July 4, 2007

Happy Birfday, 'Murica...

by Chris Randall



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Jul.04.2007 @ 3:05 AM
... what was that?

Jul.04.2007 @ 3:09 AM
Chris Randall
That was our former attorney general, John Ashcroft, singing his big hit. He doesn't seem so bad now.



Jul.04.2007 @ 3:10 AM
Bjorn Vayner
That was Stephen Colbert's second theme song :)

Jul.04.2007 @ 9:31 AM
I am disapointed that the revolutionary aspect of July 4th has been totally purged from the American collective conciousness. The 4th of July isn't a time to honor our veterans (that holiday is memorial day), it isn't a time to celebrate our flag or patriotism (that holiday is flag day), it is a time to remember that 200 years ago some crazy motherfuckers decided to overthrow the government.

That is my random rant of the day.


Jul.04.2007 @ 10:27 AM
Here in New York, the morning news shows are all about:

A) Heightened security at the airports. This now includes roving Viper teams (the feds).

B) Bag checks and human corrals at various Macy's-branded fireworks show locations. This also means confiscation of all alcohol and bags that cops deem too big.

C) Massive crackdowns on illegal fireworks. This means no neighborhood fireworks displays. You gotta watch the official one.

I love being free.


Jul.04.2007 @ 10:58 AM
Thank you, Rex.

And yeah, it turns out Ashcroft, uptight bastard he may have been, was at least principled. In light of yesterday's disregard of equitable justice, no one in our current administration can reasonably make that claim.

Happy birthday, USA. It was a great idea. But in the end, it seems, noble intentions are trumped by greed and entitlement.


Jul.04.2007 @ 11:36 AM
Some random thoughts...the funny thing about those various Macy's parades through the year is that the majority of attendees are seldom those, like us, who actually live in NYC. In view of the Thanksgiving fiasco a couple years ago when a child was killed by an out-of-control balloon, perhaps the corrals are mostly for spectator safety.
I used to deeply resent taking off my shoes at the airport, but now that I travel with a toddler, I don't have time to get pissed, just want to get it over with. Believe it or not, strollers have to go through the X-ray scans too. Once coming back from Japan I had to chug like 2 liters of drinks I had bought right there in Narita Airport _after_ passing through security, because draconian US security regs reached all the way to Tokyo...thank goodness my kid no longer needs a bottle, since you can't fly with liquid baby formula either. Meanwhile, our First World governments continue to ineptly treat only the symptoms of the "terror problem" rather than the actual underlying disease...ensuring that things won't be getting better anytime soon, and perhaps explaining why people who "want it to just all go away" would desert reality in favor of immersion in absurd gadgets and escapist entertainment.

Jul.04.2007 @ 11:37 AM
Chris Randall
I have to 'fess up and say that the 4th is my favoritest holiday. It is, in fact, the only holiday I really like. I'm obscenely patriotic, and I also like my small town and all the ridiculous shit they do on the 4th.

My major cognitive dissonance to get over is the fact that, while I love America, I generally can't stand Americans. We all have our crosses to bear. But I'm generally with Rex on this tip. I was actually surprised yesterday when one of the channels I regularly watched announced that they would have a special homage to our Troops today. I was like "no offense to the Troops, but wtf does that have to do with the 4th?"

In any event, I do work to keep politics out of this blog, and by this point with my subtle innuendo I've lost any freepers that might have been reading, so just remember that, for the most part, we're all on the same side here, so there's no need to rant.



Jul.04.2007 @ 11:49 AM
"we're all on the same side here"

Indeed we are, and I can't imagine how anyone, right, left, or center, can look around at our political scene today and not feel a certain sympathy with those original American revolutionaries.


Jul.05.2007 @ 9:03 AM
high tech
ashcroft = wanker

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