The First Thanksgiving:
... Francis Wilkinson of Bloomberg: "Thanksgiving is a political holiday. It honors and mythologizes the comity -- based on a formal treaty -- between two peoples who needed what the other had to offer at a particular point in time. Delighted not to be starving, the Puritans of what is now Massachusetts feasted for three days in 1621, and entertained the local Wampanoags as their guests.... What brought them together was not shared identity but shared interests: Trade. Protection from common enemies. Mutually valued exchanges of technology and skills."
Just Another Brooklyn Thanksgiving:
"As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly":
... The turkey drop was actually a real incident. It was at a shopping center in Atlanta; I think it was Broadview Plaza, which no longer exists. It was a Thankgiving promotion. We thought that we could throw these live turkeys out into the crowd for their Thanksgiving dinners. All of us, naïve and uneducated, thought that turkeys could fly. Of course, they went just fuckin’ splat. -- Clarke Brown of WQZI Atlanta (CW: You may want to read the linked group interview, conducted in 2012.)
President Obama pardons two turkeys. Unlike WKRP station manager Arthur Carlson (and real-person Clarke Brown), Obama is aware that turkeys can't fly:
The First Family serves Thanksgiving dinner (Wednesday) at Friendship Place, a Washington, D.C., organization that helps homeless people:
Hiroko Tabuchi & Nelson Schwartz of the New York Times: "In 1939, the nation’s largest retailers sent giving merchants too few days before Christmas to unleash the season’s sales.... Wouldn’t Mr. Roosevelt consider moving the day up by a week? The president’s acquiescence to retailers helped cement the pre-eminence of the post-Thanksgiving sales rush, now known as .... Seven decades later, Black Friday has lost its distinctive edge.... The relentless race for holiday dollars has blunted the day’s oomph, as stores offer deep discounts weeks before Thanksgiving and year-round deals in stores and online are breeding sales fatigue.... The history of Black Friday tracks the history of modern American retailing, and of personal consumption in the United States, which makes up a bigger part of the economy than in almost any other industrialized country."an urgent plea. fell on the last day of November that year,
Peter Baker there was no known terrorist plot against the United States at the moment and urged them to go about their holiday weekend activities without undue fear":reassured Americans on Wednesday that
Rod Nordland of the New York Times: "The top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said Wednesday that several service members had been suspended from duty after an internal military investigation of the American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last month. Calling the airstrike a 'tragic mistake,' General Campbell read a statement announcing the findings of the investigation, which he said concluded that 'avoidable human error' was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures. He said that another contributing factor was that the Special Forces members in Kunduz had been fighting continuously for days and were fatigued."
Cindy Boren of the Washington Post: "Frank Gifford, the Hall of Fame NFL player turned broadcaster, was suffering from 'the debilitating effects of head trauma' from playing football when he died last summer at the age of 84, his family said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.... 'While Frank passed away from natural causes..., our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma were confirmed when a team of pathologists recently diagnosed his condition as that of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) — a progressive degenerative brain disease.' [his family said.]"
The Palinization of the GOP. Martin Longman of the Washington Monthly: "... something broke on the right when they were forced to spend September and October of 2008 pretending that it would be okay if Sarah Palin were elected vice-president. The only way to maintain that stance was to jettison all the normal standards we have for holding such a high office. But it also entailed simply insisting that the truth doesn’t matter. And so, now..., it’s gotten to the point that Republicans have realized that they can say anything they want and just blame media bias if anyone calls them on their lies. Palin basically invented this is a survival strategy after she fell on her face in her first big interview with Katie Couric. It’s now more than a survival strategy. It’s the Republican Party’s modus operandi."
Annals of "Journalism," Ctd. Clueless Press Corps Stars in Futile Search for Clue. Citations (from Sunday's "Meet the Press") & identifiers by Driftglass:
... And Donald Trump says that he saw in Jersey City thousands of people cheering when the Twin Trade Towers came down, it's completely wrong. It did not happen. He did not see it. But who's there to challenge him on that? -- Tom Brokaw, famous teevee person, dean of NBC network news and, ironically, the revered, rose-colored-glasses chronicler of America's battle against fascism during World War II
Who, yes, who? If only there were some kind of job where the workers were tasked with confronting the lying liars, then telling all the rest of us the lying liars were lying. -- Constant Weader
P. S. Leave us not forget these gems:
We all sit there because we know the first time we bark, it's the last time we do the show.... All the sudden nobody will come on your show. -- Chuck Todd, "Meet the Press" star, explaining why the media don't challenge politicians' lies, November 2014. Chuck goes on to suggest that political satirists are responsible for "creating a more cynical public citizen."
What I always love is people say, 'Well, it's you folks' fault in the media.' No, it's the President of the United States' fault for not selling it. -- Chuck Todd, then-NBC White House correspondent, explaining why the media are not responsible to call out Republican lies about ObamaCare, September 2013
Matt Taiibi of Rolling Stone: "America is now too dumb for TV news. It's our fault. We in the media have spent decades turning the news into a consumer business that's basically indistinguishable from selling cheeseburgers or video games.... What we call right-wing and liberal media in this country are really just two different strategies of the same kind of nihilistic lizard-brain sensationalism. The ideal CNN story is a baby down a well, while the ideal Fox story is probably a baby thrown down a well by a Muslim terrorist or an ACORN activist.... What this 9/11 celebrations story shows is that American news audiences have had their fantasies stroked for so long that they can't even remember stuff that happened not that long ago."
** Katharine Seelye of the New York Times: "As Mayor, Bernie Sanders Was More Pragmatist Than Socialist."
Paul Krugman: With many GOP leaders espousing ridiculous conspiracy theories, "how are base voters supposed to know that Trump’s claims that the media suppressed films of Muslims cheering on 9/11 mark him as crazy, while all the other conspiracy theories on the right are OK?... Sorry, guys, you created this monster, and now he’s coming for you." ...
Let the National Witch Hunt Begin. Mark Hensch of the Hill: "... Donald Trump said late Tuesday that everyday Americans should monitor their neighbors for questionable behavior. 'The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what’s happening,' he told listeners in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 'People move into a house a block down the road, you know who’s going in,' Trump continued. 'You can see and you report them to the local police. You’re pretty smart, right?' he asked his audience. 'We know if there’s something going on, report them. Most likely you’ll be wrong, but that’s OK.'" ...
"The Newer Colussus"
Turn in your tired, your poor,
You may be wrong, but that's okay.
They're wretched refuse, that's for sure.
Turn in the neighbors down the way,
Lift up your lamp to peek inside their door!
... Greg Sargent: "Trump and his campaign are actively charging the liberal media with covering up evidence that American Muslims did in fact celebrate the 9/11 attacks in great numbers." ...
... MJ Lee of CNN: "Conservative warnings about Donald Trump have grown increasingly somber. At first he was just an entertainer; then he became a worrisome distraction, and soon, there was fear that he would permanently scar the reputation of the Republican Party. But it was after Trump started calling for stronger surveillance of Muslim-Americans ... that a handful of conservatives ventured to call Trump's rhetoric something much more dangerous: fascism.... Conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace ... [tweeted] last week: 'If Obama proposed the same religion registry as Trump every conservative in the country would call it what it is -- creeping fascism.'... Historians say they see other characteristics of fascism in Trump in addition to his propensity for racial and ethnic stereotyping. Among them: nativist undertones, attempts to control the media; and even condoning violence against his critics." ...
... CW: Bearing in mind that Trump's penthouse is four miles from the site of the World Trade Center, see Ophelia M.'s comment in yesterday's thread. If you still believe Trump saw with his own eyes people jumping from the World Trade Towers on 9/11, you'll have to conclude that Ophelia is, like, Mrs. Magoo. We all have horrible memories of that day & its aftermath, but Trump, like many people, exaggerates his own "participation" in this terrible event. ...
... Paul Campos in Lawyers, Guns & Money: "For a generation now, America has been bombarded by the message that the market is the proper measure of all things, and that pretty much everything ought to be sold to the highest bidder. The result is the disgusting spectacle of Trump campaign, which probably started out as a shameless publicity stunt, but is now getting such great ratings that there’s a non-trivial chance he could become president of the United States." ...
... Matea Gold & Robert Costa of the Washington Post: "Plan A for GOP donors: Wait for Trump to fall. (There is no Plan B.)... The absence of a big-money response to Trump is especially striking, given the mounting anxiety among GOP leaders about his lasting dominance in the race and his accumulation of incendiary statements." ...
... Driftglass: "It turns out that however often the donor and brain caste of the GOP meet in quiet rooms and strategize about assembling an acceptable Establishment Candidate out of snips from old Jerry Ford speeches and dollops of Ronald Reagan's hair dye and Third Way/No Labels Both Siderist soft-core pornspeak, it turns out the Base of their party doesn't really give a shit about their schemes anymore.... The Base wants torch-lit rallies full of spellbinding speeches about their surpassing awesomeness and moral superiority. They want to make a bonfire of the Enlightenment and dance around the flames, armed to the teeth, braying about Freedumb and Murrica. And EstaBushment Fix It Man Jeb! ain't that guy."
Beyond the Beltway
Jesse Wegman of the New York Times: "Gov. Steven L. Beshear [D] of Kentucky did a good thing on Tuesday when he issued an executive order making about 140,000 residents of his state with a nonviolent felony conviction immediately eligible to register to vote.... Nationwide, nearly six million Americans are unable to take part in the defining feature of a democracy. Naturally, the effects of these laws are as racially discriminatory as the criminal justice system from which they spring. In Kentucky, an estimated one in five African-Americans is barred from voting."
Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times: "Pennsylvania lawmakers took a significant step Wednesday toward removing from office the state attorney general, Kathleen G. Kane, who faces criminal charges. And Ms. Kane vowed a wide-ranging investigation into embarrassing emails from state officials, raising the stakes in a drama that has transfixed the state government for months. A bipartisan special committee of the State Senate found 'a sufficient basis for the Senate to move forward' with hearings on whether to force out Ms. Kane, a Democrat, because her law license has been suspended, limiting her ability to do her job."
Julie Fancher & Avi Selk of the Dallas Morning News: "The organizer of a recent armed anti-Muslim protest at an Irving mosque published the names and addresses of dozens of Muslims and 'Muslim sympathizers' online Wednesday. David Wright III copied an Irving city document that included the personal information of people who signed up to speak before the City Council voted in March to support a state bill aimed at blocking Muslim influence. Wright, who organized Saturday’s armed protest against the 'Islamization of America' outside the Irving Islamic Center, posted on Facebook'“the name and address of every Muslim and Muslim sympathizer that stood up for … Sharia tribunals in Irving.'... Shortly before Wright posted the list online, he wrote on Facebook: '...We like to have guns designed to kill people that pose a threat in a very efficient manner.'” CW: In the accompanying photo three of the six "protesters" are wearing masks. ...
... Yo, Marco. You want a "clash of civilizations"? Go to Irving, Texas, where it's in full view. Here is a photo of a member of Wright's group stalking a Muslim woman this past Sunday. No cops around, I guess, because this is a town where the idiotic mayor & council endorsed a proposal for a state law barring (nonexistent) Sharia courts of law. Would you fear for your life if you were this woman? I would. Apparently masked gunmen menacing women is all nice & legal in Texas. Via Raw Story:
The Assholes of Irvine are not the only ones troubled by people wearing exotic outfits. We turn now to Lowndes County, Georgia:
Juanita Jean sez, "I think this is the deal: You can be wildly racist or you can spell. Apparently you cannot do both." ...
... CW: That's one way of looking at it, Juanita Jean, but I think the Georgia Concerned Citizens are right -- if we assume the Muslin Invasion is where all the KKK freaks turn up of an evening in their specially-tailored white sheets. Maybe it will turn out that all of our outrage has been over a yuuuuge Emily Litella sort of misunderstanding -- perhaps the GOP is not a national hate organization but a vast support group for oddballs with a peculiar cotton phobia. Maybe we should be helping them out by supporting flax farm subsidies & public sheep-grazing lands.
** American "Justice," Ctd. Curtis Black of the Chicago Reporter on "how Chicago tried to cover up a police execution. It was just about a year ago that a city whistleblower came to journalist Jamie Kalven and attorney Craig Futterman out of concern that Laquan McDonald’s shooting a few weeks earlier 'wasn’t being vigorously investigated,' as Kalven recalls. The source told them 'that there was a video and that it was horrific,' he said. Without that whistleblower — and without that video — it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke would be facing first-degree murder charges today.'" ...
... Paul Campos: Chicago Mayor Rahm "Emanuel’s attempt to cover up the city’s cover up by turning a story of systemic legal and political corruption into a banal tale of one trigger-happy cop is just a continuation of an ongoing crime." ...
... Chris Thompson of Gawker contrasts the police version of the killing of McDonald (all lies) & civilian accounts of the McDonald's murder (consistent with forensic & videotape evidence). ...
... Bradford Richardson of the Hill: "President Obama was 'deeply disturbed' by the footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, he said Wednesday evening." Here's President Obama's full statement on his Facebook account.
Peter Holley of the Washington Post interviews a man named Tim Foley who leads an armed vigilante group that patrols the U.S.-Mexican border looking for ISIS terrorists & drug-runners. Foley is a bitter out-of-work former construction foreman who says he has given up on the American dream. "His goal, he noted, is to eventually buy a dude ranch where military veterans with PTSD can heal their minds by patrolling the border, getting outside and enjoying the company of people they can relate to." CW: That sounds safe. There are many ways to volunteer ones services to make the U.S. a safer, more hospitable nation. Suiting up in camo, guns & ammo & going hunting for terrorists & drug mules is not one of them.
More News from Georgia's Finest: Y'all (well, some of y'all) Come on Down. Thanks to Unwashed for the link:
... Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post: "Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley put up the sign because, he said, over the years he has seen 'the silent majority' grow even 'more silent.'” CW: Would that "silent majority" include, say, folks at Donald Trump rallies, reproductive-rights foes & Christianist "religious freeedom" champions? Yeah, they're all cowering in their hovels, afraid to speak their minds lest Obama's politically-correct enforcers whisk them away & cart them off to re-education camps where they implant a liberal chip in everybody's brain.