Tuesday, July 04, 2006


REVOLUTION, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Specifically, in American history, the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch. Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it — this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed. The French revolution is of incalculable value to the Socialist of to-day; when he pulls the string actuating its bones its gestures are inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law and order.

2006 Update: Progress, cleansed of criminality with the blood of judges. Counter-restoration.

Happy Independence Day to my American friends and to the rest warmth in your hovels.

Happy Birthday to Square Girl!


Anonymous said...

Happy BD America and Square Girl.

Anonymous said...

Anon robbed me of my first position. My position was overthrown!

Happy 4th

Happy Birthday Square Girl

Indeterminacy said...

Revolution: another spin.

Kyahgirl said...

Your definition of Revolution is even better than the big guy's!

Have a great Independence day celebration Doug and all you other Americans at Waking Ambrose!

Squaregirl-party hearty! Have a great day. :-)

dddragon said...

Happy Independence Day! (are you headed for Independence, MO?) And to Square Girl, too!

I'm independent of my Twins and not too happy about it.

Mistress Anna said...

I am in awe of you definition:)
Happy Independence day!!! and happy bday to squaregirl.

Indeterminacy said...

Sorry. Forgot to say Happy 4th of July!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Great definition today Doug.

First thing I thought of was John Lennon:

"You say you want a revolution,
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution...."

Happy birthday to Square Girl!

actonbell said...

Wow, great definition:) Happy July 4th, Doug!

And a happy b-day to Square Girl! Born on the fourth of July.

Joel said...

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the American Revolution is that, to date, it has not been repeated. Historically, the actions and issues that prompt a revolution tend to revolve or come full circle over and over again throughout a country's history.

Mutha said...

REVOLUTION: What will not be televised.

G said...

Start the revolution without me, I'll catch up.

Happy Birthday America - you don't look a global warming day over 225, my brother Patrick and Square Girl.

Independence Missouri? Oooh, you are a cold calculating schemer Mr. Dawg.

ariel said...

Happy Birthday, Squaregirl! Happy Independence Day to all Americans here! Squaregirl, please tell me, do you like it that your birthday is on the 4th of July or you don't oike it that much?

revolution: what some bloody events get called afterwards. some bloody events have a career of being called revolution for a while, then counter-revolution for a while, then revolution again. and so on.

Doug said...

Thanks, anonymous. Happy Independence day if you're us.

You were close, Jenna.

Good definition, Indie. Of the bottle? Happy Independence Day to a free-lance American.

Thanks, Kyahgirl.

Dddragon, are you having phantom pain in your neck?

Thanks, Mistress *bows humbly*

TLP, that was a natural ear worm.

Thanks, Actonbell. And to you.

True, Joel. We're lucky to have taxation with representation.

Mutha, I'd kind of figured you for a Deaniac.

Haha, G. No, today is Kansas City. And tonight, Royals v. Twins. I'm a lucky boy.

Ariel, how can you say that Revolutions aren't eternal. What about the one the President of the U.S. brought up in Budapest to talk about Iraq.

ariel said...

Doug, are you the one in the green cap?

wfargotr: how far to go from my gofree to your croquet?

mireille said...

Look what's happening out in the streets/
Got a revolution Got to revolution/
Hey I'm dancing down the streets/
Got a revolution Got to revolution/
Ain't it amazing all the people I meet/
Got a revolution Got to revolution/
One generation got old/
One generation got soul/
This generation got no destination to hold/
Pick up the cry/
Hey now it's time for you and me/
Got a revolution Got to revolution/
Come on now we're marching to the sea/
Got a revolution Got to revolution/
Who will take it from you?/
We will and who are we?/
We are volunteers of America.

Jefferson Airplane circa '72

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose


ariel said...

Doug, that's one bloody event with career. but in real that was a howl. thank you. the howl of a nation is sometimes called revolution. presentable name for an indescribable voice.

puppybrose said...

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose." ~ Kris Kristofferson

Revolution: The Battle for All... or Nothin'.

HAPPY 4TH everyone! And Happy Birthday to Square Girl!! (and to your bro', G?? this *is* a momentous day, indeed!) xo

aehroks: America's historical emancipation (from British rule) rocks!

SquareGirl said...

Wow thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! I have to say though that it's pretty Square of those of you who are Americans to be bloggin on a holiday. Squareness being a good thing in my book obviously.

Ariel, I have loved having my birthday on the 4th. No pressure to make plans becasue someone is allready having a barebecue to go to, and it never has to be all about ME (I can get kinda shy). I've always had wonderful birthdays.

cubeua: an American square

O Ceallaigh said...

Doug, I can hardly top that def of yours. Which won't stop me from trying ...

REVOLUTION, n. Whirling around a point; contrasted with ROTATION, spinning on an axis. Either way, you get dizzy.

I tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

Yeah, Peter. You were sayin' ...?

And oh Joel? You forget the Second American Revolution. Aka Civil War. Only it failed. Some good ol' boys are still fighting it.

Happy Birthday Squaregirl!

Doug said...

On the left, Ariel. I was thinking yesterday, our forefathers severed the bands that bound us to England so rednecks could play coquet. My little friend Daniel had taken this picture with my camera and I found it when I got home.

Mireille, I love that song, about the only one Jefferson Airplane did that I really like. Don't believe a word of it, but I sure enjoy how they sung.

"Presentable name for an indescribably voice" is crown-worthy.

Happy fourth, Puppybrose! If I'm lucky I'll go to a Royal's Game tonight so our forefathers will not have died in vain.

Happy birthday, Cube A.

Evil Minx said...

Revolution is:
1. What Marc Bolan said we were the children of.
2. The thing a wheel makes when it goes round.
3. The thing that will see the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation dudes up against the wall when it comes (a freshly-caught mackerel to anyone who recognises that).

Happy birthday Squaregirl and happy "you-got-rid-of-us-and-we-don't-care-nyah -nyah-sang-the-British-expat" day to all you US citizens. Hope you have a wonderful day, and the barbecues are as yummy as they all should be. ANd despite earlier cynicism, i mean that quite sincerely.

Especially to you, Doug. Mwah!

Miz BoheMia said...

Revolution... Getting the people to do your dirty deed under the false promise of freedom...

Hey, the Iranian part of me had to have a say in this!

Miz BoheMia said...

Oh! And yes, Happy Birthday Squaregirl indeedy! May it be a good one!

And Happy 4th of July! This is our beloved SF's Fillmore Street Jazz Festival weekend! *sigh* My heart is heavy now!

Omnipotent Poobah said...

revolution - The turning of a society beginning in one place and unfortunately ending up in the same.

Happy birthday to Square Girl too.

cooper said...

Happy Fourth of July.

Mutha said...

Doug: I'm thinking X, not Dean.

Sar said...

Happy 4th of July all! Isn't it just like us Americans to claim the entire date all to ourselves, nevermind it's really referred to as Independence Day?

Enjoy the game Doug, and Happy Birthday and 7/4 Squaregirl who's my 4/7 flipside!

Revolution Calling - Queensryche. (I just gave myself an earworm).

Doug said...

Minxie, seems to me you've had an Independence Day of your own just lately. Happy one to you.

Miz B, all parts of you are entitled to freedom of speech around here. Sorry you missed the jazz fest.

That's thing about a circle, Poobah. It's hard to know when to quit spinning.

You too, Alice.

Way cooler, Mutha.

Sar, July 3 is looking a little axis-of-evilish now that I think about it.

weirsdo said...

A complete turnover, as of clods before sowing.

Minka said...

warmth in your hovels?

Thank you, I guess?!

Doug said...

Weirsdo, perfect and Biercean.

You're welcome, Minka. Viel Spaß? Wann kommt der neue jüngen?