Change Of Pace

Mullet Over

Rodeo fans amazed by Bill Pickett

By James K. White | July 2, 2008

William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, became
famous as a showman starring in his Wild West Shows. What one might not know is that Bill Cody was a legitimate Western legend. He won in fierce one-on-one mortal combat situations and was a durable, knowledgeable scout. For bravery in one battle engagement, Cody was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on May 22, 1872. The “F” was for Frederick.

The Rio Chagres of Panama empties into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Two Ocean Creek in Wyoming does a similar act, only thousands of miles from Panama. I could find no other creeks or rivers that have waters flowing to two different oceans. If any readers know of such, please contact me.

You rodeo fans might enjoy reading about Bill Pickett. He was an amazing cowboy who would regularly wrestle various steers to the ground by biting an animal’s upper lip and pulling downward with a “bulldog grip.” I do not think there is enough money in Texas to tempt me into trying that stunt even once.

Historians generally agree that Paul Revere never yelled “The British are coming!” as a warning to the colonists. The colonists considered themselves to be British and the warning would have made no sense. The poet Longfellow apparently made up “the British are coming!” because the phrase rhymed or had poem harmony of some sort. Accounts of the era indicate that the warning was likely something like “The regulars are coming” or “The king’s army approaches.”

An aposiopesis has nothing to do with a posse. An aposiopesis is an unfinished sentence such as “You little …” or “Why, you big fat ...”

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are not really berries.

“Pencil” comes from the Latin “penicillus” which means “little tail.” Pencils sold in the United States generally have erasers while those sold in Europe usually do not have erasers. Draw your own conclusions.

Elvis Presley starred in 31 movies. Some think that Mrs. Presley made up the name Elvis, but this is not true. There were several previous Elvis’s including a bishop in the 6th century. He was later Saint Elvis (the bishop, not the singer).

Have you ever been in an earthquake? It is an experience that one does not soon forget. The earliest recorded earthquake appears to have been a shaker in China sometime in 1177 B.C.

Perhaps you have some Doc Martens brand footwear. After World War II, Klaus Maerten (a medic), designed his first shoe. In 1960 the shoe name was changed to “Doc Martens” and the manufacturing rights were sold to a British company which made the brand world famous. It is on trusted authority that I report that both the Dalai Lama and the Pope have acquired and worn Doc Martens.

Well, be careful if you try Pickett’s technique and I’ll hopefully see you next time.

God Bless America

Little Johnny

A teacher in Elmira, New York asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans.

Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.

The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different ... again.

Little Johnny said, 'Because I'm not an Obama fan.'

The teacher asked, 'Why aren't you an Obama fan?'

Johnny said, 'Because I'm a Republican.'

The teacher asked him why he's a Republican.

Little Johnny answered, 'Well, my Mom's a Republican and my Dad's a Republican, so I'm a Republican.'

Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, 'If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?'

With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, 'That would make me an Obama fan.

Good Boy!

Have you ever heard that a dog "knows" when an earthquake is about to hit?

Have you ever heard that a dog can "sense" when a tornado is stirring up, even 20 miles away?

Do you remember hearing that before the December tsunami struck Southeast Asia, dogs started running frantically away from the seashore, at breakneck speed?

Do you know that dogs can detect cancer and other serious illnesses and danger of fire?

Somehow they always know when they can 'go for a ride' before you even ask and how do those dogs and cats get home from hundreds of miles away?

I'm a firm believer that animals – and especially dogs – have keen insights into the Truth.

And you can't tell me that dogs can't sense a potentially terrible disaster well in advance

Simply said, a dog just KNOWS when something isn't right … when impending doom is upon us … they'll always try to warn us!

Good Boy!