Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Like many families, we are having a smaller gathering this year due to the pandemic guidelines with just our immediate family.  We have had to make some changes in size but not in spirit.  We are cooking up a feast and enjoying our holiday together. I ran a column this morning on my take on the Pilgrims in light of recent criticism of the holiday.

We will be continuing our tradition of the Turley Turkey Bowl — running over 50 years of unbroken tradition. Unfortunately, rather than have our usual neighborhood friends and a collective feast after the game, we will have to carry on with just the six of us. That makes sense since the Chicago Bears lack an offensive line anyway. The McLean Bears are expected to whomp the McLean Redskins again this year.

I am doing my usual two turkeys with one already smoking on the grill and the other will be cooked in the kitchen. It is always fun to see the difference in the two birds. The smoked turkey looks like I dragged it behind my car while the kitchen turkey looks picture perfect. However, it is the smoked turkey that does first and fast.  I am making my cornbread and sausage stuffing as well as Waldorf salad.  Leslie has made pumpkin pies using sugar pumpkins.

I know this holiday is tough but so are we.  So have a great Thanksgiving as we celebrate what we have that is most precious in our families and our friends.

33 thoughts on “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!”

  1. Thank you for your blogs. It’s refreshing reading blogs from someone who rationally think through the issues instead of acting on pure emotions. Even if I don’t agree, I can trust the facts that are being stated

  2. Your Pilgrim article was superb. Thank you for it.

    It’s odd that the progressives who require us to “celebrate diversity” attack us for our non-conformity! If you want to ponder whether this is irony or a double standard, this is your cup of tee.

    An authoritarian requires compliance.
    A totalitaritarian requires compliance and conversion.

    And then, there’s Heinlein:

    “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.

    “Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work
    of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed
    by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens)
    is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    “This is known as “bad luck.”

    I hope you, Prof. Turley, and all the readers of this blog have a wonderful Thanksgiving. There’s still much good in the world.

  3. I bought a used WWII tank with ammo and dropped it off in the woods where the NC brown bears live. Happy Tanks Giving was written on a note.
    We have a Right to arm bears under the Second Amendment.

  4. Excellent article celebrating non-conformists, by the way. I like your inclusion of your bent towards a traditional Thanksgiving feast–the tension and balance between preserving the traditional and celebrating non-conformity. It’s the place where questions and judicious consideration of ideas and meaning arise. It’s the centrepoint like the balanced scales of Justice and Truth. Makes me think of the Fiddler on the Roof.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to all you wonderful folks (you, too, our beloved trolls)! And a heartfelt thanks to you, Professor Turley, for defending reason and dignity. Res ipsa loquitur.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially to Prof. Turley & Darren Smith — thank you for the blog.
    I hope you are all able to enjoy the holiday with family, and perhaps a friend or two as well.
    I am looking forward to watching Miracle on 34th Street (again), seeing justice prevail, and being reminded of how to enjoy the biggest ‘nation’ of all, the imagi-nation.

    1. We’re watching the old, classic black and white Miracle on 34th Street right now!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Darren! I enjoy your blog posts and appreciate especially your rescuing posts from the depths of WordPress.

  8. A very Happy Thanksgiving JT.
    And ro all Thor who have been wronged
    Especially Gen.Michzel Flynn.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Professor Turley! We are thankful for you, your blog, and your defense of the Constitution and Civil Liberties!

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to Prof. Turley and to all his family! You bring reason and justice to the world.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to All. Sit back afterwards and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, God Bless.

  11. Meanwhile, the Vermont governor has instructed teachers to ask the children about their Thanksgiving dinners to see if any family broke the rules because nothing says “holiday spirit” like requiring kids to rat out their parents.

  12. Are the usual lefty posters going to carp about this post?

    “No! Turley lies, it’s not happy.” or

    “Turley shows his bias towards Trump.” or

    “Republicans did it too.”

    In any case, wishing everybody a happy Thanksgiving (and lefties – lifeisn’t that bad – quit whining).

    1. They are not thankful nor joyous. The trolls have one purpose on this blog like other internet forums….insult, bully, shut down dissenting opinion. They represent the Darkness of our culture

      At home we are celebrating with our traditional Cuban Turkey, Arroz con Frijoles Negros, Plátanos Maduros, ensalada de aguacate, and a few American sides. Then we are traveling to Mechanicsville to join friends and their dinner party of 10+ individuals sans masks. Should be fun

      Felicidades a todos en este Día de Acción de Gracias.

      A Thanksgiving Prayer

      Good and gracious God, we come before You today united with all who give You thanks and praise. Fill us with gratitude and Your many blessings, both physical and spiritual.

      We thank You in particular this day for the gifts of good and family. Bless this food, Lord, that it may nourish our bodies. Bless our family, especially those who can’t be with us today. Also today, we remember those of our family who have gone to be with You.

      Grant us Your spiritual blessings and help us pray daily for the grace to serve You in response to Your bountiful gifts to us. Bless all who serve You throughout the world.

      We pray this in the name of Jesus, Your Son, our Lord, who gives all things freely according to our needs. Continue to bless us and give us Your peace. Amen.

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