Friday, April 24, 2009


Tax sanctimonious rock stars, that's what I say ...

DirecTV has been showing highlights -- if you can call 'em that -- of last year's Farm Aid concert. Last night, I tuned in just in time to catch The Pretenders' set.

I don't particularly care for The Pretenders these days. First of all, they ain't been worth listening to since James Honeyman Scott died. And second, Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde is an idiot. To wit:

During her band's set at Farm Aid 2008, an organization which purports to help farmers, Ms. Hynde was wearing a T-shirt with this slogan plastered across the front: "TAX MEAT!"

Ms. Hynde has probably never spent any constructive time on a farm -- except for publicity purposes, of course. Thus, she's probably unaware that most folks who raise hogs, cattle, and chickens refer to themselves as "farmers." Indeed, my grandfather, who literally died while he was tending to his cows, always referred to himself as a "farmer." And he wasn't a rich man ... he would've been ruined if a PETA-inspired arbitrary meat tax had ever been implemented.

The problem with folks like Chrissie Hynde is the fact that they never think whenever they decide to embark on one of their ridiculously idealistic crusades. The fact that she was stupid enough to wear a "Tax Meat!" shirt at a benefit concert for farmers proves that she and others who think like her are, well, stupid.

So there.

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