Thursday Open Thread – HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

We here at 3CHICS wish you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Enjoy family, friends, good food, and sports!!!

The President pardons some turkeys.


hat tip-The Obama Diary:

Thanksgiving with the Obama family
MSNBC staff
8:16 pm on 11/21/2012

President Obama pardoned one turkey on Wednesday morning, but other birds weren’t so lucky. Later that day, the president and his wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson helped serve an early Thanksgiving dinner at the Capitol Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Members of the Oregon State men’s basketball team joined the Obamas at the food bank. Michelle’s brother, Craig Robinson, is the team’s coach.

“I’d like to ask every American to do what they can to help families who are in need of a real Thanksgiving this year,” the president said.

The Obamas will be celebrating with their siblings (and their spouses and children), friends from Chicago and Hawaii, and White House staff and their families. On the menu: brine-soaked, thyme-roasted turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and kale salad. For dessert, says the White House: six different kinds of pie including apple, huckleberry, cherry, banana cream, pumpkin, and sweet potato with honey-meringue topping.

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44 Responses to Thursday Open Thread – HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

  1. Ametia says:

    Iowa City Thanksgiving menu:

    Home smoked turkey
    cornbread stuffing
    green beans
    potato salad
    garlic/rosemary mashed potatos/gravy
    field green salad
    Mac & cheese
    Cranberry sauce
    Brussel sprouts

    Apple pie-whipped cream
    Gluten-free apple tarts
    Bread pudding
    chocolate cupcakes


    Wine, sparkling cider, hot apple cider, goumet coffee, Earl Grey teas, herbal teas, & San Pelligrino spakling water


    Old School music and lots of DANCING!!!

    A good time was certainly had by all.

    Make up of guests:

    Chinese, Africa: Cameroun, Benin, Nigeria, & African Americans, Israel-Jewish, Scandinavian, Swedish, Irish,
    Intergenerational= Oldest guest 91 and youngest 10. Bisexual, gay married couples, doctors, lawyers, nurses, maintence workers, college students, rich, middle class, unemployed, and everyone an OBAMA supporter!

  2. thorsaurus says:

    SG, it’s like rainbow trout only a little smaller and with a speckled pattern instead of that sheen you see on a rainbow. Rainbow are more of a lake trout, browns are more of a river or creek trout.

    I watched your Texans squeak it out. The kicker for Detroit that missed his field goal went to high school with my wife. Small world, huh.

    • Thanks for the info on the trout. Wow! The Detriot kicker went to high school with your wife? How about that?! My boys about lost their minds when Detriot missed that field goal. I walked outside. I couldn’t bear to watch…my heart couldn’t take it. My boys are live wires..when it comes to football. :)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving from Madea

  4. Newark Mayor Cory Booker to live on food stamp budget

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker rescued a neighbor from a burning building, invited Hurricane Sandy victims to his home, and rushed to the aid of a pedestrian hit by a car. Now he’s going to live on a food stamp budget for a week in solidarity with Americans who feed their families on the government assistance program.

    The mayor’s office has yet to announce the full details of his plan, but the budget should amount to about $4.44 a day for food, based on data from the United States Department of Agriculture.

    As of fiscal year 2011, average monthly food stamp benefits in New Jersey totaled $133.26 per person.


    The president actually pardons two turkeys. The chosen “National Turkey” and his alternate. Both birds are off to live the life of country gentleman with nary a though to the ax.

    I however; happen to have knowledge that one of these two; the one on the right; with the weepy eye; was recently involved in a combination prostitution and grocery fraud. He was selling his ass to tourists over and over again.

  6. President Barack Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball team in the Oval Office on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. The team’s head coach is Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  7. Texans Beat’em Chant!

    Texans 10-1

    What we gone do! What we gone do!
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  8. rikyrah says:

    TPM Editor’s Blog

    From the Trenches

    Josh Marshall-November 21, 2012, 12:46 AM

    Another report from the GOTV trenches, from an anonymous TPM Reader …

    I read with interest the letter from the Idaho man who was a volunteer in the Obama campaign in Ohio. Here is the perspective of a volunteer in a heavily Democratic state which is close geographically to a “swing” state and participated in the Obama campaign.

    People who are not informed about how the campaign came together do not understand the outsized importance of the out of state efforts by Obama volunteers into swing states. When I tell non-political friends that one of my major activities in the last few months was the Obama campaign, they don’t know what to think, since, as election day neared, all the media talk was about Ohio, Florida and Virginia. They don’t get it.

    I live in New York State. Probably a year before the election, I got a phone call to ask if I wanted to make phone calls to people in the area to recruit as volunteers for 2012. I had been a volunteer in 2008 and saw many of the same people from 2008 at this phone bank. Later, in early 2012, I was identified as a core volunteer and was asked to go to a meeting in PA; the purpose of the meeting was to explain the themes of the campaign and the respective roles that PA and NY would play in the election. PA was in the critical path that Obama had to win to get to 270 and NY was to be its primary helpmate. Areas within PA were paired with areas in NY.

    After that weekend, we continued ties with our ‘sister area’. New Yorkers went to PA on weekends to register voters. As the April primary neared, we started canvassing to get out the vote for the primary, even though Obama did not have any opposition on the primary ballot. (I suspect that one aspect of the work done for the primary was to get people who usually don’t vote into the habit of voting.) During the summer, we continued to canvass on the weekends. As the car trips continued, phone banks also continued. Now we were not only building a local base of volunteers, but also calling into our sister area of PA. The lists for both the canvassing trips and phone banks were not random. In fact the phone banks were labelled as ‘persuasion’ calls, since we weren’t necessarily talking to supporters.

    As Labor Day approached, we continued to travel to PA and phone bank into PA. By this time, neighborhood teams had raised enough money (no campaign money was used) to open a local, official Obama office, which became a focal point of the volunteer effort. So while local groups continued to have their phone banks at night, many in private homes, other volunteers who didn’t want to drive at night, especially older women, could drop into the office during the day to volunteer.

    After Labor Day, we went into high gear. Phone banks were expanded—perhaps a dozen during the week. There were buses paid for by the campaign to PA practically each weekend to canvass. We were also branching out from our sister area into other areas of PA. The lists became more and more pointed. It was clear that the list wasn’t reaching out to the committed Democratic voter. On canvassing trips we weren’t going to the house with the Obama yard sign. Instead, we were combing what I call the “bottom” of the list—young people who couldn’t be contacted by phone (many of whom had moved or were students) or other hard to reach voters. We collected “commit” cards from those who said that they would vote for Obama; these cards were to be sent to the committed voter right before election day. At some phone banks, we were calling Republican areas to try to tease out the occasional Democrat.

    The phone banks in NY started to change as October neared. Now we were calling into Ohio and encouraging those who identified as our supporters to vote early. Naturally, we had all the information at our fingertips—the addresses of the local voting place, the hours, what voter ID was required. In any case, we asked when did the supporter “plan” on voting—before work, after work and so on. These voters would be called through election day to make sure that they followed through on their “plan”.

    Then came the ultimate phone bank tool—the predictive dialer. One of the hazards of a phone bank is the “NHs”—not at home. The predictive dialer is a marketing tool that makes it possible for one to locate someone who is willing to answer the phone. Once we started using predictive dialers from our office, each attempted call reached a person on the list and productivity skyrocketed.

    During GOTV, buses went daily to PA and our area had several staging areas staffed with our local, neighborhood volunteers. Phone banks ran from mid-morning until 9/10pm. On election day, the phone banks followed the time zones. First calling into PA/Ohio, Wisconsin and finally Nevada—making sure that those on the list had or were going to vote.

    I went to another swing state to canvass for GOTV. Again, there was a logic to the knocks. We bypassed houses with Obama signs and called upon what I can only assume were more tentative Democratic voters. Interestingly, some on the list looked like persuadable men who had wives who were voting for Obama. For example, after we identified ourselves, one woman in an upper middle class area answered the door in a rush, “I can’t talk to you now. I’m on the phone with work. I’m voting for Obama.” “How about your husband?” (Who was on the list, not her.) “We’ll see.”

    The results speak for themselves. Last week, I heard that NY made at least 2.5 million phone calls into swing states during the campaign. Six buses went to Ohio from NY for GOTV and at least one to VA. These numbers don’t include freelancers, such as myself and others

  9. rikyrah says:

    Thanksgiving Letter to the Family 2012

    Dear Family,

    I’m not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.

    Dinner is at 2:00. Not 2:15. Not 2:05. Two. Arrive late and you get what’s leftover.

    Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house. This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

    Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot. You don’t arrive at someone’s house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove. Honest to God I thought you might have learned after two wives – date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

    Now, the house rules are slightly different this year because I have decided that 47% of you don’t know how to take care of nice things. Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I’ll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

    House Rules:

    • Ametia says:

      God; I miss this show. President Bartlett was the shinitz! I cook my stuffing and stuff it in the turkey when it’s 3/4 done. Classic scene. Loved it.

  10. Today’s menu:

    Turkey & dressing, Honey Baked Ham, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Broccoli & Rice casserole, Mustard greens, Green beans, Mac & Cheese, Candied Yams, Sweet Potato Pie, Southern Pecan Pie, Chocolate Bundt Cake, Strawberry Creme Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Fruit Salad, Rolls, Dr. Pepper! Good eating! ;) What’s on your menu?

  11. Rikyrah, I love Charlie Brown! Now I just adore snoopy and woodstock. :)

    Go, Snoopy!

  12. Edward Lazarus says:

    If I could have one wish granted for this Thanksgiving holiday season it would be that America find a way to overcome some of the problems facing us. And to accomplish that, we first must have the right person to make good and prudent decisions, and who will be determined that WE ALL MATTER….not only those who have already “made it.”
    And lo and behold! Four more years for the one person that we can completely trust.
    This Thanksgiving I am thankful that, at a time that we needed him most, Barack Obama is in the Oval Office, America is in good hands, and God’s in His heaven……..ALL’S RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!
    God bless and protect our President….and his family!
    Meanwhile, insult, ridicule, and belittle this president in my presence, and you do so at your own peril!

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)


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