Thursday, November 23, 2006


"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself." Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief.

Following the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress recognized the need to give thanks for delivering the country from war and into independence. Congress issued a proclamation on October 11, 1782:

By the United States in Congress assembled.


IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long engaged; the present happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public cause; the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the acknowledgment of their independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States:----- Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.

Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, the eleveth day of October, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.

JOHN HANSON, President.

Charles Thomson, Secretary.

What might have been

John F. Kennedy-5/29/1917- 11/22/1963.
How would the world be different if this great man had lived? We will never know.
But we can use his example to make this country one that he would have been proud of. Rest in peace Mr. President.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thank a Vet Today

To the veterans:
"Never in the face of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few."
- Winston Churchill

Here's to Mo's resturant in Florence Oregon.
From the Register Guard.
What began as a simple tribute to one of their cooks that was in the National Guard in 2003 has grown to a wall covered with over 150 pictures of service members left by wives, girlfriends, husbands and mothers.
The wall of photos has inspired Mo's to contribute nearly $54,000 worth of food to the National Guard.
Thanks vets and thanks Mo's.

Merry Christmas from Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart wishes you a Merry Christmas.
But don't get too warm and fuzzy over Wal-Marts sudden revelation that they were wrong in trying to remove Christ from the Christmas season. There is only one thing that motivates Wal-Mart and that is the bottom line. In their attempt to be all things to all people they can only alienate those of us that care about America and American workers.
The facts are:
In 2004 Wal-Mart imported 18 billion dollars in goods from China. Think about how the cheap toys you buy are made by workers often working 12+ hours a day for 13-17 cents per hour. Merry Christmas.

The C.E.O. of Wal-Mart, Mr. Lee Scott, made $27,207,799 in 2005 while the average W.M. employee earned $13,861.
The five remaining Walton family members are worth 102 Billion dollars while the Wal-Mart "assocciates" are often advised to apply for public assisstance and health care in order to make ends meet.
The cost of the Wal-Mart private jet fleet=$125,350,000 while Sam Walton flew his own small plane and drove an old pick-up truck.
The Walton family has given less than 1% of their personal wealth to charity. Bill Gates has given 58%.
The Walton family gave 3.2 million in campaign contributions in 2004.
In 2004 Walmart employees gave over 5 million dollars to help less fortunate fellow workers while the Walton family gave $6000.
To Wal-Mart I say Merry Christmas. God bless us one and all.