The Little Boy Who Cried 🐺

Remember the story about the little shepherd boy who cried wolf?  You don’t?  Aw, c’mon … you’re not so old you’ve forgotten that one.  Well, the story goes that the little boy got bored while tending his master’s sheep, and I suppose to get attention, kept crying “Wolf!!!”, even though there was no wolf after him (not to mention that wolves aren’t bad guys anyway).  The townspeople all ran to his rescue, only to find there was no wolf, no threat, the kid was just bored. Then one day, a wolf really was after the kid, or more likely the sheep, and though he kept crying “Wolf!!!”, nobody came to his rescue, for they were all onto his tricks.  Thus, the wolf ate all the sheep and the little boy, mostly to get him to shut up (poor wolf had a severe case of heartburn for days after).  And the moral, according to Aesop, is “this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them”.thinking wolfSo why, you ask, do I tell you a fairy tale on this Saturday afternoon?  I wish I could remember!  I know I had a purpose … but I cannot remember it just now.  So, I shall just proceed with a few snippets and perhaps it will come back to me, eh?


The impeachment trial, for those who might not know, is in its fourth day.  Funny, the senators haven’t done a bit of work all year, but they are so eager to get this trial out of their way, supposedly so they can, as one senator claimed, “get back to doing the work of the people”.  What work???  What “people”?  They haven’t passed a piece of meaningful legislation in the Senate in over a year now!  They don’t even discuss meaningful legislation.  Oh wait … they voted to re-name a few federal buildings … that was pretty important to us all, wasn’t it?

Anyway, one Senator, Roger Wicker from Mississippi, responded to the impeachment charges that Trump had acted inappropriately, had abused the power of his office, in attempting to withhold aid to the Ukraine in exchange for personal gain …

“I do things every week that are inappropriate. So no, I’m not going to go down that road.”

Yo!  Mississippi voters … are you listening here?  Your ‘esteemed’ Senator does things that are inappropriate every week!  Now, I might make mistakes on a near-daily basis, but … ‘inappropriate’ carries a connotation of corruption, of a lack of morals, of values.  I think you Mississippians better be keeping a closer eye on ol’ Senator Wicker!

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He looks a little confused, don’t you think?


Funny, but the republicans seem a mite on edge these days, don’t you think?  For example, yesterday Mike Pompeo apparently didn’t like some of the questions asked of him by NPR radio host Mary Louise Kelly.  His answers were brief non-answers, but it was what happened after the interview that is telling.  As he walked out of the room, he stopped at her desk, leaned in and silently glared at Kelly for several seconds before leaving the room.  Within a minute, an aide asked Kelly to follow her into Pompeo’s private living room at the State Department without a recorder.

She would have been wise to decline, but curiosity got the better of her, I suppose, and she went.  According to Ms. Kelly, Pompeo shouted his displeasure at being questioned about Ukraine. He used repeated expletives, according to Kelly, and asked, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”   Either the republicans are nervous about something and on a short fuse these days, else they are trying to win brownie points by emulating their idol, King Trump.king-trump


And then there was the freshman senator from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn – a real nasty piece of work in my book.  It seems almost as if each republican picks his or her own target to vilify, and Ms. Blackburn’s target is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.  Vindman, you’ll remember, testified to House impeachment investigators about Trump’s July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and concluded that he considered it to be inappropriate.

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Notice anything about the mouth … the exaggerated contortions … reminds me of???  And didn’t women stop teasing their hair in the ’70s?

Blackburn has been busily tweeting, appearing on television and social media that she considers Vindman to be vindictive and a coward.  A coward?  Excuse me, but Vindman is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. He served in Iraq from September 2004 to September 2005. In October 2004, he sustained an injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, for which he received a Purple Heart. He was promoted to the rank of major in 2008, and to lieutenant colonel in September 2015.  That, to me, is not the career path a ‘coward’ would take.

During his Army career, Vindman earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge, as well as four Army Commendation Medals and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, yet Ms. Blackburn writes …

“Alexander Vindman broke the chain of command and leaked the contents of the President’s July 25th phone call to his pal, the “whistleblower.” Over a policy dispute with the President! How is that not vindictive?”

“Vindictive Vindman is the “whistleblower’s” handler.”

“Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule our great nation in front of Russia, America’s greatest enemy?”

There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support any of her claims.

I think Tennesseans, like Mississippians, need to re-think their choice of people to represent them in Congress!toon-1


I still don’t remember quite where I was going with the ‘little boy who cried wolf’ story, but perhaps you guys can come up with something?  Ah well, it’s a good story anyway.  And now, I shall return you to your weekend activities!

30 thoughts on “The Little Boy Who Cried 🐺

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  2. Hoax! Witchhunt! Fake news! How many times has Trump used his Sharpie to prove he was telling a lie.
    The voters are the wolf in this scenario. Let them eat him up, and spit him out like the poison toadstool he is.

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  3. Oh dear Jill…you are combining Aesop’s Fable with a Fairy Tale! The wolf eats Grandma in “Little Red Riding Hood”, but only the sheep in “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. Come to think of it, the wolf always gets cast as the villain in fairy tales…”The Three Little Pigs” and “The Wolf and The Fox” come to mind too. Wolves may have come by this perception due to their own actions, after all they are predators by nature. Then again, a wolf’s gotta eat too! Be that as it may, the Senate is packed with some unsavory villains and their fangs are showing! Impeachment appears to be bringing out their evil natures. Pompeo…where is a hungry wolf when you need one? Thank-you!!

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    • I know, I know … but, as I flipped back through the story of my youth, I found myself equating the boy with you-know-who, and then I found myself wanting the wolf to eat him, so I changed the story around just a bit. Yes, wolves DO get a bad break, and it really isn’t their fault. Wolves only kill for one of two reasons: they feel threatened, or they are hungry. They don’t kill other critters because they don’t like the colour of their fur. They don’t kill other critters or humans because of their gender or gender orientation. They don’t have religions, so no need to kill over that. They are truly much kinder than many humans. In fact, if I had to meet up with someone in a dark alley, I’d take my chances with a wolf than a politician. 😉

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      • I just came across something that may cheer you up a wee bit, as it seems that I drew your attention away from the point of my comment to the maligning of wolves! Skip that part and go beyond “Be that as it may.” Anyway, as I was checking weather.com for tomorrow’s forecast I saw a photo of some animal tracks in the snow and above it were the words “Wolf Pack Spotted in Colorado First Time in 90 Years.” Of course, I had to open it! I read that this January not only were the tracks seen but also the howling of wolves has been heard and 6 wolves have been seen. Hopefully some gun toting fool doesn’t use them for target practice! Thank-you!

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        • HOORAY!!! That definitely cheers my heart! Wolves have been extinct in Colorado since hunters killed them all off 80 years ago, so this is wonderful news. As you say … unless some fools with guns decide to kill them for pleasure. Sigh. (Yes, I read your email and I know you said I didn’t need to respond, but I DID need to!) Thank You for brightening my day!

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  4. Jill, here is a question for those lawmakers. Why did the nonpartisan GAO say withholding the aid to Ukraine was illegal? Here is another. Why did the White House staff try to bury the 0erfect call? Last one. Why did Trump lie about knowing Lev Parnas.

    It may not do any good at all, but voting Americans who want ethical leadership need to tell these Senators we have questions, so it would be helpful if they worried less about keeping their job and start doing their job. Keith

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    • All very good questions, in addition to the others you included in your email earlier … thank you, by the way … I am behind on emails (and everything else). The public needs answers to those questions … honest answers, however, will not be forthcoming, as we both know. But, I would like to see their feet held to the fire on those and other questions, as well.

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      • Thanks Jill. I posted that email on about 35 Senator websites and sent it to several editorial writers and papers. I will send a modified version out to a larger email group – I added the GAO piece and comment about Trump lying about not knowing Parnas.

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        • Whew … you are definitely on top of things … I pale in comparison! Thank you, Keith, for all your hard work in trying to bring some semblance of common sense and decency back into our government. You’re a good man.

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          • Thanks Jill. I saw where a Fox News host asked Rudy Giuliani for the evidence on the Bidens. He hemmed and hawed and said he already provided it. She said he had not, so send it to her. When people lie, it eventually comes home to roost at some point. Trump, though, has been a Teflon man for a long time, as little sticks. Keith

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            • As Joe Friday used to say on “Dragnet” … “The facts, ma’am, just the facts”. Our ‘leaders’ seem to be noticeably short on facts and long on rhetoric these days. Seems that John Bolton may have thrown a bit of a wrench into the GOP’s plan to acquit Trump quickly … at least I hope so, for you’re right — Trump has been “Teflon Don” for far too long and with far too great a cost to this nation.

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  5. The original version of the story was indeed a cautionary tale against not telling the truth. The earliest version works best here as the wolf eventually punishes the shepherd boy by eating his sheep. The boy is not eaten. So now politicians and leaders don’t tell the truth, they lie to hurt and damage. Unfortunately like the original story it’s not the liars who are eaten, other innocent parties suffer the consequences. So we need a more discerning wolf. One who actually goes after the liars.

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    • Yeah, I know, but I liked the idea of the boy being eaten, for he was rather Trump-like in my opinion. But you’re right … the liars have their backs covered and it is the innocent that pay the price. Perhaps we should re-write the story.

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  6. Great sketch of a wolf by LK. I was atg first going to ask if Miss Goose had done it for you. Pompeo is an idiot, fancy asking a reporter to find Ukraine on a map. I bet she found it quicker than he did. Her job is asking questions, his to answer them unless they’re secret. It’s not his job to call her in to giver her a roasting.
    Roger Wicker is a fool to say that he won’t consider those charges against Trump because he does the same thing.
    Marsha Blackburn us out to make a name for herself.as a Trump supporter, she’s trying to do it on the back of someone not in a position to defend himself. The name she makes for herself may not be the one she wants, BITCH.
    Cwtch

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    • ‘Twas a lucky find, that sketch. I told Natasha what you said and she beamed at the compliment.

      Yes, Pompeo is a pompous ass who far overstepped his bounds on that one … but it won’t matter, just as long as he keeps licking Donnie’s boots. Sigh. It seems to me that nobody … not a single person … in the current administration is EVER held accountable for anything. We really do not have a republic any longer … we are living in a plutocracy … pure and simple.

      I fully agree with you on your name for Ms. Blackburn … she is as deserving as the others we have given that name, such as Kellyanne, Sarah, and others. Sigh.

      Cwtch

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