Independents Separatists and Allies

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Saluting soldier at the Veterans Park at the Bridge, Napoleon, Ohio

July 4th marks the annual celebration in America of its Independence Day, the result of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. America broke away from Britain’s control of her, yet in World War II, it was Britain to whose aid America eventually rose, and together they helped form the Allied forces that defeated the invasions of Japan and Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

It should be noted that the American Constitution, written to ensure the lasting freedom of its people, wisely called for separation of church and state. This insured the liberty of the people to chose their own religious callings, something that had been impossible in their former lives in Britain at that time.

Paradoxically, it was the Bible that was “…the most cited book in the political discourse of the age, referenced more frequently than the great political theorists…” scholar Martin E. Marty pointed out.

It’s time for Americans to think deeply about the preceding three paragraphs. No better time than July 4th!

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Hopefully A New Reasonable Year

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Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

Hollywood’s mixed reaction to Meryl Streep’s speech.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

President-elect (loosely interpreted) Donald Trump’s response to Meryl Streep’s speech.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

Hope for a new peace with Russia.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

Hope for a better Medicare program in the USA.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

A Wall will be built around the USA’s Southern borders.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

Economic growth will reclaim worldwide respect for America.
A. Reasonable?
B. Unreasonable?

Etc., etc., etc.

How do you see the new year in America?

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Thoroughbred Money Leaders

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When Curlin won rare back-to-back American Horse of the Year titles for 2007 and 2008, he had become the all-time leading money winner in North American Thoroughbred horse racing. In 2007, his wins included the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Classic in America, and in 2008 he went to Dubai to win the World Cup. Those two races are the world’s biggest money-earners in the Thoroughbred circuit.

Here are the Top Five money earners from that time, along with their records and winnings:
No.1 = Curlin; earnings = $10,501,800; record = 16 starts (races), 11 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds; last raced in 2008
No.2 = Cigar; $9,999,815; 33-19-4-5; 1996
No.3 = Skip Away; $9,616,360; 38-18-10-6; 1998
No.4 = Fantastic Light; $8,486,957; 25-12-5-3; 2001
No.5 = Invasor (ARG); $7,804,070; 12-11-0-0; 2007

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