Just Saying – Independence Things

To all my friends who love this country but don’t subscribe to the notion that you have to always like it I salute you. Independence is a gift that can be taken away as easily as it was given. God’s grace should be available to all nations without favor toward one. Everyone should have a seat at the table of discussion and we should all have access to things that give us the promise of life, liberty and happiness without discrimination. Independence Day is a important time to consider what this nation is still becoming. Independence doesn’t mean always going it alone because we are still accountable to one another for our actions. Patriots come in all forms and viewpoints and they don’t always carry arms. Let freedom truly ring…Just saying.

Carolina Red Slaw

This is a yummy slaw recipe that mixes in some traditional and new elements to make a terrific side to your summer holiday gatherings.

The Soup Diva

For our annual family gathering on Independence Day this year, I was asked to bring slaw. I had originally planned to bring my “famous” Asian Slaw, but then decided it would be the perfect time to try something new (and with a more American flavor). After some Google research on barbeque red slaw, which is a common dish in North Carolina, I created this pink hybrid between the bright red barbeque slaw and my friend Dave’s pool room slaw (which is mostly mayonnaise with a hint of ketchup). Enjoy!

  • 2 bags shredded cole slaw mix (14 ounces or so)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 1/4 cup ketchup*
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Mix together all dressing ingredients in large bowl; taste and add additional amounts of anything you’d prefer. Toss…

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Happy Treason Day, Ungrateful Colonials

This is a favorite post this time of year. The colonies are rowdy this time of year eh?

The Tony Burgess Blog

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I found this funny. As an Anglophile this is a weird time for me because of my love for England. I love the Queen and a lot of British stuff. There are some days I wish we could go crawling back…then there are some great things about America that make this place special too.

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Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness

On this the 241st birthday of The United States of America I am a firm believer that every American (and everyone around the world) should have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as prescribed by the Declaration of Independence which was bravely signed by some very wise men during the early days of this nation.

I think if you are believer, non-believer, LGBTQ, immigrant, refugee, male, female, everyone should be afforded the rights to be who you were created to be. Our racial and ethnic diversity should be celebrated too. I also think that globally people should have the freedom to be, to be. There are too many people trying to make decisions about how people are to live and that’s not right.

In America people from all places on Earth have come to this place to find a new home, new opportunities and shelter from oppression. It is my hope they will never find America a new place where because of who they are they are not welcome.

It has been said that America is an experiment and it is still true. However let’s hope the results of this experiment result in a place where people are indeed free to be. May the world take note and may places where people aren’t free be encouraged to seek out a new path where they too have the rights to life in abundance, liberty to be who they are and happiness where they can have joyful participation in all of what life has for them.