I just voted in Alaska, and who was looking over my shoulder as I cast my vote for Obama? A dead polar bear hanging on the wall behind my voting booth. The slaughtered endangered species was flanked by an entire wall of mountain goat heads. Typical Alaska. At least there weren’t any lines! GO OBAMA!
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With the Palin VP announcement in late August the inbox of our website on Sarah Palin (grizzlybay.org) was barraged with hate mail from her supporters. Particularly troubling was the overall violent tone of most Palin supporter’s letters, many of them threatening to inflict grotesque acts of violence upon us, “liberals”, “tree huggers”, “socialist maggots” and my particular favorite – “markists” (yes, that is how she spelled it).
The similarity of tone and metaphor of the hate mails was uncanny. They were often infused with violent threats against bears and wildlife and often used the same violent metaphors. Threatening to “barbecue bears”, “eat bear steaks”, “shoot bears”, and “hang bears” up on their walls, Palin supporters were particularly virulent about describing the infliction of violence upon an animal that our website supports. It is not insignificant that the implication of these emails was that liberals and “demorats” should be barbecued right alongside the bears. As one Palin supporter wrote, “Too bad you dumb fucks can’t be hunted from the air…now that would be sport”.
Since Palin has a pathological hatred of bears (and all wildlife), threatening to kill them became a common way for Palin supporters to express their support for her when writing to us – the authors of a website that comes up on the first page of a google search on “Sarah Palin”. We have gotten over 600,000 hits to our website in less than two months – which translates into lots of Palin supporters seeing the bear as a symbol of Palin opponents – or Obama supporters.
Now these threats have become real and literal – a bear cub in NC was shot in the head, draped in Obama signs, and thrown onto the steps of Western Carolina University. This signals many dangerous things: Verbal threats against Democrats and Obama have now translated into real violence and death. Palin supporters are willing to break the law to express their support (killing bear cubs is illegal). Since serial killers and sociopaths torture and kill animals as a warm up for torturing and killing humans, this is a very real sign that violence towards Obama and his supporters is escalating.
People anonymously wrote us threatening to kill bears in September. Five weeks later a baby bear is shot in the head. People are shouting in public at McCain rallies, “off with his head”, “kill him”, “treason”, “terrorist” and “bomb Obama” and my question to the American public is what is going to happen to Obama five weeks from now?
Palin has become the mouth piece for fueling and fanning violence infused sentiments towards Obama at her public rallies. While McCain gives minimal lip service condemning the threats at his rallies – it is his campaign orchestrating this very escalation of public violence and mob infused hatred. Everyone and anyone has a responsibility to condemn this behavior and to make it stop. Palin must be held accountable for the violence she is stirring up, and the death threats she refuses to condemn as they are happening in front of her.
As Obama’s support continues to grow it becomes apparent that the majority of Americans do not support this kind of hatred and violence. Every political leader and individual needs to take a stand to stop this race infused hatred and violence before it is too late.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) — Police at Western Carolina University and wildlife officials were investigating the discovery early Monday of a dead bear cub draped with a pair of Barack Obama campaign signs.
Leila Tvedt, associate vice chancellor for public relations, said Monday night that maintenance workers found the 75-pound bear cub shot to death in front of the school’s administration building at the entrance to campus. The Obama yard signs were stapled together and placed over the bear’s head, Tvedt said.
The bear had been shot in the head, Tvedt said.
“Western Carolina University deplores the inappropriate behavior that has led to this troubling incident,” Tvedt said. “We cannot speculate on the motives of the people involved nor who those people might be. Campus police are cooperating fully with authorities to investigate this matter.”
University police called in state Wildlife Resources officials to remove the body and help in the investigation.
Bear season is under way in western North Carolina.
Todd Palin spoke to Pennsylvania hunters sportsmen at a gun club on Oct. 19th. He told the gun lovers that it is important to vote for a ticket that “supports our core values — hunting and fishing.” This is what I’ve been talking about – in Alaska, hunting is a core value that defines identity, and now apparently patriotism and being a “real” American. Forget Democracy, forget freedom, forget liberty, fuck the land of opportunity or the separation of church from state, or freedom of speach – no, hunting and fishing are the core values of our country.
God bless our constitutional right to shoot wolves for fun! Our founding fathers built this fine country on the need to stock our homes with fresh game meat. And we better start rootin’ out those Markist* bastard socialist maggots before they threaten the foundation of this nation – salmon fillets. Thanks Todd, for the enlightening commentary.
* one of my hate e-mails really got me laughing. The Sarah Palin supporter called me a tree hugging “markist”.
It has been interesting, as an Alaskan resident, to see the pre-debate commentary floating around. I find the headlines warning of Palin’s debate talents laughable, and I just want to assure everyone – DON’T WORRY. Palin really doesn’t know anything. She really is an empty vessel. She isn’t fumbling because McCain has been keeping her from being herself. She isn’t incoherent because she has been trying too hard to use sound bites. She is fumbling and incoherent because she really knows nothing. As my husband says, there’s only so much information you can cram into a completely empty head.
Yes, Palin is choking on her force fed sound bites like Mary-Kate Olsen in anorexia rehab. But even if in desperation the McCain camp lets her “be herself” this will be even worse than her befuddled mumblings. Because Sarah Palin is a hick! She’s as cogent as a hooker at a truck stop. Palin speaking as Palin would involve 101 recipes for freshly clubbed seal oil, tips on how to properly store automatic weapons in a root cellar, or how to tell the difference between the severed leg of a Siberian husky and a wolf. Trust me, the best thing that could happen to the Obama campaign would be to set Palin loose as the real Palin. Yeah, Mathew McConaughy’s brother Rooster (who legally named his son “Miller-Lite”) and the Left Behind book club will love her, but that’s about it. Trust me. So pop the popcorn, grab the twizzlers and look forward to the debate.
So if you’ve read my blog you’ve noticed I write a lot about hunting as a part of Alaskan culture. You might even wonder if I’m unduly obsessed with hunting, a wacked out “liberal tree hugger” as some of my hate mail proclaims. But I want to press upon you the fact that hunting is EVERYWHERE in Alaskan culture, it is so in your face at every corner it is impossible to ignore. I’m not exaggerating or looking for something that really isn’t there. Trust me, if I could I would prefer not see the ubiquity of killing animals for pleasure in my daily life.
A few recent examples – I pulled up to a drive through espresso stand and they had tacked up a sign reading “hunter’s special: skin’ em pilgram toffee latte!”. On a hiking trail a few days ago I passed a family with three young kids and a puppy. Petting their puppy and chatting I realized that the father and son were not carrying fishing poles, but rather a hunting bow and a backpack full of arrows. Just a few paces down the trail we encountered a shocking no hunting sign, of course riddled with bullet holes. Walking in the Homer foothills to see the fall colors this week we stumbled upon a pickup truck that had run off the road, surrounded by hundreds of shot gun shells. The truck was littered with bullet holes, and a fire pit filled with liquor bottles and trash sat nearby. Nothing like gettin’ drunk and shooting up a truck to pass a friday night. I could go on and on…
Which brings me to another hunting topic – the fact that hunters in Alaska do not support Palin’s hunting policies! In yet another installment of Sarah Palin’s nonsensical interview with Couric, she mentions growin’ up huntin’ and fishin’ with the boys and fillin’ her freezer with good Alaskan game meat. And it ircked me that people would see Palin as someone who is just your average Alaskan who hunts for food. Because the truth is Palin is not your average subsistence hunter. Her policies towards hunting are ultra conservative even for sport hunters, and hunters have opossed several of her public hunting policies.
Alaskan sport hunters oppose aerial hunting of bears and wolves, something Palin vehemently supports. The last ballot measure to limit aerial hunting was actually brought forth by a group of hunters! Sport hunters also oppose the shooting of bears habituated to human bear viewers, something Palin also supports. I hope people can realize that Palin is not your average Alaskan hunter feeding her family with game meat. She has a pathological vendetta against wildlife that is opposed by most Alaskans and most Alaskan hunters.
Her extreme hunting views are not surprising given her parent’s house looks decorated by Norman Bates. Did you happen to see the interview at her parents’ house recently? Her father points to a photograph hanging on his wall to show that he has been to Russia. And the photograph is of bloody, clubbed seals smeared into the snow! Palin’s father clubs baby seals for fun which explains a lot about Palin’s hatred for animals.
Convicted Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen has been in the local news recently. The photo caption in the Anchorage Daily News reads, “Convicted serial killer Robert Hansen with the horns from a record-class Dall sheep he killed”. The FBI has recognized the connection between animal cruelty and serial killers since the l970s, when analysis of the life histories of imprisoned serial killers suggested that most, as children, had killed or tortured animals. Other research shows consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.
Over 1,000 Alaskans gathered in Anchorage to protest the McCain campaign hijacking of Sarah Palin’s abuse of power investigation! Here’s the link to the Anchorage Daily News Article on the protest!