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RavenOfOdin
July 4th, 2006, 05:32 AM
\\:D/ :D \\:D/

Anyone gonna be shooting fireworks tonight?

woedend
July 4th, 2006, 05:47 AM
hell yeah.
you know how we do it in the south...beer and explosives = good time


oh, i almost forgot, i read this on another place i visit....kinda long but interesting. im too lazy to format so ill just code it.

Fourth of July

AKA: Independence Day

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

Have you ever wondered what happened to the

56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,

and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds

or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives,

their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants,

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;

all men of means, well-educated,

but they signed the

Declaration of Independence

knowing full well that the penalty

would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton

of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader,

saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.

He sold his home and properties to pay his debts

and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam

was so hounded by they British that

he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

He served in the Congress without pay,

and his family was kept in hiding.

His possessions were taken from him

and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of

Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward,

Ruttledge and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown,

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

noted that the British General Cornwallis

had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.

He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.

The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis

had his home and properties destroyed.

The enemy jailed his wife, and she died with a few months.

John Hart

was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.

Their 13 children fled for their lives.

His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.

For more than a year he lived in forests and caves,

returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So many of us take our liberties so much for granted,

BUT WE SHOULDN'T.

Please take a few minutes while enjoying your

4th of July Holiday

and prayerfully thank these patriots.

It's not too much to ask for the price they paid.

REMEMBER:

Freedom is Never Free!

mstlyevil
July 4th, 2006, 05:53 AM
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans and happy Tuesday to the rest of the world.

Biltong (Dee)
July 4th, 2006, 06:06 AM
I second that!

Miki01
July 4th, 2006, 06:39 AM
Well, I'm not American, but, Happy 4th of July!

jethro10
July 4th, 2006, 11:08 AM
Always reminds me of the film Independence Day.

Love that film.

blackjack6.21.91
July 4th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Everyone have a great day! Tomorrow too! And the next day!

RAV TUX
July 4th, 2006, 11:58 AM
Happy "Fourth of July"! HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

For those here in the USA, what are your plans?

I am going to work 10am-6pm then I will meet my wife on the steps of the "Lincoln Memorial" to see the fireworks tonight on the "National Mall" here in Washington DC.

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(for those not from the USA: Happy Tuesday!)

Kernel Sanders
July 4th, 2006, 12:03 PM
I'm British! :oops:

But anyway, Happy 4th Of July you brave yanks! \\:D/

John :)

T700
July 4th, 2006, 12:07 PM
oh, i almost forgot, i read this on another place i visit....kinda long but interesting. im too lazy to format so ill just code it.
[code]Fourth of July

AKA: Independence Day

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

Have you ever wondered what happened to the

56 men that signed the Declaration of Independence?


http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp (http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp)

Paul

BWF89
July 4th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Happy 4th of July!

In going to Dennys than than to a parade this morning!

eMuNiX
July 4th, 2006, 12:50 PM
Happy 4th of July from my little corner of England, I will be helping light a firework display for some of the Americans that live here. Spent Sunday afternoon fusing it up, we now hope that the forecast thunderstorms hold off.

DoctorMO
July 4th, 2006, 01:28 PM
May you have an interesting 4th of July, I'll put on the kettle.

Blondie
July 4th, 2006, 11:40 PM
Happy 4th of July!

From another non-american.

djsroknrol
July 4th, 2006, 11:48 PM
The shuttle lifting off from the cape was a fireworks show I'll remember for a long while...we've never had a lift off on the 4th...happy 4th to all....

Johnsie
July 4th, 2006, 11:48 PM
Happy 4th July.... They day the Irish, Scotch and Welsh rebels kicked England out of America :-)

Iandefor
July 5th, 2006, 12:20 AM
Can't stand July 4th.

All the pyros crawl out from under the rocks they were hiding under all year and the week before July 4th, I can't let my cat out for fear that he'll get spooked and run off from the sound of all the fireworks going off.

What a bloody wonderful way to celebrate the US' independence, eh?

Well, for people who enjoy it, Happy 4th!

richbarna
July 5th, 2006, 12:58 AM
Happy 4th July.... They day the Irish, Scotch and Welsh rebels kicked England out of America :-)

I think you mean the French and the Spanish
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0856594.html

Happy 5th of July to all Americans, sorry, I got to the thread after midnight.

cleverselfreferentialname
July 5th, 2006, 03:10 AM
A happy fourth to all Americans, and a happy tuesday and continuity of no software patents for those of you who live in the more free parts of the world.

I wish you all much peace and love!

Paul

John.Michael.Kane
July 5th, 2006, 03:29 AM
Always reminds me of the film Independence Day.

Love that film.
Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day! President Thomas Whitmore

benplaut
July 5th, 2006, 06:03 AM
Am i the only one not too happy with the state of the union?

Iandefor
July 5th, 2006, 07:20 AM
Am i the only one not too happy with the state of the union? Given that GW's approval ratings had dipped below 30% last I checked, probably not.

woedend
July 5th, 2006, 07:51 AM
for christ sakes...
this thread was to celebrate the anniversary of our independence. What the forefathers gave their life for. The reason we have many freedoms most of the world does not. Whether or not you like the president should have little relevance in this celebration. (If, on the other hand, you dont like USA, then I suppose it does, but I would also suggest you find some other country to call home).

richbarna
July 5th, 2006, 10:41 AM
for christ sakes...
this thread was to celebrate the anniversary of our independence. What the forefathers gave their life for. The reason we have many freedoms most of the world does not. Whether or not you like the president should have little relevance in this celebration. (If, on the other hand, you dont like USA, then I suppose it does, but I would also suggest you find some other country to call home).

Well said !
I was fed up with the Uk and moved to Spain. A government is not to be confused with the common man. To many countries are judged by the decisions made by Presidents/Primeministers.

I love England and the English people, the current government I do not.

Be proud of your nation (the people),
I hope you all enjoyed the 4th July celebrations, and may you all enjoy many in the future.

"Ubuntu" I am because we are.

Bloch
July 5th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Belated happy 4th of July greetings from Dublin!

cleverselfreferentialname
July 7th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Am i the only one not too happy with the state of the union?

Nah, you're not. I'm not too pleased with it either. Can't say I love the union, but I love the people.