Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Blogging Kansas City Rage

A wonderfully sarcastic missive from an O.G. of the local blogging scene on the news cycle of rage porn:

Everybody kneeds somebody

Can someone tell me just what in the wide world of sports is going on in this country? I am so confused by the news these days. Admittedly, it's likely because I don't pay close enough attention. But c'mon, can you blame me?


Anonymous said...

Oh, I get it, Fletcher Dodge is clever! Okay, lots of pop references, wordy as hell, lots of space filled up on the screen, but two questions remain.

What the hell is his point? And, when will he get to it?

Fletcher Dodge said...

Hey Anonymous! First of all, I want to say what a big fan I am of your work. I see you're comments LITERALLY all over the internet. I don't know how you do it, but you are incredibly impressive from a shear volume standpoint.

Second, in my own humble defense I'll just say that not everything has to have a point -- or, rather, sometimes (perhaps maybe even MOST of the time) the point is where you find it. The Zen poet Basho once said "The walk of a thousand miles starts with a walk of 500 miles, then another walk of 500 more, just to be the man to walk thousand miles to fall down at your door."

Those are wise words indeed. I think what he really means is that sometimes the point isn't the point, the point is the journey in getting to the point, you know? Ah but there I go ramblin' again...

Anonymous said...

Let it go Fletcher...it's geezerland.

Anonymous said...

To sheer or not to shear? That is the question.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Dodge,

As a fellated fellow in an oval office once said "I feel your pain"....or was it "I'll trade you Leaves of Grass for a shot at that lass"? Regardless, whether you inhale or exhale, a harMONICA still blows.

Doesn't it really all come back to The Golden Rule?

If people are to peacefully live together, and especially large numbers of people in a confined space, we all must show respect to each other. This is what you might call shared sacrifice, general genuflection, or the "kneed" to get along.

NFL players taking a knee while at work as a sign of protest against our national anthem is no different than you or I doing the same thing at our place of employment. Imagine for a moment that I'm a police officer, factory worker, or salesman, and at the start of my work day the supervisor begins with a brief meeting to review the prior day and set goals for our current day. Instead of paying attention and respecting my boss, if I knelt in the corner with raised fist, how long do you think I'd keep my job? It's not that I can't participate in that type of behavior, but I shouldn't do it while at work. Wealthy privileged NFL dilettantes should know better, and follow The Golden Rule, but then we're not dealing with individuals known for intelligence and social graces, are we?

Carry on Mr. Dodge.

Fletcher Dodge said...

Thanks for the thoughts, Anonymous. Again, you're really crushing it today as usual. And I agree with what you say about General Genuflection. He was one of our greatest military minds and worth all of the respect we give him. As is everyone (worthy of respect, that is), which is what you were saying.

The only thing I would add is that I don't think the protest is of the National Anthem, but rather, the lack of respect for General Genuflection, vis-a-vis treatment of certain people of a certain skin tone by certain other people of a certain branch (or branches) of government (specifically those charged with enforcing laws).

In terms of protests, I think we can all agree that this (kneeling during the national anthem performed at the start of a child's game played by grown men) is pretty harmless when compared to things like torch-and-pitchfork riots or standing en masse in the middle of an interstate highway.