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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Ypsilanti

This morning, the family and I checked out the the Fourth of July parade in downtown Ypsilanti. And, as always, I was struck by the how delightfully bonkers it all was. From the evangelical puppetry to the elderly ladies taking turns behind the Jeep-mounted M60 machine gun, like they’d just rolled off the set of […]

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Celebrating the Fourth of July with Howard Zinn and Frederick Douglass

I marched in the Ypsi 4th of July parade this morning. If I didn’t wave back to you, I’m sorry. I had my hands full making sure that Arlo didn’t get too close to the SUV in front of us, which I believe contained someone seeking elected office. Here we are, fulfilling our patriot obligation. […]

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Frederick Douglas on the hypocrisy of July 4

In spite of the warrantless phone tapping, the daily drone strikes, and the fact that wealth is rapidly concentrating in the hands of just a few, I actually love America. For all of its flaws, I think we’ve created something truly unique and beautiful here… something worth fighting for. It’s an extremely fragile thing, this […]

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What was your favorite part of Ypsi’s Fourth of July parade? Was it getting shot at?

Sadly, I didn’t get video of him actually pointing his gun at the small kids lining the parade route, pulling the trigger, and strafing the crowd with simulated machine gun fire. This photo was taken by a friend, right at the end of the parade, once he’d decided to end his imagined killing spree. UPDATE: […]

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Restore the Fourth… Let’s start by holding Levin and Stabenow accountable

On the Fourth of July, people around the country will be joining together to protest the illegal domestic spying activities of the American government at what are being called “Restore the Fourth” rallies… The reference, of course, is to Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights, which guarantees “the right of the people to be […]

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