Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Where's my fly swatter?

Seriously PETA? You're kidding, right? You must be. You're calling shenanigans on President Obama for swatting a fly? And do you think the president of the United States of America -- the president -- is ever going to use your little catch-and-release fly device? And just exactly why should he? It's a house fly for crying out loud. What's next, we can't kill mosquitoes that are filling up on our blood? What if I see a brown recluse, can I kill that before it bites me?

From AP:
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
Do you realize this kind of publicity stunt is precisely why so many people either can't take you seriously and/or think your organization is full of crazies? (In my case, both.) I'm all for animal rights, but common insect rights? No. No no no no no. If they don't want to die, they shouldn't break into my house. Or bite me. But they do, so death it is.

Speaking of pesky creatures, an update on the Palin-Letterman saga is in order. Palin accepted Letterman's apology and in doing so managed to make herself look worse yet again:
The Alaska governor, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the apology was accepted "on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."
What exactly is a "public display of sexual exploitation of girls"? And who's exploiting who when you send your daughter on a national abstinence tour?

One more note on this story, if you haven't read it yet, check out Shannyn Moore's column, "Top 10 Reasons Sarah Palin's 'Outrage' is Misplaced and A Little Late..." No. 5 is particularly relevant to Letterman's joke and how it was interpreted.


Bandit said...

the cool thing about the Obama Fly Swat is that Obama doesn't care about it... he isn't as uptight and distracted as either his opponents or his proponents are

Anonymous said...

Ex-CUSE me? With all the terrible things int he world, the PETA people are upset about a FLY?

What are they going to "demand" next, that we all forgo ever again using any sort of antibiotics or antihelminthics or other treatments that "victimize" billions upon billions of hapless innocent little bacteria and malaria parasites and botfly larvae and so on?

The sheer stupidity is simply breathtaking...


Rosie said...

That's probably one of my biggest beefs with PETA; whether they mean to or not, they often give the impression that animals > humans.


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