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A Day of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in America. But did you know that unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature?

In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because —

“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.”

In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.” After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.

In 1863, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the Lincoln administration that “a day of Thanksgiving now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.” President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans that year to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

As a nation of faith, Americans have set aside this day to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed.

We of the Fellowship of the Minds want to take this occasion to thank all our readers and especially our faithful regular commenters who contribute so much to this site with their trenchant observation, insight, righteous outrage, and wit.

God bless you, and may God bless America,

~Eowyn

About Them 72 Virgins. Something Got Lost In The Translation.

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Abu al-Zarqawi died
( Just In case anyone is forgot, al-Zarqawi was the ass**** who brutally beheaded American civilian Nicholas Berg in Iraq. Nicholas Evan Berg (April 2, 1978 – May 7, 2004) was an American businessman seeking telecommunications work in Iraq after the US invasion of Iraq.

and George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him straight in the face and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!”

James Madison followed with a back-hand, kicked him in the nuts and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, and he proceeded to beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled, “It was evil shit like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence, dammit!”

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe, John Hancock and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist head honcho.

As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Al- Zarqawi wept and said, “This is not what you promised me, Allah! I was promised bliss in Heaven with 72 virgins!”

The Angel replied, “When I told you guys about ‘Allah’, I said specifically that there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”;

~Steve~                     download

Sunday Devotional: Pray for leaders who know right from wrong

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
“O Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king
to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him:
“Because you have asked for this—
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches,
nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right—
I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
and after you there will come no one to equal you.”

prayeratvalleyforgeThe Prayer at Valley Forge (1975), by Arnold Friberg (1913-2010)

~Eowyn

Thomas Jefferson. He Tried To Warn Us.

Too Many to hide from.

Too Many to hide from.

There are two parts. Be
sure to read the 2nd part (in RED).

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ? And retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental
Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ‘s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello .

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the
University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

 

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .”
— Thomas Jefferson

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on
the continent their fathers conquered.”

~Steve~                                                        H/T I-Man

 

A kid’s new “Pledge of Allegiance”

prayeratvalleyforgeGasp! George Washington at Valley Forge actually knelt down to pray to God!

Did you know that the United States Constitution does not and has *NEVER* said there should be a “separation of church and state”?

The words “separation of church and state” are not in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but are words from the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.

But the Left deliberately twists the First Amendment’s establishment clause prohibiting the government’s establishment of a state religion (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”) into the iron rule of “separation of church and state.”

With the help of complicit Congress, legislatures and judges across America, that separation is then further defined to mean crosses and the Ten Commandments must be removed from courthouses and other government buildings, and the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer must be banished from public schools because both contain the dreaded word “God.”

Never mind that despite the “separation of church and state,” a U.S. federal government agency — the Department of Interior’s National Park Service — saw fit to issue a series of videos extolling the “church” of Islam.

This sad state of affairs in our public schools prompted a 15-year-old student in Arizona to write a new Pledge of Allegiance:

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Now  I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If  scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot, my soul please take!

Amen

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Jesus said, ‘If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before
my Father.’

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

Where have all the good Presidents gone?

Today is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday that originally was a day to celebrate the birthday of one president — the first President of the United States, George Washington.

By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. In Washington’s home state of Virginia, however, the holiday is still legally known as “George Washington Day.”

By changing Washington’s Day into a generic Presidents’ Day, America has diluted and forgotten this day’s significance. Today, Presidents’ Day is better known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.

This post is a reminder of what Presidents’ Day originally was about and of the kind of man America’s first president was.

In a letter to Dr. Walter Jones in 1814, Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President (1801-1809), wrote this about the first President of the newly independent United States of America:

“[H]is was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quite and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example.”

George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. He never used his command for his own advantage. Washington even rebuked his men when they suggested that he be king or that the army assert its control over the civilian authorities. As Commander in Chief, Washington demonstrated his respect for the rule of law by his consistent deference to the elected Continental Congress.

When he ended his service at the end of the war, he resigned his commission in 1783 and retired to private life at his plantation in Mount Vernon, thereby proving King George III wrong. George III had asked what Washington would do after the war and was told of rumors that he would return to his farm, prompting the King to state, “if he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”

Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Washington was elected the first president, unanimously by the Electoral College, something that has never been repeated in American history.

Washington belonged to no political party and served as America’s first President from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. After two terms Washington thought it was important that he step aside. He believed that a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected president was necessary before his death. He feared that if he died in office and the vice-president ascended to the presidency, it would appear too much like an heir ascending to the throne after the death of a king.

Washington’s farewell address was a primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars. When Washington stepped aside at the end of his second term, George III said that Washington’s retirement from the presidency along with his earlier resignation of Commander in Chief, “placed him in a light the most distinguished of any man living,” and that his relinquishing power made him “the greatest character of the age.”

Washington died in 1799. Henry Lee, delivering the funeral oration, declared Washington “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. Historical scholars consistently rank him as one of America’s greatest presidents. [Sources here and here.]

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Tears streamed down my face as I wrote this post.

We the People are political orphans. Where have all the good presidents gone?

In their place is a man who picks his nose on live T.V. and a First Lady who lets snot dribble from her nose while delivering a speech to America’s governors.

I will not sully this remembrance of George Washington with those images. Click here to see who we now have in the White House.

~Eowyn

Hurricane Sandy, the Unheeded Prophet

Sandy is the diminutive form of Cassandra.

In Homer’s Iliad, Cassandra was a Trojan princess blessed with the gift of prophecy. She had foretold the fall of Troy, but her prophecy was unheeded. And so the ancient city of Troy fell to the onslaught of the Achaeans (Greeks).

The ancient Greeks thought that the Trojan War was a historical event that had taken place in the 13th or 12th century BC, and believed that Troy was located in modern-day Turkey near the Dardanelles. By modern times, both the war and the city were widely believed to be non-historical. In 1868, however, the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann maintained that Troy was real — a claim that is now accepted by most scholars.

In other words, the hurricane that became Frankenstorm Sandy bears the name of an unheeded prophet.

Michael Brown of Spirit Daily writes:

That the “superstorm” is prophetic can be seen in the simple images of water flooding onto the site of the new Freedom Tower. This was “Ground Zero.” Monday night, it was a series of waterfalls. It is also where President George Washington prayed for the goodness — and protection — of our nation (on the day of his inauguration). As in Isaiah 9:10, our response to the warning of 9/11 was to build an even taller tower, in defiance, instead of re-evaluation. And as a result, there is more to come. Just as a stranger was seen playing a trumpet eerily just beyond the barricades immediately after the September attacks, so too, now, as Hurricane Sandy approached, did a weatherman describe the wind howling through the Freedom Tower construction site as sounding like a “trumpet.”

Here are some pictures of the devastation inflicted by Frankenstorm Cassandra (source):

168-ft water tanker John B. Caddell lies grounded on the shore of NY’s Staten Island.

Burnt-out homes in the Breezy Point section of NY’s Queens borough.

People stand among the burnt-out remains of homes in Queens, NY.

Brian Hajeski reacts to debris of a home washed up onto a bridge in Mantoloking, NJ.

A flooded section of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Zoe Jurusik paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

A flooded car park in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.

Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site in New York.

The storm surge engulfs the Inlet section of Atlantic City, N.J.

A statue of the Blessed Mother of Christ stands unharmed in the midst of the fire-destroyed homes in the flooded Breezy Point, Queens, NY.

As of this morning, the New York Daily News reports that the death toll of Sandy has reached 74, more than 5.6 million homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:

Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

CONNECTICUT: Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 378,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000.

DELAWARE: Some southern coastal areas remain underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than anticipated. Governor lifted state of emergency. Emergency shelters closed. Power outages: 1,700, down from more than 45,000.

KENTUCKY: As much as a foot of snow fell in higher elevations of Appalachian Kentucky.

MAINE: Port of Portland reopened, but ocean conditions remained dangerous with high winds. Amtrak’s Downeaster resumed service. Power outages: 3,500, down from more than 90,000.

MARYLAND: Eastern Maryland cleaned up from storm surge, while western Maryland dealt with as much as 29 inches of snow. Dueling disasters are straining emergency resources. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 33,600, down from 290,000.

MASSACHUSETTS: Continued cleanup from fallen trees and damage to homes and businesses, but relief that storm wasn’t worse. Many schools remained closed. Power outages: 46,000, down from 400,000.

MICHIGAN: Cargo shipping on the Great Lakes resumed after waves of up to 16 feet subsided. Power outages: 35,000, down from 154,000.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Some schools and day care centers remained closed. Trick or treating postponed until Sunday. Deaths: 1. Power outages: 40,000, down from 210,000.

NEW JERSEY: Trick or treating postponing until Monday. Fires that destroyed several homes in a shore town rekindled, fueled by natural gas. National Guard arrived to evacuate residents of Hoboken and distribute supplies. Storm renewed debate about whether to rebuild shoreline sand dunes. Deaths: 14. Power outages: 2.1 million, down from 2.7 million.

NEW YORK: Traffic choked city streets as residents tried to return to work in a New York City whose subway system remained crippled. Schools closed all week. Two of three major airports in metropolitan area re-opened with limited flights. Limited commuter rail service resumed and limited subway service is resuming Thursday. Utilities say it could be
days before power is fully restored in the city and on Long Island. Deaths: 30, including 22 in New York City. Power outages: 1.9 million, down from 2.2 million.

NORTH CAROLINA: The search continued off the coast for the captain of a tall ship that sank as Sandy headed north. Parts of western North Carolina saw continued snow. Deaths: 2.

OHIO: High winds uprooted trees in northern Ohio. Schools closed and major commuter arteries along Lake Erie flooded. Deaths: 2. Power outages: 160,000, down from more than 250,000.

PENNSYLVANIA: The core of Sandy made its way north through western Pennsylvania into western New York, causing wind and flooding that closed roads. Deaths: 11. Power outages: 612,000, down from 1.2 million.

RHODE ISLAND: Residents may not be able to return to their homes for another day in some coastal communities amid power outages and impassable roads. Some schools reopened while others remained close. Power outages: About 48,000, down from more than 122,000.

TENNESSEE: A route across the Smoky Mountains closed as heavy, wet snow accumulated to as much as 2 feet.

VERMONT: Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and schools were closed, but damage was not as severe as feared in a state still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Power outages: 3,550, down from more than 10,000.

VIRGINIA: Navy sending three Virginia-based ships toward the Northeast in case they’re needed to help with storm response. Utilities brought in crews to help restore power after high winds and snow. Deaths: 2. Power outages: About 29,000, down from more than 180,000.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Federal and local governments asked people to return to work Wednesday, and transit systems resumed full service. The National Mall reopened. Power outages: 70, down from 25,000.

WEST VIRGINIA: Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County — an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes — collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 224,000, down from about 271,000.

~Eowyn