Sarah Palin’s Kali versus Halibut
Sarah Palin is under fire for clubbing a halibut while filming her reality TV show. Animal rights activists are calling the episode of her landing and clubbing a halibut a “snuff film.”
What people are ignoring is that a fish hauled in is still alive and dying slowly. A blow to the head is quicker and more humane. More importantly, a large fish on a boat is a real threat, as seen in this video of a marlin seriously spearing a man (not for the squeamish!). In fact, that page is full of other videos of game fish injuring boaters. Sadly, there are people who fail to grasp that a shark on a boat is still dangerous.
A club is standard gear on many boats. Which leads me to –Why isn’t it a stick? In the photo, Sarah is clearly using a club, with a handle and greater weight at the striking end.
Examples of Native American designs are also clubs rather than sticks.
My point is that martial artists typically regard sticks, with straight lines and uniform diameter from one end to another, as weapons. Yet in case after case where people must depend on a blunt weapon to put someone (or some animal) down, they rely on clubs.