tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post2317434266292970430..comments2011-12-02T16:48:27.454-08:00Comments on Respect the Bird: Respect the Bird Love – 3.0Respect The Birdhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14415938849606853730noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-77007204469884855312011-12-02T16:48:27.454-08:002011-12-02T16:48:27.454-08:00Thank you very much for your comment.Thank you very much for your comment.The Authentic Analyzerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00855889053416106132noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-66686769564020516442011-11-28T23:42:33.313-08:002011-11-28T23:42:33.313-08:00To Authentic Analyzer: F you too.To Authentic Analyzer: F you too.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3181166241760086468.post-31494306598959409502011-11-24T07:15:50.705-08:002011-11-24T07:15:50.705-08:00F the Bird!! Yes I said it. Let me explain. Many ...F the Bird!! Yes I said it. Let me explain.<br /><br />Many people over the past few weeks have pledged to &quot;Respect the Bird.&quot; While this sounds like a good notion, a little analysis proves otherwise. <br /><br />The word thanksgiving is defined by Merriam Webster&#39;s dictionary as follows:<br /><br /> 1. the act of giving thanks<br /> 2. a prayer expressing gratitude<br /> 3. a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness<br /><br />How does respecting the bird fit into any of these definitions? It doesn&#39;t.<br /><br />People are complaining that retailers are not respecting the bird by placing Christmas merchandise on the shelves far too soon. Regardless of the type of merchandise in the stores, Christmas or otherwise, there is a very simple solution. Don&#39;t purchase them. A large part of the problem is as a society we act as if we have no self-control and somehow if the items are there, we must buy them.<br /><br />Others are complaining that employees are unable to spend with their families, because they have to go to work, in support of Black Friday sales. While working on any holiday may not be ideal, have we considered the sentiments of other employees, such as police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, gas station attendants, convenience store clerks, bus drivers, and airline workers? The answer is a resounding &quot;No!&quot; <br /><br />Many of these individuals spend countless hours working, and they too are spending time away from their families when most others are celebrating and relaxing. Of course, some will say that these people chose these professions, and I agree. But the same can be said of those who are complaining that they have to work to support Black Friday. It is difficult for me to believe that those in retail were not informed of the possibility of having to work odd or unusual schedules, which may include weekends and/or holidays. I wonder how someone who is unemployed would feel about working on a holiday.<br /><br />So what was meant by F the Bird? It means “Forget the Bird.” In the year 1789, George Washington, First President of these United States wrote the following as he was proclaiming Thanksgiving to be a national holiday:<br /><br />&quot;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 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.&quot;<br /><br />Thanksgiving is not about respecting the bird, nor is it about football or sales. Thanksgiving is a time for us to take time to be thankful for what we have, rather than complain about what we do not have. <br /><br />http://theauthenticanalyzersays.blogspot.com/The Authentic Analyzerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00855889053416106132noreply@blogger.com