America the Ugly

Flag at the Pentagon

Do you remember this picture? Do you remember the circumstances that led to it being draped down the building? I do remember. Hard on the heels of 9/11, Americans were united as Americans, citizens united in a common grief, and common goals.

One of the common goals, it seemed to me from where I sat outside America – a foreigner – was extending a hand to each other and working together to rebuild that great country. Beaten but unbowed, Americans stood tall, and asked “What can I do for my country? How can we as Americans help each other?” America the beautiful was shining brightly through the rubble of the terrorist acts that affected all of America. The America I know and love was a beacon of unity as her citizens determined to rebuild from the ashes of that terrible day.

No more, it seems to me. During this current election campaign, I have watched with growing disbelief from the sidelines, as the absolute worst of America has bubbled to the surface. Everybody seems to expect/accept lies and innuendos during any race for the White House, (why is that?) and this campaign has proved no different.

No different, except in one significant aspect, at least from where I sit….

Read the rest here.

*Yes! Cross-posted everywhere*

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The Muslim Invasion of America: NYC Islamist Day Parade Gets Ugly


Cross posted respectfully from Atlas Shrugged
Hat tip to PJC

A note from Radarsite: Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has just posted what may well be the most disturbing article you have ever seen on the Muslim invasion of America. These breathtaking videos and the accompanying photos are a must-see for all those Americans out there who still find it difficult to believe that we are really at war with Islam, and that this war has now found its way onto our shores. I challenge anyone to read this full post, watch these videos, see these photos, and still deny the existential threat Islam poses to the United States. The Islamic hatred and venom are palpable in this volatile atmosphere. The blind fanatical intolerance and visceral antisemitism is shocking. But even more shocking are the amoral inaction — even the enthusiastic participation — of our own NYPD in these outrageous demonstrations.

No longer can we look askance across the sea at our beleaguered British cousins who have tossed their sacred birthrights down the sewer and ask them how? How could you have let this happen? How could you have given up your own country to these medieval barbarians? How could you have embraced brutal sharia law and all of the backward wickedness that it exemplifies?

We have our answers now. This is how it’s done. This is all it takes.

And, God help us, there are still those amongst us who will not — dare not acknowledge this threat. Even now. Even after this.

Thank you Pamela Geller. – rg

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Islamists Day Parade Gets Ugly
Sunday, October 12, 2008

UPDATE 4:01 am: An important middle of night observation, the rules are changing.
First, the difference between the fighters for free world over in Europe who get attacked, harassed, berated and in some cases physically beaten and us (in America) is law enforcement. The police in the US do their job. Magnificently. What was striking today was, for the first time since I began covering these demonstrations (three years and counting), an agitator was allowed behind our barrier and permitted to harass the patriots (as seen in the video). Later on, when a Muslim was filming on our side of the barrier in our designated area, screaming allahu akbar, I asked the cop why he was permitted to agitate where we had secured the space with a permit, she replied, “he’s allowed on the sidewalk”.

Also, it’s noteworthy the policemen in uniform dropped to their knees and prayed on Madison Avenue while on duty (see pics). They removed their hats and shoes to pray. Now look, on their own time they can do what they want. But that is unacceptable. I am sure that shiz would not fly if it were a Christian, Jew, Jehovah, wiccan, pagan …… bottom line seperation of church and state.

It is disturbing to think that the thin blue line is being erased and we only need to look across the pond to see the dark future.

I have been covering these things for three years now and as I have recently said, there has been a palpable change. It is getting uglier, more aggressive – violent even .Today was no different.The parade was much smaller this year and there were a couple of American flags, most unusual. This is calculated. They do not want to hurt their candidate, Obama, in any way.
At first, I couldn’t find the parade – went to Madison and there was nothing there but I heard a lot of parade noise on 5th Avenue so I walked down and there was this jubilant celebration. Shiny happy people in a sea of America flags – dancing and I’m like, this can’t be it – and it wasn’t. It was the Hispanic Day Parade. What a difference. A sea of colors and smiles – not the parade I was looking for.
I made my way back to Madison and found what I was looking for. I have a lot of coverage so you will have to click on the link on the bottom of this post. I do not want to slow down the load of this page any more than I have to.The video must be watch. There is a very nasty incident recorded when the Muslims came over to our side (behind our barrier despite our permit) and began to proselytize – it got ugly.

Watch it

[click below to watch video]
UPDATE: The Jewess in the video that went one on one with the hostile Muslims wrote this bakcgrounder:
[click below to watch video]
The goon you’ll see in the video attacking me was on the other end of a rather simple question from me. Why was I given the apes and pigs rap. He gave me a vague answer. That led to another simple question from me. Does Israel have a right to exist? He started in on a history lesson. Was I familiar with Balfour, Rothschild. His eyes were dripping blood. Rothschild, he told me, was a Zionist not a Jew. I’m both, I told him. Zionist, Jewish and proud as hell. Then Atlas, a hero of mine, showed up with the camera and she takes it from there. She always has my back. As I was being led away by the police the goon on the left told me he will rape me 50 times so I remain nameless. Proud, Jewish and nameless.

See the rest of this disturbing report with incredible pictures at Atlas Shrugs

The Muslim Invasion of America: NYC Islamist Day Parade Gets Ugly


Cross posted respectfully from Atlas Shrugged
Hat tip to PJC

A note from Radarsite: Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has just posted what may well be the most disturbing article you have ever seen on the Muslim invasion of America. These breathtaking videos and the accompanying photos are a must-see for all those Americans out there who still find it difficult to believe that we are really at war with Islam, and that this war has now found its way onto our shores. I challenge anyone to read this full post, watch these videos, see these photos, and still deny the existential threat Islam poses to the United States. The Islamic hatred and venom are palpable in this volatile atmosphere. The blind fanatical intolerance and visceral antisemitism is shocking. But even more shocking are the amoral inaction — even the enthusiastic participation — of our own NYPD in these outrageous demonstrations.

No longer can we look askance across the sea at our beleaguered British cousins who have tossed their sacred birthrights down the sewer and ask them how? How could you have let this happen? How could you have given up your own country to these medieval barbarians? How could you have embraced brutal sharia law and all of the backward wickedness that it exemplifies?

We have our answers now. This is how it’s done. This is all it takes.

And, God help us, there are still those amongst us who will not — dare not acknowledge this threat. Even now. Even after this.

Thank you Pamela Geller. – rg

————————————————————-
Islamists Day Parade Gets Ugly
Sunday, October 12, 2008

UPDATE 4:01 am: An important middle of night observation, the rules are changing.
First, the difference between the fighters for free world over in Europe who get attacked, harassed, berated and in some cases physically beaten and us (in America) is law enforcement. The police in the US do their job. Magnificently. What was striking today was, for the first time since I began covering these demonstrations (three years and counting), an agitator was allowed behind our barrier and permitted to harass the patriots (as seen in the video). Later on, when a Muslim was filming on our side of the barrier in our designated area, screaming allahu akbar, I asked the cop why he was permitted to agitate where we had secured the space with a permit, she replied, “he’s allowed on the sidewalk”.

Also, it’s noteworthy the policemen in uniform dropped to their knees and prayed on Madison Avenue while on duty (see pics). They removed their hats and shoes to pray. Now look, on their own time they can do what they want. But that is unacceptable. I am sure that shiz would not fly if it were a Christian, Jew, Jehovah, wiccan, pagan …… bottom line seperation of church and state.

It is disturbing to think that the thin blue line is being erased and we only need to look across the pond to see the dark future.

I have been covering these things for three years now and as I have recently said, there has been a palpable change. It is getting uglier, more aggressive – violent even .Today was no different.The parade was much smaller this year and there were a couple of American flags, most unusual. This is calculated. They do not want to hurt their candidate, Obama, in any way.
At first, I couldn’t find the parade – went to Madison and there was nothing there but I heard a lot of parade noise on 5th Avenue so I walked down and there was this jubilant celebration. Shiny happy people in a sea of America flags – dancing and I’m like, this can’t be it – and it wasn’t. It was the Hispanic Day Parade. What a difference. A sea of colors and smiles – not the parade I was looking for.
I made my way back to Madison and found what I was looking for. I have a lot of coverage so you will have to click on the link on the bottom of this post. I do not want to slow down the load of this page any more than I have to.The video must be watch. There is a very nasty incident recorded when the Muslims came over to our side (behind our barrier despite our permit) and began to proselytize – it got ugly.

Watch it

[click below to watch video]
UPDATE: The Jewess in the video that went one on one with the hostile Muslims wrote this bakcgrounder:
[click below to watch video]
The goon you’ll see in the video attacking me was on the other end of a rather simple question from me. Why was I given the apes and pigs rap. He gave me a vague answer. That led to another simple question from me. Does Israel have a right to exist? He started in on a history lesson. Was I familiar with Balfour, Rothschild. His eyes were dripping blood. Rothschild, he told me, was a Zionist not a Jew. I’m both, I told him. Zionist, Jewish and proud as hell. Then Atlas, a hero of mine, showed up with the camera and she takes it from there. She always has my back. As I was being led away by the police the goon on the left told me he will rape me 50 times so I remain nameless. Proud, Jewish and nameless.

See the rest of this disturbing report with incredible pictures at Atlas Shrugs

The Scandals Don’t Matter


Reuters C-SPAN Zogby Poll: Obama Widens Lead To 6 Points Over McCain

October 12th, 2008 By JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief

A new Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll finds that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has widened his lead over Republican Sen. John McCain to six points which is outside the margin of error – -the latest in a series of polls showing McCain increasingly trailing the Illinois Senator:

Democratic Party presidential nominee Barack Obama took a step into rarified air this morning, standing for the first time outside the statistical margin of error in a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby likely voter poll. The survey shows him moving into a statistically significant edge of 6.1 percentage points over Republican John McCain in the latest nationwide sample.

The rolling telephone tracking poll, including a sample of 1,206 likely voters collected over the previous three 24-hour periods spanning four calendar days – approximately 400 per 24-hour period from Oct. 8-11, 2008 – shows Obama’s lead growing from the 3.8 percentage points he enjoyed yesterday.

The biggest development of the last 24 hours in terms of the poll was Obama’s strong move among independent voters, where he now leads McCain by 21 percentage points, roughly doubling his support from just the day before.

Among Democrats, Obama wins 85% support, while McCain wins 86% support among Republicans. It is an interesting side note that McCain is winning more support from Democrats (10%) than Obama is winning from Republicans (8%), but the edge is insignificant.

Some straight talk from Radarsite: Below is yet another article about yet another Obama scandal, his overt support for a brutal Islamist supporting dictator intent on introducing and enforcing strict sharia law into Kenya. This, as you all know by now, is just the latest in a whole incredible series of major scandals involving presidential candidate Barack Obama, any one of which, in normal times, would be more than sufficient to bring a candidate’s campaign to a crashing halt. But of course these are not normal times, are they folks?

Above are the latest results from the Reuters/ C-Span/ Zogby poll wherein Obama maintains his comfortable 6 point lead over McCain. Odinga, Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Acorn, the Iraq manipulations, his close ties to the corrupt Chicago political machine, his questionable ties to Muslims and Islamic terrorists, his wife’s glaringly anti-white American statements — all of these shocking exposes and more together add their undeniable negative weight to one side of the scale. Yet, incredibly, even all together they are not enough to tilt the scales, they are still of insufficient weight. For on the other side of this improbable scale sits that enormous immovable bulk of blind irrational Obama support that borders on mass hysteria. It remains untouched, immune to attack and impervious to truth.

While we who are not blinded to reason, who still believe in America, grasp at moral straws, hoping beyond hope that this latest scandal, this newest outrage, will finally do the trick. That somehow, before it really is too late, the gullible American people will finally wake up and see the light, will finally see this dangerous charlatan for what he truly is and for what he most assuredly represents — which is nothing less than the death of America. The death of the America we know and love.

But as the moments tick by and we get closer and closer to that fateful day in November, inexplicably nothing changes. He remains unscathed by it all. Half, or more than half, of this credulous country of ours wants to believe in the deadly dream that is Obama and they will not be dissuaded by mere facts. They are, it is clearly evident, determined to accept responsibility for America’s long list of crimes and failures and resolved to change what it means to be an American. And, God help us, if Obama wins the presidency, they will indeed change what it means to be an American. Perhaps forever.

Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps I’ve become prematurely cynical and fatalistic. I want to be wrong. I want to believe. Perhaps this latest Odinga outrage detailed below will finally ‘do the trick’. Or, if not this one, maybe one of those others will suddenly take on the moral weight it so richly deserves and the American people will belatedly come to their senses. Read and decide for yourselves. Is enough enough yet? – rg
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Washington Times on Obama-Odinga-Genocide-Muslim Law


Barack Obama campaigning with Raila Odinga in Kenya

Cross posted from Maggie’s Notebook
Photo credit Telegraph.co.uk Barack Obama Raila Odinga

Barack Obama’s relationship with Kenyan Raila Odinga has made it into America’s mainstream press.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here is an American account of the blood on the hands of Raila Odinga, who Obama campaigned for in Kenya.Here is an American account of the agreement Odinga signed with the Muslim Leadership Forum which would have forever changed the lives of Christians in the country as well as the lives of the non-religious.
Here is an American account of the time Obama spent with Odinga.Here is an American account of the close personal ties between Barack Obama’s father and Raila Odinga’s father. Read the entire article at the The Washington Times.

Follows some snippets:
Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenya’s Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials.The details of the MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.

Thank you to Goat at the Barnyard.

For a more than welcome contrary view read this from Wiz Bang Blog
Thanks to commenter CC

The Scandals Don’t Matter


Reuters C-SPAN Zogby Poll: Obama Widens Lead To 6 Points Over McCain

October 12th, 2008 By JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief

A new Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll finds that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has widened his lead over Republican Sen. John McCain to six points which is outside the margin of error – -the latest in a series of polls showing McCain increasingly trailing the Illinois Senator:

Democratic Party presidential nominee Barack Obama took a step into rarified air this morning, standing for the first time outside the statistical margin of error in a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby likely voter poll. The survey shows him moving into a statistically significant edge of 6.1 percentage points over Republican John McCain in the latest nationwide sample.

The rolling telephone tracking poll, including a sample of 1,206 likely voters collected over the previous three 24-hour periods spanning four calendar days – approximately 400 per 24-hour period from Oct. 8-11, 2008 – shows Obama’s lead growing from the 3.8 percentage points he enjoyed yesterday.

The biggest development of the last 24 hours in terms of the poll was Obama’s strong move among independent voters, where he now leads McCain by 21 percentage points, roughly doubling his support from just the day before.

Among Democrats, Obama wins 85% support, while McCain wins 86% support among Republicans. It is an interesting side note that McCain is winning more support from Democrats (10%) than Obama is winning from Republicans (8%), but the edge is insignificant.

Some straight talk from Radarsite: Below is yet another article about yet another Obama scandal, his overt support for a brutal Islamist supporting dictator intent on introducing and enforcing strict sharia law into Kenya. This, as you all know by now, is just the latest in a whole incredible series of major scandals involving presidential candidate Barack Obama, any one of which, in normal times, would be more than sufficient to bring a candidate’s campaign to a crashing halt. But of course these are not normal times, are they folks?

Above are the latest results from the Reuters/ C-Span/ Zogby poll wherein Obama maintains his comfortable 6 point lead over McCain. Odinga, Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Acorn, the Iraq manipulations, his close ties to the corrupt Chicago political machine, his questionable ties to Muslims and Islamic terrorists, his wife’s glaringly anti-white American statements — all of these shocking exposes and more together add their undeniable negative weight to one side of the scale. Yet, incredibly, even all together they are not enough to tilt the scales, they are still of insufficient weight. For on the other side of this improbable scale sits that enormous immovable bulk of blind irrational Obama support that borders on mass hysteria. It remains untouched, immune to attack and impervious to truth.

While we who are not blinded to reason, who still believe in America, grasp at moral straws, hoping beyond hope that this latest scandal, this newest outrage, will finally do the trick. That somehow, before it really is too late, the gullible American people will finally wake up and see the light, will finally see this dangerous charlatan for what he truly is and for what he most assuredly represents — which is nothing less than the death of America. The death of the America we know and love.

But as the moments tick by and we get closer and closer to that fateful day in November, inexplicably nothing changes. He remains unscathed by it all. Half, or more than half, of this credulous country of ours wants to believe in the deadly dream that is Obama and they will not be dissuaded by mere facts. They are, it is clearly evident, determined to accept responsibility for America’s long list of crimes and failures and resolved to change what it means to be an American. And, God help us, if Obama wins the presidency, they will indeed change what it means to be an American. Perhaps forever.

Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps I’ve become prematurely cynical and fatalistic. I want to be wrong. I want to believe. Perhaps this latest Odinga outrage detailed below will finally ‘do the trick’. Or, if not this one, maybe one of those others will suddenly take on the moral weight it so richly deserves and the American people will belatedly come to their senses. Read and decide for yourselves. Is enough enough yet? – rg
————————————————————-

Washington Times on Obama-Odinga-Genocide-Muslim Law


Barack Obama campaigning with Raila Odinga in Kenya

Cross posted from Maggie’s Notebook
Photo credit Telegraph.co.uk Barack Obama Raila Odinga

Barack Obama’s relationship with Kenyan Raila Odinga has made it into America’s mainstream press.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here is an American account of the blood on the hands of Raila Odinga, who Obama campaigned for in Kenya.Here is an American account of the agreement Odinga signed with the Muslim Leadership Forum which would have forever changed the lives of Christians in the country as well as the lives of the non-religious.
Here is an American account of the time Obama spent with Odinga.Here is an American account of the close personal ties between Barack Obama’s father and Raila Odinga’s father. Read the entire article at the The Washington Times.

Follows some snippets:
Mr. Odinga had the backing of Kenya’s Muslim community heading into the election. For months he denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials.The details of the MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] were shocking. In return for Muslim backing, Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.

Thank you to Goat at the Barnyard.

For a more than welcome contrary view read this from Wiz Bang Blog
Thanks to commenter CC

From this Canadian – Thanks!


Support Our Troops

Today – this second Monday in October – is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I have been discussing with some of my American friends why we celebrate earlier than you. One particular wit even asked me if we also celebrate Christmas earlier than Americans! No! We celebrate that the same day as Christians around the world.

But, I, of course, had to go find out why the difference for this day. I found a lot that makes absolute sense.

Thanksgiving Day Celebration in Canada

People of Canada celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in the month of October every year. It is celebrated to thank the Lord Almighty for a bountiful harvest. America however celebrates thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. The reason behind the difference is geographical; autumn season starts earlier in Canada than in America.

History of First Canadian Thanksgiving
The first Canadian thanksgiving was celebrated on 15th April 1872 to thank the recovery of King Edward VII from serious illness. The next thanksgiving was celebrated after a few years in 1879 on a Thursday.

Canada later, had a turbulent time deciding the day of national Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was celebrated on a Thursday in November between 1879 and 1898. It was later celebrated on a Thursday in October between 1899 and 1904. Thereafter, it was celebrated on a Monday in the month of October. This was between the period of 1908-1921.

In later years, thanksgiving came to be celebrated on ‘Armistice Day’. This was however, amended in 1931.

Finally on January 31, 1957, Parliament announced the second Monday in the month of October as the official ‘Thanksgiving Day’. It was declared as “a day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”

Canadian Thanksgiving Celebration
The thanksgiving celebrations include parades, customary ‘family feast’ and ‘turkey’. It is a time for sharing, loving and family reunions. The central idea behind the celebration is to be thankful for the past harvest and praying for the coming year.(source)

There is also a very neat kids’ site with the history of Canada’s Thanksgiving Day, here.

As most of my regular readers know, I am not a native Canadian, although I am now a Canadian citizen. My childhood saw us all gathering at the our local Church of England in a celebration of thanks for a successful harvest. Vivid memories of going to church on the Sunday designated “Harvest Festival”, and finding the altar piled high with all sorts of produce, harvest. I always took that for granted, (but, no, I don’t remember that we had turkey! lol) and only when I had a Canadian child did I embrace the Canadian Thanksgiving Day rituals. I continue to this day gathering the harvest for a big family dinner of turkey and all the trimmings. Gathering in our Canadian kitchen and going through the rituals of cooking the meal together, laughing and sharing with those I hold most dear in my Canadian family.

This year, as for the last few, this day holds special poignancy for me. Yes, I absolutely give thanks for all the blessings I have, but my thoughts always stray to Afghanistan where members of our Canadian ‘family’ are right now. I think about the Canadians who have given their lives so that I and my family might be together, safely celebrating this day. As I hug my now grown child, I give a silent thanks to those families who this year will have an empty chair at their family table.

“Thank you” are two of the most over-used words in the English language, but words that I never get tired of saying. Today especially, and as always, I give thanks to every single one of our Canadian heroes who are far from hearth and home. I give thanks to the families whose loved ones left for Afghanistan to serve their country in the cause for freedom. To all the families, whose precious loved ones will never return home, for this Thanksgiving or any other: I wish I could show each of you the depth of my heart as I “give thanks” to you, today and every day.

Thank you.

*originally posted on Tanker Bros last year and still holds true today*

From this Canadian – Thanks!


Support Our Troops

Today – this second Monday in October – is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I have been discussing with some of my American friends why we celebrate earlier than you. One particular wit even asked me if we also celebrate Christmas earlier than Americans! No! We celebrate that the same day as Christians around the world.

But, I, of course, had to go find out why the difference for this day. I found a lot that makes absolute sense.

Thanksgiving Day Celebration in Canada

People of Canada celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in the month of October every year. It is celebrated to thank the Lord Almighty for a bountiful harvest. America however celebrates thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. The reason behind the difference is geographical; autumn season starts earlier in Canada than in America.

History of First Canadian Thanksgiving
The first Canadian thanksgiving was celebrated on 15th April 1872 to thank the recovery of King Edward VII from serious illness. The next thanksgiving was celebrated after a few years in 1879 on a Thursday.

Canada later, had a turbulent time deciding the day of national Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was celebrated on a Thursday in November between 1879 and 1898. It was later celebrated on a Thursday in October between 1899 and 1904. Thereafter, it was celebrated on a Monday in the month of October. This was between the period of 1908-1921.

In later years, thanksgiving came to be celebrated on ‘Armistice Day’. This was however, amended in 1931.

Finally on January 31, 1957, Parliament announced the second Monday in the month of October as the official ‘Thanksgiving Day’. It was declared as “a day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”

Canadian Thanksgiving Celebration
The thanksgiving celebrations include parades, customary ‘family feast’ and ‘turkey’. It is a time for sharing, loving and family reunions. The central idea behind the celebration is to be thankful for the past harvest and praying for the coming year.(source)

There is also a very neat kids’ site with the history of Canada’s Thanksgiving Day, here.

As most of my regular readers know, I am not a native Canadian, although I am now a Canadian citizen. My childhood saw us all gathering at the our local Church of England in a celebration of thanks for a successful harvest. Vivid memories of going to church on the Sunday designated “Harvest Festival”, and finding the altar piled high with all sorts of produce, harvest. I always took that for granted, (but, no, I don’t remember that we had turkey! lol) and only when I had a Canadian child did I embrace the Canadian Thanksgiving Day rituals. I continue to this day gathering the harvest for a big family dinner of turkey and all the trimmings. Gathering in our Canadian kitchen and going through the rituals of cooking the meal together, laughing and sharing with those I hold most dear in my Canadian family.

This year, as for the last few, this day holds special poignancy for me. Yes, I absolutely give thanks for all the blessings I have, but my thoughts always stray to Afghanistan where members of our Canadian ‘family’ are right now. I think about the Canadians who have given their lives so that I and my family might be together, safely celebrating this day. As I hug my now grown child, I give a silent thanks to those families who this year will have an empty chair at their family table.

“Thank you” are two of the most over-used words in the English language, but words that I never get tired of saying. Today especially, and as always, I give thanks to every single one of our Canadian heroes who are far from hearth and home. I give thanks to the families whose loved ones left for Afghanistan to serve their country in the cause for freedom. To all the families, whose precious loved ones will never return home, for this Thanksgiving or any other: I wish I could show each of you the depth of my heart as I “give thanks” to you, today and every day.

Thank you.

*originally posted on Tanker Bros last year and still holds true today*