Shopping cart is empty.


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


The Power of I CAN | Pool Hall Junkies | The ALL Backs My Individual Expression

Permalink - Ed West - Thursday, February 04, 2010

Newest Updates:

Newest Updates by Month:

    Search by Tag:

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