Happy 4th of July

US_Flag_color.gifOnce again, our glorious blue orb completes its annual circuit around the sun. For us, it’s the 230th such circuit since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

For Americans, it’s a time for barbecues, fireworks, family outings to the park or get-togethers in the back yard. It’s a time to ooh and ahh at the spectacular pyrotechnics displays. In between bites of the hot dogs, we remember that the fireworks recall the turning points in US military history when we won the critical battles on the road to freedom and independence.

For our allies in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and the Indian subcontinent, it’s a time for head-scratching and disbelief: where are these blokers headed, and why don’t they tell us what they’re doing? As for the other continents and regions, it might be presumptuous to invoke the term “allies”.
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Memorial Day 2004

Don’t Blame the Media

What this country stands for …

1. May 29, 2004 – Visiting an old friend

I visited an old friend over the weekend, and part of the catch-up activities was the old familiar “what do you think of [insert current event here]?”

There were no shouting matches, but there were some spirited discussions on “WMD” (Weapons of Mass destruction, still not found in Iraq), what kind of a man Don Rumsfeld is, and how much of courtroom proceedings witnesses ought really to be allowed to hear.

In fairness, my old friend thinks civil unions for gays and lesbians is a good idea. I was content to say I just want equal civil protections before the law, and I don’t give a rat what it’s called. But it is clearly important to him that it not be called “marriage” and we did not go there.
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Notes From Uncle Tubbs

Happy Fourth of July

USS Constitution

July 3

“CHARLEY REESE”

Hey, Nephew, how you been?

Charley Reese is the feller in the paper writes from down Florida way or somethin. He writes this piece, see, no this time it’s not against your gays or basic flag burners, its just for Decency, oh lessee, lemme think …

Oh yeah, Charlie says who the hell does your minority think it’s doin’ tellin’ the majority what to do?

He says SCHOOL PRAYER is free speech so it’s protected, and if you think for a minute Separation Of Church And State means the CONSTITUTION can ban school prayer, well, Charley sez: you’re just plain wrong. Actually, he says, the FIRST AMENDMENT just means the government can’t make its own official religion, he says only the Congress can do that …

I can’t keep track of all them amendments, but it sounds like Charley’s got a hold of the only end of a one-ended stick.
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