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mix-of-differenr-colors fireworksGood day Widdershins!  Well this weekend is when we celebrate the birth of our nation and then go out in the heat and pig out on ribs, barbequed chicken, potato salad, barbeque beans, corn on the cob and of course apple pie and ice cream.  I’m sure you will be washing it all down with glasses of iced cold tea either southern sweet tea (which sets my teeth on edge!) or “normal” tea, or perhaps some good lemonade.  After darkness falls, lots of us will probably gather somewhere to watch some fireworks displays.

And we have some other things to celebrate on this anniversary of the birth of the nation; Americans don’t have to worry about losing the subsidies for their health care if they have enrolled in an A.C.A. plan and also all Americans now have the right to marry the person they love no matter their gender.  Personally I’m ecstatic about the first one and I don’t see anything on the horizon where the second is going to come into play.

So with all of this in mind, let’s listen to some patriotic music, shall we? (And I will have a funny to throw in after the musical interlude!)

This one doesn’t necessarily come to mind for the 4th but George M. Cohan certainly wrote some patriotic songs and at least in this one the protagonist does do something to the Brits!

This one (another Cohan song) is heard often on the 4th and what better way to hear it than from the U.S. Military Academy (Army) Band.

Next is an Irving Berlin song sung by Kate Smith which is certainly in the patriotic category.  As a little aside, there used to be a restaurant and bar on St. Charles Ave. in Nola called Flamingos.  The building was painted in lime green and pink  While it truthfully wasn’t a gay bar it was certainly festive, they had an eclectic juke box and this song was on there.  And the more mimosas or separators I drank the more frequently I went back to let Kate sing some more.  LOL!

What would a musical 4th of July be without “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  This one is performed by the Marine Corps Band, also known as “The President’s Own”.  Sorry, it’s not the Pops and there are no cannon or fireworks going off, the fireworks at the top will have to do.

A long time back either TBS or TNT would run the musical 1776 each fourth of July I believe it was.  I used to watch it whenever they ran it because I just enjoyed the movie so here are a couple of clips from the movie.

And of course “The Egg” scene with Franklin, Adams and Jefferson

I’m not fond of video clips where someone has recorded something playing on their teevee but this was the only one of “Mr. Adams” that I could find.

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On Sarah Palin’s you-have-to-pay-to-watch-me show, (to the tune of $99 bucks a year!) the incredible intelligence of Palin was there for all to behold as she held forth on the solution for the drought in California.

“You might ask, though, why don’t they just fix the infrastructure problem, why don’t they just build more reservoirs and plants? After all, California is a coastal state. It’s got a whole ocean right there, water all around ya.” (bolding/italics mine)

Damn!  Why didn’t someone in Cali think of that!  Just…build…more…reservoirs!  There it is…so simple.  In fact it’s so simple she forgot about what’s supposed to go in the reservoirs, the w-a-t-e-r! You see Sarah, if there is no rainfall or snowfall there’s nothing to go into the reservoirs.  You can build all of them you want but damnit, they just don’t fill themselves up.  Reservoirs are just funny that way. And as far as the Pacific is concerned, she thinks the enviros in Cali are stopping the state from making use of the Pacific.  But if she had done some research instead of shooting from the lip she would have found:

According to this SF Gate story published in February (that’s a few month before Palin recorded this video message) 17 desalination plants are already in the planning stages in California.

However, the plants cost anywhere from $150 million to $1 billion apiece, which will surely eat up a large chunk of the state’s projected $4.2 billion surplus very quickly.

So no, environmentalists and the Left have not been stopping the state from building desalination plants, they just simply cannot be built overnight.

Can’t be built fast and they do require a lot of energy to run the desalinization process.

And to think…people wanted her a heartbeat away from the Presidency.  😢

Okay Widdershins, this is an open post.  If you drop by leave a comment as to how your 4th holiday is going.  And if you’re going to be out and about be careful and please drive carefully and defensively. This thread is w i d e  open.

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Well today is the day we celebrate the birth of our nation and then go out in the heat and pig out on ribs, barbequed chicken, potato salad, barbeque beans, corn on the cob and of course apple pie and ice cream.  I’m sure you will be washing it all down with glasses of iced cold tea either southern sweet tea (which sets my teeth on edge!) or “normal” tea, or perhaps some good lemonade.  After darkness falls, lots of us will probably gather somewhere to watch some fireworks displays, although with so much excessive heat and dryness, personal fireworks displays may be quashed.

So with all of this in mind, let’s listen to some patriotic music, shall we?

This one doesn’t necessarily come to mind for the 4th but George M. Cohan certainly wrote some patriotic songs.

This one is usually heard with a march-type tempo.  I tried to find one with the Boston Pops but couldn’t so I’m using this version with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  One thing you can say, their diction is clear!

Next, I’ve got one from “The March King” himself, John Philip Sousa, The Washington Post March.

Next up I’ve got one from the great singer Kate Smith, with what was considered one of her signature songs, God Bless America.

Finally, what would a musical 4th of July be without “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.  This one is performed by the Marine Corps Band, also known as “The President’s Own”.

Happy Fourth of July Widdershins! Hope you have a grand old time!!


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