Happy 4th of July

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I know it's off topic but with the state the general forum is in at the moment I feel it's appropriate with some positive vibes. Have a great day everybody.
Or as another MVP friend put it, Happy Long Weekend of Gaming and Grilled Meats!

I actually love this set of Holidays. June 29th is Diablo 2 release day (and my Bday), July 1 was Canada Day, and July 4 is the US celebration. BBQ and time with friends/family for all I hope!

Stay safe everyone and keep your pets safe too. So many get frightened by the noise.

My BBQ meals of choice starting last weekend (Bday) have been pulled beef, BBQ chicken and pork, corn on the cob, and a lovely pasta salad with tons of fresh crunchy raw veggies. It is hot here so it is quite refreshing. Oh, and my neighbor made me an apple pie!
Thanks, happy 4th to you too!
I have hidden my teabags today, just in case.
Have a nice party.
Happy Independence Day!
Fireworks over Lake Union, Seattle:
https://i.imgur.com/7MpyITJ.jpg

07/04/2019 06:07 AMPosted by MissCheetah
June 29th is Diablo 2 release day (and my Bday)
Happy Birthday! ( ^_^)o自
07/04/2019 09:33 AMPosted by Meteorblade
I have hidden my teabags today, just in case.
Have a nice party.


The only tea most of us want right now is iced tea! SOOO hot and humid in most of the US right now. I promise, we won't throw them in anything besides hot water.

Do people actually make jokes to UK/Brit folks about tea on the 4th?
Not my cup of tea :-)

(Not British, so have no idea about tea jokes). Meteor is 'tea'sing as usual.
:-)
Happy 4th of July!

I always remember because it's the wife's birthday today :-)
07/04/2019 10:25 AMPosted by MissCheetah

Do people actually make jokes to UK/Brit folks about tea on the 4th?


I sort of know its got something to do with tea going into the river in Boston, because of a Boston Tea Party, and 4th of July is involved, presumedly because thats when it happened. But my knowledge is spotty, at best.

I think the vast majority of British people don't even know that much about it tbh. It was never taught in our schools, though maybe thats changed.
07/04/2019 02:39 PMPosted by spirited
07/04/2019 10:25 AMPosted by MissCheetah

Do people actually make jokes to UK/Brit folks about tea on the 4th?


I sort of know its got something to do with tea going into the river in Boston, because of a Boston Tea Party, and 4th of July is involved, presumedly because thats when it happened. But my knowledge is spotty, at best.

I think the vast majority of British people don't even know that much about it tbh. It was never taught in our schools, though maybe thats changed.


My memory is a bit foggy on the subject but the Boston Tea Party was well prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was the event that sparked many to call for Independence though.

It was a protest against a tax that the King of England put on Tea for only people in the colonies. The cry at the time was "No Taxation without Representation" because the colonies had no say in how England treated them and no one to take grievances too.

The tea tax was preluded by a stamp tax before it, but since most people in the colonies were British it was the tax on tea that pushed many over the edge.
07/04/2019 03:47 PMPosted by Idolis


My memory is a bit foggy on the subject but the Boston Tea Party was well prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was the event that sparked many to call for Independence though.

It was a protest against a tax that the King of England put on Tea for only people in the colonies. The cry at the time was "No Taxation without Representation" because the colonies had no say in how England treated them and no one to take grievances too.

The tea tax was preluded by a stamp tax before it, but since most people in the colonies were British it was the tax on tea that pushed many over the edge.


My history teacher had a different take on it. Sure there was a tax, but the colonists were really upset that the tea was cheaper than any other so England had cornered the market on it. A mob got out of control and destroyed their property and the event was even termed 'Destruction of property' for many years after. Good thing we don't do that now or we wouldn't have any phones.
07/04/2019 04:27 PMPosted by Ratzaputz
My history teacher had a different take on it. Sure there was a tax, but the colonists were really upset that the tea was cheaper than any other so England had cornered the market on it. A mob got out of control and destroyed their property and the event was even termed 'Destruction of property' for many years after. Good thing we don't do that now or we wouldn't have any phones.


Yeah, that sort of rings a bell. The point was the tax was meant to pay for England's war with France and the King figured he had to raise taxes but raising taxes on those in England would have caused an uproar so he decided to tax the colonies, who like I said, couldn't complain to anybody about it.

I can see the parallels you're drawing to the phones, but it's more like Trump's stupid tariff's. He doesn't understand that tariff's aren't paid by the country he's putting the tariff on but people in the US pay it for buying items from those countries. So we pay increased cost for goods.

And then to boot those countries put tariff's on US goods closing their markets to our producers. I'm in Wisconsin and the soy bean and dairy farmers here aren't real happy despite Trump's brand of socialism that gave them something like 12 billion to offset the cost to their business. Even at that, they could have made more actually selling their goods in those markets than Trump gave them.
The sanitized version doesn't mention the tax on Carribean molasses that would make producing rum more expensive. No wonder they switched to Hard Cider and beer.
Of course, the Founding Fathers never lacked for French wine.
07/04/2019 06:07 AMPosted by MissCheetah
June 29th is Diablo 2 release day (and my Bday)


Can i just state, that i am jealous?

On a not side note (I guess?) Have a happy 4th.

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