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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Giving thanks on Thanksgiving
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I am sneaking in here while the Emperor is still sleeping because I feel the need urge to write this post. Sitting here watching the MACY’S Thanksgiving Day Parade with the boys, I just thought how THANKFUL I am to have my family and how much I love them. Then I got to thinking about our Troops and all our wonderful “Rotties”.

So I thought…. why not write a post and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and SAFE THANKSGIVING. Soooo… here goes, but first I would like to take this opportunity to list the reasons I am giving thanks this year! (Ok hold on to your hats and please be patient with me!)

First, I am thankful for my family because they are so awesome and love me for who I am. They support me and comfort me when I need it, they brighten my day, and they give me a reason to get up every day. The heirs are so adorable and say the cutest things, they make me smile everyday. I love them with all my heart and can never tell them enough how much I love them.

Second, I am thankful for all our friends both local and far away. These wonderful people have enriched our lives and given us support and comfort in times of need, and just generally made our world a better place to live! We love you all more than words can ever say. (Well more than my words can ever say, Misha on the other hand has a bizzillion words and can adequately express how much y’all mean to us-although he will never admit it!)

Last but not LEAST, I am thankful for our men and women of the armed services. I am thankful for all that they sacrifice so that the people I love can live free in this beautiful country. I am thankful for all the things they do and all that they give. In my opinion they are HEROES!!! They take time away from their families so that I can live happily with mine. They miss Christmas’s and Thanksgivings with their loved ones so that I can celebrate these holidays in the manner that I choose to. They give the ultimate sacrifice for their country. They are selfless to give so much for people like me that they may or may not know. Also, let me not forget their families… the wives and children, mothers and fathers of these HEROES. They sacrifice too. They are also HEROES, only they don’t get the attention or gratitude that the soldiers do. So I would like to take this opportunity to THANK the families of our soldiers for loving and supporting their loved ones and sacrificing time with them so that this wonderful country can be free and safe.

I have gotten a bit emotional sitting here thinking about all of these wonderful people and how much I am thankful for them. Good thing this isn’t on camera, y’all would all see the tears in my eyes! Just a lil embarassing. I never used to be this emotional until I became a MOM and then it all changed. Seems that now I have alot more appreciation of things these days.

In closing,.. I would like to wish EVERYONE a Happy, Healthy, and SAFE Thanksgiving!! I love all of you from the bottom of my heart!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OUR FAMILY TO ALL OUR LC’S AND YOUR FAMILIES!

27 Responses to “Giving thanks on Thanksgiving”
  1. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    Empress Sofia

    We love you all more than words can ever say.

    And here’s right back to ya! What a wonderful bunch the LCs are, and you have yourself a fantastic Thanksgiving now d’ya hear!

    Best wishes to you and yours from Canada…

    And first (I mean, foist…)

  2. JetBlast Comment by JetBlast

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    A special Thanksgiving greeting from Basrah, Iraq. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner tonite at one of the camps. Complete with turkey, mashed spuds, stuffing and the works. We even had authentic corn-on-the-cob….sorry Randi Rhodes could not be here as it would have been entertaining to watch her try to eat it with those missing front teeth!

    I am especially thankful for our “unilateral” friends that joined us in celebrating an American tradition today….we had dinner with British, Danish, Australian and Romanian soldiers. I could not be more proud of the guys busting their butts over here and for those of you back home that support us with emails, pictures and of course all the entertaining comments on the Rott.

    Keep the pressure on the politicians on the home from and we will take care of business over here until the job is done and done RIGHT! Thank you again everyone!

  3. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    JetBlast

    Actually, the “thanks” are for you my friend. Stay safe and come back safely now d’ya hear!

  4. ahriman Comment by ahriman

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    Thank you for providing this site, and managing to get such a wonderful online community together!

  5. Alan K. Henderson Comment by Alan K. Henderson

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    I am thankful for this combination:

    Jobs, Wozniak and Gates
    Everybody responsible for the development of the Internet
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
    The First Amendment

  6. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Dear Lord;
    I wish to give thanks and express my gratitude and thoughts for all I have been given, shown and shared. Yes, times are somewhat austere due to legal difficulties, but we do seem to manage quite well.
    To look around my humble home, material blessing abound, a very full larder, enough for two months, money and ammo in my safe, my wife and daughter watching our newest gift. Yes, it might seem odd in a fashion, but I have no difficulty taking a fifty-one inch HD projection TV in lieu of payment. Among many other things. I gave him no choice. Goes real nice with the six-one Yamaha….and the HD cable.
    I never want to forget, I will not let myself forget, how far we have come, how things used to be and how they are now.
    How our first couch came out of a sixty-five Dodge….twenty-six years ago.
    How she almost died in a hospital bed, only Herculean efforts to save her in the end prevailed. I never forgot those haunting words…She is not responding…but she is young and strong.
    You ever go home to an empty house, sit down and cry…..?
    I have.
    How the day the Challenger blow up I was standing in line at a food bank, having froze my ass off sorting ice cream for three hours, one hour per bag of food.
    And I didn’t even get any ice cream.
    And how my heart fell, hearing the news…….all those that have helped, and how You showed me to help myself.
    Two jobs worked for ten years.
    Five years without a single day off….
    One medical bill after another, a merciless assault, standing in an emergency room, the sadness known you are being financially destroyed.
    How I fought the battle of my life, for my life, getting away from the bondage and scourge of alcoholism and addiction. The gorilla on my back.
    And hearing the words…if you have what it takes.
    I didn’t know but had to try. I think of the framed copy of Footprints above my desk, it can still bring a silent tear to my eye. God had what it takes, all I had to do was ask.
    So many years ago…….
    Yet in time to move on, one step at a time, if nothing else for the simple reason of not liking where you’re at.
    It teaches you things, one being an absence of fear.
    And you learn wisdom…hard earned.
    And in time to prove, as best you can…….as we have done.
    My wife loves that PT Cruiser GT turbo we bought….I knew she would….she grew up poor, such a vehicle a dream for her. And how it now sits in the garage…we almost lost her…..I fought tooth and nail to keep Spunky. And we have.
    To own our own home……this old house, needing a bit of work, yet constructed like a fort. A big, beautiful camphor tree out back, our long lost cats buried at her roots.
    That was a dream for her too….and I made it happen.
    I’m easy to please, just give me a garage and my toys to play with, I’m fine.
    Our present difficulties should be over in a couple of months. I think you know I financially destroyed the man trying to cheat us. It cost us dearly but in the end, we prevailed. He now knows the term regret. And my guns. I no longer see him. I should imagine too busy seeking to avoid two government agencies and three creditors most anxious to make his acquaintance. I provided them all with a complete list of phone numbers, relatives and addresses. Least I could do, I felt. View it as a public service.
    Some people know no teacher save pain. I taught him.
    I showed no mercy..no compassion and gave no quarter….one tear in my wife’s eye and my heart became such as flint. He learned very quickly he messed with the wrong guy.
    I lose much and I gain much.
    Funny how that works, when all is said and done, but somehow I find the books ending in the black…..
    Both of us gainfully employed….
    Healthy….
    And more or less content…..
    To live in and love this small town…..
    Our very precious friends…..
    I’m clean and sober…for my seventeenth Thanksgiving.
    A blog I treasure….new friends.
    I think of the new Veterans Memorial a block away….and what those men and women gave……I think I’ll wander down there, seems fitting somehow. The silent stone, bearing mute testimony to the devotion, love and dedication of those placing something greater above themselves……
    My wife is preparing a turkey…..and two pies and all the trimmings.
    In many ways adversity my best teacher….and how I seem to keep bouncing back, time after time.
    Never did have the sense to quit. If you can’t go around, over or under it..then to be attacked on full afterburner….guns blazing.
    I am grateful I can buy a football for some poor kid not getting a Christmas present…..
    But I forgot the ammo…..well, maybe next time.
    So on the whole, life is good………
    And to the Creator of all things I can only say two words….
    Thank You…….

  7. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    To our lovely Empress:

    In closing,.. I would like to wish EVERYONE a Happy, Healthy, and SAFE Thanksgiving!! I love all of you from the bottom of my heart!!!

    And to you and yours as well and many more.

    I told the Boss to keep the keys locked up, but would he listen? Nooooo….

    :em93:

    To JetBlast *salutes smartly*:

    Keep the pressure on the politicians on the home from and we will take care of business over here until the job is done and done RIGHT! Thank you again everyone!

    Oh we will keep the heat on those lying, cheating, traitorous bastards inside the beltway. We have your backs there, to our very last breath. Y’all keep evening the score for those of us too old and broken to hump the sandbox, and we’ll do whatever we can from this side of the pond.

  8. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    LC HJ Caveman82952

    You are a GREAT man Sir, anybody disagreeing with this deals with me…
    You’ve come a long way, you have becoming a shining beacon for so many around you, there’s something there that no amount of money will ever buy. And nobody can take any of it away from you or yours.

    Hard times, yes, but as you so eloquently put forth, a great way to learn to be a better person.

    Sir, should you ever need anything, ANYTHING, this is one Canadian who’ll be there to help you any way he can.
    You are not alone…

    Happy Thanksgiving my American Friend!

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    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    First I would like to thank Misha and the Empress Sofia for the wonderful community they have created here. There are so many outstanding citizens of the realm it would take the entire day to thank them individually for the wit and wisdom they have contributed here.

    While I have much in my life to be thankful for I must raise a word of caution. On this unique of American holidays we pause to thank Gd for the blessings we have received, but what are those blessings and where did they come from?

    For generations great men and women have stood at the wall to protect us from barbarians who would destroy that which Gd has allowed us to build. Our Military has protected us to allow us to become what we have achieved and without them this great nation would have been lost long ago.

    From the start of this nation our forefathers envisioned a country where those who sought to produce would be allowed the simple promise that they could keep the fruits of their labor. This is a simple concept. One creates something of value and one gets to keep whatever it is they trade to another for that value. Gd saw fit that by allowing the creation of this great nation the world would benefit in fantastic ways. Medicine, agriculture, science, art, mathematics, you name the field and you will probably find the best at it living here in the greatest nation on the planet.

    Unfortunately we have become a nation ruled by malignant bureaucrats who see no problem is stealing (in my case 50%) of any hard earned and hard fought dollar. They see no problem in stealing what us productive members of society produce and handing it over to congenital dependents who produce nothing and consume the value that the rest of us labor to create.

    We must be aware of this malignancy and strive to fight it to the death. I can honestly say for many years I have held back what I could produce because of this tendency of government thugs to come and steal what I create. They don’t ask us permission to attempt to enslave us but they expect by our acquiesce we will agree to it, and by in large we all have. What do you think our forefathers would say if we told them government raiders were going to abscond with half of everything they produce?

    I believe we don’t need to answer that question as the founding fathers already did. When England attempted to impose a tax of 3% they revolted and created a new and free nation. A nation that has grown to be the greatest the world has ever known. A nation so powerful it can reach its enemies anywhere they choose to hide.

    So as we celebrate this most reverent of holidays by the Grace of Gds blessing, keep in mind that there are those in positions of power here who seek to destroy our nation by stealing the value we productive citizens create, and hand it over to those too lazy and drunk with entitlement to lift a finger and help themselves. This is a day not just to celebrate the blessings of Gd upon our nation but to celebrate our prosperity in family, in friendship, in production, and liberty and freedom all made possible by past men of vision and the United States Military.

  10. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    It is a silk purse from a sows ear, Hardclimber. A grateful man cannot stay angry….so to examine the ledger and move forth. After the death of our son I swore to extract a lesson from any and everything unpleasant that happens to me in life. No free lunch, I make lemonade from lemons, So indeed, all adversity can teach if you steer clear or anger, hatred and resentment. The flip side of adversity is opportunity….many forget that, many more never learn that. A few refuse to believe it. But that and a gallows humor has kept me more or less sane. I might add this site, and men like you have helped me more than you know, what I have learned very precious.
    As you said…I am not alone…….
    Free men can only be killed, never enslaved. In this world or the next.
    And thank you for half a lifetime of service……..I am in your debt.

  11. Xystus Comment by Xystus

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    6.

    I think you know I financially destroyed the man trying to cheat us.

    Seems I missed something. The few details sound fairly dramatic, though.

  12. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    A deep heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here at the Rott.

    I cannot put into words how thankful I am that I feel I can call you friend. Of course special mention has to go to the Emperor, for providing this playground, his wife, for putting up with all the time involved Misha puts into this, and the heirs, for sharing their Dad with us.

    To all you LC’s, I’m not going to name names cause I’d inadvertently miss someone and the list would be way to long, I hope you are able to get together with your loved ones and on top of the food, drink and football, have the chance to appreciate being with loved ones again.

    For our troops, I pray for a day of peace. Someone in one of these post wrote of sharing this day with our coalition brothers-in-arms. May they all know that we back here appreciate what they have given up so that we may observe this ritual. To their families, I pray the speedy return of their absent loved one, so they can enjoy next years Thanksgiving with the same peace of mind they have given us this year.

    I am just thankful that I live here in the United States and have more blessing given to me than I probably deserve.

  13. Empress Sofia Comment by Empress Sofia

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    These previous posts just come to prove what Misha and I know,… all you guys that frequent this site, that we call friends ( all you LC’s ) are the best people. Kind, caring, intelligent, loyal…. again words fail me to express what high esteem that we hold you all in. Y’all have become part of our family to be sure. We love you all, and are priviledged to have the honor of knowing you and calling you our FRIENDS! Thank you for being yourselves and allowing us to be part of your lives.

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    There are, indeed, many reasons for Americans to be thankful. Despite all the times we shoot ourselves in the foot (ie 2006 election) we still manage to get by and get better. Maybe there is something to that Divine Providence stuff after all.

    May the Emperor and his family and all you Rotties enjoy a fine food coma in the greatest nation on earth!

    QM

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    I wish to all a grand and bountiful Thanksgiving Day and I give thanks to Emperor Misha for this wonderful website and to all the Rotties that make it such great reading.

  16. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    To Empress Sofia, Misha, and all of the loyal LCs here, thank you for the enjoyment, insight, laughter and at times, tears this site has provided me. Visiting here has in addition lifted me up during down times - a gift beyond price.

    Thank you as well to all our Troops, who are out there ‘on that wall’, providing us with the freedom we need to enjoy this day to the fullest. I hope I never, ever, forget that, forget THEM.

    Finally, THANK YOU to God for the blessings I have received from Him in this life; there are tons, to be sure. Delftsman, for example…:-)

  17. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Thank You Milady! Especially thank you for all the time you part with from Misha so that he can give us this second family of ours.

    We still need to get the Heirs and my Princesses together.

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    I hope everyone had a good day.
    Sofie, you and Misha are the tops! Same for the Rotties.
    Take care guys.

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    To jetblast, and those like him, thanks.

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    Thank YOU, Empress, for what you and the Emperor have brought forth here — a community of caring individuals. Conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, here we are all equals, and I thank you for that.

    Caveman, God bless you and your family. You have looked the Devil square in the face and spit in his eye, and you’re a better man for it. Keep it up, my friend, you inspire me.

    I find myself giving thanks today for all that I have, too. I have a wonderful wife, seven children who, when they’re not driving me absolutely up the wall, are the best kids anyone could ever wish for, and a grandson who will be 12 in a few days. Not too bad for a guy who was seriously contemplating ending it all 25 years ago. Now my wife and I will celebrate our 21st anniversary next week, and I couldn’t be happier.

    I’m especially thankful for all our military personnel, including my son who will finish his active duty in the Marines next year, and who plans to come home, go to college and is determined to succeed, and I have no doubt that he will. To all those who are serving, have served, and continue to serve — I salute you all. Thanks to you, the rest of us can continue to live in a free country.

    And to all my friends at the Rott, a very happy Thanksgiving Day to you all! Y’all are like another family, and I love you all. May the peace of Christ be with all of you, today and every day.

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    Thanks and Giving…

    So you’ve watched the game, mauled a bird, had a fistfight with your sniveling lefty cousin, and basically gone over all the normal Thanksgiving Day traditions. Now it’s time look over the blogs and find out what others are thankful for…….

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    hooooooooooorah

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y90UPLLo6nY

  24. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan

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    I feel alone..as we don’t have this season where I am.

    I am grateful for you all, I thank God for each and every one of you, for Misha and the Empress, and the heirs, and their friendship to a faceless voice across thousands of miles of ocean. For the chance to speak to you all, and even from here, at least add a voice, if not a pair of hands, to the battle that is being fought for America..and for freedom.

    So, this Thanksgiving..I give thanks for the privilege of knowing you all..yes, even you Deej..we may cross swords over ideals and beliefs, but I have never doubted for one moment where your loyalties lie.

    For the freedom to speak, for the freedom to believe, for the freedom of religion and the press, for those who stand in harm’s way to guard those freedoms with their very lives..for those who have given “the last great measure of devotion”..and for the future, one I pray will be one of hope for our inheritors, waiting to be born…I give thanks.

    May Almighty God bless and keep you all…may God bless and keep the United States of America.

  25. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    LCBrendan

    I feel alone..as we don’t have this season where I am.

    In mind and spirit, you are not alone. Feeling alone, and being alone, are two different things. What a great bunch these guys all are! And agreed, I’m with you about Deej, he took the flak, but yes, his loyalties are not doubted.

    How’s everything in sunny Australia? I had a friend during my time in our Air Force, back in ‘81, who spent 3 weeks in Australia, just outside Perth, where he had distant relatives. He came back sounding like Crocodile Dundee, tanned and assured me that his liver would take about 2 years to recover from all the beer he was fed. The hospitality was fantastic, and he raved about it for about three months following his visit. Wished I could have gone myself! And, don’t know if he was pulling our legs, told us that self-respecting Australians do NOT drink Foster’s but XXX Castlemaine. I’m still not sure about that one, you might be able to shed some light on this old mystery. :em99:

    I hope this finds you well my friend, and best wishes from Canada.

  26. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan

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    Ah well, everyone has their own tipple as far as beer goes.

    I’m not a beer drinker…I barely drink at all. We are heading into summer, and it will probably get to 40 degrees again this year. Bushfire season.

    I am not surprised your friend had a great time, we are, I am proud to say, gracious and generous hosts. (well, all except Sinatra, but that asshole opened his big mouth once too often, so we taught him a little humility). Even St Cindy of the Ditch was well received….we are kind to our guests, and glad when some of the crazier ones leave.

    Caveman: remind me to never piss you off. I have the feeling that whoever this guy is, he is thanking God you left him alive.

    Honi soit qui mal y pense, et puis, la justice suivra.

    (Evil be to those who think evil, for then justice shall follow)

  27. sig94 Comment by sig94

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    Empress, thank you for your kind thoughts. And I praise the good Lord for all you LC’s out there.

    This was my wife’s first Thanksgiving with both her parents gone. So many times in my life I have seen death and loss savage our souls and those of friends and loved ones, yet God’s goodness always brings a re-affirmation of life. I have been honored to get to know so many fine people here on the Rott, some more than others, but you are all special to me. I thank God for all of you, especially those who don’t believe (*nudge nudge deej*).