July 4th, 2008


Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

It's Freedom from Tyranny Day here in the U.S., and if you don't celebrate it properly the government will kidnap you off the street, send you to a secret CIA prison, deny you access to a lawyer or your family, torture you for information, and hold you indefinitely without formally charging you with any wrongdoing. Hooray for freedom!

I'm just playin'. You know I love you, America. There is no loyalty except loyalty to the party, y'all!

Happy 4th of July, Part 2

As Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, an overwhelming majority say the 56 signers of that document would be displeased at how the country has turned out.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, close to 70 percent say that if the signers of the Declaration of Independence could see America today they would be disappointed, while just under 30 percent say the founding founders would be happy with the country 232 years later.

I'd love to know who those thirty percent are. "Why yes, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and all the others would have loved to see an America with rampant misuse of eminent domain, with warrantless, free-range spying on its own citizens, with secret government prisons where they don't charge you, don't let you have a lawyer and can hold you indefinitely, where they keep trying to get rid of habeas corpus if the president declares you an enemy combatant, without having to define that term or prove anything to anyone, and where the checks and balances of government they worked so hard to create have eroded almost into a party-based monarchy. That's exactly what the Founding Fathers wanted when they overthrew British tyranny!"

4th of July Street Fair, Now With More Mozzarepas!

This afternoon I met suricattus at the big Water Street fair down in the Financial District, an area of New York City I rarely get to. The weather stayed nice for most of the afternoon, and we walked up and down the street fair (they advertised 600 vendors, but I only counted 598 -- the angry letter is on its way!), then popped over to the South Street Seaport for drinks ($2.50 for a glass of Diet Coke -- thanks, Pizzeria Uno!) and people-watching. But...street fair! You know what that means:

+ mozzarepas!

+ sets of "400"-thread count bedsheets for $10!

+ mozzarepas!

+ lamb gyros!


+ corn on the cob!


suricattus bought some new sunglasses, but I passed up a set of three Clavin Klein boxers because $25 still seemed pricey, and besides, I wanted to save my money for the $10 bedsheets and...oh, what are those things called again?

Oh yeah!