Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hot Springs mayor quotes Hitler in continued unhappiness over St. Patrick's parade

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge carneyfacebok.jpg

Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney has been griping about the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, a huge tourism boost to her city, for at least five years. (See her sniper joke in 2011.)

This year, the mayor invoked Adolf Hitler in questioning the attendance figures cited for the parade in an article in an American Airlines magazine. (You'd think a mayor would be happy about international attention to a small city's tourism event.) She's removed the comment from her Facebook page, but KATV preserved it in an article about her comment.  She told KATV she'd probably say the same again. UPDATE: A historian notes that Carney misattributes the "big lie" quote to Hitler, when it is attributed to his propagandist, Joseph Goebbels.)

The airline magazine article said 30,000 attended. Carney doesn't buy it. She claims the Tea Party has counted and the number is much smaller. (The Tea Party doesn't like the event because it's a successful gimmick dreamed up by the Hot Springs convention and visitors impresario, Steve Arrison. The Tea Party HATES the hotel/restaurant tax that supports convention and visitor activities.) Arrison was quoted by KATV:

Hot Springs Visitors and Conventions Bureau CEO, Steve Arrison told Channel 7 News he doesn't know what the mayor is "obsessed with their little parade."

"If it will make the mayor happy, we will announce the attendance at 15,000 next year. The number really doesn't matter. We hope everybody has a good time. If she doesn't like 15,000, hey, we can drop it to 5,000. The attendance number has nothing to do with it," Arrison said. "It's a free parade. We are not deceiving anybody. I wish she paid this much attention to running the city of Hot Springs as she does to our little parade."

In the spirit of fun of the parade, somebody has done one of those Hitler movie sendups, with Hitler playing Carney and her obsession with the event. Watch it here. The fun is tonight, by the way, beginning with a Blarney Stone kissing contest at 4:30 p.m. The parade itself is at 6:30, but fun continues after. Kevin and Michael Bacon and Gary Busey are the celebrity headliners.

click to enlarge video.jpg

The Facebook page devoted to recalling Mayor Carney is having lots of fun with the latest.

click to enlarge carneystache.jpg

Tags: , , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation