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The False Modesty of 'Nerds'

Andy440 Wrote: May 02, 2012 3:00 PM
"The White House Correspondents Association Dinner"- the annual 'bone thrown' to the highly-paid toadies in the press corps who ask obsequious, 'soft ball' questions at White House press conferences. It's the hired scribes once a year opportunity to 'come out of the back room' and hob-nob with the 'great' and the 'near great',and bask in their 'reflected glory'. The dinner is a small token of the administration's appreciation for faithful service and 'creative journalism' that entertains and titillates the public, but never ask embarassing questions, or exposes or informs. If any of them would be so indiscreet to ask some questions about the National Debt, or prolonged foreign military adventures, the invitations to the banquet (contin.
Andy440 Wrote: May 02, 2012 3:03 PM
(contin.) would 'dry up' like a shallow mud puddle in the Sahara on a summer day. The "journalists" that are invited to these functions are paid employees of the party in power in Washington; the dinner is an expression of 'gratitude' to the 'supporting cast'..
Mark in CA Wrote: May 02, 2012 4:28 PM
Like your post; particularly the metaphorical evaporating mud puddle in the Sahara.

Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know about the Golden Age of Comics (as in comic books -- if you thought that was a reference to Bob Newhart's heyday, subtract 20 nerd points right there).

Anyway, if you spend any time in Washington you'll find nerds. What happens is most of them sublimate their fixations with comics, or baseball cards, or 1960s...