Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008
“…firing has intensified at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel where commandos are battling another group of terrorists.
Sky’s India correspondent Alex Crawford, who is within yards of the hotel, says gunshots and grenades are being fired inside and outside the building.
‘The gunfire appears to be coming from the window of the second floor. They (the attackers) are really going for it this time to show they really mean business,’ she said.”
“Commandos involved in the operation have described the terrorists as ‘showing no remorse, firing at anyone who moves.’
With his face disguised by a scarf and sunglasses, one commando said he had seen around 50 dead bodies in the building and explosives capable of causing ‘major damage.’
The wave of terror attacks began more than 36 hours earlier after small groups of militants, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, entered the city by boat and fanned out.”
“Several British survivors have been speaking of their shock as they return home.
Joey Jeetun was in a cafe when a group of gunmen stormed in, pushed him to the ground and told him to ‘stay down.’
He said: ‘I could hear people shouting and screaming. Straight after there was blood everywhere. My friend had got shot in the leg and everyone else around me was getting hit, some shot in the head.'”
“A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.”
If these stories don’t highlight how trivial our daily lives in America can become (if we allow it), I don’t know what would. I have nothing but gratitude for the standard of living that we enjoy today but the terror attacks in Mumbai should serve as a reminder to Americans. Our society tends to take for granted the wealth and security that makes it possible for some of us to spend the day after Thanksgiving wrestling over an X-Box 360 or a FurReal Friend. This Wal-Mart worker lost his life in the name of Christmas bargains and people in Mumbai are living a nightmare. Thankful and sad at the same time; that pretty much sums it up for me today.
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Posted by Liberty on November 26, 2008
The Wall Street Journal has published this same editorial before Thanksgiving every year since 1961. Our standard of living is so high and our modern life so comfortable that it is easy to forget the hardships faced by our forefathers. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England in September of 1620 and came ashore in December. At least half of their colony died during that first harsh winter.
“Having settled in a relatively poor region, and lacking the excellent natural harbor of Boston, the Pilgrims never developed the fishing or trading business of their counterparts. But the Pilgrims rightly hold a place of high esteem in American history, largely because unlike the Virginia settlers, the Separatists braved the dangers and uncertainties of the voyage and settlement in the New World solely in the name of their Christian faith.”
From A Patriot’s History of the United States [pg. 28]; Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen
The Wall Street Journal has also published another Thanksgiving editorial since 1961.
“Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.
This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.
And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.”
These two beautifully written editorials may just be the antidote for the gray days of this November. Let us not forget that even in times of economic uncertainty, America is still the best country on Earth. And for that, let us be grateful.
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Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008
Jennifer James of the L.A. Times Kids’ Reading Room Page called in to Rush today to talk about learning the true story of Thanksgiving as an elementary school-er. She told how her teacher taught that the Pilgrims’ initial strategy of collectivism was a failure. Prosperity only came to the Pilgrims after Governor William Bradford made the decision to allow private ownership of property and encourage free enterprise. Instead of growing food to maintain a common supply for the entire colony, each family was given the responsibility of producing for their own families’ well-being. Bradford was wise enough to know that people need the incentive of keeping the fruits of their labor, not spreading the wealth around. Jennifer has written a brief kids’ story about this on the Reading Room Homepage.
Thank you, Jennifer, for doing your part to set the record straight for kids. Thank you for providing a little bit of balance on the subject of Thanksgiving. The public schools focus on the idea that the Indians were the ones who saved the Pilgrims from starvation and were repaid by having their land stolen and their populations decimated by European diseases. There are probably some kids out there who think that the traditional Thanksgiving dinner came about because the Pilgrims wanted to show their appreciation to the Indians. Wrong! The Pilgrims were Christians (can they even mention that in school anymore?) and they feasted in Thanksgiving to God for the gifts that He had bestowed upon them. Their dinner was a celebration of the bounty that they were able to produce with the abilities and resources that the Lord had provided. It wasn’t about Squanto showing them how to grow corn–it was a way for them to worship God and show Him their gratitude. How fundamentally American–to start at rock bottom, take responsibility for your destiny, work for the betterment of yourself and your family and eventually, enjoy the bounty of your labor while giving thanks to God!
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