“The Times They are a-Changin” …

My, how times change. I snapped the photo on the left at a local convenience store in early January, 2009. The O-Bam-AAH Stix were $1.99 and promised to “bring positive balance & energy to your body and mind” as well as “change the way you feel”. The ad also touted “Feel the Change”.

The photo on the right shows a box of “Disappoint Mints” that, well, speaks for itself. These mints appeared at a University of Tennessee bookstore, sold for $2.99 in the past few days and have since been pulled after state representative Joe Armstrong, a Democrat, visited the bookstore and told the manager he found the satirical mints offensive.

I would opine that these simple acts of entrepreneurism each reflect the overall feeling of the populace at two very different times — yet only 2 1/2 years apart.

Here’s the last verse of Bob Dylan’s The Times They are A-Changin, written in 1964. I know you younger politicos
think you are cutting new ground and are the first to do so, but these roads have been traveled before.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.”


  1. J. Strupp says:

    They couldn’t sell this crap at Dollar General now.

  2. The bookstore guy also reported that there was a Bush version of the mints. The Democratic official wasn’t offended for all the time they were on the shelf.

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    Leapin, I saw that. They also have Sarah Palin mints.

  4. I wish I could have bought shares in Mr. Obama back when I knew we would be headed in this (predictable) direction.

  5. So I could sell them before the first, “summary of recovery”…

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    Interesting update to the develop-mints of this story. Seems the banished mints are in high demand.