Palin Pardons a Turkey in the Name of “Peace and Harmony.” Let the Slaughter Begin!

20 11 2008

Yet again, my Governor, Sarah Palin has left me speechless. Today, in her home town of Wasilla, she decided to pardon a turkey. To my knowledge, this has not happened before, and I wonder if it might be the only thing left that made her feel “Presidential.”

That aside, she arrived at the turkey farm, with temperatures in the single digits in a short black skirt, and high heels. Then, she stood in the turkey shed, and read her statement.

Within the first 10 seconds I expected a lightning bolt to blow a hole in the roof of the turkey barn and strike her dead, leaving a little black pile of ashes with a pair of stylish glasses frames resting on top. Had I been there in person, they’d have seen me literally dive for cover.

I, Governor Sarah Palin, friend to all creatures great and small…”

(AAAAAAHHHHHH!   I run for it, and dive through the air landing behind a hay bale, face down, covering my head which is filled with horrific images of moose being field dressed, polar bears drowning, wolves being hunted down and shot from helicopters, beluga whales silently disappearing from the waters near my home…..but nothing.  No lightning.  Is anybody up there???  I spit a piece of hay off my tongue.  I look around cautiously.  It seems safe.  Surely, it can’t get any worse than this.)

do hereby deem this fowl creature worthy of pardon for the following reasons…..turkey was almost national bird, bla bla…turkey didn’t even have a trial…bla bla…”finally, whereas Alaska doesn’t even have the death penalty…”

Now, Sarah Palin actually advocates the death penalty, but I figured if the “friend to all creatures great and small” line didn’t get a lightning bolt, we were safe for now.

But the worst was yet to come.  As she took advantage of the media opportunity after the magnanimous pardon, business as usual was going on at the turkey farm.  And it was going on right behind Palin, and on camera.

The following video has had the most graphic parts blurred for the faint of heart. But still, be warned that sensitive individuals and children may wish to avoid this one.

Yes, that’s right.  Sarah Palin actually said the campaign trail was “pretty brutal” while some guy behind her was slitting the throat of a turkey and draining it in the cone of death, right in front of the cameras. Turkey #2 met its demise while the reporter asked what programs in the upcoming budget might be “on the chopping block.”

When asked why she came out to pardon the turkey, Palin responded, “For one, you need a little levity in this job,” and went on to say that it was nice to do something that wasn’t so “heavy-handed politics, that invites criticism. Certainly we’ll probably invite criticism for even doin’ this too.” A correct prediction from our Governor as she stood there on Channel 2 News, with a backdrop of blood-soaked snow and dying birds.

Before you believe that maybe Sarah Palin didn’t know about this, or was horrified when she realized sitting in front of the TV later that night what had happened, remember that when a photographer asked her if she wanted the turkey slaughter as a backdrop, the “friend to all creatures great and small” said, “No worries!”

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283 responses

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

I Am Not A Turkey Palin gives a turkey of a speech- and stays true to character by slaughtering the English language one more time.

20 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Irony is obviously not her strong suit.

20 11 2008
JBDC

I’m sorry. I stick with my former comment. She sucks. Maybe she went home and made turkey chili, too.

20 11 2008
ColoradoGal

I have to wonder if Sarah Palin ever has any sense of the horrific impression she is making.

20 11 2008
Cynthia, TX

I want her to give that Burberrys scarf back to the RNC!!! because she doesn’t wear clothes like that.

20 11 2008
Okinawan Nanook

Shaking head in disbelief that anyone could be this stupid and insensitive. Has any other Alaska governor taken the “pardon the turkey” step? Did they do it in this way? Looks like she’ll do anything to stay in that shining spotlight of attention!

20 11 2008
Taupe Armageddon

a prediction: this clip will come back to haunt here every Thanksgiving, every election, every time anyone wonders if she can possibly ever say anything stupider than she did during her initial 15 minutes of notoriety.

There is simply no topping this one — Keith O — your being on vacation made this possible. I only hope for a Special Comment upon your return. This video is the perfect post-mortem on her campaign and her blabbing.

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

ColoradoGal (19:24:55) :
I have to wonder if Sarah Palin ever has any sense of the horrific impression she is making

I don’t think so- she was being presidential, doncha know…pardoning a turkey, just like the real President does every Thanksgiving- except it takes place outside the White House, instead of a turkey shed- and the turkey is hand-picked, unlike…you get the idea.

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

CO Almost Native, thanks for informing me about the new thread so I wouldn’t have to post on the last one all by my lonesome. As I said there, it’s nice to see that Sarah is still so disconnected from reality.

20 11 2008
shrinkinggranny

There’s speechless, then there is far beyond mere lack of speech. Actually, I simply can’t get my head ’round this one.

Or cluelessness. Does anyone have a “clue-by-four” handy?

Oh my.

20 11 2008
Susan in PA

You can tell she just craves attention and will take it any way she can!

AKM, I think you’re right – she’s trying to grab whatever “presidential moment” she can – although I doubt turkeys have been killed on camera whenever a sitting president has done his traditional “pardoning of the turkey.”

20 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

@Cynthia, TX (19:25:57) :

I want her to give that Burberrys scarf back to the RNC!!! because she doesn’t wear clothes like that.
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I can promise you it’s not the Burberry nova check scarf that we know and love. It must be a nassty copy. We don’t have to throw ours out. ;)

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

As for the actual pardonning, was I the only one shouting, “Get ON with it already!”?

20 11 2008
0whole1

Whoopsie.

Those tv waves, bought with those dollars, and FCC regulations also, and the hard working tv crew….Wait, what? No guarantee this’ll only be on a local channel? Whaddaya mean? Nobody ever saw my sportscast, even though I sent out, like, a *bunch* of clips?

Hello? Is this thing on, also?

20 11 2008
Carolina Girl

She appears to be clueless, as is the camera man.

20 11 2008
Dianna

Something is not clicking right upstairs. The stuff of psychopaths.

20 11 2008
AustinTXGal

I saw this on Olbermann’s show (minus Olbermann, who is on vacation) tonight and was just in utter disbelief. Palin has got to be the stupidest person I have ever seen. And my god, the woman just cannot shut up. She has verbal diarrhea.

20 11 2008
Stuck

I wonder if President Bush will pardon Palin’s parents? I think her birth constitutes a crime against humanity at this point.

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Stuck, couldn’t you level the same charge against George H.W. and Barbara Bush?

20 11 2008
Susan in PA

Oh, I think the cameraman knew EXACTLY what he was doing. . . .

20 11 2008
mvngfwd

Someday when the 2008 election is talked about in a history class somewhere, they will shake their heads in disbelief at the insanity of Sarah Palin. She truly is a freak of nature. Can we please help you send her far, far away?

20 11 2008
Crazy In Alaska

I really think there is something wrong with her. How can one be that clueless?!

20 11 2008
mhrt oregon

this so sad.. yet she thinks she so cool…..
no asiangrrl…….it was me that kept hitting refresh…. duh …and AKM even warned us…..

20 11 2008
Dianna

They don’t even bother mentioning SP:

Forget Red vs. Blue — It’s the Educated vs. People Easily Fooled by Propaganda

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig
November 16, 2008
http://www.alternet .org/story/ 106551/
Kennedy and Richard Nixon the candidates spoke in language used by 10th-graders. In the debates of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas the scores were respectively 11.2 and 12.0. In short, today’s political rhetoric is designed to be comprehensible to a 10-year-old child or an adult with a sixth-grade reading level. It is fitted to this level of comprehension because most Americans speak, think and are entertained at this level. This is why serious film and theater and other serious artistic expression, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of American society. Voltaire was the most famous man of the 18th century. Today the most famous “person” is Mickey Mouse.

20 11 2008
Marigold

I can’t watch the video. I refuse to click the “Play” button.
Just the idea of what was going on makes me sick. I think it is time for me to become a vegetarian. Beans for Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you think this will be included in her upcoming book?
What is she planning for the Christmas holiday?

Nobody could make this stuff up.

20 11 2008
Stuck

Asian, yes it very well could. There’s no precedent for a sitting president pardoning himself though. Maybe Obama may show some magnanimity, but I’d rather he didn’t.

20 11 2008
Chum

Just once I’d like to hear this woman express herself in a manner that wasn’t a political gabble fest.

20 11 2008
Taupe Armageddon

there she goes again … palin’ around with murderers …

i think that particular turkey is the one she should have to cook and serve her family! explain that one to the children … right after she has to tell them about Santa!

20 11 2008
Dianna

Sorry. this went with the above:

The Princeton Review analyzed the transcripts of the Gore-Bush debates, the Clinton-Bush- Perot debates of 1992, the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960 and the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. It reviewed these transcripts using a standard vocabulary test that indicates the minimum educational standard needed for a reader to grasp the text. During the 2000 debates George W. Bush spoke at a sixth-grade level (6.7) and Al Gore at a seventh-grade level (7.6). In the 1992 debates Bill Clinton spoke at a seventh-grade level (7.6), while George H.W. Bush spoke at a sixth-grade level (6.8), as did H. Ross Perot (6.3). In the debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon the candidates spoke in language used by 10th-graders

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Yes, the famous “I am still a turkey” clip is now on huffpo, probably on You Tube- it will be the gobble heard round the world.

Perhaps Margaret and Helen will add their two cents worth…

Thank you, AKM, for continuing to share President Palin Moments. SNL couldn’t have come up with a better script: perfect timing of comments to the chopping of the turkeys-

20 11 2008
Sue

I didn’t know that was how they killed turkeys. I always thought they chopped their heads off!

This wouldn’t have made the news at all if it hadn’t been so hilarious. That poor woman craves attention. I hope this is the last we see of her.

20 11 2008
Stuck

I just listened to her pardon. I think she’s equating herself to a turkey…and wants to be pardoned for being unleashed upon intelligent minds.

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Stuck, whatcha wanna bet this is the first prez to try?

mhrt, I just meant that she kept talking and talking and talking. I didn’t actually watch the vid, but I listened to it on Olbermann. Who wasn’t there. Jerk.

Taupe Armageddon, heh. You funny.

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Dianna, well, the masses better get used to a prez who can put together a complete coherent sentence. If that makes him an elitist, then so be it!

20 11 2008
daWolf in Arizona

This “lady” never ceases to amaze me…everytime I think to myself…”uh, she can’t top that”…hee hee…she seems to do so. In any kinda “other vane” that’d be cool…but…damn!….I haven’t had this much fun watching politics since…uh,…sheesh…I can’t remember when!…Thank Gawd we don’t have to worry about her being a “heartbeat away” anymore!…Grab yer popcorn and do like I do…sit back and laugh at the “comedy”!

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Dianna (19:47:05) :

Newspaper use eighth grade level language, because that is the most common comprehension level of readers-

I wonder what level Palin uses?

20 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Taupe Armageddon (19:46:13) :

…explain that one to the children …
right after she has to tell them about Santa!
#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#

oh noes!! what did she do to Santa??

20 11 2008
Okinawan Nanook

Is ANY official, State of Alaska business being accomplished these days? Is there nothing better for the state’s governor to do that sit around with her eager-to-please group of sycophants thinking up ways to ensure her face and screed run the gamut of local and national airwaves? How about the crisis of heating oil in the bush or how to make up the shortfall in the drop in gas prices that play a large part in Alaska’s revenue?

This woman acts like this is all some game “. . . we need a little levity.” Is there no one capable of telling this woman to get a GRIP before she becomes any more of a national laughingstock?

20 11 2008
nameless farm person

umm, they wring the neck first, then stuff it headfirst down the cone. That’s when they cut the head off and bleed the bird.

20 11 2008
mhrt oregon

shrinkinggranny (19:30:47) :
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haaa…we must be twins….but i am only getting shorter not thiner

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

nameless farm person (19:55:02) :
umm, they wring the neck first, then stuff it headfirst down the cone. That’s when they cut the head off and bleed the bird.

I knew that- and it shouldn’t bother Her Governoress, as she can field dress a moose.

Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein (19:53:55) :
bwa ha ha ha ha ha!!

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Oh, my god! Teh funnies–you haz them!

20 11 2008
Dianna

CO Almost Native (19:53:40) :
Dianna (19:47:05) :

Newspaper use eighth grade level language, because that is the most common comprehension level of readers-

I wonder what level Palin uses?

I was disappointed that they didn’t include her.

20 11 2008
Elrond Hubbard

Didn’t someone say that people who like laws and sausages should never learn how the two are made? And now turkeys. Oh, but laws come from the legislative branch and what Palin has is EXECUTIVE experience . . . though she ran for an office that Cheney said was really part of the legislative branch. I’m confused.

20 11 2008
Stuck

Scrimshaw – Santa was a socialist. He’s redistributing the hardworking elves’ toys to undeserving and unrepentent toddlers!

20 11 2008
ozmud

more *aplause*applause* to AKM for the scathingly brilliant post!

Palin never disppoints. I knew she would find a way to screw this up and – by golly she just didn’t disappoint me!

If there is fund to pay somebody to follow her around with a running camcorder – count me in! I’ll happily sell all my husbands sporting equipment and donate the cash to the Joe-camera-guy fund!

20 11 2008
mhrt oregon

Marigold (19:45:35)
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sadly to say…she said she will cook the turkey..yuck

20 11 2008
Alexander Rose

What…

How…

I…

Jesus… how can someone be… so… base?

http://hedonistperspective.typepad.com/

20 11 2008
Mush Recoil Palin

I keep thinking it’s all over and then something like this appears. Beyond belief. Is she for real? Come on….please guys…you’re killing us down here in the lower 48. Do your duty and recall this turkey.

Someone please investigate how her house was built. She needs to move to the “big house.”

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Elrond Hubbard (20:01:01) :
Stuck (20:01:46) :
ozmud (20:01:56) :

clap clap clap clap clap clap clap…bravo! Encore!

20 11 2008
daWolf in Arizona

yep…she got “executive” experience to add to her resume’ now…along with her “I know Russia” experience…who knows?…she might be electable by 2012…uh, if the rapture don’t hit before then…right?

20 11 2008
Bec -Yes We Did - in Illinois

The funniest part of the whole video was how Palin seemed really squeamish/afraid of the live turkey as she was doing the pardoning. But then she doesn’t mind the bloody gore slaughter afterward. She also seems to enjoy hanging around bloody caribou and moose and other animals she likes to kill. Perhaps we’ll see a turkey skin trophy draped over her office couch soon as a souvenir of this great day. Or perhaps the head of one stuffed and placed among the scads of other animal trophies hung on the walls of her parents’ home.

My Thanksgiving Dinner will never be the same. Sarah is even worse than when Bush pardons a turkey each year. Some how, I just can’t see Obama carrying on this tradition. Guess we’ll see next year!

20 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Good night, mud pups, and thanks again to you, AKM- I look forward to reading “what’s next” tomorrow.

Sleep tight everyone, and don’t dream of turkeys:)

20 11 2008
califpat

My mind is still boggled by this woman’s insensitivity and her obliviousness(if that’s a word) to people and the world around her. Alaska should demand that she take an IQ test immediately and then a psychological/psychiatrc exam.

20 11 2008
Bec -Yes We Did - in Illinois

AKM – the other big discussion on the shows tonight – especially on Rachel’s – was the “against the rules” standing ovation and grand farewell given to Stevens in the Senate today. I’m hoping to get your take on this event. Somehow I think you are writing it right now!

Heeey….How did you get in my head?? Check back tomorrow morning! AKM

20 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Stuck (20:01:46) :

Scrimshaw – Santa was a socialist. He’s redistributing the hardworking elves’ toys to undeserving and unrepentent toddlers!
*****

*of course* Santa is a socialist! (bops self on head) …not to mention
home(land) invader who flies a private sleigh, usurping Biblical holidays, to boot! (don’t get me started on elves)

20 11 2008
GJ in ID

So tell me, is she practicing to pardon that other Teddy Turkey?

20 11 2008
bwilder

Palin just keeps gobble, gobble, gobblin’ away!
Hilarious

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that Sarah Palin is back in
Alaska where she belongs.

20 11 2008
califpat

typo correction, “psychiatric” exam

20 11 2008
AZ Mom

she probably meant, “No worries! I’m far enough away from that there blood bath that I won’t be gettin’ any on this here Burberry scarf. SHHH! A little leftover stuffin’ from the campaign trail.” ::wink::

20 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

Talking about what she was thankful for, she mentioned Track, the kids in school, Trig …… no mention of Daughter #1 and grandbaby …..

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Night, CO Almost Native.

Scrimshaw, too bad I don’t like the fat guy even though I am a socialist–oh, and he wears red! How much more commie can you get?

20 11 2008
katanalori

I have not eaten a Turkey in 35 years (or any bird or animal) – seeing this just re-affirms my choice. Brutal are we to our feathered and four-legged friends.
I am fine if others do it, but I just can’t. And SP just kept babbling, she was not even aware of the blood and gore behind her, jus clueless! This is her attempt to be “Presidential” because Bush does a Turkey pardon. Pathetic in every sense of the word.

20 11 2008
hunrak

Wish that was her and the guy being stuffed down that cone …

20 11 2008
Vlad the ImPalin

This cheap trick will do anything as long as it’s in front of a camera. She may as well stamp her forehead with a “P” and accept that that is what she is.

20 11 2008
Kelly M

When I read the title for this post I thought for sure she’d pardoned Ted Stevens!

20 11 2008
Cynamen Winter

This stunt is further proof (not that we required any) that she is well-versed at gobbling outta both sides of her mouth ~ “pardon-slaughter!”

How ironic that she’s now “paling around” with turkeys… and was that Joe-the-executioner in the background?

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Vlad the ImPalin, I was confused for a minute. I thought you meant P for Palin. I would have went with the much meaner W.

20 11 2008
Deirdre aka Pistol Tanker Palin

I am actually speechless, incredulous, horrified, aghast, overwhelmed, amazed, blank…..I can’t find the right word.

This woman never ceases to amaze me –and not in a good way! It’s just hard to believe she’s real.

(Does she have any pets? Does anyone know? Maybe she cultivates crocodiles — I can see one sharing her tanning bed with her…)

But anyway. If any of my fellow mudpuppies want to get the taste of this out of your mouths (sorry for the bad pun…as I said, I’m speechless) But if you want a story about a pardon that’s really charming and uplifting, check out Mr. Lincoln’s Boys, by Staton Rabin. Or get it for your children, if you have any the right age! It should be in your local library, or you can find it on amazon here.

Staton is really cool! She was at the vote count watching party my sister and I went to, and she was jumping up and down with us when Obama won!

BTW, I hope nobody minds that I mention her book. I’m not the sort to put shameless plugs out for anything or anybody — but for myself, if I experience or see something disgusting, and can’t do anything about it, good music, art, or literature always helps. ;-D

20 11 2008
Lulu

There once was a governor named Sarah
Who used a great deal of mascara.
She pardoned a turkey
Then proved it malarkey
As slaughters continued. Beware (uh)!

20 11 2008
SMR

Okay, I’m going to say it again for the millionth time: Anchorage Daily News SUCKS!!!!

Here is an article from the Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122706058287939735.html

Here is Andrew Halcro’s blog:

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/politics_and_the_pipeline

They are both saying what those who have been reading this blog with me since the Palin pick have heard me rant about, oh, say, uhm, ONE HUNDRED TIMES!

So, what in the hell is wrong with our local newspaper? Why are they — as the newspaper with this stuff happening on their doorstep — not reporting on it? Why did they not report on it a LONG TIME ago? It sure would have been nice to have all of this laid out BEFORE the election! Why shouldn’t Alaskans have known that there was/is little chance of a big PFD next year, and definately no chance of the extra $1200. And all of those oil jobs that they imagine are coming with the pipeline? Hah!

CC on KUDO — if you lurk here THIS is what I was talking about when I said in my call to your station/show that our newspaper sucks when it comes to accurately reporting how much our governor SUCKS. I even mentioned the fact that they didn’t have the spine to truthfully report what a farce the TransCanada pipeline is and how much it hurts our state! Remember that???!!!

God, this is so frustrating. I don’t know why I even come back here, read the news on the internet, etc… ARGH!

20 11 2008
Glenn2008

“Certainly we’ll probably invite criticism for even doin’ this too.”

Definitely maybe. Also!

She was a touch elitist though to pardon a turkey. True to her core values, she should have brought a machine gun to the farm to show them how to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I am glad she did not get elected. This pardon would be a soft message to terrorists and Russia. Let’s hope she will be tougher on the specimen she prepares for the family. Can’t wait to see her field dressing it on national television!

Watch how this episode will throw back turkey sales…

Also as well, too, maybe, perhaps so.

20 11 2008
Windy City, aka Alien Ears

This is such a perfect example of how out of touch with reality she is.

20 11 2008
Dee

AS I SAID IN A PREVIOUS THREAD, THE WOMAN IS AN IDIOT. HOW SHE EVER BECAME GOVERNOR OF STATE IS A MYSTERY TO ME.

20 11 2008
SMR

On a side note — she really looks ick without that $25,000/month stylist! Hooker boots & short skirts do not a hottie make! Get a new hairstyle! And new glasses, I am so over those square ones on her!

Hey Sarah, in 2012 you will be 48 years old! Short black skirts on 44 year olds is like mutton dressed as lamb! Stylist needed!!!!

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

SMR, deep breaths! Come on, you can do it. It’s frustrating as hell that Sarah P. is traipsing along like her you-know-what doesn’t stink, but it’s no reason for you to have a heart attack over it. She’s not worth it. I think many papers fear retribution of some sort, especially smaller ones, so they pull their punches. Or, they are just idiots.

Lulu, nice one!

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

SMR, I honestly don’t think most of the GOP old men really cared what her face looked like. As long as she wears the tight, tight shirts and the short, short skirts–that’s all they care about. I have to admit–she’s in a great shape for her age. Tina Turner still looks fabulous in short skirts, and she’s a million years old. However, it’s not very professional for a woman in politics to look like Elliot Spitzer’s call girl.

20 11 2008
turns

That was impressive! She wrote a real turkey of a speech! SP pardoned a turkey, what did the turkey do wrong?

I beg your pardon SP, just because your actions and behavior reminds of a small brained turkey, doesn’t mean that you will be pardoned from your indictable offences.

20 11 2008
Whiskey Otter

The “cone of death!” She is a nutjob alright. Watching her babble on while birds are turned upside down into bloody cones…it was like a SNL skit itself.

20 11 2008
whichferret

I like the fact that during the pardoning the turkeys are heckling her

20 11 2008
Vlad the ImPalin

@ asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN

No, the “P” represents a word for someone who sells herself for financial gain (in Cheap Trick’s case, she is doing it for her insatiable ego)

20 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Vlad the ImPalin, yeah, I figured it out. I just would have used the, uh, more vernacular word for the word you used. You know?

20 11 2008
sarahcudasixPAC

The back drop looks like something John Stewart dreamed up, complete with grinning hatchet man looking at the camera and turkeys shaking as they are drained of blood. Meanwhile, sarah is talkin’ like only she can: “Very thankful to be away from that brutality in politics, also” [Slow death twitches, spurting blood in background]. Like the scene from Fargo, or Monty Python. Brilliant, subtle, sick comedy. But she is entirely serious, and I am serious when I say she is literally insane.

20 11 2008
irina

Too bad she wasn’t pardoning a goose, geese are famous for nailing people who show any fear of them, that would have been awesome to see miss sarah the outdoor wonder woman running around a barnyard in her fancy duds and her high heels being chased by a pissed off, hissing goose !

There is something very empty about her eyes. Is that why she wears those glasses ? To hide the emptiness behind them ?

She definitely knew exactly what she was doing with the background. I think she was trying to show what could happen to those who cross her, seriously in my mind i could see her standing in front of a guillotine or something with that same look on her face and spouting the same babblespeak while her enemies were beheaded behind her.

And she is so pleased with how much fun she had campaigning and how great the (hate monger) rallies were, she had that same vapidly greedy look here that she did while inciting white supremacists during the campaign . . .
is SWWNBN vampire ? Or is it vampiress ? Hissing gooses to the rescue !

20 11 2008
Political Amazon

I just hope to Jesus that Lewis Black doesn’t see that video because his head will explode.

The hypocrisy, the banal clinging to the superficial video-byte while everything she lives and breathes for stands as polar opposites of what she says and does in the video.

In fact, MY head may explode if I think about this too much more.

P.S. I also think the camera crew knew exactly what they were doing.

P.S.S. AKM, I have to hand it to you for posting your commentary after you watched the latest exercise in PalinVision before your own head exploded.

P.S.S.S. That’s what I’m going to call complete bulls*it sound/videobytes, when what the person says and appears to be is the exact polar opposite of who they really are: “Filmed in PalinVision”

20 11 2008
pvazwindy

Now thats a real first class slaughterhouse, wheres the USDA when you need them. Was that Jethro back there doing the dirty deed? Maybe her high school friend should investigate, you know the one I mean, the one who likes the mooing of cows. Is this turkey farm licensed, has it passed inspection? Jethro says he’s gonna sell them under the brand label as “Sarahsuckles. Sarah, if you read this blog I want you to know your the biggest “TURKEY” on the farm. Farm is to nice a description, for what I saw. More like a dump.

20 11 2008
Political Amazon

I can imagine the number of children who will be horrified at how the turkeys they eat are slaughtered.

“That’s one small step for PalinVision, and one giant step for vegetaranism.”

20 11 2008
califpat

I wonder if Sarah Palin ever looks back on all the ludicrous things she has uttered or looks back on all the ridiculous antics she has put on display and in retrospect learned anything, I mean just any little thing that may keep her from making a complete a$$ out of herself in the future?

20 11 2008
mhrt oregon

SMR
1….I am glad that you are getting out of there
2….she is a lying sh!t isn’t she
3….what about the bush people…is that what they are callede
not like in GWB what will happen to them

20 11 2008
Vlad the ImPalin

I really have suspicions as to how she was raised – daddy gives me the creeps (what kind of a father makes his little girl accompany him when she’s so young to watch him kill a moose, then make her ‘help’ him gut and butcher it, all before she had to go to school)? Something very sick there. And what with the odd family-rearing going on with his ‘girls’, I wonder where Mommy was during all this upbringing? The whole family really creeps me out. And First Dud always on the edges of every picture – I keep looking for the strings that he controls her with. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

20 11 2008
WeCan Hussein

Alaska! Please! Don’t pardon the turkey!!!!!!!!!!! We want her recalled!

Just like the defective product she is!

20 11 2008
DemsAreNotAfraid

This reminds me of the Dan Ackroyd sketch when he puts the fish in the Super Bassomatic blender and just keeps on talking while yucky stuff flies around.

But that was intentional humor, while this is . . . something else. *lol*

(This is actually God’s Thanksgiving Gift to Saturday Nite Live)

What I like is the way she keeps glancing back at the slaughter, with a big grin on her face, and her perky little voice going on and on and on.

20 11 2008
Stuck

califpat – Obviously not, in my opinion. She’s had years to reflect on that sort of thing. I suspect her mind is a miasma of unrelated, self-congratulatory thoughts. She apparently can do no wrong since she is “guided” by the Bible and a “good Christian.” Which I call major BS on seeing as how I’m a Christian and I see plenty of short-comings in myself that would prevent me from labeling myself that.

Want to be a good Christian Ms. Tramp? Stop those flights back home (and interviews) and spend part of your extra free time feeding the homeless and volunteering for the needy. Oh, and the rest of your extra time? Learning to govern ETHICALLY. Remember that little thing about following the law of the land as long as it doesn’t conflict with the Word of God? What’s that? That doesn’t apply to you? Oh, of course not! Silly me, how could I forget you’re the Second Coming in female form?

20 11 2008
WeCan Hussein

Her speechwriter should be, to borrow a Dickension phrase, boiled with his/her own pudding.
Just one more proof that she says nothing worth hearing unless someone much more competent has put it on a teleprompter for her.

20 11 2008
Political Amazon

[[[So, what in the hell is wrong with our local newspaper? Why are they — as the newspaper with this stuff happening on their doorstep — not reporting on it?...]]

Just a guess–like the rest of Alaska, Sarah Palin has them by the short hairs and they are afraid of her insane vendettas.

20 11 2008
Lee323

The utter irony of her yapping about the brutality of the campaign trail and how fun her turkey-pardoning jaunt has been…and all the while turkeys are going head-first into the turkey-killer with their legs waving and a blood-spattered guy gaping all agog at the guv…..really twisted scene.

20 11 2008
Vlad the ImPalin

Political Amazon (21:19:33) :

[[[So, what in the hell is wrong with our local newspaper? Why are they — as the newspaper with this stuff happening on their doorstep — not reporting on it?...]]

Just a guess–like the rest of Alaska, Sarah Palin has them by the short hairs and they are afraid of her insane vendettas.
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Doesn’t say much for the intestinal fortitude of Alaskans if this is true. Kind of ‘wussy’.

20 11 2008
WeCan Hussein

This could have been used for some out there comedy sketch. But if someone had suggested it for a bad sitcom, it would have been rejected as way too unrealistic–no one would ever believe that something like this could possibly happen. Or any reality show would tank after something like this because everyone in the audience would “know” it was scripted–no body could be that dumb.

since sitcoms are written to appeal to family viewing ie 10 year olds, I’m led to conclude that her intelligence doesn’t exceed that of an average sixth grader.

20 11 2008
Daphne

Marigold, maybe pardoning a reindeer? The mind boggles. There literally are no words. Can we put her on an ice floe with the polar bears, please? ‘Cause, you know, all that global warming stuff and the American people just, I don’t think that’s the direction they want to, you know, progress in, so I think we need to be very cautious about moving too strongly, also.

So she’d be perfectly safe. After all, she’s a friend to creatures great and small…

20 11 2008
pvazwindy

Next, she’ll be lighting the Christmas Tree, then its the Easter Egg hunt, the list could go on and on. Maybe she envisions Wasilla as the next Whitehouse, do ya think?

20 11 2008
LibertyLover

OK… so the part about the “runner-up bird” ?

She was talking about the actual turkey, right? And not the fact that she came in second (runner-up) in a Beauty Contest once and was second on the ticket for the Republican party for President whose ticket also came in second (or “runner-up”)?

I’m sensing a theme here…

Maybe she feels some kindred spirit towards this turkey? Or maybe the turkey is her totem?

As for the visual of the other turkeys being slaughtered on-camera…who set up this photo op? Todd? Just incredible. But perhaps it can be used over and over and over again….

20 11 2008
WeCan Hussein

But she lives in a Redhouse, doesn’t she?
Hmmm. Great name for a community hockey rink. The Redhouse.

20 11 2008
SMR

@Asiangrrl — I’m working on my deep breathing, trying not to hyperventilate. I mean really!!!! Her self-promotion while Alaska goes to hell in a handbasket! It’s been going there for ages, but everyone has been buying her b.s. about “taking on the oil companies” and all of that crap. I’d like to sit down with everyone who believed her oil & pipeline lies and slap their heads off!

I think I look pretty good — nearly the same age as her — don’t have legs quite like that, no babysitter paid for by constituents, so no daily jog or workout… I do have the exhaustion, just not from jogging, from LIFE! But I don’t dress like that! No hooker boots or short skirts for me! Professionalism please! I knew in by late 20s/early 30s that if I wanted to be taken seriously in my male-dominated industry that I could not dress in short skirts or hooker heels — and I had her legs back then! It’s mind boggling to me! Where’s the dignity & professionalism???

@mhrt –

The Alaskan natives are going to have some serious issues. This state no longer has money in the budget to help out with their very significant problems without cutting other budget items. Our state budget balances at approximately $80/bbl for oil, and now it is approx $50/bbl — something has to give. $1200 handouts and now this! Don’t get me started! Guaranteed she is going to have to start making choices that will leave people very unhappy, grapple with budget issues that most Govs have to that she’s not had to up to this point, remains to be seen who gets left out in the cold — literally & figuratively…

20 11 2008
mimi

Yep-er-doo “That friend of creatures large and small” (unless she is armed and flying in an airplane) – provides yet another priceless moment of stupidity for enjoyment. Another Laugh Out Loud Moment – best watched with the sound off – you can fill in the dialogue yourself. Any string of senseless and meaningless words will do.
The turkey slaughter behind her was just wwwaaayyyyy too funny. That didn’t come out right. The turkey slaughter isn’t so funny, although I once worked on a turkey farm and saw lots of them – but in the context of her blathering – what a riot.

20 11 2008
mimi

PS – I have an idea that the man doing the turkey butchering has a mighty fine sense of humor!! He knew exactly what he was doing…………….

20 11 2008
Stuck

LibertyLover – Same thing I thought after watching it. I think she’s trying to imply people should forgive her stupidity.

20 11 2008
Political Amazon

Your Vladness:
PA: [[[So, what in the hell is wrong with our local newspaper? Why are they — as the newspaper with this stuff happening on their doorstep — not reporting on it?...]]

Just a guess–like the rest of Alaska, Sarah Palin has them by the short hairs and they are afraid of her insane vendettas.
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VLAD: Doesn’t say much for the intestinal fortitude of Alaskans if this is true. Kind of ‘wussy’.

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PA: It depends on how much one stands to lose. Although I was raised with the idea that you did what was right, no matter the consequences to you, and to do less meant your integrity was weak–having did what was right (standing up to a developer) and having lost $200,000 in attorneys fees in one year, I can understand people thinking twice if the risk is high.

Also, I think to be the biggest paper in Alaska, they need to take the long view of things. Would Alaska be harmed if Sarah Palin was to do a full-tilt-boogy vendetta on the paper and its editors/reporters and they were replaced? I can guarantee you if that happened the replacements would be willing to be Sarah Palin’s toadies.

ADN seemed to be more brave when he was on the campaign trail and her attention is elsewhere. I would imagine that her attention is now front-and-center on the people who spoke out against her. I think you will see many with less intestinal fortigude ducking and covering now.

That said, when our media fails to do their job and report the news, they lose public support for their own rights–things like not revealing sources’ names, freedom of the press, etc. People don’t like it when their newspapers are in the hip pockets of opressive politiicians.

20 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

Yeah. This was on CNN too. They described it as bizarre. I can see why the media can’t help themselves by continuing to cover Sarah Palin. She is a total nut job. I don’t think even SNL can even top this one. But, I hope they try….

20 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Good morning all! I have to go find another computer to watch the video, because without proof, I’m thinking the AKM made this up.

20 11 2008
SMR

@Vlad & Political Amazon –

Our local newspaper just plain sucks. They got all sorts of grief from locals for being “too hard” on Bible Spice during the election, and kudos from outsiders saying “wow! what a great source of info!”

But WTF? Of course they should be a great source of info, she’s their next door neighbor, and they have more access to her & more contacts & should have had years of knowledge of her & her modus operandi, more than anyone anywhere! But what did we get? Katie Couric stuff — superficially “unflattering” shite! Where’s the beef? They needed to be out there making themselves unpopular! If they were doing their job properly she’d be out of here in 2 years anyway, and then who cares if they were unpopular with her!

Gaaaa!

20 11 2008
LibertyLover

RE: Stuck @(21:36:34) :

Well, I suggest that she doesn’t stand out in the rain and look up… She might drown like turkeys are wont to do…

20 11 2008
DeMo

I came here as soon as Schuster said on Olbermann that Palin was in the news again.

AKM, thanks for adding the viewer warning. Can’t watch this sort of thing.

I can only say ditto to what others have said about the hypocrisy, irony and skit-like nature of this.

In case no one has seen the streaming cam of the Shiba Inu pups, here’s the link. http://cdn1.ustream.tv/swf/4/viewer.49.swf?cid=317016
Happy animals. Promised to good homes. Whether sleeping or playing, pure delight. Perfect antidote to Palin’s “pardon.”

20 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Jamie, Floridian in France (21:38:01) :

Jamie, go see if HuffPo, Daily Kos, and CNN made it up.

Nobody can make this stuff up.

20 11 2008
Mired...in the Pine Barrens

OKAY!…So, this is Palin’s idea of how to bring a little levity to her job as governor. Wow. She sure has some sense of humor, that one. Sure, let’s take advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to get some press coverage by filming a cheerful little turkey slaughtering. That should lighten things up a bit. Mmmmm…now take a deep breath…can’t you just smell those turkeys. Maybe next year she should try having a turkey shoot instead. Please, just don’t let her near the Easter Bunny.

20 11 2008
califpat

Hey Stuck:
I agree with you whole heartedly. But along with your suggestions of what SP should do with her free time, I suggest she read credible newapapers and journals, study civics, study geography, study the English Language and study history. At the same time she should get briefed, no not briefed, but get long termed lessons on how to govern and then get some public etiquette lessons on how to present one’s self to the public and how to graciously bow out of the limelight when you lose with some dignity intact.

20 11 2008
LibertyLover

Reminds me of an old SNL skit with Dan Ackroyd as Julia Child…

20 11 2008
califpat

or is that “in tact”, (hunching shouders)?

20 11 2008
Stuck

DeMo – *Attempts to supress unmasculine desire to squeal* Dear Lord, I want those puppies. I’m trying to convince my finance to get either an Akita or a Shiba Inu in addition to the Silky Terrier she so craves. I have an incredibly long wishlist of pets. However, in the interest of humane treatment of animals, I’ll probably have to cut it down to one or two. Oh well, a man can dream.

On that note, good night fellow Mudflatters!

20 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Oh my liberty I was thinking the same thing.
“Oh God, I’ve cut myself!”
**spurt spurt**
“Call 911!”
*Picks up phone*
“Damn Prop!”
**Passes out on Turkey**

20 11 2008
Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Hussein

Stuck and Califpat…
I think SP is about as trainable as a hurricane.

20 11 2008
Stuck

Fiance* I don’t think she’d be too happy if she knew I just equated her to a failing system…

20 11 2008
0whole1

Oh hey — maybe that door she said God was opening was….you know….in the….um…..in the….

Nah, I can’t finish.

20 11 2008
Return of the Palinator

All I could think of was the horrific smell of that place — the blood and guts would have made any normal feeling human being retch.

But I guess Sarah’s used to that smell — she likes to field dress a moose, afterall, so it’s just another day in the life of the freak show that is Sarah Palin.

Thanks to her, we’ll be having something other than turkey this year.

But what’s with the hair? Banana clip and knots in her hair? (when she turns around). Wow, what a fast fall.

20 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

ONE WORD – SOCIOPATH

20 11 2008
Bernice

I keep saying, ‘There is something really wrong in this woman’s head”, she is not all there! What? Does she sit around just thinking of ways to get media attention, anything will do? How and why did the media even know about this? Where the heck are her advisers?

I am almost frighten by her, she could be very dangerous if allowed the means!

WHAT THE HECK WERE ALASKANS THINKING IN ELECTING HER? YOU ALL SHOULD DEMAND A MENTAL EVALUATION. IMMEDIATELY!

20 11 2008
DeMo

Why does Palin elbow the guy next to her when she says she’s a friend to all creatures great and small? Guess it’s a joke everyone knows. She isn’t a friend to any creature.

Better than that clip, which MSNBC thankfully blurred, was the report about Stevens’ farewell to the Senate. Larry Craig, of airport bathroom stall infamy, actually said Stevens had an airport named for him and that was “neat.” Guess we know where Craig is headed next. Another one for SNL.

Stuck – Squeal away. The pups are so adorable. I’m amazed how many hours I’ve spent watching them. If you watch long enough, you’ll hear them squeal. Well, it’s more of a yelp, but still very cute. I’m hating that they’ll soon be separated, but they’re going to loving homes. Who wouldn’t love such a gorgeous pup? If you get one, please adopt. The owners who are airing the streaming cam ask the same. No pet stores.

20 11 2008
shrinkinggranny

mhrt oregon (19:55:49) :

shrinkinggranny (19:30:47) :
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haaa…we must be twins….but i am only getting shorter not thiner
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Nah… just wishful thinking.
(I know this should go in the forum, but couldn’t find mhrt oregon in there)

So will add this to my earlier comment…
This even beats Ed Meese (remember him?) standing in front of the statue of Lady Liberty which had had “draperies” artfully arranged in order to cover up the bare breasts (on the *statue,* folks!). Just as ridiculous.

Still shaking my head,
Nan

20 11 2008
vena45

A ditsy will always be an airhead no matter what! She truly is clueless about everything that goes on. What a shame!

20 11 2008
ozmud

AKM – I will apologize straight away because without knowing the protocol for linking another person’s post to your own, I have linked your brilliant, well-written and gripping story (too much?) to my post here: http://ozmud.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/the-amazin-palin/

I shared-without-thinking in a moment of elated exhuberance :)

Nice post! And thanks for the link. I remember that episode of WKRP! AKM

20 11 2008
Sandie

I have to admit, I think she knew what was going on behind her the whole time, and probably set up the shot that way herself. Probably her way of thumbing her nose at anyone not “dude enough” to field dress a moose.

20 11 2008
Kate in Canada

Well, if Palin can’t be wonderful for TV at work, where else will we see her? Climbing Denali? On “Most Dangerous Catch? Where next?
Is there an Old Turkey Home for birds that are pardoned, so they live out their days in warmth and comfort?
Who else is she allowed to pardon?

20 11 2008
Angela

This is starting to remind me of all those blond jokes – are we sure SP is not a blond in disguise?

20 11 2008
maditudeusa

Why didn’t the cameraperson or reporters stop filming? Why did they film there? I’m not the biggest Palin supporter, (BOTH PARTIES SUCK) but it was a setup.

She OK’d it….just sayin’. AKM

21 11 2008
lettersfromeurope

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…………………………………………….

21 11 2008
Renee99503

OK, ya got me started bloggin now too…I needed some place to vent!

http://thepolardigress.blogspot.com/search/label/Palin%20Slaughterhouse

21 11 2008
teri

So shes hardly at work for the people of Alaska?

It doesnt appear that she really has the interest of Alaskans when all her business is there in Wasilla.

It seems like its all about promoting herself and you know how she seems oblivious to all the pain, very strange. I wonder what her family thinks.

21 11 2008
264 Crayons

I couldn’t watch but thank you for the description. Isn’t that like pardoning a person on death row while someone behind you is being electrocuted? I would say what a turkey but she’s not even worthy – more like she’s a turkey turd. Watch your step!

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

YUCK! How do we send this video to PETA?

21 11 2008
KarenJ

The commentary over at TeamSarah.org is…well, just as you might suspect, blind devotion.

They’re talking about “how low can MSNBC go” and “…idiot didn’t even get the “no worries” comment….Sarah wasn’t concerned because this is how you get food. She’s killed her own food, and field dressed her own food! It’s the circle of life!!”

Yeah, geez, the “pardon the turkey” piece might have had more impact if they’d asked Sarah Palin to put down her latte, stride over to the killing table, take that big ol’ fat turkey from the guy in the rubber boots, grab her skinnin’ knife and cut that sucker’s throat!

21 11 2008
NY Dem

Where is Less Nessman when you need him ?

Yes, the camera-guy knew exactly what he was doing and was probably trying to suppress his laughter through the whole thing. He could have easily panned left and did a close-up of Sara to omit the carnage behind her, but he didn’t.

I can see Dan Akroyd making a special return appearance to SNL just to recreate the Bass-o-Matic sketch — Turkey-o-Matic !

And do you wonder if President Bush is now cringing about the pardon he has to perform next week on national TV ? How is he going to follow this act !

21 11 2008
ozmud

It just hit me:

She’s writing her book. All this nonsense is about Sarah gathering material for her $7mil book!

21 11 2008
NY Dem

The only thing lacking from the video was a turkey in the background, with a cell phone to his ear, waving to the camera and mouthing “Hi Mom” !

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

It’s obvious that she was not playing to an audience of All Alaskans – as usual she was panning to her special supporters, the NRA and the big game trophy hunters, et al. – all of you animal lovers can kiss off. Geez, usually politicians TRY to appeal to MOST of their constinuency – she doesn’t give a rat’s patoot about anyone w/ sensitivities or animal lovers. Truly a one dimensional, self absorbed individual.

21 11 2008
Pat, Washingonton state

OK, this really is too much. I finally watched Sweeney Todd on HBO, and now this. Yuk.

I’ve always said that if I think too much about where meat comes from, I can’t eat it. Should be an interesting Thanksgiving – and unfortunately, I still have to cook a turkey for the 24 people coming to our house for dinner.

Can we please move on to December and Christmas? Oh, well, maybe someone should lock up the reindeer to keep them safe from Sarah – she’s on roll. Who knows what she will do next for attention.

Someone should tell her that her 15 minutes of fame is up.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

This made me giggle hysterically. Just surreal. Reminds me of that camera “blooper” years ago when a reporter was standing in front of the niagra (no, I don’t know how to spell that) river talking about something when a suicidal person jumped in behind her and went over the falls. The camera person got it all. That one wasn’t funny like this, but the same surreal feeling.
NY Dem, STOP IT! You are setting off my giggles again.
I’ve got to go watch my taped Keith show for this (husband took away my Keith and Rachel shows for football last night).
This made my morning, which is good, because I was mad at the cat for peeing on the dog’s chair.

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Just got this in an email from PETA

Just In: ‘President Bush’ Pardons All Turkeys
“President Bush” has decided to pardon all turkeys after learning about what really happens to birds on factory farms. Watch as he explains why he’s giving birds a break during his last Thanksgiving in the White House.

http://blog.peta.org/archives/2008/11/president_bush.php?c=weekly_enews

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA
21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Maybe Sarah would fit in better as Governor of Arkansas:

A just-released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation of a Butterball turkey slaughterhouse in Ozark, Arkansas—which was spurred by a PETA undercover investigation at the facility in 2006—has confirmed PETA’s findings of intentional and routine cruelty to animals. The USDA’s investigation confirms what PETA’s investigators documented: Workers punched, kicked, stomped on, and otherwise tormented turkeys.

The USDA report confirms the following:

Employees intentionally and repeatedly injured or killed birds by kicking, punching, throwing, or stepping on them.
One worker saw other workers bash live turkeys against trucks, shackles, and the floor. He recalled seeing approximately 200 birds whose necks had been broken or who had been decapitated in one day alone.
Birds’ wings were often injured or broken because the birds were roughly yanked out of transport cages.
The abuses documented in PETA’s undercover video were “typical of what [one Butterball slaughterhouse worker] had observed working in the live hang department for the past five years. “

21 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

I saw this last night and still can’t believe what a maroon this woman is!

Then to be told before it aired what was going on behind her and say no worries, WTF. There is really seveal screws loose in that brain of hers.

21 11 2008
Enchanted and Healing

WOW!!! Just WOW!!!!! ROFLMAOPIMP! This woman is quite the attention whore, isn’t she?? …building her legacy one blunder at a time. No worries! Be Happy! :-)

ozmud (22:40:27) : Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I had forgotten about that eppy until you menitoned it. That was one of the funniest of the series IMHO. ;-)

21 11 2008
Lara

Holy Moly.

Not ready for prime time.

P.S. I think the annual turkey pardoning is one of hte stupidiest traditions any nation has ever created. I guess I don’t have any moral objections to it – but it just seems sooo sooo sooo…. odd? undignified? stupid. If I were ever to be president (ROTFLMAO) I would be soo tempted to end the tradition, but probably would give in and hold my nose and do it. But it’s not a tradition I would copy where it didn’t already exist.

21 11 2008
libbs

I think someone needs to put me in the “cone of death” because my ears are bleeding after listening to her babble.

Now, Putin and PETA will be “rearing their heads”. Sarah, you go girl!

When you are in a hole, you just need to stop digging! Sarah sure likes that shovel (in the form of a microphone).

21 11 2008
chamay0

Sometimes, there just is no hope for the utterly hopeless.

Sarah Palin wears her ineptitude with a brilliant smile and a very empty head.

21 11 2008
Dazzler

I notice she hasn’t returned everything to Neiman Marcus…notice the designer scarf around her neck?

21 11 2008
Camelot Not

i just saw one of those famous \’as seen on tv\’ turkeys on ebay. ebay userid SPalin.

21 11 2008
hadrianapolis

That is funny

21 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Um, you all have pretty much said it all. Except: “the horror, the horror”.

21 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

My Gawd, she is truly an idiot…

21 11 2008
Anonymous

;loiu

21 11 2008
Miemaw from Texas

Never again will I eat turkey for Thanksgiving, or anything else.

On the ADN. You almost have to wonder about their biggest ad buyers.

When Sarah came home, it was all Sarah, all the time. Until it came to the turkey pardon/slaughter.

Now, Uncle Ted is coming back home in disgrace, and it’s all Ted all the time.

Mark Begich. I think he was just elected to the United States Senate, from Alaska.

However, you would never know that, from reading the Anchorage paper.

Are they just absolutely hooked on corrupt politicians?

21 11 2008
flipflopfloat

Come on! Doesn’t anybody watch Discovery Channel or National Geographic? I just recently watched a young boy slaughter a cow with a knife on one of these channels. Is this really news?

Remember, she hunts, so I’m pretty sure she’s seen worse. Like gutting deer.

21 11 2008
JP AKA Coloradonative living ing NC Hussein

Didn’t have a chance to read Mudflats last night but as I was driving to work this AM; I heard a graphic description of the video from a Greensboro radio station (92rock) — almost spit my coffee all over the dashboard. Does this woman not have a clue about how she comes across?

21 11 2008
Misfit in Texas

Last night, as I got ready for bed, I flipped the channel over to MSNBC and was immediately speechless (I found my jaw on the floor)!
There was good ol’ Palin just chatting away, smilin’ into the camera, spouting the same nonsense, as usual. Behind her was a turkey shed filled with birds and some BIG smiling guy was steadily slaughtering them. A pile of GORE lay beneath the dripping cones he was placing them in to drain.

I had to rewind it and watch again and again as it was just so totally unreal. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have finally stepped off into the twilight zone of SP’s mind. Creepy to say the least. Someone please wake me up!!

21 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

I watched the video of the actual “pardon” on adn.com. When Palin gets to the line “friend to all creatures great and small,” she jabs an elbow toward the turkey farmer, in the way that you imply “I’m saying this but it sure isn’t true.”

Also, she rarely looks up from the difficult “speech” she has to read to pardon the bird.

Sigh. She STILL scares me.

21 11 2008
sjk

its that gotcha media again. I’d say she needs to have her head examined, but I’m afraid science isnt ready for the findings.

21 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I THINK THE GOP PAID FOR THAT BURBERRY SCARF AND NOT SARAH PALIN AND I WANT HER TO SHOW A RECEIPT FOR IT! AND IF SHE CANNOT, BITCH BETTER DONATE IT TO CHARITY! How do I report it?

21 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

Confirmation that she knew what was being filmed from FoxNews.com’s story:

“Palin, who called the pardoning experience “neat” was reportedly told by the station videographer what was going on behind her, but allowed the interview to continue.”

21 11 2008
Misfit in Texas

flipflopfloat (05:04:51) :

Come on! Doesn’t anybody watch Discovery Channel or National Geographic? I just recently watched a young boy slaughter a cow with a knife on one of these channels. Is this really news?

Remember, she hunts, so I’m pretty sure she’s seen worse. Like gutting deer.
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FlipFlopFloat it isn’t really the fact that the birds were being slaughtered, I think. It is more that she just decided to go to this slaughterhouse pick one random bird to “Pardon” while a steady stream are being slaughtered behind her on LIVE TV! This was not The Discovery Channel or The Learning Channel teaching how to survive in Alaska, this was SP making another opportunity to make her point and keep herself in the limelight.

What HER point was actually meant to be, I have no idea. But she daily makes me extremely more grateful that she did not make it to Washington DC!

21 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

The Diatribe Guy (05:03:31) :

While perhaps a dumb tradition, it is nonetheless a tradition engaged in by the President and numberous other governors. It is nothing unusual. You ignorance and obsession is showing.

You guys are funny.
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flipflopfloat (05:04:51) :

Come on! Doesn’t anybody watch Discovery Channel or National Geographic? I just recently watched a young boy slaughter a cow with a knife on one of these channels. Is this really news?

Remember, she hunts, so I’m pretty sure she’s seen worse. Like gutting deer.
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I’m sure the “metaphor” of a “Turkey” being pardoned was HER! Piper or Willow probably wrote the speech.
I myself would love to see the citizens of Alaska “Gut her” or the FBI, Ethics committee…etc. Or a wolf or polar bear tearing her A$$ apart….

21 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

What stores did she shop at again (SAKS & Neiman Marcus) and in what cities? That scarf is NOT being taken lightly by me.

And the backdrop and jabbing of the elbow. I LOATHE this woman!

21 11 2008
sparkle

THIS is a Burberry scarf.

[IMG]http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk92/sparkleferrari/burberry.jpg[/IMG]

Please stop calling Mrs Palin’s scarf Burberry. Call her out for wearing a cheap copy – just like she herself is a cheap copy.

21 11 2008
bookish

She’s nuts.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I have a strong stomach and have killed my share of animals for food. I admit I watched the video 3 times, once on huffpost without the blur-out, once on Keith, and once on Rachel. It is the most horrifyingly funny thing I’ve seen in a long time. The elbow jab was hysterical. The goofy slaughterer watching the interview. Sarah swinging her head around almost enough to see the whole thing. And my favorite. When she talks about levity, the slaughter guy smiles and keeps stuffing.
I’m sorry if my laughing offends anybody, but Plow Woman wins hands down in the “you can’t make this stuff up” category.
The best part is that the news blabbers have cut out a few minutes of the ENDLESS speculation over Obama’s team (I am SO over it) to show the video over and over. Plow Woman is the gobblestock of the country today.
giggle snicker snort

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

The guy doesn’t just smile. He nods a few times, sort of in rhythm to his turkey stuffing. Somebody should interview Joe the Slaughterer.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I also admit that we are too broke this year to buy a Willy Bird, so I bought a commercial turkey that was probably tortured to death. I’m sorry. I don’t like tofurky (I’ve handmade it for my veg friends and am pretty good at it) and I LOVE turkey cranberry dressing sandwiches, so having local grassfed beef for thanksgiving is just not an option. I’ll be good next year.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Plow Woman definitely knew she was in front of the slaughter (as evidenced by her “no worries” comment and the half-head-turns she does), but being a complete idiot, she had no idea how it would look on film. She still thinks that people gaze at her adoringly and are riveted by her words. No, they paid cursory attention to her words (more attention to her clothes I suspect) and focused on those turkeys.
How much do you want to bet that if she runs for ANY office, this video will make it into campaign ads against her?

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

womanwithsardinecan

I, too, think that this video will follow her out on the future campaign trails; however, just think, she has SO MUCH time to do even stupider things that this might actually miss the Top 10!

21 11 2008
jadewillowmilian

OH MY GOD…

This women is too much, I’m sorry Alaska that your are stuck with her for four more years…

http://www.buzzword101.com

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Grammy, I agree that she has lots of opportunity to be stupid, and will grab those opportunities, but I’ll bet this will remain one of her best VISUAL idiocies. The video literally drips with irony and unintentionally timed hilarity.

Anybody ever see that clip on a news blooper show with the young female reporter standing in a sports field talking about the local “crack” problem while some guy is sitting on the bleachers behind her, with his back to her, and displaying an exceptional plumber’s crack?

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

Well, coming from a person who does not eat meat of any kind for the last 35 years….I find her insensitivity difficult to understand. I’m sorry but it takes a callous, cold individual to conduct herself in this manner in front of an OFFENSIVE backdrop of death.

21 11 2008
Frank LI,NY

I wonder what McCain is thinking right about now? Seeing her face everywhere he turns has got to be bugging the crap outta him.

Mac- “Okay boys, start releasing the stuff we hid for that idjit. It’s time to take her down!”

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Goalie – I agree – it’s not like people don’t know this goes on (and even worse according to PETA) but must it be thrust into our faces as if it was funny; like I said she doesn’t even try to appeal to anyone who isn’t just like her.

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Each year, the president “pardons” two turkeys, who used to be sent to, ahem, Frying Pan Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. Well, instead of letting two overblown, overgrown birds get a few months to hobble around on painful legs, here’s an idea: Go meat-free! Of all the tough decisions boggling the Executive-brain, this one should be the easiest to make. The weapons of mass defeathering are well-documented, and are known as shackles, scalding tanks, and blade machines. Check out the words of wisdom:

http://blog.peta.org/archives/2008/11/president_bush.php?c=weekly_enews

21 11 2008
barryweber

I pledge $100 of my small town Texas income to whoever runs against Palin in the next governor’s race. Even if it’s that guy killing the turkeys, I’ll send him a contribution if he runs.

Tom the Turkey Killer for Governor of Alaska!

21 11 2008
UK Lady

And Silly Sarah thought the McCain handlers gave her bad advice?! Ha

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

I will also send $100 to Palin’s opposition in 2010 – and shouldn’t it be Joe the Turkey Killer?

21 11 2008
UK Lady

The cameraman AND the interviewer were taking the mickey, listen at 1.48, she asked SP if anything from budget was “on the chopping block”.

21 11 2008
Palin Pardons a Turkey in the Name of “Peace and Harmony.” Let the Slaughter Begin! « Chippic’s Blog

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21 11 2008
sjk

where was Piper? BTW, in the “interview” she speaks of the kids and Trig as if they were somehow ‘diffenert”.. A Floydian (sic) slip?

21 11 2008
sjk

different

21 11 2008
UK Lady

Get help Nothoney.

21 11 2008
Angela

jadewillowmilian – This women is too much, I’m sorry Alaska that your are stuck with her for four more years…

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She has already served as Governor for two years. We Alaskans only have to suffer for two more years (provided she does not run for re-election and wins). Ugh… I can’t bear to think of her being reelected as Governor much less any political office.

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

My hubby wanted to watch this video out of disbelief…I, on the other hand, covered my ears, closed my eyes and sang lalalalala….hubby had to tap me to get my attention. He couldn’t make it through the video either.

Can you imagine the disturbing smell of death that has to hang over that place?
This woman truly has no soul.

21 11 2008
katek formerly cd

It is too funny. Talk about “gotcha” journalism! But in fairness to SP, and I do this so rarely, she is probably used to that kind of gore and just doesn’t think it’ll upset or offend people. I mean, didn’t she tell Greta the family all gets together and divvies up the annual moose?

And as several astute people have noticed, the scarf is a knock-off. Probably bought from a street vendor in NYC on one of those family/state business junkets.

21 11 2008
Bonnie in Texas

I think SWWNBN has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Califpat absolutely correct in asking that your Governor be asked to take a psychiatric examination.

It is a sad commentary on our culture that narcissists and psychopaths generally do very well in the workplace.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I could do without the no-meat soapboxing. Take it to the forum.

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

I sent PETA a link to this Palin story but while I was on their website, I found this, which is even more disturbing:

http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/turkey_investigation?c=weekly_enews

“Breaking Investigation Reveals That Turkeys Were Stomped, Punched, Kicked”

21 11 2008
Jen in Washington State

This is the only thing Sarah has ever said or done to open my eyes to something. And of course it was unintentional on her part because she’s an insensitive wing nut.

But, I had no idea they processed turkeys like that. No idea….
Okay, it was naive and silly of me to not know.

I can’t serve turkey on Thanksgiving.

Eeeeesh.

21 11 2008
Kate in Canada

I read somewhere (can’t stand to watch the video) that she “accepted an invitation” to do this. So the turkey farm that invited her now is shown in its carnage- wonder if this will help or hurt their sales?

If you print a “Turkeys for Palin 2010″ sticker I’ll buy one, even in Canada. Our problem is Harper, who is Sarah’s evil twin. Yup, it can be worse than Sarah- he’s smarter and sneakier- Harper flies close under the radar with his culture wars.

21 11 2008
Aggrotech

You stay classy, Sarah…

21 11 2008
the Norwegian Blue

OT but someone referred to these avatars as “snowflakes” — aren’t they quilt squares, or do I need a new prescription?

21 11 2008
gizmotastic

Why couldn’t she have fallen into one those turkey guillotines?

21 11 2008
theweitzpaper

Apparently we all did a blog on this comedic, ironic gem of Palinisms! She’s truly the gift that keeps on giving to comedy writers.

21 11 2008
Charles

“Hick Town in W PA (19:24:23) : Irony is obviously not her strong suit.” HA! Sense of irony (or tact) requires some degree of intellectual discernment. THAT is definitely not her strong suit. Un-f**king believable!

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Everyone:

Some “ghostwriters” are writing chapters in Sarah’s book – look below the turkey for the link – the chapters so far are hilarious!!

21 11 2008
Bev

I grew up on a farm killing chicken and geese, so we could eat, so I am not ignorant of how my food finally gets to me, but this live vision is beyond believable.

She finds this funny? She says, “No worries?”

She is one sick puppy and I find her brand of so-called humor vile and pointless.

I hope when her time comes she meets up with all the creatures great and small and she is confronted for her cruelty.
Would love to see the carnage then.

21 11 2008
Pat from Texas

Bless your hearts, Alaskans. As a Texan, I can sympathize your having to endure a high-profile idiot-politician representing your state and your point of view. I have to say, though, that even Shrub (George, Jr) never pardoned a turkey when he was the guv of Texas.

But, truly, this was priceless. Please keep Sarah home so that she can continue to entertain you and all of us.

21 11 2008
irina

the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Public Health Division
is pretty strict about regs for animals slaughtered for public sale, wonder if this place is up to speed on all the little nitpicky details ? bet they’re getting a visit like today ! also. so there.

It’s so great we’ve all seen how to progress the turkeys towards the table. . .

Queen Jardis of Charn goes to the Turkey Farm !

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

We endorse the Dear Sarah Palin, Please Shut Up Already Petition to Governor Sarah Palin.

http://www.petitiononline.com/1113nov8/petition.html

Sign the Shut Up Sarah Petition!!

21 11 2008
Grammy in PA

I just googled Sarah Palin quotes and this site is really extensive on what she has said on the issues and where she stands:

http://www.ontheissues.org/Sarah_Palin.htm

I am looking for her quote about Africa and not knowing it was a continent – one of her true believers told me it was an internet hoax . . . does anyone have info on that?

21 11 2008
Search the Web on Snap.com

I can’t bring myself to sign the petition because she’s just so freakin’ entertaining! I agree with it all, but really that was the funniest thing I had seen since the election!

21 11 2008
sjk

she refers to the kids and Trig SEPARATELY. “The kids are doing well in school and Trig is happy and healthy”….Get IT?

21 11 2008
gambypants

having watchin this clip, ya know, i’m seeing that the SNL might doing a new skit with Tina Fey, maybe dancing turkeys with moose gettin slaughtered. i’m hoping it happens. just sayin’. wink!

HUNGRY! http://www.charlietueats.com

21 11 2008
Palin does interview while turkeys are being slaughtered right over her shoulder « girl du jour

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21 11 2008
Painfully Palin «

[...] stomach – I don’t and if I focused on this too much it would ruin Thanksgiving dinner – but the Mudflats treatment, less the accompanying video, is digestible. For what it’s worth, I think it’s why we [...]

21 11 2008
Renee

I think the scarf is hers and it might not be the real thing.

I have a bit of empathy for her.

Have you ever had a really bad day, this woman is having 3 months of bad. I am a major Obama supporter but she keeps me watching. Hope she will become a conservative political talk host for Fox News. She will have a really tough time making a second impression.

If you watched the adn dot com video it seemed like it was happening more to the side of her versus back. Was it a different interview on the same day?

21 11 2008
Ennealogic

A reverence for life, for the Earth, and for all its creatures, demands that killing animals for food be done respectfully — prayerfully even — and with the utmost gratitude for the life that is taken.

A grace I am very fond of (credit to J G Bennett) goes like this:

All life is one and everything that lives is holy.
Plants, animals and men — all must eat to live and nourish one another.
We bless the lives that have died to give us this food.
Let us eat consciously, resolving by our work, to pay the debt of our existence.

It is oh so clear that Alaska’s current Governor has not even an inkling that she even has a debt, much less the ability to work in such a way as to pay it. It’s always all about her.

21 11 2008
nswfm CA

Dianna (20:00:37) :

CO Almost Native (19:53:40) :
Dianna (19:47:05) :

Newspaper use eighth grade level language, because that is the most common comprehension level of readers-

I wonder what level Palin uses?
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She uses 1st grade level. I was reading at the 3rd grade level in 1st grade–this is spew, not language.

I don’t really blame Alaskans for electing her because the guy she defeated set the bar so low, but now it’s time to recall her. Your state is screwed because we’re not at 80/barrel. Take it from a Californian, you need money to make the state go ’round. There are some heinous cuts on the way down here because of the economy. That should get her out of your hair up there. Or at least, I’m hoping….

21 11 2008
Bec -Yes We Did - in Illinois

the Norwegian Blue (08:29:40) :

OT but someone referred to these avatars as “snowflakes” — aren’t they quilt squares, or do I need a new prescription?
——
They’ve always been quilt sqaures to me, too!

21 11 2008
InJuneau

@Kate in Canada (22:59:06) :

The report last night on the local news said that the pardoned turkey would be sent off to the Anchorage Zoo. Problem for such turkeys is that they don’t live very long because they’re bred to have huge amounts of breast meat, which makes them rather unstable for walking (and unable to do other things…). He’ll live for a year at most I’d guess and then will simply perish, prob. in the middle of the night, from the turkey version of a heart attack.

21 11 2008
Talking Turkey with Palin (OMG!) «

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21 11 2008
InJuneau

@Renee (09:59:45) :

The ADN footage was prob. from a different cameraperson so was shot from a slightly different angle. I’m sure all the local (Anchorage) stations sent out teams, so the angle you get is a virtue of which station is providing the video. In the video I saw last night, there were clearly a bunch of reporters sticking microphones at her.

21 11 2008
21 11 2008
nswfm CA

Evidently, there is more to come with ConvicTed:

http://washingtonindependent.com/19605/a-petty-ending-to-stevens-career

21 11 2008
nswfm CA

Oops, I meant to post on the Stevens leaving the Senate thread.

21 11 2008
debinOhio

OMG words cannot even describe this. I don’t want to offend Alaskans but how in God’s name did this woman get elected? I promise you that if she tries to run for any other office please ask the lower 48 for donations. We will be happy to send anything to keep her out of office!

Just when I think I’ve seen it all!!!!!!

21 11 2008
Howling Wolf Pup

I prefer my turkey free-range.

21 11 2008
knikgoose Hussein justaskin

Okay, that does it.
I’ll never eat foul again and it’s Palin’s fault. I’m totally grossed out.
Yes, I know they kill my turkeys before, but, I figured it was a lot more humane than this. Yikes.
Geez, I wonder how many kids who saw this are really freaked out.
She’s such a loser,…or maybe she thought it was cool to let everyone see how the turkeys are treated.
(I can’t print what I was about to type)
I want to sue her for my future inability to put food in my mouth.

21 11 2008
LibertyLover

I think I need to amend my earlier comments. Perhaps Governor Palin is a friend to all creatures big and small, because usually it is only PETA that can get such graphic video and bring it to the masses. Perhaps by standing in front of this slaughter trough, Ms. Palin actually wants America ( and beyond) into vegetarians??? Naaaaah. But it was Just a thought. ;)

21 11 2008
VoteNov4

Even with her journalism degree and all that “executive experience”, she lacks the common sense to use a more picturesque background. But, is her staff equally blind or just equally unqualified? Or is her staff in Juneau, working on Alaskan issues?

21 11 2008
mimi

no, no, what will we do without Sarah?! Thanks for the laugh.

21 11 2008
mimi

no, no, what will we do without Sarah?! Thanks for the laugh!

21 11 2008
Maureen

I’m not sure I understand the fuss about the turkey slaughter backdrop. Millions will eat turkey this week, and that’s how it gets to their tables. The fate this farm dishes out is certainly “better” than the larger scale agrabiz farms in the lower 48.

Last night all my friends were talking about how horrific the video was and what a doofus SP is, and I admit that upon reading the caption, I refused to watch the video, but I don’t eat meat for that reason. I think that if you are a meat eater, you should be ok with the process. Butterballs don’t sprout from the ground without heads and encased in plastic wrap. I think there would be many more vegetarians if people were aware of the slaughter process. Likewise, I think if the media were to show images of the murdered in Iraq (US and Iraqi alike), people wouldn’t just be sick of the war (i.e. bored of the war, tired of hearing about the $$ spent on it), they’d be outraged. They’d protest in the streets day and night. Take it a step further – if the media actually pummeled the airwaves with the atrocities in different parts of the world, then people would give a crap about Darfur and Rwanda.

I am 100% in the “SP is an idiot” camp, but I don’t find fault with her standing in front of the turkey slaughter. She’s a hunter. She gets it, and she’s ok with the slaughter. I don’t get it and I’m not ok with it, and I think that anyone who is like SP and respects the process- then fine, eat your meat. Everyone else, pass the mashed potatoes.

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@Maureen,

Amen and pass the mashed potatoes…and BTW, that’s why I don’t eat meat, fish or chicken. If I cannot kill it and prepare it myself, I have no business eating the flesh of a once living being. That’s just me and I give a wide berth to those that have the stuff it takes to do so.

21 11 2008
g

Well, whoever organized this photo-op to begin with was an idiot from the get-go – these silly “head-of-state-pardons-doomed-turkey” rituals only work if you can suspend the reality of slaughtering animals for food, so the idea of going to the slaughterhouse to hold the photo-op is bat-shit crazy.

Plus, in order to feed into the myth you have to personalize the animal in the starring role – think of Wilbur the pig in “Charlottes Web.” He got spared because he was a unique character, not because he was a pig selected at random.

so the idiot who planned this little photo op doesn’t even understand the basic concept of the quasi-presidential mythmaking he/she is trying to co-opt.

Palin goes to the slaughterhouse, unconvincingly reads a stilted and trying-to-be-cutesy “proclamation”, and then picks some random bird to spare, while giving us all a good long look at the other birds who we know are doomed to get the ax.

If the tape stopped right there, it would look stupid enough, but then she goes on to compound her unbelievable idiocy by letting us actually see the carnage – all for the sake of feeding her all-encompassing, never satisfied need for media attention.

This woman is a fascinating character. If she were a work of fiction, you’d say she was too over-the-top, a caricature, unbelievable, a farce.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Maureen, I’m going to attempt to answer. Some people have never been exposed to slaughter of food animals, and I’m sure it was a bit of a shock to that group. Some, of course, are opposed to slaughtering animals for food. Then there is the group that I am in. I eat meat. I’ve killed animals and eaten them. I’m aware of corporate slaughter practices and make a point of eating mostly grass fed local happy cows and lambs, free range chickens, cage free eggs, etc. I should be sending more letters to legislators, etc. about corporate animal practices. All that aside, what I saw that made this video so amazing, amusing, appalling, hilarious, bizarre, or whatever, was the juxtaposition of the various parts, visuals, and what Plow Woman was saying. First came the elbow jab during the first part of her pardon. Then her squeamishness with a live turkey. Then the combination of dripping irony and dripping blood, with some key phrases and words helping out (on the chopping block, a bit of levity, etc). Then her finishing the interview with the comment about how she is in charge of the turkey for thanksgiving. And finally, Joe the Turkey Killer and his antics (not just the killing).
Add all that to the basic political reality that you look for the most positive backdrop for your “availability” interviews if you want to make a good impression and have people actually pay attention to what you are saying. I had to watch at least 3 times before i could even focus on all of her words because I was too busy watching Joe the Turkey Killer.
Basically she wasted three minutes of talking about what she’s doing as governor (the “serious” part of her interview) because nobody was paying the slightest bit of attention.
So you get outrage from some PETA types, shock from folks who’ve never really let themselves think about where their meat comes from, and bizarro trainwreck amazement from the rest of us.
Aside from annoyance at the dirty, crowded-looking conditions and the brutal cone of death, my main response is amazed laughter.

21 11 2008
Christina

Can you imagine Sarah Palin in the Whitehouse. What was John McCain thinking…or maybe he wasn’t thinking. Save the Turkey…what’s next?

21 11 2008
poietes

You know, I didnt watch the original segment on MSNBC because I just knew that it was going to be sickening, and I didn’t watch it here either. But I did read all of the comments and listen to the governator rattle on and on with much ado about nothing as usual. And I have reached four key conclusions:
1. I am glad that I live in the lower 48 and don’t have that woman as my governor.
2. I am sooo glad that the election is over and that WE WON because the very thought of that woman being anywhere near the White House makes my stomach turn.
3. Sarah Palin would do just about anything to get on camera; I think that she would probably televise the birth of her grandchild if she thought that it would keep the bright lights on her.
4. I truly believe that she is a narcissistic/sociopath. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and this woman does more than crave attention. She craves it at any cost. She lies, stretches the truth ruthlessly, and has absolutely no concern about who she uses to get her way. Consider: her use of her children as props on the campaign trail. Her domination and manipulation of John McCain. Her unrelenting need to have a redo on history since returning to Alaska. She isn’t just a politician. She’s a very scary person. Take a good look at her when she’s fixing her face (not putting on makeup but FIXING/PUTTING ON HER MASK) just before the camera goes in close for a story. It’s very revealing.

Sorry to run on, but the turkey pardoning was kind of the last straw for me. I’ll be donating money to whoever she runs against.

As someone said previously: Kurtz: “The horror. The horror.”
http://www.poietes.wordpress.com

21 11 2008
g

I think arguing about killing animals for meat/vs vegans vs/hunters being used to carnage is beside the point.

The point is, this silly woman, in her attempts to burnish her image as a potential candidate for national office, has so hilariously bungled a calculated photo-op event, exposing her own cluelessness and narcissism.

Can you imagine someone with that little understanding of how public officials present themselves conducting business with world leaders? If she didn’t understand how this would come off, how could she possibly be able to understand how to represent our nation to the world without creating similarly inappropriate impressions?

21 11 2008
tirsan57

How many other Governors “Pardoned” a Turkey this year??? Anybody know? Did Palin “Pardon” one last year or is this just her grandiose, blustering hot-airhead vision of herself as president?

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

g, I agree with your beside the point comment and your main point. Her narcissistic obliviousness helped provide the perfectly timed punchlines to the main show. No politician in his or her right mind would set up a photo op like this.

21 11 2008
Mimi

My favorite part, though, is the proclamation — clearly written by someone else with a sense of humor, forcing Palin to counter her own stances on the death penalty, animal abuse, and fair trials.

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@ Lindy,

Wow…I’m sorry but I believe moral issues are between an individual and their God and standing in judgement of others here is not necessary.

Calling people warped beyond repair is your personal opinion Lindy.

I’m sure you have strong opinions and I respect your opinions- but they are yours, not mine and everyone who does not share your particular opinion is not “warped beyond repair”.

21 11 2008
raccoon coyote

Silly Sarah, what a dolt.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Hey Lindy, I am personally offended by the term, “pro-abortion. This thread is NOT about abortion, and the rules around here are stick to the blog subject or go soapbox in the forum.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

And I’m already annoyed from a comment on another site, in which some paranoid humorless person took amusement of Plow Woman’s turkey antics as an attack on special needs children and disabled people. While I can appreciate the irony of saying attacking Plow Woman is attacking special needs people, the comment was a load of crap.

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@Lindy,

WHO said I felt that WAY? You are making assumptions. I am NOT pro-abortion and like womanwithasardinecan, I am offended by that term as well. You are talking to me as if I am a child. I am not. I am a 57 year old mother of two, and a two time cancer survivor and I resent your implications. I am sure you don’t really mean to come across in that way, so I will leave it there.

Again, please keep your personal judgements of others to yourself; and if you must discuss abortion, there is a forum here to discuss anything on your mind. Still, that must be done in a respectful manner as well.

Thank you.

21 11 2008
Palin - the candidate that can’t shut up « Citizen Journalist Review

[...] is a lovely commentary from a fellow Alaskan regarding this ‘presidential-like’ pardon. She says Alaska [...]

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@ Lindy,

It’s really okay. This is a great blog and you should not be run off – you can express differing opinions here – we like that! You just have to respect the opinions of others as well and not come from a position of “I’m right and you are wrong”…even though in your heart you might really believe that.

Truly, stick around. There are wonderful folks here with differing views and we all make mistakes – but we accept each other as they are.

Sorry to all about being off topic here!

21 11 2008
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21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Maybe the FAQ should be updated so that people new around here know about the forum and about making at least an attempt to stay on topic over here at the blog (I define “on-topic” as both specific to the particular thread topic and concerning Alaska politics in general, which gives people a little wiggle room before heading to the forum).
I think that both I and Goalie in NM responded to Lindy BECAUSE we do NOT feel like she is a troll. Her concerns and opinions are genuine, but do not belong in this topic. And I do not believe that our responses constituted a “tantrum.”

21 11 2008
skj

Nevermind the scarf or the turkeys….In the post ceremony presser, she refers to the kids and Trig SEPARATELY. “I’m thankful that my sons Stryker Brigade relativley safe, that the kids are doing well in school and Trig is happy and healthy”…Is Trig not one of the kids. Obviously he is not in school, but….hmmmmm

21 11 2008
g

I guess it’s “Save the turkeys, kill the babies” to most of you.

Actually no, Lindy, you don’t seem to be reading other comments very carefully. Your opposition to abortion is well noted, and shared by some, but it’s irresponsible to accuse people of something that you surmise without basis.

While some people are appalled at the killing of turkeys, most of the commenter aren’t – I for one am appalled at the political cluelessness of Governor Palin.

and, sorry, Pastor Blastor, if she “did it to see what kind of stir it would cause” – that’s a pretty irresponsible act for someone who is a chief executive of a state government. She’s not just speaking for herself, she’s representing the people of the state. I’m very glad our nation won’t risk having her in the Oval Office doing things to “see what kind of stir it would cause” on our behalf.

21 11 2008
antiAnti

Clearly the term “whackjob” was well choosen.

21 11 2008
ozmud

Angela (07:29:55)
She has already served as Governor for two years. We Alaskans only have to suffer for two more years (provided she does not run for re-election and wins). Ugh… I can’t bear to think of her being reelected as Governor much less any political office.
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Actually, when she was first nominated a couple of us sat down and did the math. I don’t rememer our exact dates, but Sarah took office in Nov/Dec of 2006. Take time away for the holidays and redecorating her new office.

Anyway, thing is when you start comparing the time she spent actually doing her job, to all her downtime, as of mid-Sept it came out to less than 14 months of actually serving her term as governor. It’s now at the two year mark and she’s spent the lion’s share ofthis year campaigning. Even after the election, she has continued to spend more time campaigning than actually running the stte of Alaska.

It would be really interesting if one of you ‘in the know’ in Alaska would work up a calendr of Sarah’s actual working days in her first term as governor.
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Granny – thanks for the peta link.
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Lindy: I think I speak for a lot of people when I say: It’s not the killing of the turkeys, it’s the killing of the turkeys ON CAMERA while having just told the audience “I am the friend of all creatures large and small”, and while mouthing off how much ‘fun’ she’s having (oops there goes another turkey into the one of death) at this event.

It’s comparable to listening to that little boy calmly and casually explaining to the police office how he shot his father. No sign of any sort that there might be the slightest bit of inppropriateness to his actions.

Sarah displays the same immaturity.

21 11 2008
skj

In the post ceremony presser at the “Turkey Saving”, she refers to the kids and Trig SEPARATELY. “I’m thankful that my sons Stryker Brigade is relativley safe, that the kids are doing well in school and Trig is happy and healthy”… Obviously Trig is not in school or at war, but….
Is Trig not one of the kids?
hmmmmm…..

21 11 2008
KarenJ

Enough already with the neo-con buzz words slamming people you don’t know, about a topic one would never have guessed could engender a peculiarly political viewpoint like yours, PastorBlastor.

Since you have such a narrow world view, let me be the first to tell you why so many people are “angered”. Sure, it’s JUST a turkey, and most of us know enough about the facts of life regarding prey-predator and where turkeys are on the food chain.

That’s not the issue. The issue is Sarah Palin’s insensitivity to Alaskan families (since this was a local station network broadcast interview) by purposely (it’s been proven) stationing herself so that the bloody slaughter of two turkeys would be performed in camera range behind her.

I guess she never thought or didn’t care that quite a few families would be sitting down to their dinner watching the 6 PM news with their impressionable and innocent young children, catching up on the news so that they would have “family time” later in the evening. Bad habit, but a lot of families do it…

Imagine the parents’ distress when their kids saw the bloody killing table.

I guess in your world, Sarah Palin’s “message” for her followers (“kill, baby, kill”), the end justifies the means, eh?

21 11 2008
Too many opportunities to count « Suz at Large

[...] OK, not that she would kill a turkey herself. But that she really would stand in front of a camera and “pardon” a turkey while a man was slaughtering turkeys not far behind her and on camera. And apparently she knew it would happen, and said “no worries.” [...]

21 11 2008
ozmud

Mykeyboard is ded.i’ve orderedanother one. I dont atch all my typos :)

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Okay, new folks. This is an ALASKA blog, about ALASKA politics. Sarah Palin is the GOVERNOR of ALASKA. Get it?
If you are interested in Alaska politics, the unique thing that is Alaska, the GREAT PALIN TRAINWRECK, the new DEMOCRAT senator from ALASKA, the old FELONIOUS senator from ALASKA……………then stick around and join the fun. If you are interested but also want to wander through some other extended topics, then go check out the forum. If you are here because you wandered in and didn’t like what you saw and couldn’t resist making disrespectful remarks about the blog and the diverse bunch of people who hang out here, then wah, just as easy to wander out.

21 11 2008
Mrs. Polly aka R. Trinket Palin

PastorBlastor may have the same contempt for the domestic turkey as others who have worked on large turkey farms, but he only demonstrates what is wrong with with commercial, large-scale turkey farming.

The bird Ben Franklin wanted as the national bird is nothing like the poor brainless aberrations crowded together on farms like this one. On HuffingtonPost there is a clip, courtesy of PETA, of farm workers abusing turkeys out of frustration, rage, and just plain sadism.

Ironically, Sarah may have helped push a lot of people towards that Tofurky dinner this year.

BTW, she seems repulsed by the filthiness of the turkey she pardons, but pretty much OK with the blood and muck outside. Her rallies must have been good practice.

21 11 2008
joemescher

Absolutely wild.

She still thinks she will be president in 2012?

Before she gets too far into her exploratory committee she might want to rethink a few political moves.

I posted about her numerous gaffes and it got crazy traffic, the lady draws a crowd:

http://tinyurl.com/5bvre3

21 11 2008
Sparky

As a vegetarian, this is disgusting.

I’m also well-aware that I’m laughed at my most, but the whole of this clip, and of course Palin’s part in it, is sad and it’s disgusting.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

OMG, I have been laughing so hard at Countdown I thought i would have a heart attack. Comments coming from the Palin camp. “Governor Palin did not did not hear cries of doomed turkeys” “Palin’s staff said Americans were not meant to witness turkey bloodbath.” “Palin upset about sharing screen time with slaughtered turkeys.”

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Those were the “breaking news” versions of the Palin response. lol.

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

actually that was sharing screen time with turkeys in cone of death.

21 11 2008
Goalie in NM

@womanwithsardinecan,

LOL….do NOT tell me that she feigns ignorance of what was happening behind her when she was clearly informed of it!! Oh now, thats FUNNY!

21 11 2008
thebrewhouse

It’s funny that you mention it might have made her feel presidential. I don’t know if one of your educated commenters pointed it out since I didn’t bother to read all the comments, but pardoning the turkey has been a US presidential tradition since 1989. It is often rumored to have begun far earlier under Kennedy, and some even say Truman.

I didn’t vote for McCain/Palin, and I’m not commenting on anything Palin may have said because I didn’t watch your video. However, I’m a big believer in having the facts in their proper context.

So, if you want to blame Palin for these antics, then blame the US Presidency. They started it first.

Errr….that was the point in saying it was “presidential.” AKM

21 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Goalie in NM,

The Great Palin Turkeyfest has been SUCH a relief from all the serious stuff, IN SPITE of the animal downsides. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages.
She inadvertently drew massive attention to the cause of humane treatment of animals, as well as reminding everybody about her bloodthirsty pursuit of said animals. The irony is utterly delicious.

On a related but different note, I got to see some of the wild turkeys being re-introduced to southern Arizona, and they are wonderful cool birds. I wish their overbred, overfed domestic counterparts could join them.
I never knew that wild turkeys roost in trees.

21 11 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Mudpuppy

I cannot live without this woman, just when I think she can’t do anything to look stupider she tops herself. She has become my comic relief. Not easy to find things to make me laugh until I cry. I grew up on a farm so I am familiar with where meat comes from, now so is everybody else. Bet the turkey growers will be looking for a bail out now that nobody can stand the idea of putting turkey on the table for thanksgiving.

21 11 2008
empish

Gobblegate, Please don’t let this woman out in the rain, she may drown herself.
I am so hoping SNL will go with this, its too good to pass up!

21 11 2008
Jenny

She is dumb, insensitive, ignorant, and has no regard for animals and people – why else would she say “no worries” when asked if the backdrop of her interview was ok? If you say you’re friends of animals small and large, then at least PRETEND that you DO. So dumb.

21 11 2008
Jenny

peace and harmony = violence and war (in Palin’s eyes)

21 11 2008
poietes

nbfrank1,

Because of the nature of this blog, I’m not even going to address your comments comparing war to abortion. I’m going to restrain myself from your implicit suggestion that Democrats cannot possibly be Christians. I will even overlook your ignorant comment about Barack Obama being a Muslim and the even more ignorant implication that a Muslim American has no more right to hold office in America than a Christian American, in spite of the fact that Obama is Christian. I will overlook all of these things because that is not what this blog is about.

However, I will reserve my personal right to tell you not to try to justify your remarks simply because you are a veteran. That is where I have to draw the line because I am certain that there are many veterans on this blog who do not try to impose their extremist views on the rest of us when we are trying to hold a well-rounded, extremely elucidated discussion on the follies on the continuing saga of the ineptitude of the governor of Alaska.

So please, be gone with you.

21 11 2008
mhrt oregon

sparky
you are not laughed at….I am almost there …..do not eat a lot of meat….but every once in awhile a BLT…i did not grow up on a farm….but my grandmother had one….but this was 50 years ago….it really was what they raised to eat….they did not have the super markets like they have today….I would go over there and look for my favorite chicken to find out he was dinner…yuck not good for me

21 11 2008
Mike Licht

These Thanksgiving pardons are trickier than they look.

21 11 2008
familyforest

What was she thinking. Why does the poor turkey need to be pardoned when it is on the chopping block?

Who is she related too?

http://familyforest.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/sarah-palin-is-related-to-who/

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Oct30/0,4670,PalinFamilyHistory,00.html

21 11 2008
g

So, if you want to blame Palin for these antics, then blame the US Presidency. They started it first.

sorry, friend. Theother Presidents conducted a well-choreographed sanitized, fake, turkey-pardoning ritual where the turkey, already selected and named, was properly escorted to the White House and pardoned without exposing the public to the sight of the other, doomed turkeys.

They didn’t traipse, high-heeled, to the slaughterhouse, casually pick out a random bird to be designated the spared turkey, and then blather on camera while, behind them, 30 pound birds are flapping their wings and twitching their feet in death-agony, head down in aluminum cones while their life-blood is drained from them.

the other Presidents knew how to stage a PR event, however cynical the pretense was. Palin? she’s a freakin’ idiot.

21 11 2008
“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” « More or Less Bunk

[...] Oh lord. From the incomparable Mudflats: Before you believe that maybe Sarah Palin didn’t know about this, or was horrified when she [...]

21 11 2008
www.clonevideos.com

You can tell she just craves attention and will take it any way she can!

AKM, I think you’re right – she’s trying to grab whatever “presidential moment” she can – although I doubt turkeys have been killed on camera whenever a sitting president has done his traditional “pardoning of the turkey.”
It may be another way of politics and may be she have a disire to own a farm like this. or she may be regreting the killings of civilians in iraq by Bush government. who knows?
share your videos with us as well.

22 11 2008
Friend to All Creatures, or at Least the Occasional Turkey. « Raymenie

[...] to All Creatures, or at Least the Occasional Turkey. Cally sent me a link to this video this morning which is Sarah Palin’s latest amusing interview. This time she is pardoning a [...]

22 11 2008
Turkey Gate - The Fiasco That Wouldn’t Die. « Mudflats

[...] Gate – The Fiasco That Wouldn’t Die. 22 11 2008 Sarah Palin’s turkey pardoning has indeed caused a big flap (pardon the pun). It’s not so much that we don’t deep down [...]

23 11 2008
turkeygate–palin keeps ‘em coming « angryXer

[...] Sarah Palin’s turkey pardoning has indeed caused a big flap (pardon the pun). It’s not so much that we don’t deep down [...]




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