Friday, July 04, 2008

A couple discoveries in time for the Fourth of July: Happy Fourth of July!!!

Boston Pops last 4 minutes of the 1812 Overture. Wow!

Boston Pops Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Forever!

Boston Pops Fourth of July fireworks Finale! Phenomenal!

A couple new discoveries and tid bits just in time for the Fourth!

After nearly three years of excavation, archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of the site of George Washington's boyhood home near the banks of the Rappahannock River in northeast Virginia. Archaeologists find remains of Washington's boyhood home

Then to celebrate it A rare and original manuscript of one of America's most patriotic songs has been discovered in a flea market bargain. A shopper browsing through the market in New York bought a framed picture of a flower for $10 and found handwritten manuscript of "America" (My Country 'tis of Thee) tucked behind the picture, the manuscript's owner said Thursday.
The manuscript of the song whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831 could be worth tens of thousands of dollars, said the owner, art collector Keya Morgan. He said he bought it from the flea market shopper, who has asked not to be identified. The song was intended to be played in schools to inspire and teach children and was first played in public on July 4, 1831, in the First Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts, Morgan said. The song is written to the tune of "God Save the Queen," the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Rare song manuscript found in flea market

I am trying to lighten up today and a couple of my sons are at Plum Island Striper fishing so I am squeezing this in! It is primarily a washout today in Western Massachusetts but I will try to cook on the grill in celebration of the day. I hope you all can do the same. Have a nice Fourth of July and God Bless America!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


Brother Tim said...

The Boston Pops have always been a favorite of mine. They are the gold standard of symphonic music.

It's a shame though, that the lion's share of the credit is always given to the conductor. Without scores of very highly talented musicians, a conductor would be nothing.

It's a rainy 4th of July here on the Gulf Coast, so I'm inside cooking up a big pot of gumbo. Some habits refuse to give up the ghost.

Hope your sons have luck getting the stripers. I like preparing them in a court-boullion (coo'-bee-yon). If you get a mature one, you can eat for a week.

Have a good 4th, my friend.

Larry said...


'When John McCain was my captive'

By Andrew Harding
BBC News in Haiphong, Vietnam

Tran Trong Duyet - a sprightly retiree and amateur ballroom dancer - must rank as one of John McCain's more unlikely supporters.
Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

"If I was American, I would vote for him."

Informal chats

Navy pilot John McCain was shot down during a bombing raid over the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, in 1967.

He ejected from his aircraft and parachuted into a city lake - only to be dragged out by an angry crowd, barely conscious, and with two broken arms and a broken leg.

From there he was taken to Hoa Lo prison, known to its American military inmates as the "Hanoi Hilton".

McCain has since described enduring months of solitary confinement and systematic torture which drove him to try to kill himself.
"I don't know how he'd react if he met me again," said Mr Duyet, flicking through old black and white photographs of himself and his American prisoners at Hoa Lo.

"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Mr Duyet reminisces instead about how he often summoned the future US presidential candidate to his private office for informal chats.

"We used to argue about the war - about whether it was right or wrong," he says.

"He is a very frank man - very conservative, and very loyal to his country and the American ideal.

"He had a very interesting accent and sometimes he taught me words in English and corrected my accent. I have followed his career since he left prison."


So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

"He did not tell the truth," he says.

"But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."

an average patriot said...

Hey Brother!
The pops on the esplanade on the 4th is the best and the music is the best. The conductor is important but the musicians are the key. Tonight they will have a local high school girl singing. I don't know if you saw the videos but the Finale is the best.
Gumbo on the 4th that sounds so funny but tradition you know. Joe caught a few striper's but no keepers. They have to be a minimum of 28 inches or something. Oh well he had a good time. He goes back to Charleston Sunday. Hope you have a nice night. Take care!

an average patriot said...

Happy 4th Larry! I heard Duyet before and we know McCain lies like a rug and he is lying about his captivity that is why he would never testify against his captors. I don't understand though anyone knowing the lying slimy scum McCain is that they would still vote for him!

enigma4ever said...

Thank you for posting the Pops..they are always wonderful....

and I had not heard the Hanoi Hilton stories before- that McInsane lied about his stay there- very interesting....( just to be clear- I think he is and could be worse than Bush...)

an average patriot said...

Thanks enigma
Glad to see you. You just relax asnd enjoy yourself. We will be okay. We have discussed McCain often and he is a corrupt day one liar and his nightmare will dwarf Bush's. I won't get into that now I just want you to watch the Boston pops it will be starting soon. Enjoy 6.6 and take it easy you.. be quiet Jim, take care!

Dave Dubya said...

Happy Fourth of July! Let's celebrate the last of our freedoms while we can.

Vigilante said...

Happy Fourth of July, A.A. Patriot!

Anon-Paranoid said...


Happy Fourth of July to you and your family also.

God Bless.

Mike S said...

Once again tonight the Pops didn't disappoint!!

Weaseldog said...

Happy 4th!

Hey Robert Rouse!, I was fishing for your email address and didn't see it linked to your blog.

My videos are suffering distortion when I upload them to YouTube. What can I do to make them better? It sounds like YouTube is running them through a phase shifter.

an average patriot said...

I hate to say it but that is the way I look at it. What stinks is we are not exaggerating! I absolutely wish the best though primarily because of people like wonderful Enigma!

an average patriot said...

Happy Fourth Vigilante! Always good to see you! As you know, I post at little Bill's because she is a wonder and we have a lot in common. I try to keep reality on my site though because I can not stop seeking and speaking it and it is not pleasant. Take care!

an average patriot said...

Anon Hope you had a nice fourth! I didn't want to bother you. I was like others just thinking of you and wanted to wish you well!

an average patriot said...

mike things were a little violent last night in the Boston area but the Pops was great! I figured I would as usual fall asleep that is why I posted last years highlights earlier as they never change. I keep getting your cool E's. Brother too you guys keep them coming!

an average patriot said...

I sent you Robert's E! Let me know if you get it. I am sure he can help you! Take care!

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

just b safe and have fun folk

an average patriot said...

Hope you enjoyed yourself too Torrance!

D.K. Raed said...

Love the Pops! Hope you had a fun Fourth. And hope your son was not fishing at THE Plum Island, the one near Long Island, the one doing anthrax & other military testing. Jeez, don't be eating those fish!

an average patriot said...

You're funny! Joe left at 6:00 this morning to go back but he was around for the 4th so I wasn't going to go anywhere. We were out back and had a cookout. He caught a few stripers but no keepers as they have to be at least 28 inches. That's cool!
Anyway no not that plum Island but funny I thought you would say that. This plum Island if gorgeous and off Cranes Beach Ipswich and Cape Ann Gloucester. An absolutely gorgeous area. I use to dig clams for a living there when I was going to College. Well you take care and stay in touch!