Okay. This ain't easy for us. Ann Althouse dismisses the snuffing of a turkey in the background of a Palin interview (above) with "Deal with it, you candy-asses. If you eat meat, something like that is going on in the background for you too." And it is. Two 12-15 pounders are on deck for Thanksgiving down Goomp's this Thursday.
Sarah Palin's turkey has come home to roost. We watched
drumstruck dumbstruck as each side of the political divide came down predictably for or against the horrifying spectacle of the former Republican VP candidate's recent interview set against a backdrop of turkeycide. From the reflexively Sarah-dissing "Dish Rag" blog at the LA Times:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pardons Tom the Turkey, then babbles on, making little to no sense (as usual), while talking turkey and politics to a news crew.
What she does not know is that at least two helpless turkeys are being slaughtered in the background, their legs wiggling as their heads are stuffed into a grinder by a smiling camera-hog executioner.
"The turkey goes into the killing cone headfirst," according to Blue Oak Ranch Pastured Poultry. "Catch and handle your birds gently and calmly, and there will be less stress (for both you and the bird!). Restrain them by holding the shanks, and try to avoid rough handling. The first cut to sever the jugular vein and carotid artery are made just behind the tendon attachment for the beak and tongue. You can feel the hard cartilaginous piece behind the jaw attachment and ear canal."
Turkey butchery is not for the faint of heart. We were horrified ourselves, being totally empathetic with our fellow sentient creatures, but "stuffed into a grinder" set our nose for news aprickling, and we discovered that the torture chamber
reported repeated by all the news outlets to be a "grinder" was no such thing at all. The alleged grinder was a "cone killer," where you put the trusting beastie upside down in a metal cone, pull its head out the bottom and slit its throat so it can bleed unto death. They say the turkey goes into shock and loses consciousness within seconds. Let us pray that is so. As Michelle Malkin suggests, not without irony, "I guess they’ll all be going tofurkey this Thanksgiving."