We didn’t post yesterday — a first for this humble blog — because we couldn’t find anything newsworthy enough to write about, and we finally figured out what the problem is. The Fourth of July — American Independence Day — falls on a Wednesday this week. Were it on any other day of the week, people would take a three or four day weekend off. But because it’s in the middle of the week, it appears that things are going to be slow all week long. In a peculiar way, that is fortunate for us.
As we informed you a few days ago in An Inconvenient Week Is Coming, the Curmudgeon’s headquarters will be moving on Wednesday, and we’ll be off-line that day and maybe for a day or two afterwards. But it’s unlikely that we’re going to miss out on any blog-worthy creationism news.
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.
Because we’re not expecting any of our kind of news this week, and starting with July 3, your Curmudgeon be off-line anyway, it’s up to you to entertain yourselves. 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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