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  • Let's Do A Thanksgiving FReepathon and Money Bomb

    11/25/2014 8:04:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
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  • Prof. blames Thanksgiving on consumerism, suggests spirit of holiday is apologizing (to Indians)

    11/25/2014 9:01:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | November 24, 2014 | Caitlin Grimes
    The modern portrayal of Thanksgiving is filled with historical inaccuracies based on a consumer culture, according to a professor at Portland State University. Speaking at California State University at Fresno last week, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy gave a lecture to students titled “How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving.” Pewewardy spoke about the historical and cultural implications of the holiday. “Like other holidays, including Christmas and Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is not based on historical accuracy, but rather on the importance and prevalence of maintaining a consumer culture”, Pewewardy, who is a member of both the Comanche and Kiowa tribes, said on Tuesday.
  • President Obama Versus George Washington on Thanksgiving

    11/25/2014 4:58:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 25, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, when "Fox & Friends" highlighted my most recent column, titled "Neutering Religious Holidays," liberals came out of the woodwork to try to defend President Barack Obama's record. So I decided to do a little research and see just how spiritual his past Thanksgiving addresses have been and compare them with the thoughts of our founding president, George Washington. In 2013, Obama's Thanksgiving address didn't give a single mention of the Pilgrims, their Christian devotion or thanks to God. He did, however, share his gratitude for the Native Americans and their "generosity during that first Thanksgiving." He gave a...
  • For Thanksgiving - Pass the Civility

    11/24/2014 4:03:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | November 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell
    It's bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he's sitting next to a conservative Republican. There's no need for mashed potatoes to fly. Harry Stein, an author, columnist and contributing editor to the political magazine City Journal, offers advice on how to navigate the situation. Stein, an erstwhile '60's radical who evolved into a conservative, faced a similar dilemma at a dinner party a few years ago. When the guest next to him discovered his conservative/libertarian thinking, the fellow said loudly, "I can't believe I'm sitting next to a Republican!" "It was," says Stein,...
  • A Thankful Heart

    11/24/2014 9:25:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Jimmy Reed
    I vowed to banish from my life the weakness of taking for granted the countless blessings a loving, heavenly Father bestows upon me every day. I vowed to express my love for Him with what matters most: a thankful heart Work had been demanding. I needed the upcoming Thanksgiving break; I needed to sleep late; I needed to enjoy good food; I needed to be with family. But then, what I saw in a hospital parking lot made me realize what I needed most of all: a thankful heart. I watched a family loading a small boy into a van....
  • The Proper Executive Order

    11/24/2014 4:12:40 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 3 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/23/14 | Steve Berman
    Early in our republic, it was considered crass and imperial for a president to issue too many executive orders.  Remember, our political experiment was the first in the world to unite a federal system of states with a central government elected by popular vote—even the title that George Washington would assume was a matter of intense study and debate.  Finally they settled on the unassuming “Mr. President”. President Washington issued a total of eight executive orders in his two terms in office.  And this was a president with a mandate.  His election was unanimous.  Before the Civil War, a total...
  • George Washington: Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/24/2014 4:04:35 AM PST · by Ray76 · 3 replies ^ | Oct 3, 1789 | George Washington
    By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of...
  • History of Thanksgiving

    11/24/2014 3:57:05 AM PST · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Mises ^ | Nov 29, 1999 | Richard J. Maybury
    Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the...
  • The American Spirit – An Attitude of Gratitude

    11/23/2014 3:48:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 23, 2014 | Randall De Soto
    From our nation’s inception, one of the defining characteristics of the American spirit has been an attitude of gratitude. Leaders throughout our country's history have encouraged and inculcated it.Just a brief moment of reflection cannot help but yield a level of humility that recognizes even what Americans are “owed” in the end is rooted in many gifts. How did we come by the talents, abilities and opportunities that have allowed us to accomplish our dreams, to provide for our families, to learn, live, grow up in a land that is free? It is all grace. Of course, the natural follow-on...
  • The Cure for What’s Ailing Americans: Thanksgiving

    11/23/2014 7:00:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 23, 2014 | Robert Jeffress
    The on-line retailer Amazon recently revealed the most popular verse in the Bible for Americans. No, it’s not the ubiquitous John 3:16 displayed on posters at sporting events everywhere. Instead, Americans are increasingly turning to Philippians 4:6-7 which the apostle Paul begins with these words: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Be anxious for nothing? That’s a lot easier said than done these days. Just read the headlines, and you’ll quickly discover plenty of reasons to worry: “4 Jihad Attacks in 4 Days,” “Ukraine Could...
  • My Holiday Wishes for Obama (What an excellent list)

    11/21/2014 5:08:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | November 21, 2014 | Wayne Allyn Root
    It's almost Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. Many of us are already shopping for holiday gifts. So that inspired me to think up a holiday gift list that I hope and pray Obama receives for Christmas! Here are 15 perfect holiday gifts for Obama. *Obama's Secret Service disarmed- since he doesn't think rest of us need guns for protection. *Remove the fence around the White House- since Obama doesn't think we need a fence at our Southern border. *A Christmas dinner at White House prepared and served by illegal immigrants who just arrived from the Ebola Zone-...
  • Thanks and Giving

    11/20/2014 4:08:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks before the whirlwind of December. Thanksgiving began in 1621. The pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Native Americans to join them in celebration of the fall harvest. The Native Americans traveled for several days, created their own camp and stayed with the pilgrims for three days of feasting and celebration. This first Thanksgiving...
  • Neutering Religious Holidays

    11/18/2014 3:40:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Folks, our country is heading down a slippery slope. We have to stop it before it is too late. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway. This time, one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. is eliminating every mention of religious holidays on its official calendar. The Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year's school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name. NPR reported on the origin of the decision: "The path to...
  • Stores punished for not opening on Thanksgiving

    11/17/2014 6:57:51 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us this year. You can already see the decorations up in many stores. But there's still a lot of debate about when retailers should open their doors to shoppers for the Thanksgiving weekend. Lately, stores have been opening much earlier than the traditional Black Friday. Stores at the Walden Galleria have been told that the mall will be opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day -- that's six hours earlier than last year. And now, some small store managers are worried they could be fined if they choose to stay closed...
  • Matt Walsh Deserves Black Thanksgiving

    11/17/2014 4:04:01 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/15/2014 | Steve Berman
    Matt Walsh takes on Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving 1, Matt 0.  Here’s the play by play. Matt says that stores like Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears and Target (he calls them godless, anti-American) have ruined Thanksgiving by moving their opening times to Thursday afternoon versus the traditional Black Friday midnight madness.  He further sins by mistaking J.C. Penney as J.C. Penny’s, only proving further that in the halls of retail Valhalla, Matt really belongs in Helheim.  The man obviously doesn’t know his cufflinks from his garters. He reserves his special venom for Kmart (who owns Sears), which will keep its...
  • A Thanksgiving Conversation Starter

    11/14/2014 2:53:57 PM PST · by RobaWho · 9 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    3rd Great AwakeningJonathan Gruber, MIT economist and a key architect of ObamaCare, has proudly boasted he relied on his perceived “stupidity of the American voter” as his basis for designing ObamaCare. Gruber visited the White House more than 18 times prior to ObamaCare’s passage, met privately with Barack Obama in the Oval Office, was paid more than $400,000 by taxpayers, had his admittedly deceptive “research” prominately published on the White House’s website, and was publicly praised by Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in 2009 (before she denied even knowing Gruber this week). The democrat party’s coordinated Gruber deceptions,...
  • Gas is Cheaper. Where are the Grandstanding Politicians?

    11/12/2014 11:39:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    Oil prices are plunging. Gasoline is now cheaper than milk. Why doesn't Washington do something already?Since peaking in June, the price of oil has tumbled by 25 percent. Texas light sweet crude futures have fallen to around $77.40 a barrel, a three-year low, while Brent oil, the global benchmark, sank on Monday to its lowest price in four years.With cheaper oil has come cheaper gasoline. The national average price for a gallon of regular is now just $2.926. Drivers haven't seen pump prices this low since December 2010. Nor have they seen such a sustained decline — the price has dropped...
  • RadioShack to Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day

    11/10/2014 10:44:58 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/10/2014 | Matthew Daneman
    For the first time, the company will open the majority of its stores at 8 a.m. Thursday, and they will remain open until midnight. Last year, most of its doors were closed on Thanksgiving.The company joins the likes of Toys R Us and J.C. Penney, which will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while Sears, Kohl's, Macy's, Belk and Staples will open at 6 p.m. "Given the customer demand for store hours on Thanksgiving last year, we made the decision to open on Thanksgiving," RadioShack spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said. "It gives us the opportunity to stay competitive." "Given the customer...
  • Democrats on legislative panel reject LePage nominee ("plagiarized sections of a FR website post")

    09/29/2014 7:58:49 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | Noel K. Gallagher Staff Writer
    AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Education Committee split along party lines Friday in rejecting the governor’s nomination of conservative blogger Susan Dench of Falmouth to the University of Maine System board of trustees. “I think they value partisanship over diversity of opinion,” Dench said after the 8-6 vote. Democrats on the committee questioned her writings and positions on social and educational issues, and heard testimony from one speaker who accused Dench of plagiarism, an allegation Dench denied. ... One speaker at Friday’s hearing, the chairwoman of the English department at the University of Southern Maine, said Dench had plagiarized long...
  • Need Ideas. First Time Alone for Thanksgiving in Many Years, Where to Go?

    08/18/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 204 replies
    08.18.14 | chickensoup
    After years and years of hosting Thanksgiving for friends and family, I am on my own this year. My friends are either overseas or have moved out of the area, or have moved to live near their children, and my children are scattered. I have no family. So I am on my own. I am looking for ideas for something to do on Thanksgiving, some place to go. I am considering Montreal, Asheville, etc. I live in the Northeast, and would have about 2K to spend. I am not fond of large cities, would love to do something fun, and...
  • On The Loss of The Thanksgiving Holiday…Is there anything we can do?

    11/29/2013 4:00:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/29/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Many of us have rightly, lamented the steady erosion of the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the past decade or so that hideousness of people camped out, sometimes for days, in front of stores to take advantage of “Black Friday” sales grew more widespread. This next intensified to stores opening at midnight, then at 8 PM on Thanksgiving evening. And now many are just plain open all day on Thanksgiving.Sad if you ask me, (and even if you don’t ask me) the loss of Thanksgiving is very sad. And those of us or left holding the candle, of the “old days,” ask...
  • Some thoughts to help deepen our gratitude.

    11/27/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/27/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    True gratitude is a grace, or gift from God which proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. In such a case we do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it, but because it naturally flows from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moralism, but a truth and description of a transformed heart.Thus, an anointing to seek from God is a powerful transformation of our intellect and heart wherein we become deeply aware of the remarkable gift that everything we have really is....
  • Liberty, Prosperity and Humility on Thanksgiving: A proclamation in George Washington's own words

    12/06/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2013 | George Washington
    Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do...
  • NSA employees given (Thanksgiving) talking points for discussing agency with family

    12/02/2013 5:44:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | 12/02/13 | Spencer Ackerman
    **SNIP** ...the NSA evidently compiled a two-page document, dated November 22, giving instructions for discussing the highly secretive agency with “family and close friends”. Among the points officials are “authorized to share” this holiday season: “The NSA’s mission is of great value to the nation”; it performs its missions “exceptionally well”; and its employees are “loyal Americans with expert skills”. NSA officials did not respond to questions about the talking points, their preparation and their veracity. While most of the talking points simply provide that level of uncritical assurance, several pass along disputable or disputed claims – things that can...
  • Macy’s Racy Thanksgiving Day Parade

    12/02/2013 1:28:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | December 2, 2013 | Breeanne Howe
    The most uncomfortable part of my Thanksgiving has, for the last couple of years, been a little trick my father taught me about how to keep the turkey from drying out while cooking. I have to make a slice between the skin and the meat and then stuff tabs of butter under the turkey’s skin. I use an entire stick of butter and place them strategically around the turkey. While it does make for a tender turkey, words don’t do justice to the ickiness of having to work under the skin. This year, however, had an added level of uncomfortableness....
  • Jerk of the Week - Liberals Who Ruin Thanksgiving

    12/01/2013 5:48:03 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies ^ | December 1. 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    For progressive liberals, nothing is sacred except mindless devotion to the almighty state. They constantly give lip service to families, the military, the heroes of the past, and our national traditions, but underneath that false praise lies a festering cauldron of contempt and derision. They'll decry the politicization of an event or concept (usually done when they're losing the argument) but they'll be first to rush to politicize even the most innocuous of holidays, such as Thanksgiving. To paraphrase the odious Rahm Emanuel's saying of "never let a good crisis go to waste," progressive liberals now practice "never let a...
  • Mark Dice shaming the people who are destroying our family holidays

    12/01/2013 11:19:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/01/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Listen as Mark Dice speaks to shoppers lined up to help destroy Thanksgiving for workers in stores. He makes a very solid point. Can Mark save Christmas?
  • DUmmie FUnnies 11-30-13 (Thanksgiving in DUmmieland: The tradition continues)

    11/30/2013 8:29:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 25 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | November 30, 2013 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    It's that time of year again. Every year at DUmmie FUnnies we check in with the DUmmies to see how their Thanksgiving went. Usually it consists of a) non-traditional weirdness, b) confrontations with conservative relatives, c) conversions of conservative relatives, or d) all of the above. Let's see how it went this year. We begin with this THREAD, "How will you spend Thanksgiving?" and move on to others. So let us now go and spend Thanksgiving with the DUmmies, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson--who did the odd thing and actually went...
  • Obamas spend quiet Thanksgiving at White House

    11/29/2013 9:09:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.
  • Any Thanksgiving stories today?

    11/28/2013 8:53:35 PM PST · by MNDude · 59 replies
    How was everyone's thanksgiving today? Any interesting stories? Any arguments with liberal relatives?
  • HuffPo Invokes Holocaust, 9/11 in Tirade Against ‘National Land Theft and American Genocide Day’

    11/29/2013 5:07:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 28, 2013 10:24 AM | Dan Gainor
    It happens every year. Someone on the left goes so overboard in their hatred for America that they can’t even let Thanksgiving pass without their wacky comments. This year, Huffington Post author Nicole Breedlove didn’t disappoint. Her piece bashed America under the headline: “Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!” Breedlove doesn't miss a beat—slamming everyone from Columbus and to the Pilgrims while invoking images of the Holocaust and 9/11. She began her piece talking about how her family “always gave thanks that all the Native Americans weren’t wiped out when Columbus ‘discovered’ America.” Because, of course, liberals assume Columbus personally killed...
  • Black Friday: A Shameful Orgy Of Materialism For A Morally Bankrupt Nation

    11/29/2013 4:53:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | 11/29/2013 | Michael Snyder
    It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday". Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need. It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed. It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation. It is being projected that approximately 140...
  • Thanksgiving and Obamacare Don’t Mix

    11/29/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Diana West
    When Thanksgiving 2013 is over, will Americans remember it as the holiday when the Obama administration body-snatched their friends and family and turned them into Obamacare robots? Maybe it happened to your own loved ones. Maybe Cousin Sue brought her favorite cranberry Jell-O mayonnaise salad but when she opened her mouth she sounded like Jay Carney on a roll. As for Uncle Al, there’s a reason he kept asking “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?” every time it was your turn at Scrabble. told them to. Turning Thanksgiving into Obamacaring was clearly...
  • Thanksgiving in the Midst of Strong Adversity

    11/29/2013 1:37:48 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 13 replies
    Making Sense Podbean ^ | November 29, 2013 | Rob W. Case
    If you have experienced tremendous adversity within this past year, how would you react at the thought of Giving Thanks? While many people would try to focus on what happened to them, and why, how would you cope with adverse circumstances, and hardships? In this special Thanksgiving edition of Making Sense with Rob Case, we look at the life of the Apostle Paul, who had experienced so many difficulties, adverse circumstances, and hardships that would, upon a close, contemplative look, make ours pale by comparison. And amidst everything Paul went through, he was able to tell the people of Thessalonica,...
  • The Joy of a Different Kind of Life

    11/29/2013 1:35:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    St. Jude's. Food drives. Toys 4 Tots. Coat collections. 'Tis the season for charity -- all the world's inspired by the Christmas spirit once Thanksgiving comes around. You can't help but wonder about the rest of the year, though. The word "solidarity" is a little worn, and, at times, poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset that thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few. The Sunday before we celebrated...
  • The Government is Even Manipulating the Turkey Market

    11/29/2013 12:18:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Political Calculations
    After showing the growing size of turkeys raised in the U.S. over the last 32 years, we wondered how much money U.S. turkey producers were making per bird. After all, if they're producing more meat on each bird and are therefore satisfying consumer demand for turkey meat while raising fewer birds, the increase in productivity of U.S. turkey farmers should be putting some serious cash in their pockets. But that doesn't consider their costs of doing business. Bigger birds likely eat a lot more, which means that they cost more to raise. Our chart below shows the average farm income...
  • The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

    11/29/2013 12:39:13 PM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Mises Daily ^ | Nov 29, 1999 | Richard J. Maybury
    Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the...
  • FAIL: Woman gets laughed at after bringing up Obamacare at Thanksgiving…

    11/29/2013 11:59:56 AM PST · by Kolath · 49 replies
    RightScoop ^ | 11/29/13 | Right Scoop
    I’m not sure if this is just a goof on Obamacare or if this was a serious attempt at discussing it. Either way it’s what I would expect to happen to someone trying to bring up Obamacare at Thanksgiving:
  • Five myths about the Pilgrims

    11/29/2013 10:32:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-29-13 | Robert Tracy Mckenzie
    When it comes to historical memory, the old saying that you can't choose your relatives is just plain wrong. Americans have chosen the Pilgrims as honorary ancestors, and we tend to see their story as inseparable from the story of our nation, "land of the Pilgrims' pride." We imagine these honorary founders as model immigrants, pacifists and pioneers in the democratic experiment. We have burdened them with values they wouldn't have recognized and shrouded their story with myth. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. If you visit Plymouth today, you'll find a distinctive rock about the size of your living-room...
  • Homeless for the Holidays or Improving the Odds

    11/29/2013 8:40:02 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-29-2013 | MOTUS
    If you’re looking for a racist holiday to protest (and who isn’t?), I can’t think of one that fits the bill better than Thanksgiving. So given it’s roots in the  “mass murder, forced relocation, theft of land and other injustices” to Native Americans, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the holiday, with very little notice has seamlessly transformed itself into “Gray Thursday” before sliding headfirst into “Black Friday.” Accordingly, the doors of commerce were flung wide open a day earlier this year to welcome the manic shoppers who wished to get a jump on the next secular holiday, formerly...
  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/29/2013 7:24:57 AM PST · by Col. Bob · 14 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | November 28, 2013 | Robert Lovretich
    Pilgrim’s Progress Published in NWFDaily News Nov 13 2011 Published again in NWFDaily News as "The True Story" Nov 28, 2013 As the story goes the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1620. Indians taught them how to fish, hunt, and plant corn, bringing forth an abundant harvest giving rise to the first Thanksgiving. That however was not quite true. Indians did indeed help the colonists, but harvests weren’t bountiful and many died of starvation and disease. The problem lay in the Mayflower Compact, which dictated a form of government whereupon property was communally owned and cultivated...
  • Here's why Thanksgiving hurts Gary Oldman's feelings

    11/29/2013 6:23:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-29-13 | jillian sederholm
    Actor and self-described "noted Englishman" Gary Oldman appeared in a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday night to share a Thanksgiving message with Americans: "You're hurting our feelings" with your "big fat food orgy."
  • Why is President Obama Trying to Politicize the Holidays?

    11/29/2013 6:18:31 AM PST · by kristinn · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Byron York
    During a recent stay in Berlin, I visited the old headquarters of the East German Ministry of State Security, better known as the Stasi. The building, in a suitably bleak part of what used to be East Berlin, is now a museum devoted to the communist surveillance state. The upper floors display some of the tools of that surveillance -- miniature cameras, listening devices, files on everything -- that the German Democratic Republic used to control every aspect of its citizens' lives. But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the...
  • Team Working Through Thanksgiving Holiday To Meet Deadline

    11/29/2013 6:11:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/29/2013 | Elise Hu
    Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site. The pledge came from the president, the vice president, the Health and Human Services secretary, and the numerous spokespeople that represent them, like White House spokesman Jay Carney. "By November 30th, will be working smoothly for the vast majority of users," Carney has said, time and time again. But the definition of working smoothly varies,...
  • Thanksgiving and Black Friday - A Tradition or a Tragedy

    11/29/2013 3:39:24 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 21 replies
    Political Realities WordPress Blog ^ | 11/29/13 | LD Jackson
    Let me start this post by openly declaring how much of a shopper I am not. I don't mind going to the store and picking up a few items, if I know what I am going after, but just browsing around drives me out of my mind. I also dislike the crowding and attitude that seems to go with so many of the sales you see on Black Friday. I supposed I could blame it on the retailers, but that's really not where the fault lies. Yes, they are opening earlier on Thanksgiving every year and Black Friday is still...
  • Obama Includes Message to Gays in Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/28/2013 11:08:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 27, 2013 - 1:37 PM | Penny Starr
    In his annual proclamation on Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama signals his endorsement of same-sex couples—“no matter who we are or who we love”, all Americans are alike, Obama wrote in remarks posted Tuesday at … Obama’s proclamation invokes Abraham Lincoln’s reference to seeking God’s help “to heal the wounds of our nation” and notes the generosity of Americans who serve in the military or work as volunteers. …
  • MSNBC's Farrow: 'Thanksgiving: Because Genocide Is a Lot More Festive 392 Years After the Fact'

    11/28/2013 8:32:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Ronan Farrow has made it crystal clear that he's going to fit in perfectly as a new MSNBC host. Ronan Farrow âś” @RonanFarrow Thanksgiving: because genocide is a lot more festive 392 years after the fact. As if that wasn't disgraceful enough, he followed it up Thursday with this: Ronan Farrow âś” @RonanFarrow This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for what we have and also awkwardly apologize to the Native Americans we slaughtered to get it.
  • Thanksgiving Day - the True History

    11/28/2013 8:28:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Thanksgiving Day - the True History by Fred E. Foldvary The Thanksgiving Day that millions of Americans celebrate, with turkey and stuffing, is a myth. The true history was forgotten long ago, and even most of the history books have it wrong. The Pilgrims landed in 1620 and founded the Colony of New Plymouth in what is now Massachusetts. They had a difficult first winter, but survived with the help of the Indians. The usual story in the history textbooks relates how in the fall of 1621, the grateful Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving Day and invited the Indians to...
  • Spider-Man Balloon Punctured at Thanksgiving Day Parade

    11/28/2013 6:26:09 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | November 28, 2013
    (NEW YORK) -- Usually Spider-Man is the one spinning a web, but on Thursday the superhero was the one who ended up getting snared. The Spider-Man balloon, measuring nearly 30-feet tall and 78-feet long, had part of its left arm torn when it hit a branch during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Balloon handlers held tight to their balloons, which were threatened by winds of up to 26 mph during the annual parade. The New York Police Department had considered grounding the balloons, a popular draw at the annual parade, but instead ordered them to...
  • Pizza Hut Manager Claims He Was Fired for Not Opening on Thanksgiving

    11/28/2013 6:58:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | Breitbart News
    An Indiana man maintains he was fired for refusing to keep his Pizza Hut restaurant open on Thanksgiving, claiming it was unfair to his employees. Tony Rohr, the General Manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Ind. had been with the company for ten years and worked his way up from cook. In a meeting with his superiors, Rohr learned that this year the store would remain open on the national holiday. He was told, “It was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so we will be too.”