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'perched high in a old Texas tree seeing who's around to swoop down on'

Issues Test Bed wrote:Not checked out in either one of those. Blackhawks and Apaches came a little after my service.

Would any of the following be acceptable:
Bell 47, 206, 206L, 222, UH-1 or UH-1N

How about the beastly UH-1B?

Go Grape!

Vampiric Kittens wrote:'perched high in a old Texas tree seeing who's around to swoop down on'

Long time no see, want some bloodwine?

'Swoops down and lands on trecdom 2 shoulder waits for blood wine'

WooHOO! Population just topped 2 billion!

Congratulations to Texan Grays Harbor on their appointment to GenSec!

^_^

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Anisette Day
World UFO Day

Quote of the Day:
You are valuable and irreplaceable. If you are ever told otherwise, do not believe it.
- Unknown

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Music of the Day:

Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Bublé
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAjfB0XfjkA

On This Day In History:
1962 Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas

1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

1970 First Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels

1976 US Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual in Gregg v. Georgia, Proffitt v. Florida, Jurek v. Texas, Woodson v. North Carolina, and Roberts v. Louisiana

1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

1986 US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education

1998 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

2001 AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.

2004 ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.

2012 GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion

2015 BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

2017 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie causes uproar by day at beach during his government's shutdown of beaches

2018 British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding

NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY

On July 2nd, we observe National Anisette Day. Aniseed from the anis herb gives anisette its licorice or fennel flavor. While usually a dry dry liqueur, distillers sometimes add a sugar syrup for a sweeter result. Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France lead the world in drinking this licorice tasting drink.

The herb of the aniseed, usually the main ingredient in anisette, is considered to have medicinal qualities. Sweeter than other anise-flavored liqueurs, anisette’s association with a variety cures date back to ancient Egypt. As a liqueur, anisette is distilled dryer in Europe than it is in the United States. Distillers add other spices such as coriander and fruit to distill anisette, too.

While most enjoy anisette by sipping it, the liqueur can be mixed as a cocktail, too. However, pure anise extract should not be drunk straight. Since its alcoholic content is high, it irritates the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon, or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor. The solution? Bake some anise cookies!

If you’re the one who eats all the black jelly beans, you will likely savor a shot of anisette. The licorice flavor comes from the same anise plant that some licorice candies are made.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Sip some anisette for a toast to the licorice flavor you love! You can also make anise cookies or spiced bars.

World UFO Day 2019

“I want to believe.” These are the words of notorious X-Files hero Fox Mulder, who convinced an entire generation that the truth is out there – we just have to find it. But on July 2, it won’t only be sci-fi enthusiasts trying out their ET sleuthing skills, as everyone on planet earth will have to opportunity to celebrate World UFO Day. UFOs have been the stuff of legend for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that freaky flying saucers grabbed national and international mainstream attention. Since then, UFOs have captured the minds of old and young alike, and witness’ stories have proliferated around the world. World UFO Day serves as a way for everyone to come together and watch the skies on the same night in search of UFOs, but that’s not its only purpose. Many see the holiday as a way to spread knowledge and awareness of UFOs, making a case for their existence, and hoping to make disciples out of the dubious. So why July 2? For many, this date represents the anniversary of the famed and all-but-confirmed 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico. Believers claim a UFO crash landed here, deep in the American southwest, but that the government has been covering it up ever since. What do you believe?

World UFO Day – History

1952
Birth of 'UFO'

The term ‘UFO’ for Unidentified Flying Object was coined by US Air Force officer Edward Ruppelt

July 1947
The Roswell Incident

Farmers in Roswell, New Mexico report hearing a large crash, and later citizens recover wreckage of what is purported to be a flying saucer.

1561
Nuremberg Sightings

A broadsheet reports widespread sightings of a celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg.

World UFO Day Activities

1. Have a “Welcome to Earth” party

In case you needed a reason to throw a party, there’s plenty of opportunity here. Alien and UFO costumes are simple and funny, while the food ideas are endless. Alien cupcakes with green icing, red jello with rocket ships suspended in the middle or even prepackaged moonpies are all great ideas. For an older-earthlings party, try mixing vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, cranberry juice and sours for a Purple People Eater cocktail.

2. Do some investigative research

There are more than enough stories, legends and actual scientific findings on UFOs and space exploration to keep you busy for a day. Use the power of the internet to separate fact from fiction, and try coming up with your own theories on whether the truth really is out there. Finish the evening by gazing up at the stars before going to bed. You never know what you might see.

Have a UFO movie marathon

Depending how far you want to go back, try watching a few UFO films from different eras. The Flash Gordon-types of the 30s were genre-defining. The Martian marauders story typical of the 50s and 60s may be a bit campy for you, but you could have some friends over to watch them a la Mystery Science Theater 3000, and let the heckling begin. Or settle in for the visually stunning films of the last few decades - take your pick, sit back, and blast off.

Total solar eclipse moves across South America today

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/world/solar-eclipse-south-america-scn-trnd/index.html

Wow! A total solar eclipse! Ladies and Gentlemen, have you ever seen a Solar Eclipse and when was the last time you witnessed one of these?

Tyler Skaggs' death adds to the Angels' heartbreaking losses. He is the third young player to die in a decade

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/01/sport/los-angeles-angels-pitcher-tyler-skaggs/index.html

Skaggs wore No. 45. His nickname was "Swaggy," according to his bio. He pitched Saturday for the Angels, completing 4 1/3 innings in the team's game against the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium, according to MLB.com.
He had a 7-7 record this year. He was 28-38 for his MLB career, with a 4.41 ERA, according to his bio.

May Tyler Skaggs Rest In Peace. Amen. He was only 27 years old. I wonder what happened to him?

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Let us continue the Texas National Historic Landmarks BINGO where we left off:

Today's location to strike off is: U.S.S. Cabot

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019: U.S.S. Cabot
Monday, 1st July, 2019: Palo Alto Battlefield,
Sunday, 30th June, 2019: John Nance Garner House,
Saturday, 29th June, 2019: Jose Antonio Navarro House Complex
Friday, 28th June, 2019: U.S.S. Lexington
Thursday, 27th June, 2019: U.S.S. Texas
Wednesday, 26th June, 2019: Plainview Site,
Tuesday, 25th June, 2019: Palmito Ranch Battlefield,
Monday, 24th June, 2019: Roma Historic District,
Sunday, 23rd June, 2019: Presidio Nuestra Senora De Loreto De La Bahia,
Saturday, 22nd June, 2019: Fair Park Texas Centennial Buildings,
Friday, 21st June, 2019: Fort Sam Houston,
Thursday, 20th June, 2019: Alamo,
Wednesday, 19th June, 2019: King Ranch,
Tuesday, 18th June, 2019: Texas State Capitol,
Monday, 17th June, 2019: Majestic Theatre,
Sunday, 16th June, 2019: Strand Historic District,
Saturday, 15th June, 2019: Espada Aqueduct,
Friday, 14th June, 2019:Samuel T. Rayburn House,
Thursday, 13th June, 2019: Apollo Mission Control Center,

Little Thranduil wrote:Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Thursday, 13th June, 2019

Texas BINGO - Round 4: National Historic Landmarks in Texas

There are a lot of National Historic Landmarks in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas National Historic Landmarks!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas National Historic Landmarks Bingo
Word List (separated by commas):
Alamo,
Apollo Mission Control Center,
Espada Aqueduct,
Fair Park Texas Centennial Buildings,
Fort Sam Houston,
John Nance Garner House,
Lyndon Baines Johnson Boyhood Home,
King Ranch,
Dealey Plaza Historic District,
U.S.S. Lexington,
U.S.S. Cabot,
Majestic Theatre,
Jose Antonio Navarro House Complex,
Palmito Ranch Battlefield,
Palo Alto Battlefield,
Plainview Site,
Presidio Nuestra Senora De Loreto De La Bahia,
Randolph Field Historic District,
Samuel T. Rayburn House,
Resaca De La Palma Battlefield,
Roma Historic District,
Strand Historic District,
U.S.S. TEXAS,
Texas State Capitol,
San Jacinto Battlefield,

Free Space:
Include a free space?: No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create: 1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/VS5w89H.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a location for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

To start the game, today's location to strike off is: Apollo Mission Control Center,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to imgur.com.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019:Espada Aqueduct,
Monday, 3rd June, 2019: Strand Historic District
Sunday, 2nd June, 2019: U.S.S. Cabot,
Saturday, 1st June, 2019: Lyndon Baines Johnson Boyhood Home,
Friday, 31st May, 2019: U.S.S. Lexington,
Thursday, 30th May, 2019: Texas State Capitol,
Wednesday, 29th May, 2019: Jose Antonio Navarro House Complex,
Tuesday, 28th May, 2019: U.S.S. TEXAS,
Monday, 27th May, 2019: San Jacinto Battlefield,
Sunday, 26th May, 2019: Roma Historic District,
Saturday, 25th May, 2019: Fair Park Texas Centennial Buildings,
Friday, 24th May, 2019: Apollo Mission Control Center,
Thursday, 23rd May, 2019: Presidio Nuestra Senora De Loreto De La Bahia,
Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019: Alamo,
Tuesday, 21st May, 2019: Fort Sam Houston,
Monday, 20th May, 2019: Majestic Theatre,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO - Round 3: National Historic Landmarks in Texas

There are a lot of National Historic Landmarks in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas National Historic Landmarks!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas National Historic Landmarks Bingo
Word List (separated by commas):
Alamo,
Apollo Mission Control Center,
Espada Aqueduct,
Fair Park Texas Centennial Buildings,
Fort Sam Houston,
John Nance Garner House,
Lyndon Baines Johnson Boyhood Home,
King Ranch,
Dealey Plaza Historic District,
U.S.S. Lexington,
U.S.S. Cabot,
Majestic Theatre,
Jose Antonio Navarro House Complex,
Palmito Ranch Battlefield,
Palo Alto Battlefield,
Plainview Site,
Presidio Nuestra Senora De Loreto De La Bahia,
Randolph Field Historic District,
Samuel T. Rayburn House,
Resaca De La Palma Battlefield,
Roma Historic District,
Strand Historic District,
U.S.S. TEXAS,
Texas State Capitol,
San Jacinto Battlefield,

Free Space:
Include a free space?: No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create: 1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/voLx7oq.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a location for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

To start the game, today's location to strike off is: Majestic Theatre

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to imgur.com.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Friday, 17th May, 2019: Eisenhower State Park,
Thursday, 16th May, 2019: Palmetto State Park,
Wednesday, 15th May 2019: Lake Corpus Christi State Park,
Tuesday, 14th May 2019: Stephen F. Austin State Park,
Monday, 13th May 2019: Garner State Park,
Sunday, 12th May 2019: Dinosaur Valley State Park,
Saturday, 11th May 2019: Mission Tejas State Park,
Friday, 10th May 2019: Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site,
Thursday, 9th May 2019: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park,
Wednesday, 8th May 2019: Resaca de la Palma State Park,
Tuesday, 7th May, 2019: Longhorn Cavern State Park,
Monday, 6th April, 2019: Caprock Canyons State Park,
Sunday, 5th April, 2019: Lake Mineral Wells State Park,

Little Thranduil wrote:Good morning Texans!

Texas State Parks BINGO - Round 2

There are a lot of State Parks in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas State Parks!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas State Parks Bingo
Word List (separated by commas):
Abilene State Park,
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Caprock Canyons State Park,
Cedar Hill State Park,
Davis Mountains State Park,
Dinosaur Valley State Park,
Eisenhower State Park,
Franklin Mountains State Park,
Galveston Island State Park,
Garner State Park,
Guadalupe River State Park,
Lake Corpus Christi State Park,
Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
Longhorn Cavern State Park,
Lost Maples State Natural Area,
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site,
McKinney Falls State Park,
Mission Tejas State Park,
Mustang Island State Park,
Palmetto State Park,
Pedernales Falls State Park,
Resaca de la Palma State Park,
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site,
Stephen F. Austin State Park

Free Space:
Include a free space?: No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create: 1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/voLx7oq.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a location for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

To start the game, today's location to strike off is: Lake Mineral Wells State Park,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to imgur.com.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Sunday, 28th April, 2019: Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
Saturday, 27th April, 2019: Garner State Park,
Friday, 26th April, 2019: Mission Tejas State Park,
Thursday, 25th April, 2019: Franklin Mountains State Park,
Wednesday, 24th April, 2019: Guadalupe River State Park,
Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019: Mustang Island State Park,
Monday, 22nd April, 2019: Eisenhower State Park,
Sunday, 21st April, 2019: Abilene State Park
Sunday – 24th March, 2019: Stephen F. Austin State Park
Saturday – 23rd March, 2019: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Friday – 22nd March, 2019: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Thursday - 21st March, 2019: Resaca de la Palma State Park
Wednesday - 20th March, 2019: Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Tuesday - 19th March, 2019: Galveston Island State Park

Little Thranduil wrote:There are a lot of State Parks in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas State Parks!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas State Parks Bingo
Word List (separated by commas):
Abilene State Park,
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Caprock Canyons State Park,
Cedar Hill State Park,
Davis Mountains State Park,
Dinosaur Valley State Park,
Eisenhower State Park,
Franklin Mountains State Park,
Galveston Island State Park,
Garner State Park,
Guadalupe River State Park,
Lake Corpus Christi State Park,
Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
Longhorn Cavern State Park,
Lost Maples State Natural Area,
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site,
McKinney Falls State Park,
Mission Tejas State Park,
Mustang Island State Park,
Palmetto State Park,
Pedernales Falls State Park,
Resaca de la Palma State Park,
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site,
Stephen F. Austin State Park

Free Space:
Include a free space?: No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create: 1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/voLx7oq.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a location for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

To start the game, today's location to strike off is: Galveston Island State Park

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to imgur.com.

Good luck everyone!

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Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Live Long And Prosper Everyone And May The Force Be With You Always.

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

WINNERS:

BINGO Round 1 Winner:

NewTexas wrote:Bingo!

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Please verify!

Fort Verden wrote: Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize. Your prize is a card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prize and I will send it to you.

Fort Verden wrote:
Texas Parks BINGO update:

The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas has chosen the KGB Chicken card as his prize in a telegram and I have gifted the card to him from Elven King Thranduil. Enjoy the card Buddy!

BINGO Round 2 Winners:

NewTexas wrote:Bingo!

page=dispatch/id=1202525

Please Confirm.

Fort Verden wrote:Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas has won the second round of BINGO and it looks like a Double Bingo! I have drawn lines over Big Tex’s Bingo card to indicate why this is a Double Bingo:

https://i.imgur.com/ZBUyGPu.png

Congratulations for winning the second Bingo round Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Double Bingo, your prize will be TWO cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy!

Edit: The Randomness of Trecdom2 Buddy, please post your Bingo card too. Since you were working on getting a Double Bingo and might already have a Bingo, perhaps we have a runner up or second place winner this time. If that is the case, you will win a prize too Buddy.

Trecdom2 wrote:I've had Bingo for several days, was trying to get it both ways. Will post it this evening

NewTexas wrote:Apparently, we did too Trec. We did not remember about the diagonal. Thanks, Verner! We will get back with you on those cards. ♫♫♫ A shopping we will go! ♪♪♪

Trecdom2 wrote:Tag:Fort Verden

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Fort Verden wrote:Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! The Randomness of Trecdom2 has won the second round of BINGO too and is the second place winner!

Congratulations for winning the second Bingo round Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize. Your prize is a card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Trecdom2 wrote:I choose the 7th card on the 4th page.

Little Thranduil wrote:Buddy, I am unable to find a 4th page of cards on any of my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Please name the card like this Buddy:
I would like (Insert nation name on card) card from (Fort Verden or Elven King Thranduil or Little Thranduil) as my prize please.

Trecdom2 wrote:Sorry, on my phone there are more pages than on a computer. I will pick, Community of University of Mars, as my prize.

Fort Verden

Fort Verden wrote:The winners have chosen their prizes and the cards have been sent to them!

First place with a Double Bingo - Two cards:
Mallorea and Riva Card gifted to The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas for 1.00.
Buck Rogers Card gifted to The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas for 0.20.

Second place with a Bingo - One card:
University of Mars Card gifted to The Randomness of Trecdom2 for 0.01.

Enjoy your prizes Buddies! :)

BINGO Round 3 Winner:

Edge Calibur wrote:Thanks Verner and hopefully this is a good month for you too.

And look here! Emmett has pwned your BINGO game! Woot! :)

nation=edge_calibur/detail=factbook/id=1218425

Fort Verden wrote:
Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Edge Calibur has won this round of BINGO with a Double Bingo. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Double Bingo, your prize will be TWO cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

Edge Calibur wrote:Can I have The Fridge Owl Menace and Niagara Falls Daredevils from Little Thranduil please?

Emmett Arnarson

Fort Verden wrote: Alrighty then!

The Fridge Owl Menace Card gifted to The Úlfhéðnar Empire of Edge Calibur for 0.05.
Niagara Falls Daredevils Card gifted to The Úlfhéðnar Empire of Edge Calibur for 0.05.

Enjoy your prizes Buddy. :)

BINGO Round 4 Winner:

Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:Quadruple Bingo. :)

nation=stars_and_suns_imperium/detail=factbook/id=1230520

Fort Verden wrote:Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Stars and Suns Imperium has won this round of BINGO with a Quadruple Bingo. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Quadruple Bingo, your prize will be FOUR cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:I won 4 cards? Cool! I’ll have these cards as my prizes please. Thanks in advance:

From Fort Verden: Cromulent Peoples, Kherkov
From Little Thranduil: Oreor, Roma Imperium

Fort Verden wrote: Texas Regional BINGO Update:

Alrighty then!

Cromulent Peoples Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Kherkov Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Oreor Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.20.
Roma Imperium Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.20.

Enjoy your prizes Buddy. :)

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Welcome Back to Texas:
The Blood Sucking Vampire Kitten of Vampiric Kittens

Welcome to Texas:
The Queendom of Fephilonia

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Kyletana wrote:I’m sorry Sir but I don’t think you will ever be physically fit enough to be cleared to become a pilot.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

Buddy, I will not let my heart condition limit or set a ceiling on what I can achieve in my life. That said, who says I can never become a pilot? I will just buy myself a small fixed wing aircraft such as this Cessna Citation Sovereign:
https://cessna.txtav.com/en/citation/sovereign

I do NOT need to be physically fit enough to be cleared to become a pilot if I purchase my own fixed wing aircraft and obtain the necessary training, qualification and certification to fly my own plane.

Nyah ha ha ha! :)

Gig em Aggies wrote:I found this website https://www.thebalancecareers.com/age-requirements-to-become-a-military-pilot-4054190

sorry Verner your just too damn old even with the waiver

Nyah ha ha ha! Gig Em Buddy, I found this:

At 39 years old I am just barely within the new age limit since the Air Force raises enlistee age limit from 27 to 39
https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force/air-force-raises-enlistee-age-limit-from-27-to-39-1.290578

Issues Test Bed wrote:Thanks, I... needed that.

I'm sure Fort Verden appreciates you reminding him of that. But not to worry, I'll take Fort Verden up any time I am in the neighborhood, assuming he has no aversion to rotorwing aircraft.

You are welcome and thank you very much Buddy! I have no aversion to rotorwing aircraft. If I cannot take to the skies in a fixed wing aircraft, the next best thing for me is to fly high in a rotorwing aircraft. Best of all, I can take panoramic photoshoots of the cityscape in a rotorwing aircraft :)

Issues Test Bed wrote:Not checked out in either one of those. Blackhawks and Apaches came a little after my service.

Would any of the following be acceptable:
Bell 47, 206, 206L, 222, UH-1 or UH-1N
Sikorsky SH-3 or CH-54
Hughes 300 (269) or 500

(Actually, the Hughes 300 or 269 is little more than a mosquito with a big engine. Might be a little cramped.)

All of the above are acceptable as alternative modes of becoming airborne Buddy. :)

Boozylvania wrote:WooHOO! Population just topped 2 billion!

Congratulations Buddy!

NewTexas wrote:How about the beastly UH-1B?

Go Grape!

Big Tex my Buddy, it is not beastly if it can become airborne and if you can fly a UH-1B, I do not mind going up into the skies in that too. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

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"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life." -Mary Kay Ash

Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

I’m baaaaaaaack.

Vampiric Kittens wrote:'Swoops down and lands on trecdom 2 shoulder waits for blood wine'

There's an open barrel on the Patio, it's yours. I had to hide it from the Klingons.

Fort Verden that's for enlistees in the US Air Force. You have to be a commissioned officer to be a pilot, even the drones. There's been a clamor to bring back Warrant Officers but I doubt that will happen.

Fort Verden wrote: Come on Texas! Someone should have a BINGO or Double BINGO by now. What are you guys trying for? A Triple BINGO? Nyah ha ha ha!

Quadruple Bingo. :)

Trecdom2 wrote:Fort Verden that's for enlistees in the US Air Force. You have to be a commissioned officer to be a pilot, even the drones. There's been a clamor to bring back Warrant Officers but I doubt that will happen.

well we could form a squad of misfits just like in the game Bad Company. "We go in first because were expendable.....wait what?"

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Chocolate Wafer Day
National Eat Your Beans Day
National Fried Clam Day
National Stay Out of the Sun Day

Quotes of the Day:
If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. - Paul Bryant

Music of the Day:

Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen - Baz Luhrmann
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI

On This Day In History:
1863 Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union during the US Civil War

1863 Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union during the US Civil War

1884 Dow Jones publishes its first stock index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average

1886 First NY Tribune printing using first commercial linotype machine

1886 In Germany, Karl Benz (Automobile Engineer and Inventor) drives the first automobile

1938 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.

1978 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words" in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation

1984 Supreme Court rules Jaycees may be forced to admit women as members in Roberts v. United States Jaycees

1986 US President Reagan presides over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty

1987 2 men became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross Atlantic

1989 US Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

1994 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people killed in crashes.

2018 US Justice and Education Departments rescind Obama affirmative action policies in college admissions

National Stay Out of the Sun Day 2019

Hang up your beach towels, don your coziest attire and prepare for an all-day Netflix marathon, because believe it or not, there’s a national holiday devoted to staying indoors. National Stay Out of the Sun Day falls on July 3 each calendar year and encourages us to give our skin a much-needed break from the sweltering heat. Although one doesn’t technically need to be indoors to avoid the sun, any excuse to lounge around the house for a lengthy period of time can (and should) be taken full advantage of. Moderate sun exposure will provide you with a healthy, all-natural dose of Vitamin D, but spending too much time basking in the sun speeds up the aging process. Whether you opt to spend this holiday relishing in the great indoors, or relaxing in a hammock in the shade — we’ve got a couple of ideas to help you celebrate.

National Stay Out of the Sun Day – History

1978
The FDA Regulates Sunscreen

Congress proposes that the FDA regulate sunscreen and sets standards for safety and efficacy

1956
Coppertone Girl

Joyce Ballantyne draws the famous Coppertone girl modeled on her 3-year-old daughter, Cheri.

1940s
First Sunscreens Come to Market

An American airman creates a formula that will later become Coppertone Sunscreen. Meanwhile, a Swiss chemistry student goes to market with Gletscher Crème (Glacier Cream), inspired by a sunscreen he got while climbing in the Swiss Alps.

National Stay Out of the Sun Day Activities

1. Beat the heat by spending the day indoors
The average person has about a million things on their to-do list, so why not use this day as an opportunity to knock some of these out? All those mundane tasks you’ve been putting aside for days, weeks, or even months — now is the time to complete them (as long as they aren’t, get a wicked tan). Yay for productivity!

2. Find a shady spot to kick back and relax
If you’d rather not spend precious hours of summer cooped up inside, that’s perfectly understandable. You can still stay out of the sun, even whilst being surrounded by it. Take cover underneath the nearest willow tree and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Headed to the beach? Grab an umbrella to hoist into the sand, throw on your most fashionable floppy hat, and lather yourself in sunscreen with at least 45 SPF. Remember to stay hydrated!

3. Hit the gym
Limiting your time in the sun is good for your health, but by opting to exercise instead of subjecting your skin to harmful UV rays, you are participating in an ultimate act of self-care. Give yourself a pat on the back, because you deserve it.

Why We Love National Stay Out of the Sun Day

1. It incites us to take care of our skin
Despite the fact that your epidermis is constantly regenerating, it’s important to protect your body against ailments like dry skin, sunburn, and skin cancer. The best way to prevent these conditions from occurring is by staying out of the sun. There’s no such thing as a healthy tan — any time spent in the sun, even if you lack a sun burn to show for it, can ultimately damage your skin.

2. It keeps us youthful
The single leading cause of premature skin aging is extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. If you want to keep the wrinkles at bay and maintain your youthful appearance as long as you possibly can — avoid spending long periods of time in the sun. If this isn’t possible, make sure you don a broad spectrum UVB/UVA sunscreen.

3. It leaves time for other exhilarating summer activities
There are a hundred and one ways to celebrate summer that don’t involve direct sunlight. You can see a movie, visit a long-lost friend, volunteer at a local animal shelter, grocery shop (hey, some people find this fun), etc. Find something that intrigues you and go for it!

The Stars and Stripes: Here are the 27 different US flags and their histories

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/07/03/july-4th-the-histories-us-flags-for-independence-day/39637697/

When celebrating July 4th this week, remember that democracy is a core principle
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/07/03/4th-july-gives-americans-opportunity-reflect-civic-history-column/1627259001/

July deals: How and where to get free food – from chicken to ice cream – plus discounts
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2019/07/01/free-food-deals-july-2019-where-how-save-money/1574129001/

Free coffee, doughnuts, cheeseburgers and more: How to fill 2019 with freebies and deals
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/04/deals-freebies-2019/2418550002/

Where active military and veterans can get free food and save on July 4th and throughout the year

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2019/07/03/military-discounts-2019-july-4th-deals-free-food-vets-military/1598383001/

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Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:Quadruple Bingo. :)

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Stars and Suns Imperium has won this round of BINGO with a Quadruple Bingo. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Quadruple Bingo, your prize will be FOUR cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has at least one BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize(s).

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Welcome to Texas:
The Duchy of Channelview

Farewell:
The Goddess and Ruler of World of Sweet Furry Kittens

Congratulations:
The United Kingdoms of Grays Harbor

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Trecdom2 wrote:Fort Verden that's for enlistees in the US Air Force. You have to be a commissioned officer to be a pilot, even the drones. There's been a clamor to bring back Warrant Officers but I doubt that will happen.

Alrighty then Trec Buddy!

Gig em Aggies wrote:well we could form a squad of misfits just like in the game Bad Company. "We go in first because were expendable.....wait what?"

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other b****** die for his.” - George S. Patton

Gig Em Buddy, based on the words of General George S. Patton which I have quoted above, expendable should NOT be a word in any soldier’s vocabulary. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

By the way Trecdom2 AND Issues Test Bed, please call me Verner or Buddy instead of Fort Verden. That goes for everyone else too. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

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If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. - Paul Bryant

Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

I can call you Verner, but if I'm tagging you in a post instead of quoting I have to use your nation's name.

Today is a sad day as Northern Kentucky legend Jared Lorenzen died at age 38. Also known as the "Hefty Lefty", he was the backup quarterback for the Giants in 2006 and 2007. He also holds many Kentucky passing records, starting from 2000 to 2003.

https://tinyurl.com/y4pf44en <- article on his death

https://tinyurl.com/y2zoezuf <- video, if you want to learn more about Jared Lorenzen

Yep, way too young. I remember the Hefty Lefty. Also lost Chrysler king Lee Iacocca today. Right or wrong, these two will be linked by dying on the same day. Kinda like Johnny Cash and John Ritter.

Boozylvania wrote:Yep, way too young. I remember the Hefty Lefty. Also lost Chrysler king Lee Iacocca today. Right or wrong, these two will be linked by dying on the same day. Kinda like Johnny Cash and John Ritter.

Nice to see I'm not the only one who remembers Lorenzen. He really packed on the pounds (was at like 500 pounds at one point), and started losing weight. Sadly he couldn't do enough in time to save himself. Really sad.

Fort Verden wrote: Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

I won 4 cards? Cool! I’ll have these cards as my prizes please. Thanks in advance:

From Fort Verden: Cromulent Peoples, Kherkov
From Little Thranduil: Oreor, Roma Imperium

Indian Empire wrote:Today is a sad day as Northern Kentucky legend Jared Lorenzen died at age 38.

R.I.P.

Boozylvania wrote:Also lost Chrysler king Lee Iacocca today.

And R.I.P.

NewTexas wrote:How about the beastly UH-1B?

Go Grape!

I've got time in one of those. But it was converted to civilian use. All the armament, rails and fire control systems were removed. This one ended up in the service of a sheriff's office. I did some part time fill in flying for that department. Avalanche control is a kick in the butt from one of those.

Vampiric Kittens wrote:'Swoops down and lands on trecdom 2 shoulder waits for blood wine'

Bloodsucking kittens? I think I have one of those in the house right now.

Fort Verden wrote:“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other b****** die for his.” - George S. Patton

Gig Em Buddy, based on the words of General George S. Patton which I have quoted above, expendable should NOT be a word in any soldier’s vocabulary. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

That's kind of the way I looked at it. I think I would have liked serving under Gen. Patton.

Fort Verden wrote:By the way Trecdom2 AND Issues Test Bed, please call me Verner or Buddy instead of Fort Verden. That goes for everyone else too. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

I can do that, but then it will not show up in your notifications.

Boozylvania wrote:Yep, way too young. I remember the Hefty Lefty. Also lost Chrysler king Lee Iacocca today. Right or wrong, these two will be linked by dying on the same day. Kinda like Johnny Cash and John Ritter.

Some folks tried to "draft" Iacocca to run for president. I remember an interview where he said words to the effect of, "Run for President? And have you guys crawling through my closets? I don't think so."

He also stood firm with the UAW while rescuing Chrysler from oblivion. One of the few auto industry executives that went rounds with the unions and came out ahead. He told the unions that he had jobs for them, but at his rate, not theirs. If they wanted the work, they were welcome to take it, but that was all Chrysler would pay.

He was a man of great wisdom and strength. I am certain he was devastated to witness what Obama and Company did to the company he saved.

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Happy Fourth of July Texas! Here's hoping you have a fun, safe and BBQ-filled 4th! Cheers!

Anybody doing anything fun this Fourth of July? Our Fourth tradition is to watch the movie Independence Day. We picked up Independence Day: Resurgence cheap a while back and still have not seen it, today could be a good day for that.

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NewTexas wrote:Happy Fourth of July Texas! Here's hoping you have a fun, safe and BBQ-filled 4th! Cheers!

Anybody doing anything fun this Fourth of July? Our Fourth tradition is to watch the movie Independence Day. We picked up Independence Day: Resurgence cheap a while back and still have not seen it, today could be a good day for that.

I watched the sequel a month or so ago. It wasn't as good as the original, but I thought it was decent.

Gotta love the irony of getting a telegram sent to WA members that is also tacitly anti-WA. Not to mention that they couldn't even be bothered to spell-check their own message. It's quite laughable.

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Happy Fourth of July Texans!

We are lucky to be born in and live in a country that is famous for its rich culture and traditions. We should make this Fourth of July memorable by counting the blessings that we have received and appreciating our hard earned freedom. Before we celebrate our freedom we should remember those who laid down their lives for us. Let us celebrate our heroes today and never forget the blood, sweat, toil and all the incredible sacrifices that they made to bring us our freedom and peace.

God Bless America!

Today is:
Independence Day
National Barbecued Spareribs Day
National Caesar Salad Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
- John F. Kennedy

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
- Woodrow Wilson

Music of the Day:

Enjoy these patriotic music Texans:

American Patriotic Songs and Marches I Memorial Day & 4th of July
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnkLKq1rLY

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue - Toby Keith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PXSK3iDeAI

Where The Stars & Stripes & The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTKmjhJ1__o

On This Day In History:

1870 The United States Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

1901 William Howard Taft, former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance

1902 Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US President Theodore Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents

1903 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Philipines) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends a message

1910 The US Congress pass the Mann-Elkins Act, an important piece of railroad reform legislation

1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Washington

1927 First flight of the Lockheed Vega.

1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge

1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

1938 – The United States Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

1950 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)

1956 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia

1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled

1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

1966 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

1996 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins

1997 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars

2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)

2006 Richard Branson sells Virgin Mobile to NTL for £962.4 million

2009 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

2012 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson

2015 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
2015 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)

2016 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit

2018 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong

Independence Day 2019

Squabbling politicians with ideological differences. Passions running high. Sweltering outside temperatures, No, it isn’t Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2019. It’s the Continental Congress in Philadelphia back in 1776. That’s where legislators gathered and haggled over how to declare sovereignty from Britain. By the time Thomas Jefferson put the finishing touches on the “Declaration of Independence,” our ties as a British colony were severed. More than that, this document masterfully created a vision for America’s future — one we still strive to live by 243 years later.

On July 4, 2019, Most Americans will grill in their backyards, at beaches or in parks — launching sparklers at dusk. Some Americans will march in parades or in protests. But despite heated politics and divided loyalties, Americans come together on July 4 to acknowledge our nation’s birthday. National Today is kicking off the festivities with details, trivia and anything else you ever wanted to know about Independence Day.

Happy Fourth!

History of Independence Day

Although most of you got this history lesson in school, we know you weren’t really paying attention as the clock ticked closer to recess or the end of the school day. But you can’t fully appreciate your freedoms if you don’t know how you got them — and more importantly, how close we came to losing them. The story of America’s independence is truly fascinating with more historical twists and turns then we can possibly get into here. But at least we can get you started with the basics.

If you think Americans are an unruly lot today, consider that we come by it naturally. In the 1700s, we weren’t really a nation of “united states.” Instead, there were 13 colonies with distinct personalities and an ornery predisposition to territorialism. Seeking independence from England and the British Crown, thirteen American colonies declared themselves sovereign and independent states. Their official flag is shown below.

In the early history of America, western borders of most colonies varied some from the modern-day state borders shown above - because in the west - the British still controlled vast territories up to the Mississippi River. At that time the colony of Virginia included all of the lands of what is now called West Virginia.

In the end the thirteen colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey were formed by mergers of previous colonies.

Taxation triggers a rebellion
From 1763 to 1773 Britain’s King George III increasingly squeezed the colonies as he and Parliament enacted a succession of Draconian taxes and laws. Excessive taxes on British luxury goods like tea and sugar were designed to benefit the British crown without any regard for the hardships of the colonists. By 1764 the phrase “Taxation Without Representation is Tyranny” spread throughout the colonies as the rallying cry of outrage.

The more the colonists rebelled, the more King George doubled down with force. Imagine if enemy soldiers not only had the right to enter your home but the soldiers could demand that you feed and house them. The Quartering Act of 1765 allowed British soldiers to do just that.

But the Stamp Act of 1765 became the straw that broke the colonists’ backs. Passed by Parliament in March, this act taxed any piece of printed paper including newspapers, legal documents, ships’ papers — even playing cards! As the colonial grumbling got louder and bolder, in the fall of 1768, British ships arrived in Boston Harbor as a show of force. Remember, the British Navy dominated the seas all over the world due to the far-reaching presence of the British Empire.

Turning points in Boston
In the fall of 1768, as the colonial grumbling got louder and bolder. British ships arrived in Boston Harbor as a show of force. At the time, the British Navy was one of the best-equipped and well-trained military forces in the world.

Tensions boiled over on March 5, 1770 in Boston Harbor during a street fight between a group of colonists and British soldiers. The soldiers fired the shots that killed 47-year-old Crispus Attucks, the first American and black man to die along with three other colonists in the “Boston Massacre”.

In 1773, the Boston Tea Party (from which today’s Tea Party Republicans get their name) erupted when colonists disguised as Mohican Indians raided a British ship, dumping all the tea overboard rather than pay the taxes. Continued pressure led to resistance and the start of the Revolutionary War in the towns of Lexington and Concord when a militia of patriots battled British soldiers on April 19, 1775. Conditions were ripe for American independence.

Ongoing fights for equality
Wealthy, white colonial landowner delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1776 to draft a document proclaiming their liberation from Britain, reaffirming their rights as free men. But whole other groups of people are excluded — Native Americans, women, slaves, and Jews.

Between 1619 when the first African slaves were delivered to Jamestown, Virginia — and 1776 — 20% of colonial America (about a half million people) were enslaved. Worse, the Founders would soon specify that not only were black males not entitled to their freedom, each man was considered only “three-fifths” of a white man when counted by census takers.

Prominent white women were pushing for their rights, too. At a time when white women of every class were unable to own land or inherit property without permission from a husband, son or father, John Adams’ wife Abigail issued a warning: “Remember the ladies. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”
Ultimately, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence was a contentious process. After much debate over what to include and what to leave out, Jefferson, tasked with pulling the document together, envisioned a nation where “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” crystallized the very meaning of being an American.

Finally, the Declaration was fully ratified on July 4, 1776. America stands today at another historical crossroads as we consider what it means to be American on July 4, 2019 - Independence Day.

Independence Day Traditions

Everyone Loves a Parade

American Independence Day parades go way back. By the summer of 1776, Americans celebrated the “death” of British rule with mock funerals, revelry, and feasting. Americans still love to celebrate — and if you’re seeking a truly authentic experience, travel to Bristol, Rhode Island, home of America’s oldest Independence Day parade since 1785. Watch fife and drum corps marching bands, cartoon characters and celebrities in vintage cars.

Patriotic Feasting

On Independence Day, we haul out family recipes for chili, barbecue ribs, chicken, and even tofu. We savor Louisiana gumbo and Maine lobster boils. There’s zesty potato salad and delicious, sweet corn roasted on the cobb. Pies and cakes are laid out. Independence Day lets you get your patriotic grub on.

Fireworks Are a Must

They chirp, whiz and bang. Fireworks originated with the ancient Chinese, spread to Europe and later added colorful displays to early American Independence Day events. Both Boston and Philadelphia launched fireworks on July 4, 1777. John Adams told his wife, Abigail, that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illumination.” This year, enjoy your Independence Day finale with a phantasmagorical fireworks display!

Independence Day – History

1763-1773
A taxing time

Britain’s King George III subjects colonial America to harsh taxes and laws. This serves to benefit the Crown — not the colonists.

1765
Stamp Act

Parliament's so-called Stamp Act taxed the colonists on any piece of printed paper including newspapers, legal documents, ships’ papers — even playing cards.

1770
Shots heard 'round the world

British soldiers fire the shots that killed 47-year-old Crispus Attucks, the first American and black man to die along with three other colonists in the “Boston Massacre.”

1773
Boston Tea Party

Disguised colonists take over a British ship and dump all the British tea overboard rather than pay the taxes. Britain’s continued pressure fuels the fight for American independence.

July 4, 1776
Declaration of Independence

The Continental Congress, after spending two days on revisions, approves the historic document's final wording. July 4 is the date that appears on the Declaration — although the official "signing" took place in August.

1777
The First Anniversary

Bristol, Rhode Island, fired thirteen gunshots in salute: once in the morning and once again at evening. Philadelphia hosted an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decorated with red, white, and blue bunting.

1778
General George Washington gave his soldiers a double ration of rum and an artillery salute. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin hosted a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

1781
The Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4th as a state celebration.

1976
Bicentennial

Americans celebrate the country's 200th birthday. Many nations send warships to New York harbor for an International Naval Review. The U.S. Mint issues a special bicentennial quarter — with new designs featuring all 50 states.

Independence Day Activities
1. Read the Declaration of Independence

If you're like most Americans, you've never actually read the Declaration of Independence. But if it weren't for this short but historically significant document, you wouldn't be grilling out or lighting fireworks, and you definitely wouldn't have the day off.

2. Watch fireworks

It's a blast — in more ways than one. Gazing at fireworks on the Fourth goes back centuries. In fact, John Adams alluded to this type of celebration in a letter he wrote to Abigail on July 3, 1776.

3. Visit a national landmark or historic site

America is full of fascinating historical landmarks and sites. No matter where in the country you live, there is almost certainly a site of historical importance nearby. Some ideas could include a Native American reservation, a Civil War battleground, a government building, or a war memorial.

Why We Love Independence Day
1. It's the most delicious day of the summer

There are few days of the year that offer as much food variety as the Fourth of July. Steak? Check. Chicken wings? Yep. Fresh strawberry pie? Absolutely. Macaroni & cheese? You got it. No matter what your craving, it's sure to be available on Independence Day.

2. We're all in this together

Admit it — the Fourth of July makes you feel giddy. Maybe it's the parades, maybe it's the BBQ, but probably — it's the fireworks. This is the one night of the year you can watch the sky light up surrounded by children laughing, dogs barking, and patriotic music playing.

3. You can wear whatever you want — as long as it's red, white, and blue

That ugly bandana you never wear? That decades-old T-shirt with an American flag on it? Those are all fair game on Independence Day — as long as they're red, white, and blue.

Thousands expected for Donald Trump's 4th of July celebration, featuring tanks and lots of protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/04/4th-july-trump-washington-tank-celebration/1639681001/

Sparklers are not harmless. Here are other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with kids
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/parenting/2019/07/04/dangers-of-sparklers-at-2000-degrees-the-fireworks-arent-harmless/1628408001/

Too Long; Didn’t Read? Here’s the Important information from this article:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission safety organization offers these tips for lighting fireworks or sparklers:

* Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting.
* Never point or throw fireworks at another or occupied area.
* Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
* Never try to relight or handle a malfunctioning firework.
* Soak sparklers in water and throw them away.
* After fireworks complete burning, douse in a bucket of water or hose to prevent a trash fire.

7 tips for taking great July 4th fireworks photos on your smartphone
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/07/03/july-4th-fireworks-tips-photos-easier-than-ever-smartphones/1618579001/

Mistakes that can ruin your backyard barbecue – and how to avoid them
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/food-dining/2019/07/02/mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-backyard-barbecue-and-how-to-avoid-them/39645177/

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Texas Regional BINGO Update:

Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:I won 4 cards? Cool! I’ll have these cards as my prizes please. Thanks in advance:

From Fort Verden: Cromulent Peoples, Kherkov
From Little Thranduil: Oreor, Roma Imperium

Alrighty then!

Cromulent Peoples Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Kherkov Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Oreor Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.20.
Roma Imperium Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.20.

Enjoy your prizes Buddy. :)

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Trecdom2 wrote:I can call you Verner, but if I'm tagging you in a post instead of quoting I have to use your nation's name.

Alrighty then Buddy!

You can refer to me as Verner or Buddy and tag me after your message, like this:

Tag: Fort Verden

Issues Test Bed wrote:That's kind of the way I looked at it. I think I would have liked serving under Gen. Patton.

Indeed. If I had been in the military I would have liked to have served under General Patton too.

Issues Test Bed wrote:I can do that, but then it will not show up in your notifications.

Alrighty then Buddy!

You can refer to me as Verner or Buddy and tag me after your message, like this:

Tag: Fort Verden

Indian Empire wrote:Today is a sad day as Northern Kentucky legend Jared Lorenzen died at age 38. Also known as the "Hefty Lefty", he was the backup quarterback for the Giants in 2006 and 2007. He also holds many Kentucky passing records, starting from 2000 to 2003.

38 years old is much too young to die. I managed to dodge that bullet earlier this year after suffering my first heart attack at 38 years old and I am saddened that he did not manage to dodge the bullet too.

Boozylvania wrote:Yep, way too young. I remember the Hefty Lefty. Also lost Chrysler king Lee Iacocca today. Right or wrong, these two will be linked by dying on the same day. Kinda like Johnny Cash and John Ritter.

Indeed. 38 years old is much too young to die. May both Lee Iacocca and Jared Lorenzen Rest In Peace. Amen.

NewTexas wrote:Happy Fourth of July Texas! Here's hoping you have a fun, safe and BBQ-filled 4th! Cheers!

Thank you Big Tex my Buddy and I hope you will have a fun, safe and BBQ-filled 4th too. :)

NewTexas wrote:Anybody doing anything fun this Fourth of July?

I am hosting a random Annual Family Gathering so I can Cosplay as Uncle Sam. Yeehaw! We will also have a BBQ and watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. :)

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Have an awesome and safe celebration and take safety precautions when setting off fireworks. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.

Happy fourth of July and have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

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