4th of July Evening Boom…Boom, Sans Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!

Most of America is feeling a massive heat wave, and many communities are canceling the regularly scheduled firework show because of the dry conditions. Then you have the towns that are cutting the show to protect the birds…or to save money, either way…you won’t find any fireworks here on tonight’s post either.

However, what you will find is a shitload of cartoons to tickle your fancy! So, let’s get on with the show!

This video clip is from the AdultSwim cartoon Robot Chicken…

The American Revolution, as interpreted by the people who brought you 300.

“From the people who claim 300 is a true story comes the tale of our nations birth.”


Yeah, “it ain’t accurate, but it will blow your f’ing mind.”  I can just imagine there are folks out there who would actually think that is a true depiction of our nations birth. I am not joking…I could see something like that being passed off as a history lesson in one of Bobby Jindal’s flagship schools….I mean, look what Huckabee did with it. Check out the actual copy from the Learn Our History website.

We recognize and celebrate faith, religion and the role of God in America’s founding and making our country the greatest place on Earth…

Learn Our History is a diversified educational media company that teaches children and teenagers about history, social studies and current events through the use of animated films supplemented with online resources with the goal of providing a solution to many of the recognized shortcomings in the way history and social studies currently are taught.  Learn Our History’s products are differentiated by the Company’s focus on entertaining while teaching history and social studies from a proudly American standpoint.

When your kids or grandkids get their hands on these videos, you’ll be amazed at how they‘re instantly pulled in to the stories.  As they watch the history videos, they’ll be learning about the major events and most influential people that shaped our great nation.  And because they’ll be having so much fun watching the zany characters, they won’t even realize they’re learning!

With Learn Our History, your kids gain an understanding of important concepts and how those concepts play a role in our everyday lives. From understanding the role of government and taxes to national security, democracy and more, your children will learn to appreciate what it means to be an American and how fortunate they are to live in the the home of the brave and the land of the free!

American Revolution Trilogy

The Declaration of Independence – learnourhistory.com

Go back to see the story behind how our Declaration of Independence came to be.

The Birth Of A Revolution – learnourhistory.

In this outstanding film, young viewers will journey back to the American colonies during the period leading to that first fateful battle.

Winning Our Freedom – learnourhistory.comcom

Victory over Great Britain depended not only on military success, but also political acumen. Great Britain possessed a modern, wealthy and well-trained army – one of the finest fighting forces in history. In contrast, the colonists were poor, but their ambitions for independence compelled them forward. Believing their quest was divinely inspired, with each step they took, their goal of independence from Britain became an answered prayer.

Ooof, that just gives me the chills…maybe it is because I am a history major? Or perhaps it is just the thought of such accurate story telling. /snark

(Anyway, the reason I spent some time on this will come together at the end of tonight’s post.)

We have seen many years go by since John Footpenis Handcock signed the Declaration of Independence with such passionate flair.

Independence Day 2012 – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 07/04/2012

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Independence Day 2012
Yeah, that looks about right!
This cartoon is just one of many in a similar theme…
AAEC – Political Cartoon by Charlie Daniel, Knoxville News Sentinel – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Charlie Daniel -
AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chan Lowe, Sun-Sentinel – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Chan Lowe -
AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by John R. Rose -
Alright…now for the more creative of the bunch:
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon
The look on that tea-bag’s face is perfect.
This next one brings the major power outages home:
The Powerlines Red Glare – Political Cartoon by Steve Artley, Artleytoons – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Steve Artley - The Powerlines Red Glare
This one is served with a touch of  Scalia :  7/4 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Fireworks | Mike Luckovich
Then there are the cartoons meant for reflection:
Cartoon by Randy Bish -
Still Standing Tall
Still Standing Tall COLOR © Nate Beeler,The Washington Examiner,fourth of july, july fourth, 4th, liberty, tree, axes, independence day, holiday, freedom
Cagle Post » Fourth of July
Fourth of July COLOR © Nate Beeler,The Washington Examiner,fourth of july, july fourth, independence day, fireworks, pursuit, happiness, declaration of independence, holiday, 4th, family
I don’t know about you, but I prefer the ones with a bit more bite:
AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez -
The 4th of July – Political Cartoon by Angelo Lopez, Philippines Today – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - The 4th of July
(I have to admit, this one above by Angelo Lopez is my favorite.)
Outsourced Flag – Political Cartoon by Richard Bartholomew, Artizans.com – 07/04/2012
Cartoon by Richard Bartholomew - Outsourced Flag
Cagle Post » Work
Larry Wright Cartoon for 06/30/2010
Cagle Post » July Fourth
And that brings me back to the beginning of this post…American History at its finest…face palm is exactly what I’m talking about!
Have a wonderful evening, and if the fireworks are banned in your neck of the woods, you don’t have to outsource your 4th of July fun. May I suggest you simply enjoy an all American meal of cheesburgers, fries and beer…and make your own damn explosions of BOOM-BOOM.

24 Comments on “4th of July Evening Boom…Boom, Sans Fireworks”

  1. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this was an open thread!

  2. ecocatwoman says:

    This quote you posted from Learnouthistory really struck me:

    Victory over Great Britain depended not only on military success, but also political acumen. Great Britain possessed a modern, wealthy and well-trained army – one of the finest fighting forces in history. In contrast, the colonists were poor, but their ambitions for independence compelled them forward. Believing their quest was divinely inspired, with each step they took, their goal of independence from Britain became an answered prayer.

    Just substitute the US for Great Britain & those “colonists” sound like the Iraqis & Afghanis, don’t they?

    Great cartoons & I have to agree with you that the Angelo Lopez cartoon is my favorite too.

    Question for the avid readers here. Has anyone read Albion’s Seed? The author was just on NPR & his thesis in this book sounded really interesting.

    Another great post, jj. Thanks.

    • Nope never read that, what is it about Connie?

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Here is the Editorial Review from Amazon:

        From Library Journal
        This cultural history explains the European settlement of the United States as voluntary migrations from four English cultural centers. Families of zealous, literate Puritan yeomen and artisans from urbanized East Anglia established a religious community in Massachusetts (1629-40); royalist cavaliers headed by Sir William Berkeley and young, male indentured servants from the south and west of England built a highly stratified agrarian way of life in Virginia (1640-70); egalitarian Quakers of modest social standing from the North Midlands resettled in the Delaware Valley and promoted a social pluralism (1675-1715); and, in by far the largest migration (1717-75), poor borderland families of English, Scots, and Irish fled a violent environment to seek a better life in a similarly uncertain American backcountry. These four cultures, reflected in regional patterns of language, architecture, literacy, dress, sport, social structure, religious beliefs, and familial ways, persisted in the American settlements. The final chapter shows the significance of these regional cultures for American history up to the present.

        Here’s the Amazon link to his other books: http://www.amazon.com/David-Hackett-Fischer/e/B000AQ4LL8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

        I have to admit that the mention of the Cavaliers made me perk up. Forever Amber was a favorite of mine as a teenager. The discussion on ATC was how Americans have many definitions of freedom or what freedom means to them, hence this interview today.

  3. This link is for Dak…cough, cough: Jindal: It’s called the Declaration of Independence, not dependence « Hot Air

    As I’ve said before, if picking the candidate for Romney’s running mate were up to me, you can bet your bottom dollar that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would be at the top of my list. He’s been a vocal and effective critic of President Obama’s many failed endeavors, and the man is just flat-out brilliant — he somehow found the time to fire off this awesome missive of an Independence Day message along with his governing duties.

    Thought that would give you a laugh…the man is just flat out brilliant.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Wow, the Jefferson passage is wonderful. I’d never heard/seen that before. Amazing he has been drummed out of the Repug Hall of Fame.

      • RalphB says:

        Thomas Jefferson founded what is now the Democratic Party. That’s probably why some Repugs are not his most ardent admirers.

  4. RalphB says:

    Someone has taken presidential awesomeness a little too far.


  5. RalphB says:

    Hillary responds to AC coming out, fake but funny.


  6. ecocatwoman says:

    Without my tv/cable I have missed the political shows lately. So glad I stumbled upon this on Alternet. It’s Melissa Harris Perry’s take on the 4th of July: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1019432/melissa_harris-perry%27s_awesome_4th_of_july_address%3A_imperialism%2C_genocide%2C_and_slavery/

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for all the great cartoons. The Angelo Lopez one is awesome. I love the one of the tea party guy sinking Washington’s boat too.

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    JJ……Your cartoon roundup never ceases to amaze. Thanks

  9. Hey I gotta share this with you all. Remember my friend Jessica, her husband was laid off from his job as a chef right after Mother’s Day. Well he is now a chef at a restaurant in Jacksonville, and I just read a review that knocked me out. Sakana Blue Bar Restaurant Review « Restaurant Reviews in Jacksonville by Jax Food Critic

    Let me throw the disclaimer out there: Initially this review was going to be based on a “tasting” (where they invite a few of us bloggers out and serve us up their new menu) but then I went out for an independent review as well and had the same outstanding results. Also, let me throw this out there….standby for a little self promotion…. While in the Navy, I visited Japan often and of course I always ate some of the outstanding sushi they had to offer. So, when it comes to sushi, I take it kind of serious and so does my wife. She is a sushi connoisseur and she gave Sakana Blue Bar two thumbs up as well.

    One of the first specialty rolls I got to sample was the Valentine (Menu Description: tempura shrimp and avocado,topped with kiwi, strawberry, sweet chili, and tobikko) for $7. This was immediately one of my favorite rolls EVER. EVER people! If you have seen me, you know I have done a lot of eating (yes, I’m fat and I accept that) so when I say something is the best…rest assured it has been through a rigorous elimination/winning process. Everything was very fresh and surprisingly, the fresh fruit on it, along with the sweet chili were a perfect touch. Usually I don’t care for sweet entrees but this hit the spot. Another specialty roll that I’m a big fan of: Black Widow (Menu Description: tempura soft shell crab, carrot, asparagus, cucumber, and avocado finished with spicy mayo and tobikko) for $11. Again, it was very fresh…as sushi should be. I really liked the combination of soft shell crab and asparagus. I’m a sucker for anything with asparagus in it. Great combination in this case.

    Wow, more raves at the link and take a look at the food:

    Anyway, hopefully things will start looking up for my “twin” and her family…

  10. I am glad you liked the cartoons. I could not help myself tonight, hope everyone is safe and having fun!

  11. northwestrain says:

    There are two Indian Reservations not far from where I live. They sell fireworks.

    It was really wet here — so no fear of fire and the independent firework displays have been going off for two days now. Interestingly enough the fireworks boom bang don’t bother my furkids.

    We had a sunny day!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to mow the grass.

    Love the political cartoons — each is worth at least 1,000 words!!!

    The tea party guy sinking Washington — typical. Must be one of those puritans.

    The descriptions of the different cultural groups that made up colonial America — that’s the way my College American history teacher presented early American history. One of the joys of taking the course from a maverick at at Junior college in California. The approved text books didn’t show up so he taught the course he always wanted to teach. He’d read a large chunk of the original documents of the very early days of the colonies and that was the basis of his version of early American history. There are some documents that have been sealed and stored in vaults of Stanford University. I’m wondering what secrets are so terrible to be still withheld from scholars? My history professor was thinking in the very first years there might have been cannibalism — food was short and the Puritans were busy killing off the Indians and looting Indian graves. Cotton Mather was one of the authors of the still sealed diaries.

    One of my ancestors was in the early Virginia colony and then he and some other men stole a boat and headed to the Massachusetts colony. He is recorded as being “Sir” whatever. His descendants took two different paths — some were loyalists and went to Canada and then migrated back to England the others stayed for the Revolutionary War. I found out what happened to the repatriated English branch when I happened to meet a distant cousin — or we learned we were distant cousins.

    The real history of the US is so much more fascinating than found in any of the high school or college text books.

  12. RalphB says:

    Ed Kilgore asks a good question. Why do we put up with the America hating right wing extremists and not call the assholes out?

    America-Hating Patriots and Other Mysteries of the 4th

  13. RalphB says:

    Meanwhile tbogg takes on the dumbest blogger in St Louis.

    Happy 4th Of July. Enjoy Your Obamapocalypse!

    Meanwhile in the Heartland of America, Real Americans with Common Sense Conservative Principles are shoving massive quantities of barbequed meats and potato salad into their fat fuck faces while sadly waving American flags and sparklers because this will be The Last Independence Day EVER because some black guy broke America: