Monday, 09/07/09, Public Square

LaborDayLabor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades.

Prairie P & Ps are all invited to fnord’s house this afternoon for interaction sans keyboards, and a cookout.



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26 responses to “Monday, 09/07/09, Public Square

  1. “The ad features Tracy Walsh, a breast cancer survivor…”

    How does the right do this? If anyone should be interested in health care reform, someone with a pre-existing condition should be rabid supporter. Getting people to vote against their own interests is an interesting study in behavior that completely defies basic logic.

    • wicked

      iggy, these people don’t live in reality. There’s no way they’ll ever lose their health care benefits, so there’s no worry. πŸ˜‰

      Sometimes it takes a hammer dropped on a head continuously. Or to experience it themselves.

      “No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick.”

  2. wicked

    I woke up with an excruciating sore throat. Spent yesterday trying to quell a cough–that tickle in the throat kind, not chest deep. Looks like a cold is trying to settle in. This one is from the 2-year-old kidlet, I’m sure. Unless all signs and symptoms abate, I won’t be sharing this with others. That, of course, doesn’t mean I’ll be spending the day in bed or even resting. You know what they say. No rest for (the) wicked. πŸ˜‰

  3. Get better wicked! Kid germs are the absolute worst and adults succumb every time. I’m hoping “all signs and symptoms abate.”

    Our gettogether may be small but I’m sure it won’t be the last time we do this.

    Sounds like we’ll have enough food to feed an army (always the case in pot lucks, and one of the reasons they’re so popular). πŸ™‚ Iggy, note the plentiful choices for a vegetarian daughter.

    • wicked

      Hopefully the echinacea will do the trick, but I have to remember to take it!

      I got up early to a wildly beeping alarm, thinking daughter was working overtime today and going in early. Uh, no. That’s tomorrow, but she does work today. Both working daughters do. They usually work all holidays and get paid extra to do it. And they say the poor are lazy. Wait! They aren’t poor. πŸ™‚

  4. David B

    I’ll bring a HazMat suit for wicked to wear…

    • wicked

      Hey, David, I see your posts over on the comments to the uninsured article are thought proviking, causing some posters there to raise their blood pressure. Good work!

  5. anniethemoose

    Looking forward to seeing all of you commie libs this afternoon. I will add to the over abundance of food.

    Kloudbusters was great fun. Mrs. Moose and I took a nice relaxing walk at Watson park last nite….lost our car keys had to have the neighbor bring us a spare key. This am I went to the scene of the crime and found the key in under 5 mins. Glod loves me. See you all this afternoon.

    For your reading pleasure…

  6. David B


    They never told me that Leon Trotsky made the boom boom with artist Frida Kahlo during his exile in Mexico.

    • tosmarttobegop

      I am going to be awful, Trotsky believed in spreading Communism through the military take over of other countries. He real motivation for this thought may have been… You every see a Russian woman?
      Yes at the forefront I did admit to be awful! Though after seeing that picture, well Maybe Russian women would not have been that bad to look at. It is the core of a woman that makes her desirable not her outward appearance. Yes Comrade boom-boom again in the name of the party!

  7. tosmarttobegop

    The two ms tosmarttobgop spent yesterday in bed when not trying at the same time to get into the bathroom with throwing up and the other end barking too. Both actually cleaned up after themselves when missing the toilet. EXCEPT and for the most part mom still have the piece of mind not to be a need for watching.
    But once in a while there is that moment of β€œWhat in the hell were you thinking?”.

    One time she started to the bathroom but the other end started barking and rather then continuing to walk in to the bathroom she went in the kitchen! Leaving a trail as she went, her explanation was that since it was too late already. She decided to go get some Jell-O before cleaning herself and the floor up?
    This made perfect sense to her at the time, later she admitted that it did not make sense and sorry she really meant to clean it up herself.

    I do really Love her I really do, I at time have to repeat that several times but I do really still love her.
    Here is a thought, we grow up and develop our own sense of logic and reason but thought they did influence us that does not mean it will be the same logic and reason that our parent has. That is one of the aspects of a parent coming to live with you.

    They bring their own logic and reason, coming into your house and you have your own. At time it is a conflict since both of you are adults. They can not always see the logic and or reasoning of your logic and reason. Likewise you may not understand theirs.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    I am seriously thinking of coming this evening it will depend on how the sickies are feeling.
    I was going to get my tat yesterday but thought it was not a good idea to leave them that long.

  9. David B

    LOL!!! Are you saying even UniBrow Frida was lookin’ hot to the Trot?? whahhahahaaaaa!!!!!

  10. tosmarttobegop

    Frida did not remind my of my one true love Natasha, first off to give her a hug did not require I call Boras in to link hands with me! Her skin was as pale as the new raisin moon, unlike my dear Natasha who skin is the color of a saddle and has as many cracks and stiffness of weather beaten leather.

    Natasha is a woman of the party! strong and overall not to loving to one but is for all party members!
    She knows her duty to the party is to throw strong and hard working new members!

    Frida is on the other hand a great artist and well boom-booming with her does not remind me of that dancing bear. I will never forgive myself for that… too much to drink and it was a cold Russian winter.
    But how soft it fur was, its embrace would strong and it claws cut deep into my skin…. Suddenly I am missing my Natasha!


  11. jammer5

    Hope ya’ll watched Obama’s speech. Outstanding!

  12. tosmarttobegop

    Several problems but plan on coming tonight. My wife wanted to come but still is not feeling good.

    Then my oldest son came back for a surprise visit and has a welcome cook out at his place at 6.
    So may not be staying long, also I do not know Fnord’s address?

  13. Zippy

    I don’t know fnord’s address either, but at this point it doesn’t matter. . . .oh well. Next year.

  14. wicked


    What time is the speech scheduled to air? With Wichita schools closed tomorrow, many kids won’t get the opportunity to see this. In spite of what the Right says, not everyone has cable or internet.

    Because my grandkids will be here, I want them to sit and watch it. Yeah, that’s going to be a be order, especially for one of them, but I’m going to give them the opportunity.

  15. wicked

    Of course we all know the prez rewrote the speech at the last minute with no references that would lead anyone to think kids were being indoctrinated into the pinko commie lifestyle. πŸ˜‰

    I want to make a bumper sticker for my car that says, ‘honk if you’re republican.’ When they honk, I intend to flip them off. HOWEVER, my daughter said no, mom. There’s concealed carry now and somebody will blow you away. But I can still want. πŸ™‚

  16. Thunderchild

    I’m sorry every one could not make the cookout.

    Oh the FOOD!!! I wish I could eat like I used to be able to do. Fantastic. And thanks everyone for being nice to my mom. Dad never took her much of anywhere and she doesn’t like to go out alone. She had never had food like that before either. I wish I could have stayed longer but that is the price I pay for having a teenager and no cell phone.

    Recipes I want:

    anniemoose’s German potato salad.

    DavidB’s New York Times mushroom recipe. I see these mushrooms on clearance at Dillons often.

    Linda’s mozzarella and tomato thing.

    Oh and thanks to Wayne for cooking while we all visited.

    • Thunderchild,

      It was a pleasure to meet your mom. I was glad that fnord’s husband was able to relate to people she had known when working at the plant. She was fun to listen to.

      It was a great time and I am very grateful for fnord and griffen doing so much work. We slackers had a good time.

      Met “Bad Biker” – enjoyed him as much as I had expected to.

      TSTBAR – was there.

      DavidB was a joy and very entertaining. I still think he looks like early photos of Hunter S. Thompson ( who was a model at one time).

      Jammer was cooking and a lot of fun to talk to.

      fnord, as always was a gracious hostess. Her friends were great and nice to meet. They were not at all unattractive, as I suspect, Bad Biker, would concur.

      Rick (AKA TSTBAR) had more motorcycle stories than I have heard in my life, actually. He was fun as usual.

      The AnnietheMoose, brought plants, and was very gracious as well.

      We liberal commies have more fun than our less fun counterparts because we refuse to worry about silly crap. “And we are very proud of ourselves…” (stole that from Grace Slick). πŸ™‚

  17. PrairiePond

    Awwwwwww DAMMIT!

    Sorry I couldnt make it. I knew it would be fun. Maybe next time. This weekend was just not a good one for me to travel.

    It makes me smile thinking of y0u all cooking and eating and talking.

    Now I know how Zippy must feel after every meetup!