Oddly Endurant Sarah Palin/Turkey Slaughter Story Takes New Twist


Thatfunny but completely unimportant thing from last week in which Sarah Palin pardoned a turkey and then gave a teevee interview with a turkey being sliced 'n' diced in the background... well the American people are intent to know as much as possible about it! Early reports suggested that Palin was aware before the interview started that the bloodbath would be in the camera shot, and she was cool with that. Over the weekend, however, a Palin spokesperson told the legendary muckrakers at Entertainment Tonight that Palin had no idea about the savagery behind her, and that the in-the-tank cameraman included it in spite of her staff's orders not to do so. Hmm. It appears that, for the first time ever, a story about Sarah Palin offers fully contradictory recollections from opposing sides.

Here's the initial story, as told by that Alaskan blogger at Mudflats whom everyone loved for a few months:

Scott Jensen is the one who filmed the scene. He’s local station KTUU’s award winning chief photographer. He told CC from KUDO radio yesterday that Sarah Palin, who was standing next to her personal assistant throughout the entire interview, chose the spot on which she stood for the “turkey slaughter interview” that quickly went viral on the internet, and received wide coverage in the news media. The turkey slaughter was already underway when the governor chose the spot. The photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.”

So what he's saying is that Scott Jensen is a liberal. Surprise, surprise. What's the real story now, Palin spokesperson?

"The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her," Palin's spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird's feathered friends in the background.

Palin's spokesperson tells ET the bird butchering wasn't going on when the shot was set up, and a cameraman "ignored" the governor's staff's request to remove the graphic sight once cameras were rolling.

"We're unhappy about it and the station is not happy either," Palin's rep tells ET, adding, "this was an attempt to lighten up and do something non-controversial."

Typical gotcha journalistic media situation, here.

But really, why is the Palin team telling lies about this, thus prolonging it? No one actually cared, and no humans, excepting vegans and vegetarians and other assorted hippies, should be shocked by the sight of an animal being killed so that they might eat it later. It was simply that she pardoned a turkey and then babbled for several minutes to the teevee while a turkey was meeting its maker in the background. This is called irony. Harmless humor is frequently derived from it. But now she is hilariously covering it up, and when anything is covered up, it becomes a scandal.

Please, never leave us, Bible Spice.

Turkey Gate -- The Fiasco That Won't Die [Mudflats]

Sarah Palin Responds To The Turkey Pardon Controversy [ET]

via Andrew Sullivan

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Look, it is your afternoon Nice Times at the Supreme Court! It is also your WUT and HUH Times, with Justices Thomas, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch joining in an opinion by RBG tossing a challenge to Virginia's new, fair districts. Go know!

After the 2010 Census, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates did what they do best -- they stole more elections, redrawing the electoral map to ensure themselves a supermajority for all eternity. Why let the voters choose their representatives when the representatives can pick their own voters as the founders intended, right? Voters in 12 of the affected districts sued the Virginia State Board of Elections in 2014 to invalidate the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders, and the House of Delegates intervened in Bethune-Hill v. Va. State Bd. of Elections to support the Board and defend its own power.

After extensive litigation including a trip up to the Supreme Court in 2017, the District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia tossed 11 of the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders and ordered the maps redrawn in 2018. At which point, the Commonwealth of Virginia noped out and quit defending the old, craptastic districts, which should have been the end of it.

BUT NO. The Virginia House of Delegates, which is still held by the GOP despite their party netting nine percent fewer votes than Democrats in the 2017 election, vowed to fight on.

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