I have finally tried the bottled Guinness Draught.
Someone should have told me that you're not supposed to pour it into a glass; it's to be consumed out of the bottle.
Who the hell drinks Guinness out of a bottle? Guinness is supposed to be poured into a glass, as God intended.
Much dead animal flesh was smoked, or slow-cooked, or scorched to perfection, and wolfed down by all involved. Fireworks were watched, fireworks were initiated, small children were shown really nifty tricks with pyrotechnics -- out of sight of their mothers -- and this Independence Day was solemnly declared to be one of the "Best Ever."
In other news, North Korea had a firework display of their own when their deadly, dangerous Taepodong-2 "imploded" (that's boffin-speak for "fell apart") after 35 seconds of flight. Several others were launched throughout the day, none of which had a flight-time that came close to anything flown by the The Amateur Rocketry Society of America at a weekend meet.
Whole buncha folks who really ought to be keeping their traps shut are having kittens over the whole North-Korea-launching-missiles-thing.
I am somewhat less than impressed. World-class Bad Guys and they can't keep a rocket in the air for a full minute?
Want to borrow some bamboo, gaffer-tape, and a house-lizard? I'll even brew up some black-powder for you.
I suppose I shouldn't joke about it, because I imagine that the Head Geek In Charge of Missile Launching probably felt so much shame over the results of the missile test(s) that he drove over to North Korean Secret Police HQ and shot himself. Four times. In the back of the head. While handcuffed.
The Good Ol' U.S. of A, on the other paw, managed to get the Space Shuttle Discovery into low-Earth orbit again, despite pieces of fuel-tank insulation deciding to part company at odd times.
Hey, North Korea, if you look real close, you might be able to see some dude in orbit wearing an American patch cocking a snook at you through the shuttle window.
Yes, Kim Jong-Il, we're still better than you. Get over it.