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Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey – An American Tradition

The President of the United States has the power to pardon people found guilty of crimes – to forgive the crimes, and free them from punishment. But once a year, the President issues a different kind of pardon. It goes to a U.S. resident who has committed no crimes but was meant to die – a turkey.

Every year, before Thanksgiving, one or two live turkeys are given to the White House. (In recent years, there have always been two.) At a ceremony in the Rose Garden, the President announces that these turkeys will never be killed and eaten. Then they’re sent to a farm or a park, or somewhere else they can live out their lives.

This has become an American tradition, though not a very serious one. It’s not about the ethics of eating meat. It’s done mostly to help people take their minds off their problems and relax for Thanksgiving.

The turkeys are chosen from a commercial farm. They’re usually given to the President as a gift from groups that help poultry farmers.

No one seems to know how this tradition started. Some say Abraham Lincoln’s son raised a turkey, then didn’t want to kill it – so his father pardoned it. Some say President Harry S Truman was the first to pardon a turkey – but the Truman Library, where his papers are stored, says there’s no record of this. Dwight D. Eisenhower was given live turkeys when he was President, and for the first few years, they were used for his Thanksgiving dinner. But starting in 1957, the kitchen staff used frozen turkeys instead. (Maybe they just got tired of preparing live turkeys.) Still, a live turkey was taken to the White House each November, and the President, or his stand-in, posed for a picture with it.

President John F. Kennedy was given a live turkey in November 1963, shortly before he was killed. He said, “Let’s just keep him.” (Note: One source at the White House says this happened in 1961. However, the White House site also has a photo of the event, with a caption saying in happened in 1963.)

Now that the pardon is an annual event, the White House asks Americans to get involved. Each year, people can help choose the names of the two turkeys in an online poll. Some of the names have been: Liberty, Freedom, Biscuits, Gravy, Flyer, and Fryer.

Jane Wangersky is an ESL teacher and the author of Thanksgiving for Beginners. To get her free eBooklet, 50 Questions and Answers About Thanksgiving, visit http://www.thanksgivingforbeginners.com – her site, Thanksgiving Tips for ESL Learners.

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Question by ggirlgail89: Who wants to start a dont free Paris Hilton petition?
It has come to my attention today that Paris and a friend started a petition that they want Governor Arnold to pardon her. They are trying to get people to sign it. I think it is a bunch of crap and she needs to serve her time just like any other American with less money and parents that don’t bail them out would. Drinking and driving is a serious offense and she needs to understand just how serious it is. SEND PARIS TO JAIL. Say it loud and proud here!
Thanks to the people who gave me the site to sign the circulating petition. I didn’t realize they had one. Doesn’t matter though, I am angry and a lot of people are and I want them to vent it right here. Don’t free Paris, dont free Paris, burn her at the stake, wait that is going too far, just kidding about the last part.
goldrae9 has the site below. Go and sign it!!
Steddy you are absolutely right. I am studying Criminal Justice and as they say “Ignorance of the law is not an excuse!”
I pretty much gave everyone a thumbs up except one little hater who got a downer.

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Sanjay Gaidhane reaches the hospital along with Anvita to see Shalini. The Patkars come to know that Sanjay has paid Rupees 2 Lakh for Salini’s operation but get irritated on seeing Anvita. Mayuresh objects but Sakshi decides to forgive Anvita. Salini is out of danger. Sanjay repays Shreyas’ pending loan and gets Vaidehi’s resignation approved in order to stop money inflow in the form of Vaidehi’s salary. Anvita begs for pardon to Mayuresh. Sanjay alias Mandar is caught in the act by Sakshi.
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Rockabilly Music Has A Tradition Of Silly Themes Presented In No-Nonsense Rockin’ Style

Article by Amitosh Kumar

One of the more strange aspects of rockabilly is to facilitate often period the themes of rockabilly songs tended to be somewhat juvenile. Hip reality, you can almost say to facilitate at hand was an art to taking a goofy theme to facilitate might otherwise condemn a song to the grouping of “novelty song” and making a legitimate rocker absent of it. It was almost as if the songwriter was daring the listener to dismiss the song as juvenile. But the song was so energetic and sincere to facilitate these songs can not be shrugged rotten quite so by far. Here are a only some goofy examples to facilitate illustrate I beg your pardon? I mean.

“Hound Dog”: Clearly individual of the largely famous rockabilly songs of all, Elvis curved these goofy lyrics into a rippin’ rocker to facilitate completely defied a person to laugh. Hip reality, Elvis often went so far as to focus his live performances of this tweak into comedy routines. Check absent an old tape of him performing this song on the Milton Berle demonstrate to think about it I beg your pardon? I mean. But the song is a breathless rocker to facilitate agency come to matter from Elvis’ growling lyrics to Scotty Moore’s manic lead-guitar solos.

“Blue Suede Shoes”: Carl Perkins made a sort of liking of literature songs with somewhat goofy lyrics and this song–Carl’s biggest hit–was as goofy as some other. It’s a song on the order of a guy so obsessed with his shoes to facilitate he gives authorization in lieu of you to “do everything to facilitate you wanna do” as long as you don’t step on his precious blue suedes. Meanwhile, the melody, song, and instrumentation are all matter. This was the principal song to flutter to the top of all of the pop, realm, and R&B charts and it really illustrates the genius to facilitate was Carl Perkins and his capacity to join these opposing styles into the spanking song called rock and roll.

“Bi-I-Bicky-Bi, Bo, Bo Go”: The batty title of this tweak says it all! It leaves rejection doubt to facilitate Gene Vincent was so poised in his capacity to rock the fans to facilitate he can call a song whatever he wanted to, even if the title made rejection sensation whatever. The song is frantic and super excessive energy and is a extreme pattern of a rockabilly song to facilitate completely lets go off and tears the dynasty down.

“Duck Tail”: A down-right juvenile song with expressive content in the same vein as “Blue Suede Shoes” (which makes a small part outer shell in the lyrics of this tune), individual this instance the guy’s concerned to facilitate you might confusion up his facial hair in its place of his shoes. There are a fasten of really extreme versions of this song to facilitate appeared in the 50s. Joe Clay had a extreme version, but the ultimate version is probably to facilitate by Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell. Either way it’s a batty song lyrically, but pleasingly it’s a fantastic rocker!

“Hop, Skip, and Jump”: The Collins Kids were plainly very soon kids after they in progress cranking absent extreme rockabilly. Insufficiently Larry was already a monster guitarist by age 10 and Lorrie was a beautiful babies female with a fabulous voice. Because they were so babies, they were primarily positioned to sing songs oriented towards kids (which explains why this and about of their other songs were kind of silly), but they rocked them so intensely to facilitate they appealed to the adult crowd too. This is a juvenile, but cool song!

“Flying Saucers move up and down and Roll”: Billy Lee Riley and His insufficiently Green Men recorded individual of the largely memorable silly-themed rockers of all with this far-out tale of visitors from Mars upcoming down to rock the earth. The opening guitar riff lets you know reasonable away to facilitate this is serious rock and roll despite the kooky lyrics.

Being you can think about it, rockabilly had its share of batty lyrics! I can’t explain it; it’s very soon the way it is. Lots of other songs bear very soon as campy themes as these examples and yet nothing of these is considered a novelty song. They very soon rock too testing not to be taken dangerously! Maybe individual of the appearance from “Flying Saucers move up and down and Roll” sums it up most excellent after it says, “I couldn’t understand a machine they believed but to facilitate crazy beat it very soon stopped me empty!”

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