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I hope all of you and your families have a good holiday. If you travel, travel safely and hopefully not too many of you have to work tomorrow (or Friday). :)
 

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Just returned from the DFAC, pretty good spread as always. Not quite like being home but if I can't spend a holiday with family I would rather be with a group of soldiers, nothing like it on earth.

I will try and post up some pics later if I can, you guys would not believe the spread they put out over here in Iraq for us, it is truely amazing (though they somehow messed up the stuffing).
 

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KBR, hells yeah!
 

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Question from a stranger to this land......What is Thanksgiving all about?
 

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For my family it is a time to gather and give thanks for all we have. Traditionally it is a festival at the end of the harvest season. I think that Canada has a similiar holiday in the middle of Oct. It is basically a Harvest Festival with some religious undertones related to the New England settlers and being delivered to the "New World".
 

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Question from a stranger to this land......What is Thanksgiving all about?
about the celebration of the slaughter of millions of native americans
 

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Question from a stranger to this land......What is Thanksgiving all about?
about the celebration of the slaughter of millions of native Americans
No No no, its about being thankful for them helping us BEFORE we slaughtered them. But now they get casinos so its cool.

Actually contrary to popular belief Thanksgiving was started as a religious holiday. The Pilgrams where actually thanking God for prosperity in the new world (they had recently been able to pay off there debts to the English Merchants for there colonization endeavour by instituting a free market style farming system instead of the communal farming system they where originally mandated). With the free market system they where producing surpluses of food, and began trading with the Native Americans which allowed them to pay off their debts much faster. They established things giving to give thanks for these "blessings".


For some reason between the 1620's and today the meaning of thanksgiving somehow got morphed into us giving thanks to the Native Americans for helping starving pilgrims learn to plant and tend corn and other crops. When in truth the pilgrims had plenty of food, so much so that they traded it with the Natives for goods with which they could pay there debts. (I'm assuming furrs and stuff)

And now you know- The rest of the story.

Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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