It’s Thanksgiving Day today. Rather than getting into anything political, I wanted to post the words to a hymn that’s been going through my head quite a bit today. I heard it earlier this afternoon on public radio, of all places. I was expecting to hear the usual afternoon classical music, but instead they were broadcasting an afternoon of special programming to celebrate the holiday. Some of it was quite enjoyable.
Here are the words:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, was at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
If you want to actually hear the song, I particularly enjoy this rendition, which was apparently recorded with someone’s camcorder during a church service.
I hope you enjoy, and have a happy Thanksgiving Day, whether you are an American like me, or not.
(And now, I am set to indulge myself in a bit of pumpkin pie.)
The third week in November can be such a joy.
The fourth week in November is the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday (for many of us), which means the three days prior to that end up being slack-off days for so many people that even the ones who are perfectly happy to work those days have a hard time getting things done due to the slackers. Many people, in fact, actually take the whole week off, so if you have any business with them, it won’t get done in the fourth week of November.
In practical terms, all the work of the month of November needs to be done in the first three weeks of the month, i.e. four weeks of work done in three weeks, and most of that extra gets crammed into the third week.
However, I take some solace in the fact that next week will likely be a cakewalk. (And I hope I don’t have to eat my words four days from now.)
For the time being, it’s back to the grindstone. I, unlike some people, will at least be able to play catch up next Monday.
I can just link to Spandrell’s recent remarks on this atrocity, as he sums it up with precisely the level of cynicism that I would, but argues the case more effectively:
(Reminder to self: when I have the chance, check out the “Death of Yugoslavia” video linked in the comments of that, it looks to be quite interesting.)
In various places around the right wing blogosphere I’ve heard the massive influx of “refugees” currently flooding into western Europe referred to as an invasion. Here, though, is a piece which makes the case that this actually is an invasion. The author asks some pertinent questions, it’s worth a read for sure:
An Exit Strategy for Traitors
There is a small movement started (it’s unclear where) to charge the government officials responsible for this with organized immigration crimes or high treason. They ought to also take a good hard look at other collaborators, such as members of the press and the clergy, who have been very enthusiastic and complicit in this betrayal of the European people. Europe is my ancestral homeland. It pains me to see a great, beautiful nation like Germany undergoing this hell.