More mail on my favorite story of the day. I’m told by one reader that Palin is wearing a knockoff Burberry scarf, although another one considers it real. You got me. And other readers, like Kathryn, have mentioned Matt Scully’s book. My only response to that is that the killing, or bleeding, that is going on behind Palin appears to be the kind of small-farm, individualized treatment that Scully might approve of — not at all like the huge, mechanized, mass slaughterhouses that he discussed. The turkey got to roam around, eat a lot, and live its turkey life until Thanksgiving neared. Anyway, the latest batch of mail:
Just read your post. I think those folks who wrote you those emails miss the point: sure, we ALL know this happens, and we all enjoy eating turkey, but from a p.r. perspective, where was her staff? Doing an interview whilst a turkey is getting “bled out” on television just distracts from what the governor was saying. I was watching this video from here in the [office] (with some colleagues) behind me, and we didn’t hear ONE word the governor said. We were just laughing so hard, because it was like an old Benny Hill or “SNL” skit.
Again, situational awareness should have been on the minds of the
governor’s staff (and the governor, if she knew this was going on).
Look on the bright side of the Palin youtube: It’ll get lots of hits, and she’s wearing a Burberry knockoff scarf. For those who know fashion, this should end any notion that she kept the RNC’s clothes.
Killing is what happens on farms. Seriously. I’m saying this as a farmer.
City people think that farms are “where life happens.” Nonsense. Farming is about killing stuff. I don’t even raise livestock or poultry and I have to kill stuff.
I can get crops to grow by simply putting seed in the ground. The rest of my job is to kill, kill, kill. Kill weeds. Kill insect pests. Kill vertebrate pests. Whether by herbicide, pesticides, shooting, trapping, stomping, you name it — I spend far more time killing than I do making something grow. Mother nature takes care of the growing. I have to remove the competition. There have been days when I’ve trapped 50+ pocket gophers and shot 100 ground squirrels – before lunch. They needed killing, and the next day, more of them were killed because they needed killing. At other times, I’ve shot dozens of jackrabbits at night and flung them out into the sagebrush for coyotes to eat.
And none of that starts in with helping neighbors slaughter steers, lambs, chickens, etc.
That’s farming: killing. Lots of it.
Want to know why this nonsense is ‘news’?
Because an increasingly large cohort of America in the lower 48 (and probably Hawaii) are p—ies. They have no clue where their food comes from, they don’t hunt, they don’t fish, so they get to act all high and mighty about scenes like this.
In Alaska, they have critters that consider humans food. Absent high powered rifles, humans are not at the apex of the food chain in Alaska. That will tend to give people a different perspective than the silk pantywaists in the lower 48.
Re Palin and the bleeding-out turkey, what struck me was that the camera is pointed so that it gets her and the turkey in the frame. Had Palin, as the subject of the interview, been centered in the shot (I’m no camera man, but this seems to be the normal practice), the turkey would not have been visible (or at least less visible). The election may be over, but for Palin the media’s knives are not back in their sheaths. Good luck, Sarah.