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July 4, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Go forth

Patriotic fish. Nat. Aquarium Fantasy postcard series, 1917 by S.E. Clark(USPD, aartist life,

Captured something totally fishy here. With so much caption potential, where to start? Shooting fish in a barrel? No, trying to not incite violence. Falling hook line and sinker? Sounds like snarking about people saying others are being brainwashed and everything is tanking. Part of the “Patriotic Fantasy Animal Series”? Wishful thinking, foreshadowing, or irony after all these decades? No catch and release here. Scales of belief, I guess. Best to just go with the flow: Happy July 4th! (USPD/

“Freedom is being allowed to think your own thoughts and live your own life.” 

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

WW I Patriotic Butterflies. 1917 (Woodrow Wilson Pres. Lib. Archives/ USPD. artist life, publication date/

Another light hearted patriotic fantasy postcard. Somehow the heart takes flight with it. (Woodrow Wilson Pres. Lib. Archives/ USPD/

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

[Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962] 

John F. Kennedy

Cowgirl bronc rider. 1926 painting by Russell. (USPD artist life,

Hang on, Babe – in for a rough ride for a little bit, but things will tame down before long. It’s not our first rodeo.(1926 Russell painting/USPD/

“Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” 

John F. Kennedy

Version of Banner in the Sky by Frederic Edwin Church, 1861. After attack on Ft. Sumter during the CIvil War. ( Smithsonian Institute collection/USPD artist life, reprod of PD art/

One of several versions of “Banner in the Sky” paintings by Frederic Edwin Church, 1861, after the attack on Fort Sumter during the Civil War.  The country’s weathered some hard times. Despite all the strife, complaints, and loud discord, people are still voting with their feet and struggling to get here. Onward and towards a more perfect union. Get onboard or get lost. God bless the USA. (Smithsonian Institute collection/USPD/


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Jul 4 2022 6:41 am

    Some very appropriate quotes there.

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  2. shoreacres / Jul 4 2022 6:43 am

    Love those patriotic fish and butterflies! They’re just perfect for Independence Day — hope yours is a happy one!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 6:49 am

      People are more approachable when they smile. We need more smiles …on order to get mo’ better.
      Happy July 4th and grin on!


      • shoreacres / Jul 4 2022 6:50 am

        I took your advice to grin on and reposted the story about the naked Pentecostals in the Pontiac today. Those folks had an independent spirit, to say the least!

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  3. marina kanavaki / Jul 4 2022 7:10 am

    Happy Fourth, my friend! …and tail wags on the way too!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 9:28 am

      Celebrations are always important: to refresh and restart hope and positivity. (Hi Hera! Molly happily received the tail wags. She’s back to eating successfully her dog food along with a a small appetizer of salmon along with a breakfast of chicken stew. If it was only cooler here and more exercise was possible…Cool waves sent in thanks)


  4. cat9984 / Jul 4 2022 8:04 am

    Happy Independence Day!

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  5. sustainabilitea / Jul 4 2022 8:25 am

    Happy Independence Day and thanks for a spot-on post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 9:31 am

      With so many issues and selective outrage, it’s sometimes difficult to balance things out. Thanks for catching the drift. Have a great 4th!

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  6. disperser / Jul 4 2022 8:59 am

    Happy Fourth . . . and hope we make it to 250!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 9:34 am

      Squabbles can make you stronger. Much has been weathered and the nation still stands. Celebrations need to be done. Enjoy this one! Cheers and thanks.

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  7. SusanR / Jul 4 2022 10:43 am

    A very happy Fourth to you and yours!! Hope it cools off a bit for you.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 7:12 pm

      I think it will cool off about Halloween! We’ll sit in the yard and watch fireworks across the lake as usual – and watch some on TV – we get lazier every year HaHa
      Thanks for brightening the comments


  8. pensitivity101 / Jul 4 2022 10:55 am

    Happy July 4th

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  9. Littlesundog / Jul 4 2022 12:13 pm

    We’re “on board” here, and flying many flags on the ranch today… and every day. Glad to know the neighbor’s to the south hold the flag in high esteem, and carry forth with courage and confidence!! Happy 4th to you and yours!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2022 7:17 pm

      Stars and night are big and bright – the flag and nation still stands. Liberty is not free and must be constantly, carefully, respectfully tended. Cheers for the red, white, and blue!

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  10. Spinster / Jul 4 2022 12:55 pm

    Enjoy the day.

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  11. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 4 2022 1:42 pm

    Happy 4th to you and yours, Karen. It’s great to be back visiting the hedge once more, and here’s hoping you have a great July as well. Best, Bruce

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