Archive for November 27th, 2003

Remember Afganistan? Hillary Does

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In what
WOULD have been the top international story of the day, Democratic non-candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Aghanistan for Thanksgiving, giving thanks no doubt for the opportunity to visit an ally on the verge of falling victem AGAIN to American short-sightedness and the present administration’s
fixation on the Bad Boys in Iraq.

Clinton said in the AP interview that more troops are needed to defeat
insurgents and to provide the security needed for Afghans to rebuild.
Taliban and al-Qaida forces are trying “to wear down our staying power,”
she said. “I believe we need more troops to be able to provide that
security.”

from
the AP

The President, not about to let the easily distracted national attention
wander from his pet war front, responded with a secret lightning strike into the
heart of Iraq, at least if you consider the George Bush Bagdad International airport the heart of
Iraq. (see following story) So which story is the Major Media paying attention
to? How about you?

Top Turkey in Iraq

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President
Bush helped serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Bush made a surprise visit to Baghdad to mark America’s Thanksgiving holiday. The event was kept secret until Mr Bush was in the Iraqi capital because of security concerns. Had word of the trip leaked it would have been cancelled.

Mr Bush spent two hours having dinner with about 600 stunned US troops at Baghdad airport before leaving Iraq.No one had been told in advance that Mr Bush was coming on the visit, the first to Iraq by a US president.

"I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere,"said Mr. Bush,
"Thanks for inviting me to dinner."

From The
BBC

Massachusetts Institute of Turkeys

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CAMBRIDGE,
Mass. — Cambridge residents had an early Thanksgiving surprise Wednesday
when a wild turkey took to the city’s streets during the morning commute.
Kelley Tuthill reported that area residents believe the brave turkey lives
in a wooded area near Kendall Square in Cambridge.

People were stunned to see a turkey brazen enough to take a stroll on
Thanksgiving eve. “He should have stayed hidden for another day or two,”
said a passer-by. The turkey seemed a little vain as he looked at himself
in a mirror and not too bright as he wandered in and out of traffic on
Broadway Street during the morning commute. “It just made my day — that
turkey crossing the street,” said another passer-by.

The Dowbrigade wonders of this is in fact "Mr. Gobbles",
reported here back in June
. If it is, Mr. Gobbles has his
own Blog.

From TheBostonChannel.com

Petite Champ Outeats Fatties

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NEW YORK
(Reuters) – Petite former Burger King manager Sonya Thomas wolfed down
7-3/4 pounds of holiday food in 12 minutes on Wednesday to defeat a pair
of 400-pound rivals and win the Thanksgiving Invitational eating contest.

The 106-pound Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, devoured massive helpings
of yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and turducken, a turkey stuffed
with duck, chicken and sausage, to win the International Federation of
Competitive Eating (IFOCE) event.

The IFOCE hosts official eating contests and tracks the world’s top
eaters, like record-holder Oleg Zhornitskiy, who downed four 32-ounce
bowls of mayonnaise in 8 minutes.

Asked her plans for Thanksgiving, Thomas replied, “I’m going to eat more
turkey.”

from
Reuters

Recipe
for Turducken
(“This is a turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with
a chicken stuffed with dressing. You will need toothpicks and kitchen
string for this recipe.” )

Quote of the Day

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“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)