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Fourth of July Weekend Free Fire Zone

Liberty Enlightening the World

As we always do on this occasion, we ask our non-US readers to indulge us as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.

There wasn’t much news today, and there won’t be much over the weekend, but if we find something, we’ll certainly post about it. One thing we always watch for is when the Discoveroids, as they usually do on the Fourth, continue their gruesome campaign of intellectual body-snatching and quote-mining by hijacking one of America’s Founders and claiming him as one of their own. They did it last year with Jefferson when they wrote On Independence Day, Recalling the Intelligent-Design Views of the Man Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence. They did it the year before too — see Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July.

Regardless of what creationist websites may claim, there was nothing biblical about the Revolution. Most of the clergy opposed it — divine right of kings, you know. The bible is all about monarchy, on Earth as it is in heaven. It’s not much of a blueprint for the American Revolution, or the Constitution — see Is America a “Christian Nation”?

We always take this occasion to load you up with a bunch of historical links, so we’ll do that once again. Here’s a link to the Declaration of Independence, plus the Articles of Confederation, which — except for a few tweaks — was also drafted in July of 1776, but it wasn’t ratified until 1781. No collection would be complete without Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Those links are about the Revolution. The time when we were living under the Articles is the often-neglected period when we had ten Presidents before George Washington — see President of the United States in Congress assembled. Finally we come to the Constitution.

Here’s the Federalist Papers — that splendid and still authoritative series of essays by the Constitution’s principal authors, who explain the meaning and purpose of its every clause. The website has a search feature at the bottom of the page. For some wholesome family amusement, invite someone over who insists that the nation was founded on religious principles. Encourage your friend to search through the entire thing for all the religious words he can think of, and then let him ponder the results.

After that, check out our post on Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and then our post on The Unknown Bill of Rights.

It’s astounding what you can find at Primary Documents in American History (1763-1815). And you ought to be aware of this: Veto of federal public works bill by James Madison, because pork barrel spending is unconstitutional. Hey –it’s always handy to have a link to Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Searchable!

Because we’re not expecting any of our kind of news this weekend, it’s up to us to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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News Famine Free Fire Zone

There’s a ghastly absence of news we can blog about. We have no intention of posting about the Pope and global warming — and that’s been way over half the stories our scans have found this week. Nor are we interested in some strange conflict over yoga and religion that seems to be getting a lot of attention.

Ol’ Hambo is boring. So are the Discoveroids. There’s been no word for weeks about David McConaghie. His trial for bathroom voyeurism should have come and gone by now, but it’s starting to look like we’ll never know the outcome.

Therefore, we are declaring this to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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Memorial Day Weekend Free Fire Zone

This is a long holiday weekend because Monday is Memorial Day in the US. Therefore, news of The Controversy is scarce and we expect traffic to be be light. Nevertheless, your Curmudgeon is on the job.

For your contemplation, we’ll mention some news about a subject we don’t usually discuss around here — this is the headline in the Irish Times: Ireland becomes first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. We don’t need to give you any excerpts.

The irony is that in 2009, that same country adopted a law which, according to Wikipedia — see Blasphemy law in the Republic of Ireland — outlawed the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.” We posted about it the day it went into effect: Is This Blog Blasphemous in Ireland?

We don’t know what’s going on over there, but Ireland has some of the loveliest ladies in the world, so as long as one is careful to avoid speaking favorably about the solar system, the age of the Earth, or evolution, it’s probably a great place to visit.

For your weekend amusement, we found some relevant commentary from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s angry. We imagine that once again he’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He just posted this on his blog: Ireland and Gay “Marriage”. It’s very predictable, so we’ll only give you one excerpt:

Really, such votes show the continued secularization of the Western world. There’s no doubt that the current generations have been educated to believe the Bible is not an infallible book and that supposed science has disproved the Bible’s history. The religion of naturalism (atheism) has really been imposed on Western nations by education systems, media, the Internet, and secular museums.

That’s all we found today — at least so far. Therefore, your Curmudgeon declares an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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Glorious News: Habemus Canem!

Miss Scarlett

The mysterious mission on which your Curmudgeon was engaged has been accomplished. We have a new dog here at Curmudgeon Headquarters. She’s a red Doberman, and we’ve named her Miss Scarlett.

The Doberman breed comes in four colors. The standard color is black (with the usual tan splashes on the muzzle, chest, legs, and below the tail). Besides black, which is by far the most common color, they can also be red, fawn, or blue (which is actually sort of gray). Miss Scarlett is a splendid red, although it doesn’t show in the pic because she was in the shade. Her eyes are light brown.

The reason for this acquisition is that we recently lost our Pearl. She was nearly 11 years old — an old age for a Doberman — when she succumbed to Wobbler disease — a spinal disorder that affects horses and certain large breeds of dogs. She was fine until the very end, when she suddenly had problems getting up, and she was in pain. We took her to the vet and learned that the situation was hopeless, so we did what had to be done.

Poor Aaaargh! (a blue Doberman whose formal name is Argos) had lost his companion of many years. He’s been listless and very demanding of our constant attention. He needed another dog, so we began a search of various Doberman rescue organizations.

Our requirements were specific: we wanted a female, young — but not a puppy. We were looking for one about 2 or 3 years old, house broken and with a good disposition. After an agonizingly long search, we found Miss Scarlett. She had a goofy name, but we’ve always wanted a red we could name Miss Scarlett. She’ll eventually respond to it.

It was a two-hour car ride to get her, and two hours back. Then she was introduced to Aaaargh! That went well. At the moment, she’s exploring every room, playing with all the toys that belong to Aaaargh!, and getting used to her new situation. It’ll take time, but she’ll be fine. In a day or two they’ll be frolicking on the lawn, and things will be back to normal around here.

So that was our galactic mission. You can relax now. All is well.

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