Independence Day, Bush-style: As George W. Bush was pontificating in West Virginia yesterday about freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, two people in the audience were put in restraints, cited for trespassing, and told to leave because they were wearing anti-Bush t-shirts.

What America Needs: I spent last night sitting on abandoned train tracks outside the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, watching Mark Wojahn's amazing film What America Needs: From Sea to Shining Sea projected on the walls. In Fall 2002, Wojahn traveled from New York to California by train asking regular people what they think America needs. The answers were often hilarious and always surprising (see the trailer here). A perfect way to spend the 4th. More on Wojahn, including his work with the Twin Cities Artists Front, here.

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