The Thanksgiving pardon

President Obama does the annual turkey pardon. Popcorn and Carmel live to see another day. The jokes aren’t too bad either.


Thanksgiving with the Addams family

Posting this “meaning of Thanksgiving” by Wednesday Addams is becoming my holiday tradition:


Turkey shoot

Just for the record.

Politicians should never pardon turkeys, because the resulting photo allows smart asses like me to write captions that say:

President Obama and turkey, left, pose for a Thanksgiving photo.


Some Thanksgiving advice to Obama

Now, no one in the White House will ever care what I say, and they’ll never look to me for stage management, but having worked in politics and in journalism, I’m pretty sure of this.

When you’re making an announcement that you’re pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, you should never have two people you care about in the same shot with you during your media event.

Simply because, some news outlet or blogger, either out of ignorance or spite, is going to take a photo from the event of you with the two people and use the headline:

Obama pardons two turkeys for Thanksgiving.

I present exhibit A (and this is from a site that would support Obama over every Republican running).

Of course, nothing will ever match the Sarah Palin at the turkey pardon of 2008:

Invasion of the Butterballah

It’s Thanksgiving. What better time could it be for a paranoid anti-Islam rant about the infiltration of Sharia law into our democracy (via TPM):

In a column on The American Thinker, anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller explains that halal meats are already prevalent throughout most of the meat industry, but now they have even infiltrated the popular frozen turkey producer Butterball.

To do this justice, let’s go to the source:

A citizen activist and reader of my website wrote to Butterball, one of the most popular producers of Thanksgiving turkeys in the United States, asking them if their turkeys were halal. Wendy Howze, a Butterball Consumer Response Representative, responded: “Our whole turkeys are certified halal.”

In a little-known strike against freedom, yet again, we are being forced into consuming meat slaughtered by means of a torturous method: Islamic slaughter.

Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus, and the jugular vein, and letting the blood drain out while saying “Bismillah allahu akbar” — in the name of Allah the greatest. Many people refuse to eat it on religious grounds. Many Christians, Hindus or Sikhs and Jews find it offensive to eat meat slaughtered according to Islamic ritual (although observant Jews are less likely to be exposed to such meat, because they eat kosher).

Happy Thanksgiving

The president of the U.S. says:

As Americans gather for the time-honored Thanksgiving Day meal, let us rejoice in the abundance that graces our tables, in the simple gifts that mark our days, in the loved ones who enrich our lives, and in the gifts of a gracious God.  Let us recall that our forebears met their challenges with hope and an unfailing spirit, and let us resolve to do the same.