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  • WATCH: Funniest Christmas fails compilation
    Posted December 23, 2015 at 10:19 am by Michael Mason

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    Welcome to the holiday season — that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties and activities galore!

    While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a massive ball of holiday stress for many. In fact, according to a USA Today poll, more than 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful — that ranks navigating the holidays right up there with asking for a raise!

    So, do yourself a favor, sit back, relax and laugh at our favorite Christmas fails. It will help with the stress. I promise.

  • ‘Funniest Instant Karma Fails’ Compilation of 2015
    Posted December 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Jason Howerton

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  • Jim from ‘The Office’ given task of playing a Navy SEAL in upcoming Benghazi movie — See his amazing physical transformation
    Posted December 18, 2015 at 11:01 am by Jason Howerton

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    For an actor, giving a believable performance as a U.S. Navy SEAL is no easy task. The SEALs are without question some of the toughest and respectable men on earth — but you also have to look the part.

    Actor John Krasinski, regularly referred to as Jim from “The Office,” landed a role in Michael Bay’s upcoming film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” You guessed it — he will be playing a Navy SEAL.

    If you look at his “Office” days, you might think it to be a hard sell. That’s him with the basketball.

    YouTube screengrab from "The Office"

    YouTube screengrab from “The Office”

    But at least when it comes to looking the part, Krasinski seems to have taken the role very seriously. The actor showed off his new physique in the latest issue of Men’s Health. Check out the transformation:

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    Chris Floyd / Via menshealth.com

    (H/T: BuzzFeed)

  • The longest televised debate in history boiled down to 60 seconds
    Posted December 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm by Michael Mason

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    Immediately after a marathon three-plus-hour Republican debate, Donald Trump told CNN the event was “too long.” He also insisted that the debate must have been the longest ever.

    Guess what? Trump was right.

    Image source: CNN

    Image source: CNN

    More than 34,000 words were spoken in Wednesday night’s debate — more than any other televised presidential debate on record. The first modern television debate, between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960, was fewer than 11,000 words. The 10 longest debates — all more than 20,000 words — have all happened since 2007.

    If you felt like Trump, we have a solution for you.

  • Fire engulfs car — exploding tires and air bags
    Posted December 17, 2015 at 11:15 am by Mike Opelka

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    Wednesday afternoon, en route to cover another story, we came upon a car burning on the side of the road in Wilmington, Delaware. TheBlaze arrived on the scene before police and fire departments.

    We recorded raw footage, catching the fire destroying the entire front end of the vehicle, exploding tires and air bags as we watched.

    Fortunately, the car’s owner was able to exit the vehicle uninjured just as the fire started.

    The driver (who wished to be anonymous) told TheBlaze her car started sputtering without warning, “I noticed when I hit the gas, it wouldn’t take the gas…wouldn’t go any faster.”

    She noticed the “check engine light” and car’s oil warning light came on. The driver immediately pulled off the road and another driver noticed the flames and shouted to her to get out of the car and get away from it, “It’s on fire and going to blow!” the man reportedly said.

    Image source: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

    TheBlaze/Mike Opelka

    The fire was totally extinguished within minutes of the arrival of the Claymont Fire Company. However, significant damage had already been done and the car appears to be a total loss.

    Image source: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

    TheBlaze/Mike Opelka

    Watch the scene.

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  • Live Coverage: Candidates Face Off in Fifth Republican Presidential Debate
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Jason Howerton

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    Tonight, join TheBlaze team for live coverage and conversation during the fifth Republican presidential debate. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET with the first debate featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York  Gov. George Pataki.

    At 8:30pm ET, coverage will continue with the main debate, featuring businessman Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Florin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kaisich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

    Follow the action moment-by-moment with TheBlaze’s live blog.

  • Liberals say the darndest things — gun control edition
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 9:41 am by Michael Mason

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    The recent political push for gun control by several states and the federal government isn’t just a constitutional issue. It will effect those who would own a gun for personal safety, protection from tyrannical government, competitive or recreational shooters, or personal militias.

    President Obama is reportedly moving forward on executive action on gun control.

    The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership. Are these the people we want regulating something they know nothing about?

  • Who was NOT surprised by Donald Trump’s doctor’s report? Donald Trump, that’s who
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Following the release of a report from Donald Trump’s doctor stating the candidate was in excellent health, Gregg “Opie” Hughes of SiriusXM’s “Opie and Jimmy” show recalled the time Trump was on his radio show and claimed he never got sick, specifically stating he never had the flu.

    Hughes told TheBlaze the call happened before Mr. Trump was a presidential candidate and they were discussing the latest season of the Celebrity Apprentice.

    Not certain of the exact date, Hughes believed it was in February of this year — in the middle of flu season — and the radio host’s own family was fighting the flu.

    “It just worked into the conversation, ” Hughes told us.

    He asked Trump, “Donald, do you get the flu shot every year?”

    Trump instantly replied, “No.”

    When pressed as to why he’s never had a flu shot, Trump casually answered, “I don’t know. I’ve never had a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu.”

    Trump went on to say that he did not like the idea of “injecting bad stuff” into his body.

    Listen to the call:


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  • Weekend gun fun! Watch a sharpshooter flying in a helicopter take aim at a moving car rigged with explosives (and much more)
    Posted December 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Responding to requests from her fans, sharpshooter Kirsten Joy Weiss just posted a new video showing her skills in the area of hitting moving targets.

    So, how about picking off a remote-controlled toy car, a small drone and — while shooting from a helicopter — a moving car rigged with explosives?

    The wishes of Weiss’ fans were her command.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    In the short clip, Weiss uses three different firearms, starting with a PWS MK116 (firing .223) targeting the remote-controlled toy car.

    After quickly dispatching the toy car, Weiss picked up a basic Benelli M4 tactical shotgun and took down the mini-drone.

    Finally, packing the FN SCAR 16 — reportedly popular with U.S. special forces — Weiss climbed into a helicopter for the last trick on the video.

    Firing from 150 feet off the ground, Weiss needed to hit a small strike plate in the moving car in order to ignite the charge and blow up the vehicle.

    So, did she make the shot? (Would we be showing it to you if she missed?)

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  • Democrats drop bombs on Obama Islamic State strategy
    Posted December 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm by Michael Mason

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    Critics, including prominent Democrats, have been slamming President Barack Obama’s refusal to concede he had underestimated the Islamic State.

    He stated his administration’s current strategy “is ultimately going to work.”

  • Video proof that Donald Trump unites Democrats and Republicans
    Posted December 10, 2015 at 11:54 am by Michael Mason

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    Bipartisanship is breaking out in Washington over Donald Trump’s latest comments on Muslims.

    The presidential contender brought Democrats and Republicans together in condemnation of his plans to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

    Finally, the left and right found something they can all agree on.

  • 10 of the more bizarre comments made in mainstream media after the shooting started in San Bernardino
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm by Mike Opelka

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    As Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino was unfolding, news organizations rushed to get information on air as soon as possible.

    In some cases, this meant broadcasting inaccurate or wildly speculative statements from experts, panelists, politicians, reporters and anchors.

    Digital media outlet Grabien collected “The 10 Dumbest Things Said About San Bernardino” and packaged them in one handy montage.

    Presented in order of appearance:

    1) Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said the atrocity proves America is addicted to guns and our healing could start if we just admit we have a problem.

    2) Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes — later joined by CNN’s Harry Houck — speculated the shooting was tied to an anti-government “right-wing group.”

    3) MSNBC reported almost as soon as the shooting began that the city of San Bernardino houses a Planned Parenthood — which sits more than a mile from the site of the shootings.

    4) Appearing on MSNBC, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin insisted Congress could stop these tragedies, it just chooses not to.

    5) George Stephanopoulos portrayed President Obama as another victim in the tragedy, “showing signs of frustration.”

    6) President Obama argued the feds are powerless to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns. (Which is untrue.)

    7) An MSNBC guest claimed armed self-defense, including armed guards, provides no security benefit.

    8) Chris Matthews wondered if the attack can be traced back to the American Revolution, asking, “Are we revolutionary people who really don’t believe in government?”

    9) NBC’s Kerry Saunders suggested the Christmas party may have served as a “trigger” word for the gunmen.

    10) Sen. Kaine wraps up the montage with his declaration that, much like terrorists themselves, critics of increased gun control are the “voice of evil.”

    Watch the entire montage:

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  • Trump + Mozart = Comedy
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:42 am by Mike Opelka

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    This little bit of campaign comedy is courtesy of Hugh Atkin, a self-described, “Australian house husband in Paris.”

    If Atkin’s name sounds familiar to you, it is likely you remember his viral mashups of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential race.

    In his latest offering, Atkin uses clips of Donald Trump on the campaign trail and matches them to Mozart’s classic, “A Little Night Music.”

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  • FlightHub Asks: Where Should You Travel Next?
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 12:00 am by Sponsored Post

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    FlightHub wants to help you choose your next US vacation! The United States of America has something for everyone whether you are looking for something relaxing, something adventurous, or something urban. Using a recent FlightHub review, the online travel agency has combined it’s most popular projected destinations for 2016 with some of its own analysis and feedback from its staff and travelers alike to suggest your next trip based on what kind of trip you want to take in 2016.

    FlightHub’s choices are as follows:

    Somewhere Adventurous

    Looking for some adventure? Las Vegas, seventh on the FlightHub list, is one of the craziest cities on the planet. Day blends into night, and night blends into day in Sin City. Aside from gambling, Vegas offers some of the World’s most unique hotels, thrilling shows, and is a short drive from attractions like Area 51. Whether looking for aliens in the desert, or experiencing something out of this world in the city itself, Las Vegas is not for the faint of heart.

    Somewhere Relaxing

    Need to take a load off? Phoenix is your best bet. This dry desert locale is perfect for getting away from harsh Northern Winters. Offering some of America’s most stunning natural formations like the Grand Canyon, you can enjoy Phoenix from the front porch or by taking a hike through unique terrain. Placing sixth on the FlightHub list, you won’t be alone in the American Southwest.

    Somewhere Urban

    The city that never sleeps. New York City is the place to be for the ultimate city experience. Each of New York’s sprawling Burroughs has something for everyone from shopping, to clubs, to great food. New York is also home to some of America’s most iconic tourist attractions. From scaling the Empire State Building, to taking a boat to the Statue Of Liberty, you can feel free to do whatever you please in New York City, FlightHub’s eighth most popular destination.

    FlightHub is one of North America’s leading online travel agencies, offering low-cost flights since 2012.

  • Liberals say the darndest things — climate change edition
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 11:57 am by Michael Mason

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    COP21, the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, is over. Hundreds of world leaders and their staff convened to talk about “the biggest threat facing our world today.”

    Watch these liberals threaten, swear, yell, and cry over climate change.

    Starring:

    Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama

    Crazy person screaming at trees

    Bernie Sanders

    Al Gore

    Charles Manson

    AND MORE!

  • Need some holiday cheer? Watch these dancing Salvation Army bell ringers
    Posted December 2, 2015 at 8:46 am by Mike Opelka

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    The normally sedate Salvation Army bell ringers have added something new to the typically reserved actions of the group’s kettle keepers — more modern music and dancing bell ringers.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Wednesday night, tens of thousands of people will gather outside Rockefeller Center in New York City to witness the annual lighting of the massive Christmas tree. The event will also be broadcast on NBC.

    If you are attending the tree lighting, we encourage you to wander the plaza around the tree and look for the Salvation Army bell ringers in the area.

    These two gentlemen were the first to catch our attention. They were dancing to the 2010 techno-dance hit, “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce.

    A Beach Boys classic, “Surfin’ USA’ was also part of the new musical repertoire of the Salvation Army bell ringers.

    Just a few steps down the street, these two ladies were “getting funky,” dancing to Mr. C’s 2004 hit song, “Cha-Cha Slide.”

    If you’re thinking, “I could do that,” or want to know more about the bell ringers…This video explains the basics of Salvation Army bell ringing and how you can volunteer to ring the bells, sing, dance, etc.

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  • How many ‘wrap it up’ notifications did Obama get while speaking in Paris?
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 6:03 pm by Michael Mason

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    President Barack Obama was given the U.N’s equivalent of the Oscars’ “wrap-it-up” music Monday after he went on for almost five times his allotted speaking time at the global climate change summit.

    One hundred forty-seven world leaders were on hand to give a three-minute speech. The time was to be used to explain their plans, and how they are going to move forward.

    The world leader of America, on the other hand, will not be rushed.

    In the edited video below we show you how many audible beeps were heard across the auditorium while Obama was speaking.

  • Dear woman on my Southwest flight: Yes, my child cried … a lot
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Dear Woman on my Southwest Flight:

    I was already sitting three rows behind you, holding a wiggling 1-year-old on my lap as you had two other people sitting in the middle and aisle seats move to allow you the window.

    “I like sitting up front and at the window,” I heard you say to them.

    Not long after you settled in and before takeoff, the inevitable happened. I had already anticipated it before we boarded as my son had tried multiple times to fling himself from my arms, wanting to crawl on the busy terminal ground.

    We might have had a calm flight down to Florida (below is a picture of us then), but it was clear we weren’t about to have an uneventful trip back.

    This was how nice our flight was on the way down to Florida. Our flight back up to D.C. was not so lucky. (Photo credit: Liz Klimas)

    This was how nice our flight was on the way down to Florida. Our flight back up to D.C. was not so lucky. (Photo credit: Liz Klimas)

    This time, he was “that” baby and I was “that” parent. This picture is the best of stock photos that I can find to convey our trip back to Washington, D.C. (below). My hands were too tied to take an example of the real thing.

    Photo credit: Shutterstock

    Photo credit: Shutterstock

    After a fistful of Cheerios to calm a child who doesn’t yet understand the concept of having to sit still for two-and-a-half hours, and a few ounces of water, he spit up. Great, thinks I. Cries, says he.

    This was the first time you turned around to glare in my direction to see where that God awful noise was coming from before the wheels were even off the ground.

    I cast my eyes downward and flipped on an episode of “Pup Patrol” on my tablet, hoping against hope to capture his attention.

    Then take off and there was absolutely no going back now. Cue the full on baby tantrum because:

    • No, baby, you can’t sit on the floor;
    • No, baby, you can’t crawl in the aisle;
    • And of course, baby, you can’t understand that because you just turned 1.

    And that’s when you did it again. Long and hard this time. You sat up tall, turned around and issued that “can’t you do something about this?” glare.

    “There’s nothing I can do about it.” I said to you, verbally answering your unspoken question, speaking loud enough that you’d hear my response from a few rows up. “Don’t you think if I could, I would?”

    You saw, well, heard, an out-of-control toddler losing his mind and envisioned it disturbing the rest of your of-so-relaxing mid-afternoon flight to Washington, D.C. The look on your face told me you didn’t think for a second that the parent could be doing everything humanly possible to quiet their little demon and restore a sense of calm to the cabin.

    Well, what you didn’t — and couldn’t — see happening was how I let him chew on my tablet to gain two minutes of peace. When that lost its luster, it was three renditions of the “How Big Is a Pig?” board book, also ending with a few minutes of nibbling on his part (he’s getting molars, what can I say?). There were toys. There was food. There was drink.

    But interspersed with every few minutes of quiet and occupation was flailing and crying and screaming, all delaying the inevitable: an inconsolable, nothing-you-do-will-placate-me baby.

    When my attempt to soothe him to sleep with a couple of bottles failed (yes, I tried more than once to do this), I resorted to binding his arms and legs tightly in my own and rocked from side to side as much as I could in my tiny seat.

    He continued to fight me.

    I sang “Silent Night” — the current favorite of his — as quietly as I could in his ear.

    He continued to fight me.

    But after an embarrassing 10 or so minutes to my sweet relief and likely that of the entire plane — and you, my dear — his flailing stilled, his eyelids drooped.

    As I sat there continuing to rock and “shh” my child for the remainder of the flight, I stewed and plotted what I would say to you if you saw me at some point off the plane.

    I pictured myself standing on the jet bridge waiting for my stroller and you giving me another death stare. I pictured waiting at baggage claim and you making some snide comment about me finally getting him to quiet down.

    I envisioned myself launching into how you obviously didn’t understand because you don’t have children and how I would go through the list of everything I did in my attempt to settle him. Then I would hammer it home with the fact that maybe you should consider how this whole episode was by far more uncomfortable for me than it was for you and maybe you could take a tip from the other passengers who, though I’m sure they didn’t like it, just put their headphones in and dealt with it as best they could.

    As this imaginary conversation played out in my head, fueling a sense of inner rage, one retort pierced through the rest.

    “Peace be with you.”

    Where had that thought come from?

    My blood pressure was spiked, ready and almost wishing for a confrontation once we deplaned, and here a message of peace presented itself to me as the best response that I would give to you.

    And then I realized after all my hostility was spurred on only by a glare that this was a message also meant for me.

    So, to you, the woman on my Southwest flight, and all others on planes with screaming children this holiday season, peace be with you (and me).

    ~ Humbled Parent

  • Video shows shockingly easy way to break open a Master Lock with just a small hammer
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:50 am by Jason Howerton

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    It only takes seconds for the host of the “Bosnianbill’s Lock Lab” YouTube channel to make the case against Master Lock.

    His advice: “Stay away from Master Lock.”

  • Happy Thanksgiving from TheBlaze! Editors share what we’re thankful for this year
    Posted November 26, 2015 at 11:00 am by Liz Klimas

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    It’s the most popular question of the day: What are you thankful for?

    While this is an obvious topic of conversation for Thanksgiving Day, asking Blaze editors what they’re thankful for (my self-imposed task for the holiday this year) elicited a bunch of groans and grumbles of it being “cheesy,” but most of my colleagues with some prodding complied with my request.

    What I noticed in this process of demanding a sentence or two on their topic of thanks is that many of them accompanied their short blurbs to me with caveats like “this is corny but …” or “I’m bad at this, but … .” What I found in reading these posts is that they were neither corny, cheesy, bad, cliche or anything else. I’m not sure givings of thanks can ever truly be dubbed as such in the first place.

    My colleagues produced a lovely showcase of personality in their thankfulness, which ranges from serious to light-hearted.

    And since I solicited them all for response to the most obligatory of Thanksgiving questions, I’ll put forth my own answer first.

    (Note: Read through to the end of this post to find and listen to a special Thanksgiving podcast from the Church Boys.)

    Liz Klimas, Science, Health and Tech Editor

    This year in particular I am thankful to have survived my first year of parenthood relatively unscathed.

    Last year, in the wee hours of the morning on Thanksgiving Day I went into labor, right on time as my due date was set for November 27. One fantastic epidural and nine hours later, my husband and I welcomed our son into the world.

    He has been the biggest joy of my life, while also, I’ll admit at times, the biggest pain in in my rear. Somehow that smile seems to make all the hard times more than worth it.

    And I would be remiss to not include my thankfulness for my husband who has more than risen to the occasion that fatherhood has called for.

    Scott Baker, Editor-in-Chief

    I’m thankful for 20 million plus loyal readers every month. For a terrific crew of skeptical and curious writers. And for a great media company that gives our news team the freedom and resources to tell great stories everyday. I’m also thankful for CrossFit. But the news team prefers that I don’t talk about it.

    Jason Howerton, Deputy Managing Editor

    Even as I lay here sick and feverish on this Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I live in the greatest country in the world. I know my problems are minuscule compared to the horrors many around the world face.
    Today, I am a thankful American.

    Billy Hallowell, Faith Editor

    I’m thankful for this important reminder, which I sometimes get while in the middle of my frustrations: I’m truly blessed. It’s easy to complain about what we face in life — and it’s much harder to recognize all the good. But having those wake-up calls that God wants us to be thankful for what we do have, even in the midst of struggle, is truly what I’m most appreciative of.

    There’s only one way to describe how I feel about a healthy new baby, a safe home and a wonderful family this year: Grateful.

    Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent

    Any political junkie has to be thankful for the entertainment value of the current presidential race. There are always colorful candidates, but this year one candidate is dealing with an FBI probe, another is a politically incorrect billionaire — and they’re both frontrunners! Somewhat more serious: for all that can be said of silly politicians, it’s worth being thankful for a free press so we can write about their silliness without fear. Above all, I’m thankful to God for my wonderful family and for having far more blessings than I could ever deserve.

    Dave Urbanski, Assistant Editor

    I am forever thankful for my two handsome sons. My boys are the shining stars of my life and will always give more to me than I can possibly give to them. I’m a lucky dad.

    Jon Street, Assistant Editor

    Another year, another turkey. But as I reflect on the past 12 months, I can’t help but recognize just how blessed I am. God has given me a loving and supportive family, the best friends I could ask for, a warm roof over my head and plenty of delicious food to satisfy my appetite. So here’s to the holidays. May the Lord keep you and yours throughout and into a new year. God bless.

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Assistant Weekend Editor

    I’m thankful for the newness this past year brought — a new home, a new job with TheBlaze and a new piece of jewelry thanks to my new fiancé.

    Sarah Rivette, Commentary Editor

    I’m thankful that I get to spend this holiday weekend with my family in our new home that we were blessed to be able to build. We’re blessed to be welcoming a new family member next spring and even though I know my 1-year-old daughter will not remember this Thanksgiving or Christmas, I always will. I’m also extremely thankful for all the service men and women who are deployed and stationed across the globe who will not be able to spend time with their families. I think of them often, but know how hard a holiday away can be and want them to know they will always have a place at my table.

    Leigh Munsil, Political Editor

    I’m thankful for my family, which will be packing my house to the gills this Thanksgiving!
    On a related note, I’m thankful for friends who let me borrow air mattresses, tables and chairs to accommodate them all, along with a football so that we can play the annual Turkey Bowl and earn our homemade Dutch apple pie.

    Mike Opelka, Host of ‘Pure Opelka’ and Video Editor

    Thankful for (many of the obvious ones), family, good friends, health and an avocation that became a vocation three decades ago. I’m fortunate enough to work alongside some of the most interesting and talented people I have ever met.

    Chris Field, Senior Editor

    I’m always bad with the “write down what you’re thankful for” requests — whether from obnoxious colleagues (read: Liz Klimas) or nosey family members (read: Mom). So here’s my lame attempt at a list of just a few things that are on my thankfulness list.

    *First and foremost, I’m thankful for my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He changed everything for and in me.

    *My beautiful and loving wife, Jayci, who keeps me grounded and well-fed.

    *Two of my three kids (not revealing which).

    *My extended family that has for 40 years now taught the the value of faith, relationship, love, generosity and service. The heritage we have defies description.

    *My fellow Blazers. They are some of the most patient, enduring, classy and thoughtful team of people I’ve ever known.

    *Though he could (and should) be assumed to be included as one of “my fellow Blazers,” I should give a public shoutout to Billy Hallowell — a Godly man who has become a dear friend (and awesome on-air foil).

    *I have a church family that has truly redefined “service” for our community — and they’ve been an inspiration to me and hundreds of my friends and neighbors. And we’re led by a pastor who truly has a vision and heart for others.

    I could go on and on and on and on — but you’d be bored reading it and, frankly, I’d be bored writing it.

    Hope all you Blaze readers have a Thanksgiving covered in piles of awesomeness.

    Tré Goins-Phillips, Assistant Editor

    This holiday season, I am most thankful for the friends and family who surround me. Regardless of what happens around the world — and the many opinions attached to those happenings — I know I have a family that prioritizes loving one another above all else. I am thankful for a country that espouses freedom and strives toward greater liberty every day. Most importantly, I am thankful for a loving God whose ways are higher than mine and whose gospel of peace brings me comfort.

    Chris Enloe, Staff Writer

    As a fresh-face at TheBlaze, I am thankful for the opportunity to be working for one of the best news organizations in journalism. But more importantly, I am thankful for the blood of Jesus Christ, that through his sacrifice, I am forgiven. It is through Him that I have all of the blessing that I do, so I give my thanks to Him. I am also incredibly thankful for all of the men and women who sacrifice every day to help protect our nation, and protect the very principles that our country was founded on — those that are the very fabric of our existence. God Bless America.

    Michael Mason, Video Editor and Self-Professed “Odd Duck”

    I’m thankful that snakes don’t fly. I’m thankful that George Lucas is no longer involved with Star Wars. I’m thankful for toilet paper.

    And here’s the Church Boy’s podcast featuring TheBlaze’s Billy Hallowell and Chris Field surprise calling Blaze staffers to talk about what they’re most thankful for.

    Front page image via Shutterstock.

  • ‘Oh, my God! They’re turkeys!’: Time for your annual ‘Turkey Drop’ viewing
    Posted November 25, 2015 at 8:33 am by Chris Field

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    I think it has officially become a tradition now.

    As you prepare the food for the big day’s festivities and regale the youngsters with tales from Thanksgivings past while you wait for family to arrive, what could you watch to fill the time?

    Sure there’s Thanksgiving specials and the Macy’s Parade and football available.

    But you’ll be shortchanging yourself and skipping an important — nay, vital — cultural lesson for the kiddos if you don’t take 25 minutes, sit back, hit “play” and share the brilliance of the “Turkey Drop” episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

    If you call yourself an American, you’ll make the time.

    As always — you’re welcome.

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  • Thanksgiving fails we pray don’t happen to you
    Posted November 24, 2015 at 10:18 am by Michael Mason

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    Thanksgiving should be all good times and joy in the kitchen, but the fear of cooking catastrophes (and worse, having those fears become reality) can make the day a disaster.

    Here’s our pick for the best Thanksgiving fails on the web!

    Have you ever had something like this happen? Comment below.

    Happy Thanksgiving from TheBlaze.

  • College students find new method for dealing with stress
    Posted November 23, 2015 at 11:48 am by Michael Mason

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    At any given point in time, most college students are stressed about something — it’s just part of going to school. While having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control.

    Art students at Virginia Commonwealth University have are using a new visual to evoke the “best medicine” for stress.

    Laughter!

    “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”
    Robert Frost

  • Five easy ways to winterize your car or truck
    Posted November 23, 2015 at 11:18 am by Michael Mason

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    Winter can do a number on your car.

    Slush, salt and cold temperatures take a toll on everything from the tires to the wiper blades. We talked to a professional mechanic and got you some tips on winterizing your car or truck.

    *The music used in video is used with permission from Against Grace. Find them at www.againstgrace.com

  • Three days and 30 miles — Some Kenyans experience epic traffic jam
    Posted November 20, 2015 at 9:45 am by Liz Klimas

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    Whether you are just getting in from your morning commute or are about to head out, dreading a rush hour home, don’t even start complaining about how bad your traffic might be.

    Why?

    Because Kenya recently experienced an at least three-day traffic jam.

    According to All Africa, the situation started Tuesday when unfinished roadwork coupled with a downpour made a muddy mess on a main highway from Mombasa to Nairobi.

    “I have not eaten since yesterday morning, not showered and not even changed clothes,” Nathaniel Chweya, a truck driver told Reuters (via BBC).

    Kenya’s Daily Nation reported that shop owners near the highway said they sold out of “all foodstuffs and soft drinks.”

    “The sad part is that we cannot get [more supplies] as the road is totally clogged up for the last 19 hours,” shop owner Michael Mwangadu told the news outlet.

    Watch NTV’s video of the scene:

    By Thursday, the local transport authority sent police officers to help tend to the 30-mile long jam.

    “We sent many officers last night to deal with the issue. Trucks will be guided, buses and private cars will be diverted onto the standard gauge railway road to ease the problem,” a county commissioner, Evans Achoki, told All Africa.

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