Lindy West has offered some great commentary on “American Sniper” from her high perch at the altar of being an expert at absolutely nothing.
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JohnChristopher1 I’m fairly sure that Lance Armstrong should probably be removed from your list, considering the fact that he’s been stripped of everything after opening admitting doping all those years. And I disagree with you on Pat Tillman. Pat joined after 9/11 because he felt strongly about serving his nation. Without that, he would not have joined. He gave up an amazing career because he felt the need to serve. But we all have our own definitions, and Gordan and Shughart definitely meet mine. They were amazing men, as were Michael Murphy, Michael Monsoor, Ross McGinnis, Jason Dunham, and far too many others. And I honor them all.
YankeePapa "...abducted by orcs" - priceless
. ...In the news... American female hostage confirmed dead. ISIS claims that it happened during Jordanian air attack... but reliable sources indicate no air attacks on that area any time near when she is supposed to have died. . ...While the administration called this aid worker's death a bad thing... they couldn't resist using the wordage that her captors: "...were unable to protect her from conflict..." So many things wrong with that statement... . ...For starters it hands ISIS a propaganda victory by making it seem like their claim of death by other hands correct... ISIS does not try to "protect" hostages... it kills them out of hand if the slightest chance of imminent rescue. And of course she would not have needed "protecting" had she not been abducted by orcs. . ...She may well have died by direct actions and abuse of her captors... or suicide... Some time passed before they prepared and arranged the corpse for photo. In spite of no convenient air attack---make that claim... Nice of the White House to issue a statement to help their propaganda. . -YP-
yeah what a fat ass loudmouth thaf could not slap her ass with both hands. she needs attention but not from me
By and large, polls show most people over the age of 14 don't describe athletes as "heroes" (other than Jackie Robinson, etc.). What they have is admiration, derived from being a spectator to an ethos of excellence: Being more committed to doing something — again and again —than others are to stopping it.* Which, depending on your bent, is an example of either Kaplan's pagan ethos or the dictates of Matthew 5:16. If we all did our jobs with the dedication of Steve Yzerman (who, FYI, is the commander of JTF2 in a parallel universe), the world would be a better place. Generally, what people say the find heroic is sacrifice. Though it's a bit tricky. Sure, Pat Tillman quit the NFL for the Army. But, he did so because he wanted to do that more than play football. IMO, my admiration goes to those who intentionally do what I would really prefer not to do. Gary Gordon and Randy Shugart, for example (since their chance of survival was nil); or the fellow who, despite his lifelong dream, passeson a Tier-1 slot to finish a thankless and hardly glorious assignment elsewhere. To some degree, the SMBC cartoon below sums up the difference in my mind. *There is a bit from Bull Durham that captures the difference between pros and scrubs, be it in baseball, teaching, surgery, parenting, or any vocation (sadly, I can't find a clip): NUKE: “I was great, eh?” CRASH: “Your fastball was up and your curveball was hanging. In the show, they woulda ripped you.” NUKE: “Can’t you let me enjoy the moment?” CRASH: “Moment’s over.”