Month: May 2024

Ronald Reagan’s ‘Nine Scariest Words’
Have Been One-Upped

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President Roanld Reagan was famous for his observation of the “nine scariest words in the English language,” which he said were: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Henry David Thoreau

True as his observation was — and remains so to this day — he was actually outdone and preceded by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862): “If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life.”

When that man works for the government, run even harder.

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‘Old Kentucky Home’: Once a Lament, Now a Near Anthem for the Kentucky Derby

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If yolu watch the 150th running of the Kentucky Derbe today, you will now doubt hear a rendition of “Old Kentucky Home,” which is now a sweet tribute toi the Bluegrass State.

However, the son originated in the days of soavery among the Blacks being enslaed and trade as cattle might be traded. Then song then how “Merry. Happy and Bright” everyone was after a day inthe fields. Next comes a lament:

“By’n by Hard Times comes a knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky Home, good night!.”

To see the rest of the opening before the chorus takes over, go to this website.

The chorus is no less downtrodden:

“The day goes by like a shadow o’er the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight:”

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