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Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyMy grandfather raised turkeys on his farm. My Dad knew turkeys and I learned something about them while visiting the farm. Every time a turkey dies the aggregate IQ of the animal kingdom rises and the level of evil falls. Earthworms will understand quantum mechanics before turkeys figure out the laws of motion.

Hopefully this link to the WKRP Turkey Drop will survive the day.

It is much funnier that it’s recent competition featuring the former governor of Alaska.

I would note that wild turkeys can fly, but people who imbibe massive quantities of Wild Turkey can’t, no matter what they tell you.

Have a nice Thanksgiving, even if it doesn’t involve the death of a turkey.

13 comments

1 Kryten42 { 11.22.12 at 6:31 am }

Hope you all have a good Thanksgiving feast! :) It’s not something we celebrate Downunder (yet! I am sure it’s just a matter of time!)

2 Steve Bates { 11.22.12 at 8:50 am }

Happy T-day, Bryan! Enjoy your Thanksgiblets ‘n’ gravy…

3 Bryan { 11.22.12 at 10:51 am }

As soon as retailers figure out how to sell you something for the ‘holiday’ it will appear, just like Valentine’s Day, Kryten. It’s really a harvest festival, but people are too distant from farming to understand that anymore.

I like pumpkin pie, Steve, but turkey is for donating, not for dinner – just so they die. ;)

4 cookie jill { 11.22.12 at 1:14 pm }

Happy Thanksgiving, Bryan.
I am thankful that that turkey isn’t our Veep.

5 Bryan { 11.22.12 at 4:48 pm }

Amen, to that, Jill, because Ayn Rand Paul Ryan is one of the few people who truly embodies everything that is wrong with turkeys, and nothing that is right.

6 Steve Bates { 11.22.12 at 9:17 pm }

“Earthworms will understand quantum mechanics before turkeys figure out the laws of motion.”

Please ask them (those earthworms) to explain it to me. I’m going back and reading some “ancient history,” some popular science books from the mid-1990s (yes, I have a good reason, and I’m reading only the best authors), and any creature that has an understanding of quantum nonlocality (i.e., entanglement) certainly has no human intuition to fight against.

“… Paul Ryan is one of the few people who truly embodies everything that is wrong with turkeys, and nothing that is right.”

Who would want a turkey that offered only white meat… <grin_duck_run />

7 hipparchia { 11.22.12 at 9:18 pm }

I would note that wild turkeys can fly, but people who imbibe massive quantities of Wild Turkey can’t, no matter what they tell you.

http://candy.about.com/od/trufflerecipes/r/rum_balls.htm

i’m not really a fan of starting christmas right after thanksgiving, but for several years i go into a rum ball making frenzy on thanksgiving weekend, making dozens and dozens and dozens of them, some with rum, some with vodka, some with brandy, but my favorites were always the ones with bourbon. yum! homebaked brownies with bourbon poured over them and then frosted with chocolate frosting are good too.

the wkrp turkey drop is a classic that i never get tired of. thanks for the link!

and happy turkey day to you too [though i had ham with pineapple glaze today].

8 Bryan { 11.22.12 at 9:54 pm }

Breeding for more white meat is why domesticated turkeys can’t fly, the change in weight distribution as well as increased weight makes it virtually impossible, with no need to clip their wings. Over estimating their own brilliance and importance produces the same result for politicians.

Ham or roast beef were my Father’s choices when he was alive. He reached his limit on poultry when he was a kid. Watching the WKRP turkey drop was a holiday tradition at my parents house, so I always look for it every year.

My younger brother had Wild Turkey parties instead of Thanksgiving dinner for years.

When I drank, I drank WT, but that is all part of the past now.

9 Steve Bates { 11.22.12 at 9:59 pm }

Completely OT, Bryan, what do you know of this story of Rick Scott concealing a tuberculosis epidemic and hastening the closing of the state’s only treatment center? The only two refs I’ve found are this post (of unknown integrity), and… (third link, new comment…)

10 Steve Bates { 11.22.12 at 10:01 pm }

(cont’d…) this Salon article. Apparently, TB or not TB; in Florida, that is no question.

11 hipparchia { 11.22.12 at 10:28 pm }

the original article and some related articles linked in the sidebar:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional/worst-tb-outbreakin-20-years-kept-secret/nPpLs/

12 Bryan { 11.23.12 at 12:03 am }

I wrote about it back in July, and linked to the Palm Beach Post article.

Two of my great grandparents died of TB that he caught during his military service either in the Philippines after the Spanish American War or the Boxer Rebellion in China, and his wife caught it while nursing him. I have been tested for it several times because of my service in areas where it is endemic.

Yes, Scott did it, just like Rumsfeld closed Walter Reed while fighting two wars. Republicans expect poor people and veterans to die, not cost money.

The cluster is in Jacksonville which has a major Navy facility, so it should be subject to greater than normal monitoring because of the prevalence of people who travel widely to the same areas of endemic TB. It is part of the cost of imperialism.

13 Steve Bates { 11.23.12 at 8:43 am }

July… my memory holds only the vaguest images of July. Sorry; I thought (without looking) that it was more recent than that, because the source that pointed me to it was more recent. Usually I pay attention to dates on articles, but not this time. Sigh.