Thursday, July 01, 2010

Happy Canada Day

Today is hundred and forty-third birthday of The Great White North.


Looked in a bit at the confirmation hearings for the new Supreme Court justice.
What a joke. Not only is Kagan inexperienced, she can't even answer a question straight. She's even better at dodging questions and talking bullshit than the president who put her name out there.


Another July 4 coming up; hope everyone is going to have a happy and safe weekend.
Seems like it isn't quite what it used to be, even when you take into account the rose-colored glasses that all children wear until they start seeing how the world works.
Fourth of July picnics were conducted a lot different than many do them today. Hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled over charcoal, rather than the tasteless "healthy" hot dogs of today, that are cooked over propane. Homemade potato salad, pickled eggs, corn on the cob with real butter. People played games out in the yard, and then set off fireworks when it got dark.  These days the adults are watching TV, the youngsters are playing video games, and the teens have their iPods cranked up to the max and are busy ignoring everyone while texting like crazy to their friends at their own family get-togethers.

Picture of me (the taller kid) and the family over at my maternal grandmother's yard.  I was probably about 14 or 15 in this picture. Click to enlarge.

There also seemed to be more optimism back then; we had more confidence in our government and way of life, we waved the flag more, John Wayne was still making movies,  and people didn't complain as much about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school.
Like it or not, however, the world changes.  And for life to go on we have to work with those changes.  Much of that requires adaptation, we have to change or fall by the wayside.  But there are still a few things out there that don't need to change; people used to have more faith in their government, and were willing to do what was necessary to keep it.   There are some living here who hate this country, and are more interested in running it down than on making it great; they either sit around whining, or try to make it into a place that is not America, but some oppressive socialist state.  You expect this sort of behavior from the uneducated, but it is disturbing how much of our academics and politicians want to make us into a place where the government dictates how we live our lives, rather than leaving that to the individual.  The founders of this country would be up in arms again if they saw how things are at this point.
But enough ranting; as I said before, have a great and safe weekend, and at least try to squeeze in a little time to reflect on what a great country this is.


Some old, some older. Any favorites in this batch?

"Yesterday" by The Beatles
"Blues' Theme" by Davie Allan & The Arrows
"For a Few Dollars More" by Soundtrack
"Good Times Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin
"Alabama Blues" by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
"Don't Walk Away" by Electric Light Orchestra
"Photograph" by Def Leppard
"Holy Water" by Bad Company
"Iron Butterfly Theme" by Iron Butterfly
"Behind Closed Doors" by Charlie Rich

One of their best, in my opinion.

I remember first hearing this in the late sixties; the first image that came to mind for me was a picture of the Winged Nazgûl of Lord of the Rings.

Does anyone else remember The Silver Fox?


the pistolero said...

Charlie Rich was way too "countrypolitan" for my tastes; I always thought it more than a bit ironic that he was the one who burned the envelope when John Denver won the CMA Entertainer of the Year in '75.

Never heard that particular BadCo tune, but the band has always been a favorite of mine. Paul Rodgers was (and is) one of the best lead singers in American music.

LeeAnn said...

When I grill, it's over charcoal. I've never liked the taste of any other fuel, except maybe beach-fire-cooked. That might just be the setting, though.
That particular Beatles song always makes me too sad. I like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".

terri said...

Love the family picture. You look like your dad. Looks like he burned his finger that day. Grilling? or Fireworks?

I remember those holiday family picnics too. We had such fun, playing with our cousins, banging caps with rocks out on the front sidewalk.

Charlie Rich is one of my faves from your list. My mom had an album with that song on it.

James Higham said...

Missed that but happy July 4th, Bob.