Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

I made it to Wal-Mart to fight the 5a.m. crowd to help my relatives get a $398 computer. Mission accomplished. The KJ flank also secured certain Barbie Pegasus toys at Wal-Mart, then other goods at Sears (including a $10 gift card for being one of the first 200 in line) and Lowe's. The Mrs. KJ batallion secured teritority at Kohl's and Target.

All missions accomplished. Just another total victory for KJ.

As for Thanksgiving day, we had quite a crowd. Before dinner, I read the below proclamation before the feast I hosted (22 guests of friends and family) and thought I would share it.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday.

Proclamation of ThanksgivingWashington, D.C.October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,Secretary of State

5 Comments:

At 11:48 AM, Blogger tee bee said...

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, KJ and Cassandra, and all the exceptional readers of No Government Cheese.

I'm thankful for you, by no means the least of many wonderful things. May we all share our increase like bread upon the waters.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Good God. I won't even ask what Barbie Pegasus is. I have a feeling I don't want to know. Thank God my sons can be satisfied by things like new clothes, X-box games, jazz CDs and other manly items I enjoy shopping for :)

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Pile OnĀ® said...

Speaking of Walmarts on the day after Thanksgiving, did you see me on the news?

I heard there were some good deals at the Beaumont Walmarts, so we camped out all night in the parking lot, then I had to beat the shit out of a guy who trampled Mrs On when we were fighting to be the first in the door when they opened.

Because it is important to be the first one in.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Pile, you nut. That's two.

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Cricket said...

Pile, you are such a gentleman.

 

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