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m Berwick FROM PAGE 2 you have a citizen going to jail t for lying to them instead of them +Fine Food & Entertalnmen going to jail for lying to us. Of course you already know It's a Beautiful 'Ting - A Word Painting By ED VEATCH Azaleas bloom on the neutral ground. Chalk hopscotches adorn the banquets, Brightly clad children in plaided uniforms, Dodge morning traffic on North Broad St. The Afro bible thumper sits in the donut shop. Mimosas, Palms and Confederate roses surround Abandoned meditative garden triangles. Bright yellow school buses roar by, Police officers rush to coffee, Sporting 45's in bright blue N.O.ED. attire. Times Picayunes sleep on the ground, Waiting to be digested with Hot chicory coffee. Magnolias flourish near walkways Patrolled by brick streets. River boats blast their calliope tunes. Ocean freighters creep toward the gulf, Sliding under the shadow of the G.N.O. bridge. Cat fish dodge the Canal St. Ferry Doodling her way to Algiers Point. People come and go; The names are changed but Not one is innocent. Mother Earth affords each soul A short vacation called life. :She rolls round and round Without regard for Color or creed. The sun is shinning on the good and the evil; The rich or poor With slanted or round eyes Spaghetti or meatballs. It's a beautiful 'ting. IGator 's Den l i i! : [ [ LIVE MUSIC EVERY SUNDAY 3pm till 7pm LA SUNSHINE II Old Hwy. 51 South, Manchac, LA 70412 (985) 386-7902 REACH VOTERS WITH YOUR INSERT IN THE TIMES WHILE YOU SAVE MONEY! Reach voters with your custom message delivered in the timely and trusted environment of The Ponchatoula Times. We can deliver your single-sheet flyer, tri-fold, brochure or what-have-you. Your message will reach thousands of voters in Ponchatoula, Hammond and Springfield. Your message will be delivered with The Ponchatoula Times, the largest weekly in Tangipahoa in a trusted environment. Beat the high cost of direct maill r OUR ELECTION SPECIAL: 5 insertions $60 per thousand inserts. Best deall 3 - 5 insertions $75 per thousand inserts 1 - 2 insertions $100 per thousand inserts Terms: payable in advance. Size subject to publisher approval. Call today: 386-2877 E-maih ads@ponchatoula.com The Ponchatoula Times that all the politicians would be in jail if lying were a jailable of- fence. Let's examine the record. The first George Bush said "Read my lips, no new taxes." What did we get? New taxes. Put that man in jail for lying. Next came Bill Clinton who said, "I never had sex with that woman." Put that man in jail for lying. Next came the second George Bush who said there was weap- ons of mass destruction all over Iraq. Put that man in jail for ly- ing. That's three of the top dogs telling whoppers. Ok let's just forget about the lying part. Then please tell me why the Congress of the United States of America is questioning a baseball player. Excuse me, but don't we have. bigger fish to fry? Like the economy? Like the sinkhole known as Afghanistan we are pouring money into? Like the health care issue? ! find it amazing, no comical, no hysterical, no unbelievable, that Congress of the United States of America is looking into baseball players. In actuality I find "who framed Roger Rabbit?" more believable. The cartoon movie is more realistic. Roger Rab- bit seems more believable. The cartoon movie is more realistic. Roger Rabbit seems more be- lievable than Roger Clemens. Judge Doom, an elected official in "Toontown," is more intelli- gent than that bunch in Wash- ington D.C. When you bring Barry Bonds into the mix, real life becomes much stranger than, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Bonds is going on trial for lying to a federal grand jury. He's looking a slammer time and I'm making him a big favorite to go to the federal pen. Now you're looking at the baseball player who hit him more home runs than any human in a federal pen. Maybe Clemens and Barry Bonds will be put into the same institution. What a prison team that would make! Now with Roger Rabbit, ani- mated characters interacting with human beings doesn't seem strange at all. It's certainly not as strange as reality. And you can "Roger Roger that, good buddy." Travel FROM PAGE 1 four long years fighting her breast cancer, offering encour- agement from a place dear to our hearts. Some of the reports wilt be written separately for the Irish Tourist Board and the Scottish Tourist Board, but Times read- ers will read them first. You will be reintroduced to Ireland's most famous painter Dara Vallely in Armagh, North- ern Ireland. I look forward to introducing you to Anne Mar- tin, the Scottish Gaelic singer who is her country's living cul- tural treasure, carrying in her head the traditional songs of her people that would otherwise be lost. I visited the grave of Brendan Bailey, who made many friends in Ponchatoula when he came here with the Armagh Rhymers, including musician Peter Short- all and again, Dara Vallely, and bring you up-to-date on a new generation of performers joining that band of Mummers. You will visit the Hebrides with me, and meet some of the residents on the storied Isle of Skye. Pull on your boots! This will be quite the hike. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES,SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 3, Getting the Fairgrounds ready for new races The Quarter horses are coming to the Fairgrounds in New Orleans, bringing a differ- ent kind of competition to that track, as explained by our expert on the subject, Reporter Brooks O'Connor. (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) Quarter horses to race at the Fairgrounds By BROOKS O'CONNOR Times Reporter Fans of horse racing have reason to cheer this September. The length and decibel level of their cheers will depend on how well they bet. On September 14, 2010, a relatively new tradition at the venerable New Orleans Fairgrounds starts its third seasota. Quarter Horses will take to the Quarter Horses were origi- nally found under cowboys in the West. They were bred to achieve bursts of speed that would outrun panicked, stampeding cattle on the open range. These equines are unsurpassed even by thoroughbreds at short dis- tances. Think jet fuel cars versus Corvettes. Nothing that you can ride has four legs and pump faster in 440 yards. Some of the track. the fall. The fastest of the fast Quarter Horse contenders will be back in November for the Quarter Horse world's annual stakes blowout, to be hosted at The Fair Grounds for the first time on November 19 this year. It is Quarter Horse racing's championship night, the Bank of America Challenge Champi- onships, and the greatest horses currently competing will break from the New Orleans Fair- es vie for the finish line never ceases to be a thrill and a jo,y. The Fairgrounds can "rival Mardi Gras as the best free show in the world. New Orleans char- acters abound, a feeling, of ca- maraderie is in the air a.nd gen- eral admission is free. l,'ood and beverage specials at the grand- stand concession areas include $1.50 hamburgers ar,d domestic drafts at only $1.50 every day during live racing. The Grand- races are as short as 220 yards. Those short races allow for an astonishing display of lift-off speed. At that length, a Quarter Horse would be an odds-on fa- vorite to beat several currently trendy "green-friendly," etha- nol-chewing, manmade vehicles that supposedly boast more horsepower. Real horses run on much less corn. Starting next Tuesday, these self-powered equine su- percharged engines will com- mand the track for 10 days in premium purse races. Now that Churchill Downs operhtes the Fairgrounds, reward prizes have increased. Big money at- tracts big speed, you can book it. The speedsters will be hur- tling out of the gate on Opening Day that will feature the Big Easy Stakes for colts and geld- ings. The Belle of New Orleans Stakes for fillies will also be run to open the meet. The breed is known for its cornering abili- ties in the rodeo world, howev- er on the racetrack they run a straight sprint. Think of the difference be- tween the two types of competi- tions as the difference between all-out American drag racing and long distance Indy racing. Personally, just for one exhibi- tion, I'd like to see the quarter horses vie with the thorough- breds at a Lemans track. We have at least two of those here in south Louisiana. Then the Ferrari of the horse world would be determined. A Roman fo- rum duel without the violence and gore. We need promoters! Calling Don King! O.K. back to reality, a reality that is pretty sweet... Jim Mulvihill of Churchill Downs Inc. shared his insights on what viewers can expect from Quarter Horse Racing for Times readers. Mulvihill is particularly suited to give an overview on the nuances of this angle of the Sport of Kings. He recently worked at one the epi- centers of racing: the Lone Star Park in Texas. MulvihiU said with appre- ciation in his voice, "Because the horses are not being jock- eyed for position toward a turn, they don't hug the far rail away from the stands. Spectators at the finish line are much closer to the horses as they fly by on the course." Imagine the thrill railbirds will feel to get dirt flecked on them from a world class racer crossing the wire. And world class these will be, since, ac- cording to Mulvihill, "The purs- es offered by Churchill Downs cause our season to attract top contenders." Mulvihill paused and then said with obvious professional pride, "This year we have an added bonus with a prestigious second meet coming up later in grounds gate. Leading up to this champion- ship race in November, on Clos- ing Day of September's season a supremely high stakes event will occur: the Fair Grounds Challenge Stakes Presented by Markel. Top older horses will vie to qualify for that presti- gious Bank of America Chal- lenge Championships in No- vember. The excellent purses and op- portunities for "taking it up a notch" at the Fairgrounds this season have attracted many of the sport's top horsemen. Jock- eys expected include Alfonso Lu- jan, currently the nation's lead- ing rider; John Hamilton, the track's all-time leading Quarter Horse Racing Season rider; and several other national Top 10 riders such as Bobby Ransom, Gilbert Ortiz and Danny La- vergne. As mentioned in previous Times articles, enjoying a trip to the track is not necessarily dependent on betting. Though, if you do bet and win, it certain- ly heightens your enthusiasm. There is no such thing as a sure bet in horse racing except for one; watching well-bred hors- stand Buffet is open Fridays to Sundays with an all-you-care- to-eat buffet for only $12.99. The Fair Grounds will offer 10 races per day (September 14, Tuesdays to Saturdays through September 25) with a first post of 12:40 p.m. Southeastern Alumni to host tailgate at Tulane game HAMMOND - The South- eastern Louisiana University Alumni Association will host a tailgate party prior to the Lions game against Tulane University in the Louisiana Superdome Thursday, Sept. 2. The free party will be held in the Northwest parking concourse from 5 - 6:30 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff. Game tickets are available by calling 1-866- LI- ON-TIX. NEXT WEEK: A new two-part history by Jim Perrin begins. Better business bankers. A ).. UARIUS /' llv V" Professional Cleaning Service Residential Commercial Apartment Turns Move Ins/Move Outs TREAT YOUR PROPERTY TO THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND THOROUGH CLEAN EVER! 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