The Watering Hole; Friday July 4 2014; The First Days of Summer . . .

Today’s the Fourth of July. Independence Day. It’s supposedly a holiday, but I’m not among the celebrants. Not any more. Not since the conservative movement, SCOTUS obviously included, began its never-ending assault on the “independence” of all but the rich, the powerful, and the corporations. Celebrating “Independence Day” these days is kinda like . . . kinda like it would be to celebrate Christmas if there were no Santa . . . ??

Hmmm. I will think on that one.

Onward. Summer is now about two weeks old, give or take an hour or two. On the Solstice the sunrise here was at 0537 MDT; this morning it’s scheduled to have first peeked over the horizon at 0542, so the creep toward winter is already five minutes underway.

Anyway, my way of celebrating the fourth day of July this year is to offer a quick look back at roughly the first few days of summer — the last few days in June — here at the foot of the Front Range of the Rockies. Beats fireworks!

First, an 11,000 ft. Front Range Peak. The patches of white stuff are the last remnants of winter’s snowpack:

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Next, the first “rose” of summer, a thistle blossom:

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Early morning reflections of the Front Range atop our local Lake Beckwith:

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An aging gosling, almost grown into his adult Canadian Goose feathers:

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Now to the backyard. First, a visitor:

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Scary scary, yeah?😯 Here’s another look:

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DANGER DANGER? Nah, just a gopher snake waiting to do his thing:

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Meanwhile, Shadow the cat sent Mr.G(opher) packing, then returned to her grassy guardpost unfazed:

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So. How does allathat relate to, say, the news of the day in re the Fourth of July? Iraq? Syria? Our do-nothing Congress? Our grossly corrupted Supreme Court? The McDaniel/Cochran idiot “war” in Mississippi? Corporate and billionaire political privilege? Etc. etc. etc.??

Easy. Everything “Out There” is unbelievably SUPERIOR! to EVERYTHING that’s parcel to the mostly demented human agenda.

Thus it is demonstrated; thus it is written. (see above)

OPEN THREAD

36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday July 4 2014; The First Days of Summer . . .

  1. Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

    Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.

    Except for those Americans who don’t celebrate it at all…

      • Crying won’t help you
        Praying won’t do you no good
        When the levee breaks…

        I’m thinking there’s going to be blowback on this one.

        • Is that what it said for you? I clicked and got:

          “We’re sorry, the page you requested was not found”

          I’ll say.

          • You have to click, on the left side bar to get the ‘message’ for today. It blathers on about Presidents, Congress, Supreme Court…
            all with this god incorporated, of course.

            —————-

            In God We Trust
            “Blessed is the Nation
            Whose God is the Lord.”
            Psalm 33:12

            The impact and relevancy of these messages is ongoing, and so we continue to make them available for your enjoyment.

            We invite you to send us your comments on our message ads. We appreciate your input and thank you in advance for taking time to send us your thoughts about these messages.

  2. Laura Flanders – Revolution Now. Common Sense Asks Why Not?

    July 4th is coming up and I’ve been thinking about Thomas Paine.

    “These are times that try men’s souls,” wrote the American revolutionary in 1776. You’ve got to wonder. The rule of mad King George and the Royal East India Company was bad. But is the rule of the mad Big Banks and the Corporate Congress better?

    Paine’s Common Sense is widely credited with giving the war of independence its vision: if Americans wanted to enjoy unity, equality and freedom, he said, they’d have to throw off kings, and unaccountable colonial corporations.

    In the England of his youth Paine witnessed what happened when the rich fenced off and privatized what had been common land. A few families grew ever richer, while the poor lost every decent means of self-support.

    This is three minutes of audio at the link, with transcript. Happy Independence Day!

    • I couldn’t agree more. She said it all. Today’s domestic Wingnuttistan has no higher purpose than has any other tyranny in the history of human civilization. They’re the dregs, driven only by greed, power, and hate. They’re also congenitally stupid, and they suck as human beings.

  3. This is our Independence Day, but the UK is having all the fun. Wimbledon is decided this weekend, the Tour de France starts in Leeds, and the British Grand Prix is Sunday at Silverstone.

    I have a busy racing weekend, with the aforementioned British Grand Prix, Indycar at Pocono, and Danica at Daytona, where she was fifteenth fastest in the one practice yesterday. Qualifying is this afternoon and the race is Saturday night.

  4. Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82.

    (snip)

    Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.

    Mr. Scaife (pronounced Skayf) inherited roughly $500 million in 1965, and with more family bequests and income from trust funds and investments in oil, steel and real estate, nearly tripled his net worth over his lifetime. But unlike his forebears, who were primarily benefactors of museums, public art collections, education and medicine, he gave hundreds of millions to promote conservative political causes.

  5. P.J. O’Rourke grumbles, we really should have been celebrating two days ago:

    “The Continental Congress declared independence from Britain on July 2nd. The 4th was simply when the Continental Congress approved the final wording of its independence declaration. If the 4th of July were the 2nd of July, it would have been on Wednesday this year. We could have taken a couple of days of family leave (which Washington prevents U.S. corporations from being required to provide) on either side of Wednesday and had a whole damn week go to parades, play backyard softball games, fire guns, ring bells, light bonfires, grill cheeseburgers, drink beer, and blow our fingers off with M-80s.”

  6. Great photos and commentary frugal!
    I have a bit more freedom today, the cell phone is now an artifact gathering dust on the shelf.
    In lieu of barbeque, today will be spent with a shovel and cement mixer. Maybe get the hammer and scythe out afterwards.
    Freedom isn’t free.

  7. It’s not Slash performing before a Kings’ playoff game, but it’s the best acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner you’ll hear today.

  8. QOTD:

    “These communities, by their representatives in old Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: ‘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.’ This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all His creatures, to the whole great family of man.

    In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children’s children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began—so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles on which the temple of liberty was being built.

    Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence; if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur, and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated by our chart of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me—take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever—but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence.

    You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles. You may not only defeat me for the Senate, but you may take me and put me to death. While pretending no indifference to earthly honors, I do claim to be actuated in this contest by something higher than an anxiety for office. I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man’s success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity, the Declaration of American Independence,” – Abraham Lincoln, speech at Lewistown, Illinois, August 17, 1858.

  9. “Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.” – Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar

  10. What Gives You The Right, Miss Kendall Jones?

    What gives you the right?
    What gives you the right to take the lives of innocent creatures?
    What gives you the right to come to my continent and steal my heritage?
    What gives you the right to step foot on the land that belonged to my ancestors and murder innocent and endangered creatures?
    What gives you the right to come to Africa and kill Lion, Antelope, Leopard, Elephant, Zebra, Hippos and what gives you the god damn right to kill the most endangered of them all, the White Rhino.
    What gives you the right to murder, Mrs Jones?
    The right to take the lives of innocent creatures that are cherished by millions?
    How dare you attempt to justify what you have done by claiming you are ‘just doing your part in conservation to make a difference’? Mrs Jones the only difference you have made in this world is taking the lives of endangered species for your own sociopathic pleasure.

    • This gal is some kind of twisted throwback to the disastrous Bwanas who wantonly killed African wildlife because they could. It doesn’t matter than only men did it before and she’s a girl, it didn’t work.

  11. Andy Coulson Heads to British Prison Years After Stating They Were “Too Liberal” to Criminals

    The irony begins: Claiming that British prisons were “holiday camps” for criminals was a story that floated when 49-year-old Andy Coulson worked for Rupert Murdoch, but after receiving the 18-month sentence for his part in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, he can test the UK punishment for himself.

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