Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

DCCC Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet; Arm Yourself With The Facts Before It’s Too Late

Just in case your Republican friends or relatives at Thanksgiving try to repeat anything they’ve heard from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or by reading Sarah Palin’s Facebook page, we wanted to help you respond with the truth.

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You can download this years edition of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet for yourself (or email it to a friend) to have on hand when the Thanksgiving dinner conversation inexplicably turns from footbal to politics.

Arm yourself with the facts before it’s too late.

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The Definitive History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon

Posted From The White House Blog

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Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm, doing whatever it is turkeys love to do. Twenty-two turkeys have been pardoned, and today, President Obama will pardon one more.

You’re probably wondering: Where did this very serious business of the Presidential turkey pardon come from anyway?

Americans have been sending the President turkeys for the holidays since at least the 19th century. Beginning in 1873 during Grant’s presidency, a Rhode Island man named Horace Vose was responsible for “selecting with the utmost care” the “noblest gobbler in all that little state” for the President’s Thanksgiving dinner, a tradition he carried out for more than 25 years according to The New York Times. In 1947, the National Turkey Federation took on the role of official turkey supplier to the President, delivering a 47-pound bird in time for the Christmas holiday.

That year, the White House also began holding a turkey receiving ceremony, usually in the Rose Garden, providing a photo op that many confuse with the beginning of the pardoning tradition. Back then, however, birds were more likely to be destined for the White House dining table than the easy life on a farm. In 1948, President Truman said he would take the gifted turkey home to Independence, Missouri, where his 25 relatives “require a lot.”

So then when did the pardoning start? Here’s where it gets tricky. Tales of spared turkeys date back to the Lincoln days. According to one story, Lincoln’s son Tad begged his father to write out a presidential pardon for the bird meant for the family’s Christmas table, arguing it had as much a right to live as anyone. Lincoln acquiesced and the turkey lived.

In 1963, President Kennedy decided to send that year’s gift from the National Turkey Federation back to the farm where it came from. “We’ll just let this one grow,” he said. Sometime around the Nixon administration, the President began sending the turkey to a petting farm near Washington after holding the traditional receiving ceremony and photo op, although no formal pardon was given.

President George H.W. Bush was the first to actually offer a turkey pardon. On November 14, 1989, he announced that year’s bird had “been granted a presidential pardon as of right now.” He sent the turkey on his way to the perhaps unfortunately named Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Virginia, and with that, a tradition was born.

Since taking office, President Obama has pardoned two turkeys, although in 2009, he admitted Courage, that year’s top turkey, came dangerously close to gracing the White House table. “Thanks to the intervention of Malia and Sasha – because I was ready to eat this sucker – Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate.”

“I’m told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys,” Obama said. “You can’t fault them for that; that’s a good-looking bird.”

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Thanksgiving & Holiday Safety tips

UL offers Thanksgiving safety tips

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Northbrook, IL-based Underwriters Laboratories is reminding families to keep safety on the menu. 

To help prevent Thanksgiving fires and injuries, UL recommends:

  • Do not overload the stovetop with too many pots and pans, and keep the area free of clutter.
  • Never hold a child while cooking. If possible, keep children out of the kitchen while cooking.
  • Never put a glass casserole dish on the stove or over a burner, as it could cause the container to explode.
  • Consider avoiding the use of turkey fryers because they pose a number of safety hazards.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Remove lids from pots and pans by tilting them away from you to avoid hot steam.
  • Ensure shirt sleeves are short, fitted or tightly rolled when cooking.
  • If a small fire starts in a pan, grab a flame-resistant potholder and smother the fire with a lid. Do not remove the lid until the pan has cooled.
  • Remain in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave the room briefly, carry an oven mitt with you to remind you that food is cooking.

 

Holidays call for ladder safety reminders for workers

The risk of ladder falls can increase during the holiday season when workers are charged with hanging and removing holiday decorations, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries cautioned this week.

Washington L&I reminds workers of the following ladder safety tips:

  • Carefully inspect the ladder for defects, cracks and corrosion before use. Tag and remove from service any ladders deemed unsafe.
  • Make sure the ladder's feet have slip-resistant pads.
  • Use a fiberglass ladder around electricity.
  • When setting up a ladder, look for a location with firm, level footing and a rigid support for the top of the ladder.
  • Always use three-point contact when climbing a ladder. Either both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand should be in contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Never carry a load that could cause you to lose your balance.
  • Never stand on the top of a ladder.
  • Do not pull, stretch or make sudden movements that could cause a ladder to tip.
  • Avoid placing ladders near doorways, pedestrian walkways or vehicular traffic.

 

 

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