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Thank you, God, for the United States of America

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

(H/T Ace.mu.nu)

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November 22, 1963

Fifty four years ago, on a sunny Friday afternoon, I experienced the seminal event of the first half of my life, an event that changed the world forever.

I still remember.

I was a second grader at St. Mary’s Cathedral School, my Roman Catholic parochial school here in Miami. The day started as all days back then did. I have no memory of it save that it was my birthday and I was expecting lots of presents when my class celebrated it later that afternoon. We had a ‘Cowboys and Indians’ theme party and I received a great present: a very cool plastic western Colt .45 that fired plastic bullets. It worked great and you could reload it just like the Cowboys in the movies. We sang songs, my classmates sang happy birthday, we ate cake and stuff, and all was right with the world. I was seven years old! When the dismissal bell rang, we formed our usual line to wait for our parents.

It was around 2:30 PM, EST time, 1:30 CST, on Friday, November 22, 1963.

The nuns who ran the school stopped us as we were leaving the classrooms and told us we had to go to church to pray because something terrible had happened. I vividly remember showing the plastic gun they had given me to my mom and she scolded me to put it away. We went to church and prayed for, what seemed to my seven-year old mind, hours and hours and hours. I vaguely remember hearing that the President had been shot. What did I know? I sort of knew that the President was a Roman Catholic like I was. All I knew was that I had a great present and I couldn’t wait to go home to play with it.

That day, and the three days that followed are forever etched in my mind. The black and white TV was on in our little house for what seemed all the time. Nothing was on the TV except that the President had been shot. My mother and father, grandfather and grandmother, all looking very, very serious. On Sunday, November 24, I saw Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald on TV. Live. Ruby yelled, “Oswald!” and pow! Oswald went down. What did I know? I was seven. I thought I was watching a movie that lasted all weekend long. And I saw the funeral on Monday. The haunting drums that kept the pace for the escorting of the caisson carrying the President’s body still gives me goose bumps when I hear them.

November 22 has held a special significance for me. Not because it’s my birthday; sadly, I haven’t had a birthday since when I haven’t remembered the assassination. It’s significant because of what it did to us, all of us, as a nation. We were hurt badly that day.prettythingI guess the fact that the President was murdered on my birthday has made me more interested in the assassination than most Americans. Obsessed is a better word, I think. Over the last almost forty plus years I’ve read dozens of books about the assassination including the ones authored by Anthony Summers, Mark Lane, David Lifton, Jim Marrs, Fletcher Prouty, Edward Jay Epstein, Gus Russo, Henry Hurt, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, and Jesse Ventura. The best I’ve read, so far, is The Last Investigation, by Gaeton Fonzi; it has opened my mind to new possibilities and has helped me understand the players and events before and after the assassination. I’ve read countless magazine articles and website essays. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of hours of documentaries, all of them outlining their theories about what happened. I’ve seen them all: From David Lifton’s theory that the President’s body was altered on Air Force One to reflect an entry wound to the back of the head instead of a frontal shot, to Connolly being the main the target of the attempt and the assassins missed, to Oliver Stone’s JFK and its ranting leftist paranoia of a right-wing CIA cabal, to the USSR did it, to Fidel Castro did it. All of these theories about the assassination are a cottage trade. I have my own theories about what happened that day, of course. What is certain is that my generation may never find out the whole truth about the forces that came together on that beautiful sunny day in Dallas to murder the President. What I do know is that there was a conspiracy.

I’ve read huge chunks of the Warren Commission Report, but especially the sections on the “single-bullet” theory, promulgated by the execrable Arlen Specter and his Warren Commission staff. Commission Exhibit 399 (CE399) — the infamous “magic bullet” — a practically intact round from the murder weapon (a substandard World War II vintage Italian Mannlicher Carcano rifle) that allegedly passed through both the President and Governor Connolly (including the radius bone in his wrist), that violated the laws of physics, and came out almost practically undamaged — this one piece of forensic evidence is the principal reason why I believe there was a conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember hearing about the “magic bullet” in 1964, a year after the assassination. In my young mind, I was still thinking it was like a movie or a TV show, and was amazed at what that bullet had done! In the many decades since, after so much reading and research, I can unequivocally state that CE399 is the single piece of forensic evidence that proves that a lone gunman is an utter impossibility. Once you eliminate Oswald as the sole shooter the Warren Commission fiction falls apart. You don’t need any other evidence to prove a conspiracy. CE399 was a cover-up, a deception, a monumental calumny. A lie designed to calm the fears and assuage the grief of a nation with the believable story of the “lone nut gunman,” and to sweep under the rug the ineptitude of those that failed to protect the President.

And, of course, I’ve seen the Zapruder film. Over and over and over again, its gory images etched in my mind forever.

No matter what I think of JFK, positive or negative — his fear of Fidel Castro, his betrayal of our brothers on Playa Girón; the sordid deal he made with Kruschev in 1962 that effectively sold out Cuban exiles in the United States (myself included) by effectively preventing us from taking military action against Fidel; the dishonest (and some might say criminal) way in which he was elected in 1960 — the manner of his death traumatized us; it was so public, shot like a rabid dog on a street in Dallas in full view of young and old alike. Those shots fired in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, my seventh birthday, fifty four years ago today, derailed America’s unbounded optimism and gave her a terrible wound that will never fully heal.

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Get Your Readin’ Glasses On…

Okay, it is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day.
I’m doing what almost all folks are doing … Baking pumpkin pies. Baking cranberry citrus bread. Making whatever I can the day before dinner so I can just warm it in a dish in the microwave before sit-down dinner tomorrow.

And probably drinking…

A Brief Glimpse at the 21st Century US MSM:

The American MSM is a stumbling, foot-dragging, rotting zombie of its former self…

Barron Trump is in the news:

ISIS Calls for Assassination of Barron Trump: Shares child’s personal details

It’s been a year since Dad was elected POTUS. Barron Trump has had a bit of a growth spurt…

(November 2016)

(November 2017)

Taller than mom! Barron Trump towers over Melania – aged just ELEVEN – as the pair greet the official White House Christmas tree

I don’t know if Barron is actually “towering” over the First Lady, but he has grown at least to her height.

Today Barron joined Dad and Mom in the traditional POTUS pardoning the turkey. This year “Drumstick” and “Wishbone” will not be adorned with gravy…

Immigration Moving and Shaking:

Haitians are told they have 18 months to leave the US as Trump administration announces plans to end immigration protections installed following the devastating 2010 earthquake

But Sen. Chuck Schumer doesn’t like that…

Love how Chuck Schumer is attacking Trump on this but has no questions for the Clinton Foundation as to where all their funds for Haiti went over these last 7 years.

DOJ moves to strip citizenship for immigrant child sex abusers … What say you, democrat illegal alien apologists?

Obama bundler: Federal Judge William Orrick III, who on Tuesday blocked an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on so-called sanctuary cities, was a major donor to and bundler for former President Barack Obama.

Congress barreling toward explosive immigration fight

EXCLUSIVE: Illegal Aliens Killed Border Agent by Crushing in His Skull with Rocks, Says NBPC

Lead-foot: Judge Jeanine Pirro of FNC was charged for driving 119 mph upstate NY. But this chump insists she’s worse than the Border Patrol agent’s killers…

Like, Really Scary Stuff:

Russian radioactivity recorded 986 times higher than usual as toxic cloud sparks nuclear accident rumours: Russian officials had previously denied any knowledge of a nuclear accident – but now the country’s meteorological service admits finding traces of an isotope only produced by splitting atoms in a reactor

That ‘harmless’ radioactive cloud over Europe probably did come from Russia after all

Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People

Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat … Mazel Tov, dude.

Killer robots which use facial recognition before slaughtering people ‘will be devastating to humankind’: Professor Stuart Russell, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) expert at the University of California, said allowing machines to kill humans would endanger freedom and security

Thanksgiving Dinner Side Dishes:

Pass the potatoes, please, and don’t talk with your mouth full…

What I learned when I tried to make my blended family a gluten-free, kosher, no-soy, vegan, organic, low-acid, no-dairy Thanksgiving

Schumer Tries to Ruin Everyone’s Thanksgiving: Top Senate Dem tells Americans to show chart blasting GOP tax bill at dinner table

Gee, last couple years it was bullying the family into supporting ObamaCare.

How to Talk About Star Wars at Thanksgiving With Your Ignorant, Rebellion-Backing Uncle

Water Isn’t Actually Flowing on Mars, Suggests New Result … So, if you’re signing up for that future one-way first mission to the red planet just leave behind your Speedo.

Quick treatment of mini-stroke may cut risk for future stroke

Remember when civil rights advocates demanded accountability from police and wanted them to wear bodycams? Those bodycams cost police departments a good chunk of money. But now, a group called The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights avers that bodycams pose a “threat to civil rights.”

How To Survive The Christmas-pocalypse:

ISIS Group Vows ‘Christmas Blood’ While Depicting Attack on Vatican

U.S. Christmas Tree Shortage May Cause Price Hike This Year

Mall Owners Ramp Up Holiday Spending in an Era of Diminished Expectations

Behold, ugly Christmas rompers . . . for men

Okay, the past couple weeks I’ve fought the ‘Debbie downers’ by logging off and turning off the news feeds on TV too. I admit to stacking up several Halmark Channel-like movies and others over at Netflix and Amazon Prime. I do feel loads better. Matter of fact, just finished the 2 season series “Little Men” based on the Louisa May Alcott “Little Women” follow-up novel. And this is after having watched a few different movie versions of Little Women and on of Little Men. I’ve also watched a few Christmas themed movies. Very peaceful, I must say…

In these dark times, Hallmark Channel’s golden glow beckons: For those weary of crises and violence in the news and on television, more people are turning to the Hallmark Channel’s predictably happy endings.

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Undercover Informant: “Politics” Involved in Uranium One Deal with Russia

HotAir reports on The Hill follow-up:

But after reviewing 5,000 documents, Hill reporter John Solomon says he is absolutely certain Campbell was aware of the sale. In fact, he was asked to help respond to political opposition to it:

[…]

Campbell’s FBI informant file shows Uranium One came up several times in 2010 as the sale was pending, partly because Tenex was Rosatom’s commercial arm and would be charged with finding markets for the new uranium being mined and enriched both in the United States and abroad.

Campbell himself was directly solicited by his colleagues to help overcome opposition to the Uranium One deal, the FBI informant files show. In an Oct. 6, 2010, email with the subject line “ARMZ + Uranium One,” Fisk forwarded a news article outlining Republican efforts to derail the sale.

“The referenced article may present a very good opportunity for Sigma [Campbell’s company] to try and remove the opposing influences, if that is something you can do,” Fisk wrote the informant, who was also a paid consultant for the company at the time.

In any case, despite the Russian bribery scheme, the Uranium One deal was approved. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was one of the people voting to approve it. After the approval, Solomon reports Cambell confronted his FBI handlers about why it had been allowed. He was told the approval was political.

Campbell engaged in conversations with his Russian colleagues about the efforts of the Washington entity and others to gain influence with the Clintons and the Obama administration. He also listened as visiting Russians used racially tinged insults to boast about how easy they found it to win uranium business under Obama, according to a source familiar with Campbell’s planned testimony to Congress.

Uranium One was a large enough concern for the informant that he confronted one of his FBI handlers after learning CFIUS had approved the sale and that the U.S. had given Mikerin a work visa despite the extensive evidence of his criminal activity, source said.

The agent responded back to the informant with a comment suggesting “politics” was involved, the source familiar with Campbell’s planned testimony said.

Read in full.

FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show

Sara Carter: Treasure Trove of Documents Tying Russia to Uranium One

DC: UNSEALED: Fusion GPS Bank Records Show Russia-Related Payments

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Poli-ticking Time Bomb for Democrats

Democrats Are In Trouble, According To The Latest Fundraising Figures

Salena Zito: Erie tells an ominous sign for Democrats

The Democrats’ old-people problem

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Charlie Rose Goes “Kaput” at CBS. John Conyers Can’t Recall why Taxpayer Dollars Paid for His Sexual Misbehavior

Ain’t nobody got enough popcorn for this shit…

Charlie Rose fired by CBS, PBS and Bloomberg over sexual misconduct allegations

Congressman John Conyers (D) denied sexual harassment settlements on his behalf, but then later in the day admitted a financial settlement with a former staffer that he still claims was basically paid-off for nothing. Ah! Checkbook ledgers are a Hell of a thing.

Nancy Pelosi’s response to John Conyers allegations is total GARBAGE

Rep. John Conyers outed as serial sexual harasser by BuzzFeed and Mike Cernovich

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story: “When you make private settlements, it doesn’t warn the next woman or the next person going into that situation.”

Gotta wonder how much taxpayer dollars were paid out in Ted Kennedy’s name while he was in the US Senate.

Meanwhile…

Melissa Gilbert Accuses Oliver Stone Of Sexual Harassment: “It Was Humiliating And Horrid”

John Lasseter Taking Leave of Absence From Pixar Amid “Missteps” … The wrong “Woody” at the wrong time(s)…

Ronan Farrow’s latest: Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements: The mogul used money from his brother and elaborate legal agreements to hide allegations of predation for decades.

Women of SNL TORCHED over letter defending accused groper Al Franken

Jake Tapper sheds some light on how media sex scandals stayed buried for so long

Why Have Liberals Been Such Horrendous Hypocrites on Women’s Rights?

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Because “Crazy Shit” Stuff…

Wild conspiracy theory claims that Apollo moon landing was ‘faked,’ touts new ‘photo’ evidence … Looks like Brian Williams was there too, huh?

You know how you handle these dickheads, dontcha?

Why Faking the Moon Landing Was Impossible: Tech in the ’60s wouldn’t allow for an accurate simulation of the landing.

Earth Is Getting Hit by Too Much Anti-Matter, And Nobody Knows Why

BOOM! Mystery blasts rattling the globe: From Alabama to Idaho to Michigan to Russia to Denmark

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

We just sent a signal to make contact with aliens on a distant ‘Super Earth’ — here’s what we said

ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before: VLT reveals dark, reddish and highly-elongated object … Could be an asteroid. Could be a Frisbee. Could be the mothership…

Overt demonic activity coming, warns ‘Spiritual Warfare’ expert: ‘Stand against the powers of darkness rather than ridicule or run from them’ … And you thought it was bad already.

Guess you’d better get that puppy/ kitty now…

Science Confirms That Cats and Dogs Can See “Spirits” and Frequencies That Humans Can’t … Okay, so NOW I really should get freaked out when our cat/dogs suddenly pop up and stare intently at nothing across the room and maybe even begin growling.

Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can’t stop it: People are starting to alter their own DNA with cheap, easy gene-editing technology. Is it time to regulate CRISPR?…What could possibly go wrong?

Aging Reversal tests in dogs by 2019 and then in human tests by 2022 if that works … Again, what could possibly go wrong?

World’s first human head transplant a success, professor says … It was done on a dead body in China. Really hard to tell if it was, you know, an actual “success” success.

Does Time Travel Already Exist? Video Claims It Does

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