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A barrage of teevee adds announcing TheMemorialDaySalesEvent! has stirred some anger in me, along with some coming-of-age memories.

Anger, because:  

Nothing says Lets Honor Our Fallen Dead like a good ole American show of capitalism at its finest.  A car sale!, furniture sale!, all appliances and lawn furniture 10% off!-- the antithesis of what Memorial Day should be.

Memorial Day, that kick-off inaugural picnic that celebrates Summer in America, a time when we plant our tomatoes and cut down on weed growth by putting down mulch, and ensure lush, green, weedless yards by applying chemical products designed for that purpose--because who doesn't love a perfect, weed-free lawn?-- and then rev up our grills to sear us some meat.  

We Americans are the Best in the World!, [everybody knows it!  USA!USA!USA!], so it only makes sense to turn a Memorial Day into a day that celebrates.....lawns.and picnics. and nascar.   Doesn't it?

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM PDT

The Defining Moment, [for me]

by mama jo

Our guy Joe was great tonight.

Wars.  Economy.  Social Security.  Medicare.  Jobs.

They ran the gamut of topics, and for the most part, JoeB mopped the floor
with the smarmy Ryan.

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Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 06:27 PM PST

Great news from Ohio :)

by mama jo

With 18% of the vote in, the AP calls it:  SB5/Issue 2 has been defeated.

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