A note to CapTon watchers and SoP readers: Due to the holiday, there will be no shows either tomorrow night or Friday. Also, blogging will be light through the weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here are some headlines to peruse before you hit the kitchen – or the road – to prepare for the big meal…

President Obama returned from Asia in time to pardon this year’s lucky turkeys, Cobbler and Gobbler, and mentioned “second chances” in his remarks, which could be read as a reference to his own re-election.

Peace, one of the two turkeys pardoned by the president last year, was euthanized Monday.

Casey Seiler reached Bigfoot fan Peter Wiemer, who called the media attention that resulted from his exchange with the DEC in a vain attempt to protect Saquatch (Sasquatches?) “good mambo.”

Former Gov. David Paterson will lead a panel of industry heavyweights set to examine Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the future of New York City’s real estate market.

Paterson and former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin will discuss Benjamin’s call for Cuomo to host a so-called “Indian Summit” on WOR tomorrow morning. (Interesting Thanksgiving topic).

Medicaid IG James Cox held a 22-minute video conference with staffers and urged them to write a letter to the TU following its publication of a story about the agency that was not positive.

The new owner of the Niagara Falls Reporter and the paper’s now-former movie reviewer traded verbal barbs over the owner’s desire not to publish reviews about movies “where women are alpha and men are beta.” More here.

Commissioners who unanimously approved new NYC Council district lines last week were not provided with maps showing last-minute tweaks until an hour before  voting for them, according to former Sen. Frank Padavan.

Common Cause/NY doesn’t like that the new lines benefit Assemblyman Vito Lopez and urged the Council and Speaker Chris Quinn to “seriously reconsider” the plan.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin went into the woods with a a reporter…with guns.

Nate Silver was featured today in Doonesbury, and he’s psyched.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not optimistic about a fiscal cliff deal.

The NYT posted an interactive map of flooding after Sandy.

A ConEd official pegged the cost of burying power lines underground at $5 million to $6 million per mile. The overall pricetag? $33 billion.

Food stamps, a diet aid?

Weeks after his re-election, Rep. Jesse  Jackson Jr. announced he would resign his seat in Congress immediately amid treatment for mental illness, stories of marital infidelity and a pair of federal investigations.