11:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the pièce de résistance in feast that includes, in my family’s case: smoked turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various other basics. For desert there will be pies: pecan, apple, pumpkin, shoo fly, and coconut cream. All manner of good things. But the fried turkey is the star of this show.
It is hard to beat deep fried turkey for pure excess and political incorrectness (food division). And there is the element of risk. How could you not love a main course that both the nutritionists and safety police find objectionable? It is a dish that inspires warnings labels for both coronary and fire hazards. If you indulge, the implied question is: will you perish of a stroke or be scalded to death in boiling lard?
Anecdotal evidence has turkey fryers selling briskly this season. People who purchase this item might also want to order a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
The inspiration for frying turkeys comes from the same culture that gave the world the turducken and if Cajun cuisine is about anything at all, it is excess. Which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving.
Some manufacturers have tried to take the fun out of things by developing devices that can safely fry a turkey. Fair enough. But the righteous method still calls for open flame a few inches from several quarts of hot grease. And as Fox News reports:
Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Here, hold my beer and watch this.
If you choose to fry, then fry prudently. If such a thing is possible.
Enjoy and survive this special day. And don’t forget to discuss Obamacare as you are gathered around the groaning table.
Forget chess, Turkey is failing at geopolitical checkers. Nov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08 • By LEE SMITH
A recent spate of newspaper articles suggests a concerted media campaign targeting Turkey’s foreign intelligence service, the MIT, its director, Hakan Fidan, and almost surely his boss as well, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a piece published by the Wall Street Journal and another by the Washington Times, Fidan is said to be supporting al Qaeda affiliates in Syria fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
This time, it’s personal. They dislike the prime minister. Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By LEE SMITH
Two weeks of protests across Turkey that have left four dead and more than 5,000 injured have observers wondering whether Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing an Anatolian Spring. Is Turkey’s Islamic ruler weathering a crisis similar to the revolutionary climate that sent Arab protesters into the streets two years ago, pitted populations against each other, and in several notable cases toppled dictators?
7:12 AM, Jun 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:40 AM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The AP reports:
Turkey's military says it has returned fire after shots were fired at an armored personnel carrier from across the border with Syria.
9:26 AM, Apr 22, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
During President Obama’s trip to Israel last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize for the “operational mistakes” that in May 2010 led to the deaths of nine Turks who attacked Israeli commandoes after they boarded the Turkish-sponsored Mavi Marmara to prevent it from violating the maritime blockade of Gaza.
1:40 PM, Jan 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Armenian-American leaders and human rights advocates have expressed deep reservations about the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the defense department.
7:21 AM, Dec 14, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
On November 29, Albania was the sole Muslim-majority country in the United Nations to be counted among the 41 abstainers from the proposal to admit Palestine as a non-member observer. Certain Islamists were displeased, to say the least. In particular, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the “fundamentalist-lite” Justice and Development Party or AKP, responded with one of the tantrums that has become a hallmark of his administration.
3:59 PM, Nov 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At this year's annual turkey pardoning event at the White House, President Barack Obama took a jab at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Joseph Bottum considers the turkeysNov 26, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 11 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
They squabble, scrabble, and squawk. They peck at the last windfalls, out under the fruit trees, until they’re—I don’t know, drunk maybe on the hard cider of the apple mash or rendered hyperactive by some mad avian sugar rush, and then they strut through the yard, chests puffed out, spoiling for a fight. Lords of creation, proud as peacocks. Vain as blue jays. Stupid as chickens.
2:11 PM, Nov 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with the Islamist leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, about the Israel's retaliatory strikes on the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza, according to the White House.
The two leaders, according to a White House read-out of the call, seemed to agree on much. "Today, the President called Prime Minister Erdogan to discuss the escalating violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip," the White House read-out of the call states.
2:29 PM, Oct 12, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
After almost a week of exchanging fire with Syrian troops across its southern border, Turkey finds itself embroiled on another, albeit related, international front. Wednesday the Turkish air force scrambled two jets to intercept a Syrian passenger jet flying from Moscow to Damascus.
11:50 AM, Aug 6, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
The New York Times reports from Antakya, a Turkish town close to the Syrian border, that one of Turkey’s minority populations supports the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.