Pardoned Turkey Goes on Rampage, Kidnaps Chick


DUBOIS, Indiana.  “Honest,” the turkey pardoned by President Obama as part of traditional White House Thanksgiving Day festivities, led Indiana State Police on a high-speed chase over narrow state roads before holing up in a corn crib at the farm where he was raised, accompanied by a young chick he seized at an all-night convenience store in nearby Jasper, the county seat.

Round-the-clock surveillance.

“There is enormous risk with any pardon,” said Greer Nilson, a professor of political science at Indiana University’s Muncie campus.  “When Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich in the last days of his presidency all the other fugitive commodities traders who cut deals with Iran during the hostage crisis were outraged, asking ‘Where’s mine?’”

Patty Hearst, in full revolutionary regalia

Police believe the chick is unharmed, and that she may have succumbed to “Patty Hearst Syndrome,” a malady named after the newspaper heiress who grew sympathetic to her kidnappers, a left-wing radical group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Duns Scotus:  Barely relevant, but I thought you’d enjoy the cool hat.

“Victims of Patty Hearst Syndrome tend to be art history majors whose fiances are graduate students in philosophy,” said Milo Houston, an expert on obscure stuff other people don’t pay attention to.  “The constant droning by their spouses about their dissertations can cause them to seek refuge with undesirable characters–anything to get away from hearing about Duns Scotus,” a medieval philosopher.

Weed and Hearst:  Constant whining about his dissertation drove her mad.

Hearst was pardoned by President Clinton without incident, but the escape of Honest may or may not cause future presidents to be more cautious in handing out pardons.  “You can do psychological profiles and background research,” notes Nilson, “and still have somebody turn out to be a real turkey.”

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2 thoughts on “Pardoned Turkey Goes on Rampage, Kidnaps Chick”

  1. You made me laugh out loud, Con. Very funny but scary too. We have wild turkeys where we live, and they strut around like the ala king of the ‘hood. I’ll be on the lookout for gobbling fugitives.

  2. I was worried at first, but that’s on the other end of Indiana from me, so we should be safe … still, it explains the absence of Indiana State Police troopers in this area.

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