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In another example of the growing tensions between Vice President Cheney and President Bush, Cheney has ordered that the Bush pardoned turkey be held at Guantanamo pending a secret hearing by a military tribunal.

Jerry and Joe Long Over at The Huffington Post, have just released the following breaking report:    

WASHINGTON... The National Turkey, pardoned by President Bush in the traditional White House pre-Thanksgiving ceremony, will be held captive at the US military installation in Guantanamo. The turkey, said to weigh in the teens of pounds, will be interned at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney, who is concerned that it may have been raised on a farm in Prague.

Animal right advocates are livid.  A spokeswoman for PETA angrily demanded non-military lawyers. "It's one thing to hold Islamic extremists without legal representation, but when honest American Turkeys are held in this manner, it crosses a constitutional line that cannot be tolerated.

And The HoundDog has learned that the ACLU plans to ask that all American place black legbands around their drumsticks this Thursdays as a symbollic show of support for this illegally detained fowl.  

Jerry and Joe Long continue:

A source close to the Vice President, speaking on condition of sycophantic proximity to power which journalists mistake for actual reporting, stated "it's been pretty well verified" the turkey may have had access to various biological and chemical substances, including what has been termed by a Pentagon informant as "a potential basting agent". Yet sources within the State Department disputed the claims of the informant, code named "Butterball", citing his envy of natural juiciness.

Republican leaders, meanwhile, rushed back to Capitol Hill to pass a `sense of the Congress' resolution that pardoning the turkey would "send the wrong message to our stomachs". While Democrats argued that the wording of an Amnesty International report which found that the turkey had already been subjected to repeated "beatings, electric shock and waterboarding" had been changed by someone within the administration to simply read "tenderized".

The Vice President's long time suspicion of turkeys and food in general is set to be chronicled in a new book by Bob Woodward, "Cheney At Dinner". The book, Woodward's 27th court hagiography this year, portrays Mr. Cheney as embittered by repeated attempts to get food into his twisted mouth, which has resulted in painful fork wounds to his lips and teeth, causing him to take all nourishment through a straw.

President Bush, aides say, remains focused on clearing the two remaining items off his schedule, a bike ride and a nap, so he can head to Crawford for Thanksgiving and return sometime after Arbor Day.

And Dear Readers this story is spinning out of control  Sources have told me Representatives for detainee Padilla objected that a he might have fewer rights than a Turkey. Cheney responded by saying he could arrange it so Padilla had the stuffings beat out of him.   Bush spokesman Scott McClellan responded by saying that just shows how much the people who hate America don't understand about how things work here.

Well dear reader, I am sad to say, this crosses a line for me too.  Up until now I wasn't sure how I felt about the Impeachment debate.  But if this Adminstration is going to start to violate the constitutional right of American born turkeys, I am afraid I will have to join the forces demanding Impeachment.   And maybe a little pumpkin pie too!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

The HoundDog

Originally posted to HoundDog on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 11:35 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  LMAO!!! (none)
    If I'd been drinking something it would have landed all over my monitor when I read this:

    "A source close to the Vice President, speaking on condition of sycophantic proximity to power which journalists mistake for actual reporting..."

  •  TIP JAR (4.00)

    Happy Holiday's   I'll be gone for a while.  Cheers,  The HoundDog

    A non-partisan pursuit of high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House

    by HoundDog on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 11:40:27 AM PST

    •  LMAO (none)
      Hey, I've had a few chuckles over it too.  All the rest of the news has been soooo depressingly lately.  So when I saw the original piece by Jerry and Joe long I couldn't help spice it up a bit.  Have a happy holiday.  Cheers

      A non-partisan pursuit of high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House

      by HoundDog on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 11:42:21 AM PST

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  •  cute diary (none)
    i needed a laugh ... thanks

    this'll probably keep me from waxing on a rant about just how craptacular the whole notion of pardoning a turkey really is, especially given Dubya's long record with death warrants ... hope it's sufficient to just let loose my wish that someday (soon?) some president will stop this ridiculous tradition of pardoning poultry while ignoring the plight of humans facing death ... ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

    by wystler on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 12:46:17 PM PST

    •  Bush Has Pardoned more Turkeys Than People (none)
      Poignant point wystler.  I hadn't thought of that.  It's very sad actually that Bush has pardoned more Turkeys than he has People.

      A non-partisan pursuit of high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House

      by HoundDog on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 12:49:11 PM PST

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  •  when i heard that bush was pardoning 2 turkey s (none)
    i thought they meant Libby and Delay.

    "if all the world's a stage, who is sitting in the audience?"

    by KnotIookin on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 12:49:07 PM PST

    •  Ooooohhh so mean -- But true LOL (none)
      Ooooohhhh so mean ---- but true.   Hey, if Delay and First would agree to spend the rest of their life living with the Turkeys at the Disneyland petting zoo eating turkey pellets I'd go for it.  They may scare the children but think of how much less damage they would cause.  LOL

      A non-partisan pursuit of high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House

      by HoundDog on Tue Nov 22, 2005 at 12:51:33 PM PST

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