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Happy Independence Day!

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..."

Thanks, Thomas Jefferson!

It's raining outside in D.C., so I'm forgoing fireworks to blog about a major free agent signing in Washington that has so far been overlooked by Hogs Haven.  The Associated Press reported on Monday:

Capitals sign free agent center Nylander to 4-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Capitals signed center Michael Nylander to a four-year, $19.5 million contract Monday, the team's third free-agent signing in two days.  Nylander joins forward Viktor Kozlov and defenseman Tom Poti in the team's haul during the first 48 hours of the NHL's open market.

Can't fault me for posting this (it's not like anything is going on in the world of football).  Also, what could be more partriotic than the USA beating Canada every year since the 1992-93 season?  This is also my excuse if I get drunk and post about le Tour de France starting next week (an American has also won since 1999).