does that star spangled banner yet wave?

2022 July 4
by justrand

Our National Anthem begins and ends with a question.  When it was written it was a real question…now it is more metaphorical.

The first question:

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Francis Scott Key watched helplessly from a ship in Baltimore harbor as Fort McHenry was  shelled continuously by the British all day long on September 13, 1814.  At the “twilight’s last gleaming” he could barely see the small American “storm flag” atop the fort that was being torn to shreds by the bombardment…but it was still there.

At dawn he anxiously waited to see whether it was still waving:

O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’re the land of the free and the home of the brave?

But it wasn’t.

As dawn broke, Major George Armistead, commander of the fort, ordered the small flag taken down…and a MASSIVE flag (the biggest ever created in America at that time) raised in its place.  The story of the flag is a miracle in itself.

In early August of 1814 George Armistead approached Mary Pickersgill and asked her to make him a flag 30 feet by 42 feet. It would be nearly twice the size of any other flag in America at that time. George had a plan for the flag…though how he knew to make such a plan is, well, a miracle.

After the British burned Washington D.C. on August 24, 1814, they turned their attention to Baltimore…and to the fort which guarded its harbor. Yet Major Armistead had commissioned this flag BEFORE the British attacked our capital, and thus had no idea the British would ever attack his fort.

Having approached Baltimore by land and sea, the bombardment of Fort McHenry began at 6:30 a.m. on September 13, 1814. It would continue non-stop for 25 straight hours, with nearly 2,000 shells falling on the fort. During most of the time Major Armistead ordered the much smaller “Storm Flag” to be flown. Throughout the night of September 13 and into the morning of the 14th the shells and rockets continued to light up the sky, and fall on the fort…and the “storm flag” was shredded.

As dawn broke Major Armistead ordered the storm flag struck, and the massive flag he commissioned a month before, raised in its place.  Visible for miles and miles it screamed one simple message of defiance: “WE’RE STILL HERE!

Realizing the futility of their attack, the British broke off and withdrew. The message Major Armistead’s giant flag had been created to send had been sent…and received by the British! And it was received by someone else as well. Watching the battle from a ship in the harbor was Francis Scott Key.  He got Armistead’s message of defiance when he saw the flag “by the dawn’s early light”…the rest is history.

Metaphorically, Francis Scott Key’s question resonates today.  Our country is being relentlessly “shelled” from within by those would see it torn down…and replaced with some Leftist “Utopia” where freedom is whatever THEY say it is.

Each morning we now have to ask, in all seriousness:

O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’re the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Well, does it????????????????

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2022 July 4 1:14 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    We don’t match up to that generation but let’s hope more of our Good German neighbors wake up.

  2. 2022 July 4 1:15 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “We are here” (hopefully …)

  3. 2022 July 4 1:18 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    One more …

  4. 2022 July 4 2:58 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Only the self reliant will thrive. The Left/DS crowd expect to receive but never produce. But if the alt-economy conquers, only the producers will be around to say anything. There is a problem though. For all this to happen stuff has to get a HELL of ALOT worse.

  5. 2022 July 4 7:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  6. 2022 July 4 8:03 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Biden administration weighs extraordinary action to make your mortgage cheaper”

    I didn’t read the article but I assume you need to belong to a pro-Dem group to qualify ….
    Extraordinary action doesn’t sound promising though. Dem leaders must be getting very desperate.

  7. 2022 July 4 9:34 pm
    mpt permalink

    JimNorCal, here is a link:

    Biden administration weighs extraordinary action to make your mortgage cheaper

    The Biden administration may trim mortgage costs for new and low-income homebuyers in a move to make homebuying more accessible, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    Industry officials are asking the Federal Housing Administration to cut premiums it charges for loans they insure by $50 to $70 a month per buyer, though some analysts say the federal agency is unlikely to make such deep cuts, the newspaper reports.

    Basically, the government subsidizing the cost of home ownership. More of the same crap that lead up to the subprime mortgage crisis and blew up in our faces in 2008. There is a reason PMI exists and why the premiums are where they are — basically to hedge against people who are poor risks for home loans.

  8. 2022 July 5 5:24 am
    drdog09 permalink


    So lets see, they want to reduce the pmi cost for the same people who cannot or barely can pay for the rent. Qualify for a loan as the Fed jacks rates 75 basis points and another 75 probably on the way.? Not likely.

    Libs really don’t understand economics at any level.

  9. 2022 July 5 5:34 am
    drdog09 permalink

  10. 2022 July 5 6:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Unfortunately, the last two 4th of Julys I have felt less free than ever before.

    The moron puppet, being handled by the far left, is more dangerous than Obama. Of course, Obama is one of the puppeteers.

  11. 2022 July 5 6:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    CPD – 71 shot, 8 killed in Chicago this weekend:

    Of course, we won’t hear about this from the media. It doesn’t fit their narrative, but Highland Park does.

  12. 2022 July 5 6:56 am
    bc3b permalink

    I worked for about four months for a company in Highland Park, IL and then went back to my previous employer.

    Jewish-owned companies are either great to work for or hellholes. My son works for United Wholesale Mortgage, a Jewish-owned company that offers employees everything they could want – free fruit, coffee and soft drinks, a gym, high school-size basketball court, putting greens, a doctor on site and lots of special days. It is considered one of the best places to work in the Detroit area. He started there 10 years ago, when they had under 400 employees. They now have over 3,000 although that number soon may be falling due to rising mortgage rates.

    My experience was at the other end of the spectrum. By 11 AM my first morning, I knew I made a mistake.

  13. 2022 July 5 7:05 am
    bc3b permalink

    mpt #7 –

    Whenever the government gets involved, it creates a mess. Remember Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program, which destroyed tens of thousands of perfectly good vehicles and made used cars unaffordable for poor people?

  14. 2022 July 5 7:22 am
    bc3b permalink

    New car prices average $712/month.

    I presume this is for purchases rather than leases. The article says the average vehicle price is $47k. There must be a lot more JRs than bc3b’s buying cars. When you have a 90-foot 5th wheel with a Jacuzzi, like JR, you need a $90k truck to pull it.

    The lease on my Equinox LT ran out this month. My new Equinox LT costs $85 a month more. It only has a $31k sticker price.

  15. 2022 July 5 7:59 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I don’t think JR will be buying a Ford electro-truck. The batteries would be run down before he got the whole rig out of the driveway! 🙂

  16. 2022 July 5 8:18 am
    justrand permalink

    yup…an electric truck would ALMOST pull our 5th wheel off the lot and DOWN the mountain…ALMOST. As for getting back UP the mountain?? LOL!!!

  17. 2022 July 5 8:38 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    More oppo to vaxxing toddlers.
    The last few years are becoming visible as Darwin Challenges: believe govt lies, damage your children.

    Why the Rush for Toddler Vaccines?
    Wall Street Journal

    Plenty more but here’s a snip, it’s SUCH a bad idea
    More troubling, vaccinated toddlers in Pfizer’s trial were more likely to get severely ill with Covid than those who received a placebo. Pfizer claimed most severe cases weren’t “clinically significant,” whatever that means, but this was all the more reason that the FDA should have required a longer follow-up before authorizing the vaccine.

    Also worrisome: Most kids who developed multiple infections during the trial were vaccinated. This warranted more investigation, since experimental vaccines for other diseases sometimes increase susceptibility to infection.

    Scientists are also discovering that triple-vaccinated adults who were previously infected with the Wuhan variant have a weaker immune response to Omicron, leaving them more susceptible to reinfection. This phenomenon, called “immunological imprinting,” could explain why children who received three Pfizer shots were more likely to get reinfected.

  18. 2022 July 5 9:12 am
    bc3b permalink

    Woke Amazon employees demand company cease doing business in red states with abortion restrictions:

    Good idea. Amazon needs real competition and this just might start it.

  19. 2022 July 5 10:00 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    11, the Chi-town summer is heating up …

    18, it’s interesting to see employee activism. As I recall, the shutdown of social media app “Parler” began when Amazon employees in the Web Services division insisted Parler have its internet access through Amazon eliminated. Then the cascade began … app store denial, email provider bails out, legal team bugs out and so on.

    Meanwhile, the US Gov tries to sell toddler vaxxing through MediCare emails–
    “Talk with your family about getting the little ones vaccinated. In case you missed it, CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older.

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing children from getting seriously sick.

    If your loved ones have questions, you can share these 6 important things to know about COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

  20. 2022 July 5 10:33 am
    drdog09 permalink


    A tangential observation. I ordered some stuff from AMZ. When it arrived it was in an WalMart box. I was not aware that the two companies did cross pollination like that.

    True test for Bezos. Does he love $$$ or wokeism? Look forward to the outcome of that one.

  21. 2022 July 5 10:54 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    20, didn’t Bezos retire about the time of his divorce, sell a bunch of stock and appoint a new CEO?
    I appreciate that saying “Bezos” is a shorthand for “Amazon Executive Policies” LOL

  22. 2022 July 5 10:56 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Did I post this earlier? VERY impressed by this Louisiana Congressman’s statement. He asks a police commissioner if he will follow through on taking guns from Americans who are not guilty of any crime and even not charged with any crime.
    The Commish waffles and this guy says what a lot of us feel.

  23. 2022 July 5 11:16 am
    bc3b permalink

  24. 2022 July 5 2:06 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Gov’t ministers in UK resign, rumors of more resignations to follow, BoJo under pressure …

  25. 2022 July 5 5:46 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    That speech was glorious. When I was a kid we never locked our homes unless we went on vacation. In dove season half the HS boys had shotguns in the trunk to go hunting after last bell. ROTC stored all the rifles in the principals closet.

    Look at us now. 🙁

  26. 2022 July 5 5:48 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Imagine if you will. Selective Service changes the rules. Conservatives are deemed unfit to serve. Only Lefties are allowed. Somehow I don’t have a problem with the idea.

    “Keep your powder dry” has many meanings.

  27. 2022 July 5 8:57 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Peak Prosperity Chris Martinson argues collapse inevitable.
    Although gas was cheap under Trump, he says fracking was already coming to an end. And catastrophically our leaders are morons.

  28. 2022 July 6 5:44 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Takeaway — Lets fire all the idiots.

  29. 2022 July 6 5:52 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Further along those lines — — If this goes into effect no less than 40% of gas sourcing will disappear.

    Putin does not need to attack the US. The DoJ and EPA are doing it for him.

  30. 2022 July 6 6:00 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Here’s a new one. They are not electric cars they are really — Coal Powered Beer Can Buggies

  31. 2022 July 6 6:56 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    27, his other takeaway is that we can’t just reelect Trump and drill. We really are coming to the end of US shale, etc.
    nuclear might save us.

    World’s biggest data breach?
    Personal info on a billion Chinese citizens for sale
    Here are four big questions about the massive Shanghai police leak

  32. 2022 July 6 7:19 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Nuclear is the only replacement that has the energy density that can scale as demand warrants.

  33. 2022 July 6 7:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

  34. 2022 July 6 8:28 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    33, I am imagining the conversation:

    thug: Gimme your dough.
    aide: But … but … but … Do you KNOW who I AM? I’m an important aide to the Mayor!
    thug shoots him in the knee
    thug: Well, think of that as you hobble for the rest of your life. Now, gimme your dough.

  35. 2022 July 6 8:47 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Listened to an interesting interview between Dr Peter McCollough and Dr Shankara Chetty of South Africa. I’ve only found it on Dr McCollugh’s podcast not YouTube or Rumble.

    The 2 docs talk about the art of medicine for new diseases– you carefully examine symptoms and choose treatments likely to have beneficial effect based on those observations. Then you observe the reactions to the treatment and refine. You also compare notes with other doctors–what they’ve seen, what they’ve tried and the outcomes.
    For Covid, there has been much more of a pharma company approach by medical doctors. Do nothing. Wait for results of randomized clinical trials. Then take action.

    The fascinating part of the interview was Dr Chetty’s comments on Covid treatments. SA is about 25% vaxxed so he got to treat a ton of both vaxxed and unvaxxed patients.
    1) In almost all cases, people recovered from the virus
    2) Then after a couple of days the illness flared up again and some people would sicken and even die. This was more of an allergic or inflammatory response by the body to the spike protein. This was treated by various combos of steroids and anti histamines, etc
    Chetty: We did autopsies of those who died. Their lungs were filled with blood clots
    This was more evidence that the dangerous part of the illness was the spike protein and that the virus was little more than an afterthought in terms of treatment.
    3) Dr Chetty, in effect, ignored the virus entirely and focused on the body’s inflammatory response.
    Thus, treating the virus with vaccines in his opinion misses the point entirely. He also did not use HCQ or IVM, etc, because those are anti-viral treatments.
    4) Dr Chetty noted that he saw 0 cases of Long Covid. There is no proof why that’s the case but he speculates that because he started treating the inflammatory issues as earliest opportunity, it is possible that Long Covid is a reaction to inflammation/allergy and you don’t get it if that part of the illness is addressed immediately and not after symptoms emerge.

  36. 2022 July 6 9:32 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Monmouth University poll compiles list of top 22 issues for US voters.

    Two issues that did NOT make the cut: UA vs RU war, Jan 6 “insurrection”
    The top 4 were Inflation, Gas prices, Economy, Everyday bills and cost of groceries

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