What MoDo Doesn't Know

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Memo to Maureen Dowd: if you're going to make an issue of out of Sarah Palin's out-of-touch handlers for playing Caribou Barbie dress-up, try not to reveal your own disconnect with the "real" America in the process. Dowd's column in Sunday's New York Times suggested that Palin wouldn't have been raked over for her makeover if only she'd "popped into Penney’s to buy some new American-made duds."

It's been awhile since I set foot in a J.C. Penney's myself, but I'm fairly certain that patriotic shoppers would have difficulty locating a single item of clothing bearing a "Made In The USA" label at Penney's--or any department store in this country, for that matter. With the exception of niche operations like American Apparel, and some high-end couturiers, we don't really make clothes in this country anymore. In fact, we don't even make clothespins. Go to your local five-and-dime, if you still have one, and you'll see--even the clothespins are made in China. We've moved on to bigger and better things--like fabricating phantom fortunes and manufacturing market meltdowns. Making actual stuff that people really need? That's so last century.

Great post, I especially

Great post, I especially like to read on famous folks eating local much as possible. I intern with the Eat Well Guide, and we've teamed up with Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) to issue the Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge this year. Will you join us? And share a recipe? Read more on the Green Fork www.blog.eatwellguide.org/2008/11/take-the-local-organic-thanksgiving-ch...