Archive for November, 2010

h1

Stick to sports, Sally

November 15, 2010

Sally Jenkins wrote an article in the Washington Post that basically says she hopes Michael Vick plays well because it will allow her to feel that Vick has gained an appreciation for the wrongs he committed, and in doing so will be redeemed for his dog fighting transgressions.  (In all fairness to Sally, she also states that she is aware she is being sucked in by the ‘hallmark moment’ elements of Vick’s journey.)

Unfortunately for Sally, her entire article is based on the false assumption that there is a correlation between a person’s athletic ability and their sense of morality.  It argues that redemption can be achieved by performing well in a field completely unrelated to the act from which you are seeking redemption.  By this same logic, the NY cab driver who stabbed his Muslim passenger can achieve redemption by becoming a better cab driver than what he was prior to the stabbing.  This is a false correlation as the person’s cab driving ability was never the issue in question, it was his tolerance of Muslims.  As in the case of Michael Vick, it is not his athletic ability that is the issue, it is his morality towards animals.  Stating that he can achieve redemption by having a winning season is a logical fallacy as there is no causation between how many touchdowns he scores versus how many dogs he kills.  As I’ve written before, redemption is achieved when one takes step to correct the wrongs they have committed – but since nothing Michael Vick does can bring back the animals he killed, redemption cannot be achieved. 

Despite our sincerest wishes that no matter how far we stray in life we can always achieve redemption, the reality is that there  are certain acts that one cannot correct.  Vick is in one of those situations, and as such all he can hope to accomplish is to educate others as to why he was wrong and to explain to them that there are certain acts that no amount of PR can correct.  It’s not redemption, but it’s the closest Vick will ever get.

Advertisements
h1

Zombie flicks

November 8, 2010

Two things that have always bugged me about zombie movies:

1. The military always gets its ass kicked.

Every zombie flick seems to have the requisite shot of some overrun military checkpoint, complete with a downed helicopter and the charred remains of a tank. Did I miss something, or are these zombies actually quite adept at urban combat? It just seems that in the event of a zombie invasion the word would get out pretty quick and it wouldn’t take too long for the military/national guard/crazy militia guys to organize and take control of the city. I mean, really, how hard could it be? You fall back, set up a few checkpoints and decon chambers, and then go block by block. It’s not like you’re fighting an enemy that is capable of organizing and adapting to your tactics! All you have to do (apparently) is throw a dead horse out of a helicopter and wait for the zombies to come to you! It really doesn’t seem that hard.

2. Protective clothing.

How come the people in zombie movies don’t wear more protective clothing? It’s like in ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ the guy knows that if he’s bitten he’ll turn into a zombie, so what does he wear when fighting the rampaging hordes? A t-shirt. For god’s sake, they were trapped in a mall! They don’t have a Wilson’s Leather they could have raided? Just sayin’.

h1

Voting

November 2, 2010

image

When exercising one’s civil rights one must always wear an appropriate hat.

h1

Redskins

November 1, 2010

I’m pretty sure this clip was the only part of yesterday’s game worth watching:

Yes, that’s Laron Landry celebrating the lion’s getting a first down.  Totally made up for the other 59 minutes and 30 seconds.