Written by PETA
If you saw footage from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner the other night, you'll know that Karl Rove said some really freaky stuff when he was called up to do improv with the folks from Whose Line Is It Anyway. If you didn't catch that, you can watch it here. The whole thing is totally surreal, but the part that caught my attention was when he responded to the question "What do you do for fun?" with this little gem:
I like to go home, get a drink, and tear the tops off of small animals.
Um, OK, Karl—and I thought I was frightened of you before. Seems like it caught my boss Ingrid Newkirk's attention too, because she dashed off a little note to him about the whole business as soon as it happened, and sent him a more formal letter this morning. Here's what she said in the first letter:
Dear Mr. Rove,We saw your bizarre routine at last night's Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner, and our first thought was, "Don't give up your day job." But on second thought, we do wish you'd give up your day job. Ever since you were beaten up by a little girl for your support of Richard Nixon, you've had a penchant for killing small living beings. You have a severe compassion deficit and, sadly, you have the president's ear, and the last thing this country needs is someone whispering something violent into it. Very truly yours,Ingrid E. Newkirk
There was a great piece about that letter today on MSNBC. You can read that here.
Now that Karl's had a weekend to mull things over, hopefully he'll be in a better frame of mind to appreciate Ingrid's offer of an olive branch, which she sent him yesterday morning. Here's that letter, which refers to a speech on non-violence that Ingrid gave in Bethlehem last year.
April 2, 2007Dear Mr. Rove,It has occurred to me that my own trip to the Middle East (Palestine) last Christmas day might be useful to you. I addressed the International Conference on Non-violent Resistance. My words and experience there are contained in this CD, which is being released later this week. In it I call on everyone who says they wish for peace to consider that how we treat animals is a reflection of our ability to truly open our minds and hearts to how we consider those who are even more recognizably "like us." All great peacemakers have cared about animals, and I ask you to examine your own desire to hurt animals and kill them as a barrier to your ability to embrace peace.Very truly yours,Ingrid E. NewkirkPresident, PETA
And you can read about that one in this morning's Politico. Anyway, there you go—a little bit of a carrot and stick approach for Mr. Rove. Let's hope he responds to one or the other.
Well, in case anyone caught yesterday's post about the camouflaged deer, you will probably have guessed by now that it was a little bit of April Fools shenanigans at the expense of some poor, unsuspecting hunters. I left the bait on a number of different hunting and fishing message boards in the morning, and by Sunday afternoon they were nibbling like mad. There were a bunch of priceless comments, but this was one of my favorites (posted by someone with the shockingly apt moniker "Speaking for All Hunters"):
I bet that I am smarter than most camouflage painting morons. I mean a deer thrives by smell, those deer are gonna be running scared to death for days from smelling the paint.
To be fair to the hunters, one or two of the smarter ones did catch on early, and a few were even good-humored enough to comment later to admit that they'd been had. Just for the record here, there's no such group as HIDE (Hunting Is Downright Evil), but if anyone wants to start one, you've got my endorsement. Anyway, I hope everyone had as much fun as I did with this one!
P.S. If you just can't get enough of PETA April Fools Day hijinx, check out #79 on this list of the Top April Fools Day Hoaxes of All Time.
Here’s a great story about a group of kids in Longmont, CO, protesting the circus there. The kicker: The circus boss got arrested for making lewd comments to the female protesters. Sounds like a classy guy . . .
The protesters kept their composure and gave a great interview to the paper, including this solid quote: “In this day and age, you’d think we’re past where we need animals to do stupid tricks to entertain us.” As one of the activists pointed out, the arrest of the circus manager was not a little ironic, given that the deputies were called out to the fairgrounds in the first place because of the protest.
Anyway, I got a kick out of that. Just more evidence that the abusive, foul-mouthed circus managers ought to be enough to scare most people away ... even if those freaky-ass clowns don't do the trick.
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