You know about coalminers and canaries. Life for a bird in a coal mine might be short but it could be meaningful. Being sensitive to poisonous gases, canaries warn of dangerous levels – by falling down stone dead. As long as birds chirp happily, air in the mine is safe but a lifeless canary signals a need for immediate evacuation. However, one old hand advises to make sure the bird is dead before fleeing. Sometimes, the miner said, ” ‘e’s uh,…he’s restin’.”
Arkansas is not big in coal mining but, in a scene resembling Hitchcock’s The Birds, thousands of red-wing blackbirds mysteriously fell dead from the sky this weekend in the small city of Beebe. The mayor said speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning but workers sent to cleanup wore protective suits and breathing apparatus.
Eerily, on the same day west of Beebe, tens of thousands of drum fish floated belly-up in the water and lined a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Authorities hope the events are unconnected but some worry the kills could be part of a plot to undermine skepticism of global warming to further Al Gore’s plans for world domination.
More than three years has passed since a Little Rock Arkansas lawyer warned of possible effects from liberal congress members forcing a change in daylight savings time throughout most of America. Connie Meskimen provided her analysis to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2007. She wrote:
“You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two.
“This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they?
“Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.”
I’ve never been to Arkansas but the family has roots there, pioneer stock apparently. This is a photo of my great-great grandparents and assorted relatives. G-G Grandpa George Smith, a native of Knoxville TN, was a federal soldier for three years of the American Civil War.