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POETRY NIGHT IN THE LAST CHANCE SALOON [Now even cowboys dependent on Washington]
Orange County Register ^ | 11 March 2011 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 03/12/2011 12:03:35 AM PST by JLS

How mean-spirited are House Republicans? So mean-spirited that they would end federally funded cowboy poetry! Tuesday, Harry Reid, Majority Leader, took to the Senate floor to thunder that this town ain't big enough for both him and the Mean-Spirited Kid (John Boehner).

"The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 ... eliminates National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts," said Reid. "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."

"Tens of thousands" would "not exist"? There can't be that many cowboy poets, can there? Oh, c'mon, don't be naïve. Where there are taxpayer-funded cowboy poets, there must surely be cowboy poetry festival administrators, and a Bureau of Cowboy Poetry Festival Licensing, and cowboy poetry festival administration grant-writers, and a Department of Cowboy Poetry Festival Administration Grant Application Processing, and Professors of Cowboy Poetry Festival Educational Workshop Management at dozens of American colleges credentialing thousands of cowboy poetry festival workshop co-coordinating majors every year. It all adds up. In Western railroad halts where the Last Chance Saloon shuttered in 1893, dusty one-horse towns are now glittering one-grant towns, where elderly hoochie-koochie dancers are being retrained to lead rewarding lives as inspectors from the Agency of Cowboy-Poetry Festival Handicapped-Access Compliance. Used to be a man could ride the range for days on end under lonesome skies with nuthin' on the horizon 'cept a withered mesquite and a clump of sagebrush, but now all you see are clouds of dust and all you hear's the mighty roar of thundering hooves as every gnarled ol' wrangler in the territory races for the last hitching post outside creative-writing class.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cowboys; marksteyn; poetry
Steyn' take on federally funded Cowboy Poetry fests and US Federal Government spending.

Note I cut 3 words from this excerpt to get it to the 300 word posting limit. I do not think the missing words will cause anyone not to understand what Steyn wrote or was quoting.

1 posted on 03/12/2011 12:03:39 AM PST by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.


2 posted on 03/12/2011 12:05:39 AM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: JLS
"Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist." "

Just like Dingy, accusing budget cutters of genocide.

yitbos

3 posted on 03/12/2011 12:51:52 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: JLS

From what I understand the mean spirited kid Boehner is right in step with Reid.


4 posted on 03/12/2011 1:29:21 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

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5 posted on 03/12/2011 2:54:07 AM PST by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85 -Happy B'day Daddy 2/20/23)
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To: JLS

Brilliant as always.


6 posted on 03/12/2011 5:27:20 AM PST by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Monkey Face; Anoreth

Local interest for ‘Face, historic interest for Anoreth.


7 posted on 03/12/2011 5:28:14 AM PST by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: JLS

“The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 “

If you want to see a “mean spirit” just look at a picture of Harry Reid’s face!

No, it’s not mean-spirited to not desire to finance a crucifix in a bottle of urine.


8 posted on 03/12/2011 5:39:01 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: JLS
Steyn left out the fact that Harry Reid is a senile embarrassing pantload.
9 posted on 03/12/2011 6:09:24 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: JLS
With guys like Harry Reid still in power, we are simply, positively, unbelievably, screwed!
10 posted on 03/12/2011 8:23:36 AM PST by Gritty (America is in national suicide on a scale no nation in history has contemplated - Mark Steyn)
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To: bruinbirdman

The only way Reid can be right is if all the people attending the festivals nowadays are children of people who never would have met except that they attended cowboy poetry festivals years ago.


11 posted on 03/12/2011 8:42:15 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: JLS
Steyn has returned to National Review Online as well - where excerpting is not required.

Cowboy Subsidies - In Harry Reid’s world, the cowboy embodies dependency without end.

12 posted on 03/12/2011 10:43:35 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: JLS

Mama’s don’t let your cowboys grow up to babies...


13 posted on 03/12/2011 10:51:07 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification)
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To: PoloSec

Great line, I bet Steyn wishes he had used it in the essay or as a headline for his essay.


14 posted on 03/12/2011 1:37:13 PM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: PoloSec

Great line, I bet Steyn wishes he had used it in the essay or as a headline for his essay.


15 posted on 03/12/2011 1:37:17 PM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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