November 30, 2009

SLOW NEWS WEEK

All's well that ends well in Honduras.  Good for them.

(Slow news week, eh?  A short list of things I don't care about: Tiger Woods, White House party crashers, the recordings from Flight 188, Christmas shopping tips, and everything else that's been on the news since Thanksgiving.)

Posted by: Sarah at 03:13 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Well, I am a little interested in the White House party crashers, but only in as much as it had the potential for a nasty security situation. I don't care who the president happens to be, the Secret Service, et al (realizing they aren't the only ones involved - ahem, social staff, ahem...) should have a better handle on such things. Next time, it might not just be a couple of ladder-climbers looking to hob-nob with the rich, famous & powerful....

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at November 30, 2009 07:30 PM (vqKnu)

2 What about Christmas Cookies.  I'm not ready for Christmas yet but Cookies?  Yeah, I need to start making some.  I think I will start with old fashioned molasses like my grandmother used to make. ::wanders off in pursuit of flour::

Posted by: Lemon Stand at November 30, 2009 08:09 PM (pwdPs)

3 Lemon -- I bought ingredients to make some this week and mail to my husband's team.  My favorite: Terminator cookies.

Posted by: Sarah at November 30, 2009 08:51 PM (gWUle)

4 Miss Ladybug,

When I first heard about the party crashers, I thought, leaky security! You and I were on exactly the same page.

I was going to write Sarah a letter called "Why People Care about the Crashers and Why People Should Care". You just made the argument for the latter. As for the former, I think it's because people are fascinated with status-seeking, and party-crashing is a way to break social barriers - a shortcut to the top.

I don't care about any of the other stuff Sarah mentioned. Not even Honduras. I know that's cold, but if Obama hadn't behaved ... a certain way, I wouldn't even know what had happened. Sadly, something horrible could happen in Honduras tomorrow, next month, whenever and hardly any non-Hondurans in the US, including me, would notice as long as Obama wasn't involved. How many Americans can find Honduras on a map? I couldn't; I know it's in Central America, but that's the extent of my limited knowledge.

I am not proud of my ignorance. But it reflects my priorities. I am an American nationalist, not a global affairs expert. This doesn't mean I know nothing about the outside world. On the contrary, I have devoted my life to studying other languages and cultures. I am hesitant to take a stand about Honduras because I am all too aware of how the media can oversimplify and distort what's happening far away. Consider this: if they can't even accurately depict what's happening in this country, how can be they be remotely right about alien nations, especially when they don't speak the language? And those do speak the language may not be very perceptive or may have their own agenda. Be skeptical.

What do I think should have been in the news recently?

My top story would have been Climategate which Sarah nicely covered in her next post. A story about global warming should surely take precedence over whatever happened between Tiger Woods and his wife.

On the domestic political front, what do people here think about Huckabee and clemency? Can he run in 2012 after what happened in Lakewood?

Anyone have any other suggestions for important but (relatively) ignored news stories?

Posted by: Amritas at December 01, 2009 06:05 PM (+nV09)

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