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November 21, 2012

Giving thanks

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 21, 2012

In 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.  It is now estimated that in the Civil War 750,000 Americans were killed by other Americans  or the direct effects of the conflict.  Yet the President offered explicit cause to give thanks and praise and invited others — including those in rebellion — to join with him.

In the closing paragraph of the Presidential Proclamation (below), Mr. Lincoln encouraged his fellow citizens to several actions — including seeking humble penitence for our national perverseness.

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 Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

We are again engaged in “lamentable civil strife” that, in my judgment, exceeds necessity or good cause.    The recent election has, I am afraid, served mostly to deepen the divide.

It is a division founded in pride and perpetuated by denial: I am right.  You are wrong.  My motives are pure.  Your motives are either confused or conspiratorial.  You must be persuaded or at least dissuaded.  I listen only for weakness in your argument.

This is a habit unfriendly to peace, harmony, tranquility, and union. This is the stance that unleashed the civil war.  This is the dehumanizing at the source of our most inhuman behavior.

On the screened porch beside his favorite chair my grandfather hung two sayings, the first in needlepoint, the other written in his own hand, both framed:

Come Let Us Reason Together.

A man who hasn’t made a mistake hasn’t made anything.

Effective reasoning requires a sense of personal limitation.  Humility is not just a virtue, it is a helpful embrace of reality.

Lincoln explained, “When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.”  On occasion this interior reasoning and careful consideration of alternatives caused Lincoln to adjust his own judgment before the other had uttered a word.

Thank you for sharing your experiences, judgments, and opinions.  Thank you for encouraging me to step outside my predilections and prejudices.  Thank you for causing me to actively consider alternatives. Thank you for opening and changing my mind. I hope to occasionally return the favor.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 21, 2012 @ 8:29 am

Blessed be the Peacemakers on this Thanksgiving 2012. I count over 50 active armed conflicts of various kinds. Yes killing still a predominant form of effort when reasons fail. Apocolypse NOW?

I give thanks not yet do to luck, skill, or competence but know deep in my heart that most cannot see around the bend even while driving.

Comment by Noth'n changed...

November 22, 2012 @ 6:39 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all the faithful and enlightened HLS readers who are willing to stand forth w/their perspectives on issues that certainly affect so many….

Whether the divide has deepened or remains as I have referenced – noth’n changes, the interaction, the exchanges that take place herein among folks who truly do give a damn about our beloved Republic, no matter their differences in perspective, speaks volumes as to the inherent spirit We as Americans have about our nation!

As Frederick Douglass stated:

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence” -

W/reference to the great tribulations challenges all of us globally, much like throughout the history of mankind w/all its dysfunctional ways, however amidst the innovative and amibitious intellect which has created such wonderful opportunity as well, I again quote Frederick Douglas:

“Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either worlds or blows, or with both” -

My initial calling for full “Benghazi Congressional Hearing” and pointing to this “Chicago city street slicker” and his cohort, Hillary Clinton who from my perspective willingly – prostituted – herself by compromising her own integrity and standing with tax payer monies funding a Pakistani television presentation where the two “entrusted” shoulder to shoulder stood blaming some – video/movie – few knew about resulting in a Middle east conflagration in outrage and prompting my calls, “Treason I Shout and Shame on You I say” -

Well, unfortunately as good as our system of government, we have also been so corrupted and while bot siees of “Sleep Hollow” w/these Congressional and Senate members continues to place their self-agenda before all else, well, We hsall surely fail and while the “Rev Wright-Obama pulpit” clearly stated before the ’08 election that these “Brutes of Tehran” have a Right to have WMD in hand as long as Hebrew has same, listen attentively and look, These “Brutes of Tehran” have indeed been able to build their weapons and while this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington Express” – these waiters and waitresses, delivery folks and other who were fortunate to become stars on the set, few who ahev served the military, speak as they do in issues so dear to our well being as a country, We have been weakened in lunging forward to – whisper – to the “KGB Putinites” as I refer to these thugs as well and to a Middle East which requires leadership for it so willingly dismisses generation after generation in participating in the enhancement of humanity, while promoting beliegerence throughout instead of promoting education and values whereby the Qur’an does not teach these dastardly ways, this outright judgment upon another erserved for our Creator only, this murder of young woman on the streets of Tehran, simply in silent protest with her rich Persian blod dripping on the streets of Tehran! How outrageous! All witnessed by God!

The optimisim of mankind remains in the ever number of incredible advances in science, medicine, engineering, in grpahene technology which I am immersed in securing investment monies which will see graphene in much of what we touch bringing much quality to mankind, yet there are nearly one billion folks at this very moment without even access to a clean glass of water and few really could give a damn….

Folks after Katrina even today and the folks on the eastern seaboard seeing the warth of Mother Nature once again and guess what, depite the warning, again with federal monies, homes will be built again in the same places and again as with the Gales of the 1700′s, the Gales of the 1800′s 1821, 1938, 1954 and so forth, these homes which should be restricted directly on the seahore, will again be built and while it is such a shame and folks are dying and the costs are so high in presenting support to the victims, despite the warnings, nothn’ changed…

The Middle East with disregard for the wonderful Qur’an and its teachings of Love, Respect of Other, Peace as is found throughout Bibilical verse, well, this Christian-Islamic hatred will continue as its clerics and priests so corrupt, so self-serving and both enroute to conquer Jerusalem and guess what, God has clearly stated that Jerusalem is His city and no one but He will sit on His throne for after all, He as Creator knows your every dysfunctional way…your dirgard for innocent whether the baby which has just been created and still in the belly of woman or your slaughter of each other as has been done in His witness now for what, some 1400 years – neither of you shall win Jerusalem and while you slaughter so many good folks and you falter the Hebrew so, look at the wonderful Palestinan I see as I walk the streets of Jericho and Hebron and supposed fellow Arab who determines to take our lofty World Trade Center twin towers down and kill so many innocent folks while you build even higher buildings in teh sand and instead of using the monies from oils and other to help educate the palestinan, know noth’n changed,,, you all prefer to allow them to be used as pawns in this inherent hatred you hold for the Hebrew who you cannot fathom has a special covenant to the Lord to protect His land and while you need not embrace your Hebrew brethren – yes, your Hebrew Brethren – and you do not open the Qur’an with its message of Hope, not despair, Peace for all, Love and not these missiles you make at home or secure from these “Brutes of Tehran” and lob into Israel, some eight hundred until teh Israelites choose to retaliate….noth’n changed, however whether Christian, Muslim, Green, Blue Yellow, Pink, Violet, let me caution you that unless we seek to share our similarities which are far more than you perceive that the differences among us you choose to identify, there is no Winston Churchill and yes, Barry Obama with his mentors, Frank Marshall, Bill Ayers, Ungor, Said, and the Rev Wright and so many ohers such as Soros, Markists, socialists, well, as you see, the folks here in America have been duped and we have been further divided by class and this talk of tax of th wealthy, the small revenue identified by such tax is not the real issue and anoher way to divide and conquer as these anti-Christian, anti-Zionists, noth’n changed as their perceptions are so and while not benefitting our Democracy where so many have given their Life or limb in servive to good ‘ol Glory and perpetuating our Christian-Judeo values, we are besieged from within and something has changed, We are a much weakened America, a budget deficit in ’08 and nnow reaching to $16.5 trillion with more promise to see this deficit reach $20+ trillion by 2016 and guess what folks, Germany witb its fast sdeployment Army and intent to fill the vaccum left by a much weakened America will again cast us into War and while the Arab dismisses the holocaust, well, folks Noth’n changed and calamity will again befall humanity and this time, far worse unless You are ready to stand tall and forthright and clearly see the abuse against the innocent throughout the Middle east and in teh Weest as well by self-serving and corruptness which prevails so even here in our beloved Republic where teh WH and State sits and watches a wonderful American Ambassador pleading for security is so dismissed and all watch his body sodomized and dragged through the streets along with three brave Americans standing with ol’ Glory furled around them looking to the skies for assistance and those in teh situation room cast their eyes on Las Vegas!

“Viva Las Vegas” is the theme of this biased and corrupt WH so eager to apologize to the Arab and to bring America into a weakened position among all nations, to even out teplaying field so all those corrupt can undermine us in every way and from within as we clearly see and Lucifer and his soldiers such as Barry Obama and his mentors seekig to undermine our values in every way and such ambition is very much moving forward….

God Bless all of us for despite the promises and Blessings bestowed upon mankind, noth’n changed….

W/Germany and its fast deployment Army and its belligerent ways, not even seventy years later, Germany is once again to play its fiddle and dupe the Middle East and while all eyes are on the missiles reaching Tel Aviv, the “Brutes of Tehran” will be stunned by Germany’s and the Vatican’s ruthlessness and with a new Federation of Middle east States led by a downsized ten nation only German led EU, even the infamous “Hawk” and Hezbollah and Hamas will become as lebanon and so many others, allies to Germany, America’s real enemy once again…

Noth’n changed…

God Bless America and read your Qur’an and your Bible for these verses professing peace and Love, respect for another, well as you see them so dismissed by self-serving cleric and priest and supposed entrusted leadership, with a weakened America, the shroud of Lucifer will again threaten the existence of mankind, however given the Love of God, once again, He will intervene for it is obvious to him that despite all the lessons he has taught and guidance he has suggested to each and everyone of us, We are so, so dysfunctional in our way and so corrupt in our ways unable to truly understand the importance of what is truly the value of Life….

Noth’n changed…history will again repeat itself and while I hold my sign, “Treason I Shout and Shame on You I Say” seeking to place Barry Obama dn Hillary Clinton under – citizen’s arrest – in suspicion of breach in trust, treason, these culprits and transgressors of the principles of this great nation, well, they too may be allowed to continue by the self-serving Congressional corrupt in leading our nation to its knees seeking to repent, yet We are all destined globally for far more catastrophe for in teh words of Frederick Douglass, whether good Palestinan folks, Americans, French, whomever, we have allowed such travesty and mankind will again suffer much acalmity…

Noth’n changed….

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com
skype: christopher.tingus

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 22, 2012 @ 8:25 am

Mr. Tingus, You write in a long tradition:

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

There is truth in this. But personally, I prefer:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Comment by Siddhartha

November 23, 2012 @ 6:18 am

“What we can and should change is ourselves: our impatience, our egoism (including intellectual egoism), our sense of injury, our lack of love and forbearance. I regard every other attempt to change the world, even if it springs from the best intentions, as futile. ”

“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do. ”

Hermann Hesse

Comment by Noth'n changed...

November 24, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

Gentlemen,

Well said, thus surely let us all join together and pray for man’s salvation for shortly humanity will again suffer so at the hands of those who are so evil in their ways….so willing to abuse others with such dastardly acts. How dare they portray their cunning ways so blatantly before the eyes of the Lord against his innocent children?

Oh…the dysfunctional ways of brethren when in fact, so many Blessings have been bestowed upon each of us no matter our challenges….

Corruption is rampant and Psalm 83 foretells the dire circumstances soon to follow for we seem not to be ableto repent and surely we do not adhere to Matthew 4:4 –

It is written that the birthright nations descended from Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, Great Britain, Israel and the United States, our beloved Republic have fate aligned with one another and it will be to the surprise of many that once again, Germany and its newly evolving Confederate Middle East States will cause much calamity and challenge “against thy people” -

In this time of Christmas and celebration in the birth of Christ, perace is tenuous at best and soon Syria will split with Iran. It is so written. Even Hamas and Hezbollah will soon not support Assad! It too has been written….

The evil purpose as we see Germany deliver 600-800 Leopard tanks to Qatar and Saudi Arabia….can be read in verse 4: “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israelmay be no more in remebrance” -

How dare such words are spoken for those who “consulted together with one coveant: they are confederate against thee” – interestingly, we are also told further about the composition of the alliance:

“The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Phillistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them; they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah” -

The modern descendents are of course: Edom is Turkey; the Ishmaelites are Saudi Arabia; Moab and Ammom, referring of course to Jordan w/Gebal as Lebanon w/the Hagarenes dwelling in the land today called Syria -

Especially relevant, the only one listed outside the region, Assur – Germany, once again to write history and certainly an enemy of the “Brutes of Tehran” and even America! Dramatic events to soon unfold and a world shakne like no earthquake for so many will see propehcy revealed and eventually humanity saved from the brutality of Lucifer’s soldiers….

God Bless us all!

Germany will cause the split in Syria…listen attentively as each day you shall hear more about Germany, however before Pslam 83 takes its place, read Daniel 11;40 and just how Germany will deal a deadly blow to the “Brutes of Tehran” –

Christ said He came so that people, each God’s creation might “have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10) –

Christopher Tingus
Managing Director
Bible With Love
chris.tingus@gmail.com

*re “the Massacre at Benghazi”

“Treason I Shout and Shame on You I Say”

Unfortunately, it is teh arsenal of Democracy which must stand against those who seek our demise, yet Egypt and libya have joined the terror network and this becaus eof our inherent weakness today and best described by your study of Leviticus 26. Somethng is terribly wrong, yet as true patriots of our beloved Republic, unless you awaken soon, Leviticus 26:19 sees God who has broken the pride of our power as months later, no one has been held accountable for the death of our Ambassador or our three brave Patriots who were left behind, their deaths watched as a WH chose to sleep and embark for Las Vegas! How dare you?

The Egyptians have armed the Libyans and the Islamists shall not give control to those seeking democracy there or in Egypt – be attentive – It is We, the weakened who handed Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood – no one else for in our weakness and in this talk of no longer requiring a strong military for we shall engage no more war, just wait and see what a conflagration we shall all witness because of this and of course, Barry Obama and his perverse ways as he and his administration celebrated Mubarak’s fall as a victory for freedom and democracy…what rubbish! How dare the “Massacre at Benghazi” was permitted….

I truly laugh at Barry Obama’s words when referencing Egypt – how ignorant, how limited in perception and biased in every way overshadowing every segment of this ineffective American administration:

Barry Obama ref Egypt stated: ‘I think history will end up recording that at every juncture in the situation in Ehypt that we were on the right side of history” – what absurdity –

Joe Biden, another joker who talks in the debates and smiles so condescendingly….referring to Barry Obama as ” a guy who’s repaird our alliances so the rest of the world follows us again” – given the State of global affairs which will only worsen… 70% of American youth in uniform killed in Afghanistan have died on Barry Obama’s watch and the alarming “green on blue attacks” all this empty rhetoric of Barry Obama so unfit for the office of Persidency and a hoodwinked America who is to dman busy shopping on Black Friday and will wake up soon to missles launched from germany towards the US mainland, not from Korea or elsewhere – Ever since the Obama surge – when in 2009 he shifted attention away from Iraq and sent drmantic increased numbers of Afghanistan, well….

During the Presidential debate:

Biden stated: ‘America’s primary objective in Afganistan is – almost completed” and Barry Obama’s statement: ‘America has blunted the Taliban’s momentum and that al Qaeda is on the path to defeat” – what a bunch of crap and We shall pay dearly for this continued void in leadership –

You shall witness shock and awe…the deepening radicalism will provide the show as we here in ‘Sleepy Hollow” on b oth sides of the aisle are so consumed by Barry Obama’s fixation as mentored by Frank Marshall, Hussein Obama, Ungor, Said, Bill Ayers..these anti-colonialists, socialists and all this talk of taxing the wealthy which will net little in comparison to a debt which has soared from $10.6 trillion to $16.5 trillion and onward to $20 trillion by 2016 and this “Rev Wright-Obama pulpit” – this half white man who so many refer to him as a Black man, what a hoax…all a hoax and Biblical pages are turning ever quickly and there is no leadership and certainly no Winston Churchill, for the first action Barry Obama took was to send the bust of Winston Churchill back to 10 Downing Street and replace it with Martin Luther King and embark on a crusade to divide this nation and nothing else –

We are in great peril and may God Bless us as it is Not the fiscal cliff, but rather the plague from within which erodes our American spirit, our harmony as one people against those who truly seek to abuse and oppress People everywhere -

Never mind this nonsense of 21st December, one only needs to begin to read the Bible and only the Bible for we have been forewarned and our weakened spirit, our weakened military, aging and needing replacement requires strength in leadership and we see such disgusting portrayal of those we have “entrusted” to stand strong for ol “glory and a now tattered Constitution….

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