Artwork of the Week

“Still Life with a Turkey Pie”
Pieter Claesz (1627)


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Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving, guys! I’m the luckiest jackass in the world. So thankful for my wonderful life. Hope everyone enjoys their family and friends today. May your hearts and your bellies be full. Eat, drink, and be merry! (And Go Bears!)

Ben Domenech: “Thanksgiving serves as a reminder that for us today, compared to the history of our country and the planet, all the problems of modern America are rich people problems…Tomorrow blue collar working stiffs across the country are going to eat feasts that would put all but a handful of emperors in history to shame. The United States in 2015 is still the envy not only of every country in the world but every country in history. Our controversies are the controversies of a nation that has prospered to an unbelievable degree…America is not without her faults. But it has within its people a stoic spirit that for all the weaknesses of an era of soft heads and hearts is still firm as iron. When the world is at its worst, we are at our best. So let us be thankful for this: that we are incredibly fortunate to be Americans…We have the blessing and the privilege, whether born to deep roots or newly arrived from strange lands, of being the greatest people in the history of the man. The world is dark. But there is a light in the darkness, and it is us.”

Kevin Williamson: “Thanksgiving even more than Independence Day puts me in mind of the American idea; July 4 is about the American mode of government and political liberty, but Thanksgiving is about the much older American nation, which precedes the Declaration of Independence. Thanksgiving is about the weird ancient America, the religious fanatics and explorers and utopians and opportunists who came to what were then savage shores to freeze and starve and fight…What we built here wasn’t only good — it was better, better than anything the world had seen, and we shouldn’t give a second’s hearing to those who say otherwise…If we look back on the 18th century and sometimes wince, it is because what we built here inspired us (and the rest of the world) to dream of better things, and a better kind of life, than had seemed imaginable…Lots of places have good farmland, natural wealth, and navigable bodies of water: If that’s all it took, we could have all stayed in England or Bavaria or wherever. But we have something more: We’re crazy. Our forefathers crossed freezing oceans on little rickety boats because they had some odd ideas about how things should be done. We still do, which is why half of all the good things of our time were cooked up in garages in California.”

Charles C.W. Cooke: “We gather together because…we are the heirs to an extraordinary tradition and we have a great deal for which to be thankful…For a few short hours, we might reflect upon our remarkable fortune. And what fortune it is! To live in the United States in 2015 is to live better than almost every human being who has ever existed.”

Michael Tanner: “We should not allow the daily parade of grim headlines to obscure the progress that we have made. Think about it. Is there any other place or time you would really rather be living? We don’t need to make America great again. America is great. And this is a great time to be alive. So, as we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, we should turn off the TV news and keep in mind that we really do have a great deal to be thankful for.”

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Video of the Day

Awesome. The crew members of the US aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower recreated the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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Afternoon Art Break

George Stubbs (1762)


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Your Morning Cup of Links

Yeah, we wouldn’t want a prestigious university to be biased towards the best and the brightest. God forbid.

After years of pursuing higher-paying international students and watching in-state enrollment fall, the University of Illinois’ flagship campus shifted course this year, increasing financial aid for students from Illinois but also taking the unusual step of accepting lower test scores…”In thinking about our enrollment, we did ask ourselves, have we raised the bar just a little too high?” said Charles Tucker, vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation. “We always want to attract the best and brightest students here, and we want to provide a great education for them. But, you know, we also asked ourselves, are we biased a little too much that way?”


DNC debuts new website to help slow-witted young liberals talk politics with family on Thanksgiving

The takeaway from these sites is that liberals are so cloistered from interaction with conservatives and so insecure in their own basic political beliefs that they actually need to be prepped before the most basic social engagement with the enemy.

Pipe down and eat your turkey, jackholes.

Why the Left’s cry of “we just need more money” is bullshit. It’s about priorities, not budget constraints.

Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs spent millions of taxpayer dollars promoting the Affordable Care Act to veterans who didn’t even need the coverage, but have dedicated relatively few resources to helping veterans on the agency’s long waiting list get access to their benefits, internal documents show.

“Is that why you’re too afraid to shave that pathetic beard? Because that’s what ISIS wants? Am I othering you right now? Did I carpet bomb your safe space?”

C3PO will offer me voice guidance? Do you want me to drive my car off a bridge?

History is for LOSERS!

Oh look, a Republican who actually scored a win against Obamacare, instead of just yapping and show voting.

I can’t decide if it makes me sad or happy that Britain is even more fucked up than we are.

What a dumb time to be alive

Two Oxford colleges have been drawn into a race row after announcing plans to host summer balls based on The Great Gatsby and New Orleans in the 1920s. Magdalen and Lincoln colleges are facing accusations that the events may upset women and ethnic minorities by reminding them of a time of less equality.

Nice to see a sort of consensus finally emerging that Woodrow Wilson was the worst president and an even worse human being.

This is an execution, plain and simple. Hope the cop goes away for life.

This is brilliant

Given that the progressive elder-children-yet-not-quite-adults you’ll be encountering this Thanksgiving (who I will henceforth refer to as “grownchildren”) will be armed to the teeth with Vox explainers and Obamacare propaganda, I herewith humbly submit these first sketches of a new branch of Lifemanship I call “Thankgivingmanship,” which I define as the gentle art of insulting the stupid without alerting them to the fact that they’ve been insulted at all.


A man who in 2013 became the face of a movement to portray the U.S. government’s no-fly list as discriminatory against Muslims was arrested earlier this month along with members of his family in Turkey for being part of an Islamic State cell.


LOL. State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It

Carson is a good man who doesn’t know what he needs to know. Trump is a scumbag who doesn’t know what he needs to know. Sad that the latter is winning.

Rahm sat on the video for months so he could get re-elected. The protestors in Chicago should take it out on their corrupt politicians and corrupt unions. Leave the people traveling to see their families for Thanksgiving alone.

I think we all saw this coming, did we not?

Where is the liberal rage over the mass shooting in New Orleans? Nowhere, because it was black people shooting black people.

Great. Even the deer are transgender now. smh

What our presidents’ Thanksgiving proclamations tell us about America

Michael Tanner says this Thanksgiving forget Trump and all the other crap going on, and remember that it is still great to be an American.

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Afternoon Art Break

“The Break of Day”
Paul Delvaux (1937)


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“The average federal worker’s compensation is worth $119,934, nearly 80% higher than the average in the private economy.”

Must-read longread by Michael Weiss: “Confessions of an ISIS Spy”

“Turn the lights out, burn it all down”

Sleep tight, America.

What a time to be alive. Sourdough, I presume.

“If it’s okay to invent facts in service to a greater truth, then we might as well become leftists.”

Posthumous collection of Christopher Hitchens essays comes out today for the Hitch lover on your Christmas list.

YES. Beat Marmot Head to a bloody pulp.

A history of tap dancing

Judy Garland’s Sweat-Stained ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dress Fetches $1.5 Million

Descendants of Greta Moll Threaten to Sue National Gallery Over Stolen Matisse Painting


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