On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress voted for indepe–
Wait. That was July 2.
On this day in 1776, two days after voting for independence, the Continental Congress met for the formal signing of the Decla–
Wait. Only John Hancock, the president of Congress, and Charles Thompson, the secretary, signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4.
The entire Continental Congress didn’t sign it until August 2.
And Thomas McKean of Delaware didn’t sign it until 1781.
Happy Fourth of July!
News Headline: “Americans worry for future of U.S.”
The headline above was published nearly a half century ago.
Headlines like that go all the way back, in fact.
Or as the late Louis L’Amour, writer of frontier novels, once told QT:
“We Americans love to view things with alarm. But if you look back, you see that life was always hard. It was never easy. And we got through it all, and we’ll get through this, too.”
A few words to remember as we set off the fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Chrysanthemums. Stars that burst from a central core .
Diadems. Ejected strips or disks that flicker brightly as they fall.
Hummers. Small tubes that spin and create a humming or screaming sound.
Turbillons. Ignited shells that spin like a top when they rise.
Strobes. Clusters of flashing, silvery lights that appear to float slowly the ground.
Salutes. The big booms that end most shows.
Now all you have to do is lean over at some point during the show and say:
“Wow. Wasn’t that a hummer?”
It was a year ago that M.C., a Chicago reader, notified QT that there were 200,000
Google hits for “4th of July celabration.”
QT can update this.
There are now 298,000 Google hits for “4th of July celabration.”
Happy Independance Day, in any event!
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There have been no reports of a man biting a dog in the past week.
But a bobcat bit a dog last weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
The dog was not seriously injured.
Today is the first dog day of summer.
There are 39 dog days to go.
News Headline: “Hillary Duff’s ex-husband ignored by Jonah Hill during LA outing.”
Further reports, as developments warrant.
Yellowstone recorded more than 1,000 earthquakes in the first half of the year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with seismic activity doubling in the past month.
But the area remains otherwise quiet.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this week regarding United States legislative history:
“Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years.”
McConnell said it as we prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wait. a minute.
QT knows what you are thinking.
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thing to think.
News Headline: “300 more U.S. troops headed to Iraq.”
Which will bring our new troop level there to about the same level as our Vietnam troop level in 1960.
But a word of reassurance for those too young to remember:
We weren’t about to let it get out of hand.
News Item: “Georgia residents can now carry guns into bars, nightclubs, school classrooms, and certain government buildings that lack security personnel or devices. . . .”
An update for tourists wondering which states these days are places it is not necessarily a good idea to set foot in.