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Friday, September 21, 2012

Chair Lynched in Austin


In Austin, that bastion of Texas liberalism, a homeowner hung an empty chair from a tree branch in his yard.  He was a previous winner of the “Yard of the Month” award from a homeowners association.  When asked about the none-too subtle implication the President Obama should be lynched, the homeowner replied , "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a shit. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."

Let’s string up an empty chair
I know it’s racist – I don’t care
My speech in this here country’s free
So I can say what pleases me
And if some take it the “wrong” way
That’s exactly what I mean to say. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good morning John,

Just about finished with Gail Collins book on Texas influence in politics. She isn't Molly Ivans, but does a good job of showing how much they have influenced what is happening today with the Tea Party. Guess we already knew this, but it is good that someone gets it all down for others to see.