Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

I hope this Thanksgiving finds you with many things for which you are grateful.  Among the many things for which I must give thanks to God are my loyal and intelligent readership, who are as quick to correct my errors as they are to commend my insights.

Even though we dwell in a place where the American Thanksgiving is not celebrated, Spacebunny presented an impeccable turkey, accompanied by her excellent mashed potatoes and other side dishes, then followed that up with home-baked pumpkin and French Silk pies. 



Blogger J Curtis November 22, 2012 9:07 AM  

Have a Happy! JD and Pascuale

Blogger Shimshon November 22, 2012 9:11 AM  

I see she is being the dutiful kitchen ornament (:-). Happy Day.

Anonymous RDS November 22, 2012 9:24 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Vox, and to all the Dread Ilk.

Blogger IM2L844 November 22, 2012 9:25 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The list is long so I'll just thank God for blessing me with much more than I actually need or deserve.

Anonymous scoobius dubious November 22, 2012 9:28 AM  

That sounds pretty great. S.B. -- what's your mashed potatoes secret?

For peculiar reasons, during the autumn months each year I often find myself in the company of a lot of foreigners. Halloween and Thanksgiving are a wee bit puzzling to some non-Americans, and so in addition to the intrinsic virtues of those holidays, they always have a way of making me feel specifically, satisfyingly American -- often in a way where I either have to lovingly explain our country to foreigners, which can be fun and interesting, or hearing them express admiring bewilderment at our oddities, or else their making charming delightful attempts to wish us well on these baffling days (see the old Irish joke about boiling a turkey). The only thing more fun is teaching foreigners to appreciate baseball, which once they do, if you can get them onside, they are seriously converted. I am a fisher of baseball fans.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein November 22, 2012 9:33 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving from WKRP!

Anonymous Clay November 22, 2012 9:38 AM  

Chickens in Italy shudder with fear, maybe, more than ususal.

Anonymous rycamor November 22, 2012 9:40 AM  

scoobius dubious November 22, 2012 9:28 AM

...making me feel specifically, satisfyingly American -- often in a way where I either have to lovingly explain our country to foreigners, which can be fun and interesting, or hearing them express admiring bewilderment at our oddities

A young European investor I worked with once mused. "America is the kind of place where someone might even have... marshmellow on a potato." I said "Close. We have marshmellow on sweet potato at Thanksgiving." He said "But that does not exist! I just imagined it as an example." We had to actually take him to a Thanksgiving dinner to convince him.

Anonymous Stilicho November 22, 2012 9:55 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving brother.

Anonymous Grendelizer November 22, 2012 9:56 AM  

Rycamor: Funny!

Vox, et al: May we all count our blessings, believer and atheist alike, if there be any ray of sunshine in our brief lives, thankful on this day we can fill our lungs with air and read these words.

Blogger SarahsDaughter November 22, 2012 9:58 AM  

You too with the French Silk pie? For the second year in a row the people here have begged for a French Silk pie. So again this kitchen ornament is headed off to oblige. :)

Happy Thanksgiving Vox, Spacebunny and Ilk!

Anonymous Mr. B.A.D. November 22, 2012 10:01 AM  

My old lady has been making the day after thanksgiving more anticipated than the thanksgiving meal itself with thanksgiving strombolis. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and cheese baked into a Stromboli roll.

Anonymous Josh November 22, 2012 10:05 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to Vox, SB, and th Dread Ilk.

God is indescribably good, and there is scant space to list all that I am thankful for.

Anonymous daddynichol November 22, 2012 10:08 AM  

Thanks be to God and you, my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Anonymous Noah B. November 22, 2012 10:09 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler November 22, 2012 10:22 AM  

I'll be right over. Jumping on the jet now. Save a place setting for me!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous Anonymous November 22, 2012 10:24 AM  


I'm curious. Will you ever divulge what country you and Spacebunny reside in the world?

Anonymous philip November 22, 2012 10:27 AM  

Don't say much, but am thankful for the blog and VD, which helps me to love God with all my mind.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Blogger Clint November 22, 2012 10:30 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to the Days and the rest of you scoundrels.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera November 22, 2012 10:37 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous Greatheart November 22, 2012 10:39 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving VD and family. Blessings upon blessings to you and to all who frequent here.

Anonymous Salt November 22, 2012 10:39 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving Vox, SB and all you dread Ilk.

Anonymous Roundtine November 22, 2012 10:44 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous Anonymous November 22, 2012 10:48 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous The OASF November 22, 2012 10:53 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know this has been a fantastic year for me, with the horizons looking as clear and blue as ever. So in a time when so many are hurting I am truly thankful for the Lord's good grace.

And 7th heaven isn't out of the question this year... just yet :)

Blogger bischbubba November 22, 2012 10:54 AM  

he's said it before many times.

Anonymous David of One November 22, 2012 11:07 AM  

A wonderful and blessed Thankgsgiving to you, SB and your family.

There is much to give Thanks to Father for ... His Grace, Son and Love. I am certain there is much more to be Thankful for that we are unaware.

Life Is Good!

Anonymous AXCrom November 22, 2012 11:08 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to Vox and family, and to the Dread Ilk. I have much to be thankful to God for, and I am.

Anonymous MendoScot November 22, 2012 11:10 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all.

I miss baking a turkey. Ñandú just isn't the same.

Blogger The Aardvark November 22, 2012 11:24 AM  

Blessings of the day to all and sundry. Thank you again, Vox, for your work here!

Anonymous Rekrapt November 22, 2012 11:27 AM  

I lurk here often and rarely comment. But, I am thankful that I found Vox and all the wonderful folks here. Reading Vox's posts and the excellent comments make me realize that not everyone on the planet are a bunch of blithering idiots. God bless us, everyone!

Anonymous The OASF November 22, 2012 11:31 AM  

"Vox's posts and the excellent comments make me realize that not everyone on the planet are a bunch of blithering idiots. God bless us, everyone!"

Well said.

Anonymous zen0 November 22, 2012 11:34 AM  

We had ours last month, but Happy Turkey Day anyway to all you latecomers. We get to benefit because of the extra NFL games.

Speaking of American oddities, here is an offering involving deep frying a turkey in Tennessee.


Anonymous Mr. Nightstick November 22, 2012 11:39 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous T14 November 22, 2012 12:17 PM  

Glogg and lefse. Can't have a tday without them.

Anonymous The Nameless Avatar November 22, 2012 12:22 PM  

To Vox, Spacebunny, and all the precious -- Ilk, from my family:

Aleister Crowley's 3rd Cousin's Roommate's Wereseal's Goldfish, Algae's Photosynthesis' Solar Sex Partner , Can't Decide Whether to be Fendall Hawkins, Norman Jones, or Lt. Rozanov, Dr. Feelgood, Elmer Fudge (friend of Sexual Chocolate), Elmer (friend of ...), Fiends of Porky? and Friends, Ghost of .... (too many), Helga (wife of sprach von Teufelshunden), jcdenton, Jonathon P. Cleese III, John Spartan (not necessarily from Sparta), Muriel Everett, nitrates and phosphates (autotrophic vs. mixotrophic), Pee Wee Thurman Esq., Pepe Lepoo, President Camacho, Sexual Chocolate Imperion, Sexual Eggplant Syndrome, Sexual Chocolate (friend of Elmer), Sexual Chocolate (just plain ol sexy mocha), The Alter-Clay, USMC Veteran (the guys with the "haircuts."), Williams Collins, and many others that are less mentioning...

to yours..

Happy [mass murderer and international war criminal] P-resident (s-elected) Abraham Lincoln's proclaimed national day (1863) of -- Thanksgiving ... [1]

[1] And more lies.. (just devour as much as this as one can)

Anonymous Curlytop November 22, 2012 12:24 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to the Day family and the Ilk!

Despite all the turmoil in this world, there is so much to be thankful for. Among the many blessings of health, family and happiness, I am truly blessed by each one of you. Thank you Vox for your patience and dedication to this blog. The insights and learning have improved my faith and obedience to the Lord. That has translated into a more fulfilling marriage and happy, healthy, and holy children in the process.

Thank you to the Ilk, who have helped sharpen my analytical skills and proven to be an amazing accountability in my life. Though, we've never met, your influence is truly remarkable.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.


Anonymous JI November 22, 2012 12:26 PM  

God bless you, Vox. I am thankful for you and your willingness to share your thoughts with us.

Anonymous Michael Maier November 22, 2012 12:44 PM  

Many blessings be upon the Ilk!

I am very grateful for this blog and Vox' writings. They literally changed my entire outlook on life. I try to turn folks onto it but, let's face it, this place is crazy and off-putting.

Anonymous WaterBoy November 22, 2012 1:06 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

I am thankful for the life I have, and the people in it. And to you, Vox, thanks for providing the interesting and challenging environment here.

Blogger Astrosmith November 22, 2012 1:17 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Ilk!

I'm thankful for being blessed with five beautiful children, the last joining us less than a month ago, a beautiful wife who home schools them, and for a job that pays our bills. I'm not wealthy, may not ever be, but I am blessed.

Anonymous Godfrey November 22, 2012 1:37 PM  

I'm thankful for Christ the King and His church.

Anonymous Anonymous November 22, 2012 1:44 PM  

Happy Turkey Day to you all. The intelligence of our Host and the insights of the I'll here have made me a smarter man. I'm thankful.

Anonymous John Q November 22, 2012 2:13 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all here and to VD and his family.

Much to be thankful for in this world and the next.

Anonymous Tom O. November 22, 2012 2:25 PM  

What's there to be thankful for?

All I know is that I live in a state filled with Bible-thumping know-nothings who support superPACs and hate science, and fill my day with homophobic, cis-gendered, species-ist, ageist bigoted propaganda from Fox News who want to prevent us from turning the USA into a Scandinavian paradise!


Anonymous Anonymous November 22, 2012 2:29 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving -

Blogger James Dixon November 22, 2012 2:31 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to Vox, family, and all the Ilk.

Anonymous Beau November 22, 2012 3:51 PM  

I'm thankful for Christ the King and His church.


Anonymous jay c November 22, 2012 3:58 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Be blessed!

Blogger John Williams November 22, 2012 4:04 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, the Dread Ilk and all the other readers.

Anonymous DonReynolds November 22, 2012 4:14 PM  

God's blessing and favor on you Vox and all in your house. Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends. I give thanks for all I have received.

Anonymous Passinthrough November 22, 2012 4:20 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Anonymous Anonymous November 22, 2012 5:11 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving from farmer Tom to Vox, SB and all the ilk.

Thankful for the free gift of Salvation, family, food and firearms.

Got to do all of the last three today. Had turkey, ham, frozen home raised corn, and fresh homemade pecan pie from the mother-in-law.

Then we went outside and shot my recently purchased Remington 11-87. My daughters both hit clay pigeons on their second shot. Proud dad!! First time either one had ever attempted shooting clay pigeons.

I hit 10 of 13 put missed the last one. Duh!!

Thanks for the blog Vox.

farmer Tom

Anonymous Outlaw X November 22, 2012 5:24 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone Now if the Cowboys could just win another game. I don't know if anyone caught it but on the drudge report there is a story about having to euthanize the turkey Obama pardoned last year named "Peace" the fumy thing is the article said "Peace is dead". Oh the Irony.

Anonymous yukonyon November 22, 2012 6:07 PM  

Whether you are Mormon, Catholic, or Protestant, the one thing that our country enjoys is that we give thanks at the beginning of the holiday season, just as we would give thanks at the beginning of a prayer. That is something that is not insignificant. In fact, its probably the biggest reason Christmas holds such significance here.

Despite the dark foreboding of events in our country, I still believe this is a blessed nation. I dont necessarily look at these events coming, as anything that marks the destruction of a culture, but the fulfilling of modern prophecy that will transform it. This season helps me personally in restoring that hope, as I remember that I have much to be thankful for, and that I know others around me also share that.

Blogger Brad Andrews November 22, 2012 6:20 PM  

Thanks to God for all that He has done for my wife and I. Best wishes to all here. May you know Him and His grace and mercy in a personal way.

Anonymous yukonyon November 22, 2012 6:35 PM  

Just something to note: a thankful heart is not so self-absorbed, and therefore is more generous during the Christmas season. And since charity covereth the multitude of sins, (1Peter 4:8,iirc) a generous Christmas will see New Year's resolutions through with a purpose. Imho, this holiday was no accident, or coincidence. It was exactly what the holiday season needed to keep it intact.

Anonymous Kyle In Japan November 22, 2012 6:42 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Personally, I am thankful for having clean water and delicious food to enjoy whenever I want; thankful that I have a good job that pays me way too much money; thankful for a nice place to live; thankful for good friends and the means to communicate with them via the internet; and probably most importantly, thankful that I'm not dependent on my own efforts to validate and save myself, instead rescued on behalf of Christ, who did what I couldn't. And when you get right down to it, that's what matters most.

As much as I'm a fan of the idea of Thanksgiving, I've never been a big fan of traditional Thanksgiving food (I won't mind if I never eat turkey again in my entire life.) So instead, I had a Thanksgiving meal, Japanese-style. It was good. Really good.

Blogger Something Feral November 22, 2012 6:48 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to Vox, Spacebunny and their family, and to all of the Ilk and theirs; we may not always have what we want, but here's to always having what we need, God willing. May His blessings be upon you all.

Anonymous HongKongCharlie November 22, 2012 7:50 PM  

I'm particularly thankful for Luther Washington and his unforgettable rendition of Legends Of The ILK

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Anonymous zen0 November 22, 2012 8:10 PM  

I'm particularly thankful for Luther Washington and his unforgettable rendition of Legends Of The ILK

Coulda used a little choreography.

Anonymous Loki of Asgard November 22, 2012 9:05 PM  

I debated between stealing this year's entire crop of cranberries, turning all the marshmallows into lead, and creating a carnivorous breed of turkey to loose upon the supermarkets in an ironic twist...

...But then I discovered pecan pie. I feel rather mellow for a change.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Anonymous kh123 November 22, 2012 9:10 PM  

Frankincense and cornbread today.

Thanks again for the opened eyes these past few years. Cheers.

Blogger Rantor November 22, 2012 9:47 PM  

With thanks to God for family friends and Dread Ilk we have had a great day.

My daughter introduced me to a Norwegian film on Netflix last night, Troll Hunter. f you need a dose of Scandinavia, and cant sleep tonight, go for it. Subtitles are in Engelsk (English).

Anonymous dh November 22, 2012 10:12 PM  

Thanks for hosting us all!

Anonymous Raker November 22, 2012 10:42 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanks be to God for gracious people, and His patience. Let us remember the hardships of the passengers on the Mayflower, and thereby know that compared to most of man's history, we are a blessed anomaly.

Anonymous Good Will November 22, 2012 11:55 PM  

God bless you, Vox. You have enriched my life in many, many ways. I'm very grateful for your influence. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous Lana November 23, 2012 12:29 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving to all you. Vox, Spacebunny, the ilk. You have all been such a blessing to me in the past year and I pray for blessings for you all. What an excellent community you've all created here. Interesting posts, intelligent comments, it really is a full service operation delivering insight and wisdom. There is no other place like this one and I'm thankful every day that it's here.

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Anonymous Morris November 23, 2012 2:32 AM  


Happy Thanksgiving to Vox, Spacebunny and all the Ilk.

Thankful for having a place I can come and read and get a reality check on my thinking.


Anonymous The CronoLink November 23, 2012 2:56 AM  

Thanks to the Lord for Vox, his family and the Dread Ilk!

Anonymous Bobo November 23, 2012 4:44 AM  

"Halloween and Thanksgiving are a wee bit puzzling to some non-Americans, "

I can understand the puzzle with Halloween which is fast becoming an unofficial holiday everywhere else as children raised on Nickeldeon and other American cultural exports demand to have the same. Shop owners are happy to bring out a variety of Chinese made costumes and decorations for the occasion. Although to a Catholic such as myself the real meaning is in All Saint's Day, and Halloween is a nuisance.

On the other hand foreigners who are puzzled by Thanksgiving must be of the "a-hole" variety (and no doubt a good percentage are so), and probably akin to some American expats who behave in a similar obnoxious fashion abroad.

Anonymous scoobius dubious November 23, 2012 6:24 AM  

"foreigners who are puzzled by Thanksgiving must be of the "a-hole" variety"

Well there are going to be a-holes anywhere you go on earth, so you're right on that point. But it was really just me being careless with my language -- "puzzled" and "baffled" were sort of compromise-word choices for something more complex that I was trying to express briefly instead of teasing it out. You add "charmed" and "curious" as well. I think a lot of foreigners are sort of surprised by the genuine earnestness that Americans are capable of, and especially at Thanksgiving. You combine that with foods we eat then that they find exotic, the fact that we'll do odd things like turn cornbread into a delicacy, the cardboard cut-out decorations of the funny men in the buckled shoes and black hats, and the exotic red men wearing feathers, and of course, football.

It all looks quite normal to us, but I think sometimes Americans fail to realize how eccentric we look to much of the world. I mean, look at what our money looks like. And because we're so powerful, they are sort of forced to notice us more carefully than we have to notice them. Or ourselves. We're the rich crazy uncle who can afford to seem crazy because he's rich. (Or used to be, anyway.) I think maybe it was P.J. O'Rourke who said that to the rest of the world, America was "this distant, magical overseas continent full of crackpots, atom bombs and millionaires" or something like that.

Anyway among the many things I'm thankful for, I am thankful that Americans are weird.

Anonymous Toby Temple November 23, 2012 8:39 AM  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blogger gamma secret kings reddit November 23, 2012 6:17 PM  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! May the Lord continue to be with us through the ages.

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