And of course, I do so affectionately, since I like teaching at the old Aggie school because of days like yesterday, when some of the Ag students put on a show-and-tell for the rest of the university in a plaza in-between the Liberal Arts college and the library. The big guy at left is the university mascot known as “Cam the Ram.” (He’s not really a Rocky Mountain Big Horn, for perhaps obvious reasons, but a farm animal shaved down and wrapped up real purty.)
Here are the calves (whose “moooooowww”s I could hear in my office upstairs!)
And here are a ewe and her two lambs.
In other good news: as many of you may have heard, Allen Andrade was convicted of first degree murder for the cruel bludgeoning death of 18 year-old trans woman Angie Zapata last summer. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison, according to Colorado law. The trial was in my own little cow town of Potterville, where I feared the “gay panic” defense Andrade’s lawyers mounted might stand a chance, but the jury returned the verdict in only 2 hours. (People here are conservative, but they’re not especially ideological about it.) I just about did a spit take into my coffee this morning when I saw this quote from District Attorney Ken Buck, who is someone with whom Historiann agrees with very infrequently: “We care deeply about human life in this community. . . If someone goes after someone here because of their sexual status, we will come after you with everything we have.” Well alright then! I just might settle in and stay a while.
Like a Whisper and Roxie’s World were on this story pronto–check them out for more background & thoughts. Interestingly, all of the local mainstream media that I’ve seen (TV, public radio, the Denver Post, and the Greeley Tribune) and everyone in the trial (except the defense attorneys) referred to the victim as Angie Zapata and used the pronoun “she.” I was impressed.
Finally, since this post started out as the Farm Report, here’s a related story involving large animals: When the trial started last week, D.A. Buck ordered mounted police to stand guard outside the courthouse, because they were afraid of “protesters.” That seemed like a little bit of an overreaction, so I asked my courthouse informant about it, and ze reported that people in the courthouse had heard that the Fred Phelps traveling road show might be coming through town to spread their Christian message of love, peace, and “God hates fags.” Fortunately they didn’t show.