It was, and perhaps still is, one of those trick questions used by kids to trip up their schoolmates: "Do they have fourth of July in England? " Well, of course, the English have a July 4th. Their calendars would look rather silly without it. But they probably don't celebrate American Independence on that or any other day, except, of course, at the U.S. embassy.
Most of us will undoubtedly find reasonably pleasant ways to spend the extra hours away from work that a holiday weekend gives us; and nearly all, I expect, will have more fun than Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama’s choice to succeed the retired John Paul Stevens on the U.S Supreme Court. For General Kagan, as I learned from reading Joe Wolverton’s article on TheNewAmerican.com, has made a pledge to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that she would reread The Federalist Papers to refresh her understanding of the framers’ original intent.
Public officials throughout America have made substantial progress in recent years in keeping demonstrators out of sight and earshot of the objects of their demonstrations. This is especially true when someone or something important comes to town, like the President or a national convention of one of the two major political parties.
Tragically, Robert Byrd has died. Don't get me wrong: it's a stellar day whenever one of Leviathan's lackeys departs for the nether regions and leaves us in peace. But politicians and their lapdogs in the media will now pester us with eulogies on this long-lived leech until we are as sick of him dead as we were of him alive. Meanwhile, his theft continues from beyond the grave: how many millions of our taxes will his funeral gobble? The "security" alone (we can't have any of his victims showing up to tell the truth about him, now, can we?) will likely cost enough to bankrupt Midas.