Burch: Thanks & giving

Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:31pm
By Michael R. Burch

Now that another turkey day has arrived, it seems like a good time to think about thanks, and giving. Like most Nashvillians, I have a lot to be thankful for. And I believe that giving something back is one of the best ways to show true gratitude. So here goes:

I am very thankful for local charitable organizations, and I hope we can all find ways to give back, through them, in the spirit of the season. If money is short, why not offer time or goods?

I am very thankful for southern hospitality, and I hope to give back by exhibiting it myself as often as possible. I’ve lived in England, Germany and states from the East Coast to the Midwest to the West Coast, and I’ve never met people who were friendlier than Nashvillians.

Having seen half my subdivision underwater during the Great Nashville Flood, I am very thankful to know that Tennessee truly is the Volunteer State. An insurance adjustor who helped people in our neighborhood file claims said that he had never seen such cooperation anywhere else. In fact, he said that he liked what he saw so much that he was thinking about moving to Nashville himself! Volunteers give of themselves, expecting nothing in return except the warm glow of a job well done, and the smile or relief on someone else’s face. Tennesseans are known for such giving, and rightfully so, in my experience.

I am very thankful for Nashville’s mothers, who could probably teach the angels a few things about love, compassion and selfless sacrifice. I hope we will all remember to give back by thanking our mothers and wives for their wonderful, giving natures.

I am very thankful that I live in a country that was able to overcome its racist past by electing a multi-racial, multi-cultural president. Regardless of what President Obama does or doesn’t accomplish, his election was a landmark moment for the United States and the American people. Hopefully in the future we will judge not only our children, but also our politicians and presidents, by the content of their character, not their race, creed, age, sex or sexual preference. I hope to give back by exercising my rights to vote, speak freely and dissent, when necessary.

I am very thankful for the many courageous young men and women —black, brown, red, yellow and white; gay and straight; Christian, Muslim, Hindu, atheist and agnostic — who enlist in our military to serve and protect their country. I hope to give back by striving, to the best of my ability, to keep them from being placed in harm’s way on false or highly dubious premises. I will give even more thanks when they are all safely home, and don’t have to risk their lives, health and mental well-being when it’s not absolutely necessary.

And finally, I would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read my articles, because I really do appreciate them giving my words their time and attention.

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94 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 11/24/11 at 11:28

"Well said", Mike.

I agree with you wholeheartedly except for the first two sentences in the 6th paragraph. You cannot elect a person for the Presidential position whom isn't legally eligible for said office.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 5:25

Maybe it's just me, but I do not consider Nashvilleians to be the "friendliest people on the planet" much less in the United States. Minn, Wis., Mich. people are 10x friendlier.
And the two wars in the Mid-East if they we're so sad, pathetic, and tragic, would be a joke. With Obama's promise to withdraw all from Iraq, the idiots running Afghanistan say it'll be another 10 years before we can leave that place. In ruins.
And I certainly do not support anyone's "bravery" who elects to engage in them.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 6:28

"yogi": Could you at least change the speed on your mental phonograph from 33.3 to 78?
Try to keep up.

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 6:46

Sorry, dargent7, but I'm not going to slow down. For a man of your "stated" collegiate intelligence, I can't understand why you and so many other fellow posters on this site can accept a man in the Oval Office who is obviously there illegally. He, himself, knows it; and surely you should, also.

Darget7, the point that all 535 members of Congress has allowed this to happen without question should scare the hell out of you. And the fact that the inferior Supreme Court refuses to hear any case presented to it should also scare the hell out of you... unless you have become willing to live in a communist nation.

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 6:54


Do you not wonder why Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) would not mention God in his "Thanksgiving day speech" he gave to the service members?

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 7:05

He always ends with, "And God Bless America".
Maybe you have selective hearing?
You used to say he didn't place his hand over his heart during the National anthem.
Maybe you have a dual handicap and can't see too well, either.

By: serr8d on 11/25/11 at 7:41

Yes, plenty to be thankful for: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness amongst those (note *pursuit* not *guaranteed cradle-to-grave sustenance*, you dirty socialists!) who are alive today. Sure, we Americans are spoiled rotten compared to the vast majority of the world's souls, so we should offer loud Thanks! to God every chance we get.

Which, the Atheist in Chief failed to do in his Thanksgiving address yesterday.

It's as I've said before: the Democratic Party is the Party of Atheism.

Oh, and whilst me mention Thanksgiving: Did you know the Pilgrims attempted to install a form of Communism when they first set foot on Plymouth Rock, and that the attempt almost killed them all? William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647...

"The experience that was had in this commone course and condition, tired sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Platos and other ancients, applauded by some of later times; --that the taking away of propertie, and bringing in communitie into a comone wealth would make them happy and florishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this comunitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontente, and retard much imployment that would have been to their benefite and comforte. For the yong-men that were most able and fitte for labour and service did repine that they should spend their time and streingth to worke for other mens wives and children, with out any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in divission of victails and cloaths, than he that was weake and not able to doe a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalised in labours, and victuals, cloaths, etc., with the meaner and younger sorte, thought it some indignite and disrespect unto them. And for men's wives to be commanded to doe service for other men, as dresing their meate, washing their cloaths, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brooke it. "

"All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expecte any. So they [the pilgims] begane to thinke how they might raise as much corne as they could, and obtaine a beter crope than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in miserie. At length after much debate of things, the Gov. (with the advise of the cheefest amongest them) gave way that they should set downe every man for his owne perticuler, and in that regard trust to themselves... And so assigned to every family a parceel of land. This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted than other waise would have bene by any means the Gov. or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente. The women now wente willingly into the feild, and tooke their litle-ons with them to set corne, which before would aledge weakness, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene thought great tiranie and opression."


If only Marx and Engels had studied that a bit closer before writing their Democratic Party-endorsed drivel a couple centuries later, we wouldn't have these Marxist Owwies out 'occupying for Marx'.

Pestilence and the pillory for all of 'em!

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 8:04

Sorry, dargent7, you are one of those on this site who can't hear of see what Barry Soetoro is saying or doing. Or should I say what he is not saying and doing?.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:08

Nice article Mr. Burch and as usual well written.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:11

On the other hand dumb-fart yogi has to make it all about him. The most paranoia man (and I use the word man loosely) on earth. UFO sighting have taken a back seat with this funny little man.

The point yogi needs to worry about is his head. The lack of blood flow to his micro brain his obscure his logic and he thinks that the whole world is mad because they believe that President Obama is a legitimate and legal President.

Tell us yogi, do you really think that 535 and 100 members from the US senate and 99.99 % of the population of 308 million America citizen and 100% of the worlds population of 8 billion thinks Obama is legal and just you and a few nut cases consider him not.

Now normal thinking men or women you would be call you a silly old man with his head up his ass at best or traitor to his on country at worse.

By: bfra on 11/25/11 at 8:13

Nmo - Very good comments & I agree with both.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:19

Want to be a man serr8d comes in pouting that a Democrat is President is in office and that is not what he wanted. Pout, pout, goes the little man/girl.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:20

The President and all Democrat is Atheist and they do not worship me a real Americans.

Dick Holder -

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 8:23

I just hope "yogi" switches gears soon and starts his rants about Mitt Romney.. After all, daddy was born in Mexico. Mexico is as foreign a country as Kenya is.
So aside from Willard being white and Obama half black, (race), what's the difference?
The press will chastize uncle Mittie on his Mormon faith but no one will bring up his ineligibilty since his dad was foreign born, because legally it doesn't matter.
Honolulu is as American as Detroit.

By: bfra on 11/25/11 at 8:24

oops! Sorry about that "e", Nemo!

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 8:24

Good morning, Nashville!

Another fine missive from Mike Burch. Thanks, Mike.

I'm thankful for the internet, PC's and sites like this one. This revolutionary tool may be the mechanism whereby the oppressed masses finally rid themselves of sadistic and incompetent despots. Governments everywhere are wary of an unregulated and free internet...In my opinion, the internet will be as important to the development of our species as the printing press was....perhaps even more so.

I'm thankful for the new friends that I have made, as a result of the internet.

I have been blessed with good health and a great family...and I am glad that my ancestors decided to come to America, a vast and fertile land, blessed with bounty and beauty.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:29

bfra I would like to introduce two new breed of American Turkey; the serr8d and yogi bird poop’pie feather head. The Rutherford County open mouth tail spinner and the Smith County wacko dumba LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:31

That is alright bari. ;-0

How was your Thanksgiving?

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 8:36

Poor Yogi, he has that birther bone caught in his craw...maybe the Heimlich maneuver could help dislodge it?

Yogi, million of Americans gave it a rest in 2000, when Junior Bush stole the election, using a Supreme Court decision to seize power. Bush's daddy appointed at least one member of that USSC. - Clarence Thomas - who repaid the Bush family for the favor by voting for Junior to become president. Bush was never legit, but we gave it a rest and put the fiasco behind us....the deal was settled...unjustly perhaps, but it was settled.

I advise you to do the same....it's settled.....move on.

By: serr8d on 11/25/11 at 8:37

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:19

Want to be a man serr8d comes in pouting that a Democrat is President is in office and that is not what he wanted. Pout, pout, goes the little man/girl.

Heh. If you re-read my posting, you'll find the majority of it concerns the failed attempt at American socialism, an experiment conducted by the Pilgrims, who had the sense to denounce it's failings. You, of course, being of unsound and feeble mind, missed the thrust of that...

Your 'thrusts' are nowadays weak and pitiable. Perhaps you should get offline and stick with pleasuring yourself, thrusting away at your stable of underage goats.

By: serr8d on 11/25/11 at 8:47

Yogi, million of Americans gave it a rest in 2000, when Junior Bush stole the election, using a Supreme Court decision to seize power.

Pure, unadulterated horse hockey, loner. The Florida votes were recounted after the election; Bush clearly won that state. g00gle is your friend, or in this case, your mentor.

As far as 'million of Americans gave it a rest in 2000' you obviously missed the upswelling of Leftist Democrats who made BOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!11!! a war-cry for the next 8 years (and some still haven't STFU as of this day: BHO wants to blame him for his own SCOAMF label.

I want to once again thank Tennessee, and the NRA in particular, for keeping that fool Al Gore out of the White House in 2000. That failed politician then, of course, took over the helm of Global Warmalism, and again, thankfully, that's failing in it's stated goal of disrupting the world's technological advances.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 8:50

I'm really suprised "yogi & Sir8" don't post over at The Tennessean.
90% ultra-conservative.
The local cabal/ frat house is 100% locked on the mind-set Obama thinks there's 57 states, doesn't know the Pledge of Allegience, is a Marxist, and wants to shred the US Constitution.
They also want his Columbia and Harvard college transcripts to verify he even went there. They want his SAT's and have him be radomly drug tested for opiates.
This is from morons who read at the 8th grade level...no offense to 8th graders.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:50

What is that cry from the foggy forest? It is the call of the Rutherford County Open Mouth Tail Spinner.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 8:53

Both sir8 and old fogi would be lost in that crowd d7 and we know they love to be the center of attention.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 8:53

"Bush CLEARLY won that state (FL). HA!
Those butterfly ballots confused the old Jewish population and the reason Gore chose Lieberman...to win FL.
Then the hanging "chads" and recounted with magifying glasses. That's "clearly"?
Add in SCOTUS who take on incredibly diffilcult cases like Anna Nicole Smith's "Hooters vs. Saline".
The neo-cons got tax cuts for the wealthy and two wars out of Bush and that's all they really ever wanted.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 8:59

The latest from FOX News' Megan Kelley is that the pepper spray the UC-Davis cops used was really a benign vegetable product.....it's a "condiment"....
That's how fu*** up FOX News is. Notice 95% of the anchors/ analyists are bleached, bottle blondes? There's only 2 who are brunette.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 9:02

By: serr8d on 11/25/11 at 8:37
You, of course, being of unsound and feeble mind, missed the thrust of that...

Of course being of sound mind, I want to miss your thrust. Why would I want to see you thrust a marshmallows? Pervert.

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 9:10

Let's see if I got this right...the archaic English was a bit beffudling...the Pilgrims - a bunch of armed and intolerant religious fanatics who were basically kicked out of England - came over here to the new world, as illegal aliens without documentation, or permission from the current residents and formed a collective arrangement - a commune - but the idea did not work out.

The idea failed because men did not like the idea of their wives washing other men's laundry....men did not like to labor for another man's wife and children...the healthy young men did not want to work harder than the relatively idle old men.

So, based upon jealousy and self-interest, the commune broke up. Rugged individualism and self-interest replaced the discredited ideas of shared work and shared benefits. The new paradigm of every man for himself, not collectivism or community, is what saved the colonies from self-destruction...according to Serr8d and the author of that obscure passage.

Apparently, the town hall meetings, the barn-raisings, the faith groups, the community spirit etc., in the frontier days, is strictly a Hollywood fabrication...it was actually dog eat dog and we should all be thankful for that...according to Serr8d. Selfishness = Good. Sharing = Bad.

Pardon me, but that anecdotal piece of colonial prose does not change my views regarding the founding of this nation.

I checked up on the man who operates the site from which Serr8d cut/paste that piece of historical prose... a Charles F. Wickwire operates the site...he is a right-wing uber-zealot....I read some of the guy's other rants....he's a nut-job, IMO.

No, I am not a fan of Communism; but on the other hand, I am not a fan of unregulated, mad dog capitalism. Finding the right mix between socialism and individualism is the hard part....either one, taken to extremes, is a proven loser.

By: treehugger7 on 11/25/11 at 9:11

I second Loner in being thankful for the board and the intelligent posters who brighten my day and inform me. Also thankful for you, Mr. Burch. You bring intelligence and compassion to the board. As for Yogi, where would we be without comedic relief!? Would have posted yesterday, but was too busy cooking for friends and family. While I am not a shopper, I hope others are, and that everyone takes advantage of Small business Saturday. I patronize small businesses and urge everyone to. Big box stores are great for toilet paper and other bulk items, but I buy local as much as possible, and urge everyone to buy local. Keep our money in our community!

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:13


If you had half a brain in your skull you would know you could vote for anyone you wished to vote for in an election..., but if that person isn't legally eligible for the office they cannot be elected.

And dargent7, as I have posted before, Romney's grandparents were American citizens living in Mexico when his father was born. They moved back to the USA and Mitt was born in the USA to American citizen parents. That is the same as holds true to John McCain being born to American parents in Panama.

Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) was born to a father from Kenya and a mother from the USA. Barry has been a citizen (by birth) of the British Empire, Kenya and Indonesia.

Now....,read a little more of the Constitutional laws of our nation. If,and I repeat.. if he was a natural born citizen (which is isn't), when his American citizenship was taken from him when he became an Indonesian, he could not get his natural born status back.

Which brings up the biggest question: Why is he so secretive about his citizenship? If he regained his American citizenship (if he ever had it) he could only get it by naturalization, not native born.

Apparently you didn't learn much in your days of education.

By: BenDover on 11/25/11 at 9:14

Good article Burch.

By: treehugger7 on 11/25/11 at 9:14

Thanks for calling him out, Loner!

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 9:19

Junior Bush's brother, Jeb, was Governor of the state of Florida in 2000...how odd then, that the contested vote count occurred in Florida, where his brother was in power.

It was a very sad day for America, when nepotism and corruption succeeded in stealing the highest office in the land. America is simply a banana republic...a huge, powerful and menacing banana republic, but a banana republic nonetheless.

And now, some GOP-TP types are pining for Jeb Bush to come in and save them in 2012.
These folks must be the descendants of the Tories...the royal family advocates...the monarchists. Useful idiots for the power elites.

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 9:27

Forget it...let Yogi choke on that birther bone...I tried to dislodge it...apparently he likes having it stuck in his craw...gives him purpose, I suppose.

Thanks, Treehugger.

And Ben Dover what have ye to sayeth, so as to comforte thy fellows, or dost thou too aledge weakness, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene thought great tiranie and opression?

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:34


How many time did Al Gore demand a re-count? Why was more votes (in his favor) found in the trucks of the cars for each re-count? Why did the Supreme Court find him out numbered each time?

I agree, George Bush was in the same category as Barry Soetoro, except George Bush was [ut in that office legally.

Another question, Loner: Why has Barry Soetoro issued more executive orders in three years than the combined past four presidents before him? Like 70 from the four to 99 to Soetoro.

By: BenDover on 11/25/11 at 9:36

The difference loner is whether the service and sharing is voluntary or compulsory. Compulsory is anathema to human nature.

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:37

Damn, I hope that doctor can fix my eye next week. Maybe I'll be able to see what I'm typing.

By: BenDover on 11/25/11 at 9:38

Gore and Daley contested the vote (only in targeted districts for added votes that would statistically benefit Gore). Bush just defended his win.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 9:41

So what, Willard's parents moved to Detroit and had him there. Just by luck, no doubt.
Same with MCCain. Born in the panama Canal Zone which during war made him a US citizen. Again, just by luck.
Hawaii was only a stae for 2 years before Obama was born. Again, just by luck.
Obama's mother lived in Hawaii and had him there.
You don't need both parents to be "American citizens".
You just need the mother to bear the child on American soil.
She could be a "single parent" and not even know who the father is.
That offspring would still quality.
You're watching too many "Twilight Zone" episodes in your underware playing with your Wang.

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:42


I assure you I am not choking on that bone. I just hope I'm not around when you all begin throwing up when all of my "stupidity" (in your ignorant views) comes to light.

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 9:43

When the stated primary goal of the Republican Party, as enunciated by John Boehner, is to defeat Barack Obama in 2012, then we can safely assume that the GOP is obstructing every presidential initiative, rendering him impotent.

In such a case, the President must use Executive Orders to keep the ship-of-state afloat and off the rocks....the Republicans would be delighted to see another financial melt down at this time and a complete government shut down.

George W. Bush used Executive Orders to subvert the law; Obama uses them to keep the lights on.

Remember, the GOP politicians take most of their money from the multi-national corporations, who have no allegiance to this country....the USSC has decided to remove all limits on campaign donations from these international power centers. Things will only get worse, IMO.

By: dargent7 on 11/25/11 at 9:44

Then, according to your philosophy, joining the military is anti-human Nature.
I cannot think of any other institution that is more ensconsed in "compulsatory" behavior, thought, and action.

By: BenDover on 11/25/11 at 9:46

A volunteer army vs. a conscripted army darge? The differences are well known.

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 9:54

Ben Dover wrote: "The difference loner is whether the service and sharing is voluntary or compulsory. Compulsory is anathema to human nature." ....sounds like something that Ebeneezer Scrooge would have said.

The Republicans long for the good old days...the Dickensian times of old...when taxes were low and great fortunes could be amassed with absolute impunity. The days when congenitally qualified ruling royals would protect the wealthy from the unwashed rabble...on the cheap. And when environmental concerns were unheard of....and African Negro slavery was completely legal...and women knew their place - barefoot and pregnant....and the native peoples were systematically wiped out by government forces.

Ah, those were the Golden Years....for Protestant white males.

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:59


Me thinks you should go back to school for a little post-graduate education. Take a course in civics and learn what our Constitution "says". I'll take it for what it says even though Barry Soetoro knows it doesn't mean what our founders meant when they wrote it.

May I ask: Where did you get your family name? Where did you get your "at birth" citizenship?

If, as you state, simply being born on American soil makes you a natural born citizen, then all of the babies being born in the USA to illegal aliens that sneak into the USA simply to have their babies to gain American citizenship for them for their financial needs, those children could be taken back to their mother's homeland and raised until they become 35 years old and they are eligible to run for the Oval Office.

What school did you go to dargent7? I sure don't want my grandchildren to go there.

And, really, dargent7, how do you know Barack Obama was born in Hawaii? Because he said so?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 10:00

I agree with Loner and too have thankful for the board of intelligent poster. I am also happy that we have such laughable flack coming fro the right-wing fringe nuts aka serr8d and micro dumb-ass.

BTW Loner is good at whipping the butter knife.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 10:01

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:13
If you had half a brain in your skull

First of micro brain (and I use the word brain loosely) lets get this straight, you are the one with a half brain, I have a fully functional complete brain.

By: BenDover on 11/25/11 at 10:02

Geezzz loner ... that's not a straw man... that's a freaking straw cathedral you've built there.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/25/11 at 10:03

By: yogiman on 11/25/11 at 9:37
Damn, I hope that doctor can fix my eye next week. Maybe I'll be able to see what I'm typing.

Maybe he should get a pig’s brain transplant while you are there. You can only get smarter from that point on, oh fogi half brain.

By: Loner on 11/25/11 at 10:08

Ben likes the mercenary and privatized armed forces idea: "A volunteer army vs. a conscripted army darge? The differences are well known."


A conscripted army has one huge advantage over a mercenary force; as long as highly paid mercs are getting killed and maimed, the wars will go on forever. When 18-year old draftees come home in body bags, the citizens start to inquire as to the legitimacy of the war(s)....eventually, when enough rich kids get drafted and killed, or maimed, the wars are concluded.

I'm not so sure that privateers and mercs are as dedicated to the accomplishing the mission, as a conscripted force can be...the conscripts want to get the conflict over quickly...the privateers and mercs are in no hurry to become unemployed.

Sadists are naturally attracted to an all-volunteer military force....not much is done to root them out of the services. War crimes are the natural result.

When privatized military and security forces lavishly lobby Congress, we have a recipe for eternal war. When a foreign theocracy is legally able to bribe our lawmakers, we can expect never-ending holy war.

Again, look at who got what, from our Zionist overlords, in just the last election cycle:


And now, Israel is dragging us into another war...this time with Iran...and the Israelis will get their money's worth out of our Congress....the American Founders would be astounded to witness this....the US president is a vassal of the Israeli Prime Minister.