Leiden, The Netherlands - The first Pilgrims of the first American Thanksgiving in 1621 were unusually devout – even by Puritan standards. They crossed the ocean on a conviction that "the Lord has more truth and light yet to break forth out of his holy Word," as pastor John Robinson said before they sailed from the Netherlands.
Yet the Pilgrim band that braved the Mayflower and shared deer and turkey with native Americans were also some of the most cosmopolitan and tolerant among the Puritan groups willing to brave the wilds of a new world.
Before going to Plymouth, the Mayflower group lived 11 years in the Dutch city of Leiden. Those years of exile in Leiden, where the Pilgrims worked, worshipped, and debated – amid hefty clashes of civilizations and belief in Europe – profoundly influenced their sensibilities in ways that have not been widely recognized.
It's been 40 years ago this week. A guy named D.B. Cooper boarded a Northwest Airlines 727 and became a part of history. I remember this event well, even as a high school student in Connecticut. I was fascinated over the years whether or not the man was killed, or made it. After watching a History Channel report on this event yesterday, I have become 95% convinced that Kenny Christiansen was D.B. Cooper. Here is the evidence:
Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the indians that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, and the local indians did participate, this "first Thanksgiving" was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is little evidence that this feast of thanks led directly to our modern Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving can, however, be traced back to 1863 when Pres. Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since.
However, since most school children are taught that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 with the pilgrims and indians, let us take a closer look at just what took place leading up to that event, and then what happened in the centuries afterward that finally gave us our modern Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church. They were NOT the Puritans that we read so much about. Puritans did not believe in separting themselves from society, as the Pilgrims did. They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hired to protect the company's interests. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
The Thanksgiving Code: Five Hidden Symbols of America’s Holiday
The real story of Thanksgiving reads like a Dan Brown novel. It involves a little-known web of secret societies, biblical imagery, presidential power, and lost books. A few years ago, I set out on a 10,000-mile journey through the hidden symbols of American life that became the basis for my new book, "America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story." One afternoon I was invited to join the all-male, secret society based in Plymouth, Massachusetts that is the keeper of the Thanksgiving flame. Thanksgiving begins in America’s hometown when these men make their annual sail across Plymouth Harbor to the off-limits island where the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath. What I learned on this trip would forever change how viewed America’s holiday.
“Photograph of a painting by Edward Percy Moran (1862-1935), showing Myles Standish, William Bradford, William Brewster and John Carver signing the Mayflower Compact in a cabin aboard the Mayflower while other Pilgrims look on.” ca.1900. The original hangs at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RUSH: It's time for the traditional true story of Thanksgiving, as written by me in my second best seller of 2.5 million copies in hardback: See, I Told You So. "Chapter 6, Dead White Guys, or What the History Books Never Told You: The True Story of Thanksgiving -- The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century (that's the 1600s for those of you in Rio Linda, California). The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community.
"After eleven years, about forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example.
Thanksgiving Day, as celebrated in North America, is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed by these nations and their citizens. However, to many people, its meaning is lost. It has become simply another day for huge meals, dinner parties, get-togethers or reunions. What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family gatherings—these are all commonly associated with most Americans’ and Canadians’ yearly celebration of giving thanks—Thanksgiving Day!
NEW Shawn Brown, then known as Shawn Byers, became Bill Cosby's lover. She says she became pregnant with her daughter Autumn after she was drugged an violated by the star. The last time they were together he slipped something into her glass and urged her 'Drink, more, drink more.' The next morning she woke up naked in his bed and knew she had been raped. She believes Cosby drugged her because she wasn't as freaky in bed as he liked, she reveals. 'Sex with Bill just wasn't mind-blowing because I wasn't really into him 100 percent.' EXCLUSIVE: The one woman who Bill Cosby admits he cheated with says 'he drugged and raped me too - and got me PREGNANT'
FBI wanted poster for D. B. Cooper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The deceased man the FBI is investigating in the D.B. Cooper case was a surveyor whose training might have enabled him to scout locations to parachute from the skyjacked Boeing 727.
Lynn Doyle Cooper, who has been linked by his niece to the 1971 skyjacking, worked as an engineering surveyor, according to an Oregon death certificate.
His brother, Dewey Max Cooper, who also has been implicated by the niece in the skyjacking, once worked at Boeing, his former sister-in-law, Grace Hailey, said Thursday. He also is deceased, Hailey said.
Hailey, 67, who lives in Oklahoma, said she did not know precisely when Dewey Cooper worked at Boeing, but that it was roughly during the same period as the hijacking.
A person by that name worked briefly for Boeing in the late 1960s, a Boeing spokesman said Thursday, but no other information was available. It's not known if his job would have given him knowledge of the skyjacked airplane.
Hailey's daughter, Marla Cooper, in television interviews on Wednesday said she believes her two uncles were involved in the fabled skyjacking on Thanksgiving Eve 1971.
The FBI said earlier this week that it had been investigating a "promising lead" for more than a year and confirmed that Marla Cooper, who lives in Oklahoma City, had provided information. The bureau also said it was working with the family to obtain items from which fingerprints might be lifted to compare to partial prints obtained from the Boeing jet.
The skyjacker parachuted from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in cash paid by the airline as ransom money. It remains the nation's only unsolved skyjacking.
(I first wrote this in 2009 after seeing just how racist Obama and company were going to be.......)
There is something afoot in the nation, and it is ugly. We have a house divided, and I don't see it getting any better very soon. In 1860, we had a divided America which led to the Civil War with hundreds of thousands of causalities and a lost generation of Americans because two America's were not able to survive side by side. Some say that the eventual outcome of the war, which saved the union, was worth the hefty price. Others, myself included, wonder if the cost was worth it, if all we have to show for it is another coming civil war. A bloodier war perhaps this time than before.
I see what Pat Buchanan called “the Balkanization of America” happening and I don't see a quick fix. People who worked hard their entire life are not just willing to give up all they worked for, take away their children's future for a bunch of lazy, greedy and ungodly thieves, using the courts and politicians to steal whatever they want from their neighbor. In "Suicide of a Superpower," a book by Buchanan, he says the politics of race, culture and tribalism will be the largest problem civilization will face.
"Christianity is dying in the West," he declared on the radio. Buchanan says there is a "long plan" by Marxists to rid the nation of Christianity.
Buchanan doesn't think much holds us together as a nation anymore. "[The] disagreements are so profound," he told talk show host Sean Hannity.
"Cultural Marxism has succeeded in transvaluing all the values in society," Buchanan said among other views he has of the Left hurting what he believes is traditional American culture. "The America that is coming is going to be unrecognizable to our generation. "
Most likely, we will see a migration of people to certain areas of the nation where they will congregate with those that hold similar views. They will elect representatives who will, like those from the South in the 1850's, refuse to compromise on anything with those other states trying to rob their wealth. I can envision states banning together forming “Trade Union States” which will through low taxation and their use of the 10th Amendment, will refuse to allow Washington to enforce any federal legislation that will forceable tax people for behavior. Some websites and Facebook pages are devoted to this theme already. In Montana, the “Montana Health Care Freedom Act” otherwise known as Referendum 122, prohibits the state and federal governments from requiring the purchase of health insurance or imposing any penalty, tax, fee or fine on those who do not purchase health insurance. The people of Colorado and Washington State took that same kind of stand. By passing Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, they sent a message to Washington DC, and it’s loud and clear. “We don’t need your stinkin’ prohibition!” (more…) Of course, by then the Supreme Court will mandate the 10th Amendment void and the war will begin.....
The Bible is clear on who we are as a nation. We are a part of the so-called “lost 10 tribes of Israel,” and our doom is predicted in God's prophecies. We are destined to be enslaved again to aliens living among us, who will eat our produce and take our land (Lev 26). By the time of the Tribulation, the USA is not even mentioned as a world power involved in anything, but maybe slavery. Europe and the Muslim World are destined to be the new leaders of a global new world order.
The Bible says that 1/3 of mankind is going to be wiped out in one instant in the final World War. That will be 2 BILLION people at today's population level. Think about that.
The Iran-Iraq border runs through the Tigris watershed (above), leaving the river in Iraqi hands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Obama's job was to build up the coming king of the south (The Muslims) and to help defeat the Jews in Palestine. What isn't understood is that unlike Hitler, the antichrist coming out of Europe will not turn on the Jews, but instead on the Muslims. We are going to see the mass slaughter of Muslims by the Europeans, and the Jews will be offered protection by them against their mortal enemies. During this time, a new Temple will be built on or near the present day Dome of the Rock. Sacrifices will begin again, and war will result starting in the Middle East. We even know where that war starts. The Euphrates River, and where it ends; Armageddon. (Revelation 16: 12) “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates.” (Jeremiah 46:10) “But that day belongs to the LORD, the Lord Almighty-- a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will offer sacrifice in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.” Here is where it ends, after 2 billion or more people DIE! (Revelation 16:1) “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth."
2 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.
4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: "You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged;
6 for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve."
7 And I heard the altar respond: "Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments."
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire.
9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony
11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.
13 Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
15 "Behold, I come like a thief ! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."
16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'It is done!'”
It is written in black and white, you can believe the Bible, or you can go your own way and follow whatever you think is right in your own eyes. Your decision means nothing to God.
First Published by Us a Few Years ago, our prediction is coming close!
America on the BRINK of a CIVIL WAR between White and Black
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Civil unrest: Liberals most at risk
Should civil unrest break out over economic or social factors (or both), your rank-and-file liberals will likely be hit harder than most. Think about it. These are people who will have done nothing to prepare for such a scenario; either they don’t believe it can happen, or they assume the government will step in and “take care” of them if it does. Should their children want for food and no one provides any, they’ll perceive themselves entitled to take it from someone else. This will add to the mayhem, of course, but it will serve the government’s purposes quite well.
Many liberals live in major cities. Should full-scale chaos erupt, these will be the absolute worst places to find oneself. During Hurricane Katrina, the police cleared out of much of New Orleans for fear of heavily armed gangs. I suppose that liberal dads will be able to sell off their daughters to gangs for protection should things get too desperate.Read the whole article here