Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July, everyone. I hope you all enjoy your picnics, BBQs and fireworks today. And just to needle hand wringing liberal buzzkills, enjoy especially the fireworks.

Bill Bigelow of the radical teacher organization Rethinking Schools, wrote that we need to “rethink” the 4th of July. This “progressive” teacher has declared war on fireworks.

The Fourth of July “…provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Last year, the fire department here [Portland, OR] reported 172 fires sparked by toy missiles, defective firecrackers, and other items of explosive revelry.”

So Bigelow is concerned about public safety. Fair enough. But there’s more:

“Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children. And, of course, the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on and on. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to the real wars half a world away.”

I bet you didn’t realize you were engaging in a “pretend war” when you handed your kid a sparkler on the 4th of July. Well, now you do know, you shameless propagandist for the military industrial complex, you.

Now, back to reality —Concerned Vets for America has released a new video just in Time for July 4th: New CVA Video Celebrates Freedom:

Starting last week, we asked our friends and fans on Facebook to answer the question, what does freedom mean to you? The list has grown to hundreds of responses, with more being added—log in to our Facebook page to see what people are saying, and to add your own comments!

In honor of Wednesday’s July 4th holiday marking the anniversary of our nation’s independence, Concerned Veterans for America has prepared the following web video that deals with the same question:

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama is hosting a 4th of July Defeat Obama Telethon is airing LIVE from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern.

Confirmed guests for the event include,  Herman Cain, Congresswoman Sandy Adams, Sheriff Joe Arpai, Janine Turner, Dick Morris, Phyllis SchlaflyWayne Allyn Root, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher aka (Joe The Plumber), Melanie Morgan, Jim Labriola, Jackie Mason, Alveda King, Amy Kremer, Joe MillerDr. Gina Loudon, Jedediah Bila, Judi McLeod, Dan Riehl, Debbie Lee – Gold Star Mom, Victoria Jackson, Deroy Murdock, Pamela Geller, Jason Mattera, Teri Christoph, Pat Dollard, Tabitha Hale, Ali Akbar, and more.

On the radio they’ll be broadcasting LIVE from the studios of News/Talk 720 AM in Las Vegas and the online stream can be heard from your computer.  Just go to: www.KDWN.com

On Television the Telethon will be broadcast live in Las Vegas on Vegas TV 25 – Cable 14, and from Pahrump on KPVM TV 46.3

The video stream of the telecast can be seen online via UStream.tv at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/july-4-defeat-obama-telethon

Here’s a round-up of patriotic reads for your 4th of July from around the blogoshere:

Rasmussen: 64% Rate Fourth of July As One of America’s Most Important Holidays

Only a Viewpoint: The 4th of July

Koch’s Tour: Happy Birthday, America!

Stacy on the Right: What the ObamaTax ruling means on Independence Day

Gateway Pundit: Happy Independence Day 2012! …Don’t Forget Your American Flag

The Other McCain: Fourth Of July Message From A Leader

Rusty Weiss for The Daily Caller: Air Force Vet starts the long road home

Atlas Shrugs: Happy Fabulous Fourth!

The Jersey Texan: Happy Birthday America!