The Watering Hole: November 25 – Roasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey

Just in time for Thanksgiving holiday, a jury in Texas provided this nation with roast turkey for the holidays, Tom Delay. His first name is actually ironic in a sense. Toms are usually the biggest turkeys of them all.

It seems that he was either careless or foolish in handling certain funds.

How well the roasting is carried out will be based on initial sentencing as well as a thread of appeals that many lawyers can truly be thankful for. One hope is that he will end up somewhat like the our friend above. One item, it is certain that he will not be provided a holiday pardon by Barack Obama.

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to add your thoughts on this, or any other topic that comes to mind.

27 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: November 25 – Roasted Turkey

  1. I went to bed early so I could get up early today and make two pumpkin pies. They are in the oven as of 6 AM.

    I hope the butterfly is recovering from seeing a pig being walked on the beach and hasn’t graduated to pink elephants.

    Unlike the cold, snowy Oregon coast, northeast Florida has had bikini weather all week! 🙂

  2. I’m up as well, pies are made and soon the turkey goes in. I hope all of you have a wonderful feast and good fellowship.

    My favorite Thanksgiving grace:

    O heavenly Father:
    We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
    We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
    We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
    We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
    May these remembrances stir us to service that thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
    ..Abigail Van Buren

  3. It’s never bikini weather for me, pach. Bikini-watching, maybe, but opportunities are rare here.

    Yesterday I picked up the pre-ordered pear pie and fresh turkey (tooooo big). The latter has been brining through the night. Several friends (in the 20s and 30s, mostly 20s) have been prepping and baking up a storm. It sounds like there will be food for 20, rather than eight. All I have left to do is clean myself up, pack everything up and drive two hours south. Once I get the bird in the oven, I’m done.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the denizens of TheZoo. I hope everyone has at least one thing to be thankful for, even though I know it’s been very tough for some of us.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

    The text message yesterday said we are going to try to eat early today because my older stepson has to be at work by 12:45pm. This is from a family that never does anything early, particularly on holidays, but this is our first family gathering without my mother in law. Hopefully the addition of his girlfriend to the cooking crew will expedite completion. I have the prerequisite leftover pizza from last night in the fridge to prevent going hungry later, since we are eating so early.

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I’m off to hang out with some of my family for the day and eat way too much food.. I’m thankful that this year I didn’t have to cook the turkey. 😉
      Actually, there is an awful lot I am especially thankful for this year. And I am always thankful for all the friends I’ve made here at TheZoo. Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Well, apparently The New Yorker didn’t like GW’s book..

        Dead Certain – The Presidential memoirs of George W. Bush.
        by George Packer

        Here’s a taste..

        “Here is a prediction: “Decision Points” will not endure. Its prose aims for tough-minded simplicity but keeps landing on simpleminded sententiousness. Though Bush credits no collaborator, his memoirs read as if they were written by an admiring sidekick who is familiar with every story Bush ever told but never got to know the President well enough to convey his inner life. Very few of its four hundred and ninety-three pages are not self-serving.”

        • One more link before I go.. From TPM:

          Happy Thanksgiving! Right Jabs Pilgrims For … Communism?

          The quotes from John Stossel [FOX Noise]:

          The Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony organized their farm economy along communal lines. The goal was to share the work and produce equally.
          That’s why they nearly all starved.


          In 1661 and 1662, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians did share two meals together. But it wasn’t until the “miracle of 1663” that they celebrated a bountiful feast like we do today. As Governor William Bradford wrote that year, “instead of famine now God gave them plenty.” This was the year that Bradford switched to a more capitalist system.

          I can’t wait for Christmas to see how they spin the birth of Christ in order to somehow promote Capitalism, and denounce Socialism/Communism… I’m sure they’ll find a way, because you know, Christ was a Capitalist at heart..

  5. House, I take it the ‘cooking gene’ passed you by?

    One of my brother’s is the pie maker in the family – and that gene has been passed down to his children. They enjoy cooking more so than baking, though.

    Warmed-up pizza should tied you over ;>

    Enjoy the day with your family and friends.

    • I hate to spoil the day by bringing up Sarah Palin, but I will NEVER get through another Thanksgiving and cooking another turkey without remembering this.. Classic. One of the things I am grateful for: Sarah Palin isn’t any closer to the White House..

  6. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    I’m thankful to have a warm truck to sit in and free wireless.
    Unseasonably cold here in Truth or Consequences, looking forward to dinner with friends later on.
    Still camping, made perhaps my last hike up to the Continental Divide this week. Traces of snow… a Clark’s nutcracker, a Steller’s jay and of course, a lone raven were the only other hardy souls aflight that day.

    There’s a special photo for you below the fold, ebb……

  7. Raven, enjoy the warm company of your friends – Happy Thanksgiving!

    We’ve been keeping track of an immature Golden Eagle – the avian paparazzi have been out in force! (I laugh as Hoanh and Anhtuan are jabbering about the light situation and battery reserve – I just say “binoculars don’t need batteries” and they should just enjoy watching avian life do what they do best – fly.)

  8. pachy, the aroma from your oven wafted west and that is some pie!

    BnF – are you wearing a festive kilt today?

    Happy Thanksgiving to All.

    We’re gathering in Santa Cruz – so will enjoy the sunset at the beach – watching all the Pelicans fly just above the ocean- in single and double file! Our weather is clear – but definitely not bikini wearing.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to all. May your day be filled with good food, good friends, much enjoyment and appreciation for all we have.

  10. Since making my simple repast won’t take much, I picked up some shark while shopping and am making a big crock of shark soup. The kids and grand kids love it and it is easy to reheat over the next couple days. Beats the heck out of turkey.

  11. 2ebb, no kilt at present time – that may change later. Mostly a day of rest for me after a 3 week battle with an opposing counsel from L.A. during which time I’ve had to file 4 separate complaints to the Bar regarding his unethical tactics.

  12. BnF, enjoy the rest. Four separate complaints – sounds as if someone chose the incorrect profession.
    You are truly dedicated to your chosen path – I am thankful to, virtually, know such a fine person!

  13. I was thinking about family traditions when I was putting this post together. In my grandparents, Grandma (Dad’s mom) would always prepare a dinner that would knock the socks off of Joey Chestnut.

    Turkey, ham and rib roast for the mains and add to that candied yams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, peas, Yorkshire pudding, beets and kraut for the sides. Homemade turkey and red eye gravy plus au jus were a given for each of the mains.

    One year, Grandma retired to the Breakfast Room and dined on fillet of sole due to a restricted diet. The following year my mother invited the gang for Thanksgiving – the meal was stuffed fillet of sole plus accouterment’s. Every year after that until she died, the same pattern was served by each of her offspring on a rotating basis.

  14. Catching up after the big meal. Got a call at 11, saying we would be later than planned. Left the house at 1, thinking it couldn’t be much longer than that. We ate at 3.

    2ebb, I do not possess any cooking talent, of any kind.

    They enjoy cooking more so than baking, though.

    I thought baking was cooking!

  15. House, sounds as if your family runs on the same ‘time keeping’ as mine!

    Believe it or not – cooking and baking have different connotations – as my 12 year old nephew informed me. He took kitchen arts or whatever it was called, last year at school.
    Baking needs to be and is precise. Cooking has ‘leeway’.

    We had a crystal clear day – not a whisper of a cloud in the sky.
    Unfortunately it was a bit too cool for the Monarch Butterfly’s to be ‘wandering’ around.

    When it’s below 60 degrees the Monarchs just ‘hang together’ in the eucalyptus looking like this (dead leaves hanging in the tree).
    A closer look – beautiful butterflies.

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