Independence

Where Do We GoDo you ever play the “Time Travel Game?” You know… “If you could live any other time period, what would it be?” Or the “If you had the Delorean, where would you go?” games that entertain us but mostly make us think?

Dave is well on record that he wants almost nothing to do with any time period that doesn’t have fully functional indoor plumbing, and that includes Little River County Arkansas in 1977, where he once spent a week in 1930.

But if he could, for just a day, travel somewhere in time, where would he go? How about July 2, 1776, for a start?

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The Breadth of a Human Hair

CONSTITUTION THURSDAY

The Convention Part 8 – The Breadth of a Human Hair

 

As the Convention prepares to adjourn for the Independence Day holiday, there is a great deal of anger and frustration in the room. Luther Martin expresses it best, when he says that the convention hangs by no more then the width of a human hair.

To move forward, a committee of Eleven is chosen to come up with a compromise plan to present after the break.

Benjamin_Franklin_1783Dr. Benjamin Franklin will lead the committee, which – over the objections of Madison and Wilson – is stacked with small State supporters.

Can he get them to agree on a compromise that will please both the convention and the nation, which is waiting with great expectations to celebrate the new government and the Independence Day holiday?

The stage is set for the celebration, as Washington sits for a portrait and speeches extol the glory of Independence day. But the Delegates must surely be worried about letting everybody down if they fail…

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Greece… Maybe…

AMWhat is happening in Greece is seriously important. And, if Dave can stop being distracted by Sharks, earthquakes, the creation of the universe, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, F-35 Lighting II’s and F-16 Falcons, and even Larry Bond books from the early 1990’s, he may even get to it.

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Rodney’s Ride

30584_1419427815837_5366214_nOn Sea Stories Tuesday, Dave celebrates the birthday of one of his best friends with a couple of… well.. sea stories from their time on USS Michigan.

This week has seen the 101st anniversary of the assassination Archduke Ferdinand, which sparked World War I. The Great War was a veritable cornucopia of lessons about how to not do things, from diplomacy to alliances to tactics and even Grand strategy. But it was also a mano a mano conflict, before technology ruled the battlefields. One of the saddest legacy’s of the 1st World War is the blatant and open racism that President Woodrow Wilson displayed towards African-American Troops serving in the US Army.

Caesar Rodney made his famous ride this week in 1776. Few people know of him, or why he did what he did. He is a great example of the truism that there are many people in out history who did great things, but aren’t recalled like the giants of history who – in many cases – did less for the cause.

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Four Things

shutupAfter a weekend of thinking about things, Dave has four issues he has to get off of his chest. (1) Obamacare Ruling (2) Gay Marriage Ruling (3) CSA Battle Flags and (4) Other Stuff that happened while we were talking about the other stuff.

Since the last shall be First, Greece is about to become a Ancient Third World power as her banks collapse and she goes broke. Europe is unhappy about their fact that Greece feels like paying its bills is “insulting.” A PLRI Terror attack in Tunisia was stopped in part by Muslims standing up against the terrorist.

The Obamacare ruling would have been a moot point if the GOP Candidates who ran on a promise of stopping Obamacare had actually kept their promise. They didn’t, so we’re all stuck with it now – including every single one of the GOP 2016 Candidates for President.

At least one newspaper is already claiming that since the Supreme Court has decided the case, there will be no more anti-gay marriage articles or letters to the editor. The problem is that the Supreme Court has a pretty good record of reversing itself – at least better than you might think. So if the SCOTUS ruling on Gay Marriage is absolute, is the SCOTUS ruling on the 2nd Amendment also absolute? Will said Paper be running no more articles/letters reflecting an anti-gun position?

The CSA Battle Flag was carried into battle by men who knew for what they were fighting. And that was, plain and simply, slavery. There has been 150 years of the “States Rights” argument, but at the end of the day, the men who were there made it crystal clear that the issue was slavery. And nothing else.

Later today the Redistricting ruling will come from SCOTUS. The GOP is already terrified and using it as a fundraiser.

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