That was the message posted in most of the saloons of the Old West. And it probably made good sense as there may not have been too many good piano players out there. Or maybe the patrons enjoyed a musical accompaniment to a good bar brawl. This has little to do with todays problem except that it seems to be a take off of the ancient advice of not killing the messenger.
From Wikipedia: The advice "Don't kill the messenger" was first expressed (very obliquely) by Shakspere in Henry IV, part 2 (1598) and in Antony and Cleopatra: when told Antony has married another, Cleopatra threatens to treat the messenger's eyes as balls, eliciting the response 'gracious madam, I that do bring the news made not the match'. Prior to that, a related sentiment was expressed in Antigone by Sophocles as "No one loves the messenger who brings bad news".
AND as our long time follower, friend, local Sage and neighbor, Possum comments "Shooting the messenger has never changed the message, has it????" Well no. Not if the message was the truth. The Truth is the Truth.
BUT what if the messenger LIED????? Purgered himself!!!!! Failed in his fiduciary functions???? Purposely mislead the public that trusted him. The ones who had hung up their snow shovels, parked their snow blowers, and dropped their snow plows. Did Phil lie about Spring?????
Some have said that this was an act of treason.... a clear and present danger. A heinous crime against Nature...Spring flowers just starting to bloom and blossom, and then cruelly FROZEN!!!! Oh the horrors, the humanities!!!!!!
And even here in the mild and 'muddy' South, we are bracing ourselves for yet another possible onslaught of SNOW later tonight. Friends and neighbors have come to me to repair their greenhouse heat lamps in an effort to Save Spring Blooms. But does that False Prognosticator care?? NO!!! AND he seems proud of it...
SOOOO the question seems to be
"What should be done to Phil?????"
Some have suggested slow roasting, others have recommended
the 8 hours 'Crock Pot' cure, while still others are pushing for banishment to "Bogie Land" where ever that may be.
OR....... Could this all be a big mistake????? Could Phil have been taken hostage????? Could an Impostor been put in his place????? Remember what happens in "Santa Clause III".... Could the nefarious ner-do-well Jack Frost be at it again????? Holding Phil hostage????? Putting the 'Big Chill" on us??????
No matter who is responsible, the one big question that still remains is
Grenville (in need of a warm nankie, cup of cocoa, and a nap)
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