Happy Thanksgiving All!

“It is therefore recommended . . . for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor . . . .”– November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation) – Samuel Adams

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with family and happiness.

Caption Contest Winners

The Wait Your Turn! Caption Contest is now over.

Top Five Entries:
5. “How do you like your Pelosi? Rare or well done?” – William
4. How much plastic turkey do you want? – Veeshir
3. Which one of you said my wife is hot? You’re right, she is hot. – Ingineer66
2. No soup for you!! – Sully

WINNER! – “If you don’t eat your meat……you can’t have any pudding…….” – Dalek

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

And afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving…

By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine now God gave them plenty … for which they blessed God. – William Bradford, 1623

I hope your night is quieter than mine is likely to be. Hopefully the criminals will take the night off.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day; the day in which the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.

And afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving… By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine now God gave them plenty … for which they blessed God. – William Bradford, 1623

Pardon me for embracing my inner Ned Flanders, but remember the reason for this holiday. Give thanks to the Lord for his blessings and for yourselves and your families.

Life is short – far too short – live it graciously.

Oh, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Eve dinner is still alive and well at our house.

Toast, popcorn, jelly beans, pretzel sticks, and ice cream!

Weekend Caption Contest

Hands Off My Turkey, Jerky! Caption Contest
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Caption this photo in the comments section. The winners will be posted Monday, November 27th.

Original Caption: President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Today is Thanksgiving Day; a time to give thanks to God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us. The first Thanksgiving proclamation was given by George Washington in 1789. My words could never hold a candle to the president’s.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation…

Hopefully your day will find you surrounded by family and friends, and please keep those of us who have to work today in your prayers.

Oh, and as always, Mrs. Earp made a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner for the kids last night.

And no, I have no idea what’s going on with Julia’s face.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today is Thanksgiving, the day the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for all their blessings.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. – President George Washington, October 3, 1789

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, and to those of us who are scheduled to work tonight (like me), have a safe and peaceful evening.

True Detective Stories

Chief Wiggum Cops In SpringfieldAs is usually the case, I worked Thanksgiving this year. Most of my coworkers brought in vittles – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. – and we hoped to relax and watch football all night. Thanksgiving, along with Christmas, are the two slowest days of the year.

So guess what happened Thursday night?

I walked into the building, and two arrests were waiting for us. One was a retail theft – serves the store right for opening on Thanksgiving Day – and one was a domestic assault – because who doesn’t want to stab the relative who took the last turkey leg? A half hour later, a cop brings in a job where an off-duty officer saw a man leave a gun inside a car. The cops held the car for a search warrant, which, despite what you see on TV, is a tedious and time-consuming process. Six hours later, the warrant was served, and surprise, there was no gun!

An hour after that, two more domestic arrests came in. In the second one, the victim claimed her husband grabbed her by the wrist, so she called the police. There were no injuries, no bruises, but the officer figured he would lock up the husband anyway, because Thanksgiving.

An hour after that, we received a call for a shooting. The last two available detectives went to the scene, where the witnesses claimed they told the victim to secure his gun, because it was unsafe to leave it unattended. The victim argued it was safe, and to prove it, he picked up the gun, placed it to his head… and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

For the rest of the evening I sat at the front desk, and answered the never-ending ringing of the phones. Oh, and my “dinner” consisted of some chips and a few cheese curls. We were too busy for a proper dinner. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.