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Don’t Be A Jailbird

On June 20, 1782 Federal lawmakers approve the Seal of the United States, depicting the bald eagle. It’s well known that not all of those involved in the process were happy: Benjamin Franklin is noted as having a preference that the seal portray a more naturally American bird such as the wild turkey saying it was a “bird of courage…would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.” Which, I guess, what else can you ask from a bird?

Independence Day!

Ah, the Fourth of July. That time of year when Americans unite under that banner of solidarity and freedom. We celebrate our differences and commonality. For one day at least, we remember that we are fifty distinct states brought together in common purpose.