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Monday, October 10, 2005

Slipping The Surly Bonds Again

I have to be at the Greensboro airport at 5am tomorrow for a flight to Kansas City - by way of Houston. Chances are pretty good I'll not be blogging before that time. But I'll be thinking about all of you back here in the real world.

The Blog Carnival Is Up

The Virginia Blog Carnival, this week hosted by Too Conservative, is up. Check it out. A growing number of bloggers are joining in, some really gifted, all having something substantive to offer, all that is except the guy who had to burn megabytes blathering about moonshine.

Small Potatoes

Apologies are in order. The DC Festival drew only 40,000 spectators.
Festival draws 40,000 to Mall
By Amy Doolittle, The Washington Times

More than 40,000 people braved mud and puddles on the Mall yesterday to attend the D.C. Festival, the multimillion-dollar evangelical Christian extravaganza hosted by evangelist Luis Palau.

The two-day event featured a skate park, a children's stage, preaching and more than 10 big-name contemporary Christian music artists. (link)
Had we not scheduled the Bland Festival of the Leaves for the same weekend, the DC Festival would have had a much greater turnout. As it stands we had 40,000 people lined up at the Sons of Confederate Veterans booth alone ... on Saturday ... before noon.*

The DC Festival just couldn't compete with down-home barbecue and country music.

What made the Festival of the Leaves so enjoyable this year was the fact that we didn't have to endure torrential winds or a snow storm, as is usually the case. There was a good bit of mud but hey, what's a festival without a bit of slop? The funnel cakes were great, Kaid and Jayla got free balloons and candy, and we got a guided tour of Bland County's new fire truck - the festival's main attraction about which we are all very proud.

Next year we'll try not to let our festival conflict with one going on up in DC. I'm thinking we'll hold it on election day. A low turnout in the state always favors the Republican candidate and I figure we can draw off enough voters to defeat all those Democrats who seem hell-bent on making Southwest Virginia a scenic playland for the DC rich.

The political machines won't know what hit them.

* Well, I counted five at one time.

Lost In Translation

I'll bet these guys were trying to make a point:

UNICEF ad drops bomb on Smurfs
By David Rennie, London Daily Telegraph

UNICEF's first adult-only episode of "The Smurfs," in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes, has terrified young children.

The short but chilling film is to be broadcast on national television this week as a campaign advertisement for a fundraising drive by the U.N. children's agency.

Belgian television viewers were given a preview of the 25-second film last week, when it was shown on the evening news.

The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror. (

As best I can tell, here's the message: War is fightening to little children. So we the government will scare them even more, causing them to want to move to Switzerland, where there is no war. I guess.

NY Times Trying To Compete With The Globe

The New York Times has an opinion piece this morning on its op/ed page written by Kitty Kelley. You may remember her. She's known for writing fiction about celebrities like George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Frank Sinatra, but passing all of it off as non-fiction exposes. The title of the Times article is "Bush's Veil Over History." (link)

I couldn't tell you what the article is about. I didn't read it. Her credibility is on par with that of those who write for the National Enquirer. But she's not nearly as entertaining.

This just goes to show how far the once-venerable New York Times has fallen. What next? Jason Blair?