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Temperance Union…

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I had no idea the Woman’s Christian Temperance  Union still  existed.  Its few remaining members still promote total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and drugs.   I wonder if th y’ll survive until their 150th anniversary?

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

November 30, 2017 at 4:19 pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

November 23, 2017 at 2:13 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

Carter unbound…

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I am no fan of former President Jimmy Carter,  who I view as the second worst president in the history of our nation,  Barack Obama being the worst of all time.   But every once in a great while he actually makes a sensible observation.   Still,  one must never lose sight of how far left Carter is and  how wrong  he is about much of the universe.

 

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October 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

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Taking flight…

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Among some memorable transportation firsts,  on October 11, 1910,  President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the  first U.S.  president to take flight in an airplane.   Many other interesting things happened on October 11th,  so check them out.

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October 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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A real ocean beast…

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Ever heard of the Seawise Giant?    Neither had I,  but I can’t imagine why since it’s such an interesting story.   See  what you  think.

 

 

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September 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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Independence Day 2017, Part II…

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You won’t be shocked to hear that Trump supporters  kicked off the weekend with  a march  at the Texas capitol.    Nor will you be stunned to hear that a group of about 100 pro-Trump folks crashed a weekend Impeach Trump rally in San Diego,  and despite being outnumbered between seven and ten to one,  managed to  drown out  the scheduled speakers by chanting “USA!  USA!”

I doubt you’ll be surprised that former president Obama is abroad on another of his wildly expensive vacations,  not  directly apologizing  for America’s past actions,  but warning  against nationalism.   I don’t view  patriotism  as a bad thing. President Trump will spend today honoring military  families,  unlike  the leader  of the Southern Baptist Convention,  a rather repulsive little man who despises the country he lives in.

Contrast that sour,  warped view of our nation with  that of  a Swedish woman who loves it and wants to rescue it.   Pat Buchanan wonders if America  is still  a country.   Or is Frank Lavin  correct when  he says that America is still the best place in the world to have an idea?   There is  some debate  about that.   Jason and David Benham have  some ideas  on how to save it.  Personally,  I see little actual discussion from the Left,  which has become so accustomed to emotional thinking it can no longer conquer the rigors required by logic and reason.   For me,  reading thinkers such as  Ayaan Hirsi Ali on freedom is  far more instructive.   Former Congressman Ron Paul can be a bit of a loon sometimes,  but he gets that Americans should be free from the  tyranny of  bad government.

We could certainly use  some modern patriots with the courage of the Founders.   It’s far more difficult to play around with such basic principles than it is the meaning of   our flag,  which the Left hates.     Liberals   universally loathe  Lee Greenwood’s song,  “God Bless the USA”,  which is a bit syrupy for my taste,  but I’m pleased to listen to it now and then.   “America the Beautiful” is a  bit less  sweet,  but no less uplifting.   Our national anthem is more militaristic and hideously hard to sing,  leaving a large collection of  various attempts  at its rendition.

Our troops get some scant recognition from a liberal,   here.    Some will even get a brief respite to enjoy  a celebratory  meal.   They should all be outraged that you  can’t carry  an unfurled American flag at Arlington National Cemetery.   Of course,  the intent of the federal statute was to prevent protests at military funerals,  but as is so often the case,  it is worded rather broadly.

Considering that the Left has run public education for many decades,  it’s no shock to learn that  only 52%  of Americans consider themselves  “extremely proud” to be American,  and a mere 34% of millennials do.   Of course,  23% of us  don’t know  who we achieved independence from  —  thanks liberals and progressives who burrowed into education!    I knew the correct answer before I hit first grade,  and what the hell is wrong with these peoples’ families?

I don’t think it should be the federal  government’s job  to tell people to handle fireworks carefully,  and it certainly doesn’t appear to do much good since 11,000 of us ended up in emergency rooms for related injuries last year,  but I freely admit it was exciting  to watch the Consumer Product Safety Commission spend $27,009 for video production in its annual demonstration about fireworks safety on the national mall last Tuesday.

Leave it to polymath Larry Kudlow to  point out  that freedom is the reason for the celebration on the Fourth of July.   President Trump tweets out a  video of  a band and chorus playing some unusual music,  and our First Lady thanked  the military  for preserving that freedom.

It is fitting that an injured bald eagle should  be rescued  in Washington D.C. this weekend.    So far our gathering has no injuries to pets or people,  and only a few slightly singed hot dogs  —  the penalty for allowing an adolescent to be in charge of the grill for more than 10 minutes.  I hope that wherever you are,  you are enjoying the freedom my own family and those of so many others through the years have been willing to fight to give you.   I hope you have plenty of tasty food and something ice-cold to drink to fend off the weather and that you come home safely.   Happy Birthday,  America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

July 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm