According to my holiday source, today isn’t an actual holiday, just the birthday of the non holiday deserving President, and Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Zachary Taylor. So as part of my Unofficial Zachary Taylor Day celebration, I will just talk about another president during my annual holiday tradition of “informing everyone around that George H. W. Bush was the first President to give a turkey an official pardon, not Harry Truman or Lincoln.” Gail Collins will back me up on this. And Gail Collins never lies. Gail. Collins. Never. Lies.

Before George H. W., there were events with presidents and turkeys on Thanksgiving, but they were rough sailing for those turkeys.

Turkey getting the Johnson Treatment before getting the Johnson EATment



It is Go for a Ride Day and I’ll be doing that today driving from Austin to Houston for Thanksgiving. I’ll be listening to the audio book of The Politician and shaking my head every time John Edwards does anything sketchy (like being inspired by The American President to get into politics, gross). Anyway, going for a ride…riding in my car, here’s a slightly related song that I like.

She & Him – Ridin’ in My Car


Claps-Giving Yay Ha-Rade

Since Christmas creep is in full force, and the dark cloud of CNN News Reports about People Shopping Day is almost upon us, I am declaring today the start of THANKSGIVING WEEK.

What: A week long celebration of Thanksgiving with occasional blog updates and watching football or episodes of Friends/The West Wing about Thanksgiving if you don’t get football. It’s also a good time for some Sarah Vowellish reading and thinking about genocide. It’s a complicated holiday. That’s why it needs a week or more.
When: Today until the end of Thanksgiving (realistically) or the end of November (ideally).
Who: Americans, flexible Canadians
Why: The last part of November is the best part. It’s kind of cold and everyone’s on vacation
How: Eat real Chex Mix, look up pictures of Presidents pardoning turkeys, help Save November (special thanks to Srah this month) and dress up your presidential action figures in faux “First Thanksgiving” garb.
Where: Your mom’s house.

My family makes fun of me for doing what they call my “happy dance.” The following doesn’t quite capture my dance style, but they do adequately express that I am just genuinely pleased about this upcoming week.

Boss Zefron gif

Today is False Confession Day, which is either the weirdest and most fun November holiday or the one that makes me think about current human rights violations and the Salem witch trials. So I decided to go with the former, which is less crushingly depressing. These are my false confessions.

  1. The best book I read this year was Miley Cyrus: Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus. 
  2. I haven’t written fan fiction about John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  3. Pickles are not disgusting. They should be in all egg salad sandwiches.
  4. I didn’t watch this video of Karl Rove and David Gregory dancing three times this weekend.
  5. I love it when people dress up animals in people clothes, but if animals could dress themselves, like if I had to watch an animated guinea pig in a Pixar movie put on a little coat, scarf and hat, I would probably barf.

Gettysburg Address from Adam Gault on Vimeo.

Today is the 147th anniversary of a speech which dedicated a cemetery for a battle where 8,000 men died. So maybe, my triumphant “I knew I didn’t just imagine an episode of Animaniacs about the Gettysburg address” Google search wasn’t the best way to start things off.

Hey you, want to be as fashionable as Nancy Reagan1 and as stylish as a person with a homemade campaign button necklace?

Enter a comment, with your favorite Jelly Bean flavor or your favorite president, on this post from today through December 1st and you could win this2 necklace. It’s perfect for when you’re Reaganing or when you’re just lying around in an evening gown and showing off your husband’s monogrammed throw pillows. 

It’s really just a campaign button that can be detached from the necklace and just worn on your shirt or trousers. But it is a pretty sweet button and this way it won’t poke holes in your clothes. How much would you pay for this on Etsy?3 Maybe a $100? Man, the scam I could pull off with this thing. Enter to win and you could get this $1,000 necklace for free.

Pretend I posted this on Tuesday (Button Day).

1 Chicest FLOTUS of the 20th century, because Jackie Kennedy was mean.

2As with the other giveaway, you don’t have to pick the Reagan related prize, you could choose an Obama 08 button (or Ford, Nixon, Mondale or Kennedy–although those are older and they might will definitely stab you in necklace form). But who wouldn’t go with the Reagan one? (I don’t like a lot of what he did as a president, I just think he was adorable.)

3I don’t like or respect Etsy.

Today is a day for one of my fellow EliSZabeths (that’s the name of our club) Elizabeth Cady Stanton. One great thing about the Internet is that you can read almost every book written before 1900. Here are a few of the things she wrote while advocating for women’s rights and abolition.

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

History of Woman Suffrage edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Brownell Anthony

The Woman’s Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Revising Committee.

This is a two minute biography, but there is also a Ken Burns documentary on Netflix Instant about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Here’s another video on suffrage, that unfortunately forgot to mention ECS, but still rocks.

School House Rock – Sufferin’ Till Suffrage