Thursday, June 18, 2009

Strangely, not Iowahawk or Scrappleface

by Smitty

No, "PETA wishes Obama hadn't swatted that fly".
PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

Additionally, they recommend the President curtail all overnight excursions from the White House between August and November, so that he doesn't accidentally step on insects of sprouting seeds in the night while, say, taking in a Broadway show[1].

[1] Point of clarification: the joke points out a silly recommendation that PETA might offer, and is not to diminish anyone's pursuit of holiness as such. If a Buddhist reader wishes to engage in a positive discussion about life, the universe, and everything, then bring it on, please.


  1. Think of all the bugs that splat on the windows of Air Force One as it flies around the world. Better to just hang out at the White House.

  2. Stacy, that would be the Jains in India, whose religion is such that they are careful not to step on insects, not to breathe them in (wear a mask), and other manifestations of the idea that that could be uncle Jimmy you just stepped on...

  3. If Barack hadn't swatted the bug, he could have easily killed it with his mind bullets.

    At least that's the impression I got from the MSM's version of the account

  4. I am just glad Obama is willing to embrace the Bush Doctrine and unilaterally go after our enemies, even if it is a fly.

  5. I didn't see it. How did he kill that fly? Was it

    a. in pitch darkness, as he was eating rice out of a bowl, by grabbing the fly out of the air with chopsticks and dissecting it to scatter over his dirty rice?

    b. in pitch darkness, as he was sharpening his katana then practicing the ancient art of iaijutsu, that he heard the noise of the fly and felt it light on his ear, at which moment in a single stroke he drew the blade from its scabbard and neatly bisected the insect where it stood, without even severing one of his own ear-hairs?

    c. that he slapped a slow moving blow-fly?

    Just wanted to check...