The Decent Human Beings win one?

July 29, 2010


Blog Guy, it looks like you’re gloating about something.

You bet I am. The Catalonia region of Spain has just passed a ban on bullfighting, a barbaric activity which I have mocked repeatedly in my blog. I like to think my readers helped tip the balance.

SPAIN/Congrats, Blog Guy. So what were the main factions in the debate over there?

It was the Decent Human Being faction against the Pro-Torture and Cruelty faction.

Can you boil down the basic arguments of those two sides?

Sure. The Decent Human Beings felt that slowly torturing an animal to death while bloodthirsty imbeciles cheer in the stands has no place in the 21st century. As for the Pro-Torture and Cruelty faction, their side is so ridiculous it’s not even worth repeating.

Wait, Blog Guy, you owe us a fair representation of both sides. We deserve that.

SPAIN/Oh, okay. Our story quoted bullfighter Serafin Marin as saying, “It’s not a cruel show. Completely the opposite. It’s a show that creates art…”

You’re making that up, right?

It sounds made-up, doesn’t it? I swear it’s true.

But Blog Guy, the great writer Ernest Hemingway wrote about bullfighting, and saw honor and courage in the tradition!

catalan vertical 220Hemingway was a decent writer, but a deficient human. If there was a dumbass thing to do, he would do it. You can lead a very good life by simply being the opposite of that jerkwad.

I read that bullfighting is a huge part of Spain’s economy, with tickets earning many millions of euros a year. That’s going to hurt!

Hey, maybe it’s time the Spanish discover movies and cable television, like the rest of us.

And what about all the money made from selling those elaborate matador outfits?

Those silly costumes haven’t been banned. The soon-to-be-former bullfighters in Catalonia can still wear them to the supermarket, to play miniature golf or whatever, if they don’t mind the laughter.

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Top: Montage of Reuters bullfighter photos

Other photos: Spanish bullfighter Ruben Pinar adjusts his montera before the start of the third bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu

Spanish matador Oliva Soto is tackled by a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

A Spanish assistant bullfighter pokes his head out from behind the barrier during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville April 2, 2008. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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Congratulations, BG!!!!
Oh, it also helps that Catalonia hates all things Spanish! Viva Catalonia!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

As long as he doesnt go after the chickens… I am ok with it… 😀

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

They could become “Matadors to Men” and wear their outfits while singing! Or they could provide really dazzly valet parking.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Good idea, One, but I can’t turn my car over to a matador valet. I drive a Taurus.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Thanks, Spin. Yes, I understand nearly everybody over there reads the Spanish version of my blog, called “El Gringo Loco.”

And yes, the ability to break issues down into two over-simplified sides is a curse left over from years of real journalism.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Viva Catalonia!!!
But not FC Barcelona. :-)

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Posted by The Decent Human Beings win one? | Analysis & Opinion | | Spain | Report as abusive

I guess those matador outfits brings in negative personality of the matadors which causes such facial expressions. Why else would they have such expressions that would only appeal to bloodthirsty imbeciles?

Posted by Insane | Report as abusive

Does your Taurus have an “This One’s For The Bulls” bumber sticker Mr. B.?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

It would if I really did drive a Taurus….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Here’s my bit for the Catalan economy – Go Vist. They have an incredibly delicious form of alcoholic custard that you can buy in both bottles and pie format.

Also, Salvador Dali came from there, and how many other artists painted astonishing surrealist porn AND designed lollipop logos?!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Buh…didn’t you just… you told Onedoor… you said you drove a Taurus! Quit taking advantage of how easy it is to confuse me!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

BG, you either do or dont drive a Tauras.. if you do, put that bumper sticker, Mr.Pilot talks of… if you dont, quit lying…
Spin, lol!! So, agree with that description.. and the lok is coz he is caught with his pants down and he knows it will take some time to do up the silver sparkly zipper…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

On behalf of Dave, I ask you Mr Blog Guy, did you say ‘Gloating’ or ‘Goating’?
Or were you just being gruff?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@ CrowGiirl – Alcoholic custard? Krispy Kreme must be informed immediately that they have just found perfect filling for their next medi-doughnut.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

@Crowgirl … Brilliant! I’m sure their doughnut engineers are working on that right now.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

MMM do we still get Xanax sprinkles if we have alcoholic filling?

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

MamaC, it’s never good to mix alcohol with narcotics… so yes, yes we do!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Honestly, alcoholic custard. It’s like a more liquid creme brulee but with brandy, and the crunchy sugar stirred in. I’ve got a recipe somewhere, I’ll dig it out.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I think the Taurus is parked next to the pool. And the pool is filled with creamy vanilla custard laced with a nicely flavored alcohol.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Doc: you need a really rich single layer chocolate cake. Carefully cut out the center, leaving the bottom and aides intact. Save the cake pieces. Fill with pitted cherries that have soaked up a nice bit of alchol, pat on some of the cake pieces you removed to cover the cherries. Top it with a chocolate glaze or custard. Mmmm.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Jeeeeeez…. I would have to make chocolate sponge cake today…..

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