Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, December 12, 2011 11:05 pm

Quote of the day, “All-American Muslim” edition

Commenter “justcorbly” at Ed’s place:

What religion you practice, if any, has nothing to do with being an American. It takes courage and thought to put away our natural wariness and fear of people who seem different than us. But, defining Americans by faith or genetics or anything other than adherence to the Constitution is a very dangerous game. People who can’t agree to that might want to re-examine their commitment to democracy.*

Sometime after I left the newspaper but before I landed where I am now, I applied for an online PR job at Lowes HQ in Mooresville. It would have been interesting to be involved in the discussion that led to this decision, because anyone with half a brain could have seen this disaster coming a mile away. I’d like to think I could have prevented a bad decision. I’d also like to think that if I couldn’t head it off, I would have resigned, but the truth is that I don’t know whether I would have or not. At any rate, here’s a lesson for PR n00bs: Anytime you get petitions from a group with “Family Association” in its name asking you to do something, it’s almost invariably a good idea to do exactly the opposite.

*Cue the trolls saying, “But America isn’t a democracy, it’s a republic.” And it is. A democratic republic. Morons.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 7:23 pm

Where did I go wrong?

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 7:23 pm
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Hooper has been bugging me for several years to take him to a monster-truck rally. I’m not philosophically opposed; in fact, appropriately earplugged, I’d probably enjoy it, especially if they sell beer.

But now he also wants me to take him to a NASCAR race. Not only that, he has a favorite driver whom he wants to win, Jimmy Johnson. Not only THAT, he knows that Johnson’s primary sponsor is Lowe’s.

I could blame TV for this, but I think it would be more fun to blame Dustin.

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