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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday USA

Happy Birthday #239.  Shoot, we're coming up to a ... quadrimillenial, or whatever term applies to 250 years.

A salute to our Founding Fathers who insisted on creating a secular government.  They were wise beyond their centuries in some ways. America is so lucky to have had so many well-educated, rational thinkers. It's no wonder that "God" or "Jesus" appears not ONCE in our Constitution. It's a blessing, in the broadest, secular, sense of the word.  

Still, they were far from perfect. That whole "blacks are 3/5 whites" is a horrid shame. And denying women the vote was dumb, but those were the times.  Doesn't excuse it, but helps to explain it.

Freethought of the Day

July 4

Giuseppe Garibaldi

On this date in 1807, Giuseppe Garibaldi was born. Although his father wanted him to be a priest, Garibaldi set out to sea as a youth. He took part in the conspiracy of 1834, for which he was forced to flee from Italy. After adventurous travels, the famed Italian compatriot took a major role in work to emancipate Italy from outside rule. After the failed revolution of 1848, he traveled to America. He returned with a band of revolutionaries in 1859, then again in 1862 and 1870. He was elected to the Italian Parliament in 1872. Garibaldi called the Vatican "the Sacred Shop," and rejected all creeds. D. 1882. 

oh, and I thought I'd toss this in

Go Bernie!

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