Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
|Larry Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons|
Tacos - a wonderful handheld food that Americans eat by the dozens
As the American melting pot grew in the early 1900s, tacos became a staple of American diets in the Southwest. During the last century, this food moved across the country until nearly everyone in the country has eaten at least one taco during their lives and many restaurants even advertise Taco Tuesday every week.
In 1968, Congress officially recognized the importance of tacos, saying:
On May 3rd of every year National Taco Day will be observed, in honor of the birth date of the great Texan and American, the Honorable Henry B. Gonzalez, Congressman of Bexar County and San Antonio. The highlight of National Taco Day will come on the night of May 3rd, at which time a celebration will honor the birth of a new era for the Taco and the Mexican Food Industry.
[From the Congressional Records of 1968, pg. 11132]
So why are we seeing images for National Taco Day now, on October 4th?
Because in 2009, Del Taco set up a marketing campaign the celebrate a "National Taco Day" on October 4th. I have absolutely no idea why they decided to create this campaign, but it both worked and didn't work. You see, I have heard of National Taco Day in October, but I had no idea where this idea came from until I did some research.
|From Chef Lola's Kitchen|
So which National Taco Day is the "real" one?
Back in 1989, Taco John trademarked the name Taco Tuesday. For decades, the business defended their trademark against others, though in the end it was all for naught. Nowadays, plenty of restaurants advertise their own Taco Tuesday since the term is now considered "a commonplace term, message or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment." by the United States Patent and Trademark Office [citation].
Monday, October 3, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
- principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
"the matter boiled down to simple morality: innocent prisoners ought to be freed"
- a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society.
- the extent to which an action is right or wrong.
"behind all the arguments lies the issue of the morality of the possession of nuclear weapons"
Have you ever wondered how the normal, regular people living in Germany in the beginning of the 20th century followed and supported both the Kaiser and Hitler into brutal, terrifying wars? I'm not talking about the zealots; I mean the average citizens living average lives.
How could these people reconcile the atrocities done with their own moral code?
I wondered about this since I first learned about Hitler and the concentration camps through reading books by Corrie Ten Boom and Anne Frank. As a child, I assumed that everyone had roughly the same morals as I did, and I could not imagine standing by as people were herded into train cars.
As a young adult, I traveled to Germany and stayed with friends of my grandmother. This couple was alive during World War 2, young adults during that time, but I never got the courage to ask them what happened. I can tell you that these people welcomed me into their home, showed me around West Germany, and were kind and caring individuals.
Sadly, I think I have an answer now. It's not that the German citizens were temporarily turned into monsters, or had secret brain surgery. They simply were faced with questionable morality of their society, and their own moral spines bent.
It's the same thing that is happening in America today.
I should not say "today" as if this is a new thing. America has never had a shiny moral spine.
It started with our Independence, when our Founding Fathers compromised and allowed slavery even though the majority of them did not feel that slavery was morally correct.
Our entire country almost split into two with the Civil War, but even that did not stop discrimination against people who are not of European descent.
But racism isn't the only place where America's lack of morality shows. During Prohibition, the federal government poisoned whatever alcohol they could, with the pretense of "stopping people from drinking". But government officials knew that this would not stop anyone from drinking alcohol. They just did not care how many people died from their poisoning.
Then during World War 2, while the Nazis rounded up Jews and shipped them off to concentration camps, the American federal government rounded up people who had Japanese ancestry, and sent them off to concentration camps. To be honest, when I first heard about this, I. Was. Floored.
Because I never heard about this particular atrocity in any of my history classes.
After World War 2, McCarthyism took over during a time we now call the Second Red Scare.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
An Australian newspaper, The Rodney and Otamatea Times, reported about how coal consumption effects the climate back on August 14, 1912. The only error in the article is that it would take a few centuries for the temperature to rise.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Last month, my dear husband and I went to see Reina del Cid in concert here in Atlanta. One of the last songs she sang was a cover of Janis Joplin's "Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz", but with an extra verse asking the Lord for a new guitar.
Lord won't you buy me a new mobile homeMy old one is broken. It just will not roamA new double wide one, with accents in chromeSo Lord won't you buy me a new mobile home.
By Supermac1961 from CHAFFORD HUNDRED, England - Type Dymaxion, 1933, CC BY 2.0
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