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!
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.