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  • #16
    Re: Happy birthday, America

    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    Well played, Solo!

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    • #17
      Re: Happy birthday, America

      Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
      Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
      Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
      “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
      With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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      • #18
        Re: Happy birthday, America

        Originally posted by Kepler View Post
        Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
        With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
        Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
        A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
        Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
        Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
        Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
        The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
        “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
        With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
        Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
        The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
        Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
        I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

        Inclined to say something about Trump, but those are moving words and deserve the stage to themselves.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
          This must've been the end of Steppenwolf's career outside of hardcore hippiedom.
          Nope. Right in the middle of their first iteration.
          CCT '77 & '78
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          5 grandsons (BCA 7/09, CJA 5/14, JDL 8/14, JFL 6/16, PJL 7/18)
          1 granddaughter (EML 4/18)

          ”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
          - Benjamin Franklin

          Banned from the St. Lawrence University Facebook page - March 2016 (But I got better).

          I want to live forever. So far, so good.

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          • #20
            Hide your wives and daughters. And sons.

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            • #21

              Happy Birthday America

              Happy birthday America
              It's the 4th of July
              I get to wake up in your freedom
              But sometimes I wonder why
              Seems like everybody's ****in'
              On the red, white and blue
              Happy birthday America
              Whatever's left of you
              You were the darlin' when you saved the world
              WW I and II
              France would just be part of Germany now
              If it hadn't been for you
              Now your children wanna turn you in
              To something other than yourself
              They burn your flag in their city streets
              More than anybody else
              Happy birthday America
              It's the 4th of July
              I'll get to wake up in your freedom
              But sometimes I wonder why
              Seems like everybody's ****in'
              On the red, white and blue
              Happy birthday America
              Whatever's left of you
              Who they gonna count on
              When you're not there to take their call
              Will the world keep right on spinnin'
              Without the greatest of 'em all
              Without the helping hand of God
              Your days are numbered, my old friend
              We're sure gonna miss you, girl
              You were the best that's ever been
              Happy birthday America
              All the broken-down cities
              By the left's design
              And the right can't seem to get it right
              Most of the time
              Every time I go to town and vote
              I just come home with the blues
              The lesser of two evils
              All we ever get to choose
              Happy birthday America
              It's the 4th of July
              I'll get to wake up in your freedom
              But sometimes I wonder why
              Seems like everybody's ****in'
              On the red, white and blue
              Happy birthday America
              Whatever's left of you
              Happy birthday America

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              • #22
                In Congress, July 4, 1776

                The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, 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.

                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.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

                He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

                He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

                He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

                He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

                He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

                He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

                He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

                He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

                He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

                He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

                He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

                He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

                He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

                For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

                For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

                For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

                For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

                For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

                For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

                For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

                For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

                For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

                He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

                He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

                He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

                He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

                He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

                In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

                Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

                We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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                • #23
                  "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival." -- John Adams

                  PS: This is an American holiday. If you fly the stars and bars and still celebrate the Confederacy, this isn't for you.

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                  • #24
                    Nothing says happy birthday America like someone eating 62 hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes
                    Uncle Mickey: July 23, 1950-July 22, 2003

                    WRPI, 91.5 FM...usually color commentary.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by ticapnews View Post
                      "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival." -- John Adams

                      PS: This is an American holiday. If you fly the stars and bars and still celebrate the Confederacy, this isn't for you.
                      Adams hated that July 4, rather than July 2, was chosen as our Independence Day.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by jericho View Post
                        Nothing says happy birthday America like someone eating 62 hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes
                        True.

                        But this is close.
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                        • #27
                          We're moving out in a few minutes. We'll be moving all day. I’ve been ordered to take you men with me, I’m told that -- that if you don’t come I can shoot you. Well, you know I won’t do that. Maybe somebody else will, but I won’t. So that’s that.
                          Here’s the situation. The whole reb army is up that road aways waiting for us, so this is no time for an argument like this. I tell you, we could surely use you fellas. We’re now well below half strength. Whether you fight or not, that's -- that's up to you. Whether you come along is -- is -- well, you're coming. You know who we are, what we're doing here, but if you are going to fight alongside us there are a few things I want you to know.

                          This regiment was formed last summer in Maine. There were a thousand of us then. There are less than three hundred of us now. All of us volunteered to fight for the union, just as you did. Some came mainly because we were bored at home -- thought this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came because it was the right thing to do. And all of us have seen men die.

                          This is a different kind of army. If you look back through history, you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot. They fight for land, power, because a king leads them or -- or just because they like killing. But we are here for something new. This has not happened much in the history of the world. We are an army out to set other men free.

                          America should be free ground -- all of it. Not divided by a line between slave state and free -- all the way, from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here, we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was. Here, you can be something. Here, is the place to build a home.

                          But it's not the land. There's always more land.

                          It's the idea that we all have value -- you and me.

                          What we're fighting for, in the end, we're fighting for each other.

                          Sorry, I didn't mean to preach. You, you go ahead. You talk for awhile. If you -- If you choose to join us, you want your muskets back, you can have 'em. Nothing more will be said by anybody anywhere. If you choose not to join us, well you can come along under guard, and when this is all over I will do what I can to see you get a fair treatment. But for now, we're moving out.

                          Gentlemen, I think if we lose this fight, we lose the war. So if you choose to join us, I'll be personally very grateful.

                          https://www.americanrhetoric.com/mp3...gettysburg.mp3

                          A splendid holiday.

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                          • #28
                            Nice.
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                            National Champion 1967, 1970
                            ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
                            Ivy League Champion 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by ticapnews View Post
                              We're moving out in a few minutes. We'll be moving all day. I’ve been ordered to take you men with me, I’m told that -- that if you don’t come I can shoot you. Well, you know I won’t do that. Maybe somebody else will, but I won’t. So that’s that.
                              Here’s the situation. The whole reb army is up that road aways waiting for us, so this is no time for an argument like this. I tell you, we could surely use you fellas. We’re now well below half strength. Whether you fight or not, that's -- that's up to you. Whether you come along is -- is -- well, you're coming. You know who we are, what we're doing here, but if you are going to fight alongside us there are a few things I want you to know.

                              This regiment was formed last summer in Maine. There were a thousand of us then. There are less than three hundred of us now. All of us volunteered to fight for the union, just as you did. Some came mainly because we were bored at home -- thought this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came because it was the right thing to do. And all of us have seen men die.

                              This is a different kind of army. If you look back through history, you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot. They fight for land, power, because a king leads them or -- or just because they like killing. But we are here for something new. This has not happened much in the history of the world. We are an army out to set other men free.

                              America should be free ground -- all of it. Not divided by a line between slave state and free -- all the way, from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here, we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was. Here, you can be something. Here, is the place to build a home.

                              But it's not the land. There's always more land.

                              It's the idea that we all have value -- you and me.

                              What we're fighting for, in the end, we're fighting for each other.

                              Sorry, I didn't mean to preach. You, you go ahead. You talk for awhile. If you -- If you choose to join us, you want your muskets back, you can have 'em. Nothing more will be said by anybody anywhere. If you choose not to join us, well you can come along under guard, and when this is all over I will do what I can to see you get a fair treatment. But for now, we're moving out.

                              Gentlemen, I think if we lose this fight, we lose the war. So if you choose to join us, I'll be personally very grateful.

                              https://www.americanrhetoric.com/mp3...gettysburg.mp3

                              A splendid holiday.
                              I’m your shadow today. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a true American hero. I’ve been to Gettysburg three times. A must-see battlefield for history buffs. My home state of Minnesota played a crucial role in the battle as well (1st Minnesota).

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