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Petzal: The Truth about Sarah Palin Revealed!

I am indebted to Caitlin Peters and Brian McClintock of the Field & Stream staff who sent me a post that ran on the Huffington Blog. It’s called “Drill, Drill, Drill,” and was written by an essayist and playwright named Eve Ensler.  Ms. Ensler does not like anything about Governor Palin, and most particularly, she does not like the fact that Governor Palin hunts.

Here are the hunting-related excerpts from the post, along with my comments. The purpose of all this is to demonstrate that when it comes to firearms or hunting, you can say anything and people will believe it. “Drill” is all over the Internet, and has the ignorant, the hysterical, and the downright silly jumping up and down and barking at the moon.

“Sarah Palin believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle.”

There’s nothing wrong with believing in guns.  To quote from the film Conspiracy, “I have become mistrustful of words, but a gun means what it says.”  The sinister significance of the Austrian rifle is lost on me. I’ve never thought that Austrian rifles were any more evil than rifles from any other country. Maybe Ms. Ensler is not crazy about carved oakleaves  and fish-scale checkering in stocks, on which Austrians dote.

“I dreamed last night that she [Sarah Palin] was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starving Polar Bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one or touched one….Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.”

Dear Ms. Ensler: Polar bears are not white; they are pale yellow. If you ever touch one, you will probably never touch anything else. I like polar bears but I don’t need them. I need $15,000 to buy the Pete Norene .416 Rigby at Cabela’s. Oh yes; “ polar bears” is not capitalized, but “Arctic” is.

“She has shot 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.”

It’s quite possible that Sarah Palin has shot 40 caribou over a period of years. Her family may qualify for a subsistence-hunting license, which would make it both legal and common. But as for dropping them all at once, field-dressing and transporting 40 caribou at one fell swoop would  require a brigade of the Alaska National Guard.

I tried calling the Alaska Fish & Game for some insight, hoping I would get a game warden who would assure me that Ms. Palin had always obeyed the law, and if she hadn’t, she would have been imprisoned and beaten to death, and her family hunted down and killed, just as with any citizen who transgressed.
What I got was transferred from the main switchboard to the Commissioner’s Office, and when I explained what I wanted, I was switched to McCain-Palin Election Headquarters, where a functionary took my message and said someone would call be back. No one did.

About the wolves: Shooting wolves from airplanes has been going on in Alaska since at least the 1950s, and probably before that. If you don’t keep the wolves hammered down, you are not going to have many caribou, or moose, or wild sheep, and doing it by plane is the most efficient method.

However, if Governor Palin had shot hundreds of wolves from a plane she would not have been a mayor, or a hockey mom, or a governor, or a beauty queen, or anything else. She would have been up in that plane with a gun, and nowhere else. One does not simply go up and put the power to a dozen wolves in an afternoon. I think we can put this part of Eve Ensler’s essay down as arrant horse s**t or, in this case, arrant wolf s**t.

But then, this is the Internet, so why worry?

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TommyNash

Thanks DP,

Never ceases to amaze how they expect you to appreciate and respect the things they believe in, yet condemn from the highest peak the rights of others they don't believe in. Sounds like they're a hell of alot more like Joe Stalin than anything else. Pathetic creatures the socialist left are...

Nicholas

Urgh, just another fanatic trying to help Obama. This is probaly what they all talk about in there little Hope, USA.

YooperJack

I like Sarah Palin. Had we been together in high school or college, she wouldn't have given me a second look. That's OK. She's been a very good politician, (Mayor, Governor), a good mother and a good wife.
Unfortunately, MSM, Hollywood and the left leaning elitists can disparage all of her positive attributes so that history can be made with BHO.
I can't help but noticing that BHO is quite popular in Europe. Also in Europe, gun ownership is a bit infringed. BHO wants us to be more like Europe. Can anyone else make that connection?
YooperJack

Tony

Boy Petzal, cherry picking can be fun. Of course, books - and people, for that matter - are better critiqued on the whole. The environment and conservation will gain about as much from a McCain/Palin administration as it did from Bush/Cheney (the word "rape" comes to mind). Oh, did I mention I hunt and fish?

WA Mtnhunter

You won't get "raped" by Obama, just an old fashioned f'ing!

Gman

Dave, Austrian rifles are more sinister than any others because the Austrians got all huffy after the Archduke and his consort were shot in Sarajevo. And we all know what happened then.

I thought everybody knew that.

But if Ensler is passing off her paean to polar ursas as serious political commentary, I'm embarrassed to dress to the left for the moment.

Jim in Mo.

Dave I really think Ms. Ensler thinks Sara shot those wolves like ducks from the sky.

Dave Petzal

To Tony: Yes, I cherry pick. This is a one-issue blog. I am not supposed to write about finance, or abortion, or anything except guns and hunting. I am glad that you hunt and fish; I think Ms. Ensler should hunt and fish.

Clay Cooper

I can’t help it, I got to run this again!

Ms. Eve Ensler, I dedicate the following to you!


Subject: Conservatives/Liberals
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic
hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the
summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of
beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer.
These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals; and
2. Conservatives

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the
beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can
were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around
waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the
brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at
night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what
is known as the Conservative movement.

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live
off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing
the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women.
The rest became known as girlie-men.

Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of
cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of
Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest,
most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are
symbolized by the jackass.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer
white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like
their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard
liberal fare.

Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have
higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers,
personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group
therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still
provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo
cowboys, Polymer Science PhDs, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, Physicists, police officers, corporate executives,
athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers
and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans
are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals
remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They
crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of
trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history: It should be noted that a
Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above
before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so
convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be
forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals
just to piss them off.

DylanH

Nicely put Clay Cooper.

Mark-1

This from Dennis Clayson articulates "Things" as to how far the Left has fallen to the Dark Side.

..."Irrespective of the left's talk about the downtrodden and oppressed, liberals' relationship with most people is to save them, not to become one of them. They believe themselves to be smarter than you are, they went to better schools than you did, their opinions are more valuable than yours and their culture is superior to yours. They congregate into culture enclaves where they talk to each other, adore each other and generally ignore the rest of the world as much as possible. This is going to make it very difficult for the left to deal with Palin.

They will instinctively attack her on the wrong issues.

Second, whatever is put up against Palin will come back. Here's the problem. Being young is good, because McCain is old, but Palin being young is bad.

Not being part of the inside power structure is good because it gives Obama "fantastic powers of observation," but for Palin it magically becomes very bad.

Being an elitist is bad. Obama has tried his hardest not to be seen as an elitist, but not being part of the elite is bad for Palin.

Having little experience is OK because the experience you do have as a community organizer and a one-term senator is enough. Having little experience is very bad for Palin because being a mayor and the governor of a state is not enough.

Having small children is great if you are a male running for president with a working wife, but very bad if you are a female running for vice-resident with a working husband.

Having underrepresented groups gain the highest offices in the land is very good if you are Obama, but not good if you are Palin.

The Palin problem is that she is a female from the wrong class, from the wrong state and a graduate of the wrong schools. She is physically attractive in the wrong way, she dresses wrong, and she is not part of the correct power elite. Liberals, journalists and feminists instinctively don't like Palin or any other woman similar to her.

Since many will find her very attractive on a subconscious level, their dislike will intensify to hatred on a conscious level".

Clay Cooper

I picked this off of Townhall.com
Thank you Mr. Mike Silverman

THE TRUTH - LIBERAL WOMEN ARE JEALOUS OF SARAH PALIN
Posted by Mike Silverman on Saturday, September 13, 2008 5:34:14 AM
The more I ponder the vitriol and venom that liberal women are spewing like acid at Sarah Palin, the more I have boiled it down to something less complicated than ideology from them. Sarah Palin is what they wish they could be. These liberal ladies want to have the cheers and throngs of full throated support that Sarah has, and they hate the fact that Sarah is an attractive Republican woman. She's strong, confident, Conservative, happy with her life, beautiful and admired by millions. The liberal female pundits, radical feminists and hollywood kooks who have cultivated thier narrow political audiences are bewildered and jealous over this. Sure there's some ideology mixed in, but I think it's used more as a cover for the seething jealousy of her popularity. To these liberal ladies, "they" are supposed to be the pinnacle of popularity. They have prostituted themsleves to the ideology of a fringe viewpoint , and as a result they get "in" to the elite gatherings of social snobbery that represent that radical view of the country. But , do they really believe the lunacy of the liberalism they spew, or are they towing the line so that they can keep that "in" crowd venue with the mopy miserable depressed liberals who wring thier hands at the unfairness of life, financial success, and carbon-dioxide? I think they secretly wish they could "be" Sarah Palin, because Sarah has not had to go "phony" and be something that "others" want her to be in order to "fit in" with the super egos of radical beligerants. She's not one of them. Sarah doesn't care to rub shoulders with the illuminati of liberal inner circles. It doesn't make sense to the liberal mindset. In thier world view there are not supposed to be "normal" people in this country. Or, at least the "normal" people are supposed to be the "fringe" nutcases not the rallying point of the great majority. But the rest of us know why Sarah is popular. Precisely because she represents the core values we cherish most.

- Mike Silverman, Milford MA

rack-a-tack

The real differences between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin is very simple. Gov. Sarah Palin loves real Men and real Men don’t need to have the testicles in a lock box!


Last year Bill and Hillary was passing thru Hope Arkansas and spotted a old dear friend still working at the Ol’General Store still pumping gas. Look Bill says Hillary, if it wasn’t for me that could have been you still at that old job!

Dr. Ralph

Check out Blondie, my daughter's new car, and her McPalin sticker...
punch my name.

Jim in Mo.

Dr. R, Where's it sold?
P.S. Nice American car.

Bella

Clay, you are so far off the mark I think you need a boresighting. I am a liberal, and that means I am liberal with the 9% alcohol ale I brew myself. I don't drink industrial beer 'cause it's like having sex in a canoe. One thing you can thank liberals for is the whole microbrew revolution, which has lead to dozens of small breweries run by liberal guys who love GOOD beer, not the weak pee created by anheuser busch or coors. My good dark ale is soo much better than the industrial swill it would likely convert YOU into a liberal...If I was willing to share with anybody with such silly opinions. Oh, I do hunt, I do fish, and I wish to see our wild lands preserved for wildlife and posterity, not trashed for the short term gains of a few corporate greedheads in the energy sector (which is what the Bushies gave you). I treasure a clean environment and just one picture of Mcain hugging Dubya was enough for me. Perhaps I support Obama because he hasn't lied to me half as much as those departing in January have. I really don't like lies and the guys who have lied the most blatently about the war, the environment, energy supplies and their own activities do seem to be Republicans. I'm not saying that the Democrats haven't sent out some whoppers, but many Republicans seem to have drunk the coolaid. I prefer my own good dark ale thanks... It's dark and mellow... like my presidential candidate

YooperJack

Bella:
You gotta vote Obama! Tony Rezko needs a pardon. Franlin Raines and Jim Johnson need jobs. We need someone at DoD who knows offensive tactics. I recommend either Willliam Ayers or his wonderful wife. We're so close to winning in Iraq right now. It'll fool everyone if we surrender.
We should probably negotiate right now to convert this country to Islam. I don't know if the the Koran has a Second Amendment. It won't matter too much. Many activities that we take for granted will then be illegaland most of us (who survive) will be convicted felons.Remember, their goal is worldwide Islam.
Vote Barack HUSSEIN Obama!
YooperJack

red

Bella,
I get the feeling you grow your own as well. At least you can dull your pain after your candidate loses.

ricefarm

Bella

Obama hasn't lied to you? You are obviously not from Illinois. I am, and our state has been taken over by Chicago politicians which are so dirty they make New Orleans look good. Our state is in the biggest mess of any in the whole USA, and Obama is a product of the biggest cesspool in the state. By the way, if you do like to hunt and fish and Obama is elected, look out. Federal lands will be off limits to hunters for sure, maybe fishermen too, and you better have any guns you need before the inaguration because they will be a lot more expensive and a lot harder to get after.

Personally, I am an optimist, and I think by election day it will be clear that Obama never had the support the polls show him with now. McCain/Palin in a landslide.

Milton  Burton

Both major party candidates are owned and operated by the same set of shadowy interests. And friends, they ain't us!

Scrap5000

In days of old, the liberal left would have been burned at the stake, for surely they would have been thought to be possessed by the devil, so crazy are their minds!

eyeball

Bella;

No, Obama hasn't lied to you. That's because he's got this far into the race without telling you a thing he's going to do when he's elected.

The funniest thing about liberals is that they seem to think that reporting on Obama's record and political contacts is dirtier politics than peering into the private lives of, and sneering at, Palin's family and lifestyle. And so it goes. Thank goodness the voting machines in Michigan and Wisconsin can be rigged, or no liberal would know what to do.

don mitchell

thanks yooper,you said it best,

McCAIN ,PALIN,WINNERS IN 08,YES

Brian in California

If you're going to despise someone, isn't their ownership of a custom rifle a decent enough reason? I mean, if you've never looked at a beautiful double rifle and cursed under your breath at the man who could affod it, well then, you're a better man than I, Gunga Din.
But really, I want details. Is it stainless or blued? What grade of walnut (I'm assuming it's wood stocked). What caliber? Come on man, the details (and a picture)!

ishawooa

I agree with Brian in that I also would prefer to be privy of what caliber and brand of rifle Sarah shoots. If one can afford what one desires insofar as a rifle(s), knowing the answer to the question above tells us quite a bit about the person. Alternatively it may only inform us of the likes of the individual who purchased the weapon and presented it to her as often is the case when a woman hunts.
Knowing as little as we actually do about each other I can tell you a lot about a man who is proficient with a good .338 and likes it in every way such as Clay. I know enough about Bernie to say he would not prefer a M-94 in .32 Special as a primary hunting gun. Dr. Ralph, I guarantee, has little need or use for a .30-.378 while the Rocky Mtn Hunter is happy with '06 and its offspring. Oddly enough we all seem to enjoy a .25-'06, so much in fact that I might start praising the .243 as an all around big game gun just to rile everyone up a little (just kidding as I am a .338 fan). This all tells me something about some of you, sorry that there is not room to mention everyone, but I have absolutely no knowledge of this matter when it comes to our next VP. Oh and does she reload or shoot factory?




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