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The Politics Of Cruelty

I’m coming off of my Thanksgiving week high, settling down, and what’s the first thing I think of when I get back to my desk to do some writing?  Cruelty. Institutional cruelty, at that.  Political cruelty.  The kind of cruelty that knows no bounds and fears no punishment.  A new kind of cruelty, right out [...]

Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes he’s a hero for his $.56 Thanksgiving dinner offering to his inmates. “Thanksgiving menu is all set!,” Arpaio wrote on Twitter. “Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow.” According to a menu Arpaio posted, Maricopa County, Ariz. inmates received the [...]

We’ve pointed out that Thanksgiving began during a time when white settlers were killing Native Americans. Cher made the same point in her own way. Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher [...]

Following half a week of fawning, buying-season-worshipping news reports on how absolutely wonderful it would be with some major retailers were opening on Thanksgiving Day, it’s no surprise that early reports from the ground via Twitter (and compiled by the good folks at HuffPo) reveal that things at Walmart did not go well late yesterday: [...]

Liberaland began on a Thanksgiving weekend six years ago. At the time I was looking to fill some time, and didn’t know if I’d really get into this “blogging” thing. Alan.com had been sitting around not doing much for a number of years prior to that, and I didn’t know if I’d want to take [...]

Thanksgiving In Space

A number of activities in space will mark the day, including a comet kissing the sun. Comet ISON, which was discovered a year ago, is making its first spin around the sun and will come the closest to the super-hot solar surface at 1:37 p.m. EST. It may take a few hours before astronomers know [...]

A major brand also strikes a blow against the War on Thanksgiving! NBC reports that under pressure from the owners of Pizza Hut, a franchise owner has reinstated a manager who had been canned after the franchiser nixed his decision to give all his restaurant employees Thanksgiving day off: After being fired for refusing to [...]

My pies are baked, the ingredients for our Thanksgiving dinner are all organized and in their places, and I’ve checked on the turkey to make sure it’s doing  what it’s supposed to be doing–thawing.   Somebody killed that turkey and now it’s lying naked in my fridge.  If it still had its head I know it [...]

Will Durst: Thanksgiving

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent turkeys till he trots. Now read this:Will Durst: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Sep 7, 2014) Will Durst: Tumbling Dumpsters (Aug 15, 2014) Will Durst: Slacker Congress (Aug 8, 2014) Will Durst: Stuck On Stuck (Jul 18, 2014) Will Durst: How To [...]

Why Thanksgiving Is Today

Lauren Kelly-Devine has a nice history of the setting of Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November.  It involves Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt and differences between the states and the feds and between the House and the Senate.  The conclusion (spoiler alert!): Finally, to resolve this controversy, the House passed a joint resolution declaring Thanksgiving to [...]

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