No bull!

September 01, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

Minnesota. The action state! Falling bridges! Floods! Perverts! Dead bulls!

In case you missed it, at the Minnesota State Fair today, a very cranky bull broke loose from its owners, ran wild for a block or so, and head-butted a fire hydrant, whereupon it dropped dead in its tracks.

I have reason to believe the bull was a Republican. We've seen this kind of thing before. It’s a page right out of the Dick Cheney playbook. >>Read on!

Here's the drill. You go to bed ornery. You wake up more ornery than that. Your mouth twists into its trademark snarl. You paw the ground and clouds of dust envelop you, partially hiding your malevolent girth. You eyeball your surroundings and see enemies everywhere. You snort and bolt, breaking your tether, such as it is. You’re on a rampage. You are a killer. Everyone in your path flees in fear for their lives. You live for this stuff. You da bull!

Unlike Ferdinand, there is no opiate for you. Nary a posy for distraction. You rage on, your shriveled little heart pumping wildly. And then your rageful eyes settle on a target. Iran? No, no. Closer to home. Something more . . . tangible. Teach these pathetic creatures who eat food on a stick a lesson they’ll never forget. Go for the little one. The one dressed in red. No child left behind! *snort*

And thereby hangs this tale.

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Anonymous (not verified) | September 1, 2007 - 12:15am

LOL Babs. But did the bull really drop dead? Crimini. And you're so right -- fallen bridges, fallin' rain, fallen senators and now a fallen bull. When will it end?


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 1, 2007 - 7:35am

January 20, 2009.

The bull story is true, including its dramatic death. It might have been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but I don't recall.


Fire Hydrant (not verified) | September 1, 2007 - 7:31pm

Usually the only responses that I get are from the First Responders where they crank my nose, screw on their hose, and spray water where needed.
There is the usual dog that comes along and lifts his leg.
Now, I think I'll just sit here and sell "Bull on a stick" at the 2008 fair.
I do expect a medal of honor, ya know!! Water proofed, of course.
The Little Red Hydrant That Did


paul miller (not verified) | September 1, 2007 - 9:48pm


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 1, 2007 - 10:22pm

Dear Fire Hydrant,

You see? I use the personal comma vs. the corporate colon. And you know what those corporate colons are like.

You just stood there like a little trooper and took it head on. Nowhere did I read what happened to you. No. All the news was focused on bull. Oh, wait. That's how it always is.

Well, keep plugging away, little one.


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 2, 2007 - 8:28am

Paul: re "Americans Who Tell the Truth"

What a powerful collection! Some of my truth-telling heroes are in it. Molly Ivins. Wendell Berry. Paul Wellstone. Ray McGovern. Bill Moyers (my current time hero). Others as well. Some odd choices, too. Muhammed Ali? Lincoln and Eisenhower are the only presidents in the piece. Pretty sad commentary, eh? Nary a sign of the Toxic Texan, anyone who is part of the Bush regime, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter or Tim Pawlenty.

Thanks for the link. I'm going to bookmark it, and wander through the bio sketches one by one. Will take some time. An excellent activity on those days when when the lies feel overwhelming. Let's see. That would be Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays . . . .


paul miller (not verified) | September 2, 2007 - 9:39am

re: Americans who tell the truth, its good to know we have some that courageously tell the truth and some like Ike and Lincoln that deviated from the lies long enough to get sort of an honorable mention i. e. Ike's warning of the military / industrial complex

The Sunday NY Times reports that the Derek Zoolander of American Presidents, aka Dubya, is musing about his legacy, "put that in your little book"

Of course the times writes the story as if bush were some innocuous chap rather than the toxic two year old texan that is responsible for the deaths of millions. I wonder if his musings ever include thinking of what the inside of a jail cell smells like with his sorry ass in it, and yesterday rice mused about the stain on her legacy from Iraq, can you imagine the level of self - deception that is required to carry out the actions these creeps have carried out and then wonder how the historians would write their legacy?

Only in a country where the truth tellers are a commodity could such realities exist. Like Roy Munson in KingPin, Bush's legacy should be that "bushed" replaces FUBAR in the American Lexican, that's his true legacy


MLS (not verified) | September 2, 2007 - 11:13am

Thank you, Paul, for referencing the website, "Americans WhoTell The Truth". I was happy to see credit given Eleanor Roosevelt a woman for whom I have great admiration. Also,
like Barbara, Bill Moyers is one who is currently at the top of my list. I plan on passing this website on to others - those who want to hear the truth and nothing but the truth and, yes, even to some of those who don't.


Anonymous (not verified) | September 2, 2007 - 6:48pm

How about these. Are these folks truth tellers?

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
- President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 1, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
Letter to President Clinton.
- (D) Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, others, Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003


MLS (not verified) | September 2, 2007 - 8:51pm

to Anonymous:

NO. Nor are Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and...
If you review the list of "Americans Who Tell the Truth", the majority were never directly involved in politics.
So what's your point?


susan | September 2, 2007 - 9:33pm

Good question, MLS. What is your point Anon?


Anonymous (not verified) | September 3, 2007 - 10:02am

It is not that difficult . Get your thinking caps on boys and girls!