Friday, July 25, 2008

Duh-huh! That 'best face' has egg all over it

It looks like we've had another outbreak of idiocy.

According to The Salisbury Post, Kannapolis is taking down banners relating to the late Dale Earnhardt apparently because billionaire David Murdock is bringing an important guest to town this weekend and he wants to see the town put on "it's best face."

The rumbling is that Murdock is bringing Oprah Winfrey in to look at the North Carolina Research Center, the science research park that Murdock's company, Castle & Cooke, is developing on the site of the former Cannon Mills.

Apparently there have been some e-mails exchanged among city officials in Kannapolis and members of the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau that "Dale Trail" banners celebrating the fact that Kannapolis is the birthplace of one of NASCAR's greatest drivers doesn't jibe with the efforts to turn the city into a home for science.

You know, because anybody who likes NASCAR is stoopid.

Good grief.

First, in case you haven't noticed, there's a pretty fair concentration of smart people who work in the NASCAR shops and live in homes in Cabarrus and surrounding counties. NASCAR teams have dozens of engineers and highly trained experts in things like fluid dynamics. A brand-new, state-of-the-art, rolling road wind tunnel just opened in the county a week ago and race teams from all over the world are signing up to bring their cars here for high-tech research.

Second, if Cabarrus County wants to be the "home of science" then why doesn't it tell its hotels and restaurants not to serve those "NASCAR people" who come in not only when there are races in town but all year round to see things like the Dale Earnhardt statue that's in downtown Kannapolis.

Surely these nitwits with the up-turned noses don't want the dumbed down dollars from race fans to taint those collected from all the "smart" people who come into for Murdock's new deal.

Third, if Murdock thinks Oprah Winfrey or whoever he's bringing to town this weekend is going to make decisions about a community about what kind of banners might be hung up on the poles along the street, that's even more insulting to the intelligence of that person than it is to the good people of Kannapolis and to the good race fans who ought to feel fairly well insulted by this whole silly mess.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Screw Doprah !!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I've fished with Dale..I don't even watch The Oprah Show. As for Murdock, that's the name of a public bathhouse in Texas. Get the priorities straight.

Anonymous said...

Murdock owns Kannapolis? Who the hell is he to dictate anything to the town? I thought Oprah was using all of her money to buy Obama the Presidency, how does she have any left to contribute to scientific research?

visitcabarrus said...

The Dale Trail is still very much alive, as you can see at our blog, http://daletrail.wordpress.com. The Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau created the Dale Trail several years ago as a response to fans coming to Kannapolis to try to learn about Dale's life and hometown. The banners were the first step, but we have long wanted to enhance the Dale Trail further with permanent signage or historical markers, or even possibly an audio track that visitors can listen to as they follow the trail. We are looking on the bright side, and hoping this development will accelerate those enhancements, and that this national coverage will bring even more fans to Kannapolis to follow the Dale Trail!

Anonymous said...

This is a joke right? This sounds like something somebody made up...this woman is trying to get her boy elected to ruin our country, now she's waltzing into Kannapolis with this nitwit and they're tearing anything having to do with Dale because it might "offend" her? Is it because she's an African-American ultra-liberal black woman? This is progress for Kannapolis? Amazing...simply amazing. Tell Murdock and Oprah to kiss our Nascar-loving rear ends and stay the hell out of Cabarrus County. Idiots.

jeff3166 said...

While I repected and admired Dale Earnhardt, he wasn't my favorite driver.

Regardless of that though, if I lived in Kannapolis, I'd permanently fly a big Dale Earnhardt flag in my front yard, and if I owned a business in Kannapolis, I'd permanently hang a Dale Earnhardt banner in the window.

Hopefully many that do live or own a business in Kannapolis will do something similar, especially on the day this guest will be in town.

SallyB said...

How interesting that Kannapolis can be proud of being the home of Dale Earnhardt...until someone 'shows them the money'? Too bad they couldn't tell Murdoch that they either take them as they are, and their pride in Dale Earnhardt, or not at all.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon. 5:04 p.m.:

Take your Ritalin, will ya?

Geez, what a hothead Right-Wing redneck. Typical.

blpadge2 said...

Typical.

Since Murdock imploded Cannon Mills, heaven forbid the most famous linthead get any puplic exposure.

Really what we are dealing with is massive egos. Murdock is a billionaire who bought what was the biggest industry in town. Okra is the biggest, richest black woman in America who has taken a nothing junior Senator and like he is an item on her favorite things made him #1 in America. Heaven forbid either on of them be upstaged by a 9th grade dropout who was merely a millionaire.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon, 6:19.

Stick it up your liberal Oprah-loving new age yuppie ass. And I'm not a redneck...but I'll gladly act like one if I see Oprah around this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Dale fans stick it to Murdock. Don't buy Dole Foods. I hear that where he got most his money. Maybe Oprah will lose all her money trying to 2nd hand to the Presidency. Then who cares what she has to say. No one understands the power of Dale Fans. We are loyal.

Anonymous said...

Chris McClain actually was the first to report this today on WFNZ.

Crow On a Wire said...

One has to wonder when the Earnhardt statue in Cannon Mills will become too much of an eye sore for Murdock and his pals...I agree with the previous poster, if you live in Kannapolis and have Earnhardt gear, wear it/display it proudly for these snobs.

Monkeesfan said...

Why Oprah Winfrey, a TV talking head who displays little grasp of complex issues, is eve worth bringing anywhere is a mystery. The fact is Winfrey isn't worth a damn.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, lots-o-smart people, and a lot of trailer parks too...

Anonymous said...

I'm suprised Murdock even bothered with this loser redneck town.

Anonymous said...

David Poole needs to go on a diet, just like all the fat, ugly hicks in Kannapolis.

Anonymous said...

This just sounds like a case of jealousy. Maybe if you rednecks had some aspirations in life, you could make some money too. It isn't other peoples fault your dumb and poor. Your just scared of things like wealth and change. BOO HOO.

Anonymous said...

I live in Daytona and they have Nascar banners hanging from street lights. WE love Nascar so much that this guy is trying to change our county's name to Nascar county. You guys in Kannapolis should hang Dale Sr banners, posters and pictures in your front yard windows and businesses.

daytona sucks said...

We don't want Kannapolis to become Daytona. No thanks.

blpadge2 said...

So the mystery visitor was Martha Stewart. All this fuss for a convicted criminal. At least Junior Johnson managed to get a presidential pardon.

J Pat said...

David I hope you didn't get as much crap as I did when I criticized the flag removal and Martha Stewart.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention and keeping on it!

J Pat said...

I also wanted to mention......a NASCAR weekend costs about $1000 minimum....We might not be as poor as you think.

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