Donald R. McClarey

An Aquilonian Thanksgiving

What would Thanksgiving be without Conan the Barbarian? “By Mitra, this bird is as plump as a Zingaran concubine,” quoth Conan. Conan slid his broadsword free of its shagreen wrapped hilt and skewered the turkey. He raised his sword one-handed,

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Donald R. McClarey

Holiday Advisory for Turkeys

Hattip to Dale Price.

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving in Hong Kong

  May God bless and keep them:   China warned the United States on Thursday that it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving With the Troops

President Trump made a surprise visit to our troops at Bagram air base in Afghanistan today.  Good.  Being far from home bites even harder for our troops at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Trump going there reminds them that America has not

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1789

Throughout the American Revolution Congress had set aside days of Thanksgiving to God for American victories.  After the surrender of Burgoyne in 1777 Congress authorized General Washington to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, which he did, designating it to

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanks for Nothing!

News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: U.S.—In honor of Thanksgiving week, the nation’s progressives have begun to give thanks that they have so much to be angry and offended about this year. “Thank you, unspecified deity who

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Donald R. McClarey

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 in the garb

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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

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Donald R. McClarey

Honk!

  News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump delighted a crowd gathered on the White House lawn as he participated in a beloved annual tradition: the execution of an extremely irritating goose. The president went

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Donald R. McClarey

Wainwright’s 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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Donald R. McClarey

What Would Thanksgiving be Without Shatner?

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Franksgiving

  This year Thanksgiving falls on November 28, as late as it can fall under the current system of holding Thanksgiving.  Such was not always the case. Americans used to have the quaint custom of not putting out Christmas decorations

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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

1919 Thanksgiving Proclamation

The season of the year has again arrived when the people of the United States are accustomed to unite in giving thanks to Almighty God for the blessings which He has conferred upon our country during the twelve months that

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Donald R. McClarey

Thanksgiving

Hattip to Amanda Servello.  We in this country never truly appreciate, most of us, just how much we have to be thankful to God for.  I recall an immigrant from Russia, long since departed this vale of tears.  He served

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Thansgiving Day Proclamation 1983

Since the Pilgrims observed the initial Thanksgiving holiday in 1621, this occasion has served as a singular expression of the transcending spiritual values that played an instrumental part in the founding of our country.  One hundred and twenty years ago,

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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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Donald R. McClarey

Bob Hope and the Mayflower Compact

Under the Julian Calendar in effect at the time, the Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11, 1620.  Under the Gregorian Calendar it was signed on November 21. Few efforts at colonization faced bleaker prospects than those of the Pilgrims

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Donald R. McClarey

Lincoln and the Creation of Thanksgiving

    In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln, from his last public address, April

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Donald R. McClarey

The Turkey Pardon

One of the daffier aspects of Thanksgiving in these United States.  Presidents have received formal Thanksgiving turkeys since Harry Truman.  Both Truman and Eisenhower, practical men who had known poverty growing up,  ate the Turkeys given to them.  (I assume

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Donald R. McClarey

Star Trek Thanksgiving

What would Thanksgiving be without Star Trek?    

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Donald R. McClarey

What Would Thanksgiving be Without Shatner?

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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

Thanksgiving Wishes From America’s Best

Thanksgiving wishes from our troops overseas:     May God bless and keep them.  

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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

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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Donald R. McClarey

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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Donald R. McClarey

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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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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