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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014 | Filed Under Holiday, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

As we all take the day off to be with family and friends, let us also remember to pray for and thank those Americans overseas in dangerous lands who cannot be home for the holiday.

May you all have a wonderful, relaxing day filled with the comfort of friends and family.

Also, please do take some time to look over our past work in the archives her at Publius. In the meantime, God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow. And we are thankful for your readership.


Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

November 27, 2014 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, History, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

During the Civil War, both presidents, Lincoln and Jeff Davis, issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations and celebration of the holiday as we know it grew as a result.

We all know about the famed Pilgrims who feasted with the local Indians in 1621, but after that the holiday was only observed once in a while. When he was the general commanding the American forces during the Revolution, George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in December of 1777. After the war, in 1789, he did so once again. Then, as President, John Adams also issued proclamations for two of his four years in the highest office of the land. But after that it was more or less a forgotten idea.

It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of a great war, that President Lincoln revived the tradition. The northern president wasn’t the only one to do this during the war, though. President Jefferson Davis had issued his Thanksgiving Day proclamation a year earlier, in 1862. Jefferson’s idea of Thanksgiving was a bit different than the one we think of today. The southern President had declared that the south’s observance would be a day of fasting and reflection, not feasting and revelry.

Of course, the holiday we are familiar with is connected to Lincoln’s proclamation. But, apparently the proclamation was not all Lincoln’s idea. It wasn’t just the war that spurred Lincoln to issue his proclamation, but a letter from a woman named Sarah Hale that convinced him to do so. Hale, the writer of the poem now called “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” had been trying to convince presidents to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation since 1846 and when Lincoln saw her letter he decided to follow her suggestion.

From there our formal national holiday was born.

President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward 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 can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
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Pres. John Adams Thanksgiving: A Proclamation Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

November 27, 2014 | Filed Under Founders, History, Holiday, John Adams, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Delivered March 6, 1799 by President John Adams

As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities; as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to avert the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act:

For these reasons I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people;” that He would turn us from our transgressions and turn His displeasure from us; that He would withhold us from unreasonable discontent, from disunion, faction, sedition, and insurrection; that He would preserve our country from the desolating sword; that He would save our cities and towns from a repetition of those awful pestilential visitations under which they have lately suffered so severely, and that the health of our inhabitants generally may be precious in His sight; that He would favor us with fruitful seasons and so bless the labors of the husbandman as that there may be food in abundance for man and beast; that He would prosper our commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, and give success to the people in all their lawful industry and enterprise; that He would smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion; that He would bless all magistrates, from the highest to the lowest, give them the true spirit of their station, make them a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well; that He would preside over the councils of the nation at this critical period, enlighten them to a just discernment of the public interest, and save them from mistake, division, and discord; that He would make succeed our preparations for defense and bless our armaments by land and by sea; that He would put an end to the effusion of human blood and the accumulation of human misery among the contending nations of the earth by disposing them to justice, to equity, to benevolence, and to peace; and that he would extend the blessings of knowledge, of true liberty, and of pure and undefiled religion throughout the world.

And I do also recommend that with these acts of humiliation, penitence, and prayer fervent thanksgiving to the Author of All Good be united for the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.

Given etc.

JOHN ADAMS


A Thanksgiving Proclamation in George Washington’s Own Words

November 27, 2014 | Filed Under Founders, George Washington, History, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation, October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war — for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted — for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

[sic] and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions — to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually — to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed — to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord — To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us — and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

(This text is housed in the Library of Congress.)


Obama Just Gave Employers a $3,000 Incentive to Hire Illegals Over Real Americans

November 26, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The United States has been suffering through the worst jobs climate in recent memory with millions of Americans unable to find work and just giving up looking. Now, things are going to get worse because with his massive, unconstitutional amnesty, Obama just gave employers a big incentive to hire illegals instead of real Americans.

According to The Washington Times, Obama’s illicit amnesty will hand employers a $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over American citizens.

How did the paper figure this? It’s because of Obamacare, naturally.
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Gary’s Liberal Deprogramming Workshop

November 25, 2014 | Filed Under Gary Krasner | Comments Off

-By Gary Krasner

Good morning class. Today you liberals will learn how to recognize coded language. And we will use the Ferguson incident as a case example.

GARY: Did you all watch the president’s comments last night?

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: Yes, he called for calm following the grand jury verdict.

GARY: But why did he wait until AFTER the verdict was rendered?

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: Why does it matter?

GARY: It matters because the rioters were already assembled on the streets. It was a little late at that point, to get them to disband.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: I suppose, but so what?

GARY: The reason Obama waited for the verdict was to editorialize about it. Had he given a news conference BEFORE the verdict, the only thing he could have said was that we’re a nation of laws, and juries hear the evidence and we have to accept the verdict.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: But isn’t that essentially what Obama said last night?

GARY: No. He said a lot more. He said, for example, that it’s “understandable” why people may be angry about the verdict.

Naive, mushy-headed young liberal: what’s wrong with that?
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You Built This, Mr. President, Ferguson is all That is Wrong With Democrats

November 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, Missouri, President, Progressives, Race, Racism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The pointless and illicit rioting in Ferguson, Missouri is a perfect example of all that is wrong with the Democrat Party, the unavoidable end game of that party’s actions, and proof of the illegitimacy of everything Democrats do to win elections.

Democrats win elections by lying to blacks and telling them that they are still living in the 1930s where it concerns race relations in America. The Democrat Party lies to blacks telling them Jim Crow is still in force, that blacks have made no progress, that they are oppressed every day and all their personal failures are the fault of others–namely “those white devils.”

Democrats then promise to give blacks freebies to make amends for the purported conditions under which they are supposed to suffer in order to get their vote.

And it works, too. Blacks vote in the 90 percent range for Democrats.
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On Ferguson I Was Right No Indictment, Updated With Testimony

November 25, 2014 | Filed Under Constitution, Crime, Missouri, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On August 20 I noted that Officer Wilson was certainly innocent and shouldn’t be indicted for murder. Last night the grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri validated my two-month-old presumptions. So, here is a re-post of my Aug. 20 points along with the actual grand jury testimony added at the bottom to contrast what I said two months ago.

I held off on writing a whole lot about Ferguson for the reason that I had no idea what happened and for many days there was no way to determine anything. But now it is beginning to look like the cop is innocent of “murder,” that teenager Michael Brown was a thug, and that the protesters are all 100% in the wrong.

New reports are finally making their way out of the morass in Ferguson and revealing that police officer Darren Wilson was attacked through his cruiser window by the hulking, thuggish Michael Brown who may have struggled with the smaller officer for control of his service pistol.

There is also new evidence that the police have upwards to a dozen witnesses who substantiate the officer’s version of events.

Today evidence was reported that officer Wilson suffered a broken eye socket in the incident which substantiates that Brown did attack him.
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Dana Perino Wrongly Claims Obama ‘Has The Prosecutorial Discretion’ To Issue His Amnesty

November 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Fox News, Government, Government Corruption, Immigration/Immigrants, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the claims that the left is erroneously using to justify Obama’s new amnesty policy is that he has the “prosecutorial discretion” to do what he is doing and on Thursday Fox News’ Dana Perino agreed with the left that Obama does, indeed, have that power.

Perino appeared on the November 20 edition of Fox News’ The Five where she insisted that Obama does have the power to issue his amnesty. But she also noted that it was “strange” that the first major thing that Obama did after the elections was to “poison the well” with his amnesty policy even after he claimed that the midterms meant that voters want Democrats and Republicans to work together.

Perino went on to claim that Obama has neatly boxed in his Republican opponents because they will not be able to quickly settle the constitutional legality of Obama’s order nor will they be able to easily tell five million suddenly legal immigrants that they actually aren’t legal.
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Obama Shocked by Suggestion Another Prez Might Selectively Enforce Tax Law

November 24, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent encounter that Obama had with ABC so entirely illustrates his arrogance that it can only make you laugh. George Stephanopoulos asked Obama what would stop a future president from following his example of selectively enforcing laws by refusing to collect certain taxes. Obama was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, at the suggestion and told Stephanopoulos that it would be “wrong” of a president to decide not to enforce tax law.

Here was the exchange with Obama filibustering in his opening monologue:

Transcript…
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Labor Unions For Dummies

November 24, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Gary Krasner, Jobs, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Unions | Comments Off

By Gary Krasner

Let me describe one larger point regarding public employee unions. It relates to the anti-competitiveness of unions generally, the same idea that Richard Epstein often writes about. But I’ll greatly simplify it for you.

Companies are not in business to make jobs. They’re in business to make profits. (It’s no different than when you invest your money.) Jobs are necessary to make profits.

Hiring labor is part of the cost of doing business. The object is to keep that cost down, but not to the extent that it will affect the performance of the company.

That means people who are capable and perform well are what businesses need, and it is why they compete with other companies to get such workers.

Example: In my profession, prepress computer operators who were fast and accurate could negotiate for higher wages. Through that reputation, they were in demand. Poor workers were not.

Such workers do not need unions. Mediocre and poor workers need unions. Unions benefit those who are the worst at their job.
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That’s Christmas To Me – By Pentatonix

November 22, 2014 | Filed Under Christmas, Entertainment, Holiday, Music, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

This is a really nice Christmas song!


Why Inner City Blacks See Racism Everywhere and Think We Are Still in Slave Days and Whites Don’t

November 22, 2014 | Filed Under Al Sharpton, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Cities, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Hispanics, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Race, Racism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Inner city blacks have a skewed and untrue view of what America “is” today and it is because they live in all black neighborhoods. This often self-imposed isolation is also why white people don’t understand why blacks don’t see the progress that blacks have made in this country.

There is a myth of segregated neighborhoods in this country that lives strong, especially in the minds of blacks. The myth is that whites live only among whites and blacks among blacks. The myth is also part of the assumption that whites are racists who will neither let blacks live near them, nor will move to areas where blacks live thereby keeping blacks down.

This is part of the victim mentality that blacks have built up among themselves to explain why inner city neighborhoods are blighted. It’s always someone else’s fault.

But according to an article by Dan Keating in The Washington Post studies have shown that these days all white neighborhoods have plummeted to near non-existence in American cities.
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Where is Hillary on Obama’s Abuse of Power? The Five Times She Said Presidents Need Limits

November 21, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Government, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Hillary Clinton has been pretty silent over Obama’s amnesty. She has not chastised this president for his abuse of power. But this might seem to be inconsistent with her past comments because there have been at least five times when she said that our presidents need to be reigned in and have their powers limited.

Clinton railed against an overly powerful executive at least five times in the recent past. In 2006, and twice each in 2007 and 2008 Hillary warned that the US needs to restore its system of checks and balances, a system lost to an over active Chief Executive.

In 2006, for instance, Hillary attacked George W. Bush claiming that he was making “the most extraordinary claims of executive power that we’ve seen in the nation’s history.” At that time Hillary praised our constitutional democracy and urged the nation to force Bush to back off and work better with Congress.

Only months later in 2007, Clinton was again railing against the President and saying that if she were elected to the White House she would roll back Bush’s use of Executive Orders. “I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the presidency,” Clinton said to The Boston Globe.
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To Aid Obama, Old Media Establishment Took a Pass on Gruber Videos

November 20, 2014 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, CBS, CNN, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Fox News, Fox Television, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Insurance, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Nanny State, NBC, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The man who was trying to shop the Gruber videos to the media was rebuffed by the Old Media Establishment repeatedly because they had no interest in highlighting the fact that Obama and his Obamacare cohorts were lying to the American people about the President’s signature healthcare law.

Howard Kurtz tracked down the man who was trying to get the media to notice the string of videos showing Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber telling audiences that the American voters are “stupid” and saying that the administration lied repeatedly about what was in Obamacare and how it would work all in a desperate attempt to get the President’s take over of our national healthcare system passed into law.

Kurtz tracked down the man, Rich Weinstein, and found a man who doesn’t himself want to become the story. In fact, he wouldn’t even supply Kurtz with a photo of himself.
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Another Government Making it Harder for Citizens to Get Public Records

November 19, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Nanny State, Progressives, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Transparency, shmansparency. Once again we see a government doing its level best to keep you, the people, from being able to find out what it is that government is doing to you. This time it is in failing Illinois where lawmakers are trying to make it much, much harder to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Yes, your representatives in the Illinois legislature–Republican and Democrat alike–don’t want you to be able to find out what they are doing in Springfield. Imagine that.

The bill (HB 3796) would make it extremely costly to file for an FOI request allowing the government to charge up to $100 per request and would also give the government even more time to fulfill requests for information.
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President Obama Says Christians More Responsible for Beheadings Than Muslims

November 18, 2014 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Catholicism, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Islamofascism, Jews, Judaism, Liberals, Mormons, PCism, President, Progressives, Religion, Society/Culture, Syria, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After the murder of American hostage and aide worker Peter Kassig by members of the Islamist terror group ISIS, Obama claimed that Christians were more responsible for terrorism than Muslims are.

After he returned from his trip to Asia, Obama deigned to comment on the murder of the aide worker by claiming that the actions of ISIS “represent no faith.”

“ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own,” Obama claimed.

Obama also claimed that the act was one of “pure evil.”

But my friend, Chicago’s Joe Walsh, noted on Monday evening, this means that Obama just said that Christians, Jews, Hindus, even Mormons are more responsible for terror than Muslims.

Before you get incredulous just look at what he wrote.
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Jim Webb: The Democrat Who Could Beat Hillary From The Right

November 13, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-War, Barack Obama, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Elizabeth Warren, Government, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Hillary Clinton is likely running for president. This is probably the worst kept secret in politics. But how is she running? That is the big question. Will she run as the far left candidate, to the middle, even toward the right side of the Democrat coalition? What ever side she angles for, there is one candidate, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, who, if he runs, would surely run to Hilary’s right and he could beat her doing it.

Webb was an unknown quantity when he first ran for the U.S. Senate in Virginia in 2006. In fact, he was so unknown in politics that no one knew which party banner he would pick up for his then rumored run for Senate.

Many thought it was a lock that he’d pick the Republican Party. After all, he was a hawkish member of the Reagan administration serving as the Gipper’s Secretary of the Navy from 1987 to 1988 and before that was Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs from ’84 to ’87. Further he was the author of a book that extolled the martial virtues of the Scots-Irish in the Old Confederacy. Before all that he was a Marine in Vietnam where he earned multiple combat awards.

However, Webb shocked everyone by picking the Democrat Party to represent in his 2006 run for the Senate. It seems fairly obvious he did so more because he saw that as a path to victory than as a strictly ideological choice. After all, the Democrats were resurgent at the time and the Party was advancing all across the country. Only two years later Barack Obama would ride a wave of Democrat success right into the White House.
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Jezebel Employees Charge Racism After White Outsider Picked as New Editor Over African American Insider

November 12, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gawker, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, Race, Racism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the announcement that Emma Carmichael is joining Gawker-owned, Celebrity Gossip site Jezebel.com as editor-in-chief, employees are a bit curious why an outsider was picked over their favored long-time deputy editor for the job?

A piece by Capital’s Peter Sterne notes that long-time deputy editor Dodai Stewart was passed over for editor-in-chief even though Jezebel employees really like her and had hoped she would get the job.

Stewart, an African American, was hired in the early days of the site by founding editor Anna Holmes. But her role has grown, especially in the past year since now former editor-in-chief Jessica Cohen had been flying back and forth between her home in Chicago and Gawker Media’s New York offices.
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Ill. Sen. Dave Syverson is an Example of Why the Ill. GOP is a Miserable Failure

November 12, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only days after the 2014 election that gave Illinois a new business-minded, tax-cutting Republican as its new Governor, Illinois State Senator and nominal Republican Dave Syverson gave us all a perfect example of why the Illinois GOP is such a crashing failure when he chirped up that he’d love to make the “temporary” state income tax hike permanent, BEFORE the new Governor even gets a chance to take office.

The 2014 midterm elections were a sharp rebuke to a nation of big spending, big government Democrats that have destroyed state budgets, the American healthcare industry, and engorged government in every corner of the nation. This wave election even affected deep blue Illinois as an insurgent first-time Republican candidate beat a thoroughly entrenched Democrat incumbent.

One of the reasons that new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner beat Democrat Pat Quinn is because Rauner ran on his outsider status, his business acumen, and his promises to cut taxes and get the state back from the brink of collapse. Rauner promised to change the absolute fact that Illinois is the worst state in the country in every single measure of what makes a successful state.
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HARASSMENT EXCLUSIVE: Ten Hours With Princess Leia Walking in NYC

November 11, 2014 | Filed Under Feminism, Hollywood, Humor, Movies | Comments Off

Remember the whiny feminists who last week were all up in arms about the staged video of a woman walking in New York City supposedly being harassed by every man who she passed?

Well, from a galaxy far, far away, Princess Leia warped down into New York City to see what would happen if she walked down the street.

This shocking video is what happened to that poor, poor princess…

Yes, this is proof that no self-respecting Star Wars princess should ever visit New York City!

For SHAME Boba Fett!
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Happy Veterans Day, 2014: Why OUR Veterans Are Different

November 11, 2014 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Military, Navy, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere military veterans are not so loved as they are here.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact its because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are usually the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

So, not in America. In the USA we respect our soldiers because they respect us as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American will feel pride, not fear. When an American hears that a fellow is a veteran, an American thanks that fellow for his service.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.
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After Six Years Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Being Targeted By Media

November 11, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Government, Government Corruption, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After the shellacking that President Obama received at the hands of voters in the midterm elections, his chief advisor, Valerie Jarrett is finally in the hot seat. Over the weekend, two articles attacked her as all that is wrong with the White House with one piece slamming her the “Obama whisperer” and another one flat out advising Obama to fire her.

Jarrett has been with the Obamas since their beginning in Chicago and has become the President’s spokesperson, closest adviser, and, some say, the real decision-maker in the White House.

This ultimate insider has been criticized by conservatives for years, but now it seems even liberals have about had enough of her.

For years many have been afraid to cross her–and for good reason–but with this political drubbing, it looks like at least a few in the media have finally decided to speak up in opposition to Jarrett’s iron fisted rule behind the scenes.
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Obamacare Architect Celebrates the Lack of Transparency in Obama’s Health Care Law: ‘Stupidity of American Voters’

November 10, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Insurance, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a revisited interview, the architect of Obamacare is seen saying that the lack of transparency in the President’s healthcare law is a feature not a problem. After all, if you rubes could figure it out, you’d really understand what an un-American mess Obamacare is. Obamacare is a total mess, a Gordian Knot that cannot be cut through by mortal men. And it was made that way on purpose.

The interview in question was of Romneycare and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber from October of last year. In the video taped interview, Gruber is seen noting that the lack of transparency in Obamacare is really a good thing.
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Some State Democrats Abandoning Party, Switching to Republican

November 9, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Liberals, Missouri, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston, West Virginia | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Thus far at least four Democrats have already jumped the sinking Democrat ship to become Republicans and in one case it gave the GOP a majority control of a state senate since the 1930s.

The first to jump parties was West Virginia State Senator Daniel Hall. The Wyoming County Senator announced the day after the midterm elections that he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican because, he said, most of his constituents are Republican and he felt he wasn’t serving their interests as a Democrat.

The WV senate was split 17-17 and Hall’s jump gave the WV GOP control of the state senate for the first time since the 1930s.
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Despite Rabble-Rousers Urging Ferguson Citizens to Vote, Few Bothered

November 8, 2014 | Filed Under Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Constitution, Courts, Crime, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Police State, President, Progressives, Regulation, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After months of rioting, one of the main themes that many left-wing rabble-rousers have been pushing on residents of Ferguson is to register to vote so that they can “change” their local government. But despite all the rhetoric, few Ferguson residents bothered to vote last Tuesday.

A big criticism of Ferguson, Missouri’s government is that there are “too many white people” in it. Activists have maintained that only a slate full of black candidates can properly govern the largely black population of the city. So, to throw out the few whites on the council, activists have urged citizens to register to vote and usher in a utopian black government.

But despite all the caterwauling of activists, it appears that Ferguson residents still weren’t motivated very much to go register and vote.
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Obama’s Sec. of Education Says Taxpayer Funded Pre-School is a Civil Right

November 7, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Budget, Chicago, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Public School, Rights, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Secretary of Education, Chicago operative Arne Duncan, is hoping to make taxpayer funded, universal pre-school a “civil right.”

During comments made in Los Angeles at the LA Universal Preschool forum on Oct. 21, Chicago hack Arne Duncan said that universal pre-school was a “social movement” that was “just like” the civil rights movement.

“At the end of the day for me this is really a social movement,” Duncan said of taxpayer-funded pre-school.

“If you look at social movements, we all celebrate what happened in the 1960’s. The civil rights movement was extraordinarily powerful, life transforming, earth shattering. But the question I have is, why didn’t the civil rights movement happen in the 50’s or the 40’s or 30’s or 20’s?” he said.
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Obamacare Voters & Gang of Eight Immigration Senators Saw Big Losses on Tuesday

November 6, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Immigration/Immigrants, Insurance, Jobs, Liberals, Medicaid, Mexico, Nanny State, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Regulation, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are a US Senator that supported Obamacare and/or one who supported the vaunted “Gang of Eight” senators who were seeking immigration compromise you are preparing for a long retirement back home in most cases because voters threw you out on your ear.

All these Democrats have been sacrificed on the altar of Obama.

First of all, you’ll recall that back in 2013 a group of eight US Senators got together supposedly to buck the gridlock and come to a compromise on immigration. The media loved these guys and hailed them as all that is good about Washington.
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Even in Blue Illinois the GOP Wave of 2014 Had an Impact, But The State is STILL A Major Failure

November 5, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bruce Rauner, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois State Government, John Cullerton, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Republicans bumped up their gains in the Senate and the House of Representatives and also gained in Governor’s mansions across the nation and even deep, deep blue Illinois was affected by this GOP wave. But even with these few bright spots, Illinois is the worst state in the union on every level.

But, yes, last night there were some bright spots. First of all, two Democrats lost their seats in the House of Representatives.

In the 10th District over in Lake County, Robert Dold re-took the seat he lost in 2012 when Democrat Brad Schneider knocked him out. Schneider rode Obama’s coat tails into the House in the big 2012 Democrat sweep.

Dold endured a vicious campaign full of lies launched by Schneider and the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. The Democrats claimed Dold was a “Tea Party” extremist and a major anti-abortion activist and neither are true.

But the shocker was the 12th District race where State Rep, Mike Bost just slammed Democrat incumbent Bill Enyart by a wide margin. I don’t think anyone had this major upset on their radar here in Illinois. Enyart only got one term and was ushered into office in 2012 along with the 10th District’s Schneider.

But the biggest upset is the race for Governor in the Land of Lincoln.
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Michelle Obama Out Right Lies About Illinois ‘Leading’ in Job Creation, Media Silent

November 4, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Michelle Obama, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few days ago, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Southern Illinois and during her speech she noted that Illinois leads the nation in job creation. This is a flat out lie. Not just political spin, but based solely on statistics, a straight out lie. And where was the media? Practically silent.

Obama was in Illinois to stump for Democrat Congresswoman Cheri Bustos who we hope is beaten by Republican candidate Bobby Schilling in the Illinois 17th District.

According to the Quad City Times, Obama praised Illinois for being a job creator saying, “”And we are here to keep this state in the right direction. And this state is leading the nation in job creation.”
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