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Fourth Of July Clips From HuffPost (VIDEOS)

Huffington Post   |  Sean Morrow
First Posted: 07- 3-08 11:29 AM   |   Updated: 07-11-08 05:12 AM

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Happy 4th of July from HuffPost! Enjoy sitting at your computer indoors watching thematic videos if you're not outside spending the 4th of July weekend with family and friends.


Watch as a fireworks factory explodes in this clip. Sadly the cameraman died in the blast. It has 35k hits on YouTube.
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Like fireworks, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest is a fourth of July institution. Here is a video of a man competing against a bear at hot dog eating. This video is patriotic because it involves many things Americans hold dear, like competition, overeating and vapid television programming. The video is also metaphorically patriotic, as it features a man competing with a bear (the bear being a symbol of the USSR, once America's greatest enemy). The metaphor works really well if you ignore the fact that the the bear wins in the end, and that the man in the video is Japanese.
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Here is a clip from a very controversial documentary about America's Independence.
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Lastly, a clip making the claim that all patriots are really just puppets of the government.
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