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January 23, 2013


Scotch and Galactica reruns? That makes me a feckin' SAINT! :-)

We've gone through the same sort of thing with Tim Tebow, yes? He was going to be the best evah because he was a true believer and, jaysus, Jesus wasn't going to let down a 110% publicly demonstrative true believer, was he? How could he?

The need in this country to elevate the faithful to near-mystical status is a chronic disease and the world of sports reporting isn't immune.

And, yes, it's lazy and stupid, too.

Colin Cowherd is probably the last person anyone should listen to for . . . well, anything really. Except for lessons on how to be insufferable. I sure as the world don't know what his time-filling comment is supposed to mean.

And Paul? Don't get me started on THAT guy. "Serve one another in love"? You gotta be shittin' me!

Based on the laws of the Cosmos and on personal experience gained from working with hundreds of clients from 24 countries, allow me to act as your representative in a dialogue with the Cosmos in search of your love. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will find out what you had been waiting years for, and had even despaired of never being able to meet with your destiny.

sorry, already know what i been waiting for. Athenae giv me turkee.

Think about all the posed pictures of Dubya praying that became instant internet memes.

Thank you for being the only voice I've found so far to point out that the real story here isn't who got "catfished" but the absolute laziness of those being paid as journalists these days. They hear something and instead of checking the story out wait until they hear it somewhere else (hopefully on the teevee) so they can report it because, you know, it's gotta be the truth.

It reminds me of that insurance commercial where the girl says "I heard it on the internet so it must be true, they can't lie on the internet" (or however she puts it) and the weird fat guy walks up who is her date she met on the internet and he's a "french model".

Time for a facepalm.

I had been ignoring the Manti Te'o thing until I stumbled on a fascinating article by an ethnographer who has done work with Samoan immigrants at http://culturedigitally.org/2013/01/a-samoan-hoax/

"So as an ethnographer of Samoan migrants, I want to say that I heard a number of stories that sound almost exactly like Manti Te’o’s story — naïve Christian golden boys who had been fooled by other Samoans pretending to be dewy-eyed innocents. Leukemia was even a theme, I guess Samoan pranksters keep turning to the same diseases over and over again. But I did this fieldwork before Facebook or cell phones, and even before email became all that widespread outside of college circles. All the stories I heard involved husky voices on telephones, and maybe a letter or two."

It's a fascinating piece. It isn't religion specifically or Christianity in particular that plays a major role. It's the closed, family oriented culture facing immigration. Read the whole piece. It's kind of sad, though not in the ways you might expect. I'm willing to bet you got this kind of thing in a lot of immigrant cultures, even more open ones. It sounds like something from Isaac Bashevis Singer's old agony column in Forward.

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