Happy Thanksgiving and Open Thread

It's a Thanksgiving tradition we never miss here at Casa TalkLeft. Radio stations around the country today will play the 18 minute version of Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant, recorded in 1967.

Should you miss it on your local radio station and yearn for the original version, you can listen to the You Tube version above.

Why listen to Arlo's 18 minute version of Alice's Restaurant? Because it's like our liberal national anthem, that only comes around once day a year, so you don't want to miss it as it's coming around.

If you're wondering where Alice is, she's here. Does anyone besides me still have a hardcover edition of her 1969 Alice's Restaurant cookbook in their kitchen? (Photo here.) It's filled with tasty recipes and very easy instructions.

After relaxing and laughing with Arlo, you'll be ready for the chaos of Thanksgiving dinner. [More...]

TalkLeft wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We are especially grateful to those of you who carve time out of your busy days and nights to read what we have to say and add your thoughts in comments.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome, including what you are making or ate for Thanksgiving dinner.

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    And we are thankful (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 07:42:26 AM EST
    For those who provide the forum.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    My friend, who lives down here now, (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:56:58 AM EST
    grew up in Stockbridge and was arrested by officer Obie a few times during his high school days.  Nothing serious, one way street violations and minor stuff, so he says.  He said the original Alice's Restaurant is very tiny in size.  Since it became so popular Alice opened a much larger one near the Tanglewood casino, but it's not doing very well.  He called to remind me to listen to it as I was listening to it.  Well, it's back to the Tzatziki making, and yes I'm thinking of you zorba.  Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

    Tonight PBS is airing "Alice's (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by caseyOR on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:37:53 PM EST
    Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert". Here in the central time zone it starts at 7 pm.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all at TL. This site remains my main hangout on the intertoobz, my digital homeplace. I am grateful it exists. Thank you, Jeralyn, so very much.

    Sadly (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:39:22 PM EST
    My PBS has Yanni and the BeeGees tonight

    Thanks I knew I could count on you to post this! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:07:59 AM EST

    What I really wish (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:11:38 PM EST
    is that I had a recording of the 30+ minute version of "Alice's Restaurant" that I heard Arlo perform live in the basement of some Greenwich Village club in 1967. I was 18 or a bit less, and Arlo was not much older. There were two alternate versions, too, each of which could have been 40 minutes (when performed stoned):  "Alice Around the World" and "Alice and the Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach: A Real Spy-Tingler," IIRC. Never seen or heard a recording of either of those, either.

    Don't you know you can't go home again? (none / 0) (#9)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:21:10 PM EST
    - Ella Winter, quoted by Thomas Wolfe.

    Happy Thanksgiving, folks!


    Said the guy using the moniker (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:50:31 PM EST
    "Mr. Natural." Ironic. Anyway, Keep on Truckin', my friend.

    Sure to raise the blood pressure (none / 0) (#3)
    by CoralGables on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 10:34:58 AM EST
    of the GOP this Thanksgiving, the President added a signing statement to the Defense Appropriations Bill yesterday effectively saying Congress cannot prevent the closing of Gitmo.

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday that authorizes military spending and sets policies for next year, but issued a statement designed to give him leeway to circumvent provisions blocking his plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Nice holiday gift for the GOP (none / 0) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:56:47 PM EST
    I like it. Hope he comes up with an equally good gift for them during the December holiday season as well.

    Sad but true. Remember our reaction (none / 0) (#10)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:22:48 PM EST
    to Dubya's signing edicts?

    Cool new presidential superpowers never, ever go away.


    Yes, I didn't like them (none / 0) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:46:53 PM EST
    I don't much care for the idea even now but since, as you say, they will never go away, Obama may as well use them for something like this.

    I have a copy of Alice's cookbook... (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 12:16:37 PM EST
    somewhere in the house, just not sure where.  It's probably in the basement with the Whole Earth Catalogues and those old Richard Brautigan novels.

    "A Highly Evolved Toolbox," in Soft-Tech (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 03:00:39 PM EST
    A Whole Earth book, still guides or mirrors my feelings about tools, thirty or forty years after I found it, way back when.  It was my first brush with alt.everything.  The book was a revelation.  Lamborghini tractors, solar water heating in the 1890s - who knew?

    The author's tookbox resurfaced in Taunton's first books on workshops.  Brand (I think it was Brand) evolved a large panel truck into a workshop and drove it from one cooperative venture to the next.  It sounded so freakin' cool.  That image of California burned itself into my brain.  Can-do and cooperating, in every sense of the words.

    Anyway, Repack, if you're reading this, that's what I saw in your book, Fat Tire Flyer.  People making something into More.  That matters.

    This stuff goes on everywhere, but California offers a better climate to do it in.


    I barely remember his novels but the poetry titles (none / 0) (#11)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:25:04 PM EST
    some of them, anyway, are burned into my brain.

    "The pill vs the Springhill mine disaster"


    I think his most popular one... (none / 0) (#13)
    by desertswine on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:41:45 PM EST
    was "Trout Fishing in America," which was actually carried by some sport shops (by mistake, I guess).  

    Trump charging ahead . . . (none / 0) (#16)
    by zaitztheunconvicted on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 02:51:05 PM EST
    I see that my new non-favorite has been workin on winning over the disabled-people vote . . .

    re muslim celebrations (none / 0) (#18)
    by zaitztheunconvicted on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 03:48:54 PM EST
    does anyone know much if some usa muslims were celebrating on 9/11?

    we know for sure that muslims in palestine celebrated
    and we know for sure that Trump believes in hyperbole.

    However, it seems that there are some other people who are also claiming that they saw american muslims celebrating on that day . . .  Does anyone know more or do I have to go searching on the Net to find the truth from a somewhat credible source?

    Why (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by lentinel on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 04:51:09 PM EST
    is this topic of interest to you?

    I like (none / 0) (#22)
    by zaitztheunconvicted on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 06:01:46 PM EST
    I like to find things out . . .

    I also do not believe in mistreating people . . .

    there is a fellow who is one of the clerks at the local gas station . . . we chatted; he is from Iran . . .  So I slowly get to practice hoda baraket or however one might write it, which is God bless you, in Farsi  . . .


    oh (none / 0) (#23)
    by zaitztheunconvicted on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 06:13:11 PM EST
    On one hand, Trump believes in lying, distortion, exaggeration and insults . . . he has stated publicly that hyperbole is ok and useful at times . . .

    Trump is probably talking about the videoclip shown of Palestinians who were celebrating and shown on most networks . . .

    the fact remains that there are or seem to be some US residents who are claiming to have witnessed celebrations firsthand . . .


    White shooters at BLM protest arrested, ID'd (none / 0) (#19)
    by shoephone on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 04:06:50 PM EST
    A sampling:

    The day after the shooting, Mr. Scarsella posted a Confederate banner known as the Bonnie Blue Flag at the top of his Facebook page. A video posted on YouTube showed a SWAT team arresting him at his house in a Minneapolis suburb later in the day.

    The racial tension at the protests began to grow after a video was posted online last week showing two light-skinned men saying they planned to go to the protest to "make the fire rise."

    In the video, which was posted on a Black Lives Matter Facebook page to alert members, two young men in masks and military fatigues were driving in a car. The driver identified himself as SaigaMarine, and his passenger as BlackPowerRanger.

    "We're locked and loaded," SaigaMarine told the camera as he brandished a pistol. Referring to protesters using a racial slur, he said the pair planned to visit the protest to "do a little bit of reverse cultural enriching."

    Happy Thanksgiving fellas. May it be the first of many you spend in prison.

    Where is Arlo now? (none / 0) (#21)
    by oculus on Thu Nov 26, 2015 at 05:27:06 PM EST
    Nov. 28 at 8 pm @ Carnegie Hall. Tickets available on line.