Why we’re thankful

At first, the table was bare.

Then the table was set, but still no dinner.

OK, the turkey is finally done, and it’s food, and food and more food!

And still more food!

Pluto was playing innocent, not as though she’s try to actually steal anything from the table!

Until she did!

The debris.

The operative word is booof! a word used at the Pico household to indicate that one is full. The table was a waste case.

We actually live pretty simply; things just aren’t very elaborate here. But we are blessed with two strong, intelligent, healthy daughters, a roof over our heads, a life in reasonable, simple comfort, and jobs which seem pretty secure at the moment. There are a lot of people who don’t enjoy those things. Elaine is at work today because germs and accidents and cancer don’t look at the calendar, don’t take time off for holidays. Where our kids are healthy, there are plenty of families who aren’t so fortunate, families with really sick kids, families whose children seemingly have little future.

If you have a few minutes, and if you have the money, I’d like to suggest a donation to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. CFCA is an American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Watch A+ rated charity, with 94.6% of funds raised actually going to charitable work. You can make a donation online at their secure server, either directly from your bank account or by using your credit/debit card. I just donated $100 to CFCA, specifically for their food support program; there is a drop-down menu from which you can select a targeted donation, or just contribute to their general fund. After the meal I just ate, knowing that not everybody is that fortunate, it seemed appropriate.

If you can help someone else right now, the CFCA is a good place to do it. I maintain the CFCA logo and link to their site near the bottom of the sidebar, for anyone who is interested in donating, but who needs to wait a week or so.

48 Comments

  1. York, you refuse to look at the details and the science I know about on that day YOU are mentioning. Unless you are willing to look at it objectively and honestly, I guess we end the discussion. Thank you for watching the link though. You are a dear, even if I disagree with you.

  2. No, Blu thinks if she links to enough anti-American videos, we’ll all become…well, whatever it is she is. Pathetic.

  3. Looking at a video dated 2009, I have to wonder why the soldier shown was in a uniform out of date by several years.

    Blu, for what are you thankful? I should think that there would be something!

    If Dick Cheney and Osama bin Laden hadn’t conspired to bring down the World Trade Center, thus enabling Vice President Cheney to manipulate President Bush into going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan , would you be thankful that you didn’t live in a land where thousands upon thousands of people were thrown into jail, beaten and tortured, and sometimes murdered, because they didn’t agree with the government . . . or would such have escaped your notice? Would you have been thankful that you weren’t an Afghan woman, forced to obey your husband’s every whim, and unable to leave your hut without proper male escort, ane even then to be swathed from head-to-toe in the burkha . . . or would such things have been out-of-sight and thus out-of-mind? Would you have been thankful that you didn’t live in a country where one of the dictator’s sons roamed the streets with an entourage, picking out pretty women at random to be raped . . . or would such a thought never have occurred to you? Would you be thankful that you didn’t live in a country where women were publicly hanged for adultery, hoisted by construction cranes to be slowly strangled, or in a land where the people were reduced to eating grass and tree bark at timee, while the leadership fed a huge army and built atomic weapons?

    We know that you don’t like the policies of President Bush, but he’s been out of office, he’s been secure in his retirement in Texas, for over ten months now. The man for whom I assume you voted is our President now, and if his policies haven’t all been what I’d have liked them to have been, he has had enough sense of his responsibilities not to just pull up stakes and flee from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  4. Dana said…would you be thankful that you didn’t live in a land where thousands upon thousands of people were thrown into jail, beaten and tortured, and sometimes murdered, because they didn’t agree with the government . . . or would such have escaped your notice?”

    Dana, that is what OUR country does to them now. No, they don’t have to be terrorists, as many a soldier has stated. The detainees get tortured into saying whatever the desired results are.

    And much of what you say may very well be fabricated, because come to find out, MOST everything Bush said was! He lied to us and lied to us and lied to us.

    And as far as Afghanistan being freed, that is BS, and Hamid Karzai (I probably spelled that wrong), says that it’s okay if a husband rapes his wife.

    Yes, I’ve taken note that the president I voted for lied to us as well. No, I don’t like him for that, but I shudder to think what a McCain/Palin policy would be. Admittedly though, Obama’s and Bush’s actions are one and the same. McCain’s probably would have been a little worse. If you saw the video of Palin in church speaking, and you knew of the church’s agenda, you might even shudder. However you all over here generally see and believe whatever reality suits you. That is why I get slammed from so many with my video clips, because it puts reality into a sharper focus.

    And the children who are deformed were not freed, or the families that were burdened with this sadness. Also, the soldiers that get cancer and ALSO have babies born deformed, they have lost their freedom, AND they were lied to, while they sacrificed limbs, or vision, or maybe they are paralyzed, or had their face, or balls, blown off. Why? Because war profiteers, and the global elite that own the vast majority of wealth, although their numbers are small, they own media also.

    I’m thankful for the internet, because we can make this information available, so people that truly care about humanity and TRUTH, can see for themselves, the video documentation of a reality, they hopefully can change by voting. Unfortunately, it seems that many choose to keep the horrors of our military industrial complex has put upon humanity to continue. It’s all about conquering resources. About making money.

    I’m not willing to accept a “reality” that is fed to me, by those that profit off of the war. PLEASE acknowledge what these men had to say, and realize that I’m NOT so “out there” as you might think.

    ADOLF HITLER: “There is alwasy a source of credibility in the big lie, because the average people of a nation are always more easily manipulated in their emotional nature, than consciously our voluntarily; thus more readily fall victim to the big lie, since they themselves often tell small lies…It would never come into average peoples heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort truth so infamously”

    HERMAN GOERING: “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for ‘lack of patriotism’, and ‘exposing the country to danger’”.

    ABRAHAM LINCOLN, in a letter to a friend: “I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than buracracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who questio its methods, or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army, in front of me, and the financial institution at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporation have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of the few, and the Reublic is destroyed. I feel at this moment, more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. G9od grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”

    JAMES MADISON: “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

    DAVID WESSEL a G.W.BUSH Whitehouse Aide (Wall Street Journal): “Why would I lie? Because that’s what I’m supposed to do, lying to the press doesn’t prick anyone’s conscience.”

    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.”

    BBC WORLD NEW COMMENTATOR: “One of the Iraq war’s major casualties, is the credibility of the American media. Nobody takes it seriously.”

    If anyone wants to have a powerfully thought provoking evening, I dare you to google up Zeitgeist, the movie and watch it.

    I also think that a very important documentary would be to see “The Secret Government” by Bill Moyers. You probably don’t like him because he exposes much and the elite that tell Conservatives what to think has smeared him, so he is discredited among you common MSM fans. By “common” I don’t mean you all per se, but the common story lines that sell their agendas, you know, like paying twice as much for health insurance to the insurance companies, versus the public option, and having to be denied health care, despite the payments one made faithfully, if you are catastrophically in need…like paralyzed or whatever. They do all they can to deprive you, while THEY literally, many health insurance CEOs make billions, yes really. But you all who listen to FOX, keep fighting for the corporate mafiosos, who also are in league with our government Rs and many Ds. Cash exchanges that disregard US.

    I’m thankful many more people are waking up, and I’ll pray that enough people realize that our duopoly system of Rs and Ds, are all working for the corporate pigs, and runoff voting would solve that, but that will never happen, because those in power want to stay there. They won’t pass it.

  5. It’s common knowledge now, that military grades explosives were found all throughout the city in the many inches of pulverized cement and and steel micro-spheres. It was in ALL of the dust. Have some guts and dare start researching BOTH sides of it. But, I dare you to be objective and honest with yourselves. Yeah, I know it’s hard to fathom. I didn’t want to believe it either.

  6. That is why I get slammed from so many with my video clips, because it puts reality into a sharper focus.

    Thanks for the laugh. The fact you have no sense of reality is plain to see. The fact you derail every thread you enter to throw out all your loony garbage is also plain to see. It’s what you do.

  7. Sorry, but someone that can’t even watch a video because of his lame set up, is not someone whose opinion has any clout.

  8. Dana,
    If you’re blubonnet, you think every other country, particularly America’s enemies, are all good and the people love it there. Anything bad you hear about those places is obviously LIES and PROPAGANDA by the evil Republicans/George Bush/military industrial complex (*snort*)/anti-Chomskyites/Halliburton people. Because every other place on earth is better than here. How do we know? Because there are YouTube videos to prove it!

    I’ve found it peculiar that the feminists who were wringing their hands over the treatment of women by the Taliban don’t applaud *any* new government in Afghanistan as better for women.

  9. If I didn’t love this country and its ORIGINAL ideal, I wouldn’t be obliging (as you are) of horrors committed in our name. I wouldn’t be so pieved that our fine soldiers are being lied to, and then asked to go “save America”. And if you listened to (and google up the facts according to Jennie to verify them to yourself, if you have the guts) you would have to admit that your words “Jennie hates America” (nyah-nyah-nyah) are very hollow words. And if that is your indictment against me, which is false of course, it would pale in the contrast of what realities were presented in the video documentation. So…call me what you want. I doubt I could become any uglier than to be one that is okay with our country doing these things.

    I’m thankful that this time in history, many millions of people in this country are showing more of their humanity, their outrage, and wisdom, and those like yourself apparently okay with these things, but just doesn’t want to see them, on video clips, well they are fewer and farther in between. Most people are decent, and of course I’m including this country, not all of course. You all are here fighting me on my disgust. You’re not disgusted amazingly enough. Just disgusted that I bring it up. NOT that some within our government make it happen. Usually, it’s YOUR political leanings, kind of folks starting them. Obama is just as bad continuing it though.

  10. John Hitchcock, I am not a monetary elitist. In fact, my income is not a bragging point if that is considered a +. The only reason for my dismissal of your credibility is merely that many things can be documented by video, and many opinions can be shared, when many are too lazy to read an article making a point, especially if it is contrary to their own. So the best way to communicate when that is an annoyance, is to offer something fairly effortless to convey to someone. The sincerity, genuineness of ones speaking can be considered by one viewing clip. Of course each to oneself, how to interpret that, but you have another factor in understanding and making a personal assessment on the subject matter. So, you have not the advantages, I spoke of, by being without that capability. That’s all.

    Incidentally, I use clips too because….why should you believe me? You already think I’m a loon. My words generally hold no advantage in discussion with you. You’ll just call me a liar. So, I bring things for you to decide for yourself, on video often times, after you catch them, but for some reason even video documentation doesn’t hold weight. I know you did once recently say I should just use my own words.

    Is your own response that you are doing what GWBush asked you to do? …which was…don’t believe your own eyes, just listen to me, your president.

  11. Blu wrote:

    Dana, that is what OUR country does to them now. No, they don’t have to be terrorists, as many a soldier has stated. The detainees get tortured into saying whatever the desired results are.

    You’re still free, despite using several internet sites to put forth the claim that the last President of the United States was a mass murderer and somehow, some way, arranged for September 11th to occur.

    And much of what you say may very well be fabricated, because come to find out, MOST everything Bush said was! He lied to us and lied to us and lied to us.

    When you have supposedly great newspapers like The New York Times exposing classified material whenever they can, wouldn’t you think it was difficult for the situations I mentioned to have been fabricated and such fabrications have remained a secret? And consider that the situations I mentioned had been reported in the news well before George Bush ever became president.

    And as far as Afghanistan being freed, that is BS, and Hamid Karzai (I probably spelled that wrong), says that it’s okay if a husband rapes his wife.

    This is where you have been fooled by your friends on the left. Afghanistan under President Karzai has refused to pass a law in which women could come forth to claim that their husbands raped them, refused to pass a bill which would curtail the legal presumption that a spouse has automatically consented to sex. Some of our friends on the left make that sound like, OMG, it’s worse than the Taliban!

    Of course, under the Taliban, a woman couldn’t leave the house without her husband’s permission and without a male escort to go to the police in the first place to lodge such a complaint. Under the Taliban, a woman could not be medically examined for signs of rape by an unrelated male, and they were prohibiting women from being educated, so it wouldn’t be long before there were no qualified female doctors to do such work. And the fact that the whole of Muslim tradition would not stand for such a law is never mentioned.

    Afghanistan isn’t perfect, but it’s a clear sight better than what it was when we got there.

  12. Blu wrote:

    If I didn’t love this country and its ORIGINAL ideal, I wouldn’t be obliging (as you are) of horrors committed in our name.

    Would that be the original ideal in which we kept slaves and women were not allowed to vote? Would that be the original ideal in which seven states had official state churches, in which you were taxed to support those churches, and in which if you weren’t a professed Christian, one who went to church every Sunday unless you were so far back in the woods that no one knew about you, that you were automatically viewed as suspect? Would that be the original ideal, in which the Indians were to be pushed out, dispossessed and slaughtered to make room for the expanding white populations?

    I’m guessing that if you, with your current beliefs, could be somehow transported back in time, to become a citizen of Pennsylvania in 1793, you wouldn’t be very happy about things.

  13. This was from the Guardian

    Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, came under intense western pressure yesterday to scrap a new law that the UN said legalised rape within marriage and severely limited the rights of women.

    At a press conference after the meeting, Clinton made clear US displeasure at the apparent backsliding on women’s rights. “This is an area of absolute concern for the United States. My message is very clear. Women’s rights are a central part of the foreign policy of the Obama administration,” she said.

    The Guardian reported that Karzai had signed the controversial law last month. The text has not yet been published but the UN, human rights activists and some Afghan MPs said it included clauses stipulating that women cannot refuse to have sex with their husbands, and can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands’ permission.

  14. Well, Dana, according to your last post, we’ve apparently progressed. Now our government can torture. Now they can decide who gets the rights of habeas corpus. Now we can invade countries rich in natural resources for no reason killing (by independent international statisticians’ NOT affiliated with US governments’ “scientists” known multiple times to thwart results of “studies”) over a million people. By my estimation, we’ve lost more than we’ve gained. So has the planet. Sorry. I wish it weren’t so.

  15. Taliban — Women are not permitted to be educated.
    After Taliban — Some women are permitted to be educated.

    Taliban — Women cannot leave home without a male relative with them.
    After Taliban — Women may leave home without an escort.

    Taliban — No unrelated male may touch a woman (e.g. doctors)
    After Taliban — Male Doctors are permitted to medically examine women.

    Taliban — Women must fully cover their bodies so only the eyes can be seen, if that.
    After Taliban — Dress code for women greatly relaxed.

    Yup, it’s so much worse for women not that the Taliban doesn’t rule them.

  16. Dana said:

    You’re still free, despite using several internet sites to put forth the claim that the last President of the United States was a mass murderer and somehow, some way, arranged for September 11th to occur
    .

    The video documentation, you won’t look at. Understandably, it’s preferable NOT to believe it. You might get ridiculed. And I want more people to be free from the horrors we’ve inflicted. I guess you could rationalize and say that the million + dead are “freed”. I don’t think the paralyzed, blinded, thoise missing limbs or faces or testicles think they are now free.

    Listen to yourself. You are arguing for what happens on the video I brought. Amazing.

    AND, the Afghanis are not pleased with our presence there.

    I will say that the internet is more liberating than depending on the MSM. But too many people still rely on the MSM. But those forces that manipulate on the MSM have plenty of resources to manipulate on the internet. So many stay deluded.

  17. Dana said:

    When you have supposedly great newspapers like The New York Times exposing classified material whenever they can, wouldn’t you think it was difficult for the situations I mentioned to have been fabricated and such fabrications have remained a secret? And consider that the situations I mentioned had been reported in the news well before George Bush ever became president.

    The NYT has obliged the government, hurting our country for a looong time. Information that could have prevented support for the war was not published until “OKs” from the Whitehouse. There are numerous examples of it.

  18. So, things are not perfect in Afghanistan. One of the articles on the site you linked was entitled, “Neither the US nor Jehadies and Taliban, Long Live the Struggle of Independent and Democratic Forces of Afghanistan!” And if the United States up and left Afghanistan, do you doubt that jihadists and Taliban would be the ones who would return to power?

    The policies (?) you advocate, blu, would have real world consequences if put into place. Just what do you think would happen if we just pulled up stakes in Iraq and Afghanistan? Surely you must have some ideas!

  19. Dana, thank you for looking at the link.

    I think that we have the intelligence capabilities to make it happen with less bloodshed than is occurring now. However, sadly, what it comes down to is…war is a racket. It’s about making money, not really about making Afghanistan better.

    If you think about ways to end the tyrannical jihadists, and Taliban, you could think of ways, like infiltrating within the towns, eliminating them. And of course, the re$ources available to do such things is LARGE. Consider the cost of the wars (much of which is waaay over charging the American people leeches on the US treasury, you know some I mean), the feasibility of is not outrageous. It’s not about turning things around though. It’s about obtaining resources for the American corporate mafiosos. Historically, selling folks on war, has always been smoke and mirrors.

  20. Boy. That’ll keep the defense industry happy. Interesting. I wonder who all are affiliated with the AP, source of article. It’s quite interesting when you start seeing which branches connect to which organization funded by “that” organization. Age of psy-ops and that is a fact. Start looking into credibility of sources. I’d like to know. Dang, I’ll probably have to do it though.

  21. blubonnet:
    Boy. That’ll keep the defense industry happy. Interesting. I wonder who all are affiliated with the AP, source of article. It’s quite interesting when you start seeing which branches connect to which organization funded by “that” organization. Age of psy-ops and that is a fact. Start looking into credibility of sources. I’d like to know. Dang, I’ll probably have to do it though.

    Eight years ago I looked at Iraq as run by a madman who used toture oShiites as a sport. He didn’t care how many he killed and the more morbid the method, especially by his sons was beyond criminal.

    Then I looked at Iraq’s neighbors to the East, and they harbored terrorists and had a strict code that seem to not value life, but to me, they made their neighbors to the west look calm.

    Then I looked at Iran’s neighbors to the east and they made Iran look like beginners. The Taliban lived and relished cruelties of the 8th century for sport. No one was safe.

    And for this, would you rather have these three nations operate as they did eight years ago when cattle had more rights than women? Or do you wish them a chance at freedom, though not perfect, but with way more rights than they did in 2001? Or do you wish we did nothing and have women treated like dirt, no rights, and killed on a whim?

  22. blu wrote:

    I don’t know. Ask the women in Afghanistan. They said what they thought in the link I left.

    They did? Are you sure?

    After all, you’ve continually told us that we just can’t believe what we read, because the evil Bush Administration and those wily ol’ corporations and a suborned media are telling us lies. If you believe that all that could have been done, what makes you so sure that the RAWA site you’ve linked, along with a few others, aren’t really disinformation planted by the Chinese or Russians or SPECTRE to weaken our will to resist?

  23. Blu, how about you listen to the words of your elders, like this (95-year) old fart, retired military:

    I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish. I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends & enemies despicable lies like:
    ” We’re no longer a Christian nation”
    ” America is arrogant”
    Your wife even announced to the world, ” America is mean-spirited. ”
    Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.

    Oh, I picked that up from a retweet. Guess who retweeted it so I could get it.

  24. Hey, John, how about we listen to this guy…

    *new quotation*
    GENERAL DOUGLAS MC ARTHUR: “Our government keeps us in a perpetual state of fear, kept us in a continuous stmpede of patriotic fervor with the cry ‘grave national emergency.’ Always, there has been some terrible evil..to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”

    *new also*
    JOHN STOCKWELL, former CIA official: “The major function of secrecy in Washington, is to keep the US people from knowing what the nation’s leaders are doing.”

  25. You know…I have to say, that speaking with you all here, despite my disagreements,you present yourselves quite intelligently most of the time. The Conservatives on this clip. NOT. What would you say to these other Conservatives to help them show some smarts, or at least present themselves that way?

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7544

  26. John Hitchcock said: Blu, brick wall, is there any difference? Other than the brick wall is prettier?

    HUH?

  27. Throw out vague nonsense which lacks clarity as to what the Hell you mean, and you “rest your case”, as if you won the debate.

    Sorry. I’m giving credit to General McArthur, and former CIA official, John Stockwell for winning the debate. They have more credibility than you.

  28. Blu, dearie, there was nothing vague or nonsensical about it. Other than the fact the brick wall is prettier, there is no difference when talking to either of you. And you proved my point with your brain-dead response. So, with your compliance, I rested my case. It’s as plain as the nose on your face.

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