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Former pizza magnate and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has said and done some strange things over the past 12 months, but his newest web video may be his oddest offering yet.

The video shows a rabbit — described by a little girl as “small business” — being launched from a catapult (“the current tax code”) and being shot in midair by a bespectacled man (no explanation.)

“Any questions?” the girl asks before the video cuts to a closing shot of Cain staring across an empty valley. We at The National Memo can think of a few.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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