“Will you vote for Obama again?” Read the whole thing.
Not a bit! No problem! Al Gore is fat, by the way.
COLQUITT, Ga. — The heat and the drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement.
Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in the unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days.
“It’s horrible so far,” said Mike Newberry, a Georgia farmer who is trying grow cotton, corn and peanuts on a thousand acres. “There is no description for what we’ve been through since we started planting corn in March.”
The pain has spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, where ranchers could be forced to sell off entire herds of cattle because they simply cannot feed them.
In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of acres.
You’ll notice these are the same states that usually vote Republican, and believe man-made climate change is a hoax. Well, you can educate ignorant people but you can’t fix stupid.
This is Matt Sevier, the local singer-songwriter I’m going to be helping with booking. Matt had quite the career going about ten years ago – lots of radio play (if you’re from Philly, you probably heard “Marry Katherine”), development deal with Sony, etc. But life got in the way.
Anyway, he’s really good and he’s edging back into the solo scene. Check out “King Rut” and “Beware”. He’s also playing at the World Cafe next Friday night with Countdown to Ecstasy, a Steely Dan tribute band.
I was just thinking how much more pain we all needed.
G4S, the British company that bought Wackenhut, and contractor-employer of the underpaid and poorly-treated security guards who are guarding Independence Hall.