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Are YOU cancelling Thanksgiving this year?

by JP Bill / November 20, 2012 4:36 AM PST
Turkey, pie and politics? T-Day family friction

Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness.

On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year.

"The Thanksgiving table will be a battleground," says Andrew Marshall, 34, of Quincy, Mass.

Like many extended families across the country, Marshall's includes Democrats and Republicans, conservatives, liberals and independents. And so, like many families that count both red and blue voters in their ranks, they're expecting fireworks. Things had already gotten so bad on Facebook, the family had to ban political banter
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We're NOT cancelling a family Thanksgiving due to politics.
by Paul C / November 20, 2012 4:32 PM PST

It's not happening because this year, everyone in the family will be scattered and unable to get together. I may even miss having my usual spirited debate with my ultra-liberal sister-in-law and my equally leftist niece and nephew. Wink

Since the Lady Samia and I are alone, we decided to instead have Thanksgiving dinner with about 350 or so of our close friends that we've yet to meet. Consequently, 7AM tomorrow will find us at our church baking some 50 hams and God only knows how many rolls. When finished there, we'll scoot over to the Johnson County, IN Fairgrounds, where we'll help set up and serve the county's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for those who are really in need of some help.

Giving thanks for the much that we do have by helping those who have very little seems to us to be more in keeping with the spirit of the day anyway.

So, Bill, what will YOU do?

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So, Bill, what will YOU do?
by JP Bill / November 20, 2012 7:28 PM PST

What will I do?

Watch Macy's Parade on TV, Watch news stories about traffic jams, people being trampled on Black Friday, probably hear a few stories about family feuds and few stories of generosity. Probably go for a walk, I haven't decided what to have for supper yet.

MY Thanksgiving is now just a fond memory. No traffic jams up my way on Thanksgiving.

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(NT) Isn't Macy's parade the day before?
by James Denison / November 21, 2012 10:59 AM PST
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(NT) No..It's the day "of"
by JP Bill / November 21, 2012 11:13 AM PST
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That's part of the fun, isn't it?
by Steven Haninger / November 20, 2012 8:43 PM PST

Politics is both a participant and a spectator sport. Sometimes you want to play and sometimes you just watch the silliness.

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by Willy / November 21, 2012 12:33 AM PST

How is politics any different, from, "are you pregnant?, what happened to the house?, How is you kid doing in the military?, have you gotten a job, yet? or how are you doing?", become just as difficult to answer or impassioned. Family is a family and I know there are juicy times to discuss anything, plus Ohio Sate vs.UofM, real blue(maize) vs red(OK, scarlet&grey). is too hot to handle, which is why the sofa is a sectional. Pass the &%$!@85(!! mashed potatoes you traitor of Ohio.

I should have been an Aggie. ------Willy Happy

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Just remember, Willy:
by Paul C / November 21, 2012 6:00 PM PST
In reply to: NO...

If you know your history as pertains to the Michigan - Ohio rivalry, which started with a "war" fought over Toledo (?), you can always remind those Godless Buckeyes that while they got their lousy port, you got the valuable resources of the Upper Peninsula.

That was a better deal, wasn't it? Devil

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The "UP"?
by Steven Haninger / November 21, 2012 6:55 PM PST
In reply to: Just remember, Willy:

Isn't that the part of Mich. where people ride snowmobiles and talk funny?

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And, before the "white man" arrived,
by Steven Haninger / November 21, 2012 7:00 PM PST
In reply to: Just remember, Willy:

Ohio had the flint and Michigan had blueberries. Which do you think made better arrow tips? Devil

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