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How Beautiful We Were

A short list. In no particular order.

We had car shows, boat shows, beauty shows, and dog shows.

We ran robots on the surface of Mars by remote control.

Our women came from all over the world in all shapes and sizes and hues and scents.

We actually believed that all men are created equal and tried to make it come true.

Everybody liked our movies and loved our television shows.

We tried to educate everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sometimes we succeeded.

We did Levis.

We held the torch high and hundreds of millions came. No matter what the cost.

We saved Europe twice and liberated it once.

We believed so deeply and so abidingly in free speech that we protected and honored and, in some cases, even elected traitors.

We let you be as freaky as you wanted to be.

We paid you not to plant crops and not to work.

We died in the hundreds of thousands to end slavery here. And when that was done continued to fight to end slavery for a century and a half after all around the world.

We invented Jazz.

We wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg address.

We went to the moon to see how far we could hit a golf ball.

We lifted a telescope into orbit that could see to the edge of the universe.

When people snuck into the country against our laws, we made parking lots and food stands off to the side of the road so they wouldn’t get hurt, and we let them use our hospitals for free, and we made their children citizens.

We didn’t care what God you worshipped as long as we could worship ours.

We let the People arm themselves at will. Just to make sure.

We gave everybody the vote.

We built Disneyworld. Just for fun.

We had a revolution so successful it was still going strong two and a quarter centuries later.

We had so many heroes, even at the end, that we felt free to hate them and burn them in effigy.

We electrified the guitar.

We invented a music so compelling that it rocked the world.

We had some middling novelists.

We had some interesting painters.

We had some pretty good poets.

We had better songwriters.

We ran our farms so well we fed the globe.

We made the automobile and the airplane.

We let you get rich. Really, really rich.

We didn’t care who you were or what you were or where you came from or who your parents were. We just cared about what you made or what you did.

We had poor people who, even at their most wretched, were richer than any other poor people on the face of the planet.

We were the noblest nation the world had ever known.

We had so much freedom that many of us voted to just throw it all away.

Even towards the end, as we dissolved into the petty bickering and idle entertainments that come with having far too much leisure and money, many among us were still striving to make it higher, finer, brighter, better, and more beautiful.

Even towards the end, the best of us declined to give up and pressed on. “Where to? What next?”

Film fading.  Light fading.  Fade to black.

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  • Jim in Alaska July 4, 2017, 8:02 AM

    & even though today many would consider it hate speech: GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2017, 9:26 AM

    “We let you get rich.”

    Oh dear.
    Next thing you know they’ll claim they let us breathe.

  • Frank P July 4, 2017, 11:56 AM

    All commendable, true and inspiring.

    Meanwhile over in Europe where most of your forebears were spawned, this kinda shit is going on:

    Over on the Coffeehousewall.co.uk Colonel Mustard updates us:

    “Here’s a classic example of the sinister draw between the Left and Islam.
    Federica Mogherini, 44, is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the EU Commission Vice-President under Juncker.
    She studied Political Science with a specialist graduation in Political Philosophy and a final dissertation on the “relationship between religion and politics in Islam”.
    From 1988 she was a member of the Italian Communist Youth Federation and in 1996 at the age of 23 she joined Youth Left after the dissolution of the Italian Communist Party and its “transformation” into a social democratic party. This “transformation” was widespread after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the origin of what might be termed the “Transatlantic Chicago Community Organising Common Purpose Conspiracy”. Devout communists no longer had their “mother” country to look to for sponsoring and funding their agitprop for socialist revolution so had to re-invent themselves to progress their agenda within mainstream politics, greatly facilitated by politicians of all persuasions.
    In Youth Left Mogherini was responsible for maintaining relations with the Party of European Socialists, the Socialist International and other left-wing parties, including the US Democratic Party. Once armed with social democrat rather than communist credentials she began to move through various senior offices of the Italian government before slithering into the EU. After the European Council showed interest in her the Italian Prime Minister formally nominated her to become an EU Commissioner despite the opposition of East European countries. In August 2014 Europe’s socialist Prime Ministers met prior to the convening of the European Council, at which she received the approval of the Party of European Socialists and on the same day the President Herman Van Rompuy announced that the European Council had decided to appoint her as its new High Representative, effective from 1 November 2014.
    In June 2015, after her appointment to the European Commission she stated publicly that Islam is part of Europe’s history and future:-
    “Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food and—what matters most—in Europe’s present and future. Like it or not, this is the reality. I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture. Religion plays a role in politics – not always for good, not always for bad. Religion can be part of the process. What makes the difference is whether the process is democratic or not.”
    Note that her final sentence can be interpreted in two ways. Either way the statement is illustrative of the prevalent political mind within the EU Commission.
    Mogherini has also been criticised for being a pivotal supporter of Iran in the negotiations over their nuclear programme.”

    Somebody pass this on to the Donald, so that he knows who he’s dealing with over there.

    • SoylentGreen March 18, 2022, 5:47 PM

      Frank, the whole way through reading your essay, I was expecting that it would end with her being raped, tortured and killed by an Islamic extremist immigrant.

  • IMTDR July 4, 2017, 7:16 PM

    Where are we headed?

    Where we were always headed, slowfoot or strawfoot. The only place freedom leads.

    The iron rod of the fasces. Of a true brotherhood. The caterwauling of the “freedom” crowd cut off in one last howl as the truth comes out.

    The truth our ancestors knew. Men must be ruled. Men, like horses, must be broken to the bridle before they’re worth a damn thing. A wild stallion, however, is only a nuisance. A wild man is a horror.

    We set up laws and structures so ironhard it took centuries of Jeffersons idiotic decadence to ruin it all. But here is the whole world come at last to the true endpoint of freedoms great lie.

    And Im sure some of your squalling commentators will wail some paean to their transient need of expressing their every whim, without bridle, guide or saddle.

    Your freedom isnt great. Salisbury cathedral is great, raised under the twin dictatorships of church and state, in ruthless, just, Imperium.

    Your “freedom” is “naked lunch” and the Boston Bombing. Its the characters on “Girls” eating ass-wherein for once television follows culture.

    Its women covered in tattoos. Its bikinis and divorces and pornography and somalis in Maine and Minnesota.

    Our demonic experiment did not fail. It suceeded.

    Theyre all free now, Gerald. Free from shame. Free from duty. Free from God, culture, patriotism, loyalty, kinship, children, love, respect, ambition-

    All these things are chains. Or to follow my previous example-a bridle. A saddle, a rider- a guiding genius to some better thing.

    You want to see Jeffersons Children? Antifa is all around. Crying out, as he did in the droolingly moronic letter he dared send to better men, appointed by God to guide him in a better path-

    Crying out that its not fair, that the worlds course should subvert itself to his whim. That he, the eternal, self worshipping self, should not be bridled by anything other than whim.

    He lacked the words, so strong were thebonds of the fasces in his time, to demand that his slave-rape be a celebrated in schools, his wants tended and pronouns respected. His heirs carried on. And there we are.

    We have so far to go back. It is tragic that we will require such restriction, but Christ was right.

    The iron rod, the true church. Thr fasces of God rises

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 7:59 AM

    We let the communists take over.

  • AbigailAdams July 4, 2018, 8:00 AM

    Gerard, Did I miss your posting of the Paradise 4th of July music video? I love that!

  • pbird July 4, 2018, 8:14 AM

    Always fun to be the scary contrarian!

  • lpdbw July 4, 2018, 8:14 AM

    IMTDR must be loads of fun at parties.

    I’d rather celebrate the founding of the greatest nation ever to appear on this Earth than try to piss in everyone’s Cheerios. But that’s just me.

  • Snakepit Kansas July 4, 2018, 8:53 AM

    We are Americans and many of us are not going to take it lying down. In the recent past (within the Obama days), our Catholic priest gave sermon about standing and fighting for our religious, and other, liberties. In 53 years I have never seen a standing ovation for a sermon. This was it.

    You have to bake my cake but you cannot eat in my restaurant. They cannot have it both ways but they will try. Those with the guns will make the rules. Most commie libs don’t know the difference between the bore and the bolt. Don’t push the rednecks too far, as they have limits.

    As I may have mentioned in past years here, I may not live long enough to see violent backlash to stifled liberties, but my kids might. They will be well equipped to handle themselves as they deem appropriate.


  • Old Codger July 4, 2018, 10:50 AM

    ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 7:59 AM
    “We let the communists take over.”

    If by “We” you mean FDR and his Proggy marxists buddies, such as Stalin’s commie agent, Harry Hopkins, once lauded as “Co-President” with FDR (who really was a simpleton), then I’d agree.

    But DO NOT incldue this rough old cob in your “We”!!!

  • Fred July 4, 2018, 11:32 AM

    “We let the People arm themselves at will.”

    Thank you, Massa!

    Sir, nobody lets me arm myself. Pffft.

    It was a good day to shoot a tyrant in the face, as it is again today.

  • Terry July 4, 2018, 12:55 PM

    Plus one for Fred.

    Also, nice Coat of Arms, Sir.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 1:57 PM

    “But DO NOT incldue this rough old cob in your “We”!!!”

    I was being facetious, of course, old cod.
    Notice if you will that the entire constitution renders itself invalid with it’s very first word, “we”.
    Nobody gets to speak for me.

    If that piece of parchment under glass has the ability to automatically include people under it’s spell against their wishes, how is that different from that thing that states, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”?

    We don’t do fireworks here on the GS Estancia but the neighbors across the road had a delivery yesterday from mexifornia a crate of 4″ mortar shells that will be raining the region at dusk, and I will, in traditional fare, be lighting up the legendary Winchester model 71 which brings it’s own style of fireworks. Hand me another buglight longneck pleez…..say what, nothing but montauk wave chasers left? DAWG!

    BTW, I likes my ribeye rare, just knock the horns off and wipe it’s ass…..

  • rabbit tobacco July 4, 2018, 9:36 PM

    The Gettysburg Address is a crock of sh*t.

  • CC July 5, 2018, 5:45 AM

    Maybe if IMTDR is going to be a pessimistic douchebag on someone else’s website, he ought to at least get their name right.

  • Ten July 5, 2018, 7:52 AM

    IMTDR must be loads of fun at parties.

    Lever-pullers must be loads of fun at polling places, lever-puller.

    I’d rather celebrate the founding of the greatest nation ever to appear on this Earth than try to piss in everyone’s Cheerios. But that’s just me.

    Except IMTDR is right. I’m betting you’re approximately as insightful about that as your internets snark is original.

    There’s no better “leftist” than the rightist who embraces half the left’s fallacies, spouts jingoistic lifestyle signals – virtually all secular and none structurally authentic – and sees none of his own tolerance of decades of authoritarianism.

    The boomer right is ostensible and as such is therefore at least much a failure as the left. The left is visibly psychotic and self-limiting. The normie right is downright codependent, complicit, almost entirely superficial, and nationally self-destructive. Go wave a flag, normie right.

    America is a cesspool. Maybe don’t conflate that hackneyed ‘greatest nation’ hoorah with principles that expired before the ink had dried.

  • pbird July 6, 2018, 9:50 AM

    Find a better one. Life on earth you know? Its rough, Mr. Ten.

  • CC July 6, 2018, 12:06 PM

    Maybe you’re hanging out with the wrong kind of people, Ten.

  • Ten July 6, 2018, 4:50 PM

    Rightists spend their lives shrieking about depravity in America while making sure nobody else notices it. Or shrieking about binary political constructs that have never existed.

    pbird: Name a better nation, Ten. CC: You don’t belong here, Ten.

    Both fallacies.

  • Auntie Analogue July 3, 2019, 10:49 PM

    “How Beautiful We Were”

    Yes. “Were” sums it up. Precisely because there is today no longer a “We.”

  • Roy Lofquist July 4, 2019, 1:22 AM

    Here’s one of my favorites:


  • ghostsniper July 4, 2019, 4:46 AM

    Here we are, a couple years further on, and everything’s the same, cept worse. Closer to the edge. Where is this ship of fools going? The helm is filled with revolving idiots clamoring for control of….what? One is chosen to steer and everybody else fist fights with everybody else. What a clusterfuck. Where the bear spray is? The USS America is probably going to go down and lots of people have already abandoned it, believing they are better on their own than with a perverted group. Creating distance, walls of buffer.

    For 40 years 3 or more generations of people have been cultivating continuous children – adults raising children to be children all their lives – and that’s what now surrounds us. Was it inevitable? Dunno, but it just is. This conveyor belt continues the same to demonstrate the next migration on the horizon. Another 20 years hence those that can will be gone one way or another and the fruited plain will be something else, something ugly, a giant unsupervised day care center of squalor, debasement, crime, and pain. There will be no correction, it is too far gone, but an evaluation to start anew after the complete erasure of all that is. The land itself holds value if the contaminants can be removed. 3000 x 2000 miles of fire will reduce all of it to ashes, and then a new beginning can start.

    Happy 4th, it might be the last.
    I might say this again next year.
    Ever the optimist.

  • H July 4, 2019, 5:47 AM

    “We have met the enemy, and he is us”

    Well, perhaps, but I don’t include them sons-a-bitches like Kaepernick and Nike and all them sumbitches they call friends and whoever else might tear us down in “we”. Them people are “them,” not “us”. BFYTW.

    A Remnant will abide. Because that’s what we do.

  • Lala July 4, 2019, 7:31 AM

    Many days are like this tune, but today is a day to set all that aside, be grateful, and celebrate. For most, life is still pretty good in our disunited states, there is still something worth preserving, and hope springs eternal.

    Many is the time I’ve been mistaken
    And many times confused
    Many is the time I’ve been forsaken
    And certainly abused
    But it’s all right it’s all right
    You can’t be for ever blessed
    And when I think of another working day
    I’ve just got to get some rest
    I’ve got to get some rest

    I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
    Don’t have a friend who feels at ease
    Don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
    Or driven to its knees
    Oh but it’s all right it’s all right
    We’ve lived so well so long
    And when I think of the road
    We’ve travelled on
    So far away from home
    So far away from home

    And I dreamed I was dying
    I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
    And looking back down on me
    Smiled reassuringly
    And I dreamed I was flying
    And high above all my eyes could clearly see
    The Statue of Liberty
    Sailing away to sea
    And I dreamed I was flying

    We come on the ship they called the Mayflower
    We come on the ship that sailed the moon
    We come in the ages’ most uncertain hour
    And we sing an American tune
    Oh but it’s all right it’s all right
    You can’t be for ever blessed
    And when I think of another working day
    I’ve just got to get some rest
    I’ve got to get some rest

  • Richard July 4, 2019, 7:32 AM

    Glad for my memories. I remained somewhat naive about politics in general and grievance groups in particular much longer than I should have. Watched Mr Smith Goes to Washington the other night and sensed myself getting more and more provoked. With myself mostly for ever believing that there were politicians who wanted to do the best for our country and not to become wealthy selling her out.
    If it was ever true that the so-called best and brightest represented us at one time, that quaint belief had to have died many years ago. The best and brightest don’t get anywhere near the festering pustule that is politics.
    Still, some things persist and I’m a stubborn guy, so I’ll be watching Jimmy sing and dance, and let my memories overtake me once again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8wxb-wwQnA
    I do now that for a very long time we really were E pluribus unum.
    One other fact that I’m reminded of is the power on Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America,
    It never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Dear God how I loved the America I once knew.

  • John the River July 4, 2019, 7:41 AM

    What should we fix first? I vote for the schools. Yeah the illegals pouring over the border are a problem; don’t speak the language, expect to be fed and housed and crowd into the emergency rooms for free healthcare. But they are closer to normal human beings, albeit raw, than the indoctrinated and deviated sprouts being raised in the neighboring Marxist academy.

    Easy to start, a presidential order created The Dept. of Education and a PO can eliminate it. Then I think its time for a old fashioned book burning! Every textbook shoveled into the schools by said DOE, with particular attention to ‘Communist Core’. It would be up to the new school committee members, elected after the Great Awaking to purge the classrooms of the incompetent (damn the teacher unions), the ‘woke’, the fat lesbians… etc. And any kids that would rather disrupt than learn, out on their ass because it’s getting serious time. The world needs (English speaking) ditch diggers too.

  • James ONeil July 4, 2019, 7:52 AM

    Red Skelton explained it well, lest we forget;

    • Sisu March 17, 2022, 2:35 PM

      James ONeil, Someone or something “shut that video down”; “No Longer Available”.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2019, 9:58 AM

    @John the River: “What should we fix first?”

    Stop the stealing, all of it.
    There is no other way.
    Then everything else will start to straighten itself out.

  • Kurt Miller July 4, 2019, 10:36 AM

    God Bless America, the greatest country that has ever been on this earth! It is a privilege and a blessing to live here, even in these latter days. I refuse to give in to despair and hate. I will always try to choose hope and kindness for all of my fellow citizens. But I do own plenty of guns and ammunition should it be required! So don’t take yourself so seriously and grab a burger and a beer on this wonderful day! Do what is yours to do and leave the rest to the Good Lord…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwPkhbmSoJQ (Kate Smith – God Bless America)

  • JoanOfArgghh! July 4, 2019, 3:02 PM

    I was living in Mexico the first time I saw that, and I wept to find I missed “home.” Seeing it again, I am once again living in Mexico, and still stubbornly proud of my America. Is she not as she was? She’s still a grand old Dame and her sons and daughters are still the finest people anywhere.
    On any other day, I do miss how we were, but now, approaching the nadir of our Republic, we’re still the finest and best thing this temporal plane of existence has brought forth for the good of the world.

  • Nori July 4, 2019, 9:18 PM

    Neighborhood fireworks blasting off since dusk. Very nice display;ordinary people paid real money to light these desert skies up.

  • Casey Klahn June 23, 2020, 6:23 PM

    So well said. Maybe even the early common taters have learned to appreciate a turn of phrase by now.

    Smiirrrks. Hey, the USA is an idea that once begun, will never go away entirely. Even if we slip into that millennium of darkness so prophesied by Pres. Reagan, there will always be a remnant.

    Anyway, I think the fight has only just begun. My eye is clear. My powder is dry. I’ll stop there.

  • Snakepit Kansas June 23, 2020, 7:10 PM

    Amen, Casey.

  • Anne June 23, 2020, 8:29 PM


    Yes, but what are you doing to organize in your neighborhood? The easiest and most essential immediate thing YOU can do is go to your R party, and ask how and when to take classes so that you can monitor the next election–be a poll watcher!! They sent in Chicago thugs last time here in our little agricultural state. TAKE VERY PRECISE NOTICE OF EXACTLY HOW YOUR ELECTIONS ARE PROCESSED IN YOUR STATE–BECOME EXPERT! It aint’ much but they are designing the corrupt process and they are working overtime to get it right this time. YOU/WE have to be visibly watching their every move vis a vis counting the ballots!

    • Sisu March 17, 2022, 2:51 PM


      You are “on point”. Yet, for the majority it is easier to complain. Whether it is 3% or 11%, that is all you can expect to participate; most will not attempt to move in a direction which makes them “uncomfortable”. Look at the tyrants’ success with mask compliance. Try going “door-to-door” soliciting signatures for candidates and see how many of your neighbors refuse to sign even though they support the candidate / initiative. …

      As another claimed: “the system is [no longer] viable.” I don’t agree; people just have not suffered enough. But, for those who deem the system lacks “viability”, it does lack viability for them because their time horizon is based on their life expectancy. They remain unwilling to take responsibility for anything that does not benefit them foremost – it’s a “Me Generation Thing” that too many never outgrew.

  • ghostsniper June 24, 2020, 4:33 AM

    Your problem, Anne, and you will eventually realize it, is that you believe the system is still viable. You have not yet realized that most of the gov’t is a corrupt criminal enterprise and you think doing things the way they have always been done is some how going to make things better. You should take off the sunglasses and put on the binoculars. The horizon is closer than you think.

  • bgarrett June 24, 2020, 7:30 AM

    Minute Men — citizens who are ready to defend their liberty at a moment’s notice. Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort.
    John F Kennedy President January 29, 1961

    another idea

  • John Venlet June 24, 2020, 7:44 AM

    I’m suddenly averse to sashimi. Ka-Ching!

  • Sam L. June 24, 2020, 9:03 AM


  • irongrampa June 24, 2020, 8:42 PM

    We live in the most exceptional country on the planet, populated by an extraordinary people,governed by a political system unique in history.

    The bedrock is still there, solid as ever–all that made us so exceptional exists still. It is obscured by the filth laid on it by the left. Simply needs a thorough cleansing.

  • Sarah Hoyt June 24, 2020, 11:36 PM

    Middling novelists? Umph.
    not for me but for Robert A. Heinlein.
    Lord, we INVENTED science fiction and made the world understand that the future comes from America.
    And it always will.
    We’re not done yet. This is not even as crazy as the seventies. This is no time to go wobbly.
    There’s work to be done, a culture war to win and children to raise.
    That chaos on the streets? It’s just the left committing loud and unsightly suicide.

  • Vanderleun June 25, 2020, 10:16 AM

    That’s a very mindful post, Sarah and I take you point concerning Heinlein. Maybe Bester too if he had lived.

    And I tend to think you are correct about the left committing suicide, but only on those days when my blood is calm. In those times I need to wonder if we are still in “that awkward phase.”

  • Vanderleun June 25, 2020, 10:32 AM

    On another subject: Lived in Pria de Carvoeria near Portimao for a year. Maybe a few years before you. I too remember the beaches and fishing from the cliffs at night. All changed now when you look at the satellite maps today.

  • Carol Goonan June 25, 2020, 1:09 PM

    This made me cry. I am so sad for what we are losing.

  • julie January 20, 2021, 8:50 AM

    This just hurts my heart today.

  • Jack January 20, 2021, 9:08 AM

    The New American Shit Show is getting ready to officially begin.

    A completely useless and senile old man with pedophilic tendencies who raised a son who screws little babies….literally…. is now the leader of this nation, elected by godless misfits.

    Second in command is a woman who identifies as black, even though she isn’t, who reportedly spent her early years on her knees with Willie Brown’s willie in her mouth and elsewhere, all in charge of a growing army of communists who are hell bent on playing Bolshevik – Deuxieme Partie, rat’cheer in the Home of the Brave.

    All Trump era policies will be shut down or reversed, thousands of unvetted and disease infected South and Central American illegals are inbound with many more thousands to follow, thousands of unvetted and really pissed off muslims are on the way (and just HTF do you vet any of these lovely creachtures, eh?), taxes will rise, conservatives will be singled out and who knows, maybe gathered up for ‘re-edgamucation’, forced this or that, tranny officials to establish and enforce the new rules of law and on and on it will go.

    Interesting times and, other than watching our domestic situation turn into more runny shit, it will be fun to see just what Biden or the Vice-Ho will be able to do when the NORKS start flying their missiles, the Russian’s start flying their Bears and Badgers over middle America and the Chink navy, such as it is…commandeers the major ports or plants a flag of conquest on the white sands of Virginia Beach.

    All speculation of course but stranger things have happened.

  • Terry January 20, 2021, 9:45 AM

    What to do now that the commies are at the controls? RESIST. Worked for the poor souls in eastern Europe. Took time, but was and is worth the effort. Afraid to die? Death is inevitable and always just around every corner.

    Do not be compliant. Look where that got us-

  • ghostsniper January 20, 2021, 10:00 AM

    I’m drawing a cross section through a 48″ high parapet wall on a commercial building that will be built on an island for a marine construction company. This is in AutoCAD of course, at 1″ = 1′-0″ scale output. Output? yes, it has to fit on “regular” paper, but everything in acad is drawn full scale, which means the paper I am drawing on in the computer is 576′ wide. shew No wonder my mouse is so slow.

    It has a 12″ wide x 4″ high Indiana limestone cap along the top edge and the face is tumbled cut stone giving it a sort of rustic appearance. Nice. The backside of the parapet is pressure treated 3/4″ plywood with peel n stick waterproofing and a sheet fiberglass overlay from the reglet at the top to the cant at the bottom. Completely waterproof to FEMA specifications or better so it will sustain 300 mph wind gusts (no more than 5 minutes in duration).

    This is the final detail on this project that has spanned 4 months – a long time to be working on something with a single goal. I’m glad it’s almost over.

    Ya know, when you step on a Florida sand spur the pain is unbearable but pulling it out is even worse. You almost don’t want to do it, the tips are barbed and hang on, pulling the skin when you try to yank em out. But you have to pull em out and you can’t daly about it. Just lick your fingers, grab it, and yank. On a microscopic level the barbs shred the walls of the wound and the pain doubles. But the worst is over. The pain will linger but it gets better with each passing day and a week later you’re right back at it running barefoot all over the yard….until you hit that next rogue sandspur that’s lying there in wait. It’s a patient little demon and it licks it’s nasty little lips lasciviously knowing that soon it will taste your blood as that is what it lives for. So today you mourn and you howl at the moon in grief and tomorrow you will stop and the days will pass and soon you will dance again. Just like you always do.

    OK, lunch break is over, back to the mine….

  • EX-Californian Pete January 20, 2021, 10:09 AM

    What a variety of comments above!
    I see all kinds of emotions displayed- fear, anger, frustration, despair, and even a few insults.

    I also see folks expressing strength, hope, desire to fix what’s been broken, and good ol’ American determination. THIS is the group I stand with.

    Be thankful that we had President Trump for 4 years, (instead of Hitlery Clinton) and for his toughness and dedication (despite nonstop attacks from all directions) that showed us that it we can achieve IMMENSE GREATNESS in just a few years. And right after the Kenyan Kweer brought us immense DESTRUCTION for 8 years.

    For 4 years we’ve seen the lowdown, dirty, vicious, unrelenting tactics and dirty tricks the Dems have OPENLY used against us. Turnabout is fair play, and we need to fight fire with fire. Don’t let your ‘dignity’ or ‘pride’ get in the way of “stooping to their level” and fighting back- using their own tools against them. Fight like your lives depend on it, because they DO. In other words, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. Bring a gun- a BIGGER gun, and shoot first.

    How long do you think Biden will last in office? A month? A year? Even if we don’t remove him, the Dems will probably do that to put Harris in charge. We need to get rid of Joe and Kommie-la, and start working on it NOW. Impeach, recall, slander, frame, set-up, or whatever it takes. Joe’s financial ties to communist China have made him easy prey, for starters. And Harris is an easy target.

    Meanwhile, Trump is now FREE to do what he pleases. And there are millions of us “Trumpers” that are still behind him 100%. And we have 4 years to form a solid, workable game plan. See where this is going? Think of the possibilities. Maybe even an entirely new Conservative political party.

    So, for those who are in “woe is me” mode, or those who may lack the intestinal, cranial, or spinal fortitude to FIGHT our Liberal/Communist enemies head-on, kindly get the hell outta the way of those of us who WILL.

    God bless America.

  • Cappy January 20, 2021, 11:21 AM

    Sad. But true.

  • Anonymous January 20, 2021, 11:29 AM

    Instead of lamenting the mistakes of the past, we should be looking to the future, with questions like,
    “If each of us took responsibility for just one appropriate target, how many targets would be left?
    Defending the homeland is OUR fucking job, not some bought & paid-for politicians.

  • gwbnyc January 20, 2021, 12:20 PM

    to my grave:

    “Trump Won”

  • ghostsniper January 20, 2021, 12:30 PM

    Here’s an old one:
    Long ago a man and his wife were headed to town in their mule drawn wagon and the mule stumbled.
    The man said, “That’s 1.”
    They ambled on and the mule stumbled again.
    The man said, “That’s 2.”
    They continued and the mule stumbled once more.
    The man got off the wagon and cracked the mule right between the eyes.
    As he got back on the wagon his horrified wife asked, “Wud you do that for?”
    The man looked at her and said, “That’s 1.”

    Speaking of targets.
    If 100 of the best targets were dealt with properly the rest would never be an issue.

    • SoylentGreen March 18, 2022, 6:07 PM

      I believe this is the approach being used by Vladimir Putin with the Ukrainian Nazis. America needs to start keeping their damn hands to themselves on this one.

  • Fletcher Christian January 20, 2021, 12:34 PM


    “Stop the stealing.” Indeed. Starting with going into the boardroom of every major financial institution, dragging the banksters out of their ergonomically-designed $2000 chairs, taking them outside and introducing them to lamp posts.

  • John the River January 20, 2021, 1:24 PM

    “…OK, lunch break is over, back on your heads…”
    Other then that, I can’t really improve on my comment from 2019.

    nuff’ said.

  • ghostsniper January 20, 2021, 1:42 PM

    Fletch: Without politician support the bankers are toothless.

    • Fletcher Christian March 17, 2022, 2:58 PM

      And without bankster support the politicians are voiceless.

      • SoylentGreen March 18, 2022, 6:09 PM

        And without both of them, the people thrive.

  • Tom Hyland January 20, 2021, 2:05 PM

    @ ex-Californian Pete… Biden’s impeachment is already revving its engine. You may sign this petition, generated by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and get something accomplished today. I’ve seen thousands of “RESIST” bumper stickers the past four years. I think an annoying new sticker would be RESIST with a big red slash mark through it and below that “OBEY.”

  • Tom Hyland January 20, 2021, 2:13 PM

    Hear it in Taylor Greene’s own words in this interview on OAN today.

  • jwm January 20, 2021, 2:22 PM

    Tom Hyland:
    (a little humor here ;))

    Resist? Obey?
    Make it a hashtag.
    Everyone say:
    Tag it on twatur.
    Tag it on the wall.
    Spray paint
    Sharpie pen
    Anything at all.
    Sneak it in a secret note:
    Shout it in the hallway
    What do you say?


    • Giles Overreach March 18, 2022, 10:10 PM

      Tom Hyland:
      (a little humor here ;))

      Resist? Obey?
      Make it a hashtag.

      #Let’s Go Brandon!

      Mock them …

  • jwm January 20, 2021, 2:24 PM

    lost one. 🙁
    It was silly as hell, too…


    [And now it’s back and it is still silly. GV]

  • Terry January 20, 2021, 3:48 PM

    Just a reminder. The stools who consider you and I the enemy are completely surrounded by, us. Keep them aware of this fact and fear will make them weak with time. The elite fools within the huge buildings in wherever land are essentially caged birds. Trapped in their own homes. Hugely out numbered and out foxed.

    Every Patriot is a soldier now. This is our nation. Lets us not forget this fact.

    Always r*sist the .g*v

    Authority is a myth-

    Freedom or death-

  • bjm January 20, 2021, 4:40 PM

    Oh, they are full of themselves today…we shall see how it’s goin’ in a few months.

  • LP January 20, 2021, 5:15 PM

    bjm that’s just what I was thinking, see how the Biden supporters are doing in a few months, maybe longer, but will they ever really understand what happened if they’re so easily duped? I dread seeing the Biden changes.

  • Jack January 20, 2021, 7:06 PM

    Anonymous sez: “If each of us took responsibility for just one appropriate target, how many targets would be left?”

    I think that is splendid thinking and I, for one, have developed a real thirst for it. And if it comes, I will not stop at just one.

  • Dirk January 20, 2021, 9:12 PM

    Pfft, our nations History is nothing but a lie!, that should fix the minor structural issues.


  • Casey Klahn January 20, 2021, 11:54 PM

    EABOD, Dirk.

    The list of American accomplishments could be doubled, then doubled again with Trump Era America.

    Yes, the world is an evil place. At some point, refusing to yield becomes the order of the day.

  • James Raclawski January 21, 2021, 11:34 AM

    Your list was great.. it filled me with hope and that feeling of melancholy i have come to call “friend” of late…. here’s my list …

    WHEN you see speech controlled, not by open-debate but by fear&censorship…

    WHEN you realize that BIG TEK & the government now are engaged in policing your thoughts & have moved against the very foundation of freedom…

    WHEN you see in order to invoke your 1st AMENDMENT right to have your voice heard you need to obtain permission from men who rebuke the Constitution…

    WHEN you see validity of speech is determined by arbiters who leverage not in law but in politics…

    WHEN you see that men get power over individual liberty by graft & by scheme & your representatives fail to protect you against them but protect them against you…

    WHEN you see corruption holding influence & individual liberty easily dispatched & nullified…

    WHEN you see the awesome powers of intelligence & law enforcement have been wielded by unaccountable “employees” of your government against your fellow countrymen…

    WHEN you see your precious citizenship being disenfranchised right before your eyes & the guardians-the watchdogs-the MEDIA entrusted with overwatch responsibilities – have thrown in unreservedly with those possessed of an ideology inimical to your Republic’s very survival…

    WHEN YOU SEE AND HEAR that these MEDIA & TEK GIANTS and your elected representatives are actively concealing-disavowing-and intentionally portraying a great gathering of your fellow countrymen – motivated PATRIOTS – out to be grossly & with no SUBSTANTIATION, mischaracterized and maliciously defamed as “terrorists” or “mindless robots” … or “white nationalists/racists”… or easily manipulated fools… or readily incited to lawlessness… or acting as a “rioting mob” – when in fact they were within – every aspect of – exercising their rights endowed by their CREATOR….

    WHEN you SEE&HEAR eyewitnesses provide evidence-verified FACTS of the GROTESQUE level of CORRUPTION of an individual in one of the highest elected offices&even hear that same individual proclaim his pleasure at his superior intellect&cleverness as he dictates to a sovereign nation how it MUST conduct its internal processes or risk losing critical aid


    WHEN you then see that same corrupted shell of a political”hand puppet”being held before you as the “presumptive president” by the same corrupted MEDIA-who at the same time there is voluminous evidence being revealed as to the CORRUPTION OF THAT ELECTION-your precious franchise-that they’re actively concealing-disavowing-intentionally making it out to be grossly mischaracterized or fictitious or inconsequential or unsubstantiated…

    WHEN – at last you see your “elected representatives” unmasked and fully displaying their treachery – deceit – lack of any semblance integrity duty or honor or sense of significance of their sacred oath taken to defend protect & preserve the Constitution & the Republic…


    YOU MAY WELL KNOW that your freedom too is soon to perish…

    • Nothing Outside the Collective March 17, 2022, 9:02 PM

      @ James R,

      Great Randian riff!

  • James ONeil March 17, 2022, 3:48 PM

    Back in 2019 I noted: Red Skelton explained it well, lest we forget;
    and linked to a youtube of him ‘plaining it it. Sisu says that now, that link, for some reason, disappeared.
    I found another link to his monologue, so I note again,
    Red Skelton explained it well, lest we forget;


    • James ONeil March 17, 2022, 3:55 PM

      Red’s monologue ends at around four minutes and fifteen seconds in this video, BTW.

  • all that faded glory March 17, 2022, 8:59 PM

    And air shows! I ducked when the B-17 came in low and Pappy laughed, the ground shook and it was loud like thunder.
    Bad things happen when you are no longer serious and believe in 57 genders and other stupidity.
    The Einstein quote about a generation of idiots outpaced by technology comes to mind.

    • ghostsniper March 18, 2022, 4:45 AM

      Yesterday 2 C130’s went over head single file close enough I could see the fins on the barrels of the Allison T56’s. Nothing like standing in the open door at 3500 feet and all the world’s a stage.

  • TheInimitableUnflushableIrishThird March 18, 2022, 2:37 AM

    Well that was then.

    Gerard, you might consider giving this article a billing:


    Here’s how it ends:

    “…In response to my Okie compatriots in the State Legislature and others across the country, I would remind you it wasn’t Vladimir Putin who has been conducting a scorched-earth culture war upon our beliefs, history, and identity, and degraded our social fabric to the point we now have to fight against the normalization of transsexualism. It wasn’t the Russians who outsourced our productive capacity while sending us upon one misbegotten war after another and flooding the country with drugs. It wasn’t ‘Ivan’ who caused the biggest wealth transfer in human history with the Covid scandal, fomented riots across the country, or “fortified” the election. Most of the ills I’ve seen metastasize over the course of my life, with increasing speed over recent years, were not the result of some foreign plot, but were born right here. Rattle your sabers against foreigners on the other side of the planet if it makes you feel better, but don’t confuse that with bravery. It just makes you a mark. If you truly wish to show your quality, summon the courage to attack the very real patronage networks who guide our course. Bring your powers to bear against those who shape the opinions and policies by which we live and die.

    There is a retired Southern pro-wrestling manager named Jim Cornett who I like to hear talk about “The Business.” Nobody laments the loss of old-school pro-wrestling like he does. In one such interview he was discussing ‘kayfabe’ or the illusion that once masked their business and caused people to believe what they saw was real. He remarked something to the tune of “once you’ve broken kayfabe, it’s over.” I take comfort in that. I hope as this deadly farce plays out, more and more Americans will come to grips with the fact we are being lied to, and have been for a very long time. And while the loss of that illusion we’ve known and identified with for so long is painful, once free of it, there remains the possibility of building something better. Something real.
    Samuel Finlay is a writer from Oklahoma who served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He’s the author of “Breakfast with the Dirt Cult“.”

    (Hat Tip: Bayou Renaissance Man)

  • Terry March 18, 2022, 8:55 AM
    • Mike Austin March 18, 2022, 10:20 AM

      Pretty much sums the situation up perfectly. Fun times ahead.

  • Nori March 18, 2022, 11:43 AM

    Great link,thanks Terry. Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America is going splendidly.
    The one good thing about this Kleptocrat Clown sh*tshow is that they have totally,completely revealed themselves for what they truly are. I’m waiting for the moment when Pelosi’s face starts to melt on live tv as she’s slurring her lies.

    • Mike Austin March 18, 2022, 12:23 PM

      That’s it, isn’t it? Our enemies have revealed themselves—completely and absolutely, in full view of all of us. They, in their remarkable stupidity and arrogance, have told us who they are. Good. They have done us a fine service.

      • ghostsniper March 18, 2022, 12:50 PM

        And about half the country is OK with that.
        Before you shoot your enemy in the face at 1000yds (or 10′ in the dark) you need to know what he looks like. You don’t want to shoot your wife or your dad or your best friend by mistake.

      • Terry March 18, 2022, 3:25 PM

        The enemy within has been hiding their lot in plain sight for decades. They grew emboldened because they believed they were truly invisible . . . in their own ignorant unawareness of we-the-people. That is, the people who are not ignorant.

        We the people are now armed with the knowledge that ‘nearly’ every member of both parties is a traitor, and liar. Not a friend whatsoever. Yes, there are a very few exceptions.

        The people can do everything to sustain their lives. The .gov chunks of protoplasm cannot do anything to sustain themselves without slaves.

  • El Polacko March 18, 2022, 11:56 AM

    Thanks for the brief break from the End of the World.

    Joan Osborne’s rendition of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” with Motown’s “Funk Brothers” backing her up has to be one of the greatest single musical performances of all time.

    I about stood up & cheered when I first heard it and it never gets old.

    In the “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” special it was from you can see smiles all around in the band.

    That was twenty years ago.

    I wonder how many of those great musicians are still above ground?

  • Casey Klahn March 18, 2022, 2:14 PM

    Sorry to put this one in a legacy post thread, but it’s on point and current. GvD you can punt it after it gets seen to keep your thread intact.

    I’m not a believer in the middle or moderate way, or at least I’m not chained by moderate political views. But, there is a desire to see all sides. Enter S2 Underground. He hits the middle and it’s really, really, really hard to do. The part about USAF command and intel planes monitoring the US Truckers Convoy is enough to make your skin blister and fall off.

    Must see: https://youtu.be/l6KCp75pH54

  • Dirk March 18, 2022, 3:05 PM

    Casey, our GOVT is scared shitless of we the people. They should be.

    • Casey Klahn March 18, 2022, 4:02 PM

      I completely agree. Keep up the good work, Americans.

    • ghostsniper March 18, 2022, 5:31 PM

      They are more brazen now than ever before.
      But less so than they will be next week.

      They now know that at least half the US population will eat dump trucks of their shit just because.

      They intend to keep dividing people and pitting people against each other using extreme over the top emotional issues with a strong swathe of fear in all of it.

      Keep the herd terrified and bickering with each other and then when the big black swan swoops in step back and watch the herd devour itself, down to a more manageable size.

      • SoylentGreen March 18, 2022, 6:15 PM

        Ghost, I believe half of America is ready for the big black swan and when it comes, we are also ready to help those who didn’t see it coming. Together, we will pull down and hang the perps for war crimes.

        • ghostsniper March 18, 2022, 7:28 PM

          Except for one word.
          “help”, in the 2nd line.
          It’s not possible, now, for a sentient human to not be aware (didn’t see it coming) of what’s going on.
          I have no more fux to give.
          I’ve spoken more than once, here and everywhere, about punishment for the perps.
          I kind of feel sorry for them.
          If they knew what I know they’d be terrified.
          If I was them, and knew what I know, about what’s going to happen to them, I’d already be living in exile in Tiera Del Fuego.

  • Dirk March 18, 2022, 9:16 PM

    I’ll take the US for 5000.00 Ghost. I don’t much care for our govt, but I love love love my Country. Was north bound at 0530 this morning, the sun breaking over the mountains east of Reno was breath taking.

    All the while the full moon was racing for the left coast, last say it crossing over the Sierra Nevada mountains, 40 miles south of Susanville.,,,,,,,,,,spectacular.

    • ghostsniper March 19, 2022, 4:51 AM

      Dirk sed: “I don’t much care for our govt, but I love love love my Country.”
      I don’t know what that means, can you explain it?

      • Anonymous March 20, 2022, 11:22 AM

        Even a complete moron can figure it out.

        Government- the people who are (supposedly) running our country.

        Country- the United States of America. A huge mass of land containing 50 states. It’s where Americans live.

        Explanation- the man loves the land in which we live, but doesn’t care much for the people who are running it.

        • ghostsniper March 20, 2022, 5:57 PM

          Dirk bought a hand puppet! LOL

  • Dirk March 19, 2022, 9:09 AM

    Dear ghost, of course you don’t!

    Love Dirk

    • ghostsniper March 19, 2022, 12:20 PM

      It’s a hollow platitude Dirk.
      You should know better than that.

      • Dirk March 19, 2022, 7:10 PM

        Ghost your a piece of work, your game ain’t mine. I’m not interested in measuring dicks.

        • ghostsniper March 19, 2022, 7:12 PM

          And there you stand,
          tape measure in hand.

          • Dirk March 20, 2022, 9:49 AM

            Ya just can’t leave it alone, can ya. Always the last word.

  • Terry March 19, 2022, 9:42 AM

    For what reason could/would any Republican in the House or Senate vote to essentially enter this Uke war against Russia? Must be some extremely urgent reasoning to risk getting nuked by the mean Putin crowd.

    Is there something that the Russians may uncover in the Uke that would bounce back in some American politicians face? No, of course not . . .

    • ghostsniper March 19, 2022, 12:28 PM

      Yook is a hornets nest of evidence of gov’t employees illegal and/or immoral behaviors.
      Everything from the simple stashing of ill begotten money up to the trading of human body parts and full bodies.

      Grab your bayoneted shotgun and kick over that can filled with ill repute.
      Let the reckoning begin.

      Something like that is what it will take to finally force some people to evacuate the heavily cast scales over their eyes that cause them to believe in “my country” for then they will have to see things the way they are rather than how they’d like them to be. The brainwashing over the past 80 years has been breathtakingly resolute.