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Saints and Strangers: The First Thanksgiving   

“As Philbrick notes, the colonists didn’t call the event Thanksgiving, a term that to them would have meant strictly a day of religious devotion and prayer. (Two years later, Bradford did proclaim “a day of thanksgiveing” to pray in thanks after rains ended a ruinous summer drought that had nearly destroyed their crops.) Instead, the historian says, it more closely resembled a traditional English harvest festival, a secular sort of celebration that dated back to medieval villages’ custom of eating, drinking and playing games after the crops were in.”

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A popular image of the first Thanksgiving is a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

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 “…for three days we entertained and feasted.”

Edward Winslow was among the group of Pilgrims present at the first Thanksgiving. He describes the scene:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week.

At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, and many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

References:   Edward Winslow’s account appears in: Heath, Dwight, A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt’s Relation (1963); EyeWitness to America (1997); Morrison, Samuel Eliot, Builders of the Bay Colony (1930).

The First Thanksgiving From the Wampanoag Point of View

So the Pilgrims didn’t invite the Wampanoags to sit down and eat turkey and drink some beer?

“[laughs] Ah, no. Well, let’s put it this way. People did eat together [but not in what is portrayed as “the first Thanksgiving]. It was our homeland and our territory and we walked all through their villages all the time. The differences in how they behaved, how they ate, how they prepared things was a lot for both cultures to work with each other. But in those days, it was sort of like today when you go out on a boat in the open sea and you see another boat and everyone is waving and very friendly—it’s because they’re vulnerable and need to rely on each other if something happens. In those days, the English really needed to rely on us and, yes, they were polite as best they could be, but they regarded us as savages nonetheless.”

Ramona Peters, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer 

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, a real trendsetter for running a household, was a leading voice in establishing Thanksgiving as an annual event. Beginning in 1827, Hale petitioned 13 presidents, the last of whom was Abraham Lincoln. She pitched her idea to President Lincoln as a way to unite the country in the midst of the Civil War, and, in 1863, he made Thanksgiving a national holiday.”

“Those days were finally consolidated with Lincoln, who proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November in 1863 in large part thanks to an aggressive campaign by magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale.

The holiday wasn’t made official until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it as a kind of thank you for the Civil War victories in Vicksburg, Miss., and Gettysburg, Pa.

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. 

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The November proclamations continued annually, with governors issuing their own proclamations naming the day the president had set.

“That worked fine until 1939, when Roosevelt decided to change the date,” Kirkpatrick said.

Roosevelt wanted Thanksgiving to come sooner in the hopes of driving up consumer spending during the Great Depression by extending the time between the holiday and Christmas. States disagreed and issued different dates.

As a result of the disagreement, Congress finally enacted legislation in 1941, which Roosevelt signed into law, making Thanksgiving fall on the fourth Thursday of November.”


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It wasn’t just about religious freedom.

“It’s been taught that the Pilgrims came because they were seeking religious freedom, but that’s not entirely true, Mr. Loewen said.

The Pilgrims had religious freedom in Holland, where they first arrived in the early 17th century. Like those who settled Jamestown, Va., in 1607, the Pilgrims came to North America to make money, Mr. Loewen said.

“They were also coming here in order to establish a religious theocracy, which they did,” he said. “That’s not exactly the same as coming here for religious freedom. It’s kind of coming here against religious freedom.”

Also, the Pilgrims never called themselves Pilgrims. They were separatists, Mr. Loewen said. The term Pilgrims didn’t surface until around 1880.”

 

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 What Was On the Menu at The First Thanksgiving

“Throughout her campaign, Hale printed Thanksgiving recipes and menus in Godey’s Lady’s Book. She also published close to a dozen cookbooks. “She is really planting this idea in the heads of lots of women that this is something they should want to do,” says Wall. “So when there finally is a national day of Thanksgiving, there is a whole body of women who are ready for it, who know what to do because she told them. A lot of the food that we think of—roast turkey with sage dressing, creamed onions, mashed turnips, even some of the mashed potato dishes, which were kind of exotic then—are there.”

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History of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Macy’s has been at its current flagship location, at Broadway and 34th Street, since 1902. Continuing expansion made the location what Macy’s called the “world’s largest store,” an entire city block with more than 1 million square feet of retail space.
In celebration, employees organized a Christmas parade in 1924 featuring “floats, bands, animals from the zoo and 10,000 onlookers,” according to a Macy’s history page. It also started way up at 145th Street. The parade concluded with Santa Claus and the unveiling of the store’s Christmas windows. Three years later, the Christmas Parade was renamed the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Macy’s didn’t invent the practice. Philadelphia has the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade: Its Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade, now the 6ABC – Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, debuted in 1920.”
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Thanksgiving Affords Rare Opportunity to Eat Large Quantities of Food and Watch Football

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WASHINGTON—Noting that the nation’s long wait is now at an end, sources confirmed Thursday that the Thanksgiving holiday will grant millions of Americans the rare chance to eat incredibly large amounts of food while watching football games. “This kind of day doesn’t come around too often, so I’m excited to finally be able to sit back with family and friends over some delicious food and watch football for the entire afternoon,” said 34-year-old Arnold Dawson of Henrico, VA, echoing a sentiment held by Americans across the country who have come to cherish the lone day of the year when they can simply gorge themselves on enormous meals in front of a television showing nine hours of uninterrupted NFL coverage. “I mean, when else can you curl up in your living room with second or third helpings of food and watch a 12:30 p.m. game, a 4:30 p.m. game, and then an 8:30 p.m. game? It makes me wish Thanksgiving was every week.” Reports also confirmed that, by the end of the evening, the populace will already be excitedly thinking ahead to New Year’s Day, which will afford them an equally rare opportunity to shovel food into their mouths, watch a half-dozen college football games, and eventually pass out on the couch.

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Guess Who’s Back?

Intro

This is the calm before the storm right here.

Wait, how was I gonna start this off? I forgot. …

Oh yeah.

Verse

That’s an awfully hot coffee pot,

Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Prob’ly not,

But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot.

Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it,

Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk,

I’m a walk inside a mosque on Ramadan,

And say a prayer that every time Melania talks,

She gets a mou— ah, I’m a stop.

But we better give Obama props,

‘Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze,

That’ll prob’ly cause a nuclear holocaust,

And while the drama pops,

And he waits for s— to quiet down, he’ll just gas his plane up

And fly around ’til the bombing stops.

Intensities heightened, tensions are risin’,

Trump, when it comes to givin’ a s—, you’re stingy as I am,

Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em,

‘Cause you don’t got the f—ing nuts, like an empty asylum,

Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for,

‘Cause that’s how he gets his f—ing rocks off and he’s orange,

Yeah, sick tan,

That’s why he wants us to disband,

‘Cause he can not withstand,

The fact we’re not afraid of Trump,

F— walkin’ on egg shells, I came to stomp,

That’s why he keeps screamin’, “Drain the swamp!”,

‘Cause he’s in quicksand.

It’s like we take a step forwards, then backwards,

But this is his form of distraction,

Plus, he gets an enormous reaction,

When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that,

Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada,

All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather,

Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.

Then says he wants to lower our taxes,

Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips,

Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?

Same s— that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered,

Then does it more,

From his endorsement of Bannon,

Support for the Klansmen,

Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black,

And comes home from Iraq,

And is still told to go back to Africa,

Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa,

Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors,

Now if you’re a black athlete, you’re a spoiled little brat for,

Trying to use your platform or your stature,

To try to give those a voice who don’t have one,

He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us you bastards,”

Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered,

‘Cause to him, you’re zeros,

‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.

That’s not disrespecting the military.

F— that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist,

And keep that s— balled like Donald the b—-,

“He’s gonna get rid of all immigrants!”

“He’s gonna build that thing up taller than this!”

Well, if he does build it, I hope it’s rock solid with bricks,

‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks,

‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of s— against the wall ’til it sticks,

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his,

I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against,

And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split,

On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F— you.

End

The rest of America stand up,

We love our military, and we love our country,

But we f—ing hate Trump.

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The Pledge of Allegiance in Trumpland

Given the national controversy over the #Takeaknee movement and “the Donald’s” reaction to it, this seems like a good time to remind all Americans what the Pledge of Allegiance might look like in an idealized version of Trumpland.

CSA: Confederate States of America

CSA: Confederate States of America

 

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Dearest Donald: With A Friend Like Me, Who Needs Enemies?

Anyone that doubts that “the Donald” could have been so easily manipulated by the Russians should check out this email.  I have not been shy in expressing my disdain for Mr. Trump and everything that he represents.  If he is going to invite me into his inner circle, who would he exclude?*

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*Other than the obvious:  women that don’t like being groped, people that are not white, people that were not born in the United States, people that were born in the United States but don’t look, think, or act the way that Führer Trump thinks people born in the United States should look, think, and act, people that don’t pretend to be good Christians, people that take the central message of Jesus too seriously, people that don’t speak English, people that prefer real facts over “alternative” facts, and anybody that criticizes Führer Trump for any reason.

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John Roberts Commencement Address

There are few individuals in the contemporary political millieu that I respect more than this man, Chief Justice John Roberts. Here is one example that illustrates why.

“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly,” Roberts said, “so that you will come to learn the value of justice.”

“I wish you bad luck — again, from time to time — so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life,” Roberts said. “And understand that your success is not completely deserved, and that the failure of others is not completely deserved, either.”

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“But you are also privileged young men, and if you weren’t privileged when you came here, you’re privileged now because you have been here,” Roberts said. “My advice is: Don’t act like it.”

Analysis: The Best Thing John Roberts Wrote This Term Was Not a Supreme Court Opinion