In a previous column I took a jocular aim at fellow columnist Bill Cornelius, and he responded in kind in his column. However, an overly sensitive reader became alarmed and sent us both emails asking that we behave like gentlemen.

I think his reaction to our little tiff was admirable, but perhaps misinterpreted.

Bill has always been a gentleman because an early life of near poverty and a nurturing mother sans father taught him to be so.

I was, in my teenage years, a rich man’s son and felt I could get away doing whatever the hell I felt like doing. That behavior resulted in my getting kicked out of the Block R Society at RBUHS, which was a good example of my mindset at the time. However, as I matured, I was drafted and went through O.C.S. I eventually became a 2nd Lt. and, with that appointment, I automatically  became an officer and a gentleman.

That said, that written, I admire Bill, enjoy his writing and he is a prime candidate for the Horatio Alger award, if there is one such.

Several years ago I embarked on an “anti-animals for human consumption” concept that did not go over well with cattle raisers in our fair county, and one such asked that I not refer to him again as a cattle raiser in my column. This was understandable, for he was grooming his sons to take over his position as a prominent producer of cattle.

That said, that written, I spent approximately half my life in the cattle slaughter business, but I now appear hypocritical and even ungrateful for eventually being responsible for the closing of my father’s business in 1975, which had provided me, and our many employees, with a better-than-average lifestyle via reliance on that animal-sourced food produce.

Be that as it may, with the emergence of faux beef from plant-based ingredients, the trend nationwide is to cut down on consumption of red meat, in fact, this, in part, is just in from Time magazine and headlined, “Reduce Reliance on Animal-Sourced Food” and reads “No rate of growth is sustainable when the world has finite resources. Producing food through animals is inefficient, wasteful and dangerous. Today, animal agriculture,including many kinds of meat and dairy, as well as fish farming, uses roughly 80% of all arable land, and 40% of all freshwater. It also produces nearly 60% of agriculture emissions, and is the leading source of wildlife extinction, deforestation and loss of biodiversity… yet it produces less than 18% of all calories consumed globally. In a few years there will be a gap of 40% between demand of freshwater and actual demand of our freshwater supply, largely driven by agriculture, making production of food through animals all but implausible. As the world’s population grows, producing food through innovative use of plants becomes the answer.”  The story concludes, “Moving away from industrially produced animal-based food, is just not an option, it is a necessity.”

Ergo, cowboy boot wearers, it is okay to wear them to make you look taller rather than wear them to enable you to wade through animal waste.

I thank you and the animals will thank you

I saw a lot of people standing about the lawn in front of the former County Courthouse, and they had a plethora of placards at the ready. It wasn’t clear to me what they were protesting, but it must have something to do with the county and the state mandating vaccine shots for all employees.

The Daily News states the crowd was composed mostly of school employees and parents of students.

There are several schools of thought about government mandates per se.

On the conservative right we have the naysayers, i.e. “Nobody tells me what to put into my body,” and on the liberal left, “We should trust our medical specialist who state with certainty we cannot completely rid ourselves of the COVID virus until all citizens are vaccinated.” On the fringe, we have those who believe they are tough, possess natural immunity and protest “nothing to see here, folks, so let’s move along.” However their stance may be short lived, because they may be short lived, or so I say.

About those robot aka “robo” calls, where you get a ring, pick up the phone but there is nobody there? The best calls are those who say, as you pick up the phone, “Please don’t hang up.”

How stupid. Of course you hang up, unless you are home alone, starved for conversation and welcome said calls. In that case, don’t hang up, but if the conversation progresses to where the caller asks your age, say “105” and see if they lose interest in your prospects.

CNN writes, “Here comes the anti vaccine solidarity movement.”

However, not to worry. CNN also reports that “Throughout August, the risk of dying from COVID-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” This means that backers and promoters of the movement will not be able to follow through, because, as mentioned above, they will inevitably be dead. Tsk, tsk.

“The pseudoscience of astrology has survived many refutations, but many years ago stargazing was dealt a crippling empirical blow. Who will bother to consult the zodiac now that we know that the Reagan family used it to make their decisions?” Christopher Hitchens.

Worth a repeat:

An elephant was drinking in a pond and spotted a turtle asleep on a log. He went over to the turtle and knocked him off the log with his trunk.

The turtle awakened and asked, “Why did you do that?”

The elephant replied, “Years ago, you nipped me on the trunk!”

“Wow,” said the turtle. “What a memory.”

The elephant replied, “Yes…turtle recall.”

Robert Minch is a lifelong resident of Red Bluff, former columnist for the Corning Daily Observer and Meat Industry magazine and author of the “The Knocking Pen” plus his new book “We Said.” He can be reached at rminchandjazz@gmail.com.



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