Sunday, August 05, 2007

A Matter of Quality

by Ken Houghton

I wasn't going to blog again tonight—too much paperwork, cleanup, and other life things that should but don't have cute pictures—but this post by Scott is so offensive that it requires comment.

Steve Smith has nothing in common with Harry Reid. Let's compare:
  1. Steve Smith made a mistake that he immediately regretted. Harry Reid is bending over and saying, "More please, sir."
  2. Steve Smith got up again and returned to his job. When the Oilers won the Cup in 1987, Wayne Gretzky immediately handed the Cup to Smith. If Harry Reid's team wins anything next year—which his actions keep putting in doubt—no one will even give a fly*ng f*ck* about him.
  3. It wasn't until the end of his career that Steve Smith Played for The Other Team in Scott's video. Harry Reid has no such excuse.
  4. Smith's mistake was in the heat of play, and you can see what he was trying to do. Reid's act is deliberate and meditated and has no rational explanation.
  5. Smith's error was at least a boon for Scott. Harry Reid's error is a disaster for 300 million U.S. citizens and countless others.

In short, Scott has insulted Steve Smith directly and, by implication, the integrity of NHL players everywhere by comparing Smith to someone who would commit what he (Scott) correctly calls "an appalling abdication of constitutional responsibility; there's nothing else one can say."

He should be ashamed of himself. Not so ashamed as Harry Reid, to be certain, but ashamed nonetheless.

*Reference to a song by my favorite Christian rocker, Bruce Cockburn. The lyrics are especially worth quoting in this context:
North South East West
Kill the best and buy the rest
It's just spend a buck to make a buck
You don't really give a fly*ng f*ck
About the people in misery....

See the paid-off local bottom feeders
Passing themselves off as leaders
Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows
Open for business like a cheap bordello

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

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