“Ding Dong! The Well is dead. Which old well? The Wicked Well!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Well is dead.
Wake up, you sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Ding Dong, the Wicked Well is dead. It’s gone where the goblins go,
Below – below – below. Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Well is dead!”
Or so, they tell us.
Not that we doubt them, of course. They’ve been so accurate and truthful in the past.
And following up on the news that static clings…er…kills and mud jams have permanently killed the Deepwater Horizon Well, the guv’munt says everything’s gonna be okay.
“The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm,” reports today’s New York Times.
Even the President of the United States and the First Family will take a brief vacation to the Gulf Coast this weekend. I guess. Is that still on?
Nevermind, we can all go home now…those of us who still have homes…and jobs…and a way of life…and, okay, we still don’t know for sure how much damage this catastrophe has caused nor what permanent damage has been done to the Gulf of Mexico and its vast diversity of life.
I guess all that’s left are criminal charges and enormous fines!
But in the meantime, we can go back to hating each other.
Speaking of which, here come the Republicans, ever trying to top themselves for creating division and spawning fear and hatred just in time for elections!
We have some of Capitol Hill’s top GOPers saying maybe it’s time to revisit – or eliminate entirely – the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
You know the 14th Amendment, of course, it’s the one which reads, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
It’s also the one with the Equal Protection Clause which keeps states from enacting laws to discriminate against groups of people they don’t like. Its Due Process Clause says the Bill of Rights apply to everyone setting foot in the United States of America.
The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868, right after the Civil War by a Congress seeking to overturn the infamous Dred Scott Decision of the Supreme Court which held slaves – African-Americans – were not nor could ever be citizens of the land which held them in slavery.
But the ranking Republican in today’s U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said over the weekend maybe it’s time to revisit that amendment. His sentiments were echoed by John Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“I haven’t made a final decision about it, but that’s something that we clearly need to look at,” McConnell told The Hill newspaper.
Yes, yes indeed. And, hey senators, while you’re at it why not revisit the whole issue of slavery, too? Maybe what this country needs is another good civil war! Maybe that would excite the Republican base!
Seriously, are these people living in the same century as you and me?