Archive for Fourth of July

Video, Photo: ‘White History Month’ Parade Sign Offends In North Carolina Town


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Man, NC is hitting the bottom of the barrel these days. h/t TPM.

HOPE MILLS, N.C. -The Hope Mills Fourth of July parade is drawing criticism after an entry had racist overtones.

According to parade watchers and photos, at least two tractors had big Confederate battle flags behind them. One tractor was also pulling a trailer of watermelons.

A sign on the trailer read, "White History Month" followed by, "HUG WTE PPL."

Some parade watchers said they were not bothered by other signs on other tractors that read, "I didn't vote for Obama" and "God loves rednecks."

Kenny Bullock, Director of Parks and Recreation for Hope Mills, is responsible for organizing the parade. He said he received complaints about the signs. Mayor Jackie Warner, and town Commissioners Jerry Legge and Pat Edwards said they also received complaints. The town's other elected officials could not be reached Friday.



The Book Booth: Post-Celebration Edition



The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

We have once again celebrated our nation's birth in fine style and I hope everyone had a terrific Independence Day with lots of great food and fireworks. In our neighborhood, the festivities went well past midnight. Fortunately we were able to sleep in a bit. Cuddled by worried cats.

In the world of books and reading, for those of you still needing summer reading suggestions, The Guardian has a long list to ponder. The list is British oriented, but most of the authors are familiar to us in the States. And a new novel from John LeCarre is always welcome.

Richard Davies at ABEBooks had this feast for the eyes with jacket art from 1950's first editions. If only I still had my copy of The Cat in the Hat from 1957.

From the Lives of the Authors Department comes this study in juvenelia from Flavorwire. It seems the artistic impulse comes early in many and expresses itself in many forms. Enjoy the youthful drawings of some famous writers.

The young grow up, meet someone lovely and make their way down the aisle. Also from Flavorwire comes this gallery of wedding photographs.

And some grow up dissatisfied with their real names. MentalFloss has the stories of some authors who chose to be published under nom de plume's.

This bit made the rounds on the twittershpere and other social media. I found it at the site of the good folks at City Lights Books. The premise is funny, and the adjusted cover art amplifies the humor. Books missing one letter from their original titles, via Pleated Jeans.

Paddy found this very cool website. If you need to decorate your wall with literature or flout you favorite book title on your clothing, this is the place to check out.

SeattleTammy just found a copy of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, which, I have to admit, I've never read. But there is lots of lacunae in my science fiction reading. The Guardian, again, has some suggestions of sci-fi titles that the Sci-Fi resistant might enjoy.

And while you are perusing those tomes, you might enjoy a drink and a meal at one of these fine Science Fiction themed eateries.

We noted the passing of Iain Banks from cancer last week. NPR had this news, that he shall be remembered more cosmically, with his name now applied to a previously unnamed asteroid. A very nice tribute.

I have begun my reading of John Dos Passos' trilogy, USA, this week and that should keep me busy and out of trouble for a while. Tell us what's on your nightstand. Enjoy the weekend, my friends.


Video Mid Day Distraction- Rare Fourth of July Fire Rainbow In Indiana


"Fire Rainbow" seen in Fort Wayne

Hmmm, seems SOMEONE was happy about the SCOTUS decisions last week. Via.


Fourth of July Weekend TV listings- Marathons & More!



Stuff for you to watch if it's too hot or too wet outside. Via EW.

Saturday July 6

AMCThe Walking Dead (1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) — You’re almost caught up! AMC finishes the weekend zombie-fest with season 3 all day Saturday

Cartoon Network: Lego Ninjago: The Series (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Discovery Fit & Health: Bizarre E.R. (4 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

G4: Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

HistoryPawn Stars (7 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

Ion: Monk (4 p.m. to 3 a.m.)

OWNIyanla: Fix My Life (10 a.m. to 9 .m.) — Maybe, you had a rough weekend.

Science: How It’s Made (3:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.)

TBS: The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

TLCSay Yes to the Dress (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

TV Land: Roseanne (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

USALaw & Order: SVU (9 a.m. to 2 a.m.)

Independence Day: Catch it a second time this weekend at 5 p.m. on A&E

Pirates of the Caribbean: ABC Family will air the first three films in a row, beginning at noon, followed by an encore showing of National Treasure, followed by its sequel, starting at 6:30 p.m! Because who could ever get enough Nicolas Cage?


Sunday July 7

AMC: The Walking Dead (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — … if you haven’t had enough.

Cartoon Network: Lego Ninjago: The Series (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

IonLaw & Order: Criminal Intent (6 p.m. to 3 a.m.)

National Geographic: Boarder Wars (noon to 9 p.m.)

Oxygen: Snapped (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Science: Terra Nova (10 a.m. to 1 a.m.)

SpikeBar Rescue (11 a.m. to 4 a.m.)

Style: Sex and the City (noon to 8 p.m.)

TLC: Breaking Amish: Brave New World (noon to 7 p.m.)

TruTV: All Worked Up (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

USA: NCIS (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

Spend Sunday on the couch with Pirates of the Caribbean, as ABC Family airs the first four films from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.



Video Mid Day Distraction- Kids Sing for America: The Ultimate National Anthem


Via Sully.


Video- Fireworks Culminate July 4th Celebration in DC



Bonus Cartoons of the Day- Independence Day



Gary Varvel


Joe Heller


Dave Granlund