Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years ago

    Sad but oh, so very true. Plus, we forget that the " family " farm went out about the same time as poodle skirts, bobby socks, pony tails, and Ozzie and Harriet. Agra-Corp doesn’t need the government gifts, but the farm worker needs all the help he or she can get.

  2. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, about 3 years ago

    Belt-tightening = cutting out everyone ELSE’s pork!
    Patriotic = leavin’ MY pork alone!

  3. SaraRundle

    SaraRundle said, about 3 years ago

    How many farmers read this? I’m a farmer, I accept NO subsidies. My husband is an over the road driver so we can make the mortgage payments. We farm what we can sell. The cost of fencing (since it’s no longer AMERICAN steel fence posts and wire) is absurd. Payments to giant Agri Business and Monsanto need to stop. Monsanto is creating massive problems with international trade due to their genetic tinkering. just sayin’

  4. SaraRundle

    SaraRundle said, about 3 years ago

    while I’m on my soapbox… People like Robert Redford (who I adore) should stop talking about horse slaughter. How many horses do you own and PERSONALLY take care of, Mr. Redford? Horses are NOT native species. Horses need lots of care to be healthy; hooves, skin, teeth, all require attention. Old horses deserve respect and a dignified death, all animals do. Horse slaughter CAN be a humane solution, better than being shipped out of the country.

  5. kapock

    kapock said, about 3 years ago

    Totally unrealistic. HH would never push his own wheelbarrow to pick up his subsidies. He’d hire Lucky or the baby bunny to do it at minimum wage, and get Congress to pay for armed cops to keep an eye on the process.
    (I guess Lucky’s “gotcha” would either be the minimum wage part, or recovering from the injuries he receives from the cops.)

  6. Linguist

    Linguist said, about 3 years ago

    @SaraRundle

    Years ago. I had about 40 head of horses which we dude wrangled and used in films and commercials in Arizona. Both my partner and myself worked other jobs to support the ranch, while his wife and some underpaid cowboys and kids did the day to day work.
    Sad to say, you could get more money at the knackers ( horse rendering plant ) than you could by private sale. While we " rescued" a lot of horses, many more had to go to slaughter. Ranchers, in those days ( as is true today ) just couldn’t afford the feed and upkeep. I was buying horses from $75 to $150 a head while the slaughter house was paying $450 or more.

  7. edclectic

    edclectic said, about 3 years ago

    @Linguist

    Perxactly, sir.
    Everyone do a bit of recce and see just “who” owns the farms nowadays. Determine who is still willing to work on these farms. Dang, what am I saying? Farms? Hardly any such thing exists anymore with agricultural enterprise owned globally and abused locally all balled up in politics and greed while people still lack adequate nutrition even in countries that can literally feed the world for free.
    Ah, hell…pardon my screed but a bit of rum and this age old BS business vs hunger just chaps my hide. Well, nuf sed…and I don’t want any random [whatever] blowin’ me crap about my attitude. Not a commie, not a socialist, just someon who cares about all of us and knows we don’t have to be in the mess we’re in.

  8. kansascorndodger

    kansascorndodger said, about 3 years ago

    Horses were introduced to North America by the Spanish conquistadores, there is no evidence of horse’s in the Americas prior to Columbus.

  9. cjsm

    cjsm GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    All too true – complain about taxes while you pick up your farm subsidies and conservation reserve program (i.e. don’t plant any crops) money.

  10. ehtaniguchi

    ehtaniguchi said, about 3 years ago

    @kansascorndodger

    Depends on what how “native” is defined. The modern horse, equus caballus, was introduced to North America by European settlers and explorers. There is paleontological evidence however that members of the Equus family were running around the continent 13,000 years ago. Think of the Eurasian wild horse or the donkey-like tarpan.

    http://www.livescience.com/9589-surprising-history-america-wild-horses.html

  11. Ushindi

    Ushindi GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Yes, there were native horses as such during the Pleistocene era which died out completely, became extinct along with other prehistoric creatures. Our modern horses were brought to America by the Europeans.

  12. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, about 3 years ago

    @ehtaniguchi

    Horses evolved in the New World, humans evolved in the Old World. There were still horses here when the first humans arrived in North America… There is evidence that those first humans hunted and ate the horses. Stories about the horses having been hunted to extinction are pure speculation, however.

  13. Ather

    Ather said, about 3 years ago

    Of course you look tot eh Gov for help. it’s the Gov’s job to care for and provide for it’s people. Hence “For the people”. And the Constitution itself says We The People must “promote the general Welfare” in order to form a more perfect union. Again, we must help each other out, Gov included.

  14. Rick Pikul

    Rick Pikul said, about 3 years ago

    JSYK: People have been eating horse beef for thousands of years. The taboo that some cultures have against it is a mix of a leftover religious prohibition by Pope Gregory III, (the consumption of horse meat was a feature in some pagan rituals), and the fact that horse meat has tended to be a lower class food. There is nothing that makes horse meat inherently unfit for human consumption and people eat three quarters of a million tonnes of it each year.

    You may be thinking of the fact that a horse which has been euthanized through a lethal injection is not fit for human consumption. However, this is true of any animal so euthanized. The horses slaughtered for meat are generally killed using a captive bolt gun and bleeding, the same way cattle are.

  15. barticle35

    barticle35 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @kansascorndogger

    You are mistaken. There were wild horses in America before humans arrived from elsewhere. I own some fossil horse teeth found in Nevada, estimated to be 5 or 10K years old. Further, there is a great deal of evidence that Native Americans had horses before Columbus landed. Indian ponies are a breed completely unrelated to Spanish horses. The Vikings may have introduced an Icelandic breed.

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