Maddogsson celebrates this Independence Day at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he has received his Globe and Anchor so he is a Marine, and not simply a Recruit, although graduation is not for a few days.
Semper fi, Marines! Hard not to love any durable institution born in a tavern.
Marine Corps Decade History Timeline
Please drive safe today. The Antiplanner has some photos of how Ford thought the Interstate Highway system might look back in 1956.
The Antiplanner | Dedicated to the sunset of government planning
Zerohedge has a somewhat more modern view of the IHS.
The Curse Of Socialist Highways - How Government Ruins July 4th Travel
Over at Carpe Diem, Mark Perry convinced Ray Charles to sing America the Beautiful. Go give it a listen!
Happy Birthday, America 2016: Ray Charles sings ‘America the Beautiful’
Craig Newmark over at the eponymously named Newmark's Door, thinks Reason might be on to something, "Americans Forget How Good They Have It." Agreed.
"Americans Forget How Good They Have It"
Scott Johnson over at Powerline looks first to President Lincoln for "an explanation of the meaning of this day to Americans with matchless eloquence and insight in words that remain as relevant now as then."
The eternal meaning of Independence Day
Scott then looks to President Coolidge for a review of the thought, and history underlying the Declaration of Independence. Doubly fitting now that the power we declared our independence from in 1776, has now declared its independence in 2016, 240 years later.
The eternal meaning of Independence Day (2)
I would fire up the BBQ but . . .
How vegetarians, gluten-frees, grain-frees and other L.A. food tribes ruined my BBQ tradition
. . . food tribes. Heh!
Walter Russell Mead rightly notes that the future of America is bright albeit dimmed somewhat here or there by our low quality political class.
The Future Still Belongs to America
I will end with an American veteran, doing what Americans tend to do, the right thing witht the tools to hand. In this case, a .22 caliber plinking gun, and a couple of boxes of ammo. A little American ingenuity, a gun, and lots of ammo to free the National Bird, seems a fitting way to end a post about our Independence Day, a day which required lots of gun, lots of ammo, lots of grit, and a good seven years to secure. Good luck to the eagle.
Army veteran rescues eagle dangling upside down from 75-foot tree
And good luck to the Brits, you've declared your independence, now you must fight for it, let's hope it doesn't take 7 long years of warfare.
Below the Forester Flag: "It is said to be the oldest known American flag (that is, a flag intentionally designed and used to symbolize the country), and the oldest to use 13 red and white stripes for this purpose. It was carried by the Minutemen when they were called out on April 19, 1775, for the Battles of Lexington and Concord."