Pardon us all to hell but we’re giving thanks this Thanksgiving! 

Here’s your ‘vicious reality’   The Old Guy
gets the drumstick!

It’s a quiet Thanksgiving here at Stately Blaska Manor. The indentured servants have been given the afternoon off, with the promise of leftovers when they return tomorrow morning, before dawn. A row of white lab coats hang neatly from their hooks, policies half-finished. The unlettered field hands have laid down their primitive tools and are singing from the Leonard Cohen catalog as they peer anxiously through the window at our feast.

A spatchcocked turkey awaits, with the green bean (always canned and julienned)-mushroom casserole waiting. A lively prosecco is cooling; the table is set with our finest glassware, china and heirloom cutlery.


We will recall those crowded tables of distant memory, overflowing with food and family, little children at the card table set up to handle the overflow. Listening to the talk of adults now departed, some of them born in the 1880s.

It’s a holiday, remember?

It has been a few years since we supped with a young man and wife from Saudi Arabia; he said their prayers in Arabic and we Christians, ours. The young man admired the Japanese sword my father had recovered during WW2. One of these years we will invite two lucky Madison progressives if they promise to enjoy themselves, or at least, make the attempt.

⇒ No, I cannot promise the turkey was free range. The cranberries, in all likelihood, are not “organic.” Yes, football is a violent sport and no, Colin Kaepernick is not playing.

We do wonder at a political creed that condemns pleasure, that seems to celebrate misery. Today’s progressive makes the original Puritans look like sybarites. We understand empathy (We once felt something very much like it).

But Jeebus Creation are our … acquaintances Debbie Downers! Here’s the opinion page headlines from the New York Times this Thanksgiving Day 2019:

“The Vicious Reality Behind the Thanksgiving Myth”

“It’s a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood and that’s O.K.”

“Why Gratitude is Wasted on Thanksgiving” (NOTE: Blaska may get wasted on Thanksgiving but not Gratitude.)

“The Horrible History of Thanksgiving”

How can you smile on Thanks-taking!

The latter, written by Charles (Does he ever!) Blow, uses Thanksgiving to indict — you guessed it — white people: 

Comment, respond, what do you thinkWhen I was a child, Thanksgiving was simple. It was about turkey and dressing, love and laughter, a time for the family to gather around a feast and be thankful for the year that had passed and be hopeful for the year to come. In school, the story we learned was simple, too: Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to give thanks. We made pictures of the gathering, everyone smiling.  ….

But that is not the full story of Thanksgiving — white people have been centered in the narrative and all atrocity has been politely papered over. Two of the most famous paintings depicting the first Thanksgiving … feature the natives in a subservient position, outnumbered and crouching on the ground on the edge of the frame.

“On the edge of the frame”!!!

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Thomas Nast: Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1863

We give thanks for life and for freedom

Well, America’s IS a hard history, let’s face it. But every history is hard. (You want Russia? Germany? Mao’s China?) Like most Progressives, Charles Blow blames the descendants of Europeans first, last and always. Meaning that he buys into the myth of the peace-loving red man.

Progressives believe their own mythology. We assign a Scientific American article headlined “Thanksgiving Guilt Trip.”

Native Americans definitely waged war long before Europeans showed up. … Contra leftist anthropologists who celebrate the noble savage,” the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker wrote in 2007, “quantitative body counts—such as the proportion of prehistoric skeletons with ax marks and embedded arrowheads or the proportion of men in a contemporary foraging tribe who die at the hands of other men — suggest that pre-state societies were far more violent than our own.

Let’s put aside the Howard Zinn and read a little history:

⇒ Abraham Lincoln created this holiday during this country’s most terrible war. A war to free the slaves, to extend the blessings of liberty to all. For that, we are thankful. 

Now may we finish the pumpkin pie (a little more Kool Whip, please) before we all pack up and book passage to Europe, Africa, and Asia?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: It is America, so believe what you want. At my table, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and — Dammit — we’re giving thanks! Pass the gravy.

What do YOU think?

About David Blaska

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20 Responses to Pardon us all to hell but we’re giving thanks this Thanksgiving! 

  1. Happy Thanksgiving and have a great holiday season as we approach Christmas.

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  2. There is much to be thankful for in living in the United States of America no matter how much progressives want to destroy it.

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  3. Marge Bils says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Lisa, &Max. Thankful for Faith good health, family & friends & the opportunity to live in the United States. No matter how flawed we are as a people the forefathers of this country had a great idea when they penned the Constitution.
    Indulge & enjoy the day.! 🦃🏈🍷🍷

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  4. GARY KNOWLES says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    May we all find much success in our pursuit of happiness as we move toward a more perfect union.
    “God Bless us Everyone” – TT

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  5. madisonexpat says:

    My favorite day of the year. Wood smoke, raucousness in the kitchen, dogs, coupla foreigners trying to grasp the American ness of plenty, sharing, welcoming, gratitude and love of God.
    All the best everyone.
    Every one.

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  6. dad29 says:

    a little more Kool Whip, please

    A most charming and enlightening essay until the above. You, a citizen of the Dairy State, asking for Chemical (see: Dow, Roundup, etc.) confection? With starving dairy farmers surrounding your estate, you spit on their needs?

    Shame. Shame. Shame.

    I can barely summon the forgiveness to wish you a Happy Thanksgtiving.

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  7. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “Charles Blow blames the descendants of Europeans first, last and always.” (bolds mine)

    Blow (THE most appropriately named columnist EVAH!) is oblivious to the obvious: Europe has over 40 countries, nearly 90 different ethnic groups, over 200 different languages, and ~25 different faiths (including, but not limited to, the Religion of Peace©™®).

    Is it any more so or less so now, since European descendants, with FAR less ballyhoo (and carbon footprint) than @AnonyBob’s fave (St. Greta) came across?

    Could have been more so back in the day, am I right? You tell me.

    Anywho; Reality sees DIVERSITY; all Blow sees is WHITE.

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    The Gotch


  8. Scott F says:

    Happy Thanksgiving David….

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  9. Leo says:

    Gosh, I am just thankfull that a great man like Donald Trump has stepped up to stop the war on
    Thanksgiing and is saving us from those who want to rename or destroy the holiday; as the dear
    leader so eloquently claimed earlier this week.


  10. Tom Paine says:

    Thankful? Of course…..especially if you have ever lost your electricity for more than 3 hours; electricity failure at gas stations so that one cannot buy gas for a generator. Thankful for NGas heat; hot water upon demand; for functional sewage systems, for ER’s across the nation; for nurses; and, for Walmart, the “greedy” corporate interest whose doors are open at 3AM on Dec 30 when the temps are -30, and a consumer needs a sweet navel orange, pre-cooked bacon, yogurt, and a frozen pizza, all at low price.


  11. Fred says:

    Thankful for so so much. We and our children and now our grandchildren have always celebrated the traditional thanksgiving. It is family tradition and most likely will continue on through future generations. To the best of my knowledge there was mutual sharing of the harvest and hunted game at the original thanksgiving. We are all aware that the worst mistreatment of native Americans occurred well after the original thanksgiving. That should not be tied to the original thanksgiving.


  12. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The hits just keep a’coming: From the Suffocating Irony/Delicious Karma Department:

    Kaepernick Workout Yields Tryout With Browns

    One small problem; it’s for one of the receivers Jordan Veasy, not Kappy.

    The Gotch


  13. M. Olson says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is nondenominational. Not everyone enjoys having a religion stuck in your eyes and ears for way to many weeks. It serves business. The truth of theThanksgiving event is nothing to be proud of. Has everything gone Hollywood?


  14. Batman says:

    So very much to be thankful for.

    For example, so thankful the all wise benevolent Orange Master is at the helm instead of the great-divider-in-chief Obama.
    So thankful the majority of Americans finally recognized Hilldog as the odious delusional uber-corrupt war monger that she is.
    So thankful that manchild mayoral failure Pete, pathological liar Liz, Bernie the angry bum, 100% phony Kamala, mental defective corruptocrat creepy Joe, et al. have been exposed as nothing more than chewing gum stuck to the bottom of the Orange Master’s shoe.

    Let us pray


    • AnonyBob says:

      You manage to turn giving thanks and praying into an exercise in nastiness. No wonder you think Trump is great.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


        No nastiness on @Batman’s comment; merely <a href="INCONVENIENT TRUTH, something with which your ongoing struggle, to put it charitably, continues unsuccessfully.

        It gets worse.

        President Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA is coming to a head. Not only that, but it’s forcing Lefty’s hand; some of the points they’ve sought all along are contained therein.

        And worse yet.

        Those points have been negotiated by YOUR President.

        Possibly lost in the Russkie Intervention/Stormy/25th Amendment/Electoral College/Hillarity REALLY won/ Russkie Quid Pro Quo, etc., etc. etc.?

        Doesn’t matter; what does matter is that means (and this is where it gets GOOD!) Lefty has to either concede that to The Donald or look even more idiotically bipartisan than they already do; no easy task, that!

        Gosh darn twofer if you ever saw one, am I right?

        The Gotch has popped corn at the <a href="READY!


        The Gotch


      • Batman says:

        I can tell my comment hurt your feelings bobo because you personally identify with the dem candidates. I forgot about that when posting~~~> apologies.

        Liked by 1 person

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