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April 23, 2009



My mother, who reminds me a lot of clarice in politics and attitude, would have me murdered TM. But thanks for the idea. Shall I tell her where I got it?


My mother would replace my portrait with it - I'm absolutely certain.

At least you didn't post the picture this time.


TM, is this because I said I thought my mom was back on the O train?

Geez, have a heart...


Just what are going doing with these pictures????????????/


I would suggest the Barry doll with the Kung Fu grip.


That picture of O and his "friend" reminds me of the picture from Allen Drury's Advise And Consent that ruined the life of Brig and caused him to commit suicide.


I know there is was a floor speech by a Senator in @1910 opposing Congress's proposal to Officially recognize Mother's Day. He stated something like he thought it would eventually lead to such foolishness presumably as a Father's Day, and then who knows what other nonsense that Congress would wind up involving itself in. I can't find it now on a quick Google Search and unfortunately don't have the time to search, but if anyone out there can find it I'm sure we'd get a good laugh and education out of it. I believe I may have read it in a Panatti's book called something like "The Origins of Everday Things." I think the Senator was either from Kansas or Missouri.


This might help: They Voted Down Mother's Day?



I can't find your link, nor what I remember. I am almost positive it is something I read in that Panatti's book, but I can't find a copy in the house, so 'Oh well'. But I did find out something almost as amusing, another great example of the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."

This">http://www.familyfunshop.com/mothersday.htm">This web site includes the following 2 paragraphs about Anna Jarvis, the lady who lead the movement to get America to officially adopt Mother's Day:

"Fighting for Mother's Day
Anna was convinced that more could be done to honor mothers. She petitioned politicians to create a day to honor mothers on a broader level. Although progress came slowly, her efforts paid off. On April 10, 1910, the Governor of West Virginia, William Glassock, proclaimed the second Sunday of May as “Mother’s Day” in that state. The holiday caught on this time with the purpose of honoring the nations mothers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that made Mothers Day a national holiday."

"Fighting Against Mother's Day
By 1923, Anna Jarvis was a vocal opponent of Mother’s Day and the commercialization that had merged into the holiday. She railed against Mother’s Day with the same passion she used to establish its existence. In the 1930’s her disapproval of what Mother’s Day had become was expressed to the point that she was arrested for disturbing the peace in an attempt to prevent the sale of flowers. All of her frustration was of little consequence, however, because Mother’s Day had already entered the mainstream of American celebration."

An early version of voters regret perhaps?


And don't even get me started on Father's Day!

"Mrs.">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father's_Day">"Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance.

It took many years to make the holiday official. In spite of support from the YWCA, the YMCA and churches, it ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar. Where Mother's Day was met with enthusiasm, Father's Day was met with laughter. The holiday was gathering attention slowly, but the wrong reasons: it was the target of much satire, parody and derision, including jokes from the local newspaper. Many people saw it as just the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions like "Grandparents' Day", "Professional Secretaries' Day", etc. all the way down to "National Clean Your Desk Day"."



Great apologies. That's It! When I first tried, your comment had no link I could click on, (G@$D&#n Typepad!!!) so I inputed that title and came up empty. That's why I stuck my the last 2 posts even tho' your link is better. Thanks for doing that. Interesting history eh?

I especially like that one bolded sentence, "whether or not young men honored their mothers was NONE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS."

"It is not a proper subject for legislation," declared Weldon Heyburn (R-Idaho). Can I vote for him?

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