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Saturday, October 21, 2006

'Tourists' Flock To Martinsville

We have an unconfirmed report of a sighting of tourists over in Martinsville on Wednesday.

Uh, false alarm.

It was just that taxpayer-funded "tour group" making another visit to the area:
State tour group sees region's attractions
By Mac McLean, Danville Register & Bee staff writer

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Director David Rotenizer picked up a tour group from their hotels at 8 a.m. Wednesday and took them to the Martinsville Speedway, where they did two laps around the track in their tour bus.

... the tour group - a mixture of staff from Virginia’s ten welcome centers and the Richmond-based Virginia Tourism Corporation - had stopped by several of the region’s attractions ...

“We really tried to wow them and we did,” Danville Tourism Director Rosalee Maxwell said ... (
I have this image of Rosalee sitting at her Tourism Department Command Center console, her mind having drifted far far away in contemplation of a day when she and her department would be put to the test and called into action on a moment's notice should a tourist wander into the region, when one of her minions runs in (a la Ghostbusters) and breathlessly cries out, "We got one," and Rosalee and the entire tourism staff leap to their feet, straighten their hair, check to see their zippers are zipped, slip over their heads their official Tourism Department crowd control whistles, collide with one another in the doorway, and, after a brief moment of exhilarating confusion, flow out to greet the "tourists." Taxpayer-paid not withstanding.

Expect to read a lot about the burgeoning tourism industry in the area in coming day.

The Freedoms We Hold Dear

If there is any one circumstance that will bring about the demise of this our treasured democratic republic, it is this:
Police investigate indecent exposure crimes
Nate Morabito, Bristol Herald-Courier

Hundreds of people visit Tri-Cities parking lots every day, but occassionally, it seems, some people use the crowded areas for the wrong reasons. Johnson City police responded to the latest indecent exposure call Tuesday night.

According to reports, a man in a green Suburban circled a shopping center parking lot while masturbating. (
Repeat after me: He's innocent until proven guilty. Everyone deserves his day in court. He's entitled to due process. The Constitution safeguards ...

In my weaker moments I might simply suggest: Run this pile of human waste down and separate him from his reproductive organs. On the spot. Without delay. And listen to him scream.

In my weaker moments ...

Inviting Wrath

Whenever I type out the word h-o-m-o-s-e-x-u-a-l in this space, I open the flood gates and vile hate mail pours into my inbox. The only thing I can figure is that James Taranto, author of Best of the Web Today, is willing to encourage similar reactions with phraseology like this:
I Aporogize for My Nucurar Test
"North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country's nuclear test to a Chinese delegation," the Associated Press reports (link)
Racist bastard.

Tell Us What You REALLY Think

A theater review (and epitaph of sorts):
Bulldozed by Naiveté
Terror advocate dies in accident. Atrocious drama ensues.
By Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

New York--Politics makes artists stupid. Take "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," the one-woman play cobbled together from the diaries, emails and miscellaneous scribblings of the 23-year-old left-wing activist who was run over by an Israeli Army bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip. Co-written and directed by Alan Rickman, one of England's best actors, "Rachel Corrie" just opened off-Broadway after a successful London run. It's an ill-crafted piece of goopy give-peace-a-chance agitprop--yet it's being performed to cheers and tears before admiring crowds of theater-savvy New Yorkers who, like Mr. Rickman himself, ought to know better.

The script is disjointed to the point of incoherence, the staging crude and blatant, while Megan Dodds's performance as Rachel Corrie is frankly cartoonish.

Part of Ms. Dodds's problem, however, is that the real-life character she is portraying was unattractive in the extreme, albeit pathetically so. Whimsical, humorless and--above all--immature, Corrie burbles on about her feelings ("The salmon talked me into a lifestyle change") without ever troubling to test them against reality. When she finally does so by thrusting herself into the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian blood feud, she
sees only what she passionately longs to see: "The vast majority of Palestinians right now, as far as I can tell, are engaging in Gandhian nonviolent resistance."

It is by far the worst political play I've covered in this space, not excluding Tim Robbins's "Embedded," and no amount of earnest hand-wringing can make it anything but dull. (
To bitchslap the play's writer/director, its leading actress, the dead virgin, and the entire left-leaning New York theatrical crowd all in one review. Not a bad feat.

I Should Have Paid Attention in Trig Class

Someone is trying to impress us with his math skills:

Cool months may signal changing trend
The Roanoke Times

... if October is averaging normal temperatures through Friday, and most of the rest of the days this month are likely to be below normal in temperature, it is probable that October will finish below normal in temperature. (
If the temperature is below normal, the temperature will be below normal. Yup, sure sounds right.

Deductive reasoning. Sherlock Holmes would be proud.

Common Sense Flows From The Supremes

One of the many curious things about the modern-day Democratic party is its adherence to this silly notion that to require a person to identify himself or herself when one goes to vote is harmful or tragic or defamatory or burdensome ... or something. To require a photo ID so that you can't vote several times on election day is somehow a throwback to whips and chains and poll taxes. Or some such.

Well, the fresh faces on the Supreme Court are calling a halt to the nonsense, at least temporarily:
Arizona gets approval to require voter photo ID
Associated Press

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that Arizona can require voters to provide photo identification when they cast their ballots next month. (
Good for them. A return to sanity. A breath of fresh air.

Now Would Be A Good Time

We are just days away from the election and Democratic senate candidate Jim Webb is getting this kind of advice:
Wilder advises Webb to make stance clear
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

RICHMOND -- Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, a former governor and one of the state's leading Democrats, has some advice for his party's U.S. Senate nominee James H. Webb Jr. -- let voters know what you stand for.

"The question is, what reasons will Jim Webb give people to vote for him," Mr. Wilder, 75, told The Washington Times. "There are so many people in the middle that want to have a reason to ..." (
Having staffers invent scandals (and headlines in The Washington Post) for him will get a candidate only so far. And repeating ad nauseum the mantra, "Iraq bad," is not a platform but a refrain.

Wilder is right. Webb needs to decide what he stands for. And if he could do it while he's still standing for election, that would do us all well.

Telling It Like It Is

Our president has the Democrats pegged:
Bush pins label of 'defeat' party on Democrats
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times

President Bush yesterday said Democrats became the party of "doubt and defeat" during the fight against communism in the Cold War, and said it shows today in their calls for withdrawal from Iraq.

"The Democrat Party that has evolved from one that was confident in its capacity to help deal with the problems of the world to one that is doubting, today still has an approach of doubt and defeat," Mr. Bush said in a campaign speech to donors to the National Republican Senatorial Committee at the Mayflower Hotel near the White House.

He said that shift began in 1972, with the nomination of George McGovern to run for president, continued into President Jimmy Carter's administration and characterized Democrats during Republican President Ronald Reagan's administration. (
I would include Bill Clinton on that list of cowards (or "doubters," as Mr. Bush prefers to call them). I'll never forget Clinton's one-and-only foreign policy crisis; the frightened look on his face the day the bodies of those American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. He didn't know what to do in response (we cut and ran).

But President Bush has it right. There are those of us who believe in a strong America and who demand that it be protected at all costs, and there are Democrats.

Country Music's Gone To Hell

I'm no fan of the whining high-pitched fuzz-on-the-cheeks sexed-up male vocalist side of country music these days. Tim McGraw comes to mind. But I guess it's a sign of changing times. Paula loves it. I just thank God Bon Jovi hasn't crossed over or I'd be cooking my own meals. And it is a fact that since I rarely buy music ...

Oh, while I'm mentioning changing times:
Country singer Keith Urban checks into rehab
Associated Press

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- Keith Urban has checked himself into a rehabilitation treatment center for alcohol abuse, less than four months after the Grammy-winning country singer's marriage to actress Nicole Kidman.

Urban, who turns 39 on Oct. 26, has publicly acknowledged a former addiction to cocaine, but his publicist said Urban was currently being treated for alcohol abuse. (
Cocaine. Wimpy little guys who can't even grow a beard. Effeminate outfits right out of Cosmopolitan. Nicole Kidman. Nicole Ki ...

Uh, wait. Let me think this through.