I know a lot of our readers are avid hunters, so for some of you this may be old news. But for those who haven’t heard of the Safari Club International (SCI), then let me just tell you that they had a convention in Reno this past weekend to discuss— what else?— hunting animals! And they’re celeb guest du jour? The one and only, Sarah Palin!
The club calls itself, “The leader in protecting the freedom to hunt,”and the convention amasses tens of thousands of hunters to buy and sell guns, talk trips to Mozambique, and swap stories about trophy rooms. Past speakers at the event have included the likes of George W. Bush and Tom Ridge, so it’s only fitting that the former Republican vice-presidential candidate have a crack at it.
“We eat organic— we just have to shoot it first,” Palin proudly proclaimed. “And it comes wrapped in fur, not cellophane.”
A report by the Daily Beast revealed that among those present included, “315 deer, 87 elk, 11 moose, and 132 representatives of similarly antlered species.” All stuffed. Disgusting.
Palin focused much of her speech on the values of hunting and, for her, that included the inspiration it can provide for naming your children. “Piper was named after Todd’s airplane, the Piper Cub, which gets us to the hunting grounds… Bristol, Bristol Bay fishing grounds. Willow, a local sport-fishing stream. Trig, I pull the TRIG-ger. Track… I remember when we told my dad that his grandson was named Track, he said, ‘Like TRACKing an elephant?'”
Naturally, the folks attending the convention ate this up and by all accounts her words went over quite well with the crowd… But for those of us who don’t like our animals with a side of potatoes, this just serves as further evidence that Sarah Palin is awful. Just awful.