sharpchick_2011: (Smite)
I guess they thought desperate times called for desperate measures.

In the dark of night on 30 September, the United States House of Representatives Rules Committee changed a standing House rule so that no one but John Boehner or his designee could bring up a bill or an amendment to a bill to re-open the federal government.

Watch Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D- Maryland) confront the Speaker's stand-in.




Appalling. The suspension of democracy in the United States House of Representatives.
sharpchick_2011: (Smite)
First, we had Mitt Romney telling Scott Pelley of CBS how he'd balance the budget.

Asked for specifics, Romney listed "the subsidy for PBS, the subsidy for Amtrak, the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Arts" and "the subsidy for the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Now, the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia, Brian Kemp, will close the state's archives building to make a required 3% reduction in his office's budget.

“The building will be mothballed, if you will. It will have just enough employees there to take care of the critical documents.”

Open season on public access to arts, humanities and public records.

Not just the brightest bunch...
sharpchick_2011: (Smite)
Seems the golfers and socker moms couldn't handle the flocks of Canada geese that made Burns Park their home for the last several years. They don't like bird poop.

So the North Little Rock City Council decided to waive that pesky no-discharging-firearms-in-the-city-limits ordinance and set a slaughter party for local hunters from December 20-22.

Uh oh.

Seems there were quite a few more folks who thought that was a bad idea. (Count me in.)

Some of those opposed set up a Facebook page.

Others - a whole bunch of them - wrote in, protesting the kill as inhumane. We are having a hard time seeing the horror in wildlife being attracted to a city park.

So North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays had a little change of heart. Last night, the City Council voted to "discuss alternatives to the hunt."
One of those alternatives could be the one chosen by the City of Little Rock to deal the flocks of geese at Rebsamen Park.

They use a herding dog, and report that it's quite effective.

So get this. Mayor Hays' City Parks Director says that's too expensive.

From the pages of Arkansas' only daily statewide newspaper today:
Having a dog at Burns Park would cost $3,000 to $6,000 a month.

Really?!? Do tell...

I have never, ever - regardless of breed - had a dog that cost me that much money.

North Little Rock has its own animal shelter - at Burns Park.

You do the math.

And the residents of North Little Rock ought to ask the Mayor and his erstwhile City Parks Director to do the same.
The journey is good.

But this irksome government math isn't.

Namaste.
sharpchick_2011: (Troll)
There was an article in the newspaper one day last week about some volunteers for the City of North Little Rock painting over some 50 year old commissioned panels on the floodwall close to the Arkansas River in Riverfront Park.

Naturally, there was a lot of back and forth about who was to blame...

For those of you who used to read me on LiveJournal, these will be redundant.

I still love them though, and am so glad I got the pics... )
Thankfully, the volunteers, armed with rollers and white paint, were stopped before they painted all the panels.

My news source says restoration should start soon.

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