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Feast Most Foul - Thanksgiving dinners PETA would love.
www.opinionjournal.com (WSJ) ^ | November 23, 2005 | MEGHAN COX GURDON

Posted on 11/23/2005 11:37:35 AM PST by neverdem

Cast your mind back to the Thanksgivings of your childhood--or if not yours, then Norman Rockwell's. See the flushed, familiar faces, the expanse of white damask, the jewel-like bowls of candied yams and cranberry sauce, and Granddad carving the large, gleaming, nut-brown . . . artichoke?

Wait--sorry. I've been looking at too many children's picture books. For though it's true that publishers still turn out Pilgrim- and Indian-themed stories about America's most beloved holiday--with pumpkins, cornucopias and roasted turkey--the aim of a surprising number of children's books about Thanksgiving seems to be to put little readers off their meat. In these stories, succulent turkey is out; crunchy veggies are in. And a plump gobbler isn't served on the table but at it.

"Thanksgiving dinner always means turkey! Or does it? One little pilgrim is not so sure . . " So goes the sell on the cover of Peggy Archer's "Turkey Surprise" (Dial, $10). In it, forest creatures help a turkey hide from two pilgrim boys, the younger of whom eventually succeeds in persuading his brother not to bag a fowl for Thanksgiving. In "Over the River: A Turkey's Tale" (Simon & Schuster, $14.95), illustrated by Derek Anderson, turkeys on their way to Grandma's house similarly manage to outwit and escape their pursuers before sitting down to a jolly meat-free Thanksgiving meal.

In "Thelonious Turkey Lives! (On Felicia Ferguson's Farm)" (Knopf, $15.95), by Lynn Rowe Reed, Thanksgiving's approach causes the eponymous avian hero to become "nervous about dinner--being dinner, that is." He assumes that Felicia is "trying to fatten him up for the chopping block." So he foments a barnyard insurgency to destabilize the apparently ferocious farmer, only to discover in the end that she merely wants his feathers to use as decorations on fashionable hats.

How cute! How O...

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KEYWORDS: animalwhackos; peta; thanksgiving
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1 posted on 11/23/2005 11:37:36 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
What sort of weakminded idiots buy these kinds of books for their kids?

What normal dad could stomach reading such a book to a kid?

2 posted on 11/23/2005 11:40:54 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: neverdem

yeesh.


3 posted on 11/23/2005 11:41:21 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: neverdem
CHRISTMAS MEANS CARNAGE !
---Babe.
4 posted on 11/23/2005 11:42:07 AM PST by samtheman
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To: neverdem

I guess it lowers the price of meat for the rest of us. It's just so disgusting to have to see it though.


5 posted on 11/23/2005 11:44:34 AM PST by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: neverdem
Remember the looney tunes version of this story. With Daffy Duck and Tom Turkey. Very funny. A classic.

Please pass the gravy....
6 posted on 11/23/2005 11:48:12 AM PST by dhs12345 (w)
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To: neverdem

Yes, because Pilgrims only hunted birds because they were big fat meanies. It had nothing to do with not starving or anything.


7 posted on 11/23/2005 11:48:29 AM PST by sandbar
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To: wideawake
A "Metro-Dad" (as in Metrosexual).
8 posted on 11/23/2005 11:49:16 AM PST by dhs12345 (w)
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To: neverdem
There's room for ALL od God's creatures....RIGHT NEXT TO THE MASHED POTATOS!!

PETA

PEOPLE

EATING

TASTY

ANIMALS

9 posted on 11/23/2005 11:50:02 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: neverdem
mmm, turkey. I'm also going to have foie gras and Sauternes tomorrow-- take that, PETA.

-c cm

10 posted on 11/23/2005 11:51:24 AM PST by ccmay
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To: Puppage

Time for some Ted Nugent!


11 posted on 11/23/2005 11:52:08 AM PST by polymuser (I wish the Republicans had a majority in Congress.)
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To: neverdem

I prefer to read a cute Thanksgiving story called "Cranberry Thanksgiving" by Wende and Harry Devlin. It is a cute story, with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings including the Grandmother's famous Cranberry Bread. The recipe is included in the book for the cranberry bread, so parents and their children can make their own loaf of Cranberry Bread for their own Thanksgiving celebration.

I have read this story with my children every year just before Thanksgiving since they were not much more than babies, and every year we make the Cranberry bread together. It has become a family tradition that we all enjoy. I hope some of you will like it too


12 posted on 11/23/2005 11:59:35 AM PST by Flamenco Lady (Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: neverdem
Yum!


13 posted on 11/23/2005 12:01:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Still Thinking

here in MN the "turkey wars" have lowered prices to about .39/cents a pound.

I suppose we'll need a Congressional hearing about it soon.


14 posted on 11/23/2005 12:02:02 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: Rakkasan1

Glad I live in Oregon. I only paid 18 cents a pound for my turkey! I've got a pounder to cook for tomorrow! Yum Yum!


15 posted on 11/23/2005 12:04:03 PM PST by Flamenco Lady (Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: neverdem

We're having leg of lamb this year instead of turkey. There's no reason to think that the leg didn't come from an animal that's into extreme body modification. Will that make the Petans happy?


16 posted on 11/23/2005 12:04:19 PM PST by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: wideawake

>>>>What sort of weakminded idiots buy these kinds of books for their kids?

I've probably got a few relatives on the list. We've gotten some strange books for the kids in the past.

>>>>What normal dad could stomach reading such a book to a kid?

We actually pre-read all children's books now. We got some that went beyond the silly stuff here, and were down right offensive (e.g., promoting pagan religions when the family is more than aware we are Christian). If it doesn't pass muster it disappears before present opening is even finished. I suspect my family has noticed this pre screening, as they were meant to. The books are getting less offensive every year, fortunately. One year one of the kids wanted one of the books read to her, and was dissappointed it couldn't be found. ;-)

patent


17 posted on 11/23/2005 12:05:35 PM PST by patent (A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg)
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To: Flamenco Lady

My last post should have read "20 pounder" for tomorrow! Guess I somehow deleted the size when I previewed my post. Mea Culpa!


18 posted on 11/23/2005 12:06:22 PM PST by Flamenco Lady (Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: neverdem

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

"I was asked to do an illustration depicting a vegetarian thanksgivng for PETA's kids/youth magazine, GRRR!. They had a specific style in mind, very simple and "cute," with solid colors, etc. Illustrator lends itself very well to this type of illustration.

"They are eating vegan "Chick-ette" pot pie. This illustration features a "gravy boat." Real turkey is not a health food! Click here for more info. I recommend vegan "Tofurky," it's amazing!"

19 posted on 11/23/2005 12:07:10 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: neverdem
Thanksgiving dinner at The Whiteboard


20 posted on 11/23/2005 12:08:42 PM PST by Bear_in_RoseBear (I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was)
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To: polymuser

21 posted on 11/23/2005 12:16:20 PM PST by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Support Zien's PPA/CCW bill in Wisconsin.)
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To: BibChr

Hey Bibchr...we're getting ready for a low carb Thanksgiving. At least for my husband (I cheat). I have been slowly buying special treats to make the day special for him. I've got steamed spinach, baked cod, boiled shrimp and a huge salad planned with cheese, mushrooms and chipped up bacon and olives, not including the turkey and a low carb pumpkin cheese cake for dessert!

He has no idea...I have almost everything hid in the fridge and freezer out in the garage!

:-)


22 posted on 11/23/2005 12:19:00 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: neverdem
Feast Most Foul - Thanksgiving dinners PETA would love.

I hate PETA so much that I now slowly torture my turkey to death.

23 posted on 11/23/2005 12:19:54 PM PST by Lazamataz (When life gives you lemons, kick it in the shins and take its wallet.)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!


24 posted on 11/23/2005 12:20:50 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Ladysmith

Oh, yeah! Enjoy nature's bounty of tasty beast, fish and fowl!


25 posted on 11/23/2005 12:21:49 PM PST by polymuser (I wish the Republicans had a majority in Congress.)
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To: Larry Lucido


Thanksgiving Dinner!
26 posted on 11/23/2005 12:23:58 PM PST by proud_yank (Experience Tolerance: tell a liberal you own guns and drive an SUV!)
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To: Lazamataz
I hate PETA so much that I now slowly torture my turkey to death.

LOL!!! Made me reverse some coffee!

27 posted on 11/23/2005 12:24:28 PM PST by polymuser (I wish the Republicans had a majority in Congress.)
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To: neverdem
"Vegetarian" is Swedish for "lousy hunter."
28 posted on 11/23/2005 12:26:33 PM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: neverdem

Careful... lab experiments involving galvanic response indicate that vegetables feel pain when picked...


29 posted on 11/23/2005 12:27:07 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Lazamataz
I hate PETA so much that I now slowly torture my turkey to death.

Piker. I got one up on you - I degrade mine.

30 posted on 11/23/2005 12:27:21 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: Puppage
There's room for ALL od God's creatures....RIGHT NEXT TO THE MASHED POTATOS!!

That's very funny! I plan on using your line tomorrow when I have Thanksgving dinner with 2 vegetarians attending.

31 posted on 11/23/2005 12:27:51 PM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Piker. I got one up on you - I degrade mine.

Well, by torture, I mean I put panties on its head and make naked-turkey pyramids.

And put it on a dog collar while a cigarette-smoking female military policeman looks on.

32 posted on 11/23/2005 12:29:09 PM PST by Lazamataz (When life gives you lemons, kick it in the shins and take its wallet.)
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To: Lazamataz
I hate PETA so much that I now slowly torture my turkey to death.

I'm going to be kind to my turkey and make sure it's nice and stuffed for Thanksgiving.

Besides, we all know that those PETA chumps eat fowl. Last I saw, they were eating crow after a bunch of their members were caught killing defenseless pets.

33 posted on 11/23/2005 12:29:23 PM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: Larry Lucido
On the box it almost looks like a turkey loaf.

Before cooking it looks like this:

After cooking it looks like this:

And it tastes worse than it looks!!!

34 posted on 11/23/2005 12:31:58 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: Lazamataz
Well, by torture, I mean I put panties on its head and make naked-turkey pyramids.

And put it on a dog collar while a cigarette-smoking female military policeman looks on.

Argh! Ok, ya got me beat. I just talk dirty to my turkey.
There's stuffing and then THERE'S STUFFING!

35 posted on 11/23/2005 12:38:49 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: wideawake
What sort of weakminded idiots buy these kinds of books for their kids?

What normal dad could stomach reading such a book to a kid?

****************

Two excellent questions. Most of the people I have known to be vegetarians have been young women.

36 posted on 11/23/2005 12:38:58 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
There's stuffing and then THERE'S STUFFING!

You ever here the Imus in the Morning 'fake commercial' by Wilfred Brimley? That's right along that avenue.

So to speak.

37 posted on 11/23/2005 12:41:03 PM PST by Lazamataz (When life gives you lemons, kick it in the shins and take its wallet.)
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To: neverdem

This time last year I was at Trader Joe's standing in the check out line. The girl behind me was buying a soy turkey....and it was in the shape of a turkey. Even SHE was laughing that it was ridiculous despite being a vegetarian.


38 posted on 11/23/2005 12:43:35 PM PST by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: Larry Lucido

39 posted on 11/23/2005 12:46:00 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: neverdem; All
Hey! PETA! Take a look at this!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!


40 posted on 11/23/2005 12:49:45 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: trisham
My wife's a vegetarian - but for her it's a "it's so good for you!" thing and not a "how can we eat fluffy bunnies" thing.

She grills a mean veal cutlet for someone who hasn't eaten one in 10+ years.

I know one adult man who is an "ethical" vegetarian, but even he's allowing his kids to eat meat and make the choice for themselves when they get older.

41 posted on 11/23/2005 12:51:26 PM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: wideawake
She grills a mean veal cutlet for someone who hasn't eaten one in 10+ years.

*************

Now that's unusual. The vegetarians I've met are not so tolerant. I don't think they have much talent as chefs, either.

42 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:21 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2Jedismom

Ohhhh, that sounds good. I'll be there.

(That is what you meant, right?)

Dan


43 posted on 11/23/2005 12:58:06 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: ErnBatavia

Last year there was a photo in the newspaper that showed a free vegan Thanksgiving. There were five takers.


44 posted on 11/23/2005 12:58:56 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: neverdem

Made with soy, of course!

45 posted on 11/23/2005 1:01:57 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: Lady Jag
free vegan Thanksgiving. There were five takers.

...handful of dandelions, and it's a wrap!

46 posted on 11/23/2005 1:13:48 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Frist would be a great Majority Leader if he had 65 seats..make that 75)
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To: wideawake
What sort of weakminded idiots buy these kinds of books for their kids?

People like the ones in my town. Volvo. Greenpeace. Smug Arrogance. Maxed out Credit cards and a No Interest Mortgage, with a paper-shuffling Widow-Fleecing job, and a wife they will discard on her fortieth birthday, read the script and bought it, and hates his life enough to vote Democrat.

(With apologies to the Monty Python Travel Agent skit.)

47 posted on 11/23/2005 1:19:30 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: ErnBatavia
...handful of dandelions, and it's a wrap!

The five who showed up look like they needed food bad, so that is good. They looked happy to be warm but they also looked like they were having a hard time swallowing.

Still, if I was one of them, knowing how it tasted, I'd have passed on it and gone through some restaurant dumpsters instead.

48 posted on 11/23/2005 1:25:55 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: Lady Jag


I'm sorry, but if I saw something like that on the dinner table, I'd be looking for the Great Dane who did it and whoop his sorry *ss.
49 posted on 11/23/2005 1:27:55 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I'd be looking for the Great Dane who did it and whoop his sorry *ss.

Yes, I doubt you could get the poor pup to eat it.

It's the worst stuff I have ever tasted and I've had some weird stuff.

50 posted on 11/23/2005 1:36:36 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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