Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Amateurish Photos of Fireworks


A few pics of the big fireworks show on the waterfront, in downtown Portland. My digital camera claims to have a fireworks mode, and I figured I'd give it a shot. I don't recall the manual mentioning anything about not moving the camera during the exposure... Anyway, if you'd like to see more of my feeble efforts, I've put together a small Flickr photoset here.


It's a great holiday. Watching fireworks is fun, backyard barbecue is delicious, and Dubya can kiss my ass. Conservatives whine that this is impossible; if you don't worship their Glorious Leader, you must be against the flag and pie and mommies, too, and you're "helping the terrorists" or whatever. The usual stupid crap from the usual stupid people. They insist they love the Declaration of Independence, which tells me they probably haven't read it. It's not exactly the most conservative of documents.


And then there's this nasty ol' commie pinko liberal attack on "traditional values":

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If Jefferson was around today, or today's conservatives were around in 1776, they'd sic Ken Starr on poor TJ over the Sally Hemmings thing. And they'd dig up some Valley Forge Veterans for Truth to go after Washington. I can only imagine what they'd do to smear Ben Franklin, with his tinkering around with science, and spending all those years in France and everything. And Thomas Paine would be off to the colonial version of Gitmo.

Their beloved King George, on the other hand, would be praised as infallible, God's viceroy on earth, and they'd grovel before him and praise his every mistake, and insist against all evidence that he was doing a heck of a job.

But, of course, this is all strictly hypothetical.

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