An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
A 70-foot-tall hot air balloon was launched and sent floating toward the Belle Meade home of former Vice President Al Gore Friday, emblazoned with large, white letters that read: “Global Warming Alarmism: Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes, Less Freedom.”
That headline is one of the sillier ones I’ve read….today. We all know the Tennessean leans so far to the left, the top honcho’s head is placed in proper position to butt kiss.
The launch and flight over Gore’s home was part of the national “Hot Air Tour,” organized by the libertarian group Americans for Prosperity. Its aim was to point out what the organizers describe as the folly of concern over global warming.
But the flight of the big red balloon was not without incident, including what one park official described as a bit of chicanery on the part of the organizers.
Oh, I dunno. This is coming down to a he said/he said thing. I’m more inclined to believe the folks at Americans for Prosperity, but hey, that’s just me.
The launch originally was supposed to take place at nearby Warner Park. But Friday morning, organizers were told they were running afoul of a Metro Parks ordinance prohibiting hot air balloon launches from any Metro park, and they scrambled to find another site, the backyard of a home at the corner of Sneed and Vaughn roads.
Organizers said the permit, which was obtained Wednesday, was revoked “under mysterious circumstances” and called the withdrawal a “politicized decision.”
Metro Parks Policy Manual: (.pdf lock up my computer, see Bill Hobbs’ post for link)
“Hot Air Balloon launching shall be allowed in Elmington, Cane Ridge and Warner Parks. These launchings must be authorized by permit issued by the Board of Parks and Recreation. Adequate liability insurance as determined by the Metropolitan Government must be provided by the launcher.
I’d say it was definitely a “politicized decision”. They should have launched this one instead:
But he probably wouldn’t understand the meaning.
I wish they had a local chapter, I’d be joining in a heartbeat! Alas, nada for Tennessee.