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merry independence day

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…

229 years later, here we are.

Call me a jingoistic American sheep-being, but the more I travel, the more I love the United States. I’ve traveled to England, Germany, Italy, Japan – and now, Kuwait and Iraq – and they’ve all been nice places to visit (ok, maybe not the last two) but I wouldn’t want to live in any of those countries. There’s just something about the vast diversity of America – the densely packed birthplace of our nation on the East Coast, the vast spaces of the West, the easygoing life in the Midwest, the West Coast home of Hollywood and Starbucks.

The freedoms we enjoy, the prosperity we experience, and the strength we wield is unheard of in the history of the earth. But we live in interesting times – the Global War on Terror, the uncertain fate of the EU, the rise of China, corruption in the UN – and some say that dark times lay ahead. Will America’s greatness last forever? Of course not – nothing lasts forever. But hopefully, this great nation – and everything it represents – will continue on for many years to come.

Here’s to another 229 years.


  1. Spike

    Happy Independence day.

  2. Pat in NC

    Happy Indpendence Day! My thanks to you for your service and
    sacrifices. It is because of our military that I am able to
    celebrate the 4th in freedom and I honor you.

  3. cindy

    Thanks for joining the generations of men and women who have helped us to live in freedom in America. Thanks, also, to all Alex’s readers who have served. We appreciate your sacrifice.
    Last night we went to Bloomington for fireworks and a band concert. The band played a medley of songs of the armed services and invited everyone who had served to stand during their branch’s song. It was very moving, but they missed the Signal Corps song!

    Have a safe and sane 4th of July.

  4. Desult

    Happy Independence Day, buddy. Cheers!

  5. Darth Pontificus

    My God! Did you hear that Delobi? They missed the Signal Corps theme! So much for our short wave net… :-(

    Furthermore, I’d like to add something about the 4th that many people are unaware of. Delobi and I were sitting around on the 3rd, when he came across National Flag Burning Day! Guess what everyone? Its the 4th of July according to…hey, what was that site again Delobi?

    [Ed.: that was from the geniuses at .]

    To another 229 years of the greatest experiment of all time, democracy!!

  6. Bryce and Lola

    Do they sell fireworks in Iraq or is it like MN? We loved your comments and agree with you. Your Dad came over this afternoon and we grilled some burgers ate baked beans and potato salad. Also shot some illegal popbottle rockets and firecrackers. Wiush you could have been here too. Love G&G

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