I just looked back at the headline and laughed. REAL turkeys, not two scoundrels, as it may at first appear. 🙂
President Bush granted clemency this morning in a special Rose Garden ceremony to two distinguished White House guests: The National Thanksgiving Turkey. The President said they had been named Pumpkin and Pecan, and are from the Hill Farm in Ellsworth, Iowa.
This custom has reportedly been observed by U. S. Presidents since the time of Harry Truman. Snopes. com says the practice goes back to the Abraham Lincoln.
President Bush said that one of the turkeys, or maybe he said both, will be flown first class to Disneyland Resort in Southern California, where he will be the grand marshal of “Disney’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” After the parade, guests will be able to visit the turkey in Frontierland section.
This reminds me of the media storm (yet another one) when Sarah Palin was interviewed at the turkey farm recently where she had gone, as governor, to pardon a turkey, and the horror with which the out of touch and irrational MSM went wild because the turkeys were actually being slaughtered. MSNBC blurred out the background of the video as if it was not fit for human eyes to see, when, in fact, having seen the video, blurring deleted, it was nothing really. A man holding a turkey. That was it.
Reality check — turkeys do have to be slaughtered and so does every other kind of animal — hog, chicken, cow, whatever — in order to be eaten. Sounds simplistic to say, but it would appear that some think maybe the meat they buy in the grocery store is manufactured in a plant somewhere.
Well, unless a person is a vegetarian, that person has certainly eaten plenty of slaughtered meat. It wasn’t that long ago when people had to kill and dress their own meat if they were to have any. I think they still do a lot of that in Sarah Palin’s Alaska. So anybody who is offended at this should consider becoming a vegan, if they are not already one.
According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving—that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. American per capita consumption of turkeys has soared from 8.3 pounds in 1975 to 18.5 pounds in 1997. Ten years later, the number has dropped slightly in 2007 to 17.5 pounds.
That’s seven and a half pounds per person! But I am sure no one at MSNBC or at Huffington Post has EVER eaten any turkey. 🙂
UPDATE: At 10:58, approximately, on Thanksgiving Eve night, Keith Olbermann just blessed us with a re-run of the Sarah Palin turkey tape, not blurred out this time, but with the added attractions of scenes in the background full of blood splattering and bloody hands and other bloody scenes of destruction that had nothing whatever to do with the original scene. I would call it a “remix.” And disgusting it was.
What a unscrupulous man Olbermann is. I saw him earlier this week, a flash of him, that is, with Martha Stewart. I was able to turn the channel pretty quickly, but I think he was — guess what? stuffing a turkey!! Here you have it, or at least a portion of his appearance with Martha. The two of them — one of the biggest liars on the face of the earth and the convicted felon jailbird, criticizing one of the most upstanding persons to ever run for public office. You can’t make it up, http://chickaboomer.blogspot.com/2008/11/no-pardon-for-olbermann.html
Posted: 11.26.08 Updated: 11.26.08 about 11:10 p.m.