Monday, July 13, 2009

A lot of bull

The Western Business Roundtable will be offering politicians and the media elite some “cojones” this week.

The business lobbying group will serve Rocky Mountain oysters at its annual Taste of the West event after a hard day of showing off "tomorrow's game-changing technology today." Some kind of clean tech/green tech show and tell.

In a news release, the group calls the bull testicles by prettified names like calf fries, cowboy caviar, and a new one on me, Montana tendergroin. I don't even want to think about that.

But apparently, Capitol Hill staffers love them.

"Although I'm not certain that everyone knows the dish's derivation. A number of Members of Congress from the West come by early just to make sure they can grab some before they are gone," said Jim Sims, President and CEO of the Roundtable. "I can't say that I have seen many news media folks try them, but hope springs eternal in the quest to better educate folks in the Beltway media crowd about life outside the Beltway."

Okay, so what’s the big deal about the media? If the congressional staffers don’t know what they’re eating, how would most members of the media? So if reporters are shying away from the calf fries, and they absolutely shouldn’t, what would be the reason? I think its just the politicians and their helpers hogging the good stuff before anyone else can get some. Would that be hard to imagine?

I really believe we should stay focused on the grand tradition of ridiculing politicians. They’re paid by the public, not Rupert Murdock. And believe me, they make way more than “the media.” And don’t forget, they write and pass the laws that apply to everyone but themselves. So maybe they have a cojones overload and should back away from the table and let somebody else get some.

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