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Happy Fourth of July

Posted in Miscellaneous by Michael LaBossiere on July 4, 2012
English: Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007

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What are you doing reading this on the Fourth of July? You should be out searing some meat, drinking beer and blowing stuff up. Get off the web and get back to being a real American!

Unless you are looking up how to treat burn injuries. If so, check out the Mayo Clinic on this subject.


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  1. magus71 said, on July 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Even I don’t drink this early in the morning.

  2. T. J. Babson said, on July 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Always worth remembering on July 4th:

    Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science.

    What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power.

    “A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,” the study found. “These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.”


    • magus71 said, on July 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      That;s very interesting actually.

      Does waving a Soviet flag make them vote Democrat?

      • Michael LaBossiere said, on July 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

        The Republicans are generally better at flag imagery than the Democrats.

        • magus71 said, on July 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          Of course. Apparently viewing the American flag makes people want to vote Republican. I guess Obama knew about this study when he refused to wear an American flag lapel pin in order to show he wasn’t a droll American patriot.

  3. T. J. Babson said, on July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    With freedom comes responsibility…but not everybody can handle it:

    • magus71 said, on July 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Ok. That was awesome. I actually started to feel guilty because I was laughing so hard at people getting blown up. Pretty sure I woke the kids up.

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on July 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Natural selection via fireworks.

  4. Anonymous said, on July 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    and then there’s

    The 2012 award for superior mammal goes to . . .

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