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The Fear Machine at Work, Summer 2015

Number of distinct stories in American newspapers speculating about a July 4 terrorist attack on American soil, June 1 – July 4, 2015: 136

Number of actual terrorist attacks on American soil, July 4 2015: 0

Source: Proquest Newsstand

Hobby Lobby Reiterates its Bigotry: For Political Leadership, Only Christians Need Apply

Today is Independence Day in the United States, and while many people treat Independence Day as a historical commemoration of the Revolutionary War, it is not. Independence Day marks the signing of a piece of paper on July 4, 1776 and invites us to consider the ideas animating that paper. Some of those ideas are […]

Foreign Nationalism

In the United States of America, July 4th is Independence Day. A month in advance, department store shelves are stocked with various nationalist items…

… all of which are made in China. The inexpensive prices of these trinkets, given the immense expense of their transportation, suggests sweatshop labor.

Exactly whose independence is being celebrated […]

Ten Most Popular Restore the Fourth Protest Links

As people gather around the country for Restore the Fourth protests against the U.S. government’s massive communications dragnet, they’re talking to each other and sharing links. One good way to find out what’s going on with Restore the Fourth is to read what others find compelling. Over the last 24 hours, the following are the […]

Restore the Fourth Protests against Surveillance ready to hit 60 U.S. Cities on July 4, 2013

In late June 2013, I shared information with you about Restore the Fourth protests taking place in 34 cities across the United States. These demonstrations react to the news that President Barack Obama has unleashed a vast civilian and military surveillance program, collecting up all phone, e-mail, text message and large-provide internet traffic — including […]

Happy Independence Day… Don’t Forget to Smile!

Smile! “The N.S.A. is believed to have gone beyond legal boundaries designed to protect Americans in about 8 to 10 separate court orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to three intelligence officials who spoke anonymously because disclosing such information is illegal. Because each court order could single out hundreds or even thousands […]

Happy Independence Day… Don't Forget to Smile!

Smile! “The N.S.A. is believed to have gone beyond legal boundaries designed to protect Americans in about 8 to 10 separate court orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to three intelligence officials who spoke anonymously because disclosing such information is illegal. Because each court order could single out hundreds or even thousands […]

Congress Celebrates the 4th By Doing Nothing

Why has Congress been observing the Independence Day holiday by closing up shop and doing none of the People’s business? […]

How Patriotic is this Patriotic Military Cap Design Contest?

CafePress is currently holding an “All-American” “American Patriotism-themed Military Cap” design contest to celebrate Independence Day. Entrants are asked to design “patriotic” images in line with the theme of Independence Day and put them up for sale on CafePress’ military caps, which look like this:

Thing is, I just checked in with a CafePress […]