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May 1st, 2003

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12:21 pm
CNN’s story about spam says that the first-ever spam was sent by a salesman from Digital Equipment Corporation. Another DEC first! :-)

Another story, this one on the furor over the Pledge of Allegiance, features the Justice Department’s claim that “Our religious heritage has been recognized and celebrated for hundreds of years in the national motto (‘In God we trust’), National Anthem, Declaration of Independence, and Gettysburg Address.” Then there’s a sidebar pointing out that “In God we trust” was only added to coins in 1864 and only became the national motto in 1956; that “The Star-Spangled Banner” only became the national anthem in 1931 (and that the reference to God is in verse four, which no-one ever sings); that the words “under God” were only added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954; that the Gettysburg Address — at least, in the two Lincoln-written copies that survive — doesn’t mention God; and that the Declaration of Independence only talks about “nature’s God” and “divine Providence.”

There’s something kinda heart-warming about our Justice Department feeling the need to issue such a deceptive statement. Makes me happy, anyway.
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