The Bird, the Cat and the Cow Dung

From PlanetB:

I saw a movie last night from 1995 called Assassins. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore and Antonio Banderas. It isn’t the greatest movie (although it is far from the worst). But it does have a great little story that Julianne Moore tells near the end. I’m sure I’ve heard it before. It goes something like this…

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold that the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped a load of hot, steaming dung on it.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung. The cat promptly dug the bird out, killed him and ate him.


  • Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
  • Not everyone who pulls you out of shit is your friend.
  • And when you’re warm and happy in your pile of shit, keep your mouth shut!

Interesting story and you might ask why am I sharing this. I’m relating this to our situation here in Detroit where an Emergency Manager was appointed to takeover running the city.

The story needs a few slight modifications to be accurate to our situation…

  1. The entire story is taking place under hallucinogens. The bird isn’t actually freezing, although it believes itself to be.
    {The state declared financial crisis is contrived as this article explains}
  2. The cat slipped the hallucinogen into the bird feed because the species of bird was its most favorite meal.
    {The state has been looking for a way to pull Detroit’s assets into regional authorities since Governor Engler was in power. Rick Snyder is putting those intentions which have been schemed since

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