Potpourri: a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; an assortment of items.
That definition describes this new feature of the Bad Nick Blog. There are things that I’d like to mention from time to time that don’t justify a complete blog, random thoughts and observations, and the occasional short vent. You’ll find them in the Potpourri column.
Fiscal Genius – The State of Arizona has closed its state parks and rest areas due to budget shortfalls, but this week the Arizona Game and Fish Department announced plans to spend $1.1 million to purchase a 160 acre ranch near Winona, in northern Arizona, to use as a regional shooting range. The Game and Fish Department said the money would come from $2 million held over from a previous appropriation to build a northern Arizona shooting range.
Okay, I’m a shooter, and I appreciate having a good, safe place to shoot. However, there are thousands and thousands of acres of public land in northern Arizona where one can go for target practice. The Game and Fish Department spending money this way, while things like state parks and rest areas, which are used by a much larger segment of the population are being closed, is simply ridiculous. That money should go to fill other, more necessary needs. For the Game and Fish Department to say “it’s our money” in today’s budgetary crisis, is like a husband or wife not being able to pay the household bills, while their spouse buys a new car with “their” money!
Turnabout Is Fair Play – California, the land of quakes and flakes, is screaming about boycotting Arizona over that state’s tough new law on illegal immigrants. But yesterday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced plans to drastically cut back on welfare benefits to help ease his state budget problems. How about other states boycott California because the Governor’s new plan would discriminate against welfare rats, which every state has a huge surplus of?
Stupid Is Not A Handicap – I saw a sign that said that a few years ago, and I never forgot it. While I am very sympathetic to those with disabilities, I get really ticked off at people who pretend to be handicapped to ride the gravy train. I had a lady a few weeks ago who demanded preferential treatment at an event I was hosting because she was handicapped. As it turns out, her handicap is “toe fungus.” Yeah, that’s what I thought too.
Oil And Water – While the news media is climbing all over the Gulf oil spill, the terrible flooding in Nashville, Tennessee, which has claimed at least 29 lives and destroyed much of the city, didn’t get much more than a mention. While this may be the largest non-hurricane related natural disaster in American history, nobody seems to be rushing en masse to help the good people of Nashville. Of course, maybe that’s because they aren’t whining and complaining because the government isn’t there to make it all better for them. Instead, they have rolled up their sleeves and gone to work to do what is necessary to get life back to normal. After all, this isn’t New Orleans.
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