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President Obama celebrates 4th of July in true Neo American spirit, rewarding foreign mercenaries for their service

Remember Rome's soldier citizens? American forces now augment their numbers by recruiting foreign legionnaires with the promise of US citizenship. President Obama reportedly spent the Fourth of July in the company of soldiers for hire, hired to commit American war crimes with the advantage that if killed, they wouldn't be tallied as American casualties. On the plus side, this batch also evaded being caught red handed committing war crimes, but ultimately the public does not know what it takes to earn that final prize, behaving like Americans or outwitting Americans.

What’s happy about the Fourth of July?

AYFKM? Even "have a nice day" has more credibility, or have a holiday that's happy. Should our national day of flag waving, specifically OUR celebration of patriotism as citizens of an ever broadening, ever more savage repressive empire, remind us to be happy? How about, don't cry? Over the past week, as neighbors stood curbside to thank the firefighters returning from the Waldo Canyon Fire, they waved flags and wore red white and blue, because, it's the only thing Americans know to wave I guess. What does it mean, thanking firefighters with American flags? Competence and bravery are American qualities? Heroism is patriotic? We kick wildfire ass? Did we? Because we didn't, as President Obama's disaster zone visit confirmed. Much the reverse. And we're reaping the same cataclysm with our imperial flag planting everywhere.

Fourth of July fireworks: an unseemly American insensitivity to shock & awe?

I forget, do Americans celebrate The 4th of July because America can kick everyone's ass, or because we can kick anyone's ass, be they unarmed, civilian, or collateral; and by remote, and with impunity? Americans celebrate our independence, yet we are not free, while we actively attack others to ensure they're not either. Do you wonder if the American appetite for fireworks owes quite a bit to our never having suffered a home front war? I can't look at these pyrotechnics without thinking that this is what the other end of the gun looks like. We sit protected, watching non-lethal Shock 'N' Wow demos, while for many parts of the world, such explosions terrify, re-fire PTSD, and at the least, remind millions of how they lost their loved ones.

Dear President Obama, your email MailMerge function needs tweaking

When a Codepink blogger offered her public reply to President Obama's "This Fourth of July" email, I thought I'd poke my own fun at passages like "as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed." But when I examined the email Obama sent me, that laugh line had been scrubbed. Did you know our personal notes from the president were indeed personal? 18453

Patriotic man: insolence v. character

"...by patriotic man I do not mean him who measures his country's greatness by the extent of her territory, the size of her armies, the strength of her fleets, or even by the insolence with which she tramples upon her weaker neighbors, but him who knows that the true greatness of a nation, as of a man, depends upon its character, its sense of justice, its self-restraint, its magnanimity, in a word upon its possession of those qualities which distinguish George Washington from the prize-fighter the highest type of man from the highest type of beast." --Moorfield Storey, Anti-Imperialist League, 1898

Does Florida celebrate the 4th of July?

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA- I'm looking forward to observing how Floridians celebrate the Fourth of July. During our nation's War of Independence, La Florida fought on the side of the Brits. The territories were traded from Spain to comprise the king's 14th and 15th colonies, and they declared nothing in 1776, except to quarter British Forces. 8151

Fort Carson’s boot on your 4th of July

I just love the Gazette's headline on their July 4th front page: POST IS KEEPING TABS ON ITS 'BOOTPRINT'. Is it a cute eco play on words, or an ironic malapropism? About collateral damage, Rumsfeld famously said the US doesn't do body counts. I am reminded of course of George's Orwell's foretelling: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever." 3635

Where’s the independence on Independence Day?

The Fourth of July is celebrated as America's 'Independence Day' but where's the independence? Sure, you're free to get drunk, barbecue up some meat product on the grill, shoot fireworks off dangerously, and run your mouth about why one just supposedly has to vote for McCain or Obama, BUT... 3630

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