Cheers and Jeers for Thanksgiving 2021
Note: As for the rest of the C&J posting week, nothing formal tomorrow, although we’ll post a “Who won the week” poll—the greatest ever—in the diaries around 7pm ET. Back Monday. Have a great holiday and may your end of the wishbone be the long one.
Days ’til Christmas: 30
Days ’til the National Menorah lighting in D.C.: 3
Date of Lincoln‘s Thanksgiving proclamation: 10/3/1863
Number of NFL games today: 3
Population of Turkey, Texas (hometown of Bob Wills): 378
Percent of Parade readers who believe calories don’t exist on Thanksgiving: 69%
Number of Thanksgivings during which Eric Trump has gotten his head stuck in a can of cranberry sauce: 7
Number of Americans who intend to eat human brains for Thanksgiving dinner, up from 5,641 last year and spreading rapidly from northwest to southeast (stay tuned to your short-wave radios for updates and lock your doors): 6,039
Your Thursday Molly Ivins Moment:
The Progress Report has come up with some dandy things to be thankful for, starting with American troops. It also lists:
- Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., for showing it’s patriotic to speak your mind.
- The 90 senators who stood up to Cheney to say that torture is not an American value.
- The 79 senators who demanded the Bush administration detail a plan for Iraq.
- That Sen. Bill Frist is not our physician.
Consider these additional delights: Tom Delay is under indictment, Heckuva Job Brownie is no longer on the public payroll, and for some inexplicable reason, the administration found a Republican prosecutor in the Plame affair who seems to care more about the law than politics. […]
There’s music in poor bleeding New Orleans again, Ted Koppel and his hair put in a commendable 25 years, some terrific new films are out, my puppy has not eaten a shoe for an entire month now, and the Mountain West is moving from red to purple. So let’s all loosen our belts and get right down to the all-American tradition of overeating on Thanksgiving. It’s still a great country, even if it is a little strange. I am grateful for all my fellow citizens—how would we know it was America if we didn’t hear regularly from the nincompoop faction? Happy turkey to you all.
Puppy Pic of the Day: Suck it up, Buttercup…
And now my world-famous annual…
Things For Which I Am Thankful: 2021 Edition
Our republic, which went another year without perishing from the earth
The Democrats who fought and won their 2021 elections—even the off-year ones matter
Grassroots Democratic organizers and voters, especially in red states and doubly-especially women of color
Campaign volunteers, ride sharers, and polling place workers
Nancy Pelosi, without question in the pantheon of most positively-consequential Speakers of the House
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, for wielding real power in the house for progressives
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Katie Porter, and all the other kickass-style House Democrats
The House Jan. 6 Select Committee—yes, including Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger—for investigation the Trump coup with efficiency and dead-seriousness
The end of the 20-year Afghanistan War and the withdrawal of our troops
Maine’s state government, for spending another year with Dem control of the state House and Senate, and Democratic governor Janet Mills navigating the Covid-19 crisis with skill and compassion
Hospital administrative workers
Dr. Fauci and the now fully-functional NIH and CDC
The Covid-19 tracers and trackers
The vaccines and the mad scientists behind them
The 200 million Americans who have gotten vaccinated, including 95% of federal workers
The governors and state health officials making difficult decisions and sticking to them despite the efforts of the ignorant and often violent anti-vax narcissists to thwart them
New Zealand, for showing the world how a country can fight a pandemic as a team and win
All the indigenous people of North America
Vihaan and Nav Agarwal of India, winners of Desmond Tutu’s 2021 International Children’s Peace Prize
The Nobel and Pulitzer winners
The first responders and relief organizers who went above and beyond in the wake of this year’s hurricanes, floods, and wildfires
Employers who give their employees Thanksgiving off
Employees who don’t get the day off so they can keep vital services running while the rest of us do
Wind turbines and solar panels
AMERICANS WHO VOTED IN THE OFF-YEAR ELECTION
The Biden cabinet, the most capable, diverse, motivated, and scandal-free in my memory
Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, SNL, and the return of Jon Stewart, for continuing the renaissance in late-night political humor
Freedom of the press
Freedom of speech fuck Trump
The diverse slate of Biden’s 28 federal judges confirmed by the Senate, with many more to come
The #5 thing on internet lists that actually SHOCK me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joy Reid, Bishop William Barber, Al Sharpton, Charlie Pierce, Charles Blow, John Nichols, Howard Dean, E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson, David K. Johnston, Paul Krugman, Elie Mystal
Marc Elias at Democracy Docket, for winning a gazillion court cases against the MAGA lawyers trying to steal elections
The Kagro in the Morning radio show
Naomi Klein, Marcy Wheeler, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Trump money-follower David Fahrenthold, Daniel Dale, David Corn, Lawrence O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, Joy Reid
Atrios, Digby, Charles M. Blow, Americablog, John Cole, Joe Jervis, Michelangelo Signorile, Dan Savage, Leonard Pitts, Lizz Winstead
Media Matters, The Hispanic Federation, The Southern Poverty Law Center, PFAW, PFLAG, 350.org, RAICES, March for Our Lives, Indivisible, Black Lives Matter, Run For Something, Planned Parenthood, NAACP, IAVA, ACLU and the many other advocacy organizations that prevented the worst of Trump’s abuses, often in coordination with each other
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
Bill and Hillary Clinton
Barack and Michelle Obama
Joe and Jill Biden
My partner, Michael, for growing old with me
Obamacare, now more affordable and accessible than ever thanks to #44’s VP, aka #46
All of my bosses (if you’re reading this, you’re one of them) at Daily Kos
The front-pagers and diarists here, for explaining stuff I don’t know boo about
My morning front-page blogger neighbors: the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, morning cartoonists, and Elections Morning Digest
The rest of the progressive blogosphere, for having the wisdom to follow all of the orders issued by “Keyboard Kingpin” Markos “Mouse Tits” Moulitsas to…the…letter
Netroots Nation and its organizers, for executing another great virtual convention when the pandemic prevented the in-person one from happening in D.C.
Those amazingly upbeat Good News Roundups
Dirty Fucking Hippies. We must breed more of them.
My doggie. My pootie. My squirrels. (Mostly my squirrels, according to my squirrels.)
Mayochup yes I said mayochup!
Excedrin Migraine. Next to the epidural, God’s gift to pain relief.
Snow Snow Snow
The imminent return of net neutrality
Our return to the Paris Climate Agreement
Maine’s proximity to safe haven Canada
Peace. (Yeah, it’s a word. Really. I looked it up.)
That magic moment every day at 6am when the Bacardi 151 crosses the blood-brain barrier.
Microwave ovens, which are excellent for re-heating food that gets cold because some idiot spent three hours listing all the stuff he was thankful for.
My excellent memory
And, say it with me…
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Pass the taters ‘n gravy.