A belated, on my reblogging part, reminder of the place Thanksgiving has in our history. A history that has been scrubbed of the source for giving thanks. Thanks Jessica for this great reminder.

All Along the Watchtower

In America today, it is Thanksgiving, and it has been a day set aside, pretty much since the very beginnings of America to give credit where due. And that has always been to God. It’s become a famous feast where we eat enough to sustain an active man for 3-4 days, in one meal and then retire to the living room and it’s TV with football on to sleep it off. It’s not exactly untrue, although it also hasn’t always been this way, even in this bountiful land.

Pvt. Joseph Plumb Martin wrote of his experience in the Continental Army, if we remember that army in the fall of 1777 had been defeated at Germantown, Paoli, and the Brandywine, and so the English occupied Philadelphia. The Continental Congress from its new hangout in York, Pennsylvania said that Americans should celebrate a day of “Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise” and PVT Martin has…

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Nov 29th, 2013

“America’s inner cities are an indictment of the failure of the Socialist experiment including already existing government healthcare programs. The insistence on subjugating the rest of America (through political conquest despite Constitutional guarantees  of personal liberty), under programs of control, like gun control, etc, that have existed for years in places like Detroit and Chicago, speaks directly to the true intent of those offering to ‘fundamentally change’ us. That intent is “transparent” to those willing to see” –  Talon

The Newly Fashionable Rape In The Military (And A Modest Proposal…)

Some blunt reality on rape in the military. Well done Jack

The Conservative Citizen

AmazonThe Left seems to have a new campaign under way, a follow-on to its feminist drive for females in the military. As often so, the reliable New York Times is at the front lines on this, with its current reporting on rape in the military.  This sort of thing makes us tired as well as cynical.  It seems obvious that we are now watching a push for the next level of female superiority using the military as a tool. The Left rides guilt wherever it can be found or, as in the present instance, manufactured. It gets tiresome for some of us.

The military did not request female soldiers. They are not only (as you will never hear) more troublesome to manage, but weaker and smaller. That diminishes the capability of battlefield forces. They raise costs, too; they need different uniforms, boots and other gear and whether or not…

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Nov 28th, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day)

“I give thanks for many things this day but 3 that stand out the most are;

1) Salvation through it’s only source, Jesus the Christ

2) Love

3) That tonight I won’t be at some store worshiping at the alter of materialism”

– Talon

Talon’s Point of the Day – Nov 25th, 2013 The Fragrant Oil

When you consider the words ‘*When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.’ while reading all of the events that followed leading up to Christ’s burial, you realize the fragrance contacted so many along the way. Those hard of heart gave it no thought. Those who understood it’s meaning were never the same.” – Talon *Matthew 26:12


As always when Thanksgiving approaches I find myself considering the greatest blessing of all, the gift of salvation. May I never be the same.

Obamacare 2009: A stroll down memory lane

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane shall we?

On a warm summer night in the summer of 2009 a youthful President, still glowing in the light of victory, both from the previous November and the subsequent spring when he bamboozled America into giving him about $800 Billion dollars in play money, set the second key nail in America’s economy.

Below is the exact speech by Obama from the East Wing of the White House copied from the White House’s site. While I could break down and refute nearly every sentence I limited myself to those below.

Note: In Green you’ll read targeted words from Barack Obama’s teleprompter. Disclaimer: He may not have been aware of what his teleprompter was planning to say. In (Red and parenthesis you’ll read the truth with links in blue)


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                                            July 23, 2009NEWS CONFERENCE
East Room
July 22,2009
8:01 P.M. EDT
Good evening.  Please be seated.  Before I take your questions, I want to talk for a few minutes about the progress we’re making on health insurance reform and where it fits into our broader economic strategy.
Six months ago, I took office amid the worst recession in half a century.  We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month and our financial system was on the verge of collapse.
As a result of the actions we took in those first weeks, we’ve been able to pull our economy back from the brink.  We took steps to stabilize our financial institutions and our housing market.  And we passed a Recovery Act that has already saved jobs and created new ones; delivered billions in tax relief to families and small businesses; and extended unemployment insurance and health insurance to those who’ve been laid off.
Of course, we still have a long way to go.  And the Recovery Act will continue to save and create more jobs over the next two years — just like it was designed to do.  I realize this is little comfort to those Americans who are currently out of work, and I’ll be honest with you — new hiring is always one of the last things to bounce back after a recession.
And the fact is, even before this crisis hit, we had an economy that was creating a good deal of wealth for those folks at the very top, but not a lot of good-paying jobs for the rest of America.  It’s an economy that simply wasn’t ready to compete in the 21st century — one where we’ve been slow to invest in clean energy technologies that have created new jobs and industries in other countries; where we’ve watched our graduation rates lag behind too much of the world; and where we spend much more on health care than any other nation but aren’t any healthier for it. (This Free Republic article is a Cornucopia of direct and existential facts on WHY we pay too much. Spoiler Alert: It’s Government –>>
That’s why I’ve said that even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, we must rebuild it stronger than before.  And health insurance reform is central to that effort.
This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance at all.  Reform is about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick, or lose their job, or change their job.  It’s about every small business that has been forced to lay off employees or cut back on their coverage because it became too expensive.  (Obamacare actually causing the cuts it claims to prevent  –>> And it’s about the fact that the biggest driving force behind our federal deficit is the skyrocketing cost of Medicare and Medicaid.
So let me be clear:  If we do not control these costs, we will not be able to control our deficit.  If we do not reform health care, your premiums and out-of-pocket costs will continue to skyrocket. (Obamacare actually increasing rates dramatically –>>  If we don’t act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. (Under Obamacare that number now exceeds 110,000 every day –>> These are the consequences of inaction.  These are the stakes of the debate that we’re having right now.
I realize that with all the charges and criticisms that are being thrown around in Washington, a lot of Americans may be wondering, “What’s in this for me?  How does my family stand to benefit from health insurance reform?”
So tonight I want to answer those questions.  Because even though Congress is still working through a few key issues, we already have rough agreement on the following areas:
(If you have health insurance, the reform we’re proposing will provide you with more security and more stability. (Wasn’t it the left that was always asking: If you can’t afford the premiums and deductibles then how secure and stable is your health care coverage?) It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it. (Except for…not so much –>>  It will prevent insurance companies from dropping your coverage if you get too sick.  It will give you the security of knowing that if you lose your job, if you move, or if you change your job, you’ll still be able to have coverage.  It will limit the amount your insurance company can force you to pay for your medical costs out of your own pocket. (But as other links in this article demonstrate, the premiums and deductibles are so high for so many that your out of pocket may be unlimited due to inability to afford a plan) And it will cover preventive care like check-ups and mammograms that save lives and money.
Now, if you don’t have health insurance, or you’re a small business looking to cover your employees, you’ll be able to choose a quality, affordable health plan (Obamacare proving more expensive than free market…as expected by those who understand basic economics –>>, through a health insurance exchange — a marketplace that promotes choice and competition. (Except Obamacare is NOT a free market. It DOES NOT promote choice, it limits them, with the foreseeable consequence –>> Finally, no insurance company will be allowed to deny you coverage because of a preexisting medical condition.  I’ve also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade.  And I mean it.  In the past eight years, we saw the enactment of two tax cuts, primarily for the wealthiest Americans, and a Medicare prescription program — none of which were paid for.  And that’s partly why I inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit.
That will not happen with health insurance reform.  It will be paid for. (Except Obamacare will actually increase deficit by $6.2 Trillion –>> Already we’ve estimated that two-thirds of the cost of reform can be paid for by reallocating money that is simply being wasted in federal health care programs.  This includes over $100 billion of unwarranted subsidies that go to insurance companies as part of Medicare — subsidies that do nothing to improve care for our seniors.  And I’m pleased that Congress has already embraced these proposals.  While they’re currently working through proposals to finance the remaining costs, I continue to insist that health reform not be paid for on the backs of middle-class families. (Except it will hit the middle class hard –>>
In addition to making sure that this plan doesn’t add to the deficit in the short term, the bill I sign must also slow the growth of health care costs in the long run. (Except it is escalating them –>> proposals would change incentives so that doctors and nurses are free to give patients the best care, just not the most expensive care. (Except many top hospitals and doctors are instead freeing themselves from Obamacare. –>> That’s why the nation’s largest organizations representing doctors and nurses have embraced our plan.
We also want to create an independent group of doctors and medical experts who are empowered to eliminate waste and inefficiency in Medicare on an annual basis — a proposal that could save even more money and ensure long-term financial health for Medicare.  Overall, our proposals will improve the quality of care for our seniors and save them thousands of dollars on prescription drugs, which is why the AARP has endorsed our reform efforts.
Not all of the cost savings measures I just mentioned were contained in Congress’s draft legislation, but we’re now seeing broad agreement thanks to the work that has done over the last few days.  So even though we still have a few issues to work out, what’s remarkable at this point is not how far we have left to go — it’s how far we’ve already come.
I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics — to turn every issue into a running tally of who’s up and who’s down.  I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to “go for the kill”; another Republican senator that defeating health care reform is about “breaking” me.
So let me be clear:  This isn’t about me.  I have great health insurance, and so does every member of Congress.  This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings.  This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment — who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life.  (Woman touted in 2012 Obama Speech misquoted By Obamacare exchange and now losing insurance –>> This is about the middle-class college graduate from Maryland whose health insurance expired when he changed jobs and woke up from the emergency surgery that he required with $10,000 worth of debt.  This is about every family, every business, and every taxpayer who continues to shoulder the burden of a problem that Washington has failed to solve for decades.
This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they can’t afford to wait any longer for reform.  They’re counting on us to get this done.  They’re looking to us for leadership.  And we can’t let them down.  We will pass reform that lowers cost, (Previous links already thoroughly dispute this promise) promotes choice, (Except that it won’t –>> and provides coverage that every American can count on. (Except you can’t count on it if you have to opt out because its too expensive –>> And we will do it this year.

With that, I’ll take your questions.