Light posting ahead. (Enjoy your freedom and your holiday).

I just put the "Banzai Falls" - the 7 1/2 foot high Wal-mart water slide - up in my yard and am preparing to enjoy the holiday weekend with the family and friends. I'm going to try to get sunburnt this weekend, as opposed to being burned inside by computer monitor radiation. So, posting will be light to non-existent.

As you're sipping that beer or iced tea this weekend, please don't forget what we're celebrating. Over our nation's history, we've gone from a nation of refugees, rejects, outcasts, and opportunists to standing as arguably the greatest military, financial, technological, and intellectual superpower of all history. And we did it because a group of people believed in freedom.

If you're looking for some inspirational reading this weekend, I'd suggest 1776 or John Adams by David McCullough. I was perusing the latter book and there was a very moving quote I came across.
"That John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had died on the same day, and that it was, of all days, the Fourth of July, could not be seen as a mere coincidence: it was a 'visible and palatable' manifestation of 'Divine Favor'"
For your viewing pleasure this weekend, I'd also recommend "Independence Day" for some cheesy fun. Kinda like that movie that came out this week, but the stars of "ID4" are generally not as ridiculously self-important as the star of the new one.

Happy Independence Day!

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