Closing Thought–10Jul19

In case anyone is interested…that military celebration of Trump at the Lincoln Memorial cost the taxpayer dearly…..

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s celebration of U.S. Independence Day, which included bringing tanks and equipment to Washington, cost the military at least $1.2 million (£962,927).

In addition to the cost to the military, the Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. National Park Service had diverted $2.5 million in park entrance fees to help pay for the event.

The actual cost for the Pentagon is likely higher, since the Pentagon said funding for the aircraft demonstrations came from the military services’ training budgets.

It was not immediately clear if all of the $1.2 million was for the cost of transporting equipment like two Abrams tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles from Fort Stewart in Georgia for the celebration.


We just celebrated the Declaration of Independence it is when our Founding Fathers threw down the gauntlet to England as the open salvo on the road to nationhood.

But in my opinion while this document is important there are others that I feel should be equal in importance to the DoI…..

First, 19 October should be a holiday…Capitulation Day….the day when the final battle of the American Revolution comes to an end and we start down the road to creating a nation…..

In the summer of 1781, after six years of war, the American Army was struggling. The British occupied New York City. A second British army lead by General Lord Cornwallis ravaged the South – capturing Charleston, Richmond, and apparently was heading for the Chesapeake Bay. Mutiny plagued the American army in New York and New Jersey.

There was a glimmer of hope, however. The French, allied with the Americans since 1778, had landed six thousand troops in Rhode Island while the French fleet gathered in the Caribbean preparing to do battle with the British. General George Washington and the French commander, Comte de Rochambeau, met in May 1781 to plan their strategy. Washington wanted to attack the British in New York City. Rochambeau, fearful of attacking such a well fortified position and lacking confidence in the Continental Army’s abilities, recommended marching south to battle Cornwallis in Virginia

Next is 17 September the day in 1781….Constitution Day……Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S.
or by naturalization, have become citizens.

This day is when the US of A became a nation in all eyes…..

In my opinion these two days are as important as 4th of July and more so the more history you learn.

Just saying.

In closing just a few weather related thoughts……today it is 107…..our beaches are all closed because of algae blooms and finally a weather system is developing into a T. storm….just a typical Summer day in South Mississippi.

12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–10Jul19

      1. He’ll be President for at least one more July 4th holiday, so maybe that’s a less objectionable (less public – who wants to see another one of those speeches???) way to waste money. You know it would never be used for anything like improving the conditions in the immigrant concentration camps.

      2. I agree. Too bad the military didn’t hold out on the goofy military display. I thought they’d worked that out after the initial request for Trump’s inaugural event.

      3. Did you see that some of the funds came from the National Park Service? It seems our fees paid for that display. chuq

      4. I did and I was livid! When I make a contribution at a NPS facility, it is my wish and understanding that it will be used for specific purposes related to those facilities. That f’ing July 4th vanity what-ever-it-was doesn’t fall within my expectations of how my donations will be used!

        I have a free pass to NPS facilities because I have a handicap, so I typically donate what the entrance fee would be plus a bit more, so this misappropriation by Trump is no small deal to me. I believe in supporting these facilities and helping them in this way.

      5. He manages to do something so off the wall each day that I can’t believe he hasn’t run out of things that are just too much.

      6. I worked for a congental liar once. He was totally unaware that others recognized that he rarely said anything that was true or he thought he was so clever no one possibly could know he had a slight hold on the truth. It was pathetic! It didn’t matter which it was, I was so happy when there was a change in how the quality and engineering departments were organized. Two of us in the quality department got reassignef to the engineering department, where he whad a boss who turned out to be the best boss I would ever have in that place. The congenital liar (who got his job there because his wife, who worked in another department and was an expert in a management system we were converting to) continued to “manage” the quality department till his wife accepted a job in another plant in the company. He went with her, of course, and the new plant managher didn’t need more than a couple of months to realize he was what he was. He got fired!

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