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Public Displays of Protocol – January 2012

ENTERTAINMENT

With the media following Ashton Kutcher around for the past few weeks, trying to

Ashton Kutcher Source: Cliff1066

get him to comment on his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and her recent 911 emergency situation, it would have been easy for him to spit out all the dirt.  He could’ve seen it as an opportunity to shift the attention away from his trip to Brazil and paint Moore as a monstrous addict.  Yet, he chose not to air her dirty laundry and not heighten media speculation or sensationalism. Kutcher is WINNING!

SPORTS

Last night we witnessed Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin

dunk on Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins in one of the NBA’s ultimate half man, half amazing moments.  It. Was. Awesome.  Before I get off topic, the truly praiseworthy action was Griffin’s response during the post-game interview.  Instead of beating his chest and boasting of his athletic superiority, he was humble, respectful of the opposing team, and he credited his teammates.  WINNING big time.

BUSINESS

A captain abandoning his ship?  Unacceptable.  Of course anyone would be scared to go down with a sinking or capsizing ship, but if you are going to handle it the cowardly way, then you don’t become a captain.  If Captain Francesco Schettino of the crashed cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, slipped onto the safety boat by mistake, he should have hopped back out and continued helping passengers onto the boat.  The worst of it is the recording of the coast guard commander ordering him to return to the boat while he outright refused.  That right there negates his whole “slipped to safety by mistake” excuse.  You, Sir, do not pass go, do not collect $200, and definitely do not beg of our sympathy.  LOSING!

POLITICS

Since when is it acceptable to shake your finger in any grown man’s face, as

Jan Brewer and President Obama Source: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP

though he were a school boy?  The nerve of Governor Jan Brewer to do it to her president.  Has she no home training?  If she can make the absurd claim that she felt threatened by President Obama’s comments about her book, then she fully understands the threat behind putting one’s hand in another person’s face.  It’s disrespectful and degrading to the president as a man and to the office he holds.  Instead of parading around the talk show circuit trying to make a name for herself, Brewer should be releasing a round of apologies to the POTUS.  She is LOSING.

We’re watching the GOP Debates.  A soldier appears on screen to ask candidates about their views on the reversal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  The crowd begins to boo at the soldier and the candidates do not intercede to stop the crowd.  What is wrong with this picture?  So many things.  However, the one that’s blaring in our faces is the fact that our gay soldiers, along with every other soldier, protect us throughout the wars, the terrorist threats and all kinds of disasters.  You thank them, you embrace them, you look out for them, but by no means do you heckle them.  Shame on the GOP members and candidates who allowed that to happen.  They are all LOSING!

Our January lessons learned are:

1.  Men, choose to be a gentleman whenever the opportunity presents itself.
2. Leaders, don’t abandon those who depend on you.
3. Don’t get up in anyone’s face unless you’re really asking for trouble.
4. Respect those who protect you and your liberties.

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