Tag Archives: Fourth of July

The Enterprises of Ambition

There’s castle doctrine – castle law or a defense of habitation law. In English common law the term is derived from the dictum that “an Englishman’s home is his castle” – a concept established as English law by the 17th … Continue reading

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When History Disappears

It was 1954 – the French Far East Expeditionary Corps versus the Viet Minh communist revolutionaries at Dien Bien Phu – the decisive battle where the French were going to draw out the Vietnamese and destroy them with superior firepower. … Continue reading

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Washing the Flag

“I stand fearlessly for small dogs, the American Flag, motherhood and the Bible. That’s why people love me.” ~ Art Linkletter “I just bought a Jeep painted like an American flag. No one better question how patriotic I am.” ~ … Continue reading

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The Fourth Inventory

Everyone knows the Fourth of July is for picnics and parades and fireworks. It’s not a heavy holiday – the days when some local politician would give an “inspiriting” speech in the park are long gone. People wave flags. That’ll … Continue reading

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Our Fireworks

“One question in my mind, which I hardly dare mention in public, is whether patriotism has, overall, been a force for good or evil in the world. Patriotism is rampant in war and there are some good things about it. … Continue reading

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Four Times Sixty-Eight

Hang around long enough and you get jaded, or maybe simply tired. It’s that way with baby boomers, those of us who have seen sixty-eight Fourth of Julys go by. We had fathers who fought in World War II and … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Column

Everyone also knows The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images) – that 1929 painting by René Magritte. It shows a pipe and below it Magritte painted the words Ceci n’est pas une pipe. This is not a pipe? Of … Continue reading

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