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Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.

Then, of course, there is the highlight of the holiday season: the Phoenix's fourth annual turkeys issue, wherein we call out Rhode Islanders for behavior most fowl.

And there was plenty of it this past year: injustice, insider dealing, and incompetence so staggering even the most cynical Rhody lifers blanched.

Break out the electric carving knives, Pilgrims. It's time to dig in.

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Donald Carcieri

DONALD CARCIERI AND CURT SCHILLING

It's been a couple of years since former Governor Donald Carcieri hatched the bird-brained scheme to funnel millions in loan guarantees to preening Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his untested 38 Studios video game company.

But that scheme ― the guarantees amounted to $75 million, in the end ― didn't come home to roost until this spring, when the firm collapsed. Hence, the 2012 turkeyfication.

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Curt Schilling

The implosion left the taxpayers on the hook for millions, of course. But it also reinforced a damning narrative of a state run by the sort of corrupt incompetents who dole out favors to friends or any turkey with a little twinkle.

There is plenty of blame to go around for the 38 Studios debacle (see below). But the two biggest players are our coverbirds.

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