“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” -Archilochus (Greek Soldier, Poet).
Hey. Happy President’s Day. Hope everyone’s enjoying the long weekend. Back to it tomorrow, eh? But just because it’s technically a day off doesn’t mean I can’t talk about the news of the day, right? Thanks.
So, I thought the interview of Bode Miller was exceptionally clunky and disrespectful and had a little chat about it on Facebook this morning. Allahpundit thinks it was all a lot of drama for no good reason and, really, he’s probably right. But I think the reason it struck a chord with me — and I seriously think someone should be warned if not outright fired over it — is because it seems representative of something pretty ugly that happens on the news. That sort of “story at any cost” thing is pathetic and unnecessary and, frankly, not all that smart nor interesting, and I’m tired of the dumbing down. Also, can’t we begin to move more in the direction of civility? We’ve been heading in the opposite direction for so long that just once I’d like to see a little bit of shame or recognition that human emotion — particularly grief — should be at least marginally off-limits. Can’t some things be the purview of the person, even if they bring it up? Civility would dictate you protect the man from letting his grief overwhelm him rather than prod him to hang over a fence in tears. But perhaps that’s the Southerner in me: protecting true feelings is respected down that way. But then perhaps it is elsewhere as well because NBC struggles as a network. Miller, for his part, is a decent enough guy to protect the “lady’s” honor but I think what she did sucks, even if, as is typical of men, they shrug stuff like that off and act like it’s no biggie. Expect more from these ladies, guys. Perhaps they’ll rise to the expectation.
Here recently there have been several stories about the left’s romance with Communism as an ideology — nothing new I realize, but that stupid Salon piece seems to have sparked more interest in the issue. I think I like Jonah Goldberg’s take on it because he compares the Olympic blather — that almost sounded complimentary — to that great quote about the Nazis and the banality of evil. And if you want to see a great depiction of that, you should really see the movie “Conspiracy.” I had to watch it in grad school — because we were studying the bureaucracy — and if there’s one thing that evil little pestilence of a regime did well, it was bureaucracy. Check out the clip below:
A friend of mine who was born in Russia and emigrated — or defected — as a child, posted this piece today. Everyone should read it.
Shut up, you mean Israel once again tends to be really good at something, better than every other country in that region? The hell you say…
And just in keeping with the theme, incompetence in some areas of government is of more concern than other areas. Jesus.
This is happening in March. Some of us are talking about going. I’m into it.
One last thing — how do you let someone know that even though they acted like a boor and were thoughtless and disrespectful, it’s okay and you forgive them if they’re too ashamed to acknowledge all of the above, preferring to hide out and pretend nothing ever happened? If you’re not Bode Miller and can’t (or wouldn’t because some stuff’s just private man) go on air and forgive that kind of thoughtlessness publicly that is…