America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- November 24, 2014 – November 28, 2014 Remember 9/11


This is Thanksgiving Week, so let’s acknowledge that by posting for the next few days each of us our special “thanks”!

Now….Ferguson and still Ferguson. Who is not sick and tired of this vigil & the coverage…But there it is.

The House Committee chaired by Trey Gowdy has issued its report on Benghazi, and it sure is a disappointing one…..but not for the Dems! What is going on? Sen. Graham would like some answers, and so would many of us.

The 0bama Way and the next Prez WSJ’s Kimberley Strassel

0 and Hillary again…WSJ

Understanding the Nihilist in the WH PJMedia

How to Rebuke a President Jay Cost

The Other Ferguson Tragedy WSJ

0bama the Troll Jonah Goldberg

Turning on the cops Is this a good idea? NY Post

The Real turkeys of America George Will

A dog whistle from the master Exactly….

Biden and Hillary split from 0

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97 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- November 24, 2014 – November 28, 2014 Remember 9/11

  1. The Raven says:

    The libs are at their best when they lie. The latest is that the immigration services are funded by fees and can’t be defunded. Well, you can say that about the whole government. The fact that ICE charge fees, doesn’t mean they can keep said fees. Congress can appropriate their fees and not give them back. Congress can change the fee amount to high amounts or low amounts. Congress can make it a crime to use the fees for purposes of amnesty. Congress can get rid of ICE.

  2. Prairie says:

    I’m just so delightfully pleased.

    I’ve interacted with 2 in the past month or so myself. Good evening everybody, home again home again from Thanksgiving, had a very nice time at d’s friends, they were very hospitable, made us feel welcome…..par for the course for Texans, naturally. Hope all here are well, much busyness expected here in the coming days….will check in as able.

  3. lysie says:

    Brr! Snow here and more coming our way. Blech!


    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, and that looks yummy!

      Another crazy week done , and as always, hoping for some peace in the next one.

    • edinva says:

      Once, and only once a year, it’s nice to watch the snow, with a roaring fire going, and good food and beverages nearby. At least 20x today I’ve had to remind myself it’s Friday, not Saturday. Anyone else there?

    • lysie says:

      Yes, ed. I had to stop and think what day is it, too.

      I was going to do some grocery I think that’s why I’m antsy about the weather. Can’t do it. Thank goodness we and the pets have plenty of food.

    • The Raven says:

      OMG—-I forgot yesterday was Friday !!!! And Black Friday at that !!! We braved the crowds in late afternoon (there weren’t any by then) and kept hunting for that blender we wanted. They had some at Costco for sale but they didn’t look like they’d be in one piece after a few years of use. Ended up coming home.
      I had wanted one which was on sale Thanksgiving day and I thought would surely be on sale for the whole weekend – but I didn’t look carefully and the sale ended Thursday!! As a Hail Mary — I sent an email to Costco and told them of my mistake and son-of-a-gun….they said they would give it to me at the sale price…..and free shipping to boot. Hah!!… I can go back to making my Hungarian pot roast with the addicting sauce.

  4. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      Well, turkey day was great except for the gravy (I made it). I need to research gravy as it certainly escaped me this time. This year we bought a Butterball at Costco (instead of a fresh bird from the Carolinas) and they must inject vegetable oil into the bird – because the pan drippings were pure oil and the gravy flour never dissolved. I brought it to boil and whisked constantly three times !!! Luckily I had a jar of store-bought turkey gravy to semi-save the day. I was the only one to taste the gravy I made and it was horrible. I still have the oil taste in my mouth. But I have been hit and miss with gravy for years….not sure what I do wrong.

      So please send your tips and recipes this way for my next try at it.

    • mustknowhistory says:

      The way I think of gravy is there are three parts: fat, flour, and broth. Pan drippings are in the fat category. The proportions I use are 1 tablespoon fat (pan drippings) , 1 tablespoonflour, and 1 cup of broth (store bought chicken broth). My gravy usually turns out ok. When I was younger I would make turkey broth by simmering the turkey innards with seasonings. Now I just use the chicken broth.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Uh oh…bad news about the gravy issue. We are having the big dinner today…Butterball.

      I gave up years ago and use the dry packet of gravy “flour”, that you mix with water, and everyone is happy. You find these gravy envelopes in the dry salad dressing section. Knorr’s make sure them for one

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh..very good explanation, MKH. My mother in law stood out in this department….she would always dissolve the flour in a little juice before adding that to the main mix.

    • mustknowhistory says:

      Yes, that is the best way to do it. In a large frying pan, cast iron is best, heat the broth and the fat. Then ladle a small amount into a measuring cup, add the flour, and mix that as well as you can. Then add that back into the cast iron pot and sir and heat until smooth. Use paprika for browning the gravy as needed. I think the old Joy of Cooking has the best explanation.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, that’s the way.

      A You tube instructional would also help.

      McCormick…. besides Knorr ….is another option!

    • The Raven says:

      Thanks MKH…for the tips….I also simmer the innards for the gravy..but used too much fat. I’m sure what was different this year is the quantity of fat was way above average. I always mix everything together and don’t measure. ANother problemn is — I was eyeing a Vitamix blender on sale at Costco yesterday…and decided to get it today only to find the sale ended yesterday.

    • lysie says:

      Rav, Greg cooked our turkey in his smoker. Delicious, but that left just the giblets for gravy. Not much there….luckily , like you, I had a jar of store bought gravy to add to it. Plus, I had to bake the stuffing in the oven….not the turkey. It was ok, but the juices from the turkey was missed.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      We had lunch with a friend this week, and she and her husband use a mega mixer for a juice diet they are on. My husband said “No Way!” Otherwise she was so convincing I was ready to zoom out to B, B and Beyond to get the equipment.

  5. The Raven says:

    Morning quiz

    Kosta Karageorge is missing.

    Is it possible to tell which way a person votes simply by their name?

  6. lysie says:

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    • tillacum says:

      Thank you for breakfast. The gang is here, Yippee! Gotta make the coffee and begin getting the turkey ready. HAPPY THANKSGIVING Everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanksgiving Blessings to everyone….

      I was counting this holiday, and this is my 15th online with you guys…..15!

      Remember the time we discussed cooking a turkey in a paper bag, upside down???

      I am extremely thankful for the wonderful memories and companionship we’ve had. What’s left of my sanity at this point is due to you.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      And you also till. May we have many more!

    • Jemian says:

      Happy Thanksgiving! We had dinner tonight with some long-time friends. We’re at a conference and have been able to connect with co-workers in our places. One lady at the conference said it was her first Thanksgiving dinner. The conference did cook a traditional meal for us. I greatly appreciate it.

      Inappreciate and am thankful for the commaraderie of you all. You help relieve much of the tension of today’s current events. I don’t know what will happen in the future. But, I know God is sovereign in what we’re experiencing. We can trust Him. Love to all!

  7. The Raven says:

    Businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers under President Obama’s sweeping action on illegal immigration. –

    • Molly Pitcher says:


    • edinva says:

      Molly, with the holidays, Ferguson, EOs, etc. perhaps lost in the news was the story about B. Smith, the restaurateur at whose establishment we enjoyed lunch. Apparently she was a ‘pioneering’ model in that she was among the first African-American women to “make it” in the high fashion world. (She is or was quite stunning). She then achieved a nice level of success in the restaurant bz. Anyway, apparently she’s been diagnosed with Alzheimers (only 64) and was missing for a day or two, finally found at a cafe in NYC. Sad way to end to a charmed life.

      Our Thanksgiving was just about perfect. We didn’t go away as we have the past few years. Just did a traditional dinner here, with our three kids and daughter’s husband. Smoked the bird in a wood burning Texas smoker. Took a long walk at a local wildlife preserve. Nothing extraordinary, which is what made it so perfect. There was a brief moment on Wednesday that was either heartbreaking or hilarious: I put the (Costco baked) apple pie, fully wrapped, out on the patio for maybe 10 minutes. Looked out, and there they were, 3 squirrels nibbling away at MY pie! Thankfully Costco was still open, so sons drove over and got a replacement. Whew! Otherwise, NO stress, no big whoop, just family enjoying dinner, a walk and some board games. Tomorrow we head to daughter’s for dinner followed by the Chanticleer Christmas (yes, Molly, I got your drift!) Nice way to begin the holiday season. Now to get up my loverly 5′, pre-lit, needle-less fake tree!

    • Jemian says:

      My family paid for our land, about $100, to the indigenous folks who owned it.

  8. The Raven says:

    Well, the Turkey from New York, chose a good time to spew a little propaganda……Chuck Schumer now believes there was nothing done by Obama and the Congress for the economy. He has forgotten about the stimulus, tax increases, cash for clunkers, climate change regs, shovel ready jobs, and Solyndra….(I’m sure I forgot a few)…….but what else is there in the mind of a liberal? Oh yes, they could have raised the minimum wage? Or launched another TVA?

    Trouble is—they have no solutions. They never had and never will.

    Schumer’s job is to pack it off on Obama and do it again (economic destruction) with Hillary

  9. Molly Pitcher says:

    One comment I have rarely heard, if at all, about the Brown/Wilson encounter is that it’s the safety officer’s training to stop a character like Brown from endangering other people in the community. Wilson’s safety quickly became an issue, but other, innocent people in the area are a factor too.

    Also, in the initial encounter, Brown was told to get out of the middle of the street for his OWN safety. The whole story in all its details and implications is rarely covered.

    Per the first part…the officer cannot, cannot, lose control of his weapon so that it falls into the wrong hands.

  10. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  11. The Raven says:

    There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

    Obama, SOUA – 2009

    “YOU LIE!”

    Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.- 2 seconds later

    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday.

    Today (Wash Post)

  12. The Raven says:

    Morning quote

    I just took an action to change the law

    Obama……and a good quote for the Supreme Court case.

  13. Molly Pitcher says:

    Gov Nixon to speak soon…then Holder. Oh my this doesn’t seem to be over

    When that first car was rocked and turned over…I stopped watching.

  14. The Raven says:

    Morning quote:

    … no one in the government will ask applicants if they are here legally or not. Everyone should come on, and folks should not be scared, No questions will be asked, and it is not about an immigration issue.

    From Byron York’s column…quoting Obamacare chief Burwel (remember Joe Wilson (“YOU LIE”) )

    • lysie says:

      What’s the problem , Rav? /s

      Think about it on a smaller scale.

      Every wedding invitation and reception should be allowed to have EVERYONE there because someone was invited originally.

      If someone has a ticket to a sports/ music event…everyone should have entrance.

      If someone buys a large screen TV….everyone gets one.


  15. lysie says:

    I’m thankful that one time in my life I made spaghetti sauce like my Italian gram, dad’s mother, did.

    Oh the aroma filled her house when we would visit.

    I also remember how she would INSIST that my dad and my uncles would….”speaka da inglish” as we sat at the dinner table enjoying her meals. They knew Italian, but that was not allowed at family gatherings.

    • Prairie says:

      Great memories lysie, thanks for sharing. Immigrants tried hard to assimilate into American culture in those days.

    • lysie says:

      Immigrants tried hard to assimilate into American culture in those days.

      Yes, they did…even with the name calling back then such as WOP, Guinea, Polack, Chinaman, Dago, Limey, Paddy, etc they appreciated living in a better place.

    • lysie says:

      Yes. No sense.Like putting another log on the fire to cool things down…

    • Prairie says:

      A black race-baiter looking for her fifteen minutes of fame, making inflammatory statements on barking moonbat Larry ODonnell’s show, booked especially by MessNBC producers. Oh, say it ain’t so…………

      Good morning. Quite an evening around here, a friend called up at dinnertime hysterical saying her husband had suffered a stroke. Ambulance called, we got there as soon as we could and ended up spending the evening in the ER with them. He had a small stroke and they admitted him for further testing. He was pretty much his old self by the time we took her home, but with all the excitement between that and the Grand Jury’s decision, it made it hard to get a good night’s rest. Oh well.

      Speaking of Ferguson, seeing the retail building burned to the ground, I have to wonder if the owners of those buildings will find their fire insurance disqualified and the insurance company trying to claim that the fires were a result of a war action and therefore the coverage is denied. Hope not for the businesses sake. Fox n Friends just had some black bishop on calling for improved race relations yadayada. Hey, Bishop….how about starting with the attitudes of the black community, their blind loyalty to a selfish political party who only seeks to exploit them and keep them down and dependent? How about denouncing Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s race-baiting? How about denouncing the broken black families, high abortion rate, fatherless children, and all of the social ills stemming thereof?

      Naaaah…….cant have that, can we?

    • tillacum says:

      I wonder where she keeps her brains?????? I think she follows Al Sharpton’s “ideas” that they are special???

  16. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanks lysie…depressing night. race relations these past years have gone down hill. It seems like, at least. I do know that on an individual basis, I try to spread kindness and consideration…that’s what I receive, and I try to return it and spread it.
      All sorts of encounters thru the days and weeks reflect this willingness to treat each other kindly.

    • lysie says:

      Yes, Molly. I agree. As I have stated before…it’s not a matter of color….financial status…..whatever….. It’s actions. Kindness and understanding begets kindness and understanding.

  17. The Raven says:

    Removing Hagel from the worse foreign policy team in the history of mankind still leaves the worst team in the history of mankind – Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes (the teenager), Tommy Vieter (another teenager), Valerie Jarrett, and Obama. Perhaps Hagel leaving decreased the average IQ of the team a notch.

    I copied these from the above links:

    Tommy Vietor’s first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van

    Ben Rhodes was an aspiring fiction writer working on a novel called “The Oasis of Love” about a megachurch in Houston, a dog track and a failed romance.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  18. Prairie says:

    Good afternoon all. Decision soon in the Ferguson case. We will be seeing daughter for the Thanksgiving holiday, I will check in as possible. Thanks for the links, commentary and sharing and I wish everybody here a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. edinva says:

    Re: Ferguson. They say we’ll get an announcement around 6p. Great timing. oh, well. It seems by now ANY announcement will be anti-climactic. Those who want to riot will riot, no matter what, just like the winning/losing NCAA or NBA or NFL team fans.

    Not that Hagel should have been appointed in the first place, but leave it to BHO to throw him under the bus to take the fall for his own foreign policy disasters. And to think I used to consider Clinton adolescent. This guy makes him look so mature. Will the Ds ever again nominate someone who’s not from a dysfunctional home and totally screwed up?

    Lots to give thanks for. This saturday we’re going to an a cappella performance: A Chanticleer Christmas. Supposed to be absolutely marvelous. Has anyone seen it? They perform around the country, usually in churches or on college campuses.

    • Prairie says:

      No, I honestly don’t think they will nominate anybody who isn’t dysfunctional. Look all the way back to JFK and his womanizing. Look at Teddy Kennedy for that matter. And the current crop takes a big dive from those levels.

      It’s so hard to watch the nation be destroyed from the inside. I know it must have to happen as God is allowing it, but it’s still very hard.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I have seen Chanticleer, yes! You will enjoy them. A men’s group from San Fran… And part of that city’s culture if you get my drift…they are very lively….very,very musical with terrific sound and close harmony. Super entertaining, they will most likely do a lot of traditional selections, but some with some arrangements that will be new to you.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I think the Dems have to self destruct completely before they can reform…PERHAPS…into something more reasonable.

      The question is what will happen to the rest of this while this is happening?

  20. The Raven says:

    On Payback…good article linked in Powerline. Here’s a money quote from it:

    Alas, nothing but raw fear for their persons is likely to convince today’s ruling class of Lincoln’s lesson that subordinating the Constitution to one’s most heartfelt causes destroys its protections for all. The proverbial lights might go on if, say, a conservative majority in both Houses of Congress, with a likeminded President, were to put forth a “bill of Attainder to deprive Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, et al. of liberty and property for having violated the following laws and procedures,” and were to lard such a constitutional monstrosity as that with an Article III, Section 2 exemption from federal court review.

    When we look back at these years, we’ll be embarrassed at how greedy, power hungry, racist, and juvenile the Democrats were.

  21. Molly Pitcher says:

    No deal at all Exposing the lies…

  22. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  23. mustknowhistory says:

    Just a quick flyby post. The recently released Bengahzi report was not the one from Trey Gowdy’s group. This report was issued by a committee chaired but Mike Rogers and Dutch Ryppersburger:

    This is a standing committee. The Gowdy committee was a specially created committee.

    • mustknowhistory says:

      Sorry for the typos in the above post!! I have to learn how to turn off the auto correct!

    • lysie says:

      And we should believe this guy worrying about wasting taxpayer dollars???

      Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi said, “Based on these unanimous, bipartisan findings, there is no reason for the Benghazi Select Committee to re-investigate these facts, repeat the work already done by our Republican and Democratic colleagues, and squander millions of additional taxpayer dollars in the process.”

    • The Raven says:

      Full of crap! Garbage– Lindsey Graham. The Republican chair of this committee may have had the same fate as Supreme Court Judge Roberts. Some sort of secret message as to how his career would progress with an outcome not favorable to the left. Oh……I typed the previous comment before I read your link MKH…that sums it up….but I suspect more sinister motives. Why on earth would the ‘Pubs upend the Gowdy applecart?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Very good. I appreciate the correction very much. My understanding was off , for sure.

    • Jemian says:

      I’m flying by here, too. At present I’m in a lounge at the Jakarta airport. Soon, I’ll head to Seoul, via Hong Kong.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Safe travels, Jemian

    • lysie says:

      Take care, Jem. Thanks for checking in.

      It’s was reported on Fox News’ Harris Faulkner’s program that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers’ wife has a connection with Aegisa. The company had a US government $10 billion contract to supply security for the state department.

      Stinks, huh?

    • Jemian says:

      Nope, no reunion with son. He was at Narita as we were at Hong Kong. Close, but no cigar. He is now at home, but we’re at a teachers conference in Daejeon, South Korea.

      I signed up for a workshop with the title of Technologies in the Classroom. It was supposed to be about using new technologies to enhance learning. Silly me. I should have KNOWN the presenter discussed brain-based learning, how the brain develops, different learning styles, professional development, and methods of asessing student learning. I was expecting at least one paragraph, sentence, or even a word about computers, smart boards, and the like. Nope! Nothing! nada.

      In 7 days I head for Texas.

    • Jemian says:

      Yes, rave, Iron Bowl Saturday, my Sunday. I’ll be on a plane.

  24. The Raven says:

    My thanks also to family and friends, most of all my ATRW friends from around the US and the fringes of Asia. But this year I have a special thanks.

    My step-daughter (my wife’s youngest) is married to a guy who is degreed in physical training and works at the local Oak Ridge facility training employees in keeping fit. He also has a knack for preaching and is a frequent guest minister at their church. Well, this hasn’t gone unnoticed The church gave him more to do including recruiting new younger members to the church and compensating him (and the wife) and when their church had plans for a brand new location in Florida, they interviewed him for a permanent preaching job. He found out a few weeks ago, that he got the job and they are moving out probably before Christmas.

    So this will be our last Thanksgiving where we have a full house and the special thanks are to the guy who excelled at saying grace at our family dinners and is presiding over our turkey one last time.

    We”l see less of them (also two grandchildren) now — of course, but it gives us an excuse to visit them in warm weather. Hah!!

    • lysie says:

      Like many of you I’m thankful for the cyber friends I “met” years ago.

      I’m thankful for my mom’s family and the values they taught her.. which were in turn passed on to me.

      I’m thankful for my childhood. I could write a book about that and have been tempted to.

      I’m thankful for the kindergarten – high school education I received by teachers who taught not editorialized.

      I’m thankful for having met Greg, my husband and best friend.

      I’m thankful for my two children who have been through the ups and downs in life while remembering the values taught them by their elders.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      You should write a book lysie You could self publish on Amazon, and I for one, have enjoyed your accounts posted at various times here. Seriously…do consider it!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Raven…Very very sweet news on your son in law. Well church planting is challenging and very rewarding. they will be blessed in their work, I feel sure, and will be keeping them in my prayers. Yes, you will have one vacation destination all set, now!

    • The Raven says:

      Yes, Lysie. The book can have a plot where the ATRW co-conspirators are secretly writing a new Declaration of Independence and planning the Second American Revolution.

    • lysie says:

      Rav, you always crack me up. Your humor is like mine. Are we relatives? 😉

      Molly, I’ve talked to my brother about writing a book. Maybe after Sarah is home and can take care of the animals I’ll seclude myself and do just that. The title Project 136. That’s our old apartment number.

  25. Molly Pitcher says:

    High wind warning in our area tomorrow and into the evening.

    I am thankful for family and friends. we were able to spend the weekend with family, and this evening with friends from church. Am so thankful for each and every one of them.

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