Monday, February 20, 2006

What's (Not) Happening

Sorry that it's been a while since I posted anything. It's been busy at work and home, and frankly most of what's been going on in the world recently has been a big "ho-hum" for me. However, in the interest of posting something, here's my reaction to various events around the world:

Winter Olympics: We never do as well as expected. It's all hype and no action. Most of the winter sports are niche activities so the networks have to hype the games so much to attract viewers that a general let-down is inevitable. Then someone forgets to clue the athletes in. Half the time it seems like they expect to just mail it in. Just ask the ice hockey teams, Bode Miller, women's curling team, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jeremy Bloom, Daren Rahlves and Johnny Weir. Then there's the selfishness of "competitors" like Shani Davis and Michelle Kwan. A few good stories are emerging, like Tanith and Benjamin, Ted Ligety and Lindsey Kildow, but it's not enough to make the whole thing particularly interesting.

Dick Cheney's Marksmanship: The press needs to get over it. Go out and do your job, and quit whining about not getting spoon-feed information. Was it a newsworthy even? Yes, but not worth an all-points bulletin. The transparency of the attacks and self-serving whining about conspiracies is laughable. Speaking of laughable, here's a good cartoon, courtesy of The Smallest Minority and Mostly Caju
n. And, here's a late addition:
Muhammad Cartoons: I already said more than I planned to about this in my last post. The mainstream press reaction is also sadly predictable, as indicated by this cartoon, courtesy of Oraculations. The "resulting" riots have little to do with the cartoons, they were just an excuse to do what they do best.

Tha-tha-tha-tha-that's all folks.

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