Recently, we had the Tea Parties, in which [number of participants depends on your political affiliation] of participants strapped teabags to their heads, harkening back to the Boston Tea Party protest.
Now, we have the barbeque celebrating the release of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research's 2009 State Government Pork Report, which details "wasteful" spending by our state and local governments. The Knoxville barbeque is on June 4 in Krutch Park.
Last year's report was kind of a mixed bag.
There were the good points: The report highlighted the Tennessee General Assembly's penchant for drafting meaningless "let's honor this or that" resolutions (about 2,200 last year, costing $70,000, according to the report).
There were the bad points: The TCPR, like most think tanks of its political persuasion, has a big problem with any arts funding.
Then there were points that fell somewhere in between: The report highlighted the state-supported "Demand Response Service." This is a bus service that picks people up at their houses and delivers them, individually, to their destinations. It's intended for disabled riders, people who can't make it to the bus stop on their own. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act demands equal treatment of the disabled and non-disabled by publicly funded transportation agencies. Thus, as the service's own website says, "Anyone can ride."