It's been a while since SC has done a commemorative holiday post, but Thanksgiving is just...stuffed...with opportunities. A few points to ponder:
1) While most people will sit down to a traditional turkey -- which was unquestionably part of the original Thanksgiving celebration -- disciples of legendary Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme will be eating something known as a "turducken". The word is a compounding, with some contraction, of turkey, duck, and chicken. As prepared by Chef Prudhomme, it involves three kinds of stuffing to go with the three birds. Frankly, it strikes SC as a bit over the top, but then, so does the new Hardee's Monster Thickburger (which your host learned about here). As National Review's Steven Hayward points out, it's a good thing Chef Prudhomme didn't use pheasant instead of duck.
2) SC has no special wish to be perceived as an antagonist of Southern cooking -- he's got a signed copy of Emeril's TV Dinners, and the local Chick-Fil-A's cashiers have taken to giggling about how long it's been since they saw him yesterday -- but he feels compelled to warn people against deep-frying turkeys. Click here to have a look at Underwriters Laboratories' video of a typical turkey fryer under test. Any interest that SC ever had in trying this out himself was quashed some time ago when he saw a fryer that advertised that its power cord was UL-certified, a nice way of saying that the rest of it sure wasn't. Yikes! (For a defense of this practice, see here.)
3) Forget all the nasty debates of the last month -- Bush vs. Kerry, SC vs. Lakoff, single-malt vs. blended -- it's time to focus on the real controversy: canned cranberry sauce or homemade? Partisans of the can, the onus of explaining how you could possibly eat that stuff after watching it jiggle as it exits the can falls firmly on your shoulders. There is simply no way the Pilgrims would have been grateful to anyone for a food item so disturbingly, perfectly cylindrical in shape. To help you get started on your rebuttal, note that cranberry sauce of any sort is an anachronism unreflective of the original celebration.
4) On a somewhat more serious note, the Wall Street Journal has a 43-year-old tradition of running this editorial every year at Thanksgiving. Proof of its timeless appeal can be found in the stunning aptness of its description of American society, as though it were written today; even if America is not the country you would like it to be, take a moment today to give thanks for the country that it is.