November 21, 2007

Pilgrim's Pride?

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

...Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, adapted


About 400 years ago, religious fanatics became such pains in the arses that they were thrown out of their country. They sailed across a mighty ocean. Starving and in an unknown land, they were befriended by the natives of their "new world". After a "Thanksgiving" celebration, the descendants of these immigrants systematically destroyed the natives and claimed the continent for their own.
Today we celebrate the original meal by gorging ourselves on tryptophan laced poultry and football.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Toonage:
Lemmy & Friends - The Trooper (Iron Maiden cover)
Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (live)
Bob Dylan - This Land Is Your Land (live)
Sleater-Kinney - The American Ruse (live MC5 cover)
Hoodoo Gurus - Turkey Dinner
Gang Of Four - Anthrax (original 7 inch version)
Van Morrison - TB Sheets

7 comments:

Jeff said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! That version of Lemmy doing "The Trooper" is freaking awesome...but I think "Run to the Hills" might be the song you're thinking of as a comment on the Indian genocide.

Nazz Nomad said...

aah, yes, you are correct sir.
well, that's easily corrected!!!!!
here ya go, one serving of Iron Maiden!

david said...

uno mas...

http://www.hiddencity.net/misc/WilliamSBurroughs_AThanksgivingPrayer.mp3

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.


Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.

etc...

Nazz Nomad said...

the entire "Thanksgiving Prayer" by William Burroughs:



Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shit out through wholesome
American guts.


Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin' lawmen,
feelin' their notches.

For decent church-goin' women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for "Kill a Queer for
Christ" stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody's allowed to mind the
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories-- all right let's see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.

Zooomabooma said...

Amazing how it's still the best country on Earth yet there's been so much that's been so fucked up about it... and so much that still is.

I guess I'm glad I don't really celebrate the holiday anymore.

Besides, the things we're thankful for, shouldn't we ALWAYS give thanks for them? I guess that one day is needed for the people who are too busy to be thankful the other 364 days of the year.

Germ said...

Hey, survival of the fittest. It happens. It was nice to get some AWESOME home cooked food instead of the normal crap I eat.

Doctor Science said...

not that you wanted to know, but ...

One widely-held belief is that heavy consumption of turkey meat (as for example in a Thanksgiving feast) results in drowsiness, which has been attributed to high levels of tryptophan contained in turkey.

While turkey does contain high levels of tryptophan, the amount is comparable to that contained in most other meats.

Furthermore, postprandial Thanksgiving sedation may have more to do with what is consumed along with the turkey, in particular carbohydrates (not to mention alcohol), rather than the turkey itself.