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[thought ye might get a laugh from a letter sent
to buzzflash (vacation fine...panning for gold,
pondering Euros and enjoying dailies...
hope everyone is enjoying the stalker-free environment
now that i'm not here as a target! paix.)]

Subj: Bush Ranch

I enjoyed the comments by H. Russell in reference to the Bush "Ranch." I live in San Antonio and the buzz amongst horse people here is that Bush is deathly afraid of horses. He cannot recreate the Reagan horseman legend unless the horse and the rider are both chemically calmed.

He, in essence, privatized the management of the Bush ranch back to the original owner. If you can't manage, get a manager.

He makes a big deal about "cuttin' cedar". Well, real Texans know that no multimillionaire goes out and "cuts" cedar with the chain saw (replete with goggles). You either use "guest workers" or, if the infestation is significant, you hook a log chain between two caterpillars and clear it all in an afternoon.

This brings us to what we in a small agricultural college in the Oklahoma Panhandle used to call "Drugstore Cowboys", "all hat and no cattle", $500 boots with no manure, no callouses -- no cowboys -- and the callouses on the buttocks during the time Mssr. Cowboy was "supposed" to be in Alabama in the National Guard do not count.

We (to address the Connecticut Yankee rancher in King Karl's Kourt expression) in the west believe that there ain't a horse that cain't be rode or a cowboy that cain't be throwed".

This portends no good news for Bush II in the even the "red" states. If you cain't ride, you cain't rodeo. There is a big difference between a bulldogger that leaps from a galloping steed to wrest the horns of an uncooperative bovine to the ground in an effort that requires guts, timing, risk and that is not synonymous with the situational "ethics" of a bullshitter (pardon my French) that arrived with pedigree, boots, millions of unearned assets (favors yes, earned assets no), a purchased personae and wants to play macho with a nose that has never been "broke" (bled from excess but not broken).

A costume other than on Halloween in Texas is believed somewhat of a farce. "You is what you is". That is why not only veterans, but thoughtful observers were moved to comment on the "perilous landing on the Abraham Lincoln" (within view of the shore) as a classic example of you "can dress'em up, but you can't take them anywhere".

The problem as defined in "Texan" is that Bush has entered the area where it could be said, in reference to the Rovian nomenclature (and the repeated exaggerations that led our Nation to pour a Billion bucks a month down the Iraqi outhouse) that would motivate common sense observers along the Colorado River (and hopefully the Beltway) to honestly remark that "he (Bush) is such a liar that he has to get someone else to call his dog."

The greatest quote on the Bush family was that Senior was "born on third base and thought he hit a triple"--Ann Richards. This applies to Junior and Jeb Boy as well. I do not choose to question the athleticism of a former cheerleader from Yale, but can you imagine Shrub in full gallop chasing a steer and risking his tush for a belt buckle? Tommy Lee Jones who played football for Harvard, yes, but Shrub?

If indeed King George is afraid of horses, he has not a worry in the world unless the terrorists come on calvary on something other than a Saudi prince's entry into the Kentucky Derby. Bloodline does not dictate "heart" and those who have never truly won the race fear the real match.

Let's hear the bugle to call the start and let pedigree race head to head with performance.

"And they're off...........and "Integrity" is sticking to rail, "CIA Disclosure "is moving to the Inside, "Congressional Backbone" is coming back, "Bush's Poodle "is coming up lame, "Former Soldiers "is on the move, "Special Interests "is responding to the whip, Big Money has the rail, California entry MuscleHead is challenging from the press box ...but Honesty is ahead by a length and a half as we make the far turn...

unless the race is called on a another multi-colored security alert.

R. Talley, San Antonio, Texas
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