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-leading to leftist historians to the consensus that Thomas Jefferson and the Founders intended that a a vigorous government was needed to protect individual rights. *head*desk*
Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.
Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less.
The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the transcript, but almost certainly not, she maintains, on the badly faded parchment original.
That errant spot of ink, she believes, makes a difference, contributing to what she calls a “routine but serious misunderstanding” of the document.
The period creates the impression that the list of self-evident truths ends with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she says. But as intended by Thomas Jefferson, she argues, what comes next is just as important: the essential role of governments — “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — in securing those rights.
The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights,” Ms. Allen said. “You lose that connection when the period gets added.”
Correcting the punctuation, if indeed it is wrong, is unlikely to quell the never-ending debates about the deeper meaning of the Declaration of Independence. But scholars who have reviewed Ms. Allen’s research say she has raised a serious question. [ MORE ]
“Hey Lefty! Yeah. You. The Declaration of Independence doesn’t need correcting. You do.”
…an oldie but goodie. I think we’ve posted this every year on July 4th.
Barbie Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs
With 150 jobs under her belt, Barbie recently created a LinkedIn page where you can view her resume.
Taking on the personality of ‘Entrepreneur Barbie’, she hopes to encourage young girls to “dream big” with her profile.
Barbie wrote in a posting, “My new business is ‘Dream Incubator’ where I act as a consultant, helping girls around the world play out their imagination, try on different careers, and explore the world around them. Our company tagline is ‘If you can dream it, you can be it!’”
The empowerment-focused page also has a shout-out to women entrepreneurs and tips for business inspiration.
Check out Barbie’s profile here.
I thought this was cool as there is a section that tells girls/kids about business and what it is to be an entrepreneur. There is no shouting about birth control and the glory of government. No feverish demands for free stuff that taxpayers can provide because you think that you are entitled to it. The colors are soft and feminine- unlike the scary poster “art” from Sandra Fluke yesterday. There’s no indication of or finger pointing to Republican’s WarOnWomen. There are ways to “empower” women and girls without being a part of the brutish screeching collective. It’s a positive message to girls that you don’t hear much of in the shouting social media of fancy do nothing hashtags and uninformed impulse commentary on Facebook.
At least she didn’t use Comic Sans.
Newcastle Brown Ale had a big hit with its “If We Made It” ambush campaign around the Super Bowl. Now, the British brewer has done something similar for July 4.
The new campaign, from Droga5, is called “If We Won,” and it imagines what America would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War. It also continues the tradition, begun last year, of celebrating July 3 as Independence Eve—so the Brits can sneak in with their bangers and mash ahead of Independence Day on July 4.
It’s all a bunch of bollocks, of course—or rather, no bollocks.
Stephen Merchant kicks things off with the amusing video below. Elizabeth Hurley and Zachary Quinto will join the campaign with their own videos in the coming days. There will be 16 pieces of filmed content in all, “to help Newcastle celebrate the land that nearly became ‘Great Britain 2,’ ” the brewer says.
-that headline was too good to improve on.
SAN ANTONIO Texas (Reuters) – Grammy-award winning pop star Phil Collins said on Thursday his music wealth helped him satisfy a boyhood fascination with the Alamo and he would donate his extensive collection of artifacts from the 1836 battle for a museum at the Texas shrine.
Collins, 63, said he became fascinated with the Alamo story when he was growing up in the 1950s watching the television series “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” starring Fess Parker. The series chronicled the frontier legend of Crockett, who eventually died as one of the defenders of the Alamo.
Collins went on to amass the largest known private collection of memorabilia from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo.
“Some people would buy Ferraris, some people would buy houses, I bought old bits of metal and old bits of paper,” the former Genesis drummer and vocalist for hits including “Against All Odds” and “Another Day in Paradise” told reporters in front of the famed structure in San Antonio, Texas. He kept the items at his home in Switzerland.
The collection includes rare items such as a rifle owned by Crockett, as well as one of the original Bowie knives, made famous by Alamo defender Jim Bowie, said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, whose office runs the Alamo.
“I was like a dog with two tails as they say in England,” Collins said. “The exact place where my collection should be housed is the place where it came from.”
The collection will be placed on a rotating-basis display at the Alamo, where the version of the battle often taught in the U.S. schools holds that Crockett and the rest of the 160 men fighting in the battle for Texas independence were killed in combat.
The collection will begin arriving in Texas in the next few months.
New Teaser Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Shows Why Big Government Is Scary
The newly released teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 will remind everyone why no other recent pop culture phenomenon is as strikingly libertarian.
The teaser depicts President Snow, ruthless dictator of the fictional North American country of Panem, rallying viewers of a government-run propaganda TV station to pledge total support to his rule as creepy buzzwords like “UNITY” appear on screen.
His speech is accompanied by cheesy background music straight out of a modern political ad, though it finds a menacing note as Snow’s threats grow more explicit:
“Ours is an elegant system conceived to nourish and protect. Your districts are the body, the Capitol is the heart. Your hard work feeds us, and in return, we feed and protect you. But if you resist the system, you starve yourself. If you fight against it, it is you who will bleed. I know you will stand with me, with us, with all of us, together as one. Panem today. Panem tomorrow. Panem forever.”
…and yet it’s very likely that fans of this movie vehemently hate the TeaParty. Just saying’.
-have some Birthday Broccoli.
Edmonds schools ban edible classroom birthday treats
EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) – The Edmonds School District is banning edible classroom party treats next year, as part of its efforts to promote student health.
Maplewood Elementary School Principal Michelle Mathis says when someone is marking a birthday they want to celebrate the children, not the sweets.
The Daily Herald reports the new policy was inspired by the federal Wellness Policy, which requires superintendents to monitor nutritional standards for unregulated items such as food prepared by parent groups.
The rules applying to all participants in the national school lunch program also affect vending machines and student stores.
The federal policy does not apply to events after school hours and only governs food sold to students, not given away. School officials in Edmonds have decided to take it a step further by banning food at birthday celebrations.
I’m glad that I grew up when I did because this new America is___________.
Philadelphia Restaurant Plans to Ban Tipping
An upcoming Philadelphia restaurant has announced intentions to ban tipping when it opens later this year: Philly’s The Insider reports co-owners Cristian Mora and Brian Oliveira of the upcoming French bistro Girard will instead pay their waitstaff a “living wage” ($11 per hour) and offer full benefits and profit-sharing.
To offset those costs, the reservation-only restaurant will have prices “10 percent to 30 percent higher, item by item, than similar restaurants” when it opens in September, according to the Insider.
Girard joins a growing list of restaurants that have elected to ban tipping: Earlier this month, restaurants in Kentucky and British Columbia eliminated the practice in favor of offering their employees a “living wage.” Restaurateurs have long been discussing the act of banning tips all together; whether or not Girard will receive more (or fewer) job applicants as a result remains to be seen.
I can’t help but think at some point waitstaffs will complain that they still aren’t making enough money and the “tip” will be reinstated. The additional 10-30% added to the diner’s bill will not be revoked…just like any other gubmint tax.
“…but…but they said the Teaparty was dead!”
I’m not sure who expressed it in the comments the day of the ‘Sweatin’ with the Socialist-in-Chief’ workout video but it was said that, ” someone needs to put Reagan and Obama side by side for a comparison.” Well, here ya go courtesy of the Young America’s Foundation.
SEATTLE — At least six people have been shot at Seattle Pacific University and a suspect is in custody, Seattle police and fire officials said.
Seattle fire officials say a gunman is also wounded. [MORE here with live police scanner]
If I remember correctly, SPU is a Christian university. Let’s see if that plays a part in what happened.
Chester Nez, last of original Navajo code talkers of World War II, has died.
Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died Wednesday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. He was 93.
Nez was one of the 29 Navajos recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps to develop the code that would be used by hundreds of code talkers during the war.
“The Navajo Nation flags will all be lowered to half-mast in honor of our hero passing away,” President Ben Shelly said.
Nez was a teenager when he was recruited to develop the code. He was assigned with the other code talkers to the Marine Corps’ 382nd Platoon.
Military authorities chose Navajo as a code language because it was almost impossible for a non-Navajo to learn and had no written form. [ MORE ]
The first political website, created for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, was created 20 years ago today.
Chris Casey, who was working as a system administrator for the senator at the time, has a nice look back:
On June 2, 1994, the office of Senator Kennedy released a press release announcing the launch of their official website, the first for any member of Congress. It was developed and hosted by the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The same release shared a public email address for the Senator, joining just a handful of Senators accepting email from the public by that point. And it also detailed the Senator’s previous means of online outreach to his constituents, including a network of dial up bulletin boards, ftp and gopher servers, and postings in Usenet newsgroups…. [ MORE ]
Oh I know there’s jokes to be had here but you guys are better at that than I am.