SECOND PRIZE: TWO WEEKENDS WITH BRIAN HUCK
Mr Steyn, you certainly did not disappoint me today with regards to your comments about Detroit. I am a 33-year-old male from the suburbs of Detroit and became acutely aware at an early age of the position of outsiders with regards to the perception of Detroit. I am a college educated and well compensated retail manager that has grown tired of commentary such as yours. Anytime you would like to visit, I would be willing host to your trip.
I am sure that your rhetoric is great for ratings. After all, that is what you are really about, isn't it? With Limbaugh on vacation, I am sure that you needed to mark your place in EIB history at the expense of Detroit. However, I hope you realize the amount of people who call Detroit home who also share a home in Palm Beach— home to EIB. I just hope that Mr Limbaugh does as well.
So, Mr Steyn, I will put my money where your mouth now is and invite you to join me for a wonderful trip to Detroit. I will pick up the tab. I will feed you, house you, and entertain you for a weekend. I DARE YOU. Come join me. Come find out more about the city that kept America free during WWII and continues with some of the best innovations in the world. I am sure you have much to teach me as well; after all, you came to America to realize a dream you couldn't in Canada. Maybe you could teach some here about a dream to be realized in Detroit.
Please contact me.
MARK SAYS: If I were to say yes to every 33-year old college-educated well-compensated retail manager who wants me to spend the weekend with him, I'd never have time for anything else. As it happens, I'll be in Detroit at the end of this month, and giving my annual lecture a couple of hours south at Hillsdale College on March 9th. So why don't you come along to that? And, if we hit it off, then we can talk about going back to your pad for the weekend. But only if you promise not to show me the exciting waterfront redevelopment project.
I heard you took some shots at Detroit today. What was the point of that? Just to be an asshole? Like the commercial said last night, people talk about Detroit even though they have never been here. I am sure your Canadian ass has only been to the East Coast after you moved out of that Socialist country. Are you that insecure with yourself that you need to pile on to the city of Detroit like you did? Did it give you a hard-on?
It would be original if one of you "talking-heads" actually took the time to see the city, learn about the history of the city, and see the good in the city too. It's real easy to throw out insults to Detroit.... be original guy, you embarrassed yourself today.
GO F YOURSELF YOU BASTARD
Rush just lost a listener for life....nice job.
ADMITTING THERE'S A PROBLEM IS THE FIRST STEP
Detroit? They have "museums," as the caller said? That's it?
I was based there for years as an NWA pilot, and never could understand why anyone would actually travel to DTW intentionally.
Detroit's problems are obvious, but no one is going to address them.
Rio Nuevo, Arizona
I'M THE ONE IN THE HIJAB
Greetings, Mark. I tried to call in while you were behind the golden EIB microphone today, but couldn't get through. I wanted to ask— what is the point of participating in a class photo when you're hidden under a tent? I laughed out loud when you mentioned it on air. Looking at a sea of burkas and hijabs, who's to say who is in the photo? Made me imagine the following discussion:
MOM (on phone): Hi, honey. Just got the class photo and wanted to tell you how proud your father and I are.
DAUGHTER (wearing burka): Thanks, Mom!
M: There's our little girl, front and center of her class!
D: No, Mom, I'm third from the left...
M: What? No, you're much taller than that....
D: Third from left in the *second* row, Mother....
M: No, I'm sure that's you in the center of the front row.
D: Mom, I was there. Third from the left, second row.
M: Hmmm, well, I'm telling everyone you're front and center... and valedictorian!! Who's to know?
M: And honey, why don't you send us a copy of your diploma while you're at it. You know, after all that money and all.... I'm just saying....
Anyhoo, thanks for sitting in for Rush. I love it when you host the show.
IF IT SWIMS LIKE A MCDUCK…
Mark, I have to correct you on something: Scrooge McDuck didn't bulldoze his money around— he swam in it.
Yes, this is a note of vital intellectual importance.
TOMORROW NEVER USES MORE THAN ONE SHEET OF TOILET PAPER
Fascinating stuff in regards to the history of James Bond music! I find all of your expositions on music entertaining and informative, which only increases my disappointment at your crediting of "Tomorrow Never Dies" to k d lang rather than Sheryl Crow. While I'm not a fan of either chanteuse's work, I consider "Tomorrow" my favorite Bond song, and it displays a sultry and smoky voice I have never heard in any of Crow's performances.
Minor quibbles aside, I greatly enjoy your work, and I hope to see you get back to weekly essays soon!
MARK SAYS: Actually, there are two "Tomorrow Never Dies" songs - one at the front of the film, one at the end. (They do that occasionally on the Bond pictures - the disco version of "Moonraker" is worth sticking through the closing credits for.) Miss Crow sings the former, but the latter (by miss lang) is the one I had in mind.
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