Happy 4th July 2017


Today is the day were celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that started the United States on this fantastic journey that we have been traveling for over 2 centuries.

How many American presidents have died on 4th of July?

What president became the governor of the Philippines on this day?

What president was born on this day in 1872?

What famous outlaw was killed on this day in 1881?

That does it for the short history lesson on the day…….

I hope that all my readers and followers have a great day and that it is filled with food, fun and family…..

Pass the BBQ and a beer (Model Negra) and have some fun…..and please observe a few moments of silence for our troops that are away from their families on this day……

See you guys tomorrow with lots more stuff…..chuq

Independence Day: Enjoying Your Freedom? Don’t Thank a Veteran…

Independence Day: Enjoying Your Freedom? Don’t Thank a Veteran…

On the nation’s birthday we need to take a long look at our society and that is what this post is about….an excellent post by one who fought for the freedoms we hold dear…if you do not do anything else on this day then read this post and appreciate what this Veteran has to say……chuq

The Ghosts of Tal'Afar

Independence Day for Americans is a day where we signify the birth of a nation; the start of the grand experiment known as democracy and the establishment of a set of systems and values that would go on to define the United States, of which we are still continuing to how should I say, “refine” as necessary.  Perhaps “tweak” is a more apropos; refinement lends more towards the purposeful processing, removing of impurities or unwanted portions in order to reduce the content of the substance down to a more pure, valuable or useful state. Some may think the United States is being refined, others may think the contrary. Nevertheless, days like the 4th of July have great meaning behind them, that like

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What Happened to Our Independence?

AS we celebrate our birthday…I have read some good blog posts on other blogs and want to pass a couple onto my readers for their consideration and enjoyment…..if you like what you read then consider looking around his blog……….chuq

No Facilities

A perfect vantage point

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the United States. Free from the tyranny of British rule, that’s us for almost 250 years. It’s always a happy time, never more so than in 1976, when a few of my friends and I braved the traffic and the crowds to celebrate the Bicentennial at Point State Park in Pittsburgh. We were cautioned about the driving and parking conditions. We were warned about an increased police presence. We weighed the various pros and cons and we decided that we didn’t want to miss the celebration.

We decided for ourselves.

I wonder what has happened to that practice?

More and more frequently, I encounter conversations, news articles, and social media updates that seem to encourage very little independent thinking. People like to use the word “polarizing” but I’m not sure that’s accurate, unless you want to step into physics for…

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Welcome Home Soldier

Today we celebrate the founding of the Untied Stares of America…..but I would like to post on some “good” news…..

Today will be a short day here on IST for I would like to spend time with my better half doing what adults do in the privacy of their homes (use your imagination)……

There have been many MIAs from our many wars and it is always a good day when one is identified and returned home for a proper burial……

A World War II airman missing since 1944 was buried in his Iowa hometown Saturday afternoon, decades after the Army buried him in Italy as an unknown.

Staff Sgt. Byron Nelson’s remains were interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar, in northwest Iowa, with full military honors provided by soldiers from the Iowa National Guard, according to a press release from the Guard.

Nelson, 28, was a nose gunner aboard a B-24G Liberator that was shot down by German fighter planes April 25, 1944, over Italy. Eight crew members parachuted from the bomber and survived. Nelson and another airman, Sgt. John E. White, were reported to have died.

Local residents found the remains and buried them in a cemetery in Fognano, just north of Florence. After the war, the Army twice disinterred the remains and tried to identify them, but failed.

The ones later linked to Nelson were labeled “Mirandola Unknown X-190,” from the name of a cemetery where they had been buried. They were moved to the Florence American Cemetery in central Italy on May 26, 1949.

In 2015 the Defense Department changed a long-standing policy that strongly discouraged attempts to identify service members buried as unknowns. Historians at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reviewed the records of Mirandola Unknown X-190 and wartime Italian military police records, linking them to Nelson.

His remains were disinterred in August 2015 and shipped to an accounting agency lab at Offutt Air Force Base. Dental and anthropological analysis, and a DNA match with one of Nelson’s grandnephews, allowed scientists to identify Nelson late last year.

(Omaha World-Herald)

AS I have stated…welcome home soldier…

May your family now have the closure that they had previously been denied….and may you now rest in peace.

We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It!

241 years ago today we declared our independence from the UK……

It started with radicals and we have remained so….some do not believe it and some think that we should crawl into some sort of conserv bubble and let things progress…..for at least 50 years conservs have wanted to legislate and when they get the chance they cannot find their butts with both hands and a flashlight.

Listen closely.

A historian reminds us that to truly “make America great again” we must enhance freedom, equality and democracy, not diminish them.

Listen closely. Listen closely to Thomas Paine’s argument in Common Sense that “[w]e have it in our power to begin the world over again;” to Thomas Jefferson’s phrases in the Declaration: “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;” to the framers’ first three words of the preamble to the Constitution, “We the People.”

Listen well. Listen well to Abraham Lincoln speaking at Gettysburg in 1863: “[T]hat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth;” to Franklin Roosevelt calling on Americans in 1941 to secure “Freedom of speech and expression… Freedom of worship… Freedom from want… Freedom from fear;” and to Martin Luther King Jr. sermonizing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963: “I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day…”

Source: We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It | By Harvey J. Kaye | Common Dreams

A few thoughts on this day of days……

Conservs will not see it this way for they are all “patriots”and “Patriots” are not radicals….see what happens when you ignore history?