Bondage v. Freedom

It has been a while since talking about how much I love Daniel Greenfield. He is a prolific writer with FrontPageMag.com and he has his own blog, recently updated with the title SULTAN KNISH: The journalism of Daniel Greenfield.

If you missed his post PASSOVER – FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM it is worth the read:

“The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation. The system only asks that each man enslave himself and kill his own children. And once he has done that, he will only feel it right to demand that everyone else do likewise.” ~ Daniel Greenfield

Another of my favorite reads is, the late, Neal A. Maxwell. In 1974 he gave a fabulous sermon on ETERNALISM VS. SECULARISM. Says he:

Eternalism focuses on the individual and on those processes in which the individual is taught correct principles and then is given optimum opportunity to govern himself. Indeed, nowhere does the contrast appear to be more stark between the basic approaches to man’s problems than in the focus of eternalism on the individual as the basic human reality (and next the family). Where reform and desirable change are concerned, eternalism opts for conditions that facilitate true individual growth, letting the consequences of any successes ripple outward. Secularism tends to want to deal increasingly with systems, governments, labels, groups, etc.—with adjustments in the things outside man, apparently hoping that, somehow, changing the external scenery will change the things inside man. Of this latter approach, it was a wise Edmund Burke who warned:

“… society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more of it there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” (Leo Rosten, A Trumpet for Reason, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1970.)

For those of us who see the human condition as one in which there is more stupidity than cupidity, more apathy than conspiracy, there is no real place to begin but with ourselves!

How simply profound. “…men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Additional Reading:

The Top Ten America-Hating Professors

The Alarming Progress of the Hate America Left: How they have invaded American minds.

Democrats Overlook Ilhan Omar’s Hate Because She’s A Black Immigrant

Divisive Democrats, United by Hate

Democrats hate religion

Democrats Had Sharpest Decline in Church Membership

ALL IN with American Restoration Action

Russ Vought, the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Trump Administration, is a long time acquaintance since his days at Heritage Action. Russ ran the OMB with the utmost integrity. He is an amazing individual and he is the reason for my post today.

Now aligned with the work Russ is doing at The Center for American Restoration and the activity arm, American Restoration Action (ARA), you are invited to learn more about ARA. Especially, I invite you to join in on the Thursday Calls to be enlightened on important issues that should drive the Constitutional agenda to Restore America.

See the attached pdf and if you want to become part of the force for change, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/americanrestorationcenter/ara-signup

Thanks for you consideration!

#FrameTheDebate #DriveTheAgenda #RestoreAmerica #KeepAmericaGreat #FindYourVoice #BeNotAfraid

Dear Gabby

It has taken me some time to post this in response to your annual recollection of a horrible day for you. So there is absolutely no confusion, I am thrilled for your recovery and #resilience of the last 10 years. However, I am a bit less thrilled with what could be seen as a sanctimonious pander play to promote your party platform of #Control. So after weeks of holding this post to truly ponder my personal thoughts and feelings, I am ready to suggest that you should #FrameTheDebate, not use emotional rhetoric to further explain your thinking.


First of all the man who took the shots at you was a suffering schizophrenic and there were plenty of warning signs that he was unstable and in need of care. His story well illustrates why, as Daniel Greenfield discusses, We Need Crazy and Criminal Control. It is a fascinating thing that there is not more of an expressive concern, more compassion and forgiveness from you about him or about how to move forward in helping disturbed or disabled people like him in light of what happened 10 years ago.

Why is it you seem to assault law abiding citizens instead of offering help for the crazies? And where do stand on the suppression of the criminal? Do you #BackTheBlue? Are you all in to fully fund and support the excellent police force that is filled with honest and good cops? Why do you seem to make good people look evil when the crazy and criminal element is the real issue?


Second of all, you are right. There is no magic recovery, especially when the people, voters, taxpayers, have been abused for years by “alleged” corrupt politicians, politicians who make millions off their elected positions or find ways to make millions to get into a political position. And there is no magic recovery when many politicians appear to do so out of the taxpayer pockets.

There is no magic recovery when there is an inequality of equal application of the law when it comes to holding people accountable for the #4DeadAmericans, #Benghazigate, #Extortion17, #SPYGATE, #HillarysServer, #HillaryPhones, #FauciLies and so many other scandals that have plagued the nation, many at the alleged hands of your party and party supporters. #JamesComey #PeterStrzok #LisaPage #BigTech #AndrewMcCabe

There will never be a magic recovery for all those who have been silenced at the hand of Politicians, by #DeepState men and women, and the Mainstream Media for their tortuous treatment of people like Carter Page, General Flynn, KT McFarland, Sharyl Attkisson, James Rosen and others allegedly harrassed during the Obama years.

How do the disenfranchised grieve what is lost, stollen from them actually, but move on with determination? How do you suggest people reckon with the liars and deceivers in order to move forward while being continuously suppressed, oppressed, and plundered through excessive taxation and policies designed to keep them subjected to bureaucratic suppressors?

#COVID19 #Omnibus #Cromnibus #TaxBurdens

Yes. Revel in your joy and your successes from your amazing recovery BUT #NEVERFORGET, never forget to acknowledge the many people who do not have your financial support from millionaire donor friends or have your current living wage of between 9-27 Million dollars that your husband magically made. And never forget the lives silenced or the voices of the living being ignored and silenced, voices that could tell tales to truly move forward with their lives in a more optimistic fashion like you if they were granted media attention as you have been afforded.

Remember: The Invisible Victims of Gun Control

#TellTheirStories #BillyVaughn #KarenVaughn #CarterPage #GeneralFlynn #KTMcFarland #SharylAttkisson #SaraACarter #JamesRosen #AngelMoms

Additional Reading:


The Remembrance Project: A Voice for Victims Killed by illegal aliens

Judicial Watch Archives: Benghazi, page 9

Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father

Extortion 17: The Whistleblower’s Story and Obama/Chaffetz Cover Up

KT McFarland: FBI tried to set me up for ‘perjury trap’ in Trump-Russia probe

Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President

FBI lawyer who doctored Carter Page email gets year of probation

The Department of Justice Coverup of its Spying on Me Continues

NEW: Decision in Attkisson government computer intrusion case

Before AP: DOJ Targeted Fox News’ James Rosen

General Michael Flynn Archives

Arizona Politics: Take a look, Part One

New to Arizona and the politics of Arizona I have been working to chain information in order to get a picture of what is going on here.  Apparently, it is far worse than I expected, anticipated, or even dreamed of for a western state.

Back in the late 1990’s I remember reading how the progressive left was making plans to move their people into communities to influence and turn communities away from conservative values towards socialism. The Progressives understood it would take time to make changes but someone, I have forgotten who, had the funds to physically begin moving progressive believers around the country to work for social change. That was their plan. Paid progressives, willing to do the bidding of a puppet master to physically move where needed to influence and flip cities and counties, and eventually take over a state. (Cultists anyone?)

Now add to that almost 20 years and here we are, gobsmacked with the Arizona Blues. 

Mark Kelly, Astronaut and Millionare within 8 years time, really? How’d he get to be so wealthy?

Eight years later in 2019, Kelly had to file his first financial disclosures for his run against GOP Arizona Sen. Martha McSally. According to The Arizona Republic, his net worth was between $10 million and $27 million. (It’s now between $9 million and $27 million, the paper said, citing a financial disclosure report filed in August.)

This would, as The Republic reported, be “an amount that would make him among the wealthiest people in Congress at the time.”

Even at the low end, $9 million is more than quadruple what the couple was worth in 2011. And $27 million represents a nearly 13-fold increase from that $2.1 million figure.

World View, which received $22.1 million in investments from 2014 to 2016, did not disclose how much of that was from Tencent, whose CEO is listed as the wealthiest Chinese citizen.

When Pima County subsequently built a $15 million facility for World View, the firm’s leaders said they intended to transport tourists to the edge of space. However, no stratospheric tourists ever took those rides — although some individuals paid deposits on the $75,000 tickets.

Despite the failure of the company to produce the results it had promised, it has managed to maintain a positive relationship with county officials.

County officials signed a $2 million agreement in May with World View to produce surgical gowns “to aid in the protection during the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19.”

According to the “Master Agreement,” signed on May 8 by the county procurement officer, the unit price for each surgical gown to be made for the county is $3.25.  The first year of the contract — which includes four more annual renewal options — is for $400,000.

Arizona’s Mark Kelly Slammed PPP While His Company Reaped Its Benefits

A July 7 report by the Arizona Republic found that according to federal records, World View Enterprises took between $1 million and $2 million in PPP cash to preserve 38 jobs and return 17 employees from furlough. Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly, who cofounded the firm and remains an investor in it, previously criticized the program as being beholden to “big banks.”

Seriously, from balloon blow outs and non-existing stratospheric rides to surgical gowns and taxpayer bailouts. That’s what #DarkMoney and socialist voters are giving Arizona, America, and the Senate.

Sound Familiar? Chant it with me: #FillThatSwamp

Additional Reading: Ask the right questions

Soros has already effectively inserted himself into the criminal justice system by slowly transforming it—again through massive investment—via local district attorneys’ races. Since 2015, Soros has spent at least $17 million to swing district attorney races in states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Arizona—key battlegrounds targeted by Democrats for takeover.  

~ Source: $708 Million: This Is How Much George Soros Spent On Politics In One Year Alone

 

 

The Marxist Mob

About eight to ten years ago Conservatives reigned the Twitterverse. That was until the Marxists came along with their little bots and haters and Twitter’s ability to censor Conservative thought. And it very much appears #BigTech is in lockstep. (link corrected)

So basically, it appears, the only the way the Leftists can win is to spew hate and employ censorship to shut down thoughts that counter their skewed thinking.

To the many trolls, no matter which social media platform they slime into, please watch and apply Dr. Jordan Peterson’s words of wisdom to yourself, not as a victim:

Additional Reading and Video:

Rachel Bovard’s testimony in the House Antitrust Subcommittee on the growing power of Big Tech:

Soros sees ‘revolutionary moment’ in pandemic: ‘The range of possibilities is much greater’

Video shows mob of women attacking 17-year-old Chili’s hostess allegedly over social distancing guidelines

Why a Generation of Girls Is Fleeing Womanhood

WATCH: Brave New World? The left is marching toward GLOBAL FASCISM

Who’s Who & the 2020 Platform?

Apparently Josh Hawley started a conversation. Then Marco Rubio had a spin with  #CommonGoodCapitalism, and then there have been several back and forth discussions from numerous others defending this, that, and the other from a variety of perspectives as they pull out a note or two from each others commentaries. (Note additional reading/viewing suggestions at the end of the posts in the links above.)

Having read numerous articles and tending to side with the concerns of the Libertarian critics of Rubio and Hawley it sounds like the under-50 crowd Republicans are ready to make their move to clean out the over 50-squatters in the GOP and set the tone for a Republican platform that will appeal to the most voters in the coming years, post-Trump. 

As someone who has had to endure the lies of the 60’s generation, I feel like I am about to get run over by potentially Misplace Loyalty Millennials now. So go ahead and call me a Boomer, tell me to move over, but do not think for a moment that I won’t fight against all of the up and coming know-it-alls any less than I have been fighting against progressive know-it-alls in both parties with their same old rehashed tales of woe, struggle, and government solutions. 

I have spoken with a few politicians who claim they are Fiscally Conservative but…. (yeah, wait for it…)….. they are Socially Moderate.

Really? Perhaps that explains their #NotFiscallyConservativeTaxAndSpend votes to increase the debt for whatever reasons. (See Debt Clock here. See how legislators voted to raise the debt here.  See Rand Paul’s Waste Report.)  

I wrote in an earlier post about not calling the Capitalist System anything but what it is: Capitalism. It is an amoral system wholly dependent upon those who use it to be filled with integrity. (Sort of like guns don’t kill people. People kill people.)

Cronyism is cronyism and cronyism abuses the Capitalist System. It happens in business and by government intervention.

Miscreants who lie, cheat, steal, and abuse the Capitalist System are not Capitalists. They are what they are, liars, cheaters, thieves and system abusers or basically, anti-capitalists.

So that leads me to Rachel Bovard’s piece, and full disclosure, I am a big fan of hers because she is always willing to #FrameTheDebate and #HaveTheDiscussion. 

Josh Hawley Is Right to Spurn Corporate Libertarian Shibboleths

Rachel writes: 

But, either intentionally, or through a severe lack of capacity for nuance, [George Will] misses Hawley’s point, which also happens to be a political as well as an economic reality: that even despite broad indicators of wealth, huge swaths of this country still feel economically insecure and displaced, and that a majority of Americans believe a strong economy primarily benefits the rich.”

Huge swaths feel and a majority of Americans believe a strong economy primarily benefits the rich. Well that sounds like they have been raised on the socialist rhetoric of the last 40 years because that is the language of class warfare. 

She continues: 

“And so visceral is the economic cynicism among millennials (who, by the way, will be the first generation to create less wealth than their parents) that they are turning, in droves, to socialism.”

Are these the same visceral millennial cynics who have been indoctrinated with socialist information for the last 40 years? Are they really turning to socialism or is it merely a core belief system they have embraced under the guise of having been tutored to become Fiscally Conservative but Socially Moderate/Liberals?

And seriously, they are 30 year olds who still have another 20-30 years to create wealth. They are not done yet. How many people have had to work at two or three jobs and go to school to pay their bills into their 40’s in my lifetime? (Boom-boomers.) 

Sheesh, I was in my mid-40’s when I could afford my first home, 1245 sq feet and it was a 35 year old home we pretty much gutted and repaired to resell while we lived in it for four years. And we lived on one middle-class income. 

Rachel defends Hawley, and I somewhat agree, as:

“doing his best to remind the GOP of what they once prioritized: community bonds, strong families, and an economy that encourages true individual autonomy—not one that just means a bevy of market choices—to flourish.”

But that does not mean I want government to step in and fix things before undoing all they have done to manipulate, regulate, and subjugate people and businesses through various degrees of government control. I do not believe the U.S. Government should establish itself as the new Civil Religion, the top down dispensers of nannyism for life.

So lets flashback to 1998 and see what the problems were then compared to now: 

Conservative Vision, A; Conservative Engineering, F

“These three simple questions asked in that order–do you care? are you responsible? and shouldn’t the rich pay their fair share?–have determined political careers for 62 years. These three politically loaded questions have been turning the liberal vision into liberal results for six decades.” 

And there you have it. The same questions, now for eight decades. We still have a mess with Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, and significantly increased tax burdens and those same questions have led us into a socialist/communist movement to control the American People as we have never before seen in my lifetime.  

So as the upcoming GOP Millennials hammer out leadership for the coming years, and then within the #CommonGood debates to define issues, I hope discussions will be focused on principles and values that restore family as the fundamental unit of society and end the social programs that keep individuals and businesses from becoming independent while sustaining Government Bureaucrats as middle managers to control the people. 

Like Matt Kibbe says: 

“When you get past all the acrimony and all the name-calling, the question we are all debating is really quite simple: Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own futures and solve problems cooperatively working together, or do you believe that a powerful but benevolent government can and should rearrange outcomes and make things better?”  Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto

Additional Reading & #RealityCheck Video

The Social Capital Project 

How is it these are  The Top 4 Issues America Will Face in 2020

Go back and read  Conservative Vision, A; Conservative Engineering, F and pay attention to the Appropriations Process conversation. Seriously! 

Conscious vs Common Good Capitalism

The Marco Rubio speech that ignited the ire of Conservatarians (Conservative leaning Libertarians) and Libertarians is a prime example of the speed of the LACK of trust in elected officials who appear to be steering away from the 9-12 Principles & Values the Tea Party Patriots embraced. Those are the very values that got many those people elected. 

In conversing with my Sentinel2Sentinel friends, many of us, Late End Baby Boomers, feel like we have been shafted by the 60’s generation only to now be shafted by the upstart Millennials. They are our bumper generations of #TrophyChildren, the ones who deserve it all at the expense of those around them while they complain about the generations before them, the Fat Cats, for “leaving them behind.”

And they will have their way, after all, they all whine a lot and have a lifetime of experience in demanding they get their wants met.

912 Project Principles and Values JPG.jpgLook at the who’s who of the generations in Congress. And then really look at the few who truly speak out against the things that run contrary to the 9-12 Principles & Values. Who are the men and women fast tracking themselves up the ranks of the Grand Old Party? Who is behind them? Who is whispering in their ears? What is the philosophy they are peddling?

In case you missed it: Josh Hawley Is Quickly Becoming One Of The Most Important Conservatives In America. Where does he fit into your political philosophy and to whom does his thought process appeal?

All this talk about Common Good Capitalism is nothing if it is not founded upon the 9 Principles and 12 Values as defined in the tenants of the 9-12 Project.

So let me suggest you get the book CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. And let’s start adding to the discussion how the Free Market System, the Capitalist System has equally been abused by Politicians beholden to lobbyists and others who whisper in the Politician’s ear in the guise of “common good.”

Let’s not change the Capitalist System. For it is that system that allows the micro-entrepreneur, who relies on the Free Market Capitalist System to rise up out of poverty, to do so without the heavy hand of bureaucratic opposition. Whether married or single, or divorced, man, woman, or child, it is the Capitalist System that has led many people to pull themselves out of poverty or uplift themselves to a higher earning platform, very often bringing others with them to new levels of personal success.

Let us begin with not calling the Capitalist System anything but what it is: Capitalism.

Cronyism is cronyism and cronyism abuses the Capitalist System.

Common Good is only Common Good if and when it does not abuse the Capitalist System.

Conscious Capitalism, if it is free of government interventions, bailouts, special regulations, and truly operates on the principles of free will without compulsion, and that includes being free of the Cass Sunstein Nudge philosophy, will not abuse the Capitalist System.

When discussing Capitalism, the conversation should be focused on the Principles and Values that define the need for the Capitalist System.  After all, the Capitalist System is an amoral system wholly dependant upon those who use it to be filled with integrity. (Sort of like guns don’t kill people. People kill people.)

If Rubio and Hawley really care about the Common Good, then they need to define the problem in terms of those who abuse of the Capitalist System. By exposing the liars, deceivers, and sophists who abuse the Capitalist System they could defy the miscreants by better supporting We, The People in keeping the markets free. Otherwise they are not working at the speed of trust and instead handing out trophies to the who’s who in abusing the Capitalist System.

Suggested Reading & Viewing: 

Links fixed! Sorry about that! 

 

 

Marco’s Common Good: Where does it lead?

Some supporters of Rubio claim his speech as “remarkable.” Well, I guess they can claim that depending upon what their definition of is is in “remarkable.” And yet I find it highly irritating to hear claims of praise for it being remarkable when No. No. No. It was not remarkable.

It was meh. It sounded like someone reaching out to people who need emotional support through words of flowery feel goods, shared feelings of the pain, the suffering, all in the voice of a whiner so as to prove feelings matter and how Marco, a potential leader for the universe, is with us all in seeking governmental solutions for Common Good Capitalism.

Blah-bity-blah-bity-blah. 

Marco’s quote from Robert F. Kennedy was interesting:

  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy noted that “if… we, as Americans, are bound together by a common concern for each other, then an urgent national priority is upon us.”
  • Because, he said, “even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task; it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction – purpose and dignity – that afflicts us all.”

Yes. The poverty of satisfaction. I am wholly unstatisfied with the double speak that seems to pour through this remarkable speech. And my feelings have little changed since my initial reaction posted here.

If Marco means what he says:

  • My goal for this speech, but also in what I have tried to do in the Senate, is above all else about doing whatever it takes to keep our country from coming apart – whatever it takes so that this exceptional nation continues and endures instead of ending with us.

Then Marco and his crew need to seriously engage in a discussion to address valid criticisms of Marco’s seemingly self-serving speech. Otherwise, all of the remarkable Rubio talking points are merely an outreach to moderate leaning socialists while alienating his conservative base.

Perhaps Marco is in need of a new voting base for his next campaign?

Additional Reading:


  • Marco “Greeted Like A Rock Star”…

    • Rubio delivered a well-received 30-minute speech, hitting key campaign issues including jobs, the “crushing national debt,” national security and immigration, even taking a dig at Republicans now serving in Washington. He said temporary tax cuts should become permanent, but spending cuts, including a ban on earmarks, also would be necessary to achieve a balanced budget. The economy continues to suffer, in part, because business owners who could add employees and expand are “afraid to because of uncertainty about the future,” Rubio said. “Small businesses are taking the brunt of it and we’re all paying the price.”

  • Rubio: Our National Security Depends on Sugar Subsidies
  • #HaveTheDiscussion: Free Markets & Capitalism

Absolute Reads:

Remarkable Rubio Posts from #TeamRubio 

 

Marco Rubio: A government that promises…

While on Twitter I saw several live Tweets about Marco Rubio speaking to “a business class at Catholic University.” Here are the news stories I read about his speech from links referenced in the tweets: 

Two very different headlines, each designed to grab the attention of the reader, but my problem was with the reactions to Marco’s speech from, again, two very different headlines. 

The Washington Post article is the first one that I read. It made blood shoot out of my eyes. On Twitter I tagged Dan Holler, who works for Rubio, asking him for the link to the actual copy of the speech. Dan was great to lead me to this link that was posted on Rubio’s Senate page and from that press release you can go read Rubio as the original source, not merely how his words were interpreted. 

Reading the Daily Signal article did make me feel a little better, not much. Reading Marco’s speech, well, if nails on a chalkboard bothered me, yeah, that is the kind of feeling I would describe from this particular speech writing of Rubio.

Feel free to download Rubio’s speech and read along as you watch him give the speech below. You might jot down thoughts and questions in the margin of the Rubio script as you listen to him.

I have a lot more to say on this. My problem is that watching the video of the speech still make blood shoot out of my eyes. I have to cool my jets and go through it all again so I can write without screaming on the page. I have to check my emotional response to go through what really irritated me, and still irritates me about that which I am hearing come out of Marco’s Mouth. 

Additional Reading: 

T2 on the Pit Boss Grill

My Pit Boss Grill is my most favorite grill ever. With Thanksgiving around the corner and having never smoked a turkey before I figured I better give it a try in preparation for one of my favorite times of the year! Turkey Number 1 (T1), a 15 pound Jennie O,  turned out okay. I cannot believe I forgot to take a picture of the T1 experience, except for the carcass.

Brining is not my thing. I guess I should try to brine but never have, not even when oven roasting turkey, so for T1 it merely got washed down really well and checked for missed feathers. Before rubbing it down with olive oil followed by my personal Turkey Herbs & Spice mix I did do a coarse salt scrub on it,

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Sorry for the blur… 

Basically it was the same process for Turkey Number 2 (T2), also a 15 pound Jennie O. It turned out much more flavorful than T1 with a couple of adjustments in my smoking/griller procedure and a rub down with buttah, baby!, instead of the olive oil. Again I did not brine the turkey and it turned out absolutely fine, even with one major misstep in my grilling process. Instead of transferring it to an aluminum pan I left it on the grill the entire time. All that happened was the skin stuck to the grill. No big deal.

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Sister Missionaries getting ready to enjoy pan of T2, smoked turkey. Left to right: Sisters Hannah Davis, Sarah Farnsworth, and Rylie Vanderweil. They serve for 18 months as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

This Monday it is time for Turkey Number 3 (T3), a 20 pounder Butterball. It will be great to see how well a larger bird works out on the grill. The only major change I am going to make is the type of pellets used on T1 & T2. Instead of applewood my husband wants me to try the Traeger Turkey Blend of hickory, maple, oak wood with rosemary. It will be interesting to see how it all tastes with my special herb & spice blend for the bird.

Yeah Baby! #TurkeyTime!