Posts Tagged ‘Independence Day’

The Independence Adventure

Thursday, July 4th, 2013


I like the Fourth of July as a holiday a lot. It always reminds me that some were brave enough to sacrifice the relative comforts of home to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and in process change the potential of their lives.

They became Independent.

It was not without risk, expense, hope, fear, sorrow, loss and oh yes, joy. I never forget the joy part.

Whenever I see our flag, it is not generally the rah rah of National Pride I experience. But the expense, joy, privilege and hope that our Independence seeking forbearers forged. Yes, that is right. Independence is forged.

Here is a little videopiece  for a special project, about men and women who have been through the fire, and emerged.

A remarkable look at the Psychology of Patriotism.

My friend and colleague, Dr Ed Brenegar, sent me a note from the road today, enroute to his home after a sad visit to Gettysburg. Do yourself a favor. Listen to the Gettysburg Address today.

Cherish what you have. The fire is always there. Happy, blessed, 4th of July.












Hope and Change

Friday, June 29th, 2012

While both the Democratic and Republican camps spend an incomprehensible amount of money, the country suffers as a result of their awful mismanagement and extremely deep corruption.
Several years ago, I began to notice, as I returned from travel around the world, and would fly into LAX, that it was beginning to feel increasingly more like a Third World Nation, here in the US.
I am not saying that I was not grateful to be home. I always am, and thank the Customs Officers as they welcome me back. Some of them have been at their post for as long as I can recall. (I have been working as a photographer, film maker and writer since 1998. It seems like one or two of the guys have been there, each time that I return)
It had proceeded to become increasingly obvious to me, that what we know as being trappings of the American Dream, were going away. I could see our affluence of Spirit, ebbing.
Our system is under attack from within, via it’s leadership. Being here and witnessing the demise-change is interesting. In a Nation known for it’s affluence, great poverty of spirit is being exhibited, and a level of selfishness that I seldom see in my travels, has come to roost here. Like a vulture, it picks at the still bloody, bones of the remnants of freedom.
City on a Hill

City on a Hill

All I can really do, is endeavor to be a light. As we see these men and women, many of them lost souls, take words and ideals sacred to us, and dash them to the ground, it is important to recognize that our Country does indeed have a responsibility to be that often quoted description of the “City on a Hill”.

The real task is to make sure that the light comes from each one of us, and not the Polyarchy, as they burn the structure of the Republic, to the ground.

Seth Godin poses a question. Do we have to pander?

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. Many cherish the Holiday as Independence Day. Increasingly rare commodity, independence. I hope the country takes a good look around, in this time.  Remember that someone died for your independence, your freedom. I hope that we all honor that, and live for it.

Fireworks are significant.

Independence Day, Santa Barbara, California

Independence Day, Santa Barbara, California

An Independent Nature

Sunday, July 4th, 2010


The United States Of America is founded on the tenets located in the US Constitution. All laws and the people who preside over the law, are based on this document. All Municipal and State laws are superceded and presided over by the Federal laws, based on this document. So no entity may pass a law that is not in accordance with this document. If you find that someone has. You not only have a right, but a civil responsibility to inform and if necessary, litigate that entity.

That is what is meant by the legal tort of Rule of Law, which dates back to Aristotle in 350 BC.

HERE. Know the Law of your land. Your liberty rests on you knowing this.

Those precepts were instituted by the biggest collection of social misfits that the world in Western Europe could produce in the late 1600′s. Wiki has a pretty good summary here. It is informative to understand the History of a thing, as there is power in that. Within it resides truth, for the most part. Though admittedly, History is written by the victors.

But a revelation of the true strength and character of the United States, lies in an examination of the nature of those individuals who had the tenacity to put their lives and their families on the line, and leave a vast history and legacy behind them in order to venture out to a new frontier in the Americas.

It all is summed up pretty well in this image loaned to me by the Dunbar’s of their son, who after severe stress in childbirth, had this to say, as he lay in Neo Natal Care, full of tubes. Kate Slaton Dunbar is descended from the people who settled the area in which I live.

When I saw this image, which her husband shot, I was surprised. To me, it seems sometimes like all of the world would love to snuff America out. This boy’s response is the basis for what our instinctive reply should be to ANY entity within or without, that attempts to rob this country of what we paid for in vision, obstinence, perseverence, bravery, and blood sacrifice.

One thing to say

One thing to say

Independence Day. Think about that word.

independent |ˌindəˈpendənt|
1 free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority : the study is totally independent of central government | Canada’s largest independent investment firm.
• (of a country) self-governing : India became independent in 1947.
• not belonging to or supported by a political party : the independent candidate.
• (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds.
• not influenced or affected by others; impartial : a thorough and independent investigation of the case.
• ( Independent) historical Congregational.
2 not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence : I wanted to remain independent in old age.
• capable of thinking or acting for oneself : advice for independent travelers.
• (of income or resources) making it unnecessary to earn one’s living : a woman of independent means.
3 not connected with another or with each other; separate : we need two independent witnesses to testify | the legislature and the judicature are independent of each other.
• not depending on something else for strength or effectiveness; freestanding : an independent electric shower.
• Mathematics (of one of a set of axioms, equations, or quantities) incapable of being expressed in terms of, or derived or deduced from, the others.
an independent person or body.
• an independent political candidate, voter, etc.
• ( Independent) historical a Congregationalist.

If we truly stand united. Expect to stand alone amongst the Nations. Independent. Victory is never given. You have to earn and seize  it. That is us, from our inception. It is what we were. It is what we should be.

One of the single most powerful songs that I have heard. America. Samuel Shoemaker and the Shoemaker Brothers. It has inspired quite a bit for me in the month or so since I first heard them play it live here, in Ventura.

America the diverse, proud, obstinent, independent and free. It is our nature.

The following gallery is a memorial homage in honor of our obstinence, persistence, and our laws.

Evil : This is Personal

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Dark and Light

Dark and Light

It is a choice whether to follow truth or falsehood.

I never bought into the Film “An Inconvenient Truth. “ Lets get that straight between us. I could make a long list of reasons for this as a businessman,  film maker, Journalist, ex manufacturer, Science fan, Environmentalist, and someone who participated in the formation of some of the rules written by CARB. But my principal reason, was that I choose what I will embrace based upon the character of the person communicating it, and the tone of their message.



In my work in business and retail for 20 years, I ran across all manner of Con (sort for confidence) based criminals. I learned a lot about their modus, as my company had to work alongside the Santa Barbara DA’s office in prosecuting them.

Their methods are typically based on leveraging limited credibility to a perceived promised positive outcome. But in reality, the victim is always just that, a target where by the Con man achieves his goal. Those goals can range from an illegitimate grasp of power-authority, right on down the laundry list of assets the Con man would like to have handed to him. Cars, products, cash, real estate and in Mr. Gore’s case: latitude and credibility to acquire power, influence of a movement, and ultimately: money.

So when Al Gore, a man whose business has been Politics, was put up as a poster boy for a theory that appeared to be fear based, I saw it immediately for what it was. A confidence game.

I refused to follow him. I chose Truth instead.



This post is not really about  Evil. It is about Truth. Jesus said this: I am the way, the Truth, and the Life (Light). He also said: I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”



So I looked at Al Gore: lot of darkness there. Not where I ever wanted to go personally. And this IS personal. This is all about personal choice and correct path.

So you can believe what Al preaches if you want to. But you may want to have a look at the latest mess to see who you followed, if you really do not want to take the longer path of educating yourself on Physical Science, and the tenets of environmental control.



In this report the victim reveals everything about Al Gore’s character. I believe her. Not because I want to. I would rather he was not what he appears to be. But in any event, I will not put myself in that sort of darkness.

That is the real and very inconvenient truth. Al probably believes his own lies. As most Law Enforcement personnel will tell you, most good Con men do. How else would they convert people into being true believers?

More truths from a  Senate Subcommittee.

These folk’s view is ahead of ours in the timeline of eco based legislature. They come from a European POV. They made a film about it too.

So on this Fourth of July, do yourself and your country a favor. We are at war. Our men  and women in the military, live and die for the tenets of this country. But behind the lines of our own borders, we have other enemies, and their strength is based on keeping the public in the dark, about who and what they really are about.

So make the tenets you select be Truth based. This is VERY personal.  It is about choice, and yours matters. It will determine what happens to this country and it’s future generations.

Independence Day

Independence Day

I like these guys. The Shoemaker Brothers live their choices out loud. This song is based on Samuel Shoemaker’s own experiences as a US Serviceman. It is called Dancing Girl.

As an example of a man I would follow, there is Harold Estes.

Have a real Independence Day. Choose Truth. Walk in the light.

Inherent Risk

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Send It Up

Send It Up

On this Fourth of July,  a short note. As we memorialize our Nation’s birth it is a point of honor and gratitude that we recall the quest to embrace and engage in risk. Forward momentum and a new horizon would be found for those willing to set foot and family on a leaky ship.

The amount of passion, victory, birth and new life that is our country, well it all began with that first risk taker. There is much ado about American Imperialism these days. I just returned from a short visit to camp Pendleton and a Navy corpsman told me about one of his tours off Somalia as we worked night time, off Oceanside with K38 Rescue. The bulk of his time there had been spent doing humanitarian work on a scale that only our Military could do. He told me that “If I ever make a lot of money, I now know how I will spend my life” He had a freshening of his horizon as his ship sailed into the void. His life story had affected me profoundly.

The reality is this: the foundation of our country is based on a diverse number of people who were willing to engage extreme risk and all the hardships and joys associated with that element in order to establish a new realm of possibility, a new horizon. That has never changed. Today more than ever we need this.

Again, Seth Godin was writing what I was thinking.

This beautiful film trailer says a lot. I hope that Jim Scolari gets to do more of this.

As you examine your prospects, know this: “Stupid is forever” Ray Vickers, race car driver. You gotta love our good ole boys.

This was sent along by global thinker Drew Kampion. Don’t even think about shooting the messenger. A long watch and high view at what could be going on beneath the tableau of world change. The journalist, though a renowned conspiracy theorist, presents a thread of historic fact everyone should examine.

I hope that you celebrate like mad today, and memorialize and give thanks and embrace the far horizon. We as a nation have everything to gain and everything to lose as we sail into what will become a new world. Choose well.

Turn of an age Military transport

Turn of an age Military transport

Collateral Damage?

Collateral Damage?



Generational Aircraft

Generational Aircraft



Into the Looking Glass

Into the Looking Glass

Click on any of the images below for a back story

We are another year older. Hoooo Rah! Let’s go, the horizon beckons.

Below, is a note from the President.

This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let’s also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.

Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.

Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty — a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.

Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation’s course. America’s greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom — and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.

As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph — that pride — belongs to all of us.

So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm’s way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.

With very best wishes,

President Barack Obama

July 4th, 2009

P.S. — Our nation’s birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service opportunities near you at

An Addendum. By Stanley Bodner

(Stanley is a lifelong commercial artist and cultural observer, originally from NY now residing in Arizona. The list of people who he has tutored and mentored is both long and distinguished. The affects of he and his social progeny are culturally evident, though he would likely deny this. DP)

I’ve had this burr in my proverbial saddle for a long time. I will try to explain.

Not so many decades ago, women burned their bras in a show of defiance against the stalled system that blocked their path to equality and liberation.

With the passage of time, their goals mostly attained and the effects of gravity working against them, they purchased new Maiden Forms and Spandex.

Now, bras are back and hanging everywhere!

Yet, at the same time, with a Nation divided, The American Flag was desecrated in the same manner.

It ceased being a symbol of this great free nation, and became a defiant icon accompanied with “Proud to be an American” bumper stickers.

Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins, and our flag is much too sacred for that.

It’s a new millennium, and I want my flag back, and a good time to start hanging it, everywhere, is upon us.

It’s time to, “run-it-up…”

I am lucky to be an American. All of us should feel that way.

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