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Cowboy Poetry Festival (An end to a vital cultural event?)
Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 03/09/2011 11:54:58 AM PST by PJ-Comix

Oh, the tragedy! Because of those evil budget-cutting Republicans we are now facing the loss of that great cultural landmark, the Cowboy Poetry Festival. Thank you Senator Harry Reid for exposing this nefarious act with your bold attack upon the Republicans:

The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1,, eliminates National Public Broadcasting...It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.

And if the Cowboy Poetry Festival does not exist next year, then the world would be deprived of my brilliant piece of poetry designed to appeal to the NPR types. Since that festival’s future is now in doubt because of the heartless Republicans, your humble correspondent will post “Drugstore Cowboy” now before it is lost for all eternity:

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: cowboypoetry; dingyharry; harryreid
Sniff! The world will now be deprived of my entry into the Cowboy Poetry Festival because of those heartless Republicans slashing away at the budget.
1 posted on 03/09/2011 11:55:06 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

And how can an elected official possibly hold a strait face while sniffing for funds for something as STUPID as this? Incredible! And to think that I’m actually paying for such stupidity with my money for something as dumb out there in Nevada . . . why not do it with ticket prices or Nevadan taxes . . . what the hell do I care about this crap???????


2 posted on 03/09/2011 11:58:51 AM PST by laweeks
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To: PJ-Comix
This is what passes as a cowboy these days to Dingy Harry. The man is delusional. Bets on whether this is a man or a woman.


3 posted on 03/09/2011 11:59:09 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: PJ-Comix

If they have ever hung around cowboys very much, they should know that cowboys don’t rely on the government for much. Those events as well as others related to cowboys, will continue, with or without the government. If cowboys want to do something bad enough, I’ll guarandamtee you it will get done. Been there.


4 posted on 03/09/2011 12:00:36 PM PST by RC2
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To: PJ-Comix
There's always the soulful sounds of Travelin John.

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I gave my love a chicken, a chicken that had no bones.....
5 posted on 03/09/2011 12:01:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: PJ-Comix

Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.

Gone in the wink of an eye.

Remember, YOU don’t exist unless you’re taking
advantage of a government program....at least till
April 15.


6 posted on 03/09/2011 12:02:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Reid lies. They have plenty of private sponsors.

http://www.westernfolklife.org/site1/index.php/Donations/2010-Gathering-Major-Sponsors.html

http://www.westernfolklife.org/site1/index.php/Donations/Western-Folklife-Center-Supporters.html


7 posted on 03/09/2011 12:03:46 PM PST by Raebie
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To: Charles Henrickson

Could “Drugstore Cowboy” be set to music?


8 posted on 03/09/2011 12:09:41 PM PST by PJ-Comix (The Coupon Whisperer)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hey, maybe if your cowboy poetry was worth a steaming bushel of meadow muffins...

Here’s the real deal:

A skinny young cowboy named brocko
Best known for his bein’ mulatto
Hornswoggled the land
With his Communist brand;
So we kicked his ass back to Chicago.


9 posted on 03/09/2011 12:10:42 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

ewww...you’re good :)


10 posted on 03/09/2011 12:16:25 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: PJ-Comix
The democrat party's idea of "cowboys." Defund all this insanity!


11 posted on 03/09/2011 12:24:05 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: PJ-Comix

They gathered around the fire pit
Some stood some sit
To recite some cowboy poetry
That maybe they had just writ.

Ole Harry tall and gray
Said I got one today
About this here cowboy poetry
And how we can make it pay

No point stoking up a fire
Just so we can all admire
Some cusses shot at poetry
When we can aim so much higher

Fellers this here’s an art
An I think we oughta start
Getting money for our poetry
From them eggheads that pay fer art

Ya’ll know we all pay taxes
So don’t get upset when I axes
For funds for cowboy poetry
Via e-mail, letter and faxes

We’re at least as good as hip hop
And that philharmonic sop
Ain’t no more cultural than our poetry
Just because it’s higher bought

So come on National Foundation for Arts
And send some dollars out to these parts
To fund our cowboy poetry
Send lots, heck haul it out in carts

So Harry that ole coyote
Told them cowboys that’s whut he wrote
To save your cowboy poetry
And now ya’ll don’t ferget to vote!


12 posted on 03/09/2011 12:25:58 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: PJ-Comix

So, I guess they’re saying a real cowboy won’t write poetry unless the government pays him.

And I say, a real cowboy won’t take money from the government unless its to wear a tin star and a six gun.


13 posted on 03/09/2011 12:31:32 PM PST by marron
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To: Lazlo in PA
Bets on whether this is a man or a woman.

"Alex, I'll take stinking, aged hippies for $400."

14 posted on 03/09/2011 12:33:19 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Don't let the SRM pick our candidates again.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Out Where The West Begins

Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,
Out where the smile dwells a little longer,
That’s where the West begins;
Out where the sun is a little brighter,
Where the snows that fall are a trifle whiter,
Where the bonds of home are a wee bit tighter,
That’s where the West begins.

Out where the skies are a trifle bluer,
Out where friendship’s a little truer,
That’s where the West begins;
Out where a fresher breeze is blowing,
Where there’s laughter in every streamlet flowing,
Where there’s more of reaping and less of sowing,
That’s where the West begins;

Out where the world is in the making,
Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,
That’s where the West begins;
Where there’s more of singing and less of sighing,
Where there’s more of giving and less of buying,
And a man makes friends without half trying —
That’s where the West begins.

Arthur Chapman © 1917-1918


15 posted on 03/09/2011 12:34:29 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: laweeks
And how can an elected official possibly hold a strait face while sniffing for funds for something as STUPID as this?

How can the voters have a straight face while pulling the lever for this clown?

16 posted on 03/09/2011 12:41:12 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: Outlaw Woman

Thanks; I’ll just mosey along now...


17 posted on 03/09/2011 12:46:26 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: dblshot

To quote Slim Pickens (as Taggart): “You use that tongue prettier’n a two-dollar whore...”


18 posted on 03/09/2011 12:50:29 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

Thanks, I think.


19 posted on 03/09/2011 12:53:02 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Here is my entry.....

Out on the range is where I roam
cuz I can’t no longer own a home
unless you will pay my loan
Big Gubmint, I can’t quit you

Turned my truck in for a mule
Cuz I couldn’t afford the fuel
You say to drill would be a fool
Big Gubmint, I can’t quit you

Cooking cactus for a meal
Cuz I can’t no more raise veal
Too big a footprint you say you feel
Big Gubmint, I can’t quit you

So now my days seem pretty free
As long as you’re not too far from me
To give just enough to be
Big Gubmint, I can’t quit you

I know......don’t quit my day job!


20 posted on 03/09/2011 12:56:25 PM PST by freedombird (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness. -A. DeTocqueville)
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To: PJ-Comix
BROKEBACK
21 posted on 03/09/2011 12:57:50 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm sure the mines around here can make up the difference. They support this stuff as it is and lots of other things in town.
22 posted on 03/09/2011 1:03:16 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Bets on whether this is a man or a woman.

That's Michael Jackson finally with a new coat and hairdoo......and nose.

I never once thought he was dead.......

23 posted on 03/09/2011 1:07:07 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Injuns is red
Sage hens is blue
I like my horse
‘Cause he don’t moo.


24 posted on 03/09/2011 1:11:49 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: cripplecreek
There's always the soulful sounds of Travelin John.

Now that's funny right there! I don't care who you are! That's funny!

25 posted on 03/09/2011 1:24:50 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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To: PJ-Comix
Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.

Those mean-spirited Republicans are going to end the existence of tens of thousands of people!
26 posted on 03/09/2011 1:31:25 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (If the Klan killed 60% of black babies, it would be genocide, when the left does it, its "choice".)
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To: RC2

But read Harry’s quote! Thosew people won’t even exist if the Republicans get their way!


27 posted on 03/09/2011 1:33:00 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (If the Klan killed 60% of black babies, it would be genocide, when the left does it, its "choice".)
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To: FormerACLUmember

28 posted on 03/09/2011 1:36:50 PM PST by winstonwolf33
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
Those mean-spirited Republicans are going to end the existence of tens of thousands of people!

"I feel a great disturbance in the force, Luke, like thousands of Cowboy Poets have been silenced."


29 posted on 03/09/2011 1:43:41 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: RC2; PJ-Comix; laweeks; tet68; Raebie; Migraine; FormerACLUmember; marron; Arrowhead1952; ...
>>”Those events as well as others related to cowboys, will continue, with or without the government.”<<

You are 100% correct, my FRiend. The show will go on and will now be even bigger, thanks to the despicable slime ball, Harry Reid, for bringing so much attention to it.

There seems to be a few here that are trying to discredit the historical value of real ‘Cowboy Poetry’. Most of these poets (both men and women) are the last of a dying breed, soon to become extinct. Their verse, poems, stories and ramblings from days long gone are proudly shared with those who did not live during a time when “men were men”. They lived it, they rode the trails, branded the stock and rode the rodeos in their spare time.

Below is a link to my old friend, Bob Schild, well respected Cowboy Poet, bareback & saddle bronc-buster, rancher & saddle maker, as well as an old school mate of my Father's.

He wrote this verse for my Father when hearing about his passing.

PALS NOW GONE

“Sore missed are the comrades who've passed with the storm,
The best of the litter most often the norm.

The cream of creation has flitted away, though some are remaining-all weathered and gray.

But death, be it final, can't keep friends apart, for old childhood buddies still live in our hearts!”

“Written with respect to (my Dad's name) and those like him. Bob Schild, Feb. 28 2005.”

I guarantee that Cowboy Poets are already working on their next poems that will probably start with something like “NPR and Harry Reid be damned......”

Bob is a ‘real cowboy’ and I suggest to those that equate their poetry and yearly gathering with Brokeback Mountain images take the time to read his story:

http://www.cowboypoetry.com/bobschild.htm#About

30 posted on 03/09/2011 3:08:32 PM PST by panaxanax (*Memo to Jim DeMint: Check your mail. Your DRAFT NOTICE will be arriving soon!)
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