Well, Tomorrow be sure to remember that if the Plymouth Plantation had not thrown off socialism, we wouldn’t be remembering them except as having their last meal.

    The Great Thanksgiving Hoax – Richard J. Maybury – Mises Daily

    In his ‘History of Plymouth Plantation,’ the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with “corruption,” and with “confusion and discontent.” The crops were small because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”
    In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, “all had their hungry bellies filled,” but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first “Thanksgiving” was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.
    But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, “instead of famine now God gave them plenty,” Bradford wrote, “and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.” Thereafter, he wrote, “any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.” In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.


    Another page in Thanksgiving history….

    THE AMERICAN HOLIDAY OF THANKSGIVING certainly has its roots in the Jewish tradition of giving thanks to God, and many historians believe that the early “Pilgrims” (members of a larger “Puritan” group) derived the idea directly from the Biblical festival of Sukkot (i.e., “Tabernacles”).  According to scholars, before coming to the New World, the Pilgrims lived for a decade among the Sephardic Jews in Holland, since Holland was considered a safe haven from religious persecution at the time.  Since the Pilgrims were devout Calvinists and Puritans, their religious idealism led them to regard themselves as “New Israel,” and it is likely that they learned that Sukkot commemorated Israel’s deliverance from their religious persecution in ancient Egypt at that time.  [This connection with being the “New Israel” explains the popular biblical names of the Pilgrims/Puritans such as Abigail, Ebenezer, Ezekiel, Ezra, Miriam, etc.]

    After they emigrated to the “Promised Land” of America, it is not surprising that the pilgrims may have chosen the festival of Sukkot as the paradigm for their own celebration. The highly religious pilgrims regarded their perilous journey to the new world as a form of “Exodus” and therefore sought the appropriate Biblical holiday to commemorate their safe arrival in a land full of new promise…
    After their lengthy pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the ancient Israelites lived for a week in temporary huts while giving thanks for a plentiful harvest. Likewise, during their first winter in Massachusetts, the pilgrims dwelled in makeshift huts, wigwams that the Wampanoag Indians helped them build.
    While Sukkot remains a seven-day observance, the first Thanksgiving celebration continued for three days, a time frame more similar to the Jewish harvest festival than today’s Thanksgiving dinner, which often begins in late afternoon and ends several hours later. However, with its pumpkin pies and cranberry garlands, Thanksgiving mirrors many of Sukkot’s customs and culinary themes.
    Here’s a slideshow that addresses the relationship between Sukkot and Thanksgiving.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    They are having their annual sale, but with a twist this time: http://www.targetfocustraining.com/sale-2011. Great time to get the material if you were ever hopping for a more economic approach.
     If you do any sort of martial art and want to break techniques down into fundamental building blocks in a fashion that is currently unexplained to you, you will also benefit from the various dvd material.

    Traditional martial arts were never designed to be taught using the internet, because the internet didn’t exist for them. No matter how useful the internet is, it does people no good if they lack physical hands on training or partners. But it’s a great way to start, for those who have no idea what’s going on in the world of Hand 2 Hand fighting or violence.

     I started TFT training system years ago, but it has been a great method for me to begin my other training in Japanese sword arts and Aikido. The mental training doesn’t go away. A lot of traditional martial artists train their body, but not their mind. Whereas internet material trains the mind first, not the body. 

    For those that lack any formal training structure, the seminar or New York training dvds is probably the best way to go about it. Those that wish to understand fundamentals or principles, the striking, leverage, and throwing series would be better as they specialize in such things, which often is mirrored by various different martial arts specializations.

     A person, like Book, who does BJJ can make simple modifications to submissions to turn them into lethal force applications, without requiring size, speed, or strength. (Martel should then be a lot safer when he is dining out with her, should a crazed mob of Oakland zombies. Martel’s ancient and the Hammer may just crumble from anachronox when felled upon by the minions of chaos and entropy) This is a good way to turn sport, BJJ, into an applicable Self Defense repertoire.


  • Michael Adams

    OTOH Martel, and Sadie, too, can kill with deadly puns at twenty paces.  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

  • Caped Crusader

  • Charles Martel

    “OTOH Sadie, and Martel, too, can kill with deadly puns at twenty paces.  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.”

    I had to fix the order there, Mike. Ain’t nobody can pun like Sadie. If it had been her instead of Jacob tussling with You Know Who, the Divinity’s groans and snorts at her deft way with our beloved language would have been heard all over the universe.
    Back at you and everybody else here: Happy Thanksgiving.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Btw, Book, it’s been 4 days since you said something about writing about self defense classes.

  • Michael Adams

    Chuck, I was writing in response to Ymarsakar’s specific reference to defending you from the groupies. Otherwise, yes, I’d have put Sadie first in the punning order.
    One thing I’ve learnt from all those nature films on PBS, about the boa constrictors that eat so much they need to go wrap their whole bodies around a big tree after they’ve stuffed themselves.  However, I’m in a newer part of Round Rock, so most of the trees are pretty small, and this is heavy duty gluttony we have here. I suffer the arrows of the outrageous fortune of being such a damned good cook. Daughter is coming along right well, too, and even the non-culinary wife produced her usual triumph over the sweet potatoes.
    A very long walk is the order of the evening.


    Aw shucks, fellas, I feel stuffed with flattery – you’ve plumped my pride and basted my ego, a very thoughtful gift to bring to the Thanksgiving table 😉

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It was Book that was, of course, going to defend Martel. Since she is physically there with him, and I’m not. Unless people think my cutting words are like jabs that can sock out zombie libprogs on the other side of the continent… Oh wait, that’s Sadie.

  • Mike Devx

    Nothing about Israel or the Middle East lately from Book, so here’s an open thread entry.

    A story on Drudge today contained:
    Arab hate: A Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo’s most prominent mosque Friday turned into a venomous anti-Israel protest, with attendants vowing to “one day kill all Jews.”
    However, most worshippers who prayed at the mosque Friday quickly left it before the Muslim Brotherhood’s rally got underway. A group spokesman urged attendants to remain for the protest, asking them not to create a bad impression for the media by leaving.

    In a sane world, if a state-supported or prominent enemy vowed to destroy you, YOU would be perfectly justified in replying: “Well, since you have vowed one day to kill all of us, we will now vow that, if we wish to, at some time in the future, we will kill all of you.”

    After all, a de-facto declaration of genocidal war can fairly be met with a mutual declaration, no?  If someone declares war on you, aren’t you justified in declaring war back?

    If I were Israel, perhaps I *would* do exactly that.  Then, since I have the capability of carrying out my threat, I would proceed to do so.  If you’re going to declare war on me, there ought to be consequences for doing so.  So, about three days from now, after saying I’d wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood, I’d spend the next month proceeding to try.  Happy Hannukah!

    Maybe I get bloodthirsty after eating too much on Thanksgiving.  But I’m tired of Arab posturing.  If you’re going to make a genocidal statement, you’d better MEAN it – and take the consequences for your own statements and actions – or shut the hell up.