Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Why all of the turkey posters? My first Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Back in 1941, President Roosevelt made it official:
Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga.
In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.
However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally. 
With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration.
For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
In my case, I did not know a thing about Thanksgiving when our family settled in Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.  I began to detect that something was coming when the kids in school started putting “turkey posters” about the upcoming holiday.  

Finally, Miss Jones, that wonderful 6th-grade teacher I was blessed with, sat me down and explained the story, from the ship crossing the ocean, to the landing at Plymouth Rock, to the terrible first winter and eventually a day to say thanks for everything.

It did not take long for me to get into the Thanksgiving mood.  

Today, it’s my favorite American holiday for two reasons:

1) It demonstrates the role of faith in the early days of what would become the United States.

2) It confirms that this land was settled by self-reliant people who faced adversity and grew stronger.

As I told a friend years ago, you cannot understand American exceptionalism unless you get familiar with the Thanksgiving story. 

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Thanksgiving 2003: President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq

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Back in 2003, President Trump showed up in Iraq for Thanksgiving.   It was a great story and must have been quite a treat for the soldiers enjoying some turkey.

For security reasons, the President's trip was such a secret that even First Lady Laura Bush, and his parents, were not told about it.    The announced plan was a trip to Crawford, Texas, but Air Force One turned east to Iraq.

A few years later, President Bush wrote about Iraq in a great book:

1988: A Thanksgiving Message from President Reagan

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Another Thanksgiving and we remember President Reagan. 

Like most two term presidents, Reagan gave 8 messages. They were memorable and full of Reagan's optimism and religious convictions. 

In 1988, Pres. Reagan delivered his last message. It was a few weeks after VP Bush carried 41 states.

This is what Pres. Reagan said Thanksgiving 1988:    
"In this year when we as a people enjoy the fruits of economic growth and international cooperation, let us take time both to remember the sacrifices that have made this harvest possible and the needs of those who do not fully partake of its benefits.
The wonder of our agricultural abundance must be recalled as the work of farmer who, under the best and worst of conditions, give their all to raise food upon the land.
The gratitude that fills our being must be tempered with compassion for the needy.
The blessings that are ours must be understood as the gift of a loving God Whose greatest gift is healing.
Let us join then, with the psalmist of old:O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, Tell of all His wonderful works!
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 1988, as a National Day of thanksgiving, and I call upon the citizens of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings God has bestowed upon us."
Two months later, President Reagan left Washington and flew west to his retirement in California.   He wrote a great book about his two term presidency:

Thanksgiving 1863: President Abraham Lincoln

This is what President Lincoln said in 1863:   "A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. 

To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. 

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. 

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. 

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. 

They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. 

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the 

Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday's show: Sexual misconduct hits media personalities and a few other thoughts of the day

We will look at the new sexual misconduct allegations against big names in the media.....didn't these people criticize President Trump last October when that tape was released........who shot JR 1980......Lincoln and Mrs. Bixby.......JFK Dallas other stories of the day..........

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The NFL Players Union needs some leadership too

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On any given Sunday, there are a few thousand people who get a paycheck directly or indirectly from the NFL. Every team has 40-plus players, coaches, and office staff on the payroll. Every city has people who work full or part time at the stadium or activities related to the game. Let’s not forget the sports media who exist because people follow the game.
Despite the size of the business, and the great salaries of players, it’s amazing to me that the NFL Players Union is so weak when players act stupid.
Let’s talk about Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders’ running back, who did something totally indefensible in Mexico City:    
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch early Monday morning.
After photographs surfaced showing Lynch standing during the Mexican national anthem and sitting during the US national anthem at a game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City on Sunday, Trump called for his suspension. 
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down,” he tweeted.
My guess is that most Americans agree with President Trump’s testament. Lynch just handed the international anti-U.S. left a photo for them to spread around and talk about racism.
Where is the players’ union? Don’t they see what this very small group of players is doing to their business? I would think that union leaders would draw the line when a player shows disrespect in a game in London or Mexico City.
The NFL stands for No “You know what” leadership these days! Very sad!
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3 young men released in China but....

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President Abraham Lincoln's letter to Lydia Bixby

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On this day in 1864, it is believed that President Lincoln wrote a letter to Lydia Bixby, mother of five men who had been killed in the Civil War.    

It expressed condolences to Mrs. Bixby on the death of her five sons. 

Historians are not sure about the letter.   It may have been written by John Jay, his secretary.   

Nevertheless, it became famous when it was featured in "Saving Private Ryan", a war film from 1998.

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1980: Who shot J R Ewing of the Dallas TV series?

The "Dallas" TV series was a huge success in the 1970's.   

On March 13, 1980, the season ended with someone shooting JR Ewing, the character that everybody loved to hate.   

The show's fans, and a few others spent most of the summer wondering "Who shot JR"?

On this day in 1980, millions of people around the world tuned in to answer the question:  Who shot JR?  

83 million people in the country saw the show or an amazing 76% of all of the TVs in the US.

As I recall, it was Kristin who shot him!

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