Barbara Ehrenreich in the NYTimes: Their George and Ours:

“But it is the final sentence of the declaration that deserves the closest study: ‘And for the support of this Declaration . . . we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’ Today, those who believe that the war on terror requires the sacrifice of our liberties like to argue that ‘the Constitution is not a suicide pact.’ In a sense, however, the Declaration of Independence was precisely that.”

I wanted to have a barbecue today and make some burgers in the backyard for a few friends. It didn’t come to pass unfortunately due to the shitty weather we have been having here for the past 2 weeks. Rain, rain, and more rain. Sometimes it clears up for 5, 10 minutes but then it starts again. I looked at the forecast yesterday before making my final decision as to whether or not i should go through with it. The online weather forecast showed three little dark clouds with animated lightning and raindrops. So I decided against it. Naturally the weather outside is wonderful with the sun shining. We’ll see how long that lasts though.