Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the Wigderson family


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I thought I would take a moment to wish my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving, even those of you who are (foolishly) feeling less thankful to God because of the election results.

Here are some favorite columns from past Thanksgiving celebrations, and today.


My latest for the MacIver Institute:

How Minimum Markup Can Bring Peace to Your Family Thanksgiving

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson – If yours is the typical family, they might be divided over the election results. The Packers aren’t a good conversation starter this year, so bring the whole family together by talking about minimum markup repeal. After five minutes, I promise nobody will want to talk to you and you can watch the football game in peace. Read More »


Here’s my Thanksgiving column from 2014:

Waukesha Freeman 11/26/2014 Page A8 Opinion

Thanksgiving purists can go stuff it

Holiday just as meaningful at any other table

In ancient times, the high priests on state holidays would select the finest ram or bull and sacrifice it to the gods. From the ashes (gods like their meat well-done) the priests would determine the desires and whims of the appropriate divinities.

That’s just not the American way. We thank whatever deity or quantum probability for having more food at a single meal than a small Namibian village will consume in a year. Then we eat as much as we can, and then we eat some more. Finally, when we’re too full for more, we pack the leftovers away for a snack later.

This annual ritual known as Thanksgiving is a gastronomic torture that strangely leaves us unrepentant. Instead, we’re thankful for the opportunity to eat ourselves into a coma. Read More »


How to talk about Obamacare on Thanksgiving, from 2013:

A Time for Family, Giving Thanks and…Talking about Obamacare?

1 Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 27, 2013 3:00 AM

November 27, 2013

by James Wigderson
Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute

Set an extra plate at the table this Thanksgiving. President Barack Obama is inviting himself into your Thanksgiving dinner. In between the mashed potatoes and the green bean casserole, Obama wants everyone to discuss the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Turkey Obamacare.jpgIt’s a turkey of an idea. Do you really want to discuss health care law with your relatives? It’s a formula for finding out what the emergency room deductible in your current policy is for an electric carving knife accident.

For that matter, does Obama really want us to discuss the changes he made to the nation’s health insurance system? According to the polls, Obama is more unpopular than ever, and a majority of the country thinks he’s dishonest. The polls are probably giving Obama and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate serious indigestion long before the pumpkin pie hits the table. Read more >>


Thanksgiving can kill you, from 2012:

Thanksgiving Warnings

1 Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Sean Lansing | Posted November 19, 2012 8:37 AM

By James Wigderson
Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute

Thanksgiving. For many of us, Thanksgiving inspires memories of our families getting together, watching football, eating a giant family meal, and then going into a Tryptophan coma. It’s also a happy day when we come together as a country and give thanks, presumably to a god or gods, for the many blessings our country has received.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that has its origin in the meetings of the Pilgrim settlers and the local Native Americans. It would later be officially celebrated under President Abraham Lincoln, now playing in a theater near you, albeit to better reviews than in 1865.

Thanksgiving is such a happy time for almost all of us. But over at the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA), they’re at DefCon 1, awaiting Turkey Armageddon. Since there is little chance of an attack by Canada this year, the DMA has issued a warning about one of America’s favorite holidays: Thanksgiving will kill you.

“ReadyWisconsin wants you and your family to be safe. Following these simple tips during the Thanksgiving weekend can save you from heartaches, headaches and potential dangers.” Read More >>



What is the best part of Thanksgiving?

  • Family (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Thanking God (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Watching football (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Answering online polls (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Cranberries, because Wisconsin, dammit (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Wine, more wine (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Tryptophan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Listening to someone drone on how they cooked a turkey in a stone oven they hand built in their backyard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Stuffing (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Watching Uncle Phil injure himself carve the turkey - again (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Making fun of Canadian Thanksgiving (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Seeing your Trump-supporting relatives contort themselves as they defend his broken promises? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Seeing your confused liberal relatives stunned into silence (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Making reservations (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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