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He has to bare his soul, explain he messed up
I'm sure this will be a civil, friendly thread.
Trolling and PR make up like 80% of American public discourse.
Wow, that is rich, coming from Fleischer.
Let's be honest, television basically ruined public discourse in this country even as it brought more and more people into it.
Have you ever read stuff written from colonial times? Its truly awful. Its nice to think written back then was as high-minded as "Common Sense" or the Madison papers, but that is just a tiny amount of signal in a vast amount of noise.
“There are three parts to it,” Fleischer said about what Braun should do. “One is a full mea culpa now, like Mark McGwire did. He has to bare his soul, explain he messed up. But it has to be heartfelt and he has to mean it. It can’t be mouthed. It can’t be somebody else’s creation. It has to be genuine or fans and reporters are going to see right through it.
Welcome to the human experience.
Yes yes on #13. 1780s France was full of pornographic pamphlets about Marie Antoinette. The debate in 1800 was between a slave rapist and an Anglophile wannabe king. Several US presidents were mocked as being secretly black. The pamphlets on Hamilton's affair don't read as high-minded atacks on a national bank. Public discourse has always been rough and partisan and mean and untrue. There was a period in the Cold War consensus when newspapers and high-minded magazines tried to carve out areas of agreement--perhaps we might call them quiet rooms--but you didn't have to go any farther than your dentist's office to find magazines and palm cards claiming that Eisenhower was a communist.
Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?
What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll never catch wise!
17...Why not the other way around, Pinko?
I loved Fleischer as Press Secretary and I'm a raging liberal. He was just so good at talking and saying absolutely nothing to the rubes in the WH pool.
"Yes. I did steroids. I then lied about it. Welcome to the human experience. I'm not sorry for doing steroids or for lying about doing them, although I am sorry for portraying the collector in a bad light. But, seriously, using steroids or lying about it is well down on any list of crimes against humanity. Please get a little perspective. The next word Mike Lupica writes about his friend Bill Conlin the child molester will be the first, and yet how many words did he spill over me? Please get over yourselves, people."
Welcome to the human experience.
A-Rod should start a band and call it this.
As I've mentioned before, politics in that period was a tough gig. Kentucky had precisely one prominent abolitionist politician and his skills as a knife fighter were important to his survival.
He is a successful person and has a good life, and people are jealous of that.
So now the people like Andy and SBB who think Braun is a big fat cheater don't care whether he apologizes. Okay.
Except: I do understand what it's really about for people who want him to apologize. He is a successful person and has a good life, and people are jealous of that.
This man was my least favorite figure in the entire Bush administration. A shallow, snotty, obnoxious #######.
r redemption is a very powerful narrative and part of the human experience...
Except: I do understand what it's really about for people who want him to apologize.
America worships the rich; they only get upset when someone's seen as "cheating."
And while I don't get much out of a perfunctory apology, I think the theory is he is apologizing to the fans who either a) believed in him and are disappointed
It is not rational or mature - in fact, it's pretty pathetic - to "believe" that a player you don't know didn't use steroids. At least kids who believe this have the excuse of being kids. What excuse do adults have?
Also worth noting that Brooks was called a coward to his face by another senator in the wake of the whole affair. Brooks challenged the guy to a duel and then chickened out when the challenge was accepted.
The official telegram announcing his death stated "He died a horrid death, and suffered intensely."
And the evidence that a person is "cheating" is that the person is rich.
It is not rational or mature - in fact, it's pretty pathetic - to "believe" that a player you don't know (e.g., Braun before he was caught, or Jeter, or Rivera, or Pujols) didn't use steroids.
"I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended. I have no one to blame but myself,'' Braun said in a statement released by the Brewers.
"My family, my teammates, the Brewers organization, my friends, agents, and advisors had no knowledge of these facts, and no one should be blamed but me. Those who put their necks out for me have been embarrassed by my behavior. I don't have the words to express how sorry I am for that.''
Braun said he took an unspecified cream and lozenge in 2011 in his attempts to come back from an injury. He called it a "huge mistake'' for which he is "deeply ashamed.''
Braun also apologized personally to Dino Laurenzi Jr., the sample collector who was in charge of the test that Braun successfully appealed in a grievance prior to spring training in 2012.
"At that time, I still didn't want to believe that I had used a banned substance,'' Braun said in his statement. "I think a combination of feeling self righteous and having a lot of unjustified anger led me to react the way I did. I felt wronged and attacked, but looking back now, I was the one who was wrong. I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality. I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this."
"I feel terrible that I put my teammates in a position where they were asked some very difficult and uncomfortable questions."
I have never understood this complaint.
What is behind this idiotic complaint? It makes no sense.
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