Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Vampire LeState: #trudeaueulogies--obama, kerry, carter & jackson #too

 The Lighter Side of Cuban Gulag Life!
"I can't quite put my finger on it, Fidel, but I feel like I'm closing in on JFK's real killer."
#TrudeauEulogies is still going strong. It's good we now know what this guy is all about.

Obama's androgynous statement was creepy in an amoral, anodyne way, like he could have been talking about either Mother Teresa or Hitler. Kerry's non-judgmental tone was similarly cringe-worthy. Carter's was like a Christmas card. Jesse Jackson's mental bilge-water was full radical chic.

Obama: "History will record and judge, but I hear Mao was a scratch bowler. And Pol Pot made a smokin' Kung Pao chicken. The enormous impact of this singular chicken dish on the people and world around my morning constitutional...well, let's just say it was impactful."

Jesse Jackson: "In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro's cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-but he didn't like the way they did it, so he lined them up against the wall and shot them."

Jimmy Carter: "Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the bin Laden bigamist family and the al Qaedish people on the death of our "Big Bin". We remember fondly our visits with him in his compound and his love of caves. We got out of the compound just in time. But not before I made that helicopter crash. Again."

John Kerry: "As our two countries of Oceania and Eurasia continue to move forward on the process of normalization--restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past--we do so in a spirit of big brotherly friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to re-write it until it comes out correctly. Do I get another medal now?

Justin Trudeau: "Although controversial, Auric Goldfinger helped audit America's gold bullion reserves and was ahead of his times, hiring women with funny names such as "Miss Galore"."

"A legendary revolutionary and orator, Napoleon the Pig made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his barnyard at Animal Farm."

"While a controversial figure, both Mr. Snidely Whiplash's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for both train-wrecking and Miss Nell Fenwick, who, in turn, had a deep and lasting affection for "el Comandante", Dudley Do-Right's horse--not unlike the complicated relationship between my parents and the man Mommy told me to call "Uncle Fidel". On behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I apologize for being a semi-educated, over-stimulated juvenile delinquent masquerading as a head of state. Go Red Wings!" ..................

Mark Steyn's A Monster and his Suck-Ups:

"Who knows when Fidel Castro actually kicked the bucket? But this weekend his brother decided to let us in on the secret. His presidential term lasted, gosh, an awfully long time, as The New York Times reminded us:
Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II.
That's one way of putting it. But in the end, when it comes to ruthlessly holding on to power, no one can compete with Her Majesty, and so that piker Castro got relegated to second place, while millions of English, Canadians, Jamaicans, Bahamians, Barbadians, Grenadians, etc, still groan under the jackboot of the Queen. ...

"Saying he is no longer healthy enough to hold office, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has announced he will not seek re-election after 49 years in power" — the Miami Herald.

Hmm. Castro didn't really have to "seek" re-election, did he? He's a — what's the word? Oh, yeah — "dictator." If he "seeks" re-election, he's pretty much guaranteed to find it — assuming for the purposes of argument you can be "re-elected" if you've never been freely or fairly elected in the first place. In its own "news report," the satirical website The Nose on Your Face got closer to reality:

"Fidel Castro announced today that he would not seek a new term as Cuba's president, citing concerns that at 81, it may be difficult for him to serve the full, constitutionally-mandated 49-year term." ...

Obama declared:
At this time of Fidel Castro's passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives...
Indeed. He "altered the course of individual lives" by ending them. Of those he didn't end, 20 per cent of the population fled the country. Some made it to Miami, others had the course of their lives altered by winding up in a watery grave. Among the many "individual lives" he "altered" was Mercedes Fernandez's, who before taking up residence in Castro's prison had never before had to "defecate parasites six centimeters long". As the Swedish author Johan Norberg remarked:
When I die, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like Fidel Castro, not screaming in terror, like his victims. "........
Speaking of screaming, this via Fausta:

"The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported in 1966 that 166 Cuban prisoners were executed on a single day in May of that year. But before they were killed, they were forced to undergo the forced extraction of an average of seven pints of blood from their bodies. This blood was sold to Communist Vietnam at a rate of $50 per pint. Those who underwent the bloodletting suffered cerebral anemia and a state of unconsciousness and paralysis. But that didn’t stop the executions; the victims were carried on a stretcher to the killing field where they were then shot." .......

Or as Justin Trudeau would say about his dad uncle: "Although controversial, Count Dracula pioneered efficient new blood transfusion techniques and the solar-powered coffin."

Remember this one when they talk about how he "fought for freedom". He didn't shoot them and then take their blood--HE DRAINED THEIR BLOOD WHILE THEY WERE ALIVE, AND THEN SHOT THEM, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO VOTE OR READ A NEWSPAPER.

This is the much-vaunted Cuban Health Care and Cuban Literacy; we'll teach you to read but ban your books, and, like Obamacare on cyanide, If Your Doctor Likes You, He Can Keep You.

"Thanks for all the kind words, guys. Want some Cuban Health Care(tm)?
The New York Times helped put Castro in power with their Fake News, just as they did for Stalin before him. And only four years later, Castro helped Lee Harvey Oswald put a bullet in Jack Kennedy's skull. Now the Times is bragging about how Castro outlasted 11 American presidents; yes, but using a high-powered scope is cheating.

But all it really says is Americans got to choose their leader eleven times while Cubans never got to choose once. In the Election Game, we're winning eleven to zip.

So when we hear various leaders and journalists, all of whom have enjoyed freedom and should know better, heap praise on a psychopath, it makes us wonder: at some level, in some small, dark corner of the Gulag in their Mind, they haven't quite ruled out using Castro's methods on the rest of us.

That's when they find out what a "freedom fighter" really is.

The Many Flavors of Democrat Voter Fraud and the Stein/Clinton Recount: Behind Schedule and Over-Budget

And #ThatsWhyYouGotTrump!

The Left can't even #RigTheSystem in a timely and cost-effective manner, while Trump's claim to fame is bringing big projects in under-budget and ahead of time. Stein says she missed Pennsylvannia's deadline and grossly underestimated the costs in Wisconsin...but she needs more of your money to Fight the Man and take a year-long Jamaican vacation but mostly to Fight the Man. Could you put this sunscreen on my back?

As long as it is not allowed to impinge on the Electoral College cert, this recount is all good;

* It shows them to be extreme. egotistical, and sore losers, yet incompetent and impotent while counter-productive.
* It bleeds money and voters from the Democrats to the Greens, further dividing them.
* And best of all, Sweet Irony Alert, it could rip the lid off the Democrat vote fraud in Madison:

"Meanwhile a Wisconsin insider on 4Chan said to expect the recount to expose massive DNC fraud.
The Anonymous “insider” says the recount will reveal people out of state voting, non citizens voting, people voting numerous times, and nursing home violations.
Be ready for Trump to improve his margin of victory.".......

Related Gateway Punditry Trump Was Right: Illegal Immigrants Are Already Voting and Deciding the Outcome in Many Close US Elections
"A 2014 study found that 25% of illegal aliens polled were registered to vote. The study found that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent voted in the off-year 2010. The vast majority of non-citizen votes went to Democratic candidates, according Earnest and Richman."
Irony-on-Irony Crime: Stringent PA Laws That Protect Democrat Voter Fraud May Stop Hillary from Stealing US Election

Cancelling your vote with a fraudulent vote is no different than not letting you vote at all--except it's more dishonest. If they cancelled elections, at least you would know it. They want to cancel elections while still letting you cast a Potemkin ballot.

When government officials...

*help foreigners enter the country illegally
*help them stay illegally
*oppose requiring any IDs to vote, or failing that, supply them IDs that enable illegal voting 
*register them to vote
*have *wink-and-a-nod* honor systems
*fail to investigate or prosecute voter fraud
*actively suppress any attempt to expose and disinfect the whole diseased and corrupt system, then you have what we've now got:

an Official, State-Sponsored #RiggedSystem of vote-tampering and rigged elections not seen since Jim Crow.


Monday, November 28, 2016


Journalism: Another One of the "Jobs Americans Won't Do"--Who Knew?

On Nov. 16, we published this: "TRUMP WINS POPULAR VOTE! In Which Rahm Emmanuel Explains Why We Need The Electoral College  Simply Put, We Can't Abolish the Electoral College Because Democrats Are Liars and Cheats ...

Vote Fraud is a Civil Rights Issue and Democrats are violating your Civil Rights by cancelling your vote with fraudulent votes.

They do it by both handing out IDs to the ineligible and/or demanding that no IDs should be required. And this fraud is in addition to other types, such as double voting, roving vans full of voters going from precinct to precinct, machine tampering, felons, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.

Hillary lost the Electoral College and the Popular Vote. And now they want to tamper with the Constitution to enact the Democrats' favorite program of all:


Never. Never. Never.".......

We thank the President-Elect for reading Rest in the Vine, because yesterday he tweeted this:

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Also this: "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!"

The Leg-Humping Media all wet their pants.
Even George Will, Steven Hayes and Megan Kelly on FOX informed me that this was simply impossible. I couldn't take it any more, so I switched it to CNN. They were discussing impeachment.

They were all asking Trump for proof. They said there is no fraud. Well, where is the proof of that? They assert, as fact, that Trump is wrong and there is no illegal voting. Based on what? The hard-hitting investigative journalism they haven't done?

Has even one of these so-called "reporters" ever walked over to Gov. Jerry Brown's office and asked "How many drivers licenses have you given to foreign nationals? Is it ten...or ten million? And can we cross-check it against the voter rolls?"

It never occurred to them to ask. They're just not very darned curious for people who call themselves "reporters". OR MAYBE IT OCCURRED TO THEM THAT THEY SHOULDN'T ASK. EVER.

In other words "We haven't done our jobs for years--but you should investigate this for us, Donald!"

We have governments, local, state and federal, that...

* turned the Border Patrol into a Bellhop Service
* hire jetliners to go to foreign countries and bring illegal immigrants back here
* demand police departments hire illegal cops
* give out drivers licenses and register foreign voters
* are minting their own citizens and conducting their own foreign policy
* refuse to help the American government but assist foreign governments
* have even made a shambles of legal immigration
* routinely hand out visas to terrorists (that's not an Oldsmobile on your chest, OSU students--that's your government at work!)
* won't even deport foreign criminals after they have raped, robbed and murdered their way across America

And you're telling me that there is no voter fraud because these same governments which encourage, aid and abet illegal immigration and vote fraud haven't mentioned any problems?

And the reporters who refuse to ask any tough questions--except maybe the ones Podesta wrote for them--they know all the answers?

And that people who ignore dozens of our other laws are, for some unknown reason, scrupulously obeying all our Honor System voting laws?

Reporter, please.


Who knows? You might actually enjoy fact-finding for a change, after all these years of fact-burying.
"You bad hombres want a press handout? Okay; here's one, amigos."
National Border Patrol Council Endorses Donald Trump for President

The National Border Patrol Council is the official organization representing our nation’s Border Patrol Agents. We represent 16,500 agents who selflessly serve this country in an environment where our own political leaders try to keep us from doing our jobs.

The NBPC has had a longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries. We will not, however, shy away from voicing our opinions as it pertains to border security and the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. As such, we are breaking with our past practice and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary. We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent. The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.

As an organization we expect our elected officials to aggressively pursue the interests of the country. America has already tried a young, articulate freshman senator who never created a job as an attorney and under whose watch criminal cartels have been given the freest border reign ever known.

Unlike his opponents, Donald Trump is not a career politician, he is an outsider who has created thousands of jobs, pledged to bring about aggressive pro-American change, and who is completely independent of special interests. We don't need a person who has the perfect Washington-approved tone, and certainly NOT another establishment politician in the W.H. Indeed, the fact that people are more upset about Mr. Trump’s tone than about the destruction wrought by open borders tells us everything we need to know about the corruption in Washington.

We need a person in the White House who doesn't fear the media, who doesn't embrace political correctness, who doesn't need the money, who is familiar with success, who won't bow to foreign dictators, who is pro-military and values law enforcement, and who is angry for America and NOT subservient to the interests of other nations. Donald Trump is such a man.

Mr. Trump is as bold and outspoken as other world leaders who put their country's interests ahead of all else. Americans deserve to benefit for once instead of always paying and apologizing. Our current political establishment has bled this country dry, sees their power evaporating, and isn't listening to voters who do all the heavy lifting. Trump is opposed by the established powers specifically because they know he is the only candidate who actually threatens the established powers that have betrayed this country.

You can judge a man by his opponents: all the people responsible for the problems plaguing America today are opposing Mr. Trump. It is those without political power – the workers, the law enforcement officers, the everyday families and community members – who are supporting Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before – and may never see again.

Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota. That tells you the measure of a man. When the so-called experts said he was too brash and outspoken, and that he would fade away, they were proven wrong. We are confident they will be proven wrong again in November when he becomes President of the United States.

There is no greater physical or economic threat to Americans today than our open border. And there is no greater political threat than the control of Washington by special interests. In view of these threats, the National Border Patrol Council endorses Donald J. Trump for President – and asks the American people to support Mr. Trump in his mission to finally secure the border of the United States of America, before it is too late.

They Told Me If I Voted for Trump...

...there would be violent mobs in the streets and endless recounts by horrifying people, extremists and egomaniacs seeking to undermine the very basis of our democratic republic.

And they were right! heh.

It's All About Meme: In Which We Examine Stupid Pet Journalist Tricks

And Other Lies, Head Fakes and Moral Dwarfisms

*As Humberto Fontova correctly noted here; "Amigos, brace for an epidemic of frowning reporters and pundits chanting the phrase: “Turning back the clock on Cuba.”"

This ObamaStrawman(tm) was on full display this weekend on the Talking Head shows;

"Will Trump go forward...or will he go backwards to the Cavemen Days when we thoughtlessly condemned the Other just because of a firing-squad addiction, which we now know is medically-treatable?"

The Real Question is not if we go forward, but only how we go forward: do we go forward the Obama way of propping-up the dictatorship or by the Trump way of supporting freedom for Cubans and security for America?

*Castro has been called a "leader", "revolutionary", "orator" and "President". None are true.
 ...A leader has followers. But once he becomes a tyrant, they are either captives, opponents  or collaborators.
...A revolutionary overturns the established order. Castro merely replaced the previous bastard with the current bastards.
...An orator speaks concisely and persuasively. Castro piled words upon words because "there are no brief excuses for communism." And narcissistic Marxists love the sound of their own voice Obama.
...A president, having assumed office legitimately, presides legitimately. The Castros seized power, promised free elections a half-century ago and are, in fact, military dictators. However, they resemble a monarchy in the sense that their dictatorship is now hereditary.

Using the word "President" is meant to leech legitimacy from honorable systems of government. If Wolf Blitzer decides to call himself "The World's Greatest Jeopardy Player", we are not obliged to go along with that dangerous farce. In fact, we are morally obligated to oppose Blitzer's evil scheme of World Domination by cunningly pretending to be a Current Events dunce. I'll take Dead Dictators for Free, Alex.

* All news reports from Cuba should begin with the disclaimer that the man on the street is not really free to express his true opinions. CNN will dutifully report the "sorrow" this week as people are forced to pay their "respects", but they never mention what happens to a Cuban who refuses--"The Coercion News Network, Collaborating Since 1995!"


Khrushchev Chavez Obama--the Three Communists Who Rescued Castro

The Cuban Clean-Up Team

When Communism inevitably impoverished Cuba, Khrushchev stepped up to pay Castro's way. When Reagan beat the Soviets, Chavez stepped up with oil money in exchange for Cuban mercenaries. And when Venezuela crashed, Obama $tepped up to re$cue his brother$ from the Du$tbin of Hi$tory.

Khrushchev Chavez Obama.

"History will judge", alright.

MAPLE LEAF GRINGO-SPLAINER UPDATE: Terry Glavin's "Trudeau’s turn from cool to laughing stock":

"Whether or not Trudeau saw any of this coming, he didn’t appear to notice that he was delivering a speech to the Francophonie delegates in Madagascar that emphasized justice for lesbian, gay and transgender people, while from the other side of his mouth he was praising the legacy of a caudillo who spent the first decade of his rule rounding up gay people for “re-education” in labour camps. Homosexuals were irredeemably bourgeois “maricones” and agents of imperialism, Castro once explained.

To be perfectly fair, Trudeau did allow that Castro was a “controversial figure,” and nothing in his remarks was as explicit as the minor classic in the genre of dictator-worship that his brother Alexandre composed for the Toronto Star 10 years ago. Alexandre described Castro as “something of a superman. . . an expert on genetics, on automobile combustion engines, on stock markets. On everything.” As for the Cuban people: “They do occasionally complain, often as an adolescent might complain about a too strict and demanding father.”

This kind of Disco Generation stupidity about Castro has been commonplace in establishment circles in Canada since Pierre’s time, and neither Alexandre’s gringo-splaining nor Justin’s aptitude for eulogy are sufficient to gloss over the many things Cubans have every right to complain about.

Any political activity outside the Communist Party of Cuba is a criminal offence. Political dissent of any kind is a criminal offence. Dissidents are spied on, harassed and roughed up by the Castros’ neighbourhood vigilante committees. Freedom of movement is non-existent. Last year, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) documented 8,616 cases of politically-motivated arbitrary arrest. For all our prime minister’s accolades about Cuba’s health care system, basic medicines are scarce to non-existent. For all the claims about high literacy rates, Cubans are allowed to read only what the Castro crime family allows.

Raul Castro’s son Alejandro is the regime’s intelligence chief. His son-in-law, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, runs the Cuban military’s business operations, which now account for 60 per cent of the Cuban economy. The Castro regime owns and control the Cuban news media, which is adept at keeping Cubans in the dark. It wasn’t until 1999, for instance, that Cubans were permitted to know the details of Fidel’s family life: five sons they’d never heard of, all in their 30s.
Independent publications are classified as “enemy propaganda.” Citizen journalists are harassed and persecuted as American spies. Reporters Without Borders ranks Cuba at 171 out of 180 countries in press freedom, worse than Iran, worse than Saudi Arabia, worse than Zimbabwe.

So fine, let’s overlook the 5,600 Cubans Fidel Castro executed by firing squad, the 1,200 known to have been liquidated in extrajudicial murders, the tens of thousands dispatched to forced labour camps, or the fifth of the Cuban population that was either driven into the sea or fled the country in terror.

What is not so easy to overlook is that Fidel and Raúl Castro reneged on their promise of a return to constitutional democracy and early elections following the overthrow of the tyrant Fulgencio Batista. The Castros betrayed the revolutionary democrats and patriots who poured into Havana with them on that glorious January day in 1959. The Castros waged war on them in the Escambray Mountains until their final defeat in 1965, four full years after John F. Kennedy’s half-baked Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

After he solidified his base in Cuba’s Stalinist party–which had been allied with Batista, Castro’s apologists tend to conveniently forget, until the final months of 1958–Fidel Castro delivered Cuba to Moscow as a Soviet satrapy. He then pushed Russia to the brink of nuclear war with the United States in the terrifying 13-day Missile Crisis of 1962.

For all the parochial Canadian susceptibility to the propaganda myth that pits a shabby-bearded rebel in olive fatigues against the imperialist American hegemon, by the time he died on Friday night Castro was one of the richest men in Latin America. Ten years ago, when he was handing the presidency to Raúl, Forbes magazine calculated that Fidel’s personal wealth was already nearly a billion dollars.

In his twilight years, Castro was enjoying himself at his gaudy 30-hectare Punto Cero estate in Havana’s suburban Jaimanitas district, or occasionally retreating to his private yacht, or to his beachside house in Cayo Piedra, or to his house at La Caleta del Rosario with its private marina, or to his duck-hunting chalet at La Deseada.

Fidel Castro was not merely the “controversial figure” of Justin Trudeau’s encomium. He was first and foremost a traitor to the Cuban revolution. On that count alone, Castro’s death should not be mourned. It should be celebrated, loudly and happily.".......

It's been most helpful to see all the Fellow Travelers stand up and identify themselves. Duly Noted.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Viva el comandante Donald!

"That's Not Who We Aren't!"

 A Dictator Dies a Failure:

"...for [the nationalist] Fidel, the chance to develop an economy that didn’t revolve around trade and tourism with the U.S. was heaven-sent. By taking the path of socialist development in solidarity with the Soviet Union, Fidel believed he saw the chance to create a strong Cuban economy and industrial base that would make the island truly independent.

It didn’t work, and socialism’s failure in Cuba was even more spectacular and damaging than its failure in other parts of the world. In the USSR itself, and in parts of eastern Europe, socialist economic construction may have taken a harsh human toll and ultimately led to stagnation, but along the way at least it created an industrial base. Nothing of the kind happened in Cuba. As an economic planner, Fidel was one of the great failures of the 20th century. Even by socialist standards, he was a flop. Under Fidel’s dead hand, sugar failed, alternative crops failed, manufacturing failed. The handful of successes, mostly in health care and pharmaceuticals, were real, but fell well short of providing the economic platform Cuba needed. As Fidel lay on his deathbed he had to know that two generations of struggle and sacrifice had failed to build a new Cuban economy.

Lee Kwan Yew, Augusto Pinochet, Francisco Franco, Chiang Kai Shek, Park Chung-he: all of these dictators and authoritarians can mock Fidel Castro. They left their countries better off than they found them, and while many of them committed terrible crimes, they can also point to great accomplishments. Fidel has only the crimes.".......

But he also has the fan-base. So much so, that his American president fan-boy pulled his bankrupt fat out of the fire, just as he did for the Mullahs. Must have been all those heroic workers stories told to the young Barack around the Red-Diaper campfire, while sitting on his Frank Marshall Davis' knee.

All the other America-haters are singing his praises, too, even though...

* as an ethnic Spaniard, Castro had little use for other races of Cubans.
* he stole from poor and gave to the rich
* he began as a charismatic nationalist and became a military dictator
* he sent his goon squads into the neighborhoods to round up undesirables
* he silenced the critical press
* he built a prison wall around his nation

In short, all the horrible lies the Left tells about Donald Trump--Castro actually did them!
Yet they worship Fidel and hate the Donald.

The difference: Castro "stood up to America!", and Trump stood up for her.

Eso es imperdonable.

"How do you like me now, comrades?"

Ve Know She Can Count, Anyvay

"When I came home from college declaring that Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were both fascist pigs and I was a Communist, my grandmother said..."at least you're not a Democrat.""--P.J. O'Rourke

Angela Merkel May Be Hillary's Favorite World Leader

...but Merkel's is Donald Trump: Merkel does an about face: Orders 100,000 migrants deported

Meanwhile, the radical un-American lawyers at Obama's Justice-like Dept. have ordered Denver cops to hire foreigners and even illegals to enforce the laws--even though Obama and those radical lawyers had to be citizens to get their jobs. "allegedly".

Hillary is joining the "HORRIFYING!" recount which "THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY!":

"Now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans 61 million Americans and 3 million foreign nationals, dead people and felons who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported."

"Fixed" it for you. Just like you fixed it for Bernie.

Instead of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvannia, they should investigate the real and massive Democrat vote fraud in California, Chicago and New York. And in the Oval Office.

BTW, a real doctor would give a spare $2.5 mil $3.5 mil $5 mil $7 million to Wisconsin's and Michigan's injured children, not blow it on extremism and ego-gratification.


Good Job, Chatsworth!

  Preppies Also Serve
"Winner of the North American Decency Trophy four years running!"
Despite being tagged as the preppy character Chatsworth Osbourne, Jr, by Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson is doing a great job of skewering Lefty morons on his new show.

It's called "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

I kid, I kid. Good work, Tucker.

Even Rush agrees: "There's a new show on Fox News that may be the best show on Fox News. It's hosted by Chatsworth Osborne Jr.--Tucker Carlson has the new 7 p.m. show on Fox and right now it may be the most interesting and engaging show."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Q: Who Will Represent the Administration at Castro's Funeral? A: You Mean Besides Fidel Castro?


Did Obama meet with Fidel? Of course.
Were pictures taken? Naturally.
Are they hiding those pictures from the American people? You bet.

(Here's the story behind this infamous photo: It contains both a lie and the truth.The one telling the truth is the Military Dictator Raul Castro. He knows that both men are Communists. In his passion to celebrate the Marxist victory of placing a fellow traveler in the White House,
 Castro grabs the arm of his comrade, like this:

Obama knows the Communist iconography intimately and grasps the situation instantly. He needs to maintain the fiction that he is not a Commie to fool the folks at home. So he let's his hand go limp to prevent this victory photo from being re-enacted, and immediately engages a bystander in joking banter to further misdirect viewers. And now you know the Rest of the Story!)
This is the most limp-wristed, mealy-mouthed horseshit I've ever heard:

"At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends - bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.".......

And Cuban dictators have a friend and partner in Barack Hussein Obama. Also Iranian dictators. And Syrian. And...

Obama is clearly slipping--it took him an entire paragraph to make it about himself.

As a thought experiment, try to imagine Harry S. Truman announcing Mussolini's death by lamppost in the same gutless manner: "At this time of Benito Mussolini’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Italian people. We know that this moment fills Italians - in Italy and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Benito Mussolini altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the  Italian nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him."

The American people would have demanded MacArthur invade Washington D.C. at once.

History has already judged Castro; he's a murdering, thieving tyrant. And History is also judging the mealy-mouthed fellow travelers who aided and abetted his criminal reign of terror.

Moral Midgit Jimmy Carter: "Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country."

Well, we're glad you enjoyed wining and dining on Castro's blood money, Jimmy, but I'll save my condolences for the families of the heroes of Grenada.
Only we now know that Communism goes all the way to the White House

"Based on my personal observations, discussion and analysis of the new international airport under construction in Grenada, it is my conclusion that this project is specifically now and has always been for the purpose of economic development and is not for military use. ... It is my thought that it is absurd, patronizing, and totally unwarranted for the United States government to charge that this airport poses a military threat to the United States' national security"--Rep. Ron "Red" Dellums, San Francisco Democrat traitor, providing cover for his Communist brothers pictured here.

Who We Are

"I can't say enough in praise of our military -- Army rangers and paratroopers, Navy, Marine, and Air Force personnel -- those who planned a brilliant campaign and those who carried it out. Almost instantly, our military seized the two airports, secured the campus where most of our students were, and are now in the mopping-up phase. It should be noted that in all the planning, a top priority was to minimize risk, to avoid casualties to our own men and also the Grenadian forces as much as humanly possible. But there were casualties, and we all owe a debt to those who lost their lives or were wounded. They were few in number, but even one is a tragic price to pay."--President Ronald Reagan, 1983
Americans killed by Castro 
* Staff Sgt. Gary L. Epps, Horton, Ala.
* Spec.4 Philip S. Grenier, Worcester, Mass.
* Spec.4 Kevin J. Lannon, Dayton, Ohio.
* Pvt. Marlin R. Maynard, Altus, Ark.
* Sgt. Stephen E. Slater, Lacey, Wash.
* Pvt. Mark A. Rademacher, Aurora, N.Y.
* Capt. Michael F. Ritz, Petersburg, Va.
* Pfc. Mark O. Yamane, Seattle, Wash.
* Machinist Mate Kenneth J. Butcher, West Islip, N.Y. 
* Quartermaster 1C Even E. Lundberg, Kodiak, Alaska
* Hull Tech. 1C Stephen L. Morris, , Plainfield, N.J.
* Senior chief engineman Robert R. Schamberger, Oakland, N.J.
* Maj. John Patrick Giguere, North Carolina
* Capt. Keith J. Lucas, Illinois
* Sgt. Sean Patrick Luketina, North Carolina
* PFC Dinesh Lal Rajbhandary, Massachusetts
* Capt. Michael Francis Ritz, Virginia
* First Lieutenant Jeffrey R. Scharver, Silver Star Pilot
* Capt. Jeb F. Seagle, Jacksonville, N.C.
* Spec. 5 Randy E. Cline, Cloverdale, Ind.
And condolences for the family of  New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, whose killer is still being shielded in Cuba. But, hey, have another virgin mojito, Jimmy. And a cigar.

Speaking of embarrassing eulogies, somebody tell Jesse Jackson; performing a sex act on a corpse is still illegal in this country. Although Obama still has a few weeks left to "transform" that law, too.

Canada's Justin Trudeau:  "Hitler built awesome highways and kept very good records!"

Listen, you little moral dwarf; If Fidel is your hero for his crappy "healthcare" and "education" systems, how come Canada and a lot of other countries manage to educate and treat their people medically without secret police and gulags? Nor is he "Cuba's longest-serving president"; he was Cuba's longest self-serving military dictator. Quit slobbering, loser.

What would a real American President say?


"Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve. Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.

I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.".......

On the other hand, Fidel does seem to have brought a lot of joy to people recently:

Libertad para siempre!

Congratulations, Cuba! The Head Rat is Dead!

Our Deepest Condolences to his victims and their families

and our prayers that you will soon be free of the parasite Castro Crime Family and their murder-toadies.

Also our sympathies go out to Barack Obama. He has lost his mentor and his client. How fitting that a billionaire thug should die as an Obama Welfare Recipient.

And we call on the administration to RELEASE THE SECRET PICTURES TAKEN OF OBAMA AND CASTRO TOGETHER. No need to hide them any more, comrades. We all know who you are. Or are the photographs just too precious, too cherished to share?

Our Sympathies also go out to Democrats like Jimmy Carter, a Truly Useful Tool, and to the Academy, entire staffs of Universities; you just know that Communism will work one day!

Also our condolences to CNN and rest of the Leg-Humping Media.

You call Castro a "Leader". No, he was a dictator. You see, a leader has followers; a dictator has captives and toadies, toadies like you.

One day, Cuba will be free, despite the best efforts of these fellow travelers.

Cuba Libre!

UPDATE: Via the indispensable Babalu Blog:

Farewell to Cuba’s brutal Big Brother
by Carlos Eire
"One of the most brutal dictators in modern history has just died. Oddly enough, some will mourn his passing, and many an obituary will praise him. Millions of Cubans who have been waiting impatiently for this moment for more than half a century will simply ponder his crimes and recall the pain and suffering he caused.
Why this discrepancy? Because deceit was one of Fidel Castro’s greatest talents, and gullibility is one of the world’s greatest frailties. A genius at myth-making, Castro relied on the human thirst for myths and heroes. His lies were beautiful, and so appealing. According to Castro and to his propagandists, the so-called revolution was not about creating a repressive totalitarian state and securing his rule as an absolute monarch, but rather about eliminating illiteracy, poverty, racism, class differences and every other ill known to humankind. This bold lie became believable, thanks largely to Castro’s incessant boasting about free schools and medical care, which made his myth of the benevolent utopian revolution irresistible to many of the world’s poor.
Many intellectuals, journalists and educated people in the First World fell for this myth, too — though they would have been among the first to be jailed or killed by Castro in his own realm — and their assumptions acquired an intensity similar to that of religious convictions. Pointing out to such believers that Castro imprisoned, tortured and murdered thousands more of his own people than any other Latin American dictator was usually futile. His well-documented cruelty made little difference, even when acknowledged, for he was judged according to some aberrant ethical code that defied logic.
This Kafkaesque moral disequilibrium had a touch of magical realism, for sure, as outrageously implausible as anything that Castro’s close friend Gabriel García Márquez could dream up. For instance, in 1998, around the same time that Chile’s ruler Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London for his crimes against humanity, Cuba’s self-anointed “maximum leader” visited Spain with ample fanfare, unmolested, even though his human rights abuses dwarfed those of Pinochet.
 Even worse, whenever Castro traveled abroad, many swooned in his presence. In 1995, when he came to New York to speak at the United Nations, many of the leading lights of that city jostled so intently for a chance to meet with him at media mogul Mort Zuckerman’s triplex penthouse on Fifth Avenue that Time magazine declared “Fidel Takes Manhattan!” Not to be outdone, Newsweek called Castro “The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan.” None of the American elites who hobnobbed with Castro that day seemed to care that he had put nuclear weapons to their heads in 1962.
If this were a just world, 13 facts would be etched on Castro’s tombstone and highlighted in every obituary, as bullet points — a fitting metaphor for someone who used firing squads to murder thousands of his own people.
* He turned Cuba into a colony of the Soviet Union and nearly caused a nuclear holocaust.
* He sponsored terrorism wherever he could and allied himself with many of the worst dictators on earth.
* He was responsible for so many thousands of executions and disappearances in Cuba that a precise number is hard to reckon.
* He brooked no dissent and built concentration camps and prisons at an unprecedented rate, filling them to capacity, incarcerating a higher percentage of his own people than most other modern dictators, including Stalin.
* He condoned and encouraged torture and extrajudicial killings.
 *He forced nearly 20 percent of his people into exile, and prompted thousands to meet their deaths at sea, unseen and uncounted, while fleeing from him in crude vessels.
* He claimed all property for himself and his henchmen, strangled food production and impoverished the vast majority of his people.
* He outlawed private enterprise and labor unions, wiped out Cuba’s large middle class and turned Cubans into slaves of the state.
* He persecuted gay people and tried to eradicate religion.* ?He censored all means of expression and communication.
* He established a fraudulent school system that provided indoctrination rather than education, and created a two-tier health-care system, with inferior medical care for the majority of Cubans and superior care for himself and his oligarchy, and then claimed that all his repressive measures were absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of these two ostensibly “free” social welfare projects.
* He turned Cuba into a labyrinth of ruins and established an apartheid society in which millions of foreign visitors enjoyed rights and privileges forbidden to his people.
* He never apologized for any of his crimes and never stood trial for them.
In sum, Fidel Castro was the spitting image of Big Brother in George Orwell’s novel “1984.” So, adiós, Big Brother, king of all Cuban nightmares. And may your successor, Little Brother, soon slide off the bloody throne bequeathed to him.".......

The equally indispensable Fausta

"The announcement of his death signals that the dictatorship feels secure enough that it can prolong its grip on the country.
 The irony: World’s most famous Marxist bastard died on Black Friday.".......

Truth is, he was dead a long time ago--it just became official today. And JUST so they can't whitewash the murderer:

Party with Martí!

Because he was strong, Ronald Reagan only had to use force rarely.
But he used it against Fidel Castro:

"We had to assume that several hundred Cubans working on the airport could be military reserves. Well, as it turned out, the number was much larger, and they were a military force. Six hundred of them have been taken prisoner, and we have discovered a complete base with weapons and communications equipment, which makes it clear a Cuban occupation of the island had been planned.
Two hours ago we released the first photos from Grenada. They included pictures of a warehouse of military equipment -- one of three we've uncovered so far. This warehouse contained weapons and ammunition stacked almost to the ceiling, enough to supply thousands of terrorists. Grenada, we were told, was a friendly island paradise for tourism. Well, it wasn't. It was a Soviet-Cuban colony, being readied as a major military bastion to export terror and undermine democracy.
We got there just in time."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Senior Chief Scott Dayton, American Hero

May he Rest in Peace


"VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WBAY) – The U.S. Military has identified the sailor who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., died on Nov. 24, which was Thanksgiving Day.
“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, said in a statement.
Dayton died from wounds he sustained in an improvised explosive device blast near Ayn Issa in northern Syria. His death marked the first time a U.S. service member had been killed in Syria in the current conflict.
The Department of Defense says he was assigned to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit based in Virginia Beach.
Dayton entered the U.S. Navy in 1993 and during his service received 19 awards.".......
Senior Chief Scott Dayton

In Honor

Q: What Do the Cast of "Hamilton" and the Audience of "Hamilton" Have in Common?

A: They are all Americans.

And as such, they are not permitted to know all the secret side deals of Obama's One-Man Treaty with the Mullahs of Iran.

The Mullahs know. The U.N. Bureaucrats know. But Americans are not permitted to know.

Obama trusts the Mullahs. He trusts the UN. But he doesn't trust you.

Think about that; Obama finds the World's Number One State Sponsor of Terrorism more trustworthy than you.

But Alexander Hamilton doesn't trust him:

"It would be utterly unsafe and improper to entrust Treaty power to an elective magistrate of four years' duration. An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth. An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents. The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of a President of the United States."--Alexander Hamilton arguing for the Constitution to his fellow citizens in the newspapers, the internet of his day, in Federalist #75


...and the tickets are free!

Without Fake News, There Wouldn't Be Any News At All

Liars Gonna' Lie

"RUSHLadies and gentlemen, I really want you to try to do something, and that is to doubt everything that you see that has as its source the New York Times or NBC or CBS or ABC or CNN or the Los Angeles Times or USA Today.  I can't tell you the number of stories I've seen with the theme, the premise, the narrative, "Trump walks back X." "Trump walks back views on Paris." "Trump walks back views on prosecuting Hillary."  Trump isn't "walking back" anything yet.  They have not changed.  They tried to dispirit you during the campaign and depress you so that you wouldn't vote. 

They're trying to make you think Trump is selling you out now.  It is who they are, and you are much better off disbelieving everything.  If you end up being wrong, fine.  But if you believe this and start acting accordingly and you're wrong, you may end up causing damage to things.  Do not believe them!

I don't believe Trump's changed on that.  If he has plans, he's not gonna telegraph it to the New York Times or to the media or to his targets.  But they want you doubting Trump and they want you think Trump's abandoning you and they want you thinking Trump's no different than any person that's ever been elected.  They want you to think you've just fallen for the biggest trick in the history of tricks.  They want you thinking Trump's no different than your average, ordinary politician that you meet.  That's what they want -- and I'm telling you, do not believe them.  Do not let them even get to first base with you on this.".......

The more lies they tell, the more I support him. And they've never lied more than they are now.

LEG-HUMP MEDIA UPDATE: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour received a prestigious award for Asking Republican Candidates the Most Questions Written By John Podesta and Leaking the Most Debate Questions to Hillary--congratulations all around!

In her unacceptance speech, she said the press is wonderful, you're deplorable and Trump is building detention camps for journalists because he's a dictator like the Ayatollahs. Here, Amanpour heroically confronts that Iranian regime, bravely speaking Truth to Power:
"How is it your Wolf Blitzer fails so miserably at Jeopardy?"
J.J. Sefton: * Note to Amanpour: Moe Howard Called and Wants His Haircut Back

In her ghostwritten Podesta speech, Amanpour asks the burning question:
"Is our reporters learning?"

Trump sends his Stooges to take Christiane to the Cheerleader Stenographer Journalist Camps

Massive Democrat Vote Fraud in North Carolina: Gov. McCrory Fighting Back

Next on Democrat "Cheaters":

Have you ever filled out hundreds of multiple ballots with the same exact handwriting?

No? You must not be a North Carolina Democrat.

The Hill: "McCrory has not conceded the race and is insisting that dead people, felons and individuals who voted in other states cast ballots in North Carolina.
“Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons?” Ricky Diaz, a McCrory campaign spokesman, asked in a statement Monday to Politico.
“It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to win. Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly.”".......

ABC11: "With hundreds of fraudulent votes found in just one North Carolina county for a straight Democratic ticket, close examination of this election is required to make sure the true winner of the election is properly determined," said Jason Torchinsky, legal counsel for the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund. "The staggering evidence of voter fraud in Bladen County and the number of similar PACs that the North Carolina Democratic Party donated to shortly before the start of early vote requires close examination throughout the state."

The Governor: Raleigh, N.C. – Formal protests are being filed to challenge potentially fraudulent absentee ballots cast for Roy Cooper and other Democrats in 11 additional counties. These protests follow the discovery of a North Carolina Democrat Party-funded political action committee which appears to have paid individuals to fill out and witness hundreds of fraudulent absentee ballots for Democrats including Roy Cooper in Bladen County.
In addition to funneling money to the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, the North Carolina Democratic Party simultaneously transferred money to political action committees in these 11 counties. Similar absentee voting and handwriting patterns as in Bladen County have been discovered in at least one of these counties, suggesting these PACs may have been harvesting and witnessing multiple absentee ballots as well.
“It appears that our worst fears have come true and this absentee ballot fraud scheme may run deeper than just Bladen County,” said Russell Peck, Pat McCrory’s campaign manager. “Unfortunately, we may also have uncovered the real reason Roy Cooper fought so hard against efforts to prevent voter fraud as attorney general. These voter fraud concerns must be addressed before the results of the election can be finalized.”.......

Honest elections are our Civil Right--and Democrats are allergic to them.

Good to see Republicans finally standing up to this sham--a sham funded and operated by the State Democrat Party Machine. It's a RICO criminal assault on democracy and their coup attempt cannot be allowed to succeed.

Go, Pat, Go!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving and The Blessings of Abraham

Thank You Heavenly Father for All Your wonderful Gifts and Especially Today the Gift of Families. In the Name of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, Amen and Amen!

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”...15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”--Genesis 17

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.  In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.  No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Canadian troops attend a Thanksgiving service in the bombed-out Cambrai Cathedral
France, October 1918
Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

"When was the first Thanksgiving? Most of us think of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. But if the question is about the first national Thanksgiving holiday, the answer is that the tradition began at a lesser-known moment in 1777 in York, Pa.

In July 1776, the American colonists declared independence from Britain. The months that followed were so bleak that there was not much to give thanks for. The Journals of the Continental Congress record no Thanksgiving in that year, only two days of "solemn fasting" and prayer.

For much of 1777, the situation was not much better. British troops controlled New York City. The Americans lost the strategic stronghold of Fort Ticonderoga, in upstate New York, to the British in July. In Delaware, on Sept. 11, troops led by Gen. George Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine, in which 200 Americans were killed, 500 wounded and 400 captured. In Pennsylvania, early in the morning of Sept. 21, another 300 American soldiers were killed or wounded and 100 captured in a British surprise attack that became known as the Paoli Massacre.

Philadelphia, America's largest city, fell on Sept. 26. Congress, which had been meeting there, fled briefly to Lancaster, Pa., and then to York, a hundred miles west of Philadelphia. One delegate to Congress, John Adams of Massachusetts, wrote in his diary, "The prospect is chilling, on every Side: Gloomy, dark, melancholy, and dispiriting."

His cousin, Samuel Adams, gave the other delegates -- their number had dwindled to a mere 20 from the 56 who had signed the Declaration of Independence -- a talk of encouragement. He predicted, "Good tidings will soon arrive. We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection.

He turned out to have been correct, at least about the good tidings. On Oct. 31, a messenger arrived with news of the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga. The American general, Horatio Gates, had accepted the surrender of 5,800 British soldiers, and with them 27 pieces of artillery and thousands of pieces of small arms and ammunition.

Saratoga turned the tide of the war -- news of the victory was decisive in bringing France into a full alliance with America. Congress responded to the event by appointing a committee of three that included Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia and Daniel Roberdeau of Pennsylvania, to draft a report and resolution. The report, adopted Nov. 1, declared Thursday, Dec. 18, as "a day of Thanksgiving" to God, so that "with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor."

It was the first of many Thanksgivings ordered up by Samuel Adams. Though the holidays were almost always in November or December, the exact dates varied. (Congress didn't fix Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November until 1941.)

In 1778, a Thanksgiving resolution drafted by Adams was approved by Congress on Nov. 3, setting aside Wednesday, Dec. 30, as a day of public thanksgiving and praise, "It having pleased Almighty God through the Course of the present year, to bestow great and manifold Mercies on the People of these United States."

After the Revolution, Adams, who was eventually elected governor of Massachusetts, maintained the practice of declaring these holidays. In October of 1795, the 73-year-old governor proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 19, as "a day of Public Thanksgiving to God," recommending that prayer be offered that God "would graciously be pleased to put an end to all Tyranny and Usurpation, that the People who are under the Yoke of Oppression, may be made free; and that the Nations who are contending for freedom may still be secured by His Almighty Aid."

A year later, Gov. Adams offered a similar Thanksgiving proclamation, declaring Thursday, Dec. 15, 1796, as "a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise to Our Divine Benefactor." He recommended "earnest Supplication to God" that "every Nation and Society of Men may be inspired with the knowledge and feeling of their natural and just rights" and "That Tyranny and Usurpation may everywhere come to an end."

These statements were greeted with cynicism and derision by some of Adams's younger political opponents, who saw them as archaic. One of them, Christopher Gore, wrote a friend that it would be an occasion for a real day of thanksgiving when Adams finally retired.

It turned out, though, that the ideas of thanking God for America's blessings -- and of praying for the spread of freedom everywhere -- would long outlast Adams's career. The concepts still meet with skepticism from time to time. But they are reason enough to pause during tomorrow's football game or family feast and raise a glass to the Founding Father who began our Thanksgiving tradition."--Ira Stoll, author of "Samuel Adams: A Life"

Mark Steyn sets the table:

"You know, holidays in countries tend to be ancient religious holidays, obviously Christmas and Easter, or ones named for battles, or dead kings or queens, or whatever. And what I like about Thanksgiving is it's very small scale, very modest, very intimate, very American, and absolutely gets to the key of things, which is thanking God for the blessings of this great land. And it's my favorite holiday, and I love it more each year I'm here. ...
I am thankful that Mohamed Atef, a key al-Qa'eda lieutenant blown up in a devastating US raid, has gone off to Paradise to claim his 72 virgins. Paradise must be running quite low on virgins these days. I hope Mr Atef pulled rank on all the other martyrs... I am also thankful I don't live in a cave. That the son of a successful Saudi building contractor, made spectacularly rich by western investment, should have wound up digging himself his own personal hole is in its way a poignant emblem of the Middle East's perverse misunderstanding of modernity. ...
The turkey came from Mexico, but was generally assumed to be a "bird of India" (in French, dinde) everywhere except Britain, where it was named after Turkey because it was similar to a pre-existing bird introduced from Turkey but actually from Guinea, and subsequently re-named the guinea fowl, which was thought to be less confusing than re-naming the new turkey the mexico, though in America there is a sub-species of turkey called the mexicana.
We still have wild turkey over here, in every state except Alaska. Every morning, round about six, a great long line of them waddle out from behind my daughter's playhouse across the lawn and into the woods. The wild gobbler has a lighter build, with a longer neck and a smaller head, and his flesh tastes a lot juicier, which is one reason why the turkey recipe in my local Baptist church's brand new fundraising cookbook begins: "First purchase hunting licence."
Whatever his Mexicali-Turkic-Indian-Guinean appellation, in the Appalachians the turkey was considered such a robust exponent of the American temperament that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make him the young Republic's national emblem. "For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character," wrote Franklin in 1784. "Besides he is a rank Coward: the little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country."
By contrast, the turkey is "a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on".

(From our Archives, Nov. 2009):

Thank God for America 


And you can, too. Don't wait:

"Mankind is never truly thankful for the benefits of life until they have experienced the want of them."--an Army surgeon near Valley Forge, first official Thanksgiving day, 1789

For almost 400 years, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving, echoing that feast of gratitude in 1621.

But this year, more than ever, it is important to tell the story of the Mayflower Compact, because, as we know, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." The Compact was well-intentioned--but it was socialism. And as such, it caused misery and shortage then, just as it does now.

Some excerpts from an excellent Post Scripts essay:
Basically what the settlers formed was the first social commune of the New World, something that anyone growing up in the 1960s and 70s would easily recognize as a community where all land, houses, farming and other goods were distributed equally amongst all the inhabitants regardless of religious or political beliefs or station. It was the world's first society that was truly set up in a way that nobody would own anything and everyone who was in need would have what they required if it existed. In essence, the Mayflower Compact was a concept that would be popularized 255 years later in 1875 by Karl Marx's slogan,

"from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs."

When Bradford became the new governor of the colony, he recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter which had taken so many lives. Bradford came to realize the very thing that Barack Obama and the Democrats refuse to learn. In his journal Bradford wrote:

"The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing - as if [we] were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labor and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labors and victuals, clothes etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. And for men's wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it." [...]

So in the Spring of 1623, he decided take bold action by assigning plots of land to each family, and also to each young adult male to work and manage. He also canceled the Mayflower Compact that the Pilgrims all signed, allowing every land owner to keep their own crops and products to trade at the market place for a fair market value.

"This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before would allege weakness and inability, whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."

In writing about Bradford and his decision to go from collectivism to capitalism, historian Russell Kirk wrote, "never again were the Pilgrims short of food."

Just for the historical record, here are some other contenders for the "First Thanksgiving":

* May, 1541: Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and 1,500 men celebrated at the Palo Dur Canyon -- located in the modern-day Texas Panhandle -- after their expedition from Mexico City in search of gold. In 1959 the Texas Society Daughters of the American Colonists commemorated the event as the "first Thanksgiving."

* June 30, 1564: French Huguenot colonists celebrated in a settlement near Jacksonville, Florida. This "first Thanksgiving," was later commemorated at the Fort Carolina Memorial on the St. Johns River in eastern Jacksonville.

* Sept. 8, 1565: St Augustine, Fla.; "This is where Spanish Adm. Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore... This is where he, 500 soldiers, 200 sailors, 100 civilian families and artisans, and the Timucuan Indians who occupied the village of Seloy gathered at a makeshift altar and said the first Christian Mass. And afterward, this is where they held the first Thanksgiving feast. The Timucuans brought oysters and giant clams. The Spaniards carried from their ships garbanzo beans, olive oil, bread, pork and wine.

* Winter, 1610: famine caused the deaths of 430 of the 490 settlers. In the spring of 1610, colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, enjoyed a Thanksgiving service after English supply ships arrived with food. This colonial celebration has also been considered the "first Thanksgiving."

Oysters on a Florida beach sounds pretty good right about now. But wherever you are, have a great Thanksgiving with the people you love and/or tolerate.

And pass me a giant clam, please.