Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Quote of the Week (Honorable Mention)


"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."

-- PETA president Ingrid Newkirk (ironically the one animal on the planet that most cries out to be humanely put down) commenting on Barack Obama's swatting of a fly during an interview with CNBC's John Harwood

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

PETA are clowns. these are the same people who wrote to ben&jerry's suggesting they change their ice cream formulation to include human milk. also they suggested renaming fish 'sea kittens'.

clowns.

Anonymous said...

You've gotta be fucking well kidding me. They're talking about him SWATTING A FLY now???? And there are actually people who think that it's WRONG to swat flies away???

JFC, what's next?

Narbe said...

I wonder what it's like to be so lame.

Matt Osborne said...

Barack Obama earning the wrath of PETA is a Sistah Souljah moment.

I'm going to eat a steak now.

Riles said...

When I saw the clip originally, i chuckled to myself, can PETA possibly complain about a fly's death? I guess they can indeed.

strangelittlegirl said...

Seriously? There has to be a misunderstanding somewhere. She can't really be commenting on him swatting at a fly. No, seriously. Seriously???

I'm a huge animal person (volunteer at shelters, have 5 rescued animals, am pre- Vet med) but I can't help but wonder if PETA does more harm then good. What a joke.

Stephen said...

He should have caught the fly then waterboarded it.

That or tried to catch it with chopsticks.

Anonymous said...

Every second PETA wastes on this non-story is a second not spent negotiating the Miley Cyrus "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" pictures. Eye on the ball PETA. Eye on the ball.

Lily's Mommy said...

Well, technically speaking, he did think before he acted or there would never have been the nerve impulses telling his muscles to move in that way.

Burn.

Steven Lloyd Wilson said...

This is my opinion on PETA that I cut and paste whenever this type of crap comes up:

I think that most progressive movements for the last century have all been based on the simple implications of “dude, don’t be a douche.” Blacks shouldn’t be able to vote. Dude, don’t be a douche. Women shouldn’t be able to vote. Dude, don’t be a douche. Gays shouldn’t be able to marry. Dude, don’t be a douche. Torturing animals makes steaks ten cents cheaper. Dude, don’t be a douche.

PETA wraps right around the other edge though with shit like “meat is murder”. You know what PETA? Don’t be a douche.

Mike Barber said...

I can easily be described as a tree-hugging commie vegetarian, and evenI hate PETA. Seriously, if you knew me you would think that I would likely be a PETA member if not supporter, but no... I can't stand those retards.

Also, the Buddha was a human being too. He was born from a woman's womb just like anyone else. He was a pampered prince of a small kingdom in Northern India before he became disgusted with his life privileged lifestyle and ran away to seek out a more authentic way of life. Superstition and rhetoric aside, he was just a guy.

Leave it to PETA to fuck up a reference like that. They might also be surprised to know that Buddhists are not mandated to be vegetarian. The Buddha ate meat on occasion and allowed his monks to do the same. The context is that it was only permitted if the meat was already available and not prepared specially for them. They lived solely off of begging, so refusing meat that was placed in their begging bowls was actually considered a worse offence than eating animal flesh...

okay, I'll stop with the history lesson now.

Vermillion said...

Of course he isn't the Buddha; he is the Muslim sleeper Antichrist. Pay attention woman, we are at war!

Ace Hare said...

When I saw this clip on the news, I looked over at my wife and told her that the petards would have a problem with it. As any reasonable person would, she laughed it off and said "Surely not."

Well, the did. And please, don't call me Shirley.

cgwalt said...

If you listen closely you can hear the fly go "oof".

Mozglubov said...

I wonder if Ingrid Newkirk has ever lived anywhere with mosquitoes... if so, I wonder what she does about it.

David Davies said...

Every time PETA release a statement, I punch a kitten in the throat.

chenry said...

Oh jesus christ PETA, what do you want everyone to do? Convert to Jainism? Walk around with a broom sweeping the sidewalk so I don't step on any bugs? Wear a mask so I don't accidentally inhale any microscopic animals?

PETA just doesn't understand. They're a train wreck. A horrible, twisted train wreck with limbs and guts all over the place and the only reason anyone pays them any attention is because it's a huge mess. And we like carnage.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Bwahahaha! And snortle and tee hee!

Some great comments up there!

Seriously, the Obama dude is very together. Didn't think before acting? Damn, how much that applies to Peta itself...

You guys have as president a person who appears fully capable, energetic and in command of his capacities. A person who seems qualified for a really tough job.

Lucky. Who ever thought that such a thing was even possible?

Americans might consider him to be some compensation for nine-eleven and the Dubya Years. No, really. Pendulum swinging back, kind of thing.

SteveR said...

Nooo! Obama killed a shit kitten!

Mack said...

What people don't understand about PETA is they are for animal rights not the humane treatment of animals like the Humane Society. They don't want you to own pets or any animals. They don't want animals to be used to help humans work etc.
They are crazy, don't get me wrong, but you have to understand what brand of crazy you're working with here. They think about animal rights the same way other organizations would human rights.
They are located about a half mile from where I work in Norfolk, VA. They don't really do much around here, probably because they'd be thrown out of town and clearly someone is letting them throw away dead animal carcasses in a nearby dumpster. So, it works out well for them. :)

Trixi said...

How can anyone deny the awesomeness that is our Ninja President?

Jeremy said...

And all I can think of now are the Hypnotic Clambake lyrics for "Squaredance Messiah"

"I'm not Jesus, I'm not Buddha,
I'm not Nietzsche, or the man from Roto-Rooter..."

Come on... let's all dosey-doh at the barn in the backyard... oh wait... that might disturb the barn rats... sorry... what was I thinking... this has to be a PETA approved dance party... let's all move it someplace without bugs or... ummmmm... yeah... just go home....

Chez said...

"Shit kitten." Comment of the week, SteveR.

Michael said...

I dunno about the pendulum swinging back all the way. Progressives are starting to get pissed at his weak domestic policy, I for one am still waiting for some change. I voted for the man for it, and I'm still waiting.

Izar Talon said...

OK now, seriously? I don't like to swat flies, I don't step on bugs, and if I see a spider I'll scoop it up and deposit it outside. Personal choice. But I don't call other people out for stepping on bugs. Insects are little automatic biological machines that run off of pure If-Then-Goto programs like a very simple computer. Scientists have honestly modeled ant behavior patterns very accurately with simple machines that go straight forward and just turn around and go the other way whenever they bump into something. The machines sort themselves out into patterns of movement that are the same as group ant movements. These aren't suffering when they are instantly killed. They don't have any higher brain functions and aren't capable of thought. They don't even HAVE brains, just distributed bundles of nerves that react automatically to stimulus in pre-programmed ways.

Now, if I saw someone pulling the legs and wings off a bug I'd tell them they were being a dick and to knock it off, but Obama was a long way from torturing that fly.

PETA does more harm than good with this shit, as someone said earlier.

Anonymous said...

PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals

Love the shit kitten comment.

Does PETA realize they sound like an Onion headline when they say this stuff?

Beth said...

No he isn't Buddha but he might be a Jedi. Seriously.

The Manimal said...

If in this day and age we are still having trouble convincing people to give a shit about each other, what makes Ms. Newkirk think that mankind will ever get to a point where they actually give a shit about flies being "mistreated"? Besides, why are we talking about insect rights when domestic animals have not yet gotten the right to vote? First things first, PETA!