Brilliant article by Eric Garland about the myths driving US urge to intervene in Syria.
Click on the above for a Eugene Robinson column spelling out in detail just how the government has been lying about the NSA spying.
Barbecues and fireworks aside, how much do we Americans remember about what we are celebrating on the Fourth of July?
Here’s a a short Independence Day quiz you can try out on yourself first, and then use it to test your friends. Americans who get more than one of these wrong should be ashamed of themselves.
Our friends from other countries are invited to play, but they won’t be punished for wrong answers.
1.Name the 13 colonies, the original states.
2. Where and when were the first shots of the War of Independence fired.
3 Which state was the 14th state.
4. The Declaration iof Independence as a document was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. When did the Continental Congress officially decide on and declare independence?
5. The Declaration lists the injustices that England’s King George inflicted on the colonies. One injustice included in Thomas Jefferson’s original draft was deleted by vote of other delegates and thus does not appear in the Declaration. What was that deleted section about?
6. Which one of the following founding fathers did NOT sign the Declaration of Independence, and why not?
John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington.
‘”Answers to Quiz” up there on top
Here’s another glimpse of how various government intelligence agencies are illigally spying on everybody. This one officially reports that the CIA was working side by side with the New York City police intelligence department. The CIA, remember, is legally prohibted from operating within the U.S.
This blog will frequently refer to historical events and today I am commemorating an event that turned out to be extremely important–for me. Ninety years ago today, in Newark, N.J., my parents were married.