Happy Independence Day!

In the spirit of the Great Emancipator's explanation of his constant telling of jokes during the Civil War ("I laugh because it's the only way  I can keep from crying"), a couple of items to commemorate our nation's birth.

Got this from a friend in the UK today.


Meanwhile, from Malinda Kathleen Reese- the woman from whom Jimmy Fallon ripped off that Google Translate thing- we get this celebration of our nation's polyglot heritage: sections of our founding documents, and a verse from "America the Beautiful," translated from English into several foreign languages and then again into English:



May you have a glorious and blessed Fourth, spent meditating on what those documents Malinda manged truly mean, and why it's important that we hang on to that meaning.

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