Happy Thanksgiving!

The painting is by Marcial Camilo Ayala, who sadly passed away earlier this year.  I am very grateful to have known him.


Happy Thanksgiving Tyler.

Happy Thanksgiving all you [redacted] [redacted]ing [redacted]s! Thankful even for all of you, too.



Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble

A chilling snapshot of life in Trump's America.

I see a peaceful symbolic social world, Trump-like in its intuitive (not studied) combining of reasonable but not unlimited tolerance and hard headedness, economically successful but threatened by the ominous mushroom cloud in the background, either North Korean or Iranian in origin.

Why are people glowing in the dark? Isn't it a post-apocalyptic dystopia after Trump started a nuclear war with China toget American jobs back and stimulate the economy?

Nope. Glowing with love and the sheen of accomplishment.

(Even lesser accomplishments count. Like getting the Vikings to look like a playoff team or cooking a bird as tricky and tasteless as the turkey.)

There was a time Americans could go to the Moon, conquer ice hockey gold medals against the Soviet Union, win wars. Not everyone got a trophy. Americans used to build things, to do a day's work for a day's pay. When the going got tough, the tough got going. Now, in a time of complacency, diminishing expectations and average being over (Pip, despite his Dickensian childhood, had great expectations), Americans are content with eating turkey and not completly sucking at American Football.

And our lions suck compared to the child-eating Brazilian ones.

Brazilian lions don't eat people. They are very well-fed by the best professionals, who analize their nutrition needs to supply them with a balanced diet. Lions are under constant vigilance of the Brazilian authorities, who supervise istrictly the eatablishments that are allowed to make use of the felines. Incidents are very rare. A person is more likely to be biten by a dog or mugged by a criminal in the United States than to be eaten by a lion (or any other savag animal, except maybe sharks) in Brazil.

For TR:

The Brazilian Immortal chess game!
Joao Caldas Vianna vs Augusto Silvestre Paes de Barros


"who analize their nutrition needs "

Spell check, bro: it's not just for the Guyanese.

it is very nice, i like them.

A Hindu take on Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks for your contributions on India related topics. I've learned a lot from them this year. But your link in this instance is pretty bad.

At our home we will give thanks to the various deities for all the blessings they have chosen to bestow upon us through the year, which have been numerous.

Happy Thanksgiving!

No spite intended. The link is merely a skilful attempt at reversing the "critical gaze" that the Christian West directs at cultures around the world as it surveys them


Why Pravda opened an Indian bureau?

Lol, the Christian gaze. (I’m not Christian and I’m genuinely indifferent to your entire subcontinent.) That article was so laughably bad that I thought it was tongue-in-cheek. The lesbian couple, the Latin worker, “blackout Wednesday”, the underpaid African American whose people couldn’t take the bus until the 60s...

shirkanthk, that piece is kind of amusing. Real loser stuff. I'm thankful today that I don't live in India, truly. Let us know when Indians all are finally potty trained.

I have a good idea for promoting the social cohesion between castes. Every year, members of all castes meet on the streets and shit together, as one people united by common aversion to toilets. As you squat and empty your bowels, you could discuss things you have in common. You could call it "Poo, who needs a loo? Day".

You obviously don't get out much.

It's interesting how sensitive you guys are. Pray tell me which part of that link is wholly inaccurate (let alone spiteful).

This one.

Students celebrate the Wednesday before as “Blackout Wednesday”, seen as an occasion for drunken revelry before they head to their parents’ homes for the holiday.

Around 30% of US adults don't drink at all. So, that part assumes the behavior of 2/3 is representative of 3/3. Accurate?

The writer doesn't claim 100%.

And not all Indians empty bowels in the open either.

Not even 2/3. I doubt all drinking Americans engage in "drunken revelry". Let's be blunt: the Indian regime has failed at making something out of itself and is desperate for any scrap of legitimacy it can get.

@shrikanthk: it may be a perspective problem.

A teetotaler will describe the world as full of drunks. I'm a drunk and I think people drinks too little, they never let go. blackout wednesday is less frequent than you imagine. I love that kind of parties and i can assure they're not as frequent as I'd like :/

I spent 5-10 minutes perusing the site that Shrekanthk linked to. What a waste of time, what shoddy analysis. That site -- Indiafacts -- makes Slate look like the Paris Review in its pomp. Laboured, reductive, simplistic, a mess of xenophobia and Hindu self-pity, etc.

I just linked to an article. I wasn't holding a brief for the website!

Looks like someone dishes it out but can't take it.

...everybody happy here with the origin/reason for today being an official U.S. legal holiday?

where exactly did the Federal government get the authority to declare legal holidays for the nation?

Commerce clause.

...naaah, it's under the "Necessary and Proper" clause of Section 8.
Federal holidays are now designated by Congress in Title V (5 U.S.C. § 6103)

President Lincoln originally designated the "...last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens...".
So this is very specifically a Federal religious holiday (holy-day). That establishment-of-religion stuff is so 18th Century ....

but Columbus Day is really the best and most sacred Federal holiday

"President Lincoln originally designated the '…last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens…'"

Doesn't count, it was a war-time measure like suspending the habeas corpus, violating correspondence and evoking Attila the Hun. http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/02/14/abraham-lincoln-necromancer/

"In U. S. vs E. C. Knight the Court concluded that the Congress lacked the power to reach a monopoly in the 'manufacture"'of refined sugar, but could reach a 'monopoly of commerce' involving sugar."

Hence federal government can ascribe to itself or to faithful representatives duly appointed the monopoly of commerce (partially or in toto) under special law, under the enumerate powers (pursuant Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution) or the lack thereof, whence the probable cause herefore is lien to the statute of limitations, pace sua sponte - unless it is found in contempt of court.

As a contrarian you'll get more support opposing M.L.K. day than Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Tyler! I really enjoy the website and glad i found out about it (i believe malcolm gladwell mentioned it on a podcast). Enjoy the time with your family.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. It's great to halt the political slap fighting a few days each year and appreciate the good.

Are retailers not open today? I don't see the supply-siders on HuffPo, Slate, Salon, etc posting headlines blaming retailers for opening their stores today - as opposed to properly blaming the demand (consumers) who will go shopping today.


A government created holiday.

A holiday created by bureaucrats.

And you celebrate it.

Thanksgiving: A mid-week, mid-autumn oasis of freedom and autonomy from drudgery, celebrated with family/friends, good food and conversation, some acceptable gridiron, and a month to recover before Christmas.

Mid autumn? Serious? It's freezing here

I guess I should have taken regional if not local geographical and weather differences into account. ;-)

Cold as it may be where you are, it's still not winter. Technically.

This is a good blog with good and often hilarious comments. Thanks for making my commute less dull.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is definitely in the top 50 percent of holidays! Great painting, the craggy blue mountainous horizon reminds me of a 3,000 mile more southern version of the mountainous horizons from the "heros' journey" scenes in the last half of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - visible also from the Island of Lost Toys, after "the heros' journey" part is over - and (the Island of Lost Toys, if I remember right, is...) ... is off the coast of Kamchatka, probably, at best, not off the coast of Baja California, like in this painting, probably... but good art is good art. The rest of the painting is good, too. Happy thanksgiving!

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