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  •  I voted for none of the above, (15+ / 0-)

    because my favorite cowboy is Gene Autry.  Of all the singing cowboys, he was the one that was the corniest.  Roy Rogers was more popular, but there was something about Roy Rogers that seemed to be after respect.  Gene Autry, and the other guys from Melody Ranch were all kind of fat and stupid and not terribly heroic looking.  And this was not presented in a mocking way.  Which is great, because as an adult, I can enjoy them in a mocking way without feeling manipulated!

    I also like the bare bones aspect of his story lines.  "Quick, Gene!  Somebody's robbing the stagecoach!"  "We'll head them off at the pass!"  So simple and formulaic, you can't really criticize it for being unimaginative.  It's not in that category.  It's more like grown men playing cowboys and indians, and not even doing a terribly realistic job of it.  And if you're too dumb to grasp that, then you'll never get it.

    Oh, I love this.  Found this on the gene autry wikipedia entry.  Gene Autry's COWBOY CODE:

    Autry created the Cowboy Code, or Ten Cowboy Commandments. These tenets promoting an ethical, moral, and patriotic lifestyle that appealed to youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts, which developed similar doctrines. The Cowboy Code consisted of rules that were "a natural progression of Gene's philosophies going back to his first Melody Ranch programs—and early pictures."[19] According to the code:

        The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
        He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
        He must always tell the truth.
        He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
        He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
        He must help people in distress.
        He must be a good worker.
        He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
        He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
        The Cowboy is a patriot.

    Now who the hell could argue with that?  

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