Happy Thanksgiving! And Long Weekend Open Thread

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It is that time of year again when family and friends get together to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings, large and small. Some family may be chosen family, some blood relatives, and some a mixture of both, if we are lucky. It is a time of sharing memories and making memories around the table, giving thanks for the bounty we receive. And by that, I don’t just mean food, but the love, friendship, and relationships with which we have been blessed.

Though there are always those among us who are less fortunate, and we remember them on Thanksgiving and throughout the Holiday season. If we are able, we may spend some time at a soup kitchen, or make a donation to a Food Bank, or to those good organizations that look after our active duty service members unable to be with their families this day, or those who serve our veterans. May we be forever mindful of those less fortunate and in need, while being grateful for those gifts we have received.

One such gift is the following Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts,” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss:

So a beautiful hymn in its simplicity, or perhaps because of it. This rendition by Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss was infused with depth and heart, moving it into a realm all its own. I am thankful for the gift of music, to be sure.

Speaking of gifts, let me once again tell you all how thankful I am for the gift of my loyal readers and commenters. It means a great deal to me that you care to read my musings, that some of you get them in your inbox, that you take the time to comment, share your thoughts, and inform us with news, or a laugh, or a song, or a story, especially when KenoshaMarge is willing to share her writings with us as well. I am grateful indeed for those of you who have been following me for years, and with whom I have developed a rich and rewarding friendship. Thank you from the bottom of my very full heart!

You likely noticed that this is not just the Thanksgiving thread, but for the weekend as well. I’ll tell you why that is. Suzy and I have the great pleasure of meeting up with my younger brother and his family in the Asheville, NC area for Thanksgiving, and to go to the Biltmore House and Gardens (more on that below).

What enables this meeting is our niece, my brother’s oldest daughter, having an interest in a university in the Upstate of South Carolina. Needless to say, we are delighted about this since they live in Mississippi (my brother and sister-in-law are both professors at Ole Miss). So this will have our niece much closer to us, and with the opportunity to see her more often. Their college visit will be done by the time we see them, and hopefully, the decision will be made.

One of the fun things my sister-in-law suggested was a visit to Biltmore House to see their Christmas decorations. I haven’t been to Biltmore in decades (I lived in Asheville for a short time in between colleges I attended), and am excited about seeing the decorations and all.

For those of you who are not familiar with Biltmore House and Gardens, it is an astonishing mansion built by George Vanderbilt back in the late 1890’s, and has expanded now to include a winery and guest facilities. Here is more about it fromt he Smithsonian Channel:

Isn’t it amazing? The size and scope of this place is just mind boggling. You get a better idea of just how large the rooms are, and the mansion itself, in the following video taken at Christmas time so you can see all of the beautiful decorations:

Having people walk around, like in the Banquet Hall, really highlights how massive the room is, how big are the fireplaces, not to mention the tree. Just amazing.

Most of all, I am delighted to be going there with my brother and his family, whom I enjoy a great deal. His two girls are 17 and 13, and just delightful. His wife is a wonderful, smart, funny woman, and spending time with them all is always a gift. So I am thankful indeed to be spending Thanksgiving with them, and just spending time with them in general.

How about you? How are you spending Thanksgiving? I hope that your Thanksgiving is a special one for you. And if you are traveling that you get to and from your destination safely.

I want to leave you with my favorite Thanksgiving hymn:

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This is your holiday and Weekend Open Thread.

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54 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving! And Long Weekend Open Thread”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Happy thanksgiving! 😉

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Giving Of Thanks

    It’s Thanksgiving, so happy Thanksgiving.

    As Americans we have a lot to be thankful for, even though we don’t take nearly enough time to truly think about it.

    Along those lines, and with full knowledge that it is a national holiday and you’re a.) fighting a tryptophan-induced coma; b.) watching football; and/or c.) preparing to stampede stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals, I’ll keep this short.

    Here is a not-all-inclusive list of what I’m thankful for.

    1) The calendar. Yes, it’s been a long seven years, but there are only 14 months left of Barack Obama’s presidency. It’s true that a lot of damage can be done in 14 months, especially with a wannabe dictator who holds the Constitution in contempt and possesses a magic pen and phone that allows him to bypass it. Even Hillary would be better than this guy. We’ll recover as a nation; we always have. And I’m very thankful that recovery can start in 14 months.

    2) Donald Trump. I’m not a fan of many of his policies or pronouncements, mostly because they’re nothing but promising to make things “great” and “the best” and are full of unnecessary vitriol and childish barking. But he has forced a few issues to the forefront of the public consciousness. Immigration would still be an issue this cycle without him – but it would be discussed with pandering acquiescence, not national sovereignty, at its core.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2015/11/26/the-giving-of-thanks-n2085438/page/full

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  6. lyn Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! The Simple Gifts video features photos from Oregon. We see Mount McLoughlin every time we go over the hill to Medford.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, wow, lyn – that is so cool! Those photos were just beautiful, to go along with Alison’s voice of an angel… 🙂

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Obama can’t even pardon a turkey without bashing Republicans

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/11/obama_cant_even_pardon_a_turkey_without_bashing_republicans.html

  8. mcnorman Says:

    To all who visit and especially to you Amy, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Obama’s Intel Scandal

    “More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials,” the Beast reported in September. These analysts say their superiors regularly massaged pessimistic assessments to make them more upbeat before sending them up the chain of command. The analysts registered their grievances with the inspector general at the Pentagon, who is investigating their claims.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/obama-s-intel-scandal_1070543.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And the plot continues to thicken with this Administration and their attempts to manipulate information to suit their political narrative… Wowie ZOWIE, Marge!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I asked Larry Johnson if this was for real or just nonsense to make Obama look bad. LJ says it’s for real.

        Not that anyone has to make something up or make it seem more than it is to make Obama look bad – he does that all on his own.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I knew the analysts started complaining this summer, with abt 20 or so sharing their frustration, but the numbers of analysts keep growing. And so do their concerns, it seems…

          Sure will be interesting to see how this plays out, and if something will FINALLY stick to this guy…

  10. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving !!! ❤

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Personally I don’t enter a store on Black Friday if I can help it. Groceries only if necessary other wise wait until tomorrow. I have enough stress in my life without battling shopping lunatics for a bargain. When did we get this screwed up as a country?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good question, and beats me! Yeah, we aren’t going into any stores today either.

      Hey, how abt that Favre celebration last night?? 🙂

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It was great. I just wish he would have had the good sense to know when his time had come and retired gracefully. He was a great quarterback – now it’s time to try to be a great man, a great husband, a great father and a great member of his family. Those who refuse to exit gracefully tarnish their legacy IMO. I am still a fan of what Brett could do on the field though. Always will be.

        Just as I am still a fan of Bart Starr after all these years. He is the epitome of all the things I hope Favre will “grow” into. Never too late to grow up before growing old.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          How great was it that Bart Starr was there last night?

          I hear you abt Favre. He is sure giving back now, acting as the offensive coordinator for a high school in Mississippi. Neat, huh?

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          • kenoshamarge Says:

            It’s a way for him to “give back” and be a part of the game he loves so much.

            • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

              Exactly, Marge. I think it is pretty cool because he could easily do that on a college or pro level, but he choose to help kids instead. That says a lot abt him…

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  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary and Misogyny

    The recent decision by Princeton to repudiate its most famous president, Woodrow Wilson, for his racism – after a century of adoration – is part of a pattern in leftism. Wilson was the first “liberal” or “leftist” or “progressive” president, and he was the most racist president in American history as well. His son-in-law, McAdoo, was supported by the Klan for the 1924 Democrat nomination.

    Like virtually all Democrat presidents until Carter, Wilson was a bigot. If this sounds extreme, consider this Democrat presidential legacy. Grover Cleveland appointed Klansmen to the Supreme Court. Wilson purge blacks from federal jobs. FDR appointed a Klansman to be attorney general and another to the Supreme Court. Truman joined the Klan, albeit briefly, and his writings discovered a few years ago showed him as an anti-Semite as well. JFK banned Sammie Davis, Jr. from performing in the White House. LBJ opposed every Civil Rights bill while in the Senate. And so on.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/11/hillary_and_misogyny.html#ixzz3shWTz5YL

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this, Marge. Insightful piece as always from AT.

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I knew that left was made up of a bunch of hypocrites – just didn’t know how bad it really was. Explains why they must keep the masses poorly educated. When only 1/3 who graduate from High School are proficient in reading that leaves a 2/3 majority ignorant and easy to propagandize. From what we’ve seen on college campuses lately there aren’t a whole lost of “critical” thinkers among them either.

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good one! The hypocrisy of the Left with the candidates chosen vs. the rhetoric is astonishing…

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    Illogical Spins on the Logic of Diversity

    By Jonah Goldberg

    Everyone seems to be talking about those American “values” of tolerance, diversity and pluralism. Obama has been on a tear about how rejecting refugees is “not American” and how those refugees are akin to the pilgrims who arrived on our shores. He pays rote lip service to denouncing murderers in Paris.

    Meanwhile, back on our campuses, those very values are routinely denounced as little more than “white privilege.” Needless to say, the people who want to see Columbus Day banned and call for an accounting of America’s crimes against Native Americans don’t think too highly of those Pilgrims.

    As for our values, student protestors and their enablers on and off campus offer a full-throated rejection of America’s (classical) liberal principles and, at times, America itself. By now you’ve heard it said that “free speech” is just code for “white privilege” or even “hate speech.” Tolerance itself has become a dirty word for many.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2015/11/28/illogical-spins-on-the-logic-of-diversity-n2085920/page/full

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Russia Not to ‘Play with Fire’

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/turkeys-erdogan-warns-russia-not-to-play-with-fire/

    I had no idea there were so many ties between Russia and Turkey. What in the hell was Turkey thinking in shooting down a Russian plane? Stupid much?

  17. foxyladi14 Says:

    I miss Helen,
    Is she on vacation?
    She hasn’t been on FB either. 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I miss her too. She hasn’t been here or at NQ and now you say not on FB either. Rev, do you know what’s up?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No, I don’t. The last time she posted anything on Facebook was on 11/25. Perhaps she is out of town visiting family for Thanksgiving?

        I’ll mention at Facebook that people are asking abt her. Sure hope she is okay!

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

    Dr. Everett Piper, President

    Oklahoma Wesleyan University

    This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

    I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

    http://www.okwu.edu/blog/2015/11/this-is-not-a-day-care-its-a-university/

    At long last a University President with the courage to tell the little crybullies what’s what. There may have been others but other than Mitch Daniels I haven’t read about any that didn’t fold like a cheap lawn chair.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Outstanding piece! Good for Dr. Piper for laying it out so clearly and so well. Thank you so much for this!

  19. helenk3 Says:

    Hello and Happy Thanksgiving.
    Internet in Florida is very interesting. When I first moved to Orlando i had brighthouse.It was all I could get where I lived. Slow. Then I moved to Port Charlotte. I had called and made an appointment with comcast. they never showed up. So then I got century link, Had it for 6 weeks and did not have one week where the tv-internet and phone all worked at the same time. So then I got dish. they told me that the new dish internet was fast and great. So I got it. Now I find out that is is rationed. For two months i got a message telling me that my available usage was at it’s limit and the speed would be slowed down. So I really can not be on the internet for any length of time until Dec 1st.
    so for all who consider moving to Florida do not have any high hopes of internet service. I think Cuba has better.

  20. helenk3 Says:

    this seems like the best time of life to me

    https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/12079535_954565074622246_3276965824341153961_n.jpg?oh=daf254be2bc4ca1a55d812aa36e4b2c1&oe=56DCEEFA

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