Wednesday, November 23, 2011

400-408 – John Stonestreet, Executive Director of Summit Ministries ( in Colorado Springs, and National Director of Strategic Partnerships for Breakpoint and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, he's host of a daily national radio program called The Point (, where he helps us to jumpstart our minds by "engaging real life in real time from a Christian worldview."  

• Check out Summit's great Worldview Chart here, or as a pdf.

Mark Gregston great line – "We are coddling our children in the hope that they will be able to live comfortably in a zoo, when we should be preparing them for real life in the jungle of reality.  And we all know, that if you release zoo animals into the wild, they'll be the first to get eaten in the jungle."

413-423 – John Stonestreet,

428-438 – (:14) Tatyana Limanova's broadcast.

• Telegraph (11/23/2011) Russian newsreader Tatyana Limanova makes insulting gesture at Obama.  A top Russian female newsreader has caused a stir after appearing to offensively show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast.

• AP (11/23/2011) Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M.

• USA Today (11/23/2011) Texas court suspends judge who beat his daughter in video.

[READ] • Victor Davis Hanson (11/23/2011) Getting Better.

438 - Download a free Daily Devotional from your favorite KKLA teacher, maybe it's Chuck Swindoll, Alistair Begg, or Greg Laurie, by clicking on Program Guide over at

443-452 – (:25) YouTube, Jennifer Lopez Fiat Commercial (Papi trailer).

• The Smoking Gun (11/22/2011) Bronx Cheer For J. Lo's Phony Fiat Commercial. Star shot TV spot without setting foot in old 'hood that "inspires me".

• The Smoking Gun (11/23/2011) Fiat Driven By "Jennifer Lopez" Actually Broke Down During Commercial Shoot In Bronx.

•• ABC News (11/23/2011) 11-Year-Old Fends Off Mom's Attacker With BB Gun.

458-508 – Gregg TenElshof, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Biola's new Center for Christian Thought (

512-523 – • The Blaze (11/23/2011) PAT ROBERTSON: 'WHAT IS THIS 'MAC & CHEESE?' IS THAT A BLACK THING?'

(:18) Pat Robertson on "Mac & Cheese," "Is that a 'black thing?'"

Calls – What's your "must have" at Thanksgiving?

523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092 (galpin.comFor the past 39 years, Don's been sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 21 years.

528-539 – Calls – What's your "must have" at Thanksgiving?  Is Mac & Cheese a "black thing?"

544-554 –  Calls – What's your "must have" at Thanksgiving?  "Monkey Bread!?"

554 - Looking for some fun stuff for you and your family to do? Check out the cool events posted on our Community Calendar over at

• FRC Washington Update (11/23/2011) Pilgrims in Tennessee.

558-608 – • Elizabeth Armstrong, Christian Science Monitor (2002), The First Thanksgiving.  

Armstrong points out there are only two surviving historical sources to the first Thanksgiving:  (1) colonist Edward Winslow's letter to a friend dated December 1621, mentioning some of the food and activities, and (2) a book written by William Bradford in 1641, that was stolen then lost for almost 200 years, until it resurfaced again in 1854.  

Here's a passage from Winslow's Letter

"Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time, among other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."

What historians do know about Thanksgiving:  (1) The first Thanksgiving was a harvest celebration in 1621 that lasted for three days, (2) likely between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11.  (3) Approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 colonists participated, the latter mostly women and children.  (4) The Wampanoag, led by Chief Massasoit, contributed at least five deer to the feast.  (5) Cranberry sauce, potatoes - white or sweet - and pies were not on the menu.  (6) The Pilgrims and Wampanoag communicated through Squanto, a member of the Patuxet tribe, who knew English because he had associated with earlier explorers.  (7) Besides meals, the event included recreation and entertainment.  (8) Abraham Lincoln named Thanksgiving an annual holiday in 1863 to be celebrated the last Thursday of November.

A 19th century "Martha Stewart," named Sarah Hale, a mother of five, is largely responsible for our modern Thanksgiving!   In 1852, as editor of Godey's Lady's Book, Hale filled its pages with recipes and editorials about Thanksgiving, all based upon Winslow's brief passage.  

Here's Hale in an 1852 editorial:

"The American people have two peculiar festivals, each connected with their history and therefore of great importance in giving power and distinctness to their nationality. The Fourth of July Is the exponent of independence and civil freedom. Thanksgiving Day is the national pledge of Christian faith in God, acknowledging Him as the dispenser of blessings. These two festivals should be joyfully and universally observed throughout our whole country, and thus incorporated in our habits of thought as inseparable from American life."

In 1854, William Bradford's history of the Plymouth Plantation, written in 1641, resurfaced, adding support to Hale's call for a national Thanksgiving Day.

Hale regularly wrote of – you guessed it – roasted turkey, savory stuffing, and pumpkin pies, none of which appeared at the original celebration – nor did forks.  In 1858, she petitioned president Buchanan to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, and though he declined, five years later in 1863, Abraham Lincoln consented, and declared the last Thursday of November a national holiday known as Thanksgiving. Subsequent presidents followed Lincoln's example.

But it was not until 1941 than Congress passed a law establishing Thanksgiving as an official national holiday to be celebrated every year on the Fourth Thursday in November. 

612-623 – •• ABC News (11/23/2011) 11-Year-Old Fends Off Mom's Attacker With BB Gun.

623 - Go to right now and be one of only 20 families to win a free-range turkey from Shelton's!  Go now!

628-639 – Calls – "Who's been your hero?"

644-654 – Calls – "God, I want to thank you for…"

• Michael Medved (WSJ, 11/23/2011) Conservatives, Romney, and Electability. Most political battles are won by seizing the center. Anyone who believes otherwise ignores the electoral experience of the last 50 years.