Surprise! Surprise! A Weiner Lied!
Obama Alternatives or Obama's Luck- My brother, perhaps other conservative relations as well, are obsessed with the idea that Obama is incompetent, wastes too much time playing golf, etc. Obama isn't doing enough for job creation, loafed thru college, got affirmative action lucky, etc.
So you say you want a revolution? Well- (with apologies to the Beatles) that's what you said last time- when we invaded Iraq.
The corruption of the Republicans- Tina Fey for President!
Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post asks "Where are the Angels?"
It's a good question and one that deserves more of an answer than Jeanne Connolly FONA foundation head gave her in her letter to the editor.
The Azalea roller coaster The AZALEAS are SAVED! or ARE THEY?
Ever watch a cheesy horror movie where the killer keeps coming back, despite having been killed, almost for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time? Just when the pretty girl (it's ALWAYS a pretty girl, by this time with her shoulders bare) sits down for a well deserved rest, there's the killer again!
Well that's Arb management!
Cutting to the chase, somebody ponied up 1 Million Orange Blossoms and FONA is working to develop a trust fund that equals that to support the azalea, boxwood and perennial collections.
All's well that ends well, Eh? Well, no. Why did we have to go down this road? Is funding of National treasures going to be a bidding war? Is the Grand Canyon going to be held hostage? 'Unless you buy this magazine, We'll shoot this dog' (National Lampoon)
On Nov. 9, 2010, the National Arboretum confirmed it was destroying the azaleas on the Glenn Dale Azalea Hillside after the 2011 blooming season. The stated reason, to cut costs, makes no sense since the collection is maintained by volunteers. It would, in fact, cost more to remove the collection than let the volunteers maintain it. This is a tragic misuse of federal funds.
They are planning to destroy a irreplaceable resource, with the installation of the Chinese Garden, it's like breaking a stained glass window in the National Cathedral, to put up a McDonalds.
Some say taking cuttings, rooting them, and then selling the resulting plants, could somehow save the National Arboretum's 50 year-old azaleas.
Some say the plants on the Hill are culls, rejects, of the initial research that developed the Glenn Dale azalea.
Lots of people say that cutting the Azalea on the Hill is contrary to the founder of the National Arboretum's wishes, destroys his research, and will disappoint over 100,000 April-May visitors to the Arboretum.
Is the heat off on the destruction of the azalea collection? Some would have you believe so, and the new director has said that she is delaying the matter in the face of community outrage after the semi-announced destruction was leaked. What are we talking about? Azaleas. Old azaleas. Pretty ones. Pretty big ones. Pretty big, pretty old, pretty azaleas.
Again- Arb management off-handly announced the destruction of the azaleas (an attraction that draws 100,000 people each spring) with little notice last fall. So who's to say that they might not send in the chainsaws if we don't watch them?
For a brief update on what's happening Visit here (my previous diary entry)
Comrades! The workers of the People's Republic of China are gifting a garden to the National Arboretum! "It is expected to become a focal point for cultural activities as well as a vibrant link between the United States and China. As a living classroom, it will provide a venue ready for the development of cultural and educational activities, and celebrations of major events like the Chinese New Year and full moon festivals." Here is the announcement by Secretary Vilsack.
All Hail the Death of the Revisionist American Glenn Dale Azaleas!
"Thank you for your inquiry. We have indeed been forced to plan the removal of most of the azaleas on the Glenn Dale Hillside. While we have only had slight reductions in financial resources for the past ten years, our costs have gone up steadily, and our staff numbers have steadily eroded to the point where we cannot sustain all of our collections..." From Scott Aker, Gardens Unit Leader, U.S. National Arboretum
Every time I do a diary entry- somebody says 'It'll save money, complete the mission of the ARB, management knows best, etc. This is my non-comprehensive list of responses to the sheep. If I refer, repeat or add to it from time to time- understand!
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