[percy-l] "...to the gas chamber..."

Ken Armstrong armstron at ohiou.edu
Thu Mar 6 16:59:02 EST 2003

Having just emerged from the greeting card section of a local shop, in 
search of a "sympathy" card, it does seem that prepackaged sentiments are 
the order of the day. I like your observation about buying our way out of 
the post 9/11 reality. Why is "shop and spend" our counter? Why not "attend 
your local place of worship" (I don't think that would have caused a 
problem with the establishment clause). At any rate, the call to shop 
didn't ring true.

Ken Armstrong

At 03:06 PM 3/6/2003 -0600, Marcus Smith wrote:
>Does anyone share with me the feeling I get in any shopping mall that 90%
>of what is offered in most shops and boutiques is congealed
>"sentimentality" (aka "cute")?
>If so, is this tied into the exhortations by our leaders to try to buy our
>way out of post 9-11 fear and to ignore their (our?) preparations for mass
>Fearful trembling in New Orleans one day after Ash Wednesday.
>Marcus Smith

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