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HOPPING MAD

Michael Hopping—formerly a “North Carolina community mental health physician”—in the Asheville Citizen-Times:

When Bush smilingly offered our Baghdad troops a platter of plastic turkey that Thanksgiving, his approval ratings rose.

This myth just won’t die, will it? August 30—begin planning!—marks 1,000 days of Turkey Madness. That’s longer than the remainder of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/12/2006 at 01:47 PM
  1. Done. I’ve got a rubber Bushitler chew toy, my wife’s niece’s Barbie dinnerware and plastic food ready to go. I don’t think said wife will get the joke, being a closet communist and all, though.

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2006 07 12 at 02:08 PM • permalink

  2. Christ, I have no idea what has happened to North Carolina. They, I think have the Bi-Polar ailment, as they have A Michael Hopping, they also had A Eric Rudolph, a recently sentenced abortion clinic bomber.

    Then again, they do have Islamists in the University system. One was Sami al Arian, who did not get the justice he deserved (he’s paying a fine and being deported) for helping fund Islamic terror, namely those idiot name of the day terror groups within the Bedouins called Palestinians, who kill and have killed Israelis for years.

    There were other Islamists that went to schools in North Carolina, will have to dig for their names.

    So maybe NC, is actually Tri-Polar.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 02:10 PM • permalink

  3. Is it the proper historical reference to call these repetitions of falsehoods as “Orwellian”?

    It’s just mind-boggling that this false “plastic turkey” story keeps repeating, and certainly has become an urban legend--perhaps the better characterization.

    Posted by Forbes on 2006 07 12 at 02:13 PM • permalink

  4. Mental health physician or mental health inmate?

    Posted by stats on 2006 07 12 at 02:16 PM • permalink

  5. It’s been my experience that people in mental health could use some.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 07 12 at 02:17 PM • permalink

  6. U. of North Carolina, home of Islamic SUV suicide rammers.

    Posted by stats on 2006 07 12 at 02:17 PM • permalink

  7. #2--El Cid: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed apparently attended Chowan College for one semester, then transfered to North Carolina A&T, where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Posted by Forbes on 2006 07 12 at 02:20 PM • permalink

  8. So maybe NC, is actually Tri-Polar.

    That certainly is true in the Tri-Angle.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 07 12 at 02:23 PM • permalink

  9. Michael Hopping is a freelance writer who lives in the Riceville area. He formerly was a North Carolina community mental health physician. . . up until that time, not long ago, when, at three o’clock in the morning, they caught him cutting the Lancet into little paper turkeys, while whistling the theme from the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon series.

    Seriously, El Cid, I share your wonderment at what has happened in North Carolina - my beloved home state. Probably has something to do with all them “furriners”, from places like Pakistan and Russia and New Jersey.

    Posted by paco on 2006 07 12 at 02:27 PM • permalink

  10. Indeed, a dim milestone will soon be reached.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 07 12 at 02:43 PM • permalink

  11. Forbes

    Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

    BINGO. Thank you.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 02:57 PM • permalink

  12. August 30—begin planning!—marks 1,000 days of Turkey Madness.

    And here’s the perfect gift for the occasion.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 07 12 at 03:04 PM • permalink

  13. Probably has something to do with all them “furriners”, from places like Pakistan and Russia

    True as well as other type ‘stans. Russia, hmmmm. Wonder if iampeter is there...lol

    and New Jersey
    That my virtual friend, is funny. Thank God no Massachusetts’ians, they’d have tunnels collapsing all over hell, NC has a few.

    Young ladies left in cars in bodies of water, too.

    Use ta’ traipse around them there Western, NC mountains many years ago. Since I live on one in TN, not any longer...:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 03:07 PM • permalink

  14. Oh and Paco....as you know, the birthplace of and still revered nostalgic home of NASCAR.

    Runnin through them mountains with a flat head Ford, staying miles in front of them
    thieving gummint revenooers

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  15. He formerly was a North Carolina community mental health physician

    until the voices in his head told him to quit........

    Posted by Rob C. on 2006 07 12 at 03:20 PM • permalink

  16. #12 Dave S.,

    What a hoot!  You know, I’m new at this computer stuff, and my experience on the web is via webtv (which is wholly inadequate).  Where do you folks find this stuff?

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 12 at 03:33 PM • permalink

  17. I believe I’ll plan a turkey dinner with all the traditional trimmings for August 30.  Why not?  Turkey, it’s not just for Thanksgiving.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 07 12 at 03:49 PM • permalink

  18. My favorite line:

    Lyndon Johnson probably couldn’t have conceived of such a campaign, let alone pulled it off.

    Has this guy never heard of the
    Daisy ad?

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 07 12 at 03:51 PM • permalink

  19. Runnin through them mountains with a flat head Ford, staying miles in front of them
    thieving gummint revenooers

    Actually, my pa was one of them “thieving gummint revenooers”, and was the man who arested Junior Johnson (as he said many times afterwards, “I’m the only man to catch Junior Johnson, but I had to do it on foot").

    Posted by paco on 2006 07 12 at 04:03 PM • permalink

  20. Stats,

    I worked several years as a nurse in an inpatient mental health hospital and one of the standard jokes was:

    “How do you tell the staff from the patients?

    The staff have the keys”:)

    (and thinking back on former coworkers, sometimes that was the only difference:))

    Posted by debi L. on 2006 07 12 at 04:44 PM • permalink

  21. The plastic turkey myth will live on for many generations of moonbats to come.

    Many generations of moonbats to come....damn, that’s a depressing thought!

    Posted by rinardman on 2006 07 12 at 04:50 PM • permalink

  22. What a hoot!  You know, I’m new at this computer stuff, and my experience on the web is via webtv (which is wholly inadequate).

    I loved my WebTV! Switching over to the Net during commercials, surfing the Net while stretched out on the couch - it was awesome! They could easily address its limitations - I think a total integration of TV and computer would be superb. Why this hasn’t happened I can’t fathom.

    Where do you folks find this stuff?

    Serendipity. I was Googling “Bush plastic turkey”.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 07 12 at 05:14 PM • permalink

  23. paco

    Actually, my pa was one of them “thieving gummint revenooers”, and was the man who arrested Junior Johnson (as he said many times afterwards, “I’m the only man to catch Junior Johnson, but I had to do it on foot").

    WOW...just the other evening flipping through cable channels, they had the Junior Johnson kinda’ bio, tying it in with the birth of NASCAR...and I just may have seen your Dad. Johnson said when he found out he could make as much or more money, racing as haulin’, he quit haulin’.

    They showed Johnson handcuffed, walking to his court date, phalanxed by gummint, folks. Of course they also showed his main runnin’ machine, that made those runs...and then they had the brilliant idea to put a number on the car...voila NASCAR.

    But hell, you know that...really odd how typing on the net, on a Blog owned and operated by a hell of a guy in OZ, that people of all stripes connect.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 05:48 PM • permalink

  24. Oh thank you, DaveS, I must have this. It will be the perfect companion piece to my George W. Bush US President/Naval Aviator action figure that commemorates the “Mission Accomplished” carrier landing. Two episodes that will reign supreme in the legendary annals of Chimpy McBu$hhitler.

    Great idea about having Thanksgiving dinner, Rebecca (remember the first time Tim made turkey? heh heh).

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 07 12 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  25. LOL!  And it never tasted so good, Kyda!

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 07 12 at 08:17 PM • permalink

  26. N. Carolina is welcoming another foreigner, a Formula One driver who is about to become a NASCAR driver, Juan Pablo Montoya.

    He’s from Colombia, and they really need fast cars down there. But he’s one foreigner who gets it. When asked why he is leaving F1 competition for NASCAR, he said he wanted to do some “real racing.” In fact, as soon as Montoya spoke about his plans to drive in NASCAR in 2007, McLaren-Mercedes dropped him immediately. Like yesterday.

    Posted by ekw on 2006 07 12 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  27. Maybe we should just send them a picture of Bush actually serving turkey at the time.

    Posted by Zoe Brain on 2006 07 12 at 09:39 PM • permalink

  28. Zoe Brain

    Maybe we should just send them a picture of Bush actually serving turkey at the time.

    Great picture, but you see the pic was shot in one of the backrooms at the White House.

    You can clearly see the ‘soldiers’ are mannequins dressed in surplus military uniforms.

    The left has an explanation for everything.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 12 at 10:57 PM • permalink

  29. #23: My father told me that Junior had pretty much got out of the moonshine business, but had gone to help his father at the latter’s still - unfortunately for Junior, it turned out that that was the day of the raid. Dad said that another agent actually went into a shack or shed of some kind first where Junior was busy, and he heard the agent say, “Junior, put down that shovel!” The next thing Dad heard was a loud “THwaaaannggg!”, as Junior connected with the agent. He then took off out of the shed, but my father pursued him and caught him (I believe as he was trying to get over a fence). Years later, Junior and my father co-operated on a piece in one of the car magazines (Motor Trend, I think, or maybe it was Car & Driver) which represented a retrospective look at bootlegging and its connection to stock car racing.

    Posted by paco on 2006 07 13 at 07:58 AM • permalink

  30. Was there a freeze-frame, paco, between when the agent said, “Junior, put down that shovel!” and the “THwaaaannggg!”, with your dad hearing someone say, “Well, it looks like Junior is in a mess o’ trouble and the General Lee’s nowhere in sight”?

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 07 13 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  31. #30: Haw! Afraid not, but the script would have been much improved if it had happened that way, I suppose.

    Posted by paco on 2006 07 13 at 09:24 AM • permalink

  32. I saw that picture, too, paco. Was it your dad who was the main government guy that they interviewed?

    Posted by ekw on 2006 07 13 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  33. #32: Do you mean the cable show El Cid mentioned? I haven’t seen it, but I don’t think my father ever did an interview except for one of the car magazines. I’ll have to ask him.

    Posted by paco on 2006 07 13 at 05:34 PM • permalink

  34. Stuffing and nonsense Michael.

    Posted by crash on 2006 07 16 at 09:20 AM • permalink

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