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Lee Pitts

California cattleman Lee Pitts provides his brand of humor on issues surrounding the ag industry.

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’Twas the night before Christmas and the family was en route to Grandma’s house. As they motored through the intersection of a small sleepy town, the ill-mannered child in the back seat yelled into his father’s ear, “It’s him; it’s him; it’s Santa Claus!”

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Jim Rogers, a financial wizard who retired at 37, recently told Progressive Cattleman, “In our history there have been long periods where the financial types were in charge followed by long periods where the people who produced real goods were in charge.

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He is an Indian doctor – Indian as in the country, not as in Cherokee, Crow or Choctaw. Although he’d much prefer that you call him an “American doctor” because he was born in this country and has never owed his allegiance to anywhere else on earth but the good old U.S. He’d be the first to tell you there’s no better place.

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The latest ploy of the animal rightists is to get people to think of horses as pets rather than livestock. The Animal Welfare Council wants teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans the question, “Is a horse more like a dog or a cow?”

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On the front page of our local weekly newspaper, there was a photo of a cute little 4-H girl showing what was obviously a goat at a livestock show. The caption under the photo read, “Here is so and so and her sheep.”

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I can tell how old you are just by the horses you know. For example, you are well beyond your expiration date if you know that Rex Allen’s horse was Koko, Hoot Gibson’s was Goldie, Tex Ritter’s was White Flash, William S. Hart’s horse was a pinto named Fritz, and that Tom Mix loved Tony.

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