31 March, 2014

The Great Bull Run

      "There will be a designated protest area for those who feel that allowing bulls to trample humans is somehow abusive to the bulls."

    June 7th 2014,I'll be running with the bulls at The Great Bull Run at Maple Grove Raceway .I have told a few people about it and have posted on social media about it,sharing pictures from other bull run events.I have gotten from more than a couple people the usual animal cruelty spiel.

Fact is,I would not being doing this if they presented it the same way they do in Spain.
The bulls are running much less than most people run with there dog in the park and they are usually tethered a leash! Cows and bulls,horses too,are frequently running ,on their own in fields for longer than these bulls will run.Don't believe me?Just take a ride through any farmland.There is even video of horses actually playing in the snow.

Everyone of those that gave me a hard time about doing this bull run are meat eaters.Their Facebook pages have also shown fishing and hunting photos.I am not knocking that at all.I eat meat and I do a lot of fishing. 

I've seen the posts about great seafood dinners.Steamed clams,lobster.You know how you steam clams,oysters,crab and lobster,right?
You boil a pot of water,then put the shellfish in the boiling water.Alive.
And it's cruel for a bull to run in a field!?

 I've even seen tweets and status updates about taking out rats in their house through poison or traditional traps.  but to say that it is cruel for a bull,who does it on his own like any other animal,to run with humans ,much less in size and weight then him is hypocrisy.These bulls will enjoy peaceful grazing for hours,run for 3 minutes, then go back to that afterwards.Maybe they'll have to deal with people taking photos.

Here is a screenshot from the Great Bull Run FAQ's

There is no animal cruelty,just a possible self inflicted cruelty by choice on the human's part.
I would not be doing this if i thought a bull,or any animal was being hurt just to indulge our stupidity..This is not Spain and to be told that it is by people who hunt or fish or eat meat or run their dog the same miles they do...or walk their dog the same distances they do is hypocrisy.
These bulls will run for a few minutes with some stupid humans,then go back to their fields with a little bit of a work out.

So, I hope you'll come out and watch, or watch the video from the bull run,that will inevitably be uploaded to YouTube.I will have two GoPro cameras,so their will be plenty of  video.
Also,there will be a Tomato Royale a battle with thousands and thousands of pounds of tomatoes.My son,Collin, will also be doing that part of it.

I can't wait!

A friend sent me some wine,which will be appropriate after the event

23 March, 2014

MIley Cyrus Didn't Make History at the Music Awards

I read,on Twitter and other social media that Miley Cyrus made history at the music awards with that idiot Robin Thicke and is making history with her performances. That's what Robin said to her before they went on stage,I'd have to say I disagree and say that she is doing nothing original and definitely not making history in the annals of music.
I also will go even further and say,while interesting, Lady GaGa isn't making history either.The meat dress was cool(I mean come on,it IS meat!),and I do like her music and she definitely has a certain style.
Lady Gaga in her infamous meat dress
She is following in the footsteps of women before her.Miley too,like Madonna and Britney Spears and Cyndi Lauper who all had their own style,but weren't all that original either.No groundbreaking,performances.
I like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and in fact have seen both live in concert many years ago.
Cyndi Lauper in the 1980s

Britney Spears and Madonna
     Madonna's risque performance at the 1984 MTV Music Awards.Seems tame now,I suppose.Although,there is more talent here than attention seeking that is Miley Cyrus.

     I'd like to introduce you to another woman in entertainment who made history by "shocking" the masses.
Whom I think,for the time,pushed the envelope far more than Madonna or Miley or Lady Gaga do for their time.
Meet Hattie Helen Gould Beck or Sally Rand,which was the stage name Cecil B. DeMille gave her.Which was inspired by a Rand McNally Atlas. She started out young on stage,studied drama and ballet and eventually moved to Hollywood and starred in silent films and some theater.When sound films were developed,she became a dancer.The reason was is that she sometimes spoke with a lisp and she thought "talkies" would end her career.
     She developed the fan dance which she performed with great success at the Paramount Club in Chicago.
In 1933 at the World's Fair,titled Century of Progress in Chicago,she was arrested four times in a single day for indecent exposure for doing her famous fan dance and riding a white horse on the streets of Chicago while giving the appearance of nudity.

Sally Rand also was arrested a fifth time at the Fair, along with Max Factor Sr,when he used his new makeup formulated for Hollywood films to paint her entire body.Seems familiar, copied today doesn't it?

This got her arrested in 1933.
     Even though she was arrested five times at the 1933 World's Fair,the promoters couldn't deny the draw.It was a very popular show,which actually saved the fair from financial ruin and the promoters convinced the judge to let her keep working.
      She also came up with and developed the Bubble Dance,because of performing outside and having to deal with the wind.

Sally Rand was arrested again in 1946 by six police officers in the audience as she danced, seemingly nude, in silhouette behind a large white fan; while on trial, the judge granted her immunity should she be arrested for the same offense while on trial; however she was arrested during a night of the trial while performing her act, despite her immunity and the fact that she was wearing long underwear and a note that read "CENSORED. S.F.P.D." while performing that time. In an unusual move, the judge viewed her performance at the Savoy and cleared her of all charges after deeming that "anyone who could find something lewd about the dance as she puts it on has to have a perverted idea of morals"

          Sally Rand died on Aug 31 1979 in California of Congestive Heart Failure in the hospital and by then she was very far in debt. Sammy Davis Jr actually wrote a $10,000 check and covered her expenses.

Sally Rand may seem tame by today's standards,or maybe not all that different,really if you look at it.I do believe there is a difference between Miley Cyrus and her.Sally had class while Miley just seems crude,but nothing really original that hasn't been done already.

Certainly not history making.