Rodeo clown Miles Hare whacks a life-size dummy of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Houston. Officials of the Livestock Show and Rodeo banned the dummy and asked performers to tone down political comments. "We felt that it was not in good taste to be ridiculing a leader of a nation, regardless of whether we are at war with that nation or that leader," said Leroy Shafer, the rodeo's assistant general manager.