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“Yes Pecan!” now at Ben & Jerry’s

Pecan: n. a buttery nut from the hickory tree family Carya illinoinensis that tastes fabulous alone or with other foods (pie, ice cream, salad, soup, cookies, pasta…I’m getting hungry).

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?

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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).

10 Principles

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.

Peruse this picture album: Scout Tufankjian on the Obama trail

Peruse: v. to examine, look over or through, to study.

Picture: n. a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography), a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something

This historic presidential campaign has been followed closely – not just by us Obama fans and journalists, but by some wonderful photographers. I’ve seen some remarkable photos already, but Scout Tufankjian’s are among the very best, the most evocative. She even did a whole collection on the Secret Service men who kept him safe.

Her book, Yes We Can, is coming out next month, but meanwhile check out the couple hundred photos on her website. I can’t show you a sample, so take a look at her website.