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Happy Fourth of July!

I wish all of you a healthy and happy holiday.

I will be posting less often, and possibly not at all, through Sunday. Although, it’s more likely than not something will draw me to the keyboard. If it’s a big enough outrage, I will even leave the grill untended, even though I hate my burgers well done.

Have a great day celebrating this glorious country of ours.


34 Responses to Happy Fourth of July!

  1. and to you and your family also Keith!

    Let Freedom Ring!

    My country, ’tis of thee,
    Sweet land of liberty,
    Of thee I sing;
    Land where my fathers died,
    Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
    From ev’ry mountainside
    Let freedom ring!

    • And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

      Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

      Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

      But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

      Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

      Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

      And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

      -Dr. M. Luther King, Jr., 28 Aug 1963-

      Fifty years later, Freedom has fallen by the wayside.

    • I was a child of immigrants, and most of the kids in my school were either children of immigrants or their grandparents didn’t speak English. Even though we were not descendants from the Revolution, we thought we were and knew the words of that song by heart. Not so today, I fear, for the children of immigrants.

  2. I remember when I was a kid, lying in bed in the morning of the Fourth and hearing little pops of firecrackers…now, silence. I know–people got their fingers blown off, etc. But something has been lost–that feeling of heat pressing at the window, little explosions, an upcoming special meal. My father had a little cannon about a foot long that his Dad brought back from the Spanish-Am War where he went as a physician. Dad would build a bunker and he and my bros would fill it with black powder which he got in downtown St Louis heaven knows where, and they would set it off. Pretty soon the police would come, all officious–and then would stay to help. A different time–those hotdogs tasted so good.

    • Ha, Star, my mother told us a similar story from her childhood. One 4th of July, her father set off a goodly number of fireworks after a cookout. The police came and asked if anyone was setting off fireworks. My grandfather, with a straight face, said “Why, no!” The policemen smiled and took their leave. The sidewalk, of course, was littered with the burned-out debris of the various rockets, etc. Mom thinks the policemen were satisfied that there were responsible, sober adults in charge, and let us have our fun.

  3. Happy Independence Day to all the fine patriots who read WHD. Enjoy some time off, Keith. (I hate overdone burgers, too.)

  4. Happy Independence Day to Keith, all the American posters here, and their families from your Canadian cousin. May you all have a safe and happy holiday!

  5. We’ll be having an excedingly safe day and night because our town has banned fireworks because a few idiots in times past threw them at police cars.

  6. You KNOW how bad our President is when last night, at the WH BBQ, the idiot couldn’t even speak from the heart about the soldiers he was hosting. He looked down at his notes every three seconds. Does that man have no thoughts of his own? [rhetorical].

    I wonder how he gets so many families to attend – the majority of the military families I know don’t respect the man or his policies. Are they TOLD to attend if asked?

    • I watched for a few moments, sound off, and wonder if you noticed the big display Mrs. put on? When I was looking, she was doing shout outs and fist pumps.

      • ok.. will type this again! (submitted and it went into the blackhole) –

        I see Arsenio Hall is coming back to nighttime TV soon.. they can have MOTUS as one of his first guests and they can throw fist pumps at each other all night long.

        Like I said on another thread.. photo-op photo-op photo-op