Friday, November 26, 2010

Jazz Shaw: The Palin Fish Massacre of Aught Ten

Please, people. It’s a fish. We eat them. Get over it.
The hysterical leftists of the animal lobby are calling the second episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" -- or at least the halibut fishing segment of it -- a "snuff video":
Sarah Palin is under fire for clubbing a fish to death on her new reality TV show.

The Tea Party darling and her daughter Bristol, 20, were shown on a halibut fishing trip filmed for her new programme, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

After catching a fish, Sarah is seen beating it with a club and Bristol later holds its still-beating heart in her hand, a sight Sarah called ‘weird’.
Pundit Jazz Shaw makes it clear that he's no Palinista -- nor anything close to it -- and admits to having worked in animal welfare groups for most of his adult life, although he doesn't suffer "animal rights" fools lightly:
I have zero use for PETA, ELF and the rest of their ilk, apparently including In Defense of Animals, (IDA) the group raising a stink over this non-story.
But after reading this ridiculous attack on Gov. Palin, he was compelled to rise to her defense:
The language used in this report, rather than being alarming, actually set me to laughing. “Clubbed a fish to death?” And particularly, “holds its still-beating heart in her hands?” Is this a fishing trip or a mockumentary on Mayan Sun God sacrifice rituals.

Please, people. It’s a fish. Humans used their brains and technology to achieve apex predator status on this planet and the fish, well… they came in a bit further down on the food pyramid. We eat them. Get over it.

I’ve been a fisherman since childhood and have made a fair number of trips out to sea for the bigger species. One of the last times we went out we didn’t use a club on the large fish. We used a gaffing hook to drag them into the boat and gutted them while they were still moving. The fact is, you don’t want to eat a fish that died of “natural causes.” And with apologies to the IDA, the fish in question is destined for the dinner table, so lethal injection simply isn’t an option.
We often wonder where the clueless left -- or at least the majority of them who don't subsist by exclusively grazing on plants -- think their food comes from and what happens to it before it is conveniently packaged in Saran Wrap at the grocery store. Ah, but that's their problem; they don't think.

Consider this: the left, by "virtue" of its near-pathological hatred of all things Palin, is actually pushing people -- especially independents -- in her direction. When even people like Jon Stewart (and now Jazz Shaw), who were not that kindly disposed toward Gov. Palin in the first place, feel that they must defend her, does that mean that the leftists are unwitting agents in the discrediting of their own political philosophy? You betcha!

- JP

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