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  • Democrats on legislative panel reject LePage nominee ("plagiarized sections of a FR website post")

    09/29/2014 7:58:49 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | Noel K. Gallagher Staff Writer
    AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Education Committee split along party lines Friday in rejecting the governor’s nomination of conservative blogger Susan Dench of Falmouth to the University of Maine System board of trustees. “I think they value partisanship over diversity of opinion,” Dench said after the 8-6 vote. Democrats on the committee questioned her writings and positions on social and educational issues, and heard testimony from one speaker who accused Dench of plagiarism, an allegation Dench denied. ... One speaker at Friday’s hearing, the chairwoman of the English department at the University of Southern Maine, said Dench had plagiarized long...
  • Need Ideas. First Time Alone for Thanksgiving in Many Years, Where to Go?

    08/18/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 204 replies
    08.18.14 | chickensoup
    After years and years of hosting Thanksgiving for friends and family, I am on my own this year. My friends are either overseas or have moved out of the area, or have moved to live near their children, and my children are scattered. I have no family. So I am on my own. I am looking for ideas for something to do on Thanksgiving, some place to go. I am considering Montreal, Asheville, etc. I live in the Northeast, and would have about 2K to spend. I am not fond of large cities, would love to do something fun, and...
  • On The Loss of The Thanksgiving Holiday…Is there anything we can do?

    11/29/2013 4:00:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/29/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Many of us have rightly, lamented the steady erosion of the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the past decade or so that hideousness of people camped out, sometimes for days, in front of stores to take advantage of “Black Friday” sales grew more widespread. This next intensified to stores opening at midnight, then at 8 PM on Thanksgiving evening. And now many are just plain open all day on Thanksgiving.Sad if you ask me, (and even if you don’t ask me) the loss of Thanksgiving is very sad. And those of us or left holding the candle, of the “old days,” ask...
  • Some thoughts to help deepen our gratitude.

    11/27/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/27/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    True gratitude is a grace, or gift from God which proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. In such a case we do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it, but because it naturally flows from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moralism, but a truth and description of a transformed heart.Thus, an anointing to seek from God is a powerful transformation of our intellect and heart wherein we become deeply aware of the remarkable gift that everything we have really is....
  • Liberty, Prosperity and Humility on Thanksgiving: A proclamation in George Washington's own words

    12/06/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2013 | George Washington
    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 to 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. Now therefore I do...
  • NSA employees given (Thanksgiving) talking points for discussing agency with family

    12/02/2013 5:44:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | 12/02/13 | Spencer Ackerman
    **SNIP** ...the NSA evidently compiled a two-page document, dated November 22, giving instructions for discussing the highly secretive agency with “family and close friends”. Among the points officials are “authorized to share” this holiday season: “The NSA’s mission is of great value to the nation”; it performs its missions “exceptionally well”; and its employees are “loyal Americans with expert skills”. NSA officials did not respond to questions about the talking points, their preparation and their veracity. While most of the talking points simply provide that level of uncritical assurance, several pass along disputable or disputed claims – things that can...
  • Macy’s Racy Thanksgiving Day Parade

    12/02/2013 1:28:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | December 2, 2013 | Breeanne Howe
    The most uncomfortable part of my Thanksgiving has, for the last couple of years, been a little trick my father taught me about how to keep the turkey from drying out while cooking. I have to make a slice between the skin and the meat and then stuff tabs of butter under the turkey’s skin. I use an entire stick of butter and place them strategically around the turkey. While it does make for a tender turkey, words don’t do justice to the ickiness of having to work under the skin. This year, however, had an added level of uncomfortableness....
  • Jerk of the Week - Liberals Who Ruin Thanksgiving

    12/01/2013 5:48:03 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies ^ | December 1. 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    For progressive liberals, nothing is sacred except mindless devotion to the almighty state. They constantly give lip service to families, the military, the heroes of the past, and our national traditions, but underneath that false praise lies a festering cauldron of contempt and derision. They'll decry the politicization of an event or concept (usually done when they're losing the argument) but they'll be first to rush to politicize even the most innocuous of holidays, such as Thanksgiving. To paraphrase the odious Rahm Emanuel's saying of "never let a good crisis go to waste," progressive liberals now practice "never let a...
  • Mark Dice shaming the people who are destroying our family holidays

    12/01/2013 11:19:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/01/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Listen as Mark Dice speaks to shoppers lined up to help destroy Thanksgiving for workers in stores. He makes a very solid point. Can Mark save Christmas?
  • DUmmie FUnnies 11-30-13 (Thanksgiving in DUmmieland: The tradition continues)

    11/30/2013 8:29:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 25 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | November 30, 2013 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    It's that time of year again. Every year at DUmmie FUnnies we check in with the DUmmies to see how their Thanksgiving went. Usually it consists of a) non-traditional weirdness, b) confrontations with conservative relatives, c) conversions of conservative relatives, or d) all of the above. Let's see how it went this year. We begin with this THREAD, "How will you spend Thanksgiving?" and move on to others. So let us now go and spend Thanksgiving with the DUmmies, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson--who did the odd thing and actually went...
  • Obamas spend quiet Thanksgiving at White House

    11/29/2013 9:09:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.
  • Any Thanksgiving stories today?

    11/28/2013 8:53:35 PM PST · by MNDude · 59 replies
    How was everyone's thanksgiving today? Any interesting stories? Any arguments with liberal relatives?
  • HuffPo Invokes Holocaust, 9/11 in Tirade Against ‘National Land Theft and American Genocide Day’

    11/29/2013 5:07:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 28, 2013 10:24 AM | Dan Gainor
    It happens every year. Someone on the left goes so overboard in their hatred for America that they can’t even let Thanksgiving pass without their wacky comments. This year, Huffington Post author Nicole Breedlove didn’t disappoint. Her piece bashed America under the headline: “Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!” Breedlove doesn't miss a beat—slamming everyone from Columbus and to the Pilgrims while invoking images of the Holocaust and 9/11. She began her piece talking about how her family “always gave thanks that all the Native Americans weren’t wiped out when Columbus ‘discovered’ America.” Because, of course, liberals assume Columbus personally killed...
  • Black Friday: A Shameful Orgy Of Materialism For A Morally Bankrupt Nation

    11/29/2013 4:53:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | 11/29/2013 | Michael Snyder
    It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday". Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need. It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed. It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation. It is being projected that approximately 140...
  • Thanksgiving and Obamacare Don’t Mix

    11/29/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Diana West
    When Thanksgiving 2013 is over, will Americans remember it as the holiday when the Obama administration body-snatched their friends and family and turned them into Obamacare robots? Maybe it happened to your own loved ones. Maybe Cousin Sue brought her favorite cranberry Jell-O mayonnaise salad but when she opened her mouth she sounded like Jay Carney on a roll. As for Uncle Al, there’s a reason he kept asking “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?” every time it was your turn at Scrabble. told them to. Turning Thanksgiving into Obamacaring was clearly...
  • Thanksgiving in the Midst of Strong Adversity

    11/29/2013 1:37:48 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 13 replies
    Making Sense Podbean ^ | November 29, 2013 | Rob W. Case
    If you have experienced tremendous adversity within this past year, how would you react at the thought of Giving Thanks? While many people would try to focus on what happened to them, and why, how would you cope with adverse circumstances, and hardships? In this special Thanksgiving edition of Making Sense with Rob Case, we look at the life of the Apostle Paul, who had experienced so many difficulties, adverse circumstances, and hardships that would, upon a close, contemplative look, make ours pale by comparison. And amidst everything Paul went through, he was able to tell the people of Thessalonica,...
  • The Joy of a Different Kind of Life

    11/29/2013 1:35:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    St. Jude's. Food drives. Toys 4 Tots. Coat collections. 'Tis the season for charity -- all the world's inspired by the Christmas spirit once Thanksgiving comes around. You can't help but wonder about the rest of the year, though. The word "solidarity" is a little worn, and, at times, poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset that thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few. The Sunday before we celebrated...
  • The Government is Even Manipulating the Turkey Market

    11/29/2013 12:18:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Political Calculations
    After showing the growing size of turkeys raised in the U.S. over the last 32 years, we wondered how much money U.S. turkey producers were making per bird. After all, if they're producing more meat on each bird and are therefore satisfying consumer demand for turkey meat while raising fewer birds, the increase in productivity of U.S. turkey farmers should be putting some serious cash in their pockets. But that doesn't consider their costs of doing business. Bigger birds likely eat a lot more, which means that they cost more to raise. Our chart below shows the average farm income...
  • The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

    11/29/2013 12:39:13 PM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Mises Daily ^ | Nov 29, 1999 | Richard J. Maybury
    Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first winter is hard, and half the...
  • FAIL: Woman gets laughed at after bringing up Obamacare at Thanksgiving…

    11/29/2013 11:59:56 AM PST · by Kolath · 49 replies
    RightScoop ^ | 11/29/13 | Right Scoop
    I’m not sure if this is just a goof on Obamacare or if this was a serious attempt at discussing it. Either way it’s what I would expect to happen to someone trying to bring up Obamacare at Thanksgiving:
  • Five myths about the Pilgrims

    11/29/2013 10:32:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-29-13 | Robert Tracy Mckenzie
    When it comes to historical memory, the old saying that you can't choose your relatives is just plain wrong. Americans have chosen the Pilgrims as honorary ancestors, and we tend to see their story as inseparable from the story of our nation, "land of the Pilgrims' pride." We imagine these honorary founders as model immigrants, pacifists and pioneers in the democratic experiment. We have burdened them with values they wouldn't have recognized and shrouded their story with myth. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. If you visit Plymouth today, you'll find a distinctive rock about the size of your living-room...
  • Homeless for the Holidays or Improving the Odds

    11/29/2013 8:40:02 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-29-2013 | MOTUS
    If you’re looking for a racist holiday to protest (and who isn’t?), I can’t think of one that fits the bill better than Thanksgiving. So given it’s roots in the  “mass murder, forced relocation, theft of land and other injustices” to Native Americans, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the holiday, with very little notice has seamlessly transformed itself into “Gray Thursday” before sliding headfirst into “Black Friday.” Accordingly, the doors of commerce were flung wide open a day earlier this year to welcome the manic shoppers who wished to get a jump on the next secular holiday, formerly...
  • Pilgrims Progress

    11/29/2013 7:24:57 AM PST · by Col. Bob · 14 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | November 28, 2013 | Robert Lovretich
    Pilgrim’s Progress Published in NWFDaily News Nov 13 2011 Published again in NWFDaily News as "The True Story" Nov 28, 2013 As the story goes the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in the winter of 1620. Indians taught them how to fish, hunt, and plant corn, bringing forth an abundant harvest giving rise to the first Thanksgiving. That however was not quite true. Indians did indeed help the colonists, but harvests weren’t bountiful and many died of starvation and disease. The problem lay in the Mayflower Compact, which dictated a form of government whereupon property was communally owned and cultivated...
  • Here's why Thanksgiving hurts Gary Oldman's feelings

    11/29/2013 6:23:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-29-13 | jillian sederholm
    Actor and self-described "noted Englishman" Gary Oldman appeared in a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday night to share a Thanksgiving message with Americans: "You're hurting our feelings" with your "big fat food orgy."
  • Why is President Obama Trying to Politicize the Holidays?

    11/29/2013 6:18:31 AM PST · by kristinn · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Byron York
    During a recent stay in Berlin, I visited the old headquarters of the East German Ministry of State Security, better known as the Stasi. The building, in a suitably bleak part of what used to be East Berlin, is now a museum devoted to the communist surveillance state. The upper floors display some of the tools of that surveillance -- miniature cameras, listening devices, files on everything -- that the German Democratic Republic used to control every aspect of its citizens' lives. But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the...
  • Team Working Through Thanksgiving Holiday To Meet Deadline

    11/29/2013 6:11:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/29/2013 | Elise Hu
    Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site. The pledge came from the president, the vice president, the Health and Human Services secretary, and the numerous spokespeople that represent them, like White House spokesman Jay Carney. "By November 30th, will be working smoothly for the vast majority of users," Carney has said, time and time again. But the definition of working smoothly varies,...
  • Thanksgiving and Black Friday - A Tradition or a Tragedy

    11/29/2013 3:39:24 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 21 replies
    Political Realities WordPress Blog ^ | 11/29/13 | LD Jackson
    Let me start this post by openly declaring how much of a shopper I am not. I don't mind going to the store and picking up a few items, if I know what I am going after, but just browsing around drives me out of my mind. I also dislike the crowding and attitude that seems to go with so many of the sales you see on Black Friday. I supposed I could blame it on the retailers, but that's really not where the fault lies. Yes, they are opening earlier on Thanksgiving every year and Black Friday is still...
  • Obama Includes Message to Gays in Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/28/2013 11:08:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 27, 2013 - 1:37 PM | Penny Starr
    In his annual proclamation on Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama signals his endorsement of same-sex couples—“no matter who we are or who we love”, all Americans are alike, Obama wrote in remarks posted Tuesday at … Obama’s proclamation invokes Abraham Lincoln’s reference to seeking God’s help “to heal the wounds of our nation” and notes the generosity of Americans who serve in the military or work as volunteers. …
  • MSNBC's Farrow: 'Thanksgiving: Because Genocide Is a Lot More Festive 392 Years After the Fact'

    11/28/2013 8:32:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Ronan Farrow has made it crystal clear that he's going to fit in perfectly as a new MSNBC host. Ronan Farrow âś” @RonanFarrow Thanksgiving: because genocide is a lot more festive 392 years after the fact. As if that wasn't disgraceful enough, he followed it up Thursday with this: Ronan Farrow âś” @RonanFarrow This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for what we have and also awkwardly apologize to the Native Americans we slaughtered to get it.
  • Thanksgiving Day - the True History

    11/28/2013 8:28:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Thanksgiving Day - the True History by Fred E. Foldvary The Thanksgiving Day that millions of Americans celebrate, with turkey and stuffing, is a myth. The true history was forgotten long ago, and even most of the history books have it wrong. The Pilgrims landed in 1620 and founded the Colony of New Plymouth in what is now Massachusetts. They had a difficult first winter, but survived with the help of the Indians. The usual story in the history textbooks relates how in the fall of 1621, the grateful Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving Day and invited the Indians to...
  • Spider-Man Balloon Punctured at Thanksgiving Day Parade

    11/28/2013 6:26:09 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | November 28, 2013
    (NEW YORK) -- Usually Spider-Man is the one spinning a web, but on Thursday the superhero was the one who ended up getting snared. The Spider-Man balloon, measuring nearly 30-feet tall and 78-feet long, had part of its left arm torn when it hit a branch during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Balloon handlers held tight to their balloons, which were threatened by winds of up to 26 mph during the annual parade. The New York Police Department had considered grounding the balloons, a popular draw at the annual parade, but instead ordered them to...
  • Pizza Hut Manager Claims He Was Fired for Not Opening on Thanksgiving

    11/28/2013 6:58:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | Breitbart News
    An Indiana man maintains he was fired for refusing to keep his Pizza Hut restaurant open on Thanksgiving, claiming it was unfair to his employees. Tony Rohr, the General Manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Ind. had been with the company for ten years and worked his way up from cook. In a meeting with his superiors, Rohr learned that this year the store would remain open on the national holiday. He was told, “It was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so we will be too.”
  • A meal almost like home celebrates the holiday on the fort

    11/28/2013 5:19:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Mark Levy • Herald/Review Private Zachary Wilson, with Bravo Company, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, enjoys a Thanksgiving meal at the Thunderbird Dining Facility Wednesday on Fort Huachuca. Wilson is spending his first Thanksgiving away from his family. The 20-year-old soldier from St. Louis, Mo., was eating his Thanksgiving meal Wednesday — actually a pre-holiday feast — at the Thunderbird Dining Facility. Turkey and dressing, along with ham, cole slaw, another salad and banana pudding was the spread he choose for his meal, which he declared to be “pretty good.”But like many young GIs, no Thanksgiving or Christmas meal will be “like mom’s,” he said.Assigned to...
  • We Gather Together

    11/28/2013 5:08:34 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 15 replies
    Presbyterian Hymn Book ^ | 1626 | Netherlands Folk Song; Adrianus Valerius' Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck
    1 We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known; the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own. 2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning; thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine! 3 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; thy name be ever praised! O Lord,...
  • The Founders Would Not Be Thankful For These 10 Things

    11/28/2013 2:52:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 124 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Sarah Jean Seman
    The principles America was founded on have paved the way for the freedoms and privileges each citizen is thankful for today. At the heart of conservatism, is the recognition that many of these founding ideals are worth fighting to preserve. In the words of John Quincy Adams: "Posterity--you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." So in the spirit of preserving today’s blessings for tomorrow’s Americans, let’s take a look at ten things the Founding Fathers would be fighting against in the 21st century....
  • First Thanksgiving Meal

    11/28/2013 2:45:52 PM PST · by doug from upland · 10 replies
    For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. The holiday feast dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, an event regarded as America’s “first Thanksgiving.” But what was really on the menu at the famous banquet, and which of today’s time-honored favorites didn’t earn a place at the table until later in the holiday’s 400-year history? Many people report feeling drowsy after eating a Thanksgiving meal. Turkey often gets blamed because...
  • Cher Savages Thanksgiving: ‘I Don’t’ Celebrate the ‘Beginning of a Great Crime’

    11/28/2013 12:44:46 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 155 replies ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT...
  • The Grinch that defended the Grinch that stole Thanksgiving

    11/28/2013 12:30:23 PM PST · by Noremac · 6 replies
    Blasted ^ | November 28, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    The Grinch that defended the Grinch that stole Thanksgiving Yeah, that would be me. I'm the guy in the public defender's office that got the call at 11:30 last night, to come down and represent the Grinch, who had just been arrested on grounds of screwing up Thanksgiving. I told the Grinch to plead not guilty at the speedily arranged arraignment. Since then, I've been feverishly preparing a court brief to argue to the Judge for dismissal. Do I like taking these kinds of cases? Do dogs like getting scratched in the eye by the family cat? No, it has...
  • Worried HuffPo Urges Liberals to Change Subject From Obamacare at Thanksgiving Table Talk

    11/28/2013 11:49:36 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 28, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    BABY PANDA! Don't be too surprised if you hear a liberal relative shout that out at the Thanksgiving table today if the topic of talk turns to Obamacare. Although Barack Obama himself has been urging members of Organizing For America to bring up Obamacare talking points at the dinner parties today, another liberal school of thought is that the President's signature program has fumbled so badly that it is now too embarrassing to defend. So when a gloating relative points out that conservatives have been right about the train wreck of Obamacare all along, one must change the subject entirely....
  • The Mother of Thanksgiving: Meet the Woman who pestered 5 presidents to make it a national holiday

    11/28/2013 11:36:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2013 | Rich Lowry
    It was 150 years ago that Sarah Josepha Hale gave us Thanksgiving as we know it. The influential editor was the best friend Thanksgiving ever had. We are accustomed, in a more jaded and secular age, to wars on various holidays; Hale waged a war for Thanksgiving. For years, she evangelized for nationalizing the holiday by designating the last Thursday of November for it to be celebrated annually across the country. Besides plugging for Thanksgiving in her publication, Godey’s Lady’s Book, she wrote Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan about it before hitting pay dirt with Abraham Lincoln. On October...

    11/28/2013 10:20:18 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies ^ | 28 Nov 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    President Barack Obama and outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have both tried to nudge their way into America’s Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah) dinners, with talking points about Obamacare and gun control, respectively. Not only is introducing contentious political issues into a family holiday a recipe for unhappiness, but it also reflects the disturbing Orwellian ambitions of Obama’s big-government liberalism. The idea that politics must be brought into every family discussion and every personal relationship has been a hallmark of Obama’s style since the 2008 campaign, when he told his supporters to confront their neighbors, to get “in their face.” During...
  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! [Last FReepathon Thread for 2013]

    11/28/2013 11:03:02 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 495 replies
    And we do have much to be thankful for. Thank God for all our blessings. Thank God we live in America and we have each other. Thank God that the good people of America are finally waking up to the horrors of Obama's Marxist policies. Thank God we have an election coming up and we have a good chance of retaking the senate. Thank God that the corrupt evil doers will soon be defeated and we can begin righting the wrongs. And thank God this FReepathon is nearly completed. And thank you all very much for your continuing support and...

    11/28/2013 10:32:57 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies ^ | 1944/2013 | Lt. Colonel Albert B. Seitz [American Office of Strategic Services OSS]
    General Mihailovich Lt. Colonel Albert B. Seitz [American Office of Strategic Services OSS] ''As we proceeded out over the Adriatic my mind flashed back to one incident which will always have great meaning for me. Before I was leaving my tour of Serbia, the Minister [General Mihailovich] had expressed a desire to do something to honor America saying 'Here we have Slava, the day of our patron saint. What is America’s slava?' "I thought for a moment and said, 'We have four great days: Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Christmas we love because it is the day...
  • How to Win Thanksgiving: A Holiday Guide to Arguing With Right-Wing Relatives

    11/28/2013 8:48:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 105 replies
    Salon ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Alex Pareene
    Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special "Obamacare train wreck" edition Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with their families, being thankful for things, and also probably getting trapped wherever they are for days because of storms and mass nationwide flight delays and cancellations. But while family is a wonderful thing, sometimes people in your family hold very different beliefs than you do about important things like race relations and Islam. Once again, I am here with your guide to arguing intelligently, or at least coherently, with your right-wing relations....
  • Sign-up for your Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet (Democratic Party how to wreck dinner guide)

    11/28/2013 9:03:57 AM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ^ | Thurday, November 28, 2013 | Dem Party Stooge
    Sign-up for your Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet Have a Republican relative? Just want to make sure you've got the latest facts and figures about President Obama's agenda and Republican obstructionism? Sign up to get your Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet and we'll text it directly to your phone. Mobile Phone Number Email Address Your Name (First & Last) Get Your Cheat Sheet:
  • Thanksgiving - 2013: Destiny's Child

    11/28/2013 9:38:19 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | November 28, 2013 | Rich Galen
    This "Thanksgiving MULLINGS" was first published in 2002. Please take a moment on this Thanksgiving to say a Prayer of Thanks for those brave Americans in uniform, and also for the civilians, who are serving in far off places, away from their families, protecting us, and projecting America's values as we enjoy our Thanksgiving dinners safe from fear, and from want; and as we exercise our freedoms of worship and of speech. In 2003, I wrote the Thanksgiving column from Camp Victory just outside of Baghdad. Please take a look back at the Iraq Travelogue by clicking here: "Good Morning...
  • The Pilgrims and Us

    11/28/2013 8:58:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Don't anybody be shocked, but those Pilgrims being celebrated today weren't just cardboard cut-outs. They were part of the Religious Right. Or maybe the Religious Left, since the Pilgrims emphasized communal organization as much as they did individual rights. But right or left, the Pilgrims were definitely religious. That is, they believed in something beyond themselves. Something spiritual but worldly, too. Not a stained-glass kind of faith but beliefs that impelled sacrifice, risk, commitment ... movement. And not just in the metaphorical sense. They would have to abandon their roots, forget all they had known, resettle, become strangers in...
  • This Thanksgiving be thankful and hopeful: we’re Americans and they can’t keep us down forever

    11/28/2013 8:28:15 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/28/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In spite of the mess the Obama Administration has made of our lives today is still a day for pausing to remember how blessed we are to be here in America the greatest country under the watchful eye of God. Think of your advantages; love your family and let this day renew your resolve to fight to keep the blessings our Founding Fathers gave us. While things are as dark and dreary as they have been in our lifetime, there is room for gratitude to God for what we have. Our prayers for deliverance from the cabal that has taken...
  • God Delivered the Pilgrims—and My People

    11/28/2013 8:05:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | Nov. 21, 2013 | Meir Soloveichik
    Thanksgiving always had particular resonance for one group of religious freedom-seekers. The once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving Day with the first day of Hanukkah has inspired culinary fusions like deep-fried turkey, song parodies and clever T-shirts. One enterprising lad has even invented the "Menurkey": a menorah (candelabrum) in the shape of a turkey. Humor aside, one group of American Jews—the members of New York's Congregation Shearith Israel —have reason to find in this year's calendrical happenstance a source both of institutional memory and of profound pride. Of all American synagogues, Shearith Israel has been celebrating both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving from the...
  • Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey.

    11/28/2013 8:12:35 AM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 15 replies ^ | Nov. 27, 2013 | CNN
    Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey.