It would appear we’re at the dawn of a new age of shoe tossing following last week’s much-publicized incident in Iraq where an Iraqi “journalist” threw two shoes at President Bush. He is now said to be a “hero” in his country, one of the few times a journalist has been considered a hero without either (a) doing a story or (b) dying in the process of (a). By contrast, sadly, Danny Pearl never came close to hero status in our country except by a few journalists.
But this shoe-throwing thing is catching on. In New York, the New York Times reports, a transit rider yesterday tried to throw his shoe during a hearing on fare increases. He was wrestled to the ground and thrown out of the hearing.
By the way, here’s the elusive local connection. The would-be missiles were made in Red Wing.
If shoe-throwing catches on, it could be big for the Red Wing economy.