From Poor QT’s Almanack

Declaration of Independcance

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!

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A few words for the Fourth of July

Louis L'Amour

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.

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QT Guide to Fourth of July Fireworks (Giving Us All a Chance to Seem Surprisingly Knowledgeable to Our Friends at the Fireworks Show)


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?”

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Why, not since. . . .

Civil Rights Act


Mitch McConnell

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.

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What could possibly go wrong?

Military Advisers

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.

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QT Summer Travel Advisory

Georgia Guns

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.

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