Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Tuesday, the first-ever shuttle mission to lift off on America's Independence Day holiday.
View video of the launch of STS-121, free from NASA
Space Shuttle Discovery kicks off the Fourth of July fireworks with its own fiery display as it rockets into the blue sky, spewing foam and smoke over the ground, on mission STS-121
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Those words, written by a 33 year-old activist named Thomas Jefferson and published by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, are but a few the significant phrases in America's Declaration of Independence. Barnard College history professor Herbert Sloan reminds us that it was neither a declaration of war nor even the beginning of American independence from the British crown.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer(MCT)
As Independence Day approaches, I can't think of any better gift to the nation than the Supreme Court ruling last week that checked President Bush's expanding claims of executive power.
Read Clarence Darrow's "A Plea for Mercy" for Leopold and Loeb, free from www.americanrhetoric.com
Clarence Darrow in 1922