We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I Think we need a special Thanksgiving for people of color in the West,
It would be the day they thank every White man they meet for creating a refuge from the hell-holes their ancestors bequeathed them.
I think some people need to re-evaluate the holiday - it's supposed to be a day of being grateful for the good things you've got instead of a day of grievances and whining about unfair life is like the other 364 days of your miserable year, you miserable so-and-so's.
I didn't think universities even played on Thanksgiving Day. I haven't been paying attention.
Assistant Village Idiot
The Pilgrims arrived to a New England that had been decimated 10 to 20 years before by the infamous epidemic (likely some combination of influenza, smallpox, and possibly a herpes virus) that had been introduced accidently by earlier explorers.
The settlers and indigenous people lived in a coexistence of varying intensity for about 75 years, until an incident known as King Phillip's War resulted from increasing population pressures on both sides.
The ideas that the Pilgrims immediately displaced indigenous peoples and that the epidemic was intentionally created as a genocide are simply not true.
Another Guy named Dan