April 27, 2004


Months after the fabled creature first attracted world attention, George W. Bush’s fake turkey appears in Margo Kingston’s Webdiary, via Margo reader Antonio Yegles:

Good to see Howard is following his master Bush’s stunt by secretly turning up in Iraq; as any loyal lapdog should of course. He forgot the fake turkey though.

As for Margo herself, she now seems to have reversed her opposition to Australian involvement:

More partisan political photo opportunities, more abuse of our troops for his personal advantage. Yuk. This bloke wants to single handedly destroy our one day of the year as a unifying moment for Australians. No shame, John. No shame.

He pulled out most of our forces after Saddam’s statue fell and organised fake ‘victory’ parades while our hapless soldiers’ colleagues from Britain and the US were dying in Iraq trying to create a peace.

Send more troops, Prime Minister! Margo has spoken!

Posted by Tim Blair at April 27, 2004 02:12 PM

Margo, you placed the apostrophe in its correct place in the bolded quote.
That's a start, girl!

Posted by: Go Go Margo at April 27, 2004 at 02:22 PM

The fake turkey lives. Neil Mitchell of radio station 3AW writing in today's Herald Sun (no link available):

'Cynics say (PM John Howard - in travelling to Iraq for ANZAC Day) copied a similar publicity trick by US President George W. Bush, and that's a fair comment.

'On that trip Mr Bush was sprung serving his men a rubber turkey because it improved the photo opportunity.'

Comments to nmitchell@3aw.com.au (with which he 'signs' the article).

Posted by: ilibcc at April 27, 2004 at 02:35 PM

Coolest thing Dubya could do at the convention this summer?

Walk out with a steaming, luscious turkey on a platter, with the biggest, shit-eatin' Texas grin on his face! The applause would be fucking deafening.

Period. Dot.

Posted by: geezer at April 27, 2004 at 02:38 PM

Two letters in today's Sydney Morning Herald, related to Howard's Iraq visit, reference "plastic pies" and "plastic anzac biscuits" respectively.

Posted by: James at April 27, 2004 at 02:40 PM

Waitaminnit. Now Margo wants troops _sent_ to Iraq?! That's it. We're outta there.

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at April 27, 2004 at 02:51 PM

No, Margo doesn't want troops sent to Iraq. She just wants to complain.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 27, 2004 at 02:59 PM

What about plastic Margo ? Nobody would know the difference

Posted by: Johnny Wishbone at April 27, 2004 at 03:00 PM

Plastic Margo?

Gosh, the horrible images that conjures up! Thanks Johnny..

Life-like vinyl. Ribbed for your pleasure. Margo.

Please excuse me while I go curl up and sob.

Posted by: goldsmith at April 27, 2004 at 03:09 PM

Damn, James, you beat me to it!
Anyway, here are the letters:

The recent plagiarism virus appears to have crossed over from speeches to publicity stunts. John Howard's Iraq visit was lifted item for item from the White House Manual of Cynical Political Opportunism. I wonder if Mr Howard had a plastic pie in his hand luggage?

Simon Wellings, North Balgowlah, April 26.

What a shame John Howard missed a photo opportunity of presenting the Australian troops in Baghdad with a platter of plastic Anzac biscuits.

Gwen O'Gorman, Coffs Harbour, April 26.

Posted by: TimT at April 27, 2004 at 03:15 PM

Dubya lugged a rubber turkey? That’s a tad new.

Posted by: ForNow at April 27, 2004 at 03:20 PM

And a tad heavy.

Posted by: Bruce at April 27, 2004 at 03:39 PM


Did you notice my comments earlier on that Keith Suter on 2BL indirectly alleged Bush had a plastic turkey?

Posted by: Andjam at April 27, 2004 at 03:41 PM

Dubya lugged a rubber turkey? That’s a tad new.

Did it have a pulley in it?

Posted by: Andjam at April 27, 2004 at 03:42 PM

Time to get over the turkey, guys. It's clear that only in the blogosphere is the offending bird a real one. Out there in the real world, the turkey is a fake. It's a done deal. Get over it and move on.

It is ironic is it not: The bird was real, and no one believes it, yet the WMD were fake, and we all believed in them, didn't we?

As for Margo, whatever she is saying (and it can be hard to tell, sometimes) she is clearly NOT asking for more troops to be sent to Iraq. Well d'uh.

Posted by: Nemesis at April 27, 2004 at 03:55 PM

Yes, how many times do we have to go over this? Starving Iraqis and stealing their oil under UN supervision WAS WORKING! Saddam was disarmed!

What is wrong with you people?

Posted by: Memesis at April 27, 2004 at 04:01 PM

Heh, i can remember the first time i saw margo's photo in the sunday herald, all bitter and twisted with her mouth resembling a cats bum, i think they still use that pic occasionaly. I saw the pic and thought, bet she's a pissed of, self-righteous lefty, flipped to the article, and hey hey! waddyaknow!

Posted by: RhikoR at April 27, 2004 at 04:05 PM

Margo et al have their uses. Try reading Margo, for instance, while having your afternoon tea break. Very, very good for the diet.

Posted by: kwol at April 27, 2004 at 05:49 PM

Note also a letter in today's Australian:

"John Howard's triumphant sortie to Baghdad on Anzac Day exhibited all the substance of Gearge Bush's Christmas [sic] turkey."

It's all very strange.

Posted by: SteveGW at April 27, 2004 at 06:10 PM

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Yes sir.
Are you listening?
Yes, I am.

Let's hear more about the plastic hostages.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at April 27, 2004 at 06:35 PM

And then we have Nemmie, our very own plastic troll.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 27, 2004 at 08:06 PM

Boy, the US and Australia have a lot of sad pitiful begrudgers, dont they? Bush and Howard's trips to Iraq give encouragement to our troops and they face unbelievably petty critisicm. How about if our Kerry and your Latham go to Iraq and see what kind of reception they get! The yawn heard around the world.

Posted by: debbie at April 27, 2004 at 09:46 PM

Latest: as we post, the Opinion Journal of the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Australia is one of the countries now contemplating sending more troops to Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld's role in this is played up but, scandalous to relate, Margo's is ignored. They don't fool me Iron Lady. Way to wage war!

Posted by: CurrencyLad at April 27, 2004 at 11:09 PM

I wonder what would happen if someone poked Margo with a stick? Would she roll over or continue to play dead.

Posted by: Hudson at April 28, 2004 at 12:21 AM

" .... Australia is one of the countries now contemplating sending more troops to Iraq."

Plastic or Rubber troops?

Posted by: Chris Josephson at April 28, 2004 at 12:26 AM

Just a little reminder for Nemisis. We didn't go into Iraq because we knew there were WMD. We went in because they didn't prove they destroyed them, rather than storing or exporting. It was a justification, not THE reason (you don't ususally go to war for a single reason). It was properly promoted because it was the most likely to draw international support (there was pretext in international community.)

Many reasons were given. WMD was given the most attention (more so by the media).

If it was solely about WMD, we would have simply attack suspected WMD stocks and production facilities.

Posted by: aaron at April 28, 2004 at 12:47 AM

Debbie — Hillary already tried that. Blew up in her face, so to speak... but that's something she has experience with...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at April 28, 2004 at 01:08 AM

Debbie — Hillary already tried that. Blew up in her face, so to speak... but that's something she has experience with...

OK, I can't resist, Richard: Actually, I think it was a "lady" named Monica that had experience with that.

Posted by: Retread at April 28, 2004 at 02:03 AM

I think we should all thank Nemesis for providing such a prime example of the lefty attitude that lies become "true" and "real" if only they're repeated often enough.

Now go curl up into a ball Nemmy so you don't have to deal with that nasty real world where facts still matter.

Posted by: PW at April 28, 2004 at 02:56 AM

Hapless? HAPLESS?! I had no idea that our troops were low on hap much less fighting without out hap. Australians: forget sending more troops; SEND MORE HAP!

Posted by: Dumb American at April 28, 2004 at 03:25 AM

Nemesis: It's all right. They were only plastic WMDs.

Posted by: ushie at April 28, 2004 at 04:06 AM


First of all, it's looking increasingly likely the WMD got shipped to Syria. But even if/when that is ascertained, I've no doubt you and your ilk will latch onto some other strawman in your continued move-the-goalposts style of rhetoric.

Second, you really help your credibility with your definition of the truth. So, if 2 + 2 were redefined to 5 everywhere else but Tim's blog, where it remained 2 + 2 = 4, then 2 + 2 would equal 5, eh? Damn post-modern of you ("post-modern" is highbrow talk for "utter bullshit.")

Posted by: Dave S. at April 28, 2004 at 06:11 AM

Was the flown-in phony turkey plastic or elastic?

Posted by: ForNow at April 28, 2004 at 07:07 AM

Hi, Dumb American.

The report is false.

I looked up Hap. America used to be the number one Hap country. Here it is:

Judging by that standard, you guys still have lots of Hap. OK, not that particular one, but overall maybe more than ever.

Posted by: David Blue at April 28, 2004 at 07:26 AM

Retread _ Where do you think Clinton learned he liked it? Even in Arkansas, you can't get farm animals to swing that way...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at April 28, 2004 at 11:11 AM

So is hapless w/o Air Force?

Posted by: aaron at April 28, 2004 at 01:30 PM

Hi, aaron.

"If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war, and we lose it quickly."
Montgomery of Alamein

Posted by: David Blue at April 28, 2004 at 02:06 PM

At least with Margot as bait we can identify all these idiots and get them to identify themselves. I suggest we tie her to an "endangered" tree and let her flush them out for us. Then we hand them a really big piece of wilderness to live in without pollution or war, build some walls around them to protect them and leave them to it.

Of course, as vegetarians they will have no trouble feeding themselves and they don't need soap or medicine as soap is detergent and thus a pollutant and alternative therapies are always better than the products of the drug company conspiracy. I'm running with this now, I'd better stop because I'm getting improperly excited!

Posted by: Allan at April 28, 2004 at 03:58 PM


Even Crikey isnt immune

Posted by: red at April 28, 2004 at 04:43 PM