Sad News, But No Choice

I am sorry to report that cyber attacks on our site (Referer Spam), which I cannot stop despite countless hours and hundreds of dollars spent, have left me no choice but to shut down Trail Mix as we know it. The sophisticated attacks are just more than I can handle.

My major concern is how these spammers are subjecting you to malicious sites seeking to infect your computers. Do not click or download anything on a pop-up here. None are my doing. They are all fraudulent. They can only harm you if you click or download something on their sites.

This is a sad decision. Guess this is what I get for getting back into politics.

I will keep this scaled-down version of the site online in hopes that our community can stay together without these malicious attacks. If not, I will simply have to take it down and start all over again.

— Craig Crawford


Mountains made from water ice rise 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above Pluto’s surface.
Mountains made from water ice rise 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above Pluto’s surface.

plutodNational Geographic — “NASA has released the first of many images taken during New Horizons’ close encounter with dwarf planet Pluto. And they are, in a word, astounding.”

“I expected it would be complicated and fascinating, but I had no idea it would be this complicated and this fascinating. All of the scientists are absolutely thrilled.” — Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory

Twenty for Twenty-twenty

[avatar user=”patd” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By PatD[/avatar]Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said “America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation” as he announced that the $10 bill will be redesigned with a woman replacing Alexander Hamilton and will be issued in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote.

Jack, why not a $20 in 2020?  What kind of anniversary present can you buy nowadays with a sawbuck, you cheapskate!  Furthermore the statement Andrew Jackson makes is not all that complimentary “about who we are and what we stand for as a nation” given his penchant to eliminate Native Americans.hamilton

A nice present for the little lady in August would be to double your chintzy ten dollar promise or, better yet, add twenty more to it and give both bills a makeover.

— Patd is a Trail Mix Contributor

Happy Birthday America!

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Happy 329th Birthday America!
Everyone have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Edited by Craig Crawford
Performed by Bill Barker of Williamsburg, Virginia

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signers of the Declaration
(in the order of their signatures)

John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple

Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Agenda Free Sunday

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Well boys and gals … seems to be a lot to discuss lately. What a week for the Supreme Court. Sanders is starting to catch up to Hillary Clinton in the polls here in New Hampshire … now that’s kinda interesting.  So….  chat away.

Iowa Labor leaders call for unions to endorse Sanders

CEDAR RAPIDS | Fourteen Iowa labor leaders are among more than 1,000 nationwide calling on unions to support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“I’m not often impressed with a candidate but Sanders seems very genuine” said Steve Abbott, president of CWA Local 7108 in Waterloo and head of the CWA’s Iowa state council.

“From my perspective, and I always listen to all of the candidates and have been close to many candidates over the years, what Bernie says is the truth,” said Abbott, who has been working on campaigns since 1980.

Go Forth to the Fourth with Foresight

waltKelly“Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.”
— Walt Kelly

[avatar user=”patd” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By PatD[/avatar]During these days leading up to  our annual party of patriotism, let us take note seriously that the enemy may be indeed be us, both the collective us and the individual you and me. Let us consider those flags we wave and the flags we shouldn’t wave, the blasts we trumpet and the blasts not to be trumpeted, the words we use and how they’re used — but mostly the actions we took, we take and the actions we could be taking.

— PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor

Humanity Has Gained It’s Suit;

Liberty will never more be without asylum.
— Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, 1780, A letter to a friend

[avatar user=”blue bronc” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By Blue Bronc[/avatar]

Although the weather was thick and warm, a friendly, but hazy, blue sky covered those of use crowding through last weekend’s festival that occupies the dock and yard.  There was little room left for the carriages we rode today.  There was much joy in the air by our visitors and those of us who live here.

I had my mission, singular in purpose, and I say, selfish.  But, back a few moments to my arrival in the district.  The poles lining the brick and cobblestone road were festooned with the flags of my country and the flags of our distinguished guests.  It was a very stirring sight, one I will carry with me for the rest of my mortal life.  This caused a flash of anticipation that is hard to explain.  Perhaps it would be described as that moment one has when closing trunk packed with ones belongings for a long journey.

Most of the side walks were filled with Sunday strollers, young couple staring at the windows of the jewel stores, older pairs waiting for friends to join them for a late breakfast meal.  The path for me was less than on the rhumb line than as one who had failed to heed last call and was making way to home.  No matter I hurried on to fulfill my mission.

Hermione“Aye. Can you see her?”  My call was to a waterman driving the water taxi.

“Yes.  She is there and you can see her from the end of the dock.”

My heart pounded as if driven by the blacksmith’s hammer.  This was too much excitement for a morning walk.  But, I could not hold back my walk any further.  Speed, although my pace is less a walk than a hobble, was my goal.  I moved through those less enthralled by the importance of this hour.

I spotted her, a mile out, and enormous.  Her graceful lines hid her lethal life.  She was anchored in the channel safe from running aground.  Beautiful with her sails furled.  Hermione was here!  High tide in the morning, 0400 to 0500, is when she will move in.  I will, with many others, be on the dock, ready to cheer her arrival into Annapolis.  Where Marquis de LaFayette led the Revolutionary War troops.  Her sailors will march to the graveyard which holds French and American dead together in permanent peace.

Then the good ship will be opened to those of us anxious to view her, to touch her lines and gaze over her bow; to dream of sailing with her.  Her life now devoted to good will  A long life be her joy.

You can view her pictures and location on

— Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor