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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Ode To Babes


I try my best to do what's right,
To take no prisoners; to join the fight.
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But when I gaze upon these pics.
It's hard to argue with right-wing chicks.
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And then there's those
who'd stop a clock.
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Who look like they
crawled from a rock.
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There is a message in this post
to those who wish to join the host.
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I think that I'd prefer to be
a member of the GOP.

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Roanoke Times Critic "Can't See The Forest ..."

Beth Jones, writing for the Roanoke Times, found the theatrical production of "Grease," now playing at Mill Mountain Theatre, to be too sanitized. She is upset that the show didn't include mention of the trauma of segregation that the USA was going through in the 1950's.

I don't think she's kidding.
'Grease' is fun fare, but glosses '50s' warts
By Beth Jones, The Roanoke Times

Every six months or so, I'll find in my in-box a forwarded e-mail that touts the virtues of the 1950s - how no one locked their doors at night and all your neighbors knew your name - without mentioning the horrific thunderstorms of the time like segregation.

"Grease," which first appeared on Broadway in 1972, has been called a satirical look at the era's morals, but I'd say that's stretching; it unabashedly skips over the sour bits of life in favor of poodle skirts and sock hops.

Director and choreographer Bernard Monroe, with much help from set designer Jimmy Ray Ward, joyfully embraces the show's nostalgia for Mill Mountain Theatre's production, creating a confectionery vision that, though far from thought-provoking, makes for a fun night. (link)

I don't know who this woman is but if she is paid to be a theatre critic, God help the Roanoke Times. Did she attend the show not knowing what it was going to be about? Did she think it was going to be an expose on the McCarthy era? The arms race? The Prague uprising?

If she was disappointed that the cast of characters in "Grease" didn't include Orval Faubus and KKK Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd, she's going to be really upset when she goes to see "South Pacific." It has nary a mention of the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. And when she goes to see "Annie Get Your Gun," and finds out that it doesn't mention the massacre at Wounded Knee, why, I'm afraid for her mental stability.

Somebody grab the smelling salts.

Look. "Grease" is fun. It is now a classic. Because it doesn't give consideration to Jim Crow segregation - or to menstrual cramps - shouldn't take away from what is, by all accounts, an entertaining show.

Next time, Beth, keep your political prejudices out of your reviews.

Or give it up and run for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

NY Times Has It Right

The New York Times, in an editorial this morning, bemoans the fact that John Bolton is going to be terrible for the U.N. Which tells me he'll be wonderful for democracy and the rule of law.
Ambassador Bolton

If there's a positive side to President Bush's appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations yesterday, it's that as long as Mr. Bolton is in New York, he will not be wreaking diplomatic havoc anywhere else.

But the appointment is, of course, terrible news for the United Nations, whose diplomats have heard weeks of Senate testimony about Mr. Bolton's lack of respect for their institution and his deeply undiplomatic, bullying style of doing business. (link)
The diplomats referred to are all under suspicion of having committed crimes relating to bribery and for having taken oil-for-food kickbacks. And the institution deserves about as much respect as does BarbraSreisand's take on world events.

Was she the owl or the pussycat? I don't remember ...