Pravda’s Pyotr Romanov joins the Sacred Order of the Plastic Turkey Believers:

Americans at first boldly throw a seed over an ocean - as far as to Caucasus - and then, having encountered problems, they try to reanimate it, when a seed has already withered long since and has become natives’ totem to which a formally democratic president and a formally democratic parliament solemnly lay flowers on camera. In other words the result is not a democracy but a kind of the plastic turkey with which G.W. Bush once regaled his soldiers in Iraq.

Time was when you could expect Phillip Adams to recycle commie propaganda for a western audience. Now the process is running in reverse.

(Via Murph)

UPDATE. Reader RC wrote in December 2003:

It’s nearly 3 weeks later and so godawful debunked that it’s getting beyond strange how people latched on to this.

Three weeks? We’re coming up on 18 months!

Posted by Tim B. on 06/18/2005 at 01:18 PM
  1. I’d personally like to “regale” the next plastic turkey spotter with a Louisville Slugger Major League Clue Bat.

    Posted by paco on 2005 06 18 at 03:02 PM • permalink

  2. There’s no news in Tass, no truth in Pravda, and no plastic in that goddamn turkey.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2005 06 18 at 04:54 PM • permalink

  3. Their faith is reality-based! Stop mocking them!

    Posted by Sortelli on 2005 06 18 at 07:04 PM • permalink

  4. It’s a plastic turkey seed.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2005 06 18 at 07:04 PM • permalink

  5. Even though blinded by dogma you’d still think you would smell the turkey?

    Posted by Looneyc on 2005 06 18 at 09:00 PM • permalink

  6. A liberal, a French organ-grinder monkey, Ward Churchill and a plastic turkey walk into a bar…

    (punchline left as an exercise for the reader)

    Posted by zeppenwolf on 2005 06 18 at 10:04 PM • permalink

  7. The plastic turkey has become a lazy bones rhetorical device, part of a litany of half-baked (so to speak) nonsenses (e.g the Lancet Report) that have become a regular feature of the writing of that other flightless bird, the left ostrich.

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 06 18 at 10:17 PM • permalink

  8. How does one “regale” anyone with a turkey, plastic or otherwise?  That sentence doesn’t even make sense.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 06 18 at 10:57 PM • permalink

  9. Who are these people? Where the hell did they come from?

    Damned, it’s like they were raised on another planet. These absurd denunciations of everything Western or American alongside this long history of defending and excusing the mass murders committed by Stalin and Mao and Castro.

    Over here in the US, the left is going absolutely nutzo over the reports of ONE terrorist being abused. Yes, abused. I think the treatment was wrong. But it’s not torture and it’s not even in the same universe as Auschwitz or Lubynka or Kampuchea.

    A plastic turkey? They are upset over a (non-existent) plastic turkey?

    One reaches a point where its useless to even try and engage in a dialogue with them.


    Posted by SMGalbraith on 2005 06 19 at 12:08 AM • permalink

  10. Plastic Turkeys never die they just become mythological beasts.

    Posted by zefal on 2005 06 19 at 02:16 AM • permalink

  11. God, the plastic turkey once again takes flight.

    Y’know, I still don’t understand the fascination these people have with it.

    In a way, it has become emblematic of the entire reaction of the Left to Bush - totally based on emotional and ideological grounds, with not even the most tenuous link to logic, pragmatism, or, indeed, reality.

    Posted by Quentin George on 2005 06 19 at 05:54 AM • permalink

  12. yes, the next time someone comes out with the plastic turkey meme, I would like to find out why they think it is significant that the turkey was plastic, BEFORE they get bombarded with thousands of ‘you effin’ idjut’ emails (but well deserved).
    The reply could be very enlightening as to the mindest of such wankers.

    Posted by entropy on 2005 06 19 at 08:10 AM • permalink

  13. A liberal, a French organ-grinder monkey, Ward Churchill and a plastic turkey walk into a bar…

    (punchline left as an exercise for the reader)

    The bartender says:  “Sorry.  We don’t serve animals here.”

    He turns to the plastic turkey.

    “So.  What’ll you have?”

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 06 19 at 11:25 PM • permalink

  14. Good one. I’ll try…

    A liberal, a French organ-grinder monkey, Ward Churchill and a plastic turkey walk into a bar. Turkey says to the bartender, “A round for me and my friends, and put it on my bill.”

    Bartender says, “You don’t have a bill; you’re a turkey.”

    Liberal yells at the bartender that he’s being species-ist; Churchill screams that the turkey is one-eighth duck on his great-grandmother’s side; and the monkey schrieks and flings a handful of its feces.

    Bartender smiles and says, “Hey, I’m a Democrat, too! Drinks are on me!”

    Posted by Dave S. on 2005 06 20 at 07:30 AM • permalink

  15. Make that “shrieks.” It’s 7:30 am here.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2005 06 20 at 07:32 AM • permalink

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