Shopping cart is empty.


Happy Conscience and Turkey Day

Permalink - Ed West - Wednesday, November 23, 2011


HAPPY THANKSGIVING - Here is a piece I wrote about the Turkey - enjoy

Honoring the Turkey on Thanksgiving

(Written by Eric Carver in November 2007 for a Thanksgiving dinner in Israel.  My mother Marcia liked it so much she had me read it for a party of 50.  It was a huge hit over there, and even larger back home in Los Angeles.  Enjoy!)

In 1782, 6 years after America issued the Declaration of Independence to England, the Bald Eagle was chosen for the official emblem of the United States.  One of the most influential founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin (who appears on the $100 bill), was outraged by the decision and openly protested the move before congress.  He recommended the Turkey for the official Emblem.  In a letter to his daughter he explains why:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

"With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country . . .

"I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

While beautiful in appearance, the Bald Eagle is somewhat of a coward in action.  The Turkey by contrast is a dynamic creature that embodies more of the Spirit of America.  It will ferociously defend its territory from all aggressors no matter the size.  It can run at speeds of 40 Kilometers per hour (faster than an Olympic sprinter), and fly at speeds of 70 Kilometers per hour.  In fact, the Wild Turkey has been clocked at almost 88 Kilometers per hour in flight, ranking it among the fastest birds on earth.  The male Turkey’s feathers can change to the colors of the American Flag (Red, White and Blue) and he is indigenous to North America.  The Wild Turkey is also regarded as one of the smartest birds alive.

Over the years the great qualities of the Turkey have weaved their way through the English language.  When it is time to have a direct and honest conversation with someone you would say: “Let’s Talk Turkey.” When you quit a bad habit (like smoking) once and for all you are “Quitting Cold Turkey.” A colorful and outgoing person in the disco era was also called a “Jive Turkey.”

I feel that Benjamin Franklin saw in the Turkey these qualities of Courage, Strength, and Freedom which he did not see in the Bald Eagle. He wanted these qualities for his new nation and for its people. He wanted the Turkey to represent America to all other Nations as it took the first steps towards freedom after declaring its independence. 

This is a short summary of a small event that became very famous. The fact that one moment because so legendary only shows the true power of the idea. While the Bald Eagle is still the official bird of America the Turkey is the official bird of Conscience and Freedom. As you eat Marcia’s beautifully prepared Turkey tonight, enjoy it with the knowing that you are taking in these great qualities. By acknowledging these truths, we can all Honor the Turkey together here and now on Thanksgiving!

Eric Carver, 11/23/07



Permalink - Ed West - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Newest Updates:

Newest Updates by Month:

    Search by Tag:

    Sphinx Remo Williams Alienware Bolt Sperm Egg One Round at a Time Cus Damato Welcome Question Killing is my Business Whoopi Goldberg 1 Round Question All The Question Octopus fresh fruitt Earth Space Endeavour all Michael Keaton Africa Billy Preston Captian America Shirt happy sperm welcome clothing hollywood Boxing T-Shirt Ira and Barry Veggie Hut Mystery Downtown Los Angeles Syreeta Wright fall 2009 Marvel Shirt Skylight Flyer Than the Rest of Em Thunder High Jump I Can Man jamie foxx beat it melrose Radiant Energy Working Wonder Work custom t-shirts mickey mouse Up North Take the Junp American Alec Baldwin Barak Obama T-Shirt Spirit in Church kung fu christmas Luvving is my Business Round freshnes Japan and America Milk American Tee Shirt The Freshnes Suspenders Oregon Green and Yellow legion of extraordinary dancers Ducks Spin Free Energy beat it Adventure Matched break dancing City Slickers Womens Training Shirt Medical Electronic Systems hungry valley Curley World of Welcome Quit Venum Shirt: Spider Man Shirt Symbol of I CAN Wardenclyffe The Challenge Rail Splitter Welcome Sphinx Ugly Duckling Salt Israel Lorax 19.19 DC king kong Sharkman Welcome Easter Magic Damon Wayans sperm Welcome Clothing Customs Rocky Balboa hoopmasters Yes We Can change Pool Haul Junkies California Beauty turkey on a pyramid Best Drive in California tupac shakur Re-Open View of LA Fear White Fang Can't be Touched Heavy D, Nuttin but Luvv Egypt Decades of Conscience Great Movies inauguration day 2009 Welcome Alien Raise 20 years American Flag Color Wheel Barak Obama Illusion Bites the Dust Buddhist Palm Beyond Creation Taking the Lead Work Tee Shirt 7-Eleven NASA Swimming with Sharks LDX Flight Friend egg hoop masters Lebron X iD Oregon Ducks Slurpee Elephant Print Suspenders city shirts Al Swearengen Custom Tee Shirts for Jamie Foxx the speach happy new year Emanuel Steward Eye of the Tiger UFO Greates of All Time Unleash the Dragon Alien Ears new year Mickey Mouse Shirt Olympics Mariah Carey Junk Food Happy Easter 2012 LA Marathon Alien Welcome Clothing Sparing Los Angeles to Antioch Take the Jump Question Mark Ramsey Jack Lemon pool hall junkies LXD Assaf Black Bomb Magic Pool Shot 7-11 Last Round Ears on Alien Great White Shark Scoop of Chocholate Scoop of Vanilla Heavy D Thanksgiving Welcome Clothing Store cute sperm Korea Ducks Air Jordan Mike Tyson Turkey Bugsy Malone Tesla Coil 4th of July Crop Circle Still Flyer Than the Rest of Em High Jump World Record United States Sales Football Sharks Work Out Shirt Jazz michael jackson Takis phantom Tyson Corp Circles Al The Badass Tee Shirt progress video Kobe Bryant Cows Grand Opening Escape Barocky luvv California: Sacramento Pink 9.58 Color Ways India welcome clothing shop Welcome Store joy trust hope Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Red Bull Mickey Ears Welcome Clothing Favorites Lunar TR1+ Staples Giza South Africa Sound Barrier RJJ Dear Mama California Luvv Truth Nuttin But Luvv Stud Oregon Ducks Space Flight Gung Ho Banjo Hollywood Hills Wolf Manny Kingdom of Hearts Shirt Magical Journey custom clothing Iron Mike Chris Pritchard Tour Yellow trick shot Fighting Tee Welcome Clothing Project X-1 I can Barack at His Finest stephen chow Retro 4s Yellow Puma Fighter Black Hole Michael Rutzen Nikola Tesla Bugsy Malone - So You Wanna Be A Boxer Usain Bolt T-Shirt Conscience Airplanes Federal Reserve Boxing Speed Thrills Javiar Sotomayor Speak your Heart May the Force be with you every day is christmas when you are in luvv Lighting World Record Disney Day Michael Jackson T-Shirt Champions Handbook Reindeer BET Awards disneyland Open for Business spirit Deadwood Diving Marathon king Speed of Sound Guts Fire Red Protect Yourself At All Times New Money Fighting T-Shirt Magic Drops: Radio Frequency walt disney Space Ship hollywood luvv wear Youtube Barack Obama Nike KD V Elite Oregon Ducks happy Wale Drippin in Excellence penny fun sperm custom tshirts Shop by Color Sinanju Bacacky Kaiser abe lincoln PE Right Stuff Walking on Air Nike Trainer Los Angeles from the Air Yoda Welcome Salt The Orbiter Welcome Clothing Custom MJ Shirt Radio Frequency Cur D'amato White hoop hound fall collection star wars Beautiful: Lollipop Bling Spintop American Pride Inky Trainer Hot Cheetos and Takis Shirt and Shoes Should Match Los Angeles Welcome Birth Easter pyramid city world White Rabbit boxer The Man Who Came to Dinner kung fu hustle fighting Rising Up You'll Be In My Heart Los Angeles Marathon Incoming Best Of Ganesha Lightning Chuin Mike Tyson T-Shirt 2pac Boxing: Protect Yourself Washington DC Genesha Syreeta Tiger Woods so you want to be a boxer Major Payne principle Manny Steward Chuck Yeager Rolls Royce Phantom Fear is a Friend UK Orbiter usain bolt world robot Super Hero Shirt darth vador Matchup Spirit in the Church My Companions Easter Eggs Light inaguration ball Born Again Milk Miracle Excellence Tesla Beautiful Music Video Wireless Energy New Zesland david milch Javier Sotomayor abraham lincoln Adventure! Jamie Foxx bugsy Protection Grapevine city t-shirts i CAN Bull Ed Harris Sphinks Cliff Diving Glengary Glen Ross Live and Die in LA popping custom shirts USA myspace US Pride Coffee Lakers BET Music Awards Welcome Back Tiger With You I'm Born Again Beauty Boxing Shirt Wisdom Hot Steppa Sister Act Space Shuttle Jimmy Durante Roy Jones 15,000 Cars Welcome Egg in Real Eggs Seven Eleven Amer-I-Can Pyramids Patterns Bull word record Nike Boots Hot Cheetos Magic Drops Aliens Final Scene of Patters Super Star MES Welcome Work Free Running Salt The Freshnes Bovine