Memorial Day & Memorial Weekend 2010 It's not about sales and special deals. It's good for it to be about family as long as it includes respecting and honoring the families to whom we owe the most.
There's no doubt that those whom we revere would want Memorial Day (and Memorial Weekend) to be a time when we who survive them not only take time to honor the sacrifice they made so we could enjoy the lift, liberty and property that too many of us take for granted but also make it a time for focusing on family and loved ones and especially the families and loved ones of those who made the sacrifices.
Day & Memorial Weekend 2010
We pause for this Memorial
to join in this refrain
to those who gave their all to us
so freedom we'd retain.
For darkness they confronted
in preserving freedom's light,
we owe them more than we can pay
for giving more than life.
But lives they gave endure
in hearts and souls and minds
of we who drink from freedom's cup
the fruits of freedom's vine.
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.