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Does This Watermelon Remind You of Anyone?

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Memorial Day 2015: Never Forget Their Sacrifices

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This weekend, we remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we might remain free and continue to enjoy the blessings of the greatest Republic the world has ever known:

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Continue reading

Obama Establishes an Ageist, Racist, Sexist “Not-for-Profit”

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Obama recently announced his newest initiative, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. This “alliance” follows and compliments his previous similar initiative, My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. [emphasis added to quotes]

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Incarceration of Adult Males Caused Baltimore Riots?

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Consider this CNN article about the Baltimore neighborhood that was the scene of recent riots (h/t Zenway). The writer says, about an older man–a blue-collar worker–who once lived in the neighborhood:

He sat like a sentry, watching not just the games but the neighborhood as well.

I knew Mr. Shields’ routine because I was his neighbor. I grew up in the West Baltimore community that was rocked this week by protests over the death of a young black man in police custody.

It’s surreal to see your old neighborhood go up in flames as commentators try to explain the rage with various complex racial and legal theories. But when I returned to my home this week, the rage made sense to me. There were no more Mr. Shields — the older black men were gone.

I asked 28-year-old Zachary Lewis about the absence of older men. …

“There ain’t no more ‘Old Heads’ anymore, where you been? They got big numbers or they in pine boxes.” In street syntax, that meant long prison sentences or death.

As I walked through my old streets, it was filled with nothing but black young women, children and teenage boys. It was as if an alien spaceship had come in the night and spirited all the older black men away.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2015

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Who can argue with the notion that Mom is the original Queen of Hearts?

The idea of Mother’s Day has interesting roots:

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National Day of Prayer 2015

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Today is a National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.

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Flying Fish – Ouch!

 

 

What do flying Asian carp have to do with May Day? Continue reading