The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

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It seems the true story of Thanksgiving is a lot different than the
story  most of us are taught in school. We are taught that the hapless
Pilgrims arrived on Plymouth Rock quite by accident and by luck.
Bringing with them syphilis and gonorrhea, environmental destruction,
racism,and sexism,  they had no clue as to how they were going to
survive.

No doubt the Indians were a big help that first cold ,long winter,
without their help the Pilgrims would have no doubt perished! The
Pilgrims were taught how to grow food in this new land, how to hunt and
fish and even make popcorn , thus providing a source of income for
Orville Reddenbacher many generations down the road!

Clearing the way for the first Thanksgiving, the killing and cleaning
and dressing of wild animals, such as turkeys was taught. Thus the
“first” Thanksgiving was prepared to give thanks for the bountiful
harvest. That is the “true story taught to children in most schools,
however, that is not all that happened!

William Bradford , the original Governor of the colony writes as to what actually happened.
This was hundreds of years ago, there were no turnpikes, Wal-Marts,
large grocery stores, or other conveniences we have today, not even
heat in their homes.
When the Pilgrims arrived, it was barren and cold, there was disease,
pestilence, and many hardships. It was first decided to set up a form
of socialism, everyone was given a plot of land and whatever was
produced would go into a common granary. Based on fairness and great
compassion you were to put in what you had and take out only what you
needed. The fruits of everyone’s labor would be enjoyed by all. Marx
and Obama would be proud!!

Great idea, however , human nature soon reared it’s ugly head! There
were slackers amongst the Pilgrims, who would have thunk it!

It didn’t take them long to realize they didn’t have to do anything in
order to get what they wanted from the common store! Other people were
carrying the weight, and doing all the work.

It didn’t take long for Governor Bradford to realize that this wasn’t
going to work. Resentment was quickly growing against the slackers. Not
only were they not producing, they were taking more than they needed.
They felt entitled, after all, they were just going by the rules, there
wasn’t any rule stating they had to do anything.

Among the problems , the people weren’t allowed to specialize, some
weren’t good at farming, all they could do was clean up manure, others
were able to manage and grow crops by using the manure to fertilize the
land, some even had business skills whereby they could run a mercantile
store or other business.

Bradford soon realized this wasn’t working, and changed his policy, he
gave everyone a plot of land and told them to do with it what they
wanted,specifying that they keep whatever they produced. It was decided
that whatever surplus there was, they could sell. After that the
Pilgrims began to prosper and thus began sharing their “wealth ” with
the Indians. In turn the Indians shared their knowledge with the
Pilgrims, kind of a joint exchange of ideas that only capitalism, free markets, and free enterprise can supply.

The true lesson of Thanksgiving is, give thanks to God, thanks to God
for showing the Pilgrims how to survive and prosper in this new barren,
unknown land, not by giving free handouts to others,

but allowing each person to prosper by providing the opportunity to excel with whatever talents and abilities one  has.

 

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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The Meaning of Thanksgiving

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It seems the true story of Thanksgiving is a lot different than the story  most of us are taught in school. We are taught that the hapless Pilgrims arrived on Plymouth Rock quite by accident and by luck. Bringing with them syphilis and gonorrhea, environmental destruction, racism, and sexism,  they had no clue as to how they were going to survive.

No doubt the Indians were a big help that first cold, long winter, without their help the Pilgrims would have no doubt perished. The Pilgrims were taught how to grow food in this new land, how to hunt and fish and even make popcorn, thus providing a source of income for Orville Reddenbacher many generations down the road.

Clearing the way for the first Thanksgiving, the killing and cleaning and dressing of wild animals, such as turkeys was taught. Thus, the “first” Thanksgiving was prepared to give thanks for the bountiful harvest. That is the “true story taught to children in most schools, however, that is not all that happened.

William Bradford , the original Governor of the colony writes as to what actually happened.
This was hundreds of years ago, there were no turnpikes, Wal-Marts, large grocery stores, or other conveniences we have today, not even heat in their homes.
When the Pilgrims arrived, it was barren and cold, there was disease, pestilence, and many hardships. It was first decided to set up a form of socialism, everyone was given a plot of land and whatever was produced would go into a common granary. Based on fairness and great compassion you were to put in what you had and take out only what you needed. The fruits of everyone’s labor would be enjoyed by all. Marx and Obama would be proud!!

Great idea, however, human nature soon reared its ugly head. There were slackers amongst the Pilgrims, who would have thunk it!

It didn’t take them long to realize they didn’t have to do anything in order to get what they wanted from the common store. Other people were carrying the weight, and doing all the work.

It didn’t take long for Governor Bradford to realize that this wasn’t going to work. Resentment was quickly growing against the slackers. Not only were they not producing, they were taking more than they needed.
They felt entitled, after all, they were just going by the rules, there wasn’t any rule stating they had to do anything.

Among the problems  the people weren’t allowed to specialize, some weren’t good at farming, all they could do was clean up manure, others were able to manage and grow crops by using the manure to fertilize the land, some even had business skills whereby they could run a mercantile store or other business.

Bradford soon realized this wasn’t working, and changed his policy, he gave everyone a plot of land and told them to do with it what they wanted, specifying that they keep whatever they produced. It was decided that whatever surplus there was, they could sell. After that the Pilgrims began to prosper and thus began sharing their “wealth ” with
the Indians. In turn the Indians shared their knowledge with the Pilgrims, kind of a joint exchange of ideas that only capitalism, free markets, and free enterprise can supply.

The true lesson of Thanksgiving is, give thanks to God, thanks to God for showing the Pilgrims how to survive and prosper in this new barren,
unknown land, not by giving free handouts to others, but allowing each person to prosper by providing the opportunity to excel with whatever talents and abilities one  has.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

 

Obama asking about gun ownership?

President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team is asking potential
appointees detailed questions about gun ownership, and firearms
advocates aren’t happy about it.

The National Rifle Association has denounced the move, which has
already led one Republican senator to consider legislation aimed at
ensuring a president can’t use an applicant’s gun ownership status to
deny employment.

It’s just one question on a lengthy personnel form — No. 59 on a
63-question list — but the furor over the query is a vivid reminder of
the intensity of support for Second Amendment rights and signals the
scrutiny Obama is likely to receive from the ever-vigilant gun lobby.

Obama’s transition team declined to go into detail on why they included
the question, suggesting only that it was done to ensure potential
appointees were in line with gun laws.

“The intent of the gun question is to determine legal permitting,” said one transition aide.

But even some Democrats and transition experts are baffled by the inclusion of the question.

Tucked in at the end of the questionnaire and listed under “Miscellaneous,” it reads: “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”

Paul Light, professor of public service at New York University, said
there was no such question for potential appointees when President
George W. Bush took office in 2000.

“It kind of sticks out there like a sore thumb,” Light said.

He expressed uncertainty over why it was included but surmised it was
out of an abundance of caution, a desire to avoid the spectacle of a
Cabinet-level or other high-ranking appointee who is discovered to have
an unregistered handgun at home.

“It’s the kind of thing that, if dug out, could be an embarrassment to the president-elect,” Light said.

Clay Johnson, deputy director of management at the Office of Management
and Budget and the head of Bush’s 2000 transition, also didn’t quite
understand the purpose of the question.

“It could be their way to say to prospects that they will have to
answer all these questions sooner or later, so be prepared,” Johnson
observed.

Matt Bennett, a veteran campaign operative who did a stint at Americans
for Gun Safety and who now works for the moderate Democratic think tank
Third Way, was equally befuddled.

“It strikes me as overly lawyerly,” he said, noting that only a small
percentage of guns owned by adults are ever used improperly.

Only half-joking, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) alluded to the shooting
accident involving Vice President Dick Cheney, suggesting the query
could be a better-safe-than-sorry measure.

“Given the behavior of the vice president under the last administration, you may want to know these things,” Ryan said.

On a more serious note, Ryan suggested that the new president was being “very, very thorough” in his approach.

An Obama ally and pro-gun Democrat from a blue-collar region of Ohio,
Ryan dismissed the notion that the inclusion of such a question would
do any political harm to the incoming president.

But other gun rights supporters want Obama to know the question has raised their antennae.

Driving in Inclement Weather.

With the coming of winter and the possibility of having to drive on roads that are less than perfect many people often wonder how to drive safely and reach their destination without having a fender bender or more serious accident.

Having driven over 3 million miles on all kinds of roads, in all kinds of conditions, and at the same time never having had an accident I feel I can offer some advice.

The first and most important requirement is to have your vehicle in top operating condition with windshield wipers that don’t streak , good tires with at least half their tread remaining, reliable brakes , also remember to keep your windshield clear of ice and fog to ensure proper vision.

Give yourself plenty of time in bad weather and always have a plan, think about what you would do in any scenario that may arise, and in case some unforeseen incident should arise,always have an escape route, or plan B, in mind.

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I have found that most roads, regardless of conditions can be negotiated at about 45 miles per hour, this much speed is needed keep to a safe distance between other vehicles, it also keeps one from being “rear-ended” by fast-moving cars, and provides enough speed to negotiate any hills one may encounter.

The prime thing to remember is to not make any sudden adjustments in speed or direction. Maintain a safe distance between your self and any other vehicle that may be in your line of travel. I always drive as though I have no brakes, thus I always maintained a safety cushion between myself and anyone else, thereby giving me time to make any
adjustments  in my speed or direction.

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, the first thing to do is “think”, DON’T panic. You probably have more
time than imagined, and you only have one chance to make the right decision. Thinking only takes a split second and can save your life. If your vehicle does go into a skid, ease up on the accelerator, stay off the brakes, remembering to steer in the direction your car is skidding, being careful not to over correct. Only after evaluating the situation should any brakes be applied, gently tapping works the best, if it is found there is sufficient traction to slow your vehicle, then more
pressure can be applied, making sure to never “lock” the brakes up, which only makes the situation worse.

Ever wonder why people will skid for several yards just to  hit that lone telephone pole?

It is because they are looking at it, you will always go where your eyes are looking, chart out your path and look where you want to go, and pick out a safe landing spot!

With a little caution, good judgment, and thought, one can be reasonably assured of safely reaching their destination.

 

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His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Indiana Basketball 7th Grade


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Just to illustrate how serious basketball is taken in Indiana, the following incident happened to my team in the seventh grade.
I attended a very small  school in Napoleon  Indiana, typical of the schools in the area my seventh-grade class consisted of about thirty-five students.

As was the case in Indiana, the team from the neighboring town was always your fiercest rival, we would sooner cut off an arm than lose to those guys. Our rivals were the school in Osgood, which was only five miles away,  not as  large a school as Napoleon the seventh-grade class probably only had about twelve students.  Almost every boy in the class played on the basketball team.

Much to the chagrin of my teacher, we had played them a couple of times that year and beaten them handily.  Our teacher was from that town and was an avid fan. He was having a real hard time dealing with this crisis. Whenever the classroom discussion turned to basketball, which it often did, all we ever heard was how bad a team we were.

Finally, towards the end of the season, our enterprising instructor could take it no longer, with a game scheduled for the following evening he threw a surprise test, which  resulted in three of the starting five failing the test  making them ineligible play that evening.

Terror struck us, how were we going to win, what a humiliation.

Walking as fast as  turtles on Valium,  the team or what was left of it, entered the gymnasium expecting a massacre.

At that moment the only bright spot were the cheerleaders, they were prettier than a glob of butter melting on a stack of hot cakes!
 
Thus, the game began with us feeling like sheep being led to slaughter,  this was not going to be pretty. I hardly noticed the fact that the referees and time keeper were eighth-grade players from our school, this was unusual as  customarily there would an equal number of  older players from each school officiating.

Despite the fact we were the visiting team it wasn’t going too badly, the lead changed hands several times as the game progressed. I began to think that maybe we had a chance to pull this puppy out of the fire.

Even at the elementary level, basketball games in Indiana draw a size able crowd, the fans were starting to react like cats at a dog fight. I could sense another one of those sudden death moments when the game goes down to the final second.

Ten seconds to play, they have the ball and they’re 1 point ahead, the only option is to foul the ball handler. With one second left the foul is committed, being as nervous as a cow walking past Sam Seltzers,  the poor guy missed both free throws.

Our coach immediately called” time out”.

He instructed us that instead of taking the ball out under their basket we would take it out at mid court, it was then I realized the importance of having our own referees. The ball would be passed to me and another team mate would charge for the basket, getting as far as he could before I passed the ball to him.

Easier said than done. Being nervous myself, the ball was passed to me,  it bounced off my knee and rolled across the floor to my team mate Jim, who was just in back of the free throw line, he picked it up and shot just as the final horn sounded. Reminiscent of the movie “Hoosiers” It went through, we won. This all happened inside of a second. Oh yeah, did I mention, the time keeper was also from our school? Turnabout, fair play. Our teacher wouldn’t speak to us for a week, paybacks are hell.

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Obama Ready to Rule on Day One.

The co-chair of Barack Obama’s Transition Team,
Valerie Jarrett, appeared on Meet the Press this weekend and used,
shall we say, an interesting word to described what she thinks Barack
Obama will be doing in January when he’s officially sworn into office.
She told Tom Brokaw that Obama will be ready to “rule” on day one. It’s
a word that reflects the worst fears that people have for Obama the
“arrogant,” the “messiah,” that imagines he’s here to “rule” instead of
govern.

Jarret told Brokaw that “given the daunting challenges that we face,
it’s important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take
power and begin to rule day one.”

Someone needs to get to Jarrett and inform her that American
politicians are not Kings and do not “rule” from office. But if this is
the attitude of Obama’s transition team, what does The One himself
imagine he is about to unleash? Could the fears that Obama thinks he is being anointed America’s King be far off with this sort of talk flying about?

    

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Take your mind off Politics!

Turn 'Em Loose,Obama!

I see in the paper this morning that President -ElectBarack Obama
wants to move the terrorists that are incarcerated in Gitmo to the
United States, try them in our courts, with the possibility of them
being released into this country if found”not guilty”.
That’s a wonderful idea, let’s bring the very people that want to kill us right into the country, no passport needed!

Let
them scoot right on past homeland security and settle into a
neighborhood near you! The very people , who when released will go
right back to the battlefield and are recaptured by our troops for a
second time. At least we won’t ever have to worry about our military
having something to do.
 It reminds me of our catch and release
program for illegal aliens here in the U.S. I wonder why the crime rate
is so high, why are our prisons overcrowded?

Lets hand them a voter registration card and a drivers license at the gate, we wouldn’t want them to not feel welcome, or to suffer any loss of self esteem.

I’m
sure their issues are caused by a lack of understanding on our part.
I’m sure they had a bad childhood, their parents were probably
terrorists also, they are only a product of their environment. Some of
them probably lost siblings because of Saddam’s policy of paying
parents to strap bombs on their children and sending them to Israel.
Let’s give them a break, how about if they join the PTA?

Probably
the best place to have them live, so they could really understand the
United States, would be the south side of Chicago, there is a nice
church there! They could also move to 1595 Pennsylvania Ave. in
Washington D.C. Thus enabling our new president to observe first hand
the problem so he could make another wise , informed decision.

Regretfully
, this is but the first of a long list of decisions that will be made
by the incoming administration, decisions we are all going to live to
regret.

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