Happy Birthday, America!

4 Jul

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

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I love the Fourth of July. I love the fireworks, I love spending time with friends and family, but most of all, I love the songs and the words that celebrate this great nation and her people. In honor of America’s birthday, I thought I would share some of my personal favorites – arrangements that stir my soul.

I’m starting out with “America”, also known as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. I found an absolutely gorgeous arrangement of this song, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale. It starts out slowly, but it builds to a beautiful conclusion:

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Another one of my favorite patriotic songs is “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. There are so many wonderful arrangements of this stirring song, but this one as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is perhaps the most well-known choral arrangement:

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As a know-it-all teenager, I never did understand all the fuss about Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America”, but I’ve grown to appreciate her version of this song as the years have passed. I happened across this clip from the 1943 movie “This is the Army”, and couldn’t pass it up – in part because of a very brief “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” glimpse of a fresh-faced young actor who was destined for a bright future in politics (at 4:20):

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I don’t just love the old “standards” that I grew up with – many wonderful songs continue to be written. One of my “new” favorites is Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” – it’s another song that brings a lump to my throat every time I hear it:

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And I have always loved Ray Charles’ soulful rendition of “America the Beautiful” – the stirring words never fail to remind me to be thankful for the blessings of liberty:

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I’m a sentimental softie – my eyes still well up when I see the Stars and Stripes being raised or when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is being played. But I can honestly say that no matter where or when I hear our national anthem being played, one performance of it will always stand out for me:

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As a kid, I never cared much for history. As I grew older, I started to appreciate just what the sacrifices made by those generations of remarkable people actually meant, the things that they and their families did in the name of this country, and their remarkable legacy of freedom.

I love this country and all that she stands for. I have always been, and always will be, proud to call myself an American. I have never forgotten how incredibly fortunate I am that my ancestors came to this country, seeking a better life for their children and their children’s children. And I will never let myself forget that it is up to me to ensure that my children and all the generations that follow are able to enjoy the same liberties that were bestowed upon me:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

With those powerful words, a great nation was born….

Happy birthday, America.

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(Cross-posted at Koch’s Tour)

Updated and fixed by Dick:


Now it fixed.

Upgraded via Clintbird.

126 Responses to “Happy Birthday, America!”

  1. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Well, as Mr. TiFW said yesterday, “We can sleep in tomorrow morning!”.

    Then we both looked at each other and said, “If Rebecca doesn’t get up too early.”

    And here we are – we’ve been up for an hour already….

  2. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Wanted to share a picture that DD#2 drew for a friend – it was done with the “Pointillism” technique. She got all of this talent from Mr. TiFW’s side of the family; I can barely draw a stick figure….

  3. Dick July 4, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Beat ya up by an hour, easy. One of the cats decided to be an idiot, which does it every time.

  4. Dick July 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    While fiddling around with the truck last night, I discovered the spare tire winch was fucked up in my little accident and now the spare can’t be lowered.

    So how do ya fix that? Well, the first thing ya have to do is remove the bumper….
    Alas.

  5. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Good morning, all 🙂

    Sounds like Dick has some work to do.

    Great post, Teresa. And great pointillist drawing, too. Alas, I fall in the same category as you 😉

  6. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I’ve been up since a bit before 6 … ya slackers.

  7. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I’ve been up since 6 AM as well, CB. Is this a contest??

  8. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Yes, and WE WON, Aggie!!!!!!!

  9. Dick July 4, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Cheaters!!!!!!!

  10. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Cheaters!!!!!!!

    WINNING!!!!!!

  11. Dick July 4, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Is it wrong that I yelled, “America! Fuck yeah!” when I saw this?

    http://is.gd/HOKz7K

  12. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    So Murphy’s Law hit Dick again – sorry about that, buddy!

    Hey, if’n you guys like my little poat, head on over to my blog (Koch’s Tour) and gimme some lovin’, m’kay?

    Thanx!

  13. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    For Dick:

  14. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Is it bad that I’m still laughing over that tweet???

  15. Dick July 4, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Nope, not at all.

    Poat has been properly updated and fixed!

  16. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Nice fixin’, Dick!

  17. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I was particularly fond of Number 7.

  18. Dick July 4, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    CB, I upgraded the poat with your contribution.

  19. Dick July 4, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Number 8 made my pants feel funny.

  20. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Poat has been properly updated and fixed!

    SIGH…….

  21. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Hey wait…. #6 is NOT a bikini.

    I feel cheated…

  22. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    SIGH…….

    Surely that was not a surprise, Teresa?? 😉

  23. Jazz July 4, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I went to bed at six am. Do I win a prize for going to bed when y’all were getting up?

  24. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Do I win a prize for going to bed when y’all were getting up?

    Why, yes, you do!!

  25. Dick July 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Teresa, all updates have been very patriotic in keeping with the theme!

  26. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I know, Dick – and Mr. TiFW just loves any gal who wraps herself in the flag!

  27. Dick July 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hahahahahahaha!

    I love AdBlock. Not only are pop up ads pretty much a thing of the past around here, but I get to destroy all chances of Ace making a nickle from me when I read his site.

  28. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    It’s nice to see Dick happy 😀

  29. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    “Firefly” marathon on SciFi channel today….

  30. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Yesterday was “Twilight Zone”, Teresa. I would watch “Firefly”, but have the DVDs, the film Serenity, and the independently-made, Browncoats: Redemption.

    Yes, I am a fan 😉

  31. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I slept in.

    TiFW, this was a great post, except for the fact that the music you chose kept invoking God, and the Christian God at that.

    I don’t know where you get your information, but God, especially that God has never played a role in the history of this nation or the lives of its people. The Founders and the Framers were not believers, that system of beliefs did not impact every aspect of their society, and it was not part and parcel of the writings that they set forth, and all the documents, written accounts, and correspondence to the contrary are fabrications.

    Just thought you should know.

    /Freindly neighborhood progressive revisionist off./

  32. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    BROWNCOATS!!!!

  33. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    BiW, you got mail.

  34. Car in July 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Weren’t our founder wiccan?

  35. Car in July 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    /Checks mail.

    Sigh

  36. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Carin, I’m gonna send you a pic of Anthony Wiener’s junk.

  37. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Had to add in my favorite National Anthem of the Year, the 2011 Rose Bowl by the TCU marching band. Leave it to the Texans to get in an excellent rendition. And it may be in commie CA, but you can hear the crowd singing the words. Even the Wisconsin fans were singing along! Proof that there are America lovers in the birthplace of progressivism, WI.

  38. Car in July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Carin, I’m gonna send you a pic of Anthony Wiener’s junk.

    /cancels subscription to Dick’s newsletter

  39. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Just saw a preview for a new show on CMT: Texas Women. Anyone we know?

  40. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Kelly’s from Philly, so she’s definitely out.

  41. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Carin and Dick, check your email.

  42. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I feel left out.

    I’m not a native born Texan, so that leaves me out, too, J’Ames.

  43. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Everyone, check your email.

  44. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Thanks, BiW (you heathen, you)!

  45. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Hey! I didn’t know one of you guys was a Nigerian prince. Cool.

  46. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m not a native born Texan, so that leaves me out, too, J’Ames.

    Huh, I thought you were model #1. Loved Roamy as model #2, and TiFW wrapping herself in the flag in #4.

  47. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Nigerian?? That fucker…I told him to type NUBIAN.

  48. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ll cross dress for ya James, if it’ll help.

  49. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Native Texan (born in Fort Worth, although I grew up in the Houston area), Daughter of the Republic of Texas, AND Daughter of the American Revolution here….

    *waits for gold star*

    gold star

  50. Dick July 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    There ya go, T.

  51. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m neither Texan, nor southern.

    I guess that makes me pretty much an infidel.

    ____________________________________________________

    One of my classmates in High School was from Georgia and a Col. in the National Guard. He was in my circle of friends there…many of whom were from the south…and I’ll never forget one day when we were all sitting around at lunch between classes one day, and he said “BiW, I don’t like yankees, but for some reason, I like you.” I suggested that maybe it was the fact that my Mom is from Missouri, and he said “Yeah, that must be it.”

  52. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Ok. Of to see if my barber is open today, because I’m starting to look like a hippie, and to get a new taillight for the Mrs.’ Mercedes-wannabe car.

  53. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    So no remarks about the young Ronaldus Maximus, huh?

    Recently I’ve begun to realize that many of the “war” pictures that I’ve seen were actually made in the MIDDLE of WWII, when nobody knew what the ultimate outcome was going to be. It never ceases to humble me….

  54. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Carin, check you email … and your buttocks.

  55. Dick July 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Carin, check you email … and your buttocks.

    “Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?” /Peter Graves Ghost

  56. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Carin, check … your buttocks.

    because everyone else is. 😉

  57. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Airplane was a funny mofo.

  58. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I’d say you’ve had enough.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6dm9rN6oTs

  59. Dick July 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I hate it when I wake up with a sore butt.

  60. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    What’s our vector, Victor?

  61. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    I guess that makes me pretty much an infidel.

    Nope. It’s also a State of Mind, honey 😉

  62. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I said you’ve had enough!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEIfHrwrSVU&feature=related

  63. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    There were dark days after the Columbia accident, but one of the lighter moments was when one of the younger engineers lit up a cigarette and said, “I guess I picked a bad time to stop smoking.” Everyone laughed, and she looked at us like we had lost our minds. She had never seen Airplane! (I fixed that.)

  64. Dick July 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Wasn’t the Columbia the one that came apart over Texas?

  65. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Yep – I think Roamy might have been a tad too young to have been working when Challenger exploded (I was 3 weeks away from finding out that I was pregnant with DD#1).

  66. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Mr. TiFW is happily watching the episode of Firefly with Christina Hendricks’ 1st appearance…..

  67. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Dick, Columbia was indeed the shuttle that broke up over Texas.

    Teresa, I was an employee of NASA at the time of Challenger, as a co-op student. I was back at school when it happened.

    http://xbradtc.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/slipping-the-surly-bonds-of-earth/

  68. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Ugh, I remember Challenger as well. Woke up to see the launch in my dormroom while getting ready for classes. I woke up the rest of the floor after it happened, and we watched in the community tv room.

    Pretty quiet, that day.

  69. Dick July 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I knew the Challenger blew up a good hour or two before it happened.
    Premonition I suppose, but I was certain that teacher wasn’t going to make it out alive. I told my brother it was gonna happen an hour before it did and he told me I was full of shit and should get back to work.
    When it did happen, he looked at me funny for three or four days afterwards and kept asking what else I knew. He still has never did bought into the “just a bad feeling” excuse I gave out, which is all it was.

  70. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I was an employee of NASA at the time of Challenger, as a co-op student.

    Either you started college WAAY young, or you look really good for your age, young lady!

  71. Dick July 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Next premonition: My spare tire winch will fail at an in-opportune moment.
    How do I know? It doesn’t work worth a damn now.

  72. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Dick, I remember glancing at the morning news shows and them showing pictures of the ice hanging off of the platforms and thinking that they REALLY shouldn’t go up that day because of the extreme temperature differential in such a short period of time.

    Mind you, I was only 3 years out of college, but I was the kid of a NASA engineer, and I had studied material science as part of the Civil Engineering curriculum. Plus, I knew what happened to other materials when exposed to extreme temp changes in a short period of time – I’d had enough hot dishes crack when hit with cold water to know not to do that….

    But they’d scrubbed 6 times already, and people were starting to grumble. I tore one of my friends a new one when she said, “Well they shouldn’t have gone up today!” after complaining the day before about all of the delays…..

  73. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    And yeah, seeing those icicles gave me a REALLY bad feeling….

  74. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Speaking of shuttles and the 4th of July, I still remember the year we were at a friend’s house on the bay at the mouth of the ship channel when one of the shuttles landed at Ellington Field in Houston.

    We were all out swimming, and everyone said, “Oh look! There’s the shuttle!”

    And I didn’t have my contacts in at the time, and couldn’t even see the outline of the darn thing. I was so disappointed!

  75. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    My Dad bitched for weeks about the choice to take a social studies teacher on the Challenger. He was a science teacher and had NO reservations that it should have been a science teacher on board.

    I was one of the few students in my school who didn’t see the explosion while in school…I found out about it at lunch from the guy who never knew what the hell he was talking about.

    When I got home, I rushed into the living room to turn on the tv, but it was already on. My Dad was sitting there watching it. The flickering light showed the tracks of tears on his cheeks. Just like any other time in his life, he said nothing, and after about an hour, he shut the tv off.

    He never said another word about NASA’s choice of teacher.

  76. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Teresa, I was 16 when I started college, 17 when I started working for NASA. My first boss loved to give me shit about bringing my mom to my job interview, but she had to co-sign the paperwork with me.

  77. Dick July 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    BiW, newest episode of Top Gear is out.

    http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gear-s17e02_2279114.htm

    Don’t say I never gave ya nothin’, cause you’d be right.

  78. Dick July 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    I was 16 when I started college, 17 when I started working for NASA.

    I was chasing skirts and mastering the art of the ‘C’ in English at that age.

  79. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    So when I was at Big Lots earlier buying a new floor mat for my car, I also got a bonus. The Franchise Collection of Gary Cooper movies for $5. Design for Living, Peter Ibbetson, The General Died At Dawn, Beau Geste, and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer.

    I love getting good prints of classic flicks for cheap.

  80. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    At 16 I was bored.

    At 17, I was dating the one that is my “Make That Two Fifths of Jack Daniels”.

    At 18, I was bored, until I started at U of M, and fell in with the Kappas.

  81. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Dad warned me about the Kappas.

  82. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Not these Kappas. We were a local.

    But if he had known them, he wouldn’t have warned you. He would have forbade you from even looking at us, let alone talking to us.

  83. Dick July 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    This made me smile. Some folks still give a damn.

  84. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    That brought a tear to this old band geek’s eye, Old Man.

  85. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    That was awesome, Dick.

  86. MCPO Airdale July 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Happy Independence, defenders of freedom!

  87. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Back at ya, Master Chief.

  88. Dick July 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Same here, Chief. Thanks for handlin’ it for so many years.

  89. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Let’s thank Slick Willie for helping us eliminate Mitt and John from the list:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/bill-clinton-i-like-huntsman-and-romney/

  90. clintbird July 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Jon, even … another good reason to eliminate him.

  91. Dick July 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Good. Get rid of both those fucking rinos.

  92. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Good evening. I hope everyone enjoyed their day.

  93. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    This is probably bigoted of me, but I’m not sure I could vote for a Mormon anyway, but especially not either of those two. Backbone required for the job.

  94. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I’ve always been of the opinion that a Mormon in the service is invincible, but a Mormon in politics is unconvincing.

  95. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Aggie, it’s probably that the one outspoken Mormon I worked with was an insufferable snot.

  96. Dick July 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I think of Mormons the same way I do Muslims. Fuck ’em.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre
    They did it once. They’ll do it again.

  97. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    PJM’s stories about her MIL add to that feeling, too.

    Dick, I had never heard of that massacre. Huh.

  98. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    A few observations….

    Why doesn’t a kid understand what “NO, YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE POPSICLE TONIGHT” means?

    Am I really stuck with the sheltie forever?

    And is shipping a coffeemaker to PR a good idea?

  99. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Why doesn’t a kid understand what “NO, YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE POPSICLE TONIGHT” means?

    They hear “POPSICLE TONIGHT!!” and that’s it.

    Am I really stuck with the sheltie forever?

    No, but you don’t want to think about that too hard.

    And is shipping a coffeemaker to PR a good idea?

    No coffeemakers in PR???

  100. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Pat Benatar and Martina McBride, Independence Day (my favorite version)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbv5iJEDzN8&feature=related

  101. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    The sheltie will be a problem, because I’m afraid she has gotten very attached to me.

    Oh, and the coffeemaker thing is my mom. She asked me for a black, 4 cup, programmable. Our hometown is rather miniscule, and she would have to go to San Juan to find one.

    But yeah…they only hear “POPSICLE TONIGHT!”

  102. roamingfirehydrant July 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Making your mom happy is worth shipping a coffeemaker. (speaking as a coffee addict myself)

  103. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Did someone say popsicle?

  104. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Pat Benatar and Martina McBride, Independence Day

    I just got goosebumps.

  105. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    You like that one, aggie? As soon as I saw that episode of Crossroads, I knew it was my favorite version. Cuz I lurves both of them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qUFZwJb9GA

  106. Jay in Ames July 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    This lady has too much fun in concert! (one of the best I’ve ever seen, and that includes the Stones, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, etc.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4mebvWxQBg&feature=related

  107. LC Aggie Sith July 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    *thinks J’Ames is obsessed*

    😉

  108. Jay in Ames July 5, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Jeez, I didn’t even post all that I watched, either!

  109. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 5, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    So the fireworks this year?

    Like being there in a KY commercial, only without the sex. Wait, that didn’t come out right…

  110. Car in July 5, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Wakey wakey

  111. roamingfirehydrant July 5, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    So the fireworks this year?
    Like being there in a KY commercial, only without the sex. Wait, that didn’t come out right…

    I have no idea what that means, except that BiW needs to get laid. (Don’t we all)

  112. LC Aggie Sith July 5, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    BiW needs to get laid. (Don’t we all)

    *cries silently*

  113. LC Aggie Sith July 5, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Got a dental appt in 45 mins, trip to post office, then taking some docs to be faxed to Hubby, and then paying some bills.

    Have a good day 🙂

  114. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 5, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Looks like I left too early yesterday afternoon – I missed all the fun!

    Oh, well….

    Here’s a good one to start out your morning:

    http://www.thefreemanonline.org/headline/a-hidden-gun-rights-victory/
    Apparently the internal SCOTUS discussions give good insight to the ruling.

    And here’s an oldie but a goodie:
    http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/the-progressive-income-tax-in-us-history/

  115. Jay in Ames July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    There was fun here? When?

  116. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Liked that link to Pat Benatar totally OWNING Martina McBride’s song….

    Damn, that woman can belt out a tune, can’t she? And she still looks good!

    The bitch.

  117. Jay in Ames July 5, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I don’t think she owned the song, she was just able to do it justice. Listen to the original, and tell me that Martina doesn’t have an equally impressive set of pipes.

  118. Dick July 5, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Well shit…

    Kelly’s old friend and beloved kitty, Fred is dying. She found him at a shelter and he helped her through her divorce about eight years back. Not a damn thing the docs can do about it.
    Just old age.
    it’s gonna destroy Kelly.

  119. LC Aggie Sith July 5, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Oh, that is heartbreaking, Dick 😦

    I pray he doesn’t suffer, and that Kelly is strong enough to bear it.

  120. Jay in Ames July 5, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Sorry to hear about the kittycat. My wife has been a wreck both times she has lost a feline friend.

  121. Jazz July 5, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Hi, folks! I’m off and about errands, so I probably won’t be around much today. I’ve got some shopping to do, and then I need to go pick up a copy of my personnel file and my personal belongings from my ex-employer. I also have to apply for unemployment benefits and talk to the student loan servicing agent to defer my outrageous payments (I suspect I won’t get anywhere – I used up all my deferment time the last time I was unemployed).

    Have a great day, my friends. 🙂

  122. Jazz July 5, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Pat Benetar reminds me of a character out of a Tim Burton movie, from something like “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

  123. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 5, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Jazz, if you are unemployed, there isn’t much you can do about not being able to repay your student loans. They can bitch and moan as much as they want to, but if you don’t have any money, it’s gonna be hard to pay them….

    Dick so sorry to hear about Kelly’s kitty. Give her a great big hug from me, wouldja?

  124. LC Aggie Sith July 5, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    NEW POAT!!!!

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