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So, Wednesdays we have coffee with the neighbors at a local cafe. This morning, first thing when I showed up, more than one of them said, “so, this Boston thing — right wing tax protestors, you think?”

Behold, the insidious evil of the media messaging machine. Bear in mind, my neighbors are mostly farmers and desperately conservative people, but this is the only theory they had heard. And by repeating this speculation each and every time something bad happens, it doesn’t matter that it keeps stubbornly not being true, media accomplishes its mission.

Anyway, that’s not important. This is: one of the ladies in this flock had quintuplets. She’s not in the field, though. She’s in the barn. Resting.

It’s lambing time! Or, rather, lambing time is almost over, and here’s the result. And the weather is getting better. Uncle B snuck up behind me and took this picture today.

Yes. Weather permitting, I play banjo to the newborn lambs.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:02 pm

Maggie’s funeral went off just fine. And the surprise hit was her granddaughter Amanda. Nineteen years old, stepped off a plane jet lagged to hell, delivered a ringing passage from Ephesians.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. w00t!

Comment from Dustoffmom
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:11 pm

LOVE this picture! Any chance of seeing it in color?? May I copy it if so?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:26 pm

I’ll have a look tomorrow. He took half a dozen or so, and I P’shopped some junk out of them. Also cropped it so you couldn’t see my fat ass in a chair.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:30 pm

The US media is desperately trying to wring an angry, white anti-tax guy out of this shit. I’m so fucking tired of my fellow countrymen HATING me because I believe something different then they believe. The facts are, when you examine most of these acts of violence against everyday people, the perpetrators are either (1) Muslims/recent converts Islam, (2) white male who are mentally unstable or (3) black males slaughtering other blacks. I spent a large part of Monday desperately trying to contact my friends as they were doing the same. Fuck the mainstream media.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:35 pm

So, what does one DO about the godawful media? I listened to the grand-daughter and she talks about “spiritual wickedness” –what is more wicked than misleading so many into hating the wrong groups?

And the media lies get repeated so often, the public simply accepts it as the Truth. Ex: Waco. Does the public realize that over a third of the people killed there weren’t even Americans, but Brits, Aussies, and Canucks? Or, of the Americans, does the public realize over half were African-American? When I tell somebody these facts, well you can imagine the look on their face since CNN, et al covered it all up for Clinton and Reno.

I expect you get the same looks from your neighbors (neighbours).

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:36 pm

“Deliverance Of The Lambs”. Creepy.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:54 pm

The choice of target is never random. In some twisted way it means something to the perpetrator. McVeigh hit a federal building. That left-wing tax protestor flew his plane into a building with IRS offices. 9/11 hit, or attempted to hit, symbols of America’s economic, military, and political power. The Boston Marathon, aside from coincidentally falling on tax day this year, has nothing to do with taxes. If it is a right-wing extremist it was probably more about opposition to gun control, but even then I think it more likely they would attack an ATF office or something similar.

The Boston Marathon, as one of the premier marathons in the world, has international stature. That leads me to think it’s a foreign group.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 18, 2013, 12:03 am

I knew that was you! I’d recognize that thumb anywhere.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 18, 2013, 12:29 am

First one in with the lie wins, always.

Comment from Sporadic Anti-Britisher Skirmisher {drunker>>ever}
Time: April 18, 2013, 12:31 am

Seven Oh Seven was Saudis With Boxcutters, was it not?

Comment from PatAZ
Time: April 18, 2013, 12:32 am

Hopefully we will get to see the quints when they are out and about.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: April 18, 2013, 12:39 am

Ask your neighbors if they can recount any other outrages perpetrated by “right wing tax protesters.” Surely this bias must have some basis in reality, right? Surely there’s a long list of Tea Party violence to point to, yes?

Then ask if they’ve ever heard of Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Kathy Boudin or Ted Kaczynski.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 18, 2013, 1:49 am

You’re softening up those poor little lambs, so they’ll willingly jump into my burgers.

Thank you.

Comment from Redd
Time: April 18, 2013, 2:16 am

I watched Walking Through History the Tudor walk. It was pretty good. Aren’t you somewhere near Lewes? I didn’t know that Buckingham was set up. I thought he was guilty. But, per Phillipa Gregory, Henry set him up because he wanted Bucky’s stuff. I think I would enjoy living in Penshurst Castle. 🙂

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 18, 2013, 2:42 am

I am with Jeff on this one; I looked at the target and discounted the tax protesters theory immediately. They think of themselves as speaking FOR the people AGAINST the government. This attack was against the people at an event with no reference to government.

Another point, to my mind anyhow, is that the pressure cooker bomb is an “unmanly”, and “Unamerican” weapon.

Comment from Deborah
Time: April 18, 2013, 4:31 am

We get BBC America. Do you get to watch something equal in value—like CNN? (blech ack phbbt! cough)

Four lambs! Poor dear—rest all you want, ewe-sweetie. Did they pin a blue ribbon on the ram or what.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 18, 2013, 7:47 am

Non nobis Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam !

If you see a Muslim – kill it!

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 18, 2013, 9:22 am

Oh hang on!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 18, 2013, 11:01 am

That’s five lambs, Deborah. Baaa-ouch!

Yes and no, Redd. Lewes is the county seat of Sussex. But Sussex is divided into East and West because it’s such a looong county. Back in horse days, you couldn’t travel from one end to the other in a day. So they picked Lewes because it’s smack in the middle between the two. We’re in East Sussex and a ways East in it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 18, 2013, 11:14 am

And, yes. A right wing bomber goes after a government building or abortion clinic. A left wing bomber goes after a factory or power plant.

Big, populated area at a time of public celebration? Either a raghead or a nutter.

Comment from Deborah
Time: April 18, 2013, 11:29 am

Five. She squints. Quints. (I simply must wear my glasses when I read. Late at night. When drinking—hic—alcohol.)

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 18, 2013, 1:49 pm

Deborah, you’re not completely wrong here, I’m sure. There’s no doubt in my mind that there are four innocent little white lambs and one black sheep in that family. He won’t be invited to family gatherings and everyone will try to pretend he doesn’t exist, particularly when his name appears in the newspapers. Don’t ask me how I know. Anyway, you’re just a little ahead of the curve.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 18, 2013, 5:18 pm

So I research “sheep quintuplets”. Immediately directed to DailyMail report on 1-in-a-million event in “ShropShire” where a sheep gave birth to five lambs. In fact, there are reports from all over the place of sheep giving birth to quints.

So this begs the real question. Do sheep give birth to sextuplets? YES. Again, the DailyMail reports that SuperMum the Sheep had 6 back in ’09. As well as sheep in Turkey and places like that, although details are sketchy.

Not to be outdone, a place in Washington, US, known as tripletfinnsheep farm, claims to have sheep that routinely “throw” quints and even have a septuplet.

Alas, my research ends there, no reports on octuplet sheep deliveries. BUT, there is a human (woman) who gave birth to 8 babies (not lambs). That counts too.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 18, 2013, 5:28 pm

What, no bagpipes?

Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 18, 2013, 5:40 pm

That thumb looks photoshopped, the real one is short, furry and has a giant retractable claw covered in rabbit gut juice.

I’d like to know the repertoire?
And do the lyrics go like this?

Then cheer, boys, cheer;
Raise the joyous shout,
For Arkansas and North Carolina
Now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer
For Tennessee be given,
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag
Has grown to be eleven.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 18, 2013, 5:55 pm

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Comment from Pupster
Time: April 18, 2013, 7:11 pm

“Deliverance Of The Lambs”. Creepy.

*golf clap*


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 18, 2013, 8:42 pm

“And by repeating this speculation each and every time something bad happens, it doesn’t matter that it keeps stubbornly not being true, media accomplishes its mission.”

That’s exactly right, and it still works, because too many people still get their information from the legacy media – not directly, but second-hand, because the people who drive popular culture (where most people get their news and views) DO still get their stuff from the NYT and CNN.

So David Letterman’s monologue and the latest hot sitcom’s jokes, and the snarky references on ESPN are all driven by the guys who still follow the old news.

Comment from Oceania
Time: April 19, 2013, 12:26 am

There is nothing cute about sheep – especially our transgenic ones


Comment from mojo
Time: April 19, 2013, 3:51 pm

“Invasion of the SPIDER SHEEP!”

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: April 19, 2013, 11:44 pm

“Weather permitting, I play banjo to the newborn lambs.”

Hmm-m-m…there is, indeed much that could be said, there (nearly all of which is almost certainly best left unsaid, howsomever) –

Does the playing seem to soothe them, or to excite them?

Maybe play ’em a bit of “Turkey In The Straw”? Or perhaps some “Smoky Mountain Breakdown”?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 19, 2013, 11:53 pm

Foggy Mountain Breakdown, you yankee banana!

The mamas distinctly do not like it if I stand or walk toward them. But if I sit and play, they ignore me. They seem to make a distinction between the sound of the banjo and, say, a shouting human or noisy engine or barking dog. I mean, they aren’t alarmed. But they aren’t exactly fans, either.

The birds, though! Birds are fascinated. Including chickens and pigeons and, to a lesser extent, seagulls. Birds like interesting sounds, I have come to believe.

Comment from Soggy Bottom Motown
Time: April 20, 2013, 1:36 pm

No turkeys in Peavensey?
Maybe a guillemot or 2?

Sheeps maybe ambivalent to banjo. They are more excited by calculus.

Comment from (+) (-)
Time: April 23, 2013, 1:39 pm

Play it again, Stoat.


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