This year marks a bitter sweet 4th of July as I'll be in my cubicle burning the midnight oil. No heavy drinking or lighting off illegal fireworks for me this year.
In the immortal words of Bill Pullman, today we do indeed celebrate our independence day. We pay tribute to this great country of ours and the freedom we've been allotted. From buying Tool albums that make you think you're cool to believing the Matrix has deep philosophical implications the United States allows you to be a genius or a moron. It's one of the few countries where the poor are fat, you can smoke yourself into an early grave and ensure your family will receive a huge settlement, and two thirds of the population don't know the words to the national anthem and/or pledge of allegiance.
So I hope you all have a great 4th of July and hopefully none of your celebrations will involve the fire department. Please take time to remember those who fought and died to keep this country great.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." - JFK