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Be Grateful.

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today. To me, every day is Thanksgiving because I am so thankful for each and every day. And yes, I am a very happy and joy-filled person because of this gratefulness. ~ Lo

TED on Nov 27, 2013

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

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Name 10 things that you are grateful for this Thanksgiving by Rocket Kirchner

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by Rocket Kirchner
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November 19, 2012

Sometimes we human beings just have to sit down now and then and take stock. Gratefulness is not only good for reflection, but it is also very healthy for the soul. Continue reading

Cut to the political heart of a U.S. holiday on the brink by Roxanne Amico

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by Roxanne Amico
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Nov. 25, 2010

This is a post I wrote on “Thanksgiving Day.” [Before that is this very important reminder that “natural gas fracking” (DRILLING) has already been proven lethally dangerous to all land, air, water, food, and the communities living nearby.  So, there is a protest about it on Thursday, December 9th. Info about that is below.]

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The Inner Voices by Bruce Gagnon

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Nov. 22, 2010

I call it mental colonization. The corporations learned long ago, by hiring the best and brightest from the world of psychology, they can control the population by feeding us images and ideas over and over again. And since the corporations now control most governments around the world we see them doing much the same.

Take the economic crisis here in the U.S. for example. The public has now largely swallowed the line that the best way to deal with the economic collapse is to cut spending which essentially means gutting things like Social Security, education, and programs for the mentally ill. Structural adjustment they call it. The brainwashing has reached the point that large percentages of the public have “internalized their oppression” and have become advocates for the agenda of the oligarchy.

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (repost)

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By Gary Corseri featured writer Dandelion Salad Nov. 17, 2008

The preposition is apt.  We are not in the season, not even in the spirit of the season, but we feel it upon us, like a nightmare chimera. Many feel oppressed and depressed by it. We struggle for more light.

Perhaps it’s better to call it the shopping season.

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The Sparks + Deke Dickerson + Thanksgiving at St. Francis House

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Amy Goodman calls the Afghan Peace Vigil

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Amy Goodman calls the Afghan Peace Vigil

Winter & the cold have arrived in Afghanistan

American Thanksgiving and our Afghan winter; Afghan vigilers’ telephone conversation with Amy Goodman

To our American friends, have a meaningful and warm Thanksgiving!

We especially thank Douglas Mackey and Dennis Mills for the tele-conversation we had with students of Olympia High School and Evergreen State College, as well as Amy Goodman for speaking to us in our Afghan silence.

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Freedom & Life: Of Turkeys & Men by Sibel Edmonds + Bagram Prison Exposed

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Freedom & Life: Of Turkeys & Men

Dear Mr. President:

Today is the official Presidential Turkey Pardon Day for 2009, your very first since taking office.  I understand you are planning to fly your pardoned bird(s) First Class to California, where they will live at Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland. How lucky are these birds, how kind of you to value their lives and freedom, and how generous of you to release them.

Mr. President, there are many innocent human beings who have been caged for over six years, under deplorable conditions, including torture – despite being innocent and having done nothing wrong. Their last ten months of detainment and torture have taken place under your watch, per your orders, and with your instructions.

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Over the River and through the Woods By David Irving

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By David Irving
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11/27/08

(Four Thanksgiving Day Vignettes)

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The Hunter

Among twenty snowy mountains the only thing the hunter saw in the early morning light from behind his blind was a deer moving at the edge of the woods. The young doe lifted her head and sniffed the crisp air just as the 160 grain bullet tore into the flesh of her left hip and shattered the bone there. A whine cut the air as the doe leaped in agony. Adrenalin poured through her system, fear coated her eyes, a gush of red erupted onto the snow at her feet.

“God dammit! Missed the fucking bastard again!” the hunter swore, smacking the side of his 7mm Remington Magnum with his paw. He pressed a gloved thumb against the right side of his nostrils and blew out a wad of snot on the snow at his feet. “Wish the hell Harry would hurry and get back with the God damned coffee!!”

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A Turkey By Any Other Description – Is Still the Governor of Alaska by Walter Brasch + video

by Walter Brasch
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Nov. 21, 2008

President Bush, as has every president since his father began the practice in 1989, annually pardons a Thanksgiving turkey.

Amid hundreds of spectators, most of them members of the media, the president makes a few cute comments, issues a pardon for the turkey and a “runner-up” (in case the Main Bird can’t fulfill all the duties), and then sends the turkeys off to a petting zoo or ranch, where they live about a year. Why they live only a year is because domestic turkeys are bred to become so pleasingly plump so quickly that disease takes over their bodies if not slaughtered. A domestic turkey has a 26 week life span; wild turkeys, if not killed by natural predators, have a 12 year life span.

Why domestic turkeys have to be “pardoned” is another matter. The birds did nothing wrong, nothing illegal. All they did was to be born and be turkeys. But, the entire ceremony is a good PhotoOp for the president, while encouraging the sale of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. Americans will eat about 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.

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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri

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Institutionalized Glorification of our Greed and Gluttony: Thanksgiving Reflections of an Anti-Capitalist By Jason Miller

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By Jason Miller
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11/23/07

Gluttony and greed kill more than the sword.

—Italian proverb

Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving.

~Charles Lamb, 1821

Another propaganda-driven greed-fest has nearly passed in the land of the corporatized and the home of the subservient. Obedient little wage slaves and consumers that most of us are (to varying degrees of course), we have once again dutifully greased the wheels of the monstrous capitalist machine and made our proper sacrifices at the altar of Mammon. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Hypocrisy by Stephen Lendman

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by Stephen Lendman
Global Research, November 16, 2007

In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks for the year’s blessings and bounty. At least that’s how it began. It’s not, however, the current practice. Most people defile the day’s spirit in how they spend it over a full four day holiday weekend – with overindulgent eating, parades, “can’t miss” football from Thursday through Sunday, and, key for merchants, the “official” start of the Christmas holiday shopping season. It begins Thanksgiving Friday, is now an orgy of holiday consumerism, continues through Christmas eve, ebbs for a day, then builds again for a final celebratory new year’s welcome with more overindulgent eating, drinking, partying, and binge-shopping for nonessentials.

This holiday, like all others, is also replete with myths, and young minds are filled with them. They’re taught the Pilgrims invited Native Indians to share their bounty in a show of brotherhood and friendship with an array of foods early settlers never heard of that were indigenous to the Americas and introduced to them by Native peoples. The Pilgrims had nothing to do with this tradition. It began with Eastern Indians observing fall harvest celebrations centuries before the first settlers arrived. After they did, there was no such observance as “Thanksgiving.”

While George Washington had days for national thanksgiving, modern holiday celebrations date from the Civil War in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln wanted a way to boost morale and patriotic fervor of the Union Army. His idea was to proclaim a national Thanksgiving holiday for the first time ever. It had nothing to do with the Pilgrims nor were they ever mentioned until 1890, and the term Pilgrim was never even used until the 1870s. So much for tradition and what passes for history that, in fact, is pure myth.

The Thanksgiving holiday is also a way to promote what Edward Herman calls our “indispensable state,” our innate goodness and the illusion of American exceptionalism, moral and cultural superiority, and the belief that the Almighty made us special the way ideological Zionists feel Jews are “the chosen people.” It’s a short step from these views to judging others inferior, especially those ranked low in the racial, religious, ethnic or cultural pecking order – blacks, Latinos, and today’s number one target of choice for a nation at war and an enemy needed to justify it – Muslims hatefully portrayed as “radicals, extremists, gunmen, insurgents,” and “Islamofascists.”

Thanksgiving also serves another purpose. It has special religious significance in a nation with three-fourths of the population Christian, and the traditional separation of church and state now weakened. The US was founded as a secular state, and First Amendment constitutional law affirms it stay that way with freedom of religion guaranteed. In 1802, Jefferson called for a “wall of separation” between them, and earlier Supreme Courts agreed. They ruled this separation is required to prohibit any state religion and require government avoid undue religious involvement, its trappings or expressions. That’s now changed under radicalized right wing rule.

Today, the extremist Christian Right jeopardizes religious freedom with frightening implications to consider. Their movement became dominant in the Reagan 1980s and reemerged even more virulently under George Bush. It’s close to the seat of power with ideologues like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell while he was living, James Dobson, and radical Zionist Muslim hate-preacher John Hagee having enormous influence on the administration and Congress.

Religious freedom was jeopardized by the introduction of the “Constitution Restoration Act of 2004″ that was reintroduced in near-identical form in 2005. So far it’s gone nowhere, but if introduced again and adopted in the 110th or a later Congress, it would turn the US into a de facto theocracy even though its supporters deny that intent. Don’t believe them.

Dominionists like Pat Robertson and others support the bill as do influential sponsoring members of both Houses. Their goal is simple, but they won’t admit it – tear down the sacred wall between between church and state so the US can be governed by their extremist Christian dogma. It would make believers of other faiths, or none at all, lawbreakers with their version of Christian canon the new law of the land – a very scary prospect for about 75 million non-Christians in the country and many of Christian faith who won’t go along.

If it’s ever adopted, this bill will prevent the Supreme Court from challenging the right of anyone in or affiliated with federal, state or local government to affirm “God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government” – an extremist Christian God, that is. Any judge at any level interpreting the law otherwise would henceforth be subject to impeachment and prosecution in the new USA ruled by the empowered Pat Robertson types in it. It would also likely make Thanksgiving an obligatory Christian observance, even for non-Christians, and make its religious overtones mandatory.

As it’s now celebrated, Thanksgiving is already shameful. While barely giving thanks, if at all, we forget millions of poor, deprived and oppressed peoples everywhere and our government’s role in their condition. We also ignore the systematic dismantling of our constitutional rights and denial of essential social services to growing millions without them. And we’re too distracted by bread, circuses and overindulgence to oppose injustice and support the rights and needs of people everywhere.

This day and others should be times of reflection, thanks and much more. Blessings aren’t given. They’re earned and just as easily lost when rogue leaders threaten our freedoms, and democracy is an illusion. But it’s not something new. Our tradition is long and disturbing with conflict, violence, and our framers design that the “supreme Law of the Land” give government unlimited power, the Executive unchecked amounts of it, and “we the people” meant only the privileged. It’s pure fantasy thinking we have limited government, constitutionally constrained and one of, by and for the people. Look at the record.

Along with war, militarism, expansionism and free market fundamentalism, we’re a nation addicted to privilege. It’s always been this way despite our prevailing fiction of an egalitarian country respecting everyone’s rights. That’s nonsense in a nation glorifying wealth and power and those with it claiming a divine right for more.

It’s always been that way and especially since WW II when the US emerged unchallenged as the world’s only superpower. Since then we’ve had imperial wars, CIA-instigated coups, political assassinations, and disdain for the law to defend unfettered capitalism from beneficial social change. On November 22, we should do more than give thanks. We should ask for forgiveness and demand accountability.

Journalism Professor Robert Jensen is right calling for a “No Thanks to Thanksgiving” in his earlier writing. He suggests we’d be hugely uplifted by replacing our overindulgent “white supremicist” Thanksgiving ritual with a “National Day of Atonement” and have it include self-reflective fasting for our forefathers’ “original sin” no matter where our own came from. Establishing that tradition would be an important step forward – toward a day to give thanks every day in a land with leaders resolved never to repeat the crimes of the past and equally committed to public service instead of just for the elite part of it.

Stephen Lendman is a Rsearch Associate of the Centre for Research on globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Steve Lendman News and Information Hour on www.TheMicroEffect.com Mondays at noon US central time.

© Copyright Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2007
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