Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sarah, the Turtle and the Post

The recent bizarre utterances and clueless appearance of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin have given new life to an old, but timelessly funny, political joke. With a small make-over for the Alaska setting, it goes something like this:

Deep in the north woods of Alaska lives an old fur trapper who rarely sees another human being. A few times a year, however, one of his grandsons will make the trek from town into the wilderness to check on grandpa. One of these visits took place last week.

After discussing the usual family matters, the talk turned to politics. The grandson was eager to know what the old man thought about Sarah Palin running for Vice-President. Grandpa paused a moment and then said: "Well, you know, Sarah Palin is a post turtle." The young man had never heard the term and asked grandpa what he meant.

The grizzled fur trapper explained: "Well, it's like when you're driving down a country road and you see a turtle perched on top of a fence post." 

Seeing the still-puzzled look on his grandson's face, the old man continued: "Well, you know that turtle didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she's up there, so you start wondering what kind of dumb ass put her up there in the first place."