July 4, 2014

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” ― Thomas Paine


185th day of 2014 with 180 follow.

Holidays for Today:

*Independence Day (U.S.)

*National Caesar Salad Day

*National Barbecued Spareribs Day

*National Country Music Day

*Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

*National Hot Dog Month


  • 1753 Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard, French balloonist who made the first aerial crossing of the English Channel
  • 1804 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem, Massachusetts, author (The House of the Seven Gables, Twice-Told Tales, Tanglewood Tales)
  • 1816 Hiram Walker, East Douglas, Massachsetts, grocer and distiller (Canadian Club whiskey)
  • 1819 E.R. (Edward Robinson) Squibb,Wilmington, Delaware, inventor and manufacturer (improving purity of medicines)
  • 1826 Stephen Foster, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, songwriter (Father of American Music – Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, My Old Kentucky Home, Beautiful Dreamer)
  • 1847 James Bailey, Detroit, Michigan, circus ringmaster (Barnum & Bailey)
  • 1868 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Lancaster, Massachusetts, astronomer (discovered period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables which radically changed the theory of modern astronomy)
  • 1872 Calvin Coolidge, Plymouth, Vermont, 30 President of the United States (August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929)
  • 1883 Rube Goldberg, San Francisco, California, cartoonist ( best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways )
  • 1884 Louis B. Mayer, Dymer, Ukraine, American immigrant, film producer (founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) & believed in wholesome entertainment)
  • 1906 Vincent Joseph Schaefer, American chemist and meteorologist who developed cloud seeding
  • 1910 Gloria Stuart, Santa Monica, California, actress (The Invisible Man, 100-year-old Rose of Titanic)
  • 1918 Ann Landers (Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer), Sioux City, Iowa, advice columnist
  • 1918 Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips), Sioux City, Iowa, advice columnist
  • 1921 Gerard Debreu, Calais, economist (contributed on General equilibrium, utility theory, topological methods, integration of set-valued correspondences)
  • 1940 Karolyn Grimes, Hollywood, California, actress (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife)
  • 1950 Sir Philip Craven MBE, British sports official and former athlete (2nd President of the International Paralympic Committee)
  • 1962 Neil Morrissey, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, actor (Men Behaving Badly )
  • 1963 Matt Malley, Oakland, California, musician (Counting Crows )
  • 1971 Koko, San Franciso Zoo, California, gorilla who learned approximately 1,000 signs (American Sign Language) and 2,000 spoken words
  • 1978 Becki Newton, New Haven, Connecticut, actress (Ugly Betty )


“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” ― Theodore Roosevelt



  • 1776 American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1778 American Revolutionary War: American forces under George Clark capture Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign.
  • 1802 At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
  • 1817 At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
  • 1826 Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1827 Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1862 Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.
  • 1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published.
  • 1946 After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.
  • 1959 With the admission of Alaska as the 49th U.S. state earlier in the year, the 49-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1960 Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act).
  • 1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark.
  • 1997 NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
  • 2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 2009 The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.


What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

Do they have a 4th of July in England?
Yes. That’s how they get from the 3rd to the 5th.

Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington?
Because the horse was too heavy to carry!

What dance was very popular in 1776?

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?
The Fodder of Our Country!

How is a healthy person like the United States?
They both have good constitutions!

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic turtle!

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”

What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

pic of the day: Happy Independence Day!




What would you get if you crossed the first signer of the Declaration of Independence with a rooster?
John Hancock-a-doodle-doo!

What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1773?
The Boston Flea Party!

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?
The Americans licked the British!

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?
Yankee Poodle!

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?
The Fodder of Our Country!

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

What’s red, white, blue, and gross?
Uncle Spam!

What’s red, white, black and blue?
Uncle Sam falling down the steps!

Which colonists told the most jokes?

“How was the food at the Fourth of July picnic?
“The hot dogs were bad and the brats were wurst!”

What has four legs, a shiny nose, and fought for England?
Rudolph the Redcoat Reindeer!

How is a healthy person like the United States?
They both have good constitutions!



~The North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities. It’s not certain who first served it with a roll. One report says a German immigrant sold them, along with milk rolls and sauerkraut, from a push cart in New York City’s Bowery during the 1860’s. In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German butcher opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business.

~In 1893, sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition is believed to have been started by a St. Louis bar owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.

~Kosher hot dogs do not contain pork and are made from beef or poultry that has been slaughtered according to Jewish law.

~Hot Dog Etiquette: Don’t put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always “dress the dog,” not the bun. Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.

~The average weight, fully loaded, of a baseball park hot dog vendor’s bin is approximately 40 pounds. And vendors typically walk 4 to 5 miles per game, up and down steps. They work on tips and commission, so if they’re smart, they move quickly!

~Do you know which famous movie character uttered the phrase, “Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog?” It was Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry in “Sudden Impact.”

~The Hot Dog and Bob Series is a favorite of beginning readers that features a talking Hot Dog superhero sent down from the planet Dogzalot to protect the Earth from evil space-alien attacks and an ordinary boy named Bob.

QUIP OF THE DAY: Don’t be redundant by repeating yourself twice.


Thought for the day. . .

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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