The Camel's Thorn
The Camel's Thorn, or Aqoul is lovely little group blog that some acquaintances of mine are participating in. I've had the honor to be allowed to contibute.
Some of you may know "The Lounsbury" from his own blog or his comments on the blogs of others. I met him through the Dope. That's also where I ran into Tamerlane. Tamerlane is absolutely phenomenal. His knowledge of history is encyclopedic. Tamerlane has also agreed to be a contibutor to Aqoul.
I encourage one and all to make it a regular stop.
05 Jul 2005 by Simon W. Moon

Independence Day
We all wish you a very happy Independence Day.



The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
04 Jul 2005 by Simon W. Moon

Additonal Questions from One of the Silent Partners
Some political commentators are claiming the phase 1 report showed the Bush Administration was not misleading or misrepresenting the situation during the pre-war timeframe. Have these comments reached the SSCI, and if so, do you have any plans to issue a press release or statement which clarifies the matter? Specifically stating the phase 1 report as being limited to the actions and reports of the intelligence community only as opposed to the actions and representations of the Administration?

I've been out of town and have had other issues w/ gettin to see the senators. I think I have a plan.
In any case, I intend to consolidate these questions into a nice round number.
02 Jul 2005 by Simon W. Moon

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