Miscellany #13: 12 August 2015

12 Aug
Cats stalk the gangway and peer out from a broken window vent at an abandoned house in the Belmont Central neighborhood  of Chicago  [photo Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune]

Cats stalk the gangway and peer out from a broken window vent at an abandoned house in the Belmont Central neighborhood of Chicago
[photo Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune]

Having now watched the second season of True Detective in its entirety I continue to be (to put it mildly)vexed by this really, really dumb item in the New York Times. This sort of thing is of a piece with frequent efforts to prove American dumbness by asking such questions as, “Name the capitols of states in the flyover zone?” or “Identify the cabinet department there are in US President’s administration.”

Did the geniuses who whipped up this suspect (did nobody queried give a cogent response?) attempt at cleverness believe there was something to be inferred from this faux man on the street video turd—because I don’t?

Even if the failure to explain True Detective was universal it would signify nothing (though the Times seems to be implying that complexity is a negative. Perhaps the journalist wannabes who proffered this item should test people on their understanding of Chandler/Hawks/Faulkner classic The Big Sleep

WTF?

This   photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium

This photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium

There are lots of reasons that one NFL football player breaking the jaw of another NFL football player makes and continues to make headlines—though admittedly this kind of locker room incident is rare. Beyond its bizarre nature,I was interested in the poor reportage attached—e.g. Smith was ““cold-cocked, sucker-punched, whatever you want to call it.”* At the same time reports have the combatants (Smith and Ikemefuna Enemkpali) being face to face with Smith sticking a finger in Smith’s face. Am I wrong, you can’t “cold-cock or sucker-punch” someone who is facing you ?

*Jets coach Tod Bowles description, which apparently no one challenged

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