Independence Day

This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet
July 03, 2015

Americans already hold more responsibility for climate change than the rest of the world. Don't make it worse.

The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
July 03, 2014

No, the American Revolution didn't begin with the "shot heard round the world." The facts matter.

No, the EPA Isn't Waging War on the Fourth of July
July 02, 2014

But fireworks can do real damage to humans and the environment.

Vice President Biden Has A New Twitter Feed. What Will He Use It For?
July 05, 2011

Yesterday marked the first tweet from the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, whose foray into the world of Twitter has occasioned a few snickers among people skeptical that he can limit himself to 140 characters.

How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away
July 04, 2011

At least one of the Founders thought that Independence Day would become important. When the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, John Adams, who more than any other single Founder was responsible for that vote, was ecstatic. America’s declaring of independence from Great Britain, he told his wife Abigail, marked “the most memorable Epocha in the History of America.” He hoped that the day would be “celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

Independence Day Weekend
July 01, 2011

I'm planning to spend more time grilling and less time blogging until Tuesday, but we may have an item or two before then. meanwhile, enjoy your Independence Day weekend. And to all those I've tussled with, left and right, bright and not-so-bright, let me take this occasion to toast our common love of country and opposition to monarchy.  

The Sudan Crisis: Obama’s Hypocrisy and Culpability
June 22, 2011

Among the many incoherencies of Obama’s foreign policy, none is more glaring and appalling than his stance toward one of the worst mass murderers of our time, Omar Al Bashir, the dictator of Sudan. Al Bashir and his totalitarian political Islamic regime have conducted two eliminationist campaigns—of mass murder, mass expulsion, and mass rapes—over 20 years, first in Southern Sudan and then in Darfur.

First, Do No Harm
July 12, 2010

This is the most recent item in a debate about humanitarian intervention.

Mark Penn Offers A Suggestion
June 02, 2010

Mark Penn lists a series of problems faced by president Obama and demands Action: almost all of these problems are about substance, not style, branding or even communications. They can't be addressed with press conferences and panels. The public is looking for direct and immediate action, thought out and taken by the an administration that acted boldly when it took office to prevent a possible depression. Okay, Mr. Penn. You want action! Something bold!

The Mini-Review: '2012'
November 13, 2009

At this point, I’m not sure which has become more tiresome: Roland Emmerich’s penchant for emotionally overwrought end-of-the-world pictures or his penchant for giving said pictures time-specific titles. With the exception of Godzilla, which advertised its subject with forthright specificity, his titles have exhibited a peculiar insistence on emphasizing the when at the expense of the what: Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and now 2012.