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In a town this size, there's no place to hide
Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
In a smokey bar, in the backseat of your car
In your own little house, someone's sure to find you out
What you do and what you think
What you eat and what you drink...

(Kieran Kane)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Now Barry's after our fireworks

Recently, over Cayuga Lake

 John Adams got the fireworks started in 1776.
Why are fireworks on the Fourth of July important? The first Fourth of July celebration was in 1776 at the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The beginning of the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever seen. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and freedom.
John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776 saying that "the day will be the most memorable in the history of America.
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade . . . bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore."
Now Barry Obama is trying to put an end to them.
Few would think of this south-central city in Kansas as having a big smog problem. But under current standards it's now one day away from breaching the EPA's standard for ozone, the main ingredient in smog.
That's because the city's 4th of July fireworks pushed its ozone levels over the EPA limit for the third day this year. One more violation and it could find itself forced to produce an EPA-approved smog-cutting plan that would, as the Wichita Eagle reported, "cost taxpayers and businesses millions of dollars."
Now, the EPA is expected to announce later this month if it'll tighten the smog standard even more. Doing so would shove still more cities into the "polluted" category and leave many more with just a fireworks display between them and costly EPA mandates.
This has nothing to do with ozone, and everything to do with putting you in your place, amigos.  Wake up.

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