Soon we’ll be loading the kids into the car to take them over the river and through the woods to their grandmother (and grandfather’s) house for our annual tradition of eating turkey and watching the Lions get their ass kicked (though we do have a pretty tough rookie quarterback).

Hopefully all of you are spending time with family and giving thanks for what we have. On this blog I may tend to spend a lot of time pointing out what’s wrong in the world, but Thanksgiving is a time to observe and appreciate what’s right with it. But to have the ability to publicly point out what’s wrong requires the freedom to do so, and because of that those serving in our military share a spot at the top of the list of things I’m thankful for on this day.

And of course I’m thankful for those who read and comment here — even Nick (no, I’m not drunk yet). We’re slowly catching on and gaining readers all the time. I’d still write if there were no readers, but it sure wouldn’t be as interesting without some of the insightful input we get.

I’m also thankful that there’s a marathon of “Home Alone” on FX today in case any of the football games get too boring.

And lastly, I’m thankful that nothing like the scene below from the Thanksgiving classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles has ever happened to me.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Update: Michelle Malkin posted George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, and it’s well worth a read.

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