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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:24 pm

Well, we had a pretty good run -- staved off monarchy for 240.5 years.

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:45 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:Well, we had a pretty good run -- staved off monarchy for 240.5 years.

Oh really? We've still got the same platitudes and catch-phrases, but that's all.




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Post by Syl on Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:52 pm

cheers Happy July 4th y'all cheers

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:10 pm

Sent to George III...

Thomas Jefferson wrote: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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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:12 pm

Forget Trump.
Have a great day. I love you



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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:33 pm

'...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...'


They should have included this bit too...

'... exemptions to this declaration of freedom and liberty and pursuit of happiness include Native Americans and black slaves... and anyone else who doesnt do what we tell them to do!...'



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Post by Original Quill on Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:42 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:'...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...'


They should have included this bit too...

'... exemptions to this declaration of freedom and liberty and pursuit of happiness include Native Americans and black slaves... and anyone else who doesn't do what we tell them to do!...'

+1 Gd. point. And Muslims, who are banned under Trump from entering the country.

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:45 am



Happy 4th of July
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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:09 am

Tommy Monk wrote:'...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...'


They should have included this bit too...

'... exemptions to this declaration of freedom and liberty and pursuit of happiness include Native Americans and black slaves... and anyone else who doesnt do what we tell them to do!...'



Speak the truth brotha!!!!! We on the left have been trying to cover those exemptions for 241 years and we ain't even tired yet.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:41 pm

Although it was democrats who were the kkk and democrats who overwhelmingly voted against black rights...


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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:06 pm

Those were Southern Democrats who, in the case of the Civil Rights Act, after their fellow Democrats outvoted them (153–91 in the House and 46–21 in the Senate) gradually began to defect to the Republican Party (41 Republicans also voted against the Act).

In the next few decades, the Republicans adopted a policy of courting disaffected white Southerners (the Southern Strategy), appealing to racism, which the Republican Party chair would later publicly admit:



Of course, the Democratic Party also went on to became the party of civil rights not just for black people but for all people, and we nominated, voted for and supported the first-ever black president.

Republicans who opposed Obama often expressed their opposition in racist fashion:



(More here: http://www.defshepherd.com/2012/10/racism-is-alive-and-well-35-incredibly.html)

So it's abundantly clear that the Democrats have shed their racist past, while there is more of a racism problem in the Republican Party:


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Post by The Devil, You Know on Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:51 pm

CNN played a blinder trying to dox the person who did the trump wrestling meme.
what a grown up organisation of fake news.
best 4th of july ever

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:24 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:Although it was democrats who were the kkk and democrats who overwhelmingly voted against black rights...



Still true Ben...!


Democrats saying theyre not racist because of supporting obama etc, is just the same as any known racist saying they arent really racist cos one of their friends is black...!


And that made up t shirt picture isnt fooling anyone...



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Post by eddie on Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:50 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:
Tommy Monk wrote:Although it was democrats who were the kkk and democrats who overwhelmingly voted against black rights...



Still true Ben...!


Democrats saying theyre not racist because of supporting obama etc, is just the same as any known racist saying they arent really racist cos one of their friends is black...!


And that made up t shirt picture isnt fooling anyone...



May I give you a friendly piece of advice? Don't go down the photofuckingshop route.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:15 pm

all hail the internet

https://video.twimg.com/tweet_video/DD8pTqnVYAAZo3q.mp4

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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:32 pm

Instead of shutting down the slip and slide at this neighborhood Independence Day block party, these police officers decided to join in on the fun instead.

The North Carolina cops were deployed to an Asheville Fourth of July party because of a slip and slide that had been constructed in the road.

The slide had been put together from scratch by some of the community dads when an anonymous neighbor believed it to be blocking traffic.

When the officers arrived on the scene, however, they affirmed that the slide wasn’t obstructing the road, as it was still narrow enough for cars to pass. They also asked if they could take a turn down the watery ride.

One police officer even requested a garbage bag so she wouldn’t get her uniform wet.

The video has since been hailed as a great example of building trust between the law enforcement team and the community.

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When one of this town’s most beloved Fourth of July traditions was at stake, their religious community stepped up to help. Due to the financial issues of Visalia, California, the city was preparing to drop its fireworks display because it couldn’t afford the festivity’s $10,000 price tag.

When they mayor of the city mentioned the dilemma to a local Sikh man, however, he said that the Sikh community would be more than happy to supply the extra funds.

“Visalia considers this to be very generous and helpful. We appreciate their show of patriotic support, as one of our newer groups of American citizens,” Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler told NBC News.

Thanks to the donation, the 120,000 Californian city residents were able to enjoy a dazzling fireworks display that they’ll never forget.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/sikh-community-saves-towns-fourth-july-celebration/

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Post by Jules on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:03 am

Happy independence day. cheers
With Trump at the helm and medicare in disarray, some may find it hard to celebrate lol.

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