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A Harbinger for Obamacare and the IPAB

First, they came for the turkeys …

Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death – days before the Thanksgiving holiday – was not suspicious.

Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend “illness.” But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird.

“I appreciate where you’re going with this,” Aloisi told CNN. “But I assure you that these birds are extremely well cared for.” The decision to euthanize the bird was made by a veterinarian in consultation with Mount Vernon’s livestock department, she said.

And speaking of turkeys, if it feels like the price has been going up, it’s not your imagination.

And if you think that the year the upward trend began is not a coincidence … well, you’re not imagining that either.

  1. Paul Erickson

    Odd the cost of turkeys would go up starting in 2008.   Since then we seem to have turkeys in abundance.

  2. Frederick Key

    That turkey was, I’m sorry to say, quite depressed. Conflicted, brought low by events. On the one wing, he was honor-bound to support the man that had saved him from the dinner table. On the other, he was a true patriot, a turkey in the Franklinesque tradition, and was devastated by the results of the 2012 election. Friends, I’m sorry to say that this was no accident–Peace was broken. It was suicide. Yes, and now there is no Peace on earth.

  3. Gene Schwimmer, Guest Contributor
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    Frederick Key: That turkey was, I’m sorry to say, quite depressed. Conflicted, brought low by events. On the one wing, he was honor-bound to support the man that had saved him from the dinner table. On the other, he was a true patriot, a turkey in the Franklinesque tradition, and was devastated by the results of the 2012 election. Friends, I’m sorry to say that this was no accident–Peace was broken. It was suicide. Yes, and now there is no Peace on earth. · 21 minutes ago

    Right – and with Eric Holder as Attorney General, there’s no peace, either.

    No justice, no Peace!

  4. BlueAnt
    Gene Schwimmer, Guest Contributor: 

    And if you think that the year the upward trend began is not a coincidence …

    But wait–I thought we were told there was no inflation from the Fed’s Quantitative Easing plans!  Bernanke is actually fighting the good fight against deflation!

    It is so dreadfully inconvenient when reality refuses to play along with the popular narrative.

  5. Nanda Panjandrum

    Say it isn’t so, Gene!

  6. Vald the Misspeller
    This story is just stuffed with yummy chestnuts: 1) Another Obama promise broken. 2) Timing of the death was “not suspicious”. Convenient as hell, but not suspicious. 3) And we know this is true because the vice president of marketing says so. 4) Manner of death and disposal of remains not specified. So let’s guess: lethal injection of turkey gravy followed by cremation (about 13 minutes per pound at 350 degrees). 5) Professional consultation before the fateful decision, e.g. “So, who likes oysters in their dressing?”
  7. Gene Schwimmer, Guest Contributor
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    Vald the Misspeller: 2) Timing of the death was “not suspicious”. Convenient as hell, but not suspicious.

    Not suspicious?!  In the midst of the Benghazi scandal a turkey is euthanized ostensibly because of some “illness.”  45 minutes before the attack, Ambassador Stevens was saying goodnight to the ambassador from what country?  Turkey!

    You are so, so naive, my friend.

    I demand an autopsy!

  8. Barbara Kidder
    Gene Schwimmer, Guest Contributor

    Vald the Misspeller: 2) Timing of the death was “not suspicious”. Convenient as hell, but not suspicious.

    Not suspicious?!  In the midst of the Benghazi scandal a turkey is euthanized ostensibly because of some “illness.”  45 minutes before the attack, Ambassador Stevens was saying goodnight to the ambassador from what country?  Turkey!

    You are so, so naive, my friend.

    I demand an autopsy! · 5 hours ago

  9. Barbara Kidder

    Mr. Schwimmer:

    It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery;  Pastor Martin Niemoller would appreciate your lead in!

  10. Vald the Misspeller
    Gene Schwimmer, Guest Contributor

    I demand an autopsy! · 16 hours ago

    How about a drumstick instead?