Friday, November 21, 2008

One Funky Friday Story

I can't resist this story.

Governor Sarah Palin granted a Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while cameras captured a man just behind her slaughtering turkeys.

Palin hardly missed a beat in front of the cameras as she described her appearance at the Triple D Farm & Hatchery just outside Wasilla as "neat".

You can see the video of the interview at the MailOnline site.

I can hardly wait until the 2012 presidential election when she will probably bid to finish off what is left of the US. ;)

Eish broer!

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Erica said...

Barbie is way beyond repair! I can't bring myself to take this chick seriously.

Ridwan said...

Thanks for your comment Erica.

It makes me shudder to think that 58% of the popular vote went to the McCain/Palin ticket!

Peace to you,

Anonymous said...

Your post reminded me of a great article by Arundhati Roy in 2004 that uses the turkey-sparing tradition in the US to explain New Racism...

"The tradition of `turkey pardoning' in the U.S. is a wonderful allegory for New Racism. Every year since 1947, the National Turkey Federation presents the U.S. President with a turkey for Thanksgiving. Every year, in a show of ceremonial magnanimity, the President spares that particular bird (and eats another one).

After receiving the presidential pardon, the Chosen One is sent to Frying Pan Park in Virginia to live out its natural life. The rest of the 50 million turkeys raised for Thanksgiving are slaughtered and eaten on Thanksgiving Day.

ConAgra Foods, the company that has won the Presidential Turkey contract, says it trains the lucky birds to be sociable, to interact with dignitaries, school children and the press. (Soon they'll even speak English!)

That's how New Racism in the corporate era works. A few carefully bred turkeys — the local elites of various countries, a community of wealthy immigrants, investment bankers, the occasional Colin Powell, or Condoleezza Rice, some singers, some writers (like myself) — are given absolution and a pass to Frying Pan Park.

The remaining millions lose their jobs, are evicted from their homes, have their water and electricity connections cut, and die of AIDS. Basically they're for the pot.

But the Fortunate Fowls in Frying Pan Park are doing fine. Some of them even work for the IMF and the WTO — so who can accuse those organisations of being anti-turkey? Some serve as board members on the Turkey Choosing Committee — so who can say that turkeys are against Thanksgiving? They participate in it!

Who can say the poor are anti-corporate globalisation? There's a stampede to get into Frying Pan Park. So what if most perish on the way?"

The rest of it here:

Ridwan said...

Thank you kindly Niteflyer for your comment.

I was not aware of this piece by Arundhati Roy but as usual I am just amazed by her thinking and writing.

"The Fortunate Fowls ... even work for the IMF and the WTO ..."

Love it!! This comment deserves a post on Thursday when most Americans will be stuffing their consciousness with the nonsense of Thanksgiving.

I hate this time of year in the US.

Thanks again sista, I trust you are well.

Peace and dat,