PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFICULTIES


It occurred to me this morning that a mule is really just an ass without balls.

I am not sure where to go with this, philosophically, particularly as regards hinnies.  Not including them in the above characterization might be construed at the Holder DOJ as discriminatory practice, but then again your average hinny might be grateful for that.

Related in some obscure way…

Right after World War Two, Czechoslovak factories assembled some Messerschmitt Bf-109G fighters from existing spare parts.  These old/new planes were called Avia S-199.  Because the Daimler-Benz engines used in the Bf-109G were in short supply, the Czechs replaced them with Junkers engines used in Heinkel 111 bombers.  The resulting combination was such a stubborn beast that Czech pilots called it “mezek.”  Regrettably, this word is consistently mistranslated into English as “mule,” but it really means “hinny.”  The Czech word for mule is “mula.”  (Sounds like a short “mullah.”  No kidding!)

For the record…

Correct English: “he’s as stubborn as a mule.”  Correct Czech: “he’s as stubborn as a hinny.”  (“Je tvrdohlavý jak mezek.”)

Also related in some way…

In its attempt to choke Israel to death at birth, the progressive international community imposed an arms embargo on Israel just in time for the 1948-49 War of Independence.  The Czechoslovaks, stubborn as hinnies, were the only ones to kick like mules at this, and they provided Israel with some S-199s.  The S-199s didn’t perform very well and were a nightmare to maintain, but they did succeed in flaming up to eight mullahs, including some flying the legendary Spitfire.

The unknown S-199 pilot’s comment “she tried to kill us on every takeoff and landing” gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “never again,” and the S-199s were withdrawn from service as quickly as possible.

But Israel still survived, partly thanks to the Czech hinnies.  Three cheers for little nations sticking together when it really mattered, and facing down evil giants!

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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