Supply Sider Dreams

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader wonders if you all were reading the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal today. They have a great peice about “Soaking the Rich.” You ought to read it. Here is a good bit to entice you:

The real news, and where the policy credit belongs, is with the 2003 tax cuts. They’ve succeeded even beyond Art Laffer’s dreams, if that’s possible. In the nine quarters preceding that cut on dividend and capital gains rates and in marginal income-tax rates, economic growth averaged an annual 1.1%. In the 12 quarters–three full years–since the tax cut passed, growth has averaged a remarkable 4%. Monetary policy has also fueled this expansion, but the tax cuts were perfectly targeted to improve the incentives to take risks among businesses shell-shocked by the dot-com collapse, 9/11 and Sarbanes-Oxley.

This growth in turn has produced a record flood of tax revenues, just as the most ebullient supply-siders predicted. In the first nine months of fiscal 2006, tax revenues have climbed by $206 billion, or nearly 13%. As the Congressional Budget Office recently noted, “That increase represents the second-highest rate of growth for that nine-month period in the past 25 years”–exceeded only by the year before. For all of fiscal 2005, revenues rose by $274 billion, or 15%. We should add that CBO itself failed to anticipate this revenue boom, as the nearby table shows. Maybe its economists should rethink their models.

Perhaps we are not on the left side of the Laffer Curve yet…

Carry on.

Glorious Celebration of Me.

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader is greatly disappointed in you all. GREATLY disappointed. Have you just started to take him for granted? Are you traipsing through life singing to yourself “La-la-la” and going “Fiddle-dee-dee” at everything?

A few days ago your Maximum Leader’s blog, yes this blog Naked Villainy, turned three.

Three years of (almost) daily musings and insight from your Maximum Leader and his ministerial cronies.

And not a single one of you mentioned it…

That leaves it to your Maximum Leader to celebrate his own damn self…

Lets do some greatest hits from Naked Villainy’s last three years…

From Decemeber 2003 - the Meat Cutter’s post. Excerpt:

With Americans being more health conscious than ever, our beef is being trimmed of its fat in a way completely unknown to our parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. Hamburger is proudly sold as being “95% lean.” This, my loyal minions, is a travesty. A few years ago, on Christmas day, your Maximum Leader looked into the oven in which was cooking the Christmas roast and saw that there were no drippings! And not only that, there were only 2 teaspoons of fat in the pan. This, my loyal minions, was not enough fat with which to cook the yorkshire pudding. So that year your Maximum Leader vowed never to be without sufficent fat on Christmas; lest his yorkshire pudding be cooked in Crisco and barely edible. From that year forward, your Maximum Leader himself has always gone out to a local butcher and acquired some extra fat for his yorkshire pudding. This year, the trip to the butcher was a rude awakening in how the terrorists have taken control of our nation.

Of course there is the famous Smallholder post about Toad Sexing. Excerpt:

[They - the toads] were cool pets. I taught them to jump through hoops. They slurped worms up like spaghetti. If you fed them lightning bugs, the lightning bugs would light up inside their bodies, glowing redly through toad skin. If you fed Shake and Speare several lightening bugs and then let them hop around, the blinking lights would make them look like moving Christmas trees.

I always wanted to have them lay eggs and hatch tadpoles, but over three years never had any luck, even though I had a male and female pair.

Shut up. It’s not that hard to sex toads, you perv.

Many people enjoyed the post “Me & Ronald Reagan” about your Maximum Leader’s meeting with President Reagan. Excerpt:

When I was next in line, I stepped up to the velvet rope. A White House advance man looked at me as I was looking up and trying to judge my distance from the President. (Which I judged to be about 15 feet.) The advance man spoke to me in a muted, but emphatic, voice, “What do you think you’re about to do young man?”

“Wuh?”

“You’re about to meet the President of the United States. And look at you! Stand up straight.”

“Uh, yeah…” I said suddenly worried about everything about my appearance.

He then added, “Fix your tie for God’s sake. Button your jacket. What is wrong with your hair?”

And finally there is your Maximum Leader’s real fav - 10 Things. That is ten things that would really make the world hate us. Excerpt:

3) Implement a true “you have it, we want it, we take it” foreign policy. Suppose we need more oil. We invade your country and take it. We pay nothing for it. We kill as many people as we need to in order to get it. Then we leave. This policy also goes for gold, silver, uranium, sheep, apes, elephants, coconuts, bananas, exotic hot chicks, whatever really. We can get really whimsical on this one… Maybe one day Congress decides we need a national “schnitzel day.” The night before, we invade Germany and/or Austria and take all the schnitzel we can lay our hands on…

Yes loyal minions… These are but a few of the posts that keep you coming back for more and more. Your Maximum Leader will try to keep cranking out the hits… You keep on coming back for more.

And bring your kneepads… You’ll need them.

Carry on.

Gum, Comments & Nats

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader has a question for you all… Does anyone make gum with sugar in it any more? Your Maximum Leader was at a convenience store yesterday and decided to pick himself up a pack of gum. He noticed that almost every package he considered was sugarfree. He didn’t notice any “sugared” gum for sale. Does anyone still make it? He’s sure some company does. He just doesn’t know which. Hummm…

Your Maximum Leader is considering dumping comments. This is not a reflection on any of his regular readers. But he’s been spending lots of time deleting spam comments from the site. Although he hasn’t counted them, he is sure there are 10 spam comments for every 1 legit comment. It is pissing your Maximum Leader off.

Did your Maximum Leader mention he was at the 10-9 San Diego Padres victory over his beloved Washington Nationals? He was there with almost all of his extended family. The whole villainous group numbered some 25 people. We were hoping for a Nats victory… But instead saw a 7-1 lead over the Padres disintegrate late in the game and disappear completely when pinch hitter Mike Piazza knocked one out of the park. Oy!

Speaking of the Nationals. The new owners are going to be doing a “grand reopening” of RFK stadium. They will be lowering some ticket prices. Installing more and better vendors in the stadium. And giving stadium employees customer service training… Your Maximum Leader doesn’t know if he’d be able to handle friendly, efficient stadium employees… It would be too dramatic a change.

Speaking of the Nationals… The Post has a nice peice on Alfonso Soriano up. It hints that he would like to stay in Washington. If that is the case, your Maximum Leader thinks it is wonderful. Improbable that he will, but wonderful that he would like to stay. Soriano is the type of player a manager could build a team with. But the Lerner’s long-term strategy of team-building means that Soriano (aged 30) would be well past his prime when the team should become competitive. If Soriano wants to win a World Series, or if he even wants to make the money he is capable of making; he will either push to be traded by the trade deadline or will entertai free-agent offers for next season. Unfortunately, it is a rare player who will sacrifice the possibility of a title and/or money to settle down and become a fixture in one city. Your Maximum Leader would love to see Soriano remain a National, but he wouldn’t have hard feelings if Soriano left DC.

Carry on.

Random Friday Stuff & Quiz

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader is having a lazy Friday afternoon. In the spirit of such an afternoon, here are some items for your reading pleasure.

First off… Could the North Korean missile test be a front for the Chinese gauging US missile defence capability? Your Maximum Leader doesn’t want to engage in rumour mongering as much as Dan Riehl would want to. But it does seem to be an interesting theory. One that your Maximum Leader wouldn’t put past the Chinese.

Next up… Your Maximum Leader is not a Cristal man himself. But if the hip-hoppers are boycotting it sounds like a good reason to buy some. Although at $300/bottle, your Maximum Leader will stick to his Pol Roger. (Pol Roger is the preferred champagne of your Maximum Leader, the Villainschloss, and the Mike World Order.)

Like Buckethead… Your Maximum Leader is…

Your results:
You are Batman

























Batman
65%
Green Lantern
60%
Superman
55%
Wonder Woman
50%
Hulk
50%
Catwoman
50%
Iron Man
45%
Supergirl
40%
The Flash
40%
Robin
37%
Spider-Man
35%
You are dark, love gadgets
and have vowed to help the innocent
not suffer the pain you have endured.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Speaking of Batman… Thanks to overgenerous grandparents, your Maximum Leader’s villainous male offspring now has a Batman comforter, Batman sheets, Batman pillow-cases, and a Batman throw pillow. Your Maximum Leader wishes his ‘hood was so cool when he was that young. Alas, it was not.

And finally, speaking (again of Batman)… Batman and Robin was on HBO. Being a fan of the “Batman” franchise, your Maximum Leader watched until “Batman Begins” came on a different HBO. Frankly, Batman and Robin is an awful movie. It is right nigh impossible to watch in fact. Even with Uma Thurman. (Who is easy on the eye you know.) Well… It does have George Clooney in it too. As the Caped Crusader. Mrs Villain finds Mr Clooney very easy on the eye. Your Maximum Leader has tried to convince her that Mr Clooney’spolitics would likely be a turn off, but Mrs Villain will hear none of it.

After a few scenes of Clooney as Batman Mrs Villain blurted out that if Mr George Clooney propositioned her; she would have wild tawdry monkey sex with him. Well, this revalation shocked your Maximum Leader something horrible. But he was able to gather his wits about him and start to work… There is now an “understanding” between your Maximum Leader and his lovely spouse Mrs Villain. If she is propositioned by George Clooney she is free to lay aside for a moment her vows. If your Maximum Leader is propositioned by the dreamy Jennifer Love Hewitt, he is free to lay aside his vows. After one encounter the matter would be spoken of no more… Not a bad deal. Improbably that it will ever be activiated… But isn’t that Bismarck said about all his secret treaties?

Carry on.

Immigration: The unaddressed points

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader has gone a long while without posting an immigration-related essay. He’s finally decided to get off his duff and do so.

In the past few months the Smallholder has done yeoman’s work pointing out the economic benefits that illegal immigration provides for the United States. Your Maximum Leader has done more poking and proding and agrees with the Smallholder that the economic benefits, in terms of dollars generated in our economy, outweigh the (still significant) costs associated with illegal immigration. Your Maximum Leader is still somewhat skeptical about crime statistics. He will conceed Federally gathered crime statistics don’t show significant crime from the illegal community, we know from long experience that statistical information about crime is often under-reported for political reasons. In the matter of crime your Maximum Leader will conceed that crime in/against/by the illegal community is probably lower than is commonly thought.

Now having agreed with my distinguished friend on these points, allow your Maximum Leader to restate his belief that our nation needs an immigration bill that goes towards securing our borders.

First off, your Maximum Leader is in favor of immigration. Legal immigration of course. But he is in favor of it. He also believes that current quotas and loopholes for some foreign nationals are awful. Quotas need to be increased in his opinion. But having said that, we cannot continue to support our current situation - one of, essentially, and open and porous border.

The reasons for this belief, reasons that have so far been unaddressed on this blog, are security and assimilation.

On the point of security… It is a simple point really. We live in a world where many would like to cause us harm. Thousands, perhaps even millions (perhaps tens of millions) of (muslim) people if given the opportunity would just as soon slit the throat of an American as give him the time of day. Now the great majority of these people are not going to travel (legally or illegally) to the US for perfidious purposes. But there are some, be they hundreds (or thousands), whowill attempt to do so. The easiest ways for them to enter unnoticed is across our open borders with Mexico and Canada.

We need to get control of both our northern and southern borders to prevent people from entering our nation unnoticed. We’ve gotten lucky in the past with stupid terrorists getting caught on their way into our nation. But our luck will, one day, run out. The day that there is a domestic terrorist attack and Americans are killed (any number of Americans frankly) by a terrorist who slipped in from Mexico or Canada will be the day that we will likely get serious about border security.

The second, and frankly more pressing issue from your Maximum Leader’s prospective, is assimilation. While just a few short paragraphs ago he said he was in favor of increasing quotas on immigration; there is still a limit to how many we should accept. Our current system of quotas for Green Cards and non-immigrant Visas is around 700,000 a year. (Your Maximum Leader went to a variety of web sites to try and piece that number together. Here is one helpful link to the Immigration Act of November 1990. Which might have been the last time the legal immigration quota was addressed by Congress. Your Maximum Leader hasn’t checked all the budget appropriations bills that might have immigration language nested inside.) That number is low. The United States can, and should, accept more than 700,000 legal immigrants from around the world. But he does have a concern.

Your Maximum Leader doesn’t think that more than a few million immigrants (1, 2, 3 million?) can be successfully assimilated by our nation at a time. To your Maximum Leader assimilation means learning English, gaining an understanding of our laws and national culture, and gaining a primary loyalty to the United States. Immigrants must integrate into our culture and accept it as their own.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much pressure from many sectors for immigrants, legal or otherwise, to assimilate. We no longer put a premium on our own culture. The rich Anglo-Western tradition that is the well-spring of our national culture is widely denegrated, derided, and dismissed by “intellectuals” who are quick to point out it every flaw and inequity. Frankly it makes your Maximum Leader more than a little peevish when someone points out how awful and patriarchic and “white” and oppressive our nation is without giving much thought to the very concepts of liberty that allow such a statement to be made in the first place. In the marketplace of ideas that was our national discourse all the values on ideas have been made equal. To all together too many people there is no relative difference between our Anglo-Western traditions and those of Arabic nomads.

That is a great problem when it comes to assimilation. Why would an immigrant assimilate when there isn’t an evident consensus as to what he should assimilate to?

One thing your Maximum Leader will say, to get back on point, is that when speaking of the huge numbers of illegal immigrants we are currently enduring, there is neither a need or desire to assimilate. This is because the communities are illegal they deliberately try to stay off the radar (so to speak). It is easier and safer to keep to yourself and to maintain the customs of the place from which you came than to try and fit in with everyone else. However the numbers in which illegals come to our nation make them a significant force in public affairs. They are catered to in schools, hospitals, shopping, and television & radio. Why change when you have your “hosts” are doing all they can to make you not have to change?

Now you might be reading over all of this and thinking to yourself, “Self, my Maximum Leader seems to be rambling here. What is his point?” Well, that would be a good question. In your Maximum Leader’s mind, the risks of an open border to our national security and the disintegration of American culture caused by illegal immigration outweigh te (great) economic benefit we reap as a result of that illegal immigration. If Congress does anything this term - which is unlikely - it should be a move to secure and limit illegal transit across our borders. After that situation is resolved, then we can determine to to whatever we want with the illegals already in the US.

Carry on.

NJ and You: Great as long as you don’t need services

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader seems to remember that at some point during the reign of Tom Kean the tourism promotion tag line for the state of New Jersey was “New Jersey and You: Perfect Together.” Well, that would appear to no longer be the case.

Okay… You and New Jersey might be perfect together; provided you do not need to avail yourself of the state government in any way. You know it is serious when the casinos clos. Atlantic City casinos are shuttered.

In addition to the millions of dollars the state will not get in taxes, think of the casino owners. Who is their advocate in all of this? What about the tens of millions of profit they will not make due to the closure? What about the owners?

In other news, a quotation from the above linked article that peeved your Maximum Leader… The quote:

“They’re [the state] going to lose a lot of money,” said Jerome Harper, 42, of Philadelphia, who was playing the slots at Resorts Atlantic City. “It’s bad. Why close it down when you could just do your job and put the budget together? That’s what they’re paid for.”

No Mr Jerome Harper, 42, of Philadelphia. That is what the state legislators are ELECTED to do. That should be a higher duty than just reciept of a paycheck. They should view themselves as invested with the public trust. They have a duty to do their jobs. Frankly, your Maximum Leader thinks that if a legislator can’t get the job done they not only shouldn’t be paid, but they should ineligible for re-election.

Getting back to casinos… One wonders if the hotels and restaurants remain open in the same building? One supposes they would… But maybe there is some weird law saying that if the casinos close the hotels close too. Sorta like not being able to pump your own gas.

Carry on.

What are we going to do about the Norks?

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader isn’t sure what we should do about North Korea and their missile testing.

Your Maximum Leader’s first reaction was well summarized by our friend Preston Taylor Holmes in his masterful post “Lick My Love Pump.” Mr. Holmes gets point for both directness of message and fun Spinal Tap reference.

Of course if you would like analysis before rushing to the conclusion that nuking North Korea is an appropriate response you might check out these post at the Marmots Hole. Links are here, here, and here.

Your Maximum Leader isn’t sure what the next step should be. We should, with our friends the Japanese, start to work with China to see if we can’t convince the Chinese to make the Nork’s life more miserable than it is. That would be the first international step. Beyond that it is hard to tell in what direction we should go.

Your Maximum Leader thinks that Prime Minister Koizumi ought to start to push for his people to remilitarize. It is inevitable that they do so, better to start as soon as possible.

Joint military exercises (of the naval sort probably) between the US and Russia (or the US and Australia) would be a propos too.

At some point a serious threat of military response probably ought to be made. But you can’t make a threat unless you plan on following through. And at this stage, your Maximum Leader doesn’t see that we can make a serious threat. Or a serious threat short of massive retaliation.

Carry on.

TR and Democrats today

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader did get the time magazine with Teddy Roosevelt on the front. He sort of enjoys seeing the popular treatment that Time give various historical figures on the 4th. (BTW, your Maximum Leader thinks the best treatment was of Ben Franklin about 3 years ago.)

But, while reading the article your Maximum Leader thought that they the people at Time are giving rather short shrift to the modern implications of Teddy’s more imperious actions as president. It seems Adam White is thinking the same thing on the new National Review On-line.

Carry on.

Ken Lay - RIP

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader reads on the news wires that Ken Lay, the convicted former head of Enron, has died in Aspen, Colorado. Apparently it was a heart attack.

Your Maximum Leader wonders if this isn’t a case of “just giving up.” It could well be. Your Maximum Leader imagines that the Lay family has lots of insurance money coming its way. At least he hopes so, if the stories of Lay bankrupting himself for his defence are true. Your Maximum Leader wishes no ill upon Lay’s family; but thinks that Lay’s conviction was deserved.

Rest in peace Ken Lay. 
Carry on.

Independence Day

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader wishes all his countrymen a happy Independence Day. For those of you who are not his countrymen, he hopes that you live in a nation that preserves your freedom and liberty. If you do not reside in such a land, he hopes that one day you shall.

On this day 230 years ago the Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence, having the day before passed Lee’s Resolution which stated that the various British colonies should be and independent nation from the United Kingdom.

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 nd 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: Ourrepeated 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.

John Hancock

(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

(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
Matthew Thornton

(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

You should take a moment today to reflect on the sacrafices made on your behalf by the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Be thankful. Keep our fighting men and women in your prayers. Preserve our liberty.

Carry on.

Big Hominid

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader wonders, did you go and wish the Big Hominid a happy 3rd anniversary? Yesterday was the third anniversary of his blog.

Happy Blogoversary my friend. May you have many more.

Carry on.

Havin’ fun

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader has been enjoying himself over the past few days.

Photographic evidence of such:

Light posting through Wednesday… Well, probably light posting… You never know how if the urge to blog will overtake your Maximum Leader.

Carry on.

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