From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring

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Each year on this date I try to find and present a photo or illustration that captures America in a nutshell (here are the ones from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008). This year’s entry — part of a series of vintage hot dog ads recently sent my way by our Collector’s Corner columnist, Brinke Guthrie — is an instant classic. How did this product fail to catch on?

Anyway: Everyone have a great holiday. The Tugboat Captain and I will be fishing on a party boat (we’ll do our best to catch a red snapper, a whitefish, and a bluegill, or instead maybe a starfish and a striped bass), but the comments are open, so feel free to chat amongst yourselves.

Three quick if/then thoughts:

•  If you have a few minutes, I heartily recommend that you read the Declaration of Independence (here’s typeset version, in case you can’t decipher Jefferson’s handwriting), whose ratification is what we’re celebrating today.

•  If you happen to see Jason Pierre-Paul, please keep him away from the matches.

•  And if you’re spending the day in the company of a Britisher, kindly pass along my annual Independence Day rallying cry: In your face, Redcoats!

26 comments to From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring

  • Jerry | July 4, 2016 at 8:49 am |

    Happy Independence Day.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | July 4, 2016 at 9:03 am |

    Professional ball hawk gadfly Zack Hample gained entry to the Fort Bragg game. Those game balls had a separate logo.

    • Anthony Verna | July 4, 2016 at 10:33 am |

      Oh, this is a “controversy”? Yawn.

      • The Jeff | July 4, 2016 at 10:37 am |

        On social media, everything is a controversy.

        • arrScott | July 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm |

          “Appalling!” declared one of the quoted tweets. A big problem with the modern outrage-industrial complex is how we cheapen words. Children starving to death and sick people going without medicine because a kleptocratic government has wrecked the economy, that’s appalling. If we call a dude getting into a sporting event he wasn’t technically invited to attend “appalling,” then what words do we have left for things that actually deserve to appall us?

    • Ryan M | July 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm |

      What I didn’t see there in the outrage was, if he did in fact purchase his access for the $1000 he evidently offered, how do others feel about the person who got him in?

  • The Jeff | July 4, 2016 at 9:08 am |

    America, Fuck Yeah! Because someone had to post it today.

    • mild bill | July 4, 2016 at 11:22 am |

      I’ve never seen that before…it begs an unauthorized, holiday version of Question of the Day.

      What was the most disturbing sight on that video?

      So many to choose from but for me, I have to go with Pee Wee Herman trotting (skipping?) towards the Alamo.

  • Michelson | July 4, 2016 at 9:37 am |

    Happy Independence Day!

  • SoCalDrew | July 4, 2016 at 9:57 am |

    Paul, thanks for giving a shout out to Yes L.A.!

  • Anthony Verna | July 4, 2016 at 10:37 am |

    Happy Independence Day!

  • Phil Hecken | July 4, 2016 at 10:50 am |
  • Peter Wunsch | July 4, 2016 at 11:52 am |

    While Jefferson wrote th Declaration of Independence it is not his handwriting that we have trouble deciphering. It is believe to be the handwriting of Tom Matlack, no relation to the Mets pitcher

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | July 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm |

    Could be my eyes just assuming the Mets wear orange, but are those normal orange and blue skyline patches on the left sleeve?

  • tosaman | July 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm |

    Mmmm. Sack O’Sauce.

  • mike 2 | July 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm |

    Jason Pierre-Paul actually did a fireworks PSA this year. Its a remarkably good video.

    • Phil Hecken | July 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm |

      I thought I saw that somewhere…oh yeah, it was an inline video in yesterday’s post…

      • mike 2 | July 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm |

        Eh, I was still dealing with my Canada Day hangover

  • mike 2 | July 4, 2016 at 4:31 pm |

    Also, I’m not sure “America in a nutshell” includes a side of broccoli.

    • Phil Hecken | July 4, 2016 at 5:12 pm |

      Does “Canada in a nutshell” include a side of poutine?

      • mike 2 | July 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm |

        Poutine is never a side dish.

        • Phil Hecken | July 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm |

          Clearly you’re not an American

  • Lindsay Resnick | July 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm |

    Happy 2016th birthday, America!


  • Donnie | July 5, 2016 at 11:48 am |

    Anything that needs scissors is not “easy to open”