Black Friday – it’s a day when millions of Americans hit the stores in search of the best post-Thanksgiving bargains.
If you ask one of those frenzied shoppers how Black Friday got its name, they will likely tell you it has to do with the day after Thanksgiving sales moving retailers from the red (or a profit loss) to the black (or a profit gain.)
Conversations to avoid more family fights over the holidays…
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That’s all I remember from a Thanksgiving poem I wrote in junior high or high school. I loved writing poetry, especially free verse. However, I knew it was a hobby not a business. I still miss those days when poetry helped me focus on a particular event.
It is important to remember our Thanksgiving history. It didn’t just start with George Washington issuing a Thanksgiving proclamation, but with the Pilgrims, who sailed to America for the freedoms they so desired, and most importantly to worship as they saw fit, not pressured by the government. After one of the harshest winters where they lost over half their group to scurvy, they invited their Indian neighbors and had a three-day feast to remember all God had done in bringing them through that winter.
Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving a month earlier than we do, but North America is about the only continent that celebrates this holiday. That doesn’t mean that we can’t take any day to be thankful for our blessings.
Some Fun Facts:
New York became first state to adopt a Thanksgiving celebration in 1817.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. Oh and btw, they didn’t have turkey. They had lobster, seal, and swan for dinner! Gross, right? Such were the times… Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought.
During the Civil War, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday every November on the last Thursday.
It remained that way until FDR moved it to the third Thursday in November to “beef up” sales during the Great Depression. Hmm, maybe that’s where we got the idea for Black Friday! However, in 1941, he relented and made it officially the fourth Thursday in November. And so it stands.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t forget the true meaning of the holiday and enjoy time with your loved ones and friends.
Judd Dunning joins Joe to discuss his new book, “Thirteen Reasons Why…NOT to Be a Liberal” soon to be released!
Judd is a Conservative writer, comedian, producer and the host of the comedic late night political news podcast/tv show/youtube channel “Conservatively Unplugged with Judd Dunning (with Canadian American co-host Adam Richmond!). Judd’s passionate self-effacing, politically incorrect right show reports far too unfiltered on “American Everyman News” with comedy and intelligent pro-Trump Conservative commentary weekly. Prior host of last year’s Politicon panel “Right Wing Comedy in These Trumptastic Times” and star of TV Pilot “CU News! goes to Politicon” , Judd is soon to publish his new book with co-author and comedian Eric Golub titled “Thirteen Reasons Why…NOT to Be a Liberal” and he is also moderating a celebrity podcast/panel at Politicon 2018 by the same name this year Sunday at 11am in K Street Lobby. Judd can be seen on stage and as a Conservative Political TV Correspondent and also remains in long mid-life crisis yet absolutely stoked on America.
AND as always, we’ll be covering current events, including those weird news items that you may not have heard or read in the mainstream media accounts. Be sure to tune in!
Masks prevent people from transmitting the coronavirus to others, scientists now agree. But a new trial failed to document protection from the virus among the wearers.
Passengers on a tram in Aarhus, Denmark. The country required masks on public transport in August, and in public indoor spaces just last month.
Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks did not protect the wearers against infection with the coronavirus in a large randomized clinical trial. But the findings conflict with those from a number of other studies, experts said, and is not likely to alter public health recommendations in the United States.
Critics were quick to note the study’s limitations, among them that the design depended heavily on participants reporting their own test results and behavior, at a time when both mask-wearing and infection were rare in Denmark.
Coronavirus infections are soaring throughout the United States, and even officials who had resisted mask mandates are reversing course. Roughly 40 states have implemented mask requirements of some sort, according to a database maintained by The New York Times.
In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Trump 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor for Strategy Steve Cortes took a deep dive into the 2020 election data regarding President Donald Trump’s overwhelmingly dominant performance in the United States’ bellwether counties, adding to the statistical improbability of a Joe Biden electoral victory.
“Out of 3,000 counties in this country, there are 19 that have a perfect track record since 1980 of voting for the successful presidential candidate,” Cortes noted. “Donald Trump, on November 3, won 18 out of these 19 counties. Could these bellwether counties really have gotten it wrong all at the same time?”
The corporate media has largely been unable to explain Trump’s dominant performance in bellwether counties, offering up only vague references to “more racially diverse populations” in response to the counties’ sharp contrast with a purported Biden victory.
“Let’s look at these individual counties,” Cortes continued, and took a look at Vigo County, Indiana, which has only failed to vote for the projected winner once in over 100 years.
Cortes noted that in 2008, “Obama won this swing county in Indiana by 16 percent. This election, Donald Trump almost exactly flipped that even by the number. He won it by 15 percent.”
Valencia County, New Mexico, has held a perfect track record in presidential elections since 1952.
“It’s a majority Hispanic county, working-class place,” Cortes said. “In 2008, Obama won it by 8 percent. Again, like Vigo County, it flipped it almost exactly. In 2020, Donald trump won it by 10 percent.”
Cortes added that while the bellwether data does not conclusively prove Trump won, when viewed in its totality alongside “the growing statistical evidence that points to the utter improbability of the Biden win, what emerges is really just two scenarios: either Biden had literally a perfect political storm on November 3 – highly unlikely – or there was massive and systemic cheating. And I believe the evidence grows toward the latter.”
Cortes concluded by noting one other data point: Republicans won 27 out of 27 tossup house races in 2020, meaning a Biden win in the presidential election would stand out as such as a statistical anomaly that it would willingly suspend disbelief.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blamed the problem on Floyd County election officials failing to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine.
Raffensperger had initially asked for Brady to step down and Floyd County officials met to discuss the decision before firing him, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.
They cited at least two previous incidents over the past six months as the reasons for his termination.
During a hand audit in the Peach State, election officials uncovered more than 2,600 ballots that were not counted before the county’s initial certification, forcing election workers to rescan more than 8,000 ballots.
Both Republicans and Democrats reportedly agreed that firing Brady was necessary, though they don’t believe the error was made purposefully.
Georgia began a hand recount of all votes last week after the Republican Party and the Trump campaign requested a statewide audit.
The review didn’t change the results. On Thursday, Raffensperger announced that he would certify President-elect Joe Biden won the state. Biden captured 12,000 votes
In the end, the hand count confirmed that the former vice president won by more than 12,000 votes out of about five million cast.
While there were some slight differences from the previous machine tally, no county showed a variation in margin larger than 0.73%, according to The Associated Press.
“Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger told reporters during a news conference at the state capitol. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.”
Two age-old adages say, “If you want to really know someone, watch what they do, not what they say,” and, “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.” With those adages in mind, we on the right have gotten to know the left very well, indeed, over the last several years.
Before the 2016 presidential election, the right thought we knew the left. We thought you were like us. We thought you too just wanted the best for our fellow citizens even though you went about it in ways different from ours. Surely, we thought, you love our country as much as we do. Since 2016, we’ve learned the left — especially the regressively progressive far left — isn’t much like us at all.
It happened gradually, but once it started, the shift was exponential. We began to notice the name-calling, ridicule, and personal attacks threatening us online and in person simply because we believe in freedom, personal responsibility and love of country. We voted for someone who said he’d fight for those things too and ever since then, we’ve watched the left lose your collective mind and show us who you really are.
We’ve watched the left’s leaders giddily grab power like never before by denying us fundamental American freedoms once held sacred. We’ve watched leftist leaders deliberately hold up COVID relief bills for purely partisan spite at election time. We watched as “do as I say, not as I do” became not only an adage, but the left’s motto of entitlement.
A maskless Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair colored while we grew out our 6-inch roots. Gov. Gavin Newsom sent his kids to an open private school, visited his open winery, and took trips to his Montana ranch the same week he declared a lockdown while our kids missed graduations and other normal once-in-a-lifetime events.
We wore our masks and missed school, weddings, paychecks, last moments with dying loved ones, time with elderly parents — many things we can never get back — while maskless Newsom wined and dined indoors with lobbyists at a fancy French restaurant.
We’ve watched the left tantrums disguised as “protests.” We watched the left permit and even encourage the lawless riots that destroyed innocent people’s homes, businesses, and personal safety during a pandemic and while falsely claiming to be “mostly peaceful.”
We’ve uncovered a second secret agreement between corrupt Georgia election officials and the Democratic Party machine. This agreement is also illegitimate and its purpose too was to steal the election.
We previously reported about the corrupt actions which Georgia’s Chief Elections Official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger took to help steal the 2020 Georgia election for the Democrats. That involved a secret March 6, 2020 “Consent Agreement” to alter absentee ballot procedures, between Republican Raffensperger and his State Election Board as defendants against the Democratic Party.
But then we found another election law complaint, this one filed by Stacey Abrams’ nonprofit, the “New Georgia Project,” (NGP) filed on May 8, 2020. (See full agreement here or here.) Hillary attorney Marc Elias of Perkins Coie was behind this agreement as well.
Georgia’s General Assembly, was never even informed about this first secret agreement so it likely it knows nothing about the second one.
The second agreement was also with Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias and Gwinnett County Georgia just north of Atlanta. Gwinnett County has been part of the national Democratic machine’s strategic, well-funded plan to, under the radar, to turn “red” states and counties “blue” by whatever means necessary and Marc Elias is that plan’s leader. Since 2019, he was busy executing a very organized, nation-wide lawfare plan to quickly secure fraud-susceptible absentee and mail-in ballot changes in swing states for the 2020 election.
Their plans apparently worked as Gwinnett Republicans lost races for District Attorney, Sheriff, County Commission Chair, and suffered a flip of the 7th Congressional District seat. One reader shared with us:
In one fell swoop, the national and state Democrat-progressive machine took power and control of key leadership in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Another American red county goes blue. This second, secret March 6 agreement does appear to have been a willful and planned ACT OF VOTER SUPPRESSION OF THE REPUBLICAN VOTE in Gwinnett County. Republican voters who live in Gwinnett County WERE, IN SPECIFIC, TARGETED BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MACHINE and by every single public official in Georgia who signed, agreed to or who knew about the secret March 6 Settlement Agreement against that county. It is reprehensible that Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, a Republican like Raffensperger, is missing in action, ignoring the exploding crisis around him and unavailable to comment.
Gwinnet County Republicans and conservative voters will, it is hoped, immediately contact Lin Wood and ask him to help them file a lawsuit against this SECOND, fraudulent, secret, unlawful and unconstitutional March 6, 2020 Settlement Agreement and its envelope heist. In addition, Gwinnett County citizens and voters should contact Matt Braynard of the Voter Integrity Project who, RIGHT NOW, has teams of people on the ground in Georgia gathering hard, cold data about Georgia’s election.
In mid-November Lin Wood stepped in and filed suit against the state of Georgia addressing the first agreement signed by the Georgia Secretary of State that he believes is illegal. In an interview on November 16 with radio host John Fredericks, Lin Wood stated:
In 2010 Eric Coomer joined Dominion as Vice President of U.S. Engineering. According to his bio, Coomer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics.
Eric Coomer was later promoted to Voting Systems Officer of Strategy and Security although Coomer has since been removed from the Dominion page of directors.
In a stunning interview conducted by Michelle Malkin, Joe Oltmann, FEC (Faith Education Commerce) United founder, reveals how he infiltrated Antifa and how during a conversation with Antifa members, he discovered “Eric from Dominion” was allegedly part of the chat during the week of September 27, 2020.
Oltmann explained that “Eric” was telling the Antifa members they needed to “keep up the pressure.” When one of the caller’s asked, “Who’s Eric?” someone answered, “Eric, he’s the Dominion guy.” Oltmann said that as the conversation continued, someone asked, “What are we gonna do if F*cking Trump wins?” Oltmann paraphrased how Eric (the Dominion guy) responded, “Don’t worry about the election, Trump’s not gonna win. I made f*cking sure of that!”
After Oltmann, who runs a data company, finished the call, he started to investigate “Eric from Dominion,” in Denver, CO., and came upon Eric Coomer. Oltmann admitted that it didn’t make sense that Eric Coomer would be the Antifa member on the call and that at the time, he knew nothing about Dominion Voting Systems.
It wasn’t until after he started hearing about Dominion Voting Systems in the news following the election that he remembered the remarks made by “Eric from Dominion” on the Antifa chat.
Oltmann began digging into Eric Coomer, trying to find anything he could about him. Oltmann finally hit gold when he was able to (legally) access what he claims is Dominion VP, Eric Coomer’s Facebook page. What he found was stunning. Joe Oltmann said he never saw such hate and vitriol coming from someone who has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. Oltmann explained to Malkin that Coomer actually re-posted the Antifa manifesto to President Trump on his Facebook page.
We are quickly moving towards two internet universes, one controlled by liberal and leftist tech giants, the other controlled by upstart conservative services providing a refuge for deplatformed, demonetized, and throttled conservatives.
Demonitization is a subset of deplatforming, a way to deprive creators of an income stream from a platform. Another form of demonetization is cutting advertisers off from generating revenue at a website, TV, or radio show. That has been the preferred method for Media Matters and others in attacking Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative media.
Dan Bongino is a big name in emerging conservative media, and a longtime friend of Legal Insurrection. We covered his political races dating back to 2012 from his earlier life, and have watched as his media career took off with his podcast, Bongino.com, The Bongino Report, and regular appearances on Fox News.
Bongino — a former police officer and Secret Service agent who was a latecomer to the talk-show world — is the surprise leader in the far-right media sweepstakes set off by Trump’s refusal to concede the election. While the president’s chances of clinging to power remain wafer thin, the prospect of a new conspiracy theory that could dominate right-wing discourse for four years is not being ignored by the pundits, podcasters and mini-moguls who populate MAGA-world.
Only ignorant or malicious liberal journalists could not know that Dan’s star has been rising for years, particularly this year. To attribute his success to post-election posturing is deceptive and false. But I suspected something else was up regarding the focus of the Politico article on election contests — that is an excuse being used by social media giants to ban or restrict many people who question how the election was conducted and the vote count.
To fight racism in their schools, districts turn to history
Education leaders across the country, including two former National Teachers of the Year, are rethinking how they teach U.S. history, incorporating relevant lessons and encouraging students to think critically.
Jason Kamras and Rodney Robinson share a bond that goes beyond their work as educators. The two former National Teachers of the Year are working together to eliminate racial inequities for students of color in the former capital of the Confederacy. “The very painful history of Richmond casts a long shadow over just about everything we’re doing,” says Kamras, superintendent of the 24,000-student, 90 percent minority Virginia district. “History looms large here
How schools across the U.S. teach history—especially around topics of race—also looms large amid a cultural and political divide fueled by a summer and fall of protests over injustice and police misconduct. The “good, bad, and ugly” approach to history has long been controversial. However, the blowback is particularly fierce now among traditionalists angered by the tearing down of monuments and uncomfortable with the prospect of a curriculum that does not put Christopher Columbus, the Mayflower, and the Founding Fathers front and center.
“There have been efforts to change and transform the history curriculum for as long as we’ve had the curriculum,” says Keffrelyn D. Brown, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Texas. “But to change the curriculum means you must accept that what exists is not the full story, and that’s hard. It’s difficult in a country that has a narrative of progress, of freedom, of liberty.”
Sorting through these issues, especially during a period of major racial and societal upheaval that evolves daily, is challenging for school boards, administrators, and teachers. The history curriculum has long been a flashpoint, but educators involved in this work say not having courageous conversations in any class with students means you risk losing their trust.
Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School “It’s imperative because our students are talking about Black Lives Matter whether we are teaching it or not,” says Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School and co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives. “They’re talking about it on the school bus, in the cafeteria, in the hallways. We have to find a way to scaffold those conversations and help them find a safe place for the videos they’re seeing and the articles they’re reading, or we will just make the curriculum irrelevant to their lives.”