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Thanksgiving 2022 (or sooner)

Posted on 11/26/2012 12:57:07 PM PST by ParkerPoo

I just received the following E-mail and thought my fellow freepers would enjoy it:

Thanksgiving 2022(Who knows—perhaps sooner than that!) "Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. "In a minute, honey, it's a tie score," he answered.

Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington . Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad" example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be. Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting. Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of VeggieMeat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey.

And ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold. Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats - which were monitored and controlled by the electric company - be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family.

Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment. He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program.

And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort. "The RHC's resources are limited," explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I'm sorry for your loss."

Ed couldn't make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines - for everyone but government officials. The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.

Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in.

Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids. Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists."

Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022. That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny," even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine. Almost.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. "A living Constitution is extremely flexible", said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan. " Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example," she added.

Winston's thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but got over it.

His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism, or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner", but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility. It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being. Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13.

The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth." This time, they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.

At least, he had his memories. He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential.

Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn't happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.

He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2012, when all the real nonsense began. "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought. Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: chat; vanity

1 posted on 11/26/2012 12:57:09 PM PST by ParkerPoo
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To: ParkerPoo

Winston should have been “married” to Lance, the Activity Director. Then you’ve got it perfect.


2 posted on 11/26/2012 1:00:49 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: ParkerPoo

On all 30 TV stations, President-for-Life Obama admonished the subjects about the need for their total support for and submission to his 181,756th executive order, that mandated the payout of all life insurance policies be directed to the government.


3 posted on 11/26/2012 1:08:37 PM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: ParkerPoo

I’m going with “or sooner”

Very funny, too true though!


4 posted on 11/26/2012 1:08:54 PM PST by Syncro (The Tea Party is Dead-->MSM/Dems/GOP-e -- LONG LIVE THE TEA PARTY!)
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To: ParkerPoo

Winston ends up with Julia? Not after room 101.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 1:10:50 PM PST by ffusco (The President will return this country to what it once was...An arctic wasteland covered in ice.)
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To: ParkerPoo; Winstons Julia

Is Winstons Julia the author, by any chance?


6 posted on 11/26/2012 1:17:25 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: ParkerPoo
"Excellent! Smithers, bring this man a Coke."
7 posted on 11/26/2012 1:25:22 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: ParkerPoo

Coming soon, to an America near you...


8 posted on 11/26/2012 1:30:10 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: ParkerPoo

1984 is one of those books people of a certain age were forced to read in high school when we’re less than appreciative of the literary content. It’s worth picking up again if it seems like a distant memory.


9 posted on 11/26/2012 1:31:48 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Winston and Julia are the main characters in 1984, IIRC......


10 posted on 11/26/2012 2:00:47 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: ParkerPoo

Fun read....


11 posted on 11/26/2012 2:53:23 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Winston should have been “married” to Lance, the Activity Director. Then you’ve got it perfect.

Or that Jason, his 16 year old, was going to date his football coach, Jerry Sandusky, JR, after dinner.

Heck, date...married to I should say!! If the LIBS get there way...

12 posted on 11/26/2012 3:03:37 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: ParkerPoo

Bookmark.


13 posted on 11/26/2012 3:05:19 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: ParkerPoo

The following Saturday, USC and Notre Dame would be playing their annual coed soccer match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game would commence once the USC Trojan Marching Band had finished playing the national anthem, “We Are the World.”


14 posted on 11/26/2012 3:20:00 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: ParkerPoo

bkmk


15 posted on 11/26/2012 4:16:12 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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