49 thoughts on “Our Fourth”

  1. listen carefully starting at 3:07 minutes in the video to hear prescient words written 243 years ago as they apply to the present tyrant.     amazing.

  2. seemingly similar “Facts be submitted to a candid world”  about the present day tyrant:

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, …




  3. The weather forecast for a rainy 4th is a maybe at 6:30pm EDT in D.C.  SFB has caused much pain due to his closing of the Memorial Bridge, along with other areas of D.C.  National Airport will not have flights for several hours today to let the little dictator have his way with a military “parade”.
    The funny side of his sneaky way to get his “parade” is that as is typical of this administration it is bungled.  One piece of that is they are facing a small crowd for his harangue.  The “VIP” section tickets are being handed out to any greedy old pervert willing to take a handful.  With only republicans/KKK/white supremacists invited the turnout should be rather grim, but make for some great pictures. 

    Something that his babysitters did not plan for is most people do not start arriving on the Mall for the fireworks until seven or so.  Little wet diaper man plans on doing his senile speech at six thirty.  AND, due to shutting down a lot of access while he is transported to the Lincoln Memorial (which will need a good bleach job afterward), those people will be arriving later than they want to.

  4. Nice rendition of the Declaration.  

    BB, I suspect that notwithstanding SFBs clueless planning of his party for SFB his followers will show up in droves for the show. I’ve got a few questions about the planning. 

    First, where are the tanks and other battle vehicles situated- inside the restricted areas set aside for VIP acolytes or out where those people who aren’t transported to the events in limos able to see and touch them?

    What sort of accommodations have been arranged to have food, water and restrooms available for the masses?

    Are there any online video cameras that we can access to see weather, crowd size, etc., or do we have to rely on broadcasts from the networks to fact check crowd size, etc?

    Where is the orange baby blimp going to be – in SFB’s line of sight or hidden away in a remote corner of the mall?

    How much does this party cost and how is it being paid for?

  5. BB

    Excellent commentary.  SFB will probably yowl about “conspiracy” forgetting that most things that might look like a conspiracy are usually the result of human stupidity. 

  6. pogo, about one of your questions from the guardian:  

    Trump baby blimp may not fly over president’s Fourth of July extravaganza


    The Donald Trump “baby blimp” will appear at a protest near the president’s Independence Day celebration in Washington on the Fourth of July – but there is diminishing hope that authorities will allow it actually to fly.


    The blimp, a giant orange balloon that depicts Donald Trump crying and dressed only in a nappy, became the focal point of protests against both of his two visits to the UK.


    Codepink, the direct action antiwar protest group behind the latest effort, was granted a permit to bring the blimp to Washington’s National Mall while Trump gives an address at the Lincoln memorial, to protest against the “militarization of July 4”.

    But the group has not yet received permission to fly the balloon over the president’s Fourth of July extravaganza, which will include the deployment of tanks on the mall, which stretches from the memorial to the Houses of Congress, and an extended fireworks display.


    The US National Park Service granted Codepink a permit on 1 July to fly the balloon, but only if it is filled with ordinary air and not helium, which is required for it to become airborne.


    The Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin said the group has applied for a waiver from aviation authorities to fly the balloon 60cm (2ft) off the ground and said in a brief interview that they remain hopeful the request will be granted.


    “We plan to fly the blimp, hopefully with helium, but if not, with air,” she said.


    In a statement, Benjamin added: “It is ironic that it is right here, in the ‘land of the free’, the balloon is being grounded.”


  7. as for where the tanks are.  looks like they (or at least this one) will be too close to the VIPs to allow the unwashed anywhere near.

    An army soldier hops out of a Bradley fighting vehicle after moving it into place by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, on 3 July.



    An army soldier hops out of a Bradley fighting vehicle after moving it into place by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, on 3 July. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    wapo also had this to say in that regard:

    For a public gathering that is ostensibly targeting an audience of hundreds of millions of Americans, the display of weaponry, aircraft and pyrotechnics has been scripted primarily to satisfy an audience of one. By having Trump speak to a select audience, flanked by armored tactical vehicles, organizers hope he will avoid the prospect of facing a smaller crowd of the sort that gathered on the Mall for his swearing-in.

  8. The Bradley fighting vehicles are light enough to not crush the areas around the Lincoln Memorial or along the Mall.  There are a lot of tunnels and things, such as the Metro, under the Mall that have to protected.  I have avoided downtown (what we locals call the central part of D.C.) for weeks just to avoid the mess. 
    The Mall has several zones of security.  Inside you can carry plastic bottled water and some food.  There are the usual street food and food trucks outside the secure zone. 
    In case of bad weather, lightning and tornadoes, the museums open their doors to the public. 
    There are public restrooms on the Mall by the Washington Monument.  There are port-o-potty locations, but I do not know if those will be out today. 
    The baby blimp originally was going to be gassed to float, but when SFB decided to add planes to fly over the decision was to make it air only.  Expect creativity to get it up and in view.
    And finally, webcams on the Mall.  I am not sure if these will function if the crowd is more of a small group of white nationalists giving the one armed Nazi salute.

  9. Oh, damn, no DC celebration for me; my TeeVees don’t get those channels. Raised my large, handsome flag to the top of the flagpole at 0700 this morning. I’ll replace it with its smaller sib before dark (it’s illuminated). I’ll try to be asleep before the fireworks kick-in.

  10. Happy birthday America!

    I’ve got better things to do today than to sit at home and watch you-know-who on tv.  Going to the family camp for swimming, a sauna, lots of great food….  and of course being with friends and family.  Everyone have fun at your chosen activities!

  11. My job today is to assure Brewster that all that noise is not the end of the world coming. He will be following me around all day never more than 3 feet from me. Even now as the neighborhood kids start  lighting up fire crackers a few at a time. he followed me out side as I put up the flag. He was  so close underfoot that I had to be careful not to step on him. 

  12. While Brewster went to Sherry for a lot of things, when it came to loud noises, Thunder and lightening and fireworks only I’m big and bad enough to protect him. So It is my job. It will be a late night.

  13. jack, likewise with billie bob.  will probably be sitting up most of the night with a quivering golden retriever in my lap.


    good to hear that the usual festivities will still go on according to daily beast’s story today “This July 4th Has Everything: Tanks, Trump—and Scandal “:


    On the opposite end of the Mall, the traditional, non-partisan celebration—“A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast on PBS—is still set to take place directly after the Trump show wraps. Promoters of “A Capitol Fourth” are going out of their way to note that their event has nothing to do with Trump’s tank-laden party. A tweet pinned to the top of the official Twitter account for the event reads that the John Stamos-hosted celebration “remains unaffiliated with any other July 4th events around the country and in other locations in Washington, D.C.”

    As we know, the noble sentiments of rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence were not for everyone in 1776. We have come a long way toward making them universal and we have a way to go before they are.  
    One Speech that should be read on this day is by Fredrick Douglas.
    “What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July”
    While I have pasted an excerpt of the speech below It is a masterpiece of oratory that needs to be read in it’s entirety to be truly appreciated. 

    But, such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people! …………………………………….


    Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then fellow-citizens, is AMERICAN SLAVERY. I shall see, this day, and its popular characteristics, from the slave’s point of view. Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery—the great sin and shame of America! “I will not equivocate; I will not excuse”; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.


  15. Music for the day,
    What else captures this day than “Stars and Stripes forever” especially when done by the Marine band.

  16. For the 4th
    We are playing bocce on America’s most scenic bocce court — Timber Cove, North Coast, California
    And then a lovely lunch at the Coast Kitchen another spectacular view.
    We are being joined by Mr. C’s older son up from LA

  17. Another interesting historical tidbit. With out this man there may not have been an Army to win the war. Armies take money, lots of it.
    The Broker Who Saved America

    You know Hancock and Washington and Franklin and Jefferson. You might even know Greene and Knox, Henry and Hale. And we know you know Hamilton, pretty tough to escape that one these days!
    But it is very unlikely that you know the name Haym Solomon. This is unfortunate, because he’s the guy who arranged financing to keep the Continental Army alive during its darkest days, finding the money to keep the revolution going when many were ready to throw in the towel. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Bank of North America – the country’s first “national” bank. Solomon’s contributions to the war and the founding of the nation, though seldom discussed, were of major importance.


  18. bbronc, yep just what we need to top it off

    washingtonexaminer:  Giant toilet-tweeting Trump robot comes to DC in protest


    “This 4th of July, CODEPINK will host a festival on the National Mall from 2-6 p.m. to protest the Trump administration’s politicization of our national holiday,” the group said in a release reported by The Hill. “The anti-war organization will be featuring the Trump Baby Blimp, made famous in the UK, and a 16-foot Trump Robot sitting on a golden toilet, as well as lots of small Baby Trump balloons. The festival will also include stand-up comedy, a dance party, and an open mic for participants to bring attention to issues that are important to them.”


    The group has posted on their website that this an “anti-imperialist festival” with hopes of making it “an event Trump won’t forget.”


    The co-director of the organization, Ariel Gold, said that she finds it “very alarming to see Trump turn a traditionally nonpartisan celebration into a Trump rally and a military spectacle.”

  19. Today’s favorite tweet:

    This nation doesn’t need a parade. It needs an exorcism. Exorcizamus te, omnis immunde spiritus, omnis satanica protestas, omnis incursio infernalis adversaii… Well, you know the rest.

  20. Looks like more than a few of us have to provide solace to our pets on the 4th. Mine will be panting and pacing from the first bang to the last. 

  21. abc news:

    An earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday morning, making hanging lamps sway and photo frames on wall shake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

    The 6.4 magnitude quake measured struck near in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California.

    The United State Geological Survey initially said it measured at a 6.6 magnitude.

    People from Las Vegas to the Pacific Coast reported feeling a rolling motion and took to social media to report it.

    Local emergency agencies also took to social media to ask people to only call 911 for emergencies.


    “We are very much aware of the significant earthquake that just occurred in Southern California. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless there are injuries or other dangerous conditions. Don’t call for questions please,” the LAPD said in a statement published on Twitter.


    Ashleigh Chandler, a helicopter rescue EMT at Fort Irwin, California, said the quake happened as she was getting ready for a July 4th party.


    “I was just in the living room getting everything ready, we start to feel the shaking, so then I look up and then the wine bottles start rattling and I thought, ‘They’re going to fall.’


    “My sister was in the house and my dog, so we just got everyone outside and then it ended. It was like 15, 20 seconds, maybe. It was pretty good shaking, so I’m out of breath.”


    “Everyone’s OK.”


  22. If you recall, I wished our weather here a couple days ago on DC today. Well I wish our weather here today on DC today. Hot and humid, with a FLASH flood warning until about midnight tonight.
    But we are of sturdy stuff. Just finished dinner – hearts of romaine salad – with cherry tomatoes, mini peppers and Vidalia onions – grilled corn on the cob and filet. It was REALLY delicious even if I (the chef) say so myself. 

  23. I LOVED Mad Magazine when I was in HS & college. I hate to think it won’t be molding impressionable minds any longer. Sniff. 

  24. Alexandra petri:  

    Goodbye, America! Tanks for everything!




    A farewell to a beloved friend.

    Well, America, it has been great.


    On the Fourth of July, President Trump and his followers are taking over the Mall and the Lincoln Memorial, as tanks roll down the streets and jets fly overhead. The Park Service has diverted $2.5 million to pay for this extravagance. This, apparently, is a Salute to America, some sort of combination birthday-retirement-funeral? It is unclear where America is going, but you certainly seem to be on your way out.


    Since you’ve invited us to this party, America, the girls and I wanted to get together and do something sort of special before you leave for good. We all signed a card. We put our John Hancocks on it and cried, thinking back to when we first saw you, to that big document with the enormous signature and a few dozen other, smaller signatures on it, which meant that a brand-new idea was in the world.



    We’ve had some times, America. Who would have thought that some 18th-century men objecting to paying taxes without representation would have been responsible for so much liberty, so many milestones and such a weird cheese?

    Truly what was up with that cheese? It managed to give the impression of still being wrapped in a thin layer of plastic even when removed from its thin layer of plastic. It was always partially melted. Its aftertaste clung to the roof of your mouth for hours, long after the thing itself was gone.


    Sorry, I got distracted. This day is supposed to be about you. You were very protective of your flag, but you also were chill about it when people wanted to burn it as a protest. You sort of let people do their own thing, but you had values. It was a good balance, eventually.


    Oh man, remember when you gave up drinking for a hot second, though? You were a mess. I’m glad that’s not happening still.

    Remember that time you built the Hoover Dam? Remember the Gold Rush? Man, remember that speech from William Jennings Bryan, about being crucified on a cross of gold? I remember we looked at each other like, is this guy for real? We can agree now that that was a little dramatic, can’t we? Woof! Remember populism? Oh man, remember “The Wizard of Oz”? Did we ever figure out what that was a metaphor for?


    Remember Daniel Webster? Didn’t he make a deal with Satan, or something?


    I know I complained about how you would try to get everyone to sing a song about you, and the fact that it was an unsingable drinking song! Can we all agree, now, that it was not singable? Maybe it was a metaphor.


    I don’t know why I’m crying. It’s fine. I am sure whoever comes to fill this position next will do a good job, even if they are not represented by a confusing goateed uncle in a loud outfit drawn by Thomas Nast, as you were. It was a weird choice, but one that I gradually became fond of. And I’m sure wherever you go next, you’re going to be very happy. Even if I don’t like it, personally.

    You know what, no. I’m going to say it. You spend all this time hanging out with creepy autocrats, and I think something is starting to rub off. What is this whole event? Why are there tanks? This isn’t like you at all. You weren’t perfect as you were, but — I don’t like this new you.


    I just — I wish we weren’t saluting you like this.

    You’ve been a mess, sometimes. That is an enormous understatement. A mess, a disappointment, a mass of divisions and contradictions. But at your best, you were really something. I’m starting to wonder if you weren’t irreplaceable. Without you, who is going to welcome the poor, the hungry, the downtrodden, the masses yearning to breathe free? That was your whole thing, but if the photos I’ve seen from the border lately are any indication, with people crowded into unthinkable conditions for months and days, you seem to have given up on that.

    It doesn’t seem like you, to just not care about what happens there. Maybe that was you once, but — I really thought —


    And this Donald Trump guy — what do you see in him? Is this for the long haul? Because I wish you wouldn’t, America. I really wish you wouldn’t change yourself so much for him. No, that is not quite right. I guess, rather, he brings out the parts of you that I always hated the most. I wish you were with someone who did not do that.


    But it’s not up to me. It’s up to you and your electoral college.


    No, I’m sorry. This is supposed to be a salute.


    We will try to remember you — not quite as you were; we have never been good at remembering exactly that. But certainly not as you are now.

  25. Poobah, TWC sez storm moving out – should be “nice” over the next few hours. Dammit. 

  26. patd – I am crying hard now.  My youth, at least up til now at age 69, has been living the MAD Magazine life.  Who can forget 43 man squamish? Kennedy?  Nixon? Spy vs Spy?  Oh damn.  This is the worst thing to happen this year.  They could have spent the next two years focused on a SFB. But, it was inevitable.  Sigh.

  27. wapo:  Russian state-run media took Trump’s July 4 event as an opportunity to ‘troll’ the U.S.

    President Trump’s critics have compared his planned July 4 celebration in the nation’s capitol — which will feature tanks, flyovers by jets including Air Force One, as well as a pyrotechnics show — to something you might see in Russia, rather than the United States.


    But Russia’s state-run media found the idea laughable.


    Journalists on Rossiya 1′s popular “60 Minutes” TV show mocked the military equipment that will appear at the “Salute for America” on Thursday, claiming that the tanks and other armored vehicles being towed into Washington had “paint peeling off” and required “adhesive tape.”


    Footage of American tanks in Washington rolled across the studio’s screens as co-host Yevgeny Popov declared sarcastically, “The greatest parade of all times is going to be held today in Washington, that is what our Donald Trump has said. The American president announced he would show us the newest tanks.”

    Popov then claimed that, “these are Abrams and Sherman tanks, used during World War II and withdrawn from service in 1957.”


    Trump had previously asserted that both those models of tanks would be used, but in reality, the event is expected to feature two M1A2 Abrams tanks, a pair of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and an M88A2 support vehicle. The Sherman will not make an appearance.


    Adding to her colleague’s commentary, “60 Minutes” co-host Olga Skabeyeva, claimed that “the paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape.”


    Still, “Russia will look for any opportunity to troll the United States,” Kofman said. “From their perspective, what they’re going to see [in Washington] is a fairly neat, static military display rather than a parade approaching their scale, or even parades held in Europe.”


    The scathing sarcasm by the Russian media adds to criticism of the vitriol the president is facing for his event back home.


  28. What time is SFB’s speech?  Looks like heavy rains and thunder boomers from now until 8 or so. Pity. ~~~

  29. When it comes to versions of America the beautiful I still like this one and from what I read about the woman who wrote America the beautiful, she would too

  30. Happy 4th!
    I was hoping for a total washout of Trumpsky’s  I-have-very-tiny-penis-parade.   A direct lightning strike on the doofus would also work.  

  31. Apparently Trump thinks there were airplanes during the War of 1812 and the faithful are spreading the above photo trimmed to just show the reflecting pool as an indication of crowd size.  It is actually a scene from Forest Gump


  32. Oops my bad.  Finally identified as the 2008 Concert on the Mall.  Still pretty much the usual lie.  

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