Greetings faithful readers. This is a great week to be reminded of the beauty of America and our democratic process. Yes there are warts, bruises and things can get down right ugly at times, but overall, it's about the best thing around. So let's start off with one of the most beautiful renditions of a song that speaks to America by the great Ray Charles. Okay, now that you are all patriotic for your country of choice (we welcome new Network faithful in Egypt this week), get to readin' Friday Update.