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Happy Independence Day Conflucians!!

On this day in 1776 the second continental congress of the 13 colonies officially accepted a document to be used to sever ties with Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was signed and published soon thereafter. And of course not long after was a war for that independence, a revolutionary war. PBS that hosts the Capital Fourth celebration has a nice page with a brief history, including his quote from Thomas Jefferson in 1826 on the 50th anniversary:

May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. … For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

The Library of Congress has the document along with many related manuscripts, letters, and documents of the time. From the text, let’s revisit parts of it:

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.

Among the grievances then listed are a few worth noting:

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 plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

And then finally closes with:

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 Connexion 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 Honour.

What brave and brilliant people. They later formed a government and a constitution. And, to quote genesis, it was very good.

We’ve certainly come a long way since then. There have always been controversies, there have been wars, even a major civil war. There have been many, many corrupt politicians, and there have been disasters. But in recent years we have had some larger than life events that have shaken us to our foundation. We had a corrupt president who after impeached resigned in disgrace. We had a very questionable arms for hostages trading behind the scenes by people running for office that helped them get elected. We had an opposing party go on an endless witch hunt of a sitting president as a political tactic. We had a presidential election decided by the supreme court, with embarrassingly obvious conflicts of interest, selecting the loser of that election to be president. We’ve seen illegal wars for oil and profit a number of times, including our current wars. And finally in the latest blow to our system, we have someone who lost his party primaries but was installed by that party’s leaders nonetheless. He was backed when he was unheard of by major financial, insurance, and oil companies to the tune of more money than any established politician. And who has turned out to be a corporatist, uncaring, detached leader with seemingly endless disdain for the citizens. And further, we have two political parties that are effectively the same, owned by the same interests, making the whole system into a cruel joke.

How did this happened, and what do we do about it? Where is the press? As we saw from Myiq’s post last night, we’ve lost some of our rights of a free press and free speech to a British corporation on the orders of this president. Irony much. It’s now a federal crime look closely at what’s happening with the worst ecological (and probably soon financial) disaster this country has even seen. How can this be?

On top of that we are still in two wars, possibly heading to a third. We are still torturing “enemies.” We are still using rendition to get people into countries where it is easier to torture them. And now we have hit lists of dozens and dozens of US citizens marked for assassination. And we still have not regained habeas corpus, so US citizens can still be taken away in the night for any reason, including for asking too many questions.

How did this happen? How could an unknown, empty suit puppet, obviously owned and controlled by a few powerful corporations, with absolutely no experience get to be president? What kind of people would allow such a thing? Would gladly want such a thing? For those in the mainstream media that participated and helped this happen, and those in the Democratic party leadership that killed democracy and helped this happen, and those in the progressive blogosphere that fought tooth and nail for this to happen, how can you sleep at night? How can you stand there and watch everything unravel and continue to act as if you’re surprised? Or worse, continue to rationalize and excuse as if there is some secret plan? There is a hit list for assassinating US citizens for gods sake, it doesn’t get any more blatant than that. Wake up!

Just like with Reagan/Bush, just like with GW Bush, and just like with Obama, many of us saw this happening and screamed at the top of our lungs. We warned you. We told you so. We screamed. We argued. We proved our case. Each and every time. We are tired of screaming. It’s time for the rest of you to wake up and instead of carrying water for the corporatists hell bent on squeezing every last cent and rights from us, carry water for our country instead. Wake up!

As you can see, I got myself on a bit of a rant. Sure it started out nice all about the declaration, but then I started thinking about our current state of affairs and just got pissed off. That doesn’t mean I won’t have a picnic and hope beyond hope that people can still wake up and do better. We did have 8 years of Clinton, though still a bit conservative for me, did quite a few great things and took the job seriously. As if it mattered. So just maybe we can turn around before it’s too late. I’ll end on that tiny sliver of hope. And this song that John Lennon thought was one of the most perfect songs ever written. In this case, for me, it’s about my country:

Please chime in with any news. Yea, I kind of skipped that bit. And chime in with any good things you can find out there. I could use it.

88 Responses

  1. Fantastic summary, DT!
    And yeah, the Brits did have the last laugh after all, getting control of our freedom of speech with their money.
    Adding the tabloids

    • The Listening Post – General McChrystal: Taken down by the media

      • So, Lara Logan wasn’t so crazy after all…NOW all the information will be censored. Nice going Rolling Stone/Michael Hastings. Oh, and the censor rule of covering the return of soldiers who paid the ultimate price under Bush II are still in place with President Transparency NOT!

        Gates tightens control over military interaction with reporters

        Washington (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday ordered a tightening of controls over military interaction with reporters.

        “… I am concerned that the department has grown lax in how we engage with the media, often in contravention of established rules and procedures,” he said in a two-page memorandum.

        Before interviews, “all component leaders or their public affairs officers must notify OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense) Public Affairs which, in turn and as appropriate, will ensure that senior department officials with the relevant overall knowledge and situational awareness have been consulted.”

        The directive came nine days after President Barack Obama relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of command of the Afghan war and 10 days after Rolling Stone published critical comments about top White House officials by members of McChrystal’s staff.

        On the 4th of July it is interesting to note that we have more media restrictions under President ‘Transparency’ Obama than Bush II. 😦

        • I read an article from almost a year ago interviewing this same Hastings guy—-I think it was Vanity Fair—where he openly admitted that what you do, is you play like you’re their buddy, promise them you’ll keep their confidences, and then ya “f*ck em” for the story (his words).

          Gates is wise to tighten up media relationships, if that’s the standard.

          • That wasn’t the standard and that is what Lara Logan I believe was trying to state, and Rolling Stone/Michael Hastings has now limited the media coverage and we will know less of what is going on there, not more thanks to his assignment of quotes to McCrystal (which he apparently didn’t make) for hype.

            Our troops will be there until 2015 and our economy will continue to suffer and now the media will now need access approval for everything they hope to do or cover. Even soldiers are now afraid to speak to the press? Freedom?

          • I would agree—I think that’s what Logan was trying to say.

            What we actually learned from the article is that Karzai wasn’t even speaking to Holbrooke or Eikenberry anymore due to their leaking info to trash him, and that McChrystal was really the only one trying to get things done and working with the country’s leaders.

            The article was really about the policy, and Obama’s “team” not working together, and THAT information not getting to Americans.

            Anyone who wanted out of Afghanistan is screwed now…..Petraus will get everything he wants to “win,” and Obama and MoveOn.org can’t do diddly sh*t about it.

            THAT’s what Hastings achieved.

          • And that is wrong for an investigative reporter….why?

          • There is NOW a FEAR by ALL military personnel to speak to any reporter, and in essence for those of us that are not into continuation of the the WARS that are having a direct effect on our economy it is a kin to media access in Russia during the cold war.

            Steele is right about it being President Obama’s WARS…when he came in 2009 and has/will continue the WARS in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and you have CARL ROVE defending Obama’s War strategy and asking for Steele to resign you really have to acknowledge we GOT BUSH III and not a Democrat in office.

            Has MoveOn.org complained about the media clamp down? NO!

          • I don’t give a sh*t about move on. Why should I? If you think media coverage of what is going on in war zones wasn’t already limited, you’re nuts. Hastings wasn’t even in a war zone when the conversations took place.

            I guess you would have said the same thing about Seymour Hersh after he revealed the My Lai massacre. You are simply wrong.

          • OK, call me nuts if you like, but I don’t see how Michael Hastings reporting changed things for the better and there hasn’t been any comments on the clamp down.

            Maybe less coverage is more and No access is full access!?!

          • Yeah, it really doesn’t seem like Logan was obsessively concerned with the American people’s right to know. “Michael Hastings has never served his country the way McCrystal has,” nuff said there. *shudders*

          • Hastings is a reporter. His covenant is with the American people. It isn’t his mission or responsibility to change things for the better, even if he could see into the future and figure out how. It’s to do his job and keep us informed. Logan isn’t worried about changing things for the better either, she’s worried about pleasing the brass so they’ll continue to favor her and feed her more non-pertinent Info.

          • “his covenant is with the American people” hee! The 4th brings out the flowery and romantic I guess. Lol

        • It’s idiotic to give the media open access to people who have sensitive information anyway.

          As I told my husband, if these General’s aides were loose lipped with their opinions, who knows what other information they could have leaked out at those bars.

          As for Lara Logan, I disagree with her. A reporter’s job is to report. Half the problem in this country is reporters censoring information to present a single view. People should get the FULL story and be able to form their opinions based on a full set of facts. I don’t blame Hastings at all. He did what he was supposed to do. I blame the knuckleheads who figured they could speak out of turn freely in front of a member of the press and get away with it.

      • So, Lara Logan wasn’t so crazy after all…NOW all the information will be censored. Nice going Rolling Stone/Michael Hastings. Oh, and the censor rules of covering the return of soldiers who paid the ultimate price under Bush II are still in place with President Transparency NOT!

        Gates tightens control over military interaction with reporters

        Washington (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday ordered a tightening of controls over military interaction with reporters.

        “… I am concerned that the department has grown lax in how we engage with the media, often in contravention of established rules and procedures,” he said in a two-page memorandum.

        Before interviews, “all component leaders or their public affairs officers must notify OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense) Public Affairs which, in turn and as appropriate, will ensure that senior department officials with the relevant overall knowledge and situational awareness have been consulted.”

        The directive came nine days after President Barack Obama relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of command of the Afghan war and 10 days after Rolling Stone published critical comments about top White House officials by members of McChrystal’s staff.

        On the 4th of July it is interesting to note that we have more media restrictions under President ‘Transparency’ Obama than Bush II. 😦

        • I missed the part where Lara Logan was right about something? Why do you keep defending her point of view–and McChrystal? I’m honestly confused.

          • Do you wonder who gave this guy clearance when others didn’t get that freedom to travel with him? Why is there no complaining about the clamp down on access now? That is what Lara Logan was saying, she feared the clamp down and who ever speaks up against President ‘Transparency’ Obama? NO ONE!

            Access is everything to keeping them (our troops) alive and for us to know about what is going on, on the WAR(both) Zones. Don’t be surprised if the back door draft leads to an open draft and that is a big concern to me. These WARS have the greatest injuries (that service personnel live through) and basically since President Obama’s election the PEACE anti-War folks have been silenced. Do you remember Moveon.orgs vigils to end the WARS? Yup, MoveOn.org has no become complicit in his continuation of the WARS well into 2015 by their SILENCE!

            I am surprised we are still complaining here. 😥

          • I’m a hell of a lot more worried about access in the Gulf of Mexico. We have a President who doesn’t believe in freedom of speech or freedom of the press. That’s the problem, not some reporter.

            Obama fired McChrystal because there was already friction there. the RS story only gave him the excuse to do it.

          • BTW, I just got through watching the follow-up discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources. The journalists there certainly don’t agree with you.

          • The troops can still complain. They are just required to get proper clearance through regular channels(hint: let your immediate chain know you are firing a letter off to your congressperson, not the press). Furthermore the standards being applied have ALWAYS been on the books. That’s why you aren’t supposed to attend rallys or engage in activism in your uniform unless it is a military sponsored function.

        • Spirit Intact, a Soldier Reclaims His Life

          REHABILITATION In the nearly 15 months since losing his limbs, Specialist Marrocco has pushed past pain and exhaustion to learn to use his four prosthetics, though he can walk for only 15 minutes at a time.

          Under the President Obama our troops will be committed in Afghanistand til 2015…

    • Über-liberal Janeane Garofalo delivers a body blow: “I have to say I was surprised how disappointing the Obama administration has turned out to be.”

      Hallelujah! I was really a huge fan of hers and my heart was broken when she (and the rest of the Air Americans) not only went for Obama, but rabidly against Hillary.

      • I used to believe that Janeane was a smart person who was not that easily fooled in politics.. But then she turned out just like most of the Air Americans who fell for Obama hook, line, and sinker. So I am not surprised that she is surprised but I am sad she didn’t know any better. After Randi Rhodes called Hillary a $%^&^%$^& &* &** she and Sam Seder carried on and on and on …. defending RR. No doubt, both had completely lost their mind.

        I also admired Janeane Garofalo for speaking out in the early Bush II years. She was one of the few liberals who had the guts to criticize W when most everyone else lacked the courage since the rightwingers ruled on TV. And she was bashed hard for doing so by the likes of Joe Scarborough et al.

        So What happened to her in 08? Too much kool aid?
        Total Denial?


    • can you steal something that doesn’t exist? haha

  2. This video is too funny.

    It’s possible to use the same video generating program to create other animation videos. veddy interesting.

    • Are there a large number of whales in the Gulf? Funny, you never hear about them.

      • We barely hear about dolphins, birds, turtles or fish as well these days. It’s as if they disappeared from the face of the earth. (or been burned secretly, alive maybe, by BP at night). It was said that for some reason, BP (not our government) is the one with the database on this – and they keep in behind a firewall so no one can access it cybernetically either. Happy independence day!

      • mostly sperm whales but there are killer whales there too

  3. Wonderful rant, DT! It’s going up on FB.

    Happy Independence Day!

  4. Note: The last family –grandpa went to school when LEARNING was a priority! Stay safe and enjoy the day!

  5. Happy 4th everyone! At least we still have the freedom to rant…for now.

    • Oil spill hits heart of tourism in US Gulf states

      The Fourth of July or Independence Day weekend in the United States usually draws thousands of tourists, holiday fishermen and their families to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

      But this summer, the beaches in Louisiana are empty and an economy that relies heavily on tourism is choking.

      Al Jazeera’s John Terrett reports. (July 04, 2010)

  6. Righteous rant, DT. Happy Independence Day Conflucians!

    Democrats in a jam as economy slows

    Obama’s economic stimulus plan is winding down, right when Democrats need it most. And a big new jobs bill?

    Forget it. House Democrats had to battle this week just to pass a bill to prevent teachers from being laid off, over the objections of 15 mostly conservative House Democrats and even Obama, who threatened a veto over how the House planned to pay for it.


    Speaker Nancy Pelosi even enlisted Mark Zandi — a former economic adviser to Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign — to make the case to her caucus for more spending. Zandi’s warning Tuesday: boost aid to the states or risk a “double-dip” recession — which House Democrats clearly understood could cross-check their chances of retaining the majority in November.

    Someone tell me again why we would be worse off with McCain. Hard to see it from here.

  7. Thank you DT, for a beautiful post. I woke up feeling not at all happy, no usual 4th July excitement, and I think you have explained it for me. I believe that somewhere along the line, our governing representatives lost the meaning of that last pledge, the one about “sacred honor”. Do any of them even know or care what that means any more? It means one’s responsiblity to be able to look oneself in the eye in the morning…a responsiblity to society as a whole.

    Somewhere our elected officials lost that. There’s not much to celebrate until we, the people, figure out how to re-educate them in that concept…no small task in this modern, complicated world.

  8. I was wondering if the Lousiana Universities Marine Consortium has spoken publicly on the situation in the Gulf. I know that they had been doing tests on the hypoxic zones there. However, the source of their investigations is the runoff from the Mississippi River and I do not know to what extent the consortium would be involved with the oil situation.

  9. This is a great post, Dandy Tiger! Thanks for your passionate defense of liberty on our nation’s birthday.

  10. It isn’t the King these days. It’s the corporations.

    Until we find a way to liberate ourselves from them (and until large segments of the nation stop clutching their pearls and retiring to the fainting couch at the first hint of “socialism”), nothing will change.

    • SCOTUS just made it worse. Corporations should not considered ‘individuals’. That’s been at the root of a lot of these problems. If you read Lincoln, T Roosevelt, Eisenhower etc. Most of our monopolies and our problems that created some of the worst financial situations including the big panic in the 1870s were rooted in the same problems we see today. Those same entities have been corrupting politicians too. Corporations should not be given any special status.

      • Absolutely!!!!. Except we do not have a TR, FDR, or Lincoln in the white house which is exactly what is needed. I remember reading about the democratic convention in 1932.(which I believe was posted on on this site.).the establishment didn’t want FDR. The dem establishment creating all sorts of shenanigans to keep FDR from the nomination. This go round the democratic establishment won and we are reaping the benefits.

      • The disparity in wealth is also now at its greatest since the Gilded Age. Economically, at least, the US is headed toward Third World status, and we seem more and more inclined to surrender civil liberties and allow the sort of concentration of power in the executive that leads to dictatorships. There are indications we’re headed that way culturally, too, especially the increase in socially-acceptable violent misogyny.

        Costa Rica looks really good right now. So do Spain. and Ireland.

  11. Excellent post, DT! I too am looking for some good news. It can be in the form of pushing back regardless of the length of the struggle. I consider pointing out the truth over and over as pushing back. So your post is in the good news category. Resistance is the secret of joy – H/T Alice Walker (I know she supported The One).

  12. Thanks everyone!

  13. Happy Birthday America !


  14. This gives new meaning to Obama’s chant of Yes We Can.

    Go read Ian.

    To sum up, the President can do all of the following, in most cases without meaningful appeal or a trial: execute Americans, imprison people indefinitely, spy on anyone he wants, forbid people from flying, torture people, kidnap people, forbid people from associating with whoever they want, and deny them the right to speak freely anywhere except in small cordoned off zones.

    This is America?


  15. I think they might be turning the gulf into an algal fuel production pond? After doing a lot of research on that. It’s something called — “geoengineering” and guess who is involved? Not the apple guy — the other guy. That creepy guy that apple peeps don’t really like, much.


    Happy 4th to Conf & Co, nevertheless.
    Can we have our childhood prezzes back? I wonder.

    sends hugs to all.

  16. Officials sign a pact to allow the US to station missile interceptors on Polish soil.

  17. No one seems to get what’s going on in the Gulf. BP bought it. They put down a $20 billion deposit. Still, there are a lot of people there and it’s a lot of trouble to evict them, so they’re going to kill them and their livelyhood off and then pay the rest to leave. When journalists get detained, it’s because they are trespassing on private property. They just don’t know it.

  18. Nice rant DT!!

    Good Morning Dak.

    Please forgive my lack of understanding, but could you make sense of this? I’m not quite sure I understand the true meaning of this…….


    • Prison Planet?

      • Alex Jones’ site.

      • Saw the same message on CNN and NYTimes.

        There was a UN committee urging moving away from the dollar. Didn’t really read the whole thing, but that UN committee does exist, and did say same.

    • Since the Bretton Woods meeting around the Great Depression, the U.S. Dollar has either been the currency that every one pegged to either de jure or de facto. After the meeting, all currencies were pegged to the dollar that was pegged to the price of gold. That was disrupted during the inflationary 1970s and Nixon finally took us off the gold standard because there wasn’t enough gold on the planet to cover the actual peg. So, most currencies float around and you can tell what they’re worth by checking the exchange rate that appears in the currency market. Some countries still peg to the US dollar or they pay attention to what the dollar is and the dollar is used as a ‘reserve’ currency if the country’s own currency basically is valueless in the market. In this way, it sort’ve serves like a country’s gold stock if they don’t have gold. It’s been considered a safe harbor because of the stability of the US government and economy.

      Now that there are other big, stable economies, other countries are pushing for their to be a blended set of reserve currencies that form an idex. That way they follow the index other than the dollar. This basically means that the US will have less influence in the world currencies markets and can’t influence the monetary policies of other countries where the dollar is still the going currency.

      Again, there’s several things where this becomes essential. First, the country’s exchange rate (and that basically sets its terms of trade with other countries. Second, it influences the country’s monetary policy and therefore can impact inflation and interest rates. This has given the US an undue amount of leverage in other countries’ economies and some of the countries that now are also big economies want more autonomy from the US policies. These policies are basically established by our FED.

      That’s kind’ve a primer, but hope that helps. It’s not the end of the world and it’s not the end of the U.S. dollar. It just lessens our influence which is the end of the world to some people.

  19. thanks, DT – great rant. Happy Birthday America – let’s get it back!

  20. Must see Rumsfeld Video about Missing Trillions of Tax Payers Dollars (2.3 Trillion missing in ONE YEAR and it explains why they are keeping the WARS going and going and going) Has President ‘Transparency’ Obama found the money?

  21. “We opened the window behind me and threw eight hundred billion dollars out of it.”

    That was how an aide to a local congressman described to me the economic-stimulus act when it passed in the winter of 2009.


  22. I just want to recommend watching “The Revolution” a 10 episode series on the history channel. I caught some of it yesterday and it was extremely interesting and well done. I learned many things I didn’t know about the fight for our freedom. I also learned that George Washington must have been a cold S.O.B. In January of 1781 the troops were tired of the war and they weren’t getting paid properly and when they were paid they received paper money that became more and more worthless each day. One group of 1300 held a mutiny and left. Washington negotiated with them and some came back and others left. This started more troop rebellion. Washington made an example of a rebellion. He took the ring leaders and had them face a firing squad. I think it was January 20th, 1781. The catch is….he then took 12 of their closest friends and had them comprise the firing squad. The firing squad had to kill their friends. Pretty sick but it stopped the problem! This site is kind of interesting. http://www.executedtoday.com/2009/01/27/1781-new-jersey-pennsylvania-line-mutiny/
    For all of the wonderful things we think about our history, the truth is much of what has happened in our history was done for the wealthy. This is just my opinion.

  23. Big surprise here, eh?

    Shareholders vote, but companies count the vote.

    “The process is tilted in favor of management,” he argues, yet “they still feel the need to lean with their elbow on the scale — it’s unbecoming.”


  24. Brilliant rant DT. (Sorry I read it late…)

    Happy Birthday, America.

  25. More fun with the NEA via NYT:

    Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention


    But in a sign of the Obama administration’s strained relations with two of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

    The largest union’s meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of heated rhetoric, with several podium speakers calling for Mr. Duncan’s resignation, hooting delegates voting a resolution criticizing federal programs for “undermining public education,” and the union’s president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying: “This is not the change I hoped for.”“Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union, anti-student environment I have ever experienced,” Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, told thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

    wow, how’s that for change you can believe in?

  26. I just returned from volunteering at our little borough’s Fourth of July Ice Cream Social – It’s good to see and chat with so many people who can’t wait to vote in November.

  27. the only way for me to feel patriotic is to revel in the history – I give you Historiann’s post about Betsy Ross. Yay for the female founders!


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