In the 1958-59 school year, the Kingston Trio appeared at the University of Arkansas and sang "They're Rioting In Africa (The Merry Minuet)", by Sheldon Harnick. Who could have guessed that it would still be relevant 53 years later?
"They're rioting in Africa
They're starving in Spain
There's hurricanes in Florida
And Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering
With unhappy souls
The French hate the Germans,
The Germans hate the Poles
Italians hate Yugoslavs
South Africans hate the Dutch
And I don't like anybody very much.
But, we can be grateful
and thankful and proud
That man's been endowed
With a mushroom-shaped cloud
And, we know for certain
That some happy day
Someone will set the spark off
And we will all be blown away.
They're rioting in Africa
There's strife in Iran
What nature doesn't do to us
Will be done by our fellow man."
Scott Walker - The Tea Party's Mad Hatter
Unions are under siege. Governor Walker of Wisconsin wants to take away their collective bargaining rights under the guise of helping make up a $3+ Billion budget deficit of his own making. The deficit ballooned because of the tax breaks he gave to big corporations who donated big money to his campaign.
The teachers agreed to all the fiancial cuts Gov. Walker asked for, but he decided that wasn't enough.
What he really wants is to break the backs of unions and then run for President.
You Are Getting Sle-e-e-e-e-py
General William Caldwell wanted to use Psychological Operations (Psy Ops) to convince members of Congress and the Senate and other military officials to send more troops to Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Michael Holmes went public with the plan in an article in Rolling Stone Magazine. He had disagreed with Gen. Caldwell, and decided to blow the whistle.
Now, Gen. Caldwell has asked for $2 Billion more for his training operations. If he gets it, should we assume Congress and the Senate have been collectively hypnotized?
Stop The Presses!
I read in our state paper that the Arkansas Legislature has actually passed a bill that will help Arkansans. It raises the property tax exemption on used (ahem, previously owned vehicles) from $2500 to $5000.
Brush Up On Your Drinking Songs
Since my county voted to go "wet", there have been several applications for beer and wine licenses for on premises sales, as well as a few applications for package stores, including Walmart.
Now, the Chamber of Commerce has applied for a beer and wine license for beer gardens at specific events in city parks. This would be for various festivals and other outdoor events presumably sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
I'll drink to that!