The tree that is the source of this tasty nut is from the south, where the nut is pronounced pe-kahn. However, in the north, where Ben and Jerry make their famous ice cream, we pronounce it pe-CAN. Like the can-can dance Toulouse Lautrec made famous.
Why is the pronunciation of pecan so important, you may wonder?
It’s because Ben and Jerry have just renamed their yummy Butter Pecan Ice Cream, “Yes Pecan!” in honor of the momentous change that is happening with the new Obama administration. Whe
n you buy a scoop at one of their shops, a percentage goes to Common Cause. As if you need an excuse to eat Yes Pecan!
You did know that Ben Cohen is a flaming liberal, didn’t you? He founded TrueMajority.org and became famous for his Oreo cookie demonstration of the US Budget, highlighting the huge percentage that goes to the military (it’s on the front page of the TrueMajority website).
TrueMajority’s underlying philosophy is contained in the TrueMajority Principles, a positive blueprint for moving forward in the post 9/11 world. These principles reflect the American values of compassion, charity and justice – the same values we must adhere to in order to build a safer, more secure home and world. These principles are also revenue-neutral, meaning the investments proposed are entirely funded by reductions in unnecessary spending on Cold War-era weapons that no longer contribute to our national security.
TrueMajority Principles: (click here for a full description of each principle)
1. Attack poverty and world hunger as if our life depends on it. It does.
2. Champion the rights of every child, woman & man.
3. End our obstructionism to the world’s treaties.
4. Reduce our dependence on oil and lead the world to an age of renewable energy.
5. Close the book on the Cold War and ease the nuclear nightmare.
6. Renounce Star Wars and the militarization of space.
7. Make globalization work for, not against, working people.
8. Ensure equal treatment under law for all.
9. Get money out of politics.
10. Close the gap between rich and poor kids at home.