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… Tuffy fit the Bill … er Bull [return of the Rodeo Clown] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,December 17th,2013

.. remember the Rodeo Clown ? ..

.. no , THAT rodeo clown . The one from the Missouri State Fair ? Yea , that one . Just to refresh your memory ….

.. [h/t —]

.. a local CBS affilliate in Missouri is running a contest (locally) for Person of the Year … and guess who is running away with it ? ..tuffy the rodeo clown (person of the year)

.. Yeah . You got it ! Tuffy , the [Obama Mask] Rodeo Clown ! ..

.. Good for him ! Go Tuffy ! ..

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… It says something about Our Country these days …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

.. when a rodeo clown is the funniest and most mature political figure in the news these days . Well , with the DemoCraps , what did you expect ??

.. Waaaaaaah ! Waaaaaaaaah ! when you-know-who is criticized . What a bunch of crybabies . What goes around , comes around . Get a thicker skin , and grow a ” pair . ”

… courtesy of Legal Insurrection .com …
History started with Obama: Crowd taunts and mocks President, what have we become America?

There is full blown Democratic furor over Tuffy the Rodeo Clown. The incident is being portrayed as racially motivated, and the

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repurcussions have been severe.

Tuffy (Facebook support page here) has been fired and banned for life from the Missouri State Fair, the announcer has resigned, the rodeo association is requiring sensitivity training, and politicians like Claire McCaskill are trying to cash in politically.

A little history is in order. The vitriol and mockery unleashed at George W. Bush is well documented, and George H.W. Bush received precisely the same rodeo treatment (even down to the broom up the rear end).

Hell, when G.W.B. was President even secession talk was cool, just ask Lawrence O’Donnell.

From the archives.

Presidential disrespect went around and now comes around:

What does it say about America in 2013 that a Rodeo Clown is more politically mature than the prevailing political and media establishments? Via NPR:

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says “nothing racist was ever implied.”

“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” Gessling has told digitalBURG, a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”

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… in Defense of the Missouri Rodeo Clown [yea , that one] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

..The Missouri State Fair has banned for life a rodeo clown who wore a Barack Obama mask during a bull-riding competition and suggested that “Obama” might be run down by an angry bull. “Hey, I know I’m a clown,” the still-unidentified performer said. “He [Obama] is just running around acting like one. Doesn’t know he is one.” Many in the audience were amused; at least some were offended. The event was captured on home video, which quickly made the rounds of news reports.

.. In a press release Monday, the State Fair said, “the statements and actions Saturday night were inappropriate and not in

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… Barack Obama , the clown …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

keeping with the Fair’s standards. The Missouri State Fair apologizes for the unconscionable stunt.” The organization said it had decided “to permanently ban this rodeo clown from ever participating or performing at the Missouri State Fair again.”

..The controversy over the incident seemed to have two parts. One was outrage in some quarters over the obvious disrespect and ridicule directed at the president. The other was outrage over the suggestion of violence toward Obama — in the form of an encounter with the bull — that was the premise of the act. This is the most complete video of the incident available; you can watch it to judge for yourself.

.. The lifetime ban for the clown is ridiculous .  Any president comes in for a fair amount of mockery, and what happened at the State Fair does not seem worse than the mockery of the president that occurred — without consequences like lifetime bans — during George W. Bush’s years in the White House . It is hardly necessary to recite all the insults, threats, and other offenses directed at Bush during his presidency; if you were awake during those years, you know there were a lot of them .

.. But perhaps it would be useful to list a few, and ask whether they resulted in punishment and professional exile for those involved. As far as disrespect and ridicule are concerned, in 2007, TV newswoman Erin Burnett, who then worked for MSNBC, repeatedly referred to Bush as a “monkey” during a report on an economic summit. Burnett, who later apologized, was not banned from television; she is now a prime-time anchor on CNN. Burnett was not alone; depictions of Bush as a chimpanzee, in particular, were common on the Internet during those years.

.. And not unheard of on television. In October 2009, after Bush left office HBO’s Bill Maher said on his program “Real Time,” that, “Barack Obama, an actual college professor, replaced George Bush, an actual chimp.” Maher was not banned from HBO; he is still the host of the program.

.. As far as the use of violent imagery and the president is concerned  , George W. Bush ‘ s years saw imagery much more serious than that for a bump from a bull. For example, the 2006 film “Death of a President” was a faux-documentary that told the story of a fictional Bush assassination, including a graphic depiction of the Bush character being shot in the chest. After its premiere at the Toronto film festival, where it won the International Critics Prize, “Death of a President” was handled by a major American distributor, Newmarket Films, and was reviewed, seriously and on its own terms, by the Washington Post, New York Times and other major press outlets. The film’s makers were not banned for life from the movie industry or anything else .

.. In June of 2006, Alan Hevesi, then the comptroller of the state of New York, delivered a college commencement address in which he paid tribute to Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer by calling him “the man who, how do I phrase this diplomatically, who will put a bullet between the president’s eyes if he could get away with it.” Hevesi later apologized, explaining that he merely intended to praise Schumer’s courage and toughness. Hevesi was not banned from office; he was, in fact, re-elected as comptroller later in 2006. (He didn’t stay much longer, resigning when he was indicted on corruption charges.)

..It’s just to ask: Why should the Missouri rodeo clown be banned for life? Couldn’t his employers have demanded an apology instead? Could the employers be banned , instead ??

… the video link is [here] . click on it , and see for youself …

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