August 16, 2004

PETA has big brass ones, don't they?

President Reagan has been dead for how long now? Just a matter of several weeks, really. In the vernacular, we would even say "he isn't even cold yet" when talking about the behavior of others regarding him. We haven't even finished what we would have called a "decent period of mourning."

PETA has breeched all decency with their little ad and their letter to Nancy Reagan. PETA, of all people, has purchased President Reagan's likeness and has inserted it into an ad promoting vegetarianism as a way to end alzheimers.

First of, what a load of bunk that is. They're as far off-base as these fools that cannot admit that embryonic stem cells are never going to cure alzheimers even when the evidence is biting them in the backsides. How many things have we been told to avoid like the plague because it causes alzheimers? Let me see, aluminum cookware, alcohol, red meat, coffee, cigarettes (which now are shown to help alzheimers patients)... The list goes on.

We Do Not Know What Causes It. But that's another matter. The real matter on this is the entire attitude of PETA on this ad and the use of Ronald Reagan's image to promote their propaganda regardless of the wishes of his widow:

“We were hoping to get Nancy Reagan’s endorsement, but the truth is — because he was a public figure and because we’re not looking to sell a product or make money off his image — we don’t need her permission,” a PETA insider told The Scoop.

What a lot of nonsense. We all know that every ad these people produce is ultimately a plea for charitable donations. We all know that this ad and others like it are to sell a lifestyle change. We also know that the use of Ronald Reagan's image is a blatant attempt to pander to a heretofore untapped group of the public: aging conservatives, the people who supported Reagan politically during his lifetime and who most echo his conservatism.

Well, Nancy's not buying that line of crap:

Nancy Reagan not only didn’t send back a letter of support; her people fired off a cease-and-desist letter. “Discontinue any use of President Reagan’s name, signature, quote, image or likeness,” came a missive from Kirby Elizabeth Hanson, Director of Business Development for the Ronald Reagan Foundation. “You have no authority, license or consent from President and Mrs. Reagan (or their legal representatives or licensee) for such use.”

I'm hoping Ingrid Newkirk finds out in no uncertain terms just how big a mistake she's made on this one. She has engaged the wrong person this time.

Maybe as Nancy Reagan fights this little battle she'll shut those busy-body dietary prohibitionists down but for good.

Posted by Mamamontezz at August 16, 2004 02:00 PM

PETA are some sick bastards. If President Reagan were some kind of fairy shrimp or barn owl....they would have had more respect for him than they had for him as a human being.

Posted by: the_redfalcon at August 16, 2004 03:32 PM

If they're not shut down, maybe they'll cause enough trouble that their 'non-profit organization' status will be revoked and they'll have to start paying taxes....we can only hope.

Posted by: Mad Mikey at August 17, 2004 05:04 PM

They rate lower than Michael Moore with me, whom I'd like to tie to a tree so the bears can chew on him.

Posted by: Jack at August 17, 2004 05:17 PM

Bears? No, bears are much to big and it wouldn't take long enough to suit me.

Racoons. Whole pack of the damned things. Chittering and screaching as they take him a little bit at a time. Much better than bears.

Or perhaps Coyotes. Coyotes are good.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at August 17, 2004 05:21 PM
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