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Independence Day Out

Only one link this morning, an appropriate one for the holiday and surely only the first of many you'll be reading and seeing over sweeping synth strains during the next six months about walk-on Derek Baldry, courtesy the Gainesville Sun:

Now, less reverently...

...but in keeping with the intellectually conflicted and excessively self-aware sense of patriotism (knowingly excessively self-aware) that is the theme of the week, some traditional holiday YouTube, wherein mythic hokum, melodrama, showmanship and deep instinctual pride converge in a peculiarly American fashion: the end of the 1972 film adaptation of the 1969 musical smash, 1776:

The end? No, Mr. Hunt. It was only the beginning...

Here is the movie's best excerpted scene, featuring no music and Mr. Feeny as John Adams proposing a totally radical idea...

Have a great Fourth of July. Be back Thursday.