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Happy Independance Day!

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 12:12:59 AM

Not a single terrorist event as far as I've heard. I spent my 4th of July watching fireworks through the windows at Wendy's as I vaccumed the floors. (For all you foreigners July 4th is the day America celebrates it's independance, the day the declaration of independance was signed, oh, and Wendy's is a fast food restaraunt)

Posted by Mycroft [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 12:27:01 AM

There was a shooting at LAX at the Israeli airline gate, three dead. But the FBI said it was not a terrorist act. How do they classify a terrorist act?

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 12:31:12 AM

Damn, didn't hear about that, eh well, 3 dead is better than 30,000 dead

Posted by diegoeskryptic [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 12:51:01 AM

u kno it was probably terrorist related..... :(... hey codered... im from NY too... manhattan....

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 12:53:46 AM

I'm upstate, about 30min south east of Rochester. A city called Canandaigua, at the north end of Canandaigua Lake, one of the finger lakes

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 01:43:59 AM

The Price of Freedom:

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

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 full-well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

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 properties 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 the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinett, Heyward, Ruttledge, 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. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. 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 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning to find his wife dead and 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 they valued liberty more. Standing tall and straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of the Declaration, with 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 you and me a free and independent America. The history books told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free! I hope you show your support by sharing this with as many people as you can. It's time we get the word out that Patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games. ~Author Unknown~

Posted by gian [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 06:49:20 AM

Thank you, Codered... how very patriotic of you!

Posted by metamorphic [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 09:52:17 AM

Im british

Posted by RedX [send private reply] at July 05, 2002, 11:37:34 AM

Somewhere in a cave Bin Laden tries to remember what he forgot to do yesterday. (Semtex fumes cause bad memory)

Now I wonder when we're going to celebrate the 4th too. As they already introduced Halloween. But first they should get the first of july set as this is our national whateverItsCalled day in Flanders (not the Belgian one, because that's not really something to celebrate)


Posted by AngelOD [send private reply] at July 07, 2002, 05:52:04 AM

Lol! Here they decided to adopt both Halloween and Valentines recently, cuz they could make more money off of it that way. :o)

However, no matter how stupid that is, the relationship between Denmark and the US is so good, that we arranged a large 4th of July party for those Americans that were in Denmark on that day, especially Colin Powell (did I spell that correctly?)

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