Stupidity, the perpetual disaster

I can’t believe it. First, I saw Jeff Jarvis on MSNBC this morning telling everyone about websites where people are posting pictures of missing loved ones, and with contact information for people looking for missing relatives, and so on, and that was a great service to the country. But then he has to post something stupid like a complaint about a lack of a proclamation by the president to lower the nation’s flags to half mast. See, we lowered them for the tsunami victims two days after the event, but here it is six days already and no lowered flags! Well, this is what I said in his quotes:

You know, I think one of the reasons we don’t have time for little cosmetic gestures like flag lowering is because there is a mess to clean up, people to resettle, a city to drain, buildings to rebuild, and bodies to find, identify, and bury in our own country this time.

We’re busy, Jeff.

See, there wasn’t much else we could do for the people in South Asia but offer money, ships, and condolences. The devastation wasn’t on our own doorstep. How stupid, how crass and petty, to worry about gestures at a time like this. Jeff, instead of simply agreeing with his reader, should get tell this Jon Pederson person to get off his ass if he’s so concerned about the hurricane victims and do something to help his fellow citizen instead of obsessing over every little thing Bush does. Jesus Christ.

3 Responses to “Stupidity, the perpetual disaster”

  1. CGHill Says:

    No one is more concerned with symbolic value than the so-called “reality-based community.”

    Yes, it makes exactly as much sense as you think it does.

  2. The_Real_JeffS Says:

    Jeff Jarvis could fly a flag at half-mast without a presidential proclamtion. It’s legal and accepted. Assuming he even has a flag pole in the first place.

  3. Sigivald Says:

    What JeffS said.

    Heck, driving home from campin’ through Seattle yesterday, I saw a few of the flags on downtown buildings at half-mast. You know, self-directedly.

    It’s almost like we’re Americans, or something.