Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: Giving Thanks To God for the Blessing that is America

By Douglas V. Gibbs

"Governments, in general, have been the result of force, of fraud, and accident. After a period of six thousand years has elapsed since the creation, the United States exhibit to the world the first instance, as far as we can learn, of a nation, unattacked by external force, unconvulsed by domestic insurrections, assembling voluntarily, deliberating fully, and deciding calmly concerning that system of government under which they would wish that they and their prosperity should live." -- James Wilson, November 26, 1787 in remarks in Pennsylvania ratifying convention.

John Adams once wrote, "The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people."

The Revolution that forged America into existence began long before the first shot was fired on Lexington Green, and continued after the British surrender at Yorktown. The idea of Thanksgiving goes all the way back to the pilgrims, and in reality even further back than that.  The Colonists used thanksgiving ceremonies and feasts to thank God for their survival and bounty, while sharing their bounty with their new found friends, the Indians. However, the holiday did not find its first governmental recognition until President George Washington recognized it in 1789 with a proclamation. Thanksgiving wasn't celebrated nationally on the fourth Thursday of every November until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it to be in his Thanksgiving Address of 1863. Thanksgiving was not even a formal federal holiday until 1941.

In 1787, in an effort to create a more perfect union, the federal government was born through the pages of the U.S. Constitution. It took the sovereign States uniting as one to defeat the great British Empire, so it was reasonable to assume a strong union would be necessary to weather the storms the new nation would encounter in the future. With God's guidance, the Founding Fathers studied history, and labored for four months to give us the greatest document, second only to the Holy Bible, this world has ever seen: The U.S. Constitution.

Understanding that history reveals the danger of too much power in any one group's hands, the Founding Fathers aimed to divide power as much as possible, and rather than make this nation a democracy fully run by the vote of the people, or an oligarchy fully run by the whims of a few powerful men, the Founders chose to make this nation a republic based on law, operating under the rule of law, and that law was not to be the opinions of a bunch of judges, but forged in the text of the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

The Framers of the Constitution used history, and the guiding principles of their faith in God, to structure this government. This is one nation under God, with a federal government that has only limited powers granted to it by the States.  Those authorities are enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. If the federal government desires a new authority, they may propose an amendment, but such authority is not to be granted unless the States approve the request by ratifying the amendment with a 3/4 approval. The States can propose amendments as well, through convention - a method not used since The Bill of Rights. The federal government, however, as history has proceeded, has seized power without the consent of the people, and is becoming a governmental system the Framers created the Constitution to protect us against.

Storms were on the horizon, and the Founding Fathers knew this. They recognized that there were those out there that desired a more centralized government, those that place as much faith, if not more, in government than they did God. These learned men understood that as a result of human nature, challenges would arise. Knowing these things, they wrote the Constitution with the intention to address each of those issues, and ensure that the great experiment of the United States of America would stand the test of time.

The Constitution, and the principles of America contained within its pages, are not antiquated and old fashioned as some may say.  The principles of the United States Constitution are no more out of date than the concepts of liberty and freedom. The philosophies of the Founding Fathers are contained within the pages of the founding documents (Articles of Association, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution), and if we as a nation were to simply adhere to the wisdom presented to us through those documents, based on the original definitions in line with the context of the times, our nation would continue to prosper. George Washington realized that the U.S. Constitution was not written only for the age of America's founding, but to outlast empires and other foreign governments as a government structured to fit the requirements demanded by human nature.  Freedom is the same regardless of the time period, and for the United States to survive the obstacles it had experienced, and for the U.S. Constitution to be such a sound document rooted in the wisdom of the ages, George Washington felt it important to give credit where credit is due, and proclaim a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for the miracle that was, and is, the United States of America.

The original Thanksgiving in the New World found the early Americans celebrating more than just giving thanks to God for their bounty. The English Colonists tinkered with many forms of government, and one of those systems was one of a community basket, or what today we call "socialism." The socialistic system failed, and many people in a number of the colonies literally starved to death because of the failings of a collectivist system. Without personal incentive, the people did not work their fields as they should, becoming dependent on others to supply the food and supplies to the community stash. However, when the system was changed to one of a free market, where the citizens kept most of what they produced, and then were able to sell or trade their excess in a free market, the new settlements began to flourish, and prosper.

So, one must remember that in addition to giving thanks to God for the birth of this great nation, and giving thanks for the miracle of the U.S. Constitution, Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to thank God for our defeat of socialism way back in the 1600s, which may have very well destroyed America before she had the chance to take her first deep breath. It was freedom, liberty, and a free market that gave the early English Colonists their bounty, and the Founding Fathers understood that. The real question now is, though the Founding Fathers understood the principles of liberty, do we?

Happy Thanksgiving, and may America continue to be the shining beacon on the hill - the light of the world that serves as an example of freedom, prosperity, and one nation under God for all to see, and emulate.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Thanksgiving Feast of the American Colonists

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The concept of a Thanksgiving Feast is not uniquely American.  The Spanish Colonies also had thanksgiving ceremonies and meals as well.  The colonists in the New World, be they English, Dutch, French, Spanish, or of any other European origin, were a deeply religious people, and felt it necessary to give thanks to God for their survival, and prosperity, in their new land.  The Pilgrims had plenty to be thankful for, and so theirs is the story that has been most publicized (perhaps with a little help from the 1861 push for a Thanksgiving Holiday).  However, Turkey was not the dominant item on the menu, nor was many of our other traditional favorites.

The original menu for the first Thanksgiving was very different to what we have on the table today. Wild Turkey may have been an item, but the likely collection of other birds probably included Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, and believe it or not, Eagles.  Other meats included Venison, and Seal.  Seafood was also a large part of the diet, so the banquet most likely included Cod, Eel, Clams, and Lobster.  The corn, not originally an item favorable to the palates of the colonists, was off the cob, ground down into a mush, and made into bread that resembled pita bread.  It was a three day banquet, and it was a celebration of survival as a result of good harvests, and capitalism.

The Pilgrims were religious separatists who wound up landing way north of their intended target.  Since they were separatists, I like to tell people they landed way north of the rest of the Massachusetts Bay Colonies "accidentally on purpose." Many believe as I do that since they were separatists, the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England purposely navigated north of their intended target.

The reason for the Pilgrim's journey to America was to seek religious freedom. They were persecuted in England as the King made it law that everyone be a member of the Church of England. To escape the tyranny, after a short stint in Holland, they braved a treacherous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean that lasted 66 days.

The Pilgrims established a village using a communal system that used a central dispensary for food, and other items. The colonists were expected to work for the good of the community, placing into the central store all of their labors, and taking from it as needed. As Christians, they felt they could trust each other to put forth a good effort, and to be honest about what they took from the central stores for survival. The first winter was brutal, and most of the colonists remained on board the ship. More than half of the new colonists died from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious disease. Less than half of the original colonists survived that first winter.

Of the Mayflower’s original travelers that survived through that winter, life was difficult. They were sick, hungry, and psychologically devastated. In the Spring, the colonists all moved ashore, and continued to maintain their collectivist system of communal living.

Days passed, and the Pilgrims were greeted, in English, by an Abenaki Indian. Several days later, as the story goes, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition.

Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to grow corn, extract and use sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. Through the process, with Squanto's guidance, the colonists also formed an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe. The friendship lasted more than fifty years, and is a shining example of how the colonists and the Indians attempted to live in harmony in the New World.

As I like to tell people, the English Colonists were families fighting for survival, and did not desire war with the Indians like the Conquistadors of the Spanish Colonies who wiped out entire tribes, and raped and forcibly took as wives the women of those tribes.  The English Colonists did not want to fight with the Indians largely because they needed their help in order to survive.  They were not their to create empire, like the Spanish.  They were there as individual families to start a new life.

Even after help from Squanto, starvation continued to rampage through the colony because under the communal system not all settlers were putting forth their best effort, and were taking more than they put into the stores. Those that did work hard were angry because they were expected, through their labors, to carry the entire colony. Unrest was breaking out, and the colony knew that if they did not do something about their situation fast, the colony would not survive.

A new system was devised that gave each Pilgrim a parcel of land. They were told this land belonged to them, and they could work the land as they pleased. The settlers would keep all that they produced, and could bring any excess to market to trade with other settlers for goods they desired.  This new system moved the colony away from the communal system they had been suffering under, and instead established a system that in today's world we would call "Free Market Capitalism."

The Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, and as a result of changing their system to a more capitalistic system based on personal incentive, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency, the colony was not only prospering, but their food was bountiful. In fact, they had so much food, they began to trade with the Indians.

Governor William Bradford, wishing to give thanks to the Lord for their good fortune, organized a celebratory feast and invited their Indian allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The festival lasted for three days, and based on writings from the time period the menu is believed to have been rich in fowl and fish.

The fish was most likely cod.  Other seafood items included clams, lobsters, and eels.  Five deer were brought by the Indians.  On the table were also ducks, geese, swan, crane, and perhaps a wild turkey or two. Pumpkin may have been on the menu, along with various berries. The Indians made a stewed mix of corn, roots, beans, squash and various meats called sobaheg. On the table were also onions, turnips, and greens from spinach to chard.

Many of the menu items, it is suggested, were also prepared with traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled, the meal did not feature pies, sweet cakes, or other desserts. Because of the culture, it is also possible that the women did not participate.

In 1623, after a long drought that threatened the year's harvest, and yet still a bounty encouraged by their "keep what you produce" capitalistic system, Governor Bradford once again called for a feast for the purpose of giving thanks for the survival and prosperity of the colony.

As the years progressed, a thanksgiving feast on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation. He called upon Americans to express their gratitude and give thanks to God our Lord for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817, New York officially adopted an annual Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1827, noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale, known for her nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb," began to campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Hale published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians over a period of about thirty-six years. In 1863 at the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln heard her cry, and issued a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife" and to "heal the wounds of the nation." He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan was met with passionate opposition determined to keep with tradition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

Though turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries (cranberry sauce), and pies were not on that original menu, over the passing of time these have become the traditional menu items of Thanksgiving. The true essence of Thanksgiving, however, is not the meal. This unique American holiday was, and still is, a day for all of us to give thanks to God for our blessings, and for the difficulties we have endured that have made us stronger and wiser. And the story I have given you may not have been technically the "first Thanksgiving," for throughout the colonies there were ceremonies of thanks that predate the Pilgrims' celebration.

Despite the tales of a bloody relationship between the Indians and the settlers, which did exist to some extent as the colonies began to encroach on native hunting grounds, the early tales of Thanksgiving reveals that there was a time when the Indians and colonists existed in harmony, and gave thanks to God for their relationship, and the miraculous survival of the early colonists, thanks to a little concept (though this may not have been the first time a free market style system had been used) we now call today "capitalism."

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Federal Judge Says Illegals Can Sue For Being Detained

by JASmius

Well, this was inevitable:

A [San Francisco] Bay Area federal judge has given the go-ahead to a nationwide suit by thousands of [illegal aliens] who seek asylum in the United States and accuse the government of illegally keeping them in jail for months.

In rejecting the Obama administration’s attempt to dismiss the suit, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of Oakland ruled that federal law requires officials to decide within ten days whether an undocumented immigrant has a “reasonable fear” of persecution or torture if deported. Immigrants are held without bail while awaiting those decisions.

The law says a decision must be made within ten days unless “exceptional circumstances” exist. Justice Department lawyers argued that immigration officials have the sole authority to define exceptional circumstances and are not bound by any deadline.

But Gonzalez Rogers, in a ruling Friday, said the law’s meaning is clear: Decisions are required within ten days except in rare cases where circumstances justify a delay.

Causes vertigo-induced projectile nausea, doesn't it?  Or motion sickness, at the very least.  Is this a tyrannical federal judge attempting to dictate to a tyrannical Executive Branch?  Is it a Hispanic federal judge trying to up the pandering-to-Hispanics ante?  And just exactly how do non-citizens here not just illegally but having been deported and then come here illegally again - repeat offenders, in other words - have legal standing to sue the federal government or anybody else?  Much less on the claim of "fear of persecution"?  In Mexico?  Central America?  Is this not the flimsiest, most contrived mierda the Left has vomited yet?

Allow me to reiterate this again: There is no inherent "human right" to come to this country and suck off of and/or displace actual American citizens.  No other non-failed state on the planet refuses to control its borders, protect its national sovereignty, and preserve the meaning and integrity of citizenship.  But Obamerikastan?  The Cloward-Piven crazy train careens on, with the inevitable national collapse looming ever closer.

Warner Todd Huston is right - we are committing national suicide.

Islamists Exploit Ferguson Riots To Promote 'Resistance' in U.S.

by JASmius

You know the old saying: It isn't paranoia when they really are all out to get you:

The Islamic State (known by the acronyms of IS, ISIS or ISIL) is exploiting the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing an 18-year old African-American.

The Islamic State members are taking to social media to encourage rioters to murder and behead police and political figures. One high-profile Islamic State operative said the group would send fighters to Ferguson if the rioters pledge allegiance to its caliph. In a hand-written note, the operative said:

“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr… and then we will shed our blood for you, and send you soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood and their play is carnage!”

And why wouldn't these professional "protestors" welcome that assistance and pledge their allegiance?  Remember, while the underlying ideologies of the Left and Islam are fundamentally incompatible, they share a common enemy - Christian America - and each sees the other as a means to a very similar end.  Jockeying for dominance can take place after "The Great Satan" has been destroyed.

It isn't just ISIS exploiting the Ferguson Insurrection, BTW:

Other Islamist groups are also exploiting the mayhem in Ferguson to advance their adversarial views of the U.S. government and police.

Most frighteningly, [Louis Farrakhan] reportedly told African-Americans to rise up against the U.S. government as the Palestinians have risen up against Israel. In August, he justified the terrorism of Hamas against Israel and compared it to the struggle of blacks in America.

In front of 2,000 attendees in Maryland, Farrakhan happily proclaimed, “They know an explosion is going to come.” The reaction was not shock or a worried silence. It was cheers.

Islamists with softer tones like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are also using the Ferguson situation to increase their influence.....

Zahra Billoo, the director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, is citing the grand jury’s decision against indicting Officer Darren Wilson as part of a “tyranny” that must be challenged with “resistance.”

Allow me to turn around the question I posed above: Why wouldn't Islamic Fundamentalists try to exploit the Ferguson uprising?  This is a plumb opportunity for them to dramatically ratchet up their subversive influence in the heart of "The Great Satan".  We've already seen how the soullessness of "progressivism" has motivated thousands of young, de-Christianized Westerners to flock to the Islamist banner for the ostensible meaning and purpose that Islam offers.  The divisively racist, incendiary attitude and policies of the Obama Regime have created a nationwide powder keg that was just waiting for the spark that Ferguson provided.  And now the enemy sees a potential pool of over forty million jihadist recruits they can inspire to rise up, overthrow the U.S. government, and expand the Caliphate's rule to the "infidels'" greatest "Crusader" stronghold.  The only real question is why it took ISIS and CAIR and the Nation of Islam and the others so long to launch their hashtag propaganda offensive.

Exit question: With so much "crisis exploitation" competition, how would the Obama Regime go about handling a domestic Islamist uprising?  Would they try to suppress it, co-opt it, or join it?  I'm as genuinely curious as I am fervently hopeful that we never have to find out.

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation and the National Day of Thanksgiving

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

During last Thursday's Temecula Constitution Class, one of the attendees read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation.  Mr. Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving is the proclamation that established the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving to be a national holiday.  The day of Thanksgiving was an important observance to Abraham Lincoln, and in fact, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

Prior to Lincoln's Proclamation, States scheduled the Thanksgiving holiday based on their independent schedules, often at different times than other States.  President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately.  The woman had been an advocate for a national day of thanksgiving for 15 years, and prior Presidents had ignored her requests.  

George Washington was the first president under the United States Constitution to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln's.

In Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation, he sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise."


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 unequaled 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 consiousness 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 Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

NFL Thanksgiving 2014

by JASmius

The flesh of the bird, the skin of the pig, the tryp to the phan, and huge mounds of carbohydrates - when it's dark, cold, wet, and dismal outside, does it get any better than that?

From the NFL's point of view, it could be worse.  Typically, with Detroit and Dallas always playing host on Thanksgiving, and with Detroit and Dallas usually the epitome of mediocrity, the quality of the day's football fare tends to be more than a little lacking.  But some of today's matchups are actually borderline-riveting, and the one that isn't is, fortunately, scheduled for most families' dinner times.

Ever wondered what an all-out fight between a grizzly bear and an African lion would look like?

Well, I can tell you with absolute confidence that that spectacle would be far more interesting than anything that will take place at Detroit's Ford Field today, where Chicago brings its #29 passing defense to get shredded by Matt Stafford, Golden Tate, "Megatron," and the #10 passing offense in the NFL.  And since neither team can run the ball worth crap, and the Lions sport the league's #10 passing defense, the only thing that might keep this game watchable is Detroit's penchant for kicking away games in which they are heavily favored.

CBS, in other words, drew the short straw.

Detroit* (-7)

A battle for first place in the NFC East, and with the rematch coming in a couple of weeks at the Linc.  Hard to beat this matchup.  It's got just what the networks love: great offenses and mediocre defenses.  DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy should run up big rushing numbers, but it's that big, fat #30 Eagles passing defense that will have Tony Romo's mouth watering more than any buffet Jerry Jones could possibly come up with.  Eagles backup quarterback Mark "Butt Fumble" Sanchez is actually playing pretty well in relief of the injured Nick Foles, but there's no way he's going to be able to keep up here.

Philadelphia (+3)

And finally, the main course.

The rematch of one of the greatest NFC Championship games ever played and resumption of the best rivalry in the NFL.  "The Tip" signifies it all.

Or at least NBC was hoping the Champs and the Forty Whiners would pick up right where they left off.  Seattle's and San Francisco's respective seasons don't have quite the sizzle of last year's glory, tied at 7-4, two games behind the Arizona Cardinals.  Both clubs have been injury-decimated this year, and both have been plagued by inconsistency.  But both have "hung around," and now that the Cardinals appear to be starting to falter, following Carson Palmer's second injury of the season, the NFC West is looking like it might be coming back into play for its last two winners.

As usual, if you tuned in the Eagles-Cowboys game for offense, you're tuning this one in for defense.  As in #1 (Seahawks) and #2 (49ers).  This is going to be another trademark 'hawks-Niners slugfest where who can run the ball better, and who has the ball last, will likely determine which team comes out on top.

With middle linebacker Bobby Wagner back in the lineup to help offset the season-ending run-stopping loss of defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to a hamstring tear, the Champs' top-ranked rushing attack, and the fact that San Francisco has never looked impressive this year and at times has looked godawful, I'm going to go with the slight upset, and the 'hawks first win down the coast in six years, and first ever at the Big Bell Bottom.

Seattle* (+1)
San Francisco

I told a friend at church this past Sunday that the Champs would either lose to the Cards and Niners or we would beat them both.  By this Sunday evening we could be a game up on San Fran and a game back of Arizona with the proverbial wind at our backs.  And with no true dominant team in the NFC this year, momentum at the right time may be all it takes to get back to the promised land once again.

Amnesty + ObamaCare = Massive Layoffs

by JASmius

More Obama "incompetence," or another "Mission Accomplished" banner for the Oval Office?:

Barack Obama’s amnesty for illegal immigrants will produce a disaster of unparalleled magnitude when the ObamaCare employer mandate kicks in.

Those granted amnesty will not be eligible for ObamaCare. The amnesty will merely keep them safe from deportation; it won’t make them legal. And ObamaCare can only go to citizens and legal noncitizens living in the U.S.

But the employer mandate in ObamaCare requires large companies to offer insurance to each of their full-time workers or pay a hefty fine to the government for failing to do so.

Combine these two programs and you have a huge incentive for employers to dismiss any blue-collar workers on their payroll and replace them with illegal immigrants covered by amnesty. These folks are allowed to work but not to get ObamaCare. An employer can’t be fined for failing to offer ObamaCare to employees who are ineligible to receive it. It’s an employer’s dream!

Oh, I don't know about that, Mr. Morris.  Why couldn't The One simply decree another delay of the employer mandate?  In fact, that might be a good indicator of whether or not he's going to permit the 2016 election to take place, as if he's planning on remaining in office indefinitely, he'd have no more reason for any additional mandate deferrals.  On the other hand, he could simply issue another diktat declaring illegals eligible to receive ObamaCare.

Or he could simply do nothing and allow working citizens to be replaced with illegal aliens en masse, and then issue a decree making the latter eligible for ObamaCare.  That's the option on which I would put my dwindling pile of money.

It's amazing, isn't it, what can be accomplished with a pen, a phone, and two extended middle fingers.

It's good to be the king.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation Stands the Test of Time

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

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.

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

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Happy Thanksgiving from President John Hanson

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Before George Washington, and before the Constitution of the United States, the government for which the fledgling nation that had just won independence from Great Britain existed under was established by the Articles of Confederation.  Written during wartime, the Articles joined the States in a loose-knit union, and the first President of the United States, under the Articles of Confederation, was John Hanson.

On October 11, 1782, President Hanson declared a day of Thanksgiving. The Day of Thanksgiving took place on November 28, 1782. The proclamation was published in "The Independent Gazetteer; or, the Chronicle of Freedom" on November 5, 1782.

The following is President John Hanson's proclamation:

By the United States in Congress assembled,

It being the indispensable duty of all nations, not only to offer up their supplications to Almighty God, the giver of all good, for His gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner, to give Him praise for His goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of His Providence in their behalf; therefore, the Unites States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of Divine goodness to these States in the course of the important conflict, in which they have been so long engaged, - the present happy and promising state of public affairs, and the events of the war in the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils which is so necessary to the success of the public cause, - the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them, - the success of the arms of the United States and those of their allies, - and the acknowledgment of their Independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States; Do hereby recommend it to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe and request the several states to interpose their authority, in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY OF NOVEMBER next as a day of SOLEMN THANKSGIVING to GOD for all His mercies; and they do further recommend to all ranks to testify their gratitude to God for His goodness by a cheerful obedience to His laws and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.

Done in Congress at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh.

JOHN HANSON, President.


-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Snow Falls on Ferguson, Missouri

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The police are searching for the AR-15 Rifle stolen from the police car that was set on fire when the riots began after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.  As the police conducted their search, and the National Guard remained in position, snow began to fall, reducing the number of opportunists willing to brave the cold weather.

Protesters say the demonstrations are physically wearing them down, but the anger remains.

During Tuesday's unrest, two guns, a Molotov cocktail, and items thrown at officers were seized.

Ron Johnson, Missouri State Highway Patrol captain, said officers had "not seen anything of this magnitude."

On Monday Night, directly after the grand jury's decision, more than a dozen buildings were set ablaze, while other businesses were looted and cars were set on fire.  Overall, there were 21 fires and 61 arrests, 32 for burglary. Three officers were injured in the mayhem, which was spread over four square miles.

With fist in the air, the sign of black power, a Black Nationalist sign, reminds society of where this racial division could progress to. . . if we are willing to remember history, and recall the rise of agitators that have always hoped for Helter Skelter.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Southern California Ferguson Protesters Block Freeway in San Diego

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Diana Serafin, a local conservative activist in Murrieta, California, said to me on the phone a little while ago, "Now they've blocked Interstate 5 down in San Diego."

Her hat tip was exactly right.

University of California at San Diego students, protesting the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, marched onto the freeway in La Jolla just north of San Diego and blocked Interstate 5, completely blocking traffic and bringing it to a stand still, for about 40 minutes.  Angry motorists yelled at the demonstrators, some exiting their vehicles to do so, and at one point a motorist got into a brief physical confrontation with the leader of the group blocking the freeway.  The marchers were eventually dispersed by San Diego police, and continued their march on surface streets.  There has been no reports of arrests.

The leader of the protesters shouted his message with a bullhorn, holding signs criticizing the grand jury decision in Ferguson.  Police monitored the group as they continued along city streets.

The claim of the protesters was that they were trying to make people pay attention to what they see as a pattern of institutional violence against black people in the U.S. (never mind that 90% of violence against black people is by other black people).

In a statement filled with erroneous fiction, one UCSD student said, “What led to this demonstration is the fact that every 28 hour a black person is killed by a police officer, a security guard or a vigilante, and it’s very unlawful.  Most often these black people who are murdered are unarmed and their killers go free.”

Like the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the UCSD students have obeyed magnificently as mindless pawns, the racial and class division the liberal left desires, and they have done exactly what the ruling class has encouraged them to do.  Unable to think for themselves, they have picked up the banner of statism, and they have decided to side with the tyrants who seek to enslave them under the plantation of government control.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Powerful 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Indonesia

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The United States Geological Service states that a 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia.  The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast, about 25 miles below the seabed.  No tsunami warning has been issue.

No damage has been reported as being caused by the late evening earthquake.  When the quake struck, people ran out of their homes more in fear of a massive tsunami, than form the rattling.  In 2004, an earthquake near Sumatra caused a tsunami that killed 230,000 people.

This earthquake follows another 6.8 magnitude event further north along the Pacific Rim of Fire from a few days ago.  That earthquake slammed central Japan, injuring 13 people (5 were injured seriously), and temporarily trapping 21 at Hakuba Village. The earthquake destroyed five houses in Hakuba village, host to some of the Winter Olympic events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, but that the 21 villagers trapped were successfully rescued.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Hard Starboard Radio: The Ferguson Fraud

"The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don't shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today"; Dear Obamedia: Here's how to not screw up the next Ferguson, assuming that you weren't screwing it up deliberately; Barack Obama's Ferguson sermon - surprise! - dishonored our police and disrespected the grand jury’s decision; Another of Barack Obama's goals with his unlawful amnesty decree was to enrage Republicans; Barack Obama's coalition is held together only by his personal mythography (remixed); and Tea Partiers and "establishmentarians" have to learn to get along if we’re going to, you know, win.

Day before Turkey Day at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Abortion Doctor Returns Child to Pedophile

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

November 24, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE by Life Dynamics

“Don’t think this case is a one of a kind case. It is actually very typical of what we see on a regular basis from the abortion industry,” ~ Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher.

An abortionist in Florida who returned a child to her sexual abuser after performing an abortion on her is still in business despite his flagrant disregard of mandatory reporting laws in the state.

Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas discovered this while doing research to document how the abortion industry covers for child sexual predators. That research has been published in a report entitled, The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse which can be read

The report reveals that the failure of abortion clinics to comply with mandatory reporting laws is having profound, real-world consequences for the victims of child sexual abuse.

Case in point is that of a 12-year-old victim who was taken to a National Abortion Federation clinic operated by Florida abortionist Michael Benjamin by the pedophile who impregnated her, Jermaine Jones, in an attempt to cover-up his crime.


Life Dynamics discovered that the Florida Board of Medicine had an open case against Benjamin who runs an abortion clinic out of his Tamarac office, ( a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale) for not reporting an abortion he performed on a 12-year-old child.

At the same time, Life Dynamics was reviewing a file for a pedophile who had sexually raped a 12-year-old girl and had taken her for an abortion in the same area. Life Dynamics then requested the arrest and offense report for the rapist from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department and realized that these two cases were the same. The details were shocking, graphic, and tragic.

Although mandatory reporters, the rape of this child was essentially covered-up by two abortion clinics and their staff, the National Abortion Federation, as well as the abortionist.

In response, Life Dynamics has decided to emphasize the importance of prosecuting those who fail to report the sexual abuse of children by publishing a timeline of the events in this case.

To protect her identity, Life Dynamics will refer to the young victim as “Emily.”

In May/June of 2009 Florida authorities say that 34 year-old Jermaine Jones began sexually assaulting the 12-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Janet Marshall, and, by November, the child was pregnant.

What happened over the next days should horrify the public and law enforcement alike.


November 2, 2009

“Emily” is pregnant and is taken to an abortion clinic identified in a police report as being on 23rd Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. This is presumed to be the All Women’s Health Center located at 1135 NW 23rd Avenue. This facility is a member of the National Abortion Federation. (NAF)

A member of the clinic staff informs Marshall that her daughter’s pregnancy is too advanced for them to do the abortion. Marshall is then instructed to call the NAF hotline for a referral to another one of its facilities where later abortions are done.


A counselor on the hotline refers Marshall to a NAF facility in Tamarac, Florida, operated by abortionist Michael Benjamin. During that call, the counselor also informs Marshall that NAF has a fund she can access that will pay for all but $200 of the cost. Jones and Marshall schedule the abortion and leave with “Emily” for the six-hour drive to Tamarac.


November 4, 2009

Using ultrasound, Benjamin establishes the pregnancy at 24 weeks and begins a multi-day abortion procedure by installing cervical dilators. It is later determined by state health department investigators that Benjamin’s pre-abortion counseling with “Emily” lasted between six and eight minutes.

“Emily” is brought back to the clinic for additional dilation. At this time, digoxin was injected into the heart of her unborn child in order to cause death.

November 6, 2009

Benjamin completes the abortion by removing the dead baby intact. Afterward, he releases “Emily” to Jones who then leaves with her.


Mid-November, 2009

During a check-up of “Emily” by a pediatrician in Alachua County, Florida, the doctor determines that she has been sexually active and reports it to the Florida Department of Children and Families. Their investigation confirmed that an illegal sexual relationship had existed and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) was notified.

January 11, 2010

As part of its investigation, the Sheriff’s Department requests documents from the Medical Quality Assurance division of the Florida Department of Health (FDH) necessary to file a complaint against Benjamin for failing to comply with his duties as a mandated reporter.

February 10, 2010

Jones is arrested by Alachua County Sheriff’s Department detectives.

March 8, 2010

Jones is indicted on two felony charges related to the sexual assaults on “Emily.”

May 27, 2010

Jones pleads guilty and receives a 15-year prison sentence.


January 21, 2011

The Florida Department of Health files an Administrative Complaint against Benjamin related to hisfailure to comply with the state’s mandatory reporting statute. During the ensuing investigation, an employee of this abortion clinic tells officials that she was not sure why no report was made, saying “Maybe we’ve been hardened with so many kids coming in.”

April 14, 2014

In addition to assessing a $10,000 fine against Benjamin, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) ordered Michael Benjamin to pay the costs associated with their investigation and said that he must attend classes regarding his duties to report suspected child sexual abuse.


The FDH also put Benjamin’s medical license on probation for two years and assigned Dr. Frank Rodriquez to monitor him during that period. This was done, despite the fact that Rodriquez and Benjamin were known to be co-workers at another NAF abortion clinic where, in 2006, an incident similar to the one involving “Emily” had occurred.

In that case, high school teacher, Andrew Loyd Foster, impregnated one of his underage students and took her to the Presidential Women’s Center in Palm Beach County for an abortion.

Florida Education Practices Commission against Andrew Loyd Foster. Case no. 09-0218-RT

Approximately three months later, the victim’s mother learned of the situation and contacted authorities. Given this gap in time, it is obvious that the clinic did not file a report with the state. It was also found that Foster had not only engaged in a sexual relationship with this girl, but with another minor student at the same time. In 2008, he was convicted on two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and sentenced to five years in prison.

Let’s Recap:

• Abortionist Michael Benjamin does a 24-week abortion on a 12-year-old child after a six-to-eight minute counseling session with her.

• Following the procedure, Benjamin releases the girl to the adult male who was assaulting her and had driven her six hours to the abortion clinic.

• Although neither of the two abortion clinics where this child was taken complied with the state’s mandatory reporting law, no criminal charges were brought against anyone at either facility. This was also true about the counselor on the NAF hotline even though there can be no doubt that he or she was made aware of the patient’s age.

• Benjamin was given a slap on the wrist by the health department to be overseen by one of his colleagues. Today, Benjamin continues to operate his Tamarac abortion clinic and he is still a member of the National Abortion Federation.

• If the pediatrician who saw “Emily” after the abortion had also ignored the mandatory reporting law, this sexual predator would not have been apprehended. In that case, it is virtually certain that (a) his assaults on this child would have resumed and (b) there would have been additional victims in the future.

Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher said that the details of this case, as shocking as they appear are not unique, “Don’t think this case is a one of a kind case. It is actually very typical of what we see on a regular basis from the abortion industry.”

Crutcher encourages the public to review Life Dynamics’ Child Predators website and to pressure law enforcement officials to prosecute those who violate mandatory reporting laws, “It is self-evident that when a minor girl seeks an abortion, she represents a textbook example of why mandatory reporting laws were created in the first place. Despite this, we have consistently found that the law enforcement community is functionally indifferent to the problem of abortion clinics not complying with mandatory reporting statutes even in the face of irrefutable evidence that violations are occurring. Among all the cases we researched we never found one example in which criminal charges were brought against an abortion clinic employee for failing to comply with their state’s mandatory reporting statutes andMichael Benjamin was no exception..”

All legal documents necessary to confirm this analysis are on file at Life Dynamics Incorporated in Denton, Texas.

Other incidents similar to the one above can be found on the “Actual Cases” section of

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Obama EPA's Tighter Ozone Standards A Deliberate Job-Killer

by JASmius

Let not your hearts be troubled, my friends; I'm sure this is meant to "aid the middle class".


The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions, in a move industry groups said would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone and consider public comments on standards within a 60 to 75 ppb range.

The EPA must finalize the rule by October. It will replace the current standard of 75 ppb set in 2008. [emphases added]

First off, ozone is a "pollutant" like carbon dioxide is a "pollutant".  Which is to say, ozone is not a "pollutant".

Secondly, seventy-five parts per billion isn't low enough?  Even EPA admits that attempting to lower the standard to sixty parts per billion at insane, totally counterproductive cost (an estimated additional $270 billion a year, which private industry can't just have Janet Yellen print up) will only improve air quality - which is already plenty clean, thank you very much - "slightly".  Which is to say, negligible at best, and most likely, not at all.  So why not eliminate "ground-level ozone" altogether?  Why do things in half-measures?

The same way it will destroy still more real-as-roast-beef jobs, assuming any remain:

House Speaker John Boehner quickly ripped the "massive new regulation" as a job killer and the "most expensive rule ever proposed by the EPA."

"If implemented, it would also undercut our ability to use America’s energy boom to reset our country’s economic foundation, revitalize manufacturing, and put more Americans back to work," he said.

"Americans have made clear to the president that his priorities are not theirs, and this is precisely the kind of misguided policy they rejected earlier this month," Boehner added in a statement. "The new American Congress will continue listening to the American people, and take action to protect middle-class families, and our economy, from the Obama administration’s regulatory onslaught.”

Speaking on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" former Pennsylvania-16 Representative Robert Walker said the Obama administration’s stricter ozone regulations is further proof that the White House is more concerned with expanding government and power than they are with creating jobs.

"The fact is these regulations will choke off a large portion of our economy," Walker said. "They will, at the very least, create huge expenses of business to invest in meeting the terms of the regulations and those costs will be at the expense of American jobs."

Just so. And the best part is, it's not as visible as killing Keystone XL was, and will further, inexorably indenture the moribund middle class to welfare dependency beyond any capability of the equally moribund U.S. economy to save them.  And a lot of them, who voted for Barack Obama twice, after all, will never even realize the tyrannical injustice that's been done to them, as they step outside the door of their public housing project, dodge the whizzing bullets, and take an appreciative whiff of the clean(er) air.

And still, economics has its "nature red of tooth and claw" aspects as well.  Everything has a cost, and some commodities - like "clean(er)" air - come at such a ludicrously prohibitive cost for whatever miniscule gains are made for it as to be clearly economically insane.  Which is why the Regime keeps the cost invisible, and vilifies the voices - "Big Business" - who do see it and speak up.

The EPA has no legal or constitutional right to exist in any case.  But it's the insufferable moral supremacy coupled with the spirit of piracy that at least as much makes EPA deserving of being stamped out for good - which would be worth doing even with two lungsful of "ground-based ozone".

Ted Nugent's Opinion About Ferguson Violence

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Here’s the lessons from Ferguson America- Don’t let your kids grow up to be thugs who think they can steal, assault & attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor. Don’t preach your racist bullsh*t “no justice no peace” as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen. When a cop tells you to get out of the middle of the street, obey him & don’t attack him as brainwashed by the gangsta assholes you hang with & look up to. It’s that simple unless you have no brains, no soul, no sense of decency whatsoever. And dont claim that “black lives matter” when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter. So quit killin each other you f*ckin idiots. Drive safely.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


by JASmius

Twenty-eight years ago, I introduced myself, and she didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.

Twenty-seven years ago, I popped the question, and she didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.

Twenty-six years ago today, she said "I do" and didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.


....she's still thinking about it.

But she hasn't done it yet.  So I'm counting that as a win.

And God's gift that keeps on giving.

Ferguson's Bitter Rage

By Douglas V. Gibbs

There are two sides to everything in life.  As individuals, we can choose to be bossy, or we can choose to be leaders.  We can be arrogant, or we can be confident.  We can be reckless, or we can be risk takers.  And when we are angry, we can be destructive with it, or we can be constructive with it.

Anger, in itself, is not a sinful action.  Jesus Christ was angry with the money-changers on the steps of the temple.  He disrupted their activities by overturning the tables, and sending them on their way.  Righteous action, however, does not necessarily require us to physically flip tables.  There are ways to do it without violence, and without burning our own neighborhoods to the ground.

Americans whose progenitors were victims of the enslavement of Africans in the United States, and throughout the Western World at one point, have every right to be disappointed at the decisions of those people in history to even partake in the sinful institution of slavery.  There is no doubt that the knowledge of the history of slavery against blacks causes anger, and the wounds of that time period may still be alive and well in a culture of Americans that share that ancestry.  That anger is no doubt not understood by members of groups outside the black population.  Racism was, and is, a very real problem, and an unfortunate reality in an imperfect world populated by flawed human beings.  And if we don't remember history, and listen carefully to its warnings, history has a tendency to repeat itself.

As a virtuous people, it is our responsibility to make sure that horrific aspects of a troubled history never emerge again.  The way to do that, however, is not through rage, anger, destruction, and dependency upon government.  The central government more often causes problems, than solves them.  Therefore, the hope and change we seem to always yearn for does not happen because a politician comes along and says he can deliver such a thing.  Hope and change happens within, with individuals, when we decide that our children, and their children, need to be able to look back in history and say, "My parents, and my grandparents, fought the good fight to make this a better place," rather than, "My parents, and my grandparents, lived a life of dependence upon government, enslaved by programs that promised a mediocre life by giving small gifts from the government's treasury, and when things seemed like they went in a direction that angered them, they rose up, rioted, and destroyed their own neighborhoods, and stole from their own neighbors."

Rage cannot change the past, nor heal the future.  Racism in return, targeting whites, and causing destruction because a white cop was found to have no reason to shoot a young black man for any other reason than self-defense, does not change the past, or heal the future.

Class warfare, and cultural division, is how tyranny controls the people.  The folks in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country, that did more than march and protest were nothing more than pawns.  The people who were agitators and opportunists who were breaking windows, looting stores, and burning cars and businesses, were pawns following the unspoken instructions by tyranny.

You did exactly what the power players in government wanted you to do.  Crisis, after all, is something they use to tighten the grip government has on the population.

The United States of America was not founded on mob-rule.  We are a nation of laws.  The rule of law is not perfect, but it is a better system than we see anywhere else in the world.  On the occasion that the wheels of justice do not spin our way, is it reasonable to resort to violence, looting, and rage?

Change does not happen through government, and change does not happen during riots and destruction.  Change happens within.  Change happens when we realize that we've been duped, not by the justice system as much as by ourselves.  Those in government that seek power and wealth have convinced the minority segments of the American population that they are not good enough to be successful individuals, that the mediocrity of government dependence is as good as it gets.  Certain groups are literally being paid to remain in poverty.  Through big government programs and propaganda, entire groups of people have simply given up.  Individualism and self-reliance has become something to scoff at.  When a member of the neighborhood makes it big, and begins to enjoy his or her success, they are labeled a "sell-out."  Since when is doing the right thing, and being a success something to look down upon?

There is a revolution on the horizon, that is clear.  But the revolution does not have to be a violent thing, and it does not have to be race-related.  We are not groups.  We don't have to be groups.  We do not have to be divided.  We are Americans, and as Americans, we can break the cycle.  As Americans, we can loosen the grip the government goons has on our society, and innovate and prosper because we have decided to through hard-work, self-reliance, personal responsibility, and individualism.

Has the neighborhood gotten any better under the current leadership?  Has the Democrat Party, with its promises of unity, and prosperity through government programs, delivered?

When Lyndon B. Johnson was taking Franklin Delano Roosevelt's welfare programs to the next level with a plan he called "The Great Society," he knew exactly what he was doing. He said, of the government dependency his Democrat Party was working to instill, "I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years."  Johnson was also the President that reluctantly signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was a watered down version of the 1957 bill the Republicans had offered, but was filibustered against by the Democrat Party.

Welfare is up during the Obama presidency, food stamps are up during the Obama presidency, and black unemployment is in double digits while the overall rate has been slowly moving downward.

The revolution can be fought by changing ourselves, changing within, and then using our attitude of growth to send a message of hope to our children, and a message of change to Washington.  The revolution exists, but it is not violent, and it is not accomplished by burning down our neighborhoods.  The revolution is a personal thing, and it is inside all of us.  You are the revolution.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Welfare spending jumps 32% during Obama's presidency - Washington Times

Report: More Americans on food stamps after Obama law - The Daily Caller

Black Americans are Worse Off Under Obama - National Review Online

NAACP president: Black people worse off under Obama - Washington Times

Jobless Rates Dips to 5.9%, Black Unemployment Still in Double Digits - News One for Black America

Allen West: LBJ, "Ill have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years" - Clash Daily

KKK Terrorist Arm of the Democrat Party - National Black Republican Association

Southern Black Codes of 1865-1866 - Constitutional Rights Foundation

Progressive Segregation - Accuracy in Academia

The Birth of a Nation: When Hollywood Glorified the KKK - HISTORYnet

Who Opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964? - Capital Gains and Games

Officer Darren Wilson Breaks Silence

by JASmius

What the hell?  The New York Times has published his home address, so the next best place for Officer Wilson to hide is in plain sight, I guess:

While he did say he was sorry, for the loss of life, the loss of Michael Brown’s life, he said he would not do anything different that day. He did what he was trained to do he was simply doing his job and I pressed him and I said would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?

[BLEEP] you, George.  With a big, rubber, black-and-white, horizontally-striped [BLEEP].  How about we put you in Officer Wilson's shoes three and a half months ago and see how you react?  If you had the training and a sidearm, I'm guessing you'd have done the exact same thing he did.

No, actually, I take that back.  You would have been the "pussy" Mr. Brown discovered the hard way that Officer Wilson wasn't, and you'd be dead today.

But hey, that would have been doing your part to advance "social justice," right., George?

Most Businesses Destroyed In Ferguson Were Minority-Owned

by JASmius

Of course.  Which is how we can know that most, if not all, of the "protestors" are not from Ferguson:

KMOV-TV reports that the majority of stores that were damaged or completely destroyed during Monday night’s violent riots in Ferguson were minority owned. Fire Departments around the St. Louis County Area put out 25 structural fires caused by vandals and looters following the announcement from the grand jury that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Mike Brown.

Most of the damaged businesses were on West Florissant Avenue and included: Walgreens, Little Caesers Pizza, Autozone, Beauty Town, Title Max, Family Dollar Store, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Small-business owner Natalie Dubose was in tears when she realized her cake store was attacked by vandals.

Dubose, a mother of two, previously told CNN, “If I can’t open my doors every morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening. Just don’t burn my shop down, don’t destroy it.”

Tough, Ms. Dubose.  Your store has gotta burn.  How else are "your people" gonna teach whitey a lesson?

But you can take solace in the fact that it isn't black "protestors" who are destroying your livelihood and reducing to ashes your hopes, dreams, aspirations, and laying waste everything you ever accomplished.  No, m'am.  It's Officer Darren Wilson.  Officer Darren Wilson is burning down your cake shop.  The Ferguson Police Department if burning down your cake shop.  "White America" is burning down your cake shop.  Just like Officer Wilson "murdered" "unarmed teenager" Michael Brown, even though he didn't.  And the only way to make the crackers pay is by....burning down your cake store.  Even though it's Officer Wilson who's REALLY doing it.

And besides, Ms. Dubose, what business did you ever have doing something so "white" as to open up your own cake shop anyway?  And giving birth to your two kids instead of aborting them?  What the hell is the matter with you?

Sorry, gentles, that's my best attempt at trying to coherently depict the "logic" of the "protestors".  If I try any longer, I'll start bleeding from my ears.

Instead, I leave you with this video of a female Papa John's manager defending her store against the "protestors" with her bare hands:

Apparently she is "thinking too white" as well.

Common Core Opposition Creating More Home Schooling

by JASmius

That's the good news:

North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14% rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report from Heartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.

“If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it,” Bob Lubke, a senior policy analyst for the North Carolina-based Civitas Institute, told “They feel like they are losing control of what their kids are learning.”

An official for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which oversees the state’s public schools, says that the uptick in home-school enrollment has had no negative effect. In fact they say it is the opposite.

“We have experienced a statewide increase in enrollment over the past few years,” Vanessa Jeter, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told “Since 2012-13, our statewide enrollment has increased by 27,512 students.”

But the rise in homeschooling is continuing to grow, and the rollout this fall of Common Core is giving it added momentum, according to Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum.

The bad news?  This is the state's reaction to home-schooling.  Which logically means that we can expect a massive upsurge in state-sanctioned home invasions, assaults on and incarcerations of "dissident" parents, and the kidnapping of their children and their involuntary insertion into public school-administered Common Core Curriculum Programs (CCCP) in the very near future.

And no, I'm not kidding.

Two Muslim Female Suicide Bombers Kill Thirty In Nigerian Market

by JASmius

The religion of pieces.

Only this time it was a tag-team effort, as the first comely teenage mass-murderer blew herself up and took three victims with her, which, naturally, drew a crowd:

When others gathered around the scene, the second bomber screamed and blew herself up, killing about thirty, he said.

“I am right here at the scene and I have before me eleven corpses … many have been taken away by relatives, while others are taken to the state specialists’ hospital,” said Kalli.

Soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area while rescue workers helped survivors to the hospital.

Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebel group, Boko Haram, are suspected of the suicide blasts, as they have carried out many similar violent acts in northeastern Nigeria.

You don't suppose that these two human bombs were among the 250 to 300 girls BH kidnapped last spring, do you?  Maybe they wouldn't "put out" for their "masters," or weren't very proficient at certain involuntarily intimate ministrations, so they were relegated to cannon fodder duty.  It wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Exit question: If Muslim women blow themselves up for "Allah," do they have seventy-two virgin boys awaiting them in "paradise"?  I'm guessing not.

Tools of Obama's Racial Division

By Douglas V. Gibbs

President Barack Obama, and the Democrat Party, has manipulated the minority population into violence.  The policies coupled with rhetoric consistent with racial division has encouraged the violent activities we are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country.  These people are tools, being herded around in a game of class warfare.  Has the Democrats made your life better?  Has the Democrats eliminated poverty?  How's the unemployment rate in your neighborhoods under Obama?

The Democrats, and Obama, have been playing everyone as fools, using them, manipulating them, to keep racial division in place.  Hatred and division fuels leftism.  Without it, the big government types have nothing they can claim that needs fixing.

How sane is it to destroy your own neighborhood over anger over the decision where the rule of law was applied?  Should we be ruled by mobs?  Should we destroy our hometowns every time a case does not go the way we want?

The Gran Jury knew that no indictment may result in rioting.  They knew that it is possible that their own lives could be in danger is no indictment was their decision.  The evidence, or lack thereof, must have been pretty clear for them to decide what they did.

Ben Carson: Race Relations Worse Under Obama - Breitbart

2,200 TROOPS ON ALERT - Associated Press

Rioting as 'planned event' - Washington Post

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Iran On Nuke Talks Extension: U.S 'Surrendered To Our Might'

by JASmius

They're not wrong, you know:

Senior Iranian leaders are celebrating the seven-month extension of nuclear talks with the United States and five other international powers as a victory for Tehran and a U.S. "surrender" to the Islamic Republic’s military might, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Many nuclear experts believe that the seven-month extension in the nuclear negotiations (which were due to end by Monday) will give Iran more time to continue its nuclear work and move closer to developing a bomb.

"Many nuclear experts" are correct, other than that the mullahs are not "developing a bomb" - they likely passed that Rubicon five or six years ago - but are building an arsenal of nuclear warheads, and will "test" them on Israeli, European, and American cities.  The Israelis see it coming, even if we and the Euros refuse to look.

Iranian officials are openly ridiculing the United States and bragging that their regime’s nuclear "rights" will be recognized soon.

The "Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might, and this is obvious in their behavior in the region and in the negotiations," Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said after the extension of the talks was announced.

If the United States ever decides to launch an attack on Iran, "our war will end by conquering Palestine," he said.

I think the Jews might have something to say about that.  But such a war might well end in the conquest of America by some combination of the Russians, the ChiComms, the NoKos, and the Iranians.  At that point it will hardly matter who our conquerors are, will it?

In the mean time, the Iranians have every right to chortle in incredulous amazement that they have made no secret of their intention to destroy us and our allies, and for years we have helped them prepare for the task.  Now O kicks the can down the road another seven months because otherwise it would have meant an impasse, and perhaps a confrontational showdown, and that might mean making tough decisions and sacrifices for the sake of U.S. national security, and The One would never get his Neville Chamberlain moment, waving that piece of paper while debarking from Air Force One.  That possibility can obviously never be allowed to happen.  And so on the Iranian centrifuges spin, on their nuclear warhead assembly line churns, and ever nearer does Armageddon draw....

....and the mullahs will get the last hearty laugh.