Friday, July 11, 2008


Iran has launched a second series of tests designed to further intimidate Israel and the United States.
Here is a picture of the launches:

And yes, if you look closely enough, Jar Jar Binks has gone over to the enemy. I always knew we couldn't trust him. For more coverage of the way the entire world's mainstream media was duped:


Monday, July 7, 2008

We the People

Happy 4th of July everyone!

This past weekend marked the 232nd birthday of America as the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia by a lot of men in tights and powdered wigs explaining why they felt it was necessary to secede from the British Empire. Here is a good summary from Wikipedia, that scholarly source:

During the American Revolution, the legal separation from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

One of the most enduring myths about Independence Day is that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The myth had become so firmly established that, decades after the event and nearing the end of their lives, even the elderly Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had come to believe that they and the other delegates had signed the Declaration on the fourth. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776.

If you're interested in reading more about the founding of our great Republic (and I strongly suggest you should), check out:
- The Federalist Papers (where Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay argue in support of ratification of the Constitution)
- The Constitution
- The Declaration of Independence
- The Bill of Rights
- The Articles of Confederation
- The Treaty of Paris (the Treaty formally ending the Revolutionary War)
- And here's a nifty animation of the land growth of America in 10 minutes or less
... That's all I can think of at the moment, but I hear "1776" by David McCullough is also a good read.

(I would also like to mention that the 4th of July marks the 145th anniversary of the conclusion of the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg and the end of the Siege of Vicksburg, both 1863, which some consider the turning point in the theretofore poorly general-ed Civil War). (Eat that, Mary Liz) (Here's a cool animation of the Vicksburg campaign if you've got the patience and here's one of Gettysburg)