"This I'll Defend?"

Unlike most Americans, I won't be celebrating my Memorial Day with a 3-day sale at Macy's, a Burgerking-hat clad NASCAR race rerun, or even a cholesterol cookout.

I have a strict regiment of freedom-loving self-flagellation, a meditation upon how we became that despised and illegal occupation, and a dumbfounded wonderance at the idleness and unwillingness to change the current course.

Almost 1,000 more troops and countless more Iraqi civilians dead since last Memorial Day. But hey, anything to keep the status quo, to keep fat America's place at the peak oil supply table, and to keep the patriotic boxers made by Chinese dissidents selling.