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00h20 UTC; TUESDAY, 27 MAY 2014:
I'm not sure how many of you are regular listeners to Garrison Keillor's weekly public-radio programme A Prairie Home Companion, which is modelled on the variety programmes back in radio's glory days (and which Mr. Keillor, the show's host, recalls growing up with quite a bit) ... but one particular routine as apepars from time to time, the detective-series spoof "Guy Noir, Private Eye", can easily get to be rather satiric at turns.

Which was the case on this last Saturday's show, a remote from Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts outside Washington, DC: Noir had been called in by the National Archives to investigate suspicious manipulation of the original manuscript copies of the Bill of Rights (which, along with the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, are on display under helium-sealed glass) to the extent that the First Amendment had been perverted--only it emerged that it was on the glass. But even more silly was a secondary assignment--which revealed that the original Declaration of Independence, following a CT scan of same, was really a 250-year lease from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to use the current name and stylee, to which control of the United States would revert (or so this story went) in 2026 (cf. Great Britain's returning control of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997 and Portugal handing back Macau to the Chinese towards the end of 1999).

Which, in its turn, has to make you wonder how many listeners, especially so such otherwise dependent on conservative talkback radio and Fox Prolefeed, took that bit about the 250-year lease of the United States from Great Britain rather seriously (if that), and especially so to the extent of venting spleen about the Imminent Loss of Thy Dear and Lovely Land and Her National and Sovereign Identity as a Peculiar Among the Nations by His Grace and Endowment--even if it distracts from the non-scandals of Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's supposed "brain tumour" and worse that conservatives love using as Red Herrings to divert Real America's attention from more pressing such as may have been the creation of conservative Zealotry and True Belief all along. Especially to such extent that Snopes.com has to be called in to set the record straight within measurable distance, as in noting where such was a satire pure and simple.

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