Thank you all for reading and engaging in the conversation, or for simply stopping by, even if you were on a Harley.

Tomorrow being the official observation of Memorial Day, I leave you with a couple of items dedicated to that theme, as well as a few other links.

As you have your fun, please don’t forget to think of the meaning of the day. The U.S. has been in a state of near-continuous war ever since its founding, so we have many war dead to remember. As for me, I’ll also be thinking of the people of Afghanistan. Though the goal of the U.S. and NATO was never to wreak death and destruction upon non-combatants, women and children, it’s something that just keeps happening. Why?

* The New York Times serves up a truly interesting history of Memorial Day’s origins in a story that leaves one with the impression that, even if all war ended tomorrow, some two dozen towns will be arguing in perpetuity over the claim to being Memorial Day’s birthplace.

* At Mother Jones, you can find a list of progressive military veterans who are running for Congress

A couple of other things:

* Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey predicts that the debate over evolution will end soon, in the imminent moment when scientists have the proof that seals the deal. Apparently, he’s yet to learn that here in America, we live in a fact-free universe. AP has the story.

* My AlterNet colleague, Sarah Jaffe, looks at how the big banks are using tactics that stoke up legal fees in order to force homeowners who sue them out of court.

Until next time… In the meantime, don’t forget to apply the sunscreen.

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