Note to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):
When you make stupid reactionary statements like THIS, you lose rational thinking people like me:
POLITICO (Washington) – The president has been getting lots of kudos for a lightning-fast, Mr. Miyagi-worthy swipe he employed to slay a pesky house fly that was buzzing him in mid-interview during a taping with CNBC that aired Wednesday. “He stopped the interview to track and kill the fly,” said talk show host Conan O’Brien.
“That’s some pretty impressive hand-eye coordination right there,” Jimmy Fallon gushed. “Makes Obama look like a bad ass.”
Noe to Jimmy Fallon and Conan: Mister Myagi did it with chopsticks, which is a whole ‘nother level. Calm down.
But now People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, calling it an “execution,” wants the commander-in-chief to show a little more compassion to even “the least sympathetic animals.”
I was told years ago in an Army hygeine class that flies have no sphincter mucles, which means the first thing they do when landing on you is take a crap. I suppose that greatly contributes to their being “the least sympathetic animals.”
And if Obama is “Executing” the “least sympathetic animals,” does that mean he practices animal discrimination?
“Believe it or not, we’ve actually been contacted by multiple media outlets wanting to know PETA’s official response to the executive insect execution,” a blog on the group’s website explained. “In a nutshell, our position is this: He isn’t the Buddha, he’s a human being, and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act.”
The group has sent Obama a device that traps a fly so it can then be released outside.
Note for record: houseflies live about 24 hours. So it’s not even a ‘quality of life” thing. And in my house, taking a crap when you land on my hand is, indeed, an executable offense.
The fly saga began Tuesday, and it was the subject of a news report on Italian TV and almost a dozen Youtube postings that have been viewed more than 750,000 times. Thousands of people also have added commentary, including one who wrote, “But can he duck a shoe?” in reference to a hugely popular video of former president George Bush ducking a shoe thrown at him by an Iraqi cameraman during a news conference in Baghdad.
“Get out of here,” Obama said as the fly buzzed him during his interview. The pest persisted, and when it landed on his left forearm, Obama smacked it.
“Now, where were we?” the president said without missing a beat. Pleased with himself, he added, “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”
Several observers in the room gave congratulatory shout-outs. Obama pointed to the floor and instructed an obliging cameraman to get a close-up of the corpse.
“It’s like he’s got one of those fly Terminator targeting systems in his eyes,” said an awed Jon Stewart.
Actually, on the south side of Chicago, that’s a basic life skill.