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Subj:     Fourth Of July Articles and Jokes
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Includes the following:  3 B.C. Comic Strips (DU)
.........................Pledge Of Allegiance - Video/Audio File (S283b, S671)
.........................Fireworks Filmed With A Drone - Video (S910)
.........................Twins Born On The Fourth Of July (S614c)
.........................Dancing Man On The 4th Of July (DU)
.........................Robin Williams As The American Flag - Video (S700)
.........................Letter To Thomas Jefferson
.........................Simon's Cat Cartoon (DU)
.........................John Wayne's God Bless America - Video (S961)
.........................The Price They Paid (S74)
.........................Dog With Firework - Video (S552c)
.........................Marco Polo Discovers Fireworks (S127)
.........................I'm Putting Up the Flag - Video (S818)
.........................The Flying McCoys Cartoon (S652b)
.........................Stars Stripes Forever By Doug Smith - Video (S862)
.........................Homemade Firework - Video (S631b)
.........................Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag - Video (S1009)
.........................Short Fourth Of July Jokes
..............................6 Peanuts 4th of July Comic Strips (S857)
..............................4th of July Idiot Of The Year (S551)
..............................Lady Liberty Fireworks

Also see ACCIDENTS1   - 'Launched On The Fourth Of July ...'
         JOBS3 file   - 'Pack It In! Happy New Year!'
         SCHOOL3 file - 'Nursery Students Learn Of Freedom'
         STORIES      - 'Soldier's True Friendship'
......................- 'True Story Of Taps'
         TEAR-JERKER1 - 'Reflections Of The Vietnam Wall'
         TEAR-JERKER2 - 'A Moment In A Concentration Camp'

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Subj:     3 B.C. Comic Strips (DU)
          By Mastroianni and Hart on 7/4/2014
 Source: http://www.gocomics.com/bc/2014/07/04
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Subj:     Pledge Of Allegiance (S283b, S671d2)
          From: Good Clean Fun! on 7/5/2002
      and From: tom on 11/18/2009
Skelton sketch
from Tralfas-Archives
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/LPbIls0iOnI

 Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

 As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained
 the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his
 class.  Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded,
 his recollection of this lecture.  It is followed by an
 observation of his own.

 You can listen to Red Skelton explain our pledge of
 allegiance by clicking 'HERE'.
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Click 'HERE' to see a video of Red Skelton's
"Pledge of Allegiance."
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Subj:     Fireworks Filmed With A Drone (S910d)
          From: RDobry on 7/6/2014
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/a9KZ3jgbbmI
 Source2: http://sfglobe.com/?id=1410&src=share_fb_new_1410

 This video was filmed flying through a firework show over
 West Palm Beach, Florida with a DJI Phantom 2 and using a
 GoPro Hero 3 silver.  I've seen fireworks many times before.
 Sometimes from the ground, sometimes from a tall building,
 and even once from a boat!  But I've never seen fireworks
 from INSIDE the fireworks.  The quad was not damaged.
 Click 'HERE' to see this wonderful, amazing video with
 opera timed to the video.

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Subj:     Twins Born On The Fourth Of July (S614c)
          From: LABLaughsClean on 10/16/2008

 A fellow and his wife living in Houston, Texas, where
 the people are all patriots, were blessed with the birth
 of twins, two identical girls.  These twins were born on
 the 4th of July, and the father, being patriotic, said to
 his wife, "We will name them Liberty and Justice, after
 the pledge of allegiance".

 His wife said, "Are you nuts?  You can't have girls going
 through life with names like Liberty and Justice.  We are
 going to name them regular girl's names like Mary or
 Jane".

 Well, the argument went on for about a month, when a
 compromise was reached.  They would each name one of the
 girls.  The man chose Liberty and the wife picked
 Elizabeth.

 As the girls grew, they were so identical, they kept
 pulling tricks on people who couldn't tell them apart.
 Finally, when they were about 18, a young man took
 interest in them.  He would take one out on a date but
 he was never sure which one he was with.

 He decided he would marry at least one of them, but he
 was not sure which one he would marry.

 He went to the girls father and explained his quandary.

 "I love your daughters and want to marry one of them, but
 I can't tell them apart, so I will leave it up to you...

 Give me Liberty or give me Beth."

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Subj:     Dancing Man On The 4th Of July (DU,GIF/Video)
          From: Tom Mason on Facebook
 Source1: http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/4th.gif
 Source2: https://www.facebook.com/tom.mas
..........on.3158/posts/1136176759729677
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......I'm mesmerized by an animated GIF as an infinite
......loop. Here are more examples on my web site:
.........'Boy Pounds Head On Table' in Psychology
.........'ABC Rides TOURBILLON' in Movies-Supp
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Subj:     Robin Williams As The American Flag (S700d) 
          From: rfslick on 7/2/2010
Photo from YouTube.com
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q_L1vLv84vs
 Source2: http://www.coolestone.com/media/292/
..........Robin_Williams_as_the_American_Flag/

 Robin Williams portrays the American flag in "I Love Liberty,"
 a two-hour television special created by Norman Lear and
 presented by People For the American Way on March 21,1982.
 Click 'HERE' to see this wonderful, funny video.

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Subj:     Letter To Thomas Jefferson
          From: smiles on 98-07-07

 RevTony sends 'a bit of history with this little known letter'
 

 Letter to Thomas Jefferson

 The Court of King George III
 London, England

 July 10, 1776

 Mr. Thomas Jefferson
 c/o The Continental Congress
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Dear Mr. Jefferson:

 We have read your "Declaration of Independence" with great
 interest.  Certainly, it represents a considerable under-
 taking, and many of your statements do merit serious
 consideration.  Unfortunately, the Declaration as a whole
 fails to meet recently adopted specifications for proposals
 to the Crown, so we must return the document to you for
 further refinement. The questions which follow might assist
 you in your process of revision:

 1.  In your opening paragraph you use the phrase "the Laws
     of Nature and Nature's God."  What are these laws?  In
     what way are they the criteria on which you base your
     central arguments?  Please document with citations from
     the recent literature.

 2.  In the same paragraph you refer to the "opinions of
     mankind."  Whose polling data are you using?  Without
     specific evidence, it seems to  us the "opinions of
     mankind" are a matter of opinion.

 3.  You hold certain truths to be "self-evident."  Could
     you please elaborate.  If they are as evident as you
     claim then it should not be difficult for you to locate
     the appropriate supporting statistics.

 4.  "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" seem to
     be the goals of  your proposal.  These are not measur-
     able goals.  If you were to say that "among these is
     the ability to sustain an average life expectancy in
     six of the 13 colonies of at least 55 years, and to
     enable newspapers in the colonies to print news without
     outside interference, and to raise the average income
     of the colonists by 10 percent in the next 10 years,"
     these could be measurable goals.  Please clarify.

 5.  You state 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 a
     new Government...." Have you weighed this assertion
     against all the alternatives?  What are the trade-off
     considerations?

 6.  Your description of the existing situation is quite
     extensive.  Such a long list of grievances should
     precede the statement of goals, not follow it.  Your
     problem statement needs improvement.

 7.  Your strategy for achieving your goal is not developed
     at all.  You state that the colonies "ought to be Free
     and Independent States," and that they are "Absolved
     from All Allegiance to the British  Crown."  Who or
     what must change to achieve this objective?  In what
     way must they change?  What specific steps will you
     take to overcome the  resistance?  How long will it
     take?  We have found that a little foresight in these
     areas helps to prevent careless errors later on.  How
     cost-effective are your strategies?

 8.  Who among the list of signatories will be responsible
     for implementing  your strategy?  Who conceived it?
     Who provided the theoretical research?  Who will
     constitute the advisory committee?  Please submit an
     organization chart and vitas of the principal
     investigators.

 9.  You must include an evaluation design.  We have been
     requiring this since Queen Anne's War.

 10. What impact will your problem have?  Your failure to
     include any assessment of this inspires little
     confidence in the long-range prospects of your
     undertaking.

 11. Please submit a PERT diagram, an activity chart,
     itemized budget, and manpower utilization matrix.

 We hope that these comments prove useful in revising
 your "Declaration of Independence."  We welcome the
 submission of your revised proposal.  Our due date for
 unsolicited proposals is July 31, 1776.  Ten copies
 with original signatures will be required.
 

 Sincerely,

 Management Analyst to the British Crown

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Subj:     Simon's Cat Cartoon (DU)
          Drawn by British Animator Simon Tofield
          From: Diane J Swinehart on Facebook on 7/4/2016
 Source: https://www.facebook.com/simonscat/photos/a.1015136085694
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Subj:     John Wayne's God Bless America (S961d)
          From: Debbie Warren on Facebook
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/UFv-fqQ9D_Y
 Source2: http://biggeekdad.com/2014/09/john-
..........wayne-1970/#.VZNaZkWcMkB.facebook
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 This is legendary actor John Wayne in a clip from 1970
 on the TV variety show he hosted celebrating America's
 history. Many famous actors and actresses are featured
 in this video singing God Bless America including Ann
 Margaret, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Johnny
 Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Lorne Greene,
 Bob Hope, Forrest Lewis, Dean Martin, William Shatner,
 Tom Smothers, and many more.  Click 'HERE' to see this
 wonderful tribute.
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Subj:     The Price They Paid (S74)
          Written by Dr. Bob Wells,
          Published in the Vallejo Times-Herald on Friday, July 3,1998,
          From the Marion Devin column, Typed by AJSwitzer

 Have you ever wondered what happened to those men who signed
 the Declaration of Independence?  Five signers were captured
 by the British as traitors, and were tortured before they
 died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.  Two lost
 their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons
 captured.  Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from their
 wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.

 What kind of men were they?  Twenty-four were lawyers and
 jurists, eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large
 plantation owners, men of means, well educated, but they
 signed the Declaration of Independence knowing fully well
 that the penalty would be death, if captured.  They signed,
 and they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their
 sacred honor.

 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 property to pay his debts, and died in rags.

 Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was
 forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in
 Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.  His
 possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.
 Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery,
 Clymer, Hall Walton, Gwinnett, Hayward, Rutledge 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.  The owner quietly urged General George
 Washington to open fire, which was done.  The home was
 destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

 Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.  The
 enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

 John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was
 dying.  Their thirteen children fled for their lives.  His
 fields and grist mill were laid waste.  For more than a year
 he lived in forests and caves, returning home after the war
 to find his wife dead, his children vanished.  A few weeks
 later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.  Norris
 and Livingston suffered similar fates.

 Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American
 Revolution.  These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing
 ruffians.  They were soft-spoken men of means and education.
 They had security but valued liberty more.  Standing tall,
 straight and unwavering they pledged: "For the support of
 this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of
 the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our
 lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."  They gave us an
 independent America.  Can we keep it?

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Subj:     Dog With Firework (S552c,d)
          From: ginafm on 8/13/2007
..........At: http://www.youtube.com/embed/J6PjQQtE9tM

 In this cute, home video, a dachshund picks up a Roman
 candle in his mouth and runs all over the camp site.
 Click 'HERE' to see this very funny clip.

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Subj:     Marco Polo Discovers Fireworks (S127)
          From: smiles on 7/5/99

 As everyone knows, when Marco Polo first opened the trade
 routes to China, he was quite impressed with their rockets.

 Now, these weren't quite the fireworks we now know, but
 they did shoot into the air, explode and make some pretty
 patterns.

 Strangely, no matter where he went, there were people who
 made fireworks, but he had trouble finding someone to
 demonstrate them for him.

 "Not here!" they said. ...very confusing.

 Until finally, Marco Polo came upon an ancient military
 fortification in Chu' Lai.  Here, fireworks were launched
 every night, and he was very impressed!  But still he
 wondered, "Why here?"  At the end of every week, people
 came from great distances, bringing their own fireworks
 to launch.  So Marco Polo asked his guide why everyone
 came here to launch their fireworks.

 Marco Polo's guide replied: "Why honored Sir, we ~always~
 set off our fireworks over the Forts of Chu' Lai"

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Subj:     I'm Putting Up the Flag (S818d)
          From: Mel's Video of the Day on 9/15/2012
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/NvHy4aIoQXU
 Source2: http://www.coolestone.com/
..........media/4553/Putting-Up-the-Flag/

 A man reflects on why he puts up the American flag, and
 the freedom it symbolizes.  Click 'HERE' to see very
 nice, down to earth video.

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Subj:     The Flying McCoys Cartoon (S652b)
          by Glenn and Gary McCoy on 7/3/2009
 Source: http://www.gocomics.com/theflyingmccoys/2009/07/03
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Subj:     Stars Stripes Forever By Doug Smith (S862d)
          From: virv on 7/13/2013
Photo from YouTube.com
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/-f5WRrUJu-8

 This video is Doug Smith's solo acoustic guitar performance
 of Stars & Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.  It was a
 live solo at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center.
 Click 'HERE' to listen to this wonderful performance.

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Subj:     Homemade Firework (S631b,d)
          From: tom on 2/10/2009
 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/t8whVxTj7iQ

 This video on how to make fireworks is cute and
 educational.  Click 'HERE' to see it.

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Subj:     Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag (S1009)
          From: Steve Sommerkamp on 5/19/2016

 Source: http://www.youtube.com/embed/xKSUYfzpf9c

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Subj:     6 Peanuts 4th of July Comic Strips (S857)
          By Charles M. Schulz
          From: Amy Hahn on Facebook on 7/4/2013
 Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101518624591430
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Subj:     4th of July Idiot Of The Year (S551)
          From: rfslick on 8/8/2007
 Another reason why alcohol and fireworks don't mix.  You
 can view this set of four pictures by clicking 'HERE'.
 

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Subj:      Lady Liberty Fireworks
           From: dmswitzer1325 on 7/3/2004
           Writtem by Bill Hysmith
 Source: http://www.njagyouth.org/liberty.htm.
 You can see this cute web page by clicking 'HERE'
 Needs Java Plug-in.
 

 Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on
 July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson.  Most of the
 rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't
 added until 5 years later.

From: Jose Ramos on Facebook on 7/8/2010 (S703b)
 "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence
  every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers
  who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
  but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato
  salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may
  think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."
    -- Erma Bombeck

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