Each Thanksgiving, the public is peppered with pronouncements from
vegetarians and "animal rights" advocates who discourage the consumption
of meat, including turkey. A counterpoint for plants deserves equal time.
Please do not be swayed by the animal elitists who whine and argue against
the consumption of meat, pushing the public to swallow vegetarianism.
Plants create the oxygen humans need to breathe. Animals don't. Animals
compete for the oxygen humans need, and animals create carbon dioxide,
a "green house" gas.
Indeed, vegetarian animals destroy oxygen producing plants. Simply put,
animals behave like animals, whereas plants are peaceful and quiet. So
eat animals, not plants. Meatatarians unite?
With the festive season upon us, let's not include plants as a "festive
dish" for the holidays. Please think how "festive" it is for helpless
plants grown in a land ruled by humans, always under their green thumbs.
They are crowded into unnatural, man-made rows in factory farms and involuntarily
treated with chemicals like imprisoned patients for the experiments of
Please think about how "festive" it is for plants to be literally uprooted
from their homeland and neighbors only for a premature death.
How "festive" is it to be tossed into containers holding piles of other
dead or dying plant bodies, sometimes transported in total darkness?
Only the kindness of a premature death finally ends the plant's "festivities."
Then they are sliced, diced, boiled and baked to become salads, breads
and side dishes.
Every year, with weak government regulations, billions of plants are slaughtered.
I am not writing this to horrify the holiday public.
I cannot imagine how anyone can whisper a prayer of Thanksgiving over
a being that suffered so greatly at a time when our world needs so much
compassion and peace. Shame on all who eat plants and therefore encourage
this horrible atrocity.
Please consider not eating plants this year and end this horrid tradition
that causes so much pain and mistreatment of our plant friends.
Although I do not agree with the preceding diatribe, I found it necessary
to give equal time for a counterpoint in favor of plants.
I am a lawyer, and lawyers sometimes advocate positions with which they
do not agree for the benefit of their clients. Consider this pro bono
for our "green friends."
Rex Curry is a Tampa lawyer who also is a member of People for the
ethical treatment of non-animals (PETN), a sub-group of PETA (people eating
FOR NATIONAL BIRD & NATIONAL SYMBOL, NOT THE EAGLE
BE FOR CAPITALISM, NOT SOCIALISM
The bald eagle is the national
bird of the United States of America. It is probably one of
the country's most recognizable symbols, and appears on most
of its official seals, including the Seal of the President of the
United States. http://rexcurry.net/thanksgiving.html
Perhaps it is appropriate that the symbol
of government is a symbol of thievery and totalitarianism. The
government's eagle is often in a vampiric pose. It is a bird of
prey. The only better symbol for government would be the skull and
crossed bones for "deadly poison." That mentality
leads to shortages, poverty, misery, theft and mass slaughter.
Under the growing socialism in the United States, humans behave like
In comparison, the turkey is a wily wild bird and also a beneficent
farmed bird - a wondrous symbol of capitalism.
Today, capitalism saves wild Turkeys with farmed turkeys.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of
the bountiful plenty of capitalism. Give thanks for capitalism and turkeys,
as America's early settlers did. It saved early Americans from starvation
and it still does. It would be wonderful if Americans could "serve"
their national symbol (serve it for dinner and eat it). It would
be better than the present circumstance with a bird of prey symbol (the
eagle) under a government that devours the people.
The national significance of the eagle
symbol dates back to June 20, 1782, when the Continental Congress
officially adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the
Some states had earlier adopted the eagle as a symbol. New York State
adopted the symbol in 1778. New York has many references to classical
history (Greece and Rome and so forth. e.g. Ithaca, Syracuse, Troy, Rome,
Utica). New York is known as the "Empire State" and that use of the word
"empire" might have been inspired by its use in describing the "Roman Empire."
Rome, New York was the home of Francis Bellamy (born 1855), America's most
notorious national socialist and the author of the "Pledge of Allegiance"
to the flag and the source of the stiff-arm salute (see the work of the symbologist
Dr. Rex Curry, author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets" and see the video
on youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BssWWZ3XEe4
At that time (and now), people from Rome, New York referred to themselves
as "Romans." It is one possible origin of the myth that the Pledge's early
stiff-arm salute came from "ancient Rome" (in Italy). http://rexcurry.net/pledgerome.html
The eagle symbol continues to be found on top of flag poles, on both
national seals, and on the back of several coins (including the
quarter dollar coin until 1999), often holding a fasces or near
One has to choose between serving one's country and serving the country's
government (at meal time or any other time). Serving one's country is not
the same as serving one's government. Americans need to make a clearer
distinction between the two. Perhaps the turkey should be the symbol of
the country, and the eagle could remain the appropriate violent symbol for
In 1784, after the end of the Revolutionary
War, Benjamin Franklin wrote a famous letter to his daughter
from Paris criticizing the eagle and suggesting the Wild Turkey's
character as a desirable trait.
Despite Franklin's objections, the Bald Eagle
remained the emblem of the United States.
The following is Franklin's comment. If the word "socialist" is
substituted for "eagle" it provides deeper philosophical meaning:
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
The Pilgrims did celebrate their harvest in 1621, but that
is often mistaken as the first Thanksgiving.
That harvest was meager, as was that of 1622,
because the Pilgrims at first practiced socialism. All
food produced went into a common fund and was distributed according
to need. The result was near-starvation.
That is the same result that was achieved in the socialist Wholecaust (of
which the Holocaust was a part): ~60 million dead under the former Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million under the Peoples' Republic of
China; ~20 million under the National Socialist German Workers Party.
The first true Thanksgiving was in 1623,
the year of the Pilgrims' first bountiful harvest. It
occurred only after Governor William Bradford in Spring 1623
allotted each family their own private plot of land. As
Bradford records in his history of Plymouth Plantation, "This had
very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so
as much more corne was planted than other waise would have bene by
any means the Govr or any other could use, and saved him a great
deall of trouble, and gave far better content."
Around the time that Americans are giving thanks for wealth, the Ukraine
has observances for Holodomor (in late November).
The Ukrainian famine is referred to as "the Holodomor" (Ukrainian:
Голодомор). It is part of the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust
was a part): ~60 million dead under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics;
~50 milliion under the Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million under
the National Socialist German Workers' Party. It gives another
meaning to the blood-red flags of socialism. http://rexcurry.net/socialism-red-flags-socialists1a.jpg
The Holodomor is considered genocide and one of the greatest national catastrophes
to affect the Ukrainian nation in history, and is sometimes called an
unprecedented "peacetime catastrophe."
The Ukraine was the breadbasket of Russia, until socialism arrived
under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Millions perished
from 1932-33 in the famine that resulted in Europe's "breadbasket" after
Soviet socialists imposed collectivist land management in the Ukraine.
All seed stocks, grain, and silage were confiscated from Ukraine’s farms.
Farm animals were also taken. By the spring of 1933, an estimated 25,000
people died every day in the Ukraine. Estimates for the total number of
casualties go up to 14 million. Socialism's curse was so grave that people
were driven to cannibalism. http://rexcurry.net/socialism.html
When reporting Holodomor observances, many modern "news" outlets (even
in the U.S. and from the associated press) cover-up for the deadly socialist
dogma, and fail to ever name the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
and instead substitute terms such as "soviet authorities" and the "dictator
Stalin" (The New York Times is notorious for that practice. In
articles about the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the New York
Times will never use the actual name "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics"
nor the word "socialism," and will instead substitute the word "communism."
It is a grim reminder of the horrific work of the New York Times liar Walter
It was the same socialist naivete that resulted in 27 million people
starving to death in 1958 in the so-called "Great Leap Forward" in China. http://rexcurry.net/socialists.html
Ethiopia’s socialist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam, used the same
method in the 1970’s to force collectivization: the resulting famine caused
one million deaths.