Saturday Is For Turkeys

In honor of the most beloved political video of all time and in appreciation of all our registered NRA members (whom we also love) I present one of my very favorite time wasters for your weekend diversion. There’s just something deeply satisfying for a political junkie about blowing up turkeys, isn’t there? Alas, unlike Sarah Palin’s poor doomed turkeys, these wily ones can escape through the front of your computer. After three of them get away, the game is over. Others (like most political turkeys) eventually get smart and put on protective armor. And if that’s not enough, ultimately they arm themselves with assault rifles (I’m pretty sure they have extended clips) and start firing back.

I have no idea what happens after the turkeys acquire weapons…I’ve never been able to get that far. My annoying 11-year-old tech assistant (who claims to have run his score somewhere up over 6,000) tells me it’s “awesome” but smugly refuses to provide further details. If any of you are skilful enough to find out, I would greatly appreciate being let in on the secret.

About filistro

Filistro is a Canadian writer and prairie dog who maintains burrows on both sides of the 49th parallel. Like all prairie dogs, she is keenly interested in politics and language. (Prairie dogs have been known to build organized towns the size of Maryland, and are the only furry mammal with a documented language.)
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10 Responses to Saturday Is For Turkeys

  1. filistro says:

    This game is harder than it used to be. Either I’m getting older and slower or the turkeys are getting smaller and faster.

    Maybe they’re evolving to protect themselves from Sarah Palin.

  2. Mr. Universe says:

    I go for a hike about two or three times a week (depending on whether it rains or not). I take the 24 bus out to the furthest stop which is right below Spencer Butte (2100 ft) since my University ID let’s me take the bus for free. Then I hike to the summit. It’s about a five mile round trip from the bus stop. But down at the bus stop there are always a bunch of wild turkeys. They generally hold up traffic and aren’t that bright. I hike past them and always tell them that they’re a bunch of turkeys. They obligingly spread their tail feathers for me.

    Such magnificent creatures. I like them.

  3. shortchain says:

    I see wild turkeys fairly often. Saw one just yesterday as I was biking along the river. It had managed to get on the wrong side of the pedestrian rail at the top of the bluff, right in the middle of the city, and apparently thought it was more svelte than it was, because it was trying, without success, to get between the rails back to the other side.

    I stopped and herded it back to a gap in the fence, and it sneaked back into the woods without so much as a thank you.

  4. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    I currently have a Wild Turkey, and it’s more potent cousin, a Rare Breed, sitting on my bar even as we discuss.

    Oh, and Turkey is NOT just for Saturday.

  5. teevagirl says:

    I see You have not been chased by an angry Tom..An experience I will never forget. I am waiting for my Sunday show line up!

  6. teevagirl says:

    Oh my dear fellow gramma….never challenge the kids to a hand held game, they will kill you everytime. I excell in WII bowling…I fine curve is important!

  7. dcpetterson says:

    Since we’re talking about turkeys ….

    An article by Paul Abrams has been pointed out to me showing the lies behind Privatizing Ryan’s plan to dismantle Medicare.

    Elected Republicans want to impoverish the American middle class. Killing Medicare is a step in that process. We should thank Ryan for revealing their plot so baldly. The scheme that House Republicans voted for this past week is a blueprint. If they are not stopped, America will become a medieval feudal state, with wealthy elites ruling over serfs trying to build homes out of used tea bags.

    Go read the text of Obama’s speech at George Washington University. The battle lines have been drawn in the Republican class war. We must throw the regressives out in next year’s elections.

  8. teevagirl, it’s coming up in under two hours. Enjoy your Sunday talking heads.

  9. rgbact says:

    Because I would expect more anti-immigrant fever in tough economic times-no matter the country. We’ve seen some here and if France/Finland are seeing strong nationalist movements, it maybe an emerging global issue. It also may be an issue for a GOP candidate to use to set themselves apart in a primary. Romney pushed it in 2008, but the economy hadn’t soured yet, so now may be better timing.

  10. dcpetterson says:

    Because I would expect more anti-immigrant fever in tough economic times-no matter the country. … It also may be an issue for a GOP candidate to use to set themselves apart in a primary. Romney pushed it in 2008, but the economy hadn’t soured yet, so now may be better timing.

    You make a good point. Scapegoating works better when there is an actual problem to blame on the boogeymen. If a politician wants to get citizens frightened, so they are no longer thinking rationally, it helps if there is something (like hard economic times) to be frightened of. It’s a time-honored technique to turn popular fear into jingoistic hatred, and to use that to direct attention away from the actual problem — thus making it possible to steal the cookies while no one’s watching, and giving that wealth to the cronies who actually caused the real crisis.

    But we’ve covered the dangers of an anti-immigrant strategy in previous posts. The Republicans risk angering some of America’s fastest-growing demographic groups. Even if they get short term gains from doing this (which is unlikely, since the targeted boogeypeople are already a powerful voting block in many swing states), it will mean longer-term political disaster for the party that tries this, because the generational trends will be overwhelming.

    Not that I expect ideologues to care any more about sound political strategy than they do about sound economic or social policy. My point is more that the candidates for national office who follow this route will damage not only their own careers, and not just the nation as a whole, but their party’s future as well.

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