For those outside the United States, July 4 is traditionally the day that Americans celebrate all those lofty ideals that make the United States the model of liberty throughout the world: freedom of the press, the right to a fair and speedy trial (not detaining people without charging them), freedom of expression, the right to privacy, the opposition to torture. Oh, wait.
Perhaps some time in the future, it will be possible to observe Independence Day without feeling like a hypocrite. I, for one, will be staying home this year, as I don't currently feel that there is a whole lot to celebrate (thank you, Vilaine Fille). The good news is that I dropped off to sleep this afternoon, in the middle of the day, when I could have been doing something. Mrs. Ionarts tells me that it is called a nap.