Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Words. Fail.



Allegheny College Honors David Brooks and Mark Shields with Inaugural “Prize for Civility in Public Life”.
Feb. 21, 2012 — President James H. Mullen Jr. of Allegheny College, one of the nation’s oldest liberal-arts colleges, today honored political journalists and commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and nationally syndicated columnist Mark Shields as the recipients of the first Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life at the National Press Club.

The Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life each year will honor two winners, one from each side of the ideological spectrum, who show noteworthy civility while continuing to fight passionately for their beliefs. After reviewing many nominees in politics and political journalism, Brooks and Shields were selected for the inaugural award...

I suppose the crack Allegheny College Civility in Public Life research team which I am sure thoroughly vetted these honorees were just too darn civilized to mention to the awards committee Mr. Brooks' long record of publicly mocking and slandering people who disagree with his very bad opinions.

And so into this world comes another award which, I predict, will be cruelly denied me :-)

10 comments:

esky said...

Where is Munch when you need him?

chautauqua said...

Could be that "Civility" is now defined to include blatantly lying with a straight face and in a carefully modulated tone of voice. There's fertile ground here for a Reality TV show called, naturally, The Civility Wars.

Silent Bob said...

Ah yes, an award in Civility, segueing into a gig at Yale teaching Humility. Clearly these words... "Civility"... "Humility"... no longer mean what I thought they did.

Anonymous said...

If this award wasn't bought and paid for I'm an astronaut.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

They should call it "The Broder".
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Anonymous said...

*RING* "HELLO, Mr. Brooks. If you can guess in which state Allegheny College is located, we have an award for you."

Michia said...

In my mind's ear I hear Michael Palin's voice, "Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce."

Rehctaw said...

Did Bobo give an acceptance speech? Transcript available?
What a hoot that'd be. I'd be with
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© on naming it the "Broder", but it doesn't lend itself to a catchy nickname.

Award proliferation is a serious problem deserving of well-funded longitudinal study. Any creative grant writers out there looking to make a little coin should contact me immediately.

Further, I hereby nominate Drifty for the First Annual ROYKO! which will be handed out as soon as the study's thinktank funding is secured.


Suzan said...

I'm with Rehctaw!

Otherwise, words fail everyone who knows what they mean.

S

casimir said...

Well, that whole paragraph is so jam-packed with fail as to beggar any sort of responding utterance. How could any parent allow his or her child to attend a college that can so concisely turn the entire potentiality of critical thought into a small bowl of Cream of Wheat?