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A Children's Treasury of Presidents & Turkeys

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Happy Poultry Lobbyist Day, Harry!


On this Thanksgiving Eve, we want to remind Americans that all presidents have always looked like twits during the annual Turkey Pardon Photo Op -- so Barack Obama will make history again as the first president to ever look cool next to these fucking turkeys. Here's Harry Truman, reportedly forced by the National Turkey Federation to start the dumb tradition, thus ensuring that other popular Thanksgiving main courses of the time -- ham, roast beast, parsnips, etc. -- would fall by the wayside. The Turkey Industry was the Jack Abramoff of 1947.

You don't want to know what LBJ did to that dead bird.

Obviously faked, this photo of JFK's 1963 pardoning of the bird allegedly took place just four days before he was assassinated by the CIA. Note that only a lone turkey is shown; presidents are always presented with two live turkeys, "just in case something goes wrong."

That turkey's got a hidden mic up his butt!

Nixon's own pardon would come soon enough.

Whip Inflation Now, turkey!

America was outraged by yet another shocking pardon by Gerald Ford, who is pictured here being only vaguely aware he's president, like always.

Come look, mommy, it's a big scary bird!

Say what you will about Reagan, but this was obviously the high point of his year.

Bow to me, goddamned bird.

But once the Bush Dynasty had formally taken power, the childlike glee was forever gone. Now the weeping turkey cowered and bowed before GHWB, pledging all the Saudi and Kuwaiti oil fields in exchange for clemency.

Depends what you mean by 'pardon.'

"You know, Jesse Jackson won South Carolina, too. What? Oh I hereby pardon this turkey and Marc Rich."

Have you seen Dignity?It's George Bush Junior's last Thanksgiving in the White House! Good-bye, George! Thanks for, uhh, fucking up the whole world forever, you turkey.

The Annual Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey [White House]

EARLIER: Bush Gets Some Turkeyneck Action

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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