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Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:49 AM

The boy who bit sheep and cried wolf

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Once upon a time there was a boy who bit sheep.

"Wolf!" the boy cried, when shepherds saw the toothmarks.

The town sheriff investigated. He talked to a wolf biologist. She told him there were no wolves in the area, and the bite marks were human anyway. He talked to an eyewitness. He talked to a dentist, who provided a cast of the boy's teeth. He obtained the boy's diary, in which was written "I like biting sheep."

The sheriff made his report. "The boy has been biting your sheep," he told the shepherds. "There's something seriously wrong with that boy."

Reynard, the fox, did not like this. The boy had been letting him bite the sheep too. If the townsfolk knew about the boy, there'd be no more sheep chewing for Reynard.

"The boy is not biting sheep," the fox told townsfolk. "But if he were, there'd be nothing wrong with it."

"The real story," the fox added, "is the unfair investigation by the sheriff. He hates the town. He's part of the deep township."

Some townsfolk believed the fox's news.

"The sheriff is just angry!" they shouted. "Angry, angry, ANGRY!"

They gathered their pitchforks and ran the sheriff out of town.

Then the boy started biting other children.

"The boy is not biting other children," the fox told townsfolk. "That’s fake news.”

“But,” the fox added, “If he were, there'd be nothing wrong with it."

The boy learned that he could bite newcomers to the town.

"The boy is not biting newcomers," the fox told townsfolk. "But if he were, there’d be nothing wrong with it. It would be their own fault, for coming to our town."

The boy began biting more people. Still some townsfolk listened to the fox. They believed in the boy.

Bite marks became common. Townsfolk could see their neighbors’ injuries.

“Your neighbors bit themselves,” the fox told his followers. “They’re crisis actors. They don’t love the town.”

Now the boy who bit sheep and cried wolf is mayor. And now neighbor hates neighbor. And now we all have bite marks.

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I am truly humbled by all the recs.

Comments below suggest that this is effective and should be shared. Please feel free to copy, modify and repost as desired. I offer it under the Creative Commons Attribution license. A few more eyes opened in 2020 may be sufficient.

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Reply The boy who bit sheep and cried wolf (Original post)
mellow Dec 15 OP
frogmarch Dec 15 #1
UniteFightBack Dec 15 #2
mellow Dec 15 #6
kag Dec 15 #27
MLAA Dec 15 #3
nolabear Dec 15 #4
malaise Dec 15 #5
dalton99a Dec 15 #7
Anon-C Dec 15 #8
evilhime Dec 15 #9
mellow Dec 15 #10
evilhime Dec 15 #24
pandr32 Dec 15 #11
mellow Dec 15 #15
KPN Dec 15 #12
ramen Dec 15 #13
sunnybrook Dec 15 #14
PatSeg Dec 15 #16
dchill Dec 15 #17
Talitha Dec 15 #18
OhNo-Really Dec 15 #19
CaptainTruth Dec 15 #20
alfredo Dec 15 #21
Brainfodder Dec 15 #22
magicarpet Dec 15 #29
Brainfodder Dec 15 #31
magicarpet Dec 15 #32
IronLionZion Dec 15 #23
Hermit-The-Prog Dec 15 #25
Karadeniz Dec 15 #26
PCIntern Dec 15 #28
tclambert Dec 15 #30
mellow Dec 15 #35
BobTheSubgenius Dec 15 #33
BigmanPigman Dec 15 #34
mellow Dec 15 #36
malaise Dec 16 #39
MacKasey Dec 16 #37
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 16 #38
BlueJac Dec 16 #40
PatrickforO Dec 16 #41
olegramps Dec 16 #42
malaise Dec 16 #44
olegramps Dec 16 #45
SpankMe Dec 16 #43
40RatRod Dec 16 #46
TlalocW Dec 16 #47
Hermit-The-Prog Dec 17 #48

Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:53 AM

1. Brilliant!

Spot-on analogy, mellow.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:57 AM

2. You made that up?? That's pretty damn good I do declare. nt

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:03 AM

6. It's my writing, but it kind of just flowed through me ...

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Response to mellow (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:33 PM

27. You have real talent...

and real modesty. Nicely done.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:59 AM

3. Outstanding! 👏🏽👏🏻👏🏼👏🏿👏🏻👏🏽👏🏼👏🏿

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:59 AM

4. A wonderful allegory indeed.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:00 AM

5. This is both irie and mellow

Brilliant - off to the greatest page

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:13 AM

7. Kick

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:14 AM

8. A good story, well told!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:20 AM

9. Is this posted anywhere else, like Facebook?

I would love to see it shared to larger audience - well done!!!!

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Response to evilhime (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:35 AM

10. Feel free to copy, paste and repost ...

Anything that can help bring down the wannabe emperor is good with me.

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Response to mellow (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:47 PM

24. thank you I shall!!!!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:36 AM

11. Well done!

This is so easy to understand it might actually make the point to a few people I know that have their tin foil hats on.
Thank you so much for coming up with this!

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:53 AM

15. That's the intent. :)

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:38 AM

12. Wow! That is .... well, someone already said it -- Brilliant!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

13. This is exceedingly well done.

Really great work, here.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:46 AM

14. Great writing!

I concur this is brilliant!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:53 AM

16. Well done!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:10 PM

17. Foxy! True story!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:15 PM

18. Stunningly BRILLIANT !!!!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:15 PM

19. Wonderful analogy. Brilliant

Send to your local newspaper maybe

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 12:46 PM

20. That's excellent!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:20 PM

21. wonderful

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:29 PM

22. I've been under a rock, what's this in reference to?



All this treason and no consequences, so pushing the U.S.A. into NEW countries, eh?








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Response to Brainfodder (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 03:39 PM

29. It is about Obama,

He smokes cigarettes,

And he is not a vegan,

And he bites Putin & trDump every chance he gets, when nobody else is looking.

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #29)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 08:24 PM

31. Butt her emails!

This mockery of our govt by those in the govt, just bizarre!

A democrat so opposed to this scumbag's impeachment he's switching parties?



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Response to Brainfodder (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 08:42 PM

32. Apparently he kissed trDump's ass....

.... and found the flavor to his likening.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 01:32 PM

23. That was excellent!

The damn fox and his news might be worse than the mentally ill boy.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:04 PM

25. k&r

Perhaps the dentist can pull the fox's teeth if we all hold it down.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:27 PM

26. Loved it...thanks for sharing!❤

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 02:38 PM

28. Very well conceived and written

Thanks!!!

K and R

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 08:12 PM

30. I just read William Barr's summary of your story. He said you found no evidence of biting.

So I guess I'll just move on as if nothing happened.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #30)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:17 PM

35. Yep, that's what would happen.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:47 PM

33. Excellent!

Another K&R from me.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 10:56 PM

34. Is the fox really Fux News?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #34)

Sun Dec 15, 2019, 11:25 PM

36. Yes

Yes.

In medieval stories, Reynard the fox is a trickster figure. From wikipedia:

His adventures usually involve him deceiving other anthropomorphic animals for his own advantage or trying to avoid their retaliatory efforts.


In this modern tale, [s]ome townsfolk believed the fox's news.

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Response to mellow (Reply #36)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 07:17 AM

39. Your OP is profound

The parallels are perfect down to the trickster Fox.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:02 AM

37. This is Great!

If this story could be animated, for a one minute commercial, it would be awesome!!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 07:14 AM

38. Very good! I shared--hope it opens an eye or three.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 08:00 AM

40. Well said, thank you!

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 09:42 AM

41. Another rec. This is very good. n/t

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 09:59 AM

42. Great job, but it will go over the Republican's heads

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Response to olegramps (Reply #42)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 10:49 AM

44. Not sure about that

Even their kids should get thos one

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Response to malaise (Reply #44)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:00 PM

45. I certainly hope so. But I also vividly remember the actions of teens in regard to segregation.

As I have stated I have numerous relatives throughout the South. The incident that is indelibly printed on my conscious was one in which teenage white kids, both boys and girls, actually physically attack Black kids who sat the counter and wanted to order ice cream cones. They jeered and called them nasty vulgar names as they sat quietly not responding to their vicious attackers.

It was a sickening sight.

My mother, bless her soul, was one of the few that condemned them and their parents, who not only did not condemn this, but approved of it. These were not kids from poor homes, you know the kids from across the tracks, but from so-called proper white families. You know, those church going Bible believing order and law types. I often wonder just what happened to those kids who were so embolden with the privileged superiority they thought they had the right to torment defenseless kids. I really hate to say what I may wish. My mother wouldn't approve.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 10:01 AM

43. If you wrote this, mellow, you're a freaking genius. Thanks!

Rec'd and bookmarked.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:38 PM

46. Posted on Facebook and minutes later a lady posted...

..."Trump can bite me anytime." I posted back that unfortunately many of those bitten do not even understand they have been bit.

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 09:09 PM

47. Pretty good but needs a car chase in the middle

Just kidding. Very witty.

TlalocW

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Response to mellow (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 12:35 AM

48. now he's biting disabled neighbors

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