It’s time for the latest installment of Comments of the Week, where we spotlight some of the smartest, funniest and/or most insightful comments by readers like you on Washington Post stories, blog posts and more over the past seven days.
The week’s roundup includes a special submission from Emi Kolawole, the editor of The Post’s Innovations section. But before we get there, we’ll start with a comment on Marion Barry’s latest controversy:
Barry’s comments aside, an effective leader works to bring better businesses to his constituents. If all he can do is complain about those who’ve taken the risk, financial and otherwise, to provide services (even shoddy ones) in his ward, then he’s admitting his failure as an elected official. Blame someone else is all he can do.
NBC’s apology makes interesting use of the word “error;” an “error in production” they say. That wasn’t an editorial “error,” but an editorial choice. It wasn’t mistakes that were made, but choices and that’s why it’s a very serious matter.
A person or persons made editorial choices that changed the content of the story. NBC certainly owes a public apology to George Zimmerman and if they’d care to have their viewers’ trust in future, they owe them more, too.
False dichotomy, obviously.
First: is it junk? It’s brilliantly-made, a technical masterstroke, well-shot, well-paced, visually and aurally convincing, and was years ahead of its time. The only way it could qualify as “junk” is by way of its brute-force sentimentality, and if that’s your pivotal criterion, then you’ve ruled out a LOT of great art, right out of the gate.
Second: junk or not, is it art? It’s a question that basically deconstructs itself into a squabble over semantics and legitimacy. The bottom line: James Cameron and his team were deeply invested in their vision, and they created something monumental. If its technical excellence and the obvious voice and presence of the creator don’t qualify it as art, then I don’t know what does.
So I looked into it, and it’s amazing just how horrible Nats starters have been on Opening Day. The Strasburg outing currently represents the best Opening Day performance in Nats history, and by a significant margin. The closest you can get is the first game at Nats Park, 2008. Odalis Perez with the no decision over five innings.
2005: Hernandez (L), 4.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 4K, 2BB
2006: Hernandez (L), 6IP, 8H, 3ER, 4K, 1BB
2007: Patterson (L), 3.2IP, 7H, 6ER, 2K, 3BB
2008: Perez (ND), 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 2K, 1BB
2009: Lannan (L), 3IP, 6H, 6ER, 1K, 0BB
2010: Lannan (L), 3.2IP, 7H, 5ER, 0K, 3BB
2011: Hernandez (L), 5.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K, 0BB
2012: Strasburg (ND), 7IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB
I’ve got a couple more thoughts -
First, nobody has a perfect life. Nobody gets everything they need or want. An attitude of “My life is wonderful but I’m unhappy because this and this is missing” is a sure way to guarantee a lifetime of unhappiness, because you’re always going to be missing something.
Second, doing everything *right* is meaningless in this context. The idea that if you do everything you are supposed to do you will get the results you want is not reflective of reality. I’m not saying this in a bitter ‘nice guys finish last’ way, but just that love is not something you deserve, it’s something you make.
As I said below, stop looking for the right man so you can then proceed to fall in love with him. Instead, be open to the love you can let yourself develop, to just about everyone. There isn’t a “One” — one person you could be deliriously happy with while everyone else would be wrong. Instead, there are many people with whom you could create a happy life.
Too bad the mind reader didn’t see this coming and warn them.
Finally, here’s our colleague’s Kolawole submission, via her Twitter feed.