The Lost Brother

I met a family once who had two daughters. The youngest daughter was the Queen of the family. Whatever she did, whatever she wanted, whomever she dated was the topic of conversation for the night. I was at one party sitting outside (I always tried to avoid the mom who was FAR more entertained by her stories of her princess than I) when proud mom declared her precious princess completely out of the league of another high schooler sitting next to me. Huh? First off, he hadn’t asked out the girl so STFU. Second of all, he’s actually an incredibly bright young man who lifts very heavy weights and has an awesome future ahead of him. HE’S out of the princess league? Good. He’s too good for her.

I hosted a few parties of my own and proud mom came with another friend of hers who I was friendly with. There were enough folks in my small space that the younger lady I didn’t know and stayed off in the shadows next to these mom’s that I didn’t question it. Princess stopped by and in usual fashion, mummy stepped it up and made sure we all revolved around her. Shadow girl still sat quietly and by the end of the night I was curious enough to ask who she was. OH! She was daughter number one. Ok, so you bring this girl to my party and don’t even deem her important enough to not only talk to her, but introduce her to me? SO bizarre. I’ve seen favorite child crap go down before, even lived it here and there, but this was off the charts. That an entire family revolves around one daughter and completely ignores the other is so Flowers In The Attic I couldn’t be around this woman anymore. Yuck.

Enter the Men’s hockey Olympic tournament. Where are the Canadians? Ya know, the defending Gold medal team? To listen to our White House commentators (Oops, I mean NBC) you’d think the only one’s playing right now are the US and the Russians and everyone else is just fluff. Uhhhhh, where are the Canadians? I was so concerned that they didn’t make the trip I had to google them. Phew! Turns out they’re here after all. Actually here and kicking ass. Well they tied the Finnlanders but Teemu Salanne has tiger blood and ancient Finn mysticism flowing through his veins so how are you supposed to beat that? (As the Russians are finding out right meow.)

And so sums up the utter fail that NBC is. See, to them, only USA matters. No one else exists except some mythical cold war revisited propaganda bullshit that was decreed in the press packets of those in front of the camera. There’s a big ‘ol Olympic tournament going on and we’re hearing of an estimated 1/4000th of it. This is why I miss EuroSport. You actually gets sports, from a sport view, not a self absorbed “we’ll tell you only what we want you to hear and you’ll be happy to get it” view. Snore.

The Canadians, the Finn’s, the Detroit Red Wings (Oops, I mean Swedes)…lots of incredible hockey we may get a glimpse of. Thanks NBC, you suck. I guess the good news is Putin doesn’t have Sid and crew locked up in the attic feeding them powdered donuts…yet.

No honest journalist should be willing to describe himself or herself as ’embedded.’ To say, ‘I’m an embedded journalist’ is to say, ‘I’m a government Propagandist.

Noam Chomsky

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