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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
 
Joel Stein Plumbs The Depths
by Cordeiro
Just when you think the LA Times can sink no further into the depths of obscure irrelevance, Joel Stein seeks and (in less than 700 words) finds a new low.

I'm not really surprised. The LA Times is not exactly a top tier news outlet anymore.

Joel Stein is, by his own definition, desperate for attention. So desperate that he will defame those men and women whose choice it is to serve this nation during time of war. By so doing, he brings disgrace not to them, but to himself.

So far his claims to fame include guest appearances on such hit television shows as VH1's "I Love the Decade You Tell Me I Love," HBO's "Phoning It In," Comedy Central's "Reel Comedy" and E! Entertainment's "101 Hottest Hot Hotties' Hotness." Unsatisfied with this exposure, his quest for attention comes complete with a pathetic (yeah, Joel, I said pathetic) attempt to slime a group of people whose boots he's not fit to be trampled under.

The response to his writing was as expected. Stein's response is, like his writing, predictable.

The one dim ray of light in his sorry excuse for an attempt at legible prose comes near the end of his piece:

I know this is all easy to say for a guy who grew up with money, did well in school and hasn't so much as served on jury duty for his country. But it's really not that easy to say because anyone remotely affiliated with the military could easily beat me up, and I'm listed in the phone book.
Don't get your hopes up, Joel. Most people remotely affiliated with the military enjoy challenges. You, sir, are not a challenge.

That said, I'd avoid dark alleys for the foreseeable future. Some 85-year-old veteran of this nations wars might see fit to demonstrate his close quarter combat skills on you.

Here endeth the lesson.

UPDATE: Blogfather Hugh effectively eviscerates Joel Stein - audio available from Generalissimo Duane.
2 Comment(s):
Don't you just know a guardsman returning to his or her job as a L>A cop will be in such a hurry when Mr. Stein call for assistance.
Liked the entry on Stein, slimeball is a good term. I wrote a few comments of my own about the guy, check it out
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