…4th july of the us! holy guacamole!…

…as the atmosphere is shattered by the patriotic speeches and the barbecues and the fireworks…

Amy Goodman with her Democracy Now! revisits, with some detail, the celebration of the US Independence Day – pretensions and reality, “What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech.

…To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

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Martin Luther King would echo similar sentiments in his famous speech at Riverside Baptist Church, as daily news reports from responsible news sources continue to reinforce Douglass’ observation.

Then again how better to put this into context? As stark contrast, we have a very recent case of the seriousness of US ‘legacy’ media and its public personages. We are informed that the US President and a Republican candidate for the presidency are in agreement – on guacamole. Yes, guacamole, a dish that, all the world knows, is part of the cultural and culinary heritage of the two. The breathless announcement from CNN, one of the many ‘responsible’ US media, Obama, Bush unite on guacamole

Washington (CNN)Despite their differences, there is one issue that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and President Barack Obama do agree on: No peas in their guacamole, please.

The great guac debate began after The New York Times published a recipe Wednesday that includes peas, which are not traditionally an ingredient in guacamole.

‘(G)uac’? Now, really. Clearly, the NYT is the US edition of the Aztec Messenger or some such? Missing is the culinary insight of either Donald Trump or the Protean candidate Hillary Clinton, now ‘progressive’? Great Entertainers, all.

Such mind-numbing frivolousness is routinely trotted out to divert the attention of the still so many USans from their daily experiences of Douglass’ message.

Still hard to fathom is that other US which was ever at the vanguard, especially in nature protection and preservation, parks and recreation and the environment, with such programmes emulated by many countries. Times do change.

…will the the world eagerly await the next nyt recipe on making split peas dhal – without split peas? and the views of the exceptional culinary connoisseurs?…

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