Reader Selected News For The Week Of Nov 29 To Dec 5

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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

It’s become a tradition this time of year here to post President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, which gave thanks to God for our nation’s newly enacted Constitution:

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving 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 and 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 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 enable 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 has been pleased to confer upon us.

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Georgetown Student: I Was Mugged (And I’m Glad I Was)

From the student newspaper of Georgetown University, The Hoya:

I Was Mugged, And I Understand Why

By Oliver Friedfeld | November 18, 2014

Last weekend, my housemate and I were mugged at gunpoint while walking home from Dupont Circle. The entire incident lasted under a minute, as I was forced to the floor, handed over my phone and was patted down.

And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real.

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O-Care Gives Firms $3,000 To Hire Illegals Over Citizens

From the Washington Times:

Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

By Stephen Dinan | November 25, 2014

Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.

President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Is it a "quirk" or a perk? Some people might prefer having a job to having Obama-Care. (Granted, fewer and fewer people feel that way.)

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

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Schumer: Obama-Care Timing Bad, Big Government Good

From an unfazed New York Times:

Schumer Criticizes Timing of Affordable Care Act

By JEREMY W. PETERS | November 25, 2014

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said Tuesday that it was a political mistake to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010 because voters were looking instead for relief from the recession. Mr. Schumer, in remarks at the National Press Club, said Democrats should have built on the stimulus package that Congress passed to create programs to help middle-class Americans.

After all, who can forget how much the stimulus helped the middle class?

“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them,” Mr. Schumer said, according to his prepared remarks. “We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.” Republicans, he added, were able to exploit a sense among voters that Democrats were interested in creating new government programs that did not benefit them, helping to spawn the Tea Party movement.

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Illegals Will Receive SS, Medicare With Obama’s Amnesty

From a suddenly noticing Washington Post:

Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

By Karen Tumulty | November 25, 2014

Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday.

Isn’t it funny how we were assured this would never happen? Right after we were told we could keep our doctor if we liked our doctor. (By the way, where does Rep. Joe Wilson go to get his reputation back?)

In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan… “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years.

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Black Salon Writer Wants "Charred, Burning, White Flesh"

From Salon :

I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

By Brittney Cooper | November 25, 2014

If I have to begin by convincing you that Black Lives Matter, we have all already lost, haven’t we? …

Somehow it seems that black lives only matter to ‘the community’ when they are taken by whites or white Hispanics. Otherwise, they don’t seem to care much about them.

We are undone. I am undone. This is what American democracy coming apart at the seams looks like. Our frayed, tattered edges are showing…

Because a grand jury made a decision based on evidence rather than skin color? Unlike, say, the OJ jury.

Is anyone else tired of wandering in this wilderness? Surely this land of broken promises isn’t what Dr.

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Time’s Glowing Defense Of Ferguson Rioting And Looting

From the erstwhile news magazine known as Time:

Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting

By Darlena Cunha | November 25, 2014

… When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong? Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society.

How true. Where would we be today without all the Rodney King riots? Without the Katrina looting? Without the rioting and looting after every NBA championship?

Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets.

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New York Times Published Ofc. Darren Wilson’s Address

From Breitbart:

New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Address Info

By John Nolte | November 25, 2014

… [T]he New York Times had no qualms whatsoever about publishing almost all the information needed for Officer Darren Wilson’s enemies to track him and his wife down at home: Officer Wilson and [his wife] own a home together on XXXXXXX Lane in XXXXXXXXXX, Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.

Who does The Times think it is? Spike Lee?

This malicious move by the New York Times has not gone unnoticed by Ferguson’s protesters… Slate even went a step further than the Times, publishing an article featuring a photo of the modest, red-brick house on Monday.

A number of Twitter users — some of whom have identified themselves as planning to protest the grand jury decision — have tweeted the location of Wilson’s home as they gear up for rallies.

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Don Lemon Blames Ferguson Riots On Rightwing Bloggers

From Mediaite:

Don Lemon Blames ‘Bloggers’ for Causing Commotion in Ferguson

By Matt Wilstein | November 25, 2014

Following a press conference from Michael Brown’s family lawyers that was briefly disrupted by some disturbance in the crowd of reporters and supporters, Lemon attempted to explain what happened and the effect that similar instances have had on the situation in Ferguson.

Mediaite leaves out some pertinent details here. The reporters who ‘disrupted’ Al Sharpton’s the Brown Family’s news conference were from a couple conservative blogs.

One of them was overheard saying to another that something Sharpton said "would stir the pot." And somebody ‘snitched’ on them. (Perhaps Mr. Sharpton himself, since that is his practice.) And they were summarily hustled out the door.

“OK, here’s the thing that people at home should understand,” Lemon began.

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NAACP Housed, Paid Expenses For Pro- Brown Witnesses

Flashback from the August 2014 archives of MSNBC:

People protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo on Aug. 18, 2014.

By Trymaine [sic] Lee | October 27, 2014

As a brash young generation has emerged to play a critical role in the dramatically expanded protests in support of slain black teenager Michael Brown Jr. — at times denouncing traditional black community leaders — the NAACP played a quiet role as go-between for witnesses, elected officials and the police.

The St. Louis chapter of the group says it has relocated some fearful witnesses, helped others make ends meet in the wake of losing jobs during the fallout from the teen’s death, and is raising funds to further shield witnesses whose full identities and testimony could be released if a grand jury decides not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Brown.

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WP: Inconsistency Only Constant In Michael Brown Case

From the Washington Post:

Inconsistency the only constant with evidence in Michael Brown case

By Sandhya Somashekhar, Steven Rich and Amy Brittain | November 25, 2014

The witnesses were seizing a midsummer Saturday. They were waking up from naps after leisurely breakfasts. They were fixing gutters and heading to their afternoon jobs. They were listening to gospel music in their cars.

One witness was even having an online sex chat. Which he couldn’t be bothered to interrupt.

And then came the screech of tires that snapped their attention to the street. One image is consistent in their recollections: a young black man in yellow socks in a confrontation with a white police officer driving a police SUV.

Two young men. Who had just come from a strong-armed robbery.

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Obama To Ferguson Protesters: Your President’s With You

From Breitbart:

Obama Lectures America About the Justified Anger Towards Law Enforcement in Minority Communities

25 Nov 2014

Tuesday at Copernicus Community Center in Chicago, IL, President Barack Obama addressed the riots and protests going on throughout the country in reaction to the grand jury announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges…

That is, Obama went before a black audience. By the way, when was the last time Obama spoke to an audience that wasn’t made up mostly of blacks or union members or college kids? Isn’t he the President of the entire country?

Partial transcript as follows:

A grand jury made a decision yesterday that upset a lot of people. And as I said last night, the frustrations that we have seen, are not just about a particular incident.

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Shocker: Black Caucus Denounces Ferguson Grand Jury

From the Politico:

Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

By Kendall Breitman | November 25, 2014

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown.

“The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”

And never mind that her statement is a slap in the face of our judicial system and the 12 courageous jurors (9 white, three black) who decided unanimously after hearing all the evidence that there were no grounds for any charges against Officer Wilson.

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Seattle Mayor ‘Pardons’ Two Turkeys Made Out Of Tofu

From the Washington Post:

Seattle mayor pardons Tofurky, because it’s Seattle

By Reid Wilson | November 22, 2014

Seattle is a strange city. There’s a giant troll under one of the city’s main bridges, a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin on a random street corner and an annual Spam carving contest to take in. The neighborhood with the Lenin statue, Fremont, encourages visitors to set their watches 5 minutes ahead, because Fremont is the self-proclaimed center of the universe…

In short, all the stereotypes of politically correct, coffee-slurping, nature-loving, Birkenstock-wearing hippie-dom come to life in a single city are true…

So, perhaps in keeping with the city’s strange reputation, Mayor Ed Murray took a decidedly vegan spin on the Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey: He pardoned a Tofurky.

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