Month: November 2015

President Ronald Reagan’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 1981

Happy Thanksgiving!

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reagan2_largeAmerica has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to god for all of His blessings. On this day of thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the Native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well.

In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there…

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789

 “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that…

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“Anonymous” just released something to help EVERYONE fight ISIS…

Written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief on November 19, 2015

AnonymousThere’s an interesting counter-terrorism movement afoot against ISIS. It’s not centrally organized. It belongs to no nation. It sheds no blood (as of yet). And you can join!

 As USA Today reports, the “hacktivist” group Anonymous has managed to shut down more than 6,000 Twitter accounts so far, and is also targeting other social media accounts and websites.

Now the group is ratcheting up its efforts by publishing an online guide for inexperienced hackers to help join the fight.

You can access one of the guides right here.

 I will admit to being a complete “noob” (newbie) where all of this is concerned, but am enjoying the swift response by Anonymous against ISIS (something our own leaders seem incapable of).

Here’s a snippet of the guide:

There is a system, made by a fellow anon, that has been deployed before. The system acts like a botnet to collect, coordinate, and take down targets. It is comprised of a “loader” that uploads the targets to a protected and secure command and control system. This system also discards duplicates, verifies targets as still active, and distributes them to the pool of active participants in real time. The c&c may then be used by “bots”that will perform certain actions. Many different types of bots may be constructed and used. For example, there are several forms of twittebots. One which simply files complaints with twitter (for those who want to help but notcmmit crimes). Other forms of bots will attempt to brute force targets, fileexcessive password resets, spam, etc. In other words, any form of attack that be conceived may be constructed and executed. This system coordinates all of the efforts so that they are all working together and sharing to ensure a highly effective fighting force. Its results are staggering. When people work together, they are unstoppable.

These bots are completely legal and violate no laws. However, you might consider creating a new twitter account. Thank you for your support. F**k isis.

After Anonymous announced its success yesterday, ISIS was quick to call the group “idiots” and has quickly posted its own online guide, which was immediately mocked by the hacker community as “some of the lamest and n00bish recommendations you’ll read and show the group’s lack of cyber skills.”

I have to admit “do not talk to people you don’t know” does sound pretty lame, even to my n00bish self (side note: when I was growing up, we called that type of person a “nebbish”)

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Brother & Sister Americans~  this is truly the 21st century battlefield, and we are ALL in it whether we want to be or not. So, prepare yourselves to protect your family & friends. As a US Navy Veteran and supporter of ALL American Constitutional Rights, I wholeheartedly suggest that you be extremely vigilant at all times & if you don’t have one already… Buy A Gun! ~ JGT

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

 

HISTORY OF VETERAN’S DAY

memorial%20parkWorld War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  The Last Two Minutes of FightingThis photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”  The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the

On that same day, President  Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11th not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The US Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Original Article courtesy of http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

A Note from this Jersey Girl:

A heartfelt Thank You to my Father (Donald W. Flint, US Army Air Corps 1942 – 1945) and my Father-in Law (John Howard, US Army Rangers 3rd Battalion 1942- 1943 ) for your Patriotism & Sacrifices made during World War II. Your examples of honor & duty to country were eventually followed by your children, my husband & I when we joined the US Navy in the late 1970’s. However & Therefore; without sounding too self-serving, I’d like to thank you~both of my fathers~ for your Service to our country! (And you too, Luke!) ~JGT

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