November 22, 2008
Candy-ass goes mainstream
Perhaps I'm a callused and insensitive bastard, but I'm well aware that unless they are eaten alive (which happens only in certain other countries it is racist to criticize), animals have to be killed before being eaten. While animal rights activists and radical vegans do not like this, people who eat meat obviously accept the inevitable killing which is a precursor to their meal.
If they don't, well, then there's something seriously wrong with the way they think. I like to assume that normal people think in a normal manner, and that people who eat meat have to know that it came from an animal which was slaughtered.
So yesterday when I read that Governor Sarah Palin held a press conference after her annual "turkey pardon" at a turkey farm while turkeys were being slaughtered in the background, I assumed that this Huffington Post reaction (calling the turkey killings "surreal" and "gruesome") that Ann Althouse blogged about was just an example of animal rights activist fare. Anyway, I agreed with her reaction:
Deal with it, you candy-asses. If you eat meat, something like that is going on in the background for you too.I agree, but it didn't seem worth a blog post yesterday. Writing about painfully obvious things is sometimes, well, painful, especially when I'm busy, as I have been lately.
Until this morning, when Glenn Reynolds linked the Althouse post again along with this gem from Tim Blair, I had not realized that the "candy-ass" commotion was not limited to animal rights activists.
It's now mainstream.
These are some of the headlines:
What did they expect her to do? Intervene?Blair notes countless hand-wringing reactions to the turkey slaughter -- including the New York Times, NBC, Wonkette, MSNBC, and the Washington Post, and I was just blown away to read them.
No way could all of these people be vegans or animal rights activists. Surely, the movement hasn't infiltrated that far, that fast. Have they? Or are these people living in denial, imagining that their food is manufactured in factories somewhere?
Here's the video that's caused all the commotion:
Under the circumstances, I find myself wondering why there was no similar outrage over this gruesome scene:
So where's the outrage from mainstream candy-assdom?
UPDATE: In a post three years ago, I noticed that "tasteless beheading videos used to be shown on television" (in children's cartoons made in the 1940s and recycled over the years for Thanksgiving) and I found this animated gif:
As I noted,
The country was more rural in the 40s, and rural people tend not to have as much of a problem knowing where their food comes from.Beheading video? Geez. Maybe I shouldn't use or regurgitate such strong language.
I'd hate to give Sarah Palin's candy-ass critics ideas.
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking this post, and a warm welcome to all.
As to the gruesome Obama poultry photo which shocked Glenn, it was M. Simon who found it. (It's so damning that it might have been suppressed permanently had he not.)
All comments appreciated!
posted by Eric on 11.22.08 at 12:11 PM
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