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Sun May 29, 2022, 04:14 PM

Mourning Cow Boy Hats. Bear with me, this isn't trivial.

I was a kid in the 50s. The TV Cow Boys of that era taught me everything I needed to know about responsibility, bravery, good citizenship, community, leaderships, and, I suspect a whole lot more. From Lash Larue to Sky King, from The Lawman to Cheyenne, from The Big Valley to the Ponderosa, from Wagon Train to Rawhide I was taught to trust The Hat to take care of whatever was needed to be done (except for the bad guys, of course, life was simpler then.)

Then life happened and that trust began to have a few dents. Nothing serious, but over the years a few nicks and chips. Walker, Texas Ranger was probably the first time I allowed true, deep distrust to creep into my faith in the hat. Ammon Bundy and his crew did a pretty good job of making me think twice about the myths, but still, I could persist in holding onto the basics.

I seriously needed those beliefs that churned around The Cow Boy Hat. They were foundational philosophy. Everything sort of sat on top of them.

Those hats are shot full of holes now. The philosophy and beliefs that went with them are like like horse shit on a dusty dirt street. Just something to step around.

How I will fill those empty spaces I'm not sure. They are very old and very deep in my psyche as they are for many, many others.

The children killed I will mourn today and tomorrow and beyond. The Cow Boy Hat myths I will probably still be mourning on my death bed. Deep in my psyche there are some very large, empty holes.

I hate growing up, but I hate it even more when I'm in my mid 70s. I will need to fill in those empty holes. I just know it won't be with cow boy hats.

I know I'm not the only one. Over the years I've found myself time and again being the voice of ordinary people. So I'll suck it up once again and speak about what I fear are unpopular topics. These feelings need a voice.

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Reply Mourning Cow Boy Hats. Bear with me, this isn't trivial. (Original post)
Biophilic May 2022 OP
FSogol May 2022 #1
Biophilic May 2022 #4
leftyladyfrommo May 2022 #28
Aristus May 2022 #2
Mosby May 2022 #6
MuseRider May 2022 #9
Walleye May 2022 #3
Biophilic May 2022 #5
LeftInTX May 2022 #7
Celerity May 2022 #12
Biophilic May 2022 #16
Retrograde May 2022 #23
Celerity May 2022 #24
Celerity May 2022 #13
CurtEastPoint May 2022 #21
Celerity May 2022 #26
brush May 2022 #8
Biophilic May 2022 #14
brush May 2022 #18
Biophilic May 2022 #19
Ferrets are Cool May 2022 #10
Biophilic May 2022 #15
Hekate May 2022 #11
Biophilic May 2022 #17
Hekate May 2022 #20
Biophilic May 2022 #27
VGNonly May 2022 #22
samnsara May 2022 #25

Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:17 PM

1. Those were just morality plays were there was a clear distinction between

Good and bad. Real life is much less clear cut.

BTW, all the bad guys in those shows were wearing cowboy hats too.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:23 PM

4. I know that, but the 6 and 7 year that was shaping my psyche didn't. She thought it was real.

Those things lie deep within us and we don't even notice them until something jars them.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Sun May 29, 2022, 07:01 PM

28. The good guys wore white hats. And had white horses.

And the bad guys were really bad. They rustled cattle or robbed banks. And they always got caught and ended up in jail.

I used to watch a whole bunch of those shows. And before that we heard them on our huge radio.

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:21 PM

2. Cowboy hats and cowboy boots on guys who don't rope cattle for a living

just push my “Oh PLEASE!” button. I just want to tell them “Dude, you’re not a cowboy. You’re just a slack-muscled, beer-bellied suburban loser with delusions of adequacy. Lose the cowboy shit.”

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:34 PM

6. I grew up around real cowboys.

Most of them wore baseball caps. They only wore cowboy hats when going out for dinner and dancing.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #6)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:02 PM

9. Or roping/cutting

competitions. Same here, ball caps. Probably because those really nice cowboy hats are expensive!

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:21 PM

3. And honesty was a prized virtue.truth, justice, the American way. I mourn with you

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Response to Walleye (Reply #3)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:24 PM

5. Yeah, damn it, I really wanted it to be real.

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:38 PM

7. The Texas Rangers have been wearing cowboy hats forever, but they seem to have

gotten outlandish recently..

Maybe they want them super big to make themselves look super tall or something

The DPS Troopers also wear them, but they aren't as crazy looking. State Troopers are basically the same as state troopers in any state. I have no idea why the Rangers wear those awful 20 gallon hats.

I can see the troopers because they're out in the sun and the hats act as visors. For the Rangers it's all about cosplay.



The Texas Ranger Division is the primary criminal investigative branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Examples of investigations can include:

Murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, theft and fraud
bank fraud
theft by credit card and computer generated counterfeit checks
misuse of criminal history information
misconduct and corruption of public officials
threats against the governor and other state and federal officials
missing persons, parental abductions, questionable deaths and unidentified bodies

Activities of the Texas Ranger Division consist primarily of conducting criminal and special investigations, apprehending wanted felons, suppressing major disturbances, protection of life and property, and rendering assistance to local law enforcement officials in suppressing crime and violence. https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/texas-rangers/ranger-responsibilities


I know it's not easy to get into the Rangers.
If they're such an elite group, why do they wear those gawd awful hats??

They also have a history of racial violence.



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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #7)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:22 PM

12. The Texas Rangers didn't invent police brutality, says the author of a new book, 'they perfected it'

Doug J. Swanson documents the history of the state’s leading law enforcement agency in ‘Cult of Glory.'

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/books/2020/06/03/the-texas-rangers-didnt-invent-police-brutality-says-the-author-of-a-new-book-they-perfected-it/



Doug J. Swanson’s new book arrives at an extraordinary time in American history. Its official publication date is June 9, barely two weeks removed from the killing of George Floyd. A 46-year-old black man, Floyd died in police custody after a white officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck, igniting protests across the country.

Swanson’s new book is Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers, who began in 1823 as a 10-man volunteer squad raised to protect the first American settlers in the Mexican territory of Texas. The Rangers, in Swanson’s words, “functioned as executioners” whose “job was to seize and hold Texas for the white man.” In the same way that author Gerald Posner’s latest book, Pharma, arrived on March 10, three days before the coronavirus provoked a national emergency, and with one of its chapters titled “The Coming Pandemic,” Swanson sees Cult of Glory as being “very timely.”

Eerily so.

“The nation reels anew,” Swanson says from his home in Pittsburgh, where the 34-year veteran of The Dallas Morning News now teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. “But it’s an old story: white police officers killing men and women of color. Some of the very worst of it happened a little over 100 years ago, along the Texas-Mexico border. There, the Texas Rangers — the vaunted official force of the Lone Star State — didn’t invent police brutality. But they perfected it. Operating as what we would now term death squads, they executed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

“Some of those killed were bandits who attacked white-owned farms and ranches. But many of the dead had committed no crimes. They were guilty only of having brown skin. Or they lived on land that white ranchers wanted to steal. The Rangers obliged by beating and shooting them.”



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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:33 PM

16. Maybe that's our problem; our myths are so far removed from reality that there

is no chance of reconciling them either individually or culturally.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:50 PM

23. It actually came out a couple of years ago

I read the library's copy then: according to the author, the modern Texas Rangers are the reformed, not-nearly-as-racist or authoritarian as the early 20th century ones. And they supposedly have modern state-of-the-art training now. Given how they seem to act these days it's hard to imagine the horror show they used to be.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #23)

Sun May 29, 2022, 06:10 PM

24. yes, that article is almost exactly 2 years old (June 3, 2020)

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Sun May 29, 2022, 05:49 PM

21. My fave douchebag in a cb hat is Sid Fucking Miller. Tx Ag Comm. What a kkklown w/them teefies

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #21)

Sun May 29, 2022, 06:32 PM

26. he looks lie a triple cross between







equals

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 04:50 PM

8. Thanks for the trip down memory lane but you didn't mention the top two cowboys...

Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey. What's up with that?

But seriously, thanks for the deep dive into when the sickness began to reveal itself fully, in the time many look back on fondly as when America was at it's greatest, having just won the war and coming out as the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world.

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Response to brush (Reply #8)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:26 PM

14. Only so much room on a post. Besides, for some reason I didn't particularly like

Gene Autrey. Loved his horse Champion thought. And as it turned out Gene turned out to be a bit of a jerk as I recall.

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Response to Biophilic (Reply #14)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:38 PM

18. I was more a Roy Rogers fan.

He was the biggest one of all of the '50s cowboys.

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Response to brush (Reply #18)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:43 PM

19. Yes he was and Dale actually knew how to use a gun.

Truth to tell though I liked Pat and Nelly Bell best. There has always been something a bit off about me.

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:13 PM

10. The TV Cow Boys of that era taught me everything I needed to know about

how to kill them damn injuns.

Sorry, but getting all you need to know from a tv cowboy is sad.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #10)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:30 PM

15. I agree, but I needed a lot of help cause my parents were not really helpful being totally

into themselves and being stylish 50s social leaders. And actually there were a couple of shows like Broken Arrow that me some dangerous leftish things like Indians were pretty cool people. Who knew?

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:19 PM

11. Foundational myths--and this is one--are extremely powerful. Our generation grew up on this one

…thanks to tv shows and movies, but it existed before then. It was about honor and justice and helping others. It is really damn hard to give up the symbols of those things.

You laid it out beautifully and movingly, by the way.

I don’t remember many of the cowboy words, really, except maybe “Hi-yo Silver, awaaaay.”
What I do remember is the Superman intro: “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” I never believed a man could fly, but I believed that. Deep in my child’s soul, I believed that, and in their own way those long-forgotten words were a guide in adulthood.

It’s been damn hard to hold on to any belief in “the American way,” but like you I have to hold on to those things I do believe in, like Truth and Justice.

Hold on.


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Response to Hekate (Reply #11)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:37 PM

17. Thanks, Hekate. It was really hard to post those ideas for several reasons.

But I needed to say it out loud to begin to heal in order to keep what was worth saving and discard when was no longer true. Besides, i knew I wasn't alone learning to deal with reality versus childhood myths.

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Response to Biophilic (Reply #17)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:45 PM

20. Hold on

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Response to Hekate (Reply #20)

Sun May 29, 2022, 06:42 PM

27. Thanks, Hekate.

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 05:49 PM

22. Real Cowboys!

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Response to Biophilic (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2022, 06:24 PM

25. my grandfather was chief of police in Pauls Valley Oklahoma in the 40s

..he rode a horse and a motorcycle but wore a jack Friday type felt hat instead of a cowboy hat. have it displayed on my mantle...

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