Buy American! A New Tradition

Thanksgiving and the controversy surrounding premature Christmas music and Black Friday taken to the extreme is now behind us.  Lately, it seems there’s been an onslaught against Thanksgiving.  One day meant to be spent with family and friends has become little more than looking ahead to a late night/early morning/next day venture to the malls and big box stores.  All to take advantage of so-called door-buster deals, among the maddening crowds and frenzied shoppers.  Thanksgiving should come first!  More about this… next year.Thanksgiving - Just one day?

I received an email a few weeks ago.  You know the kind that are sent en masse to all our contacts.  The same I’m guilty of sending occasionally myself.  It was a message I thought worth sharing which I did among those on my personal email list and now with you.  It turns out its been widely distributed, not only in email, but among newspapers, blogs and other web sites, even on Facebook.  You could definitely say, Its gone viral!

If its message doesn’t make sense during these tough financial times for American families and business — especially during the holiday season — then I don’t know what does.  If we were to start this tradition it would make a huge difference making this year one of the most memorable Christmases ever.  I have no idea who originally wrote this… but I’ve edited and added to it to fit my own style.  My apologies to readers living outside our borders.  This is all about America. Continue reading

Your Right to Burn My Flag

We’ve all seen stories about it on television, read about them in our newspapers and magazines. We’ve seen photos and videos. The stories and images of people burning the American Flag or otherwise abusing it. I try to avoid writing about politics here in this blog, but this goes beyond political. This is personal. I love that flag. I love what it represents, what it stands for. Men and women have died for it. Native Americans, The Black, Yellow and White all shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes.* Those and many more have been carried to their final resting place beneath it’s cover. As a veteran, I hope to be honored in the same way.

I’ve heard or read all the arguments, those with a differing point of view. I’ve read and seen the lack of respect, even vitriol given our nation’s most honored symbol. It’s just a piece of cloth some say. I wonder how many of the same were outraged when earlier this year preacher Terry Jones burned a copy of the Quran? Jones’ threat before the act made headlines for months. Burn a flag? No problem. Burn a book? Now, we’ve got a problem.

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Wal-Mart Country

The Original Wal-Mart Store - Bentonville, AK

I’m parked at a Pilot Truck Stop in Springdale, Arkansas, just down the road from Bentonville and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center where I make my next delivery tomorrow morning. My load is nearly 37,000 pounds of mens and ladies watches. A “high value load” as they’re sometimes called. (I ended up with the assignment I’d thought I’d lost in my previous post). Bentonville also happens to be where Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962 and where the world’s largest retailer is headquartered. The original “five and dime” store pictured above now serves as a Wal-Mart “Visitor Center” in Bentonville.

I arrived here at 1:30 this afternoon. After an hour or so visiting the truck stop store, updating my log and a bit of tidying up my small surroundings I laid down for a nap and just woke. Matt Drudge talks on the radio.
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