Forum: What Are Your Thoughts This Thanksgiving?



Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Are Your Thoughts This Thanksgiving?

 Fausta’s Blog : Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

It is, as Mark Steyn says,

“…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.”

Thanksgiving is wonderful in its flexibility:

You can celebrate Thanksgiving cooking and serving at the local soup kitchen, at a restaurant, at home, with your friends, with family, hosting exchange students or other newcomers. You can do the traditional menu, and you can do ethnic dishes; do all the cooking or do pot-luck. You may get all of your family members and your friends helping you, or you may do all the work yourself. You may add other celebrations – birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, even Christmas – if your guests are traveling from far away. You may really dress up for a formal table, or you may have a casual dinner outdoors (as we did this year). Better yet, you can do a combination of all of the above, alternate, make every year different, which I really enjoy. Thanksgiving is about creativity, hospitality, flexibility, warmth.

Indeed, Thanksgiving is a sample of our country’s best values.

As for the politicizing of Thanksgiving, I’m all for the simplest, most direct approach. Because that’s another good thing about Thanksgiving: to learn that one earns a place at the grown-up table.

The Glittering Eye : I’ll delegate my response to Nurse Eye Roll:

It’s that time of year where everyone starts to think of things they’re thankful for and talks about them on social media. Nurses however… we are a different bunch. Every time we go into work, we are thankful. It doesn’t take the month of November to inspire this.

We are not thankful for our massive salaries or bonuses. We are not thankful for predictable jobs where we are guaranteed to finish an entire cup of coffee or get at least two bathroom breaks. We are not thankful for having every holiday off with our families. When nurses think about what they are thankful for, our list looks very different than most peoples’…

We are thankful that we are able to walk, talk, and breathe on our own. We have seen exactly what it looks like when someone suddenly loses those abilities. We have seen the tears stream down patient’s faces, as they are unable to verbalize their feelings. They let their tears fall for their nurses because they don’t want their families to see them struggling.

We are thankful we have jobs with sick time. We see patient after patient come in jobless that has waited until the very last second to come in to have their ailment treated because they cannot afford to pay anything or take time away from work. They wait and pray at home for things to just go away as they become exponentially worse. The man with the pain in his foot three months ago is now having it amputated. The woman with untreated diabetes whose vision was getting blurry earlier this year is now blind. The young mother of four with a respiratory infection that she hoped would go away on its own because she couldn’t take any time off… who is now intubated and sedated in the ICU, in acute respiratory distress syndrome… whose fingers and toes are starting to turn blue and purple from all of the medications she’s getting just to keep her blood pressure up… who is now a DNR.

Read the whole thing. I thought it put matters into a bit of perspective.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : With family members working varied schedules we celebrate our Thanksgiving differently every year. We take turns hosting and everyone chips in bringing a favorite dish so no one is stressed or overworked. We enjoy the customary dishes of roasted and/or fried turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes and various vegetables and casseroles, along with the requisite pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies.

What struck me more this year, not just within my extended family but in the wider community, was the overall sense of everyone just going through the motions. We seem to have lost the feelings of thankfulness and celebration usually felt at this time of year.

What was once a joyful festivity celebrating the pilgrims’ first year in the new world and the promise of a better future has turned into debates over the countless sins and transgressions this country has brought to the world. The left and the media want us to be ashamed we are Americans. Black Friday deals and protests were more important topics of discussion and news reports than remembering why we celebrate Thanksgiving.

From my perspective there is an overall sense of anxiety among the people; a sense of uncertainty. People aren’t excited or hopeful anymore nor are we permitted to take pride in being “Americans.” The left is succeeding in tearing down the traditions that have united us as Americans. It seems since Obama has become president we got the change he promised, but are losing the hope.

Well, there you have it.

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Rahm Emanuel Terminates Chicago Police Chief


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What a difference a week makes. It was less than a week ago, that Rahm Emanuel publicly stood by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. (screenshot)

Earlier today, Chicago’s Commie Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the firing resignation termination of the city’s Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

The firing comes as no surprise since the City has been in full crisis mode because of protests that erupted after the release of the dashboard video documenting the shooting death Laquan McDonald.

Throw in Chicago’s botched handling of the execution a few weeks back that outraged the nation of nine year old, Tyshawn Lee who was playing on a swing when targeted and lured to his death by three members of the Black P Stones gang and someone had to take the fall.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy met with Emanuel last evening. The meeting ended with the police chief still having a job but some time during the night Emanuel contacted McCarthy to inform him that he was officially terminated [my emphasis].

This morning at a news conference with the “shell-shocked” former police chief, at his side, Emanuel announced a new five member task force on police accountability and the termination of McCarthy of which came after calls by Black leaders demanding that heads to roll, i.e., that of the former police chief.


… Saying “now is a time for fresh eyes and new leadership,” Mayor Emanuel told the city at a press conference that he is setting up a commission consisting of community leaders and experts to address the problems in the police department and to help him choose a new superintendent….

Emanuel noted that McCaarthy has a strong record that he should “be proud of,” and that he helped modernize the Chicago Police Department (CPD). But Emanuel went on to say that the escalating unrest in the community over the shooting of the teen has showed him that changes have to be made….

Read full article

Former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick was appointed senior advisor of the task force.

Patrick will be “charged with recommending reforms aimed at improving ‘independent oversight of police misconduct.’” (Take the white guy out, put a black guy into play and everybody’s happy. Lipstick on a pig.)




Black Preacher Rebukes Black Lives Matter Communists at Mizzou | Ross Jackson & Jesse Morrell


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Published on Nov 20, 2015 by OpenAirOutreach

A black preacher rebukes the Black Lives Matter group on the Mizzou University! Brother Ross Jackson joins up with Jesse Morrell to preach on Mizzou the day after Jesse was punched in the mouth by a black radical for saying that Michael Brown died because he had a disrespect for authority…. Jesse Morrell is a full time open air missionary with The Morrell’s are supported by gifts from individuals.


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The lies spread by Black Lives Matter and the idiots who believe them.

At about 06:47, the self-anointed Black mouthpiece states as if it’s fact, “they killed 16000 people this year.” A few minutes later, he utters the same tireless talking point that “Black people can’t be racist.” Who the heck believes this stuff?

Amazing how this self-anointed Black mouthpiece with no facts has to resort to mockery along with some loud foul-mouthed Communist heffa.

Since all attempts to silence Brother Ross Jackson fails, at approximately 22:50, the Black Commie mouthpiece turned stalker threatens the Jackson for being disrespectful and states that he’s not afraid of s***, “I got bail money.”

Jackson is not being disrespectful at all, just stating facts, which apparently are a hard pill for Communists to swallow.

A truly disgusting display by the Communist scum who have infiltrated and destroyed Americans educational institutions infringing upon the liberties of those who set out to expose their lies.

27:30 of video the Black Commie mouthpiece announces that “this meeting (in a free speech zone or so-called safe space) is over with”….NOT!

Notice how every Communist in the video, Black or White, plays the race card.


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Ban the Communists from college campuses.


Sufficient Reason For Not Voting For Hillary Clinton


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Re-blogged from A Yearning for Publius by Donald Johnson

(And why she should be fully prosecuted and denied any future security clearance)



I received this letter recently regarding the theft of my personal information from a US government data base. Needless to say such a letter is very disturbing.

Most of my working life I have been a contractor working with Department of Defense projects, and thus have had high level security clearances most of that time. The letter above refers to various background checks I have been subject to[…]


The Enemies Within: Trevor Loudon exposes Bernie Sanders as a hardcore Marxist


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Bernie Sanders, 1991. Source: Wikipedia.

Bernie Sanders, 1991. Source: Wikipedia.

Rationalizing that at least Bernie Sanders is up front about who he is should comfort no one.  However, Sanders’ omissions should concern everyone.

The Examiner

Author and speaker Trevor Loudon released a video exposing the radical ties of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Wednesday in anticipation of Loudon’s upcoming political documentary.

The New Zealand native is working with Iowa-based Director Judd Saul on the film The Enemies Within, which seeks to expose anti-American ties in the federal government. Loudon believes that a minority of radicals are responsible for unconstitutional and damaging policies that have been imposed on Americans for decades, a trend that has greatly accelerated under the Obama administration….

Continue Reading — The Enemies Within: Trevor Loudon exposes Bernie Sanders as a hardcore Marxist Tracks Content Takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Sites


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San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched today, a new platform to document the who, what, and why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014 Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate user-generated content and how free expression is affected across the globe.

Controversies over content takedowns seem to bubble up every few weeks, with users complaining about censorship of political speech, nudity, LGBT content, and many other subjects. The passionate debate about these takedowns reveals a larger issue: social media sites have an enormous impact on the public sphere, but are ultimately privately owned companies. Each corporation has their own rules and systems of governance that control users’ content, while providing little transparency about how these decisions are made.

At, users themselves can report on content takedowns from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and YouTube. By cataloging and analyzing aggregated cases of social media censorship, seeks to unveil trends in content removals, provide insight into the types of content being taken down, and learn how these takedowns impact different communities of users.

“We want to know how social media companies enforce their terms of service. The data we collect will allow us to raise public awareness about the ways these companies are regulating speech,” said EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression and co-founder of Jillian C. York[…]

Anonymous couple drops $500K in Salvation Army kettle


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Anonymous couple drops $500K in Salvation Army kettle

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New York Post

A Minnesota couple shocked the local chapter of the Salvation Army over the weekend when they slipped a $500,000 check into one of the charity’s famous red kettles.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the donation Saturday at a Cub Foods outlet in the Twin Cities suburb of Rosemount. The paper reported that local firefighters handling bell-ringing duties that day were oblivious to the size of the check […]

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Below is the press release regarding the donation issued by the Twin Cities Salvation Army:

Record donation to a kettle: $500K from an anonymous donor

…To put it in perspective, the largest single gift in the Twin Cities prior to this one was $25,000, making this gift 20 times larger.

“We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities commander. “This is a true blessing and it could not come at a better time for The Salvation Army and the people we serve.”

The anonymous donors say they made the gift in hopes of encouraging others to give as generously as they can, too.

Also, they wanted to honor one of their fathers, who served in the trenches in World War I, and was always grateful to the Salvation Army Donut Lassies who brought soldiers free coffee and donuts. That simple act of kindness and comfort made a lasting impression and created a family legacy of supporting The Salvation Army.

Plus, when they were a young couple, the donors say money was so tight, they would often rely discarded food from the local grocery store. Today, they can afford to help others in need.

“You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” the donors said.

The $500,000 donation comes at the perfect time for The Twin Cities Salvation Army. They have set an ambitious, but achievable $11.6 million goal for their Christmas campaign….

Famous Presidential Lies Contest

Originally posted on Socialism is not the Answer:

Written by, To The Point News


1.      None of our boys will die on foreign soil



1.      I am not a crook

President Richard Nixon


GHW Bush:

1.     Read my lips – No New Taxes



1.      I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski



GW Bush:

1.      Iraq has weapons of mass destruction



1. I will have the most transparent administration in history. 

2. The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs. 

3. I am focused like a laser on creating jobs. 

4. The IRS is not targeting anyone. 

5. It was a spontaneous riot about a movie. 

6. I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”. 

7. You didn’t build that! 

8. I will restore trust in Government. 

9. The Cambridge cops acted stupidly. 

10. The…

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Putin Does Something Our Idiot Leaders Won’t


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Independent Sentinel, by S. Noble

Another country has banned George Soros and his radical groups. Russian prosecutors have deemed George Soros Foundation groups to be a “threat to Russian national security.” Russia Today reported that in a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russia’s Constitutional order and national security. They added that the Justice Ministry would be duly […]

Phil Bassett aka Grumpy Elders’ Memorial


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Grumpy Elder and daughter Chrystal Bassette Perez- FacebookTo friends, patriots and acquaintances of Phil Bassett (known to many as Grumpy Elder) who passed earlier this month:

Phil’s daughter, Chrystal, posted an event on Facebook earlier today for her father’s memorial.

Facebook Memorial Posting

Feel free respond or leave a comment beneath the event on Facebook by clicking on

the post above or the link at the bottom of this post.

If you live or will be in the area on December 28, please feel free to attend. Everyone is invited.

Please also on behalf of the family, pass the word. Thank you.





Witness accounts conflict with ‘Planned Parenthood shooting’ narrative


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Examiner by Renee Nal

On Black Friday, Several people were injured and University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, along with two unnamed civilians were killed by a man identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

While it was reported that the Public Information Officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department “told reporters that the entire incident started with shooting at the Planned Parenthood facility;” multiple reports conflict with this narrative, including accounts from eye witnesses.

The International Business Times reported:

“Witnesses at the scene told MSNBC the original gunshots came from near the Planned Parenthood at a Chase Bank facility….

These findings ought to be well received especially since with the exception of the Obama administration, Planned Parenthood and comrades, I do not know of anyone, even amongst the most die-hard Obama supporters, of which there are many in New York City who bought into this Planned Parenthood shooting narrative.

In fact, most are vocal about how sick and tired they are of these false narratives.


@David_EHG, ‘Jew’ For “Palestine” Wants GOP To Bomb White Men, ID Them & Spy On US Churches


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Meet David Gershon, Communist:

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The Mad Jewess

Before I rant against this insane, Communist, radical “Jewish” traitor to America, let me say…Than when I see a post like this, I really laugh my ass off at the likes of David Duke & his childlike supporters. Duke is a white Separatist who is madly in love with the brown people in “Palestine” and worries about these browns 7K miles away before he worries about whites in America. Gershon is an ally in the anti-Zionist cause with Duke. HAHAHA TOO COMICAL….

At any rate.. This is an excerpt of Gershon the Bolshevik:

“In the past month, GOP leaders and presidential candidates have celebrated bigotry and incited hate with unprecedented transparency. While the vast majority of such incitements have targeted Muslims in general and, more specifically […]


Long story, short, David Harris-Gershon is a loathsome Communist schmuck who is too blind to realize that the jihadists who arse he kisses will slit his throat and then play soccer with his head before any GOP official dares entertain the thought of bombing white men and spying on churches in America.


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