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Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:06 am

[guest post by Dana]

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all Patterico readers! Suffice it to say, I’m thankful for the generosity of our host as he continues to provide this platform for all of us to speak our minds, whether we post or comment.

Anyway, my turkey is in the oven (olive oil and balsamic vinegar rub, fresh oranges, salt, pepper, and cranberries), two pumpkin pies down, one pear pie still to make. It’s going to be an extra-busy day, what with all the cooking, hostessing duties, and efforts to reduce my Thanksgiving carbon impact and not offend anyone as we celebrate “white, cis-hetropatriarchal Christian fascism,” otherwise known as Thanksgiving.

May we all have a Vox-free day because we are no longer children in need of an index card, and because we understand that at the end of the day, it is Love and Grace that triumphs over all else.


51 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Good morning!

    Dana (86e864)

  2. what can i do to make my carbon impact today more impacty?

    i know i’ll clean out all my hangers from the cleaners and throw them away instead of recycling

    that’s always a good feeling

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. I certainly hope that’s a “green” dry cleaner you’re talking about, happyfeet…

    Dana (86e864)

  4. no it’s hispanic

    happyfeet (831175)

  5. Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dana. We’ve got the adopted son and his wife and daughter and they’ll be pitching in for the cooking. I dropped off the cheese strudel puffs, baklava, and melomakarona off yesterday, and all I’ll be doing today is turning the racks of lamb into chops and grilling them with oregano and lemon.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. Oh my, nk, both the strudel and melomakarona look and sound wonderful! Have a wonderful day with your family.

    Dana (86e864)

  7. #4,


    Dana (86e864)

  8. Our turkey is in the oven and we are ready for the family this afternoon.

    I hope next Thanksgiving is as peaceful but I have my doubts.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  9. Happy thanksgiving all.

    narciso (a1aef7)

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Dana. I’m in charge of a very important part of the meal today: the wine!

    I raise my rhetorical glass to you all!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to all….
    Today we feed the livestock early and its off to friend’s home for the feast; a catch up T’giving (replay?) on Saturday with kids and grand kids… Mrs Gramps is filling the house with good cooking smells… life is good.

    to hf @2: If they had not sent the replacement starter to a city by the same name but 6 states away, I would go out and start up my tractor in your honor. CA will no longer allow this model to be sold in , or shipped to, this state.

    Gramps (bc022b)

  12. Had breakfast with my little angels. Riding Harley to my Dad’s in Illinois. First Thanksgiving or holiday without my girls post-divorce. Going shooting with my cowboy guns after a nice meal. Just wanna get through this one.

    JD (369061)

  13. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Got the turkey in the oven, the stuffing in the bird, the sweet potatoes ready to warm up, green been casserole to make, along with mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and gravy. Favorite day. Family and friends over for dinner, plenty of beer and wine – and not a whiney relative or friend in the bunch.

    Walter Cronanty (f48cd5)

  14. Over the lips, over the gums, look out stomach, here it comes …

    Let’s eat! I’m starving.
    My belly button is rubbing a blister on my backbone.

    Beeper, Larry, Football, and The Dude. My four turkeys all survive another one.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  15. @JD. I am sorry to hear you got divorced. I haven’t been around here much lately so forgive me if this has been a topic of discussion in the past. I am sure it is not easy right now.

    To JD and everyone out there in Patterico Land, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  16. this is a terrible year for thanksgiving

    this poor pathetic country has precisely dick to be thankful for

    i recommend we cancel the whole thing

    happyfeet (831175)

  17. @16, do you let politics infect everything in your life?

    I’m thankful for my nieces and nephews. I’m thankful full for my good dogs. I’m thankful I can still walk after playing Rugby into my forties. I’m thankful when I get up in the morning there’s a doorknob on the inside, and I only have to turn it to walk outside. I’m thankful for single malt scotch and girls that giggle and smell nice. I’m thankful for my Milwaukee Sawzall. I’m thankful for the small block Ford and Toyota Racing Development. I’m thankful God created Stevie Ray Vaughn, and I still have his music.

    That list is not exhaustive. And I’m not equally thankful for each item.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  18. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  19. do you let politics infect everything in your life?

    this is just a lame attempt to get me to uncancel Thanksgiving

    well it’s not gonna work

    happyfeet (831175)

  20. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Hey nk, those cheeses strudel puffs look suspiciously like spanakopita. Is this one of those Trojan horses you guys are famous for? Tell’em it’s a German pastry when it’s Greek?

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  21. No, I really am Thankful for my nieces and nephews, girls that giggle and smell nice, that I can still walk, my dogs, and that there’s a doorknob on the inside (I got that last one from a guest of North Vietmam, and I grasped his point).

    Steve57 (a13395)

  22. nonono all of these gratitude feelings are invalid

    this year failmericans what want to mark the holiday should spend the afternoon wallowing in grievance and regret, and maybe have a reasonable portion of a pie or a pie-like comestible

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. Dana, thank you for your posts, and your positive attitude.

    This day, I reflect on the things for which I am grateful, not the things that are…um…not to my liking. Awkward phrasing, but you know what I mean.

    I am grateful for my lovely wife and sons, having a job, and having an opportunity to teach and do research. Kind of in that order.

    Best wishes to all.

    Simon Jester (9df838)

  24. JD,

    I’m sorry to hear about the divorce. Love and prayers for you this day. It’s a tough season to get through. Remember, your friends here care.

    Dana (86e864)

  25. When I was… well, younger here in New Zealand there were two american things we didn’t do – Halloween and Thanksgiving.

    We’ve picked up one of those celebrations since, and it occurs to me today that we grabbed the wrong one.

    scrubone (c3104f)

  26. y’all need to convert to muslim so you can immigrate here

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. I’m curious if the gender binary is interfering with anyone’s enjoyment of Thanksgiving?

    Steve57 (a13395)

  28. Happy Thanksgiving indeed. I dislike p33ing in your cranberry sause, but I thought this was worth mentioning, and perhaps is worthy of a blog post of its own.

    This was Prom Queen’s story last Summer about his Iran deal, which the slavish sycophants working at places like the Atlantic were only too happy to push.

    Since it’s clear that Congress won’t be rejecting the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, opponents are now trying to diminish its significance. Senator Marco Rubio, for example, now denies that the pact is “binding on the next administration,” and has pledged to repudiate it on his first day as president.

    Rubio is wrong. If taken seriously, his position would destroy the binding character of America’s commitments to the IMF, the World Bank, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization. The accords that undergird these institutions, like the Iran agreement, have their foundation in statutes authorizing the president to commit the nation. The Constitution makes these statutes the “supreme law of the land,” binding the country in the same manner as treaties approved by the Senate. The President can no more walk away from them than he can from any other law or treaty…

    Got that? Binding. Rubio is wrong. Supreme law of the land. ‘Ceptin’…

    …“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.

    …Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the deal the president had submitted to Congress was unsigned and wondered if the administration had given lawmakers the final agreement. Frifield’s response emphasizes that Congress did receive the final version of the deal. But by characterizing the JCPOA as a set of “political commitments” rather than a more formal agreement, it is sure to heighten congressional concerns that Iran might violate the deal’s terms. “The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,” Frifield wrote to Pompeo.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discouraged his nation’s parliament from voting on the nuclear deal in order to avoid placing legal burdens on the regime. “If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to [and passed by] parliament, it will create an obligation for the government. It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,” Rouhani said in August. “Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?”…

    Read more at:

    The Iran “deal.” It’s desert topping. It’s a floor cleaner. It cuts tomatoes paper thin.

    Legally binding? Yes. No. Maybe.

    Could these people display greater contempt for us? And, really, don’t we collectively
    deserve it? This electorate is potentially capable of electing Hillary! President. Who
    gleefully lied to the country about Benghazi. Then, lied about lying. And the LHMFM
    proclaimed her the victor over the Republicans for it.

    Harry Reid brags about preventing Mitt Romney from getting elected by lying about the man’s
    taxes from the Senate floor. So what, it worked he said. And we just take it.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  29. we are to be thankful for all things, the triumphs and the trials,

    narciso (732bc0)

  30. I am Thankful, narciso. I get to see my family at Christmas.

    If the creek don’t rise and ISIS don’t get to me first.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  31. after pikachu’s jello and mayonaise,?? move, it’s important to put things in perspective,

    narciso (732bc0)

  32. I culturally-appropriated this.

    Also the Hindu push up.

    And Eskrima.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  33. I thought we were talking about pikachu’s burritos and donuts.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  34. also a crime against nature,

    I’ll give that exercise a whirl,

    got up to 60 on the crunches

    narciso (732bc0)

  35. Congrats, narciso, on the crunches.

    Keep working on it. Also, give this one a try.

    Get Up Sit Ups

    You can get kettle bells at Walmart.

    I still don’t understand how I’m the racist but Hillary! is the one who freaks when she sees
    a black guy with an M-16. My first reaction is, “One of us.”

    Steve57 (a13395)

  36. And this one! I eked out two per side.

    I plan on doing better in the future. It was my first try.

    Kettlebell Turkish Get Up

    Steve57 (a13395)

  37. Sorry to hear, JD.

    Hey nk, those cheeses strudel puffs look suspiciously like spanakopita.

    They are suspiciously like spanakopita. In fact, I made four pans with spinach and four pans wiht only the cheeses (feta, ricotta and cottage). I’m used to describing them the way my mother did when she came to America, before people called thin strudel leaf “filo” and if you said “spanakotiropita” people said “Gesundheit”.

    nk (dbc370)

  38. before people Americans called thin strudel leaf “filo”

    nk (dbc370)

  39. Not that Americans aren’t people.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. sorry to hear, JD,

    narciso (732bc0)

  41. I hope nk doesn’t hate me for learning to love the Turkish Kettlebell Get Up. To mix my metaphors even further, I believe I’m going to work with my light Hindu clubs.

    I could only get two reps with my 15lb kettlebell. Which is what girls use. Or, old men like me.

    And I confess to not being able to maintain proper form.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  42. JD, I got divorced after getting back from OIF. I had been away for a good long while. And my former wife decided my absence said something about how important I considered our relationship. And I can’t say looking back on it all that she was wrong.

    I don’t like talking about it because it was something I never wanted or was prepared to have happen.

    You’re not the only one, if it helps.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  43. The problem, you see, is that once you do that kind of damage there’s no going back. I would have made it right if I could. I was just away too long.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  44. ep 1 is online Mr. narciso

    happyfeet (831175)

  45. I expected to receive all kinds of cr@p, Mr. Feets.

    But it’s true.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  46. thanks, pikachu, they really put a lot effort into it,

    narciso (732bc0)

  47. ade looked familiar, she was the werewolf girl on being human, too bad she’s a red shirt,

    narciso (732bc0)

  48. I didn’t “share” something private on the interwebs.

    You can go to the court house and read it for yourselves.

    Steve57 (a13395)

  49. feels kind of like peeking over the fence catching the neighbor sunbathing.
    And worse, they caught me looking.

    Just having fun. Thanks for sharing.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  50. Is that belly button, or a shot glass?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

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