11/24/2005 01:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, 2006

Well, compared to the completely dire straits we were in last Thanksgiving, both at home and abroad, we have SO much to be thankful for this year.

I am thankful that just weeks ago, the Democratic party finally rose up and, with a unified national message, triumphantly took back both the House and the Senate.

I am thankful that, on that same glorious day, the hideously mean anti-same sex marriage initiative in California, which would have also taken away all domestic partnership rights, went down in flames-- right along with Schwarzenegger!

I am thankful that, due to ever increasing pressure from the people of both America and Iraq, the Adminstration finally began withdrawing troops and, just last month, the final soldiers came home. Thank you, God, for that.

Now, I'm not one to ever wish anyone harm, but I must admit I'm thankful that the American justice system did eventially do its job, and now Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and Scooter Libby are all behind bars.

And, of course, I'm thankful that the AMERICAN IDOL voting scandal of May '06 brought on the end of the Reality Television craze once and for all. Sorry, Kelly...sorry, Reuben....sorry, Clay......Fantasia.....Fantasia...Fan


"Wha? Where? Wow, that tryptophan in the turkey must have put me right out"

"You were snoring a bit, but you had a HUGE smile on your face"

"That's probably because, to paraphrase Martin Luther King... I HAD A DREAM."