A Little Thanksgiving History

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Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) painted by James Reid Lambdin.

While a national civil war was raging, on September 28, 1863 Sarah J. Hale, one of the most influential American women of her time, wrote President Lincoln asking that Thanksgiving be “made a National and Fixed Union Festival.” Hale had been pushing her idea for fifteen years on presidents and governors and readers of her influential magazine, Lady’s Book. Less than a week later President Abraham  Lincoln issued the following Proclamation:

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

 

Sarah J. Hale was quite an interesting figure – read more about her by clicking here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hortentius

What Happened? Hillary was a Victim.

Poor Hillary. She should have won the election hands down, but didn’t. Now the former presidential candidate is touring around promoting her new book “What Happened.” But news celebrity Piers Morgan, who claims to have read the book, has made the observation that Hillary refuses to accept any blame for her loss to Donald Trump. Morgan says she blames others: James Comey, Vlad Putin, Julian Assange, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein among them. Then there is the electoral college, sexism and the New York Times, which helped deny Hillary the most powerful position on Earth. In short, Mrs. Clinton wants everyone to believe she is a victim. Some will, if not for the right reasons.

I agree with Hillary that she is a victim. But on the finer points we differ. The former first Lady is a victim of her own arrogance. She is the victim of her own insincerity, and of her moral and ethical shortcomings. We all know co-workers or others who do things they shouldn’t or don’t do what they should – their choice, and then when things go badly they point the finger at someone else. We avoid these people when possible. Who needs them. Why wait your turn to be thrown under the bus when it suits them. This is one reason millions of Americans don’t like you Mrs. Clinton. You are not a nice person. You have no grace. And yes, you are crooked.

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Hillary Clinton

Since I wouldn’t waste my time reading her silly book, I am relying on Piers Morgan to reveal – did Hillary also blame her CNN mole Donna Brazile for feeding her campaign panel questions in advance of the CNN debate and then getting caught?

HILLARY 2020!

F.C.

Climate Nazis Threaten Climate Skeptics

Another example of what the Democrat-Progressive Left in the U.S. has become:

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Seven bullets were fired towards Dr. John Christie’s office at the U. of Alabama, Huntsville by a climate terrorist. Apparently some left-wing thugs think the only way to “settle” scientific disagreements is with violence and intimidation. It’s a sad day for science.

Seven gunshots were fired into the National Space Science and Technology Center at University of Alabama Huntsville over the weekend – same weekend as the “March for Science.”

Read about it here:

http://www.drroyspencer.com/

 

Suspect Identified in Texas Mosque Burning

Although he has not yet been charged, Marq Vincent Perez, 25, of Victoria, Texas is the primary suspect for committing arson at the Victoria Islamic Center last January 28th. Perez is set to go to trial on May 1st for a separate incident involving possession of an incendiary device. It would be nice to know if Perez torched the Mosque and if he did it would fitting to see him not only punished, but also put behind bars to prevent him from doing it again. However, he must be presumed innocent at this time.

Frotho

Kuwait Has Its Own “Muslim Ban” Too! Where are the protestors?

Kuwaitis might need us to lend them some of our professional protestors.

Donald Trump’s immigrant ban from countries that harbor extremists is nothing new to the Arab rulers of Kuwait.

According to the Arab news outlet Al Alaraby,

“Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans have not been able to obtain visit, tourism or trade visas to Kuwait since 2011…

“Passport holders from the countries are not allowed to enter the Gulf state while the blanket ban is in place, and have been told not to apply to visas.

“Kuwaiti sources originally told local media that the restrictions were in place due to the “instability” in the five countries and that the ban would be lifted once the security situation improves.

“Kuwait is concerned about the threat of extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, and both militant organizations have offshoots in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Kuwait’s attempt to protect its citizens from terrorism and maintain stability seems like a rational approach to what has been happening in places like Iraq and Syria.

Donald Trump’s temporary ban seems equally rational. Why all the hissy fits? The jihadists are trying to get into the U.S. to massacre Americans. So why all these diversions from the reality of the need to prevent terror attacks in the US?

Al Alaraby also reports in the same story that after an attack that killed 27 in Kuwait City in 2015,

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Horrific aftermath of the suicide bombing of a Shia Mosque in Kuwait in 2015. Is Trump’s temporary immigration and refugee ban really the wrong thing to do?

“Kuwait responded by arresting dozens of suspected IS sympathisers and rolling out a mandatary DNA testing programme and database for the Gulf state’s four million population.”

Oh no, a registry!

Can’t we please ship our professional protestors to Kuwait? Judge Robart ? I’d like that.

Note: Of course, neither Kuwait’s ban nor Trump’s ban is a “Muslim Ban,” as it has been portrayed. But by lying about the intent of Trump’s ban the Democrats see a political opportunity. Unfortunately it may lead to future casualties on American soil.

Frotho

Source: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/2/1/kuwait-issues-trump-like-visa-bans-for-five-muslim-majority-countries

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria, Texas Mosque Destroyed by Fire

By Frotho Canutus

Was this Mosque fire the product of some maniac’s blind hatred against all Muslims? If this was arson, hopefully an investigation will lead to an arrest, and a conviction.

Before the Trump-haters jump all over this story and blame Trump and his supporters for this fiery tragedy they better gather up some facts to back up their claim. Will they act responsibly and wait for actual facts? I doubt it. We have entered a new era of anti-intellectualism. One’s beliefs, no matter how far removed from truth and facts, justify any and all behavior.

Why is it wrong to rush to judgement in these cases? The reason is because the causes of events are not always what we wish to assume.

Here are two examples:

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Gary Nathaniel Moore pleaded guilty last December to arson. He set his own mosque on fire.

 

On Christmas Day, 2015 a Mosque run by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston was set on fire. According to CNN,

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the fire for an anti-Muslim motive.”

Was it a Trump supporter or a white supremacist or a KKK member, or a neo Nazi who was arrested and convicted for the arson? No. It was Gary Nathaniel Moore, a self-avowed, devout Muslim who prayed multiple times daily at the Mosque. Moore pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to four years in prison. Seems like kid glove treatment to me. I could be wrong, but if a white guy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat had been found guilty of torching a mosque he would probably get more than four years.

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Andrew McClinton, 45 has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson.

The second example is the Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi. This predominantly African-American church was set on fire last November days before the presidential election. Someone painted “Vote Trump” on the side of the church about the time the arson was committed. It’s a miracle that this did not lead to violence in the streets (although it probably did indirectly). I’m sure many people jumped to the conclusion that some racist Trump supporter committed the arson. Well, as it turns out the person arrested for committing the arson was Andrew McClinton, a Black man who was a member of the Hopewell congregation.

Things are not always what they seem. Beware of the purveyors of false narratives that try to twist every tragic news event into something that can be used against those they hate.

The other recent fire that I cannot help mentioning is the arson that gutted the Republican Party office in Hillsborough, North Carolina three weeks before the 2016 presidential election. As of this writing, no arrests have been made. While sometimes things are not as they seem, sometimes they are. It would be nice to have some answers in this case.

 

 

Democrats now support refusing service to certain groups of people.

It has been reported that some food-service employees sympathetic with Black Lives Matter refuse service to law enforcement officers or spit in their food. Hillary-supporting entertainers refuse to perform for the Trumps. Progressive fashion designers refuse to help dress the Trump women for the inaugural celebration. If one is  a Republican, or a conservative, or someone who supports either of these groups or Donald Trump in any way, the left thinks you must be punished for your views. Notice how it’s OK. for liberals to deny service to people they disagree with, but if conservatives do it they are pounded by the left for being bigots. When a husband (man) and wife (woman) refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding on the grounds of religious conscience the left attempted to destroy them. Melissa and Aaron Klein’s bank account was emptied by the Oregon Department of Labor and they were forced to shut down their bakery. Who is surprised by this liberal hypocrisy? Not me. Also, the left apparently thinks death threats are an appropriate method for getting people to fall in line. Ask the Electoral College Electors or Andrea Bocelli who backed down from singing at President Trump’s inauguration celebration.

African-American singer Jennifer Holliday backed out of her performance at Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19th. and told MSNBC that,

“They were calling me c***, calling me house n*****, calling me Aunt Jemima, calling me all kinds of names and asking me to kill myself. And that was from the black community.”

What a lovely country we now live in. The self-anointed people of “tolerance” are in reality the true fascists, for they are the people who condone censorship, threats, and violence.

David French of National Review nails it:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443849/

Junius