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Cleek the peecture for veedio. I slung this together in a real hurry trying to get it out last night, and then YouTube let me down. So it’s not brilliant (a soundtrack would’ve perked it up considerably), but the video clip needs to be out there in as many forms as possible.

The AP originally reported this, then thought better of it and tried to airbrush it away: Obama advising a man with ten kids who is worried about gas prices that what he really needs is a new car.

For those of you who aren’t politically inclined — and by way of explaining why I didn’t spend today turning that video into something awesome — here’s one minute and forty seconds of my chickens walking around pecking stuff. Seriously, that’s all there is to it. I spent my whole day sprawled over a lawn chair in the sunshine with a glass of iced tea watching them walk around and peck stuff.

Try it. It’s hypnotic.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2011, 9:07 pm

Let me see… a choice between intelligent life or some feather-brained idiot wandering around without a clue?

Yep, that’s right. it had to be the former. I watched the chickens!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 8, 2011, 9:09 pm

Greg Gutfeld and the crew were ripping Obama a new one on this last night. Even the Libs on the panel were saying “WTF was he thinking?!”

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:02 pm

Who here is not politically inclined? Anyone?!

It was worth waiting for, Stoaty. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:13 pm

Yeah, actually, Nina…there are a few. I lure them in with chickens and spotted dick, and THEN they discover it’s a political blog.

I feel guilty when that happens.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:20 pm

Question for Stoatie….

Have you tried feeding the Spotted Dick to the Chickens, and if so, did they enjoy it?

My enquiring mind is off on a tangent and needs an odd detail to ground it again…

(edit: I had no idea that your chickens had such PROLIFIC peckers… 😉 )

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:25 pm

Nope, Scoob. Never tried. I did give them their first taste of icecream yesterday (and very damn expensive icecream it was). Lucia took a peck, Mapp took a peck, then Mapp pecked Lucia’s right out of her beak, then Mapp pecked the last bit off my fingers.

Safe to say, Mapp likes raspberry icecream.

The greatest chicken video ever made (it was a sandwich advert).

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:29 pm

Oh, and the chickens are adorable. I’ve already posted the link everywhere, hope you don’t mind. I figure that if you let us steal your art, a few gratuitous you-tube links are nothin’.

And on the art-stealing front, please do something with an interesting black cat that I can steal for my mead labels. Weasels are cute, but our home meadery is Black Cat Meadery, and a weasel on the label just wouldn’t do, although if we ever decide to name one Stoaty’s Weasel Wench Mead, we’ll steal your art. We have to steal, too broke to buy. 😛

It’s Friday, I have a headache, and we have testing next week–crabby already. I think I need some of that mead, medicinal-like.

Heh heh heh

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:40 pm

Do you have a label template, Nina? I mean, size and shape?

Do I mind if you post links? Nina, allow me to introduce you to the internet. Nina, internet. Internet, Nina.

Hoping to get links out-posted is what gets an internet attention whore out of bed in the morning.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 8, 2011, 10:45 pm

Nina’s chicken video linkee isn’t working. Goes right back here. Or was that the plan, to drive up page views?

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:00 pm

I just don’t get the whole chicken thing. But I would guess the chickens could come up with a better energy policy than a certain current American president.

Comment from Spad13
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:18 pm

Your girls are beautiful Weas you must be such a proud momma.:)

Comment from MikeW
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:33 pm

Q. Why don’t chickens wear underwear?

A. Because their peckers are on their faces.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:47 pm

Fir Mike C:
The “whole chicken thing” is that once you have to deal with enough chicken shit, nothing else seems quite so bad.

Isn’t it obvious?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:50 pm

And oops, SWeas – that was YOUR chicken video linkee (The greatest chicken video ever made (it was a sandwich advert).)

Comment from Uncle Monkey
Time: April 8, 2011, 11:57 pm

Chickens are a HUGE improvement over ZERO. You have some really cool ones. I like some of these varieties. As my wife will hassle any PETA person – some of the most endangered species on earth are domesticated farm animals. We support many varieties. If you don’t eat them they will die out.

Funny(ish) chicken story. We have 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I KNOW you know what they are being in the UK.

Anyway, when they were puppies – they learned all about chickens – my in-laws have a ranch only minutes away.

Daisy (the sweet gung-ho “dog type” one) and Dolly (the evil plotter – who waits and watches) decided that anything that would run from them was good to chase. No “catching” necessary.

So, as the pups were running around chasing hens, Dolly lead Daisy into the hen-house. Uh-oh. Dolly made an about face immediately, just as Daisy ran in. After a second, Daisy wandered outside and stood there watching her sister run away at flank speed. (?!)

Up behind her came Mad Mamma – a large Rhode Island Red, stood there looking at this stoopit dog for a couple of seconds (with one eye as chickens do), summed up the target and then “pecked” her right on her um, well, spot under the tail. Hilarity ensued. Well, for us anyway.

These days Daisy is far more inclined to chase birds and cats (who only scratch), but gives those chickens a wide berth!

Yeah, watching chickens scratch and fish swim is good therapy. And gardening. And drinking. Breakfast. Glad you had a good day in the sun!

Thanks so much for the vids!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2011, 12:03 am

Blown her street cred right out of the water, Spad13.

It’s hard to maintain the rough ‘n tough Weasel image when you walk around the garden (and even the house, damnit!) cooing to an armful of chicken 😉

Comment from MFS
Time: April 9, 2011, 1:19 am

Love the vid!HT!

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: April 9, 2011, 1:25 am

Your girls are gorgeous!! When they start molting, save some of the feathers to tie fishing flies with!!
“internet attention whore”? ROFLOL

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 9, 2011, 2:42 am

Yeah, Stoaty, what blogger doesn’t have a yen for some of that sweet link love?

The label I use depends on the bottle, but generally for wine bottles I use these 2:http://www.4th-vine.com/us/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=198 used landscape…

(and going to another post to save me from residing with the ass porn)

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 9, 2011, 2:45 am

… and http://www.4th-vine.com/us/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=206 used vertically, although horizontally it goes well on a beer bottle.

I totally suck using photoshop, and I’m therefore totally humiliated by other home-brewers’ awesome labels because mine…well…suck.

If you hadn’t married a dang furriner, I’d send you some mead–but if my daughter ever actually is allowed past immigration on that blasted island, I’ll try to send some with her to get to you somehow.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 9, 2011, 7:19 am

I heard the replay of him telling the man that he needs a hybrid van, and then he laughed. What a useless, disconnected man.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2011, 9:52 am

Sorry. Link fixed.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 9, 2011, 12:49 pm

Thanks for fixing that “Techno Chicken” video link!

Comment from JeffS
Time: April 9, 2011, 2:32 pm

I’ll take chickens over The Won™ any day. Chickens actually have value, be they pets, providers of eggs, or the contents of a sandwich.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 9, 2011, 4:36 pm

Clearly we’re happier talking about chickens than the guy in the vid.

I posted Stoaty’s chicken pecking video on my fb page and have got some “aren’t they cute I want some” comments. Everyone loves chickens?

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2011, 5:02 pm

I laughed, I cried. It became a part of me.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2011, 5:03 pm

I particularly like that pic of a map of the US with a large screw embedded in the center of it. Is that, like, some sort of metaphor for something?

Comment from Preznint Barack Blutarsky
Time: April 9, 2011, 5:08 pm

Me: Illinois? She’s a dead state! California? Boned! Massachusetts? Boned!

Pelosi: This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!

Me: And we’re just the guys to do it!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2011, 5:58 pm

Yeah, but I bet you didn’t notice the country was labeled “Estados Unidos” on that map, jw.

Comment from Preznint Barack Blutarsky
Time: April 9, 2011, 6:01 pm

Duh. I am one unobservant sumbitch, Weez.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2011, 6:01 pm


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2011, 6:06 pm

Heh. I didn’t really expect anyone to notice. It was the first nice big map that turned up on a search, but I thought it was kind of funny.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 9, 2011, 8:01 pm

So… that’s Obama’s plan! Totally ruin the country just before it becomes Los Estados Unidos! Barack, you magnificent bastard! Brilliant!

Comment from porknbean
Time: April 9, 2011, 11:10 pm

Wow, the girls have grown quite round. And gorgeous. Their pants still crack me up.

They sound a bit like my guinea pig Abby.

Comment from LW
Time: April 9, 2011, 11:37 pm

Today would have been my stepmother’s birthday. She had chickens too (it was illegal where we lived in the city but the neighbors all kept the secret because she was such a wonderful person). She loved and cared for her chickens until they died of old age.

Sigh. Thank you stirring up those memories.

Comment from Allen
Time: April 9, 2011, 11:48 pm

Ooof, #1 Alfalfa has jumped to $18/bale due to increased fuel costs. Well I suppose I could trade my horses in for some goats to get more days/bale but it’s kind of hard to ride a goat.

Cute chickens. The only thing I don’t like about chickens is that they run around after you… Never mind.

For some reason I started to think about politics, chickens, and roads, and before I knew it this song popped in my head: The Dead Skunk song!

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 10, 2011, 12:19 am

Any bets on the comment he REALLY wanted to make when the guy told him he had 10 kids?

I suspect it was something along the lines of “Couldn’t you get that bitch to have some abortions like MY people do?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 11, 2011, 7:06 am

I spent my whole day sprawled over a lawn chair in the sunshine…

And they say England is cold and rainy.

Chicago has had nothing but cold and wet for a month; yesterday and today were the first warm spring days of the year.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 11, 2011, 12:23 pm

The weather here is splendid. They only spread that story about cold and rainy to keep the ferriners out.

England does have long gray spells (and sometimes rainy spells), but it seldom gets much below freezing in Winter, and Summers are glorious. Most of the Summer, it’s sunny and 70°. Never gets above 85°. With a light breeze. And birdsong.

I have a low tolerance for extremes, and the climate of Tennessee and Rhode Island are surprisingly similar. RI is a little more brutal in Winter, Tennessee more brutal in Summer.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 11, 2011, 1:34 pm

SWeas – Not workin’ too good at keepin’ them furriners out, is it?

Comment from moomar
Time: April 11, 2011, 1:54 pm

I watched the Obama video first. Your chickens are far more entertaining and productive.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 11, 2011, 3:06 pm

For moomar:

And nowhere near as full of shit…

Comment from Bill (back from Iraq until I go back to Iraq) T
Time: April 13, 2011, 5:33 pm

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

The POTUSmobile weighs more (and is better-armored) than a Brit WWII Bren carrier, and it gets — wait for it — eight miles per gallon.

We’re already itching for trade-in time in 2012…

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