Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - I think

I was strolling through the park, I remember
In the merry, merry month of November
When I saw a weird display
By a cop with pepper spray
In the merry, merry month of November!


Well, I guess we still have much to be thankful for. We could be living in Iraq, a country that has been systematically destroyed courtesy of our tax dollars. Say what you want, the United States is still a pretty nice place in which to live - comparatively speaking that is. The undeniable fact of the matter is that it used to be a whole lot nicer. While we were merrily destroying Iraq, we were also destroying - not only our economy - but our future as well. I would imagine that if I were an Iraqi citizen, I would view this as poetic justice. Hi ho.

Certainly I'm thankful for the Occupy Wall Street movement. I can't tell you how grateful I am that the American Left - sound asleep for decades - is today wide-awake and on the move. These are good days to be alive, no question about it. The events of the past two months have been enough to give even me, the eternal cynic, a renewed sense of optimism for the future. This much is certain: If America is to be saved, weeda peeple will have to be the ones doing the saving. Forget about our elected representatives. To foolishly rely on either of the two major political parties would be a fatal mistake. They threw us overboard a long time ago. We don't need them. We don't need any political party. What we need a movement. That movement has arrived. Don't look back.

So let's be thankful for what we've got, and hope that ten years from now America will be a better place to raise the children who have yet to be born. At this moment down in Zuccotti park, history is being made. The talking heads on the extreme right love to whine that historians
have always told the story of America with a progressive bias. This is true. In fact its one of the few things they have gotten right - and why not? What is history anyway if not the story of human progress?

Yes, in spite of everything, we can still be thankful today, and hopeful. Let's all hope and pray that one day our friends on the far-right side of the aisle will understand this. In the meantime,
liberals and conservatives alike:

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


The Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

A message from my friend Tracy Murphy:

Spare the life of some poor turkey. Go veggie!

The Buffalo Vegetarian Society

I'm in love with a gal I've never even met.


Tomorrow is "Black Friday". Do you want to send a stern message to the plutocratic thugs who are raping the infrastructure of this once-great nation?



At 8:50 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, on this day I'm thankful for people, like you, who see the truth and allow others the same opportunity.

Best wishes to you, and yours, on this one day of the year when we reflect upon our past, contemplate our present, and undoubtedly wonder about our future. May you always have the best that this life offers.

By the way, I absolutely love the illustration! Priceless! (Speaking of wondering about the future...)

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Tom: I hope you and your readers have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. We do have a lot for which to be thankful. At least we aren't living in Somalia. Peace and love.

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Tony Rezko said...

After all I have done for Obama, I hope he does not throw me under the bus and just like the Thanksgiving Turkey pardons me before he leaves office next year.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger BigmacInPittsburgh said...

I hate you once a year I have a heart people,who only think you have to be thankful on the last thursday of each november.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Hey Big Mac! Happy sentiments to you, too!

By the way, maybe you ought to review your own life mission statement occasionally. It seems you've derailed a little, buddy. Must be the paint fumes...

Oh, one more thing, Thanksgiving isn't always on the last Thursday of the month.

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Just the Fact! said...

I am thankful to live in a country that will allow me, in less than a year, to vote and remove peacefully those currently in power.
I am thankful to live in a country were less than 30% of it's citizens call themselves liberal.
I am thankful to live in a country in which less than 30% of it's people agree with methods being used by the Occupy crowd.
I am thankful for Tom and his blog that allows me to post what I just said, without having to go through the censorship that David Dubya's places on his blog when he doesn't feel the debate is going his liberal way.
I am thankful for living in the USA, with its warts and short comings, is still the best place in the world to live in and work towards fulfilling your dreams.

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Occupy Seattle protestor Jennifer Fox has publicly levied a serious claim against the Seattle Police Department; that two officers are responsible for the death of her unborn child. But now, as her claim is called into question and new information about the 19-year-old surfaces, she may come out of the ordeal being perceived as much more than a troubled teen desperate for attention.

97.3 KIRO FM has learned that Fox was once suspected of trying to lure two young children away from their mother. In a police report dated August 3, 2011, a mother stated a young woman had approached her daughters at Seattle's Pritchard Beach Park during a swimming lesson. Police sources confirm that woman was Fox.

"(The mother) stated she observed (Fox) approach her children as they made their way from the lake to her car," read the report. "(The mother) stated she could tell that (Fox) was asking the children questions by the way they were acting."

When the mother confronted Fox, Fox stated she was a swimming coach in Bellevue and was offering the children lessons.

"Fox stated she had just returned from Greece where she had won every event she had entered in a swim meet," according to the report. The girls told their mother Fox had asked them to leave with her, and had offered them a ride if they came to Bellevue to swim with her.

Lifeguards at the facility decided to call police, who questioned Fox upon arrival.

"(Fox) stated she had been trained as a swimming coach while on the 'Special Olympics team.' (Fox) stated she had 48 gold medals."

Officers determined Fox "may be suffering from a mental illness or drug addiction," and allowed her to leave, with the condition that she not return to the park. But, the incident adds to the growing suspicion that Fox was not pregnant during the clash with Seattle police last week that she said resulted in a miscarriage.

As 97.3 KIRO FM first reported Tuesday, Fox had told police she was three months pregnant in September when facing arrest, which would make it impossible for her to have been three months pregnant last week, as she claimed.

On Sept. 22, 2011, Seattle police responded to a vacant building located in 1250 Denny Way where a security officer reported six squatters. One of those people, according to police sources, was Fox.

According to the police report, Fox told an officer she was three months pregnant and began crying when arrested.

"(Fox) began holding her stomach and was screaming when she was arrested," read the report. (Fox) was treated at the scene and transported to HMC."

Fox's former foster parents, Mike and Lark Stebbins, told 97.3 KIRO FM's Dori Monson Show Wednesday that she has a history of telling damaging lies.

"Jennifer has a tendency to exaggerate," Lark said. "Jennifer doesn't understand the ramifications of allegations towards people, and that's my concern with this possible lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department."

The night Fox was pepper sprayed, Lark said she got a phone call from her. Fox was at Harborview Medical Center getting her eyes examined because of the spray, but did not mention any of the accusations that would later surface.

"She did not mention having a bike thrown at her," Lark said. "She did not mention that she was pregnant. She did not mention that she was kicked in the stomach."

When confronted about the September police report Tuesday, Fox denied remembering the incident. Then, she changed her story and said that the "police report must have been wrong," because she told police she was one month pregnant at the time.

So far, Fox has declined to provide medical records or further evidence or her miscarriage.

Brandi Kruse, 97.3 KIRO FM Reporter


At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Buffalo News) — The claims of a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement that he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are not supported by Army records.

Christopher M. Simmance has told several media outlets, including The Buffalo News, that he served as many as three tours of duty in those war zones and that he was severely injured in Afghanistan.

Service records obtained from the Army, however, show he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for three years and he left the active-duty Army in January 2001 — before the 9/11 terror attacks.

OOPS, how did that happen?

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous boltok said...


The Teleprompter pardons two turkeys after his gastronomically imperialist wife Michelle devours buckets of fried turkey legs at the NASCAR race. I suspect that's why Michelle was not in the picture. Not even the secret service could have protected those poor birds from the ravenous first lady.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Here's to hoping you all had a grand Thanksgiving. Raise your glasses.



At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"just the fact" do you mind specifying what tactics the occupies are using that 70% of the population disagrees with? Because even if one doesn't believe in the movement I don't see where they are going about this the wrong way.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
For the answer to your question, please read the posts 11:39 and 11:42 for examples of that 70% of the population disagrees with.

If your are really honestly asking your question, there are links that can be provided to you to support the Gallup poll that was quoted for the 70% figure.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Father, must I go to work?
No, my lucky son.
We're living on Easy Street
On Dough from Washington.

We've left it up to Uncle Sam,
So don't get exercised.
Nobody has to give a damn,
We've all been subsidized.

But if Uncle Sam treats us all so well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, Daddy, tell me what the hell
He's going to use for money?

Don't worry bub, there's not a hitch
In this here noble plan-
He simply soaks the rich
And helps the common man.

But, father, won't there come a time
When they run run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
When things will go to smash?

My faith in you is shrinking son,
You nosy little brat;
You do to much damn thinking, son.
To be a Democrat."

Poem in the the Congressional record in 1949, the poet was a GA. Democrat.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous MrModerate said...

er, I thought that was a cozy bedtime story from GHWB to Dubya, crazy, I know!

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Lilith said...

Ditto what Jefferson's Guardian said. Plus, no Black Friday shopping for me. It smacks of money-grubbing; hardly the "holiday spirit." Plus, it's a freakin' jungle out there!

At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


YOU are an idiot to agree to anything Jefferson's Guardian says.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Bolshevick Bobby said...

I got a great deal on a Sharp 40 inch HDTV for only $199 at Best Buy on Black Friday!

I just want to let everyone know I saw Jefferson's Guardian shopping there also. Looks like he was telling everyone to boycott Black Friday so he wouldn't have to wait too long in line.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Harry Deitch said...

some good stats on OWS

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The OWS crowd would better spend their time suing the educational institutions that sold them commercially worthless degrees at premium prices. No other institution in the U.S. would be allowed to get away with the fraud implicit in selling such a worthless product (especially at such a high price). A legal victory would tame the Marxists cloistered within our university walls.

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous boltok said...

Something for you liberty loving liberals. The last time I checked Harry Reid was head of the Senate being that said institution had a democratic majority.

From the ACLU:

The Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

Where is all the liberal Bush Patriot Act/Guantanamo outrage??? Jug Ears wants the ability to torch CITIZENS without the constitutionally mandated judicial process.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Boltok, you said...

"Jug Ears wants the ability to torch CITIZENS without the constitutionally mandated judicial process."

To be fair, the Obama Administration claims it will veto any bill with provisions of this sort, but that's questionable, I know. Although bipartisan in authorship, it's apparent that the GOP is lending the most support to this piece of legislation -- notably from John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who said the bill will "basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield" and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial "American citizen or not."

Yes, agreed, I know I'm incensed about this - and any American should be! The Left's on top of it, though, like Anna over at The MRP (who posted about this last night) as did RSN before her.

As CTPatriot said in the comments of the RSN article), "Didn't we used to have something called Posse Comitatus, which forbid US troops from being deployed on US soil for anything other than disaster relief? Oh wait, I seem to recall Bush getting rid of it, which apparently set the stage for this bill to be legal. No doubt it's all a part of the plan. And some Democrats are in on it too..."

As I've explained to you all along, they're all corporatists; the differences between the two parties are negligible. But you never listen. You, and your kind, just blather on about the virtues of the Republican Party, never seeking the truth; only more deception.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts? said...

"never seeking the truth".
Jefferson's Guardian

And where can that truth be found?

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous boltok said...

I consider McCain and Lindsey are part of the democratic majority, don't let that R fool you. McCain's portly offspring is headed to MSNBC (that says it all).

Obama would support this despite the rhetoric. It's a backdoor civilian security force.

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Since the following post of mine was removed from Dave Duyba's blog I am going to post it here, because I believe it gives great insight into JG's view of the world.

Jefferson's Guardian believes 9-11 was an inside job.

Not sure how others rank such beliefs but as I said in my post that Dave removed, I put them in same category as:

Black helicopters
Area 51
Tin foil hats
Roswell, NM
The USSR was a good place to live
Cuba is a good place to live
Moon landing was faked

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Just the "Facts", is this all you got? Laughable generalizations, stereotypical assumptions, and name-calling? Grow. Up. I realize you folks tend to be on the simple-minded side, but when intruding on the websites of adults, can you at least try to act like you have a clue - and participate in discussions that are actually based on reality? Hmmm?? Or is that too much for you to handle?
The fact of the matter is that you don't care to know the facts surrounding 9/11. You have never seriously looked into to the testimony of thousands of professionals in various scientific fields who doubt the government account of the events of 9/11/01.
You can't handle the implications of such a staggering scenario. It's too much outside of your mental comfort zone, and you're just not going to go there. That's because the conservative mindset tends to be rigid and closed-minded. Studies have recently indicated that facts are often irrelevant to the conservative mindset.
You constantly act like every facet of government is your enemy, but in this singular area you seem to have unshakable faith in their 9/11 storyline.

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Name calling? Example from my post please.

Simple minded=9/11 was an inside job.
Discussions that are based on reality, like Cuba is a great place to live? Where is that acclaimed liberal sense of humor when it comes to poking fun at themselves and their strongly held beliefs? Dead I imagine, would be the findings of most humor death panels.

Then, as if a govt that could plan and execute 9-11, could never plant a false birth certificates for a Presidential candidate, you make the insane claim that conservative mindsets are rigid and closed? I would think liberal minds would be open to both ideas. Just as liberal minds firmly believe that socialism works, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts! said...

Name calling? Example from my post please.

Simple minded=9/11 was an inside job.
Discussions that are based on reality, like Cuba is a great place to live? Where is that acclaimed liberal sense of humor when it comes to poking fun at themselves and their strongly held beliefs? Dead I imagine, would be the findings of most humor death panels.

Then, as if a govt that could plan and execute 9-11, could never plant a false birth certificates for a Presidential candidate, you make the insane claim that conservative mindsets are rigid and closed? I would think liberal minds would be open to both ideas. Just as liberal minds firmly believe that socialism works, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


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