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Think of a soldier on Thanksgiving

Posted By Andrea Shea King On 11/24/2008 @ 8:03 pm In Diversions | Comments Disabled

This perhaps may be the year for you to show during the Thanksgiving festivities your gratitude for our troops – by donating to Project Valour-IT. Every cent raised goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops and other technology for severely wounded service members. So far, Valour-IT has distributed more than 2,700 laptops and the organization accepts donations in any amount, even offering a sponsorship option for laptops. Valour-IT is a project of Soldiers’ Angels, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to service members and their families. Donations are tax-deductible and may be eligible for matching funds from donors’ employers (ask your employer).

American history in bite-sized bits is available at AmericanMinute.com, which features notable events of American significance remembered on the date they occurred. Best-selling author Bill Federer, president of publishing company Amerisearch Inc., compiles each day’s entry, like this one:

In order to thank God for the First Amendment, which was passed a week earlier by Congress, President George Washington issued the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789: “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;’” Washington continued: “Now, therefore, I do recommend … Thursday, the 26TH DAY of NOVEMBER … to be devoted by the People of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;” Washington concluded: “That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks … for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government … particularly the national one now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed … to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”

One of America’s most widely read Internet-based publications, The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed journal advocating individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. It includes a link to Reagan 20/20, the Internet’s most comprehensive resource on Ronald Reagan, including his speeches, tributes, photos, eulogies, biography, and more.

When was the first Thanksgiving celebration? Where was the first turkey domesticated? What great American statesman lobbied to make the turkey the national symbol? Take the turkey day quiz at Aristotle’s Thanksgiving. The site includes favorite Thanksgivings, recipes, trivia, postcards, turkey facts, football, parades, and even more Thanksgiving Day sites. It’s a cornucopia of fascinating Thanksgiving fun on the web!

Originally known as The Macy’s Christmas parade in 1924, the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be marching your way at 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 27th. This site brings you parade information, fun and games, a parade shop and holiday events. History, behind the scenes, frequently asked questions, and the parade lineup.

The video “How Obama Got Elected – Interviews with Obama voters” went viral this week, with well over a million views within the first few days. On Election Day, 12 Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The video provides some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.

Lower-income households are turning in force to the Apple iPhone and may be doing so to save the cost of a separate broadband connection and music devices, according to the media measurement firm ComScore Inc. A study shows that the fastest growth in iPhone sales over the summer months came from households that earn less than the median income. ComScore noted sales to lower-income consumers accelerated since the July appearance of the iPhone 3G, which offers high-speed Internet access.

“More than 20 million Americans accessed news on their mobile devices in July, up 58 percent from 13 million from the same month last year,” said senior analyst for ComScore Metrics, Mark Donovan. “Blackberry owners, in particular, are voracious consumers of news, with 40 percent accessing news on their device.”

The inventor of Wikipedia says that as computing power increases, “we need to really think about what are the political controls we need to have in place to prevent governments from abusing that kind of information.” His remarks come following a report warning that European governments are rapidly eroding civil liberties in a bid to gain “unfettered” access to individuals’ personal data in the name of tighter security.

Want to know where your Internet visitors are coming from? Which country? Which state? Which city? Which ISP? Which domain name? Which connection type? Which ZIP code? Bothered by “trolls” who leave nastygrams in your comments section? Then this is the site for you. IP2Location offers a free download copy of demo database.

Online video usage is up. Six-and-a-half million Americans watched mobile video in August, with 4.4 percent of its subscribers tuning in. AT&T leads the pack in mobile video adoption, followed by Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. On-demand video was the most popular format, with 3.6 million viewers. With 1.3 million viewers, amateur videos such as those on YouTube represent the most popular type of content, followed by music videos and comedy videos.

Just for fun, click on the link and a series of about 15 pictures will come up. Click on a photo in that category that appeals to you. Another 15 pictures will come up, click the one for you and move on. Just continue to keep picking. At the end it will give you a profile of yourself. .. It’s called a visual DNA. .. Your choices dictate your profile.


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