We haven’t had Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid as guests here for a while, and this story seems like an appropriate one for their illumination. I know I keep saying that The Great Stupid has reached Peak Stupid only to find something worse, but I don’t know how one gets dumber than this. The tale out of Lake County, Ohio is even more ridiculous than Biden’s speech last night.
For some reason known only to the rogue neurons involved, the Lake County mounted police decided that it would be a grand Halloween gesture to costume their horses as “ghost horses.” Never mind that nobody knows what a ghost horse looks like. My only clue is the various versions of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” in which the ghostly Headless Horseman rides a black steed with red glowing eyes. Then there were the ghost horses in Disney’s “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” which were just horses you could see through. It would never occur to me, if I were asked to imagine a ghost horse, that one would look like a normal horse under a sheet with little eye holes cut in it. Nonetheless, that’s what those whimsical cops came up with, as you can see:
Now, since the ghostly steeds made their appearance on Halloween, I admit that was a big clue to the cognitively engaged regarding what the cops were going for. Nonetheless, many residents, we are credibly informed, were alarmed because they thought these were Ku Klux Klan horses.
“That was poor execution for a ghost,” said one offended resident. “You go back and look at pictures of the Ku Klux Klan, it’s like the exact replica of what the horses looked like.”
Well, now, that’s not exactly accurate. It is true that the Klansmen sometimes had their horses in white sheets…
…but often they did not:
Moreover, the most essential part of a KKK horse ensemble is the robed Klansman in the saddle. You see, horses never join organizations, racist or otherwise. Occam’s Razor applies here, not that anyone in Lake County appears to be likely to have ever heard of it. You see a horse in a sheet on Halloween in Ohio, with a police officer riding it, and what is the more likely explanation: that the Klan has risen again, or that it’s an ill-conceived Halloween stunt?
Unless, of course, you want to be offended.When was the last time the Klan used horses and rode through Ohio?
Another resident said, “A sheriff’s office should be out there protecting people, and if I saw that on my street, I would be terrified.” Wait, terrified of what…of KKK horses, or of the fact that the police department is apparently capable of a silly thing like this?
To be fair, Sheriff Frank Leonbruno made a cogent point in defense of his horses, noting that the pumpkin lights around the horses necks should have been enough to identify them as ghost horses and not racist horses.
Ghost horses have pumpkin lights? I did not know that.
Commenter Jeff, who brought this idiocy to my attention, commented.
“It occurs to me that, as a society, we may have gotten too stupid to be allowed to have a holiday like Halloween anymore. Might be time for a hiatus for a generation or two.”
How about voting?
At least the cops didn’t dress their horses up as Hitler.