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November 22, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

HAPPY THANKSGIVING....Blogging will be light for the rest of the weekend as I focus my tryptophan-impaired intellect on turkey and football instead of politics. It's USC vs. Arizona State tonight for (almost) all the marbles! In the meantime, thanks to everyone who's read this blog over the past year. Enjoy your weekend. Inkblot and Domino are certainly planning to.

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Posted by: charlie don't surf on November 22, 2007 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, Kevin, a good friend's son plays for ASU. I'll be on the opposing side of that fight. Go Sun Devils!

Posted by: scruncher on November 22, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, thanks for a dependably interesting/inspiring/amusing/ alarming/stimulating/nourishing/confounding/absorbing read every day (not necessarily all the above each day, but at least two or three thereof). Happy turkey and football to you and Marian, and of course to Domino and Inkblot as well.

Posted by: Swift Loris on November 22, 2007 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

A Happy Thanksgiving weekend to the Drum household as well! The Tate's are very thankful for all your exemplary work on WM, and, of course, for catblogging. Love the beautiful dreamers.

Posted by: PTate in MN on November 22, 2007 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Great pictures of your two dreaming about turkey. My two - littermates, 11 years old - are curled up next to each other, on their "red blanket", sleeping away and probably dreaming of turkey, too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Posted by: phoebes on November 22, 2007 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks Kevin for all your work. “My” Buckeyes await whoever limps out of the PAC 10 (damn those Illinini).

My two girls, 1 ½ yr old sisters, have been playing commando kitties since 5 AM. Almost nonstop chasing, wrestling and kitty soccer. Unlike Domino and the Inkster, they are really rev-ed. And they don’t even like human food, though they seem to like watching sports on HDTV.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.

Posted by: Keith G on November 22, 2007 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Illinini? Too many Pilsners - jeeesh.

Posted by: Keith G on November 22, 2007 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

scruncher: "Sorry, Kevin, a good friend's son plays for ASU. I'll be on the opposing side of that fight. Go Sun Devils!"

And while you're both watching that game, with all its Rose Bowl implications, remember this: Hawaii kicked Arizona State's ass at the end of last season, while USC purposely ducked a home date with the Warriors this year in order to play the vaunted Idaho Vandals.

But don't feel so bad, Kevin. After watching Hawaii's high-octane offense bury the Sun Devils in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr also wanted no part of that, and prevailed upon his AD last March to cancel the Wolverines' home opener with the Warriors.

Instead, Michigan scheduled a much more palatable Div. I-AA appetizer: Appalachian State.

(And that nifty little move sure worked out well for Mr. Carr & Co., didn't it?)

Add to that the fact that Michigan State also used a little-known $500,000 buyout clause in its game contrat with Hawaii to also cancel its own season-ending contest with UH, and you can understand why we ended up with Northern Colorado and Charleston Southern on our calendar this season.

Therefore, I hope people will keep that background in mind the next two days, prior to Hawaii's own nationally televised showdown with No. 16 Boise State tomorrow night, as they listen to the TV football pundits on ESPN / ABC and CBS continue to criticize the No. 14 Warriors' "soft" schedule as a primary rationale for denying them a coveted BCS berth, should Hawaii somehow manage to finish undefeated.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 22, 2007 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Go Illini!

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on November 22, 2007 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Go Illini(ni)!

Posted by: Lux on November 22, 2007 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Donald: We'll be watching! Hawaii is my wife's favorite team.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 22, 2007 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Spare a thought for the turkeys, intelligent and sensitive beings who are as worthy of our compassion as cats and dogs.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 22, 2007 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK


Posted by: mestizo on November 22, 2007 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

I bought Boston Market heatnserve turkey dinner, put it in the frig with paper plates and reheating instructions on the table.

Is that enough?

Posted by: Matt on November 22, 2007 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I hope everyone (yes, even Bush et al) had a decent Thanksgiving day, especially the poor (well, many really are) "Indians" who helped European intruders centuries ago and found little long-term gratitude in return.

Speaking of tryptophan: wasn't it idiotic to ban the stuff as a whole, just because some batches were defective/contaminated? Really, progressives should be as critical of dopey regulatory excesses as any honest conservative.

Posted by: Neil B. on November 22, 2007 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

This is one game where I will be rooting for USC because Dennis Erickson coaches his players to be thugs. He is one of my least favorite coaches. I hope Hawaii gets a good bowl game for more people to see them. I like that team, too.

Ah, Thanksgiving catblogging. How nice.

Posted by: Mazurka on November 22, 2007 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Well, so far, it isn't much of a defensive battle.

Posted by: Maz on November 22, 2007 at 9:30 PM | PERMALINK

Happy thanksgiving.

Root for the various football teams, I'm personally rooting for the cats. Thanksgiving shall always be a day of largesse among humans and cunning thievery among felines. Best of luck to turkey leftover-snatching felines across the globe.

Posted by: Aaron on November 22, 2007 at 11:33 PM | PERMALINK

Is it the triptophan or just typical cat-ness?

Posted by: ET on November 23, 2007 at 8:09 AM | PERMALINK

To Donald from Hawaii:

I absolutely think Hawaii doesn't get the respect it deserves.

Posted by: scruncher on November 23, 2007 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

mufflmmmmflmsmffffmmmmm! [translated means: Happy Thanksgiving all! with a mouth-full of left-over cold turkey stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich]

I am currently adorning battle armour and strapping on check book to venture to Wal-Mart on Black Friday. If no one hears from me again, it means I was crushed in the crowds and would someone please feed the cats.

Veteran of the Cabbage Patch Wars....

Happy T-Day to the [Turkey] Drum family. Thanks for a year full of political good eats.

Posted by: Zit on November 23, 2007 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Kevin. Thanks for providing a free forum for voices like mine that might not have one otherwise.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on November 23, 2007 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

There is something so relaxing about watching a sleeping cat. I am catless due to an allergic spouse, and so have the "Sleeping Cats" calendar to ponder when stressed, as well as grabbing some lap time when I can at the local book store. This pair will do in the meantime; I can sense my blood pressure lowering already.

Posted by: steverino on November 23, 2007 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Goodness. It looks as if Inkblot has already had turkey, and deeply under the influence of the tryptophan. Wonder if Domino got any; looks like it.

Just think how much fun Inkblot and Domino could have had with a live turkey!

Posted by: James on November 23, 2007 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

Well, if anyone is still here: are there any survey results, if liberals like cats more and conservatives like dogs more? Somehow, that conforms to a stereotype; just consider the psychology of the two and the two.

Posted by: !!! on November 24, 2007 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot has a great smile on the fase. Happy Turky day all!

Posted by: DaveA on November 25, 2007 at 3:04 AM | PERMALINK

But speaking of football, on the planet *I* woke up on today, Missouri and Kansas had played the game to decide who might get a chance to take home all of the marbles, and Missouri had won. Now, that was probably among the least likely scenarios going into the season, but I guess that's why they play the games.

Posted by: Jonathan King on November 25, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK



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