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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Star Spangled Mulligan Family Line

"Lousy Continental Congress. Keep me, the great Jebediah Mulligan, out of their meetings, will they? And just because I demanded to be named King and Emperor of whatever the hell comes next? Jethro! Fetch Papa his musket, boy!" ~ Jebediah Mulligan, December 1, 1775

"All right, Mr. Adams, Mr. Franklin... how about this? We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, except for that no good dirty snake Jebediah Mulligan." ~ Thomas Jefferson, June 29th, 1776

"I'm such a humble person. Completely modest. Everyone says that about me. Everyone says, 'gosh, there goes that humble, modest John Hancock. Oh, and he's brilliant and handsome too. Why don't we just name him the Sun King right now and get it over with?' Someday when I'm long gone and well esteemed in the annals of history, people will say 'John Hancock was a great but humble man'. Hey, why aren't you all applauding?" ~ John Hancock, July 2nd, 1776

"Oh, Martha, I had the most peculiar dream. The Chief Executives of the country had their faces on American currency, and that currency was inserted into the g-strings of strippers dancing to strange music in dimly lit glittering places. And I don't even know what a g-string is! Oh, curse this era and its pantaloons and itchy underwear..." ~George Washington, September 10th, 1790

"It was quite an era, our esteemed Congress and the signing of our Declaration. We all knew it was a point of no return, and we all committed ourselves to it selflessly. Well, selflessly except for one, who committed himself to it selfishly. That's the only way I know how to describe that narcissistic blowhard Hancock. Giant sized signature, my Massachusetts hindquarters! A man with a signature like that is definitely over-compensating for something, if you ask me." ~ John Adams, March 12th, 1802

"Four score and seven hours ago, I undertook the enviable task of thrashing that conniving weasel and town drunkard Big Jim Mulligan in a fist fight. It will take him four score and seven months to get out of the body cast." ~ Abraham Lincoln, November 3rd, 1834

"Speak softly and carry a big stick. And use the stick to knock some sense into that no good Harry Mulligan." ~ Theodore Roosevelt, December 23rd, 1903

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself. We have plenty to shake our heads in dismay about though. Such as that  repugnant skunk Harry Mulligan still walking this earth and having children. Honestly, people, this family has been a thorn in the side to the American nation since day one." ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 27th, 1939

Happy Independence Day to my American readers!

As was the case with my Saturday post for Canada Day, it has been my habit in recent years to mark the Fourth of July with a post crossing the country from east to west through photos. Because there are fifty states (and one district), each year I divide the states, choosing spots in each in turn that seem of interest. Some I've seen, others I'd like to visit. And so here they are....

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Providence, Rhode Island

Bingham Falls, Vermont

Captain Nathan Hale Monument, Conventry, Connecticut

Whiteface Mountain, New York

Sandy Hook Lighthouse, New Jersey

Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland

Seneca Caverns, West Virginia

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Fort Donelson, Tennessee

BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Mississippi

Hodges Gardens State Park, Louisiana

Onyx Cave, Arkansas

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Ohio

Limberlost State Historic Site, Geneva, Indiana

Cave Of The Mounds, Wisconsin

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota

Fort Dodge Museum, Iowa

Cimarron National Grassland, Kansas

Black Mesa, Oklahoma

Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Sand Mountain, Nevada

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Lower Mesa Falls, Idaho

Mount Hood, Oregon


  1. Some great photos there! I've only made it to two of them. And I snorted coffee at the Lincoln photo :)

  2. Great post today Lincoin made me giggle.
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

  3. Thank you for posting this William. Plus thanks for the laughs.

  4. What a lovely collection of photos. Thanks William!

  5. I've been to only a few of the places you posted here, William. Belated Canada Day wishes back to you.

  6. You sure find interesting photos, too!


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