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    Default Merry Independence Day!

    Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation reflects the original.

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    In Congress, July 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    Georgia

    Button Gwinnett

    Lyman Hall

    George Walton



    North Carolina

    William Hooper

    Joseph Hewes

    John Penn



    South Carolina

    Edward Rutledge

    Thomas Heyward, Jr.

    Thomas Lynch, Jr.

    Arthur Middleton



    Massachusetts

    John Hancock

    Maryland

    Samuel Chase

    William Paca

    Thomas Stone

    Charles Carroll of Carrollton



    Virginia

    George Wythe

    Richard Henry Lee

    Thomas Jefferson

    Benjamin Harrison

    Thomas Nelson, Jr.

    Francis Lightfoot Lee

    Carter Braxton



    Pennsylvania

    Robert Morris

    Benjamin Rush

    Benjamin Franklin

    John Morton

    George Clymer

    James Smith

    George Taylor

    James Wilson

    George Ross

    Delaware

    Caesar Rodney

    George Read

    Thomas McKean



    New York

    William Floyd

    Philip Livingston

    Francis Lewis

    Lewis Morris



    New Jersey

    Richard Stockton

    John Witherspoon

    Francis Hopkinson

    John Hart

    Abraham Clark



    New Hampshire

    Josiah Bartlett

    William Whipple



    Massachusetts

    Samuel Adams

    John Adams

    Robert Treat Paine

    Elbridge Gerry



    Rhode Island

    Stephen Hopkins

    William Ellery



    Connecticut

    Roger Sherman

    Samuel Huntington

    William Williams

    Oliver Wolcott



    New Hampshire

    Matthew Thornton
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
    - -- Aristotle

    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
    - -- The Buddha

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    Back at ya, Damo. Enjoy the day however you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaningright View Post
    Back at ya, Damo. Enjoy the day however you decide.
    I put in a fire rated door from the garage to the kitchen. It never should take that long...
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
    - -- The Buddha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
    I put in a fire rated door from the garage to the kitchen. It never should take that long...
    Good safety plan.

    I didn't do anything except pick up groceries for dinner; grilled steak, corn on the cob and potato halves (I nuked the potatoes first)

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    Quote Originally Posted by evince View Post
    I started the day finding out a shitty little trumper killed people

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216888387
    Like most Trumpers, he's a very sick person who had several interactions with the law. Since American society doesn't give a fuck about the mentally ill until they commit mass murder, this is the result.

    Sad.

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    They want no one to get any healthcare including mental healthcare


    And they want all insane people to have superior death weaponry


    No further evidence needed to prove they hate the American people and want them dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
    I put in a fire rated door from the garage to the kitchen. It never should take that long...
    Been there on that door thing.

    Install longer hardened screws into the doorjamb where the deadbolt locks. I also keep a spare key well hidden in the garage in the event I get locked out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionfish View Post
    Been there on that door thing.

    Install longer hardened screws into the doorjamb where the deadbolt locks. I also keep a spare key well hidden in the garage in the event I get locked out.
    Doors always take longer than you expect... well, at least longer than I usually expect. LOL And fire doors are heavy... I like that it comes already in the frame and that the "self closing" doesn't work until you make it work. Remove the door, install frame, get long screws, put them through the hinges so that weight isn't too much, then install the hardware... Seems like it would be all easy and take little time... NOOOoooooOOOO.... The door gods make you lose the pins for the hinges so you have to fashion some new ones.... Your finishing nail gun is shooting them with about 1/8" sticking out for some reason you don't figure out until the last two nails... then the old door frame was wider than the new one and the new one is a bit taller for some reason so you have to get new edging... You know, normal crap.
    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
    - -- Aristotle

    Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
    Doors always take longer than you expect... well, at least longer than I usually expect. LOL And fire doors are heavy... I like that it comes already in the frame and that the "self closing" doesn't work until you make it work. Remove the door, install frame, get long screws, put them through the hinges so that weight isn't too much, then install the hardware... Seems like it would be all easy and take little time... NOOOoooooOOOO.... The door gods make you lose the pins for the hinges so you have to fashion some new ones.... Your finishing nail gun is shooting them with about 1/8" sticking out for some reason you don't figure out until the last two nails... then the old door frame was wider than the new one and the new one is a bit taller for some reason so you have to get new edging... You know, normal crap.
    I feel your pain.

    Never been that deep into a door issue. The worst was a warped frame and fitting the door to make it look like it should. After a re-carpet, I did buy an electric hand planer. A very handy tool if you remember to pin nail a cripple on the end of the door in the direction you are pushing the plane.

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    How many progs agree that the Constitution is the problem?

    https://news.yahoo.com/nicholas-gold...ycsrp_catchall

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Goldberg
    Hate the Supreme Court? Our problems actually start with the Constitution


    But let’s be honest: The problem isn’t just with the justices. The problem, or at least a substantial portion of it, lies with the U.S. Constitution itself.

    Yes, the hallowed Constitution, the document hammered out in 1787 by 55 bewigged men in Philadelphia. Our revered charter that lays out the foundational rules and principles at the heart of the American experiment: freedom of speech and religion, the separation of powers, federalism, bicameralism and all the other checks, balances, rights, promises and innovations that make this nation what it is.
    These days the Constitution is showing its age.

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