Lyons on the hoof UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Lyons on the hoof UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 6:09 AM


Columnist Gene Lyons, now a Perry County country squire, writes in the Democrat-Gazette today about his adoption of a deserted Charolais calf he's named Layla. I've been in on the story from the first and it's a good one for animal lovers and those with soft hearts.

And now, in what Drudge would call a !!!!!world exclusive!!!!!, the Arkansas Blog has photo of Gene, Layla and his wife, Diane.

UPDATE: Gene has a response to the early morning crowd.



1.) My neighbor wasn't going to leave Layla to the coyotes. He was coming back to get her later. I'm sorry if I left that
impression. I volunteered to feed her because my time'smore flexible. He has two jobs.
2.) Of the cattlemen who helped me, one is as confirmed a Yellow Dog Democrat as they come. Another proposed we hold a barbecue on the day Bush leaves office. (OK, so he wanted to put Layla on the menu. He was teasing. Some other cow will have to pay the price. Layla won the lottery.) The cost of diesel, fertilizer and feed is KILLING people who raise livestock.
3.) As for white flight, our part of Perry County ain't all that white. One of the cattlemen who helped me is black. He showed up unbidden with a 50 lb sack of powdered milk formulated for calves, said he had no use for it this year, wouldn't accept payment.
4.) Like Swift, I have little use for human beings in general, but great affection for particular individuals. They don't include people who make anonymous calls or post nameless insults. To such persons, I send a very hearty "Up yours."


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