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Friday, November 21, 2008

Talking turkey not always pretty


I saw a news show last night during which Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interviewed at a turkey farm, while a worker slaughters turkeys in the background. I am NOT taking a political stance here, but will point out that Palin was widely criticized for doing the interview with the bloody deaths occurring behind her.
To this, I ask: why?
Why should everyone not see exactly how their Thanksgiving dinner gets to the table? I do not begrudge anyone their turkey dinner; in fact the one thing I can honestly say I miss the most as a vegetarian is my mom's Thanksgiving turkey. She still has the wonderful holiday at her house, I bring the Tofurkey.
Amidst all this gnashing of teeth over Sarah and the turkey farm, I say: get real.
I wholly disagree with many (if not all) of Palin's stances, including the truly horrific and evil practice of shooting wolves from the air.
But if there is anything foul about the outcry over dead fowl, it is that anyone should try to pretend killing animals for food is not a brutal and often messy process. For all of the faults I see in Palin's policies, at least I can't fault her for not shying away from the bloody truth. No one should.

This is a link to the interview during which Palin stands in front of a turkey slaughtering operation. It is very graphic, so be forewarned.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Tofurkey Day

Please don't eat me:

Eat me instead:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

No fish today

You have heard me complain about fish oil “hidden” in bread.

Well, I am not going to complain about a new product that I found at the store last weekend: cheese with omega 3 fatty acids.This is good news. The main source of omega 3 fatty acids is fish.

But in its new +Plus Omega 3 string cheese, Sorrento has created a product that “is made with milk containing a high level of DHA and EPA omega-3s,” the company said in a press release that moved on PRNewswire.I bought the cheese and ate a stick of it on the way home; I am no cheese connoisseur, but I thought it was pretty good.

And I felt smarter the minute I had finished it.

Not really, but scientists do say omega 3’s are critical to brain development, and who can’t support that?

The package I bought was $3.99 and it was sticks of individually packaged cheese. I am not big on all that packaging, but I am big on saving fish.

For more information about the cheese, or any of Sorrento’s products, visit:

(Sure hope they don't mind me using their image here)