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ISON survival doubtful…

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Comet ISON appears not to  have survived  its trip around the sun,  but  we won’t know if any useful fragments survived for a couple of weeks.

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November 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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Tornado survivor…

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This time the good news  involves a dog  who survived 9 days in the rubble of a home in Washington, IL.   Yeah,  I know  the  “who” should be a  “which”,  but could you depersonalize such a sweet doggy face?

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November 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

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Black Friday blues…

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Black Friday appears to have  been successful here  in the USA, perhaps because  it started  with Thanksgiving,  but there are  more deals  forthcoming.   While the National Democratic Congressional Committee was pushing ObamaCare for the holidays,  the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a  web site  with politically-themed gifts.

There was the sadly now customary  uncivil and  lawless behavior across the nation,  but  also elsewhere.

I did drive by the nearest Wal-Mart.  There were no picket lines and the parking lot was nearly full,  so I turned around and went home to do some yard work.

 

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November 30, 2013 at 1:04 am

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Black Friday union strikes…

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Black Friday sales are a nightmare I do not participate in.   I know some families where the women make an expedition of the day and get good deals on all their shopping.   I find that I generally am able to get the items I want at even better prices in the days that follow.    But I will drive by the nearest Wal-Mart,  and if there  are protesters  or any sort of picket line,  I will go in,  striding happily right through them.   In no small part I will do so because the National Labor Relations Board,  which should be called the Union Facilitation Board,  has  approved labor  unions paying people who aren’t union members to protest and picket.

UPDATE:  The Wal-Mart protests were a  big fat bust.

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November 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

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9 pies…

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None of my traditional Thanksgiving meals has ever  included nine  pies.  There were 27 of us today,  and there was only one cake and three pies.  The media is still promoting  a false story  about W carrying a plastic turkey for the troops,  but  makes little  of either Obama’s push for ObamaCare propaganda with your turkey, or Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun push.   The media which steadfastly refused to report the truth about ObamaCare is happy to regurgitate White House  propaganda over  the holidays,  though it did carry the Thanksgiving message from His Oneness,  which slammed the GOP on its  proposed Food  Stamp reform.  Is it because Obama claims all his actions are based  on kindness,  when the real truth is something much uglier?

If the Obamas acted on kindness,  they’d do what a trained chef has done  —  become  head cook  for the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen,  instead of spending 10 minutes for a photo op at a charity kitchen.   I am most thankful that I was able to spend my day with family and friends,  instead of eating the bitter fruit available at the Obama table.

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November 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

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Turkey Day 2013…

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What are you thankful for?   I’d guess you don’t agree with the MSNBC  hosts talking  points.   I suspect you agree with Jonah Goldberg that the ObamaCare  sales pitch  for you to use is  deeply creepy,  including the advice from  the DCCC,  or the  DNC,  which tells you how to handle your Republican uncle.   His Oneness thinks we should give thanks to  him for all the wonderful things he has done,  while using  the tips  of Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction.

This article actually provides some  useful advice  on dealing with siblings over the holidays.

Presidential pardons for turkeys is a relatively recent phenomenon and takes  more planning  than you’d expect.   Popcorn and Carmel survived this year,  but Obama waves his hand as if he’s about to give absolution,  or a nasty parody of it,   to the beautiful birds  —  watch the video embedded  in this piece  and see what you think.

God makes it into Obama’s Thanksgiving  proclamation  only because he quoted Lincoln.   I’m no great fan of Lincoln, but I can’t help but appreciate  the difference  between the oldest and newest proclamations.

I’m thankful for  property  rights,  and  our military,  and the  Bill of Rights.   You’ll be thankful for  this editorial,  which has run in the Wall Street Journal since 1961.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.   I’ll be with family and friends,  eating too much of some of my favorite foods and enjoying myself.   I hope you will be as well.

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November 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

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Nanosurface germ-killer…

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I’m all for killing bad germs,  but we’ve already seen that children’s immune systems don’t toughen up when they aren’t exposed to a normal array of germs.   Hopefully,  this technology  will find a place in hospitals where no germ is welcome,  and then perhaps move on to kitchens and bathrooms in homes.

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November 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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