The Mule Menace: TSA Moves Against Possible Mule-Skinner Mujahideen

lil_smallWhile the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been ridiculed for inefficiencies, waste, and absurd restrictions, it has taken a bold effort to close one of the greatest remaining threats to the homeland: muleskinners. Under a new anti-terror law, TSA has determined that mule skinners (who actually do not skin mules but drive them) must have criminal background checks.

TSA’s reach now extends to the seasonal workers who dress in colonial garb at a historical park called the Hugh Moore Historical Park in Easton, Pa. who must acquire biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). The park as one boat pulled by two mules moving two miles an hour.

The local congressman, Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pennsylvania, has requested a waiver.

Dent’s actions may endanger us all. I am tired of constantly looking over my shoulder to see if a mule-skinner is slowly gaining on me. While a terrorist moving at two miles an hour may seem slow, it is 100% faster than terrorists moving at one mile an hour on a rolling log. After all, William Faulkner wrote “A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.” The question is what mule cells are already in place in our country. Indeed, I have personally seen (and been repeatedly pulled) by mules working within our very own government on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

The “soft-on-terror” liberals are inviting Al Qaeda to infiltrate all of our historical parks. (You can often pick them out with the mules named Infidel and referring to children as “little crusaders.”).

Thank you, TSA, for standing against the mule-skinner menace.

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50 thoughts on “The Mule Menace: TSA Moves Against Possible Mule-Skinner Mujahideen

  1. Buddha,
    You can laugh all you want but have you ever seen or smelled a mule up close. Those are mean, nasty animals and anyone capable of controlling them must be meaner and nastier. Now you know that America’s enemies are mean and nasty. By the simple logic we’ve seen exhibited by some on this site:

    All mule skinners are mean and nasty.
    All America haters are mean an nasty.
    Ergo mule skinners hate America.

    Since mule skinners hate America by dint of logic than we should at the very least check them closely. However, to be absolutely sure and thus absolutely unafraid we should render them to a suitable country and replace all real mules with animatronic ones. Also since anyone capable of controlling an animatronic mule must have some science capability which we know can be dangerous, we should replace the humans with animatronic mule skinners. Then we’ll all be safe from this potential terror that stalks our children and us.

  2. MikeS:

    you must hang out with a baser kind of mule. The ones I have known were very gentle and good tempered although they were only used to carry kids during camp trail rides and they were from Missouri. Maybe you met a Tennesse or Kentucky mule.

  3. Mules are the best pack animals available. I outfitted with my uncle from a young age up until my second year in college in the wildlands of Colorado and a mule never once kicked me.

    I still cannot stop laughing at this article. Thanks Prof. Turley.

    Gee, Haw! As my grandpappy would say.

    “I look across the fields and I can see that mule, Ol’ Rivers, and me….”

    Walter Brennan ‘Old Rivers’ 1962

  4. Mike,

    Not to intrude, but here you go.

    Buddha Is Laughing 1, February 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm


    You can either register as a WordPress user or go directly to to set up an account there. It really is a matter of preference since WordPress uses Gravatar as the default icon service.

  5. lol

    Someone cross linked this to their blog. They titled their article, “It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Flies A Mule Into the Capitol Building”

    Do you have any idea how drunk you have to get a mule to get it airborne? And you still have to get them up to speed to get enough lift.

  6. MikeS:

    it is very simple, I was able to do it in about 5 minutes. If you have something in mind I might be able to draw it for you using autocad which is what I did for mine and then I printed it to a png file (I have no idea what png stands for I use the computer like a hammer-see nail pound nail. I have no idea how to make a nail or a hammer) and followed the directions on the site that Buddha pointed me to.

  7. Obama wants to raise money via pollution caps, give to poor…


    Obama Budget Proposes another $750B Bank-Rescue…

    TAX THE RICH: Take everything they earn, and it still won’t be enough…

    ‘It’s more Obama Robin Hood’…

    $634B ‘Health-Care Fund’…

    FIDELITY exec slams ‘New Deal II’; Blames feds for crisis…

    Outlook grim for costly initiatives…

    Officials: Obama will OK media photos of war dead…

  8. FACT CHECK: Obama’s words on home aid ring hollow

    Feb 25, 3:15 AM (ET)

    Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama knows Americans are unhappy that the government could rescue people who bought mansions beyond their means.

    But his assurance Tuesday night that only the deserving will get help rang hollow.

    Even officials in his administration, many supporters of the plan in Congress and the Federal Reserve chairman expect some of that money will go to people who used lousy judgment.

    The president skipped over several complex economic circumstances in his speech to Congress – and may have started an international debate among trivia lovers and auto buffs over what country invented the car.

    A look at some of his assertions:

    OBAMA: “We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages. It’s a plan that won’t help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values.”

    THE FACTS: If the administration has come up with a way to ensure money only goes to those who got in honest trouble, it hasn’t said so.

    Defending the program Tuesday at a Senate hearing, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it’s important to save those who made bad calls, for the greater good. He likened it to calling the fire department to put out a blaze caused by someone smoking in bed.

    “I think the smart way to deal with a situation like that is to put out the fire, save him from his own consequences of his own action but then, going forward, enact penalties and set tougher rules about smoking in bed.”

    Similarly, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. suggested this month it’s not likely aid will be denied to all homeowners who overstated their income or assets to get a mortgage they couldn’t afford.

    “I think it’s just simply impractical to try to do a forensic analysis of each and every one of these delinquent loans,” Sheila Bair told National Public Radio.

    OBAMA: “And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”

    THE FACTS: Depends what your definition of automobiles, is. According to the Library of Congress, the inventor of the first true automobile was probably Germany’s Karl Benz, who created the first auto powered by an internal combustion gasoline engine, in 1885 or 1886. In the U.S., Charles Duryea tested what library researchers called the first successful gas-powered car in 1893. Nobody disputes that Henry Ford created the first assembly line that made cars affordable.

    OBAMA: “We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before.”

    THE FACTS: Oil imports peaked in 2005 at just over 5 billion barrels, and have been declining slightly since. The figure in 2007 was 4.9 billion barrels, or about 58 percent of total consumption. The nation is on pace this year to import 4.7 billion barrels, and government projections are for imports to hold steady or decrease a bit over the next two decades.

    OBAMA: “We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.”

    THE FACTS: Although 10-year projections are common in government, they don’t mean much. And at times, they are a way for a president to pass on the most painful steps to his successor, by putting off big tax increases or spending cuts until someone else is in the White House.

    Obama only has a real say on spending during the four years of his term. He may not be president after that and he certainly won’t be 10 years from now.

    OBAMA: “Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

    THE FACTS: This may be so, but it isn’t only Republicans who pushed for deregulation of the financial industries. The Clinton administration championed an easing of banking regulations, including legislation that ended the barrier between regular banks and Wall Street banks. That led to a deregulation that kept regular banks under tight federal regulation but extended lax regulation of Wall Street banks. Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, later an economic adviser to candidate Obama, was in the forefront in pushing for this deregulation.

    OBAMA: “In this budget, we will end education programs that don’t work and end direct payments to large agribusinesses that don’t need them. We’ll eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use. We will root out the waste, fraud and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn’t make our seniors any healthier, and we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.”

    THE FACTS: First, his budget does not accomplish any of that. It only proposes those steps. That’s all a president can do, because control over spending rests with Congress. Obama’s proposals here are a wish list and some items, including corporate tax increases and cuts in agricultural aid, will be a tough sale in Congress.

    Second, waste, fraud and abuse are routinely targeted by presidents who later find that the savings realized seldom amount to significant sums. Programs that a president might consider wasteful have staunch defenders in Congress who have fought off similar efforts in the past.

    OBAMA: “Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years.”

    THE FACTS: While the president’s stimulus package includes billions in aid for renewable energy and conservation, his goal is unlikely to be achieved through the recovery plan alone.

    In 2007, the U.S. produced 8.4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including hydroelectric dams, solar panels and windmills. Under the status quo, the Energy Department says, it will take more than two decades to boost that figure to 12.5 percent.

    If Obama is to achieve his much more ambitious goal, Congress would need to mandate it. That is the thrust of an energy bill that is expected to be introduced in coming weeks.

    OBAMA: “Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.”

    THE FACTS: This is a recurrent Obama formulation. But job creation projections are uncertain even in stable times, and some of the economists relied on by Obama in making his forecast acknowledge a great deal of uncertainty in their numbers.

    The president’s own economists, in a report prepared last month, stated, “It should be understood that all of the estimates presented in this memo are subject to significant margins of error.”

    Beyond that, it’s unlikely the nation will ever know how many jobs are saved as a result of the stimulus. While it’s clear when jobs are abolished, there’s no economic gauge that tracks job preservation. The estimates are based on economic assumptions of how many jobs would be lost without the stimulus.

    Associated Press writers Tom Raum, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Dina Cappiello contributed to this story.

  9. Former Fed,
    Great reference to Walter Brennan’s ’62 song! Wow. I must be old. Mike S., Great job. When is this TSA nonsense going to be stopped? Good thing the Nuns don’t wear the habits that they used to wear because the TSA braniacs would be worried about those sleeves and the yardsticks that were always in there.

  10. Turley, I think we need a 20% income tax surcharge on ATTORNEYS, especially so called Constitutiona Att0rneys that sit on their (VERY) fat ass while the left butchers our US Constitution!

    Turley, I think we need a 20% income tax surcharge on ATTORNEYS, especially so called Constitutiona Att0rneys that sit on their (VERY) fat ass while the left butchers our US Constitution!

    Turley, I think we need a 20% income tax surcharge on ATTORNEYS, especially so called Constitutiona Att0rneys that sit on their (VERY) fat ass while the left butchers our US Constitution!

  11. left is: Who cares?
    Who cares?
    Who cares?

    Did not vote, etc.: We are capable of reading the news. Express your own thoughts, if you have any, about the news. Second, stick to the topic. There are plenty of “I hate Obama and all others of the Negro persuasion” sites around. Try worldnet. You’ll find happiness and acceptance there.

  12. FFLEO: Don’t forget the crytic warnings of Frankie Laine in “Mule Train”: “clippety-clop, clippety-clop, seems as how they’ll never stop.” His words were indeed prescient.

  13. Rafflaw,

    Mr. Brennan was one of the best and I miss those 50s/early 60s and the good music.

    Mike Spindell: is that you in the photo or another distinguished gentleman?

  14. Mike Appleton,

    I forgot that you were another one of the 6th-decade-old guys here and remembered those songs when they were popular.

    I bet those seasonal workers from the article now have the Mule Skinner Blues…

  15. MikeS:

    is that a beard or just the lighting? Good picture!

    much easier to look at than the little blue-green man. I swear I think that little laughing Buddha is an anti-conservative taliman. Like vampires and garlic. No I am not saying that conservatives are like vampires.

  16. Oh, but the implication is there.😀

    But seriously, Neocons are the undead version of conservatives. I mean clearly the removal of the soul and the desire for human blood is the primary distinction between a true conservative and a vampire, er, um, Neocon.

  17. very good line “Neocons are the undead version of conservatives”
    I am going to use that one if you dont mind.

    And I have to agree they have killed the GOP, they may as well change it to the POC (party of Christ).

    actually if you look at it backward POG/POC hmm very similar, is this like the picture of the Virgin on a piece of toast?

  18. Bron,

    Use as needed, no attribution required. Nice call on the mirror image thing there considering vampire’s notoriously bad relationship with reflection (both literal and figurative).

  19. Did not vote for this trash garbage obama,
    You nickname says it all. Worse though is your quoting the AP for anything. AP is now a Right Wing outlet and its’ editor had been asked to work on the McCain campaign. Their analysis is therefore suspect. I could rebut you point for point but you’re a onetime troll, hitting and running.

    To All The Usual Susoects,
    Thank you for the kind words on my icon, which is my picture. The Miconoclast thing is a nickname I made up but generally don’t use. I use my real name with a purpose though. As a retired old fart there are no career implications, I’m not famous, through the Bush years and now it is important to me whose only opposition to oppression is my writing to clearly take a stand without anonymity from the powers that be. I lived through the McCarthy Age where artists I respect like Elia Kazan & Jerome Robbins sold out their friends to save themselves by denouncing their own beliefs. This is not a comment on anyone’s moniker because I fully understand and respect its’ necessity for people not in my position.

    One of my wife’s valid complaints about me is that I tend to exhaust subjects. As I look at what I wrote above it was either overkill, or buzzkill. what can you expect? I’m just an aged Jewish neurotic from Brooklyn and I have complaints like Portnoy.

  20. Thank you for sharing Mike, Mrs. Spindell.

    I knew it was suspects, but I had to look up “Susoects” cause on this site everything requires verification.


  21. MikeS:

    We true conservatives dont claim McCain as one of our own.
    We were all actually pretty upset, I even called the RNC and told them they were going to loose in January or February of last year if McCain won the nomination.

  22. CCD:

    damn I know what you mean, Mike could have been throwing around some ancient Aramaic or some other arcane reference.

    If you come to this site you better be loaded for bear, grizzly bear that is. My spelling has improved and I also dont make gratuitous statements anymore, I hate the pain.

  23. I think everyone is missing the bigger picture.
    Indeed? were not talking Mules here are we?
    no, we are talking the donkey the symbol of the democratic party.
    what else can this be but to rid the last vestige of Democracy than by ridding the nation of one of the very symbols of a political party thus ensuring the victory of the remaining party symbol- the Elle-phant…
    to those that would deprive us of our beloved donkey, mule, burro, jackass or ass, I would remind us all of the ‘Ode to Ike’ circa 1950.
    The election is over- the results are now known,
    the will of the people has clearly been shown,
    lets get together and show by our deeds’
    we’ll give Barack, all the support that he needs,
    So as we pull together, let bitterness pass,
    I’ll hug your ‘Elle-phant’,
    If you’ll kiss my ass.

  24. Buddha:

    sounds like a decent guy. I used to read the John Carter of Mars series and Doc Savage when I was a kid. That River World sounds like one of Mars stories where the Martians go down the river to the “after life”.

    As a conservative I am going out and purchasing “New Riders of the Purple Wage”, although I dont know if it a good satire or a bad one (that depends on your prospective)

    Thanks for the introduction.

  25. Buddha, Bron,
    Farmer was one of the great writers of his time. I don’t consider SF a genre, I consider it literature. His “Riverworld”
    and “Tiers” series rank up there with Zelaszny’s “Amber” and Brust’s “Adrihlanka” as my all time favorite SF series. Oh but there are also so many other good ones. What was also great about Farmer, as referenced in the link was that he pioneered in introducing sex into SF. From the current crop too check out the “Takeshi Kovacs” books by Richard Morgan.

  26. Was I the only one who thought of Bill Monroe’s song, “Mule Skinners Blues” ? I wonder if they can add another chorus line that states that as long as you can pass a TSA background check, you can be one.

    Well, good morning, Captain
    Well, good morning to you
    Do you need another mule skinner
    Down on your new mud run
    Ha, ha, hip, ee, ee…

    Well, I’m an old mule skinner
    From down Kentucky way
    And I can make any mule listen
    Or I won’t accept your pay
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
    Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha
    Well hey, hey

    Little water boy, come here boy
    Bring that water bucket around
    Ha, ha, ha
    If you don’t like your job
    Water boy, put that bucket down
    Ha, ha, ha, ee, ee, ha, ha, ha


  27. Mike,

    Yes, that was one of the things I really loved about Farmer – he was a consummate world builder. Very few are as good. Chalker, Niven, Brust and of course the master, Wolfe, but Farmer ran with a good crowd. Anyone mentioned in the same sentence as Wolfe has got to be top shelf talent. I remember just being blown away by the “World of Tiers” series. I think I read them all in one semester, but I remember for a fact is was back to back. He will be missed.

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