Weekend Photo Caption Contest – Independence Day Edition by Dan Zimmerman | Jul 04, 2014 | 57 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments Paul G. says: July 4, 2014 at 18:02 OC…why yes we will!! Reply Mike L says: July 4, 2014 at 18:07 Dads Against Illegal Governments. Reply Phil says: July 5, 2014 at 08:12 Win! Reply bontai Joe says: July 5, 2014 at 20:11 Definitely a win, beats anything I could think of! Reply hardlife_nef says: July 4, 2014 at 18:08 Despite being years older, Marvin still couldn’t tell his right from his left. Reply Jay1987 says: July 4, 2014 at 18:10 “Dammit George I wish we had AR-15s then these damn redcoats wouldn’t stand a chance…” Pv1 Carl Reply the ruester says: July 4, 2014 at 18:11 I love this pic. The actual patriots who fought in that war were probably very similar in appearance, assembly, and discipline. Reply Jonathan - Houston says: July 4, 2014 at 19:34 No wonder the Framers wanted to emphasize that whole well regulated part. Reply Ralph says: July 4, 2014 at 20:55 To keep the militia well-regulated, the Founders issued them prunes. Reply JoshinNC says: July 8, 2014 at 04:47 +1 Reply S.CROCK says: July 4, 2014 at 18:12 Does anyone else see the very unfortunate grand canyon on the guy second from the left? Reply Gunr says: July 4, 2014 at 18:33 Yep! Reply John in Ohio says: July 4, 2014 at 18:12 The original Chipotle Ninjas. Reply Gunr says: July 4, 2014 at 18:14 Not much for “white” pants anymore, since I contacted this bladder infection! Reply OakRiver says: July 4, 2014 at 18:26 I heard that the Second Amendment only covers muskets. So here’s the new Secret Service close protection detail. Reply Rich Grise says: July 4, 2014 at 18:28 “When did you say they’re going to invent Jockey shorts?” Reply former water walker says: July 4, 2014 at 18:32 ‘Murica! Reply Bigred2989 says: July 4, 2014 at 18:36 John lost that silly grin when he later saw the redcoats who wanted him dead. Reply Vhyrus says: July 4, 2014 at 18:38 Yankee Doodle Family portrait. Reply SD3 says: July 4, 2014 at 18:41 Nice codpiece. Reply danrrz says: July 4, 2014 at 18:47 Freedom motherf***er…do you speak it? Reply Jon in CO says: July 4, 2014 at 18:54 Washington’s designated marksmen. Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:00 In the days before urinalysis and ASVAB testing. Reply Marty the Lett says: July 4, 2014 at 19:02 Left Shoulder Arms! Hey you with the white hair!- your OTHER left.. Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:04 “Did your parents have any children that lived?!…..Well they must be grotesque! You’re so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!” Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:08 “You are stupid Private Pyle, but do you expect me to believe you don’t know right from left?!”…….”Then you did that on purpose! You want to be different!” (SMACK!) “What side was that Private Pyle?!” Reply the ruester says: July 4, 2014 at 19:14 Ermey FTW Reply Tom in Oregon says: July 4, 2014 at 21:36 Nice! I listened to an interview of him today. He had a different part in that movie till the director heard him getting verbal. Reply Tim in WA says: July 4, 2014 at 19:11 #wellregulatedasfuck Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:11 “Do you think I’m cute Private Pyle? Do you think I’m funny?…..Then wipe that disgusting looking grin off your face!……..WELL ANY F#€<ING TIME SWEETHEART!!!" Reply Gregolas says: July 4, 2014 at 19:14 “Zen and the Arthritis of Brown Bess Maintenance.” Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:16 “That is not your Daddy’s shotgun Cowboy!” Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:28 “Do you think I’m cute Private Pyle? Do you think I’m funny?……Then wipe that disgusting looking grin off your face!………..WELL ANY F___ING TIME SWEETHEART!!” Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:32 “Four inches from your chest Pyle! FOUR INCHES!!” Reply Marine 03 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:35 “Tonight you pukes will sleep with your muskets. You will give your musket a girl’s name, because this is the only p___y you people are going to get!” Reply Sixpack70 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:40 Reply Rich Grise says: July 4, 2014 at 21:12 The middle panel doesn’t have chalk circles drawn on it. Reply Jonathan - Houston says: July 4, 2014 at 19:40 I wear your Granddad’s clothes I look incredible I’m in this big ass coat From that thrift shop down the road Reply S.CROCK says: July 4, 2014 at 20:03 Bout to go and get some moccasins that someone else has been rocking in……. oh wait, maybe that line is inappropriate when referring to this time period. Reply Model 31 says: July 4, 2014 at 19:47 I’d like to see these folks at an open carry rally. Reply Dave Lewis says: July 4, 2014 at 19:52 Laugh if you want. We won. Reply Jim R says: July 4, 2014 at 20:19 Long ago there were men, just like this, that paid for your freedom. Someday, you may have to join them in paying for the freedom of someone you’ll never meet. Pray you never have to. Reply Federico says: July 4, 2014 at 21:11 That’s not a Joe Biden approved shotgun Reply SamEnderby says: July 4, 2014 at 21:37 The original open carry demonstration. Reply Phantom72 says: July 4, 2014 at 22:02 TERRORISTS!!! Reply uncommon_sense says: July 4, 2014 at 22:03 Promotional photo for the upcoming movie The Revolutionary War Re-enactment Crasher. Reply Bob says: July 4, 2014 at 22:04 When Presidential candidate Pat Paulsen said he loves this country, that he had been there during the Revolutionary War, he was dead serious. Here is the proof. (second from the right) Reply benny says: July 4, 2014 at 23:32 Johnathan-Houston wins this contest. Hands down. Reply Paul G. says: July 5, 2014 at 02:29 “Enough turning over in our graves, we’re back to show you pansies how it’s done. Someone has to do it!” Reply Fyrewerx says: July 5, 2014 at 07:25 We won’t need ammo for this skirmish. While the Brits are rolling on the ground, laughing at our hats, we’ll kill them with our bayonets. Reply Indiana Tom says: July 5, 2014 at 07:44 This is my rifle, this is my gun, one is for Brits, and one is for fun. Reply Indiana Tom says: July 5, 2014 at 07:49 A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Now you know why the well regulated clause was necessary. Reply Paul G. says: July 5, 2014 at 08:34 I don’t get it….the people at large are not a well-regulated militia, but are able to arm themselves to oppose the one created in the constitution. Reply cmeat says: July 5, 2014 at 13:05 “there there, now now.” Reply M says: July 6, 2014 at 17:12 Roll call: NY -“Present”. NJ – Present”. CT -“Present”. MA – “Present”. MD (out of frame) “Wait up guys!”. Reply Joe R. says: July 7, 2014 at 01:39 Kind of like “Yankee Doodle” . . .err “The Spirit of ’76”. There were 10 (known) Commissions of the painted work “Yankee Doodle,” by A.M. Willard [Archibald MacNeal Willard (August 22, 1836–October 11, 1918)], ranging anywhere in size from 8’ x 13’ to 35” x 47”. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=A.+M.+Willard%2c+Spirit+of+76&qpvt=A.+M.+Willard%2c+Spirit+of+76&FORM=IGRE “Yankee Doodle” was painted by Willard, a Union Army veteran of the U.S. Civil War, for celebrations related to the U.S. Centennial. After the Centennial, the original painting was exhibited in Boston, where it hung in the Old South Church Meetinghouse. Worried that Bostonians might confuse its original title with the sobriquet used by a local half-wit cobbler who continuously whistled “Yankee Doodle” while he worked, the head of the exhibit suggested changing the name of the painting to The Spirit of ‘76. From then on, Willard’s painting was known by that name (http://www.cowanauctions.com/view_unsold_item.asp?ItemId=48030). Most depictions of this painting are from the feet, or knees, of the three marching figures, and-up, but all of Willard’s versions have a central figure lying on a destroyed cannon in battle debris at the marcher’s feet. Lying supine, or (in later paintings to presumably lessen the severity of the image) laying raised on left-elbow, is the figure of an expiring soldier, waving his cap to rally the marchers as they are treading over dead and dying leading further troops into further battle, NOT in reverence to the flag with thirteen stars on it, which the figure, from its position could not presumably see, and not in salute to victorious soldiers returning home. Some versions of the painting depict possibly hundreds of smoke-obscured troops in ranks behind the honor guard and Colors, moving towards the battle. In others, the resolute trio of fife and drums appear to proceed before a rag-tag group of very few. In one early version of the painting, the strangely-gaited foot position of the marcher’s is partially explained by their depiction in lock-step march up a relatively steep incline, that, upon further review, proves to be present in all of the paintings, it is just that the trio has ‘crested’ the hill in most other versions. In all versions, the two ‘older’ gentlemen look forward towards their goal, in the direction of their marching. The youngest, at their far right, is either depicted as looking towards the central figure (whom Willard had openly professed to have modeled after his own father), or looks back, obliquely, at the following troops and the flag. While the 13 Star Flag [“We take the stars from Heaven, the red from out mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” George Washington (http://homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/flag/1bfa_hist2.html)] is always depicted flowing to the painting’s background (to aid in showing the progress of the marchers to the foreground) it is not always obscured by the smoke of battle NOR is it always attached (at the bottom) to its guide-on (thus depicting a fragile jeopardy). 100 + years after the events it was to have romantically depicted, the painting was a tremendous success. “In a promotional column written in the March 29th, 1876 edition of the Cleveland Leader, Ryder issued the following patriotic drumbeat: “Were the Centennial Exposition to be entirely unsupplied with music, the lack would be filled by placing Willard’s Yankee Doodle where it could meet the glance of every American visitor, for but a glance at it is needed to set all the fires of patriotism burning in one’s veins, and to compel his footsteps to keep time to the music which he feels if he does not hear, for every line in the picture equals a drum tap, and every color thrills like the shrill martial note of the fife.”(Gordon, 1976: 13)” (http://www.cowanauctions.com/view_unsold_item.asp?ItemId=48030). 200 + years after the events it was to have romantically depicted . . . Reply Rebecca says: July 7, 2014 at 17:16 Hey guys, I don’t know what you’re wearing, but these new nylon pantyhose feel really great under these breeches. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.