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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Africa Problem

Slaking a thirst with a fire hose - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper By Bob Pruden: "This must be Tuesday, because poverty in Africa ended Monday.
All it took were a few chords, a lot of screaming, several acres of dirty hair and a cloud cover of lethal body odor. When the last guitar strings snapped Saturday night at those Live 8 concerts across the world, promoter Bob Geldof's over-the-hill gang had the prescription: just stuff a few billion dollars down the bottomless holes on the Dark Continent.
'This is the greatest rock show in the history of the world,' cried the announcer at the London concert. Gushed a disc jockey on XM Satellite Radio: 'This is the single most important concert ever.'
No one wanted to stop there. Shouted one of the 'musicians' of a group called Coldplay: 'This is the greatest thing that's ever been in the entire history of the world.'
Since 'the entire history of the world' includes the extinction of the dinosaurs, the eruption of Krakatoa, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the construction of the pyramids, the Resurrection of Christ and man's landing on the moon, Live 8 had to be impressive mush.
But this week the grown-ups take over, as grown-ups always must, when the G-8 economic summit commences in Scotland under the baton of Tony Blair, who not only wants to eliminate African poverty but to end global warming before Christmas. "


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