News and Commentary for Thanksgiving 2013! Happy Hanukkah!

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“As another Thanksgiving has come full circle and we again come face to face with a bounty of foods set before us that in most ages would have been relegated to princes and rajahs, let us not forget that this day flows naturally from the wellspring of Gratitude and Grace — of humility and realization that we as a race are not sufficient — that we have never been islands unto ourselves. And we should further acknowledge that although a great remnant of Americans have not bowed their heads to the false Spirit of the Collective, there still exists a legion of invisible shoulders that we now stand upon for which we are compelled, by what is best within us, to give humble thanks.” Gratitude and Grace

“The pilgrims almost starved themselves to death with their experiment in communal ownership.” We Should Be Thankful for Private Property

“I’m an unapologetic advocate of capitalism under three eminently reasonable conditions: Its players have Judeo-Christian ethical foundations; the rules of the game are fair and clearly understood; and the refs don’t play favorites. Though the second and third items have been seriously compromised in recent years, the first requirement is the most underappreciated. Capitalism does not devolve into a blind materialistic obsession with “stuff” if the “moral and religious people” Adams saw as vital to the Constitution’s survival have sufficient numbers and sway. It would appear they no longer do. Grace Blumer’s arrival in heaven means we have one fewer of them here on earth. And finally, Congress wished for, and Washington proclaimed, Thanksgiving as a day of “prayer,” not of “thoughts.” We would be wise to heed their recommendation.” Thoughts on Mom’s Arrival in Heaven, and Thanksgiving 2013

“We are better than this. We must reject the notion that slick political maneuvering and dishonesty are inevitable in government and must be tolerated. We no more need to tolerate such things than we need to tolerate tyranny. The choice is ours. Let us call upon our leaders and representatives to change the culture to one of trust and decency consistent with our Judeo-Christian values. If they refuse, we the people must remove them from office, which is our duty to ourselves and to our progeny.” CARSON: A health care lemon

“The President of the United States, allegedly one of the smartest people to grace our country, sat down to write a hand-written letter to a political dissenter and used the most charged, rude, dirty term possible while claiming he’d never do anything but treat this “tea-bagger” with the utmost respect. His own lofty self-concept survives contact with all conflicting facts, even when they come from his own pen.” Obama letter to conservative: I’ve been quite respectful of you tea-baggers

“That doesn’t necessarily detract from the specific points Fournier and Milbank are making in these essays.  They are correct about the impact of state-controlled media coverage, which is essentially what we have regarding White House photography now.  It’s just that for most of Obama’s presidency, we haven’t seen much better from the rest of the industry either.” Is the Obama White House photo policy reminiscent of Soviet propaganda?

“We’ve long argued that the train is an awful idea, but it looks like it’s starting to fail for all the wrong reasons. It would be good to see some common sense shape a consensus that the project’s exorbitant costs and marginal utility make it not worth the while. But no, the train is being derailed by red tape.” REBOUND EFFECT: Rube Goldberg Legal System Derails CA Bullet Train

“If this kind of collapse is seen in other key large states, expect Democrats returning to Washington from the holidays to begin talking about open mutiny against the White House over Obamacare.” Obama Approval Falls to 50 Percent in Home State, Collapses in Ohio

Special favors. “Puh-lease, spare us the rhetorical parsing. It’s not going to mask the fact that this administration is making up rules and changes as they go along, whenever and however they see fit.” Yep: Unions get their exemption from ObamaCare’s reinsurance fee

“And that’s what makes the Obamacare Lies so insidious. Obamacare — government-controlled health care — will itself change the relationship between citizen and state, to the probable detriment of the citizen. But when free people of a democratic republic permit themselves to be lied to in such fashion on such a mammoth scale, the relationship evolves beyond one of citizen and state, to one of vassal and lord.” Getting Off Easy

“He will never admit his deep bias toward the growth of the federal government for its own sake, or that he doesn’t care that much if Iran gets the bomb, or that he is liquidating the American leadership role in the Middle East. No, no—he is just trying to make government work, giving diplomacy a chance and pivoting to Asia, respectively.” The Bad-Faith Presidency

“On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone.” EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

“Twice a year, every year, the White House is legally required to release a unified regulatory agenda to indicate for the public record precisely what it is the many arms of our now sprawling bureaucracy are planning to impose upon the American people. The agenda is just a compilation of all of the rules and regs that various departments and agencies are working on, typically released every April and October, but for some inexplicable reason, The Most Transparent Administration, Evah has had an inordinately difficult time complying with these longstanding static time frames.” Pattern: Obama admin again releases regulatory agenda right before a holiday

Hope! “A third of America’s one-hundred U.S. Senators are up for re-election every two years. Of the 33 or 34 facing a 2014 election, the National Journal identifies 15 seats as vulnerable. Thirteen of those seats are held by Democrats. But of the 7 seats most likely to turn over, all 7 are held by Democrats. Republicans need only pick up 6 seats to win the chamber.” National Journal: Republican Takeover of Senate Likely In 2014

Why would anyone want to be in the military anymore? “The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire — even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy. In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed.” Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops and drones in Afghanistan

Propaganda and our children. “The ground is being laid for future racial strife over Barack Obama once he is out of office. His fanatical supporters, especially in the African-American community which has remained solidly in his camp despite all his demonstrated incompetence and lies, are being set up to see him as a martyr.” Common Core third grade book goes full Dear Leader on Obama

“One more time: there’s an attack on allowing employers to be required to provide this insurance. To the left, there is no freedom without government coercion. This is either incoherent or Orwellian, or both. But that’s the argument the left is running with: they want you to be forced to provide the funding for even their most private activities; only then will you be truly free.” ObamaCare, Religious Liberty, and a Crucial Supreme Court Showdown

“Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told Richards he is concerned that the extended grace period “will break the system” and “bankupt the people involved.” Bioethicist Wesley Smith went further: “The government wants people to be irresponsible and apparently they want the whole system to descend into chaos.” Perhaps the entire Obamacare enterprise really is, as its harshest critics have long alleged, a gigantic Cloward-Piven maneuver designed to create chaos and ultimately impose a single-payer system (i.e., total government control) on all of us.” Two More Reasons Why ‘Obamacare Delenda Est!’

“Agents associated with the National Association of Health Underwriters were contacted in 16 cites across the country. The agents were all certified by state insurance regulators to sell health insurance policies within and without the Obamacare exchanges. Their responses provide an alarming picture of the profound changes Obamacare is forcing on patients and health care providers.” Survey finds doctors rebelling against Obamacare, famous hospitals declining to join

After spending three years promoting ObamaCare lies, the media elite now scramble to get out of the way of a train wreck they helped cause. Their backpedaling would be funny if so many lives weren’t at risk. As the redistributive mechanics of ObamaCare rear their ugly head, the president’s propaganda puppets are suddenly sounding like conservative critics.” Now They Tell Us

“Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald shocked a New York City audience at the 2013 Wriston Lecture this month with some examples of what leftist academics have done to the American college curriculum. “Until 2011,” she noted, “students majoring in English at UCLA had been required to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton — the cornerstones of English literature. “Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the ’empire,’ UCLA junked these individual author requirements and replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take a course each in gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexuality studies, imperial, transnational or post-colonial studies, and critical theory.” Colleges Substitute Western Greats With Gender Studies

“Actually, no economic system has brought more prosperity to more people than free-market capitalism. Neither socialism nor communism has increased prosperity, and are themselves ruled by tyrants. Both have certainly brought more equality, which Francis believes is important. But it’s an equality of misery.” Pope Francis Is Wrong: Free Market Is Not A Tyrant

“”Yes, We Can!” Like a 20-year-old, he seems stunned to discover that he’s now in some trouble, as he always had cover before. In 2004, he faced strong opponents, until their divorce records turned up in the media. In 2008, the press said that talk about Reverend Jeremiah Wright might be racist. In 2012, it said the real Benghazi scandal was Mitt Romney’s reaction. In 2013, he faced disaster in Syria — until the Russians stepped in.” Obama is no longer so invincible

But will our politicians listen? “The poll also found that 70% of Americans believe reducing the federal budget deficit is a “very important” or the “most important” factor in making America economically competitive.” 62% Fear Job Loss Due to Economy

Can you imagine if the Republicans had tried such a stunt? “Democrats have prepared a guide to confronting Republican relatives at Thanksgiving.” In totalitarian societies, holidays serve the interest of the State

“I think the real divide is between those who make our decisions on the coasts and the anonymous others who live with the consequences somewhere else.” America’s Coastal Royalty

“For a newspaper that claims not to be worried about rising crime rates under de Blasio, the Times sure dedicates a lot of ink to assuring us that it’s not going to happen – and if it does, it won’t be de Blasio’s fault. In anticipation of a return to the glory days of David Dinkins, let me be the first to say, I told you so.” Is it Too Soon to Say “I Told You So?”

“That was totally unbelievable at the time, and I and others said so then.  In my Forbes column the very next week, “President Obama’s Unemployment Still Stuck at 14.7%,” I noted how inconsistent the supposed unemployment drop was with other contemporaneous economic data.  The sharp unemployment drop supposedly resulted from a total of 114,000 new jobs created in September, 2012, according to the Establishment Survey of business payrolls of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the Obama Administration had been emphasizing throughout its first term.” Did The BLS Give Obama A Major Election 2012 Gift?

“The analogy is flawed even if you accept Krugman’s amoral partisan terms. Krugman may shrug off four murdered Americans, but he can’t claim the Obama administration accomplished anything at Benghazi. The administration’s success consisted only in a propaganda effort in which a designated liar, then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, created enough confusion to neutralize the attack as a potential threat to Obama’s re-election and set the stage for the administration, at least so far, to evade accountability (though Rice herself perhaps paid the price of not being nominated secretary of state, a position requiring Senate confirmation).” JAMES TARANTO: Susan Rice for HHS: A YouTube video caused the next ObamaCare failure.

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