Donald R. McClarey

“As God as my Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly!”

Well actually some Turkeys can.  Wild Turkeys can fly, albeit clumsily and not more than about 100 yards at a time.  Domestic Turkeys, bred for the table, cannot fly, largely due to their overdeveloped chests, home to all that prized

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1918

It has long been our custom to turn, in the autumn of the year, in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for his many blessing and mercies to us as a nation. This year we have special and moving cause

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Happy Black Friday

You may have already seen this on the blogosphere and elsewhere, but it reminds that obsessing about temporal savings can cost you eternal savings…truly penny wise and dollar foolish. Turn Thanksgiving into Thanks-Living and have a blessed Christmas season.

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Donald R. McClarey

Of Pilgrims

A not bad, albeit simplified, look at how the most unlikely and ill-prepared pilgrims, the Pilgrims, in American history succeeded against the odds in planting a permanent colony.    

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Donald R. McClarey

November 26, 1789: Thanksgiving

  Two hundred and twenty-eight  years ago today our nation observed its first Thanksgiving under the Constitution.       The Father of Our Country’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

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Donald R. McClarey

Trump Pardon

        A presidential tradition since Ronald Reagan, the presidential pardon of a Thanksgiving Turkey is part of the daffiness that makes this country a joy to live in.  Presidents have received formal Thanksgiving turkeys since Harry Truman. 

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Donald R. McClarey

A Thanksgiving Thought From John Wayne

Have you ever heard of some fellows who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers too hot and winters freezing, and they also found some unpleasant little characters who

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Thanksgiving 1952: Red Skelton

Red Skelton rose from poverty to become one of the most popular comedians of his day.  A comedic genius, he created a gallery of comedic personas:  Clem Kaddidlehopper, the Mean Little Kid, San Fernando Red, Freddie the Freeloader  and others,

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1917 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America A ProclamationIt has long been the honored custom of our people to turn in the fruitful autumn of the year in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His many blessings

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John Adams and Benjamin Franklin Debate National Symbols

After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through his

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Donald R. McClarey

Catholics Know Who to Thank Every Day of the Year

  Johnny Sauter thanks the Blessed Mother and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and urgers prayers for the poor souls in purgatory after Nascar win.  An excellent example of public testimony by a Catholic.  Hattip to my pastor Father Haake,

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Donald R. McClarey

Turkey in the Straw

“I have lately made an Experiment in Electricity that I desire never to repeat. Two nights ago being about to kill a Turkey by the Shock from two large Glass Jarrs containing as much electrical fire as forty common Phials,

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Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 1946

By the President of the United States of America A ProclamationAt this season, when the year is drawing to a close, tradition suggests and our hearts require that we render humble devotion to Almighty God for the mercies bestowed upon

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers, commenters and contributors of TAC!  I have an endless amount to thank God for, but I will limit myself to my bride of 34 years and counting, my two kids home with us

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The Pilgrims and Socialism

From  Of Plymouth Plantation, by Governor William Bradford: All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a

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Johnny Cash: Thanksgiving

A reminder from the late, great Johnny Cash that we all have so much to thank God for when we sit down with our families this Thursday.  Perhaps we should also recall these words from Theodore Roosevelt in his final

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Tad and the Turkey

Stories cluster about Lincoln like barnacles on a great ship. Many of them cannot be sourced at all and have to be consigned to legend. One such story that is probably just a legend is that of Tad and the

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Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

  Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as

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General Wainwright’s Thanksgiving Prayer

After General Douglas MacArthur, over his fiery objections, was ordered to leave Bataan during the Japanese conquest of the Philippines, Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright was left in command, putting up a heroic fight until forced to surrender his starving, diseased

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Ben Franklin and the Turkey

After the American Revolution, former American officers in that struggle created a fraternal organization called the Society of Cinncinatus, named after the Roman consul and dictator, a constitutional office of the Roman Republic in emergencies, who saved Rome through his

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Red Skelton: Thanksgiving 1952

A Thanksgiving thought in 1952 from master comedian Red Skelton.  Born into deep poverty, his father dying two months before his birth, he went to work at the age of 7 to help his family.  Life dealt Skelton some tough cards at

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December 7, 1865: Thanksgiving

  Andrew Johnson kept up the precedent of his predecessor in making a Thanksgiving Proclamation.  However for some reason he set the date on December 7, the only time Thanksgiving has been celebrated on that date.  His other Thanksgiving Proclamations

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1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation

  Thanksgiving 1944 saw Americans fighting around the globe, with their families back home praying for their safety.  FDR recognized this with his 1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation: By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation   In this

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Thanksgiving for the Troops

5And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. 7And Jesus saith to him: I will come and

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Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1864

By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation   It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in

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The Pilgrims and Socialism

      From  Of Plymouth Plantation, by Governor William Bradford: All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could,

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Remembrance of Turkeys Past

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated

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Franksgiving

Americans used to have the quaint custom of not putting out Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. That custom seemed to bode ill for the American economy in 1939 with Thanksgiving falling on November 30. President Lincoln had established the custom

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Confederate Thanksgiving

      Once more upon the plains of Manassas have our armies been blessed by the Lord of Hosts with a triumph over our enemies. It is my privilege to invite you once more to His footstool, not now

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Donald R. McClarey

November 24, 1864: Thanksgiving for the Troops

  In 1864 the Union League decided to raise a fund to supply Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 1864 for the Union soldiers and sailors fighting in the East.  The reaction of the Northern public to this plan was overwhelming.  over $56,000

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