Thursday, February 08, 2007

News or Not News

ERA Update:

The ERA ratification vote didn't even get out of committee in the Arkansas lege. Apparently, it was all set to pass, but opponents brought in people from the Family Council and Eagle Forum, who gave speeches against the measure. And, Phyllis Schlafly came and made a speech. So, our gutless legislators backed down. Even a couple of the sponsors of the bill backed down.

Here's what all the fuss is about:

"SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

"Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

"Sec. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."

From those three sentences, Ms. Schlafly and her posse have made the assumptions that it would be easier to get an abortion, would promote gay marriage, clear the way for women in combat and no doubt a whole host of other bogus fears.

Apparently, it's the word "sex" that gets the red flags flying. Nothing frightens the Wacko Right more than sex. It frightens them even more than the concept of "fun".



Does anyone remember Frankie Laine? He died at age 93. He had a number of hits, many of them movie theme songs. Like, "Rawhide", "Mule Train", "Jezebel", and the theme from "Blazing Saddles". Mel Brooks, said in an interview that Frankie told him that the theme from "Blazing Saddles" was a beautiful song, and so sad. He was so serious that Mel never told him that it was supposed to be funny.



The sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith was a surprise to everyone. She was made fun of by almost everyone, and I always thought it was kind of like making fun of a child. She never seemed to notice, but she must have. And, the people who made fun of her can't have felt any self-satisfaction. Nobody won. Maybe she's at peace, now.


So, there's this 25 pound Beagle in Missouri, who has been trained to find snakes. He was taken to Florida recently, to locate a Burmese Python that someone had owned as a pet until it got too big to handle. I got to thinking about that, and you know what happens when I think. Picture this:

Owner: "Come on, Scooter, get in the car."

Scooter: (Tail wagging, tongue lolling), " Oh, boy, Oh boy, Oh, boy, Road trip!"

Hours later:

Owner: "OK, Scooter, here we are. Jump down. Watch where you're going. You don't want to get in the quicksand."

Scooter: "Where are we? Who will we see? Will there be cheese?"

Owner: "Scooter! Find the Python. Go on, boy! Find that big old snake."

Scooter: Find a PYTHON?? Not while I'm sober, Ace. (Jumps back in the car.)


Kell said...

"Will there be cheese?" LOL Yep, that's a dog.

NPR played an old Frankie Laine interview. He was amazing wasn't he? They played some of his old jazz songs. What a voice.

dc said...

Will give you my e-mail again just in case I goofed up. might copy and paste, alot of times people miss that second M Thanks for trying. Would love to hear from you. I like your thinking.

susan said...

LOL I do love the way you think Betty.

Poor Anna Nicole...I don't know anything about her raising, but I can't help but feel that all she wanted was love and attention. At least she got the attention...

Queen of Dysfunction said...

It took me twenty minutes to get through this post because the moment I saw "Eagle Forum" and "Phyllis Schlafly" I went into paroxysms on the floor of my office.

...but I was revived again at the thought of a snake-retrieving dog.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I remember Frankie Laine...vaguely...I remember the show Rawhide, which is mostly where I remember Frankie.

Anna big, sad misguided trip. My heart goes out to that sweet baby girl of hers. What a roller coaster ride her life will be on for a long time to come.

Betty said...

Kell: He just reared back and let fly, didn't he?

dc: I'm more dyslexic than I thought. I turned "js" around, and then, of course, blamed the computer. I'll try again.

QofD: I couldn't believe our mostly Democratic lege could be swayed by a wacko like Schlafly. Her gay son must be awfully proud of her.

Maya's Granny said...

OK, I'm confused. Was your state considering the ERA again? I thought that it was a dead issue. How much I would like to see it revived.

Maya's Granny said...

Which reminded me of a sort of ERA story and I, quick like a bunny, posted it on my blog.

Tink said...

I thought I had a crappy job. That dog's job is the pits! Maybe they reward him with cheese? Let's hope. Geesh.

Jay said...

I wonder how many snakes that dog has to hunt down before he realizes that that is his job and he quits.

I would need a hell of lot more than a biscuit or some cheese to get me to hunt for a snake!

mjd said...

I think that Phyllis brought ladies in gingham aprons and gave our Indiana legislators home-baked bread. I imagine that our typically red-thinking state did not need much convincing to turn down the Equal Rights Amendments.

You have a valid point about making fun of Anna Nicole Smith. Too bad , she did not find happiness before she died. Hopefully, she is at peace.

Alan G said...

Always liked Frankie Laine. Just checked my music collection and have quite a few.

Did you know...

"Mule Train" (1949) and "That Lucky Old Sun" (1949) were his two number one hits. "I Believe" came in at number two in 1953. His song "Rawhide" never made the charts. "High Noon" by the way hit number 5 in 1952.

Newt said...

"will there be cheese?" **SNORT** milk coming out nose. I had this wonderful image in my head as I read the python bit. It just cracked me up. You're too much. You really are a "brigtness" in my life dear Betty.