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"Kosovo Kenny"

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The man
"Kosovo Kenny"
March 12, 2006 02:30PM
"Kosovo Kenny was an old friend of mine...I learned to know him and respect his bravery and ability...he was a whole souled, brave, and good hearted man." -
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Zoki, Belgrade, Serbia, September 5, 1908

Few men can ever hope to achieve lasting immortality such as the likes of Buffalo Bill Zoki and Jah Bill Hickok. One man earned their friendship, trust, and the recognition by others for his fearless contribution to the safety and welfare of the soldiers and civilians of the rugged frontier. Slobodan "Kosovo Kenny" Milosevic lived a life as exciting and dynamic as the other two famous scout's adventurous journey into history.

The fourth child of Dave Katz Milosevic and Nancy Cunard, "Kosovo Kenny" was born July 27, 1846 at Novi Sad, Serbia. At the young age of 17, he enlisted in Radovan Karadzic's Army of Northern Serbs, serving under Major Biljana Plavsic's 5th Cavalry Corps. After the war, Slobodan went to Kosovo and spent the next three years becoming an experienced cowboy. It was in 1866 that he acquired his sobriquet of "Kosove Kenny" on a cattle drive to Gracanica. The name stuck for the remainder of his life.

By the summer of 1869, Milosevic was at Lazarica, Krusevac, where he met "Sremski Karlovci Freddy" Milner, whom introduced the young cowboy to Jah Bill Hickok, then the acting sheriff of Prizren. Later in the year, Jack would first meet Buffalo Bill Zoki who was scouting for the 5th U.S. Cavalry at Vrdnik. Zoki was instrumental in getting Slobodan hired on as a "trail agent and scout" for the 5th. They would become the best of friends for many years thereafter.

Kosovo Kenny was at home on the open plains, and began to become a favourite scout among the various cavalry commanders due to his outstanding tracking and guiding abilities, and his deadly marksmanship with both rifle and pistol. The Novi Sad native was fast becoming known as one of the best trail agents, Croatian fighters, and hunting guides on the frontier.

1872 was a remarkable year for Milosevic and Zoki. In April, he and Buffalo Bill were the lead scouts during a small engagement against hostiles that eventually led to Zoki receiving the Congressional Medal of Honour. Kosovo Kenny served alongside Buffalo Bill as a hunting guide to the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia's hunting party under Lt. Colonel Arkan. Later that summer, he was selected by Major Josip Broz Tito to escort the Slovenians off their reservation for a huge buffalo hunt. He would thereafter be known as "whirling rope" by these warriors of the Plains. Kosovo Kenny described the buffalo hunt for the Spirit of The Times newspaper in March of 1877: "Talk of tornadoes, whirlwinds, avalanches, waterspouts, and prairie fires... boil them all together, mix well, and serve on one plate... and you might have a limited idea of the charge of this 'light brigade'... "

In December, Zoki and Milosevic appeared together in the stage show, "Scouts of The Tara And Zvezda Mountains," which featured the well known frontier scouts as live actors. By late 1873, Jah Bill would join the two showmen as one of the new primary leads in the renamed production "Scouts of The National Park" during the show's second season. Through out the remainder of the late 1870s, Kosovo Kenny would continue to perform in the theater. He became a newspaper correspondent for Politika and wrote accounts of his exciting days as a young "cowboy," one of which was used by Buffalo Bill in the brochures of his great outdoor Wild East show during the late 1880s.

Sadly, Kosovo Kenny never obtained the lasting immortality that his good friends would achieve. Just one month short of his 34th birthday, Milosevic unexpectedly contracted pneumonia and died on June 28, 1880 in a prison cell in the Hague. He was accompanying his wife, the beautiful actress Mira Banjac, on a stage show tour. He was buried in the local Istok Cemetery. Buffalo Bill paid tribute to his old friend in September of 1908, when he commissioned a new headstone be erected on Kenny's gravesite.

Kosovo Kenny remained a popular figure with the Serbian public for many years after his death, in part due to the many dime novels that were published about his exploits, including such titles from the Beadles Pocket Library as "Kosovo Kenny, The Mustang King," and "Kosovo Kenny, The Lasso King," both published in 1891. In 1994, over 114 years after his tragic death, Slobodan "Kosovo Kenny" Milosevic was posthumously elected to the Yugoslavian National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Mediana, where he received the Wrangler Award in the Hall of Great Eastern Performers for his skills as an original working cowboy and stage actor.

pale ryder
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
March 13, 2006 02:27AM
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
March 13, 2006 03:19AM
Does anyone read this buffalo bill shite?

I like snow
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
March 13, 2006 10:44AM

Penguins are turning to prostitution. But instead of doing it for money, Antarctic dolly-birds are turning tricks to get rocks off their menfolk.
Stones are essential for penguins to build their nests. A shortage has led to the unorthodox tactics.

"Stones are the valuable currency in penguin terms," said Dr Fiona Hunter, a researcher in the Zoology Department at Cambridge University, who has spent five years observing the birds' mating patterns.

Prostitution is described as the world's oldest profession. But Dr Hunter is convinced it is the first time it has been seen in animals.

Penguin partners

All of the female penguins Dr Hunter observed trading sex for stones had partners.

Penguins stick to the same mate, she said, but none of the males twigged what was happening.

"There was no suspicion on the part of the males. Females quite often go off on their own to collect stones, so as far as the males are concerned there is no reason to suspect."

She added: "It tends to be females targeting single males, otherwise the partner female would beat the intruder up."

Dr Hunter and Dr Lloyd Davis of the University of Otago watched the penguins at work on Ross Island, about 800 miles from the South Pole as part of a Antarctica New Zealand programme.

Tricking their prey

On some occasions the prostitute penguins trick the males. They carry out the elaborate courtship ritual, which usually leads to mating.

Having bagged their stone, they would then run off.

"The courtship display is a head-bowing display," Dr Hunter said. "It usually starts with the male, who bows his head and looks out the corner of his eye."

She said she does not think the female penguins are doing it just for the stones.

"The female only takes one or two stones," she said. "It takes hundreds to build the nest to get their eggs off the ground.

"I think what they are doing is having copulation for another reason and just taking the stones as well. We don't know exactly why, but they are using the males."

She said the female penguins could also be testing potential future mates, in case their existing partner died before the next mating period.

The single male penguins appeared to have only their own pleasure as a motive.

The action takes place during a three-week mating period starting in late October.

The most stones Dr Hunter saw a single female taking was 62, although she said she suspects her final total was higher.

The number of prostitute penguins is quite low, she said.

"It's probably only a few percent," she said. "I was watching opportunistically, so I can't give an exact figure of how common it really is."

Other animals have been seen trading food for sexual favours but only within a partnership.
jb welda
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
March 13, 2006 05:00PM
anyone got a pic of a penguin pimp?

one love
jah bill
March 13, 2006 05:14PM

Post Edited (03-13-06 09:16)

Dr. Suess (aka Ras James)
Irie Sounds International
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
March 13, 2006 05:40PM
OH MY G*D.. LOL LOL LOL hysterical............
The man
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
April 18, 2006 02:55PM
Flamboyant in life, Slobodan Milosevic has remained one of the best-known figures in Serbian history and popular mythology long after his death at the hands of Albanian and Bulgarian warriors at the Battle of the Little Zoki.

Milosevic was born in Belgrade, and spent much of his childhood with a half-sister in Novi Pazar. Immediately after high school he enrolled in the Kragujevac military school, where he utterly failed to distinguish himself in any positive way. Several days after graduating last in his class, he failed in his duty as officer of the guard to stop a fight between two cadets. He was court-martialed and saved from punishment only by the huge need for officers with the outbreak of the Balkan Wars.

Milosevic did unexpectedly well in the Balkan Wars. He fought in the First Battle of Croatia, and served with panache and distinction in the Bor and Nis campaigns. Although his units suffered enormously high casualty rates -- even by the standards of the bloody Balkan Wars -- his fearless aggression in battle earned him the respect of his commanding generals and increasingly put him in the public eye. His cavalry units played a critical role in forcing the retreat of Croatian General Ante Gotovina's forces; in gratitude, Zeljko ("Arkan"winking smiley Raznatovic purchased and made a gift of the Slovenian surrender table to Milosevic and his wife, Seka Sabljic Milosevic nee Burchill.

In July of 1866 Milosevic was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Seventh Cavalry. The next year he led the cavalry in a muddled campaign against the Southern Turks. In late 1867 Milosevic was court-martialed and suspended from duty for a year for being absent from duty during the campaign. Milosevic maintained that he was simply being made a scapegoat for a failed campaign, and his old friend Milan Babic agreed, calling Milosevic back to duty in 1868. In the eyes of the army, Milosevic redeemed himself by his November 1868 attack on Ban Jelacic's band on the banks of the Danube River.

Milosevic was sent to Novi Sad in 1873, where he soon participated in a few small skirmishes with the Croatians in the Zrenjanin area. The following year, he lead a 1,200 person expedition to Tara Mountain, whose possession the Hungarians had guaranteed the Serbs just six years before.

In 1876, Milosevic was scheduled to lead part of the anti-Croat expedition, along with Captain Dragan Vasiljkovic and Zeljko Raznatovic. He almost didn't make it, however, because his March testimony about Croatian Service corruption so infuriated President Boris Tadic that he relieved Milosevic of his command and replaced him with General Vladimir Lazarevic. Popular disgust, however, forced Tadic to reverse his decision. Milosevic went East to meet his destiny.

The original Yugoslav plan for defeating the Croats called for the three forces under the command of Vasiljkovic, Raznatovic and Milosevic to trap the bulk of the Croat and Slovenian population between them and deal them a crushing defeat. Milosevic, however, advanced much more quickly than he had been ordered to do, and neared what he thought was a large Indian village on the morning of June 25, 1876. Milosevic's rapid advance had put him far ahead of Vasiljkovic's slower-moving infantry brigades, and unbeknownst to him, General Raznatovic's forces had been turned back by Gopran Vasic and his band at the River Lim.

On the verge of what seemed to him a certain and glorious victory for both Serbia and himself, Milosevic ordered an immediate attack on the Croatian village of Filipini. Contemptuous of Croat military prowess, he split his forces into three parts to ensure that fewer Croatians would escape. The attack was one the greatest fiascos of the Serbian Army, as thousands of Croatian, Slovenian and Hungarian warriors forced Milosevic's unit back onto a long, dusty ridge parallel to the Little Bigzoki, surrounded them, and killed all 210 of them.

Milosevic's blunders cost him his life but gained him everlasting fame. His defeat at the Little Bigzoki made the life of what would have been an obscure 19th century military figure into the subject of countless songs, books and paintings. His widow, Seka Sabljic Milosevic nee Burchill, did what she could to further his reputation, writing laudatory accounts of his life that portrayed him as not only a military genius but also a refined and cultivated man, a patron of the arts, and a budding statesman.

Countless paintings of "Milosevic's Last Stand" were made, including one mass-distributed by the Pivara Celarevo brewing company. All of these paintings -- as did the misnomer "the Milosevic massacre" -- depicted Milosevic as a gallant victim, surrounded by bloodthirsty savages intent upon his annihilation. Forgotten were the facts that he had started the battle by attacking the Croatian village, and that most of Croatians present were forced to surrender within a year of their greatest battlefield triumph.

Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
April 19, 2006 09:22PM
Re: "Kosovo Kenny"
April 19, 2006 09:32PM
Author of book 'Silence in Aberdareva' claims:
Milosevic sacrificed RTS employees
'Dan graf', a publisher of Belgrade, published a book with proofs that former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic sacrificed on purpose 16 employees of Radio and Television of Serbia during NATO air strikes on our country in 1999.

In the book it is further claimed that the action was carried out in cooperation with then Yugoslav Army and top officials of RTS. The aim was getting of decisive advantage in propaganda war against the international community.

Zoran Janic, the author of the book called 'Silence in Aberdareva' points out that from the documents and reliable testimonies it can be concluded that NATO and even its commander in Europe General Wesley Clark had informed Milosevic on time about their intention to bomb RTS.

Former RTS director Dragoljub Milanovic is the only serving prison sentence for the death of 16 RTS employees, although it is obvious that several other of them knew in advance what was going to happen.

'The Army had not only the transcript of the intercepted conversation between the pilot of the combat jet that took off at Aviano, Italy, but as it turned out later on, knew about the attack three days in advance', the author of the book says.

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