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Friday, November 21, 2008

Sarah Palin and the Slaughtered Turkey.

Alaska Governor Sara Palin sitting with a dead bear carcass. Killing an animal to use the dead body for decoration is disrespecting life in you want my opinion.

On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving. This proved to be a slightly absurd but ultimately unremarkable event. But what came next was positively surreal. After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!! Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Be warned, it's kind of gruesome.
James: Yes it's gruesome but it should be gruesome because we're talking about slaughtering another living being. People should be able to stand watching the animal that they are about to eat on Thanksgiving be killed. If you want to eat meat then I think you should be prepared to kill the animal yourself because someone has to do that for you for every scrap of meat that you eat. If you don't think that you can do it like I didn't then you might want to become a vegetarian.

This ironically occurred while yesterday a hidden video caught workers at a turkey farm throwing the animals against the floor, kicking them and abusing them in other ways. I hardly even remember what Palin said during this video with the brutality occuring in the background.

A reporter asked Palin if she was okay with the backdrop. The Alaskan Governor answered, "no worries." As the bird's head was removed, the man looked over his shoulder at the governor and reporters and flashed a toothy grin.

I understand people having to eat meat because their survival depends upon it but now many of us can survive and live well without meat. In closing, I leave you with the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi: The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

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Linda Sama said...

she is such a blithering idiot...I blogged about the same thing at Ageless Hippie Chick

xinuflux said...

wow. she and her buddy are really testing my metta practice...

Dhamma81 said...

A lot of folks on the left just hate this woman. I don't excuse her callousness towards animals, but if we take a look at where she is from and how she was probably raised she is only doing what is probably semi normal in the wilds of Alaska.

I think it is wise to look at some of the good this woman has done if we are to be balanced. At least she didn't get an abortion and chose to keep her special needs child and raise it. That takes a level of compassion whether you or anyone else agrees with her politics or her way of life up there in Alaska.

Even if you are pro choice, keeping a child and chooisng to raise it despite the hardships of having one is commendable. There is some good in Sarah Palin that we can all see.

I think I am the same way as you folks on the left with Barack Obama and other liberals. Even Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers have to have SOME good to them even if hard nosed right wingers like me sometimes find it hard to see. Maybe if us on both sides of the fence tried to see the good in others irrespective of whether we like their politics or lifestyle there could be a little more peace and understanding. Be well now.

They call him James Ure said...


She's not the sharpest knife in the drawer that's for sure.


Yeah she really tests my capacity for anger. I guess that's a good thing though. The Dalai Lama said that those we disagree with most are our best teachers.


You're right that she is just being an average citizen of Alaska but she needs to have more tact when doing these interviews. She was informed of the backdrop and didn't mind it. If she wants to be in national politics then she needs to learn how to be tactful.

I don't want to rehash the abortion issue but I do commend her for raising a special needs child. I just hope that she extends her fight for special needs children to special needs adults and the mentally ill.

Anonymous said...

If she had chosen to change the backdrop those who cherish hate for her in their hearts would still have criticized her. Let go of your hatred for this woman.

They call him James Ure said...


Be careful before you make blanket statements. The only thing that I said about her that I was bothered with in this post was her cavalier attitude toward animals.

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