Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

For the fifth year in a row...  If the Wall Street Journal has been running the same piece since 1961 I figure I can get by with re-runs, too. I'm not quite as good as they are, though. But seriously: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Gentle Reader. I’m going to be lazy today and re-run what I said last year (in part...there was more), mainly coz (a) it’s all true and (b) I’m fresh out of original i-deers. So…from Turkey-Day-2006:
Of all the things I’m thankful for on this day…family, friends, reasonable health… I thank God most of all for making me an American. Most all of the good things in my life begin and end with that one single fact.
You could do much worse today than read the editorial the WSJ has published every Thanksgiving since 1961.  An excerpt:
We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.
And we might remind ourselves also, that if those men setting out from Delftshaven had been daunted by the troubles they saw around them, then we could not this autumn be thankful for a fair land.
As true today as it was back in 1961.
The images come from Thanksgiving Corner, which has a great collection of Thanksgiving wallpaper. Normally I'd only post a single topical image, but I was so taken with the second image that I had to post it. Shades of Ben Franklin, and all that.


  1. Delight in the day, my friend!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family. And a big ditto on that part about being born right here in the USA. What you said is so true.

    Love the turkey/eagle pic. But thank God old Ben didn't prevail in that debate.

  3. God Bless America, for which I am most humbly (and arrogantly, as the occasion demands) grateful.

    A whole lot of us would never have survived in any other country that has ever existed. Like Merle Haggard put it, "When you're runnin down our country, Hoss, you're walkin on the fightin side of me."

    Happy Thanksgiving, you old(er than me by a month) fart.

  4. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Buck!

  5. As one of the characters on one of my favorite tv shows, The Office, recently said "I already won the lottery -- I was born in the U.S.of A."

  6. Thank you all... I hope your T-Day was peaceful and happy.

  7. And a Very Happy (if belated) Thanksgiving to you, Buck.


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