SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Quote of the month: “Thankfully I screamed so hard it scared the other cows off”

Friday, Aug 31, 2012

* From the AP

State Rep. Rich Morthland is recovering from surgery after an encounter with a cow left him with a knee injury.

The Cordova Republican says the injury happened Thursday when a cow trying to bolt through a gate smashed its head into his knee. […]

Morthland says doctors told him a tendon in his knee was severely damaged. He’ll need to immobilize his leg for six weeks and follow that with physical therapy, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

* And here’s the quote….

Speaking from his hospital bed at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis, Rep. Morthland said the injury happened early Thursday morning when a cow trying to bolt through a gate “smashed its head into my knee.

“Thankfully I screamed so hard it scared the other cows off, and I managed to close the gate,” he said. “I couldn’t get up and I had to drag myself 100 yards to my car.”

Rep. Morthland said he managed to get in the car and drive the mile to his house where he honked the horn to alert his wife Betsey, who drove him to the hospital.

“I smelled like crap,” Rep. Morthland said jokingly.

That last line is our runner-up.

I wish Rep. Morthland a speedy recovery, and I hope he’s not in too much pain. But I would also like to thank him for giving attendees to my little dinner party such a hearty laugh last night when I read the story aloud to them.

“Thankfully I screamed so hard it scared the other cows off.”

Classic.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:30 am:

    When I was a kid, we used to rent a pen to fatten up cattle for fall slaughter. They were pretty docile, but they were also so dumb they would just as soon stomp all over you — or smash you against a fence post.


  2. - Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:32 am:

    “Help! I’ve been knocked down by a cow and I can’t get up!”


  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:35 am:

    I don’t know if I would have worded it “an encounter with a cow.”


  4. - Judgment Day - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:37 am:

    “When Cows Attack…”

    (The youtube video is of a news report about 2 cows loose on Ohio State’s campus).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ17JEx1SNo

    Can understand why he said what he did. When you’re on the ground, the last thing you want is to be trampled by 800 to 1,000 Lb. cows.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:56 am:

    “Thankfully I screamed so hard it scared the other cows off…”

    I think Jonathon Brandmeir had that line in a song … about cows … and how he ‘cared’ for them …


  6. - (Not) Mike Jacobs - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:04 pm:

    I was gonna hit him again, but that scream…


  7. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:10 pm:

    The only place I have seen cows in my younger years was at the Lincoln Park Zoo farm exhibit.

    A few years ago I was at the Illinois State Fair, and I touched a calf because my son wanted to, and the owner told him go ahead.

    Other than that most people born and raised in a city don’t go near cows, but this is one more reason to.


  8. - Cincinnatus - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:13 pm:

    Was the cow free range?

    I also heard that Rep. Morthland’s BBQ fundraiser has been pulled up a couple of weeks…


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:14 pm:

    Thankfully I screamed so hard it scared the other cows off…”

    I think Jonathon Brandmeir had that line in a song … about cows … and how he ‘cared’ for them …

    Sorry, that was me … stupid laptop


  10. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:16 pm:

    It could get a lot rougher back in the day before widespread use of artificial insemination.

    My uncle back in the old country was a dairy farmer and he still believed in the bull-in-field method of doing business.

    When it was time for the bull to go to work in the next field, that often involved chains, a tractor and one angry bull.


  11. - Boone Logan Square - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:24 pm:

    Once Rep. Morthland recovers, he ought to hold a fundraiser at a Burger King.


  12. - jeff in gold - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:40 pm:

    This is a funny story until he got hurt and then its hilarious!


  13. - phocion - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:57 pm:

    Colonel: Sir, General McAuliffe turned down a German surrender demand. You know what he said?
    Patton: What?
    Colonel: He said, “Nuts.”
    Patton: Keep ‘em moving, Colonel. A man that eloquent has to be saved.


  14. - cover - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:08 pm:

    Rep. Morthland is lucky he wasn’t trampled to death. The mayor of Hollywood Park, TX was killed by a donkey earlier this week.

    Have campaign ads ticked off the nation’s livestock so much that they’re now willing to attack politicians?


  15. - dupage dan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:20 pm:

    My uncle tricked his nephew and niece (my older brother and sister) to go into the bullpen back at the old family farm in Inwood, Iowa. Uncle Pete didn’t have to run faster than the bull, just faster than Diane and David.


  16. - Bluefish - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:26 pm:

    Hope he enjoys grilling that particular steak once he recovers.


  17. - WazUp - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:41 pm:

    That was no cow, it was Madigan in a cow costume!


  18. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:49 pm:

    What a bunch of bull!


  19. - zatoichi - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 3:15 pm:

    My knowledge of cattle extends to walking through the barns at the state fair and when the tail goes up, move. Knee injuries are no fun, but he has a permanent good ol’ boy story for future speeches.


  20. - Dan Bureaucrat - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 5:01 pm:

    I wish Morthland the best, I’m glad it wasn’t worse and hope I would be smart enough to scream under cow attack.

    I read a fascinating study of cow intelligence a few years ago. I couldn’t find it, but here’s this:
    http://thecollegianur.com/2010/09/09/animal-intelligence-what-they-know-and-you-don’t/13120/


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Summers compares Trump to Rauner
* New White House website references "thousands of shootings in Chicago"
* Let's try cashing in on our rich heritage
* And now for a little bit of good news
* Unemployment up, jobs down
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Kirk declined to fly with Obama *** Kirk won't stop saying goofy things
* Um... about that "fully funded" boast
* Cullerton, Radogno "playing coy" about tax hike percentage
* "Institute" ginning up opposition to Senate deal
* A SOTS preview?
* IDOT warns of doom for I-55 toll lanes
* Is the end near for legislator pensions?
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Following FTC, Apple sues Qualcomm over antitrust investigation
* Best voice recorder apps
* Android Pay may soon support PayPal cards and Visa Checkout
* HTC Halfbeak revived with more pictures on Weibo
* Foxconn believes it will take $7 billion to take Sharp to the US
* Galaxy S7 Nougat, 600MHz Auction, and Battle of the Voice Assistants | #PNWeekly 236
* Apple Watch Pop Up Shop at Galeries Lafayette in Paris Shuts Down

* MLB mourns death of Royals pitcher Ventura
* Dominican Republic academy re-opens with upgrades
* Dominican Republic academy re-opens with upgrades
* New Hall of Famers reflect on highest honor
* Fans will be able to stream live games in '17
* New Hall of Famers get their close-up
* Williams says Hall not just for 'all-time greats'

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Democrats 'joyless' in Speaker vote - The Navig.....
* Illinois Governor Extends Tax Incentive Program.....
* Tom Kacich: A key week for the fiscal future of.....
* The budget ball is in your court..
* Our View: Reject plan for huge tax hikes..
* Scott Reeder: 'Compromise' is no compromise at .....


* Normal council seeks legal opinion on 45-day gag rule
* EXCHANGE: Researcher turning science fiction into reality
* EXCHANGE: Retiring Wood River fire chief reflects on career
* The Latest: Protesters still marching through Washington
* Illinois offers free tax preparation to low-income residents
* Illinois judge: Ban on shackling child suspects adds costs
* Crowds turn out for women's marches across Illinois
* Aaron Schock case assigned to federal judge in Urbana
* The Latest: Chicago protesters spill into city's downtown
* More female wrestlers competing in Illinois high schools

* Illinois treasurer seeks payout of unclaimed life insurance
* Illinois Senate to try again on pension reform
* Illinois Senate 'bargain' includes hike in minimum wage
* Governor extends tax incentive program
* Schock case reassigned to Urbana's Judge Colin Bruce
* Background-checks policy leads U of I to withdraw 11 job offers
* Film industry generates half-billion in Illinois spending
* Illinois Senate leaders promise budget-deal vote Wednesday
* Jesse White wants ads on license plate renewal reminders to offset cost
* A new tax on sodas, sugary drinks? It might be part of Illinois budget deal

* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* In the market for a new home? Here are your best bets.
* Illinois Holocaust Museum bets on rock 'n' roll
* How this Loop company survived the killing of its CEO
* Thousands of marchers flood downtown Chicago


* Three shot in West Town
* Illinois treasurer seeks payout of unclaimed life insurance
* Disappointing season has front office shopping Mirotic and Rondo
* 65-year-old woman dies three days after McKinley Park crash
* Trump aide says crowd size doesn’t matter
* Police: 16-year-old boy stole packages, left baby in getaway car
* Man critically wounded in Austin shooting
* “Hawk,” feathered, in winter. What winter? Chicago outdoors notes
* 2 wounded in South Side shooting
* Police: Person killed in Bishop Ford crash


* Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, ex-player Andy Marte killed in separate car crashes in Dominican Republic
* Aaron Rodgers' playoff wizardry for Packers makes Chicago green with envy
* 'It's not even summer yet,' witness says as 29 people are shot in about 24 hours
* Waukegan superintendent to host second round of listening, learning tour
* Donald Trump tweets about Women's March, TV ratings for inauguration
* In 'SNL's' first post-inauguration episode, Putin roasts Trump on crowd sizes
* 'Grannies protect what they love:' Why my mom joined the Women's March
* Women's march follows anti-abortion vigil in Valparaiso
* Taraji P. Henson rents Southwest Side theater for free 'Hidden Figures' screening
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 1/22/17


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Illinois treasurer seeks payout of unclaimed life insurance
* Illinois Senate to try again on pension reform
* Illinois Senate 'bargain' includes hike in minimum wage
* Our View: Give President Trump a chance to succeed
* Angie Muhs: Teaming up to tackle community needs in Springfield
* Schoenburg: Rauner's lawyer takes comfort in high court budget decision
* Big Brothers Big Sisters to note National Mentoring Month
* Local generosity inspires record-setting grant potential
* Statehouse Insider: Will this week break the budget logjam?
* Guest Column: Put politics aside and pass a state budget


* Schock case headed for Urbana federal court
* Farm advocates hopeful as new administration, Congress take over
* Divorces 1/22/17
* Pantagraph Fish and Feather Expo bigger than ever
* John A. Logan College celebrates its 35,000th graduate
* Author: Abuse of disabled children often part of complex cycle
* PFOP: Tiny Cropsey county champs in 1938
* Health care leaders: Key ACA provisions should remain in place
* Wired In: Kevin Guo
* Letters from Birdland: Another victim of the budget battle


* The Latest: Georgia governor declares state of emergency
* The Latest: Trump aide says tax returns won't be made public
* More tornadoes ahead as death toll reach 15 in southeast US
* Villains and vixens dominate cartoon roles for women
* Plea says Bastia fans racially abused teammate Balotelli

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* More than 1000 Attend Springfield Call 2 A......

* What happened in week three of the Colonie......

* Ella’s Song. Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely. Women’s March on Washington version.
* Mom said, “Never go alone.”
* What is the difference between Betsy DeVos and Davos, Switzerland?
* On Saturday four million in the streets made America great.
* Ross Dress For Less Nears Completion, Is Hiring
* Free Enterprise? Buffett Counts On Bailout
* GOP Fallback: When In Doubt Blame Pelosi
* Buy Hasty Fed Bailout Now, Regret It Later
* Why I Won't Shed Tears For Wall Street
* In A Gloomy Economy, Signs of Light


* New Authority Allows DCFS to Strengthen and Preserve Families - Federal waiver grants DCFS flexibility to better care for fostered youth
* Illinois Film Industry Generates $499 Million in 2016 - Chicago named #5 Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker
* State Announces Free Tax Preparation for Low Income Families
* Governor Announces Appointments
* Governor Takes Bill Action




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller