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Thanksgiving 2017…

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If I were as big a liar as Barack Obama,  I would probably be sorely afraid of God’s judgment too,  which may be why he for eight years sought to portray Thanksgiving as a  harvest festival,  unlike Donald Trump who bluntly said God should be thanked,  and displayed a  touch of  humor.  That is in contrast to the popular media memes which commercialize the holiday for profit while removing any hint  of religiosity from the occasion.

You might hear a little about the Pilgrims,  and most of it will be the Left whining on about the  evil Pilgrims  who brought death and destruction to the Native Americans.   Chuck Norris offers a more  balanced view  of them,  as does Jerry Newcombe,  here.

You can brush off the various lefty groups intent on telling you the proper way to  celebrate,  or you can choose to be as  childish  and hateful as the media is.  You can look up how Thanksgiving was when you  were born.  You can acknowledge the reality that much of the world still regards the USA as a  place of hope  and promise.

You can be entertained by Debby Witt’s always entertaining  collections  of Thanksgiving-related links.   You can be lazy and pick a quote for the occasion from  this collection.

Wherever you are,  and however you choose to celebrate, find something to be thankful for,  recite it,  appreciate it,  share it and keep it in your heart throughout the holidays.  Remember Yuval  Levin’s words:  “Conservatism is gratitude.”   What Marc Thiessen is  thankful for  proves it.   George Washington viewed the practice of gratitude  as essential  to the American character.   Despite al the gloom and disaster, Kurt Schlichter has found  seven things  conservatives should be thankful for.

P.S.  There are now some  fascinating tomes  on the Pilgrims and their dealings with the Native Americans.

 

 

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

November 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Corrine Brown begs for leniency…

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Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown is trying  to avoid  a lengthy jail sentence for the 18 felony counts in her indictment,  including filing false tax returns, mail fraud,  and working with others to run a fake non-profit group.  Part of her statement is:  ”  “In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life.”  Was there some giant unseen hand up her skirt making her misbehave?

Isn’t that just the classic defense for a Democrat caught lying or cheating and/or stealing?   Somehow it becomes your distorted view of her actions,  or your failure to recall all the good things she did in her life that is the problem,  not the fact that she stole thousands of dollars.

I hope the court throws the book at her and her cronies.  I only wish all the other crooks in Congress meet a similar and well-deserved fate.

 

 

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November 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Tappan Zee bridge…

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The old bridge is now being dismantled,  having been replaced by a $4 billion span named after the current New York governor’s late father, Mario Cuomo.   I’m no fan of change.org,  but it has started  a petition  to change the name to that of the old bridge,  which honored the original Native American Tappan tribe with a nod to the Dutch settlers.   It’s a bit ironic that people are complaining the new bridge was named with no public input,  and that the area’s history is being ignored,  since I very much doubt we’d  hear the same arguments if the question involved a statue of Robert E. Lee,  but it’s nice to see 41,000 New Yorkers stand up for something instead of allowing the crooks who run the state trample them.

 

 

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November 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

A book to read…

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Any book which comes with a large blurb from Yuval Levin attracts my attention.   A new book by Patrick M. Garry,  a law professor at the University of South Dakota,  is a little paperback entitled  “The False Promise of Big Government:  How Washington Helps the Rich and Hurts the Poor.”

The  title draws  me as well,  because it encapsulates some degree of the disdain I hold for government at all levels.  I’ve just ordered it,  and you probably should as well.

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November 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

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Letter to an aging communist…

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Former University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor, fierce free speech advocate,  and conservative troublemaker Mike Adams hits  this one  out of the park.

 

 

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November 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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Stale bagel…

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You may not remember the New York City of old,  which Taki Theodoracopulos describes  so vividly here,  but  I do,  having visited a couple of times a decade for quite a few decades.   The big city was always loud and rather rude,  but always lively and with a peculiar freshness created by its ethnic neighborhoods.   Now it is just a busy,  crowded  large city with a dull saneness one is not supposed to notice.   It is,  in fact,  boring.

 

 

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October 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Hugh Hefner, R.I.P.

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Hugh Hefner  has died,  having lived long enough to see the open sexual revolution he helped birth become rather ordinary behavior.  I may be a prude,  but I can’t say that our culture was improved any by the grand event.

This cartoon sums up Hefner rather nicely I think.

UPDATE:   This will  explain the damage Hefner did.

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September 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm