my workout list it was with Disney’s Substitutiary Locomotion from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, by Disturbed’s Stupify and Newsboys’ Spirit Thing. I was hoping that TranSiberian Orchestra’s A Star To Follow but no luck. Pretty sure most folks here are similarly “hey, I LIKE that” rather than “I like X and only X music.”

                    3. Yeah, that’s me. Over the last few years I’ve been listening to anime music and Japanese rock. Angela, Yui Sakakibara, Kokia, Yoko Takahashi, Minami, Lia and others. Would have missed out on a lot of great music by insisting on Only Rock And Roll. Fate by Kokia, and Ongaku no Kara by Angela are just great.

                      I do have a LOT of Rock, too.

        1. Get me annoyed enough …


          I know of at least one 7 year old, and on 3 year old, that concur. Didn’t bother the 8 week olds, but then the 3 year old didn’t decide those noises were scary until she was 18-months old, the second fear period. Since all household 3 adults went to a 4th of July gathering leaving the babies at home alone, we were rather popular when we got home. The 7 and 3 year olds spent the evening hiding under our bed together. The babies did what babies limited to the family room do and wanted fed dinner.

          We’ve been guilt of the legal package from Costco ourselves, with a few high illegal ones (from the reservations) ourselves. We only set them off on July 4th. Not every night days before. We haven’t set them off for over a decade.

          We live close enough to the rodeo grounds that the noise from that upsets the *fur* kids too. No rodeo this year. We have neighbors that use any excuse to set off low burst fireworks.

          We don’t live in high fire danger area. Never would set off fireworks in a high fire area. Visiting or living there. That is just potential suicide by fire.

          * What other kids can be left at home alone at 7, 3, and 8 weeks?

      2. Agreed.

        As a little girl in rural Idaho, I distinctly remember my family buying a bunch of fireworks around the fourth – all from legal roadside stands, or at least all I knew of – and then storing them for six months. We set them off on New Years Eve, over snowy fields, and let the Lion’s Club handle the display on the Fourth, over the lake. DH looks at me like we were mad every time it comes up…

    1. I’ve been hearing them for a week at least. (Four in the morning? Really? Go to bed, people!) The Not-a-Ball-Park-Really stadium has been having some official fireworks as part of the ball-games.

      1. I gather NY City has been broadly plagued by random neighborhood fireworks explosions. While this undoubtedly is a highly annoying addition to the city’s ordinary clamor there seems little the police can (or, given their other responsibilities and diminished funding, will attempt to) do about this.

        Interpretations of this activity are a mixed and unreliable bag.

        1. I haven’t heard so much since the demonstration at the mayor’s house consisting of a stream of cars rolling around the house blowing their horns. In the dead of night.

          (Explicitly stating that if they can’t sleep, why should he?)

      2. Oh, indeed. Little sparklers, whistlers, the occasional little bang. Pretty much usual, ho-hum.

        ‘Twas a paroxysm of… bonkers, lets say, because caution would be too neat a pin, that caused the county next door to… ban fireworks. In the county. After a two week rain. In Appalachia. Caused a smidge of an uproar, considering up til this week there was a celebration planned in advance.

        I live not far from the county line. The ongoing concussive concatenation shook the *walls.* For hours. And stopped pretty much on the dime around 21:30 (with a few petty afterbangs, small stuff that quit around 21:45).

        They’ll not be trying that again soon, methinks. *shakes head*

        Heard no ambulance sirens, thanks be. Fireworks being legal hereabouts, most teenagers learn the ins and outs from adults with all ten fingers and (if they’re lucky) an abundance of common sense on top of years of experience.

        1. … that caused the county next door to… ban fireworks. In the county. After a two week rain. In Appalachia.

          How’s that old saw about leadership go: “Never give an order you know will not be obeyed”? They just gave a whole county a sample of disobedience to dumb orders. Americans, especially the sort who settled in Appalachia, tend to develop a taste for that, and right quick.

          1. Some years back, I read an article in the Washington City Paper about the families who were driven out of their homes along Skyline Drive, and how that nasty bit of Progressive Fascism was part of a broader effort to denigrate Hillbillies in general, because the Progressive State found them difficult to manage.

            How accurate that all was, I have no idea. We’re talking about The City Paper. But it seemed consistent with other Progressive behavior.

            1. Heh. The TVA was no blessing for many of them, either. Li’l Abner effectively captures the view most of the nation’s elites held of Appalachians, although it is notable that much of Capp’s later strips satirize Progressive vanities.

              CSpan recently ran (as part of their “Reel America” series) a 1936 propaganda educational film about the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority. It contrasts depictions of the squalor and misery of the area’s inhabitants with the blessing’s offered by America’s industrial might.

              Some decades back I enjoyed a casual discussion with a National Park guide (it may have been Mount Mitchell, but I believe it was a stop farther West on the Blue Ridge Parkway) about the pollutive pall cast by the TVA over eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. He credited the political influence of (the vice-president) Al Gore and his father with insulating the TVA from the EPA …

                1. Further elaboration of the propaganda uses made of the TVA are presented in this 1944 film produced by Robert Riskin for the Office of War Information, supposedly to impress the Europeans with the benefits of the American Way of Life:

                  Riskin had been a successful Hollywood screen-writer, producing screen plays for several of Frank Capra’s best received films” It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, and Meet John Doe, winning one screen writer Oscar and being nominated four more times for his work with Capra. Eventually the two had a falling out, over Riskin’s resentment of Capra’s hogging of credit and Capra’s suspicion of Riskin’s (pikish) politics.

        2. I lived in a Detroit suburb until I was 8, and fireworks of most any kind were readily available. The adults would set up a washtub full of sand for the larger crackers, but I have memories of 7 year old RCPete setting off a couple of Black Cat firecrackers with my trusty punk. (May or may not have been with parental supervision. Both my brothers were older than me…) OTOH, sparklers were my usual fare with supervision.

          As I turned 8, we moved to the Chicago ‘burbs. Pretty much a culture shock, since even sparklers were illegal. Didn’t stop many people; M-80s and similar were available in Missouri, and one brother had a decent stash.

          I don’t know if it’s still true, but there were a couple of large fireworks stores in rural Wyoming just off I-80. Last time I went by was a half-dozen years ago.

          FWIW, here’s Stacy McCain describing the 2020 version of his annual fireworks extravaganza:

          https://theothermccain.com/2020/07/03/our-patriotic-duty/

          As is noted: Never try to outcrazy Stacy McCain.

    2. I live in Pennsylvania. A few years ago, three or maybe four, the State legislature eased up on the laws concerning fireworks, so that it is now legal for ordinary citizens to buy the smaller classes of rocket and bangers. Not just whiz-bangs, either, but smallish starbursts.

      My late Father was the adopted son of a Methodist minister. As a child, he was not allowed to have fireworks (probably by his Mother, who wasted a lot of time and energy worrying what the neighbors would think). Then, as an adult, the anti-fireworks laws had been passed. Which REALLY annoyed him.

      So, when I found out about the change in the law, I bought a couple of bundles of the smallest crackers, and some bottle rockets.

      Then, my Lady, who worries about me, asked me to not set them off unless it was somewhere safe.

      Now, I figured that the reasonable reaction by local municipalities would be to say, “Hey, we have this huge municipal parking lot. We’ll park the fire trucks on one side and the EMTs on the other; come on down!”

      Nope. Three (or is it four?) years later, the local municipalities are harrumphing and saying, “We’d prefer it if you didn’t do this at all.”

      Like that’s going to work!

      1. I live in SE Pennsylvania too, maybe two hours north of Philly in the Lehigh Valley area. Just a few hours ago here we had a lot of sky rockets and other firecrackers going off. Nothing like my youth when some local men would go down to South Of The Border every year and return with those Mexican ICBMs — they know how to make fireworks down there. When those things went off you thought the Russians were launching the nukes!

          1. Same here in Montana… our little town has the biggest display in the state, and it wasn’t much more than what my neighbors put on. For two hours. In every direction. Apparently there’s a bad case of Patriot Fever going around. 😀

          2. No. We’ve had a growing number ever night since the 1st, and last night was non-stop excitement until the storm-line arrived and put a literal damper on things. I’ve heard some going off today already.

        1. I’m West of Doylestown, near 611. We had an hour or so, which has been pretty standard for any holiday of any importance since the new fireworks stores opened up.

    3. Hmm. So far, nothing prior to tonight’s stuff. In past years, people would get together with *legal* fireworks at the fire station, and set them off on the asphalt drive. It’s been completely unorganized, but it works fairly well. Later on, some of the local drunks will get some rockets and go down to the river. Late night and days after the 4th, the illegal fireworks get brought out.

      When I was on the rural fire department about 15 years ago, we got a 4AM call July 5th where some idiots had an aerial firework go sideways and burnt the neighbor’s land. We got it out, and the idiots got a $5000 fine. They tried to get it out themselves, but July has its own set of fire behavior. Alas, the vicarious lesson didn’t stick.

      A half-dozen years ago, two different idiots managed to start a 2000 acre fire north of us that destroyed a few dozen homes. Said two guys seem to have disappeared, and one wonders if the 3S policy came to play. Honest officer, I don’t know a thing!

      Mercifully, the neighbor who liked to use Tannerite exploding targets passed away. Not sure of his eternal destination…

      1. We watched TV until 9:30, and didn’t hear much of anything in the house. A bit after10, heard two(!) bangs, which seems to be a record low for $TINY_TOWN. I guess shutdown theater put flash-bangs out of the reach of a lot of people this year.

        OTOH, our newish neighbors did a BBQ, and a good time was had by all, especially the host’s dogs, who got all the attention and ring-throwers they wanted. OTOH, the Lab didn’t get any of the beef, though she helped clean up some drips…

    4. Lots and lots of illegal fireworks out here for the past month-plus.

      The Most Gloriously Enlightened Gavin the First’s Peoples Government as well as the local public health overlords have been issuing repeated reminders, including one the other day over the “Public Safety Alert” system that pushed out the shelter-in-place orders over everyones cell phones, saying “Fireworks Bad! No!! Bad Public!!!”

      1. I saw a picture from a hillside somewhere in California, and the “bombs bursting in air” were giving a double middle-finger to the Gov. There were some impressive fireworks in that pic.

            1. No video. Eugene too. At least north of Irving, between Expressway and River Road. After all the area was denied the free Rodeo fireworks that generally run 4 or 5 nights. Not that the usual suspects wouldn’t have lit off the fireworks anyway. A Lot more street displays. People who usually are gone on the 4th, weren’t, plus the ones who always are home, so large legal display with fountains, flash bangs, etc.

    5. The city has rolled out Yet Another reporting app, but since they never seem to do anything about it,


      My husband golfs with a legal pyrotechnic person. He has been busy with events. Most have been converted to drive-in events. Watch from the vehicle. The one he does on the 4th (somewhere near I-5), it wasn’t unusual for vehicles to be parked on the side of I-5 to watch the fireworks outside the venue. Kind of like us with the Rodeo, at least until the trees got too tall. We can still see them if we stand on the house roof, but not from chairs in the backyard. Not that the Rodeo had fireworks, because no Rodeo.

      Because this guy is one of the few licensed pyrotechnic in the state, he gets regular trailer deliveries from state fire marshals of confiscated illegal fireworks. Someone is getting caught. Don’t know if he takes those and uses them in the commercial shows or just uses them up in the private one, plus huge potluck barbecue, he puts on for friends, family, neighbors, local fire, police, etc., during the summer. (Cancelled this year, dang it).

      Do not know if those getting caught are the ones illegally lighting them off or ones trying to sell illegal fireworks to Oregonians, in Oregon. There is a firework vendor north of Albany, but they can only sell to licensed pyrotechnic or out of state individuals (regardless of the legality in that state). There is another shop just across the border in Washington that sells to out of state only (used to be anyway), including Oregonians. Might be where the confiscated fireworks are coming from, at least in part. Rumors have it that out of state plates are tracked. Lot father to drive, but we went to the reservation when we were doing that; cash only (their requirement).

      1. I got some fun things from a coworker who lives in WA. Neighbors told me thank you afterwards.

        Normally here in my town there is the official show and some places going along. Last night seemed like We the People were filling in for the city FD (usual sponsor of the official one)

  2. I managed to find a fireworks event. It’s at a farm, with acres to social distance, with tickets by preorder only in order to manage attendance. The state rolled in at 10pm last night to cancel it.

    Click to access 2020+Message+to+Attendees.pdf

    I spent about $120 for tickets and food for three family members (the baby’s still a baby), and they’ve said they’ll give refunds. I have to assume the farm is out five digits for this late-date cancellation.

    Bill and I are in disagreement as to whether the late hour was not finding it in time to quash it earlier (me) or specific malice to cause the greatest loss to someone daring to celebrate the holiday (him). But it doesn’t really matter, in the end. It’s despicable, and doesn’t fulfill any of the stated aims.

    (The New York Daily News recommends we instead use the holiday to take to the streets this holiday, rather than celebrate this essentially white holiday: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-reimagine-independence-day-20200703-jjejiouvkfhqvgykfiwd4jxqsu-story.html I’m somehow sure that will be more acceptable.)

    I don’t think Cuomo is worried about being murdered by the revolutionaries, I think he hopes he’s one of them, down to his hopelessly corrupt toes.

    But you’re right. We don’t need fireworks. (Though there have been a *lot* of non-official fireworks going off in our area, and judging by headlines a lot of other areas too.) And for all the *insane ninnies* try to call any American ideal white supremacy, they’re convincing no one who wasn’t already on board with their insanity, though I doubt anyone who’s chased the train this far is decamping due to this step.

    And I do have hope that the completely ridiculous concepts of school going forward will reduce their ability to make clones through the school system.

    I am so, soooooo angry. >_< But you're right, that cooler heads ought to prevail, and prepare to rebuild.

    Every year, I read the Declaration of Independence. This year, I added John Adams' defense of the soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre, and Reagan's Brandenberg Gate speech. Don't know what else is coming.

    I'm glad I'm here though.

    1. Why thank you, if I may say so.

      Y’all are great neighbors—from smuggling people out of Iran to hosting stranded passengers after 9/11 to maple syrup.

  3. “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”
    Happy birthday, America!

    1. Hear! Hear! Let us all pursue Happiness in our own way as free citizens of a free country!

    2. IT is worth pondering the evolution of that phrase, which once specified “pursuit of property” before the final edit.

      The Drafting Committee may have contemplated other phrases, as well.

  4. There are two separate conspiracy theories, at least, I’ve seen on Twitter regarding fireworks. The leftist version is that,”white supremacists” are moving lots of fireworks into cities in order to get poor, oppressed POCs to use them. This somehow translates to further oppression. The other one is that George Soros and his ilk are moving lots of fireworks into cities and suburbs in order to check police response times and get people accustomed to the noise before they start shooting.
    To be honest, I think both theories are crocks.

    1. I also saw the one where people were setting off fireworks in order to make POC communities more sleep deprived.

      And some people going, “Why are you so afraid of talking to normal people? Go ask the people with the fireworks what they’re doing! You’ll probably find out they’re just kids goofing around!” Which may well be true in many cases, but I also am uncertain about going to interrupt strangers of unknown expertise in the process of setting off small explosives, even if I’m sure they’re not hostile.

      1. A variation of that one is to get *everybody* upset and ready to start fights. OTOH, other than the odd drunk shooting at night (roadside signs are a favorite target), it’s been medium quiet here. I *love* rural life!

        1. Most Americans like fireworks, because they are fun and the Founding Fathers liked ’em.

          They also are supposed to be good at frightening away evil spirits and destroying miasmic disease, in many traditions.

    2. I think Theory One is trying to lay the groundwork for when some black-clad revolutionary idiot launches fireworks at the cops and/or occupied buildings, and they can’t spin it into a positive.

      It’s explosives. They’ve been promoting violence against Approved Targets for over a month now. It is going to happen, may their aim suck.

      1. Apparently in some places Antifa/BLM/whoever are using things that sound like Roman Candles to attack the police and try to set fire to buildings. That’s per the newts media, so take it with a mountain of salt.

        1. Historically, the news media has really liked buildings burning.

          Not their own, of course.

          1. They did use commercial grade fireworks (as compared to what places like Phantom sell) in the attack on the Federal Courthouse in Portland. They are also using fireworks to draw police to an area in order to ambush them. There have been several ambushes where police have been targeted (and if I recall in at least on case killed) responding to reports/complaints about fireworks and then getting ambushed and shot.

    3. Neither theory feels consistent with known behavior patterns. The White Supremacy twerps are the kind to set them off themselves, because they are basically Good Ole Boy Rednecks who have gone round the bend. And while Soros is certainly a sneaky bastard, I think he knows that the Antifidiots aren’t organized enough to produce useful data.

      1. I have recently noticed links from several places to this (somewhat self-evident) argument:

        Anti-Extremism Researcher Exposes How the Left Drives People to the Far-Right, But You Won’t See It on Wikipedia

        The goal, of course, is to increase polarization, using the growth in Far-Right extremism to push more people toward the Far-Left.

        Funny how that works. As has long been said, whether the stone hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the stone, it is bound to be bad for the pitcher.

  5. Fireworks have never been my thing, but I hope those who love them find a way to see a little of them. I’m reading David McCullough’s 1776 right now and will watch Mel Gibson’s The Patriot tonight. My annual traditions. Happy 4th of July to all.

  6. I definitely heard fireworks last night.

    Somewhat more perplexingly to all concerned, so did some folks in the UK. No idea.

    I’m actually used to the big fireworks display where I grew up being Halloween. As a matter of holiday priority and traditional celebration methods, this is weird. As a matter of people being able to sit out and enjoy them for an extended period… well, the end of October gets dark a lot earlier and is often a more pleasant temperature.

    I am chagrined, though, that I haven’t made time to shop for a new flagpole. We have a telescoping one that won’t stay extended. It doesn’t collapse all the way to the ground, but having the flag draped across the rosebushes isn’t really optimal either.

    1. Wrap some duct tape around the sections that want to retract, just above the joints.

            1. A slightly simpler/less expensive solution:

              Get some suitably sized thick rubber bands to place in the appropriate spots — they should prevent the collapsing of joints and be easily removed when that time arrives.

              Alternatively, apply velcro straps, which might be easier to obtain than correctly sized rubber bands, weigh less than circular clamps, and be less prone to age-related degradation.

    2. Lacking a flagpole, I hung the rescued flag in the front window. (Note to self: find where you stashed the PVC — yes, I have managed to mislay a dozen 10 foot lengths of white pipe — and make a freakin’ flagpole. A broom handle is sub-optimal.)

      Our little Montana town goes all out with fireworks on the 4th, but really it’s pretty much any excuse… last year we had half a dozen big displays, including one to hail in the Xmas season.

  7. Happy Independence Day!!!

    I have just returned from celebrating this most auspicious of days in a matter which the Founding Fathers would have no doubt approved: expending a generous quantity of ammunition at a high cyclic rate.

    Because it doesn’t get much more ‘MURICAN! than a Tommy Gun!

      1. No, thank God. Local range has about a half-dozen full autos for rent, including an M1A1 (I think, definitely a WWII variant) Thompson. And full-auto rentals were $20 off today on account of it being Independence Day.

        1. With cheap white-box ammo, my Ingram SMG costs about fifteen dollars per second to operate with the happy switch set to “FULL”.

          One of these days I’ll finish the carbine upper that should let me get the cycle rate down to something reasonable. In its stock form, the M11A1 is about a four-burst firearm until you get enough trigger time to tickle it into shorter bursts.

    1. I would love to try that some time.

      My .45 ACP expenditure was one round at a time, making sure I’d finally learned how to Loctite. Seems the nice pretty optical sight kept shooting loose. Makes it damned hard to hold zero. Thankfully, today’s test was a success, and now the sight doesn’t move and the hole appears where the dot was when it went bang.

      1. What kind of sight are you using?

        I sneered at the whole “optics on a pistol” thing for decades, and now I’m to the point where I can’t focus on the sights and target at the same time.

        1. I bought a Girsan MC1911S-TV with the sight already on it. The sight is Girsan-branded, but it’s also available from the manufacturer, Ade Advanced Optics. It’s an inexpensive sight, but works well. The only complaint I have is that you have to unmount it to change the battery, which means rezeroing.

          And yes, my eyes are bad enough that I can’t focus on the front sight and see the target as more than a blur. A red dot sight makes shooting well a lot simpler.

        2. You never could focus on both at the same time; nobody can. Folks who think they can are splitting time between the two or three points. Best accuracy at all ages demand focus on the front sight. Circumstances may require compromising accuracy in favor of speed but always paying attention to what accuracy is required. There is the tale of Jim Cerillo giving an expert talk on surviving gun fights. He rose said: gentlemen there are 14 grooves on my front sight and sat down. In fact although he pretty much always aimed the level of precision varied from seeing the back and not the sides of the handgun for good enough to precision aim during a slow fire pistol match. There is a brief interval when a longer barrel on a handgun makes a difference.

          For most people most of the time the mounting matters more than the specific sight. Larger sights mounted higher are popular for range use including competition, smaller sights mounted lower are better for carry and so self defense. My own choice has been RMR for handguns. Notice astigmatism will change a red dot into a red asterisk. For long guns, including carbines that are 26″ long as the legal limit or tax stamped short barreled rifles I like a T2 but the extended useful temperature range and take it well under water and hold it for a while water proofing are wasted on most people. Still better glass comes included at the higher price. An inexpensive SIG or Lucid Technology will do for most people most of the time and certainly for a bedside gun.

          1. > You never could focus on both at the same time; nobody can.

            “Close enough for government work.” As least I could *see* both sights and the target, even if some of it was out of focus.

  8. Happy Independence Day.

    Here in Indianapolis, we’ve been having the amateur stuff for the past several weeks, often starting well before dark. Until last night, it’s been mostly stuff that makes loud bangs, with little in the way of pretty colors. Last night I finally started to see some pretty colors over the treetops.

    At least we’ve been getting a reasonable amount of rain (although I am still having to water the garden), so the vegetation isn’t tinder-dry the way it was back in 2012. Today someone started early — while I was picking green beans for lunch, I heard a couple of bangs somewhere in the neighborhood.

    I saw on the news that we may run out of fireworks this year. Maybe in some areas, but when I was in the local WalMart yesterday to pick up cat litter, there was still a fair-sized display. (OTOH, Sam’s Club has sold out of gardening supplies, so if I get any more mulch and gardening soil, it’ll have to be from WalMart or one of the hardware stores).

    If this had been a normal year, I would’ve been in the dealers’ room at InConJunction right now. Instead I’m at home, trying to get all my promo up for a brand-new e-book (not a reprint of a story that’s been published elsewhere). I’m making good time on getting the existing e-books reloaded with teaser text, and will move to updating four different websites, as well as blogging and social media posts.

    Once I get this done, it’s back to the eBay trenches, getting more items listed and seeing if we can get them to sell.

    1. If this had been a normal year i’d be whining about the limited number of LibertyCon memberships right now…

    2. The markets still had a boatload of legal fireworks for sale as of Tuesday. I think there’s going to be some clearance sales. (Gives a thought about buying a pack or three assuming POTUS wins his second term…)

      1. We sold out, which wasn’t a surprise. We’ve sold several batches since before Memorial Day, and it was those big packs of fireworks allsorts, which aren’t cheap.

        1. There were a lot of those big all-sorts packs at Walmart yesterday. Some of them had some pretty powerful stuff in them.

          Right now I can hear neighbors shooting off fireworks all around me. The ones on the other side of Franklin Road had already started when I was watering the garden.

          (So glad I decided to put in a garden this year. Today we had fresh-picked green beans with our sausages — canned or frozen just doesn’t compare).

  9. This…causes media and corporate personalities to kiss up because, you know, they believe the media — also known as drinking their own ink — and they’re terrified they’ll get killed by the revolutionaries if they don’t kiss up.

    They never get the fact that no amount of kissing up will save you if there actually is a revolution. And, in the more moderate circumstances that prevail today, kissing up actually makes it more likely that ‘cancel culture’ will come after you.

    At any rate, though, we’re USAians and should do our best to be happy on one of our High Holy Days. Happy Fourth of July, everyone, and raise a glass to the men who decided to give the British the middle finger!

  10. *reads the declaration
    *scrolls over and down to see is sometime-great grandfather’s name
    *feels comforted.

  11. Chatted with my brother– his daughter’s school is giving two options, you can go to school for four days a week online, or two days a week in person.

    I gently suggested looking for an online private school option. (Virginia is a pain, and his mother in law has a truly irrational hatred of homeschooling.)

    1. Niece, with an 8 year old, is disgusted with their district’s online schooling. They are waiting to see what happens in the fall. If it is both online with limited in class, they are done, and will enroll with an online academy. Don’t know how the kid is doing with school work in general, other than her reading has improved a bunch, per conversations last night.

      Another niece, is hoping that schools do open full time. They (all 4 parents) have the step-great-nephew enrolled in a language immersion program that he loves and they are happy with (all 3 mothers and dad). If they enroll the kid in an online academy, if means unenrolling him from the language immersion, even temporarily, and they lose his spot.

  12. So we celebrate our independence from a tyrant while under the thumbs of a passel of tin pot petty tyrants. History has strange echos. Just like an uber progressive in the White House said he couldn’t, he created DACA, the newly minted progressive Governor of Texas said he couldn’t, then mandated mask wearing. And that issuance was very scary as it created a Texas KGB by empowering every cop in the state the power to trample the first amendment rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. Can’t say the Texas one since Abbott and his cabal seem to have rewritten it. Our AG off the reservation or gone NCM

    1. I notice FWIW that some places are saying, “Don’t call 9-1-1 about mask wearing. We’re not going to hunt people down for not wearing a mask. Public order and safety are our top priorities.” *rumples tail in shrug*

      1. Some of the press releases from National Park Service superintendents at the parks that are reopening have been like that. Something along the lines of “Please social distance. Wear masks if you can’t, or move on to less crowded areas, or come back later. But don’t come crying to us if people are too close together or unmasked. We’re not the social distancing police, we’ve got more important things to do.” Those “more important” things are probably rescuing or recovering idiots who fall off cliffs trying to get a selfie, rescuing mental midgets who walk far too close to a bison or moose to capture the perfect photo, and other fools failing at common sense or failing at obeying the blatant signs.

        1. I saw the other day some 70 + year old lady was gored by a bison in Yellowstone. We went in 2008 and saw LOTS of tourists trying to get selfies with the critters. I can’t imagine that. We were driving along in the park and a herd of 30-50 needed to cross the road. I was sitting in the rental car thinking, “Thank heavens I paid for the accident insurance”. At least one got so close it steamed up the driver side window (cool morning). Majestic beasts, but NOT tame. Stopping people from doing that amongst a host of other potentially lethal behaviors is what the rangers are up to in Yellowstone…

          1. I’ve never been able to find it online, but years ago I saw a routine by comedian Robert Klein on the way Disney (and other cartoons) have blunted people’s innate sense of danger from bears. Instead of recognizing them as another alpha predator we’ve acquired a perception of them as big, goofy, friendly doofuses (doofi?) with results usually bad all around.

            Anthropomorphism is moderately okay with dogs and (house) cats but should be avoided with animals matching or bettering us in body weight.

            1. People tend to know better than to try and pet a bear. Now knowing how far the correct distance is, is a different story. Or knowing how fast bears can run … despite all the signs warning of such, not so much.

              OTOH Bison, Elk, Deer, Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep, it is just one big petting zoo, apparently. Putting your child on the back of a resting *Elk bull or Bison, is NOT a good idea, and is child abuse (at minimum, should you both survive). Heck there are signs along the road for pastures with cattle with signs that state “Entering this meadow you’d better be able to cross to the other fence in less than 3 seconds, because the Bull can in 3 seconds flat.”

              More people are hurt & killed in YNP and Tetons by Bison and Elk than bear or cougar, by a large margin.

              * We heard someone planning to do exactly that, then watched the father carry the kid over to the Elk. Not that he was allowed to get that close. We did yell at them. Elk (beautiful rack) was just yards off the parking lot laying down. No kid in arms, would have thought, “Oh Darwin award candidate. ” Kid in arms. With what we overheard. Nope, sorry, had to say something, well scream it. They were too close to deny what they were trying to pull off.

              1. Last year, if memory serves, the bison (and elk) in Jackson and Yellowstone removed at least a dozen people from the gene pool. I do recall that it was 8 gone by mid-July, and people were starting to wonder what was in the bottled water.

                1. Sounds about right.

                  When the grazers go crazy and gore/trample/head-butt the idiots tourists, the tourists are blamed, the offending animal is left alone. A carnivore, no matter how provoked or panicked, is killed. Thus not only are bears & wolves, etc., scarier, people know they won’t only be blamed for triggering the incident, but they’ll be blamed for the death of the animal. People are still stupid around bears & wolves, but at least they aren’t usually trying to pet or ride one. They do keep some distance, just not nearly enough.

                  “Don’t feed the bears. Non-foraged food isn’t good for bears.” Accurate, 100% truthful, didn’t work.

                  “A fed Bear, is a Dead Bear.” Also accurate. 100% truthful. Worked.

            2. Counter-argument, my mental illistration for that was
              “LOOKIT TH’BEARS!LOOKIT TH’BEARS!LOOKIT TH’BEARS!” from the old Yogi cartoons.

              So the trope of people being absolute idiots about large predators (nevermind bison!) was already around in 1960.

              1. Hey, I cited Robert Klein, I shan’t defend his comedy schtick.

                OTOH, Disney’s Song of the South debuted in 1946 and was still reappearing in theatres through the Sixties, so Br’er Bear antedates Yogi.

                I am not sure of any cartoon bears preceding this, other than teddy bears in some Warner Brothers cartoons of the Thirties. Andy Panda appeared i some Walter Lantz material running between 1939 ad 1949, but as a diminutive panda cub he is more of a prototype Care Bear. Since the Sixties there have indeed bee a number of cartoon depictions of bears, from the Disney characters in The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Jungle Book to a wide array of bear-characters in anime, but I can find no evidence of cartoon bears of large scale before Br-er Bear …

              2. I posted a remark attributing it to Br’er Bear in Disney’s Song of the South (1946) which was still in theatrical rotation well into the Sixties.

                WP has done something with that post and I don’t care to attempt resurrecting it. When it does appear it will contain my considered opinion that Disney’s was the first portrayal of large bears on screen, certainly in America.

                WP sucks.

                1. I grew up cursing the Disney film “Good Time Charley” because way, way too many folks think the rather charming and fun voice over for the cougar– which is freaking HILARIOUS in a movie!– was accurate. And cougars are really just big, harmless sweeties and only horrible bad nasty people would oppose having them all over.

                  (Charley never ate anybody’s dog, for starters….)

          2. “I saw the other day some 70 + year old lady was gored by a bison in Yellowstone. We went in 2008 and saw LOTS of tourists trying to get selfies with the critters. ” I was there in 2012, had a bison trotting down the road next to me on my motorcycle. No where for me to get off the road, figured it was safer to hold even with it until I could get some space. Awe inspiring and terrifying. But I was amazed by the people walking up the the things, when I was on foot I always wanted a tree or four nearby.

          1. I once had one on my front porch, when we lived in Manitou Springs. Bumbly baby cub, eating the cat food.
            Younger son was two hours late for kindergarten.
            We finally made him run away by my opening the window a crack and singing, leading my son to say proudly “mommy’s singing scares bears” for the next year.
            HOWEVER I never saw momma, and I did worry. However I knew I couldn’t save baby if mommy were gone.

            1. You probably would have seen Mommy very quickly if you’d inadvertently gotten between her and her cub. (A lot of times, it turns out that Mama Bear is back just far enough for humans not to see her, while she lets her cub wander. Or so it seems, from watching people who think a cub is all alone and abandoned and orphaned.)

      2. Well, Kommisar Brown has deputized (my words) the OLCC and OSHA to crack down on masks for the weekend. FFS.

  13. Happy Independence Day (and Fourth of July, too).
    In spite of riots, cancel culture, and Wuhan coronavirus, I believe in the United States of America.

    “The Man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf.”

    —George Washington: letter to Samuel Langdon, September 28, 1789

    So I don’t just thank the signers of the Declaration on Independence, who were brave and honorable men in spite of their flaws and foibles, but the God who put a desire for freedom in their hearts and the idea that all men are created equal under Him in their minds.

    “God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”

    ― Otto von Bismarck

    Even still.

    1. The Man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude …

      I somehow doubt that today’s critics of the Founders are, themselves, without flaws, nor even flaws far greater than those of the signers of the Declaration.

      John Adams: Mark me, Franklin… if we give in on this issue, posterity will never forgive us.

      Dr. Benjamin Franklin: That’s probably true, but we won’t hear a thing, we’ll be long gone. Besides, what would posterity think we were? Demi-gods? We’re men, no more no less, trying to get a nation started against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed. First things first, John. Independence; America. If we don’t secure that, what difference will the rest make?

  14. I have come to the conclusion that ONE useless man is called a disgrace,
    That TWO are called a law firm,
    And that THREE or more become Antifa.

      1. “Pins.”

        😀

        The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

  15. Happy Fourth indeed — the more so since the President’s fireworks display, contrary to MSM predictions, did not set South Dakota ablaze.

    1. Reports of Leftists with their hair on fire are unconfirmed at this time… 😀

  16. I’m depressed, mostly because I’m stuck at home and having to watch the entire world go insane in real-time. The news is acting like a kid that if keeps saying something, it’ll be true and crowing that Trump’s poll numbers are going down. That companies are changing things that offend the wokescolds and they think that they can tear it all down,

    Do you think anyone is going to answer a poll today, when even just not enthusiastically supporting the cause will get you doxxed and insulted and attacked?
    Do you think that companies really care about the causes they support, but have done a cost-benefit analysis that supporting them is less costly than not in the short run?
    Do you think that most people are applauding the destruction of statues and monuments? Or are being quiet in fear of bringing the mob down on them?

    My hope is that we’re going to see a massive re-election of Trump. Maybe not as many Republicans, but Trump is the key. Four years of Trump drove most of the Ctrl-Left mad. Four more years of Trump will well and truly push them over the edge. And, even if they win, the Ctrl-Left has so exposed themselves that too many eyes are on them. Many of their power bases have been weakened-universities and the entertainment industry are going to have to figure out how to save themselves before trying to help any-one else.

    1. Stuck at home is bad – it leaves you vulnerable to the idiocy on the news. I prefer getting out, and seeing the lack of idiocy in the streets. Much more cheerful-making.

      Except grocery shopping on July 4 weekend.Don’t do that if you can avoid it. That’s not happy-making.

      …Unless it’s the text message that one of your friends found the folks who sell the homemade tamales out of the back of the pickup truck in the liquor store parking lot are back with another cooler full of awesomeness wrapped in masa harina. Oh, then, then you should definitely get there before everybody else finds out and they’re gone.

      1. NOT if you don’t turn it on. I leave it off, except for movies and car races. And knife-making on Forged In Fire. (History Channel).

        1. Most television news is best watched with the same approach as one takes toward those tabloids at the grocery store check-out: what they report may be true but certainly is not accurate. The entertainment value is limited to speculating as to what the story is really about.

      2. >> “Stuck at home is bad – it leaves you vulnerable to the idiocy on the news.”

        You know you don’t have to watch the news all the time, right? Read a book. Play a video game. Take your mind off of it for a while.

    2. > they think that they can tear it all down,

      In early-1930s Germany the Social Democrats allied with other far-left parties to tear the Weimar Republic down. Not so much that they had any real beef with it, just that it looked weak, and they thought they had a chance of seizing power for themselves.

      They succeeded in taking the Republic down, but someone else grabbed the brass ring while they were high-fiving each other…

      [see also: Russian Revolution of 1917]

      They think if they can seize power in the USA. They might actually manage it… briefly. And then some people are going to be *really* ticked off.

      “I say to you againe, doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, Any that can in Turne call up Somewhat against you, whereby your Powerfullest Devices may not be of use.”
      — Howard Phillips Lovecraft, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”

      1. And, their efforts to take down the Weimar Republic was so messy and bloody that anyone that wasn’t them and promised to stop the far-left parties was going to be well liked…

  17. *cough* Not this nor any other, I’m thinking. If they ever do win they will find they’ve lost far more than they’ve gained.

    Fly the Flag Proudly: The Left Is Not Winning This Fourth of July
    By Sarah Hoyt
    Yesterday in one of the groups I belong to, someone posted a funny meme that went something like this: “I’m all ready for the Fourth. I have hamburgers, hotdogs, and an impending sense of dread that the end of the republic is at hand.”

    Uh… Yes. It’s a weird Fourth. I’m not going to deny that part. But the end of the republic? No. And sure, I can see you in my mind, crossing your arms and looking skeptically at me. And I understand why you feel the way you do. I’ve had my moments of dread. But the thing is, you’re actually looking at the whole thing upside down. You’re seeing the movie backward, so to put it.

    And yes, I am serious. Remember I’m a pessimist. A depressive and a pessimist. What that means it that I’ve developed a skill most people not so afflicted never had to develop: the ability – nay, the necessity – to continuously reality-check my gut feelings. Because if I didn’t continuously reality-check, I’d be impossible to live with… and probably dead.

    So, let’s talk about this. …

  18. … causes media and corporate personalities to kiss up because, you know, they believe the media

    They kind of have to, don’t they? Celebrities, after all, are a product of the media, and without corporations annually dumping billions of dollars into advertising the media wouldn’t exist … nor would all those highly-compensated* corporate jobs creating and placing advertising in the media.

    *compensation is not limited to money but also includes significant perks including status and the flattering attention of avaricious hot chicks sweet young things eager to convert their temporarily** good looks into money, celebrity and status.

    **a rapidly depreciating asset is a terrible thing to waste.

  19. we were told in our books how uniquely oppressive America was…

    Funny thing, the greatest oppression seems to be occurring in Democrat controlled polities, where Freedom of Speech is curtailed, Freedom of Assembly is only for the favored, Freedom of Religion is constrained and the Second Amendment is non-existent.

    … and how freedom was a lie and the American dream was dead …

    Federal regulations and mandatory union membership have nothing, nothing to do with this …

    … and how we were despoiling the environment.

    Unlike the glorious Soviet People’s Republic.

    1. Those same Democrats of course are going utterly crazy about Trump’s defense of the USA and his denunciation of socialism, mob violence and cancel culture (i.e. Mao’s Cultural Revolution Redux).
      More evidence that the Democrats outright loathe the USA and its very existence, and that they intend to destroy and replace the USA, the Constitution and the Declaration Independence at the first possible opportunity, whether its outright declare or simply whether its de-facto by gutting them and wearing the skin.

      1. You are too unkind. Democrats LOVE the USA … so long as they are running it and conservatives know their proper place.

        They love America as an abusive spouse loves her partner.

        1. Nope the Dems hate America even when they’re in charge. Look at some of Obumbles speeches as president, especially to foreign listeners. They have a real death wish. Now if we could just get them to emulate Mr. Epstein but only for themselves not for the whole country.

  20. it’s a load of bokum

    As a proud immigrant to North Carolina, home of Buncombe County whence came that term, I hasten to remind one and all the common spelling is “bunkum” — although, after the preceding administration I am inclining toward the term “barracking.”

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bunkum
    From buncombe, from “speaking to (or for) Buncombe County, North Carolina”, a county in North Carolina named for Edward Buncombe. In 1820, Felix Walker, who represented the county in the U.S. House of Representatives, rose to address the question of admitting Missouri as a free or slave state, his first attempt to speak on the subject after nearly a month of solid debate, right before the vote was to be called. To the exasperation of colleagues, he began a long and wearisome speech, explaining that he was speaking not to Congress but “to Buncombe.”He was ultimately shouted down by his colleagues, though his speech was published in a Washington paper and his persistence made “buncombe” (later respelled “bunkum”) a synonym for meaningless political claptrap and later for any kind of nonsense, at first only in the jargon of Washington and then in common usage (see discussion on talk page).

    From Wikipedia:
    Crowd abuse or barracking refers to the widespread practice of crowds following various sports to criticise or abuse opponents, by shouting, chanting, singing or through the use of banners in the stadium.[1] Motivation for crowd abuse includes gaining a psychological advantage over an opponent, either individually or as a team. Examples of the effectiveness of such techniques can be found in any major sport, including some dangerous outcomes such as the Malice in the palace (Pacers-Pistons Brawl).
    en.wikipedia[DOT]org/wiki/Crowd_abuse

  21. “And apparently it’s spelling the death knell to a lot of colleges.”

    Just to be on the safe side, it might be best for them to burn down with their crazed Marxist instructors and those they’ve brainwashed inside. Lightning strikes, or meteor impacts, clear signs from Upstairs, would be especially portentious.

  22. One of the (many) things driving me nuts lately is the proliferation of: “Well, America’s notions of freedom and liberty may have made sense centuries ago, but now they’re dangerous and have to change”. What part of “inalienable rights” do they not understand?

    1. Didn’t you get the word? It’s a “living document”, subject to interpretation by modern ideals and modes of thought. We couldn’t possibly expect to be bound by the ideas of a bunch of 18th-century bigots who didn’t even have graduate degrees in Political Science.

      1. It’s only a “Living Document” when <I<their priests extract its entrails. I’ve noticed they’re awfully fast to scream “Unconstitutional !!!” whenever there are Republicans interpreting it.

        I’ve about had enough of the “Heads we win, Tails you lose” school of Constitutional interpretation and I get the impression I’m not alone..

  23. The American Left is like a husband who insists he loves his wife, but all he does is cheat on her, beat her and call her a dumb, fat, b*tch.

    1. “I love her,” he says. “I do these things because I just want her to be better.”

  24. > Colorado has banned fireworks, not an unusual event,
    > except for the fact this Spring, while not the wettest we’ve had, has
    > been wet enough that I mowed some mushrooms in my lawn yesterday.

    I can’t find anything that shows Colorado laws changing this year. We have the usual nanny-state bolshevik nonsense, but it’s persistent nonsense, not new edits by Gov. Karen.

    I have been in a couple Targets and King Supers, and all have had the low level crackers and fountains for sale.

    Yesterday while out delivering I saw signs for a seasonal fireworks stand, but I don’t remember what municipality I was in.

    We have fireworks go off *regularly* out here in Western Arvada–apparently it’s a think with the horse and cow folks that when they have a baby cow or horse they set off fireworks to scare off the coyotes who are attracted by the smell. I think it’s probably nonsense, but it’s their story and their sticking to it.

    We’ve been having *much more* fireworks the last 2 weeks, including aerials, so it’s probably your hearing.

  25. As to events being canceled, there’s a neighborhood barbecue tonight. The family will be in attendance.

    1. The neighbors on the shady corner have been bbqing and grilling almost every night, alternating with their next door neighbors. It has gotten very cozy.

    2. Barbecuing neighborhoods — that’s one of those White Supremacist things, ain’t it?

  26. I married into a family tradition of reading the Declaration aloud, in the evening, before lighting fireworks. We pass a copy around, reading a paragraph or so at a time. Everyone old enough to read aloud takes a turn — often several turns, depending on the size of the group. Almost all of our guests have chosen to participate and thanked us afterwards for the experience. I didn’t grow up with this custom, but I highly recommend it.

    Due to the virus, the gathering will be small this year, and the fireworks probably piped in by television, but we will still do our ceremonial reading. Happy Independence Day, everyone!

    1. We used to gather all our friends, watch fireworks and then do the world’s most enthusiastic, least in tune rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
      Our neighbors would shout back “You guys suck”
      And we’d shout “We know. But we love America.”

    1. The version H Beam Piper used in Uller Uprising was “For the timidity and stupidity of our enemies, Allah make us truly thankful, amen.” (Spoken by General Carlos von Schlichten, with the reference to Allah being from a time when reasonable people believed that Islam was mellowing and would continue to mellow in the future.)

      Piper is also an early example of old-school SF authors treating human racial differences as amusing bits of trivia rather than as the oh-so-serious matter of great grim importance that respectable-thinking people consider it to be.

  27. It occurs to me that not only do we have a crapton per person of recreational civilian weaponry and ammunition, but we also have a huge amount of recreational artistic explosive devices.

    And wha daur meddle wi’ us?

    1. The bad guys count on our reluctance to use our firepower the way they would. Or our fear of our own government persecuting us for defending ourselves. Absent those factors, no one would “daur.”

  28. Happy Independence Day! There are lots of fireworks here in Utah county. I’m also hoping to glimpse the lunar eclipse.

    1. The Democrats of course are going insane over it. Their reaction is fantastic evidence that they truly loathe the USA, the Declaration and the Constitution and intend to get rid of all three at the earliest possible opportunity, whether officially or whether it is simply de-facto where they wear the skin after gutting it.

  29. “THE QUOTE IS PROBABLY APOCRYPHAL, BUT IT’S ONE OF THOSE THAT SINCE IT DIDN’T EXIST, IT HAD TO BE MADE UP:” It’s certainly acceptable usage these days but given the traditional meaning of apocryphal to wit: (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.

    The content is certainly true regardless of who first expressed it in that form; probably a translator. Doubtful does not mean false in content any more than it means known false in attribution.

    It follows that anything that might be apocryphal pretty surely is. It then follows that probably apocryphal is redundant though the usage might for all I know draw distinctions between doubtful and vey doubtful. Every time I see the usage, much like disinterested for some bastard superlative for uninterested or decimate for devastate, I am forced to collect my rage before continuing to read.

  30. In my city fireworks are banned, which is nuts for NH. Of course, normally nobody pays any attention to this, so there are plenty of them going on, especially around July 4.
    This year our Dem mayor cancelled the city’s own annual fireworks display, as well. I am sure the timing of the decision (BLM protests and virtue signaling around the country) was purely coincidental.
    Anyway, I have NEVER seen or heard as many fireworks as tonight. For at least an hour there truly wasn’t a second of silence in the neighborhood. Not one second.
    I was hoping for wider-spread defiance, but I didn’t expect the sheer number of people showing the government their middle fingers.
    On a more personal note, I have never been happier about $174.00 literally going up in smoke.

    Then I talked to my kids about civil disobedience and its relationship to a certain passage in the Declaration.

    1. I’ve been hearing a lot of civil pyrotechnic disobedience this week, and last night . . . The official show was from nine fifteen or so to ten, then the unofficial artillery started, including what sounded like real artillery (pressure wave felt inside the house level of boom, ISYN). Then at eleven thirty G-d said, “Pikers. Let Me show you how it’s done,” and a line of storms rolled in with a light and sound show. We got over half an inch of rain at RedQuarters.

      1. Oh, we got one of those a couple years ago…unsettled weather, our usual massive official fireworks, and JUST as the last rocket’s red glare faded into the dark — a whole-sky crack of horizontal lightning right overhead. Most magnificent finale EVER.

    2. Outside of Nashua, Manchester, Concord and the the coast NH is still good old New Englanders. About the only thing that more ornery, more stubborn and more outright contemptuous of those in power are back woods Scotts Irish from the hollers of West Virginia and I think a true old NH VT or Mainer would give them a run for their money.

      1. There’s a’plenty Scots Irish in western Kaintuck, eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina who’ll match their West Virginia cousins for obstreperousness, and more than a few Louisiana Cajuns, Georgia swamp dwellers and west of the Missip cowpunchers who won’t hesitate to call out political (would be) leaders for the pud-knockers they are. These united states have no shortage of stubborn galoots all across the land.

  31. Scottsdale, AZ: Son and I managed to get our new flag flying by 8 a.m., in front of the garage and I sent a picture of it to some friends. In the late afternoon we walked around our block and counted at least six other flags displayed. One house had used a couple dozen small flags to border their walkway. We brought our flag in just before sunset.

    I read Sarah’s post on PJM, “Flying the Flag Proudly”, excerpted above by RES. It is a most excellent essay. (I admit that I quickly abandoned the comments as the trolls were out in force.)

    After dark, we went around the corner and waved “Hi!” to a few neighbors who were setting off some ground fireworks for their little kids to admire. I have no idea what kind they were – not sparklers. Then the annual West World fireworks display started up (it’s a mile or so away and they had the aerial ones) and standing there in front of the community mailboxes, we had an excellent view of the whole shebang. It was a great show.

    When it was over, we wished the neighbors a Happy Fourth of July, and came home. It was a good day. May we all have many many more.

    Stay free!

  32. I was hoping for pyrotechnic civil disobedience in our neighborhood (the fireworks are banned here for “safety reasons”) since the official city fireworks were cancelled, but I didn’t expect it to be This much.
    I was also worried about our new neighbors (who knows, maybe they would be against our breaking the rules). But instead of saying anything against it or being quiet about it, we got a round of applause and “wow, yours are even better than ours!”.
    It was really heartening to hear, and to listen (and to see) all the fireworks going off around us. It did sound like a battle, but not a single shot was fired.
    G-d bless America and Americans true to its Constitution.

    1. Our expanded neighborhood was very smoky. Mostly the legal packs one gets from Costco. With a mix of airshows; usual suspect locals. Legal pack usage was much higher. Combination of younger families moving in, replacing long time retired, and no Rodeo airshow to compete with attention.

    2. 7:30 to near midnight last night was like being at ground zero of an artillery barrage. Yes, there were things that shook the house.

      I don’t begrudge our neighbors their fun, but the dog was petrified.

      I think the worst part was I couldn’t go out to watch them myself – all the booms were so close that even covering my ears, my nerves couldn’t take it.

      …Really hoping they have the official display next year, my poor ears…. *G*

      1. I gave my daughter one of my electronic ear pro I use for both work and shooting – 50 bucks on Amazon, and a good deal. Might look into that for next year.

        1. Apparently there is such a thing as “Mutt Muffs” hearing protection for dogs. But yeah, I bet it is not cheap.

          The friendly pit bull from across the street was sauntering around during the fireworks, apparently to find a pit stop that wasn’t occupied by partiers.

          1. Mutt Muffs filter noise, they don’t eliminate it. My dog cowers at bang, no matter how muffled. I let her cower under the bed or by my side. She can relax if she knows I’m there to protect her. There isn’t a Mutt Muffs equivalent for cats, that I’m aware of. All I can do for the cats is insure that they are all tucked inside the house. (All one of them for now. Kittens didn’t even notice the fireworks. They will when they grow into cats. How it works.)

            1. I’m very glad that neither of our cats care about the outside noises as long as they are inside. There were some bangs set off Friday night in our town, but the Fourth was nearly continuous from sundown to after 1am.

              God Bless America!

  33. For July 4th I hung the flag out just to annoy the locals (I’m in North Shore Massachusetts). We also watched Independence Day which has become a tradition with my daughters as inviolable as watching White Christmas after Thanksgiving dinner.

    The quantity of small fireworks was impressive. The quantity of large (small mortar star shells) was also impressive. I’m as fond of a firecracker or bottle rocket as the next USAian but those big ones really ought to be left to the pros. An ounce or two of black powder and other combustible items is just kind of trouble. I think I’d rather mess with one of Starship Troopers mini nukes than a large private firework.

    1. I won’t put my hands anywhere near ’em myself, but considering how many of the big ones were going off all around me, the complete lack of ambulance sirens was a fair testament to their relative safety.

      1. The issue is there’s a fairly high failure rate due to humidity or bouncing around in shipment changing the launch charge from a propulsive charge into an explosive one. Light and run is ok but if you are trying to be fancy and setting of several at a time a failed one can kick of others from thrown sparks,

  34. I used to do airshow pyro. Great moments included: setting off all the car alarms on the airport (not a small airport). Setting off a wall of fire that caused the tower to call the show boss and say, “Cough, cough, cough.” (It got a tiny bit smoky. We were pleased.) Setting off an a-bomb charge that lifted the B-29 ten feet farther into the air. (We’d warned them it would be big.) Coming up with a strafing run for an A-10 at the last minute. (As in the A-10 driver wandered over all lonely-like after the first day’s show and asked us for one. We looked at each other, looked at him, and the boss said, “We are always happy to provide support for our active duty military.” Then we grinned like a herd of possums and started sorting out how to do it without upsetting the shots we already had laid out. He got his strafing run.)

    1. HOOAH.

      There were lots of car alarms last night. I was more focused on setting off my stuff and making sure my ever vigilant eldest son (7) didn’t soak them with the hose too fast. After going back through this thread I am far more appreciative of the people around me during this time.

  35. Dayton Ohio here: After everyone cancelled their official displays, the entire city erupted with private mortar fireworks. Made me smile.

    My corporate overlords sent us all emails urging us to “be repsonsible” this weekend. “Stay home, avoid the gatherings that some elements encourage this weekend.” (eyeroll) I guess that makes our barbecue party an act of rebellion.

    When I was younger, my brother and I (but mostly my brother, the pyromaniac of the family) would go to a fireworks store juuust across the state line in Indiana to buy all the fun stuff. (Parking lot was in Ohio, warehouses and cash registers were in Indiana.) We’d set it up out in a farmers field behind our house with an elaborate fusing system, then watch for half an hour as we tried to outdo the city.

  36. > Rushmore

    Some of the Sioux wanted representation on Mount Rushmore; specifically, they wanted the face of Crazy Horse up there too. The Rushmore officials ignored them, so a consortium of Lakota donated land and secured funding to give Crazy Horse his own memorial, and hired a sculptor to make it so.

    Seventeen miles Rushmore, Korczak Ziolkowski began carving the Sioux’ “up yours!” response to the Feds. Not just a face on the side of a mountain; a full three-dimensional sculpture of Crazy Horse on his mount, colossally larger than Rushmore – more than 50 stories tall, just short of two football fields long.

    It is far from finished – at the current rate, it might take another century and some. The Sioux aren’t in a hurry. Crazy Horse’s face now looks out over the Black Hills as Ziolkowski’s children, grandchildren, and soon great-grandchildren work to complete his commission.

    Because Americans can carve a whole damned mountain if they want to. Particularly if you piss them off.

    “If you don’t have any faith,” she said, “if you don’t have any imagination, if you don’t have a dream — what are you doing here?”
    — Ruth Ziolkowski

    1. A salute to the Sioux and Ziolkowski then: That’s how it’s done. Build something you want, don’t destroy something someone else wants.

    2. Excellent!
      Are they by chance related to the Father of Rocketry (as far as the Russians are concerned)?

      1. I think Ziolkowski or his parents were Polish. But once they arrived here, they were just Americans.

  37. I observe that, continuing his unbroken string of “orders people will not obey,” Governor Gruesome (D-CA) has ordered people not to sing or chant during worship.

    For some reason, the novelette about the nutcracker revolution comes to mind. Janet Kagan, “The Nutcracker Coup.”

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