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Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:11 AM PDT

MassHarry has passed away

by Domestic Elf

Dear DKos Friends,

With great sadness I would like to let you know that MassHarry passed away Tuesday, June 3, at home.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:04 AM PST

Occupy Sandy Wedding Registry

by Domestic Elf

If you are like me, you may have friends or family of friends who struggling to recover from Sandy, but are fairly removed from being able to provide help aside from Red Cross donations. This morning I spoke to a friend whose brothers and sisters in her hometown are scattered all around the area, whole families doubling up with friends and coworkers, with kids who won't go back to school sometime next week, in some temporary location, maybe.  The stress is crushing.

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In We Wish You AmeriChristmas Part One I encouraged American holiday shoppers to support the American economy by putting "Made in the USA" at the top of the shopping list.  So how did you do on Black Friday?  Did you invest in the preservation of domestic jobs?  Or did you continue to fund someone else’s industrial revolution?  Here’s a view from the field this weekend.

Poll

What percentage of your holiday spending will be for products "Made in the USA"?

15%3 votes
5%1 votes
31%6 votes
47%9 votes

| 19 votes | Vote | Results

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Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 07:44 AM PST

We Wish You AmeriChristmas

by Domestic Elf

The weekend after Thanksgiving kicks off the make-or-break holiday shopping season:  in other words, a few concentrated weeks when the free-market balance of power tips back to "the rest of us."  We must not ignore this opportunity to flex our consumer muscle.  Like it or not, in our capitalist democracy, consumer dollars are more influential than votes.  Holiday shoppers will spend on average nearly $1,000 during these weeks.  So forget the primaries for a minute, the holiday shopping season is your best opportunity to declare your priorities in a way that actually counts.

This year particularly, your wallet-votes will be followed closely by those who otherwise seem oblivious to your concerns.  Among those paying attention to consumers this year are the recall-skittish toy companies, down-trodden mall retailers, layoff-riddled car manufacturers, Wall Street, and all the 2008 presidential candidates.  In January, as they are counting our wallet-votes, let’s make sure they hear a clear and unequivocal message:  we are optimistic, pro-growth, passionately patriotic, and we demand a prosperous and sustainable American economy.  

Buy American this Christmas.

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