New Adventures of the Compassionate Curmudgeon

In which I tend to rant. A lot. But compassionately...

Another Pet Peeve

The Chernobyl mini-series was nominated for 11 well-deserved Emmy Awards.

One of the things that used to annoy me about my co-workers was when they would complain about someone in another office being promoted.

“He’s not qualified,” they would chorus. “How could they pick him?”

To which I would counter with: “You know who was on the list. Who would you have picked? Or would you have let the position open?”

They usually had no answer, and as soon as I left the room they’d start up again grexing and grousing about what a terrible choice had been made.

I was reminded of this because of the recent announcement of the Emmy nominations and the accompanying articles from lazy TV critics complaining about this or that actor or show being “snubbed”.

There are two problems with that. First of all, it’s stupid to say an actor was “snubbed” as that implies the actor was intentionally not nominated due to some animus on the part of the nominating committee, when all that actually happens is the actor just wasn’t one of the top five (or whatever) vote getters.

Second, in order for this favorite actor, whose ass the lazy TV critic is so obviously trying to kiss, to be nominated, one of the other actors would have to be left off the list, and the critics never mention which one they would want to leave off. Or “snub”, to use their jargon.

Remember, 90% of TV critics are idiots. I’m just following Sturgeon’s Law.


People Are Stupid - #9 in a Series

It seems that Mark O'Rubio is on the receiving end of the latest teabagger delusion. Wonder if he is enjoying it?

To get a sense of what Republicans are up against, consider that Marco Rubio — a member of the Gang of Eight — is already getting hammered over the claim that the plan supposedly creates “Marco-phones.” The assertion, which is a play on the “Obama-phones” widely ruminated about on the right, is that the bill would grant taxpayer-funded cell phones to immigrants who enter the country on a work visa.

Rubio is working furiously to debunk the claim, issuing a detailed fact sheet pushing back on it, but it appears to live on. Details aside, this observation from Ed Kilgore gets at the larger story here:

I’m having trouble feeling bad for Rubio getting a taste of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a Tea Party delusion.