Happy Independence Day Everyone!

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Happy Independence Day Everyone!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 10:40 AM

How's about a little motivational music, courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q94_JuJEfHs  

And have a "safe and sane" Forth! (Even if that isn't much fun!  Whistling )

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, July 04, 2019 2:32 AM

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, July 04, 2019 9:30 AM

Just great Vince!  LOVE IT!


Thanks man, that's just perfect!

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, July 04, 2019 3:22 PM
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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, July 05, 2019 12:41 AM

A toast, to the land of the free and the home of the brave! Beer

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Posted by 54light15 on Friday, July 05, 2019 1:16 PM

I watched for about the tenth time last night, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," James Cagney's greatest film for which he won the Oscar. He's not acting so much as he's a force of nature! He was in my worthless opinion, the greatest actor who ever lived. I've never seen him in a bad performance or a bad film. And the flag waving in this movie makes a super bowl half-time look like peanuts! 

George M. Cohan wanted Cagney to play him and he sure got his wish. In the north part of Times Square is a statue of George. No fair guessing who he looks like. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, July 05, 2019 1:47 PM

54light15

I watched for about the tenth time last night, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," James Cagney's greatest film for which he won the Oscar. He's not acting so much as he's a force of nature! He was in my worthless opinion, the greatest actor who ever lived. I've never seen him in a bad performance or a bad film. And the flag waving in this movie makes a super bowl half-time look like peanuts! 

George M. Cohan wanted Cagney to play him and he sure got his wish. In the north part of Times Square is a statue of George. No fair guessing who he looks like. 

 

Hey '54, I've seen the statue, it does look like Cohan.  They'd be stretching things a bit if they said "What the hell!" and made it look like Cagney.

And the song styling and dancing that Cagney does in the film is pure Cohan.  Coming off the New York stage himself Cagney had seen Cohan performaces, and when filming started was coached by Cohan himself. 

I agree, James Cagney was probably the best movie actor ever, but the other Hollywood greats of the era weren't far behind him.  

A bit extra on "You're A Grand Old (Rag) Flag..."

Good article in that American Legion magazine, but the way I read it the story goes like this...

Cohan was at a Forth of July celebration, and was talking to a Civil War veteran who was carrying his old regimental flag.  Regimental flags in the Civil War took a beating from bullets and shrapnel, and were only replaced when they were totally unserviceable.  Battle damage on the flags were considered honorable battle scars.

Anyway, Cohan looked at the flag and said, "What a shame, it's not much more than a rag now," to which the veteran replied, "Maybe so, but it's a grand old rag!"

Even though the "Rag" part was dropped from the song title later no disrespect was ever intended.  In the long run "Rag" just didn't sound right if you didn't know the back story.

One other sad thing about the Union Army's regimental flags.  Most were made of silk, and in the 1850's a chemical treatment was developed and used in the silk manufacturing process to give more luster to the fabric.

It was a time bomb.  Eventually the treatment caused the fabric to deteriorate (it took decades) but once it started it couldn't be stopped.  

There's surviving Revolutionary War silk flags in better shape than the Civil War ones.

The Confederates had a hard time getting silk, so most of their flags were made of wool, cotton, or linen, and have a better survival rate.

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, July 05, 2019 2:20 PM
The Army sent two M1A2 Abrams tanks, two M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, a M88A2 Hercules armored recovery vehicle, and a Humvee by rail from Fort Stewart, GA.
 

 
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Posted by Miningman on Friday, July 05, 2019 7:13 PM
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, July 05, 2019 8:35 PM

Well, it's certainly obvious CSX thought that move was important enough to draw two special locomotives, 1776 and 911, no matter what others thought.

Thanks CSX!  And thank you Vince!

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Posted by 54light15 on Saturday, July 06, 2019 12:20 PM

Great story, Flintlock! I know we're not supposed to talk about politics, but it seems to me that once the Minutemen captured the Redcoats airports, the revolutionary war was in the bag! Whistling

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Posted by SD70Dude on Saturday, July 06, 2019 12:27 PM

54light15

...once the Minutemen captured the Redcoats airports, the revolutionary war was in the bag! Whistling

I know right, the British just rolled over, took off and left.  Sad!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, July 06, 2019 1:16 PM

54light15

Great story, Flintlock! I know we're not supposed to talk about politics, but it seems to me that once the Minutemen captured the Redcoats airports, the revolutionary war was in the bag! Whistling

 

I know we're not supposed to get political, but I watched the presentation, and "airports" came close to the end of it.  45 minutes and one flub, that's not too bad.

The worst speech flub I can remember was Jimmy Carter's at the 1980 Democratic convention, when he referred to recently deceased senator Hubert Horatio Humphrey as "Hubert Horatio HORNBLOWER!"  Corrected himself, but it was too late, the damage was done.  

 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Saturday, July 06, 2019 1:20 PM

"They misunderestimated me!"

-George W. Bush

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Posted by SD70Dude on Saturday, July 06, 2019 1:49 PM

Flintlock76

The worst speech flub I can remember was Jimmy Carter's at the 1980 Democratic convention, when he referred to recently deceased senator Hubert Horatio Humphrey as "Hubert Horatio HORNBLOWER!"  Corrected himself, but it was too late, the damage was done. 

After that he will be forever known as history's greatest monster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czfKPaypNsU

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Posted by 54light15 on Saturday, July 06, 2019 5:05 PM

Poor Jimmuh, we had high hopes for him but he just didn't have the royal jelly. Unlike the guy who came in after him who had it in spades. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, July 08, 2019 1:17 PM

Yeah, Jimmy was a disappointment, probably a good example of the "Peter Principal."

He was a nuclear propulsion engineer in the Navy, serving under Admiral Rickover, and if you didn't have the goods Rickover didn't keep you around very long.  So we can't say Jimmy was a dummy, he had a good head on his shoulders, but he should have stuck to engineering.  

An Admiral Carter might have been a bigger success than President Carter.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, July 08, 2019 3:36 PM

Flintlock76
Yeah, Jimmy was a disappointment, probably a good example of the "Peter Principal."

He was a nuclear propulsion engineer in the Navy, serving under Admiral Rickover, and if you didn't have the goods Rickover didn't keep you around very long.  So we can't say Jimmy was a dummy, he had a good head on his shoulders, but he should have stuck to engineering.  

An Admiral Carter might have been a bigger success than President Carter.

Jimmy wasn't dishonest enough to succeed at National Level politics and Foreign Relations.

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