Land of the Free Update, Happy Independence Day, and God on Our Side

Weird getting back from a short vacationing jaunt
of just a couple of days, on a Friday evening. It’s in advance of a
holiday weekend. We were at Lake Tahoe where shortly after arrival
on Wednesday, I met up with The Great J Stanton. Upon meetup,
’round 8:30pm, on the anniversary eve of “Our Great
He took me down to the lake. Lake

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“JS” on Lake

J told me to “go jump in the lake”…so I

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Pure Delight

A wondrous 65Fish by my
pretty good internal therm…absolutely perfect for a high desert
85 atmospheric temp at sundown; arid, and not a whiff of a
breeze. Tahoe is at about 6,100 ft. elevation. Arguably the most
awesome natural alpine lake in the world, with depths over 1,000
ft. I grew up just up & over, and down in Reno. Spent a lot
of my childhood there—swimming in summer, skiing in winter—and mom
tells stories of floating me in it as an infant.

It’s good to be home. Thanks, J. It was very, very special
for me.

Next day was the actual 4th, where I
suppose I was supposed to feel grateful for being
independent from King George III of England, and
without actually shouting down people,
that: the sot is fucking DEAD…for a long time.
To escape
the embarrassing spectacle of American Flag
themed clothing and hats, I went and took in Brad Pitt’s
World War Z at The Horizon Casino. …Now,
there’s something worth fighting and dying
for…where, all in the while it must be said that Zombyism is
becoming less and less literal fantasy, more
more prescient metaphorical.

Later, I took some water and food to
Beatrice and her sister down at the beach where they’d staked out a
place for the 4th of July Fireworks; wherein, the
sole true feeling of freedom and
independence rendered to my person was that I’d tucked my
flip-flops into the pocket of my cargos and walked the half mile
down barefoot.

I commented to others: “If we
were in Mexico or any number of other countries I’ve been to, there
would be dozens and dozens of concessions on the
beach offering you foot massages, cold beers, the cocktail of your
choice—or any number of other things calculated to potentially
please you—like true service professionals do. Instead,
you have a bunch of ants marching in, to be ants on the sandhill of
the beach—it’s ‘public,’ so that’s
automatically good—while rent-a-cops
masquerading as service professionals loudly and proudly proclaim
that ‘no alcohol is allowed,’ as if to signal an applause

I live in a country of morons and I’m
ashamed of it. This is not my grandfather’s America. I’m very
skeptical that it will ever be, again.

That was
just one of the more prominent of a number of rules for an
Independence Day Celebration in the
so-called Land of the Free. [/spit]


…Independence from having to think for yourselves as
human animals who must survive—prosper if you like. “Freedom from
risk” in the consequent fantasy that is a direct result of
defaulting on the former. The later is the
crack in the deal. Unpack that.

…The fireworks display over Tahoe, given the setting,
was one of the best I’ve seen and with some of the newest
“fireworks technology.” I admit to the affinity for me,
seeing so many wondrous things there as a kid…like when the
carburetor on my dad’s Ford Ranchero caught fire on the ski slope
in about ’68, when he was up to look over the scope of the paint
job for Ski Incline (a 70s ski place, long
since gone). He opened the hood and killed it with dirt from the
summer condition of the slope. Probably would
have been handfulls of snow in the winter.

dunno. When in Europe—or even Japan or Hong Kong or Singapore—the
packed crowds don’t bother me. I just get along, with everyone
else. What’s the difference? What is it that
I’m feeling, and that so irritates me?

I have to
suppose that it’s the collectivist hubris
so many Americans exhibit—either just presumptuously
assuming, or expropriating right in your face. Me? I was just there
to watch a competent fireworks display and, and,
I do not give a runny shit about “America” as it’s shoved by force
in the face of the entire world
—and quite to the
contrary. So many others were there to loudly proclaim—with various
tri-colored symbols—that their vicarious psychoses were
representative of all.

“We’re all here
for God & Country,” and since those are always the loudest
and noisiest, that’s kinda the vibe of the thing. What I see are
followers, kinda like ants and bees.

dislike flag wavers and Bible thumpers: two
species of the same cloth and binding.

I’ll let Joan Baez & Bob Dylan take it away, video
below. Yes, even though I hate commies.

their simple melodic words are pretty easy to understand. I think
it’s more prescient today than when “edgy” and “rebellious” in the
60s. I have to say it was pretty fucking typically commie ignorant
back then, when there was indeed a no-shit geopolitical struggle
going down with balistic nuclear weapons and a coin toss from any
rational perspective. I mean: look how it has
turned out on that score.

And so to my mind’s
eye, that is…vs. a completely
contrived ”threat” over 14th Century
dirt scratching savages of a different
stupid religion worthy of
uproarious laughter, who’re apparently vying go to heaven
with 10-Foot Cocks And a Few Hundred
Virgins (…if you’re a fan of
awesome, unpardonable sin-blasphemy, as am I,
that’s your link).

Or—and get this—in practical
political terms, back in the good old days, politicians dealing
with potential, doable mutual nuclear
destruction rightly ignored all moron Bible thumpers
while giving just enough lip service to placate their simple
But since the geopolitical calculus has so
changed over the last few decades—just as life was getting pretty
cool in spite of Soviets with thousands of
nuclear Ballistic missiles—the most ignorant
people on earth—on every side of moronic religious
fantasy—have unprecedented sway in a
once somewhat free

“New Atheists” were merely a pushback, and I hope to God
they have stolen your children from you, which was the whole
if you had brain enough to understand the
historical context in which that all came about. All of history is
about religion, i.e., all of human history is about the irrational
fantasies humans hold and how it plays out in geopolitical contexts
with the addition of technologies, i.e., weapons
to kill people who don’t believe like you do, and so you don’t want
to trade values with them, but you want to kill them for your

The video now transcends left and right, to
me. Take a voyage back in the context of the independence and
freedom we’ve supposedly won, and are “charitably”
showering the world with. [/barf]

(Davis Straub rendered the
entire inspiration for this

Maybe try actual independence, sometime. Sometime. Try it
before you die.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. steve W on July 6, 2013 at 08:37

    “This is not my grandfather’s America.”

    Amen to that.

  2. Paul Halliday on July 6, 2013 at 10:26

    Happy Independence Day … SPLITTERS!!!

    We kept the King by default … and it’s just as bad here … probably more CCTV, so count your blessings 🙂

    Here’s me, raising a glass to you guys, hoping for a brighter future. We Brits seem to follow you guys, so if you get it right some day, we might …

  3. Emmanuel Sanvito on July 8, 2013 at 11:22

    “This video contains content from SME and AdRev Publishing, one of whom or more have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”

    This is, oddly, almost as à propos as the video itself, in this context. The chains are getting more and more visible.

  4. bob r on July 12, 2013 at 11:56

    “Maybe try actual independence, sometime. Sometime. Try it
    before you die.”

    I’m pretty sure that’s unlawful. I’m positive “they” will kill you if you try to keep it up.
    I wish I was kidding.

  5. […] we sat down for a video interview that was quite well received. And this last July we got together at his place at Lake Tahoe for a bit, and then again just last month right before holidays, though no pics of that. So, this is all in […]

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